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About: Leslie Eastman

I am an Environmental Health and Safety Professional, as well as a science/technical writer for a variety of news and professional publications. I have been a citizen activist since 2009, and am one of the co-founders of the San Diego-based group, Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition.




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Obamacare Dials Another Wrong Number

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Posted by    Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8:30am
LI #17 phone

While President Obama was doing a “victory lap” over the truly questionable healthcare exchange enrollment numbers, the deaf citizens of California were being directed to a sex hotline by the Covered California website:

Auburn resident Jeff Brown was one who went on the Covered California site to fill in his details but...

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North and South Korea Exchange Fire

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5:30pm
LI #16 Koreas

To add to the chaos and unrest around the world, there is recently some disturbing news about the always tense relationship between North and South Korea.

North and South Korea have exchanged fire into the sea across the disputed western sea border, South Korea says.

North Korea announced early on Monday that it...

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Egyptian Police General Killed in Cairo University Blast

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Posted by    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:00pm
LI #15 Egypt Blast

There have been some very troubling developments in turmoil-ridden Egypt recently.

There were a series of blasts around Cairo University yesterday, which killed several people including a top police official.

A third...

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Memorable Lines from Leland Yee’s Arms-Dealing Indictment

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Posted by    Monday, March 31, 2014 at 6:00pm
LI #001 Leeland Yee

I have been following the news about California state senator, Leland Yee, who was arraigned in federal court on charges related to alleged roles associated with Chinatown gangsters and brokering arms deals with a Muslim rebel group based in the Philippines.

I made the analogy to the recent box-office smash, American Hustle.

When they write the script, Cal Watchdog’s...

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California version of “American Hustle” features cameo by #Shrimpboy

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Posted by    Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:30am
LI #001 Leeland Yee

I am a fan of American Hustle, the Hollywood take on Abscam, a FBI sting operation that was aided by a convicted con-man in which politicians were videotaped as they were offered bribes by a fictional Middle Eastern sheik in return for various political favors.

Now, the Golden State has produced a...

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French Elections Turn Right

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:30am
http://youtu.be/FcpR7XUaLSU

Local elections in France just took a dramatic turn to the right:

France’s anti-immigrant National Front (FN) scored gains in first-round town hall elections on Sunday and took control of a former Socialist bastion as voters punished President Francois Hollande and his left-wing allies.

The elections in thousands of constituencies across France were...

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Giving up US control of internet naming while #Twitterisblocked in Turkey

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Posted by    Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 3:15pm
LI #13 Twit Blocked Turkey

One of the memes hitting the blogosphere recently has been that the US just “gave up control of the internet”.

This week on Canto Talk, Legal Insurrection’s Mandy Nagy explained why that wasn’t the case. (Skip ahead to 14:50 for Mandy’s appearance; she also gives us her regular Obamacare update).

Popular Politics Internet...
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History Bytes: New Podcast Program Connects Past with Present

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Posted by    Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:00am
Leslie.final(1)

I have been very grateful for the media experience gained by being a contributor at Legal Insurrection and the Executive Producer for Canto Talk.

Professor Jacobson has been a big inspiration behind a project I have been working on and which is now ready to launch:  History Bytes.

The tagline of this new,...

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#FAIL – Rhode Island’s Obamacare Nag-Based Marketing Scheme

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 8:30am
LI #12 RI Nag Toolkit

When I discussed Cover Oregon ads, which were a study in hippie-oriented marketing appropriate in the 1970′s, I thought I had uncovered the worst Obamacare marketing scheme that could have been possibly concocted.

I was wrong.

Lonely Conservative reviews the new website developed by the Rhode Island state exchange, “Nag Toolkit”. Th...

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#Mcconnelling = The Senate Minority Leader Must Change His Tune

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Posted by    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:30pm
LI #11

As many of you may know, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said, in regards to those pesky Tea Party activists challenging GOP incumbents for Senate seats: “I think we are going to crush them everywhere. I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

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Sen. Feinstein changes course on California’s water problems

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Posted by    Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:00am
LI #26 California Drought Map

It looks like the special election earthquake that shook FL-13, sending Republican David Jolly to Washington D.C., may be being felt in other ways in the land of real earthquakes — California.

I recently covered the severe drought that is impacting the Golden State, which is leading Governor Jerry Brown to contemplate...

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#BeBossy: We’re in this mess because Hillary wasn’t in 2008

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Posted by    Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 1:30pm
LI #09b

When I first heard about the #BanBossy movement, a movement that is backed by Facebook’s  Sheryl Sandberg and The Girl Scouts, I was incredulous.

First progressives emasculate America’s men; now, they are emasculating its women!

Professor Jacobson was right to be concerned about the tendency of “low information voters” to respond to victimization...

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San Diego Police photograph the evidence during strip club “Inspection”

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00am
Cheetahs Club

As an Environmental Health and Safety professional and Tea Party activist, one of my concerns is overregulation of business.

For example, the permit process for various operations can be both expensive and time-consuming.  Failure to comply with complex regulatory requirements is potentially costly.  I rail the business-crushing California laws often.

However, I must...

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Covered California sued to stop policy cancellations

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Posted by    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:35pm
http://youtu.be/GJyUMa4bJ6c

Touted as one of the best state health insurance exchanges, Covered California is launching a major enrollment drive:

With less than a month left for enrollment in Obamacare, Cali...

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