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#CalExit Run by American Living in Russia

#CalExit Run by American Living in Russia

From Russia with Love!

Legal Insurrection readers will recall the #CalExit secession movement in which adherents are endeavoring to get a state secession plan on our ballot.

It turns out that that the leader of Yes California (the organized, supposedly San Diego-based effort for this movement) is an American who lives in Russia and runs the independence campaign from there.

On paper, the leader of the California secession movement lives in an apartment complex near San Diego’s Golden Hill neighborhood. But in reality, the Calexit campaign is being run by a 30-year-old who lives and works in a city on the edge of Siberia.

Louis Marinelli heads the secessionist group Yes California. Following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the organization has gone from an unknown fringe group to one discussed seriously in mainstream media.

…A former right-wing activist from Buffalo, New York, Marinelli first moved to Russia almost a decade ago. He studied at St. Petersburg State University, the alma mater of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He returned to the United States to campaign against LGBTQ rights as part of the National Organization for Marriage.

Here is Marinelli talking from his base in Ekaterinburg, Russia. I will simply point out that the interview is being conducted by CNN, one of the media outlets leading the charge on President-elect Trump’s supposed Russian connections.

A detailed look at Marinelli’s background shows Russian media outlets have regularly covered Marinelli’s effort in earnest. For example, the Communist Party’s Pravda newspaper covered the Yes California campaign, including a meeting with other secessionists at a conference sponsored by the Russian government.

On the other hand, the American press treated him more as a crackpot than a serious political movement leader…until Trump’s surprise election.

…The story got new legs because several influential tech figures took to Twitter to voice their desire for California to leave the union after Trump’s election. Among them was Shervin Pishevar, an investor and co-founder of Hyperloop One, a startup promoting a futuristic new transportation technology.

“If Trump wins I am announcing and funding a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation,” Pishevar tweeted. That message would be retweeted almost 2,000 times, and soon the idea was trending on social media.

I have opined that the best deals in stocks under Obama were for booze makers and gun manufacturers. Now, I am going to recommend buying stock in Orville Redenbacher…because someone is going to have to pass me lots and lots of popcorn during the Trump presidency.

And this is the movie I will be watching while I eat it.


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Jefferson Davis should run the damn Confederacy from Moscow.

And how many Golden State leftists will be deterred by this factoid?

Maybe Obama traded California for Syria, Mexicans for Muslims, as part of a trade and immigration “reform” agreement.

    Bob00 in reply to n.n. | December 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I’m starting a petition to force Obama to keep our Mexicans because Muslims won’t make good tamales for the holidays. If he doesn’t do something soon, I see his inaction as the event that will start a secessionist movement in Texas. Wait, we have done that once already.

I bet the Russians are behind the canned whipped cream shortage too. Those sneaky atheist bastards are trying to ruin our Christmas by forcing us to eat our pumpkin pie without the traditional whipped cream from a can. Hopefully, our wonderful president will find the time to draw one of his dreaded lines in the sand to stop this atrocity. Until then I’ll be in my bunker self medicating with my bottle of Patron Extra Anejo 7 Anos.

    Anchovy in reply to Bob00. | December 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I hope somebody tells Michael Moore that canned shaving cream does not taste like whipped cream.

    MikeE in reply to Bob00. | December 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Don’t you realize that the propellant in whipped cream cans contributes to Global Warming????

      Bob00 in reply to MikeE. | December 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

      I thought it was air conditioning that was making our planet unlivable. Being a dedicated environmentalist, I turned off my air conditioner as soon as I heard this horrific fact. No wait, I just checked and the thermostat just changed to heater mode. I hope having a heater is an logically sound idea because it’s like Canada outside. Eh’

amatuerwrangler | December 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Unsure how this might effect the State of Jefferson movement. I had hopes that a CA successful exit might leave us hill-billies here in the north as free agents and then we could just apply for statehood; no need to get the State of California to sign off on the deal since there wouldn’t be such a state.

Also this would eliminate the need to re-do the US Flag… still 50 stars.

I wonder if they realize that they don’t get to take the 45.8% of the state that is Federal lands?

    Arminius in reply to Granny. | December 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    I just want to see the look on Governor Moonbeam’s face when the Marines shut down the part of I-5 that crosses Camp Pendleton to stop them durned furriners from crossing US territory.

    We can shift all our training there and just be as loud as we want, because now Kali residents will have not standing in federal courts to complain.

    Maybe the leftists in Kali can enter into a mutual defense treaty with Mexico to counterbalance the fact we’ll have dozens of the equivalent of GITMO in Kali. I’m sure Mexico would leap at the chance of allying itself with an entity that insists that bath house pervs and crazy people who don’t know if they’re men or women have to be part of their combined military.

Poor Deemocrat Leslie. Russians R friends now…!!!

Just wait.

Putin is getting ready to reveal himself as >>Troll Level: Almighty!<< when Wikileaks reveals that the Russian despot is personally funding the Hamilton Electors with their "Trump is Putin's Stooge!!!" web ads.

The red part should just seperate from the blue part and go already.

If we placed enough TNT along the San Andreas fault, we might get CA to slide into the ocean and become a floating hell hole of liberals with no federal taxpayers to bail them out. Since they have outlawed most guns and have destroyed their energy base they would soon be taken over by some half-wit country like North Korea. Can anyone think of a more deserving couple than NK and CA?