Good news for Senator Ben Hueso this morning, HE PLED HIS DUI CHARGE DOWN TO A “WET & RECKLESS,” meaning that it will only cost him an $1100 fine and three years probation. The good Senator gets this deal after trying to murder people in the streets of Sacramento after a booze party at your Capitol during which he was photographed and tweeted holding booze and schmoozing with his fellow lawmakers on the Capitol balcony. He then got into his car, knowing that he had been drinking, and proceeded to drive our streets with complete and utter disregard for the safety, lives and property of the very citizens he swore an oath to protect. Don’t worry though… he’s better than you. I am also certain that as a member of the Transportation and Housing Committee, he will be certain to do whatever he can to help rid our streets permanently of people who drink and drive. Perhaps as a part of his duties for the Education Committee, he can attend an “Every 15 Minutes” program or two, and contemplate just how stupid of a thing he did? Of course he will, because he’s the peoples servant, don’t ya know…? Read the rest of this entry
Three years after he rose to power following the demise of his father, Kim Il-Sung, KIM JONG-UN IS CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ASSUMPTION OF PDRK LEADERSHIP by enjoying his takedown of Sony and the cowering of the American People far more afraid of his vague, unconformable threats of “9/11 type attacks” than by his nuclear arsenal and ballistic missiles to put them on for use against the west. How odd is it that the practical concerns about the cost of insurance for the “what if something does happen” – North Korean or otherwise – if the film is shown is causing Americans to retreat faster than nuclear arms.
ANOTHER MOVIE ABOUT NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN SHELVED over the fracas. This time with Steve Carroll. PRDK 2 America 0
I didn’t get a chance to ask Arnie yesterday if he would be okay with Hillary Clinton running even though she would be “just like her husband.” Presumably sans cigars. As for Jeb Bush running, the Godfather, rush, pretty much nailed it yesterday. The reason he is running is TO ERADICATE THE CONSERVATIVE AND TEA PARTY INFLUENCE in the GOP. Bush 45 is a dyed in the wool Republican, but nobody would ever mistake him for a Conservative. Some, like my good friend, Rusty Humphries, are CONCERNED ABOUT THE DYNASTIC APPEARANCE of electing our Presidents from basically two families, with the occasional placeholder. In any case, the whole “actively considering exploring the possibility” is a bunch of double-speak and gobbeldy-gook to hide the fact that he IS running until he can’t (by is own admission) win in the Primaries. Even that my not be enough to keep him out. Arnie’s input from yesterday notwithstanding, there are few people of understanding who think that Jeb is a political clone of either his brother or Father. The accusation is simply a means of appealing to people who refuse to think for themselves by calling Jeb, George.
US Contractor Alan Gross was released by Cuba this morning, as a part of a BROADER RELAXATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE US AND CUBA. The best tweet on this so far today comes from my friend Mike, a baseball writer in New York City who tweets: “I assume the primary reason the US might normalize relations with Cuba is that Obama just saw a full season of Jose Abreu w ChiSox.” It’s as good an explanation as any…
Adding insult to injury, the man who had to be rescued from Orestimba Creek yesterday ALSO GOT A CITATION, probably for being stupid enough to drive into a flooded creek in the first place. Oh… and they left his truck right there in the water!
After yesterdays threats from the “Guardians of Peace” about the theaters that would show “The Interview,” ONE THEATER CHAIN HAS DECIDED TO DROP THE FILM FROM ITS LINEUP. I am wondering if a better way to oppose the terroristic threat would be for pretty much everybody in American t go see the film on its opening weekend?
I guess I have been a victim of racism myself, since almost every time I go to Target I GET ASKED TO GET SOMETHING OFF OF A SHELF for somebody. I’ve never thought of it as a racist attack before, but now, I kind of feel sorry for the next person who asks me to help them reach something placed up high on the shelf. I also hope that it is not an elf. Check out #thingsmichelleobamathinksareracist on Twitter.
Odds on favorite is that you have not heard the name Leondra Kruger before. But now you will know that she is the latest NOMINEE BY JERRY BROWN FOR THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT. She is not without controversy, in that she is not, by definition, a Californian. She resides in Washington, D.C., where she works as a Deputy US Attorney and has for many years. The nomination has led some in the State to ask if there were not any qualified African-American candidates for the position, a question that the Governor is sure to avoid answering any time soon. She has spent most of her adult life outside of California, and while she was a member of the California bar until 2009, she has virtually no experience practicing law in California. Her main case before the Supreme Court in 2011, was to argue the Obama Administrations position to curtail the “ministerial exemption,” which currently allows religious organizations to avoid some discrimination laws in their hiring practices. She lost that case, but that did not hurt her climb through the system, and she is regarded as a “superstar” in the law world. Clearly losing didn’t hurt her in the view of Governor Brown who has nominated her to the High Court, where the Democrats will approve her and We the People will have no say in her appointment until November of 2018, at which point, based on the results of previous elections, she will get around 60% approval of the voters to remain on the bench for another twelve years. Read the rest of this entry
A very special Happy Birthday to the BILL OF RIGHTS!
Over the weekend we drove to Tehachapi to visit my folks and let Ben spend time with his Grandma. The way down was socked in with clouds and rain, but coming home on Sunday the clouds had lifted and in the clear and cold air, the Sierra Nevada’s were snow crested and absolutely stunningly beautiful. I often say that this State, California, is the most beautiful. I’ve been to forty-seven states, lived in twelve of them and this is the place that is the most physically gorgeous in the world. If we could get our politics to match our beauty, this place would be heaven on Earth. All we can do is keep trying.
Recently the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge was held. As a part of the celebration, THE KING AND QUEEN OF BELGIUM THREW NUTS TO THE CROWD. You may not get it, but it’s one of the classic moments of the Second World War. Surrounded by the Germans surprise offensive, elements of the 101st Airborne Division was encircled and isolated in the little ton of Bastogne. When the Germans demanded the surrender of the American forces, General McAuliffe, who was known for his lack of harsh language, struggled to find the right words to reply. One of his Aides suggested that his original one word response upon reading the demand was perfect. And so, the General had the single word reply typed up and delivered to the Germans:
To the German Commander:
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