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The 42 Allusion



If 42 really is the answer to life, the universe and everything, then we have to ask two questions. “Why do California’s roads suck so badly?’ and “What happened to the money?”

Back in 2002, nearly 70% of voters approved Proposition 42, a self-imposed gasoline tax that was for the purpose of fixing roads. In 2006 voters even more emphatically passed Prop 1A which told the Legislature that they had better stop stealing the Prop 42 money. But you’ll notice that the roads still suck more than a decade later.

Now the Governor and the Legislature want a 42% increase in the excise tax on gasoline. Why?

To fix the roads, of course. And they say “Just trust us,” when it comes to guarantees about the money not being stolen. Again.

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Just Use The Standard Talk Show Thought Process

Everybody keeps telling me how horrible 2016 was. Celebrity deaths, violence, the cancellation of The Jim Gaffigan Show. I get it, it was a bad year.

It’s hard for me to think in those terms. In January, I couldn’t walk without horrible pain. In February I went to Seattle for my Uncle’s funeral. While there it was clear that I could hardly stand up, let lone walk for more than a minute without swelling and the most intense pain I have ever had. I say that as a man who has gone through a shattered hand, three bouts of kidney stones and an infected pilonidal cyst (trust me, do not Google that). By the end of February the pain was – up to that moment – the worst I have ever had, and had essentially crippled me. Read the rest of this entry

Ending Fake News, Farming and Driving in California

_92276035_istock_19861919_mediumWhat if the actual definition of “Fake News” is not that the “news” in question is fake, per se, but rather that it is insulting or critical of the subject of the story? Seriously, by this point in time, if you cannot spot a “fake” news story, you pretty much have to have the brains of Jello®. So why all the hoopla over the fake news now? Is it because “fake news” cost Hillary Clinton the election? Of course not. Again, you’d have to be a dolt to believe that more than 60 Million people all fell for a meme. What if the real reason behind the attack on the 1st Amendment – remember, lying is in most cases protected by the 1st Amendment – is about silencing opposition? Is it really about politics or is there something a bit more nefarious at work here? Read the rest of this entry

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