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Welcome to 2018!

(00:00) It seems like a tradition, every New Years we end up going over all the “new” laws that go into effect with the new year. It’s almost as if we never ask the question, “Why?” Seriously, what is so screwed up that we need as may as 900 new laws every single year?

Looking at some of the newest laws makes me wonder what it is that is really trying to be accomplished. Even some of the laws that didn’t pass seem oriented at the same goal, which is the same idea I’ve had – and many of you have had – for a long time. Even the legalization of Marijuana accomplishes the same end goal.

(31:27) Last year, a jury in Oregon acquitted seven of the Bundy defenders in assault on the Malheur Wildlife Sanctuary in Oregon. I said at the time that this was a good thing, not because the Bundy attackers were right, but because it would demonstrate the power of the Jury to nullify the Government.

I also said at the time that those who were celebrating weren’t really paying attention. It was never “all” of the Bundy defendants acquitted, it was seven. Others took deals, and others still awaited trial.

Now, while the next jury has deadlocked and a mistrial has been declared (which should cause the Prosecution to reconsider, but won’t), you should take the time to consider one of the defendants story.

I have said from the beginning that the Bundy’s are frauds and manipulative of people. They play on passions and errors in understanding. The worst part of what the Bundy’s did was that some of the people they led down the path of evil once were – and are trying to be again – good people.

(43:16) I love being a dad. I guess you know that. It’s the primary reason that I left terrestrial radio and moved to the PACNORWEST. I love playing air hockey and Sorry! with Ben (couple of his Christmas gifts). But there was a time when I didn’t think that I would ever become a dad.

In November of 2009, Cami and I headed down to Santa Monica for what I assumed would be a final visit with my baby sister. She wasn’t supposed to make it, but of course, by the time we got there it was obvious that she would. So the trip became a mini-vacation for the two of us, kind of a short, second honeymoon.

One evening we walked the Promenade, and playing on the sidewalk was an absolutely fascinating band. They had an accordion, trombone, tuba, clarinet and a tapan (a manual drum system) that each of them would take turns playing with their feet. One of the songs they played caught my attention, as it was about the singers wish for his son to live a good life and overcome obstacles life might put in his way. I was enthralled by the song, and I ended up paying $5 for a self-produced and burned CD that they were selling which had the song on it. The song appealed to me, and even though I had no expectation to be a dad, it sort of made me hopeful that I might have the same advice for my step-daughters.

What I didn’t know, and what Cami did already know, was that Ben was already on the way…


Guarding the Line?

RoyalsWhiteSox JFS 9-26-14 1143I am wondering if I missed a memo or if I am just a baseball anachronism, since I still believe that in the bottom of the 12th inning of a now-tied game, you have the 3rd Baseman “guard the line” against a right handed batter. It was heartbreaking to watch the game last night, and yet – o borrow from Dennis Eckersly – it was a bad game for the A’s, but it was a great game for baseball. I wasn’t all that into a Wildcard “play in” game, but last night from a baseball perspective was awesome. Hopefully tonight’s Giants-Pirates game will be just as good. While I do hate the Giants, who among us would not want to see a seven game Dodger-Giants NLCS? I still believe that any team that celebrates “winning” a wild Card spot with champagne and goggles is overdoing things.

The discussion on Social Media over the disbelief that the Governor did go ahead and sign the Statewide Plastic Bag Ban keeps circling back to the same question – Doesn’t Sacramento know what the dangers and downsides of the ban are? Of course they do. Not only do they know them, they are very aware of the studies and stats that show that the reusable bags are basically plague contaminated bags of (bleep). The problem is that they simply do not care. Why not? Because the people doing the studies aren’t bribing them donating to their re-election campaigns. Believe me in this – when it becomes obvious that the ban is a huge putrid festering failure of disease, death, job loss and not helping the environment in any way, shape or form, the donations for the next program to solve a Sacramento caused program that will put a great deal of money into their coffers and re-elections.

In what might be the Gundyest of Gundyisms, the beloved City Council myrmidon took to Facebook recently to decry a posting on the Facebook Group “Salida Bitch&Moan” to once again blast the County for daring to thwart Der Mayor’s plans and somehow or another hurt his personal goals for Salida (annexation). The only problem with his post? well, as anybody who can read would have noticed, the “Saida Bitch&Moan” Facebook Group, is for Salida, COLORADO. You can read about it and other Gundyisms over at THE SALIDA ANNEXATION BLOG

The debate of the legalization of marijuana is in its closing stages. I have no doubt that it will soon be legalized in California, which – as I repeated again and again – is a major error. Put aside the mental effects and social ills that come with the legalization of mind altering substances, the new tact in opposing this legalization may be environmental. It turns out that GROWING MARIJUANA IS BAD FOR SALMON. It is possible, according to scientists, that the growing of marijuana could cause the extinction of salmon. Now, I personally don’t believe that it would cause a ToTaL extinction, but those who worship such things as fish and environment would be concerned about the killing of fish by their supposedly “all natural” product.

The ruling for Stockton’s Bankruptcy will be announced this morning. By the time we get to the air we should have most of the details of how things will go for the City.

I am reading a great book these days, and I thought that I would share with you this one sentence:

[T]here are some “genuinely useful analogies” between the world of 1200 BC and that of today, including an increase in political, social, and economic fragmentation, as well as the conducting of direct exchange at “unprecedented social levels and over unprecedented distances.” Most relevant is her observation that the situation at the end of the Late Bronze Age provides an analogy for our own “increasingly homogenous yet uncontrollable global economy and culture, in which … political uncertainties on one side of the world can drastically affect the economies of regions thousands of miles away.” – Cline, Eric H. (2014-03-23). 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) (Kindle Locations 162-166). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

I realize that without a good context that may seem out of place a bit, but the reality is that is just a manifestation of Dave’s 2nd Law, People don’t really change, they do the same things, for the same reasons with the same results throughout history. The only thing that changes is technology, which allows people to convince themselves that “this time it will be different.” Whether is it tin or oil, gold or bitcoin, the base economic systems don’t change and the use and abuses of those systems do not change.

The Big Topic – Legalization of Marijuana

Hour 1 – Legalization of Marijuana

Bob Bowerman of NORML and John Lovell of the CNOA discuss the challenges and issues of legalization of marijuana


Hour 2 – SB 1262

Bob Bowerman and Roger Morgan try to convince Dave that regulation of Marijuana will work


Hour 3 – The Law Enforcement Prospective

Retired MPD Officer and former Behind the Badge Host Doug Ridenour joins Dave to give a Law Enforcement perspective on the legalization of marijuana.

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