I had no sooner left the state for a brief vacation last week then I return to hear more insanity coming from Sacramento. I didn't hear anyone in Denver talk about the insanity of their state leaders.
On Thursday the California State Assembly discussed a bill that would have replaced Abraham Lincoln or George Washington's birthday with International Socialist Workers' Day as a paid holiday.
California Democrat Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced AB 3042, which would allow schools to replace Washington Day and Lincoln Day with Presidents' Day and install an "International Workers' Day" - conventionally known as "May Day" - as a second holiday.
I'm thinking our kids hardly know our history enough to make intelligent voters when this kind of nonsense rears its ugly head under the dome.
Republican Assemblyman Matthew Harper said on the floor, "Are we in competition to be the laughing stock of the United States?"
No, there is no competition - California is already the laughing stock of the nation.
It's hard to believe this one made it out of committee, but it did make it out of the Assembly's appropriations and education committees. The Assembly read the bill three times and refused to pass it by a 27-22 vote on Thursday. But Santiago submitted a motion to reconsider it again in the future.
Fortunately there are some level-headed Republicans standing up to this sort of crap. Harper asked: "Are we going that far to the left? This is ridiculous; this is insane; this is un-American. And for folks who think that the U.S. won the Cold War with the Soviet Union, this makes it sound like we're going in the other direction - that indeed California is kowtowing to the Soviet domination of the Cold War."
"And indeed, in that kitchen debate Khruschev had with Nixon, oh my God, was Khruschev right, Mr. Author?"
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I wish I had come up with this one. It was a video meme titled, "We didn't need gun control when we had child control." The gentleman in the video has a southern accent and a "Make America Great Again" cap on and says: "It's interesting, isn't it? We didn't need or talk about gun control back when we had child control. What a concept!" As he holds up a cell phone he goes on, "Maybe we ought to get these dangerous things out of kids' hands and maybe spend a little time with them and teach them about the rules of life. What a concept. Maybe men and women should get married and stay married. What a concept. Maybe part of putting America first is putting family first again. There ain't thing wrong or old or outdated about a strong family. We don't need gun control, we need child control."
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For months now I have been wondering about a curious set of circular donut tire marks on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 virtually beneath the Keyes Road overpass. I suspected they were the result of kids who have money to burn to replace their tires before their natural life. My suspicions were confirmed in learning of an incident that happened this weekend.
Apparently moronic young men with little common sense have been doing burn-outs on the freeway and this Saturday morning the mental midgets blocked traffic to perform their little show. It was reported and the cavalry came running.
Parents, you had better check to see if your boys are out doing this.
Ceres Police Sgt. Travis Hudson was chasing after one of the offenders and the little coward, Jonathan Samperio, 27, decided to run. I call him coward because he hasn't grown up yet to know when to take his medicine like a man. His friends apparently tried to "shut the gate" on Hudson by blocking the exit taken by Samperio but the sergeant went around them. Hudson lost little Johnny's BMW was stopped by a Sheriff's deputy and he ran (like cowards do). Realizing he lost his car, he turned himself in two days later. Maybe it took him that long to sober up.
He faces a mandatory 30-day impoundment. That should cost him a pretty penny.
I think he doesn't deserve to be on the streets of Stanislaus County again.
What spoiled babies.
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