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Darn it, California, you just keep making us godless liberals out here in flyover land love you, even though we don’t want to live in any damn California. But just look at some of the nifty new laws that went into effect in the Golden State as of January 1 while some of us spent the day oversleeping and finally watching Black Mirror on Netflix (OMG the one with the pig!).

Everyone Is A Common Jazz Criminal Artist!

The biggie, of course, is the legalization of recreational marijuana, passed by initiative in 2016. The law won’t result in legal-weed stores on every corner just yet, since businesses have to apply for licenses, but the state’s official cannabis website — cannabis.ca.gov (the Freak Brothers just plotzed) — notes that 400 businesses have already received temporary operating licenses statewide. But no drive-through toking: The state has also prohibited, subject to a fine, the use of cannabis for both drivers and passengers in vehicles. Ken Kesey’s bus is seriously bummed. Regarding today’s little contretemps with Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (vomit), back in May, California AG Xavier Becerra promised, “I would love to see Jeff Sessions come to California and tell us we’re not going to move forward on cannabis. Something tells me that it’s not gonna happen. I’ll probably be the 1 millionth person in line to fight Jeff Sessions on that.”

Jerb Stuff

Good news for workers, too: For businesses with more than 25 employees, the minimum wage is going up to $11 an hour; smaller businesses will still pay $10.50 an hour. That’s a raise for more than two million workers in the state! The minimum wage is set to go up in $1 an hour increments every year until it reaches $15 an hour in 2022, but if job growth turns negative, the governor has the option to stop the increase.

Also, when you’re applying for a job, employers can’t ask your salary history anymore, a measure aimed at reducing the wage gap between men and women. Employers, on the other hand, will have to disclose pay scales for a given job if an applicant asks.

The state has also upped the availability of family leave: Workers can take up to 12 weeks of parental leave. It’s unpaid, but you won’t lose your health insurance while on leave.

Fuck You Trump, Cali Loves Immigrants

The state’s new sanctuary law restricts how much state and local cops can cooperate with La Migra. Cops won’t be allowed to ask people about their immigration status, and can only hold people for ICE agents if they’ve been convicted of a crime. Another law prohibits landlords from narcing on tenants who are undocumented, or threatening to do so. Workplace raids will require a warrant and employees will have to be given 72 hours notice.

Is Our Children Learning?

Schools will be forbidden from denying lunch to kids who can’t afford it. Give Everybody Eat!

Gals in grades 6 to 12 will be provided free tampons and sanitary supplies at school, and boys will just have to feel jealous that they don’t menstruate. Go read Gloria Steinem, lads.

And the first step toward free college for all in-state students is kicking in, with a waiver of fees for first-time students enrolling full-time at community colleges.

Gun Tyranny

Ammunition sales must be completed in person at a licensed dealer. Online sales will be allowed, but the ammo has to be shipped to a licensed vendor and picked up there.

A 2016 policy that let school administrators decide whether employees could carry licensed concealed weapons on campus has been revoked, and now no firearms will be allowed in any public school. Get ready for the NRA to go apeshit.

Just Nice Stuff

To cut down on puppy and kitten mills, pet stores can only sell cats, dogs, and rabbits that are rescue animals. Betta fish and guppies don’t have to come from shelters, however.

New and renovated public buildings must have baby-changing tables in both men’s and women’s restrooms.

Driver’s licenses and birth certificates will no longer require a listing of “male” or “female.” And starting in 2019, driver’s licenses will offer “nonbinary” as an option — but no answer will be just as good if you want.

Protections for LGBTQ folks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been strengthened. No discrimination in admissions or evictions, and care workers must respect residents’ preferred name and gender pronouns.

To make getting a safe ride home easier, the state will allow alcohol companies and bars to team up with ride share services and taxis to provide vouchers or promo codes for free or discounted rides.

And in a move aimed at reducing the petty tyranny of asshole cops trying to meet quotas, pedestrians can’t be charged with jaywalking anymore for entering a crosswalk while the flashing hand or countdown signal is showing.

Fine, California. But Idaho still has the smartest law when it comes to bicycles at stoplights and stop signs, so there.

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  • Well, fix Prop13 and I would move back…

  • Skeptical_thinker
    • wide_stance_hubby

      To be fair, Pence held his gay panic in check rather well there.

      • You can tell by the clenching of the jaw

        • wide_stance_hubby

          His only defense against an agenda throat ramming.

    • Pence is kinda a side boob

    • Kateaux

      Is it just me or does Jones, Jr. bear a passing resemblance to Peter Dinklage?

      • The Wanderer

        Hmm. Just a smidge.

      • SpideySenser

        I’m getting that in the eyes and facial grooming.

    • dslindc

      I bet he and Mother had to pray extra hard after that one.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        You said ‘extra hard.’

        • dslindc

          Which in the Pence household is probably a sin!

        • Bobathonic

          “Hunh hunh, hunh hunh”

    • The Wanderer

      I bet Jones Jr’s gaydar went bonkers when he and Pence saw each other.
      “Yeah, I know, you aged bastard.”

    • SpideySenser

      Carson should’ve thrown a wee bit more squinty stink-eye on that.

    • BearsEarsDeLaOursistance

      I’ll be in my bunk.

    • Roadstergal

      Damn, Jones made a nice-lookin’ son.

      • Daniel

        He’s gay. Which is why Pence looks tense.

        • Jimh

          To be fair, Pence is also uncomfortable being that close to a woman who is not Mother. Also she’s holding a bible so it’s confusing.

  • Scooby

    If they keep up socialism like this they will end up a failed state…just like Switzerland.

  • calliecallie

    The Idaho Stop. I learn something new on wonkette every day.

    • shastakoala

      We are also famous for the California Roll, which you cannot eat and can get a ticket for.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • calliecallie

    Humboldt County. I could live there, I think. The rest is too crowded.

  • dslindc

    Jerbs, browns, and edumacation?! Typical coastal elites!

  • Jenny

    I can see pet stores being so mad about their laws because baby animals sell, bigly. Also pitbulls make a shit ton of puppies, seriously huge litters, and I somehow don’t see pet stores stocking up on them. Especially since most shelters have a really sad amount of pitties already.

    • Shan

      I think pitties are really cute.

      • Jenny

        Me too but they aren’t for everyone.

        • Anne Of Green Bagels

          terriers are a handful and especially the first two years are more than a notion. even the small ones like Westies end up in shelters at an alarming rate.

        • Roadstergal

          Bad owners, not bad dogs.

          I hate ‘pitties’ as a name, though.

          And mutts uber alles. Ours appear to have a little American Pit Bull Terrier in them, but also a _lot_ of herding dog and, IMO, some Bone-Mouth.

          • Anne Of Green Bagels

            unfortunately, powerful and potentially very dangerous breeds like pit bulls or rottweilers attract unfit owners.

          • Roadstergal

            They come and go in fads. Bulldogs and dobermen were the big I’m A Badass thing some decades ago, and pit bulls were family-friendly (hell, Pete the Pup from the Little Rascals was a pit bull). Now, the former two are respeddable, and the latter is the Gang Dawg. We need to make chihuahuas the Gang Dawg…

          • Anne Of Green Bagels

            and aside from those, a lot of people are too fucking arrogant to read breed descriptions and then wonder when their cute little puppy grows into a psychotic adult because they completely failed to adequately raise it.

          • Roadstergal

            Another plus of California – lots of big off-leash dog parks where you can go help your dogs wear themselves out doing what they were bred to do…

          • Anne Of Green Bagels

            and great places to socialize dogs. that’s one of the things I did with my Westie from day one.

          • Roadstergal
          • Anne Of Green Bagels

            the amount of energy they have is just unbelievable. I went to a dog show several years ago with mostly Old American Bulldogs and some Pit Bulls and American Staffordshire sprinkled in. quietest dog show I’ve ever been to. the only barker was on a property next to the venue.

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      I was attacked by two of those hideous animals 12 years ago for just walking down the street. Guess what I want done to them all? And i don’t care to debate. Want to see my scarred legs?

      • wide_stance_hubby

        2? And you want them all to have what done to them?

        • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

          They were well trained one attacked my neck from the left and the one on the right went low for my legs. I want them put down and made illegal.

      • Jenny

        I think you’ve told me before. I get it. I know it was a horrible experience.

        My allergist asked if I could leave my dogs outside, and I said nope, that’s how pitbulls go rogue. They need their people with them or they go crazy.

        Like I said, the breed is not for everyone.

    • jowgajen

      Animals should not be an impulse acquisition.

      • Eileen Besse

        THIS

      • Daniel

        Well, perhaps mayflies could be.

      • Anne Of Green Bagels

        especially the ones too big to flush.

  • BadKitty904
    • Daniel

      This was the song used for the original version of The OC.

  • theblackdog

    California already bans cigarette smoking if you have kids in the car so them extending the law to ban pot smoking in cars doesn’t surprise me.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Not to mention that you shouldn’t be smoking in an enclosed area like that anyways- no way the driver avoids a contact high

      • Trust me…you need drugs to drive safe on the 405.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          you misspelled ‘park on the 405’

          • LA has plenty of free parking. The 10, the 405, 101, 210….

    • Evidence-based Fetus Demme

      My breast cancer diagnosis resulted in A LOT of Dr.’s visits.
      They asked me in great detail about second hand smoke exposure.
      (It was as if they knew something I didn’t…)

  • Suttree

    I believe that Callyson may might just live there too!

    • Suttree

      Or not! Psyche!

  • jesterpunk

    To make getting a safe ride home easier, the state will allow alcohol companies and bars to team up with ride share services and taxis to provide vouchers or promo codes for free or discounted rides.

    I dont understand why this isnt already a thing? Granted its been about 10 years since I went to a bar but every time I did go the bars had free taxi rides for anyone who was too drunk to drive or just didnt want to drive waiting outside. The patrons all loved it because they could drink more, the bars loved it because they made more money and didnt have to worry about being sued if someone got into an accident while drunk and it made the bars more popular.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Sadly, no cops outside of Boise and Caldwell are familiar with Idaho’s law. Except one from Moscow. I trained him up good a few years ago.

    • rosenbomb

      Oh, interesting. They were issuing tickets I presume?

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Stopping and searching college kids when they ran stop signs near campus.

        • rosenbomb

          Wowee. Glad Boise PD knows what’s up, because I would have been pulled over many times by now.

        • Shan

          Assholes. What did you do to “school” them?

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            A cop found a kid with a ton of weed, pills, and cash on him. All the evidence was excluded due to the illegal stop.

          • Shan

            Nice!

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            The nicest part is that the kid was an athlete, so post-arrest there were newspaper articles, the cop got his picture in the paper . . . then it all went up in smoke.

        • BearsEarsDeLaOursistance

          “Does one get an automatic compartment search when there is no compartment?” — Zen and the Art of Nuisance Policing

    • Suttree

      If I ever move west!!!!! yOU FUCKER.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    I would move to CA right now except the roads are impassible here due to snow.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    It’s only a matter of time until the boy king goads lil Kim into nuking the left coast as punishment

    • Suttree

      Unicorns or GTFO!

  • rosenbomb

    Glad to finally see the Idaho Stop getting the recognition it deserves!

    Really though, it makes cycling through Boise a breeze. We also have an abundance of bike lines and many miles of greenbelt.

  • JohnBull

    Sounds like a fun state. Too bad nobody can afford the place.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Education? Sheeit — you just know education’s a gateway to math and English and stuff, right?

    • dslindc

      Facts do have that known liberal bias!

    • Christian O’Bummer

      Wait until they find out Algebra was thought up by terrists

    • Roadstergal

      Arabic numerals! Terrorism!

  • As much as we’d love to have you Red State liberals here, I’m hoping eventually, you all will eventually spread the contagions of common sense and empathy to your friends, family, and neighbors.

    • renegade500

      Y’all could ship some more liberals to TX (just not Austin, we’re full up – I hear Waco is nice, though).

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        You heard wrong.

      • The Wanderer

        Any remaining Branch Godtardians out there in Waco?

        • renegade500

          No, just Chip and Joanna Gaines and their (growing) family.

      • Fartknocker

        McLennan County, which includes Waco, is what I call Old Testament. They had a blind eye to sexual assault until the Feds got involved after a gang rape. Jesus and football outweighs the law when your private Baptist University say no to the victims, we must sell tickets.
        https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/03/23/a-former-baylor-football-players-sexual-assault-conviction-is-overturned-on-appeal/?utm_term=.e39a471ef295

        • renegade500

          think how much nicer Waco could be with some California transplants.

      • Nockular cavity

        No, it isn’t.

        (Move to SanAn or something)

        • renegade500

          I’d be okay with that too. Just no more here. I can’t afford for my property taxes to keep going up 10% every year.

    • P’jama Pahnts

      I wish I could figure out how to spread empathy. It seems like if someone doesn’t have it, it’s hard to make arguments for humane policy.

      • I forget which show it was, but there was a scene where one brother was trying to get the other brother to understand empathy. So he punches him as hard as he can in the stomach and says, “That’s how mom feels, but on the inside.”

        Not that I would advocate that approach. Unless it’s with votes.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        It does not seem to be communicable.

  • The Wanderer

    I don’t walk away from equity, and I’m still working; otherwise I’d seriously consider moving to California.

  • Evidence-based Fetus Demme

    If it makes you feel any better, we had a mild, (4.4 or something) earthquake last night.
    (Still warm-ish, though.)

  • schmannity

    We got a rescue goldfish. It was too rambunctious for the prior owners

    • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

      Did it have a negative attention span?

      • schmannity

        It was a biter and refused to use the litterbox.

  • Crank Tango

    Please consider moving to Shasta county, we need more libtards up here. It’s lovely, the PCT runs through here, it’s not too hot in the summer except when it’s on fire, and you can still get to SF in a few hours.

    • Shan

      “except when it’s on fire”

      • jeffg166

        Fires happen.

        • Daniel

          You can’t explain that.

          • Ducksworthy

            The Fire God?

          • Daniel

            I am the god of hell fire. And I bring you…

          • Shan

            …an earworm

          • SpideySenser

            IK, R? That’s gonna be blazing through my head all night long…maybe YouTube can help.

          • I got the Beverly Hillbillies theme in my head from below….

          • OrG

            Thanks. Now I do too.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Fiyah!
            Dun nun nuuuh!

          • Shan

            Dammit, Blarney!

          • MynameisBlarney

            HAHAHAHAHA!

          • Lordpnut

            Isaac Newton spent a vast amount of his time trying to figure out just what the fuck your book means.

          • Shan

            It’s also probably not a phrase much used in the Chamber of Commerce materials.

          • but its easy to explain why Billo was fired

    • P’jama Pahnts

      I moved from Placer county a few years ago. They needs libs there too. Badly.

    • yyyaz

      If you have a place where I can grow weed and play loud music I’m in. Also too it’s closer to Portland.

      • Crank Tango

        Some towns are weird about outdoor weed, but really there is plenty of space to get a place and do whatever. And for California, it’ really quite affordable.

        • yyyaz

          A cursory look at demographics shows that Siskiyou County has three small towns with solid blue leanings vs. none in Shasta County. Hmmmm. I am going to make a fact-finding trip up there soon.

        • P’jama Pahnts

          And beautiful.

          • yyyaz

            Yeah, some places very similar to my 7000′ Arizona hometown.

          • Snowbound Ron

            Is that across or up?

    • DrBigHead

      As long as Orange County exists, I’m not interested.

      • Crank Tango

        https://media.giphy.com/media/CsyFeRxyH0um4/giphy.gif That’s over 600 miles away from me.

      • jowgajen

        Good God, don’t move to Orange County. No redeeming qualities.

        • Phried Ω

          Move there, register to vote, and throw Rohrabacher out of office.

          • jowgajen

            Or Mimi Waters.

    • Lordpnut

      Not cold enough.

    • Ling Ling

      Not too hot? Is this Shasta County CA? Where it is over 100F all summer long? And might cool to 85F overnight? Home to such cultural icons like Simpson College and Bethel Church?

  • Roadstergal

    It is fucking expensive and crowded here. And so damn foggy and cold in the summer.

    But there are upsides.

    • DrBigHead

      Good fish tacos in San Diego…

      • Snowbound Ron

        ‘Good fish tacos’
        Nope, I have NO idea how that phrase is supposed to be working.

        • DrBigHead

          When I first heard of the idea of a fish taco, I was more than skeptical. After having one, I was hooked. And, at least according to legend, the fish taco was “invented” in San Diego, although I have to believe that they have long been available in every village along the Mexican coast

    • Phried Ω

      You just described about .5% of the state. It’s cloudless and plus 100° from May to September where I live.

      • Roadstergal

        Many of my co-workers live outside the Zone of Misery. And commute 1-3 hours a day, each direction. So I chose the Lesser Misery.

  • ManchuCandidate

    It’s like Cali wants to be Canada City.

    • Snowbound Ron

      Needz moar Timmies.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        And poutine, aka food of the gods.

  • P’jama Pahnts

    I’ll be impressed when they finally start regulating earthquakes.

    • The Wanderer

      Might be a shortage of sheep’s bladders.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Anyone else find it odd that the boy king chose to give a video speech at the presser today, considering it was being filmed about 50-100 feet from it? It’s almost like the handlers are scared shitless to let him get within earshot of reporters’ questions…

    • I still find everything about that guy to be odd

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        But this was especially odd- like they had him locked in a closet down the hall and enticed him to read the prewritten teleprompter script with a promise of Mickey D’s if he said all the werdz right

        • His medication stopped working?

          • MynameisBlarney

            Or had FINALLY kicked in.

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            Bingo- they had him on enough tranqs to drop an elephant

        • DrBigHead

          You sure they just didn’t overdub his incoherent ramblings?

          • Shan

            I wonder how many Trump Bad Lip Reading videos are out there? Or would there even be any point in making any?

          • Phried Ω

            How could you tell the difference?

          • Roadstergal

            The bad lip readings make more sense?

          • Shan

            Exactly.

      • Nockular cavity

        I FIND IT ODD HE’S ACTUALLY OUR FUCKING PRESIDENT.

        Whew. Sorry for shouting.

    • Phried Ω

      He desperately needs glasses. He didn’t squint that hard when he was staring at the eclipse.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      He’s prepping us for the Wizard of Oz phase of the administration. That way, nobody notices the cognitive deterioration.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        or Kelly and co. kidnap Richard Dreyfuss to play him in public…

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          I just watched that!

          • Zippy W Pinhead

            they could borrow all of Shurf Clarke’s flair for military uniform and get Sônia Braga to play Melania

          • Shan

            Mmmm….Sônia Braga

          • Phried Ω

            That would be worth seeing. Too bad Raoul Julia is gone. He could have been Bannon.

          • Roadstergal

            Poor bastard – nobody deserves to have their last movie be Street Fighter.

          • Daniel

            He did it for his kids, which I think is lovely.

          • Daniel

            For you the day Bannon came to your swamp was the greatest day of your life. For me it was Cuckday.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Too curvy, she’s a real woman.

        • Phried Ω

          The Prince and the Pooper.

      • doktorzoom
      • Beelzebubba
    • cmd resistor

      Creepy that the press briefing began with a video of Trump patting himself on the back.

    • Beelzebubba
    • Lord Jim

      They’re trying to make it harder to tell that they’ve replaced him with the animatronic robot.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
  • memzilla Ω
    • Beelzebubba

      Can’t be Brooklyn – the snow isn’t going sideways at 40 mph.

  • Lordpnut

    “Ken Kesey’s bus is seriously bummed.” Nice.

  • PixieThis

    In other news today, pot stocks prices have plunged on news that a renegade Keebler elf wants to enforce federal MJ laws.

    California remains awesome, as always.

    • OrG

      Buy low. Sell high.

      • Snowbound Ron

        ISWYDT

    • jowgajen

      Well. They are risky regardless. Especially so long as banks are unwilling to handle their money. A plunge is good if you want to go long, I guess.

    • jesterpunk

      Why does he hate the free market?

      • Snowbound Ron

        He doesn’t have a big enough cut.

        • jesterpunk

          Well then he just needs to pull himself up by his bootstraps and start a company then.

  • Electric Ukulele Land

    I’m bemused that Trump actually knows the word “misnomer” — not at all surprised he doesn’t use it correctly.

    • jowgajen

      The intern that wrote the speech didn’t use it correctly, you mean.

      • MynameisBlarney

        He misnomerated his dangling participles?

        • Resistor Radio

          Dirty!

          (Here’s where Amrak would insert a George Takei “Oh my!” picture)

    • Stoopid on da English:
      Trump, Kushner, Ivanka, et al.

    • Daniel

      How did he use it?

      • cmd resistor

        I think he said it was “just a misnomer” that he still talks to Bannon.

        • Resistor Radio

          Snort

    • Latverian Diplomat

      He meant a mis-gnomer, since gnomes often spread prankish rumors (when they aren’t sneaking up on gardeners).

  • MynameisBlarney
    • BadKitty904

      Breakin’ Up Is Hard to Do…

      • Resistor Radio

        🎵Don’t take your looooove
        Away from meee 🎵

        BK, you just gave me a helluva earworm

        • Lord Jim
          • Resistor Radio

            Awwww, that video was smiley lovey nicetimes :)

          • Lord Jim

            We all need nicetimes in the Age of Trump.

          • Resistor Radio

            It helps to know there’s good people and that we can count on each other. 😊

        • BadKitty904

          lol

    • Resistor Radio

      The best thing about Borowitz is it’s always so freaking plausible I have to remind myself it’s satire.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    So just reported that the US has suspended security aid to Pakistan. No problems with that, right?

    • OrG

      Well, that’ll put to rest the US is the great Satan propaganda.

    • Oblios_Cap

      So much winning!

    • MynameisBlarney

      No big.
      Pakistan’s just decided to stop using the dollar after talking with China.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Between this and the Jerusalem embassy thing, Donnie’s next trip to Saudi Arabia may have less glow ball touching.

    • Snowbound Ron

      None at all
      – Xi Jinping

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Yeah, but I didn’t care for the way Barry pronounced Pakistan, so his administration was just as bad.

    • Oblios_Cap

      What could possibly go wrong?

  • Beelzebubba

    You know those idiots who’ve decided that vaccination and pasteurization were bad ideas? They’re now decided that municipal water purification is also bad: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/29/dining/raw-water-unfiltered.html
    “Raw water” – the sort of water that turns green when you let it sit around in a jug – is becoming a thing. Because all those microorganisms (and the animal waste and agricultural runoff that nourishes them) are good for you. (Chlorination and filtration make for “dead” water, which is somehow bad for you.)

    The Darwin Awards can’t come fast enough.

    • jesterpunk

      So Puerto Rico can start exporting their water and sell it to these morons?

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Pfft. Who ever heard of waterborne illnesses killing anyone?

      • Beelzebubba

        A myth, spread by Big Fluoride.

        • UncleTravelingMatt

          Unlike chlorine, cholera is organic.

          • maxneanderthal

            It ain’t the bottom dropping out of your world, it’s the world dropping out of your bottom…

    • MynameisBlarney
    • Shan

      I would like the children who have been damaged by idiot anti-vaxxer parents to start suing their ignorant asses off them.

      • DainBramage

        The problem is my two nieces have been indoctrinated. I haven’t found a way to deprogram them yet.

        • Shan

          Maybe OTHER people who are sickened by the unvaccinated could?

          • DainBramage

            I try to slip in rational arguments and facts occasionally, but I don’t want them to stop talking to me. It’s a process.

          • Shan

            What do they think of NOBODY being vaccinated any more?

          • DainBramage

            They don’t think of it that way. It really comes from my sister-in-law, and I think she’s pushed the inherent selfishness of her position back into her subconscious, though I have pointed it out. She’s actually moved on to the new line of “it needs more study.” That’s her line of GMO foods as well.
            It all comes from going to a naturopath, which seems to me to be a 19th Century pseudo-scientific cult.

          • Shan

            But in the meantime, she’s probably ok with everyone else being vaccinated, right?

          • DainBramage

            Sure, though she wouldn’t recommend it.
            Their family was excluded from the 2016 family Christmas because of the lack of vaccinations. Our nephew and his wife had a newborn girl, and they rightfully didn’t want to take the risk of bringing her near the unvaccinated before she could get fully protected. So, there have been real world consequences.

          • Roadstergal

            Bravi to your nephew and his wife!

          • divegrl

            It is pseudo science

          • Lord Jim

            Vaccination’s been well-studied, as have GMO foods. It’s just an excuse not face the truth, I guess.

          • DainBramage

            Agreed. The whole “it needs more study” thing is a sham as they don’t like that all the facts are against them. It’s hard to climb out of the 19th Century.

          • shastakoala

            Well that would mean they’re unvaccinated too. It’s a vicious circle.

          • Shan

            Not necessarily. Being vaccinated isn’t a 100% guarantee. And some people aren’t vaccinated because they are too young or have compromised immune systems.

        • james crubb

          My uncle died from that crap, stopped taking Worfarin, because idiot sister anti vax, promptly had stroke causing a horrific death from early onset Alzheimer’s.

          • DainBramage

            I’m so sorry. That’s terrible.

          • james crubb

            Thankyou for your compassion, I feel it is a cutting example of the dangers of av’s. While Worfarin is not a vaccine, av’s don’t like it as it was once used (in far larger concentration) as rat poison, so in their dumb science it’s bad. Even his son who has a science degree, spouted this. The other dumb thing is Worfarin is herb based, yet they reject it.
            I curse the wankers for the death of my uncle, but the buck did stop with him.

        • Rachael Batten

          I know this is an ancient thread, but this article about vaccine uptake in California is really heartening:https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/upshot/measles-vaccination-california-students.html?referer=https://m.facebook.com/

          • DainBramage

            I’m glad that law had such a positive effect. There was a large hue and cry when it was passed.
            My nieces were sent to a Waldorf school, which was definitely a breeding ground of anti-vaxxerism and other medical magic woo. A measles outbreak would’ve ripped through that place.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Seriously they need to have any children removed from their custody and they need to be banned from reproducing again until they unfuck themselves.

    • Jimh

      Giardia is NOT good for you. True story!

      • Phried Ω

        Does consuming water-borne bacteria count against being vegan?

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          only if they’re cage free, non GMO bacteria

          • Roadstergal

            Non-GMO bacteria. *giggle* They all pass plasmids around like a shitty summer paperback…

          • Lord Jim

            Fucking NNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEERDS!!

            😆

          • Erala Contratista

            Is no gmo bacteria possible?

        • Jimh

          Won’t SOMEONE think of the anaerobic flagellated protozoan parasites??!!!?!!!?!!

        • Canned Covfefe

          We should ask mom of vegan naked baby butt and also too yodeler

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        I used to love getting Giardiasis pizza in Chicago

        • Phried Ω

          Deep porcelain bowl pizza.

          • Jimh

            Ew.

      • yyyaz

        Tell me about it. : (

    • Latverian Diplomat

      It’s all that gluten in chlorine.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Enjoy your dysentery, idjits…

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      I guess it was just a matter of time before the antivax end of the horseshoe met up with the Bircher end.

      • Roadstergal

        For me, anti-vax and anti-fluoride were the original horseshoes – just as popular with the crazy righties as the crazy lefties.

        I’m thinking of General Ripper-types and our own ‘president’…

    • Evidence-based Ugly Dude
    • Oblios_Cap

      Antivax, anthrax. They sort of rhyme.

    • DainBramage

      My sister-in-law hasn’t taken to this yet, that I know of. Ugh.

    • SayItWithWookies

      That’ll make some people hot under the cholera.

    • Erala Contratista

      Saw that and loved it.
      Many Giardial returns to you, too, hipster :-D

  • goCatgo

    The POC. I hart it.

  • Resistor Radio

    Oh California, nicetimes onion ninjas for your good governance. Congratulations, and even people in like Bakersfield and Red Bluff will benefit from all this even though they will bitch and moan and cry tyranny.

    But since many of us don’t live in California, here’s hoping your big ol pot cloud of nicetimes drifts over to some of our homes in states what are not CA.

    • Phried Ω

      Kern County has already said they aren’t going along.

      • Resistor Radio

        Just the jazz cigarettes, or all the nicetimes new laws? So many absolute gamechangers (gag, I’m so sick of that word), the pet store stuff, feeding the school kids, tampons4all…I’m just all-around impressed.

        • Phried Ω

          I guess they are concerned about competition with the meth trade.

        • Lord Jim

          Is it not an appalling sign of our time that feeding ALL the chirren seems like such a big deal? 😔

          • goCatgo

            Too true.

          • Resistor Radio

            I would have said “who could possibly argue against that?” but then I read Robyn’s piece about that super-neato(/s) political philosophy taking the manosphere by storm where it should be cool to starve your children to death, so…

            But it did bring a smiley tear to my eye to know that hungry kids won’t be so hungry, even if they were dumb enough to be born to poor or neglectful parents. Really, all snark aside, it’s a wonderful thing.

          • kloewent

            What is even more appalling is the amount of school lunch that gets tossed in the trash, even when it is all kids have to eat. I live in CA and have worked in the schools and the amount of waste is unbelievable. Except pizza day, they all eat that!!

    • jesterpunk

      That might calm those “economically anxious” voters down a little.

      • Resistor Radio

        The “economically anxious” of the central valley are indistinguishable from the “economically anxious” in Cletusville, WV.

        • jesterpunk

          But if we send in Willie they will be too high and just want some food. You dont even need to smoke with him, just being within half a mile of his tour bus is enough for a contact high.

          http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/119000/Willie-Nelson-Holding-a-Big-Joint-119157.jpg

          • Roadstergal

            Oh good god, I went to a Willie Nelson concert at the Greek Theater in Berkeley a few years ago. I didn’t bring any pot and I still got WAY TOO HIGH.

          • jesterpunk

            Was that just from walking near his tour bus?

          • Roadstergal

            What’s funny is that he seemed pretty straight on stage. But _everyone_ in the audience was toking. They were blowing bubbles full of pot smoke, so you couldn’t avoid getting a big snortful every time one popped.

        • Phried Ω
          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Crystal Meth Palace?

        • goCatgo

          They are conservative. They just want the government to provide cheap water, roads, bridges, highways, schools, price supports, subsidies, fallow land, govt loans and insurance, police, sheriff, fire services, medical, banks and utilities. Hire and work immigrants like serfs. With low or no taxes.
          Oh, and the young people want college available to GTFO of Lodi.

          • HooverVilles

            Other than that, they want a government so small that the only thing it regulates is the wimmins.

          • HooverVilles

            PS: Nice avatar and user name!

  • Daniel
    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Even SHS doesn’t like this …

      • Daniel

        Trump does look like he’s regretting skipping the prune juice this morning.

      • Oblios_Cap

        She’s is giving him the skunk eye. Or maybe that’s her regular look. Hell, I don’t know.

        • Résistance Land Shark Ω

          It IS hard to tell, but she is definitely giving stink eye.

          • Oblios_Cap

            She’s gotta make up something on the spot to defend whatever bullshit he comes up with. It’s hard, like doing improv.

        • Evidence-based Ugly Dude

          Skunk libel

    • Snowbound Ron

      Quick, somebody find his binkie!

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      You’ll never find two uglier faces together in one room than these

    • jesterpunk

      Is that taped from his twitting toilet?

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Smelt it/dealt it: who did which?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Sliders?
      As in, from White Castle?

    • BMW

      Jokes aside… I really need to know what’s really going on here.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Apparently he gave a video address during the presser instead of coming out and mingling with the coup-minded news people.

      • DainBramage

        He couldn’t get off the toilet to come to the presser.

        • Daniel

          Couldn’t, or wouldn’t?

          • DainBramage

            Yes.

    • dshwa

      She looks like Trump wiped his mouth with her favorite dress because he thought it was a tablecloth.

    • OutOfOrbit

      i bets it wuz pre-recorded & editted for for edited for for for crazy repeats repeats crazy

    • tomamitai

      Looks like she’s trying to esplode somebody’s head! https://youtu.be/B_Lnz64vXB8

  • Roadstergal

    Ah, I just checked in on Facebook, and I saw a number of gun types getting upset that they couldn’t just go by ammo at Wal-Mart like they could last year.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Can the licensed vendor jack up the price for pickup? Because most gun nuts actually buy their ammo online because it’s far cheaper.

      • Snowbound Ron

        ‘Delivery fee.’

        • dshwa

          Holding and storage charge.

        • RickyG

          Will there be any ‘caps?’

      • MynameisBlarney

        It would be un-American not to go triple markup.

        • Everrett Fanuelli

          This is as Libertarian as it gets.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Actually, in retail that is quite common.
            Gives the seller the ability to sell at 50% off and still double their money.
            And wiggle room for a knowledgeable customer that wants to haggle.

      • Courser_Resistance

        I still get ad catalogs from a few ammo sellers from when the Ex stayed here. I’m betting those yokels won’t be happy. I suspect a lot of em were some form of extremists living out in Bumfuck, OK. Mail order ammo is probably most of their sales.

      • Shan

        That made me think of Chris Rock’s solution to gun violence: $5,000 bullets.

    • Evidence-based Ugly Dude
      • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

        Hey, laughing boy! No mowe buwwets!

    • jesterpunk

      Why do they hate the jerb creators?

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I thought Wal-Mart stopped selling ammunition. Was that just a bullshit PR stunt?

    • Roadstergal

      Already discussions of trips to Reno because “Kalifornia” is so evil and how this will lead to even more gun violence. And these are Bay Area peeps. Sigh.

  • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

    OT: What’s an SWM SJW to do on a snow day?

    Make French Toast, that’s what!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f6ce6f12222beea22a6e1ebfe458f009da6f33e62d4dd6a2a71107b91a9c4600.jpg

    • RickyG

      ‘Sniff’. FREEDOM TOAST!

    • Kateaux

      Know what’s even better? French toast baked in a waffle iron. Mmmmmmmmm.

      • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

        I’m ambiguous about limited-use kitchen gadgets, given my relatively limited amount of space.

        • Lord Jim

          Make waffles more often. :D

        • AdmNaismith

          That’s why I have a stove-top Waffle Iron. Takes up no space.

          Waffle Pizza-

          -Thaw and roll out a frozen puff pastry.
          -Slather with pizza sauce, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings.
          -Roll into a log; curl the log into a disc.
          -Now waffle that F- until golden brown & hot all the way through.

          You’re Welcome.

          • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

            Yea, “no space” implies leaving it on the stove, not an option for me.

            But, your suggestions lead me to question my use of the “limited-use” adjective. I might have to do some extra research.

        • AdmNaismith

          https://m.ebay.com/itm/Nordic-Ware-Belgium-Waffler-Vintage-Dual-Gauges-Cast-Aluminum-Stove-Top-/332505063044?nav=SEARCH

          This baby hides easily in a cupboard until pressed into use.
          The current model doesn’t have the temperature guages.

  • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

    “But how can we shame kids for being poor if we can’t starve them?” – GOP

  • Snowbound Ron
  • Everrett Fanuelli

    So it looks like the sides for World War 3 are slowly coming together. We have the US and Guatemala versus everyone else.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      DON’T FORGET TOGO!

      • dshwa

        We got Trinidad, but not Tobago.

        • Daniel

          St. Kitts, but not Nevis.

          • Everrett Fanuelli

            I think we got Bermuda, Bahama, Key Largo, Montego, Jamaica. Not sure about Kokomo.

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            Yes, but what about Montserrat?

        • Oblios_Cap

          Turks, but no Caicos.

      • puredog

        “That’s okay, I’ll eat it here.”

    • jesterpunk

      Will the President of the Virgin islands back Trump?

    • Lefty Wright

      What about Puerto Rico?

      • Yellerduck

        They don’t know yet. It will take weeks to get the broadsheets to them what with them being an island surrounded by the big ocean water.

      • natoslug

        Now that we’ve devastated them, we can move on to the rest of the world.

    • Carole

      Honduras, the other pro-life nation, is also on our side.

  • onedollarjuana

    Problem with blue states being relatively more progressive is that it will eventually attract the really hard up red-staters, thus diluting the progressiveness if they decide to vote as well as reside.

    • altleftjohn

      In my experience the blue states tend to attract the smarter people from the red states.

      • goCatgo

        I see that also. Many areas of the state are expensive to live in, so a good job and/or education is vital.

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        Ditto the blue enclaves in purpley-red states. Smart folks ain’t gonna stay down on the farm, after they’ve seen the big city.

    • goCatgo

      I welcome any hard up person from anywhere to come here to better their life. But be warned they will not live in a red state world. There will be DIVERSITY and COMPETITION for everything. Prolly not tolerable for the Trumpers.

  • BigCSouthside

    OT: publisher gets a C&D from the President, promptly say “fuck yourself” and decides to release it tomorrow

    • Oblios_Cap

      Free advertising.

      • BadKitty904

        This bullshittery in the press is a publisher’s marketing dream come true!

        • Lord Jim

          Hell, I want this book. Yesterday.

          • BadKitty904

            Turmp has literally added several million dollars to this book’s sales figures…

          • Lord Jim

            The Streisand Effect.

          • BadKitty904

            Talk about a clueless moron…

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    My avatar approves this message.

  • puredog

    If Donnie made the Idaho Stop federal law binding in all fifty states, I’d vote for him.
    /s
    What I meant to say was, I’d piss on his flaming corpse a little longer.

    • tomamitai

      What the hell is an “Idaho stop”, some new drive-thru potato joint?

      • Lord Jim

        From Pikky Weedia: The Idaho stop is the common name for a law that allows cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign, and a red light as a stop sign.

        • starfanglednut

          Lol, generally we do that anyway. Here in Boston, the friggin bicycle cops do it.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Bristol Stomp, but with less liquor?

      • natoslug

        It’s a “California stop,” but for bicycles rather than cars.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Oh great, California. Now Trump is going to push his big button and nuke y’all from space. Because he’s a giant asshole, is why.

    • Roadstergal

      He’ll let Kim do it for him.

    • BigCSouthside

      Nah, he’s gonna have a senior moment and nuke North Carolina instead of North Korea

    • redarmyzombie

      Put some stairs in front of the nuke button, he’ll never get past them.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      He has a golf course here in LA so I figure he isn’t going to risk that profit center since he went in the hole for some good money to get it.

      • AdmNaismith

        I think Drumpf’s CA golf course is losing at least some money- ’cause even our obscenely wealthy here in CA draw the line somewhere.

  • Swampay

    Aww, California, that’s adorable. It almost makes me forget that everything south of SF is already an uninhabitable hellscape and for the rest of the state, the trend ain’t so good.

    • Kooolest G

      if everything south of SF in “uninhabitable” what are the 30 million or so people who inhabit it doing there?

      • Swampay

        Suffering.

    • phoenix00

      Umm, lots of LA and SD are perfectly fine.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        I loved living there. I finally fit in politically.

      • Swampay

        Keep telling yourself that.

  • elviouslyqueer

    That horrible screaming sound you hear is the three liberals in Mississippi howling in jealousy. (What we lack in numbers we make up for in sheer volume, fwiw.)

    • Lord Jim

      Kenfuckistan feels your pain. :(

  • Alternative Dog

    As a California cyclist, I am jealous of Idaho’s perfectly sane stop sign/stoplight laws.

  • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

    Dayum! It looks like californy is just so bound and determined to be a libtard Hell hole.

    /s <- as if I really need that here.

  • Miles Monroe

    Prediction: Sacramento will add enforcement of state-legal weed businesses to its sanctuary law; there is already an inactive bill (AB-1578) from last year’s legislative session that would do so.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Idaho still has the smartest law when it comes to bicycles at stoplights and stop signs, so there.

    This. It really annoys me when some nitwit who probably hasn’t been on a bicycle since he got his drivers license goes “If bikes want to be on the road they should follow the same rules as drivers.” Gee, what reason could there possibly be for not requiring a “vehicle” propelled by muscle power, with a top speed of maybe 15 mph, to stop and start up again at every single stop sign?

    As for California, I went to college there, and I’m sorry I ever left.

    • Carole

      Yeah, it makes soooo much sense to say that people on bikes have to follow the same rules. Because everyone knows cars are required to stay in the right lane of a 2-lane road and only get into the left lane at the very last second, for the limited purpose of making a turn. Bikes have only one thing in common with most autos on the daily commute — they’re usually occupied by only one person.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      I came here to go to college and I’m glad I never left.

    • Maybe

      Cross traffic?

  • Doug Langley

    I’m really starting to regret moving out of Los Angeles. Seemed like my job problems really got worse then.

  • Daniel Hooper

    And somewhere, Jeff Sessions sits quietly with a furrowed brow and crossed arms at all this tomfoolery and devil weed.

    • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

      Hang down your head, Tom Foolery,
      Hang down your head and cry,
      Hang down your head, Tom Foolery,
      Cali’s still gonna get high….!

  • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

    California: It’s like Canada, but not fuckin’ cold.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Our Gov. and their PM would make a good team.

    • natoslug

      Not close enough, though. Our healthcare system is still just as shitty as the rest of the U.S., and you don’t get much French graffiti.

    • phoenix00

      I do feel quite at home whenever I visit SF.

      • Jonny On Maui

        SF weather is imported from Canada…

        • phoenix00

          With an almost-daily sprinkling of fog, sure!

        • Left Coast Tom

          Vancouver weather is imported from SF.

    • Maybe

      Except for Orange County.

      The like Canada bit, not the fucking cold bit.

    • I saw a French policeman swoop in and bust a guy in Montreal outside a subway station who approached me and flashed some buds in a baggie, just 7 years ago, so…no.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    “CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), ensures public safety and environmental protection by licensing and regulating commercial cannabis cultivators in California.”

    Far out.

  • natoslug

    The majority of cyclists in Humboldt would be highly confused if you told them that any sort of signs or traffic signals applied to them in any way. It is nice, though, that they usually swerve out of your way if you’re walking on the sidewalk in their way.

  • wobbly

    All the same, it bothers me that California isn’t doing more to prepare its residents for the next big earthquake. One of my sons and his lovely wife live in Los Angeles, about 65 miles from the southern end of the San Andreas fault-the part of the fault where seismologists think the “big one” will occur. It’s true that scientists are working on an early warning system-“early” meaning a minute or so…but there are apparently no public service announcements telling people what to do when the warning sounds. What to do if you are in your car, what to do if you are in a three story building, what to do wherever…

    In Japan, I think, they actually have earthquake drills. Even well trained people will panic anyway, but some will remember and survive.

    • Bananas Foster

      Emmm… It’s not like California hasn’t been trying.

      Missing from President Trump’s budget: Funds for California’s earthquake early warning syste
      http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-trump-budget-earthquake-early-warning-20170525-htmlstory.html

      Also, too: There are HUGE public mass casualty public responder drills in California that include earthquakes.

      • Maybe

        Note that the new “tax reform” bill also disallows people to deduct losses sustained in fires from their taxes.

        Gee, I wonder why.

    • Jonny On Maui

      I went to school in CA for most of my education. Earthquake drills happened all the time. Family earthquake preparedness was a recurring homework assignment.

      IIRC, building codes are as strict as Japan, but I’ve been wrong lots.

      • onedollarjuana

        I grew up in San Jose in the 1960s. We had nuclear attack drills. I hear they’re coming back into style.

        • Jonny On Maui

          Same here sadly…

        • Maybe

          Only now we expect to be attacked from Washington, D.C., and not from Russia.

          Well, maybe Russia.

      • covfefesumgame0005

        lucky you, I just had atomic bomb drills in school! &#128521

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Don’t worry. The Yellowstone caldera’s gonna blow first, so they won’t have to worry about the quake.

      • onedollarjuana

        Or the Long Valley (Mono Lake) caldera. A bit closer to home.

    • Maybe

      Not a bad idea. We have at least upgraded our building codes.

      We also need to prepare for a possible tsunami.

  • Lambsendbeds

    I can assure you that California cyclists treat all stop signs as yield signs and don’t even bother to fucking stop for red lights unless the intersection is full of traffic. Fuck this Idaho stop noise – STUPID CYCLISTS SHOULD OBEY THE FUCKING TRAFFIC LAWS!!!!1!1!!1!!!eleventy!

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      Not true that all CA cyclists blow through red lights. I hardly ever see it happen, and I ride and drive a lot of miles. You’re right about stop signs, we do roll through them unless doing so violates someone else’s right of way. We refer to that as an “Idaho stop”.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Funny. In Idaho, we call it a “California Stop.”

  • Washington St already has most of this stuff. But the weather’s shit.

    • And there are so many tikitorch-Nazis here.

  • Jonny On Maui

    CA was home for the majority of my life. I’d like to say that I miss the place but the water’s warmer here.

    Still, way to go CA. As much as I like to hate lifetime pols, Moonbeam is truckin’ on…

    • Maybe

      And he’s doing what we Californians want instead of what Trump’s gestapo wants.

  • phoenix00

    > no firearms will be allowed in any public school

    WHAT IS WITH THIS EXPLOSION OF COMMON SENSE??!!

    • Parakeetist

      They’re just… nice… oh my God…

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    God, what a dystopian liberal hellhole. Thank god I’m freezing my fucking ass off in Illinois.

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    a) even though TX is nowhere near legalizing weed, we do finally have 2 growers licensed for our CBD oil for epileptic people and, this is amazing, while TX House Speaker Joe Straus was NOT referring the bathroom bill to committee during the special session, he did find time to refer the pot bills–including the just straight LEGALIZE IT bill–to committee though they were not on the call. that means the TX House was more willing to talk about legalizing pot than legalizing discrimination against trans kids. we’re getting somewhere!

    b) I’m pretty sure it’s still straight up illegal for non-federal agents to ask about immigration status–not that TX cares, they’re busy testing that theory even after AZ was told HELL NO. however, what is interesting here is that almost every jail in the country uses electronic fingerprint scanners now and they automatically bounce to the FBI. I am wondering what it is going to cost to change that for CA (probably just a couple million, not so much that the pot tax can’t cover that and many more wonderful things), but I’m wondering how they’re going to handle that post-adjudication convo. it also begs the question of why they drew the line of official state travel to TX on the bill that allows Catholic Charities to tell gay parents they’ll have to adopt kids from someone else, or if they could have simply told us it was the final straw. (hopefully that bill and the sanctuary cities bill will be overturned in court because we need them to visit to help us legalize hemp and then pot.)

    c) last session, retiring Rep. Helen Giddings (D – DeSoto) also got a lunch shaming bill passed. now schools have to give kids a grace period to get their lunch money rather than having to eat PBJs for lunch immediately when the lunch runs out. we also got some pretty cool lunch sharing programs that allow kids to donate their meals, allow cafeterias to donate their leftover food to after school programs and allow schools to donate their unused food which hasn’t been cooked to foodbanks and backpack programs. so we’re not totally backwards.

    d) law enforcement fucking hates the idea of having even licensed teachers carrying. they would have no idea who is carrying and they are not telling the principal how to run his school, they just don’t think that the principals should be doing their job. we do have a school marshal law in TX which allows ONE person who is already licensed to take a 40 hour course with 20 hours per year of additional education in fire arms each year after and all law enforcement will know who they are, but the only public information will be that they have one. they don’t want shooters targeting the school marshal’s office, but parents want to know if there is a fucking gun at the school. so that works. law enforcement actually wanted the course to be 80 hours with 40 hours of additional education. they got half of what they wanted. I would love to have that ammunition law, but we can’t even get that for guns here yet.

    e) cutting down on puppy mills should be a non-partisan thing, but Mucus has decided that he’s cool with animal abuse. still, we managed to get a 3 strikes law in place for animal abuse. shame about my favorite “no one can sue you for breaking their car window because their dog/child/grandparent is about to die” didn’t pass nor did the update to the chain law.

    f) we do at least have changing tables in both men’s and women’s bathrooms at the Pink Dome. but we don’t require it by law. still trying to figure out a place that is not Sen. Zaffirini’s office to designate as a nursing room. it’s legal to breast feed anywhere, but many women find men creepy when they are breast feeding and some women have to pump.

    g) don’t even want to know what the ID thing would take. we can change your driver’s license gender, but the birth certificate gender thing is tricky as all get out. you have to have a friendly judge in the county you were born in. so you can get it done in only urban county. sorry, Cut-N-Shoot residents.

    h) we got some good stuff in our Constitutional election, but there’s not a clean counterpoint here.

    • Left Coast Tom

      it also begs the question of why they drew the line of official state
      travel to TX on the bill that allows Catholic Charities to tell gay
      parents they’ll have to adopt kids from someone else, or if they could
      have simply told us it was the final straw.

      My guess is it was more of a final straw thing – and if I recall correctly it was the AG finding that TX fell under the travel ban rule on that account, rather than the legislature specifically calling out TX.

      (TX news article confirming my “AG” recollection: Linky.

      • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

        I didn’t think your lege was calling us out.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    My favorite song about California. Beats all those hippy-dippy songs about San Francisco all to heck, I think. I used listen to this and imagine driving on Highway 1, what you furriners call “Pacific Coast Highway”.

    https://youtu.be/wqcqZlFMUYQ

  • Maybe

    California has long welcomed immigrants. They are a huge part of both our culture and our workforce. And after all those fires we’re going to need a bunch of workers to rebuild. So don’t go to Texas or Florida, guys (and gals)–come to California.

    Or Puerto Rico.

  • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

    I live near the capitol, and used to travel for work long ago; the whole state is not LA or SF, there are places to snow ski, we don’t all surf, no you cannot spend and hour at SF, Sacramento, and Fresno in one day. I used to work in the Clinical research business (we provided data for drug trials by recruiting people willing to participate; it’s complicated), and Monitors visit study sites to inspect the records we kept on study participants. They were all based on the east coast and could not seem to figure out we have counties or even cities that were larger than their states. In all my travels, there were places I would visit again, but none that I would ever want to call “home.”

    • There are many places in Cali that I wouldn’t want to even visit, much less call “home”.

      For example, ever been to Mojave, CA?

      • unclejeems

        Wasco, Barstow, Needles and Eureka also come to mind.

        • Erala Contratista

          Wasco has for some reason, a lot of pastrami stands.

          • unclejeems

            Right. Go figure.

      • Erala Contratista

        Woke up to lots of snow in Mojave.
        In late April.

  • Keith Taylor

    To be a bit childish (but sincere) … yay, California!
    I’m telling you. It all started with teaching evolution and then protesting the Vietnam War. You never can tell where these trends will end.

  • The Librarian

    Yep, I got a ticket for running a stop sign on my bike when I was a teen. In CA. I do love these new laws though.

  • Old Man Yells at Cloud

    California is also looking at providing an option to make charitable donations to the state which are also state tax credits so you can donate the amount of your Ca taxes which become a Federal tax deduction and state tax credit. Put that in your double ice cream scoop and smoke it Lil’Donnie.

  • But Idaho still has the smartest law when it comes to bicycles at stoplights and stop signs, so there.

    Maybe DC can adapt this law to stop the Twitter Ho?
    https://letsdotruth.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/stop-trump-sign.jpg

  • Kryptonian Canis

    There’s a girl out there
    https://youtu.be/PDIz4talyQk

  • Chuck

    When biking in Wisconsin in the EARLY 70’s , we called stop signs 8 sided yield signs. Guess Idaho made that into reality.

  • Dianna Deem

    I’m a second-generation Californian, and I’ve never lived anywhere else. Why would I? Sure, it’s cheaper elsewhere, and other places have some pretty too, but I love my big blue state!

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