I’m so impressed that the California State University system dropped the algebra requirement. Impressed … because it’s more forward thinking than I normally give our established academicians credit for. In his book “In Defense of the American Teen“, author Ryan Teves makes a compelling argument to give young people a basic education, then allow them to pursue their passions. Forcing people who do not want or need algebra is just plain stupid. So I say “congratulations CSU!” Keep innovating and keep your curriculum relevant! You are in the business of serving students, not academic dinosaurs.
Next, let’s try to get the people in charge of K-12 out of the dark ages.
It appears that it’s a hardship to pay for your traffic fines. So, now, you don’t have to pay traffic tickets in CA.
Keep in mind that we have the worst drivers in the US.
Or if you believe this website, we only have the 2nd worst drivers. I’ve been to Utah, and I dispute their claim to be #1.
Seems like everyone is focused on politics, president Cheeto-head, the Kardashians, ISIS, or the crisis-of-the-month. But this little tidbit almost slid by my radar: 94% of the jobs created in the past decade were not traditional 9-5, full-time jobs. According to this study, conventional jobs are disappearing. You know, like jobs with benefits.
For those of us who are boomers and maybe Gen-Xers, it’s not a huge problem. We mostly already have jobs. But millennials have to figure out how to carve out a living with small chance of buying a home, getting health insurance from an employer, or providing for retirement.
Something to think about when the government thinks about shutting down health insurance subsidies and cutting back on social security benefits for those just entering the workforce. And I guess that Uber drivers can always raise their families in their vans, which is OK as long as the founders of Uber are zillionaires.
A Paradise CA cop, Patrick Feaster, shot a motorist who was exiting his wrecked car. The cop claimed that he accidentally pulled out his weapon, accidentally aimed his weapon at the motorist, and accidentally shot the motorist. (The motorist eventually died from his gunshot wound). The cop was not initially prosecuted because “he is human and humans make mistakes”. There’s a little more to the story that’s not on this clip. It seems that because cops are trained to shoot twice (double tap), if they only shoot you with one bullet, it must be an accident. This story stunned me because it seemed to imply that cops have a free pass to shoot anyone for any reason as long as they only pull the trigger once. I can’t see how you can interpret this in any other way.
So it’s one year later and I followed it up and found that after protests, he was eventually tried and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. So, if citizens protest wrongful shootings, it’s possible that cops will have to stand trial for shooting you.
Note that his fellow officers defended his actions. Of course they did. It’s us vs. them. And of course, his dirt-bag lawyer tried to get another trial on a technicality. So, can cops legally shoot you for any reason? The final answer is no: this murderer wound up serving 180 days for killing an innocent citizen. So I guess that’s the penalty in CA, assuming that citizens protest. If not, then they get off with no penalty.
In 2015, 30,000 tickets were issued in California for texting while driving. That’s 30,000 people who were OK with killing me on the road. Yet, all the leftists here in CA are concerned about guns. Where’s the outrage for texting? I’ll tell you … those same leftists want to be free to kill me with their distracted driving. But they want to take away my ability to protect myself with a gun.
The State of Washington has figured out a way to fix the deficit. Tax our constitutional rights. They’ve put a $25 tax on guns and a tax on bullets, so that’s taxing our 2nd amendment rights. But that’s just a start. Let’s look a few more amendments:
1st: Tax free speech. If you want to say something publicly, you must pay a tax. I should have to pay a tax for this blog.
3rd: Don’t want your home used as a military barracks? Pay a tax.
4th: Pay up or the police can raid your home and do full body cavity searches whenever they feel like it.
5th: Relying on the 5th amendment to not be forced to testify against yourself? Pay a tax or lose the right.
6th : Tax the right to counsel. If you hire a lawyer, you must pay a tax. This could be huge.
7th: You want a jury trial? Pay a tax
8th: You don’t want to be subject to cruel and unusual punishment? Pay a tax or it’s the “rack” for you.
9th: Pay a tax or the govt will take away other, unnamed rights.
13th: You don’t want to be a slave? Pay up.
14th: Pay a tax if you want to be a citizen
15th: If you’re black and want to vote, pay a tax
19th: If you’re a woman and want to vote, pay up
It’s interesting that until Washington State, no one thought of this, so I can’t take credit.