California: A Cesspool of Illegals and Psychotic Liberalism

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier in California, one of their leading politicians steps up to the plate. Ian Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California’s lower house has decided that the big problem his state needs to address is straws. Yes, straws. Not taxes, not immigration, not crime, not the abysmal California budget. Straws.

Calderon has introduced a bill to stop restaurants from offering their customers a straw unless they ask for one. The penalty set forth in the bill for giving an unrequested straw is up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. I suppose they think the thousand dollars isn’t much since Nancy Pelosi said a thousand dollars is just “crumbs.”

Calderon said in a press release that his bill is designed to “create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways and oceans.”

Six months in jail and $1,000. For giving a customer a straw.

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More Liberal Run Cities Enact Soda Tax

One of my first few blog posts when I started this site was about the city of Baltimore and their soda tax. In an attempt to balance the city budget, the city council passed a two cents per container tax on beverages. Pepsi’s response was to shut down production at the Baltimore plant, putting 75 people out of work. Grocery stores reported sales were down because nearby counties did not have the tax. I learned today that the tax increased to five cents per container in 2013.

Early last year the city of Philadelphia passed something similar, imposing a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened and diet beverages. The tax is imposed at the distributor level but any moron can tell you costs are always passed on to the consumer. The tax amounts to a $1.44 increase on a six-pack of 16 ounce bottles.

In March last year, Pepsi cited the tax when announcing 80 to 100 workers would be laid off at a distribution center serving Philadelphia.

So what effect did the tax have on Philadelphia businesses?

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My Obligatory Review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I finally got around to seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Sure, it’s been out for quite a while, but I don’t like big crowds at movie theaters so I always wait to go see a film. I typically wait so I’m not in a packed theater with a bunch of people who don’t know how to be quiet. And going to see this movie just validated my thinking since there were only six other people in the theater and four of them acted like they were watching it in the privacy of their own living room. People seem to be a lot ruder at the theater than in the past.

It seems like everyone who has seen Jedi has written a review for it so I suppose one more wouldn’t hurt. And I won’t be holding back on spoilers so if you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve been warned. Actually, if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to go ahead and read this so you’ll be warned what a piece of garbage you could avoid seeing.

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Oklahoma State Senator David Holt Proposes $59 Million In New Sales Taxes

Last year I wrote a post about a payday loan bill that Senator David Holt submitted and later pulled in which I agreed with him about the concepts of the free market and that government should not be in the business of saving people from their own bad decisions. Senator Holt sent me a message on Twitter thanking me for my remarks and saying he appreciates someone willing to state limited government principles. He also said that, “Someday I’ll do something you don’t like.”

We’re there.

Yesterday, Senator Holt took to Facebook to announce his proposed bills that would give Oklahoma teachers a $10,000 pay raise. Senate Bill 316 would provide the raise and Holt introduced twelve separate measures to provide the funding. One of these measures, Senate Bill 331, increases taxes. To be fair to Senator Holt, SB331 is not an increase in tax rates but a removal of sales tax exemptions. But the net result is Oklahomans will pay more in taxes.

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Predatory Loans or Free Market?

Last week, Oklahoma State Senator David Holt announced on Twitter that he was pulling Senate Bill 1314 after public opinion came out strongly against the bill, saying he did not feel it would pass. The proposed bill would have allowed companies in Oklahoma to lend up to $3,000 with interest capped at twenty percent per month, which would be $600. Senator Holt indicated he thinks such a loan would be bad for those borrowing but that it should be legal anyway.

Oklahoma Watch – The lending program, known as a flex loan, is similar to payday loans and critics say it can lead to the same results – an endless cycle of debt.

Holt said members of the payday lending industry approached him about writing the bill, SB 1314, in order to avoid pending federal regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The industry requests align with his goal of less government regulation of private industry, Holt said.

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Freedom of Religion Is No Longer Free

Last Friday the owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Oregon learned the price of freedom of religion – $135,000. That’s the amount that Aaron and Melissa Klein have been ordered to pay to the two lesbians who requested the Kleins make a cake for their lesbian wedding. The Kleins declined on the grounds that doing so would be a violation of their religious beliefs. The lesbians complained to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries that the cake refusal was “mental rape” and that the Kleins had hurt their feelings.

Christian News – According to the Daily Signal, the two women, who have been identified as Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, submitted individual lists of just under 100 aspects of suffering in order to receive the damages. They included “mental rape,” “distrust of men,” “distrust of former friends,” “discomfort,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “loss of pride,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”

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