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Screen Shot 2019-07-30 at 11.30.40 AMLast year, the City Council of Berkeley CA saved the planet from being destroyed by plastic straws, and by serving only vegan meals at all city-owned facilities one day a week. But just a few months later, AOC famously said ”… We’re like, the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change…” 

Well, like, evidently, banning plastic straws wasn’t, like, you know, enough. So on July 23, Berkeley took AOC’s message to heart, and like, you know, did something.

  1. They banned the gender-offensive term “manhole ”. It will no longer be permitted in city documents, including RFPs and contracts. It will be replaced with “maintenance cover.”
  2. They banned natural gas cooktops and ovens in all new homes and commercial buildings.

Of course, that’s just the tip of the quickly melting iceberg. The details get even loonier. Continue reading

Austin City Council: Homeless camps OK on your sidewalk, not on theirs.

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KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD

Weird is one thing; insane is another.

In the last five years, Austin TX has seen the second largest increase in home values in the state. From December 2013 to December 2018, the median home price jumped 33 per cent, from $226,000 to $301,391. Thanks to the Austin City Council, those increases are likely to come to a screeching halt.

Why? Besides the music on Sixth Street, and not having to fly to SXSW, what do you really get for your $300,000? You get to pay $5,946 every year in property tax. Money that your city and county are supposed to use to keep your neighborhood clean and safe.

Because of a new ordinance that became effective on July 1, you also get to have a homeless camp on your sidewalk, complete with mattresses, tents, and shopping carts. And you can’t do a thing about it. Continue reading

LA council member: Stop wildfires, eat more cauliflower.

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Cauliflower Chickpea Patties. Zucchini & Tomato Lasagna. Crispy Tofu Nuggets. What could make these vegan entrees any less appetizing? A city ordinance that says all movie theatres and sports venues are legally required to serve gag-worthy Vegan dishes like these, whether patrons want them or not. Continue reading

Sacramento offers gang members up to $9,000 not to shoot each other.

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SACRAMENTO CITY COUNCILNearly a hundred years ago, Will Rogers said, “Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.”  But even Will would have been at a loss for words to describe a recent decision by the Sacramento City Council to pay the 50 most well-known, trigger-happy gang members up to $500 a month, for up to 18 months, not to nine each other. Continue reading

San Francisco bicyclist pleads guilty to felony assault; sentenced to probation and anger management

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CRITICAL MASS

Want to run red lights, snarl traffic, and watch the police do nothing?   Visit this unofficial website for complete instructions.

On August 28, 2015, Ian Hespelt, a 39-year old San Francisco bicyclist, attacked a woman’s rented car with his bike lock, smashing the driver side window, and nearly missing her head. Continue reading

Chicago Police investigative stops down by 90%; Chicago shootings up by 80%. Connection?

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Move along; nothing to see here.

If you look at the colossally dumb videos on YouTube and Facebook, and the off-the-charts sales of Selfie Sticks, you’d think the whole world couldn’t wait to get their 15 minutes of fame. But evidently the 12,000-plus members of the Chicago Police Department feel differently. Continue reading

Mayors compete in flat-out race to bottom

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“Those who wish to destroy were given space to do that” — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

On April 26, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s now-famous statement moved the bar for responsible city government to an all-time low. What she meant to say was that, in the process of trying to give peaceful protestors the space to demonstrate about the death of Freddie Gray, marauding thugs were given free rein to sack her city. Continue reading

Unelected Bay Area bureaucrats plan to make wood-burning fireplaces illegal.

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The Bay Area's newest endangered species.

The Bay Area’s newest endangered species.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”
– Nat King Cole

“I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.”
— Alice Waters

“We thought of this as a doable way of trying to get our wood-burning emissions in the Bay Area ratcheted down over time.”
— Wayne Kino, Director of Compliance and Enforcement, BAAQMD Continue reading

Portland municipal building showcases LEED-Certified design, goes 3X over budget, wounds and kills birds

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The new $11.5 Million office building by the sewage plant. Note the green grass on the overpriced roof. Image: Skylab Architecture

The new $11.5 Million office building by the sewage plant. Note the green grass on the overpriced roof. Image: Skylab Architecture

When a building that was budgeted to cost $3.2 million winds up costing $11.5 million, something is likely to hit the fan. But in this case, the unhappy noise is local and migratory birds smacking into its environmentally-hip, LEED-Certified wall of windows. Continue reading

Houston Mayor supports men using ladies’ room; city subpoenas sermons of pastors who disagree

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Mayor Annise Parker, Lesbian Democrat and ham-fisted intimidator

Mayor Annise Parker, Lesbian Democrat and ham-fisted intimidator

Clashes between evangelical Christians and the gay community are hardly news. Because I think people’s private lives should be private, nine times out of ten, I take the side of the gay community. Continue reading

San Francisco Mayor asks Jerry Brown to commute her brother’s manslaughter sentence; Governor says no.

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San Francisco Mayor London Breed, at her Inaugural Ceremony

Since he took office in 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown has granted 283 commutations and 1,332 pardons; more than any California Governor since the 40s.A lot of those happen on Christmas Eve, and this holiday Brown granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations. But the list did not include Napoleon Brown (no relation), who has served 18 years of his 44-year manslaughter sentence for a particularly brutal night of crime. Napoleon Brown is the older brother of San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who took the unusual step of using her Progressive cred in an attempt to get her brother some leniency. Continue reading

West Hollywood Mayor revokes Donald Trump’s First Amendment rights

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Lindsey Horvath, 34, youngest Mayor in West Hollywood history

Before I get to the details of this constitutional crime, let me say that America deserves a better conservative  candidate than Donald Trump. The tragedy of Trump is that he is saying so many of the right things and is such a total boor in expressing them. I believe it was George Will who first pointed out Trump’s association with Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment, and remarked that Trump is operating on that same dumbed-down WWE level. Continue reading