Recall in “1984″ people had to stop for a programmed 2 minutes of hate. There would be pictures/scenes of real or supposed enemies. Then folks could yell and scream at them. Via a real or trumped up enemy Big Brother could accomplish a few things: Create unity against a common enemy, substitute his political order for religion, and direct attention away from his shortcomings. It seems to me that all of these television commercials against bullying and racism are actually or partially equivalent to 2 minutes of hate. Sooner or later the public will tire of all the big time athletes telling their tales of woe and redemption. What will come next?
We are going to go across the pond for this odd story.
Wait, isn’t this a blog about politics in California. Well, yes it is. But, California politicos love looking to examples from outside their state and country as to how they can exert more control over their subjects.
In Ireland, a mother of a teenage boy who has not been going to school due to an ingrown toenail, two of them actually, is facing some sort of criminal disciplinary action. I am not exactly sure what the potential sentence is for this incident since I am not familiar with Irish law and the article itself is unclear.
A woman whose 14-year-old son is not going to school due to ingrown toenails was remanded for a pre-sentence report by Tallaght district court.
The woman’s solicitor, Padraig O’Donovan, had previously claimed she could not make her son go to school because he is bigger than her.
Judge Anthony Halpin yesterday said Mr O’Donovan’s claim “doesn’t hold water”.
Now, I will admit that I am a little suspicious of this woman’s story. But, you know, ingrown toenails can hurt like hell. And the fallout from an infected ingrown toenail can be severe, including amputation.
I have a hard time questioning this woman and the government’s meddling when I read about professional athletes, who are being paid millions of dollars, miss games due to this injury. I understand that walking to school isn’t the same as being a professional athlete, but their pain tolerance is higher than that of a 14-year-old.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are being sued by their kicker, Lawrence Tynes. He has missed the entire season from what started as an ingrown toenail and another teammate has missed several games.
h/t to Inland Politics
The decision by Republican Tim Donnelly to run for California Governor will require him to vacate his state assembly seat since they are up for re-election every two years. With Donnelly opting to forego running for re-election, future political wannabes are maneuvering to take his spot.
Enter a 24-year-old by the name of Brett Savage.
Savage, an alumni of Victor Valley Community College and current graduate teaching assistant at University of California, Irvine, is a relative political unknown in a race without any big-name challengers so far.
“I’ve always wanted to be involved in the community somehow,” Savage said.
His mother is an educator in Apple Valley and his father is a 30-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
I say, why the hell not. It is California. It ain’t like he can screw it up any worse than it already is, right?
There is a lot of talk by politicos and pundits on the left that the border will be secured after comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty) takes place.
Either you believe the border is important enough and worthy of being secured for a variety of reasons and purposes or you don’t. And amnesty or Hispandering politics is inconsequential to this line of demarcation.
If you believe the border is important and that securing it is vital to American national interests, then you should secure it now. If you are telling me that you will do it after some political maneuver it reveals your true motivation and intentions.
Here is Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi:
Here is an exchange between Rep. Renee Ellmers and Kathleen Sebelius on maternity care for men: