Wednesday, July 13, 2011

That Isn't Going To Work

Today's waste of time is brought to you by a one Riverside County Supervisor named Jeff Stone. According to an article over yonder at the Huffington Post, Mr. Stone wants to chop California into two different parts. Basically, what we'd end up with is California and California Lite. And California Lite would get stuck with Fresno, so it's really hard to argue with the lines that have been theoretically drawn. And I'm OK with that, but it's never going to happen. Mr. Stone says that California in its current state, that of being a state, is too big to govern. In a way, he's right. However, it's more like that it's too big for the morons to govern. And the California legislature? Morons. Damn near every one of them. Paste eating, window licking morons. Mr. Stone might be an exception to that extremely subjective opinion, but I really have no idea.

Here's the thing: "No public funds can be spent on the budding secessionist movement." That's probably a good thing. You don't want people just all willy-nilly trying to secede from the state. I mean, if you could use public funds, I'd try and secede. That's right. Just me and my walled off compound. Cut us the heck out! But I digress. Here's the other thing: "...the U.S. Constitution says no new state can be formed without the consent of Congress and the state Legislature."

OK, do you think that's going to happen? I don't know for sure (even though I can't imagine that they'd go for it), but I'm going to guess that at least one of those groups wouldn't go for it. (It
would mess up the pattern of stars on the flag to have to add another one. And 51 is just a weird number of states to have. I think that's why we've never officially added Puerto Rico. No one wants to mess up the flag.) Maybe this guy could at least get a feel for what successfully seceding would entail before he goes and wastes his time on this little project. And I'm also kind of interested in what sort of legislative role Mr. Stone envisions for himself in this new state. He doesn't exactly have a history of being the most stand-up guy. This is what the Examiner had to say about the man: "In November 1999, Temecula Mayor Jeff Stone, a pharmacist, agreed to a settlement with the State Board of Pharmacy over 20 accusations they had made alleging Stone had operated an unlicensed pharmacy, improperly labeled drugs and committed dishonesty, fraud, deceit and corruption. Under the settlement, Stone admitted to four of the charges, all of them minor, and reimbursed the pharmacy board and state attorney general's office a total of $10,000 for the cost of the investigation." Yeah, he seems like a great guy. I'm sure that all of this collecting money from private donors is on the up and up. Sure. It won't end poorly at all. Nope. Not at all.

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