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  • The Land of Freaks and Weirdos

    Posted by James R. Rummel on September 24th, 2004 (All posts by )

    See the title? That’s what I call California.

    I know that it’s unfair to the tens of millions of people who live there that aren’t F&W’s, but I figure that they don’t vote. If they did, then the California government wouldn’t be so freakin’ insane.

    What’s that? You don’t think that they’re completely nutbag?

    Well, howsabout some proof.

     

    9 Responses to “The Land of Freaks and Weirdos”

    1. mishu Says:

      I like the picture they show with that article — showing the ingenius method of getting on your hands and knees to pull weeds in order to avoid ‘stooping over’.

    2. Shannon Love Says:

      “Because they don’t use pesticides, organic growers have more of a weed problem than non-organic growers,” Webb said. “Without an exemption, it would have jeopardized the organic industry.”

      Apparently, pulling weeds by only injures farm workers if they are not working on an “organic” farm. Since organic farms use human labor to replace the non-organic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, making them behave like every other 21st Century employer would drive them into the ground.

      I don’t think this rule is intended to help farm workers as much as it is intended to make Lefty urbanites feel morally superior to farm owners.

      But I can attest from personal experience that long hours of weeding is hell on the back, even when you are young.

    3. russ Says:

      Though I am from California (and I do vote) I agree with your assessment of our state and state legislature completely.

      What to do? How can someone who approves of rational thought effect some serious change among the freaks and weirdos here? Any good suggestions?

    4. incognito Says:

      Yeah, lots of freaks and weirdos here.

    5. Chris Says:

      The southern half of the state isn’t quite THAT crazy politically. Crazy drivers, yes. It’s the northern coastal areas that skew the state so badly. The suburbs of the greater Oakland area (including a small town called Frisco) do not balance the cities of the area politically. That’s how such a small and arrogant area can have a stranglehold on the state. Bloc voting.

      Take these clear geographic divisions; add income and ethnic differences; throw in a bit of progressivism; and the result is a nasty witches’ brew of “gotcha” politics. I’m beginning to miss the blatant corruption of my dear old Illinois for this reason. Whatever its faults (and they are major), people from different parts of the state don’t hate each other the same way that they do here.

    6. Shannon Love Says:

      Personally, I think California gets so politically extreme due to the weather, or more accurately, the lack of weather.

      People will put up with a lot of crap just so they can experience the costal climate. Policies that would produce economic flight on a colossal scale in other parts of the country don’t in California because people accept it as a trade off for freakishly calm weather.

    7. Chris Says:

      Yeah, Shannon, you’re probably right. But people have been voting with their feet recently; that’s been driving native Nevadans, Oregonians, and Arizonans completely nuts. Maybe that ends up making the situation worse back here by leaving a more servile electorate. I just don’t know. Politics out here seems much angrier than what I’m used to, but people are much more servile and even provincial. I’m talking about educated people who don’t know where Chicago is. This can’t be healthy.

    8. Lisa Says:

      The funny thing is, during my 12 years of living in Redondo Beach, CA, I felt like a freak and a weirdo because I am a conservative. I am embarrassed to admit, I never cast one vote while I lived there. It just seemed futile. I think many other conservatives feel the same way. When I moved overseas, I reregistered in my original midwestern home state so I could cast absentee ballots in a state where my vote might actually count. (I also grew up a bit and relalized that it was my responsibility and duty as an American to vote reguardless of whether my “side” won.)

    9. Bridget Says:

      Born and raised in Chicago but have been here in the land of the socialist, passive-agressive left for nearly two decades. (I miss hot italian beefs) The CA legislature makes me crazy. The result? Local political activism in the spirit of the constitution. We, those of us with anti-socialist tendencies, just never give up. We are organized, out-spoken, persistent and tireless although out-numbered…The CA legislature loves to regulate the private lives of it’s citizens. Heads up to the rest of the nation, don’t let this happen to you!