Unintended Consequences?


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  1. Sounds like a good place to use the “poll tax” argument.

    Innocent until proven guilty. Guilty until I see fifty bucks, pal.
    You know, baksheesh.
    Downright third-world, ‘fyaskme.

    What price justice?
    Dunno, but the ante is $50.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 16, 2013 @ 8:55 am

  2. It’s like eating your own body parts to keep from starving.

    I give California 3 years before the taxpayers revolt.

    Comment by Jess — January 16, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  3. The CA taxpayer is outnumbered by those who voted to raise his vig.

    …and the taxtakers.

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — January 16, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  4. “… go to $50, bringing in $3.2 million more to the state.”

    Not the county?

    Comment by ZZMike — January 16, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  5. Send em a check for $50 that they can`t read. If they complain, tell em a nother check requires a $50 dollar deposit………

    Comment by Colonel Jerry USMC — January 16, 2013 @ 10:50 am

  6. Once back on the East Coast I mentioned, in reference to the greater distances out West, that there are counties in CA larger than the state of New Jersey (8,722 sq.mi.). A coworker who was from New Jersey became very upset and angry at me for dissing his state. I asked what the problem was, no disrespect meant, it was simply a factual observation. There are, in fact, nine states smaller in area than San Bernardino County.

    Didn’t help, he just became angrier. I still don’t understand what his problem was – it’s like getting mad because somebody says “Benzine is a hydrocarbon.”

    What? Take that back, you bastard!!!!

    Comment by Steve Skubinna — January 16, 2013 @ 11:20 am

  7. Did I ever tell you about the time my brother pled “insanity” to a parking ticket. True story.

    He had a trailer parked in front of his house and the law said you couldn’t have any vehicles 24′ or longer parked on the street, so they wrote him a big, expensive ticket. So he went out and measured the trailer. Turns out it was 23′, 6″ long. So he goes to court to fight it.

    After arriving at 7:00AM to a large crowd of other people, he finally got to have his say at about 11:45AM. The judge asked him how he pled and he said “insanity”.

    Judge: Ok, I want to hear this one.

    My Brother: Your honor, I got up extra early in the morning, missed work, and I’ve been here for almost 5 hours to protest a ticket that I never should have had in the first place (he then produces pitchers, etc. showing that he was right). I must be insane!

    Judge: Not guilty!

    Comment by Hog Whitman — January 16, 2013 @ 11:44 am

  8. ^ Did he get his $50 back?

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 16, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

  9. The only thing that Commission has EVER done is pay $109,000 bucks a year to six ex-legislators (women, of course) for attending 4 quarterly meetings, where they lunch.

    Comment by mojo — January 16, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  10. The Washington Monument Ploy. If you asked Interior to make a 1% cut in their budget, the first thing they will do is close the most popular monuments and the last is trim their diversity programs..

    Comment by Freddie Sykes — January 16, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

  11. Steve – they were from New Jersey. You needed more explanation?

    mojo – Nice work if you can get it. Which you can’t, you just pay the bill.

    Comment by Merovign — January 16, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

  12. My brother successfully fought a speeding ticket by bringing in his best friend, Vic, as an expert witness to testify that he’s driven that stretch of Route 23 fuh yeahrs, ya Honuh, and there was no way my brother could have been going that fast. I think the judge let him off just in appreciation for the comic relief.

    As an attorney who formerly did the majority of my practice in San Bernardino county, I cannot tell you how glad I am that I left the state.

    Comment by The Digital Hairshirt — January 17, 2013 @ 6:03 am

  13. ^ As an attorney who formerly did the majority of my practice in San Bernardino county, I cannot tell you how glad I am that I left the state.

    And that pretty much says it all right there.

    Comment by Hog Whitman — January 17, 2013 @ 11:48 am

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