Reason 142,339 Why California Is Going Broke

Today the Governator signed a new law:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law on Tuesday a bill that extends voter-approved mandates for the humane treatment of egg-laying hens in California and could affect living conditions for birds nationwide.

Prop. 2, however, applied only to hens in the state. The bill signed by the governor means that farms outside California will have to abide by the Golden State’s humane treatment law if they want to sell eggs here.

“By ensuring that all eggs sold in California meet the requirements of Proposition 2, this bill is good for both California egg producers and animal welfare,” the governor said.

OK – 1)  how are they going to enforce this idiocy?  2) how much will it cost to have egg inspectors?  3)  and they will be enforcing chicken conditions everywhere in the world?  4) and who will pay?  yet more of the idiots who continue to live in California apparently.

Here’s an idea.  Stop worrying about chickens and start acting like adults and pay your bills.

P.S.  What about the chickens you eat?

Good Luck In Iran

Hidden somewhere in the news lately is the fact that Iran announced that they had detained 3 people on their border.  The Iranians call them CIA spies of course, while the news reports have been about ‘hikers’.  Well, it turns out that they are died-in-the-wool kooks from Bezerkley:

Three Americans whose disappearance in Iran has prompted concern from U.S. officials are idealistic UC Berkeley graduates whose interest in Middle Eastern culture and human rights led them abroad to study and do freelance journalism, friends and colleagues said Monday.

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who are 27, once lived in the same Oakland co-op and taught a student-led class at Berkeley that envisioned a harmonious, postcapitalist society. Sarah Shourd, Bauer’s 30-year-old girlfriend, describes herself on one Web site as a lover of “fresh broccoli, Zapatistas and anyone who can change her mind.

Perhaps its just me, but how stupid can you be to decide to go ‘hiking’ on the Iranian border?

Bauer graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 2007, earning a bachelor’s degree with a major in peace and conflict studies and a minor in Arabic. He went to Sudan’s Darfur region to research a thesis on the crisis there.

Shourd is described by those who know her as passionate about teaching, traveling and politics. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in English in May 2003, she worked as a tutor with Americorps, a tutoring service in Berkeley and a charter elementary school in Oakland.

Fattal, who earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy, is a Pennsylvania native who recently worked and lived at a sustainable living research center in Oregon.

Good luck in that Iranian prison you twits.

For the Children

“If their father is willing to continue risking his livelihood in order to continue chopping up animals in a laboratory, then his children are old enough to recognize the consequences. This guy knows what he is doing. He knows that every day that he goes into the laboratory and hurts animals that it is unreasonable not to expect consequences.”

— Dr. Jerry Vlasak, spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front

Light One Up for Animal Liberation - Kill Kill Kill

Light One Up for Animal Liberation - Kill Kill Kill


“To put this on par with any of the human rights issues is an absolute insult to the integrity of the people who fought and went through the human rights movement. This is what people do when they have an inability to articulate their point in any constructive way. They resort to primal acts of violence. Any reasonable person would need a logic transplant to begin to understand this level of degraded thinking.”

Santa Cruz Police Capt. Steve Clark, investigating the weekend firebombings of a home and a car belonging to two of 13 UC-Santa Cruz scientists and professors publicly targeted because their work is believed to include animal research.