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7.30.2010

And Yet Another Sampling of Timeless Put-Downs

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” 

 –Clarence Darrow

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“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”

–Moses Hadas

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“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”     —Mark Twain

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“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” –Oscar Wilde

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“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.” –Stephen Bishop

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“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.” –John Bright

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“I’ve just learned about his illness.    Read more »

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7.29.2010
Another Batch of Non-#!%*@*&! Insults…

Another Batch of Non-#!%*@*&! Insults…

A member of Parliament to Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli:

“Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

Replied Disraeli:

“That depends, sir, whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

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“He had delusions of adequacy.” –Walter Kerr

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“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.    Read more »

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7.28.2010
Schwarzenegger Orders State Worker Furloughs Extended

Schwarzenegger Orders State Worker Furloughs Extended

“Governor Schwarzenegger issued an order today directing state agencies to reinstitute furlough Fridays until a new budget is in place. The order for state workers to take three furlough days per month will take effect starting August 1 and continue until a new budget is enacted and the Department of Finance certifies that the state has enough cash to meet its obligations through the end of the fiscal year.    Read more »

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7.28.2010
California Republican Party on State Fair Bovine Tragedy

California Republican Party on State Fair Bovine Tragedy

Let’s get Mooooving on State Budget

How many more cows must die before Dems act?

SACRAMENTO – California Republican Party Communications Director Mark Standriff today issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s tragic shooting of a dairy cow.

“Obviously, the stress of state budget uncertainty is taking its toll on these dedicated state employees, from fair management, to state fair police, to the U.C.    Read more »

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7.27.2010
California’s Biggest Tax Breaks Aren’t Corporate Give-Aways

California’s Biggest Tax Breaks Aren’t Corporate Give-Aways

The change in how taxes are computed for companies doing business in California and other states – the so-called “single sales factor” – approved in the February 2009 budget — will cost the state $900 million in lost revenue starting in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012.

Republican lawmakers and Gov.    Read more »

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7.26.2010

A Few Non-*!&*%# Barbs…

 

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music”

–Billy Wilder

 

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But this wasn’t it.”

–Groucho Marx

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7.23.2010
Economy Improving? California New Car Sales Up 23 Percent

Economy Improving? California New Car Sales Up 23 Percent

SACRAMENTO – The California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) announced that registrations of new cars and light trucks in California continue to outpace national numbers.  California’s franchised new car dealers saw an increase in second quarter sales of nearly 44,000 units over the first quarter of this year.

Though sales are forecasted to slow during the second half of this year, the market improved 23 percent during the first half of 2010 versus 2009.    Read more »

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7.22.2010
Legislative Analyst on Taxing Marijuana — Check the Source

Legislative Analyst on Taxing Marijuana — Check the Source

Proponents of Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana and allow its sale to be taxed, issued a recent press release regarding the assessment of the measure by the Legislative Analyst that will appear in voter guides for the November election.

The release from “Control and Tax Cannabis 2010” notes the analyst “provides non-partisan fiscal and policy advice” in its first sentence.    Read more »

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7.20.2010
An Issue That Can Be Resolved WIth a One-Word Law Change

An Issue That Can Be Resolved WIth a One-Word Law Change

(Editor’s Note: A long-time friend of the chief correspondent of California’s Capitol is a public information officer with a state agency. Her observation about the efficacy of complying with California’s Public Records Act inspired this post.)

State agencies have 10 days to respond to a Public Records Act request. The presumption would be 10 “working” days.    Read more »

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7.19.2010

The Last State Senator to Die in Office Before Dave Cox Was…

Prior to Dave Cox’s death July 13 from prostate cancer, the last state senator to die in office was Pete Knight in May 2004.

A former Air Force test pilot who in 1967 made the fastest airplane voyage in history, Knight was also the author of Proposition 22, the 2000 ballot measure defining marriage as solely between a man and woman.    Read more »

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