Weekend Open Thread: A Good Day for Obama Spoofers, Plus: New Laws Go to Guv

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Our commenter BigBoxOfRedWhine found this video from the famed Second City comedy factory online and … well, it’s funny. Anti-Obama, but funny. So what the hell, here we go with it. If civilization ends as a result of our republishing it here and thus undermining Obama’s Presidency, then I deeply apologize.

In other news: Not only is today Friday the 13th, but tonight at sunset begins the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, through Saturday at sundown.  Technically, this is only supposed to be an obligation for Jews, but based on your posts, some others of you might want to give it a whirl this year. Seriously.  While you’re thinking that over, here is a picture (from the video) of a woman imitating a cat.

Obama WW3 spoof, 2nd City

It’s at right around the 2:22 mark, if you can’t bear to watch the whole thing.

And finally, the legislature ended its session last night and is sending a whole bunch of new bills to the Governor.  This includes Sharon Quirk-Silva’s VLFAA plan, AB701, which passed the Assembly by a vote of 76-0 and will remove a good number of Orange County’s chestnuts from the fire.  Other bills include:

  • AB 60, a bill that will allow many more persons residing in the state without legal authorization to obtain California driver’s licenses, which Gov. Jerry Brown says he will sign.  The licenses will be marked to indicate that they provide only driving privileges and nothing more.
  • AB 1024, which will allow DREAM Act student Sergio Garcia to seek a license to practice law.
  • AB 10, raising the minimum wage to $9 pn July 1, 2014 and $10 on January 1, 2016.  This was a party-line vote, 26-11 in the State Senate.  Attitude towards the minimum wage continues to be one of the starkest and most consistent ways of distinguishing between the two major parties.
  • AB 1159, which will bar attorneys and others from charging people for services related to proposed changes in federal immigration laws — before such changes have occurred.
  • AB 241, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, would will give personal attendants require time-and-a-half pay when they put in more than nine hours in a day or 45 hours in a week.
  • SB 374, requiring  current owners of “assault weapons” without fixed magazines to register them by July 1, 2014.
  • A bill criminalizing “revenge porn.”  Next time your relationship breaks up, you will be committing a misdemeanor if you humiliate someone by posting pictures (or, I’m guessing, video) of a sexual nature featuring them onto the Internet without their consent.  So stop doing that.

Got all that down?  Good!  This is your Weekend Open Thread. Talk about this or anything else that strikes you as interesting, within reasonable bounds of decency and decorum.

About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.