Well played, Jerry Brown.
related: We hope you enjoy these jobs…because we paid for them!
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I love Jerry Brown.
Oct 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm rating: 20
I want to marry this letter. Is that legal in California yet?
Oct 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm rating: 95
You’ll be able to marry the letter before they create clean energy jobs and end tax laws that send jobs out of the state.
Oct 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm rating: 69
I wish I had a clean energy job.
Oct 3, 2011 at 6:36 am rating: 2
I wish I had a stuffed mountain lion
Oct 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm rating: 40
It’s good to know your government officials waste just as much time on stupid shit as ours do.
Oct 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm rating: 16
What would government be without stupid shit?
Oct 3, 2011 at 9:21 am rating: 12
Wow, this letter is fantastic. I want to make out with it. Good for you, Governor Brown.
Oct 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm rating: 3
Well, meoooowwwww. Time to retract your claws, Mr. Brown Jr.
Oct 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm rating: 3
Gotta love a politician with a high snark level.
Oct 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm rating: 56
Amazing that tax dollars were wasted to approve something that shouldn’t be an issue in a free society anyway.
Oct 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm rating: 12
Unless mountain lions were endangered or illegal to hunt for some reason, I can’t figure out how it was even a question.
Anyone familiar with taxidermy? Do states normally have a list of things that can be stuffed or do they have laws about what can’t be stuffed?
Oct 3, 2011 at 8:21 am rating: 3
In the article linked in the first sentence, it says that mountain lions (aka cougars, pumas, etc.) are a protected species in California. I can see no reason why, since it is the widest-ranging animal in Americas and in no danger of becoming extinct for a long time yet. But they can not be hunted there, and it was apparently also illegal to stuff them for the purposes of education, which is why they passed this bill.
Oct 3, 2011 at 9:21 am rating: 1
California has some of the most ridiculous over-reaching laws in our country. Little surprises me about that state.
Oct 4, 2011 at 7:59 am rating: 2
*insert Chuck Testa joke here*
Oct 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm rating: 24
Error : Already voted.
Oct 4, 2011 at 7:50 am rating: 1
Jerry Brown is doing it much better this time around.
Oct 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm rating: 0
Has this passed the snopes test?
Oct 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm rating: 3
Wow, too recent for snopes even, but found the letter on the CA Governor’s website. http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17249 I kind of want to read all of the other links on the site to see if there are more gems like this…but then again, I don’t.
Oct 3, 2011 at 12:10 am rating: 15
Well, there was the infamous FU letter from Arnold…
Oct 3, 2011 at 8:30 am rating: 1
I hate him for not using proper punctuation in what is, presumably, an official letter.
Oct 3, 2011 at 4:52 am rating: 6
I thought this same thing. “If only,” then what?
Oct 3, 2011 at 7:22 am rating: 1
Perhaps spell check removed the other two periods from the intended ellipsis. Maybe the recipent is supposed to use logic to fill in the consequence?
… then all the children will get rainbow unicorns that fart butterflies and shit out gum drops.
Oct 3, 2011 at 8:33 am rating: 5
California can’t afford to pay for an editor/proofreader.
Oct 3, 2011 at 9:23 am rating: 11
It was obviously one of those “clean energy jobs” that the California legislature are dragging their collective asses about.
Oct 5, 2011 at 7:22 am rating: 2
Once he saw the finished document and realized the error of his ways, he cried, “If only I had considered the people who complain about grammar and punctuation in a feeble and transparent effort to assert their intellectual superiority!”
Oct 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm rating: 16
I wasn’t trying “to assert my intellectual superiority”. This is supposed to be an official letter. If proper grammar and punctuation aren’t to be expected in an official letter, then the U.S. truly is doomed.
Oct 9, 2011 at 1:55 am rating: 4
This bill got passed specifically *because* it’s unimportant. No one’s even heard of it until now. There was no one to protest it or argue it should be modified in some way. No one voting for it has to worry about losing the support of their constituents.
Sure, it’s a funny letter but if Congress ground to a complete halt and stopped voting on anything until Republicans and Democrats agreed on financial issues the nothing would ever get done.
Oct 3, 2011 at 8:32 am rating: 7
That’s an improvement over Congress. They can’t even get routine, non-controversial bills signed.
Oct 3, 2011 at 9:25 am rating: 7
Of course we can. We just need to add this clause about tax kickbacks going to our taxidermist friends, and then we’ll gladly sign this bill about stuffing mountain lions.
Oct 3, 2011 at 11:50 am rating: 15
Of course we can. We just need to add this clause about protecting mountain lion ranges by our friends in this environmentalist non-profit group at 1.2M a lion, and then we’ll gladly sign this bill about stuffing mountain lions.
Oct 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm rating: 7
Ahhh, the joys of parliament.
Pollies get to sit around on their bums passing bills on taxidermy while the important stuff is shoved to the side.
I’m strangely glad to know that Aussies are not the only ones who get stuffed around by the government.
Oct 3, 2011 at 9:29 am rating: 1
THIS IS AMERICA!! Do we really want to have clean vs. dirty energy class warfare?
Leave the dirty energy alone, the profit margin is higher and isn’t that what counts??
Oct 3, 2011 at 10:24 am rating: 4
Jerry Brown ruined this state the last time he was in. Why were people so stupid as to put him in a second time around?
I swear, my fellow Californians are morons.
Oct 3, 2011 at 10:25 am rating: 10
so. you’re finding fault with his approach on this one then?
besides, how can he ruin CA any more than it already is?
Oct 3, 2011 at 11:34 am rating: 6
I hate to break it to you, but most people are morons.
Oct 3, 2011 at 11:52 am rating: 13
I don’t know where you were, but we were in fine shape the last time Jerry was in office – it was a succession of idiots who ruined it and ran.
Oct 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm rating: 11
Oct 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm rating: 1
No, Jerry Brown did not “ruin” California. That was done when the state’s constitution was written. It’s one of the longest constitutions in the world, makes it next to impossible to raise taxes/revenues, and has two ways to be changed: An amendment or a revision, neither of which have been fully defined by the legislature or the courts.
Oct 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm rating: 12
Reminds me that anyone can have a Trophy Wife, if he’s willing to pay the ongoing Taxidermy bills. So maybe in California they do need to regulate taxidermy.
Oct 4, 2011 at 4:42 am rating: 5
Except for one thing, clean energy jobs are a myth. Good luck creating any without using tax money , and that means it’s not a real job, now is it?
Oct 5, 2011 at 10:16 am rating: 5
True. Using tax money to support a job makes it a fake job. Like farming, oil, etc, all of which get subsidies and therefore aren’t “real” businesses. And if it’s *all* government money, then it’s definitely hokum, like with soldiers, policemen, and firefighters. Stupid fake jobs.
Oct 26, 2011 at 8:47 am rating: 14
Very impressive, Governor… now perhaps you can find time in your schedule to mention Scott Olsen and the police brutality committed in the city where you were formerly mayor?
Oct 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm rating: 0
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