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Governor of California to State Senate: “Get Stuffed.”

October 2nd, 2011 · 43 comments

Well played, Jerry Brown.

To the Members of the California State Senate: I am signing SB 769 which allows for a dead mountain lion to be stuffed and displayed.  This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support by both Republicans and Democrats. If only that same energetic bipartisan spirit could be applied to creating clean energy jobs and ending tax laws that send jobs out of state. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr.

related: We hope you enjoy these jobs…because we paid for them!

extra credit: “Look at that antelope driving a car!” [via]

FILED UNDER: California · most popular notes of 2011 · politics · sarcasm

43 responses so far ↓

  • #1   mitsue

    I love Jerry Brown.

    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

  • #2   Hapax Legomenon

    I want to marry this letter. Is that legal in California yet?

    Oct 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm   rating: 98  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Quite Contrary

      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: 71  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      I wish I had a clean energy job.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 6:36 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Smart a

      I wish I had a stuffed mountain lion

      Oct 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

  • #3   TheGnome bang

    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: 19  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   The Elf

      What would government be without stupid shit?

      Oct 3, 2011 at 9:21 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #4   Aayin

    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: 5  small thumbs up

  • #5   babyka

    Well, meoooowwwww. Time to retract your claws, Mr. Brown Jr.

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #6   ElbieSee

    Gotta love a politician with a high snark level.

    Oct 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm   rating: 58  small thumbs up

  • #7   Barbara

    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  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   RP

      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  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   CS

      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  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Smart a

      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  small thumbs up

  • #8   Karl

    *insert Chuck Testa joke here*

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   clumber

      Error : Already voted.


      Oct 4, 2011 at 7:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #9   Adriana

    Jerry Brown is doing it much better this time around.

    Oct 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   chemgal

    Has this passed the snopes test?

    Oct 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #11   Chelly

    Wow, too recent for snopes even, but found the letter on the CA Governor’s website. 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: 17  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   nyuu

      Well, there was the infamous FU letter from Arnold…

      Oct 3, 2011 at 8:30 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #12   Jessi

    I hate him for not using proper punctuation in what is, presumably, an official letter.

    Oct 3, 2011 at 4:52 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Jordie

      I thought this same thing. “If only,” then what?

      Oct 3, 2011 at 7:22 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   TKD

      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: 6  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   The Elf

      California can’t afford to pay for an editor/proofreader.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 9:23 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   AuntyBron

      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  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   birdlaw101

      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: 17  small thumbs up

    • #12.6   Jessi

      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: 5  small thumbs up

  • #13   RP

    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  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   The Elf

      That’s an improvement over Congress. They can’t even get routine, non-controversial bills signed.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 9:25 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Republican congressmen

      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  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   Democratic congressmen

      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  small thumbs up

  • #14   NutellaIshMehName

    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: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   Canthz_B bang

    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: 5  small thumbs up

  • #16   Jami

    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  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   unsatisfied

      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: 7  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   Yeah

      I hate to break it to you, but most people are morons.

      Oct 3, 2011 at 11:52 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   deprogrammed

      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  small thumbs up

  • #17   thestashattacked

    Indeed, sir.

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   redheadwglasses

    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  small thumbs up

  • #19   Clarence

    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  small thumbs up

  • #20   Karla

    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  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   VoR

      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  small thumbs up

  • #21   Keith

    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  small thumbs up


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