I AM FEELING A FREE FOR ALL, AREN'T YOU? So bring it, people. You decide what we talk about, but here are some things you might want to consider.
I'VE GOT SOME TOUGH LANGUAGE FOR THE SENATE ABOUT THIS BUDGET THING We've all seen this stupid song and dance before. Congress can't get it's job done by passing a budget, so we are treated to the drama of a looming government shutdown. Here's what's going to happen. Either the Democrats or Republicans will blink and then we are all supposed to be SUPER impressed that they managed to get a deal done and then we can repeat the whole stupid process next month. I am genuinely starting to dislike the entire Congress.
TRUMP'S TAX CUT FOR THE RICH IS RAISING TAXES ON RICH CALIFORNIANS And I have to give a lot of credit to whoever decided to create a bill where state taxes can't be deducted from Federal taxes. It is absolutely punitive to high tax state like California, where they really, really don't like Trump. Now we see stories about the Governor of California openly worrying that rich people (who pay 48% of California's income taxes) may get sick of forking over so much cashola that they may move. Here's my favorite quote from Jerry Brown:
“People with higher incomes pay a lot more money, and some of them may be tempted to leave,” Gov. Jerry Brown said when he unveiled his 2018-19 budget proposal last week. “This was an assault by the Republicans in Congress against California.”
Get that? Not allowing people to force the rest of the country to subsidize California is an "assault" but levying ridiculously high confiscatory taxes in the first place is not. Got it.
COULD THIS BE THE END OF SANCTUARY STATUS? The California Attorney General is warning business owners that they will be prosecuted if they assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement by providing information about their employees. Say what? If they do this and someone gets prosecuted, I see a pretty clear case being made that employers MUST comply with federal law when it conflicts with state law. Or do they? Watch this, it will be interesting.
THE TRUMP PORN STAR STORY DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING REALLY We already know Trump has cheated on his previous wives. It doesn't make it right, it just is. So hearing now that he hooked up with a porn star while he was married to Melania should surprise anyone. And honestly, this isn't even going to make a significant ripple unless said porn star is visiting him in the White House. And don't expect Melania to leave him. She knew who he was when she married him and did it anyway.
LET'S FACE IT, WE ARE SUCCESSFULLY WEAPONIZING OIL PRODUCTION The US is poised to overtake Saudi Arabia in yearly oil production. We would be right up there with Russia if things keep going the way they are going. So how is this weaponizing? We are not members of OPEC so when OPEC gets together to reduce oil production in order to artificially inflate prices, we simply keep pumping. Both Saudi Arabia and Russia get a significant amount (in Saudi Arabia, it's almost exclusively) of their state incomes from oil production. So if we can influence prices and keep them relatively low, we can actually choke off this source of income. It's not just about being able to get gas at good prices, it's about us flexing our muscles on THEIR economies. This is a very big deal.
BIKRAM IS HOT GARBAGE, NOT HOT YOGA Okay, okay, maybe not GARBAGE, but those devotees who try to tell me that Bikram yoga, which is done in a hot, sweaty often stinky room, is more effective than regular non hot, stinky yoga can pound sand. Science now says all forms of yoga are good but bikram is no better. (Full disclosure: I've done bikram seven times because I bought a seven class pack on Groupon and vomited after EVERY session. I hate it.)
WHEN I DIE IF Y'ALL DON'T DO THIS FOR ME WE ARE NOT FRIENDS ANYMORE
I'M GETTING NUMB TO THE HOLLYWOOD PERV ACCUSATIONS I realized this when I saw a story about Michael Douglas being accused by a former assistant and I didn't even care enough to read the story. Sad.
LET'S ALL THANK DELTA FOR FINALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT BADLY BEHAVED ANIMALS ON PLANES Delta Airlines is the first airline (and I would expect others to follow shortly) which is cracking down on all these supposed "emotional support" animals which are not properly trained. Following a huge uptick in "animals behaving badly" incidents including a passenger being mauled by a an alleged support dog, Delta is now requiring increased documentation to be presented 48 hours before the flight. Good.
THIS FLU IS NOT YOUR NORMAL FLU Normally the flu kills a good number of people each year, but a VAST majority of them are very young children and the elderly. This year, the flu is killing people of all ages, and it's killing people who have HAD the flu vaccine. Be VERY vigilant about hand washing this year, and if someone you love has the flu you might want to wear a mask. Don't play with it. It killed this beautiful 27 year old woman and it's not done yet.
THE STUPID IS STRONG IN THESE ONES Moronic teenagers are eating Tide pods in a stupid bid for internet fame. Tide pods are poisonous, you idiots. Maybe throwing a little chlorine in this gene pool isn't a bad idea.
NOTHING SAYS WE LOVE YOU LIKE SENDING AN EX EMPLOYEE TO THE OLYMPICS FoxNews.com is having a little too much fun reporting that Katie Couric, who hasn't worked for NBC for 11 YEARS, is going to be hosting the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Why are they enjoying it? Because Megyn Kelly, who NBC is paying $23 million a year to, isn't. Why? No one knows for sure, but maybe it's because no one likes Megyn and NBC made a terrible mistake.