Unelected Bay Area bureaucrats plan to make it illegal to sell any house with a wood-burning fireplace

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The Bay Area's newest endangered species.

The Bay Area’s newest endangered species.

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”
– Nat King Cole

“I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.”
— Alice Waters

“We thought of this as a doable way of trying to get our wood-burning emissions in the Bay Area ratcheted down over time.”
— Wayne Kino, Director of Compliance and Enforcement, BAAQMD Continue reading

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Houston Mayor says men can use ladies’ room; city subpoenas sermons of pastors who disagree

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Mayor Annise Parker, Lesbian Democrat and ham-fisted intimidator

Mayor Annise Parker, Lesbian Democrat and ham-fisted intimidator

Clashes between evangelical Christians and the gay community are hardly news. Because I think people’s private lives should be private, nine times out of ten, I take the side of the gay community. Continue reading

Seattle gives you three choices: Eat all your dinner, have a smelly compost bin, or pay a fine

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Happy planet, happy composter, happy flies.

There’s a lot not to love about compost bins: The smell. The fruit flies. The general ick factor. The Seattle City Council has a response to your concerns:  Get used to it or else. Continue reading

Plug in, dream on, opt out: the scam of government energy greenwashing

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SCP_Logo_RGBIf you think the Federal government has no business managing your healthcare, here’s another takeover you won’t love: Community Choice Aggregation.  In plain English, that means local politicians will force you to buy electricity from an unproven new utility company run by… local politicians. Continue reading

Policy wonks invade your recycling bin

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Or else.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips are everywhere, mostly being used for good. Since they are only 1/8”  long and cost 15 cents each, these tiny little receivers can be sewn into your shirt tail to guarantee your dry cleaner never loses another Facconable. They can be inserted into your cat, so you can learn exactly where Fluffy got flattened by an Escalade. In some circles, this is called closure.

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The Nanny State: Coming to a driveway near you

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My driveway rocks.

It started with the rocks.

After living in San Francisco for 20 years, and putting up with 20 summers of bone-chilling fog, my wife and I decided to move 50 miles north, where we had bought a small piece of undeveloped land in Sonoma County, and piece by piece, built a horse farm on top of an old silage field. Continue reading