Nearly a hundred years ago, Will Rogers said, “Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.” But even Will would have been at a loss for words to describe a recent decision by the Sacramento City Council to pay the 50 most well-known, trigger-happy gang members up to $500 a month, for up to 18 months, not to nine each other.
In the heartland, where the cost of living is assumed to be more reasonable than San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York, you might expect public sector compensation to be more reasonable, as well. But not in Joliet, IL.
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.
I got this story from a conservative blogger in Madison, WI named David Blaska. No joke. A conservative in Madison.
In San Francisco, there’s a ballot proposal that comes from so far out of left field that even Anthony Weiner wouldn’t support it. In fact, judging from recent photographs, the Big Dog might be one of its most vocal opponents if he didn’t otherwise have his hands full.