Crazyfornia’s Latest Assault On Free Speech

Written by Larry Usoff on February 12, 2018

Huh? Gender-bender?

In that western state, which I have decided to call Crazyfornia (you know which one, right?), their state government appears to have taken permanent leave of their senses…which, in my not-so-humble opinion, they haven’t had for many years. In the latest of many nutty things that they’ve made into law, this is perhaps the nuttiest: If you call a person by the wrong gender you may wind up in the hoosegow! Health care workers who choose not to address transgender patients by their preferred pronouns could face fines or jail time, according to a bill signed into law in October of 2017 by Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown. The law is designed to protect transgender and LGBT individuals in hospitals, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, and retirement homes from discrimination and ensure their needs are met, such as letting them use the bathroom of their preferred gender.

The law states that health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” fail to address transgender people by their “preferred name or pronouns” if they were “clearly informed of the preferred name or pronouns” would be in violation of the law. The actual wording is, “It shall be unlawful for a long-term care facility or facility staff to take any of the following actions wholly or partially on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status,” along with other ridiculous stuff. Any person, it seems to me, can perceive that they are something other than what they were born, on any given day at any given time. There is nothing but dozens, if not hundreds, of lawsuits going to come out of this and, as always, it’s the lawyers that profit most.

Should you make the ghastly mistake of calling “him” him, you may find yourself being fined about a thousand, or sitting in the pokey for about a year! The law “does not create any new criminal provisions,” but instead creates “new rights within an existing structure.”, according to State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents…wait for it…San Francisco! Now, who would have guessed that?

Now, do you want to take a guess who else represents that area? Right you are, Nancy Pelosi! Another one from that place, Jackie Speier a virulent anti-Trumper. It would seem to me that San Francisco never left the 1960’s because their members of state and federal governments are befuddled and, if I may venture an opinion again, one card short of a full deck.

Those who opposed the law, including Greg Burt of the California Family Council, criticized the measure when it was in its early stages for being a violation of free speech. “How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Burt told the California Assembly Judiciary Committee in August.

Folks, think about this for a moment…what is a “family”? Parents and children…right? If the “parents” change their gender on a daily basis, including how they dress and act, what is that doing to the children? Psychologists in Crazyfornia are going to be making money like it was going out of style!

In keeping with calling it Crazyfornia, we’ve probably all heard or seen evidence that the state is either bankrupt, or going there at about 60 miles an hour, correct? Now, given that premise, that the state is hard-up for money, see if you can reconcile this next bit of news.

Last month, it was announced, very reluctantly, and very quietly, that the City of Los Angeles had just dropped 10 million dollars in the toilet. Not literally, of course, but it might as well have been literal. The city promised to lease/purchase some 300 BMW electric police cars, over a three-year period. The actual cost would be 10.2 million. The cars, many of the them, were sitting idle in garages and going untouched. There are a couple of reasons for this, but mainly it’s because the cops don’t like driving them. With electric cars I suspect, but have no real proof, it’s because they don’t go far enough, or maybe not fast enough, especially for a police car.

The discovery is a major flop for the California city, where local leaders have spent millions in an effort to turn the government more green. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the ambitious plan during its roll-out, adding, “We should be thinking green in everything we do.” Ironically, the Democrat mayor at the time said the cars would “also save money and resources,” according to the Los Angeles Times. They definitely do save money when they’re just sitting, but perhaps the payments just keep going on. Since the police officers do not want to use them, they will be used for administrative, non-emergency purposes for the time being.

A local TV reporter said, “Now while it all may sound good to help the environment, our investigation found some cars sitting, others being used for personal errands.” Investigators did find one LAPD commander using her BMW electric vehicle — driving to a nail salon to get a manicure. The officer did not appear enthused to talk to the media.

Parting shot: Crazyfornia, for all its vaunted climate and glimpses into the future, is turning out to be nothing more than a bunch of financial dummies! Maybe they SHOULD secede!

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Larry Usoff
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