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The first hint reminds me of that scene in “Chernobyl”:

“I worked in a shoe factory, and now I’m in charge … to the workers of the world.”

And a bonus quote from the same scene: “I prefer my opinion to yours.”

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Thanksgiving in Northern California, where the host is my UC Santa Cruz graduate/woke granddaughter.

Everything out my 78 year old mouth "Grandfather, we don't say that any more."

She scolds all the family at the yearly touch football game...watch your language (concerned about her daughter, my GREAT granddaughter's virgin ears). Victoria, the 5 year old, "Mommy, not to worry, I hear that shit all the time" Kid you not!!

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Nov 25, 2023·edited Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

Perhaps would it work out better if California chose its bureaucrats by Lottery rather than intersectionality or service to the party?

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

I played Little League. I'm applying to be the next manager of the Dodgers.

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It certainly says something about a person when you choose to hyphenate your last name even though it's "Quirk." That's the kind of surname that should drive a person to marry anyone at all - just to get rid of "Quirk." I'm glad that I beat the crowd and left 25 years ago! Chris, you will never run out of weird crap to write about if you stay there. Of course, you could be writing about the ginormous iceberg currently being calved in Antarctica but it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining as brain-deficient CA politicians! Thank you for making even idiots entertaining!

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

The US Army took me from Modesto, CA to the Fresno MEPS station, and 20 weeks later I found myself a fully qualified 19E (M60A3 Tank Crewman) at Fort Lewis, WA.

I returned to CA in 1991 to the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey to study Russian--the Soviet Putsch/collapse occurred while I was studying Russian. We all thought we may get switched to Chinese or Arabic.

Monterey is in the top 10 most beautiful places on the planet (Fort Lewis, now Joint Base Lewis McChord-JBLM, is certainly in the top 15). I absolutely LOVED my time in Monterey. We surfed and boogie-boarded for PT. Work hard and PT. It was awesome.

As a young man I was proud to have come from California. Loved the Lakers, the 49ers, my first college experience was at Modesto Junior College with a tuition of $50 (1987, seriously 50 bucks for tuition), I was fortunate enough to have grown up in true abundance--even though my family rented while others bought their homes. The GenXers are the last generation with a childhood, and I was blessed to have lived that in the 80s in California.

Today, I actually kinda hope the collapse happens sooner than later. California is now shameful. Gavin Newsom is a character in a King novel, or better the antiChrist in a Lahayne/Jenkins Left Behind book.

There is zero goodness coming from CA these days. It will not be the San Andreas Fault that destroys California (like we all fretted about back in the 80s), it will be the soulless bureaucrats/elected officials from CA--perfect reflections of a population that cannot come to grips with the truth that actions have consequences.

I've been thinking about how dire so many things are in the world--and yet the most animating political occurrence for millions of women is the over-turning of Roe V Wade.

Roe V Wade told American men and women that our actions do not have consequences. Do whatever you want, there is no such thing as responsibility for your actions.

I think this is where all the vitriol comes--reality is crashing in on them. Our actions do have consequences. The California populace is not ready for this truth. 39 million teenagers. It is gross.

Keep it. I'm not even interested in visiting CA anymore.

bsn

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

California: I almost got robbed two days ago by the Safeway on upscale Claremont Avenue on the Oakland/Berkeley border. It was an hour before sunset and I was stepping off the curb, crossing in front of my truck as he appeared crossing the street on the diagonal straight toward me with intent in his eyes. Keys and groceries were in my hands, but I managed one-handed to draw a pocket knife that, if necessary, I could have flicked open with a thumb. But as soon as he saw that movement, he abruptly changed direction for the back of the truck, cursing me half under his breath, and as he went around the passenger side, I entered the driver door.

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Well this article definitely softens the blow I just experienced putting $160 of fuel in my tank in San Diego (2.5X compared to Florida).

I'm sure that money is being used for state of the art infrastructure, right?...

Where does it go Chris?!

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Nov 25, 2023·edited Nov 25, 2023

There's a rather otherwise remarkably unremarkable comic called "Crossed" about the usual 100% predictable zombie apocalypse (a virus spread by fluids, when it suits the plot...), and as per usual from its author the same predictable wokeness but it serves as a useful model here (Caution: it's very low-brow, trying conceal shoddy trite writing with gratuitous sex/violence and explicit content):

After a while, the zombies (who delight in rape, cannibalism and murder) start in on themselves because survivors have become too difficult to find, the majority having moved into sub-arctic areas where the zombies die off quickly since they don't bother with things like clothes or shelter.

Then, some zombies realise this means their potential victims - the normals - can simply win by waiting them out. So what do these smart zombies do?

They start establishing a modicum of control over the other zombies, and then start pressuring the survivors to allow interbreeding.

To me, this is a perfect parallell to the woke:

First, they destroy what made them possible. Then, they demand their victims save them.

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

Howdy Chris, - - I must have a masochistic streak. I continue to read your diatribes, and snicker, because of the evident head slapping astonishment at California politics. I grew up there during and after WWll. It was a wonderland. Then the 60's started the decline and I could see that there was no hope for sanity by the mid 70's and made my escape. Believe it or not, - - - it is going to et worse. When looking from the middle of the country, it is very apparent that only insane people would tolerate living in an asylum full of certifiable nuts, thieves and con-men. Take a look in the mirror, take a deep breath, and make an honest assessment. Then if you have doubts, watch " A Night at the Opera" by the Marx Bros., thn again, and then once more. If you haven't realized by then that it is all a preplanned madhouse, - - and caused you to sell out and run, - - Then get a derby hat and oogah horn and get in step with the rest of the inmates. SORRY!! That's the way it is, and will be.

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"It will be a pleasure to watch his expertise blossom as he takes charge of legislation for forestry and oil spills."

🤣🤣🤣

Did you mean "Howard Dean" when you wrote that Buffy organized for Bernie, or did she also organize for Bernie, but that was omitted from the excerpt you shared?

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You points are taken, but isn't it supposed to be one of the virtues of democracy that elected officials are *not* experts/insiders? They lay down their plow and go serve a term or two to make sure that their district's concerns are heard?

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

All the crazy shit that’s happening is all part of the Purges. Commies and fascists purge. It’s because they are miserable and envious of happy people, so they have to make others as miserable as (or more miserable than, actually) themselves.

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

There’s good news and there’s bad news.

The bad news for the unwoke who see their state being run into the ground by the California nomenklatura is that the Commies are in control, they have no idea what they are doing, all legislative committee assignments are obviously patronage gigs, and the suck is going to get worse. They will continue to double down on stupid until they can’t. This means when reality makes it impossible: insolvency, a politically unsurvivable disaster, Golden State voters disimpact their craniums from their rectums en masse. In regards to the voters, thus far it sure seems like Cali has extremely dedicated masochists. BTW this is EXACTLY how the USSR ran many of its committees, so as they say in Moscow: Поздравляем, товарищи!

The good news is that day will surely come. It’s not if, it’s when. Nothing this dumb and irrational survives forever. But to paraphrase dumbass economist, but paradoxically excellent stock investor,John Maynard Keynes, one of the chief architects of government debt finance schemes, the government can stay irrational longer than you, the citizen, can take it. But if you can take it, you will see the other side of this. So hunker down if you must and salt away your post apocalyptic provisions and a Mandarin/Spanish dictionary.

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Nov 25, 2023·edited Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

I also live in Barger's district and she faces an extremely tough race against longtime state assemblyman, Democrat Chris Holden in the upcoming election. The District is 46% Dem, 24% Rep. I'm not a fan of hers but the opposition is scary, she is not. I have been locally voicing my opposition to a $33 million, 43 unit, 4 story "affordable senior housing project" partially funded by the county and she has been somewhat supportive though state laws have largely handcuffed her. To make this easier to understand the board and state are well along in my community (San Dimas) to build an $1,800 per square foot facility for "affordable housing" for those who have experienced/ or are experiencing homelessness ($500 per square foot is now common here as a selling price for single family homes, though these are really more like pods). Creating a jarring monstrosity next to single story family homes and a Montecito school on 2/3 acre of land which will be serviced with 17 parking spaces and 40-some bike spaces for seniors. A facility nobody wants other than politicians and developers and people who want to "help the homeless" with no fiscal sense... this is the equivalent of building $3.6 million dollar, 2,000 square foot homes to address the senior homeless problem..., well at least 43 of the homeless.

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Nov 25, 2023Liked by Chris Bray

The experts got us where we are, so there’s that. This new crowd of inexperienced ideologues won’t do any better. Neither of these groups is willing or able to set their ego aside listen, and allow for governance by the people and for the people. The grift is too rich.

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