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by Scott Cox posted Jun 4 2014 4:13PM
The jury has rendered a verdict in the case of a young Bakersfield woman, whom according to investigators, was texting and speeding when she ran a stop sign and struck and killed another young woman. This texting stuff is completely out of control around here, and this jury had the chance to send a clear message to anyone else who might be driving and texting- take a person's life, and we'll throw the book at you. Well, they found the texter guilty of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, which I didn't even know was a thing. Since when is killing another human being a misdemeanor? Her 24 year old victim is gone forever, leaving her family and freinds to grieve her senseless loss. And the girl who killed her will be back on the street this time next year. That seems crazy to me. And good luck using this case to compel young drivers to put down their phones while driving, because kids these days aren't afraid of misdemeanors. This case was being watched by people all over the country to gauge how seriously we'd take this growing problem. I guess they got their answer.
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by Scott Cox posted Mar 30 2014 8:10PM
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by Scott Cox posted Mar 30 2014 7:05PM
This drought is going to get the best of us eventually, but the blame game is already well underway. Reporters all over the state have taken note of the fact that a bunch of water users in Bakersfield aren't metered. We have discovered that there's a bunch of private water-skiing lakes south of Arvin, which has folks wondering if that's a good idea, water-wise. And this is just the beginning. Once water rationing begins, we'll all be scutinizing how much water everybody else is using. But nobody is going to conserve water here, because they know that compared to oil and ag, residential use is pretty much a drop in a bucket. But neighbor-blaming-neighbor isn't what's going to get out of contol- it's the rest of the state, and all those fellow water-starved towns that are expecting us to adopt their lofty conservation standards. Keep your eyes on state news- Bakersfield is about to be cast as the villian on this water-saving stuff.
by Scott Cox posted Jan 20 2014 3:48PM
People are wondering if this ridiculous bridge scandal will be the end of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's presidential aspirations. The correct answer is yes, but maybe not for the obvious reason. Look, this act of political vengeance has triggered the old what-did-he-know-and-when-did-he-know-it routine, and Christie has decided to go all Sgt. Schultz on everybody. He knows nothing, which may well be the case. But it won't help. People have had it with this kind of politics, and even if Christie really didn't know about it, it all went on right under his nose, which is worse for a lot of folks. And we don't have to wait for the investigations to finish up, either. The fact is that the Tea Party wants this guy out of the race just as much as the democrats do, which explains why nobody wants to be seen as coming to his aid. When George Soros AND the Koch Brothers are gunning for you, you're done. And now we all get to watch Christie let this scandal drag him under, and Hillary has seen her first challenger cut down before anyone even declared that they were running. Christie probably won't bother.
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by Scott Cox posted Dec 8 2013 3:05PM
I guess it's just part of the character of our little town, but as usual we have an epidemic of people taking the handicapped parking spaces at shopping centers around Christmastime. Great. Look, it's bad enough at any time of the year, but during December it just seems like a bigger infraction. Those spaces are for actual handicapped people, who, just like the rest of us, have to get shopping done. The fine is steep, but not nearly steep enough. I'd like to see a system where the offender isn't fined at all. Let's just crush their kneecaps with a ball peen hammer. Then they're free to keep the plaquard. Reports of idiots either parking in the handicapped spots without the proper designation are up, as are the number of idiots who use plaquards intended for other people. EIther way, it's an incredibly low-class move, and it needs to stop. It's like our litter problem. We're better than this.  At least I hope we are. 
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