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Eternal vigilance…

… is the price of liberty. Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), abolitionist, orator, and columnist for The LIberator.

Yesterday, my blog entry dealt with members of the California Legislature working on pet political projects this weekend (the example was AB2948, a once-dead but “resurrected” gun-control measure), while California has been without a state budget, for two months.

Today I received an email response from a California State Senator that the bill AB2948, which would have banned sales of firearms and ammunition in the Cow Palace, was narrowly defeated (19-20) in the California Senate yesterday (Saturday, August 30).

I have learned, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, that “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” In California politics, bad bills return zombie-like from the grave, as AB2948 did!

According to the San Francisco Chronicle article of 4 hours ago, Calfornia lawmakers finished work on their 2008 legislation today, but left the important task of approving a state budget UNDONE for a record-breaking 62nd day!

I emailed and faxed members of the California Legislature yesterday, asking them to focus on passing a state budget. Maybe you state employees (and other Californians) who have not done so (or even if you have) should do the same.

Another favorite quotation of mine is, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

(Good women too… of course.)

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