Soda wars spread to California, point to future of US politics. Richmond, Ca is about to become the first city in the country to tax businesses for selling sugary drinks. The ballot initiative is driving a wedge between white fascists progressives, who claim to be combatting obesity, and black and hispanic groups, who want economic growth and jobs. “We’re tired of this Progressive Alliance coming in and telling us what to do. I’ve renamed them Plantation Alliance.” Now you’re getting it.

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StrinaM November 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

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I guess Hawaii was the first state…. Gov Ambercrombie&Fitch raised that tax 100% from where it was and 50% on alcohol almost as soon as he got into office.

PsychoDad November 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

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‘ now we’re taking on Big Soda as well, because we know that corporate entities are buying elections and unduly influencing cities and our nation,” Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said in an interview in her City Hall office. “We’re trying to show the Richmond community that we don’t have to sit back and let them take control of our lives. We can stand up to them.” ‘

Doesn’t even make sense, does it?

ooddballz November 6, 2012 at 10:41 am

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PD, I read that 3 times, and can’t make a damn lick of sense from it.

Must be a corporate greed thing.

StrinaM November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

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JC, is that you? LOL

GhostntheMachine November 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

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Only if you’re leaning ‘forward’.

Elrond Hubbard November 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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“Doesn’t even make sense, does it?”

No, it doesn’t make sense, in fact, it’s idiotic. All these socialists do is put the word “Big” in front of a business name to demonize it: “Big Oil”, “Big Tobacco”, and now “Big Soda”. Yeah, evil “Big Soda” corrupting your children, making you obese and influencing elections. Still, one “Big” these progressive scumbags are never bothered by is “Big Government”.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

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Big Bird…

oh wait, that’d be our end of the pool.

“…too big and too vulgar already.” ya think?
http://www.ihatethemedia.com/vagina-2012

guysmiley November 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

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RobertW–what’s that avatar. I’m thinking spider of sorts.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm
flashingscotsman November 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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Big Rocking Horses. Yeah, I’m an evil corporation.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm
flashingscotsman November 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm

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Hey, you know me. Just rakin’ in the millions, totally out of touch with the little people, making my money on the backs of those that are less fortunate.

sa_rose November 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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Or on the backs of your poor mistreated horses. Wait.. .

flashingscotsman November 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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Hey, I treat those horses very well. Hardly ever beat them. Oh, and they’re gluten free.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

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HA HA HA
i just hovered my mouse over your gravatar.

VERY cool. i couldn’t make it out before.

between you and the 3 stooges on Hulu, I been able to smile this Wed. morning.

We can have him impeached. Better bitem than a kenyan.

sa_rose November 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm

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Actually, I am nopt sure that is true. Biden is an idiot and would be led around by the nose and be allowed to make decisions that he can’t come near now. Impeach him and you have guaranteed that every stupid plan he has will fly through congress like shit through a goose!

RobertW November 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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OR,
sometimes parents tire of hearing the kids bellyaching for more candy than is good for them an so they allow the children to eat as much as they want, thus giving the children a practical understanding of WHY it’s not a good idea, instead of just mom and dad being mean and cruel.

hisham November 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

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Don’t try to make too much, especially sense, out of this PD; after all, it’s Kalifornication.

Progressive Hemrrhoid November 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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I’m telling you, there’s going to be one hell of a black market for soda here soon if this crap keeps up.

flashingscotsman November 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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As I sit down with my 52 ounce insulated mug of Mountain Dew.

Not so silent November 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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Take a look at Richmond, It is another in the long list of shithole cities in Kalifornia. It looks like it has been bombed out downtown. They have a mall thats across the freeway from the city (to keep it seperate) Thier crime rate is high and the number of liquor stores outnumber schools by about 25 to one. And they are worried about soda’s? Kalifornia, run by liberals. The liberals are required to safely tuck their head up their ass before running for office.

CO2Insanity November 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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You can bet they won’t tax King Cobra Malt Liquor.

flashingscotsman November 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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Oh no you didn’t!

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm
flashingscotsman November 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

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Ok, so I can’t spell.,,,,

sa_rose November 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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Remember, all spelling rules for English go out the window for Ebonics.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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of course
i’m trying to think of that movie where the guy wakes up years in the future and everyone is a libiot.

Alien November 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm

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In all honesty, Ebonics is of no concern

I will instead make sure one of my children learn that ole Espanól.

GOP seriously needs to fire up Rubio for 2016

sa_rose November 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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Forget Spanish. Make them learn Cantonese, Madarin and a handful of dialects. It will do them more good.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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so, all those votes from our warriors overseas didn’t get counted?

StrinaM November 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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Don’t think so.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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well then, we need to demand all troops engaged in combat zones overseas be withdrawn. win lose or draw, we’re gonna need every mother’s child of em.

Alien November 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

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Point well taken on the Chinese..

But I’m also thinking of GOP politics. Without grabbing more Hispanics, it’s going to be an angry minority party for a generation. Think of what happened to the GOP in California after 1994..

Or lend Steve Schmidt & Michael Steele an ear once in a while. I have no desire to see Dems dominating for decades either. Time to triangulate

GhostntheMachine November 7, 2012 at 4:52 am

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Sometimes I wonder if your children and my future grands will have to know Spanish to thrive here AND Mandarin to succeed in business.

[edit] Jeb Bush has been banging that drum for years too. He thinks Texas could go blue by ’16, ’20 at the latest.

sa_rose November 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

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Hispanics are a fact of life, and not all of them are Democrats. wjhatever the Dems would like you to believe. Today, right now, the GOP needs to be beating the bushes for some up and coming possibilities as candidates in 2015. That was part of the proble this time and last for that matter. They drug out some old chestnuts that have the country had never heard of and by the time Roney was the presumed nominee, everyone had heard all kinds of dirt that the Dems used against him. A majoity of the pollees preferred Roney;s economic plan. But they didn’t LIKE him. We need a likeable, competent, charismatic person to run and the election will be ours for the taking.

RobertW November 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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wrong SA wrong wrong, wrongity wrong wrong wrong. there were no hispanics on the facts of life.

sa_rose November 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm

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Yeppers. I believe he did! Though actually that is probably already taxed under the liquor laws.

Not so silent November 8, 2012 at 9:06 am

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Richmond voted it down, only 33 percent in favor, looks like the soda chuggers won out over the nanny staters….

RobertW November 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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well that’s some good news! at this point we gotta take whatever we can get.

guysmiley November 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

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King Cobra and Old English 800–they’ll still be able to get their first 40′s of the day, just not 40′s of soda. I had to take classes at UC Berkely Extension, and spent a couple days in Richmond for said classes, and you’re right, Notso. Richmond is a shithole. Wouldn’t want to be there at night.

CO2Insanity November 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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The part of town called the Iron Triangle is particularly fun! Even during the day!

Navyvet2 November 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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Hahahaha. Kookafornia kicking themselves in the nuts again. Hahaha. Keep it up, that’s what the stupid fools vote for.l

Not so silent November 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

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I think Ass Clown Jerry Brown has a cabinet position for that, The Secretary of kicking himself in the nuts, part of the Attorney General’s office.

sa_rose November 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

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What the polititians don’t graps is that a company will produce whatever the market desires. Taxing sodas because they are unhelathy will only piss off consumers, not decrease their consumption. OHHHHHHHH! NOW I get it! A new source of revenue! Hah! I see what they did there!

flashingscotsman November 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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Yep, and I’m sure it will generate enough revenue to cure any deficit spending they might have been doing.

sa_rose November 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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Well maybe not cure. But cetainly put a dent in it! It would make their balance sheet look better so they could borrow more.

RobertW November 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

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racists, the both of ya’s

sa_rose November 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

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Yeah we are!