October 6, 2011 archive

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Prison Cell Phone Bill


Governor Jerry Brown also ordered California state prison officials to increase efforts to confiscate smuggled phones.

Senate Bill 26, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, makes it a misdemeanor to deliver a cellphone to a prison inmate, among other things. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation last year, saying it was too soft on inmates who carry phones and on guards and others who smuggle them.

Brown also issued an executive order instructing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to increase physical searches of people who enter prisons and to develop a system to interrupt unauthorized cellphone calls.

Brown said in his order that prison staff discovered nearly 10,700 contraband cellular devices in 2010, and 7,300 in the first half of this year.

“Prisons exist to remove individuals from our communities who would otherwise do harm to their fellow citizens,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “When criminals in prison get possession of a cell phone, it subverts the very purpose of incarceration. They use these phones to organize gang activity, intimidate witnesses and commit crimes. Today’s action will help to break up an expanding criminal network and protect law-abiding Californians.”

There is cell phone signal blocking equipment available, but the federal government won’t permit it’s use.

This seems like a simple solution just to block the cell phone signals and not waste the manpower to continually search the prison, prisoners and visitors.

But…….the government not always takes the common sense approach to solving problems.


California Proposition 8 Will NOT Have Repeal Election in 2012


After all of the noise about repeal of Proposition 8 after its passage in 2008, there will be no repeal election in 2012. The initiative proposition is currently tied up in the federal appeals court. Most legal pundits expect the United States Supreme court will ultimately decide the issue.

A leading California gay rights group said today that it won’t seek to qualify a ballot initiative to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage ban in 2012.

Equality California had previously said it would try to reverse Proposition 8 during next year’s presidential election, saying high turnout among young voters could boost its chances of success.

But the group said today it has decided not to pursue what would “inevitably be a very expensive and difficult campaign” to overturn the 2008 voter-approved initiative.

With the ultimate fate of Proposition 8 still tied up in the courts, EQCA announced that instead of launching an initiative qualification drive it will back an outreach campaign to “overcome the psychological, cultural and emotional triggers” that lead to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Wedge issue elections of the variety of California’s Proposition 8 tend to alienate voters than affect any kind of policy change. However, the California Supreme Court forced the issue with their ridiculous opinion striking down a California statute defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

With other states passing laws that allow Gay Marriage, whereas the federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibits it, the incongruity will lead to a United States Supreme Court review – eventually.


Dilbert October 6, 2011 – 99%


Dilbert by Scott Adams

And, what about Wall Street?……