Rabidly anti-gun CA State Senator Kevin de Leon (a Democrat from Los Angeles) made a real fool of himself at a press conference for his new gun control bill when he demonstrated both his command of the English language and the extent of his firearms knowledge
America has become an incredibly litigious nation, with lawyers willing to take the case of virtually any client they believe can be a source of revenue. While it is frustrating enough to see adults go after one another with such abandon, many see a lawsuit currently pending in California as utterly unconscionable.
Alan Beck, the coach of a Little League baseball team, is pursuing a $600,000 suit against a 14-year-old player for doing something people in his position naturally do upon winning a game. He celebrated, tossing his helmet in the air, and unwittingly striking Beck with it in the process.
According to recent reports, the coach is seeking half a million dollars in pain and suffering, with another $100,000 to cover medical expenses and lost wages. The incident allegedly resulted in an injury to the coach’s Achilles tendon, which his attorney claims has rendered him disabled.
“He’s a good guy who was volunteering his time and now he’s in a wheelchair,” Gene Goldman explained. “Who’s the victim here?”
The teenager’s father, Joe Paris, would also like to know the answer to that question. He said he initially could not believe his son was really being targeted by his former coach.
“At first I thought it was a joke,” the player’s father recalled, describing the lawsuit as “absurd.”
Goldman contends that the child’s celebratory act “wasn’t part of the game,” saying kids “just don’t do that.” Of course, his assertion is patently false.
Media reports have pointed out that, even in videos on the official Little League YouTube channel, it is commonplace to find players engage in similar acts.
Nevertheless, the Paris family has already spent thousands on legal fees. Unbelievably, Goldman dismisses the expense, pointing out that “they should have had homeowner’s insurance,” which can sometimes help with the cost associated with such outrageous lawsuits.
–B. Christopher Agee
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To celebrate the New Year, a Californian who describes himself as a libertarian moved out of the state. In his frustration, he has posted a list of just some of the ridiculous regulations he has suffered under at the hands of liberals who have been given unlimited power over the lives of everyday Americans.
These are some of the regulatory nightmares he had to undergo.
In order to merely remove a wooden deck that was condemned by Ventura County inspectors, he had to pay for and secure SEVEN separate permits. In order to place a small concession trailer in his own parking lot (he owned a camp site rental business), he had to PROVIDE A SOIL SAMPLE from the dirt UNDER the asphalt of the parking lot! Because of imperial edicts from power hungry liberals, it took him THREE years to get the permit to place a 500 gallon fuel tank on his own property. These and other regulations have caused him to give up any thoughts of doing the necessary repairs he knows his property needs to keep it worthy of his customers’ trust and needs. The costs of permits alone are prohibitive.
The State of California required him to pay almost 7% of his payroll to cover unemployment insurance for summer employees who don’t work all winter and are supported by unemployment insurance payments he funds.
While these people are supposed to be searching for work, the State of California does nothing to insure that they are. Moreover, many spend the winter in Mexico living on their payments. Consequently, he pays for their winter vacation each year while he worries about how to make ends meet.
Looming in his future and that of every other small business owner is the black cloud of huge Obamacare payments and ever increasing minimum wage requirements. He adds a cautionary note that laws like California’s Proposition 13 that force low property taxes on local governments can and will be circumvented by a torrent of regulations that squeeze money out of people.
Curtailing taxes are only half the job. As we see in Obama’s EPA, regulatory agencies can and will kill economies.
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