Apparently Oklahoma state senator Ralph Shortey was moved to write a bill banning the use of human fetuses in processed food. Which, of course, would be really gross… if it were true. When the state leader of the anti-abortion camp—who I assume would have made it his business to know about such things—pointed out that this was not an issue, having never heard of one instance of such a disgusting practice, Shortey said he’d read about it on the Internet.
My reaction? I’m so glad to have fled Oklahoma when I was 17.
It’s not as if nobody in California has ever done something dumb (sorry, double negative there), but when I catch anything in the news about the state where I was born, it’s usually something tragic. (Think the bombing of the federal building and numerous tornadoes.) Or it’s an account of some politician who is so stupid, it’s embarrassing. (Think Ralph Shortey, Jim Inhofe…forget it, the list is too long.)
California has tragedy. (Think earthquakes.) And it has crazies. (Do I really need to list names or can I just say “Hollywood”?) But we have progressive, intelligent politicians representing us. (Okay, so twice we elected as governors movie stars with very small brains, but our senators are usually pretty good.) Plus we have mountains, the ocean, great weather, amazing diversity, every kind of food you’d ever want, abundant culture of all kinds, and fresh local produce all year long.
I’m sure there is some California state senator who has introduced ridiculous legislation—Prop 8, to name just one—but there’s enough other news about California that I’m not embarrassed to say I live here when I read the paper.
So, thanks, Ralph Shortey, for reminding me why I moved away.
Sorry, Okies, you’re stuck with him. And Jim Inhofe too.