STRANGE TALES FROM OUR LEGISLATORS

The Tesla, the electric car that is a sensation and gaining sales momentum, somehow has become a target of legislators in some states seeking to keep it from being sold there.

This story highlights two instances. http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/05/13/north_carolina_tesla_ban_bill_would_prevent_unfair_competition_with_car.html

In North Carolina

From the state that brought you the nation’s first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state.

The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state’s Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. It’s aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships.

Believe it or not campaign contributions may have played a role. The North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association made the state maximum contribution to State Sen. Tom Apodaca, the sponsor of the legislation. Hmmmmm.

Meanwhile in Texas, that bastion of free enterprise (wink…wink)

…the company is fighting a law under which the employees of its “showroom” in Austin are not allowed to sell any vehicles, offer test drives, or even tell customers how much the car costs. But at least Texas still lets people buy the car online, which North Carolina’s law would prohibit.

I can find no words to comment on these occurrences other than ridiculously absurd.

Back in 2008 in Louisiana the “Louisiana Science Education Act” became law. Essentially it permits the teaching of creationism in classrooms. This is blatantly unconstitutional.

Now there are some level heads  in the Pelican State who have been striving to get this law repealed. All these efforts have failed and did so again about two weeks ago. The committee vote was 3-2 against repeal and here is an explanation, from the monkey’s mouth if you will, as to why one legislator voted no.

Sen. Elbert Guillory, D-Opelousas, said he had reservations with repealing the act after a spiritual healer correctly diagnosed a specific medical ailment he had. He said he thought repealing the act could “lock the door on being able to view ideas from many places, concepts from many cultures.”
“Yet if I closed my mind when I saw this man—in the dust, throwing some bones on the ground, semi-clothed—if I had closed him off and just said, ‘That’s not science. I’m not going to see this doctor,’ I would have shut off a very good experience for myself,” Guillory said.
   
Yep! That’s what he said, folks.
 
 
Beware of semi-clothed men throwing bones on the ground.
 
But there is one legislature that is actually seeking to advance its citizens interests, and possibly providing a great gift to humanity and common sense as well.
 
Minnesota is poised to become the twelfth state to approve gay marriage. The legislature has passed the bill and it awaits the governor’s signature.
 

Today’s vote is that much more noteworthy because it was only this past November that gay-marriage advocates were playing defense, successfully campaigning to block an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined marriage as being a union solely between a man and a woman.

The additional benefit to society is if Michele Bachmann carries out her threat to leave Minnesota if the law goes into effect.     http://dailycurrant.com/2013/05/13/bachmann-threatens-to-leave-minnesota-over-marriage-equality/

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out, Michele!

 UPDATE
In my contempt for everything Bachmann I allowed myself to fall prey to a satirical article. She did not make such a threat and I apologize to my readers for not being more careful with my facts.
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Comments

  • Little_Minx  On May 14, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    You DO realize that the “Daily Currant” is a satirical publication, don’t you?

  • Little_Minx  On May 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    If the NC bill passes, would the state still collect sales tax on it if a North Carolinian manages to purchase a Tesla out-of-state? (Some states, incl. I believe PA., have such laws).

  • toadsly  On May 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Order one now: http://www.teslamotors.com/models/options:

    • Little_Minx  On May 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Maybe we could go for a test ride in your new Tesla?

    • umoc193  On May 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Correction made.

      • Little_Minx  On May 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        If it’s any comfort, the Daily Currant takes immense pride in the number of news outlets that have fallen for their hoaxes. Everyone from Matt Drudge to the Washington Post has been taken in at least once — as well as Minx, who forwarded a story she wished were true re Mitt last fall, then had to send out a red-faced email retraction to the friends to whom she’d sent the original. So you’re in good company, my friend.

  • toadsly  On May 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Don’t hold your breath! I’ll spend $70.000 for a car the day after I become a registered Republican.

    • Little_Minx  On May 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Are those porcines I espy on the wing overhead?

  • umoc193  On May 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Here’s another tale of wrong legislative actions. The Florida Legislature has passed a bill designed to speed up executions in the state, despite the fact that Florida is a world leader in death row exonerations. http://www.salon.com/2013/05/15/florida_law_would_speed_up_executions/

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