Friday, February 22, 2008

In the news

1. A 16-year-old Argentine girl has given birth to triplets... after first doing so last year, following another child the year before that. She turns 17 on Monday and has seven children.

2. Republicans in the California State Assembly blocked a bill that would have closed a loophole allowing buyers of yachts, airplanes, and luxury RVs to avoid paying sales tax if they keep their newly purchased vessels out of state for 90 days. Now, obviously, passing a bill like this wouldn't have solved the state's budget crisis, but this seems like a blatant case of the rich just gaming the tax system to their advantage, and a bunch of Republicans thumbing their nose at the public good to help their rich friends.

More detail here. The bill was SBX3 8; you can look up the text or see the names of the guilty parties who voted against it here.


At Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 6:57:00 PM PST, Anonymous clynne said...

That poor girl.


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