Patterico's Pontifications


Invisible Driver Prank

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:51 pm

My kids showed me this. They laughed and laughed.

My favorite is the guy who says: “Oh snap!”

I didn’t know people actually said that for real.

Saturday Night with the Braun Brothers

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:25 pm

I am still rocking to songs by Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars, two Austin bands hailing from Idaho that I first mentioned in this post. The unique thing about these bands is that they are largely comprised of four brothers, all with the last name of Braun. Here is a nice live cut of “You Don’t Have to Stay Forever” by Reckless Kelly:

Just great stuff. Here’s a song from Micky and the Motorcars that you might mistake for Toad the Wet Sprocket (which is, in my mind, high praise):

Another positively awesome version of a great song from the Micky and the Motorcars Facebook page:

How about that, huh?

Finally, here’s a cute video of all four Braun brothers and their dad on the Jay Leno show from 1993, the year Mrs. P. and I were in Austin, Texas, finishing up at law school. Man, does this make me feel old:

Thanks to ThOR for that link.

Jerry Brown: California Will Have Surpluses

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:44 pm

That’s what he says:

After years of red ink, Gov. Jerry Brown said on Thursday that California’s $96.7-billion general fund is now poised to end next year with a surplus, thanks to years of deep budget cuts and billions in new taxes approved by voters last year.

“We achieved the position we’re in because of tough cuts … and then the people voted for taxes,” he said. “We broke the logjam by going to the people.”

Schools will be the big winner in the governor’s new spending plan, receiving $56.2 billion in state funds, an increase by $2.7 billion over the last year. That funding is set to jump to more than $66 billion by 2016.

The budget also dedicated an additional $350 million to the state’s public insurance program, Medi-Cal, to help implement President Obama’s healthcare law.

Brown’s budget predicts only the second budget surplus in the last decade, with an $851-million surplus projected at the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year — if all his proposals are approved by lawmakers.

Jerry Brown says we will have surpluses. I say we will not.

We’ll see who is right.

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