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Aren't statistics wonderful? Last year in California Assembly Bill 60 was implemented. That's the law which granted illegal immigrants a driver's license.  The LA Times has some numbers:

"An estimated 605,000 licenses were issued under the law last year, accounting for nearly half of all new licenses, according to the California DMV. Nearly 400,000 of the licenses were issued during the first six months."

Assembly Bill 60 wasn't the only bill that was passed.  Gov Jerry Brown also signed a measure that eliminated the word "alien" in the state's labor code and another law that let "...noncitizen high school students to serve as election poll workers."


Feeling the Bern: You'll recall the free Donald Trump tattoo craze that was sweeping the Trump fan base.  Free tats for fans.  But Yahoo shows us Bernie's fans are just as rabid:

"Several dozen people have flocked to Aartistic Tattoo in Montpelier, Vermont, to get a free tattoo of the senator, complete with his unkempt hair and thick-rimmed glasses."

The artist says she's inked about 15 people just in the past week and will continue to offer the free tats as long as Bernie runs.


Forecasting New Hampshire: Everyone loves snow in New Hampshire. Good news for them, then eh? There's up to 8 inches planned for the Seacoast.  Manchester could get 3-5.  With smaller totals of 1-3 inches for the north and west. The UnionLeader says the stuff is suppose to start falling today.

"The bulk of the accumulation should be done before the morning commute Tuesday, but towns and cities throughout the state will have to clear the way at polling stations for voters casting ballots in the Republican and Democratic presidential primary."


Poll-ish sausage: Those internal polls?  Daily Caller tells how the sausage is made when it comes to polling:

If I tell you that a state is 50/50 between two candidates, but that all of the supporters of candidate A come from the northern part of the state, and all of the supporters of candidate B come from the southern part of the state, and I ask you what you think will really happen, you will say, I expect a near-tie."

But wait, there's more:

"But what If I tell you that a snowstorm is going to hit the northern part of the state the day before the election and snow all the way through the election? Now you are going to guess that the candidate in the southern part of the state will win.”


  • Quickhits: Officials are blaming a meteor for killing a man in India Saturday. It's a rare event. An astronomer calculated it would be easier to get struck by lightning, a tornado and hurricane simultaneously.
  • Pet owners are having a hard time keeping their animals leashed in FL. In the past ten years, more than 260 exotics have runaway from home, including all manner of snakes and monkeys. Plus the obligatory lions, tigers and bears. Oh my.
  • Voters who took a poll recently were asked about driverless cars. Oh sure, this car looks great.  But, looks aside 51% said they wouldn't ride in a driverless car. 63% had no intention of buying one in the next ten years. Unsurprisingly, the younger you are the more you like the technology.
  • Puppy monkey baby. Because some things won't get out of your head no matter what you do.

Trumpism of the day: "I don't get along that well with the rich. I don't even like the rich people very much," he admitted. "It's like a weird deal."


Today is Shrove Monday. A religious observance that falls on the Monday before Ash Wednesday.


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