Saturday, Mar.23, 2013 9:22 PST: Added a link in the third paragraph related to ecoli-spreading plastic bags.

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Had a hard time coming up with a theme for today’s open thread, so I have been scouring the net for interesting tidbits.

Found this one on the mini-war taking place in California over the evil existence of plastic bags. Seems the city council of a small town in San Diego County — Solana Beach — is rethinking the original policy after a lot of complaints about it, including the threat of a law suit.

Trending

The First to Stop Applauding

To incentivize compliance, the city policy requires retailers to charge ten cents per paper bag for customers who resist bringing their own ecoli-spreading cloth bags. The city claims the money will not be used for the city’s coffers at all. Huh?

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For a peek into California politics, there is an interesting discussion taking place at the FlashReport — California’s leading blog for conservatives — over how the Republican party should handle social issues. A number of well-known conservatives including Ray Haynes and a Log Cabin Republican are debating the issue.

Have a great weekend.

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