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February 20, 2024 13 mins

Yes, Jack has done the thing you're not supposed to do with a pencil sharpener.  Plus--have you heard the one about how the State of California's ban on conducting business with 30 US states (over LGBTQ+ policies) helped to create the $1.7 Million public restroom in San Francisco?  

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Or right back to the pencil sharp of their principle.
It's one more thing.

Speaker 2 (00:04):
I'm strong Andy, one more thing.

Speaker 3 (00:08):
I know. I know the story you're about to tell
about the pencil sharpener, but it's kind of tough for
me emotionally hearing this. At one points, as a child,
for some reason, I thought it'd be a good idea
to stick my finger in a pencil sharper.

Speaker 2 (00:25):
I don't remember.

Speaker 3 (00:26):
I don't remember how old I was, But anyway, I've
got one finger that the fingernail on top still has
white spots on there from that. They never went away.
The fingernail continues to grow. But the cuts that I
put deep into my fingernail, causing me great pain from
the finger from the pencil sharpener, still on my fingernails.

Speaker 1 (00:46):
Well, do you think you're like seven or seventeen?

Speaker 2 (00:49):
I was twenty eight, it was thirty one, Yeah I was.

Speaker 3 (00:52):
I was more like seven.

Speaker 2 (00:53):
Sure, yeah, Well we all do silly stuff like that.

Speaker 1 (00:57):
You know what I've always wondered about scar what's the
deal with scars? I have, you know, various places on
my body where I got cut open or whatever. My
skin has regenerated hundreds of times, thousands of times.

Speaker 2 (01:12):
I don't know.

Speaker 1 (01:12):
I'm not a dermatologist, but why does my skin regenerate scars?
I mean, at one point when I was born, that
skin was on scarred, so you'd think that would be
programmed into my genetics.

Speaker 2 (01:24):
I don't get that.

Speaker 3 (01:25):
I don't understand either. Clearly happens, but yeah, why it
doesn't regenerate? Your face does mostly, but the rest of
your body does not.

Speaker 1 (01:34):
I mean, like right up there, I got a notch
there and one there, and I got scars there and there,
and they've faded a bit over the years, but they're
still there.

Speaker 2 (01:42):
I don't get that.

Speaker 3 (01:42):
When you and your orangutang used to travel around the
country and a pickup and do that bare knuckle street fighting, yeah.

Speaker 1 (01:49):
I mean it was choreographed, but sometimes, you know, his
mighty ape blows would land upon my head.

Speaker 3 (01:54):
Old it's an old movie. You've never heard of, Katie
from way back in the day, Clint Eastwood street fighting
with an Okay, Like, wow, Joe, you've done some things
I haven't heard about in my life.

Speaker 1 (02:07):
What a life, What a ride it's been, Kaddy, I'll
tell you about it sometimes. So anyway, if if you're
just segueing from the February twentieth Armstrong and Getty radio
show or the on demand podcast into one more thing.
The pencil sharpener reference will be familiar to it. We
talked about it during the radio show today. But the
situation is, your your friend announces his intention to put

(02:29):
his finger into a power pencil sharpener, and you tell him, well, Jim,
if you do that, it's going to shred your finger,
be incredibly painful, and you're gonna bleed.

Speaker 2 (02:36):
A great deal.

Speaker 1 (02:36):
Then he says, well, I feel like I must do it,
and he sticks his finger in there, and precisely what
you describe happens, and he's standing there screaming, Oh my god,
my finger. It's intensely painful, it's shredded, and now it's
bleeding a lot.

Speaker 2 (02:49):
What are you going to say at that point?

Speaker 1 (02:52):
We feel like that, having been desperately trying to talk
since to the people of America, particularly the West Coast,
it's implemented these utterly predictably disastrous progressive policies, and I
just I suppose I should take we should take satisfaction. No,

(03:13):
but no, because the finger had to be shredded.

Speaker 2 (03:15):
Yeah, that's just stupid.

Speaker 3 (03:18):
And there are businesses that I liked to have been
driven out of business by the crime.

Speaker 1 (03:23):
Right for instance. So this is not quite as serious
as the crime. And that's part of the reason that
this is so enjoyable. And before we launch into it,
and we're gonna play a fair amount of audio from
ABC seven in the Bay Area, and I would suggest
if you ever watch Bay Area news, I would give
ABC seven a good long audition, because if they're doing

(03:47):
a report like this, they deserve you know, your love,
or at least give them a chance, because there are
plenty of Bay Area media outlets who wouldn't get within
one thousand miles of this story. We'll start Michael with
first clip and go from there by.

Speaker 4 (04:02):
Now you've probably heard of the infamous Noe Valley public
toilet and how San Francisco was ready to dish out
one point seven million dollars for its construction rather than
pay for a much cheaper modular model from a company
in Nevada. Here's why San Francisco could would not do
business with any entity in that state. San Francisco had
a ban on doing business with thirty states that had

(04:24):
laws that undermined LGBTQ and voting rights as well as
blocking abortion access. It was those states against San Francisco,
and that eventually became too costly for city government.

Speaker 1 (04:37):
The Nei Valley bathrom is not a one off case.
That's a problem that is replicated throughout our city government.

Speaker 5 (04:44):
Or we couldn't buy toilet paper from where we historically
bought toilet paper. These market players are smart enough to
know that they had a captive audience and they could
raise their prices.

Speaker 3 (04:56):
That is mind blowing, That is absolutely amazing.

Speaker 1 (05:02):
I would suggest a rephrase from our point of view
for ABC seven undermining LGBTQ rights and voter rights or
whatever they said, that's that's mischaracterizing reasonable policy.

Speaker 2 (05:17):
But so you got a situation.

Speaker 1 (05:20):
Where San Francisco is banned doing anything including travel with
thirty different American states.

Speaker 3 (05:25):
So if you gotta buy toilet paper instead of buying
at the cheapest place, you spend more taxpayer money to
send a nobody even hears it tree falling in the
forest virtual signaling message about trans writes or something.

Speaker 2 (05:39):
Wow. Well, and if you end up.

Speaker 1 (05:41):
In a situation where you've only got twenty states left
and they don't happen to have paper mills, except for
one boutique firm in Massachusetts, and so you end up
buying five dollars roll toilet paper. Stupid idiots, time ecal matter.

Speaker 3 (06:00):
Stupid.

Speaker 4 (06:00):
It is nice life economics one oh one. Competition results
in lower prices. Also, because of the ban, public employees
were not allowed to travel to one of those thirty
states to potentially lure companies to bring business back to
San Francisco. The city tried to get arounded by granting waivers,
and between July twenty twenty one and twenty twenty two,

(06:23):
thirty five city departments approved a total of five hundred
and thirty eight waivers. The problem there, even the process
of granting waivers was costing the city more money in
added staff and paperwork. In one case, the Recreation and
Parks Department had to get a waiver to do business
with a local LGBTQ vendor who had recently been acquired

(06:45):
you guessed it, by another company in one of those
thirty banned states.

Speaker 6 (06:50):
Because of that, we couldn't use her services until we
got a special dispensation, which took a really long time
and was frustrating for us and for.

Speaker 3 (07:01):
Wow, the state is drunk.

Speaker 1 (07:07):
You'd have to work on being stupid for a long
time to reach that level of virtuosity. Roland Michael jack
Jack comment, No.

Speaker 3 (07:23):
I'm just gonna say I you can see how you'd
get here. So the people who vote on this stuff
are morons, are divorced from reality.

Speaker 2 (07:33):
Another way to put.

Speaker 3 (07:34):
It, they're either morons or they are so cynical they
virtue signal to stay in office knowing that this stuff happens.
But either way it's horrible, and then the voter doesn't
really understand or hear about it. But there's got to
be a lot of people in government that are are
completely aware of the repercussions of these dumb bands, and

(07:54):
they keep their mouths shut.

Speaker 2 (07:56):
I guess.

Speaker 1 (07:58):
There should be a bigger pushback against this roll on
Big Daddy.

Speaker 4 (08:03):
Time is money, and a report by the Budget and
Legislative Analysts found that while it is difficult to measure
how the city's contracting costs have been affected by the legislation,
researchers have found that full and open competition for contracts
can result in savings up to twenty percent. After that report,

(08:23):
San Francisco finally cried uncle, and last April, the Board
of Supervisors voted to get rid of the man. Instead,
San Francisco government now allowed itself to do business with
any individual company that aligns with its values.

Speaker 6 (08:37):
And we'll do business with that company regardless of where
it's located.

Speaker 4 (08:41):
And so we had to adjust the law because San
Francisco was getting hurt at some point.

Speaker 1 (08:46):
Yeah, so they retain their need to virtue signal by
demanding the companies quote unquote align with their values whatever
the hell that means, and it changes week to week.

Speaker 2 (08:58):
But so they finally fail out that.

Speaker 1 (09:00):
Say there's a company that's so woke in Nevada they
only employ transgender gay men.

Speaker 2 (09:09):
I mean that's their entire staff.

Speaker 1 (09:10):
But San Francisco couldn't do business with them because they reside.

Speaker 2 (09:15):
In the evil and scary state of Nevada. Boogerty boogety
boogey again.

Speaker 1 (09:22):
If if you practiced your violin as much as they
practice stupid, you'd be it'sak pearlman. It's infuriating.

Speaker 3 (09:32):
How someone could How can anyone listen to this and
not have their head want to explode? I don't know,
That's that's a pretty good question, Katie. Are there people
that hear that and think I don't care they did
the right thing.

Speaker 2 (09:46):
Are there people like that?

Speaker 1 (09:47):
God? Well, they shouldn't be in charge of anything.

Speaker 2 (09:50):
Oh, they should have minders.

Speaker 1 (09:52):
They shouldn't.

Speaker 3 (09:53):
They shouldn't like be alone in an apartment or something.

Speaker 1 (09:56):
Should probably be unleash, just say, to make sure they
don't wander off and hurt themselves.

Speaker 2 (10:00):
Next clip.

Speaker 4 (10:01):
Though the city lifted some of the restrictions on who
they do business with, it still has a long list
of conditions and requirements that companies, industries, states, and even
countries must follow in order to do business with San Francisco.
Up to now, only one city department has been given
a reprieve to operate outside of some of those rules,

(10:21):
the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing. That's how they've
been allowed to expedite the construction of shelters and housing.

Speaker 6 (10:29):
It saves us at least three months on every project
that we open and has allowed us to be nimble
and take advantage of opportunities to open new projects and
spend the resources that the public has entrusted us with.

Speaker 3 (10:43):
Yeah, I think unfortunately on that one, it's just it
that one is millions and millions and millions of dollars
flying around and the people that are supposed to get
that millions of dollars got a lot of pull and
they aren't going to let it get all bogged down
with your nonsense. So they found a way around it.

Speaker 2 (11:00):
Right.

Speaker 1 (11:01):
But to hear her say, oh, it's allowed us to
be nimble and like take advantage of opportunities and save
money and be efficient. But only for bums and junkies.

Speaker 3 (11:11):
Yeah, because, like I said, there are so many people
receiving those tens of millions of dollars in the whole
homeless industrial complex.

Speaker 2 (11:17):
You don't have.

Speaker 3 (11:20):
An interest group on the other end of paying for
toilet paper to try to, you know, make it happen
in a more sane way.

Speaker 2 (11:27):
Well, in the useful idiots.

Speaker 1 (11:28):
Say, well, that is such an important and sacred mission. Okay,
well let's spend all the rules. I think that is
very important. Yeah, people making a living, keeping the city
from going into a death spiral. Yeah, I would get
people having reasonable you know, cleanliness and freedom from crime
in their neighborhoods.

Speaker 2 (11:45):
That is not worthy.

Speaker 3 (11:46):
You were right tipping your hat to ABC seven News
there in San Francisco, because that is some brave wark
right there. You're like practically Alexi Navolni to do that
story in San Francisco, But uh, what was I gonna say?

Speaker 1 (11:59):
Oh?

Speaker 3 (11:59):
Did you see over the way we can Scott Wiener,
who's like maybe our least favorite politician in world history
in San Francisco full of craziness. Finally, because it has
been forced into it has put forward some changes where
they do away with a bunch of the impossible environmental rules,
so you could build some housing, or some businesses could
come back in to San Francisco because it's just made

(12:22):
it impossible.

Speaker 2 (12:24):
Wow.

Speaker 1 (12:24):
So the homeless industrial complex is trump the radical left
for the moment, or at least they're trying.

Speaker 2 (12:31):
Wow.

Speaker 1 (12:31):
That's a lovely victory. Leanne Melendez, congratulations ABC seven. Again,
we'll post a link if you want to see the
whole report.

Speaker 2 (12:38):
I think we can do that. But well done, ABC seven.

Speaker 3 (12:41):
God, that's so crazy. That's so crazy. We need to
buy copy paper for the city where we been buying it, Alabama.
Alabama's not trans friendly, so we won't buy it from there.
It costs twice as much somewhere else.

Speaker 2 (12:55):
I don't care.

Speaker 3 (12:56):
Of course, you don't care. It's not your money. Oh God,
that's mad.

Speaker 1 (13:00):
And again the company is owned by a gay black man.
They give one hundred percent of your profits to to
I don't know, panda sanctuaries, but because they're in the
state of Alabama, they're tainted by the evil of that
map location, and so you stupid fucking morons can't buy
your paper from there.

Speaker 3 (13:20):
They give one of their profits to pass the time.

Speaker 1 (13:26):
Oh yeah, they don't hold back a dime either. Absolutely right,
as as the woke numb skulls stick their finger in
the pencil sharpener.

Speaker 2 (13:36):
Enjoy.

Speaker 6 (13:38):
You know, if toilet paper is that expensive, it better
be very soft and like Kashmir like

Speaker 3 (13:44):
Well, I guess that's it.
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