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There could be a good Christian message buried somewhere in here . . . but I’m having some trouble finding it. There’s an aerobics studio in Texas called Best Shape of Your Life Studios, and they’re offering a class called POLE DANCING FOR JESUS. It’s for women only and you have to bring a church program to get in.  The women in the class are dressed in church attire and pole dance to Christian rock music. The studio says it’s actually a good way to get in shape, build self-esteem, and, yep, celebrate the body that God gave you.

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Gov. Jerry Brown is threatening to place his tax measure on the ballot without the support of Republicans. The governor has been unable to get the GOP votes his proposal needed.  The Legislature’s attorneys say he could take the issue to Californians by June with a simple legislative majority, which his fellow Democrats command.


The California Republican Party’s new chairman accused the state’s independent redistricting commission of playing politics in its hiring of a technical consultant to draw legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts. Tom Del Beccaro blasted the decision by the commission to hire Q2 Data and Research.  Q2 drew criticism prior to the commission’s vote because Bruce Cain is a partner, who was involved in a highly controversial 1981 redrawing of political districts.


Gov. Jerry Brown has begun considering placing an initiative on the November ballot instead. The political directors for a number of labor groups will discuss an initiative campaign aimed at getting the measure on the fall ballot in a meeting today. Moving the vote to the fall raises the possibility that the LegislaCHure would have to balance the 2011-12 budget with another round of cuts in social services and, this time, education.  K-12 education was protected in the first round of cuts, but Brown has said it won’t be in the next round.


The California State University system plans to enroll about 10,000 fewer students as part of its response to anticipated cuts in state funding. At the CSU Board of Trustees meeting, administrators outlined strategies for the 23-campus system to cope with the $500 million cut proposed in Gov.Brown. The system received about $2.8 billion in state funding for the current fiscal year. The 2.4 percent reduction in student enrollment in 2011-2012 is expected to save about $60 million. In addition to the enrollment cuts, they were also asked to reduce budgets by $281 million.


A Santa Clara County man will be serving time in prison after prosecutors say he ran up thousands of dollars in hotel and car rental bills FOR 2 WEEKS while claiming he was displaced by the pipeline explosion in San Bruno.  Leon Stansbury was sentenced to two years, eight months in prison. Police went to the San Jose Hilton where he was staying, they found $6000 cash in his room. As part of his sentence, he will have to reimburse PG&E which paid the hotel bills. He is ONE OF SEVEN people who scammed after the blast.


A proposed law against taking cellphones into California prisons passed a key vote, but the measure would exempt prison employees from screening by metal detectors as they go to work. Requiring prison guards to stand in line for airport-like security checks would cost the state millions. That is because members of the politically powerful corrections officers union are paid for “walk time” — the minutes it takes to get from their cars, or the front gate, to their posts inside the prisons.


The Food and Drug Administration said it will halt imports of dairy products and produce from Japan where there is leaking radiation. The FDA said those foods will be detained at entry and will not be sold to the public, although it previously said there would just be a screening of those foods. Now just SEAFOOD will be screened but still sold to the public.


As the U.S. ramps up efforts to root out homegrown terrorism, hundreds of people who have fallen under suspicion say they have been singled out unfairly for scrutiny but have been neither charged nor cleared. Some of them have spent weeks in jail and have had their reputations destroyed by the news coverage.  Many plaintiffs say they recognize the security challenges the government faces after Sept. 11; but in many cases, they complain, the government refuses to reveal why someone has attracted attention. Without that information, they argue, it is impossible to clear their names.

Joann from New York has gone through a lot to be a woman, and she wants her birth certificate to show it. Born as a male, she says she knew her true identity was female by the time she was 4. But it was decades before changed her name and underwent surgery and hormone treatment to make a change. About 10 years later, she’s still a man on her birth certificate. She’s been unable to change the gender listed on the document because of city rules. They are suing the city on discrimintory charges

You Smoke That Weed, Mr. President...

25-year-old Michael of Pennsylvania called in to his favorite morning radio show and joked about being high and revealed been cited a couple days before for having an old address on his driver’s license. The Morning Show gave him some simple advice:  Just go to the police station . . .only, don’t go when you’re high.  But Michael said,  “I’m headed there now, They’re going to have to deal with it.” Unfortunately for Michael, the same radio show is popular with the police department . . . and when he showed up to get off his citation, they were ready for him. He was cited on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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