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L.A. economic priorities — condom distribution bus tour

L.A. economic priorities — condom distribution bus tour

It is well known that the Golden State is experiencing economic troubles.

In fact, 10 California cities are poised to declare bankruptcy. Stockton has recently been given the go ahead to lead this fiscal emergency parade:

On Monday a judge ruled that Stockton, Ca. could enter bankruptcy. The city of 291,000 counts among its woes hundreds of millions of dollars in retirement promises it hasn’t funded and hasn’t been able to afford since a steep economic decline began several years ago. Today, unemployment in the Stockton metro area is a daunting 15.5 percent, which doesn’t do much for the local tax base.

Los Angeles residents just elected a new mayor who will be forced to deal with budget shortfalls and the long term consequences of sweetheart pension deals for government employees.

Eric Garcetti will be Los Angeles’ next mayor.

By 3 a.m. Wednesday, with 100 percent of the votes counted, Garcetti had received 54 percent of the vote, making him L.A.’s first elected Jewish mayor.

Garcetti has his work cut out for him. One LA department is now making plans to distribute free condoms via bus to city residents:

The wheels on the bus go round and round all throughout Los Angeles…passing out free condoms.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health announced this week that it will be sending a 40-foot-long bus filled with free condoms throughout the city of angels, encouraging them to “suit up” with condoms to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

“Suit Up” was the winning theme from the city’s condom wrapper design competition. All condoms distributed by the city’s condom bus will feature the bow-tie logo.

LA residents can also check the condom mobile’s website to find a stop nearest them.

The health department’s goal is to not just distribute one million condoms, but rather one million and one before the bus’s tour is finished. The health department has also partnered up with local LGBT sports leagues to help spread awareness.

Garcetti and other LA leaders may want to consider an analysis by Michael S. Greve, a professor at George Mason University School of Law. In the Library of Law and Liberty, he wrote on Conservatives, Condoms and Compassion:

Henry Olsen is searching for a distinction between a hand up and a handout—between the uplifting and the tawdry, the compassionate and the grasping. But that’s hard to articulate even on paper, and harder still to observe in practice. And against it stands liberalism’s limitless, all-encompassing ethos: If I can’t have my condom, you might as well kill widows and orphans. If conservatism and the GOP often seem disconnected from “average persons” and their need, in distress, for government help, maybe that’s because they sense that before you can explain the needed distinctions, you have to explain that enough is enough and indeed, altogether too much. That strikes me as the right impulse. The hard question is whether even that much, or that little, can still be explained.

If Garcetti doesn’t want his city to march into bankruptcy court, he should practice some fiscal “tough love.”


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Uncle Samuel | May 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Condoms have an extremely poor record on reliability, compliance and prevention of disease and pregnancy.

The left has put all their marbles in the condom and abortion baskets and these have created a health crisis.

Homo and Bi-sexual activity have gone beyond epidemic, beyond the highest incidence of STDs (many incurable), beyond syndromes to syndemics.

Now more than one in three Americans has at least one STD:

And in just the short while since Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell was repealed, the largest number of sexual assaults in the military are male/male rapes:

Political thinking rather than rational thinking has created this health crisis.

Self-control, respect, risk-education, not political/sexual agenda propaganda should be published and promoted.

Condoms are a poor and cheap substitute for the truth.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | May 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    ‘Suit up’ is a cute slogan, but likely will not produce long-term change of high-risk behaviors.

    A program in Mississippi that works on lowering risky behaviors using cognitive-behavioral interventions is more promising:

    Abstinence programs coupled with cognitive-behavioral interventions, group and individual, coupled with any needed addiction treatment, would be likely to produce long-term positive physical, mental health and economic outcomes.

    Truth and encouragement go a long way.

    A condom is a means of enabling and creates false security.

    The condom-purveyors completely deny the fact that the urge to have sex with a person of the same sex is a symptom of an underlying problem. To them, it is just another form of normal – despite the grave health risks that have increased drastically, despite decades of free condoms.

LukeHandCool | May 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

“The health department’s goal is to not just distribute one million condoms, but rather one million and one before the bus’s tour is finished.”

Three words: And then what?

The tour might finish, but the fans will still get drunk and have unsafe, unwise sex.

So, a bunch of bureaucrats who have to do something … some kind of campaign to prove the worth of their job’s existence … come up with this silly idea and elicit other silly ideas for slogans and logos.

Then they can put on their resumes, and brag in promotional interviews, how they were responsible for the conceptual design, interagency implementation, blah, blah, blah, of the prophylactic magic bus tour, 2013.

Which, of course, back in the real world, in a town called reality, will have had no actual benefits except to have maybe saved a few people a bit of pocket change and provided them an opportunity to make some silly jokes.

I’ll bet a little cost accoounting would show each condom to have cost dozens of dollars.

“LA residents can also check the condom mobile’s website to find a stop nearest them.”

Okay. But aren’t people who are wired with the internet and checking this on their laptops/smartphones, the kind of people who would buy their own condoms anyway if they thought using condoms was a good idea? Basic logic, no?

We used to have milkmen in their trucks. Ice cream trucks are seen less and less.

Not to fear. Soon kids will hear the approaching jingle of the condom man in his condom truck. And on a hot, summer day, they’ll run out to greet the truck as it moseys on down through the neighborhood … teens about to bang each other in the park will calmly stand in line behind the smaller kids, pointing to one of the pictures on the side of the truck of which condom they want.

A Norman Rockwell scene …

You have to admit, though: YOU never thought of addressing the city’s long- and short-term financial crises with such innovative and ingenious solutions as buying a luxury bus and 1,000,001 condoms to give away!

Well, DID you?

Conservative Beaner | May 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

White Mayor, Black Mayor, Latino Mayor and Jewish Mayor. The stupidity remains the same.

Garcetti is a man of the left. He has favored just about every leftist lunacy to cross the desk of the LA City Council. And yet he was the better choice over Wendy Gruel, a machine Democrat. LA is so ****ed.

Unfortunately, there are no prophylactics to cover the pricks in high office.

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