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Prank signs removed from California highways

Prank signs removed from California highways

“Felons, Illegals, and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!” They can also now buy pot legally, too.

January 1, 2018, marked the day that California officially became a “sanctuary state” after a bill Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in this fall officially took effect.

To start 2018, a unknown citizen activist/artist/humorist hung another set of “welcome” posters under the classic “Welcome to California” signs.

Drivers entering California are being greeted with signs proclaiming the liberal bastion an “OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE,” according to photos and videos circulating on social media appearing to show a prankster attached the official-looking blue signs just below legitimate “Welcome to California” markers.

The sanctuary state sign, which adds “Felons, Illegals and MS13 [gang members] welcome,” is similar to one hung up by a Malibu activist last year.

“Democrats Need The Votes!” reads a message on the signs, which are plastered with the Great Seal of California and a donkey, one of the symbols of the Democratic Party.

Malibu had its own version:

The signs are now being removed.

One sign was found and promptly removed Monday on Interstate 15 near Mountain Pass, just west of the California-Nevada border. Another was removed from I-40 in the Needles area near the California-Nevada border. Caltrans has also received unconfirmed reports of up to three more fake signs — two of which are reported to be near the Oregon border — but they have not yet been able to verify the existence of those.

Caltrans spokesperson Mark Dinger said the signs were made of paper, and had been placed over an existing sign that listed emergency contact information and phone numbers.

“For safety reasons, Caltrans does not permit any unauthorized signs in the state right of way,” Dinger said. “If we haven’t done so already, Caltrans crews will take steps to remove them.”

In addition to codifying the “Sanctuary State” status, California also unleashed many other new regulations on its populace this New Year’s Day. Perhaps the most celebrated is the new legal pot rule.

Hundreds of customers — everyone from older people in leisure suits to a young man in pajamas got in line — waited upwards of an hour to buy such things as pre-rolled joints to topical creams and foods infused with marijuana.

Urbn Leaf, which operates stores in Bay Park and Golden Hill, rented a 40-foot bus to bring customers in from a bar in Pacific Beach. The company also had 31 drivers making deliveries in San Diego, which is currently the only part of the county where recreational cannabis can be sold.

“We can deliver marijuana in 20 minutes; it’s like pizza,” said Will Senn, co-founder of Urbn Leaf.

He surveyed the line outside of his Bay Park store and said, “This is crazy. We hoped for big crowds, and prepared. But we didn’t expect this.”

By noon Monday, the store had served more than 350 customers, more than it serves all day.

I wonder what type of art this new law will inspire!


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It will inspire no art, just a lot more 24 hour fast food joints. I wonder how the nanny statists will deal with the “obesity epidemic” that that brings.

Humor aside, why is legalizing pot such a bad thing. Seriously, who cares. Maybe now we can get over the mistaken notion that when you are high (or Democrat) you’re not responsible for your actions.

The signs are down, but the pictures already went viral. It’s too late.

As for the pot, all I know is that smoke-infused prose is incoherent, and the writers mistake its flaws for creativity.

Paper signs? They sure don’t look it.

The signs were pranks? I thought they were part of some full disclosure process.

Insufficiently Sensitive | January 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Sign improvements are a long tradition in California. From 1969 came a Lady Bird Johnson billboard opposing visible junkyards, doctored to say Keep America Beautiful! THROW SOMETHING LOVELY AWAY TODAY!

And from further up Highway 99, Keep California Green! GET STONED!

Years ago on interstate 80 just as you entered California from the east just before Donner Summit there was a Welcome and a chain control sign.

Often it read:

Welcome to California
Chains Required

I always thought to add…. “Whips optional”.

Quid pro quo with Mexico?

Welfare profit-taking?

Labor arbitrage?

Or a means to gerrymander the vote and disenfranchise Americans?

I hope the people responsible for the signs put more up.

They tell the truth.

We need more of that.

legacyrepublican | January 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

There used to be a time when I was proud to say I was a native Californian.

Now I thank God I live in Texas.

Ah, Califailnia.
Jan 1: Medical pot ready! Highway crews springing to action to find these nasty sign posters and remove them! Ammunition sales laws… Oh, darnit. We didn’t get all the rules complete, so nobody can purchase ammuntion in California. Rats. Oh, well. We’ll get it soon.

California wants its population stoned and disarmed. Kind of makes you wonder what they have planned for them.