They are calling it “The Devil’s Bill”, California AB number 666 (yes, that really is the number): a bill that would give robotic cameras more rights than you have. The gist: is as follows: if you get a ticket in the mail from a red-light camera, you are guilty. No appeal. No judge, no rights, no nothing. Due process? We don’t need no stinking due process.

The politicos who are pushing this travesty are claiming that it doesn’t take away your rights, nonononotatall, they are just taking a criminal violation and making it a civil one. That’s what they say, but not much of anyone believes them.

People, listen up: this is a huge f***ing deal. Machines would have more power than any human cop, judge, jury, or jailer. We can appeal convictions for crimes minor or heinous; we can even appeal murder convictions. But put a computerized ticket-making machine on a lamppost, and suddenly we lose rights guaranteed us under the Constitution. No human has the power that these corrupt swine of politicians want to hand over to machines.

It might be a coincidence that the bill is numbered as it is. Regardless, it does seem creepily appropriate.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky