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From today’s LA Times:

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers stood frozen in conflict Wednesday with the state at the brink of a meltdown.”

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A friend of mine recently wrote me an email including the sentence:

"Texas tacos are better than cali’s without a doubt"

(Take note of the capitalization of Texas and subsequent non-capitalization of Cali typical of the geographic-inferiority-complex-afflicted Texan).

Like all other Californians, I’m a pretty laid back kind of guy — but this sort of blatant libel against the great state I call home (and the great tacos contained within) simply will not stand. So I present to you a simple, objective, mathematical analysis of the plausibility of the above statement:

California tacos

California tacos

2008 population of the state of California[1] 36,756,666
2008 population of the state of Texas[2] 24,236,974
2006 % of California’s & Texas’ population of Mexican descent[3][4] 25%
Total legal Mexicans in California 36,756,666 * 0.25 = 9,189,167
Total legal Mexicans in Texas 24,236,974 * 0.25 = 6,059,244
Estimated illegal immigrant population of California (2006)[5] 2,830,000
Estimated illegal immigrant population of Texas (2006)[6] 1,640,000
Estimated % of illegal immigrants (in all states) from Mexico (2006)[7] 57%
Total illegal Mexicans in California 2,830,000 * 0.57 = 1,613,100
Total illegal Mexicans in Texas 1,640,000 * 0.57 = 934,800
Total Mexicans in California 9,189,167 + 1,613,100 = 10,802,267
Total Mexicans in Texas 6,059,244 + 934,800 = 6,994,044
Total Mexicans in California and Texas 10,802,267 + 6,994,044 = 17,796,311
Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in California 10,802,267 /
17,796,311 * 100 = 60.7%
Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in Texas 6,994,044 /
17,796,311 * 100 = 39.3%
Delta in percentage of total Mexicans living in California versus percentage of total Mexicans living in
Texas
60.7% – 39.3% = 21.4%

The fact is: California has a 21.4% chance of having better tacos than Texas by virtue of a 21.4% greater population of people who make tacos.

In every day terms, that means that for every 5 tacos you eat in California that are fantastic, slightly less than 4 would have been fantastic were you in Texas. As someone who eats 3-6 tacos per day on average I can safely say that the above constitutes mathematical proof that California is, in fact, the best place in the world.

Born from that super smooth place right on the border of Malibu and Ventura county: Equal parts Malibu rum and Bacardi silver over ice, garnish with umbrella and a penchant for drinks that taste like sunscreen.

The County Line - Smoothest drink slightly northwest of Los Angeles

The County Line - Smoothest drink slightly northwest of Los Angeles

Thanks to Couchaline and Beejay for making such a wonderful thing possible.