This past weekend, Arnold Schwarzenegger stealthily signed a new bill into law that will fine paparazzi up to $50,000 for taking and selling unauthorized photos of celebrities engaged in "personal or familial activity." Such as the illegal act of driving while talking on a cell phone, presumably? Jeez. We know the Governator's pretty deep into term two now, but this is as transparent as the bulges beneath his Brooks Brothers. What's he going to pass next? A law that bans citizens from making Twins jokes in hilarious Austrian accents?
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