Telegraph: “A great-grandmother has been ordered to wear an electronic tag for breaching new animal welfare laws by selling a goldfish to a 14 year-old boy. Joan Higgins, a pet shop owner, was caught selling the fish to the teenager in a ‘sting’ operation by council officials. She was then prosecuted in an eight month court process estimated to have cost the taxpayer more than £20,000. Under new animal welfare laws, passed in 2006, it is it illegal to sell goldfish to under 16s. Offenders can be punished with up to 12 months in prison.”
More proof that we are doomed – Democrat congressman Hank Johnson in a Congressional hearing asked a Navy admiral if sending 8,000 Marines and their families to the island of Guam would cause the island to tip over and capsize. The astounding question is captured on a video that will probably go viral. Look at the look on the admiral’s face as he answers the question. For some of Representative Johnson’s other fears, see Ace of Spades HQ who discovered he also fears moon missions may cause the moon to depart its earth orbit and drilling in Alaska could cause Kansas City to become the north pole.
The next time you are in close proximity with another person and you get the urge to pass gas, don’t do it. Brian Bruggeman had the urge and let it rip, but his cellmate Jesse Dorris did not appreciate the aroma. Jesse started a fight with Brian and now Brian has been charged with assault by a confined person, a felony that could bring up to five years of jail time. See “Inmate Faces Preliminary Hearing on Charge of Aggregated Flatulence.”
Anchorage Daily News: “When more than $230,000 was mistakenly deposited in an Anchorage fisherman’s bank account, he didn’t waste any time taking care of the error, according to Alaska State Troopers. . . . a brand new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS . . . was on his way to Florida, troopers said. But authorities instead took him to jail, where he was booked on a felony theft charge. ‘If there’s a huge windfall of money that is put into your account and there’s no reason for it to be there, it’s just clearly not yours . . . .””
Here’s a perfect example of why the United States should have as few government workers/bureaucrats as possible. Freep.com has a story called “Are cosmic rays really causing Toyota’s woes?” The story says, “It may sound far-fetched, but federal regulators are studying whether sudden acceleration in Toyotas is linked to cosmic rays.” If cosmic rays are not the cause of the problem, the brain trust should investigate if Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem is caused by cooties.
Watch out Tampa, Florida, the stripper mobile is coming back. A strip club called Déjà Vu got some heat a while back when it unleashed a mobile strip show on wheels. After working with authorities, the club thinks it has made adjustments that will allow the club to hit the road again in the stripper mobile.
New York’s finest are sworn to uphold the law and by golly that is what they will do regardless of whether it makes any sense or is the right thing to do. After midnight two men were riding on a nearly empty train when a seat cop boarded the train and ordered the two suspects off of the train. According to the New York Times story, “Both men were being issued summonses for seat hoggery, a violation of part of Section 1050.7 of the Rules of Conduct, which says that no one shall ‘occupy more than one seat on a station, platform or conveyance when to do so would interfere or tend to interfere with the operation of the Authority’s transit system or the comfort of other passengers’.”
Business is good for the NYC seat police. Seat hoggery tickets ($50 fine for each hog) increased sixteen percent in 2009 to 9,490 tickets, which is $474,500. Given the financial problems of New York City, maybe it could quadruple the fine and increase the number of seat cops so it could generate much needed revenue. If NYC wanted to make some really big bucks, it would have the bus fare skipper police spend more time nailing bus fare skippers. The New York Daily News had a story last week that said that almost 7 million times last year people hopped NYC buses without paying the fare, but the bus fare skipper police only issued 1,826 tickets.
For the week of 3/8/10 to 3/14/10, the cable TV network rankings were: 1 USA , 2 Fox News, 3 TBS, 4 TNT, 5 History Channel, 13 Cartoon Network, 26 MSNBC and 30 CNN. Maybe the executives at MSNBC and CNN should change their formats to cartoons to get higher ratings and more ad revenue. Many people already think these two networks are a joke.
CitiMortgages sent a certified mail letter to a borrower that said it would foreclose on the borrower’s home unless he immediately paid $0.00. The letter said, “”To cure the default you must pay the the past due amount of $0.00, including $0.00 in late charges and $0.00 in delinquency related expenses.” I hope the borrower sent the lender a cashier’s check for $0.00 to stop the foreclosure.
Oregon Live.com reports that the Oregon State Police, also known as the bike police, found an unconscious man laying on a public highway near his crashed bicycle. The bike police cited him for driving a bike under the influence of alcohol or BUI.