Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tampa man arrested for wearing clown mask, wig

The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - A Tampa man faces charges after a deputy spotted him walking in a clown mask. According to jail records, the man was arrested Tuesday and charged with wearing a mask or hood on a public road over the age of 16 and resisting arrest without violence. The man, who turned 19 on Wednesday, has been released from Hillsborough County Jail on $750 bond.

The St. Petersburg Times reported that a deputy saw the man wearing a clown mask and bright wig as he walked down a street with two other people. The group fled when deputies tried to question them, but were later located.

Unbelievable, that in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, it is against the law to wear a clown mask walking down the street.

I guess the cops have absolutly reined in violent crime and stuff and now need to go after this?

No one asked me, for the solution to this!

Pa. county at odds with toilet-clogging inmates

The Associated Press

UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A southwestern county prison board says a permanent solution to toilet-clogging inmates at the county jail could cost up to $200,000. The Fayette County commissioners, who head the prison board, say inmates clog the county jail's outmoded sewer lines by flushing sheets, pants and other items - even light bulbs - down the toilets in their cells.

A county engineer estimates it could cost $50,000 to $200,000 to install equipment that could grind up or screen out such obstructions. For now, such items must be removed by hand.

That's complicated by the fact that the prison was built in 1886 and has outmoded four-inch sewer lines.

The jail is expecting a $1,200 bill to fix clogs inmates caused by flushing debris on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

My solution would be to simply place a big piece of plastic on the jail cell, and keep the inmate there until he cleans it up, however long it takes.

Oh, and no food for him until he does.

Too simple?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Forced to pay for 911 calls

How would you like to get the bill for calling police or an ambulance every time you had an emergency? Dialing 911 is going to cost some taxpayers in California hundreds.

Lawmakers in Tracy, California have decided to charge residents for calling for help. The fees will range between $50 and $400. Residents say they're outraged and they're taxes should cover those costs.

Greg Bidlack said, “It's a $300 fee. You don't want to be thinking about that while somebody is in need of assistance.”

California city leaders say it was a split decision but they needed to find a way to close a $9- million dollar budget gap.

How about looking at the ridiculous benefit packages that you allowed to get passed for union 90% retirement pay after only working for 20 years?

Breaking Point?

Ohio man bulldozes $350K home to avoid foreclosure

The Associated Press

MOSCOW, Ohio - An Ohio man says he bulldozed his $350,000 home to keep a bank from foreclosing on it.

Terry Hoskins says he has struggled with the RiverHills Bank over his home in Moscow for years and had problems with the Internal Revenue Service. He says the IRS placed liens on his carpet store and commercial property and the bank claimed his house as collateral.

Hoskins says he owes $160,000 on the house. He says he spent a lot of money on attorneys and finally had enough. About two weeks ago he bulldozed the home 25 miles southeast of Cincinnati.

Messages were left for the bank and its attorney.

IRS spokeswoman Jodie Reynolds said individual taxpayer information is private and federal law prevents her from commenting.

One way to bring out your frustration.

Monday, February 15, 2010

You can not make stuff like this up........

Daniel Rubin: Another case of TSA overkill

Just when I thought I was out of the Transportation Security Administration business for a few columns, they pull me back in.

Did you hear about the Camden cop whose disabled son wasn't allowed to pass through airport security unless he took off his leg braces?

Unfortunately, it's no joke. This happened to Bob Thomas, a 53-year-old officer in Camden's emergency crime suppression team, who was flying to Orlando in March with his wife, Leona, and their son, Ryan.

Ryan was taking his first flight, to Walt Disney World, for his fourth birthday.

The boy is developmentally delayed, one of the effects of being born 16 weeks prematurely. His ankles are malformed and his legs have low muscle tone. In March he was just starting to walk.

Mid-morning on March 19, his parents wheeled his stroller to the TSA security point, a couple of hours before their Southwest Airlines flight was to depart.

The boy's father broke down the stroller and put it on the conveyor belt as Leona Thomas walked Ryan through the metal detector.

The alarm went off.

The screener told them to take off the boy's braces.

The Thomases were dumbfounded. "I told them he can't walk without them on his own," Bob Thomas said.

"He said, 'He'll need to take them off.' "

Ryan's mother offered to walk him through the detector after they removed the braces, which are custom-made of metal and hardened plastic.

No, the screener replied. The boy had to walk on his own.

Leona Thomas said she was calm. Bob Thomas said he was starting to burn.

They complied, and Leona went first, followed by Ryan, followed by Bob, so the boy wouldn't be hurt if he fell. Ryan made it through.

By then, Bob Thomas was furious. He demanded to see a supervisor. The supervisor asked what was wrong.

"I told him, 'This is overkill. He's 4 years old. I don't think he's a terrorist.' "

The supervisor replied, "You know why we're doing this," Thomas said.

Thomas said he told the supervisor he was going to file a report, and at that point the man turned and walked away.

A Philadelphia police officer approached and asked what the problem was. Thomas said he identified himself and said he was a Camden officer. The Philadelphia officer suggested he calm down and enjoy his vacation.

Back home in Glassboro a week later, Bob Thomas called the airport manager and left her what he calls a terse message.

He was still angry enough last week to call me after I'd written a couple of columns about travelers' complaints of mistreatment by screeners at the airport.

"This was just stupid," he told me.

At the very least, it was not standard procedure.

On Friday, TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said the boy never should have been told to remove his braces.

TSA policy should have allowed the parents to help the boy to a private screening area where he could have been swabbed for traces of explosive materials.

Meanwhile.........back at the training ground......

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Follow the money

The Great American Bubble Machine

Ok, once you understand who and how politics works you might understand of how the machine is broken and us poor lonely souls are powerless to do anything about it. When you have entities that contribute gazillions of dollars to political campaigns what do you expect?

Ok, now you are going to spout, that this is a Republican hate piece, nope, and it is not even a Democrat hate piece. This is from the Rolling Stone......Ok....?

Check this out!
Click on the following line in the Rolling Stone Magazine.

Chicago ?

Naw, can't be.

Here is the next big money machine --- Global Warming...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cost effective in this economy?

Sebastopol plant thief pursued by police, deputies

Press Democrat- California

Police on Friday afternoon were chasing a plant thief who stabbed a Sebastopol homeowner with pruning shears.

The man was being chased on foot on the east side of the city by police and by the sheriff's helicopter, according to dispatchers.

The incident started at 8:40 a.m. when a homeowner confronted someone who was cutting off blooms from an ornamental plant, probably to sell or to propagate, police said.

The homeowner suffered minor wounds.

The thief ran, but later returned to his car and then led police on a chase through the city before blowing out a tire and stopping on Sebastopol Avenue and taking off on foot.

You would think they would just wait for him at his car....

Let's see, a helicopter thats about 1200 bucks an hour, plus a few cars, meanwhile back at the bank...........