Sunday, December 19, 2010
Newsy tidbits from "the government beat"
When Harry met Nancy. Both Pelosi and Reid were missing in action during the Presidential signing of the tax cut extension bill. These two congressional leaders, who never missed the signing of a bill that would take your money could not summon up the decency to attend . Apparently giving your money back to you is not patriotic enough for them. However, I've figured out a way they could make an even more dramatic protest. I've scoured the Federal Tax Code and I can find nothing that disallows someone from paying more taxes than are due. As millionaires who think the rich don't pay enough, they could set the example for others and pony up for a couple extra mill. Oh, and while they're at it they can sign up for Obamacare and drop their Congressional health plan coverage. Now that's putting your money where you're extremely large mouth is.
Further proof that no good deed goes unpunished -- Two men were ticketed by a Natural Resources Officer after they pulled a deer from an icy grave. In Baltimore County Maryland, neighbors banded together to rescue a deer that had gotten trapped in an icy river. The NRO on the scene offered no help but did write them a ticket after the incident because they did not wear life vests. Never mind that the law only requires kids 16 and under to wear vests. The ticket did not specify any particular violation, just a $90 fine. I just have one question. What the hell is a Natural Resources Officer and who gave them this much power? Sounds like the work of the environmentalists to me.
Forsooth, the Obamas were not invited to the April wedding of Bonnie Prince William and his betrothed! The reason given for this snub was that it is not an official state function. I have my own theory.
The first thing Obama did when he moved into the White House was have the bust of Winston Churchill removed and returned to Britain. Real smart, O. You don't think the fact that he dissed probably the greatest statesman of the 20th century and England would have anything to do with this slight do ya? Obama can only hope to be viewed by history as worthy enough to carry Churchill's cigar box for him.
This from ABC News: Last fall, as he had done hundreds of times, Iranian-American businessman Farid Seif passed through security at a Houston airport and boarded an international flight. He didn't realize he had forgotten to remove the loaded snub nose "baby" Glock pistol from his computer bag. But TSA officers never noticed as his bag glided along the belt and was x-rayed. When he got to his hotel after the three-hour flight, he was shocked to discover the gun traveled unnoticed from Houston. "It's just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun," Seif told ABC News. "How can you miss it? You cannot miss it!"
Here's my take on this. While Seif's bag was going through x-ray, there was a playboy model going through the passenger scanner and pat down. Need I say more?
Auditors from the Federal Reserve told a bank in Oklahoma they would have to take down any decorations with references to Christmas. They cited an obscure clause in the Federal Banking regulations to wit:
the discouragement clause of Regulation B ........the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication ... express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion. Is there any wonder banks are failing at record rates if the auditors are spending their time with this politically correct garbage instead of the actual books? By the way, a public outcry got this decision reversed.
I leave you with this thought for the season: Beware ye the stranger who approacheth and sayeth "Hi, I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."