I use this format for occasional blog posts that cover several unrelated topics at once. Think of it as a Bad Nick Buffett.
The California Chamber of Commerce and opponents of a proposed law to legalize marijuana in California say that it would lead to more workplace accidents by forcing employers to let workers smoke pot on the job. They also claim the law would make California companies ineligible for federal contracts, because employers could not guarantee a drug-free workplace. Nothing like having a high dentist drilling on your tooth, or a stoned mechanic putting new brakes on your car, right? Then again, based on what I have seen of a lot of people in the land of quakes and flakes, who would know the difference?
After three weeks on the run, prison escapee John McCluskey and his fiancé/cousin Casslyn Welch were captured Thursday, at a Forest Service campground about 30 miles from our old hometown of Show Low, Arizona. The good news is that they are in custody, and hopefully will be convicted in the murders of an Oklahoma couple who were found in a burned out camper in New Mexico. The bad news is that, based upon reports of conditions at the private prison near Kingman that McCluskey and two convicted murderers escaped from, there could be a dozen or more escapees running around the country, and the idiots who are supposed to be guarding them haven’t noticed it yet. A friend of mine who lives in Kingman told me that when the prison was first proposed, the State of Arizona and the company running the prison promised that it would only hold minimum security prisoners. But the escape revealed that there were over a hundred violent criminals housed there.
They spent weeks telling us that the Gulf Coast was being destroyed by the massive oil leak, and that it might never recover. Now the news media is reporting that there is very little oil remaining. One news report said that tiny microbes, that occur naturally, have devoured a lot of the light crude, and more has evaporated. So now I have to wonder which story to believe; did the news media blow the whole oil spill out of proportion in a feeding frenzy to cover the story, or are they underreporting now because the proposed Ground Zero Mosque is the new hot story and they have moved on?
In Ohio, a bear that killed its handler, at the home of a fellow who has a menagerie of exotic animals that includes wolves, tigers and bears, has been euthanized. Ohio requires permits for people who want to keep a bear on their property, but doesn’t regulate the ownership of non-native animals, like lions and tigers. Well, that makes sense, doesn’t it? I love most critters, except for cats, French poodles, yappy little dogs, and snakes, but who the hell needs a bear or a tiger for a pet? These kinds of animals are dangerous even to trained zookeepers, let alone some yahoo who wants his own personal Wild Kingdom!
Finally, Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino says if he is elected to New York’s highest office, he will convert some of the state’s prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they would work in state-sponsored jobs, receive training in skills to find employment, and take lessons in personal hygiene. What do you think his chances of winning an election are?
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