Gleanings From The Passing Scene … (Politically Uncorrected)

Alfred_E__NeumannAnother week, another plate of samples, some more interesting than others. The selection is yours …

Just as a reminder of old news: The cops can now pull you over and go through your car (and likely, your house too) on the basis of an anonymous 911 call. The Bill of Rights, with its warrants and due process, is dead, offed by the Supremes. None of our media seemed to notice … A new law for a new society.

The Los Angeles airport was flummoxed for over an hour Wednesday when an old U-2 spy plane flew overhead and somehow blew its Air Traffic Control computers, throwing a lot of travelers into confusion when their planes couldn’t land or take off. And these government computers have been there a long time; who was the idiot who expected Obamacare computers to work?

The number of Women who are not working has reached a new record. We might accuse them of reinventing the old housewife, if more were married and having fewer abortions.

In Ukraine, a CBS news crew was grabbed and blindfolded by Russian-speaking insurgents. On the other hand, a group of U.N. observers grabbed earlier, was released.

The Feds are planning to monitor private stock trading accounts. Reasonable cause? Warrants? C’mon, what kind of right wing nut are you?

Benghazi is re-heating from an White House (incriminating) email obtained by Judicial Watch but somehow, unavailable to the Republicans in Congress until now. Speaker Boehner is reacting by aggressively appointing a Select Committee.  We presume he will select the committee and that it will make its obfuscatory report in a few years …

Black teens beat a white student on a school bus.

A driver had been jamming cell phone calls around his car for two years before he was caught. He felt safer in a “phone free” zone.

A judge approved a local government tax auction sale of a widows’s home over a $6 debt.

If the new bill sponsored by two Congressional Democrats passes, the Feds will monitor the Internet for hate speech.

Living human cartilage has been lab grown; a huge step forward for joint repair. Even bigger, a pill to switch off human hunger seems in the offing … an enormous (sorry)  boon for obese people.

Home ownership is down to 1995 levels; rents are setting record highs. Aren’t we supposed to be in a recovery? The U.S. economy grew 0.1% in the first quarter …Half of the residents of New York City are struggling to get by; 21% are living in poverty.

Judges of the U.S. Federal Courts of Appeals have been deciding cases involving corporations in which they held stock.

Obamacare is said to be wiping out single doctor clinics.

The Federal Justice Department will monitor national arrests to spot racial bias. Local cops best not arrest too many blacks and Latinos …

Magma is slowly rising under Mt. St. Helens …

The White House is suggesting collecting tolls on Interstate Highways. A win – win: Raises money and helps make up for Congress’ raids on the Federal Highway Fund. 

And capping it all off, over 100 honchos of food safety were laid low by food poisoning at a food safety meeting. (Urp!)

And thus another if rather humorless, week of our unending comedy …




About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much)
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3 Responses to Gleanings From The Passing Scene … (Politically Uncorrected)

  1. “And thus another if rather humorless, week of our unending comedy …”

    Indeed, some days it’s hard to remember to laugh. On the bright side, there is still government incompetency to cheer us up. As annoying as it can be, I try to remember to be grateful that we have a government that is so prone to really foul things up. If they were more effective, they’d be really scary.

    • Jack Curtis says:

      I’ve enjoyed the ancient cartoon of a bureaucrat introducing himself: “Im from the government, I’m here to help you” while his clearly terrified host holds up a crucifix …

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