August 31, 2009
This is a good police story…
MIAMI (Reuters) – Police in a Florida city used the promise of economic stimulus checksto lure 76 people to their arrest on a variety of outstanding warrants.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department set up “Operation Show Me the Money” to round up people wanted on charges ranging from second-degree murder to guns and drug charges to failure to pay child support.
Using the name of the fictitious “South Florida Stimulus Coalition,” police mailed letters asking the suspects to call an undercover phone line and make appointments to claim their money. When they showed up at an auditorium and presented their identification, they were led to an area where uniformed police were waiting to arrest them.
Police said such roundups are safer and more efficient than serving warrants at people’s homes.
“You totally control the environment whereas when you’re walking up to someone’s home there’s an unknown factor there,” Police Sergeant Frank Sousa said on Friday.
The operation ended on Thursday night and Sousa declined to say how much money the suspects were offered.
Kudos to whoever came up with this idea.
I wonder how many who did show up also enrolled in Donald Trump’s new plan to make everyone a millionaire?
August 28, 2009
Most government websites are boring.
Then there is is the site of Ray the D.A.
Wouldn’t it be nice if other government sites were as interesting?
August 27, 2009
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.”
I remember as a kid reading the ads for baseball umpire school. But, I have no regrets because I wouldn’t have been very good at it.
I’m still working on a few dreams.
August 26, 2009
Every Mayor has their own style.
How’s this for style?
The Manitowoc mayor’s skydive for charity ended with a rough landing and serious injuries to a spectator.
Mayor Justin Nickels was jumping in tandem with a veteran sky diver Andy Van Handel Sunday to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Van Handel says they hit the ground at a fast speed without any wind to slow them down. They hit an 8-year-old boy and grabbed him as they slid along the ground. The boy was frightened, but not seriously injured.
Steve Scheuren was standing nearby with his family and saw the parachuters headed toward him. He pushed or pulled one of his kids out of the way, but the skydivers smashed into his leg, breaking it. Scheuren will need surgery to repair the injury.
The mayor had a bad headache, but was otherwise OK.
I did the dunk tank. I did the cow milking contest. But, I never jumped out of a plane.
Are there any other Mayors or former Mayors out there that jumped out of a plane for charity?
August 25, 2009
Yesterday I wrote about a worthwhile $3.5 million Stimulus grant.
Shortly after I wrote that post I read this from the New York Post …
The stimulus package is living up to its provocative name by funding a bacchanalia of behavioral sex research, a Post analysis reveals.
The next fiscal year is set to be one of the friskiest ever in the nation’s science labs, as researchers probe the ins and outs of sex patterns among humans and even some of our four-legged friends.
Among the most titillating grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health are studies that would:
* Examine “barriers to correct condom use” at Indiana University, at a cost of $221,000.
* Study “hookups” among adolescents at Syracuse University. Study’s cost: $219,000.
* Evaluate “drug use as a sex enhancer” in an analysis of “high-risk community sex networks” at the University of Illinois, Chicago. That study will cost $123,000.
Is there anyone out there who wants to try to defend this as economic stimulus?
August 24, 2009
Just for the record, I was not opposed to the idea of hundreds of billions dollars being used for infrastructure improvements. Even if we were not in the worst recession since the 1980’s I would have supported borrowing and spending on infrastructure improvements. Infrastructure is crumbling because of decades of neglect.
I was opposed to all the other non-infrastructure stuff in the stimulus bill.
It was announced last week that Rice Lake will receive $3.5 million in Stimulus funds to rebuild our Main Street.
I do not feel guilty a piece of the pie has been cut for us.
I would even take a second serving.
August 21, 2009
Caster Semenya is being forced to take a gender test.
A South African teenager will be forced to take a test to prove she is a woman after storming to victory Wednesday in the 800-meter sprint at the world championships.
Quite frankly I don’t care if Caster is a man or a woman. I will let those that give a damn about track worry about that.
What this story did get me to thinking … why isn’t there a test for politicians to determine what exactly they are?
How many times have you said … “I didn’t vote for that.”