[News] Exceptionally Bad Gov’t Ideas This Week

Sex-education workshops for teenagers, sponsored by Britain's Nat'l Health Service, might be a good thing, but it's unclear why in one class they needed to give each participant a sorta-souvenir, 6-inch-long rubber penis to take with 'em. Belfast Telegraph

Illinois state Rep. Annazette Collins suggested gun education classes for public schools—and especially urban schools, since many kids in rural downstate areas already get gun education from their hunter-parents. WBBM Radio (Chicago)

The mayor of Dixon, Ill., has just the deal for ya in this job-evaporating recession: yet another national holiday (for St. Patrick's Day)! Daily Gazette (Sterling, Ill.)

So Seattle passes a law to require developers to put in sidewalks on their construction ("pedestrian safety"), but, say, a janitor saved for 12 yrs for the down payment on building his $250k "dream" house, and he got it, and he built, and he sees the finish line . . and then the city says he needs another $15,000 to put in that sidewalk. No, he's not a developer, but it's new construction. And, no, not a single other home on his block has a sidewalk (hence, his "sidewalk to nowhere"). And no, there's probably not gonna be any other sidewalks there for years because tear-down/rebuilds are exempt. Also, no, there's nothing we can do about it, officials say. Seattle Times

Your Daily Jury Duty
["In America, a person is presumed innocent until the mug shot is released"]
John Coppes, 25, Mena, Ark., might be guilty of trespass (plus, in another state, ya could be judging him on having had "indecent sexual intercourse," but in Arkansas, that crime applies only to human-on-human sex). Associated Press via WLFI-TV (Lafayette, La.)
     Posted By: Chuck - Wed Mar 25, 2009

I think gun education and safety is great thing to bring ot the school. That doesnt necessarily mean teaching the kids how to operate them. It means teaching them that they are not toys and what to do if they happen to find one. There is no way, short of hovering over your children's shoudlers 24/7, that we can make sure they will never come in contact with a gun, so even if you are anti-gun, you should still teach your children how to stay safe around guns. Parents who own guns and do not teach their kids that they are a deadly weapons that need to be handled carefully are setting their kids up for an often fatal accident.
Posted by Silbakor in an altered state on 03/25/09 at 09:58 AM
*note* I wrote this comment at work where I did not have time to read the article, so if she is saying that we need to teach the kids how to use them, then mea culpa. The decision to teach kids how to use guns should be up to the parents and the parents only.
Posted by Silbakor in an altered state on 03/25/09 at 10:01 AM
British Sex-Ed (a) It's a key chain fob. (b) Homework (c) A miniature for their nic-nac shelf

Gun Safety As soon as I read "gun education" I KNEW this was coming out of Chicago. There's "Chicago" then there's the rest of the state!

St. Paddy's Day And the down side would be?

Sidewalk We got hit with the about the same @#$## over here a few years back. New sidewalks that are so narrow that the only room on them is for the city's trees. On the corner there's even a "ramp" but the rest of the way is blocked so even a pedestrian can't pass easily!

Jury Duty Guilty of something that's for sure but he'll have to register as a sex offender? Dogs in Ark. can read?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/25/09 at 11:25 AM
Good one Murph. My usual celebration for St. Pat's is a green button with a shamrock that says "A Scotsman celebrating the americanized version of an Irish holiday honoring an Englishman". And I make it a point to not wear anything orange that day (the color orange worn on St. Pat's is considered an insult).
Posted by Silbakor in an altered state on 03/25/09 at 12:13 PM
Jury Duty
The horse and the dog must have been males cause that dude looks gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/25/09 at 12:22 PM
6-inch-long rubber penis
As long as they hand out pocket-pussies to the boys.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/25/09 at 12:25 PM
gun education
My kids' public elementary school already has this. It's not a class but they do have a police officer come in and discuss gun safety with the kids. Personally, I think the kids have enough to learn in the classroom and I would rather my tax money going towards improving the education my children are in school for.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/25/09 at 12:30 PM
"sidewalk to nowhere"
Maybe he should try doing the sidewalk himself and still get his granite countertops. I'm sure he could do it for alot less than $15,000.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/25/09 at 12:36 PM
Murph has a good point - it's like New Years Day - we all party on New Years Eve and then (thankfully!) have the next day off to recover. Personally, if I'm going to do any serious partying then I can't have gotten up early and gone to work that day so I generally take a vacation day.
In short, either the day of or the day after will work for me because I'm going to take the other one off 😊 If I decide I'm going to go for it I make damn sure I do it right!
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 03/25/09 at 12:39 PM
And that, Jules, is why you are loved so much on this site.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/25/09 at 12:41 PM
souvenir - if it doesn't vibrate it's no use to me, thanks anyway
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 03/25/09 at 12:42 PM
well, by you and KW at least 💋
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 03/25/09 at 12:43 PM
Your Daily Jury Duty - I'd say guilty, but the horse and the dog must have been desperate.
Posted by Nethie on 03/25/09 at 12:45 PM
Happy Wednesday Dumbfounded, have one for me! My only alcohol consumption lately has been large quantities of NyQuil :down:
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 03/25/09 at 12:55 PM
Jules - Your doesn't vibrate comment reminds me of the old joke about an old man and woman who meet in an old folks home. Every night they meet in her room to watch tv while she just gently holds his penis. Afterall, they are both old and that seems to satisfy them both. After a while, he doesn't show up for several days and she assumes that he must have passed away. One night she is walking down the hall and sees him in another woman's room watching tv. The next day she confronts him about it and asks, "What does she have that I don't have?" He responds, "Cerebral palsy".
Posted by Madd Maxx on 03/25/09 at 12:56 PM
LMAO - that's great!
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 03/25/09 at 01:02 PM
I'd love one of those 6 inch rubber thingys to display next to the authentic looking testicles that an ex boyfriend gave me years ago. Not quite sure what he meant by that..
Posted by Skitt in SW USA on 03/25/09 at 01:21 PM
Gun Education - hmm, DARE, "to teach kids about drugs" right? So we educate kids about drugs in the hopes that knowledge will help them make the decision to not use them. If it works there why wouldn't it work for guns?
Posted by Bill_ on 03/25/09 at 01:33 PM
The Dad complaining about his daughter getting a 'rubber willy' (his words) complains about government waste but his daughter who got knocked up at 13 took the class as part of the program that supports his daughter and grandchild.
Posted by StanFlouride on 03/25/09 at 01:33 PM
maxx i was sure you were going to say parkinson's :lol:

6" penis- maybe they were suposed to practice putting on rubbers.
or maybe since the religious right was screaming about handing out condoms they decided to hand out penises instead. if used effectively pregnancy rates might actually come down! at least they didn't spend extravagantly and hand out the bigger better 9 inchers! :wow:

gun safety- this might help with the younger kids who find a gun somewhere. when you get to high schoolers if they shoot someone (or themselves) it is usually intentional and training will just give them better acuracy. also wanna bet almost ever parent who complains about this because they don't want their kid learning about guns has 'grand theft auto' or max paine' or some such video games and r movies for the kid.

st. paddy's day- i'd love it but then the pc police would start with what about all the other groups who don't get aknowledged with a holiday blah blah blah...

sidewalk- god forbid logic and common sense rule their ugly heads in this or any other situation including any government agency of any kind. it ain't gonna happen ever!

beastiality- at least he didn't molest the 13 yr old neighbor. now if he would have just watched the dog screw the horse instead he would have been in the clear. oh and GUILTY.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 03/25/09 at 08:06 PM
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