There are a number of rather newsworthy items out there that are really irritating me or as I sometimes tell Mrs THT. ” They are getting on my last nerve.” I hardly know which one to choose. My blogging associate at goodtimepolitics made me aware of a Colorado school district that has a plan in the works to charge children for riding the school bus. If that isn’t a good freakin’ grief idiotic idea, I would hate to see one.
A community group in Fresno,Ca ( we all know who got his start as a community organizer, do we not?) is demanding that radio station KMJ remove all conservative programming from the station because their programs ” incite violence.” Let’s see, Times Square bombing attempt, the so-called underwear bomber and the Army major at Ft Hood. They were all conservatives, right? No,wait a minute, there is something else they had in common. Let me think, oh yes, their Muslim faith. Can’t say that though.
But the 3rd item on my list takes the cake or the soft drink, as it were. This comes from San Antonio, Tx where the health conscious city manager, Sheryl Sculley, a self-proclaimed “fitness person,” whatever that means, has directed that all sugary soft drinks in the city’s beverage machines be removed with unhealthy snack foods next. It does not prohibit employees from bringing the evil items from home and consuming them at work. Wanna bet that there will be pressure applied at some future time in some way to ban the offending items from the premises, just like cigarettes.
And it is all being done under the guise of improving the health of city employees. A Texas A & M professor, Lisako McKyer, even draws analogies to seat belt laws. This one quote by the city manager was oddly disturbing and I am not really sure why. ” We know that statistically that people who are overweight or obese have greater health problems than those who do not.” The actual quote doesn’t really make sense but the thought I see lurking in the background is, you better lose weight or there may be consequences. An alarmist attitude, don’t think so. There are a growing number of locales that will not hire smokers. What would be the next logical prohibition?
And I haven’t even dealt with Gwinnett County, Georgia which wants to collect some $39,000 it overpaid employees in 1994. The report uses the word ask, but don’t kid yourself. If any of the offenders are still county employees the government will get their money, even though the error was theirs.
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