Daily News February 18

Today is Thursday, February 18, 2010. It is the 49th day of the year with 316 to go.

Today’s History

In 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in the U.S. for the first time.
In 2001, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500.

Today’s News

It’s Right Where I Left It
Department of Homeland Security is reporting that approximately 180 of its weapons were lost between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2008. The main reason these weapons were lost? Law enforcement officials who were issued the weapons “did not always sufficiently safeguard their firearms.” A total of 243 weapons were lost, but 36 of them were due to circumstances beyond the officers’ control. The rest were lost because the officer was blatantly negligent. One officer left his unlocked authorized vehicle idling in the parking lot of a convenience store. While he was inside, someone stole the car, including the weapon that he had left on the front seat. Some of these weapons wound up in the hands of criminals. Another law enforcement official found that weapon months later with a suspected gang member. Other instances include an officer leaving an M-4 rifle and a shotgun in an unlocked closet in his home; the home was burgled and the weapons were found with a felon later. Another officer left his weapon in the restroom of a fast food restaurant. Weapons have also been found left in bowling alleys, clothing stores, parking lots, and unattended lunch boxes. Moreover, these officers who were negligent with their weapons reported them as stolen rather than lost; even though they were stolen because of their own incompetence.

Truly amazing. And they want to take away my right to bear arms? At least I don’t leave my weapons in my lunch box. Who does that? These are supposed to be trained professionals, who understand the dangers of unattended weapons. Let’s not even take into account the weapons winding up in the hands of criminals, but what about small children stumbling across them and accidental discharge because some jackass left an M4 in the bathroom at Fat Burger.

Zero Tolerance, Zero Intelligence
A 12 year old New York girl was dragged out of her middle school in handcuffs, in front of teachers and classmates for the worst of all offenses—doodling on her desk. The girl wrote, “I love my friends Abby and Faith. Lex was here 2/1/10 :)” on her desk. Instead of receiving detention or a stern lecture from the principal, he called the police and had her arrested. The girl says she didn’t want her classmates to see her getting handcuffed because she didn’t want them to think she was a bad person. She spent three days at home throwing up in embarrassment. The charges have been dropped, but now school administrators are wondering if they are going too far with zero tolerance policies that have become popular since Columbine. Students as young as 11 years old were arrested for putting sticky notes on classroom walls, doodling on desks, a food fight and being tardy to class. In some states, once they arrested they are “in the system” as juvenile offenders.

I don’t understand what happened to the good old fashioned ass whooping. When I was in 6th grade, me and my friend wasted our classroom’s art supply by tagging I HEART NKOTB all over our jeans and the sides of our desks. We used some expensive markers and paints that wouldn’t come off, even after the teacher made us scrub at it for hours. (She knew that mess wouldn’t come off). I thought that was the end of it until I realized she called my parents. Whoop! Whoop! Whoop! And then another whooping when my parents were asked to pay for the art supplies I wasted. Hmm, yeah, you know I never even so much as looked at some paint ever again. But I didn’t have to go to jail to learn that lesson.

Off To a Bad Start
A 21 year old bride-groom spent his wedding night in jail after he was arrested TWICE the day of his wedding. His first arrest came right after the wedding for a drunk and disorderly charge. He was released on a bail, then went home and slapped his new wife around. She told police that he choked and slapped her. The man was arrested again.

Looks like she picked a real winner!

Big Mama, Little Baby
A hospital in Romania has reported that a 528 pound woman has given birth to a healthy 6 pound baby. The hospital has delivered babies from morbidly obese women before, but never a woman of her size. The woman says that she desperately wanted to have a baby with her fiancé (who is a healthy weight). She could not have the baby in her home town because there were no hospital beds large enough to support her weight. Instead, it took three medical teams and firefighters to help her into a hospital in the capital of Romania. Her doctor says the baby is doing fine, but women of her size should be careful when getting pregnant. Morbid obesity can cause complications in the pregnancy including clots, diabetes, post-birth bleeding and infection.

Normally I wouldn’t even post something like this, because it’s not like I go around making fun of heavy-set people, but this is a reminder that we should first be healthy before anything else. How can she possibly care for her child and set a good example if she is out of control like that? She don’t need to be 100 pounds, but I’m thinking 528 is a trite too much, and to her fiancé… well, that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Today’s Thought

What is a man but his passion? –Robert Penn Warren


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