Stop the Insanity
By: Patti Bankson
â€¢ East Hampton, NY town leaders adopted a Vegetation Protection Ordinance to prevent over-clearing of residential properties. IF you submit a site plan and get a permit, you can clear a certain number of square feet of your own property Otherwise, you must let the vegetation grow; leave the land in its â€œnatural stateâ€. Most cities will fine you for allowing your property to become overgrown, but in East Hampton, if you keep your property mowed, trimmed and tidy you could face 6 months in jail. I expect a major migration to the toney Hamptons, right after people across the country toss out their lawn mowers, weed eaters and edgerâ€™s.
â€¢ 30 years ago Chicken Little was worried about Global Cooling.
â€¢ Not long ago, pollsters reported that people across the political spectrum said they couldnâ€™t vote for Mitt Romney because he doesnâ€™t believe in Jesus. And they couldnâ€™t vote for Mike Huckabee because he does. Theyâ€™re â€œconcerned about religious zealotryâ€. Huh? I havenâ€™t heard anything from either man that even comes close to zealotry. Besides, I think weâ€™d be better off if we were more concerned about zealotry when it comes to things immoral and unconstitutional.
â€¢ When did presidential candidates become rock stars? When did late night TV shows become the campaign trail? Frankly, Iâ€™ve been embarrassed for candidates when theyâ€™ve appeared with Jay Leno and David Letterman, etc. But never quite as embarrassed as I was for Barak Obama when he appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show and the two of them were â€œgettinâ€™ downâ€. Wow! Talk about high praise, and a campaign highlight. Well, he acted like it was a campaign highlight, anyway, when she told him that heâ€™s the best dancer of all the presidential candidates whoâ€™ve been on her show. He is a good dancer, but Iâ€™m having a little trouble figuring out how â€œgood dancerâ€ equals â€œgood presidentâ€.
â€¢ Some 1st grade boys were playing â€œCowboys and Indiansâ€ at school, using their fingers as â€œgunsâ€. In the spirit of their â€œNo Toleranceâ€ policy, the school suspended them. A 6-year old girl drew pictures on the sidewalk in front of her house with chalk. Pictures of flowers; innocent little girl pictures. But the little girlâ€™s family apparently shares the sidewalk with a neighbor, and the neighbor wasnâ€™t happy about having â€œherâ€ sidewalk messed up. So, the neighbor called police, and the little girl was â€œarrestedâ€. The next day the drawings were gone, washed away by the rain. I wonder what â€“ and how long – it will take to wash away the fear and confusion that little girl and those little boys must feel. Canâ€™t play on monkey bars, anymore. Canâ€™t play pretend, anymore. Canâ€™t draw pretty (washable) pictures on the sidewalk, anymore. Canâ€™t be a kid, anymore.
â€¢ Gays in San Francisco burst into a Catholic church dressed in drag… as nuns, wearing make-up no self-respecting woman would wear, much less a nun. They werenâ€™t arrested. Guess they werenâ€™t young enough?
â€¢ A business in Philadelphia advertised: â€œWeâ€™d rather do business with 1,000 Al Qaeda than 1 American.â€ The business? A funeral home. â€œAaah, the voice of reason… or at least of civilized sanity… in an insane world.â€ (John DiDonna)
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