THE LAST DITCH -- Douglas Olson — FREAK SHOW #32

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Freak show #32
 
More horrors of government
 
By DOUGLAS OLSON

 

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Insanity in the park

Officials in Amsterdam have voted to allow homosexuals to have sex in a public park, but to impose heavy fines on the owners of dogs that run free in the same area. "If they can drop their trousers, why can't I let my dog loose?" exclaimed one outraged pet owner. Vondelpark (pronounced "fondle-park") has long been a trysting place for alternate lifestylers and a leash-free area for dogs, but only one of those groups has an effective lobby.
 

... corrupts absolutely

According to a 1978 judicial ruling, which has become one of the primary weapons in the defense arsenal of every corrupt federal magistrate, "A judge will not be deprived of immunity because the action he took was in error, was done maliciously, or was in excess of his authority; rather, he will be subject to liability only when he has acted in the clear absence of all jurisdiction." (Stump v. Sparkman, 435 U.S. 349, 356-57 (1978), emphasis added.)
 

The sins of the daughter

An Ohio man was jailed in May because his 18-year-old daughter flunked the math portion of her exam and did not obtain her General Equivalency Degree (GED). Butler County Juvenile Court Judge David Niehaus sent Brian Gegner to jail for six months for failing to obey a previous court order, in which he was directed to ensure that she got the degree. Although the daughter is an adult, the court claims jurisdiction because she was a minor when the original order was issued.
 

Dying for equality

Linda O'Boyle, a 64-year-old grandmother, has died of cancer in England. Britain's National Health Service had been providing treatment, but stopped those benefits after Mrs. O'Boyle paid privately for additional anti-cancer drugs not offered by Big Brother because they are too expensive. Health Secretary Alan Johnson cancelled her supposed "right" to health care because he feared allowing such freedom would result in inequity in the nation's socialized medicine scheme. Mrs. O'Boyle was the first person in the U.K. to die after being denied treatment for this reason; but she won't be the last.
 

The penalty for patriotism

Craig Briggs, a British veteran of the Iraq war, has been denied a job with the Greater Manchester Police because he has a patriotic "ENGLAND" tattooed on his arm. The excuse is that British Home Office policy "precludes applications with tattoos on lower arm, hand, face, or neck that are prominent, which may cause and/or invite provocation from the public or colleagues."

When asked what was "provocative" about his tattoo, Briggs was informed: "A family who aren't of English origin who see England on your arm could feel you might discriminate against them. We live in a diverse society and try to ensure we give everybody equality." Except, it appears, veterans who are foolish enough to be patriotic.
 

Obey the law — and suffer for it

Several American oil companies have agreed to pay $423 million in penalties, plus cleanup costs, to settle claims that their gasoline contaminated groundwater in 153 public water systems in 17 states. Additional suits in other areas are still pending, at a potential cost of $30 billion or more.

The contamination was caused by methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive that supposedly boosts octane while cutting pollution. What the press deliberately suppressed when the settlement was announced is that Congress passed legislation in 1990 requiring the addition of an "oxygenate," essentially either MTBE or the then-more-expensive ethanol, as a fuel additive. Congress has steadfastly refused to immunize the law-abiding oilmen from the disastrous results of its own stupidity.
 

Rubbish!

A 95-year-old, nearly blind British war veteran was denied garbage service for several days by the Norwich City Council because he committed the horrendous sin of placing a ketchup bottle and a coffee jar in the wrong recycling bin. A railway worker for nearly half a century, Lenny Woodward served as a gunner in North Africa and Italy during World War II — and this is the thanks he gets.

Woodward was lucky. A British bus driver was fined more than $400 and now has a criminal record because the quantity of refuse in his bin pushed the lid up by an inch or two.
 

Quick quiz

A recent newspaper article noted the following numbers of foreign-language speakers in one small U.S. city's school system. Name the city and state.

Albanian – 1
Arabic – 5
Bulgarian – 2
Cantonese – 4
Cape Verde – 2
Cebuano – 3
Chinese – 24
French – 13
Hebrew – 2
Mina – 1
Nuer – 1
Somali – 225
Spanish – 8
Swahili – 5
Tagalog – 4
Visayan – 2
The city is Lewiston, Maine. We're doomed!
 

Another life destroyed by government

P.P. James of Sri Lanka was arrested in 1958 for killing his own father. After being found mentally incompetent, he was sent to an asylum. Although he was later pronounced cured, he remained in captivity for decades longer — because the hospital could release him only to penal authorities, penal authorities could only accept him under a court order, and the legal system had lost his file.

He was finally released this year, at age 84, and given $5,000 in compensation. He works daily at the laborious job of harvesting rice. A doctor in the asylum where he was held says there are others in the same situation, including one who has been there even longer than James.

To top this nightmare off — there was never any murder. His father, the man James was accused of killing in 1958, did not actually die until 1981.

August 18, 2008

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