December 27, 2011

Tuesday Three-fer

Three completely unrelated stories caught my attention this morning:

In the first, Nancy Pelosi is spending her holiday in Hawaii, albeit on a different island than the prez.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, who served as Speaker of the House and is now head of the House minority, is once again spending her Christmas at the exotic Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu in Kona on the island of Hawaii.
Pelosi reportedly plans to spend her Christmas Eve at midnight mass in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kailua-Kona.
Pelosi spent the last two Christmas holidays in Kona at the same hotel in an elaborate suite that rents for $10,000 a night.
Champion of the 99%, slumming it in the $10k a night suite.  Oh, and help me understand why the state of Hawaii's taxpayers have to foot the bill for her local police escort?
Pelosi has been escorted by local police during her last two holiday visits to Hawaii Island at a cost of $34,000 to local taxpayers.
Number one, I think that security needed while on a personal vacation shouldn't be the burden of American taxpayers, it should be on Pelosi's dime.  But, let's grant her some latitude and acknowledge that there are people who want to do her harm - shouldn't a state representative of California's security costs be borne by the people of California?  They are the only people that have a vote - making the people of Hawaii pay for her security is taxation without representation.

The second story is about the TSA's expansion to mass transportation stations, trains, subways, bus stations, etc.
The TSA's 25 "viper" teams — for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response — have run more than 9,300 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in the last year. Department of Homeland Security officials have asked Congress for funding to add 12 more teams next year...

...TSA officials say they have no proof that the roving viper teams have foiled any terrorist plots or thwarted any major threat to public safety. But they argue that the random nature of the searches and the presence of armed officers serve as a deterrent and bolster public confidence.
Don't you  feel better, knowing there are 'viper' teams protecting our safety and deterring terrorist plots?  In the story, they used a specific example of a man being sniffed down by a highly trained canine, who can detect bomb making chemicals.  When the dog indicated a scent, the TSA handlers reverted to this highly effective interrogation method:
When Seiko indicated a scent, his handler, Julian Swaringen, asked Vetter whether he had pets at home in Garner, N.C. Two mutts, Vetter replied. "You can go ahead," Swaringen said.
Note to terrorists:  go to the pound and adopt a dog to avoid TSA scrutiny.

Finally, I know I shouldn't laugh, because people got hurt, but the visual makes me giggle.
Chile's Supreme Court has ordered a newspaper to pay $125,000 to 13 people who suffered burns while trying out a published recipe for churros, a popular Latin American snack of dough fried in hot oil...

...Judges determined that the newspaper failed to fully test it before publication, and that if readers followed the recipe exactly, the churros had a good chance of exploding once the oil reached the suggested temperature...

...Days after the recipe was published in the paper's "Woman" magazine in 2004, hospitals around the country began treating women for burns suffered when the dough boiling in oil suddenly shot out of kitchen pots.

1 comment:

CenTexTim said...

Let's send the churro recipe to Pelosi.