i’ve decided that politics (both local and federal), the community at large, and the daily news cycle provide me with endless proof that we do in fact live in bizarro world. some things are outrageous and warrant action and outrage, but some are just so insane they can’t be anything but funny. so without further adue, current proof that we live in bizarro world:
– the WA state superintendent of public instruction was arrested and served 1 nite in jail for a DUI. a 7th grade girl was suspended for the remainder of the school year (22 days) for bringing a party popper (purchased in the fred meyer toy department) to school. um…
-the entire king county payroll will be given a 2% pay increase this year even though the county budget is severely in the red.
-the mayor’s office put out a link on its webpage asking for suggestions for what the citizens would like to have happen to improve the city of Seattle. the top 3 suggestions: 1) improving transit, 2) legalizing pot, 3) a nude beach. yessssss! way to stay classy seattle.
-Georgia congressman Hank Johnson, petitioned to NOT allow housing to be built on Guam for several thousand servicemen and their families because he’s afraid that the island might tip over and capsize into the Pacific Ocean. one of the men on the panel in front of him was a navy brigadier general who simply responded, “yeah, we’re not really worried about that.”
-WA state now has the most strict online gambling laws in the nation. the WA state supreme court has just declared that playing 50cent Texas Hole Em poker online is now a felony (the only state in the nation) carrying a possible 10 year jail sentence. that sentence is on par with the sentence a person who is charged with child rape would receive. yes, totally comparable offenses.
-if you buy dry roasted lightly salted peanuts, be warned. they have sugar in them. well, not in them so much as around them. it would seem that when they say lightly salted they really mean, lightly salt/sugared. i feel that sort of thing should be on the label because if i were not an avid label reader i never would have discovered this. and seeing as how most americans are not avid label readers, i feel i should warn you all that salted really means sugared. so now you know.
-i was walking down the street with a friend after having just left a local lounge where we enjoyed some martinis. we were chatting and making our way to the car. apparently there was a friend who called my name out several times and i didn’t hear him. so upon returning home i discovered a facebook message from this person calling me mean for not saying “hi” back. he was joking and was just trying to guilt me. what’s interesting is that i saw this same person at a place once and he pretended he didn’t know me. so maybe this person will only acknowledge he knows me in parts of the city un-frequented by most of our mutual acquaintances. if i cared more about it (and him) i’d be outraged probably. but i don’t so i’m not.
i think this concludes this episodes of “bizarro world” for now. stay tuned for more episodes to come folks.