Archive for February, 2013

A Cut of Stupidity: Government Style

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 1st, 2013

There is Stupid.

Then there is Dumb.

Then there is Asinine.

Then there is the Government’s Way of Doing Things.

If you think that the HHS Secretary telling you that in order to help prevent spreading germs while suffering from a cold or flu, is to simply cough into your sleeve (GENIUS!) was bad enough, wait until you hear the next Government Safety 101 Recommendation.

From the NY Post:

WASHINGTON — Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman?

No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!

That’s some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department of Homeland Security that was posted on the agency’s Web site just a month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

“If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available,” says the narrator in the video, which shows an office worker pulling scissors out of a desk drawer.”

This ranks up there with Joe “Jobs is a Three Letter Word” Biden’s statement that the only way to reduce deficit spending is to spend more.

I always find it amazing (well, not really) that the government is always so gung-ho on such safety issues such as how use/walk with a knife or pair scissors correctly, but cannot be bothered to offer any support or advice on gun safety. However, seeing as how so many of them are such poor shots, you probably would not want their advice in the first place.

When I saw this, I could not help but think of this classic Monty Python skit:

Filed Under: Gun Control

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Passes

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | February 1st, 2013

Sad news that former New York City mayor Ed Koch has passed.

From MSN:

NEW YORK — Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88.

Koch died at 2 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, spokesman George Arzt said. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

Koch was admitted to the hospital Monday with shortness of breath, and was moved to intensive care Thursday for closer monitoring of the fluid in his lungs and legs. He had been released two days earlier after being treated for water in his lungs and legs. He had initially been admitted on Jan. 19.

After leaving City Hall in January 1990, Koch battled assorted health problems and heart disease.

He was a true voice of sanity in a sea madness during the city’s dark days in the late 1970’s. One who was key in getting the city out of a financial and criminal tide wave of despair.

A true patriot, New Yorker to the bone, as well as being true bi-partisan, who cared less for political parties and more for his city.

But his faith was probably his most admirable trait, best expressed here, by having Daniel Pearl’s last words inscribed on his tonbstone.

Image via Twitchy:

R.I.P. Mayor.

Filed Under: Politics