February 4, 2009

STUPID CITY COUNCIL TRICKS

Jim Newell, NBC 4 - Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander wants to ban the sale of cheap, small cigars, usually filled with flavored tobacco, that you always see at 7-Elevens and gas stations. They are called "blunts." And according to Alexander, the tobacco within this is all taken out and filled with "cannabis." The youths smoke these monster sticks to get high, which makes them go crazy, grab their automatic weapons, and kill all humans and animals within a 500-yard radius. . .

According to the Washington Post, "Alexander said 'it's no secret' that the honey, apple and cherry-flavored cigars are bought and then stuffed with marijuana, often by young people." Indeed, this is not a secret. Another non-secret is that sometimes apples themselves are converted into marijauna-smoking devices. As of the writing of this article, apples remain legal.

Washington Times - The District cracked down on motorists who fail to clean their vehicles after winter storms, which can result in chunks of ice hurtling onto other vehicles. The City Council unanimously approved the ordinance, which makes the District the only U.S. city with such a law, but it did not include a $50 fine with the citation. . .

The decision to exclude the fine was the result of several council members saying the bill was too vague and was crafted without consulting the Metropolitan Police Department or the city's Department of Motor Vehicles.

The council's 13 members unanimously approved the bill after council member Michael Brown, at-large independent, made the amendment to omit the fine. "We have cars coming off the roads that are like igloos," he said. . .

Pennsylvania has a similar law, which fines motorists as much as $1,000, but only if flying ice from a vehicle hits another vehicle or person and causes harm.