Meanderings. 9 Apr. 2010

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I just found that this failed to post.  More Weird News can be found here:

http://www.newsoftheweird.com/index.html

It’s Good to Be a British Welfare Mother: Under the government’s Local Housing Authority, Essma Marjam, age 34, unemployed and the mother of six, is entitled to rental assistance for a five-bedroom home, and the only suitable one she could find is in an exclusive London suburb in which her neighbor is Sir Paul McCartney. Luckily, the generous allowance (equivalent of more than $9,000 a month) covers the rent on the nearly $3 million (U.S. equivalent) mansion. (Additionally, according to the Daily Mail, Marjam’s non-housing government benefits total the equivalent of about $22,000 a year.) [Daily Mail, 2-15-10]

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Alan Rosenfeld, 64, a New York City lawyer and real estate entrepreneur, is also a full-time schoolteacher, although he has been prohibited from teaching since 2002 because of accusations of leering at female students. He is thus a “rubber room” teacher whose union contract requires full salary and benefits even though the Schools Chancellor has barred him from the classroom as a “danger” to students. The Department of Education pays him $100,000 a year plus health care (plus retirement benefits worth at least $82,000 a year). The New York Post reported that Rosenfeld reports to “the room” each day but works exclusively on his business affairs. [New York Post, 1-31-10]

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More Texas Justice: In March, juries in Smith County and Matagorda County sentenced Henry Wooten and Melvin Johnson III to 35 years and 60 years in prison, respectively, for possessing small amounts of drugs (but enough under Texas law to allow jurors to infer an intent to distribute). Wooten, 54, had 4.6 ounces of marijuana (same penalty as for 5 pounds), and Johnson had 1.3 grams of crack cocaine (about half the weight of a U.S. dime). (Wooten’s prosecutor actually had asked the jury for a sentence of 99 years.) [Tyler Morning News, 3-5-10] [Houston Press, 3-11-10]


Can’t Possibly Be True In February, the undergraduate dean’s office at Yale University disclosed that it was formally soliciting anonymous, first-person reports of student sexual experiences to publish on a school Web site, as “strategies for creatively navigating Yale’s sexual culture,” according to an advisor. “There is a real need for students to have space to think about what happens to them and what they want to have happen,” she said. “Sex@Yale” would contain “70 to 80” specific perspectives, she said, but critics suggested the anthology might grow to resemble Penthouse magazine’s often-ridiculed “Forum” section of lascivious fantasies. [Yale Daily News, 2-26-10]

It’s Good to Be a British Welfare Mother: Under the government’s Local Housing Authority, Essma Marjam, age 34, unemployed and the mother of six, is entitled to rental assistance for a five-bedroom home, and the only suitable one she could find is in an exclusive London suburb in which her neighbor is Sir Paul McCartney. Luckily, the generous allowance (equivalent of more than $9,000 a month) covers the rent on the nearly $3 million (U.S. equivalent) mansion. (Additionally, according to the Daily Mail, Marjam’s non-housing government benefits total the equivalent of about $22,000 a year.) [Daily Mail, 2-15-10]

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Alan Rosenfeld, 64, a New York City lawyer and real estate entrepreneur, is also a full-time schoolteacher, although he has been prohibited from teaching since 2002 because of accusations of leering at female students. He is thus a “rubber room” teacher whose union contract requires full salary and benefits even though the Schools Chancellor has barred him from the classroom as a “danger” to students. The Department of Education pays him $100,000 a year plus health care (plus retirement benefits worth at least $82,000 a year). The New York Post reported that Rosenfeld reports to “the room” each day but works exclusively on his business affairs. [New York Post, 1-31-10]


In January, Aretha Brown, 66, who has lived in the same house in Callahan, Fla., (pop. 962) for 30 years, suddenly became unable to leave her yard unless she crawled between CSX railroad cars blocking her access to the road. Tracks had always been in place, but the railway only began storing train cars on them this year. CSX told The Florida Times-Union that it would soon build Brown an access road to the street. [Florida Times-Union, 2-6-10]

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Seventh-grader Rachael Greer was suspended from River Valley Middle School in Jefferson, Ind., in February, even though she apparently did exactly what her parents and the school want kids to do (“just say ‘no'” to drugs). When a classmate handed her a prescription pill in gym class, she immediately handed it right back. Nonetheless, an assistant principal, after investigating the incident, suspended her for five days because she had touched the pill. (He expressed regret but said it is school policy.) [WAVE-TV (Louisville, Ky.), 2-25-10]
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And lastly, It’s tough to keep a “good” man down:
It wasn’t pretty, but sheriff’s deputies in Montcalm County, Mich., got their man on March 3. Mark McCuaig, in court on an earlier charge, became unruly and escaped from two different sets of officers (despite a Tasering). Another court officer tried to stop him outside, but McCuaig got loose (despite being maced). He locked himself inside a van, but officers surrounded it, broke a window, and Tasered him again, yet couldn’t stop McCuaig from driving off. After a high-speed chase, state troopers disabled his tires with “stop sticks” but couldn’t apprehend him before he reached his home, where he barricaded himself. Officers surrounded the house, and four of them (plus a police dog) entered, but McCuaig escaped and got into another vehicle. Finally, after another chase, he was forced off the road, Tasered a third time, and subdued. [WWMT-TV (Grand Rapids), 3-3-10, WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids), 3-3-10]
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4 Responses to “Meanderings. 9 Apr. 2010”

  1. Gini Says:

    Crazy world for sure Chas, and a good laugh or huge sigh, is appropriate! YIKES…great read. lol 🙂

  2. Dave Says:

    Chas I have long asserted that you should be on FNC where you can have your own commentary. Ratings would go through the proverbial roof. I was planning on moving to Portland at some point, but heck I should move to the UK and become a citizen there. I wouldn’t even have to work. Guys convicted for small amount of drugs, ok they would have been given the noose, as in hangman’s noose, in my neck of the woods. What, girl in trouble with school for touching a prescription drug?! What the ‘Bleep’ excuse my language, but that teacher who charged her needs a valium, xanax or Lithium pilll, man. Teacher charged with leering at students gets away practically scot free. Wonder what would have happened if he had gone a step further? Seriously, Chas, there are some serious issues going on here. What’s the name of the show? Something get me out of here. That could be the name of your show. GET ME OuTTA Here!
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    Dave, thanks. Problem is I have a face made for radio, so it would have to be Fox Radio. 😉

    chas

  3. Salvatore Says:

    Good Morning Chas,
    The story about the teacher, then people wonder why some states are going bankrupt…. unbelievable.
    Interesting read Chas.
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    I like the last story myself….lol

    It can’t all be serious. You have to laugh. 😉

    chas

  4. Frank C Says:

    Boy if these are not examples of the crazy times in which we live Chas, nothing is…interesting read.
    Frank
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    I always find the News of the Weird a bit of sadly reflective fun of where we are today.

    chas

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