This collection has it all: irony, sad-humor, and more. Let’s start with the ironic stuff. I almost hate to call it funny because someone did die, but it is hard not to note the irony of the story of an advocate of “freedom from helmets” who dies precisely because he isn’t wearing one when he has a wreck.
State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.
Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.
From the morbidly ironic, let us move to the seriously mentally challenged. I have spoken about the insanity of the global warming hype before. This week I have a trio of stories to highlight the absolute nuttiness these people espouse. You might have caught stories of people snow skiing in the Sierras and elsewhere on the Fourth of July. Granted they do get to wear shorts and bathing suits because of the “global warming.” Oh wait, if there was global warming for real, we shouldn’t even have snow at all.
There are also problems with those claims for rising sea levels too.
Taylor’s takeaway: Be wary of sea level rise estimates.
“When Al Gore talks about Manhattan flooding this century, and 20 feet of sea level rise, that’s simply not going to happen. If it were going to happen, he wouldn’t have bought his multi-million dollar mansion along the coast in California.”
And fittingly with all of this environmental idiocy comes the story from Maryland about “environmental literacy.” Based on the previous two shining examples, I am hopeful that it is a course in recognizing complete balderdash, but it appears to be worse than that. This is a requirement for kids to graduate from high school in Maryland, but even its advocates can’t define what it is.
Sarah Bodor of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation supports the initiative and says there is no mandate.“People express concern about the content but what is important to know is that this new requirement doesn’t actually mandate any content at all.”
At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys.From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don’t fall into gender stereotypes.
Never let it be said that these folks did anything that makes good sense. Boys can pick up a stick and turn it into a gun inside of 5 seconds and a girl could pick of the same stick and turn it into a doll in the same amount of time. Don’t let that stop them though. It is too much fun to mock such senseless nonsense.
Finally, in the realm of bizarre, funny and touching all at once, I give you the story of the man who found out he had cancer after being hit by a golf ball.
When being checked out by emergency technicians, a doctor asked Logan about a lump below his throat and urged him to get it checked out. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor on his thyroid — and the errant golf shot ended up saving his life.