Cops barking up the wrong tree
So, if somebody in the crowd at a baseball game holds up a sign that says “Kill the umpire!,” should he be arrested for conspiracy to murder?
I know - silly question.
Which is why the East Lansing cops should take the advice of wiser heads and forget about the doofus who held up the “Burn the Couch” sign at Saturday night’s MSU-OSU football game, and concentrate on bringing to justice those who actually participated in the destruction.
The Lansing State Journal quoted a constitutional law professor as saying the ELPD’s pursuit of the sign-holder is “silly.” And the East Lansing mayor evidently agrees.
To read the complete story, click on the above photo (by the LSJ’s Matthew Dae Smith)
Being a lout is no crime
So, the East Lansing cops are trying to identify the guy who held up the “Burn the Couch” sign near the end of the MSU-Ohio State football game Saturday night.
I can’t imagine why. I doubt that the guy was actually trying to incite a riot. He just wanted his two seconds of fame on national TV.
We still have free speech in this country, and the last time I checked, there’s no law against loutishness.
It’s too bad that “Burn the Couch” has become MSU’s “The fat lady has sung,” but that’s a different matter.
For the complete Lansing State Journal story, click on the above photo.
Blaze of glory
Here’s Tree No. 2 from the Schneider plantation - a shapely, 8-foot tall Scotch pine, currently in the process of becoming a fully decorated Christmas tree.
I’ve been reviewing the candidates since September. I narrowed it down to three contenders, and my wife made the final choice.
And, yes, cutting it down Saturday was just a tiny bit sad.
A dubious tradition
You probably saw him - the MSU fan who, at the end of Saturday’s glorious football game, made a curious statement. Once the Spartans’ victory over Ohio State was assured, the guy held up his sign for all the world to see on network television.
It said “Burn The Couch.”
And burn the couch they did. Dozens of them. Perhaps even hundreds, all over East Lansing, according to The State News, MSU’s student newspaper.
So there it is, an official tradition announced to the world: Big victory equals furniture fires on the banks of the Red Cedar.
Raise the minImum wage
You’ve probably heard about the suggestion by McDonald’s, on the company’s website, that hard-up employees could raise cash for Christmas gifts by selling their personal belongings on eBay.
And about the WalMart store that organized a food drive for its own underpaid employees
I have an idea : McDonald’s and Walmart should compensate their workers in such a way that they can keep their belongings and not need food drives.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, the same as it was four years ago.
So, a person willing to go to work every day and put in 40 hours a week will gross $15,080 per year.
That’s a national disgrace.