As there have been some big stories this week such as the continuing coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing, I wasn't seeing much in the way of "stupid and less important" news, but, alas, a few things caught my eye. (just one, the other is lazy.)
Strippers Getting Off in Tennessee
Now you just get your mind out of the gutter! I am talking about the fact this week, the Tennessee House decided not to make strippers and other assorted sex "workers" pay a 20 percent sales tax on items sold in any sexually oriented business (what? what?) and require strippers to pay a "privilege" tax (their words, not mine) to work in Tennessee.
Well, as much as I am sure it is a privilege to work as a stripper in Tennessee, I am thinking the reasoning behind this tax is somewhat flawed.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Joe Carr and he had a lot to say. Carr said the projected income from taxing the Tennessee "sexperts" ( just to clarify that is my word, not his) would bring in $8.5 MILLION. (seems to be a lot of hanky-panky going on in Tennessee). About $5 Million of that was to go toward removing the state's sales tax on gold, silver, or platinum coins. (Is it just me or is there some confusion here? Coins and strippers.... that I am missing???)
Tracey O'Neall, a lobbyist for the "adult" industry of Tennessee. (OMG...can you believe there is a job like this? Where do we send our resumes?) didn't think it was fair that mainstream theatres and bookstores would be exempt from this tax even if they sold explicit material. (Good point, Tracey!)
Tracey went on to say " You're singling out one sector of entertainment and this will set the state up for unnecessary litigation at the incredible cost to the taxpayer. ...this will be challenged if it is passed."
Indeed, the bill failed as the question of enforcing and handling the disputes seemed to be an issue. Disputes? Are we to believe that the strippers are going to be less than honest with how many ones got shoved in their g-string?
I just couldn't help but think how fun the tax audit would be. The poor IRS guy that had to actually ask the hard questions as to how much income was generated and how by the "sex worker". Really, aren't
Speaking of Sex Workers
Shelley Lynn, a former prostitute and employee of the Las Vegas Chicken Ranch brothel, is suing McDonalds. She is claiming it is McDonald's fault that she became a ho. She is suing the fast food chain AND her ex-husband AND his company, Ivernia, that owned the McDonald's franchise that she worked at more than 20 years ago.
Is this what puts the happy in the Happy Meals?
Nice Car Dude
Police in Maryland pulled over a motorist last week. Why is that news, you ask? Because this particular motorist is none other...wait for it....BATMAN. Yes, indeedy, our caped crusader was stopped by the popo for not having the proper tags displayed. His plate did have a Batman logo for his license plate which isn't recognized in Maryland as a state issued and approved plate. (really?)
Our super hero escaped a ticket though as his Batmobile Lamborghini is properly licensed to Lenny B. Robinson who visits sick children at local hospitals. After showing the police the proper plate and posing for a picture, our Dark Knight was off to do good deeds. You just have to love a Superhero.
Holy Batman...kapow...that is just too much fun.
Raining Cats and....NO, just cats
Rescuers are calling Sugar a miracle cat. Sugar fell out of a 19th floor Boston highrise apartment window...yes, as in ONE NINE.. and landed relatively unscathed. A little minor bruising on her chest but nothing major.
Britanny Kirk, the 32 year old nurse, that owns Sugar, said she cracked the window open a bit so her kitty wouldn't get hot. Somehow, Sugar managed to fall. Several things aided her in surviving such a dangerous fall. She landed on a small pile of mulch instead of concrete. Also, she stayed close to the building instead of running into the street. All considered she is a very lucky cat.
As I really like cats, I am thinking this was a planned, well thought out, stunt...nothing to do with a cat being stupid. Perhaps, Sugar is going to perfect the sport of kitty-diving with the rest of her 8 lives.