Friday, August 21, 2015

Just When You Thought You Heard It All News (8-22-2015)

The poll made headlines around the world for finding that 9 percent of North Carolina voters were putting their support behind a candidate named "Deez Nuts." The result left many of us thinking, "is this for real?"

If you believe the political scientists the answer is "yes" and is indicative of a bigger problem about how we do elections in the United States.
"I think this guy getting 9 percent despite having a funny name and apparently being 15 years old really shows how many voters are looking for a third alternative this year," says Tom Jensen, director of liberal Public Policy Polling, the company behind the now infamous poll.

"They're unhappy with the Democrats, they're unhappy with the Republicans." Jensen continued. "If this guy can get 9 percent, it makes you wonder how much a serious independent candidate could get. Perhaps a repeat of '92 where Ross Perot was a real factor in the presidential race."

A spokesperson for the Federal Election Commission told ABC11 Wednesday night that the person who filled out the legal form to run for president had met the requirements to be listed as running, but the person's real name was not included.

Numerous outlets are reporting that the culprit is actually a 15-year-old named Brady Olson from Wallingford, Iowa; a small farm town of only 197 people.

It doesn't take much to run for commander in chief, all you have to do is fill out a form with the FEC called a "Form 2" and raise $5,000. Of course there's also the Constitutional requirement of being 35 years old, a requirement Olson a.k.a. "Deez Nuts" does not pass. He also hasn't raised a cent, much like the 600 other candidates running for president.
I'm not sure I want to know what the other choices are?

Another round of shots, good sir!

Commissioners in Daytona Beach, Florida, approved a measure Wednesday that will allow the opening of a 12-lane gun range connected to a booze-filled restaurant. Commissioners were "leery" at first, because alcohol and guns don't mix, but they came around to the ideaaccording to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The paper reports:

I've gone back and forth on this," said Commissioner Pam Woods, who later cast a yes vote.

"I was leery," echoed Commissioner Patrick Henry, who also supported the business.

Commissioner Ruth Trager wasn't won over by the new business' developers at the meeting who explained the precautions they'll take, and she cast the lone no vote. She drilled the business partners with questions about how they'll know if someone is sober or a felon.

They were reportedly swayed by the business' strict rules against shooting after drinking. Everyone who eats or drinks at the restaurant will have to submit to an ID scan, and if they've had alcohol, they won't be allowed to shoot at the range that day. In addition, guns won't be allowed in the restaurant, though commissioners pointed out that the policy won't stop people with concealed carry licenses from entering.

Patrons who go to the gun range will also have to sign an affidavit promising they're not drunk.

But why risk it by allowing booze in the restaurant in the first place? Co-founder Ron Perkinson says the eatery wouldn't be profitable without libations.

"Safety is obviously key and number one for not only me, but everyone else there. Everything is going to be revolved around safety," he told WFTV.

He said he would consider installing a metal detector at the restaurant if the commissioners asked for it, but they didn't.

This takes keeping your child safe to a whole new level.

The parents of an infant who was lockedin a hotel safe in Niagara Falls, Canada, won't be charged, officials said.

The child was placed inside a small safe in a room at the Howard Johnson Hotel on Tuesday by an older sibling during a game of hide-and-seek, and the safe door was somehow locked, reports.

The parents called hotel employees who opened the safe, which is 20 inches wide, 14 inches tall, and 17 inches deep.


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