Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Feds Spring Into Action

I live in a Southern California community that has its share of problems.

We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. When the real estate bubble burst, the local construction industry collapsed. This is a resort community that relies heavily on tourism, but with the recession, the tourists aren’t coming. That means restaurants close, hotels layoff staff and occupancy tax revenue plummets.

On top of all this, we have some of the worst schools in the state, gang violence is on the upswing, methamphetamine labs flourish, local agriculture languishes because the drought, while gays and straights are literally at each others’ throats about Proposition 8.

But have no fear. The federal government swung into action. On Monday, government agents raided a local merchant suspected of selling — illegal kilts!

Yep, that's right. Illegal kilts.

According to local news reports, federal agents with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service raided the Celtic Craft Centre hot on the trail of illegal imports, specifically Scottish kilts that might have been made with seal fur.

There are times when I don't know whether to laugh or weep.

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