Andrew J. Hewett

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1062)



MORE THAN THE GAVEL GOT BANGED
Travis Husnik, 33, and Heather Basten, 29, were pulled over and arrested in Oconto County, Wis., on Aug. 3, 2014 for being drunk. After their arrest, with both put in the back seat of a patrol car, the arresting deputy was shocked looking in his mirror to see them “enjoying” sex on their way to jail. Basten was later sentenced to 48 days, and a $500 fine. Due to his arrest record, Husnik was given 90 days. (Green Bay Press Gazette, 9-5-14) 
SHE’D BE VOTING FROM HEAVEN
New York voter Luz Pabellon was proud of her 73-years when she voted in 2014. That is until she realized her voter registration card showed she was born on January 1, 1850, making her 164-years-old. (The AP, 10-19-14)
MORE WASHINGTON INEFFICIENCIES
Last reported, the Social Security Disability claim backlog has reached a record number of 990,339 cases. That number dwarfs the number at two other federal agencies known for case lags. (The Department of Veterans Affairs has a pile of 536,000 appeals for benefits and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has 606,000 applications pending.) The Social Security pileup is made worse because of an outdated and antiquated list of jobs used by judges to qualify a disability applicant. Two of the jobs listed: “telegram messenger” and “horse-and-wagon driver.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/10/18/the-biggest-backlog-in-the-federal-government/)

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