the "Headline That Caught My Attention or the WTF" thread

Maine's own version of "The Onion" has it's take on Westbrook's Spinning Ice Disc:

Opinion: For Maine’s Economy to Thrive, We Need to Attract More Spinning Ice Disks
Posted: 17 Jan 2019 08:00 AM PST

Augusta — A simple, but uncommon, winter phenomenon in the Presumpcot River has brought worldwide attention to our state. If Maine wants to move forward in the decade to come, we simply must do more to bring naturally occurring ice disks to our rivers.

News outlets here in Maine have been covering the event, but now the spinning disk is a worldwide sensation, bringing global attention to our economic plight. As a proud Mainer who has lived in this gorgeous state for almost 5 years, I can easily see this is a wonderful opportunity to capitalize on the buzz no natives are taking seriously.

Augusta must add more spinning ice disks to Maine’s rivers if we hope to move forward. Those spinning ice disks bring tourists, who in turn, bring their dollars to the state. With manufacturing long gone, and economically encouraging projects like the salmon farm in Belfast being held up by protests, a service economy is the only future for Maine. Mainers need to embrace the change to its economy, and spinning ice disks will be the tinder that sets off the explosive need for hotel and waitstaff jobs.

Of course, those spinning disks can be taxed, just like everything else in Maine. If we had at least one spinning ice disk in every river in Maine, and instituted a modest 5% ice disk tax, Maine could pay for literally everything in just 5 years, according to generous estimates from the Center for Responsible Ice Disk Commerce.

The bottom line is this: if Maine wants to attract younger people to the state, we need more jobs in the service industry, and Gov. Mills would be wise to fund an independent commission to study the positive economic effects of ice disks.
Well we now have another Ice disc working in Baxter park. We may soon be seeing our taxes plummet as more come on line. :LOL::ROFLMAO::p

Oh Wait !!, the taxes from the one in Baxter park will have to come out of our own pockets as we (The people) are the ones who are taxed to pay for that park. :sick:
Breaking news on the Discs !!!

The Westbrook ice disc isn’t alone. It has 2 smaller cousins in northern Maine.

Oh boy oh boy were coming into the money now. I'm trying to orgenize one up on Walden's Pond now. ;)

definitely not a WTF - but - didn't know where else to put it...............

Don't know what to say. Police were obviously doing their job. Probably didn't know there was a toddler in the car.

The thought that this child was put in this position is heartbreaking.............
The parents were wanted for armed shoplifting (allegedly).

definitely not a WTF - but - didn't know where else to put it...............

Don't know what to say. Police were obviously doing their job. Probably didn't know there was a toddler in the car.

The thought that this child was put in this position is heartbreaking.............
The parents were wanted for armed shoplifting (allegedly).

What the hell is "armed shoplifting " ???
that's what the news report called it Don - my guess?
They were shoplifting & carrying at the time - hence the police surrounding the car with weapons drawn.
Oh, the (In)Humanity!!!

New Hampshire’s highest court upholds topless women’s convictions

By MICHAEL CASEY Associated PressFebruary 8, 2019

New Hampshire’s highest court on Friday upheld the conviction of three women who were arrested for going topless on a beach, finding their constitutional rights were not violated.

In a 3-2 ruling Friday, the court decided that Laconia’s ordinance does not discriminate on the basis of gender or violate the women’s right to free speech. In a dissenting opinion, Associate Justice James P. Bassett with Senior Associate Justice Gary E. Hicks concluded the ordinance was unconstitutional because it treats men and women differently.

Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro are part of the Free the Nipple campaign – a global campaign advocating for the rights of women to go topless. They were arrested in 2016 after removing their tops at a beach in Laconia and refusing to put them on when beachgoers complained. Pierro was doing yoga, while the two others were sunbathing.

The Laconia law on indecent exposure bans sex and nudity in public but singles out women by prohibiting the “showing of female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple.” A lower court judge refused to dismiss the case, and the women appealed to the state Supreme Court.

“We are extremely disappointed in the Court’s ruling that treating women differently than men does not amount to sex discrimination. The court has effectively condoned making it a crime to be female,” the women’s lawyer, Dan Hynes, said in a statement. “Since the N.H. Constitution, which prohibits sex discrimination, was not enough to prevent this unequal, and unfair treatment, we are hopeful the New Hampshire legislature steps up to correct this injustice by outlawing Laconia’s ordinance.”

Hynes said he would have to talk to the women about their next step, including possibly appealing the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gilles Bissonnette, the legal director at the ACLU of New Hampshire, which filed an amicus brief in the case, said he was disappointed with the ruling.

“Unlike the Federal Constitution and the cases interpreting its equal protection provision cited by the majority, the New Hampshire Constitution provides even broader protections against gender discrimination,” Bissonnette said in a statement. “What is deeply concerning about this decision is that it undermines these broader, unique constitutional protections and, in so doing, minimizes the importance of the New Hampshire Constitution.”

The attorney general’s office, which defended the ordinance in court, said it would have no comment beyond the brief it submitted. It had argued the city was trying to avoid a public disturbance resulting from bare-breasted women on the beach and that it narrowly tailored the law to requiring only the covering of nipples – not requiring women to wear shirts. It questioned the First Amendment argument

The ruling is the latest setback for the movement, which has had mixed success fighting similar ordinances in other parts of the country.
A federal judge ruled in October 2017 that a public indecency law in Missouri didn’t violate the state constitution by allowing men, but not women, to show their nipples. In 2013, a public nudity ban in San Francisco was also upheld by a federal court. But in February 2017, a federal judge blocked the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, from enforcing a law against women going topless, arguing it was based on gender discrimination.
This just in, NY Post has a new headline that may topple it's "Headless Body Found In Topless Bar" Banner Headline as Best Headline Ever!!

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