Author Archive | Charles Oliver

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Brickbat: This Might Hurt

A number of South Dakota law enforcement agencies told the Argus Leader that they would request a warrant to forcibly catheterize someone for a urine sample only in extreme cases, such as a vehicular homicide. Not the Pierre police department. The newspaper found that it has repeatedly had people forcibly catheterized, including a 3-year-old boy.

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Brickbat: Sheriff, Businesswoman

A federal judge has ruled that Morgan County, Alabama, Sheriff Ana Franklin violated a consent degree when she took $160,000 from the fund to feed inmates and loaned $150,000 of it to a used car lot that later went bankrupt. Franklin said she had received legal advice saying she did not have to obey the […]

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Brickbat: We’re from the United Nations

According to an internal United Nations report, 134 UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka sexually abused children in Haiti. While 114 of them were sent home, none served any prison time for their crimes. There have been nearly 2,200 accusations of sexual abuse against UN peacekeepers in the last 12 years.

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Brickbat: Oh, Deer

Jennifer Badeaux / Dreamstime.comAbout two years ago, a young doe showed up at the Mcgaughey family farm in Kansas. The family fed and it, and soon the deer was playing with their pets and knocking on the door when it wanted to come into the house. Then one day, game wardens showed up at the […]

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Brickbat: What the Fur?

The Berkeley, California, City Council has banned the sale of fur clothing. The ban was spearhead by the Berkeley Coalition for Animals. Coalition founder Jay Quigley says fur is inconsistent with Berkeley’s values.

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Brickbat: Keep Your Snake Under Control

Jerry Kimball said he thought it was a joke when a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, animal control officer cited him for allowing his pet snake to slither freely at a local park. “He was literally asking me to put a rope around my snake,” Kimball said. Animal Control Supervisor Julie DeJong said a city ordinance […]

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Brickbat: Gone to the Dogs

Artisticco Llc / Dreamstime.comDog walkers in Richmond, London, England, are upset with a proposal by the local council to limit people from walking more than four dogs at once. Council members say they are just reacting to reports of walkers not having dogs under control. But dog walkers say they should punish those who don’t […]

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