A father in Conroe, Texas, is demanding that the school district remove the book “Fahrenheit 451,” which is about a society that burns books, because he finds it offensive. ***MARLAR: I’d comment, but nothing I add will make this any more ironic or funny.
Looks like Jon Gosselin has another admirer: Octomom, Nadya Suleman. “I kind of have a crush on Jon Gosselin,” the single mother of fourteen said. ***MARLAR: Coming this Fall, “Jon & Nadya Plus 22.”
An apartment complex in Albany, Ore. that banned residents from flying American flags outside their homes and vehicles has lifted the restriction. The ban sparked outrage when resident Jim Clausen was told he would be evicted from Oaks Apartments if he didn’t remove the American flag from the back of his motorcycle. Residents said that they were told “flags could be offensive because they live in a diverse community.” ***MARLAR: How diverse is your community that you can’t display an American flag in America?
The entire police force in the town of Budaörs, Hungary, quit after winning more than $16 million in the lottery. The group of 15 officers presented their lottery ticket and quit on the spot. Each of the winners will receive a little more than $1.1 million in winnings. Police chiefs have culled together back-up units to serve the region until more full-time officers can be recruited. ***MARLAR: “To protect and to serve”… unless I no longer need the cash.
As part of the British government’s campaign against obesity, UK candy makers have agreed to phase out king-size chocolate bars. Critics assailed the move as an assault on freedom of choice and said it’s pointless because if somebody wants to eat a double helping of candy, they can just buy two candy bars. ***MARLAR: Also, from now on, bags of M&Ms can contain only one M. (I actually love the “fun size” candy bars. Although to me, any size candy bar is a fun size.)
The international police organization Interpol said there had been a worldwide surge in car theft, with one vehicle being stolen every 10 seconds. ***MARLAR: Boy, you gotta feel sorry for the owner of THAT car!