Boner of the Day

Boner Candidates for March 22 2016

Boner Candidate #1: SOUNDS LIKE GOOD COUNSEL TO ME

On Monday night, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz about Frank Gaffney, a conspiracy theorist Cruz recently added to his list of foreign policy advisers. Gaffney, who worked in the Pentagon during the Reagan administration, has a long history of accusing everyone from liberal Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to conservative anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist of bizarre, convoluted connections to “radical Islam.” Blitzer asked Cruz whether he agreed with a number of Gaffney statements, including his 2009 claim that “Barack Hussein Obama would have to be considered America’s first Muslim president.” But Cruz wouldn’t disavow Gaffney. “I appreciate his good counsel,” he said.

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Boner Candidate #2: AREN’T WE TIRE OF BIG GOV. MEDDLING IN LOCAL AFFAIRS?

Republican members of the Arizona state legislature are so worked up about the prospect of paid sick leave in their state that they’re trying to actively divert taxpayer dollars from cities that have chosen to mandate it. You can tell these guys are really dedicated to the concept of a small central government that doesn’t meddle in local affairs. Bloomberg has the story of Lauren Kuby, a city councilwoman in Tempe who launched an effort to require companies to offer paid sick leave in her city. It’s not a particularly radical proposal—cities all over the country have passed similar legislation in recent years. Then, Kuby learned that by helping fast food workers not go broke when they catch a cold, she might inadvertently deprive Tempe of money for things like police and firefighters. Arizona’s state House has passed a bill disallowing cities from mandating sick leave from private companies, and the state Senate has passed a companion bill that would cut state funds for cities that go against state legislation. The message is clear: Push for sick leave and risk seeing slashes in the municipal budget. In fact, Tempe disbanded its formal sick leave study after the legislation passed, “because they were so chilled by the state threat,” Kuby told Bloomberg.

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Boner Candidate #3: ROBBERY OVERKILL

Robbers in Sweden are suspected of blowing up the walls of a building in an apparent effort to empty an ATM. But police say they’re not sure any money would have survived the blast. Regional police spokesman Calle Persson says they were alerted to the explosion in the small southern town of Genarp after 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) Monday. They sent a bomb squad to check the site before officers began an investigation. He said no one was hurt but the blast destroyed two walls of the red-brick building. People in neighboring houses reported they saw “a few men” at the site immediately after the explosion and heard a car pull away. It was not clear if the damaged ATM had contained any money.

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