Quick Hits

Another lovely day and another “Quick Hits” post (replete with the obligatory Rule 5 girl.) “Quick Hits” are where we take a look at items of interest that are comment worthy, but don’t have enough “meat” to be a full fledged post.

Our first stop is in Tampa, Florida:

A man convicted of three counts of manslaughter while driving under the influence is now suing the estates and families of the people he killed.

David Belniak had drugs in his system and never braked when he slammed into the back of a family’s car stopped at a red light on Christmas Day 2007. Three people died.

This seems to be a bad joke, but it isn’t.

The suit asks for the victims’ relatives to pay Belniak, 38, for his “pain and suffering … mental anguish … loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life” and the medical bills he got as a result of a crash he pleaded guilty to causing.

Authorities said Belniak was driving between 75 and 85 mph when his pickup smashed into the back of McWilliams’ Chevrolet Tahoe. The SUV crumpled. Gerard Bassi died at the scene. Denise Bassi died in surgery that day. Linda McWilliams was taken off life support a week later.

Authorities said Belniak had alcohol, Xanax and evidence of cocaine in his system.

This is a two-fer for us. First, we can’t wait for members of the Ron Paul Collective who say anything they do to themselves is fine and all drugs should be legal to defend Belniak’s actions.

Secondly, this is the kind of case that screams for tort reform. The plaintiff and his shyster lawyer should be ashamed of themselves, but that assumes they have morals and scruples to begin with, which is uncertain.

Now my advice for those who die, (Taxman!)
Declare the pennies on your eyes, (Taxman!)
‘Cause I’m the Taxman,
Yeah, I’m the Taxman.
And you’re working for no-one but me,
Taxman, written by George Harrison and released on the 1966 “Revolver” album by the Beatles

A estate of a man in Canada is facing a $600 water bill from the city of Port Colborne, Onterio after the father turned on a faucet in his bathroom and then died.

Allister MacPherson died at his home in Port Colborne, Ont., Sept. 28. The water remained flowing for three weeks before his body was discovered by family members.

But town council is still mulling it over after its services director said policy is policy and the bill needs to be paid.

Peter Senese, the city’s director of community and corporate services, said waiving the cost would mean the expense would fall back to the city, and ultimately the other taxpayers.

One would think the town would have some compassion here. But according to the city, “rules are rules” and not matter what, you have to pay – even if you are dead.

Evalina Martin Spence of Catonsville, Maryland wrote into the Baltimore Sun saying Ron Paul is this election’s Barack Obama.

Ron Paul is to the 2012 presidential race what Barack Obama was to the 2008 elections: A force for change.

Well, DUH!

How’s that “Hope and Change” working out for you now, Evalina?

Why do you want to exchange one empty lying suit for another?

See ya next time for more Quick Hits.

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