Wry & Dry

Miscellany

From the mouth of...

"In this global economy, every inch of growth matters.”

-       Treasurer Scott Morrison, on why the increase in GST to 15% was no longer on the table.

W&D is not sure what the 'global economy' has to do with it.  Or why the Treasurer used an imperial measure of distance.  Did he mean centimetre?  Or perhaps per cent?  Or was he just nostalgically getting carried away with the 50th anniversary of the loss of pounds, shillings and pence?

Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...

At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve

Sean Lyons, 23, came in to the local police station in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to give information as a victim of a hit-and-run accident. 

Inconveniently, there was an arrest warrant out for him, since October, as a drug dealer.  The cops recognised him and he was arrested.   

(Philly.com)

Only in America

In January, Robert Battle took the oath of office for his second term as a city councilman in East Chicago, Indiana.  

But the oath of office was administered at the county jail, where he is being held without bail, charged with a cold-blooded murder during a drug deal. The crime made news in October (i.e., before election day), yet Battle still won his electoral race. According to law, he cannot be forced out of office unless he is convicted or admits the crimes, neither of which has occurred. 

(Chicago Tribune)

Only in Italy

Italy’s highest court freed a man in January because the bribe he offered a cop to avoid a DUI ticket was “too small” to be serious: 100 euros (about A$160).

(The Local - Rome)

 

Have a wry and dry weekend

Anthony