Wednesday Links: SWAT Raids on Poker Games, Sex is Rape, and Childless Deadbeat Dads

The City of Seattle is enforcing a new law requiring food to be separated from other trash so that it can be composted. Since the law just took effect this month, the city is currently only handing out warnings in the form of red tags on garbage bins (the city won’t start issuing fines until July). Surely there are better ways for the city to promote composting?

A Fairfax County SWAT Team raided a high stakes poker game in Northern Virginia, seizing over $150,000 in cash and charging eight men with misdemeanor illegal gambling (punishable by a fine of up $500). Prosecutors have now cut a deal with the defendants, whereby the police agreed to return 60% of each player’s cash. So, in other words, Fairfax County police just got away with armed robbery. Goddammit.

Western Michigan residents are upset that a local atheist has taken it upon himself to enforce the separation of church and state in their community, most notably by having a 48 ft. cross removed from city land and replaced with an anchor. When will these Bible-thumpers learn that, in the U.S., the State cannot promote one religion over another? Christianity is not an exception to that rule.

– In Oklahoma, a 32-year-old high school sex ed. teacher has been arrested for having sex with an 18-year-old student. Yes, you read that right: in Oklahoma, it’s apparently a crime to have sex with a student under the age of 21. The teacher has been charged with one count of sexual battery and six counts of second degree rape, which is the most fucking asinine thing I’ve ever heard. If consensual sex between two adults can be called “rape”, then the word has lost all meaning.

– And finally, the State of Michigan has ordered a Detroit man to pay the state over $30 thousand in child support for a child that isn’t his. It all started in the late ’80s, when Carnell Alexander’s ex-girlfriend falsely listed him as the child’s father in order to receive state assistance. Now that the child is (presumably) grown up, the state is seeking reimbursement from the child’s listed father for welfare benefits that the child received. Despite the fact that a DNA test proved that Alexander was not the child’s father, that’s not good enough for the State of Michigan, which apparently operates on a different plane of reality than the rest of the world. Alexander has now turned himself in rather than pay child support for a child that isn’t his. Goddammit.

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