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Siberian Tax Collectors Reportedly Holding Cats Hostage

Well, this may be a new low, even for Siberian tax collectors. The Itar-TASS news agency (via the BBC) reported in August that cотрудники Томского управления Федеральной службы судебных приставов, не найдя у должницы другого имущества, наложили арест на четырех…

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TSA Confiscates Ray-Gun-Shaped Belt Buckle

As I've said before, we can't just assume everyone at the TSA is an idiot and/or a petty bureaucrat drunk on his or her semi-power. This story confirms that. It suggests that only 40 to 80 percent of them are….

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You’re Paying for a Nazi’s Retirement [or Are You?]

Well, that headline isn't entirely accurate. You paid dozens of Nazis and you're still paying at least four of them. According to the Associated Press, "[d]ozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security…

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Okay, Somebody Did Survive Being Sucked Into a Jet Engine

Folks, I am sticking by my conclusion that the medical profession really does not need a billing code to indicate a second office visit by a patient whose complaint is that he was sucked into a jet engine. See “Injury Code V97.33XD:…

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Injury Code V97.33XD: Sucked Into Jet Engine (Subsequent Encounter)

According to this report, a doctors’ group in Alabama is protesting the not-yet-implemented ICD-10 medical-coding system by ridiculing it, an approach that I certainly endorse. See, e.g., “Injury Code W59.22XA: Struck by Turtle,” Lowering the Bar (Sept. 13, 2011) (citing the WSJ). Given that…

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TSA Finds It Correctly Punished Naked Protester

In what may be the year's least shocking development so far, the TSA has affirmed its own order imposing a fine on John Brennan, the guy who stripped at a Portland checkpoint in 2012, causing the TSAgents to get all…

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Drunk Successfully Gropes Two While Posing as TSA Agent

Looks like it's Clown Week here at Lowering the Bar, with one post about Insane Clown Posse and now two about the Transportation Security Clown Posse Administration. (No offense meant to ICP.) According to KPIX-CBS, a 53-year-old man was arrested on…

TSA Turns Away Mute Stroke Victim

KABC in Los Angeles reported on April 5 that our heroes in the TSA had successfully prevented another innocent disabled person from flying. This time it was a stroke victim in a wheelchair who couldn’t answer questions about her expired…