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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Going it alone," Nov. 2, 2013

Stamps of disapproval

Safety-conscious bureaucrats have pulled the plug on a new line of Postal Service stamps. The stamp line, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, depicted children doing all sorts of activities. According to Linn’s Stamp News, a collectors magazine, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition asked the USPS to stop the presses after reviewing the stamps. At issue were three stamps in particular: One featuring a child doing a cannonball, one depicting a boy doing a headstand without a helmet, and one portraying a skateboarder without kneepads. All three were deemed unsafe, and, according to Linn’s, the press run for the forever stamps could be delayed indefinitely.

Contemptible me

When State District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. says no cellphones in the courtroom, he means it. Even if it means holding himself in contempt of court. So when the Michigan judge’s cellphone unexpectedly rang during the sentencing phase of a trial, Clarke assessed himself a $50 fine, reached into his wallet, and paid his bailiff on the spot. “I’m not above the law,” Judge Clarke told The Wall Street Journal. “We operate by laws and rules, and people have to follow them.”

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