Atheist Monument at the Courthouse in Starke, Florida
U.S. 301, which is also known as Temple Ave., runs through the heart of Starke, Florida. River of Life Church of God is at the city limit to the north. A funeral home is at the city limit to the south. The city limit signs are rather unusual in that they warn drivers that engine braking is prohibited. (Engine braking is a technique for slowing down without hitting the brakes.)
To say that Starke is oriented toward law and order is an understatement. The biggest employers in that part of the state are the prisons. Florida State Prison, home to the state’s electric chair, which is affectionately known to some as Old Sparky, is a few miles away from downtown Starke. These days, executions are normally performed by lethal injection, but Old Sparky is available to condemned prisoners who think they would prefer it. Unfortunately, it’s not the sort of thing you can try before you buy.
The City of Starke, FL, covers 6.72 square miles and has a population of less than 6000. Between life and death on U.S. 301, near the middle of Starke, is the Bradford County Courthouse. A monument for the Ten Commandments sits in front. An atheist monument will soon be erected nearby.
Business Jokes of the Week
THE U.S. NAVY IS ABANDONING ITS POLICY OF ALL CAPS IN FUTURE COMMUNICATIONS. STOP. THE NAVY IS ALSO CONSIDERING ALTERNATIVES TO MORSE CODE AND TELEGRAMS. STOP. DM
Lois “I cannot tell a lie” Lerner, who is on paid administrative leave from the IRS, has continued to access her Death to the Tea Party files on the IRS network. Now that’s what I call dedication! DM
The scandals continue to roll out, so fast and furious that it’s now impossible to keep track of them. Republican leaders say it’s a strategy by the administration to confuse investigators. President Obama is committed to fixing the problem. He proposes to create a new cabinet position: Secretary of Scandals. Press Secretary Jay Carney is rumored to be the frontrunner for the post. DM
Tim Tebow has joined the New England Patriots. Coach Bill Belichick is also looking into hiring Edward Snowden as a practice dummy. Several car manufacturers are also reportedly interested in hiring Snowden – as a crash test dummy. DM
Business Humor Quote of the Week
“We’ve got congressional oversight and judicial oversight. And if people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” Barack Obama