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August 13, 2008

British Bureauweenies Ban Plastic Flowers in Cemetery

It's getting harder every day, but nanny state Nazis continue to find new things to ban to keep British subjects safe. The latest:

Grieving families have been told not to put plastic flowers in a garden of remembrance because they pose a health and safety risk.

We are asked to believe that plastic flowers are too dangerous to leave in a cemetery because, according to a council spokeswoman, they could get caught up in lawnmowers, and "the bits of plastic flying around could be very dangerous."

Too bad for the Nazis they didn't think of dropping bits of plastic flowers during the Blitz, instead of bombs. Evidently the British would have surrendered.

Maybe the bureauweenies should make it easy on themselves. Instead of painstakingly forbidding one thing at a time, they could make a short list of what's allowed. But then, that would be putting themselves out of work.

On a tip from Rob Banks.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 13, 2008 8:48 AM

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Posted by: mandy at August 13, 2008 9:19 AM

The flowers are the least of it. Who hasn't tripped over a low headstone, or fallen down the steps of a mausoleum? And while a piece of soft-but-edged plastic spit up by a lwanmower may inflict injury, how about bits of granite?

Not to mention the grass. Oh, the horror of people slipping headlong into grave markers whenever the verge is wet! Or the trees: does the local boneyard still have those viciously poisonous yews?

Bah.

But then, here in the US a politician has introduced a bill to force markets to put warning labels on grapes. Seems it is possible for youngsters to choke to death trying to swallow without chewing.

Posted by: yeqjack at August 13, 2008 10:31 AM

Recently we were in Vermont, and having to turn around because we were going the wrong way on a road, went through a cemetery. There were signs here & there forbidding plastic flowers. I figured it was just because they were tacky & ugly. There were, however, some gravesites overgrown by bushes that had been planted there, which were terribly slovenly. At least somewhere in the US we're on the leading edge! Of course Vermont is the home of Ben & Jerry's socialist ice cream...

Posted by: Mr Evilwrench at August 13, 2008 2:48 PM

Most cemeterys only allow plastic flowers during the winter months and remove them the first time the grass is mowed. This makes sense, but let the cemeteries do it - no need for yet another law.

Posted by: Anonymous at August 14, 2008 6:46 AM