List of ludicrousness for 2015
Dec 30, 2015 1:00 AM - E.B. White reportedly said "the most beautiful sound in America" is "the tinkle of ice at twilight." In 2015's twilight, fortify yourself with something 90 proof as you remember this year in which: We learned that a dismal threshold has been passed. The value of property that police departments seized through civil-asset forfeiture -- usually without accusing, let alone convicting, the property owners of a crime -- exceeded the value of property stolen by nongovernment burglars. The attorney general of New York, which reaps billions from gambling -- casinos, off-track betting, the state lottery -- moved to extinguish (competition from) fantasy football because it is gambling. Florida police raided a mahjong game played by four women aged between 87 and 95 because their game's stakes allegedly exceeded the $10 limit set by state law. A Michigan woman was fingerprinted, had her mug shot taken and was jailed until released on bond because she was late in renewing the $10 license for her dog. New Jersey police arrested a 72-year-old retired teacher, chained his hands and feet to a bench and charged him with illegally carrying a firearm -- a 300-year-old flintlock pistol (with no powder, flint or ball) he purchased from an antique dealer.