Saturday, September 17, 2011


A story in today's New York Times describes the filing of charges against a Staten Island couple for embezzling millions of dollars in federal funds intended to provide (ouch) nutritious meals for preschoolers. What caught my attention was that the couple "surrendered to agents of the United States Agriculture Department."

It must really be a drag to be a cop in a department where no one knows there are cops. "Federal agents, huh? Let's see some ID....Agriculture Department? Hey, can I ask you a question about mulching?"

It's time for some of these people to get their own TV shows: "USDA! Put down your weapons and step away from the ground beef!" "Run! It's the Ags!" What a pity criminals don't say "Cheese it!" any more.

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