Thursday, August 26, 2010

Maybe Cleveland has a good idea after all

You may recall a week or so ago when word came out that Cleveland was putting high-tech trash cans out that would rat out people who don't recycle.

The trash cans have chips inside that can tell when you take the recycle can to the curb ... and when you don't. And that's the key. When you don't ... and if it thinks you've gone too long without taking out recyclables ... it will contact the city and tell them. Then they send a trash cop out to look around in your trash.

I don't think I like the idea. Because, well, what has Cleveland ever done that was a good idea? No, really. Okay, they signed Jim Brown to play football, but that was 53 years ago. And he quit playing football after nine years. Even a bad-ass like Jim Brown couldn't stomach Cleveland for too long.

Smart trash cans isn't along the line as sign-Jim-Brown-to-play-football smart. It's stupid. The trash cans are smart, but the whole idea is stupid.

Really, do you want your trash can calling and telling on you? I bet even Oscar the Grouch wouldn't want a tattle-tell trash can.

But, maybe, just maybe, we can use that technology for something good instead of narcing on you about recycling.

For instance, we could put those chips in Obama's golf clubs. Then, if he goes too long without taking the clubs to a golf course, we'd know that he might be in Washington trying to screw up the country some more. It could call someone who would send him a free pass to a golf course. As long as Obama is hitting the links, he's not hitting the economy in the nuts.

There could be chips placed on Democrat Congressmen. When too many get together at one time, you know they're planning something bad. So, it would call Fox News or Andrew Breitbart and they'd show up with a camera, scaring the Democrat Congressmen back into their little holes in the ground.

They could put one on Rosie O'Donnell. That way, whenever she showed up somewhere, it could call anyone in the area so they could run away.

One on Al Gore could call the police whenever he got near a masseuse.

One on Barney Frank could call the police whenever he went near anybody.

One on Roman Polanski could call all the parents of teenage girls so they could hide their daughters.

One on Ron Paul could call everybody whenever he went somewhere. His supporters would all show up, and the rest of us could go somewhere else, confident that we'd be free of them for a few minutes.

So, maybe we could take the technology Cleveland is using to play trash police and put it to some good use.

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