Grapevine: Throwing good money after bad

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Don't Show Me

The Missouri State Fair apparently has a zero tolerance policy for making fun of President Obama.

A rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask has been banned for life and the president of the state association has resigned.

This follows outrage from a skit in which a bull chased the Obama-masked clown to the cheers of the crowd.

All the other rodeo clowns are headed to sensitivity training.

Some people have called the skit racist.

The NAACP is calling for funding to the state fair to be pulled.

It is also asking the Department of Justice and Secret Service to investigate. 

A very different reaction -- or lack thereof -- in 1994.

A dummy wearing a George H. W. Bush mask, was destroyed by a bull at a rodeo in New Jersey.

Buried at the bottom of a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the event -- quote -- "Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy. He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand."

No reports of outrage, firings, or sensitivity training following that rodeo.  

All About the Benjamins

The release of a newly redesigned $100 bill has hit a snag that could cost you -- the taxpayer -- a lot of Benjamins.

The new design includes 3-D images that change color.

The problem comes down to too much ink, bleeding and making the money look sloppy and smudged.

30 million bills were sent back to the plant.

Ones that are damaged must be re-printed at a cost of 13 cents each.

Let's Get Personal

And finally, the Detroit Police Department is apologizing to its female officers after accidentally e-mailing out their weights and bra sizes to most of the department.

Our Detroit affiliate reports that an e-mail went out to management and officers notifying them that their new bulletproof vests were ready to be picked up.

But, the e-mail contained the personal measurements of the female officers which are used to get the right fit on the vests.

The assistant chief calls the incident unfortunate and embarrassing.