Grapevine: Some cities coming down hard on sledding

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Pre-school Profiling

A new anti-terrorism plan being considered by the British parliament calls on nursery school teachers to report toddlers who may be at risk of becoming terrorists.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill requires teachers and daycare providers be trained to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

Among the behaviors to look out for -- toddlers making anti-Semitic comments or a Muslim child saying non-Muslims are wicked.

Critics say the proposal is heavy-handed -- essentially treating baby-sitters and teachers as spies.

A human rights advocate tells the Telegraph -- quote -- "far from bringing those at the margins back into mainstream society, it will sow seeds of mistrust, division, and alienation from an early age."   

Slippery Slope

A snow day staple is going downhill fast.

More and more cities are banning sledding, over concern about potential lawsuits when sledding runs don't end well.

This year chilly Dubuque, Iowa has outlawed sledding in 48 of its 50 parks.

A city official says the liability is just too great.

You see, many thrill seekers who have lost control and hit trees, signs, and the like did not see sledding as an "At Your Own Risk" sport -- some being awarded millions in lawsuits.

In 2013, the town of Paxton, Illinois went so far as to flatten its only hill after it became a popular sledding attraction.

Come Together

And finally, in case you missed it, Kanye West released a new single New Year’s Day featuring Paul McCartney on keyboard.


"Only One" quickly became a top seller on iTunes, but it did leave some of Kanye's young fans with one question -- quote -- "Who is Paul McCartney? Why do people love him?"

Quote -- "...this is why i love Kanye for shining a light on unknown artists."

"Kanye has a great ear for talent. This Paul McCartney guy -- gonna be huge."

As you might imagine, the Twitterverse quickly pounced, berating these so-called music fans for being unfamiliar with the Beatles front man.

Some now say the tweets were intended to be a joke, of course.

Others, you could say, are still trolling for reaction -- quote -- "Just to clarify. I know who Paul McCartney is. He's the singer from the Rolling Stones."

We asked our resident Beatles historian James Rosen to weigh in -- he decided it was best to "Let it Be."