Grapevine: Bridge for sale in Portland

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Clean Your Plate

Every night, some of you parents struggle to get your kids to eat their vegetables.

So, the government is here to help and taxpayers are picking up the bill.

The Obama administration is kicking in nearly three quarters of a million dollars for the development of a video game to train parents.

From the contractor -- quote -- "One of the problems is that parents may want the kids to eat better -- fruits and veggies -- but lack the understanding of how to do that."

So the idea is to improve food parenting skills though real-world simulations of struggles like getting a child to try to eat a vegetable for the first time.

Critics are not convinced, calling it intrusive and a waste of taxpayer dollars, with House Speaker John Boehner tweeting -- quote -- "Your tax dollars at work."

Not a Great Plan

A California woman has been arrested for workers' compensation fraud thanks to her use of social media.

Shawna Lynn Palmer competed in at least two beauty pageants, complete with struts down the cat-walk in high heels, and she shared the video and pictures with friends.

The problem?

She was collecting workers' compensation the whole time because of a broken toe which she said kept her from her job at a grocery store.

From the California Department of Insurance -- quote -- "Palmer claimed that she could not place any weight on her foot, could not move it in any direction, or wear a shoe for any length of time."

If convicted, Palmer faces a fine, up to a year in prison, and three years probation.

Her father told a local TV station the charges are -- and we're paraphrasing here -- excrement.

The Bidding is Open

Finally, the old saying -- if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you -- is often used to mock the gullible.

But Portland, Oregon isn't kidding.

It really does have a bridge up for sale.

The Sellwood Bridge is more than 1,000 feet long, and can be yours but with a few important stipulations.

You need to have somewhere to put it, you've got to pay for the move, and reuse it in a way that preserves its historic value.

The city will go in halfsies with you, if the bridge remains open to the public.

If no acceptable bids are received, the bridge will be sold for scrap.