Haire of the Dog: Sand castle fines, Sen. Ford on the highway patrol, Franko fooled, Barry from Hawaii

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I know it's Monday morning, but I think everybody in the Carolinas should stop what they're doing and raise a pint for the boys at Davidson. Hide in a broom closet if you have to or crawl under your desk, but you've got to give a salute to the Wildcats.

Now, on to less important things.

First up, the Isle of Palms is considering fining folks who make sandcastles and then fail to tear them down before they wander off down the beach. The Post and Courier reports:

Under a new proposal, beachcombers could get a $128 to $500 ticket for not flattening sand castles and not filling in holes when they're through. City leaders intend to discuss the proposal more in the next month.

Silly, yes. Let's see what a tourist and the mayor have to say about it:

"Someone has too much time on their hands," Lussier's husband Steve said. "Police have got better things to do than sand castle enforcement."

Police and Mayor Mike Sottile said enforcement would be nearly impossible. They would have to watch the creation from start to finish and then catch its sculptors as they walk away.

It appears that this is one proposed law that is made of sand. (Hey. They're cliches for a reason, you know.)

Are some state Highway Patrol officers secretly wearing white robes under their uniforms? Sen. Robert Ford has something to say about the recent trooper videos. And what he tells The Greenville News might surprise you if you're accustomed to only hearing knee-jerk reactions from politicians.

"This doesn’t have anything to do with white patrolmen beating up on black people," he said at a weekly televised Senate news conference. "A lot of blacks have to take a lot of responsibility for this."

Ford said there may be as many as 40 videotaped incidents that could surface at the time of confirmation for the next director of the Department of Public Safety. He suggested the Legislature should hire former State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart, who retired this year to become a consultant, to view trooper videos over the past six or seven years and report what he finds.

Here's another report out of the 864, involving two rival families of Bob Jones grads facing off in the race for a Statehouse seat. And trust me, this is odd. The Jonesers march in lockstep. The News reports:

Bryan Haskins, the 23-year-old son of state Rep. Gloria Haskins, R-Greenville, filed a primary challenge to Republican County Councilman Robert Taylor whose daughter, Wendy Nanney, is Rep. Haskins' primary opponent. Nanney's husband, Tim, is Greenville County's register of deeds, but is unopposed for re-election.

Taylor is a dean at BJU. Rep. Haskins' late husband, Terry, whose seat she won after his death in 2000, was a BJU graduate and actively involved in the university community. Both Nanneys are BJU graduates. Gloria Haskins attended the school.

News 2's Brad Franko has made a stunning admission — he fell victim to one of Google's annual April Fool's Day pranks.

This is yet more proof that Google is indeed taking over the world!

Check this out...Google is working on a plan to provide internet service by having you flush your wires.

They send out PHDs...no they’re not doctors, they’re Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers who connect you to the global data networking system.

They appear to be serious...WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT?!

I guess tomorrow, we'll find out. (In related prank news, the Joker apparently has something sinister planned for April Fool's Day. Check out Clown Travel Agency tomorrow.)

An Associated Press report on Barack Obama appeared the P&C this weekend discussing the candidate's days at the exclusive Punahou High School in Honolulu.

The story tells a tale that we've all heard before — a black student gets a scholarship to a private high school where his skin color immediately brands him an outsider. However, what the report fails to mention is that the majority of students at Punahou are of Asian or mixed Asian descent. This omission is further compounded by the reporter who, aside from Obama's sister, interviews a former white classmate, and mentions that Steve Jobs (a white guy/AOL founder) and Kelly Preston (a white gal/John Travolta's wife) attended the school.

That said, this line was particularly interesting:

As one of the few black students at Punahou, he remembered in his memoir someone wanting to touch his hair and being asked whether his father ate people on his first day of school.

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