Jester’s Court — January 4, 2013

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In Illinois, necrophilia is finally illegal.

Oregon is considering an additional tax on gas-efficient vehicles.

Massachusetts can’t find 19,000 welfare recipients.

Further proof that speed cameras are intended as revenue generators not safety devices.

Besides Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi received votes for Speaker, a few others did too.

Barney Frank wants to take John Kerry’s Senate seat.

House Republicans circulated a tongue-in-cheek guide for being the perfect “lap dog” for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The petition for a Joe Biden reality show.

Jose Canseco for mayor of Toronto, except he is not a Canadian citizen.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will meet with the victims and families of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, disabled from a stroke, returns to the Senate.

Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor first-offense drunken driving charge.

In Delhi, a politician was arrested on rape, then stripped and beaten by a crowd.

In Indonesia, the city of Aceh will require women to ride motorcycles by sidestraddling.

Iran orders 1.5 million people out of a city after a nuclear emergency.

Mexico City authorities say they have destroyed thousands of toy guns in an effort to fight real crimes committed with fake weapons.

Canada to abolish its penny in February.

A Brazilian mayor who rode a donkey to his inauguration could face legal action over his stunt.

North Korea is looking to amp up foreign investment in its economy.

The former head of the NRA compared banning assault weapons with racism.

The House lets the Violence Against Women Act die without a vote.

Nancy Pelosi’s photoshopped picture of Democratic Congresswomen.

Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal.

Jurors in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial in Detroit learn how easy it is to stuff $90,000 in one’s pants and walk through airport metal detectors.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid makes the questionable comment that Hurricane Sandy was worse than Katrina.

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