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Quote of the Day - This is so massive and the potential for fraud and abuse is so great, we are going to have to watch it, ... The government will spend your money before you know what happened to it. - Jeff Sessions
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Today's Mensa Pop Quiz: How Do These Expenditures Relate?

(And Other Government Fables)

Here you go, Mensa-heads:  figure this one out.  How do following things relate?

"An all-inclusive, one-week Caribbean vacation in the Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.

Five season tickets to New Orleans Saints professional football games.

Adult erotica products in Houston and "Girls Gone Wild" videos in Santa Monica, Calif.

Dom Perignon champagne and other alcoholic beverages in San Antonio," as related by this Associated Press article by Larray Maragask. (Don't click on that link just yet if you haven't solved the mystery.)  Here are a few more teasers:

A $1,000 payment to a Houston divorce lawyer. 

A sex change operation.

Prison inmates allegedly residing in a cemetery. 

A damaged Alabama post office box.

Are you stumped yet?  Don't feel bad.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency was, too.  It paid about $1.4 billion dollars to "help" Hurricane Katrina victims, except that the money didn't actually go for hurricane relief, as a quick recap of FEMA's bogus expenditures listed above shows.

The General Accounting Office, however, had no problem figuring out these abuses.  Here are the highlights and the full, 30-page report (both .pdf files) released by the GAO at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon (PDT).

Now where did I put that hurricane relief application I was working on?

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