San Diego City leaders want to slow the increased interest in gold sales and purchases within city limits. All federal legislation is experimented with at the local level first, usually in California, to see how the populace reacts. FDR banned gold in the 1930s. Obama recently banned over-the-counter gold futures, but many people think he won't have the guts to actually seize the physical gold like FDR. When serious inflation hits, the state will get nasty.
Among the several changes that are currently taking place in Egypt after the January 25 revolution and the subsequent ouster of the regime is the release of several books previously banned during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of books that were banned during the time of Mubarak for their criticism of the regime are currently available, said Essam, a bookstore owner.
The mayor-elect is banned because he threatened to release secretly recorded tape of another mayoral candidate getting a lap dance from a topless dancer. The plan is to swear him in as mayor over the phone since he is banned from city hall. And the story gets better: the reason for the election was to replace the previous mayor who resigned after admitting to signing contracts while drunk.