Earlier I read that a woman is having a “dolphin-assisted birth.”

CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte) — A North Carolina couple traveled to Hawaii in order to bring their baby into the world in a dolphin-assisted birth.

The Charlotte Observer reports Adam and Heather Barrington are staying with Star Newland, founder of The Sirius Institute, in Pohoa. According to the institute’s website, it is “dedicated to the creation of human/dolphin co-creative habitats where dolphins and people can learn from each other through music, underwater birth, dolphin sound healing and restoration.”

The term “dolphin-assisted birth” sounds hokey to me, as well as anthropomorphic. What is happening is that woman is planning to have her baby in a tank with a captive dolphin. The rest is probably in her mind. Who knows what the dolphin is thinking?

I also read about a 400-plus lb. union president, who makes 156K per year to basically sit around and sleep in his chair:

“He eats lunch when he arrives at work at 2 p.m. Then, like clockwork, he goes to sleep with a cup of soda on the table and the straw in it,” said Marvin Robbins, a union vice president.

“Then he wakes up, looks at his watch and says, ‘I have to get out before the traffic gets bad.’ He’s usually out by 4 p.m. after being at the office two hours.”

Rosenthal is a former Parks Department employee who rose to power campaigning to rid the union of corruption in the late 1990s.

He last made embarrassing headlines in 2009, when he inspired a City Council bill requiring jumbo-size ambulances for morbidly obese patients after he had a stroke at City Hall.

Since then, he hasn’t been making much of an effort to give the city’s ambulances a break and slim down. Union officials say he racks up $1,400 in monthly food bills on the union dime.

Much of the 5-foot-7, 400-plus-pound Rosenthal’s food tabs are for catered union events and meals he writes off as “union business,” board members claim.

What especially fried me was this:

He also blamed his meetings with the sandman on the effects of pain medication he takes for backaches he has suffered since he fell through a chair at a McDonald’s last year.

“The chair broke because I’m big,” Rosenthal said.

Chairs are not designed for grotesquely obese outliers, any more than doorways are designed for seven foot giants. Common sense suggests he should have been more careful. But I’d be willing to bet that he sued.

At least the woman who wants to imagine she is having her baby with a dolphin midwife isn’t demanding that others pay for her issues.