September 29th, 2005

Worship Chaos

Iraq Agrees On Constitution

(Illuminated News Service) After months of heated debate and repeated last-minute deadline changes, Iraq's elected representatives have reached agreement on their new Constitution.

It will be 10.

Next up for discussion is Dexterity. Observers anticipate that consensus will be reached on 12 or possibly 13. The current deadline for decision is in March 2006.

Sorry, I'm in a silly geek mood can thank Steve Jackson's blog for that one (readable at sjgames if you are so inclined).
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Worship Chaos

Chief Justice Roberts

So, the Senate confirmed John Roberts as Chief Justice of the SCOTUS. I'm not sure there was really a question, but whatever. Now, all that remains is to see what he does while he's there, I guess.

He is a staunch Conservative, but he has expressed his loyalty to the Constitution and not his own personal faith and religion, and that says a lot. Not that I ever trust anything a politico says, but the fact that he DID step up and say that out loud is saying something.

Here's hoping. Remember your office, Chief Justice Roberts. The country...ALL of watching and counting on you. Good luck.
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Stupid, Slimy, and Sexy, Now As One

The Stupid:
Baby Shipping - Colombian police have found the bodies of three human foetuses hidden in statues of Christian icons at Bogota Airport on Tuesday. The statues were destined for Miami. Officials think they might be for Satanic rituals...I want to say "how the Hell would you know?", but, really, how many uses are there for black-market dead babies? I mean, OK, *I* can think of several, but it's a REALLY limited niche. regardless, there are no words other than "ewww" and "you suck".

Slip of the Tongue - Bill Bennett, who served as secretary of education under Ronald Reagan, made a bit of a Freudian slip on the radio recently. A caller to his show suggested that the Social Security system would have money to spare if the nation hadn't aborted so many wage earners over the years. In the course of raising questions about that theory, Bennett said you can't make too many assumptions about the kind of adults aborted foetuses might grow up to be. There is "just too much that you don't know," Bennett said. "But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down." Now, I understand that he was probably trying to make an obscure and absurd point, but that was not the right thing to say. He got the point from a book which posited that abortions are more likely in the lower classes and thus the children would be more likely to grow up to commit crimes, but didn't make the race comment...that was all Bennett's. Um, oops.

The Slimy:
Faith Chips: basically, think poker chips that have little Bible quotes or faith-based blessings on them, so the Christianoxious can pass them out instead of tracts. Now, maybe it's just me, but I seem to recall J.C. having a bit of a problem with gambling. I'm sure these folks thought that using the icons of something 'bad" to spread the "good' word was a good idea, but I personally feel they missed the mark. What's next, condoms with crucifixes on them? Cute little stuffed pentagrams that encourage you to follow the One True Star or something?

The Sexy:
Don't Fuck Around Knuckles - 1/2 carat worth of diamonds and 2 carats worth of rubies, $4,500...*whistle*