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Archive for October, 2007

If you really know me…

you’ll understand this one. If you don’t, there’s no hope of explanation.

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Suicide is painless…. by ~joshnickerson on deviantART
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Mayor Murphy R. McMillin of Jena LA totally clueless

But then we knew that already, didn’t we?

According to CNN, the mayor of Jena, LA, land of the nooses and home of the vile, had this to say about a new song by John Mellencamp:

“… the Mellencamp video is so inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line has been crossed and enough is enough.”

Mr. Mayor, get a frickin’ clue:  the hanging of the nooses was so inflammatory, so defamatory, that a line was crossed and enough was enough.  And the town of Jena didn’t do anything about it.

Don’t try to pick fights with songwriters for saying the Emperor of Jena is wearing no clothes – because more people than just Mellencamp can see that you, Mr. Mayor, are nakedly protecting an undercurrent of threats and admissible racism in your town.

Starry starry night

YouTube video slideshow of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, set to Don McLean’s song “Vincent.”

“But I could have told you Vincent
This world was never meant
For one as beautiful as you…”

Possible reversible error in Larry Craig decision?

“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
– Mark Twain

CNN reports that Senator Larry Craig’s conviction was upheld. However, I think there may be reversible error on page 18 of the judge’s decision. The judge, in upholding the conviction, wrote the following:

“The Defendant, a career politician with a college education, is of, at least, above-average intelligence.”

Political commentators have known for years that members of the Congress, whether House or Senate, are not presumably of above-average intelligence. The judge may have made an assumption not in evidence that Senator Larry Craig was intelligent enough to sign and initial each admission, each waiver, and each sworn declaration.

I think counsel for the Senator can get at least another appeal out of that by stipulating that the Senator is not intelligent and therefore the Court’s reasoning was faulty on that point. After all, no less an American writer than Mark Twain has observed idiocy as a general feature of Senators and of Members of the House.

Democrats try to end the ultimate taxation without representation

The ultimate form of taxation without representation is to accrue massive government debts that will have to be paid by people not even born yet.  It’s difficult to vote if you haven’t even reached embryo status yet.

According to CNN , Rep. Dave Obey of Wisconsin suggested that current voters pay for the Iraq conflict, since current voters control whether that conflict continues or not.

Naturally, Republicans – with their never-ending concern for the unborn – are in favor of continuing to tax not only the unborn but even the not-yet-conceived.

Higher education American style

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Higher Education 007 by ~Nihilio on deviantART
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