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Friday, May 13, 2005

Drawing Battle Lines 

I've talked before about the separation of church and state and my belief that the only line to be drawn is an absolute one - total separation - and that is the line I regularly defend.

Here is a fairly convincing, politically pragmatic argument for drawing that line a little further back.

I won't say I'm swayed yet, but I'm willing to consider it. In fact, if I thought for a second that the folks on the other side of the debate were willing to draw their line back a bit as well, I'd go along gladly. Unfortunately I have no such faith in the Dobsons and, by extension, the Frists of the world.

It's like setting the number of paces before you draw in a duel. I have absolute faith that if the number was set at 3, Dobson would pull a 1-2-shoot your ass in the back.

Okay Really - Light Blogging 

My folks are coming in tomorrow morning and I'll be picking up my last final (a 48 hour take-home exercise in torture from this man) at 3 in the afternoon.

I will turn in that final on Monday afternoon and proceed to the nearest drinking establishment.

On Tuesday, Jessie and I will pack our stuff into my car and start our journey out to Los Angeles by traveling west to San Angelo to visit her parents. We'll spend a night there, a night in Tuscon, and then arrive in L.A. on Thursday evening if all goes as planned.

I start work out there on the 23rd.

In other words - no blogging for a bit, though I'm going to try to post more (including pictures) of my experiences out there than I did last summer's stint in Houston.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Even Ike Agrees With Me on Social Security 

Via David Sirota:
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are [a] few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54
That's what I'm sayin' Ike!

Of course their number is no longer negligible...

Monday, May 09, 2005

Suing the Government 

On Friday, the initial pleading was filed in Dallas County Court in the landmark case of Randal Wardle v. United States of America; George W. Bush, President (5/6/2005 05-4535-K).

The action is pro se and declaratory in nature, with the plaintiff asserting he must be paid "or the world will end." According to CNS Dallas Reporter:
Amongst other things, he is demanding $150 billion, the deed to Ft. Knox, one million ounces each of gold, silver and platinum, the Gutenberg Bible and a stuffed snow leopard.
Click here for a .pdf of the handwritten pleadings.

I, for one, am taking this very seriously. If the government caves under the pressure of this case, I won't be able to go to the Dallas Public Library on Commerce St. in D-town because Mr. Wardle will have secured himself a free 365,000 year lease.

(Via my friend Abbey - nice one)

UPDATE:

Abbey's response (via e-mail - no link for you!) too funny not to post:
I, for one, enjoy the idea of him getting all of that and then looking down and saying "Wait...a...minute! This Ricky Schroeder picture is NOT FRAMED! No Deal! Commence--End of the World!"

Chicken Ticket 

Headline of the day: "Chicken Ticketed for Crossing the Road"

I'm not sure how you issue a citation to a chicken, but I'm assuming the citation was given to the chicken's human owners and the facts were massaged a bit to make way for the lame ass headline.

The great thing about this story, however, is a peak (ed. - and by "peak" I mean "peek") inside small town politics. The chicken's owners claim this is retaliation by the police for complaints about off-road vehicles. Quoth the police:
"The chicken thing has nothing to do with the motorcycle thing."
Well said.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Business Associations Exam 

Ouch.

Next up: Evidence with this guy.

At least I know how to answer if he asks whether a proponent of Intelligent Design should be qualified as an expert witness.

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