Newly illegal in Vegas: Sleeping near urine or feces.
The new ordinance makes it illegal to “knowingly establish” sleeping quarters within 500 feet of defecation unless that “deposit” is made in an appropriate sanitary facility. It was passed unanimously by the Las Vegas City Council as part of a bill making it a misdemeanor to go to the bathroom in public.
I hope they consider diapers an “appropriate sanitary facility” or every baby in town will have to be jailed.
The far more difficult question is the implication of Taylor’s ruling. If this court is upheld or other courts follow suit, it will leave us with a most unpleasant issue that Democrats and Republicans alike have sought to avoid. Here it is: If this program is unlawful, federal law expressly makes the ordering of surveillance under the program a federal felony. That would mean that the president could be guilty of no fewer than 30 felonies in office. Moreover, it is not only illegal for a president to order such surveillance, it is illegal for other government officials to carry out such an order.
For people working in government, this opinion may lead to some collar tugging. If Taylor’s decision is upheld or other courts reject the program, will the president promise to pardon those he ordered to carry out unlawful surveillance?
The question of the president’s possible criminal acts has long been the pig in the parlor that polite people in Congress refused to acknowledge. For the last six years, the Republican-controlled Congress has refused to conduct any serious oversight of the administration and has specifically refused to investigate the NSA operation. Certainly, nobody wants to mention the “I” word, particularly not the Democrats who believe that the threat of impeachment could scare away independent voters in the November elections.
Court decisions, however, may make it increasingly difficult for members to ignore a squealing constitutional violation in their midst.
One of the two men who approached me first, Inspector Harris, asked for my id card and boarding pass. I gave him my boarding pass and driver’s license. He said “people are feeling offended because of your t-shirt”. I looked at my t-shirt: I was wearing my shirt which states in both Arabic and English “we will not be silent”. You can take a look at it in this picture taken during our Jordan meetings with Iraqi MPs. I said “I am very sorry if I offended anyone, I didnt know that this t-shirt will be offensive”. He asked me if I had any other T-shirts to put on, and I told him that I had checked in all of my bags and I asked him “why do you want me to take off my t-shirt? Isn’t it my constitutional right to express myself in this way?” The second man in a greenish suit interfered and said “people here in the US don’t understand these things about constitutional rights”.
It sucks to be an Arab/Muslim living in the US these days. When you go to the middle east, you are a US tax-payer destroying people’s houses with your money, and when you come back to the US, you are a suspected terrorist and plane hijacker.
Since 1946, Mary Lambert has been a member of the First Baptist Church in Watertown, and for the past 11 years, she’s been the Sunday school teacher.
But, last Thursday Lambert received a letter from the Diaconate Board telling her that she was dismissed from her position because the board had adopted the scriptural qualifications for Sunday school teachers. In short, this prohibits women from teaching men.
“I was astonished, absolutely astonished to pick up and read that kind of a letter without being talked to ahead of time about the possibility,” said Mary Lambert.
The letter Lambert received says, “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became sinner.”
Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
Stephen Leacock (1869 – 1944)
Allow me to introduce to you to Staff Sgt. Michael “Chad” Lloyd. His name is not John Mark Karr. He died recently while on foot patrol in Baghdad. His flight to the United States won’t be in business class, and reporters won’t scramble to sit next to him. His body’s journey across the Atlantic won’t be traced with flashy graphics or estimated time of arrivals. Flag-drapped coffins, you see, aren’t as sexy as murder suspects.
Meet Trinette Johnson. Her name is not John Mark Karr. I doubt that her story will capture headlines in 10 years. Since returning from Iraq two years ago, she has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. ”She’s not the same mommy,” her children say. No one, save her troubled family, really gives a damn what she had to eat today, or how she’s dealt with her pain these years. No one is asking “Who is Trinette Johnson?” and no one–especially not the press–seems to give a flying fuck that there are thousands of Trinette Johnsons out there, living (if you can call it that) with PTSD.
Meet U.S. Army Col. Dirk Spanton. His name is not John Mark Karr. He survived three tours in Iraq, only to come home and find out he has six months to live. Symptoms of his cancer were masked by the stress on his body in Iraq. No one, save those who have the honor of knowing him, are interested in the type of life he had growing up, the experiences that have shaped him into the man he is today.
Meet Sgt. Steven P. Mennemeyer. His name is not John Mark Karr. He joined the armed forces after 9/11, and was killed in Iraq in August. He was 26 years old and is survived by his young son. He earned 13 military honors, including a bronze star that was given to his girlfriend at his funeral. There’s 19,100 Google hits for this fallen soldier. There’s 9,530,000 for John Mark Karr.
Meet Pfc. Javier Chavez Junior. His name is not John Mark Karr. At just 19 years old, he married days before shipping off to Iraq, where he was killed. Seven others from his division were also killed, including Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar, who “left behind a poem for his family in the event of his death: ‘I have given up many things for you to be free/Do not feel pity for me, for this is my choice.’ I guess only ransom notes, not death notes, are worthy of wall-to-wall coverage.
You know, I’ve heard this theory about everything was just fine until we arrived, and kind of “we’re going to stir up the hornet’s nest” theory. It just doesn’t hold water, as far as I’m concerned. The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.
Q What did Iraq have to do with that?
THE PRESIDENT: What did Iraq have to do with what?
Q The attack on the World Trade Center?
THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it’s part of — and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack.
At this point, I could dig up numerous sources where the administration did suggest just that. Instead, I’ll just do what fark does in a situation like this, and post a picture:
I remember the good old days when a politician would speak and you might find one, two, maybe three things to dispute or take issue with. Now? Phrase by phrase you can tear apart the lies, obfuscations and pure bullshit.
Politicians sell terror and fear; pharmaceutical companies sell disease. Every state and stage of existence has become a pathology in need of pharmaceutical “intervention,” and life itself is a petri dish of biochemical deficiency and need. Shyness is now “social anxiety disorder.” A twitchy tendency has become “restless leg syndrome.” Three decades ago the head of Merck dreamed aloud of the day when the definition of disease would be so broad that his company could “sell to everyone,” like chewing gum.
That day is rapidly approaching, if it’s not already here. “We’re increasingly turning normal people into patients,” said Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz of the Dartmouth Medical School. “The ordinary experiences of life become a diagnosis, which makes healthy people feel like they’re sick.”
In one sense, the ads have been successful. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that every dollar drug companies spend on ads brings more than four dollars in additional sales. But for most others, the result has been soaring medical insurance costs, toxic side effects, and new tensions between doctors and patients, who increasingly badger doctors for the drugs they’ve seen on TV.
One study found that 30 percent of Americans have made these demands. A Minnesota doctor complained recently that patients now push him for sleep medications “when maybe they just need to go to bed on a more regular basis.”
On 16 August the International Astronomical Union (IAU) floated a proposal for a definition of the word ‘planet’, in part to end the confusion about whether Pluto is a planet or not. But their solution, which assigns Pluto and its neighbours to a subset of planets called ‘Plutons’, is so far just creating more confusion and angst.
Owen Gingerich, an astronomer at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and chair of the IAU committee that created the definition, says that they were aware of its usage amongst geologists, but unaware of its importance to the field. “Since the term is not in the MS Word or the WordPerfect spell checkers, we thought it was not that common,” Gingerich wrote in an e-mail to email@example.com. The geologic definition of the word does appear in common dictionaries, including the Oxford English.
I didn’t realize Word and WordPerfect are the definitive guides to the english language…