And other idiocies.
Even when you thought it couldn't, it just keeps getting worse.
There's Dark Cheney declaring himself a hybrid -- he runs on one oily source of power (executive) until it overheats, then switches to another quieter source (legislative) when the regulators are on his tail.
And there's the Supremes, deciding 5-4 in favor of "free speech" for corporate and union giants, ie., billions of ad dollars on "issues" in the last days of a campaign, but not for a high school kid in Juneau, who held up a cryptic banner -- Bong hits 4 Jesus -- as the Olympic torch passed through his town. He wasn't on school property, but it was a school sanctioned event, so shuddup kid. (Why's the school sanctioning this sort of thing anyhow? Oh, silly me, sports rule.) Here's a glimpse of how the other side sees this. New England Republican writes:
"This case is distinguishable from the 1st instance because public schools are educational institutions where appropriate limitations on disruptive behavior are valid. The student in question even admitted he wasn’t exercising free speech as much as he was looking for attention."
And what, pray tell, are the corporations looking for? If only it were just a little attention. Like more, duh.
The Supremes also decided 5-4 in favor of gubmint money going to faith-based charities. Let's see, people's tax dollars shouldn't go to things they don't support, like stem-cell research or family planning, but should go to a religion (or war) they don't support.
For instance, bet you didn't know that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops administers three federally funded programs that provide services to human trafficking survivors. One is a contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and two are grants from the U.S. Department of Justice. Trafficking often involves children and sex, a combination the Catholic church -- oh, never mind. But you can be sure that these victims need access to all sorts of reproductive health service 41% of Americans believe that Saddam Hussein's regime had a part in planning and executing the attacks of September 11, up 5 points from September, 2004. And yes, I'm screaming.
Well, a majority of Americans also believe in Creationism -- all Americans, not just Republicans, who believe it in even bigger numbers. Hoo boy.
Remember when Nader supporters said it didn't matter whether Bush or Gore won in 2000? Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee? Well, we got Tweedle Dumb and it's easy to see why.
Well, why end on a low note? Today's NYTimes reports that more young Americans are "leaning left". That is, they support government run universal health care insurance, open-door immigration and the legalizationn of gay marriage, which to me means they're simply leaning smart. Or not. The poll also found that they believe that the war in Iraq is heading to a successful conclusion. Hey yeah dude, like, bong hits 4 jesus or whatever.
I'm having trouble finding a high note. Well, Justice Stevens is 87 years old -- but said to be in good health. 572 days to go.