Daylight Atheism has a very disturbing post today about new legislation that puts us further on the road to an Evangelical Christian Government:
In a worrying development for every citizen concerned about protecting state-church separation, the so-called “Public Expression of Religion Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week on a largely party-line vote of 244 to 173. Sponsored by Republican representative John Hostettler, this bill’s purpose is to make it too expensive for private citizens and public interest groups to sue the government to compel it to cease actions which violate the Constitution.
With the law as it exists now, plaintiffs who sue the government for unconstitutionally establishing religion, and win in court, can force defendants to reimburse them for the costs of their attorneys’ fees. This is eminent common sense: American citizens who prove that the government has violated the law should not have to pay for the privilege. The burden of costs should be on the defendant who acted unconstitutionally. This is a sound and rational measure to discourage government officials from seeking to violate the Constitution and to encourage citizens to take an active role in safeguarding the law of the land. Furthermore, this is an important safeguard because litigation is expensive: a lengthy case can easily run into the hundreds of thousands or even the millions of dollars, especially with multiple rounds of appeals. For instance, the recent anti-intelligent design decision Kitzmiller v. Dover cost the plaintiffs over $2 million in attorneys’ fees, and this case was not even appealed to the Supreme Court.
Read the rest of the post here, and be very afraid. . .
Of course Fox News spun the interview with Chris Wallace as if Clinton was a raving maniac, but if you look at the actual interview, you can see that it’s just spin. I had forgotten all about the fact that when he was trying to get Bin Laden, the Republicans, who’d been trying to turn everything he did into a criminal, impeachable offense, accused him of wagging the dog. If you listen to what was said, a lot of pieces fall into place, and you start getting a clearer picture of how Republican neocons were trying to get into power not on their own merits, but by building a distrust of their opponents going way, way back. Foist on their own petard by now, it seems, because without any of the merits and qualities that make for good governance, their own reprehensible actions and attitudes are making them even less appealing than the most lustful and adulterous Democrat the party could ever put on the ticket. Things should be very interesting in November. Too bad it’s only November 2006. . .2008 can’t come soon enough.
After the kids got home yesterday, we went up to Bloomfield for dental appointments. By the time they were done and hubby was ready to meet us, it was dinnertime, so we decided to eat in a little place down the street. Well, remember the pictures from the Mexican restaurant? Take a gander at this:
Looks like, umm . . .Peruvian girls in a marketplace? Yeah, or maybe Mexican. Guess what brand of restaurant?! Thai. Wait, it gets better. . .also in the restroom, a smidge to the right of this picture. . .
A DUTCH GIRL!!!! OMG! THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!
I’ve actually been giving some thought to picking up a few little Dutch boy and girl tchotchkes and bringing them with me when we eat out. Sneak one into every non-dutch restaurant’s restroom. If you see anything like this, email me a pic and details of where you found it, and I’ll put it up here.
I’d been out a few times this week cleaning up after the dog, and was really wondering why there seemed to be so much less than usual. Today I found out why – she’s been going where she’s not supposed to, and where I would have stepped in a ton of it if I’d gotten around to doing yardwork. Grrr. You think you’ve got her trained, but NOOOOO.
So I headed right out to the PetSmart and picked up some Repel II, which is a granular repellent that works really well. It’ll keep its smell for quite some time, at least until it rains, which is better than the “apply every day” sprays. Judy has quite a range when it comes to doing her business, so I’d be going through a bottle a day.
This is the video for “Fish Heads” by Barnes and Barnes, which I saw for the first and only time on Saturday Night Live. It’s been around for 25 years, and didn’t make it to youtube until March of this year. Enjoy!
Courtesy of hubby tonight. We were talking about Scientology, because we’d followed a few links this afternoon and gotten quite a brain full. He suggested that if we want to completely discredit Scientology, get everyone to drop out and lose faith in it en masse, all we have to do is get one single, special person to join.
I forgot completely to write about this. Since we had more spare time this weekend than we had planned on, we sat down together and watched it. This was the original movie, with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. It has actually stood the test of time pretty well, and was still a somewhat scary movie (the kids thought it was scarier than Alien. Go figure.)
Funny, though, to see the bonus features and realize that many of the people responsible for the movie honestly viewed it as a religious story, a cautionary tale, and took it quite seriously. Hmmm. I’m finding it more and more difficult these days to take anything Biblical very seriously, so this was even more bizarre to me. I had no desire, really, to see the remake after my initial enthusiasm, since I couldn’t go with my friend Trey, who’d accompanied me to all three of the original Omen flicks. Now I’m thinking about it, if nothing else, to see if the motives behind its contributors are in any way similar, or whether they come right out and say “It’s cheap to make sequels and remakes and we wanted a lot of money.”
I hopped on my bike and picked up bagels. We relaxed and read the sunday papers. I walked daughter #1 to a friend’s house, trying to get daughter #2 to socialize as well, hubby’s cutting the lawn, and we have no plans at all. It’s sunny, not too hot, things is good.