February 3, 2006
The Gods must be---
Remember the wonderful movie, "The Gods Must be Crazy"?
Well, read the news today and ask yourself if the Gods are indeed crazy or if we are.
Legislators are debating two bills. One would authorize 8-year-olds to hunt; the other would require booster seats in cars for all children up to the age of 8. So, strap 'em in until their eighth birthday, let them out, put a gun in their hands, and set them loose. Make sense? Now you know why we support a People's Legislature.
Next story makes me light-headed. Supreme Court Justice David Prosser apparently will testify in the Scott Jensen trial "that campaigning on state time was widespread and stretched back into the 1970s" according to a Pat Marley story in the MJS. Whoa Nelly! Who called the Justice to ask him to testify in a case that will likely make it to the Supreme Court? Those seeking office as a Justice normally refuse to comment on anything of interest to voters on the ground that the matter might come before the Court. But Justice Prosser is apparently willing to say "for the most part, every activity that could be charachterized as campaign activity can be conceivably construed to be an act that furthers the legislative process." In other words, Chvala, Foti, Jensen and others were innocent? It is OK to use taxpayer money to campaign? C'mon!
I am not making this up. Justice Prosser "supervised" Scott Jensen which "suggests that he directed Jensen to campaign on state time" according to MJS.(Emphasis mine.) If he did, and he testifies, has he made it impossible for the other six Justices to sit on this case, if it reaches the Supreme Court, when a colleague is intimately involved in the case? Still think we don't need public financing of our campaigns?
Happy Friday. Rent the movie.
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