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I Fought The Law

2007-07-25 - 12:34 a.m.

Jury duty continues apace.

With any luck, we'll be done today. If not, Monday.

Again, still can't talk about it.

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Speaking of courts and trials (although NOT mine)...

Here we have a story about a man who repeatedly raped and molested a 7-year-old girl. The charges were dismissed. Yes, you read that right. Dismissed.

Why? Supposedly because they couldn't find an interpreter. The man is a Liberian who sought asylum here in the US. He speaks the tribal language of Vai. Supposedly, the court couldn't find an interpreter. But according to the story, an interpreter was sworn in and was translating when the charges were dropped.

I don't get it. Go read it. Maybe someone can explain it to me.

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From the I Fought The Law And The Law Beat The Shit Outta Me Dept.:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has stated that any foreigner who who publicly criticizes him - or his government - will be expelled.

But here's the telling quote, which tells you how glad I am to be in THIS country:

"How long are we going to allow a person from any country in the world to come to our own house to say there's a dictatorship here, that the president is a tyrant, and nobody does anything about it?" Chavez asked during his weekly television and radio program.

Gee, we let HIM do it HERE, didn't we?

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And of course, your global warming moment of Zen:

Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth has another inconvenient truth behind it. Supposedly, the CO2 created whilst making the movie was dealt with by purchasing carbon offsets. How many? It seems the answer is, not much:

According to a Web site release from NativeEnergy - which has since been removed - it only cost 40 tons of offsets (worth about $480) to make "An Inconvenient Truth" carbon neutral.

It's an absurdly low figure given that the making of a 30-second television commercial can easily produce 50 tons and the movie "Syriana" - another NativeEnergy project - was supposedly offset with 2,040 tons worth of offsets.

I agree with Brin's comment here: we need Bullshit Offsets. Gore needs to buy these offsets to pay for the CO2 and methane coming from this steaming pile of Bandini.

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Well, I'm due in court in about nine hours. Some of that must be spent sleeping.

Be seeing you.



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