We’d Much Prefer Heroin
A high-school student in Oakton,Va., was suspended for two weeks in March when she took her birth-control pill during the lunch break at school. During those two weeks away from class, the girl discovered that, in comparison, county rules required only one weekâs suspension for being high on heroin while at school. The Washington Post reported that the schoolâs punishment for taking birth-control pills is the same as for bringing a handgun to campus.
Least Competent People
Our Elected Leaders: (1) During an April Texas House committee hearing, according to a Houston Chronicle report, Republican state Rep. Betty Brown suggested a solution to alleged voter-registration confusion caused by Chinese Americans who Anglicize their names and create nonstandard spellings: âDo you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?â she asked a Chinese-American activist. (2) During a March Florida Senate debate on whether to exempt âanimal husbandryâ from the law against bestiality, Sen. Larcenia Bullard asked (seriously, according to a Miami Herald reporter), âPeople are taking these animals as husbands?â
in Japan/Only in Sweden: (1) Sega Toys Co. reported in January that in
just three months it had sold 50,000 units of the Pekoppa, a "plant"
consisting of leaves and branches that flutter when "spoken to." Some
industry observers attribute the success of the Pekoppa to the epic
loneliness of many Japanese. (2) Advocates for children complained in
April that Sweden's national library, acting on a standing order to
archive copies of all domestic publications, has been gathering books
and magazines of child pornography from the years 1971-1980, when it
was legal, and, as libraries do, lending them out (though access is
supposed to be limited to researchers or others who have a âhighly
credibleâ reason to view the material).
The Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace commenced campaigns in February to shed light on the peculiar preference of Americans for ultrasoft or quilted toilet paper. In less-picky Europe and Latin America, recycling produces 40% of toilet paper, but American demand for multi-ply tissue requires virgin or managed-forest wood for 98% of the product. The activists claim that U.S. toilet paper imposes more costs on the planet than do gas-guzzling cars.
Latest Religious Messages
monks continue to add to their 20-structure compound near the Cambodian
border using empty beer bottles, according to a February feature in
London's Daily Telegraph. Their building program, begun in
1984, already uses 1.5 million bottles, mostly green Heinekens and
brown, locally brewed Chang, both of which are praised for letting in
light and permitting easy cleaning.
A group of an estimated 10,000 believers is attempting to reverse American Christianity's declining birthrate by shunning all contraception, in obedience to Psalm 127, which likens the advantage of big families to having a "quiver" full of "arrows" (the group calls itself the Quiverfull movement). "God opens and closes the womb," one advocate said to National Public Radio in March. The report noted that at the womanâs church in Shelby, Mich., the mothers average 8.5 children. "The womb is such a powerful weaponâŠagainst the enemy," another woman said. "The more children I have, the more ability I have to impact the world for God."
© 2009 Chuck Shepherd
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