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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a new ruling, made it a little easier for Texas women to get
an abortion, but still left most of the requirements viewed by opponents as too stiff. Lawyers for the opponents of the original law
felt in the eased ruling "Women's ability to exercise their constitutional right to obtain an abortion will be lost." I must have
overlooked the section in the Constitution where an abortion is listed as one of our "inalienable" rights.
The city of Indian Wells, in California, has proposed a law where residents who repeatedly use "foul" language or show "disrespectful"
behavior will lose their privilege of free passes to the Indian Wells tennis tournament and discounts at local golf courses. Boy,
that'll teach those cussers and bullies a thing or two. How's that for accountability?
A Major League Baseball committee has been appointed to discuss how to speed up the often boring, drawn out baseball games. There's
talk about requiring the batter to stay in the batter's box longer, barring repeated glove tightening, having a time limit on the
next pitch, and other inconsequential maneuvers seemingly designed to delay the game. I wonder whatever happened to the talk about
outlawing spitting and crotch-scratching and one-finger nose blowing by players? And maybe even banning selling beer at the games?
All I can say is "Good luck!" How about letting the national pastime be itself?
the Imperial Irrigation District in California decided to cut the rebates for installing rooftop solar systems from $1.55 per watt
to $1.00 per watt and finally down to $.50 per watt. At the cheaper rate, they felt it would "Allow more customers to secure rebates"
through the funding available. The idea didn't work out that way. One reason: At $.50 per watt, it would take some 12 years to start
saving money. I wonder how many IDC execs would agree to a 12 year wait for a pay raise?
California now has a new president pro tem in the state Senate. Senator Kevin de Leon, a Democrat and the first Latino president,
will host 2000 invited guests for his historic "Inauguration," complete with a 15 member, all female mariachi band. Top tickets for
the event go for $50,000. Toni Atkins, a Democrat in the state Assembly, and counterpart to de Leon, is the first lesbian in that
post, and celebrated her new job with a gospel choir and gay and lesbian color guard. Some observers felt what the people really wanted
in these officers was a "serious, workmanlike approach to government," not excesses of any kind during these troubled economic times.
Years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was very popular at the end of his term
in office. Long after his service, a survey showed that he was so popular that many citizens "remembered" voting for him when they
actually didn't. In President Obama's case, according to USA Today, not only do 15% of the people who say they voted for him regret
that decision, but the number of people who say they voted for him has dropped from the actual results. Apparently, to save face,
those who voted for him "remember" that they didn't, or don't remember that they did, take your pick.
"Astonishing" is the word used to describe the Pope's latest expression of tolerance toward homosexuals and past views on divorce.
The new church statements use words like "gifts and qualities" of gay Catholics. And "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation."
And Bishops are urged to "avoid any language or behavior that might make divorced Catholics or those who remarried outside the Catholic
church feel discriminated against."
Needless to say, there are Roman Catholics who
are disappointed in the Church's new tone. Some wonder if "parents will have to tell their children that the Vatican teaches that
there are positive and constructive aspects to contraception, cohabitation, and homosexuality." And will other topics be on the carpet,
like polygamy, mixed-marriage children and children born outside marriage. And will the tone set by the documents be as important
as the words?