Monthly Archives: October 2010 - Page 2

LIONEL AUDIO: If I Were Elected

In an incredible gaffe, Lady Christine repeated the age-old question that screams nescience. In fact, Ann Coulter even repeated this beaut, viz. that “the separation of church and state” doesn’t appear in the Constitution. True.

Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802 wrote in part the following. [Source]

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

That’s where the phrase comes from, Christine and Ann. That’s it. And I know you knew that.

LIONEL AUDIO: Electroejaculation & Stuff

I’m not making this up. A New York widow has persuaded a court to issue an order for the posthumous retrieval of her deceased (via suicide) husband’s sperm that will, via IVF, fertilize an egg to be implanted in a surrogate, the late husband’s girlfriend. You can’t make this up.

Watch my PIX 11 Commentary on the subject. This had the folks scratching their heads.

Messrs. Jagger and Richards even dedicated a musical paean of sorts to the subject.

Sperm can be retrieved using various methods including surgical excision of the epididymis, irrigation or aspiration of the vas deferens, rectal probe electroejaculation and orchidectomy. [Source]

Electroejaculation?! Wow. Makes the Taser pale by comparison, don’t you think?

LIONEL AUDIO: You Must Be High Not To Legalize

The very fact that marijuana is illegal for personal use is absolutely mind-boggling. Herein, a look at pot laws and prohibition. And their insanity.

LIONEL AUDIO: When Is A Stat A Record? And Stuff Aplenty

This is Khagendra Thapa Magar. He’s on the right and is being propped up as indicated by that mysterious hand. He looks like a de minimis Charlie Callas. He’s the size of a fetus and, yes, I exaggerate. Actually he’s 26.4 inches tall and holds the “record” for being the smallest man. He’s 18. Aren’t records laudatory in the strictest sense? True, someone may hold the record for remaining on death row but that’s not laudatory, praiseworthy or laudable. But the Guinness Book of World Records, I submit, chronicles laudatory records and feats of note. Does a diseased man deserve entry?

Also the perils of garlic, taking politics too seriously, the “work” and when pitifully ill-informed folks are allowed to opine politically. Are miners heroes or merely trapped victims? And the genius of my hero, Robert Klein.

LIONEL AUDIO: What Does No-Fault Divorce Mean, Anyway? And “Lean Forward”?! And Paladino May Be Right. Sorta.

New York finally adopted a No-Fault divorce system. Finally. Yet, most folks who hear of the news haven’t the foggiest idea what No-Fault means. Or Fault divorce for that matter.

But first a mention of why Carl Paladino may not be so nuts in not wanting little kids to attend certain gay rights parades. Have you ever been to one? In New York? Then the pathetically stupid “Lean Forward” MSNBC rebranding and why it’s pathetically stupid to brand with a political commitment.

LIONEL AUDIO: Miscellany

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.” Thus spake Carroll Quigley, a mentor of Bill Clinton’s. The left/right paradigm is an illusion. This concept has been on my mind a lot. It’s core to my political ideology and if it’s adopted, political discussion and discourse will cease to exist as we know it.

Other stuff inter alia: Paladino and gay folks, Ann Coulter and the politics of hate, the boring lefties and the excruciatingly boring right-wingers, Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell and Shut Up & Shoot, just to name a few. My latest contribution.

With much thanks.

LIONEL AUDIO: Mrs. Warren’s & The Kardashians’ Profession

“The notion that persons should be safe from extermination as long as they do not commit willful murder, or levy war against the Crown, or kidnap, or throw vitriol, is not only to limit social responsibility unnecessarily, and to privilege the large range of intolerable misconduct that lies outside them, but to divert attention from the essential justification for extermination, which is always incorrigible social incompatibility and nothing else.”

Source: George Bernard Shaw, “On the Rocks” (1933), Preface.

My wife and I saw Shaw’s play “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” at the Roundabout in New York yesterday. Folks who say they love Shaw know nothing of his writings on eugenics, his membership in the Fabian Society or what that means. Nothing. Shaw was the funny originator of GHOTI, right? Wrong. Most probably it was Ollier. Anyhoo, herein find a discussion on a pastiche of miscellany.

And on Columbus Day, no less. I can’t count the number of inaccuracies and blatant lies as to Columbus. Remember the story about his trying to discover if the Earth was round? Aristotle pretty much figured that out 2000 years before. Not to mention there were globes in 1492. So where did these ideas come from? Washington Irving that’s who. He made the whole thing up and we’ve been repeating it ever since.

Enjoy.

LIONEL AUDIO: Ventilation Friday & This Gal

Behold. Karen Owen. Duke alumna and subject of a good portion of today’s disquisition. The issues that are attendant to this story are limitless. Folks who claim to loathe excessive litigation and frivolous lawsuits ask if she can be sued. For what? Libel? If it’s true she bedded these thirteen dudes, it’s the truth and therefore not libel. Invasion of privacy? What about her freedom to recount her sexual exploits? OK, fine. So that is discussed plus a smattering of ribald miscellany. Enjoy.

LIONEL AUDIO: Free Form Miscellany

Terry Kath was my favorite rock guitarist. And Jimi Hendrix’s as well, so the story goes. I saw Chicago countless times and would just stare in awe when Terry would solo. Alone for what seemed like forever. A beautiful, exciting forever. The band would leave the stage (doing what I imagine 70’s band folks did backstage) and Sir Terry would wail on that ridiculously-stickered Tele. His wrists were rubber. Exhibit A “Liberation” on CTA. His riffs were Promethean, see “What’s This World Coming To?”, “Hit By Varese,” “It Better End Soon” (off IV). Listen to his acoustic guitar and electric bass on Lamm’s solo “Love Song,” clearly one of the catchiest tunes ever recorded (and on my desert island list). The master of the wah-wah on “Dialogue.” His solo on “25 or 6 to 4” is sui generis and inimitable. What would he sound like today?

He has nothing to do with this audio disquisition, but I’m thinking about him constantly. He died tragically, accidentally and stupidly at the age of 31. I wonder what he’d sound like today. He’d be 64. And like all stars and icons and idols who die too soon and tragically, their image always remains in your mind frozen at that age and at that time. And you still see them through your eyes then. Hey nineteen, indeed.

LIONEL AUDIO: The Protected Speech of Vile Hate

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday, October 6th, in the case of Snyder v. Phelps. A video of Pastor Phelps may help explain him better than anything I could write. As you know, Phelps is the fire-breathing Kentucky pastor of Westboro Baptist Church. (Check out its URL.) A jury awarded $10.9 million (later reduced to $5 million) for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress to Albert Snyder, the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder who was killed in Iraq. It seems that the pastor interrupted the military funeral of the fallen Marine when he and his cacophonous comrades jeered the attendees claiming that Matthew’s death was the result of God’s displeasure with American tolerance toward gays. Or something. On appeal the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals tossed the verdict claiming that it was protected speech under the First Amendment.

The issues addressed before SCOTUS are most artfully enumerated infra.

(1) Whether the prohibition of awarding damages to public figures to compensate for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, under the Supreme Court’s First Amendment precedents, applies to a case involving two private persons regarding a private matter; (2) whether the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment trumps its freedom of religion and peaceful assembly; and (3) whether an individual attending a family member’s funeral constitutes a “captive audience” who is entitled to state protection from unwanted communication. [Source]

First Amendment issues on the Court’s docket also include Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, which seeks to answer the musical question whether a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children is violative of the the constitutional numero uno.

Herein lie and are my review and perspective. Con Law 101’s in session.