Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ripped from the Headlines

1. Rest Easy.  The Washington Post reports on a new study showing that Catholic priests no longer sexually abuse young people.  Apparently, it was just an artifact of 
a permissive culture in the 1960s and 1970s that saw an increase in divorce, marijuana experimentation and robbery.
No, I don't know how robbery got lumped in with divorce and grass either.

2.  Ex Cathedra.  From Politico
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday that critics of the court’s decisions suffer from “a disease of illiteracy or laziness” that could weaken the law.
Apparently Justice Jackson was wrong when he said
We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.
In fact, according to Thomas they're infallible because they're infallible.  
Of course, he sometimes dissents.  On those occasions, I suppose, Thomas is either lazy (I won't say "shiftless") or illiterate.  Possibly both.

3. Now where did I put that? Cleveland Plain Dealer reports
A sample of suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell's DNA collected while he was in prison in the 1990s was never entered into a massive national database used to identify criminals and link them to crimes. And state officials don't know where that sample is today. 
It may, they said, have gotten lost in the mail.  On the other hand, the lab they sent it to just found 200 samples it forgot to test.
Not, of course, including Sowell's.

Perhaps this will be the beginning of a new series here.
Nah, probably not.

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