Here are just a few examples of crazy sweeping the nation:
- Figure SkatingThe Next Bastion of Conservatives? Apparently Johnny Weir is excluded from the "Stars on Ice" tour because he was allegedly deemed "not family friendly" by the tour's sponsors, including Smucker's. So, did I miss the R-rated portion of his routine in Vancouver? Was openly gay Rudy Galindo more conservative than Weir? I guess you have to set limits in a sport when men spin around wearing gloves and spandex, no?
- Imagine Their Next Parent-Teacher Conference: All is not rosy at Enka Middle School in Buncome, NC. Apparently, a sixth-grade teacher "relates" to some of his students by writing "loser" on their papers. One girl, who apparently gets related to quite often, even got a deduction of "-20 for being a loser" on a paper. But the folks in Buncome County say it's a personnel matter they don't want to deal with. Middle school: where the biggest bullies are your teachers.
- Oklahoma Isn't Quite So OK...: Apparently the Oklahoma State Senate thinks the state's new tourism slogan should be "Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, and hate crimes are just another fun activity!" State Senator Steve Russell recently introduced a bill that would exempt the state from having to abide by the recently passed Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act on the basis of the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution. The bill, which would allow only local law enforcement officials to investigate possible hate crimes instead of federal law enforcement, will, according to Russell, "protect speech of all kinds." Especially speech punctuated by violence, eh?
- If You Admit You Were Wrong, All is Forgiven...: The conservative political establishment in Utah was shocked March 11 when the state's House Majority Leader, Kevin Garn, admitted to sitting nude in a hot tub with a minor 25 years ago, and paid her $150,000 to keep quiet in 2002 when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress. But, since he admitted he was wrong, at the current time there are no calls for Garn to resign. Ain't politics grand?
Really makes you wonder, doesn't it?