Monthly Archives: February 2004

In the middle of a flogging scene!

Projector problems slow showings of ‘Passion’

Four different showings in a Mobile theater were interrupted at the same spot by projector problems. Or possibly Satan, if you believe some people.

Or anywhere, really

Aristide flees

He’s gone to the Dominican Republic, it seems. He’s seeking asylum in Morocco, Taiwan, or Panama. Why these three countries? I have no idea.

Hello, Great Falls!

Alabama judge brings case for commandments to Civic Center –

Meanwhile, while his lawyers were trying to get Moore his job back (and St. Roy only wants his job back, right?) the man himself took the Roy Moore Ten Commandments tour to Great Falls, Montana.

Rocking a crowd of about 1000 disciples, St. Roy broke out one of his old favorites, “The issue is not about that 2 1/2-ton monument or the Ten Commandments itself. It’s about being able to acknowledge the God upon whom this nation is founded.” He followed with “I’m accused of disobeying a federal judge’s order, but that judge can’t make the law,” and “the Alabama review committee criticized me for not showing contrition, and they’re right, I didn’t,” to shouts of “Wahoo,” “Right on,” “Amen,” and “Freebird!”

Later, he went with some old favorites like “The phrase Separation of Church and State does not appear in the Constitution,” and finished with a call-and-response to the tune of “Shall we forsake the Lord God of our fathers?”

Moore groupie David Karvwnaris says that “I feel more and more that the lawyers are taking over the country and feathering their own nests.” Does he know that St. Roy is a lawyer? (Though not for long if I get my way. Disbar him already!)


Party’s enlistment of militia upsets human rights group –

The Constitution Party, which has offered St. Roy its Presidential spot and which organized the appearance, enlisted the Militia of Montana to promote the event. The former chairman of the Party in Montana (the story doesn’t say who he is but I looked him up) says that “I don’t know a lot about the Militia of Montana, but am not opposed to it and agree with some of their ideas.” He said it, not me.

They do deserve each other

Deutsch, Klayman pick up endorsements

One of the candidates in the fabulously insane Republican US Senate race in Florida is Larry Klayman, the wacko Clinton-hunter from Judicial Watch. (Klayman is the sort of guy who campaigns on complaining about lawsuit abuse when he files more nuisance suits than anyone.) And he’s been endorsed by St. Roy Moore!

Moore said Klayman would “fight against corruption and immorality in our government, and the imposition of a secular society in our land.” Klayman was endorsed Thursday by former presidential candidate Alan Keyes, who called him “a conservative leader in the mode of Ronald Reagan to lead the fight for morality and ethics.” Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has also signaled his help.

That’s a fun group, isn’t it? Roy, Larry, Bob, and Alan.

I… I… I…

Scrushys will host talk show on WTTO

Starting Monday at 7:30, Channel 21 (the WB affiliate) will start airing a daily talk show starring Richard Scrushy and his wife Leslie. Their first guest will be Roy Moore. Another topic will be their opinion of Mel Gibson’s movie. This is a very special day for me. I’m going to tape this sucker for sure.

The station won’t say who’s paying for the show, but I suspect Scrushy lawyer Donald Watkins… Leslie will provide “a short devotional exercise” to kick off each show.

Republican Party time!

Bush remembered from social contacts

Nobody remembers George Bush actually doing anything in the National Guard, sure. But ” Bush is remembered by those who say they worked with him, socialized with him, even those who say he still owes them money.” Pay up, Dubya.

Bush rented a house in Montgomery. The family that owns it says that he trashed the place and was “a rich kid who had no respect for other people’s possessions”. Members of the Blount campaign say that he wasn’t doing his job of getting campaign materials to the counties and a volunteer took over. And he had dinner with the author of Forrest Gump, who obviously was inspired by the meeting.

Some “mistake” – Flap over Jewish travel visa ban – Feb. 28, 2004

I’m late to this story, but I was busy… The government of Saudi-occupied Arabia posted a notice on its tourism website that Jews wouldn’t be issued travel visas to the country. An embassy spokesman says that this was posted “by mistake”. Uh-huh. So either they don’t have such a policy, and some flunky put it up there for no good reason, or they do have such a policy, and it’s a secret, or they do have such a policy and can’t figure out why everyone got upset.

I had a pun here but I didn’t like it so I deleted it

Odd critter from jungle met its fate in Alabama

Some dogs caught a weird animal from the woods — you know how dogs are. It turns out that the animal was a kinkajou, an animal from South America; nobody know how it wound up in Alabama. In case you’re interested, you can legally own a kinjajou, but they cost $2-3K. On the other hand, they eat fruit and rarely drag in strange animals they found in the woods.

Ever on the forefront of discriminatory laws

State likely to OK gay marriage ban

If Congress actually passes this ridiculous No Gays Allowed Defense of Marriage Amendment — and I don’t think it will — Alabama will be sure to ratify it and quickly. This despite the House rule requiring a three-quarters vote on ratifying amendments. Why is there such a rule? Because they were trying to make sure nobody passed that pesky ERA, that’s why. My home state, always ready to deny rights any way it can!

I don’t know about this

Plaintiffs in higher ed case to get hearing on tax issue

Talk about “judicial activism”… A Federal judge has granted a hearing to the plaintiffs in Alabama’s long-running higher education desegregation case. (How long-running? The last two college graduating classes had many people who weren’t even born when it started 23 years ago.) The plaintiffs charge that the Alabama tax system is biased and has led to poor funding for high schools and historically black universities.

And I agree with them. But if the courts start mucking around with state tax systems, where’s the end of it?