Oops, Bush Became President… And Other News

Sandra Day and Bush

Oops, Bush happened.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor suggested that the Supreme Court probably should have stayed out of the whole Bush v. Gore 2000 election fiasco. O’Connor, who provided the crucial fifth vote in the 5-4 decision to make George W. Bush president, said, “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.” Oh well, no harm done.*

*Minus harm done to Iraqis, Hurricane Katrina victims, and those not fortunate enough to profit from the Bush tax cuts (among others)

Washington Post

Inseminate MeThink your mother is bad? Well, she might be, but here’s one even worse (hopefully): A British woman has been issued a five-year prison sentence for forcing her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant via a sperm donor. The mother really wanted a fourth child but was denied adoption so she did what any normal human would do and forced her virgin daughter to inseminate herself. Over two years the daughter had to inseminate herself seven times, “alone in her bedroom, using syringes of semen and douches prepared by the mother”. Although she miscarried at 14, she went on to have another baby at age 16. The Guardian

Hillary 2016Looks like patiently waiting for 8 years may pay off for Hillary Clinton. Two new polls released this week reveal that Clinton is the early favourite in New Hampshire’s 2016 Democratic presidential primary. 61% of the voters surveyed in the state indicate they’d vote for Clinton while poor Joe Biden would only garner 7% of the vote. Republicans, on the other hand, are more divided – at this point (which really means nothing since it’s years in advance…), it looks like a four way fight between Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and Paul Ryan. Huffington Post

Prague ExplosionPrague goes boom. 35 people were hurt in a gas explosion in central Prague Monday morning. The blast ripped through a building containing offices and an art gallery, prompting more than 230 people to be evacuated from the area. Officials do not believe anyone is trapped in the rubble, which is more than they can say for BangladeshCNN

Secret Afghan CashAfghan President Hamid Karzai has been getting secret bags of US cash from the CIA. Method of delivery: suitcases, backpacks, and plastic bags full of cash. I just love getting plastic bags full of cash. The New York Times says it smells corruption – tens of millions of dollars have gone to Karzai’s office and much of it is used to pay off warlords and politicians. Karzai admits the CIA sent him secret cash but that the money was for projects such as helping the sick. New York Times

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