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Top Ten Notable Facts About the Gay-Marriage Decisions

First use of phrase "legalistic argle-bargle" since 1824's Gibbons v. Ogden In a footnote, Justice Kennedy overturns the outcome of last season's American Idol just to see if anybody is still paying attention Resolving an issue not raised below, Court rules unanimously that…



Does Eric Holder Know?

Nope. He does not:   Of course, neither did Alberto Gonzales, or if he did, he didn't recall:   Now, I don't know whether it's worse to not know anything or to not recall anything. I mean, if you don't…


Penalty for BlackBerry Use in Conclave Really Could Be Excommunication

Turns out that my speculation earlier about what changes Pope-Until-Friday Benedict XVI might make to the rules governing conclaves was a little behind the times, since he apparently has (very recently) already released an Apostolic Letter describing those changes. Looking at…


What Changes Will the Pope Make to the Conclave Rules?

@reuters, 20 Feb 2013: Pope may make changes to church law on rules governing conclave that will elect successor Here's what I'm hearing from my Vatican sources: Conclave can start early because of upcoming Holy Week Cardinals located overseas can…



Official Homeland Security Advice: Run & Hide

Well, gosh, this is helpful. Via the Disinformation blog, here's an instructional video produced by the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security in Houston, described as a "Department of Homeland Security Grant Funded Project of the Regional Catastrophic Planning Initiative"…



Texas Votes to Secede

Well, not exactly. It would be more accurate to say that enough people have signed a petition in favor of allowing Texas to secede that the White House will have to issue a formal but in no way binding response…


BREAKING: MAPLE SYRUP FOUND

Multiple sources (e.g., Montreal Gazette) are reporting that at least some of the maple syrup that disappeared from a warehouse last month has been located. See "Who Stole the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve? And How?" Lowering the Bar (Sept. 14, 2012)….