Monday, June 9, 2008

Culture Watch: June 9 2008

by Nancy Morgan
Right Bias

Your Congress at work

Congress worked feverishly last week on the ludicrously dubbed 'Climate Security Act.' Said act designed to imposed a cap and trade system on greenhouse gas emissions. It would only raise the cost of a tank of gas by around $5 bucks. Alas, it had to be shelved, awaiting the next president.


The fat lady is singing and the world anxiously awaits the coming of the new messiah.

South Dakota voted for the nation's first oil refinery in over 30 years. In California, an initiative that would (again) outlaw gay marriage in the state has qualified for the November ballot. And in Afghanistan, missions by special forces and air strikes by unmanned drones have "decapitated" the Taliban and brought the war to a 'tipping point.' Translation: We're winning. I'm sure the media will get around to reporting this just as soon as they get Obama comfortably installed in the White house.

Oh, by the way, the head of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department has officially admitted for the first time that there will be no global epidemic of the disease among the heterosexual population outside Africa. Whew.

Proving that you can't fool all of the people all of the time, a new survey reports just 17% of voters say that the federal government represents will of the American people.


D.C. police are forced to install military like checkpoints to keep some neighborhoods safe.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College. Meanwhile, Congress is working to nationalize a chunk of the insurance business that covers storm damage.

In Minneapolis, the City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved changes to the city’s vehicle idling ordinance limiting most vehicle idling to three minutes, except in traffic. And in the Big Apple, cigarette taxes climbed to $2.75 in state taxes (from $1.50) making New York smokes the most highly taxed in the nation. Puff on that.


People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals are proposing to establish the world's first Lobster Empathy Center. I kid you not.

Gene Robinson, New Hampshire's Episcopal Bishop entered into a civil union with his sweetheart Mark Andrew. A new report is warning that Preparation H, the topical medication used to treat hemorrhoids, is catching fire as the latest "drug" to hit the New York club scene.

Across the pond: Islamic extremists could escape prosecution and instead receive therapy and counselling under new Government plans to 'deradicalise' religious fanatics (terrorists).

The question remains whether these Muslim bad boys will actually want to escape prison, as thousands of British prisoners are opting not to apply for early release amid allegations that Britain's prisons are now so comfortable that they're effectively "expensive bed and breakfasts."

In France, a judge agreed with a Muslim man who petitioned to annul his marriage because he found his bride lied to him about her virginity. It could have been worse. At least his ex-bride is still alive, we hope. And in Cuba, citizens rejoice as the government announces sex-change operations will be offered, free, to qualifying citizens. Ah, the taste of choice.


News flash: a new study shows heavy marijuana use shrinks parts of the brain. Another study reports what most people knew all along - that people with high self-esteem may be more of a threat to society than those with a lower sense of self worth. Duh.

New Zealand scientists claim to have developed a 'flatulence inoculation' aimed at cutting down on the massive amount of methane produced by sheep and cows. Now if we could just get the same for politicians.

Check out this 'shotgun for the 21st century': Fully automatic, gas operated, 12 guage shotgun that fires 300 rounds a minute with virtually no recoil. Whoa baby!


Maxine Mounds, who's controversial boob job gave her record breaking breasts. Good grief.

Till next Monday, keep smiling,

by Nancy Morgan

Nancy Morgan is a columnist and a news editor for
She lives in South Carolina, where she writes "Culture Watch" weekly.

Article may be reprinted with attribution. Bio available on request.

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