Judge: I’m Your Dictionary

From CNN.com:

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema reminded jurors to avoid looking up words in the dictionary after learning a juror researched the definition of “aggravating.”

The jury is balancing “aggravating” and “mitigating” factors to determine whether Moussaoui should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison for his role in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Brinkema told jurors, “The word ‘aggravating’ essentially means to make something worse.” She advised, “Do not hesitate to ask questions if you have any. If you have a question, we are here to help.”

…Brinkema had denied the jury’s request for a dictionary Tuesday, and jurors never asked for any definitions.

Since when is it wrong to want to understand the meaning of words?  Judges like Brinkema should be reluctant to use their authority, not seeking opportunities to grandstand.

“We are here to dictate how you do your job as jurors” would have been a more accurate statement.

Why Seperation of Church and State is a Good Thing

Can you imagine a debate over whether women should be allowed into a baseball game in this country?  It’s happening right now in Iran.  Wacky.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand why people follow leaders whose objectives are so nonsensical.  For the sake of logic, I almost hope its because the ayatollahs have the guns – nothing else makes sense!

On a positive note, the Catholic church may be thinking a little straighter, finally, by acknowledging the rubbers may be OK in some circumstances.  These stories are probably trial balloons to see which way the wind is blowing.  With any luck, it’s the first in a series of reforms this backwards organization badly needs.

I was running with a friend from work the other day and when we were done we happened upon another fellow, who’s known for his neo-liberal beliefs, haranguing a fourth buddy of mine about the mighty W.

It’s impossible for me to defend Bush – his record speaks for itself, I’m afraid – but I had to laugh at the Clinton-ite’s sudden outrage at a corrupt leadership.  Amused, I remarked to my running budding that even liberals have a purpose, namely they keep people like Jimmy Swaggart and Pat Robertson out of power.

For that, my illogical, left-brained friends, I thank you.  If only the people of Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, among others, were as fortunate.

Funny Stuff!

This was so funny that I had to re-start the blog just to have a place to put it. Thanks to David Broussard for sending this.


Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing
that our government can track a cow born in Canada
almost three years ago, right to the stall where she
sleeps in the state of Washington and then track
her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to
locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around
our country. Maybe we should give them all a cow.



They! keep talking about drafting a Constitution for
Iraq. Why don’t we just give them ours? It was
written by a lot of really smart guys, it’s worked
for over 200 years and we’re not using it anymore.



The real reason that we can’t have the Ten
Commandments in a Courthouse! You cannot post “Thou
Shalt Not Steal”, “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery”
and “Thou Shall Not Lie” in a building full of
lawyers, judges and politicians! It creates a
hostile work environment!