Let me try to sort out a few mostly odd odds and ends this week:
When Joseph Palazzo, the former tech director of the Cuyahoga Heights School District, was convicted of stealing $3.4 million from the schools, the Plain Dealer reported, Palazzo apologized to U.S.District Judge Benita Pearson and declared that he had suffered a "lapse in judgment" and would never do it again. Given that he was sentenced to 11 years and four months in a Federal prison, it would have to be awhile.
The PD also told us of Allen Warner's day in court for "secretly recording nude images of two former mistresses and a teenage grirl using cameras hidden in clocks and video players.
The 60-year-old voyeur,who apologized, told the court he had no idea he was doing anything wrong.. The court thought otherwise and sentenced Warner to a 17 year-hitch for "voyeurism, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and pornography related crimes".
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It was a better week for GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert, and a terrible one for Congressman Paul Broun, the nutty Georgia Republican. Bachmann once lamented that if the rascals in the White House continued to assault the wallets of Americans, some day "there won't be any rich people in America." She can relax. Several reliable sources have now reported that people with assets of more than $1 million soared more than 11 pct. in 2012 in North America, a continent in first place on the planet with $12.7 trillion in assets.
I needn't remind you that I have long considered Gohmert, the Texas guy, to be the perennial claimant to the congressional dunce cap. No longer. It is now claimed by Broun, an MD, who has never stopped Biblically ranting about the evils of science. He has again told us of the planet's twin-evils: evolution and the big bang theory.
"God's word is true," says Dr. Broun. "...All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is from the pit of hell. It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior." (Or. at least Broun, whichever comes first in politics.) Yadayadayada. .. Move over, Louie. Don't think you can top this for now.
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Finally, I've figured out the heart of the congressional wingies' opposition to humane immigration reform. They simply don't like Latinos. No way.
As for the abortion controversy, I propose that we contact our congressmen to support a law that serves two purposes: Any congressmen who will be voting to restrict abortions must first present a photo ID - a photo ID - to determine whether there is a tell-tale scar from a birth controlling vasectomy. Those who fail the exam will be barred from going to a Major League baseball game to watch a team with more than two Latino players. Problem solved.