In my neighbourhood there lived this really friendly cat, a black longhair. We called her Spook. She was always visiting everyone on the neighbourhood. But she especially liked us. Whenever she appeared on our deck or on our street, we would always open the door for her and she would always come. We often fed her, and oftentimes she would sleep in our house, sometimes on our beds. Spook was the best cat ever.
Today, Spook’s owners moved away, taking her with them.
A United States federal court has ruled a Missouri law prohibiting protesting at funerals is unconstitutional (via). It was targeted against Fred Phelps and his ilk. As much as a vile, despicable human being Phelps is, this is the correct decision. If Westboro Baptist Church does not have freedom of expression, no one does.
The HST petition was upheld in court a few days ago. This means that the petition will either be introduced as a bill in the legislature or voted on in a referendum that would be held in September 2011.
It’s a rather weird title, as my niece’s life was never threatened in the first place. However, there is a ridiculous myth that her life was threatened. That is because, due to the heat, she slept with an electric fan running in her room. A widespread urban legend in South Korea tells of the so–called “fan death”, where running an electric fan in your room will kill you.
However, since my niece is still alive, (she was never in any danger to begin with), and since there is no apparent relevant distinction between South Korean and Canadian electric fans, fan death is clearly false, just like it was last year.
It’s been debunked. When used properly, electric fans are harmless. There is no reason to think that, in normal conditions, using an electric fan alone could kill anyone. So, send this myth to where it belongs: the trash heap of history.
The anti–HST petition has been verified as successful. However, Elections BC has declined to act due to an ongoing court case involving the HST. Notably, this is the first time any attempt at initiative here in BC has gathered enough signatures.
I do not know when the court case will end or how it will turn out. If the petition ever gets to the chief electoral officer, two things can happen. The provincial government can introduce a bill to repeal the tax; since they introduced the tax in the first place they will certainly defeat this bill; or it can go to a non–binding referendum, which would be held September 2011. Either way, I don’t expect the government to repeal the tax, and therefore I am pretty sure that the HST is here to stay.
The United States Senate has just confirmed Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States. The vote was 63–37.
Can the next nominee be Pam Karlan? Please?
United States Federal Judge Vaughn Walker has struck down California’s Proposition 8, restoring marriage equality to California. It is the correct decision and currently stayed, although it will undoubtedly be appealed.
Be on the alert for wingnut and homobigot freakouts, as they obsess over how people they don’t even know, have nothing to do with, never interact with, and that they aren’t remotely affected by, now have more of the rights everyone else has.