Indiana’s RFRA Really Is That Bad Lawmakers in Indiana have a real mess on there hands. Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act has resulted in a cacophony of protests, not just from radical groups, but from companies like Anthem, American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Eli Lilly Levi’s and Walmart. Indiana’s governor and state legislators have been … Continue reading Indiana’s RFRA Really Is That Bad
A highly placed government software developer revealed today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is actually a sophisticated hologram. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, joined the Gonzales project when the Attorney General was still in beta. Her team of programmers, many of whom had prior experience at various Hollywood special effects studios, are … Continue reading AG Gonzales Outed as Hologram
Dick Cheney’s jet, Air Force 2, was attacked by a suicide bomber, specifically a bird that threw itself into the right engine just before the jet's landing at O’Hare airstrip. No particular group of birds has claimed responsibility for the attack, though analysts believe the VP’s favorite prey -- farm-raised quail -- were involved. Cheney, unharmed but … Continue reading The Swiftian news
The title of this blog, The Free Lance” is the name H.L. Menken used for a column of his; my son Samuel is named for Sam Clemens; and, I saw Spalding Gray four times in the six years before he died. These are my bona fides for writing about the loss I feel on the … Continue reading So long, Mr. Vonnegut
Naomi Campbell, known for her terrible temper, recently spent one day of anger management following her conviction for throwing a phone at her housekeeper. She has recently been asked by Jamaica to be their national "patron for abused women." What possible meaning of the phrase "patron for" applies here?
It appears that Anna Nicole Smith, like any great artist, is more popular dead than alive -- at least as measured by the continuing stream of stories about her in papers, magazines and news shows. The media's mock self-reflection involved reaches new levels. There are stories about her, then stories about the media's fascination with … Continue reading Anna Nicole Smith is still successfully dead; VP Cheney still unsuccessfully alive
A Court of Federal Appeals held yesterday (Feb. 14), that an Alabama law prohibiting the sale of sex toys is constitutional. If only they'd treat the sale of guns the same way. Take a look at my discussion of the case at Sex in the Public Square, an excellent blog by a thoughtful academic and … Continue reading Q: When is a vibrator more dangerous than a gun?
In case you haven't heard the really big news: Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8, 2007. Of course you probably have heard all about it. A quick Google news search of her name and the word "died" indicate over 3,000 hits at this time, 8 p.m. Eastern, Feb. 9. In other news, 33 Americans … Continue reading This Just In