Dr. Laura

Constitutional crisis, anyone? That's what this piece from Time Magazine claims is possible. It certainly is, the most likely scenario is that Bush wins the popular vote, but Gore wins the electoral vote. Would this lead to a constitutional amendment eliminating the electoral college? Probably... I did some more shopping this morning, nothing too exciting. For some reason, I thought that Radio Shack would open at 9:00 a.m., so I went down there at about 9:30. The big neon OPEN light was lit, so I pulled in, it was closed. I was now presented with a moral dilemma, I could spend 5 minutes driving back to work, another 5 getting to my office, only to turn around and come back 10 minutes later, to be there when the store opened. Or, I could go across the street to Wal-Mart.

I went to Wal-Mart, I got myself some AAA batteries and a new lamp for my living room. I bought the lamp because I am unable to locate a replacement halogen bulb for my current lamp, and I'm tired of sitting in the dark.

I paid for my stuff, then went back to Radio Shack and got the $5 gender-changer I needed. I did, however, wind up giving free computer advice to two senior citizens waiting outside of the Shack with me.

Now then, do I report that half hour as vacation time? The batteries complicate things even further, as they were for my Handspring Visor, which I do use quite a bit at work, so that part of my purchase could be construed as work related, so shopping on work time would be okay.

I think I'll just eat the cost of the gender changer, that should restore my karmic balance, of course, I can also claim that I was on an outreach/extension program from the University, since I gave out that free advice to the seniors...

I was amused that last night's episode of The West Wing contained a scene in which the President lectured a thinly disguised version of Doctor Laura about homosexuality. His little speech was almost entirely taken from this little gem, which has been working its way around the Internet. I found it rather funny, especially:

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 10:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

I, too, think shellfish are an abomination, but it has nothing to do with religion, rather with my general dislike of eating things that aren't mammals, birds, or plants. And I don't even really like the plants that much...

To be fair, Dr. Laura did apologize last week for her "poorly chosen" words about homosexuals. I think the episode is rather amusing, she has every right to say whatever she wants about homosexuals, she's entitled to her opinion. Of course, everyone who disagrees can start boycotts of her sponsors, write letters, and peacefully protest. This is an example of the freedom of speech at its best...