“We feel horrible in Kansas that the church is in our state.”—Kansas Attorney General Steve Six, when discussing Westboro Baptist Church, the church in Topeka known for its anti-gay protests at military funerals. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case, Snyder v. Westboro Baptist Church, that tests whether the church’s protests are protected by the First Amendment. (via canisfamiliaris)
“A report released this month found that 90% of the guns recovered from crime scenes in Mexico and traced, led back to American dealers.”—And it’s not just Mexico that suffers — most guns found at American crime scenes come from ten lax states, predominantly in the South. (via canisfamiliaris)
“I think it’s cool, but no, I am not about to be appointed the ambassador to aliens.”—United Nations official Mazlan Othman, who works for the UN’s Office for Outer Space Affairs, debunking British news reports that she would be Earth’s ambassador to outer space in the case of an alien encounter. (via canisfamiliaris)
Day One ended early as I was falling asleep at dinner. I only vaguely recall the restaurant.. which is a shame because it seemed awfully nice. Although the day had entirely overcast it didn’t rain on us (as I mentioned) until the very end and even then, no so much.
After coffee (Ian had tea of course) and toast we headed down the street for Ian “do”. His barber was a sensitive cute little Turkish (I think) pocket bear. Painfully we had to sit through some Yank telling the barber how to cut his hair (at nauseating length).
Then we were off on the world’s longest trip to Greenwich (by way of Cardiff I think) to see the Observatory, followed by a boat cruse down the Thames.
“There are good reasons why people refrain from doing things like comparing their opponents to Nazis, and one of them is that once the gloves come off, it’s hard to get them back on again.”—“It’s simply inaccurate and confusing to write about Glenn Beck without mentioning Nazis,” writes The Economist’s blogger in the US, ”because Mr Beck talks about Nazis constantly.” We wonder why. (via canisfamiliaris)