The life and times of Zack Weinberg.
Thursday, 27 June 2002
# 9:45 PM
under god, indivisible
As has been mentioned all over the place already, the
Ninth Circuit has ruled the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional,
at least as amended in 1954 to include the phrase "under God." This
has come in for bipartisan outrage, e.g. a 99-0 Senate resolution objecting
to the decision.
So let me weigh in here with my total agreement with the decision.
The pledge should never have had any reference to divinity in it, and
the Ninth Circuit ruled correctly. I am disappointed that it seems the
Supreme Court will not agree. Matter of fact, I would like to see the
pledge abolished altogether, but I'll settle for this change.
Seth Schoen speaks
eloquently on the subject than I can manage. Go read what he
ow ow ow
Tried to learn how to wear contact lenses. I did, once, manage
to get one onto both my eyes, at the same time even, and back off
again. And it seemed like they worked; edges were sharp and all
that. The procedure for putting them on and taking them off,
however, was unpleasant and painful, and most of the time unsuccessful.
If the optometrist had not kept reassuring me that everyone has this
much trouble, I would have given up. My eyes are still sore.
I've a copy of Diane
Duane's reissued first
two volumes of "The Tale of Five" (as an omnibus). This is a
wonderful sword-and-sorcery series, which has been very hard to
find for years. Well, the first two volumes were not so hard.
The third volume was very difficult to find, and the fourth...
well, the fourth volume never actually got finished.
Supposedly, the third and fourth volumes will be printed in another
omnibus later this year or early next. Here's hoping.
seen on the street
Down at Shattuck and Addison there is a piece of public art
which I've been walking by for months, and every time it bugs the
heck out of me. It's an area of sidewalk that has been sculpted
to look like there's lots of human lips poking out of it. So if
you walk on this area, you are walking, metonymically, on human
faces. I would rather not do that. There is a reason why 'If you want
a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face
— for ever' is such a powerful line. I don't think it
was the artist's intent to evoke that frame, but I'm not going to
cut him or her any slack on that score. People should think of
On a lighter note, today I saw a couple of pre-teen kids staggering
down the street, each carrying two cardboard boxes about as big as they
were. It was a Three Stooges