Cleaning Out the In-Box: Cat Turd Edition


It’s time for WC to clean out his in-boxes again. And be warned: some of this stuff is pretty disgusting.

The Catholic Church has reverted to type and is now harassing its victims. SNAP, the Missouri-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the target of subpoenas and depositions by the Church. Never mind that SNAP isn’t the plaintiff in anything, and doesn’t do much beyond counseling and referrals. It’s intimidation, pure and simple, and if the Church denies it, they’ve added another sin to their ledger.

WC received a flyer in the US Mail announcing that there was yet another vacancy in the superior court in Bethel, Alaska. Readers may recall WC lived in Bethel as a kid. The town certainly has challenges. But not enough to have as much trouble as it does finding and retaining judges. Anyway, Superior Court Judge Devaney is retiring after a bit over ten years, while the Judicial Council is still struggling to fill the vacancy created by Judge Hamilton’s untimely death and the District Court vacancy created by District Court Judge Dennis  Cumming’s . . . resignation. Perhaps the Judicial Council needs to re-think its approach to soliciting and selecting judges in Bethel.

In 2011, 15-year old Rennie Gibbs was charged with murder when her baby was still-born. The child used cocaine. That was enough for prosecutors in Mississippi to indict the girl for depraved-heart murder. A year later, her case still hasn’t gone to trial. And there’s still no evidence that cocaine use leads to miscarriages. There are reports that there may be as many as 40 women held under similar charges. An outside observer might think that the bigger problem is 15-year olds snorting coke. But this is Mississippi, and logic doesn’t enter into it.

Public Policy Polling has released poll results for Alabama on the eve of the Republican primary election there. Shockingly, the poll shows 58% of respondent were University of Alabama fans and just 28% were Auburn University fans. Less surprisingly, 45% of those polled thought President Obama was a Muslim. And 60% don’t believe in evolution.Tammie Chappell at The Atlantic finds these kinds of polling questions problematic. WC finds them appalling. Wait, what was the question?

Predictably, PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – has once again issued a screed against the alleged ill-treatment of sled dogs in the Iditarod, and once again filled WC’s virtual mailbox with its shrill invective. In return, WC offers The Hairpin’s excellent piece, The Comment Section for Every Article Ever Written About PETA. The comments to the faux comments are very nearly as good.

Finally, reader BeautifulRainbow has emailed WC asking how to get her dog to stop eating cat turds. Oddly enough, WC has a recommendation: read David James Duncan’s The River Why, where Descartes, Titus’s dog, explains the problem precisely.

The rest of this stuff is more disgusting than cat turds, and will be treated as digital mulch.

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