Thursday

I ought to get a life – I’m actually watching “Dancing with the Stars” as we speak. Well, Tia Carrere is on. She ain’t so bad; she pushes herself to do the dancing, when she’s a brand new mom and dealing with (you know) life stuff. (More importantly, Asian-Pacific American representation!). However, be advised – I still don’t know how they call this “with the Stars” when they’re drawing people out of the C or D list of celebrities (no offense meant to the Stars on the show). But, the real weakness of this pretty entertaining show is this: the music they use for the show is NOT ballroom dancing music! Using old pop music isn’t appropriate; it’s even worse when you make the decent pop music sound bland.

Slate’s William Saletan posts a referral and fleshing out on the story of the Arizona judge who held that fetuses don’t count in figuring out whether one’s car is compliant with carpool rules. I especially thought it was amusing how AP article notes:

Municipal Judge Dennis Freeman rejected [Candace] Dickinson’s argument [that her fetus counted, since Arizona law counted a fetus as a victim in violent crimes against pregnant women] Tuesday, applying a “common sense” definition in which an individual is someone who occupies a “separate and distinct” space in a vehicle.

“The law is meant to fill empty space in a vehicle,” the judge said.

Sgt. Dave Norton stopped Dickinson’s car Nov. 8. When asked how many people were in the car, Dickinson said two, pointing to “her obvious pregnancy,” the officer said.

Norton said Dickinson’s theory “would require officers to carry guns, radios and pregnancy testers, and I don’t think we want to go there.”

Well, there are a lot of subjects we don’t want to go to, but some people have no sense about it. Like, do we have to wait until there’s an “obvious” pregnancy? Imagine the fat lady who isn’t pregnant – she’d be mighty pissed at being perceived pregnant (or maybe just relieved at avoiding a ticket?).

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