Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A Rare Win

We read:

"A Sacramento federal judge on Monday tossed out atheist Michael Newdow's challenge to the phrase "In God We Trust" as the national motto and its inscription on coins and currency. Newdow argued that the slogan violates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution, which keeps government out of religion."


The ruling was however based on the rather bizarre claim that the motto is not religious!

Here's a Whole List of Expressions that you are not Allowed to Use

Pennsylvania magistrate Wade Brown is on trial over his wicked language. He apparently used both racist and sexist language. We are not told what the racist expressions were but here are the sexist ones. He described various female employees as:

"PMS," "senile," "that time of the month," "dumb blonde," "stupid" and "gold digger."

Watch out that you never use such awful expressions in describing anybody! As a wise woman once said to me: "No woman likes to be told she is pre-menstrual -- particularly when she is". More here.

Must Not Describe Email System as "Crap"

At least not to the sensitive ears of English local council employees. Taff Davies, a former Navy captain and software entrepreneur, got elected to Chichester District Council but was removed from the office to which he was democratically elected because he did not pussyfoot around in his comments about the council computer system -- a system that they had just spent millions on.

As a software entrepreneur, he was presumably in a position to know what he was talking about but he forgot that in a bureaucracy the no. 1 objective is not efficiency. It is not rocking the boat. Details here and here

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