November 4, 2006

Weaek in Excuses

Here are a few selections from this week of excuses from high places:
A detective suspended after testing positive for drugs says his wife served him meatballs spiked with marijuana because she wanted to keep him out of harm's way by forcing him into retirement.
The Rev. Ted Haggard [until yesterday, the President of the National Assn. of Evangelicals] denied the prostitute's allegation that the two men met for sex as often as every month for the last three years. But he did say that he had visited the prostitute for a massage and later called him more than once to buy methamphetamine — a drug used in some gay circles to heighten sexual sensation. "I never kept [the drugs] very long," Haggard told a TV reporter who questioned him as he was leaving his home in Colorado Springs, a short drive from his 14,000-member mega-church. "I was tempted. I bought it. But I never used it."
"You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." — Senator JOHN KERRY, who later said he botched a joke and should have said, "You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq. Just ask President Bush."
Kent [Dr. Dino] Hovind, founder of Creation Science Evangelism and Dinosaur Adventure Land in Pensacola, was found guilty of 58 counts, including failure to pay $845,000 in employee-related taxes. He faces a maximum of 288 years in prison...Kent Hovind, whose life's mission is to debunk evolution, says he and his employees are workers of God and therefore exempt from paying taxes. He pays his employees in cash and does not withhold their taxes or pay his share as an employer.
A school bus driver fired after she reportedly made an obscene gesture [gave the finger] at President Bush has filed a union grievance in an attempt to get her job back... [District spokeswoman Sara] Niegowski said the firing was not politically motivated. "The bus driver was not terminated for making an obscene gesture at the president. The bus driver was terminated for making an obscene gesture in view of the students," Niegowski said. "That's not the role modeling we need for our students."

Ah, such is life in public service! Ted Haggard, by the way, is the same fellow who bounced Richard Dawkins, after the latter questioned his preachings as part of the Channel 4 TV show, Root of All Evil.

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