Thursday, April 3, 2008

Haire of the Dog: Sex in church, Porn tax update, Alien Invasion

Posted by Chris Haire on Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 8:12 AM

In the funny pages, a perfectly reasonable way to fight crime is to dress up as a giant bat and punch every criminal in site. In real life, that wouldn't work so well. Forget bullets. The ACLU would put an end to masked vigilantism right quick.

Speaking of other crime fighting tactics that might work in the comics but not in the real life, Live 5 reports on state Attorney General Henry McMaster's proposal to put an end to parole. Really? I mean, our jails and prisons are maxed out as already, and for some reason, I don't think folks round here are going to cotton to the idea of raising taxes to pay for more jails.

But according to Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, the threat of no parole will, well, we'll let Wilson tell you:

"When they hear that there is no parole, it could have an effect on the would-be criminals, but it'll definitely have an effect on those who chosen that line of work," she added.

Ah. The ole deterrent argument. How's that worked out for us ... over the entire course of human history?

News 2 reports on an outbreak of sexy deeds going down at one area church.

Cathedral of Praise in North Charleston is leading a sermon series for families about sex, marriage and parenting, but it's the first topic that's getting people talking.

“It's not like it should be hush hush,” said mom and youth leader Lori Stephanoff. She says there's no better place to teach teens about sex than the church rather than mainstream media.

Adds, church youth pastor Megan Turner:

"Our method behind advertising was not to create shock value but for people to talk to their neighbors, co-workers and say hey my church is discussing this issue and I'd love for you to come."

Oh, Megan. You naughty minx.

The Post and Courier has a report on the status of the immigration reform bill. Feel free to read it. What stood out for me was this line:

In a review of the legislation, The Post and Courier found that half of its provisions restate existing law while others create an enforcement nightmare.

Here's the thing: as far as I can tell, these problems aren't discussed anywhere else in the article. If this bill is going to be an enforcement nightmare, dang it I'd like to know how.

Sen. Mike Fair's proposal to tax porn mags has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee, according to a Greenville News report. The measure would add a 20 percent surcharge to the price of each magazine. Where did Fair get that amount? Good question.

Fair said he pulled the 20 percent number "out of the air," figuring 10 percent wouldn't be enough.

"Out of the air"? Yeah, I think I would have been happier if he had said it came to him in a vision.


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