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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Cletus is thrilled to get a couple of comments on our Ten Commandments posts. He is even more thrilled that we got some comments from new readers. Lord knows we need new readers seeing as Cletus done run most of the two or three we had off with his lack of postings.
Cletus wanted to start a big argument with the feller over at http://gallandwormwood.blogspot.com/ (sorry, Cletus has again forgotten how to make a link and I can't bring myself to bother the Possumman again). Seems the Gentleman thinks he has lived in states with more interesting governors than Alabama. Of course he did mention Edwards from Louisiana and Richards from Texas so Cletus was starting at a distinct disadvantage. Cletus had to admit that our recent governors have not been "interesting". To get interesting, you have to go all the way back to Big Jim Folsum in the 50s and we barely remember back that far. In fact Elroy says he can barely remembers yesterday.
Cletus says that the Commandment series was such a success that he is thinking about doing a short exposition on the coming Avian Flu pandemic since as he understands it, if the flu jumps from birds to humans, it will probably do so through hogs and he is pretty much the expert on free range hogs.
Bubba said he wondered if the Old Testament prohibition against pork had anything to do with the Israelites discovering that diseases such as the flu are transmitted to people via pigs.
Elroy says he is worried about the latest hurricane brewing. He is about tuckered out (from sitting in the office trailor while the real linemen are out working) and surely hopes this one stays offshore. Cletus said he thought Elroy ws being a little selfish since there are a lot of people who were really hurt by hurricanes this year and Elroy is complaining about the extra work. Elroy said that Cletus needed to think it through. This really is a case of what's good for Elroy being good for the country since if there is a lot of electrical line damage for him to work on, not a lot of people are out of electricty.
Cletus admitted that he had a point.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Here's number 10: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's."
Cletus says his neighbor doesn't have most of those things. His house isn't much and as for the wife, she's right tart and not very covetable if that is a word.
This one doesn't seem like something to write into law although I suppose the Alabama Legislature might try seeing as it is right up there with needing a state whiskey. Cletus is still smarting about not being asked to supply the whiskey since as he says, if there is an Alabama whiskey, it is moonshine.
Since covetousness is pretty much a personal thing, we can't quite see how this one could be enforced. Bubba says the state could have a special group of police who drive a round and arrest people seen looking longingly in their neighbors direction. Of course, they could just be looking at his coonhound and admiring it rather than coveting. Who would be the judge?
From a practical standpoint, it appears that only four of the commandments are enforceable laws and the others are primarily religious. Cletus says he read the Constitution and it doesn't mention any of the Commandments. Bubba says the commandments are on the US Supreme Court building. Cletus says that is probably because they were an early written code and are therefore important in the development of codes of law.
Elroy says this has been fun, but that we haven't done anything other than contribute to the coming electron shortage.
I fear he is right.