November 16, 2007
Oreo edict eases election defeat in Utah
By Daniel C. Vock, Staff Writer
Oh, the Utah House and an Oreo Cookie - what a funny combination. Utah legislators took up a lighthearted resolution this week (Nov. 14) to make the creamy, crunchy, choc-o-late treat the state's official sandwich cookie, the Deseret Morning News reports. Oreos served as a memorable prop in a TV commercial in favor of a Utah school-voucher initiative, which voters soundly rejected earlier this month. Alas, the resolution was only a joke. Oh, O-R-E-O.
Bulldog born, bulldog bred, and when they die, they'll be bulldog dead. The Georgia University System Board of Regents is reconsidering a ban on placing the University of Georgia or Georgia Tech logos on caskets, The Associated Press reports. A company based in Macon, Ga., asked for the change, so it can continue to offer its Georgia and Georgia Tech caskets. To crib from the Georgia Tech fight song, an idea worthy of "a helluva engineer!"
Kentucky lawmakers took on the popular topic of global warming Wednesday. But, the Lexington Herald-Leader writes, there was one gaping hole in the witness list: scientists. "It really wasn't my intention to get into so much science today," said state Rep. Jim Gooch (D), who led the hearing. Instead, legislators heard from a lawyer from an oil industry-backed think tank and a former British official. Lord Christopher Monckton quoted Bible verses and denounced former Vice President Al Gore, a recent Nobel Peace Prize winner, for his work on global warming.
You know Dasher and Dancer. Well, meet Bucky and Snowball, two blacktail deer that have cost Oregon taxpayers at least 40,000 bucks, according to The (Portland) Oregonian . State wildlife officials took the deer from a family after an eight-hour police stand-off in September. Veterinary care for the two cost $1,286. Most of the rest of the expenses came from state workers fielding calls from angry Oregonians about the seizure.
Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann (D) is under fire from Christian and Republican groups, after the Dayton Daily News detailed Dann's dealings with the press on Sunday. Dann, who is Jewish, said in an e-mail to an aide, "Bentley said there are six nasty posts after the … editorial. All about you. Jesus had it better on good friday (sic)." Dann told the paper he didn't remember the comment. "Did I say that? ... I really stay away from religious jokes. So I would be really surprised about that, if I said that. That's not my sense of humor."