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Useless Louisiana law
a burden to the books
Smile when you say that.
This June, Mike Foster, governor of the
state of Louisiana, signed into law legislation
that will require the girls and boys of that
state’s elementary schools to show the respect
due to the men and women who teach them.
Believed to be the first U.S. law mandat
ing respectful conversation, it requires stu
fifth grade, to
ers and other
ees as “ma’am”
or “sir,” “Mr.”
or “Ms.” as the
who fail to
show the appro
can be pun
the law leaves
the rule in the
hands of each
of the 66 public
- with the only
being that stu
Well; at least
won’t have to
growing up to
be loud and
surly like New
Yorkers or lax
like those kids
dents cannot be suspended or expelled tor
failing to comply.
At last the citizens of Louisiana can rest
easy. No longer will they be terrorized in the
night by 10-year-olds packing pistols.
Oh no. The law didn’t take guns out of the
hands of children, did it?
Just put words in their mouths.
Well, at least Louisianans won’t have to
worry about their kids growing up to be loud
and surly like New Yorkers or lax and famil
iar like those kids in California.
Not that Louisiana’s problem (and every
state has them) has ever been rudeness. Quite
Louisianans are already more likely to
address older people or people in authority
with the appropriate titles than your average
In fact, and just going by the prevailing
stereotypes (as we have been in comparing
Louisiana to the other great states we’ve been
maligning), the sons and daughters of
Louisiana have been thought of as ignorant,
'backward hicks - a conception totally at odds
with the real facts of the majority of
Louisianans, but there you are.
This somewhat more significant image
problem could possibly be rectified if the
Legislature of that worthy state would spend
more money and time actually improving the
education their little tykes are to receive, than
in burdening the already bloated statue books
with one more useless, featherweight law.
Just a thought.
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God Hates Hackers!
The “Reverend” Fred Phelps of
the infamous Westboro Baptist
Church, Topeka, Kan., is well known
nationally for his homophobic big
otry and for his mantra, “God hates
Phelps has established a consid
erable presence on the World Wide
Web at www.godhatesfags.com,
where one could find dozens of hate
ful documents, photos of Matthew
Shepard burning in hell, and even
sound clips of Phelps preaching
against gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender people, apparently very
amused with himself.
On Aug. 18, an anonymous good
Samaritan ended Phelps’ presence
on the Web by transferring owner
ship of the godhatesfags.com
domain to the GLBT rival organiza
tion, “God Loves Fags,” owned by
Kris Haight of New Hampshire and
Web-mastered by Rich Mackey of
The GodLovesFags site owners
explain that they received an anony
mous e-mail on August 17 telling
them to “pay close attention” to the
godhatesfags.com Internet informa
tion over die next few days.
The next day they were the sur
prised recipients Of an authentic and
legal transfer of the
godhatesfags.com domain to their
Since then, GodLovesFags has
logged over 30,000 visitors, about 50
times their typical traffic, and access
rates are climbing.
So far, 604 supportive e-mails
(and counting) have been logged and
only nine hateful e-mails.
How long will GodLovesFags
will retain ownership of the god
We’re not sure. Could be a day,
could be forever. We intend to keep
it the way if is as long as we can.
Many are regarding the domain
transfer from the anonymous
Samaritan as a gift from God.
The Lord works in mysterious
Sarah Fox, Ph.D.
QUILL News and
Editor s note: At press time the
godhatesfags.com domain seems
again to be contested. Surf on over
for further developments.
1. Replace the battery in the
smoke detector. God knows
how long it’s been in there,
and a dead battery can make
a dead fella pretty easy. You
don’t want to wind up a
shrinkled skellington, do
ya? Sixty cents and you
could maybe pull your fat
out of the fire.
2. Check with the Better
Business Bureau before you
sign that six-month lease,
dope! Too late? Then for
cryin’ out loud:
3. Know your renters’
rights! When you’re up
against it, Student Legal
Services can back you up.
They can’t represent you in
court, but they can tell you
how to get there if it comes
to that They also keep a
handy list of deadbeat, slum
landlords, so you can look
up how to spell that so-and
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