Thursday, January 08, 2009

News of the day, noted on the cross-14th Street bus.

Porn industry seeks federal bailout.

"People are too depressed to be sexually active. This is very unhealthy as a nation. Americans can do without cars and such but they cannot do without sex. With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It's time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."

"I want my kidney back!" Another term to be added to the marriage contract: "Donated organs to be returned in case of adultery."

Inmate sues warden for $500,000 over dead parrot.

The death of Freddy the parrot could be debated in federal courts. It also could raise questions about the right of the accused to get "one phone call" after being arrested.

Thomas Goodrich charges in a lawsuit he filed this month that he never got that call, causing his expensive and beloved blue and gold macaw to starve to death. Goodrich alleges he was held on a misdemeanor warrant in Young Correctional Institution for 12 days, unable to get word out to anyone to help him post bail or get food to his pet parrots.

It took him nearly 10 days to barter for a stamp to get a letter to a friend about his predicament, according to the suit that Goodrich filed without an attorney...

The lawsuit names Department of Correction Commissioner Carl Danberg and former Young warden Raphael Williams as defendants and asks for $250,000 in punitive damages from each...

Beyond the question of the deceased pet -- and echoes of Monty Python's dead parrot sketch -- legal experts said Goodrich's lawsuit raises a serious issue about the rights of an accused to secure his or her freedom, most commonly through a phone call.

Widener Law associate professor Jules Epstein and ACLU Delaware Executive Director Drewry Fennell said despite the constant references in police dramas, there is no "right" to a phone call...