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[snip] What would Jesus charge? Pope Benedict XVI has placed a strict copyright on all papal pronouncements over the past 50 years and will charge at least 3 to 5 percent of the cover price of any book or publication "containing the Pope's words," the London Times Online reports. One Milanese publisher whose anthology included 30 lines of a papal speech has already been hit with a bill for 15,000 euros.

[snip] The immorality of the Ten Commandments. After Michigan's house of representatives passed a resolution to display the Ten Commandments in or near the state capitol the Michigan Prospect, a nonprofit public-policy institute, stated, "The Second Commandment . . . threatens to visit 'the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.' Should a child visiting the capitol start to become fearful because long ago a great grandfather may have struck his thumb with a hammer and impulsively used the name of the Lord in vain? Does any American law seek to punish children, let alone grandchildren and great grandchildren, for the sins of the fathers?"

[snip] C'mon, just a few more billion--you know we're good for it. Amount the U.S. government owed foreign governments and banks in April 2001: $975 billion. In October 2005: $2,102 billion ($682 billion to Japan alone).

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