On Any Sunday
The L.A. Morgue is designed to hold up to 350 bodies, but, reports Fox 11 News, it's now packed with 415 bodies. Says Fox: "Officials attributed today's record census to population growth, illegal immigration, familial estrangement and poverty."
Ditto at the L.A. County jails. Fox reports that a federal judge who toured the jail this past week said the crowding is "not consistent with basic human values." Cells designed for three inmates are holding six, and "there is not enough room for all six inmates to stand up or take a pace or two."
Perhaps the "solution" will involve GPS sensors. Forty rapists and other "high-risk sex offenders" on parole in Palmdale will be sporting an ankle bracelet that transmits their GPS coordinates to their parole agents. ("Tom Tom, where's the nearest elementary school?")
2. Laws. We Need More Laws.
California's Senate passed a bill this week that would require all major horse racetracks in the state to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007. (Kind of makes you wonder whether and how much the makers of polymer synthetics contributed to our elected officials, doesn't it?)
Meanwhile, in a federal court in San Jose, a judge is nearing a decision on whether to invalidate or uphold a California law banning the sale to minors of videogames depicting violence. If it's upheld, should the ban be extended to books? Comic books? CD's with violent lyrics? ("I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.")
3. Bread and Circuses.
The New York Times today has an article on how the NFL may put a team in the Coliseum. If that happens, what should the team's name be?
There you have it, Brain Trust. Please share your insightful analysis and wry wit. (Doesn't that sound nicer than "Blog away, Dum Dum's?")