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This week's sign that the End Times are near:

Legislative ethics reform won some important but unexpected backers Tuesday: leaders of the Indiana House and Senate.

House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, laid out a package of reforms for the legislative session that begins Jan. 4, including a one-year waiting period before legislators could become lobbyists.

There will be differences in what the House and Senate propose, but one thing both will apparently have is a "cooling off" period of a year before ex-legislators can become lobbyists. Five years or "forever" would be a better period, but let's take what we can get, eh? The story notes that in the past legislators of both parties claimed to be insulted "by the implication that lawmakers would use their position to win a lucrative lobbying job." Presumably the 30 for legislators who are now lobbyists have thicker skins.

This just in: An atheist will become the next pope.


Wed, 10/28/2009 - 3:14pm

I don't know if an atheist will become the next pope, but here's a trick question useful for winning bar bets and that sort of thing:
Have all the popes been Catholic?
Actually, no. If you take church history seriously, the first pope was the apostle Peter, who, like Jesus, was a Jew.
What are the odds the next pope will be a former Nazi?
Oh, yeah. Sorry.