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Supreme Court Building Struck by Lightning



Washington D. C. (Reuters)

For the first time in its history, the US Supreme Court building was struck by lightning last night, less than 24 hours after, in a controversial split ruling, the Supreme Court overturned the right to reproductive freedom guaranteed by Roe. v. Wade.

While no injuries were reported, and structural damage to the building was minimal, according to building manager Letitia Robinson, “The building's entire electrical system is fried. We may not have it up and working again until late next week.”

When asked by reporters, senior justice Clarence Thomas denied any significance to the timing of the lightning-strike.

“God had nothing to do with this,” he said. “This is meteorological coincidence, pure and simple.”

Dr. Melanie Powers, high priestess emerita of Washington, D. C., had a different perspective.

In 1966, the heathens of Iceland petitioned the Althing—parliament—to have their religion formally recognized. Parliamentarians thought it was a joke, and denied the petition. Next day, the Ministry of Religion was struck by lightning,” she told reporters. “The day after that, Parliament reversed itself and granted the petition unanimously.

“It remains to be seen,” she added, “whether the partisan hacks of SCOTUS will have the wisdom, not to mention the humility, to do the same.”








Yes, of course it's satire: what did you think? Rarely, alas, do the gods speak quite so plainly as this.

But I call almighty Thunder to witness that the highest court in the land

are now become oppressors, oppressors of the very people they are meant to serve.

May everlasting shame be theirs.




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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


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