This is why Iran will never take over the world. Well, it's another reason why Iran won't take over the world. The London Daily Mail is reporting that a cleric in Iran has figured out why we are having all these earthquakes, volcanoes, and close games in the NCAA men's basketball tournament last month.
It's the fault of women. And not just any women. It is women who dress and act in a provocative manner. According to the article, a cleric named Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi said:
"Many women who do not dress modestly... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes."
Perhaps the Iranian clergy should so some work with those young men whose chastity is so easily corrupted and who are effortlessly led to adultery that it causes the earth to tremble and volcanoes to bellow their displeasure.
Or … maybe we'll just move onto something else.
The residents of the District of Columbia will not have a voting Member of Congress as a bill which would have provided for that was killed by Democratic leadership in the House over a provision which would have eased the District's very tough gun laws.
According to the Associated Press,
"The bill would have increased full House membership from 435 to 437, giving District residents a vote while adding a temporary at-large seat for Republican-leaning Utah, which narrowly missed out on getting an extra seat after the 2000 census."
But Democrats were not willing to trade a more flexible gun law for a voting Member of the House so they withdrew the bill.
The District has long had the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. It was illegal to have a firearm in your home, much less in your car or on your person. In 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court struck that law down in the "Heller" decision in which it was decided that the language of the Second Amendment made owning a firearm an individual right:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The District continued to make it difficult to "keep and bear Arms" but not impossible as it had been.
Interestingly, there were 186 murders committed in 2008 in the District of Columbia. After the Heller decision, there were 143 murders in 2009, a decrease of 23 percent. So far in 2010 there have been 29 murders compared to 36 at this point last year - a further decrease of just under 20 percent.