Thursday, October 16, 2008

Better Luck Next Time, Ernie

A little over a year ago, I commented in this space on a lawsuit filed by "the Omaha Maverick," that Mother Jones magazine idol Ernie Chambers, Nebraska state senator and and publicity seeker, against God Almighty. The basis for the lawsuit is all the bad things God purportedly causes to happen in the world, and the ostensible purpose is to point out that everyone should have access to the courts, no matter how frivolous the action.

Now, Douglas County district court judge Marlon Polk has filed Chambers' inane lawsuit in the circular cabinet, where it belongs. "Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant," said Judge Polk in his written opinion, "this action will be dismissed with prejudice [i.e., forever, never to be refiled]." Chambers, said to be an atheist, nevertheless falls back on God's omniscience. "Since God knows everything," says Chambers, "God has notice of this lawsuit." Chambers has 30 days to waste even more of the court's time by appealing.

Ernie Chambers, who was 71 last July, is nearing the end of the average life expectancy for men in the United States. Hopefully, he will straighten up before he is summoned before that Highest Tribunal of all -- from Whose judgment there is no appeal.

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