Unlike Arizona’s clueless governor who’s never understood a reprieve, I learned this weekend that the world is getting a stay of execution. Newly discovered Guatemalan wall-writings now reveal that the world isn’t going to end December 21, 2012 after all. I guess this means my Christmas Club Accounts are still a ‘Go.’
It’s back to the end-of-the-world drawing board.
Contrary to that other Mayan Calendar and the prediction I discussed last December, scientists now tell us that besides life after 40, there’s life after 2012.
“So much for the supposed end of the world,” explains Boston University archaeologist William Saturno. Also see Saturno’s “National Geographic” account of the Maya-mural discovery as well as Video: “Mysterious Maya Calendar & Mural Uncovered.”
But I guess it might mean that 90-year old preacher Harold Camping gets a fourth act for the “Judgment Day” that didn’t come in 1994 – – or in May – – or in October of last year. Clearly, Reverend Camping’s no Mayan.
In fairness, predicting the end-of-the-world is a tough business. It’s too easy to be wrong. But it’s good work when you can get it even if Preacher Camping admitted to getting embarrassed about his Doomsday handicapping.
As for Governor Jan Brewer, who’s missing a few needles on her cactus, I’m not sure she can spell embarrassment. As it now turns out, she wags more than just her finger. She’s also good at waving her hand ‘bye-bye’ at convicted felons claiming good behavior, a rehabilitated value system or a transformative ‘new life’ in prison.
Brewer’s the first governor in 34 years who – – not only has never issued a single pardon – – but who has also denied each of her Executive Clemency Board’s 13 recommendations. But tough on crime’s the easy part. Now, redemption, that one’s hard.
But at least we can take comfort that the wheels of justice are ever true and unerring and that prosecutorial misconduct never happens. And that Arizona’s prisons are such exemplars, no one, for instance, was ever left in an outdoor cell to die in the desert heat.
But as usual, fearing yet another deer-in-the-headlight moment, without a press flack speaking for her, Brewer refuses to explain her position.