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Falling: Blind Justice In an online poll, some 6,135 people voted Christian v. SoutheasternGuide Dogsthe most frivolous lawsuit in recent memory. The case: ablind man in training with a new seeing-eye-dog stepped on and fractured awoman’s toe, whereupon she filed a $160,000 claim against the seeing-eye-dogschool. Her lawyer maintains the case was not ridiculous. “I’ll tell youwhat: It had some merit. If it wasn’t the blind, it’d be a decent case,” hecontended. Right. They say justice is blind, but after the case settled forunder $5,000, we’d say it’s close to 20/20. Falling: Video games A federal judge in Indianapolis ruled that a city ordinance banning minorsfrom playing violent and sexually explicit video games unless accompanied bya parent can take effect immediately. The judge says the games could trainkids to become snipers, while the video game manufacturers say the ordinancerestricts First Amendment rights. Well, at least now games about blowingpeople away can be a family activity. Falling: Our Eyelids The first presidential debate came and went and thank God we have a few more before Nov. 7. We wonder what moderator Jim Lehrer was thinking halfway through. Good thing he doesn’t suffer from narcolepsy. The Tuesday night event wasn’t a complete loss. We learned a couple of new phrases that will surely show up on “Saturday Night Live” at some point this month. Texas Gov. George W. Bush’s “fuzzy math” and “Washington-fuzzy math” quips were priceless. We’re not sure what “fuzzy math” means — are the numbers wrong? Are they soft? Are they sprouting hair? And don’t forget Bush’s word of the night (mentioned only once, but oh-so-poignant): “mediscare.” In fairness to Bush, Gore didn’t coin any silly phrases, but one of his responses (or lack thereof) was pretty entertaining. Lehrer asked about Gore’s “ability to handle the unexpected.” Gore babbled on about Kosovo and HMOs and middle-class families. C’mon, the only unexpected event during his vice presidency was the Monica Lewinsky affair. Hmmm … wonder why he didn’t mention that?

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