Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cruel and unusual

From today's El Universal, a Mexican newspaper:

Alicia Cardenas, a spokeswoman for the (Mexican government's) Civil
Service Secretariat, has declared that the federal government will not
consider days or partial days taken off work to watch the World Cup,
even if the Mexican team wins a game, as having been taken off for
legitimate cause. Public servants who skip work to watch soccer games
will be sanctioned.


I don't know if the Mexican constitution contains a provision akin to
the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but Mexico did adopt the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is bound to abide by Art. 5
thereof. But, gawrsh, that's what them there internets are for. Let's

Yes, indeed, Art. 22 of the Mexican Constitution prohibits cruel and
unusual punishment. If I were Alicia Cardenas, I'd watch my back.