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February 16, 2011

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From Romania comes news that the government has proposed a law under which people who practice witchcraft can be fined or even imprisoned if their predictions do not come true. I am NOT making this up.

witches horiz this 240Now, let’s set aside the fact that such a law seems more appropriate for fortune-tellers than for witches. Maybe job distinctions overlap over there. But whatever predictions they do make are suddenly going to be a LOT less specific…

“Cackle, cackle…Let’s look at the cards, Dearie! You will get up tomorrow morning after sleeping on a soft, flat rectangular thing, and you will drink a liquid which I believe will be, um, ORANGE in color!”

But it gets even weirder. The bill would also mandate witches to provide receipts for their services.

witches kidman 240“Excuse me, Ma’am, but I wanted my boss turned into a NEWT – that’s a small amphibian – rather than a KNUTE, a person of Scandinavian origin…

“I mean, he’s tall and blond and hunky now, and doesn’t seem to be suffering very much at all! Yes, I’m aware I should have checked the receipt you gave me…”

As strange as all this sounds, I think they may be onto something. Only, let’s start with the dimwits who do the weather on television.

“Okay honey, put down your pointer and assume the position. We can do this the easy way, or the hard way…”

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Top: Romanian witches Monica, Ana, Mihaela and Bratara perform a night witchcraft ritual in the outskirts of Bucharest February 14, 2011. A week ago Romania’s government has proposed a new bill under which people who practice witchcraft can be fined or even imprisoned if their predictions do not come true. The bill will also mandate witches to keep permits, provide receipts for their services, and to stay away from schools and churches. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Left: Nicole Kidman in “To Die For.”

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three witches
standing over a brew
Oh, what a grim picture
they drew
The days are changing
and so are the lords
they all demand results
by the blade of their swords
But the three witches were clever
and they gave them gov lads cooked up receipts
So, even if they tricked them
there would be no proof of deceit!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Don’t witches generally stay away from churches anyway? The next time I order a spell from Romania, I will make sure to double check my receipt for services rendered. I wonder if they accept Visa?

Posted by MamaC326 | Report as abusive

Think I would pass on threatening a witch if I thought she could actually cast viable spells…

This whole fine/imprisonment thing, though. Could it be used for politicians, stockbrokers and that guy at the race track with the hot tip?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Um…assume what position?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

gotta get maself a witch…

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Isn’t that first picture from a US Federal Reserve meeting?

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Maybe they could pass a similar law regarding Wall Stree analysts…

Posted by I_dont_know_1 | Report as abusive

@fwd079: Sale this week. Buy one, get three free! :-)

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

logically, if she weighs the same as a duck, she’s a witch 😀

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Remember when the ‘Physic Hotline” went bankrupt? Shouldn’t they have known?

Posted by KWest | Report as abusive

Fwd, only drawback is that you cant choose the 3 you are getting free…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra and justCAM: cool, I am up for it.. what man would MIND getting three girls for free?? 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Witches and psychics and newts, oh my!

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

@CAM, no, that isn’t the Fed. That is a meeting of Wall Street analysts!

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

You may want to consult with Mrs.Fwd, first tho… I am sure BG would not want to lose a commentator !!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Wasn’t there a Greek psychic that was executed for being right too often? Sounds like a catch-22!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Double, double toil and trouble
Carnival costume burn and celebrity hair now is stubble

Round about the blog all go
In the medi sprinkles throw.
Egg salad sandwich by the radiator
(JustK is saving that for later)
All await their Oscar invite
Realistically (like Lady Lala) we’ll watch from home that night

Double, double toil and trouble
About those 25,000 ‘friends’ – Spin had to burst Baz’s bubble :(

Flautist in the snow
Hoping Shra’s taser has a warm glow
JustCam found Fwd a bargain
MamaC will verify what they’ve been chargin’
Unca & Sara host a party to watch Red Green
Few of the visitors have a taste for poutine

Double, double toil and trouble
Onedoor hit the snooze and was buried in the rubble

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Wow, Georgia. I am speechless…

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

GeorgiaPeach, you’re outta reach!

Posted by ladylala | Report as abusive

I would pay for that spell, Georgia!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I would pay for that spell, Georgia!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Somewhere out that way in eastern Europe a few weeks ago they made witchcraft and being a driving instructor subject to income tax. That’d be a better story if I’d been awake enough to remember the details…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive