Monthly Archives: October 2007

Vote For Agam!

Agam's Gecko, a blog from Thailand that I regularly look at when news is happening in that part of the world, is a finalist for Best Asian Blog in the 2007 Weblog Awards. When the voting begins, please consider voting … Continue reading

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A Game Fatal To Both Sides

I have not been following this , but it just popped in two places almost at the same time. Hollywood writers are apparently just about to strike as their contract expires. The Los Angeles Times says the strike looks likely. … Continue reading

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Hate Monger Goes Bananas

Jay over at Stop the ACLU alerted me to this one - it is an amazing clip. Fred Phelps goes totally bonkers on CNN after losing the lawsuit today.   This is a narrow but very important distinction. This is not about … Continue reading

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British Council Asks 91-Year Old Male Veteran If He Is A Lesbian

The Daily Mail is just chock full of bureaucratic madness today. First it was the Brave New Briton a British think tank proposed now comes this item. A local council in Briton is quizzing elderly male veterans of the Second … Continue reading

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Brave New Britain

A British Labor party-affiliated think tank has had one of its recent reports leaked to the media. I doubt they are very happy about it. Because I rather suspect the average Brit on the street isn't going to be too … Continue reading

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Dropping The Legal Hammer

The miserable excuse for a human being, Fred Phelps and two other members of his "church", the Westboro Baptist Church lost a civil suit brought in Federal court by the grieving father of a marine who died in Iraq. Albert … Continue reading

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Ye Olde Bratwurst

An amateur historian has discovered the oldest bratwurst recipe ever. Dating from 1432 it is even older than some clams. According to the 1432 guidelines, Thuringian sausage makers had to use only the purest, unspoiled meat and were threatened with … Continue reading

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Boy Playing With Matches Started California Fire

One of the fires that swept southern California last week was started by a boy playing with matches. Authorities are deciding whether to charge the boy or not in the case. The fire he started burned 38,000 acres and 21 homes, … Continue reading

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Chet Culver And The Pumpkin Harvest

In search of the rivers of revenue that a pumpkin tax will bring in, Governor Chet Culver of Iowa visits a pumpkin patch.   The Not-So-Great pumpkin Tweet

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Burma: Junta Buying Child Soldiers From Brokers

Human Rights Watch will issue a report today that alleges that the military junta that rules Burma is buying child soldiers to fill the ranks of the army from human traffickers who buy and sell children. Just when you thought … Continue reading

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Losing His Judicial Pants

Roy Pearson, Jr., the creepy Washington, DC administrative law  judge who sued a dry cleaner for $54 million, has lost his job. You'll recall that Pearson sued a mom and pop drycleaner over a lost pair of pants. For $54 … Continue reading

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A Perilous Policy

that is what Benjamin Civiletti, Dick Thornburgh and William Webster are calling a failure to grant conditional civil immunity to private individuals and companies who cooperate with authorities in national security matters. Specifically, they are talking about provisions in a FISA revision … Continue reading

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Lap Of Luxury

USA Today takes a look at the "ethics reforms" passed by the Democrats controlling Congress. To say that they are less than impressed is an understatement. They go so far as to point out some of the most egregious examples … Continue reading

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Step Away From The Pumpkin

In one of the most blatant "squeeze the peasants" move by a state bureaucracy that I have ever seen, the Iowa Department of Revenue has decided to begin charging sales tax on pumpkins. Until September, the orange squash was considered … Continue reading

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Flying Saucer, Meet Kettle

"I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health. There's something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact." Dennis Kucinich in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board on Tuesday. "Dennis … Continue reading

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