And you thought studying math was a waste of time, did you, Bunky?

Activities divided by children squared equals 'Are we nearly there yet?':
The inevitable and often repeated inquiry is set to ring out across the UK as schools break up for the summer holidays today. Now drivers on long, hot car journeys along Britain's traffic-choked roads will be able to predict exactly when the little backseaters will first ask the question.

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"And yes we will still love you in the morning."

Scotsman.com News - International - 'No invasion' says Israel as troops move into Lebanon

Faux finds news too boring, reports “scary what ifs.”

Media Matters -
Fox News: “Are Saddam Hussein's WMDs Now in Hezbollah's Hands?”
BANDERAS: All right, John. Well,
this just adds to the “what ifs” -- I mean, scary “what ifs.”
You know, what if Hezbollah had chemical weapons? While, it's,
of course, purely speculative right now....

Maybe we should make English the official language after all.

Secretary Rice Holds a News Conference:
...we also seek to address the root causes of that violence so that a real and endurable peace can be established.

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Power news.

Storms knock out more power in St. Louis - Yahoo! News:
ST. LOUIS - Another day of severe storms knocked out electricity for tens of thousands of additional residents, but brought along a cold front that was welcome relief for those waiting for power to be restored.
July 20, 2006 -- Angry residents and business owners lost their cool yesterday after failed feeder cables left their Queens neighborhoods without power for a second straight day.
New Orleans, Getting Less Power, May Pay More - New York Times:
Ten months after Hurricane Katrina, the city still does not have a reliable electrical system. Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of repairs are still needed on a system devastated by flooding, the local utility is in bankruptcy and less than half the system’s prestorm customers have returned. Of those who have, many have endured hot and sleepless nights with no air-conditioning
The $100,000 Electric Car... | The Huffington Post:
Detroit is floundering, gas prices are rising -- now Silicon Valley is stepping in with an impractical-but-cool solution: A sexy, pricey and fast electric car that uses the same lithium ion batteries found in your cellphone or laptop.


I bet he's right.

Man in chicken suit cries foul over abuse - Yahoo! News:
“People don't take this costume seriously,” said Turnage, who wears the suit to promote a fast-food restaurant.

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And pigs must fly.

Rice Outlines Plans for Trip to Middle East - New York Times:
WASHINGTON, July 21 — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, soon to leave for the turbulent Middle East, said today that the violence in Lebanon must end in a stable and lasting peace, not just a cease-fire.

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Oh no. No. No. Please make it stop.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/21/2006 | Santorum blasts Iran, 'Islamic facism,' media:
“There has been a war against the war,” he said.

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How wrong we were.

We used to call them water bottles. Imagine that. We were pretty backward back then, I guess.

But hey, I'm learning new things every day. And what I learned today, thanks to CVS, is that they're really hydration bottles. I mean, imagine that.

I mean, I haven't felt so hip since the day I figured out the numbers are on buttons now, not a dial.

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Safari, so sweet.

Well I'm back to using the Mac native browser, Safari, because it's just so beautiful and so fast. There are some few environs in the far reaches of Cyberspace where it suffers from incompatibility, but I have a while tool chest of other browsers to handle those. And back to using Ecto as a blogging tool because, when push comes to shove, there are advantages to using a self-standing tool. Also it has a good spell checker.

If I were using Windows, I'd be using Firefox or Flock - Firefox because of its stability and security (and its excellent “Favorites” sidebar); Flock, another Gecko browser, because of its nifty implementation of blogging and RSS tools. But there's no question both of them, especially Flock, are slower on my computer (your mileage may vary).

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As if they don't have enough to worry about in New York.

Truck Carrying Tomahawk Missile Overturns:
A tractor-trailer carrying a test missile collided with another truck during the morning rush hour Friday, sparking a call to the bomb squad before authorities determined the missile was inert.

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What? You mean it wasn't Benjamin Franklin?

Creator of the Philly Cheesesteak Dies:
Harry Olivieri, who with his brother Pat was credited with inventing the Philly cheesesteak in 1933, had died. He was 90.

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Just pointing out, that's all.

CIA - The World Factbook -- Lebanon:
Area - comparative: about 0.7 times the size of Connecticut
CIA - The World Factbook -- Israel:
Area - comparative: slightly smaller than New Jersey
According to Israeli military sources July 20:
“Israel [has] hit ”1,000 targets in the last eight days — 20 percent were missile-launching sites and the rest were control and command centers, missiles and so forth.“
”Hezbollah has fired more than 1,100 rockets at civilian areas in Israel since the fighting began and that 12 percent — or about 750,000 people — of Israel's population lives in areas that can be targeted by the guerrillas.“

Another one of Rove's ideas, if you ask me.

The what? This is Chicago we're talking about? Hog butcher to the world?

Let's not kid ourselves. Even with faster travel times to the Loop and more frequent service, the new CTA Pink Line isn't a reinvention of the wheel. It's a rerouting of existing Green and Blue Line stations, disguised in a color that resembles Pepto Bismol.

Get in the Pink: A new CTA line offers 6 stops to explore | Chicago Tribune

A pink subway? Oh, come on. And what about these 6 stops to explore? I bet they're beauties, huh?

Sandwich maker Jacqueline LeFlore tells me I have a choice of three meats and two cheeses. I pick prosciutto, capicola and chicken, with Swiss and colby jack cheese--she gives a funny look and suggests Genoa salami over chicken, and provolone over Swiss. This is going gangbusters so far.

Then she introduces the bread--the CTA gals weren't kidding. It's 2 feet long and could pass for a Scud missile. LeFlore begins cutting the meats until it's piled into a stack 6 inches high. She carefully assembles this monstrosity, adding mayo, onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and an oil dressing, wraps it in foil, into a paper sleeve and then a plastic bag.

Oh. Well then. That's better. Not so bad after all.

And sort of explains the Pepto Bismol too.

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Umm, I'm not sure we really want to use the word "fallout" here.

The fallout so far has been limited to inconveniences in the form of traffic and longer travel times, officials say.

MetroWestDailyNews.com - Local / Regional News: Tunnel troubles affect tourists

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"Some of my good friends are different colors."

"I have black people who work for me," said [CO State Rep.] Welker.

Rocky Mountain News: Government

Of course I don't know specifically if these exact guys are Rep. Welker's friends but you sure can't say they aren't different colors. So I guess they would be sort of like Rep. Welker's friends, even if they're not. If you see what I mean.

Pro-male! Alright!

I have a long list of favorite patriotic movies, including "Victory at Sea," "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Sands of Iwo Jima," but Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" is right up there with the best of them. It is one of the greatest pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving, God Bless America films you will ever see.

Townhall.com::'World Trade Center' is a world class movie::By Cal Thomas

Even pro-maler than "Back to Bataan," maybe? Well, I doubt that. "Back to Bataan" was pretty damn pro-male, as any pro-American, pro-family, pro-faith, pro-male, flag-waving, God Bless America, Faux News kinda guy like Cal would certainly agree. Anthony Quinn's in it too. And that other guy, Marrion Morrison (what kind of pro-male name is Marrion?). But pretty pro-male, which is good enough for me and Cal.

And by the way, pro-male doesn't mean women can't be in it. Especially Uma.

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Clampdown on Canuck crustaceans.

CALAIS, Maine --American fisheries agents have been stopping every truck carrying lobster into the U.S. through the border crossing this week as they look for illegal lobsters and other seafood.

U.S. fisheries officials crack down on illegal lobster imports - Boston.com

And who said the northern border's not secure?

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Last throes up 40 percent.

U.S. spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said there has been an average of 34 attacks a day against U.S. and Iraqi forces in the capital over the past five days. The daily average for the period June 14 until July 13 was 24 a day, he said.

The Associated Press

The General noted, "We have not witnessed the reduction in violence one would have hoped for in a perfect world."

OK, call me a cockeyed optimist, but I, personally, would have hoped for no violence at all in a perfect world. In fact, no war. I mean, wouldn't that be perfect?

Of course if you're a general maybe you'd think it more perfect to have a little war now and then, nothing too dangerous but enough to keep a hand in, so to speak.

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Gotta love science, huh?

Yea, Lynn! (And thanks to whoever did the, you know, underlying research.)

World's biggest cookie is chocolate chip.

More pictures (lots more pictures) here.

Because we have a faith-based Agriculture Department now.

"It's time that our surveillance efforts reflect what we now know is a very, very low level of BSE in the United States," Johanns said.

USDA scales back mad-cow testing - Yahoo! News

That's right. And a very, very low level is not so bad. Not like it's a very, very high level, or anything like that.

What's BSE, you ask?

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Right. That's the whole point, isn't it?

Court: Strippers' work not covered

Oh no, says the court.

The judges also quoted a U.S. Supreme Court decision that cautioned against considering the "bacchanalian revelries" of a strip club as "the constitutional equivalent of a performance by a scantily clad ballet troupe in a theater."

Indeed, indeed.

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One of these days we're gonna have to get this pledge thing sorted out.

When I was in high school the Pledge of Allegiance went sort of like...

"...one nation, indivisible, oh shit..."

...because the "under God" part had just been added and everybody kept forgetting to put it in, having recited the pledge without it for all our tender years. Some of us, in fact - conservatives, who didn't like our sacred things being screwed around with by a bunch of wackos in Washington - objected to its being put there in the first place, but Ike insisted adding it in would stick it to those dirty, godless Commies, so in it went.

That's how it is with conserving, I guess. Fortunately the Bellamy salute went out of style the year before I entered kindergarten so at least I escaped having to conserve that. It really does look sort of dorky, doesn't it?

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And you thought things were weird in Wyoming.

KETCHUM, Idaho - It took surgery to save a 12-foot Burmese python after it swallowed an entire queen-size electric blanket — with the electrical cord and control box.

Python gulps queen-size electric blanket - Yahoo! News

Believe me, it's not easy to find a good python surgeon these days.


Meanwhile, this just in from Farmington Hills, MI.

"Anderson reported observing a white male in the driveway laughing," said a report from U.S. postal inspector Andrew Gottfried.

Big day for snake news. What's with that?

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Who says there's no good news?

"Little things like that work," said Michael Boyd, president of the Boyd Group, an aviation consulting group in Evergreen, Colo. "Barf bags have a lot of shelf life — people aren't barfing as much in planes as they used to."

US Airways to place ads on sickness bags - Yahoo! News

Of course people aren't doing a lot of things as much as they used to but still, this is kind of reassuring, isn't it?

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Think of the children!

Opposition to the streaking has grown since last year's derby, he said, when a deputy used a Taser to apprehend John Chase Rogers, 21, dropping him to the dirt as he streaked with a fire extinguisher before a crowd of 3,500.

Wyo. police pledge crackdown on streakers - Yahoo! News

Fire extinguisher? What's the story on the fire extinguisher, dude?

Well. Never mind. Try to concentrate on the story here. Police are vowing to take on the streakers who traditionally appear at the demolition derby on the Telon County (Wyoming) Fair's last day. As many as 10 of them last year, it seems.

Teton County Attorney Steve Weichman said a growing number of people have told him they didn't think that "drunk, crazy and naked streaking" is a "great, normal, fun thing."

Or at least not as great, normal, and fun as a demolition derby, drunk. crazy, and naked or not. And anyway the derby is a "family event," says Police Chief Zivkovich. So that's that.

Only let's not lose sight of the entertainment value here. Opposition has grown to the streaking, not the tasering, it seems. Maybe the kiddies would like more of that.

And what's with the fire extinguisher, anyway?

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Yep, one thing leads to t'other.

We must continue to explore these hopeful alternatives, so we can advance the cause of scientific research while staying true to the ideals of a decent and humane society.

Message to the House of Representatives

Start messin' around with them there little embryo fellas and next thing you know we'll be into lethal injections and dropping bombs on each other. There ain't no end.

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Wait! Whatever happened to...

...those Ford hybrids? Remember them?
Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Bill Ford Jr. is backing away from his much-publicized commitment to produce 250,000 hybrid vehicles a year by the end of the decade, saying the company intends to pursue a broader environmental strategy that focuses more on other alternative-fuel vehicles.

Ford bails out on hybrid promise - 06/29/06 - The Detroit News Online

Ah. Right. Broader strategy. I must have missed that somehow.

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Faux News's Karen Hanretty thinks Dubya's "love attack" on German PM is...well, wait, let her explain it.

GOP commentator and Fox News political analyst Karen Hanretty said the outraged reaction shows how "President Bush just can't win."

"Aren't these the same women who have been angry about cowboy diplomacy?" she asked. "Do they want a kinder, more sensitive Bush -- or a cowboy? Once again, there's no pleasing women," she said. "Give them the cowboy and they want Alan Alda.''

Cowboy george / Bush's unexpected squeeze of the German chancellor has the Internet howling

OK? Got it? No?

Well, don't ask me. She got herself into this, she can get herself out.

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Way to go, customers! Woohoo!

But the new chip drew immediate reactions from customers who said if they wanted healthy, they wouldn't be eating chips.

Customers pan 'healthy' potato chips - Yahoo! News

Exactly! Who wants healthy potato chips anyway?

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Hey, Seattle!

The Seattle Center Monorail will not resume operation today as thought and may not re-open this week, as a result of some last-minute, surprising "additional safety issues that need to be resolved," the operator, a Seattle Monorail Services official said.

Seattle Monorail remains grounded

Wanna trade for a tunnel?

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They would make a cute couple, though.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who is considering a bid for president, called the administration's latest moves abroad a form of appeasement. "We have accepted the lawyer-diplomatic fantasy that talking while North Korea builds bombs and missiles and talking while the Iranians build bombs and missiles is progress," he said in an interview. "Is the next stage for Condi to go dancing with Kim Jong Il?" he asked, referring to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the North Korean leader.

Conservative Anger Grows Over Bush's Foreign Policy

Well, the "conservatives" are in a twit because they think the DOOFUS is too "timid" in international affairs, hasn't started any new wars for a few years now and, man, there are North Korea and Iran and Syria just begging for it. And we haven't done anything about the Fr**ch yet, either.

So we're stuck with "normal" foreign policy, the kind of thing Kerry would have done, laments some buddy of Trickshot Dick's named Adelman. More's the pity.

What'd be even better, though, is video of Kim Jong giving Condi a back rub.

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Well, I'll say this.

The Currency Overhaul for an Industrious Nation (COIN) Act would force the rounding off of all cash transactions to the nearest 5 cents, making the penny coin useless for everyday transactions.

Anti-penny, pro-rounding bill introduced in Congress - Jul. 18, 2006

Currency Overhaul for an Industrial Nation Act? Are these guys in Washington ever going to grow up?

Right. Sorry I asked. Anyway, this bill is a dumb idea. There are only a handful of thoughts worth more than a penny, including the entire freakin Currency Overhaul for an Industial Nation Act. Who's gonna pay a nickel, I'm asking.

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Oh and by the way, where did we leave the kids?

"There were people running for life jackets, and then afterward a lot of people hugging and crying, people looking for children," Carol O'Connell told NBC's Miami affiliate, WTVJ-TV, by phone.

Cruise Ship Back to Port After Hard Roll - Forbes.com

The folks who seem to have misplaced their kids while running for life jackets were passengers on a cruise ship called "Crown Princess" which, upon leaving Port Canaveral for New York suddenly began listing "badly" to port. Or so says Coast Guard Petty Officer James Judge, which is a cool name. Although not as cool as a guy I used to know in Chicago whose first name was Judge. Hi, he'd say, introducing himself, I'm Judge Jones. I don't remember his last name so I just made that part up, but it really doesn't matter much what a guy's last name is anyway if his first name is Judge. Especially in Chicago. You can get just about anything you want in Chicago if your first name is Judge.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Crown Princess returned to Port Canaveral, but not because there was anything wrong with the ship, because some of the passengers needed medical attention. Nothing wrong with the ship, said Princess Cruises. It's safe. Which, when you think of it, is sort of faint reassurance compared to what they said about Titanic. "Unsinkable," they said about that one, if memory serves. Which seems a whole lot better than just "safe" to me.

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And once you get to Cyprus you're, well, on Cyprus. Any further questions?

"The government wants $3,000 per person for the helicopter to Cyprus and you're not allowed to take any of your stuff with you. Once they get to Cyprus, they'll have to pay an exorbitant amount to find flights out," Nessouli wrote.

CNN.com - Americans irked by fee to flee Lebanon - Jul 18, 2006

Tony Snow says, it's the law. These guys are sticklers for laws, as you know. But don't worry, says State. If you've lost your checkbook and credit cards you can sign a promissory note.

They should have thought of this earlier, huh? Coulda made a bundle on Katrina.

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Let this be a lesson to you.

The State Patrol said three young people were in a Chrysler Town and Country minivan on U.S. Highway 59 on Monday when they tried to switch drivers while the cruise control was set.

Minivan crashes during drivers' switch - Yahoo! News

And don't forget to wash behind your ears.

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Thanks, IMDB.

George Taylor: Doctor, I'd like to kiss you goodbye.
Dr. Zira: All right, but you're so damned ugly.

Memorable Quotes from Planet of the Apes (1968)

IMDB, the Internet Movie Database, is a treasure.

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Although if you drive a convertible you might want to keep the top up.

Similar bolts were used in the Ted Williams Tunnel. They failed safety tests in 1994 because the epoxy wasn't mixed correctly and wasn't allowed to harden for the appropriate amount of time. But those panels are seven times lighter and don't pose the same safety hazard.

Tunnel Bolts To Be Reinforced - Yahoo! News

So, seven times lighter, that would make them about 800 pounds.

No sweat!

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OK, you figure it out.

Officers responding to a call found a severely injured gray and white cat stuck between an iron security grate and a basement window. Directly below the cat, which was still alive but seriously wounded, were about 50 blue and white pellets.

Men Arrested For Allegedly Shooting Cat 50 Times - Yahoo! News

Two cops are charged with "maiming an animal."

So the cat was injured and stuck, and two cops came and shot the ground underneath it? Fifty times? With what, machine pistols? Errr, machine pellet guns? Or maybe it was a shotgun. No, two shotguns. Two shotguns? With blue and white pellets? What's with the blue and white pellets? And the cat later had to be "euthanized." Because it was pellet gunned or because of its previous injury? Does this story make any sense at all?

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Love attack!

No! Wait! That's the Love Parade. This is the one. Just got carried away for a minute there. Distracted.


(Photo Credit: Bild)

Alas, indeed.

The Israelis were yesterday trumpeting the fact that the missile was made in Iran as proof of Iran's involvement in the Lebanon war. This was odd reasoning. Since almost all the missiles used to kill the civilians of Lebanon over the past four days were made in Seattle, Duluth and Miami in the United States, their use already suggests to millions of Lebanese that America is behind the bombardment of their country.

Hizbollah's Response Reveals Months Of Planning By Robert Fisk

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Wait! Whatever happened to...

Karen Hughes?

I seem to recall the DOOFUS tasking (like that word? tasking?) her to polishing up our image so everybody would really like us. Like, the baddest thing we ever do is wear baseball hats backwards But that's sort of endearing, in a way. According to Dana Milbank in the Washington Post...

Hughes picked up the theme. "We have to offer a positive vision of hope," she began. As if preparing troops for combat, she described her plans for improving world opinion of the United States: a "rapid-response unit," a plan to "forward-deploy regional SWAT teams" and create "a dual-headed DAS for public diplomacy."

So how's Karen doing, you may wonder.

Well, she is indeed now referred to as Ambassador Hughes and she was last seen, according to the State Department web site,,,

Honoring the Longstanding Friendship Between the U.S. and Morocco

Morocco always reminds me of some kind of musical instrument. I bet it would make a really cool sound if you shook it.

PS. Don't ask me what a DAS is, or why it might have two heads.

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Who's working on this, FEMA?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it hoped "in the very near future" to evacuate hundreds of Americans from Lebanon....

US hopes to evacuate hundreds soon from Lebanon - Yahoo! News

There are a reported 25,000 US citizens in Lebanon so here's hoping "hundreds" is just, you know, a word.

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Broiling! Woohoo!

NEW YORK - Broiling temperatures in the 90s and beyond gripped large swaths of the country Monday, sending people scrambling for the shade and prompting officials to open air-conditioned buildings and take to the streets to rescue the homeless and elderly.

Heat wave broils much of nation - Yahoo! News

Well OK I give them a little slack for living in the city, because if you've ever lived in any city in this weather you know how ugly it can get, uglier than just a regular place. Although back on Avenue B people used to sleep on the fire escapes which was kind of cool - or cooler, at least - if they didn't have AC. But still...broiling. That's pretty hot.

It's even hotter in Oklahoma.

But dude, this is what I was dreaming about in Feburary. Myself, I'm down with the whole thing.

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Man bites bat?

The victim, 23-year-old Glenn Moore, suffered a fractured skull, and one witness testified that the clang of the bat against his head "sounded like Barry Bonds hit a home run."

N.Y. man gets 15 years for bat attack - Boston.com

Oh. With a bat. I get it. Thanks, Boston Globe.

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Whatever you're doing there is illegal in Iowa.

Chapter 718A is a whopper. It reads: "Any person who in any manner, for exhibition or display, shall place or cause to be placed, any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing, or any advertisement of any nature, upon any flag, standard, color, ensign, shield, or other insignia of the United States, or upon any flag, ensign, great seal, or other insignia of this state, or shall expose or cause to be exposed to public view, any such flag, standard, color, ensign, shield, or other insignia of the United States, or any such flag, ensign, great seal, or other insignia of this state, upon which shall have been printed, painted, or otherwise placed, or to which shall be attached, appended, affixed, or annexed, any word, figure, mark, picture, design, or drawing, or any advertisement of any nature, or who shall expose to public view, manufacture, sell, expose for sale, give away, or have in possession for sale, or to give away, or for use for any purpose any article or substance, being an article of merchandise or a receptacle of merchandise or article or thing for carrying or transporting merchandise, upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached or otherwise placed, a representation of any such flag, standard, color, ensign, shield, or other insignia of the United States, or any such flag, ensign, great seal, or other insignia of this state, to advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed, or who shall publicly mutilate, deface, defile or defy, trample upon, cast contempt upon, satirize, deride or burlesque, either by words or act, such flag, standard, color, ensign, shield, or other insignia of the United States, or flag, ensign, great seal, or other insignia of this state, or who shall, for any purpose, place such flag, standard, color, ensign, shield, or other insignia of the United States, or flag, ensign, great seal, or other insignia of this state, upon the ground or where the same may be trod upon, shall be deemed guilty of a simple misdemeanor."

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: Upside Down Flag turns Free Speech Upside Down

It's an excerpt from a state law dating back to 1900, and was just used by police in Ottumwa to arrest some kid rocker who was staging a protest in his front yard. Read the article.

The article's headline is misleading, IMO. My guess would be it wasn't necessarily the flag's upside downedness that caused the fuss. Nonetheless, the article correctly points out the real problem with this kind of law - it is invariably enforced selectively for political purposes. I'd have to bet there is a violation of this law on every block in Ottumwa and in every other Iowa city, but because these violations are, in the main, nothing but good old-fashioned American enthusiasm for war they are ignored.

And this is what the controversy over the so-called "flag desecration amendment" is all about.

I'll listen to what the Rs have to say about flag burning when they add putting it on bumper stickers to their list of evil desecrations. Until then, they can keep their hands off my flag.

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So who does the FCC fine for this?

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A microphone picked up an unaware President Bush saying on Monday Syria should press Hezbollah to "stop doing this sh--" and that his secretary of state may go to the Middle East soon.

Mideast crisis drives Bush to colorful language - Yahoo! News

OK, whom. Get over it.

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9/11, the comic book.

The book condenses the nearly 600-page federal report released by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States to fewer than 150 pages, and the creators say they hope their book will help attract young readers and others who might be overwhelmed by the original document. With sans-serif captions, artist renderings, charts and sound-describing words such as "Whooom!" and "R-rrumble," the adaptation recounts the attacks with parallel timelines of the four hijacked planes.

The Bold Outlines Of a Plot

The Washington Post story curiously reports author Sid Jacobson emphasizing "he used '99 percent' of the commission's words in the adaptation." Which means either the commission's report had a whole lot of pictures in it, or maybe 99 percent of the text in the graphic adaptation is directly quoted, or possibly that we're just counting words here, like "Whooom!" and "R-rrumble." Who knows.

9/11 is now well along toward entering American folklore, with the movie, "United 93," now in video rental stores; Oliver Stone's film, "World Trade Center," due next month; and a comic book.

Time to move on. How about Katrina, the sitcom?

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You have spinach on your teeth.

Why is the sky blue? Why do people sleep at night instead of during the day? Why won't anyone answer my questions?

Seven sites: Of pirates and Pollock | IndyStar.com

No! Just kidding, Erika! It's a joke! Ha ha ha.

Really. Erika needs some help here. If you know the answer to one of her questions, click on the link.

See? just trying to help.

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Well that explains it then!

Pam Bright, a spokeswoman for the state's Homeland Security Department, said federal administrators asked Indiana to make a list of "critical infrastructure and resources," not a list of potential terrorist sites.

America's No. 1 terror target: Indiana? | IndyStar.com

Thanks, Pam! Nobody can say Amish Country Popcorn is not an infrastructure. Or resource. One of those.

Actually, though, I think Pam is just covering up for a clever Homeland Security plot to get all the terrorists to go to Indiana. I mean, who'd care? As long as they don't screw up the 500.

I've been to Berne, which is where the critical popcorn factory is - my Grandparents used to live there (not at the popcorn plant, in Berne) - and I'm asking here, who'd miss it? I mean, hardly anybody knows it's there to begin with. Not that I have anything against Berne, you understand (did I mention my Grandparents used to live in Berne?), it's just that there's practically no there there. Not even a popcorn plant. It's on a gravel road outside of town.

Crafty, DHS. Ain't no flies on you.

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Well, duh. It's the icons, dude.

Washington state has 65 national monuments and icons, almost twice as many as the District of Columbia.

Homeland Security slow to ID targets needing protection / Petting zoos, snack stands on list with dams, power plants

I mean, I'm surprised they don't have more than 65, just in Redmond.

It's too bad about the petting zoos, though. Everybody's laughing at petting zoos, ho ho ho. But petting zoos are kind of cool if you don't have anything, you know, of your own to pet. Like, there used to be one in Central Park - I don't know if it's still there - where you could go pet goats and chickens and stuff. OK, I'm not sure about the chickens, but they did have a cow. And there was always a bunch of kids hanging around the entrance because you couldn't go in if you didn't have a kid with you, so you could rent one. A kid, I mean. To go into the zoo.

Well, yeah. I thought it was a little weird, too. Renting a kid. So I didn't go in. Anyway, goats are stinky. But the cow looked kind of fun, in a bored sort of way.

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So it's not only the Big Dig that has tunnel problems.

"Two-thirds of the population is saying that before they buy something, they stop and ask themselves 'Is this a smart use of my money?' That's up from 48 percent in 2004," WLS principal Candace Corlett said, referring to the company's 2006 survey.

Curse of the Devil Wears Prada - Boston.com

"Frankly, we see absolutely no light at the end of this tunnel," says some guy named Barnard. Maybe they should get Mitt to help them out. Over at the Luxury Institute they're complaining, "instead of buying the $25,000 watch, they're buying the $10,000 watch." No mention of who "they" are, but presumably they're in that last, beleaguered third.

It's all because the price of gasoline is "indecent," Barnard explains.

So anyway, not to be all clueless here or anything, but if you have one of those $25,000 watches are they like, you know, better minutes? Or are they pretty much the same old regular minutes you get with the $10,000 brand?

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These things are mutually exclusive?

The $14.6 billion Big Dig buried the old elevated Central Artery that used to slice through the city. Although considered an engineering marvel, the most expensive highway project in U.S. history also has also been plagued by leaks, falling debris, cost overruns and delays and other problems linked to faulty construction.

Safety issues may close Big Dig for weeks

"Engineering marvel" and "boondoggle." I'm not sure.

Anyway, the good news is Gov. Mitt says he won't reopen the collapsed part "until he is confident panels won't fall on other motoroists," the Sun-Times says. The bad news is, it might take weeks.

And the last time they closed down a tunnel it was for flooding.

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Damned immigrants.

They don't carry Lyme disease, but they can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, tularemia, ehrlichiosis and a rash-type illness with symptoms similar to Lyme disease.

Lone Star ticks starting to appear in Maine, N.H. - Boston.com

Some better border security here, is what we need. Mexicans don't scare me - in fact, I wish a few would come up here and start a restaurant. But erlichosis? Sounds like some guy who used to work for Nixon.

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Pirates of Providence.

The Recording Industry Association of America has identified Providence as one of 12 hot spots for music piracy, its spokeswoman Jenni Engebretsen said.

Providence man faces deportation in music, movie piracy case - Boston.com

Souls owed to DVDy Jones.

They ain't doubloons, Matey, but they're round and shiny. Arrrrrr.

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