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Toon In, Toon Out

Trouble way Down Under:

New Zealand diplomats in Muslim countries have been warned to take precautions against possible threats to staff and property.

The Danish. New Zealanders. Who woulda thought? Read more »


Quotes of the Day

From BBC's Talking Point on the cartoons and the subsequent meltdowns:

We live in a nanny state were we suffer excessive political correctness. The state tells us to be tolerant of other beliefs. It’s a two way progression, we are told to respect their beliefs - what about respecting ours? We have our freedom of speech - our ancestors fought for that, we have lost so much in the past few years at least allow us to keep that. - Simon, London


Superbowl Commercial Predictions

1. At least four (4) commercials will incorporate “talking” animals, two of which will feature talking chimps/apes/monkeys that will be made to look intellectually superior to their human counterparts in the commercial.
2. A serious drama actor or an old stodgy politician will do something either self-deprecating or risqué that goes against his usual image.
3. Several beer commercials will feature a man making a complete fool of himself at a bar while trying to impress a woman. Read more »


Wishy-Washy Washington

Earth's Cartoon-Gate continues...

The US Government, underwriter of such works of art as Piss Christ, decided to try to score some points with the raging 'protestors' by scolding the European press about offending people: Read more »


High Marks

Among the list of government success stories put forth by self-proclaimed liberal John Bice of Michigan State University’s State News:

Environmental protection
Social Security
Medicare and Medicaid
Public education
Public broadcasting
And many others…

A reader sounds off to Bice's column here.


Denmark Appreciation Day

Following up on the story involving the Danish newspaper's cartoons that led to outrage among the Islamic world, including boycotts, bounties and bomb threats, Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Denmark over the row.

Kudos to the Danish government for standing its ground: Read more »


There Goes the Neighborhood

From Venezuela to Iran and now to the Palestinian lands, among others, the 'majority' have spoken.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has also pointed to elections in Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt as evidence that "the neighborhood is changing." Rice is careful to add that democracy in the Muslim world will not, and perhaps should not, look like democracy in America.


Canadian Shift in Power

Stephen Harper of the Canadian Conservative Party won the national election yesterday. It will be interesting to find out how far Canada will go in the process of some needed deregulation and lowering taxes. On the other hand, will Canada's liberal tolerances on the social end of the scale also fall by the wayside?


Move Over, Pat Robertson

You've got some nutty competition in the Big Easy.

N.O. Mayor Ray Nagin sayeth:

"Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country," Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.

"Surely he doesn't approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We're not taking care of ourselves."


Congress: Just Say No

From CNN:

Treasury Secretary John Snow said this week that the administration plans to lower the deficit through stringent controls on spending, which he said would be evident in the budget proposal for 2007 that Bush will send to Congress in early February.

However, budget experts are already predicting that Congress will balk at making sharp cuts in the growth of popular government programs, especially in an election year.


Ciudad de Trojan

UPI:

A town official in Colombia wants to require that all teenage boys carry condoms.

Cop: “May I see your drivers’ license, registration and spermicidal lubricated rubber, please?”


Saving Jerry\'s Kids

Concerned citizen Jerry Hennen writes a letter to the editor about Howard Stern's new gig on Sirius, and advocates legislation to produce a brand of entertainment suitable for Jerry Hennen's desires. Read more »


Derailed

From the Washington Times:

PARIS -- A gang of more than 20 youths -- thought to be North African immigrants -- terrorized hundreds of train passengers in a rampage of violence, robbery and sexual assault on New Year's Day, French officials said yesterday.

The five-hour-long criminal frenzy was "totally unacceptable," French President Jacques Chirac told reporters. "Those guilty will be found and punished, as they deserve."


Farris Hassan\'s Day Off

Here's a kid with some moxie. American teenager sneaks off to Iraq to do some journalism for a high school class over Christmas.


Two Steps Back

Add another anti-US leftist to the Latin American leader list. Evo Morales is the new Bolivian president after winning the election. Champaign likely now flowing at the homes of Castro and Chavez. Read more »