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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wi-Fi

San Francisco's mayor believes that one of your basic human rights should be free wireless Internet access.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ... said on Monday he considered wireless Internet access a fundamental right of all citizens.

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Pink and the PC Police

Someone in Hawkeye-Land has Pink Eye.

Continuing on the college football theme, an oppressive paint color has been singled out and condemned at the University of Iowa. Read more »


\"Longwang gained strength overnight\"

Contestant: 'What is the opening voice-over line for Ron Jeremy's new pornographic video?'

Alex: No, sorry. That takes you back down to $200. The correct response is, 'What describes the latest typhoon in the Pacific Ocean?'


Post from the Future

Gaze into your crystal ball, and in it you'll find the following blog post next Monday...

September 26, 2005

This past weekend, a powerful Category 4 hurricane – Rita – slammed into the Texas coast, causing widespread damage to Galveston and the surrounding areas. Low-lying areas have been flooded, homes and trees damaged all along the western Gulf Coast.

President Bush was quoted this morning in commenting how much better and prepared the government response was to this one, taking full credit for the preparedness. Shortly thereafter, he and other various levels of government resumed pointing fingers at each other regarding Katrina. Texas governor Rick Perry and Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas also praised themselves on the effort.

European media and various environmental groups issued a statement essentially saying that if Katrina didn't prove global warming was alive and well, then Rita certainly does. The Op-Ed section of French newspaper Le Figaro outlined in fine detail how Bush’s pulling out of Kyoto directly led to Rita. The newspaper also commented how America’s elderly and poor were left to perish in such natural disasters. No, the heat wave that killed thousands of elderly and poor across Western Europe two summers ago was not referenced in the column.

Michael Moore and MoveOn both issued a statement saying that funds diverted to Iraq could've been used for even more preparation for Rita. They demanded that all funds be returned to the pockets of… public schools, socialized medicine, and welfare roles.

Jerry Falwell announced earlier today that Rita is just another example of God's wrath on the decadent American lifestyle. Texas was chosen in particular for its “flowing ice-cold Coronas, margaritas, and shapely college women shaking their booties on South Padre Island”. Read more »


Salute to \'Lost\'

A television program that quickly became my favorite in its debut season - Lost - begins its second season Wednesday night.

Created by JJ Abrams, who also gave us Alias, the show is a sort of coctail of the X-Files and Castaway, with clliffhanger plots and subplots to keep the audience wondering each week. Read more »


Stockblocked

From The Mirror:

HUNDREDS of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned.

US red tape is stopping it from reaching hungry evacuees.

The article comments on "bureaucratic mess", but they're just being redundant.


Pork. The other wasteful funds.


Celine Speaks

Celine Dion voiced her opinion on the hurricane response, the rights of looters to steal your TV set, and allowing people to touch things they've never touched.

Oh, they're stealing 20 pair of jeans or they're stealing television sets. Who cares? They're not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they're so poor they've never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once.


Neal on Katrina

Neal Boortz has some great post-hurricane points this morning. Among the topics he covers: Looters, the Oppression Excuse that is being used to explain away looters, the European Left blaming Bush for the hurricane (it's all because of global warming, you know), the government edict that forced casinos to float, and a good defense against a news story claiming that a Louisiana woman now has “nothing”.

Check out the column if you have the time.


Nature\'s Fury

I'm a bit of a weather-phile, and I've rarely read language like this from a National Weather Service message. Keep the people of the central Gulf Coast states in your thoughts tonight.

HURRICANE KATRINA

A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.


Build It with Public Funds, and They Will Come

From the Associated Press:

Progress has been made under Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe. Since 2001, the city has refurbished 1,000 buildings deemed unsanitary, bought more than 27 budget hotels to serve as low-income lodging and built 15,000 public-housing units.

But the demand is enormous. France is the world's leading destination for asylum seekers, with some 65,600 requests in 2004, according to the government.


Need Some Good News?

Here's a story to start your weekend with:

A 59-year-old Los Angeles woman exercised her Second Amendment rights on a punk wielding a tire iron this week.


Gas Caps

And the price controls begin in HI...

Hawaii will begin enforcing a cap on the wholesale price of gasoline next week, hoping to curb the sting of the nation's highest gas costs.

The limit would be the first time a state has capped the price of gasoline — a move critics warn could lead to supply shortages.

But many Hawaii residents are just looking for some relief from soaring costs.


GOP\'s Dog Days of Summer

August hasn't been the kindest of times to Bush & Co. Read more »


Bush Channeling Adam Smith?

Columnist Thomas Bray of the Detroit News states that GWB has been far more Smithian than Keynesian, and 'tis the reason for the continual, gradual economic growth of the past couple years.