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Endgame

I haven't played GTA: San Andreas yet, but I enjoyed GTA: Vice City. So maybe I should be glad that Democratic senators Clinton and Lieberman are giving them so much free publicity. Read more »


Follywood

One of the entertainment stories this summer has been the cinema box office slump, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Many theories are flying around as to why the tally is dwindling, and here are a few reasons why I frequent the multiplex a little less than in previous years. Read more »


Wordsmithing

The Jerusalem Post and Telegraph detail the BBC’s use of, and refusal to use, the word “terrorist” when describing the events of 7/7. Boortz also chimes in.


Move over, New Hampshire

Looks like Minnesota is aching to be the real Free State Project, if only temporarily.


Who\'s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Not exactly the surprise of the weekend, the New York Times editorial chimes in with a sympathetic nod to huffing and puffing and blowing your house down. Read more »


Two Steps Back

A new President of Iran has been elected. A hard-liner and former militia group trainer who liked to invoke the 1979 Revolution during his campaign, and hyped up the class-warfare card by promising more socialist-style wealth redistribution. And according to a BBC article, it's one culture or the highway, as Mr. Ahmadinejad plans to “resist Western decadence”.

Says Ali, an Iranian authoritarian-loving university teacher: Read more »


Invasion of the Landsnatchers

Eminent domain abuse has made more news in the recent couple years (although not getting the attention it likely deserves in mainstream press). Two examples I've particularly come across has been the Wal-Mart example in Alabama – a situation radio host Neal Boortz hammered on frequently last year – and a local story involving a Jeep plant in Toledo. Read more »


Stayin\' Alive

:grin:


From Russia with No Strong Opinion

In a nationwide poll of 1,600 Russian adults…

Respondents named Latvia (49%), Lithuania (42%), Georgia (38%) and Estonia (32%) as Russia's greatest enemies, while the list of friends includes Belarus (46%), Germany (23%), Kazakhstan (20%), India (16%), and France (13%).


You Say You Want a Revolution

While I was relaxing on a warm, humid day in Michigan yesterday, some good stuff was going on in one of the so-called "Axis of Evil" countries. In Tehran, Iran... Read more »


C\'est la Free

From the Globe and Mail:

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Thursday a Quebec prohibition on private health-care insurance, in what members of Canada's medical profession called a "historic" decision with the potential to dramatically change the face of care in this country. [...]

"In sum, the prohibition on obtaining private health insurance is not constitutional where the public system fails to deliver reasonable services," the court found.


Cool-Aid

In the spirit of the tsunami aftermath in December (here and here), The New York Times Op-Ed column has predictably scorned the United States' "crumbs" of tax dollars for African Aid. Read more »


Sweet, Snowy Irony

Chicago Tribune (June 4):

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Minnesota men who planned to cross the Arctic Ocean to call attention to global warming have abandoned their trek because of unexpectedly heavy snow, wind and ice.


It\'s All Colonel Sanders\' Fault

Hmmm...

1. A Shia mosque in Karachi, Pakistan gets bombed by suspected members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group.

2. Angry protestors retaliate by setting fire to a KFC restaurant, killing several people.

Makes sense to me. :dizzy:


Quote of the Day

We must differentiate between what the American Government and the American people say, and not judge the people by their Government.

-- Dr. Shakila Yacob, a Malaysian woman who studied in the US
and is promoting her new book Amerika Syarikat