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France: Wine, Anchorwomen, and Song

The Battle of Beautiful Newscasters:
France 1 USA 0

(Thanks to kurlander)

More wonderful Melissa Theuriau visuals here. Read more »


French Toast

Things continue to get worse for the French, with rioting entering its tenth day and spreading not only towards the central city, but sprouting up in other French major cities as well.

Seems as though they hate cars a lot, with the tally now up to 1,300 automobiles meeting their grisly fate. There have also been racaille (using Nicolas Sarkozy's appropriate term) who have burned down nursery schools, paramedic vehicles, and - of course - McDonalds. Read more »


Mile High

Denver residents voted to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults.

Great news for choice-loving proponents (though will the approval see the light of day?).

The article also mentions that some argued that "legalizing marijuana would reduce consumption of alcohol". For those who are more knowledgeable about these things than I am... Is that true? And if so, how?


Trouble in \'Paris\'dise

Riots consumed the downtrodden suburbs of Paris for the sixth consecutive night (coverage here, here, and here), borne out of two youths (or is it "yutes"?) who electrocuted themselves on an electric fence while allegedly fleeing police. Read more »


Nutt to replace Johnson with Dick to take on Cocks

Continuing on the college football theme...

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Casey Dick, a freshman quarterback who's seen no action in Razorback games this year because he's been redshirted, will start for Arkansas against South Carolina on Saturday, coach Houston Nutt said.

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The Grinch Who Stole Halloween

If you were in Caracas last night, you probably didn't see too many costume parties or kids dressed as ghosts.

The nationalist-socialist Hugo Chavez, Fidel's Apprentice, urged Venezuelan parents not to let their children participate in Halloween. The foreign custom, he says, is part of the U.S. culture of terror "putting fear into other nations, putting fear into their own people."


Real-World Halloween Monsters

I guess 'Shock-tober' would seem like the appropriate month to witness an above-average amount of genocidal-maniac spewing. After all, what would a month of scary monsters, ghouls, and ghosts be without individuals expressing their desire to off an entire race/ethnicity of peoples?

The recently-elected President of (soon-to-be nuclear) Iran called for his desire to see Israel "wiped off the map", and reaffirmed his desire while present at a hate rally. Read more »


\"This All We Get?\"

Dependency in action:

Two days after Hurricane Wilma, Floridians were waiting in long lines for hours on Wednesday to get basic necessities such as water, ice and gasoline.

Thousands of frustrated North Miami residents stood in line for nearly 12 hours Tuesday for a bag of ice and three bottles of water.


In defense of the <i>a priori</i>


Government-Subsidized Lap Dances

To each according to their need, indeed.

Seems as though Katrina evacuees spent their federal government relief checks on babes, booties, and booze on Cape Cod.

Your tax dollars at work:

Hurricane Katrina evacuees hastily handed $2,000 in federal relief money last month have been living it up on Cape Cod, blowing cash on booze and strippers, a Herald investigation has found.

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Spam Attack in progress

Sorry if the blog is reacting slow, or if comments are being held for moderation- we're currently under a rather massive Comment Spam attack which is denying at least some measure of service to us on the back end and our gentle readers on the front end. Please be patient while we weather the storm.


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.


Societies <i>Can</i> Act


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.