Maybe the Dutch are finally done being sensitive.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A lunch meeting between a leading parliamentarian in Belgium and counterparts from Iran has been canceled because the beer-loving Belgian could not stomach a ban on alcohol…
… But he said lunch had been canceled because the Iranians, who as Muslims do not drink alcohol, wanted their hosts to do the same.
Then the Iranians compound their egregious lack of good manners as Global Citizens when…
…Iran’s parliament speaker Gholamali Haddadadel insisted he would not shake hands with the female president of Belgium’s Senate.
Anne-Marie Lizin, a Socialist, then canceled their meeting. She said in a statement that Iranians should respect local customs in Belgium, just as Belgians should in Iran.
Ya think?? Maybe if more people said ‘bite me!’, these Muslim politicians would be forced to rethink their approach. All this bowing and kowtowing simply emboldens them; feeding those fascist, fanatical egos. After all, how outrageous was a demand if the host always acquiesces?
High school chemistry wasn’t this fun when I was in school:
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — A chemistry teacher who was at least three months behind on her car payments gave passing grades to two failing students who stole and burned her car so she could collect insurance money, a fire investigator said.
It seems to me that they have demonstrated a practical, working knowledge of chemical reactions.
I have to admit at being more than a little troubled by this, however, because I can’t help but think what sort of extra-credit activities would be acceptable to, say, Ward Churchill…
Thanks to Pravda we learn of Mexico’s newest growth industry: facilitating the smuggling everyone who wants to into the US. Not a bad deal, really. The mexicans collect fees as the folks enter, a few helpful bribes along the way to get them to the border, and from those who get caught and sent back even more fees and bribes. A great business.
I want a big wall on our southern border. A very big wall.
The Swede Ulf Hjertstrom, held hostage with Aussie Doug Wood, is trying to arrange a virgin or two for his former captors. He…
…has hired bounty hunters to track down his former captors, promising to eliminate them one by one…
“…I have now put some people to work to find these bastards,” he told the Ten Network today.
“I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one.”
Sounds like it’s time to get medieval on their asses and it couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys. I sure wish he had a Paypal donation button. Off with their heads!
A Swill Salute to the Swede and another one to: LGF.
Coming just a few weeks after Presidente Fox defended illegal Mexican immigration to the US on the grounds that “they do the jobs even the blacks won’t do” take a look at Mexico’s latest bid to host next year’s NAACP convention.
(but remember Bushchimpymchitler is the eeevuul republican, mmkay?)
But of course he still weasels:
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — A New York state lawmaker says he’s embarrassed, after he mistakenly sent out an e-mail message that referred to his constituents as “idiots.”
Assemblyman Willis Stephens says he thought he was sending the e-mail to an aide. Instead, he sent the note to nearly 300 people on an online discussion group that focuses on the community of Brewster.
The message included the comment that he was “just watching the idiots pontificate.”
Within an hour of sending the message Monday morning, Stephens sent another e-mail apologizing for the slip-up.
Yes, the usual “I’m sorry I sent the email” not “What I said was wrong.”
Alright, I’m an old fuddy-duddy. But this just sickens me.
An East Texas college student finally learned why she’d gained weight and was having abdominal pain — she was about to give birth.
Annie Cohen was three days shy of 19 on the morning of June 16 when, after a night of tossing and turning, she walked out into her yard to try to catch some winks in her neighbor’s swing seat.
“I had been having pains for about a week,” the Marshall, Texas, woman told The News-Journal of neighboring Longview. “I thought maybe it was the bed, so I went outside to lay in the swing.”
She didn’t even make it that far. Instead, Cohen, already the mother of a 3-year-old, figured out she was in labor and grabbed the pole of her own swing set.
“It was one big push for the baby and a little one for the placenta,” Annie Cohen told the newspaper.
“It was like a natural instinct,” marveled her mother, Julie Cohen. “She knew to push to turn the baby’s shoulder and to get the baby out.”
After the delivery, Annie Cohen ran inside, yelling at her mother to call 911.
“I said ‘Why?’” recounted Julie Cohen. “She said, ‘There’s a baby in the yard.’ I said, ‘Whose is it?’ She said, ‘It’s mine.’”
Yes, isn’t my special little angel so great? 19 years old, already has a 3 year old, out and about getting knocked up and doesn’t realize it (“It’s a big surprise,” said Julie Cohen. “I thought she was just really liking her pizza.”), pops out the baby in the front yard and leaves it there to go inside.
WTF is up with these people?
Pirate Ballerina has the text of the latest speech by Ward:
You cannot maintain a military projection of force in the field when your own troops are taking out the line officers who are directing them in combat. It is as simple as that. Conscientious objection removes a given piece of the cannon fodder from the fray; fragging an officer has a much more impactful effect.
Nice, huh? Isn’t inciting murder/mutiny somewhat outside the realm of ‘free speech”? Perhaps I’m just not edjumacated enough to understand his scholarly discourse.
(hat tip Ken)
MSNBC has video link on their home page called “Explaining Shark Attacks“. I shall endeavor to explain it now, saving our gentle readers time. We will title this segment: Sister Knows Sharks
First, a basic equation.
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Asked in an interview with the tabloid daily Bild if he believed in aliens, Cruise said: “Yes, of course. Are you really so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe?
His interviews are providing a lot more entertainment than his movies ever have. Keep talking, Scientology Tom!
New York to unveil redesigned Freedom Tower
NEW YORK – After concerns were raised about security at the soaring skyscraper proposed as the centerpiece of the former World Trade Center site, architects went back to the drawing board.
On Wednesday, officials were to unveil a more bomb-resistant design for the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, which is to offer 2.6 million square feet of office space and is expected to become the world’s tallest building.
Morons. Just build the frickin’ thing to look like the WORLD TRADE CENTER and be done with it. ‘Freedom Tower‘. What kinda suck-up-candy-ass name is that anyway?
GDP growth revised up, beats forecasts
This kinda stuff just ruins it for everybody!
Initially, the department said gross domestic product — the broadest measure of total economic activity within U.S. borders — grew at a 3.1 percent rate but it pushed that up to 3.5 percent a month ago before finally revising it to match the 3.8 percent rate posted in the closing quarter of 2004.
Heartless, tax cutting bastards.
…was a potty mouth. Dude, someone’s always gonna find out.
“The Indians are bastards anyway,” Kissinger told the president. “They are starting a war there.”
Kissinger also told his boss that he had bested Gandhi in their meeting.
“While she was a bitch, we got what we wanted too,” Kissinger said. “She will not be able to go home and say that the United States didn’t give her a warm reception and therefore in despair she’s got to go to war.”
Yup. It’s true. I seen ‘um. They’ve even got a blue tarp on their roof, like the rest of us. But then BushChimpHitlerEvilMinionsofRove had the thing hauled back to Texass when it looked like the Truth was about to be Told. Why do you think they had to weld all those hatches back on? Nobody wants Abdul Bin Pacman running loose at the Galleria!
From the home page link to this MSNBC story.
Feds never learned why tiger attacked Roy Horn
I guess the tiger wouldn’t take a deal and wasn’t talking. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the conspiracy theories offered in explanation.
He said the casino was flooded with e-mails such as this one the USDA included in its report: “If there is audio & video of the tiger attack it should be analyzed for far-UV and or high ultra sonics, as well as other triggers that might be the work of a terrorist aiming at a high profile GAY target.”
I subscribe to the “…unhinged by a woman with a beehive hairdo” theory.
I mean, haven’t we all been at one time or another?
I can’t wait to spend a nice weekend here and contribute to the increased tax revenues of Weare, New Hampshire:
Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter’s land.
Justice Souter’s vote in the “Kelo vs. City of New London” decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter’s home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
Shelby Foote has died. To anyone familiar with his trilogy “The Civil War”, he was a god. To anyone who watched Ken Burns’ epic PBS series, he was a national treasure and as comfortable as a pair of old socks when he told his stories. Like this one, for instance…
During World War II, he was an Army captain of artillery until he lost his commission for using a military vehicle without authorization to visit a female friend and was discharged from the Army. He joined the Marines and was still stateside when the war ended.
“The Marines had a great time with me,” he said. “They said if you used to be a captain, you might make a pretty good Marine.”
UPDATE: NPR has audio of past conversations with Mr. Foote.
Ex-HealthSouth CEO Scrushy found not guilty
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) – A federal jury on Tuesday found former HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Richard Scrushy not guilty of orchestrating the $2.7 billion accounting fraud at the medical rehabilitation chain he founded.
Marfa should have had his lawyers.
Steve..Steve Steve Steve:
Oscar-winning director STEVEN SPIELBERG is baffled that fewer UFO sightings are made now than were made twenty years ago – because the technology to record would-be aliens is so commonplace today.
How to break this gently?
Spielberg says, “There are millions of video cameras out there and they’re picking up less videos of UFOs, alleged UFOs, than we picked up in the 1970s and 1980s. There’s 150 per cent more cameras, so why are we getting less from up there?
Steve Steve Steve. Perhaps because
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Scott Krause’s defense will argue that the defendant believed he was trying to escape man-eating subterranean beings when he ran into Drew Reynolds’ truck on Jan. 6, 2004.
In three court-ordered evaluations, the defendant stated he was fleeing subterranean beings he called “hemadrones” when he carjacked a commercial vehicle near a Nevada City, Calif., gas station and then crashed into Reynolds’ service vehicle.
“Everything had to do with his escape from the hemadrones,” said Nevada County District Attorney Michael Ferguson. “According to the defendant, he wasFkF afraid they were going to put him in cargo and ship him to China to be eaten.”
Sounds like a guy for the Scientologists.
I was perusing CNN a few minutes ago and I saw this:
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• Watch Free: Video news hourly updates
• Senate passes energy bill
• Wal-Mart heir dies in plane crash | Profile | Watch Free
• Boy’s leg amputated after shark attack | Map | Watch Free
While I appreciate the thought of them not charging me to watch the Wal-Mart heir die or the poor boy’s leg get amputated, I’ll take a rain check.
…or even asked for my opinion, so it can’t have been much of an election.
The greatest song of all time
Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan and ‘Like a Rolling Stone’
Exactly which one is the 81 year old?
Irish Man Fails to Set World Bee Record
TIPPERARY, Ireland – An Irish man tried to break a world record Saturday by coaxing more than 350,000 bees to land on his body, but the bees just wouldn’t settle. In nearly two hours, Philip McCabe, 59, got only 200,000 black bees — or 60 pounds of them — to cover him…
… The current Guinness Record of 350,000 yellow bees on the body, or 87.5 pounds, set in California in 1998.
Ya gotta feel for the guy. (Though the thought of this competition is enough to give me hives…)