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Maintaining Optimism in the Face of Reality. Occasional observations on the state of the world, society, business and politics. Usually anchored by facts, always augmented by opinion.


Post Election Return to Miscellaneous News Items  | e-mail post

Now that the election is over, I can get back to some observations about the state of the world (namely that it is in decline, despite the blip of hope provided by Bush's reelection):

These two US army soldiers will have no trouble remembering the Alamo: "Couple Arrested for Sex at the Alamo." Don't worry Texans, no sodomy laws were violated, in the case, public sex at a national monument is between a man and a woman.

What the devil is going on here? The British Navy now has a satanist. Seriously, though, if we want to engage the support of the supernatural in our battles, we may as well cover all the bases. One just can't be to sure.

But could I still name my kid "Fido" or "Spot"? Brazillian lawmaker wants to ban giving pets common human names. [AP via Yahoo] "Federal congressman Reinaldo Santos e Silva proposed the law after psychologists suggested that some children may get depressed when they learn they share their first name with someone's pet, Damarias Alves, a spokeswoman for Silva, said last week." The truly unfortunate part is that despite regularly proposing pro-wildlife legislation, this is the first legislative action by Silva to get any attention.

Just what the world needs: a Hitler action figure. (Offensive but obvious joke coming, sorry) No word if it comes with an Easy Bake Oven. One source wonders if the accurate doll includes only a single testicle. Sadly, this is not a first: Spanish offering, another US offering, and a special "Malibu Addie" motorcade, complete with Adolf's friend Benito. If you're trying to build your own little Third Reich in minature, you can also get a Himmler doll, and there is apparently a Mengele doll as well. Despite the name, I doubt they will be selling this sort of thing at Uber Baby in Minneapolis.

Somewhat less controversial (to most people, I hope) Barbie and Ken alternatives are available from Dyke Dolls.



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