Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bush Would Veto Any Bill Halting Dubai Port Deal - New York Times

Bush Would Veto Any Bill Halting Dubai Port Deal - New York Times: "WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 � President Bush, trying to put down a rapidly escalating rebellion among leaders of his own party, said Tuesday that he would veto any legislation blocking a deal for a state-owned company in Dubai to take over the management of port terminals in New York, Miami, Baltimore and other major American cities. "

Is the president going Independent? Do we got a turn-coat in the making?

First with the wiretapping and "rebuking" both party leaders for questioning his motives/moves and now with the deal.

Left Red-Faced By the Flying Tomato

Left Red-Faced By the Flying Tomato

The Flying Tomato is what snowboarder Shaun White calls himself. He resembles the mystifyingly unfunny Carrot Top, but without the big arms. (Carrot Top has guns like Smith & Wesson.) Don't get me wrong, the kid is cute, and I'm sure if anybody in the world over the age of 25 had any clue what the halfpipe is, or what these people are trying to prove, he could break through. But if you tell me America's biggest star so far is the Flying Tomato, I'll tell you that's great -- if this is a Burger King commercial. If not, we're in a pickle.

A little harsh on The Flying Tomato!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Saudi Cleric Demands Trial Over Drawings - Yahoo! News

Saudi Cleric Demands Trial Over Drawings - Yahoo! News: "So far, eleven people have been killed in the protests � all during three days of riots this week in Afghanistan. A 12th person died in Nairobi Friday when he was hit by an ambulance rushing away a wounded person."

Oh, the humanity! One man died to rush another wounded to the hospital?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Four die in fresh cartoon protests

Four die in fresh cartoon protests

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police shot dead four people protesting on Tuesday against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that have unleashed waves of rage and soul-searching across the Muslim world and Europe.

Tens of thousands of Muslims demonstrated in the Middle East, Asia and Africa over the drawings, first published in Denmark, then Norway and then several other European countries. Some Muslim leaders urged restraint.

In Iran, locked in a nuclear stand-off with the West, a crowd pelted the Danish embassy with petrol bombs and stones for a second day. Protesters hurled a petrol bomb and broke windows at Norway's mission.

The 12 cartoonists whose work touched off the firestorm were reported to be in hiding, frightened, and under police guard. Iran's best-selling newspaper launched a competition to find the best Holocaust cartoon.

When people must do what they think they must do.

"Maid in Japan" cafes treat geeks like lords - Yahoo! News

"Maid in Japan" cafes treat geeks like lords - Yahoo! News

TOKYO (Reuters) - "Welcome home, Master," says the maid as she bows deeply, hands clasped in front of a starched pinafore worn over a short pink dress.

This maid serves not some aristocrat but a string of pop-culture-mad customers at a "Maid Cafe" in Tokyo's Akihabara district, long known as a Mecca for electronics buffs but now also the center of the capital's "nerd culture."

"When they address you as 'Master', the feeling you get is like a high," says Koji Abei, a 20-year-old student having coffee with a friend at the Royal Milk Cafe and Aromacare.

"I've never felt that way before."

Pretty Interesting. :)