All Further Articles for 2010-05-19

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Pedophile Island
For those who need more political whackos in your day than Rand Paul, consider California GOP gubernatorial candidate Douglas Hughes. His big campaign promise is to exile sexual offenders to Santa Rosa Island – to be renamed Pedophile Island – where they will farm, ranch, build housing, choose police and fish and game agents, write a Constitution and live out their sorry days "away from our precious children." Another idea: triple, 12-foot, razor-wired, moat-laced fencing along the border to keep out illegal immigrants, prostitutes and "exotic animals." Also: mandatory one-year - preferably two - engagements because divorced people get depressed and see doctors who give them medicine that could be addictive. We love democracy.
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Taking Our Government Back, But To Where?
Tea Partier Rand Paul's win in Kentucky is getting alot of ink, but it's still tough to decipher what it means. Possibilities abound: It's a victory for common sense, a victory for lunacy, a reminder Mencken was right, a moment of truth for wussy Democrats who still cling to the myth of bipartisanship. More and more. "We need citizen representatives, not political politicians." - Bill Osburn, on why he voted for Paul.
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Drafting Dolphins
Dolphins are clearing underwater "mines" and sea lions are cuffing "terrorists" during homeland security training exercises in California this week. The Navy Marine Mammals program, begun during the Vietnam War and now being expanded into anti-terrorism work, was even brought in for the 1996 GOP convention, presumably to guard against underwater hippie protesters. More critter photos here . No word on how they feel about doing military service.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It Is After Considerable Contemplation
Elvis Costello has cancelled two performances scheduled in Israel to protest "conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security." Following similar moves by Santana and Gil Scott-Heron, Costello called the decision "a matter of instinct and conscience." "There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates (and) it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent."
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