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February 24th, 2005 - 10:27 am

OK, so the Pope is sick again. What’s a non-Catholic supposed to write about that — a pre-post-mortem? Much as I admire the man for his moral stance against Communism, I despise his moral collapse when it came to covering up molestation in his own church. There ya go.

Think the next two stories are related? First, from the CSM:

“The shooting war is over, but … we’re engaged in a cultural war for the heart and soul of the South and for America, too,” says William Lathem, spokesman for the Southern Heritage PAC in Atlanta.

Second, from WOAI News:

From a newly established ‘capitol’ in the east Texas town of Overton, Daniel Miller, President of the Republic of Texas Interim Government, says a desire to be free, combined with ballooning concerns over rising taxes and property rights, will convince more Texans to support a ‘referendum’ on whether Texas should become an independent nation.

Mmmmm, could be.

It seems like Vlad the Bad is still a man we can do business with:

Russia and the United States signed a deal Thursday to control the spread of portable anti-aircraft missiles — a hot stock for militants around the world and a growing threat to civilian aircraft.

Washington has expressed worry over reports of planned sales of such Russian missiles to Syria.

Typing in your pajamas is a jailable offense:

An Iranian blogger accused of spying and counter-revolutionary activities has been jailed for 14 years. Newspaper editor Arash Sigarchi – whose blog criticised an Iranian crackdown on similar websites which has resulted in around 20 arrests – was himself cuffed in January on charges of “espionage, insulting the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei, and current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei”, the BBC reports.

One of these days, some dictator is going to drop all the pretense about the how distributing publically-available information is somehow akin to spying, and just tell the world, “Fuck it. We jail and kill people because we can.”

An iPod Photo for $350? That’s going on my Amazon Wish List.

There are no blacks on the Michael Jackson jury? What’s the big deal? It’s not like there’s a black man on trial. Next, someone will be upset because there aren’t enough men on the panel.

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