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‘Racist’ riot at millionaire’s daughter’s 18th birthday

30th June 2008

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Well, what could you expect from somebody who’d name his daughter “Cydney”?

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Church of England faces split over women bishops

30th June 2008

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The Church of England faces a new split over the issue of women bishops after supporters of the plans vowed not to compromise ahead of a crucial vote on the issue at the General Synod in York next week.

Like watching a snowman melt in the sun.

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Does It Really Matter If The Death Penalty Deters Murderers?

30th June 2008

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Recently, I was talking with an Episcopal priest friend about the death penalty and she thought she was playing a moral trump when she argued that if I wouldn’t pull the switch to execute someone, then I couldn’t be for it. I was puzzled by this argument since I would have no problem, for example, with pulling the switch on the person who cold-bloodedly and intentionally killed my wife. That observation ended the discussion. One of the chief reasons for having the state execute is not to spare the feelings of the survivors of murder victims, but to disrupt the development of perpetual vendettas.

The real point to the death penalty is efficiency. The common presumption is that people will obey the law and e.g. not murder each other. A murderer has rebutted that presumption in a rather unambiguous way and cannot be trusted not to do it again. (Doubt it? Look at the recidivism rates.) The state kills that person because it’s cheaper than feeding and housing him for life and it’s the only sure guranteee that he won’t ever do it again.

Don’t know why nobody ever talks about that aspect of it.

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NYT Promotes ‘We Are All Hussein’ Obama Campaign

30th June 2008

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Obama certainly seems to have cornered the arrested adolescent demographic.

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Networks Ignore Successful Missile Test

30th June 2008

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My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Canada truck crash releases 12 million bees

30th June 2008

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That will cause a lot of buzz.

Yuck, yuck, yuck….

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Obama unveils new campaign bus.

30th June 2008

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And he’s going to need it.

(Twelve wheels! No waiting!)

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Grim proving ground for Obama’s housing policy

30th June 2008

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Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t have much of a record to run on, but the wheels are rapidly coming off of what little he has. It’s smelling so bad that even his worshippers in the drive-by media can’t cover it up.

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Who’s Africa’s Worst Dictator?

30th June 2008

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But Mugabe may not be Africa’s worst. That prize arguably goes to Teodoro Obiang, the ruler of Equatorial Guinea whose life seems a parody of the dictator genre. Years of violent apprenticeship in a genocidal regime led by a crazy uncle? Check. Power grab in a coup against the murderous uncle? Check. Execution of now-deposed uncle by firing squad? Check. Proclamation of self as “the liberator” of the nation? Check. Govern for decades in a way that prompts human rights groups to accuse your regime of murder, torture, and corruption? Check, check, and check.

Somebody in Slate criticizing black foreigners. Hell has officially frozen over.

But the agenda here is quite clear. In order to salve their consciences from decades of trumpeting how much better Mugabe was than the previous {insert string of leftoid swearwords here] “white” regime he replaced, it is now necessary to point out that, relatively speaking, he’s not so bad. And they’re all about “relatively speaking”.

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Which catchphrases should be “thrown under the bus”?

30th June 2008

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Note that it didn’t become a problem for the leftoid thumb-suckers at Slate until it started to be used against their Golden Child, Barack Hussein Obama. You will search in vain for criticism from anybody at Slate or their ilk about such tedious phrases as “Bushitler”, for example, or that perennial surrendernik dingleberry “quagmire”. And don’t get me started on the intellectual vapidity of “No blood for oil”.

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The invasion of the surgeon robots.

30th June 2008

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Remember how much fun the future used to be? Everyone trim and twinkle-toed in their one-piece jumpsuits with plenty of robots to do the work then mix the cocktails. And yet, despite the decades of excitement, the promised robot epoch remains mostly out of reach.

One of the key problems with our health care system is rising cost, and a central component of that is the requirement for highly-trained human labor. We haven’t benefited from the cost-cutting effects of significant automation. That may be changing — and it can’t come too soon.

The leftoid thumb-suckers at Slate of course see this as a bad thing.

But the advent of robot surgery signals a shift in the balance of power. Now the nerds, who previously had been content sending rockets to Mars, have seized control of that most sacred prize, the human being. Our future suddenly is in their heartless hands.

All part of the eternal campaign to cancel the Industrial Revolution….

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Kaus is not afraid to ask the tough questions

30th June 2008

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Is there any convincing evidence that actual Latino voters care as much about illegal immigrant legalization as Latino elected offiicials (or the journalists who cover them)?

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Jim Webb Pulls a Pelosi

30th June 2008

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Sen. Webb is expected to travel on a tax-payer funded junket to Southeast Asia.  He  wants both his wife and his 18 month old child to accompany him without having to pay reimbursement to the government.  Unfortunately, according to a March 9, 2007, letter from Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), while spouses are permitted to go with the Senator, “relatives of Senators (other than spouses) will not be permitted to travel with Senate delegations.”

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Our Broken Senate

30th June 2008

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As George Washington knew from the get-go, the slow pace and individualist nature of the Senate would drive the more action-oriented House of Representatives batty. And it has, regularly and consistently. One of the most battle-tested anecdotes, which I first heard in the 1970s from former Representative Al Swift (D-WA), is about the freshman House member who refers to a member of the other party as “the enemy.” A more senior colleague says, “No, he is just a part of the opposition. The Senate is the enemy.”

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Harry Reid demonstrates conduct unbecoming a Senate leader.

30th June 2008

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There was a remarkable exchange on the floor of the Senate this past Thursday between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. It offers pretty stunning evidence of how personally petty Reid is, as well as his penchant for defining “partisanship” as anything that keeps him from getting his way.

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Let My People Go, AIDS Profiteers

30th June 2008

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In the late 1980s, before international experts arrived to tell us we had it all “wrong,” we in Uganda devised a practical campaign to prevent the spread of HIV. We recognized that population-wide AIDS epidemics in Africa were driven by people having sex with more than one regular partner. Therefore, we urged people to be faithful. Our campaign was called ABC (Abstain, or Be Faithful, or use Condoms), but our main message was: Stick to one partner. We promoted condoms only as a last resort.

Because we knew what to do in our country, we succeeded. The proportion of Ugandans infected with HIV plunged from 21 percent in 1991 to 6 percent in 2002. But international AIDS experts who came to Uganda said we were wrong to try to limit people’s sexual freedom. Worse, they had the financial power to force their casual-sex agendas upon us.

PEPFAR calls for Western experts to work as equal partners with African leaders on AIDS prevention. But as co-chair of Uganda’s National AIDS-Prevention Committee, I have seen this process sabotaged. Repeatedly, our 25-member prevention committee put faithfulness and abstinence into the National Strategic Plan that guides how PEPFAR money for our country will be spent. Repeatedly, foreign advisers erased our recommendations. When the document draft was published, fidelity and abstinence were missing.

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“Vibrant” = Cant

30th June 2008

Steve Sailer ruminates on some inconvenient truth.

Have you noticed that whenever some writer uses the words “vibrant” or “vibrancy” he is almost guaranteed to be yanking your chain? It’s just like how for so many years the phrase “in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate” always preceded utter bilge.

Whenever I read about “vibrant immigrant neighborhoods,” I wonder exactly which ones has the writer has been to, if any. Come to the vast immigrant neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley and check out the vibrancy: there isn’t any. They’re boring, tacky, and low-brow. There’s no culture beyond the video store. It was like that before, too, but 35 years ago we expected the place to improve a little with time, not regress.

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Birthday spat goes to parliament

30th June 2008

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An eight-year-old boy sparked complaints to parliament in Sweden by failing to invite two of his classmates to his birthday party.

The boy’s school says he has violated the shunned children’s rights and complained to the Swedish parliament.

That’s socialism for you.

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Police chief says no to crack

30th June 2008

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A US town’s new police chief has banned low hung trousers that expose wearers’ bums.

Good to know they don’t have anything more important to do.

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Queen of Hawaii demands independence from ‘US occupiers’

29th June 2008

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Works for me. Give it back to the natives, I say.

Better yet, give it to the Japanese. They own most of it anyway.

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Florida biologist saves drowning bear

29th June 2008

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Not something I’d care to do.

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Let me put this another way: Childcare Q&A

29th June 2008

Megan McArdle runs the numbers on the “universal childcare” fantasy.

The basic argument is that we should have highly skilled, quality childcare available for every child under the age of five in America. We should ensure this by paying a high wage and good benefits to those workers.

Let’s unpack this a little.

Turns out that, as with many popular socialist programs, we can’t afford it. But wait, there’s more.

There is something truly odd to me about highly educated people who simultaneously believe that they have something better to do than employ their degree in singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” seventy times a day, and also that there should be a large supply of bright, educated people who choose to do just that.

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Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform

29th June 2008

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Like many arrested adolescents in the tech world, Google is populated by leftoids. And, like most leftoids, they’re fascists under the skin.

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The Kindergarchy

29th June 2008

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In America we are currently living in a Kindergarchy, under rule by children. People who are raising, or have recently raised, or have even been around children a fair amount in recent years will, I think, immediately sense what I have in mind. Children have gone from background to foreground figures in domestic life, with more and more attention centered on them, their upbringing, their small accomplishments, their right relationship with parents and grandparents. For the past 30 years at least, we have been lavishing vast expense and anxiety on our children in ways that are unprecedented in American and in perhaps any other national life. Such has been the weight of all this concern about children that it has exercised a subtle but pervasive tyranny of its own. This is what I call Kindergarchy: dreary, boring, sadly misguided Kindergarchy.

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What’s the real federal deficit?

29th June 2008

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Hint: It’s more than you think.

A lot more.

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Bishop of Manchester ordains his own wife

29th June 2008

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Well, perhaps the Church of England will become a family business — right when the customers seem to be leaving in droves.

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‘Designer baby’ to be free from breast cancer

29th June 2008

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Well, we’ll see.

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No Babies?

29th June 2008

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The New York Times is shockd, shocked I tell you, that populations are plunging in Europe.

Gee, if they’d read Mark Steyn’s book, they’d know all about it.

But then, of course, they might be hauled into a Canadian kangaroo-court and accused of being Islamophobic.

You can see where they wouldn’t want to take that risk. What would their friends say?

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Anglican Church offshoot founded by traditionalists in Jerusalem

29th June 2008

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Well, that’s how the Anglicans got their start in the first place, after all, so they ought to be used to it.

That sputtering sound you hear is 1 billion Roman Catholics trying really really hard not to laugh.

It’s like watching a snowman melt in the sun.

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Newspapers Skip Over Obama’s Gun Flip-Flop

29th June 2008

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Not really news, but still.

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WaPo After Free Republic Again, Now Over Barack-is-a-Muslim Email

29th June 2008

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Truly, you cannot make this stuff up.

The Obama flak in question is one Danielle Allen of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. Mosk wishes to assure us that she is one smart cookie, apparently. To settle any question to the contrary, we are treated to some earnest, if over-the-top, adulation for good Doctor Allen. Allen is called a “razor-sharp, 36-year-old political theorist,” that she’s “gained valuable insight into the way political information circulates,” and that she works at the institute “most famous for having been the research home of Albert Einstein.” Mosk tells us that Allen “boasts two doctorates, one in classics from Cambridge University and the other in government from Harvard University.” The Post tells us that one winter morning Allen was “studying in her office at the Institute for Advanced Study, the renowned haven for some of the nation’s most brilliant minds.” Mosk also tells us that Allen “works alongside groundbreaking physicists, mathematicians and social scientists. They don’t have to teach, and they face no quotas on what they publish. Their only mandate is to work in the tradition of Einstein, wrestling with the most vexing problems in the universe.”

Apparently one of the most vexing problems in the universe is where rumors about Obama come from.

So, what about this email saying that Obama is a secret Muslim? Where did it come from? Matthew Mosk doesn’t know and neither does his main source, the brilliant Doctor Allen. But they are both sure it has something to do with the website Free Republic. Or maybe a perennial candidate from Illinois named Andy Martin… or a guy in Philadelphia who operates a website and posts on Free Republic… or maybe not. But whatever the case, Matthew Mosk of the Washington Post just took the word of open Obama supporter Danielle Allen as gospel, assuming that her “research” was indisputable.

This has got to be one of the most entertaining political seasons in my lifetime.

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Stroke Victim Relaxing Outside Is Killed by Stray Bullet

29th June 2008

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A stroke victim who had gone outside in his wheelchair to get some fresh air at the urging of relatives was struck and killed by a drug dealer’s stray bullet, police said.

Cleveland. Run by Democrats. Boy, those gun control laws really work, doesn’t they?

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Teen Decapitated by Batman Ride at Georgia Six Flags

29th June 2008

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A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said.

The headline ought to have read “Stupid Teen Decapitated by Batman Ride at Georgia Six Flags”.

We have a Darwin Award nominee.

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How to Be of Good Cheer

28th June 2008

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A review of Arthur C. Brooks’ Gross National Happiness.

The advice will sound familiar: Get a job, get married, go to church and don’t listen to wild-eyed utopians. In such a way, it is said, you will find your portion of happiness. To this list of imperatives Arthur C. Brooks would add one other: Avoid this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

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Iran threatens to cut off Gulf oil exports if nuclear facilities are attacked

28th June 2008

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Yeah, they’ll be able to do that for about 4 hours. Then the U.S. Navy turns their piss-ant maritime force into scrap, and the Air Force does the same with anything Iranian that flies — not to mention their only refinery that can produce gasoline, and pretty soon they all start walking

I rather hope they try it. Could prove amusing. And our guys need the practice.

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Richard Branson ‘claims French asked for Sunday opening bribe’

28th June 2008

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I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked.

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America to hand back Anbar, Iraq’s biggest province, to Baghdad

28th June 2008

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It’s a quagmire, I tell you, a quagmire.

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Topia shows off 330-pound HUVO electric car

28th June 2008

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Bucket-based hydroelectric generator powers up small gadgets

28th June 2008

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Local politics explained in one sentence

28th June 2008

Steve Sailer is always worth reading.

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Canadian Thought Police dismiss complaint against Maclean’s mag

28th June 2008

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But there’s no relief in sight for those who don’t have deep pockets and national attention.

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Queen owns a McDonald’s

28th June 2008

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You’d think she’d own a Burger King.

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Chgo Sun-Times Takes Stand Against The Constitution

28th June 2008

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The Sun-Times, though, is filled with woe at the Heller decision and offers the downright stupid solution of more gun banning despite the singular fact that their “solution” has miserably failed in every city it has been tried — including the very one they claim to care about. Not to mention that the Times seems to have no clue about the Constitution nor any respect for the citizenry of that same city.

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America’s Universities Are Living a Diversity Lie

28th June 2008

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In reality, colleges profess a deep belief in the educational benefits of their affirmative-action policies mainly to save their necks. They know that, if the truth came out, courts could find them guilty of illegal discrimination against white and Asian Americans.

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The Self-Inflicted Economic Death of Ohio

28th June 2008

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Once known as the Mother of Presidents, Ohio is now getting poorer, older and dumber – and making all the wrong moves to reverse the situation.

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Thousands Cheer as Pakistani Militants Decapitate, Shoot Afghans Accused of Spying for U.S.

28th June 2008

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How cruel and unusual.

Good thing they weren’t in America or Democrats would have given them such a pinch….

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Murder Charge for Brother Whose Sister Shed Scarf

28th June 2008

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Aqsa Parvez, 16, of Pakistani origin, was strangled in December at her Mississauga, Ontario, home.

Waqas Parvez, 27, who had faced obstruction allegations in his sister’s death, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder.

Their father Muhammad Parvez, 57, was charged with first-degree murder earlier this month. He had been a suspect since shortly after her death.

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This Week in Bacon

27th June 2008

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It’s the sesame seeds on the bread. Specifically, it’s the toasted sesame seeds. For, when you toast sesame seeds, as on a bagel or this Grandwich, the seeds have a smoky, porcine, crunchy taste.

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Mayor’s flag banned on safety grounds

27th June 2008

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The mayor of Maidstone has been banned from flying the town’s flag on her official car because it might fall off.

The decision has been taken on health and safety grounds amid fears that the crest – no more than eight inches high and five across – could pose a danger to other road users.

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Released Guantanamo detainee behind March suicide truck bombing at Combat Outpost Inman in Mosul

27th June 2008

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Ajmi was released from Guantanamo Bay and was searching for “a way to reconnect with the jihad.” He claimed he was tortured while at Guantanamo Bay.

Thirteen Iraqi soldiers were killed and 42 were wounded after Ajmi drove an armored truck packed an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of explosives through the gate of the outpost and detonated in a spot between the three main buildings of the compound. The blast destroyed the facades of the three buildings, including the building housing the battalion headquarters.

Sounds like they didn’t torture him enough.

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