25 March 2004 @ 02:53 pm
Must read: Froomkin has what we can learn from the 9/11 testimony so far. BBC Q&A on 9/11 commission, and an analysis. Clarke maintains his cool under fire. Maureen Dowd has a good article on it as well. Finally, the first chapter of Clarke's book.

* Very important to consider the progress vs. the perception in Iraq.
* Military describes successes from Guantanamo prisoner interrogations.
* US realigning troops deployed overseas.
* Excerpts from the Supreme Court arguments for removing 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance.
* Thomas Friedman looks at the big picture for Spain and the Middle East.
* Battle over prenatal rights vs. women's rights.
* Europeans getting together to get Bush out of office. (Courtesy Callico.)
* EU has a different version of regulating big business.
* Three decades of progress haven't improved children's care dramatically.
* Examining the benefits of teaching children culture.
* Florida's faith-based prison opens. (Courtesy Uzbekistan.)
* New evidence forces us to rethink the nature of, well, matter itself.
* 800 nearby stars, no radio broadcasts.
* Robot battles reveal cultural divides.
* The classic evolutionary choice: big jaws, or a bigger brain?
* AWESOME. McDonald's plans to market kids' clothing.
* Is there anything worse than being the guy slapped by Richard Simmons?
* To fight back against Mel Gibson, Life of Brian rereleased. (courtesy Latinate.)
* Sony already sets a date for Spider-man 3.
Lalaangela_la_la on March 25th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
Hasn't the McKids line been a reality in the US already for some time? When I was shopping for baby gifts last year I saw a number of items with that label. Surely you have been to a bebe store or two in your time?

I like the bib that said "Future Fatty".
Mrs. Raarjudithiscariot on March 25th, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC)

OK, so that kid in the picture in the BBC article is totally wearing some kind of bizarre fat suit. It's not even hidden. Look at his wrists for gods sake.

Even odder is the url name: http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39964000/jpg/_39964441_mckidsfatty203.jpg


Lalaangela_la_la on March 25th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
Whoa, thanks for TOTALLY FREAKING ME OUT. Ew ew ew. Fake fat kids! I know it's not the US, but surely they could have found one real live fat kid in Britain to shoot.

...what about his ginormous head, though?
Mrs. Raarjudithiscariot on March 26th, 2004 04:30 am (UTC)
i cant explain it!
keep it darksnidegrrl on March 26th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
that is effin creepy. i think his head is makeup. i have no idea. i am in awe. as in awe-ful.
Strange Detractor: holecloudprofessorbooty on March 28th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
Obviously you've never seen a truly obese child before. That doesn't look like a suit to me.
Jen: meozexamorata on March 25th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC)
I think we are missing the importance of the fact that McD's is apparently going to make a Quornburger. Yoinks!
keep it darksnidegrrl on March 26th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Favorite moments from the supreme court, for those who don't want to read the whole thing:

CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST: Do we know -- do we know what the vote was in Congress apropos of divisiveness to adopt the under God phrase?

MR. NEWDOW: In 1954?


MR. NEWDOW: It was apparently unanimous. There was no objection. There's no count of the vote.

CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST: Well, that doesn't sound divisive.


MR. NEWDOW: That's only because no atheist can get elected to public office.
PMMJ: Hulkcheetahmaster on March 26th, 2004 05:26 am (UTC)
I hate to spoil your good mood, but: heard this very clip on NPR. RIght after he said the line about atheists not getting elected, a large portion of the audience applauded and cheered. The chief justice warned them that another such outburst, and he's clear the court.
keep it darksnidegrrl on March 26th, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)
er... how does that spoil my good mood? I heard it on NPR too. I just like the quote.
PMMJ: Mementocheetahmaster on March 26th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Well, it spoiled my good mood, since they were applauding that atheists are not treated as equals.
keep it darksnidegrrl on March 26th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
I took it to mean that the atheists in the room were applauding his zinger.
Strange Detractor: staticprofessorbooty on March 28th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
I figured one of the kangaroos did something funny. They're so darn cute!
PMMJcheetahmaster on March 28th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
nice one, brutha!
Jenexamorata on March 26th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
You know, Michael Newdow is a bit of a nutter, but he is SO RIGHT.