Delenda Est Carthago

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Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

I plan on being the supreme dictator of the country, if not the world. Therefore, you might want to stay on my good side. Just a hint: ABBA rules!


Today's links: Margaret Cho's terrorist dog, Ebonics, made-up countries, missing garden gnomes, and zoophilia (more than one example!)

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Let's get to the links!

Politics. We must get the bad taste out of our mouths right away.

If you haven't checked out the CIA factbook yet, you're missing interesting stuff.

This is sort of political. First, Margaret Cho names her dog after the female leader of the Baader-Meinhof Gang. This comes from Andrew Sullivan. A bunch of conservative bloggers ripped into her, so Margaret Cho responded. I just point this out because of the "tempest-in-a-teapot" nature of the blogging world. Sheesh.

A Christian adoption agency won't allow Catholics to adopt from them. Because, you know, Catholics aren't "real" Christians. This comes from Heretical Ideas.

News about some anti-American saber-rattling in Central Asia. Of course it hasn't gotten any coverage here. This comes from Blog for Arizona.

Did the Bush Administration try to rig the Iraq election? This is from Democracy Arsenal. An angry reaction can be found here.

Is J.K. Rowling anti-American? Well, the evidence is stupid, but this guy still tries to make a case. I stole this from Donklephant.

Hey! Ebonics is back! Yes, I'm white, so I'm probably biased and racist, but this is ridiculous. I got this from Education Wonks.

A charming story about our government's idiotic war on painkillers. Our tax dollars at work!

The nurse who was maimed by Eric Rudolph (the anti-abortion crazy doctor-murdering dude) responds to his conviction. It's a nice inspiring story.

Catallarchy links to the this fall's arguments in front of the Supreme Court. Of interest (to me, at least): a case about Oregon's assisted suicide law on 5 October, and two abortion cases on 30 November.

Chris Cope is disturbed by Wal-Mart's new environmentally friendly store in Texas. So are we all, Mr. Cope, so are we all.

What do you know? There is a lot of carbon dioxide in the air, almost all caused by humans! Sheesh. This is from those evil, science-using left-wingers at the Huffington Post. Damned scienticians!

Iraq is kind of a big mess, isn't it? These are from that damned treasonous Huffington Post again.

Balloon Juice gives us more creationist fun.

The Athenian Sicilian expedition during the Peloponnesian War is ancient history, right? Maybe not ...

More fun unconstitutional stuff - we get the Patriot Act renewal and anti-Fourth Amendment bag searches on the New York subway. But we all feel safer, don't we?

An interesting group of people who wanted to leave Saddam Hussein in power.

Bush tells Congress he will veto anything trying to curb torture. Yeah, I can't believe it either. This has also been making the rounds, but I saw it first at Andrew Sullivan.

Andrew Sullivan also points us to nuts on the left and the right. On the Left: Bush is more to blame for Sudan than the Sudanese government, the ones, you know, doing the killing. And on the Right: Porn physically damages the brain and, as a "toxic material," should be outlawed. The actual story is here - I found it on Heretical Ideas.

Leonard Peltier loses another appeal. If you don't know who Leonard Peltier is, go here. If you know who he is and think he's guilty, read this book. Krys is most disappointed in Clinton because he didn't pardon Peltier.

Here's an interesting post about the difference between nationalism and patriotism.

The Faux Faulkner award goes to Bush spoof and causes a minor flap.

This is a fascinating article about made-up nations. I want to live in the Republic of Minerva, man! And here, you can build your own nation! Would I lie?

Enter the funny world of cyberspace.

Chris Cope links to The Holy Land Experience. You must check this out - it's too bizarre for words.

The Disgruntled Chemist points us to an open letter to the Kansas School Board. It includes this graph:

Trust me, it's science! Posted by Picasa

It's's worst sellers!

It's the tragic and hilarious tale of R. Kelly's concept videos. Not for the squeamish!

Thomas wonders who to cast in the movie about his blog. He thinks Kevin Smith would make a good me.

The Disgruntled Chemist weeps for society. Find out why!

Jay Pinkerton presents: doctored comic strips! Not for children!

See? This is most kid-friendly one! Posted by Picasa

Cats review the latest Harry Potter book. No spoilers, I promise, just humor! This is from Balloon Juice.

Astrid is right: I'm totally addicted to Factum: Face the Fact. But when it has pictures like this, why wouldn't I be? Posted by Picasa

I've seen this before, but what the hell: 40 things that happen only in movies. From Various and Sundry.

My brother-in-law hails from the most toothless state in the nation. He'll be so proud.

It's been a while since I checked out McSweeney's, so I thought I'd give you Although I Like a Good George W. Bush Joke As Much As the Next Guy, Some of Them Seem Mean-Spirited and Gratuitous and a sestina about Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot.

New (and probably short-lived) category: Blogging about blogging.

You're a dedicated blogger if ... I'm sad to say that pretty much everything on this list applies to me.

This guy really hates blogs. Okay, it's all true and very funny, but you know what? I'm going to keep doing it. This is from Andrew Sullivan.

Comic books. Not a lot this week, for some reason (I don't know why, honestly), but still 100% geeky!

Interesting article about why Robin sucks.

Double Articulation is a relatively new blog about comics. Be warned: it's dense and full of thoughtful commentary!

I wrote a whole post about this yesterday at Comics Should Be Good, but I thought I'd link to it anyway. Tom Peyer links to a bunch of right wing and libertarian commentators who LOVE Batman Begins. Find out why!

Dorian gives us this out-of-context comic book panel:

He has another one up too! Posted by Picasa

Miscellaneous. Where the Wild Things are.

Well, this is nice: unborn babies carry pollutants. How swell. I saw this first on the Anti-Corporate Patriot. Sigh. Is nothing safe?

John Cole points us to this story, in which a man claims to be Ben Roethlisberger and Brian St. Pierre to pick up women. Some people might know who Roethlisberger is, but if you don't, they're both Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks. He actually signed a jersey of one woman with Roethlisberger's signature, thereby "ruining" it. I always tell women I'm James Denton. It hasn't helped yet, probably because my wife always tells them differently. Confound her!

How hot has it been in Arizona? Ice cream melts in 8 seconds in Phoenix! Awesome.

TiVo wants you to watch commercials. Maybe they shouldn't have invented a device that lets you skip them, then.

Here's a charming story about a coach of a T-ball team payingonee of his players to injure an 8-year-old mentally disabled teammate so the coach wouldn't have to play him. I'd say more, but what else is there to say?

Check this out. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but if you thought we couldn't do more to make sure we have more automobile accidents, you thought wrong!

Ex-Black Panthers want to sell hot sauce using the phrase "Burn, Baby, Burn!" I think my dad is right - everyone sells out in the end.

The mystery of the missing garden gnomes! Seriously. Where's Encyclopedia Brown when you need him?

Chris Cope asks the tough questions: Where do all the cute girls go?

Let's rethink sex in the 1960s, shall we?

Self-suffocation is on the rise among children. Maybe I was too normal, but I never knew anyone who suffocated themselves for kicks. This is icky.

You know you're dying to see the MRI pictures of people during sex! Don't worry, it's very clinical - and cool.

A group of London teachers wants to remove the word "fail" from their verbiage and replace it with "deferred success." It's nice to know American teachers aren't the only crazy ones. I've seen this a few places, but I saw it first on Upon Further Review.

Did you know Congress wants to add two months to Daylight Savings Time? John Cole did, and now so do you!

Nick gives us Indian myths. Vaginas all over Indra's body???? Ram testicles???? Myths are awesome.

Read about the creepy ten dollar note! It really is creepy - and not just because it's Australian money!

The Ashes have started! What do you mean, you don't know what the Ashes are? Don't you people follow cricket? What's wrong with you?

Scientologists object to a Glamour magazine article. Might they have something to hide???? I found this on the Huffington Post.

Malls of America gives us the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania! Yes, for those of you unlucky enough never to have been to PA, that's the name of a town.

Doesn't it look idyllic? Posted by Picasa

If you've ever been confused about the exact nature of the Trinity, it's all explained here! Now, be warned: although the explanation comes from a Christian, it's not necessarily your parents' Trinity.

Phillyist, the blog about Philadelphia, found a fun magazine called Philth. This is the cover of the third issue:

Yes, that's a woman pouring what I hope is melted cheese onto another woman. If that sounds like your kind of thing, pick up a copy! Posted by Picasa

My pal Roxy links to personal ads for women in prison. Truly excellent. Check out Kelly - she's a 27-year-old bisexual hottie. Oh, too bad - she's not eligible for release until August ... 2024. What the hell did she do?

This diver is apparently okay, but man! that looks like it hurts. I stole this from Donklephant. Posted by Picasa

Doctors put maggots on a wound. I would probably welcome amputation instead. It did work, by the way.

This week at Scene from my life: pictures of Portland.

Is it any wonder that I miss it? Posted by Picasa

I worry about Layne, up there in Winnipeg. He has time to find links to: Cook your placenta, make your own dildos, and a FAQ on how to have sex with dolphins. Let me retype that: A FAQ on how to have sex with dolphins.

Just so Layne wouldn't be the only one trolling the dark corners of the Internet, Tom Peyer finds a man who has died after having sex with a horse. But he also gives us this nugget: Mathematics prove that God raised Jesus from the dead. So there's no more doubt about it, I guess.

That's all for this week! I hope you found something you liked - as long as it wasn't information you were seeking about how to have sex with dolphins. Seriously - get a girlfriend or boyfriend or blow-up doll, for crying out loud!


Blogger N said...

Even among all the gross and nasty things on the Internet, that diving picture makes me cringe. Ouch!

24/7/05 6:26 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Leonard Peltier could get out if he would try to convince Errol Morris to make a documentary about him. Or he could have donated a lot of money to President Clinton.

Peltier has no one to blame but himself.

24/7/05 7:06 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

You're absolutely right, Thomas - stupid Leonard Peltier.

24/7/05 7:54 PM  
Blogger Jim Roeg said...

Great list, man (all except for that Double Articulation site--yikes!).

Re: the hilarious Blog-hating guy: never has an act of love been so thinly disguised as an act of hate!

25/7/05 6:11 AM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Maybe Peltier likes staying in jail.

25/7/05 4:42 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

What kind of chicken s—t blog does the formerly funny comedian Margaret Cho think she is maintaining when she brags about such an asinine, tasteless stunt as naming her mutt after a terrorist, and she does not even allow comments on her blog? That is not a blog. It is a self-serving webpage.

Impressive list.

25/7/05 7:40 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I didn't realize you can't leave comments. I don't have a problem with the lack of comments, but the fact that she called terrorism in the 1970s "chic." Apparently "Gudrun" is some old Norse goddess, so she could have easily claimed that she named it after that. But yeah - asinine and tasteless sum it up pretty well.

25/7/05 9:35 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Maybe it is possible to comment, but I was just too inept to figure it out. I did e-mail her, though. Not that she will ever read it...

26/7/05 5:31 AM  

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