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Question: Should we really be able to buy guns online?

Fables of the reconstruction: That's Quite a Coincidence

The online gun dealer who sold a weapon to the Virginia Tech shooter said it was an unnerving coincidence that he also sold handgun accessories to the man who killed five students at Northern Illinois University.

Eric Thompson said his Web site ... sold two empty 9 mm Glock magazines and a Glock holster to Steven Kazmierczak on Feb. 4, just 10 days before the 27-year-old opened fire in a classroom and killed five before committing suicide.

Another Web site run by Thompson's company ... also sold a Walther .22-caliber handgun to Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people in April on the Virginia Tech campus before killing himself.

New beef recall is largets ever in U.S. history

BBC NEWS | Americas | US orders massive recall of beef

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ordered the recall of 143 million lb of beef - the largest meat recall in the country's history.

The recalled products come from a California meat plant, which officials say broke rules on cattle inspections.

However the department says the health hazard is minimal. Much of the meat was purchased for school lunch and other federal nutrition programmes.
. . .
The USDA recalled beef products from the Westland/Hallmark Meat Co, dating back to 1 February 2006.

. . . greater risk of contamination by E. coli, salmonella or contracting mad cow disease, as they have weaker immune systems and greater contact with faeces than walking cattle.

February 16, 2008

Update: John Cleese's Letter to America (was not actually written by John Cleese)

John Cleese’s “Letter to America” � Things Are Looking Up…

Big thanks to reader Mike who pointed out that this was not actually written by John Cleese. Check out Snopes for more info.

Dear Citizens of America,

In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next.

Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

February 15, 2008

FEMA under fire for providing poison homes to Katrina refugees

FEMA slammed for using toxic trailers - Yahoo! News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency came under new withering criticism Thursday after tests found dangerous levels of formaldehyde fumes in many of the trailers the agency used to house hurricane victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

"This is such gross incompetence. I really have not in my 10 years seen anything like this on the domestic front," said U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison said Thursday the agency would rush to find temporary housing for roughly 35,000 families now in its trailers. "We're moving as fast as we can," he said.

The agency was forced to act after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that formaldehyde fumes from hundreds of trailers and mobile homes were, on average, about five times what people are exposed to in most modern homes.

Plow Under (Every Foreclosed Home)

Poor Mojo Newswire: The Housing Bubble Blog Photo Gallery --...

February 14, 2008

I'm Just Glad That Ours Isn't the Only Free-Market Democracy That's Slid Into Being an Embarrassing Fuckarow

Luxury gap: how Japan turned into a nation of...

Valentines: The 26 Best Fictional Lovers

Photo 2 | Pop Culture's Best Couples: 26 True (Fictional) Lovers | Photos | EW.com

Including Apollo & The Midnighter. There are a lot of good choices in here, and a lot of surprising ones. Rachel & Ross? Really? But I have to smile when I see Buffy & Angel, Gaius & 6, or the motherfucking Huxtables get a nod. Is there anyone they egregiously missed?

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William Shatner: "I suck."

via | telegraph.co.uk | William Shatner 'never watched Star Trek'William...

Officer Friendly

tampabays10.com | Deputy now suspended after dumping man from...