the new normal

[overheard conversation, my house]

teh LK: don’t read about what happened in Bowling Green

teh me: what happened?

teh LK: there was a murder…don’t read about it

teh me: you know you have to tell me now. what happened? was an entire family killed? what?

teh LK: a 33-year-old woman killed a 21-year-old pregnant woman…

teh me: …and cut out her baby and tried to pass the baby as her own

teh LK: well, yeah. but you don’t want to read the details, seriously

teh me: one question: did she kill the pregnant woman before cutting out the baby or was she still alive?

teh LK: killed the pregnant woman first

teh me: could have been worse

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Better 38 years late than never

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another reason not to live in Saudi Arabia

the article continues:

Although it has never been common to own pets in the Arab world, it's becoming increasingly fashionable among the upper class in Saudi Arabia and other countries such as Egypt.

In Islamic tradition, dogs are shunned as unclean and dangerous, though they are kept for hunting and guarding. In large cities around the Middle East, stray dogs are considered pests.

The ban on cats is more puzzling, since there's no similar disdain for them in Islamic tradition.

One of the Prophet Muhammad's closest companions was given the name Abu Huraira, Arabic for "the father of the kitten," because he always carried a kitten with him and a number of traditional stories of the prophet show Muhammad encouraging people to treat cats well.

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Today on Iraq war news – what the fuck

 the Idiot-in-Chief is to veto the war spending bill just passed by the Congress.  more here and here
from that last link comes today's instance of the "say what?" files:

"…the American people voted for change. But President Bush, in his brief statement on the
White House lawn, said they did not vote for failure.
"

whavevs, Georgie.  way to confuse the issue.  try it on your next employee evaluation:  "yes, boss person, last year we agreed there be changes in my performance.  but we did not agree to failure."    and watch your boss scratch his head.  hopefully this last enough time for you to make your escape.

also from the "where are they now?" files:

– remember heroic Pat Tillman?   Ranger who was with Tillman when he was killed alleges coverup

– remember heroic Jessica Lynch, "little girl Rambo"? Jessica Lynch criticizes Pentagon efforts to make her into a hero    from where we get today's instance of "fucking unbelievable. do these bastards have any shame?" files:

"Initial reports also suggested that Ms Lynch had been abused after she came round in the hospital. She said the reports were lies: she had been treated well and the Iraqis had tried to return her to US forces."The nurses tried to soothe me and return me," she told the hearing"

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