They’re even painted red, white, and blue!

Qureshi Donates Tennis Wheelchairs To Iraq

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“And I ordered my war cold, too!”

Russia takes aim at McDonald’s burgers as U.S. ties worsen
By Maria Kiselyova and Olga Sichkar; Reuters; July 25, 2014
 
MOSCOW (Reuters) – “McDonald’s burgers and shakes may become the latest victims of worsening ties between Moscow and Washington after a Russian consumer watchdog agency accused the U.S. chain of sanitary violations…”
 
Why must people vent to restaurant workers about things beyond their control?

Nimrods

Iraq jihadists blow up ‘Jonah’s tomb’ in Mosul: official
AFP–July 24, 2014
 
“After a couple days in the big fish, I could not rest in my grave for millennia.  I finally get start to get over my claustrophobia and chill out a bit, and then this happens.  Oy vey.”

Relatedly, is playing with Barbie dolls a sign of latent male homosexuality?

CIA Toyed With Idea of Osama bin Laden Doll to ‘Turn Afghan Children from Leader’

The CIA developed prototypes for an Osama bin Laden action figure in 2005.

by Mary Kay Mallonee | CNN | June 19, 2014

“The CIA has revealed it once considered creating and using a very different type of weapon in the fight against terrorism: a doll.

“An Osama bin Laden action figure with an evil-looking face.

“The spy agency began quietly developing the bin Laden doll in 2005, as first reported by The Washington Post, and recruited the help of the former head of the Hasbro toy company, Donald Levine.

“The CIA’s proposed plan, according to the newspaper, was to produce the dolls, with their bright red faces and spooky green eyes, and hand them out to children in Afghanistan in hopes of turning them away from the al Qaeda leader…”

Would these kids be familiar enough with Star Wars to recognize that the bottom center one resembles baddie Darth Maul?  It’s immaterial, because the CIA would be just as likely to actually create a likeness of bin Laden as they would be to create the real one qua terrorist mastermind.  Yeah right.  We’re probably also supposed to believe that his death on 5.2.2011 was staged. 

 

A 38th Parallel

In South Korea, People Check In to Faux Prison for Meditation With a Penal Theme

Clients at ‘Prison Inside Me’ Pay to Be Confined to 60-Square-Foot Cell; ‘This Is My Third Time’

Jaeyeon Woo  The Wall Street Journal  May 5, 2014
 
“…In a country where the social pressure to do well in school and to find highly paid jobs is intense, an industry is attempting to come up with some extreme relaxation…”

One North Korean refugee, who provided an alias for his alias as “Hyun-Woo,” recoiled in visceral fear at the idea.  “No way, Jin Ae!  I’m not falling for that again!”         

Wild Directions

Some interesting news the last couple days:
 

With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A ‘Wild, Wild West’

by –April 24, 2014–NPR

 

The Wild West, eh?  Hyperbole like this is the surest sign of fear mongering.

In the real West, an anti-government darling of people like myself apparently feels a nostalgia for the Old South:

Politicians denounce Bundy’s racist remarks

Posted by –4.24.2014

 
In the contemporary South, some pols want a real “Wild West”: 
Ga. governor signs ‘guns everywhere’ into law
Larry Copeland and Doug Richards, USA TODAY–April 23, 2014
 
Arm law-abiding citizens?  I think it would certainly be a good idea here in the mid-Atlantic city of Baltimore:

14-Year-Old Shot In The Head Was Son Of ‘Stop Snitching’ DVDs Creator

April 23, 2014–CBS Baltimore
 
Around the world, East-West clashes again seem Imminent:

Obama says more sanctions against North Korea possible

Associated Press–April 25, 2014
 
Ukraine crisis: West wants to ‘seize control’ – Russia
BBC–25 April 2014

 

While everyone in the Mideast always seems to be ginning for a fight:
Israel quits Mideast peace talks in protest
 

Palestinian deal involving Hamas riles Netanyahu

Josef Federman–Associated Press–April 24, 2014
 

Our best hope?

NASA chief defends Mars mission, colonization of Red Planet necessary for human survival

By Alexander Saltarin–Tech Times–April 24, 2014