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I love a story like this

How hip-hop saved the cognac industry. See? There’s hope… Rappers’ adoption of cognac, the storied French spirit, as their preferred party booze has been a godsend for Louvet and her fellow farmers. Five years ago, the region surrounding the small town of Cognac in southwestern France was on the brink of ruin. An economic crisis […]

Trying to keep my head up

in the face of news like this is almost more than I can do… In 1992, Tonya Stewart left the Army after serving 13 years in uniform, believing her service to her country was over. Now, 12 years later, she’s been recalled to active duty. “I leave for an 18-month tour of duty in two […]

can’t take any more today

that’s it. I’m going to lunch. Is it dark in here? Or is it just me? Of all the revelations that have rocked the Israeli army over the past week, perhaps none disturbed the public so much as the video footage of soldiers forcing a Palestinian man to play his violin. The incident was not […]

Out of the Closet

And into the streets… Win an election, then show your true colors… The Fuhrer was G Gordon Liddy’s first political hero. Liddy was a sickly, asthmatic child when he grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, in the 1930s. The town was full of ethnic Germans who idolized Hitler. Liddy was made to salute the Stars […]

Sucked in by a banner ad

I almost never click through those things, but I finally succumbed. This one said, simply, “Canada’s looking pretty good now, eh?” No shit. It clicked through to the Amazon page for this book:So, You Want To Be Canadian: All About The Most Fascinating People In The World And The Magical Place They Call Home. Readers […]

Plame Case update in the WaPo

I should care more about this than I do. I still don’t understand why Robert Novak isn’t in jail. Maybe it’s because his high, thin voice adds some nice color on that last chorus of “Deutchland Über Alles.” I mean, this article focuses primarily on the issues facing other reporters involved in the case and […]

We got a complaint

Here at the helpdesk, we sometimes get odd calls. We got one that the photo on the login page of for the webmail was “ugly.” Here’s that photo: But see, that guy? That’s Roland. He used to work here. We like him. They asked us to change the photo. So, um… we did….

It just takes a second

And you could maybe save a life. From Norbizness who is doing his penance for being from Texas: Another female death row prisoner scheduled for execution that our Republican governors can mock. Unlike Karla Faye Tucker, however, this one maintains her innocence, had a lawyer who did absolutely no lawyering in her case under the […]

The [Good/Bad] Old Days

I was talking to one of the guys that I work with this morning and was reminded of something that happened when I was 20 and a starving musician. Now, understand that when I use the word “starving” that it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but only a BIT… I made a decision when I […]

The Kleptones

Just go find “Night at the Hip-Hopera.” The guys that brought you “Yoshimi Battles The Hip-Hop Robots” (a hip-hop mashup of Flaming Lips songs.) (Dude! Pass that bowl!) now bring you the positively mind-altering mashup of Queen songs and hip-hop. The mashup of “The Game” and “(I Want to Take You to a) Gay Bar” […]


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