do you want fries with that?

"French riot policemen protect a McDonald's restaurant in downtown Strasbourg, eastern France, Saturday, March 22, 2003. Demonstrators threw fake blood and pieces of meat against the window of the fast-food restaurant to protest against the U.S.-led war in Iraq. (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)"

It is perhaps somewhat less than comforting to note that this bomb has been out of warranty for nine years:

"A GBU-24 'Bunker Buster' Hard Target Penatrator 2,000 lb bomb rests in a bomb cradle in the Hanger bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in the Gulf, Saturday March 22, 2003. Planes from the carrier flew 100 missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Friday with 35 being strike missions. None of the 35 strike missions dropped ordinance. Sticker on the guidance portion reads 'this item is under warranty until the last day of 6-94'. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)"
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DNA Lounge: Wherein I direct your attention toward the calendar.

I noticed a funny thing on the calendar the other day: we've got five consecutive weekends of events I'm actually looking forward to! I don't think that's happened before. Usually there's about one a month that piques my interest. But we've got:

So how about that! I guess things are shaping up.

Current Music: Urgh! A Music War

Who Would Jesus Webcast?

  • BBC has a live RealVideo webcast from a camera on top of a building in Baghdad. I guess we'll know the blitzkreig shocknaw is in full effect when it goes bluescreen. I'm especially amused that the URL has /sport/live/ in it.
  • Google refuses an ad for a "Who Would Jesus Bomb?" bumper sticker, because it is "hate speech."

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Current Music: Urgh! A Music War

"voodoo protest-o-nomics"

Bob Glickstein wrote:

MTV Europe does not want to show any, that is not any, B52s videos.

On the theory, I suppose, that if they can make the B-52's feel the economic pain of this war, they'll communicate it up the chain to the White House, which will call it off.


Tibetan monk prepares to kidnap the Sandy Claws

A Tibetan monk wears a traditional mask during a ceremony to celebrate the Tibetan New Year at Beijing Yong He Gong Lama Temple in China's capital, March 2, 2003. The ceremony is held annually during the Tibetan New Year to expel evil spirits from the monestary. REUTERS/Guang Niu

Kidnap the Sandy Claws, lock him up real tight
Throw away the key and then turn off all the lights
Kidnap the Sandy Claws, throw him in a box
Bury him for ninety years, then see if he talks

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get your war on #22

get your war on #22
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Gas Mask Porn ( top 10)
Current Music: SFPD radio chatter

scanners rule

Wow, listening to live MP3 streams of San Francisco police scanners is great entertainment today.

(I'm not gonna tell you which URL I'm listening to, because I don't want it to get overloaded and go away.)

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Current Music: the sound of world control

National Guardsman Optimus Prime

National guardman changed his name to a toy

CUYAHOGA FALLS -- A member of Ohio's 5694th National Guard Unit in Mansfield legally changed his name to a Transformers toy.

Optimus Prime is heading out to the Middle East with his guard unit on Wednesday to provide fire protection for airfields under combat.

"On Sunday, we were awarded as the best firefighting unit in the Army National Guard in the entire country," said Prime. "That was a big moment for us."

Prime took his name from the leader of the Autobots Transformers, which were popular toys and a children's cartoon in the 1980s. He legally changed his name on his 30th birthday and now it's on everything from his driver's licence, to his military ID, to his uniform.

"They razzed me for three months to no end," said Prime. "They really dug into me about it."

"I got a letter from a general at the Pentagon when the name change went through and he says it was great to have the employ of the commander of the Autobots in the National Guard."

Prime says the toy actually filled a void in his life when it came out. "My dad passed away the year before and I didn't have anybody really around, so I really latched onto him when i was a kid," he said.

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Current Music: Axis_01 -- Pimpf ♬

oh, this is gonna make heads pop off for sure

ClearChannel sponsors pro-war rallies

Some of the biggest rallies this month have endorsed President Bush's strategy against Saddam Hussein, and the common thread linking most of them is Clear Channel Worldwide Inc., the nation's largest owner of radio stations.

In a move that has raised eyebrows in some legal and journalistic circles, Clear Channel radio stations in Atlanta, Cleveland, San Antonio, Cincinnati and other cities have sponsored rallies attended by up to 20,000 people. The events have served as a loud rebuttal to the more numerous but generally smaller anti-war rallies.

The sponsorship of large rallies by Clear Channel stations is unique among major media companies, which have confined their activities in the war debate to reporting and occasionally commenting on the news. The San Antonio-based broadcaster owns more than 1,200 stations in 50 states and the District of Columbia. [...]

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