Thursday, March 17, 2005

A whole, separate, unique, living human being

South Dakota has a new law requiring that, before an abortion, the doctor must tell the woman that abortion ends the life of a “whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Also that she could die or get really depressed afterwards, and that “the pregnant woman has an existing relationship with that unborn human being and that the relationship enjoys protection under the United States Constitution and under the laws of South Dakota,” whatever that means.

The London Times claims to have “clear evidence” that Syria was behind the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, although there is nothing resembling evidence in its story. And Robert Fisk in the Indy, who has in recent days been rather more convincing on the subject, reports that Syria’s top Lebanese intelligence guy announced that he would sue himself, presumably in Syrian court, to prove his own innocence in the assassination. Looking forward to that one.

From the Press Association: “A businesswoman paid £2,500 to fly five invisible mermaids from London to Harare to help her recover a stolen car and cash.”

Will Durst suggests some slogans for Karen Hughes in improving the US’s image (edited slightly down):
  • When Democracy Reigns, It Pours.
  • America: Just a Big Red White and Blue Teddy Bear With a Whole Lot of Guns.
  • Snap. Crackle. Pow. Thud.
  • Be All We Think You Should Be.
  • Tastes Great. Less Torture.
  • They Don’t Call Us The GREAT Satan For Nothing.
  • America 2.0. Now With Improved Press Suppression.
  • What’s So Bad About Bread And Circuses Anyway?
  • John Wayne: Not Just an Actor. A Way Of Life.
  • Don’t Like Us? Get In Line.
  • Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have A Republic?
  • Badges, We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges.
  • Friendly Fire ‘R Us.
  • Democracy: Just Do It.
  • You Keep the Sand, We’ll Take the Oil.
  • Sometimes You Feel Like a Crazed Tyrannical Despot, Sometimes You Don’t.
  • We’re Everywhere You Want To Be. Deal With It.
  • The New Improved Low-Carb, Atkins-Friendly America.
  • Got Grenades?
  • I Can’t Believe I Invaded The Whole Peninsula.
  • Nobody Doesn’t Like Britney Spears.

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