“I Am Not a Terrorist” in Arabic T-Shirt


After reading about blogger Raed Jarrar’s experience at JFK (he was forced to take off a shirt with Arabic writing on it or miss his flight), I finally stopped being depressed about the war on terror and began being proactively pissed off. I made this shirt, which says “I am not a terrorist” in Arabic. I plan to wear it every time I go to the airport from now on.

We have already given away too many freedoms in the name of war on terror. Freedom of speech cannot be one of them.

(via Boing Boing)

Florida’s Felonious Fogeys


Geriatric mugshots.

When we think of pensioners in Florida, retirement communities, crates of Lipitor, and canasta tournaments naturally come to mind. It’s the place where your bubby goes for early-bird specials and balmy winters.

So who could have imagined that the Sunshine State was filled with so many elderly cons, senior citizens who haven’t let advanced age get in the way of committing serious crimes. Here are some of the offenses for which those pictured in the following mug shots have been convicted: cocaine trafficking; grand theft; gun possession; aggravated assault; auto theft; fraud; sexual battery; child abuse; witness intimidation; and drunk driving.

Bush Has Read 60 Books So Far This Year


Anybody buying this?

President Bush is currently responsible for two ground wars; a crisis in
Israel and Lebanon; a midterm election; a sagging housing market; the upcoming hurricane season; a laundry list of scandals; an on-going attempt to avoid coming off like a retarded frat-boy bully; and the day-to-day struggle to basically run the nation — that is, pretend to run the nation. Looking back on 2006, he’s faced numerous other critical events at home and abroad including gas prices, immigration, the Dubai ports deal, the Plame investigation, and his vice president shooting a lawyer in the face.

Yet, he’s somehow found time to read not one, not five, not 20, but 60 books this year alone (via Crooks & Liars). According to US News & World Report, he’s in a competition with Karl Rove to see who can read more books over the course of the year. Rove is trailing by 10 books, until November when Diebold will put him up by three.

Of course, I don’t begrudge someone who chooses to read that much literature. That is, if that someone is a student or an author or a shut-in or a prison inmate or simply a person who is fortunate enough to have a buttload of free time. But the president, any president, shouldn’t have more free time than you and I.

Here’s a partial list of his summer reading list.

My 6-year-old was traumatized


Pictured above is an artist’s conception of Bryan Flynn.

My 6-year-old was traumatized
Bryan Flynn

On Tuesday, August 8, I took my family out to Daniel’s for groceries. I have a 6-year-old daughter who learned how to read from the Barney and Friends book series. As we stepped out of the family van, she was very excited to see a Barney movie being advertised on the Daniel’s Market lit sign. She said, “Look, Daddy, a Barney movie!” I couldn’t see it, so she guided my eyes to the vulgar obscenity arranged there on the sign. “Look! Up there! Barney’s p***s!” I was shocked when I saw the words arranged on the sign. I quickly averted her eyes and escorted her into the store.

Since then, she has not stopped mentioning Barney’s p***s. This has shaken the bedrock of our family. I made an emergency call to our church’s pastor about this bombshell in my daughter’s life and he is unsure how it will affect her future.

This sort of sick joke is typical of unlawful teenagers across the country, but I just didn’t think the little town of Fallbrook was home to such hoodlums. I am frightened for my daughter’s future; she won’t stop bringing up this horrible movie title! I would like Daniel’s Market to apologize for traumatizing my daughter, and I would like the pranksters to know just how vile their criminal act was.

(via Boing Boing)

Largest Nuclear Bomb Ever Made


From Wikipedia:

Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба, literally “Emperor-bomb”) is the Western name for the largest, most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated. Developed by the Soviet Union, the ~50 megaton bomb was codenamed Ivan (Russian: Иван) by its developers.

The bomb was tested on October 30, 1961 in Novaya Zemlya, an island in the Arctic Sea. The device was scaled down from its original design of 100 megatons to minimize nuclear fallout.

Due to its enormous size, the bomb was not practical for warfare purposes, and was created primarily for propaganda use in the intense rivalry of the Cold War. There is no evidence that any other bomb of similar power was ever made.

There’s a short video clip on YouTube about the Tsar Bomba with video of it detonating.