So, does anybody else think the term “suicide bomber” is “romantic?” Besides Fox News I mean, which has taken it’s “homicide bomber” crusade so far that it actually doctors AP reports.

“Suicide bomber” is descriptive. I know what Orwell had to say about it, but a news agency should at least attempt to find language that informs rather than inflames.

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Satire becomes reality.

While waiting in a live lobster tank to be sold and boiled live, these sentient creatures (who can look you in the eye) are starved with their claws clamped so that they cannot easily cannibalize each other in their state of starvation. The tank features bright lights with nowhere to hide after an intercontinental jet plane ride for these marine animals used to the dark ocean depths.

Not to sound like the average braindead anti-vegetarian, but the co-op has refrigerated shelves of dead animals which have been killed in all sorts of gruesome ways. I’m not sure boiling is the worst alternative. They say that when your head is chopped off you remain conscious with your head in the basket for several moments. Don’t know how “they” know that, but it’s what “they” say. Would Ms. Devine be happier if they turned down the lights? Should they stop selling crab altogether – I mean is it better if they’ve already been boiled?

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On KMUD this morning, Kevin Hoover proclaimed himself “iconoclast” because he doesn’t like green bean casserole. I guess I have to join him, but then I’m not really a fan of any casserole (yes, all my nordic ancestors are rolling in their graves) unless you count lasagne. I’m especially not impressed with the ones with soggy potato chips. And my nordic relatives included, you can bet that as bland as that carbo-brick is they probably doubled their spices for your benefit.

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The TS’ “toasts and roasts” includes a roast for voters who can’t follow instructions thereby holding off the results for weeks on end. Does that include the man/woman who folded a ballot into a paper crane?

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The DOJ is suing states which have filed inquiries about the wiretapping program pursuant to state laws. The most interesting developments are in Maine where pressure was put on Verizon to come clean as to its cooperation with the NSA. Verizon issued some sort of statement for which Maine’s PUC requested clarification, and the DOJ is arguing that for Verizon to even verify it’s prior statement would endanger America’s security. Maine’s PUC has been dragged into the conflict (kicking and screaming) by a maverick PUC retiree who doesn’t think its been doing its job.

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More potential good news for Democrats in the recent election results. Apparently, the Republican domination of suburbia is in question.

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No news about yesterday’s Mateel Board meeting. Unfortunately, my day job’s going to keep me pretty well occupied for the next week and a half, so news is going to have to come to me if I’m going to post it.

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