"Parents who practice the so-called "elimination communication" learn to read their children's body language to help them recognize the need, and they mimic the sounds that a child associates with the bathroom."
"Yes, the manufacturer of possibly the ugliest footwear ever created is moving onto clothing. Soon you'll be able to buy shirts, shorts, and skirts containing the same spongy foam resin that they use to create their shoes. Once blended with natural fibers, the clothes will be breathable, "sweat-resistant", and (as a spokesperson is quoted as saying the fabric will have "all the properties of the shoes") presumably very ugly."
"The online bookstore sells subscriptions to two cockfighting magazines, The Feathered Warrior and The Gamecock, even though cockfighting has been declared illegal in all states (until Louisiana’s ban takes effect next summer, the activity remains legal in parts of the state)."
"Larry Craig is not now, and never has been, gay. So playing footsie with strange men in public restrooms is now considered straight. Or straight-identified. Please make a note of it."
"WoW could actually be the new surfing. With a comparable number of American participants (2.8 million surfers), the sport's strangeness and popularity among a cool subset of the American population (young, male, high advertising value) has led it into the mainstream consciousness, if not mainstream usage. While remaining a niche activity (indeed, that's part of its branding), it has spawned a lingo and a fashion and a lifestyle, all of which it could be argued WoW is too. It's not a bad model: the 2006 surfing market was recently estimated at about $7.5 billion."
"Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun. As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own."
"Wastewater facilities are wonderful places to understand what humans consume and excrete," Field said.
"She's getting what everyone else would get," Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers said.
He has "exercised his right to withhold use of the `thumbs' until a new contract is signed."
“I was addicted to danger and dangerous girls, and it took me to things that were very destructive for me.”
"Since we are intelligent human beings living in the 21st century, we should take the time to look at some data. That is what we are doing when we ask, "Why won't God heal amputees?"
"Even if it costs him clients and endorsements, travel guru Rick Steves has never been a shrinking violet when it comes to speaking his mind. He opposes the war in Iraq.
And, as he has seen done across Europe, he flies a peace flag outside his Edmonds headquarters despite the fact that, when it went up, an angry man approached sneering, "Boy! I bet if you realized how much that cost your business, you'd think twice!"
He wouldn't. It is Steves' deep, internationally informed opposition to this country's criminalizing of personal marijuana use that will send him to the Hempfest stage.
"I'm not going to sit at (Edmonds') Fifth and Main streets and smoke a joint," Steves told me. "But 800,000 people in the U.S. were arrested last year for marijuana while, in Berne (Switzerland) they're in public, smoking and playing backgammon and not bothering anyone. It (criminal prosecution) forces people into the street to deal with scary people. It's just so wrong."
"Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, 75, opened an envelope last week to learn a Purple Heart had been approved for injuries he sustained as a Marine on June 22, 1952. But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was "out of stock." "I can imagine, of course, with what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, there's a big shortage," Reed said. "At least, I would imagine so." The form letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and resubmit an application, or buy his own medal. After waiting 55 years, however, Reed decided to pay $42 for his own Purple Heart and accompanying ribbon — plus state sales taxes — at a military surplus store."
"An online tool that claims to reveal the identity of organisations that edit Wikipedia pages has revealed that the CIA was involved in editing entries."
"The US is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards force as a foreign terrorist unit, officials say. If confirmed, this will be the first time official armed units of a sovereign state are included in the list of banned terrorist groups."
"A megachurch canceled a memorial service for a Navy veteran 24 hours before it was to start because the deceased was gay. Officials at the nondenominational High Point Church knew that Cecil Howard Sinclair was gay when they offered to host his service, said his sister, Kathleen Wright. But after his obituary listed his life partner as one of his survivors, she said, it was called off. "It's a slap in the face. It's like, 'Oh, we're sorry he died, but he's gay so we can't help you,'" she said Friday."
"Frequent tours for U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have stressed the all-volunteer force and made it worth considering a return to a military draft, President Bush's new war adviser said Friday."
"At last count, 96 members of the Romney clan, a veritable army, have arrived here over the last few days to help out at Saturday’s Republican straw poll, bolstering what is already a huge ground operation for the event that far outstrips the efforts of any other campaign."
Thanks to MC Hall for the find.