Thursday, August 18, 2005

Bits and Pieces

This was a tough blogging day for me. I saw an ad for a Live Chat with Joe Piscopo on and was going to do a screed on what an untalented hack Piscopo is, but frankly he is so uninteresting that I couldn't get up the energy to talk about it.

The big story today on is the mob bust that I blogged yesterday. At this point it is just reporters chewing on the scraps. The main story is over until the actual trial, which is when we'll hear about the murders the arrestees committed...which is when some of this blog's readers will find out why they haven't seen Cousin Fredo for three years ("Every time you put your line in the water you say a 'Hail Mary' and you'll catch a really big fish"). There's nothing that interesting about the reporter scraps (some residents who lived near the social club were surprised that mobsters used it and some residents weren't, and still other residents couldn't believe the amount of stuff they could pick out of their ears while sitting on the stoop).

Then I checked the Yahoo news "Odd News" tab. Oh, baby, have we got stuff going on these days!

"Oil workers trade in marriages for a job" says one headline. A state-run oil company in northern China is giving laid-off workers their jobs back if they are divorced, so some married, laid-off workers are getting divorced to get their jobs back. If it were only that easy.

The lead in another story is: "Russia's long winter will just fly by for a herd of Russian cows which, a newspaper reported on Tuesday, will be fed confiscated marijuana over the cold months."

Moo? Moooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Or should I say, "Mooooooooo-sky!"

But my favorite story of the day is this: "Yachts a sign of economic strength for Berlusconi" The Prime Minister of Italy can see lots of yachts from the window of his luxury villa, and to him that means the entire country is doing well because there are a lot of rich people with yachts around. So you see, Bush isn't the only leader who is completely disconnected from reality.

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