Mid-Week Links and Oddities

In no particular order –

Building the ark: Greenpeace activists are building an ark on Mount Ararat. Amusing. Of course, Greenpeace isn’t a Christian organization (they don’t seem to be anti-Christian, as far as I can tell) but they border on Christian mockery to make a point about global warming.
Obscene bible: In Hong Kong yesterday, over 200 complaints yesterday were filed with authorities, complaining that the bible is an obscene document. It seems to be a stunt to protest against restrictions on free speech.
French President: Nicolas Sarkozy took over from Jacques Chirac as French president. Sakozy is pro-American, pro-conservative, anti-illegal immigration… in other words, he’s just the kind of President we need. He’s more pro-American than all the U.S. Democratic hopefuls combined.
Telephones with land lines: On the decrease. People are relying more and more on cell phones only. I’m certainly leaning this way. When August rolls around, I’ll be ffree of all long term contracts – DSL, land lines, cell phone, cable. I’m going to be looking for a new set of solutions, but I’m probably going to drop the home phone.
Diet Coke Plus: What the heck? Instead of my regular Diet Coke, I bought one of these yesterday. “Diet Coke with Vitamins and Minerals.” Is this supposed to be a health drink? “Each 8-ounce serving of Diet Coke Plus provides 15% of the daily value for niacin and vitamins B6 and B12, and 10% for zinc and magnesium.”
In Love with a Steam Locomotive: And I don’t mean as a hobby. “His partner back then was a Hammond organ — he has now been in a steady relationship with a steam locomotive for several years. Since he is particularly aroused by the inner workings of technical objects, repair jobs have often led to infidelity in the past. ‘A love affair could very well begin with a broken radiator,’ the now monogamous lover says, remembering how his earlier affairs began.” I am reminded yet again that some people are just… different than the rest of us.

What stories today have interested you?

Building a Fence

It’s amazing the citizens will step up and do what the government won’t do. Minutemen today said we need a fence, and if the government won’t put it up, then they will.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — If the government doesn’t build security fencing along the Mexico border, Minuteman border watch leader Chris Simcox says he and his supporters will.

Simcox, whose civilian watch group opposes illegal immigration, said Wednesday he was sending an ultimatum to President Bush to deploy military reserves to the Arizona border by May 25 or his supporters will break ground for their own building project.

“We’re going to show the federal government how easy it is to build these security fences, how inexpensively they can be built when built by private people and free enterprise,” Simcox said.

Congress has been debating immigration reform for several months. One bill, approved by the U.S. House in December, calls for nearly 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The fence proposal has angered Mexicans, with President Vicente Fox calling it “shameful.”

Simcox said a half-dozen landowners along the Arizona-Mexico border have said they will allow fencing to be placed on their borderlands, and others in California, Texas and New Mexico have agreed to do so as well.

Surveyors and contractors have offered to help with the design and survey work, and Simcox said some have said they will provide heavy equipment for his Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. to build fencing.