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2007 March 17 — Why Now?
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The Stupidity Never Ends

Over 140 years later and we still have to deal with this crap because some people can’t figure out that it was treason, an armed rebellion against the elected government, and their ancestors lost. They are not going to get their “property” back, and they are not going to receive reparations.

In a report from Tallahassee [the Florida capital] we are told there is a controversy: Confederate Flag Hung From Noose Draws Ire. An artist built a gallows and hung a battle flag of the Confederate Army of Tennessee from the gallows.

Those upset with this are bringing up the stupidity of Florida law, specifically Chapter 256, of Title XVIII, on flags.

The law covers: “the flag or emblem of the Confederate States, or any flag or emblem used by the Confederate States or the military or naval forces of the Confederate States at any time within the years 1860 to 1865”.

256.10 Mutilation of or disrespect for Confederate flags or replicas.–No person shall publicly mutilate, deface, defile, defy, trample upon, or by word or act cast contempt upon the flags of the Confederacy, or replicas thereof, for crass or commercial purposes; provided however nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent or prohibit the use of such flags for decorative or patriotic purposes.

The Supreme Court has already ruled that such laws are violations of the first amendment to the US Constitution, so any action is going nowhere, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t going to waste time and tax dollars making something out of nothing.

March 17, 2007   4 Comments

Pet Food Recall

A Canadian company, Menu Foods, has announced a pet food recall, and has PDF files of the affected products on it’s web site.

These guys produce “wet” food for most of the supermarket and department brands, and Eukanuba, Iams, and Science Diet in cans and pouches. This recall affects both cat and dog food, and primarily the “slices or chunks in sauce” type of food.

There are reports of kidney failure, including some deaths, associated with this recall. If you feed your animals canned food, check the site for the identification information.

Thanks to mergers and acquisitions, companies you never heard of are impacting your lives. When you read the files you will the see the store brands for almost every major supermarket chain in the US.

Note: Whiskas, 9-Lives, and Friskies are NOT on the list of affected brands.

March 17, 2007   16 Comments

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Éireann go Brách!

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Well everyone agrees that he died on March 17th, but the year is subject to debate. This is his feast day on the Catholic calendar. Enjoy as you are wont.

Wikipedia has more on Saint Patrick’s Day, if you need more.

March 17, 2007   3 Comments