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Belgian Doctors Bill U.S. for Treating Iraqi Girl

Reuters has the story:

Belgian doctors sent an Iraqi girl home on Thursday after treating her for leg wounds caused by a bomb during the U.S. invasion — and sent the 51,570 euro ($66,650) bill to the U.S. embassy.

“We haven’t heard from them yet,” said Bert De Belder, coordinator of the humanitarian agency Medical [...]

MSN Quiz

I often use a Hotmail account for correspondence, though I’m slowly phasing the address out in favor of Gmail. The worst part of Hotmail isn’t the spam, but the links you see after sending mail that point to moronic employment strategies, dating tips, and other meaningless quizzes that are supposed to improve your life. Joshua [...]


“This was just a stupid, stupid bit! But, if it crossed the line, then certainly, there must be punishment, and if there is, I want to be punished so that I can actually say ‘Equal justice under law.’ Anybody that has stepped over this line of law needs to be prosecuted, including me.”

–Air America [...]

Great Polling Questions

James Taranto shows us the flaws in this poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC. Some of the questions included:

The Senate has confirmed 35 federal appeals court judges nominated by Bush, while Senate Democrats have blocked 10 others. Do you think the Senate Democrats are right to block these nominations? Do you feel [...]

Photo of the Week

BLAGNAC, France – The world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, successfully took off on its maiden flight Wednesday, a milestone for aviation and for the European aircraft-maker’s battle with American rival Boeing Co.

The giant plane’s four engines hauled its double-decked, 308-ton fuselage aloft at 10:29 a.m., an achievement watched by thousands of [...]

UK Anti-Semitism Watch

On the heels of this post, we get some good news:

The Association of University Teachers (AUT) has received a flood of protests, accompanied by an increasing number of resignations, following its decision to adopt boycotts against Israeli universities last Friday.

The backlash, which may take the form of mass resignations from the union, [...]

UK Anti-Semitism Watch

LGF is on the case, pointing us to an article on a piece of anti-Israel agitprop calling itself a play:

The Royal Court in London announced yesterday that My Name is Rachel Corrie had become one the fastest sell-outs in its 50-year history. Tickets for the play’s 24 performances sold out in less than two [...]

Frist Energizes Christian Conservative Base

Remember the Shiavo memo? It said this:

“This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue.”

In another move to define legal issues as moral issues that the pro-life base would be excited about:

“LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 24 – In a Sunday telecast [...]

More BBC Follies

BBC reporter’s award stuns Israel

Israeli officials have expressed dismay that BBC reporter Orla Guerin, who has come under sharp attack for what some perceive as an anti-Israeli bias in her coverage, will receive an MBE honor from the British government for “outstanding service to broadcasting.”

Israel has had problems with the BBC before. What’s [...]

Kofi Still on the Hot Seat

The Oil-for-Fraud scandal’s investigation hasn’t exonerated UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

A U.S. State Department official said Thursday that an interim report on bribery and other wrongdoing in the U.N. oil-for-food program didn’t exonerate Kofi Annan as the secretary-general had proclaimed.

The statement from Mark Lagon, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, [...]


“Yesterday was a total screw-up in the words I used. Because instead of closing, I meant securing. I think maybe my English, I need to go back to school and study a little bit.”

–California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, explaining what he really meant when he suggested closing all of America’s borders.

Spit and Polish

In the interest of non-partisan contempt for individuals who resort to violence against those with whom they disagree, I present to you a story about a guy who spit on Hanoi Jane Fonda:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man spit tobacco juice into the face of actress Jane Fonda after waiting in line to have [...]

Marine Charged in Teo Peter’s Death

Reuters has the story:

The U.S. Marine Corps has charged with negligent homicide a marine suspected of causing a car crash that killed a Romanian rock star in Bucharest last year, the United States embassy said on Wednesday.

The marine, a guard at the U.S. embassy in Bucharest, was whisked out of Romania soon [...]

Faithful Run to Salt-Runoff

I don’t know why I like these stories:

Some see Virgin Mary in underpass stain

“CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — A steady stream of the faithful and the curious, many carrying flowers and candles, have flocked to an expressway underpass for a view of a yellow and white stain on a concrete wall that some believe [...]

Photo of the Week

As perhaps expected, the new Pope gets the nod for Photo of the Week. The Jerusalem Post says of him:

Rabbi Israel Singer, chairman of the World Jewish Congress, called Ratzinger the architect of the policy that John Paul II fulfilled with regard to relations with the Jews.

“He is the architect of [...]