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The Meaning of the Kaffiyeh

Mafaz al-Suwaidan says of the kaffiyeh:

The scarf once seen covering the faces of stone-throwing boys, wrapping the bodies of bullet-pierced babies and shading the creased napes of olive farmers now makes an appearance on the mannequins of Toronto and the outfits of the rich and fabulous of New York.

And an item of clothing [...]

DOUGHNUT

Rachel Ray in Terror Scarf Scandal

The far-out space-nut bloggers win again!  Rachel Ray Dunkin’ Donuts advert pulled after bloggers complain:

The US chain Dunkin’ Donuts has pulled an advert following complaints that the scarf worn by a celebrity chef offered symbolic support for Islamic extremism. The online advert for iced coffee featured the well-known US television chef Rachael Ray. She [...]

McClellan Dishes on Bush

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has written a book:

Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a surprisingly scathing memoir to be published next week that President Bush “veered terribly off course,” was not “open and forthright on Iraq,” and took a “permanent campaign approach” to governing at the expense of [...]

Horror: Children Sexually Abused by Peacekeepers in Ivory Coast, Sudan and Haiti

Awful and fucked up beyond belief:

Children as young as six are being sexually abused by peacekeepers and aid workers, says a leading UK charity. Children in post-conflict areas are being abused by the very people drafted into such zones to help look after them, says Save the Children. After research in Ivory Coast, southern [...]

The Way He Was: Syndney Pollack, Dead at 73

Sydney Pollack died of cancer:

Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack, who achieved critical acclaim with the period drama “Out of Africa” and the romantic comedy “Tootsie,” died of cancer Monday, his agent told CNN. Pollack, 73, died at his home in Los Angeles. He was surrounded by his wife of nearly 50 years, Claire Griswold, [...]

YouTube Sued

Viacom sues YouTube for copyright infringement, but YouTube says they are doing the best they can:

Viacom says it has identified 150,000 unauthorised clips on YouTube. In papers submitted to a Manhattan court, Google said it and YouTube “goes far beyond its legal obligations in assisting content owners to protect their works”. Viacom disagreed that [...]

Obama’s Candidacy Is Thanks to President George W. Bush

There should be little doubt now that Barack Obama will be the first African American to be a major party Presidential candidate.  Clinton has made noises that the campaign is over and the mainstream press has already been publishing post-mortems for her campaign. 

If it was Republicans who freed the slaves in the late 1800s, [...]

Loni Anderson Off the Market

Good news for some, bad news for others:

Loni Anderson was married Saturday to Bob Flick, a founding member of the 1960s folk group The Brothers Four. The ceremony was attended by friends and family, including son Quinton Reynolds, who walked the “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Nurses” star down the aisle. Reynolds is Anderson’s son [...]

Shania Twain Available

Good news for some, bad news for others:

Shania Twain and husband-producer Robert “Mutt” Lange are splitting up after 14 years of marriage. The 42-year-old Canadian country superstar and 59-year-old Lange married in 1993 and have a 6-year-old son named Eja. Her publicist provided no further details Thursday about the couple’s breakup.

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Woman Indicted for Inducing MySpace Suicide of 13 Year-old Girl

Justice for Megan Meier?

A Missouri mom was indicted Thursday for her alleged role in the death of a teen who killed herself over a failed Internet romance that turned out to be a hoax.  A federal indictment accuses Lori Drew, 49, of O’Fallon, Missouri, of using the social networking Web site MySpace.com to pose [...]

Fetus in *urp* Fetu

This is incredible:

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A nine-year-old girl who went to hospital suffering from stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors in central Greece said Thursday. Doctors at Larissa General Hospital examined the girl and surgically removed a growth they later discovered was an embryo about six centimeters (more [...]

The End is Nigh: Two Signs of the Democratic Primary Apocalypse

Two signs that the loooooooooooong Democratic primary is about to end:

Edwards Endorses Obama:

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards endorsed Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday at a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “There is one man who knows and understands that this is a time for bold leadership. There is one man that [...]

Female Reporters Moisten at Sight of Obamessiah in Jeans

This is so appallingly distasteful that I probably shouldn’t even post it.

He’s so HAWT.

Clinton, Obama Searching for More States to Campaign In After West Virginia

Aren’t there some colonies or some “outlying areas” that have delegates?  Clinton wins WVA:

Hillary Clinton wins 67% to Obama’s 26% in West Virgina.  “I am more determined than ever to carry on this campaign,” she told supporters in Charleston, West Virginia. “I am in this race because I believe I am the strongest candidate. [...]