Best in Blog: 15 June 2009


Just because you, dear reader, spent a relaxing weekend mixing organic mojitos and committing random acts of bluegrass doesn’t mean the world put its feet up too. Oh no. Indeed, while you were blissfully perfecting vegan recession recipes Iran snuck off and reelected itself Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Or so claim the baton-wielding protestor-beating Iranian government goons.)

In lighter recent news, the Senate decided that fruit-flavored cigarettes and cartoonish tobacco ads aimed at tykes might actually be flamingly bad ideas they could stamp out; hilarity continued in the Gibbsian press room; and we remain curious about prom at a high school where studies include Islamic jihadism, nuclear arms, and cyber-crime.

Speaking of nuclear arms, apparently the Nuclear Regulatory Commission rates highest in federal employee satisfaction. Surprised? You won’t be by two of the worst rated: Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation.

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