Thursday, July 12th, 2007

56 year-old, 7-foot-9-inch Bao Xishun, who—as of last year—was anointed as the World’s Tallest Man by Guinness, is off the market ladies. Today in Inner Mongolia, Bao was wed to 28 year-old, 5-foot-6-inch saleswoman Xia Shujian after a global search for his eventual bride.


Thx to

The President of the South American country of Guyana, which is rich with pristine, unharvested forests, recently pointed out one of the many fatal flaws not only of the Gorrific Kyoto Protocol, but of the recently popularized practice of carbon-offsetting.

President Bharrat Jagdeo criticized the “limited” scope of the Kyoto Protocol because “it’s short-sighted in that it encourages bad behavior basically among countries; if you cut down trees and you plant them back you get money, [however] if you preserve them, you don’t get anything.

President Jagdeo

So, the end impact of the trendy new practice of carbon-offsetting and the ecological cost of compliance with the Kyoto Protocol is the elimination of old-growth forests in favor of unshaded fields of saplings. Brilliant.

Thx to President Jagdeo and

If you mess around with the public trust in China, they just execute your sorry butt.

Former official

Zheng Xiaoyu, China’s former drug and food safety watchdog chief, was executed Tuesday “after being found guilty of corruption and dereliction of duty amid a series of food and drug safety scandals.”

Thx to the LA Times

Bob Allen, Florida congressman and one of six Florida co-chairs for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, was arrested for allegedly soliciting oral sex from a policeman in Florida yesterday.

Rep. Allen

Certainly not news that McCain’s campaign needs right now.

Thx to the Blotter

Again, I am convinced that Tony Snow is the best Whitehouse spokesman we’ve had in quite a while. The following exchange between he and Jim Axlerod of CBS News is why.


Axelrod asked Snow if the White House was “isolated and out of touch” in what they say about Iraq and the politics of the war on Capitol Hill, to which Snow dryly replied:

No, no more than I think people look at you and think you are focused on defeat.

Always good to call reporters out on their dripping condescension sometimes.

Snow is now a solid addition to my list of favorite people with the word “snow” in their name. The other being, of course, Jerry Reed as “Snowman.”


Thx to Tony Snow, Jerry Reed, and FishWrap

Betty Williams, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for creating a group that helped start peace talks in Northern Ireland, was in Dallas yesterday to deliver the keynote speech at—of all things—the International Women’s Peace Conference. During her speech, Ms. Williams—who won the Noble Peace Prize mind you—told a crowd of about 1,000 people that:

Right now, I could kill George Bush.

Realizing what an a$$ she had just made of herself, she quickly clarified:

No, I don’t mean that. How could you nonviolently kill somebody? I would love to be able to do that.

A Nobel Peace Prize laureate wishing she could kill someone (who just also happens to be the President of the United States), if only nonviolently. The sheer intellecutal heft of this woman would barely fill a teaspoon.

Thx to the Dallas Morning News