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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

In Brief - 2007 Halloween Edition

Here is today's quick news digest:
  • In honor of Halloween, People for the American Way has released a Right Wing Costume Kit... in case you need something you terrify your friends and family with. It includes printable masks of Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, James Dobson, and Pat Robertson.
  • An Interstate 90 overpass is history after a careless truck driver totaled the structure with his oversize load. The state is demolishing the overpass, causing big headaches for drivers traversing Interstate 90.
  • A 5.6 magnitude quake struck the Bay Area yesterday but fortunately did not result in serious damages or injuries. This latest trembler is yet another reminder that the Left Coast is earthquake country - and we still have vulnerable infrastructure that needs to be repaired, retrofitted, or replaced.
  • State Representative Richard Curtis, R-Hypocrite, is resigning from office in the aftermath of reports disclosing that he had sex with a man he met in a Spokane adult video store while on a Republican Party retreat. Curtis' behavior puts him at odds with his public pro-discriminatory views about sexual orientation. Just how many closeted gay Republicans are there in this country, anyway?
  • The battle over Proposition 1 is getting expensive (as predicted). The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has published a final editorial urging voters to support Roads & Transit, which it correctly terms a "vital" investment.
  • The religious right's unease with the Republican field of presidential candidates is starkly highlighted in a new Pew poll.
  • Car-sharing companies Flexcar and Zipcar, the first of which has a strong Seattle-area presence, have agreed to merge (no pun intended).
Finally, here's a bit of Halloween comedy from Lewis Black - one of the greatest jokes from his career. You can also watch it at YouTube.
The worst thing about Halloween is, of course...candy corn.

Candy corn is the only candy in the history of America that's never been advertised.

And there's a REASON!

All of the candy corn that was ever made... was made in 1911.

And so - since nobody eats that stuff - every year there's a ton of it left over. And the candy corn company sends the guys out into the villages, to collect out of the dumpsters all the candy corn we've thrown away.

They wash it! They wash it!

I'll never forget the first time my mother gave me candy corn. She said, "Here, Lewis! This is corn... that tastes like candy!' [Takes it, eats it] ... This tastes like crap!. And every year since then, Halloween has returned, and I, like an Alzheimer's patient, find myself in a room, and the room has a table in it, and on the table.... is a bowl of candy corn.

And I look at it - as if I've never seen it before. Candy corn, I think. Corn that tastes like candy. I can't wait. [Takes it, takes a bite].

Son of a *****!
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