November 21, 2006

the white noise witch her hammers cold

diane arbus, teen with baseball bat, 1962

* From Harper's December 2006:

-- Ratio of people worldwide that are overweight to the number who are undernourished: 5:3

-- Percentage change from 2004 to 2005 in the number of criminal violations by U.S. military recruiters: +106

-- Number of private firms that have been hired since 2002 to recruit soldiers for the Army: 7

-- Percentage of Americans in October who said that Congress should impeach President Bush: 51

-- Minimum number of checkpoints Mary and Joseph would face today on their journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem: 10

-- Number of Texas high schools that offered Bible courses as electives last year: 25

* Tips for Thanksgiving travel. excerpt:

"Leave for the airport NOW. Especially if your flight is on Wednesday.

"Bring no luggage. Wearing the same clothes for a week is a small price to pay.

"If you have children under the age of five tell your relatives one has an ear ache and make everyone come to YOU.

"Three words of advice if you’re driving a long distance: XM satellite radio. Especially if you’re crossing Texas and want to listen to Air America.

"Air travelers: avoid O’Hare. Better to land in Dallas, even if your destination is Chicago.

"There’s more legroom in Exit rows. When the flight attendants ask if you are willing to help out in case of emergency just say yes. Like it’s going to make a big difference anyway if you crash.

"There are NO bargains in the Sky Mall magazine.

"When you’re stuck in St. Louis and all flights are grounded (and trust me, you WILL be), grab lunch at Mike Shannon’s.

"If you’re flying on an airline that doesn’t have reserved seating never sit next to anyone whose already eating or reading Ann Coulter.

"Put a big strip of duct tape on your luggage so you’ll recognize it easily. And it makes a nice fashion statement.

"If you’re flying with small children see if there’s such a thing as 'Flintstones Valium.'

"In-flight alcoholic beverages are expensive. Better to drink heavily at the airport before boarding."

* "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." -- Howard Zinn


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