Archive for May 2nd, 2006

Oh Say Puede Ver


Right wingers, Rednecks and Xenophobes have been working
themselves into a dither over the new, We Are El Mundo style Spanish-lyrics
version of the National Anthem. As though monolingualism were something
to be proud of rather than a national disgrace. As though a spirit as
beautiful as that expressed by our anthem could anything but enriched
by being translated into other languages.

There have been over 850 versions of the national anthem
recorded over the years,
including a polka version, a kazoo band version, and translations into
at least 20 languages, including Serbo-Croatian and Arabic. Who can forget
the iconic Jimi Hendrix version from Woodstock, captured so vividly on
film and vinyl, denounced at the time as disrespectful and subversive?

How dare they question the sincerity and patriotism of those who sacrifice to make this country, and its anthem, their own?

This is not even the first Spanish language version of
the anthem to appear.On a US
State Department web site
there are no less than three different Spanish language versions, and
at the Library
of Congress web site
you can peruse a Spanish
language set of sheet music
to the US Anthem – from 1917!

What’s next, banning the American Eagle as a possible infection
vector for the Avian flu?

World Braces for Anti-Christ Appearance


May 1 (UPI) — Colorado authorities are watching to see if June 6, 2006
— or 6/6/06 — spurs demonstrations or violent activity.

To some people, the number 666 signifies the Mark of the Beast or the
Antichrist in the Book of Revelation.

Police groups say June 6 is a date that could trigger problems, the Denver
Post reported.

"It’s been a conscious question among some of our folks, so they’ve
been on the lookout for something," said Lance Clem, spokesman for
the Colorado Department of Public Safety. "But they haven’t seen

from UPI

We are more worried about the folk among whom it is a subconscious question!
Reportedly, expectant mothers throughout the Christian world are planning
to induce on the 5th, while a few lucky female Goths are hoping to win
the Santanic lottery after participating in Black Mass Orgies back in

Meanwhile, expect corporations to spend millions to protect
agains 666 viruses, worms and Satanic Spam attacks. Expect Evangelical
run recruitment drives and membership specials, and the WB to run a Buffy
Marathon. Expect CNN AND Fox to develop clever splash screens with titles
like "Duel with the Devil" or "Satanic Showdown."

Of course, even if the Anti-Christ IS born that day, he probably won’t
be in a position to trigger Armageddon for a few years, so let’s enjoy