March 2006

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Secretary of State in Possession of Coca Leaves

Coca leaves were given to Secretary Rice as part of a gift by the president of Bolivia, during Rice’s visit to that country in March.  The leaves were embedded in a guitar that President Evo Morales gave Rice, an Andean…


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Iraqis Can Now Buy Terror Insurance

The New York Times reports that at least one thing has a guaranteed future in Iraq: terror insurance.  The state-owned Iraq Insurance Company has begun to insure ordinary Iraqis against, according to the policy rider, "the following dangers: 1) explosions…



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How Your Homeland-Security Money Is Making You Safer

Just kidding—it isn't. Four-and-a-half years (most of it spent in long security lines) and umpteen billions of dollars after September 11, the Transportation Security Agency has implemented effective security measures to prevent dangerous materials like explosives from getting onto our…


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Senator is Unclear “What a Trillion Is”

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to (again) raise the government’s debt limit to nearly nine trillion dollars.  The government has been running huge deficits for the past few years and Congress has had to raise the limit every year…


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Murder to be Tried for Murder

Corey Miller is now awaiting retrial for a second-degree murder charge after his conviction and life sentence were overturned on appeal.  Miller is a rap artist who went by the name "C-Murder" at the time of the alleged murder.  C-Murder…


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Man Seeks Damages for Damage Caused by Man

Curtis and Rhonda Gokey, of Lodi, California, have both filed claims against the city for damage to their vehicle caused when one of the city's dump trucks backed into it. Driving the dump truck: Curtis Gokey. Gokey filed a $3600…


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Marital Spat Escalates to Use of Napalm

Police in Mexico’s Yucatan province were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in the town of Oxkutzcab, where they found a married couple’s home burning in the aftermath of a fiery explosion.  Witnesses told police that the fight…


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Cuddling Ticket Overturned

A diligent sheriff’s deputy in Oregon gave Faith Miller a ticket in February for sitting next to her husband while he was driving.  Because they own a "spacious 1988 Chrysler Fifth Avenue," she has to sit in the middle of…


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World’s Newest Democracy Enters Modern Age

No, not Iraq.  Be serious.  I’m talking about Sark. Sark, the smallest of the Channel Islands, is a self-governing dependency of the British crown, meaning that it is technically owned personally by the Queen but is not part of the…