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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The State of the World

Live from the Mothership
Home base gets an update today with stories on the policy to put the kibosh on unprofessional faculty/student shenanigans, campus police's response to the string of sexual assaults at other schools, and the story of that unfortunate football loss to Queens over the weekend.

Aftermath
So yesterday I gave you video and transcripts of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia. And you may have heard the boos and seen the President of the University's scathing introduction of the man before he got onstage.

I'll leave you to consider for a moment how it would go over if Stephen Harper or President Bush got that sort of introduction at a foreign university, and whether that sort of behaviour is becoming of its highest officer.

That being said, it can't be denied that Ahamdinejad is savvy, to say the least. As appalled as North Americans might be by his behaviours and tirades [they don't have homosexuals in Iran? Really?], to a large portion of the global populace, he looks like a confident leader unafraid to stand up to the Western giant and speak his mind. Sam Sedaei further breaks down how Columbia blew it over at HuffPo.

In this country
On our side of the border, the word of the day seems to be minority, as Stephen Harper predicts a vote today would result in another Conservative minority, and Dalton McGuinty says he would "accept" a minority government in the provincial election [awfully big of him].

Some Liberals are saying Harper's prediction is just a bluff, to assuage the fears of those wary of a blue majority. Said Liberal MP Scott Brison, "[The PM] knows that a Harper majority is a nightmare scenario for many Canadians," adding that the Tories are hiding their true colours [and right leaning tendencies] until after they win a majority.

McGuinty told reporters that even with the possibility of a minority looming, his party will not alter its campaign plan.

Briefly
Rudy Giuliani shoots presidential aspirations in face with his stupidly titled "$9.11 for Rudy" fundraiser. Neither Guiliani's camp or the fundraiser host knows where the idea come from, obviously.

Milwaukee lobbyists wish to construct monument to The Fonz.

Teenage girls brawl it out at the Chuck E. Cheese.

Parents with kids at Stanford will be thrilled their children are spending tens of thousands of dollars in tuition to take a class on Facebook.

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