Random thoughts

Hype? Overkill? Seriously.

Nearly SEVEN MONTHS before the release date, you can pre-order the new Harry Potter book.

Six months and three weeks ... that's the definition of overkill in the hype machine.

From an email I received from my Barnes & Noble membership:
J.K. Rowling's highly anticipated new book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Book 7), is scheduled to be released on July 21, 2007 and is now available to pre-order.

Be one of the first to receive the final installment of this amazingly popular series. Pre-order your copy today online or reserve a copy in one of our stores. Members pay just $18.89 — a savings of 46% off the List Price. As always, your credit card will not be charged for online pre-orders until this item ships.

Leave it to the English to make singing a song a crime.
Police investigate new Big Brother race claim
LONDON (Reuters) - Police are investigating further claims of racism on "Celebrity Big Brother" after the Sun said a racist song was sung on the programme about Indian contestant Shilpa Shetty.
Apparently the Brits are now out to clean up words, too. Political correctness going wrong. Way wrong. Egads.
Believe in God or spend a year in jail?

Yep. That's a law.

Care to guess where this law is on the books?

If you're thinking a fundamentalist country ... somewhere in the Middle East ... you're wrong.

Think closer to home.

Think about a state right here in the United States.

Think of one of the more liberal states in the union.

This law is on the books in the great state of Massachusetts. Where blasphemy is punishable by a fine and jail, but killing a woman gets you elected to the US Senate.

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