Category Archives: News Article

Want To Donate Blood? – Don’t Be A Gay Dude

Am I the only one who didn’t know that if you’re gay male – or ever had a homosexual experience with another guy, even once – that you’re banned from donating blood for life?

I just read this article by Senator John Kerry, yeah the guy who lost in 2004 to Georgie, arguing for a repeal to the federal ban on gay man blood.

Via, I dunno. But that article is from Bay Windows.

A Choke-Proof Hot Dog

I don’t know what it is about this article on hot dogs, but I find it hilarious. Any conversation involving a hot dog is inherently funny.  Just the concept of a choke-proof hot dog conjures up a lot of funny ideas – what about rectangular shapes, for example.  A couple of highlights from the article:

If you were to take the best engineers in the world and try to design the perfect plug for a child’s airway, it would be a hot dog[.]

Because the best engineers in the world would sign up for that gig.

Janet Riley, president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council

That’s a title you want on your resume.

Via: USA Today

Heineken Buys Femsa, Brewer of Tecate

Because I drink a lot of beer, I thought this was newsworthy:  Heineken is buying Femsa, the brewery that makes Tecate, Dos Equis, and Sol for 7.6 billion.  I thought these two sentences from the article were kind of funny:

The deal will give Heineken, which brews Amstel and other beers[.]

What’s interesting to me is that they mention that Heineken, the brewery, makes Amstel, which really no-one in the US drinks, but they fail to mention the obvious choice of Heineken, the beer.  Maybe it’s just too obvious?

The other thing I noticed which is really just funny more than anything is that Heineken’s Nasdaq symbol is HINKY.

Via CNN Money

U.S. Limits Tarmac Waits for Passengers to 3 Hours

The NY Times has an article about the Transportation Department limiting tarmac waits for passengers to three Hours.  We’ve been doing a lot of flying this month – a trip to Las Vegas for Barrett & Lindsay’s wedding and a trip to Reno to see my grandparents for Christmas.  Our flight to Las Vegas was pretty much horrible.  On a plane change in Minneapolis, we probably spent a total time of four hours just sitting on a plane that wasn’t moving – actually 2 separate planes.  I imagine the fines that will be imposed will be pretty damaging to Delta.

(If you hadn’t guessed, we flew Delta)

Via – NYTimes.com

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) Has An Interesting Idea

So Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., has a very interesting idea – a bill that will withhold Federal health benefits from members of Congress until Health Legislation is passed.  What a novel idea. I wholly support it.

Via The Washington Independent

PS. I had to look up how to spell wholly, for some reason it just seems weird being spelled that way.

How Many Soldiers Are We Sending To Afghanistan?

The answer? No one knows for sure.  But that won’t stop people from speculating!

The Atlantic:

[T]he increase in troop strength will be about 25,000

The Atlantic (Again):

[E]xpect the commander in chief to approve north of 20,000 additional troops

Times Online:

[A] surge of at least 25,000 new US troops

The Guardian:

[E]xpected to send 34,000 more US troops

The Guardian (Again):

[P]oised to announce early next week the deployment of up to 35,000 more troops

Politico:

[E]xpect him to announce an increase of 20,000 to 40,000 additional troops

Fox News:

[D]eploy an eventual 32,000 to 35,000 U.S. forces

New York Times:

[S]ending about 30,000 additional troops

Basically, no one has any idea.