Sacre (cordon) Bleu!: 20 countries ban French poultry

From The Australian:

About 20 countries are now banning poultry imports from France as a result of an outbreak of bird flu in the country.

The states imposing total or partial restrictions include “Japan, Hong Kong, Morocco, Egypt, Thailand and North Korea”, junior trade minister Christine Lagarde said today at an agricultural fair in Paris.

There are 30,600 commercial poultry farms in the country that bring in about $9.6 billion to the French economy… or, should I say, brought in.

It seems like only yesterday the Subway sandwich chain ran an ad in ten states for their cordon bleu sandwich, said “France and chicken: Somehow it goes together.”

Some people of French descent, both in the U.S. and abroad, took offense.

I wonder how bad France would now like to have back that free advertising.

Monday's column: "Bill Clinton's (Secretary) General tendencies" — also, Clinton seeks interns again

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily concerns former President Clinton’s constant and aggressive application process for the job of United Nations Secretary General. The position opens up at the end of this year, and Bill intends to be there– whether there’s a U.N. rule which prevents somebody from a nation with a permanent seat on the Security Council from getting the job or not.

Read “Bill Clinton’ (Secretary) General tendencies” to find out why.

On-point side notes:

Bill Clinton and The Clinton Foundation has posted an Internet job listing seeking 25 interns. Seriously.

Here’s a listing from the Clinton Foundation website of what is required, and what you’ll learn, in the “Clinton Foundation Internship Program”.

You’ve got to like the “hands on experience” and the “brown bag lunch” entries (well, he is our “first black president“, right?) Gonna go lose breakfast now.

Have a good Monday!

Bill Clinton poses with four members of his intern program–three of whom are visible above the bottom of the frame

Monday’s column: “Bill Clinton’s (Secretary) General tendencies” — also, Clinton seeks interns again

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily concerns former President Clinton’s constant and aggressive application process for the job of United Nations Secretary General. The position opens up at the end of this year, and Bill intends to be there– whether there’s a U.N. rule which prevents somebody from a nation with a permanent seat on the Security Council from getting the job or not.

Read “Bill Clinton’ (Secretary) General tendencies” to find out why.

On-point side notes:

Bill Clinton and The Clinton Foundation has posted an Internet job listing seeking 25 interns. Seriously.

Here’s a listing from the Clinton Foundation website of what is required, and what you’ll learn, in the “Clinton Foundation Internship Program”.

You’ve got to like the “hands on experience” and the “brown bag lunch” entries (well, he is our “first black president“, right?) Gonna go lose breakfast now.

Have a good Monday!

Bill Clinton poses with four members of his intern program–three of whom are visible above the bottom of the frame

Air Force to sell two F-22A fighters to foreign governments who feel the need… the need… for speed!

In case the idea of the UAE operating some U.S. ports wasn’t enough to make you nervous, here’s another one for you:

Momentum is building within the Air Force to sell the service’s prized F-22A Raptor — which is loaded with super-secret systems — to trusted U.S. allies, with Japan viewed as the most likely buyer, service and industry officials tell Inside the Air Force.

Apparently the U.S. is a little strapped for cash. What’s next? An AWACS plane with “Your ad here” on the side?

If the Japanese do buy these fighters, hopefully the first thing they use them for is to put a stop to whatever the hell is going on here:

Student yells "Remember Chappaquiddick" — Teddy shouts back "not really…"

A community college student in Massachusetts faces possible disciplinary action for shouting “Remember Chappaquiddick!” during an on-campus speech by Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Paul Trost, 20, a student at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Mass., says he was upset by an introduction of Kennedy given by Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., in which the congressman noted how the long-time senator overcame hardship in life on his way to success.

For those of you keeping score at home, “Massasoit”, coincidentally, is how Kennedy pronounces “Massachusetts” if it’s before noon, or, if it’s after noon, he’s saying “pass the scotch”.

It takes big guts to confront Senator Kennedy

Student yells “Remember Chappaquiddick” — Teddy shouts back “not really…”

A community college student in Massachusetts faces possible disciplinary action for shouting “Remember Chappaquiddick!” during an on-campus speech by Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Paul Trost, 20, a student at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Mass., says he was upset by an introduction of Kennedy given by Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., in which the congressman noted how the long-time senator overcame hardship in life on his way to success.

For those of you keeping score at home, “Massasoit”, coincidentally, is how Kennedy pronounces “Massachusetts” if it’s before noon, or, if it’s after noon, he’s saying “pass the scotch”.

It takes big guts to confront Senator Kennedy

Teacher salaries tied to student performance — NEA writes that the idea is "stoopid"

From WFTV.com:

The Florida Board of Education unanimously approved Tuesday a plan that will grant bonuses to the state’s top teachers, an assessment that will primarily be based on how their students perform on standardized tests and other measurements.

Now if we could just get many parents to give a damn about their kids’ school performance, we might be getting somewhere. If I was a Florida teacher, I’d offer half my incentive bonus to the parents of the kids who are dragging down my class average, and, as a result, my salary.

No doubt the NEA is in “Lock n’ load” mode at this very minute over this.