Putin Angry With US For Arresting Boris & Natasha

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It’s getting so you can’t even plant spies in somebody else’s country without that country getting all wiggy about it and ruining a good relationship:

Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin criticized American law enforcement agencies on Tuesday for breaking up an what they described as a Russian espionage ring in the United States, as other Russian officials questioned whether the arrests were intended to damage relations between the countries.

“You have come to Moscow at the exact right time,” Mr. Putin told Mr. Clinton. “Your police have gotten carried away, putting people in jail.”
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“I really expect that the positive achievements that have been made in our intergovernmental relations lately will not be damaged by the latest events,” he said. “We really hope that the people who value Russian-American relations understand this.”

That Bill Clinton gets around, doesn’t he? Bubba must be serving as Obama’s front-line apology attaché these days now that Hillary’s hanging out in Ecuador bitching about Arizona.

Pooty-poot is still waiting for an apology from the US for making the Rosenbergs ride the lightning — and I’m sure he’ll get one eventually from this administration.

Vacationing: The ‘Human Right Du Jour’

Hey, why not?

“Coming soon as an addendum to a health care bill near you“:

The European Union has declared travelling a human right, and is launching a scheme to subsidize vacations with taxpayers’ dollars for those too poor to afford their own trips.

Antonio Tajani, the European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, proposed a strategy that could cost European taxpayers hundreds of millions of euros a year, The Times of London reports.

“Travelling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,” Mr. Tajani told a group of ministers at The European Tourism Stakeholders Conference in Madrid on April 15. Mr. Tajani was appointed to his post by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Wow, you know we’ve successfully tackled all the actual human rights when we’re down to acting as if a failure to publicly fund people’s trips to Euro Disney is some sort of R&R genocide.

Obama Observes Polish President’s Funeral in His Own Way

Volcanic ash over the Atlantic and Europe forced a last-minute cancellation of President Obama’s trip overseas to attend the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

Fortunately, Obama decided to show his solidarity with the nation of Poland on this somber occasion in his own, special way:

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CBS News’ Mark Knoller reported on Obama’s touching day of tribute and remembrance:

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My sources at the golf course even tell me that the president asked his buddies to observe a moment of silence at the turn long enough for him to get his cigarette lit.

Help Wanted: Zimbabwe Hangman; High School Diploma Required; Must Be Able to Learn the Ropes Quickly

A lousy economy in the U.S. is causing many people to look for work abroad, so in an effort to assist in that job search, I’m going to start highlighting career opportunities in other countries. Here’s the first one:

Wanted: A hangman. High school education required. No experience necessary.

Zimbabwe’s last executioner retired after carrying out his last execution in 2004. The departure of the hangman, who was said to be struggling with his conscience, leaves about 50 inmates on death row at Chikurubi maximum security prison outside Harare.

Zimbabwe’s government has learned that finding a replacement is not so easy and, according to a prisoners’ advocacy group, it has even prepared a want ad to help its search.
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The job requires only a high school education but extra training would seem in order since studies have shown execution by hanging involves knowledge of body weight, human physiology, ropes, knots and basic mechanics.

Shouldn’t that be “hangperson“?

For the “how much vacation do I get?” types, there’s this:

Work for the hangman was spotty. One some days he would execute between two and four prisoners at dawn then months would pass before other hangings were carried out.

So it’s kind of like working for the Post Office on standby time. Apply here.