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A few items of passing interest . . .

The end of an era in Amsterdam
. . . They are closing major sections of the traditional "red light district" in a bid to fight crime:

With its scantily-clad prostitutes posing in brothel windows and coffee shops oozing the pungent aroma of cannabis smoke, the red light district's seediness has always been part of its attraction.

Ah, the charm of Old Europa . . . Traveling Congressmen ought not panic, though:

He insisted however that he didn't want to get rid of prostitution entirely, since it is part of the area's history and a major tourist draw for the city.

Whew! Traditional values shine through in the end, don't they?


Be careful who you meet on the interwebs. A Bosnian couple were both chatting up potential paramours on the net, and finally arranged a face-to-face, only to discover they had "found" each other. So they're getting a divorce . . .

"I was suddenly in love. It was amazing. We seemed to be stuck in the same kind of miserable marriage. How right that turned out to be," Sana, 27, said.

Adnan, 32, said: "I still find it hard to believe that Sweetie, who wrote such wonderful things, is actually the same woman I married and who has not said a nice word to me for years".

The first Bozo who links "The Piña Colada Song" gets banned for life, btw.


Even a simple thing like a text message can get you in trouble, too. Especially if you ask the cops if they want to buy weed:

Joshua Wayne Cadle, 19, allegedly sent the message Wednesday to a phone number that used to belong to an unidentified friend. The number is now held by the State Police, Trooper B.H. Moore said Thursday.

"He text messaged that and asked his friend if he wanted to buy some reefer," Moore said.

As you might surmise, Joshua was arrested. We could attribute this to "dumb luck," couldn't we?


Usually I leave the movies and music stuff to the experts over at Pop!, but I have a couple of items they haven't covered.

It is said that John Barrymore's dying words, upon being "comforted" by his sister saying, "This must be so difficult for you," were: "Dying is easy - comedy is difficult." Apocryphal or not, 'tis true, and comic actors find the transition to dramatic roles far easier than the other way 'round.

So it occurs to me that Chris Farley's premature death cheated him of the role he was born to play: The Ted Kennedy Story. He could have nailed it with a little dark brown hair dye and maybe a tongue piercing to slur his speech. Ah, what might have been . . .

And, lastly, a music video. The artist is Kirsten Price, and she wrote this song for Amnesty International (yeah, I know, listen to it anyway). It's called, "Freedom":

I think she's a rising star. If you agree and want to stalk her, her personal page is HERE.


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The club meets Thursday nig... (Below threshold)

The club meets Thursday nights.

It's a good song, and she's... (Below threshold)

It's a good song, and she's obviously talented, but I suspect that she will quickly become unlistenable. When artists tip too far into that kind of advocacy (not so much evident in the song as in the video), they tend to become monochromatic and shrill. There aren't too many that can, like Green Day, write screeds more than once or twice that are still appealing to people who don't agree with their opinions. Look at the Indigo Girls, for example, whose early records were friggin' brilliant, and who still have a few really good songs, but most of whose music for the several years has been utter rubbish because they've gone the "hate me 'cause I'm different/hate me 'cause I'm gay" route, rather than the "are you on fire/through the years" route.

Dang Jeff, you beat me to i... (Below threshold)

Dang Jeff, you beat me to it. Ditto.






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