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THIS DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THE DENMARK I REMEMBER….Via Rachel Lucas, this story from Denmark about games children play:

Parents of more than 100 Danish scouts were outraged over a game of tag at a scout camp in which children acted as Jews wearing yellow Stars of David and tried to escape from adults pretending to be Nazis.

….Jes Imer of the local FDF chapter told the tabloid B.T. that they “may have crossed the line this time with a night game where Nazis chase Jews.”

Um, yeah, maybe just a smidge.


GIVE IT A REST, MATT….Last night Serena Williams won the Australian Open, her fourth grand slam tennis title in a row, and this is the caption that Matt Drudge put on her picture. What a jerk.

And for any of you who may have heard that she now “joins Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf as the only women to win a Grand Slam,” it ain’t so. This mistake seems to be getting repeated by people who misinterpreted what the announcers said on ESPN after the match.

Actually, three women have won tennis’ Grand Slam (Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open): Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court, and Steffi Graf. In addition, two women have won all four tournaments in a row but not in the same calendar year: Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf. That’s what Serena just did.

Serena’s domination of women’s tennis over the past year has been astonishing, but it’s worth remembering that she’s not invincible. She came within a couple of points of losing her first round match in the Australian Open this year and she would have lost in the semifinals if Kim Clijsters hadn’t pulled a Novotna and melted down after going ahead 5-1 in the final set. What’s more, her sister Venus took her right to the limit before losing in the finals. So there’s still a smidgen of hope for the rest of the tour….

UPDATE: He’s now changed it to “No sitting on the flag, Serena,” so maybe he just meant it in fun. It didn’t seem that way with the original caption.

CONFUSION….I think I’ll join Jeanne

CONFUSION….I think I’ll join Jeanne d’Arc as a fellow Los Angeles Times reader who really doesn’t know what to think anymore:

  • France and Germany are vile appeasers for not supporting war with Iraq right this second.

  • But the next day Bush and Blair agree that maybe we should give the inspectors a few more weeks.

  • Then again, Americans should prepare for war.

  • On the other hand, the State of the Union address will not be a declaration of war.

  • But if we do go to war, we might need to use nukes.

  • Because we know where Iraq’s WMDs are hidden: deep underground where only nukes can get to them

  • But we’re not going to tell the inspectors about this, it’s our little secret.

  • While in other news around the world, the tough talk has vanished against North Korea and now “all of the options are on the table.”

What the fuck is going on around here?

UPDATE: Kevin Batcho at Beyond the Wasteland thinks he can explain all this. I have a minor quibble or two with his analysis, but overall it sounds pretty reasonable. (Permalinks aren’t working, so scroll to “Checkmate in the Gulf.”)