Culture Watch, Vol. 47

Posted on Tue 12/30/2008 by


Santa and his helpers stand under palm trees at Baghdad’s first public Christmas festiv

By Nancy Morgan

As we come to the end of a turbulent year, a new poll pretty much sums up the state of our country: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are now the most admired man and woman in America, according to a new . Oh well, it could be worse. In Russia, mass-murderer was just voted the third most popular Russian.

Despite the appalling decline of civil and political society, there remains much:  


The old media continue to ignore the impressive progress in Iraq as Baghdad celebrated its first public Christmas. The Iraqi government actually made an official holiday. Check out the huge hot-air balloon floating in the Baghdad sky, bearing . Very cool.

More progress in Iraq: The IMF stated that improved security and a more stable political environment mean on the back of increased oil production and exports. You heard it here first.   The silver lining to our current economic crisis: States are being forced to economize, and even (privatize) in order to raise cash. Some states are even being forced to, gasp, downsize government.


The silver lining to the Bernie Madoff scandal: A just sent out by the American Civil Liberties Union reveals that the organization is a victim of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. Cry me a river.


Exhibiting a firm grasp of the obvious, two-thirds of Americans think on U.S. life, a sharp jump from just three years ago when Americans were nearly evenly split on the question.

A same-sex couple in California has won a that their adopted son’s Louisiana birth certificate must bear the names of both adoptive fathers. Pretty soon, forms asking for name of father will have to be multiple choice. And forms asking for your sex will expand to essay length.

Cashing in on the fact that there is, indeed, a sucker born every minute: Environmentally conscious travelers flying out of San Francisco Int. Airport will soon be able to assuage their guilt and minimize the impact of their air travel by at airport kiosks

viagra-150pxForget bombs, missile launchers and AK47’s. Seems Viagra is the new tool in the war on terror. The CIA has started out to tribal chieftans in Afghanistan, causing many to rethink their loyalties. Pretty soon, 72 little blue pills may replace the 72 virgins in the minds of our foes. Hope springs eternal.

A Saudi court has to divorce an eight-year-old girl married off by her father to a man who is 58, saying the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty. Huh?

A woman gave birth this week to the which has been selected to be free of a gene which greatly increases the risk of breast cancer.

Also in Britain: Hundreds of schools have banned teachers from just in case it upsets the kiddies.

The Internet as the leading source for news. Just so.

vatican-itunes-225The Vatican has that brings the book of daily prayers used by priests straight onto iPhones. Which, apropos of nothing, are now being sold by Wal-Mart.

Responding to news that Britain is counting the number of homosexual citizens it has, everyone’s favorite troublemaker, actor Tom Cruise, has to do the same.


President Bush has to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time.

white_alligator_t200A has been spotted west of Vero Beach, Florida.

An attorney for convicted fundraiser Tony Rezko is listed as for Barack Obama’s Chicago mansion. Hmmm…

Forget Viagra: scientists are working on an electronic that will be able to stimulate pleasure centres in the brain.

The new 2009 Sarah Palin calendar is a bestseller on

From the schadenfruede files, we to the 10 worst films of 2008. Enjoy.


The winner of this week’s is the Swedish man who tried to impress his girlfriend, with unintended results.

New idiots are springing up so fast, RightBias has had to add several new categories. Check out the new awards for

culture_watch_145x100-workingHere’s hoping that 2009 will be a safe and prosperous one for you.

Until next Monday, keep smiling,

Nancy Morgan

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