Cartoons, death and the Big Bang

We are so used to living in a country with the right to free speech and freedom of expression. My heart goes out to the cartoonist whose art has indirectly resulted in four deaths. If it were I, I don’t know how I’d deal with it. Now some Muslims respond by trying to offend with cartoons about the Holocaust. I’m not a Jew but come on…sticks and stones. That is about as juvenile as you can get.

In October… George Deutsch, a presidential appointee in NASA headquarters, told a Web designer working for the agency to add the word “theory” after every mention of the Big Bang, according to an e-mail message from Mr. Deutsch that another NASA employee forwarded to The Times.

other news: The U.S. Army raised its maximum enlistment age to 39. Google refused to comply with a Bush Administration subpoena demanding the records for a week’s worth of search queries. A two-year, $939,233 study commissioned by the U.S. Justice Department found that inmates who claim to have been raped in prison are usually lying. There was a shortage of women in India, possibly due to endemic female feticide; as a result, women can cost up to $136 each or more. Near Moscow zookeepers fed an Indian elephant a bucket of vodka to keep it warm; the elephant then went on a rampage, tore radiators from a wall, and calmed down only after it was given a hot shower. Astronomers in West Virginia discovered a superbubble, A man in Sweden was in trouble for eating his foster sisters