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Publisher to fix Confederate error, print new book

RICHMOND, Va. — The publisher of a Virginia textbook is printing revised editions to correct a passage that wrongly claims thousands of black troops fought for the Confederacy.
Yes, it is hard to believe that Clarence Thomas has cloned himself and has a time machine.

Number of diabetic Americans could triple by 2050

ATLANTA — As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050, federal officials announced Friday in a dramatic new projection that represents a threefold increase.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 10 have diabetes now, but the number could grow to 1 in 5 or even 1 in 3 by mid-century if current trends continue.

“This is alarming,” said Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

In response to this growing crisis, Mars, Inc.  has announced its new line of insulin products, including dark chocolate and jamoca fudge.

Saddam’s ex-foreign minister faces execution by hanging

I just wish to remind the Iraqi judicial system that speechwriters are not worth killing.  Even a grump like Oliver Cromwell never bothered to execute Edward Hyde, the speechwriter for Charles I.  Of course, with that job on his resume, Hyde might have preferred execution.

This is not to suggest that I ever wrote speeches for Saddam Hussein.  Well, not a major one.  It was just his greeting to the graduating seniors of Babylon High.

And speaking of the precarious lives of speechwriters, today is the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt:  http://finermanworks.com/your_rda_of_irony/2009/10/26/historical-and-rhetorical-revisions/

 

 

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