(DEAN BARNETT HERE)
One of the most gifted denizens of the blogosphere, the Ace of Spades, is having a pledge drive. I think supporting Ace as he tries to live the Ace of Spades Lifestyle is a moral imperative and dropping a buck or two in his hat would be a good thing to do.
Why? Because Ace provides coverage that no one else does, directing our attention to important stories such as this one:
“Shepherds in the rural western Baghdad neighborhood of Gazalea have recently been murdered, according to locals, for failing to diaper their goats….”
…because, as the NPR audio report says, the exposed genitals of goats may cause impure thoughts in locals who come in contact with them.
1) This is a religious-fanatic militia thing, not official state policy.
2) At least they’re not blaming the victim.
Were it nor for Ace, stories like this would sink into the miasma of unacknowledged items of import. Let’s face it