"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)



You know. Eighteen Congolese were savagely murdered in a horrible attack over the weekend. The villagers there keep throwing stones at the UN investigators who are trying to find out what happened. Ten American soldiers were killed in Iraq on Memorial Day. Lots of people in the United States, Europe, and Canada have probably been exposed to an extensively drug-resistant form of tuberculosis because a guy with the disease traveled all over the place. The Supreme Court has limited workers' rights to sue their employers for equal pay based on past discrimination. Many African elites are upset that yet another white American male will head the World Bank, which determines so much about how African economies function.

With all this going on in the world, I just don't care what Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell think of each other. And I wonder why my newspaper seems to think I do.



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