so today it international hippie day.

its also hitlers bday and the day school kids are supposed to rise up and
kill their peers.  Im not advocating this, im just saying they should do
it.  I havent been do thing page crap here because ive been too busy
looking for deals on the internet. Theres a whole culture of freaky nerds
out there that just buy what ever they can for cheap.  People who spend
all their time looking for Staples.com coupon codes just so they can get a
free 80 dollar attache case.  The worst of it all it that i am now one of
them.  I realised it today when i signed up for a free butterball calender
from butterball.com.  I memorized my credit card numbers.  And you want to
know how this makes me super human?  It all started when mervyns had this
sale on pants (or so lisa said, i never saw the add).  Then lisa bought me
some of the said pants.  I decided that not buying a bigger waistline
wasnt going to make me not fatter, it was just going to make me sexier.

the end.

   
                      Wednesday April 12 08:35 PM EDT
                                      
                 Lawsuit to Target Teletubbies for Gun Talk
                                      
                     OCEANSIDE (APBnews.com) -- Eh-oh.
                                      
     A Southern California woman is planning to file a lawsuit and wipe
      Teletubbies from the face of the earth after a Tinky Winky doll
             allegedly talked to her baby daughter about guns.
                                      
   "I want them all gone," declared Renee Michelle Taylor, who has hired
      a lawyer to help her sue the company that manufactures a set of
   talking Teletubby dolls. "They shouldn't be on the air. They shouldn't
                            be on the shelves."
                                      
      But the chairman of the company that licenses the dolls said the
   woman's threat of a lawsuit is "a violent overreaction to a situation
     that's clearly a misunderstanding." Kenn Viselman, chairman of the
    Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co., said the Tinky Winky doll is actually
        saying "Again, again," in a snippet of audio taken from the
                        Teletubbies television show.
                                      
    Teletubbies are the cute, babbling creatures that star in a British
    children's show seen in this country on PBS. Teletubbies romp around
      green fields, hug each other, eat toast, slurp custard and watch
                                  videos.
                                      
    Numerous toys are based on the TV show, including the Talk Together
   Teletubbies. The battery-powered talking dolls, sold exclusively at KB
     Toys, are equipped with infrared sensors that allow them to detect
    each other and hold "conversations." They initially sold for $59.99
   but are now on clearance for $19.99 at stores in Southern California.
                                      
                              Words shock mom
                                      
    Taylor, an unemployed office worker, told APBnews.com today that she
    bought a talking Tinky Winky doll a few weeks ago for her daughter's
    second birthday. The doll comes in a set with Po, another one of the
                             four Teletubbies.
                                      
    When Taylor tugged at Tinky Winky's left hand to make him talk, the
                  doll spouted words that shocked Taylor.
                                      
      "He was saying, 'I got a gun, I got a gun, run away, run away,'"
            recalled Taylor, 22. "My gut just kind of dropped."
                                      
   She has no doubt that the toy was talking about a gun. "It's so clear
           to me that somebody would be a fool to say otherwise."
                                      
     Taylor's daughter soon began to mimic the words of Tinky Winky and
    even pointed her fingers in the sign of a pistol. "The words out of
          her mouth were 'a gun,' and that's not OK," Taylor said.
                                      
                         Po allegedly in on it, too
                                      
     Another Teletubby doll, a red-colored creature named Po, also says
           inappropriate things like "a gun, a gun," Taylor said.
                                      
    "It's a sad thing that somebody would put a Teletubby on the market
   without knowing what it's saying," Taylor said. "Regardless of whether
               they're cute or not, they're not appropriate."
                                      
    Taylor said she doesn't know why the toy manufacturer would make the
    doll talk about guns. "They could have purposely did it, or somebody
       could have been out to sabotage Tinky Winky or Po," she said.
                                      
                             Innocent victims?
                                      
    At Itsy Bitsy headquarters in New York City, Viselman said the dolls
   are innocent victims of a misinterpretation, much like that of people
   who previously thought the Teletubby doll named Po was saying "faggot"
                when she was actually singing in Cantonese.
                                      
    "Teletubbyland is a perfect place. It's innocent, it's harmless and
   fun and filled with hope and possibility," Viselman said. "As adults,
                 we try to put a lot of negative into it."
                                      
   He said the dolls are saying "Again, again" and "Run away," just like
                              on the TV show.
                                      
   The Teletubbies often watch short videos on their television-equipped
      tummies and demand that the images be repeated, yelling "Again,
      again." They also play games of hide-and-seek while yelling "Run
                                   away!"
                                      
   Viselman was not sympathetic to Taylor's plans to go to court. "If she
    now feels that the best thing she can do is overreact and never let
      her child play with Teletubbies or watch them on TV, that's her
    choice," he said. "To then turn around and say 'I'm going to sue and
       make sure it gets off the air'... I feel very sorry for her."
                                      
                          Gay issue surfaces again
                                      
   Back in Oceanside, Taylor also is upset that Tinky Winky is considered
    by some to be a gay icon. The Rev. Jerry Falwell created a storm of
    controversy last year by accusing Tinky Winky of being gay, pointing
      out that he has a triangle on his head (a pink triangle is a gay
    symbol), carries a red "magic bag" (which looks like a purse) and is
                   purple (supposedly a gay pride color).
                                      
   Also, Tinky Winky's best friend is Po, who is a female. "I don't think
    it's OK to run around with a little purse on the grassy lands with a
    rainbow color that signifies gay pride," Taylor said. "It's OK to be
         gay, but it's not OK to show it on TV or show it to kids."
                                      
    Taylor has hired a lawyer in Oceanside, a suburb north of San Diego,
           and expects to sue to stop the spread of Teletubbies.
                                      
                         'It's absolutely shocking'
                                      
     Taylor's lawyer, Matthew Palmer, said the doll is clearly talking
     about guns. "It's absolutely shocking to hear a child's toy that's
     supposed to be for a 2 year old saying 'I've got a gun, run away.'
               It's horrifying. It's a really cute toy, too."
                                      
      Palmer compared the Tinky Winky doll to the homicidal doll that
   starred in a series of horror movies in the 1990s. "He's got this evil
                       laugh. He sounds like Chucky."
                                      
    Palmer hasn't decided what kind of lawsuit to file. "I'm consulting
    different attorneys to develop a legal strategy," Palmer said. "You
    have to look and see what the damages are. But the monetary damages
      aren't the primary goal. It's having these things taken off the
                                  shelf."
                                      
    Viselman said the dolls are already being phased out, and he has no
     plans to do anything differently. "I feel badly that [Taylor] has
    misunderstood the message and the commitment behind the series," he
                                   said.
                                      
         By Randy Dotinga, an APBnews.com West Coast correspondent.