Welcome Back My Friends to the Show that Never Ends,
We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside, come inside!
Welcome to the 99th Edition of the Carnival of the Vanities. (What did I get myself into?) I’ve decided to go with a carnival theme this week (there’s an original idea!). So let’s get to it, shall we? Here they are in the order they were received:
First up, the ticket booth!
For the entertainment of the kiddies, there’s an inflatable boxing ring!
And from the blog The Watcher of Weasles, the Watcher sends us He Fought for His Country… Before He Fought Against It. Guess who it’s about?
Remember the Shoot the Star game? Where you use an air-powered BB machine gun to shoot out the red star from the center of your target to win a prize?
Ravenwood sends us his first Carnival entry for a while, this one entitled Police Confiscate 500-1000 Guns. It seems that a gun registered to a Thad Shank, a 63 year-old New York man was recovered as stolen property. When the police went to visit Mr. Shank…
Well, let Ravenwood take it from there.
I know this is a Carnival, but there’s some 4H farm animals here too. Here are the prize sheep:
Which brings us to Pieter Dorsman’s entry. Pieter is proprietor of the blog Peaktalk, and this week’s entry is described by Pieter as “about the inability of political elites to drive a society forward with fresh ideas.” It’s entitled Progress by Ideas.
And there’s clowns! Little kid clowns!
Because Norman of Espresso Sarcasm sends us his entry, The Top Ten Signs it’s Time for Your
Spawn Kids to Go Back to School. And it’s a good list.
Food? Of COURSE there’s food!
What is this, a Circus? Well, here’s a juggler!
For John Ray has given us not one, not two, not three, but FOUR entries this week from FOUR DIFFERENT BLOGS! (I barely have time to manage ONE.)
Try to keep all those balls in the air, John, would you?
Next up! So you WON the Shoot-the-Star game? And all they gave you was a Dilbert doll?
But you say you “accidentally” shot your little brother in the ear with the BB gun? Well then, its off to the First Aid tent!
It’s only a flesh wound. Give him a band-aid and a purple heart!
Hey, everybody! It’s time for the next Wild West Show!
Whew! That was fun! Hey kids, how about a sack race?
Brian J. Noggle muses on the news that President of the United Nations General Assembly, Julian R. Hunte appealed to all States to demonstrate their commitment to peace by observing the traditional truce during the Summer Games. He’s got an interesting observation in his post Bistandardathon
Wanna play tag in some BUMPERBOATS?
Shield the kids! It’s the Ambiguously Gay Duo!
Want another Dilbert doll? Step right up and try the Football Toss!
Northstar from The People’s Republic of Seabrook tells us that the Dolphins may be looking to get some of their money back from Ricky Williams. The only people who win here are the lawyers.
Hey! Look in this tent! A magician’s gonna cut off a guy’s head!
MAN those Carnival barkers are annoying! They won’t shut up, and they won’t take “NO!” for an answer.
You’ve got a blister on your heel? Well, there’s the Paramedic’s ambulance. Go ask for a plaster.
But don’t ask for any OxyContin! RoguePundit writes this week about doctors and pharmacists living with the accusation of over-prescribing six years after the the allegations came out. People who have still been found guilty of nothing, but are paying the price in Ruining Lives with Allegations
I’m tired. Let’s go in here and listen to the Storyteller for a few minutes.
Say “Hello!” to the nice security guard!
The King of Fools writes this week about “how federal agencies eventually reach a point where their rules and internal culture preclude them from accomplishing their original purpose,” in this case, Federal Air Marshals, in Secret Agent Man.
MAN that Oompah band is loud!
Let’s ride the rockets!
Graham Lester of point2point writes on Kim Jong (mentally)-Il’s missles in Enemies Within? A Synopsis of the North Korean Missle Scandal.
Next, the FuNHouSE!
I’m HUNGRY again. Let’s stop at this trailer and see if they’ve got some fried chicken!
Last One Speaks gives us another interesting story in the idiotic War on Some Drugs™. In Marijuana Raiders get Chicken we find that the Santa Clara County Sherrif’s Dept. managed to snag themselves dozens of fighting roosters after a week-long stakeout at a suspected marijuana farm. Can gamecocks fight stoned?
Wow! Look at all the flags from all the different countries!
Pietro The Smarter Cop reminds us that our foreign “allies” don’t show any enthusiasm for joining us in Iraq, no matter how much John Kerry tells us that he’ll get “international cooperation” if he’s elected, in Where are All Those Unnamed Foreign Allies Now?
Ooh! Pizza! Gotta have a slice!
While munching on a piece of pepperoni himself, Doug of Considerettes found that Boston Herald piece on the benefits of Acid Rain, and a link to the original BBC piece on it, too, in Global Warming Update.
Damn, that juggler does get around!!
This time, though it’s JFelik with multiple blogs – and a baby girl! From his blog Man Meets Baby comes More lessons from my baby girl. (And you thought the juggler was a bad metaphor!) Then from his other blog Quibbles-n-Bits comes a warped fairy-tale – Tale of a Pretty Princess – a birthday gift to Dana of Eat the Lettuce
Let’s not see the sideshow freaks.
It’s all about the kids, you know…
Man, why don’t these people learn English? I couldn’t understand a word that ticket-taker said!
At least now we can get into the House of Horrors!
Hey! They’ve got a Hall of Presidents just like Disneyland’s!
Salad?!? Who eats a salad at a Carnival? What you want is COTTON CANDY!
The Fusilier Pundit of WeckUptoThees! give us his post, My Salad Days about when he got crosswise with the ACLU over their position on the Second Amendment. (I’ve got a post up on that topic as well over there on the left sidebar – “The ACLU Hasn’t Changed It’s Tune”)
And after a long, full day at the Carnival, we head out for the emptying parking lot
That’s thirty-three (33!) entries this week. Whew! I’m beat! Another slice of pizza? Well, if you twist my arm…
The Carnival of the Vanities continues…
August 18th – Fringe
August 25th – Ego
September 1st – Blogo Slovo
September 8th – Food Basics
September 15th Silflay Hraka – The Two Year Anniversary
September 22nd – The Eleven Day Empire
September 29th – Last One Speaks
October 6th – Incite
October 13th – Conservative Dialysis
October 20th – The People’s Republic of Seabrook
October 27th – The Twins Tell the Truth