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Vol 37 Issue 32

Legalizing Mexican Labor

Last week, President Bush promised illegal Mexican immigrants a worker program to legalize their labor in the U.S., but not blanket amnesty. What do you think?

Congressman Admits To Sexual Relationship

WASHINGTON, DC—After months of fevered speculation and allegations in the media regarding his private life, U.S. Rep. Gordon Graham (D-IL) finally admitted Monday to having a sexual relationship with Arlington, VA, interior designer Joyce Debolt.

Sci-Fi Fans Argue The Better Of Two As-Yet-Unreleased Films

TULSA, OK— Science-fiction fans Pete Carver and Matthew Wynne disagreed sharply Monday on the relative merits of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring, neither of which hits theaters for months. "The storyboards for the Quidditch tournament I saw on this one web site look terrible," said the pro-Tolkien Carver. "There's no way that scene can be better than I've heard the Balrog one is." Wynne countered that the set design for the Great Hall of Hogwarts set "will completely blow away" that of the Mines of Moria.

True A.R. Bruthas Don't Take No Layba Day Off

Ay yo, wassup, Gs? If y'all aksed me what paradise wuz to tha H-Dog, I'd say it be three things: customas payin' they accountz on time without me having to go all Walkin' Tall on they ass, a endless supply o' Nutrageous barz in tha break-room vendin' machine, an' last but not least, a seven-day work week wit' no muthafukkin' dayz off to fuck wit' mah flow.

Manager Fails To Keep It Short Or Sweet

ADA, OH— Despite his promise, Sbarro manager Bruce Hart failed to keep his talk regarding proper straw-receptacle-refill protocol short or sweet. "He could've just said, 'Don't overstuff the straw dispenser, because it's hard to get them out when you do that,'" cashier Evan Rees said. "Instead, he spent 15 minutes going off about how much straws cost, and how customers don't like it when they have to claw at the dispenser, and how it can be unhygienic if the wrappers get torn." Rees said that Hart occasionally keeps it short or sweet, but never both at the same time.
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Good-Citizenship Tips

Though some take it for granted, U.S. citizenship comes with certain responsibilities.
Here are some tips for being an active, involved citizen:

A good citizen waves a hand-size flag.


  • Pay close attention to politicians' speeches so you can stay abreast of where their speechwriters stand on key issues.
  • Young people should heed their civic duty and rock the vote. Older Americans are advised to smooth-jazz the vote.
  • Engage others in tense, unproductive political arguments that break down into embarrassing exchanges of personal attacks.
  • Make an effort to pay at least 50 percent of any taxes you owe.
  • It is considered customary to bribe town/county officials with $500, state officials with $1,000 to $10,000, and federal officials with $50,000 or more.
  • Visiting your state capitol is a fun and exciting way to get out of school for the day.
  • Canvassing door-to-door is an incredibly effective, not-at-all-tedious means of effecting change that will not make you want to chew your leg off.
  • Start up a "Put The Dump Where The Poor People Are" movement in your community.
  • Waste enormous amounts of your and others' time by speaking out at city-council meetings that drag on for hours.
  • Though you may not agree with a particular candidate's views, you can express your opposition by setting his or her house on fire.
  • If you live in Vermont, stop writing in Ben & Jerry on election ballots. It's been done a million times and is not funny.
  • Whatever your petition is for, just say it's for retarded kids. Everybody loves retarded kids.
  • Learn about your community's zoning laws by opening a sex shop on your front lawn.
  • Make an effort to "follow" politics, much the way you would follow, say, sports or the career of Cher.
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