July 03, 2004


Some folks'll never lose a toe, but then again some folks'll ... Farm Accident Digest reflects on an explosive life:

When I was little, all the residents in the cul-de-sac across the street would gather all their fireworks for the night. The firing was led by someone's crazy uncle who always showed up in his beat-up truck, the bed filled with fireworks. One year, he lit a Roman candle, but it didn't fire. So he actually walked up to it and looked down the barrel. Seeing nothing amiss, he stood up just as it started firing away. That's still the closest I've ever seen someone come to taking one of those in the face.

Speaking of explosive lives, a Palestinian legal group makes a solid claim for statehood with this eloquent demonstration of their capacity for self-rule.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 3, 2004 04:48 PM

This has to be made up. Most people from the midwest and south hold their roman candles in their hand. Maybe easterner's are sissy enough to put them into a holder, but even then, I doubt it.

Posted by: JeremyR at July 3, 2004 at 05:31 PM

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Posted by: EvilPundit at July 3, 2004 at 06:44 PM

Cool. Exploding voodoo dolls. Give them all splitting headaches.

Posted by: Fred Boness at July 3, 2004 at 11:43 PM

Almost taking a roman candle in the face is minor. Try bottle rocket wars, green apple grenades (a large firecracker stuffed into the center of a green apple), rotten apple grenades (pretty icky), homemade mortars (shooting tennis balls), blowing up model airplanes so lovingly assembled, and getting up early on July 4th just to wake up the neighborhood in style.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at July 4, 2004 at 01:24 AM

Most people from the midwest and south hold their roman candles in their hand.

How else can you aim them? The cul-de-sac guy isn't going to be able to hit anything.

Posted by: David [.net] at July 4, 2004 at 07:26 AM

The murder was captured on video as well. Saw it on SBS Spanish news service on the weekend. Knew it'd never see the light of day in the mainstream media here - way too "off-message".

Posted by: John Paulson at July 5, 2004 at 01:42 PM