Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Atlanta = Den Of Ursine Iniquity?

Coincidence???? We think not. Consider the evidence.

Item One: proprietor of little "l" libertarian Blog disappears for a protracted period of time.

Item Two: Seamy stories begin to filter out of the Hotlanta Metropolitan Area. Baby pandas photographed stretched out flat on their bellies, so inebriated they can barely walk:

Zoo Atlanta’s 99-day-old giant panda cub rose on four shaky legs Thursday morning and took a few tentative steps — a first for the youngster.

She wobbled like a drunk in a windstorm, but there was no mistaking her intentions: She’s ready to move on her own, nearly in time for her naming ceremony.

Disgraceful. The poor thing doesn't even have a proper name yet and she's already hitting the sauce. And with a start like this, is it any surprise she's confused?

Children sang and performers put on a lively dance Friday as Zoo Atlanta unveiled the name of the nation's newest panda cub - Mei Lan, a 12-pound ball of adorableness too young to attend the hoopla.

Chengdu Director Zhang Zhihe said Mei Lan, pronounced "may-lan," has male overtones, a gift Chinese parents bestow on female children whom they want to step outside traditional roles for women.

Now wait just one cotton-picking minute... I thought Atlanta was a family town? But it gets worse:

Lun Lun [the mother] was inseminated in March through a new process that aims to get a nearly pure ... sample from a male panda using massage, zoo officials said.

O-kay... we are not going to think about that one too hard.

Just what is going on down there, anyway?

"Little Peach" indeed....


At 3:37 AM, Blogger camojack said...


At 9:52 AM, Blogger spd rdr said...

"a 12-pound ball of adorableness"

That would be KJ...divided by 20.

At 7:33 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

KJ: your 12-lb ball of adorableness

I'd put that in his sidebar but I don't think he gave me template editing privileges.

He's not a dumb man...


At 9:28 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Merry Christmas, KJ.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Merry Christmas to all, and to all -- sorry for one of my busiest Decembers ever.

12 ball of adourableness? You people need counseling. Atlanta is messed up, but it isn't Washington state.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I knew you were busy, KJ. You told me you had to bill a lot before Christmas.

I just drop by anyway to check in on you so I know you haven't gotten buried in pleadings or anything like that :)

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Grim said...

"...a gift Chinese parents bestow on female children whom they want to step outside traditional roles for women..."

Actually, that fits Atlanta about perfectly. Lewis Grizzard used to say, "But how can I make fun of San Francisco when I come from Atlanta... the SouthEastern Headquarters?"

At 5:37 AM, Blogger Cassandra said...

I was wondering if anyone would touch that one. My husband just about snorted his coffee when he read it in our local paper - I think it was mostly the juxtaposition with the 'panda massage' that destroyed him.


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