~ The Japanese have this habit of taking good ideas from everyone else and reworking them -- making them Japanese -- but hey, a ninjaized Santa Man X? Of course, we can't complain too loudly because that's exactly what we did with Saint Nicolas in the first place -- remade him to become a culturally acceptable icon. Besides, it appears that the uniform is on sale!
~ European integration at work! The border posts between Poland and Germany have been dismantled. The German police are worried -- but really, guys, the trouble-makers were already moving freely across the border. -- Link
The US and Canada should consider doing this -- but unfortunately we're moving things in the opposite direction.
~ Why should the Air Force have all the fun? Now the Coast Guard is getting into the Santa visits the islands game. -- Link
~ American Samoa, Guam, the CNMI, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC may soon get their own "state quarters." Let's hear it for the insulars! -- (and DC)... -- Link
We're all feeling much more included now. :-)
~ New blog on my list -- nathangann.com
~ Six of our students finished up their BA degrees this week. We're so proud of them. -- Link