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What a blast, literally!

April 23, 2010

volcanoIf you were a traveler, an illegal immigrant or a “South Park” resident, your world was turned upside down in the past week. A volcano wreaked havoc on travelers, Arizona wreaked havoc on illegal immigrants and a little-known Muslim group wreaked havoc on “South Park.” Good for us, though, as all those made for great headlines that you, dear readers, pushed to the very top of our weekly rankings chart.

1. Arizona passes tough illegal immigration law

We begin in Arizona, the desert with the great big hole in it. The state, which the U.S. census says is 86.5 percent white, voted 17-11 in favor of a bill that requires police to determine if people are in the U.S. illegally. It raised a brouhaha (I’ve waited weeks to use that word) because some folks think it will lead to racial profiling. “I believe handcuffs are a wonderful tool when they’re on the right people,” said Russell Pearce, the Republican state senator who wrote the bill. Nice.

2. Iceland volcano eruption intensifies

This video proves the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. Without any narration at all, it captures the eruption of the Iceland Volcano that spewed a massive ash cloud into the air, turning day into night in some areas. It left thousands of travelers stranded, frustrated and in some cases broke.

3. “South Park” airs censored episode after threat

The satirical TV show “South Park” plastered an episode with the word “CENSORED” after a little-known U.S. Muslim group posted a message on its website stating the shows creators would “probably end up like Theo Van Gogh” (he’s the Dutch filmmaker who was killed in 2004 by an Islamic militant.)  I’m glad to say, I’m fearless when it comes to [CENSORED CENSORED BLEEP BLEEP].

4. Potentially deadly fungus spreading in the U.S. and Canada

What next? We’ve had swine flu, avian flu, mad cow disease … not content with animal flavors, the world of viruses is now heaping fungus on all of us. FUNGUS?! Isn’t that what some people get between their toes? “A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Colombia” reads the first paragraph in this story. Deadly FUNGUS? Nope, not worried at all … not at all …. For the love of God, where the heck is the soap!

5. Cheater’s website a popular affair

Is this a surprise to anyone? Nice of them to simplify the process, though. And to provide us with a doozie for our rankings. Sex sells, literally.

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