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Thanksgiving in Jardin, Colombia

Lots to be thankful for in Colombia. Great apartment, cheap beer, best restaurants a block away, friendly people, perfect springlike weather…Above we view a street scene on Thanksgiving morning. Kind of looks like any other day doesn’t it.

Missing Link “Apprehended”on White House lawn

White House security forces may have prematurely announced the capture of the curiously illusive Missing Link on Friday. Although it appears the Link was in custody at four different locations inside hastily constructed White House fortifications, nobody seems to know his present location.

 Carrying only a beach chair, a seaman’s lantern and dressed in a designer loincloth, the Link reportedly scaled a fifteen foot fence with ease as officers pursued from assorted directions.

“It’s like playing Chinese checkers without a Chinaman,” said one veteran gatekeeper. “I for one believe The Link is capable of space changing and leaps of terrifying measure,” he went on. “I saw it wth these eyes. He is resilient and other-worldly even though he may be the glue that holds our genetic history together.”

A conflicting news account has him escaping capture and disappearing into the Potomac. A Maryland woman says she saw what might have been the Missing Link crossing the street in Takoma Park. A former police officer who now operates Soggy Bottom Daycare Center in Chinatown says the fugitive from justice lives in a seedy apartment nearby.

Other high-ranking intelligence sources claim he has applied for political asylum at the Etruscan Embassy in Virginia.

This appears to be the latest in a series of White House fence jumping although it is the first incident connected to the Missing Link.

It is not clear why the FBI, the CIA, Interpol, the KGB, the NRA and an assortment of state and local law enforcement agencies are so interested in the movements of the Link, who has managed to elude them all for the past 20 years.

“Maybe the Missing Link don’t know nothin’ or maybe he knows just a little too much,” said one county sheriff. “Either way his capture would put a feather in someone’s cop cap. 

-Susie Compost

Bear Utilizing Duct Tape in Forest

Ouray) Local black bear, who are supposed to be asleep, appear to be relying on duct tape to facilitate daily chores and responsibilities in the woods. Animal behaviorists are reportedly alarmed by the development, indicating that the bruins are evolving symbiotically with humans.

“We are concerned as to where this kind of monkey-see, monkey-do action may lead the bears,” said one biologist. “We will be keeping a close eye to the ground on this pattern. Considering what man has done to the natural environment we sure don’t want this one to get away from us.”

Cans of WD-40 and a roll of baling wire have been found near obvious bear redoubts throughout the wilderness, suggesting that the mammals have taken matters into their own paws.

Hikers and campers are urged to take appropriate caution when in bear country.

One last glimpse….

The colors of autumn gold are gone in the high country, making way for cold, crisp blue winter skies and green pines all dressed up in a heavy blanket of white snow.


Our man Toole has recently returned from Europe after a month long holiday. He files this report:

French Oysters Bred With Pull Tabs

(Kinsale, Republic of Ireland) A way out across the Celtic Sea Frenchmen are making it easier to eat shellfish. According to a piece in The Cork Examiner they’re doing it by breeding a new, more resilient oyster which is larger and comes with a handy pull tab.

For centuries humans have struggled opening oysters, a highly edible bivalve mollusk, before devouring the delicacy. Rubber gloves, blades and bandages have all been part of the salty entourage. Now, thanks to notable French chefs, these days appear to be ending.

“Although my sensibilities are rubbed the wrong way I suppose there’s nothing to do now but grab some baguettes and horseradish sauce,” said Gilles Clamette, author of A Duck Is Not A Pigeon and hundreds of other gourmet cooking anthologies.

Although the impact of these developments is expected to be significant, the story has appeared only in Irish newspapers, which are considered the final source on murky maritime matters in Northern Europe.

“It’s not like an Irishman to twist the truth, or embellish an important breakthrough with deceptive or wheedling statements,” said Clamette. “Besides, just how far can rational mankind stretch an oyster.”


(Naples) The Italian government continues to encourage its people to diet so as to overcome the perception that many Italians are obsessed with food. Since 1990, leaders in Rome have been praising healthy eating habits and applauding the practice of eating light.

A government endorsed light luncheon would be comprised of a Caesar salad, a bowl of minestrone, steamed clams, sardines, antipasto, formaggio (cheeses) bread in olive oil, frito misto (a mixed grill of seafood or liver, artichokes and cauliflower), scallopine al marsala and pollo al cacciatora over a bed of spaghetti or vermicelli. Of course a bottle of wine or two is traditional, as is a helping of neopolitan ice cream and fruit followed by a cup of espresso.

“If people would simply embrace the concept of eating light they would soon reap a veritable cornucopia of benefits,” said a government decree. “We not asking anyone to starve himself here.”


(County Sligo) Irish pubs will remain open later than the legal time next year thanks to a government finding that no one pays attention to the law anyway. The pubs, center of social life in this culture are, by law, to be opened at 10 am and closed at 11:30 pm. The new regulation allows for an extra hour of operation.

“What a relief, said a barman at Hargadon Brothers on O’Connell Street. “Now we won’t have to wind the clock.”

An independent study recently concluded that it is quite rare to find a pub that ever closed at the prescribed time anyway. In some cases the doors were locked at around midnight with the patrons stuck to their stools, suspended in time, but even that was unlikely.

What are the gardai going to do, shut us down?” asked a publican at McLaughlin’s over on Market Street “Mind you, how would they buy a pint when they’re off duty?”

Euros Upsetting Goats

(Healy Pass, County Cork)) Wherever one goes in Ireland he is bound to run into Angora goats. They’re everywhere, standing out with their long hair and curious punk-like brands. Before the Euro began replacing the Irish pound as the acceptable means of currency these animals were quite docile, happy to send their days grazing in the green rolling hills or the sparsely vegetated cliffs of their homeland.

Now all that has changed.

“They just can’t get the hang of it,” said Dan O’Sullivan, a sheepman from nearby Castletownbere. “It was tough enough on the poor creatures when all those French arrived with their francs, then the Germans with their marks and the Brits with their sterling. Later the Americans showed up with their dollars. My sheep, God bless ’em, didn’t have a clue as to exchange rates and the like,” he explained. “Then they bring on this Euro currency, supposed to unite the European community and all…What it’s done is put my flock into outer space, fiscally speaking.”

O’Sullivan went on to say that he now spends hours upon hours helping his charges adjust to the new currency.

“I just want to make sure they don’t get ripped off, especially with winter coming on and all the tourists about.”

Russian Leaders Constipated

(Moscow) Decades after Glasnost many former Communist leaders remain constipated, according to reports circulating Red Square. Despite efforts on the part of many world health organizations the situation has become chronic and could affect world peace in the future.

Blamed in part on diet, or the lack of such, the monumental problem rears its head from St. Petersburg to the Caucasus. Russian experts fear that a constipated Politburo member, or Potato Head as detractors lovingly call them, is more apt to be cranky and lethargic.

     Historically, when Russian leaders fall into this state, they are more difficult to budge when it comes to changes to a free market economy and in negotiations with the West.

     Doctors prescribe more fruit and vegetables and less sausage and vodka.



Bingo Treatment Center Opens Today

(Montrose) The region’s first bingo treatment center has scheduled an open house for this afternoon. Located in the recently abandoned Wal-Mart building on South Townsend Avenue, the diversionary sports/recovery complex has been praised as both a recycling marvel and a boon to urban renewal efforts.

Encouraging both potential patients and interested parties to attend, the medical staff will present a wide selection of prescribed treatment programs both out-patient and full care. Civic leaders, expected to be in attendance, hope the opening will encourage further growth in compliance with the intricate masterplan for the Grandjunctification of the Uncompahgre Valley.

The facility, officially named St. Roscoe’s Bingo Rehabilitation Hub, after the patron saint of bingo and RVs, has been bankrolled with cash confiscated from illegal lottery operations/surplus DUI funds, and thanks to a grant from the Native American Consortium of Gambling Casinos and Golf Courses in Colorado and New Mexico. In addition, addicts on scholarship will sell bingo cards door-to-door here in order to raise additional operating capital for field trips and the like.

Its 40-bed recovery area features a veteran staff made up of medical personnel, sociologists and recovering bingo addicts. Shock treatment will take place solely at night and always under the strict supervision of authorized bingo callers, while a full time alchemist is slated to be on duty 24 hours per day. Physical therapy, hypnotism and magic crystals are to be prescribed only in the most chronic cases.

The treatment center, in compliance with city ordinances, is non-smoking but a system of sealed off lounges offering bad coffee, grocery check-out periodicals, card tables and ash trays will grace both the B-29 and R-16 floors, where smoking is permitted.

“We want to thank the entire community for supporting this progressive approach to ending bingo perversion,” said Dr. Simon Lackluster, head cardiologist at the clinic. After all, bingo abuse should not be classified as a mental illness. Think of all the money we could save if we stopped punishing addicts as criminals.”

Lackluster says the goal of the center is to provide the community with healthy bingo players upon release.

– Kashmir Horseshoe