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I get deja vu with nearly every fortune cookie I open. I used to keep all of the fortunes I got in an envelope, and as the ink faded I imagined the fortunes were coming true. I wonder they will lose some of the magic as they cross into elirosenblatt.org:80.
BUN SETS ON HOT DOG KING
SAY it ain't so, Takeru! Fans of competitive eating are going to find it hard to swallow the news, but the greatest gobbler of all time, Takeru Kobayashi, is pondering his retirement. The man who ate a record 531/2 Nathan's hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes this year told The Post's own Homer of hot dog lore, Gersh Kuntzman, that the bun is setting on his career: "Lately, I have been thinking of retiring," said Kobayashi, who has won the annual Coney Island frank fest four years in a row. "I want to retire before I disappoint my fans. It is not the competition that I fear. It is a decline in my own abilities. I must go out on top." International Federation of Competitive Eating chairman George Shea found a way to put a positive spin on the news. "Look, the kid is a true champion who wants to go out on top," Shea said. "He will always be the greatest. Women want him, men want to be him and all forms of beef and beef by-products fear him."
In a decision that could affect Americans abroad who are not yet registered to vote in the Nov. 2 presidential election, the Pentagon has begun restricting international access to the official Web site intended to help overseas absentee voters cast ballots.
The International Herald Tribune reports that the American expats, which of course includes hundreds of thousands of armed forces and consultants in Iraq and Afghanistan, are no longer allowed access to the web site which helps them cast absentee ballots. This is insane on many levels, obviously. Electoral-vote.com chimes in:
Is the Pentagon, with its billions of dollars, incapable of building a simple website that is difficult to break into? And is the answer to attempted break-ins to disenfranchise overseas voters, including the servicemen and women who are defending this country with their lives? Is this how we support the troops? By taking away their right to vote?
Microsoft and other companies are attacked all the time, and their reaction is to put up strong defenses. Surely the Pentagon is capable of doing what the computer industry does every day?
I recently talked to a knowledgeable source who has been in Iraq for a long time and his impression is that the reservists and national guardsmen there are quite unhappy, especially about having their tours of duty extended. It is not unthinkable this unhappiness might be expressed if they were allowed to vote.
Fortunately, overseas voters, including members of the armed forces, who haven't registered yet can fill in the necessary registration forms online via overseasvote2004.com and then print them. Instructions for sending the printed forms to the U.S. are given on the Americans abroad page. But time is running out.
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