The Roundup: 05.16.07

The Harper Government may have weak environmental policy and a baffling inability to stop the torture of Afghan detainees, but, by god, they're sure tough on foreign strippers! The Lede is reporting that ABC plans to include a sitcom based on the Geico Cavemen in their fall schedule. Will a funny 30 second spot make for for a funny 30 minute show? Almost certainly not.

Slate recaps Jerry Falwell's hit parade of small-minded intolerance. I'm not celebrating the man's death- I'm sure a lot of people loved him and are very sad today, and that sucks. But it's important to remember that he was, essentially, a jackass.

Israel launches airstrikes into Gaza. Because the only thing better than a vicious internecine civil war between two sworn enemies is a vicious internecine civil war between three sworn enemies.

Ten-month old baby in Illinois gets firearm license. Says proud father, "it makes an adorable addition to his baby book." I suppose we should be happy Illinois actually has licensing requirements, as opposed to, say, Virginia.

5,000 letters written by and to Charles Darwin go online. Sources close to the project say the letters were naturally selected, although the database features a certain amount of intelligent design.