The Night Note: 2/25/10

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    VA COMMITTEE KILLS SEAT BELT, CELL PHONE BILLS
    Virginia drivers can continue to talk on cell phones and skirt seat belt laws for at least another year.

    A House subcommittee Thursday killed bills that would have banned talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving and made not wearing a seat belt a primary offense. Currently, police can only issue citations for not wearing a seat belt if the driver is pulled over for another reason. (WTOP)

    TALKING TRASH IN THE WAR ON TERROR
    It's a remarkable combination of psychological warfare, political roundtable and trash-talking. Afghan soldiers and Taliban fighters taunt each other, debate each other and try to persuade each other almost daily over their radios, at times while even shooting at each other.

    I came across the astonishing facet of the Afghan War while spending time with the 302nd kandak, or battalion, of the Afghan National Army. The foes chatter with each other over their Vietnam-era, two-way radio system. It's such an antiquated system that the Taliban and the Afghan forces share radio frequencies, and verbal barbs, as they try to kill or capture one another. (ABC News)

    CITRUS CHRIST? CHESUS?
    According to many religious texts, God is great and fathomless, wondrous and infinite. He's also said to be everywhere -- and, let's face it, "everywhere" is a pretty all-encompassing term. So perhaps that helps to explain why so many folks have spotted religious images in food items, storefront windows, ultrasound images, frying pans -- even a cat's fur. (MSNBC)

    A SNOW-COVERED UNION, EXCEPT HAWAII
    Forty-nine states have snow now, from the Gulf Coast's Redneck Riviera to the skyscrapers of Dallas.
    The lone holdout? Hawaii.

    Although snow falls every winter on Hawaii's two tallest volcanoes, the National Weather Service in Honolulu said there was no snow in the state Friday. (USA Today)