Gun raffle aimed at US voters

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 November, 2000, 12:00am

Today is the big day.

The next American president is to be selected. It's hard to say who will win. For weeks, the red neck and the stiff neck have been running . . . well, neck-and-neck.

But one thing's for certain - Georgian Republicans will be gunning for George W. Bush.


Yes, some lucky voter in the Atlanta area will win a 12-gauge shotgun.

Citizens who cast their ballots there can take the 'I Voted' sticker they receive to either of two gun shops in the city and fill out a raffle ticket.

The prize is a Benelli Super Black Eagle 12-gauge shotgun that normally sells for US$1,000.

Not surprisingly, this charming little event is sponsored by that merry band of intellectuals who believe that everyone should exercise their divine right to carry guns to protect themselves from all the other people exercising their divine right to carry guns.

Further proof that evolution skipped a few trailer parks.

Meanwhile, gun control activists are claiming the raffles will only upset moderates and drive them into the Gore camp.

As Reuters put it: they predict that the Benelli shotgun will 'backfire on their opponents'.

Sounds messy.

Runway delay: We've all been stuck on the tarmac before a flight. But it's unusual to get trapped there afterwards.

One of Lai See's myriad agents says that's exactly what happened to him on a flight from Hong Kong to Manila last Friday.

The Philippine airliner landed. And then it sat. And sat.

Then, just for variety, it sat some more.

PAL passengers spent 90 minutes imprisoned in a motionless plane because airport staff hadn't shown up for work.

Apparently the rain from tropical depression Bebinca made for a troublesome commute.

Eventually the guy who operates the steps did turn up but passengers still had to wait because the bus driver was late.

Still, at least compensation was on the cards - literally.

PAL staff gave passengers decks of cards to help while away the time.

Safe arrival?: The Third World aviation conference opened in Kathmandu yesterday.

Aviation experts will be spending a couple of days discussing 'the need to improve air safety for flights to and from developing countries', Agence France-Presse tells us.

That's one event you'd want to travel to by train.

Big hits and great memories: They're bigger than Britney. Bigger than Oasis. Bigger, even, than the Beatles.

A band of Thai musicians is poised to burst on to the American music scene after producing their first hit - a song called 'Chang, Chang, Chang'.

That means 'Elephant, Elephant, Elephant'.

Which isn't surprising given this is an all-pachyderm band.

The world's first elephant music band has already sent a demo tape to a record company in America and plans to launch CDs next year, the English-language Bangkok Post reported.

The newspaper didn't say whether the band would be going on tour.

We're told the 10-elephant group of the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre plays specially designed instruments.

Their album is expected to be a hit with animal lovers and the proceeds will go towards setting up a milk bank for orphaned elephants.

No word on the identity of the American record company.

Apparently rock label Ivory expressed interest but the band turned them down citing philosophical differences.

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