The French press agency reports that members of Osama bin Laden's family have given DNA samples to the U.S. government in the event that captors of their notorious relative decide to bring him out of his mountain hideaway not on foot but in installments. 

From the fickle friends file, Louis Michel, the foreign minister of Belgium, now is touting the conquests of the Taliban as conquest for the valiant warriors of the European Union.  For those keeping score, the vast majority of nations belonging to the EU have no troops in Afghanistan, or anywhere near for that matter. 

The associated press reports that Marcie Miller (ph), principle of Taniskal (ph) High School in San Anselmo, California, says her school remains proud of alumnus John Walker Lindh, the Marin County Taliban, because he, like other graduates of the institution, tends to be, quote, "self-directed." 

And for those who thought America was awash in piety after September 11, think again.  Sienna Heights University in Michigan is offering a course, "Animated Philosophy and Religion" that focuses on the spiritual and philosophical importance of The Simpsons.

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HOMER SIMPSON:  Doh!

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SNOW:  Professor Kimberly Blessing (ph) says of a book about The Simpsons, "I thought it would offer another opportunity to draw people into philosophy."