Political Grapevine: Controversial Highway Crosses Get a Facelift

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Fingers Crossed

Utah's controversial highway crosses are getting a facelift. The Utah Highway Patrol says its logo has been removed in hopes of preventing the court-ordered removal of the 14 memorials along state roads.

The crosses are there to honor fallen troopers. An atheist group sued in 2005 saying the memorials suggest a state endorsement of Christianity.

Earlier this year the Supreme Court declined to hear the state's appeal.

Talk Turkey

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a Thanksgiving wish for the town of Turkey, Texas.

PETA has asked the mayor to change his town's name for the day to "Tofurky," to raise awareness for the vegetarian alternative.

PETA says it will even provide the entire town a full course vegan feast. However, city officials say the mayor has yet to respond but they doubt he will gobble up the idea.


The European Union has banned drink manufacturers from claiming water can prevent dehydration. The decision is being ridiculed as being at odds with science and common sense.

The Telegraph reports one conservative member of Parliament blasted the decision saying -- quote -- "The E.U. is falling apart and yet here they are worrying about the obvious qualities of water."

E.U. regulations are frequently criticized. Rules banning bent bananas and ugly carrots were scrapped in 2008 after much backlash.

Text Message Plan

And finally, Pakistan's government has ordered cell phone companies there to block text messages containing what it deems as obscenities.

The banned list contains more than 1,500 English and Urdu words, many of them sexually explicit.

However, blocked terms like "idiot," "Jesus Christ" and "headlights" are leading some to LOL.