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Somali Pirates Refuse to Board Carnival Cruise Ships Cite 'Unsafe Working Conditions'

MOGADISHU - In yet another public relations setback for the beleaguered cruise ship company, Somali pirates today said they would no longer board Carnival Cruise ships, citing "unsafe working conditions."

"If Carnival thinks that it's going to be business as usual between them and the Somali pirates, they need to have their heads examined," said Somali pirate spokesman Sugule.  "We Somali pirates may be bold, but we're not crazy."

The pirate said that the recent fire that crippled the giant cruise ship Carnival Splendor "has sent a shiver through the pirate community."

"We Somali pirates face enough risks without dealing with decks bursting into flames," he said.  "And don't get me started on the nonfunctioning toilets."

When asked if the Somali pirates might attempt to board Carnival ships in the future, he responded, "I am telling me hearties that if they were thinking of pillaging a Carnival ship of its booty over the holidays, they should make alternative plans."

Carol Foyler, a spokesperson for Carnival Cruises, said that the company "would be working overtime to win back the pirates' trust."

In the meantime, Ms. Foyler said, Carnival would be unveiling a new slogan in the weeks to come: "Come for the fun, stay for the raging inferno."


I'm not sure if Ceasar authored that thing, but remember that he has tried his hand at standup, which ended in disaster on NBC-6's South Florida Today show in 2007. On the show, then hosted by Tony Segreto, Ceasar unveiled some really bad jokes about the recently deceased Anna Nicole Smith's sexual provlivities and breast implants. The jokes were not only tasteless; they were way too soon. It was so bad that Segreto yanked the Democratic chairman off the show. "We wanted to apologize for some of the comments [Ceasar] made," Segreto told the audience after Ceasar was politely escorted from the studio. "We certainly did not expect the comments that he made today to come out the way they did. As it is now, NBC-6 is not planning to have him back on the show."

Yeah, Broward Democrats, that's your leader.

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