Today's Bleat includes the following passage:
Wake me when the masks drop and the gloves come off, I thought - but today I glanced at the TV and saw a list of suggestions for a new resolution, and it made me sit up and pay attention anew. One of the conditions: Saddam would make a televised appearance in which he would renounce weapons of mass destruction.
It beggars belief. Perhaps a requirement of participating in these discussions is a note from your doctor verifying that he pulled out 75% of your brain tissue through your nose with a hooked stick.
When I first read the second paragraph, I thought he wrote "It buggers belief". I still prefer my misreading: beggary is a totally inadequate metaphor for the effect of news on my psyche.
Tangential language note:
While I was checking Dictionary.com to make sure 'beggary' is a word, a pop-up window popped up and then shrank down to a button at the bottom of the screen. The button read 'Are you a ho'. I was quite offended until I opened it up and found it was just a truncated 'Are you a homeowner?'.