Archives: 2003

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Coming Summer of 2004, starring Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow & Jude Law. Thus guaranteeing that I, Doug and Amy will all be in the theater to watch. Very 1930’s Art Deco style movie, with Angelina in uniform, flying a plane. I will so be there. Gwyneth is a reporter. I wasn’t paying that much attention

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Pope speaks out against equal marriage rights for gay people

On Sunday, Pope John Paul spoke out against equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian people. “In our times, a misunderstood sense of rights has sometimes disturbed the nature of the family institution and conjugal bond itself,” John Paul said. Let me repeat: never setting foot in a Catholic church again.

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Mind the Gap

My sister Stacy sent my brother Gary a t-shirt for Xmas that says “Mind the Gap” the famous phrase that is announced on London Underground platforms as the trains are coming in to warn people not to step into the gap between the train carriage and the platform. Here’s a website that examines the origin

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Gay Gatherings Removed from Video Footage at Lincoln Memorial

According to 365 Gay News: (Washington, D.C.) All images of gay gatherings at national sites, including the Millennium March on the Washington Mall have been ordered removed from videotapes that have been shown at the Lincoln Memorial since 1995 according to a civil service group. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) says that the directive

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Xmas Update

My mother knitted me a cool winter hat, and also got me a Bundt pan to make Monkey Bread (because I dropped HUGE hints about wanting one!). The Year of the Monkey is coming up (Jan 22nd), you know. I know because I was born in the Year of the Monkey. and Monkeys Are Cool

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Village Voice: Our 25 Favorite Books of 2003

The Village Voice Actress in the House By Joseph McElroy OVER OK, 432 PP., $26.95 Buy this book It begins with a stage-slap, witnessed by a man named Daley, then spirals into cul-de-sacs of memory, ruminations on love and aging, ever returning to the linear narrative–the coupling of the actress and the man–before setting out

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Newbery Medal Winners

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 2005 — Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata 2004 — The Tale of Despereaux:

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FARK: Inappropriate Product Placement

Fark.com hosts a photoshop contest asking for photoshoppers to insert inappropriate product placement advertising into their favorite movies. Hilarity ensues. My favorites: the black and decker ad in the background of Psycho, Charlie Tuna in in Finding Nemo (although they could have put him more subtlety in the background), The Magic Eight Ball in the

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The Alchemical Egg Tarot Cards

Several years ago, I had my tarot cards read. This was before I knew much about what the Tarot was, and I didn’t realize there were many decks, etc. and different interpretations. Keep in mind that I’m a bit practically-minded and this is something I think is fun, but about on the same scale as

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Return to Orange?

U.S. intelligence agencies have heard from numerous credible sources that terrorists might try to strike the USA in another horrific 9/11-like attack, possibly using aircraft as weapons again.

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Indiana Hate Crime: Man attempts to kill female partner of his ex-wife

From the Indy Star: A Shelbyville man shot and wounded his estranged wife’s female companion early this morning at their home and then killed himself at his home, Franklin police said. Arnita Petre, a 44-year-old special education caseworker from Franklin, was listed in critical condition at Methodist Hospital on this afternoon. James Enyart, 34, was

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Onion: Non-Widescreen Version Of DVD Received As Hanukkah Gift

The Onion wries a news story that sounds vaguely like my friend Douglas: A hilarious story about a kid who’s disappointed to receive the “full-screen” version of the Matrix Reloaded as a gift, as opposed to the more desirable letter-boxed, or “wide-screen” version. “With approximately a third of the movie’s visual content missing, thanks to

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Living Room floors repaired

My living room floor and foyer floor are now repaired, thanks to Mullin Remodeling. They came Tuesday and tore up the burned section of the living room floor and replaced the plank flooring, and they also repaired a section in the foyer that was bad, where an old furnace intake vent used to be. Pictures

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9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable

For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented, reports CBS News Correspondent Randall Pinkston. “This is a very, very important part of history and we’ve got to tell it right,” said Thomas Kean. “As you read

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grimoire

n : a manual of black magic (for invoking spirits and demons)

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Xmas presents

My dad gave me a compound mitre saw for Xmas. It’s very cool. Plus, I get a brad nailer free as a bonus. That’s really cool! Now I have everything I need to do the baseboards in the living room, and I can do crown moulding, too. Excellent. The carpenters are coming tomorrow to repair

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Bush Administration

I predicted that the Bush Administration is trying to figure out where they can try Saddam by putting out trial balloons via the Voice of America on the idea of him being tried in a military or U.S. court system, versus an international court. I was right about that. They’re testing the idea of trying

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Awesome

Sadaam Hussein was captured. Cool. I’m surprised they took him alive. Because now they have to put him on trial… and that will be interesting. I wonder how they’ll do it. It will have to be an international court.

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U.S. Marines execute an Iraqi to the cheers of fellow marines

Video of Marines executing a wounded Iraqi prisoner after he was subdued and no longer a threat. The Video clip was first posted by Information Clearing House, and subsequently aired on CNN October 26, 2003. Quote from another military man about the video: I too, am recently returned from seven months in Iraq, with a

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Idiot President tries to justify punishing other countries

From the Washington Post: The expenditure of U.S. dollars will reflect the fact that U.S. troops and other troops risk their life . . . ,” Bush said. “It’s very simple. Our people risk their lives. Coalition — friendly coalition folks risk their lives. And therefore, the contracting is going to reflect that. And that’s

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New Favorite Quote

Again from the Television Without Pity recap of Carnivale, this time from the season finale: “Libby crosses the carnival to find Sofie hanging out by a tent, and they both kick off their date by lighting cigarettes. Flick…ahh. Then they stare deep into each other’s eyes and kiss. I think it’s kind of sad that

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Bush Punishes “anti war” countries by denying contracts

“The Pentagon will bar companies from France, Germany, Russia and other countries that opposed the war in Iraq from bidding on $18.6 billion in prime contracts for reconstruction of the country, according to a memo released yesterday.” Of course, it’s okay that we’re asking these countries to send soldiers to die in Iraq, but they

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Bush Administration Shields Christian Terrorists

Salon Magazine has an article about Christian Terrorist Clayton Waagner, the man who was convicted last week of sending over 550 envelopes of fake anthrax letters to women’s health clinics across the country, including Planned Parenthood clinics here in Indianapolis. Prior to the anthrax threats, Waager had escaped prison where he was being held on

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New Marsh Store Opens in Noblesville

“Marsh Supermarkets on Monday opened its new lifestyle market at 14450 Mundy Drive in Noblesville. Immediately, customers grabbed the store’s 250 grocery carts, and many more waited in line for their turn to shop.” I believe this is the store that’s near my mom’s house. Which is pretty cool.

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Gore Endorses Dean for President

Woo hoo! I guess Lieberman was a little pissed off. Poor Joe. Now the speculation is… who will be Dean’s VP? I like Clark, but speculation is that it will have to be someone with experience in Washington (Edwards?) because Dean doesn’t have any. Evan Bayh, anyone?

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“Mary Sue” in Online Fan Fiction

MARY SUE (n.): 1. A variety of story, first identified in the fan fiction community, but quickly recognized as occurring elsewhere, in which normal story values are grossly subordinated to inadequately transformed personal wish-fulfillment fantasies, often involving heroic or romantic interactions with the cast of characters of some popular entertainment. 2. A distinctive type of

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Project on Government Secrecy

This is a cool site… it’s going in my list of bookmarks to look at regularly. “Through research, advocacy, and public education, the FAS Project on Government Secrecy works to challenge excessive government secrecy and to promote public oversight.”

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Nancy Reagan Opposes Putting Ronald on the Dime

Yeah, Nancy. It’s nice to know that cooler heads prevail at times. “When our country chooses to honor a great President such as Franklin Roosevelt by placing his likeness on our currency, it would be wrong to remove him and replace him with another,” she said. “It is my hope that the proposed legislation will

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The Christmas Letter

I just finished my Christmas letter, which will be going out with my Christmas cards in the mail shortly. I will post it here, too, but not until after I send them out, so as not to spoil the surprise for those of you who kindly sent my your addresses. I think it’s quite funny,

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Miserable Failure

Old Fashioned Patriot has succeeded in one of his web projects… getting bloggers all over the web to link to George W. Bush’s white house biography using the term Miserable Failure as the link, so that eventually, when one searches for “Miserable Failure” on Google, the bio is the first thing that pops up. Way

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Bush Background Generator

Now you can determine Bush’s talking points by generating the text that will appear behind him as he stands at the podium… includes the infamous “Mission Accomplished” backdrop, where you can fill in something more accurate, like “Mission Impossible” or “Operation Vietnam” or make “Total Waste of Taxpayer Money.” My personal favorite, which I tried

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Thanksgiving 2003

I drove to my grandmother’s house in Brighton, Iowa on Wednesday last week. Brighton is in south eastern Iowa, an hour north and west of Burlington. My younger brother Gary went with me, and he was very cool to ride with because he’s interesting and funny, despite the constant backseat driving. 🙂 He’s twenty-five, single

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Narnia Movie

They’re doing a film version of the Chronicles of Narnia. That’s so cool. I loved these books when I was a kid, and I bought the boxed set a few years back and re-read them. The film version is being done by Peter Jackson, the producer of the Lord of the Rings, and will use

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Definition of Terrorism

“The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.” — Source: The American Heritage� Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright � 2000 by Houghton Mifflin

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Thanksgiving

I spent Thanksgiving weekend at my Grandparent’s house in Brighton, Iowa with the rest of my family. I should post more about it, but I have a ton of stuff to do at work today and not very much time to do it in, so more later.

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This weekend, I…

1) Had fun at Girls Game Night at Outword Bound books. 2) Washed my truck and cleaned it all out. 3) Raked my leaves. 4) Bought a table, a cabinet and copper trellis from Urban Bloom, because they’re going out of business. 5) Visited my mom to take her Dutch Letters, a book, and

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 136)

This weeks edition looks at George’s visit to England, where he had to cancel an address to the British Parliament because his handlers found out that some British lawmakers planned on heckling his speech. On camera. Also, the conservative new outlets are thrilled about Michael Jackson’s arrest because it took over the news.

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Another Military Heavyweight Backs Dean Presidential Bid

Retired Gen. Merrill “Tony” McPeak, the former Air Force chief of staff who endorsed George W. Bush in 2000, has left the Republican fold and is backing Democrat Howard Dean in the 2004 race for president. McPeak joins a small but growing list of top military veterans who have parted ways with the president at

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New “links” on my blog

Check it out — I added a link to the bottom of each post, which you can use to link to a specific blog entry if you wish. I probably could have done that a long time ago, but this is the first time I’ve actually taken the time to look up how to change

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Dude, don’t hit the donkey — he’s not a terrorist.

Insurgents in Baghdad attacked 2 hotels and and the oil ministry in Baghdad a few hours ago, using rocket launchers mounted on donkey carts. Troops returned fire, apparently injuring a donkey at the Sheraton. At least one human perpetrator may have been captured. The damage to buildings and the injuries to people were relatively contained.

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Campbell’s Click for Cans

Here is an easy way to make a difference this holiday season. Campbell’s is donating a can of soup to the needy for every person that goes to their site and votes for their favorite NFL team. It will only take a few seconds of your time to fill some empty tummies with warm soup

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This is not a photo

It’s a digital painting. Hard to believe, isn’t it? This person should be getting paid for their work. I hope they are.

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In Defense Of Biblical Marriage

The Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to: “Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With any forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage, pray that God’s Word and His standards will be honored by

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How did a reporter penetrate British Security?

Easy; he apparently just applied for a job as a Palace footman a few months earlier. And the British public is shocked: if security surrounding Bush is supposed to be so tight, how did this guy get within assassination range of George Bush and the Queen? Well… the answer to that is easy too. The

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Sierra Tango Echo Papa Hotel

(Or, more accurately today – Hotel Alpha Whiskey Tango Hotel Oscar Rome November) Military Alphabet Find out your own Alpha Bravo Charlies (The Military Alphabet (Phonetic from Alpha Bravo Charlie Delta to Zulu)) here. Most of us know, or at least have heard of the military alphabet in some way. We hear it being used

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Chasing Bush: Red Letter Day

Today is the day massive protests will occur in Great Britain, with the culmination being a protest in Trafalgar Square where protesters will topple an effigy of George Bush in emulation of the staged statue toppling that occurred in Iraq. Check out the Chasing Bush website for all the international news that’s getting missed due

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Name five Things

Stole this from Melissa’s Blog (of course, the answers are mine). 1. Name five things in your refrigerator. – Cheese curds, Michelob Ultra, Diet Dr. Pepper, Lettuce, Pot roast. 2. Name five things in your freezer. – Hot wings, hamburger, sausage patties, frozen green beans, frozen broccoli. 3. Name five things under your kitchen sink.

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Indianapolis Bloggers

I didn’t realize my friend Melissa has a blog (since March, 2003!). While perusing her site, I noticed that she’s a part of Indy Blogs, which is a site for Indianapolis Bloggers. Cool. I signed up.

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iPod/iSync — it’s a beautiful thing

I just finished updating my address book on my laptop computer with all the names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses I currently have. Then I opened the iSync program, and it sync’ed up all my information with the address book on my iPod, and with the address book on my computer at home. Now

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Now I’ve read my Foucault like the best of them…

Tom Coates wins my heart as he shares his feelings about “The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” phenomenon. Notable Quotes: “Bollocks to happy gay people on TV, bollocks to the straight audiences, bollocks to the producers, bollocks to the bloody cameramen, bollocks to any passing trannies. Bollocks, if you will, to absolutely bloody everyone.

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Things The White House wants to hide

The robots.txt file for any site will tell search engines what directories or files to ignore on a website. Usually this is used to hide directories that are still under construction, or that have been moved or changed. Check out the robots.txt file for the white house website to see a list of things that

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Massachusetts strikes down ban on equal marriage rights for gay people

The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that the ban on equal marriage rights for gay people was unconstituational, but didn’t go so far as to grant marriage licenses to the gay couples who filed the suit. Instead, it sent the issue back to the Massachusetts legislature, who will have 180 days to remedy the inequality of

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What Kind of Hipster Are You?

You are the Consummate Hipster. Newbies bow to you, everyone else just stares, as you swagger down the street with “Little Green Bag” stuck in your head. What Kind of Hipster Are You?

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 135)

Among other stupid Republican crap, Jeb Bush makes a joke suggesting that gay people in San Francisco should be an endangered species, and the Republican party are planning their own Saint Reagan movie, possible where Reagan shoots laser beams from his eyes.

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Chasing Bush: A Different Kind of Flash Mob

A group experienced with building Flash Mobs in the U.K. is taking on a new project: protesting George Bush’s upcoming visit to the UK. Basically, they are going to follow the president around, record images of his protestors, images of how his visit and the security measures surrounding it cause chaos and difficulties for London

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Ripped From the Headlines: ER Plotline follows my Appendectomy story

If you watched ER last night, you may have noticed that the writers (who must have been reading my weblog!) completely ripped off my appendix surgery story on their show last night. Unfortunately, they changed just enough details to avoid having to pay me royalties. Here are their mistakes: 1) In Real Life, I’m not

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Questions to Ask Bush at his Next (if ever) Press Conference

Strategic-planning question: �Sir, now that you�’ve acknowledged that there was never any evidence of Iraqi involvement in the September 11th attacks by Al Qaeda, does it remain your policy that in the event of any future Al Qaeda attack against this country we would still retaliate against Iraq, and, if so, how would you avoid

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Holy Mother of God: Veterans Kicked Out of Veteran’s Day Parade

TALLAHASSEE — A group of 30 military veterans critical of the war in Iraq hoped to use Tuesday’s Veterans Day parade to call attention to the increasingly deadly conflict but instead found themselves fighting for something much more fundamental. Members of Veterans For Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War were yanked off a downtown

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Mom Finds Out About Blog

In a turn of events the 30-year-old characterized as “horrifying,” Kevin Widmar announced Tuesday that his mother Lillian has discovered his weblog. “Apparently, Mom typed [Widmar’s employer] Dean Healthcare into Google along with my name and, lo and behold, PlanetKevin popped up,” Widmar said. “I’m so fucked.” If Widmar starts a blog at a new

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Dutch letters from the Jaarsma Bakery

When I was a kid, we used to drive from Ankeny, Iowa (where we lived) to Brighton, Iowa, where my Grandma lived. On the drive, we usually went through Pella, Iowa, and if we were lucky, we’d stop at the Jaarsma Bakery and get my favorite dessert of all time… Dutch Letters. Jaarsma Bakery has

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The Unh! Project

A collection of guttural moans from comics. Also, for more comics fun, check out Lilek’s “The Comics!” — You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Mostly the latter. Forgotten strips from the 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

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Polari – the lost gay language

Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang – “Polari has been the secret language of British gay men and women throughout the twentieth century. Like all slang, Polari is an ever-changing vocabulary. Derived from words used by criminals, circus artists, beggars and prostitutes, it also employs elements of Italian, Yiddish, French, rhyming slang, and

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Okay, look… (why you should watch Homestarrunner)

Go to homestarrunner.com. Watch the cartoons. Watch Strongbad read his e-mail. And stop asking me what the sticker in my truck window is. Sheesh. Essential viewing: — Welcome to Homestarrunner.com (Check me out. No, seriously, check me out.) — a Jorb Well Done — Meet Marshie I hate that freaking marshmellow. — Lookin’ at a

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The Patriot Act

Below are excerpts from a recent speech by Al Gore. I would urge you to go read it, especially for the section where he covers exactly how the CIA and FBI had specific information that they could have used to detect and prevent two of the 9-11 hijackers, and thus foiled the whole tragedy.

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The Freeway blogger

The Freeway blogger… runs around downtown L.A. placing signs on the overpasses. We had our own little version of that here in Indianapolis at one time, when they were building Conseco Field House… a graffiti artist painted the words “big waste of taxpaper money” with an arrow pointing to Conseco on the northbound overpass on

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The royal gay sex scandal

You can read the actual alleged details here in the Toronto Star and also more here in Scotsman.com news. I remember reading some allegations like this years ago, but they didn’t specify Charles as being the royal involved, they just said “an immediate member of the royal family” and I just guessed that was probably

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Democrats no longer allowed to ask questions

Via the Washington Post, here’s something you should be seeing more prominently discussed in the news: The Bush White House, irritated by pesky questions from congressional Democrats about how the administration is using taxpayer money, has developed an efficient solution: It will not entertain any more questions from opposition lawmakers. The decision — one that

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A flood of red ink

I don’t know if you’ve read ever read much of The Economist, but it’s not a liberal magazine. To say the least. Which makes this article on the Bush economy really interesting reading to me. More sober analysts are also worried. In their most recent poll, members of the National Association of Business Economists described

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Flat Stanley’s Undercover White House Sting

After receiving top secret clearance, Flat Stanley was shown a report by White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. Later, Flat Stanley told us that the report contained proof that the 2000 election was fixed, that Bush knew about 9/11 before it happened and let it happen so he could invade Iraq, that Bush helped

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CBS and the Reagan Mini-series

You might be aware that CBS caved to pressure from the right-wing and decided to cancel airing of the mini-series on the Reagans. In part, the controversy stems from the mini-series portrayal of Reagan’s handing (or more accurately, non-handling) of the AIDS crisis, which hit hard during his administration. The mini-series gets it pretty close

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New Photos

In the house section of my site, I added up to date pictures of my living room including the electric work, mudding and taping, painting the ceiling and painting the walls. Other photos I added to the house section: some photos of the flowerbeds in the front yard from various times this summer, pictures of

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Neil Gaiman

I read my first Neil Gaiman book, Neverwhere, the other day, and I’m hopelessly addicted and can’t believe I never read any of his work before. I was really delighted to discover a link on Wil Wheaton’s blog, which I read every day, to Neil Gaiman’s blog, which I will be reading every day as

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newest household members

The cool thing about owning an automatic after years of having a manual transmission is that you can drive home from Walmart with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a bag full of water and four goldfish. I really intended to get just three goldfish; Ahab, Ishmael and Queequeg, but little

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The House Next Door to Me

Is for sale at $29,900. [ Link redacted ]I hope that the neighborhood buys it, because if someone just buys it as an investment, they might be a crappy owner. UPDATE: – The people who ended up buying the houses gutted it, then left it sitting for months before selling it again. Now (March, 2005)

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Spike has more friends than I do….

The other day this little dog, Donut, on Friendster e-mailed Spike and asked to be his friend. So I clicked yes. Donut is friends with over 350 other dogs and cats on Friendster. So now Spike’s getting e-mail from lady dogs in California, coming on to him. He has more friends in his personal network

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Mad Tea Party

From Alice in Wonderland: The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?” “Come, we shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles.–I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud. “Do you mean that you think

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Things my girlfriend and I have argued about.com

A British guy, a German girl, a couple of kids and some serious lack of communication. Also, a fascinating story about how the British tabloid the Daily Mail stole the website and printed it in their Sunday edition with all the names changed, and actually thought they might get away with it. They didn’t.

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U.S. Ancestry Maps

This is pretty cool — U.S. maps that show dispersion of people of various ancestry. Interesting where all the people of German ancestry tend to live… in the midwest. Check out the Irish; they all live in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Most Interesting Theatrical Synopsis

Salon magazine reviews an underground, possibly illegal, play staged in New York, entitled “I’m Going to Kill the President.” The plot, which sounds quite fun, is this (quoted from Salon): The plot, such as it is, centers around Skip, a revolutionary who’s bereaved after his girlfriend, Bess, handcuffs herself to a Southern senator and sets

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Iraq Never Had Nuclear Weapons Program After 1991

According to records made available to The Washington Post and interviews with arms investigators from the United States, Britain and Australia, it did not require a comprehensive survey to find the central assertions of the Bush administration’s prewar nuclear case to be insubstantial or untrue. Although Hussein did not relinquish his nuclear ambitions or technical

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Rock in Tree (Gobbler’s Rock)

In Yellowwood State Forest, there’s a giant limestone boulder in a tree. Back in 2001, I went looking for this, because I had heard of it on RoadsideAmerica.com. A refrigerator sized limestone rock, 40 feet high in a tree. This 1,000 pound wonder sways with the wind way up in an oak tree in the

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Recent News Headlines

I was having a conversation recently with someone from work, who said that they thought things were getting much better for gay people in America and they felt that there are no real incidences of homophobia any more. For their benefit, these news headlines from the past week. Conservative Supreme Court justice ridicules sodomy ruling

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Old Northside Home for Sale

Check out this house for sale… [sale link deprecated, but the address was 1512 Bellfontaine Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202] when I was looking to buy back in 2001, this is one of the houses in Old Northside that I passed on and then regretted later. It was in good shape except that it needed kitchen

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Lamp Glass

Lookee here… glass replacement shades for wall sconces and ceiling lights. Boring, isn’t it? I’m only linking because they have the globes that look like flames, which I need for the wall sconces I have for the living room, and I need to use this link later. They do have some kick-ass retro designs, though,

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Librarian.net

“Putting the rarin’ back in librarian since 1993.” A weblog about library science issues, especially political issues. Pretty cool site. I especially like the “I read, therefore I’m Dangerous. Repeal the Patriot Act.” ad.

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Dude, Where’s My Country?

Michael Moore’s new book, Dude, Where’s My Country? is out at Amazon.com now, and if you buy it from my site, I get a kickback, much like Halliburton is getting from the war their pal Bush started in Iraq. Quote from Amazon.com: His book is intended to serve as a handbook for how people with

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Extreme Pumpkins.com – Pumpkin carving at its wildest!

At what point did the carving of pumpkins turn into a “cute” event? When did boys stop carving pumpkins and moms start? Where did we lose touch with one of the years coolest events? Today we will seize back this ritual. Today is the day we throw away those safe, cute carving tools. Today. We

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Fame Tracker

The farmer’s almanac of celebrity worth. Home of the great feature “Hey, It’s That Guy!”

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Joan of Arcadia

The good folks at teevee.org do a much better job of reviewing the new TV show Joan of Arcadia than I was doing while trying to explain the show to my mom over the weekend. I like this show, and the best explanation I could come up with about why is that “She talks to

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 131)

Courtesy of Democratic Underground, go read the whole list. Highlights: This week, Bush wants to ease restrictions on the killing, capturing and importing of endangered species, because apparently he thinks this will increase the populations of endangered species. I’m not sure how that will work, but then I didn’t understand the whole “invade Iraq” logic,

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Iraqi Death Toll

394 Coalition fatalities, 1916 U.S. Soldiers wounded. Total Fatalities since May 1st (“end of combat”): 200. Total deaths since July 2nd (Pres. Bush announces, “Bring Them On”): 134.

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Weekend Update 2003-10-20

Friday night, I went to Kathy’s softball game and then went to girl’s game night at Outword Bound Bookstore, where we played electronic Scattegories and I bought a couple of CDs. On Saturday, I got the tonneau cover put on my truck, and took donuts to the neighbors who were planting trees in the right

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My new favorite hate mail

I get some good hate mail every now and then… This is my new favorite. Apparently god’s going to destroy the earth because of little old me. 🙂 your_email: hotchic01@hotmail.com your_name: ashley your_subject: George Bush your_comment: You stupid fucking bitch. George W. Bush is the only reason you are still alive. FUCK YOU DUMB-ASS. and

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This is why you should by Idiot’s Guides, not dummies books

If you’re using a particular book to make candles or soap, you may have a dangerous chemistry project on your hands. John Wiley & Sons Inc. is recalling 5,400 copies of the instruction book “Candle and Soap Making For Dummies,” which sold in bookstores and discount department stores nationwide in August and September for about

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And in-depth article on the ignorant fox news views phenomenon

I posted a graphic about it a while back, but the Washington Post has more: turns out that an in depth study shows that people who have mistaken ideas about what’s going on in the news are overwhelmingly viewers of Faux News. “People are proceeding from radically different sets of facts, some so different that

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Now that’s funny

Concerned about the appearance of disarray and feuding within his administration as well as growing resistance to his policies in Iraq, President Bush – living up to his recent declaration that he is in charge – told his top officials to “stop the leaks” to the media, or else. News of Bush’s order leaked almost

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Another Article about the House Across the Street

This time it’s written up in the Indy Star. I guess here in a couple of days, they’re going to have a segment on Channel 8 news with Dick Wolfsie, too. It was really interesting watching the “framing” of the house, since it’s made of aerated concrete, which is sturdy, lightweight, environmentally friendly, and fire-resistant.

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Indiana Fall Leaf Guide

Watch the leaves turn color live on Indiana’s tourism site. This is a neat little site that has a lot of other fun ideas for things to do in Indiana. It usually lists all the seasonal festivals (this past weekend and next is the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival) and there’s a cool page that

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Atget Re-Photographic Project

Modern photographers set up and photograph the same Paris scenes as French photographer Eugene Atget, who took over 6,000 photos of the city between 1900 and 1926. Fascinating to see what is the same and what has changed over the decades. Reminds me a lot of a similar project, Vertigo: Then and Now which reproduces

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This weekend

I put down a bunch of new insulation in the attic. I did much of the painting of the living room ceiling. I got a bed mat for my truck. I ordered a tonneau cover for my truck. I went to the Mutual Friends Autumn Fest.

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No means… well it means no, really.

I knew that sooner or later something about the Kobe Bryant case would send me into an apoplectic rage… and here it is. On Thursday, Gregg Easterbrook of the New Republic wrote a little column about how all men know that no doesn’t really mean that: “Because men know this–because in the real world “no”

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Republican Astroturf spreads to the military

By now you might be familiar with the concept of “Republican Astroturf” in which the Republican national committee writes a letter and sends it to “captains” all over the country, who are then instructed to send it in to their local papers as though they wrote it themselves. It’s usually easy to catch these, because

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Rush Admits he’s a drug addict

“Rush Limbaugh is telling his fans that part of what they’ve heard about him is true: he’s addicted to painkillers. In a statement on his radio show today, the conservative commentator said he’s “not making any excuses” and takes full responsibility for his problem. He says he’s no role model and refuses to let people

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2339 Penn

A couple blocks north of me, my neighbors have been renovating their historic home and have done a lot of excellent research on the history of it. This was one of the homes that was up on wheels and moved around when they were redoing the Fall Creek Place neighborhood. I didn’t know that at

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Indiana ranked 13 in list of “smartest states”

Massachusetts and Vermont took top honors on the annual ranking of states by level of intelligence. Iowa ranked #8, Indiana was #13, and California slid in at a not-so-surprising #44. New Mexico took the lowest ranking of #50. The Smartest State Award is based on 21 factors that compare the 50 states in more than

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A Personal Update…

I’ve had a lot of friends ask me for favors lately, and it’s stressing me out pretty badly. I love my friends a lot, and I want to do the stuff they need, but I’m about two months behind schedule on lots of things I need to accomplish in my life due to my appendix

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Bush Drug Guy wants to test school kids for drugs

“BOSTON (AP) — President Bush’s drug czar told New England governors Wednesday that drug testing in schools would be an effective way to combat a growing problem of drug use among young people, but area school officials caution there are problems with it.” I wonder if any of Bush’s people have ever bothered to, say,

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Where that $87 Billion is really going…

Into the pockets of Bush & Cheney’s pals, who are the ones profiting from the Iraqi reconstruction efforts. Salon Magazine has an excellent cheat-sheet for you that outlines who gets what, and exactly how the middle-class American taxpayers are being robbed blind.

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The Magdalene Sisters is at Castleton

There’s tons of stuff going on this weekend, and I have to buy a truck bedliner and cover, but I really really want to see the Magdalene Sisters at Castleton. I wonder if I can make time? The Magdelene Sisters 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, and on Friday and Saturday night only at 9:40 2014 Update: I

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Cool…

I’ve narrowed my choice of vacations spots down further. Florida was out after 2000, now California’s out. I guess if I want to go to Disney, it’ll have to be EuroDisney.

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Mars/Venus Author says stupid shit, gets on my shit list

Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus author Dr John Gray said women should understand that emotional behaviour is often viewed by male work colleagues as a weakness. “Women have to speak the language of men at work,” he said. “For example, if a woman’s idea is stolen at a meeting, she should ensure

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Welcome To Cat Town

Deedle doot doo dee dee, Let’s all go to Cat Town, Deedle doot doo dee dee, It’s time to go to Cat Town, and see everything that’s going down in… Cat Town! El Guapo! Hooray for El Guapo, he is the hero of Cat Town and he always saves the day. Meanwhile, at the cat

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Just in Time for The Anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s Death

Our retarded moron President has declared the week of Oct 12- Oct 18 to be “Marriage Protection Week.” In other words, “Anti-Gay Hatred and Bigotry Week.” Apparently, marriage has to be protected from me. Why, George? Are you afraid I’d do a better job of it than you have? Cause it’s not like I can

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The thing about this “pro-Arnold” sign is….

It’s not a handmade sign from someone in the crowd… It’s an official sign created by Schwarzenegger campaign and handed out to the people in the crowds, who were made to discard their own signs in favor of these. Talk about controlling the spin… sheesh. There are quite a few stories, all related to Republican

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#129)

Rush Limbaugh is listed twice (racism and illegal drugs) Arnold is listed twice (assaulting women and Nazi sympathies) and the Bush administration wins practically the rest of the list for illegally outing a CIA Agent in a fit of sullen retaliation. It’s not about the leaks, kids — it’s about the fact that the leak

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Just Got an E-mail from an irate reader

of my site, who is objecting to the fact that I said the word “assault” in my headline of the previous post. Unwanted touching, done without consent, does indeed fall into the category of “assault.” It’s also ILLEGAL. No, Arnold didn’t rape the 14 (now 15) women who have made these statements, but he did

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Arnold Assaults 14 women; people plan to vote for him anyway.

At first there were seven women, over the weekend, seven more have come forward to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger has groped, fondled, manhandled, attempted to undress, or did undress them against them against their will, as recently as 2000. And yet millions of people plan to vote for him anyway. If he wins, I won’t

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World Beard Championships

I have long been a proponent of elaborate, artistic facial hair styles. Sadly, I have little to no influence over my male friends and family in their choice of facial grooming habits, or they would all look like this. Fu manchu! Fu manchu! As my co-workers examine the various facial hair styles available to the

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a Real E-mail Conversation We Had At Work

From: Mundy, Brent Subject: Zeldman on Slashdot [Regarding Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards] His book was reviewed and got a 9 out of 10! From: Evers, Richard And QUE’s “Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots” is getting some attention! (Is Que finally moving out of the dreary realm of desktop apps? Hmmm.) From: Mineart, Steph

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Overheard at an International Medical Convention

An Israeli doctor says to a small circle of physicians, “Medicine in my country is so advanced that we can take a kidney out of one man, put it in another, and have him looking for work in six weeks.” A German doctor says, “That is nothing, we can take a lung out of one

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Ten Technologies That Deserve to Die

From Technology Review: Interesting… I would have picked a couple of these (like cosmetic implants and landmines), but some I never thought of the car as a technology that should go away. But their arguments for finding good replacements make sense. 1. Nuclear Weapons, 2. Coal-Based Power, 3. The Internal-Combustion Engine (yeah, the car), 4.

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I have a new truck

A shiny red Ford Ranger that I bought on Saturday. I love it. I got a very good deal on it from Paul Harvey Ford, especially since my younger brother Todd bought one from there Saturday, too. I was originally just looking, but they had what I wanted, and I needed to trade in my

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Bar Joke

A Texan, a New Yorker, and a Bostonian are in a bar up in the Yukon during the gold rush. The Texan orders a bottle of tequila, drinks a shot, throws the bottle in the air, and shoots it in midair. The New Yorker and the Bostonian look at the Texan kinda funny, and the

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 128)

By the Democratic Underground. California Schemin’ Edition: Once upon a time there was an idealistic, principled conservative named Darrell Issa. And Darrell thought that the governor of California, the evil Gray Davis, was doing a terrible, terrible job of looking after the state (despite the fact that all the governors in the country were in

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This is the reason why Bush should be impeached

In July, two White House officials, in retaliation for former ambassador Joseph Wilson’s criticism of Bush’s false WMD info, revealed that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, is a CIA operative. To reveal something like this is illegal and a breach of national security. Apparently these two officials called six different reporters for different papers to illegally

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Yikes.

Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the

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Wuthering Heights? Is that the cover of Wuthering Heights?

Okay… WTF? Seriously, did they do this to one of my favorite novels? This is the kind of thing that makes me want kick someone in the shins. Preferable the person that did it. I really don’t think this is an “update” of the book, just a modern cover. So strange.

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More on Electronic Voting: Not Ready For Prime Time

Salon has an excellent article that covers a great deal more about the flaws in the electronic voting system. It’s a subscription article, but well worth the one day subscription. There’s also a free to read article about the investigator who found many of these flaws. In addition to being notoriously easy to hack, there’s

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September 20th, 2002

Everybody seems to be remarking on the 1-year anniversary of the tornado that struck Indianapolis. I tend to remember the date because it was day I learned that my cat Idgie was dying. I had to have her put to sleep the next day. I sat down today with Dru and Huck and Annabelle and

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Buffy The Canine Spayer

You might be aware that one of my favorite shows is Animal Cops on the Animal Planet network. Here’s a guy who doesn’t have cable (!) and saw the show for the first time at his grandmother’s house. Then he started riffing on other potential Animal Planet shows. Like “Welcome Back Otter” and “Queer Eye

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Dubya: My Anti-Drug

Fark photo-contest: create your own Anti-Drug ad. This one’s getting my vote. “Would you like to end up like this man? Sure you’ll get to be President… … but imagine living life with a single digit IQ. This is what Cocaine can do to you. DUBYA… my anti-drug”

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#127)

Bush has to back-track and deny all the claims he made about a connection between 9/11 and Sadaam Hussein, without actually admitting that he made all those claims. Also, the Republicans are made that the California recall has been delayed, but the delay was based on the Supreme Court’s decision in the 2000 election —

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Voting Machines and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The IEEE has written a draft electronic voting machine standard, and there are some concerns about that standard, and how it doesn’t necessarily solve the problems of electronic voting. Also, there is some concern that certain vendors are hoping to create a standard that locks out smaller or independent voting machine vendors. Read more about

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Why the Patriot Act is so dangerous…

Because it can be misused by individuals, in much the same fashion that this traffic camera system was misused by the police. There’s no accountability if someone decides to used the tools provided in a way that wasn’t intended.

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Arrgh. It be “International Talk Like a Pirate” Day!

The pirate speaks,”September 19 be officially “International Talk Like a Pirate” Day.” Why? Because talking like a pirate is fun, that’s why. In case you’re having trouble talking like a pirate, there’s a translator here. And if you want, you can create your own Pirate Name. Incidentally, my co-worker Brent is out today because his

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Marcus Cadman

I missed the Indian Market this year because of my magical exploding appendix, so I didn’t get to see any more work by Marcus Cadman, a contemporary Native American artist. I went last year and was blown away by his paintings, which you should check out because I can’t adequately describe them. He uses money,

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Bush Redecorates State Department with Own Photos

Apparently, the historic photos of great diplomatic moments from the entire history of our country weren’t appropriate in a prominent State Department corridor, so he’s replaced them with photos of himself. Glad I don’t work there. All the new photos would have little mustaches and horns.

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Quotes

“Our loyalty is due entirely to the United States. It is due to the President only and exactly to the degree in which he efficiently serves the United States. It is our duty to support him when he serves the United States well. It is our duty to oppose him when he serves it badly.”

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Iraqi Death Toll

Total U.S. Dead since March 20th: 295 Total Coalition Dead since March 20th: 347 Total Deaths since May 1st (“end of combat”): 156 Total US Wounded since March 20th: 1491 See the complete figures.

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 126)

For this week, Bush asks for another $87 Billion (three times the amount Bush intends to spend on education this year). Halliburton can’t figure out how to spend that wisely, the FCC throws support to Schwarzenegger. Also, aside from being a poacher on protected game preserves (something I’ve written about here in the past, Ted

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Entertaining Hate Mail I’ve Received

This was posted on Here Is The Big Gay Agenda and I removed it to not give them a pingback and pulled it up to address it separately. Hate to say it, but your [sic] wrong. If the homosexual community wanted to be left alone then they should have just shut up years ago. People

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Wow, John Ritter Died

That was certainly a surprising thing to read. He was so young. I didn’t realize that he was the son of Tex Ritter, the country musician.

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September 11… The Image I Can’t Forget

What shocked and upset me most on September 11 and the days afterward was the photograph… everyone knows, probably, what one I’m talking about. The photograph of the falling man, the man who jumped to his death from the towers. It ran in the papers only once, and there was very brief video footage on

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Onion Headline Says it All…

Relations break down between U.S. and Them After decades of antagonism between the two global powers, the U.S. has officially severed relations with Them, Bush administration officials announced Tuesday. “They have refused to comply with the U.S. time and time again,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said, following failed 11th-hour negotiations Monday night. “It’s always unfortunate

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I got your gay reality show right here….

Apparently, Julie Millam from the Montana Family Coalition doesn’t like the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” show on TV: “To me, that’s not a reality show about gay people. A really good reality show for gay people would be five gay men dying of AIDS.” No… A REALLY good reality show for gay people

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Bush Goes Totally Delusional

“The military also announced the deaths of two more American soldiers, killed by makeshift bombs in Baghdad, as President Bush (news – web sites) appealed to other nations to set aside “past bickering” to help with peacekeeping and reconstruction.” PAST BICKERING? On what planet was there preliminary events of the Iraq invasion called “past bickering?”

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Republicans Say Democrats are Terrorists, Wall Street Journal Agrees

From the NY Times: “With costs and casualties rising in the war on terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld struck back today at the administration’s widening circle of critics, saying they were complicating an already difficult task. Mr. Rumsfeld did not mention any of the domestic critics by name. But he suggested that those who

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The Golden Days of Usenet: Godwin’s Law

Godwin’s Law: prov. [Usenet] “As a Usenet argument grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. Godwin’s Law thus practically guarantees the

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Toynbee Idea’s in Kubrick’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter

Toynbee Tiles are tiles embedded into city streets with a odd messages on them – and they appear on hundreds of streets in dozens of cities, including here in Indianapolis, Indiana. The messages are almost all alike and contain some variation of “Toynbee Idea’s in Kubrick’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter.” The tile in

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Another URL Lori Pointed out

Lori sent me this Fark Photoshop contest of Ann Coulter shooting something in her backyard. See the original photo from her site here. Several of the photoshoppers emphasized something interesting about the picture of Ann… she’s white trash. Look at the house, look at the people on the porch. Jesus if she’s really got a

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Buy the House Next Door to Me

The house next to mine is going up for sale at the Sheriff’s auction on September 17th. The auction is held in Room 260 of the City-County building, and bids can be put in starting at 10 a.m. The auction starts after 3:30 p.m. It would be really wonderful if someone bought and renovated this

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Don’t forget to tip your waiter…

Funny link I found on my friend Lori’s site about tipping waiters. Apparently there’s a gay waiter who’s a bit pissed off. I wonder why he’s mentioned the name Ben Solomon… I can’t tell if he’s dissing Ben or not. Ben is one of the wealthy gay men in town. I also like the other

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How Much Is In A Sharpie?

Rob Cockerman does it again, with a great experiment that I’m glad that I didn’t have to carry out myself because I don’t have that kind of time. Hell, I don’t even have time to find homes for kittens.

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House Painting

The guys started work on my house today – repairing siding and scraping paint, which will go on for the first week or so, while they do the prep work before painting. I’m so excited about it, that I almost went home for lunch to see what they have done so far. But I decided

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TV Dogs

Brush up on your canine TV history with this list of fictional dogs in live-action television. “What’s that Lassie? Timmy fell down the well?!”

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 125)

September 8, 2003 – The Hands And Knees Edition. As in “Bush comes crawling on….” because he has to ask the UN, whom he spent months dissing, for help. Among other things, Snopes.com admits that they were wrong, and that Osama bin Laden’s family really was gathered up by the government while the entire country

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Cool: I Want One of These

Madame Tarra Fortune Teller. Crap; they cost thousands of dollars. Hmmm. Or I could just take a trailer to Vegas and steal one from the Strip. [evil grin].

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Jenny Everywhere

OPEN SOURCE COMIC CHARACTER SEEKS SENSITIVE CREATOR-TYPES She’s open source! She’s multidimensional! That’s right, the character of Jenny Everywhere may be used without permission by anyone. And you won’t have any continuity concerns with The Shifter, because… because she shifts.

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Raves, Clubbing Losing their appeal

“But now dance music, the genre that revolutionised people’s clothing, drinking, drug-taking and socialising habits beyond recognition, is battling for survival.” Interesting, considering that I heard a rumor that the hot new nightclub near my house, Talbott Street, will be closing in the next few months due to poor attendance.

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I don’t care how “sexy” Ben Affleck is…

He simply does not cause lesbians to want to have sex with him. Believe me. Icky. Icky. Icky. I’m sorry, but the culture police need to write him a ticket for Gigli AND Chasing Amy. Seriously, if Ben Affleck wanted to have sex with me, I might auction the option off to my gay male

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Impeach Bush

“U.S. intelligence officials now say the administration was lied to by Iraqi �migr�s. That excuse for the U.S. intelligence failure in Iraq would be laughable were the circumstances not so appalling. It means Bush ignored all the cautions of career diplomats and intelligence experts in every branch of the U.S. government over the unsubstantiated word

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How Democrats see George W. Bush

Salon: Why Dean and Franken are so hot right now And what is the temper of the Democratic Party base? They loathe Bush and everything he stands for — he’s become a lightning rod for dark and febrile passions in the same way Bill Clinton was (and is) for the GOP core. It’s not just

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 124)

This week, the Bush Administration admits there are no Weapons of Mass Destruction, but says that the information they had was planted by Iraqi agents because Saddam wanted America to invade his country and kill him. Yeah, of course. Also, Faux News (Wholly Without Merit) can’t do the math on American deaths in Iraq, Arnold

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A deluge of rose water and flowers

What George Bush’s national-security officials expected to happen when we invaded Iraq: “Within a year, he said, Iraq would be a beacon of democracy and stability in the Middle East.” I don’t know what that smell is, but I don’t think it’s rose water and flowers.

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Nutjobs write to Judge in Kobe Bryant Case

The Smoking Gun: The People Speak: Letters To Kobe Judge AUGUST 22–Everyone seems to have an opinion about the Kobe Bryant matter–and some people have decided to share theirs with the Colorado judge presiding over the NBA star’s case. Below you’ll find several kooky letters sent to Eagle County District Court Judge Frederick Gannett. TSG’s

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New York Overheard Yahoo Group

A yahoo group for New Yorkers to post conversations they’ve overheard on the street. My favorite message so far: Pooh-bah: “No, I don’t believe we’ve met” Japanese woman: (quietly) “Oh yes we have. On 9/11 when we were all trying to get away, you took my cab outside of Grand Central Station.” Pooh-bah: Uncomfortable silence

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Power Point is Evil – By Edward Tufte

For those who don’t know who Edward Tufte is, he’s the god of design, and the pre-eminent scholar of graphical representation. He’s written some amazing books which are very expensive but must-owns for designers: – The Visual Display of Quantitative Information – Envisioning Information – Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative Tutfe, it

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Current Fate of Women in Iraq

From Iraqi blogger Riverbend: “Females can no longer leave their homes alone. Each time I go out, E. and either a father, uncle or cousin has to accompany me. It feels like we�ve gone back 50 years ever since the beginning of the occupation … “We are seeing an increase of fundamentalism in Iraq which

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Dante’s Inferno

DISCLAIMER: The only reason I’m in the seventh level is because that is where Dante stuck all the gay people, and I answered all the gay questions correctly. I have no idea why he considered gay people “violent”. The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!Here is how you matched

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We did say “major.” I swear we did.

In his May 1 speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, Bush declared: “Combat operations in Iraq have ended.” The white house posted a transcript of the speech stating this with the headline “President Bush Announces Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended.” Now, however, the White House is backing off that statement, saying that they meant

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Bush’s September 11 “Clean Air” Lie

From CBS WASHINGTON (AP): An investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general has found that White House officials instructed the agency to be less alarming and more reassuring to the public in the first few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, The New York Times reports in its Saturday editions. The investigation specifically cites

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Speaking of Interesting Books…

An excerpt from Joe Conason’s new book, Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth. If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed

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I am so tired

I just want to go home and sleep. But even if I did that, I would have to change the sheets and sweep the floor for cat hair before I could, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to breathe. 🙁 Next weekend I’m sleeping the whole weekend.

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Nuvo Article about the house across the street

A Nuvo article about the house being built across the street from me. I have some photos but I haven’t got them on the site yet. I know that they have torn up the newly-landscaped right of way in front of my house because they were searching for the water-lines. Other than that, very nice

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Cat Furniture

Never mind this, I’m just saving a link for future reference, since I’ll be building something like this soon.

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September 14: Old Northside Neighborhood Home Tour

Old Northside is the neighborhood just to the south of mine in Downtown Indianapolis. It was the home, during the second half of the 19th century, of the principal leaders of Indianapolis social, political, commercial and industrial life, as well as the location of leading religious and educational institutions. The Old Northside reached its peak

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Microchipping Your Pets

I just spent some time calling around to get this information for my new kitties, so I thought I’d share for the convenience of other pet owners. A microchip ID is safe, quick and easy lifetime protection that takes just minutes to complete. Should your pet become lost or stolen, your pet can be scanned

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I’m Glad That’s Over

According to the New York Post, Roseanne Barr’s new “cooking” show, Domestic Goddess, has been cancelled. There’s no word on the fate of her “reality” , The Real Roseanne about the making of the “cooking” show, but it’s fate is likely not good. And that makes me happy, because I watched part of the first

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Barney, Beloved Beagle and TV Favorite, Dies at 14

I just heard on the news that Barney the Beagle, the longtime partner of TV personality Dick Wolfsie, from channel 8 News, died on Friday at the grand old age of 14. I’ll miss you Barney. I got to meet Barney back in January of 2002 when I was on the news with Dick Wolfsie

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An Honest Gay Personal Ad

No, not mine; some guy’s. Entitled “Eleven reasons you should not date me.” I’m thinking he must be holding back the good reasons not to date him, because these are not so bad. I’ve dated women with much worse reasons.

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Republican Sesame Street: Language of Hate

In 1990, then Republican House Whip Newt Gingrich (later Speaker of the House) hired a pollster to devise a lexicon of demonization. In a memo that Gingrich circulated, “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control,” Republicans were instructed that “words and phrases are powerful” and that the list that had been test-marketed should be “memorized.” They

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COOL: GPS Tags for your dog, kid or elderly parent

Mr. Wozniak described WozNet as a simple and inexpensive wireless network that uses radio signals and global positioning satellite data to keep track of a cluster of inexpensive tags within a one- or two-mile radius of each base station. WozNet, he said, will include a home-base station that has the ability to track the location

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Fair And Balanced? Hmmm.

Faux News is suing Al Franken because he titled his book, Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right using the words “fair and balanced” which Faux News holds a copyright on. The issue is ridiculous. I really need to wear my new “Faux News” shirt more

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Kids?

Children: I’m against them. Really, they’re loud and annoying and they seem kind of retarded. Except those of my family members. Children in my family are beautiful geniuses who are charming. And any children I have will of course be tiny little gods or goddesses. But other people’s children, the kind you run into in

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots, Number 121

From Democratic Underground. They’ve got the link to the Flightsuit George doll, too, and here’s what they have to say, We can’t wait for Blue Box’s next authentic and historically accurate figure, Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush – Draft Dodger and AWOL Coke Snorter 12″ Action Figure, complete with a 1:6 scale letter from

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George Bush “Action Figure”?

Oh, My God, Kill Me Now. Check out the latest G.I. Joe type toy… Flight Suit George W. Bush. Aaaaaaaauuuuuuuuugggggghhhhhhh, my brain hurts. On the other hand… Hmmmm. I wonder what my Ken Dolls and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Joe would make of flight suit George. I wonder if you can take the flight suit

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Police State

According to the New York Times: A federal judge in Manhattan criticized police officials yesterday for the way demonstrators against the war in Iraq were interrogated earlier this year, and he made clear that civil liberties lawyers could seek to hold the city in contempt of court in the future if the police violate people’s

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Funniest T-Shirts of 2003

According to Washington Post readers, these are the funniest t-shirts they’ve seen worn in public this year. Part One, and Part Two. “Buckle Up. It Makes It Harder for the Aliens to Snatch You From Your Car” “Welcome to Tennessee — Set Your Watch Back 20 Years” “Heck Is Where People Go Who Don’t Believe

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NY Apartment, 160 square feet, sells for $135,000

An interesting article on Manhattan closets… ahem… I mean co-ops, that are selling for outrageous prices in New York. The reason? “But the building is the epitome of location, location location.” What the hell could be around there that’s so damned compelling? Please. Just a side note: I paid $74,000 for my 2,300 square foot,

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More on The Murdered Indianapolis Trans Teen

From the Indy Star: An initial hearing in the case of the teen’s murder was held for an Indianapolis man who has been arrested for the murder of Gregory Johnson and his friend Brandie Coleman. According to the hearing, the gun belonging to Paul Anthony Moore, 20, was matched to the bullets that killed the

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Fall TV Schedule, Revised

I reworked my fall tv schedule to highlight new shows as well as show I’m planning on watching. I also linked all the new shows to their websites and linked all the shows I’m planning on watching as well. Next, I’m going to put a tiny pink triangle next to shows that have gay or

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots, Number 120

Oops, forgot to link to this yesterday, on my designated “say shitty things about the retard in the oval office” day. So here it is, the list. Last week, little Georgie held his very own press conference with out any extra help from the grownups. They don’t let him do that very often (only 9

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Samuel Pepys’ Weblog (Diary)

Samuel Pepys was an English gentleman who lived in the mid 1600’s, whose well-known and beloved diary serves as an excellent history of his era. Pepys was a practical man of business but also had a wide-ranging appetite for knowledge. His classical and mathematical education was the basis from which he explored the arts and

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The Appendix: a Colorful Guide

The appendix (A) is a small worm-like pouch attached to the large bowel (B) right after the small intestine (C). The function of the appendix is uncertain and there seems to be no long-term problems in living without it. Which is a darn good thing, because I’m going to be living without mine after Thursday,

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2003-2004 Fall TV Schedule

Here’s what I plan on watching. [Link to deleted page removed] Sad, isn’t it? Oh, well, now that I have a DVR, I never have to worry about missing a show if I go out instead.

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Mars to pass unusually close to the Earth

Throughout the month of August, and culminating on August 27th, Mars will pass closer to the Earth than it has in 5,000 years (or will again in the next 60,000), and will be the brightest object in the night sky. At that time, Mars should appear to be approximately 85 times brighter in the sky

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Federal Marriage Discrimination Constitutional Amendment

First of all, I don’t believe such a thing will actually pass and become law in the United States. The amount of work it takes to pass an amendment is phenomenal, and I really believe the anti-gay hate-mongers like George Bush just don’t have the numbers. But if, on the off-chance it did pass, I

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The Magdalene Sisters Documentary

I wrote a few months back about the Magdelene Laundries – In Mid-20th Century Ireland (until the last one closed in 1996), the Catholic Church ran commercial laundries, run by nuns, that were essentially prisons for wayward girls, who were deposited there by their families when they became pregnant, got in trouble or otherwise upset

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American Rhetoric

A have a few of my favorite speeches here on my own site: [Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy] but here’s a website that has everything… AmericanRhetoric.com. Tons of the best speeches ever delivered in the United States. I wonder a bit about a site that has more speeches by Georgie boy than by Bill

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Million for Marriage Petition

Every American family deserves the rights and�responsibilities that come with marriage.� Sign the petition and HRC will deliver your message to key leaders in Congress and in state legislatures around the country.

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Bush’s “Terror Futures” Market: Betting on your loved one’s deaths

Until the project was hastily killed yesterday; Pentagon bureaucrats were busily building a new Web site where we could all invest in the future of terrorism. Their “Policy Analysis Market” (funded by the Bush White House and thought up by criminal John Pointdexter) would have encouraged betting on the likelihood of assassinations, mass murders and

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17-year-old Indianapolis Youth Killed Because She Was Trans

From the Indianapolis Star: Gregory Johnson and his friend Brandie Coleman were killed and left in an SUV set on fire in the 6700 block of Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive. Johnson, they say, was a sweet and funny young man who liked to dress as a woman, fooling his dates. They suspect one of

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Borders Follow Up

Here’s the message I sent to Borders at this website URL: “I have a question about something I read online at this website: http://www.local6.com/news/2357475/detail.html “According to this article, a woman who criticized George Bush was banned from the Fredericksburg Virginia store. Is this true? I spent over $1,000 at Borders last year. I hate George

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots

for this week, courtesy of Democratic Underground. Highlights this week: relatives of 9-11 casualties are upset by the report on 9-11 failures; specifically on what was left out to cover the ass of the Bush Administration. Also Condoleeza Rice keeps contradicting herself, and Bush descrates the American Flag. And a woman who said she didn’t

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Young Republicans Admit Being Racist

At a weekend pep rally in Washington, a thousand college Republicans clap, cheer and party — and reveal a troubling dark side. And I quote: “How am I a closet Democrat? I’m racist, I love guns and I hate welfare.” And that’s not the worst of their commentary; read the complete article for some truly

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U. S. Army Commits War Crimes

According to the Washington Post: “Col. David Hogg, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division, said tougher methods are being used to gather the intelligence. On Wednesday night, he said, his troops picked up the wife and daughter of an Iraqi lieutenant general. They left a note: “If you want your family

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Another Reason to Vote for Dean in ’04

Check out Kasey, Howard Dean’s “Director of Canine Outreach.” Also, check out all the other “Pets for Dean.” Kasey is heading up the “Dean vs. Bush-Cheney Fundraising Challenge” where they are attempting to match Bush’s fundraising for a set period of time. Looks like they’re doing well: “Oh, somewhere in Green Mountain land the sun

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WTC Attacks: Saudi Government Helped Al-Qaeda, Bush Refused to Investigate

Key things that the Bush Administration tried to keep out of yesterday’s report: 1) The Bush Administration knew there were extensive ties between the Saudi government, which we support with lots of $$$, and the Al-Qaeda terrorists. 2) Bush received an intelligence memo in May of 2001 that warned of the coming 9-11 attacks. Michael

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Creativity

Corante is a interesting weblog on creativity and ways to stimulate ideas.

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Canadian Idol

I’m sorry but the phrase “Canadian Idol” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. It sounds too much like “Canadian Bacon.” Plus, the contestants look like what you would get if you had, say, “Indiana Idol.” They are quite average-looking people. Apparently American has more than it’s fair share of hotties.

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Why Cell Phones are Banned in Hospitals

Although the story of a child dying during a minor operation due to cell phone use is an urban legend, there have been numerous cases of problems created by cell phones in hospitals, especially in emergency rooms and surgical areas. This was one of the things I wondered about during my recent hospital stay.

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Mel Gibson is a Total Nutjob

Holy crap. What a fucking moron. Gibson’s theology, writes Christopher Noxon in the New York Times, “is a strain of Catholicism rooted in the dictates of a 16th-century papal council and nurtured by a splinter group of conspiracy-minded Catholics, mystics, monarchists and disaffected conservatives — including a seminary dropout and rabble-rousing theologist who also happens

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Positively Singular: Who Are the Quirky Alones?

A couple of years ago, Utne Magazine ran an article on “Quirky Alones”: a brave breed of single people who resist the tyranny of coupledom in favor of independent self-expression. The article’s writer, Sasha Cagen, started something with this idea, and an article in this month’s San Francisco Gate follows up on her and her

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Site Related News

I’m messing around right now with cascading stylesheets, testing how they work with the navigation links on the left of this page. So far, it’s working well. Now I’m looking at different sections of the site, and how to streamline using stylesheets so the pages will load faster and be lighter. The basic design will

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My Sister’s “Gay” Husband

Several years ago, my sister Stacy brought her then-boyfriend (now husband) Roger to a party I threw. Roger is English, speaks with a British accent, and was visiting my sister here in the US (Stacy and Roger now live in England). Of course, it was one of my parties, so there were plenty of gay

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Republicans call the cops on Democrats

As reported in the San Francisco Gate: In the House of Representatives, Democrats were protesting the illegal ending of a discussion over a pension bill in the Ways and Means Committee, and while they tried to plot strategy on how to work on the bill, Republicans called the police to intimidate them into leaving the

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David Kelley Synopsis

Basically, Tony Blair’s office wanted to claim that Iraq had WMD that they could deploy in 45 minutes against the United States. British Intelligence knew that claim was untrue. Blair claimed it anyway. The BBC caught on that the claim (and many others including the one that showed up in Bush’s State of the Union)

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Bush to Punish Soldiers who expressed Unhappiness

Several of the soldiers who spoke out will lose their careers for airing their feelings in public. You can imagine how the soldiers in Ward 57 of the Walter Reed hospital might feel about that, since many of them have no legs. Also, we’re about to send more troops to Iraq, including 1st Cav, 25th

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White House Retaliation

Apparently the White House was so angered by the ABC News report I mentioned below, the one in which soldiers ask Rumsfeld to resign, that they leaked some news about the reporter who presented the story: He’s Canadian. And also he’s gay. Shocking!! Apparently gay canadians are not allowed to report the news here in

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Tired

I so just want to go home and go to bed. Last night I went home, fell asleep on the couch without actually watching The Amazing Race (dvr’ed it) and then went to bed at nine. Have I mentioned that I love my DVR? I’m a little worried about Kathy. She’s having a bad week.

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It’s Hard to Fight For a Liar

From CNN — “We have actually, since this deployment began, we have decided that we will no longer be in the army.” HEMMER: Oh, he’s getting out after this tour of duty in Iraq? How do feel about that? HAMILTON: Yes, yes. He can’t stand for it. HEMMER: Why is that? HAMILTON: I support him

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Soldier: “I’d ask him for his resignation”

From ABC News — If Donald Rumsfeld were sitting here in front of us, what would you say to him?” I asked a group of soldiers who gathered around a table, eager to talk to a visiting reporter. “If he was here,” said Pfc. Jason Punyahotra, “I would ask him why we’re still here, why

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Recent News Items

Or, “Things That You Overlook When You’re Appendix is Exploding” Michael Savage, darling of the right-wing, got fired for saying he hoped someone would get AIDS. Good lord, you didn’t realize the man said stuff like this all the time? Did you listen to him at all before you hired him? Bush is exposed as

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Appendix Rupture

Well, I Never Read the Appendixes Anyway I’m back to work today and doing a lot better. I’m still not 100% and I’m pretty tired, but I’ll be fine if I can just get home and crash tonight. This past week and a half has been hell. I’m like a human pin cushion. I was

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I’ve Been in the Hospital

I’ve been in the hospital all week. I went to the emergency room last Monday because I had a massive pain in my right side caused by appendicitis, and they mis-diagnosed it as gall stones. So while they were running me all over town to get tests at the various Methodist facilities, my appendix burst.

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Dialect Survey Results

Or, how to pronounce shit. Check out the maps where the wrong answer is concentrated in the south. And my favorite sample question: “What do you call the big clumps of dust that gather under furniture and in corners?” Also: “What do you say when you want to lay claim to the front seat of

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King Kong Turns 70

One of my favorite old movies turns 70. Some possibly urban legends about deleted scenes from the 1933 movie, in which Kong chews some people up, steps on them, strips Fay Wray naked, drops a chick after grabbing her from a New York window, and does other stuff that shocked the hell out of people

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Gross!!! Also… cool.

I knew there was a good reason why I have a phobia about oceans and beaches. “The 12-metre-wide remains of a sea creature found by the Chilean navy are puzzling marine scientists, who think it may be a new species.” Update: Apparently, it’s been determined to be a giant squid. Look out, Jules Verne.

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Alanis: Irony Defined.

Irony defined — by the British, of course, because they did invent the language after all. I’m posting this here because I’m resisting the temptation to send it directly to people. Favorite part so far: “every one of us, I’d guess, has a friend who engages in an argument, waits patiently until you’ve said something

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Good vs. Evil

“And of course, he chose evil. I guess you can’t blame him, that’s where all the money and glamour is. The good side just has a bunch of broke, ignored, frustrated do-gooders. Evil has the top shelf gin and those nice thick ice cubes that keep the drink cold for as long as it takes.

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Bush wants more Americans Dead

Not content with the number of soldiers killed after our so-called victory, Bush taunted the Iraqis, saying, “Bring it on.” Of course, he said this from the safety of the oval office. This from a guy who not only avoided serving in Vietnam, he went AWOL from National Guard service, too. Yeah, you’re a tough

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Cost of War Clock

How much the war in Iraq is costing us per second, and comparisons to what would happen if we’d spent the money on domestic programs. While I was checking this (the numbers will increase by the time you check them): — 1,330,851 additional school teachers could be hired for one year. — 9,878,393 additional children

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George Bush 404 Error

Go to Google. Type in “weapons of mass destruction” Click the “I feel lucky” button. Laugh your ass off. (For those of you who don’t want to go through all the steps.)

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 116)

In this week’s list from Democratic Undergraound, Ann Coulter says that Joe McCarthy was right in blacklisting Americans, George Bush hides a 25% increase in Medicare premiums, and a Hindu gets mistaken for a Muslim (!!) and beaten up by fans of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. My favorite part of the Conservative Idiots list

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Fun and Games

Looks like Cockeyed.com has an east-coast counterpart: All Too Flat. I’m thinking there should be a midwest contingent.

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People Suck

This is one of the reasons why I hate people: Excuses people give for getting rid of their animals. “hurts its owner’s legs when it wags its tail” Some people should just be shot.

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Friendster Update

I now have 16,9903 people in my personal network. I’m sure this has something to do with the fact that Willy Wonka added me to his friends. Everyone is friends with Willy, because as Sammy says, he makes a groovy lemon pie. 2019 update: Ah, those halcyon days when social media was a toy we

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Sodomy Laws

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex Thursday, ruling that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The 6-3 ruling reverses course from a ruling 17 years ago that states could punish homosexuals for what such laws historically called deviant sex. Laws forbidding homosexual sex, once universal, now are

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Friendster.com

Two days, and I already have 181 195 people in my personal network. And you’re not there because? I know I invited you.

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My Love Life

A couple of people have asked me about my page on Friendster, and why it says I’m single. Here’s the scoop, so I don’t have to write a bunch of e-mails about it. Kathy and I aren’t dating anymore, but we’re still good friends. Basically, she’s dealing with a lot of stuff right now; she’s

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Thank God

They finally got Blogger back online. I was starting to go crazy without being able to post.

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Top ten queerest straight people

Via the New York Press: “New York’s 10 queerest straight folk.” As more and more gay men and lesbians strive to become virtually normal—married, house in the suburbs, 2.5 children and wood-paneled station wagon—it’s worth pointing out that heterosexuals possessing queerness probably exhibit more tendencies once thought of as “gay” than many gay people. …

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Friendster.com

Go there. Sign up. Look me up and add me to your friends list. Soon we’ll all be there. It will be great. We will all meet new people. Exciting.

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People’s Temple

I’ve heard tons of conflicting reports about where in the downtown area the Jim Jones “people’s temple” church was located. It was somewhere in Old Northside Neighborhood, or in Herron-Morton Place. According to a recent report by the Indianapolis Star, it was located at 15th and North New Jersey street. And it’s for sale.

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Flash Mobs

“You are invited to take part in MOB, the project that creates an inexplicable mob of people in New York City for ten minutes or less. Please forward this to other people you know who might like to join.” Hmmm. Sounds fun. New Mutual Friends project? I’ll have to e-mail Lori.

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Attractive Friends

One thing you can say about Rob Cockerman (actually there are a lot of things you could say about him, all of them nice) is that he has some really attractive friends and family members.

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World Disapproves of Bush, Iraq war

REUTERS: A majority of people around the world view President Bush unfavorably and think the United States was wrong to invade Iraq, according to a BBC poll published on Monday. — Look at the list of countries that think the USA is more of a threat to the world than Iran, Korea, Syria and the

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DVR and “the Office”

I got a Digital Video Recorder the other day as part of my regular digital cable package. I can record 50 hours of TV digitally using the program guide, record two shows at the same time, watch picture-in-picture, and various other cool things. This kicks ass. And fortunately is only a slight addition to my

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Walmart’s “Big Brother” Technology

Courtesy of my friend Lori, — UPC symbols are being replaced by RFID tracking chips in some items, which will help stores track individual products as they are carried around in the store. Which means that when you decide you don’t want that [item x] and take it out of your cart and set on

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Next he’ll be suing my dog

Spike Lee is upset that TNN is changing it’s name to “Spike TV.” I thought it was pretty cool, myself. I think my puppy deserves his very on cable channel. He’s just that cute.

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Iraqi “liberation”

The Iraqis are so much better off now that we’ve liberated them, that they’re stealing the zoo animals to cook for food. Yeah for America.

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Washington Post: Former Bush NSC Aide criticizes Bush’s War on Terror

Rand Beers, former special assistant to the president for combating terrorism, National Security Council, has a lot to say about his former boss, George W. Bush. Excerpts: “The administration wasn’t matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They’re making us less secure, not more secure,” said Rand Beers, who until now

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Americans: Dumber than substantial sized boxes of rocks

“A third of the American public believes U.S. forces have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. Twenty-two percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons. But such weapons have not been found in Iraq and were not used. “Before the war, half of those polled in a survey

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Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator: Nothing about this really, I was just trying to remember the name of it. Because I’ve been reading my friend Lori’s chronicle of experiences with her Vagus Nerve Stimulator (electronic device that helps prevent epileptic siezures) and I was thinking that the VNS sounded like some sort of Ray Gun.

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Glass Dog

I assume you’re looking for some hot little thing in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform-type with the freckles and the button nose and the big tits, like? Some sort of virgin-whore who’s wild in the sack and talks dirty only when she’s whispering in your ear? Uhhhhhh, she’s right over there. Pass her a note, purse

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Geek Test

So, how strong is your inner geek? Take the Test and find out. My results: 54.26824% – Super Geek. I swear: here’s the proof:

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Halfway Point

I turned 35 on Friday. I guess that’s something I should mention. My family all send me warm thoughts, which is so nice. Other than that, the day passed pretty uneventfully. I did a lot of garage sale shopping, and then went out to dinner with Kathy, Dan and Doug. I’m not sure what to

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Monkeys: Cool. Monkey Pox: Not Cool

Check your prairie dogs, if you’ve got ’em. Apparently, prairie dogs purchased at an Illinois store are spreading monkey pox to their owners across the midwest. Health officials are looking for people who purchased the rodents from Phil’s Pocket Pets in Villa Park, Ill. People without prairie dogs needn’t worry.

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Ashcroft cancels DOJ Pride event

The Department of Justice annual gay pride event will not be allowed to go on this year, courtesy of John Ashcroft. Apparently, everyone gets a celebration but us. Thanks, John!

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#113)

Courtesy Democratic Underground. In which Bill O’Reilly threatens to shoot Al Franken because Franken is smarter than he is and made him look bad at a book expo. Aw, poor Bill. Also, the Catholic church accuses gay people of hate crimes for kissing. Gee, that’s so similar to Matt Shepard being beaten to death and

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Excerpt

Now, far too late to save to save Kirk Straseskie or console his father, the press and the intelligence community have begun to wake up to the fact that they and the American people were deceived. We�re finding out that Colin Powell denounced some of the claims about Iraqi weapons as �bullshit� before his speech

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Impeach Bush, I Tell You

Interesting — John Dean is saying that George Bush’s lies about mythical weapons of mass destruction are enough to warrant him being impeached. And John Dean would know, wouldn’t he? And in other news, historians are confirming what I said all along; that the Clinton impeachment attempts were unconstitution and illegitimate, and right-wing partisanship at

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King of Swaziland: Women don’t wear pants in Swaziland

The King of Swaziland blames women wearing pants for everything. This fucker is the same age as I am. Mswati III (born Makhosetive; 19 April 1968) is the king (Swazi: Ngwenyama, Ingwenyama yemaSwati) of Eswatini and head of the Swazi royal family. Look at this fucker. Swazi king blames trousers for all world’s ills MBABANE

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Kid Lexicon

When we were kids, my mother used to tease us she would “leave us out for the the garbage man to take us.” My younger brother Scott, who was really small, got “garbage man” confused with “government” — and so he would tell the neighbors that mom was going to leave us out for the

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Mutual Friends Scavenger Hunt 2003

We wrapped up the hunt on Sunday, with the Mojo team winning with a whopping 1006 points, having answered an amazing number of the questions on the list. They kicked ASS. I’ll post the list of questions soon, as well as some more stats on how the team did, and pictures.

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It’s Monday – Bush Still Sucks

What asshat things is the “president” doing today? No Weapons of Mass Destruction. First, review all the statements our esteemed White House made about WMD prior to the war, in order to justify it. Americans may be happy with ignoring this obvious Bush lie/war crime, but other countries are not. Not at all. And for

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freak escalator accident

On 13 May, an escalator at City Hall MRT station suddenly reversed, flinging some 20 people on it backwards including a woman who was pregnant.

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Outsider Art

Works of art — produced by people who have had little or no formal training in art and who produce (or at least began by producing) art without regard to the mainstream art world’s recognition or marketplace. Folk and outsider art online Henry Darger Adolf Wolfi, Images Inez Nathaniel Walker James Hampton, The Throne of

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Mildred’s House of Signage

Tracy Jo Seneca has been roaming the streets of Chicago with a camera in search of interesting, unusual and strange signs. My favorite so far: The Mexican Pagoda Sign. Kind of reminds me of a restaurant here in Indianapolis called the “Oriental Smorgasbord.” Also, Rosario’s Italian Sausage, where the pigs just happily jump into the

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Your help is needed to save Florida’s cats

On May 30, 2003, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on a proposed policy to “prohibit the release, feeding or protection of cats” throughout Florida. If this policy is adopted, FWC will kill hundreds of thousands of feral and free-roaming cats in Florida.

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Combatting Terrorism

“What I mean by that is: the best way to stop any illegal act, terrorist or otherwise, is to make sure that those terrorists do not have support structures in society in general. In order to eliminate those support structures, you have to make sure life is good and secure and that the people around

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Vertigo, then and now

Before and after images of various San Francisco locations used in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece. My favorite Hitchock movie, right after Rear Window.

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SUV Drivers will get a tax cut

Under current law, people who drive SUVs can deduct $25,000 from their taxes after purchasing the vehicle. A new law proposed in the senate will increase that deduction to $100,000. So basically you can buy a hummer and write the whole thing off on your taxes. Meanwhile, the $2,000 deduction for driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric

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ACTIVE U.S. HATE GROUPS IN 2002

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project counted 708 active hate groups in the United States in 2002. Really interesting map of the US gives an overview of where hate groups are located. Click on any state, say Indiana, to see where the hate groups are. And boy, check out South Carolina.

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Shamless Self-Promotion

Download the Alexa toolbar: http://www.alexa.com/. (PC users only; there’s no Mac toolbar at this time. Dammit!) Then spend some time clicking around my site looking at all the stuff on it. This will boost my traffic ratings. Update: Lori e-mailed me to tell me that Alexa is considered to be spyware. Technically, it’s not. Spyware

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Trucker hats: yet another fashion trend I started

Back in 1997 I had one of these hats that was blue mesh, with a blue bill, and I wore it around everywhere. After that, I had a pioneer seed corn one, and now I have a blue one with white mesh, and a brown one with yellow mesh. Just now, they’re coming into style.

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Graphic Design Stuff

This is one of those areas of graphic design that I always thought was really cool: antique seed packets. A while back I had an option to design a landscaping website for a friend (it didn’t work out) but this was one of my plans, to create a design like this. Another cool example of

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Change of Scenery

It’s been pointed out to me, and probably rightly so, that I write a lot about our Stupid President. Well yes. And I write a lot of mean things. Well yes. And the person pointing this out mentioned it not because she likes the Stupid President (she doesn’t) but because she was concerned about how

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Indianapolis Star News Coverage

So I’m persuing the Indy Star website, because I just can’t bring myself to actually subscribe to the paper, and I ran across this little gem of an article. It’s about coffee mugs. The author of the article is comparison shopping coffee mugs. Indianapolis is an urban city of over a million people. We have

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You Were Watching What?

So I’m reading my friend Lori’s website, and she has this post about the Amber Alert System: So, i’m watching the sunday night repeat of The Practice on channel 6 and the tv goes freaky – buzzing and making weird noises…then at the top of the screen there’s an announcement about a Civil Alert for

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Debunking conspiracy theorists’ paranoid fantasies about Sept. 11

“One of the wilder stories circulating about Sept 11, and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs is that it was carried out by 19 fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they ‘hate our freedoms.’”

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The “Rescue” of Private Jessica Lynch

Interesting article on how Jessica Lynch was “rescued” when she wasn’t actually a prisoner, from Iraq doctors that were giving her excellent care, in a staged event where the U.S. soldiers had blanks in their guns. Nice.What do you want to bet this never makes mainstream news? Interesting how Clinton got slammed as a liar

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Texas Democrats protest redistricting

Here’s the skinny on what happened in Texas. Every ten years, new voting districts are redrawn in conjunction with the census. Districts were redrawn two years ago, and they didn’t come out the way the Republicans wanted (giving them more votes). So the Republicans tried to introduce a bill to redistrict again this year, to

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Ban Trans Fats Site

A really interesting web site on Trans Fats and how unhealthy they are. Update: site has gone away, but read more here. I had previously read a lot about them in Dr. Atkin’s New Diet Revolution and also in The Okinawa Program. Both of them say essentially the same thing; that trans fats lower good

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What is the Matrix?

A glorious, left-wing, liberal vision of a future world. If there were any justice in the world, right-wingers and Republicans would be allowed to see it, no matter how much they wanted to — because they aren’t smart enough to get what the movie is supposed to mean. If they were, they wouldn’t be Republicans.

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Calling all Ball State Gay Alumni

The current Ball State Gay and Lesbian Student Association [called “Spectrum”] is seeking GLBT alumni to contact them. They would like to get 200 alums to send in contact information (name, address, phone, etc.) to be listed with the University Alumni Association, so they can be and official part of the Alumni Association, which means

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Man paints house green with purple polka dots

Frustrated because his city’s Historic Preservation Commission wouldn’t approve his designs for a new porch, An Atlanta man called in painters to paint his house lime green with purple polka dots. This is a man after my own heart.

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Smart Op/Ed piece by Monica Lewinsky

From Talk Left: ‘Tell Mama’ by Monica Lewinsky Interesting discussion on a recent, intelligently written Op/Ed piece in the LA Times, written by Monica Lewinsky on the need for parent/child privilege in courtrooms. Few people are aware that, in our country, parents can be forced to testify against their children and vice versa; there is

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‘we own you, you don’t have any legal rights’

It happened at Oakland High. The discussion was about the war in Iraq. That’s when two students made comments about the President of the United States. While the exact wording is up for debate, the teacher didn’t consider it mere criticism, but a direct threat and she called the Secret Service.

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Bush At War

Right on the heels of Bush in his spiffy military garb, several papers are investigating Bush’s National Guard Service (or rather his lack thereof) during the Vietnam War. Here is some complete coverage of the NY Times, Washington Journal and Globe reports: Daily Howler Investigation, part 1 Daily Howler Investigation, part 2 Daily Howler Investigation,

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Covering Bush’s Ass: White House refuses to release Sept. 11 info

The White House is attempting to block the publication of at 900 page congressional report on the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. They’re claiming that it contains sensitive intelligence information, yet that information is readily available elsewhere on the internet and has been discussed in print and broadcast previously. Excerpt: The Bush administration

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Fraud, Enron, Bush!

Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud, Enron, Bush! Fraud,

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Number of Times Buffy Has Saved The World

Six, according the USA Today. Actually, that’s only in season enders. She also saved the world in midseason, in episodes “Innocence”, “The Zeppo” and “Doomed”. And technically last season, it wasn’t Buffy that saved the world, but Xander, and Giles. So she’s saved in eight times, so far. I’m guessing number 9 is coming in

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Here’s a post for my older brother

Hog Heaven: Celebrating 100 Years of the Harley-Davidson. Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this retrospective explains how the modest “transport vehicle” became an American icon.

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Deep Throat Uncovered

The University of Illinois Department of Journalism has uncovered who they think is the mysterious informant who brought down the Nixon White House, after four years of intense research. Fascinating.

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House Photos – almost there

I’ve spent a massive amount of time reworking my house photos, ordering them by room and then chronologically since I moved in. The difference is worth the effort — it helps to see sections of the house seperately to follow along with different projects that I’ve worked on. And it really becomes apparent how much

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America Sides with Anti-Female Thug Countries

U.S. Stands up in favor of rape, forced pregnancy, domestic violence. “The American delegation joined with Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Libya and others in efforts to delete a phrase – included in previously agreed-upon UN statements dating back a decade – that calls on countries to condemn violence against women and “refrain from invoking any custom,

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If You’re Not A Terrorist, You Have Nothing to Worry About

“We helped ourselves to the buffet and then sat down to begin eating our dinner. I was just about to tell Asher how I’d eaten there before and how delicious the vegetable curry was, but I never got a chance. All of a sudden, there was a terrible commotion and five NYPD in bulletproof vests

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Who is Running Our Country?

Garner: Americans Should Beat Chests with Pride: The retired general overseeing Iraq’s postwar reconstruction said on Wednesday that his fellow Americans should beat their chests with pride at having toppled Saddam Hussein (news – web sites) without destroying the country’s assets. (Except for those crappy 5,000-year-old artifacts in the Iraqi National Museum. But who gives

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Molly Ivins Hits The Nail On the Head

As always, Molly writes an excellent column, this time on one of my favorite subjects, the Mystery of the Disappearing Weapons of Mass Destruction. “In the weeks before Gulf War II, the United States told the world Saddam Hussein was hiding mobile chemical laboratories, drones fitted with poison sprays, 15 to 20 Scud missile launchers,

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Feminism 201: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), affirming the equal application of the U.S. Constitution to both females and males, is still not a part of the U. S. Constitution. The ERA has been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states. When three more states vote yes, the ERA might become the 28th Amendment. The ERA

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Political Compass 2003

For about the third time in the last month I’ve been called a lefty, and I’m getting pretty shitty about it. Actually, I think the most recent quote was “It would be hard for any man to be to the left of your political views.” To which I replied: “either you don’t know shit about

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Santorum is an idiot, part 2

Read the full remarks he made to the Associated Press here. They are more shocking than the edited quotes that appeared elsewhere. This man should not be in a leadership position in a political party.

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White House holds meeting seeking ways to punish France

One of the proposed ways it wants to do that is to lessen it’s power in NATO, among other things. Apparently, our attempts to control and manipulate sovereign nations that have their own governments doesn’t just extend to the Middle East. Are we invading France, next? Seriously, the words “Drunk With Power” don’t even begin

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Where to Get News

I just remembered that over Easter one of my brothers said something about me always reading “liberal websites” when we were talking about where I read the news. Google News is what I generally read. It’s a news aggregate that pulls stories from various sources, and will post numerous links to the same story in

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And on the homefront…

I should take some time out from all the ranting and raving to note that Dru, my new cat, came out from under the bed last night, played around in the room, jumped up on the bed, and came over to be petted, all without any coaxing from me. Apparently she’s realized I know where

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Rick Santorum is an Idiot

And he needs to be removed from a leadership role in the GOP, just like Lott was. Here’s why: Santorum says homosexual acts are threat to American family WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Santorum, the Senate’s third-ranked Republican who is under fire from gay-rights groups and Democrats, says he has “no problem with homosexuality. I have

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This Sounds Hauntingly Familiar

From the ONION: “Harsh Light Of Morning Falls On One-Night Stand’s DVD Collection” The harsh light of morning fell on the terrible DVD collection of Marc Koenig Monday, when Traci Pearle discovered it upon waking up from their one-night stand…. Out of the thousands of movies you could own, why would you spend your money

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Photos of My House

Reorganizing my photos is taking longer than I thought. I’m trying to organize them by room/area of the house, so you can see a progression of the work I’ve done in each room, but there are a lot of photos. I’ve got them all sorted out, but I threw away the original thumbnails, not wanting

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Bush Administration Discovers What World Has Known Forever

Despite what the entire planet told them, the White House has insisted that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction… until now; they’re finally acknowleding there are no weapons at all. Since this was their first reason for invading Iraq, are we now going to apologize to the Iraqi people for invading their sovereign nation? Oh,

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Killer’s Remorse

“The proper personal and societal response to war should involve remorse and reflection. Remorse involves being accountable and acting responsibly. Denial, in contrast, insulates us from the pain and suffering of others. But denial has characterized America’s response to this war. There are certain things our culture just does not want to see, hear or

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Wow, those are some mp3s

Check out this bizarre collection of mp3s. There’s some great wacky songs and spoken word items there, and hilarious comedy bits.

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A Shout-Out to All My Peeps

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Marshmallow Peep, y’all. Whether you love them or hate them, they’re ubiquitous at this time of year. Personally, I think I’ve eaten some Peeps that were made in 1953, from the taste of them. Read some of the peep history, and them check out these fan sites. Official Peeps

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Suddenly, It Dawns On Them…

Interesting article on how Congress (specifically Republicans in Congress) is having trouble getting the Bush Administration to give information on how it’s using the PATRIOT Act. Rep. James Sensenbrenner (Wisconsin, R) told Ashcroft, “If you want to play, ‘I’ve got a secret,’ good luck getting the PATRIOT Act extended. Because if you’ve got bipartisan anger

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Register to Vote

May primaries are coming up in states where the Republicans aren’t trying to prevent them. Don’t forget to register to vote. In many states you can register online.

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Alexandria Burning, part 2: Oil better protected by U. S. than Iraqi people, world culture

Although repeatedly warned of it’s importance to world history, the military failed to prevent looting at the Iraqi National Museum, leaving 5,000 years of written records, irreplaceable cultural history, to be destroyed. The oldest examples of human writing, clay tablets containing cuneiform are gone. “It’s extraordinary,” says Joan Aruz, curator in charge of the Department

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“A bully can be stopped. So can a mob”

Tim Robbins gives an excellent speech to the National Press Corp on the war, civil liberties, and the current media climate. Excerpt: A chill wind is blowing in this nation. A message is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio and Clear Channel and Cooperstown. ‘If you oppose this administration

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Urban Legends Around Iraq War Vets

It’s easy to tell how demented and irrational the country is right now regarding the war in Iraq… check out the urban legends that have sprung up lately on Snopes.com, the site that investigates and determines the truth about the e-mails you get forwarded to you by your not-too-internet-savvy friends and family members. There are

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“It’s not my job to stop them”

“Is this your liberation?” one frustrated shopkeeper screamed at the crew of a U.S. tank as a gang of youths helped themselves to everything in his small hardware store and carted booty off in the wheelbarrows that had also been on sale. “Hell, it ain’t my job to stop them,” drawled one young marine, lighting

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Weight Watchers, circa 1974

Well having to eat any of these dishes would most certainly cause me to lose weight. And probably lunch. Check out the fluffy mackerel pudding. And the liver en masque, whatever that is. Ugh.

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Beautiful Spring Day

Due to the fact that I have a new outlet near the back door, and a wireless router (and, come to think of it, I have a back door that I didn’t have last year at this time) I’m sitting out on the back porch enjoying the sunshine & watching the dog play in the

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I’ll never have a career in drywall

I don’t think working with wallboard is a calling for me. I pretty much hated this part of the work. I’m getting better at mudding and taping, but I’m just so sick of working on it that I can’t stand to continue. I still have small amounts of taping to do, and then sanding/mudding/sanding/smoothing. I

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Vacation (?)

I’ve working on the house all week. So far — there’s a new outside water spigot. There’s lighting and an outlet on the back hallway. There’s some initial mudding and taping on the living room walls. Spike is going to the vet today to get neutered, and the electrician is coming back to wire the

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Latest GOP Astroturf

Start looking for this letter to the editor in your local papers, witten by the Republicans and distributed to their troops for seeding in the local press: “Dear XXX, Yesterday, John Kerry shocked many Americans when he called for “regime change” right here in the U.S. By comparing our commander-in-chief to Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime

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Losing It

They don’t come right out and say it, but it’s implied pretty neatly in this USA Today article that President Bush is starting to lose it now that the war isn’t going according to plan. Not that he actually had a real plan, apparently.

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The White House Spins Around

First the president said the war was about “ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction”. But they haven’t located any significant weapons of mass destruction. If and when we do, there won’t be very many, they’ll be degraded and not deliverable to the U.S., meaning they were never a threat to anyone. Then Bush decided

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GOP seeks to cut primaries in 5 states

The first steps in eliminating your ability to vote altogether and making the country a GOP dictatorship are now in motion: Republican-led legislatures in five states believe they have found a way to ease the budget crunch: eliminate the 2004 presidential primaries.

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Happy “Make Fun of the Cheneys” Day!

On December 12, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn sent a DCMA notice to the White House parody site, where the site hosted a fake biography of Lynn Cheney. Partial bio: Mrs. Dick Cheney was born Lynne Ann Vincent on August 14, 1941 in Casper, Wyoming. The daughter of a ruggedly masculine

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Kong Is Back

Peter Jackson of LOTR fame will remake one of my favorite movies ever: King Kong. It’s bound to be a great film. I can’t wait to see it. I wonder, though, what tall building in New York he’ll end up climbing… since the World Trade Center towers (from the 1974 movie) are no longer there.

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Weekend Update 2003-03-31

Kathy did most of the work finishing the drywall in the living room while I stressed out as everything when haywire for me all week long. (You can interpret “stressed out” as “threw temper tantrums”). The wall around the fireplace is brick with a thick layer of plaster over it — plaster that’s in bad

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“It’s Not About The Oil” – Part 357

The US. Army names two Iraq outposts after oil companies. Also, the military renames an Iraq airport “Bush International Airport.” Take a picture, George, it’s the only airport you’ll ever get.

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One of the best things I’ve read recently

A recent post from Ampersand on the subject of racism: “When I step on someone’s foot, I don’t complain that their toes are overly sensitive, nor do I make elaborate explanations of how I came to step on their foot (“you have to understand, where I meant to put my foot was…”). I apologize and

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Extreme Sports

Having bought a wheelbarrow this weekend, I can now participate in this cutting-edge new sport.

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Here’s what happens when Bushie gives you a tax cut

Portland Crime lab too broke to respond to some crimes: “But the lab’s work has been slowed by the state’s budget turmoil. A total of 85 out of 135 state lab positions were originally cut by the Legislature. About half of those jobs have been restored. Still, the cutbacks have had a profound impact on

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Blame Canada

From Toronto’s Globe & Mail newspaper: “Washington delivered a stern message to Canada on Tuesday, saying Americans feel disappointed and betrayed by the Canadian decision to stay out of the war in Iraq. At a breakfast speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Paul Cellucci, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, said “there is a lot

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Weekend Update 2003-03-23

I dug up the brick pathway in front of my house this weekend, and moved the bricks to the side of the house so I can use them in the path in the back yard. I also uncovered part of the sidewalk and started work on the flowerbed on the side of the house. Kathy

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Oh, I’m So Certain.

I just got a memo at work that reads in part, “Pearson Travel Services wants to reassure employees that it has established the necessary processes and information sources to assist travelers during these uncertain times…” The “uncertain times” phrase is becoming as ubiquitous (and meaningless) as “the terrorists have won,” a phrase I thought had

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“A dramatic defeat for humanity”

The pope and other churches around the world are united in condemning this war on Iraq, saying among other things: “This war will kill and wound men and women already burdened by years of embargo and tyranny… This war was not necessary, because other paths were open.”

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TV Coverage of the War

Or I should say, non-coverage…. because there was nothing on but a picture of the Baghdad skyline and a bunch of guys yammering about how they didn’t know anything about what was going on, but we might not have hit Saddam. Or we might have because that video might be one of his body doubles.

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Bravo, Mr. Daschle

“Daschle practically blamed the impending war on Bush, rather than Saddam Hussein: I’m saddened, saddened that this president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we’re now forced to war. Saddened that we have to give up one life because this president couldn’t create the kind of diplomatic effort that was so critical for our country.

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Failure

So having failed at diplomacy, the president has catapulted us into war. And his first attack to kill Saddam failed, too. Let’s hope he has better luck for the rest of this ill-begotten conflict. I just hope that our soldiers keep their heads down, work hard, and come back alive. And I hope we don’t

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If she goes, I’m going with her!

Looks like my suggestion that France might take back the Statue of Liberty is being taken seriously by some Americans who want to give the Statue back to France. There’s nothing more ironic and, well symbolic of the moronic nature of the right-wing that this. I tell ya, if the statue goes to France, I’m

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Poor Natalie. Poor America.

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks was forced by her record company to apologize for her remarks in London about President Bush. While on stage in London, she said, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” They made her take it back, but no one can tell

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mp3 downloads funding terrorism

Now we have congressional hearings suggesting that if you download mp3s from the internet, you’re funding Terrorism. Yeah, Right. Crap, I thought I was only riding with Hitler and channeling Satan. I guess now I’m also funding the terrorists. Looks like the folks at Modern Humorist were ahead of their time.

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I Love Television

There are tons of people I know who say things like “I never watch TV.” I’m not one of those. I watch TV. A lot. Usually while doing other things, like laundry, reading, working on the house… but I watch TV. I love TV. Well, the good shows, anyway. Because of the harsh winter this

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Sneaksnare The Thief

So you’re writing a novel, and your supervillian needs a name? Need to come up with a new spacecraft model? Got a new mixed drink and you don’t know what to call it? Visit The Page of Generators for all your creative needs.

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Trogdor, The Burninator!

To play the Trogdor game, Use the arrow keys to control Trogdor. Stomp ten peasants to achieve burnination. Burn all cottages to progress to the next level. Brought to you by Strong Bad and Homestarrunner. For the origins of Trogdor, check out the Strong Bad e-mail about drawing a dragon. Heck while you’re at it,

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Weekend Update 2003-03-17

I pruned and cut back all the dead flowers in the beds from last year, raked the back yard and neighbor’s yard, seeded the backyard, dug up the gravel in what will be the new flower bed on the northwest corner of the house, finished the laundry that will go to goodwill, bought 5 sheets

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I swear I would attach my head if it wasn’t lost

It’s Friday, and for some reason, I’m not running out the door of work to go home. I’m still stuck in a design for a site I’m doing at work, and going over the massive list of stuff I have to accomplish this weekend. I used to go home relieved to be done with work,

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Sorry, Lafayette, I’m Staying Home

A Florida congresswoman, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite is proposing legislation to enable families of war dead who are buried in France to exhume their bodies and bring them home to be buried in the United States. Her explanation: “I, along with many other Americans, do not feel that the French government appreciates the sacrifices men and

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Memory Hole and Unknown News

The Memory Hole: ” The Memory Hole exists to preserve and spread material that is in danger of being lost, is hard to find, or is not widely known. The emphasis is on material that exposes things that we’re not supposed to know (or that we’re supposed to forget).” Unknown News: “The news you need,

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Tracking the Right-Wing Astroturf

Here’s what it is: leaders of the GOP will send out canned letters to select constituents in key media markets across the country, and these constituents will then turn around and e-mail them to the “letters to the editor” section of various local newspapers and magazines as well national publications. Many of these media outlets

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Boycott Brand America

How do we – from Tokyo and Bombay to London and Los Angeles – take a stand against Rogue Nation USA? Here’s an idea: we hit the superpower with a boycott the whole world can see, and that American power can really feel. For most of us, the clear symbols of American culture gone wrong

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Give it up, George

You’ve probably all heard the story by now of how our esteemed elected officials decided to change the name of french fries and toast (“House cafeterias change names for ‘french’ fries and ‘french’ toast”) to “freedom fries” and “freedom toast” on the house menu because the French are opposed to us starting an unjustified war

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More proof of the dangers of the Patriot Act

The FBI seized and opened, without warrant or legal right, a package being exchange between two reporters containing unclassified information about terrorism. The exciting thing about it is that the government’s illegal seizure occurred right here in Indianapolis at the FedEx hub, and the jackass FBI guy who made the bonehead decision to snatch the

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It’s not about the oil?

Read this article in the New Yorker and then try to tell me that this war isn’t about businesses in our country trying to gain control of the Iraq oil.

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Which political stereotype are you?

From a now-defunct quiz on Quizilla: Which political stereotype are you? Democrat – You believe that there should be a free market which is reigned in by a modest state bureaucracy. You think that capitalism has some good things, but that those it helps should be obliged to help out their fellow man a little.

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It’s a Minstrel Show, Folks.

My friend Lori posted some thoughts on the new season of Queer As Folk, and this caught my eye: interesting – the showtime website has a question in the FAQ – “Which of the cast members are gay in real life?” Showtime’s answer: “Some of the actors are gay, and some of them are straight.”

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Yeah, what he said

Monty Python’s Terry Jones uses George W. Bush’s logic to explain why he should be allowed to take out his annoying neighbors. Hell, my neighbors have been annoying me for over a year. Where do I get my cruise missiles?

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Where in the World Are You?

Find your exact latitude and longitude. Also, check out what websites are near you. We all hope you find yourself to be nowhere near Iraq. Although there are quite a few who wouldn’t be thrilled to be near the US, either.

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Weekend Update 2003-03-10

I fixed the wall above the window in the living room, and I put smaller sections of drywall on the two walls that Kathy and I started, so I have two walls finished. Now I just have two living room walls left to put drywall on, and the corner surrounding the fireplace, as well. I

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I’ll be a fireman when the floods roll back

I’ve been going through my web links and bookmarks and compiling everything/weeding it all out to just the sites I think are really cool. It’s gonna be a long process. I also have some ideas for redesigning the entire site. Yikes. Wonder when I’ll have time to do that? (update: march 2005) Hmmm. I keep

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Neo-Nazis on MSNBC

First read this article in Salon about the freak show that is Michael Savage, then visit and sign GLAAD’s online petition to take this guy off his new show on MSNBC. Then go buy this book on The myth of the liberal media, and read why public discourse is being held hostage to right-wing corporate

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Welcome to John Ashcroft’s New Amerika

Guy gets arrested for wearing a “Pro Peace” T-shirt at the mall, and the really ironic thing is that he BOUGHT THE SHIRT AT THE MALL. Then got arrested for putting it on right there. Yet another case of “Wait, what the hell country do we live in?”

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Letter of Resignation

Letter of resignation submitted to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell by U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling, a career diplomat who has served the United States at embassies from Israel to Morocco to Armenia. My favorite part: “Why does our President condone the swaggering and contemptuous approach to our friends and allies this Administration is

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Last night I finished stripping

Last night I finished stripping all the wallpaper off the walls in the living room. I’m very relieved to have that done… Now I just have a thousand other things to do in the room before I’ll be ready to move in and use it. [sigh].

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Games Kids Play

A fun site of kids tag and other games. So far, all the ones I can remember are there. If there are some that you remember, e-mail and let them know. I wish they’d do a site of all the goofy song lyrics we used to sing as kids — like “jingle bells, Batman smells,

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Weekend Update 2003-03-03

So this weekend I spent Saturday stripping wallpaper off the walls in the living room, and doing some cleaning in the living room and throughout the house. I finished two walls, have two to go. I felt kind of funny/ill all day, dunno why. Saturday night Kathy and I went out to the final evening

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Fark, Fark, Fark

If you’ve never seen a Fark.com Photoshop contest, then this instant classic one will explain it all – basically they take a photo and alter it in photoshop in a funny way. Today’s contest: What’s missing from George Bush’s hands?

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Hello, Big Brother!

I’ve had several people close to me recently express dismay at the political ideas I’ve been writing in this weblog lately. Actually, I’ve been writing the same things in this log for over three years, and on my website in essays and other writing since 1994. But just recently, people have asked me if I

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Goodbye, Mr. Rogers

Goodbye, Mr. Rogers. I loved visiting your neighborhood; it was always a beautiful day there. I’ll miss the Neighborhood of Make Believe.

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What advice would you give your twelve-year-old self?

Here’s a question courtesy of two sites I read every day, slash dot and also Wil Wheaton: What advice would you give your twelve-year-old self? 1. Take more computer science classes. 2. You already know this, Steph, but it’s perfectly okay to have a crush on that girl Jamie down the street. What you don’t

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Sad News

I just found out that my realtor’s fiancee was killed on Monday in a snowmobiling accident. 🙁

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Ready.Gov Humor

And if the government’s Ready.Gov site is not enough to scare you into supporting an unnecessary war tell you how to prepare for a terrorist attack, there are several alternative sites that are willing to help out with great information humor.

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Bomb Iraq

Thanks to Tom Tomorrow: If we cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq. If the markets hurt your mamma, bomb Iraq. If the terrorists are Saudis and the banks take back your Audi And the TV shows are bawdy, bomb Iraq. Sending all my love to Germany and France for standing up against our moron president. And

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US Senator Robert Byrd

One of the most exciting speeches given recently by a U.S. senator. I wish my senators were giving speeches like this.

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Information Awareness Office (IAO)

Information Awareness Office (IAO): A project of the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The IAO is responsible for a controversial project at the Pentagon called Total Information Awareness, run by former Reagan aide and convicted criminal John Poindexter. Total Information Awareness is a master database of corporate databases, collecting information on anyone and

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Living Room Update

Kathy and I have made further progress on the living room. I’m now optimistic, whereas before I was depressed by the amount of work. She has been a great help. I should have photos up sometime of the work. I’m at home because of Presidents Day, which is also when I conveniently scheduled a dentists

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Runs in the Family

A man walks into the bar and orders three double-shots of vodka. The bartender asks, "that’s a lot of liquor, what’s the problem?" The man replies, "I just found out my younger brother was gay." The next day, he comes back and orders the same thing. The bartender asks, "What’s wrong now?" The man says,

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Top Ten Jerry Falwell Pet Peeves About TV

10. Angels Shouldn’t Go Around "Touching" Anyone 9. Mister Rogers’ sissy loafers. 8. "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane" are lesbian, gay, gay and lesbian. 7. Bastards at MTV didn’t even look at my "Road Rules" audition tape. 6. If you don’t pay the bill on time, Playboy channel gets all fuzzy. 5. Fox won’t even

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your terrorist alert grocery shopping list

As long as I’m stealing posts from Lori’s blog — here’s something else your terrorist alert grocery shopping list. Apparently the federal government says we’re supposed to stockpile food and water, batteries, flashlights and battery powered radios, and plastic to tape over our doors and windows. Yikes.

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Bush Deficit Graphic

I’m totally stealing this from my friend Lori… but I think it’s worth looking at, because, hell…. it says a lot about the dumbass President we have.

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Living Room Update

So this past weekend, Kathy and I got some work done on the living room. Also, I had a legal-sized, four drawer file cabinet delivered so I can finally sort out and organize all my financial and legal paperwork and generally get my life in order. It was a pretty good weekend.

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Anti-Americanism on the rise

Well here’s a big shock: Anti-Americanism is on the rise around the world. You think it could have something to do with the fact that our rats-ass government is trying rationalize an unjustifiable war with Iraq, when what we really want is control of their oil? Please, people from around the world… recognize that we

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Japanese Emoticons

Japanese emoticons are much cooler than American ones, because you don’t have to tilt your head to read them. (*^_^*) means Smile (>_

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Things You Learn About Computers In The Movies…

Author Unknown Word processors never display a cursor. You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences. All monitors display 2 inch high letters. High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA, or some such governmental institution, have easy-to-understand graphical interfaces. As per their explanation, these computers too will need timely

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Let’s all play Gulf War

Let’s all play Gulf War 2: Bush Invades Iraq. You too can be the President of the United States. Watch out for those SCUD missiles, now. And if that’s not enough for you, check out Too Stupid to Be President.com.

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Arianna Huffington and her political background

This is a really interesting interview with Arianna Huffington. The one-time Republican journalist turned independent, and what caused her to change. She points out part way through the article that her concern about the issues never changed at all, just her belief about how the issues needed to be solved. “Because the issues I care

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The Laws of Work

When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would Wonder Woman handle this?"

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Dear Dr. Laura

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. How should I deal with this?

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The Perfect Car

A young woman had just purchased her dream car, a new BMW convertible, and was having trouble tuning her radio to a station she wanted. She returned to the BMW dealership and confronted the salesman, complaining about the radio.

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The Batty Hymn of the Repugnant

Mine eyes have seen the Teletubby and his cutsey little purse. He wears a purple outfit, and, dear friends, what’s even worse, He doesn’t scratch or spit or belch, He doesn’t even curse. What kind of guy is he?

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Discouraged Gay Men Chain Letter

Unlike most chain letters, this one does not cost anything. Just send a copy of this letter to five of your friends who are equally tired and discontented.

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The Gay Genie

A gay man was walking along the beach at Fire Island when he stumbled upon a Genie’s lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it, and lo-and-behold, out popped a gay genie.

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Michael Jackson’s Original court documents

Speaking of things that piss me off and make me angry… the original court documents alleging sexual abuse of a child on the part of Michael Jackson. Just for the record, Michael, stay far the hell away from me. I’m not inclined to be nice to you.

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Interment of American Citizens

In the IT’S STARTING ALREADY Department — a congressman who heads a homeland security subcommittee said on a radio call-in program that he agreed with the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and suggests that such interment for Arab-Americans may occur in the future. I don’t know about you, but as a gay person,

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Camille Paglia

I’ve always thought Camille Paglia was a brilliant woman. Even if she does say so herself. 🙂 But she truly demonstrates it in this Salon Interview about Bush and the war with Iraq. Clear thinking, logical process… I love her. Probably as much as she loves herself.

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Snoop Dogg – Tha Shizzolator

Go to this site: Snoop Dogg – Tha Shizzolator, and type in my website address: https://commonplacebook.com. Almost fell off my chair laughing. And for kicks, if you haven’t visited Homestarrunner, you’re missing something. And that something would be Strong Bad.

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The Onion

This made me laugh out loud at work, where I’m not supposed to be reading it.

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Groundhog Day!

Not only did I totally space Groundhog’s Day (my favorite holiday of all!) but I forgot the Chinese New Year, too. Crap. I love the chinese new year. Stupid Yahoo calendar is supposed to remind me of stuff like that. Just for that, I’m going all out for Arbor Day this year.

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Rhyme Zone

In case you ever have to make up a little song, here’s an important link to have… the Rhyme Zone. Just type in a word, and find the rhymes to it. For example, the word vagina, contrary to popular belief, has plenty of rhymes, such as bone china, erwina, and dinah. “Someone’s in the kitchen

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Cyclops origins

Scientist find bones of prehistoric elephant (7 million years old) in the island of Crete. Because elephants have one large cavity in their skulls for their eyes and trunks, their skulls look like Cyclops… which may be source of the ancient greek myths.

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T.a.t.u.

Cute Russian lesbian teenage musical duo tops the U.K. singles chart. Yum. I’ll have to look up T.a.t.u., and their single “All The Things She Said.” I hope it’s in English. What the hell. If it’s not I’ll listen anyway.

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Weekend Update 2003-02-03

What did I do this weekend — mostly shopping. I didn’t get too much done around the house. I did get a large chunk of stuff done for my dad’s website. And Kathy and I got to spend time together, which is important to me. But I need to get working on the living room

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Want a cat?

My girlfriend Kathy has just rescued a female, five year old cat that was dumped outdoors. As she was caring for the cat and petting it outside, the owner came up and admitted to dumping it, and she indicated that the cat was spayed and litter trained, and had always been an indoor cat. Kathy

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The Magdalene Laundries and the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has a lot more to answer for than abuse of altar boys. For years the Catholic Church in Ireland enslaved young women in “Magdalene laundries” run by convents, where they were unpaid prisoners forced to work their entire lives for the Church. The last of these laundries closed in 1996. Ireland’s Dirty

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What’s Your Professor Poopypants New Name?

Follow the instructions to find your new name. The following is an excerpt from a children’s book, “Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants” by Dave Pilkey: The evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names… Use the third letter of your first name to determine your new first name: A = poopsie

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Attic insulation

I didn’t get the insulation in the attic finished the other night, but I did get a big section done, and I covered all the gaps where the old insulation wasn’t covering. I still have a lot of work to do up there, but it’s much better than it was before. Last night, I went

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Plumbing Woes

So on Monday, I had some emergency plumbing done. Apparently, the pressure from the washer/dryer lines caused a leak elsewhere in the plumbing. So the plumber cut the lines to the bathroom I don’t use, and fixed the leak. I got the washer & dryer delivered (!!!!!) and did most of my laundry yesterday. I

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Against Their Will: North Carolina’s Sterilization Program

Reporters for the “Winston-Salem Journal” have obtained sealed records and are lifting the curtain on a horrifying truth: From 1933-1974, five members of the North Carolina eugenics board met every month and voted to sterilize up to 30 complete strangers in the name of the “greater good.” Eugenics was the controversial practice of weeding out

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Stuff I accomplished this weekend

Stuff I accomplished this weekend (so far): organized, packed, labeled and put away all the Xmas decorations. Organized the spare bedrooms. Hung curtains and wall art in master bedroom. Had plumbing and electrical installed for my washer and dryer. Got quotes for other electrical work. Purchased washer and dryer, and arranged for delivery Monday morning.

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Iraq vs. Korea: Conflicting strategies

Interesting. We’re talking about negotiating a peaceful resolution to our differences with North Korea, a country that currently has concentration camps for political dissidents, but when it comes to Iraq, we’re ready to invade, even though there is no evidence they possess weapons of mass distruction. Right. Tell me again how it’s not about the

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Yahoo’s Web Beacons

Yahoo is now using something called “Web Beacons” to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you’re doing – similar to cookies. Take a look at their updated privacy statement. About half-way down the page, in the section “Outside the Yahoo! Network”, you’ll see a little “click here” link that will let

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Washer and Dryer

Yesterday, I got plumbing for my washer and dryer. On Sunday I’m getting the electrical outlets, and then on Monday I’m getting the washer and dryer I bought yesterday delivered and hooked up. So I will have laundry in my house. Happy happy joy joy. I will sit around watching TV and doing my laundry,

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Pictures of celebrity women kissing

Pictures of celebrity women kissing. The server was down when I checked it, but let me bookmark it here to check back later. 2012 Update: Yep, the site is there. Needs updating, but it’s there. In other news — a Tennessee University will sponsor a Seminar in 2004 on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Words Banned for Overuse

The public relations staff at Lake Superior State University has published a list of tired and overused phrases that should be banned from public use…

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Catholic Priests Abused Women, Too

According to a Salon article [Devout and defiled: While male victims of predatory priests dominate the headlines, abused girls and women suffer in silence], statistics show that half of the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests are women; something I’ve been saying all along. Which means that the the sex abuse scandal

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Xmas Tree

I’ve been pretty wrapped up in my romantic life and have been neglecting everything else lately… I need to knock that off, or I’m never going to get the Xmas tree taken down. 🙂 That’s a must-do for this evening, because I’m really tired of it. I have so much organizational stuff I need to

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New Years’s traditions

Here’s a list of New Years’s traditions (or superstitions) — a bit too late for me to do this year, but something to keep in mind for next. Stuff I did do: Kissing at Midnight, stocking up, money in my wallet, black-eyed peas, pork and saurkraut. Kissing at midnight:   We kiss those dearest to

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