Archives: January 2003

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. đŸ™‚ 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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