Archives: April 2003

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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