Archives: July 2003

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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