Archives: November 2003

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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