Archives: 2004

Oh Zephyr winds that blow on high, lift me now so I may fly

Really I had no reason to blog that, but I thought of it just now. So when’s that show coming out on DVD, anyway? Update: A quick search tells me that the ownership of the show is changing, and it may someday soon be offered on DVD. Currently the companion show, Shazam, is running on

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Aid for the victims of the Asian Tsunamis

Sorry — I’ve been away from the computer for a few days and haven’t had a chance to blog anything…. Tsunami Relief – An 9.0-magnitude earthquake and destructive tsunami has caused massive damage in many countries in South and Southeast Asia. USAID is assisting in the relief and recovery effort. Find out how you can

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My Board Games

I love board games, and have 100+ different games in my collection. So far. General Games Adverteasing – The Game of Slogans, Commercials and Jingles Aggravation Apples to Apples (with expansion packs one and two) Backgammon Bazaar – A trading game Bethumpt’d With Words (with Voyager expansion pack) Bingo Carcassone (with Inns & Cathedrals and

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Scared of Santa

A Great photo album of kids crying on Santa’s lap. My mom probably has a few of these at home of one of my siblings or another crying, because I can remember it happening.

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My “Naughty or Nice” Rating

Nice, with a few exceptions. Needs to be nice to everyone not just friends. (Ha!!!) Could try a little harder when things are tough. (Yeah, I know.) Good sense of humor. Made list last year. Needs to be good all December. ———————- Considering that it’s a randomly generated rating, it’s scary how accurate it is,

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I’m going to be on the cover of Nuvo (and weekend update)

So I found out today that the article that Nuvo Newsweekly is doing on my Big Things Photo collections will be a cover article. I have to go in for an additional photo shoot this evening and the article will run in the January 5th issue. This weekend my grandparents and Aunt Rosemary and Uncle

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Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble

Hmmm. I didn’t notice at first perusal of the buyblue.com site, that Amazon.com is on the wrong site of the page. They donated 61% of their political donations to Republicans last year.

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Wow. “India, Russia, China working towards 2005 trilateral summit”

NEW DELHI: The leaders of India, Russia and China are planning to hold a summit next year aimed at countering the dominance of the United States in international affairs, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the possibility of a three-way dialogue at a meeting in

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One Book, One City

One Book, One City is an annual city-wide book discussion program organized by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and the City of Indianapolis. The goal is to promote a city zeitgeist of reading and discussion by picking an annual book selection from a long list of titles suggested by Indianapolis residents. In 2004, the program’s

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Mini-Marathon Sells Out Early

From the Indy Star: “Officials at the 500 Festival announced today the 2005 half-marathon has sold out at the earliest date in its 29 years of running. The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, which will be held on May 7, will have approximately 30,000 runners and walkers, officials said. The cap was reached today, with some

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Costco Vs. Walmart

Interesting information on Costco’s excellent treatment of their employees, versus numerous articles on WalMart’s incredibly poor treatment of their workers: In California In Georgia and other states In Arizona

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Republican “moral values” hypocrites, part 248

Judith Regan, moral hypocrite. You may have heard that Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik recently took his name out of the running for head of Homeland Security. One of the reasons being cited was his possible employ of an illegal immigrant. But there are a couple of other problems that may be the

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Trailer for new Willy Wonka Movie

Check out the movie trailer for Tim Burton’s Willy Wonka And the Chocolate Factory, starring Johnny Depp. There’s a lot of stuff I recognize there, especially in Depp’s portrayal, which is clearly an homage to Gene Wilder.

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Lazy Sunday Afternoons

Yesterday, Stephanie and I curled up in the living room under the quilt, next to the Christmas tree, and watched TV while sipping hot chocolate and eating popcorn and cookies. We watched five hours worth of Survivor (including the season finalé) and one of Joan of Arcadia. I love lazy Sundays. On Friday night, a

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Apparently We Missed A Really Big Party

Indianapolis Police are looking for a disgruntled former beer delivery driver who, after being fired from his job, stole the delivery truck he drove and parked it on the west side of town. The trailer, which had contained 14,000 cases of beer, sat open for six weeks while people help themselves to the contents. Police

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How to Kill A Mockingbird: A Book Report

A super cool Flash book report on the book How To Kill A Mockingbird. I didn’t remember so many pirates or sharks or explosions in the book though. I’ll have to read it again. Those are some skilled pirates — flinging bears from the backs of flaming sharks.

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IPS: Sign The Yellow Petition

Currently in Indianapolis, there is a plan to renovate the crumbling Indianapolis Public Schools system by renovating 12 schools. The plan will cost $200 million and will be paid for through the sale of property taxpayer-supported bonds. The plan is “controversial” because the greedy Republicans in the suburbs don’t want to pay for inner city

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Republican “moral values” hypocrites, part 247

Shamelessly borrowed from Atrios, with some additions: Monday, 10/06/2004: Bush introduced Mike and Sharla Hintz, a couple from Clive, whom he said benefited from his tax plan. Last year, because of the enhanced the child tax credit, they received an extra $1,600 in their tax refund, Bush said. With other tax cuts in the bill,

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The Coming of the Third Reich

I started reading The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans a few weeks ago. It’s profoundly disturbing, not just as a work of history but as a harbinger of ill-omen surrounding the current political situation in America. There are parallels that are shocking. And considering that right-wing bloggers are busy making jokes

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Rupert Sightings

So far, we here at IndyScribe have had two close encounters with Rupert Boneham, beloved star of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: All-Stars. The first was at P. F. Changs Restaurant at Keystone at the Crossing. Rupert came in and ate at the bar with friends, prior to the season finale of Survivor: Pearl Islands,

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False data found in abstinence program

Fucking lying bastards, scaring the hell out of kids with false information. “Many American youngsters participating in federally funded, abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and

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Things that make you want to vomit…

Check out this Republican set-up photo of president Bush. Is there anything that makes you want to throw up more than that? If you can go to hell for arrogance, Bush will be in the Ninth Circle…. “Iconic symbolism, loyalist rallies, nationalism, corporate corruption, the rising persecution of gays, purging of political opponents, unprovoked invasions,

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Sorry Everybody Photo Site

Wow… a new picture site, along the lines of Sorry Everybody, which apologized for the results of the 2004 election. This new site, called The FOR Iraq Photo Project hosts pictures of people sending messages to the Iraqi people. It’s pretty powerful.

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Poignant Quote of the Day

From Salon Magazine’s review of Michael H. Kater’s new book “Hitler Youth”: To that end, it was crucial to curb formal education and abstract thinking. By the end of the ’30s, teachers were encouraged to wear HJ uniforms to school, and a new category of “liaison teachers” was formed, answering directly to the HJ. The

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Another problem with thieves

This time to my truck. I went out this morning and found my gas door open and my gas cap off and hanging. There was no gas missing (I had just filled my tank) and the truck seemed to run fine. (I have a warning light/beep that goes off in the car if I try

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Update Your Amazon Wish Lists, People!!

Sheesh. I’m looking at them to get ideas for presents, and people have all this outdated stuff. Plus, if you add your friends as “amazon friends” you can win stuff. It’s cool. Also, let me know if you have a wish list.

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Thanksgiving Update

I went home to Brighton, Iowa for my family Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration, and Stephanie went with me. We were able to spend a lot of time with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and my brothers; it was very nice. There were 37 people there. One of the presents my grandmother gave me were CDs filled with

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Sigh.

Last night when Stephanie came over to help me set up my Christmas tree, her car was broken into in my backyard. They stole her CD player, a bunch of CDs, a fan and other assorted stuff. It’s very frustrating; I love where I live, and hate it that I have to call the police

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Indiana Congressman needs remedial education in civics

Reportedly, such leaders as the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Republican Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana, flush with what they see as a successful right-wing revolution, believe they can make the federal courts virtually powerless. Rep. Hostettler, addressing a special legislative briefing of the Christian Coalition last month in Washington, reportedly talked at length about a

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Washington Post publishes anti-gay junk science

The Washington Post last week published with its newspaper a magazine ad supplement, bought by religious right groups, that is full of blatant anti-gay junk science, most of it put together by discredited quack “scientist” Paul Cameron, a man who has been thrown out of the American Psychological Association, the Nebraska Psychological Association, and the

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I’m George W. Bush, Millionaire. I own a mansion and a yacht.

Yep, check it out… while military families are selling yellow ribbon magnets to get money to buy their soldiers body armor, Bush just set aside some of your tax money to buy himself a presidential yacht. The Senate voted 65-30 for the legislation late on Saturday that sets aside funds for a range of priorities

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Religious Right Psycho Nutjobs think “Shark Tale” is a Gay Movie

Just when you thought the religious right had truly gone off the deep end, they pull out another one. This time, the American “Family” Association is reading homosexuality into the Shark Tale movie. See, the movie is about this shark kid who’s a vegetarian, and his shark father is embarrassed about it, and wonders why

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This is what people are freaking out about?

Here’s the online clip (courtesy of ifilm) of the Desperate Housewives promo of Monday Night Football. it’s silly at worst and just plain tame at best. What the hell is up with people that this is what they’re protesting? What are people smoking these days, anyway? I’m sorry, but it’s a handful of religious nutjobs

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My response to Kip Tew’s e-mail

My response to Kip Tew’s polite e-mail to me. Although he was nice in not chastizing me about the harshness of my remarks, I do still disagree with his position on this issue.

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An e-mail from the Former Chair of the Indiana Democratic Party

Last week I commented here on an IndyStar article about the Indiana Democratic Party, and how some Democratic candidates took money from the gay rights organization the Indiana Stonewall Democrats, and then sent out mailings that were anti-gay in nature. I included a quote from the article by Kipper V. Tew, the chairman of the

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Which Country of the World are You?

Switzerland – A neutral power for as long as most can remember, it has avoided war for several centuries. However, it is still considered highly advanced and a global power. Positives: Judicial. Neutrality. World-Renouned. Powerful without Force. Makes Excellent Watches, Etc. Negatives: Target of Ridicule. Constant Struggle to Avoid Conflict. Target of Criminal Bank Accounts.

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Hogwarts Sorting Hat Quiz

I’m from Gryffindor! You’re known for being brave, loyal and trustworthy, sometimes to a fault. But if the chips were down, wed count on someone like you to help out or save our lives. We just hope you don’t get yourself killed before we can cash in on that. Hogwart’s Sorting Hat Quiz made by

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What’s your Inner Insult?

Hoooold on, pal, you’re getting ahead of yourself! you’re intense and about as mean as it gets! and you’re so vulgar, you can only use one word in your sentence. rock! Take the test, by Emily.

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Which Historical Lunatic Are You?

Before getting into the topic you must be aware of intellectual property violations. Austin trademark lawyers can help you to sort out trademark related issues. You are Joshua Abraham Norton, first and only Emperor of the United States of America! Born in England sometime in the second decade of the nineteenth century, you carved a

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Which Presidential Candidate Are You?

You’re John Kerry! (Yeah, no shit.) The son of a community activist and a World War Two Air Corps pilot, you voluntarily joined the army to serve in Vietnam as you neared the end of your college years at Yale. There you earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple

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Which Survivor of the Impending Nuclear Apocalypse Are You?

Dust off your flugelhorn and heat up the sausages, ’cause you’re The Swiss! Decked in neutrality for almost a billion years now, the Swiss are always the favourites to survive any nuclear conflict. Not only do they have the most amazing dress sense, but they’ve also got keen technical knowhow, a very logical cultural heritage

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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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Which political sterotype are you?

Democrat – You believe that there should be a free market which is reigned in by a modest state beaurocracy. You think that capitalism has some good things, but that those it helps should be obliged to help out their fellow man a little. Your historical role model is Franklin Roosevelt.

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What Kind of Drunk Are You?

“No, I wasn’t drunk last night. You’ve never seen me drunk.” What Kind of Drunk Are You? Brought to you by Rum and Monkey “You stared at the coving for half an hour.” “So? It takes more than that to get me drunk.” “You knocked over a bowl of nachos, trampled them into the carpet,

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Hey Hey, Which Monkee Are You? Quiz

Congratulations, You’re Davy Jones! You’re famous for being the cute little Brit with a ‘tude. You’ve gotten into your fair share of spats with your bandmates but you always seems to make up. You were going to be a jockey if this whole music thing didn’t work out and still like to ride as a

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Which Greek Goddess Are You?

She was the Goddess of Wisdom, Goddess of Military Victory (war with good tactics and winning strategies, not just fighting, like Ares), and Goddess of Crafts. Athena invented the flute, the trumpet, the earthenware pot, the plough, the rake, the ox-yoke, the horse-bridle, the chariot, and the ship. She was also the first teacher of

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What Pre-1985 Video Game Character Am I?

I am Kong. Strong and passionate, I tend to be misunderstood, sometimes even feared. I don’t want to fight, I don’t want to cause trouble, all I ask is a little love, and a little peace. If I don’t get what I want, I get angry, and throw barrels and flaming oil at whatever’s stopping

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Are You An Internet Addict?

I AM 73% INTERNET ADDICT! I am pretty addicted, but there is hope. I think I’m just well connected to the internet and technology, but it’s really a start of a drug-like addiction. I must act now! Unplug this computer! Take the INTERNET ADDICT test at Fuali.com

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Which Horrible Affliction are you?

Congratulations, you’re rabies! Transmitted by rabid animals, you’re most commonly found infecting creatures such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. But don’t worry, you affect humans too, causing either paralysis or hyperactivity in your advanced stages, and ultimately death. Your most famous symptom is hypersalviation – that delightful foaming at the mouth that we have

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The Geek Test

I AM 65% GEEK! Nerd, Freak, Geek, Dweeb. Sound familiar? That’s okay, cause I will be the richest person at my 15th year high school reunion. If a “con” isn’t happening that weekend. Take the GEEK test at Fuali.com

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The Goth Test

I AM 59% GOTH! Oh My Goth! You Goth, Girl. There is a good chance I am bi. Freakiness pumps through my viens, but I can still laugh at myself. Take the GOTH test at Fuali.com

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The Punk Rock Test

I AM 56% PUNK ROCK! The intelligent punk. Tuff and Smart. I may be able to maintain a train of thought long enough… What the fuck was I talking about? Take the PUNK ROCK test at Fuali.com

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The Which Led Zeppelin Song Are You? Quiz

You Are: Fool In The Rain You are a very bizarre person, to say the least. You don’t think the way most other people do.  And you probably don’t really care. You defy convention, and probably really like burritos.  And you’re very content with your life.  You’re a ray of sunshine.  Piercing, bizarre end-of-the-world sunshine, but

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Are You Damned?

Whether as a punishment or as a reward, the fates have decreed that you will spend eternity having sex with nuns. Better be careful though, they are ‘Brides of Christ’, and if he catches you at it he’ll pull out your pubic hair. Are You Damned? Brought to you by Rum and Monkey

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You Are a Life Blogger!

Your blog is the story of your life – a living diary. If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible. What kind of blogger are you?

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Which Type of Academic Are You?

You are Professor Bunny No one’s really sure how a small lagomorph managed to get accepted into a graduate program, defend a dissertation, and rise to the rank of tenured professor– all within the 5-7 year lifetime of a rabbit. One thing’s for sure though-you are both the department cut-up and heartthrob. Enjoy it while

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More about Fallujah and Pictures of War

From a heartrending article on Salon Magazine: The photograph, appearing on the BBC’s Web site, was from some street or another in Fallujah, Iraq. The caption, although gruesome enough, was a comparatively bland statement that “Bodies have been left uncollected for days.” Yet what the picture depicted was testimony to the unmitigated and unavoidable tragedy

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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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Schwinn Stingray

Schwinn is once again producing, after 25 years, the Sting-Ray bicycle, with a version for kids, and also one for adults. My first bike when I was a kid was a red Stingray, very similar to this one, and my older brother’s was blue. I had the V-back handle bars and banana seat. We thought

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Study says gays and lesbians have as well adjusted kids as straight couples

According to a study by Charlotte J. Patterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville: Adolescents who have two moms as parents are no different from teens growing up with a mother and a father, a new study finds. On measures of psychosocial well-being, school functioning, and romantic relationships and behaviors,

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Fallujah in Pictures

Fallujah in Pictures is a website that prints the photos that our American media will never show you — of the casualties of war in the current attacks on Fallujah. The November 14 picture of the 2 year old child who lost a leg in the current battle says pretty much all that needs to

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Violent Rhetoric from Republican Adam Yoshida after Election 2004

From blogger Adam Yoshida, [deprecated link – http://www.adamyoshida.com/2004/11/four-more-years-revisited.html] who quickly revised his post after he was linked to by some 50,000 sites because of his hate rhetoric: “”If anyone needs to work to ‘bring the country together’ it’s those on the left who have divided it so badly. Those who sought to destroy this great

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Winchester Mystery House: Where I want to live when I grow up

“In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come

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Indiana Democrats Admit They Have No Principles

In response to criticism that several local Democratic candidates took money from gay rights organizations in Indiana, and then came out with policy stances against gay rights during the election, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Kip Tew had this to say: “The race was about winning. I will not allow us to go down without a

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Republicans want to take away your birth control pills

According to USA Today: Generally,it is always best to prevent pregnant women from any kind of hazards especially when it comes to fire. Hence, pregnant women can also avail fire door services here as it not against the moral values.In addition to preventing you from having an abortion, Christians/Republicans are also interested in preventing you

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We Are Fucked.

Alberto Gonzales is the new Attorney General? Oh, god. We are fucked now. This is the guy who used to write up the cases notes for death penalty cases for Texas Governor Bush to read before he decided whether to pardon them or not. And in all of the case notes, he would never put

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Sorry Everybody

Sorry Everybody is a hilarous site that posts pictures of the sane 49% of America that voted for John Kerry, with notes of apology to the rest of the planet for the load of totally crap that’s about to hit them because Moron Bush was re-elected. I haven’t had a chance to submit a photo

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Big Things Updated

I’m being interviewed by a reporter from Nuvo tonight about my “Big Things” Photo Galleries, so in honor of the occasion, I’ve added tons of photos to the galleries. I’d been behind in adding things for awhile, even though I’ve been taking photos constantly over the last year. Now all my new pics are added,

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Daily Mirror: God Help America

The cover of the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. And the article that accompanies it is even more hilarious. “Were I a Kerry voter, though, I’d feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets. The self-righteous, gun-totin’,

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Democracy by Langston Hughes

Democracy will not come Today, this year Nor ever Through compromise and fear. I have as much right As the other fellow has To stand On my two feet And own the land. I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course. Tomorrow is another day. I do not need my freedom

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Weekend Update 2004-11-08

On Saturday, Stephanie and I drove to Cincinnati early in the morning for a figure skating competition that Stephanie was competing in. She won a fourth, third and first place medal in her three competitions. I got to meet several members of her former synchro skating team and other friends of hers, which was really

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First stages of the Draft are now in motion

If you think it’s not coming, you’re crazy. This guy has been out of the army 13 years… and he’s being called back. David M. Miyasato enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1987, served three years of active duty during the first Gulf War and received an honorable discharge in 1991. He remained on

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Finally! I was able to fix my blogger templates

Sometime back in May, blogger stopped supporting my archive index page, and they failed to tell me about it. So since then, my archive pages haven’t been updating. I noticed the problem two weeks ago, and since then have been struggling with blogger help to figure out how to solve the problem. I finally got

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Ohio paper notes voting machine mistake

According to the Beacon Journal: A computer error with a voting machine cartridge gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct. Franklin County’s unofficial results gave Bush 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry’s 260 votes in Precinct 1B. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Matthew Damschroder, director of

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Words of Comfort in our time of mourning.

Some words of wisdom from the geniuses at the excellent cartoon site “Get your war on.” Of course, this is only the case if you consider the word “motherfucker” a word of wisdom. Heh.

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New Map of North America

2022-03-15 Update: This was a reaction Bush’s Defense of Marriage proposed amendment, but I had to reconstruct the context 18 years later. Still, fuck George W. Bush. Warmongering dumbass.

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The World Hates Us.

From Yahoo News: In Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wagner Markues, 54, also preferred Kerry and wondered why the race was so close. “We don’t understand America now,” he said. “Are they getting different news than us about the scandals in the Iraqi prisons, and the children and civilians who are getting killed?”

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Gay Toronto Tourism

Just linking to this for future reference. Toronto, of course, is in Ontario, where same-sex couples have marriage equality. Also, Information about winter in Toronto. Lots of ice skating. 2014 Update: we got married in Toronto on June 4, 2008.

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Apocalypse

There are at least 3 supreme court justices retiring, and depending on Chief Justice Rehnquist’s health, it could be 4. The justices that have spoken of retirement are Stevens, O’Connor, and Ginsburg. Bush will appoint all four and the chief justice. And this will lead to a majority of conservatives in the bench, 7/2. Chief

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Voting

I went to vote before work today. I wore my black hoodie, but I doubt that meant anything to anyone there. I was voter #94 in my district. Usually I’m #13 or so. So good turn out. We had both Democrat and Republican observers in our district — we’ve never had a Republican before. And

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Crap.

I just mailed out my CDs for my CD club (wherein we burn and share a theme CD of cool songs) and then I found this most excellent mp3 that would have fit perfectly on my “I’m sorry my President is an Idiot; I didn’t vote for him” CD. Damn it.

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Republicans Dress Up as Gay Outside Florida Polls

In an attempt to discourage black voters from voting Democrat on Sunday, Republicans dressed up as “gay” and “abortion rights” advocates and held provocative signs outside polling places as black voters went to the polls after Church this Sunday. Read more about other Republican voter suppression tactics here: REPUBLICAN PARTY DECEIVING VOTERS IN WEST VIRGINIA

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Songs of Peace and Freedom 3 (Vol. 4 of Hippie Series)

A mix I made to add to the protest songs CDs that I made a few years ago; pulling in a few standards that I had missed. Appropriate since there are a whole wave of new protest songs being made to protest the current administration. 1 Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You into Heaven Anymore

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Evil Psycho Idiot Republicans

All I have to say about this is “What the hell?!” From Salon Magazine, an article on the rabid hatred of Bush Supporters outside a Bush rally: Lisa Dupler, a 33-year-old from Columbus, held up a rainbow-striped John Kerry sign outside the Nationwide Arena on Friday, as Republicans streamed out after being rallied by George

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Bush Team thrilled that bin Laden is alive

According to the New York Daily News: “We want people to think ‘terrorism’ for the last four days,” said a Bush-Cheney campaign official. “And anything that raises the issue in people’s minds is good for us.” A senior GOP strategist added, “anything that makes people nervous about their personal safety helps Bush.” He called it

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Wear a black hoodie to vote

According to all the blog, wearing a black hoodie to the voting booth is the hot thing to do. For those who haven’t seen it, in the Eminem video, Eminem’s leads a huge army of people who’ve been disenfranchised by the Bush administration, all of whom are wearing black hoodies, into the polls. See the

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Bush Supporters Misread Many of His Foreign Policy Positions

The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) is a not partisan group that carries out research on public opinion on foreign policy and international issues by conducting nationwide polls, focus groups and comprehensive reviews of polling conducted by other organizations. PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center

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Having Trouble Voting?

Source: Fast Company “Trouble voting? Call or text these 3 resources to report election problems now“ Call, text, or visit these resources: Election Protection – 866 Our Vote This is a coalition made up of voting-rights and civil-rights groups. Its hotline is 866-OUR-VOTE. USA Today reported earlier that it expects thousands of calls before the

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My Own Private Library

An article by Thomas Benton on his private library. I think it’s safe to say that he and I should never be in the same room together, because we’d be a bad influence on one another. He has the whole Library of America. I’m so jealous.

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Eminem – Mosh Lyrics

From the album Encore See the Video: Real Player, Windows Media [I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America And to the Republic for which it stands One nation under God Indivisible It feels so good to be back..] Scrutinize every word, memorize every line I spit it once, refuel, reenergize,

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NBEast Weekend Update

I had a really amazing weekend with my girlfriend in Virginia this weekend. I would have blogged about it earlier, but I spend a big chunk of time today getting the trip photos ready and unpacking my stuff. We had so much fun with the other beetle owners and sight-seeing, and the drive to Virginia

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Bush Team Lost 380 Tons of Explosives, endangers troops and US citizens

Wonder where the insurgents are getting all the weapons they are using to kill our American troops? Yeah, they got them from us, and Bush & Co. didn’t know about it until last month. Some 380 tons of explosives, powerful enough to detonate nuclear warheads, are missing from a former Iraqi military facility that was

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Bush Dimbulbs

How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb? None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because it doesn’t work anymore, supported

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Pat Buchanan ticks me off

I hate Pat Buchanan. My love life is not a disease. I’m not “like an alcoholic.” I’m a regular person, and my love life is a joy, not a problem. Here’s the bullshit that Pat is spewing now: “To some of us, homosexuality is an affliction, like alcoholism, and hellishly difficult to control. Why some

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IQ tests

Take your own IQ Test Keep in mind that this is an online test and not a professional administered test, which would probably be more accurate and maybe even give you a better score [grin]. Read more About IQ results and what they really mean. UPDATE: Since someone pointed it out to me, that their

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nBeast road trip to Virginia

So this weekend, my girlfriend Stephanie and I are driving to Luray, Virginia for NBeast, the New Beetle East car show. Luray is in central Shenandoah Valley in north west Virginia, In the Appalachian Range between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Aside from being a beautiful landscape, the valley was also has Civil War

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Reality-Based Community

Ron Suskind, “Without a Doubt“, New York Times Magazine, on George Bush and his “certainty” problem of reacting from “instincts” and “faith” without any critical examination of complex issues:

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Ohio’s Marriage Discrimination Amendment

Salon Magazine has an article on Ohio’s anti-marriage equality amendment, which will be on Nov. 3rds. The measure goes beyond simply disallowing same-sex marriage arrangements, and potentially invalidates all legal agreements between a same-sex couple, including child custody agreements, wills, and power of attorney. Ten other states — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North

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Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel when we’re together, Brighter than a lucky penny, When you’re near the rain cloud disappears, dear, And I feel so fine just to know that you are mine. My life is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, That’s how this refrain goes, so come on, join

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Voter Fraud should be more important than Mary Cheney

Despite the fact that the allegations of voter fraud by the Republican party are exploding around the country, the media and the Republicans are still making the hot story Kerry’s mention of Mary Cheney. Dick Cheney and the Republican party are still having fits that Kerry discussed Dick’s “openly gay for 10 years” daughter who

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Mary Cheney

Because Kerry once again won the debate last night, the only thing the Republicans have to hammer him on is his reference to Mary Cheney as being a lesbian. Apparently, they’re all wigging out about this, for some strange reason, as though mentioning it were a bad thing, or some big secret. WHAT KERRY SAID:

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I’m Sorry My President Is an Idiot. I Didn’t Vote For Him

Deja Vu (All Over Again) – John Fogerty – Deja Vu All Over Again Reclaim – Copper Wimmin – American Tyranny Interlude / Give Blood (DJ Spooky Remix) – Saul Williams / DJ Spooky Mix – Adbusters – Live Without Dead Time American Idiot – Green Day – American Idiot Make Love Fuck War (Dirty

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Ignorant Republican Email

I get weird e-mail from nutty people, but this one takes the cake. His letter is in plain text, my responses are in italic. On Oct 14, 2004, at 12:43 AM, Jordan Behunin wrote: You know, given the circumstances, Pres. Bush did a pretty good job. John Kerry thinks he has all the answers, but

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Bill O’Reilly from Fox News charged with Sexual Harrassment

The Smoking Gun has all the legal documents (22 pages worth) here. It’s quite fun; apparently the woman recorded at least some of his harrassment. Also, there are some sections where he talks about Al Franken getting whacked, and a Thailand sex show. Those wacky “family values” Republicans! They’re so moral!

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Republicans pay company to register voters, trash Democrat registrations

In Nevada, a company that has been registering voters in swings states across the country is being accused of tearing up registrations when the voters declare as democrats. Turns out the “independent” company is funded directly by the Republicans. Imagine that. For a complete list of articles on this story, visit this post on DailyKos.

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Freeway Free Speech Day – First Pictures

The first pictures from the freeway bloggers’ “Freeway Free Speech Day” are up. Some very cool stuff, and I’m sad that I didn’t have time to put something together for this project. It would have been cool.

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HoYay

One of my favorite things about the really stellar website Television Without Pity is that most shows have a HoYay forum. It’s fun reading what the recappers thought of my favorite shows, but it’s even more fun reading what other gay people think of my favorite shows. Especially when people in the forums link to

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General News

I haven’t blogged about anything personal for a while, so I’d better catch up. This past weekend I started work on the walkway from the patio to the parking area. I got most of the channel dug out where they sand and pavers will go. Still a bit more to dig out, then sand and

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You’ve got a style and how dare anybody tell you that your style isn’t right.

An excellent interview with Jamie Whyte, author of Crimes Against Logic: Exposing the Bogus Arguments of Politicians, Priests, Journalists, and Other Serial Offenders, on logic and fuzzy thinking. “You are no longer interested in reality because to do that you have to be pretty rigorous, you have to have evidence or do some experimentation. Rather,

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Bush is down in the polls! Quick, issue a terror warning!

Just a short time after the results of the new AP/Ipsos poll show Kerry over Bush 50% to 46% among likely voters, the department of Education is advising school leaders nationwide to watch for people spying on their buildings or buses to help detect any possibility of terrorism like the deadly school siege in Russia.

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Is Bush Wired?

After the debate, there was a lot speculation the George Bush was wired with an earpiece feeding him information about what to say. He had an odd bulge in the back of his coat, and some strange speech patters that suggested it. Here’s a site that investigates the idea that he’s been wired all along.

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Bill Maher on Florida’s Readiness for the election:

“New Rule: Florida has to sit this election out. You know, you’d think after the year 2000, they would have made sure to get it right this time. But, no, even Jimmy Carter–a man who has seen more Third World hellholes than a lesbian couple trying to adopt–even he says Florida is not ready for

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Freeway Blogger

October 13, 2004, National Freeway Free Speech Day: Driving America to Think. I’m trying to get my friends together to do this. Let me know if you want to.

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Bethump’d With Words

My girlfriend has a regular Wednesday night gathering with her friends, and last night they came over to my house and we played the board game Bethump’d With Words, which is a lot of fun. I had never played it before, but I really enjoyed it. Among other things, I learned what “Network Standard English”

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Republicans, Out of Ideas, Ask Prosecutors to Arrest Michael Moore

A Letter from Michael Moore (read the original on his website!): Friends, You may have heard by now that the Michigan Republican Party has called for my arrest. That’s right. They literally want me brought up on charges — and hope that I’m locked up. No, I’m not kidding. The Republican Party, yesterday, filed a

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How to run a Republican National Convention…

On a record of failure? Easy! Just watch this movie, and sing along with the Republican speakers: September 11, September 11, September 11, September 11, 9/11, September 11, September 11, September 11, 9/11, September 11, 2001, September 11, September 11. Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam. Saddam Hussein.

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Fall TV View Reviewed

So far this year, “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” have been standout hits on my list of new shows. Both have interesting/different concepts, excellent character development, and unpredictable story lines that are keeping me interested. “Veronica Mars” is a bit odd and not perfectly developed, but it’s interesting enough that I’ll probably keep watching. The story

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Thanks to everyone who came over

For my party. It was a blast, and I had a great time. Sunday I basically spent the whole day recovering and doing some cleaning. This coming weekend I have to spend some time trying to get the walk-way put in, now that the patio is done. Should be interesting.

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Split-Screen Hilarity and other hi-jinks from Democratic Underground

Democratic Underground has once again hit a home-run with their The Top 10 Conservative Idiots (No. 173). They examine the split-screen phenomenon and how the networks tried to make Bush look not so puny compared to Kerry, but failed. They also tear Bush’s “mexed missages” arguments to pieces, along with his claims about alliances. Funny

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Those are some great personality traits

“It is hardly surprising that Kerry has inspired so many people around the world, because his outstanding attributes are plain to see. Firstly, who can have failed to notice that wonderful ‘not-George-Bush’ quality about him? Plus there is a certain ‘un-Dubya-ness’ he seems to possess, not to mention what the French call the ‘il n’est

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80’s Party Playlist

Songs from an epic 80’s party I threw. (See the pictures from my party here) The original playlist has 1457 songs in it, and was 4.1 days long. I edited that list down to what you see below. I tried to pick a broad cross-section of music genres and I tried to cover as many

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Big Brother in your car

An article in Creative Loafing Magazine: Most people have probably never heard of the agency, called the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. And they haven’t heard of its plans to add another dimension to our national road system, one that uses tracking and sensor technology to erase the lines between cars (see here for

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Sputtering Screw-Up: Businessweek Kicks Bush in the Nuts

Wow, what an analysis, and from Businessweek, no less. Because they’re such the pinko-commie rag. SPUTTERING SCREWUP.  The poignancy of a man ill-prepared for and overwhelmed by his job was never more apparent than when Bush said, “I never wanted to commit troops. When we were debating in 2000, I never dreamed I’d have to

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Debate Results: Huge Viewership, plus Kerry declared winner

The Gallup poll, despite still heavily over-sampling Republicans, shows that Kerry scored the biggest debate victory since Ross Perot in 1992): More Favorable Opinion of Candidate After the Debate 2004 Bush Kerry 9/30 21 46 2000 Bush Gore 10/17 31 29 10/11 40 24 10/3 34 27 1992 Clinton Bush Perot 10/19 27 29 63

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Faces of Frustration

The Democrats have a great video of all the goofy faces and scoffing and snorting that Bush did during the debate…

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My Favorite Debate Moments

Kerry Punches: “Unfortunately, he escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora. We had him surrounded. But we didn’t use American forces, the best trained in the world, to go kill him. The president relied on Afghan warlords and he outsourced that job too. That’s wrong.” “The president just talked about Iraq as a center of

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That was the best thing I’ve seen on TV in years

Kerry just kicked the living crap out of George Bush on television. I’ll bet the next two debates get cancelled for reasons of national security. “”Of course I know Bin Laden attacked us”. Of course I know that!” — George Bush

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2004 Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Drink One Sip If: President Bush says the word “safer” Bush says “terrorism” Bush says “flip flop” Bush says “Saddam Hussein” Bush says “September 11” Kerry says “Enron” or “Halliburton” Kerry says “North Korea” every three times Kerry points with his left hand Anyone mentions their own military service One candidate interrupts another candidate Either

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Salon’s WMD Bombshell and how it’s being censored

President Bush based his famous and false claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger on a set of crudely forged documents. For the last two years, no one has uncovered who falsified these documents, which lie at the heart of Bush’s case for war. Now, CBS’ 60 Minutes program has uncovered new and important

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“A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN”

Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought

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Going Upriver Showings in Indiana

The new movie “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry” will be showing in Indianapolis at the Village Park theater, opening Friday, October 1st. The movie got an A rating and a rave review from Entertainment Weekly:

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Alan Keyes’ Daughter Is Outed

Remember Alan Keyes, the homophobic senate candidate from Illinois, who said during the RNC that Mary Cheney was a “Selfish Hedonist” and gave a long diatribe on how gay people are evil? Well.. his daughter Maya Keyes is an out lesbian with a website. Of course, she got scared and took it down when he

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Stoned Slackers My Ass

Recently, Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” appeared with Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly. “You know what’s really frightening?” O’Reilly teased Stewart. “You actually have an influence on this presidential election. That is scary, but it’s true. You’ve got stoned slackers watching your dopey show every night and they can vote.” A recent Annenberg survey

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Weekend Update 2004-09-27

Stephanie and I did a ton of work at my house this weekend to get the place ready for the party I’m throwing this coming Saturday. Mainly we did a lot of cleaning and organizing. The party will be a retro 80’s party… and in gathering up stuff to wear, we’ve seen tons of appropriate

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Typical Bush Supporter Calls News Show

Typical Bush supporter calls in to C-Spans Washington Journal. Check out what she had to say using Real Player (click on link to September 23 show and fast-forward to 1:56:43), or just read the transcript below: PETER SLEN, HOST: Kenner, Louisiana, good morning. CALLER: Good morning. I’m going to vote for President Bush because, after

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Monkeys In the News: Monkey Jail

The Chicago Tribune ran a fantastic article about a state pen in Punjab, India. The inmates are lifetime offenders, mostly nabbed for stealing, assault, and vandalism. Even the murderers are safe from capital punishment though. That’s because in India, it’s forbidden to kill monkeys. The thief threatened children with bricks and ripped the buttons off

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Jimmy Swaggart, you’re a wuss

Jimmy Swaggart thinks he’s some sort of bad ass, threatening to kill a gay man: “In the broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to gay marriage when he said, “I’ve never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I’m going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me

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“Flip-flopper” label debunked as untrue

Examining Kerry’s actual statements about the Iraq war from the beginning, it becomes apparent that he has never changed position on the Iraq war, and that in fact, Bush has changed his several times.

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Hey Florida, Have You Got the Hint Yet?

Bob Morris noticed some coincidences between Florida voting patterns and hurricanes. So he overlaid a map of how the Florida counties voted with the path of hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan, and discovered that God is punishing people for voting Republican. Let that put you on notice.

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F The CC Lyrics

from Steve Earle’s new album “The Revolution Starts Now” I just bought this song this morning, and it kicks ass. I can’t wait to blast this out the open windows of my truck, along with the Green Day song I posted about below. I used to listen to the radio And I don’t guess they’re

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Outing Gay Republicans

Blog Active is a site that outs gay Republicans who have voted against equal rights protections for gay people. I’m sorry, but nothing is more comedic that exposing right-wing hypocrisy. And Michelangelo Signorile has a great article on how the Gay Republicans avoided him like the plague at the Republican National Convention.

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Excerpt from Michael Moore

A great letter from Michael Moore is here, and here are some excerpts: My friends, it is time for a reality check. 1. The polls are wrong. They are all over the map like diarrhea. On Friday, one poll had Bush 13 points ahead — and another poll had them both tied. There are three

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Dan Rather vs George Bush on the facts

credit goes to Outlet Radio Dan Rather, CBS News Anchor 1) given documents he thought were true 2) failed to thoroughly investigate the facts 3) reported documents to the American people as true to make his case 4) when confronted with the facts, apologized and launched an investigation 5) number of Americans dead: 0 6)

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Minority Voter Intimidation

Salon has an interesting article on the common Republican election tactic of voter intimidation, where they send people into minority areas to discourage people from registering to vote or voting on election day. There have been recent reports of this type of action in Florida surrounding voter registration, where election officials sent police to the

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map of Springfield

One of my co-workers printed this Map of the Simpson’s Springfield to the plotter and has a large poster of it. Unfortunately, I don’t have print drivers to the plotter. Damn it.

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Kobe Bryant’s statements to detectives

Recording and transcript of the interview between Kobe Bryant and the detectives who questioned him about the alleged rape. Needless to say, this put me in a very bad mood. It’s pretty clear that the detectives were awestruck with Kobe and anxious not to charge him with any crime. They basically led him through the

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UN Leader says Iraq Was was Illegal

Interesting… and what I said at the time, questioning why the UN wasn’t making the statement itself. The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the BBC the US-led invasion of Iraq was an illegal act that contravened the UN charter. He said the decision to take action in Iraq should have been made by

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Our Own Republican Dick Lugar criticizes Bush on Iraq

U.S. Lawmakers blasted the Bush administration Wednesday for its handling of the war in Iraq and said they were confounded only a fraction of $18.4 billion in U.S. rebuilding funds had been spent. In an unusually nonpartisan hearing, Republican and Democratic senators urged senior State Department officials to try harder to speed up the reconstruction

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Soldiers told to re-enlist or go to Iraq

COLORADO SPRINGS – Soldiers from a Fort Carson combat unit say they have been issued an ultimatum – re-enlist for three more years or be transferred to other units expected to deploy to Iraq.

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Vacation Update: New Patio Work

So far… I rented a 60 lb. jack hammer, and with a great deal of help from my friend Kathy, we broke up the 6 foot by 9 foot patio and the set of cement stairs at my back door. I discovered that a 60 lb. jack hammer is pretty damned heavy. Yesterday, I loaded

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I’m sorry, but no matter how you slice it, the French are just cool.

From the Guardian: “Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital’s chic 16th arrondissement. Officers admit they are at a loss to know who built or used one of Paris’s most intriguing recent discoveries. “We have no idea whatsoever,” a police spokesman said.” “Members

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Cheney Tries To Scare America into Voting Against Kerry

Cheney tries to claim that voting for Kerry will cause another terrorist attack. The terrorist don’t want Kerry in office. They want Bush. He’s the best recruiting tool they’ve ever had, and he has no support from any important country in the world. They also do a lot of business with him through the Saudi

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Texans For Truth

Texans for Truth, established by the 20,000-member Texas online activist group, DriveDemocracy.org, has produced a 0:30 second television advertisement, “AWOL.” The ad features Robert Mintz, one of many who served in Alabama’s 187th Air National Guard — when Bush claims to have been there — who have no memory of Bush on the base. In

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Arrest account from an Indepedent Media member during the

“Amendment I – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Eddie Codel, a photographer/reporter for Indymedia.com, was

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Labor Day Weekend Update

So on Friday it rained, so a couple of us from work spent our last summer hours Friday at Union Jacks, drinking. Otherwise I would have mowed the lawn. Later Stephanie and I went to Target and ate out at Colorado Steakhouse because we had zoo book coupons. I had a really great prime rib

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Ah, Technology.

We have one of those high-tech bathrooms here at work where everything is automated. The toilet flushes by itself, you wave your hands under the soap dispenser for soap, and under the faucet for water, so you never have to touch anything unsanitary. Which is really cool, except when the technology breaks. For a while

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Excerpts of John Kerry’s Upcoming Remarks

The election comes down to this. If you believe this country is heading in the right direction, you should support George Bush. But if you believe America needs to move in a new direction, join with us. John and I offer a better plan that will make us stronger at home and more respected in

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Zell Miller delivers most embarrassing convention speech ever

Zell Miller, “Democrat”, delivered the most ridiculous, partisan noise-filled speech ever delivered at a national political convention… one that will go down in history as a “most embarrassing moment” because it’s such a hate-filled screed. Check it out for yourself. Then Miller went on Hardball with Chris Matthews, a man not exactly known for being

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Republican Alan Keyes calls Dick Cheney’s Daughter a “Selfish Hedonist”

In case you missed all the really great fun, During an interview with Michelangelo Signorile at the Republican National Convention on Monday, carpetbagger Republican candidate Alan Keyes, who is running for office in Illinois against media darling Barack Obama, was asked about Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter. What he answered is causing a firestorm

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Bush’s Homeland Harrassment Security Department at work

In photo essay “Humiliated, Angry, Ashamed, Brown.” Photo student Ian Spiers get hassled repeatedly by the Seattle PD and federal agents about taking pictures in a public place. Never mind that all the other photographers all around him were left alone. They were all white. I’m so glad my tax dollars are being spent on

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RNC Protests

Apparently more than 800 protestors were arrested in New York yesterday while protesting the Repugnican National Convention. That’s more protestors than actually attended the Democratic Convention. The United For Peace march on Sunday estimates were somewhere in the neighborhood of 500,000 protestors. Check out these great photos on a yahoo slide show of the “Pink

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What did he say? Nixon? Ummm…

In Arnie’s speech at the Right-wing Nutjob Convention, he invoked Richard Nixon. I finally arrived here in 1968. I had empty pockets, but I was full of dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend who spoke German and English, translated for

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Where the Terrorists will strike, and Bush doesn’t care

The areas where the terrorists are most likely to strike… they’re all covered by our Homeland Security, right? Um, no, their not. Not at all. Because we’re spending so much money in Iraq, major hot spots here are not funded or protected adequately. Mother Jones analyzes the data:

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The Kingdom of Loathing

The Kingdom of Loathing (or KoL, as it has come to be known by its player base) is a free, comical RPG, brought to you by the folks at Asymmetric Publications. KoL is played from the comfort of your browser, and is adorned with a staggering array of stunning hand-drawn images. It is turn-based, which

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Bigotry and anti-gay hate at the Republican National Convention

Pastor Donnie McClurkin will be performing at the Republican National Convention. Among other things, McClurkin thinks homosexuality is a “curse,” that it’s caused by men raping small children, that being gay is a choice, that it can be cured, and most explosively, that gays are trying to “kill our children.” He’s come to those conclusions

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Holy Crap. And… Cool!

Look at where dumb old George is in the polls, according to the latest Economist polling. 39% Approval rating. Wow, that Swift Boat shit isn’t doing too well for you, W. Maybe you should drop that crap and run on your record. Oh, wait. You don’t have one.

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For your entertainment…

A letter from my sister Stacy. When I replied, I pointed out that she should have mentioned a key piece of information up front… the fact that she’s now a blonde. Because I was busy picturing her in various activities (writing a novel, driving on the wrong side of the road, tipping cows) with entirely

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Creepy!!!!

This webpage, “I found a digital camera in the woods” is quite eerie. I’m thinking it must be a set-up or fictional page, because it’s pretty unusual to just find a digital camera in the woods, let alone with these photos on it. But some pretty neat photography and some creepy unusual things, too. Must

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1982 Video Game high scorers…

Boing Boing has a really great post on Life magazine’s 1982 magazine spread on the hot teen craze, arcade video gaming, with the best of the arcade gamers meeting at the Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa to battle it out for the high score. The picture they have of the geek kids is pretty

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Friends

Yikes, I haven’t been keeping up with what my friends are doing lately. I’m so sorry I haven’t called, e-mailed or otherwise communicated with you. I have no excuse, really except that I have been wicked busy lately. Stephanie and I have been doing a lot around her house and around mine to get stuff

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Aerial View of Indianapolis

This got sent around our neighborhood website a while back, but I never had the chance to check it out until recently. It’s aerial maps of Indianapolis that you can zoom in on and move around, similar to map quest. The cool thing is, on the 2003 maps, I can zoom in and see the

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Vacation

I took Thursday, Friday and Monday off as vacation days. I was at home the whole time, but I didn’t blog anything because I spent most of the time working on stuff around the house. Mostly a bunch of small projects designed to make things more convenient. The shelf in the dining room closet was

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“Boycott for Equality” and “Shut It Down”

Boycott for Equality is calling for gay and lesbian people to drop out of the United States economy on October 8th to demonstrate that we are vital and important members of our communities with significant economic presence. There are three elements to the boycott: No Work, No Purchases and No Cell Phones. In New York,

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Four for Friday Update 2004-08-10

I haven’t answered Belicove’s Four for Friday in quite a while, so I thought I’d catch up. Q1: If you were a lawyer, would you agree to represent deposed Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein? What if you were a doctor or psychologist… would you agree to treat him? Even terrible people need legal representation and basic

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Bush administration Outs another intelligence agent for political reasons

In an effort to take credit for combating terror and to duck criticism about the latest round of years-old terror warnings, the Bush Administration leaked the name of Al-Qaeda mole Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan who was cooperating with Pakistani authorities in a sting operation against Al-Qaeda that has since gone sour because of the leak.

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“Gays wield extreme power” Oklahoma senator sounds like Hitler

Tom Coburn is also George W. Bush’s head of the presidential AIDS commission. Compare and contrast quotes of his with Adolf Hitler: “The gay community has infiltrated the very centers of power in every area across this country, and they wield extreme power. … That agenda is the greatest threat to our freedom that we

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Fay Wray Dies at 96 in New York

Giant monkeys everywhere are crying. In other Obituary news, Rick James died this past weekend at the age of 56. However, the autopsy didn’t reveal a cause of death.

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Somebody stole my rainbow Flag

From in front of my house, for the second time. I’m pretty pissed about it. However, my name is etched onto the pole, and the flag is super-glued to the pole, so whoever has it, if they stole it to put outside their house, won’t be able to display it without me finding it. I

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Terrorists in Carmel, Indiana? Bullshit!

At a recent rally in Venice, Florida in support of President Bush, Katherine “Fixin’ the Votes” Harris told the crowd that Bush is winning the war on terror. As an example, she cited that the mayor of Carmel, Indiana had told her they had recently arrested a Middle Eastern man with hundreds of pounds of

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Two more Bush crap items

First, you may have heard that the recent terror alerts for financial institutions in New York and Washington were based on intelligence that was more than four years old, some of it even prior to 9/11. Can you say “campaign stunt” anyone? This probably is in reaction to the fact that Kerry is massively up

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Subservient President

Go to “Subservient President” and make Georgie boy dance. If you type in: “kill yourself,” “fire Rumsfeld,” “go fuck yourself,” “fire Cheney,” or “tell the truth” he will just scratch his head. But if you tell him to snort cocaine, dance, or lie to me, he has some great responses. Also try “bite me.”

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Eighties Party Music

The party is on Saturday, October 2nd at 8 p.m. I’ve ripped all the albums I need (I think) and I have eliminated duplicate songs from the compilation discs that Doug gave me. Currently I have 1482 songs in my playlist, which is 4.1 Days worth of music. I have to narrow that down a

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Free on iTunes: Democratic National Convention

iTunes makes all of the speeches from the Democratic National Convention available free for download. If you haven’t heard Barack Obama speak, download his speech; it’s amazing. I also deeply enjoyed Jimmy Carter. Yes, I have copies of all them. Also, the 9/11 Commission report is a free download as well.

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Media Matters: Watch Dog Site says “bullshit!”

If you want to catch Fox News/George W. Bush/right-wing nutjobs in lies every single day, several times a day, check out the Media Matters website, which checks out what “THEY” say, and then shows you the video or audio footage of the real live event, so you can see for yourself the bullshit they perpetrate.

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Good Morning! Song to sing early in the morning

I made a couple different versions of this CD, and added some songs to it later. Originally I made this for my friends Mia and Ria, because they were talking about how Mia is a morning person and Ria isn’t. Mia likes to get up and putter around the house singing in the morning. So

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Against Bush!

Librarians Against Bush! Bands Against Bush! Kids Against Bush! Knitters Against Bush! Republicans Against Bush! Bluetooth Users Against Bush! Bushes Against Bush!

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Unhappy with your low-wage job? Bush team says “prozac”

A campaign worker for President Bush (news – web sites) said on Thursday American workers unhappy with low-quality jobs should find new ones — or pop a Prozac to make themselves feel better. “Why don’t they get new jobs if they’re unhappy — or go on Prozac?” said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign

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Comic Book Ads

Very cool site, Super Marketing: Ads from the comic books, has scanned all the ads for you to look at. Cool. I’ve been wanting to go back and look at ads since I read the book on Urban Tribes, and they were talking about having ordered the kit to make a personal hover craft from

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Walmart Funds Bush, Costco Backs Kerry Financing ’04 Campaign

Source: Bloomberg – “Wal-Mart Funds Bush, Costco Backs Kerry Financing ’04 Campaign” [link deprecated] Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer and owner of Sam’s Club warehouse stores, gives more money to Republican candidates than any other company. Its top three managers, including Chief Executive Officer H. Lee Scott, donated the individual maximum $2,000 to President George

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Republican Immorality vs. Democratic Values

Excerpted from the Salon Article, “How should John Kerry talk about values?” The Rev. Andrew Greeley, professor of sociology at the University of Arizona; author of the novel “The Priestly Sins”: The Democratic Party needs to demonstrate that it shares these values with the vast majority of Americans: Americans have the right to honest and

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Things I Learned from Hanuman

However pretty, the sun is not really a fruit. You can set the world on fire with your tail. If you look for the goodness in the hearts of everyone, you will notice gods in disguise walking among you. Sometimes the only solution is to make an enormous leap into the unknown, and have faith

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Monkeys In The News

After suffering an illness a few weeks ago, a 5-year-old female black macaque In Israel began walking upright on it’s back legs. Monkeys usually alternate between upright movement and walking on all fours. No word yet on whether they’ll make her start wearing clothes.

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Speaking of making stuff yourself….

Check out the ReadyMade site, for people who like to make stuff. This is great! They have a whole page on how to make iPod speakers out of Altoid tins and playing cards. That rocks!

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Bottle Cap Tripod

This home-made tripod is very cool; I think I’ll put one of these together just to carry around. It fits on a regular soda bottle.

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More Right-wing Censorship at Work

Singer Linda Ronstadt was escorted offstage at her concert at a Las Vegas hotel last weekend when she praised the controversial film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which criticizes President Bush. This just a week after Whoopi Goldberg was fired from her job for Slim-Fast for making jokes about the Bush Administration during a Democratic Fundraiser. I may

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Totally gay or lesbian!

Coming to a film-festival near you, Gay Propaganda: short film recreations of 11 famous scenes from movies, only with same sex couples… including “The Gay Graduate”, “Gay On Golden Pond” and “The Gay Breakfast Club.” Sounds like fun!

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Weekend Update 2004-07-19

This weekend, I did a ton of work on my Dad’s website, and because of that we had to skip the Fever game on Friday. Saturday I worked on the site more. Saturday night, Stephanie and I went to Dan and Doug’s 70’s party, which was really fun. We dressed as random hippies, because the

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Democracy? Not in these United States

Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL) represents 600,000 Americans in the Duval County/Jacksonville area. During the 2000 election, 27,000 ballots went ptooey from faulty machines, just in Rep. Brown’s district alone. And you can guess the relative skin shades of the folks whose votes a) were not for the governor’s brother, and b) didn’t count. Thursday, the

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Women Who Dared

I haven’t found the author of the below e-mail that was forwarded to me, but I thought it was great. The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty-prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 helpless women wrongly

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Responsible Shopper

I had no idea this Responsible Shopper site existed! For a long time, I’ve been thinking something like it would be good. I can never remember what companies I’m supposed to be boycotting at any given time… is it still wrong for me to go to Cracker Barrel, for example? Because it’s owned by Altria

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FOUR FOR FRIDAY. Er. Wednesday.

Courtesy of belicove.com. Q1: Have you ever marched in a parade? If so, what was the cause/reason/banner/float you marched under? The 1987 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights, The 1993 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights, The 25th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1994, The 2000 March on

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Senate Blocks Bush Move to Ban Same-Sex Marriage. For Now.

Yep, the senate voted not to pass the amendment denying marriage rights to gay people today. However, they basically knew it would fail this year. The key was to get people on record voting against the amendment, so they can use it as a tool to bash Senators in the upcoming election. Then if they

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Celebrity Look Alike

If I could look like any celebrity, I would love to look like Sophie B. Hawkins. She’s incredibly gorgeous, and I love the way she dresses… very down to earth and a lot like I do. Even when she’s dressed up, she has amazing style. And then there are the times when she dresses up

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I feel great

I went to the gym this morning. It was really cool. I’ve been wary of going in the morning, because I hate showering with people I don’t know, but it turns out the showers are very private in this gym, unlike my old one, so I felt just fine. Nobody saw me naked or anything.

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Stuff I need to read, but keep getting diverted from:

Things that have been sitting on my bookshelf forever that I’m dying to get to, but I keep getting diverted by one or the other book clubs I’m in. I think I may have to let one of them go, much as I hate the idea. I might have to be the women’s book club,

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My Sister’s House

My sister Stacy lives in England, and this is her house. Apparently, her husband Roger just got a new job, and they’re moving, so they’re selling to move to a new place.

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Political contributions

Look up who your favorite celebrities are endorsing for president. Chekc out who in your zip code is supporting your candidate. Or just search for everyone with your last name. Hmmm. Something’s not quite right here, because I made contributions that should be showing up here.

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The Top 10 Conservative Idiots (No. 163)

The wingnuts of Team Bush (1,2) were out in force last week trying to knock down John Kerry’s selection of John Edwards as his running mate – to very little avail. Ken Lay (3) was indicted, which was exciting, and George Bush pretended not to know him (again). Meanwhile it was revealed that the Bush

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Fark Parodies Right-wing paper NY Post’s front page screw-up

You may have heard that the New York Post screwed up their front page story on John Kerry’s running mate, announcing that it would be Richard Gephardt rather than the actual VP selection John Edwards. It’s now coming out that the NYP article on Gephardt was written by Fox News/NYPost owner Rupert Murdoch, who apparently

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NY Times reviews “Outfoxed” movie about Fox News

I have a copy of this great documentary on DVD: ”Outfoxed” has been made in secret. The film is an obsessively researched expose of the ways in which Fox News, as Greenwald sees it, distorts its coverage to serve the conservative political agenda of its owner, the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. It features interviews with

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Bush administration investigates delaying election

It’s even on CNN — so fucking wake up and pay attention, for pete’s sake: U.S. officials have discussed the idea of postponing Election Day in the event of a terrorist attack on or about that day, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Sunday. The department wants to know about the possibility of granting emergency

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Indiana under George Bush

Source: DNC Research Read more in this downloadable file about Indiana stats under the Bush administration. 47,380 more Indiana workers have become unemployed since Bush took office. 26,900 of Indiana workers have lost their unemployment benefits since january 2004. 69,800 Indiana manufacturing jobs lost since Bush took office. 46 percent of Indiana taxpayers will receive

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Children Abused at Abu Ghraib prison

German reporters are investigating International Red Cross reports that more than 100 children are imprisoned at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and there are some reports of torture and abuse of the children.

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Current Electoral Votes

Electoral Vote Predictor 2004 is an interesting political site that analyzes poll data and produces a map illustrating what the current status in the presidential race is. A great visual overview of the race.

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Weekend Update 2004-07-12

I didn’t get a change to blog about the July 4th weekend, because I was so busy last week working on the Brady Games website. It seems to be up and running well. Most of the weekend we did stuff around Stephanie’s house; just summer cleaning and organizing. We did go to David and Garrett’s

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Hell Money

In China, the word Hell doesn’t carry the same negative connotation as western Hell. The popular story has it that zealous Christian missionaries warned all non-Christian Chinese they’d “go to Hell” upon death. In a classic case of misinterpretation, the Chinese believed Hell was the English term for the Afterlife. The word was incorporated and

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80’s Music From Doug

98 compilation CDs. 662 Artists. 1352 Songs, 3.7 Days worth of music. 7.28 GB of disk space. Of course, there are duplicate songs, so the numbers on the final count will change, and I have quite a few 80’s CDs in my own collection. I still have to add the collections together and eliminate duplicates.

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I have a policy that I can fly…

Jason Kottke has a funny post about some security holes in friendster’s software that can be hacked to gather people’s names and addresses… when presented with the information, Friendster replied “We have a policy that we’re not being hacked.” If only life worked that way. “We have a policy that we’re not being hacked.” That’s

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Salon Article: Republicans Adjust Strategy to Target Gay Marriage

Because of the erosion of support from independents and from moderate Republicans, Salon reports that Karl Rove’s new strategy is to energize evangelical Christians for the election. His choice of tool: The anti-gay marriage amendment. so they’re coming after me, y’all. The White House’s strategy for winning the votes of evangelicals has several components. It

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Weekend Update 2004-06-29

Friday, Stephanie and I went to Girl’s Game Night and had fun. It was nice to see Lori, whom I haven’t seen in a while, and her friend Kat was fun. Saturday was busy because Stephanie had a skating competition downtown, and she had a compulsory event in the morning (she won second place) and

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FOUR FOR FRIDAY

Courtesy of belicove.com. Q1: Are you in favor of privatizing Social Security? No. I’m in favor of fixing the system, but not privatizing it. I’d write the book on how and why that can be done, but I belive it’s possible, but I don’t have time right now. Q2: Earlier this week Clinton’s publisher, Knopf,

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Iraq war ‘will cost each US family $3,415’

Well, I can’t afford it. Spike’s going to have to get a doggie job. The United States has spent more than $126bn on the war in Iraq, which will ultimately cost every American family an estimated $3,415, according to a new report by two think tanks. The report, published yesterday by the Institute for Policy

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Yea! Stephanie’s home!

I’m so happy; I got to spend the evening with Stephanie last night. Turns out she’s not at all a figment of my imagination. 🙂 I feel like I should have little cartoon blue birds flying around my head this morning. UPDATE: There; an appropriate bluebird of happiness, just for this post. 🙂

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Low Country Boil

This is the dinner that David and Garrett cooked out last year on Fourth of July weekend. It was an amazing meal, and I think I’ve been talking about it all year since. They’re doing it again this year, and I can’t wait.

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Fahrenheit 9/11 movie showtimes

Where it’s playing in Indianapolis this weekend, and what the times are, because I know you’re all going to go see this movie, right? Kerasotes Showplace 16 — 12:50pm | 3:50 | 6:50 | 9:40 Kerasotes ShowPlace 12 — 12:50pm | 3:50 | 6:50 | 9:40 AMC Clearwater Crossing 12 — 1:20pm | 4:20 |

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women’s book club book

Second Glance is the book our women’s book club chose for August. My co-worker’s book club is still deciding on what book to read for July going to read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

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I miss my girl!

As cool as it was to watch Stephanie’s whole road trip vacation online, it just wasn’t the same as having her here. I had a sort of half-way dream one night that maybe the whole relationship was only a figment of my imagination. So I got up and got one of the cards she gave

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Cookies Revisited

And a few more quotes from my own quote pages; none of these made it to the fark site: They cannot take away our cookie if we do not give it to them. — Gandhi Live, live, live! Life is a cookie, and most poor suckers are starving to death. — Auntie Mame Show me

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C is for Cookie, and Cookie is for me.

This post dedicated to my brother Todd, who used to sleepwalk in the middle of the night and steal cookies out of the cookie tin while he was at it. Or so he claimed, anyway. I still think he was awake the whole time. Found this link on my friend Lori’s site, thought I’d share:

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9/11 Commission: No Al Qaeda Ties. America: Duh, what?

Despite the fact that the 9/11 Commission report indicates that there were no ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda and that Iraq had nothing to do with the September 11th attack, the American people are still being lead astray by numerous misleading news articles, and by the vice president. Thus leading the American people in

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Country Songs about Pickup Trucks

I made this mix to play in my pickup, because people kept joking about me becoming a country music fan after I bought one. 1 Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson – Redneck Woman – Single 2 What Was I Thinkin’ – Dierks Bentley – Dierks Bentley 3 Big Ol’ Truck – Toby Keith – Toby

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iPAL Portable Jukebox for iPod

From a review on the Cool Tools website of the Tivoli PAL unit, this cool little box is $129.99 from Amazon.com, which can plug into your iPod for an portable stereo experience. “Several readers turned me onto the Tivoli PAL unit. This is a weatherized, rubber-coated radio/speaker that accepts an iPod (or any other music

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Gratuitous Wonder Woman linkage

For no real reason, except that I happened to click on it on someone else’s site, a really nice photo of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. Which is coming out on DVD on June 29th, BTW. You’ll want to pre-order that right away. I did.

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Hey, Crackhead

A funny note posted on Craig’s List from a guy who’s kind pissed that someone sawed off the sparkplugs on his motorcycle to use them as crackpipes. I had no idea that you could use sparkplugs as crack pipes. That’s kinda interesting.

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Texarkana, Texas

The eastern caravan stayed the night in Texarkana, Texas last night. Their destination today is Sweetwater, Texas, a town that really has a ball when the caravan comes through. Yesterday, they stopped in Memphis, Tennessee to see the pyramid, and stopped a couple of times to deal with a running board problem that Stephanie was

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Radio Flyer

Don’t mind me, I’m just bookmarking this site for something I’m working on.

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U.S. Truck Carrying Radioactive Waste INTO Iraq

Kuwait customs officials stopped four U.S. trucks unders suspicion of bringing radioactive waste into Iraq, and discovered that one of them was indeed filled with radioactive material, with no explanation of why it would be bringing the material into Iraq. No weapons of mass destruction, so why don’t we plant some?

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All Pods Caravan Update….

Hey, look, it’s my girlfriend leaving Nashville in her Beetle! Lisa and Spacepod are driving behind Stephanie, who’s driving Phoebe. You can also see all the cars on the caravan on the graph at the bottom of the main page. Hmmm. This is pretty cool; I can keep tabs on my girlfriend even when she’s

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Podvision is Live

Lisa Linn’s webcams for the New Beetle caravan roadtrip to Roswell are up and are broadcasting their trip now. I think they’re at lunch at the moment, so it’s broacasting a review of the shots so far. Sometime later this evening or tomorrow morning, you’ll be able to see my girlfriend Stephanie join the caravan.

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Signal Orange: representing Iraq war dead on bodies of the living

Signal Orange is a project to make the invisible visible — which is a premise and prerequisite for democracy. The goal of Signal Orange is to unveil the faces that the Bush Administration wants hidden — and to stop pretending that its actions in Iraq are inconsequential. This is a response: Signal Orange represents the

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Urban Tribes

I was bookstore shopping with Stephanie and she pointed out a book to me that her friends had talked about, called Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment by Ethan Watters. It’s a book that examines the cultural trend of young people getting married at a later age and of forming close tribe-like

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FOUR FOR FRIDAY

Q: What sorts of things did you enjoy reading as a child? Everything! Mysteries were a big favorite, but I loved all sorts of fiction, and I enjoyed biographies, too. Q: Are you now, or did you ever, mourn or grieve over the death of former U.S. President Ronald Regan? Probably about as much as

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Republicans and blacks, Repubicans and gay people

Josh Marshall has a really interesting post on the subject of minority groups and the Republican party. He’s speaking specifically about the black community and their overwhelming support of the Democratic party, but his arguments apply to the relationship between the Republican Party and gay people as well.

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Saudi’s 9/11 flight from country confirmed

For three years, the Bush administration has been denying that Saudi citizens were in flight around the country, and also out of the country during the time when all air traffic was grounded after the 9/11 attack. They admitted some time ago that there were in-country flights containing Saudi citizens during the grounding, (when *you*

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Note to self: Return to this later

I heard from several people that this online game is really the bomb: the anti-Bush online adventure — “Which can only be experienced and not described!” I don’t have time to play it right now, but I’m noting it here in hope that I will, someday in the distant future, actually have some free time.

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All Pods Go To Roswell

Every year in June, the town of Roswell, New Mexico plays host to the largest New Beetle Car Show in the world. Hundreds of New Beetle owners make their way to the famed UFO desert town in organized caravans for the 3 day event that includes a car show, parade, parties, rallies and a skywatch

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Schrödinger’s Cat

Here is a nice, simple… well okay not simple, but consise… well not consise, really but understandable explanation of the physics paradox of Schrödinger’s Cat. I’ve found myself trying to explain this theory when I was trying to explain why I wanted to name my dog Pavlov and my cat Schrödinger. I did not do

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Julie Andrews

One of the many things I have in common with my girlfriend is that we both have a huge thing for Julie Andrews… Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, everything she was ever in. This weekend we saw the preview for The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and both of us said at once: “we’re going

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FOUR FOR FRIDAY

Courtesy of Belicove.com: Q: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and hubby Chris Martin recently gave birth to a girl they named “Apple” (Apple Blythe Alison Martin, to be more exact). How do you feel about unconventional names such as the one Paltrow and Martin bestowed upon their bouncing baby girl? Do you feel they’re appropriate, inappropriate, a

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Discovery Channel’s “Big”

Several people sent me links to this, because I love photographing “Big Things” — Discovery channel is having an entire series on Big stuff and the people who create it. Cool.

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Just saw the news

I guess Reagan died Saturday. Well, I feel bad about that, but honestly, I’m more upset about Geupel. I liked the dog a lot more.

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Weekend Update 2004-06-07

I might have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating… I have a truly wonderful girlfriend. Stephanie is amazing and I am such a lucky person to know her and to have her in my life. 🙂 On Thursday, Stephanie and I went to an Indian’s game. Friday I went to her house and she

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21 Questions, Asked and Answered

1. Which political party do you typically agree with? The Democrats. Obviously. 2. Which political party do you typically vote for? The Democrats. Obviously. 3. List the last five presidents that you voted for. Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton 4. Which party do you think is smarter about the economy? The Democrats. Obviously. 5.

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Weekend Update 2004-06-03

On Friday night I grocery shopped and spent the evening at home with Spike. Stephanie went north to visit her parents and friends Friday and Saturday, and I worked on my Dad’s site and did some stuff around the house. I got caught up on laundry, finally did all the dishes, and generally organized stuff.

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Why happy couples are so annoying

Stephanie was telling me about this article, and I figured there are a couple of our friends who might appreciate it. Just a little. Few things in the world spread as much misery as a happy, smiling, well-adjusted pair of newly minted lovebirds. Wherever you go — shopping malls, restaurants, target ranges — you’re likely

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Enron Traders Caught On Tape

Not that anyone will apologize to Gray Davis, or try to get Ah-nold out of office or anything. Or even that anyone will notice that the exact same thing is happening here in Indiana, and O’Bannon is being blamed for the federal government screwing the Indiana economy… (CBS) When a forest fire shut down a

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Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age

A link I found on my friend Melissa’s site: Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age a site that lets you plug in your age and see a list of things that people had already achieved when they were your age. For me, since I’m turning 36 this coming Sunday:

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FOUR FOR FRIDAY

Courtesy of belicove.com. I’m late again, of course. Q: What’s your favorite bagel, muffin, and/or doughnut (we’re talking flavor and/or brand)? Not an enormous bagel fan. I’d eat them if someone put them in front of me, but I don’t generally buy them for myself. Doughnuts – I like anything with chocolate on it, and

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Reasons It’s Tough to be a Republican in 2004

Somehow, you have to believe concurrently that: 1. Jesus loves you, but shares your deep hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton. 2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, but our highest national priority is enforcing U. N. resolutions against Iraq. 3.”Standing Tall for America” means firing your workers and moving their

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How the Bushies Change a Light Bulb

How many members of the Bush administration are required to replace the proverbial light bulb? The Answer is SEVEN: (1) one to deny that a light bulb needs to be replaced; (2) one to attack and question the patriotism of anyone who has questions about the light bulb; (3) one to blame the previous administration

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New York Times: We Believed Bush’s Lies

The New York Times has finally come out and admitted that it printed lies delivered to the paper by the Bush administration verbatim, without investigating and determining the truth behind the information they were being given.

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President Gore calls Bush evil, soulless, incompetent

Holy crap. Well, you tell them, Al. One of the clearest indications of the impending loss of intimacy with one’s soul is the failure to recognize the existence of a soul in those over whom power is exercised, especially if the helpless come to be treated as animals, and degraded. We also know – and

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Newspaper Names

For a brain-storming session on a name for a new local Indianapolis paper, these were some of our ideas. Apparently, I’m the only one who thinks the name “Naptown Argus” as a Indianapolis newspaper is laugh-out-loud funny. Hmmm. Too much Greek Mythology as a child, not enough playing outside. (edited to add suggestions from reader

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Bush’s Poll numbers are down: time for new “terrorist threat”

Wow, Bush’s poll numbers are hitting an all-time low of less than 40% approval rating, so the Administration is whipping out a brand new “warning of imminent terrorist threat” to scare people into getting the ratings back up. Quick, everyone hide under the desk and vote for Bush, or the terrorists are gonna get ya!

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Belicove’s Four for Friday

This weeks questions early: Q: Would you rather receive free gasoline for your car for one year, or free meals for a year at your favorite restaurant? Free meals. I spend way more on food than I do on gas. Q: Do you think it’s hypocritical for SUV drivers to display environmentally-focused bumper stickers on

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But if the gays don’t get you, the Cicadas will…

According to Cicadaville.com, Cincinnati’s cicada authority, “not only are human children are the primary source of nutrition for Cicadas, but Cicadas have a deadly venom that is injected through a small bone like tube known as the “Cicada deadly venom tube.” The venom can kill a human being instantly. In 1987, the last time the

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Heritage Foundation VP blames gays for Abu Ghraib prison torture

Heritage Foundation vice president Rebecca Hagelin, in a recent column published on Townhall.com, tries to suggest that American soldiers were influence to commit the torture by sexual excesses, including homosexuality, at home in the US. Nevermind that the whole thing was really Rumsfeld’s idea.

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Language

Things I’ve said recently that I’ve never said before: I used the word “canoodling” in a sentence. On more than one occasion. In reference to something I’d been doing. I said “You have a better remembory than I do” outloud to another person. “Remembory” is one of the words I used to say when I

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Weekend Update 2004-05-18

Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, and this entry was due yesterday. Friday night I hosted the monthly lesbian pitch-in and had a nice turn out of 19 people. Mary Byrne and Tamara Tracy came to see my house, which was fun. There was some GREAT food. And I got to show off my girlfriend. Saturday

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Bush Renews Call to Ban Gay Marriage

I want this man out of my White House. At the very least, the man needs to go back to high school and take a damned civics course, so he can remember how the government, especially the judiciary, is supposed to work. From the Indianapolis Star: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Bush on Monday renewed

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 156)

This week’s list, courtesy the democratic underground. Of course, the Iraq thing is worse and Bush’s poll numbers are slipping badly (not that you would know that by what you see on the news) but there are some other gems in there as well.

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Republicans Announce Convention Event Schedule

Courtesy of Rich Procter at The Smirking Chimp: The following is the “first final” list of events for the Republican National Convention in New York City, August 30 to September 2. AUGUST 30 6 p.m. – OPENING PRAYER read by Mel Gibson, while being flogged with a spiked leather strap wielded by Ann Coulter, who

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Massachusetts Performs First Legal Gay Marriages

Ahhh, love. Isn’t it grand? Have I mentioned recently that I expect my whole family to vote Democrat this year?? Via Reuters: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Two women were among the first gay couples to be legally married on Monday and hundreds more waited for their turn to make history as Massachusetts became the only

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Songs for a New Day

One of the first CD mixes I made to give my sweetheart, Stephanie, filled with songs that made me think of her.

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What Do I Know Dumpster Diving playlist

One of my favorite blog sites, What Do I Know, has a great iTunes Playlist of guilty pleasure songs from younger days, entitled the Dumpster Diving Playlist. It’s now available in the iTunes store as an iMix. What a great list!! Oh my god… I’m totally buying these. I’ve Never Been to Me (Remixed Single

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Familiar Strangers

Interesting article I found on Boing Boing about blue-tooth mobile phones that recognized other blue-tooth enabled devices around them and keep track of their IDs, eventually building a list of “familiar strangers” or people who are often in your immediate area.

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One of Them Must Be Cher

This is one of those posts that might skirt very close to becoming Too Much Information, so I will try to stay as far this side of the line as I can. But there’s something that cracked me up that I really want to write about. I’ve been reading Good Vibrations Complete Guide to Sex

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Comments Enabled

Blogger did some major updates to their technology, and now I can allow comments on the site without having to use a third party. So I’m going to turn on the ability to comment on some posts on my site, just to see how it goes.

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Note to self:

start here: Week of April 20, 2003 end here: Week of June 15, 2003 Just editing some stuff and making notes for myself. Not too important really.

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Weekend Update 2004-05-10

I had a wonderful weekend. Didn’t accomplish that much around the house, but spent a lot of time with Stephanie. It was nice; helped us get over the stress of everything that happened earlier in the week.

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Stuff I used to believe

When I was a kid, I got the colors yellow and orange confused all the time, because yellow cabs are actually *orange* and I would read the name “yellow” and think that was the color. No I didn’t learn colors late, I learned to read early. Also, I remember my grandma talking with my mom

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Four For Friday 2004-05-07

Courtesy of belicove.com. Q: Some people collect fine art, while others have a passion for baseball cards. How about you? Do you collect anything in particular? If you don’t, did you collect anything as a kid, or would you like to in the future? Yep, big list right here [link deprecated]. Q: When you think

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Limbaugh is apparently still on drugs….

Check out what he said Tuesday on the air about the torturing of Iraqi prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib. Check out a list of some of the horrific activities that have been documented and photographed. Also, I have a bunch of the photos archived that I’m hoping to get around to mirroring on my

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Name Statistics

Stephanie is the #41 most common female name. 0.4% of females in the US are named Stephanie. Around 510000 US females are named Stephanie! source namestatistics.com Interesting. But how many Stephanie Ann’s are there? And what are the odds that two of them would be dating each other?

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Things that are poisonous to pets

It’s not just chocolate and onions, but also grapes and a whole host of other things that are edible for humans but not for dogs and cats. Very useful to information from petalia.com. Also, other common household products that you should keep away from pets. More about grapes and raisins, which can cause renal failure

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Two Indianapolis men sentenced for killing trans teen, friend

From the Indianapolis Star on the death of Nireah Johnson and the sentencing of her killers: Two Indianapolis men declared their innocence today even as a judge sentenced them to prison for killing a cross-dressing teen and his female friend. Superior Court Judge Robert Altice sentenced Paul Moore to a combined 120 years in prison

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Green on Thursday, Red on Friday. Got it.

What’s funny about the following e-mail I got is that we were discussing recently how, when we were kids, they used to say “if you wear green on Thursdays, it means you’re gay!” And no one would wear green. So we were talking about wearing green on Thursdays…

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An FYI…

Sunday night I had a prowler around my house. I happened to see him outside the window of my house; he was peering in and seemed to be moving back and forth outside the window. I think he saw me and was startled, so he took off. I called the police, but they walked all

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Helpless

I’m sure everyone’s been in the situation where you have a friend who’s having real problems, but there isn’t anything you can do to help them except listen… I have a friend who’s really struggling right now, and I wish I had some sort of life preserver or safety net to throw her, but I

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#154)

I’ve been on vacation for a week and not blogging about anything political, but this week’s list from Democratic Underground covers all the really big stories, including how a major media outlet refused to honor the war dead for political reasons, and how Iraqi prisoners are being tortured and raped by American soldiers in prison,

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U.S. eyes proposal to draft women, raise cut off age to 34

WASHINGTON – The chief of the U.S. Selective Service System has proposed registering women for the military draft and requiring that young Americans regularly inform the government about whether they have training in niche specialties needed in the armed services. The proposal, which the agency’s acting director Lewis Brodsky presented to senior Pentagon officials just

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Geek Bling

So I was watching Ellen, and she had a rapper on and they were talking about bling, and how he had to remember to put on all his bling before he left the house, and I realized that I have to do the same thing… only my bling isn’t jewelry; it’s my iPod, digital camera,

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Songs for a New Day

Okay, since someone asked, this is my CD…. It’s Only a Paper Moon – Ella Fitzgerald & The Delta Rhythm Boys Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me) – The Andrews Sisters Hellzapoppin’ – Louis Armstrong Wonderful! Wonderful! – Johnny Mathis Charmed Life – Diana Krall Some Kind of Wonderful –

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Starry Eyed Surprise

Okay, now that I’m listening closely to the CD Stephanie made… they aren’t all songs we heard on our first date, just the first several. The rest are songs she picked… and I really love this CD. Head Over Heels – The Go-Go’s The Name of The Game – ABBA The Guitar – They Might

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Yes she is…

For those of you on Friendster… yes it is the Stephanie that’s in my friends list on Friendster.

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And I say to myself, it’s wonderful, wonderful…

Yesterday I went with Stephanie K. (I’m putting her last initial lest someone become confused and think I’m writing about myself) to the Indiana State Museum. Cool place. The pendulum from the old state museum is there, but it doesn’t have the same presence that it did in the old building, where it was in

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No Pants Day

A recent addition to my iCal broadcast of Odd Holidays: No Pants Day., which is the first Friday in May, this year on May 7th next week. Please make a note of it.

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Vacation update

Tuesday night I went out with Stephanie K. to see “13 Going on 30.” That was a fun little movie. Wednesday, I did some gardening. Thursday morning, I hung around the house because the phone guy was coming to add phone jacks to the house. He told me I needed to have the Alarm guy

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Homestarrunner: A primer

I’ve mentioned this a few times on my site, but I just found out someone I know needs a basic introduction to homestarrunner.com, so here it is. Try not to blow soda out of your nose from laughing too hard. Essential viewing: — Welcome to Homestarrunner.com (Check me out. No, seriously, check me out.) —

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Head Over Heels

Head over heels Where should I go Can’t stop myself Outta control Head over heels No time to think Looks like The whole world’s out of sync Been running so hard When what I need is to unwind The voice of reason Is one I left so far behind I waited so long So long

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Magnetic Knife

One day I was out to lunch with my co-workers and I picked up my knife to cut something, and the fork stuck to it. The knife was magnetic. But only the table knife, not the fork or the spoon. And my knife was the only one that way, no one else at the table

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Vacation, all I ever wanted…

Today, on the first day of my spring vacation, I took my little dog and went on a road trip, where we snapped photos of a giant pink elephant, two giant shoes, and a Huge guy. Spike doesn’t care for road trips. He was doggone bored. Poor puppy. Tomorrow, we’re reading about CSS all day

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Friday Five, er… Four

Since the old school “Friday Five” seems to be out of commission for a while, I’m ushering in the fresh new “Friday Four” from Belicove.com a nice guy I happen to know. Q: If you were able to leave your present job today in order to start your own business tomorrow, what type of business

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Social Events

Tonight I’m hosting the book club night for our reading group at work. On Saturday, I’m hosting the girls game night/pitch in at my house. On Friday, May 14th, I’m hosting the regular lesbian monthly pitch-in at my house. And on Sunday, May 16th, I’m hosting the Lesbian book club at my house. I’m so

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More about scripted Press conferences

Ron Suskind, white house press reporter and author of The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill discusses the White House’s poor management of the press:

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Bush’s April 13th Press Conference

Presidential Press Conference, April 13, 2004 President Bush: John. Reporter: Thank you, Mr. President … What would your biggest mistake be, would you say, and what lessons have you learned from it? Bush: Hmm. I wish you would have given me this written question ahead of time, so I could plan for it. … You

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Weekend Update 2004-04-19

Friday Night – Kathy’s first softball game, visited the Ten with Chi & friends. Much drinking. Saturday – hangover. Ouch. Sunday – much gardening. Pretty. Reading — finished Lost in a Good Book, the sequel to The Eyre Affair. Fantastic read. Please buy both. I also watched Taxi Driver. Interesting movie. Amazing reading the reviews

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Definition of Fascism

“… a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or

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My sister should write comedy

I know this is totally a privacy violation, but I don’t care, because it’s funny. From: Stacy Mineart Date: April 14, 2004 3:22:22 AM EST To: Steph Mineart Subject: Hey Ok, ok I know I haven’t emailed yet but this time I have a legitimate excuse!� No sooner had I torn myself away from ebay

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Depressing Songs

I don’t know how you feel about these songs, but these always bring me down, so I refuse to play them. 01 Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve 02 If – Bread 03 Wildfire – Michael Murphy 04 Desperado – Johnny Cash 05 Time In a Bottle – Jim Croce 06 I’ll Have to Say

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Teen Death Songs

In the fifties, there was a whole trend of sappy songs about young love misunderstood and cut short by the tragedy of death. I tried to track down many of the titles, but they were pretty hard to come by. This is the CD of sorrowful tunes I was able to put together. If you

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Iraq Nuke Facilities Unguarded

A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency warns the U.S. Government that Iraq Nuclear Facilities are unguarded and that radioactive materials are being removed from the country. According to the report, satellite imagery shows “extensive removal of equipment and in some instances, removal of entire buildings,” in Iraq. In addition, “large quanitities of scrap,

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Knitting For The Troops

One of the things my mom has been doing lately is knitting hats for the Ships Project, which distributes hand knitted hats and socks to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. I didn’t realize how cold it is in some of the places the soldiers are stationed, even in the Middle East.

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Secrets of Barroom Photography

Modern Drunkard Magazine always puts together a classy issue, but this recent article on how to pose for great pictures while out at a smoky joint is an instant classic.

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Questions, courtesy Melissa

Stolen from her site: 1: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says: “and walking speed become complex because no two road users are the same.” — from Traffic Engineering 2: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch

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Republicans For Kerry

I pointed out to my brothers in a discussion a while back that there were quite a few Republicans speaking out against Bush (Richard Clarke, Paul O’Neill, Joseph C. Wilson are just a few). Now there’s a website of Republicans for Kerry, and a Yahoo group as well.

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The O’Franken Factor

Al Franken’s show on Air America Radio has it’s own blog now… and an excellent one it is, too. As does Jeaneane Garafalo’s Majority Report.

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Condoleezza Rice’s 9/11 Testimony Examined

The Center for American progress analyzes Condoleezza Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission — first they tackle her opening statement, then they do a “Claim vs. Fact” analysis of the rest of her testimony. Well worth the read. Also check out their other coverage, including examination of the White House’s own internal documents that tell

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Antipixel Dreaming

I want to be Jeremy Hedley when I grow up…. or at least I want to be as great a photographer as Jeremy Hedley when I grow up.

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The Memespread Project

A project tracking the spread of a link on sites around the internet… pretty interesting and if you have your own blog (who doesn’t these days? Oh, wait, Dan and Doug don’t.) it couldn’t hurt to link to them and spread the project around. And my friend Doug really needs a blog. I’m surprised I

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Air America Radio

I love this radio station… I’ve been listening to it pretty constantly streaming over the net. It kicks butt. I’m figuring out how to stream it over my regular stereo at home…

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Weekend Update 2004-04-06

Friday night I bought the digital camera that I had been looking at. It kicks ass. Saturday I took Spike up to visit my mom and see my niece. He had fun, and was completely tired out by the experience. Sunday Dan and Doug and Melissa and I went out to lunch and went shopping.

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The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 150)

It’s Monday, so it’s time for the Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 150) courtesy of Democratic Underground. I haven’t posted about this list for a while, but this week there are so many boneheaded Republican things to cover that it’s easier to let them do it.

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Spring Shopping

La la la… I love shopping. Well, when I can buy stuff, that is. Not when I can only look and not buy., as was the case for the past year or so. I bought several pairs of cargo shorts from OldNavy.com and two pairs from gap.com. It’s easier to buy pants online because they

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Kerry campaign raises $43 million in quarter

Sen. John Kerry will announce today that his presidential campaign has raised more than $43 million in the first three months of this year, smashing Democratic Party records and signaling a party-wide fund-raising resurgence for Democrats, according to top party officials.

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Speaking of Survivor…

I completely forgot to blog that we saw Rupert from Survivor at P.F. Chang’s on Wednesday at lunch. There were a bunch of us there from work, and he came in and sat at the bar. A few minutes later his friends came in and sat with him. I completely refrained from running over to

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SURVIVOR SOUTHERN STYLE

Several southern TV stations are joining together and are planning to do their own Survivor show, entitled “Survivor: Southern Style.”

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Rory & Paris, sitting in a tree…

Apparently, on the April 13th episode of Gilmore Girls, the “Spring Break: Gilmore Girls Gone Wild” episode, Rory and Paris kiss. Finally! How much fan fiction do people have to write before they figure out what everyone really wants to see? Update: of course it was played off as an experiment that Paris was doing,

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Hats in The Belfry

This is a pretty fun site if you love hats the way I and my sister do. I’m picking out something fun to send to her… Ooo, they have 1920’s women’s flapper cloche hats…. I love these! This is the hat they’re wearing in all my vintage photos of lesbian couples and cross dressers. Cute!

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Photographs of ghost town around Chernobyl area

Elena, a Russian woman with a motorcycle rides through and documents the ghost towns and abandoned buildings around Chernobyl. Elena seems to have a new site at a dedicated URL. UPDATE: Apparently Elena’s story isn’t entirely accurate. The original site claimed that she rode through on a motorcycle by herself, but the site later edited

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Air America Radio

The new liberal radio station, featuring Al Franken and Janeane Garafalo among others, has a streaming audio so you can listen to it even if you aren’t in one of the big cities.

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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sunken Treasure and Ships

Now that I’ve finished my book club selections months early, my next reading endeavor is going to be “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sunken Treasure and Ships.” Why? Because I won the book at work last year, but they were out of print, and they finally tracked down a copy and gave it to me.

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Quote of the day

“Sorry we let unsubstantiated claims drive our coverage. Sorry we were dismissive of experts who disputed White House charges against Iraq. Sorry we let a band of self-serving Iraqi defectors make fools of us. Sorry we fell for Colin Powell’s performance at the United Nations. Sorry we couldn’t bring ourselves to hold the administration’s feet

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Worse than Nixon

As Richard Nixon’s White House counsel during the Watergate scandal, John Dean famously warned his boss that there was “a cancer on the presidency” that would bring down the administration unless Nixon came clean. In his new book, “Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush,” Dean warns the country that the Bush

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“friday” “five” == Tuesday four

Q: What’s on the nightstand next to your bed? Glasses, tissue, lamp, alarm clock, phone, current book, current magazine, TV remote Q: What one show on television do you try never to miss? Big Brother, Joan of Arcadia, Wonderfalls, The L-word. Q: What condiment always tastes good to you no matter what it�s on? Worcestershire

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Woo hoo! I’m getting $2,293 bucks

I applied for a tax credit from the Department of Natural Resources for painting my house, and got approved for $2,293. Woo hoo! That means I’ll probably be able to afford to put in a privacy fence around my backyard. Kick ass!!

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Weekend Update 2004-03-29

So I spent the whole weekend moving at a leisurely pace, which was very refreshing after months of whirlwind activity. Friday night was Girl’s Game Night at Vic’s/Outword Bound, which is always very fun. I bought The Truth About Jane and Tipping the Velvet on DVD from Outword Bound, which now has an online store,

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“An outrageous lie” from Condoleezza Rice

Sibel Edmonds, A former FBI wiretap translator with top-secret security clearance, testified to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States that the FBI had detailed information prior to Sept. 11, 2001, that a terrorist attack involving airplanes was being plotted. But the information she is trying to present is being hidden by

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Six things I’m doing to beat Bush

1. Making sure everyone I know is registered to vote in time for the primary. Everyone has to be registered by April 5 (postmarked form) to vote in the Indiana primary on May 5th. And if they happen to miss the primary, they have to be registered by October 4 to vote in the general

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paper moon

I saw the 1973 movie “Paper Moon” on TCM on Monday. I’d never seen it before; it was a great movie. Tatum O’Neal was a terrific kid actor. The soundtrack was great, too — Depression era jazz. I searched around but found there was never officially a soundtrack released for it, although someone put together

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Reading, TV….

I finished The Eyre Affair on Sunday, and last night wrapped up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which I’m reading for one of my book clubs. Both are highly recommended.

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Justice Department Memos show Bush to be lax on terror threats

Check out these damning memos compiled by the Center for American Progress — internal memos that show The Bush Administration actually reversed the Clinton Administration’s strong emphasis on counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Attorney General John Ashcroft not only moved aggressively to reduce DoJ’s anti-terrorist budget but also shift DoJ’s mission in spirit to emphasize its role

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Richard Clarke and the “war on terra”

Former White House Counter-Terrorism expert Richard Clarke has written a book, “Against All Enemies: Inside the White House’s War on Terror–What Really Happened” which basically is a scathing criticism of everything George W. Bush did wrong; actions which lead directly to the 9/11 attacks.

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Friday Five on Tuesday

So I took yesterday off to clean house after my party, and I’m even more late with the Friday Five than usual. If you… 1. …owned a restaurant, what kind of food would you serve? Chicken dishes. Yup, that’s all. It wouldn’t be a fast food take out place, though, but a sit-down, nice meal,

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You can’t Do That On Television

Wow, there’s a blast from the past… My friend Lori B. mentioned that she used to have a crush on Moose (Christine McGlade) the host of this Nickelodeon show… so did, I big time. I looked around for more info on her, but there doesn’t seem to be much on what she’s doing now, except

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Granta and the New York Times Review of Books

Granta and the New York Review of Books are two publications that I’ve always wanted to subscribe to, but could never quite find the money for in my budget. Now they’re free as a bonus with my subscription to Salon Magazine. That’s so cool. I love Salon and read it everyday anyway… all the bonuses

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Naomi Wolf and sexual harrassment

I’ve read a great deal from others about Naomi Wolf and her revelation that while at school she had been sexually harrassed by famed professor Harold Bloom, but I had not, until today, read the story in her own words.

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How the suburban shopping mall came into being

A very interesting article in the New Yorker about shopping malls, how they came into being, and how the design of malls was perfected. The most interesting part is how they came to replace downtown department stores–in some cases because the department stores influenced zoning and prevented new stores from moving downtown to compete. The

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Three Irish Brothers

The bartender brings him three pints and the man proceeds to alternately sip one, then the other, then the third until they’re gone. He then orders three more.

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Golfing in Ireland

One fine day in Ireland, a guy is out golfing and gets up to the 16th hole. He tees up and cranks one. Unfortunately, it goes into the woods on the side of the fairway. He goes looking for his ball and comes across this little guy with this huge knot on his head and the golfball lying right beside him.

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Bush Lies

John Kerry was given a hard time recently for calling the Bush White House a bunch of crooked liars. Well, I’m not running for public office, so I can feel free to call him a big giant lying liar pants. And here’s the Proof, six comparison sites that illustrate what Bush said, versus what actually

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Andrew Sullivan’s bizarre logic about Spain

Silly Andrew is making the argument that the liberal win in Spain was a victory for al Qaeda. Of course that’s ridiculous (see below) but the really bizarre thing is that he’s suggesting that it will lead to a major Al Qaeda attack in the US in an attempt to influence the election. If the

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Things Republicans say for $1,000, Alex

Interesting, what some people will say, and then accuse others of talking about “hate”… “Get rid of the guy. Impeach him, censure him, assassinate him.” — Rep. James Hansen (R-UT), talking about President Clinton, as reported by journalist Steve Miner of KSUB radio who overheard his conversation, 11-01-98 “The homosexual blitzkrieg has been better planned

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Bush can’t tell difference between women & men

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush has marked International Women’s Week by paying tribute to women reformers — but one of those he cited is really a man. “Earlier today, the Libyan government released Fathi Jahmi. She’s a local government official who was imprisoned in 2002 for advocating free speech and democracy,” the

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Why do Republicans hate their children?

David Knight, son of the state senator who was the author of the California ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage, defied his father’s law and wed his partner of 10 years Tuesday in a quiet ceremony attended by just two friends in San Francisco City Hall. Atop the grand staircase of City Hall’s rotunda, Knight

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Fridays are just too busy

To do The Friday Five. Mondays are a way more appropriate day. Screw alliteration. 1. What was the last song you heard? “Wanted Man” by Johnny Cash, because it’s one of the songs that the band is going play at my house on Saturday. The band has officially named itself, by the way — “Susan

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Speaking of my new leather chair….

yes, let’s do that. No, I didn’t buy it from this site, and didn’t pay nearly that much for it. 🙂 I sat in this chair at Kittles for quite some time while gabbing to Kathy on my cell phone, and it is COM-FY! And the price was really great, so I couldn’t pass it

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Here’s the thing about Bush….

I truly believe that George Bush knows where Osama bin Laden is, has known since 9/11/2001, and intends to “find” him at exactly the opportune moment prior to the election to boost his poll ratings. And I can promise you that if it happens exactly as I’m predicting, I will seriously think, once again, about

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Bush Flip-Flops

Courtesy of http://billmon.org/ a big list of Bush Flip-Flops since he’s so busy accusing Kerry of changing his mind. Billmon is a great place for getting comparison quotes from various White House members on what they said back then, versus what they’re saying now. Bush is against campaign finance reform; then he’s for it. Bush

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House of Bush, House of Saud

A new book by journalist Craig Unger, House of Bush, House of Saud, examines the intimate connections between the Bush family and the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, and in turn, the intimate connection between the Royal Family and Osama bin Laden and the militant strains of Islamic Fundamentalism behind the September 11 attacks.

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Home grown projects

Remember that roller coaster that John Ivers, Indiana native, built in his backyard? Well these folks in Fremont, California built their own monorail.

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Rumor has it…

That John Cusack is the anonymous celebrity behind this blog. Dunno if it’s true; haven’t had time to read it properly.

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Well, it’s getting there…

I was able to upload all my big things pictures, but now I’m discovering other stuff that’s missing. I configured a new guestbook, but it doesn’t look like my site, so I have to tweak it. And I’m starting a redesign that will hopefully allow me to redo the site using cascading style sheets and

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Technical Difficulties — Please Stand By…

I just transferred webhosting to a cheaper service, so there are some aspects of my site that aren’t currently functioning, like the guestbook, and unfortunately, my big things photos. Give me a day or two to get everything set up, and hopefully, everything will be back to normal.

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Questions from the end of Inside the Actor’s Studio

Rachel passed these along: 01. What is your favorite word? Knickerbocker. And it has nothing to the sports team. I think it has something to do with the fact that my childhood teddybear was made by the Knickerbocker Toy Company. 02. What is your least favorite word? Spackle. Panties. Belly. 03. What turns you on

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late again

With The Friday Five. Sigh. What was… 1. …your first grade teacher’s name? Mrs. Forsythe was my kindergarten teacher. I don’t remember my first, second or third grade teachers, but my fourth grade teacher was Mrs. Wilson, and my fifth grade teacher was Miss Verban, who was young, single, and really, really pretty. 2. …your

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Weekend Update 2004-03-08

This weekend, I had Lori over to play games on Saturday, and later Melissa and I went out to Talbott Street. then on Sunday, Mike, Brent, Jim came over with all their equipment and had band practice in my foyer, along with their lead singer, Justin, who I met for the first time. They were

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treppenwitz

Treppenwitz, AKA “L’esprit de l’escalier” Literally, ‘the wisdom of the stairs’. The striking reply that crosses one’s mind belatedly when already leaving, on the stairs. People are often angry because they did not have the fitting answer directly during a conversation. The term is old, but it was made popular by W. Lewis Hertslet who

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The Laws of Physics Don’t Apply to Me

College Application essay by Hugh Gallagher, author of Teeth: 3A. ESSAY: IN ORDER FOR THE ADMISSIONS STAFF OF OUR COLLEGE TO GET TO KNOW YOU, THE APPLICANT, BETTER, WE ASK THAT YOU ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: ARE THERE ANY SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE HAD, OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU HAVE REALIZED, THAT HAVE HELPED TO DEFINE YOU

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Get out, and take your cookies with you

CRAWFORD, Texas – Some families are boycotting Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos and other Girl Scout cookies. Troop 7527 is down to just two members after the other girls were withdrawn by their parents. And Brownie Troop 7087 is no more.

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Marriage Constitutionally Defined as Between Man and Woman, or Two Hot Women

WASHINGTON – Congress today ratified the 28th amendment to the United States Constitution, which formally defined marriage in the United States as “a union of a man and a woman, or two hot women.” Conservatives are hailing this move a great victory for the preservation of traditional marriage values. Said Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), “The

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Weekend Update 2004-03-02

Friday — Broadripple Brew Pub with co-workers. Fun, hangover. Saturday morning — got my hair cut and highlighted. Looks good. Watched Phonebooth. I enjoyed that. Although I thought he was kinda dumb for not walking away from the booth after the first call. I also did a tiny bit of work in the front yard.

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“We” The People

Bush calls for amendment to bar gay marriage WASHINGTON – President Bush called yesterday for a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, pushing an explosive cultural issue to the forefront of the 2004 presidential campaign. In a brief announcement, Bush urged Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution “defining and protecting marriage as

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L-Word recaps Episode 7

This week’s recap is up. And the first quote that made me laugh out loud is: ‘Bette is packing (well, packing a suitcase; I can’t say for sure whether she’s packing in the other sense too).’

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And furthermore, I’ll move to Canada

I must be psychic, because Bush is on TV announcing his support for the Constitutional Amendment to Ban Equal Marriage Rights right now. If you vote Republican this election, you will no longer be a part of my life. I’m not kidding; if you truly don’t believe I should be able to get married, then

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Election 2004

I’ve never been a single issue voter. I’ve always been a democrat, but I don’t pick candidates based on particular issues; rather on their whole record on a variety of subjects, from the environment, to taxes, to foreign policy, to education, to gay civil rights, to corporate responsibility. That’s changing with this election. Because the

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Weekend Update 2004-02-23

Date on Friday night. News about it later. Saturday night I went to a very fun party at Troy’s (beautiful) house and had a great time, and got complimented on how good I looked, which made me feel great. I had some great conversations, and also meet Troy’s foreign exchange student Frederick, a German kid

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The Friday five, and on time, too.

When was the last time you… 1. …went to the doctor? October — follow up visit with the surgeon who removed my appendix. 2. …went to the dentist? June. Shoot. I need to make an appointment. 3. …filled your gas tank? Yesterday. 4. …got enough sleep? September, when I was recovering from surgery. 5. …backed

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John Kerry and why his campaign has ignited

Salon has a really interesting article that examine’s John Kerry’s surge and the effect that vietnam veterans are having on his campaign, and how he’s really having an effect on Bush and his war record.

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Scrabble Score

Pholph’s Scrabble Generator My Scrabble� Score is: 14. What is your score? Get it here.

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Say It Ain’t So!

Virginia county tries to remove giant fiberglass pig from Barbecue business because it’s tacky and makes the area look bad. Sadly, story doesn’t include a picture of the pig.

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Again with the Lateness…

This past week’s Friday Five. 1. Are you superstitious? No. (fingers crossed behind my back) 2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition? Hmmm. I have friends who are obsessive-compulsive, so I really don’t know how to answer this question. I’m not sure if there’s a line between

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More L-Word Recaps

Scribe Grrrl has more recaps of the L-Word on afterellen.com, thus causing more of the embarrassing laughing out loud at work… this time, this line was the culprit: “Usually when women have sex on film, it’s all kind of abstract and shadowy and you can’t figure out what’s going on and nobody really seems to

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Weekend Update 2004-02-17

Kathy helped me finish the baseboards on Saturday. They didn’t come out as neat as I would have liked, and I was upset about it, but she helped talk me down. Then we moved all of my living room furniture in. The bookcases are partially moved in, and the rest will be finished later this

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Power Out

I was doing a weekend recap when my power went out here at home. It was only out for an hour and a half, but that was long enough for me to realize I don’t have my emergency procedures down. I have camp lanterns, but the batteries were dead, I don’t have a battery radio,

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Barbie and Ken Breaking Up; Ken to Date Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Joe

The Guardian reports that Barbie and Ken are breaking up after 43 years as a couple. “The couple’s ‘business manager,’ Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, said that Barbie and Ken ‘feel it’s time to spend some quality time – apart.’ ” Arons hinted Wednesday that the separation may be partially because of

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I Left My Heart in San Francisco

The Associated Press — SAN FRANCISCO – Opponents of gay marriage went to court Friday to stop an extraordinary act of ongoing civil disobedience in which San Francisco has issued nearly 100 marriage licenses to gay couples. Weddings were continuing Friday and over the long holiday weekend, despite the effort by the Campaign for California

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How to Sell Worthless Stuff on eBay

I swear, it just looks like and old kitchen cabinet to me, but it has a cool story attached, and thus sold, for $280.00. I need to keep this in mind when I start selling stuff.

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Apple vs. Microsoft

Author Unknown Three Apple engineers and three Microsoft employees are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three Microsoft employees each buy tickets and watch as the three Apple engineers buy only a single ticket. "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks a Microsoft employee. "Watch and

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V-Day: Until the Violence Stops

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a palpable energy, a fierce catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop worldwide violence against women and girls including rape, battery,

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The L-Word recaps

Afterellen.com posts some hilarious recaps of past episodes of The L-Word. Funny, funny. I want to know who that recapper is, so I can marry her.

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Living Room progress

I’ve got all the baseboards stained, and 2/3rds of them completely finished. I just have one more coat of polyurethane to put on the last set of baseboards, then I have to install them. Then the living room is done; potentially on Saturday. And then the migration into the room occurs. I’m already planning that.

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Lost Liberties

Salon has a massive, detailed article on the government’s efforts to spy on anti-war and anti-Bush activists under the guise of the Patriot Act. It covers in depth the scandal of government spying at Drake University (my father’s alma mater) that recently occurred, as well as accounts of other government infiltration of non-violent and anti-war

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Systematic Buzz Phrase Projector

Those of us used to writing technical and business reports know how difficult it can be to use just the right phrase to convey the true depth of your topic. Now, professionals and students alike can seem like etymological geniuses, thanks to the "Systematic Buzz Phrase Projector" created by Phillip Broughton, a U.S. Public Health Service official.

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New List of Appropriate Language For Work

It has been brought to the Management’s attention that some individuals have been using foul language in the course of normal conversation between employees. Due to complaints from some of the more easily offended workers, this conduct will no longer be tolerated.

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A Women’s Glossary

Argument (ar*gyou*ment) n.: A discussion that occurs when you’re right, but he just hasn’t realized it yet.

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New Office Lingo

Author Unknown Adminisphere: Middle Management: the rarified organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve. Assmosis: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss.

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Real Cowboy

An old cowboy dressed to kill with cowboy shirt, hat, jeans, spurs and chaps went to a bar and ordered a drink. As he sat there sipping his whiskey, a young lady sat down next to him.

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Gay Sons

Four men went golfing together one day; three headed to the first tee and one went into the club house to take care of the bill. The three men started talking, bragging about their sons.

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that Virgin Mary is a wise woman

“it kind of felt like the Virgin Mary came to me in a dream and said, “Hey, Gwen, I can’t help you if you’re gonna stand around taking this crap like a dumb-ass. I mean, come ON.” And then the Buddha just nodded his head, because he’s calm like that, but he did agree.”

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One Good Thing About Indianapolis

Some fashion trends appear and disappear on the coasts without ever making it to the Circle City. Case in point: Tall Von Dutch Lug Boots. These are apparently out, according to Gawker.com. Thank Jeebus we dodged that bullet.

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How Much Is Inside Candy Hearts

How Much Is Inside Candy Hearts. Did you know that: � There are 283 hearts in a 9 oz bag. � There are roughly 70 sayings represented in the bag � “ruff trade” is on 0% of candy hearts � Cost: 67 cents per 9 oz bag = .24 cents per heart Another public service

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Careful where you congregate

Amendment 1, Bill of Rights: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Apparently, the above is no

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FUH2.com

Courtesy my friend Lori, I found this link to a site that’s just plain fun: FUH2.com. That’s F U, Hummer 2, a gallery of pics from people flipping off the hummer. Sweet. Look at the stats and try to tell me anyone can justify owning one of these.

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Crap, I’m behind

This past Friday’s Friday Five: 1. What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Took a big photography road trip by myself. In a Geo Metro. Yeah, I’m looking back on that in disbelief, too. 2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of? I got nothin’.

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University of Arizona gay student stabbed in apparent hate crime

I’ve been to this Cafe; I was there when I helped Laurie and Twyla move to Tucson. Arizona Daily Star, February 8, 2000 By Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Daily Star In an attack that police call a hate crime, a man stabbed a 20-year-old University of Arizona student in the back Sunday as he stood

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Weekend Update 2004-02-09

So, this weekend I learned how to use my miter saw and Kathy helped me cut the baseboards for the living room. Then we went out Saturday night to a open mike concert that was quite fun. We saw DJ and Chi and Tracy and hung out listening to some great music. I ended up

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Fever Tickets – Blue Half Season

Nine home games at Conseco Fieldhouse; I have tickets for Section 3, Row 13, seats 9 & 10. And you’re going with me, yo. 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 21 – New York 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 5 – Charlotte (This is the day before my birthday). 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 16 – Sacramento 7:00 p.m.,

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Stuck in my head

little wisps of song lyrics that drift through my brain and stay there… hold up, slow up, stop, control Don’t pull the thang out unless you plan to bang; Don’t even bang unless you plan to hit something oh I want the way, the way you talk about her, to be the way, the way,

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Massachusetts Court: Gays have access to equal marriage rights

Wow, I spoke too soon; Democrats won’t be able to dodge this as a campaign issue no matter what. The Massachusetts Supreme Court just decided that civil unions were not enough and only full marriage rights for gay people would be acceptable under Massachusetts law, meaning that gay people may be able to get married

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Texas Pharmacist Refuses Pill for Rape Victim

From the Washington Post: DENTON, Texas – About 40 people gathered outside an Eckerd pharmacy Monday, protesting what they said was a decision to deny a rape victim a prescription for the morning-after pill. A spokesman for the Florida-based company confirmed that Eckerd has taken disciplinary action in response to an incident at the store.

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Shoot

I guess I can get behind Kerry, but Dean is the only one who I knew wouldn’t completely sell equal marriage rights down the river, and Kerry and Edwards will definitely do it to keep it from being a campaign issue.

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Damn it, Janet

More on Janet’s breasts: Apparently, Justin was supposed to only remove the leather layer of clothes and leave the red lacy stuff underneath, according to Janet. That does seem to make more sense, and I guess that would be described as a wardrobe malfunction. Also, Kathy says that it’s ridiculous that were having this discussion

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wardrobe malfunction?

Timberlake issued a statement Sunday night saying “I am sorry anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl. It was not intentional and was regrettable.” Jackson did not offer an official statement, but her representatives told MTV she apologized for the incident. On its Web site Monday, MTV

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Crap. I hate that.

I hate it when some people are much funnier than I am. Miscellaneous, etc. does their version of the friday five, and it’s much better than mine. As if I needed to be reminded that I suck after getting stood up Sunday. Thanks. Plus, for more things that make me feel inadequate, check out the

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Happy Groundhog Day

Apparently, the critter saw his shadow, though. Stupid groundhog. I got three coats of polyurethane on the floor over the weekend. Looks pretty good. There are some things I wish I’d done better, but oh well. Now it’s on to the baseboards, which I’m planning on purchasing this evening, if possible.

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It’s been a long week

I haven’t posted much, because I’ve been swamped at work, and because home hasn’t been exactly easy either. Tuesday, I got home from work, and discovered that my furnace wasn’t working. I called the repair guy, and he got there a few hours later, but the problem was the ignition component, and he didn’t have

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Friday Five

I keep meaning to do the Friday Five, but I forget once Friday roles around. Today, I managed to remember in the nick of time. You have just won one million dollars: 1. Who do you call first? Mom, Dad, siblings, Dan and Doug, Kathy; in that order. 2. What is the first thing you

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More Republicans Against Bush

One-time Republican hero Kevin Phillips dares to speak up against the Walker-Bush oligarchy that rules the American state through oil, intelligence, big money and the power of the Christian right in his new book: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush. It should be noted that Phillips is

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Weekend Update 2004-01-26

I finished sanding the edges of the floor in the living room, and did the full-scale cleanup of sawdust required. I hoped that I’d have enough time to start staining the floors, but that was overly ambitious. The edger sander was really hard to control — I was exhausted when I finished Saturday, and today

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What Makes a Terrorist?

“Ideological terrorists offer up no clear view of the world they are trying to create. They speak vaguely about bringing people into some new relationship with one another but never tell us what that relationship might be. Their goal is destruction, not creation. To the extent they are Marxists, this vagueness is hardly surprising, since

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Quick, try to spin this in your favor, Bush

“David Kay stepped down as leader of the U.S. hunt for banned weapons in Iraq on Friday and said he did not believe the country had any large stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons.” “In a direct challenge to the Bush administration, which says its invasion of Iraq was justified by the presence of illicit

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Republican Thieves

WASHINGTON — Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe. From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch

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Plagiarism in the State of the Union

Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Detroit News, 10/20/2003: The group’s report uncovers dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations. Bush in State of the Union: Already, the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of equipment that

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Northanger Abbey, not Mansfield Park

I’m confusing my Austen novels. It was Catherine and Henry that had the conversation about hyacinths, not Fanny and Edmund. Sad when that happens. Now I have to go back and read them again. “But now you love a hyacinth. So much the better. You have gained a new source of enjoyment, and it is

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey begins today… This is a year I’ve looked forward to for a while, because it’s the anniversary of my birth year (1968) and is supposed to be lucky for me, although from what I’m reading, it’s to be more entertaining than productive. “While a lively year of good times, good

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Chihuahua/Shih Tzu Mix dog is Smallest in World

According to this article… A British woman is claiming to be the owner of the world’s smallest dog. Tiny Tim is still a puppy but his owner Mandy Marks said he has not grown since he was 4 weeks old. At four inches tall at the shoulder, he is the smallest dog on record. He’s

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Astonishing, a well written article in the Indy Star

An intelligent, well thought out article on the Bible, and on equal marriage rights for gay people. Note: there’s a reason why I always say “equal marriage rights for gay people” and not “gay marriage.” There’s a difference between the two, and this is it: We already have gay marriage. Yeah, you read that right.

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Census Data used screen flights

Turns out that the government is using all kinds of data to build their new CAPPS II passenger screening program, including Census data; a major no-no and violation of privacy issues. One of my favorite parts of this discussion on the issue is a comment from a commentor further down the page: “If you’re looking

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The Old Curiosity Shop

There were suits of mail, standing like ghosts in armour here and there; fantastic carvings brought from monkish cloisters; rusty weapons of various kinds; distorted figures in china, and wood, and iron, and ivory; tapestry and strange furniture that might have been designed in dreams.

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New Photo of Emily Dickinson

Interesting; a guy who found, via eBay, what appears to be a new photo of Emily Dickinson, of which only one photo is known to exist. And the website the article is posted on is “Common-Place.org.”

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State of the Union Drinking Game

If you have to watch our Bonehead-in-Chief deliver the State of the Union this evening, (I don’t; I have stuff recorded on DVR) you may as well do it drunk. I’d highly recommend it.

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I hate liers cheaters and theifs..

I saw the above headline on a personal ad on one of the dating sites I go to. It cracked me the hell up. Of course, if I put “I hate it when people don’t learn how to spell” on my personal ad, someone would send me hate mail. But honestly… I think I’d rather

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Weekend Update 2004-01-20

Dan and Kathy helped me sand the hardwood floor in my living room. I still have to sand the edges of the floor, then stain and polyurethane it, then cut and place the base boards, and stain and polyurethane those. Then the living room will be done, and I’ll be able to move my furniture

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Howard Dean

I’m disappointed that Howard Dean didn’t do better in the Iowa Caucuses… he came in third. I suspect that had something to do with the “volvo-driving” ad, though. But that ad won’t do much in New Hampshire. 🙂 I’m hoping he does well there.

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need… more… science…

Adding “leap seconds” to the atomic clock to correct the time could have far reaching implications for GPS navigation, including air traffic control, which can endanger planes. This is one of those articles I had to read a couple of times before I got it. In my defense, I have not yet had any caffeine

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Chinese women want to give birth in year of monkey

Many expectant Chinese women are trying to delay the birth of their children until the Year of the Monkey begins next week because they think it will bring them luck, state media said.” Because being born in the Year of the Monkey ROCKS. And being born in the Year of the Goat SUCKS! In other

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What You Can’t Say

Very interesting essay by Paul Graham about forbidden thoughts and how to express them, or why we don’t. One interesting question he asks; “Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers?” Actually not really… and not for the reasons he says. He thinks

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Republican Letters to Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho, the well-known comedian, did a stand-up set during MoveOn.org’s “Bush in 30 Seconds” awards ceremony-fundraiser-show in New York on Monday night. After the show, a partial, heavily edited transcript of her stand-up routine was published by Matt Drudge, who took what she said out of context and even implied that she was giving

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MythTv.org – Open Source Digital Video TV Recording

Basically, mythtv.org is an open source TIVO/ Replay TV program. You port your cable hookup through a PC equipped with a TV tuner card ($100) and a decent sized hard drive, set up the open source software on the PC, and connect the PC to a large monitor or TV & stereo. Then you use

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Bush Wants $1.5 Billion Drive for Promotion of ‘Marriage’

According to the New York Times, George Bush is planning on spending $1.5 billion dollars of my money to promote heterosexual marriage. By design, the plan is also to discourage equal marriage rights for gay people. I suggest that he take a cue from Britney Spears, and just fly het couples to Vegas and get

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Brokeback Mountain

A gay cowboy romance that is in in the works, directed by Ang Lee and produced by James Schamus and Diana Ossana for Focus Features, a division of Universal Pictures (In other words, a major studio release). Shooting on the movie begins this summer. It is currently in casting negotiations for the part of the

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Iron Law of the Universe

Keynes�s remark that �The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent� is paralleled by (ahem) Teresa Nielsen Hayden�s observation that �The Invisible Hand is not to human scale.� Also, Hofstadter�s Rule, which states that everything takes longer than you think it will, even after you take Hofstadter�s Rule into account.

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One Day

One day is all it took for the Bush’s administration to start investigating whether Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill used confidential documents to provide information for Ron Suskind’s new book The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill, a book that exposes Bush’s lies about weapons of

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Bush Quietly Prepares to Reinstate Draft

The Pentagon is quietly moving to fill draft board vacancies nationwide, in preparation to reinstate the draft after the election next year. A document regarding the move was published on the Defend America website, which is maintained by the government, but when controversy started about it, the page was removed. You can see a copy

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Our President is a Gibbering Idiot

George W. Bush quote monitoring websites: Slate’s Complete Bushisms Dubya Speak Bush Watch The Truth About George “See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction.”� GWB, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003 Yep, that’s actually true. Too bad America is no longer one of

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Shocking: Torture by Proxy

On Sept. 26, 2002, U.S. immigration officials seized a Syrian-born Canadian at Kennedy International Airport, because his name had come up on an international watch list for possible terrorists. What happened next is chilling. Maher Arar was about to change planes on his way home to Canada after visiting his wife’s family in Tunisia when

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Moon Unit

Okay, here’s my question… if we’re going to have manned space flights to both the moon and to mars, in a time when people are out of work and when schools are cutting back their education programs including music and arts (but not of course, sports), and when most state economies are going bankrupt and

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Weekend Update 2004-01-12

I saw Big Fish over the weekend. It was pretty good. Very enjoyable and uplifting. Got my first oil change for the truck. And spend the rest of the weekend trying unwrap and catalog my mother’s Avon bottles for sale on eBay. That was exhausting. I accomplished a lot, but this is a big project.

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The Price of Loyalty

Saw an interesting interview with Ron Suskind, reporter and author of the new book The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill. Paul O’Neill was Former Treasury Secretary for the Bush White House, as well as for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, etc. O’Neill, fired by the White House

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Not Fooling Anybody – Photo site

A photo gallery of bad architectural store front conversions. This is great. I think there are a few of these in Indianapolis, so now I have a new photo collection hobby to take up, right after Big Things, bizarre stuff, places I’ve lived, graffiti & murals (not yet posted) and the all new Dangerous Intersections.

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The Intelligence of Dogs

According to Intelligence Ranking by breed: Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability): this is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests. Instinctive Intelligence: this is specific to the individual animal and is measured by canine IQ tests. Working/Obedience Intelligence: this is breed dependent. For my dog: Chihuahua: 67 – Fair

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Weapons of Mass Destruction: Only On Paper

Some key headlines: Washington Post: Iraq’s Arsenal Was Only on Paper But investigators have found no support for the two main fears expressed in London and Washington before the war: that Iraq had a hidden arsenal of old weapons and built advanced programs for new ones. In public statements and unauthorized interviews, investigators said they

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Huntington Indiana Police see UFO

HUNTINGTON, IND. — Three police officers who say a strange object drifted through the skies over this northeastern Indiana city are trying to find someone else who saw it — whatever it was.

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Execution of Homosexuals — some thoughts

I got several e-mails from Christians regarding this posting below, asking me not to judge all Christians by the men I noted, and saying that they feel they love the sinner, and hate the sin. Here’s my problem with that…. the fact that ANY Christian that promotes the idea of executing me is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE.

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Indiana Sex Offender Registry

The name, age, address and physical description of convicted sex offenders, as well as the crime they committed, are listed on the Indiana Sheriff’s Web site under the link for Indiana Sheriffs’ Sex Offender Registry. An amendment to Indiana’s sex offender registry law, also known as Zachary’s Law, took effect in June after the Indiana

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“Execution of homosexuals”

Nobody seems to believe me when I say that’s on the agenda of at least some religious right… but this is the second time I’ve seen it in print lately… this time in a Salon article about millionaire Howard Ahmanson Jr., a religious fanatic who has funded every major right wing cause from the recall

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Fingerprinting Visitors to the U.S.

MIAMI — U.S. Immigration officers began fingerprinting and photographing tens of thousands of visitors arriving from certain other countries Monday, in what federal authorities described as a sophisticated new security measure to monitor who enters the country and how long they stay. Citizens of 27 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and most

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Weekend Update 2004-01-06

Over the long New Years weekend, my friend Cate, who was in from Germany, came over and we went to Dan and Doug’s New Years party (photos soon!) along with Kathy and had a good time. Cate and I went to the Catholic supply store downtown and got religious medals (I know, I know, I

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Not Safe for Work

From Lori: Here’s a website where people can e-mail pictures they take with their camera phones, and they are automatically put online. Then others can comment on the photos. Don’t do what I did and click on the link from work. Oops. Frantic Cache clearing.

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My “Best of 2003” Retrospective List

Best TV show: Joan of Arcadia. Honorable mention: Celebrity Poker Showdown, The Amazing Race 4 Best Fiction: Life of Pi. Honorable mention: American Gods, The DaVinci Code Best Non-Fiction: Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look At The Right Honorable mention: Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other

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Me, In another 7 or 8 Years, If I’m Not Careful

Man Trapped Under Books, Papers Rescued EW YORK – A man who says he sells books and magazines on the street was rescued after being trapped for two days under a mountain of reading material in his apartment. Patrice Moore, 43, had apparently been standing up when the books, catalogs, mail and newspapers swamped him

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Baby Jeebus Face Painted Black

Someone who took a baby Jesus figurine from a church’s outdoor Nativity scene painted its skin black and then brought it back. The figurine was accompanied with a note that said the darker paint more accurately represents his skin color. “I thought I would point out that Jesus was not an Aryan but actually a

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FBI urges police to watch for people carrying almanacs

WASHINGTON – The FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying farmers almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning. In a bulletin sent Christmas Eve to about 18,000 police organizations, the FBI said terrorists may use almanacs “to assist

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