Archives: January 2004

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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