Archives: February 2004

“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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