Archives: May 2005

Not in Our Neighborhood!

Brian Bosma, Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives and one of Indiana’s leading opponent of GLBT rights, is holding his annual “Junetoberfest” campaign fundraiser on Monday, June 13th at the Rathskellar Biergarten, right in the heart of Massachusetts Avenue, in an area whose revitalization was driven by the GLBT community. Bosma is apparently willing

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Ohio’s GOP Money scandal: investing government money in coins

Yep, you read that right. The GOP “invested” $50 million of the taxpayer’s money not in secure investments, but in rare coins, an autograph of Jackie Kennedy and a picture of Lincoln without a beard, among other things. The fund was controlled by GOP fundraiser Tom Noe, who then apparently embezzled about $10 million dollars

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Anti-Gay Cross Burnings in Durham, NC

Durham, North Carolina had three cross burnings last night, that are apparently anti-gay related. The seem to be in response to a production of the Laramie Project, and also targeting a gay-friendly church, although none of the news outlets are willing to make that connection, except the pastor of the church, who mentioned it as

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Indianapolis Judge: Parent’s can’t teach children their religion

Wonderful; this local story is making national political websites. Now we look like total hillbillies in front of all of America. Thanks, bigots. Indianapolis judge, prevents parents from teaching their religion to their children. Just to be clear; the divorced couple are both Wiccans and both want their kid taught their religion, it’s just the

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Wee Ones

My friend Scott put up his kindergarten class picture and challenged everyone to pic out which kid he was. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to any of my class pictures (they’re in an end table at my Mom’s house and we get threatened with death any time we try to look through them) but I

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Christian Iraqis to US Christians: We were here before you

Christian Iraqis are pissed at American Evangelicals who are flooding Iraq with Bibles and attempting to “convert” their youth to Christianity, because as they rightly point out, the Judeo-Christian religion was born in Iraq, and the’ve been Christians for 10 centuries longer than American Christians. Iraq’s Christians have been in existence for almost 10-times longer

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Orson Scott Card

Aw, man. I suspected when we were reading Ender’s Game for my book club that mormon Orson Scott Card was a conservative nutjob. Turns out he is indeed: he actually writes an article attempting to rehabilitate the Sith and the dark side, claiming that the Jedis are the force of evil, not Darth Vader. That

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right-wing nutjob school

I had no idea something like this existed — Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute is a school for conservatives that teaches them how to rig elections and engage in dirty politics. Among it’s graduates: Karl Rove, the man who runs the White House, and his boyfriend, gay prostitute/fake journalist Jeff Gannon. No wonder the religious right

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The Top 10 Conservative Idiots (No. 199)

Hip, Hip… Hypocrisy! Edition I’ve been pointing out Republican hypocrisy for quite a while now — Democratic Underground covers the recent blatant examples of it. The upshot is that pretty much any conservative who lectures on “family” values is either gay, a wife beater, a child molester or a white collar criminal. Because for them

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New York Times — clueless

The New York Times headline actually reads — I’M NOT KIDDING — “A Modest Victory for Bush, but Challenging Tests Lie Ahead.” Apparently that’s the headline from Bizarro World, because, um, that filibuster compromise wasn’t a victory for Bush, y’all. Unless you count Bush getting his ass kicked as a “victory.” Which wouldn’t surprise me

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Possibly because he’s a dumb jerkface?

According to USA Today, Bush’s ratings have dropped to an all-time low: President Bush’s approval ratings for handling the economy, Iraq and Social Security have fallen to the lowest levels of his White House tenure, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday. Satisfaction with congressional Republicans also has sagged. By 47%-36%, those

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Sure, there’s no racism anymore

A North Texas school district is having four pages of its high school yearbook reprinted to correct a photo caption that identified a student as “Black Girl.” All white students are identified by name in the photograph of Waxahachie High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society. The teen identified as “Black Girl” is the

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Polka Music

I’m sitting in my dining room, and suddenly, I hear polka music outside. Just a sec, I’ll investigate. It was a car stopped at the light nearby. Strange, it was really loud, like somebody playing an accordian right outside my door, or something.

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This is just too cool….

Unusual Cards — collage cards by Francesca Berrini are greeting cards made of old retro images combined together, like old school books with kids playing combined with dinosaur illustrations, or old pictures of 60’s casseroles overlayed on landscapes as “giant food.”

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Digital Theater

Interesting article via Boing Boing on digital theater and how George Lucas was hoping to cause a switch-over to digital projection with his new installments of Star Wars. From what I understand, the resistance on the part of theater owners is because of the cost of switching to digital equipment, and the probability that digital

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Rush Limbaugh is a crack whore

I’m sorry, but I’m sick of people defending Rush Limbaugh’s drug addiction and giving Howard Dean a hard time for bashing Rush’s hypocrisy because he attacked others for drug use while he was higher than a kite. I’ve been prescribed OxyContin (which is basically Vicodin) and Darvocet for my open heart surgery, which is far

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Cooking

I’m not that great of a cook. I’m not terrible, either, but I find cooking to be very stressful, mainly because I have difficulty getting the timing of multi-course meals down correctly; I seem to never manage to get things all heated up at the same time in order to serve a meal. I’m not

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Isn’t that precious?

Apparently some fine folks in Arizona are traveling around the state in a nice “Please Hate Homos” semi-trailer truck called the “Marriage Mobile.” Beautiful. Why not just stick a nice burning cross on the top of that thing, and make it complete? If you take a good look at the statistics about gay marriage in

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Four For Friday 2005-05-20

Courtesy of Mikal Belicove: Q1: How do you feel about television, newspaper, magazine, or web site news reports that rely wholly or in part on ‘unnamed’ sources? It’s acceptable in many cases, if there is follow-up reporting that supports the information from the source. The exception would be where the unnamed source does something illegal,

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New Monkey Species Discovered

Yeah! Scientists discover a new species of monkey in Africa. The BBC story includes a picture of the new guy, called the Highland Mangabey. “This exciting discovery demonstrates once again how little we know about our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates,” said Russell Mittermeier, chairman of the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN-The World Conservation

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Creepy Cat Robots

This Japanese company makes some weird cat robots called Necoro cats. They’re lifelike enough to be creepy. Call me when you make some monkey robots, people.

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I so need this: Rotating electrical plugs

Cool: from the site 360 electrical – outlet plugs that rotate, so if the plug you have is too big and blocks the other outlet, you can rotate the plug. I need this for practically every outlet in my house.

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The Brawny Man

Nuvo has an article on the Brawny Man website, where the paper-towel icon stars in some short movies that are basically cheesy romance novels come to life. I saw one of them broadcast as a commercial during daytime TV the other day, so they’ll probably be making their way to prime time eventually. As NUVO

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I don’t need your dictionary; I gots my own lexicon

Merriam-Webster gives us a list of their favorite top-ten words that are not in the dictionary. I’ve heard ginormous before, and my sister has used slickery on occasion. I have my own lexicon of made up words and phrases, although because of cognitive displaysia, there are some things I’ve forgotten to add.

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Hanzi Smatter

My friend Lori’s site pointed me in the direction of this: Hanzi Smatter is a site that looks at Chinese or Japanese language characters that Americans have adopted as logos or tattoos and analyzes what they really mean. Which is often not at all what the American intended it to mean. Sort of their revenge

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George Bush = Evil Empire

Tom Tomorrow has an interesting discussion on the politics of the new Star Wars movie, and how George Lucas himself says that he intends the movies to be commentary on how the Republicans are destroying democracy and the American people. So where does Lucas stand in this political polemic? “I’m more on the liberal side

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TV Shows on DVD

My friend Doug loaned me the DVDs for several TV shows to watch while I’m home recuperating from heart surgery. So my girlfriend and I watched the first season of “Mad About You” over the last couple weeks. I always liked the sitcom about a happy New York couple, Paul and Jamie Buchmann (played by

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Roomba

Stephanie bought a Roomba vacuum cleaner this weekend at Target, for half price. It was originally $150, marked down to $75. She needed a vacuum cleaner, and I was looking for a dust buster in the same aisle, so she picked it up. We were busy yesterday, so she didn’t have a chance to set

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Ahead of his time

A true quote, according to Snopes.com: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are

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$2 Bills Rock Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality announced today their statewide $2 bill campaign. The campaign, which began two weeks ago with a saturation period, will last through the summer. “Because of the vast discrimination that is being wielded against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers, we feel it is important to send a message

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Catholics refuse communion to people who support gays

According to an AP story, A priest in St. Paul, Minnesota denied communion to more than 100 parisioners on Sunday because they wore rainbow color sashes in support of gay and lesbian Catholics. A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore

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How Gay Is The Religious Right?

Very, very gay, according to Frank Rich in the New York Times, who gives us a nice overview of several anti-gay religious zealots have been outed as leading secret gay lives. We’ve been saying it for years, and it’s finally showing in the papers — people who protest too much have something to hide.

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Real ID Act

I keep saying it’s getting worse, and then it gets even more worse. I keep thinking, “surely, cooler heads will prevail, here, and this will get scotched, right?” but then stuff like the Real ID Act gets passed, and I’m dumbfounded. Wil Wheaton’s got a good explanation of what’s going on here. Basically, the government

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What’s Your Kinsey Number?

I think the number on this quiz is probably right, but the quiz itself isn’t the actual Kinsey quiz, just so you know if you plan on taking it. Your Kinsey Number is 5.7 Predominantly Homosexual, Incidentally Heterosexual What’s Your Kinsey Number? More Great Quizzes from Quiz Diva

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Louisville, Kentucky

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I finally got my pictures edited from our Big Things photography trip to Louisville, Kentucky. I love this city! In a lot of ways it’s more sophisticated that Indianapolis. Much better arts. Their historic areas are huge and much better preserved than in Indianapolis, and their downtown is

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Pointless car chases

I’m in the middle of watching the movie Paycheck… and I was enjoying the somewhat interesting techno-thriller, until the middle section of the movie, where they threw in a completely ridiculous, pointless and mind-numbing car chase into it. Now it have in on pause because I had to get up and leave after that annoying

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I wanted to be a Darwinist, but I wasn’t selected

If you’re following the news at all, you’ve read that Kansas is having a second Scopes Monkey trial wherein they’re planning on teaching creationism in the classroom as a form of science. In 1999, Kansas decided to drop the teaching of evolution in the classroom (this decision has since been reversed). But today the Kansas

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Human Factors Engineer

If you look closely at the potential examples for job titles at “BullShitJob.com” you can see my actual job title is one of the possible generated ones. Hee hee. Don’t look at me, I didn’t make it up.

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Smoking Gun Memo on WMD

On May 1st, a memo leaked to the London Times was published that exposed the Bush Administration’s dirty secret — that they, along with Tony Blair and British intelligence agencies, knew there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but they doctored intelligence reports to make it appear that there was so they could

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The Nuclear Option

Salon magazine has a great primer on the “nuclear option” the Republican’s plans to eliminate the filibuster, as their first step in attempting to dismantle democracy and make our country over into a theocracy governed by Christian Terrorists.

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Stuff I’ve Read Lately

The Broom of the System David Foster Wallace I read this for my book group, so I’m not going say much about it before we meet to talk about it, because the first rule of book group is “don’t talk about the book before book group.” But as far as David Foster Wallace goes, I

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Veronica Mars

Just finished watching the season finale of Veronica Mars — and I have to admit I didn’t piece the whole thing together before the end, although all the elements were there and I should have figured it out. I did predict that Aaron Echolls was the one who had the cameras in the boat house,

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I really want to be proud of where I live

But it’s really hard to do when my elected officials embarrass the crap out of me every time I turn around. Turns out the Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar are both at the top of the list of politicians who take sleazy free vacations from lobbyists. Way to represent, guys. And because I was in

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Horse Head Pillow

For your favorite Godfather movie fan, a horse head Pillow. I’m just surprised that it hasn’t been done before, really,

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World Jump Day – July 20, 2006

The idea is that if millions of people jump at the exact same time on the same day, the earth will change it’s orbit and cure global warming. uh huh. Sure it will. But you know I’m totally going to do it anyway, just because it’s so stupid.

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The House Next Door

The owner of the house next door is getting tons of stuff done on it. It’s moving along at a really great pace and should look amazing when it’s done. They’ve finished replacing all the windows and on Friday they started on a new roof. And inside, they’re done with the major mechanicals and are

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I haven’t blogged in over a week

That’s pretty unusual. I’m feeling a lot better; typing doesn’t feel like it’s pulling on my incision like it did before, so I’m not as uncomfortable. Stephanie went back to work today, so me and Spike are hanging out at home together, staying out of trouble. I already went for my morning walk, all by

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Wow, I had open-heart surgery!

I can’t believe it. I keep walking around the house thinking “wow, I had open-heart surgery. I can’t believe it!” Then I move wrong and I believe it, alright. It’s funny, the doctors and nurses keep saying “You’re not allowed to drive for four weeks! Don’t even think about it!” And I’m thinking I’d rather

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