Archives: January 2006

Kerasotes Theaters (Glendale) 5 Buck Club

Kerasotes Theaters is offering a five dollar club, with a discount card that you can use to see movies for five dollars any time for movies that have been playing at least two weeks. That’s a pretty nice deal for movies when the regular matinee price is $6.25. And the theater at Glendale is one

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Pets during the Rapture.

An entire discussion forum for what will happen to pets when “The Rapture” happens. Yeah. People, there’s nothing in the Bible about the Rapture. Check out the two biblical passages that are the basis for this belief: “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.

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#2 Pencil

Jlease fill in your answers on a sheet of paper, then enter in comments section. Do not look at other commenters’ answers before entering yours. Please remember the Honor Code as you take your test. Good luck! 1. The best topping is _______, except when it is covered by _________. 2. _________ is by far

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Mini-Derby Cars

My dad made me three of these kick-ass cool cars when I was in elementary school, as part of the YMCA Indian Princesses Mini Derby race. They’re carved out of a block of wood and then painted. The idea was to race them down a track, and prizes would be awarded for the winners, and

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Congress blocked from Wikipedia

My brother Scott sent me this dandy link to a page on Wikipedia detailing a problem they’ve had with our elected officials. Seems some of the folks inside the beltway have been vandalizing wikipedia pages by replacing their own politician’s pages with slick PR copy, while trashing their opponents pages with derogatory, and sometimes obscene

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Saved!

I caught the 2003 movie Saved! this weekend. There was a lot of controversy when it came out because it a comedy that depicts a Christian school in a less-than-flattering way. After watching it, though, it’s clear that the comedic critique in the movie is of hypocrisy, not of Christianity, and of people who pay

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Oscar Classic Movies on TCM

Beginning February 1st, Turner Classic Movies will air 360 “Oscar winner and nominee” movies, 3 per evening, until the Academy Awards (which airs March 5th). All of them are uncut and commercial free. Of course, the criteria to qualify as an “Oscar winner or nominee” is pretty open; they’re not talking all “best picture” noms

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Indiana Lobbying Reform Bill dies

Gary at Advance Indiana has an excellent post on the lobbying reform bill that just died in Indiana’s legislature. Indiana has a serious loophole in it’s lobbying laws that allow what amounts to corruption on the part of many lobbyists, including right-wing homophobe Eric Miller. Check out Gary’s article to get up to speed on

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World of Warcraft and GLBT Guilds

Interesting… Blizzard Entertainment, the company that produces the World of Warcraft MMORPG is penalizing players for identifying themselves as gay in the game, saying that they are doing it for the “protection” of gay players: While we appreciate and understand your point of view, we do feel that the advertisement of a ‘GLBT friendly’ guild

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New TV

My friend Joel gave me his old 36″ TV because he upgraded. It’s funny, I’ve never actually bought a TV myself. My very first TV was a 13″ color set given to me by a college roommate. My second TV was a really old 19″ color TV that wasn’t cable ready and didn’t have a

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Super Size Me

Stephanie and I finally got a chance to watch Super Size Me tonight. We had DVR’ed it last year, but never got around to watching it, and it deleted itself after awhile. I knew the basics about the film, and we have already seen most of the first season of 30 Days. But actually seeing

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Four Things Meme

Four Jobs I’ve Had Public Library Page Assembly Worker of Industrial Gas Shut-off Valves Chicken Restaurant Cooking Staff Website Designer Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Auntie Mame The Wizard of Oz Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut Much Ado About Nothing Four Places I’ve Lived Ankeny, Iowa Canton, Ohio Muncie, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Four

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Expedition Everest

Posted on Flickr is a photoset of the new Disney ride Expedition Everest, which I believe has just opened. The photoset was placed by the marketing department of Disney, which is pretty cool. And is the norm with Disney, the theme and decor is amazing. The idea is a fictional Nepalese version of Everest, where

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Here Is The Big Gay Agenda

I’ve seen humorous takes on “The Gay Agenda” before… in fact I have an example of it on my site. But this recent column from the San Francisco Gate is nicely written: Do you want to know the real gay agenda, what 96.8 percent of all gay couples wish for every single day including Sunday?

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Graphic Artist Ian Albert

Ian Albert is an awesome graphic artist who has some interesting hobbies – like constructing huge maps of game worlds by grabbing screen captures. I was fascinated by Super Mario world, which I played with my old roommate back in 1993. He also has some other colossal images, like and enormous map of the world,

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Bill Monk

(original link, no longer active – http://www.billmonk.com | Bill Monk) is a website that helps you to keep track of who owes what between friends, but without the social tension. It looks pretty fun. 2022-03-15 Update: Alas, Bill Monk is no longer. May he rest in peace. You’ll have to do your own financial friend

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Human Rights Ordinance Elimination Bill Withdrawn

Representative Thompson withdrew his amendment today to House Bill 1010 which would have eliminated local human rights protections in cities throughout Indiana. The House reconvened at 1:30 pm today. Rep Thompson withdrew his amendment and the House was recessed until 5:30pm tonight. This amendment may be only temporarily dead; it could still be attached to

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Indiana Bill Amendment Would Make Illegal Local LGBT Non-Discrimination Policies

TODAY the Indiana House of Representatives will debate an amendment to House Bill 1010 that would prohibit cities and counties from providing equal rights protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity — like the Human Rights Ordinance we worked so hard on here in Indianapolis. Please Contact your State Representative immediately (TODAY!) and tell

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Best Lesbian Erotica 2006 (Best Lesbian Erotica Series)

Best Lesbian Erotica 2006 (Best Lesbian Erotica Series) by Tristan Taormino, Eileen Myles This was better than most lesbian erotica books I’ve read, I have to say. I’m normally not a huge fan of the genre because it’s often so badly written that I can’t suspend my disbelief long enough to go for the ride.

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FISA is a SECRET Court

Alberto Gonzales just claimed that the Bush Administration shouldn’t have to get warrants to spy on American citizens because “we’re at war, and there has to be a measure of secrecy.” But the court they get the warrants from, the FISA court, is a SECRET court. They have top-secret clearances, and everything is done quickly

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NBC’s partisan double standard

Last week, NBC allowed Chris Matthews to say, on the air, that Osama bin Laden sounds like Michael Moore. This week, though, when Rachel Maddow made a much more apt comparison on Tucker Carlson’s show, saying: This is a global war on terror. This is a war for you or for us to win. You

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ABC kills reality show because winners are gay

The television show “Welcome to the Neighborhood” was supposed to be a huge hit. Seven families compete to win a McMansion on a cul-de-sac in an suburban neighborhood, with the winners being chosen by the neighbors. Turns out, the popular couple who won, by changing the hearts and minds of the redneck republican residents, were

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National Pie Day

According to Cliff Ardall, a seasonal-affective disorders scientist in Cardiff, Wales, January 23rd is the Gloomiest Day of the Year. The factors are weather (overcast skies), finances (people receive their Christmas bills around this time), and breaking New Years resolutions (I bought a book yesterday). According to the American Pie Council, January 23rd is National

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She’s The Man: Modern Retelling of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

I happened to see this movie trailer for the teen comedy “She’s The Man” posted on Apple’s movie trailer site, and I realized quickly after reading the names of the characters that this is a modern re-telling of my very favorite Shakespeare play ever — Twelfth Night. I read the play in high school English

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Chris Matthews is also a homophobe

Chris Matthews also had this to say about the movie Brokeback Mountain on the Don Imus radio show: MATTHEWS (1/18/06): Have you gone to see it yet? I’ve seen everything else but that. I just— IMUS: No, I haven’t seen it. Why would I want to see that? MATTHEWS: I don’t know. No opinion on

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Osama bin Laden still alive, Chris Matthews is a jerk

I’m sure you’ve all heard that a tape has surfaced of Osama bin Laden’s voice, indicating that he’s still alive. That was probably quite a blow to the Bush White House, because they’ve been quietly planting the story about that he died in December… (original link, no longer active – http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1221/dailyUpdate.html) Christian Science Monitor, 12/21/2005:

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Overheard in New York

I’ve mentioned the site “Overheard in New York” recently because I added it to my regular site reads not long ago… but it definitely deserves to get mentioned again. It is regular postings of conversations that people overhear, and it it so zen. When I’m stressed out, I go to my feed reader and page

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Cell-Phone Etiquette

Wired has the umpteeth article on how to be polite with your cell phone, covering all the stuff that anyone with common sense should be able to figure out without this article, and some of which I wrote myself almost ten years ago. I have to disagree with one point, though: “Don’t talk on the

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Orphan Baby Monkey has own stuffed duck

Loki the squirell monkey lost his mommy soon after he was born at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, but he’s getting along with the help of his zoo keeper and a stuffed duck. Nothing like a good “monkey and duck” story to round out the week.

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Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure

Defective Yeti writes a hilarious text adventure game similar to the classic Zork, only you’re George Bush. Naturally, you’re pretty stupid. Iraqi Invasion: A Text Misadventure Revision 88 / Serial number 54892 Oval Office You are standing inside a White House, having just been elected to the presidency of the United States. You knew Scalia

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Bush Asks for Google Users Personal Search Information

And if the last story wasn’t enough to make want to laugh and cry at the same time, try this one: not content with fumbling the ball in Iraq and listening in on you while you talk to your family members in England, the Bush Administration is demanding Google’s search records, according to numerous news

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Security Authorities Mistake Geocaching for Terrorist Acts

And in future bone-head spastic terror panic of the month news, the Department of Homeland Security will be arresting your 10 year-old brother after mistaking him for Osama bin Laden. Really, people. This is pretty damned stupid. According to CNN: Scot Tintsman found that out when he stashed a green bucket under an Idaho highway

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Happy Birthday, Apple

In 1983 the Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Computer, Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, was announced. Thanks, Apple.

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Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

The site American Rhetoric displays the text and audio of America’s famous speeches, including this farewell speech by Dwight Eisenhower, delivered three days before the end of his presidency, that is attracting renewed interest due to the documentary film by Eugene Jarecki “Why We Fight.” In the councils of government, we must guard against the

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Wish I Could Do That

According to the New York Times, thousands of Japanese kids, mostly boys, are shutting themselves in their rooms and refusing to come out for years at a time. They hang out on the internet, watch television, play video games, and refused to come out for school, work or even meals. Because of the downturn in

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Which Edward Gorey Book Are You?

The GashlyCrumb Tinies – You have a terribly wickedsense of humour and people are drawn to yourwit. Children beware of the thin, pale manwith the black umbrella! Which Edward Gorey Book Are You? brought to you by Quizilla

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Jill Carroll and “Negotiating with Terrorists”

Not to lean on Katic Couric this morning, but she deserves this one, too… She had a story this morning on Jill Carroll, the American reporter kidnapped in Iraq by insurgents. She interviewed a fellow journalist (a pretty level-headed guy) about her, and he spoke well of Jill and her style of reporting. And she

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Cell Phone Privacy and Katic Couric

I watched the news story about cell phone privacy on the Today show with Katie Couric in disbelief. In case you are unaware, if you have a cell phone, (or a regular phone actually) your records of calls made and to who can be purchased online from several internet sites for about 100 bucks. That’s

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3-Wheel Volkswagen Concept Car

At the L.A. Autoshow, Volkswagen unveiled a concept car with 3 wheels. VW claims it can get 46 mpg in the city, and can do 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Yes, it is a concept car, but VW claims they are seriously considering production if customer interest is sufficient. They would go for about $17,000

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Illegal wiretaps gained no successful information at all

According to the New York Times, today: WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 – In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check

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What have you given us, Dr. Franklin?

It’s Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday. The story goes that, as Franklin left the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he was approached by a Mrs. Powell, who asked him, “What have you given us, Dr. Franklin?” “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.” With Alito, looks like that’s pretty much gone, now.

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More Indiana State Legislature Attacks on Gay People

Bills that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered folks in Indiana: Preference of Marriage Bills House Bill 1335 (Preference for marriage over other relationships) and House Bill 1202 (Preference for marriage; instruction by schools) – Introduced by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) These two bills, would have Indiana law declare that marriage is preferred, encouraged, and

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Are we in more danger today than our founding fathers were?

Al Gore makes a damned good point in his recent speech… our founding fathers were tough enough to fight for our country without compromising freedom, so why are we doing it now? Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote:

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Religious Freedom Day

Celebrate while you still can, folks. In a few years this holiday will disappear and we’ll all be required to be Baptists. Religious Freedom Day Each year, the President declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day, and calls upon Americans to “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places

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People Moving Out of Indiana

According to United Van Lines, Indiana is one of the states with a high “outbound” moving rate. Last years outbound rate for Indiana was less than 2004, but still significantly unbalanced at 59.9% outbound. During the year 2005, many people packed up and moved their homes to the Southeast and West, while the Midwest and

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Bite me, George

“I expect there to be an honest debate about Iraq… people can help by making sure the tone of this debate is respectful and is mindful about what messages out of the country can do for morale of our troops… One way people can help as we’re coming down the pike in the 2006 elections

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Giant Shoes

Cool, a new big thing for me to photograph: Giant basketball shoes being placed around Indianapolis. Update – I caught a photo of one of these; will have them up soon.

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Ego Surfing

What’s your Ego Surf score? Mine’s 9,142. I have to say, I’m gratified that I beat the pants off of (original link, no longer active – http://j-walkblog.com/index.php?/weblog/posts/ego_surfing/ | j-walkblog.) 2022-03-15 Update: I outlasted both J-walkblog and Ego Surf. Take that, internet!

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Hey, that’s my birthday!

Apparently, the world is in a tizzy because in June of this year we’ll have a date of 06-06-06, and there’s even a movie about it. Fascinating. Also, my birthday. Just mentioning.

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Secret Pentagon study says body armor could have saved 80% of troops

The New York Times is reporting that a secret pentagon study shows 1,700 troops wouldn’t be dead if they had been given the body armor that they’ve been asking for. Extra Armor Could Have Saved Many Lives, Study Shows By MICHAEL MOSS A secret Pentagon study has found that at least 80 percent of the

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A Feast For Crows: worth the wait

I finished up reading George R. R. Martin’s long-awaited fourth fantasy novel A Feast for Crows today. I’m dying to find out what happens next. The fifth book (A Dance of Dragons) in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series is due out sometime this year, and if it does drop (Martin is notorious for

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2005 Monkey News: LA Weekly’s List

LA Weekly gives us a rundown of the top primate news stories of 2005. This story is good: Contagious Yawning Science has yet to explain why humans yawn, or why we yawn when we see other people yawn. What we do now know is that both great apes and the lesser primates (macaques and lemurs)

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IndyStar’s “In Touch” Blog

Read this blog entry from Jocelyn-Tandy Torkwase Adande: An individual’s sexual preference should be a private matter. Recently, the Democratic caucus of the City-County Council attached an ordinance relating to sexual orientation to a human rights bill that also allows 15 percent of all business contracts with the city of Indianapolis to be awarded to

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The Feast of the Epiphany

It’s the feast of the Epiphany today… the 12th day of Christmas, or Twelfth Night. After Twelfth Night the Carnival season starts, which lasts through Mardi Gras. In some places such as New Orleans, Louisiana, the night of January 6 with the first Carnival celebrations is called Twelfth Night. In some places, Twelfth Night celebrations

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Stephanie has a blog

Last night we set up a blog for Stephanie. I’ll let her tell you where it is in the comments for this post, in case she wants to keep it secret or something. We also set up a News feed reader for her, to make it easier to keep track of her favorite blogs, and

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Belicove’s Four for Friday

Courtesy of belicove.com: Q1 – You and Reality TV: If you were to star in your own reality television show/series, what would the title of your show be, and what would the show focus on? Regardless of the title of the show or what it was supposed to focus on, it would end up being

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The Book of Daniel

Man, you ignore political news for one day around here, and the shit hits the fan. Everyone’s talking about the Terre Haute TV station that’s refusing to air the NBC TV show “The Book of Daniel.” that premieres tomorrow night. I hadn’t even heard of it, and had to go look up what all the

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The Truth Comes Out: NSA spying on Christiane Amanpour

Reporters are starting to ask the question… have they been spied in these illegal wiretaps that were done without warrants or judicial oversite. And specifically, one journalist’s name has come up as having been monitored — CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Americablog.com examines what the ramifications of that might be. NBC confirms that they’re investigating whether Amanpour

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Blonde Joke

I’m not a fan of blonde jokes, being blonde myself, but this one is darned funny!!

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Why the media can’t get Wikipedia right

I recently had a short conversation with a woefully misinformed person about Wikipedia, wherein they claimed that “It’s going to be shut down!” and “They’re getting sued!” Nope, on both counts. They were discussing, without much understanding, John Seigenthaler Sr.’s USAToday op-ed piece about the popular online open-source encyclopedia. David Weinberger analyzes the “controversy” and

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Books I plan to read in 2006

Thirty-eight books that I already own and need to read. I’m setting these aside to pick up and read in 2006. I hope I’ll get through more than just these, but this would make a big dent in my “to read” stacks.

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Amazon Credit Notification

Amazon will give you credit if things you’ve purchased go on sale within 30 days… and this site will track the prices of items you enter and e-mail you if the price drops.

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Public Games and “Design Your Own” Games

This improv group gathered a bunch of people, had them stand in the windows of a large commercial building and do a dance routine to entertain people in the park below. Then there’s the Zombie Village Playtest, created by Avant Games. And 20 Exquisite Rules, also by Avant Games.

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The Edge Annual Question — 2006

WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA? The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What is your dangerous idea? An idea you think about (not necessarily one you originated) that is dangerous not because it is

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Bloggers publishing leaked torture memos

Bloggers around the world are reprinting and publishing leaked memos from former UK ambassador Craig Murray, who divulged information on secret torture programs in Uzbekistan the benefit the United States and the UK. Boing Boing has a complete post on the subject, including links to the leaked memos, and information on a woman who was

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More Tom Delay Scandals

From MSNBC.com: The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group. Two former associates

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2006

I promise in 2006 not to start an unnecessary war based on a lie with insufficient troops to whom after three years of fighting I still haven’t given enough body armor or a plan for victory. Just kidding. I’m totally going to do that. Here are my real resolutions: 1. MORE GAY SEX IN 2006.

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