Archives: February 2006

Troops don’t know why they’re in Iraq

Zogby conducted a poll of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq, on a number of different subjects. What jumped out at me is this paragraph, though… The wide-ranging poll also shows that 58% of those serving in country say the U.S. mission in Iraq is clear in their minds, while 42% said it is either somewhat

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Giant Cross in Terre Haute

The Cross Tabernacle Church has erected a nearly 50 cross near U.S. 41 outside Terre Haute. If I’m not mistaken, there are a number of giant things in that area that we’re planning to photograph on a weekend roadtrip already, so we’ll probably grab a picture of it, too.

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AFA boycotting Desperate Housewives

The American Family Association is urging a boycott of Desperate Housewives. Of course my response to TV censorship is always “unplug the TV” — but this time the nutjobs are addressing my retort: Some people have said to pro-family viewers who dislike indecent network TV programming simply to turn it off, Wildmon notes. In response,

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“The Kiterunner” does not contain “pornography”

Some (idiot moron) parents in Lawrence Township schools are objecting to the book “The Kiterunner” being assigned in class, because they claim there is a scene that is “pornographic” in it. The Kiterunner is a story of children living in contemporary Afghanistan, and is a wonderful, amazing book. It is, unfortunately, fairly true to life,

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Either/Or #5

From belicove.com: Favorite Color or Favorite Number? Color. Shower in the Morning or Shower in the Evening? Morning The Grand Canyon or The Great Pyramids of Egypt? Pyramids White Pages or Yellow Pages? White. People are more interesting than businesses. Doll House of Tree House? Tree house. When you were 13 years old or when

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Blogs are a viable form of writing

The Financial Times has an article criticizing the “blogging” phenomenon, which is one of many that have been written in the mainstream press in the last 6 months. This whole “anti-blogging” movement generated by the mainstream press strikes me as really pretentious and absurd on the part of “journalists.” People have been recording their thoughts

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More Things I Learned From The Movies

Signals If a tapping sound or flashing light represents morse code, there’s always someone around that can interpret the message. When Morse Code is used, the interpreter will call out words as they are being sent, rather than letters. Furthermore, a single word is represented by a few "beeps", and all words are sent at

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My Grandfather’s Having Surgery

My grandfather’s having surgery this morning. It’s not a difficult procedure, but because of his age, the doctors are worried about him being under a general anesthetic. So say a few prayers today, if you get a chance.

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Here, here! Well-spoken, Bruce!

From a discussion being held by The Poor Man Institute with a wingnut: The loyalty “owed” a President, or any government official, or any policy of the same, by a private citizen, is this much loyalty: zero. Let me say that again: the loyalty I, or you, or anyone “owes” to someone in the government,

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Cynics Guide to Life

When I’m feeling down, I like to whistle. It makes the neighbor’s dog run to the end of his chain and gag himself.

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The Office

Back when the Ricky Gervais version of “The Office” premiered on BBCAmerica, I watched the first season and loved it. Eventually I had to stop watching, though, not because it wasn’t funny, but because it was too real, and watching it was too much like actually being at work, and there’s only so much of

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Must post this link (think of the kittens!)

I just can’t stop myself. [link deprecated: http://www.uffish.com/2006/02/requiem_to_all_the_toys_ive_lo.html] Uffish: Requiem to all the toys I’ve loved before That’s something I never thought of writing down in a public space. I could write something similar, but I’ll refrain.

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Noblesville High School Class of ’86 Reunion Info

An email from one of my former classmates who is organizing the gathering: Dear NHS Classmates of 1986: Well, as hard as it may seem to believe, 20 years have gone by since our graduation…and it is reunion time again! Our 20 year reunion will be held this year on Saturday, August 5th in the

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A Johari Window of my very own..

Hat tip to Dustbury, who posted about this…. A Johari Window is where you get to talk about how great I am. Yeah, that’s it. Heh. Actually, you can read the real definition here at Wikipedia It’s a personality tool, and there’s an online version, that you can help me with, if you want. Anyway,

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Think Geek’s New Products RSS Feed

Think Geek now has an RSS feed for their new products. Good idea! Too bad their entries don’t show a picture of the new products, or a description. Bad idea! 3/6/2006 UPDATE: Their feeds now have descriptions, pictures and prices. happy happy, joy joy.

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“Marriage Contract” of Iowa Man

Via Smoking Gun: Check out what this guy Travis Frey from Iowa wrote up for his wife as a “marriage contract.” He’s under arrest currently for kidnapping his wife and holding her hostage in their home. I have to admit, I’ve never read anything like this. And I hope never to again. FEBRUARY 17–This country,

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Fun Things To Do in a Public Bathroom

These are jokes, and not intended to be taken seriously. Please view the site disclaimer. Stick your open palm under the stall wall and ask your neighbor, "May I borrow a highlighter?" Say, "Uh oh, I knew I shouldn’t have put my lips on that." Cheer and clap loudly every time somebody breaks the silence

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You Have Had Too Much Of The 90’s If …

You try to enter your password on the microwave. You now think of three espressos as "getting wasted." You haven’t played solitaire with a real deck of cards in years. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

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Permutations of Borg…

Author Unknown Uuuh, this is like, Butt-Head of Borg. Uh huh huh huh, uh huh huh huh. You will be ass-eliminated, or something. Uh, huh huh huh. Yeah. Heh heh heh m heh heh m heh heh heh. That’s pretty cool. Ass-eliminated. Heh heh heh heh. This is Buzzcut of Borg. You WILL be assimilated.

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The Myth of Big Government Liberals

Atrios has a dead-on post about the myth of “Big Goverment Liberals.” I don’t know any “big government liberals” in the sense that Andy means. I don’t know anybody who gets a stiffy at the thought of raising taxes and increasing government spending as a share of GDP just for the hell of it. Liberals

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Fun RSS Thing to Do

If you read your news in an RSS reader, here’s something fun and informative that you can do… Go to Google News, and to a search on the term “gay.” Look in the left column of the page and grab either the RSS link or Atom link, and add it to your news reader. Then

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Quad Cities Censorship

This is an interesting article in the Quad City Times, about a book called “The Misfits” that was banned at the elementary school level in the Quad Cities. “I knew I had all of those signs of being gay, and I couldn’t make sense of it,” said Howe, who wrote “The Misfits,” a book about

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Bicycle Shops In Indianapolis

I’m thinking of obtaining a new self-propelled vehicle of some kind, so I’m making notes on places I need to check out. Tom Lantz Bicycle Shop 2715 North Post Road, Indianapolis, In (317) 899 1130 Circle City Bicycle & Fitness 5506 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, In (317) 786 9244 www.circlecitybicycles.com A-1 Cyclery 6847 W. Washington, Indianapolis,

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1,325 images – More Abu Graib photos, exclusively on Salon.com

Salon.com does the Australian media one better, by obtaining a huge cache of pictures and secret goverment documents on the Abu Graib scandal. They explain why they are publishing the information and then go on to show you all the new pictures Warning: don’t look at these at work, or after you’ve just eaten. What

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Dick Cheney Shoots Me

And then Dick Cheney shot me, too! That bastard!!! Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter ‘Steph was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good’ Sunday, February 12, 2006; Posted: 9:01 p.m. EST (02:01 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend Wabbit hunting trip

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Dick Cheney Shoots Lady Liberty

Passed along to me by my friend Ian.. (Not Really) CNN — Lady Liberty, a 225-year-old Freedom Fighter, was in stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend Traitor hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun

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Weekend Update 2006-02-20

What I accomplished this weekend: Comment Code – I worked on the comment code on my site to accomplish: Cleaner xhtml and css. This was hard, but I got it working well. Displaying the number next to the comment. This wasn’t hard. Displaying comments from me in a different color than others. This seemed to

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Veronica Mars on delay until March

According to AfterEllen.com, UPN is delaying airing new episodes of Veronica Mars until March due to poor ratings. Huh. This is the best show on TV, people. It airs Wednesday nights opposite Lost. I expect each and every one of you to start watching, pronto.

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Laurel Hester Dies

Laurel Hester, the New Jersey woman who fought to get her pension awarded to her female partner died yesterday. She succeeded in making sure that her partner Stacie Andree was able to receive her money and keep their family home, after a long legal battle with county officials.

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Johnny Weir Dodges the Gay Question

Johnny’s flamboyant, but he’s not officially out… “I think it’s funny that people care,” Weir said before ultimately placing fourth. “I don’t have a problem with people saying anything. People could be saying, ‘Oh, let’s poll about Bode Miller. Let’s poll about Michelle Kwan being a lesbian. It’s not a big deal. Who I sleep

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Costs $363.8 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s costs for firing service members for homosexuality under its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy were nearly twice as high as a government estimate made last year, an independent commission said on Tuesday. A University of California commission of military experts said it cost at least $363.8 million to implement the

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Scaling Down

I borrowed the book “Scaling Down” (by Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker) from my girlfriend Stephanie, because we’re both attempting to sort through the things we own and uh, scale down. We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to merge households, and for two people who both own two-story, multi-bedroom homes packed with stuff,

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Stranger In a Strange Land

This is a book club, book, so of course I have to abide by the first and second rules of book club and not talk about it before we meet. But I have to write about it soon, or I’m going to forget details of what I wanted to say about it. So, book club

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Cool unusual architecture

Unique Daily has a photo gallery of cool unusual architecture, such as this upside down house. 2022-03-15 Update: My original link of unique architecture is long gone, but there are at least 10 upside down houses in the world. Stephanie and I saw the one in Niagara Falls on our honeymoon.

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Guerilla Marketing Tips

I found this interesting post on how the Chick Tracts nuts suggest distributing their mini hate-comics to the public. The comedic, ironic aspects of Chick Tracts aside, they actually have some interesting guerilla marketing techniques on how to get their message across that could be duplicated, say by a GLBT direct action group in Indianapolis.

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2008 GOP Convention in Indianapolis?

The [link deprecated: http://www2.indystar.com/articles/1/243304-2091-127.html] Indy Star reports that our fair metropolis is on the list of cities invited to bid to host the 2008 GOP Convention. Requirements: we have to foot the bill for security. God no. Please no. I’d rather gargle with motor oil than pay for security for wingnuts. Oh, wait. Can I

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LGBTQ Youth Equality Ride Across the U.S.

During March and April The Soulforce Equality Ride will be visiting 19 religious and military schools to give voice to those who can not speak up themselves because of oppressive school policies. Many of these schools expell lgbtq students who come out or are outed. At military and religious colleges around the nation, bans on

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The Dick Button Drinking Game

For those of you watching skating on the Olympics this week, check out the Dick Button Drinking Game written by Trudi Marrapodi. It was written quite a while back, but it’s still perfectly dead on when it comes to Dick’s commentary. Or you could play by watching the sport with my figure skater girlfriend, and

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More Abu Graib Photos

For quite some time, the Bush Administration has been withholding the worst of the photos of torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Graib prison, citing concerns about sparking more terrorism if they release the photos. The courts have ordered the remaining photos released by the White House keeps stalling. I think they’re more worried about

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Quiet time

Sorry about the lack of new and unique writing over the last week or so. I’m writing a couple of long book reviews that are still in draft form, and doing a lot of heavy lifting behind the scenes on the site design to get everything cleaned up, so things have been quiet ’round here.

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Chocolate City

Chocolate City is Parliament song from 1975. Suddenly, Ray Nagin makes sense. And my African-American friends are looking at me like I’m retarded, because everyone knows what he was talking about. I am so white.

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LA Times article on annual physical exams

The L.A. Times has an article on annual physical exams, discussing what doctors look for and suggesting that there should be a different balance between the physical portion of the exam, and the discussion of personal history and health questions and concerns. The problem is the headline and introductory paragraphs, which suggest that going to

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Political Sites I Like

If you’re looking for intelligent stuff about Indiana politics, these guys are great: http://advanceindiana.blogspot.com/ http://www.masson.us/blog/ http://www.takingdownwords.com/taking_down_words/ And on a national level: http://www.democraticunderground.com/ http://www.goodasyou.org/ http://americablog.blogspot.com/ http://www.biggaypicture.com/ http://atrios.blogspot.com/

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Rough Cut: My New Site Design

[/my_design_work/prototypes/commonplacebook/homepage.gif] Here’s what I’ve been working on all weekend. It’s quite rough, still, and needs a lot of refinement. I haven’t picked the correct font for my new logo, and there’s a lot missing and lots of little stuff that still needs cleaned up. But you get the general idea of where I’m headed. [/my_design_work/prototypes/commonplacebook/homepage.gif]

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Close to Home

I’m watching Friday’s episode of “Close to Home” the crime drama set in Indianapolis. I’ve written about it a couple of times on IndyScribe because it’s pretty interesting to see how they portray the city on a national TV show. This episode called the “Romeo and Juliet Murders” has some eerie parallels to a crime

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Friendster

I haven’t been in Friendster for a while, so I logged in a futzed around to see what they’ve upgraded lately. You know what’s stupid? Blogs on Friendster. That was really dumb addition, because the people who wanted a blog already had them set up outside of Friendster, where everyone can see them. No one

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Johnny Weir

Too funny: He has the face of Paul Rubens, the hair of Nick Nolte, and the fashion sense of a gay dolphin caught in a fishing net while reenacting a scene from Showgirls. What’s not to love about U.S. Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir? As Steph mentioned on her blog, Johnny is one of the

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Photos of the Rally at the Statehouse

Marti has photos of yesterday’s Rally at the statehouse, [link deprecated: http://statehouse.transadvocate.com/] from beginning to end. There’s apparently some question of the number of attendees. Fortunately, I know how to count, so I think we can solve the mystery.

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Remember when…

Stolen from Scott, after seeing a couple places. If you read this (even if we don’t speak often or don’t really know each other) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want — good or bad — BUT IT HAS TO

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A Post about Shoes

I’m probably the furthest thing from a fashion maven. But I do have a thing about shoes. Not a Carrie Bradshaw type thing; I wouldn’t spend $400 on a pair of Manolos. You won’t catch me dead in high heels. Literally; that’s in my will. But I do love the fluevogs, and I have several

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I heart Fafblog

Fafblog is smart and cute. I want to be BFF with Fafblog. Q. Can the president spy on Americans without a warrant? A. The president has to spy on Americans without a warrant! We’re at war, and the president’s gotta defend America, and he’s not gonna wait for a permission slip from a judge or

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When you pay attention to work, you miss all the good stuff

For the past couple days, StAllio! has been covering a fun controversy brewing in Indiana politics concerning the “Bloody 8th” congressional district race between Republican incumbent and right-wing loony John Hostetler, and his hottie Democrat opponent, Sheriff Brad Ellsworth. Ellsworth’s daughter is an IU student, and happened to have a facebook page where she’s alleged

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President Washington Used Electronic Wiretaps

“President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale.” — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales while testifying before congress on illegal wiretapping No, I’m not shitting you, he really said that, and you can see the video yourself. Can I also point out that aside from the

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Superhero Reading List

To my Amazon Wish List, I just added: How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion by Daniel H. Wilson The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book by Robert Hamburger The Government Manual for New Superheroes

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Georgia Vegan Protestors Arrested for writing down License Plate

In Georgia, the Department of Homeland Security was conducting surveillance of anti-war rallies and vegan protests. At the vegan protest, Caitlin Childs, a vegetarian activist, realized that she was under surveillance and wrote down the license place of the DHS agent who was monitoring her. She was then arrested for doing so. Note, this is

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Pillow Fight Club

More public game ideas — Pillow fight Club is where strangers arrange to get together and have a giant pillow fight, with some specific rules: Tell everyone about Pillow Fight Club. Tell everyone about Pillow Fight Club. Turn up at the arranged Pillow Fight Club venue with pillow hidden in a bag. At the exact

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Daily Monkey

Daily Monkey posts a picture of a monkey every day, along with a monkey related quote. Cool!

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Anti-Gay Killer’s MySpace profile

Of course you’ve heard about the teenager Jacob Robida who went on a rampage at a gay bar in Massachusetts with an axe and a gun, and who was later killed in a police shootout. Checkout his myspace web page. Too bad none of the people he hurt and killed get to have accolades on

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Bush illegal spying finds nothing of value

According to the Washington Post: Intelligence officers who eavesdropped on thousands of Americans in overseas calls under authority from President Bush have dismissed nearly all of them as potential suspects after hearing nothing pertinent to a terrorist threat, according to accounts from current and former government officials and private-sector sources with knowledge of the technologies

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Chris Matthews suggests that gay people are burning churches

What the hell? Chris Matthews suggested that gay people are responsible for a series of church burnings that occurred last Thursday in Alabama. See the video of his suggestions (made with out any proof). MATTHEWS: Is there anything in the papers down there where a Baptist church has taken a position on some social issue,

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Indiana’s Seatbelt Loophole law

I’ve commented on the current seatbelt law on both Doug Masson’s Blog, and on Taking Down Words, but since I keep doing that, I should probably talk about here on my own site, too. Both of those sites have been in favor of closing Indiana’s truck seat belt law, and both of them have been

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Four For Friday 2006-02-03

From belicove.com: Q1 – Have You: Ever attempted to put together your family tree? If so, how far back were you able to go? If not, would you like to put one together? For my dad’s side of the family, there’s a pretty comprehensive family history compiled by one of my extended family members. It’s

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100 Best First Lines from Novels

According to the American Book Review: 1. Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851) 2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813) 3. A screaming comes across the sky. —Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

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Which Serenity Character Am I?

Your results: You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) Malcolm Reynolds (Captain) 80% Jayne Cobb (Mercenary) 80% Wash (Ship Pilot) 65% Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command) 50% Derrial Book (Shepherd) 50% Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic) 45% Alliance 40% River (Stowaway) 35% Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic) 20% Inara Serra (Companion) 10% A Reaver (Cannibal) 5% Honest and a defender

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Corett Scott King Quotes

“I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice,” she said. “But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone

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The L-Word and Hot Sex (or lack thereof)

While we were watching this weeks episode of The L-Word, (episode 4, season 3) we noted that so far this year, there has been a distinct lack of hot sex such as existed in previous seasons. In the past, the characters were shuckin’ clothes and doing the deed several times an episode, whereas this season

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Indiana Equality Presents “Our Families Count” Rally at the Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Equality will host a Statehouse gathering, the “Our Families Count!” rally, on February 9, 2006 from 1pm – 3pm. This event has been organized in response to a recent spate of legislation aimed at relegating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Hoosiers to second-class status. “With daylight-savings time, toll roads, and property

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