Posts Tagged: current events

Open Letter to that 53% Guy

Max Udargo on the Daily Kos delivers a great response to to the guy calling people whiners for not working 70 hours a week, and telling people to “suck it up” and stop blaming Wall Street. Read the whole response, because it’s worth it. But this particular bit stuck out to me (emphasis mine): Here’s

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links for 2010-04-09

Introducing: The Snuggie for Geeks! | Bit Rebels Um… a… strange photos. yeah (tags: knitting funny technology) An Engagement Ring Is a Deposit on a Wife | Lindsay Beyerstein | Big Think Guys – if you cheat on your fiancee, she gets to keep the ring. Sorry, that's always been the rule, and it always

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested

I would like an apology from the police unions for acting like despicable douche bags. For those of you who may have tuned in late, Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., noted scholar, because he got angry with them. He got angry with them because they accosted him while he

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Thailand

My friend and co-worker Chatree Campiranon is in Thailand right now visiting his parents, and he’s documenting in photos some of the current news there. He’s an an excellent amateur art photographer and his site is a very nice gallery of his experiments with different photo techniques. Chatree is a Thai native who went to

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Real people remember

Joe.My.God’s account of “That Day.” Ian William’s memories of 9/11: “no one wept except the willow” 3 Quarks Daily’s contributors all write about “Five Years Later.” I’m so glad to read personal accounts because that was what struck me about the media coverage from that day — and for about a week or so after

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Local News and Online Reporting

WTHR has this story on their website: Study: Omega 3 can save lives Experts say beefing up intake of Omega 3 fatty acids can save lives more than AED’s and implanted defibrillators. Omega 3 is found in foods like fish and nuts, and some experts believe they can lower the risk for heart attack because

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“All Televisions Tuned to Fox News”

No wonder the Vice President is so out of touch with reality — check out his “tour rider” from the Smoking Gun — the list of demands he has of hotels when he travels. Item #6 – “All Televisions Tuned to Fox News” Wouldn’t want to accidentally hear what real people have to say about

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Conservatives were cry-baby children

That’s just too funny for words: Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative. At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from

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Rabbi: Bird Flu Caused by Gays

Yet another natural disaster being blamed on us for no conceivable reason whatsoever: AN outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel is God’s punishment for calls in election ads to legalise gay marriages, according to Rabbi David Basri, a prominent sage preaching Kabbalah or Jewish mysticism. “The Bible says that God punishes depravity first through

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The Democratic Agenda

Hat tip to Catholic Democrats for pointing this out… Next time you hear someone say the Democrats don’t have a plan of their own for running the country, say “pshaw” and point them at this website: HouseDemocrats.gov. It’s all there in black and white — a real agenda for creating change, and not just a

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Muffler Man Deconstructed

Kyla sent me a link to this picture from the San Fransciso Gate’s Day in Pictures: “Saving face: Gene Lanich normally maintains a brisker pace in Springfield, Ill., but lately he’s been hampered by a large Bunyan. A weekend windstorm decapitated a statue of the legendary lumberjack at a local eatery. ” So sad. Hoping

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How to Run A Country

Shamelessly stolen from the comments section at Taking Down Words: On his trip to Great Britain, George Bush had a meeting with Queen Elizabeth. He asked her, “How does one manage to run a country so smoothly?” “That`s easy,” she replied, “You surround yourself with intelligent ministers and advisors.” “But how can I tell whether

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The Soulforce Equality Riders Arrested at Falwell’s “Liberty” University

I mentioned the planned Equality Rides a few weeks ago — modeled after the student “Freedom Riders” of the 1960s who travelled around to centers of intolerance and bigotry, these students are traveling to Universities and military institutions that ban LGBT students. Yesterday, 20 equality ride students were arrested at Jerry Fallwell’s “Liberty” University. LYNCHBURG,

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Advance Indiana, Carson’s Challenger, and Ted Fleischaker

Julia Carson is facing a democratic challenger to her office — a gay man, Kris Kiser, with very little political experience. Much of the GLBT community supports Carson, who has been a friend of ours politically and gone to bat on gay issues with no hesitancy whatsoever. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin

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Republican Spyware

Stallio! has a great post on how the Republican party is handing out CDs that will illegally collect your personal data and stash it at an insecure location. He covers the topic pretty well, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to repeat the whole thing. Beware of Republicans bearing gifts.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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… Christian Science Monitor, 12/21/2005: US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said

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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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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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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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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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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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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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how much brush is on that ranch, anyway?

From three recent White Houlse press briefings: December 27 Good morning. Let me update you on the President’s schedule. Yesterday, after arriving, he went out and did some cutting and clearing brush, and then was at his home on the ranch. December 28 The President had his normal intelligence and daily briefings this morning, and

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100 things we (the BBC) didn’t know this time last year

According to the BBC. Here are a few of them…. 7. Baboons can tell the difference between English and French. Zoo keepers at Port Lympne wild animal park in Kent are having to learn French to communicate with the baboons which had been transferred from Paris zoo. 17. Bosses at Madame Tussauds spent £10,000 separating

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blowing up commuter trains, weddings, and churches?

Really? When did this happen? In Crawford, Texas, where Bush is spending the holidays, his spokesman, Trent Duffy, defended what he called a “limited program.” “This is not about monitoring phone calls designed to arrange Little League practice or what to bring to a potluck dinner,” he told reporters. “These are designed to monitor calls

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Absolute Power corrupts absolutely

Obsidian wings has some commentary: September 11 started the war. When will it end? Maybe never. Where is the battlefield? The entire world, including the United States. Who is an enemy combatant? Anyone the President says is an enemy combatant, including a U.S. citizen–no need for a charge, no need for a trial, no need

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Local FBI spying on vegan groups

In another article about the domestic spying on left-wing organizations, this time from the New York Times, the article mentions in passing: One F.B.I. document indicates that agents in Indianapolis planned to conduct surveillance as part of a “Vegan Community Project.” Wow. If they’re spying on vegetarians in Indy, what do you think they’re doing

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Prop 622 passed, 15-14

Proposition 622 passed at the City-Council this evening, 15-14. My councilor, Patrice Abduallah voted for the ordinance. And we’re on the fox news at 10 again. I’m very tired, and I’m going to bed.

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Bush Illegally spies on US Citizens

According to the New York Times, and later also reported by the Washington Post: Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence

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Delay scandal widening; fissures in GOP party are starting to show

Quote from CBSNews.com, with internal links to wikipedia for more information on the players in the wide-scale GOP corruption: The indictment sent a shock wave through the GOP establishment, which is already reeling from a swath of criminal and ethics investigations. Three individuals, eight corporations and two political action committees connected to DeLay have been

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Invictus

Oh holy crap. Timothy McVeigh decided to release as his “final words” before execution the poem “Invictus” which I’ve had on my website in my favorite poem section for five years. I come up at the top of some search engines, so I’ve had almost two hundred thousand hits on this page since this afternoon.

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England’s Notice Of Revocation Of Independence

In the light of your failure to elect a President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchial duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy. Your new prime minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the 97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world outside your borders) will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.

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Gay/Straight Marriages and the Georges tragedy

This is in regards to Ruth Holladay’s recent column on the Georges murder tragedy. (excerpted below) I think we as a community, and Ruth Holladay, need to separate our issues here, because we’re talking about several different issues as though they’re a single issue. We’re talking about people, regardless of their orientation, being honest with

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Florida Kicked Out of United States

Author Unknown WASHINGTON D.C. – Following an emergency meeting Tuesday morning, Congress unanimously voted to excise Florida from the United States of America. The move was a reaction to the confusion and irregularities in the state’s voting numbers that have totally disrupted the 2000 Presidential election. "This is the last straw," said Utah senator Orin

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Hillary Looks Ahead

Author Unknown During the recent visit to Martha’s Vineyard, Hillary Clinton sneaked off to visit a fortune teller of some local repute. In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the mystic delivered grave news. "There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just be blunt: Prepare yourself to be a

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Clinton Family Tree

Author Unknown One Sunday morning Chelsea burst into the living quarters at the White House and said, "Dad! Mom! I have some great news for you! I am getting married to the greatest hunk in Washington. He lives in Georgetown and his name is Matt." After dinner, the President took Chelsea aside. "Honey, I have

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Scandal in Heaven!

Author Unknown Turmoil rocked Heaven this morning as allegations arose that God had an affair with a former worshipper. The scandal began when a 21 year old woman, known only as Mary, claimed that she had given birth to God’s “only son” last week in a barn in the hamlet of Bethlehem. Sources close to

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Families Never Sought Gay Men Found Dead On Estate

By Ken Kusmer / Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — From rural communities across Indiana, young gay men have moved to the big city, leaving behind their families to find a place where they could openly express their sexuality. When some of them began disappearing, no one came looking for them. Years later, at least four gay

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