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Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Your government, hard at work
From Kaffy, with the note: "This is the kind of thing that makes me physically ill." (See here.)

Six more months, people. Six more months, and maybe we'll get our country back.
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Sunday, May 16, 2004
Yubyubyub boo-yah!
So, for my inaugural bike ride on the Raleigh SC30? Twice around the block. Allegedly, once around is supposed to be a mile, according to Greta, who used to walk it, but I'm kinda thinking not. It took me about 15 minutes to go around twice, with the wind whipping at me from the south. Yeah, so, I'm a little out of shape. At least I don't look like a total retard riding, although I must admit, after 14 years of not being on a bike, it was a little dicey in spots.

I covered a high school prom's pre-festivities Friday night. Discovery? I'm turning into Mother, too.
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Thursday, May 13, 2004
Econ 101
Had two good assignments today, one a violin shop owner and the second a Nobel Laureate in economics at my alma mater. I've never been one for economics -- a gander at my bank account will back that up -- but this guy, Joe Stiglitz, a Gary native and now a professor at Columbia, put a whole bunch of things in perspective. For example:

-- Our leader Shrub took a 2 percent budget surplus and turned it into a 5 percent deficit in three years.
-- We can piss and moan all we want about outsourcing, but we've been putting the screw to other countries far longer -- unintentionally, sure, but screws are screws. See, according to Stiglitz, the United States pays about 25,000 cotton farmers between $3 billion and $4 billion in subsidies each year for them to produce buttloads of the stuff. When output goes up, demand goes down, naturally, so what happens to the 10 million cotton farmers in Africa and all over the world whose only crop is cotton? They get fucked. But the kick in the ass? When someone went to complain to our trade representative about the inequity, his answer was, "Let them do something else." You know, because it's easy to just pick up and do that when you live in SAND. Idiot.
-- Competition has become global, and there's no monopoly on knowledge or skills, y'all. The best one can do is keep learning and making it better for yourself.

Don't know about you, but I'm still kinda pissed about the cotton subsidies. Once again, I'm in the wrong business.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Lessee ... her father started the Peace Corps, her mother's heavily involved in the Special Olympics (or at least she used to be), and her uncles are two of the greatest presidents that might've been. With all that incredible political clout before her, what does Mah-riiiiia Schwarzenegger come up with as a contribution to California politics? Fucking charm bracelets, for which the proceeds will go to provide sumptuous meals and lodging for foreign dignitaries who come to Cali.Cost for one of these baubles? $18-$170 a pop.

Peace Corps ... jewelry line (as if weighing on an imaginary scale). Peace Corps ... jewelry line ... Hmph.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Rotten don’t being to cover it
Two travesties for the price of one. First, a letter on Romenesko today:
An AP reporter today was the one to tell Nick Berg's family [ED NOTE: Berg, for those who haven't heard yet, is the first civillian example of the fallout from the Abu Ghraib debacle] that a video of his beheading was on a website. The family collapsed from shock and grief on the front lawn.

Wow. What a rotten situation for both the family and the reporter. That brings up all kinds of ethical issues. What do others think? Should the reporter have told the Berg family or not?

A reporter is supposed to "minimize harm." Telling the Berg family about the video was obviously harmful. But the reporter isn't responsible for the video. And what could the reporter do at that point, anyway? Walk away? Say "uh, nevermind." Plus, this reporter was among the first of a horde to descend on the Berg family today anyway. ...

Not that it's cool or justified in any way, but honestly, is anybody REALLY surprised that al Qaeda's pissed off by our frat-boy antics? No, seriously.

Anyway, the second bit of grief comes by way of Kaffy, who shared this with me the other night. I must admit, I'm kinda surprised that I haven't seen it pop up anywhere yet, unless it has and I'm just dim. Anyway ...
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Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Only an American
I've been pondering this whole military abusing Iraqi POW thing for a few days now, and there's only one thing that sticks out in my mind: It figures that something like this would happen when we have the world's biggest frat boy in charge of the White House. I mean, when it comes to torture and stuff, we're total retards.

Think about it: Every other country has dished heinous behavior to its POWs and what do WE do? "Huhuhuuhuhuhuhuhuhuhuh, let's make them give each other BJs. Huhuhuhuhuhuhuhhuhuh." Ok, Beavis. And can you imagine Shrub chastising these idiots? "Fuck, man! What did I tell you about taking pictures in the prison!?! 'What happens in the prison, STAYS in the prison.' You guys suck!"
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Thursday, April 15, 2004
BFKAS? Is that YOU?
Jamiel Terry recently penned an essay in OUT magazine about growing up gay in the house of Randall Terry, the notorious anti-abortion zealot who got himself kicked out of that racket as part of a court settlement and who's now taken up gay-bashing as his hobby. This is the response he posted about his son's essay.

Lemme get this straight: Here's a guy who took this boy into his own home, and now that said son -- the one HE TOOK IN AS HIS OWN -- has made a really painful revelation, he's more worried about what people think of HIM!?!!?!?

You know what, people? If you can't think beyond yourself and how you look to the world, do the rest of us a favor and do NOT procreate; do NOT adopt kids; and do NOT look up the kids you gave up for adoption. I know you like to think of yourselves as the Great White Hope, but you're NOT doing us any favors. No, seriously. Our lives are fine without your self-centered bullshit. Keep your delusions to yourself, please. Thanks.

Fer fuck's sake.

[Link courtesy of Wonkette]
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Thursday, April 08, 2004
I feel so much better now.
Listening to the radio on my way to my first assignment this morning, what do I hear but that our federal guvmint spent $5 million per nuclear warhead in order to get them EPA compliant.

Nope, there's no punchline.
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Monday, March 29, 2004
That’ll learn me to eat taquitos so close to bedtime
Ok, I was going to start out by telling y'all about the boner Kaffy's cat pops everytime he gets on his groove, but I'm going to save it for later, because first, I have to tell you about the dream I just had before I got up, plus I can't NOT comment on the headline with which I was greeted upon logging on.

First, the headline (see here). Mmm-hmmmmm, because ordering your girlfriend to take off her clothes and having a dude she just met go down on her, then SHOOTING THEM BOTH, isn't cruel and unusual. Riiiiiiight. (Background info courtesy of here.)

My thoughts? I think that if you do something you're not supposed to, the punishment should fit the crime, hot-poker-up-the-ass for hot-poker-up-the-ass. So, if you murder someone, especially more than once like this idiot did, I don't think it's right that he should be allowed to choose the way he gets to die. All he's doing is wasting our money, getting too much press time, and, I suspect, trying to get some poor schmuck to write his life story. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think he's entitled to that.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2004
My point, exactly …
Except it's ensconced in a beautifully written essay.

Link courtesy of the esteemed PB Curtis.
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It is the job of a good person to be honest. To be self-aware. To deliberately explore the fault lines of your character and try desperately to not inflict suffering in this strange, ghost-ridden world of worked and fabricated objects. Sometimes the jobs of writer and good person coincide. But more often they don’t. There are way more writers in the world than there are good people.

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