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Friday, February 27, 2004

at your peril, follow this link...

actually, not really at YOUR peril, but at the peril of any semblance of "time management" you may have had before. the >>INFINITE WHEEL<< will take you places you coudln't even imagine. and then to even MORE places!

yes, it's groovin'. and never stops. go. play. enjoy.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

now, let's be consistent, y'all

a challenge to elected officials who claim to be protecting marriage on whether their conduct is consistent with their rhetoric: Fidelity Pledge Press Release.

show us that you don't just talk the talk! i wanna see you walk the walk!

(or at least fake it 'til you feel it. either way, i'm happy.)


...Now that conservatives have chosen to make other individuals' private relationships a public issue, citizens want to know that their conduct is consistent with their rhetoric, stated Michael Huttner, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Progressive Network.

As Focus on the Family has said, infidelity is a top threat to the institution of marriage,stated Huttner. In September 2002, James Dobson, President of Focus on the Family, cited a study by the University of Oklahoma that included infidelity as a major threat to the institution of marriage.

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A Fidelity Pledge was distributed to each of Colorado's state and federal lawmakers who publicly support the Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The pledge is modeled on the Marriage Protection Pledge produced by the Family Research Council.

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[They are calling] on these conservative lawmakers who feel it's appropriate to restrict the private rights of individuals in the name of protecting the institution of marriage to lead by example and quickly sign and demonstrate that they uphold fidelity in their own lives.

The name of each lawmaker who has or has not returned the pledge will be posted on the Rocky Mountain Progressive Network website.



HOT off the presses!

the perry rumors! made it to print! or, at least made it to the chronicle, FWIW.

the chron speculates that the rumors were started by republicans in a separate article.

huh. interesting. blown over.

thanks, scott, for the links...!

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

simple, easy, right

as you all know by now, our illustrious president has said that he will back a Constitutional amendment that would ban marriage between two people of the same sex.

the best way to make your voice heard on this issue is to contact your Congressional representatives and senators. the ACLU has made it possible for you to fax your Reps and Senators directly from their website.


this is incredibly easy and fast. two clicks, a ZIP code, and an address.

one note: the ACLU has written the fax, but it IS modifiable by the sender, should anyone want to emphasize the fact that Constitutional amendments aren't for the purposes this one claims to be for.

feel free to pass this on.

from jon b, for whom a link i have not.

we love the moooooooon!

interview with joel veitch (rathergood.com's founder)!!!

where do you think they've got him stashed?

US military says "time is running out for Osama Bin Laden..."

wanna take bets on whether They'll produce a captive OSL before or after the Republican National Convention (Aug 27-Sept. 4)? before or after the Fourth of July?


yes, by all means, let's make sure marriage stays *traditional*

the SF Chronicle tackles the convoluted history of marriage. what IS traditional?

"[Marriage] is really much more complex in religious perspective than you might think,'' says Tolbert, the George Atkinson Professor for Biblical Studies at the Pacific School of Religion. "What the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) suggests as a general model for marriage is polygamy. You look at someone like Solomon who had 200 wives and 600-and-some concubines. Or Abraham, who had his first child by his wife's slave. It sounds as if it was quite normal.''

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"You go back to the early years of this country,'' says Joan Hollinger, a professor at Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley specializing in child welfare and family law, "and you find that the wife became a kind of possession of the husband." It was not until the latter half of the 19th century, she said, that married women reacquired the rights they had when they were single.

As recently as 1920, the states of Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and New Mexico hadn't changed their laws.

A far greater change in marriage law came in 1948, when California was the first state to make it legal for a couple of mixed race to be married. It took another 19 years for the U.S. Supreme Court to make the same ruling. So until 1967, in many states, a couple of mixed race could not get a marriage license, and if they went to another state and were married, when they returned home they could be arrested.

"When I tell my students that was in 1967,'' said Hollinger, "they sort of gasp.'' "



yes. please, can i be property?

(but only if you pay my dad a good dowry! i'm worth 6 goats, at LEAST!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

take this here quiz, y'all!

Yankee or Dixie quiz

my score?

"47% (Yankee). Barely into the Yankee category."

which is interesting, considering i grew up in the southwest, was raised by parents from OK and TX, have lived in TX for >10 years, etc.

my biggest texanism, however, is "y'all." i'm not sure i've really picked up anything else (that i didn't have already from my mother/grandmother, and the only one i could ID on the test was "grocery bag.").

oh wait, there was "party barn," but mostly coz a place called "Party Barn" is where i go to get drive-thru beer. heh.

got this from bethany, who blogs not, so i have no link for her. thanks, anyhow, b!

*cue "tradition!" from fiddler...*

transcript of the speech our illustrious president just gave in support of a constitutional amendment banning the rights of same-sex couples to get married.

see adam lipscomb's violently executed commentary upon the above.

damn, that adam, he good.


what comes around...

heh.


Gay Democrats ask for marital history of GOP legislators

"Claiming divorce -- not same-sex unions -- is undermining the sanctity of marriage, a group of gay Democrats on Monday asked state GOP Chairman Jim Kittle to identify Republican legislators who have been divorced.

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"We think it is fair to ask during this debate how many legislators who are demonizing gay marriage have actually committed the most grievous possible injury to the institution they claim to want to protect," said Linda Perdue, president of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats.

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"We will not be issuing a response to this," Kim Preston, press secretary for the Indiana Republican Party, told The Indianapolis Star."



i DO play well with others...usually...

how autistic are you? take the test!

i scored a 25. hmmm....

"Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge's Autism Research Centre have created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient, or AQ, as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults. In the first major trial using the test, the average score in the control group was 16.4. Eighty percent of those diagnosed with autism or a related disorder scored 32 or higher. The test is not a means for making a diagnosis, however, and many who score above 32 and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger's report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives. "


Monday, February 23, 2004

relax and rejoice!

Yahoo!Nader Urges Democrats to Applaud His W.House Bid

one can only hope that he'll prove that pride goeth before the fall...

"Veteran consumer advocate Ralph Nader urged liberals on Monday to "relax and rejoice" over his 2004 White House bid and rejected charges he could again be a spoiler in the Democrats' bid for the presidency.

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"I urge the liberal establishment to relax and rejoice. This is a campaign that strives to displace the present corporate regime of the Bush administration," Nader told a news conference.

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"Do not deny millions of voters the opportunity to vote for this candidacy. Everyone should have a chance, everyone should argue on the merits, not on the money," he said."

THE HIGH HAT | POPS&CLICKS: Clumsy Lovers

oooh, ooh, ooooh! me and adam got published!!!! sweet!

plus, check out the rest of the High Hat, it's sure to be amazing...

Friday, February 20, 2004

and still more?!

this is just insane, even NEW YORK'S marriage laws are gender-neutral! go for it, y'all, i say go for it!

New York Daily News - Ideas & Opinions - Lawrence C. Moss: It's legal for gays to marry in New York

and it begins!

New Mexico County Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

there are cracks appearing in the damn, the edifice won't hold much longer...

more detail...

a more detailed and nuanced article about the same-sex marriage issue in sandoval co., NM. from fauxFOX news, of all places.

New Mexico County to Allow Gay Marriages

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[sandoval county attorney] Mathews said New Mexico law is not clear on the issue.

He said he was concerned that refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples could open the county to legal liability.

State law defines marriage as a civil contract between contracting parties. It does not mention gender.

The only law that mentions gender is a 1961 statute that created the form used for marriage licenses. It asks for information about the male and female applicants.

But the Equal Rights Act of 1973 (search) outlaws discrimination based on sex, Mathews said.

The state attorney general's office never has been asked for an opinion on the issue, said Sam Thompson, spokeswoman for Attorney General Patricia Madrid.

Dunlap said she would issue marriage licenses to same-sex applicants until Sandoval County receives a legal opinion from the attorney general.

Mathews said he did not want Sandoval County to become a test case for same-sex marriage in New Mexico and that the county does not have a position on the issue.

"This is a statewide issue, and we need some guidance," he said.

Clerks in Santa Fe and Bernalillo County said they would not issue same-sex marriage licenses.

"My position is I took an oath to uphold the law, not change the law," said Rebeca Bustamante, Santa Fe County clerk. "I wouldn't do it because I just don't think I can."

Mary Herrera, Bernalillo County clerk, aid she has no plans to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She cited the 1961 law.

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Gov. Bill Richardson has said he opposes same-sex marriages."


NM County to issue same-sex marriage licenses

"A county clerk in New Mexico says it has nothing to do with 'politics or morals.'
Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap says the county plans to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
She made the decision after asking for an opinion from the county attorney, who said New Mexico law isn't clear on the issue. He also says refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples could open the county to legal action.
State law defines marriage as a civil contract between contracting parties. It doesn't mention gender."


sweet.

(looking through NM Marriage law, it looks like the article is correct. not to mention that NM honors ANY marriage from outside the state. wow.

got this from eschaton.

simply lovely

ephemera.org's photodocumentation of the love happening at San Francisco's city hall right now.

linky props to adam!

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Cambodian king backs gay marriage

'nuff said.

(check it out, at the royal website, you can see the handwritten message to which the above article refers! schweet. anyone parle francais?)

wanna know the sequence for GROW??

behemoth's post has it in white-font.

this post in response to adam and his trials and tribulations with GROW.

bummer, dude

this is just weird.

Teen finds his picture on missing children's Web site

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Authorities arrested the mother of a 17-year-old boy who saw his picture on a missing children's Web site and discovered that he was allegedly abducted from Canada 14 years ago.


Attack of the Gay Agenda!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2004

republicans vs. science redux

|NYT|Scientists Say Administration Distorts Facts|

"More than 60 influential scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, issued a statement yesterday asserting that the Bush administration had systematically distorted scientific fact in the service of policy goals on the environment, health, biomedical research and nuclear weaponry at home and abroad.

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The two documents accuse the administration of repeatedly censoring and suppressing reports by its own scientists, stacking advisory committees with unqualified political appointees, disbanding government panels that provide unwanted advice and refusing to seek any independent scientific expertise in some cases.

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Dr. John H. Marburger III, science adviser to President Bush and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, said it was important to listen to "the distinguished scientific leadership in this country." But he said the report consisted of a largely disconnected list of events that did not make the case for a suppression of good scientific advice by the administration.

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The science adviser to Mr. Bush's father, Dr. D. Allan Bromley, went further. "You know perfectly well that it is very clearly a politically motivated statement," said Dr. Bromley, a physicist at Yale. "The statements that are there are broad sweeping generalizations for which there is very little detailed backup."

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According to the report, the Bush administration has misrepresented scientific consensus on global warming, censored at least one report on climate change, manipulated scientific findings on the emissions of mercury from power plants and suppressed information on condom use.

The report asserts that the administration also allowed industries with conflicts of interest to influence technical advisory committees, disbanded for political reasons one panel on arms control and subjected other prospective members of scientific panels to political litmus tests.

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The full list of signatories and the union's report can be found at www.ucsusa.org."


reprinted at smirkingchimp, for those without NYT registration, or you can use "salon" and "tabletalk," i believe.

highly textured sounds...

cool synaesthesia article.

chicago enters the fracas...

"Mayor Daley said Wednesday he would have "no problem" with County Clerk David Orr issuing marriage licenses to gay couples -- and Orr said he's open to a San Francisco-style protest if a consensus can be built.

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It wasn't just "the clerk waking up one day and deciding to marry someone," Orr said. It had the support of the entire "city apparatus" in San Francisco -- from the mayor, City Council and advocacy groups on down. That's the model that would have to be followed here, Orr said.

"Whether or not, here in Cook County, we should be considering a San Francisco or other kind of protest, that is what some of us are discussing. I'm quite interested in exploring that with key players in the city and county. I'm already discussing that with a number of advocacy and key groups. I would like to discuss it with the mayor," Orr said."

who's got a pretty face?

Rumors - A BuzzFlash News Analysis

huh. no names are mentioned, of course, but a certain GOP governor might be in a wee bit of domestic trouble due to certain, alleged, shall-we-say, proclivities...?

or maybe not. 's just a rumor at this point.

from adam, who else?!?!

breasts and circuses

Salon.com | The culture-war president

"That's right, with the war on terror in full swing, our war president is going to have a group of G-men doing nothing but working the porn beat when they could be tracking down -- oh, I don't know -- terrorist sleeper cells."

classic. frightening.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

like a bridge over troubled waters....NOT

Bush 'Troubled' by Gay Marriage Issue

heh. bummer for him. he doesn't know what to say...if he endorses a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, he alienates half the country. if he continues to hedge about it, he alienates the other half.

also?

Democrat John Kerry holds his largest lead yet over President Bush in a head-to-head match-up among likely voters, a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll concludes, and rival John Edwards also holds a double-digit lead over the president.

heh.

yes.

Now, That's San Francisco / Nothing like a few thousand gay marriage ceremonies to reignite your urban pride

Morford, on the beauty that is the City Hall of San Francisco, and how they are furthering civil rights in this nation.

and another...

The Right Christians: Bush, gay marriage, postmodern churches

yet another weblog i'd like to frequent, myself. marked for eternity over in the sidebar...

holy smoke!

Jim Hightower's Weblog

well wouldya lookit that! jim hightower's got a weblog!

yeah, okay, so i didn't know this before. but now i do. and he's goin' over there in the sidebar, for posterity.

mainstreamization...

Op-Ed: Gay Marriage in the States

This page fully supports the right of gay men and lesbians to marry, and we believe that in time they will have this right across the nation. But we also see a practical value in how the issue is currently unfolding. Louis Brandeis, the great Supreme Court justice, said he believed that the states should serve as social laboratories for the nation. Massachusetts and California — and Vermont, before them, with its civil unions law — are fulfilling that role right now. They have already started a national discussion of gay marriage, a very healthy thing in itself. If gay marriage takes hold in Massachusetts or California — in both states, the issue is still up in the air — it will allow the residents of slower-moving states to observe the experiment in action.

Opponents of gay marriage have been loudly calling for a constitutional amendment prohibiting any state from recognizing gay marriages. Despite the parade of horribles they haul out, their greatest fear appears to be that giving gay men and women the right to join legally and permanently with the ones they love will work out just fine, and that the American people will see that the fears being foisted on them are unfounded.


america began as one of the greatest social experiments of all time, both in scale and in scope, and we haven't folded yet (despite the best efforts of the GOP some). by all means, let's continue to strive for the greatest equality, health, and happiness for all citizens. it's been a long process, but i believe we can do it.

*cue "star-spangled banner"*

hee!

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from laura. thanks!

Dean to End His Campaign

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

GORGEOUS

spend some time perusing the ads, the videos, the amazingness that is GORGEOUS.

thanks, lee!!

lee's blog/site added to sidebar.

informal meeting at Crown and Anchor to toast the memory of greg. join me, if you wish. 6:45 tonight.

...on a lighter note...

GROW

see if YOU can figure this out?!?!

my high score so far is 26,000-something. i just re-did it and only got 11,200. i have no clue what the rules are.

but it's kinda neat-o. seems to matter which order you place things in. i got a lake around the pipe! but haven't yet max'd the pipe. max'd 11/12 once. hmmmm....must....keep....trying.....

oh shit.

just got this from troy, crown and anchor manager...

Gregory Scott Winters, 35, died in his home in Houston on Tuesday morning, February 10, 2004. He was born in Houston on June 29, 1968. Gregory was a gentle, tender and intelligent young man. He knew people from all walks of life and enriched the lives of everyone he met, even in the briefest of encounters. He was a loyal friend and co-worker. He was an extremely creative artist and musician. Greg lived much of his adult life in Austin, Texas - the best years working at the Crown & Anchor pub, where he made countless friends and left behind a legend of wit, warmth and love. Also while in Austin, Gregory became the proud father of his son, Low Hitchcock-Winters. He joyfully shared his love of Low with friends and fellow employees and kept an informal gallery of rotating photos and stories of his wonderful son at the Crown & Anchor. In 2001 Gregory returned to Houston where he worked as a technician at the Harris County Neuropsychiatric Ward and is remembered for his intuitive and kind care of people in need. He is survived by his son, Low Hitchcock Winters, age 3; Kimberley Hitchcock, his companion of 15 years and mother of his child; his loving parents, Martha and Michael Winters Sr.; and brother, Michael Winters Jr. of Houston; and sister, Melanie Winters Jones and husband, David Jones of Austin. Gregory was also a beloved uncle to one niece and four nephews. A memorial service was held Thursday evening at the Rothko Chapel in Houston and requiem mass the following day at St. Vincent's. In lieu of flowers, the family will be establishing an educational fund for his son Low.

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 2/15/2004.


dunno if any of y'all have ever frequented the crown, but this is greg, the sweet guy wot closed every night with an outstanding scots accent...the wonderful doorman/barkeep who'd let me poster for TDS shows, even when NOONE else was allowed to poster....who threatened to ban rachael's evil ex...who acted as my BF when MY evil ex was present...

sheeyat. greg, we'll miss you.

*take a DEEP breath*

CNN.com - Study: Hostile people may be 'born to smoke' - Feb. 13, 2004

too bad i'm not a more hostile person, or i'd be questioning my decision to quit smoking. yes, it's now been TEN days since i quit...this is the eleventh day...and yes, i'm about to claw my eyeballs out! nicorette has become my best friend in the entire world.

but ya know what? i can breathe. and don't wake up with asthma in the night. and don't cough all the time.

plus? i've saved at least $42.50 so far! sweeeeet....!

Saturday, February 14, 2004

yes, this is to be the last season of angel, dammit.

MPORTANT NEWS ABOUT ANGEL


A statement from The WB:


For the last seven years Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have been cornerstones of our network. The sum total of the work done on those shows has produced some of the proudest moments in our history. Like some of the great series that are leaving the air this year, including Frasier and Friends, the cast, crew, writers and producers of Angel deserve to be able to wrap up the series in a way befitting a classic television series and that is why we went to Joss to let him know that this would be the last year of the series on The WB. We have discussed continuing the Angel legacy with special movie events next year, which is still on the table. In a perfect world, all of these details would be completed before this information went to the press so that we could be definitive about the show's ongoing future. But in any case, we did not want to contemplate this being the last year of Angel without giving the show the option of crafting their own destiny for this character and for this series. David Boreanaz continues to be one of the finest, classiest and friendliest actors we have had the pleasure to work with and we hope that the relationship furthers from here. The same can be said for all the actors and producers on the show.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Promo Pics for next week's angel.

y'know, the one with the muppets?

yeesh.

sailing thru a Fermi sea...

Technology Review: Electricity Teleportation Devised

Electricity Teleportation Devised

Technology Research News February 9, 2004

Researchers from Leiden University in the Netherlands have devised a way to teleport electricity.

Teleportation is possible at the atomic scale, and was discovered a decade ago for photons in free space. The researchers' proposal works for electrons contained in conductors, and could eventually be used within computer circuits.

A major obstacle to quantum teleportation is that in a metal or semiconductor electrons exist in a crowd, dubbed the Fermi sea, making individual electrons difficult to isolate and manipulate.

When the two carriers of electrical current -- negatively charged electrons and positively charged holes -- meet, they cancel each other out. The researchers have postulated that an entangled electron, however, could continue its existence at a distant location.

Entangled electrons are connected in such a way that specific properties of the electrons remain synchronized regardless of the physical distance between them.

The method could eventually be used to instantly transport information between the quantum bits, or qubits, of a quantum computer if electrons could be transported over distances of around 100 microns. Quantum computers use the properties of particles like photons, electrons and atoms to compute and are theoretically very fast at certain large problems, including those that would render today's encryption-based security systems obsolete.

Laboratory demonstrations showing that the method could be used to transport electrons a few microns could happen within two to five years; practical applications are a decade or two away, according to the researchers. The work appeared in the December, 2003 issue of Physical Review Letters."


does this mean i'll get my in-home teleporter platform by 2014? i can't wait!!

i got this from dutcher!

The New Yorker: Fact | Can liberals take foreign policy back from the Republicans?

AWOL Op-Ed

Krugman on Bush's AWOL, and now Herbert.

"Still, we may be on our way to an election in which Mr. Bush is judged on his record, not his legend. And that, of course, is what the White House fears."

random odds and ends...

MSNBC - Poll: Public's trust in Bush at low ebb

"The survey results, which also show declining support for the war in Iraq and for Bush's leadership in general, indicate the public is increasingly questioning the president's truthfulness -- a concern for Bush's political advisers as his reelection bid gets underway.

Barely half -- 52 percent -- now believe Bush is "honest and trustworthy," down 7 percentage points since late October and his worst showing since the question was first asked, in March 1999. At his best, in the summer of 2002, Bush was viewed as honest by 71 percent. The survey found that nearly seven in 10 think Bush "honestly believed" Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Even so, 54 percent thought Bush exaggerated or lied about prewar intelligence."




oh FINALLY some GOOD news today! well, that AND i made it to work okay without smearing myself across I-35 in this sleet.

meanwhile, look at how lame we are, here in the US!

Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | No sex, please - we're American

"Singer Janet Jackson's right breast wasn't the only thing she exposed during her performance at the Super Bowl two weeks ago.

She also laid bare the fault lines criss-crossing the social landscape of the US. To columnists in New York and Los Angeles, the fuss was baffling. In the conservative heartlands, however, the message seemed to be: "No sex, please - we're American."

...

"Jackson could have enough of a galvanising effect on the right for the idea of somehow regulating cable content to gain momentum. That would leave Tony Soprano feeling really bleeped off."


but also, how some of us kick ass while doing the right thing.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- City officials have issued marriage licenses to nearly 100 same-sex couples and could unite scores more while opponents are in court Friday seeking to block the nationally unprecedented nuptials.
While the practical value of the marriage licenses remains unclear, their symbolism was evident - especially on a day when lawmakers in Massachusetts debated a constitutional amendment that would strip gays and lesbians of court-ordered marriage rights. As mandated, they adjourned shortly after midnight Friday - but without reaching a consensus.

San Francisco's newly elected mayor, Gavin Newsom, directed the county clerk to accept applications from gay and lesbian partners for the first time Thursday - an act of political and legal defiance aimed at challenging California's ban on same-sex marriages.

So many couples took the city up on its surprise offer that, by late afternoon, overwhelmed officials told new applicants to return Friday. In all, the clerk's office issued 95 marriage licenses to same-sex partners Thursday, and 87 couples took their vows on the spot.




(and another article on the same topic!)

no, not a bad day at all.


Thursday, February 12, 2004

more on cloning

scientists claiming that cloning done in order to further therapeutic science.

and of course, opponents loudly screeching.

we'll see how this pans out. it might not even really work in the first place...

"Disease researchers were ... cautious in their welcome.

"If it turns out be true, it's a nice step forward," Dr Bob Goldstein of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation said.

"It's measured scepticism only in the sense that, until these things are repeated [by other scientists], it always makes us nervous."



also, this is a good FAQ.



neocons exposed by old-school conservative

Iraq and the Gulf of Tonkin -- The Washington Times

the rift is complete. the neocons are insane. it's official.

"The liberation of Iraq, in the neocon scenario, would be followed by a democratic Iraq that would quickly recognize Israel. This, in turn, would "snowball" -- the analogy only works in the Cedar Mountains of Lebanon -- through the region, bringing democracy from Syria to Egypt and to the sheikhdoms, emirates and monarchies of the Gulf.

All these new democracies would then embrace Israel and hitch their backward economies to the Jewish state's advanced technology. And Israel could at long last lower its guard and look forward to a generation of peace. That was the vision.

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So the leitmotif for Operation Iraqi Freedom was not WMDs, but the freedom of Iraq in the larger context of long-range security for Israel. Mr. Bush is right to change the rationale for war to isn't-the-world-a-better-place-without-Saddam? Of course it is. Was Iraq ever a threat to the U.S. homeland? Of course it wasn't. But hasn't the U.S. occupation of Iraq provided a force multiplier for al Qaeda? Of course it has. And the world is not a more peaceful place than it was before the occupation of Iraq.

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Iraq's nonexistent WMDs were never a threat to anyone. But they have already struck a devastating blow to the credibility of the Bush White House. The Doctrine of pre-emption becomes inoperable without unimpeachable intelligence accepted by all as the coin of the realm."


oh no

we're getting into some scary big brother-esque territory, with overtones of Handmaid's Tale...

Justice Dept. Seeks Hospitals' Records of Some Abortions


"WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 — The Justice Department is demanding that at least six hospitals in New York City, Philadelphia and elsewhere turn over hundreds of patient medical records on certain abortions performed there.

Lawyers for the department say they need the records to defend a new law that prohibits what opponents call partial-birth abortions. A group of doctors at hospitals nationwide have challenged the law, enacted last November, arguing that it bars them from performing medically needed abortions.

The department wants to examine the medical histories for what could amount to dozens of the doctors' patients in the last three years to determine, in part, whether the procedure, known medically as intact dilation and extraction, was in fact medically necessary, government lawyers said.

But hospital administrators are balking because they say the highly unusual demand would violate the privacy rights of their patients, and the standoff has resulted in clashing interpretations from federal judges in recent days about whether the Justice Department has a right to see the files. "






more on AWOL bush...

Yahoo! News - Ex-officer: Bush file's details caused concern

"As Texas Gov. George W. Bush prepared to run for president in the late 1990s, top-ranking Texas National Guard officers and Bush advisers discussed ways to limit the release of potentially embarrassing details from Bush's military records, a former senior officer of the Texas Guard said Wednesday.


A second former Texas Guard official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, was told by a participant that commanders and Bush advisers were particularly worried about mentions in the records of arrests of Bush before he joined the National Guard in 1968, the second official said.


Bill Burkett, then a top adviser to the state Guard commander, said he overheard conversations in which superiors discussed "cleansing" the file of damaging information.


The White House dismissed Burkett's charge Wednesday. It is an "outrageously false statement," said White House communications director Dan Bartlett, who handled the records in the late 1990s as an aide to Gov. Bush. Administration officials dismiss Burkett as a disgruntled former Guardsman who had a falling-out with his superiors.


of course, Burkett's just a disgruntled former employee! that's all whistle-blowers EVER are, don'tchya know?!?!

cloned humans: not just sci-fi?



korean scientists have taken cloning techniques to a new level, producing 30 cloned human embryos at Seoul National University. stem cells were evidently succesfully created, as well as viable embryos.

the ensuing ethical arguments should be interesting. i just can't deal with them this early, before adequate amounts of caffeine.


incredible, edible, spreadable...

while i'm on the topic of british cartoon ads, here, i may as well include both of these ads for a britishy sort of butter, done by the creator of weebl and bob...featuring...COW weebl and COW bob!!

got these links from andrew levine, for whom i have no link. thanks, andrew!

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

mmmm....

chocolate is GOOD for you! ESPECIALLY dark chocolate! which is my favorite. also of which i have eaten an alarming amount in the last couple of days.

see? i'm lowering my blood pressure. mmmm...

more on south dakota:

sounding less likely to become law, here.

holy shit. anyone seen this yet?

anyone know if it's for real? sheeyat.



House OKs anti-abortion bill

PIERRE -- The South Dakota House of Representatives voted 54-14 Tuesday to ban almost all abortions in the state.

HB1191 would make it a felony for anybody to perform an abortion unless it is to save the life of the mother.

HB1191 sponsor Rep. Matt McCaulley, R-Sioux Falls, said he introduced the bill because it has two legal underpinnings, "neither of which have been addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court."

New scientific and medical evidence shows life begins at conception, and there is now proof that abortions harm women, McCaulley said.

...

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. Abortion in America is a threat to the survival and strength of this nation," Van Gerpen said. "When you devalue life, abortion is acceptable for whatever reason. Infanticide becomes more acceptable, and you begin to disregard the handicapped."

In the face of all the varied arguments, lawmakers seemed in the mood to support sentiment expressed by Rep. Tim Begalka, R-Clear Lake, who held up an in-utero sonogram picture of his son at 11 weeks of gestation, and Rep. Bill Peterson, R-Sioux Falls, who said that without life, other arguments are moot.

"No one can tell me that baby's not viable. I can count his fingers. I can see his hands, his legs, his arms. They were moving," Begalka said. "Let's not water this down. Either it's right, or it's not."

Peterson said the nation's Declaration of Independence establishes the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

"If we have not a right to life, what then do we have? From that principle, all other questions flow. Does that right extend into the womb? It must if we believe that life begins at conception," Peterson said. "There are very few times when we reach into the core of what it means be a human being, an American and a legislator. This is one of those times."

the end times are near??!

Pundits on the Right: Some Doubts About Bush


these are always fun...

the recent white house press briefing.

oh that scotty mclellan! such a card!


Tuesday, February 10, 2004

jobs, or the lack thereof

krugman, on this "recovery" of ours.


go melissa, it's your birthday!

okay, it's not really her birthday, but melissa's got a new column up at austinmama.com!!!

'course, i can't read it until i get home, coz websense filters austinmama.com as "sex." or maybe "tasteless." grrrrr...

just 'cause...

viking kittens mirror site.

WARNING: TONS, LOTS, LOADS, YEA, EVEN GOBS OF STUPID POPUP ADS.


Monday, February 09, 2004

oh that timbre!

alan rickman reading shakespeare's sonnet 130.

pure bliss, if you're into that sorta thing.

and, after some googling, here's where it came from, and then where to buy it. there's one for the wishlist!

from merideth. i love it!


in a cave, blindly.

how bush is more like plato than aristotle, and why this is frightening.

link courtesy of nugent.

biblical curse generator!

"I hope you will be kicked by an incontinent camel, O ye exceedingly foolish virgin!"

need i say more?

from phaedrus, via adam.

tittygate: a one-week retrospective

brent's incisive look at the scandal that turned our previously pious and upright country into a seething mass of salacious sexuality.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

my new favorite band...this week...



yes, that's right, it's darkness. just when you thought heavy metal was dead, that freddie mercury's operatic warbling would never be heard again, that wild and crazy double-necked guitar solos were outre...then comes darkness.

i can't decide what to think of them (evidently, neither can anyone else), quite, but i do know i like it.

check out their videos. you'll notice a definite outer space theme to them, which intrigues me, as well as some of the silliest homoeroticism i've ever seen in my life. which also intrigues, not to mention cracks me up.

definitely worth a look-see, ayup.

(hey lookit, they're on tour!!! hittin' austin on April 13, @ la zona rosa! sweet!)


Friday, February 06, 2004

spot the fake smile test. interesting. i got 16 out of 20...and two of those i missed were actually genuine smiles. one of them i was NOT sure about, but the other three, i was!

at long last...

the NYT's bob herbert, on the rise and imminent fall of GOP divisiveness...

revisional history?

paul krugman, on the Bush administration's attempts to re-write recent history.

oh look! the UK Switch penguin ads!


we are your overlords!

viking kittens creator joel veitch did indeed get paid handsomely for new Quizno's ad campaign. Jolly good, Joel!

the Times online tells us about it...

[29-year-old Joel Veitch's] online animations have caught the eye of both advertising agencies and TV executives. As well as providing the singing penguins for the Switch TV campaign, he has made a series for Channel 4, provided a station ident for VH-1 in America and has been head-hunted to provide the graphics for an American sandwich chain. His own website, at www.rathergood.com, includes such contributions as punk Northern kittens and a bear singing Hippo Girl to his hippo girlfriend.

“I started out doing this in my spare time back in 1999,” says Veitch, “when I was a web monkey at Reuters doing corporate intranet work. I started my website as a place to keep all these ideas and jokes that were buzzing round my mind. Then I did an MA in electronic media, and by the time that had finished I had so much stuff on the site that people were starting to contact me and I was able to become a full-time animator.” Veitch is too modest to admit it, but of the new generation of animators, he is the most likely to achieve wider fame. In the next few years, his work may become as lodged in the collective consciousness as Jamie Reid’s Sex Pistols artwork did nearly 30 years ago. “A lot of people still haven’t grasped how powerful this medium is,” says Veitch. “One kid in a bedroom can grab the attention of the world in a matter of hours.”




today, we're going to the moon!

biscuit mangoes yes, but mango biscuits, that's a con

panda rap.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

fun with scissors!

build your VERY OWN VW campervan!



this site, whatever it is, found at random, by me, this morning.

sanity ruling

Massachusetts high court rules for gay marriage.

Feb. 4, 2004 | BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts high court ruled Wednesday that only full, equal marriage rights for gay couples -- rather than civil unions -- would be constitutional, erasing any doubts that the nation's first same-sex marriages would take place in the state beginning in mid-May.

The court issued the opinion in response to a request from the state Senate about whether Vermont-style civil unions, which convey the state benefits of marriage -- but not the title -- would meet constitutional muster.

The much-anticipated opinion sets the stage for next week's constitutional convention, where the Legislature will consider an amendment that would legally define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Without the opinion, Senate President Robert Travaglini had said the vote would be delayed.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled in November that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, and gave the Legislature six months to change state laws to make it happen.

But almost immediately, the vague wording of the ruling left lawmakers -- and advocates on both side of the issue -- uncertain if Vermont-style civil unions would satisfy the court's decision.

The state Senate asked for more guidance from the court and sought the advisory opinion, which was made public Wednesday morning when it was read into the Senate record.


essayist extraordinaire

that most ludic of ludic kids, leonard pierce, has gone and gotten himself mcsweenified!!! good job, LP! everyone should read him, every day, coz he funny AND brilliant, man.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

cool. google's front page today apparently influenced by/designed in the manner of gaston julia, born on this day in 1893. big fractal kinda guy, see.


truth will find a way...hopefully...

remember way back, oh, in two-ought-ought-ought, when GWBush's military record was rumored to have a few holes in it, that he'd perhaps gone AWOL from his cushy National Guard appointment nearly 30 years before?

well, those rumors are back, questions are being asked, the press is finally paying attention, and of course, the big surprise,

the white house is denying it.

in other news

another possible crack in the armor? "Signs of strong support for John Kerry among Catholic voters could mean big trouble ahead for George Bush, say Albert Scardino and John Scardino."

groovin'

everyone go see the Darling New Neighbors this Thursday! for one thing, they're Elizabeth Jackson's band! (and i'd so link to her site, but she hasn't got one, as far as i know) for another thing, check it out: the Caucus Club is back to being the Caucus Club! i definitely need to go see if it's back to the way it was, or if it has Ruta Maya'd itself into something different-yet-still-called-"Caucus Club."



please, y'all, don't get mad at my inappropriate verbing of proper nouns, nor at my overuse of the holy hyphen. i really don't know any better...

silly, silly quiz.

nice graphics.

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Congratulations!! You're a shot of some good old
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new favorite music?

so my friend maggie has got herself some cool guitars, a cool computer, and now some cool new software with which to become a total rockstar!!! and you, yes YOU, can go listen to her tunes for your own self....she's got her very own music website there at macidol.com, so go listen, now! check it out, her killer "lovemon" is in the top 10!!!


off the record...

SXSW blog.

link from dutcher.

another bogus budget

krugman on the prez's budget proposal.

So what will it take to get the budget deficit under control? Unless Social Security and Medicare are drastically cut — which is, of course, what the right wants — any solution has to include a major increase in revenue.

Many Democrats have called for a partial rollback of the Bush tax cuts, preserving the "middle class" cuts — those that convey at least some benefit to the 77 percent of taxpayers in the 15 percent tax bracket or below. Such a partial rollback would have reduced this year's budget deficit by about $180 billion; that would help, but one hopes politicians realize that it's not enough.

Another major source of revenue could be a crackdown on tax loopholes and tax evasion, which has reached epidemic proportions. In particular, what's going on with the tax on corporate profits? That source of revenue is down, as a percent of G.D.P., to 1930's levels. No, that's not a misprint. And receipts are not growing nearly as fast as one would expect, given an economic recovery that has bypassed workers but given big gains to their employers. An administration that actually tried to make corporations pay their taxes might be able to find $100 billion or more each year.

An eventual budget solution will involve all this, and more. But the first step is to stop looking for villains in all the wrong places.

Monday, February 02, 2004

office madness

office S2 DVD available in US on 4/20/04.

no word yet on the xmas specials.

also of interest to office fans, the guardian's profile on ricky gervais, as well as bbc america's interview with dawn, er, i mean, lucy davis.


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