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Archive for April, 2007

Another victim of the war on drugs

Posted by Greg on April 30, 2007

God help us

I’m with Jason.

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There’s a punchline in here somewhere

Posted by Greg on April 30, 2007

From the BBC:

Scientists are developing a pill which could boost women’s libido and reduce their appetite.  —  The hormone-releasing pill has so far only been given to female monkeys and shrews who displayed more mating behaviour and ate less.

What I want to know is whether they plan to sell these to the women or the men?

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So much for the abstinance czar

Posted by Greg on April 28, 2007

Amazing what these loyal Bushies get up to:

Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias submitted his resignation Friday, one day after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington, D.C. escort service whose owner has been charged by federal prosecutors with running a prostitution operation.

Abstinance for everyone but himself, it would seem…

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Light posting

Posted by Greg on April 27, 2007

I know, I know…

I’m busy…don’t expect a lot over the weekend either.

Sorry….

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The abortion debate hitting home

Posted by Greg on April 27, 2007

Great post from a man who gained a new perspective on what can happen when busybodies and jurist try to interject themselves into a doctor/patient relationship.

I sat there, wondering if I’d at least get my wife back after this. Then 20 minutes passed, and nothing. Thirty minutes. Forty. Forty five. I started to get worried and thought all sorts of horrible things that I will not put words to. Mainly, then, I start to think about the abortion debate. About pro-lifers, in particular. I think about all those meddling politicians that would want to interject themselves into everything that just happened to me, interject themselves between me, my wife, and her doctors. And then I had a strong, visceral reaction. I wanted the mutherfuckers to die. I wanted to rip off their heads and tear out their hearts, because how DARE they play politics with my wife’s life? The baby was fine until the end. I wondered if that would have meant they’d force us to let my wife bleed until almost death before they’d let us abort, because well, if she’s not near death, then it is just a ‘health’ exception, and we can’t have that!

Hat tip:  Todd’s Hammer

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The grey lady underwhelms

Posted by Greg on April 24, 2007

The Chronicle, an independent paper at Duke, does a good job covering the media coverage of of the Duke debacle – and gives a better analysis of the New York Times’ malfeasance than does the NYT.  Go figure.

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Falling from grace

Posted by Greg on April 24, 2007

It’s official, Toyota is the #1 automaker in the world.

“Our goal has never been to sell the most cars in the world.” For those who’ve been following GM’s fall from grace, this statement– made following the revelation that GM has ceded its “world’s largest automaker” title to Toyota– probably comes as no surprise. Or maybe it does, because it arrived via Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco. Or maybe it doesn’t. Toyota achieved this monumental victory by focusing on a process that led to a goal; whereas GM has been all about the money, for quite some time. And therein lies the tale.

You don’t need to compare long and short term business strategies to understand the difference between Toyota and General Motors; although if you did, GM’s recent inability to devise a coherent platform strategy or develop a world class economy car would certainly give you pause for thought. All you have to do is sit in a few cars.

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Yeltsin dies

Posted by Greg on April 23, 2007

from MSNBC:

Former President Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76.

Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov confirmed Yeltsin’s death, but gave no cause or further information.

The Interfax news agency cited an unidentified medical source as saying he had died of heart failure.

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Annie gets her gun

Posted by Greg on April 22, 2007

OK, not quite Annie, but Venus Ramey, Miss America 1944 – now 82 years of age.

Ramey said the man told her he would leave. “I said, ‘Oh, no you won’t,’ and I shot their tires so they couldn’t leave,” Ramey said.

She had to balance on her walker as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.

We understand, of course, why Faux News is publishing this stuff now…  But it’s a good point.  Like it or not, the harsh reality is that firearms are an equalizer and will place the elderly, women, etc. on equal footing with an attacker in ways other defenses cannot.

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Citizens alert

Posted by Greg on April 22, 2007

Not as high profile as Iraq or the economy, but unfailingly essental.

Don’t Mess With Our Chocolate

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The development of ideology?

Posted by Greg on April 21, 2007

Interesting.

“All people are born alike—except Republicans and Democrats,” quipped Groucho Marx, and in fact it turns out that personality differences between liberals and conservatives are evident in early childhood. In 1969, Berkeley professors Jack and Jeanne Block embarked on a study of childhood personality, asking nursery school teachers to rate children’s temperaments. They weren’t even thinking about political orientation.

Twenty years later, they decided to compare the subjects’ childhood personalities with their political preferences as adults. They found arresting patterns. As kids, liberals had developed close relationships with peers and were rated by their teachers as self-reliant, energetic, impulsive, and resilient. People who were conservative at age 23 had been described by their teachers as easily victimized, easily offended, indecisive, fearful, rigid, inhibited, and vulnerable at age 3. The reason for the difference, the Blocks hypothesized, was that insecure kids most needed the reassurance of tradition and authority, and they found it in conservative politics.

 

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Stoopid as stoopid does

Posted by Greg on April 21, 2007

A great state to be a former resident of…

We’ve already seen where mooching off an open WiFi signal can land you in Singapore, but are we really to that point here in the US of A? Apparently, Utah lawmakers are considering “penalizing those who leave their wireless networks open” as they trial “various methods of quelling free speech controlling questionable internet content.”

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The cost of cuts

Posted by Greg on April 21, 2007

Read it in full.

Want to know the truth about Republican “pro-life” positions?  You can find it in the cemetery behind No Name.

Bush and Barbour delivered on lower taxes, but the price for putting more money in the pockets of the richest, is dead children for the poorest.

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Russian Protest

Posted by Greg on April 21, 2007

Things under Putin keep getting more and more strange

According to the Russian internet publication Obozprevatel (“the Critic”), shown in the photographs are colleagues of the provocative Russian-Ukrainian performance artist Oleg Kulik who “conducted their own Moscow own protest action recently, commemorating not only the larger and more well-publicized ‘March of the Dissidents’ but also the 46th birthday of Mr. Kulik, as Oleg himself reports on Invivio.net.”

Apparently the group was inspired to enact their own unique sort of protest action by mounting a mattress on the roof of a car and then driving it through the streets of Moscow while copulating after witnessing the Moscow protest action last weekend led by dissident politicians Garry Kasparov and Mikhail Kasynanov as the “Other Russia” coalition. It seems they wanted to emphasize the “make-love-not-war” theme in the most visceral manner possible.

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Reid Rocks

Posted by Greg on April 20, 2007

Check out the video.

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