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:: Friday, January 31, 2003 ::
Good Morning Well, we survived the evening. A gentleman came up and gave me a ticket to last night's banquet for no apparent reason. He was quite sweet, and I got some great food. Anyway, wine, a couple of beers and less than 7 hours sleep from the two evenings before took their toll. Of course that didn't stop me from staying up late enough with the other Bitches and our adopted Bitch (Alum Bitch?) until after 3 AM only to be up at 6:45. Yay.:: Thursday, January 30, 2003 ::
The V.P. First off, I would like to say I'm having an awesome time at CPAC. Second, I want to share my experience of hearing the Vice-President speak. I was really tired, so I don't remember it all. It was a rather interesting experience, starting with hearing Spooky exclaim "There are men on the roof with guns" as we were waiting for the elevator down to the conference. Well, we got to the room after going through security and there were Secret Service people everywhere (that was damn cool). We had to sit in the back of the room, because there were so many people there already. I have to say that the speaker before Mr. Cheney was more engaging than the V.P. himself. There was a lot of talk about the President's State of the Union address, and it was altogether ok. Like said I was fighting to keep my eyes open.
Arming Pilots I finally got to attend a session here. Unfortunately for me, I forgot that you probably shouldn't attend sessions on issues that you know fairly well. They are geared for the general public. Anyway, I did at least learn of one new group that I may try to learn more about for a possible job. I also noticed that of 5 speakers, 4 were middle aged males. I have nothing against middle aged men. I just would like to see more women involved. I probably noticed that mainly because the person introducing the session was also male, and I happen to know they passed over a woman to do that job. No, I don't want to erase men from the earth. I just think that women have a better chance at convincing those on the fence about the gun issue. We're not typical in the movement, so it at least gets attention.
Trying To Get More Well I'm trying to find the others to come and blog about some of the speakers. Unfortunately, I had to miss another panel that I really wanted to catch about grassroots work in the 2002 election. It's something I don't think the Republicans do well. Oh well. Instead, I was being happy and smiling for discussions on women and guns. I love guns, I just wish it weren't such a big thing when women use them. Why should it be? Isn't it inherently sexist when people look at me funny because I'm a female using a gun? Aren't we supposed to be past the age where women are told what they can and can't do because of their gender? And my feet still hurt. Evil high heels.
Blogging On Site At The Conservative Political Action Conference I have nothing to add because I haven't been able to catch any of the speakers so far. I even missed the panel I wanted to see called "2002 & Beyond: Are Liberals an Endangered Species?" I was too busy talking to people because I'm here to work. If you are here, you should come see us. It won't take long to put two and two together once you pass through the exhibit hall. Anyway, I can report some stuff about the VP's speech earlier. Some of the Bitches got in to see it (Preppy, Spooky, and Baby), so they can actually report on content. Apparently there were shooters on the tops of every hotel in this area watching this hotel. Not even the people running the booths near the speaking area were allowed over there while they were doing security. Anyway, it was packed. They shut down entry into the hall more than half an hour before he even started. There was literally no room left.:: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 ::
Yep, today was the first day of class. It really wasn't as horiffic as I thought. Actually, I rather enjoyed my classes today (except for my bio class in which the professor didn't speak engish). I'm having quite a delemma though...perhaps you all can help. I am I biology and psychology major, but my passions lie in political science and environmental studies. So, this semester, in addition to the courses required for my major, I will be taking a Civil Liberties (my first poly sci class ever!) and an excessively high environmental studies class. But here's the problem...I should only be taking 4 classes. One of them has to go...and I can't decide which one. Civil Liberties or Ecosystems of the Arctic???
Off To DC As Bitter said, a third of the bitches are headed off to DC for the weekend. First and Classy will be around so I expect them to keep things going for us here. I've sort of allowed myself to fall off the face of the earth, but then I've had so much going on here, that the rest of the world seems a little insignificant at the moment. I'm getting all the kinks worked out of my schedule, and now I think I have direction in my after college plans. The only thing I need tro worry about is getting all the courses that I need for my major, and getting the rest of my "elitist college in the rural Ohio" credits to "elitlist women's college in rural New England". So until all of that is finished, I think I'll keep myself in hiding.
Time Off I don't know how much blogging I'll be doing over the next few days. I will be responding to emails though! I promise! :) First will have to pick up the blogging slack while we're gone. ;) If any of you loyal readers want to point her in the direction of some left leaning blogs, that would be great. Give her something to enjoy while we're gone. First, you can always go check out Ambitionless on our blogroll, I'm sure you'll find some stuff you might like over there. He thinks you have hope, but I'm *evil.* I'm damn proud of that title, so you should go read him girl.:: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 ::
Classes start tomorrow Yippie...I can't wait. Where's my gun...I need to go to the range ;)
Confessions Last week First and I watched Joe Millionaire, this week it was Preppy, Baby, and I. Anyway, needless to say, I'm amused. Now, go read Moxie's episode summary if you dare admit that trashy reality television can entertain even you blog readers.
I Meant To Link This Earlier All I have to say is that it's about time!
Wanna See The Bitches? We've had varying requests to see the Bitches over the last few months. While our "a day in the life of a Bitch" project isn't done yet, here's just a glimpse of a drunken evening with First, Preppy, Bitter, and Spooky. Unfortunately, when this shot was taken Baby was busy in Mississippi and Classy was off traveling around the world. When we have a Bitchy meeting then we'll make sure and take more. So anyway, here you go.
Bad Timing Too bad they don't have one when the Bitches will be there this weekend. :( I need people to convince me that I won't hate DC.
I Would Have Laughed Maybe I'm just far too easily amused.
All You Ever Wanted To Know about cabbage.
Barbie & Her Theme SongThe Supreme Court rejected a chance Monday to delve into the world of pop music and pop culture, declining to hear a trademark case involving a song about the perky blonde Barbie doll.I do have to admit that this could have made one entertaining case. Would the lyrics have been read outloud in court?
So What? Ehh, is this news?
Somebody Should Keep Track of all the points we aren't scoring in this game.
I Know Everyone Else Has Already Linked It I read it this morning, and had my computer not required a good beating before it would submit, I would have linked it this morning. Anyway, it's still worth reading if you haven't followed the advice of everyone else in the blogosphere. (Link stolen from Tim Blair.)
Where Do I Find Me One? And I mean a man that would think up something like this, not the car. (Though, I do have to admit that the car would be fun, too!)The important question is, can I get one installed in the trunk of my Sebring? If there's anything more fun than a convertable, it's a convertable with the ability to turn those slowpokes in the fast lane into burning wrecks.There's more important stuff to read in the post.
Classes In Two Days!! It's hard to believe most of us will be starting classes in two days (some of us have already started). I can't believe that I am nearly three-quarters of the way through college. I'm feeling a bit of pressure from so many things at the moment. I need to decide if I want to go to grad school or find a job, if grad school, which one, if a job, who would want me. I have still have 16 credits from Kenyon to get transfered to "elitist women's college in rural New England", and to do that I need to meet with the heads of two departments here, one of which is a huge bitch (and not the good kind). A little more pressing is the fact that I didn't get a class I need this semester, because the department failed to let it be known that you also needed to sign up for the course through the department as well as pre-register with the registrar. Imagine my surprise, but the professor has been e-mailed and we shall see where that goes. I am scouring the course offerings to see what I could replace it with just in case. Fun stuff.:: Monday, January 27, 2003 ::
Yeah "Elitist Women's College in Rural New England"!!!! Yeah, so I'm back on campus again. It's kinda weird to be back which is weird in and of itself because it was weird to be home, too. I guess I just don't fit in anywhere anymore! *sniffle sniffle* Kidding. Actually, it is kinda nice to be back and hangin' with the bitches again. Tonight First, Preppy and I sat around (after I had supper with Preppy and Bitter) and I drank like all of First's Whiskey Sour mix as we laid around shootin' the breeze and catchin' up. So as it turns out, I won't be going skiing with the folks from "elitist college in the middle of freakin' nowhere New England" this weekend after all. I am uber bummed because I won't get to see my boy toy. Sadness. :( I got him a "Baby Board" (a white board that I write messages to him on and no one else can write on it) as a joke gift. I was going to get him a little Veggie Tales something (apparently this has quite a cult audience amongst college kids, and I must admit that it is pretty funny) but I wasn't sure what he already had. I got a Magna Doodle for my room! Yay! AND, it looks as though I won't have a new roommate after all. So, this means that I am in a single now that is actually a pretty decent size for a single (but really too small for a double) and we can have wicked fun parties in my room! Woohoo!
Out Of Hibernation & A Game I've been laying low for the past couple of days. I don't even remember the last time I checked email. I've been wrapped up in my own life and just hiding out from the news. I didn't even watch the Super Bowl! (I'm quite happy with the outcome, though!) Anyway, I'll post more later. I need to clean my room. It's a wreck. Then to keep me distracted from that I need to finish up working on the resume (stupid real world) and visit with Baby Bitch more. I missed her so much! When I saw her earlier, I literally dropped all the boxes I was carrying and ran down the hall screaming. We're all screamers here. :)
I have just one thing to say: Boys are stupid and annoying. That's all for now...:: Sunday, January 26, 2003 ::
Hi guys! I'm fresh off a plane and missing Madrid like anything. I'm not saying I'm sorry to be back at my wonderful all women's institution admist the cow pies, rolling hills and -25 weather, but nothing compares to the night life of Madrid! I really need to get a job as a travel editor for Conde Nast instead of struggling as a starving artist (OK, "struggling" as a high class opera student at a premier liberal arts institution, but still...) If any of you need a travelling companion I speak fluent Spanish and I'm learning French and I'm good company too! So, Madrid-Late night all night dancing, Sangria, Granada, Prado, Ex-boyfriends, Chupitas, Tapas, Hot clothes and hotter men, Rastro, Flamenco Tablaos, Dance studios, Metro, Ladronas (grrr) and a thousand other memories I could never explain or share in such a small space. Seriously, I really enjoyed learning how to dance Flamenco in our brief interterm and if you'd want to find out more about interterm (J-term) there's a great article on CNN.
Happy Birthday....Baby!!!! Bitter, First, Spooky and I just wanted to wish Baby a very happy 19th birthday. And just to let you know Baby, we're all here drinking in honor of you (hey, what else is there to do in rural New England?).:: Saturday, January 25, 2003 ::
Condolances to the Yalies In case you aren't up on current events, four Yalies were killed in a car wreck on I-95 last week. One of them I knew personally from high school. Condolances go out from all the Bitches to their families and friends.
Maybe We Should Do One! Something I meant to link to over on Instapundit the other day.
Bizarre Who funded this study?It took four university researchers to figure out what an area trashman has known for years: Divorce can hurt the environment.Oh yeah, taxpayers paid for it. Of course! What the hell? These things would be thrown out eventually, anyway. Not that I'm a fan of divorce anything, but still. The argument that people should suffer through a potentially miserable life with each other and put their kids through hell to save the environment is a little strange. I don't want to go into a rant on divorce, I just thought this was a little strange.
More Gun Talk You guys should know that I'm always up for a good gun article. Anyway, I haven't even finished reading this article as I'm writing this. We'll learn together.Wearing flip-flops to work at Larimer County's food stamp office is prohibited. Bringing a gun to work is allowed.Why did they put that statement about injuries in there? Did these employees draw their guns?
Terrorism On Campus I'm happy to know that the FBI and campus police officers are working to keep us safe.
Bitchy Mom Will Be Proud I just have to share what another blogger wrote.Yeah, they're young (and bitchy), but damn if they can't stir things up. Bitter Bitch may very well grow up to be Mrs. Antichrist.I love it! It makes me proud to be a part of the blogosphere when I see a quote like this. And, in case you haven't noticed, we've updated the blogroll a bit. We're really bad about thinking that we should add a blog and then forgetting about it. Anyway, so I apologize for those that have been left off in the past, and we welcome those that we've just recently discovered like this one. I'm amused.
Profiler We updated all the profiles of the Bitches on the left. There is NEW information that I know you are all dying to know.:: Friday, January 24, 2003 ::
A Good Laugh At least I know I got a good laugh out of this.
Baby Names I think these names are just cruel. It's like putting a sign on your child that says "Humiliate Me". If they stay in Utah their whole lives, it probably won't be a problem, but come on.... naming your little girl "Confederate America", "Corvette", "Denverly Dawn", or "Phakelikaydenicia", and a little boy something like "Q", "Slaughter", "Vernal Independence", or "Zippie". I just feel so bad for any person who has to live with one of those names... and I thought being named Russel Nutt (his nickname was Rusty) was bad.
Don't Hate Me because I'm so easily amused. I laughed out loud at this post over at The Volokh Conspiracy.
Cool! Learn something new today.
A Weekend Project I suppose there could be worse ways to spend a weekend. I'm not sure what they are, but I'm sure they exist.
Trouble All of the Bitches are headed down to this, even First Bitch. It should be fun. Five college girls, DC, and a weekend. So much trouble!
Please, No No, no, no. I can't say that enough to this news.
Shotglasses and Delinking I want one! I collect shotglasses, so to actually have one of the "A Small Victory Official Delinking Shotglasses" would be an awesome addition to the collection. Maybe someday CafePress will add shotglasses to their list of products. As for the delinking thing, I think it's silly. The only person we've ever removed from the blogroll stopped blogging. If he ever comes back, we'd put the link up in a heartbeat. Now, let's go back to the discussion about the shotglasses...
HmmmA student group is accusing Duke University of rolling out the red carpet to a "terrorist."Terrorist is an awfully harsh accusation.The controversy surrounds a speaking invitation to Laura Whitehorn, who spent 14 years in federal prison for helping to plot a 1983 bomb attack on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.Yup, it's accurate.Originally, the AAAS Web site promoted Whitehorn as "a revolutionary anti-imperialist who spent over 14 years in federal prison as a political prisoner." After student complaints surfaced, the "political prisoner" reference was dropped and the biography was amended to explain Whitehorn’s prison term was for her role in the Capitol bombing.How wonderfully polite they were. Wouldn't you agree?The Capitol Hill bomb, planted in protest of U.S. military intervention on the Caribbean island of Grenada, exploded around 11 p.m. on Nov. 7, 1983. The blast damaged a conference room near the Senate chamber.Again, how polite. It was just one little bomb, no big deal! What's all the outrage about?
You Know Fun Is Around The Corner when you see sentences like this:Countries banned it. Churches berated it. Some scholars scoffed.
I Love A Conspiracy Theory First Bitch got some weird conspiracy theory mail today. I like this one better, though.
Global Observations, Part III If you haven't been keeping up with my global leadership class, then read this first. The U.S. and Russia were discussing the best way to overthrow governments before class even began. Everybody told Italy to shut the hell up when she tried to change the subject. Russia suddenly turned into Iraq. That was strange. Quotes of the evening include: Argentina - "Japan, let me get this straight, you want to go to war just so your ships can leave port?" Japan - "Exactly!"; United Kingdom - "I think that overthrowing a government might be viewed as a threat."; Argentina - "You censor quite a few media images in America." U.S. - "Like what?" Argentina - "Naked people!" U.S. - "How is that news?"; France - "I'd like to know what the U.S. thinks about its brainwashed masses."
Anti-Semitism On The Rise? Tacitus has the goods on this one.
The Pill And Taste In Men I ran into a rather amusing conversation about the pill over at Ex Parte. Apparently some study has found that women on the pill tend to prefer more rugged looking men when looking for a partner; whereas women not on the pill prefer the opposite in a partner. I don't know about the other bitches, but I must be an anomaly. I've never taken oral contraceptives and I go for both the more rugged looking guys, and not all that rugged looking guys. I have to say that looking back most of the men I have seriously dated have been more of the rugged type, but I tend to go back and forth. Bottom line for me - I see a great smile, brown eyes, and/or a ball cap and I melt.:: Thursday, January 23, 2003 ::
Another Quickie Yeah, I'm late. Actually, I will be in a few minutes. Read this. It's amusing. I think I do have a valid reason for bitching. My heater is filling my room with COLD air. I spend so much time in bed under so many covers just trying to get warm. First Bitch has started sleeping in a sleeping bag under blankets and in a hat! We're sooo cold.
Quickie Before I run late to class, I just have to wonder whether I will be so lucky in my search for housing in DC.
Save Us NowTalk show host Jerry Springer has a secret of his own to share: He's considering running for the U.S. Senate next year.C-SPAN could take on a whole new look. TV ratings may finally be useful. Two words: Ted Kennedy. Gouge your eyes out now.
I Don't Know How To React I want to laugh outloud, but I'm not sure why.:: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 ::The wife of CNN "Moneyline" host Lou Dobbs was arrested Wednesday at an airport security checkpoint after a loaded gun was allegedly found in her handbag.I just never equate anyone with CNN as being pro-gun, so to find out that they secretly keep them is amusing. I don't know why the hell she wouldn't try to explain something to the officers. Some people are just stupid.
ShockSurvey: In 2002, More People Left California Than Moved InI never would have imagined.
Simpsons! It's the Australia episode!
More Blogosphere Coolness Go. Now.
Global Observations This is a follow up to this post. If you haven't already, read it first. Yeah, so this is what happened when we had our first debate. The topic: Human Trafficking. Germany still can't form a complete sentence to save her life. Japan was hungover. The U.S. and Turkey were laughing out loud at secret jokes between them. Russia started bullying Japan into taking on the comfort women issue. Korea just nodded. Canada slipped up and said, "We have an excellent porn industry here in the States!" Don't ask, it got crazy. Tomorrow nights topics include healthcare and mass media.
Enjoying Blogs Cool. Now I know exactly what the Supreme Court did on my 22nd.
A Little Late I may not have noticed this post about GUNS! over at the Volokh Huge Ass Conspiracy until now, but you should go read it anyway. I just want to say now that I don't believe they are involved in a conspiracy relating to huge asses. I typed it out one day a long time ago when they added even more conspirators, and it just sounded amusing. Please forgive my silly sense of humor.
Gonna Do Some Blogroll Updates Sometime I'll get around to it. Last night, Preppy and I were talking about the ones we left off by accident during the last update and the ones we've since discovered.
More Naked People For Peace Well, if you want them to be for peace. You might try war instead.
Fun! Did you know that we Bitches are number 3 on a search for "stupid icky yucky girls" through Yahoo?
What Bias? More evidence of the *evil conservative media*.
Another "What The Hell?" Moment brought to you by Rodger.
The One Bad Thing About My Birthday was this news. Fortunately, I had fair warning. Maybe if I tell Bitchy Mom that's why I got drunk, she won't give me that look. See the news Bitchy Mom! See why I had to drown myself in alcohol!
Sunlight = BAAADDDD I haven't ventured outside yet, mainly because I'm afraid I'm going to melt if I do. Last night was interesting. I even did some drunken dialing. Thank goodness I don't have any numbers for any ex-boyfriends in my cell phone. I did call my buddy Ian drunk though. I told him that I loved him because he's my best friend in the world. He is, and I do. Gotta love friends that don't care when you call them while intoxicated late at night. I love the Bitches, too. They obviously deserve a lot after taking care of me last night. I still love them, even if they did make fun of me for drinking girly drinks. (Note: I'm a girl!) Okay, so I have a lot of windows open right now for some blogging material. Oh yeah, and I have an update from the class where I play Canada.
I Love all of you Bitches. I really do. You were so great tonight. I love all the readers. I swear I'll resume normal posting, not drunken crazy posting tomorrow morning.
Okay, so Bitter's birthday started with her getting out of her Global Leadership class, going to get EXCELENT wings and nachos (and she got some fried jallapeno things), us talking about politics and press, us all kissing (no, making out actually), and then the bitches did some more shots and kissed some more (this little shindig would probably be more fun if we were kissing boys, but hey, we do what we can here). HAPPY BIRTHDAY BITTER!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!:: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 ::
Happy Birthday!! That's right today is a birthday. I want you all to wish Bitter a Happy 22nd Birthday. I love you sweetie!!!!
First Loses Control Of all the recent babblings, no one has yet convinced me that an attack would not be motivated by "economic interests" or is even modestly justified. There is a reason why most American's do not support war with Iraq (according to a multitude of polls). I mean, let's face it, our government is not known for it's humanitarian bombings. I can just hear it now..."No really, we want to save the people of Iraq from this evil man Saddam. Oops, we killed a few thousand civilians, no worries, we almost caught him that time! Oh, and we have absolutely no interest in oil prospects there"...bullshit. Did anyone read that article I linked to? Explain THAT to me and then we'll talk. Open up your freaking eyes. Where do our interests lie? It’s certainly not in establishing Democracies for the benefit of people living under “oppressive governments”. The only reason we wish to establish a "democracy" is for the purpose of expanding the global economy. A democracy would allow U.S. corporations (who by the way are responsible for our President's ability to run for the seat in the first place) to pay workers in our newly established "democratic countries" $0.05/hour to do the same job a working American would receive $6.50 for in the U.S. Damn that minimum wage, it prevents us from maximizing our profits! There's a reason why GM's profits were at an unexpected high for the year. Pack up Charlie, we're movin’ to Mexico! Some have suggested that Saddam was connected to the events of 9/11, which was quite interesting, but none the less completely false. Don't you think we would have bombed the hell out of Iraq already if the great leaders of our nation could actually prove this connection to the U.N. (it's not like they aren't in support of our little war on terrorism). Hell, we did it to Afghanistan, didn't we? And please, don't even get me started on the education system. If private schools are the way to go, well then I guess the government is willing to fork over $10,000-20,000 big ones every year to every school aged child in the U.S, right? Because that's how much the good private schools coast now a day. But if I do recall, public school that are funded about 1,000 per child do just fine. In Detroit they hardly get $60 per student. Anyone who tells me that money is not the issues has obviously not educated him or herself about the crisis in education today. Hell, why don't we just cut funding to all public schools completely while we are at it? Did I also mention that in a private school, a board of trustees controls what the children learn (their curriculum), not the community or a PTA. I thought we lived in a fucking democracy! I'm not going to have my children brainwashed in a private school where board members are the chairmen of Ford or Dow Chemical. And believe me, I've observed the curriculums that are taught under this type of a system. I think all students have a right to education, not just those who can afford it. I want to have the choice.
I Hope They Find The Bastard Here's more to the heir of Max Factor story. They found the dog last week at his mother's house. This week they found the car. Now they just need to find this asshole and put him away for the rest of his life. I don't mind saying that I hope that it's not a long life.
Taking A Vacation? My best friend in the world, Ian, suggested this to me today. Unfortunately, as of this afternoon I'm all set to spend my spring break in California.
I Don't See It I might be missing something, but not even our Women's Center is getting up in arms over the issue right now. This headline on CNN confused me.:: Monday, January 20, 2003 ::Supporters Say Roe v. Wade Facing its Biggest ThreatSuddenly, when I clicked the link, it gave me the following headline.On 30th Anniversary of Abortion Ruling, Possible Retirement LoomsSo the biggest threat is that someone might retire? Not that it's actually being challenged? According to the article, both sides agree that there are no cases on the horizon the challenge it. Getting one's panties in a twist every time something *could* come up will not keep consistent support for the cause. For example, those that may be pro-choice (a term I cannot stand, but I'm not in the mood to think deeply about another), but don't make it their pet issue will soon get tired of the angry feminists calling women to action every 20 minutes when nothing is happening.
They Have A Point The people over at The Onion have a point. It's pretty damn funny, and really sort of true. While I think Saddam is a threat that needs to be dealt with, that seems to be the only thing many people can talk about. However, there is a very serious, potentially catastrophic, problem with North Korea right now. Once I have more time to think about the situation and look at the facts surrounding it, I will have more to say on the matter.
*HUGS* Yeah, so at first when we got a comment leaving us hugs, it was a little strange. Now I just want to give them! Rodger Schultz is an awesome blogger for many reasons. One is pretty obvious because he's got a blog that's funny as hell! Go read it, now! The other is because he was very generous, and he gave me a book that looks quite interesting. I'm quite excited to read it. Anyway, thank you a million times over Rodger! Strangely enough, it came on my last day of being 21. :)
Exile or War? That Is The Question War is not the only option we have when it comes to Iraq. There is now talk of support of exiling Hussein and the senior members of his government. However the only way this will work is with Hussein’s cooperation, not likely. I can see where it may seem like a good idea to push for exile, mainly there would be no war, saving many lives, and money. I would love to see the man driven from his country as he has driven so many natives from Iraq, fearing for their lives merely because of the fact that they were educated, or perhaps they were brave enough to speak out against the dictator. My advisor is one of these who fled the country. As an educated man he posed a “threat” to the regime, because as we know most educated people question things. So my advisor came to the U.S. where he could live without persecution.
Being Nice Everywhere I go on the blogosphere I'm seeing links to the pictures from the SF rally over at Right Thinking. Realizing that Lee doesn't run a big website with tons of bandwidth available, I would suggest that if you like his pictures, let him know through his tipjar.
More About The Nudity Juan Gato reports.
Now THIS Is Good It's not work safe, but only because of words, not pics or sounds. I guess you can take your chances if you want."Let's do it for anarchy," Blaze whispered breathlessly.Read Now.
New Poll If you haven't commented on the last one, do so. For this one, it's kind of a random question, but it has a purpose that I'll explain later. There's an issue you care deeply about. It can be whatever you choose, that's not really the point. Do you participate in civil disobedience? You can explain or leave it as a simple yes or no. It's up to you.
He's Back! Well, Almost I hope Stephen survives the moving process with as few bumps and bruises as possible. I hate moving. Anyway, it will be good to have him back to blogging.
I Want To See Everyone else gets to see it, now I want to. Unfortunately, I've check their listings up here for the entire week they are available with no signs that they will be airing it. :(
My Neighbor Might Think I'm Crazy She would have to think I'm insane after how hard I laughed at this. Oh, how I understand!But it's easy to overdo regional bashing. Southerners know this, of course, because we've been on the receiving end for a long time, but that doesn't make it right.New England is just as bad.
Something I Almost Forgot I meant to link to this the other day. As I've said before, I've been distracted lately. It's an amusing little find that I'm sure you'll enjoy.
Good Luck! I know it's a mighty big goal, but I wish the members of the Volokh Conspiracy luck in their new endeavor.:: Sunday, January 19, 2003 ::
A Contest! I love contests! Instapundit just pointed readers over to a fun one based on yesterday's protests. Go enter. Now.
I Forgot!! I totally forgot to link the gun control coverage table this week! I told you I've been distracted this week. Sorry Jeff! :)
Stupid There's no other way to describe this.New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is fuming mad over Rolling Stones members smoking on stage at Madison Square Garden during an nationally televised concert this weekend, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Fierce Little Debaters I have to admit I've been pretty impressed by the debate going on between Geoff and Ambitionless on the war in the comments to this post. Hell, there's also links to boobs in the comments too. Anyway, Ambitionless has noticed my lack of involvement in the debate. All I can say is that I'm not a fan of war. I don't enjoy the idea of killing people. I do, however, understand the need in this case. It's similar to my feelings on firearms for defensive purposes. I want to have the right to protection, but I sure as hell don't want to use it.
More Protest Coverage Some may not consider it to be coverage because it's from an evil conservative bastard, but here are two detailed posts on the protests over on the left coast.
Love To First Bitch Scroll down to see her first post in a while.
I believe that sometimes war is necessary in certain cases. However, in response to the current situation at hand, I do not believe there is significant evidence that justifies our involvement in a war with Iraq. I refuse to accept the motives the current Republican administration puts forth as a justification for "daddies war." This capitalist, elitist, administration has done everything in it's power to deceive the American Public through campaigns linking Terrorism and Osama Bin Laden to Saddam Hussein. A recent poll showed half the American public actually believes Saddam Hussein was responsible for the September 11th attacks. It sickens me how two completely separate events can be linked at the whim of policy makers who have, oh wait, economic interests in the middle east. After extending my base of knowledge beyond the NY Times, CNN, or Fox News, I can no longer ethically support this war. It has crossed the line between national security into pure capitalist greed. I'm sure there are more threatening situations abroad (not to mention within our very own country) that deserve more attention and cash. Just look at our education system for Christ's sake! It's truly a joke. Fuck this, I'm not paying my taxes this year until the rest of America society (if we can even call it that) wakes up and smells something other than their morning starbucks latte. More on this later when i haven't been drinking...:: Saturday, January 18, 2003 ::
Kick Ass I like to hear (see?) news like this after a day like today.
I've Wondered The Same Damn Thing I wish I knew.
Rerun! Do you want to catch all the protest fun from DC? C-SPAN will be airing it again at 8 PM EST.
The February 15th Rallies Here's the ANSWER to your questions about the February 15 rallies being organized. I just have one thought for the people that protest everything. They are organizing some events for February 14. Isn't that a day to spread the love? Oh wait, no. It's a day created by Hallmark, I forgot. BUT, I haven't forgotten that it's VDay. It's the day to hate men. How could I possibly attend their activities and go to the annual performance of the Vagina Monologues. How is a poor little activist to choose??
Better Thoughts I meant to link to this much earlier, but I think you'll need the happiness that this post inspires before reading my own little commentary on the protest in DC.
I'm Not The Only One Yeah, I had the same thought Michele.I'm watching live coverage of the demonstrations on C-Span. I know that somewhere within these speeches lies a great drinking game.Maybe someone should record the next event like this then we could have one hell of a blogger bash and play this game. I'd be so damn drunk. Anyway, go check out the link. She's found some interesting ties between ANSWER and some ideas that many people in the crowd may not agree with. Shocking. I thought only conservatives were lying bastards.
Cute! I so want one. In reality it would just take up space that I don't have, but if I had space then it would be very cute on my bookshelf. (Link stolen from The Man.)
As Usual, I'm Confused I thought that Chumbawamba broke up. Right now they are playing at the anti-war rally in DC. And can I just say that even I'm shocked by the low turnout? A few people talked about getting rides down there on one of the chat newsgroups on campus. I expected more based on all the coverage by the *evil corporate conservative media.*
Ummm...OkayThe theory that teenagers are replacing their smoking addiction with a less negative habit--frequent cell phone use--does not seem to be true among teenagers in Finland, according to a report released Thursday.I can honestly say that I never thought about whether teens in Finland stopped smoking in favor of cell phones. In the spirit of today's protests, I suppose it can all be blamed on the fact that I don't think very globally.Teens in Finland who report excessive cell phone use may have a lifestyle that includes "risky or health-endangering ways," according to the Finnish researcher.What's the definition of risky? I'm just curious. I'll probably be an "excessive cell phone" user because I just got an upgrade to unlimited nights and weekends. Hehehe.Extreme cell phone use may indicate rebellion among teens whose interests appear to be directed more toward leisure and "street culture" than their schooling, she explained. (Emphasis added.)I wonder how much money they wasted to come to that conclusion.
First Bitch Teaser I heard last night that First Bitch is writing one hell of a long post on the Michigan case. She's been arguing with someone about it, so she's been doing all sorts of research on it.:: Friday, January 17, 2003 ::
Stupid Moment Of The Day So there's this little op-ed on college sports and failing athletes. They use OU as the example, and though I may have an undying love for the Sooners, I do agree that there are just a few problems.In athletics, the University of Oklahoma is a winner. The Sooners' football team won the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, and its basketball squad made the Final Four last spring. When it comes to academics, though, the university is a longtime loser. From 1998 through 2001, the school's graduation rate was zero for male basketball players who entered as freshmen on sports scholarships. The graduation rate for the football team during the same years was a dismal 26% even though athletes have six years to earn their degrees.Did I say a few? But this takes the cake for the stupid moment of the day.School officials have argued that graduation rates are an unfair yardstick to measure athletes' academic success because colleges have widely varying graduation rates for all students.We just need to find the root cause of this.But athletes often have large aid packages, tutors, special academic centers and easy courses.Screw root causes.
More Evidence Of Evil Media Damn this squashing of dissent thing. I do like that it's in the "Oddly Enough" section. :)
ExactlyThe largest crowds are expected in the nation's capital, where President Bush and many in Congress are united on the move toward war and protest leaders hope they can draw tens of thousands, at least, to march in dissent.My focus in my major used to be social movements. It still is somewhat, but now I've moved to the mass media studies a little more. I always approach readings and papers with the role that mass media has in the development of social movements. In fact, my favorite parts of the articles on protests are the quotes from the protesters. Unfortunately, very few realize the freedom they have to do something like this is not common in the world. I think, based on the few books I've read that talk to real people involved in marches and movements, that people, especially ones my age, take these rights for granted. Maybe it's because we've grown up in a time when these kinds of events could be brought into every home through television. It doesn't seem that strange anymore. I definitely have respect for many leaders of movements in the `60's, even if I don't agree with them. It was groundbreaking because for the first time in history, protesters were not only standing up to those they were there to protest, but to the world. It takes guts take a stand where everyone can see you. Now we have so many images that the coverage of these protesters doesn't mean as much. They aren't lasting impressions anymore. Of course, I would argue that this is why they feel they are being silenced. It's not that they are, it's that they don't have anything to new to say or show the world.
Not Good I can't imagine being her family right now.Police searching for a missing Modesto, California, woman told the woman's family that her husband was having an affair and had taken out a $250,000 life insurance policy on her, sources close to the family confirmed to CNN.This seems kind of odd. If this leads where one would assume, I'm just a little curious about how stupid this guy is. Haven't we learned anything from movies? Don't buy an insurance policy on your spouse right before you try to kill them. It's too obvious.
I Can Take That Bitch Oh yeah, let me just have one shot (pun intended) and I'll take that chick's title. Miss Drunk. I wonder if it's a scholarship contest...you know...like Miss America.
More Giddiness Hehe.
Sex!The Vatican wants to prevent cultural manipulation of the family in no uncertain terms.Hey, it may be an entertaining read.
Well, At Least He Was Honest... Anyone who has read this blog for more than a week knows that I'm not a fan of New England people. Here's one reason why:Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts holds hatred for having to travel through heartland spots like Iowa to raise cash, it can be revealed.Typical big city asshole. I would say that I don't mean any offense to some readers, but it's amazing how many people that live on the coasts that do not even have the foggiest idea what the hell is in the middle. The school I attend doesn't admit that many idiots, but my first year I was actually asked by an American student where Oklahoma was located. She just couldn't remember which one that was. I would say that these kinds of statements would alienate me even if I did vote for Dems on a regular basis.
Adjusting I got new glasses yesterday afternoon. I'm still adjusting to them. They are much smaller than what I had before, and they are completely rimless. It means there are little holes drilled through the lenses so that the frames actually hold them. Anyway, when I look to the sides, I feel like there's something on my glasses. I also still don't recognize me in the mirror. :) On to real news now...
It's Our Country Isn't It I don't know, it just seems to me that we have a right to know who is in our country and know exactly where they are. If you are visiting a foreign country and you have no intention of doing anything illegal registering with the INS shouldn't be a problem to my way of thinking.
What The Hell Are We Supposed To Do? I really would like to know the answer to that. If the anti-war protestors could tell me that then maybe I would be more likely to give them some creedence. But given the fact that the U.S. is letting the UN do their thing, and look what's going on with that, why shouldn't we use military action to take out a dictator that poses a threat to the stability of an entire region (producing weapons of mass destruction is posing a threat if I'm not mistaken)? If we sat back and didn't do anything then the U.S. would be critized for doing nothing to help the plight of the Iraqi people, and since we are doing something to help those people end the rule of a brutal dictator the U.S. gets slammed anyways.:: Thursday, January 16, 2003 ::
Now I Know I Should Listen To Sheryl I'm starting to think that all the silenced dissent of anti-war protesters might actually be getting just a hint of attention. I know it's not much, but maybe Sheryl made a difference.
People Are CrazyRelatives of two men killed during the series of sniper killings in the Washington, D.C. area filed suit Thursday against the gun dealer and manufacturer of the rifle used in the attacks.Because the manufacturor has anything to do with it? Why doesn't Ford get sued for their shitty drivers? Let's see how far we can take this people.
Georgia, Gettin' With The TimesThe Georgia Supreme Court has struck down a 170-year-old law that made it a crime for unmarried people to have sex.How kind of you to let me do what the hell I want with another person that consents. Thank you for giving me my damn rights back. I know, they probably never *really* charged people with it unless someone made a fuss, but I would still like to see laws like this removed from the books out of principle.The ruling Monday came in the case of a 16-year-old boy discovered having sex with his girlfriend in the bedroom of her home. The young woman's mother made the discovery.Oh look, there's someone that made a fuss."Our opinion simply affirms that ... the government may not reach into the bedroom of a private residence and criminalize the private, noncommercial, consensual sexual acts of two persons legally capable of consenting to those acts," Chief Justice Norman Fletcher wrote.Crazy idea!! The government can't criminalize consenting behavior? Wow, we're on track to the end of the world now.
I Wonder if he's still planning on going to the "naked chick" protest? I hope.
I'd Like To Believe I'm Partly Responsible You can see why I think (and hope) that I'm to blame.Some of these change week to week, but here are the Top 10 things that annoy me right now (in relative order of annoyance):Well number 6 and 9 (hehe) apply to me. I swear I didn't do that on purpose. I also kind of hope that we fall into the "ultra-right-wing" category. Funny since one Bitch is a Democrat (Classy, that's right, isn't it?) and one is a Green. A third isn't terribly political, and the other three are conservatives of varying degrees.
World Observations Before I get into real news, I just thought I would share my experiences in this evening's class on foreign policy. Like I said before, it's like the UN, only with notably fewer rules and far more hormones and PMS. Anyway, I'm Canada and I kissed ass to the US tonight, but then called her an idiot. The US and Russia came together to crush all dissent and silence other countries. Then South Africa literally stood on her chair and told Russia to kiss her ass, that she wasn't afraid of the US and her bombs. Italy was suffering from penis envy based on the size of her nameplate to everyone else's. Japan said that her country is like water and everyone else is oiiiiillllll. Germany couldn't form a single sentence. France went on and on about how supportive they've been of the US and how much sympathy they've had since 9-11. Canada laughed. I don't think I was supposed to. Oops. The Netherlands complained about how her welfare state was creating a class that refuses to work because of the benefits given to them by the government. Damn, what a crazy idea. Now to ask, how much rope does one need to hang oneself? I have to sit through 6 more hours of this.
I Have Posts! I promise that I wrote a few during class today. Anyway, I may write some more tonight during class. I'm off to go be Canada.
Contrary To The Rumors No one has kidnapped me. I promise to resume posting tonight. Until then, I've actually been doing some work for classes (I know, Hell has frozen over) and other stuff. Anyway, I haven't really had a good excuse, but I should have some entertaining stuff to report. The other class that just started Tuesday night is almost like a MUN thing, only with far fewer rules and more PMS. I represent Canada. You better believe there will be some Canadian jokes cracked (by me!) and any time the situation looks bad, I'll blame the US but hide behind her when it is convenient. Maybe I'll even call her a moron for good measure.:: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 ::
WeatherSlut Saga WeatherSlut dumped the UVA boy. Now she decided to try something new with a boy from the west coast. Let's see how long this lasts.:: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 ::
Way To Go Clinton Classy, classy people you associate yourself with. I'm quite impressed.
The Rape Issue I just saw this on Fox. It's a very strange decision, but I've decided that Califonia is full of crazy people anyway. While the discussion of the court decision should be read in the article, I did like this bit that talked about rape and its evolution quite a bit.No one wants to return to the '70s when women who took rape cases to trial were emotionally shredded in cross-examinations. None of us long for the days when the reports of a raped woman were summarily dismissed by a cynical police department. But the recent California decision is not a remedy for such problems surrounding the issue of rape.I also thought that this paragraph was interesting to note.
Absence, Canada, and KMart I know I haven't been posting as much the last two days, and I apologize. I've had a pretty welcome set of distractions that includes one kickass class. I just went to another class where I have to represent Canada in debates on global issues that include human rights, multinational corporations, and mass media concerns. I think I'm just going to crack jokes about Canada, call Bush an idiot, and then hide behind the U.S. when things get tough. The Canada jokes are required because everyone has to make fun of it here. (That's what an ex from Wisconsin told me anyway.)
Does Britian Need More Guns? I think they do, and so does this guy.
Why Sheryl, why? I love her music, but I don't like this.:: Monday, January 13, 2003 ::
Hmmm... I know Bitchy Mom will be happy to read this story.
No Opinion, Yet Not that I'm a Survivor fan or anything, but I just think that this is a strange development. Obviously, it's for ratings. It might actually make things interesting on the show.
He Read My Mind Now go read his post.
More Non-News Have you ever visited Altoids.com? You should if you are a fan. I love Altoids, and right now they have all the old ads up on their website. I adore the Sindy ads. Check them out if you haven't.
Random News I just don't have any thoughts.
Read It It's an amusing piece from The Agitator on Tech Central Station.
Another Correct Me If I'm Wrong Thought Hit & Run has a post on the notable lack of attention for the formal Lieberman announcement today.Paula Zahn is doing a segment on child care. Yahoo News puts it toward the bottom of its daily stories. The Senator's own website doesn't even announce it. Dick Gephardt was supposed to have set a new standard in "quiet" presidential candidacy announcements, but Vinegar Joe seems to be outdoing the rest of the pack in this particular stoneface contest.This is just being picky, but can his website make such announcements? I mean that is his Senate webspace, not an area to discuss a White House run that has nothing to do with his job as Senator, unless he steps down. I'm assuming he won't be stepping down since he continued to run for the seat even while running for VP. Anyway, it was just a thought. Maybe he is free to use the space, but I'd like to pretend that those in government have some sense of what is appropriate use of resources.
My Own Little Observation I'm doing a bit of planning for my spring break trip to LA, and do you realize that I'm able to add on a completely new leg to the trip to stop somewhere else for only $15 more on the same airline using most of the same flights? Craziness. And we wonder why the airline industry is in trouble...
Be Careful What You Research I shouldn't be laughing, but I am.
Women's Rights In Saudi Arabia Apparently the Saudis want us to think they actually grant rights to their women. I guess my favorite part of the article is where they try to compare the compulsory wearing of abyas to the habits nuns wear."It is clear that religious codes of dress for nuns who cover from head to foot is respected in the West while the abaya worn by Muslim women is regarded as oppressive," she said.
Amusing To Me New gun names, courtesy of Tim Blair.:: Sunday, January 12, 2003 ::
I'm Giddy I don't get that way often, but every once in a while I do. It's always a good thing. On top of that, I even feel like the other Bitches and I had a productive evening, and now we have a plan in place to resolve a problem we experienced last semester on campus. Now I'll resume my giggly giddiness.