From the monthly archives: July 2007

Man, I love Christianists. Those guys know how to have a good time.

On criticism of the books from Christians in Britain and the United States:

“I had one letter from a vicar in England — this is the difference — saying would I please not put Christmas trees at Hogwarts as it was clearly a pagan society. Meanwhile, I’m having death threats when I’m on tour in America.”

That’s JK Rowling, Harry Potter author. That’s right – she gets death threats here in America. I wonder who else might issue death threats to authors they don’t like?

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Our friend Jerid’s video about “Obama Osama and Chelsea’s Moma” made this evening’s edition of Countdown with Keith Olbermann as story #4.

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John Roberts predicts Mike Gravel will win the debate because he is ‘like a child”…

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Update: Jerid has all the bases covered on this one. The excuse that he doesn’t know what signs everyone has is obliterated when we realize Mitt acknowledged a photo of the sign and gives Jerid his autograph on the back of it! Hey Mitt. Here’s your sign! Haven’t used this one in a long while, but it is appropriate: DAMN SON! You got punked.

Back from vacation and have a week’s worth of work crunch to devour, but couldn’t possibly miss this one. Another moment that would not have happened if visionary leaders on the left had not funded […]

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Iraq beat Vietnam yesterday in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup (soccer).

In Iraq, people celebrated by shooting guns in the air.

I saw footage of the celebration in Iraq and again wondered: how many people are going to get killed when those bullets come back down?

Well CNN finally answered the question: three.

That’s how many people were killed by ‘celebratory gun fire’ in Iraq yesterday.

Thank you CNN for finally answering that question.

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Most candidates, as expected, toe the party line on most issues. For example, all of the Democrats support Universal Healthcare while all of the Republicans are against it.

But there are a number of exceptions that seem worth highlighting…

* Giuliani is the only Republican who supports abortion rights and same-sex civil unions.

* Giulani, McCain and Thompson are the only Republicans in favor of Embryonic Stem Cell research.

* McCain is the only Republican againt drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge […]

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I got a letter this week that my identity was compromised when that data tape full of State data was stolen. I just finishing signing up for the credit protection service that the Ohio Department of Administrative Services is providing, and it is slick. This is the first time I’ve seen true three-factor authentication that didn’t require somebody sending me a SecureID card. In order to log into the site I have to answer an automated phone call and provide a PIN – which is the same process that occurs any time someone attempts to get credit in my name. […]

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The Inspector General’s Report on the missing ODAS backup device is out.

And, as expected it looks like a lot of people are to blame- from the intern to the consulting company to whom he reported.

The report reveals a series of poor decision and makes some recommendations to prevent this type of loss in the future- but it also reveals some good news:

If there is a silver lining to be found in this matter, it is that despite the many poor
decisions that were made, there appears to be little risk to state employees, taxpayers […]

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Gravel Campaign Goes Virtual

On July 20, 2007 By

I love the underdog candidates- and Mike Gravel is no exception.

He may be a third-tier, unelectable, angry old man- but that’s not stopping him from running an interesting and creative campaign.

While the rest of the candidates are focused on their myspace pages and the YouTube debates- the Gravel campaign is taking it a step further: setting up a virtual campaign headquarters in Second Life.

Here’s a picture of their virtual HQ:

Complete details are available on their blog.

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The stabilization of Iraq cannot be accomplished thru strength of force; at least, not in such a way that we can just up and leave when “the job is done”. Realistically, the job will never be done if we try to do it by force:

That’s why so many Sunnis have accepted Petraeus’s bargain — they join our fight against al-Qaeda, and we give them weaponry and military support. With that, they can rid themselves of the al-Qaeda cancer now. And later, when the Americans inevitably leave, they’ll be better positioned to defend themselves against the 80 percent Shiite-Kurd […]

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