From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Howz about some “Flight of the Conchords”?

Special bonus song after the jump (it’s hilarious).

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Has anyone else noticed the unbelievable run of bad luck that has befallen state chairmen of Republican presidential campaigns?

July 12 — McCain
McCain campaign official denies soliciting for prostitution

July 24 — Giuliani
Former Giuliani state co-chair resigns from office (cocaine)

August 28 — Romney
After guilty plea, Sen. Craig resigns spot in Romney campaign

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According to the Cincinnati Post:

Cincinnati School Superintendent Rosa Blackwell surprised the board of education Monday by announcing that she plans to retire.

Despite what the Post thinks, I’m quite sure the Cincinnati School Board was not surprised by her decision.

Blackwell’s three-year contract is nearing it’s end- and she has been fighting with the school board for months over the terms of her most recent evaluation.

Earlier this month, the board decided not give her a raise.

And that sounds, to me, like a very non-surprising reason to quit.

( Note: her annual salary of $203,820 is about […]

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One of my firm’s clients is the IAFF – the fire fighters union that has been taking on Giuliani. I’ve been keeping a secret for a week, but we finally got the go-ahead to break the news at 4pm today…

The IAFF is endorsing Senator Dodd for president at a news conference tomorrow in DC. This is the union that endorsed Kerry in 2004 – when he was no where in the polls. I don’t think anyone at the IAFF thinks this will have the exact same result as that endorsement, but it would be nice to see Dodd get […]

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Expelled!

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Terrific little insight in to how Ben Stein is getting his “science is flawed because it excludes God” movie Expelled made. He (or rather, his producers) are lying to people they interviewed, talking to them about other subjects, and then carefully removing quotes from context to say something completely different.

Why were they so dishonest about it? If Mathis had said outright that he wants to interview an atheist and outspoken critic of Intelligent Design for a film he was making about how ID is unfairly excluded from academe, I would have said, “bring it on!” We would […]

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The Patriot Dames

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You may have heard about the Columbus Police Officer who posted some videos of herself (and her sister) on the internet making some pretty outlandish anti-Semitic claims. Just in case you haven’t, here is one of the many videos.

Of course, they aren’t limiting their comments to Jews. They have videos on Ebonics (and racial stereotypes!), Miami Cubans, and the US border. They even have a website – they call themselves The Patriot Dames. (And they appear to support Ron Paul!)

Mayor Coleman has requested a formal investigation. You can see the text after the […]

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Go figure.

Historical evidence, including legal documents and gravesites, can be interpreted as supporting the prevalence of homosexual relationships hundreds of years ago, said Allan Tulchin of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

If accurate, the results indicate socially sanctioned same-sex unions are nothing new, nor were they taboo in the past.

?Western family structures have been much more varied than many people today seem to realize,” Tulchin writes in the September issue of the Journal of Modern History. “And Western legal systems have in the past made provisions for a variety of household structures.?

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