Monthly Archives: October 2007

Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Conclusion: “The Patriot’s Task” excerpt

”So it turnes out we really are at war—a long war, a global war, a war for our civilization. “It is a war to save our democracy. “Each one of us needs to enlist. We have no one to spare.” … Continue reading

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Hot damn! Al Gore won half a Nobel Peace Prize!

Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to raise awareness about global warming. This makes me proud to be an American. For awhile, … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Chapter 11: “Subvert the Rule of Law” excerpt

”We in America are used to a democratic social contract in which there is agreement about the rules of the game: When Congress demands an answer, for instance, the President does not simply refuse to pick up the phone. So … Continue reading

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LOLCat Bible Translation Project

“1. Solomones Songz of Songz, kthx. “Teh Beluved: “2. Let him kiss me wit da kissus of hiz mouf– for yer love be moar delitefool den cheezbugers. Srsly. “3. Yu has a smell I likez; yer name is like smellz … Continue reading

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“One fell swoop” origin

“… William Shakespeare knew how to invent a phrase with legs, as they say in show business. ‘At one fell swoop’is just one of thousands of words and phrases in everyday use that can be traced back to Shakespeare’s pen, … Continue reading

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Awesome Innovations from the Underdeveloped Male Mind

“There are over 7 million patents registered in the United States, a great number of which describe practical inventions designed for use by everyday, ordinary human beings. Then there’s the “guy” stuff, ideas so lunkheaded and irrational they could only … Continue reading

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The Vinyl Frontier

The Vinyl Frontier Vinyl toys…

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America: Chapter 10: “Cast Criticism as ‘Espionage’ and Dissent as ‘Treason’” excerpt

”The Bush team is trying to move ‘Treason’ from its narrow Constitutional definition to a looser definition. The smear of treason has a long, ugly—and unfortunately time-tested—history of use by mid-twentieth-century dictators, as do the accusations of sabotage and espionage. … Continue reading

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Stacking them up like cordwood is barbaric, inhuman and unAmerican

“The ‘stack them up like cordwood’ line comes from Mark Klaas, whose daughter Polly’s brutal murder ushered in the three strikes sentencing law, which is now rarely being used to capture the kind of violent offenders like the ones involved … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 9: “Restrict the Press” excerpt

”If you have not heard much about these two cases, it may be because CBS and AP management, understandably, do not want to jeopardize their imprisoned staff further. “But image what it means today to be the head of CBS … Continue reading

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Tulsa Time

“This is the ARMS concert from the early 80s. Charlie Watts, Kenny Jones (then of The Who) and Ray Cooper (from the Elton John band) on drums, Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Andy Fairweather-Low on guitar, Bill Wyman on … Continue reading

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“The RIAA ghouls smelled blood in Duluth, and I guess they were right. “

“A verdict of $222,000.00, for infringement of 24 song files worth a total of $23.76? “In a case where there was zero evidence of the defendant having transferred any of those files?. “It is one of the most irrational things … Continue reading

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I want to see this

but, of course, there isn’t a screening in LA, alas. The Hollywood Librarian (via Alison Bechdel)

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Comic Book Sales Benefit Two Major Charities

“ComicBookShelf.com Gives Back To The Industry “Sales Benefit Two Major Charities “San Jose, CA — Starting October 1, ComicBookShelf.com, one of Northern California’s leading online graphic novel retailers, will be giving back to the comic book industry by donating a … Continue reading

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In the Navy!

I love our guys And our Waves totally rock! I’m glad they have some fun out there. (via Dark Roasted Blends, which is a very strrrange place)

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 8: “Target Key Individuals” excerpt

”Universities keep alight the campfires of free speech, so it’s not surprising that Bush supporters seem to have a strategy to target critics on campus. In California, a bill called SB5, the ‘Student Bill of Rights,’ seeks legally to ‘balance’ … Continue reading

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Mae West, catfight, diamonds, und zo on

The complete She Done Him Wrong at Archive.org

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 7: “Arbitrarily Detain and Release Citizens” excerpt

”In 2002, I began to notice that almost every time I sought to board a domestic airline flight, I was called aside by the Transportation Security Administration and given a more thorough search. When this was happening on nine flights … Continue reading

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The Aquada!

“The Aquada is a revolutionary showcase of High Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology. “This radical new breed of vehicle has been precision engineered to the most exacting standards. It has undergone an extensive safety testing programme and complies with appropriate marine … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 6: “Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups” excerpt

”Since 2000, there has been a sharp increase in U.S. citizen groups that are being harassed and infiltrated by police and federal agents, often in illegal ways. A 2006 ACLU report notes that police departments in California had infiltrated antiwar … Continue reading

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Security Cartoon

This is, like, the most useful cartoon on earth. I think I saw it on Bruce Schneier’s blog a while ago. The only problem I’m having is that the BBBonline.org site doesn’t work very well. But that’s not the cartoon’s … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 5: “Surveil Ordinary Citizens” excerpt

”With these early steps in place, people start to restrict their own activities voluntarily. They start to think twice about bulk-e-mailing the ‘Impeach George Bush’ meassage, or checking Amnesty International’s Website to see what Iraqis with relatives held in U.S.-run … Continue reading

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Strangely beautiful

Or I’ve just lived here too long.

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Naomi Wolf’s The End of America” Chapter 4: “Develop a Paramilitary Force” excerpt

”The private security industry boomed after 9/11, because the CIA simply didn’t have enough trained people to deploy in hostilities (and the National Guard was busy in Iraq). Before 2001, no U.S. firm specialized solely in trained ex-military operations. But … Continue reading

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I remember Wang

“There were three big rages back in the 1980’s: Rubik’s cubes, Molly Ringwald, and Wangs. While I’m sure you are all familiar with those first two 80’s icons, Wangs – i.e., any one of the many systems from Wang Laboratories … Continue reading

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Rugby in Paris

“Whom can I run to?” “What have you done to my heart?” w/apologies to Duke Ellington Rugby…who knew?

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Women are human, too

“Like many people, I do end up killing some time reading websites such as Girl-Wonder and When Fangirls Attack. Mostly for the morbid curiosity value. Occasionally for the accidental humor caused by the postings or the reactions to the postings … Continue reading

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Car chase from “To Live and Die in LA”

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Comics I liked

Superman gets spanked by a suit and likes it. Computers Larry Craig Just had to share.

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The car/train chase from “The French Connection”

John Frankenheimer, also director on “Ronin,” doesn’t put music under his chases. They don’t need any music under them. Was Gene Hackman ever sexy? I wonder.

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