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Friday, May 11, 2001

More diverse environment than the old home town
+ much less supervision
+ freer access to alcohol

= More hate crimes on college campuses

@ 11:50 AM CST [Link]

Neighbors had long assumed the lonely old man moved from his Chicago home years ago. Mail piled up. Utilities were shut off. Grass grew. Paint peeled. The house was sold at a tax auction on Tuesday, and the new owners found him when they entered. He was sitting in a rocking chair, dead. Apparently, he had died in the chair and remained there for at least four years.

@ 11:46 AM CST [Link]

You know, the national news media have to be doing the freakin' happy happy joy joy dance over this one. It's your media threefer, if you will: you can go on about how such misconduct or mistakes by law enforcement happens often enough that it may make differences in whether or not more normal people get the death sentence, you can go on about how the FBI keep shooting itself in the foot (first the crime lab mess, then domestic spying and now this), and chances are that, unless McVeigh really does want to die, this story will go on for at least an extra 30 days.

How the hell do you misplace THOUSANDS of documents? don't they have ANY sort of inventory control in the FBI?

@ 10:57 AM CST [Link]

Yet more on the whole Kyle Bradford/Tom Cruise mess. It seems that Actustar has retracted the story. (It's rather buried in the interview.) Note that this interview comes from an adult video site, so it's got pictures of the covers of Kyle Bradford's videos alongside the interview. If you're under 18, for the love of god, don't click that link!

There is one line in the interview that is just puzzling, though. Where Mr Bradford, in talking about his porn career, says, "I stopped making those movies some time ago." Um ... all of those films that were linked were released by the end of 2000. Even granting some lag time between filming and release, "some time ago" is a bit of an exaggeration, yes?

@ 10:29 AM CST [Link]

"I went and did the Palm Springs Dinah Shore lesbian festival and ... have you been down there for that? Did you know that there's, like, this whole golf tournament going on during the day? Yeah, who knew?"
---Suzanne Westenhoefer, "Nothing in my closet but my clothes".

Have to admit, I am impressed with the WNBA's marketing directly at Girl Bar. You would never ever EVER get the NBA to admit that, just maybe, there are gay guys out there who like watching sports who could, just maybe, constitute someone they could market to directly. I can just see the NBA asking Shaq and Kobe to go to gay bars in West Hollywood to hand out tickets, can't you? (No no no, I didn't say fantasize about it!) (Of course, with the current state of the Chicago Bulls, they could try it at Buddies or Sidetracks, and the only thing they'd get is people wondering who all the tall guys were.)

@ 10:10 AM CST [Link]

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Aw, how cute and charming. Ms. Yanofsky is president of ProChoice Resource Center, a nonprofit group in Port Chester, N.Y., that provides information about birth control and abortion rights activism at Prochoiceresource.org, its Web site. Last month she discovered that mistakenly typing ".com" instead of the ".org" at the end of her organization's name redirected her, and anyone else who made that simple mistake, to Abortionismurder.org, a Web site that displays photos of mutilated fetuses and compares those who support abortion rights to Nazis.

It will be interesting to see how this goes. Seems to me that it's got some intersection with the whole The wind done gone mess, in that if that can be protected as a commentary and parody exception, than this can be protected as a commentary and political speech exception.

Leaving aside, of course, that he's already offered to surrender the domain for money. Both the courts and the WIPO tend to take a dim view of such things.

@ 02:34 PM CST [Link]

--I want my MTV!
--Too bad, idiots; You can't have it for at least six months.

I must admit, I don't quite see why the punishment should be tempered because they didn't intend for anyone to get hurt. That's not the way felony law ever works when someone does, in fact, get hurt. (Not withstanding that the person getting hurt was one of the boys.) Seriously, I think he ought to throw the book at them.

War and Peace, by preference.

@ 01:36 PM CST [Link]

The city of Cincinnati is ultimately to blame for the shooting death of Timothy Thomas, contends a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against the city and the officer who shot Mr. Thomas. [...] It argues that the 19-year-old's April 7 death is indicative of a continuing pattern of civil rights abuses by Cincinnati police that the city has perpetuated by failing to adequately train and discipline its officers.

@ 01:32 PM CST [Link]

The Supreme Court, as seen from abroad. It seems, despite what George II Fraudulency actually thinks, we're really ruled by one seventy-year-old woman. Who knew?

@ 01:28 PM CST [Link]

Good grief. What the hell is historic about Reagan's boyhood home? Could someone tell me that? Why on earth would any sane person want to make it a national park/historic site?

@ 01:17 PM CST [Link]

Wednesday, May 9, 2001

And there was great rejoicing!

"Keeping archaic laws on the books does not promote high moral standards; instead it teaches the lesson that laws are made to be broken," Hull wrote in a one-page letter explaining her decision. [...] Adultery remains a crime under the bill.

Make no mistake, I'm glad that the gov and the legislature had the courage to get the bill through to the end, in the face of heavy opposition. It was (mostly) the right thing to do.

You do just wonder about that adultery thing, though. What's up with that?

@ 02:11 PM CST [Link]

I suspect that the rest of the country will, in fact, have to learn this lesson the hard way. All things depending, of course. George II Fraudulency may have yet another moment of pause if he realizes that his faith based initiatives may wind up funding the Mormon church. (They somehow baptize Holocaust victims in Utah when they die--in fact, it seems that if you die within Utah's borders, you may well get baptized into the LDS church whether you want it or not; the statement about the author's mother futilely trying to find some way to prevent being baptized when she dies is horrifying, and I'm not at all religious.)

You might be surprised to learn that the Mormon Church has teams of men and women microfilming records of Catholic and Protestant parishes, cemetery records, birth and death certificates--virtually any sort of record pertaining to past generations. Temple Mormons hope, in time, to have all of the dead of previous generations baptized posthumously into the Mormon Church. The idea behind baptism for the dead is this: God wants each of us to be with him in glory. To effect this, he allows us to accept the Mormon gospel here on earth. If we don't, he sends us to a "spirit prison" until the Mormon gospel has been preached to us there and we convert. (NOTE: This comes from a site called "Catholic Answers", so it may be a tad slanted. Judge for yourself.)

@ 01:50 PM CST [Link]

When University of Cincinnati professor Art Knighton interviewed a group of black children in 1993, 90 percent said they wanted to flee the first time they saw a police officer. [...] Race Street reflects the economic plight of the city's poor blacks. Many buildings lie vacant. Few stores, except for Jenkin's Pool Room, remain open. A grocery store a few doors down was burned out. In Cincinnati, a majority of blacks live in poverty. Infant-mortality rates are at four times the national average. The city is losing its tax base because whites are moving out (the city lost one-fifth of its white population during the '90s).

@ 01:31 PM CST [Link]

I love Sars and want to bear her children.

OK, maybe not quite that, but still .....

@ 10:38 AM CST [Link]

Tuesday, May 8, 2001

And so it begins again.

It will be interesting to see if they actually try to go after Geocities, especially since the Telecommunications Act specifically exempts ISPs. Of course, the point in going after Yahoo/Geocities isn't actually to get them to clean up their act; it's to send a message: "If we're going after the big boys, the rest of you better do what we say, because you small fry, without the deep pockets, will be next." And with an increasingly conservative judiciary, it's likely that these cases will succeed.

@ 11:02 AM CST [Link]

Monday, May 7, 2001

A Hamilton County grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach in the April 7 killing of an unarmed teen fleeing police. Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen, in a 6 p.m. press conference, said the grand jury returned an indictment of negligent homicide against Roach, finding his negligence caused Timothy Thomas to die. It is a misdemeanor in the first degree, punishable by up to six months in jail upon conviction. The grand jury also indicted Roach on a charge of obstruction of official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. That is punishable by up to 90 days in jail. Allen said that charge was based on conflicting statements given by Roach to homicide investigators on April 7 and April 10.

I don't know ... somehow, I just can't see people in Cincinnati feeling that a maximum nine months in jail (assuming the officer was convicted of both counts and sentenced to consecutive sentences) is quite ... enough. That it's "just", if that word means anything. The idea that, for taking someone's life, he could serve just nine months may leave a very bad taste in the city's collective mouth.

The problem is that many in the city will somehow feel that this officer -- the one who actually finally got charged with something -- should serve the sentence for all those who didn't. As the symbol for all that's wrong with Cincinnati's police, people may feel that he should serve the rest of his life in jail, that losing his career, his freedom for nearly a year, none of that will be anything like enough.

@ 05:34 PM CST [Link]

Somehow, I feel that this is probably not the sort of use that Doc Johnson or Swedish Erotica had in mind for their products....

@ 02:52 PM CST [Link]

It comes as no surprise that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) gave awards to Showtime's "Queer as Folk" and NBC's "Will & Grace" for their "positive portrayals of gay and lesbian issues" (Morning Report, May 1). But for this gay malcontent, it's a tad disturbing, something akin to if the NAACP had handed out an Image Award back in the 1950s to "Amos 'n' Andy" for its contributions to African Americans.

Frankly, I mostly agree with him about QAF. And, for the moment, I have no opinion on "Will and Grace", since it's rarely appealed to me enough to watch an entire episode. (In fact, I'm fairly certain that I haven't, as yet.) But vast chunks of QAF are intensely dislikable, as the stereotypes come thundering down the plains. (That said, the show is mostly betrayed by writers who [a] aren't actually writing very well and [b] who seem to have a shocking lack of any broader vision and [c] the fact that the original source material was never ever EVER meant to stretch to 22 hours in length.)

(OK, a mild shock: Encyclopedia Britannica doesn't even mention "Amos and Andy" ... except as a sidenote in an essay about "Nurse Betty", of all things. Love it or loathe it, the show was certainly historically important. Not to warrant even a mention really is shocking.)

@ 01:17 PM CST [Link]

Most black and white children are living in increasingly segregated neighborhoods, especially in major metropolitan areas in the Midwest and Northeast, a new analysis of the latest census data shows [...] The conflicting trends between children and the overall population reflect the continuing exodus of white families with children from cities to largely white suburbs, leaving more childless whites to live in more integrated neighborhoods, researchers said. [...] "The problem for minority children is that, on average, they're growing up in neighborhoods where they are the majority, and that's not the world they will live in."

@ 12:19 PM CST [Link]

My my my. George II Fraudulency may actually renominate Gregory to the fourth circuit court of appeals, possibly actually leading to a black person on that bench for the first time.

Jesse Helms would be spinning in his grave. If he were dead, of course. As it is, you wonder what sort of strategy he's plotting to get this person canned.

It does sound like the confirmation process is going to be bruising, at the very least.

@ 12:16 PM CST [Link]

Gee, George II Fraudulency, our big oil president, says he won't keep gas prices down. What a shock. No, really. I'm terribly shocked. Honestly. Don't I look shocked?

(What I am, in fact, waiting to see is exactly how he manages to undercut his White House spokesman who has dared to criticise George I's energy policy, or lack thereof. Somehow, somewhere, public embarrassment clearly directed by the White House awaits this man.)

@ 12:07 PM CST [Link]

You know, it wouldn't have surprised me to see the beginnings of schism within the Catholic Church coming from the United States. It wouldn't have terribly surprised me to see it coming from Africa or Asia, where the Church's priorities seem desperately out of touch with those people's realities. I must admit, however, Belgium was not even on the radar. To be sure, it's a wee sort of schism, easily solved (from the Church's point of view) by excommunicating this troublesome priest and his adherents. But if such a low ranking person can cause such comprehensive difficulties ... doesn't bode well for the future, does it?

@ 12:03 PM CST [Link]



the last ten ...

12/19/2001: vive la france

12/19/2001: princess, redux

12/19/2001: yemen and rumsfeld

12/18/2001: you're NOT in the army now

12/18/2001: interesting donation

12/18/2001: shame on winn dixie, indeed

12/18/2001: saudi princess

12/17/2001: new resolve

12/17/2001: a victim of the attack ... yeah, right

12/17/2001: polluters ho!


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