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2009-06-04 08:37 am

Conservative media's hypocrisy on slaying of Dr. Tiller

The conservative echo chamber, from talk radio to Fox News, has been out in force, peddling the idea that Scott Roeder was a lone wolf and not representative of the "pro-life" movement. Bullshit.

Operation Rescue claimed no link to Roeder, said they were "shocked" at the violence, and that they work through legitimate peaceful means. And yet Roeder had the phone number for an Operation Rescue senior policy advisor, Cheryl Sullenger, in his car. Ms. Sullenger first claimed that she had no contact with Scott Roeder. Then, she changed her story to say that he would call and ask where and when Dr. Tiller's hearings were. (Which time was she lying-her first story, her second story, or both?)

What I find most damaging to Operation Rescue's claim that they renounce violence is that Ms. Sullenger, a senior policy advisor, was convicted in 1988 for conspiracy to bomb abortion clinics in California. A: It is suspicious that Roeder was in contact with Sullenger. B: It is suspicious that Sullenger lied about these contacts. C: Even if we pretend, er, assume, that Roeder was a lone wolf, how can Operation Rescue claim to be a peaceful anti-abortion group while hiring a would-be-clinic-bomber in a senior-level position?

I'll close with the promised comment on conservative media hypocrisy. Killing a preeminent abortion provider in the hopes that not only will it limit women's choices, it will also send a message to other would-be providers? A simple murder committed by a lone wolf, how dare anyone presume to paint the anti-abortion movement with the same brush, and hey, Tiller was a bad guy anyway-did you know he provided, *gasp*, abortions? On the other hand, a bunch of people anonymously torch cars at a Humvee dealership, and the right wing media goes crazy denouncing domestic eco-terrorists, left wing protesters in general, and work their way up from denouncing ALF to PETA to vegetarians to anyone who has a problem with abusing animals.

Kill an abortion provider, it's not terrorism, it's merely murder, and the victim was a bad person anyways. Kill humvees, on the other hand, it's domestic terrorism. Nice standard, guys. Nice.
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2009-05-30 02:14 pm

Inane Creationist Argument

Bibleland Studios has a post that claims that drool points to a designer. I beg to differ.

Bibeland Studios argues that there is no evolutionary advantage to devoping "the oral neuromuscular control at age 18-24 months" and therefore, being able to not drool is "the gift of dignity" from a Creator.

Of course, Bibleland Studios accidentally defeats their own argument. Drooling constantly would lead to "iritating sores that develop from skin being constantly wet." Gee, Bibleland Studios-constant sores. You don't think that this would lead to an evolutionary disadvantage?

Moreover, as Bibleland Studios acknowledges in said post, there are people with cerebral palsy or loss of facial muscle control who do have an inability to not drool. Where is their gift of dignity? If oral neuromuscular control stems from a Creator and not evolution, why couldn't a powerful Creator design people to not get conditions such as cerebral palsy? Or are they somehow not deserving of God's, er, sorry, the Creator's, gift of dignity? (Right, right, it's a Creator, but not necessarily God! It's really the flying spaghetti monster....*coughs*)
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2009-05-17 06:44 pm

The AP's anti-Israel bias

The Associated Press's caption: "A Palestinian passed out from tear gas fired by Israeli troops, holds a key symbolizing the keys to houses left by Palestinians in 1948, during a demonstration marking the 61st anniversary of "Nakba," Arabic for catastrophe, in the West Bank village Bilin, near Ramallah, Friday, May 15, 2008. The rally marked the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who either fled or were driven out of their homes during the 1948 war over Israel's creation."

Ignoring the first sentence's grammar (how many ideas is confined to that one long sentence?) and instead examining it's truthfulness, take a look at the photo: http://www.daylife.com/photo/05uh8Up24L1U1?q=palestinian

Tell me-when you pass out, be it from a gas, alcohol, or a need to sleep, do you often keep your arms raised in the air?
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2009-05-17 06:43 pm

Dreamwidth

I have two Dreamwidth invite codes. Please leave me a comment if you're interested in one of them...
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2009-05-12 01:03 pm

Great music performances on Youtube

My friend svava posted an interesting question on her LJ-what are some of your favorite, must-see videos on the internet?

I'll take a different approach from the usual viral videos-my favorite must-see videos are music performances that you one wouldn't have been able to easily find pre-internet....

For pure awesomeness, there's Jefferson Airplane performing White Rabbit and Somebody to Love on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the Beatles peforming This Boy.

For pure sillyness, the Royal Guardsmen performing Snoopy vs. the Red Barron.

I love Peter, Paul, and Mary, and while they were awesome the past three times I've seen them, there's something to be said for these videos when they were really in their prime: I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog a 1965 black and white recording of San Francisco Bay Blues (my favorite song involving kazoos!), and a 1966 color version of Jane, Jane from the Andy Williams Show.

There are some awesome black and white Tom Lehrer performances ranging from Wernher von Braun to The Vatican Rag to Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. There's also some classic Tom Lehrer videos from the Electric Company, like the L-Y song.

YouTube has some songs from an '80s TV special involving The Smothers Brothers performing with the Boston Pops, including Boil that Cabbage Down and Quando Caliente El Sol.

There's a great version of Hush Little Baby as performed by Yo Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin on an Asian television station.

From the extremely random but good department, Mama Cass Elliot and Sammy Davis Jr. doing a Vegas-style rewrite of I Dig Rock and Roll Music.

Papa Denny Doherty gets the spotlight in the Mamas and Papas' "Dancing Bear" followed by Mama Cass getting the lead vocals in "Dancing in the Street" in this video.

Cass Elliot solos on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, performing a less than cheery but awesome tune called California Earthquake.

The legendary New Orleans blues performer, Dr. John, has some good videos on Youtube, including How Come My Dog Don't Bark When You Come Around and Iko Iko (the quality of the Iko Iko video improves after the 2 minute mark....)

Lastly, R.E.M. performing Furry Happy Monsters on Seasame Street was pretty darn awesome!
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2009-05-05 12:30 pm

DC Council Votes (Again) to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Despite Marion Barry's asinine behavior, the bill passed 12-1. Yeesh.
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2009-05-05 11:37 am

DC Council Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages (Performed Out of State)!

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2009/05/dc_council_votes_to_recognize.html?hpid=topnews

From what the article says, it may be difficult for opponents to place the question of same-sex marriage recognition on a ballot because DC election law prohibits voting on a matter that would violate DC's Human Rights Act, which in turn says that the govenrment cannot "limit or refuse to provide any facility, service, program, or benefit" to people based on sexual orientation.

The vote was 13-0, without debate.

Those damn judic–er, legislative activists? :P
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2009-05-04 11:54 am

Feds seeking death penalty...

In August 2007, my cousin Mindy Schloss, a public health nurse in Alaska, was kidnapped, tortured, and killed, allegedly by her neighbor, Joshua Wade. Federal prosecutors are charging Wade with kidnapping, torture, murder, and carjacking. (There's a federal carjacking statute that allows the feds to handle the case.)

The federal prosecutors have finally announced their intent to seek the death penalty against Wade.

My general feelings towards the death penalty is that it's wrong because it's permanent, and there have been too many wrongful convictions. I must admit, however, that it is difficult not to somewhat inwardly cheer that the death penalty is being sought in this case.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/050409/sta_436250172.shtml
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2008-06-13 08:46 pm

RIP Tim Russert

What a shame... He was only 58, and it comes the weekend of Father's Day. His poor family. :(

It's so hard watching MSNBC right now, as his colleagues all try to pay tribute to Tim Russert without sniffling. Chris Matthews barely held it together at the start of his remote interview 15 minutes ago. (He's in Paris right now.)

He was the consummate professional-he was one of the best prepared journalists out there, and it showed in his interviews. He worked really hard–this afternoon, he was at his office preparing for Sunday's Meet the Press (about 15 minutes from where I live) when he collapsed.

ברוך אתה ה' א‑לוהינו מלך העולם, דיין האמת
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, King of the Universe, the True Judge.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Russert.
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2008-06-12 10:10 am

Faux News is Outrageously Unfair and Unbalanced!!!

Faux News had an amazingly outrageous chyron during a segment with anchor Megyn Kelly and Michelle Malkin. They were talking about the conservative attacks against Michelle Obama, Barrack's wife, with the ticker reading: "OUTRAGED LIBERALS: STOP PICKING ON OBAMA'S BABY MAMA."

Michelle is his WIFE-not someone he hooked up with after they both got blotto in Vegas. Faux News is either trying to subtly misrepresent Obama as having an illegitimate relationship, or, is merely misogynistic.

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2008-06-11 02:26 pm

Geez! :O

Around 11:30ish last night, when I was going to sleep, I saw flashing cop lights out my bedroom window, but didn't know what was going on.

Apparently,Someone shot out the window of a police cruiser around the block from where I live! http://www.nbc4.com/news/16568684/detail.html Geez!
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2008-06-10 10:00 am

Fun book meme (while I sit bored to death in BarBri)

Studying property sucks, so, I'm doing a meme instead! (And then I'll get back to property, I promise....)

LibraryThing apparently has a list of the top 106 books most often tagged unread. (Why 106? Who the heck knows.) The meme: You take the list and bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you've read for school (or were supposed to read for school), and italicize the ones that you've started and didn't finish.

The ultimate hitchhiker's guide by Douglas Adams
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Anna Karenina (Oprah's Book Club) by Leo Tolstoy
The Illearth War: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the… by Stephen R. Donaldson
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics) by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Ulysses by James Joyce
War and peace by Leo Tolstoy
Madame Bovary (Oxford World's Classics) by Gustave Flaubert
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1) by Neal Stephenson
A Tale of Two Cities (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
The Satanic Verses: A Novel (Bestselling Backlist) by Salman Rushdie
Middlemarch (Penguin Classics) by George Eliot
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
The Name of the Rose: including Postscript to the Name of… by Umberto Eco
(No title) by Mohammed
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Odyssey by Homer
The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Classics) by Geoffrey Chaucer
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Signet Classics) by Victor Hugo
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) by Alexandre Dumas
The Iliad by Homer
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Emma by Jane Austen
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
Sons and Lovers (Modern Library Classics) by D.H. Lawrence
Gulliver's travels by Jonathan Swift
The House of Seven Gables (Bantam Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Oliver Twist (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Great Expectations (Penguin Classics) by Charles Dickens
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
The Corrections: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Underworld: A Novel by Don DeLillo
Ivanhoe (Penguin Classics) by Sir Walter Scott
The Grapes of Wrath (Centennial Edition) by John Steinbeck
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics) by Charlotte Bronte
Count Brass by Michael Moorcock
The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake
The War of the Worlds (Modern Library Classics) by H. G. Wells
Jude the Obscure (Penguin Classics) by Thomas Hardy
The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Classics) by James Joyce
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1 (Penguin… by Marcel Proust
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (Perennial Classics) by Barbara Kingsolver
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The Portrait of a Lady (Penguin Classics) by Henry James
Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen
Silas Marner by George Eliot (57)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)… by Oscar Wilde
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2) by Neal Stephenson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Book Thief (Readers Circle) by Markus Zusak
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3) by Neal Stephenson
Bleak House (Modern Library Classics) by Charles Dickens
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and… by Brian Greene
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Mill on the Floss (Penguin Classics) by George Eliot
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
Les Misérables (Signet Classics) by Victor Hugo
Infinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster Wallace
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Persuasion (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen
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2008-06-08 12:36 pm

Woot to Lexis-Nexis reward points!

After already having gotten a TV at the end of my 1L year, I now have 2 years of points to redeem through the Lexis-Nexis rewards program. I decided to get a $75 gift certificate good at a long list of retailers including Williams-Sonoma, Circuit City, and and Borders (https://www.pointspot.com/Index.aspx?SiteName=mychoice), and a $15 gift certificate (OK, one $10 and one $5) to Barnes and Nobles... Not bad, eh? :)
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2008-06-06 08:24 pm

Anyone want free Starbucks iced coffee?

I don't like coffee, iced or otherwise, but my Washington Post contained a coupon for one tall (12 fl oz) cup of iced brewed coffee every Wednesday until July 23rd. The first person to say they want it (in the comments section) gets it! :) I'll even mail it to yeh for free....
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2008-06-06 07:58 pm

There are banana scientists?

I know that panama disease is a serious threat. I love bananas, and I am genuinely worried about their potential fate. That said, I kinda have to agree with today's User Friendly (http://www.userfriendly.org/) by J.D. Frazer.



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2008-06-06 07:57 pm

Jed on TV?

I have an "informal interview" next week for a potential TV appearance! More details to follow if this actually comes to any sort of fruition.....
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2008-06-05 09:47 am

Argh!

So, I was supposed to start BarBri today-my bar review class for the MD exam at the end of July. Alarm goes off and I'm really tempted to go back to sleep, but no, I get up, shower, brush teeth, shave, pack breakfast, and go off for the class. I get there, only to find that the power at school is out so the bar class is canceled. :/ Blah! Blah! Blah!

Keep in mind that the "class" each day is watching a videotape, but you can't get the videotapes, of course, you have to go to the "class" to watch them.

Worse, although most classes are 9-1:30, M-F, this Saturday, there is a Sat. class. From 9-5:30. And they aren't holding one at the usual location (10 minutes away at my law school). No, they are only holding it at GW, in Foggy Bottom. BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!
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2008-06-04 09:31 pm

Crikey.

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=20816

"06/04/2008 0320 PM

Rockville, Montgomery County.

Thunderstorm wind damage, reported by Emergency Mngr.
30 separate reports of trees down on houses."

Um, 30 separate reports of trees down on houses? That's insane!
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2008-06-04 04:12 pm

Weather blahs...

I HATE tornado warnings.... I was hiding in the fitness room for about 45 minutes today until the warning expired. (The fitness room is on the 1st floor without any windows, whereas my apartment is on the 9th floor and has one side that is all windows.)

So, it's now getting a lot lighter outside, but man, that was an impressive looking storm for a while... The lights were flickering, a lot of thunder and lightning, and the trees were really bending from the very strong wind. Blah!

We'll probably have the same thing happen tomorrow afternoon, too. :(