February 25, 2004

Federal Marriage Amendment supporters who don't support fidelity in their marriages

The Rocky Mountain Progressive Network has asked each Colorado lawmaker in the state who has publically supported the Federal Marriage Amendment to sign The Fidelity Pledge.

So far, none of them have.

What does that tell you?

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Church Marriages vs State Marriages

Why can't we just legalize same sex state marriages? We don't have to require churches to marry same sex people. And now, Churches can marry people in ways that aren't approved by the state.

If I get married in a church, it's not legally recognized until I get a marriage license and file with the state.

Church Marriage and State Marriage are already two separate things.

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February 24, 2004

White House Press Briefing on Same Sex Marriages

White House Press Briefing on Same Sex Marriage ``Well, this goes to the issue of an institution that is enduring and lasting. The President said in his remarks that this is the most fundamental institution in our civilization. And he talked about, in his State of the Union, about the importance of defending these kinds of enduring institutions, that some things -- that some things never change. He actually addressed that in his State of the Union address. And he talked about the importance of making sure that the people's voice is heard, as well.``

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More on What is wrong with same-sex marriages?

Bush backs gay marriage ban (who is surprised by that?

``Opponents of same-sex marriage said it would destroy the institution of marriage.``

So as a man who is about to marry a woman, I can't see how this destroy's the institution of marriage. In fact, I don't see any problems with it at all.

The only thing that I see of that destroys the institution of marriage is DIVORCE. Why don't we outlaw that instead?

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February 23, 2004

Why the big deal on same sex marriage?

What is wrong with same-sex marriages?

Remember in the past, many states had laws barring mixed races from marrying.

What is the big deal?

``California law, backed most recently by a voter initiative in 2000, defines marriage as a union of man and woman. A Public Policy Institute of California poll of 2,004 Californian adults released on Friday found that exactly half opposed gay marriage and 44 percent approved.``

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February 22, 2004

Fast Food Industrial Revolution

Burger flipping the new manufacturing?: Bush administration seeks to reclassify making a burger at a fast-food restaurant as a manufacturing job.

Sure, it's an easy way to make people think that under W's watch we haven't lost tons of manufacturing jobs. Hey, Bush is great... under his presidency, he massicely increased manufacturing jobs...

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Bush Lies

Bush Administration distorts scientific findings for policy reasons: ``On one issue alone, global warming, the administration belittled, misrepresented, altered or quashed separate reports suggesting a clear link between greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuels. A study detailing the impact of mercury emissions from power plants was sanitized to industry specifications. A study suggesting that a Congressional clean air bill would achieve greater pollution reductions than Bush's plan, at similar cost, was withheld. It does not take a genius to find the pattern here aimed at suppressing information that might force Bush's friends in the oil, gas and coal industries to spend more money on pollution control.``

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The merit of our cause

``We are the strongest nation in the world today, and I do not believe we should ever apply that economic, political or military power unilaterally. If we'd followed that rule in Vietnam, we wouldn't have been there.  None of our allies supported us.  If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we'd better re examine our reasoning.``

--Robert S. McNamara, "Fog of War"

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Arnold Rebuffed on same-sex marriages

State Attorney General dismisses governor's demand as a political ploy: ``State Attorney General Bill Lockyer on Saturday rebuffed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's demand that he force an end to San Francisco's same-sex marriages, calling the directive political rhetoric.``

Way to go Bill.

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February 21, 2004

Schwarzenegger vs. San Francisco

Arnold Schwarzenegger goes after San Francisco to stop same-sex marriages:

``It's time for the city to stop traveling down this dangerous path of ignoring the rule of law. That's my message to San Francisco."``

Hey Arnold: we don't want your stupid law. Stop trying to force it on us.

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February 18, 2004

Linking to Bomb Making instructions illegal

Senator Feinstein Urges Department of Justice to Aggressively Enforce Bombmaking Statute: and now, Sherman Austin is now in Prison, because of links to bomb making information from his site, raisethefist.com. (Notice we're not linking to it JUST IN CASE!)

The issue is: he did not publish the material on his site. He just linked to someone else's site.

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February 11, 2004

Sex Novelties are OK, sex toys used for actual sex are not

Remember that Texas mom arrested for selling sex toys? Now she faces trial and could go to prison.

``Texas law allows for the sale of sexual toys as long as they are billed as novelties, BeAnn Sisemore, a Fort Worth attorney representing Webb, told the Houston Chronicle before a gag order was issued by the judge presiding over the case. But when a person markets sex toys in a direct manner that shows their actual role in sex, then that person is subject to obscenity charges, she told the newspaper.``

What a stupid hypocritical law.

This is the state that allows fully-nude strip clubs to sell alcohol.

And the state that brings us a tough on drugs president with an alleged cocaine habit. ``Under persistent questioning he said that he hadn't used cocaine in the last 7 years``. You decide.

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Itching, Burning Eyes

Chloramine Conversion Up and Running! Beware of stinging eyes!

``Most users aren't likely to notice a difference -- as the agency switches from chlorine to chloramine as a disinfectant -- though some could detect a slight difference in taste or smell, city PUC officials said.``

Right!! Don't believe them. I took a shower an hour ago, and my eyes are still burning from the Chloramine. I've been noticing this for the last week or so, and noticing that the bathroom smells like bleach after someone showers. At first I thought it was just my imagination until my fiance asked if I knew if the city had switched to chloramine yet, because her eyes were bugging her too, and he skin felt itchy after showering.

I can't believe that more people haven't mentioned this yet. An informal survey at work showed that a lot of people had noticed this but weren't aware of the switch from chlorine to chloramine.

Chloramine is not just hard on people, it's hard on your plumbing too: rubber parts on some household plumbing and water heaters may degrade faster than previously experienced.

It looks like our solution to one potential danger (reducing THMs which possibly increase the risk of cancer) is going to cause many people to have burning, stinging eyes and other reactions to this new disinfectant.

THMs can also be reduced by the removal of organics prior to disinfection or the use of alternate disinfectants (ozone and UV light). These other solutions are more expensive, so of course they weren't implemented.

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February 10, 2004

Stock in Big Brother

Acxiom is the new Big Brother, and the new surveilance society we live in is keeping their share price high!

According to a document obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center under the Freedom of Information Act, ``a senior Acxiom official offered to help the agency with TIA, and suggested methods to avoid public scrutiny of the transfer of data from the company to the government.``

Excerpt from that document:
"Ultimately, the U.S. may need huge databases of commercial transactions that cover the world or certain areas outside the U.S. This information provides economic utility, and thus provides reasons why foreign countries would be interested. Acxiom could build this mega-scale database."

This is the same company who is providing the US Government with a vast computerized system to probe the backgrounds of all passengers boarding flights in the United States.

There are more than 250 Acxiom clients representing the financial services, retail, telecommunications, travel and entertainment and technology industries. Big brother in the guise of better customer service!

Comforting isn't it?

PS - A good reason you shouldn't not vote for Wesley Clarke is that he's been on their board of directors, and is still involved with them.

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Postponing the Pain of California's Budget

Schwarzenegger's budget does not address state's biggest problems, says UC Berkeley Professor Ken Rosen: ``All the bond does is postpone the pain, but maybe that temporary solution is the right one until we can make deeper changes. That does not make it good public policy, however.``

This is a very interesting background and analysis on California's budget problems. For example, CA is not the biggest state spender per capita: ``We're in the upper third. California has 13.2 state employees per 1,000 residents. Of the ten largest states in the United States, six have more employees per capita than we do, including New York, Texas, and Georgia.``

It looks like it comes down to property tax: ``California's property taxes account for 25.6 percent of total tax revenues, compared with the national average of 33.2 percent. In Texas, the ratio is 43.9 percent; in New York, 39.5 percent; Oregon, 33.4 percent.``

He makes a good argument for increasing the annual increase from 2% to 5%, but for people who live in places where property values seem to eternally increase these higher rates could mean that retired people may need to move out of their homes to live in a more price-stable area or else face significantly increasing property taxes.

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NYC says no to Patriot Act

New York City adopts resolution opposing Patriot Act:

New York City Council Bill of Rights Resolution Res. 60-2004 (formerly 0909-2003-A)
Adopted by the Council on Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Resolution calling upon federal, state and local officials, and upon New York City agencies and institutions, to affirm and uphold civil rights and civil liberties.

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Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York opposes requests by federal authorities that, if granted, would cause agencies of the City of New York to exercise powers or cooperate in the exercise of powers in apparent violation of any city ordinance or the laws or Constitution of this State or the United States; and be it further

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Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon our United States Representatives and Senators to take a lead in Congressional action to prohibit passage of the Domestic Security Enhancement Act, known as .Patriot II.

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February 09, 2004

More Religious Extremists taking control of aircraft

Passengers frightened when pilot promotes faith on flight: A pilot asked passengers on an American Airlines flight to identify themselves as Christians, calling those who aren't "crazy."

The pilot reportedly said, 'If you are a Christian, raise your hand.' He said, 'If you are not, you're crazy.' "

No passengers raised their hands.

Now imagine for one moment if the pilot said "Muslim" instead of "Christian".

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February 06, 2004

Kazaa Offices Raided

Kazaa Offices Raided along with the homes of corporate officers. ''The search relates to legal proceedings in Australia and was part of a much larger operation that included searches of Australian universities as well as facilities owned by local Internet service provider Telestra, Chernela says, citing news reports.''

''In its statement, Sharman labels the search "an extraordinary waste of time, money, and resources," and an attempt by the recording industry to disrupt the company's business. "It is a gross misrepresentation of Sharman's business to suggest that the company in any way facilitates or encourages copyright infringement," the company says.''

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February 05, 2004

Maybe the Jehovah's Witnesses were right

Mad cow passed not just by eating beef: ``Scientists reported new evidence on Friday which increased the likelihood that the human form of mad cow disease could be spread through a blood transfusion.``

Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs forbid them from taking blood transfusions. Maybe they were on to something...

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No more privacy if you have registered a domain

Privacy Alert: Watch Out For FOISA: congress considering a new Whois bill creating new penalties for people who provide false data when registering a domain name. (False data includes ommission of addresses, etc)

Once again, congress is trying to make the internet "safer" (for big corporations) and fucking the little guy again.

You will have to have your address and name attached to any internet domain you own. You cannot leave this information out or else be liable for fraud.

The whole idea is so that if you say something bad about a big corporation, they'll know your address so they can send their thugs over to beat you up.

All the real fraudsters will be registerd overseas where they can't be prosecuted. Just like all the spam is coming from overseas (notice how there is even MORE spam since the anti-spam legislation passed?)

Some followup on the hearings is available.

I hope I'm just over-reacting.

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February 04, 2004

Bush screws California again

Bush budget soaks San Francicso for Hetch Hetchy: Bush plans to raise the rent the city pays for its Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park from $30,000 a year to a whopping $8 million.

Bush lost California last election, so he doesn't have anything to lose this time around. He's just screwing the state as much as possible while he still can.

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SCO's get rich scheme

SCO Group CEO Darl McBride wants to make sure nothing is free: "I do believe, that as a society, we're on a very slippery slope right now if we move down this path of 'Let's all jump on the software is free and software is good movement.'"

McBride, you may know, buys IP (patent) rights from failing and bankrupt companies, and then uses those patents to sue other people. No value added. Only cost to the consumer added.

Not a very dignified way to make a living in my opinion.

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Drawing on Acid

A series of nine drawings done by an artist under the influence of LSD -- part of a test conducted by the US government during it's dalliance with psychotomimetic drugs in the late 1950's.

Note how the character of the drawing seems to stay the same althogh there are drastically different.

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February 03, 2004

Found Items in the Michael Jackson Ranch search

Officials Seize Papers at Jackson Ranch, the most amusing bit in the article is "Magazines were also seized, but only one, the financial publication the Robb Report, was mentioned by name.:

The Robb Report ``cover[s] an extensive range of topics - from collectible automobiles to handmade jewelry and custom private-jet getaways, focusing on items and experiences that our readers are unlikely to encounter in any other magazine.``

Perhaps you've seen that magazine in supermarkets. I never really considered that rich people would actually read it.

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