Published on May 25 2005

Crazy eBay mom Now I don't feel NEARLY so bad about my EBay account!!! or my messy living room, either. :-O

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Published on May 22 2005

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Published on May 22 2005

Top News Article | Reuters.com "Bush promises probe into Saddam underwear pictures"

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Published on May 22 2005

OpinionJournal - Featured Article
With the revelation that a copy of the Quran may have been desecrated by U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Muslims and their governments--including that of Saudi Arabia--reacted angrily. This anger would have been understandable if the U.S. government's adopted policy was to desecrate our Quran. But even before the Newsweek report was discredited, that was never part of the allegations. As a Muslim, I am able to purchase copies of the Quran in any bookstore in any American city, and study its contents in countless American universities. American museums spend millions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia--where I come from--are not even allowed to own a copy of their holy books. Indeed, the Saudi government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately.
Mr. al-Ahmed, the writer of this piece, is director of the Saudi Institute in Washington. I had never known this fact about Saudi censorship before, that Christian and Jewish symbols are completely forbidden in that kingdom.

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Published on May 22 2005

Leaving the left
Nightfall, Jan. 30. Eight-million Iraqi voters have finished risking their lives to endorse freedom and defy fascism. Three things happen in rapid succession. The right cheers. The left demurs. I walk away from a long-term intimate relationship. I'm separating not from a person but a cause: the political philosophy that for more than three decades has shaped my character and consciousness, my sense of self and community, even my sense of cosmos. I'm leaving the left -- more precisely, the American cultural left and what it has become during our time together. I choose this day for my departure because I can no longer abide the simpering voices of self-styled progressives -- people who once championed solidarity with oppressed populations everywhere -- reciting all the ways Iraq's democratic experiment might yet implode. My estrangement hasn't happened overnight. Out of the corner of my eye I watched what was coming for more than three decades, yet refused to truly see. Now it's all too obvious. Leading voices in America's "peace" movement are actually cheering against self-determination for a long-suffering Third World country because they hate George W. Bush more than they love freedom.

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Published on May 20 2005

CNN.com - Wedding for Letourneau and former student - May 20, 2005
SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- Security leading up to the Friday night wedding of Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade student rivaled that of a top-secret government operation -- from secret instructions to a hush-hush rendezvous and identity checks.
Does anybody besides me wonder what the reaction would be if it had been a man convicted of raping his 6th grade student, getting her pregnant twice, and now, ten years later, marrying her? Do you think "Entertainment Tonight" would have been paying for the rights to the wedding--or leading the media lynch mob? This whole story makes me ill, and pictures of the happy couple in their wedding outfits do nothing to take away that queasy feeling.

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Published on May 17 2005

Study: Herb Helps Curb Binge Drinking - Yahoo! News
Those who took kudzu pills drank an average of 1.8 beers per session, compared with the 3.5 beers consumed by those who took a placebo. Lukas was not certain why, but speculated that kudzu increases blood-alcohol levels and speeds up its effects. In other words, the drinkers needed fewer beers to feel drunk. "That rapid infusion of alcohol is satisfying them and taking away their desire for more drinks," Lukas said. "That's only a theory. It's the best we've got so far."

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Man Claims Firing Over Drinking Wrong Beer - Yahoo! News
Ross Hopkins, 41, filed suit in Weld County District Court, saying American Eagle Distributing Co. has no right to tell him what kind of beer to drink when he is off-duty. Hopkins said he was fired in May 2003 after the son-in-law of the distributorship owner saw him drinking Coors in a Greeley bar.

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Published on May 16 2005

Strike Shuts Down Finnish Paper Industry
National Conciliator Juhani Salonius, who mediated the talks, said major disagreements hinged on the use of temporary employees and production breaks during national holidays. The paper workers union said employees wanted to be compensated for extra work with more free time rather than with money, as proposed by the employers. The strike, which began with shutdowns of paper and pulp machines late Sunday, involves about half the members of the 50,000-strong Finnish Paper Workers Union.
Odd that they want time of for overtime compensation, and we here in the States want to hang on to our overtime dollars.

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Published on May 16 2005

Blogcritics.org: Life without the Internet
Across the board, participants reported withdrawal-like feelings of loss, frustration, and disconnectedness after the plug was pulled." The article says, "The temptation to go online was so great that the participants were offered 'life lines'—one-time, one-task forays onto the Web—to ease their pain." The research involved 28 participants who received $950 for their pain. It took 750 people to find 28 willing participants. I'm pitiful. One of the reasons I am reluctant to go on vacation is because I'd fall too far behind on Web-related stuff.
$950???? Is that ALL for two agonizing weeks, lol? I've been without my 'net for a day or so at a time, and it almost killed me.

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