Published on June 30 2006

Awkward moments abound in penis pump trial
BRISTOW, Okla. - Serving on the jury in an indecent-exposure trial unfolding in this conservative Oklahoma town has been a giggle-inducing experience. ADVERTISEMENT Former Judge Donald D. Thompson, a veteran of 23 years on the bench, is on trial on charges he used a penis pump on himself in the courtroom while sitting in judgment of others. Over the past few days, the jurors have watched a defense attorney and a prosecutor pantomime masturbation. A doctor has lectured on the lengths the defendant was willing to go to enhance his sexual performance. The white-handled sexual device sits before the jury box for hours at a time. Occasionally an attorney picks it up and squeezes the handle, demonstrating the "sh-sh" sound of air rushing through the contraption's plastic tubing.

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Published on June 28 2006

Terry in Chicago, who I've been reading since he was just a wee weekly email list on Topica.com (wasn't that the name of it? Topica?), has a Particularly Good Rant up on the Flag-burning amendment, which missed by one vote being sent to the states for ratification. I don't always agree with what he says--in fact, most of the time I disagree with his views--but he hit the nail squarely on the head with this post. Don't we have better things to worry about? I always thought that flag-burning was simply a very good way to prove to the world that you had nothing to say. And most adults have learned to ignore tantrums.

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Published on June 26 2006

Symptoms of Paranoia: Symptoms of paranoia and paranoid disorders include intense and irrational mistrust or suspicion, which can bring on sense of rage, hatred, and betrayal. Some people suffering from paranoid personality may have a high capacity to annoy or enrage others because of rigid and maladaptive behavior. Some identifiable beliefs and actions of paranoid-related disorders include mistrust, taking offense easily, difficulty with forgiveness, defensive attitude in response to imagined criticism, preoccupation with hidden motives, fear of being deceived or taken advantage of, inability to relax, argumentative, abrupt, stubborn, self-righteous, and perfectionistic. What Causes Paranoia? The cause of paranoia is a breakdown of various mental and emotional functions involving reasoning and assigned meanings. The reasons for these breakdowns are varied and uncertain. Some symptoms of paranoia may arise from repressed, denied or projected feelings. Paranoid thoughts and feelings can become part of a delusional system through an accident, a misunderstanding or minor injustice, heightened intimacy, or increased responsibility.

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Published on June 26 2006

And then there is this video, which I saw last night linked from SOMEwhere--but don't remember where. Anyway, I am more jealous of this guy than just about anyone ever. Not for his dancing ability, but for being able to go to all of these places. Please go watch the video. Where the Hell is Matt?

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Published on June 25 2006

This is, without the slightest shadow of a doubt, the most surreal video I have ever seen. Shiny glowing dead people coming out of the ocean to wake you up. And I complain about the alarm clock???? I may never buy Folger's again. If the video won't play in the window, here's the link: Happy Mornings "Wake up, you sleepyhead! You can sleep when you are dead!" Great! Now I've got *that* stuck in my head!

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Published on June 25 2006

What an absolutely sweet, romantic story! Article: News - Benchmark of love
"If you're not gonna propose in Paris, you've got to do it in style," Robichaux said. He jotted down a few lines to mark his elaborate engagement scheme: A bench will be stolen, A question will be asked, A ring will be given, And eternity will begin He forgot one line: The police will be asking questions.

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Published on June 24 2006

What a photogenic lady! harriet CNN.com - 'Darwin's tortoise' dies, age 176 - Jun 24, 2006
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A 176-year-old tortoise, believed by some to have been owned by Charles Darwin, has died in an Australian zoo. The giant tortoise, known as Harriet, was long reputed to have been one of three tortoises taken from the Galapagos Islands by Darwin on his historic 1835 voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.

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Published on June 24 2006

Josiah Strong from "Our Country" in 1885, on the subject of American Expansionism and Imperialism...
Then this race of unequaled energy, with all the majesty of numbers and the might of wealth behind it--the representative, let us hope, of the largest liberty, the purest Christianity, the highest civilization--having developed peculiarly aggressive traits calculated to impress its institutions upon mankind, will spread itself over the earth. If I read not amiss, this powerful race will move down upon Mexico, down upon Central and South America, out upon the islands of the sea, over upon Africa and beyond. And can any one doubt that the result of this competition of races will be the "survival of the fittest"?
Well, I guess if you're going to get it wrong, you might as well get it really REALLY wrong.

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Published on June 23 2006

Is it a good thing to sign into my class email and read this?
Please note important message: Just as a note: You already have 132 points on Examination One. This is sufficient for an A grade. I am exempting you from taking Examination One and I am giving you an A for the examination.
I don't even get to take the exam?????? :-((

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Published on June 20 2006

Top News Article | Reuters.com
Caldwell said a joint U.S.-Iraqi force found the bodies of Privates Thomas Lowell Tucker, 25, and Kristian Menchaca, 23, on Monday night dumped at an electrical plant. The recovery of the bodies was delayed by having to defuse bombs planted nearby. He did not make clear whether the bodies themselves or the site were booby-trapped: "There were some IEDs in that location and they did have to dismantle some stuff to get to them." Iraqi Defense Ministry official Major General Abdul Aziz Mohammed told Reuters earlier that the bodies showed signs of "barbaric torture." He did not elaborate. The U.S. military launched a massive search for the soldiers involving aircraft and 8,000 U.S troops and Iraqi security forces after vowing not to leave them "out there."
I am just shaking reading this. I want to drop an f'ing bomb on those miserable excuses for human being myself. They tortured these soldiers to death and then booby-trapped their bodies with bombs. And the world thinks we are The Great Satan for photographs of prisoners with panties on their heads. I'm not the only one who feels this way.

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