Hartford Advocate: "I Had an Abortion": "I'm certain my life would have been very different if I hadn't been able to have that abortion at 23. I am indebted to the men and women who sacrificed and fought for my legal right to have it. I am also grateful to have a son by a man who wasn't aborted by his mom. "
Catholic World News (CWN)
Al Franken Body-Slams Dean Heckler - I wish this was a joke. This is crazy!
CBN News - The Fight for Life: One Man's Battle to Overturn Roe v. Wade - More on the Austin contractor who began the boycott of the construction of a Planned Parenthood clinic.
The Seattle Times: Opinion: Top 10 reasons why pro-choice side is wrong - 10. Abortion is a very complicated issue. Actually, it is simple enough for a child to understand. Nationally known speaker Janet Folger reduced the debate to its essence, stating, "Live baby good. Dead baby bad."
Group Insists Washington Not First Prez
NEWS of the WEIRD - Current News: "In November, a 70-year-old businessman had just finished testifying against the Homer, Alaska, city council's proposed no-smoking ordinance (calling the reported dangers to health 'baloney') when he keeled over, dead of a heart attack. (He had said that eating breakfast with smokers every morning 'hasn't bothered my health any.') "
Straight Dope Staff Report: What's the nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" all about?
yaledailynews.com - Van de Velde settles suit
ABC 7 News - Colleges Noticing Home Schooled Students
I finally slept through the night! Three cheers for 2 Benadryl and 1/3 milk, 1/3 Bailey's, 1/3 Kahlua!
WorldNetDaily: White African-American boy not 'black' enough for award
O.O. says: "My only consolation is my hope that in the afterlife, I get to hit Justice Blackmun on the head with a shovel."
WorldNetDaily: 'Pro-choicers' clap after partial-birth abortion: "Attendees of a national conference for abortion providers watched and listened with rapt attention as the inventor of the partial-birth abortion procedure narrated a video of the grisly procedure - and then burst into applause when the act was over and the unborn child destroyed. "
Catholic Down-Under
Howstuffworks "How Marijuana Works": "Marijuana is the single most-used illicit drug in the United States. Despite being illegal, marijuana use rivals the popularity of browsing the Internet. "
MTV.com - News -Remixers Make Howard Dean's Scream Funky And Danceable
Action News Fall 2003 -- Homicide Justifiable?
Ayn Rand Admirers - A Dating Service for Randians.
Who pays for dinner?
Transcript: Democratic Presidential Debate in N.H. (washingtonpost.com):
SHARPTON: Well, first of all, let me say this. I wanted to say to Governor Dean, don't be hard on yourself about hooting and hollering. If I had spent the money you did and got 18 percent, I'd still be in Iowa hooting and hollering.
So, don't worry about it, Howard.
DEAN: Thanks, Reverend.
I do not have this problem.
Captain Kangaroo Dies at 76
Study: Red Sea parting was possible - (United Press International)
Herald Sun: Killer nanny starts work as a lawyer
I am very sad today, thinking about all the people that have been killed and all the lies that have been spread to satisfy our lusts. I am most sad for the abortionists and their assistants, who every day break the bones of babies to bring them out of the womb one limb at a time, or vacuum their bodies into a container, or poison them with salt solutions in the one place God has designed for them to be safe. Also, for the fathers, who have no legal ability to stop the mothers of their children from killing them. And for the mothers who turn to abortion to keep men who will otherwise abandon mother and baby. And for the grandparents who urge that their children to abort the little ones who should comfort them in their old age.
I will be marching today in downtown DC, and I hope it will inspire me (as it has in the past) to see that I'm not crazy, that there are tens of thousands of other normal people who know that abortion is wrong. But right now I am sad.
O.O. asks, "Is Hitler on Friendster?"
MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments."
United Press International: Analysis: How smart is Bush?

This story reports that GW's SAT score, 1206, translates to an IQ of 120-125 ish, putting him in the 95th percentile. I am really depressed to think that 1200 on the SAT is the 95th percentile of intelligence.
I got an 1140 on that test when I was 13 years old. It's just not that hard. Objectively.

It scares me to think I am supposed to be particularly smart according to these sorts of tests/theories. I don't feel particularly smart. I want there to be lots of people who are much, much smarter than I am. If for no other reason than that I can learn from them and not have to figure it out for myself.

Or are there smart people who would score poorly on these tests, and their intelligence is simply not captured in that way? I'm open to that possibility too.
Great article on why Protestants should oppose contraception written by a Protestant.
Study: Sleep Essential for Creativity
Good to Great's Leadership Model Looks Familiar to Christians - Christianity Today Magazine: "It's one of the most demeaning, barbaric things to think of human beings as a lump of inert coal that can be fired on with a ray gun called motivation. Great companies find people who are intrinsically self-motivated. If they're only motivated because someone motivated them, they're the wrong people. "

Good article...
The Old Oligarch reports that he does not know who Aretha Franklin is.
Anglican Synod to debate Pope's supremacy
Reporter Uses Headline to Summarize News Story
By the way, I am now on Friendster - not as Zorak, as the real me. So if you know my name and are on Friendster, you know what to do.
LONDON (Reuters) - British war leader Winston Churchill's foul-mouthed 104-year old parrot refused to surrender to newshounds Monday after a British newspaper tracked the bird down and discovered it was still alive.
'They've been trying to get him to talk all day, but he's not saying much,' said Sylvia Martin, who manages Heathfield Nurseries where parrot Charlie has lived for the last 12 years.
Charlie, who kept Churchill company during World War II, was famous for occasionally squawking four-letter obscenities about Hitler. But Martin told Reuters the bird has mellowed.
'He doesn't say very much anymore -- usually just hello and goodbye. But he does get so excited about music and dances to it. He's very fit.'"
Ohio Cops Add Twist to Booby-Trapped Car: "COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police have added a musical twist to the booby-trapped car they leave out to entice would-be thieves.
The city's so-called 'bait car' is now rigged to play the theme from the television show 'Cops' when officers remotely disable the engine and nab the crooks."
O.O. says, "Shrimp are the cockroaches of the sea."
O.O. says: "Wanna hear a joke I heard on the Internet?"
O.O. says, "Women's moods change every month. Men's moods change every other hour."
Blogs by the dying and those who love them.
Cool: Last night also was a big blow to the political influence of labor unions. Dean and Gephardt had the backing of government unions and labor unions, respectively.
Dragon Banner
You're a dragon. You're smart and cunning, and enjoy taking risks. Your need for independence is an advantage, but sometimes it alienates you from others. As far as *good* and *evil*, you're pretty neutral - but you may have something of a wicked streak.

What mythical beast are you?
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KRT Wire | 10/01/2003 | More gays and lesbians than ever are becoming parents: "'When I was young, I didn't know whether to fake it so I could have kids or live the life I wanted,' said Woolley, now a stay-at-home mom. 'When I realized having children and being gay weren't mutually exclusive, a huge burden lifted.'"
O.O. says, "My stomach hasn't been feeling good lately. ... Maybe that's because of my all-nut diet."

(One day later.) "Eating nuts is about as close as we can get to eating wood."
The Claremont Institute: Wimps and Barbarians
Conservative groups break with Republican leadership - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics
Boomer deathwatch blog. Good stuff. The kids of the "greatest generation," so named because they sacrificed so much so that the boomers could live lives of unending childishness.

So Deeply Annoying -

In Internet Explorer 5, there was a little area at the bottom of the viewing area that showed me the URL of the link when I moused over it. I used this area All the Time to decide if I wanted to click on the link. Now the only way to find out what's there is to click. Big waste of time. Anyone know how to get this thing back?
No Opera plugs, O.O.


Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night!

The neuron in your brain responsible for DeBarge thanks me. You're welcome, neuron.

Which Elvis are You?

i'm 60's elvis!

Take the Which Elvis Are You? quiz, made by .

I am Diane.
Which Cheers Character Are You?


Pius XII
You are Pope Pius XII. You're efficient and
dedicated, but not very approachable.

Which Twentieth Century Pope Are You?
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Out of Town

- Dear Reader, I will be out of town for a week. If WiFi is all it's cracked up to be, I might blog. Otherwise not. Look out for the Old Oligarch for me - make sure he feeds the fish every day, doesn't put metal in the microwave, and stays happy.
O.O. says, "Where do I take you back so you can be trained?" (After Zorak uses the five-second rule to rescue an ice cube that fell on the floor.)

I think I can be trained in Hawaii, or south Florida. Somewhere warm, where they have pina coladas.
MSNBC - How to perk up your morning cup of coffee
Divers Probed for Giving Fish Champagne : "WARSAW (Reuters) - Three Polish divers faced a police investigation Thursday for possible illegal fishing and animal abuse after a news photo showed them plying a freshly caught pike with champagne at an outdoor New Year's party.
'They may have committed offences of poaching and maltreating a fish,' said Maria Niedziolka of the National Fishing Authority, which notified police of the incident."
Man's Apartment Encased in Aluminum Foil


theory slut
You are a Theory Slut. The true elite of the postmodernists, you collect avant-garde Indonesian hiphop compilations and eat journal articles for breakfast. You positively live for theory. It really doesn't matter what kind, as long as the words are big and the paragraph breaks few and far between.

What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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Fourth telemarketing call of the day, and the 2nd one to insist that they are NOT trying to sell me something. Right. Then I'll insist that I am NOT buying anything, since nothing is being sold.
Extreme Catholic, on Wesley Clark's most recent pronouncement: "Life begins with the mother’s decision."
"The image that springs to mind is the Circus Maximus. One gladiator stands over another who lies broken at his feet. The crowd roars and then looks to the Emperor's thumb. The Gladiator's death begins with the Emperor's decision."

U.S. Catholic Bishops - Office of Communications

"Bishops' Official Condemns New State 'Fetus Farm' Law
New Jersey's Law is “Most Inhumane” Pro-Cloning Law in U.S. Thus Far"

Oooh -

Blogadder is posting!
Zorak, done eating her piece of pie: "Do you want my crust?"
O.O.: "Are you referring to your pie crust, or your crustiness in general?"


Sex-in-cathedral suspect drops dead
Homosexuality, faith part of Bible study discussion - “For a lot of our community, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning community, the Bible is no longer good news because of the way it is being used. It is basically bad news.”
Bishop Lee's Choice
Episcopalians grapple on Web - The Washington Times