Mogu Pillow: "It's more than just a comfy cushion, it's a philosophy: Feel Conscious."
Gay priests cited in abuse of boys - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics: "Eighty-one percent of sex crimes committed against children by Roman Catholic priests during the past 52 years were homosexual men preying on boys, according to a comprehensive study released yesterday on the church's sex abuse crisis. " - Politics - Bonilla: Muted Reaction to Brown Shows Double Standard: "Brown, D-Fla., issued an apology on Thursday for remarks she made a day earlier when she said Hispanics and whites 'all look alike to me.' "
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Physical Theories as Women
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Harry Potter Spell or Psychotropic Medication?
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Actual Dialogue from Radio Commercials That I've Been Asked to Deliver "Believably" As If Normal People Would Say Such Things.
O.O. says, "Women are nice because they can be used to make more women."
Gay Rights Shower Gel
Michael Jackson shops at Wal-Mart?
THE HUMAN LIFE REVIEW: "That site——is one the Democratic National Committee (DNC) doesn’t want its loyal troops to see. Despite requests from Senator Benjamin Nelson of Nebraska and 17 House Democrats, the DNC has refused to link its own Web site—which has links to over 200 groups—to the Democrats for Life site. One might think that the DNC, in the spirit of free speech and in courtesy to Senator Nelson and senior House Democrats, could spare a little space on its Web site for Democrats for Life. But abortion seems to be the most sacred cow of all in their barn. DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe opposed using the party’s Web site to promote an organization "whose purpose is to reverse the current platform and/or to enact legislation that contradicts that platform..."
Reagan Approved Plan to Sabotage Soviets ( - cool.
Why Do Americans Work So Much More Than Europeans? (PDF)
From the e-mail newsletter of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation:
While it doesn’t have quite the shock value of accusations of terrorist leanings, the battle over three proposed Massachusetts charter schools lacks little for controversy. Tuesday, the state board of education approved the new schools in a near-unanimous vote, despite an ugly public relations effort by opponents that included accusations that one of the schools, to be headed by an Eastern European immigrant, would feature a “Soviet-style” curriculum ... Parents also accused teachers in the affected districts of dragooning students into writing letters to the state board opposing the charters, using students to gather petition signatures, and threatening children that, if the charters were approved, public school band programs would be terminated. In at least one case, the effort may have backfired, as one board member said her decision to vote for a new grammar- and reading-focused charter school was confirmed by receiving misspelled and grammatically incorrect letters from high school students. “I don’t think it should be gone through with if it does get excepted Marlboro High School will lose money it doesn’t have,” one letter read. The battle continues, with three Massachusetts mayors pledging to sue in state court to block the schools from opening this fall.
O.O. asks, "Has anyone made drugs for The Sims?"

Indeed they have.

You're China!

Big and powerful, you have a long history behind you with more good and bad than you care to remember, or are really capable of remembering. Lately, in older age, you've gotten sort of crochety and even mean-spirited. There is still a lot that's beautiful about you, but most of the focus people have when they think about you is how hard it is to work with you. There's hope that you might start opening up to people, but lots of people have bumper stickers about how much you should change.
Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

You're Fahrenheit 451!
by Ray Bradbury

Having wanted to be a firefighter much of your life, you've recently discovered the job wasn't exactly what you were looking for. While ignorance seems like the result of oppression, it all began with people just wanting to be ignorant. As you
realize more about the sordid world around you, you decide to watch less TV and work on your memorization skills. Though your memory will save you in the end, don't forget to practice running from dogs as well.

Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.


As you may know, I don't really "do" self-restraint.
River Horses in the News: "Question: What wild animal has killed more people than any other animal known to man?

Answer: Hippopotamus."

You know you've been awake for too long when ...

you start thinking that a children's book titled "Your Skin Has Lots of Layers" would be a good idea.
Britain's laziest woman
LILEKS (James) The Institute of Official Cheer :: Stagworld: "It's lingerie for the girl who has everything, except a complete digestive tract. I'm presuming that the woman who wears #1126 excretes into a bag."
Half of Young Americans to Get Sex Diseases - Study
You Know You're From Northern Virginia If... via Cacciaguida. The best one is:
60. Talking on metro in the morning is prohibited
Every once in a while someone from out of town gets on and starts blabbing. And all the people who are using the metro for their 15 minutes of wake-up time before the hell of the working world is unleashed try not to attack them.


You are ELIJAH!
Which Old Testament Character are you?

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As a little girl I dressed up as Elijah by wrapping myself in my bedsheet. Many of my books were Bible stories so Bible characters were my superheroes. My mom thought I was weird. She did not understand why her little girl wanted to be an Old Testament prophet and did not like playing with Barbie. I thought Barbie was boring. The only thing my friend and I knew to do with Barbie was make her go on dates with Ken.

Ok it is late/early and I am rambling. Good night.



You are Rule 8, the most laid back of all the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. While your forefather in the Federal Rules may have been a stickler for details and particularity, you have clearly rebelled by being pleasant and easy-going. Rule 8 only requires that a plaintiff provide a short and plain statement of a claim on which a court can grant relief. While there is much to be lauded in your approach, your good nature sometimes gets you in trouble, and you often have to rely on your good friend, Rule 56, to bail you out.

Which Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Are You?
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O.O., on a disorganized friend: "His inbox is like Bosnia - Ethnic cleansing, messages attacking other messages."
In case you're wondering, "Does Rod Paige kick MAJOR butt?"

Seriously, this made my week. I guess that makes me a policy wonk.
Man Reconsiders Topless Coffee Shop: MADISON, Maine (AP) - A businessman who hoped to open a topless coffee shop is having second thoughts.
Normand St. Michel said he was taken aback Thursday by the opposition that surfaced at a hearing before the Planning Board.
'I was all for it when I came here but now I am split down the middle,' he said, adding that his wife also was opposed to his plan.
Surely there must be a way for a government ad campaign to link participating in a gay wedding to funding al-Qaeda.

Ask me how I know! -

American Coddle
Man Plans Topless Coffee Shop in Maine - My first reaction to this is "Ouch, that's hot!"


My inner child is ten years old today

My inner child is ten years old!

The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether I'm off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost in a good book, or giggling with my best friend, I live in a world apart, one full of adventure and wonder and other stuff adults don't understand.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
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Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.
Yahoo! News - Jewish Leader Wants Vatican Stand on Gibson Film - if only we could get Abe Foxman to demand the Vatican to clarify its views on other issues...


You are Martin Heidegger! Your reputation is stained a bit by the fact that you were a member of the Nazi party, but your groundbreaking Being and Time is still read by a whole lot of people. You overuse the hyphen, and make up a lot of words. You died in 1976.

What 20th Century Theorist are you?
brought to you by Quizilla - Positive psych. offers twist on depression treatment
The Australian: Men see beer as depression buster [February 05, 2004]
AP Wire | 02/15/2004 | Gay marriage, what's new? Boulder County issued licenses in '75: "Rorex stopped issuing licenses, especially after a man came in trying to get a license for himself and his horse, Dolly."
WorldNetDaily: Court to hear 'Roe's' challenge to '73 ruling
1954 Autobiography of Rabbi Who Converted Is Published

Religious Puppets - Large Puppets & Accessories - Jesus Puppet

Religious Puppets - Large Puppets & Accessories - Jesus Puppet - Jesus - FB1007JC: "Jesus is a beautiful Full body, Half body, rod arm puppet. This big Mouth puppet is 30' tall and has removable legs, mouth straps, 1.5 inch neck movement, same fabric through out and comes with one puppet rod. This religious puppet is an excellent choice for puppet ministry and children's church. Use him to teach scripture and for many bible lessons. This biblical puppet is fully functional for both children and adults and can be used as a full body or remove the legs to make a light weight rod style half body puppet. These puppets are similar to Muppet style puppets.

This Jesus puppet was made with great care and love and was designed to depict Christ in a loving, kind approachable . We wanted a Jesus that children would want to know love and cherish. He is in a garb of the biblical days with sandals and a satin deep red shawl that represents the blood shed on the cross and royalty as the King of Kings. All of this big mouth puppets clothes are completely removable including his shoes. He has accentuated fingers, feet with toes (to wear sandals) and sewn elbow and knee joints. You can enter this lovely puppet from either the back in a ventriloquist puppet style or from the bottom like a standard half body puppet. He is a natural tanned skinned flesh tone and has big brown eyes and dark brown yarn hair and a short cropped beard. This fully functional performance puppet is not only totally functional but he has been made affordable for puppet ministries with tight budget. Basically this is a full body puppet, half body puppet, big mouth puppet, rod arm puppet, ventriloquist puppet ......This puppet covers it all!"
Test Your Knowledge of Church Teaching
O.O., on our future: "I'm going to sell my blood to buy guns."
Old Oligarch thought he had figured out a brain-usage divergence in our marriage, but his theory does not hold.
Old Oligarch's results:
Auditory : 31%
Visual : 68%
Left : 67%
Right : 33%

Zorak's results:
Auditory : 37%
Visual : 62%
Left : 64%
Right : 35%
Welcome to The National Black Catholic Congress
TCS: Tech Central Station - Why Are Universities Dominated by the Left?
The Heartland Institute - Unremediated Grammar - by Bob Killian:
"I need real world experience and after reviewing your web site I get the impressing that your company believes in maintain a lax work environment while efficiently meeting the needs of it’s customers (right?)."
When we suggested to this last applicant that he get some remedial help with his writing, since he had an error in every single sentence of his lengthy letter, he penned an angry reply that included the following:
"If your company takes such a serious position towards proper grammar then I think you guys are in the wrong profession ... I am not precisely sure why you choose to take such a stance perhaps because you have nothing better to do, or maybe because you have personal insecurities that seep out and you feel the need to degrade or target others based on stupid little infractions to make yourself feel better ... (I reread it before sending it and it states my point clearly and unless you lack the mental capacity to make out the meaning without having exact and precisise grammar maybe you should seek a new proffsion, I hear this country lacks a lot of grammar school teachers perhaps that would be a better fit for you) In conclusion I have indeed made many mistakes in this e-mail many on purpose and many accidentaly I did not have the time nor the patientce to deal with it I will leave the grammer checking to the professionals such as yourself."
MSNBC - Mel Gibson says his wife could be going to hell: "Mel Gibson has come under fire for being hard on Jews in his film "The Passion of the Christ" - but apparently, he feels that Protestants are also doomed to damnation. In fact, it looks like Gibson, a conservative Catholic, believes that his Episcopalian wife could be going to hell. "
In The Sims Unleashed, pets are in the game, and can have friends. I do not play with the pets, because they can't do housework. But sometimes a raccoon comes and gets in your trash. I wish I could shoot the raccoon. That would be a lot of fun.
Dennis Prager: Probing the Massachusetts justices' minds
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary memos regarding collusion between left-wing organizatinos and the Senate Democrats. A must-read, via Ninomania.
O.O. says, "I'd rather eat my left arm than move into a house smaller than our apartment."

(moments later)

O.O.: "I like to make rash, overstated oaths a lot."
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to see a water balloon pop in space?
Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things
Amazon Glitch Unmasks War of Reviewers: Close observers of noticed something peculiar this week: the company's Canadian site had suddenly revealed the identities of thousands of people who had anonymously posted book reviews on the United States site under signatures like "a reader from New York."
The weeklong glitch, which Amazon fixed after outed reviewers complained, provided a rare glimpse at how writers and readers are wielding the online reviews as a tool to promote or pan a book — when they think no one is watching.
Jail Teacher Uses Drug Units in Problems: "The Arkansas Department of Correction has reprimanded one of its math instructors, saying he substituted units of cocaine and methamphetamine while testing inmates on their multiplication skills.
Instead of using apples and oranges to calculate ratios, the instructor at the Grimes Unit prison used rocks of cocaine and meth ingredients. Among the questions:
- 'Rico sells 422 rocks per week in four different territories. He wants to expand to seven different territories. If he continues to sell at the same rate how many rocks per week will he sell in seven territories?'
- 'Jim Bob is cookin crystal meth in his back yard.' After giving the formula for meth, the teacher posed the question, 'How many Sudafedrine pills must he mix with 2.8 quarters of ammonia?'"


You're a Human!
You're a Human! Inquisitive and mellow, you're an explorer at heart.

What Star Trek Race Are You?
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Cow fish: When scared it can release a toxic chemical which can kill many surrounding fish, including itself.
Lingerie Bowl 2004 Success on Super Bowl Sunday Drives Formation of Lingerie Football League via MCJ.
OJR article: 'Watchblogs' Put the Political Press Under the Microscope
Funerals With a Custom Fit Lighten Up a Solemn Rite: "But that does not mean a funeral mass has to be grim. In churches that allow it, Father Wasielewski, the industry critic, drapes the pews with balloons and crepe paper. 'I try to leave grief out of the funeral,' he said. 'St. Paul says, `Do not grieve unless you have no hope.' '
At the service, he said, he tells relatives and friends of the dead: ' `How many of you think George here went to hell?' No hands go up. `Went to heaven?' All hands go up. `So let's have a celebration. We don't want anyone grieving. If anyone's going to grieve, we'd like them to leave right now.' '"
"Sex and the City" Charity Auction Criticized for Abortion Donation - In other news, dog bites man.
Be a pal and vote for the Old Oligarch as the most intellectual blog.

Need more quizzes -

Somebody post a link to a good quiz. I got da JONES!!!!!
Atkins Blasting 'Physicians' Committee Is a Front Group for PETA
Dean Defeat a Result of the "Roe Effect": Abortion has killed many 18- to 29-year-olds who would otherwise now be alive.
Study Finds Death of Parent Less Harmful Than Divorce
Honduran Bishops Warn "Morning After" Pill is Grounds For Excommunication
The Onion | What Do You Think? on gay marriage.
Thought for the day, from Humanae Vitae: "It is to be anticipated that perhaps not everyone will easily accept this particular teaching. There is too much clamorous outcry against the voice of the Church, and this is intensified by modern means of communication. But it comes as no surprise to the Church that she, no less than her divine Founder, is destined to be a 'sign of contradiction.' She does not, because of this, evade the duty imposed on her of proclaiming humbly but firmly the entire moral law, both natural and evangelical."
All religions are an equally valid path to the divine.
In honor of Wesley Clark's dropping out of the presidential race, I link to this article, in which Clark is quoted as saying, "I still believe in e=mc², but I can't believe that in all of human history, we'll never ever be able to go beyond the speed of light to reach where we want to go. I happen to believe that mankind can do it. I've argued with physicists about it, I've argued with best friends about it. I just have to believe it. It's my only faith-based initiative."
(The article continues...) Clark's comment prompted laughter and applause from the gathering.
Gary Melnick, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said Clark's faith in the possibility of faster-than-light, or FTL, travel was "probably based more on his imagination than on physics."
love poem of an atheist by Carl Olson. Good stuff. Via GenX Revert.
O.O. says: "Spelling is the enemy of the good."
Hitler's Would-Be Killer Dreams of Dead Friends - about Philipp von Boeselager, who supplied the bombs to von Stauffenberg.
Yahoo! News - Permissive African Sexual Traditions Spread AIDS


You are Lord Brideshead. You do your duty and do
it faithfully. People think you're dull, but
you manage to enjoy yourself.

What Brideshead Revisited character are you?
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Note - still a shank and have not read the book.

Prayer Request -

That a family foundation may choose to fund projects that fit the intentions of the original donor.
Yahoo! News - Don't moo-ve! There's a cow in the bank: "The cow was supposed to be taking part in a nearby wedding ceremony when it wandered into the bank. When farmers in the rural region marry, the new bride traditionally milks a cow to prove her skills in the homestead economy."
Barefoot & Pregnant Webzine
The Onion | New Anger-Powered Cars May Revolutionize The Way We Drive
Coffee: The New Health Food? - Trustworthy, Physician-Reviewed Information from WebMD - 'Sexpert' Dr. Ruth schools students in college seminar - A new low.

But, on the bright side:
Dr. Ruth owns a clock that plays a tune by Haydn which she loves. It is a song written in 1797 that was appropriated by Hitler and the Third Reich as the national anthem of Nazi Germany (the words were changed). She said she keeps the clock on principle, declaring that she would not allow Hitler to steal anything else from her. Still, she said, she is often reluctant to hear the piece.

"The Nazis are not going to take away that melody of Haydn from me," she said. "But it is a problem. I'm sad at the same time -- For me the Holocaust will never recede."
O.O., after being touched by Zorak's ice-cold fingers: "I'm not going to know, when you die."


O.O., singing: "Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder ..."
Zorak, concerned: "Honey?"
O.O.: "I'm practicing my wino songs."

create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide
Female Altar Servers
Lexington Herald-Leader | 01/31/2004 | Schools discipline blacks more - Wow. An entire article written without even investigating the question "Do black students misbehave more often than white students do?"
This sort of tortured reasoning must drive thousands of teachers from the public schools every year.

From a message board:

"You have nothing to say, please be more brief. "
Report: Slain Priest in Wrong Prison Unit ( Selectors
1. Your ideal theoretical candidate. (100%)
2. Bush, President George W. - Republican (73%)
3. Libertarian Candidate (60%)
4. Kucinich, Rep. Dennis, OH - Democrat (38%)
5. Lieberman, Senator Joe, CT - Democrat (33%)
6. Phillips, Howard - Constitution (33%)
7. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (32%)
8. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (29%)
9. Gephardt, Rep. Dick, MO - Democrat (26%)
10. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (25%)
11. LaRouche, Lyndon H. Jr. - Democrat (22%)
12. Sharpton, Reverend Al - Democrat (21%)
13. Green Party Candidate (17%)
14. Hagelin, Dr. John - Natural Law (13%)
15. Socialist Candidate (9%)
16. Clark, Retired General Wesley K., AR - Democrat (6%)
17. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol, IL - Democrat (5%)

Another brilliant idea -

As I explained to several people over the weekend, I have a lot of excellent ideas, such as that of a gay football league. Well, I now have another great idea - a TV show that shows, via hidden camera, people doing their laundry. Women everywhere would watch to critique others' laundry habits - "He's mixing darks with lights!" "No, no, you left a RED SOCK in that pile!"

Trust me. And the sponsorships! - Hit hard by job losses, blacks deserve more aid
This article is the dumbest thing I have read in some time. The example used to illustrate "a person who can't get a job" is a woman with a nursing degree. Right now there are more nursing job shortages than in almost any other profession. We are importing nurses from other countries. Any nurse who wants a job can get one. But the woman profiled in the article has decided she doesn't want to be a nurse, despite her degree, and can't get a job doing something else. So she gets MY money? She clearly is not in dire need of a job, or else she would take a position as a nurse.

Find me a person who is starving in America, and I will take out my wallet. But this story only makes me even more unwilling to contribute a dime to more welfare spending.
O.O. says: "The Council of Trent was handing out anathemas like speeding tickets on the Indy 500 of heresy."