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  • Cut and Paste News -- Drew Greyfox, 19:56:23 05/04/03 Sun
    Just a few items tonight...

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  • Well Lance I guess we both can say that it was fun while it lasted! -- Josie, 06:40:18 05/04/03 Sun
    Remember Lance telling ya guys he was seeing tons of

    different people ;) Hahahaha

    Yeah well, of Course he didn't see ME!

    - He wouldn't go back to JJ if he HAD! LOL

    Anyway, nah I wont talk about the gozitan today, I think

    about him all the time anyway so there's no point in talking

    bout him. In fact never mention him again to u guys :)

    Just want to say


    Lance Im (unlike SERGE)haha Happy that u guys are together

    cause I cant have u anyways and JJ is so romantic and ya

    post about it and I do all those things for a certain

    someone so it really works out for me :)


    Kidding, I think you were made for each other

    * looks up in da sky* cant ya do the same for me!!?????


    BTW: Sergio is "happy" 4 u - of course he would be happier

    if ya were dating him but who the hell wouldn't??

    Hahaha and I NEED to see JJ ( I do Lance) I DO!

    I mean I go crazy not knowing what he looks like!!!!!!!

    So PHLEASE honey, I wont tell anyone ya sent me his pic


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  • Inside is a link to a website from amnesty international, do you remember the lady that's suposed to be burried in the ground with only her head sticking out so she can be stoned to death?? Well seems like her time has come............ -- ien, 03:37:37 05/04/03 Sun

    The site is in Spanish, which I don't speak, but I've been told that Nombre is first name, apellidos is last name, and pais (which is kinda obvious from the dragdown thingy is the country you live in, provincia is state (I think) anyway, go there and do your stuff.

    She's being stoned for adultry, which seems kinda impossible since she wasn't married at the time and even THEN!!! Plus the guy that got her pregnant got 10 lashes, seems just a tad unfair to me.

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  • A thought for everyone on the board involved with GSAs/ -- Lance, 11:54:42 05/01/03 Thu
    Just because the school year is coming to a close, no need to lose contact with your friends in the GSA.

    One of the best things about the internet is E-lists and message boards. So why not start both of them today, so that you can keep in contact even if members from your college GSA will be in other states or out of the country for the summer.

    If you're in a high school GSA you can still get together both socially and politically. There are a million fun things to do in the summer.

    The GSA at my University has already held the last meeting of the year, which I missed because I overslept - I was up really late studying for finals and didn't think I needed to set the alarm for a meeting at noon.

    BUT on the bright side, I did good on the exam and members from the group will continue to see each other over the summer. Many of us have become really close friends.

    Don't think that all of your activities have to be specifically GLBT themed activities.

    One of the first things my own GSA is doing this summer is forming our own Team to participate in an annual Walk For Hunger. This is a walk-a-thon to raise money to help feed hungry children in our city. The funds raised will provide meals for children and families during the summer months. This is the time when school hot meal programs are not available and children are at high risk of hunger. The money funds 36 hunger centers and 18 hot meal sites to serve 40-50,000 people each month, half of whom are children.

    This will be a fun day, in which we'll all be together doing something fun for a worthwhile cause, and afterwards enjoying a huge street party that provides a free lunch and an afternoon of live entertainment.

    City's and towns all over the country provide charity events of this sort so check with your GSA and see if they would like to participate in a few.

    And last I would just like to say congratulations to all of you who have participated and in some cases actually started a GSA at your school.


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  • Cut and Paste News -- Drew Greyfox, 21:55:45 05/01/03 Thu
    I'm sticking to gay rights/civil rights related news this time. There is still a lot of war related news to post but honestly I'm so disgusted with this war, this country, and the bloodthirsty fascists who are so proud of death and destruction and so excited about the promise of cheap gas that I could just puke. Not that news about anti-gay discrimination doesn't anger me, but it does seem a little easier to stomach by comparison.

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  • What has this world comes to.... -- Princess, 21:19:15 05/01/03 Thu
    Today is the last day of my school, of my undergraduate year. I am graduating next saturday. I took my last test, driving home, all excited, ready to watch Will and Grace. I turn on tv, instead seeing karen drinkin, jack dancing...i see a chimp talking...

    ............................what has this world comes to?


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  • News Update -- Drew Greyfox, 19:25:36 05/02/03 Fri
    Here are a few quick stories. I may add more later tonight...

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  • Crzy House " HUGE STORY". -- Lance, 07:53:25 05/02/03 Fri

    This isn't something that you're going to reading about anywhere else today, except right here at Crzy House, thanks to our resident political insider/expert Josh.

    As you know, since Josh is our very own politically connected insider> He often is aware of below-the-radar, behind-the-scenes situations that most of us won't notice in the paper, or that won't even be reported by the media until days later (if at all) especially with this administration's ability for controlling the news.

    Last week Josh passed along some very disturbing information to me. With his permission I am now posting it.

    If you're concerned about the current dangerous mix of politics and religion, the blurred separation of church and state, I urge you to read this and then pass it along to others in e-mail and post it on other message boards. Send it to your favorite main stream news source and perhaps they will get off their lazy asses and do some investigative journalism.

    As Josh told me, "There's a huge story, that if any newspaper is worth its salt, will blow wide open. This is big. A Christian Conspiracy that hits every level of government. This one is scary, veiled in secrecy, emulating the methodology of Hitler."

    Here's the first article about it.

    click here.

    It's a long article but damn... It will scare the crap out of you.

    I'll post an AP article sent to me from Josh in the reply. It's from last week's US Today that broke a story about 4 congressmen and 2 senators who live in a house paid for by this religious group that operates in total secrecy.

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  • Another attempt by Bush to turn the US into a police state!! -- Drew Greyfox, 00:37:32 05/03/03 Sat
    ACLU Warns Against Domestic Spying Role For CIA; Urges Congress to Reject Flawed Bush Proposal

    May 2, 2003

    Contact: Media@dcaclu.org

    WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union today strongly urged Congress to reject a Bush Administration proposal to allow the Central Intelligence Agency and the military broad authority to spy on Americans and raised concerns about how the Administration attempted to push the proposal through a closed Senate hearing.

    "Such a radical change in U.S. law must be never be debated behind closed doors," said Timothy Edgar, an ACLU Legislative Counsel. "This proposal would allow the CIA and the Pentagon to snoop through Americans’ personal records with no oversight by the courts or Congress. It is dangerous and un-American."

    The proposal was secretly tucked into an intelligence authorization bill now pending in Congress. Democrats discovered the language, which would allow the CIA and the military to use what are called "national security letters" to gather sensitive personal information about Americans, and raised strong objections to the sweeping provision during a closed Senate Intelligence Committee hearing yesterday.

    National security letters, currently only a tool of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are subpoenas issued by government agents that require Internet providers, credit card companies, libraries and other organizations that maintain records to disclose highly personal information like phone records, Internet surfing histories, financial records and e-mail logs. Such subpoenas are not subject to court approval.

    Reportedly, Senate Democrats were able to get the provision temporarily pulled from the authorization bill but, according to the New York Times, Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said he would explore the issue further.

    "Even during the deepest freeze of the Cold War, when fears of nuclear attack were at their peak, nobody thought to grant the CIA and the military such sweeping authority to spy on Americans," said Timothy Edgar, an ACLU Legislative Counsel.

    In its 1947 charter, the CIA was prohibited from spying against Americans because, among other things, President Truman was afraid that it would engage in political abuse. During World War II, the Office of Strategic Services - the CIA’s predecessor - had become known for its skill at blackmail, extortion and the collection of information through other dubious methods. President Truman feared the implications of such behavior during peacetime on America’s basic democratic institutions. The policy against military involvement in law enforcement investigations is even more venerable. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 forbids military involvement in civilian policing, keeping troops focused on their military mission.

    "We keep the FBI in check because agents generally want to make sure that information they gather about American citizens can be introduced as evidence in a court of law," Edgar said. "Military and CIA snooping would have no such natural firewall against the abuse of power."

    [This is one more attempt by the right wing to impose a gestapo-like police state on US citizens. How any American can read this and not be outraged at Bush and the GOP fascists who are so eager to shred the Constitution simply boggles my mind. I urge everyone to call, email, write, fax your represenatives and senators and DEMAND that they oppose this disgusting and disturbing attempt by the Bush administration to further infringe the rights of American citizens. Bush and every member of congress took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution. They work for us! Demand that they fulfil their oath of office! Is this the United States, or is this Nazi Germany? It gets harder to tell the difference every day.]

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  • Mitchell's (not so much lol)Survivor Decorating Commentary -- Mitchell, 12:20:16 05/01/03 Thu
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  • Sex Tips From Rick Santorum -- Sprite, 07:56:15 04/28/03 Mon

    Sex Tips From Rick Santorum

    In which the noxiously homophobic Republican senator answers your naughty e-mail

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    The e-mail box of Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., has been positively overflowing following his gleefully homophobic and moronic comments about, in part, gays and the gay lifestyle, wherein he stated that homosexuality is not only a dire threat to the sanctity of the American family but also the immoral equivalent of incest, pedophilia, adultery, undercooked shellfish, bestiality, acne, smelly socks, bounced checks, and fornicating loudly with large beanbag chairs from Ikea.

    Clearly an expert on the subject of love and human sexuality, we considered asking the toxically small-minded senator, who happens to be the Senate's third-ranked Republican, to respond to some particularly lascivious reader queries.

    Anticipating his refusal, and using the original AP interview as a guide, we have recreated what the senator might say were he, as we imagine he regularly is, heavily sedated on Xanax and Nyquil and cheap-ass Cabana Boy rum ...

    Read his responses in the reply, honey.

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  • Unembedded news are back! -- Alie, 04:17:26 04/30/03 Wed
    First, I want to say thanks to all who asked what happened to me.

    Well, I'm living less than 10 miles from the NSA's international spy-post Echelon from where they screen everything that goes through European phone lines, including emails and posts to message boards - hmm, now that I write this: why were they so surprised that Europe, except for some presidents, didn't want to have anything to do with their dirty war? Did they adopt Dubya's listening style? Ok, two weeks ago they came and raided my house, confiscated my computer and tried to embed me with Fox News. When I refused they tried torture and forced me to listen 24/7 to Dubya's assorted speaches. I resisted for a while and then conked out, to awake again only a couple of days ago. All traces of the raid were gone and my computer is back too.

    Now, if you think this is a crazy story you are right of course. But still, the neocon mob that holds the US hostage has done crazier things by far.

    What really happened is that I overdosed on unembedded news and background information on the neocon mob. I'm usually not prone to biblical metaphors, in particular not as Dubya and his hallelujah squad really devalued them, but these people are pure and undiluted evil. This overdose together with the nastiest attack of hay fever in about 30 years really knocked me out and I needed some time off.

    But now, the unembedded news are back, and as I keep finding interesting old news I think I'll throw in a few of those too.

    Lately, several people here wondered why the USA are not exactly popular in some corners of this world. Well, I'd say it's the same as right now, a question of embedded and unembedded history. Also, the USA are a fast paced country and past history (beyond immediate US "domestic" history) is stored somewhere in the attic of the collective memory, whereas other societies (maybe for a lack of tv) keep the same history (which in turn is now their domestic history) alive in the family den of their history. Naturally, even the most careful retrospective evaluation of the same event in history will be different depending of the perspective of the evaluator. Every now and then I run into some paper on this topic which is not mainly US-bashing, I will post them here too (unless this gets me banned from the board) or leave a link.

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  • Liberate the USA!!! -- Alie, 01:19:36 05/01/03 Thu
    Somehow I made it onto the Democrat mailing list and got this alert. As there still is no Senator (or any other constitutional representation) for countries of which Bush claims to be the leader I can only post it here.

    From: "NARAL Pro-Choice America"

    Subject: Your Action is Needed to Defeat an Anti-Choice Judicial Activist!

    Anti-choice Senate leaders won't take "No" for an answer. Conservative Senators are forcing a vote on Priscilla Owen's controversial nomination for Thursday morning.

    Click here, http://prochoiceaction.org//campaign/owen_sencloture_043003web, to contact your Senators TODAY and ask them to vote "no" on a cloture vote. To call your Senators directly, dial 202-224-3121 for the Capitol Switchboard. Anti-choice Senators need 60 votes to force a floor vote on Owen's nomination.

    Last year, the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected Priscilla Owen's nomination to the federal judiciary. In a controversial and unprecedented move, President Bush re-nominated Owen after Republicans took control of the Senate after the 2002 elections.

    - If Priscilla Owen is approved to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, it's highly likely she would vote to restrict a woman's right to choose. At this court level, any decisions regarding the right to choose could severely undermine the legal foundation of Roe v. Wade.

    - Priscilla Owen is a conservative judicial activist. She rewrites the law from the bench to reflect her personal views - including her opposition to freedom of choice. Those who know Owen best confirm this view. Nineteen Texas civil rights, women's rights, labor, and consumer groups joined together to oppose the Owen nomination, saying "Justice Owen is an ideological activist whose rulings often favor corporations or government at the expense of ordinary Texans."

    - President Bush is working to pack the courts with right-wing judicial activists who will reverse decades of progress in protecting Americans' rights. Priscilla Owen's nomination is part of the Administration's anti-choice strategy, and her confirmation would be a major victory for anti-choice leaders.

    *** end ***

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  • From John at the Gay Advocacy. More about Rick Santorum -- Markus, 22:16:41 04/30/03 Wed
    'Santorum' is Latin for 'Bigot'

    Yep, it's happened again. A right-wing bigot, wrapping himself in the mantle of God, has exposed himself for the intolerant wing-nut he really is. This time it's Rick Santorum, the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, and the number 3 in the Republican Senate leadership.

    Santorum's slip-up? Telling the Associated Press that he equates homosexuality with incest, polygamy, adultery and bigamy. (Happy Easter to you too, Senator.)

    Specifically, here's what Santorum told AP: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything."

    Santorum went on to say that permitting gays to marry would be "the death knell of the American family." And lest I forget, he also said that the Catholic pedophile scandal where priests were raping minors was your typical run-of-the-mill homosexual relationship: "In this case, what we're talking about, basically, is priests who were having sexual
    relations with post-pubescent men. We're not talking about priests with 3 year olds or 5 year olds. We're talking about a basic homosexual relationship."

    Understandably, a lot of people got more than a bit upset with the good Senator from Pennsylvania. But even better than Santorum's comments was his "apology." In response to the growing calls for his head he put out a statement saying that the comments were actually not bigoted since
    they were made in the context of expressing his opinion about a Supreme Court case.


    Yep, apparently, now there's a Supreme Court exemption to being a bigot.

    By this logic, Trent Lott's only mistake was failing to mention Brown v. Board of Education while longing for the good ole days of segregation.

    Not to mention, is Santorum suggesting that it wouldn't be bigoted for someone to express the opinion that Loving v. Virginia was wrongly decided? (That was the Supreme Court case that threw out laws banning inter-marriage between blacks and whites.)

    Not surprisingly, America's Taliban in the radical right entered the fray to say that Santorum's critics were being "intolerant" by calling attention to the Senator's bigotry. But of course, wouldn't that perverted logic make the radical right intolerant for calling us intolerant? No one ever accused them of being driven by a consistent morality.

    Anyway, Senate Majority Leader Frist defended Santorum as a "man of inclusion" and so now has President Bush. The really troubling thing about this episode is that when Trent Lott insinuated support for segregation, he lost his leadership job. When Congressman Jim Moran slighted Jewish-Americans, he too lost his leadership position. But when Senator Santorum suggests that gays are akin to incest - and, don't forget, he defended throwing adult gay couples into jail - the Republican leadership simply turns the other way.

    In the end, I suppose none of this should surprise us. Rick Santorum has been a far-right jerk since the day he was elected. As for the Republican congressional leadership, they have a love-hate relationship (love the votes, hate the voter) with radical right uber-Christians that requires them to play suck up every few months. And President Bush, well, a profile in pro-gay courage he ain't. (Of course, I'd be remiss not to mention the Republican good-guys who stood up to Santorum on this
    issue. Senators Snowe of Maine, Chafee of Rhode Island, and McCain of Arizona all rose to our defense.)

    In the end, we probably ought to thank both Santorum and his defenders in the radical right, the Congress and the Oval Office. It's once thing for us to call them all bigots, but it's quite another for them to step up to the plate and blatantly prove it for all of America to see. You can't buy that kind of publicity.

    The title of this article - 'Santorum' is Latin for 'Bigot' - is a paraphrase of a quote attributed to an anti-Santorum Senator back in the 1990s. In that quote, Santorum was not referred to as a bigot, but rather, as an asshole.

    More on Santorum (and thanks to Scott Miller for accumulating a bunch of these links):

    Signorile on Santorum

    Santorum sees gays as "a threat" (The Guardian

    Gay groups ticked at Santorum

    Wash Post reports on Santorum controversy

    Reuters on Santorum

    Santorum's Non-Apology

    CNN: Santorum defends comments

    Wash Post editorial on Santorum

    Philly Inquirer: Santorum ought to shut up

    Boston Globe on Santorum

    Dan Savage on Santorum

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  • I love the Daily Show -- lokisdad, 15:41:57 04/30/03 Wed
    You've got to hear Bush vs. Bush


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  • Andrew Sullivan's NOT a Republican?!?!?!?!!! -- Markus, 08:08:53 04/30/03 Wed
    I know I rarely post news articles but I came across this on Bartcop, and decided to post it.

    "I don't consider myself a Republican. Never have. Given what some of the party base represent, I'm relieved not to carry that burden. It may be necessary to support Republicans at times - in the war on terror, for example, we have precious little choice right now. But no-one should ignore the dark thread of big-government intolerance that exists in the G.O.P. It's still there; and it threatens you and me."
    -- Andrew Sullivan, who's been on his knees before Republicans since the first time I heard his name.
    What do you mean you're not a Republican?

    ---"It hurts me to say this, Mr President, but your spokesman's statement today on your behalf has just made matters far worse. Senator Santorum believes that gay people should be subject to criminal prosecution for their private, adult consensual relationships. He has equated homosexuality with the abuse of minors. He has associated homosexual relationships with bestiality. If that is an example of "inclusiveness," then what would exclusiveness be? For the president to call the criminalization of an entire group of people the position of an "inclusive man" leaves me simply speechless."
    --Andrew Sullivan, a gay man in love with a gay-hating party of Nazis

    Sounds like Andrew Sullivan has FINALLY figured out that the Republican Party (in general) and the President (in particular)...nows here's a news flash Andrew... HATES GAYS!!!!

    Even Log Cabin has figured that out but it doesn't matter because they hate gays too. LOL.

    In fact, I would be very interested to hear ANY GAY MAN WHO VOTED FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN 2000 explain to us how they reconcile voting for a party that openly hates them, doesn't try to hide it, doesn't apologize when caught expressing their hatred.

    It's like casting your vote for Fred Phelps because thats EXACTLY how the Republican Party as a whole feels about gay people.

    More words from and about Sullivan in the reply. Andrew has come out swinging against Senator Santorum and the party he never belonged to! LOL. I'm glad SOMETHING finally woke him up.

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  • Yeah I thought as much Lance! -- J, 06:13:07 04/30/03 Wed

    Before I saw your reply to MY post I was like.

    Okay I throwed up 15 times and ya want me to feel sorry for

    Serge who has a cold!?


    Hahahaha BABY *smooch*

    I went to the dr today ( medical examination 4 my work)

    They found sugar in my urine which consisted of 3 drops! LOL

    I was like - I had the flue, give me a break!

    Yeah so I had to take a blood test but it was great, sugar

    just there due to my flue.

    Okay Sergio, take care honey.

    Lance my luv take care and when ya colour ya hair brown send

    ME a pic ! :) ya sooooooooo hot in that.



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  • Support proper solutions to national security issues! -- Mitchell, 22:09:29 04/29/03 Tue
    Congress will soon be voting on legislation that would significantly infringe on privacy rights without making us any safer from terrorism. The Congressional investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees into the September 11 attacks uncovered a number of serious, structural breakdowns in the intelligence community.

    But instead of taking action to address the real failures in the national intelligence services, several Members of Congress have proposed legislation that would give the government new, unprecedented spying powers and significantly infringe on the privacy rights protected by the Fourth Amendment.

    Congress needs to address the real national security issues -- not adopt false solutions that violate Constitutional rights.

    Take Action! Click here to get more information and to send a free fax to your Members of Congress.


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  • Well it's that wonderful time of the year again....FINALS! UGH -- Lance, 09:42:26 04/29/03 Tue
    But JJ has really been the wind beneath my wings, my inspiration, the source of my strength. He told me that no matter how difficult it gets, no matter how tired I am or discouraged, to hold this thought.

    "While you're slaving away over books, stuck in dusty, stuffy classrooms, agonizing over the answers for all these tests, all you have to do is look out the window at the beautiful sunshine and know that at that same moment, if I've managed to crawl out of bed yet, I will be out there slaving away, giving it all I've got, lying in the sun working on my tan line." HAHA! Whatta brat! (Actually that thought DOES provide a nice image.)

    The sun's reflection on oiled golden skin, glittering like diamonds...hot to the touch... Sorry I went blank there for a second! It's gonna be a long week here in Final's Hell! haha.

    Here's the latest updats from my band diary website - nothing much going on about the CD right now understandably.

    My hair is the most beautiful purple you will ever see. If I could afford film or developing I would take a picture. Plus Jason's scanner is unplugged. Oh well, take my word for it. I've been writing some pretty decent songs lately. Still working on artwork and layout for the album. I swear I will have this album out some day. What month (or record label) is still up in the air. 10-96,10-96.

    (For those of you who don't have the handy dandy Police Code decoder list, 10-96 is "psych patient" haha)

    Jesus died for your sins. Have a marshmallow peep.


    My band was picked up by a publicist/media organization. I'm not sure yet what this means, but I got a free meal out of it at the very least.


    Will we ever finish this album? Will Larry Kirwin (of Black 47) make an appearance on the next one? What about Kip Winger? Is there a new(er) record label being launched soon? Does anyone care? Stay tuned...


    80's night is the greatest. Everyone comes every wed. night starting around 11 p.m. Right here in my own beautiful little suburb. We always have the greatest time. I don't know why I don't go every week. It's truly a blast. But seriously, fuck all the trendy little scenesters who go every week, don't dance, and just try to put everyone else down. You ruin everyone's vibe. You know who you are. Stay at home and be cooler than everyone. After all, staying in's the new going out, idiots.

    I just want to mention that without a doubt Sergio is the sweetest guy in the entire world. He's been a little under the weather with a killer cold so let's all send him some lovin. I hope you're feeling a lot better real soon, sexi.

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  • Cut and paste news -- Drew Greyfox, 00:39:02 04/29/03 Tue
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  • EDBD X!!!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!! -- Rick, 00:19:46 04/28/03 Mon
    So... it's that time again.... time for Earthday Birthday... Goddamn it was fun...

    In order to take up less space, i will post my day in the reply....

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  • At the moment I don't give a fuck about Sergio and -- Josie, 08:03:57 04/29/03 Tue
    his sexy, tanned slender body *drowls* cause frankly I

    can't move - all I can do is to lie on my back.

    Hmmm ya know Serge could work! hahahahaha

    Fuck the night to Monday at 02: 50 am I woke up feeling

    sick and I didn't know why, first I though I had dreamed

    something. I went into the bathroom and just drank a little

    water and after 5 seconds I just feelt sooooo sick and

    so weak, I thought my time had come so I yelled

    DAD! DAD!

    ( mum always nag)

    And then I just puked my guts out.

    It was only the flu, normal people throw up 2 - 3 times

    I throwed up 15 times yesterday!

    So now my stomach hurts beyond belief - I got muscles! haha

    And my back * ohhhs Serge rub my back :)

    Actually I wnat Marcus to do it, he's so strong.

    Anyway back to bed.

    Take care



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  • Howard Dean responds to Senator Santorum and President Bush -- Drew Greyfox, 22:29:56 04/28/03 Mon
    (*Editor's Note | Howard Dean, M.D. is seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. He served as the Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2002. Dean is a physician who previously shared a medical practice with his wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1971 and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City in 1978. He served in the Vermont House from 1982 to 1986; was elected lieutenant governor in 1986, and became governor in 1991. His campaign website is www.DeanForAmerica.com. - wrp)

    Equal Rights is the Responsibility of Every American
    By Governor Howard Dean
    t r u t h o u t | Exclusive Editorial

    Sunday 27 April 2003

    George W. Bush ran for President on the promise that he would be ``a uniter, not a divider.'' Nothing could be further from the truth. Earlier this week, Senator Rick Santorum, the third highest ranking Republican in the Senate, compared homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery. On Friday, President Bush praised Santorum as ``an inclusive man.'' With his praise, this President has once again demonstrated his willingness to follow the extremist Republican tradition of dividing our country for political gain. The President knows that his defense of Santorum's inflammatory words deeply offends millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their family and friends; his praise also raises grave concerns about this Administration's commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

    Senator Santorum has called his repugnant remarks ``a legitimate public policy discussion.'' Senator Santorum is wrong. Equating the private, consensual activities of adults to the molestation of minors is not a policy discussion. It is gay-bashing, and it is immoral.

    Senator Santorum asserted that the government has the right ``to limit individuals' wants and passions.'' While the government has the right to protect citizens from the harmful acts of others, as well as an obligation to promote the general welfare of all people, I do not believe that it is the proper role of government to step into the private bedrooms of consenting adults. The continuous assault by right-wing radicals on the privacy of ordinary Americans must stop.

    Senator Santorum must step down from his leadership post. His failure to recognize that it is wrong to attack people because of which group they belong to makes him unfit to hold a leadership position in the United States Senate.

    The issue at hand is about more than Senator Santorum's reprehensible statements, however, and the issue is also about more than the dignity and respect of gay and lesbian Americans.

    The issue is whether we, as Americans, will continue to allow ourselves to be led down a path by this Administration to a country that is divided against itself by race, income, gender, sexual orientation and religion.

    Senator Santorum's remarks do not exist in isolation. In January, President Bush went on national television to discuss the Supreme Court's hearing of the University of Michigan's affirmative action case. One of the most despicable moments of this President's Administration occurred when, on national prime time television, he used the word "quotas" repeatedly to describe the University of Michigan's admissions policy.

    President Bush knows that the University of Michigan does not now have, and has never had, quotas. His use of the race-loaded word "quota" is intended to incite people's fears of losing their jobs, or their positions in America's leading universities, to minorities. Such rhetoric, which is designed to appease the extreme right-wing of the Republican Party and to appeal to Americans' worst instincts, betrays the guiding principle that America is a nation in which all people are created equal.

    Achieving this equality requires moral leadership. It sometimes requires standing against your party's base. It is not moral leadership when the third highest ranking Republican in the Senate intimates that the sexual abuse of minors is no different than the consensual acts of adults, and the President's spokesperson responds by praising that man for ``doing a good job as Senator.''

    Three years ago, I signed into law the civil unions bill, a law that guarantees same-sex couples in Vermont the same legal rights as married couples. The Vermont Supreme Court in December of 1999 held that gay and lesbian people were not being provided with equal rights in our state. An hour and a half after that court issued its decision, I told the press and the people of Vermont that I would support a bill making our state the first in the country to provide all Americans with equality under the law. At the time, approximately 35% of the people favored the bill, and 60% were opposed.

    I signed the civil unions bill because it was the right thing to do. Those of us who came of age during the civil rights movement have long understood that the strength of America lies in our commitment to equal rights under the law for everyone. Civil unions provide equal inheritance rights, equal hospital visitation rights, and equal insurance rights. Every legal right that I have as a married person, anybody in Vermont can have, including gays and lesbians. Today, Vermont is the only place in America where equal rights under the law means equal rights under the law for every citizen, not just for the people we like or the people we're comfortable with or the people who look like us.

    President Bush's and Senator Santorum's remarks remind us that while laws may guarantee equal rights, laws alone do not create equality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 guarantees equal rights for minorities in this country, but the law did not end racism and prejudice. The civil unions law guarantees equal rights for same-sex couples in Vermont, but the law did not end discrimination toward gays and lesbians.

    Creating equality for all requires the personal responsibility of everyone. As Americans, we can no longer tolerate politics of division and still hope to achieve the promise of equality envisioned by our Founding Fathers. The dream of equal rights for all Americans will only be realized when all of us-whether in the corridors of power or in the hallways of our schools and offices-come together to create a community in which bigotry and hatred is cast out from the forum of public discourse. I believe equal rights can be achieved, but it will only be achieved when we have leaders in the highest offices of the land who stop pandering to bigots in exchange for a handful of votes.

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  • Why NOT try milk cartons? -- Dante, 10:34:00 04/27/03 Sun

    April 24, 2003
    Milking It

    BAGHDAD -- Because the "55 Most Wanted" playing card deck has proven to be so effective in helping U.S. troops identify fugitive Iraqi government officials, the Defense Intelligence Agency has decided to expand its novelty-ops program:

    According to Army Brigadier General Vincent Brooks, the cartons were developed by DIA specialists who knew about the old American tradition of using low-fat dairy products to help troops learn more about the enemy.

    Troops often get thirsty, and seeing photographs of the most sought-after weapons of mass destruction during milk-breaks will help soldiers and Marines in case they run into the wanted WMDs in the field, Brooks said.

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  • Lancie!!! -- Luis the slut, 12:30:28 04/24/03 Thu
    When you were in LA, was the beach (venice) open all night?

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  • For Mitchell -- Sergio, 00:17:12 04/27/03 Sun

    Thanks for keeping an invalid company tonight and making me laugh. You're the best.

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  • Hey -- James, 12:04:08 04/25/03 Fri
    Hey everybody, happy belated easter! I had a rotten holiday - unfinished business from last term, and we moved house, so I was offline pretty much the whole time... But now I'm back at college, and I got an espresso machine (the current "significant other" in my life at the moment!). So I'm happy now!

    ANyway, glad that everyone's doing great.

    I have a question - HOW can someone like Santorum in America, land of the free, make it to senator? The guy's dangerous - americans have no right to privacy? Consenting adults don't have the right to do what they want in their own homes? These are blatently fascist views, not to mention his other wildly homophobic comments.

    There's a pretty funny spoof article at www.whitehouse.org about Santorum - the new posters are great too. But the guy really doesn't deserve to be in a position of authority - let's hope he isn't the new Total Information Awareness face of 21st century american democracy.

    And where did all of these neo-conservative hawks suddenly come from like so many cockroaches out of the sewer? After the build up to the Iraqi war, it really wouldn't surprise me if the US started with Syria ("You are harbouring Iraqis" "No we're not" "Yes you are - here, we have two blurry satellite pictures of possible Iraqis in Syria eighteen months ago. Now we're going to invade you".) Well, Syria does have oil too...

    btw, does anyone know who I can contact to find out about films? I've arranged a showing for my Amnesty group of Kieslowski's A Short Film About Killing, which led to the abolition of the death penalty in Poland - but I don't have any more information about details. I've scoured the net, but no success. Any advice would be great!

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  • Something I found interesting. -- Pete, 14:41:06 04/22/03 Tue
    Michael Moore on speaking out and the alleged post-Oscar backlash:

    Well, take a look at my Oscar "backlash":
    On the day after I criticized Bush and the war at the Academy Awards, attendance at "Bowling for Columbine" in theaters around the country went up 110 percent (source: Daily Variety/BoxOfficeMojo.com). The following weekend, the box office gross was up a whopping 73 percent (Variety). It is now the longest-running consecutive commercial release in America, 26 weeks in a row and still thriving. The number of theaters showing the film since the Oscars has INCREASED, and it has now bested the previous box office record for a documentary by nearly 300 percent.

    Yesterday (April 6), "Stupid White Men" shot back to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This is my book's 50th week on the list, eight of them at #1, and this marks its fourth return to the top position, something that virtually never happens.

    In the week after the Oscars, my website was getting 10-20 million hits A DAY (one day we even got more hits than the White House!). The mail has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive (and the hate mail has been hilarious!).

    In the two days following the Oscars, more people pre-ordered the video for "Bowling for Columbine" on Amazon.com than the video for the Oscar winner for Best Picture, "Chicago."

    In the past week, I have obtained funding for my next documentary, and I have been offered a slot back on television to do an updated version of "TV Nation"/ "The Awful Truth."

    I tell you all of this because I want to counteract a message that is told to us all the time – that, if you take a chance to speak out politically, you will live to regret it. It will hurt you in some way, usually financially. You could lose your job. Others may not hire you. You will lose friends. And on and on and on.

    Take the Dixie Chicks. I'm sure you've all heard by now that, because their lead singer mentioned how she was ashamed that Bush was from her home state of Texas, their record sales have "plummeted" and country stations are boycotting their music. The truth is that their sales are NOT down. This week, after all the attacks, their album is still at #1 on the Billboard country charts and, according to Entertainment Weekly, on the pop charts during all the brouhaha, they ROSE from #6 to #4. In the New York Times, Frank Rich reports that he tried to find a ticket to ANY of the Dixie Chicks' upcoming concerts but he couldn't because they were all sold out.

    Their song, "Travelin' Soldier" (a beautiful anti-war ballad) was the most requested song on the Internet last week. They have not been hurt at all – but that is not what the media would have you believe. Why is that? Because there is nothing more important now than to keep the voices of dissent – and those who would dare to ask a question – silent. And what better way than to try and take a few well-known entertainers down with a pack of lies so that the average Joe or Jane gets the message loud and clear: "Wow, if they would do that to the Dixie Chicks or Michael Moore, what would they do to little ol' me?" In other words, shut the f*** up.

    And that, my friends, is the real point of this film that I just got an Oscar for – how those in charge use fear to manipulate the public into doing whatever they are told.

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