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The Bitch Is Back!!!

Posted by Daniel on June 30, 2007

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Elizabeth Edwards’ husband’s presidential campaign has used some of conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s most controversial statements about him to raise campaign cash, but on Tuesday Elizabeth Edwards directly confronted the best-selling author and asked her to “stop the personal attacks.”

“The things she has said over the years, not just about John but about other candidates, lowers the political dialogue at precisely the time we need to raise it,” Elizabeth Edwards said in a phone call to MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews as Coulter, a guest on the program, listened.

“It debases political dialogue,” Elizabeth Edwards added. “It drives people away from the process. We can’t have a debate about issues if you’re using this kind of language.”

Elizabeth Edwards’ husband, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Coulter responded that Elizabeth Edwards was asking her to stop speaking completely and suggested it was hypocritical for the Edwards campaign to criticize her comments after promoting them in fundraising solicitations.

“I don’t mind you trying to raise money,” Coulter said. “I mean it’s better this than giving $50,000 speeches to the poor.” Coulter was referring to criticism about the former senator’s speaking fees.

Elizabeth Edwards penned a fundraising letter that hit email in-boxes Wednesday morning with a link to a video of her exchange with Coulter.

“Where I am from, when someone does something that displeases you, you politely ask them to stop,” she wrote.

Elizabeth Edwards also asked potential donors to “Please give what you can right now to help raise the dialogue and show that Ann Coulter-style politics will never carry the day.”

The on-air clash came one day after Coulter, appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, joked “If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

On that program, Coulter was referencing the firestorm following her March comments, in which she referred to the North Carolina Democrat as “a faggot” at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference held in Washington. She claimed that, during the same period of time, liberal television host Bill Maher “was not joking” when he said that “he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack.” According to Coulter, Maher didn’t take the same heat for his comments that she did for hers.

In addition to promoting the latest war of words, Edwards’s campaign posted both Coulter’s comments in March and earlier this week on their Web site.

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Cheney Out On A Limb…Still Trying To Create His Own Branch

Posted by Daniel on June 29, 2007

Vice President Dick Cheney may very well be about to see the money tree he’s been shaking stripped down to the bare minimum. In what may very well be the epitome of hubris, Cheney continues to sway back and forth from claiming he’s part of the Executive branch to actually being part of the Legislative branch, and then back to Executive.

Mostly to continue covering his tracks and keeping secret that which the people of this once-free country have a right to know.

House Democrats, responding to Cheney’s assertion that his office is exempt from certain national security disclosure requirements, said Tuesday they will try to strip some of his funding.

A Cheney spokeswoman said the Democrats were just playing politics.

The proposal could come up Thursday as an amendment to an annual spending bill, said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland.

Cheney set off protests from Democrats when he declared that his office was exempt from sections of a presidential order that executive branch offices provide data on how much material they classify and declassify.

See the Presidential Order in question here. (reference to Section 1.3)

The White House said the order was not intended to treat either the president’s or the vice president’s office as an executive branch “agency.” Only Cheney’s office, however, has declined to comply with the order’s requirements.

“Now, do I think that they’ve been handling intelligence with due care and respect? Yes, you bet,” said White House spokesman Tony Snow.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ilinois, sponsor of the amendment, noted that five years ago Cheney claimed executive privilege in refusing to release details about his meetings with oil industry executives to discuss energy policy.

“Now when we want to know what he’s doing as it relates to America’s national security in the lead-up to the war in Iraq and after the fact, the vice president has declared he is a member of the legislative branch.”

Therefore, Emanuel said, “we will no longer fund the executive branch of his office and he can live off the funding for the Senate presidency.” The vice president presides as president of the Senate.

Snow said that the argument relating to the energy policy discussions was different, that the meetings brought in people from outside government who therefore were not required to make their activities and deliberations public.

Emanuel’s office said his amendment would restrict money for the vice president’s office but did not contain a specific monetary cut.

Hoyer, asked if the amendment would pass, said, “I don’t know about that.” But he said “we shouldn’t fund him in both branches. I think there’s going to be consideration of an amendment and that will be discussed.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, speaking Sunday on Fox News Sunday, said Cheney’s move was “the height of arrogance.” She said it might not be a bad idea that money for Cheney’s office be held up until he decides whether or not he’s in the executive branch.

Megan McGinn, a spokeswoman for the vice president’s office, said Emanuel “has a choice he can make: either deal with the serious issues facing our country or continue to play partisan politics.”

By now, Mr. Snow and Mrs. McGinn must be feeling the limb they are standing on – coupled with the weight of Cheney – about to snap.

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Whaddya Know? Our “Gay Agenda” Is Working!!

Posted by Daniel on June 28, 2007

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A majority of Americans believe that gays and lesbians could not change their sexual orientation even if they wanted to, according to results of a poll released Wednesday. It’s the first time the majority has held that belief regarding homosexuality.

Fifty-six percent of about 515 poll respondents said they do not believe sexual orientation can be changed. In 2001, 45 percent of those responding to a poll held that belief. In 1998, the number was 36 percent.

In addition, 42 percent of respondents to the current poll said they believe homosexuality results from upbringing and environment, while 39 percent said they believe it is something a person is born with — a close division that reflects the national debate over the issue.

However, those numbers are greatly changed from the 1970s and ’80s, in which fewer than 20 percent of Americans said a person is born homosexual. In a 1977 poll, the number was 13 percent.

Ten percent in the latest poll said they believe both factors play a role in someone’s homosexuality. Three percent said neither, and 6 percent had no opinion.

The sampling error for the results released Wednesday, in which the question was asked of a half-sample of 1,029 telephone poll respondents, is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. The poll was conducted Friday through Sunday.

In a poll conducted May 4-6 that dealt with other issues regarding homosexuality, participants were asked whether openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, which currently has a “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy on homosexuality. Seventy-nine percent of poll respondents said openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military. Eighteen percent said they should not.

On the question of gay marriage, 43 percent of respondents in May said they would not support same-sex marriage or civil unions, which provide many, if not most, of the same legal protections as marriage. Twenty-four percent said they supported same-sex marriage, while 27 percent opted for civil unions.

But a majority of poll respondents — 57 percent — said gay and lesbian couples should have the legal right to adopt children. Forty percent said they should not.

The sampling error for those questions was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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Yes, I DO Write My Congressional Representatives

Posted by Daniel on June 27, 2007

Two responses to letters I’ve written to my Senator, Claire McCaskill.

The first is in regads to my concern about Federal Hate Crimes Legislation:

Dear Mr. Anderson:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

Each year, thousands of Americans are attacked based solely on their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation. Hate crimes do not just target the victim; they terrorize entire groups of people, inflict fear upon communities, and are intended to send a message that certain types of people will not be tolerated.

As you may know, on March 20, 2007, H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. I am a co-sponsor of a similar version that will soon be introduced in the Senate. This bill is important because it would expand the current Hate Crimes law to include sexual orientation and people with disabilities. One in six hate crimes are motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation, yet today’s federal laws do not include any protection for these Americans. The Hate Crimes bill would end this injustice, and provide protection under law for all of our citizens. Furthermore, the bill would provide the Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies the resources they need to actively prevent and prosecute hate crimes.

It is important to note that the Hate Crimes bill would protect innocent Americans from violent crimes without infringing upon your constitutionally protected right to free speech. This bill specifically states that a person’s speech cannot be used as evidence against them, unless the words in question are directly related to a violent act.

Again, thank you for sharing your concerns with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

All best,
Senator Claire McCaskill

The next is a response to my questions concerning the policy of “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell”:

Dear Mr. Anderson:

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts on the discharging of homosexual service members from the military. I appreciate hearing from you.

The Pentagon’s current policy on gay men and women serving in the military, commonly referred to as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” reflects the belief that a service member’s sexual orientation is a private matter. Members of the military are not permitted to ask about another service member’s sexual orientation, and gay service members are not to discuss their sexual orientation. The U.S. military has supported the policy based on concerns for readiness and unit cohesion. The practical effect of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is that it prevents homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

In the House of Representatives, Representative Martin Meehan (D-MA) has introduced H.R. 1246, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2007. This bill, pending in the House Armed Services Committee, would repeal the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. No such legislation has been introduced in the Senate.

Questions regarding the usefulness of the policy of dismissing service members who reveal their homosexuality have been raised in recent years. While numbers recently released by the Pentagon reveal that fewer gay service members have been discharged since the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq began, personnel serving in critical occupations to the War on Terror, like Arabic and Farsi linguists, have been forced to leave the service.

As the Army and Marine Corps seek to add personnel in coming years, and the services’ recruitment and retention policies are reviewed, I promise to take a good look at the continued policy towards gays in the military. If the Senate considers legislation on this issue, please know I will keep your thoughts in mind.

All best,
Senator Claire McCaskill

Now, I do realize that these are probably just form letters generated at her office and automatically emailed out. I’m assuming that when you fill out a form or petition online (as I did in both cases), the key words are recognized on their server and then it automatically spits out an appropriate response. All the more reason, in my opinion, to post these responses online, as a way of holding her to the opinions she expressed to me.

Note to Scott in Boston (you know who you are): This should serve as proof that I read and take your words very seriously and continue to be an avid, as well as loyal, reader.

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I Still Love You, Even IF I Hit ‘DELETE’

Posted by Daniel on June 26, 2007

Death By Deletion

I’ve come to the realization that I’m either the bravest person alive…or I’m going to die horribly while sitting at my computer…with my finger fused to the “DELETE” button.

Like everyone else on the planet, I have someone in my life who insists on sending me a gazillion emails per month of the “forwarded” variety. You know the ones…

“Blah, blah, blah…Now send this on to 10 of your friends or you’re not patriotic.” “…if you don’t forward this on, then our prayers won’t be answered and Little Timmy won’t get that new heart and his and your soul will be eternally damned to burn in the firey lakes of Hell.”

The usual suspects in my life who used to send me these were mainly the female relatives, but over the years, I’ve managed to whittle that number down considerably…mostly through just flat-out telling them to stop sending me that kind of shit. A bit rough, I know, but certainly not without it’s successes.

Then it was down to just forwards from my mom and also her sister. One would send me five to ten each day, then the other would send me the exact five to ten, not knowing I’d already gotten them from the other. I’d normally have deleted these, sight-unseen, but for the fact that they would now and again write something personal to me when they forwarded them to me, like the dutiful son/nephew that I am.

It finally got to the point, however, that my inbox had become so overstuffed with these forwards that, upon her arrival here in KC last month, I had to tell my mom the situation (getting the same messages from both her and her sister), and politely asked her to stop sending them. Well, as politely as someone with my somewhat less than people person prowess can ask. She saw my point, though and now what she forwards to me has dwindled down considerably.

My aunt, on the other hand, is a different story. It’s one thing for me to be comically rude to my mom, because she knows how warped my sense of humor is, so she took no offense. I worry that this might not be the case with my aunt, as she and I have only recently reconnected face to face, but since she is not nearly as familiar with my wit as my mom, I could inadvertantly offend her.

Recently, though, I did get the chance to actually show her how some (if not all) of those forwards she so loves to, well, forward, are full of shit.

Case in point: She forwarded the following to me last week, which gave me the golden opportunity to “open the curtain” on the originator of the fraudulent email. First, I’ll show you the original email…

Turn your sound on for this. This is really cool.

Read this first.

This is almost unbelievable. See how all of the balls wind up in catcher cones.This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University.

Amazingly, 97% of the machine’s components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft,: yes, farm equipment!

It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video but as you can see it was WELL worth the effort.

It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.

Here is the video in question…

http://youtube.com/watch?v=QStm3ZyzgY0

And here was my response to my aunt…

Not to burst any bubbles here, but this particular piece came from the makers of AniMusic. (see the link below)
http://www.animusic.com/
This was not – repeat NOT – done with farm supplies , nor does any of it come from John Deere Products.
It is not on display and ANY university (as it happens to be a computer graphic design), nor is it slated to be
donated to the Smithsonian.
I know this because I ordered these DVD’s last year, when I first saw them on PBS.

Again, sorry to be the party pooper here,
Dan

So, what do you think? Was I too harsh?

I never did get a response to this correction, not from my aunt, anyway. She has, however, continued to send me more of the forwards. Keep in mind, most of these tend to lean more towards the “RIGHT” side of the political and religious pulpit. She is, after all, a dedicated republican. But I don’t hold that against her. Even when she sends me crap like the one I got from her this morning.

It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to — this is hilarious. This is from a recent show on Canadian TV. It was in a monologue by a black comedian who claims he misses Bill Clinton.

“Yep, that’s right – I miss Bill Clinton! He was the closest thing we ever got to having a black man as President.
Number 1 – He played the sax.
Number 2 – He smoked weed.
Number 3 – He had his way with ugly white women.
Even now? Look at him … his wife works, and he doesn’t! And, he gets a check from the government every month.

And manufacturers announced today that they will soon be stocking America’s shelves with “Clinton Soup”, in honor of one of the nations’ most distinguished men. It consists primarily of a weenie in hot water.

Also, the Chrysler Corporation is adding a new car to its line in honor of Bill Clinton. The Dodge Drafter will be built in Canada. When asked for his opinion on foreign affairs, Clinton replied, “I don’t know. I never had one.”

Here’s the revision Clinton would like to see to the judicial oath: “I solemnly swear to tell the whole truth as I know it, the whole truth as I belie ve it to be, and nothing but what I think you should know.”

Clinton will be recorded in history as the only President to do “hanky panky between the Bushes”

—YA GOTTA LOVE IT.–> BUT NOT ENOUGH TO PUT HIS OLD LADY IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!

I believe that last line was added either by her, or someone who forwarded it to her. And that was one of the more subtle forwards.

Mostly, what she sends to me are those emails that tell the reader just how evil and morally doomed Democrats/Liberals are. Or how the gay agenda (whatever the hell that is) is doing all it can to unravel all of Christian (because to these ‘forward’ senders, all other religions are made up and going to hell anyway) society. And how if you don’t forward these messages, then you don’t support farmers, Christians, children, Bush, America, freedom, and all that other patriotic shit.

So, of course I read these emails. It’s my way of keeping tabs on the lunatic fringe in this so-called free society.

Sidenote: I don’t worry about opening these potentially virus-infested emails because those viruses aren’t written for the operating system (OS) that we use.

Now, you will never catch me forwarding these emails on to others. No matter how unpatriotic or uncaring it might make me. My finger goes into autopilot directly to the ‘delete’ key after reading each and every one.

Sorry Little Timmy…I guess that makes two of us without a heart.

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Sunday Funnies – Did I Read That Sign Right???

Posted by Daniel on June 24, 2007

TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN

In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park:
ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR

Notice in a farmer’s field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS

On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN’T WORK)

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The Biggest Dick On The Planet

Posted by Daniel on June 23, 2007

LMAO – I thought that would get your attention.  hehe  This post, however, is about the other Dick.

Fucking DickIn yet another of the growing number of times Vice President Cheney thinks he is above the law…

Vice President Dick Cheney’s office refused to cooperate with an agency that oversees classified documents, then tried to abolish the office when it challenged the actions, House oversight committee Chairman Henry Waxman said.

The National Archives’ Information Security Oversight Office is charged by presidential order with ensuring that classified information and documents are properly handled by executive branch agencies.

According to a letter from William Leonard, director of the oversight office, Cheney’s office argued it did not meet the definition of an executive branch agency and therefore was exempt.

Leonard also wrote that Cheney’s office suggested his agency be abolished under a revision of the presidential order now under consideration.

“I question both the legality and wisdom of your actions,” Waxman, D-California, wrote in a letter Thursday to Cheney.

“Your decision to exempt your office from the president’s order is problematic because it could place national security at risk,” wrote Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Cheney’s office would neither confirm nor deny it tried to abolish the Information Security Oversight Office.

“We are confident that we are conducting the office properly under the law,” said Megan McGinn, deputy press secretary for Cheney, when asked about the Waxman letter.

The executive order — intended to maintain the integrity of classified documents — was established by President Clinton and revised by President Bush in 2003.

The 2003 version directed the Information Security Oversight Office to oversee a program of education and supervision of classified document protection and maintenance. According to Waxman, the office has worked with different White House groups, including the National Security Council.

But when the National Archives’ office attempted to visit Cheney’s team in 2004, it was prevented from doing so by Cheney’s staff, Waxman wrote in the letter. The office had complied with the order in 2001 and 2002 but started refusing to do so in 2003.

In 2006, Leonard wrote to Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington, to contest the office’s refusal to comply and was told that the vice president’s office “does not believe it is included in the definition of ‘agency’ as set forth in the order,” nor is it an “entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information,” according to letters released Thursday by Waxman’s committee.

In a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales requesting intervention on the matter, Leonard questioned the rationale presented by the vice president’s office.

“If the is not considered an entity within the executive branch, I am concerned that it could impede access to classified information by the OVP staff, in that such access would be considered a disclosure outside the executive branch,” Leonard wrote in January.

Justice Department spokesman Erik Ablin said the department had received the letter and that matter is under review.

The vice president’s office has been criticized for being secretive before.

Last month, it was revealed that the administration was withholding visitor logs to Cheney’s residence. The administration says the secrecy is needed so Cheney can get candid advice from visitors.

In 2001, the office refused to divulge the names of energy executives who had consulted with Cheney on U.S. energy policy.

The decision was challenged and upheld by the courts. The U.S. Supreme Court referred the case back to a lower court.

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‘Citizen Kane’ tops greatest movies list…again.

Posted by Daniel on June 22, 2007

Did your fav(s) make it on this years’ list?
(mine did…#’s 16 and 28…though I’m disheartened that “Mommie Dearest” didn’t make it)

AFI’s Top 100 US Films (2007 Version)

1. “Citizen Kane,” 1941.
2. “The Godfather,” 1972.
3. “Casablanca,” 1942.
4. “Raging Bull,” 1980.
5. “Singin’ in the Rain,” 1952.
6. “Gone With the Wind,” 1939.
7. “Lawrence of Arabia,” 1962.
8. “Schindler’s List,” 1993.
9. “Vertigo,” 1958.
10. “The Wizard of Oz,” 1939.
11. “City Lights,” 1931.
12. “The Searchers,” 1956.
13. “Star Wars,” 1977.
14. “Psycho,” 1960.
15. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” 1968.
16. “Sunset Blvd.”, 1950.
17. “The Graduate,” 1967.
18. “The General,” 1927.
19. “On the Waterfront,” 1954.
20. “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 1946.
21. “Chinatown,” 1974.
22. “Some Like It Hot,” 1959.
23. “The Grapes of Wrath,” 1940.
24. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” 1982.
25. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 1962.
26. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” 1939.
27. “High Noon,” 1952.
28. “All About Eve,” 1950.
29. “Double Indemnity,” 1944.
30. “Apocalypse Now,” 1979.
31. “The Maltese Falcon,” 1941.
32. “The Godfather Part II,” 1974.
33. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” 1975.
34. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1937.
35. “Annie Hall,” 1977.
36. “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” 1957.
37. “The Best Years of Our Lives,” 1946.
38. “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” 1948.
39. “Dr. Strangelove,” 1964.
40. “The Sound of Music,” 1965.
41. “King Kong,” 1933.
42. “Bonnie and Clyde,” 1967.
43. “Midnight Cowboy,” 1969.
44. “The Philadelphia Story,” 1940.
45. “Shane,” 1953.
46. “It Happened One Night,” 1934.
47. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 1951.
48. “Rear Window,” 1954.
49. “Intolerance,” 1916.
50. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” 2001.
51. “West Side Story,” 1961.
52. “Taxi Driver,” 1976.
53. “The Deer Hunter,” 1978.
54. “M-A-S-H,” 1970.
55. “North by Northwest,” 1959.
56. “Jaws,” 1975.
57. “Rocky,” 1976.
58. “The Gold Rush,” 1925.
59. “Nashville,” 1975.
60. “Duck Soup,” 1933.
61. “Sullivan’s Travels,” 1941.
62. “American Graffiti,” 1973.
63. “Cabaret,” 1972.
64. “Network,” 1976.
65. “The African Queen,” 1951.
66. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 1981.
67. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, 1966.
68. “Unforgiven,” 1992.
69. “Tootsie,” 1982.
70. “A Clockwork Orange,” 1971.
71. “Saving Private Ryan,” 1998.
72. “The Shawshank Redemption,” 1994.
73. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” 1969.
74. “The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991.
75. “In the Heat of the Night,” 1967.
76. “Forrest Gump,” 1994.
77. “All the President’s Men,” 1976.
78. “Modern Times,” 1936.
79. “The Wild Bunch,” 1969.
80. “The Apartment, 1960.
81. “Spartacus,” 1960.
82. “Sunrise,” 1927.
83. “Titanic,” 1997.
84. “Easy Rider,” 1969.
85. “A Night at the Opera,” 1935.
86. “Platoon,” 1986.
87. “12 Angry Men,” 1957.
88. “Bringing Up Baby,” 1938.
89. “The Sixth Sense,” 1999.
90. “Swing Time,” 1936.
91. “Sophie’s Choice,” 1982.
92. “Goodfellas,” 1990.
93. “The French Connection,” 1971.
94. “Pulp Fiction,” 1994.
95. “The Last Picture Show,” 1971.
96. “Do the Right Thing,” 1989.
97. “Blade Runner,” 1982.
98. “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” 1942.
99. “Toy Story,” 1995.
100. “Ben-Hur,” 1959.

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Presidential Pandering

Posted by Daniel on June 21, 2007

Pushing back against the Democratic-led Congress, President Bush vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research.“Our innovative spirit is making possible incredible advances in medicine that can save lives and cure diseases,” the president told an invited audience in the East Room.

“America is also a nation founded on the principle that all human life is sacred. And our conscience calls us to pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects human dignity and upholds our moral values,” he said.

Democrats, who had made the stem cell legislation a top priority when they took control of the House and Senate in January, were quick to denounce the president’s decision.

“This is just one example of how the president puts ideology before science, politics before the needs of our families, just one more example of how out of touch with reality he and his party have become,” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, told the Take Back America conference of liberal activists Wednesday.

Sen. Barack Obama, another Democratic presidential hopeful, said Bush was “deferring the hopes of millions of Americans who do not have the time to keep waiting for the cure that may save or extend lives.”

And former Sen. John Edwards, also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, said the president “had a simple choice today: direct the full force of American scientific ingenuity towards responsible, life-saving medical research or pander to a narrow segment of his political base.”

“With his veto, he made the wrong choice,” he said in a statement.

In an unrelated story, here’s one for for those who think they’re more partiotic than the rest of us.


The wife of an American soldier missing in action in the Iraq War faces another potential crisis at home: deportation.

Yaderlin Jimenez’s husband, Army Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, a Purple Heart recipient, disappeared when his unit was ambushed by insurgents May 12.

Now the immigration status of his Dominican-born wife, who illegally entered the country in 2001 and married Jimenez in June 2004, hangs in limbo.
At a dramatic hearing in immigrant court April 29, 2006, where Jimenez appeared in full-dress uniform alongside his wife, Judge Philip J. Montante granted the couple a temporary reprieve — putting a stop to the proceedings until Jimenez returned from what would be his second tour of duty.

“For humanitarian reasons, [the judge] realized it was unconscionable to go forward with an immigration case while Jimenez put his life on the line,” Matthew Kolken, the immigration attorney representing the Jimenez family, said.

A spokesman for Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that the agency currently has no intention of deporting Yaderlin Jimenez. But with Jimenez missing in action and not yet declared a casualty of war, his wife’s immigration proceeding is more up in the air than it’s ever been.

If Jimenez was killed in action, his wife might get special treatment to obtain a green card, according to Margaret Stock, an Army colonel and associate professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“She’s screwed because he’s still alive,” Stock remarked. And if he remains missing and considered alive by the Defense Department, Stock said, Yaderlin and her attorney face a difficult challenge of staving off deportation.

“It’s impossible in most cases for the spouse of a military member to get legal,” said Stock, who estimates that thousands of soldiers are married to illegal immigrants. “There is no provision in immigration law that gives special provisions to spouses of military.”

The Jimenezes married June 14, 2004, in New York, shortly before he left for his first deployment to Iraq. That same day, Kolken said, Yaderlin was encountered by U.S. Customs and Border officials and charged with entering the country illegally. She was briefly taken into custody and released, Kolken said.

Sources: CNN & ABC News

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Sheena Is So Into Kitty Porn

Posted by Daniel on June 20, 2007

Not Our Cats, But Still Cool

It’s no secret, really. Cats are just the strangest pets. And in this house, you can underline that previous statement many times.

You all know the sick antics of our youngest, Annistasia “Get Out Of There” Beaverhausen. If not, see here.

The other female in our little kitty clan is Sheena. A fat fuzzy bundle of “Love me, but don’t touch me. Okay now you can pet me. That’s enough.” To date, her whole world has been wrapped up in sticking like glue to her ever-so-dreamy boyfriend, Jesse. Or as I like to call him, “Hair Explosion”. It is still her dream to have him (though we haven’t told her they are all fixed) poke her in the whiskers.

Of the four cats who allow Steve and I to live with them, Sheena is the one who pretty much keeps to herself and gets into the least amount of trouble. Of course, it’s kinda hard for her to make time to join in on the kitty hi-jinx because she spends so much of her free time tossing her own salad.

Sheena RoastOn the rare occasion Sheena does want to be a cat, the results tend to be pretty precious, as she has such a flare for the dramatic. (see the picture to the left…she thinks she’s all that and a pot roast!!)

Generally the quiet type, she can get pretty chatty when I come into the room. I seem to have this weird effect on her which can, at first glance, appear rather odd. We will both suddenly break into this kitty-talk session where I will “chirp” at her, she’ll immediately return the “chirp”. then me, then her, and so on. This can last all night if either of us had that long of an attention span.

But, as so often happens in this house, something catches the eyes of one (or both) of us and then it’s off to begin a new adventure elsewhere.

Princess Sheena is also very interested in watching TV. She’s especially addicted to anything on the Animal Planet channel. If I happen to be watching something like “Meerkat Manor“. I never miss an episode of this show, and neither does Sheena. She will lay on the bed just intently watching that program. Of course, just like the Daddy’s Girl that she is, during commercials, we both get up…me to raid the fridge, her to visit the kitty box to drop a steamer. I’m so proud of her.

Sheena is a perv.There are times, however, that she just stays on the bed while I go downstairs to forrage. And this is how I came to realize that Sheena is a bit of a porn perv.

I will come back upstairs only to discover that either the program has changed (she and Ian both have a “thing” about remote controls), or the most bizzare commercials happen to be on.

There she was, eyes glued to the TV screen as if it were a goldfish bowl. Sitting at complete attention. Watching intently as two lions were, like, doing it. Here and there, I heard a faint wimper out of her.

My first reaction was to quickly turn off the TV and shake the stern Daddy-finger at her and warn her of what happens to loose kittys who watch such tasteless things…but then, who am I to judge, right? 😉

Glass houses and all.

So I went downstairs to my office to answer some email, you know, just to give her a moment alone with her dreams. After all, it’s her life and, being the modern cool Dad that I am, I figured she’s old enough to know right from wrong.

After about ten or fifteen minutes, I went back upstairs, figuring the kitty fornication on the TV had passed. It had. But there she was, laying on the floor, hind legs pointing straight up in the air. Going to town tossing her salad once again. I half expected her to yell at me or something for walking in on her “after glow”.

The little slut. I’m surprised she didn’t spark up a catnip cigarette.

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