mg

mental wounds not healin, who and what’s to blame? i’m going off the rails on a crazy train

by mg at 08:42 AM on February 28, 2006

Like most people I’m allergic to fairly normal things – pollen, dust, mold, etc. I can live through most of those without much trouble, but mold is the worse of it for me, and when I’m around the stuff I am absolutely miserable without being on heavy antihistamines.

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anna

An Army of One

by anna at 08:52 AM on February 26, 2006

Along with the Big Lie (popularized by Hitler) the Sweeping Generality is an effective if underhanded debating technique. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick uses it thusly: "No one disputes that there are circumstances in which people have a fundamental right to assert a moral or religious objection to performing duties---such as miltary service---and thus cannot be pressed by law into performing them." She isn't talking about military service, she is talking about the doctor in California who refused to off a killer-rapist whose been languishing on death row since 6 AD; as well as hundreds of whack-job pharmacists who flatly refuse to dispense birth control or morning after pills.

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anna

I've been everywhere, man

by anna at 07:48 AM on February 23, 2006

As usual, when I mingle with the great unwashed, unpleasant consequences ensue.

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mg

bad news: i know i got a bad reputation and it isn't just talk, talk, talk

by mg at 09:36 AM on February 22, 2006

A huge uproar is developing over the sale of operations of shipping ports in York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia to Dubai Ports, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. President Bush has assured that every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of this country: "If there was any chance that this transaction would jeopardize the security of the United States, it would not go forward."

Personally, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. Just because we are fighting a war that has pitted us against a largely Arab enemy, doesn’t mean that every Arab is out to get us. I stand by Bush on his decision to fight for this sale to continue, and for the rest of the following policy changes and appotments that are also being proposed.

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anna

With two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard

by anna at 09:43 AM on February 19, 2006

Our cat Slash is losing his fur. He resembles a possum. The vet attributes this to stress. The stress may be stemming from constant battles with a band of semi-feral cats that roam our neighborhood.

We were mystified by them until a neighbor clued us in to what everyone else knew. Seems there was one of those crazy cat ladies down the block. Her hubby came home from work early and decided to take a leisurely swim. He found her buns-up kneeling in the cabana with---who else---the pool boy.

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anna

Same as it ever was

by anna at 07:42 AM on February 16, 2006

Way back in 1979 Islamic militants overthrew the US-backed puppet known as the Shah. The group, including the current president, snatched hundreds of US embassy employees and held them hostage. These events impacted me personally because many of the Shah's associates fled to this area. Their children worked for my parents. One of them was also my soccer teammate. Another was my girlfriend. Persians are beautiful people who go to great lengths to distinguish themselves from Arabs.

Nonetheless my friends and I went downtown to a rally, shouting hateful anti-Iranian slogans and tossing our signature Molotov cocktails off the back of pickup truck. My girlfriend was less than amused. No Persian nookie that night.

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mg

you're what happens when two substances collide, and by all accounts you really should've died

by mg at 11:11 PM on February 14, 2006

I wouldn’t say I’m a clumsy person, but I get lots of random cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

And random really is the best way to describe them because, more often than not, I can’t even remember where the injuries come from. I’ll just look down at some point during the day, and like a 12 year-old girl getting her first visit from Aunt Flow, I’ll notice that, Hey, I’m bleeding and have no idea why.

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anna

Today kids are going underground, get some heavy rest

by anna at 10:24 AM on February 11, 2006

The classic rock station is doing 30 years in 30 days. Each day they feature songs from a given year starting with 1966. Now they are up to 1976, my heyday. I am simply amazed at how so much of the music just...sucked.

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mg

when you want her lips, you get a cheek, makes you wonder where you are

by mg at 01:01 AM on February 08, 2006

Amidst much hullabaloo, the woman who received the first ever face transplant spoke publicly for the first time on Monday.

While she is a medical miracle, to be truthful, she was not the recipient of the first face transplant, but rather the third. The first (and second) ever facial transplants were performed quite a number of years ago and the story was told in the documentary film Face Off. At least I’m pretty sure that was a documentary.

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anna

And now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall

by anna at 06:55 PM on February 07, 2006

I'm listening to Bill O'Reilly prattle on. He muses that mostly Muslims are decent, non-violent people. But he estimates that 20% are "Islamofascists" intent on snatching your babies from their cribs and using them as firewood. As a trained statistican, I am thinking, man that is a lot of baby-snatchers. There are 1 billion Muslims. That comes to 200,000,000 baby-snatchers, 2/3 the entire U.S. population. We don't stand a chance!

This blowhard has an MBA from Harvard, so he couldn't possibly be that stupid. And yet he repeats this "statistic" as if a wedding vow.

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anna

Reach out and pop someone

by anna at 01:08 PM on February 04, 2006

Tomorrow's the big day for wife-beating. Shelters will be packed. 911 will be deluged with calls from distraught wives. Their husbands will get drunk, bet money on the losing team and take it out on the wifey-poo.

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adam

Mary Worth This Isn't

by adam at 10:02 PM on February 03, 2006

I've been following the outrage over those Danish cartoons that depicted images of Mohammed, and I'm trying to decide what all of this means. I think the fact that the cartoons were published at all tells us what we already know about Northern Europe: that it's pretty much secular and that many think that religion is a silly thing to fight over. And unfortunately, what it tells about about the Muslim world are things that we already know, too. First, because most of the countries that are currently engaging in protests don't themselves have free presses, they're unable to understand that the Danish government wasn't involved in any way in the publication of these cartoons, nor does the government have the power to prevent them because (second) blasphemy isn't a crime in most European countries. Third, it reminds us that the moral hierarchy in some Muslim countries is different from that in the West: Islam's 'right' to be free from offense or ribbing takes precendence over free expression or, for some people, human life. Fourth, the Muslim world is filled (no less than anywhere else) with people who will attribute to an entire group the actions of the few; note the calls for boycotts of all European goods, or the loud denouncement of all Danes. Finally, in countries where no religion other than Islam enjoys legal protection, the population nonetheless feels justified in violently demanding that non-Muslim countries not only respect their beliefs but enshrine that respect in law - protection that no other religion enjoys.

The US State Department recently issued a wishy-washy press release that affirms the US' support for free expression while simultaneously siding with the protesters. This is a grave error. We should have sent a strong message that what the protesters are demanding is not something that the West does for Islam or anyone else. I hope that Denmark stands strong on this, and that the right to question or even insult the beliefs of others (and yes, this is a right) does not fail in the face of absolute intolerance of dissent.

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anna

Going to the Vault

by anna at 07:06 PM on February 01, 2006

Man have I got a tale for you! Whether you choose to believe it or not it's all true right down to the names.

I went to junior college for two years and it was the funnest time of my life. The classes were a breeze compared with my rigorous HS curriculum. All we did was party, fuck and get robbed. Then it was time to come home for the summer and prepare for my Real College Life at a real University. That's when the trouble began. My mom insisted that I cut my shoulder-length hair, which is pictured somewhere in this blog's archives. I couldn't begin to tell you where.

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