anna

I'm an air conditioned Gypsy, that's my solution

by anna at 06:04 PM on September 29, 2006

It happens all day long. People prattle on to you about this or that. Mostly it is about themselves or other people who have pissed them off. It is often mean-spirited. It is always boring. And you don't need to cope with it anymore.

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adam

Habeas Corpus

by adam at 01:36 AM on September 29, 2006

One of the things you learn about in your first year of law school is the concept of "due process": you can't simply be thrown in jail without charge. The government has to charge you with something, and a judge or a grand jury has to agree that there's actually enough admissible evidence to make the charge plausible. The right to due process is guaranteed by the Constitution. There's a reason for this: the framers knew, as we should given the proliferation of autocracies in this world, that one of the bluntest tools of repression is the baseless imprisonment of enemies of the regime.

So now Congress takes for itself the power to say, "no." Congress says, "we will imprison who we want, and you will accept it. We will tell you what they have done, or not, and they will stay in prison for as long as we decide they should, even until they die. We admit no possibility of mistake, we have to prove nothing, and we call this patriotism." And for those senators brave enough to stand up and try to fight this abomination, the Republicans in the Senate promise retribution.

Congress can not take away the right of habeas corpus, because the right doesn't come from Congress. To do this Congress must amend the Constitution, and it doesn't have the will. Unfortunately, the President has replaced two of the justices of the Supreme Court with people also inclined to support government power at any cost, so it is possible that if his justices turn out to be the lackeys he envisioned that this bill will stand. But it won't stand forever. Either the next Congress or Court will realize the depth of this mistake, or something else will happen. Our nation will decline, the beacon of liberty will be extinguished, and in a way this bill will undo its own makers.

How did your Senator vote? Find out here.

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anna

Made my bed and I sleep like a baby

by anna at 10:51 AM on September 23, 2006

Crib death, or as scientists call it, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is a curious phenomena. Especially when it occurs over and over in the same household. It is curious because it is a cause of death that has no medical explanation or basis. The baby just stops breathing in the crib and it is curtains for him or her. An autopsy typically turns up nothing.

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mg

he has danced into the danger zone, when a dancer becomes a dance

by mg at 08:28 AM on September 22, 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been in the U.S. the past couple days speaking at the United Nations. For some reason Iran scares the living snot out of me, so I've taken every chance I've had to watch him speak. Faces you fears head on, I always say. That's the same reason I went to see Celine Dion when I was in Vegas.

Yesterday was Mahmoud's big speech in front of the UN General Assembly yesterday, and I got to watch all of it live on CSPAN. I also watched most of his press conference today at the U.N. where he answered questions from journalists from around the world. I only watch most of it because Dancing With the Stars was on.

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anna

The worst things come from inside here

by anna at 10:11 AM on September 15, 2006

It's 8 AM and I am noting the irony in a columnist grousing about the racism of Survivor: Race Wars and then later making light of consummate white oaf Tucker Carlson being the first "star" ousted from Dancing with the Stars. What's next, Christians squaring off against Muslims and Buddhists and Sikhs? I flick on the TV and on either HBO or Comedy Central there is a WASPy cutup doing standup. It is odd cuz he isn't some loquacious brother trodding through the differences-between-the races fields plowed by Richard Pryor and Chris Rock so many years ago. Nor is he Sarah Silverman bringing her deadpan perspective to the bittersweetness of being a Jewsh girl raped by a doctor. He's talking about an awkward one night stand he had.

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anna

America the Beautiful (redux)

by anna at 11:13 AM on September 10, 2006

As both of Ann Coutler's leg-men fans know all too well, our kids' textbooks have been rewritten by sushi-eating, America-bashing commie pinko fags. My son confirms this. The following is the new history of america.

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anna

That musta been some other body no no child it wasn't me...

by anna at 09:47 AM on September 09, 2006

I'm a lover, not a fighter. My "number" hovers around 50. But I have never been in a real fistfight, unless you count the time I broke a speaker grill over the head of my stalker who was found murdered the next day. No altercations, no fisticuffs, no barroom brawls. The latter is significant, considering that I used to make my living as a pool hustler.

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anna

Anna Explains It All

by anna at 01:13 PM on September 05, 2006

The Newt drew flak for suggesting that women shouldn't serve in combat because they might be prone to infection when crouching in ditches. Just as the dean of Harvard got villified for saying that boys are better than girls at math and science. Which, at least statistically speaking, they are. He's now standing on a median with a coffee can in his hand.

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anna

She was the kind of person you meet at certain dismal dull affairs.

by anna at 08:53 AM on September 04, 2006

It was a small college town with just one bar and no movie theater. The kids would gather there to drink and drug and play pool. I would do there to stay sober and hustle them out of their parents money. I noticed a short-haired ethnic kind of chick with a Brookyn accent watching me play impassively. I could tell there was some kind of interest but I had no idea what sort. No idea.

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anna

While the future's there for anyone to change it would be easier sometimes to change the past

by anna at 08:55 AM on September 02, 2006

In Philly a couple peered out to their driveway and noticed that a man was busily raping a teen there. It happens. This being the City of Brotherly Love i.e. Incestual Homosexuality, they rushed to the distressed damsel's rescue.

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