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Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Time:3:18 am.
H. L. Mencken: "Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on 'I am not too sure.' "
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Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

Subject:Quotes of the Day.
Time:12:25 pm.
"Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you. " - Sartre

"We are all born mad. Some remain so." - Beckett

"Death? Why this fuss about death. Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! . . . Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil." - Gilman

"I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe... ?" - Kate Chopin

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will." - Shaw

"If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose" - Bukowski
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Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Subject:We all know...
Time:4:36 am.
Mood: accomplished.
how utterly frustrating automated phone systems are. I've read a couple posts on the subject by a few of you. Well, turns out that someone went beyond my idea of just overloading the system with random numbers and actually compiled a database on the subject.

I present you with:


An end to your automated telephone system woes. It lists how to get to a human ASAP, for a TON of companies and services.

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Subject:make it a felony for anyone to take a woman across the state line to obtain an abortion elsewhere
Time:9:06 pm.
I have no words.

Bill would outlaw abortion
Ohio legislation would make no exception for rape, incest or to save woman's life. Hearing is Tuesday
By Carl Chancellor
Beacon Journal staff writer

Tuesday has been on Roberta Aber's calendar for some time now.

What she terms ``an extreme piece of legislation'' -- another hot button issue popping up in the middle of this election year -- is scheduled for a Tuesday hearing in the Ohio House, and it has the full attention of the executive director of Planned Parenthood of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties.

House Bill 228, as proposed by State Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Cincinnati, would criminalize all abortion -- whether to save the life of the woman or to end pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.

Furthermore, it would make it a felony for anyone to take a woman across the state line to obtain an abortion elsewhere.

``What are these legislators trying to do?'' Aber asked.

Her reference was to Brinkman and 17 co-sponsors including two area state lawmakers: Mary Taylor, R-Green, and John Widowfield, R-Cuyahoga Falls.

Taylor and Widowfield have not responded to numerous requests for comment, but state Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island -- the state Democratic chairman -- was quick to offer an explanation as to why an abortion ban is about to become a hot Ohio issue.

``They (the Ohio House Republicans) are doing it for the exact same reason as President Bush... using hot button issues to motivate the Republican right,'' Redfern said.

With Bush's poll approval ratings at an all-time low, the president weighed in on the immigration issue and began urging the U.S. Senate to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage -- moves that prompted critics to claim the president is creating domestic issues to divert public attention from the war in Iraq.

Rousing conservatives

And according to Redfern, the GOP on both the national and state level is seeking to rouse its conservative base for what is shaping up to be an extremely competitive election season.

``Think about it,'' Redfern said. ``(Gov. Bob) Taft considers himself to be a supporterof right to life. For 16 years the Republicans have controlled the statehouse and have controlled the legislature for 12 years. If they had wanted to pass an abortion ban they would have... Every two years they roll out these old ideas to motivate the Republican right.''

Nonsense, says Brinkman, who authored the bill and dismisses Redfern's analysis.

``I introduced this bill more than a year ago,'' Brinkman said. ``I'm 100 percent Pro Life.''

And he says the fact that Ohio lawmakers are conducting hearings on his bill now has to do with timing, but different timing than Redfern suggests.

``A year ago we didn't have the vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court,'' Brinkman said. Since then two Bush nominees were named to the court, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. And with those appointments, conservatives believe they now have a court that is positioned to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

While Redfern dismisses Brinkman's effort as political posturing and gives the bill little chance of making it out of committee, Kellie Copeland, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, isn't taking any chances.

``The purpose of H.B. 228 is to overturn Roe v. Wade,'' she said. Copeland said supporters of H.B. 228 are intentionally trying to enact legislation that is ``clearly unconstitutional'' as a way to push an extremist agenda all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1973 the Court with its Roe ruling recognized a right of a woman to terminate a pregnancy.

What worries abortion rights supporters most about the bill is that a similar bill was enacted earlier this year in South Dakota. The measure makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions. The only exception to the South Dakota law is when an abortion is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.

``South Dakota was a wake-up call for a lot of people,'' Copeland said.

``South Dakota legislators launched an attack on a woman's right to choose,'' Copeland said. ``Will Ohio lawmakers now follow them down this path with an even more extreme ban?''

Both sides rallying

Copeland said members of her 20,000-person group along with dozens of abortion rights advocates from across the state will show up in Columbus for Tuesday's hearing to fight the bill.

``We're gearing up, loaded for bear... We won't let this politically inspired attack on women's health go unanswered... We are ready to give them the fight of their lives,'' Copeland said.

Likewise the anti-abortion camp will be well-represented.

``I will be there giving testimony,'' said Denise Mackura, executive director of Ohio Right to Life.

Ironically, though, Mackura's group, which has more than 70 chapters and some 50,000 members across Ohio, is not taking an official position on the bill.

``Because it is prohibiting abortion we are certainly supportive of the underlying principle,'' Mackura said. But the bill as it is currently written, she said, fails to safeguard some measures that anti-abortion advocates have fought to get into law -- such as informed consent that requires a minimum 24-hour waiting period for any woman seeking an abortion and parental consent for minors.

As written, the bill would not only ban abortion, but would also require the repeal of all laws that regulate or restrict abortion. The fear among anti-abortion activists is that if the bill became law and was challenged and reversed by the courts, the statutes eliminated by the legislation would not automatically be reinstated.

Mackura said she doesn't believe a law needs to directly challenge Roe to overturn it.

``The problem with this kind of law (H.B. 228) is that the lower courts will immediately strike it down,'' said Mackura. She said the likelihood of the U.S. Supreme Court coming behind a lower court to take up the case would be highly improbable.

People unaware of bill

Copeland said what is ``really dangerous'' about H.B. 228 is that it has flown under the radar of most Ohioans.

``Most people don't know anything about it. The ban hasn't gotten a lot of press,'' Copeland said, adding that the best way to end ``this political interference'' with individual, private medical decisions is through elections.

``We not only have to show up at this hearing on June 13 to fight against this ban, but Ohio's pro-choice majority must show up at the ballot box on Nov. 7th to elect leaders who share our values.''

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in House hearing room 313.
Carl Chancellor can be reached at 330-996-3725 or cchancellor@thebeaconjournal.com.
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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Time:11:01 pm.
*shrug* Why not?:

Respond with a song lyric that reminds you of me,
then put this in your own LJ and see what lyrics you get.
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Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Subject:technology is amazing
Time:12:43 am.
Mood: amused.
So lately I've been burping up acid. yummy. it makes me puke. so I puke at work today and they tell me to go home. joe is there and was waiting for a cab to the mall that never came so I bring him to the mall. I randomly suggest he go get a tat. so right now I'm in atomic tattoo. he's getting ink I stole his phone to check lj. this phone fucking rocks.
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Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Subject:If you can see this, you MUST read this.
Time:9:18 pm.
If you read this, and don't click the link, fill out a few fields. Tell me. So I can delete you. 'Cause this effects everything, and if you're online reading this, it effects you. Sign the fucking petition.


Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an Ipod? These activities, plus MoveOn's online organizing ability, will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law that gives giant corporations more control over the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Amazon doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

If Net Neutrality is gutted, MoveOn either pays protection money to dominant Internet providers or risks that online activism tools don't work for members. Amazon and Google either pay protection money or risk that their websites process slowly on your computer. That why these high-tech pioneers are joining the fight to protect Network Neutrality[1]--and you can do your part today.

The free and open Internet is under seige--can you sign this petition letting your member of Congress know you support preserving Network Neutrality? Click here:


Then, please forward this to 3 friends. Protecting the free and open Internet is fundamental--it affects everything. When you sign this petition, you'll be kept informed of the next steps we can take to keep the heat on Congress. Votes begin in a House committee next week.

MoveOn has already seen what happens when the Internet's gatekeepers get too much control. Just last week, AOL blocked any email mentioning a coalition that MoveOn is a part of, which opposes AOL's proposed "email tax."[2] And last year, Canada's version of AT&T--Telus--blocked their Internet customers from visiting a website sympathetic to workers with whom Telus was negotiating.[3]

Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Many of them take campaign checks from big telecom companies and are on the verge of selling out to people like AT&T's CEO, who openly says, "The internet can't be free."[4]

Together, we can let Congress know we are paying attention. We can make sure they listen to our voices and the voices of people like Vint Cerf, a father of the Internet and Google's "Chief Internet Evangelist," who recently wrote this to Congress in support of preserving Network Neutrality:

My fear is that, as written, this bill would do great damage to the Internet as we know it. Enshrining a rule that broadly permits network operators to discriminate in favor of certain kinds of services and to potentially interfere with others would place broadband operators in control of online activity...Telephone companies cannot tell consumers who they can call; network operators should not dictate what people can do online.[4]
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Friday, April 21st, 2006

Subject:For my animal lovers
Time:1:50 am.
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Friday, March 24th, 2006

Subject:After years of resisting...
Time:1:28 am.
Anime has sucked me in.

Samurai Champloo.

Fuck you, Adult Swim. Fuck you.
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Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Time:1:46 am.
HB 2884 paassed out of committee Monday night. It is now authored by Representative Thad Balkman of Norman, Oklahoma. It has the following language:

No pharmacist, nor any agent or employee of a pharmacist:
1) Shall be prohibited from refusing to provide contraceptive procedures, supplies, and information when refusal is based upon religious or concientious objection.

This language if passed into law will allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control if they so choose. If they are the only pharmacist in town....women are just out of luck. It is clear that they plan to prevent women from using birth control if they can.
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Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Subject:If you're an animal person...
Time:11:57 pm.
Yeah, I read this and almost started bawling.

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Subject:The Billboards post inspired me...
Time:4:37 am.
In most states (I didn't have time to google them all) it is illegal for a minor to be in possession of alcohol. Furthermore, it is illegal to be in possession of a fake ID.

So, lets say, you're 23 or so...and at a bar. There's a girl there, drinking with an ID that says she's 21. You take her home, or go somewhere, whatever, ya have sex.

She was actually 17. So you're fucked, well and good. You're a registered sex offender, you're on probation for however long, you're a felon, you can't vote, own a firearm, can't work with children, ever... your life is pretty fucked up.

If its illegal to possess alcohol underage, which you legally need an ID to obtain...and its illegal to possess a fake ID...both of which are chargeable offenses...

Should the 'victim' be charged too?

Why isn't obtaining sex underage (with a fake ID) also illegal? If it is proven without a doubt, that in the minor in question was in an adult only place (like a bar or club thats 18+) with fake identification in their possession should the adult even be charged?

If government issued ID (even altered, or forged) is not a valid defense, then what value do these documents really have? Unless the government is going to issue every adult in the country a machine that can tell fake from authentic, what grounds do they have to state that anyone should know one from the other?

Personally, I think they should charge the 'minor' and leave the 'adult' alone.

Should these girls that ruin lives be registered as sex offenders, too? They obtained sex by committing fraud, and altering government issued documents. If it is to be assumed that the adult in question would not be consenting if they did know the actual age of the minor, how exactly is it NOT rape?

If you use a chemical substance to gain consent from someone that would not otherwise consent, you are a rapist.

If you use a fake ID to gain consent from someone that would not consent without that age verification, you are a rape victim.

Thoughts, Comments?

Note: Yes, I know.  A few handful of states do allow fake ID to be used as a valid defense, but not many.  That's not really the question.  The question is, should the 'minor' be charged as well, and if so, with what?
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Saturday, February 25th, 2006

Subject:Dear Friends...
Time:11:54 pm.
If you voted for Bush either time, or you're celebrating South Dakota's new law, please remove yourself from my friends list. You're an idiot and I hope you can live with yourself.

The turn this country is taking is rediculous.

"The land of the free."

The land where annoying someone on the internet without disclosing your identity can land you in jail.

The land where men make decisions about organs they don't possess and cannot possibly understand.

The land where a man that cannot pronounce the simplist words of his native tounge is Commander and Chief of one of the greatest military forces in the world.

The land where morality is more important than practicality.

The land where morality is more important than mercy.

The land where people take stands against or for things they don't actually understand.

The land where politically correct has become so important, that truth is unexcusable and shameful.

The land where a couple that will not notice that their 15 year old took their other six children out for a drive illegally can adopt, but a squeaky clean intelligent rich gay couple cannot.

The land where they'll keep your braindead body alive to further political stances, while disregarding your final wishes.

The land that has become so indulgent of its people, so terrified of causing insult, that ebonics is accepted as a dialect, instead of recognized for the dysfunctional speech pattern it is.

Yeah, we're free. From what?
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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Time:7:44 pm.
Okay, here's the deal.  I have no fucking clue how to make custom layouts, they fucking baffle me to NO end.  So.  I made on in photoshop (yeah, laugh, whatever).  Do any of you have the l33t skillz to make a layout that pretty much duplicates the picture below?  If so, just lemme know what info you need pics uploaded, whatever.  I will be in major debt to anyone that can do this for me.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Subject:My Gamer fiends! Check this out.
Time:11:57 pm.
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Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Subject:I'm in love.
Time:4:19 am.
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Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Time:1:53 am.

Fri, Jan. 20th, 2006, 08:29 pm [protected]
</a></a>_silverrain_: Reposted for </a></b></a>happythermia...

The West Jersey Animal Shelter is closing at the end of this month. The
Pennsauken, NJ shelter had it's license revoked due to unkept and
dangerous conditions for the animals. There are currently 31 dogs and 5
cats on the premises that are in desperate need of adoption. If these
animals are not adopted by the end of the month, they will be

West Jersey Animal Shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Friday
from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays
and Sundays. Phone (856) 486-2180.


Even if you can't
adopt an animal, please repost this.. Eventually it will reach someone
who can.. Even if only one pet is adopted, that's still a big
difference for that animal's life...
The poor little babies :(
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Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Subject:How fucking cool...
Time:11:31 pm.
is this:


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Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Time:3:49 pm.
Bidding on ebay for tickets. May end up with 2, since its impossible to find 1.

Anyone interested?
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Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Subject:Kill me now.
Time:2:20 am.
So Billy Joel is playing the Forum on the 12th. I LOVE Billy Joel. LOVE. I'm desperately seeking tickets. If I don't see this, imma cry. The man is getting old, damnit.

For once I almost wish I was still in NY.

He's playing SIX shows there at Maddy Square.


Ideas are welcome.
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