Thursday, January 27, 2005

And We're Supposed To Be Morally Superior?

From the India Times:

SAN JUAN: Female interrogators tried to break Muslim detainees at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay by touching them sexually, wearing skimpy clothing such as a miniskirt and thong underwear and in one case smearing a Saudi man's face with fake menstrual blood, according to an insider's written account.

A rough manuscript obtained by The Associated Press is classified as secret pending a Pentagon review for a planned book that details ways the US military used women as part of tougher physical and psychological interrogation tactics to get terror suspects to talk.

It's the most revealing account so far of interrogations at the secretive detention camp, where officials say they have halted some
controversial techniques.
Ugh! This is making me quite ill.

Allegedly Gay Cartoon Characters-Those "Fundies" Have Completely Snapped!

First it was Teletubbie Tinkie Winkie. Jerry Falwell said that as Tinkie Winkie was (a) Purple, (b) Had a triangle on his head, (c) and carried a purse, that he was gay.
Link here.
Then it was Spongebob Squarepants being dissed by James Dobson of the Conservative Madhouse "Focus on the Family".
Link here.
Now those nut jobs in the Bush Administration (Sec. of Education Margaret Spellings) are going after PBS for having a gay (lesbian) character in a show teaching kids about tolerance. Tolerance. Now there's a frightening, anti-Christian concept to be sure.
Link to that nonsense here.
What ever must they think of Batman & Robin?

Yikes! It's snowing again!

Another snowstorm again last night. It looks as though we "only" got another 6-8 inches of the stuff. UGH!! I'm opening the office at 10 rather than 9 today although I doubt there'll be much to do. Looks like another posting day.


Wednesday, January 26, 2005

OUT ..... At Last!!

OUT Magazine arrived with our wedding story in it. Click on the link below to see it.

Mother and The Groom


Condo "Sleaza" Rice Confirmed by Senate and Gonzalez's Nomination for AG goes forward

How do you get the most important diplomatic job on the planet? Lie, misrepresent, evade, and (you'll forgive the expression) brown-nose your boss.

Next up: Alberto I-can-get-you-off-jury-duty-so-they-won't-find-out-you're-a-boozebag Gonzalez. There is an interesting report that The Citizens for Responsibility Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a bar complaint in Texas against Gonzalez for lying about his role in getting Busch (sic) off of jury duty in Texas, while he was Governor, because the "good 'ol boys" in Texas didn't want it revealed that he had been convicted of drunken-driving. The good stuff:

The complaint alleges that Gonzales inaccurately portrayed his role in appearing before a Texas court when President Bush, then Governor of Texas, was summoned for jury duty. Gonzales has claimed that although he appeared in court with the Governor, he merely observed the defense counsel make a motion to strike the Governor from the jury panel and then when asked by the Judge whether the Governor had any views on this, replied that he did not.

In marked contrast, Michael Isikoff, reporting for Newseek, has written that the defense lawyer, prosecutor and judge involved in the case all recall the incident differently. In their version, Gonzales asked to have an off-the-record conference in the judge’s chambers where Gonzales then asked the judge, David Crain, to strike Mr. Bush from the jury, arguing that the Governor might one day be asked to pardon the defendant. Isikoff writes that Judge Crain found Gonzales’s argument “extremely unlikely” but out of deference, agreed to allow the motion to strike, which the defense lawyer then made.

CREW’s complaint alleges that by misstating the facts surrounding the conversation in the judge’s chambers Gonzales may have violated 18 U.S.C. §1001, which makes it a federal crime to make false statements to a congressional committee. The complaint further alleges that Mr. Gonzales has violated two Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure: 8.04(a)(2) which prohibits lawyers from committing crimes that reflect adversely on their honesty or trustworthiness; and 8.04(a)(3) which prohibits lawyers from engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

CREW’s Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated, “The marked contrast between the version of events Mr. Gonzales provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the version told by the three other individuals involved – the prosecutor, the defense lawyer and the judge – is enough to require the State Bar of Texas to investigate this matter.” Sloan continued, “Violations of the bar rules can lead to disbarment. The Senate should delay voting on Mr. Gonzales’s nomination until this matter is cleared up or face the prospect of having an Attorney General who has lost his bar license.”

I can smell the stink in Washington from here.

Blizzard Snaps

Here are some Blizzard '05 snapshots.

This is the house across the street from us on Sunday

A view of our front porch

A view towards my car

And here's what it normally looks like.

This is as far as I could open the back door. This was at approximately 2:30pm on Sunday the 23rd

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

OUT Magazine finally publishes our story

Out Magazine has posted "What's inside our current issue" on their web site and what do you think? There's a story called Deborah Button's Son Takes A Husband. We haven't received our copy yet but when it arrives I will post the PDF file here. I'm on pins and needles!

Snowstorm on the Cape

They're calling it the Blizzard of '05 here and it has been a nightmare. I sent Button to the store for emergency supplies and he came back with ice and liquor. So we had plenty to drink anyway. Actually I went to the market and got stuff to make red gravy, stuffed peppers, you know... the bare necessities. We got about 3 feet of new snow and were not dug out by the lawn guys until 9:00am this morning. It was kinda neat but I am sure glad to be outta the house.
It is quiet here at work. I doubt if anything will happen today. We're expecting another 4-8 inches tonight and tomorrow. I wonder if people will go nuts like yesterday and Sunday. We'll have to wait and see. I'll post some photos of the storm when I get back home to my PC.

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