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Presents

No, this isn’t about Christmas presents, it’s about some gifts that our dear President Bush has received, namely a bicycle or three. Not just any bicycle, no, a $5000 bicycle.

I was reading the Washington Post site and noticed an article about President Bush’s bicycling in the “More on washingtonpost.com” section of an info box. The president rides a custom-painted, $5000 Cannondale mountain bike. That price tag got me to thinking about how many semesters of college that one bike could pay for. $5,000 will pay for 2.29 semesters of tuition at a local state university. But he doesn’t just have one bicycle.

According to the article, he has three with a total value of $13,200. That amount of money would pay for six semesters of tuition at the same local university. I find it kind of amazing that some kids can’t go to school because they can’t afford it while the President rides around with a year’s tuition under his backside.

Bush Transforms Into Avid Mountain Biker – washingtonpost.com

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Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 8:49 pm

Posted in Education, General, Politics

Remembering Justice Louis Brandeis

Today marks the birth of Justice Louis Brandeis, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Justice Brandeis is of special import because he is essentially the father of our rights to privacy. In Olmstead v. United States, he wrote a dissenting opinion in which he stated that the Constitution protected Americans’ rights to privacy calling it “the right most valued by civilized men.” He was in the minority then, but 39 years later, the Supreme Court adopted his position when it overturned Olmstead in Katz v. United States.

Thank you Justice Brandeis. Too bad you’re not around today to protect our cherished rights.

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Monday, November 13, 2006 at 2:04 am

Posted in Civil Liberties

An illustrious start

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Sunday, November 12, 2006 at 5:03 pm

Posted in PicturePost, Technology

An 11 on the Gay-o-Meter

Val Kilmer sat down with Elle (magazine) and had the following to say:

ELLE: Having played Iceman in Top Gun, please rank its homoerotic content from 1 to 10, 1 being not gay at all, and 10 being Liberace in an F-16.

VAL KILMER: 11.

Also this…

ELLE: Which [of the women you’ve dated] would you have testify as a character witness?

VK: [Long pause] I’m trying to imagine who would be the most forgiving. Cher is a really smart girl and she’d provide perhaps not the most accurate information, but the testimony that would get me off.

December 2006 issue, page 308.

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Friday, November 10, 2006 at 12:14 am

Victory?

victory thumbnail I received an email last night (a newsletter type thing) from HRC claiming “MAJOR victories” in yesterday’s midterm elections.

I immediately thought, “Are the seven states that banned equal marriage a victory?” Maybe I’m too cynical.

Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee (overwhelmingly, 80% to 20%), Virginia, and Wisconsin all enacted constitutional amendments forbidding equal marriage. Colorado took it a step further by not only making equal marriage illegal, but also disallowing separate-but-(un)equal domestic partnerships.

I think it’s great that the Democrats took the House and most state legislatures and governorships up for grabs. And it’s even better that the Senate is within reach, but will this really benefit the GLBT community? Most of the pundits on CNN last night described many of the Democrat winners as “social conservatives” or “moderates” which I guess is code for “Republican registered as a Democrat”. I dunno.

There’s plenty of reason to be happy with the outcome of yesterday’s election and I found myself giddy more than once, but I can’t help but notice that nowhere in their announcement for a “stunning victory” and “a stinging rebuke for anti-GLBT politics” they nowhere mention the 7 new anti-equality amendments.

They do mention, though, the rejection of an anti-equality amendment in Arizona. I guess that’s a good thing. Go AZ!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 9:14 am