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Sad day: Miss Tammy Faye, part 3

On Friday, Miss Tammy Faye lost her 11 year battle against cancer. I was gone from around 11:00AM Friday and didn’t find out until very late Saturday night when someone was channel surfing and stumbled up on CNN. I have written previously about Mrs. Messner and her health. Her death wasn’t surprising since the last report that I read said that she’d dropped to 65 pounds and her doctors had stopped her treatment, but it was nonetheless sad news.

Rest in peace, Miss Tammy Faye.

I think being gay is just being a person who has a different thought on life. They’re just people. I don’t think that God categorizes people. I went to Disneyland one time, and it rained — it’s so awful when it rains at Disneyland — and everyone disappeared inside. And when the rain stopped and everybody came out, every single person had yellow raincoats on. You couldn’t tell the fat from the thin, the rich from the poor. You couldn’t tell anyone from anyone else. And that day I looked up and I said, “God, I think this is how you see us, all in yellow raincoats, and only you have the permission to look under those yellow raincoats.” link

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Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 10:57 pm

The Simpsons go high fashion

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Friday, July 20, 2007 at 12:22 am

Some cops are idiots, some are assholes, and some are both.

On Monday afternoon, I was wandering around town before a meeting and decided to go to get a snack. I had to turn right on to a five lane street. I was behind an un-marked police car (which isn’t that un-marked since you can see the blue lights in the rear window and the “Police Interceptor” badge that Ford put on it). We both turned into the outside lane like the traffic test book said we should.

I immediately signaled and changed into the inside lane because I had to make a left turn in a few lights so I wanted to be closer to the turn lane. As I was in the middle of the two lanes, the cop decided to change lanes, too. He basically cut me off and didn’t use his signal to boot. I got rather close to him because I wasn’t expecting that a cop would be so stupid as to do something like that without there being an actual emergency.

The cop immediately got back into the right lane and slowed down. I passed him. He again changed lanes without signaling and turned on his lights. He “pulled me over” in the middle of the lane to lecture me that I was following too closely to him.

“Do you know why I pulled you over?”
“No.”
“You were so close to me that I couldn’t see your hood.”
“Was this when I was trying to change lanes?”
evading the question “Did you know that there is a minimum distance that you’re supposed to keep?”

Imagine the audacity! The only reason I was too close to him was because he fucking cut me off!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm

So what if 78% of the witnesses recanted?

The wife of a police officer killed in 1989 had this to say about a stay of execution granted to her husband’s alleged killer:

The slain officer’s widow, Joan MacPhail, decried the ruling. “I believe they are setting a precedent for all criminals that it is perfectly fine to kill a cop and get away with it,” she said. “By making us wait, it’s another sock in the stomach. It’s tearing us up.”

I guess it doesn’t matter to her that “seven of nine main witnesses” who testified against Troy Davis in 1991 have now changed their story and claimed that the police pressured them to implicate Davis.

At the [George State Board of Pardons and Paroles] hearing, five witnesses gave significantly different evidence than they did in the 1991 trial that convicted Davis. In affidavits signed after the sentencing, multiple witnesses said police pressure forced them to wrongly implicate Davis.

I’ve no knowledge of the case and I don’t know if Mr. Davis is guilty or not, but isn’t it important to wait and see? Dead now or dead in 90 days, he’s still dead.

Stay of Execution for Georgia Man | Time.com

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Monday, July 16, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Posted in Crime

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Let’s take them up on their offer

And leave them to their civil war.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shrugged off U.S. doubts about his government’s military and political progress yesterday, saying his forces are capable and American troops can leave “any time they want.”

Al-Maliki dismisses doubts about Iraq government – Newsday.com

Iraq PM: Country can manage without U.S. – AMERICAblog

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Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Iraq

BURN! Raaditz smacks Tony Snow down. Hard.

Check it out:

Asked by ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz during a press briefing if Iraqi officials were planning to take August off, despite another progress report due in September, Snow said, “It looks like they may, yes, just like the U.S. Congress is.”

Pressed as to whether American officials had tried to talk Iraqi leaders out of their vacation, Snow said, “You know, it’s 130 degrees in Baghdad in August. I’ll pass on your recommendation.”

“Well, Tony, Tony, I’m sorry,” Raddatz replied. “There are a lot of things that happen by September, and it’s 130 degrees for the U.S. military also on the ground.”

CNN.com – CNN Political Ticker Snow singed over remark on Iraq heat

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Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 2:36 am

Posted in Iraq, Politics

Quick rant about Safari 3

Just a quickie:

I hate how in Safari 3 the Open Page With sub-menu is at the top of the Debug menu instead of at the bottom like it was in previous versions. Every time I go to open a page in Camino I automatically jump down to the bottom of the menu and then get lost and have a freak-out for about 30 seconds while I hunt for the right item.

Debug Menu in Safari

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Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 3:43 am

Posted in Apple, Browsers, Software