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What happened to Twiggy?

You know, Twiggy the original mod supermodel.

Here she is as she looks on the current episodes of America’s Next Top Model:

twiggy normal

Here she is now in a photo from a Daily Mail article about Paul McCartney’s son:

twiggy sick?

The caption at the bottom of the image on the article says, “M&S model stops by: Twiggy is an old friend of the McCartney family”.

There’s only one model named Twiggy that I know of so here’s the question: What has Twiggy done to herself? Is she sick? What’s going on?

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Friday, November 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm

Thompson will run on social non-issues instead of something important?

In an interview with CNN, Fred Thompson said that he would work towards a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and overturning Roe v. Wade.

I don’t think that one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage or allowing gay marriage and have another state be required to follow along,

Nevermind the fact that the current DOMA exempts marriage equality from the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

When asked about how he would deal with Iraq, the only answer he gave was, “We can’t run away with our tails between our legs.” (paraphrased)

CNN Political Ticker Thompson: Roe ‘bad law and bad medicine’ «

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Friday, August 17, 2007 at 3:39 pm

The most stupid thing I’ve read all day

This is by far the most stupid thing that I’ve read all day, maybe all of the past week. Rod Bullough is an idiot a member of Freedom2Choose, a group that campaigned against the newly-instituted smoking ban in England:

The smokers are really being discriminated against and treated how we wouldn’t treat any ethnic minority.

ABC News: England Snuffs Out Smoking

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Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 10:18 pm

Obama translations

During the Democratic debate last Thursday night, Joe Biden and Barack Obama had this exchange:

Joe Biden: …I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. There’s no shame in being tested for AIDS. It’s an important thing because the fact of the matter is, in the communities engaged in denial, no one wants to talk about it in the community and we do not have enough leaders in the community and outside the community demanding we face the reality, confront the men in the community as well as the women, letting them know there are alternatives.

Tavis Smiley: Thank you.

Barack Obama: Tavis, I just got to make clear that I got tested with Michelle when we were in Kenya in Africa, so I don’t want any confusion here about what’s going on.

Joe Biden: Well, I got tested to save my life because I had a blood transfusion.

Barack Obama: I was tested with my wife.

Tavis Smiley: And I’m sure Michelle appreciates you clarifying that.

Barack Obama: In public.

He was so insistent that it was just a publicity stunt. God forbid anyone think he got tested because it’s a responsible thing to do.

TerranceDC at Pam’s House Blend has another take on it. He might be, and probably is, right:

Maybe I’m drawing too much on my experience as a black gay man, but Obama’s reaction came across to me as much like the reaction of so many “bruthas” when the topic of homosexuality comes up. Even the most seemingly non-homophic will follow up a seemingly progressive statement about homosexuality by saying or otherwise affirming that “I ain’t no punk.”

Pam’s House Blend:: Did Obama Blow It? That Depends…

On Joe Biden, though, and his second quoted statement, I never knew that he’d had a transfusion. I wonder if there was a real concern of tainted blood or if it was just a routine test and he’s being dramatic.

Written by Jeff

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 3:02 pm

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Infectious diseases and the no-fly list

With the news that a man infected with a resistant strain of TB was allowed to fly to Europe and back, I’m wondering why this man wasn’t put on the TSA‘s no fly list. ABC News reported on World News with Charlie Gibson that the man was advised by the CDC that he should not fly, but he decided to anyway.

The public health officers of the CDC have the authority to have a person who they believe to be a threat to public safety arrested and confined but they didn’t.  The reason:  they didn’t know that the strain that he’s infected with was as resistant then.  Apparently, they didn’t see the need to confine him.  They do now, though.

I guess the question I have is that if he was infectious at all, why was he just given an “advisory” not to travel.  If people critical of Bush can find their way onto the no-fly list, why can’t people who pose not just a health hazard to others but also a genuine security threat to America and other nations?

CDC Issues Tuberculosis Warning | TIME

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Miss Tammy Faye, Part 2

I wrote a year ago about Tammy Faye Messner’s fight with cancer and how things weren’t looking good. A year later, things are looking worse. She’s down to 65 pounds and her doctors have stopped their treatment of her. She’s posted a letter on her website about her illness and its effect on her life.

The doctors have stopped trying to treat the cancer and so now it’s up to God and my faith. And that’s enough! But please continue to pray for the pain and sick stomach.

Tammy Faye Stops Cancer Treatments — Towleroad

Tammy Faye Bakker writes farewell note to fans | U.S. | Reuters

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Sunburn and $82,000

Today was our local March of Dimes WalkAmerica event. I helped out with registration table and wound up getting a sunburn on just one side of my body. I hate it when that happens. Anyway, the walk today brought in about $6,200 in cash at the registration table and somewhere around $82,000 altogether which is just a bit shy of last year’s total but still a respectable sum.

The bulk of the money came from teams and businesses’ matching grants, but there were a few outstanding individuals who raised money by themselves. I know one woman raised at least $275 on her own. I think she’s the mother of a premature child so she had some extra incentive but that doesn’t make it any less admirable.

It was a great day (75° and sunny) and a great cause. I’m proud to have been a part.

Buy something! Help support March of Dimes

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Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 8:16 pm