SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND SONGS OF EXPERIENCE: Recently a young woman cited Ani DiFranco as a role model, and affirmed her belief in the abortion license. This has been one of DiFranco's causes for a while. But I couldn't help thinking of some lyrics that don't exactly fit in to the whole "it's not a child, it's a choice" worldview. ...I have a very hard time maintaining anything close to a stable personal identity over time; I doubt and regret actions almost as soon as I take them. And so it's all … [Read more...]

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I COULD RING A DINNER BELL. That's the missing line from "Obedience School." I'm a moron.(I do actually have something substantive to say, but I'm too tired to say it now. Expect it sometime before 3 AM EST.) … [Read more...]

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ALBERTO GONZALES: ...With the Geneva Conventions out of the way, Gonzales then asked the Office of Legal Counsel to analyze the government's obligations under the Federal Torture Act.The OLC responded with an infamous 50-page memo (Aug. 1, 2002) purporting to show that the president and his subordinates had legal permission to use torture. The memo defined torture so narrowly as to include only treatment equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying crippling injury, organ failure, or … [Read more...]

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PET SHOP BOYS SONG-BY-SONG COMMENTARY. Neat! Via the Yale Free Press blog. … [Read more...]

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I AM MANDRAKE!: "People find you purgative and difficult to take. In large doses you drive them insane."Which herb are you? … [Read more...]

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COMMERCIALS FROM THE '80s: Via SRD. … [Read more...]

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MAN GIVES CHARITY SOCIAL-SECURITY CHECK: Via JWB. A prosperous businessman didn't think he was entitled to his 2004 Social Security payments, so he became an early Santa Claus for the Salvation Army.Last week, the man dropped a check for $14,845 into a bell ringer's red kettle outside a bookstore in downtown Minneapolis. ...He noted the donation was tax deductible, adding, "Undoubtedly, the Salvation Army will make more productive use of the money than would be the case if I returned it to … [Read more...]

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