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Ashcroft hospitalized with gallstone complications
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:12 am EST, Mar  6, 2004

] U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is in the intensive
] care unit of a Washington hospital after being admitted
] Thursday night for gallstone pancreatitis, the Justice
] Department said Friday.

I hope they are very painful and very serious. -LB

Ashcroft hospitalized with gallstone complications

The Bush Social Policy
Topic: Society 1:01 am EST, Mar  6, 2004

] From a former professor:
] At Harvard Business School, thirty years ago, George
] Bush was a student of mine. I still vividly remember him.
] In my class, he declared that "people are poor because
] they are lazy." He was opposed to labor unions, social
] security, environmental protection, Medicare, and public
] schools. To him, the antitrust watch dog, the Federal
] Trade Commission, and the Securities Exchange Commission
] were unnecessary hindrances to "free market competition."
] To him, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was "socialism."
] Recently, President Bush's Federal Appeals Court Nominee,
] California's Supreme Court Justice Janice Brown, repeated
] the same broadside at her Senate hearing. She knew that
] her pronouncement would please President Bush and Karl
] Rove and their Senators. President Bush and his brain,
] Karl Rove, are leading a radical revolution of destroying
] all the democratic political, social, judiciary, and
] economic institutions that both Democrats and moderate
] Republicans had built together since Roosevelt's New
] Deal.

[ Yeah... as a Vanderbilt grad, i've had my own exposure to the "people are poor because they don't want to work hard". And as much as i try to be fair to people, it's usually the most intellectually lazy sons and daughters of priviledge that have this opinion. It's a bullshit argument from people who lack any perspective on what a normal human being is like. Bush is a rich kid. He's never been poor, and he's never been close enough to it to have a clue what it means. I don't think he's interested in discovering what it really means to be poor, or what it takes to help people. His policies are transparent, like every so-called fiscal conservative i've ever met. I'm convinced most fiscal conservatives are like most fundamentalist christians... going through the motions, preaching self righteously about beliefs and ideals they don't actually live by, when their true motivating factors are power and greed. You want to support a candidate because he'll hook you up with more money, and fuck the rest? Fine, say so outright. But i'm pretty sick of hearing the "i'm fiscally conservative, but socially liberal" line. Bullshit. 9 times out of 10 you're greedy and want more money... quit sugar coating it. Bush is bad for the average american. Period. -k]

The Bush Social Policy

RE: Atlanta,Georgia,11Alive,ATLANTA,News,Weather,Doppler,sports,events
Topic: Society 12:45 am EST, Mar  6, 2004

ryan is the supernicety wrote:
] ] Senate bill 500, sponsored by conservative Republicans
] ] and members of the Green Party and libertarians, would
] ] add printers to Georgia’s 26,000 computerized voting
] ] booths so that officials have the ability to review any
] ] election.
] ]
] ] "What Senate bill 500 does is say there ought to be a
] ] paper trail. There ought to be a ballot like we did
] ] before that is cast for every single individual, so that
] ] if there's a problem or a question there's a check," said
] ] state Senator Tom Price (R-Roswell).
] Ryan -- we should find a way to support this...

thank GOD. Yea it WOULD be kinda nice to be able to review and verify the results of something trivial like an ELECTION OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS, wouldn't it? :)

I'm actually amazed the electronic voting machines were approved without any sort of checks and balances. No one was smart / brave enought to ask the tough questions... "what if the system crashes or is hacked? how can you verify how people voted?" -LB

RE: Atlanta,Georgia,11Alive,ATLANTA,News,Weather,Doppler,sports,events

Furor over Bush's 9/11 ad
Topic: Current Events 11:20 pm EST, Mar  5, 2004

Elonka wrote:
] If people are going to blame Bush for everything that goes
] wrong, then I believe that they should also give him credit
] for some of the things that go *right*. And say what you
] will, we haven't had another 9/11 while on his watch.

Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
Lisa: That's specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, dear.
Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: It's just a stupid rock.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you?
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.

Furor over Bush's 9/11 ad

God Hates Shrimp
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:17 pm EST, Mar  4, 2004

] Shrimp, crab, lobster, clams, mussels, all these are an
] abomination before the Lord, just as gays are an
] abomination. Why stop at protesting gay marriage? Bring
] all of God's law unto the heathens and the sodomites.

[ Drawing attention to stupid fundamentalists is funny. -k]

God Hates Shrimp

RE: Lifestyle of the Richie and famous
Topic: Current Events 2:59 pm EST, Mar  4, 2004

IconoclasT wrote:
] LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Lionel Richie's wife,
] who is seeking spousal support from the pop star as their
] divorce case proceeds, has told a Los Angeles judge that the
] couple regularly spent more than $300,000 a month.
] Diane Richie, in a written declaration published on the
] Smoking Gun Web site (, said her
] monthly expenses include $15,000 for clothing, shoes and
] accessories, $3,000 for "dermatology" and $1,000 for laser
] hair removal.
] The 37-year-old mother of two, who filed for a divorce in
] January, said that each month she spends $600 on hair, $250 on
] nails, $150 on electrolysis, $450 on facials, $500 for her
] trainer and $600 each on Pilates, massages, and therapy.

] $4k in monthly dermatology and hair removal expenses?

If she really needs that much work, no wonder he's leaving her.

RE: Lifestyle of the Richie and famous

Martian Pasta
Topic: Science 12:21 am EST, Mar  4, 2004

Opportunity's Microscopic Imager found this intriguing object, looking more like Rotini pasta. Its odd shape has stirred up Mars researchers, both inside and outside of the NASA Mars Rover Exploration team. Whether or not this object is related to biology has prompted a variety of views.

Main Story:

Martian Pasta

RE: DJ Jibs
Topic: Humor 12:21 am EST, Mar  4, 2004

inignoct wrote:
] [ Ha! Not bad. -k]

You are right. Not bad - horrible.

Someone please inform "DJ Jibs" that having a Mac and a copy of Final Cut Pro does not mean he has talent - even though he probably spent the better half of an hour editing this.

Jibs seems to think hes some geek answer to Eminem. Eminem sux and white men can not rap* Didn't Vanilla Ice teach you kids ANYTHING???

LB "Word to yo MOTHER!"

*there is an exception to every rule, and Weird Al is the only white man that should be allowed to rap IMO.

RE: DJ Jibs

Bookies Stop Taking Bets on Life on Mars
Topic: Current Events 11:22 pm EST, Mar  3, 2004

] The information coming in from the Mars rovers is
] exciting for NASA, but it's ending some of the action for
] bookies in Britain.
] The bookmaking firm Ladbrokes announced it's stopped
] taking bets on the question of whether there was ever
] life on Mars.
] NASA scientists said yesterday that the rover Opportunity
] found strong evidence to suggest at least part of the Red
] Planet once had a wet enough environment to sustain life.
] A Ladbrokes spokesman says the latest odds in favor of
] past life on Mars were 16-1. Back in the '70s, when the
] first bets were placed, the odds were 1,000-1.
] He says he expects that scientists will find evidence of
] past life on Mars within the coming years.

Bookies Stop Taking Bets on Life on Mars Technology | Technical problems reported in e-voting
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:32 pm EST, Mar  3, 2004

] A security issue also arose in Georgia.
] Georgia Tech student Peter Sahlstrom said he found 10
] Diebold terminals sitting unprotected in the lobby of the
] school's student center Monday. Sahlstrom, 22,
] photographed the machines in their unlocked cases.
] "Frankly, this makes me nervous and ... it validates a
] lot of the concerns I already had," Sahlstrom said in a
] phone interview.

[ Yeah... this is from *today*. Still no accountability. Still no audit trail. Still no concern for security of eVoting systems. If there's a compromise in november, the country's gonna go nuts. Sweet jesus help Kathy Cox if that shit goes down, because there are some people that're gonna wanna have a word with her, and every other moron whose given carte blanche to Diebold. -k]

Lets see... no paper record of how someone voted. Translation - no way to verify or do a recount, because there is no physical record. And people are OK with this?? Then again, considering less than half of elegable voters turn out to vote, it should come as no surprise. Dip shits. Technology | Technical problems reported in e-voting

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