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Sunday, February 9, 2003

Bill O'Reilly
whining about big, bad ACLU. Great read!

2/9/03:11:05:34 PM PST    
Two Peas, One Pod, Bad Taste
"The Americans lead lavish lives and they are afraid of death. We are not afraid of death. The Americans love Pepsi Cola. We love death". -Mullah Omar

"Indeed, it seems to me," Mr. Scalia said in Chicago, "that the more Christian a country is the less likely it is to regard the death penalty as immoral. Abolition has taken its firmest hold in post-Christian Europe, and has least support in the churchgoing United States. I attribute that to the fact that for the believing Christian, death is no big deal."

2/9/03:10:59:29 PM PST    

Sex, Feb. 14 Don't Go Hand In Hand
I personally don't have a problem with married couples using condoms because they don't want to have children at the moment. That's because I don't see a problem with married couples having sex as little or as often as they want. However, people who are on their first date or who have known each other only a short time really should think about having sex, either just because it's Valentine's Day or...just because. If people would be truly responsible and refrain from sex until they are married, we wouldn't have a need for National Condom Day or the panic over STDs and unwanted pregnancy.

Of course this premise means that gays and lesbians, who are not allowed to marry, can never have sex.

National Condom Day (there's a National Condom Week as well) is not what I would call a holiday. It's more like National Secretary's Day or National Arbor Day which I think anyone would be hard pressed to call holidays. Certainly noone takes off work.

These type of days are simply for some industry, in this case the latex industry, to highlight its products and try to educate the consumer. It may be silly but I'm pretty sure most industries have their own National Days. Given that having a "National Day" is a given what day seems appropriate? Well all thing being equal Valentine's Day and its emphasis on romance does seem like a natural fit, from a marketing perspective it's pretty much a lock.

I agree that people on their first date shouldn't be worrying about condom usage. I concur that casual intercourse may be ill advised and would abhor any attempted correlation between casual sex and Valentine's Day/National Condom Day.

But to be sure we do not have a National Condom Week because we need it. It serves a purpose to both allow an industry to highlight itself and by focusing the often scattered national dialogue towards matters of sexual health. Just the fact that Emilie has addressed condoms in a public sphere is one step towards a discussion on sexual health.

2/9/03:10:28:47 PM PST    

Bukkake Video Streams
on Dragnet.

2/9/03:10:26:32 PM PST    
Slammed I Am, But I Will Not Eat Green Eggs & Ham
have you ever thought of asking your daughter to share a sunbeam as it warms her skin or the caress of a gentle breeze. When she feels these things she knows you are there. and for god's sake get her picture OFF the website. Speaking as a mother it sickens me you've connected her to a website with links on orgies, how to use a condom and what was that banter about her mother on a gurney --HELLO!

This mother from Rockville Maryland (didn't think I know who you are did you?) has apparently taken me to task.

She reminds of those kind babushkas who would ride L so hard for breastfeeding in public. Don't you know young lady YOU are responsible for protecting our delicate sensibilities!!!

Hogwash! HELLO!?!?!?!?!

2/9/03:9:02:14 PM PST    

Power Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality
Clay Shirkey has some very interesting things to say in this essay. Surely he is spot on with several of his points. But the whole piece is premised upon "linking" being the sole currency of a web log. That is an oversight and certainly makes his conclusions less than confirmed.

Compared to many this site falls into his power curve formula near the top. But this currency of linking as a defined process is something I have only begun to explore. It would be interesting I think to look at these types of arguments in ways which include a multitude of different currencies in addition to links.

2/9/03:11:22:27 AM PST    

Satire is in fact meant to puncture tired gasbags. It's true.

This is not the same thing as saying the satirist is pro-war. These folks really really really need to learn better how to think and to make clear distinctions. SNL last night was full of great satire. But it is a giant leap to turn around and say this satire proves the writing staff of SNL is pro-war. Geeesh!

2/9/03:11:17:25 AM PST    

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