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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Prince is still weird

We love Prince. He's been awesome in concert
this summer. When he went to film his new music
video, Prince walked up to the director and every
member of the crew and asked them "Do you have
Jehovah in your heart?" Only a positive answer
kept them on set. And while making the video,
His Purple Lordship was accompanied by a hooker,
to whom he would only converse through a
third-party. (For example, Prince, "Please would
somebody ask the lady if she would like to come
to my dressing room?")

Monday, September 10, 2007

Apparently there's been a schism in the Church of Scientology

The Scientology Freezone expands - Press Release: "The International Freezone Association (IFA) is a group of individuals and groups who believe they should be free to practice the original philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard and not the altered version as practiced by the Church of Scientology™ since Ron Hubbard’s demise. Liberal specific examples of such alterations may be found at"

Saturday, September 08, 2007

I just discovered this

People analyze music lyrics. I'm currently reading the Elvis Costello section.

Of course there are lots of trolls.

SongMeanings | music song lyrics

Friday, September 07, 2007

I have no idea what this is about...

But it's kinda hot.

YouTube - ビキニ姿のスザンヌはいけてますねw

Men being cast as predators

Moving On -
These days, if Rian Romoli accidentally bumps into a child, he quickly raises his hands above his shoulders. "I don't want to give even the slightest indication that any inadvertent touching occurred," says Mr. Romoli, an economist in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.

Ted Wallis, a doctor in Austin, Texas, recently came upon a lost child in tears in a mall. His first instinct was to help, but he feared people might consider him a predator. He walked away. "Being male," he explains, "I am guilty until proven innocent."

In San Diego, retiree Ralph Castro says he won't allow himself to be alone with a child -- even in an elevator.

Last month, I wrote about how our culture teaches children to fear men. Hundreds of men responded, many lamenting that they've now become fearful of children. They said they avert their eyes when kids are around, or think twice before holding even their own children's hands in public.

Frank McEnulty, a builder in Long Beach, Calif., was once a Boy Scout scoutmaster. "Today, I wouldn't do that job for anything," he says. "All it takes is for one kid to get ticked off at you for something and tell his parents you were acting weird on the campout."

It's true that men are far more likely than women to be sexual predators. But our society, while declining to profile by race or nationality when it comes to crime and terrorism, has become nonchalant about profiling men. Child advocates are advising parents never to hire male babysitters. Airlines are placing unaccompanied minors with female passengers.

Child-welfare groups say these precautions minimize risks. But men's rights activists argue that our societal focus on "bad guys" has led to an overconfidence in women. (Children who die of physical abuse are more often victims of female perpetrators, usually mothers, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

Though groups that cater to the young are working harder to identify predators, they also ask that risks be kept in perspective. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America does criminal background checks on each of its 250,000 volunteers, and has social workers assess them. Since 1990, the group says, it has had fewer than 10 abuse allegations per year. More than 98% of the alleged abusers were male.

"If we wanted to make sure we never had a problem, one approach would be to just become Big Sisters -- to say we won't serve boys," says Mack Koonce, the group's chief operating officer. But, of course, that would deny hundreds of thousands of boys contact with male mentors.

The Boy Scouts of America now has elaborate rules to prevent both abuse and false accusations. There are 1.2 million Scout leaders, and the organization kicks out about 175 of them a year over abuse allegations or for violating policies.

These policies can be intricate. For instance, four adult leaders are needed for each outing. If a sick child must go home, two adults drive him and two stay with the others, so no adult is ever alone with a Scout. "It's protection for the adults, as well as the children," says a Scouts spokesman.

The result of all this hyper-carefulness, however, is that men often feel like untouchables. In Cochranville, Pa., Ray Simpson, a bus driver, says that he used to have 30 kids stop at his house on Halloween. But after his divorce, with people knowing he was a man living alone, he had zero visitors. "I felt like crying at the end of the evening," he says.

At Houston Intercontinental Airport, businessman Mitch Reifel was having a meal with his 5-year-old daughter when a policeman showed up to question him. A passerby had reported his interactions with the child seemed "suspicious."

In Skokie, Ill., Steve Frederick says the director of his son's day-care center called him in to reprimand him for "inappropriately touching the children." "I was shocked," he says. "Whatever did she mean?" She was referring to him reading stories with his son and other kids on his lap. A parent had panicked when her child mentioned sitting on a man's lap.

"Good parenting and good education demand that we let children take risks," says Mr. Frederick, a career coach. "We install playground equipment, putting them at risk of falls and broken bones. Why? We want them to challenge themselves and develop muscles and confidence.

"Likewise, while we don't want sexual predators to harm our kids, we do want our kids to develop healthy relationships with adults, both men and women. Instilling a fear of men is a profound disservice to everyone." Political Action: Petition: Bring Our Troops Home Political Action: Petition: Bring Our Troops Home

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Are you being stalked by a secret government agency?

Does this happen to you?

When you come home your furniture has been moved?
Are your things damaged or stolen?
Are your work and work area tampered with?
Is your car tampered with overnight?
Do you have constant trouble with your telephone?
Do strangers harass you in public places?
Is your mail delayed, messed with or stolen?
Are your family and friends treating you like dirt?
WHY am I no longer able to sleep
Do you have trouble holding on to a job?

If you answered yes to 5 or more of these questions, you have been targeted for organized stalking.

Anti Organized Stalking (Citizen Harassment Group) Information and Support Site

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Sen. Craig Resigns Over Sex Sting -

What do gay Republicans and dog abusing scum have in common? The same lawyer.

On Saturday, Craig said he would pursue legal options to clear his name. He has retained Billy Martin, a Washington lawyer who represented Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick in his dogfighting case, to pursue his legal options. Washington lawyer Stan Brand will represent Craig before the Senate ethics committee, said spokesman Dan Whiting.

Sen. Craig Resigns Over Sex Sting - The Huffington Post