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May 18, 2006
Overcoming Obstacles

This is very nearly the funniest thing I've ever seen.

Via Slog.

May 17, 2006
Missouri Town to Evict Unmarried Parents

Wow. Yikes. Wow.

The American Taliban is at it again.. This time, the city council of Black Jack, MO voted 5-3 not to change a law that prohibits more than three people from living together unless they are related by "blood, marriage or adoption."

Olivia Shelltrack and Fondrey Loving were denied an occupancy permit after moving into a home in this St. Louis suburb because they have three children and are not married.

The town's planning and zoning commission proposed a change in the law, but the measure was rejected Tuesday by the city council in a 5-3 vote.

"I'm just shocked," Shelltrack said. "I really thought this would all be over, and we could go on with our lives."


Mayor Norman McCourt declined to be interviewed but said in a statement that those who do not meet the town's definition of family could soon face eviction.

Black Jack's special counsel, Sheldon Stock, declined to say whether the city will seek to remove Loving and Shelltrack from their home.

What the crap.

Via Slog.

May 12, 2006
Big Brother

I'm sure most people have already heard about the new USA Today spying story, which details how the NSA has been monitoring the phone calls of tens of millions of Americans. All the big telecommunications companies -- with the notable exception of Qwest, which I'm now proud to have as my phone provider -- gladly handed over their records to the government's most secret agency.

According to a new poll, great numbers of Americans just don't care.

A majority of Americans initially support a controversial National Security Agency program to collect information on telephone calls made in the United States in an effort to identify and investigate potential terrorist threats, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The new survey found that 63 percent of Americans said they found the NSA program to be an acceptable way to investigate terrorism, including 44 percent who strongly endorsed the effort. Another 35 percent said the program was unacceptable, which included 24 percent who strongly objected to it.

A slightly larger majority--66 percent--said they would not be bothered if NSA collected records of personal calls they had made, the poll found.

Underlying those views is the belief that the need to investigate terrorism outweighs privacy concerns.

Of course, completely ignored by these idiots is that THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH INVESTIGATING TERRORISM.

This is just too depressing for words. And on my birthday no less.

(There's a movement on for people to switch their phone service to Qwest. A good idea.)

May 10, 2006

My essay from Half/Life has been reprinted in its entirety on a website called Jewschool. Some people left some nice comments. Others, not as nice.

That's it.

Also, check Laurel's site for more reviews, etc.

Oh, and sometimes, when I'm not posting here, I'm posting on SLOG: The Stranger's Blog, which is a fun place.