Monthly Archives: November 2006

Polish Exchange Student Trapped with the Fundamentalists

When Polish student Michael Gromek, 19, went to America on a student exchange, he found himself trapped in a host family of Christian fundamentalists. What followed was a six-month hell of dawn church visits and sex education talks as his new family tried to banish the devil from his soul. Here’s his story.

via Cynical-C

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Glasswing Butterfly

 Glasswing Butterfly

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Civil Unions in Mexico City

Mexico City passed a law that establishes gay civil unions. And in fact, it’s better than that: the law establishes civil unions for anybody, gay or straight. My personal feeling is that governments should only grant civil unions and get out of the marriage business altogether.

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Is Driving Safer without Traffic Lights?

A Dutch town has experimented with replacing all its traffic lights with round-abouts, and it seems to be a success. It sounds like a very limited test (I have my doubts this would work as well in a large city), but the basic principle is this: take away the certainty of traffic lights and everyone pays more attention to driving. Interesting.

via Instapundit

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New Era of Cooperation

 New Era of Cooperation

President Bush had breakfast with outgoing GOP leaders Thursday before a scheduled lunch with House speaker-to-be Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in what Bush has said marks a new era of cooperation.

Could two years of divided government show us what a good president Bush could’ve been? By all accounts, he worked well with the Texas state legislature when he was governor and they were Democratic. Wouldn’t it be funny if this major setback brings out the best in him, offering a bit of redemption after all the crap?

Probably not gonna happen. Bush has a habit of giving the occasional glimmer of hope that he could be a good president, but it never materializes. I remember when he was elected and he promised to be every American’s president. His biggest contribution to bipartisanship remains a bunch of stupid nicknames he gave to everybody in Washington during his first year in office.

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U2 vs. R.E.M.

Throughout that decade and the early 1990s, a fierce rivalry existed between R.E.M. and U2—not in real life, mind you, but in my head.

Despite all of my righteous teenage anger on R.E.M.’s behalf, U2 and R.E.M. were entirely friendly. Bono even discusses Stipe in U2 by U2: “Michael Stipe’s friendship means more to me than I can ever tell you,” he says on Page 162. Then, he doesn’t mention Stipe’s name again in the book.

I also spent considerable time in my formative years trying to figure out whether U2 or R.E.M. was better. I still don’t know.

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An Election Thought

It’s kind of crazy that in one election, the helpless, demoralized Democrats have become the majority party in the country. And I don’t mean just in Congress. There will now be a majority of Democratic Governors and Democratic State Legislatures. Isn’t that a huge turn-around from 2 years ago when it seemed like the party was doomed forever?

I think no, actually. Instead of being painted as some enormous changing of the American mind, this election should just be a reminder of how slim the Republicans’ hold on government was the whole time. Bush’s “mandate” talk was always empty, and now we have the proof.

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Oh Lord, Rick Santorum’s Children

From Wonkette
 Oh Lord, Rick Santorums Children

There are so, so many things to love about this picture. Well, three things: Rick Santorum conceding, a little girl crying, and an awkward pre-teen flipping off the nation. We declare this the official screenshot of the 2006 midterm congressional elections.

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Are They Saying “Boo” or “Boo-urns”?

Control of the Senate hangs on two races where the Democrat has a lead of a few thousand votes: Webb vs. Allen in Virginia and Tester vs. Burns in Montana.

Meanwhile, Colorado’s constitution is now filled with sweet, sweet bigotry.

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Woman Fatally Bitten by Snake in Church

A woman was bitten by a snake at a snake-handling church and died.

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