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Monday, April 7, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on April 7 at 8:22 AM

Killing Me Softly with Islam: Shiite militias fire rockets into Green Zone.

That’s All She Wrote: Clinton’s done with Penn.

Smoked: Protesters snuff Olympic torch in Paris.

Delayed: Zimbabwe ballot tally.

Pawned: Video shows woman forcing pot on toddler.

Stripped: Texas strikes down pole tax.

The Grass Is Greener: Victor Steinbrueck Park a dope haven.

No Fire this Time: Polygamy compound raided in Texas.

Firing Back: 14 killed by firebomb at Sri Lanka marathon, Sri Lanka kills 49 at Tamil Tiger base.

Exploding: Police officer injures self and friend playing with grenade.

Grilling: Candidates to question Petraeus.

Sputtering: Manhattan congestion plan.

Paid Leaving: New Jersey may allow six weeks for new parents.

Mom Beaming: Protester son arrested.

No Deal: Yahoo refuses Microsoft bid, again.

Big Deal: Yahoo unveils plans for ad sales.

You’ll Hear Them Now: EU allows plane passengers to gab on mobile phones.

Passenger Jets: Grumpier riding.

Military Jets: Boeing sliding.

Hot Action: Woman groped and kissed on hand by man responding to her Craigslist microwave ad.

From Growing Up Straight: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality, by Peter and Barbara Wyden. Copyright 1968.

Chapter 1: Why Talk About It?

The questions that were on our minds when we set out to gather the facts on this report seemed elementary enough: what really is homosexuality? Why do most of us feel so acutely uncomfortable when we talk (or even think) about it? Is it, as so many people assume, on the increase? Is it recognizable? What causes it? Is it curable? Is it preventable?

The last question is, of course, the most crucial.

The proper time for parent to become aware of these problems, and counter act them, is between the ages of three and ten, long before children engage in activities that really deserve to be called homosexual at all…. This much is certain; it is just about impossible for a homosexual to be the product of warmly loving, sensible parent and a sexually well-adjusted home atmosphere.

This book needed to be written. For if it can help spare even a single person from the tragedy of homosexual life, it will have been well worth the effort.

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Peter and Barbara Wyden like their coffee black.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 8:50 AM

this is hilary's "fire rumsfeld way too late in the game to change anything" moment.

Posted by some dude | April 7, 2008 8:52 AM
"The latest state-by-state figures (as of late March) updated from SurveyUSA, indicate that if the election were held today, Clinton would defeat McCain in the Electoral College because of her lead in big, electoral-vote-rich states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- and McCain would beat Obama."

Posted by unPC | April 7, 2008 9:11 AM

I don't quite understand the sausage-making process that is New York State politics, but seeing that New York's congestion pricing plan is now on life support--that's depressing. And congestion pricing was supposed to be Bloomberg's signature/breakthrough issue.

Anyway, I want to highlight a brilliant column by Paul Krugman in today's NY Times. Why are food prices so high? Krugman says there's a lot of blame to go around:
Grains Gone Wild

Nice to know being a shill for Hill hasn't totally addled the man's brain.

Posted by cressona | April 7, 2008 9:15 AM

"spare even a single person from the tradedy of homosexula life" Yeah cause you want to be like this preacher.....

BTW, the article fails to mention that the girls were around 12 years old when they were molested.

Posted by Andrew | April 7, 2008 9:19 AM

it is just about impossible for a homosexual to be the product of warmly loving, sensible parent and a sexually well-adjusted home atmosphere

So that's why I love cock so much. My parents weren't warmly loving or sensible enough.

Posted by Mike in MO | April 7, 2008 9:38 AM

Hey that makes sense! My brother-in-law is trans, and my in-laws are neither warmly loving nor sensible. I thinks we's on to something here!

Posted by KeeKee | April 7, 2008 9:55 AM

This much is certain; it is just about impossible for a human being to be the product of warmly loving, sensible parent and a sexually well-adjusted home atmosphere.

Posted by Gurldoggie | April 7, 2008 10:06 AM

They always complainin about "open air drug markets", but when the dealers move to an actual open air market to deal, Seattleites still be gettinz inna wad. Tourists families need to see a dope haven once in awhile to remind them why they stay in suburbia and so the kiddies will see for themselves the ravages of addiction. Oh, and fish-slingers buy those dimes, too. Plus miscreants give The Market some local flava-- it ain't Disneyland or Bellvue, people. The drivers down there are a bigger threat than the dealers yo.

Posted by OLWest | April 7, 2008 10:11 AM

man, and i was thinking of running the sri lanka half. i guess i'll do seattle's instead.

Posted by SeMe | April 7, 2008 10:34 AM

Cell phones on planes is such a bad idea. With the ambient cabin noise, people will be shouting into their phones - like they do on city buses. It won't be like chatting with the person next to you.

This is probably being brought about by the demands of business travelers, but they won't be the ones who'll have to endure this assault on the senses. Airlines are hoping people will self-regulate their cell phone behavior? Yeah, that's going to happen.

Wouldn't it be nice if the plane offered a place for people to make their calls - a kind of cellular phone booth? Everybody would be happy, right? That's not going to happen either because the airlines won't give up space that a paying passenger could occupy. Also, someone aggressive would grab the space and probably stay in it the entire flight leaving others to lump it.

No, what this is going to call for is a huge bitching campaign once phones are allowed on board. The minute one gets annoyed with a loud conversation about a business meeting or about what Laquisha and Dayron said or some valley girl's staccato-ridden likes and whatevers, complain, complain, complain. The flight attendants will get sick of it and airlines (and cell phone users) will have to make other plans.

Isn't flying annoying and uncomfortable enough?

Posted by Bauhaus | April 7, 2008 10:38 AM

Whenever I get on a plane, or a train, or a bus, I remember: I fucking hate everyone.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 10:44 AM

Bauhaus, I support your "cell phone booth" proposal only if the booth is located either on the outside of the plane or in the holding tank for the toilets.

Posted by Fnarf | April 7, 2008 10:56 AM

@12, I agree, when I get on a plane I feel the exact same way. Really, is it totally necessary the minute the plane lands to turn on your cell phone "yeah, yeah we just landed. yeah, we're taxiing. yeah, we're still taxiing. yeah it's was fine. yeah, we're still taxiing. yeah, wait I can see the terminal. yeah, we'll be there in a minute. no wait, we're still taxiing..."

Seriously, people, we didn't have cell phones for years and years and years and the FUCKING WORLD DIDN'T COLLAPSE because people were out of contact for a couple of hours.

And please, I don't need to know about your medical conditions while I'm shopping for my groceries so quit blocking the apples while you report the results of your latest OB/GYN exam to whomever is on the other end of the phone.

Phew, I feel a tiny bit better now.

Posted by PopTart | April 7, 2008 10:56 AM

I swear the only people who have to be on their cellphones at all times are the most boring motherfuckers on the planet.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 7, 2008 11:05 AM

I'd have to call my homosexual life more of a romantic comedy than a tragedy.

Posted by Helene M. | April 7, 2008 6:12 PM

I'd have to call my homosexual life more of a romantic comedy than a tragedy.

Posted by Helene M. | April 7, 2008 6:14 PM

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