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Thursday, October 26, 2006
PS To anyone still reading at this point:

My keyboard had an unfortunate cat-assisted encounter with some soda. Thus, I blame all typoes on my pets rather than my own fingers. It's convenient that way... If you're tuning in for the spelling, you're on the wrong channel.

posted by Rachel 10/26/2006
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See, I
object strongly to the indifferent passive creation of a defacto slave class who have no rights. Walk back into the kitchen of just about any restuarant. You will hear spanish being spoken.

posted by Rachel 10/26/2006
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Bwah ha ha. Shall we discuss irony? The early Mormon settlers out west didn't drink coffee or tea. Instead they brewed the leaves from a desert bush. This came to be known as Mormon Tea. The plant also had a long history of medicinal use by local tribes.

It was
Ephedra. The same stuff as that dangerous Ma Huang. The same stuff that makes Sudafed so dangerous that you have to show ID for it. The early Mormon settlers were hopped up on speed. Giggle.

So once again, we have normal law abiding allergy sufferers forced to stand in line for 20 minutes just to buy Sudafed at the pharmacy. Meanwhile the source plant of the dangerous chemical grows wild everywhere. I've had just about enough of this nonsense.

Our laws are being written by people who plainly haven't the foggiest notion of what it is that they're trying to legislate. This is how you get incoherent and UNJUST laws people. Do you want the man who thinks that the internet is made out of tubes writing the laws that you must follow or risk prison time?

(Thanks to Bekki for the Bridge to Nowhere internet Tubes man.)

posted by Rachel 10/26/2006
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D'you know what one solution to a frustrating tug of rope stalemate is?
Drop the rope. Do you remember the solution to the insoluable Gordian knot?

Do you know what one of the definitions of insanity is? To continue the same strategies and behaviors, expecting different results. If you just keep doing what you've been doing, you'll keep getting what you've been getting.

What is the scientific method? What is an independent variable, what is a dependent variable? This is not astrophysics.

posted by Rachel 10/26/2006
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Ok. What about now? Do you recognize what you're
seeing?
"If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside... and the cats come and eat it... whose fault is it, the cats' or the uncovered meat?" he asked.

The uncovered meat is the problem, he went on to say.

"If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred," he added.

Sheikh Hilali also condemned women who swayed suggestively and wore make-up, implying they attracted sexual assault.

"Then you get a judge without mercy... and gives you 65 years," he added.

Sheikh Hilali's critics have previously accused him of praising suicide bombers and claiming the attacks in the United States on 11 September 2001 were "God's work against oppressors".

The BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney says the cleric's latest comments are seen as particularly insensitive because Sydney was the scene six years ago of a series of gang rapes committed by a group of Lebanese Australians, who received long prison sentences.

Finance Minister Peter Costello called on Muslims to condemn the speech.

"If you have a significant religious leader like this preaching to a flock in a situation where we've had gang rapes, in a way that seems to make it justifiable, then people that listen to that kind of comment can get the wrong idea," he said.

"They can actually think that it's not as bad as it is."

A number of leading Muslim women have already spoken out against the sermon, describing it as repulsive and offensive.

posted by Rachel 10/26/2006
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