Monthly Archives: September 2004

When a Debate Isn’t

Connie Rice details why tonight’s debate is nothing but:

A debate is a head-to-head, spontaneous, structured argument over the merits of an issue. Under the ridiculous 32-page contract that reads like the rules for the Miss America Pageant, there will be no candidate-to-candidate questions, no rebuttal to your opponent’s points, no cross questions or cross answers, no rebuttals, no follow-up questions — that’s not a debate, that’s a news conference.

Though I wished this was actually in the rules:

Candidates shall at no time insert fingers in their own throats to signify urge to vomit.

Asian Pacific American Toychest

Ernie introduces Lauren, The Asian-Pacific-Islander Spoken Word Poet Doll:

Lauren would come in a cardigan sweater and a pair of fabulous black, horn-rimmed glasses, where she would stand quietly. Stand quietly, of course, until you pull the string in the back – then she because Angry Asian-American Activist Lauren, where she would scream epithets about racial inequality, the “model minority,” and race quotas in the UC system in perfect iambic pentameter. Sample phrases would address the objectification of Asian American women, references to obvious Asian pop culture like Hello Kitty and yell, because spoken word poets like to yell a lot.

Windows VPN Assistance

Any of you geeks know jack about VPNs in Windows XP? My boss is trying to get us set up with VPN for some filesharing and we are having a bear of a time. And it’s not because we’re Luddites – my boss is a grade A uber-geek. We’ve been Googling and tinkering for two days now. If you have any contacts/info/know-how, let me know!

Depleted Uranium Blamed For Soldier’s Newborn’s Deformities

Spec. Matthew holds his deformed daughter.

Another way the War comes back home.

Juan Gonzalez, who co-anchors Democracy Now, continues his expose on depleted uranium in the war and the ensuing cover-up.

The Army transferred him to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington for further tests, but doctors there could not explain what was wrong. Shortly after his return, his wife, Janice, became pregnant. On June 29, she gave birth to a baby girl, Victoria Claudette. The baby was missing three fingers and most of her right hand.