Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Okay....

Prim Proms: How Religious Teens Party - What a big fat stereotype. I didn't drink or do drugs or have sex on prom night. Too conservative?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sour Grapes

From various online news articles:

"There will be repercussions" for the GOP senators who defected, Perkins [head of the Family Research Council] vowed in an AP interview, mentioning Sens. Mike DeWine of Ohio, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Warner of Virginia.

Dr. James C. Dobson, head of the Focus on the Family, one of the conservative groups that had made an end to judicial filibusters a top priority, said the agreement "represents a complete bailout and a betrayal by a cabal of Republicans and a great victory for united Democrats."

Some conservative activists who had pushed for the Senate to ban the filibuster entirely said they had been betrayed by Republican moderates. "Once again, moderate Republicans have taken the victory and thrown it overboard," said Paul Weyrich, a veteran conservative organizer, who predicted that conservatives voters would punish the party. While Dr. Frist, a potential presidential contender in 2008, was not able to guarantee a vote on all the nominees, the fact that the side deal was orchestrated by other Republicans could spare him some fury of the conservatives who could train their anger on Mr. McCain and others.

Illustrating the pressure on Frist and other Senate Republicans, Gary Bauer, a conservative activist and unsuccessful candidate for president in 2000, immediately denounced the deal as a sellout. "The Republicans who lent their names to this travesty have undercut their president as well as millions of their most loyal voters," he said. "Shame on them all."

A leading architect of the compromise was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a potential rival to Frist in 2008. Although McCain was never the darling of religious conservatives, his role in crafting the compromise will probably antagonize them further. Social conservatives in Iowa and New Hampshire have issued letters opposing any compromise on the issue.

Jan LaRue, chief counsel of Concerned Women for America, branded the GOP negotiators "seven dwarves" who had given Democrats the right to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.

Democrats noted that the Senate has approved 208 of Bush's federal court nominees and held up 10, and that Republicans have filibustered judicial nominees in the past.

......This is why I'm glad I did not vote Republican in 2004.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Wha?

My body feels like it's trying to give birth to an alien baby out of the bottom of my esophagus.

Why does every episode of Iron Chef America have Mario Batalli in it?

Saturday, May 21, 2005

1000 Cranes

Students put hearts, fingers into origami for critically injured teen

This angers me

"The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times lead with the news that President Bush threatened to veto legislation to expand federal funding for stem cell research, setting the stage for a showdown with Congress. The stem cell bill, currently pending in the House, would loosen the restrictions that Bush imposed in 2001. Mike Castle, the bill's Republican sponsor, reportedly told Bush, "We have a bill and we're going to be pushing as hard as we can." But Bush took the rare step of vowing to exercise his veto power, telling the press, "I've made it very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers' money to promote science which destroys life in order to save life is... I'm against that." The new legislation would still ban federal funding for creating embryos for research, but would allow research using discarded embryos from fertility clinics. The measure has Republican backers, but the WP notes that Bush's warning could dissuade Republicans who are already wary of angering antiabortion groups. " - Slate Daily News Summary

Friday, May 20, 2005

Hooray for South Korea!

Scientists clone human stem cells from patients - This is awesome news. And I agree with the statement that these methods could be less controversial to the opposition than current methods. South Korea - who would have thought?

I forgot to put this cartoon up the other day.

And then in a twist of irony, I got a subscription offer from Newsweek last night. I laughed all the way to the trash can.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Hey Kyd!

David Duchovney's son is named Kyd. How funny is that?

Brian Nichols pleaded "not guilty" to the Atlanta courthouse shootings/kidnapping/etc. I hate criminal defense lawyers.

What the...

Missouri is totally in the wrong place in the country. It needs to move. That is all.

Monday, May 16, 2005

This is why we need parenting licenses

Mother charged in hanging death of 4-year-old son - I'm totally serious. You have to demonstrate a minimum level of competance in order to teach, or drive, or do a number of other things. But we let just anybody raise a kid. The sad thing is that there is not one, not two, but THREE things wrong with this mother's actions. I'm positive she would have failed my parental licensing quiz.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

I did this last night


Matt won't let me get the haircut though.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Not sure which fits best right now

Take your pick:

"And I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see
Because this broken road
Prepares your way for me"
-Jeremy Camp

"This is what it means, to be held
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is, to be loved
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell, we'd be held"
-Natalie Grant

Friday, May 13, 2005

TGIF

Well it's Friday again. We have a very busy next couple of days - Poker Night at Ryan's on Saturday, a small group meeting and dinner with people from church on Sunday, and dinner with Randi on Monday (I think anyways). We also have a dinner out next Friday and Matt's company picnic at Kings Dominion next Saturday. Plus we have to start packing next week. I don't mind moving, but I hate packing. I guess I'll try to go room-by-room - I'll start with the living room, because there's not much that actually needs to be packed in there :-) The den and the bedroom will be the worst though.

Congratulations to Seth and Sarah (VT), Brentz and Tamara (SBC) and my brother Daniel (USMC Flight Mechanics School) who are all graduating this weekend.

I am one pound away from my goal weight. Go me!

Dooce.com is a pretty interesting website. Apparantly it was one of the first blogs on the internet, and the author was fired from her job because she had written stuff about her coworkers/boss. She's now a stay-at-home mom, and her kid and her dog are both adorable. She writes some funny stuff, and has some neat pictures of the day as well. It gets the Courtney Silverthorn stamp of approval.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Driving Quiz


You're in the center lane. You want to make a right turn. What do you do?

Pharm Exam, part deux

T-minus 2 hours and 10 minutes. It's go time.

Oh yeah baby, ask me about diabetes...or antibiotics...or steroids...or cancer treatments. I'm going to pump (clap) YOU UP!

"Okaaaay....maybe I shouldn't have shared that with you guys."

Friday, May 06, 2005

Abstract thinking

MIT student to host Time Travelers Party

Question to Ponder: Is time travel possible? Does the idea of time travel (and thus presumably, alternate universes) negate the idea of God and souls?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

We got the condo!

It's in Gaithersburg - 2BR/1BA. We close on the 27th. Here's sort of what it looks like:

Probably not drawn to scale, but you get the idea. There are several windows along the front side, and a small built-in shelf around most of the rooms. Oh, and the fridge is next to the coat closet, and the dishwasher is next to the sink.

More info as it comes along!