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This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays
I haven't really been around lj lately. I may try to get back into it, but for the time being I probably won't be on much. If any of you feel the urgent need to read my rants and ramblings, I've started a blog, Dingo's Kidneys.

I'm not going to claim that there's anything worth reading there, but I figure part of having a blog is at least trying to promote readership, so stop by and check it out. If naive political rants and general science geekiness are your thing, who knows, you may actually enjoy it.
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Those of you who have heard me discuss Oprah know that she kind of annoys me. Her book club in particular drives me nuts.

Still, nothing she's done has made me lose all respect for her until now.

Twice now on her show she's promoted a book called The Secret. The Secret is that if you want something badly enough and put out good thoughts, the universe will manifest it for you (though the first step is accepting Jesus Christ into your heart as your own personal saviour, natch).

I guess this means I can stop giving money to Doctors Without Borders. If kids in war torn countries don't have access to surgeons or drugs or even food, it's not because of lack of infrastructure and unsafe conditions, it's because they don't want these things badly enough. That's their problem, not mine.

Seriously, Oprah. Fuck you.
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I'm going to be in Washington tonight. Anyone up for going out for coffee or drinks or something this evening? Maybe in honor of Singles Awareness Day those of us without significant others can all go out and make fun of the annoying couples that are going to be out on the town tonight.
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Today two things happened to me at work that were firsts for this job.

First of all, I got a tip from this really nice lady. A $25 tip.

Secondly, I was propositioned. By a businessman from Montana. He gave me his phone number and said to call him next time I was in Billings. (Note to attractive women: your advances will be better received than those of Montanan businessmen. Just to let you know. In case you were wondering)

I think the haircut I got yesterday must have been better than I thought.
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I have internets at the new apartment!
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You know the Bible 92%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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(Hey, I got the quiz from Pharyngula, and PZ and I scored about the same...and, yes, I know it's a silly quiz. All online quizzes are silly.)
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Internets are intermittent for the time being. I don't have the tubes installed at the new apartment yet, however I can, on occasion and for only a few moments at a time, pirate a neighbor's signal.
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I got a new apartment! I sign the paperwork tonight and am moving in immediately!

This will be the first time in my life I've lived on my own. No family, no roommates, just me. I'm really, really, really excited.
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This makes me want to go out and buy Legos right now.
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Yesterday, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, the Attorney General of the United States said the following:

"...the Constitution doesn't say that every individual in the United States or every citizen has or is assured the right of habeas corpus. It doesn't say that. It simply says that the right of habeas corpus shall not be suspended."

Orwell couldn't have come up with anything this twisted. Habeas corpus is arguably the single most important right in the Constitution. The Constitution also explicitly states the only times in which denying someone that right can even be considered. We are not being invaded, nor is there a rebellion. The Bush administration has tried various legal means to get around this fundamental right before, but nothing as despicable as trying to claim that, despite the clear intention of the framers and centuries of precedent, it is not a right guaranteed to all.

Of course, they clearly haven't thought this through all that well, because if 'the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended' doesn't guarantee the right of habeas corpus to all, then 'the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed' is equally impotent, and if Bush's Attorney General neutered the Second Amendment the Republicans could pretty much kiss their main constituencies goodbye.

Mr Gonzales should be impeached and disbarred. Mr Bush should also completely repudiate this reading of the Constitution (which, of course, will never happen) or be impeached as well (which, of course, will also never happen despite being earned many times over).

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