May, 2006

Prostitution Debate Part 1: Thailand

By · Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 · 143 Comments »

(See also: Prostitution Debate Part 2: New Zealand) As promised, here’s the first part of a little series of posts on prostitution. Back in The Thread That Won’t Die, I explained here and here what I have in mind: First of all, I’m going to start a new post in a couple of days, or […]

My Lai again, except this time it’ll all be forgotten in about 15 minutes

By · Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 · 19 Comments »

I vaguely remember the coverage of the My Lai massacre. I remember Lt. Calley’s picture on the cover of Time magazine. I understood that a horrible thing had been committed, an “unAmerican” thing, an atrocity. A new My Lai has happened, this time in Iraq, in the town of Haditha. You’ve heard about it. It […]

The Countess is in dire straits

By · Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 · 2 Comments »

Trish Wilson (the Countess) and her husband have run into severe financial difficulties and could use a hand. Here’s a post over at Trish’s blog explaining what’s happened: Help Us! Trish And Bill Are In Trouble!! They’re going to be evicted from their home if they can’t scrape a little money together soon. Trish has […]

Happy Propaganda Day

By · Monday, May 29th, 2006 · 5 Comments »

For Torture President, the whole point of Memorial Day isn’t really to remember our honored dead, to quote a phrase. It is, instead, yet another opportunity to shamelessly conflate the opportunistic, greed-motivated invasion of Iraq with the mythical and neverending War On Terror, all against a backdrop of red, white, and blue bunting. It ought […]

Pack mentality

By · Saturday, May 27th, 2006 · 36 Comments »

I’m involved in top-secret activities today that preclude me from taking the time to write much of a post, so I’m just going to cannibalize this piece by Kevin Sweeney in Salon. He’s writing about the decision by the Duke women’s lacrosse team to take the field wearing sweatbands that say “innocent,” thus choosing uncritical […]

Nazi German Pope commemorates Jewish victims with a honk and a wave

By · Friday, May 26th, 2006 · 28 Comments »

Isn’t one of the goals of this trip to soothe lingering resentment over the war? THE Pope has upset the Jewish community in Poland by not stopping to pay tribute to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising against the Nazis. The heavily guarded Popemobile sped from Warsaw airport towards the Old Town district and […]

Catholics and Kotex

By · Thursday, May 25th, 2006 · 38 Comments »

You’ve probably heard by now that Poland has banned tampon commercials for the duration of the Pope’s visit, along with ads for lingerie, contraceptives, and booze. They’ve also banned ice cream, since apparently Polish ice cream is some lethal shit in summer what with the food poisoning and all and they don’t want people just […]

Oppose the Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

By · Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 · 22 Comments »

From my friend T_m, who is a covert member of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy (his super-duper covertness being the reason I have to encrypt his name), comes this action alert to write your Senators about the proposed Same-Sex Marriage Amendment. I think most people see the proposed amendment as a right-wing diversionary tactic that’s doomed […]

Prostitute Barbie!

By · Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 · 43 Comments »

Barbie’s been a veterinarian, an astronaut, a teacher, a singer — and now she’s a prostitute! The new collectible French Maid Barbie features Barbie in a fuck-me fantasy outfit complete with fishnet stockings. The doll is said to “celebrate the working woman.” I ask you: if this doll were a real person, what would her […]

Russian linguist needed

By · Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006 · 29 Comments »

I keep getting this Viagra spam from a site that looks to be Russian, though who the hell knows since the link doesn’t actually work: ***** ***** It’s all charmingly hilarious, in the great tradition of “Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension,” but the one I […]