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November 14, 2008

Massive fire hits Santa Barbara

Thousands flee wind-whipped fire

(11-14) 14:25 PST Montecito -- Fire crews are attacking a massive wildfire in the tiny Southern California town of Montecito with everything from air tankers to hand tools in a desperate attempt to gain control on flames that so far have destroyed more than 100 houses and forced 5,400 to flee.

Safe Havens and unintended consequences

BBC NEWS | Americas | Safe haven or last resort?

Nevada passed a law letting people abandon children at hospitals without fear of prosecution. And then people began abandoning their teenagers . . .

It was widely assumed to mean any person under the age of 18, and so within two months more than 20 parents had abandoned children - not their newborn babies, but their growing teenagers.

One father left his four daughters and five sons, the oldest being 17.

His one-year-old daughter was the youngest of the 34 children abandoned between 13 September and 14 November, according to Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services.

Some parts of San Francisco voted to ban gay marriage

SF Gate: Multimedia (image)

November 13, 2008

Violet Blue knows why Prop. 8 passed

Fear of A Gay Planet / Violet Blue knows exactly why Prop. 8 passed, and it's distasteful

We all know what it means when someone goes way, way out of their way about gayness. It's because they can't stop thinking about all that hot gay sex. That's the real message behind the Protect Marriage agenda. It's not the people getting married because they really love each other for life. When the anti-gay marriage people say they're "saving marriage" what they really mean is that gay sex is like totally gross and strange and diseased and not okay and it's gonna get you, possibly on a toilet seat. Or a water fountain.

It's about the sex. That's how they scared the little old ladies on their front porches.

Now, I know we live in an erotophobic culture and anything that is about sex -- especially gay sex, which is what gay marriage acknowledges -- is going to deliver an erotophobic result. But how appropriate is it to apply the same standards in reverse? No one talks about marriage between a man and a woman with the not-so-subtle subtext of wondering aloud, "Is she gonna be on top, or is she going to just lie there and take it? Will she take it up the butt? And how, exactly, are they going to make babies? Will they then expose their children, and other people's children, to their sexual practices to indoctrinate them into heterosexuality?"

No, because it's inappropriate, distasteful and ridiculous. Kind of like how ridiculous it was when Reverend Ted Haggard would crusade against gay rights at the White House and then call up a hooker to get a little dick in his gay-bashing mouth when he was off the clock.

November 12, 2008

Formaldehyde in Victoria's Secret bras causing awful rashes, class action suit filed

Class Action Lawsuit: Victoria's Secret Bras Causing Skin Rashes?

Discover Magazine has an interesting blog post about some consumers who were complaining that Victoria's Secret bras were giving them painful rashes. When their lawyers bought similar bras and had them tested — they were found to contain formaldehyde.

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Formaldehyde is considered a probable human carcinogen by the EPA and is also a known allergen.

Woman murdered for backing out of KKK ritual

Police: Woman slain as she tried to leave KKK rite - Yahoo! News

COVINGTON, La. – An Oklahoma woman invited to a rural Louisiana campsite for a Ku Klux Klan initiation ritual was shot and killed after she asked to be taken back to town, the sheriff of a New Orleans suburb said Tuesday.

Eight people were arrested after authorities found the woman's body hidden under some brush, on the side of a road several miles from the remote campsite where the initiation was planned.

Investigators found weapons, several flags and six Klan robes at the campsite, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said in a news release.