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road.jpg Harris POLL: Bush , Cheney at lowest approval ratings ever, at 28% and 25%, respectively.

Hamiltonroad.jpg Gay Hamilton inquired to New Zealand telecom about getting a broadband connection installed in her home but received an automated response saying that her email "was identified by [their] content filtering processes as containing language that may be considered inappropriate for business-like communication." Troubled at the company's apparent decision to flag "gay" as offensive, Hamilton, who incidentally happens to be gay, contacted the media. NZ Telecom soon responded, calling it an "embarrassing mistake": "Our systems internally detect a number of words, including both the words gay and heterosexual that could be deemed as inappropriate for use at work."

road.jpg David Boreanaz takes a shirtless jog to show off his flesh and bones.

road.jpg Rush Limbaugh mocks Obama's race by playing "Barack, the Magic Negro", a "parody" song set to "Puff, the Magic Dragon". (via AmericaBlog)

road.jpg Are black holes portals to other universes?

road.jpg Jodie Foster to play Hitler filmmaker and Nazi propagandist Leni Reifenstahl in new film: "Riefenstahl has come to symbolise a marriage of artistic genius and political evil. She herself refused to sign a contract for Foster's project while she was still alive, mainly because Foster would not give her the right to reject any of the film that she felt was wrong. She was also thought to prefer Sharon Stone over Foster as an actress better suited to play her."

Pianomanroad.jpg "Piano man" Andreas Grassl, who was discovered in 2005 soaking wet in a black suit with the labels cut out on the south coast of England after having a mental breakdown, is now living a more normal life in Basel, Switzerland.

road.jpg Kylie Minogue collaborating with Scottish electro producer Calvin Harris.

road.jpg Several cool alternatives for presenting your digital photos.

Iphoneroad.jpg Is this the first photo ever seen taken by an Apple iPhone?

road.jpg Is American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks the new Mandisa? "One would never guess this from her time on the show since she's all smiles, but it seems that the pimped one might be a little more political than anyone thinks. The picture on the left comes from Jordin's MySpace, and she's been linked to many conservative organizations. She has performed at a Right to Life concert (anti-abortion) and other such events, and it's rumored that she liked Mandisa from last year because of her values (Mandisa was very religious and was quoted as saying she would be uncomfortable singing at a gay event)."

road.jpg Most aid from overseas for Hurricane Katrina victims went unclaimed: "Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far for disaster victims or reconstruction, according to U.S. officials and contractors. Most of the aid went uncollected, including $400 million worth of oil. Some offers were withdrawn or redirected to private groups such as the Red Cross. The rest has been delayed by red tape and bureaucratic limits on how it can be spent."

road.jpg Madonna is a strawberry blonde who's all about business.

road.jpg Bigmouth strikes again: Roseanne said to be contender to replace Rosie on the View. O'Donnell, however remains a hot commodity.

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  1. Roseanne alone would make The View watchable...she'd be an excellent choice, imho.

    No country is perfect, but wow, approval ratings, Katrina funds scandal, Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Phil being in the top 20 "entertainment" earners, etc...America is rather fucked up at the moment...imho

    Love to all, no chips, bad for the waistline.

    Posted by: mark | Apr 30, 2007 1:34:13 PM


  2. Rush, meet Imus....Imus meet Rush....why doesn't this fat fuck get the same treatment as Don Imus?

    Posted by: David | Apr 30, 2007 2:07:02 PM


  3. I don't care what topics you post, it is your blog after all...but at least research or get context before printing some of this stuff.

    I'm not a Rush listener...but I do belong to a news blog (liberal by the way) and got the whole story of the Obama parody.

    A columnist(a left wing one) for the L.A. Times wrote the original article and parody of Obama as *Barack the Magic Negro*....the parody was based on that article and not made by Rush....on his show he told his audience about the column in the L.A. Times and said....I'm going to play the parody and mention all day long that the times guy wrote **barack the magic negro**....he then told his audience...to watch the news, because by the end of this week every liberal news outlet will be attacking him for the **barack the magic negro** and the parody and will totally ignore the fact that it was a liberal L.A. Times editorialist that started it all.

    And he was right, he set the trap and the left/liberal media and left groups took the bait. Rush has been getting burnt all over for this, when it was really a left/liberal columnist that started it all.

    Rush is an ass and a homophobe....but we will never get what we want by ignoring the bigotry and hate in our own groups. This was a LIBERAL who wrote this, not some right wing nutjob.

    Posted by: joshua | Apr 30, 2007 6:37:15 PM


  4. While travelling in the Slovak Republic recently, I found that the broadband service of Slovak Telecom (which I think is a T-Mobile operation judging by the www.t-com.sk website) blocks every URL with the string "gay" amongst others.

    This also has the side effect of blocking some sites which use long unique IDs for queries, where that query string happens to have such a substring. Ironically this includes travel sites such as I used to book the Bratislava hotel I was staying at.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 30, 2007 6:38:33 PM


  5. Joshua, thanks "trolling" much for the rundown of the situation.


    Posted by: Soy | Apr 30, 2007 9:39:29 PM


  6. Apparently the View has one seat reserved for fat women.

    The phone thing is a classic molehill posing as a mountain.

    Posted by: anon | May 1, 2007 12:02:06 AM


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