Friday, November 26, 2004

Message from Osama

Got this from Lil' Joe.

After numerous rounds of "We don't even know if Osama is still alive," Osama himself decided to send George W. a letter in his own handwriting to let him know he was still in the game.

Bush opened the letter and it appeared to contain a coded message:

370HSSV-0773H

Bush was baffled, so he e-mailed it to Colin Powell. Colin and his aides had no clue either so they sent it to the FBI. No one could solve it so it went to the CIA, and then to the NSA, then to the Secret Service. With no clue as to its meaning, they eventually asked Canada's RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) for help.

The RCMP e-mailed the White House. "Tell the President he is looking at the message upside down."

Coded message: 370HSSV-0773H

SpongeBob Thieves Strike in 4 States

(Nov. 25) - It's a regular SpongeBob crime wave.
First some oversized figures of SpongeBob SquarePants were swiped from Burger Kings in Michigan, Minnesota and Utah.



AP
While this giant SpongeBob made his Macy's parade debut Thursday, several of his smaller brethren went missing around the country.


Now police in Wisconsin are on the lookout for spongenappers who clipped a six-foot Squarepants that was promoting the SpongeBob movie opening.

No ransom note was left in Sheboygan, Wisconsin -- although in Minnesota, the list of demands includes ten Crabby Patties for SpongeBob's return.

Police there are looking for a a blow-up figure swiped from a Burger King. They've found a ransom note which starts off: "We have SpongeBob." It then demands, "Give us ten Crabby Patties, fries and milkshakes."
The ransom note is signed by SpongeBob's nemesis, Plankton. A postscript reads: "Patrick is next," referring to SpongeBob's cartoon friend.

At a southeast Utah Burger King, vandals made off with a six-by-ten-foot balloon of Spongebob.

Employees are handing out "Missing" fliers with a full description of the popular cartoon figure -- featured in a new movie.

After some shrewd negotiations between police and a lawyer, a SpongeBob from Bad Axe, Michigan, has been returned home, slightly the worse for wear.

No laughing matter for Crime Stoppers in Sheboygan, though, who say informants on the whereabouts of the Wisconsin blow-up could earn a thousand dollar reward.


11/24/04 17:19 EST

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Turn Your Back on Bush

Got this from Gabe. Check it out. Let's do this.... visible actions are much louder than all the yelling and waving signs that protesters usually do.

www.turnyourbackonbush.org/index.html

Great-Grandmother Volunteers for Duty in Iraq

I admire her for doing this. Read on.

Great-Grandmother Volunteers for Duty in Iraq
'I Wanted to Do Something for the Country'

LAWTON, Okla. (Nov. 24) - A 72-year-old great-grandmother is preparing for deployment to the war zone in Iraq and will become one of the oldest Department of Defense civilian workers in the war zone.
"I volunteered,'' said Lena Haddix of Lawton, who has five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. "I wanted to do something for the country, because I was always left behind taking care of the children.''

Haddix was a military wife from 1950 until 1979, and has worked at the Fort Sill Post Exchange, or PX, since 1977.

"I've been a supervisor of every department out there,'' Haddix said. "I guess I'm the flunky.''

The PX is more than just a store for soldiers, she said. It's also a boost to morale, giving soldiers stationed overseas a link to the United States and Haddix said that's why she wants to go to Iraq.

"I just see so many of the boys. They're like little kids. They keep telling me, 'I'm going over,' or 'I've just come back,' '' she said.

"I would just like to go over and be with them.''

And Haddix said others have tried to talk her out of her decision, to no avail.

"I'd already made up my mind I wanted to go. I just wanted to do something for myself and other people instead of working and coming home.

"I'm sure there'll be times that I'll be scared, but I'm not now.''

Haddix is now going through much of the same process soldiers go through before deployment, including shots and a thorough medical checkup to make sure she's physically able to do a tour of at least six months.

She will be sent to Fort Bliss, Texas, for one week of training, then be sent to Germany where she will receive her orders on where in Iraq she will be stationed.


11-24-04 12:13 EST

Monday, November 22, 2004

Totally Addicted to DH!

I'm totally addicted to the new ABC show "Desperate Housewives!" I have to thank Little Joe for introducing me to the show recently. I was over visiting him while poor Lil Joe was recovering from pneumonia. We watched the "Extreme Makeover" show, and he convinced me to stay to watch "Desperate Housewives." Finish! I'm addicted!

Tonight, I could not pull myself away from the TV with the exception of commercials. I cannot wait to see next week's new DH episode. I'd love to have a gathering of DH fans to watch this show together.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Female Presidential Candidates

I look forward to the day when both politcal parties select female presidential candidates.
This thought came to me when I bumped into a black woman at the corner deli. She was smiling and pointed to a picture of Condoleeza Rice on the front page of a newspaper. She was happy that a black woman was being nominated and appointed to a high-ranking position. She saw this as progress. We talked for a bit. She works nearby, so I hope to run into her again. I've seen her face occasionally.

Although Condoleeza is a Republican, I really would like to see her being nominated and chosen as a Republican Presidential candidate during the 2008 election year.

Many have talked about Senator Hillary Clinton possibly running as a Presidential candidate for the Democratic party. Regardless, I want a qualified female candidate who has worked hard. So, I don't want us to overlook other female politicians who also work to help this country. I am aware that there are a handful of female Senators and Congresswomen. I'd like to know more about them, their platforms, and their histories. I've had enough of these men.

I wonder how much of a difference it'd make to have a female President run this country and how it'd impact international relations.

Tasmanian Devils....

Tasmanian devils strain hard to give birth to many rice-sized babies. The first 4 who make it to the mother's 4 available nipples survive. As the narrator stated: "the booby prize will survive." Later, the mother will eat the rest.

If the porportion of these rice-sized babies were converted to scale for humans, we'd give birth to a ping pong sized baby. Think abt how much easier it wld be for us women and our pussies!

These facts were obtained from a documentary on Animal Planet Channel Thursday Night about living creatures, pregnancies, and their births. The documentary was cornily named, "The Most Amazing Births." *rolling eyes*

Nonetheless, I enjoyed learning quite interesting facts about different creatures and their facts of lives on this Earth. They even compared these creatures' length of birth, pregnancy cycles, and size at birth to scale with humans. Some were scary while some weren't bad (such as giving birth to ping-pong sized babies according to Tasmanian Devil's scale and rate). It made me grateful for our human cycle and put some things into perspective.

A Craigslist Dictionary...

An obnoxious control-freak Italian male decided to take things into his hands and developed what I call an unofficial CraigsList dictionary. I just wonder what "outgoing" and "muscles" mean in his dictionary. I found it hilarious.

SICILIAN MALE 6'2 235,MUSCLES SEEKS OUTGOING FEMALE(READ ON) - m4w

IM A NON SMOKING,ITALIAN MALE,6'2 235 WELL GROOMED.YOU SHOULD BE FIT,WELL GROOMED,BETWEEN THE AGES OF 22-35 & KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE.PLEAS READ THE FOLLOWING.IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING,NO NEED TO REPLY.LET'S GET THIS STARTED ASAP.

Classy = Severe case of self-entitlement.

Spiritual = Buddhist or Yoga freak

Christian = Protester

Strong woman = Severe case of self-entitlement and a shitty attitude.

Seeking gentleman = Looking for rich guy who is beyond sexual years.

World traveler = would love to go to Europe as long as you're paying.

Shapely = Fat

Intelligent = She reads People Magazine every week.

Educated = She reads National Enquirer her reliaible sources.

Rubenesque = Fat

Sassy = Thinks she's funny, but is really a miserable bore to hang out with.

Sick of bar scene = She doesn't get hit on at bars due to one or more physical flaws.

Friends first = Reformed slut.

Tired of games = I want a docile schmuck to pay my bills and not pester me for sex.

BBW = Big Big Whale

Curvy = Fat

Full-Figured = Fat

Well-built = Fat

Blond = she dyed her hair blond

Average Build = Fat

Must like kids = I want a putz who will break his ass paying for another man's cast off progeny.

Loves the Outdoors = Closet Lesbo.

Snuggling and Warm Fires = Frigid.

Enjoys Travel - You're paying, right?

Fun Loving = Fucked 10,000 guys.

Meaningful Relationship = Slavery.

Non-Smoker = she is boring no vices.

Open Minded = she likes your gf or wife,

Adore pets = Loner

Nurturing = Stalker.

Eccentric = Psycho.

Ready to settle down = Tired of working for a living.

Financially Secure - Support my fat, lazy ass.

Very Good Looking (vgl) - Facially Challenged

St8 but curious - gay

420 - she's an addict and can't afford her habit

Shame On You, Target

Oh, shame on you, Target! You sell things for families, yet you offer this product. *gasp* Let's see how many right-wing folks send letters to Target about this.

Click on this link to find out what naughty Target is offering. And, it's on sale!

www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=8-4/qid=1100735515/ref=sr_8_4/602-5696367-6882221?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B0002KPIBO

For those of you too lazy to check out the link, Target had an anal vibrator on sale!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Without the Americans

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

"It's not really a matter of Arafat at all. It's us, Jews and Arabs, and we need to sit down and settle this mess, without the Americans. After all, we lived together for 3,000 years or so."

RAMI ZADA, an Israeli engineer, on prospects for peace. (NYT 11/17/04)

Monday, November 15, 2004

How the Grinch Stole Marriage

How the Grinch Stole Marriage
by Mary Ann Horton, Lisa and Bill Koontz
(with apologies to Dr. Suess.)

Every Gay down in Gayville liked Gay Marriage a lot......

But the Grinch, who lived just east of Gayville, did NOT!!

The Grinch hated happy Gays! The whole Marriage season!

Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.

It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, his Florsheims were too tight. But I think the most likely reason of all was His heart and brain were two sizes too small.

"And they're buying their tuxes!" he snarled with a sneer, "Tomorrow's the first Gay Wedding! It's practically here!"

Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming, "I MUST find some way to stop Gay Marriage from coming!"

For, tomorrow, he knew... All the Gay girls and boys would wake bright and early. They'd rush for their vows! And then! Oh, the Joys! Oh, the Joys!

And THEN they'd do something he liked least of all!

Every Gay down in Gayville the tall and the small, would stand close together, all happy and blissing. They'd stand hand-in-hand. And the Gays would start kissing!

"I MUST stop Gay Marriage from coming! ...But HOW?"

Then he got an idea! An awful idea! THE GRINCH GOT A WONDERFUL, AWFUL IDEA!

"I know what to do!" The Grinch laughed in his throat. And he went to his closet, grabbed his sheet and his hood.

And he chuckled, and clucked, with a great Grinchy word!

"With this beard and this cross, I look just like our Lord!"

"All I need is a Scripture..." The Grinch looked around. But, true Scripture is scarce, there was none to be found.

Did that stop the old Grinch...? No! The Grinch simply said, "With no Scripture on Marriage, I'll fake one instead!" "It's one man and one woman," the Grinch falsely said.

Then he broke in the courthouse. A rather tight pinch. But, if Georgie could do it, then so could the Grinch.

The little Gay benefits hung in a row. "These bennies," he grinned, "are the first things to go!"

Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most uncanny, around the whole room, and he took every benny! Health care for partners! Doctors for kiddies! Tax rights! Adoptions! Pensions and Wills!

And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, with a chill, Stuffed all the bags, one by one, in his bill.

Then he slunk to the kitchen, and stole Wedding Cake.

He cleaned out that icebox and made it look straight. He took the Gay-bar keys! He took the Gay Flag. Why, that Grinch even took their last Gay birdseed bag!

"And NOW!" grinned the Grinch, "I will pocket their Rings." And the Grinch grabbed the Rings, and he started to shove when he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove. He turned around fast, and off flew his hood.

Little Lisa-Bi Gay behind him sadly stood. The Grinch had been caught by small Lisa-Bi. She stared at the Grinch and said, "My, oh, my, why?" "Why are you taking our Wedding Rings? WHY?"

But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick. He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!

"Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Shepherd sneered, "The judges are evil, the other states weird." "I'll fix the rings there and I'll bring them back here."

It was quarter past dawn... All the Gays, still a-bed, all the Gays still a-snooze when he packed up and fled. "Pooh-Pooh to the Gays!" he was grinch-ish-ly humming. "They're finding out now no Gay Marriage is coming!" "Their mouths will hang open a minute or two then the Gays down in Gayville will all cry Boo-Hoo!"

He stared down at Gayville! The Grinch popped his eyes! Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise! Every Gay down in Gayville, the tall and the small, was kissing! Without any bennies at all! He HADN'T stopped Marriage from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?" "It came without lawyers, no papers to sort!" "It came without licenses, came without courts!" And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe Marriage," he thought, "doesn't come from the court. Maybe Marriage...perhaps... comes right from the heart. Maybe Marriage comes from all the words the Gays say. Words like Husband, like Wedding, and Spouse who is Gay." And what happened then...? Well...in Gayville they say that the Grinch's small brain grew three sizes that day!

And the Gays had their Weddings. They promised for life. They swore to be faithful, to Wife and her Wife. The Husbands were happy, to each other they vowed To be Out and be Honest, be Gay and be Proud. They told all their neighbors and friends of their Spouse, They told of their Marriage and sharing their house. They said "We got Married." They shouted it loud. Their marital status was "Married and Proud."

And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light. And he brought back the rings, cake and Gay birdseed bags! And he... ...HE HIMSELF... hung the Gay Rainbow Flag!

The Lord looked down, at the proud and the tall,
and said "These are my children, and I love them all."

____________________________

The moral of this story is that we don't need a piece of paper and the approval of the state to get married. We can just get married. Instead of having a committment ceremony, we can have a wedding. Instead of partners, we can have husbands and wives. Instead of calling our relationship a Domestic Partnership or a Civil Union, we can call it a Marriage. Whether any government recognizes it is separate from what we call it. It's a free country and we can call ourselves what we like.

In 5 or 10 or 20 years, with plenty of visible same-sex married couples, the world won't see us as strange or scary, we're just the married couple down the street that happens to be gay. Eventually, the legal recognization of our marriages will follow.

If we allow ourselves to voluntarily sit in the back of the bus, we'll never make any progress. Rosa Parks had to sit in the front of the bus to make a difference. We must as well.

Copyright (c) 2004 by Mary Ann Horton. Permission granted to copy in whole, with attribution. This is a parody of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Can You Believe This - Clit Pump?

http://www.babeland.com/sexinfo/howto/clitpumping

While checking out www.babeland.com for some tips for a friend of mine, I came across how to use a clit pump. I had no idea that such a thing existed. You can even pump your nipples. Wow. I've never needed equipments to achieve these tho. My eyes nearly jumped out of my eyes when I came across this How To article. Check it out, and enjoy!

By the way, they've got more How To articles and toys.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Only 50 Years Ago...

Just imagine. It was only 50 years ago to this day that, on Nov. 12, 1954, Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892. (Source: New York Times 11/12/04)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Odds and Ends

* I'm still thrilled that one of my dear childhood friends, Julie, and old classmate, Shane, are expecting a baby together. I love checking their blog for current updates and pictures. Julie is such a beautiful person with a genuine heart. I love her for that.

* I had a great coffee chat with Melissa the other day. I've got to get together with her more often.

* This medical LOA from school is probably one of the best decisions I've made for myself in a while, alongside few other decisions I made over the past few months. I strongly believe in living life and making the best out of it, even if it means making some changes in order to remain true to myself and be healthier. My graduation date will be postponed as a result. But, know what? That's okay with me. I've been like an Energizer Bunny working a lot since high school graduation. I even worked part to full time hours while completing my undergraduate studies in 2 1/2 years. Now, it's time to address some long-neglected areas of my life and myself by putting work and school aside for a while in order to become healthier. When I become healthier again, I'll be able to resume my studies and live life with a greater zest while being healthier at the same time.

* My brother's got a job gig until December. I hope that he picks up another gig after December. That's how it goes in the television/Hollywood business.

* Dad's off to a conference this weekend in Orlando. I think he'll be surprised with how much has changed (and developed) in Orlando since he last went there probably over 15 years ago.

* I found a great deal for a roundtrip plane ticket for Dad to Roanoke, VA. His mom, my grandma, isn't doing well. She managed to survive a life-threatening infection. It's amazing. She will be moved to a nursing home soon. Dad would like to see her soon.

I really would like to go too, but I don't have the money for it. Tickets to Roanoke are quite expensive, and special airfare deals come by once in a blue moon.

* I'm off to shower now then meet up with a friend for lunch. Then there are few things to take care of at school.

* The fire in my friend, Jade, never extinguishes. She is very persistent and determined in her film work. She is a true filmmaker. I KNOW she is making it. Check out her website at http://www.jadefilm.com/.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Only In America

Only in America......do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America......do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in America......do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in America......do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in America......do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Only in America....do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.

Only in America......do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

EVER WONDER ...

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"?

Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
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Now that you've smiled at least once, it's your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle)...in other words, send it to everyone. We all need to smile every once in a while.

Sorry, Everybody

A friend sent me the www.sorryeverybody.com weblink. Click on it, and press on the picture. There are pictures from all over America and the world.

I'm glad that Ashcroft turned in his resignation.

At least we know what we are dealing with during the next 4 years. Sigh.

Monday, November 08, 2004

17 Reasons Why To Not Slit Your Wrists

Thanks to Kaybee and her mother for this.

Friday, November 5th, 2004

17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists...by Michael Moore

Dear Friends,

Ok, it sucks. Really sucks. But before you go and cash it all in, let's, in the words of Monty Python, "always look on the bright side of life!" There IS some good news from Tuesday's election.

Here are 17 reasons not to slit your wrists:

1. It is against the law for George W. Bush to run for president again.

2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

3. The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.

4. In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction (56%), think the war wasn't worth fighting (51%), and don't approve of the job George W. Bush is doing (52%). (Note to foreigners: Don't try to figure this one out. It's an American thing, like Pop Tarts.)

5. The Republicans will not have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. If the Democrats do their job, Bush won't be able to pack the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues. Did I say "if the Democrats do their job?" Um, maybe better to scratch this one.

6. Michigan voted for Kerry! So did the entire Northeast, the birthplace of our democracy. So did 6 of the 8 Great Lakes States. And the whole West Coast! Plus Hawaii. Ok, that's a start. We've got most of the fresh water, all of Broadway, and Mt. St. Helens. We can dehydrate them or bury them in lava. And no more show tunes!

7. Once again we are reminded that the buckeye is a nut, and not just any old nut -- a poisonous nut. A great nation was felled by a poisonous nut. May Ohio State pay dearly this Saturday when it faces Michigan.

8. 88% of Bush's support came from white voters. In 50 years, America will no longer have a white majority. Hey, 50 years isn't such a long time! If you're ten years old and reading this, your golden years will be truly golden and you will be well cared for in your old age.

9. Gays, thanks to the ballot measures passed on Tuesday, cannot get married in 11 new states. Thank God. Just think of all those wedding gifts we won't have to buy now.

10. Five more African Americans were elected as members of Congress, including the return of Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. It's always good to have more blacks in there fighting for us and doing the job our candidates can't.

11. The CEO of Coors was defeated for Senate in Colorado. Drink up!

12. Admit it: We like the Bush twins and we don't want them to go away.

13. At the state legislative level, Democrats picked up a net of at least 3 chambers in Tuesday's elections. Of the 98 partisan-controlled state legislative chambers (house/assembly and senate), Democrats went into the 2004 elections in control of 44 chambers, Republicans controlled 53 chambers, and 1 chamber was tied. After Tuesday, Democrats now control 47 chambers, Republicans control 49 chambers, 1 chamber is tied and 1 chamber (Montana House) is still undecided.

14. Bush is now a lame duck president. He will have no greater moment than the one he's having this week. It's all downhill for him from here on out -- and, more significantly, he's just not going to want to do all the hard work that will be expected of him. It'll be like everyone's last month in 12th grade -- you've already made it, so it's party time! Perhaps he'll treat the next four years like a permanent Friday, spending even more time at the ranch or in Kennebunkport. And why shouldn't he? He's already proved his point, avenged his father and kicked our ass.

15. Should Bush decide to show up to work and take this country down a very dark road, it is also just as likely that either of the following two scenarios will happen: a) Now that he doesn't ever need to pander to the Christian conservatives again to get elected, someone may whisper in his ear that he should spend these last four years building "a legacy" so that history will render a kinder verdict on him and thus he will not push for too aggressive a right-wing agenda; or b) He will become so cocky and arrogant -- and thus, reckless -- that he will commit a blunder of such major proportions that even his own party will have to remove him from office.

16. There are nearly 300 million Americans -- 200 million of them of voting age. We only lost by three and a half million! That's not a landslide -- it means we're almost there. Imagine losing by 20 million. If you had 58 yards to go before you reached the goal line and then you barreled down 55 of those yards, would you stop on the three yard line, pick up the ball and go home crying -- especially when you get to start the next down on the three
yard line? Of course not! Buck up! Have hope! More sports analogies are coming!!!

17. Finally and most importantly, over 55 million Americans voted for the candidate dubbed "The #1 Liberal in the Senate." That's more than the total number of voters who voted for either Reagan, Bush I, Clinton or Gore. Again, more people voted for Kerry than Reagan. If the media are looking for a trend it should be this -- that so many Americans were, for the first time since Kennedy, willing to vote for an out-and-out liberal. The country has always been filled with evangelicals -- that is not news. What IS news is that so many people have shifted toward a Massachusetts liberal. In fact, that's BIG news. Which means, don't expect the mainstream media, the ones who brought you the Iraq War, to ever report the real truth about November 2, 2004. In fact, it's better that they don't. We'll need the element of surprise in 2008.

Feeling better? I hope so. As my friend Mort wrote me yesterday, "My Romanian grandfather used to say to me, 'Remember, Morton, this is such a wonderful country -- it doesn't even need a president!'"

But it needs us. Rest up, I'll write you again tomorrow.

Yours,
Michael Moore
MMFlint@aol.com
www.michaelmoore.com

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Whoa! Talk About Manners!

Whoa! Talk about manners! Makes you think twice about our American debates and political culture in comparsion to Taiwanese debates and politcal culture. Maybe President Bush should pay a visit there soon. Read on....

Taiwanese Lawmakers Fling Food During Debate

TAIPEI, Taiwan (Oct. 26) -- They've fought with fists. They've thrown paper at each other. And on Tuesday, Taiwan's rowdy lawmakers had an old-fashioned food fight.

Legislators began chucking white cardboard takeout lunch boxes full of rice, meat, hard-boiled eggs and vegetables at each other during a heated debate over whether Taiwan should spend billions on weapons sold by the United States.

It was difficult to figure out who started the battle. Local TV showed the legislators yelling at each other as they sat at long tables in a committee room during a lunch meeting.

Opposition lawmaker Chu Fong-chi stood up and began shouting at ruling party lawmakers when she appeared to duck to avoid being hit by an object. She picked up a lunch box and flung it across the room at legislator Chen Chong-yi of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

Chen grabbed a lunch box and tossed it back at Chu, who had what appeared to be food stains down the back of her blouse. ''My whole body smells like a lunch box!'' she shrieked to TV cameras covering the melee.

The food fight, which lasted just minutes, left tabletops, chairs and the floor littered with rice and chunks of hard-boiled eggs.

Fisticuffs were common in the legislature during the late 1980s and early '90s in the newly democratic Taiwan. But in recent years, lawmakers have become less violent, although tempers flare almost daily. Yelling, insults and other uncivil behavior is part of the political culture.