God Hates Dudes in Dresses

Or, why Dennis Prager should do two minutes of research before writing something for publication.
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Newsflash: Being physically fit is good

And if you’re female and your exercise capacity is lacking, you’re a lot more likely to die. Happy Thursday.

And a disclaimer: This article (written by the AP and not the Times) also has one of the most confusing, most poorly-written leads ever. The information is interesting. The writing is really bad.

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Taking culture into account

A Flordia drug sting has resulted in the arrest of almost 50 Indian immigrant drugstore clerks, under charges of selling materials used to make methanphetamine — legal materials, available over-the-counter. Police claim that the clerks knew what they were selling would be used for drugs, since informants said that they were using the materials (like aluminum foil) for a “cook,” which is apparently common drug-making slang. Many of the Indian clerks say that they didn’t understand what their customer was saying — and to be honest, I’m not sure even I would have understood what was going on.

Either way, it seems a little ridiculous to me that store clerks could be arrested for doing their jobs.

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“I haven’t worn blue eye shadow since the seventh grade when I was in the Girl Scouts”

Blue Eyeshadow

More Blue Eyeshadow

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Fierce (individuals) Home From Hot Climates

I’m back from Italy! Apologies for not posting consistently… I spent my last week at the beach instead of in internet cafes. And since today is also my birthday, this is all I’m going to post. I’ll be back in full force tomorrow.

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Entertain Yourself

If you read the comment threads at Alas, A Blog, you should recognize this name. The “nice guy” strikes again.

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Busy, Busy

I’ve been incredibly busy at Chez Lauren, hence the quiet blog. Yesterday I met with Dr. B. about applying for grad school and realized I was worrying about all the wrong things. I found out I have one semester and summer to fill, should I get accepted, before I can begin a year from now. In the meantime I have to figure out how to pay rent and put food on the table during those months after I complete my student teaching and get certification, probably even more schooling while finagling a way to continue to receive financial aid.

Today I’m forced to mow the lawn before the grass is long enough to touch my knees, and the garden needs watering and weeding badly. Huge, stupid thing.

In the meantime, check out the new internet Regender tool that changes pronouns from one sex to the other. Incredibly nifty for news stories.

NEWSFLASH! Men who are insecure about their masculinity support war and buy SUVs. Another gem from the liberal academy.

Aunt Jenna explains marriage for the benefit of those who do not yet blame the patriarchy with help from the inimitable Twisty Faster.

The Drunken Lagomorph waxes about her medical duty versus faith and religion.

These two posts by Hugo Schwyzer really bug me, and it isn’t just the brilliant derailment in the comments. Maybe you can figure out why. Alley Rat somehow manages to throw down against every stupid argument in Hugo’s comments being made in favor of comparing men’s military duty to women’s “duty” to carry out every conception to birth, and I don’t even think she meant to. (note: It isn’t Hugo making these arguments, but the derailers)

Pam talks candidly about skin bleaching, racism, the nature of skin color and difference.

I agree with Roxanne. Dave Winer is an ass of gigantic proportions.

I like this picture and so should you:

Not Yours

B has a total eclipse of the heart.

This is just stupidly gross. Christ, people. Can we cut it with the fish pictures?

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Request for Recipes

Tonight, after spending the entire day cleaning house and doing laundry, the last thing I wanted to do was cook yet another meal. I wanted to use things in the house, throw something together that would be ready within thirty minutes.

Tonight I made a tater tot casserole, frankly because it was the only thing I could think of to make with the available ingredients (I thought about convincing the chef boyfriend to come over and doctor it for me, but he might have died at the mere mention of casserole or tater tots). If anyone has any suggestions for easy meals conducive to kid palate, please tip me off in the comments.

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Now, Wait a Minute

It’s August already?

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Zucchini, A Perspective Piece

I would just like to draw your attention to the biggest zucchini ever.

Biggest Zucchini Ever

The boyfriend’s mother accidentally let this one go for a number of weeks as it grew to gargantuan proportions. We decided to rescue it from the trash pile and torture a number of people with its size — hitting people with it, double entendres, and threatening to fry it up — what a wonderful find.

If you ever move to Indiana, this is the kind of entertainment you can come to expect.

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All Your Cats Are Belong To Us

Why the internet shrines to cats? The NYT has a possible answer:

Maybe the difference is that dogs are public, everyone’s business. They go on subways and they go in parks. They are always caught in flagrante defecato. Cats stay home. They are private, nobody’s business. To watch them in their homes is a privilege. They are perfect for the Web, the medium of voyeurs.

…Remind you of anything? Those cats are like so many bloggers sitting at home staring into their computer screens and watching other bloggers blog other bloggers. Cats, who live indoors and love to prowl, are the soul of the blogosphere. Dogs would never blog.

For further cat-related ridiculousness, see the kitty cat dance, remarkably similar to something I do to my cats to entertain Ethan. This movie as well is always entertaining to the boy when he’s in a sour mood.

link via Culture Cat

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More Weekend Music Blogging

Ryan posted some more music downloads along with the “most obtuse history of the War on Terra” on Liberal Avenger.

I contributed Songs: Ohia’s “Riding With The Ghost.” Go see.

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