Monday, July 31, 2006

Diet update: Come on you stupid scale...

Damn thing stilll won't give me a reading. Haven't had any junk food whatsoever in over 3 weeks. Took a 6Km walk on Wednesday and a 5Km walk on Sunday. Managed to do 75 situps this morning.

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meh.

Well I'm a little disappointed with what I just heard. It appears that the opening act for the Stones concert is going to be Three Days Grace. I don't really have anything against Three Days Grace, they just sound like every other 3 piece pseudo-punk band on the mainstream rock charts these days. After checking out reviews of the previous Stones shows on this tour and seeing opening acts like Beck, The Tragically Hip, Black Eyed Peas and Trey Anastasio of Phish I was hoping they'd come up with a big name opener. Oh well, just another example of doing things half assed in Regina, like the Grey Cup halftime "entertainment" of Bryan Adams.

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Don't try this at home kiddies


Dry Ice - video powered by Metacafe

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Top Gear - Ariel Atom

Now this is a fun looking car.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Lindsay Lohan Gets Slammed by Hollywood BigWig!

"You have acted like a spoiled child and in doing so have alienated many of your coworkers and endangered the quality of this picture" said CEO of Morgan Creek, the production company behind Lohan's upcoming movie "Georgia Rule".

Someone finally decided to to call out one of these new 20 something airhead actors who think their shit doesn't stink. Nice to see, hope it's a trend that continues.

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Stephen Colbert - Better Know a District - Washington D.C.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Score!

Guess who's going to be watching Mick and the boys rock out from 17 rows away from the stage.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tickets for Oliver Stone lecture on sale

This looks like an enlightening evening, I'm going to go for sure.
Tickets are now available for Academy Award-winning director and filmmaker Oliver Stone's lecture at the University of Regina. The lecture will take place Wed., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Education Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Conexus Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 525-9999.

Stone's talk kicks off the new Rethinking Productivity Speaker Series, presented by the Social Policy Research Unit in the Faculty of Social Work at the U of R. Speakers will look at ways in which modern democracy can divert governments from focusing solely on the interests of the rich and powerful.

Stone, a filmmaker and novelist, is a constant advocate for freedom of thought, art and political opinion. He has been nominated for 11 Academy Awards as a screenwriter, director and producer, and has won Oscars for the films Born on the Fourth of July, Platoon, and Midnight Express. His latest film, World Trade Center, will be released on Aug. 9.

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Woot!



Got a letter in the mail today from the Roughriders. Apparently my otherwise completely worthless Rider Share allows me to purchase up to 8 of the best seats in the house 4 days before tickets go on sale to the general public. Anyone looking for a seat?

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Diet: Day 17 - I want a slice of pizza

I do, I really really do. I'm not going to have one, but I'd really like to. The scale still runs in fear of me, but I did manage to do 50 situps yesterday and sixty today, I'll attempt 75 tomorrow. Stupid Buffalo Days is coming next week and I don't know what to do. I've been so good at sticking to my diet, but the food at the fair isn't exactly healthy. As if to mock me, the fair hasn't featured any good entertainment in 4 or 5 years and Wednesday night they have an excellent pairing of Captain Tractor and Spirit of the West on the grandstand.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Metallica catalog now on iTunes

After refusing to offer their music on the iTunes Music Store when it first opened, it seems like the boys from Metallica have decided to listen to their fans and offer their catalog at the popular digital music store.

Hi, my name is Lars Ulrich and I'm incredibly short sighted. I didn't want to commit to anything until I was sure I could buy another dump truck full of ivory back scratchers from the deal, and now it seems this iTunes thingy is here to stay, so have at it sheep, fill my bank account with your money.

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Babylon 5 returns

One of the greatest sci-fi series of all time will return in a series of direct-to-DVD mini movies. They will be written and directed by J. Michael Straczynski and we can expect the first set to be released during the second quarter of 2007.

I don't actually care about this as I never really liked B5, but I know a few people that read my blog like B5. Now if they were doing new "episodes" of Straczynski's vastly superior Jeremiah, then I'd be excited.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Some movies I've seen recently

Superman Returns - I liked it for the most part. The only thing I didn't like in it was the stupid tacked on storyline with the kid, blechhhh. Why did you have to do that Bryan Singer? Why?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - possibly the longest movie title of the year. I wasn't a huge fan of the first one and was basically dragged to this one by she who can't be mentioned in this blog. I liked this one a lot more than the first one, nothing but nonstop swashbuckling pirate action.

Clerks II - If you were a fan of the original you'll love this. If you hated the original you probably shouldn't waste your time or money on this. I loved the original, and laughed my ass off through this entire movie. Randall is one of the greatest characters in movie history, his rant about Lord of the Rings is an instant classic.

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Tarantino Confirms More Kill Bill!

"Tarantino spilled the beans that once he finishes 'Death Proof' he will begin working on two more 'Kill Bill' films! Both films will be animated..."

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Cats that look like Hitler

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Stephen Hawking: "Europe Should Not Follow Bush On Stem Cells"

Stephen Hawking criticized President Bush and European states that are trying to ban stem cell research.

Hmmmm, should we listen to one of the smartest people who has ever lived or some redneck with no science education who answers to the name Dubya?

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Corporate Websites from 1996

Not that this page is some great achievement in design skill, but these are some examples of what big corporations were paying good money to have designed 10 short years ago.

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Hanged from a crane aged 16: Justice Iran style

The Iranian judge who had sentenced 16-year-old Atefeh Rajabito to death was left unmoved as he personally put the noose around her neck and signalled to the crane driver. Kicking and screaming, Atefeh was left dangling for 45 minutes from the arm of the crane. Her crime? She had sex with an unmarried man.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Daily Show - Stem Cell Research

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Diet Update: 2 weeks down...

Still no love from the scale, but I've still managed to stick to the plan completely. Ordered in food for the first time last night, Chinese, it was basically all the same stuff I would have stir fried myself but I didn't have to cook. Yesterday I found out that going to the movies when you aren't eating junk food sucks, not a lot of healthy choices at the snack counter. Luckily we were at the Galaxy which has a Yogen Fruz so I got a fat free strawberry/banana/pineapple smoothie.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Unnessary Censorship

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Post #200 (What the Hell is wrong with people)

Dakota Fanning Tackles Sex Abuse in Controversial Role

Seriously this one just pisses me off:
However, reports are now saying Dakota's role in the film calls for her to be -- wait for it -- "raped in one explicit scene and to appear naked or clad only in 'underpants' in several other horrifying moments."
She's 12 for fucks sake. Why the fuck would someone let their child appear almost naked and being raped in a movie? We've got a quote to answer that one too:
Dakota's mother and agent were all for the explicit scenes, thinking they had Oscar written all over them.
Fuck you in the ass with barbed wire. I hope the Oscar nomination is worth it in about 10 years when she's explaining to her therapist why she hates her mother.

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Heath Ledger Is The Joker

Well it's official. The new Joker for the next Batman film is Heath Ledger. Owwww, my brain just hurt itself trying to think of a worse choice.

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New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer!

oooooohh...I forgot they were making this, the trailer looks pretty cool.

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Apple on iPhone: "We're not sitting around doing nothing"

"As regards cell phones, we don't think that the phones that are available today make the best music players. We think the iPod is. But over time, that is likely to change. And we're not sitting around doing nothing."

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

It's only rock and roll: update

The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World is in fact coming to Regina on October 8th.

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The Daily Show revisits net neutrality

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Letterman's Top 10 George W. Bush Moments

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Jon Stewart on Lebanon Coverage

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Texas Man Catches Fish With Human-Like Teeth

A fish caught in Lubbock, Texas, with teeth that look like they belong to a human has baffled wildlife officials in the area, according to a report.

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Tesla EV Roadster pics leaked

Well it certainly looks cool and has some impressive stats, but how much will a car with 6800 batteries cost, and cost to recharge. I'll stick with my gas powered car for the time being I think.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Why Mosquitoes Prey on Certain People More Than Others

Genetics account for a whopping 85% of our susceptibility to mosquito bites, and certain elements of our body chemistry make mosquitoes swarm closer. Any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance... larger people tend to give off more carbon dioxide. Movement and heat also attract mosquitoes.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Spielberg talks about Indy 4 and Jurassic Park 4

Spielberg mentioned that David Koepp is still working on finishing the Indiana Jones 4 script, that Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston is standing by to direct Jurassic Park IV. Details on several other projects as well.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

iPhone, iPod messenger clues in latest iPod software

More evidence that an iPod with cell phone capability is on the way?

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New Porsche all-wheel drive 911 Targa

Drool.....

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Hooters chairman found dead in home

CNN has a brief obituary on Robert Brooks, chairman of Hooters of America, Inc. He died at the age of 69 *Insert own joke*. All I can say is "Breast in Peace" (ah-ha-ha...thank you, I'll be here all week). I wonder if they found him with his head buried in two pillows? (ah-ha-ha...again, thank you, I'll be here all week).

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Handicapped pervert avoids jail

Now that is a great headline. I love Edmonton!

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11 yr-old Girl aks Mom if she could 'Fail a Test to avoid being Beaten'

An 11-year-old girl was attacked by an elementary school classmate while riding a school bus because of her good grades..."Eventually, the girl asked the mother if she could fail a test to avoid being beat up"

Ahhhh the good old public school system, gee how I don't miss you.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Diet Update: 1 week down...

Only one minor slip up so far, the bill came at the restaurant the other night and I instinctively grabbed one of the mints and ate it, oops. The scale still doesn't work for me but I think I'm getting close, I only have to push up very slightly on the chair next to it to get a reading, so maybe late this coming week I'll be able to stand on it and get an actual reading. I never did get the caffeine withdrawal headaches I've heard peoples horror stories about and so far I haven't had any really uncontrollable cravings for junk food, but if the temperature stays above 30 much longer Ice Cream will be hard to resist.

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Star Trek maze carved into UK farmland

"An image released July 14, 2006, shows a 32-acre maze dedicated to cult TV show "Star Trek" on a English farm near York in northern England. Tom Pearcy used satellite technology to help him design the huge maze at his farm to celebrate 40 years since the airing of the first episode of the show"

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More fun with Google

The latest batch of Google search results that have landed people in my little corner of the web include:

  • fat gut - Ya, what's your point?
  • 8% of women carry purse - I doubt the percentage is anywhere near that low
  • valerie smith howard stern - Hey a classic
  • "80's Artifacts" - uhhhhhhh
  • superstitions, getting pooped on by a bird, good luck - Okie Dokie
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    Jon Stewart on Net Neutrality

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    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    I can't think of a title for this.

    Odd, just odd, but funny.

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    Top 10 Drinking movies

    Modern Drunkard's take on the top films where alcohol plays the lead role.

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    Sanctimonious right wing nazi fascists...

    I just made the mistake of going and reading the rest of the page by the whacko pro-life weirdo who didn't know The Onion was a satire magazine and I'm infuriated. I'll tell you what Mr. Holier-than-thou, I'll find one pregnant crack addicted hooker and convince her not to have an abortion (I'm quite persuasive when I need to be), if you'll agree to take said crack addicted newborn and raise it to the age of 18? Wanna give it a try? And the term you're looking for is pro-CHOICE, not pro-abortion, no one is in favour of abortion, although if I could go back in time to your mother's first or second trimester I might change my mind.

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    Wednesday, July 12, 2006

    Diet: Days 3&4

    I have still managed to stick to the plan, haven't had anything that even resembles junk food in 4 days. The scale still doesn't like me. Had my first restaurant meal of the week today, a steak pita and a bottle of water, it was tasty and I didn't have to cook it. I need to exercise still, I tried doing some sit-ups when I got home from work the other day but I was tired and my big fat gut wasn't helping matters either, I think I'm going to have to walk off the first 30 pounds or so.

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    Filming starting on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

    Star Trek Actors to Film 40th Anniversary Gift to Trek Fans รข�� Star Trek: Of Gods and Men. The fan made mini-series will be released exclusively on the Internet as downloads, each 30 minutes in length. It will feature Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Tim Russ and other Trek alumni.

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    Wierd Al Interviews Eminem

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    Tuesday, July 11, 2006

    Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett Passes Away

    Syd Barrett, one of the original members of legendary rock group Pink Floyd, has died at the age of 60, the band's spokesman has confirmed.

    :(

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    Satire is now officially dead

    A pro-life blogger rants about a horrific article written by a girl who is thrilled to be having an abortion. That sounds really horrible until you see the story is from The Onion. That the article was satire was missed by the blogger.

    Ow...my sides are hurting from laughing.

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    Diet: Day 2

    Still have managed to not eat anything I'm not supposed to. Haven't gotten any of the expected headaches from caffeine withdrawal so it seems entirely possible that I can't become addicted to caffeine. Had some yogurt for breakfast instead of my normal plate-sized cinnamon bun slathered in butter with a half liter of chocolate milk. The scale still screams in pain when I stand on it. Tonight should be easier at work because I remembered to bring a snack (mmmmm dried apricots), nothing in the vending machine is even remotely close to healthy.

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    More proof

    There really is a website out there for everything.

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    Monday, July 10, 2006

    Rove: Bush's First Veto Would Be Stem-Cell Bill

    President Bush likely will cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove said Monday.

    You know what would be great? If PresiDUHnt Doofus gets a degree in molecular biology or biochemistry so he has even the smallest inkling what a "stem cell" is before he tries to prevent people who have such knowledge from curing diseases. Asshole.

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    25 Great Calvin & Hobbes Comic Strips

    Some classics from one of my favourite comic strips of all time.

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    Apple's new iPod nano may sport metal jacket

    "The next generation of Apple Computer's iPod nano digital music player may dip into iPod mini's wardrobe, AppleInsider has learned. In an effort to reduce the player's susceptibility to scratches, Apple has been experimenting with aluminum anodized enclosures similar to those used in the company's iPod mini digital music players."

    Apple is making it really hard to not buy one of these silly little things. I saw a picture on one of the gadget websites last week of a design for what looks like a nano cellphone, that would be really hard to not buy.

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    Sunday, July 09, 2006

    Diet: Day 1

    So far so good, managed to get through an entire day without cheating. Had a Lemon Chicken Stir Fry for supper on a bed of rice (simultaneously breaking in my new wok and rice cooker). I modified the recipe by using olive oil instead of peanut oil and I didn't slice my chicken nearly as finely as the recipe called for. It was quite tasty, but next time I think I'll throw some onions or peppers in it.

    The first setback of the diet plan occurred when I tried to weigh myself. The scale I bought maxes out at 300 pounds and apparently I've gotten fatter than that. So weight loss goal number one is to not have the scale read "ERROR" when I stand on it.

    Anyone have some good reasonably healthy recipes to share that don't involve fish?

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    Removing sex, profanity from films violates copyright

    A judge has ruled that editing swearing, sex and violence from films on DVD or VHS violates copyright laws.

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    Books that have been banned

    ...and where they've been banned, and why. Here's an excerpt:

    Where's Waldo? Martin Handford. Little. Challenged at the Public Libraries of Saginaw, Mich. (1989), Removed from the Springs Public School library in East Hampton, N.Y. (1993) because there is a tiny drawing of a woman lying on the beach wearing a bikini bottom but no top. Yes, but did they find Waldo?

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    Adam Carolla hangs up on Ann Coulter

    On yesterday's Adam Carolla radio show, Ann Coulter called in to the show an hour and a half late, then told the host "I am really tight on time."Carolla responded, "All right, well get lost" and then hung up on her mid-sentence.

    hehehehehehehe

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    Wednesday, July 05, 2006

    Smells Like Teen Spirit performed by The UK Ukulele Orchestra

    Ya, the title pretty much says it all.

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    Rolling Stone interviews Thom Yorke (of Radiohead) about his new solo album

    "ROLLING STONE Senior Editor David Fricke caught up with Thom Yorke at a hotel bar in the British seaside resort of Blackpool. What follows is a special Web-only expanded interview."

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    Stuffed "Animals" for weirdos

    Uhhhhhhh....

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    Tuesday, July 04, 2006

    Enough!

    I'm getting old. I don' think I'm old, but I feel old some days. I get tired easily, my knees hurt, I can't get enough sleep, walking up the 3 flights of stairs to my apartment leaves me breathing way harder than it should. I have high blood pressure. Doctors won't believe me when I tell them I'm not diabetic (and I have no desire to become diabetic). I'm a mess. Well enough is enough. I'm going mental for the rest of the week chowing down on my favourite junk foods and then the diet starts on Sunday. I bought a wok on the weekend so I can cook up stirfrys and on payday I'm going to go buy a rice cooker and a scale. The following foods will be completely off limits until I lose at least 40 pounds:
    • Fast Food Burgers
    • Pizza
    • Chocolate
    • Potato Chips
    • Soda Pop (including slurpees)
    • Ice Cream
    • Cakes and Pies
    • Coffee
    • Donuts
    • Candy
    • Cinnamon Buns (my breakfast of choice :( )
    • Anything Deep Fried (yes including french fries)
    • Milk (as a drink)

    Yep it will be yogurt and stirfrys for me for a few months anyway. I'm also banning myself from using the car to get anywhere closer than 2km from my apartment and will be doing sit ups daily trying to get rid of this giant spare tire I'm carrying around.

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    Guy Wanted For Murder Walks Onto Live Broadcast

    A live report about a murderer on the loose is interrupted when the suspect himself walks through the report. Also, he drinks Sprite.

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    Monday, July 03, 2006

    World's Most Dangerous Improv Game

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    Sunday, July 02, 2006

    A stolen idea

    Here's a good idea I've seen on a few other blogs as of late, a suggestion box. I tossed a link to this post in the menu bar on the right and you can feel free to make suggestions of things you'd like to see on this blog in the comments section. I reserve the right to not do any of the suggestions and to publicly mock them if I see fit.

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    Ann Coulter Plagiarized Liberally In Her New Book

    "John Barrie, the creator of a leading plagiarism-recognition system, claimed he found at least three instances of what he calls "textbook plagiarism" in her new book."

    Wow, an untalented hack looking for nothing but attention lifted passages from other's work without credit. Man am I shocked.

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    Saturday, July 01, 2006

    Happy Canada Day!

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