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Wow!!

Spain has joined the ranks of nations that allow gay marriages!

This is such happy news. Unfortunately, it makes me think about the U.S. and the ignorance and bigotry that still allows states to pass laws banning gay marriage. I believe that there's certain powers that should be granted to the states, but I also believe there are basic rights that should be extended to all people including the right to not be discriminated against because of your sexual orientation.

A Fabulous End to Pride Month

Canada Lawmakers Approve Gay Marriage Bill

I can remember back in 1996 when my college friends and I thought Hawaii might become the first state to legalize gay marriages, and how some of my friends talked about going to the Netherlands to get married. And then how I teased my cousin, Bill, that he must get his partner Bob to Ontario, Canada and get married since his sister had finally gotten married at age 40-something. He laughed and said maybe if it became legal in Massachusetts. A year later that became reality. I'm so very happy to see our neighbors to the north doing the right thing.

Write A Blog?

What's Your Live 8?

With all these Live 8 concerts being set up, I thought to myself, "Julia, what kind of line-up would make you take out a loan and do whatever it takes, even risk death, to get to an all day music festival?" Here's my list (difficulty=only 8 musical acts allowed):
RadioheadU2They Might Be GiantsThe SmithsSmashing PumpkinsDepeche ModeSoul CoughingXTC
Hey, I know a few of these groups are broken up but I can dream, right? And yes, I've heard the news about a potential Smashing Pumpkins revival.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -- Benjamin Franklin

I've recently been welcomed into the beer blogging community over at A Good Beer Blog. My first post was about legislation in NY state to create a beer trail. The post is here. A good many thanks to Alan for taking a chance on a Western NY woman who probably knows diddly about beer when compared to the other contributors on the blog.

Bush Lied.. People Died: Part 1,700 and counting

The full text of the Downing Street Memo.

Text of the Downing Street Memo - a document containing meeting minutes transcribed during the British Prime Minister's meeting on July 23, 2002

• As originally reported in the The Times of London, May 1, 2005

SECRET AND STRICTLY PERSONAL - UK EYES ONLY

DAVID MANNING
From: Matthew Rycroft
Date: 23 July 2002
S 195 /02

cc: Defence Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Attorney-General, Sir Richard Wilson, John Scarlett, Francis Richards, CDS, C, Jonathan Powell, Sally Morgan, Alastair Campbell

IRAQ: PRIME MINISTER'S MEETING, 23 JULY

Copy addressees and you met the Prime Minister on 23 July to discuss Iraq.

This record is extremely sensitive. No further copies should be made. It should be shown only to those with a genuine need to know its contents.

John Scarlett summarised the intelligence and latest JIC assessment. Saddam's regime was tough and based on extreme fear. The only way to overthrow it was likely to be by massive military action. Saddam was w…

More Congrats

A big congrats goes out to Richard & Kim on the birth of their baby girl, Emily Rose. Emily came into the world this morning, weighing 8 lbs 7 oz. This is the first girl for both Richard and Kim, so there is much rejoicing. All this really means is lots of corruption from me, but we won't tell them that just yet!

Resigning For the Political Machine

The big story of the day to the north of Chautauqua County is the surprise announcement by Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naples that she will resign as of June 30th to impress upon the State Legislature the need for a County Control board. That is her official statement for why she is leaving office.

Here is my take which was explored by WBFO as well. Deputy County Comptroller Thomas W. Mazur has offered to take over for Nancy when she leaves office. Either way, a Republican must be appointed upon Ms. Naples' departure. Aside from all the politics, missteps, and incomptency around the comptroller's office and Erie County government, this is what is generally called a mid-term departure. What happens, usually, is that when an elected official leaves office another person of the same party is appointed to that official's seat. This is to guarantee that the people being represented by that official retain a voice in the governmental sphere.

What it really is, in my opinion, is …

Leading An Investigation About Yourself

Mark Felt was ordered to lead several investigations into the identity of Deep Throat. I found this hilarious. Here's the guy who "outs" Nixon and then makes some clever, and necessary, moves to throw off those around him trying to find out whom the leak is coming from. I don't know if Mr. Felt had a sense of humor about this at the time, but I like to think he would sit at his desk and chuckle as he read the reports on the investigation findings.

Summer Reading

The Book Meme

Answer on your own blogs, please, and spread the love. The questions!

Name three books on your book shelf. One from each end and one from the middle.
I have several book shelves, but here's a smattering:
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
A Man With a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes
The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton


What reading material is in your bathroom?
Whatever gaming books Matt has picked up lately and America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

Favorite authors and why.
Martha Grimes - For her Superintendent Jury mystery series
Edith Wharton - For her detailed scrutiny of the late 1800s New York society
J.K. Rowling - For writing fantastic books, in general, and getting kids excited about reading
Dan Brown - For writing well-researched suspense books that lead to you believe it could be true
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - For being there when I needed volumes of books to read in college
Douglas Adams - For writing a type of sci-fi that I could enjoy and t…

A Brief Catch-Up

Matt and I are in the house but the phone company just turned on our phone last night. We'll have to deal with dial-up service (once I get the new numbers) until our DSL gets connected. Matt is fuming that we'll probably go almost 2 full weeks without Internet access at home. The people at Alltel should be glad if they have all their limbs when this is over. At least we don't have to pay transfer fees now.

In other news, we're extending our congratulations to Chuck & Lori on the birth of their son, Benjamin Stephen, yesterday morning! The little kid weighed in at 8lbs, 4oz and is in good health. We're proud to say that Lori began to go into labor while hanging out on our new front porch with us Sunday night.

Also, a big congrats to our friends Sean and Anne on their engagement this past weekend. Sean asked the big question while they celebrated Jaw's 30th Anniversary in Massachusetts. We couldn't be happier for them and I personally think it's awesom…