The Sound of the Crowd

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(Blowing into microphone) Testing…testing…hello, can anybody hear me? Hello…is there anybody in there? Great, then. Overture, curtain, lights, this is it…

Howdy friends and folk, this is Ben Varkentine coming to you “live” once again. Those smart little hacking bastards did more of a job on Ink 19’s server than I thought, but now I can tell you all…

… to head to Talking Points Memo for your usual dose of wisdom…

for a double (entendre) date, check this out…

…go to the Media Follies

…Paul Krugman–whose book the Great Unraveling is worth a read, though if you’re as math-phobic as I am you may find your mind drifting in the more economist based passages–sez: “Some of Howard Dean’s rivals have launched vitriolic

attacks that may as well have been scripted by Karl Rove”…</a>

…And this is an excellent article from the LA times about the trouble a childrens book author is having because her latest book contains a reference to a child with gay parents. Just a reminder that television shows, movies, magazines, fashion trends and recent court decisions do not necessarily translate to gay culture gaining wider acceptance in American society. And certainly not to Americans granting gays their civil rights, as a couple of polls show.

Anyway, here’s the article. Like the NY Times above, you do need to register, but it’s free and worth the time.

Whew! Sure am glad I got those out of my system.

Happy new year, y’all.


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