Sunday, April 15, 2007

Fred Thompson

I should have worn a turtleneck.
Fred Dalton Thompson (lawyer, lobbyist, registered foreign agent, former senator, character actor, public speaker and, maybe, presidential candidate and his lovely wife, Jeri. How can anyone think Bill Clinton would make a better first lady?

Fun in the foxhole with Fred.
The Draft Thompsonites are certain this former senator from Tennessee should be the Republican nominee in 2008. Wonkette credits the Thompson site with doing a good job of pointing out that "he’s not a complete amoral scumbag like the declared Republican presidential candidates..." but finds it more than a little ironic that the party constantly preaching about the evils of "Hollywood-types" is seriously considering trotting out another Hollywood-type as their candidate for president.

'God hates Fred Thompson.  It says so right here.'

Thompson still has his problems on the wacko right of the party of Jesus. According to a report in U. S. News & World Report, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said, "I don't think he's a Christian." When informed that Thompson had, indeed, been baptized in the Church of Christ, a Dobson spokesman was unimpressed and claimed Thompson did not speak openly enough about his faith to be considered a truly committed Christian of the type that would appeal to Evangelical voters. Dobson's pick of the litter among Republicans is Newt Gingrich, the man who was truly committed to having an affair while pursuing impeachment against President Bill Clinton. Dobson claimed that Gingrich was the "brightest guy out there" and "the most articulate politician on the scene today." Obviously Dobson hasn't watched nearly enough Law & Order reruns.


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Abstinence Classes Don't Stop Sex

Maybe it's time to do something radical -- like teach sex education classes that show results.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Students who took part in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes that were reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex at about the same age as other students -- 14.9 years, according to Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

''I really do think it's a two-part story. First, there is no evidence that the programs increased the rate of sexual abstinence,'' said Chris Trenholm, a senior researcher at Mathematica who oversaw the study. ''However, the second part of the story that I think is equally important is that we find no evidence that the programs increased the rate of unprotected sex.''

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Beam Scotty Up

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The ashes of James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott on the original "Star Trek" TV series, have been loaded into a rocket that is set to launch in New Mexico later this month.

The remains of Doohan, Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper and some 200 others were loaded into the rocket Friday by Charles Chafer, chief executive of Celestis, a Texas company that contracts with rocket firms to send cremated remains into space.

"And we're ready to go," Chafer said after inserting the silver canister.

Jerry Larson, president of Connecticut-based UP Aerospace Inc., said the rocket will be launched April 28.

Families paid $495 to have a few grams of their loved one's ashes placed on the rocket.

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