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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Phone ring tone set to top U.K. charts


Click here to download the CRAZY FROG video~6MB

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(LONDON) — A cell-phone ring tone appeared set to top the British singles chart Sunday, outselling the new single by the band Coldplay by nearly four to one, a music retailer said.

Crazy Frog Axel F is a ring tone based on the sound of a revving Swedish mo-ped, is the first tune being used on mobile phones to cross into mainstream music charts, said Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for HMV, the British music retailing chain.

Coldplay had hoped to go straight to No. 1 on this Sunday's British singles chart with its new song, "Speed of Sound." But by Saturday, it appeared that the ring tone — which is available for digital download and as a compact disc single — would prevail, said Castaldo.

The ring tone was expected to replace the Oasis tune "Lyla" as the No. 1 hit on the list released Sunday by the Official UK Charts Co. The weekly singles chart, which has been released since 1952, is based on the sales of 5,600 retail shops across Britain.

While "Crazy Frog" and other ring tones do not appear to be much of a hit among adults, so many youngsters are personalizing the sound of their cell phones that such digital music could change world music markets.

"Music purists might not be too happy at the prospect of the "Crazy Frog" outselling Coldplay, but it shouldn't come as that much of a surprise when you consider its huge novelty appeal and the massive amount of exposure it is currently getting," said Castaldo.

The ring tone is based on a song that was recorded in Sweden nearly a decade ago by 17-year-old Daniel Malmedahl, using the high pitched revving of a two-stroke motorcycle, The International Herald Tribune reported Saturday.

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Download the Video here.~6MB (WMV)

Parliament resumes – Conservative obstruction of equal marriage bill ends ... for now or for good?


Canadians For Equal Marriage

Members of the House of Commons returned to work Monday after a week-long cooling-off period following the defeat of a Conservative-Bloc Québécois attempt to force an election. In addition to the Liberal-NDP budget, attention is also being focused on the equal marriage bill.



Reprise des travaux du Parlement : fin de l’obstruction des conservateurs concernant le projet de loi sur le droit égal au mariage… pour l’instant ou pour de bon?



Les membres de la Chambre des communes sont retournés au travail lundi, après une longue semaine de répit par suite de l’échec de la tentative des conservateurs et des bloquistes de forcer une élection. En plus du budget libéral–néo-démocrate, l’attention porte sur le projet de loi sur le droit égal au mariage.



(le français suivra)






Supporters of civil marriage equality filled a Centre Block committee room Monday afternoon, May 30, to bear witness to a filibuster by Conservative Justice Critic Vic Toews at the Legislative Committee studying the Equal Marriage Bill. In a dramatic turn of events, a deal was reached in which all parties agreed that the Committee will finish its work and report back to the House of Commons on Thursday, June 16. Little time will remain to complete the final third reading stage and Senate approval before summer. Canadiens et canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage a besoin de votre aide!

Canadiens et canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage a besoin de votre aide! Le Canada se trouve à un moment historique. Avec votre aide, le Canada deviendra un leader mondial dans le domaine de la protection des droits humains en légalisant le mariage des couples de même sexe partout dans le pays.

Quatre étapes pour assure le droit égal au mariage :
1. ACTION AUX DÉPUTÉS
2. SIGNER NOTRE PÉTITION
3. FAIRE UN DON
4. INFORMER VOS AMIS

Canadians for Equal Marriage Needs Your Help!

Canada is at an historic moment. With your help, Canada could soon become a leader in human rights, internationally by legalising same sex marriage across the country.

Four steps to ensure equal marriage:
1. MP ACTION
2. SIGN THE PETITION
3. DONATE TO CAMPAIGN
4. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS






Members of the House of Commons returned to work Monday after a week-long cooling-off period following the defeat of a Conservative-Bloc Québécois attempt to force an election. In addition to the Liberal-NDP budget, attention is also being focused on the Equal Marriage Bill.

The bill was approved in principle by the House in a vote four weeks ago, but appeared to be doomed by the election. Then two weeks ago in Committee Mr. Toews began his filibuster and threatened to delay the hearings indefinitely. The Committee was powerless to stop him absent an order from the House of Commons itself.

MP’s finally agreed to Mr. Toews’ request to increase the number of witnesses from 41 to over 60, adding another 22 anti-equality witnesses, mostly from the religious right. In exchange, Mr. Toews and the other Conservatives on the Committee agreed the Bill would finish in Committee and be reported back to the House on June 16 for the final third reading stage.

Mr. Toews has said he will push for amendments that would, for example, ensure that churches do not lose their charitable status if they refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Such amendments would simply restate protections already conferred by the Charter of Rights.

Canadians For Equal Marriage and Egale Canada appeared before the Committee two weeks ago just before Conservative Justice Critic Vic Toews began his filibuster, and have attended every hearing of the Committee as we monitor the situation and take action in the media, behind the scenes and with our allies across the country, so that we can keep the Bill moving.

The bill could be wrapped up in Commons before the House rises for its summer break on June 23 if the Conservatives listen to their own supporters and don’t engage in further delay tactics. An April Environics poll showed that 76% of Canadians – including 70% of Conservative Party supporters -- believe that it’s time for Parliament to decide the issue, rather than drag it out further.

However, there’s no reason to believe there won’t be more obstruction. In addition, equal marriage opponents continue to try to precipitate an election before the bill can be passed.

In an urgent e-mail alert this past weekend, the Defend Marriage coalition advised its supporters that “pro-marriage MPs, of all parties, can also still kill the bill by defeating the government in a future non-confidence vote (whether next week or three months from now). We need to strongly and respectfully convince leading pro-marriage Liberal MPs that they must be willing , on this issue, to bring down their government for the greater good of Canada. They can vote against Paul Martin, or force Bill C-38 to be withdrawn.” The coalition has launched a new campaign to achieve these ends.

After the bill is adopted by the House of Commons, it then goes to the Senate for its approval.

Equality opponents are massively well-funded and well-organized. They want to drag this issue out as long as possible. That means this campaign will take longer and require more resources -- your financial contribution is absolutely essential in order for us to match their efforts. Please help us -- go to www.equal-marriage.ca/donate.php.

Check www.equal-marriage.ca for regular updates on the latest developments.

(suite de la version française)

Les partisans du droit égal au mariage civil ont rempli une salle pour comités de l’Édifice du Centre le lundi après-midi, 30 mai, pour être témoins d’une réunion du comité législatif chargé d’étudier le projet de loi. La Chambre a approuvé le projet de loi en principe, lors d’un vote il y a quatre semaines. Durant la prochaine étape du processus, le comité entendra des témoins puis procédera à l’examen article par article du projet de loi. Canadiens et Canadiennes pour le droit égal au mariage s’est présenté devant le comité il y a à peine deux semaines, avant que Vic Toews, critique conservateur en matière de justice, fasse de l’obstruction.

Aucun témoin n’a été entendu lundi, tandis que les membres du Parlement présents ont consacré une autre session à composer avec la stratégie d’obstruction élaborée par Vic Toews, critique conservateur en matière de justice, qui a menacé de retarder les audiences indéfiniment. Les députés se sont finalement rendus à la demande de M. Toews d’accroître le nombre de témoins de 41 à 60, ce qui ajoutera 22 témoins, provenant majoritairement de la droite religieuse, opposés à l’égalité.

En échange, M. Toews et les autres conservateurs membres du comité ont accepté de terminer les travaux sur le projet de loi, de sorte que celui-ci sera renvoyé à la Chambre le 16 juin pour la troisième et dernière lecture. M. Toews a indiqué qu’il appuierait des modifications qui, par exemple, assureraient aux églises de ne pas perdre leur statut d’organisme de bienfaisance en cas de refus de leur part de célébrer des mariages de conjoints de même sexe. Il semble probable que de telles modifications – qui ne font que reformuler des garanties déjà assurées par la Charte des droits – seront acceptées.

La Chambre pourrait adopter le projet de loi avant la fin des travaux pour le congé estival, le 23 juin, si les conservateurs écoutent leurs propres partisans et n’entreprennent pas d’autres tactiques dilatoires. Selon un sondage d’Environics, 76 % de la population canadienne – incluant 70 % des partisans du Parti conservateur – estiment qu’il est temps que le Parlement règle la question et cesse de piétiner.

Rien ne laisse toutefois croire qu’il n’y aura pas d’autre obstruction. De plus, les adversaires du droit égal au mariage continueront de tenter de précipiter des élections avant l’adoption du projet de loi.

Dans un message électronique urgent envoyé la fin de semaine dernière, la coalition Defend Marriage indique à ses partisans « que les membres du Parlement de tous les partis qui sont en faveur du mariage traditionnel peuvent encore torpiller le projet de loi en renversant le gouvernement dans le cadre d’un vote de défiance éventuel (la semaine prochaine ou dans trois mois). Nous devons convaincre, avec fermeté et respect, les députés libéraux en vue qui sont en faveur du mariage traditionnel qu’ils doivent être prêts, en ce qui concerne cet enjeu, à renverser leur gouvernement pour le mieux-être du Canada. Ils peuvent voter contre Paul Martin ou forcer le retrait du projet de loi C-38 ». La coalition a lancé une nouvelle campagne pour parvenir à ses fins.

Après l’adoption du projet de loi par la Chambre des communes, celui-ci est transmis au Sénat aux fins d’approbation.

Les opposants à l’égalité sont extrêmement bien financés et organisés. Ils désirent éterniser la question. Cela signifie que la présente campagne durera plus longtemps et nécessitera plus de ressources. Votre contribution financière est absolument cruciale si nous désirons égaler les efforts de nos adversaires. Veuillez nous aider en allant à http://www.mariageegal.ca/dons_f.php

Cliquez sur http://www.mariageegal.ca/index_f.php pour consulter les mises à jour sur les derniers développements.

National Day Against Homophobia


IN THE NEWS :: DANS LES NOUVELLES


Court delays same-sex marriage hearing
CBC North - 2005.05.27


YELLOWKNIFE - It will be another three weeks before the N.W.T. Supreme Court hears the case for same-sex marriage in the territory. Jason Perrino and Colin Snow have been denied a marriage license by the territorial government.



A hearing on the matter scheduled for Friday was adjourned at the request of a couple who want intervenor status in the case. Ruby and Laurin Trudel of Yellowknife oppose same-sex marriage, according to their lawyer. He said they've taken an interest in this issue for some time, but this is their first opportunity to become involved.



The court will hear their application to become intervenors before it hears arguments about whether same-sex couples can marry.

Same-sex foes fight on
Bill gets new life as opponents plan rally at Queen's Park


Groups opposed to the Liberal government's same-sex marriage legislation say they are undeterred by Thursday's confidence vote and will continue to mobilize against the bill.


Thursday's narrow victory for the Liberal government allows the legislation, which passed second reading by a 167-134 vote on May 5, to stay on track.


But a coalition against same-sex marriage announced yesterday it is planning a large "marriage rally" to protest the bill at the Ontario legislature on Monday.


"It's precisely because marriage matters the most that we're mobilized and ready to defeat pro-marriage MPs," said coalition member Reverend Tristan Emmanuel.


The bill currently sits before a legislative committee.


Major rally held for traditional marriage
The Charlottetown Guardian - 2005.05.24


Close to 1,000 people assembled in Charlottetown Sunday to celebrate a traditional, Christian view of marriage. The gathering was jointly hosted by the Queens County Ministerial Association and the Diocese of Charlottetown. Originally planned for outdoors in front of Province House, the rally moved inside to St. Dunstan's Basilica due to the inclement weather. "Some things you don't have a lot of control over," said Rev. David Filsinger, who spearheaded what was called a Vigil of Prayer for Marriage and Family as he commented on the weather. "My guess is that if it had been a nice day outdoors, there would have been a lot more," he said.


The vigil heard from Ross and Virginia Howard, who have been married 50 years, followed by Mike and Melody Sider, who have been married five years and have started a family, and Reanne Filsinger, David's daughter, who is engaged. Their observations were followed by Elsie Wayne from Saint John, N.B., Rev. Tom Hamilton on behalf of the Protestant community and Bishop Vernon Fougere for the Island Roman Catholic community. "It was a bringing together of the Catholic and Protestant community, working together for the same purpose and cause," said Filsinger.


"The focus was really two-fold," he said. "The first was to celebrate Christian marriage as that between one man and one woman and to pray and work for the traditional definition as it now stands." The committee that organized the vigil will be meeting within the next week or two to review the event and while there is no commitment for more rallies, Filsinger did not close the door. "There is no plan that we are going to
do this or do that next but there could be another event," he said. "It depends on time and circumstance."


There is still time, he said, to affect Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act. It received first reading in the House of Commons on Feb. 1 and second reading on May 4. It needs third reading in Parliament then review by the Senate to become law. The bill puts forward the first legal definition of marriage, taking over from what had been a common-law understanding.


Bill C-38 defines civil marriage as "the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others," which would extend civil marriage to same-sex couples. A preamble clause says it is the intention of Parliament to exempt religious leaders from having to perform same-sex marriages. Who is qualified to perform marriage and how is a matter of provincial jurisdiction, however. "Obviously Bill C-38 has not passed into law so there is always opportunity to work and speak against it," said Filsinger. "It is not a done deal yet." He said Canadians should expect more from a government than "just caving in to the courts and not doing the political will of the majority of Canadians."



Marriage is a fundamental right

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Fact or Crap?


Fact or Crap?®


Federal Express was so named because its founder hoped for a contract with the Federal Reserve Bank.







Fact! Yale graduate Frederick W. Smith, who had outlined the revolutionary idea of overnight package delivery in a college term paper, was hoping for a contract with the Federal Reserve Bank. Although his proposal was not accepted, he persevered and went on to build the company into a world famous leader in the delivery service business.


Federal Reserve Bank - Federal Express - Frederick W. Smith
Federal Reserve Bank - Federal Express - Frederick W. Smith

The Hitch-Hiker


Naked Hitchhiker - will work for sex


*Thanks, Daryn!

Amazing Woman


Warning! -- This one is long and very, very shaggy!

An ambitious consultant finally decided to take a vacation. He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life...at least for awhile. A hurricane came up unexpectedly. The ship went down and was lost instantly. The man found himself swept up on the shore of an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing. Only bananas and coconuts. Used to 4-star hotels, this guy had no idea what to do. So for the next four months he ate bananas, drank coconut juice, longed for his old life, and fixed his gaze on the sea, hoping to spot a rescue ship. One day, as he was lying on the beach, he spotted movement out of the corner of his eye. It was a rowboat, and in it was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen. She rowed up to him. In disbelief, he asked her:

"Where did you come from? How did you get here?"

"I rowed from the other side of the island," she said, "I landed here when my cruise ship sank."

"Amazing," he said, "I didn't know anyone else had survived. How many of you are there? You were really lucky to have a rowboat wash up with you."

"It's only me," she said, "and the rowboat didn't wash up, nothing did."

He was confused. "Then how did you get the rowboat?"

"Oh, simple," replied the woman. "I made the rowboat out of raw material that I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches, I wove the bottom from palm branches, and the sides and stern came from a eucalyptus tree."

"But-- but, that's impossible," stuttered the man. "You had no tools or hardware, how did you manage?"

"Oh, that was no problem," replied the woman. "On the south side of the island there is a very unusual strata of alluvial rock exposed. I found that if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into forgeable ductile iron. I used that for tools, and used the tools to make the hardware. But, enough of that," she said. "Where do you live?"

Sheepishly he confessed that he had been sleeping on the beach the whole time.

"Well, let's row over to my place, then," she said. After a few minutes of rowing, she docked the boat at a small wharf. As the man looked onto shore he nearly fell out of the boat. Before him was a stone walk leading to an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white. While the woman tied up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man could only stare ahead, dumbstruck.

As they walked into the house, she said casually, "It's not much, but I call it home. Sit down, please -- would you like to have a drink?

"No, no thank you," he said, still dazed. "Can't take any more coconut juice."

"It's not coconut juice," the woman replied. "I have a still. How about a Pina Colada?"

Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepted, and they sat down on her couch to talk. After they had exchanged their stories, the woman announced, "I'm going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? There is a razor upstairs in the cabinet in the bathroom."

No longer questioning anything, the man went into the bathroom. There in the cabinet was a razor made from a bone handle. Two shells honed to a hollow-ground edge were fastened onto its end inside of a swivel mechanism. "This woman is amazing," he mused. "What next?"

When he returned, she greeted him wearing nothing but vines -- strategically positioned -- and smelling faintly of gardenias. She beckoned for him to sit down next to her. "Tell me," she began, suggestively, slithering closer to him, "we've been out here for a very long time. You've been lonely. There's something I'm sure you really feel like doing right now, something you've been longing for all these months? You know..." She gazed into his eyes.

He couldn't believe what he was hearing: "You mean...?", he replied, ".........I can check my e-mail from here?"


Jigsaw Puzzle


A blonde calls her boyfriend on the phone with a problem.

"What's the matter?" he asks.

"Well, I've bought this jigsaw puzzle, but it's too hard. None of the pieces fit together and I can't find any edges."

"What's the picture of?", he asks.

"It's of a big rooster," she replies.

"All right," he says, "I'll come over and have a look."

When he arrives, she thanks him for coming over and leads him over to the kitchen table where she has it laid out.

He takes one look at what she's been struggling with and says, "Just put the cornflakes back in the box!"


Persecute Homosexuals? It's in The Bible, Right?


Persecute Homosexuals? It's in The Bible, Right?


Here are some other verses that you might want to act on... so that we can make this a Christian country again by following every word in the Bible exactly! No exceptions! No mercy!

Deuteronomy 22:13-21

If a bride is found not to be a virgin, the Bible demands that she be executed on the spot by stoning.

Deuteronomy 22:22

If a married person has sex with someone else’s husband or wife, the Bible commands that both adulterers be stoned to death.

Mark 10:1-12

Divorce is strictly forbidden by the Bible in both testaments as is remarriage by divorcees.

Leviticus 18:19

The Bible forbids a married couple from having sexual intercourse during a woman’s period. If they disobey, both man and wife shall be executed.

Mark 12:18-27

When a man died childless, his widow is ordered by Biblical law to have intercourse with each of his brothers in turn until she bears her deceased husband a male heir.

Deuteronomy 25:11f

If a man gets into a fight with another man and his wife intervenes to rescue her husband by grabbing the enemy’s genitals, her hand shall be cut off and no pity shall be shown her.



*Thanks, Daryn!



On a related note:

Religious image superimposed with Pink TriangleThe Roman Catholic Church is facing a new crisis: it is estimated that up to half of its clergy are homosexual, a development which is causing problems in seminaries and colleges where young men train to be priests. This film takes the lid off the "gay crisis" in the Catholic Church. The revelations are presented by journalist and former Dominican friar, Mark Dowd, himself gay. The gay crisis has been smouldering for years inside the Church and until now, has been a safely guarded secret. It is an embarrassing development for the Roman Catholic Church which teaches that homosexuality is "an orientation towards an intrinsic moral evil," and that the condition is "objectively disordered."

Mark Dowd manages to access a special gay clergy website and chatroom to "meet" many gay priests who were agonising over how to reconcile their sexuality with the official teaching of the Church. As well as this two former students of the English College in Rome (where present Catholic leader, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, was previously in charge), blow the cover on what life in seminary was often like with so many gay men in residence. "There were a lot of students there who I would identify as gay men," says Denis Caulfield who trained there from 1996 to 1999. "There were a smaller proportion of students who were going to clubs, going to parks, where it was known that other gay men met at night."

His fellow student and lover, Chris Higgins, who was ordained two years ago before subsequently leaving the priesthood says: "I realised pretty soon on joining the seminary that I was not the only gay man." He reveals that many of his fellow students had some peculiar definitions of celibacy which allowed them to be sexually active and keep their vows intact. They simply redefined celibacy as "not falling in love with another human being". This effectively gave the green light to one-night-stands.

Vatican leaders are now so worried by the revelations of the fact of so many gay men entering the priesthood that they have broken their traditional silence. Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has recently said that "men with a homosexual orientation should not be admitted to seminary life." However, given the estimates of gay men in priesthood, it is questionable whether the Church would be viable at all without the large numbers of homosexuals who are in the priesthood.

Notre Dame nun, Sister Jeannine Gramick, who has refused to obey a silencing edict from the Vatican on the issue of homosexuality, tells the programme: "Homosexuality is a timebomb ticking in the Church. And it's going to go off and I fear it may go off very soon."


Monday, May 30, 2005

Fact or Crap?


Fact or Crap?®


Hippos kill more people in Africa when compared to crocodiles. (pfft, with a mouth that big and a fart to match...the fart comes out their mouth)







Fact! The hippo, found today throughout sub-Saharan Africa, is considered by many experts, explorers and Africans to be the most dangerous animal in Africa (not counting the mosquito). Crocodiles and cape buffaloes are badasses, too, but nobody seems to have kept an actual body count for any of these species and they don't have belts to notch. They've all killed way more people than Africa's lions have. (A few rogue tigers have killed a lot of people too, but they live in India, not Africa.) The hippo is extremely aggressive, unpredictable and unafraid of humans, upsetting boats sometimes without provocation and chomping the occupants with its huge canine teeth and sharp incisors. Most human deaths occur when the victim gets between the hippo and deep water or between a mother and her calf. There have been descriptions of their ground-rumbling charges -- bellowing loudly, swinging their heads like giant sledgehammers, the massive open mouth with slashing teeth.


Hippopotamus' mouth can open wide enoug to swallow a 4 foot child
Hippopotamus' mouth can open wide enoug to swallow a 4 foot child

Dogs Don't Use PC's because:


Can't stick their heads out of Windows

Fetch command not available on all platforms

Hard to read the monitor with your head cocked to one side

No way to "mark" every website they visit in the normal manner

Can't help attacking the screen when they hear "You've Got Mail"

Fire hydrant icon simply frustrating

Involuntary tail wagging a giveaway they're browsing www.pethouse.com

Keep bruising noses trying to catch that MPEG frisbee

Can't stand that stupid Chuckwagon Screen Saver

No emoticon that signifies tail-wagging

Waiting for the introduction of the Microsoft Opposable Thumb

Three words: "Carpal Paw Syndrome"

Cause dogs ain't Geeks! Now, cats, on the other hand...

Barking in next cube keeps activating voice recognition software

SmellU-SmellMe still in beta test

FTP connection signals sound too much like a doorbell

Annoyed by lack of newsgroup, alt.pictures.masters.leg

Butt-sniffing more direct and less deceiving than online chat rooms

Software "Bells" aren't bad, but the "Whistles" are distracting


Awww Shucks!


No choking the chicken, beating your meat or Spanking The monkey - AWWW Shucks!



*Thanks, Daryn!

Ever had one of these days?



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3 Beggars


Three beggars are begging in New York City.

The first one wrote "beg" on his broken steel cup and he received ten bucks after one day.

The second one wrote "beg.com" on his cup and after one day he received hundreds of thousand dollars. Someone even wanted to put him on NASDAQ.

The third one wrote "e-beg" on his cup. Both IBM and HP sent vice-presidents to talk to him about a strategic alliance and offered him free professional consulting.


Put a Cork in it


Goan

Statue honours gay magistrate from 1800s


Alexander Wood, a 19th-century magistrate who owned land in what has become the city's gay neighbourhood.


(TORONTO) – A bronze statue of one of the country's first openly homosexual public figures has been unveiled in Toronto's gay village.

Hundreds of people attended a parade and ceremony on Saturday to honour Alexander Wood, a 19th-century magistrate who owned land in what has become the city's gay neighbourhood.

Wood, one of Toronto's founding fathers, made no particular attempts to hide the fact that he was gay – a highly unusual move at a time when homosexuality was a criminal offence punishable by death.

"He's very important to our community because of what he's done in his past," said Dennis O'Connor, chair of the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area.

The organization chose Wood for the 2.5-metre-high monument because it sees him as a forefather of the gay community and because of his connections to the area.

"We have a historical link to this neighbourhood that goes back over 200 years," O'Connor told CBC News.

Wood emigrated from Scotland and travelled to Toronto, then known as York, in the late 1700s. He became a prominent merchant and was appointed as a magistrate in 1800.

However, he was driven out of the country a decade later over allegations that arose while he was investigating a rape.

"He had a woman who showed up before him who complained of a rape and said she had scratched the genitals of a young militiaman," O'Connor said.

"As the magistrate, being overzealous I suppose, he decided he would go to Fort York and personally inspect some of the genitals of these young militiamen."

Several of the young soldiers accused him of fondling them and Wood was given the choice of facing sodomy charges or leaving Upper Canada. He returned to Scotland.

Wood became known for the scandal, but some historians say he should be remembered for much more.

"He's noteworthy in a couple of respects," said Mary Rae Chance, a historian with the Toronto Reference Library.

"He's a very significant player in the development of the town of York and the history of Toronto. He was involved in everything from the Toronto Library to the Bank of Upper Canada."

Wood returned to Canada two years later without facing charges and resumed his position as magistrate.

He fought in the War of 1812 and served on a number of boards.

He eventually purchased a parcel of land that included the area where his statue is now located, at the corner of Church and Alexander streets. The latter is named after him.

Church Street in Toronto


In his time, Wood was sometimes called a "molly" – a derogatory word for homosexual.

He eventually returned to Scotland, where he died in 1846.

Ontario artist Del Newbigging created the statue of Wood.

Its $200,000 cost was shared by the Church-Wellesley Village BIA and the city.



*Thanks, L.S.

Great Advice!


Go On! Have a Fag!



*Thanks, Daryn! :O)

This Week In The Stars


May 30 - June 5

Celebrity Birthdays

Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg

May 30, 1964 Wynonna Judd
May 31, 1943 Sharon Gless
June 1, 1926 Marilyn Monroe
June 2, 1948 Jerry Mathers
June 3, 1926 Allan Ginsberg
June 4, 1975 Angelina Jolie
June 5, 1971 Mark Wahlberg



The Zodiac


ARIESThis week's scenario is highlighted by you feeling particularly affectionate now and the company of your love partner or very close friends is important to you. This is not a time for solitary activity. Sharing, harmonizing, and love are the themes now. However, if you are not happy in your personal life, your problems may seem especially pressing at this time. Tangles in romantic relationships are likely. Your sexual drive is quite strong, and you may be more concerned with satisfying your own desires than in being sensitive to your partner. All interactions with people of the opposite sex are inclined to be tense right now.

TAURUSThis week's scenario is highlighted by greater dedication and commitment toward your work and occupation. If you balance this with your personal goals in life, you can achieve an enormous sense of satisfaction and higher prestige at work. This can be a time when career matters take major precedence over your personal affairs. However, no matter how strong your ambitions are there may be a price to pay in your primary relationships. Caution should be exercised if loved ones are feeling alienated and ignored. Also, a new job could begin during this period or a change of career direction is possible.


GEMINIThis week's scenario is highlighted by you being more sympathetic and understanding of others now. You are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and you are not as pushy as usual. Even if you are normally very understanding and tolerant of other people's foibles, you are able to reach a better rapport with others and be less resistant and defensive when others disagree with you or act in ways that are not agreeable with you. This is an excellent time to openly talk with anyone that you do not feel comfortable with and do not have a good rapport with. You can break down barriers with others now.

CANCERThis week's scenario is highlighted by your imagination which is vivid and you are able to find picturesque words and images to convey your thoughts. This is an excellent time for creative writing. It is also a good time for receiving counseling or consultation for issues of personal concern. This is also a good time for any work of an artistic kind because your imagination and sensitivity are high. Philosophical, spiritual, psychic, and religious topics also appeal to you now, and you can become much clearer about philosophical issues and matters of a very broad, encompassing nature now.

LEOThis week's scenario is highlighted by inspiration, eccentricity, and imagination which are the key issues for this time period. You are likely to feel the urge to do something completely out of character now. Don't fight the urge. Let yourself be a little "crazy"; this is a good time to break out of your accustomed ways of acting and be more humorous or eccentric. Your imagination is charged now. Any artistic endeavors are imbued with a new spirit of originality and inspiration. Your thinking is much less conservative and cautious now, and you can tap intuitive and creative resources that will surprise even yourself.

VIRGOThis week's scenario is highlighted by a need to focus on love or a primary romantic relationship. An enthusiastic or wholehearted approach to your partnership is one way in which you will express your feelings to a mate or lover. You may give the impression now that you are seeking more fulfillment, commitment, stability, and teamwork in love relationships. You will go that extra mile to insure that you can be relied upon to deliver any promises, pledges, or obligations in the partnership. If you are unattached at the present time, you may attract a new love interest or search earnestly for a meaningful relationship. Also, this period can bring an increased need for security in both job-related and financial affairs.

LIBRAThis week's scenario is highlighted by stimulating conversations and sharing plans and ideas with others are very fruitful now. You understand what others are telling you, and you make yourself clearly understood also. This is a favorable time for getting your message across to others via writing, speaking, or advertising. Your mental processes are speeded up now. You grasp new concepts very easily, but you tend to be impatient with slower minds or the usual, predictable routine. Nervous restlessness, impulsive or erratic behavior or speech, rushing, or coming to a conclusion too quickly are likely at this time.

SCORPIOThis week's scenario is highlighted by pleasant interactions with your romantic or marriage partner. This helps strengthen bonds of affection at this time. You may be doing a lot of thinking about your relationship and may even feel inclined to discuss issues of commitment, loyalty, and trustworthiness with your mate. The activities you share with your spouse or loved one may center around intellectual interests and pursuits as well. If you are currently unattached, be on the lookout for meeting new romantic prospects through relatives, siblings, neighbors, or business associates.

SAGITTARIUSThis week's scenario is highlighted by you feeling less competitive and ambitious about practical and mundane matters. The world of imagination, fantasy, art, music, or mysticism is very appealing to you now, and if you have talent in any of these areas, this can be a creative and fruitful time for you. However, the negative possibilities for you now are being undisciplined, slack, indefinite, or wasting time and energy. This is a time for getting a little loose and wild with friends, going dancing, or doing something out of the ordinary that is stimulating and fun. You meet interesting new people and are more open to people who are quite different from yourself. An opportunity for a romance may arise which is likely to be exciting, though short-lived.

CAPRICORNThis week's scenario is highlighted by a favorable period to clear away any imperfections in your work routines and endeavors. You may need a work environment free of distractions and chaos in order to work with more productivity and efficiency. If your creative energy and imagination is given room to flourish, then you will truly feel dedicated to your job responsibilities and duties. You may envision greater possibilities or yearn for idyllic work conditions where your dreams are automatically fulfilled. Since you are highly susceptible to the influence of others, you may be swayed by their ideas and schemes. If the plans and designs of other individuals are based in reality, you can benefit now from their inspirations. However, it is important that you discern between fact and fiction in your dealings with others .

AQUARIUSThis week's scenario is highlighted by a busy time; communicating and getting in touch with others. Numerous phone calls, letters, meetings, errands, or discussions bring you into contact with others. This is a good time to brainstorm with others, share ideas, and come to a group consensus. Thoughts turn to parenting, nurturing, and providing assistance to those you love and care about. You may have a great deal of contact and communication with family members, relatives, and siblings at this time, in greater part because they need guidance, advice, or help. This is a good period to make schedules or arrangements with those who live with you as to the handling of domestic or personal responsibilities.

PISCESThis week's scenario is highlighted by your day dreams. Your thoughts are dreamy, fantastic, and faraway right now. Your imagination and intuition is heightened, which benefits any creative or artistic work you may do. However, your practical reasoning ability and your ability to focus on the here and now are diminished. Your judgment regarding concrete matters is a bit fuzzy at this time, so you may wish to delay making important decisions. Your desire for love and affection, as well as beauty and pleasure, is strong now and you act on feelings and creative impulses more readily than usual. If you are not happy with some aspect of your personal life, these issues arise at this time and there may be disagreements or tension in a close relationship.

Ancient Japanese Proverb

*Thanks, Auntie 'M'

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Fact or Crap?


Fact or Crap?®


A cup of tea has more caffeine than a cup of coffee.







CRAP! Tea contains more caffeine per pound of leaf than coffee does per pound of beans, but a cup of brewed black tea has about half the caffeine of a cup of brewed coffee. Other types of tea, such as oolong and green tea, have even less caffeine. Green tea usually contains less caffeine than cola drinks or chocolate contain.

Caffeine Molecule
Caffeine Molecule

Where are they now?


Before and Now
RIP


BEFORE...
Corey Haim Before


Corey Ian Haim was born in Toronto in Canada on 23rd December 1971.

After appearing in numerous Canadian television shows and commercials, Corey made his film debut in 1984 in "Firstborn" aged just 11, a film which also featured Sarah Jessica Parker and a Robert Downey Jr, who were both teenagers at the time.

He went on appear in a number of films in the 1980s including "The Lost Boys", "License To Drive", "Dream A Little Dream" and "Fast Getaway". He often starred alongside his friend Corey Feldman.

Because of the success of these movies, he soon became a teen idol.
Corey Haim



AFTER...

Corey Haim now


It was widely reported that during his prime Corey had a serious drug problem. He first ended up in rehab in 1989.

In 1992 he started dating "Baywatch" star Nicole Eggert, after casting her alongside him in the film "The Double O Kid". They also starred together in the films "Blown Away" in 1992 and "Anything For Love" in 1993, and later got engaged, but Nicole broke off the engagement after 5 months.

Nicole once said that what should have been a four week shoot on "Blown Away" ended up taking a couple of months because of Coreys drug problems.

Despite his drug problems he continued to appear in films throughout the 1990s, including "Dream a Little Dream 2" and "Fast Getaway 2", sequels to earlier movies.
In July 1997 he filed for bankruptcy protection.

In 2001, he auctioned one of his teeth and clumps of hair on eBay.
In 2001, he auctioned one of his teeth and clumps of hair on eBay


After 15 unsuccessful attempts at rehab for his drug problem, Corey suffered a stroke in 2001. He now says he is off drugs and is hoping to make a comeback in Hollywood. There are rumours of Corey appearing in a sequel to "The Lost Boys".

Corey starred in the film "Universal Groove" about the underground party scene. This was released in late 2004.

In 2004, Irish band The Thrills released the hit single entitled "Whatever Happened To Corey Haim?"

Pick a lane....


Pick a lane... But BE HONEST!


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If Microsoft Built Cars


Microsoft Cars


Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you'd have to buy a new car.

Occasionally your car would just die on the highway for no reason. Accept this, restart and drive on.

Occasionally, executing a maneuver would cause the car to stop and fail to restart. You'd have to re-install the engine. For some strange reason, you'd just accept this too.

You could only have one person in the car at a time, unless you bought "Car 95" or "Car NT". But then you'd have to buy more seats.

Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was twice as reliable, five times as fast, twice as easy to drive - but it would only run on five percent of the roads.

The oil, engine, gas and alternator warning lights would be replaced with a single "General Car Fault" light.

People would get excited about "new" features in Microsoft cars, forgetting completely that they had been available in other cars for years.

We'd all have to switch to Microsoft gas and auto fluids.

New seats would force everyone to have the same size butt.

The airbag system would say, "Are you sure?" before going off.

If you were involved in a crash, you would have no idea what happened.

Microsoft wouldn't build their own engines, but form a cartel with their engine suppliers. The engine would be a side-valve design so you could still use Model T Ford parts on it.

Microsoft cars would have a special stereo/cd player which would only be able to listen to Microsoft FM and play Microsoft cd's.

Microsoft would do well, because even though they don't own any roads, all road manufacturers would give away Microsoft cars for free!

If you couldn't afford to buy a new car, you could borrow your friend's and copy it.

Whenever you bought a car, you would have to reorganize the ignition a few days until it worked.

You would need an upgrade to run cars on a highway next to each other.


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PENIS CLOSES ROAD


Image blocked by The Wizard A large fake penis has caused a major terror alert in America.

A key highway though Florida was closed after a driver spotted what looked like a pipe bomb under an overpass.

Fearing terrorists were trying to blow up the structure, police closed Interstate 75 for an hour.

But on closer inspection police found that the 'device' was actually a foot-long plastic penis.

"Someone took construction-grade plastic, moulded it into a penis and wrapped it with duct tape," said Lee County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Charles Ferrante.

The bomb squad was brought in to handle the situation and a remote-controlled robot used to make the fake penis safe.


Saturday, May 28, 2005

DEFENCE RESTS ITS CASE


The defence in the Michael Jackson case has rested its case, in a shock move.

It was expected lawyers would recall some witnesses, including Jackson's accuser Gavin Arvizo, but Jackson's attorney Thomas Mesereau told the court their case was over.



Jackson arrives at court
Jackson arrives at court


It means there will be no more evidence in the trial.

Closing arguments by the prosecution and defence are now expected to begin on Wednesday.

Earlier, the jury was shown a videotape of a police interview in which Gavin first told authorities of his allegations against the singer.

Prosecutors began playing the tape after Judge Rodney S. Melville instructed jurors "only to observe the demeanor of the witness".

Gavin, now 15, testified at the start of the trial. The prosecution asked to introduce the tape during its rebuttal case, which began after the defence rested earlier this week.

After lengthy arguments, Judge Melville admitted the tape for limited purposes.

With his head down and frequently pausing, the boy described the alleged molestation in a low voice. The account was similar to the one he gave on witness stand.

On the tape he said Jackson masturbated him "five or so" times

After jurors saw the tape the defence announced it would not present any witnesses.

Jackson, 46, is charged with molesting the then 13-year-old boy in February or March 2003, giving him wine and conspiring to hold his family captive at Neverland ranch.


ellen - Random Thoughts....


ellen - Random Thoughts


Moments you feel like a moron.....

When you make a phone call, and forget who you were calling.