And the walls came tumbling down

Straight from the source:

The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night.

The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month, for online access to the work of its columnists and to the newspaper’s archives. TimesSelect has been free to print subscribers to The Times and to some students and educators.

In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.

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Mary-Kate Olsen is all grown up

I’m happy.

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Not that there’s anything wrong with someone being gay…

Don Corrigan (h/t Melissa McEwan @ Shakesville):

Not so long ago, folks used to brand a guy as gay simply if he had a sashay in his gait, or a soft handshake, or a preference for pink shirts. This kind of prejudicial stereotyping is finally going the way of the dodo bird.

We now know that tracking gay proclivities requires a more sophisticated approach and involves tracking different kinds of tendencies:

For example, if the gentleman in question is a manly mountain state conservative politician who regularly denounces godless homosexuality — there’s a good chance he is gay.

If the gentleman in question is a congressman who continually sponsors bills to declare that marriage can only be between a man and a woman — there’s a good chance he is gay.

If the gentleman in question is a noisy, raspy minister who preaches family values and calls America a modern Sodom and Gomorrah — there’s a good chance he is gay.

Recent evidence for this hypothesis has been manifested by remarkable fellows like: Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Rev. Ted Haggard… and many more. Consider these recent headlines:

  • “Rev. Haggard Resigns After Sex With Gay Prostitute”
  • “U.S. Rep. Foley Sought Sex With Male Pages”
  • “GOP’s Craig Busted In Bathroom Sex Caper”

It’s the hypocrisy of these fellows, rather than the lurid details of their behavior, that makes their stories so intriguing. Their hypocrisy casts a veil of suspicion over all “well-meaning” homophobic politicians and religious leaders. If they protest gays too much — will we suspect they are gay?

Come out of the water closet.

When was the constitution amended to prohibit cannabis, anyhow?

(h/t Tanya @ Blame the Drug War)

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In a nutshell, part 2.

Sally Field, via Crooks and Liars, uncensored (h/t Meme):

“Surely this [award] belongs to all the mothers of the world. May they be seen, may their work be valued and raised. Especially to the mothers who stand with an open heart and wait. Wait for their children to come home from danger, from harm’s way, and from war. I am proud to be one of those women. If mothers ruled the world, there would be no….”

“…god-damned wars in the first place.”