Anne's Diary
Sunday, March 21, 2004
Like most of us, I equivocate about our invasion of the Middle East. Some weeks I'm for it, some weeks I'm against it (depending on what I read in the news) but most of the time, I'm just not sure if we should try to impose American-style democracy on Muslim countries. But this week I'm definitely for securing a democratic stronghold in the...
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Friday, February 6, 2004
As I contemplate the newest media scandal of the bared breast at the Superbowl halftime show, I find myself with conflicting emotions. I didn't actually catch a glimpse of it (I was making popcorn in the kitchen at the time), but I did notice that a lot of the halftime show choreography was of the bump-and-grind variety, which didn't seem...
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Thursday, January 15, 2004
We recently returned from several months in Los Angeles, where we lived in a lovely furnished apartment that we found over the internet. The owners had to be in New York for almost exactly the amount of time that we needed to be in LA, so it worked out perfectly. There was only one hitch: we rented it from two lesbians in an all-gay building...
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Friday, December 12, 2003
As I'm starting to plan the annual birthday celebration of Jesus, who is my favorite Jew, I want to stop and reflect upon why the Jews are so often hated and what this says about us.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003
A small literary magazine has dared to take on a topic that the major media avoids: the truth about global warming. The fall issue of Granta called "The Overheating World" is about what's really happening to our Earth. As you read the following excerpts, think how different things would be if these stories were broadcast on the network news...
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003
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Sunday, July 27, 2003
This alleged photograph of an alien reminds me of the infamous Cottingley Fairy Photographs. I consulted Garth Haslam, of AnomalyInfo.com, and found the following information: In 1917, 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her 10-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths took a series of photographs of fairies. The girls lived in Cottingley, in West Yorkshire...
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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Now that we've identified Uday and Qusay by their dental records, so we know they're really and truly dead, we can step back and take a look at these psychopaths. Sharon Waxman writes in the Washington Post that Uday wouldn't hesitate to have sex with another man's wife, and even pass her around to his friends. Sometimes he took a woman directly...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2003
It's pretty clear that Bush lied (or someone lied to Bush) about Saddam buying uranium in order to build a nuclear bomb. Lying to the public before going to war is nothing new: Truman did it, Kennedy did it, Lyndon Johnson did it. But does that make it right? After 911, it's becoming clear we may need to have a presence in the Middle East,...
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Monday, May 19, 2003
It seems like we're perpetually in the midst of war. First, there was 911, then Afghanistan, and now we're finishing up with Iraq. What's next on the agenda: Iran, Syria, North Korea? All during this time, there have been constant terrorist attacks in Israel, along with military reprisals. Now that it looks like we're doing a good job of...
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Monday, April 7, 2003
Despite the fact that we're proud of our military men with their extraordinary courage and wonderful technology, many of us are still confused about why we're fighting a war in Iraq. Sure, Saddam is a nasty dictator and no one will be sorry to see him go, but unless a dictator threatened us or our allies, that's never been enough reason for...
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Monday, March 24, 2003
One thing this war has revealed is that we're entering a strange new world. Only the U.S. has the technology and trained forces to fight a truly "modern" war. But that doesn't make us as all-powerful as it may seem, because countries worldwide are now doing the unthinkable--developing nuclear weapons. Countries that run their governments...
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Thursday, March 13, 2003
On unknowncountry.com, we drive some of our readers nuts! We get criticized regularly for being too left wing?and also for being too far to the right. We've been called both hawks and peaceniks, for and against Israel, pro-Bush and anti- Bush. We get e-mails filled with invective and exclamation marks, criticizing us for contradicting...
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Thursday, February 13, 2003
I've been married almost 33 years, and that seemed like a long time to me, too, until I recently helped celebrate my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. When people ask me how I've managed to stayed married when they haven't, I can't always tell them the secret. It's partly the luck of finding the best friend you'll ever have. But when...
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Wednesday, February 5, 2003
Since Clear Channel Communications, the network that broadcast Dreamland when we were on the airwaves, is based here in San Antonio, there's been lots of news about radio stations complaints that the media giant doesn't give them a chance to be heard. Since the Federal Communications Act of 1996 broke up FCC antitrust laws and made it legal...
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Wednesday, January 22, 2003
For half a century, from the end of World War II until the fall of Communism, the world was divided into two parts: the good guys and the bad guys, the West versus Communists. Russia and the U.S. never attacked each other directly--we fought our wars through other countries. If a guerilla movement anywhere in the world aligned with the...
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Monday, January 13, 2003
The columnist Arianna Huffington is waging a campaign against SUVs. It's even become a religious issue: some Christians criticize them by asking, "What would Jesus drive?" while others slap a fish symbol on the back of one of the most gas-greedy road hogs on the highway. When Whitley Strieber made a minor critical remark about SUVs on a...
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Tuesday, January 7, 2003
People who have had UFO experiences or who have become convinced there is something real about UFOs are confused and dismayed by the recent cloning announcement by the Raelian group. Rael (the former journalist Claude Vorilhon) was supposedly told by aliens during a UFO experience that they began the human race through cloning. This doesn't...
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Wednesday, January 1, 2003
Whenever I go to a city that hasn't yet turned into a ghost town due to suburban sprawl and shopping malls, I always notice a beautiful mansion high on a hill, built by a local businessman who made it big. The house may be empty now, and in need of a coat of paint, but it's still a powerful symbol for those of us who grew up on the streets...
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Monday, December 23, 2002
If I could have one wish for Christmas, it would be for an end to ideology in 2003. One of the worst areas for this is religion. I am so darn tired of people telling me their religious beliefs, either in e-mails, by collaring me in person and, or by making some subtle remark that's supposed to let me know I'm heading straight for hell. This...
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Tuesday, October 1, 2002
At least 6 eyewitnesses saw a military-style jet in the vicinity of Flight 93 on the morning of September 11, just before it crashed into the ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. But the U.S. government denies this 2nd jet ever existed. We?ve been told Flight 93 crashed because the passengers, having learned about the other 911 hijackings on...
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Monday, July 22, 2002
When Richard Dolan, author of the superb history "UFOs and the National Security State," was on Dreamland July 20, he reminded us that 50 years ago, UFOs were seen flying over Washington D.C. by many credible witnesses. A story in the Washington Post gives quotes from some of the people who saw them. Former air traffic controller Ed Nugent was...
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Thursday, June 27, 2002
Some Christians hope that the Rapture will take them away from all the bad folks on Earth someday soon. Moslem fundamentalists gladly kill themselves for the promise of a better sex life in heaven. For the rest of us, the idea of surviving death in some form is something we dearly hope is true or else doubt very much. But amidst the cacophony of...
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Friday, June 14, 2002
Do Palestinians want peace? Of course they do: Hard- working civilians with children to support always want peace. But the terrorists who claim to represent them want war instead. Every time peace negotiations begin--or are even suggested--there's another suicide bomb attack on Israeli civilians, which is calculated to make Israel resume...
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002
The recent news about pedophile priests has shocked Catholics and non-Catholics alike. We want to believe that people who dedicate themselves to a spiritual way of life are better than us, but it turns out that a large number of them have committed crimes against children that most of us regular sinful folk find unimaginable.
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Friday, January 18, 2002
I've discovered a book titled "The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation" by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky. Some of the statements it contains are: "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, 1949. "Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel." - MGM...
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Friday, December 21, 2001
I've been trying to write this diary for a couple of weeks now, looking for a way to wish all our Dreamland listeners and website fans a merry Christmas. But I just can?t get in the right mood this year. For me, Osama bin Laden is the Grinch who stole Christmas. Every time I hear a new Homeland Security warning, I decide maybe I?d better not...
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Sunday, December 16, 2001
While researching and writing the news everyday for unknowncountry.com, I've read a lot of conflicting information (and disinformation) about the anthrax mailings. Now that things seem to have quieted down (probably because the terrorist, whoever he is, has run out of anthrax), I want to follow the trail of our recent news stories in order...
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Friday, October 19, 2001
War is tragic, we all know that. Soldiers are struck down in their youth before they have a chance to do more than dip their toes into the adult world. Civilians (children and mothers, the elderly) become innocent victims when they find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some people die due to secondary causes since during...
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Friday, October 12, 2001
In the past few weeks, our TV screens have been filled with Muslim fanatics telling us that America should feel guilty for exploiting the peoples of Islamic and third-world countries. Now, there's no question about whether we deserved what happened to our nation on September 11: We didn't. No one "deserves" a terrorist attack. But do we have...
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