Similarities between X Men and South Park

From: A Co-Worker
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:04 AM
Subject: Similarities between X Men and South Park

I think X Men's costume designers stole their ideas from South Park. What do you think?
Halle Berry as Storm, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Ian McKellen as Magneto in 20th Century Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand

Outta Town for a few days

I'm going to be out of town for a few days. I'm going to Chicago for work. I wasn't excited to go until I started listening to an iMix I made for Alicia before she went to Chicago.

Now, I'm excited. Do you think the airport replays the Frank Sinatra version of "Chicago"?


The Legislative Analyst's Office has just issued the following report:

Overview of the 2006-07 May Revision

The state’s strong revenue performance-a $7.5 billion increase since January-presents an extraordinary opportunity for the Legislature. Key decisions are: (1) how much of the increase should be provided to K-14 education, (2) should increased school funding be allocated to new initiatives or to strengthen existing programs and pay off debts, and (3) which state debt should be prepaid?

We urge the Legislature to focus on regaining the state’s fiscal balance, particularly in light of the risks and uncertainties facing the state. (20 pp.)

Available in the following formats:


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From the Los Angeles Times
State Senate Endorses Teaching of Gays' Historical Achievements
By Jordan Rau
Times Staff Writer

May 12, 2006

SACRAMENTO — Saying more role models could help reduce the social estrangement and high suicide rates of gay and lesbian students, the state Senate voted Thursday to require that the historical contributions of homosexuals in the United States be taught in California schools.

Apparently the first of its kind nationwide, the measure passed with no Republican support. It must also be approved by the Assembly and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has taken no position on it. California's Legislature last year became the first to authorize gay marriage, but Schwarzenegger vetoed the measure.

If passed, the textbook bill could have national implications. California is a huge portion of the textbook market, where it often sets trends, and many publishers put out a specific edition for the state that others can also use.

Textbooks meeting the bill's requirements would not be incorporated into California classrooms until 2012. Social science courses would then include "an age-appropriate study" of the "role and contributions" that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have made to the "economic political and social development" of California and the United States.

Schools are already required to teach the historical and social roles of blacks, women, Native Americans, Latinos, Asians and other ethnic groups.

"Even though we passed an anti-harassment bill seven years ago, it's still pretty obvious that there's a hostile environment for kids who are gay or lesbian — or even thought to be gay or lesbian," said Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), the bill's author and one of six openly gay legislators. "Part of that stems from the fact that nobody reads about any positive examples."

Social conservatives responded harshly to the Senate's action.

"Happy Mothers Day, California," said a statement issued by Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a Sacramento group. "By passing SB 1437, Democrat politicians have declared war on mothers and fathers and their children."

The bill passed the Senate 22 to 15, with all 14 Republicans opposed. Democrat Dean Florez of Shafter voted against the bill, and two of his colleagues, Michael Machado of Linden and Denise Ducheny of San Diego, abstained, which effectively count as "no" votes.

Sen. Bill Morrow (R-Oceanside) called the bill "dangerous" and "insidious" because it lumps sexual orientation — something he said was a "cultural or behavioral lifestyle" — together with race and sex, which are biological. He also said there was no reason for a textbook to point out historical figures' sexual orientation when "their contribution to history has nothing to do with their sexual proclivities."

Kuehl's bill would make the state Board of Education responsible for integrating the subject into curricula. The legislation does not specify what should be included or at what grade level the new material should be taught.

Advocates said subjects might include the 1978 assassination of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. Geoffrey Kors, executive director of the gay-rights group Equality California, said textbooks might also specify the sexual orientation of well-known Americans such as writer Langston Hughes.

Kors said that when the state Board of Education approved the latest social science curriculum in 2003, his group asked unsuccessfully for gay issues to be included.

"If you're teaching social movements in schools, and you talk about the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez, and you talk about the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, and you talk about the women's suffrage movement, to leave out the gay rights movement seems glaring," Kors said.

The state Board of Education reevaluates the social studies curriculum every six years. The next review is in 2009, and it takes three years for new books to reach classrooms.

The state board has no position on the Kuehl bill, said Roger Magyar, the board's executive director.

"Until it actually is signed by the governor, from our standpoint it's not law," he said. "We find ourselves invested in enough controversy that we don't have to go out and find more."

Schwarzenegger aides had no comment.

Gay rights groups say homosexual students are two to three times as likely to attempt suicide as their peers, based on studies conducted by academics and state governments. However, most of those studies are at least a decade old.

A national survey conducted last year by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in New York reported that 75% of homosexual students overheard derogatory remarks often at school, and 38% said they were physically harassed because of their sexual orientation.

The bill's fate in the California Assembly is not clear. Because of its strong contingent of moderate Democrats, it traditionally has been more reluctant than the Legislature's upper house to pass very liberal legislation.

But Kuehl noted: "If gay marriage could pass in the Assembly, this is nothing."

Email Software Doing The Job

A a year ago, I walked away from my email in tears. I was upset that I was getting a good deal of "I hate Ginny Case" emails. It wasn't just "Ginny's Dumb" or "She's Stupid", but rather these were emails that doubted my sincerity in volunteering for Green Party activities. I decided that I would take back the email that comes my way, by creating a "bounce" list. I wanted certain people to know that while I got your email, I didn't read your email. I figured that people needed to know that while it was received, and the email address you sent it to was correct, that I was done listening to what they had to say. At least until I saw some evidence that individual was capable of more professional communication.

So, I set up the bounce list to reply to emails where my email address was included in the distribution list, that someone on the distribution list was an unwanted sender. It didn't call out who was the "offender", so I figure it wouldn't cause too much stir.

It's been a year since I set that up. And, I got this email today.

No, Gary - Not ignorant. Just managing my email. I'm sure that if you contacted my ISP, they will get right on whatever you have to offer. I don't issue that as a challenge, just a point of fact.

I don't consider the replies harassment or abuse.

So, as far as I can tell - the email software is doing it's job.

Thanks to Nan for letting me know about Gary's email. But, as far as I can tell - I don't need to change anything.

Begin forwarded message:
From: Nan
Date: May 11, 2006 8:59:14 AM PDT
To: Ginny-Marie Case
Subject: Nan to Ginny

Although you may not care, I send this to you to do with as you choose. If you are bouncing Gary N. only, I completely understand. If you are bouncing the AC list, why not set to 'no mail' or just unsubscribe?

Anyway, just for your information. 

take care

Nan Garrett

--- Gary Novosielski wrote:

From: "Gary Novosielski"
Subject: Fwd: Re: [GPUS-Accreditation] FW:
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 18:28:53 -0400

This repeated reply to everything I send to this or any usgp list is nothing but harrasment and abuse by Ginny-Marie Case.

Only a complete ignorance of nettiquette and e-mail configuration rules would lead someone to put an automatic reply on a
listserve address.   If you don't want to read my posts, by all means delete them, but you do not have the right to harrass me for posting to this listserve.  If anyone here is a friend of Ms. Case, they may want to advise her to fix her mail software before I take action with her ISP.

Gary Novosielski

On 5/9/06, Ginny-Marie Case wrote:

This is an automated message.
Please be aware this email was sent to, or is from an unwanted email sender.
This message was deleted without being read.

Librarian Funnies

Message: 2
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 13:41:15 -0700
From: Joe Schallan
Subject: [Publib] Re: Function of library restrooms

On the list it was stated that

"The only rooms in our library that serve a single function are the restrooms!"

And Mary J. Soucie responded:

"Even this statement isn't totally true, as we having changing
tables in ours and often after programs they serve as a wash
basin/bath. LOL "

I will add to this by simply stating that . . . er . . . in a wireless
library you can work on your email ANYWHERE.

Joe S.

Make The Trains Go CHOO!

From: "Dave Monks"
Date: May 8, 2006 5:50:47 PM PDT
Subject: Expo Light Rail Update Meetings - May 17 (Culver City) & May 23 (Downtown LA)

Dear Community Member -

The Exposition Light Rail Construction Authority invites you to attend a Community Meeting to update you on the project. Come meet the staff, designers and builders of the project and learn about the community involvement process as this project moves forward.

There will be two community meetings as follows:

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Culver City, 4117 Overland Ave. Free parking is available at this site.

Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, 400 W. Washington Blvd. This meeting will be held in the Cafeteria (Building H on map). The campus is easily accessible from the Metro Blue Line (recommended). In addition, limited free parking is available on the roof of Building F, accessible from 21st and Grand. Click below for a map of the campus.

These meetings are the second and third in a series of three along the project alignment. The first meeting was held at Dorsey High School on May 4. If you have questions about these meetings, please call 323-669-7655. For more detailed information about the Exposition Light Rail project, visit

Please forward this announcement to your neighbors and colleagues. Thanks!

Dave Monks, Project Outreach, Expo Preliminary Engineering Team

REI In Santa Monica

I left here @ 7:15 this morning to go to the grand opening of the REI store in Santa Monica. If you haven't ever been to an REI store, then - should go.

I ran into people I haven't seen in months, years, and a decade! Yes..a decade. The world is too small.

Ahhh...I'm going up to the roof for some swim time!

Ray McGovern is my new hero

Did you hear him on CNN? If not, you must google him RIGHT NOW!

Did you know...

That almost every day and every tme I walk on the street I see a line of wet pavement. It's not wet because someone just hosed it down with clean water. It's wet because someone JUST went potty on the street.

I want one of these:

I'm going to start a campaign pretty quick here to get these placed in the downtown area. There aren't enough bathrooms downtown. And, I'm tired of seeing bare butts and other things, when I'm walking to the bus.

Things I did today

1) Drank a lot of water
2) Experienced great pain while doing some stretch that's supposed to help my abs
3) Pulled my resume down off the web
4) Laundry
5) Listening to a good book
6) Not take a shower

stray cat strut?

There was a cat wandering in our hallway, so we've are hosting it for the evening. We know that the owner lives on the 2nd floor, but we don't know >which< loft.

In any case, he's got some very interesting poses:

SomeMore Pics

Back from Protest

Big day in Los Angeles! I know - I'm sorry Alicia, I said that I wasn't going to go, but then I saw the news and all the pictures from City Hall and I just had to go.

Here's a rundown of what I saw....

Plus, ran into THE Alan Minsky and The Bob Morris. (I never get a picture of those two) Always fun to run into people you haven't seen in the last year.

Oh, I'm hungry.

Lunch time!