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It looks like a lot of people have been hitting the Blend when searching for Foleygate stories. Here are the top 20 keywords that land folks here.

Cynthia Ore is the mistress who accused Rep. Don Sherwood of choking her.

I looked at my Webalyzer stats, which show an average of 7461 unique visitors to the coffee house each day.

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Paul rounded up a lot of interesting headlines and shot them my way…

* Church removes bust of accused priest. A bust of the Rev. Louis Toma, an icon at the East Boston church where he served for 50 years, has been removed by the Boston Archdiocese at the request of parishioners who said the late cleric sexually abused children.

* From Crime to Arrest, by Way of Computer. Information found on Michael J. Sandy’s computer, which was left on after he left his apartment has helped investigators figure out the trail of bogus online seduction that resulted in the gay man’s death at the hands of teen thugs. Keith Boykin has excellent follow-up posts on this story here and here. A rally is planned at City Hall in NYC tomorrow to demand an end to hate violence in the city.

* In Pennsylvania, Questions About War Erode a Traditional Republican Advantage. Uh oh. The average Republican voter is turned off by the endless, fruitless, senseless military action in Iraq. One Dem candidate, Joe Sestak, was actually advised not to run on the war debacle by the party. He ignored them and now he’s made it a competitive race. What was that about useless Dems?

* Texas students trained to fight back if gunman invades school. A major in the British Army reserve is instructing teachers and students in Burleson, TX to “react immediately to the sight of a gun by picking up anything and everything and throwing it at the head and body of the attacker and making as much noise as possible. Go toward him as fast as we can and bring them down.”

* Resident finds burned cross in yard. Yet another lesson for Tony Snow.


Graphic: Mike Tidmus

The 6-foot-by-5-foot cross was on the far edge of the 5-acre property on Lacebark Pine Road, surrounded by scorched earth. To Drayton, who is of Jamaican and Chinese descent, it was a sign that what she described as years of vandalism and foul words by rowdy thugs had worsened into something far more serious.

And this interesting one should be a challenge for the fundies…

* It’s Official: To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered.

The American Community Survey, released this month by the Census Bureau, found that 49.7 percent, or 55.2 million, of the nation’s 111.1 million households in 2005 were made up of married couples — with and without children — just shy of a majority and down from more than 52 percent five years earlier.

…A growing number of adults are spending more of their lives single or living unmarried with partners, and the potential social and economic implications are profound. “It just changes the social weight of marriage in the economy, in the work force, in sales of homes and rentals, and who manufacturers advertise to,” said Stephanie Coontz, director of public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, a nonprofit research group. “It certainly challenges the way we set up our work policies.”

While the number of single young adults and elderly widows are both growing, Professor Coontz said, “we have an anachronistic view as to what extent you can use marriage to organize the distribution and redistribution of benefits.”

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Fun email of the day

What on earth is this person thinking? A mind in a ball of confusion:

Subject: HELLO
From: "missy neff"
Date: Sat, October 14, 2006 5:53 pm
To: pam

i thank you are a very impolite and rude and and not very american woman to be acting the way you are.and you will go to hell for the way you rasie your children.look at your self i dont see that you are problaly 100%AMERICAN.

Oh, btw, that “fan site” I posted about last week, “White people are better than black people,” seems to have been yanked from Blogger or deleted by the head case who put it up. It went down shortly after the guy loaded up a post that Tonka was going to die soon — and that I would eat the remains. Nice.

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