torchwood: children of the earth

Last night, Chris and I did a marathon watch of the latest five-part series of Torchwood. The shows aired earlier in the week, and I just didn’t find the time to watch them through the week, so I thought “I’ll just start Day One and Two tonight, and finish the rest tomorrow and through the week. Well that didn’t happen, and around 4AM we finished watching Day Five.

I liked it, though I have a lot of questions about the “what happens next” in the show. (Note, if you haven’t seen the show, don’t click “more” (due to spoilers).) Continue reading “torchwood: children of the earth”

When is a cake topper, not a cake topper?

“Huh?” you may be thinking to yourself. Well for those of you who live in the great State of Texas, you may have thought it amusing that when one purchased a sex toy that kind of looked phallic, that your receipt may have said “cake topper.” It’s been a joke for the longest time, but it appears this is quite true.

Anyway, it is being reported that the “5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Texas law making it illegal to sell or promote obscene devices, punishable by up to two years in jail, violated the Constitution’s 14th Amendment on the right to privacy.” Let’s shout out a big hurrah!

So the question to ask now is what do I put on the top of my cakes from now on?

“Mail Call!” Another Signing Statement

I just don’t understand who in the Bush Administration thinks this was a good idea, given the happenings today in Congress.

WASHINGTON – President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans’ mail without a judge’s warrant, the Daily News has learned.

The President asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on Dec. 20. Bush then issued a “signing statement” that declared his right to open people’s mail under emergency conditions.

Source: W pushes envelope on U.S. spying (NY Daily News)

I’m still amazed that someone hasn’t challenged the legality of these presidential signing statements. What is ironic (to me) is that the president attached his signing statement to the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act which “explicitly reinforced protections of first-class mail from searches without a court’s approval.”

It just makes you wonder.

House Protections

Thanks to danah over at apophenia, I discovered that the Deleting Online Predators Act, or DOPA pass the US House today by a vote of 410-15.

According to a ZDNet article, the bill was

apparently meant to restrict access to MySpace, the definition of off-limits Web sites is so broad the bill would probably sweep in thousands of commercial Web sites that allow people to post profiles, include personal information and allow “communication among users.”

The details will be left up to the Federal Communications Commission, and authority was provided that “gives more leeway to the FCC in devising a category of verboten Web sites.”

I find it interesting that this is “one” of those pieces of legislation that aims to help legislators with their election efforts in November.