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Seven Degrees of Livejournal

gakked from mamadeb

Go to your info page and find the seventh name listed on your friends list. Go to their info page.
Find the seventh name on their friends list. Repeat until you are seven LJs from your own. (If you come across someone who doesn't have seven friends or the seventh friend is a journal you have already visited on this trip, randomly pick another name and continue).

Now, use the info page and recent entries of that 7th LJ to answer the following questions:
1)What is the title of this journal (NOT the user name)?
2)How many communities does this person belong to?
3)List any interests you share in common with this user.
4)List any friends you have in common with this user.
5)Where does this user live?
6)What is the seventh sentence in this user's most recent journal entry?
7)What is the first sentence in this user's seventh most recent journal entry?

Paste these instructions and your answers in your own journal.
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Halacha in the Mainstream Press

Lately, several halachic issues that have roiled the Orthodox world have made their way into the New York Times and other news outlets, such as copepods in the NYC water supply, and Indian-hair wigs. Both of these are currently unresolved.

Today's Wall Street Journal has an article in the Marketplace section on Web-commerce and Shabbat. Apparently, R' Moshe Heinemann of Baltimore's Star-K kashrut certification agency had ruled that Websites should close their e-commerce sections on Shabbat, following a Minchas Yitzchak on Jewish-owned vending machines. This was published in the Winter 2004 Kashrus Kurrents. There ensued a flurry of letters from Web-based businesses requesting clarification, along with corrections of R' Heinemann's understanding of the mechanics of credit charges on weekends. R' Heinemann subsequently partially retracted his ruling, holding in the end that:

a) Shabbat e-commerce is OK, because banks won't process credit transactions over the weekend, they will hold until Monday;

b) Yom Tov that falls on a weekday, the website owner should queue the transactions for later processing. The credit-card processing companies say this is easily done - authorizing the card, but not processing the charge until a "back-end" person triggers it.

All's well that ends well, and we aren't made out to be nutty legalists or paranoid zealots, which is nice.
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 2 Ag 04

I’ve been watching “The Daily” since it started, and I haven’t seen Jon rip into a conservative (guest Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-Texas) since he debunked Ann Coulter on the air.

They started out chummy enough. Bonilla, not being familiar with the show, took the time to look into it before appearing, and presented Jon with a pair of tiny cowboy boots for his new baby. Jon: “They’ll go so well with his tiny gun…really, things that a Jewish baby will not likely be into.”

They got into the meat of the interview, Jon grilling Bonilla on his participation in the Rapid Response Team during the Democratic National Convention. Bonilla claimed it was necessary so as to present the Truth. “We just want people to stand up and say who they are. If they’re Liberal, they should just say so”

Stewart: “the question is, how do you define who’s liberal. There was this recent rating that showed Edwards to be the most liberal, and Edwards the fourth most liberal senators. How did they decide that?”

Bonilla: there are different ratings …

Stewart: I’m a stupid man, explain it to me

Bonilla: Bills come before the senate, and are passed into laws…

Stewart: I’m not retarded.

Bonilla: different groups rate legislators according to different categories – the gun lobby, abortion advocates, etc.

Stewart: But who decided this first-most-liberal and fourth-most-liberal?

Back and forth a few times, Bonilla hemming about different ratings groups, Stewart asking specifically who decided this. By this time I’m shouting at the screen “National Journal! National Journal!” After the 4th go-round, Jon finally says “the National Journal came up with these ratings”. He then asks again what the Rapid Response Team is supposed to do.

Bonilla: Let people know the truth

Stewart: I don’t think so. Maybe your side.

Then some awkward drifting off to the end.
He showed Bonilla to be a blowhard who didn’t even understand what he was talking about – how could he represent the Truth to the American people?

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I have to think this is his response to his interchange with Ched Choppel on Pightline during the Convention week. He basically accused Koppel and the other anchors of not doing enough to test their interviewees’ opinions. See this interview on Nightline.

He did the hard-hitting news interview that he feels those with “credibility and gravitas” should give us. He may not realize it, but he does have more and more of that credibility and gravitas, as he interviews more and more politicians and media figures, and pushes them to say what they really think.
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Memories...

Gacked from mamadeb:

Post a memory of me in the comments. It can be anything you want. Then, of course, post this to your journal and see what people remember of you.