Vocab Lesson, Liwat in Alabama, the Cranberries, and Orientation

Four unrelated things:

1. A new word for my vocabulary: ngompol.  It is a contraction (again, Indonesians love these) of ngomong-omong politik, or to "chat about politics."  But it also means "to urinate."  Which I find very clever.

2. The Wonkette has a link to a story about liwat in Alabama featuring that state’s viciously anti-gay Attorney General.  I don’t ever read the Wonkette, but I do like the dirt.

3. The guy in the office next to mine keeps singing the "doo, doo-doo, doo" line from the Cranberries’ song "Ode To My Family."  I’m getting a real kick out of it.

4. I have been invited by the freshman orientation committee at Cornell to participate in a public debate on the political platforms of the presidential candidates (to demonstrate how there are faculty who are engaged beyond campus), with the stipulation that I have to argue the position of the candidate whose opinion I disagree with.  I am torn.  On one hand, I don’t know much about Bob Barr’s positions on many key issues.  On the other hand, I love to argue, especially positions that I don’t really hold.

(Matt and Josh: please note that I am kidding.  There are a number of LP party positions that I actually do agree with.)