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Monday, February 28

From Francesca's Liberal Wingnut Corner:

"Grab the nearest book, turn to page 123, find the fifth sentence, and post the text of the following three sentences on one's own blog. Anyone who hunts down an "intellectual" book from some box down in the basement is disqualified!"

When a babe like this (her photo's on the blogsite) commands, I perform. All females of the species may take notice.

Anyhow, here goes (I'm going to cheat a little because the "three sentences" called for, from a linguistic point of view, aren't sentences.):
"Second Wave systems are in crisis. Thus we find crisis in the welfare systems. Crisis in the postal systems. Crisis in the school systems. Crisis in the health-delivery systems. Crisis in the urban systems. Crisis in the international financial system. The nation-state itself is in crisis. The Second Wave value system is in crisis." -- Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave, 1980.

Bin Laden Enlisting Al-Zarqawi for Attacks

Here in the zee Fahzerland.

24 minutes ago at yahoo.
Yawn.
Another story from the Ministry of Truth.
Did bush give Bin-Hidin' Al-Zarqawi's number?

"Listen Osama, the Murkan's aren't takin' kindly to my social security reforms and they're all pissed off about Iraq. We've gotta get Al-Zarqawi on to something different. Murkans seemed to have forgotten 9/11. Perhaps they need a little r'minder."

LIONS AND TIGERS AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, OH MY!

Question for readers: There isn't an election going on somewhere that I don't know about, is there? That's the only reason...wait a minute! You suppose the Gannon/Guckert fiasco is heating up and the folks in Washington are trying to distract our attention? Americablog and the Newshounds as well as others even in the mainstream are really doing a nice excavation on that whole sorry mess.

Anyhow there's this from my local rag:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New intelligence indicates that Osama bin Laden is enlisting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, his top operative in Iraq, to plan potential attacks on the United States, federal officials said Monday.

Catch the rest here.

Who is governing the USA?

"It certainly isn't George W. Bush. He doesn't even know what he is speaking about. "

I just read that line in this article Putin Answers Bush Word For Word By Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey for Pravda. He says, regarding freedom to ask the Kremlin about journalistic guidelines, "I even contacted the Kremlin asking for such guidelines and the answer was "we cannot give you guidelines. You must write what you want to write. It is your affair, not ours". "

Imagine that? Freedom of press. It's a good article worth reading and discussing.

White House Must Charge or Free Suspect

How refreshing that a federal judge (you suppose he's a freedom-hating Democrat?) has said that the law of the land is the Constitution, and NOT the man who fancies himself the emperor. Now if someone would only remind the man who fancies himself the emperor that he is merely an employee of the people.

Here's the beginning of the article:
By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge ordered the Bush administration Monday to either charge terrorism suspect Jose Padilla with a crime or release him after more than 2 1/2 years in custody.

Catch the rest here.

Some Democracy

by blondesense

I lost my breath after reading about our leader blasting his buddy Vladimir for not practicing 'democracy' the American way. I'd like for America to practice democracy the American way too. Do you ever wonder when you are going to snap? I do. The idea of having to wait until it's too late is not good. I don't want to be an "I told you so" when the world goes to hell because of the bushistas. I'd rather that the macho working class red state men who like to shoot things, read the bible literally and drive fast just open a history book and read about the last time fascists tried to take over our country and Europe so that we can get on with our lives and kick the bastards out of DC. Fat chance.

I'd like to know how come the moral values people aren't freaked out over that fake journalist in the WH. He was a gay whore, for biblical abomination's sake. And these morons worry about cartoon characters?

It would be good if the press corps asked the president real questions too. I read a great article at S.Chimp by James Boyne about questions for the president. He poses some great questions for the pres, not that the pres would know what to do with questions since he nevers answers questions. Here's a good one:

"Mr. President, 3 million illegal Mexican immigrants cross our southern border and sneak into America each and every year to settle permanently in our nation. This creates a tremendous strain on our educational system since they bring their children with them; and it creates an enormous financial strain on our health care system since once here they have no means of health care insurance. You say that they fill the need for jobs that Americans won't take. The other side of the coin is that these millions of illegal immigrants also take the lower level, lower paying jobs that many Americans normally use as a safety net when needing a part-time job, a temporary job, a summer job, a job to supplement their Social Security benefits when retired, or a job needed out of desperation at the prospect of not finding meaningful work after being laid off from a high paying job. Many illegal Mexican immigrants fill jobs not only as radish, lettuce, and apple pickers but also as waiters and waitresses, construction workers, sheet rockers, roofers, carpenters helpers, plumbers assistants, apartment and condo maintenance workers, clerical and secretarial help, truck drivers, maids, telemarketers, retail store clerks, and Wal-Mart store associates. There still are 9 million American citizens unemployed and 11 million American citizens classified as "long term unemployed" that have been unable to find work after their unemployment benefits have run out, as you know, Mr. President. My question, Mr. President is this ----if 3 million illegal Mexican immigrants crossing our border every year is good, would 60 million be better? How many is too many? Why do you do nothing to control the flow of immigrants into our country? How could you ever expect to stop terrorist from entering our country at will, when we have an totally open, porous border that you are actually encouraging foreigners to use as an entry point into America?"
Yeah, I'd like to know the answer to that one. Faux News doesn't address these issues. What good is TV news? What would you ask the pres?

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

Mental Derailment

Sometimes it seems as though I’m just about ten crossties short of a mental train wreck. That was yesterday. All the lights were blinking and it was up to me to avoid the collision. I was driving the train and I had to do something to stop what I could see was about to happen. I was so close that I seemed to already be able to feel the jolt. It seemed as though the perfect storm of emotions was occurring. The frustration of world events, the shock of death swooping in so close, and the time of loneliness that could not be expressed.

I needed to change tracks and quickly. I tried to watch the Oscars, but to be blunt, I discovered I didn't give a shit who won or why. As an adult I have never been a fan of movies. Once in awhile there will be one that catches my attention but that's a rare occurrence. It was one of those nights when nothing seemed to allow me to concentrate on anything for more than about four seconds. After that four seconds had passed I could once again hear the warning signals and see the flashing lights. Around three o'clock I dozed off and slept until five this morning. I got up feeling that maybe I had avoided the mental crash. Then I read an email that I had received sometime during the night and it wasn't good news. Oh shit, the damned flashing lights are back, and the silence is so loud I can't hear anything. Once again, the mental train wreck looms ahead, and it's going to take a lot of work to turn this thing around. To quote commenter, Anntichrist S. Coulter, " life has a shitty way of broad-siding you with fucked-up shit, doesn't it?" Yes, Anntichrist S. Coulter, it surely does.

And then there's this. A hundred people were killed in Iraq last night or yesterday or whenever the hell it was. One hundred more free dead souls, and for what? When do you classify what is happening in Iraq as a civil war? I thought they said if we pulled our military out of Iraq there could well be a civil war and that's why we had to stay. How many more or how many less would have died in the past twenty-four hours if we had brought all of our soldiers home? When is enough, enough? When does someone admit that the US has royally fucked the dog? What's the cut-off number? Is this what a victory looks like? The Iraqis may have voted but maybe they were hoodwinked into thinking they could save their lives with their vote.

Sunday, February 27

Now We Have It, What Shall We Do With It?

by pissed off patricia

What is Blogging?

Blogging is an awful lot of people all talking at once. The voices are silent but many are heard. Many of us are "getting it out of our system". We are blogging our feelings about a myriad of events, thoughts, situations, and emotions. It may be the new therapy. If you are a blogger, you know how good you feel after you post. You gave yourself the opportunity to type what you were thinking whether anyone reads it or not. You made your statement, and with making that statement you have released something from inside yourself. This is very similar to attending a therapy session. You tell the therapist what you are feeling and they listen. With blogging, you tell cyberspace what you are feeling and perhaps someone will listen to your silent voice.

As for blog readers, they get to pick and choose which voice they will hear and which they will not. The voices can be heard at any time and in any order, and you get to hear them all if you choose. You mostly read blogs as you would choose friends. You like to read likeminded opinions and you hope they will bolster and support your own emotions and decisions. From a political point of view, left-leaning blog readers tend to read left-leaning blogs. It's natural to seek support for your beliefs. That's what friends do for one another. But it would also seem wise to see what other not so likeminded bloggers are saying. That's much easier on the internet. On the internet you may enter a room of not so likeminded bloggers and discover what they said today and often times what they said many days ago. You can be "a fly on the wall".

How strong an influence do political bloggers have, especially in the world of the news media?

That is yet to be determined. Many claim a strong influence and boast about it often. Perhaps some time down the road blogging will receive a chair at the big table, but for now it seems bloggers are relegated to the smaller children's table. That's not to say that blogging can't mature and grow. Subtle changes are already apparent. Some bloggers seem to have gone from being content with their position to casting a yearning eye at the adult media table. Some believe they have already made the move due to one event here or there. They will site the Dan Rather fiasco as proof. One report does not a professional journalist make, but to many it's a beginning and perhaps they're correct. How big and how strong political blogging will become, no one knows yet, because it's still growing. The media has been resistant to accept political blogging as anything more than gossip for a long time. Now many in media are blogging too. We've come that far. The media sees that the blogging audience is growing, and they want a piece of the action.

What's next?

So here we are. We're all communicating with one another in a new and amazing way. A blogger can talk when everyone else is talking and still be heard as an individual. Where else can that happen? A blogger can talk today and be heard a week or a year from now. If we want political blogging to be not only heard, but also respected, we must try our best to be factual with what we say. With blogging, there are no rules. The lack of rules may be a problem for bloggers, because as of now you are not responsible for what you write. There is no waiting to speak, and so far, no rules about what you may say. That may be a present blessing or a future kiss of death for blogging. The freedom to say anything you please about anyone has a dangerous edge. What about trust and integrity? If political bloggers are diligent and dedicated to getting it right, they can move up, but if they become nothing more than emotional, angry writers using fiction rather than fact, they stand the chance of losing the respect of one another. Any aspiration of ever being recognized and listened to seriously will be only a dream they once had.

Organization might well be considered by bloggers. Not order but organization. Perhaps political bloggers need to come together and set out their own standards and direction before someone else does it for them. Bloggers should protect their rights and set their standards, because everyone knows the bigger you become, the bigger target you also become. It might be wise for bloggers to speak to this idea before it's too late. We have this wonderful tool and we need to use it wisely and protect it, because there may come a time when the government feels we don't merit such responsibility. Only if we join together and marshal ourselves will we continue to be able to all speak at once and have our silent voices heard.

Saturday, February 26

Getting Out of The Slammer

Well finally. Martha is getting out of the slammer. Why in the hell did they go after this women in the first place? Insider trading? Right. It's was just plain unfair. She's rich. Rich people, they talk to other rich people. So what? Yeah, the talk about rich "stuff," like stocks and bonds, and which island to buy.

The Neo-Cons had it in for the woman. She didn't really do anything wrong. Everybody does that insider trading. Broke people do it, too, just on a different level. Hey, we all got hookups. One of the Tammy's has a kuz'n who works for Wal-Mart. She calls Tammy all the time. "Girl, don't buy that today. It's going on sale tomorrow. Two for one, it's gonna split."

Basically, Martha went to prison for talking to the feds. So much for your cooperating with the authorities. Now, what have we learned? Don't say a damn thing without your lawyer present. I wouldn't give a rip if a sleeper cell was living next door to me; I wouldn't tell the government about it unless Johnnie Cochran was standing beside me. I think that little kiss-ass, big-mouth broker, Peter Bacanovic, is the one who called, alerting her that the Waksals were selling their stock. "Yeah, baby, thanks for the tip. It saved me thousands and it got me time in the slammer."

The trial was a witch hunt. Prosecutors brought out testimony of Martha "yelling" at people on the phone, trying to make it seem that Martha wasn't a "nice" woman. What the hell does that have to do with the charges? Do you think for a Missouri moment they would have done this if she had a penis? Stewart is a powerful woman; she probably does yell from time to time.She's the boss Queen too. Donald Trump yells at somebody every damn week on national television and fires them too. Chit, we love it.

They sacred Martha to death. During that season entire companies come out of hibernation just to teach the public how to lie to the government. But do we prosecute them? Hell no. See, I think they went after Martha because they were pissed off about all the things she can make out of everyday items that they can't. I know Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh wouldn't have a clue what to do with a skein of maple weaver's yarn/ But should Martha have be reviled and punished because she can make a damn quilt, a hammock, and truss turkey out of the same skein? I think not. Maybe I'm just starting to identify with rich women more these days. I used to identify only with poor women. Thank Gawd money cured me of that sickness.

My advice to anybody thinking about committing a federal offense: Do it quickly. Get locked up in Camp Cupcake. You know it's going to be nice. They place is all spruced up now. That woman could figure a way to break you out if you got bored. That woman can make anything. And it won't be any of that nasty, tunneling-your-way-out, ruining-your-cloths shit. Martha will have you walking out of there clean and neatly pressed.

By Missouri Mule
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Missouri Mule, an ardent follower of the Martha Stewart philosophy poses in front of her recently remodeled bathroom. Coming soon, photos of the Pompeii style mosiacs over the throne.

A Tsunami Of Porn

I just love how the so called "moral" wingers use tragic happenings to further their agenda of restricting the rights of Americans. First, everything was "terrorism" and now "tsunami" is the word du jour. I also wouldn't consider Playboy, porn.

The National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families (NCPCF), is warning parents across America that their cell phones may soon become 'cess pools' because Playboy is offering content via the cell phone. Maybe it's not such a good idea to give your children cell phones, they claim. If I were a paranoid morality obsessed American parent, or even just a regular parent like myself, I have access to the cell phone bill of my child, since I pay for it. I think I would notice if my child was subscribed to Playboy and I would simply cancel it. duh. double duh.

This adult blonde is rather sick and tired of all the restrictions that 'moralists' try to impose on us because of 'the children'. We've always had adults and children. There were always differences between adult and child entertainment. I can't listen to Disney songs anymore. I did my time. If I want to subscribe to sexy adult type content on my phone, I should be allowed to if it's offered. If I have an impressionable child at home, it wouldn't be a good idea though. So I might consider passing on the offer or put a lock and key on my phone. Why don't these people preach to those who don't bother to monitor what their kids are doing? That would be the place to start rather than trying to turn the whole country into a Puritan nation. How about parent training?

And another thing, why do these 'moral' people keep voting for Republicans who only exist to support the corporations? Corporations need to make too much money and sex sells. It's ironic that they support the very administration that helps to make corporations free from any restrictions.

Wal-mart watch

One of our nation's most evil corporations, Wal-mart, whose employees rank among our working poor, reported that sales rose 4% in February. The southeast was the strongest reporting region for food items while the northeast sales were not as strong because of all our snow storms in the past week and we were shopping at the other evil empire, Home Depot.

Speaking of the northeast, particularly the island called "Long" that I live on, Rego Park Developers told Wal-mart to stuff it because their employment practices are not good for the community citing anti-union practices and the negative impact it would have on small businesses in the borough. Cheers for Queens, NY!

I'd like to know how Wal-mart got into my community. What's up with my county? The parking lot there is crowded every single day and this is not a poor neighborhood per se but there are a lot of senior communities nearby and Wal-mart affords them less costly goods and shitty part-time jobs. We are inundated with stores on Long Island. Shopping is our past-time. I know it's hard to resist a stereo for 5 bucks and the food is cheap, but we've got to remain strong and support mom and pop's across America or the fascists will have won. Why do conservatives hate our democracy?

It was also reported that there is a healthy demand for Easter items at the evil empire, because after all, Jesus suffered, died and was buried in order to rise again so that people could eat candy shaped like eggs and bunnies. yum.

Friday, February 25

From the "it's about time" files

Wal-mart pays its employees such low wages that they still qualify for welfare in Montana. It turns out, according to the Independent Record in Helena, Montana, that tax payers end up paying Wal-mart employees the difference between their Wal-mart salary and a living wage. oF course you and I know that this how it was planned by the corporate pigs. But there is a new bill that would impose a gross proceeds tax on "big box" companies such as Wal-mart.
"Wal-Mart had net income of $7.1 billion last year and paid its chief executive officer $12.4 million a year or $5,980 an hour. But the average Wal-Mart worker, he said, is paid $13,694 annually for 32 hours of work weekly and has to wait two years to be eligible for insurance."
This totally sucks. People who work should make enough to live on at the very least. It's no wonder that some people milk the system. What's the incentive to work if you're going to be poor anyway? We'd sure have a lot less crime in this country if people could manage to live on what they earn.

We're Gonna Party Like It's 1984

According to the NY Times, a Kansas prosecutor is investigating and demanding all late term abortion records in order to prosecute criminal cases because abortion after 22 weeks is illegal in Kansas unless the woman's health is at risk. It's quite possible however that he is going after doctors who perform illegal abortions and also trying to keep tabs on 10, 11 and 12 year old rape victims, but then again, it sounds like we've reached a new level in fascism because a woman's medical records should not be used to see whether or not someone committed a crime and that is what he is doing.

Faux News

From MediaMatters

Krauthammer falsely claimed an "absence of angry demonstrations" during Bush European tour. Go read how many demonstrators there really were, but here's what Krauthammer said.

"From the February 24 Special Report with Brit Hume:

"KRAUTHAMMER: The biggest event in Europe was the absence of angry demonstrations against our president. Which showed a cooling of the hostility and sort of an evening of the temperature. And that's about it."

Be sure and read the comments that have been left there by the readers. The folks in Germany tell you what it was really like and why.

It was a Hell of a Party!

I was in here early this morning cleaning up the place. I recycled all the empty bottles. Wow, you guys made a hell of a mess. The floor was sticky and well, I won't mention what I found under the table. Oh, is someone missing an article of intimate apparel? I found one and there's also this lacy black thong too. Speaking of lost and found, did anyone find an article of intimate apparel with the word "Thursday" on it? If so just email it to me and I'll get it to it's rightful owner, I know her.

Who thought it was a good idea to remove the lampshade from the lamp? Did you actually wear it on your head?

I'm most curious who left their phone number written on the wall. You know, the one with the message that said, "I'm cheap and I'm easy". Then someone added, "he really is."

On, it's okay! Impromptu parties are the best of all. But next time please be sure that everyone goes home before you lock the doors. I found something that looked like a heretik sleeping by the frig this morning. When I woke him up he said he needed to "get back to work", and he rushed out the door.

Yeah, even with all the mess it was fun! Come back anytime and we'll do it again. The nicest part of a cyber-party is you can attend in your jammies and you don't have to drive home afterwards, plus no one sees you when you get so drunk you fall asleep on your keyboard and roll off onto the floor.

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

Here are some quotes taken randomly from the transcripts of a June 18, 2001 meeting between Bush and Putin. The first two make me laugh because, well, you'll see. The rest I put together just for fun. I found all these at CNN.com

Putin - "In this regard, as they say in cases like this, reality was a lot bigger than expectations, because this was not only a confidential discussion, but extremely and all the way to more than what you could expect from frankness, because President Bush, as a person who has studied history, proposed a very global, wide-scale approach and view to history."

Bush - "The president is a history major, and so am I. And we remember the old history. It's time to write new history in a positive and constructive way."

History major? Bush? Who knew?

These are random and totally out of context, but they worked for me. What's going on here?

Bush - "These will be fruitful discussions, and I believe what people will see is a joint strategy."

Putin - "In this regard, as they say in cases like this, reality was a lot bigger than expectations...."



Putin - "Yes, I'm going to lay it out for you."

Putin - "Look, here it is."



Bush - "It's much bigger than that."

Bush - " Everybody is trying to read body language."

Bush - "And I believe that the people who watch carefully our relationship will see that it grows and emerges."

Bush - " And from that basis, we can begin a very fruitful relationship."

Now we move forward to this week.

When asked if he would invite Chirac to his ranch, bush responded, "I need a good cowboy."

I guess it didn't work out these past four years between he and Putin. Now he wants to try a French cowboy.

Springtime for Bushie In Germany

Bush went to Germany this week, as you know. Before bush came out to speak to the US Troops were were stationed there, cheerleaders entertained the troops. Everyone was happy.


Bushie didn't do so well in Mainz, Germany where thousands showed up to protest.


Now on Wednesday, bush was planning to have a "town hall" style meeting as he loves to do in the USA because it reminds him of his favorite dictators. This was supposed to be the main highlight of his trip. And you are gonna love this next part...
"But with the German government unwilling to permit a scripted event with questions approved in advance, the White House has quietly put the event on ice. Was Bush afraid the event might focus on prickly questions about Iraq and Iran rather than the rosy future he's been touting in Europe this week? " -good article here
Bwahahahahahaha

WOW Connecticut

Nears OK of Gay Civil Unions
Boston Globe

''The language in the bill is the same as same-sex marriage," said Deacon David Reynolds, legislative liaison for the Connecticut Catholic Conference. ''The benefits given to same sex couples are exactly the same as the benefits from marriage. It looks like the Legislature was afraid to use the term marriage in our state right now, so they opted for civil unions instead. We're going to talk to elected officials and the governor's office and just educate people about what this really means. It's not going to stop at civil unions."

The civil unions bill was approved by the Judiciary Committee by a 25-13 vote, a near 2-to-1 ratio that surprised even some of its supporters. Two years ago, when a similar bill came before the committee, it was defeated by an equally wide margin. That turnaround has led even those who oppose the bill to concede its chances of passage are formidable.

Thursday, February 24

IRAQ: Ramadi residents flee city after latest US-led attacks

From Reuters

"But citizens, exhausted by ongoing violence, are afraid and are choosing to leave before the situation worsens. "They want to destroy the whole area and build a New York City there, and for that they are tearing down everything. We want to live in peace. We are tired of fighting and bombs. God, please protect us," Muhammad Farhan, a father of five, who was fleeing the city with his family, told IRIN"

There's more if you can stand to read it.

CONGRATULATIONS

TO ALL THE 2004 KOUFAX AWARD WINNERS


As bush would say it.
Conspicuously missing from that winner's list is Blondesense. That's fine, they didn't get the nomination because they were looking for WMD or for regime change. They were nominated because they wanted to spread democracy all over the world. They were nominated because they knew that freedom was the Almighty's gift to all people.

As we would say it.
Thank you to everyone who cast your vote for Blondesense. Because of the nomination I believe we have expanded our visitor's list and hopefully made some new friends too. We'll keep working and we'll keep having fun.
We also want to issue a very special congratulations to MyDD, the winner of the Best Group Blog award.

Bartender's Psychology

Before you order a drink in public, you should read this!

Seven New York City bartenders were asked if they could nail a woman's personality based on what she drinks. Though interviewed separately, they concurred on almost all counts.

The results:

Drink: Beer
Personality: Causal, low-maintenance; down to earth.
Your Approach: Challenge her to a game of pool.

Drink: Blender Drinks
Personality: Flaky, whiny, annoying; a pain in the ass.
Your Approach: Avoid her, unless you want to be her cabana boy.

Drink: Mixed Drinks
Personality: Older, more refined, high maintenance, has very picky taste; knows EXACTLY what she wants.
Your Approach: You won't have to approach her. If she's interested, she'll send YOU a drink......

Drink: Wine (does not include White Zinfandel)
Personality: Conservative and classy; sophisticated yet giggles.
Your Approach: Tell her you love to travel and spend quiet evenings with friends.

Drink: White Zinfandel
Personality: Easy; thinks she is classy and sophisticated, actually, she has NO clue.
Your Approach: Make her feel smarter than she is...this should be an easy target.

Drink: Shots
Personality: Likes to hang with frat-boy pals and looking to get totally drunk... and naked.
Your Approach: Easiest hit in the joint. You have been blessed. Nothing to do but wait, however, be careful not to make her mad!

Drink: Tequila
No explanations required - everyone just KNOWS what happens there.

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THEN, there is the MALE addendum ----
The deal with guys is, as always, very simple and clear cut:
Domestic Beer: He's poor and wants to get laid.
Imported Beer: He likes good beer and wants to get laid.
Wine: He is hoping that the wine will give him a sophisticated image to help him get laid.
Whiskey: He doesn't give a damn about anything but getting laid.
Tequila: He is thinking he has a chance with the toothless waitress.
White Zinfandel: He's gay


I'll have a mixed drink and a beer back, please. What are you drinking?

( Those in recovery need not reply)

Blow Jobs For The Needy


The giving of the "Promise" has become the Sweet Potato Queens' rite of initiation. Once a woman has been elected for a position in the court, the Boss Queen, namely me, will choose a quest and a knight for her to practice on. The entire court will accompany her on her virgin mission. It is a very moving occasion.

A few years ago, at the initiation of Tammy, which was being held during happy hour at Hal & Mal's, we spied at the bar a certain high muckety-muck from the Carton -Ledger, the largest newspaper in Missouri. And we----rather, I---decide that it would be a good thing if he would ensure that there was a large, full-color, above-the-fold, front-page photo of the Sweet Potato Queens in Sunday's paper following the parade on Saturday. And so our newest Tammy went over to him, accompanied by the full court of Queens. Now he, not living under a rock, knew full well who we were, what we wanted, and what we were about to say to him in order to get it. So did everybody else at the bar, which, of course, did make him the Man of the Hour----lucky bastard. Still, not being accustomed to receiving such attention, he was slightly flustered and flushed. Meanwhile our girl Tammy, former president of the Junior League and former Queen Regent the Girls' Auxiliary of the First Baptist Church of the little town where she grew up, was in an equal swivet at the prospect of actually delivering the Promise to this man, in full view and earshot of a hundred or so people, all of whom were respectfully silent in keeping with import of the occasion.

All I can say is: I know have that large, full-cover, above-the-fold, front-page photo framed and hanging in my office.

Whenever possible, we like to make the Promise in a group. It seems to heighten the excitement for the guy. We're all laughing fit to kill, and he knows on some level----like his conscious, rational min---that it is never going to happen. But on some other level, usually a little farther south, hope springs eternal, and we are all fro keeping hope alive, especially since it serves our purpose so well.

Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love

Proud parents of another drone

by Missouri Mule

Here's another segment of the bumper-sticker population that ought to be locked into portable toilets and set on fire. the ones who want us to know how well their kids are doing school. Doing well, that is, according to today's lowered standards:

"We are the proud parents of an honors student at the Franklin School." Or the Middale Academy. Or whatever other innocent-sounding name has been assigned to the indoctrination center where their child has been sent to be stripped of his individuality and turned into an obedient, soul-dead, conformist member of the American consumer culture.

What kind of empty people need to validate themselves through the achievements of a child? How would you like to live with a couple of these blockheads? "Say, Justin. How's that science project coming along?" "Fuck you, Dad, you simpleminded prick! Mind your own business and pass the Froot Loops, fucking dork."

Here are a few parental bumper stickers I'd like to see:

"We are the proud parents of a child whose self-esteem is sufficient that he doesn't need us promoting his minor scholastic achievements on the back of our car." That would be refreshing.

"We are the proud parents of a child who resisted his teacher's attempts to break his spirit and bend him to the will of his corporate masters." A little Marxist, but what's wrong with that/?

Here's something realistic: "We have a daughter in public school who hasn't been knocked up yet." And, for the boy: "We have a son in public school who hasn't shot any of his classmates yet. But he dose sell drugs to your honors student. Plus, he knocked up your daughter."

And what about those parents who aren't too proud of their children? "We are the embarrassed parent of a cross-eyed, drooling little nitwit, who, at the age of ten, not only continues to wet his bed, but also shits on the school bus." Something like that on the back of the car might give the child a litttle more incentive. Get him to try a little harder next semester.

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

Death is Also in the Eye of the Beholder

We were told the military couldn't and didn't keep a tally of how many innocent Iraqis (collateral damage) were killed when we were doing the killing, but now that the "insurgents" are doing the killing, we know within minutes how many Iraqis are killed after every roadside bomb explodes and after every suicide bomber strikes. Most times we are told how many Iraqis were killed before we hear the death toll of American soldiers.


US killing Iraqis.......good

Insurgents killing Iraqis.....bad

Or so they would like us to believe.



On sort of the same insane thought wave, why is the lunatic far right working so hard to keep Terri Schiavo alive while being so delighted to send our soldiers to die in Iraq?

GOD HATES WOMEN

A LOT MORE THAN HE HATES FAGS
And the Bible is a dirty book

We'll start with Genesis and go through the whole bible in the next week, thanks to Skeptics Annotated Bible. (It's a real bible with snarky commentary as you will see below.) With this knowledge in your pocket, it will become clear to regular people why those folks who follow Bible religions in the supposed "Bible Belt" are so screwed up, so sexually repressed, so obsessed with genitalia and so easily swayed by the neocons. Get yer bibles out. or not.

~ GENESIS ~

God fashions a woman out of one of Adam's ribs. This was necessary since Adam couldn't find a "help mate" in any of the animals that God made for him. 2:20-22

Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent. 3:12-13

God punishes Eve, and all women after her, with the pains of childbirth and subjection to men. 3:16

Adam is also punished, although less severely. He now will have to work for a living because he "hearkened unto the voice" of his wife. 3:17

Lamech is the first of a long line of biblical men with more than one wife. It seems that God approves of such marriages. 4:19, 23

Finally, sometime in the next 800 years, Adam begat some daughters. These nameless ones are the first (and nearly the last) girls to be born in the Bible. 5:4

"The male and his female ..." Notice that in the Bible female animals are the property of male animals, as women are the property of men. 7:2

Abram makes his wife lie for him, by telling the Egyptians that she is his sister. But at least it was half-true, since she was his half-sister. Such incestuous marriages are condemned elsewhere in the Bible, but god makes an exception for Abram and Sarai. (See Gen.17:15-16 where God blesses their marriage.) 12:13

Sarai is the first of a long line of barren women who were desperate for children. (In the Bible, it is the women who are barren, never the men.) She sends Abram into her handmaid, Hagar, so that she can "obtain children by her." Abram gladly complies. 16:1-4

Sarah, who is about 90 years old and has gone through menopause, laughs at God when he tells her that she will have a son. She asks God if she will "have pleasure" with her "Lord" [Abraham], when both are so very old. God assures her that he will return and impregnate her at the appointed time. 18:11-14

Lot refuses to give up his angels to the perverted mob, offering his two "virgin daughters" instead. He tells the bunch of angel rapers to "do unto them [his daughters] as is good in your eyes." This is the same man that is called "just" and "righteous" in 2 Pet.2:7-8 .19:8

Lot's nameless wife looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt. 19:26

Lot and his daughters camp out in a cave for a while. The daughters get their "just and righteous" father drunk, and have sexual intercourse with him, and each conceives and bears a son (wouldn't you know it!). 19:30-38

Honest Abe does the same "she's my sister" routine again, for the same cowardly reason. And once again, the king just couldn't resist Sarah -- even though by now she is over 90 years old. (See Gen.12:13-20 for the first, nearly identical, episode.) 20:2

God gets angry with king Abimelech, though the king hasn't even touched Sarah. He says to the king, "Behold, thou art but a dead man," and threatens to kill him and all of his people. To compensate for the crime he never committed, Abimelech gives Abraham sheep, oxen, slaves, silver, and land. Finally, after Abraham "prayed unto God," God lifts his punishment to Abimelech, "for the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah." 20:3-18

God "closed all the wombs" because Abimelech believed Abe's lie. 20:18

"And the damsel was fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her." (Oh boy!) 24:16

"Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah." Abraham already had a wife (Sarah), and an abandoned concubine (Hagar). 25:1

Abraham had several concubines. 25:6

Isaac uses the same "she's my sister" lie that his father used so effectively (see Gen.12:13 ,20:2 ). 26:7

Esau "takes" two wives. 26:34

Esau, who already had two wives ( 26:34 ), "takes" another. 28:9

Jacob offers to work for seven years to pay for Rachel. As it turns out, he is tricked into having sex with her sister, Leah, instead, so he has to work for another seven years so in order to pay for them both. 29:18-30

Jacob is tricked by Laban, the father of Rachel and Leah. Jacob asks for Rachel so that he can "go in unto her." But Laban gives him Leah instead, and Jacob "went in unto her [Leah]" by mistake. Jacob was fooled until morning -- apparently he didn't know who he was going in unto. Finally they worked things out and Jacob got to "go in unto" Rachel, too. 29:21-30

As part of the deal with Jacob, Zilpah and Bilhah (Laban's slaves) are handed over to Leah and Rachel. 29:24, 29

Laban gives Rachel and Bilhah to Jacob. 29:28

Since Jacob hated Leah, God decided to "open her womb" and make Rachel barren. (Like he did to Sarah and Rebekah.) 29:31

Leah conceives and bears three sons. And it's a good thing, too, since her husband hated her until then for not giving him any sons. 29:32-34

Give me children or else I die." Rachel considers herself worthless if she cannot produce children for her husband. 30:1

But luckily she has an idea. She says to Jacob, "Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her." She solved the problem the same way as did Sarah ( 16:2 ). 30:3

Leah, not to be outdone, gives Jacob her maid (Zilpah) "to wife." And Zilpah "bare Jacob a son." 30:9

Leah thinks her husband will honor her now that she has given him six sons. 30:20

And finally, "God remembered Rachel ... and opened her womb. And she conceived and bare a son [surprise, surprise]." 30:22

"Then Jacob ... set his ... wives upon camels." Jacob had four wives (or two wives and two concubines -- this distinction is not clear in the Bible): Rachel, Leah, Billah, and Zilpah. There is no indication that God disapproves of this arrangement. 31:17

Jacob has two wives and two concubines, continuing the biblical tradition of polygamy. 32:22

Laban, Rachel's father, is hunting for the "images" that Rachel had stolen from him. Rachel sits on the "images" and says to her father, "Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee: for the custom of women is upon me." She knows that no man will come near her when she is menstruating. 31:34-35

Jacob has two wives and two concubines, continuing the biblical tradition of polygamy. 32:22

Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is "defiled" by a man who seems to love her dearly. Her brothers trick all of the men of the town and kill them (after first having them all circumcised), and then take their wives and children captive. 34:1-31

Dinah's brothers, to justify the massacre of a town for the rape of their sister, say: "Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?" To the author of Genesis, rape is clearly a crime against the honor of men rather than against a woman. 34:31

Rachel dies in childbirth; but at least she had another son. And in the Bible, a woman is expected to die happily as long as she has a son. 35:17-18

"Reuben went and lay with his father's concubine." I wonder why God wants to tell us about it. Maybe he figures that "inquiring minds want to know." 35:22

Esau (Isaac's son) had several wives (continuing the tradition of polygamy, with no editorial comment from the Bible). 36:2, 6

"And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite ... and he took her, and went in unto her. And she conceived, and bare a son; and she called his name Er. And she conceived again [I guess Judah must have went in unto her again] and bare a son; and she called hi name Onan." (It seems that the probability of having a biblical daughter is considerably less than 50%.) 38:2-4

After Judah pays Tamar for her services, he is told that she "played the harlot" and "is with child by whoredom." When Judah hears this, he says, "Bring her forth, and let her be burnt." 38:24
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Blonde commentary: My favorite character in Genesis is Lot, the piece of shit who should have been the one who turned into a pillar of salt when the tar pits exploded due to natural causes. Lot was not only a liar and drunkard, but protected his visitors from rapists at the door by offering his "virgin" (but really married) daughters to them instead to show what a model parent he was and to be the first to show true family values to those who read his story. The sin of Sodom, by the way, was inhospitality towards visitors. Lot is deemed righteous throughout bibledom because he protected his visitors from being raped by the inhospitable Sodomites. Lot's visitors were supposedly 'angels' or 'giants' depending on your bible translation. They were aliens in my book.

Later on after the wife was pillarized, the daughters get Lot drunk and knocked up by him. What were the bible preachers saying about Sponge Bob?

I found this cool hi resolution painting of Lot and His Daughters here. Not safe for work if your co-workers consider incest and titties indecent.
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Barf, discuss, lament, gasp... Who is your favorite bible character from Genesis and why?

Wednesday, February 23

Bush tried pot and so will I

Bush is exaggerating

It's not even that big.
But I digress.

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In those secret tapes that were published, bush revealed:
“Do you want your little kid to say: ‘Hey daddy, President Bush tried marijuana, I think I will?'” ... That’s the message we’ve been sending out. I wouldn’t answer the marijuana question.”

“... It doesn’t matter if it’s LSD, cocaine, pot, any of those things, because if I answer one, then there will be another one. And I just am not going to answer those questions. And it may cost me the election.”

"What you need to say time and time again is not talk about the details of your transgressions but talk about what I have learned. I've sinned and I've learned."

Wow, he must have been some fun at parties, eh?

Bill Clinton should have used those excuses regarding his blow jobs. "I will not talk of my transgressions. I've sinned and I've learned."

The True Magic Words To Bring World Peace

by Missouri Mule

Since y'all seem to be such potty brains today, lets take a look at what really makes the world go round. Yes, indeed. Blow jobs make the world go 'round, just in case you still thought it was love. Everything that happens, good or bad, in the entire world, can ultimately be traced back to a blow job, either given or withheld. Men have two states of mind that can be best illustrated with two crude drawings: one is a big, smiley, happy face; the other of a big old scrow. The accompanying captions would read "Blow Jobs" and "No Blow Jobs." Properly timed and executed, blow jobs given to the right personnel on a regular basis would no doubt bring world peace. Perhaps we should unleash all those beauty pageant contestants who are always clamoring to work for world peace. Put' em out there where they can do us all some real good. Save the Wales, the children, the rain forests, the oceans, the ozone layer, the owls, the beach------everything! Save' em all! They've got to organize! A union is what they need.

But we know the secret truth. The Promise of a blow job works just as well as the real thing, at least from our perspective. We deduced this important principle from a tip I read some years ago in "Hints from Heloise." One clever mom had discovered how to avoid the sticky mess that always occurred when she gave her children ice cream. She swore they were just as happy with an empty cone! I recall thinking those must be some serious dumbass kids if they couldn't tell the difference between ice cream and no ice cream. Turns out she was 100 percent correct. And so it is with the utmost confidence that we recommend to only make the "Promise of the Blow Job" to you. According to Tammy, Queen, and In-house Counsel, the Promise is not enforceable in any court of law. Believe me, if it were, with as many lawyers as we've used it on, we'd have heard about it by now!

Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"The Bush Administration had more than four years to build a house that would keep America safe and at peace in a world of madmen. That house was never built. And now, the bitter-hot winds of war are coming. And we have no choice but to walk through the maelstrom to the other side, where the next tragedy of our leaders' failures will surely begin." -- The Dark Wraith

A Blow to the Sex Toys Industry

You've no doubt read about the sex toy ban in 'Bammer. Residents of the state must cross state lines to get their sex toys as it's illegal to sell them in Alabama. This gets even better though. You didn't think it could, did you? The Supreme Court doesn't want to touch this with a 10 foot pole. "Without comment, justices let stand a lower court ruling that said Alabama had a right to police the sale of devices that can be sexually stimulating." I don't blame them. What a can of worms. This is a state thing and we don't want any other states to get any ideas. This is what happened last year:
"The sexual devices covered by the statute have many recognized beneficial uses and are used by consenting adults in deeply private acts that are beyond the reach of government regulation," argues the filing on behalf of Sherri Williams, an adult novelty retailer, and seven other women and two men.

A divided three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed. It said in a ruling last July that siding with the sex toy merchants could open the door to the legalization of undesirable sexual behavior such as prostitution.

"If the people of Alabama in time decide that prohibition on sex toys is misguided, or ineffective, or just plain silly, they can repeal the law and be finished with the matter," the court said.

"On the other hand, if we today craft a new fundamental right by which to invalidate the law, we would be bound to give that right full force and effect in all future cases including, for example, those involving adult incest, prostitution, obscenity, and the like."
....and pot smoking causes heroin addiction, kissing causes pregancy, etc etc. One thing leads to another, as they say. Better not allow anything because it might lead to something.

Absurd

I was going to write up a summary of this article. But it's just too too... You just gotta read it and consider the absurdity, my dear, bright, well informed readers. This is supposed to be a good news article because other countries involved in this clusterfuck of the willing are sacrificing a couple of hundred troops for the cause. Whew. That should really relieve our troops, eh mate?

Aussies to guard SDF troops in Iraq
The Asahi Shimbun

Profuse thanks poured from Japanese politicians Tuesday following an announcement by Australian Prime Minister John Howard that his country was dispatching 450 additional troops to southern Iraq to safeguard the Self-Defense Forces providing humanitarian assistance there.

``We are extremely grateful,'' said Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda. ``The government of Japan welcomes and applauds the decision.''

Providing security for the 600 SDF members based in Samawah had been a major headache for the government ever since the Dutch announced they were pulling out their 1,400 troops in March.

Britain, which is in charge of overall security in the southern half of Iraq, had agreed to step in by dispatching about 600 troops to provide security for the SDF. But, with the announcement by Australia, Britain will now likely send only about 150 troops to join the 450 Australians.

Hosoda said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called Howard asking for Australian troop assistance following discussions with the British.

``Koizumi contacted (Howard) because the British said that Australia would be willing,'' Hosoda explained.

Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura also released a statement Tuesday praising the Australian decision.

``We will hold discussions on the specific ways in which Japan, Britain and Australia can cooperate,'' Machimura said.

Some Japanese officials had maintained local Iraqi law enforcement could provide protection after the Dutch pullout.

In addition to the general unrest throughout much of Iraq, some feared anti-British sentiment in the region stemming from its past history over there.

In Canberra, Howard said he made the decision to send additional Australian troops after receiving requests from both Koizumi and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Howard was quoted by The Associated Press as saying: ``I believe this is the right decision. It will make a significant contribution to the coalition effort; it will make a significant contribution to the rebuilding of Iraq.''

Although Australia has been solidly behind the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, the decision to dispatch troops to Iraq was never popular with the public.

``This has not been, is not and will not be an easy decision for the government; I know it will be unpopular with many,'' Howard said.

About 300 Australian troops are presently providing security around Baghdad, while another 600 are ferrying supplies to Iraq from the Persian Gulf.

The new detachment will include a cavalry squadron, an infantry company and a team to train local forces, Howard told a news conference in Canberra.

Howard said it would take about 10 weeks for the new troops to prepare for their trip to Iraq and that they would likely stay there for a year.(IHT/Asahi: February 23,2005)


(hat tip to antiwar.com)

More absurdity

Liberal and Proud found this gem:

An artist, Ed Stross, is being prosecuted in Detroit for a mural he painted on the outside of his studio.
"City officials say they gave the 43-year-old artist permission to paint on the wall but explicitly told him he couldn't use letters or paint genitalia."
The mural depicts Eve with breasts and the word 'Love'. uh oh. The L word. It's a take on Michaelangelo's "The Creation of Man". The judge put Stross on probation, ordered him to pay a fine and take the word 'Love' and the breasts off the mural. The artist also faces a 30 day jail sentence! The artist plans to argue that breasts are not genitalia. heh. The artist obviously forgot about the horrendous 'Nipplegate' tragedy at last year's Super Bowl. And gosh, the word LOVE sounds so commie and 60's, doesn't it?

It gets better. His lawyer is Carl Marlinga, who is awaiting trial on charges of campaign finance violations. I'm sure the judge will be happy to see him in court too.
Marlinga, who was county prosecutor for 20 years, resigned last year after he was indicted, and has returned to private practice. He has pleaded innocent and his trial is scheduled for later this year.

"This artist has had kind of a running feud with the Roseville City Council," Marlinga said Friday. "Much of that time period I was the prosecutor, so I was always aware of his tendency to push the envelope and drive everyone a little crazy."
"a little crazy" is an understatement for sure.

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

From the LA Times
The title of the report is:
Company's Work in Iraq Profited Bush's Uncle
William H.T. 'Bucky' Bush earned $450,000 on stock options with defense contractor ESSI.

Best line: "Having a Bush doesn't hurt," said Kreher..."
I'll just leave it there. I won't even have any fun with a name like Bucky Bush. Nope, no way, not even going there, but you can.

Tuesday, February 22

Piss Off

Missouri Mule wants you to read this article. Hint below:

Piss Off: A Belgian novelty shows what the good people of Brussels really think about George W. Bush.
The newest Belgian fad--a Bush urinal sticker.

WHEN JOHAN VANDE LANOTTE, Belgium's Vice Prime Minister, goes to the toilets today, he finds the urinals in the offices of his ministry decorated with stickers. They show an American flag and the head of George W. Bush. "Go ahead. Piss on me," the caption says. Vande Lanotte is one of Bush's hosts in Brussels. Is peeing on your guest's head appropriate? In Belgium it is. After all, Brussels' best known statue is that of "Manneken Pis," a peeing boy.

The F word

Gosh, I have been vilified since I guess, 2001 and the Patriot Act, for calling a spade a spade. I thought, 'Holy shit, if little old I can spot a fascist regime rising, then we are in big trouble.'

American Conservative Magazine, regularly runs anti-war articles and articles about how bush is ruining our country fiscally.... and now this: A real story about the rise of fascism in our country. (The rise of fascism, mind you. We're not completely there yet as you know or I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be reading it.) You must read Hunger for Dictatorship. We are so in deep shit.

What a joke. What a bunch of hypocrites.

CAMILLA BANNED FROM WHITE HOUSE

GEORGE Bush has banned Camilla Parker Bowles from the White House - because she is a divorcee.

The unprecedented snub has effectively sabotaged Charles's plan to take his bride on a Royal tour of America later this year.

The trip would have been the pair's first official tour as a married couple.

But the US President - a notoriously right-wing Christian and reformed alcoholic - told aides it was "inappropriate" for him to be playing host to the newly-weds, who are both divorcees.

The decision was made even though the late President Ronald Reagan was divorced.

A Government insider said: "It was relayed to us from Washington that Mrs Parker Bowles would not be welcome at the White House.

Here's the rest of the story.

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I think that the progressives ought to make a big stink about divorce, urge it to be banned in our country since Jesus did expressly condemn divorce in many instances. I think we ought to stick religion to the righteous real good. Let's write to our politicians and DEMAND that they include a ban on divorce in the Defending Marriage Amendment as Jesus would have wanted it that way. Let's also demand that since divorce is not recognized by Christ that those who are on their second marriage may not receive equal benefits as those who are still on marriage number one unless the previous spouse is dead. Oh I can play the religion card if they want it.

This is a gem

"Nassau County police said Christian Morales placed a gas-soaked scarf in the gas tank of his stepfather's 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser, one of three cars parked in the garage of the Peters Ave. home."

Did you notice the boy's name?

They showed his mugshot picture on TV with "Christian Morales" written under it. Somehow it caught my eye. I wonder why.

Moral people view Shrek2 as a problem

I wonder just how much Focus on the Family people and the Traditional Values Coalition people were beaten as children? Probably a lot and probably for just trying to be who they are. Sometimes children who were beaten grow up and have their own kids and beat the hell out of them too. Others grow up and start "values" groups which serve only to be a cog in the wheel of progress and the bane of existence to others as some sort of revenge for not being allowed to be human as children. Others grow up like me ... total pacifist (riddled with guilt).

The Traditional Values Coalition sees Shrek2 as a problem
. There were some gender issues in that movie.
Shrek 2 "featured a male-to-female trans- gendered bartender whose voice is that of talk show host Larry King. The bartender had 5 o'clock shadow but was clearly shown to be a woman wearing a dress. In addition, Shrek 2 revealed that Pinocchio is actually a secret cross- dresser who wears women's underwear.
At the end of the movie during a dance sequence, the transgendered bartender jumps on Prince Charming and both tumble to the ground. In addition, Prince Charming is voiced by openly homosexual actor Rupert Everett and his mother, the Fairy God Mother, is voiced by openly homosexual actress Jennifer Saunders. Prince Charming is shown to be effeminate in the film."
Oh god forbid. An effeminate man. God forbid we see in a movie such stuff that we see in real life. Gender issues have always played a part in entertainment. It's not a Jewish, gay, Hollywood phenomena like the falwell's of the world say. It's just people. Why are people so hung up on this gay and transgender thing lately? It's always been in entertainment. What kind of relationship did Gilligan have with the Skipper anyway? What about Mickey Mouse? Did people not used to howl when Milton Berle dressed up as a woman? Gimme a break.

These Traditional Values people believe that sexual identity problems should not be tolerated. You can read their big hissy fit here. I don't see what is wrong with allowing people to be who they are as long as they are not predatory perverts, dangers to society, murderers, etc. We'd probably have a lot less mental illness in the world if people didn't have to live secret lives.

My mom would NOT let me watch the Donna Reed Show or any shows like that when I was growing up. I liked that show but she wouldn't let us watch any of those happy family shows. She said that they were all fake and that no one lived like that. No sane women happily cooked, cleaned and dealt with family problems while perfectly coifed. Furthermore, she stated that it was a crime to show a woman in a dress, stockings and pumps vacuuming or mopping floors. How's that for a progressive dictator?

Bitchin' and Snarkin'

by pissed off patricia

What's O'Reilly going to do with all his "Boycott France" bumper stickers now that we have seen Jacques Chirac and bush holding hands, or as manly men would say, shaking hands?

Why doesn't Hillary, McCain and Lieberman just all get married and produce some kids who are clueless about their party affiliation. Screw this let's all go to the middle shit. We're going left and we aren't looking back!

There is a website that is disturbing. DailyKos has an excellent comment about it and of course they're are having fun with it at Jesus' General. Here's the website that's so disturbing Like you needed to hear about something else disturbing, right?

What the hell was the secret service deal all about yesterday in Brussels? I mean inside where bush was speaking, the SS boys surrounded him while he was shaking hands with the audience. WTF? Did he think someone in that audience was going to do him harm? I didn't see anyone else with their security service running around like three times three blind mice. I guess a guilty conscience can cause a lot of paranoia.

Laura bush says she wants a chef for the white house who can showcase real American dishes, like Bar-B-Q and TexMex. TexMex? No, she wants to pander to the south and Latinos. Uh, Laura, there are a bunch more states in America besides Texas and Georgia. Plus just for the record, I don't believe Mexico is a state, well not yet anyway. Do they have oil in Mexico? Because we probably could speed up the qualifications for statehood if they can show a stream of oil oozing up somewhere.
Laura, If you're looking for real American food, try tuna flavored cat food and canned Alpo dog food. Thanks to your husbands plans, seems these two may soon be the real American dishes of last resort.

Chalabi has decided he's out of the political game in Iraq. Well, somebody decided he is out of the game. Who is writing the rules of this game? Oh yeah, that would be the US of A. The same US of A that went to war based on Chalabi's lies. Yeah, that would look a whole lot like a dirty, nasty US fingerprint on the Iraqi government if the country who paid Chalabi, flew him over there and basically covered his ass for him every time he committed a crime, put him in charge of the whole ball of wax and sand. God, even the powers in DC know that wouldn't pass the stink test even for the littlest sniffer.

losing my joe-mentum

While I was working yesterday I had the TV on and someone turned on CNN. Not me. I heard in the background that bush was dining with Jacques Chirac. I get so embarrassed for our country when bush refers to world leaders by their first name. That is a deliberate insult. Then again it could mean that he was never taught any manners. "Every time I meet with Jacques, I get good advice," said president bimbo. He's also looking forward to meeting his old pal Vladmir this week. How come bush is schmoozing with Europeans? Did he threaten to nuke them too if they didn't comply with US imperialism freedom spreading?

Over at Yahoo this morning I read that The US Army can't meet its goals for recruitment. I simply cannot understand why so few young people are interested in an exciting military career.

I'm glad that Wolf Blitzer is the Buzzflash hypocrite of the week. Wolf "Shall I call you Jeff or Jim" Blitzer is the king of soft ball questions when it comes to protecting the bushistas. What does CNN see in him? They should hire me. I would have asked him if he is indeed the gay version of Fred Garvin and did he model himself after Dan Akroyd's SNL character. Fred Garvin didn't have the benefit of the internet as Guckert/Gannon did for his business so he had to pose for his "janes" when he got there. Ironically, Dan Akroyd also reported fake news. Hmmm.

The Pig's  Act Didn't Fly

by pissed off patricia

They carefully applied some lipstick to the pig to make it appear to be smiling and then for good measure they placed a Peace Rose over its ear.  They stepped back and looked at the finished product.  They assured themselves that the pig looked pretty good.  The pig was ready for the show.

Then they crated the smiling pig, along with some other similarly adorned pigs, and shipped them off to Brussels.

When the time came, the lipsticked pig walked before the audience to show itself and its new look to the world.  As the pig danced and pranced, the lipstick began first to smear all over the pigs face and then it faded away completely.  The rose began to wilt during the performance and soon fell from the pig's ear and onto the floor.  The pig continued to dance, and as it did, it danced right over the rose and tore it to shreds.  The pig didn't seem to care that it had lost its makeup and now was seen for what it truly was, a pig. 

Those in the audience whispered to one another about what they observed.  They began to fear the intentions of the pig and wondered why it felt the necessity to disguise itself.  The pig paid them no mind and continued his act.  Many of those back home who had created the new look for the pig refused to acknowledge that anything was wrong, because to them the pig had always been beautiful.  The only reason they had given it the smile and the rose was because they thought it would be easier for the pig to sell its act to the world.

When the pig's performance was over, it walked into the audience with all its security pigs surrounding it.  No other pig seemed to feel the need for such security.  But, the pig who came to town wearing an artificial lipstick smile and only a reminder of peace, knew deep inside that there was a chance it hadn't fooled anyone and it might need protection from those in the audience who saw it for what it really was, a pig with no smile and no desire for any notion of peace.  

This was the same pig it had always been, and it wondered why it had even needed a smile or a rose.  The pig thought its act was that good.

 

 

Our Leaders Speaks to Air About Social Security

I was just wishing my sister in law a happy birthday on the phone and we were yapping about how much we fear the fascist takeover and junk like that. She lives in Maine and works in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a favorite city of mine. She told me bush was there last week at Pease Air Force base to talk about social security and that the cover of the local paper showed a picture of bush talking to a mostly empty auditorium. Sweet.

I went online to their local paper to find the picture and here it is. It does my heart good to see such a sight. I just love New Englanders: Good, hardworking, no bullshit, country folks.

Monday, February 21

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"He has poisoned our water forever. Nixon will be remembered as a classic case of a smart man shitting in his own nest. But he also shit in our nests, and that was the crime that history will burn on his memory like a brand. By disgracing and degrading the Presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream." -- Hunter S. Thompson

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

From Information Clearing House.

Under my heading of, "Please don't let this be true"

"02/19/05 --United for Peace of Pierce County (WA) - - Scott Ritter, appearing with journalist Dahr Jamail yesterday in Washington State, dropped two shocking bombshells in a talk delivered to a packed house in Olympia’s Capitol Theater. The ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector said that George W. Bush has "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and claimed the U.S. manipulated the results of the recent Jan. 30 elections in Iraq."

Read it all, if you dare.

From ICH By Mark Jensen: Scott Ritter Says U.S. Plans June Attack On Iran

If you want the straight poop from a military man, listen to Scott Ritter. The first time I ever caught Scott Ritter's act was on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now". Amy's another one who's in the habit of giving you all the facts and no baloney.

02/19/05 --United for Peace of Pierce County (WA) - - Scott Ritter, appearing with journalist Dahr Jamail yesterday in Washington State, dropped two shocking bombshells in a talk delivered to a packed house in Olympia’s Capitol Theater. The ex-Marine turned UNSCOM weapons inspector said that George W. Bush has "signed off" on plans to bomb Iran in June 2005, and claimed the U.S. manipulated the results of the recent Jan. 30 elections in Iraq.
Read the rest here.

Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West

There must be about 11,500 books targeted to children's who love horses, and I read most of them. They were as expendable as bubblegum (at least, once it has been chewed for the full forty-five minutes), although forty years after reading it, I discovered that the little blue-and-white paperback 'More Horse Stories' had so deeply screwed itself into my brain that I could close my eyes and finish every line in the book.

But the Shakespeare of the genre, we all recognized, was Marguerite Henry. Her's were books you would save up for and buy in hardcover, some with jackets bearing an embossed gold sticker to show they had won an important award. Parents picked up on the rays of desire emanation form their progeny towards these volumes and, if they were the least bit caring, fulfilled the desire at least once.

My younger sister received 'King of the Wind, the story of the Godolphin Arabian', one of the three foundation sires of the Thoroughbred. It's color pictures opened onto an exotic world, all turbans and tassels and djellabas. It was a master of the dash of danger, the soupcon of flavorful character, the cup of moral rectitude.

But the one my parents gave to me seemed more an omen than a gift; it was a signed copy, with a legible signature and horseshoe in felt-tip pen on the title page. The book was 'Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West'. It contained on of the few Henry female protagonists, and its equine star for once was not an individual but a whole race of endangered animals.

I did not necessarily identify with Velma Johnston, the real-life heroine, although when she was described as a little girl who had to wear a body cast for months due to polio-----as near to my harrowing dread fear of being buried alive as I could stand to read about---I made myself think I could feel what she felt. But it was when Velma grew up, on the verge of transforming herself into Wild Horse Annie, that I felt the punch of identification---with the horses, that is ---right in my gut, and it knocked the wind out of me.

The book describes how the young woman was driving near her Nevada ranch when she noticed something about the slat -sided truck in front of her: It was dripping blood. She followed it to the rendering plant, thinking how could anyone treat cattle or sheep that way, and as a good western girl who had grown up with horses for friends, she was shocked to see the horses were what the truck contained; wild horses packed as if to presage their upcoming future as the contents of a can. The detail omitted from the children's book version of this transformational event was that the blood was flowing largely from one source, the body of a colt who had been caught under the hooves of this truckload of frenzied animals. Even without it I felt a bit faint. It was worse when I got to the part where it showed how the wild ones where hunted down, with planes and trucks and hundred-pound tires lassoed around their necks. There was a burning in my lungs and incredulity in my heart; how could they? How could anyone? This was beyond anything that had ever occurred to me as possible, and I wanted to believe, as the book's ending said, that Wild Horse Annie had succeeded in her crusade to save the American wild horse---after all, there was now a law with her name on it, and one declaring the mustang a National Heritage species. That would make them too important to ever be killed again. Once people KNEW what had happened to these brave and beautiful creatures, they could never again countenance the carnage that had almost wiped them from the land. Because once people knew something they could never again pretend they didn't know.

We are Hemorrhaging open space, but we have figured out a way to ease the loss. Symbols, unlike land, fit into shopping carts. And although wild horse in the true wild land , are not long for this world---the eradication campaign in the United States is headed by the government at the behest of the cattle ranchers cabal, under the faultless guise of necessary population control; in Namibia, in 2000, the feral horse population was dying from drought, and in other places stories are different, but always end the same---domestics are adaptable enough to feed the hunger for the great yonder and the uplifting sight of its ground-eating denizens. There are now over 5 million horses in this country, up more than 50,000 from last year before. Equestrian housing developments--ride you horse right past the front door of your mansion, which is guarded by sentries outside the electronic gate---are being advertised in every locale. One feed producer is opening by the dozen the type of fancified country store it has envisaged will cater to "ruralpolitan" markets, and boarding stables and riding camps are full up. They can't build stalls fast enough. We are living in horsey times indeed.

President's day rant

by blondesense

Who remembers when Feb 12 was Lincoln's Birthday and the teachers used to hand out an outline of Lincoln for kids to color? Who remembers when Washington's Birthday was February 22nd and you had to color a profile of Washington and maybe a picture of a young man holding an axe? I wasn't paying attention when it all became one holiday. I was still working in the bank when there were 2 separate holidays. Of course I didn't mind 2 paid days off in February.

The kids in NY have this upcoming week off. Why? This vacation week was started during the time when there was an oil crisis. It was assumed if the schools all closed for one week every winter than a zillion barrels of oil would be saved. Now that everyone in the northeast drives an SUV with a DVD player, it seems rather stupid to pretend to save fuel, but the reason for the week off has been lost anyway. Now it's ski week for the wealthy and annoyance week for working parents who have to figure out what to do with the kids.

When's Clinton's birthday? We should have a national holiday for that and have the kids color a picture of him holding a cigar. That would really rile Jerry Falwell. Maybe it would give him a heart attack.

This article was posted on CNN.com on last sunday. I missed it. There is something sooooo wrong with this story. Reservist with 11 children headed to Iraq Does anyone in the media feel responsible for this dolt's decision?

Sunday, February 20

Oh My Gawd, I've Been Ranting About Shit For A Year

I just realized that I started this blog one year ago today.
I'll wait while you finish applauding

This blog, my co-bloggers, the great commenters and other like blogs turned out to be the saving grace that made me realize that I wasn't alone in the world after 9/11. The media did a great job of convincing me that everyone believed the lies and made me wonder if I was losing it (like I don't have enough problems). I certainly didn't buy the story that bearded cave men hate our freedoms and now we must blow them up to ensure that we will be safe and free. I may be a lot of things but I'm not stupid.

Anyone who has read this blog for a year has pointed out to me what a raging bi-polar personality I have... as if my shrink didn't already diagnose it. duh. But that's why it's so fun to come and read this blog, I've been told. You never know what position I will take next. Is she an atheist today? Or agnostic? Thank goodness for stable co-bloggers.

I'm so happy to have patricia, Jaye, Petey and Mule as additional writers here these days, and the great commenters, you, that keep me thinking and looking at things differently. I love that people come from different parts of the country/the world and add more perspective to each other's views. This has been great. Thank you.

Better Latent Than Never

This is the part of the week where I post links to stuff that people have sent me. Thanks people.

He not only got a press pass, he got a secret service press pass using an alias. He got scoops. Who is his boyfriend in the White House? One Good Move has quicktime excerpts from Bill Maher Show featuring Joe Biden, Robin Williams and Leslie Stahl. Hey there's nothing anyone can do about this unless the Republicans want to investigate how someone infiltrated the White House with no qualifications. Well at least this story is making headlines in alternative media. And big time.

And here's a link to Rigorous Intuition's photo essay on Bush's bald head fetish. The Smoking Scalp. oy. Julius Blog has even more graphic pix of bush rubbing some chrome. Sumbody he'p me. Bush's being a gay fetishist creeps me out almost as much as bush being a heterosexual. Where will it end? And where is the progressive version of Linda Tripp when you need one?

Even if there was a new Linda Tripp, it would mean nothing with a bush supported main stream media. Read The mole, the US media and a White House coup

Good article in Salon (and it's not that bad to get a day pass because Salon has great articles) by Sidney Blumenthal ( I read all his books) called Midnight cowboy in the garden of Bush and evil The phony journalist in the White House is the most bizarre example yet of the administration's efforts to thwart an independent press. And Joe Conason's article made me depressed when it revealed how that P.O.S. Gannon/Guckert (rhymes with Fuckert) did so much to get Tom Daschle unelected. And you know there had to be some sort of subversive thing in SD because I watched his opponent, Thune on Meet The Press and realized that Thune is dumber than shit. It still bothers me that SD has 2 Senators. My county has more people and diversity than that whole state. Anyway, while you're at Salon, read Gannon: The early years
Before he was buttering up Bush at White House press conferences, "Jeff Gannon" was doing the GOP's dirty work in attacking Tom Daschle
By Joe Conason

Have you read the Secret Bush Tapes this morning? Interesting read. You decide.
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God and a soldier all people adore
In time of war, but not before;
And when war is over and all things are righted,
God is neglected and an old soldier slighted:
-Anonymous


I have seen men march to the wars, and then I have watched their homeward tread, And they brought back bodies of living men, But their eyes were cold and dead'
-Edmund Vance Cooke


When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom."
-Robert Frost

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it
-Alexis de Tocqueville

Quotes from Information Clearinghouse.

Saturday, February 19

Poor White Folks

King Of Zembla has posted an essay by Joe Bageant: Down Here in Yemen
Poor, White and Pissed: A Guide to the White Trash Planet for Urban Liberals


It's a looooong essay but worth a read. I don't necessarily agree with all of it, but it's thought provoking. It's interesting to find out what southern poor people think about so called urban liberal elite people. There are lots of misperceptions out there. Maybe I didn't read the article correctly but I got the impression that somehow it's all the liberal's fault for not appealing to them and that is why they vote against their own interests.

I am curious as to whether or not there are any actual wealthy liberals out there who actually give a shit and are willing to put their money where their mouths are and challenge the fascist mainstream media in our country. Without a fair media, I find it pretty impossible for any changes to be enacted. Ted Turner was pissed off about what happened at CNN, but I don't see him doing anything about it. I'm still disheartened that more progressive people weren't willing to march on DC after the stolen elections. Americans are still too comfy to give too much of a damn. Even the progressives.

More Bitchin' 

by pissed off patricia

From the LA Times
 
Opponents of 'Clear Skies' Bill Examined
"The GOP sponsor of legislation championed by Bush asks two groups to turn over financial records. One official calls it intimidation.
 
The chairman of a Senate committee that oversees environmental issues has directed two national organizations that oppose President Bush's major clean-air initiative to turn over their financial and tax records to the Senate.

Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), who heads the Environment and Public Works Committee, asked for the documents 10 days after a representative of the two groups criticized Bush's "Clear Skies" proposal before a Senate subcommittee. Inhofe is the leading sponsor of the administration bill, which is deadlocked in his panel."
 
You need to read the entire article.

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

 CPAC Honors Swift Boat Vets   
Read it and hurl.


Yeah, you read it correctly.  The Conservative Political Action Conference honored and gave an award to the Swift Boat Boys. 

"We thought this sort of example of citizens stepping forward under adverse conditions should be recognized," Lessner added. "They are impressive." Former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller will present the "Courage Under Fire" award to Adm. Roy Hoffman (Ret.), founder and chairman of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, at CPAC's annual Ronald Reagan banquet in Washington, D.C.

I read that as saying that lying is an admirable trait and one that is rewarded by the party of Jesus and George.  Hey, what the hell is a sin amongst the sinners?  Apparently it's a damned good thing!  Why don't they tell it like it really is, the freakin' false ad campaign that bought bush the election.  The Fraud Award.  

Friday, February 18

New Voting Legislation In The Works

I think it's a pretty good idea to hold elections on weekends. They do that in Europe but god forbid we do anything that the pinko-commies in Europe do.

Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have proposed that Election Day be a national holiday. If that national holiday is on a Friday or a Monday, you can rest assured that everyone will go away for the weekend. Election day used to be a holiday here in NY. I know because I worked for a bank. I liked November. Lots of bank holidays. Then it became a holiday only for presidential elections. Anyway, you can rest assured if election day becomes a national holiday that most of the blue collar workers will still have to work anyway. Wal-mart'll probably extend their hours.

I'm all for election reforms. Politicians with ties to voter technology should be either sent to jail or ordered to walk the plank in the middle of the ocean. Hillary and John's bill didn't include that. That was my idea.

Anyway, here are the rest of the reforms:

"In addition to creating a federal holiday for voting, the bill would:

--Require paper receipts for votes.

--Authorize $500 million to help states make the changes in voting systems and equipment.

--Allow ex-felons to vote. Currently an estimated 4.7 million Americans are barred from voting because of their criminal records.

--Require adoption of the changes in time for the 2006 election.

Boxer said the bill "is meant to ensure the election debacle of 2000, and the serious election irregularities of 2004, never ever happen again."

Both parties have called for changes to ensure a more accurate vote count. Republican efforts have centered on reducing voter fraud, while Democrats have called for making access to the ballot box easier and simpler."


The Seattle Times also added this part about the Republican version of the bill, for your enjoyment.
"A Republican bill, also introduced yesterday, would require voters to present a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot and would establish a pilot program for use of indelible ink at polling places — an idea growing out of the ink-stained index fingers displayed by Iraqis in their election last month."


All my fingers except for my middle finger are allergic to ink stain. I hope that's ok.
I also have a disability in that my tongue sticks out when someone points a camera at me. I hope that's ok too.

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I know that many people don't like to hear the expression "has got balls" in conjunction with women. Here in my neck of the woods, it's a common expression. (Y'all have expressions about animals, guns, bibles and shit. We have balls expressions. This is NY. So deal.) My mother even claimed to have balls. She said she worked her balls off. If we called her to task, she mentioned the balls of her feet. heh. Anyone can have balls in NY. If you've got brass ones, you probably traded in your Caddie for an SUV. Jewish women on Long Island are noted for their balls. So now that you know that having balls is not demeaning to women in the limited sense, but a compliment (and fuck you if you argue with me) in NY, I'd like to express that the only Democrats with balls are the females. The men are sniveling babies afraid of their own shadows.

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Blogger has been acting screwy for the past few days. I apologize for the weird posting.

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By Pissed Off Patricia

I received the following email last night from Craig Nelson.

"You are amazingly misinformed. In a world where the information is
available you must try to be so misinformed in order to conceal some
deeper neurosis. You would need to be the classic catch 22.

FYI"

So someone help me. WTF is Craig talking about? I read it last night and again this morning and I'm clueless. Maybe it's a result of my "deeper neurosis". Anyway, if someone can explain this to me, I would be grateful.
I can make Craig's email address upon request. I sure can.

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

(Note to readers: It's just what it says--"by pissed off patricia"; Petey bin hangin' aroun' blondes to long, can't figger out how to git it NOT to say "posted by PeterofLoneTree". Duh.)

Dream Event

Just when I thought Ann Colture couldn't make a bigger ass of herself than she has so many times before, she surprises me. She was the guest on C-span's call-in program this morning. She went so over the top that she was more painful than usual. She tried to change the rules of the show, tried to have callers cut off, and made a mockery of the entire show. I guess it takes all kinds, but I'm not sure her kind is what it takes.

My wish would be to have a televised debate between Ann Colture and commenter, Anntichrist S. Coulter. This would have to be on HBO or some such station because my favorite commenter, Anntichrist S. Coulter, would have to be given free rein to take Ms. Colture apart verbally, one piece at a time. The FCC would have a meltdown. I'd pay the price of "pay per view" to see this debate, and I've never ordered anything on "pay per view". Oh please let it happen!

If you didn't read the comments at Jesus' General yesterday, you should. As usual, the satire and sarcasm there is about as good as it gets. Yesterday, a female named Sherri waltzed in evidently not knowing about the sarcastic flavor of the usual commenters. I suppose Sherri thought she had wondered into a religious website and had found some kindred spirits. She wanted all bloggers to come together to save the life of Terri Schiavo. Sherri's words could cause diabetes. Anyway, Anntichrist S. Coulter read Sherri's entry and shot back as only she can do. I love that woman. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

NY Wants New Slogan

It took me 25 years to figure out what "Big Apple" meant. It will take me another 25 years to understand the new slogan:

"The World's Second Home."

This slogan will just give the bush supporters in red states more reasons to hate us and the terrorists a better target. whoopie.
I don't want NY to be the world's second home. It's too crowded here. Try the French Riviera.

Thursday, February 17

Mind Blowing

A Social Justice Quiz: Twenty Questions

- by Bill Quigley

1. In 1968 the minimum wage was $1.60 per hour. How much would the minimum wage be today if it had kept pace with inflation?

2. In 1965, CEOs in major companies made 24 times more than the average worker. In 2003, CEOs earned how many times more than the average worker?

3. The US is composed of 3,066 counties. In how many of the nation's 3,066 counties can someone who works full-time and earns the federal minimum wage afford to pay rent and utilities on a one-bedroom apartment?

4. How much must the typical US worker must earn per hour hour if they dedicate 30% of their income to housing costs.

5. How many million workers in the US earn poverty-level wages of less than $8.20 an hour?

6. What are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee?

7. What are Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia?

8. In 2001, the average financial wealth for black householders was about what % of the average for white households?

9. The median financial wealth for blacks is how much of the corresponding figure for whites?

10. Over the entire 28 year history of the Berlin Wall, 287 people perished trying to cross it. In the ten years since the Clinton administration implemented the current U.S. border strategy with Mexico, how many people have died trying to cross?

11. Where does the US rank worldwide in the imprisonment of its citizens?

12. In 2004, the direct reported US military budget was how much for each second of the year?

13. In 2003, the US military budget was how many times larger than the Chinese budget, the second largest spender?

14. In 2003, the US military budget was how many times as large as the combined spending of the seven so-called "rogue" states (Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria)?

15. The difference in income per head between the richest nation and the poorest nation in 1750 was about 5 to 1. Today the difference between the richest nation and the poorest nation is what?

16. Of the 6.2 billion people in the world today, how many live on less than $1 per day, and how many live on less than $2 per day?

17. The richest 1% in the world receive as much income as what percentage of the poorest?

18. The Congress under President Bush has been more generous in helping poor countries than under President Clinton. In 2003, the US increased official development assistance to poor countries by one-fifth. Where does the US contribution rank in the top 22 countries in proportion to our economy?

19. Americans give how much per day in government assistance to poor countries?

20. Americans spend how much on soft drinks each day?

ANSWERS

1. The minimum wage would be $8.70 today if it had kept pace with inflation. Brennan Center, NYU Law School, November 3, 2004.

2. In 1965, CEOs in major companies made 24 times more than the average worker. In 2003, CEOs earned 185 times more than the average worker. "Wages" in State of Working America 2004-2005, Economic Policy Institute, www.epinet.org

3. In four of the nation's 3,066 counties can someone who works full-time and earns the federal minimum wage afford to pay rent and utilities on a one-bedroom apartment. New York Times, "Study Finds Gap in Wages and Housing Costs," December 25, 2004.

4. In fact, the typical US worker must earn $15.37 an hour if they dedicate 30% of their income to housing costs. New York Times, "Study Finds Gap in Wages and Housing Costs," December 24, 2004.

5. How many people in the US earn poverty-level wages of less than $8.20 an hour? More than 30 million workers. William Quigley, ENDING POVERTY AS WE KNOW IT: Guaranteeing A Right to A Job at a Living Wage, 24 (Temple 2003).

6. What are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee? The total population of these states represents the number of people in the US living below the official poverty line. William Quigley, ENDING POVERTY AS WE KNOW IT: Guaranteeing A Right to A Job at a Living Wage, 23-24 (Temple 2003).

7. What are Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia? The total populations of these state populations must be added to the states above if you count all the people below 125% of the official poverty line, a total of 22 states. William Quigley, ENDING POVERTY AS WE KNOW IT: Guaranteeing A Right to A Job at a Living Wage, 23-24 (Temple 2003).

8. In 2001, the average financial wealth for black householders was about 12% of the average for white households. "Minorities," in State of Working America 2004-2005, Economic Policy Institute, www.epinet.org

9. The median financial wealth for blacks was $1,100, less than 3% of the corresponding figure for whites. "Minorities," in State of Working America 2004-2005, Economic Policy Institute, www.epinet.org

10. Over the entire 28 year history of the Berlin Wall, 287 people perished trying to cross it. In the ten years since the Clinton administration implemented the current U.S. border strategy with Mexico, more than 2,500 people have died trying to cross. Wayne Cornelius, director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego. Marc Cooper, "On the Border of Hypocrisy," December 5, 2003, LA Weekly.

11. Where does the US rank worldwide in the imprisonment of its citizens? First. The US imprisons over 700 persons per 100,000. Russia is second with 584. Sentencing Project, Facts About Prisons and Prisoners. www.sentencingproject.org

12. In 2004, the direct reported US military budget was over $399 billion, $12,000 a second. www.globalissues.org

13. In 2003, the US military budget was more than 8 times larger than the Chinese budget, the second largest spender. www.globalissues.org

14. The US military budget was more than 29 times as large as the combined spending of the seven "rogue" states (Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria). Even if you add China and RussiaĆ­s military spending to that of the seven potential enemies, all nine nations together spent $116.2 billion, 27% of the U.S. military budget. The US military budget is more than the combined spending of the next twenty three nations. www.globalissues.org

15. The difference in income per head between the richest nation and the poorest nation in 1750 was about 5 to 1. Today the difference between the richest nation, Switzerland, and the poorest nation, Mozambique, is about 400 to 1. (David S. Landes, THE WEALTH AND POVERTY OF NATIONS, xx, W.W. Norton 1998).

16. Of the 6.2 billion people in the world today, 1.2 billion live on less than $1 per day, 2.8 billion live on less than $2 per day. 2002 UN Human Development Report.

17. The richest 1% in the world receive as much income as the poorest 57%. 2002 UN Human Development Report.

18. The Congress under President Bush has been more generous in helping poor countries than under President Clinton. In 2003, the US increased official development assistance to poor countries by one-fifth. Where does the US contribution rank in the top 22 countries in proportion to our economy? Last. Nicholas D. Kristof, "Land of Penny Pinchers," New York Times, January 5, 2005.

19. Americans on average give how much per day in government assistance to poor countries? 15 cents. Nicholas D. Kristof, "Land of Penny Pinchers," New York Times, January 5, 2005.

20. Americans spend how much on soft drinks each day? 60 cents. Nicholas D. Kristof, "Land of Penny Pinchers," New York Times, January 5, 2005.

"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing" oriented society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies." Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Time to Break Silence," April 4, 1967.