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Sunday, April 30

Gore Redux - Can we get him to run again?

By Eleanor Clift

Newsweek

Updated: 4:26 p.m. ET April 28, 2006

April 28, 2006 - A movie about Al Gore giving a PowerPoint presentation about global warming doesn’t sound all that exciting, but if you liked “March of the Penguins,” you’ll love “An Inconvenient Truth.” Gore is as relentless in his travels to save the planet and faces almost as many obstacles as those penguins making their way across the tundra.

Getting the country to face up to global warming is his life’s mission, and it could be his ticket to the presidency. Voters yearning for a principled leader who truly believes in something may find what they’re looking for in the former vice president. Gore told NEWSWEEK that he’s in the middle of a campaign, but it’s not a campaign for a candidate. “Been there, done that,” he said.

Nobody believes him. By not playing the overt political game, Gore may be putting in place the first issue-driven campaign of the 21st century, one that is premised on a big moral challenge that is becoming more real with soaring gas prices and uncertain oil supplies. A senior Democrat who once ran for the White House himself but harbors no illusions the party will turn to him in 2008 looks at Gore and marvels, “This guy is running the best campaign I’ve seen for president.”

Whether he is or isn’t running almost doesn’t matter. Gore has the luxury of waiting until late in the political season to announce. He has universal name recognition, a proven ability to raise money, and he can tap into the MoveOn.org machinery to launch a grass-roots campaign. Unlike front runner Hillary Clinton, there is no doubt about where Gore stands and what he believes in. He opposed the Iraq war, he was against the Patriot Act and he spoke out forcefully against President Bush’s torture policies and warrantless eavesdropping. Gore has become the darling of the left, yet global warming is not, or shouldn’t be, a partisan issue. The days when the first President Bush mocked Gore as “Ozone Man” are over, relegated to the dustbin of history. Conservative evangelical Christians see themselves as stewards of the earth. When asked at a screening of his film in Washington this week what he would say to Bush’s claim that global warming needs further study, Gore quipped, “I hope he finds the real killer,” adding quickly, “I shouldn’t have said that.”



Yes, it does give me hope and I need all that I can get, especially after reading what Liz put up about the Rabbi and his concern about 'angry atheist', although personally I think the world could use a few more atheists in positions of power. Life would be a lot less scary that way.

Sunday is A Fun Day To Talk About God

My Sunday Sermonette will try to answer Rabbi Marc Gellman's Trying to Understand Angry Atheists in Newsweek.

I like the Rabbi and I enjoy his column with Father Tim Hartman in Newsday every Saturday and television show when they appear as The God Squad.

Unfortunately after studying so much about the Christian/Catholic Church after earning my MDiv in 1992, I lost interest in religion all together-- possibly because it has such a violent history led by the supposed followers of Jesus who more or less like any other religious leaders sought to oppress the flock by using laws to squelch the human spirit and using fear to control the masses. Where was Jesus in all this mayhem that ensued? Why did they persecute the Jews so much when after all we wouldn't have Christianity if it were not for the Jews? I also believed with all my heart (but no psychology training) that most the saints and supposed "great Christians" were schizophrenic. The Catholic Church canonized people who should have been locked up in loony bins.

Rabbi Gellman wonders
"...there is something I am missing about atheists: what I simply do not understand is why they are often so angry."

"So we disagree about God."
Everyone disagrees about God. That's been the story since the beginning of recorded history. Great wars have been always fought in the name of God. That is why there are thousands of religions in the world. That is why the early Church split and that is why Martin Luther couldn't take much of the nonsense that ensued after hundreds and hundreds of years of christian bastardization of Jesus' message. That is why there were the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, passion plays, slave ships, the holocaust. How many versions of Christianity, Judaism and Muslim are there now? It appears that the "believers" have been the angriest in history and caused the most turmoil in history. Angry atheists aren't ruining the fabric of society.
"I'm sometimes at odds with Yankee fans, people who like rap music and people who don't like animals, but I try to be civil. I don't know many religious folk who wake up thinking of new ways to aggravate atheists, but many people who do not believe in God seem to find the religion of their neighbors terribly offensive or oppressive, particularly if the folks next door are evangelical Christians. I just don't get it."

Don't talk to Yankee and Red Sox fans during the season. They are not always civil and the rivalry leads to much heated anger. If people can't be civil regarding athletics, one certainly can't expect them to be civil about their core beliefs.

Perhaps Rabbi Gellman doesn't read the news as much as many of us do. In fact, many religious leaders in this country and the world are doing their darndest along with the fascists in governments, to take away our freedoms, to oppress women, homosexuals and minorities, to completely discount science, urging the flock to check their critical thinking at the door, to speak hatefully in a public arena and declare war, all in the name of God. That particularly angers a lot of atheists and true believers as well. In fact, Rabbie Gellman ought to consider all the hatred being spewed by God's supposed followers. Turn on the tv to one of the cable news shows and see how much hate and intolerance is regurgitated in the name of God.

They use fear to energize their followers into a hateful frenzy. You don't even have to be an atheist to see what a radical new movement has been gaining ground over the past 25 years or so. They are threatened by Darwin, women, critical thinking, science and tolerance. I was a Christian when I realized that true Christianity had been hijacked by fanatics. That's why I decided to study theology. I needed to know what real Christianity was, where it came from and how it compares and contrasts with other beliefs. Fortunately, I learned more about spirituality than anything written and taken literally in ancient holy books. I learned great mysteries that are not at odds with most thoughtful atheists. I also figured out that the Bible is a dangerous book in the hands of those who are mentally unstable. I excommunicated myself from Catholicism after I graduated.

"Perhaps their atheism was the result of the tragic death of a loved one, or an angry degrading sermon, or an insensitive eulogy, or an unfeeling castigation of lifestyle choices or perhaps something even worse. I would ask for forgiveness from the angry atheists who write to me if I thought it would help."

Perhaps it's true that the angry atheists had a terrible trauma that led them away from God and most likely it's because they had the wrong impression of God's existence in the first place. And whose fault is that? They expected God to do something and He didn't. How many religous people do we know who don't really love God, but fear His wrath? If you were God, would you want people to love you out of fear or love you out of respect? A sane person wouldn't want to be loved out of fear. (I'm assuming here that God can be personified as many people think.)

"Religion must remain an audacious, daring and, yes, uncomfortable assault on our desires to do what we want when we want to do it. All religions must teach a way to discipline our animal urges, to overcome racism and materialism, selfishness and arrogance and the sinful oppression of the most vulnerable and the most innocent among us."

A good civics class can teach people how to cooperate in society too. Does fear of jail or hell really need to be a part of living in a good society? Fear is merely a tool used by oppressors. When I taught religion to youngsters (yes, can you believe it?) I often strayed away from the religion book in order to teach the kids compassion... such as "How would you feel if someone did this or that to you?" and then I would go on to tell them that God wants us to think before we act and society wants us to do the same because it makes for a better world. I taught my students that we must learn to forgive those who hurt us and not repay them in kind because there would be nothing but anger and hatred in the world... it would make for a pretty lousy life.

Why oh why does believing in God need to encourage people to take off their thinking caps?

My belief system is that we are to look out for each other and love each other as we want to be loved. (It also happens to be what Jesus taught in a nutshell and is also the crux of the Old Testament.) I don't need to be religious or even believe in God to understand that universal cooperation, tolerance, love and compassion are the keys to a relatively happy existance on earth. We still have Mother Nature or Acts of God to endure and we really need each other in those times and that is when God or goodness really manifests God's or goodness' self to everyone including non believers.

Anyone can figure it all out with some critical thinking- if we all tried to be patient and tolerant, to try to come to compromises with each other, we wouldn't even need laws. Jesus thought so too. We wouldn't have maniacs like George Bush or Osama bin Laden waging wars to satisfy their mean streaks. At least we wouldn't allow them to.

I think that too many laws tempt people to break them, if nothing else. I am a prime example of that. Religions made stuff up that made people act worse towards each other than if they had just shut up and stuck with the Jesus theme. Their laws made us neurotic.

"Some religious leaders obviously betray the teachings of the faith they claim to represent, but their sacred scriptures remain a critique of them and also of every thing we do to betray the better angels of our nature. But our world is better and kinder and more hopeful because of the daily sacrifice and witness of millions of pious people over thousands of years."

Some religious leaders? Only some? I disagree. The ones who betray the teachings of their faith are the ones who are getting all the media attention and forcing politicians to legislate oppressive policies that alienate our most vulnerable, in order to get campaign funds and votes. That pisses off anyone with a sense of humanity. Everything good that happens in the world may be as a result of how God created us or maybe it's just a mutation in evolution. There is no reason to argue that point if everyone is trying to get along whether they believe in God or not. The anger that abounds from the Christian left, the Jewish left and the atheist left stems from their outrage at the crimes against humanity that are committed daily in the name of God.

Amen.

I hope that helps, Rabbi Gellman.

(comments)

Happy Mission Accomplished Day Mister Pwesident



From the Blondesense Archives

HEY Parents - Unplug those ipods - These kids need to start reading the FINE PRINT!

Most kids don't know about Watergate -- and that was only HOW many years ago? Holy Crap! Yes, History does repeat itself - but this is happening WAY to quickly for me. Our kids are WAY to plugged in, or should I say WAY TO UNPLUGGED to reality. The MSM has become their reality and they need an "adult" to pull the plug and wake them up.....NOW!!

PLEASE pass this editorial around:

AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT SHEER

"Nothing Prepared Me for Bush"
By Onnesha Roychoudhuri AlterNet

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042806G.shtml

You Can't Count on the Press to Be Honest. Yay Colbert!

Bush lampooned himself at the Press Corp Dinner, but the best part of the evening was when Steven Colbert got to lampoon bush, his staff and the news media. The president and the mrs. were not amused. Perhaps they didn't want to face the truth. Good. My favorite part of the presentation was when Colbert told the President:"I was vying for the job myself. I think I would have made a fabulous press secretary. I have nothing but contempt for these people."

From Editor and Publisher:
Noting those low ratings, Colbert advised, "The glass isn't half empty - it's 68% empty. There's still some fluid in there, but I wouldn't drink it."

He attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. “This administration is soaring, not sinking,” he said. “They are re-arranging the deck chairs--on the Hindenburg.”

Colbert told Bush he could end the problem of protests by retired generals by refusing to let them retire. He compared Bush to Rocky Balboa in the “Rocky” movies, always getting punched in the face—“and Apollo Creed is everything else in the world.”

He noted former Ambassador Joseph Wilson in the crowd, as well as " Valerie Plame." Then, pretending to be worried that he had named her, he corrected himself, as Bush aides might do, "Uh, I mean... Joseph Wilson's wife." He asserted that it might be okay, as prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald was probably not there.

Colbert also made biting cracks about missing WMDs, “photo ops” on aircraft carriers and at hurriance disasters, and Vice President Cheney shooting people in the face.

Observing that Bush sticks to his principles, he said, "When the president decides something on Monday, he still believes it on Wednesday - no matter what happened Tuesday."

He closed his routine with a video fantasy where he gets to be White House Press Secretary, complete with a special “Gannon” button on his podium. By the end, he runs fleeing from Helen Thomas and her questions about why the U.S. really invaded Iraq and killed all those people.

Also lampooning the press, Colbert complained that he was “surrounded by the liberal media who are destroying this country, except for Fox News. Fox believes in presenting both sides—the president’s side and the vice president’s side."
Also from Editor and Publisher, some "Cocktail Chatter With Clooney, Plame, Snow at D.C. Bash"

Valerie Plame was there. She said, “I’m wearing Armani.”
George Clooney on the food in Darfur: "Don’t eat the goat. It took revenge on me.”
Joe Scarborough quipped that the late-breaking “Hookergate” scandal, "will keep reporters and columnists busy this summer.”

At a Reuter's party they were serving this drink: The Cheney Shot—made with Wild Turkey.

You can watch the video at CrooksandLiars.com
Transcript at DailyKos

Saturday, April 29

We need a Blondesense Still

Ethanol and Estrogen -- The Future!

This ethanol additive sounds so simple and inexpensie, and if this article is true, can save quite a bit at the gas pumps.

Why haven't we been doing this - what am I missing here?

(Liz - I also think I need to get my bottle of "blonde" out today!)


http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=060429&cat=frontpage&st=frontpagereynolds_ethanol_060428&src=abc

An Amusing Trip Down Memory Lane- if only

New Anger-Powered Cars May Revolutionize The Way We Drive
February 4, 2004 | Issue 40•05

"The theory behind the anger-powered engine is actually quite simple," said Keith Cameron, chief engineer on General Motors' Project Instigator until January. "The average motorist traveling a clogged American highway produces hundreds of kilowatt-hours of negative energy per infuriating drive. The Instigator motor converts this emotional energy into kinetic energy by a process most drivers—people too goddamn stupid to use their goddamn blinkers when they change goddamn lanes—will never be able to understand. Just trust me, dumbasses, it works.""


and

"This bitch's bastard's whore went like a goddamn raped ape with me at the wheel," said Car And Driver's Brock Yates, who test-drove Daimler-Chrysler's Dodge Rammit pickup. "The vitriolic-assist brakes barely worked, the rear-view mirror found my bald spot every time, and the voice-response OnStar system mocked me for writing the script for Cannonball Run. I was getting 107 miles to the gallon when I T-boned that bus."


The whole article is a a hoot. I love the car names: Chevrolet Tantrum, Buick Umbrage, Lincoln Frown Car, Plymouth Violent and Fury, Dodge Rammit pickup

hat tip to CommonSense

This Week's Episode of Boo Fucking Hoo

Lush Bimbo turned himself in after a 3 year investigation into "doctor shopping" for pain meds. He probably won't face jail time if continues to stay clean for 18 more months. Hey we're only human and I wouldn't rip him a new one for this situation even though he is a big fat hypocrite... just every single other thing about his radio show which deliberately misinforms millions of people every day. He has admitted that he had a drug problem so what is the big deal that his surrender made the news? Some of my most favorite people have been busted for drugs.

But please, check out the spin on this story. It appears it's all the "liberals" fault, that he had to endure this... funny thing is that his drug bust 3 years ago may have spared his miserable life. Was he not going deaf too? And who said that all law enforcers and prosecutors are liberal anyway? Do Republican prosecutors not deal in drug charges? Did not the Reaganites have that whole campaign against drugs? Meanwhile the CIA... nevermind.

I found this site that attempts to condemn liberal bias in the news. Apparently if the news reports a liberal being busted for drugs, then it's no big deal, but god forbid the news reports that a conservative is busted for drugs.

Newshounds recounts Lush's arrest as discussed on the O'Lielly Factor. "O'Leilly expressed sympathy for poor Bimbo because the Leno and Letterman will be laughing at him tonight but Napolitano assured him that Lush would keep all his listeners. O'Leilly made sure to stress once again that it was all politically motivated."

I'm betting there is a lot more spin out there which blames liberals and politics for Lush's plight.

Friday, April 28

Maybe THAT'S the reason some folks want a fence along the U.S./Mexico border:

To keep us in, instead of the Mexicans out

"Mexico proposes decriminalizing pot and cocaine"
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - "Owning marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if the drugs are carried in small amounts for personal use, under legislation passed by the Congress."

And a tip of the hat to "somegirl" at Allspinzone who has some good comments.

PNAC f/u - Hey look!!...they ARE talking about the "project"

f/u (follow-up, that is...) to the previous PNAC post the other day:

Stephen Stephen STEPHEN!!

The most brilliant "snark attack" I've ever seen - You were ON FIRE!

OK, so it's "only" comedy central, but I hope a few more people will look up what the PNAC really is. Check out the celebrity interview with
Bill Kristol



It's Friday, So Let's Talk Sex

As many of our faithful readers and posters know, here at BlondeSense we like to use Fridays for our let-it-all-hang-out discussions about sex. There's nothing like a good tradition, so let's keep it up.

Well, hallelujah and pass the potato chips ladies, it looks like the medical world has gotten a clue and is now working on male contraception. No, not better rubbers, but real, live birth control pills for men. Now, I'm hoping that the conversation is going to get freaky, and maybe even a little raunchy (after all, we do have Petey, and I can't wait to hear what some of the regular male commenters are gonna say about this) but I want to be serious for a minute and ask you to contemplate what this might mean.

We lament a lot here on BlondeSense that birth control has always the woman's responsibility. This could change the entire equation. No more "if she gets pregnant, well, that's just tough shit, because she is a tramp for screwing around and therefore deserves what she gets." No more men whining, "she trapped me into marriage by getting pregnant on purpose." No more, "I'm not getting a vasectomy because no doctor is cutting anything near my manhood." And, this is the really good part ladies, the men get to stick the all those hormones and chemicals in their bodies for a change. Heh.

So, have at it. Let's say this birth control pill for men gets approved by the FDA and is on the market. Will it be successful? Will men actually step up to the plate and take their fair share of responsibility for birth control?

Hope for Pennsylvania

That is if all the electronic voting machines we are being forced to use this election don't 'mysteriously' hand the election to Mr. Fetus in a Jar:


On Tuesday, Santorum was host to a "Professional Women's Conference on the Hill." It was a day long forum with speakers such as Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Lynne Cheney.

Santorum invited 3,000 community leaders, university officials and other Pennsylvania women only 90 showed up. That's only about 3%.

EVEN BETTER: For months opinion polls have showed Santorum, who is unopposed in the GOP primary, trailing Casey by double digits. The percentage of voters who think he deserves re-election is only 36 percent.



ALSO ON THE PLUS SIDE: Illinois, California and Vermont all have motions in their state legislature to impeach Bush.

In a resolution that will be sent to U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., the Berkeley council accused the president and vice president of, among other things: defrauding the country and Congress regarding the Iraq war; authorizing torture in violation of the Geneva Conventions; ordering secret surveillance of U.S. citizens; and failing to quickly respond to the Gulf Coast hurricane

Of course all the State Legislature can do is pass their motions on to the House of Representatives, where the Rethuglican lead judiciary committee is sure to bury it, but people ARE starting to pay attention.

AND JUST FOR A LITTLE BREAK, A WEBCOMIC YOU MIGHT LIKE Its called "Crap I Drew During Lunch" - Jin is definately OUR sort of girl here are some samples:


http://crap.jinwicked.com/?comic=154
http://crap.jinwicked.com/?comic=161
http://crap.jinwicked.com/?comic=185
http://crap.jinwicked.com/?comic=198

And don't call me an anti-Semite

First read Robert Fisk's United States of Israel?

Then Read Molly Ivin's Let's call the Israel lobby the Israel lobby

Israel receives the most US aid. Why can't we talk about Israel without being labeled "anti-semites" and why is it a crime to discuss the politics of Israel and their influence on American government? The Israeli's discuss it all the time- sometimes heatedly. I've discussed it with bonafide Israeli's. They didn't call me an anti-semite. What gives? The more someone tells me to shut up about something, the more suspicious I get.

And what is it with the Christian right and Israel?

Shall we buy food or fill up the car?

Are you driving more or less?
Have you dusted off your bicycle?

How can we be an "ownership" society when we can't afford to own anything?

People are complaining that the high cost of fuel is not in their budget. When you factor in the cost of transportation, you have in effect taken a pay cut. And most likely you haven't had a decent raise since the bushistas seized power. Sure, in the cities, you can take a bus or a train, but in the suburbs and rural areas, it's not like buses are coming by your corner every 10 minutes, if ever.

Check it out: In Great Britain, they are paying close to $7/gallon. Taxes there account for 66%
But then again, all their citizens have access to free health care. What do we get?


UPDATE: Morford as usual has a nifty take on how our leader spent Earth Day.

Look, see those tire marks? That ungainly footprint? Feel that breath of humid doom upon your skin? Yes, the president was just here. Up in Napa Valley, riding his official Trek Mountain Bike One over the rocks and down the trails and through the cool California mud, a small army of handlers and Secret Service agents and emergency medical personnel by his side and/or rumbling along behind him in big black SUVs.

...

He talked about how he enjoyed mountain biking because it had such minimal impact on the pristine, wild surroundings. Shockingly, lightning did not strike him dead on the spot.

Come you masters of war

You that never done nothin' But build to destroy
You play with my world Like it's your little toy
-Bob Dylan


The good folks of Bulgaria are not hip to Ms. Rice's plan to plop 3 military bases in its territory so they protested. Rice will sign an agreement with the Bulgarian government today anyway. The US is moving bases closer to the Middle East according to WaPo. But naturally, the move is diplomatic because as Rice said earlier this week, "...Iran is not Iraq."

yadda yadda yadda.. let's take a trip down memory lane.

"Why We Know Iraq is Lying" A Column by Dr. Condoleezza Rice January 23, 2003

Living With War

is streaming at NeilYoung.com today. I'm listening to it right now from another browser window. It streams in its entirety from start to finish, so don't expect to pick and choose what songs you want to hear until the album is available for download at online music stores next week and eventually available as a physical CD.

The album was written and recorded in a hurry less than a month ago. It shows. It's raw and crunchy. The urgency however is what makes it so compelling. I'm not putting on my music reviewer hat today because it would only take away from the message of the album which is that the majority of Americans are tired of being the silent majority and we're fed up with all the lies. If the Fox News Polls are showing bush ratings plummeting in the 30's, you know that even the Koolaid drinkers are throwing away their pitchers with the happy face. This is big.

Imus and others were making fun of the lyrics yesterday before they heard the music. Sure they seemed simplistic but I wasn't going to make a judgment call until I could listen to it in context. I'm listening to "Let's Impeach The President" right now. It's both a ditty and an anthem. It will take you only a few minutes to learn once this song gets airplay. That's the genius of Young. It features bush quotes and his famous flip flops. Fabulous. The last song is "America the Beautiful".

Is the next "Ohio" on "Living With War"? Could be.

UPDATE: True Majority urges you to sign their petition and let your senators know that you want to bring the troops home. They also bring you the streaming Neil Young Album.

Thursday, April 27

I Was Abducted by Aliens...

but it seems my tinfoil headgear was throwing off their Galactical Positioning System. You see there was this little article about a plane crashing in Afghanistan the other day. Did you see it or did it slip below the radar? A State Department leased plane crashed into some mud huts after a truck drove across the runway when the plane was landing. Here's the story.

It doesn't sound like much except that the vehicle was a Russian cargo plane and the fatalities could have been worse if the men had been in the huts and not out working the opium fields. Now why would the State Department have to rent a plane from the Russians? Is the United States so strapped it can't spare a plane to fight the war on drugs or is the Russian plane a cover. If it is a cover then what is it a cover for? As for the opium workers living at the end of the runway all I can say is how convenient that must be for all concerned.

The report states that the two Ukrainians were killed, other coverage of this story claims they were the pilots. Eleven people on board the plane were Americans leaving three of unknown nationality. Supposedly the people on the plane are "anti"drug agents but the story doesn't pass the smell test and brings to mind the Eugene Hasenfus affair that exposed Iran-Contra.

Military helicopters were brought in to transport the injured but Reuters reports that the British Secretary of Defense John Reid was delayed when one of his planes was sent to help out in the emergency. My guess is that they had to quickly take care of the "cargo". I knew there was some reason Ollie North was hanging around Afghanistan posing as a Fox News correspondent, what a great cover. Robert Parry reported on it back in the eighties and it's the same gang of criminals in positions of power today. I would love to see this story grow some legs and kick the shit out of the Bush crime family. No pardons this time around boys it's lockdown time.


(thanks cabana boy for throwing that float to me in the deep end of the pool)

The new "Certified Humane" food label

"People are more concerned about where their food comes from," he said. "People are very, very concerned. There is no reason why animals shouldn't be treated in a reasonable manner."

"We sit back and we see the demand at the retail level and at the food service level," Radlo said. "And people want this. We just are giving people what they want. People are even willing to pay more."

If you could afford to pay more for food that was treated in a "humane" way, would you? I am totally against cruelty to animals, but bottom line -- I would still EAT the poor thing, even if it was brought up in the finest henhouse around.

Is this a bit silly or am I just mean? Read the story here.


May 1 immigrant boycott aims to "close" cities

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pro-immigration activists say a national boycott and marches planned for May 1 will flood U.S. streets with millions of Latinos to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and shake the ground under Congress as it debates reform.
...
They vow that America's major cities will grind to a halt and its economy will stagger as Latinos walk off their jobs and skip school.

read on


I'm curious as to what you readers think and how do you think the "media" will portray it.

Need a Joke?

I know I do so here it is, I hope Peter and the other gents won't take offense (btw, the mathematical answer is 8.306 but I have a feeling that is NOT the answer you were looking for, was it Petey ;-) my guess would be 8 (ate) something )


THE LONELY BRAIN CELL

Once upon a time there was a female brain cell which, by mistake, happenedto end up in a man's head.

She looked around nervously because it was all empty and quiet.

"Hello?" she cried, but no answer.

"Is there anyone here?" she cried a little louder, but still no answer.

Now the female brain cell started to feel alone and scared and yelled at thetop of her voice,

"HELLO, IS THERE ANYONE HERE?"


Then she heard a faint voice from far, far away..............




"We're down here "

What an Effing Day

Its been a bad day already, and not just in politics. Life is harder than its ever been for most of us, people are loosing their minds; attacking one another verbally and physically. I've seen more and more people coming into the ER and clinics due to beatings, mal-nutrition and depression than I have EVER seen in my life, save a few instances with MSF in South and Central America during wars and an African Famine/Drought.

We need a mental / emotional / spiritual break. Unfortunately I don't see one coming any time soon. I find myself growing increasingly depressed and pissed off on a nearly constant basis. This isn't me, I am by nature a rather content person, I bloom where I am planted be it with weeds or with roses. However I don't seem to be able to keep that growing pain inside of me anymore. I find that I can no longer ignore the idiots who are enabling these criminals, wether by assisting or ignoring what BushCo and his ilk are doing.

It is Spring here in the Poconos. Heating oil should be going down, its gone up. Of course it dropped to 30 degrees over night just a day or two ago. (but I'm sure that's god's will, not a reflection on how messed up the global ecology has become).

I don't know, maybe we (collectively as a country / species) need to go through this to get people to open their eyes and pay attention. For them to realize that what YOU do here and now has the ability to affect others for years to come. Cut down that forrest to create homes and for the next several hundred years we will be paying by losing oxygen and green filters for our air, by losing a temperature regulator, by losing habitat for the creatures that inhabit those forests who will now either die out or become 'pests' by trying to use our homes to replace the ones that were stolen from them.

RSB is absolutely right, people do not see the big picture, they don't connect the dots. Some of them are too worried about making it from day to day, just trying to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Some are just selfish arses who think that the world is here for their benefit and theirs alone. I don't know how to make them understand. I don't know how to get through to them. I've given up hope for most of them. Unfortunately there won't be a way to separate the wheat from the chafe when things get worse.

We are all in this together as the human race, it doesn't even matter what country you are from anymore. If Iran gets nuke'd is anyone REALLY so ignorrant as to think the wind will not carry those radioactive particles across the globe? There are still placed in AUSTRALIA where people will not farm because of the Cherynobyl fall out, red sands from the Saharah are brought to the shores overnight by winds, crossing the ocean it still stains the Australian dirt with its ruddy hue. Do people honestly not realize that this globe is interconnected? Do they think we as Americans are so insulated that Nature will bow to us and leave us out of her vicious path?

Tornadoes doing things they shouldn't do (sideways, upside down at one point just last week), hurricaines that cut swaths of our coastline back into the sea, blizzards in places that never used to get snow, doughts in one section, torrential rains and mudslides in another, the ever present threat of earthquakes and volcanoes....How blind are we as a species? Or is it just stupidity? Or maybe arrogance?

New Warning from Homeland Security - I missed this one....

Hubby just got this e-mail from the travel agency that books their company's business travel flights.....

UPDATES: NEWSLETTER APRIL 27, 2006 The following is a warning from the Department of Homeland Security for private aircraft owners. If your company owns or utilizes corporate jets, please distribute this notice to the appropriate individuals. To everyone else, although the implications in this warning are directed to private aircraft owners and passengers, the information provided here is worth reading to re-educate ourselves of the many things that we should always be on the alert for in our travel environment. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY 601 SOUTH 12TH STREET ARLINGTON, VA 22202 APRIL 20, 2006

On April 13, 2006, a message posted in Arabic on a web forum explained how to identify private American jets and urged Muslims to destroy all such aircraft: “Destroy private American aircraft…We call upon all Muslims to follow and identify private civilian American aircrafts in all airports of the world…It is the duty of Muslims to destroy all types of private American aircrafts that are of the types Gulf Stream and Lear Jet and all small jet aircraft usually used by distinguished (people) and businessmen.”

The message also advised readers how to identify American aircraft and provided the tail number of a private aircraft allegedly used by the CIA. TSA reminds general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators to review the security measures contained in the TSA Information Publication, Security Guidelines for General Aviation Airports (available at http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_1113.xml), and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Airport Watch Program materials (available at www.aopa.org/airportwatch).

In addition, general aviation aircraft and airport owners and operators are encouraged to consider the following: · Secure unattended aircraft to prevent unauthorized use. · Verify the identification of crew and passengers prior to departure. · Verify that baggage and cargo are known to the persons on board. · Where identification systems are in place, encourage employees to wear proper identification and challenge persons not wearing proper identification. · Direct increased vigilance to unknown pilots and/or clients for aircraft rental or charters – as well as unknown service/delivery personnel. · Be alert/aware of and report persons masquerading as pilots, security personnel, emergency medical technicians, or other personnel using uniforms and/or vehicles as methods to gain access to aviation facilities or aircraft. · Be alert/aware of and report aircraft with unusual or unauthorized modifications. · Be alert/aware of and report persons loitering in the vicinity of aircraft or air operations areas - as well as persons loading unusual or unauthorized payload onto aircraft. · Be alert/aware of and report persons who appear to be under stress or the control of other persons. · Be alert/aware of and report persons whose identification appears altered or inconsistent.

The theft of any General Aviation aircraft should be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities and the TSA General Aviation Hotline at 866-GASECUR (866-427-3287). In addition, persons should report any suspicious activity immediately to local law enforcement and the TSA General Aviation Hotline.

The CIA Discovers the Blogosphere -

NOW whatta we do?


Big Fat Profits


Surprise Surprise

Exxon Mobil profit rises on soaring prices

"Net income in the first quarter was $8.4 billion, or $1.37 a share, up from $7.86 billion, or $1.22 a share, a year earlier."


What does recently Lee R. Raymond, the former chief executive and chairman of Exxon Mobil Corp., who recently received a compensation and retirement package worth nearly $ 170 million, have to say about corporate greed?

"Gulp gulp chomp chomp gurgle gurgle gag gulp chomp chomp burp ahhhh"

Will John Q. Public Ever Connect the Dots?

So, the latest polls once again show that support for the current White House criminal continues to drop. To blame? At least according to this source, higher gas prices. I'm hearing a lot of bellyaching from the other side of the aisle that the policies of the current (mal)adminsitration cannot be blamed. Now, I readily admit that I am no economist, but as Liz showed with her post the other day, No Virginia, There Isn't a Gas Shortage, the availability of crude is not really the issue. Nor, I think, is it solely the fact that Big Oil is keeping prices artificially high. And yes, there is rapid economic growth in China and India that is keeping demand quite high. But c'mon folks, let's face it, probably the single biggest factor affecting the price of crude these days is regional instability in the Middle East. And financial markets, where the price of crude is set on a daily basis, hate instability.

Iraq is in tatters and oil output has not returned to pre-invasion levels. One must recall that even pre-invasion, Iraq was not pumping out oil at capacity, since its oil sales were controled under the UN Oil-For-Food program. The world has not enjoyed (if that's a good word to use) full oil production from Iraq since before the 1993 Persian Gulf War.

Then, of course, there is the whole Iran affair. Sure, Iran is pumping now, but what with all the saber rattling and rumors flying that the criminal in the White House is on the verge of nuking the country, who knows how long the spigot will remain open.

So, John Q. Public sits out there and grouses about the $50 or $60 price tag to fill his Ford Expedition, and he seems to sense in some vague way that the gubment ought to be able to do something about it, although what he cannot exactly say. Does it ever occur to John Q. Public that if the US had even a semi-sane foreign policy, this shit might not be happening, or at least not to this extent? No, I don't think so.

Now, it makes me want to puke when I hear Republicans say that these problems affecting gaoline prices were years in the making, that the Democrats are to blame for all the environmental restrictions, that we need to drill in ANWR, that the soaring prices cannot be laid at the feet of the criminal in the White House. Well, excuuuuuse me, but I'd like them to name me one other person who has almost single-handedly created the sort of insane clusterfuck we've got going on right now in the Middle East.

Someone put me straight: am I right or wrong? Or some of both?

Innocent In Gitmo

What do innocent prisoners in Gitmo do to kill time? The military refused to give the men a garden, they can't go home, but the human spirit prevails. From Wilting Dreams At Gitmo- WaPo

"We planted a garden. We have some small plants -- watermelon, peppers, garlic, cantaloupe. No fruit yet. There's a lemon tree about two inches tall, though it's not doing well."

"The guards gave you tools?"

He shook his head.

"Then -- how do you dig?" I was struggling to grasp this.

"Spoons," he said. "And a mop handle."

The soil in Camp Iguana is dry and brittle as flint. And I've seen the spoons they give our clients.

"But the spoons are plastic -- aren't they?"

Saddiq nodded. "At night we poured water on the ground. In the morning, we pounded it with the mop handle and scratched it with the spoons. You can loosen about this much." He held his thumb and forefinger about a half-inch apart. "The next day, we did it again. And so on until we had a bed for planting." He shrugged. "We have lots of time, here."

"But the seeds?" I asked. "Did they give you seeds?"

After four years at Guantanamo, Saddiq rarely smiles, but his face seemed to brighten then. "Sometimes, with the meal, they give us a bit of watermelon or cantaloupe to eat. We save the seeds."

Wednesday, April 26

Go NH ! -- "Live Free or Die"

New Hampshire can stop the coming federal police state

By KARL BEISELAnother View - The Union Leader - Manchester, NH

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE Senate will soon vote on what might be the most important bill to protect our freedoms in many years. House Bill 1582, which the House overwhelmingly passed last month, would preclude New Hampshire from participating in the REAL ID Act, a federal law passed last year establishing a de facto national ID card.
The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 as a part of a "must-pass" military appropriations bill, though it had nothing whatsoever to do with the military. It requires that all states comply with certain federal requirements in the creation of driver's licenses, and would likely include a microchip containing information such as a digital photo, Social Security number and digital biometric information like the fingerprint or retinal scan of the license holder. It would force the repeal of several important privacy protections currently in New Hampshire law.
If a state doesn't comply with REAL ID, its residents risk being forced to purchase passports just to drive in other states or enter federal facilities. Thus, it reveals itself to be a Soviet-style internal passport.
History has shown that national identification systems are one of the critical pieces of infrastructure needed to foist complete tyranny upon a nation. They are used as the basis for tracking movements, purchases and monitoring activities.
Most Americans have heard of the "no fly" list designed to keep terrorists off of commercial flights. However, most Americans are completely unaware of another list, the "no buy" list, similarly established to prevent terrorists from doing business with any U.S. citizen. The law effectively mandates that every individual involved in any business transaction be checked against the list, called the "Specially Designated Nationals" or SDN, which is published by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
It applies to every purchase, from banking services and automobiles to candy bars at your local convenience store. Failure to comply with this law is a felony. Never heard of it? Most people haven't, including most business owners, and few businesses comply with it today. The federal government doesn't enforce it except on certain big-ticket purchases and on banking services, because even they realize it is impossible to enforce in most situations.
REAL ID would likely change all that. With a quick swipe of a customer's REAL ID card, merchants would be able to check the customer against the federal "no buy" list. Meanwhile, the record of the transaction could be recorded in the REAL ID database and noted by federal law enforcement. It's only a short leap from there to having the federal government record every item and service purchased by every American. Think it will only be used against terrorists? Think again. Powers granted to law enforcement under the Patriot Act, which Americans were assured would only be used against terrorists, are increasingly used to circumvent constitutional protections in common criminal investigations.
Complying with the "no buy" list or future versions of it will effectively require that every person present their REAL ID for every purchase. Conceivably, REAL ID could be used to prevent citizens from buying or selling anything without presenting their card. The tyrannical regimes of Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, and Bathist Iraq could only have dreamt of such a capability.
Harder to believe still is that this scheme is being cooked up right here in America, and the people of the "Live free or die" state have been cynically targeted as the first guinea pigs for this technology.
The New Hampshire Senate has an opportunity to stop this Orwellian law from taking effect by passing House Bill 1582. Keeping New Hampshire out of this national ID scheme would send Congress a clear message: there will be no police state in New Hampshire.

Karl Beisel of Manchester is on the board of directors of the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance


(U F B ! -- I never heard of it - did you?)

He who has the biggest gun wins.

How do you vie for the Republican nomination for governor of the great state of Alabama?
Why you stand up for the second amendment, of course and make damn sure that a gun lobby endorses you.

Schools? bah. Health care? bah. Public services? bah.
Wer's mah gun, maw?

Gov. Bob Riley is endorsed by the NRA.
Former Chief Justice Roy "Ten Commandments" Moore is endorsed by Gun Owners of America.

Memorable quotes from the article:
"It's quite curious that the NRA endorses my opponent without seeking my position on the subject," Moore said. "I'm an avid gun owner. I have three boys who all have guns."

"I think the right to keep and bear arms is one of most valuable rights in the bill of rights," Moore said Monday.
I wonder if he realizes how lucky he is that angry liberals aren't weilding guns. Yet.
Gov. Riley told the crowd about the day his father gave him a .410 gauge shotgun when he was 10 years old. "We'll do everything we can to never let anyone infringe on your right to own and bear arms," Riley said.
Boy those endorsements wouldn't fly in my neck of the woods. Children with guns. oy vay. Give them a goddamned book to read, would ya?

What do you want to be when you grow up, Billy Wayne?
I wan' to be an Army man!
Well then, you just read this contract and sign it.
I cain't read that! But watch me shoot this here gun.
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Not everyone in America agrees with the sentiments of Republican Alabamians and the NRA. NYC Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fed up with the illegal gun problem and held a summit in NYC with mayors from many American cities. We're talking about illegal guns here, not about law abiding gun owners. Naturally, the NRA thinks this is all a big publicity stunt.

Memorable quote from the article:
"The mayor's answer is an elitist national campaign on the backs of law-abiding gun owners," said Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist. "Believe me, the rest of the country does not want Mayor Bloomberg's elitist gun policies, because they don't work."
PS. I am not making fun of the good people of Alabama. I am pissed off at their leadership for making sure that the fine people are uneducated enough to believe that the 2nd Amendment is more important than anything else in their lives. Rise up Alabama! Say no to gun sodomites!

In this week's episode of "Boo Fucking Hoo"

"Enron was a victim of a media "witch hunt" that ultimately sent the financially strong energy giant on a path to bankruptcy, former Chairman and Chief Executive Kenneth Lay testified at his criminal trial on Tuesday." (reuters)

Lay asserts that "a series of articles in The Wall Street Journal, undermined investor confidence in the company, which he was convinced was in sound financial shape." (USA Today)

Tell it to zee hand, Kenny boy.

Snow Job

The White House's new spinmeister will be named on Wednesday. Hey that's today! It's Fox's Tony Snow. Who didn't see that coming?

UPDATE: Speaking of Snow Job's

From American Prospect:
BUSINESS INTERESTS OVER NATIONAL SECURITY, PART 84.
The top story in this morning’s CongressDailyAM (subscription only) began:

"A coalition of industry groups is mounting an aggressive lobbying campaign to persuade House Homeland Security Committee Republicans to oppose an amendment that would require all cargo to be scanned at foreign ports before being shipped to the United States."

Then, just a few hours later, in this afternoon’s CongressDailyPM:

"Senior Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee said today that they did not believe it would be practical to require all U.S.-bound cargo to be inspected at foreign ports…"
unbelievable.

A modest proposal

Here. Read this LA Times OpEd. Need a pension? Say, `I do'

It makes sense to me to match liberal do-gooder boomers with New Dealers. Not all liberal boomers are going to be able to retire before we're dead because there will be no pension and maybe no SSI for many... at least not enough to live on. Why not find a match who has a pension that can be inherited by a spouse... before the bushistas take that away too.

Tuesday, April 25

Your favorite beggar strikes again...

And for once, it's not about my gawd-awful extra-from-"Deliverance" teeth.
These are old pictures of my Blonde Niece.

Found out yesterday that they're shipping her to Afghanistan (LA National Guard) in September, for EIGHTEEN FUCKING MONTHS.

So, basically I'm polling the BlondeSense blogosphere to find out who has a nice pad in Canada, where nobody will notice me dragging a duct-taped and extremely pissed-off blondish girl in from the truck, 'cause I'm planning on kidnapping her ass. Soon.

Any tips/hardware hints/ideas?

And if I can, I might also kidnap her daughter from the sperm donor, so that even though Blonde Niece will be an expatriate/defacto deserter, she'll still get to raise her own kid, as opposed to missing years four through six.

Wouldn't y'all?

Just how f*cked up is America?

NATIONAL DIAGNOSIS?

Quote of the Day: Robert Jenson’s analysis of America’s national character from ZNET:

”What if, for purposes of analysis, we treated the nation as a person? Scan the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (the bible of mental-health professionals, now in its fourth edition) and one category jumps out: Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

DSM-IV describes the disorder as "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy" that can be diagnosed when any five of these nine criteria are met:

1. a grandiose sense of self-importance.

2. preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

3. believes he or she is special and unique.

4. requires excessive admiration.

5. sense of entitlement.

6. interpersonally exploitative, taking advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

7. lacks empathy.

8. often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.

9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

Narcissistic tendencies to self-aggrandize are not unique to the United States, of course. But given the predominance of U.S. power in the world, we should worry most about the consequences of such narcissism here."
From News Dissector

That is certainly the impression that Bush, Dick and Fox News gives to the world. It just breaks my heart because the American people are good. They've just been too busy trying to feed their families to notice.

Bluey the Body Rights Thingy

A good entry from punkass, its a quick read on the subject of forced body donation and how to handle those idiots who feel that a woman 'deserves' to be 'punished' for participating in sex (freewill or forcibly)

It goes back to Dawn Eden and her vile ilk claiming that the fetus is the only creature in the universe with rights, rights that supercede every and all other forms of life.

I could go off on a tangent, and I'm half tempted to, but I'm in a pissy mood and it would only be counter productive for me to start.

while your at punkass, check out the link to "Your Government, Your Body".

Groundhog Day II - Bin Laden Pipes UP.....AGAIN!

OMG - I can't take it anymore....17 times now! How many times did Bill Murray wake up in Goundhog's Day?? I feel like I'm living in the middle of a bad dream that I CANNOT wake up from - or mabe it's a bad movie that I'm living in - shit - I don't know anymore.

What's reality, what's hollywood, what's funny, what's satire, what's news, what's religion, what's parody, what's political, what's right, WTF!!!!!!!!

We should all brainstorm and write a screenplay (sell to highest bidder and donate to our cause) -- This wild camel chase with Bin Laden is well....I don't know....my last straw?! I think we should cast, create a story line, and write the next BLOCKBUSTER Brought to you EXCLUSIVELY from BLONDESENSE.

Anyone up to the challenge?

FYI - An Editorial worth a read

I'm passing this one around ....

Is US Being Transformed Into a Radical Republic?
By Lawrence Wilkerson
Sunday 23 April 2006

The End

We have set ourselves above all. The animals with whom we came into being are now all underneath us. The one species that has no controls on it's own population has put itself to the task of controlling the numbers of every other species. (Of course, mistakes do occasionally occure, it's only human. And so we currently have to dispose of some twenty million dogs and cats in this country every year. At least they do not all go to waste. Some have a second glorious coming in the promisingly colorful pencils and gars that help make a woman look her best.) We prefer not to know what happens before and after, just that the surplus is gone, removed quietly in the night like our garbage, and disappeared, a verb used most aptly in the case of those enemies of a military regime who vanish suddently without being heard from again. It's usage here may offend, but really, what could be more appropriate when this human junta will brook no opposition, offer no recourse, to the finality of its condemnations?

Meanwhile, the memorials are eloquent in their way, if you know were to look: the cans of lubricant, the bottles of shampoo, the boxes of Jell-O and jars of pills all stand in their rows, ready to bear their testimony and to make the cupboards of our homes an appropriately poignant cemetery for these unknown millions dead.

We are happiest not knowing. Just don't tell me anything, please. It will ruin my day.

Like the website for the equine sancturary that warns visitors with weak stomachs to go no farther lest they see, by the way of some video footage, what really goes on in a horse slaughterhouse, there is a warning here. Do not proceed if you prefer not to know what happened to your reining horse after he progressed through three owners, finally to come up lame as the possession of someone who really needed to recoup some money if this was going to be it. Or what happened in September to the ponies adored all summer long by the girls at camp (Oh, my Smokey Boy...) or where the Amish's buggy horses find themselves when there is no more to be gotten out of them by those gentle, frugal people, or where all manner of damaged show horses, racehorses, backyard horses, wild horses, hack stable horses, urban carriage horses, Premarin horses, old horses, go when they go to their end.

We wouldn't eat our friends. The thought appalls us, discomforts us, disturbs us but we don't mind if others do, just as along as they stay on their foreign shores. Airplanes, right now, hold beneath the passengers feet the refrigerated remains of our most noble and exalted companion. Order your cocktail.

This is what the end looks like. Up to thirty-six hours in a trailer without food, water, or exercise. Confusion, untended injury, fear. Electric prods toward a trip through a chute from which escape is impossible but frequently tried. At some point, realization----uncanny, onlookers agree, how you know, absolutely, that they know. A bolt in the head. Maybe another, or two or three. A chain around a hind footlock, then up -------hanging by one leg, still alive technically, but soon bled to finality. The only way to became safe for the dinner plate.

"I have some serious concerns that some of the oldest herds with the real true ancestral blood have already been flushed down somebody's toilet in Europe. The colts often are not worth anything because they are so small. So they usually would just knock them in the head and throw them in the gut wagon. A mare might be just about due to foal and it didn't matter. A real difficult thing for me to talk about was the time I was in the building and I happened to look down because I heard a big ruckus in the chutes. There was this black wild stallion that they were trying to get up the chute. But he was real smart. He knew what was coming. And he reared. He turned around and tried to crawl over the top of the other horses to ge back down the cute. So they got all the crew out there. And they used electric prods on him to prod him up. They used ropes around his neck to jerk him up. And they did everthing they could. They finally got him into the chute where they could use a stun gun, which is just a bullet that goes straight down into the top of the head. And finally the guy on the kill floor came up, running upstairs, laughing. And he says, "you know that son of a bitch just didn't want to die." He said, "But we got him. He got loose on the kill floor after six shots and they had to take a rifle before they could finally kill him." And when he said that, it made me so sad to think that that kind of spirit is what we kill every day and we don't even think about it."

-Spoken by an anonymous "killer buyer" (slaughterhousebroker)



We decide who lives and who dies. The worthless die.

"You can't fire someone for web surfing"

You'll have to figure out a different way to get fired:

"AN AMERICAN judge has told the New York City council that it cannot fire an employee who was doing his work well just because he was sneaking a peek at the Internet."

Full Article

The Missiles Are Flying! Halleleujah! Halleleujah!

Dead_zone

The fog of Bush's mind.

President Bush today said he had tried to avoid war with Iraq "diplomatically to the max."

Speaking to a business group in Irvine, Ca., he admitted mistakes were made in planning for the Iraq invasion, but he defended the troop level, saying "it was the troop level necessary to do the job," and he would commit the same number if given a secondchance. (image stolen from www.darrelplanet.com) The remarks came as another former general joined seven others who in recent days have called for the resignation of Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld, saying he had mismanaged the planning and execution of the war. Bush also explained, in unusually stark terms, how his belief in God influences his foreign policy. "I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true," he said. "One, I believe there's an Almighty. And, secondly, I believe one of the great gifts of the Almighty is the desire in everybody's soul, regardless of what you look like or where you live, to be free. "I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other."

President Bush reads like a freshman political science essay written by a dope smoking frat boy in way over his head. Wait, he is the perennial dope smoking frat boy freshman.

These remarks are made as if his handlers put random quotes on a piece of paper, cut them into strips and allowed him to draw them out of a hat and then say them out loud.

The president as random policy statement generator.

What a desperate statement. Is he appealing to his delusional base of support or does he really believe this nonsense?

I watched Fog of War tonight. Could Bush follow it? Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson told President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis that the president was wrong. Could anyone tell Bush he is wrong and could Bush hear that he is wrong?

He also said that our enemies "know, and it doesn't take much to realize, that when you put carnage on our TV screens, it. He also said: "It's not easy work, by the way, to go from tyranny to democracy. We had kind of a round go ourself, if you look back at our history. My Secretary of State's relatives were enslaved in the United States even though we had a Constitution that said all were -- that believed in the dignity, or at least proclaimed to believe in the dignity of all. The Articles of Confederation wasn't exactly a real smooth start for our government to begin. And what you're watching on your TV screens is a new democracy emerging."

What in hell does he mean? What is he saying? There is no relationship between The Articles of Confederation (reads like a bad compare/contrast essay on a final exam he forgot he had to take) and Iraq. What the hell does slavery have to do with Iraq? Is he just throwing words and hoping something sticks?

It would be easy to make the statement that Robert S. McNamara somehow compares to Donald H. Rumsfeld. That would be easy and incorrect.

Bush puts our troops in harm's way because he believes that he should make foreign policy decisions because he believes there is a God? Okay, so there is a God. Did He really tell Bush to kill hundreds of thousands of people? Why? Is Bush God's instrument on Earth? Is Bush supposed to bring about war in Armageddon?

Are Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins writing the president's briefing books?

This is obscene. It is arrogant and alcoholic and just ridiculous. And dangerous. And it isn't new or even in response to generals' calling for Rumsfeld's retirement--although responding to these retired generals might cause a shift in the perception that we have civilian control of our military--Bush has always spoken like a millennialist since he tripped onto the dry drunk on religion scene. And he does it because it gets him elected. He hasn't dealt with his alcoholism because it is clear he is still delusional and grandious. With the ability to end life as we know it on this planet because he believes he is right and his critics are wrong and it makes him really angry to be told he is wrong.

And how doubtful is his religious conversion? If he was really concerned about the dangers of alcohol, why are his daughters well-known drinkers? Why didn't he have some sort of discussion with them? If Laura could tell him, "It's me or Jim Beam," why did she raise two hell-raising lushes?

Bush's view of religion is nothing more than an extension of his arrogant, delusional dry drunk belief in himself. And we are enablers. Forget Donald Rumsfeld. Impeach Bush.

Did you Know ?

I had NO idea our embassy "compound" in Baghdad was this huge.....

Two States seek to impeach.....


(found at):Stopthelie.com

On the Cover of the Rolling Stone -- WANNA BUY FIVE COPIES FOR MY MOTHER!!

A picture's worth a thousand words:

"Now it's all designed to blow our minds but our minds won't really be blown...
Like the blow that'll getcha
when you get your picture
on the cover of The Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone,
wanna see my picture on the cover
Wanna buy five copies for my mother (Yeah!)
Wanna see my smilin' face, on the cover of The Rolling Stone

(Hey, I know how...)
(ROCK AND ROLL!)
(Aww, dats beautiful)"

Monday, April 24

In case you missed it on Lifetime...

Searching For Angela Shelton

Sooner or later, I'm gonna get the DVD, when I recover from the initial emotional vivisection.

For all of the Angela Sheltons out there.

It's not easy to watch, and it's certainly not that light-hearted.

But we all know somebody who's been affected by rape, incest, assault and/or abuse.

Which means that violence against women truly affects us all, no matter how much Dumbya & crew steal from the funding of programs that help survivors and help educate others to prevent it.

No Virginia, There Isn't a Gasoline Shortage

Senator Arlen Specter on oil companies:

"They get together, reduce the supply of oil, and that drives up prices," he said. "In the short run, it's hard to deal with it for tomorrow. But I think windfall profits, eliminating the antitrust exemption, considering the excessive concentration of power are all items we ought to be addressing."

Specter is backing legislation that would strengthen antitrust laws on oil company mergers after his committee held a hearing last month examining the growing consolidation of the oil industry. The nation's largest oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., have denied their industry size has affected prices.

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi says Oil price level not a supply problem:

"The market determines the price," Nuaimi said on his arrival in Doha for an informal meeting of the 11-member OPEC on the sidelines of an international energy forum.

"You know and I know that the reason for the price being where it is is not shortages of supply."

More on Mumps

Still a long ways off from the panic and worry phase, but I thought this was interesting nonetheless:

PENNSYLVANIA has 2 confirmed and 3 suspected* (pending labs) cases of mumps this year. All 18-25 year olds, NONE with connections to the Mid-West.

The source of the outbreak is unknown. However, the mumps strain has been identified as genotype G, the same genotype responsible for a continuing outbreak in the United Kingdom that has sickened 100,000 people, mostly unvaccinated young adults.

Gerberding said there should be sufficient vaccine for those who need to get a second dose. Also, mumps vaccine maker Merck has donated 25,000 doses to help protect the uninfected.


Now, I have to ask myself. Why is this happening? Is it the cut in funding of free vaccination programs? Is it a viral DNA marker that is being 'tested' on a slice of our population (I DO find it interesting that the majority of the cases are 18-25 year olds, prime Armed Services Age). Or is this a way to get more people 'vaccinated' with what we are told is a mumps vaccine. Or is this Mother Nature's way of bitch slapping us into awareness?


* Disclaimer, if I am reading the report properly, the Pennsylvania cases were in February and March, so they are a case of retrofitting a diagnosis by doing COMPLETE labs.

News that makes you say hmmmm


If you're depressed and sickly... The secret of being in rude health is intercourse
- Scientists are discovering that sex, can offer protection from depression, colds, heart disease and even cancer.

- Sex can lower blood pressure.

- Sex probably burns off about the same number of calories per minute as a brisk walk.

- Studies show "penile-vaginal intercourse is the only sexual behaviour consistently associated with better psychological and physiological health".

Such sex has been linked, in women, to a heightened emotional awareness, possibly because the "love hormone" oxytocin is released. One study even found that semen is a mood-enhancing ingredient.

-Psychologists have found that people who have sex once or twice a week have levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) that are up to a third higher than their more restrained peers. IgA is an antibody that boosts the immune system and is the first line of defence against colds and flu.

-Recent studies suggest that men who have orgasms twice a week are half as likely to die early as men who orgasm less than once a month.

- The more frequently men ejaculate, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer, and if middle-aged men have sex twice a week or more they also have a lower risk of heart attack.


Advice Column
Dear Sebastian, I'm currently having the best sex ever. Unfortunately it's with someone I think is boorish and stupid, but wants a proper relationship. How can I keep it purely sexual?
Answer here


The women who think housework is better than sex
THE average British woman spends more than 16 hours a week cleaning her home, a regime that “makes her feel in control of her life”, according to a survey.
She devotes 2hr 23min each day to cleaning, compared with 52min a day on her personal appearance.

Sex not such a happy experience in male-dominated societies
- The study found that people reported the greatest sexual satisfaction in four countries, led by Austria, and followed by the United States, Spain and Canada.

- The research indicated that fewer people reported satisfying sex lives where men have a dominant status over women, such as nations in East Asia, and the Middle East, and in poorer countries, but the gender gap of 10 points remained consistent across the world.
Asexuals Unite
You don't even have to be alone if you're asexual!

"A small but growing movement believes that asexuality is an orientation as valid as straight or gay."

Republicans And Strippers


Oh my man, I love him so
He'll never know
All my life is just despair
But I don't care!


Wanna know what conservatives believe caused the downfall of marriages today?
No, it's NOT the remote control or 24 hour sports on television or beer.
IT'S WOMEN!

We just can't keep our legs closed and ourselves firmly planted at the stove or the washing machine where we belong. We are all on welfare and causing the economy to collapse! And we are being enabled by the Republican Congress! How dare they. Let's not vote for those suckers ever again. I'm voting Democrat.

Check out this article by david r usher. Marriage Collapses Under GOP Congress
Here's an excerpt:

Republicans wonder why so many Americans are unhappy with them. The reason is plainly visible on Page 1 of the newspaper every day. Just read about all those single-mom strippers, imputed rapists, spousal murderers and child sexual abusers (of both sexes), and messed up children.
Damn feminist sluts. I thought that we were unhappy with Republicans because they put corporations before people, are war mongering pigs, they fight the idea of paying living wages to American workers, that they hate Mexicans and treat women like shit, that they are dissolving the middle class or that they support a psycho moron in the WH.
Women would not be stripping for a living after becoming destitute single mothers if government did not lead them down the reprehensible path of feminist greed, spending billions of other people's money debauching women's natural reproductive desires down to the lowest moral denominator. Men would not settle for cheap girlie entertainment or give up on marriage if Republicans had not spent the past 12 years pimping women straight out of the marriage market.
Well I never!
At least he didn't blame Clinton for men's desire for cheap girlie entertainment. I think it was around maybe even during the Reagan years.

When he let's me watch my show,
He'll never know
How gooey is his chair
But I don't care!


UPDATE: Today's Newsday Cover Story is about a single mother who was on public assistance, who then got a skilled job but still was among the nation's working poor... she piled up debt (and no, she didn't become a stripper but who could blame her if she did). She was given the opportunity through the federal Section 8 program to improve her life and now she owns a home on Long Island, which is no easy feat these days.

Sunday, April 23

I'm The Decider

Koo koo ka choo

play it loud

Your government at work

Mr Pretzeldent took a bike ride in the redwood forest to honor Earth Day. He says, "I still ride the mountain bike primarily to help settle the soul and to burn off the excess energy one gets when you're living life to its fullest." The excerpts from this article give you an idea of how those around bubble boy live life to the fullest as well.

"Bush recovered from a near spill on a fast downhill, but four riders behind him went down in a Tour de France-style pileup, leaving them caked with dirt.

Bush settled into a steady rhythm on the way back up _ an ascent he said pushed him to near his physical limits. His heart rate monitor-wristwatch reported he achieved a maximum heart rate of 176 beats per minute _ just off his maximum, 183."

...

"The president set the pace throughout the ride, with four Air Force men, a White House legislative aide and Secret Service agents tightly bunched behind him.

...

"A long convoy of SUVs and off-road vehicles rumbled behind the group, carrying medics and security agents with machine guns."

...

"Generally when I ride it is the one time when I feel alone, even though I know people are behind me," he said. "I ask people a lot of times not to be in my line of vision because all I can see straight ahead is, you know, space."

Often, he said, when he is riding with his usual group near Washington he plugs headphones into his ears and cranks up his iPod, "and it's like I'm alone."

Sauce for the goose....

First I offer the following letter exactly as it appeared in this a.m.'s Iowa City Press-Citizen:

"Shooting controls deer population"
"The overpopulation of deer has long been a problem in Iowa City. The Iowa DNR and a deer task force in Iowa City are being challenged with the best way to regulate our deer populations and the safest and most humane way of doing this.

"Those who oppose regulation believe that killing deer is cruel and inhumane and the use of sharpshooters to regulate the population should be banned. Yet the reproduction rate of deer could lead to the population doubling in two to three years, which can become very dangerous for our local highways.

"I applaud the approach and the methods Iowa City has chosen. The city examined many methods of population regulation, and using sharpshooters was the cheapest, most humane and safest for the citizens.

"But I would like to hear your opinion. Do you agree or disagree? Any response will be very helpful. Please contact me at: deerregulation@yahoo.com
Natalie Kerns
Iowa City"


To which I replied:

"Perhaps the best way to respond to your request is to return your words to you as written with only slight editing for a different perspective:

"The overpopulation of (humans) has long been a problem in (the world). The (United Nations) and (the U.S. Armed Forces) are being challenged with the best way to regulate our (human) populations and the safest and most humane way of doing this.

"Those who oppose regulation believe that killing (humans) is cruel and inhumane and the use of sharpshooters to regulate the population should be banned. Yet the reproduction rate of (humans) could lead to the population doubling in two to three years, which can become very dangerous for our (food supply).

"I applaud the approach and the methods the (U.S.) has chosen. The (country) examined many methods of population regulation, and using sharpshooters was the cheapest, most humane and safest for the citizens (who are not "useless eaters").

"But I would like to hear your opinion. Do you agree or disagree? Any response will be very helpful. Please contact me at: deerregulation@yahoo.com

Natalie Kerns
Iowa City"


"Maybe these (revised) ideas are not so far-fetched after all--but only if the killing is instantaneous. The practices of beating people to death in prison cells, starvation, burning them to death with napalm, and submitting humans to the long, slow agonizing death caused by Depleted Uranium radiation poisoning are all woefully inefficient (although quite lucrative monetarily for munitions manufacturers). Carpet-bombing the Middle East with nukes would of course be a much more humane way of addressing the situation, but that method would naturally pollute the oil supply. No oil, no gas. No gas, no automobiles. Wait! That's it! No automobiles means our highways would be safer. And highway safety was your main concern, was it not?"

(Signed Peter of Lone Tree)

Who would you pick for 3rd Party candidate?

I missed this one at Huffpo. Great comment section.

It is depressing that this has become a very difficult question to answer. I have noticed that alot of times the "just joking" suggestions aren't really a joke anymore, considering our current POTUS. Our POTUS IS a joke. Any suggestion today would not be unrealistic by any means....

Who do you like?

Sunday Reads!! Ya gotta take a look at these 2....

Video - wow!


Joe B. essay:

Saturday, April 22

Okay, here's a plan...

We get the DCC or the DNC to hire six flatbed 18-wheelers, load 'em up with giant Marshall & EV amps & monitors (speakers), and put these two songs on an infinite loop.

Pink (has the biggest brass ovaries that I've seen in many a day.)

Neil Young

Have the semi's circle the White House, 24/7, until we run the rat, squeaking for his Mommy, out of our government.

(Hey, if they can torture Noriega {another BushCo. employee-of-the-month, btw} into surrendering, with hair bands and cheap amps, then this has GOT to work!)

Big brass ovary attachments to Rene' and Mick for the tips/links.

(And before y'all start bitching me out about not being around lately, well, I've had a lot of shit to handle, and I'm working on something. So nyeh.)

Newsy Items

Man, the 'stuff' keeps flying doesn't it?

Harriet Myers, America's sweetheart, who bush touted as the best person in the whole wide world for the SCOTUS, is under Josh Bolten's scrutiny. Could she be replaced as bush's counsel?

This is typical of our current government- making scientists look like radicals. The FDA says that "no sound scientific studies" supported the medical use of marijuana, contradicting a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists.

A CIA official stated that the WH told him that they didn't care about WMD information right before the US bombed the living shit out of Baghdad, that they were interested in a regime change and not intel. But we already knew that.

Ted Koppel will probably be smeared this weekend for talking about the nation's news media: “they have almost surrendered even the pretense of civic responsibility. That is not just a shame, but a travesty.”

Only the WH is supposed to leak information, silly. The CIA fired an employee for leaking the story about the secret gulags to Dana Priest of WaPo. God forbid anyone should know what the government is doing.

Did Condolieza Rice leak national defense information to a pro- Israel lobbyist? Her spokesman says, no, she didn't. Ok, that settles it. I was worried that a cabinet person would do such a thing.

Immigration: I found this good article in today's Newsday: Internet hoaxes and immigration statistics

I mentioned the other day that the Border Patrol in Arizona that my son has had run in's with is not a government agency. Some readers disagreed with me, but it is a privately funded concern and those who stop people on the highway just south of Tucson do not work for the government. I don't know why people have to stop for them. Cuz they have guns? I need to find out more. Someone?

I have to go through my pictures to find it, but on Rt 10 just north of Tucson I saw the most amazing billboard... I mean we don't even have them in NY... It read: "September 11, 2001: Stay focused, America." The motto of the border patrol down there is "We must take our country back ... before there is another 9/11." Sure, there is an immigration problem that must be addressed... and fairly of course... but to equate Mexican immigrants with 9/11 is ludicrous and I must protest. US Foreign policy and 9/11 would be more like it.

And one other thing: everyone I met in Tombstone Arizona told me that they are living there because it's the "real America" when I told them I was from NY. (mind you, Tombstone is one of those old west re-enactment tourist destinations and they all dress like Wyatt Earp.) I told them that I will be sure to call Osama bin Laden and tell him where the real America is and thanks for the tip.

What else is newsy today?

Zzzzzzzz


Not only did Dead Eye Dick wear sunglasses for the ceremony with President Hu, he later fell asleep after a press briefing.

Cheney's peeps insist he was reading notes... well maybe he WAS reading notes at one point... but that man's sleeping. That shit would have put me to sleep too. Well at least he didn't get a BJ.


hat tip: Think Progress

Friday, April 21

Contact Wearers, FDA Warning

JUST AN FYI - No comments are necessary:

Preliminary Public Health Notification - Fungal Keratitis Infections Related to Contact Lens Use

Updated: April 21, 2006

Dear Healthcare Practitioner:

This is to provide updated information on the recent increase in reports of a rare but serious fungal infection of the eye in soft contact lens wearers in the U.S. The infection, a fungal keratitis caused by the Fusarium fungus, may cause vision loss requiring corneal transplants.

New Information
On April 13, 2006, Bausch and Lomb announced that it is withdrawing all ReNu with MoistureLoc products and is recommending that consumers stop using ReNu with MoistureLoc immediately.

Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to investigate reports of fungal keratitis in an effort to determine all contributing factors and/or products that place contact lens wearers at increased risk for Fusarium keratitis. This Notification will continue to be updated as more information becomes
available.

Updated Recommendations For contact lens wearers:

Stop using Bausch and Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc products and discard all remaining MoistureLoc solution including partially used or opened bottles. Consult your eye care professional concerning use of an appropriate alternative cleaning / disinfecting product.

Consider performing a rub and rinse lens cleaning method, rather than a no rub method, regardless of which cleaning/disinfecting solution used, in order to minimize the number of germs and reduce the chances of infection.

Remove the lenses and consult your doctor immediately if you experience
symptoms such as redness, pain, tearing, increased light sensitivity, blurry
vision, discharge or swelling.

Poll-Taking Time:

Further down, in the comments to her "Danger, Will Robinson!" post, Liz asks,
"...yeehah! Ya comin' to the end of time orgy?"

and in order to generate some enthusiasm for this affair, we are asking readers:

Do you prefer:

1) A Perverted Orgy?
or,
2) A Depraved Orgy?


("Perverted", of course, means that you use feathers.
"Depraved" means you use the whole chicken.)

Granny Peace Brigade goes on Trial Today

Yep, a group of 80 and 90 year olds, some of whom are great-grandmothers are going on trial today, as a group for disturbing the peace while demonstrating against the war.

The defendants, some supporting themselves on canes and walkers, entered the small courtroom that was packed with about 75 supporters. They are each charged with two counts of disorderly conduct stemming from an October 17 protest against the war in Iraq outside the Times Square military recruiting station.

They are being tried as a group before Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross. There is no jury.

Yep, those grannies are the heart of terrorism huh?