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Monday, July 31

Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers

"While Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet." According to this story from timesonline, it seems that trained diplomats are tracking websites and posting supportive messages.

"In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints."

"Israel’s Foreign Ministry must avoid direct involvement with the campaign but is in contact with international Jewish and evangelical Christian groups, distributing internet information packs."


The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s public relations director said: “The internet’s become a leading tool for news, shaping the world view of millions. Our problem is the foreign media shows Lebanese suffering, but not Israeli. We’re bypassing that filter by distributing pictures showing how northern Israelis suffer from Katyusha rocket attacks.”

Anyone care to comment, or should we leave this one alone?

Visual accompaniment for the memes o'the day...


(I had wanted to post these earlier today as the "Thoughts For The Day," right atop Liz's "Fed Up/Flying Fetuses" post, but Blogger was going all schizo on me. So, nonetheless, it's still a valid sentiment, eh?)

(And extra thanks to Rev. Dave for the physical-embodiment version of a painting that I did back in '91 for a clinic defense in Baton Rouge... and yes, the fetus-flinging bible-bangers burnt the joint down. But, OH! how they loooooooooooooved my painting! )

CC2

I was going to respond to Ron's comment in the thread on Liz's post below --GETTING FED UP HERE. There was just too much information, so I decided to post it here. In response to GETTING FED UP HERE, Ron writes:

"What if the Democrats were in power and tried to do the same thing? There'd be a revolution."

"We're damned close as it is. In the past month, I've heard at least a dozen people say that armed rebellion is the next logical step with this administration. Not wingnut militias at their secret ranches mind you, but soccer moms, bartenders and mechanics. In line at the movies, at McDonalds, wherever! The anger at the insanity of this administration is boiling just beneath the surface with the 50-60% of Americans who think the Repuglicans have gone insane."

Ron - I'm feeling the same vibes from a lot of people also. I can't believe we have not rebelled yet. There's GOT to be something we can do.

Have any of you heard of CC2, (Constitutional Convention II)? I had not heard of it until I saw the C-span program Saturday night. One of the speakers referenced it. Ron's comment reminded me so I just looked it up. CC2 linked me to Power To The People
A WEB SITE DEDICATED TO THE CALLING OF THE FIRST ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF THE UNITED STATES.

It gets rather complicated from here, so I thought maybe we could work through this together because, for some strange reason, my brain turns off when I read about legal matters. (Hellllp Meeee)

P.S. On Tuesday August 1, C-SPAN will re-air the 9-11 Roundtable discussion at 6:10 pm EDT

U.S. set to issue passports with RFID chips

Here's the story from Computer World
Given the fast pace of technology changes, and the 10-year life of a passport, it's inevitable that the RFID chip will become hackable and that technology will be built to access it from long distances, said Bruce Schneier, founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. The new passport could eventually allow for surreptitious access and tracking, he said.

Schneier contended that the State Department could have used an RFID chip that requires contact with a reader. "I can think of no benefit for a contact-less chip," he said. "The question is, if there is no good reason for RFID, why are they pushing so hard for it?"

Makes you wonder.......

Getting fed up here

A picture of an aborted fetus will be flown over Cleveland starting today. In all fairness, they ought to show some pics of dead babies in Iraq too. They ought to have a blood and gore fest in the sky.

During the RNC in NYC, you couldn't even buy a billboard with any message that wasn't pro-GOP or pro-war. NYC went Nazi. Mayor Bloomberg didn't want to take the blame for all the excuses as to why bush protesters and anti-war groups couldn't demonstrate. Now it turns out that he was actively involved in squelching free speech during the RNC. Oh what a time that was. Dragnets in NYC. the bastards.

Don't you think free speech ought to apply to everyone even if they don't agree with the GOP? What if the Democrats were in power and tried to do the same thing? There'd be a revolution.

Female Roman Catholic Priests?

How cool is it that Roman Catholic women who have been working in pastoral ministries over the years due to the lack of male priests are ordaining themselves in Pittsburgh today? In the last 25 years or so as the number of priests declined, more and more "lay" people have taken over in parishes around the country (and the world). Many married men have become deacons but the RC Church has yet to ordain a female deacon even though it's in the New Testament that women were deacons in the early church. These women are ordaining themselves priests and deacons.

The official RC church is threatening to excommunicate these women because they dare to break the traditional 'boys only' rule. Somehow, I don't think that the RC god is going to have a problem with women ministering to the flock. It's the male dominated RC heirarchy that's got their skirts in an uproar. They say that these women are a "threat to church unity." TFB. I say that the RC church is its own worst enemy, but what do I know? I only have an MDiv from a Catholic Seminary. They can't pull the wool over my eyes.

Here's the story with some great quotes from the brave women.

And yes, I do not practice any religion what so ever. I know too much. I still applaud these women of faith for doing the right thing. If there's anything the RC Church needs, it's women.

And in war news

Yesterday I read in the NYTimes that an Israeli air raid killed dozens of Lebanese civilians who were hiding in the basement of an apartment building in Qana when the building collapsed on to them. Israel agreed late Sunday to suspend its attacks for 48 hours while it investigated the bombing.

So much for that. This morning, Reuters reports
Israel's defense minister said Monday the country will "expand and strengthen" its attack on Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, diminishing hopes that a 48-hour halt in airstrikes could be turned into a longer term cease-fire. The Israeli army said its air force has carried out strikes in southern Lebanon, despite the 48 hour agreement.


It was determined that Hezbollah rockets were being launched from Qana. Israel says it won't stop bombing until Hezbollah runs out of rockets. Condi has decided to come back to the US to work on a settlement between Lebanon and Israel through through a U.N. Security Council.

Why do you think that Condi is coming back and working with the UN now? Perhaps the bushista plan to engage Syria and Iran is not panning out afterall?

And hey, what's happening in Iraq? Is that war over? Oh no. From FT.com- "A Pentagon spokesman on Friday confirmed that US troop levels in Iraq rose to 132,000 during the past week – the highest since late May – from 127,000 at the start of the week."

The Iraqi prime minister pissed off Americans by siding with Hezbollah. Interestingly, in Iraq, the Kurds, the Sunnis and the Shiites stand together in condemning Israel.

Meanwhile, NATO troops took over command operations in Afghanistan from the US led coalition on Monday. Guess the bushistas fucked up that war too.

Oh and when we thought that maybe Guantanamo Bay was going to be closed, we found out over the weekend that the US built a bigger and better prison there- Camp 6 -built by Halliburton, it's a state of the art maximum security jail that will hold 200 prisoners.

I dunno. You read the news and it's so depressing. This WH is nuts. They still insist they know what's right and they have never once proved that they are competent. Secretary of War, Rumsfeld is "deranged".

Sunday, July 30

Corinne Bailey Rae

Have you heard of her? If not, hopefully you will, VERY SOON!!
I've been waiting for months to hear her on the radio. Hopefully the DJs will give her a spin. I caught her on VH1 the other day, so keep your fingers crossed!
She's my new favorite artist, and Girl, Put your records on is my new favorite song. This music video is beautiful and guaranteed to put you in a good mood!

Here is another video of her live performance of the same song.

Enjoy.

Naked women leave police speechless

TIRANA (Reuters) - Albanian police were speechless when around 30 Scandinavian women went topless, shocking local bathers and causing an uproar in an Albanian beach resort.

"Police only watched ... they could not approach the tourists because they spoke no English," a local newspaper in the southern Albania coastal town of Sarande said.

Albanian mothers dragged their children away and police received a barrage of complaints over the Scandinavian tourists.

The Scandinavians left after two hours when their guide was informed that nude bathing was banned on public beaches. Nudity and topless bathing are still taboo in the poor Balkan country.


Hmmm. Maybe their tourism would increase if they allowed nude sunbathing?

Sad News From England

The Giant dead eel tossing contest canceled after more than 30 years of the annual tradition of " two teams of fishermen standing on wooden platforms as human bowling pins, hurling a dead giant eel at each other." Apparently it's not politically correct despite the crowds of people who flock to the sleepy fishing village of Lyme Regis each year to marvel at the spectacle.

"The practice, known as conger cuddling, is the annual highlight in the small coastal town about 155 miles southwest of London. The object of the game is to knock the opposing team off the platform by swinging a 25-pound eel at them."

Supporters of the "sport" feel that since the eel is already dead, it shouldn't matter to the eel. Nevertheless, 300 people attended an alternate event where a boat dock fender was used instead of the eel... but it wasn't quite as exciting as being slapped silly by a dead eel.

America- war is peace

JERUSALEM - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday she is "deeply saddened by the terrible loss of innocent life" from Israel's attack on a Lebanese village, but she held firm to the internationally unpopular position that a quick cease-fire won't solve the crisis. Her position is that if the rest of the world thinks one way, than the US position should be the complete opposite. If everyone opposes you, then you must be doing something right. After all, this thought process has worked so well so far.


Stymieing Rice's diplomatic mission, Israel's early morning missile strike sparked protests in Beirut and forced Rice to cancel an expected visit Sunday with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. Yes, it's a long held bushista tradition to avoid protest situations because protesters are terrorists and we don't negotiate with terrorists. She planned to remain in Jerusalem instead, where she said she had work to do to end the fighting. But of course. It's hard, hard work to end fighting from hundreds of miles away.

...

"We all recognize this kind of warfare is extremely difficult," said Rice, noting it comes in areas where civilians live. "It unfortunately has awful consequences sometimes."

"We want a cease-fire as soon as possible," said Rice, during one of her strongest statements yet on the need to end the conflict. Oooh. That's telling them Sleezza.

...

Rice said she had not yet spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whom she had dinner with Saturday night, but planned to reach him after an Israeli Cabinet meeting.

She has spoken by phone to Saniora to express the condolences of the U.S. government and its citizens and let him know she wouldn't be coming. Sorry that the shit has hit the fan, but I'll stay here in Jerusalem where the rockets won't hit me and mess up my shoes. But infuriated Lebanese officials said they had asked Rice to postpone the visit. Oh really?

Either way, Rice was not welcome to visit Lebanon, an ally. Wonder why?

"In the wake of the tragedy that the people and the government of Lebanon are dealing with today, I have decided to postpone my discussion in Beirut," Rice said. "In any case, my work today is here."

I get the feeling that Rice should take a Dale Carnegie course.

One more for the night

PLAY THIS.

NOW.



You'll thank me later, although I think that they're lying about the 15 ways --- I only found 13, but that's probably just me.

And if you'd like, list your candidates (role-playing in the game) in the comments.

Saturday, July 29

2 small items

1. Here's one of my filthy, dirty little secrets: I watch FOX. Not the "news" (ha!) channel, certainly, that would give me a major aneurism/embolism before the commercial break. But I do watch a few of the sitcoms, "HOUSE," and "MadTV". I know, I know, you can hear my braincells dying from there. ANYWAYYYYYY --- They just ran a promo for "The Fox Viewer Panel." If you're "thirteen and over," go to the website (FOX-dot-com) and look for Viewer Panel. Ever wanted to change the world? How about Rupert Murdoch's prostate's longevity? Sure, sure, they'll disregard your "liberal," "moonbat," "left-wing" suggestions just as easily as any other viewer mail or protesters or any other focus group, but it is an opportunity to deliver your own little guerilla google-bomb to those shallow, scum-sucking, war-mongering, profiteering bastards, right up their own asses. Think of Randy Quaid in "Independence Day." It's not like they're not SOLICITING the help of the herds of sheeple, as it is... just like siccing the Mormons on somebody, it's not Mail Fraud, it's HELPING DISTRIBUTE THE MESSAGE. Rupert will thank you.

2. Mags sent me this joke, and it had everybody on my e-mail list howling, so I hadda share with everybody else: A Guy's New Diet (and now I know what I should've been feeding Jake!)

I used to have a Labrador retriever & I was buying a large bag of Purina at Wal-Mart and was in line to check out.

A woman behind me asked if I had a dog(?).

On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Purina Diet again, although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last time but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry & that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.

I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a tall guy who was behind her at the end of the line
.
Horrified, she asked if I was in the hospital because I'd been poisoned.

I told her no; I'd been sitting in the street licking my balls and a car hit me.

I thought that last guy was going to have to stagger out the door.




(And if I've already posted this, don't tell me. I know that I'm getting senile, but it was a good joke, anyway.)

My Dirty Little Secret Addiction

I am always looking for the one product or process that will transform me into the beautiful creature I was 'sposed to be. And that, hons, is how I got addicted to manicures.

It started innocently enough as a special-occasion set of acrylic nails for my first really big horse show, The World Paint Show. I would be there in classes with top horses and I was nervous as a hen on a hot griddle, desperate for a confidence booster.

The truth was, I wasn't used to being out in with the big dogs and was having a hard time taking the advise of my peers. "Ride like you own the arena." Then it hit me: a set of awesomely long, cherry red nails would be just the ticket. I could hold the fakes around my reins and the judges would be so mesmerized by the sheer beauty of those puppies that they wouldn't notice if the horse missed a lead or broke his gait. They'd just say, "Dang, what big nails she has!"

I showed up at the nail salon a few minutes early, surprised to see four other women sitting on floral slipper chairs and discussing their weekly manicures. Like any good redneck, I always thought you only got fake nails if you was getting married that afternoon.

A couple of hours later, I left wearing my new, magnificent talons, the kind where you drum them on purpose just to hear their lovely click-click, like a poodle on Pergo.

The nails did their job. I sailed through those classes like a pro, athough I couldn't resist sort'a waving my fingers each time the judges looked at my horse. Even though my horse made plenty of mistakes it must have confused the judges, but who cared? The more confused they looked, the more I wiggled my fingers. I placed in several classes. I was sold.

The next few weeks, I realized I might have a problem. See, I'd never intended to keep going back to the nail salon but these beauties were as addictive as crack. Every time I sat in my slipper chair and presented my nails to Debra, I would try to form the words: "Just dissolve these and put some clear on my real nails" but instead, it came out as "Don't you think my pinkies could use some length?"

They say that Barbra Streisand is so nail-obsessed that she gets manicures twice a day. Hey, if you want to see somebody with a problem, look no further than Babs.

I mean it's not as if I can't quit anytime I want to. It's not like it's hurting anybody else, right? The more I think about it, it's not like I really have a problem. Maybe you all are the ones with the problem.

Now Accepting Nominations For "Idiot of the Week"

I'll start. My nominee is Tim LaHaye, co-author of the "Left Behind" book series, who seems positively gleeful that the current Isreali-Lebanese situation means the rapture is nigh. A few nuggets from a recent interview in Newsweek:

"Biblically speaking, the very nations that are mentioned in prophecy—and have been mentioned for 2,500 years as occupying the focus of the tension of the last days—are the very nations that are involved in the conflict right now. That may be one of the reasons there’s a sudden interest in bible prophecy because all of a sudden they realize end-time events could possibly take place and break forth right now."

"[We've] never [had] the accumulation of events as we have today. I have often said that no one knows the day nor the hour that Christ will come, but no generation has had so many signs of the times as our generation. We have more reason to believe that Christ could come in our lifetime than any generation before us. "

"[W]e don’t believe in the damnation of people in ethnic groups. We believe that’s an individual decision. Now, it often follows in people groups. Take the Muslims that we’ve been talking about. Everybody knows that they do not accept Jesus Christ as a means of salvation from sin. That’s the only way you can be saved, is to call on the name of the Lord. They’re not about to do that. "

Yeah, man, what a great idea. Let's stoke the fires and get all your fundie friends rooting for an expansion of the fighting, and meanwhile you can line your pockets from the royalties of your books. Mr. LeHaye, if you're so sure the end times are near, can I be equally sure that you're giving all your money away? Can I get a little of it? I mean, you won't be needing it anymore, right? I'm not greedy and don't need much, and I promise to put it to good use, like making sure you and your friends are exposed as the charlatans you really are. WWIII may indeed be right around the corner, but it's man, not the Big Guy in the Sky, who's going to bring it about.

So, Mr. LeHaye is my nominee for Idiot of the Week. Who's yours?

Regular News For Americans

In this week's not so important news but I liked the pictures (click photo for larger image)....


The Santa Convention took place in Copenhagen.


CBS is appealing the FCC fine regarding the blatant disregard for American morality that took place at the Super Bowl. Oh my eyes!


He got caught drinking and driving. What will we tell the children?
Mel Gibson who uttered anti-Semitic slurs during the arrest, also happens to look like Saddam Hussein! Oh my eyes!

Friday, July 28

C-SPAN to Air Historic 9/11 Exposé

9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Panel Discussion to Run on Saturday, July 29th at 8PM (EST)

"C-SPAN has confirmed that their coverage of the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Panel Discussion will air on C-SPAN 1 on July 29th at 8PM (EST). The panel features incredible presentations by 9/11 Scholars for Truth founder James Fetzer, BYU Physics Professor Steven Jones, President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret., Filmmaker and Radio Broadcaster Alex Jones, and Terrorism Expert Webster Tarpley.

"The appearance of this discussion on the nation’s premiere public affairs cable network is an incredible boon to the 9/11 Truth Movement. None of the 9/11 Truth events that C-SPAN has covered in the past are as hard-hitting as the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda program. This panel discussion cuts to the heart of the issue and exposes the events of September 11th, 2001 as a complex premeditated plot carried out by criminal elements within the U.S. Government as a pretext for launching the endless “War on Terror” in which the globe is currently embroiled. C-SPAN’s coverage of this pivotal information will bring considerable national attention to the 9/11 Truth Movement. It will also lend further credibility to the Scholars for 9/11 Truth, the premiere organization within the movement for peer-reviewed scientific research on 9/11 issues."


More at Infowars.

Have at it




That's shrub with the American Idols today at the WH.

bandaids?


The State Department wants to give $10million to the Lebanese army "to help Lebanon modernize its force by purchasing spare parts for armored personnel carriers and other vehicles needed or armed patrols."

There's also talk about deploying multinational troops to the Lebanese border. I don't know which side of the war the troops will be on.

And You Were Saying?

An excerpt from a Cambridge paper that helps prove what most of us have already figured out. Religion is an excuse and is used by some people to


Atheism and Societal Health -

Indeed, countries containing high percentages of non-believers are among the most healthy and wealthy nations on earth (Paul, 2004). Of course, we must always distinguish between those nations where non-belief has been forced upon the society by dictators (“coercive atheism”) from those societies wherein non-belief has emerged on its own without governmental coercion (“organic atheism”). Nations marked by coercive atheism -- such as China, North Korea, Vietnam, and former Soviet states -- are societies marked by all that comes with totalitarianism: poor economic development, intellectual censorship, widespread corruption, ubiquitous depression, etc.. However, nations marked by high levels of organic atheism – such as Sweden, the Netherlands, and France -- are among the healthiest, wealthiest, most educated, and most free societies on earth.

Consider the Human Development Report (2004), commissioned by The United Nations Development Program. This report ranks 177 nations on a “Human Development Index,” which measures societal health through a weighing of such indicators as life expectancy at birth, adult literacy rate, per capita income, and educational attainment. According to the 2004 Report, the five highest ranked nations in terms of total human development were Norway, Sweden, Australia, Canada, and the Netherlands. All five of these countries are characterized by notably high degrees of organic atheism. Furthermore, of the top 25 nations ranked on the “Human Development Index,” all but one country ( Ireland) are top-ranking non-belief nations, containing some of the highest percentages of organic atheism on earth. Conversely, of those countries ranked at the bottom of the “Human Development Index” -- the bottom 50 -- all are countries lacking any statistically significant percentages of atheism.

Concerning the infant mortality rate specifically (number of deaths per 1,000 live births), irreligious countries have the lowest rates, and religious countries have the highest rates. According to the CIA World Factbook (2004), out of 225 nations, the top 25 nations with the lowest infant mortality rates were all nations containing significantly high percentages of organic atheism. Conversely, the 75 bottom nations with the highest infant mortality rates were all very religious nations without any statistically significant levels of organic atheism.

Concerning international poverty rates, the United Nations’ Report on the World Social Situation (2003) found that of the
40 poorest nations on earth (measured by the percentage of each nation’s population that lives on less than $1.00 a day), all but one (Vietnam) are highly religious nations with statistically minimal or insignificant levels of atheism.

Concerning homicide rates, Fajnzylber et al (2002), looked at 38 nations (excluding those in Africa) and found that of the top ten nations with the highest homicide rates, all but one (United States) were highly religious nations with statistically insignificant levels of organic atheism. Conversely, of the bottom ten nations with the lowest homicide rates, all but one ( Ireland) are highly secular nations with high levels of atheism. Fox and Levin (2000) looked at 37 nations (again excluding Africa), and found that of the top ten nations with the highest homicide rates, all but two (Estonia and Taiwan) were highly religious nations containing statistically insignificant levels of organic atheism. Conversely, of the bottom ten nations with the lowest homicide rates, all but two ( Ireland and Kuwait) were relatively secular nations with high levels of organic atheism.

Concerning suicide rates, this is the one indicator of societal health in which religious nations fare much better than secular nations. According to the 2003 World Health Organization’s report on international male suicides rates (which compared 100 countries), of the top ten nations with the highest male suicide rates, all but one (Sri Lanka) are strongly irreligious nations with high levels of atheism. It is interesting to note, however, that of the top remaining nine nations leading the world in male suicide rates, all are former Soviet/Communist nations, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Latvia( viii ). Of the bottom ten nations with the lowest male suicide rates, all are highly religious nations with statistically insignificant levels of organic atheism.

Concerning literacy rates, according to the United Nations’ Report on the World Social Situation (2003), of the 35 nations with the highest levels of youth illiteracy rates (percentage of population ages 15-24 who cannot read or write)( ix ), all are highly religious nations with statistically insignificant levels of organic atheism.

Concerning gender equality, nations marked by high degrees of organic atheism are among the most egalitarian in the world, while highly religious nations are among the most oppressive. According to the 2004 Human Development Report’s “Gender Empowerment Measure,” the top ten nations with the highest degrees of gender equality are all strongly organic atheistic nations with significantly high percentages of non-belief. Conversely, the bottom ten are all highly religious nations without any statistically significant percentages of atheists. According to Inglehart and Norris’s (2003) “Gender Equality Scale,” of the top ten nations most accepting of gender equality, all but two (United States and Colombia) are nations marked by high levels of organic atheism; of the bottom ten (those least accepting of gender equality), all are highly religious nations marked by statistically insignificant levels of organic atheism( x ). According to Inglehart (2003), countries with the most female members of parliament tend to be countries characterized by high degrees of organic atheism (such as Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands) and countries with the fewest female members in parliament tend to be highly religious countries (such as Pakistan, Nigeria, and Iran).

In sum, countries marked by high rates of organic atheism are among the most societally healthy on earth, while societies characterized by non-existent rates of organic atheism are among the most destitute.
Nations marked by high degrees of organic atheism tend to have among the lowest homicide rates, infant mortality rates, poverty rates, and illiteracy rates, and among the highest levels of wealth, life expectancy, educational attainment, and gender equality in the world. The only indicator of societal health mentioned above in which religious countries fared better than irreligious countries was suicide.

Of course, it is essential to clearly state that I am in no way arguing that high levels of organic atheism cause societal health or that low levels of organic atheism cause societal ills such as poverty or illiteracy. If anything, the opposite argument should be made: societal health causes widespread atheism, and societal insecurity causes widespread belief in God, as discussed by Norris and Inglehart (2004) above.

The causes of the glaring differences in societal well being among the world’s rich and poor nations are numerous (Diamond, 1999; Landes, 1999). Certainly among them include the birth and development of the industrial revolution, the lingering residue of colonialism and international conquests, and international trade policies that heavily favor the interests of wealthy/first world nations and their multi-national corporations over the interests of developing/third world nations. Again, to suggest that widespread belief or non-belief in God is the cause of societal health or societal pathology is not my intention. Rather, I am simply seeking to clearly establish that high degrees of non-belief in God in a given society clearly do not result in societal ruin, and high levels of belief in God do not ensure societal well-being. This is an important fact to stress because politically-active theists often equate atheism with crime, immorality, and societal disintegration. From Muslim fundamentalists in Iran to Christian fundamentalists in Indiana, the argument is loudly trumpeted that belief in God is “good for society” – an ultimate panacea -- while rejection of the belief in God is bad for society. The above discussion reveals that this thesis is baldly incorrect.



And to top it off, Denmark has been declared the happiest country on Earth. Odd isn't it? We keep hearing about how America will crumble without the god-botherers, and rapture index, politicians invoking invisible, vengeful sky daddies, etc. The Founding Fathers had it right from the get go. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Because right now we are seeing and feeling what happens when religion influences politics.

State sponsored bigotry, the poor (some might say criminal) treatment of the poor, women, and basically anyone who doesn't belong to 'their' club and know the secret handshake. When the populace complains we are told to 'put our faith in god, the president and the government'...can you HONESTLY think of any less trustworthy combination?

I say it is long past time we TAX churches, mosques, temples, etc; enforce the separation of church and state especially in politics, education and congress. If someone is so hopeful of the rapture, do the kind thing and call your local mental health hotline before they hurt themselves or someone else.

Karma, Bay-Bee

Shrubby's new next door neighbor is Cindy Sheehan. Every time he goes to Crawford to clear some brush, and I don't mean just for the next two years while he is still Pretendisent, he's going to have to look at the woman whose son he murdered with his illegal war.

I hope he sees pictures of Casey Sheehan in his dreams for the rest of his life.

Fiddling around while Rome is burning


Looks like Leezy and her buddy "Nero" wowed them in Kuala Lumpur for her musical performance of Brahms' Intermezzo number two and Brahms Sonata for violin and piano, opus 108. She offered it up as a "prayer for peace" ironically. Her musical skills far surpass her negotiating for peace skills.

Using the public speaking skills she learned from Donald Rumsfeld, she says she'll return to the Middle East when the 'time is right', but she hasn't figured out exactly when she'll know that the 'time is right'. So she's not clear where she'll go next although she says she's ready to negotiate with N. Korea any time.

Speaking about the Middle East she also said, "We hope to achieve an early end to this violence. That means that we have to help the parties establish conditions that will make it possible for an early ceasefire."

Hey Condi, what the hell do I know, but how about calling for a cease fire and then negotiating? Who do you think you're fooling? The US called for a cease fire in N. Korea over 50 years ago and we're still 'negotiating'. So what if you call a cease fire and it takes years to negotiate? At least people will stop dying over the insanity of saying things like, "Israel has the right to defend itself." The Hezbollah guys are hiding in fox holes in Lebanon, not apartment buildings, so the only people Israel is "defending itself against" are the civilians. Close to 500 civilians have been killed. Nice diplomacy.

Take a look at the video of Israel 'defending itself' by targeting aid workers/red cross ambulances.

Lebanon Oil Spill- So far not on the "bias liberal" news radar

10,000 to 30,000 tons of oil spilled into the Mediterranean Sea after Israel bombed a power plant creating an ecological crisis that Lebanon has neither the money nor the expertise to deal with.

"To clean it up we need access to the sea, which we don't have." Said Environment Minister Yacoub al-Sarraf.

But hey, who cares? American Idols will visit the Chimp Boy at the White House. Oh, and there's that serial killer to report on. NOW THAT'S NEWS!

The US: Too late for empire

Sorry friends -- I'll put my 'firehose' down for a while. So much (too much) to read sometimes. This is a WONDERFUL read also from the Asia Times. It is rather long -- you may want to save it for the weekend. And again, it is DEFINITELY worth passing along.

Wars of aggression, torture, domestic spying and arbitrary arrest are the hallmarks of dictatorship, yet Congress, run by the president's party, has refused to conduct full investigations into either the false WMD claims, or the abuses and torture, or the warrantless wiretaps, or the imprisonment without habeas corpus.

When Congress passed a bill forbidding torture and the president signed it, he added a "signing statement" implying a right to disregard its provisions when they conflicted with his interpretation of his powers.

The president's secret legal memos justifying the abuses and torture are based on a conception of the powers of the executive that gives him carte blanche to disregard specific statutes as well as international law in the exercise of self-granted powers to the commander-in-chief nowhere mentioned in the constitution.

If accepted, these claims would fundamentally alter the structure of the US government, upsetting the system of checks and balances and nullifying fundamental liberties, including guarantees in the Fourth Amendment to the constitution against unreasonable searches and seizures and guarantees of due process. As such, they embody apparent failures of the president to carry out his oath to "preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States".
Hat tip again to Joe at stopthelie.

Terror, Power and the NeoConservative Ideology

I hope some of you copy and paste this and pass it along:

Neoconservatives desperately needed more power, and that power was delivered on a silver platter in the form of 9/11.

Neoconservative documents have long professed a desire to rule the world. Their own documents show they knew a truly "American" society would never support their plans. ...their own documents show they understood the BENEFIT of a "New Pearl Harbor."

It has never been easy to take over the world. It has always required a "certain kind" of person; a person capable of things most others are not capable of. -That they must be willing to lie, cheat, murder, maim, and manipulate goes without saying. That countless innocent civilians will suffer and die in the conquest goes without saying. That one cannot be bothered with such things as "moral consistency" goes without saying. Knowing this, it is time for some intellectual honesty. It is time we finally accept that criminal means are no way to secure so called "moral ends." -And the mere act of professing a goal that can be had no other way reveals the "kind of people" we're dealing with.

Those who now launch illegal wars of aggression, torture, murder, maim and manipulate (in our name) have acted exactly as we should have expected them to. Their actions are an inescapable requirement of the goals they have set and intend to achieve. That they are actively trying to erode the limitations on government power (outlined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights) should come as no surprise either. This too is a requirement if they are to reach their goal.

So here we are. Regardless of your take on 9/11 (whether you believe it was a complete surprise, it was allowed to happen, or it was made to happen) we can all agree on the following: 9/11 furthered an ideological agenda that, absent the attacks, would have NEVER been possible. Right now, we are witnessing a transformation in America unlike any in its history. And on that point, I'd like to quote the fathers of this revolution,:

"The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor." -Quoting the Neoconservative organization: Project for a New American Century.

When we surrender the founding principles of our country so easily, what message do we send? Do we discourage those willing to employ criminal means or do we tempt them? And if otherwise unattainable rewards can be had, and no accountability suffered, what are the drawbacks of doing "whatever it takes?" Dare I say (when dealing with a "certain type of person") there are none?

In short, the Neoconservative ideology is inherently evil because it necessitates a willingness to do "whatever it takes." Anything that stands in the way of their objective is the enemy; whether it is truth, justice or (in our current situation) the American way.

Now is the time for us to decide whether or not we are going to tolerate this assault on our way of life. We as American citizens must question the wisdom of placing our trust, our money, our security, our freedom, and the lives of our children, in the hands of men willing to lie, cheat, murder, maim, and manipulate.

Make no mistake, their ultimate aim is the destruction of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. -In that alone, their ultimate aim is the destruction of America. They've suggested another major attack on an American city could be all it takes to implement "emergency powers" and a "military form of government." You tell me: Will they get their way? Will YOU concede and fall in line, or will you stand with the rest of us who are committed to defending America from ALL ENEMIES? (Foreign and Domestic.) Time will tell-

J. Plummer 7.27.06 stopthelie


House votes to block police from seizing legal guns in disasters

Red -- I was going to add this to your recent post's comment thread, but thought it was such great news that I had to give it a headline. This has GOT to brighten your day!!

Hat tip to Joe at stopthelie

A "Day in the Life of Joe Republican"

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed kmtberry's ENTIRE blog, particularly this post.

I had just ended (a few hours ago) my exhausting day on a very depressing note -- Bill Frist on Hannity and Colmes . I still need to surf the teevee to fall asleep after a crazy day. I hit on THAT station just as THAT asswipe came on. He was taking liberal bashing to new hights -- I know most of you would have finally thrown the brick that put the big screen's lights out forever. I guess I was just too tired -- probably couldn't have even lifted a brick if I had one.

Can't sleep, just woke up, still pissed, found myself at KM's blog, and whata ya know! After reading her post about Joe Republican, I'm feeling much better -- what a GREAT READ!!!

Thursday, July 27

Exxon Bitch Slaps Working Families

Exxon announced today that it made a profit of 10.30 billion during the second quarter of 2006. Rumor has it that gas will hit $6.00 a gallon. Could this be true?!? And if so, what will that do to the almighty dollar? Inquiring mules want to know.
Now let's all hold hands and sing God Bless America and Big Oil!

Israel's Bitch

U.S. Pessimism On Increase

So says this poll. I'm feeling this in spades.

I need a pep talk. Someone tell me something good. Something to make my insides bloom. Something to make my spirits soar. Something to make me feel hopeful for our country. Please, I'm needing it bad.

Thanks in advance.

huh?

Help me connect this dot somewhere

Montgomery Police Department's SWAT Team Learns Israeli Tactics

Wednesday, July 26

andrea yates open thread

Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday in the drowning of her children in the bathtub.

Military Says, "WTF?"

Could it be true that the Bushistas are considering sending troops into Lebanon?

And is it true that rather than lessening the amount of US troops in Iraq, they will be expanded?

And could we really be in for war with Iran? Did it already start?

And on "casual Friday" this week, Condi Rice-A-Roni will give a piano recital at at the annual gala of Asia’s top security meeting where foreign ministers forget about the rest of the world and entertain themselves with skits, comedy and music. I'm sure the diplomats will be falling off their chairs in laughter as Rice performs the always hilarious Brahms. I hope someone brings a violin as it would be most appropriate.

Also this Friday, the Codpiece will entertain the American Idol winners at the White House.

Bigots Abound

"A few months ago, a gay man died of a heart attack in West Virginia after a sheriff refused to let the man's friend administer CPR.

Around that same time, a young college student in Kentucky was expelled from school because he used the Internet to tell friends he was gay. Another gay teen in Iowa dropped out of high school because of aggressive harassment and bullying from his classmates.

And when a California woman almost died after giving birth to twins, her female partner wasn't sure if the hospital would let her take her children home.

As Judy Shepard (whose gay son was brutally murdered) put it:

"Matt is no longer with us today because the men who killed him learned to hate. Somehow and somewhere they received the message that the lives of gay people are not as worthy of respect, dignity and honor..."

I say the time has come for bigotry and discrimination to STOP! The battle before us today is a tough one. History is full of struggles for equality, where people used religion and the status quo to legitimize bigotry, discrimination and even brutal treatment of their fellow humans.

Martin Luther King Jr. was told to "leave well enough alone" while fighting segregation and horrible lynchings in the South. Before him, Susan B. Anthony faced monumental opposition in the struggle to win the right to vote for women. And President Lincoln paid with his life because of his battle to keep our nation together and put an end to slavery.

But they all had one thing in common. The were on the "right" side of history.

Sadly, many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans do not share the equality most Americans enjoy. In many commmunities, gay and lesbian couple are not guaranteed hospital visitations right when their partner fall ill. Gay and lesbian employees can be fired in 33 states simply because fo their sexual orientation. Transgender people can be fired in 43 states for no other reason than who they are. The most commonly used derogatory epithet on school playgrounds is "faggot!" Children get beaten up because they have gay or lesbian parents, or because they are perceived as gay themselves. Same-sex couples are denied more than 1,000 benefits that married heterosexual couples receive with a marriage license.


And as all this continues, right -wing extremists fight to not only deny citizens equal rights but to inscribe discrimination against them into the Constitution. It's time to stop the hatred. Stop the bigotry. And put an end to discrimination."

The War on the Web

This is an interesting story from ABC news regarding traditional media outlets versus the blogosphere in the reporting of the war.

"When The New York Times makes a mistake, there are more than enough critics to ensure that the newspaper takes action against the offenders and reworks its policies to ensure more accuracy."

"When an anonymous blogger espouses his view of a situation from the ground, or posts a piece of video, there's no one to hold accountable and therefore no way to ensure that what's being viewed is accurate or fair."


OK -- maybe that's the case, but personally, I find the blogosphere to be the ONLY place I can get information that I would never even SEE in a newspaper.

"There's a lot of fantastic information out there, but it's too much. It's a fire hose," Palser said. "It can be a relief and a grounding experience to then be able to go and look at something that's a little more organized and more edited."

So....I'm curious to see how many of you feel "relieved" and "grounded"
when you leave the blogosphere and go to the newspaper.

When will Coulter ever stop putting that size 13 shoe in its mouth?

Mr. Ann Coulter missed the post here at this blog when we revealed that gay bashers are jealous gay men who are pretending to be straight and wish they weren't missing out on all the fun.

Let's read this account of the world's most famous gay drag queen suggesting on CNBC that Bill Clinton is latently gay:

Coulter: I think that sort of rampant promiscuity does show some level of latent homosexuality.
Coulter's the expert on everything sexual, you know. And so what if he's latently gay? Maybe the queen should swing him over to the dark side.

Last week we learned more about anal sex and fisting, than we cared to discuss in polite company, from Coulter. Now, who would have guessed that Coulter took part in the great circle jerk that was the Starr Report and MEMORIZED it? Don't answer that.
Deutsch: OK, say it on air.

Coulter: I think that sort of rampant promiscuity does show some level of latent homosexuality.

Deutsch: OK, I think you need to say that again. That Bill Clinton, you think on some level, has -- is a latent homosexual, is that what you're saying?

Coulter: Yeah. I mean, not sort of just completely anonymous -- I don't know if you read the Starr report -- the rest of us were glued to it -- I have many passages memorized. No, there was more plot and dialogue in a porno movie.


Thanks to Knox Rover for the lead.


UPDATE: Mr Coulter claims that liberals suck the brains out of little babies. Says Al Gore is a "total fag".

Dumb bastards don't even know what freedom means

Now get this:
"This is an issue I've struggled with for years," [Dr.] Gish said. "My current feeling is life begins at conception, and I feel that anything that interferes with that" causes an abortion.

"The dilemma I have is the whole rape issue: Which side are you more concerned with? Are you more concerned about the mother or the life that was possibly created? That's my dilemma," he said. "I personally don't have this thing worked out. I'm not sure how my faith can line up with my practice at times of what I'm asked to do."

The state backs up his refusal.
This doctor doesn't have the thing worked out yet so he just refuses to help a rape victim not get pregnant. Should he be concerned with a human being standing before him who was just raped or should he be concerned with the possiblity of conception, a conception that can be nipped before it even buds? This doctor should know that Plan B does not cause an abortion but someone told him that "faith" trumps science and he believes he is free to impose his "faith" on those who don't share his unsubstantiated beliefs.

Since when does "Freedom" mean that you can do whatever you want because of your beliefs regardless of whether or not it infringes on another person's "freedom" and their beliefs?

Sure I have the freedom to blast my stereo 24/7... as long as those who live within earshot like my music and have no intention of sleeping. My freedom ceases if the music infringes on those who enjoy the freedom of listening to the sounds of nature. That's how it works...

Then what's the deal with this? What if my belief is that I under no circumstances should be forced to conceive a child against my will? But I am held down and raped. An evil person plants his demon seed inside of me. There is a chance I may conceive unless I take mega doses of birth control within 24 hours (Plan B, a legal prescription drug).

I call my doctor to get a prescription for Plan B but he won't write it. Why? Because this doctor believes that life begins at the moment of conception, which he believes could have been the moment of rape, even though one doesn't conceive that fast. His blind faith to his religion trumps biology 101.

In the state of panic and post trauma from the rape, I have to search for another doctor who will write the prescription if I am lucky. While riding the bus to the next doctor's office I realize that the rapist's freedom to dump his seed trumped my freedom to have relations only with the man I love. I'm getting even more depressed.

I go to the neighborhood pharmacy next to the second doctor's office with a prescription I was lucky to get. The pharmacist's so-called freedom to deny filling my prescription due to his blind faith that human life may have already been conceived trumps my freedom to avoid conceiving an illegitimate child.

He doesn't see me. He only sees the possiblity that I may hold the seed that may possibly fertilize an egg and become implanted in my uterus. He has no concern for my horror story, the fact that I am too young or too poor or too sickly or too single to carry a child to term, let alone raise it and furthermore, that the child is the result of violence and hatred that I would rather choose to not think about as time marches on. He is worried about his "salvation".

My freedom to control my body is trumped by his freedom to not go against his "beliefs" which are not scientifically sound, despite the fact that he is employed in a scientific industry. I am not asking for an abortion, or an abortion pill. I may not even be pregnant my freedom was trumped by a remote possibility!

It is late. I don't have a car. I have to try to find a bus or a taxi to another pharmacy. Time is marching on.

If I become pregnant because I cannot fill this prescription in time, I can use my freedom to love this child and raise him or her with the utmost fairness, but I also have the power to use 2 new freedoms thanks to the rapist, the doctor and the pharmacist:
Will I choose to give that child the worst life imaginable?
Or will I choose have an abortion... maybe a late term abortion?


Now what do you think of your freedoms, doctors and pharmacists who refuse to dispense Plan B? Even "faith based" freedom has a cost.

Tuesday, July 25

Things that have made me smile...

First, my old & dear (she's not THAT old, but you know, "old friend") bud Mags sent me this link. Now, I'm sure that I'll quickly be accused of liberal elitism for giggling about this, but what the hell, it's worth it for a good laugh, as long as it doesn't frame the DNC's entire campaign philosophy like it did LAST TIME:

And secondly, my new & dear friend JanetL has recently been corresponding with the sellout hooo-ahhs of NARAL, and I thought that you would enjoy this little reparte':

> > Form Submission
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> > A visitor to the web site has submitted the following information:
Submitted on Jul 16, 2006 02:37 PM EDT
> > First name Janet> > dynamicRecipient political@prochoiceamerica.org

Comments: I can't believe you endorsed Sen. Joe Lieberman (Dino-CT). He has not, nor can he really, retracted his vote to close cloture on Alito; nor has he recanted his statement regarding the availability of emergency birth control for rape victims.
Joe Lieberman is NOT "our" friend. I certainly won't be making any donations to your organization if you waste your endorsements on people like him.
I suppose next you'll be endorsing Rick Santorum! Although in PA that might be to Casey's advantage.

> > From: Political <Political@prochoiceamerica.org
> > Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 10:01:18 -0400
Conversation: Form Submission: Feedback
Subject: RE: Form Submission: Feedback

Janet,

Thank you for contacting us. As an activist your work is at the core of our mission. We want to hear from you and appreciate the support you have given us over the years.

I have read your note, and I know you are not happy with us for endorsing Senator Joe Lieberman. Here at NARAL Pro-Choice America, we're very proud of our high standard for endorsement. That having been said, from time to time, it does occasionally occur that a pro-choice elected official will take a position against our recommendation - and when that happens, it's always a disappointment. Senator Lieberman's vote (and the same votes of other fully pro-choice senators) for cloture on the controversial Alito nomination is one case in point. And his comments about emergency contraception caused us concern, as they undoubtedly did you as well - but he has since clarified his position, to our satisfaction.

But taking all facts into consideration - including many years of pro-choice votes in the Senate - we believe Senator Lieberman has continued to earn the NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsement. With so many relentless attacks on choice, and an anti-choice president determined to see this right taken away from American women forever, we must prioritize our work, and we need all the friends we can get. (Annti: Emphasis mine) We treat him no differently than any other pro-choice senator - Democrat or Republican. I know we disagree on this one point, but our challenge is so monumental that I hope we can continue to stand together against our real opponents: President Bush, congressional leaders, and anti-choice senators who oppose us on every single vote. Again, I appreciate the passion of your commitment to the fundamental freedoms we cherish. You are always welcome to contact us -- with agreements and disagreements. I hope we can count on your continued support as we roll up our sleeves to achieve the common goals we share.

Best,
Elizabeth Shipp
Political Director
(202) 973-3000, Ext. 4210

From: Janet
To: Political <Political@prochoiceamerica.org
Subject: Re: Form Submission: Feedback
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 18:21:22 -0400

Dear Ms Shipp,

How exactly is Sen Lieberman "pro-choice?" Because he does not support an amendment to the constitution for a total ban on abortion? Surely NARAL's standards for endorsement are higher than that.

Whether the senator has clarified his position to your satisfaction is not really to the point, as he has not publically disavowed either his cloture vote, nor his statements regarding emergency contraception. This being the case, the senator has shown himself of late as being only aligned with the anti-choice administration. As he is so aligned with them on so many issues of pressing concern.

Further, to smugly assert that the senator has clarified his position to NARAL's satisfaction, but not to the public's, only indicates a complicity in a sort of "backroom politics" of which I wish to have no part. No, Ms Shipp, you most certainly may not count on my continued support. I will take my contributions elsewhere, including to Mr Lamont's campaign.

Most sincerely,
Janet L

----- Original Message -----
From: Annti
To: Janet
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:39 PM
Subject: Re: Form Submission: Feedback

PREACH ON, MAH SISTER, PREACH ONNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope that those hypocritical PAC money-grubbing sellout bitches' DRAWERS CAUGHT AFIRE from your letters!!! And if they didn't spontaneously combust, it's 'cause they're made of asbestos to combat the burning/chafing of having external gonads with multiple venereal diseases and trying to wear submissive-slave leather thongs to the office.

Assholes, assholes every where and not one of them can think

"Congress ought to have higher priorities than turning grandparents into criminals," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.

"We're going to sacrifice a lot of girls' lives," said Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.

Want to guess what they are talking about? Another IDIOTIC bill by a bunch of theistic, asshats who think the rest of the country MUST obey the supposed rules of their invisible sky daddy. Mind you NO WHERE in the bible is abortion mentioned (quite the oversight for a supposedly omnipresent mind). However that won't stop a bunch of rich, white, middle aged men from enforcing their 'god given' authority on the knocked up 14yo - STILL no bills or laws inflicting any sort of punishment on the FATHER of the child though.

And lets just add this to the pot:

Another, sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, would have encouraged the federal government to provide money for more sex education. That bill failed earlier in the day, 48-51.

"If we do nothing about teen pregnancy yet pass this punitive bill, then it proves that this (bill) is only a political charade and not a serious effort to combat the problem," Lautenberg said.

Abstinence is the best way to prevent teenage pregnancy, responded Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma.

Lady in the Water

Anyone seen it yet? I highly recommend it if you like interesting stories with MANY levels to them. And the fact that he based it off a bedtime story he told to his children adds to the 'awww' factor. Most of the acting was excellent, costuming fit in perfectly and I love the special effects on Ronnie and his 'scientific experiment' body.

I particularly liked the interplay between the characters, most especially the Asian mother and daughter, and the Indian brother and sister. Like him or not, M. Night Shyamalan does have a talent for interesting story telling. Oh and the leading lady is Opie's little girl.

I've heard some complaints that the story is too steeped in mythology, but I don't agree with that at all. You can completely ignore that facet of the story and still enjoy it and the characters that inhabit the apartment complex named the Cove. Oh, and it takes place in Philadelphia of all places.

Not to give too much away, but if you've seen it, or intend to see it, one of my favourite pieces was where the 'writer' was told what would happen and why he was important. He listened and quickly realized something and asked for clarification; he was correct in his assumptions but decided to go through with it anyway but asked the Narf to NOT tell his sister. Its an ongoing thing through the last half of the movie and I enjoyed the way it was done without being shoved down one's throat.

And the special effects of those grassy beasts. WOW. And two of the children I took (11 and 12 yo) cheered when the film critic was in the basement. Wonder if M. Night was trying to send a message with THAT particular scene. LMAO. There were a few gasps of fright, but I consider this more of a thriller than a scary movie, both girls did well and were chatting about it well into the night and into the next day.

Zombies arrested in MN - no, really I am NOT kidding

Bows before Prof Myers for bringing this to light:

Six friends spruced up in fake blood and tattered clothing (for a Zombie Dance Party / Pub Crawl) were arrested in downtown Minneapolis on suspicion of toting "simulated weapons of mass destruction." (btw, this is NOT the first one they've had)


Now, you see, those fellows have it all wrong, its the wrong time of year for this. MOST people do it during October, OR you could be a typical godless Eastcoast liberal and do it at Easter, like WE do.

But WOW, arresting teenagers dressed as zombies for terrorist activity with possible, simulated weapons of mass destruction....and one of the kids arrested has the same last name as the guy who owns the newspaper. (I can only HOPE its his kid/grandkid, I would LOVE to see this get a lot of press)

Sue d'bastard!

I cackle gleefully as I see that at least ONE of my elected officials is getting as pissed off as I am. And yes, I know the Repubes tend to cut his legs out from under Spector every chance they get, but with a choice or Spector or Santorum...I mean, really......

WASHINGTON (AP) - A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush's signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.

"We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said on the Senate floor.

Specter's announcement came the same day that an American Bar Association task force concluded that by attaching conditions to legislation, the president has sidestepped his constitutional duty to either sign a bill, veto it, or take no action.

Bush has issued at least 750 signing statements during his presidency, reserving the right to revise, interpret or disregard laws on national security and constitutional grounds.

The President had chosen not to veto legislation with which he disagreed--thus giving Congress a chance to override his veto--but simply to assert his right to ignore the law - Sound passive-aggressive to anyone else? I won't veto it so you can't vote on it and force me to accept it, nyah, nyah, nyah (oh, and you can multiply that by 750 - that's right seven hundred and fifty - times. In only 6 years more than every other president combined)

This week's episode of "Boo Effing Hoo"

AP-- Fox News Channel chairman and CEO Roger Ailes responded to Keith Olbermann's latest critical volley against Bill O'Reilly on Monday, saying the MSNBC host's behavior "is over the line."

Ailes, appearing Monday at the summer meeting of the Television Critics Association, was referring to a weekend incident at the gathering in which Olbermann whipped out a mask of O'Reilly and gave a Nazi salute.
Over the line was when Fox News was born and proceded to pump propaganda and disinformation over the airwaves to the unsuspecting and uncritical masses of Americans who get their news from pundits.

Inhofe For Minister of Disinformation

As you may recall, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) back in June made a complete ass of himself while on the Senate floor debating the Federal Marriage Amendment, standing in front of a large picture of his family:

"As you see here, and I think this is maybe the most important prop we'll have during the entire debate, my wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or any kind of homosexual relationship."
Inhofe also predicted that homosexual marriage would lead to more ghettos, illegitimate children and more and more people on welfare. That's right. The previous sentence makes no sense. It was never explained by him how he reached that conclusion but I suspect his mother dropped him on his head.

Now the Senator with the big bump on his head who said that global warming was “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” and whom I doubt ever read Mein Kampf and admits he hasn't seen "An Inconvenient Truth" has a new revelation about those who believe in global warming:
"It kind of reminds . . . I could use the Third Reich, the big lie," Inhofe said.

"You say something over and over and over and over again, and people will believe it, and that's their strategy."

As for anyone trying to use the current heat wave to bolster the case, he said even those on the other side of the debate concede that no one should link a single weather event to climate change.

"A hot summer has nothing to do with global warming," Inhofe said. "Let's keep in mind it was just three weeks ago that people were saying, 'Wait a minute; it is unusually cool."'

He blames the media for handing over an unfair amount of air time and coverage to the side that pushes the claim that links man to climate change.

"I have asked several of them," Inhofe said: 'Name one time when an hour has been given to the other side of the issue.' "

While declining to watch either the Gore movie or the Brokaw documentary, the senator said he armed himself with the statements used in both.

"I know the text, and I know they are using old stuff that has been totally discredited," Inhofe said. "Everything on which they based their story, in terms of the facts, has been refuted scientifically."
Comparing global warming to Nazis? Where could he have gotten that idea? Oh right here! And oh my my, Inhofe received nearly "$290000 from oil and gas companies, including ExxonMobil, for his 2002 reelection campaign." So let's talk fascism, Mr. Inhofe, you fraud.

And speaking of arming ourselves, please read the following at Mother Jones:
Some Like It Hot
Forty public policy groups have this in common: They seek to undermine the scientific consensus that humans are causing the earth to overheat. And they all get money from ExxonMobil.
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Meanwhile back at the ranch, president codpiece will be entertaining American Idol winners, "Taylor Hicks and the other Top 10 finalists next Friday in the Oval Office. It will be the first time contestants from the hit television show have been invited to meet the president."

What wars in the Middle East?

Selling Israel to America

stop the lie has some very informative stories today.

Check out the video "Peace, Propaganda and The Promised Land" -- US media and the Israeli/Palestine conflict.

Also a story from Reuters shows how the media manipulates the story:

"Israel began its assault on Lebanon after Hizbollah seized two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid on July 12. Some 373 people have since died in Lebanon. At least 37 Israelis have been killed in Hizbollah rocket attacks and clashes."

Interpretation:

1. "Israel began its assault on Lebanon after Hezbollah seized two Israeli soldiers." HMM, Ok. Sounds reasonable enough. But, why don't they mention that the Israeli soldiers (legitimate military targets) were on the Lebanese side of the border? ...well, I guess they kind of mention it; they call it a "cross-border raid" which conveniently hides who was "raiding" who.

2. "Some 373 people have since died in Lebanon." Notice that 373 Lebanese people have simply "died" whereas "At least 37 Israelis HAVE BEEN KILLED in Hezbollah rocket attacks and clashes."

And remember folks it is "HIZBOLAH" who is to blame for Israel slaughtering civilians and targeting civilian infrastructure. Hezbollah took two legitimate prisoners, and that means Lebanon (and its people) must be destroyed. -And if you don't accept this logic, then you support terrorism. (from stopthe lie)

Monday, July 24

Nice teeth.

Hey we forgot to acknowledge Miss Universe!
Sheesh. How lax of us.



Eighteen year old Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico is hereby acknowledged.

I am so freek'n sick of MySpace -- check out the latest

I really can't take it anymore. I've got 3 kids CONSTANTLY fighting over the computer to get on MySpace. I've been supervising it for a while now, cause, well, ya know---EVERYONE has one! So far, I have been able to keep my cool. Although some of my 15 year old's girl friend's sites are a bit too provocative and really rather stupid, it is a good opportunity to show them examples of 'bad girls'. I've let them set one up, but since it's a pretty boring page, most of the time they are visiting other MySpace friends.

Now I have a good reason for telling them they can't go on MySpace anymore, thanks to Rupert Murdoch.

I.R.S. to Cut Tax Auditors

Unbelievable!

I.R.S. estate tax lawyers whose jobs are likely to be eliminated said in interviews that the cuts were just the latest moves behind the scenes at the I.R.S. to shield people with political connections and complex tax-avoidance devices from thorough audits."

Sharyn Phillips, a veteran I.R.S. estate tax lawyer in Manhattan, called the cuts a “back-door way for the Bush administration to achieve what it cannot get from Congress, which is repeal of the estate tax.

Over the last five years, officials at both the I.R.S. and the Treasury have told Congress that cheating among the highest-income Americans is a major and growing problem.

The six I.R.S. tax lawyers, some of whom were willing to be named, all said that clear evidence of fraud was pursued vigorously by the agency, but that when audits showed the use of complicated schemes to understate the value of assets, the I.R.S. had become increasingly reluctant to pursue cases.

Have a sparkling day my friends.....

Mideast Update


Condozilla Rice-A- Roni surprised Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora in Beirut with a visit this morning. They kissed. She told him that she would like to see an end to the fighting and if Syria would only do something to stop Hezbollah from partaking in this crisis and if Lebanon and Hezbollah would sign a cease fire agreement so that Israel would stop lobbing US made missiles on Lebanon killing hundreds of innocent civilians. Syria says the US is making things worse and will not negotiate unless Damascus and Hezbollah are part of the peace process. The death toll is 384 Lebanese, 36 Israelis.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, President Bush was told to say that he "has opposed an immediate cease-fire, saying the root cause of the conflict — Hezbollah's domination of south Lebanon — must be resolved," reports the AP and "Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said the priority was to arrange a cease-fire and his party was open to discussing ideas on how to end the crisis. He also said an Israeli ground invasion would not protect Israel from Hezbollah rocket attacks." The suspense continues.


Oil prices dropped as Condozilla arrived in the Middle East.
Pakistan is expanding their nuclear program and is building a new reactor for producing plutonium.
John Kerry says this conflict wouldn't have happened if he were president. (And he would have been president if he had some balls, so I doubt his claim.)

Disgraceful: The people of Tyre, Lebanon were rushing to evacuate because Israel promised to make their lives even worse. Meanwhile, the dead bodies were being gnawed by wild dogs. People can't get to the morgues to retrieve their loved ones and if they could, it's too dangerous to have a proper burial with bombs explodings. Emergency workers fear for their lives and do not pick up dead bodies along the roads left to rot. Carpenters don't have enough wood to make more coffins.

This week's episode of "Winning Hearts and Minds"


They think very highly of us in Lebanon. Not.
A displaced woman walks past this anti-American poster in Sidon, Lebanon.
Click photo for larger image.

Sunday, July 23

Unitarian Jihad

Need a break from the constant spin on the shameful handling of current events? Exhausted by all the bad news?
This archived column by Jon Carroll can offer some relief. "We will use the IED of truth to explode the SUV of dogmatic expression."

Maybe I need a really riveting Jihad name. Sister Mobile Chemical Lab of Common Sense? Sister Bloodsoaked Broadsword of Tolerance?
Sister Blazing Nunchaku of Kindness? YEAH! Now I'm ready for the revolution.

Wow, We're Diplomatic

According to the NY Times, US is rushing bombs to Israel and it was done so with very little debate. Well that's diplomatic. Not. Anyway, these are precision guided missiles which are supposed to be more humane in that they won't kill as many civilians.

On a contrasting note, according to Think Progress on Friday, Tony Snow was on the Today Show and said that "Nobody Has Been More Diplomatically Active Than We Have" On The Middle East Peace Process. You see, dear friends, 'diplomacy' means making a bunch of phone calls or meeting with people who happen to be in the area. Tony Snow made no mention of all the bombs being sent to Israel and that is probably because it's pretty hard to make that seem "diplomatic".

MATT LAUER: Alright, let’s talk about the Secretary of State. She’s going to travel to the region next week. Critics say it’s too little too late, what’s your response?

TONY SNOW: The critics got it wrong. The United States has been very actively engaged on the diplomatic front ever since the beginning of this. Secretary Rice has spoken repeatedly with leaders throughout the region. The President has been picking leaders and speaking with leaders who are not only in the neighborhood, but in the position to provide leverage and influence over the governments who are chiefly responsible for supporting Hezbollah, that would be Iran and Syria. He’s spoken with the King of Saudi Arabia, he’s spoken with the King of Jordan, he’s spoken with the President of Egypt, he’s spoken with the prime minister of Turkey. Every day the departments of state and defense are on the phone with colleagues throughout the region, every day the national security advisor.

So what I’m saying here is that people are talking about too little too late in diplomacy, they may not be keeping the scorecard. But the fact is, nobody has been more diplomatically active than we have.
Oh yes, I trust the president to speak to world leaders after last week's debacle at G8. I really feel like throwing up after reading all this.

Check out this story in the Jerusalem Post about citizens of Israel and Lebanon talking and blogging with each other during this historical time. A lot of it is quite civil.

Welsh Singer gets music pulled from Catholic publishing company -calls the Pope a Nazi

I read the story at huffpo and thought no big deal. THEN...I went over to the comments
Quite a bit of church chat and bible babbling going on over there. Some of the comments are very informative but most of the commentors are a fine example of how religious beliefs can really mess you up. The way we discuss topics here at blondesense is much more civil, IMO.
Bottom line - Yes, the Pope was a Nazi. He was a member of Hitler's youth group as was every young German at the time. Is he still?

Anyway, I saw some links that were provided by one of the readers. They are all different stories in content, but very much related when looking at the whole picture.

Save them for a rainy day. They are all worth a read.

Who Controls The World? Illuminati, Jesuits, Bilderberg, Church, Skull, Religion.

President Bush's speech to Congress
March 6, 1991 on the 'New World Order'

Gore Vidal on the "United States of Amnesia," 9/11, the 2000 Election and the War in Iraq (interview with Amy Goodman - 5/13/03): EXCELLENT READ

The Trilateral Commission

"A thorough, documented, criminal indictment of George Herbert Walker Bush, establishing beyond a reasonable doubt his guilt as a supervisor in the conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy" (I did pick up a few more tidbits that I had not heard before)

Saturday, July 22

What is the REAL reason for the war on Lebanon?

From Joe Cannon's "Cannonfire" blog:

"The current Lebanese war is about water."


Same subject from Jeff Wells at Rigorous Intuition:

"Painting the Passports Brown"

Check out the links. Wells also includes some info on how the Ogalalla aquifer in the U.S. is not replenishing itself.

Condozilla Heading East


"Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, embarking on a diplomatic mission to the troubled Middle East, said she would work for "stability and lasting peace" instead of the immediate cease-fire demanded by much of the rest of the world." AP

Condzilla? Condozeella? Condozzeela? Condozilla?

Friday, July 21

Acknowledging The Master:

Quoth the Dark Wraith:

"Israel obliterating Lebanon to make the Middle East safer is like lighting a fart to make a room fresher."

Difficult as it may be to believe, the Wraith's analysis, entitled "Special Analysis:
In Response to 'An Irresponsible Question'" and the comments that follow, are even more insightful and profound than the words above.

NAFTA Superhighway Update: They REALLY don't care.....

Huffpo finally has some conversation going on today regarding the NAFTA Superhighway:

It seems that some Texas farmers are quite upset!

Gee, do ya think they will be able to stop this before it becomes a reality?
Well, if they DON'T -- who will? I read over the comments, and I have to say that it seems the majority don't know the background as well as we do here at Blondesense. A few of the commentors seem to know what's up, but not a lot. Hopefully this will wake more people up to the reality of this.

These corporate elites really don't give a shit. I did not think that a country could survive if it did not manufacture things. Oh wait, if your aim is for control of the world, you just have other countries (China, Japan) make your goods and ship them to a port in Mexico, bypassing the US (close down all ports -- WHERE ARE THE LONGSHOREMEN?), and pay tolls to the owners of this highway -- "(it will be built and operated by a U.S.-Spanish consortium); and some see the project as an affront to open government because part of the contract with Cintra-Zachry is secret."

What can we do folks? Well, for starters, let's try to get behind these Texas farmers. Spread this around. Let the revolution begin!!

Worthy Websites:

Got this link:

"Tell Republicans in Congress to Support Overriding Bush's Stem Cell Veto"

from "Minstrel Boy" over at Harp and Sword.

Check him out. Then go vote.

Open Thread and Mandatory Friday Sex Post


Submitted by NC Gal: Three Cocks At One Time
isn't she fortunate?
The offspring of Bill Bailey.
From left to right: William Shakespeare Bailey, William Wallace Bailey, and William Shatner Bailey.

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Meanwhile "Israel is the Holy Land, not the homo-land" say some wackjobs.
Gayness blamed on the war in the Middle East

Iron Curtains? Berlin Walls? PSHAW!!

We'll show those silly Russians and ignorant Israelis how to REALLY build a wall to keep our citizens from escap..., uh, er, I mean to keep "immergrunts" out. The AP headline reads: "King proposes electrical fence along Mexican border" and begins "DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa congressman is showing off his model of an electrical wire-topped fence that he wants built along the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent illegal immigration.
"Republican Steve King brought his model to a House immigration hearing Thursday in Washington, saying the wall would remain "for perhaps a hundred years, if necessary."

I won't belabor readers with the link to the article; maybe the local rag is just as embarrassed by the news as I am. Peter of Lone Tree will somehow try to endure the shame, disgrace, and humiliation of inhabiting the same state as the guy who proposed this idea.

Thursday, July 20

Please Read This Blog

KERBLOG
mazen kerbaj's blog. beirut + free improvised music + comics + bombs + drawings

Start at the bottom of the page.
If you click on the drawings, larger versions will open.
Very interesting.

Op-ed morons

Think Progress has a good piece about that Peggy Noonan of the WSJ who wrote that scientists should get together and decide if global warming is real and if it is, they should take the blame for it... yadda yadda yadda...

I gotta tell you. I subscribe to the WSJ. It's a very good newspaper except for the editorials which I do NOT read (except for sometimes) because they make my blood boil. Apparently the op-ed folks there DO NOT read their own damn paper. This happens day after day. The disconnect between the journalists/reporters and the opinion clowns is astounding. I don't know how they can expect their readers to believe anything that is written in the op-eds once they've read the actual news. morons.

And yes Peggy, if you ever read your paper, you'd know that most scientists do believe that global warming is real. You must be getting your news from Faux News commentators.