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Saturday, December 02, 2006

what a WAD

george will is (regarding this at the very least). he certainly does NOT have the perception i have (and ms ephron has) on this.

i agreed with senator (to be) webb (although i would have went farther. i can SCREAM really well). if MY child was sent to a VERY dangerous place for NO apparent reason, with inadequate protection, inadequate knowledge, inadequate communications, no local language skills, no friends, no family and a very great chance of being blown to smithereens and the person who sent my child to this hell hole asked how my child was doing, i'd do more than be rude to that person. (my blood is boiling right now). how DARE will think king george deserves respect in this instance. he sent our men and women to their deaths for NO reason and illegally. he invaded another country that was NO threat to us. NONE. he deserves to be kicked the hell out of office NOT our respect. PERIOD. oh wait a minute. we didn't catch anyone having oral sex with the king. i guess he can keep his job AFTER all

Nora Ephron Slams George Will's 'Civility' Column

By E&P Staff Published: December 01, 2006 12:30 PM ET updted 6:00 PM
NEW YORK Columnist George Will has accused U.S. Sen.-Elect Jim Webb (D-Va.) of bad manners, which led to a strong blog response on the Huffington Post by writer Nora Ephron.According to press reports, President Bush asked Webb at a reception for new Congresspeople how his son -- currently serving in Iraq -- is doing. Webb replied that he hoped U.S. troops would be home soon. Bush said that wasn't what he asked, and again queried Webb about how his son was. Webb said that that was between him and his son.Will, in a piece syndicated yesterday by the Washington Post Writers Group, called Webb a "boor" and added: "Never mind the patent disrespect for the presidency. Webb's more gross offense was calculated rudeness toward another human being -- one who, disregarding many hard things Webb had said about him during the campaign, asked a civil and caring question, as one parent to another."The columnist continued: "Based on Webb's behavior before being sworn in, one shudders to think what he will be like after that. He already has become what Washington did not need another of, a subtraction from the city's civility and clear speaking."Ephron, the author and filmmaker, responded: "Washington is a place where politics is just something you do all day. You lie, you send kids to war, you give them inadequate equipment, they're wounded and permanently maimed, they die, whatever. Then night falls, and you actually think you get to pretend that none of it matters. 'How's your boy?' That, according to George Will, is a civil and caring question, one parent to another?.............

more evidence (as if the world needed more)

women ARE in fact second class citizens. it's ok to feed us and pet us though but goddess forbid we talk POLITICS on 'the view' (you GO rachel!!!)

Limbaugh said he learned about women from his cat, which "gets loved," "petted," and "fed" and "doesn't have to do anything for it"

On the November 30 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, host Rush Limbaugh proclaimed: My "cat's taught me more about women, than anything my whole life" because his pet cat "comes to me when she wants to be fed," and "[s]he's smart enough to know she can't feed herself. She's actually [a] very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn't have to do anything for it." Limbaugh has previously stated, on the March 1, 2005, edition of his show, that "[w]omen still live longer than men because their lives are easier"; on January 10, he suggested that some women "would love to be hired as eye candy."
Later the same day on MSNBC's Tucker, guest host Joe Scarborough, in a conversation about the November 29
appearance on ABC's The View by actor Danny DeVito in which DeVito referred to President Bush as "numbnuts," stated, "[W]e're getting so much politics on The View. Shouldn't this be a program at this time of the year about how to make Christmas balls out of popcorn and pine cones?" After Huffington Post media editor Rachel Sklar replied to Scarborough's statement by saying, "I'm just going to forget you said that," Scarborough added, "[I]t is a dayside show for women ... come on."..................

this IS one of the sickest things i've heard

no, i'm not angry at the host. i would have done the same thing, making the point.

i'm angry with US. our citizens

i don't want terrorists in this country any more than anyone else. but remember the people who bombed oklahoma city were NOT muslim. i don't believe one women's health clinic in america was bombed by a muslim either.

i have only known two muslims well. one was a sweet woman i worked with (i didn't even know she was muslim until someone else told me years later) and another was someone i met by chance. they were both good people who were NOT terrorist. i also know they will NEVER be terrorists. i'm not sure i can even say that about some 'sects' in the christian right
terrorists come in all shapes and colors. remember that

In U.S., fear and distrust of Muslims runs deep

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent Fri Dec 1, 9:05 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters)- When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly.
The first caller to the station in Washington said that Klein must be "off his rocker." The second congratulated him and added: "Not only do you tattoo them in the middle of their forehead but you ship them out of this country ... they are here to kill us."
Another said that tattoos, armbands and other identifying markers such as crescent marks on driver's licenses, passports and birth certificates did not go far enough. "What good is identifying them?" he asked. "You have to set up encampments like during World War Two with the Japanese and Germans."
At the end of the one-hour show, rich with arguments on why visual identification of "the threat in our midst" would alleviate the public's fears, Klein revealed that he had staged a hoax. It drew out reactions that are not uncommon in post-9/11 America.
"I can't believe any of you are sick enough to have agreed for one second with anything I said," he told his audience on the AM station 630 WMAL (http://www.wmal.com/), which covers Washington, Northern Virginia and Maryland
"For me to suggest to tattoo marks on people's bodies, have them wear armbands, put a crescent moon on their driver's license on their passport or birth certificate is disgusting. It's beyond disgusting.............

web site of the day

the post punk kitchen

(i found it from a link in the washington post of all places. interview with the hosts at the wapo link)

guess what? those cupcakes ARE VEGAN

(from their cookbook, vegan cupcakes take over the world)

stop by their website, isa moskowitz and terry romero, some nice recipes, chat and other stuff

Photo Credit: Cupcake Photo By Rebecca Bent / Self-portrait By Isa Chandra Moskowitz Photo

Friday, December 01, 2006

this was a comment on one of my postings

the peace wreath. i HAD to give the poem it's OWN props.

c'mon it deserves it. so here it is (thanks so much jim, you've made my YEAR)

(after "The Grinch' With thanks to Dr. Seuss)

The Peace Wreath

Every Loma at Lindaville liked Peace a lot

But the Grinch and his Cronies certainly DID NOT!

This Grinch hated Peace!

The whole Peacetime season!

Now please don't ask why, no one quite knows the reason!

It could be perhaps he just liked to fight, or

Maybe his head was screwed on to the Right.

But we think the most likely reason of all

May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

No matter the reason.

His heart or his head,

He felt really bad, and troubled instead.

The more the Grinch dwelled on the Peace Sign thing

the more he ached to stop the whole thing!

"I must stop this Peace Wreath from being,...but how!

"I know what I'll do, I won't stand this abuse"

He thunked to himself "All I need's an excuse"

He looked for an excuse to take the Wreath down.

But, since excuses are scarce there were none to be found.

Did that stop this ol' Grinch...?

NO! The Grinch simply said

"If I can't find an excuse I'll make one instead!"

He did better than that, he made a Big List,

and Right here they are, and some we have missed.

The Wreath may offend, or it might not be nice,

it might be for Pagans, who drink wine with ice!

Maybe it's code, all secret and sneaky,

Maybe these Loma's are just being cheeky!

Then he fired his cronies (who weren’t so uptight),

They said it’s not bad, but the Lights kept him up nights!

He puzzled and twisted and puzzled some more,

He listed excuses, till his Puzzler was sore.

Then finally his Puzzler hit on the Thing!

Maybe really this Wreath’s not such a bad Zing!

Maybe Peace to the World isn’t so bad,

Maybe Peace to the World, shouldn’t make him so Mad!

Imagine; a world where folks spoke up for Peace!

Like Lisa, the Loma, with her Peace Wreath!

And what happened then...?

In Lindaville they say

That the Grinch's small heart

Grew three sizes that day!

And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight

He could answer his phone and not hide all the night!

He stopped all his Trickzies, and called off his goons

...and he hung back the Wreath, by the light of the moon!

Jim Fuge, Durango Colorado

yum - oh my goddess

dang, i'm not really a chocoholic, i'm more a grease and salt type (chips chips and more chips) but these do look awfully GOOD

Chocolates That Sate Both Eye And Mouth

By Nancy Lewis Thursday, November 23, 2006; Page VA05
Jason Andelman was the pastry chef at Washington's TenPenh Restaurant for five years, but all that time he had a secret passion: chocolate making. While he turned out exquisite desserts like a dark chocolate tart with salty caramel sauce at his full-time job, he made chocolates on the side.
He left the restaurant in August 2005 to pursue his passion, and since June he has been selling his Artisan Confections from a storefront on Lee Highway in Arlington. There is a small retail counter with an open view into the kitchen......... Not only are these confections gorgeous, they are delicious.
Half of his dozen assorted flavors (including lemon hazelnut and Tahitian vanilla bean) feature artworks by Arlington artists -- they are silk-screened in cocoa butter on acetate and then transferred to the tiny squares of chocolate. The other selections are in dreamy translucent colors. My favorite, and among the most popular, is the salted butter caramel -- it's almost a distillation of that TenPenh dessert..........
and mr andelman's sight: artisan confections

Halloween candies that Andelman made for trick-or-treaters. (James M. Thresher - Twp)

those wild and wacky greeks

this is a rather cool and amazing story

Ancient Greek Computer's Inner Workings Deciphered

Kate Ravilious for National Geographic News
November 29, 2006
When it came to making cogs and gears, the ancient Greeks got there more than a millennium before anyone else, scientists say.
Using advanced new imaging techniques, scientists have reconstructed the gear structure of the mysterious Antikythera mechanism—one of the world's oldest computers.
The researchers also deciphered previously hidden text from the astronomical calculator, which dates back to around 100 B.C.
The new research, which appears in tomorrow's issue of the journal Nature, confirms that the ancient Greeks had developed extremely sophisticated levels of craftsmanship and scientific knowledge.
Under the Sea
The intricate bronze instrument has puzzled scientists ever since it was recovered in A.D. 1901. The device was one of many treasures found in a Roman shipwreck discovered by a sponge diver just off Antikythera island, off the southern coast of Greece (map of Greece). ..........

(and a shout out to "s" the wackiest greek i personally know)

New imaging techniques have helped scientists reconstruct the inner workings of the mysterious Antikythera mechanism—one of the world's oldest computers. A diagram of the ancient Greek astronomical calculator's front gears, for example, is seen here.

The new research confirms the level of sophistication of the breadbox-size device's cogs and gears (one of which is seen inset), which resemble parts used more than a thousand years later.

Images copyright of the Antikythera Mechanism Research Project



thanks to rsm for forwarding to me (i would have posted it sooner, but i was out of commission for a bit. not feeling well.)

i'm glad there was outrage over this. it's a damn PEACE SIGN. who the hell is against PEACE?
Pro-Peace Symbol Forces Win Battle in Colorado Town

DENVER, Nov. 28 — Peace is fighting back in Pagosa Springs.
Last week, a couple were threatened with fines of $25 a day by their homeowners’ association unless they removed a four-foot wreath shaped like a peace symbol from the front of their house.
The fines have been dropped, and the three-member board of the association has resigned, according to an e-mail message sent to residents on Monday.
Two board members have disconnected their telephones, apparently to escape the waves of callers asking what the board could have been thinking, residents said. The third board member, with a working phone, did not return a call for comment.
In its original letter to the couple, Lisa Jensen and Bill Trimarco, the association said some neighbors had found the peace symbol politically “divisive.”
A board member later told a newspaper that he thought the familiar circle with angled lines was also, perhaps, a sign of the devil.
The peace symbol came to prominence in the late 1950s as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a British antiwar group, according to the group’s Web site. It incorporates the semaphore flag images for the letters in the group’s name, a “D” atop an “N.”
Other people have said the upright line with arms angled down, commonplace in the United States in the Vietnam War, especially, has roots in the early Christian era, representing a twisted or broken cross.......

picture: Randi Pierce/Durango Herald, via Associated Press Bill Trimarco and Lisa Jensen with their symbolic wreath.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


this video

Baginski - Fallen Art

interview with tomek baginski


giant ass. this dude is one hell of a GIANT ass

everything i have ever read about him makes my skin crawl. every new thing i read about him is worse than the LAST thing i read about him.

Sen. Brownback (R-KS) Blocks Judicial Nominee just because She Attended a Lesbian "Commitment Ceremony" in 2002 for a Friend

Four years ago, Janet Neff went to a lesbian "commitment ceremony" for her friend and next-door neighbor of more than two decades. Now, her nomination for a federal judgeship in Michigan is being blocked by religious zealot and right-winger Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) for no other reason than his homophobia
Janet Neff explained in October that the commitment ceremony did not purport to be a marriage, had no legal effect whatsoever, and that she did not preside or act in any official capacity. But that doesn't seem to be enough for Brownback, who is using Senate procedure to place a "hold" on her nomination. "What I want to know is what does it do to her look at the law?" he said yesterday.Maybe Brownback did not get the memo that his conservative ideology received a resounding kick to the groin a few weeks ago in the elections. Brownback is on the verge of
announcing his candidacy for the White House and is apparently trying his hardest to replace Rick Santorum as the Senate's biggest wacko................

why do our troops have to be put in a position like this?

a position where, (if their story is correct and i have no reason to doubt it), when they returned fire at some snipers they ended up killing five girls aged 6 months to 10 years. there is NO reason for us to be in iraq. NONE. how many times do i have to say, the iraqis did NOT fly planes into the world trade center, the pentagon and a field in pa. the iraqis had NO beefs with the united states UNTIL we invaded THEIR country.

i am sorry for those five little girls and the soldiers who had to defend themselves

Five girls killed in Iraqi clash

Five young girls have been killed in Iraq during a clash between US marines and insurgents in the western city of Ramadi, the US has said.
A US military statement said militants on the roof of a house had fired on its forces, who responded with tank fire.
It said soldiers searching the building found the bodies of one man and the five girls, one of whom was an infant.
Ramadi, 115km (70 miles) west of Baghdad, is located in Anbar province, a stronghold for Sunni Arab militants.
The youngest female casualty was six-months-old and the eldest was aged 10. Another female at the scene was injured but refused treatment, the statement said.
Fierce fighting
The fighting began after troops discovered an improvised explosive device on the roadside in north-east Ramadi.
The US soldiers say as the bomb was being defused, two Iraqi men took up positions on the roof of a nearby house and began firing at them.
The patrol first identified the men and then returned fire with tank rounds, the statement said.
One of the Iraqi gunmen may have been wounded and removed from the scene by other militants. It said the battle resulted in no coalition casualties.
Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Salas said that the insurgents' actions are felt by all and that efforts are under way to offer available assistance to surviving family members.
The BBC's Andy Gallacher in Baghdad says Ramadi has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting between marines and insurgents. ..

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jim webb, my hero!

i am SO happy webb won in virginia. he has ALREADY made me proud and i'm a yankee several states north of him. how wonderful to be able to tell king george he's full of shite (well, in a way that's what he was told).

king george bring webb's son home NOW and bring everyone else's SONS AND DAUGHTERS HOME NOW AS WELL

Son also rises in testy Webb-Bush exchange

By Emily Heil
President Bush has pledged to work with the new Democratic majorities in Congress, but he has already gotten off on the wrong foot with Jim Webb, whose surprise victory over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tipped the Senate to the Democrats.
Webb, a decorated former Marine officer, hammered Allen and Bush over the unpopular war in Iraq while wearing his son’s old combat boots on the campaign trail. It seems the president may have some lingering resentment.
At a private reception held at the White House with newly elected lawmakers shortly after the election, Bush asked Webb how his son, a Marine lance corporal serving in Iraq, was doing.
Webb responded that he really wanted to see his son brought back home, said a person who heard about the exchange from Webb.
“I didn’t ask you that, I asked how he’s doing,” Bush retorted, according to the source.
Webb confessed that he was so angered by this that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief, reported the source, but of course didn’t..............................

and a bit more from wapo. actually the washington post article has mr webb's quote a bit different. i'm guessing this is the more accurate one.

once again, mr webb you gots you some STONES (and i LIKE that)

talk about killer bees

this is funny in a way. it's not funny in other ways. i guess it's a good thing.

New homeland security buzz: Bomb-sniffing bees

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) -- Scientists at a U.S. weapons laboratory say they have trained bees to sniff out explosives in a project they say could have far-reaching applications for U.S. homeland security and the Iraq war.
Researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico said they trained honeybees to stick out their proboscis -- the tube they use to feed on nectar -- when they smell explosives in anything from cars and roadside bombs to belts similar to those used by suicide bombers.
Researchers in the program, dubbed the Stealthy Insect Sensor Project, published their findings Monday.
By exposing the insects to the odor of explosives followed by a sugar water reward, researchers said they trained bees to recognize substances ranging from dynamite and C-4 plastic explosives to the Howitzer propellant grains used in improvised explosive devices in Iraq.
"When bees detect the presence of explosives, they simply stick their proboscis out," research scientist Tim Haarmann told Reuters in a telephone interview. "You don't have to be an expert in animal behavior to understand it as there is no ambiguity.".........

a shout out to my local newspaper

the hartford courant

a series of articles they published (i believe it was a few months back) led to changes in the military. a step in the RIGHT direction i must say.

Mentally Unfit, Forced To Fight
Military Revamps Policy

By LISA CHEDEKEL And MATTHEW KAUFFMAN Courant Staff Writers November 28 2006
The U.S. military has issued sweeping new mental-health guidelines that expand screening for troops being sent to war and set limits on when service members with psychiatric problems can be kept in combat.The changes include a directive that troops who develop mental health problems during deployments should be sent home if their conditions do not improve significantly within two weeks of treatment.Also, service members who are prescribed psychiatric medications less than three months before deploying will be disqualified from being sent to war unless there is evidence the drugs are working and have no significant side effects.The changes - issued by Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs - are aimed at meeting a congressional mandate prompted by a May series in The Courant that exposed gaps in the military's mental health care system. The series reported that mentally troubled troops were being sent to Iraq and kept there, in some cases with fatal consequences.Winkenwerder had told The Courant last spring that he believed existing mental-health practices were adequate to meet the needs of deploying troops. But in an interview Monday, he said the new policy was an important improvement."The intent is to provide improved and more precise guidance to our clinicians, so that they can make the best possible medical decisions with respect to individuals who might have deployment-limiting psychiatric conditions," Winkenwerder said.............

............The Courant had obtained Defense Department records indicating that service members' mental illnesses were being missed or ignored during pre-deployment screenings. Some of the troops who were deployed with psychological problems later committed suicide in Iraq.The Courant also had reported that some deployed troops were being prescribed potent antidepressants without close monitoring or counseling, and that others who had exhibited clear signs of mental illness were retained in combat.Some family members of soldiers who had psychiatric problems before or during tours in Iraq said they were pleased that the military was changing the way it deals with mental illness...................

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

it IS a civil war and we ARE NOT winning

does not calling it a civil war make the dead come back to life? not only OUR dead, but THEIR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DEAD?

no it doesn't

and YES it IS a civil war

Dana Priest on Why 'Wash Post' Won't Call Iraq Conflict a 'Civil War'

By E&P Staff Published: November 27, 2006 12:05 AM ET
NEW YORK The Los Angeles Times and, starting Monday, NBC and MSNBC, have adopted the phrase "civil war" to describe the conflict in Iraq. Most other media outlets, including The Washington Post, still prefer phrases such as "sectarian violence." Appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews Monday night, Dana Priest, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for the Post, said that it sure looks like a civil war to her. Earlier Monday, E&P's Joe Strupp had asked Leonard Downie, Jr., the Post's executive editor, about that. Downie said, "We just describe what goes on everyday. We don't have a policy about it. We are not making judgments one way or another. The language in the stories is very precise when dealing with it. At various times people say it is 'close to a civil war,' but we don't have a policy about it." Matthews asked Priest about this issue on Hardball. "It seems to me," he said, "the President’s afraid that people will begin to think it is a civil war and not the way he wants to define it, which is we gotta fight them there before they fight us here."............

a sign of satan???

someone better put down the crack pipe.

how insane is this - not being allowed to keep a wreath in the shape of a peace sign up? i'll tell you. PLENTY insane

i guess we now know who the REAL grinch (unchanged as of yet. his heart is still two sizes too small), bob kearns

ms jensen, don't back down. they are being absolutely RIDICULOUS

Subdivision bans peace sign Christmas wreath
Homeowners association threatens to impose $25-a-day fine

DENVER - A homeowners association in southwestern Colorado has threatened to fine a resident $25 a day until she removes a Christmas wreath with a peace sign that some say is an anti-Iraq war protest or a symbol of Satan.
Some residents who have complained have children serving in Iraq, said Bob Kearns, president of the Loma Linda Homeowners Association in Pagosa Springs. He said some residents have also believed it was a symbol of Satan. Three or four residents complained, he said.
“Somebody could put up signs that say drop bombs on Iraq. If you let one go up you have to let them all go up,” he said in a telephone interview Sunday..............

........Lisa Jensen said she wasn’t thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, “Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing.”

oh DO stop by the smirking chimp for another take on this. they have some GREAT photos as well

(lyrics by dr seuss)
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel. You're as cuddly as a cactus, You're as charming as an eel. Mr. Grinch. You're a bad banana With a greasy black peel. You're a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart's an empty hole .Your brain is full of spiders, You've got garlic in your soul. Mr. Grinch. I wouldn't touch you, with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole. You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile .You have all the tender sweetness Of a seasick crocodile. Mr. Grinch. Given the choice between the two of you I'd take the seasick crockodile.You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch. You're a nasty, wasty skunk. Your heart is full of unwashed socks Your soul is full of gunk. Mr. Grinch. The three words that best describe you, are, and I quote: "Stink. Stank. Stunk." You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch. You're Your soul is an apalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, Mangled up in tangled up knots You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch. With a nauseaus super-naus. You're a crooked jerky jockey And you drive a crooked horse. Mr. Grinch. You're a three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich With arsenic sauce.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Malachi Ritscher

is dead. he died a death i don't wish on ANYONE. he CHOSE how he died. he CHOSE a reason for his death. i am so very sorry he decided he had to die to make a point.

War Protestor's Public Suicide in Chicago Went Unnoticed by Media

CHICAGO Malachi Ritscher envisioned his death as one full of purpose. He carefully planned the details, mailed a copy of his apartment key to a friend, created to-do lists for his family. On his Web site, the 52-year-old experimental musician who'd fought with depression even penned his obituary.At 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 -- four days before an election caused a seismic shift in Washington politics-- Ritscher, a frequent anti-war protester, stood by an off-ramp in downtown Chicago near a statue of a giant flame, set up a video camera, doused himself with gasoline and lit himself on fire.Aglow for the crush of morning commuters, his flaming body was supposed to be a call to the nation, a symbol of his rage and discontent with the U.S. war in Iraq."Here is the statement I want to make: if I am required to pay for your barbaric war, I choose not to live in your world. I refuse to finance the mass murder of innocent civilians, who did nothing to threaten our country," he wrote in his suicide note. "... If one death can atone for anything, in any small way, to say to the world: I apologize for what we have done to you, I am ashamed for the mayhem and turmoil caused by my country."There was only one problem: No one was listening.It took five days for the Cook County medical examiner to identify the charred-beyond-recognition corpse. Meanwhile, Ritscher's suicide went largely unnoticed. It wasn't until a reporter for an alternative weekly, the Chicago Reader, pieced the facts together that word began to spread.............

i know we're not seeing the total truth

there is NO WAY we are ever going to be ALLOWED to view the TOTAL TRUTH in iraq. hell, we're not even allowed to see our men and women coming home in boxes.

John Roberts Tells Kurtz: Iraq Worse Than Media Shows

By E&P Staff Published: November 26, 2006 3:40 PM ET
NEW YORK CNN's John Roberts, recently returned from a month-long visit to Iraq, was interviewed by The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz for his CNN "Reliable Sources" program on Sunday. Much of the talk concerned media treatment of the war, starting with complaints by U.S. soldiers, and then the overall media coverage.Roberts revealed that despite some charges to the contrary, military personnel did not have a problem with the coverage and, in fact, the situation on the ground is an "absolute mess," worse than the media has shown. "The amount of death that's on the streets of Baghdad for U.S. forces and for the Iraqi people is at an astronomical level," he said. "So, to some degree, what we're seeing is sanitized."..........

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sliding toward an abyss

NOT my words but the words of an iraqi woman

Calls for calm as crowd stones Iraq PM

By Mussab Al-Khairalla and Alastair Macdonald ReutersSunday, November 26, 2006; 12:30 PM
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The motorcade of Iraq's prime minister was pelted with stones on Sunday by fellow Shi'ites in a Baghdad slum when he paid respects to some of the 200 who died there last week in the deadliest attack since the U.S. invasion.
The anger in Sadr City, stronghold of the Medhi Army Shi'ite militia, boiled over on the third day of a curfew imposed on the capital by Nuri al-Maliki's U.S.-backed national unity coalition as it scrambled desperately to stop popular passions exploding into all-out civil war between Shi'ites and the Sunni minority.
"It's all your fault!" one man shouted as, in unprecedented scenes, a crowd began to surge around Maliki. Men and youths then jeered and jostled as his armored convoy edged through the throng away from a mourning ceremony for one of the 202 victims of Thursday's multiple car bomb attack in Sadr City.
Subsequent reprisals against Sunni mosques and homes and three days of sporadic mortar fire among Baghdad neighborhoods have kept the city's 7 million people locked down at home, fearful of what may come when the traffic ban ends on Monday.
"Every time there's a curfew I feel civil war will erupt very soon," said Baghdad housewife Um Hani after three days indoors. "I feel the situation is sliding toward an abyss.".............

stop by and say hello to

ministry of love.

the following is on their blog:
The goal of this blog is to collect 315 copies of Orwell’s 1984 and send them to every member of Congress who voted for the Military Commissions Act of 2006.We can be reached at unpersons@gmail.com Big Brother is watching you.

(and i think it's a kind of cool idea)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

'that dude from spinal tap'

outsmarted our secretary of education

She lost to (in the words of outraged Wonkette emailers) either “David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap” or “Lenny from Laverne and Shirley”

............Dear Editor,
Last night, I was shocked to discovery that US Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, is a moron. A right-wing zealot who rallies against gays for, well, being gay, and the state of Connecticut for failing to embrace No Child Left Behind (because we all know that when it comes to public education in this country Connecticut is where the problem lies), sure. But an incompetent tart incapable of working a signaling button, unable to divine from a fairly simple clue what is actually being asked, and failing to apply simple logic when wagering on a Daily Double? Again, I was shocked

i really CAN see one side of this agrument

saying they cannot accept the dvds because OTHER special interest groups may then demand their points of view be distributed as well. THEN i got to the part where big oil companies already GOT to the national science teachers association. sounds like someone already has their agenda

Science Teachers’ Organization Refuses To Accept Copies of Inconvenient Truth

In tomorrow’s Washington Post, global warming activist Laurie David writes about her effort to donate 50,000 free DVD copies of An Inconvenient Truth (which she co-produced) to the National Science Teachers Association. The Association refused to accept the DVDs:
In their e-mail rejection, they expressed concern that other “special interests” might ask to distribute materials, too; they said they didn’t want to offer “political” endorsement of the film; and they saw “little, if any, benefit to NSTA or its members” in accepting the free DVDs. …
[T]here was one more curious argument in the e-mail: Accepting the DVDs, they wrote, would place “unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters.”
As it turns out, those supporters already include “special interests,” including Exxon-Mobil, Shell Oil, and the American Petroleum Institute, which have given millions in funding to the NSTA. And while the NSTA showed no interest in helping educators get copies of Al Gore’s movie (which scientists gave “five stars for accuracy“), it has distributed oil industry-funded “educational” content, like this video produced by the American Petroleum Institute:...............

i wonder how many of these parents

care what types of movies or television shows their kids watch. i wonder why these parents have an issue with teaching their kids how rape affects families. how evil and horrid it is.

yet parents usually don't give a flying yoo hoo about their kids watching movies with lots of violence (more times than not, against women) and drug use. give that kid a book and wow, parents get all righteous (about what i sure don't know)

ms angelou's book does in NO way glorify rape or the abuse of women. these are high school students and they are certainly old enough to be exposed to REAL LIFE

Fond du Lac Parents Want Angelou Book Banned From High School

About 80 Attended Meeting On Book
POSTED: 10:44 am CST November 25, 2006
UPDATED: 12:26 pm CST November 25, 2006
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Maya Angelou autobiography is causing concern at Fond du Lac High School, where some parents want the book banned.
Sophomores in advanced English classes read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Some passages describe Angelou's rape and unwanted pregnancy.
School Superintendent Gregory Maass said one set of parents objected to the book, so the school assigned their student an alternative book.
Maass said they weren't satisfied and want the book removed from the curriculum entirely.
The school had a meeting this week about the issue. About 80 people attended -- including parents, teachers and principals -- but no decision was made...........

a document signed in blood

your blood and my blood as well.

when someone is tortured chances are they will admit to just about anything you want them to, whether they did it or NOT.

let's look at it from another angle. how are the men and women who actually perform this torture going to fit back into society when they return home? think about that

Rumsfeld okayed abuses says former U.S. general

Reuters Saturday, November 25, 2006; 11:45 AM
MADRID (Reuters) - Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison's former U.S. commander said in an interview on Saturday.
Former U.S. Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski told Spain's El Pais newspaper she had seen a letter apparently signed by Rumsfeld which allowed civilian contractors to use techniques such as sleep deprivation during interrogation.
Karpinski, who ran the prison until early 2004, said she saw a memorandum signed by Rumsfeld detailing the use of harsh interrogation methods.
"The handwritten signature was above his printed name and in the same handwriting in the margin was written: "Make sure this is accomplished,"" she told Saturday's El Pais.
"The methods consisted of making prisoners stand for long periods, sleep deprivation ... playing music at full volume, having to sit in uncomfortably ... Rumsfeld authorized these specific techniques."
The Geneva Convention says prisoners of war should suffer "no physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion" to secure information.
"Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind," the document states.
A spokesman for the Pentagon declined to comment on Karpinski's accusations, while U.S. army in Iraq could not immediately be reached for comment.........