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Saturday, March 15, 2008

ah keep on rockin' grrrl

it's michelle shocked sunday

she's anchored down in anchorage (live on letterman YEARS ago and the music video as well)

sorry, but i DO have to post this

effed up (non-king george related) situation of the week

Grief Counselors Comfort Torturers After Chimp-Killing

Not even kidding. According to The Austin American Statesman, grief counselors were made available to employees of the University of Texas Keeling Animal Research Center after an adult chimpanzee who escaped from the experimentation facility was shot and killed near the campus. Anyone else find it odd that employees of a facility that cages animals and performs cruel experiments on them against their will would need specialists to comfort them when the animals die due to their facility’s negligence?
PETA filed a formal complaint today, calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the laboratory for alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including failure to ensure that personnel are qualified to perform their duties and failure to provide structurally sound housing for nonhuman primates. Here’s what PETA Primate Specialist Dr. Debra Durham told the media:
"Chimpanzees are intelligent, sensitive, and resourceful—they shouldn't be incarcerated in laboratories in the first place. Research on chimpanzees is banned in many countries. The very least that this laboratory can do is ensure that these animals have safe living spaces."...........

from the sublime to the absurd

well, JUST the absurd. you know i DO have to give these peeps (king george and his entire court) points for the excuses they come up with. they have an excuse for EVERYTHING. when they can't find an excuse for a 'problem' well then, they just make the 'problem' DISAPPEAR! (don't we all wish we had this particular gift?)

(p.s. pssssssssssssssttttttttttt i know where they can get arabic translators. THEY know where they can get arabic translators too. unfortunately, they've been discharged from the service BECAUSE THEY'RE GAY

White House Blames Bad Arabic Translation for Confusion Over Agreement with Iraq
Posted by Amanda Terkel, Think Progress

In November, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki signed a non-bindingDeclaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship” that committed America to defending Iraq:
Supporting the Republic of Iraq in defending its democratic system against internal and external threats. […]
Providing security assurances and commitments to the Republic of Iraq to deter foreign aggression against Iraq that violates its sovereignty and integrity of its territories, waters, or airspace.At the time, the White House said that the unprecedented arrangement would not need
“input” from Congress.
After facing intense criticism from lawmakers, the White House backed off, recently stating that arrangement is “
not going to have a security guarantee.” Officials are now trying to come up with excuses to explain away their initial bumbling as well. Their latest? The long-term agreement was incorrectly translated from Arabic to English. Politico reports:
But the senior administration official, who briefed two Politico reporters on the condition that he not be identified by name, said that the “security assurances” phrase “was something we struggled with, it really was.” He said the original Arabic phrase was “translated in kind of an interesting way,” and that a better translation might have been, “We'll consult.”
This excuse seems unlikely. First, White House officials have never before mentioned it. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) said that the administration “
certainly did not speak to this unfortunate translation from Arabic” when it briefed senators on the planned agreement recently. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) also said that he hadn’t heard the argument.

by the way

i stopped by the now website (i refuse to link to it) to see what they had to say about geraldine ferraro and her comments about the color of HER skin and barack obama's skin. NADA. there are articles about how they (now) are disappointed in people who don't support hillary (ONLY because she has a uterus) but NOTHING about ms ferraro and HER (SHE has a uterus too you know) comments. funny, no?

talk about icky

this is all real. this is ALL vile. this is ALL faux "NEWS" (and their followers). it's shocking to see all of these clips together. it's shocking to hear barack obama compared to hitler. it's shocking to hear someone imply mr obama thinks he's jesus. it's just shocking. the whole dirty shite of it

Friday, March 14, 2008

phantom dead

there were nine women and one child who were being buried. the iraqis said they died when a bus was bombed (NOT by the us i want to add). HOWEVER, the us military said NO ONE WAS KILLED ON THE BUS. sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, the actual casualty figures of iraqi citizens are being altered by the military. NO WONDER THE SURGE IS WORKING!

perhaps they can use the logic in the us cities with the highest murder (and other crimes) rates? sounds like a plan to me!
Iraqis bury 10 after blast U.S. says killed no one
Source: Reuters
By Ahmed Rasheed
BAGHDAD, March 12 (Reuters) - It was an incident that aptly summed up the fog of war in Iraq -- relatives burying nine women and a child they said were victims of a bomb attack on a bus in which the U.S. military said no one died.
In Iraq, acts of violence are almost always accompanied by multiple accounts from witnesses, police, health officials and U.S. forces. But even by Iraqi standards Tuesday's attack on a bus full of mourners was a puzzle.
The U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday the bus was hit by an explosively formed penetrator, a particularly deadly type of roadside bomb normally used against U.S. armoured vehicles. A nearby U.S. convoy was also caught in the blast.
"Operational reports confirm one U.S. soldier and one civilian were wounded in the convoy," the military said in a statement that came after a day of conflicting casualty reports.,,..........

speaks for itself

(the other day i posted about the study. NOW king george is going to delete the report just like it NEVER was written). and we are letting him
Pentagon Report on Saddam's Iraq Censored?
ABC News' Jonathan Karl Reports: The Bush Administration apparently does not want a U.S. military study that found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda to get any attention. This morning, the Pentagon cancelled plans to send out a press release announcing the report's release and will no longer make the report available online.The report was to be posted on the Joint Forces Command website this afternoon, followed by a background briefing with the authors. No more. The report will be made available only to those who ask for it, and it will be sent via U.S. mail from Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. It won't be emailed to reporters and it won't be posted online.
Asked why the report would not be posted online and could not be emailed, the spokesman for Joint Forces Command said: "We're making the report available to anyone who wishes to have it, and we'll send it out via CD in the mail."Another Pentagon official said initial press reports on the study made it "too politically sensitive."ABC News obtained the comprehensive military study of Saddam Hussein's links to terrorism on Tuesday. Read the report's executive summary
HERE. ,,,,,,,,,,,

friday with portishead

glory box
(i had never heard of portishead until i saw Chacun cherche son chat - when the cat's away. i fell in love IMMEDIATELY)

you're not going to believe

what he said now.
my only question is: if he went to afghanistan WHO THE F**K WOULD PROTECT US AGAINST al-qaida in the gulf (the GULF COAST OF TEXAS THAT IS)?

Bush says if younger, he would work in Afghanistan
By Tabassum Zakaria
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush got an earful on Thursday about problems and progress in Afghanistan where a war has dragged on for more than six years but been largely eclipsed by Iraq.
In a videoconference, Bush heard from U.S. military and civilian personnel about the challenges ranging from fighting local government and police corruption to persuading farmers to abandon a lucrative poppy drug trade for other crops.
Bush heard tales of all-night tea drinking sessions to coax local residents into cooperating, and of tribesmen crossing mountains to attend government meetings seen as building blocks for the country's democracy-in-the-making.......

"I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed."

iraq veterans against the war

Iraq Veterans: It’s our turn to tell our stories
Iraq Veterans Against the War to convene Winter Soldier as occupation enters sixth year
Washington, D.C. – Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) is preparing to launch an
event that will give veterans and service members a chance to speak out about the
occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan will feature
testimony that will expose the human consequences of failed policy.
From March 13-16 at the National Labor College just outside of Washington, D.C.,
veterans from across the country will be standing up to share their experiences. Their
stories will show that wrongdoings in Iraq and Afghanistan are not isolated incidents
perpetrated by “bad apples.”
“We’ve heard from the politicians, we’ve heard from the generals, we’ve heard from the
media – now it’s our turn,” said Kelly Dougherty, executive director of IVAW and a
former sergeant in the Colorado Army National Guard, who served in Iraq as a military
police officer. “It’s not going to be easy to hear what we have to say. It’s not going to be
easy for us to tell it. But we believe that the only way this war is going to end is if the
American people truly understand what we have done in their name.”
The event has been named Winter Soldier to honor a similar gathering 30 years ago of
veterans of the Vietnam War. Winter soldiers, according to founding father Thomas
Paine, are the people who stand up for the soul of their country, even in its darkest hours.
Hundreds of veterans are planning to travel to Washington for the event, which will
feature live testimony – along with supporting video and photographic documentation –
as well as panel discussions that will focus on the human impact of the war as well as the
continuing break down of the military. For those who won’t be able to travel to
Washington, live video and audio feeds of the entire Winter Soldier weekend will be
available – groups across the country are already planning to gather and watch the event.
Iraq Veterans Against the War was founded in 2004 to give those who have served in the
military since September 11, 2001 a way to come together and speak out against an
unjust, illegal and unwinnable war. Today, IVAW has over 700 members in 49 states,
Washington, D.C. and Canada and on military bases overseas.
For more information or to register to attend:

Iraq, Afghanistan veterans to reveal war atrocities and 'some pretty fucked-up shit'
Nick Juliano
As the war in Iraq approaches its fifth anniversary, veterans of that conflict and the war in Afghanistan will give first-hand accounts, supported by photographs and video evidence, of the true nature of the wars, including attacks the vets say killed innocent civilians.
Iraq Veterans Against the War is organizing the "Winter Soldier" conference outside of Washington, DC, to share their experiences from the front lines. The conference, which begins Thursday and will continue through the weekend, aims to build on a 1971 gathering in which Vietnam veterans gathered in Detroit to share their view of atrocities they witnessed in that war.
�It�s not going to be easy to hear what we have to say," IVAW executive director Kelly Dougherty, who served in Iraq as a military police officer,
says in a press release. "It�s not going to be easy for us to tell it. But we believe that the only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name.�
Although the 1971 Winter Soldier meeting inspired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing that featured Vietnam Veteran John Kerry -- "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" he famously asked -- it failed to receive wide ranging media coverage..............

our king

committing an unlawful act you say? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO it couldn't possibly be true! i don't believe it! he's playing god again? nooooooooooooooooooooooo. with our lives you say? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i don't believe it

he doesn't LIKE the truth? WELL THAN, HE'LL EFFING CHANGE THE TRUTH! that's OUR king all right

Ozone Rules Weakened at Bush's Behest
EPA Scrambles To Justify Action

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection Agency weakened one part of its new limits on smog-forming ozone after an unusual last-minute intervention by President Bush, according to documents released by the EPA.
EPA officials initially tried to set a lower seasonal limit on ozone to protect wildlife, parks and farmland, as required under the law. While their proposal was less restrictive than what the EPA's scientific advisers had proposed, Bush overruled EPA officials and on Tuesday ordered the agency to increase the limit, according to the documents.
"It is unprecedented and an unlawful act of political interference for the president personally to override a decision that the Clean Air Act leaves exclusively to EPA's expert scientific judgment," said John Walke, clean-air director for the
Natural Resources Defense Council.
The president's order prompted a scramble by administration officials to rewrite the regulations to avoid a conflict with past EPA statements on the harm caused by ozone. .........

Thursday, March 13, 2008

could this BE any more on the mark?

i wasn't going to post on this subject at all. i feel strongly about it. as a matter of fact, i heard ferraro on npr the other day PRIOR to knowing what she said about barack obama being where he is because he is black. i didn't know it was ferraro speaking because i came in after her introduction. i was thinking to myself, boy, what a nutcase this woman is. then the interviewer (ferraro was being interviewed by phone about hillary clinton) wraped it up and thanked ferraro. i was dumbstruck. literally. not that i needed it, but now i feel vindicated


another of my favorites; dan hicks and his hot licks

thursday humor

(what i want to know is, WHY THE F**K WOULD ANYONE ASK DR LAURA ANYTHING - today show, i'm specifically asking YOU in this case.)

Dr. Laura (shockingly!) thinks men cheating is women's fault
We're a little late on this one, but I think it's still worth noting (if only because Dr. Laura's woman-hate is so glaringly obvious it's almost hilarious).
Dr. Laura Schlessinger has never been one to shrink from controversy, and she leaped headlong into one on Monday when she said that if a husband cheats, his wife may share some of the blame.
“When the wife does not focus in on the needs and the feelings, sexually, personally, to make him feel like a man, to make him feel like a success, to make him feel like her hero, he’s very susceptible to the charm of some other woman making him feel what he needs,” the popular psychologist and radio personality said.
infamous anti-feminist, Dr. Laura made the comments on the Today show in a discussion about Eliot Spitzer's connection with sex workers. (Video available here).........

a shout out to the university of iowa

Not an easy $40k for Turdblossom

because my lil' friend JESUS told me to kill kill kill

that's why i did it! that's EXACTLY what king george would have us believe
Citing Faith, Bush Defends War Actions
NASHVILLE — President Bush delivered a rousing defense of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, mixing faith and foreign policy as he told a group of Christian broadcasters that his policies in the region were predicated on the beliefs that freedom was a God-given right and “every human being bears the image of our maker.”
In a 42-minute speech to the National Religious Broadcasters convention, Mr. Bush called upon European allies to step up their efforts in Afghanistan, and conceded that recent security gains in Iraq “are tenuous, they’re reversible and they’re fragile.” Still, he insisted his troop buildup there is succeeding.
“The decision to remove
Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency,” Mr. Bush said, to a standing ovation. “It is the right decision at this point in my presidency, and it will forever be the right decision.”
The speech, coming a week before the fifth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, is the first of three talks on terrorism and war policy that Mr. Bush will give before next month’s Congressional testimony by the top American military commander in Iraq, Gen.
David H. Petraeus, and the senior diplomat there, Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker.
General Petraeus is widely expected to recommend a temporary pause in troop withdrawals from Iraq, although at least one senior administration official said the president envisions further reductions this year. With the nation’s attention turned to the race to succeed Mr. Bush, White House aides say the speeches are a way for the president to frame the Iraq discussion, taking it back from the presidential candidates and Democrats on Capitol Hill.........


UK top cop who led CIA probe found dead
Manchester Police Chief Who Cleared Britain of Helping Secret CIA Flights Is Found Dead

A city police chief who led an investigation into charges that Britain cooperated with secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects without formal proceedings has been found dead, his deputy said Tuesday. Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd, 50, was found dead in Snowdonia, about 240 miles northwest of London, Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton said. He had been missing since going out for a walk Monday during his day off.
Whatton said the body, which was found Tuesday afternoon, had not yet been formally identified but he believed it was Todd.
He said a coroner's inquest would investigate the cause of death and did not give any further details..........

don't like the limits (OR the truth)?

just change 'em then! the epa does

i'm being flippant, but this IS a life or death matter
EPA Tightens Pollution Standards
But Agency Ignored Advisers' Guidance

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday limited the allowable amount of pollution-forming ozone in the air to 75 parts per billion, a level significantly higher than what the agency's scientific advisers had urged for this key component of unhealthy air pollution. Administrator Stephen L. Johnson also said he would push Congress to rewrite the nearly 37-year-old Clean Air Act to allow regulators to take into consideration the cost and feasibility of controlling pollution when making decisions about air quality, something that is currently prohibited by the law. In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled that the government needed to base the ozone standard strictly on protecting public health, with no regard to cost. ..............

............With Democrats in control of Congress, the proposal to rewrite the Clean Air Act appears to face long odds. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) called the move "outrageous," adding in a statement, "The Bush Administration would have us replace clean air standards driven by science with standards based on the interests of polluters." .............

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

from one of my favorite knitting sites

the little red blog of revolutionary knitting - steal this sweater comes the st paddy's day vote for obama outfit!

cool, no?

cool YES

some more consequences of the war

this time they have names (and they are NOT just the veterans, THEY ARE THE FAMILIES)
Injury in Iraq was just start of troubles
By Barbara Barrett McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — When Army National Guard Lt. Michael McMichael returned to Franklinton, N.C., from Iraq in January 2005, it took a while for his wife to recognize the changes in him.
They came on slowly at first: A hotter temper. Migraines. Sore bones.
Then the problems grew. McMichael lost his job, exploded at home and walked out on his family. In the three years since his return from Iraq, McMichael has tumbled from being a skinny but content war veteran to a troubled husband and father who's unemployed, walking with a cane and suffering tremors and nightmares.
His wife, Jackie McMichael, has suffered, too. Even when she repeatedly tried to get help, calling doctors in tears, officials turned her away, citing confidentiality requirements about her husband's health, she said.
The isolation of military families has become a common story in Congress, where lawmakers still are trying to understand how they can help veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Laws and rules have been passed to get counseling to troops in war zones, to expand research into traumatic brain injury and to ease the bureaucratic transition from the Department of Defense to the Department of Veteran Affairs........

.........."My assessment is the VA doesn't see the human face behind the patients they're treating," ...............

admiral william fallon is retiring

is it because he's done his duty and just wants to retire. OR is it because his commandant in chief is a lunatic who wants to start YET ANOTHER WAR? i guess we'll just have to wait (for more people to be killed, displaced, tortured and gravely wounded)
Mideast military chief resigns after magazine article
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that Admiral William Fallon, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, is resigning.
Gates said Fallon had asked Gates for permission to retire and that Gates agreed.
Fallon was the subject of an article
published last week in Esquire magazine that portrayed him as opposed to President Bush's Iran policy. It described Fallon as a lone voice against taking military action to stop the Iranian nuclear program.
In one passage, the magazine said:
So while Admiral Fallon's boss, President George W. Bush, regularly trash-talks his way to World War III and his administration casually casts Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as this century's Hitler (a crown it has awarded once before, to deadly effect), it's left to Fallon--and apparently Fallon alone--to argue that, as he told Al Jazeera last fall: "This constant drumbeat of conflict . . . is not helpful and not useful. I expect that there will be no war, and that is what we ought to be working for. We ought to try to do our utmost to create different conditions."
Gates described as "ridiculous" any notion that Fallon's departure signals the United States is planning to go to war with Iran. And he said "there is a misperception" that Fallon disagrees with the administration's approach to Iran.......

and this:
Middle East commander resigned by phone from Iraq
By Nancy A. Youssef McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Adm. William J. Fallon, the commander of all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, abruptly ended his nearly 42-year military career Tuesday with a phone call from Iraq in which he asked to resign because of controversy caused by his criticism of the Bush administration's Iran policy.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Tuesday in a hastily convened news conference that he accepted Fallon's resignation because it was the "right thing to do."
Fallon's phone call, and Gates' decision to accept his resignation, ended weeks of speculation within military circles about how long a military commander who appeared to challenge Bush administration policy could hold onto his job.
Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, Fallon's deputy and a one-time commander of efforts to train Iraq's security forces, will lead U.S. Central Command until the Senate can confirm a permanent replacement, Gates said. Fallon's resignation is effective March 31.............

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

news, at it's VERY best

that is if you're a steamin' pile of scheist. anti-women, anti-truth, anti-intelligence. yup, you guessed it, that's OUR faux 'news'

Sexy Fox Anchorettes Don't Want to Wear Pants on the Air
By Jessica Wakeman, Huffington Post.
We watch a lot of FoxNews here at the Huffington Post.
Not because some of us want to, but because we need to in order to do our jobs. Thus, all day long, our remotes switch back and forth between the mainstream news networks -- CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. Oh, FoxNews. It's mostly inoffensive as a mute background visual. But out of the corner of my eye, I can still see the sorority of always giggling, liberally lip-glossed, buxom TV anchor-esses. Doubtlessly hired for their Columbia Journalism School degrees and hardnosed critical analysis, right?
As a (prickly feminist) young woman in journalism who wants to be taken seriously for my tenacity and reportage, that's frustrating to watch. To say the least.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse...
If you haven't watched
this video, you simply must: On Sunday's Fox & Friends, a male anchor hands the broadcast over to a female anchor, cracks a joke about pants suits (gee, who do we think they were talking about?) and asks her, "Have you ever worn a pantsuit? Are you a pantsuit woman?"
A strange thing to ask a colleague, but innocuous enough.
But then Ainsley Earhardt -- the anchor-ess -- tucks her hair behind her ears and replies, "I have! But, see, here at Fox we like to be feminine,
so we don't wear the pants." Off in the distance, we hear a wolf whistle.
And then Earhardt coyly continues, "Would you like us to wear pants, Brian?" "No, no!" Brian exclaims. (She does have great legs, I admit.) "It's very hard to please Brian," a second female anchor jokes. And then Brian, who sounds like a great guy, announces,
"If I were to run for office, I would run on a pro-skirt platform. I am firmly behind the skirts." Another male anchor adds, "You're firmly behind the skirts? Is that what you just said?"
At this point, the second female anchor interjects, a bit sternly, "I think you should stop now."

we know it, we've always known it

those in charge know it and have always known it. they keep telling the american people the exact opposite though. if you ask random peoople on the street if saddam had links to al-qaida chances are they will say YES. if you ask them if iraq bombed the world trade center, they will say YES. none of it is true. when will we collectively WAKE UP? (answer is never). we allow and allowed them (king george and his court) to get away literally with crimes against humanity

Exhaustive review finds no link between Saddam and al Qaida
By Warren P. Strobel McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network.
The Pentagon-sponsored study, scheduled for release later this week, did confirm that Saddam's regime provided some support to other terrorist groups, particularly in the Middle East, U.S. officials told McClatchy. However, his security services were directed primarily against Iraqi exiles, Shiite Muslims, Kurds and others he considered enemies of his regime.
The new study of the Iraqi regime's archives found no documents indicating a "direct operational link" between Hussein's Iraq and al Qaida before the invasion, according to a U.S. official familiar with the report.
He and others spoke to McClatchy on condition of anonymity because the study isn't due to be shared with Congress and released before Wednesday.
President Bush and his aides used Saddam's alleged relationship with al Qaida, along with Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction, as arguments for invading Iraq after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks..............

i don't get it

i don't get why prostitution? i don't get it. is it for sex? i don't think that's completely it. is it because they (think they) are in control? they think they call all of the shots? i think it's a combo of the sex and the calling of shots. BUT i still don't get it.
money, power and a penis? please don't say you're one thing and be another ESPECIALLY if you're in public service. we WILL find out.

Spitzer Linked To Prostitution Ring by Wiretap
N.Y. Governor Apologizes for 'Private Matter,' Does Not Resign

By Keith B. Richburg Washington Post Staff Writer
New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer's political future was thrown in doubt yesterday after he was identified as an anonymous client heard on a federal wiretap arranging to pay money and buy train tickets for a high-priced New York prostitute to meet him at a downtown Washington hotel. A person familiar with the case said Spitzer was one of the unnamed clients of a New York area prostitution ring mentioned in federal court documents unsealed last week. Spitzer, a rising star in the Democratic Party who has been in office for 14 months, did not directly address the allegations in a hastily called news conference, and he made no mention of resigning. But as he dropped from public view, canceling all of his planned events, his political career seemed in limbo last night amid speculation that he was preparing to step down. ..........

Monday, March 10, 2008

this is from oklahoma state rep sally kern

it's effing sick-making.

post it. let EVERYONE listen.
hat tip to naamah darling for the link


(it's like an snl sketch, BUT IT'S REAL)

(hat tip: bifurcated rivets


Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal

By Kellie Wilson
E-mail Biography
Kentucky Representative Tim Couch filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal.
The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site.
Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.
If the bill becomes law, the website operator would have to pay if someone was allowed to post anonymously on their site. The fine would be five-hundred dollars for a first offense and one-thousand dollars for each offense after that.
Representative Couch says he filed the bill in hopes of cutting down on online bullying. He says that has especially been a problem in his Eastern Kentucky district..............

congratulations to spc monica lin brown!

Spc. Monica Lin Brown from Lake Jackson Texas of 82 Air borne stands guard at a forwarded operating base in Khost, Afghanistan, Saturday, March 8, 2008. Brown, will be the second female soldier awarded the Silver Star since World War II, for her role in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

she's 19, she's in afghanistan AND SHE IS BEING AWARDED THE SILVER STAR

Woman Earns Silver Star in Afghan War
By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer
CAMP SALERNO, Afghanistan (AP) - A 19-year-old medic from Texas will become the first woman in Afghanistan and only the second female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor.
Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of
Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.
After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the military said.
"I did not really think about anything except for getting the guys to a safer location and getting them taken care of and getting them out of there," Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday at a
U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.............

and will they be held accountable?

what do YOU think?
AP Exclusive: US troops may have become sick in Iraq from contaminated water
WASHINGTON: Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says.
A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq.
The Defense Department's inspector general's report, which could be released as early as Monday, found water quality problems between March 2004 and February 2006 at three sites run by contractor KBR Inc., and between January 2004 and December 2006 at two military-operated locations.
It was impossible to link the dirty water definitively to all the illnesses, according to the report. But it said KBR's water quality "was not maintained in accordance with field water sanitary standards" and the military-run sites "were not performing all required quality control tests.".............

this is NOT on the front page

of the nyt or wapo or a couple other big papers i've looked at (this morning. granted it's EARLY). why isn't it? no one should be surprised. we allow big bid-nez to do as they please when they please and how they please. that includes dumping shite into our water supply. however, this is still rather startling, no? (yes!!!)
Drugs found in watersheds of 28 areas
AP Investigation Details Pharmaceuticals Found in Watersheds of 28 Major Metro Areas

At least one pharmaceutical or byproduct was detected in testing within the watersheds of 28 major metropolitan areas, according to an Associated Press survey of 62 major water providers and data obtained from independent researchers. Test protocols varied widely. Some researchers tested for more drugs than others. Thirty-five areas said they tested. Four said tests were negative and three said they were awaiting results. Twenty-seven locations said they had not tested watershed supplies.
Here's the list of the 28 areas with pharmaceuticals detected, with the number found and some examples.
Arlington, Texas: 5 (unspecified drugs)
Atlanta: 10 (including caffeine, sulfamethoxazole, diltiazem, acetaminophen, trimethoprim, cotinine and paraxanthine)
Cincinnati: 4 (gemfibrozil, ibuprofen, sulfamethaxazole and ethinyl estradiol)
Columbus, Ohio: 15 (including azithromycin, erythromycin, roxithromycin, tylosin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin and caffeine)..............

Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water
Posted: 2008-03-09 21:42:14
Filed Under: Health News, Nation News, Science News
(March 9) - A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows..........
.................But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky.Water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screenings, unless pressed, the AP found. For example, the head of a group representing major California suppliers said the public "doesn't know how to interpret the information" and might be unduly alarmed.How do the drugs get into the water?..........................

Sunday, March 09, 2008

it's zydeco sunday

keith frank and the soileau zydeco band

zachary richard

rosie ledet

and more rosie (crappy video but SHE IS EFFING GETTING DOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWN)

queen ida and her bon temps zydeco band

geno delafose and his french rockin boogie

two sets of books

i KNOW there are way more wounded (both physically AND mentally) than 'they' say. i also know there are many wounded who have yet to come forward. it make take a while for them to do so. look what we let them (the them being king george and his entire court) do (and continue to do)
AP: True Cost of War -- Staggering Number of Wounded Vets
NEW YORK The number of wounded soldiers has become a hallmark of the nearly 5-year-old Iraq war, pointing to both the use of roadside bombs as the extremists' weapon of choice and advances in battlefield medicine to save lives.About 15 soldiers are wounded for every fatality, compared with 2.6 per death in Vietnam and 2.8 in Korea.But with those saved soldiers comes a financial price — one veterans groups and others claim the government is unwilling to pay.Those critics also say that the tens of thousands of soldiers wounded in Iraq are part of a political numbers game, one they say undermines the system meant to care for them.The most frequently cited figure is the 29,320 soldiers wounded in action in Iraq as of Thursday. But there have been 31,325 others treated for non-combat injuries and illness as of March 1."The Pentagon keeps two sets of books," said Linda Bilmes, a professor at Harvard and an expert on budgeting and public finance whose newly published book, The Three Trillion Dollar War, was co-authored with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz...........

gatsu piedi of the week

iowa republican senator Rep. Steve King. a giant steamin' pile o' scheist. it's people EXACTLY like this who are responsible for wars, for hate mongering, for intolerance, for racism, for prejudice, for evil.
Lawmaker: Terrorists to cheer Obama win
Iowa GOP Congressman Says al-Qaida Would Celebrate Obama Victory in Presidential Race


An Iowa Republican congressman said Friday that terrorists would be "dancing in the streets" if Democratic candidate Barack Obama were to win the presidency.
Rep. Steve King based his prediction on Obama's pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name, Hussein.
"The radical Islamists, the al-Qaida ... would be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on Sept. 11 because they would declare victory in this war on terror," King said in an interview with the Daily Reporter in Spencer.
King said his comments were not meant to demean Obama but to warn how an Obama presidency would look to the world....................

and more
Congressman Rips Obama -- But AP Leaves Out a Lot
By E&P Staff and The Associated Press
...................But the Associated Press account underplays the true inflammatory nature of the attacks, as carried by the same local paper, which reported it as follows.*"I don't want to disparage anyone because of their race, their ethnicity, their name - whatever their religion their father might have been," he said. "I'll just say this: When you think about the option of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States -- I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?"He continued: "I will tell you that, if he is elected president, then the radical Islamists, the al-Qaida, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11 because they will declare victory in this War on Terror."King thinks radical Islamists will say the United States has capitulated because the Obama administration would be pulling troops out of any conflict associated with al-Qaida."Additionally, his middle name (Hussein) does matter," King said. "It matters because they read a meaning into that in the rest of the world. That has a special meaning to them. They will be dancing in the streets because of his middle name. They will be dancing in the streets because of who his father was and because of his posture that says: Pull out of the Middle East and pull out of this conflict."................