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Saturday, June 07, 2008

breaking news........

Jesus Denounces McCain, Endorses Obama

Posted by Brad Jacobson

In a stunning turn of events Thursday, the Son of God endorsed Barack Obama for President while rejecting and distancing himself from presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.

Outside an Applebee's off the New Jersey Turnpike in Paramus yesterday, Jesus Christ told reporters, "Look, it's been a very divisive primary season between Barack and Hillary. I thought my support would aid the healing process and help unify the Democrats."

Asked if he was a registered Democrat, Jesus replied, "I'm actually registered with the Green Party. But no amount of faith and prayer will get their candidate elected." Christ clarified, "I perform miracles, but there are limits."

Why come out against John McCain?

"You don't have to be the Son of God to prophecy McCain wants to carry out Bush's third term," said Jesus, wearing a flag pin affixed to his traditional white robe. "Incidentally, maybe one of you guys can tell David Brooks there isn't a salad bar at Applebee's. Schmuck."

Later in the day, before Jesus took the stage to endorse the Illinois senator at a campaign rally in Arlington, VA, Obama said, "Well, I'm certainly not perfect, and I won't be a perfect president. Michelle has told me throughout the primary season, "'You're not the Second Coming, Barack.' And though she's right, I am proud and honored to tell you today that Jesus is by my side in this campaign for the White House. And I'm not speaking figuratively, Arlington. Ladies and gentlemen, all the way from the celestial realm, the Prince of Peace, the Mack Daddy of Nazareth, the original change agent - you know him, you love him, many of y'all even pray to him - let's give it up for Je-suuuuuuus Christ!"...............

kbr and major general jerome johnson kissing in a tree.....

(i hadn't been aware of this up until now. yet ANOTHER thing to piss me off. our troops STILL aren't being cared for properly and this shite goes on and on and on. when will we make them ALL accountable?)
A General's False Testimony on KBR
By Brian Beutler, The Media Consort
When Major Gen. Jerome Johnson appeared under oath before a congressional committee last year, he told enough untruths about KBR's work for the military that the US Army took the unusual step of retracting a portion of his testimony. Now it appears that Johnson also misled members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on another KBR-related matter: its provisioning of potentially contaminated water to US troops in Iraq.
Nearly three months ago Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), chair of the Democratic Policy Committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the subject of Johnson's testimony, but he has yet to received a reply. "This was either an attempt by General Johnson to deliberately deceive the Congress, or a display of negligent disregard for facts," Dorgan wrote in the March 12 letter. "I hope you will review this matter and take appropriate action."
In April 2007, Johnson, then the commanding general of the US Army Sustainment Command, which is responsible for providing food, lodging, and a range of logistical support to the troops, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to answer questions about the Pentagon's primary logistics contract in Iraq. During the hearing, the committee's chairman, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), alleged that the Army had reimbursed KBR, then a Halliburton subsidiary, for the cost of overpriced trailers the company had purchased through a subcontractor. .......

they're f**kers plain and simple

jill is right. once a fetus is actually BORN, they don't give a flying yoo hoo. makes my stomach turn. they're wretched evil beings
Anti-Abortion Groups Shut Down Habitat for Humanity Project
Posted by Jill Filipovic

I know we’ve said it over and over: “Pro-lifers” don’t seem to care much for “life” once people actually enter the world. They oppose contraception access, which could prevent millions of abortions; their political allies take no steps to assist low-income women; they oppose universal health-care; and they generally stand against any social program that would actually help women and children. In fact, 100% of the worst legislators for children are “pro-life.”
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when anti-choicers oppose programs that help born people secure shelter. And yet, even I was stunned at this:
An anti-abortion group has broken up a deal between Planned Parenthood and Habitat for Humanity by blasting out 10,000 e-mails to Habitat supporters.
Planned Parenthood is building a 23,000-square-foot regional headquarters on Central Avenue, and planned to sell Habitat the land next door for a token $10 to build three below-market-cost houses. The deal benefited Planned Parenthood because the city required the clinic to put up buildings as a buffer between its parking lot and Cohen Way.
“We could have put up any building we wanted,” said Barbara Zdravecky, president of Planned Parenthood. “We wanted to donate the land so Habitat could build more attainable housing.”

more from the twilight zone

because i like to present the bizarre

DeLay On Obama: ‘Unless He Proves Me Wrong, He Is A Marxist’»
On right-winger Mike Gallagher’s radio show today, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), who is currently facing charges of money laundering and conspiracy to launder money, launched a fringe attack on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) by claiming that he is a Marxist. “I have said publicly, and I will again, that unless he proves me wrong, he is a Marxist,” DeLay declared.
Gallagher couldn’t agree more, saying “that’s what he is”:.............

'cause the times they are a changin'

Come gather round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon Youll be drenched to the bone.If your time to you Is worth savin Then you better start swimmin Or youll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin.Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance wont come again And dont speak too soon For the wheels still in spin And theres no tellin who That its namin.For the loser now Will be later to win For the times they are a-changin.Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Dont stand in the doorway Dont block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled Theres a battle outside And it is ragin. Itll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin.Come mothers and fathers Throughout the landAnd dont criticize What you cant understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is Rapidly agin. Please get out of the new one If you cant lend your hand For the times they are a-changin. The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is Rapidly fadin. And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin.
(bob dylan)

Has Bob Dylan Endorsed Obama?
Mercurial Songwriter Has Never Formally Endorsed a Politician

Bob Dylan, the maverick architect of modern American protest music, appears to have endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Or did he?
In an apparent break from the singer-songwriter's lifelong policy of refusing to make political endorsements, Dylan told
The Times of London, "Well, you know right now America is in a state of upheaval.
"Poverty is demoralizing,'' he said. "You can't expect people to have the virtue of purity when they are poor. But we've got this guy out there now who is redefining the nature of politics from the ground up  Barack Obama. He's redefining what a politician is, so we'll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I'm hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to."
Dylan, 67, reportedly shook hands with his interviewer and as he walked out the door, added, "You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future."
If indeed intended as an endorsement of America's first black major party presidential candidate, the statements were extraordinary for Dylan  from a cultural if not necessarily political standpoint.
Even at the height of his fame in the 1960s, when mass movements like the civil rights brigades and the anti-war establishment literally begged Dylan to lead them, the artist recoiled from taking sides. ........

Friday, June 06, 2008

i don't know if this particular story is true or not

i DO know i crossed emily's list (along with n o w) off of MY list a while ago (after all they said and did to diss barack obama. i did hear a rep from emily's list on npr the other day. she was making all nice nice about barack. it's TOO DAMN LATE. i personally will NEVER forgive them for their words AND their actions). i've said it before and i'll say it again, i would NEVER vote for someone (or want someone in power) based only on their gender. that not only is stupid IT'S DANGEROUS

Why is EMILY's List endorsing anti-semitism, racism and homophobia?
Filed by: Bil Browning

EMILY's List, known for funding female candidates for public office, has two main qualifications for getting their endorsement. You have to be female and you have to be pro-choice. The organization recently endorsed Nikki Tinker in her run for Congress from Tennessee.
Tinker is running against sitting
Representative Steve Cohen, a fellow Democrat. Cohen is one of the most liberal members of Congress with a history of supporting pro-choice and LGBT issues. Why would EMILY's List work to defeat an incumbent Congressman with a history of working in favor of their chosen issue? The answer has to be sexism; he's a man. No other explanation can possibly make sense.
After all, Tinker's campaign has been engaging in one of the most vitriolic anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic campaigns in Tennessee history. Black Baptist ministers have publicly called for Cohen's defeat because of his race, a flier declaring "Steve Cohen and the Jews Hate Jesus" has been circulated throughout Memphis, and Tinker's campaign has refused to denounce or repudiate these tactics. EMILY's List has invested resources in this campaign - and they did in 2006 too.
"In 2006, EMILY's List endorsed Tinker and spent $500,000 on her behalf in the form of negative direct mail pieces with scores of lies about Cohen's record," Cohen campaign director Jerry Austin told me. Austin suggested that more of the same could be expected before the August 7th primary. One flier condemned Cohen for missing a few votes as a state legislator, but neglected to mention that the Congressman was in the hospital recovering from an illness......

king george:

he and his entire court MUST be arrested and tried right now. while he's in office. we can't let them continue to murder, continue to lie, continue to allow our earth to be raped and sodomized, continue to spit on our constitution, continue to ignore the citizens of the united states of america

Revealed: Secret plan to keep Iraq under US control
Bush wants 50 military bases, control of Iraqi airspace and legal immunity for all American soldiers and contractors

By Patrick Cockburn
A secret deal being negotiated in Baghdad would perpetuate the American military occupation of Iraq indefinitely, regardless of the outcome of the US presidential election in November.
The terms of the impending deal, details of which have been leaked to The Independent, are likely to have an explosive political effect in Iraq. Iraqi officials fear that the accord, under which US troops would occupy permanent bases, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law, will destabilise Iraq's position in the Middle East and lay the basis for unending conflict in their country.
But the accord also threatens to provoke a political crisis in the US. President Bush wants to push it through by the end of next month so he can declare a military victory and claim his 2003 invasion has been vindicated. But by perpetuating the US presence in Iraq, the long-term settlement would undercut pledges by the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, to withdraw US troops if he is elected president in November. ..........

this is news?

(you're not here but i am saying that with one of those funny accents so you'd laugh. why? cause it's funny 4,092 of our men and women have been murdered. yes, murdered. no, not killed by iraqis. sent to their certain deaths by king george and his court. and we let them (king george and his court) not only get away with it, BUT CONTINUE TO GET AWAY WITH IT.)

Bush Inflated Threat From Iraq's Banned Weapons, Report Says

By Joby Warrick and Walter Pincus Washington Post Staff Writers
President Bush and top administration officials repeatedly exaggerated what they knew about Iraq's weapons and its ties to terrorist groups as the White House pressed its case for war against Iraq, the Senate intelligence committee said yesterday in a long-awaited report.
While most of the administration's prewar claims about Iraq reflected now-discredited U.S. intelligence reports, the White House crossed a line by conveying certainty about the threat that
Saddam Hussein posed to the United States, according to the report, approved over the objections of most of the committee's Republican members.
"In making the case for war, the administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when it was unsubstantiated, contradicted or even nonexistent,"
Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), the committee chairman, said at a news conference. "As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed." ...........

Thursday, June 05, 2008

please look at these AMAZING photos

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."
Photo: Todd Heisler/Rocky Mountain News

and read the amazing story(stories) on the final salute

found via the nyt book review: Bearing Witness to the Fallen and the Grieving

thursday (late at night) with the subdudes

why is this ass still on the air?

his voice makes me gag

Matthews suggested Obama was never middle class, does not "have that experience that ... most Americans have"

—J.M. & S.S.M.
During the 7 p.m. ET hour of MSNBC's June 3 special election coverage, anchor Chris Matthews asked Democratic Leadership Council chairman Harold Ford Jr. if there was "something missing" in Sen. Barack Obama's "biography that people can identify with." Matthews continued: "He's gone from being a poor kid, growing up in Hawaii, in Indonesia, part of his youth, mixed family background, had to struggle, worked with community organizations; went to these incredibly elite schools, Columbia and Harvard Law, making Law Review and all that. He missed the middle part. Most Americans don't know anything about being dirt poor and don't know anything about the Ivy League. They're sort of in this struggling class. The people in the middle worried about paying bills, for whom going to the movies, paying 35, 40 bucks for the whole cost of going to the movies with your wife, is just too much money, OK?" Matthews went on to state: "Does he have that experience that people -- most Americans have? Does he connect on the basic struggling-class level? And I'm not sure he does." But Obama's biography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (Crown, 1995), directly rebuts Matthews' assertion that Obama "missed the middle part."...........

the nutmeg grater: our next president talks to da liebs#links#links

the nutmeg grater: our next president talks to da liebs#links#links

there are SO many reasons i would never in a

ZILLION YEARS vote for mccain. here are just two (and they're BIG ones in my book)
his position on a woman's RIGHT TO CHOOSE (well i'm not quite sure WHAT it is since he's been ALL OVER THE MAP)
his position on the murdering of our men and women sent to iraq (i consider it murder since i cannot fathom, nor can YOU fathom no matter WHAT excuse you think you come up with)

and i'm NOT surprised by this:
McCain: I'd Spy on Americans Secretly, Too
by Ryan Singel
If elected president, Senator John McCain would reserve the right to run his own warrantless wiretapping program against Americans, based on the theory that the president's wartime powers trump federal criminal statutes and court oversight, according to a statement released by his campaign Monday.
McCain's new tack towards the Bush administration's theory of executive power comes some 10 days after a McCain surrogate stated, incorrectly it seems, that the senator wanted
hearings into telecom companies' cooperation with President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program, before he'd support giving those companies retroactive legal immunity.
As first reported by Threat Level, Chuck Fish, a full-time lawyer for the McCain campaign, also said McCain wanted stricter rules on how the nation's telecoms work with U.S. spy agencies, and expected those companies to apologize for any lawbreaking before winning amnesty.
But Monday, McCain adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin, speaking for the campaign, disavowed those statements, and for the first time
cast McCain's views on warrantless wiretapping as identical to Bush's. ..........

how much can i complain?

how much can i shake my head? how much can i scream? how many of our men and women do i have to see killed and maimed in the middle east? how many families do i have to see lose their homes here? how much effed up shite do i have to put up with under king george?

Indicted Saudi Financier Gets $80 Million US Military Contract
The U.S. military suffered enormous embarrassment when the New York Times reported that a contract to arm the Afghan forces worth nearly $300 million had been awarded to a 22-year-old man, Efraim E. Diveroli, whose vice president was a licensed masseur. It turned out that Diveroli had been supplying the Afghans with defective weaponry and had broken numerous procurement laws. Apparently, the military has not learned their lesson. ABC News reports that they have awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the U.S. Justice Department:
The US military has awarded an $80 million contract to a prominent Saudi financier who has been indicted by the US Justice Department. The contract to supply jet fuel to American bases in Afghanistan was awarded to the Attock Refinery Ltd, a Pakistani-based refinery owned by Gaith Pharaon. Pharaon is wanted in connection with his alleged role at the failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), and the CenTrust savings and loan scandal, which cost US tax payers $1.7 billion. ........

this is scary

pretty soon we won't be able to even listen to music on our radios much less on our mp3 players. so now we can't even SELL our records (discs, tapes or whatever?) this is more bullshite

By Robert Plummer Business reporter, BBC News

It's not every day that record companies are accused of behaving like goblins in a book by JK Rowling.

But that is just one of the more colourful accusations being bandied around in a US legal battle that could have implications for many people's private CD and LP collections.
It all began in May 2007 when Universal Music Group (UMG), the largest of the Big Four companies that dominate the music industry worldwide, sued a Los Angeles-based trader on the eBay online auction site.
The target of the legal action, Troy Augusto, runs a business called Roast Beast Music Collectables.
He makes his living by snapping up rare albums in second-hand record shops and selling them on eBay.
Universal is taking him to task for copyright infringement, saying some of the items he offered for sale online were promotional copies and not authorised for sale to the public.
But digital rights lobby group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken up cudgels on Mr Augusto's behalf and is counter-suing Universal.
"UMG seems to think that the promotional use only label somehow gives it eternal ownership over the CD," says the EFF.
"While this might make sense to a goblin living in Harry Potter's world, it's not the law under the Copyright Act." .............

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

the secrets of the entire universe

(or at least the blogosphere) as listed by lore sjoberg

Secrets of the 7 Basic Blog Posts

and damned if i don't do all seven!

here's just one

............4. People are dumb!
Try this: Put up videos of yourself volunteering at a soup kitchen, giving a speech at a symposium and breaking your arm in seven places doing the "shopping cart luge." Guess which one will get the most hits. We like our animals to appear smarter than they really are and our humans dumber, which means that the perfect internet celebrity would be a somewhat slow-witted centaur. In a Darth Vader outfit. ......................


never ever again.
i will NOT allow roe v. wade to be taken away. i will do EVERYTHING in my power to keep abortion safe AND LEGAL.
(what i prefer of course is COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION. REAL comprehensive sex education. NOT ABSTINENCE ONLY PREACHING. i believe with my whole heart and soul we could cure MOST of the ills of the world with education. it starts there and can only grow. more education, less unwanted pregnancies)

Repairing the Damage, Before Roe

With the Supreme Court becoming more conservative, many people who support women’s right to choose an abortion fear that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that gave them that right, is in danger of being swept aside.

When such fears arise, we often hear about the pre-Roe “bad old days.” Yet there are few physicians today who can relate to them from personal experience. I can.

I am a retired gynecologist, in my mid-80s. My early formal training in my specialty was spent in New York City, from 1948 to 1953, in two of the city’s large municipal hospitals.

There I saw and treated almost every complication of illegal abortion that one could conjure, done either by the patient herself or by an abortionist — often unknowing, unskilled and probably uncaring. Yet the patient never told us who did the work, or where and under what conditions it was performed. She was in dire need of our help to complete the process or, as frequently was the case, to correct what damage might have been done.

The patient also did not explain why she had attempted the abortion, and we did not ask. This was a decision she made for herself, and the reasons were hers alone. Yet this much was clear: The woman had put herself at total risk, and literally did not know whether she would live or die.........

buzzflash interviews larisa

and i read BOTH of them daily

at largely

i can't believe, i just came across this

via wooster collective

ms elizabeth cotton
and that picture of her is off of a freight train (get it) in austin

wednesday with the george baker selection

and their little green bag (c'mon it's a GREAT song)

are they rushing to do the MOST HARM

they can before being booted out of office? it sure appears that way to me

Bush administration files nuclear dump application

After long delay, Bush administration submits application to build nuclear dump in Nevada


Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Tuesday he's confident the government's license application to build a nuclear waste dump in Nevada will "stand up to any challenge anywhere."

Bodman spoke at a news conference hours after the Bush administration submitted the formal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to build the underground storage facility at Yucca Mountain more than 80 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Nevada officials, who have fought the waste dump for years, vowed to launch hundreds of specific challenges to the proposed design of the facility, arguing the Energy Department has not proven it will protect public health, safety and the environment from radiation up to a million years.

Responding to the filing, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons reiterated his promise to fight the waste dump which he said "threatens the life and safety of the people of Nevada."..............


(and no, i don't feel the least bit sorry for hillary. i don't like hillary. and no, it has NOTHING to do with her gender. i feel she is disingenuous. i feel she thinks she's entitled. i feel she would have been calling in a LOT of 'favors'. i feel she just is NOWHERE as trustworthy as barack obama. i feel she doesn't hold a candle to barack obama).

i'm happy

Obama Claims Nomination

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

i didn't know that!

(shout out dark roasted blend)

the CLASSIC science fiction channel

i only checked out firefly (so far). the episodes are there. cool, huh?

I've been very disappointed by the so-called SciFi Channel since its inception. Like many others, I believed that I'd be able to tune in and regularly catch repeats of classic shows, great classic movies, some SF oriented 'made-for content' (coverage of conventions, literature, authors, etc) and maybe some original movies or series, carefully chosen to insure the preservation of the genre.

(shout out to boing boing)

see all the changes we've brought to

first her daughter rand. then when leila hussein gathered enough strength and courage to leave her brute of a husband, she was murdered as well.

he most likely will NEVER be punished

Iraqi Mother Killed for Protesting Honor Killings
Posted by Melissa McEwan, Shakesville

Those were the fateful words of Leila Hussein, an Iraqi woman who was killed after telling her family's story to The Observer, after her husband and sons murdered their 17-year-old daughter/sister for striking up a friendship with a British soldier—a murder to which her husband confessed, but for which he has faced no charges and has been congratulated by police.

It was two weeks after Rand's death on 16 March that a grief-stricken Leila, unable to bear living under the same roof as her husband, found the strength to leave him. She had been beaten and had had her arm broken. It was a courageous move. Few women in Iraq would contemplate such a step.

...Leila turned to the only place she could, a small organisation in Basra campaigning for the rights of women and against 'honour' killings. Almost immediately she began receiving threats - notes calling her a 'prostitute' and saying she deserved to die like her daughter.

...[S]he was staying at the house of 'Mariam', one of the women's rights campaigners, whose identity The Observer has agreed not to reveal. On the morning of 17 May, they were joined by another volunteer worker and set off to meet 'a contact' who was to help Leila travel to Amman, where she would be taken in by an Iraqi family. .......

da liebs bud got some 'splainin' to do 1 ravings of a semi-sane madwoman: so he's part homosexual and part jewish

ravings of a semi-sane madwoman: so he's part homosexual and part jewish

so he's part homosexual and part jewish

wouldn't the antichrist be a woman? lesbian? black? puerto rican?

this shitebag STILL has people listening to him. the sermon is from 2003, but it doesn't matter if it was yesterday or is today. people still flock. they're shitebags too as far as i'm concerned (video at the link below. the other day i also wrote about da liebs who is going to be speaking at some hagee hoedown. someone really OUGHT to tell da liebs, hagee thinks he's the anti-christ. i TRIED to tell da liebs. he just didn't listen)

On March 16, 2003, on the eve of the United States' invasion of Iraq, Pastor John Hagee took to the pulpit to warn of the coming Antichrist. In his sermon, "The Final Dictator," Hagee described the Antichrist as a seductive figure with "fierce features." He will be "a blasphemer and a homosexual," the pastor announced. Then, Hagee boomed, "There's a phrase in Scripture used solely to identify the Jewish people. It suggests that this man [the Antichrist] is at least going to be partially Jewish, as was Adolph Hitler, as was Karl Marx."
This "fierce" gay Jew, according to Hagee, would "slaughter one-third of the Earth's population" and "make Adolph Hitler look like a choirboy.".........


and this is just the TIP of the iceberg (so to speak). we all knew and know this kind of shite is going on. yet, we do NOTHING about it except hold a few hearings. i say MAKE THOSE WHO DID THIS (AND WORSE, COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY) GO ON TRIAL, WHERE I AM SURE THEY WILL BE FOUND GUILTY. THEN MAKE THEM DO THEIR TIME


Climate Findings Were Distorted, Probe Finds
Appointees in NASA Press Office Blamed

By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff Writer
An investigation by the NASA inspector general found that political appointees in the space agency's public affairs office worked to control and distort public accounts of its researchers' findings about climate change for at least two years, the inspector general's office said yesterday.
The probe came at the request of 14 senators after
The Washington Post and other news outlets reported in 2006 that Bush administration officials had monitored and impeded communications between NASA climate scientists and reporters.
James E. Hansen, who directs NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and has campaigned publicly for more stringent limits on greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, told The Post and the
New York Times in September 2006 that he had been censored by NASA press officers, and several other agency climate scientists reported similar experiences. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are two of the government's lead agencies on climate change issues. ...........

no one and i mean NO ONE is a citizen above suspicion
now THAT'S what i'm talkin' bout
hey bo diddley
hey bo diddley

could we be any LESS caring

about our wounded warriors? what are we thinking?

the we isn't me by the way. if i was in charge, they would be THE FIRST thing on my list to fix (with so many in second position my head is spinning just thinking about it).

Nearby Firing Ranges Complicate Soldiers' Recovery From Stress

By Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Staff Writer
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Army Sgt. Jonathan Strickland sits in his room at noon with the blinds drawn, seeking the sleep that has eluded him since he was knocked out by the blast of a Baghdad car bomb.
Like many of the wounded soldiers living in the newly built "warrior transition" barracks here, the soft-spoken 25-year-old suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. But even as Strickland and his comrades struggle with nightmares, anxiety and flashbacks from their wartime experiences, the sounds of gunfire have followed them here, just outside their windows.
Across the street from their assigned housing, about 200 yards away, are some of the Army infantry's main firing ranges, and day and night, several days each week, barrages from rifles and machine guns echo around Strickland's building. The noise makes the wounded cringe, startle in their formations, and stay awake and on edge, according to several soldiers interviewed at the barracks last month. The gunfire recently sent one soldier to the emergency room with an anxiety attack, they said. ...........

Monday, June 02, 2008

this is for jean

and cv rick
one is in love with legos and one is in love with cylons (well bg)

(shout out to make)

from mofa

(the museum of food anomalies silly)

this isn't right

plague of kittens

(shout out to boing boing)

monday with massive attack

(that of course is tracy thorn of everything but the girl singing)

patrick farrow knows who is responsible

i know too. it's george bush (AND his homeboyz and grrrls)
to the farrows and the denes, i'm sorry for your loss.

Mia Farrow's Nephew Dies in Iraq -- Uncle Pens Angry Letter to Editor of Vermont Paper
By Greg Mitchell
NEW YORK Sgt. Jason Dene, the nephew of actress and activist Mia Farrow, died in Iraq last week and his uncle blames George W. Bush for the loss. Mia Farrow has written a sad tribute on her site but Dene's uncle, Patrick V. Farrow, took his anger to the Letters section of the Rutland (Vt.) Herald two days ago. Dene, in his mid-30s and married with children, is yet another in the growing list of "noncombat" fatalities in Iraq. In this case, medical complications appear to be at issue. Patrick Farrow, of Castleton, Vt., writes in his letter, "To date all the family has heard from the Army is that Jason variously died 'in his sleep' and 'in his bunk' and 'in his quarters'' and my favorite 'sleep apnea complicated by smoking cigarettes,' in other words, natural causes."Whatever the cause, Patrick Farrow feels he knows what really killed his nephew: "Because of the arrogant, corrupt lies of George W. Bush and his neo-con handlers my nephew is dead, and I am mad as hell...Jason Dene was not killed by enemy fire nor friendly fire but by Bush's brutal and cynical stop-loss program.""Because of Bush's abusive stop-loss policy, Jason had been sent into an unwanted third tour of duty. He was a father of three and could not afford to lose his pension. Some 'volunteer Army'............

i had not read the original op-ed

but there is a link to it in the story linked below

people will stop at nothing to associate barack obama with islam. they just want to keep that in the back of everyone's mind to assure mr obama is NOT elected president. well i'm going to do everything in my power to make sure he IS elected president.

The Public Editor
Entitled to Their Opinions, Yes. But Their Facts?

ON May 12, The Times published an Op-Ed article by Edward N. Luttwak, a military historian, who argued that any hopes that a President Barack Obama might improve relations with the Muslim world were unrealistic because Muslims would be “horrified” once they learned that Obama had abandoned the Islam of his father and embraced Christianity as a young adult. Under “Muslim law as it is universally understood,” Luttwak wrote, Obama was born a Muslim, and his “conversion” to Christianity was an act of apostasy, a capital offense and “the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit.” While no Muslim country would be likely to prosecute him, Luttwak said, a state visit to such a nation would present serious security challenges “because the very act of protecting him would be sinful for Islamic security guards.”
At a time when fears about Obama’s security keep bubbling to the surface and an online whispering campaign suggests that he is secretly a Muslim — call him by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, some Times readers demand — the Luttwak thesis was a double whammy: Obama cannot escape his Muslim history, and a lot of Muslims might want to kill him for trying.
Many Times readers saw the article as irresponsible (“gasoline on the fire,” said Paul Trachtman of Tierra Amarilla, N.M.) or false (“Islam is not like our hair or the color of our skin, which we inherited from our parents,” said Ali Kamel of Rio de Janeiro). The blogosphere lit up with assertions that Luttwak did not know what he was talking about.......

i knew about the secret prisions

on land. even those on foreign land. i didn't know about the floating ones. who are we?
i am ALL FOR punishing the guilty. i am all for obeying both the geneva convention AND the constitution of the united states of america. i don't want us to be the terrorists

US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships
· Report says 17 boats used · MPs seek details of UK role· Europe attacks 42-day plan
Duncan Campbell and Richard Norton-Taylor
The United States is operating "floating prisons" to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.
Details of ships where detainees have been held and sites allegedly being used in countries across the world have been compiled as the debate over detention without trial intensifies on both sides of the Atlantic. The US government was yesterday urged to list the names and whereabouts of all those detained.
Information about the operation of prison ships has emerged through a number of sources, including statements from the US military, the Council of Europe and related parliamentary bodies, and the testimonies of prisoners.
The analysis, due to be published this year by the human rights organisation Reprieve, also claims there have been more than 200 new cases of rendition since 2006, when President George Bush declared that the practice had stopped. ........

Sunday, June 01, 2008

a waste of money a waste of time

you can lobby all you want. you can email all you want. you can do the ABSOLUTE WRONG THING and ignore ALL of the facts and attempt to instill abstinence only 'sex education' in our schools. kids are STILL going to 'get busy' and kids are STILL going to get stds and kids are STILL going to get pregnant. do you want them to be afraid to tell you? do you want them to do something rash? OR do you want to tell your kids the truth. GIVE THEM FACTS and resources and avenues to take? do you want them to TALK TO YOU HONESTLY?

be honest with them. give them some credit. teach them ABOUT sex and ABOUT safety and ABOUT their bodies and they'll be honest back at ya!


U.S. Campaign to Promote Abstinence Begins
Groups Are Enlisting Parents in Effort to Lobby for Changes in Sex Education

By Rob Stein Washington Post Staff Writer
Proponents of sex education programs that focus on encouraging abstinence are launching a nationwide campaign aimed at enlisting 1 million parents to support the controversial approach.
The National Abstinence Education Association, a Washington-based advocacy group, said that it sent e-mails last week to about 30,000 supporters, practitioners and parents to try to recruit participants and plans to e-mail 100,000 this week as part of the first phase of the $1 million campaign.
The e-mail is promoting the Parents for Truth campaign, which the group hopes will eventually involve 1 million parents nationwide to lobby local schools to adopt sex education programs focusing on abstinence and to work to elect local, state and national officials who support the approach.
"There are powerful special interest groups who can far outspend what parents can in terms of promoting their agenda. But we recognize that parents more than make up for that by their determination and motivation to protect their own children," said Valerie Huber, the group's executive director. ........