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Saturday, July 05, 2008

goddess knows

i love ink even MORE than the next person (i finally made a decision on my next piece, whew!) BUT zombie boy may have some issues later in his life. no?
Text: Jack Ruby Murray / Photos: Neville Elder
(shout out to boing boing)

so if we can't see them dead

does that mean it didn't happen?
i am sorry ALL of the deaths happened. they shouldn't have. it's NOT making us safer (how is it if you disagree with me?). it's NOT because of 9/11 (you know MOST people believe it IS because of 9/11. however, iraq had NOTHING to do with 9/11. ask our good buds saudi arabia who was responsible). it had NOTHING to do with al qaeda because al qaeda WASN'T in iraq until AFTER we 'liberated' it.
U.S. Journalist Photographs Grisly Aftermath of Attack in Iraq, Gets Booted by Military
By Dahr Jamail, IPS News.

U.S. journalist Zoriah Miller says he was censored by the U.S. military in the Iraqi city of Fallujah after photographing Marines who died in a suicide bombing.

On Jun. 26, a suicide bomber attacked a city council meeting in Fallujah, 69 kms west of Baghdad, between local tribal sheikhs and military officials.

Three Marines, Cpl. Marcus Preudhomme, Capt. Philip Dykeman, and Lt. Col. Max Galeai, assigned to 2d Battalion, 3rd Marine Division based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, died in the attack.

The explosion also killed two interpreters and 20 Iraqis, including the mayor of the nearby town of Karmah, two prominent sheikhs and their sons, and another sheikh and his brother. All were members of the local "awakening council," one of the U.S.-backed militias that have taken up arms against al Qaeda in Iraq, according to U.S. and Iraqi authorities.

Miller was embedded with Marines on a patrol one block from the attack when it occurred. He had originally turned down the option of going to report on the city council meeting that was bombed...............

i am by NO means

by NO way shape or form endorsing ONE thing saddam did. he was evil and a murderer. however, if you ask an iraqi were things better under saddam or NOW - what do you think they'd say? i know because i've heard them say it over and over and over again.

this woman (the whole administration) is spouting SHEER LUNACY

Condoleezza Rice: ‘I Am Proud Of The Decision’ To Invade Iraq

In an interview last March with Bloomberg’s Judy Woodruff, the late conservative scholar William F. Buckley said President Bush’s legacy would be judged purely on Iraq. He stressed, “It’s important that we acknowledge in the inner councils of state that it (the war) has failed, so that we should look for opportunities to cope with that failure.”

In an interview with Bloomberg TV yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was unable to acknowledge the failure of Iraq. Woodruff presented Buckley’s argument to Rice that Bush’s legacy will be Iraq. “That’s just fine,” said Rice.

“We tend to forget very quickly what Saddam Hussein meant. … In the post 9/11 environment, you couldn’t let a threat to international peace and stability like that remain.” She added:

Yes, it’s been very, very tough. But I know that great historical events go through difficult phases and often emerge with the world left for the better. And I am proud of the decision of this administration to overthrow Saddam Hussein. I am proud of the liberation of 25 million Iraqis.,,,,,,,,,,,

(liberation? haven't tens of thousands been killed and even more maimed? haven't AT LEAST one million been displaced? isn't their water and electricity barely working? haven't the rights of women been slashed? )

a note:

lil' pi (my laptop) is terminally ill. it's not like i didn't try to save her. i did. i did all i could but there is NO hope. i purchased her a registry fix program (which didn't help like i thought it would) i then purchased her an external hard drive (which not only didn't help but made it worse. ok ok it was partially MY fault. i wasn't paying attention when it was installing and i must have clicked the wrong button because a ton of stuff i didn't want was also installed ON MY HARD DRIVE FURTHER EFFING EVERYTHING UP).

she only has a couple of weeks (if that much) left in her. i've ordered another laptop (no, she will NEVER take the place of lil' pi even though her memory is going to be more than 3 X that of lil' pi) but it's going to take time to build. it won't be delivered until the end of the month. my postings may be sporadic until then. it's very difficult working with lil' pi. she is very very very slow AND her space bar doesn't always work. and a little box always pops up about connecting via dial-up (i'm not on dial up so i don't get it BUT it stops everything i'm doing until i click cancel).

once again, i'll always love her, but she's got to go to bed soon.

so, if you don't hear from me often, not to worry, i'll be back full strength in a few weeks.

Friday, July 04, 2008

you know you love this stuff!

(shout out to boing boing)

being a vegan and a non-lover of most large corporations

i never in a million years thought i'd say this: a shout out to mcdonalds (well on THIS one thing). please don't back down micky d's. please stay on that board.

oh and the american 'family' association has NO EFFING IDEA what a REAL family is.

Gay-Marriage Opponents To Boycott McDonald's

Washington Post Staff Writer

A group that opposes same-sex marriage has called for a boycott of McDonald's, saying the fast-food giant has refused "to stay neutral in the cultural war over homosexuality."

The American Family Association (AFA) launched the boycott yesterday because McDonald's joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce several months ago and placed an executive on the group's board of directors, in addition to donating to the chamber.

The association asked McDonald's to remove itself from the chamber but the burger-maker declined, leading to the boycott. ......

AFA: Now trying to tarnish Golden Arches

Well the American Family Association has yet to make the big McDonald's announcement that they've promised for today. However, we see no need to wait for the McSillies' upcoming press release. For we can exclusively reveal that because of the fast food chain's perceived support of gay rights, the AFA will later today launch this site:

Picture 34-9

Yes, that's right -- Like Disney and Ford before them, Mickey D's has become the latest American corporation to suffer at the baselessly extremist, rabidly anti-gay hands of Don Wildmon Inc. The McNugget company's "sin"? The refused to shun Vice President of Communications Richard Ellis for his decision to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)...................

the nutmeg grater: a story about an old war

the nutmeg grater: a story about an old war

oh this ruling is scary

and i don't like it one bit. i think viacom has a RIGHT to request their videos be taken down if they want them down (it's a mistake though. same as comedy central did with the daily show and colbert). the more 'privacy' laws we have THE MORE OF MY DATA IS SHARED WITH STRANGERS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION

Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to Viacom

By Ryan Singel
Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google's liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement.

Viacom filed suit against Google in March 2007, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of Viacom's copyright material. Google argues that the law provides a safe harbor for online services so long as they comply with copyright takedown requests.

Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users' privacy, the judge's ruling (.pdf) described that argument as "speculative" and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four tera-byte hard drives.....

Thursday, July 03, 2008

there's not too very much

one has to say about this. we CAN say it's wrong. we CAN say it's unprofessional. we CAN say it's from the bottom of the slime pit and of course we CAN say, well it's faux 'NEWS' after all

Fox News airs altered photos of NY Times reporters

On the July 2 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade labeled New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe "attack dogs," claiming that Steinberg's June 28 article on the "ominous trend" in Fox News' ratings was a "hit piece." During the segment, however, Fox News featured photos of Steinberg and Reddicliffe that appeared to have been digitally altered -- the journalists' teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe's hair moved further back on his head. Fox News gave no indication that the photos had been altered.
After putting up the photos of Steinberg and Reddicliffe, Fox & Friends also featured a photograph of Steinberg's face superimposed over that of a poodle, while Reddicliffe's face was superimposed over that of the man holding the poodle's leash........................

because here at ravings of a semi-sane madwoman

(AND everywhere else) we LOVE everything lego

if you go to the story link below, you'll find a kick ass lego video..........

65-foot-high Lego Cathedrals Store 19 Billion Pieces a Year

Without a doubt, the Lego brick storage buildings were the most impressive part of my visit to Lego. When I first saw their 65.6-foot high ceilings, with multiple giant robots going up and down retrieving boxes full of bricks, I felt like I entered the Matrix. Below the thunderous noise of the flying machines, I heard myself shouting: "It's a cathedral." And as you will see in the video, with a total 65.6 square-miles of shelf space—900 million pieces at any given time—they are indeed The Lego Cathedrals. I was in total awe, and the amazement didn't stop there.

yeah, so........

this is a minor one in the scheme of things. chalk up ANOTHER lie. another one in a big giant long line of lies. there are 4,113 of our men and women who died so a few rich white men can line their pockets

Bush Officials Condoned Regional Iraqi Oil Deal

Contract Contradicted State Dept.'s Public Stance

Washington Post Staff Writer

Bush administration officials told Hunt Oil last summer that they did not object to its efforts to reach an oil deal with the Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq, even while the State Department was publicly expressing concern that such contracts could undermine a national Iraqi petroleum law, according to documents obtained by a House committee.

Last fall, after the deal was announced, the State Department said that it had tried to dissuade Hunt Oil from signing the contract with Kurdish regional authorities but that the company had proceeded "regardless of our advice." Although Hunt Oil's chief executive has been a major fundraiser for President Bush, the president said he knew nothing about the deal..........

so now what are we going to do? answer=same as always, NOTHING

i saw the story the other day

i didn't read it at first. something caught my eye though and i changed my mind. this is beyond disgusting

what i REALLY want to know is WHO IS THE 'PRIVATE U.S. SECURITY COMPANY'? (as if we ALL really didn't already know that)

Police 'torture' videos cause uproar in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Videos showing Leon police practicing torture techniques on a fellow officer and dragging another through vomit at the instruction of a U.S. adviser created an uproar Tuesday in Mexico, which has struggled to eliminate torture in law enforcement.

Two of the videos -- broadcast by national television networks and displayed on newspaper Internet sites -- showed what Leon city Police Chief Carlos Tornero described as training for an elite unit that must face "real-life, high-stress situations," such as kidnapping and torture by organized crime groups.

But many Mexicans saw a sinister side, especially at a moment when police and soldiers across the country are struggling with scandals over alleged abuses............

............He said the English-speaking man was part of a private U.S. security company helping to train the agents, but he refused to give details.......

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

i can't believe i forgot ALL about her

until i came across this article The Aesthetic Is PersonalThe Short of It
By Barry Schwabsky

"Full recognition came late to Louise Bourgeois"--so wrote Peter Campbell of The London Review of Books when her vast retrospective, which has now moved to the Guggenheim (through September 28), opened at Tate Modern in London last fall. It's the same thing nearly every reviewer said, and it's what I'd always heard about Bourgeois's work from the moment I became aware of it more than twenty years ago. I suppose the validity of that judgment depends on just how "full" recognition has to be before it becomes full enough as well as how soon it comes before seeming late. But by most reasonable standards, the received tale of Bourgeois's belated recognition is exaggerated. .............

she influenced me in my younger day. she was beautiful (to me she sure was) AND she wasn't afraid of sex or portraying sex OR of being a woman in the 'art world'.

image of ms bourgeois - mfa

image of her spider - p base
top photo - telegraph co uk

on my way home from work yesterday

i heard col (ret) douglas macgregor being interviewed (and he took some phone in questions as well) on an npr radio show. i was mighty impressed with what he had to say. i'm not sure our politics match but he sure did seem very honest, very knowledgeable and very honorable to me. here's something from frontline i found INTERVIEW DOUGLAS MACGREGOR

what most impressed me yesterday was the simple fact col macgregor was stating. a muslim arab land will never in a million kazillion years sit idly by while a non-muslim (he said christian) land occupied them. it's simple and it's right on the mark and it's true

and then there is the storm over what gen (ret) wesley clark said. if you LISTEN to what he said, he didn't DIS mccain. what he said was just 'cause mccain was in the military (pow) did NOT automatically qualify him to be prez
Media in a frenzy, but Clark's comment not extraordinary or unprecedented
The media frenzy that has followed retired Gen. Wesley Clark's comments on the June 29 edition of CBS' Face the Nation is based on at least two false premises: first, that Clark attacked Sen. John McCain's military service, and second, that his comment -- that one's, in this case McCain's, military heroism alone does not establish his qualification to be president -- is in any way extraordinary or unusual. As Media Matters for America has noted, Clark did not attack McCain's military service; he praised McCain as a "hero." Moreover, Clark's comments were far from the first time someone has said of a war veteran running for president that his military service alone does not make him qualified to be president. .....

this is a cool find and a cool story

but what is THE MOST COOL is the recording (it's at the story link below) of the death whistles themselves (well from what i understand recreations of them)

Researchers re-create pre-Columbian sounds

Noisemakers made of natural materials were integral part of life

By Julie Watson
MEXICO CITY - Scientists were fascinated by the ghostly find: a human skeleton buried in an Aztec temple with a clay, skull-shaped whistle in each bony hand.

But no one blew into the noisemakers for nearly 15 years. When someone finally did, the shrill, windy screech made the spine tingle.

If death had a sound, this was it.........

Alexandre Meneghini / ASSOCIATED PRESS
A replica of a flute, created by pre-Columbian sounds expert Roberto Velazquez.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

read it and weep


i'm not sure all ten would make MY list. i think there are a couple others i would chose (abstinence only funding here AND in foreign lands as one of my examples) but all ten of these are pretty horrible as well. i know i know it's hard to choose ONLY ten
The 10 Most Awesomely Bad Moments of the Bush Presidency
By Brad Reed, AlterNet
In a lot of ways, choosing the Bush administration's 10 greatest moments -- disastrous failures, all -- is about as pointless as picking out your 10 least favorite hemorrhoids: There are entirely too many of them, and taken together they all add up to a throbbing mass of pain. But unfortunately, history demands that we at least make the effort so that future generations will understand why we perform voodoo rituals cursing Bush's memory before we go to bed every night.
Narrowing down the Bush administration's various debacles to a mere 10 was no easy fete. In fact, I expect that many people will express dismay that their least favorite moment was left off the list. "How could commuting Scooter Libby's sentence not even make the top 10??!!" I can hear some of you shrieking already. Well, I'll tell you. Essentially, I tried to rate each Bush disaster by two main criteria: its body count and its damage to the country's reputation. So while Bush's awkward
groping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel may be personally humiliating to everyone, it doesn't have the same heft as, say, the Iraq War.............


so afraid. this time afraid of a word. changing gay to homosexual. EVEN WHEN IT HAPPENS TO BE SOMEONE'S LAST NAME

Homophobic news site changes athlete Tyson Gay to Tyson Homosexual

The funny people who run the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow site are so frightened of gays that they've set up a filter to change every instance of the word "gay" to "homosexual."

And while they may have fixed this particular instance, it looks like they haven't gone back through their archives and corrected other articles where this happened, such as this article where professional basketball player Rudy Gay is referred to as "Rudy Homosexual."..........

i do love everything lewis carroll

so this is especially poignant to me. oh AND SO VERY TELLING
this is a pretty good story

Judges cite nonsense poem in Guantanamo case
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court reviewing evidence at Guantanamo Bay compared a Bush administration legal argument to one made by a hapless, dimwitted character in a 19th century nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit cited the 1876 poem, "The Hunting of the Snark," in ruling that the military improperly labeled a Chinese Muslim as an enemy combatant. The ruling was issued last week but an unclassified version of the opinion was released only Monday.........

they're up to it again!

more wild and wacky ANTICS from kbr.
it's just like we're watching one of those slapstick movies with the keystone cops or buster keaton or EVEN the three stooges.
it's real people, real hurt, real injuries, real death, real pain, real letting them get away with it (not just that but giving them MORE contracts)

Witnesses link chemical to ill US soldiers

Highly toxic substance used at Iraq plant

By Farah Stockman Globe Staff /

WASHINGTON - US soldiers assigned to guard a crucial part of Iraq's oil infrastructure became ill after exposure to a highly toxic chemical at the plant, witnesses testified at a Democratic Policy Committee hearing yesterday on Capitol Hill.

"These soldiers were bleeding from the nose, spitting blood," said Danny Langford, an equipment technician from Texas brought to work at the Qarmat Ali Water treatment plant in 2003. "They were sick."

"Hundreds of American soldiers at this site were contaminated" while guarding the plant, Langford said, including members of the Indiana National Guard.

Langford is one of nine Americans who accuse KBR, the lead contractor on the Qarmat Ali project and one of the largest defense contractors in Iraq, of knowingly exposing them to sodium dichromate, an orange, sandlike chemical that is a potentially lethal carcinogen. Specialists say even short-term exposure to the chemical can cause cancer, depress an individual's immune system, attack the liver, and cause other ailments......

Monday, June 30, 2008

you would think

this is made up or a joke site. it's neither. it's real.

women as chattel. women as objects to be abused and beaten. women as SINNER. women as nothing other than an accoutrement to a man. ah, but it's ok. IT'S THE WOMAN'S OWN FAULT. why? because she wants to think for herself. make her own decisions. own her own body. be second to no one. oh, in other words just be an ordinary human being.

this is sick and disgusting and a disgrace and unbelievable. it's why (well one of the reasons) women are STILL being abused in record numbers.

stand up and say HELL NO. just do it. don't ever allow yourself to be LESS than anyone else. don't ever allow yourself to be abused.

i'd like to spend five minutes, just five minutes with this 'scholar'.
(shout out to feministing)

Southern Baptist Scholar Links Spouse Abuse to Wives' Refusal to Submit to Their Husbands
Bob Allen

One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband's God-given authority, a Southern Baptist scholar said Sunday in a Texas church.

Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said women desire to have their own way instead of submitting to their husbands because of sin.

"And husbands on their parts, because they're sinners, now respond to that threat to their authority either by being abusive, which is of course one of the ways men can respond when their authority is challenged--or, more commonly, to become passive, acquiescent, and simply not asserting the leadership they ought to as men in their homes and in churches," Ware said from the pulpit of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas.

In North Texas for a series of sermons at the church on "Biblical Manhood & Womanhood," Ware described his "complementarian" view as what "Southern Seminary as a whole represents."

Commenting on selected passages from the first three chapters of Genesis, Ware said Eve's curse in the Garden of Eden meant "her desire will be to have her way" instead of her obeying her husband, "because she's a sinner."...

are we not

men mcdonalds, we are d e v o
i don't like mcdonalds OR american idol either. but i sure do like d e v o

Devo sues McDonalds

This New Wave Nigel doll that they've created is just a complete Devo rip-off and the red hat is exactly the red hat that I designed, and it's copyrighted and trademarked.

"They didn't ask us anything. Plus, we don't like McDonald's, and we don't like American Idol, so we're doubly offended."........
(shout out to boing boing)

the nutmeg grater: hey da liebs - you're a steamin' pile

the nutmeg grater: hey da liebs - you're a steamin' pile

here's a new one

they are getting creative out there. now they have to start spreading stories about barack obama being a GAY RACIST MUSLIM. that's almost precious. a gay racist muslim. my my my. that fear is building. fear of an honorable man? i guess so. why? i sure don't know

In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying

Washington Post Staff Writer
FINDLAY, Ohio -- On his corner of College Street, Jim Peterman stares at the four American flags planted in his front lawn and rubs his forehead. Peterman, 74, is a retired worker at Cooper Tire, a father of two, an Air Force veteran and a self-described patriot. He took one trip to Washington in 1989 -- best vacation of his life -- and bought a statue of the Washington Monument that he still displays in a glass case in his living room.

He believes a smart vote is an American's greatest responsibility. Which is why his confusion about Barack Obama continues to eat at him.

On the television in his living room, Peterman has watched enough news and campaign advertisements to hear the truth: Sen. Barack Obama, born in Hawaii, is a Christian family man with a track record of public service. But on the Internet, in his grocery store, at his neighbor's house, at his son's auto shop, Peterman has also absorbed another version of the Democratic candidate's background, one that is entirely false: Barack Obama, born in Africa, is a possibly gay Muslim racist who refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance........

Sunday, June 29, 2008

our friends in pakistan

this is the country we are pouring MILLIONS (if not billions) into. these are our friends?
Thousands Cheer as Pakistani Militants Decapitate, Shoot Afghans Accused of Spying for U.S.
Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A gang of Pakistani militants executed two alleged U.S. spies in front of thousands of cheering supporters Friday as a top U.N. official expressed fears that Pakistani government peace deals with the gunmen were sparking a wave of human rights abuses.

At least 5,000 people gathered by a stream in the Bajur region to watch the executions, which highlighted the power of local Taliban forces in the lawless tribal areas near the Afghan border.

Masked militants pulled the two blindfolded Afghans from a car and forced them to kneel on the ground........

oh for goddess' sake!

how thick ARE 'these people'? you can believe in all the mumbo jumbo you want IN YOUR HOMES AND YOUR PLACES OF WORSHIP. keep that SHITE OUT OF THE SCHOOLS THOUGH. evolution happened (and of course IS happening). there is solid evidence. it's NOT made up (like the shite YOU are touting. there is NOT ONE OUNCE OF PROOF for that).
Louisiana gov. signs controversial education bill
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill that critics say could allow for the teaching of "creationism" alongside evolution in public schools.

Jindal, a conservative Christian who has been touted by pundits as a potential vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential candidate John McCain, signed the legislation earlier this week.

The law will allow schools if they choose to use "supplemental materials" when discussing evolution but does not specify what the materials would be.

It states that authorities "shall allow ... open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning."......