Saturday, July 05, 2008
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)
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...............
this woman (the whole administration) is spouting SHEER LUNACY
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? )
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
oh and the american 'family' association has NO EFFING IDEA what a REAL family is.
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:
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)...................
Judge Orders YouTube to Give All User Histories to ViacomBy 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
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........................
(AND everywhere else) we LOVE everything lego
if you go to the story link below, you'll find a kick ass lego video..........
Bush Officials Condoned Regional Iraqi Oil Deal
Contract Contradicted State Dept.'s Public Stance
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
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 MexicoMEXICO 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
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'.
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. .....
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)
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.........
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
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.............
Homophobic news site changes athlete Tyson Gay to Tyson HomosexualPosted by Mark Frauenfelder
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."..........
this is a pretty good story
Judges cite nonsense poem in Guantanamo case
The Associated Press
By MATT APUZZO
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.........
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 plantBy 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
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
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
"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.
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."...
i don't like mcdonalds OR american idol either. but i sure do like d e v o
Posted by David Pescovitz,
........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)
In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying
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
Thousands Cheer as Pakistani Militants Decapitate, Shoot Afghans Accused of Spying for U.S.
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........
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."......