Saturday, July 26, 2008
BUT what's worse is people actually BUY THESE RACIST PIECES OF CLOTHING AND WEAR THEM OUT?
i cannot advocate violence but please. how stupid is someone who wears a BLATANTLY RACIST PIECE OF CLOTHING OUT IN MANHATTAN?
Jack Ass Designer Creates Racist Attack on Obama, Charges $69 Dollars
Posted by Zachary Pickens, Common Dreams
....................My first personal contact with this blatant racism came yesterday upon hearing about a particular clothing designer on Manhattan's Lower East Side who sells t-shirts that read, "Obama is my Slave." The designer, Doron Braunshtein aka Apollo Braun, has also made shirts that read "Obama= Hitler" and "Who Killed Obama?" If this is an attempt to shock and to gain publicity, it has served the designer's goal through numerous blog posts and news articles, many written in a tone of outrage. The "Obama is My Slave" t-shirt had gained publicity after it was reported that a woman wearing the t-shirt had been assaulted by a group of black teenage girls at Union Square..........
......You can personally express your desire to see these t-shirts removed from Braun's store at 193 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002. You may also call him at 212-726-8075. His hours of operation are 12PM to 10PM, seven days a week. He'll most likely be there in person selling his wares...............
ACLU: Memos authorized CIA torture
As long as CIA agents could convince themselves they were not deliberately inflicting severe pain or suffering on detainees, they were free to do virtually anything in their questioning of suspected terrorists, including waterboarding. Furthermore, the agents' belief they weren't in fact torturing their captives didn't even need to be "reasonable."
These are the implications of a controversial August 2002 memo from the Justice Department to the CIA that was released Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union obtained several internal Bush administration documents it says authorizes the CIA to torture detainees.
“These documents supply further evidence, if any were needed, that the Justice Department authorized the CIA to torture prisoners in its custody,” Jameel Jaffer, Director of the ACLU National Security Project, said in a news release. “The Justice Department twisted the law, and in some cases ignored it altogether, in order to permit interrogators to use barbaric methods that the U.S. once prosecuted as war crimes.”.........
as an aside....i was talking with my friend cathy yesterday (she moved back to joisey and is working at a hospital in philly. she's going to look for a job at a hospital here in late fall. i can't WAIT. anyway, we had lunch yesterday. she SQUEEZED me into her very tight schedule. she was here for a wedding. we were talking about the FRAUD that happened in the last presidential election AND the one before and we were both hoping it sure didn't happen in this one. she made a very good point though. how barack obama is MUCH MUCH MUCH STRONGER than kerry is/was. oh and one more thing, A GIANT SHOUT OUT TO THE WALLINGFORD FIREFIGHTERS)
CBS scrubs a second McCain flub from interview broadcast
David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Update: DNC slams McCain for calling Iraq 'first' post-9/11 conflict
Keeping up with John McCain's foreign policy gaffes is becoming a cottage industry these days, and a progressive radio host has caught another slip-up from the Republican presidential nominee talking about the war on terror.
And keeping those flubs away from viewers is occupying plenty of network news editors' time.
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur noticed that his confusion about the timeline of the "surge" in Iraq wasn't McCain's only gaffe in his interview with CBS news this week. McCain seemed to forget the war in Afghanistan preceded the invasion of Iraq; either that or he didn't think it was a major conflict.
"The fact is we had four years of failed policy. ... We were losing the war in Iraq. The consequences of failure. The defeat of the United States of America in the first major conflict since 9/11 would have had devastating impacts throughout the region and the world," McCain told CBS anchor Katie Couric.
"Was Afghanistan not major enough for him?" Uygur asks.Like his previous flub, CBS edited this misstatement from its broadcast.........
Friday, July 25, 2008
what i CAN'T live with is this:
New "gifts" for bridesmaids: plastic surgery
Apparently there's some new trend of brides getting their bridesmaids Botox and plastic surgery and the like before the big day. You know, just in case American weddings weren't enough about unrealistic expectations, consumerism and all-around bizarreness.*Some brides pick up the tab for their attendants, replacing the pillbox inscribed with the wedding date with a well-earned squirt between the eyes. In other cases, bridesmaids -- who may quietly seethe about unflattering dresses -- are surprisingly willing to pay for cosmetic enhancements. "Most women, when they come in here, they want it," said Camille Meyer, the owner of TriBeCa MedSpa. "They know they're aging."
For Karen Hohenstein, who held her party at the Tiffani Kim Institute Medical Wellness Spa in Chicago, convincing her friends was as smooth as a Botoxed forehead. "It wasn't me saying, 'Hey, we all could use a little something,' " she said. "It was, 'I want to do this,' and a couple of people said, 'I do, too.' "..........
(and if a friend ever asked me to be in their bridal party - ........................and i'm not EVEN going to mention how effing mad i am at a certain italian for NOT asking me to be his best man, he asked his BROTHER instead and his brother chewed gum THE WHOLE TIME.............. - she sure as shite better NEVER ask me to get botox, my face done or any other work. my breasts are safe. they don't need enhancement. shite even if they were tiny, i'd NEVER have them done. if she DID ask me not only would i NOT be in her wedding, i'd kick the shite out of her as well)
you can be a very young, inexperienced man (or woman). you can be loyal. you can be a patriot. you can be a hero. JUST DON'T YOU DAMN F**KING WRITE ABOUT IT
With His Blog Kaboom, a Young Soldier Told of His War. Last Month, the Army Made Him Shut It Down.
There was a boy who went to war, like many other boys before him. Maybe it made him a man, maybe it didn't. Maybe he already was a man, maybe he wasn't. Maybe it doesn't matter, maybe none of it does, maybe it all does. Maybe.
-- Lt. G, March 4
He was an unlikely warrior, this scrawny boy from Reno, Nev., the son of two lawyers, raised in the suburbs.
He had a way with words, this boy. When his Stryker unit deployed to Iraq last winter, he was a rookie platoon leader who had never seen combat. And like many other soldiers before him, he decided he'd chronicle the war on a blog. Intending to keep family and friends abreast of the follies and pitfalls of soldiering in a five-year-old war that now relies less on gunfire and more on diplomacy, this boy, under the pen name Lt. G, launched "Kaboom: A Soldier's War Journal."............
AND CONVICTED of raping a child (convicted of way more than that actually). this man was SENTENCED TO 43 YEARS. yet, a judge has continued to let this CONVICTED CHILD RAPIST RUN AROUND FREE. he has NOT SERVED ONE SINGLE DAY of his sentence. fuck, even paris hilton served some time.
this judge has pissed me off even more than that one who let the child molester off easy BECAUSE HE WAS SHORT (yes, that's true. i've posted about it)
if you live in florida (even if you don't), i would stronly urge you to write to 'judge' marc gold. his decision is absolutely OUTRAGEOUS and beyond belief
Child molester hasn't served single day of 43-year prison term
By Ashley Fantz
(CNN) -- For nearly two years, the South Florida middle school art teacher forced the boy to have sex in a classroom supply closet.
Sometimes, Aaron Mohanlal would call in sick to work, take the boy to his home for sex and drop the seventh-grader back off at school at the end of the day.
To keep the abuse secret, Mohanlal bought the 13-year-old a cell phone and created nicknames for their genitalia. When police arrested him, the teacher was caught on hidden video trying to destroy letters threatening the boy if he ever told.
Last summer, a Broward County jury convicted Mohanlal of 13 counts, including child abuse, molestation and lewd battery, and a judge sentenced him to 43 years.
But a year later, Mohanlal has yet to spend a day in prison.
"I can't understand why he isn't behind bars," said the victim, now 18. The network is not disclosing his name because it doesn't identify sexual assault victims.................
.............."The idea of that monster being that close to my family again is outrageous," said the boy's father, who is often so overwhelmed with rage and sadness that he drives to a park, leans against a tree and sobs.
"What did we go through a trial for?" he said...........
Post-conviction bonds are rarely given in criminal trials, but judges occasionally grant them if there was a procedural error during trial that would make a conviction reversal at the appellate level likely, legal experts say.
But there were no procedural mistakes during Mohanlal's trial, both prosecutor Anita White and defense attorney Steve Rossi said................
i do NOT in any way shape or form blame our troops for ANY of this shite. king george and his entire administration. i've judged them all GUILTY
The investigations come during what U.N. and Afghan officials say is one of the deadliest years for civilians since the war began. In the first six months of this year, the number of civilians killed in fighting has increased by nearly 40 percent over the same period last year, according to U.N. data...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Katie Couric needs to be fired, now!It is one thing when a bubbly cutie from a morning show lands a massive give as the first woman nightly news caster and then fails miserably because her intellect is not quite as capable of dealing with reality after 5 PM. That kind spectacular failure is the failure of the network to adequately take into account the limitations of the person they are hiring. One could hardly blame Katie Couric for taking a job for that much money. One can, however, entirely blame her employers for their idiocy.
But to fabricate a part of an interview in order to make the person being interviewed appear in a more favorable light is a whole other situation. This type of situation is entirely unethical and entirely a violation of all journalistic principles. Instead of informing the public, Couric's interview simply acted to showcase the best features of the person she interviewed, John McCain. Instead of giving the public all the information they need by which to make an educated choice about something as serious as a Presidential candidate, Couric acted as a public relations specialist instead. Couric is no journalist, that was clear early on. What is is now, however, is not even a credible talking head........
i like being (fairly) anonymous on my blog. sure, some peeps know who i am. some don't. some i don't care if they know, some i DO care.
i'll use an example - pertinent to this story. i mostly support my town (except for black and blue square, the taxes, the town council) and my police department. the other day i DID complain about the police because i read a story about 34 or 35 burglaries in one apartment complex (rather close to my house). NOT that there were so many robberies, i was pissed the story wasn't released after a COUPLE of burglaries. the story wasn't released (as far as i can determine) for quite a while AFTER. that's NOT a good thing.
no, i didn't write anything horrid, but i could have. i suppose it would be safer for me to remain anonymous if i had done so.
i don't like the idea that my town or my police chief can ask my isp who i am. it's none of their beeswax!
(on the other hand, if i had private, inside information that was adversely effecting an investigation or something like that AND ILLEGAL FOR ME TO DISPERSE, well that's a horse of a different color)
Police director sues for critical bloggers' names
Site popular with citizens, officersBy Amos Maki (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.
The lawsuit asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership at 201 Poplar.
"In what could be a landmark case of privacy and the 1st Amendment," the anonymous bloggers write on the site, "Godwin has illegally used his position and the City of Memphis as a ram to ruin the Constitution of the United States........
Justice Dept called uncooperative on voting rights
The House Judiciary Committee chairman on Wednesday said the Justice Department is stonewalling efforts to make sure this year's presidential voting operates fairly.
Chairman John Conyers told Attorney General Michael Mukasey there hasn't been enough cooperation with Congress on voting rights issues. Conyers also said the work that has been done hasn't been effective.
"As we sit here today, probably 100 days before the election, we don't know specifically how our government will respond to the problems that made the elections of 2000 and 2004 so problematic and so controversial," Conyers told Mukasey at the start of the panel's oversight hearing - likely the last House appearance for the attorney general.
Conyers, D-Mich., said it's unclear whether voting machines will be fairly allocated and how federal election monitors will be deployed across the country......
Sexually assaulted female troops struggle to recoverYORK, Pennsylvania (AP) -- It took Diane Pickel Plappert six months to tell a counselor that she had been raped while on duty in Iraq. While time passed, the former Navy nurse disconnected from her children, and her life slowly unraveled.
Carolyn Schapper says she was harassed by a fellow Army National Guard soldier in Iraq to the extent that she began changing clothes in the shower for fear he'd barge into her room unannounced, as he had on several occasions.
Even as women distinguish themselves in battle alongside men, they're fighting off sexual assault and harassment. It's not a new consequence of war.
But the large number of women serving today in Iraq and Afghanistan is forcing the military and Department of Veterans Affairs to more aggressively address it.
The data -- incomplete and not up-to-date -- offer no proof that women in the war zones are more vulnerable to sexual assault than other female service members or American women in general. But in an era when the military relies on women for invaluable and difficult front-line duties, the threat to their morale, performance and long-term well-being is starkly clear.......
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
well you couldn't be MORE wrong if you thought that.
U.S. Rushes to Change Workplace Toxin Rules
By Carol D. Leonnig Washington Post Staff Writer
Political appointees at the Department of Labor are moving with unusual speed to push through in the final months of the Bush administration a rule making it tougher to regulate workers' on-the-job exposure to chemicals and toxins.
The agency did not disclose the proposal, as required, in public notices of regulatory plans that it filed in December and May. Instead, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's intention to push for the rule first surfaced on July 7, when the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posted on its Web site that it was reviewing the proposal, identified only by its nine-word title.
The text of the proposed rule has not been made public, but according to sources briefed on the change and to an early draft obtained by The Washington Post, it would call for reexamining the methods used to measure risks posed by workplace exposure to toxins. The change would address long-standing complaints from businesses that the government overestimates the risk posed by job exposure to chemicals. .......
is my absolute favorite fruit in the entire universe. i found this but i'll tell you this much, i CANNOT spend one extra second attempting to take out the seeds. as soon as i slice that mutha open, it's going in my mouth. oh and one more thing, i always try to get SEEDLESS watermelon
how to remove MOST of the seeds in a watermelon
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
because women are used as battering rams and shields and targets and worse.
because this MUST STOP
because one evil devil has been arrested doesn't mean this is going to stop. there are many more evil devils out there in jasmina's country and every where else.
Sex slave: 'Every day we were raped'By Rachel Clarke
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (CNN) -- The outbreak of war seemed like a joke to Jasmina, then just 19 years old. She dreamed of being an economist and says she played with her toddler son and baby daughter as if they were toys.
But in April 1992, the Serb soldiers took over her city of Bijeljina, in northeast Bosnia near the border with Serbia, and began to kill, torture and terrorize the Muslims there in a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing.
"Whole families were disappearing during the night. Sometimes we could see their bodies in the gardens, sometimes not even that," Jasmina said.
"The men from my family were beaten up the first day. ... My mother just disappeared. I never found out what happened."
Paramilitaries loyal to Arkan, the Serbian ultranationalist later indicted for crimes against humanity, came to the home Jasmina shared with her husband and extended family to search for valuables and weapons. When they found no guns they started beating her husband, said Jasmina who asked CNN not to use her last name to protect her children.
"Then they started torturing me. I lost consciousness. When I woke up, I was totally naked and covered in blood, and my sister-in-law was also naked and covered in blood. ... I knew I had been raped, and my sister-in-law, too." In a corner, she saw her mother-in-law, holding her children and crying..............
Monday, July 21, 2008
now this ridiculousness?
and if we'd concentrate on teaching a well rounded COMPREHENSIVE sex ed class in school (instead of the fantasy of abstinance), we'd have FAR LESS ABORTIONS TO BEGIN WITH
Ruling Gives South Dakota Doctors a Script to Read
Women Seeking Abortion Must Be Told About 'Unique Living Human Being'
CHICAGO -- In a victory for antiabortion forces, doctors in South Dakota are now required to tell a woman seeking an abortion that the procedure "will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit last week lifted a preliminary injunction that prevented the language from taking effect. A spokesman for Planned Parenthood, which runs the state's only abortion clinic, said doctors will begin reciting the script to patients as early as this week.
On another front, South Dakota voters will be asked in a Nov. 4 referendum to consider broad limits on abortion for the second time since 2006. The ballot measure includes exceptions for rape, incest and the woman's health that were not part of the 2006 wording rejected by voters.......
when will we learn? when will be boot the steamin' pile (formerly known as joe lieberman) OUT of office? i didn't vote for him and i NEVER will. he is a horrid little king george kissing troll.
Lieberman: Obama prepared to accept defeat in Iraq
Fox's Chris Wallace talked to Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Evan Bayh about Sen. Barack Obama's plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. Lieberman described Obama's plan as "retreat and defeat."
Lieberman said, "If Barack Obama's policy in Iraq had been implemented, he couldn't be in Iraq today, he was prepared to accept retreat and defeat and that would mean today al Qaeda would be in charge of parts of Iraq, Iranian-backed extremists would be in charge of other parts of Iraq. There'd be civil war and maybe even genocide.".....
and some memories are what is left of the (former) medic
he died an ugly death. our sons and daughters are dying ugly deaths. the fault lies with that rotten, oozing maggot infested administration of king george. we cannot allow our loved ones to continue to die in this manner and ways far worse (which the military does NOT readily admit to).
this is not a war we can win. this is a war we NEVER should have entered. let's save who we can right now. it's too late for some, but we CAN AND MUST preserve their memories
just because they're home DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE SAFE
Soldier in famous photo never defeated 'demons'
By ALLEN G. BREED and KEVIN MAURER, Associated Press Writers
PINEHURST, N.C. - Officers had been to the white ranch house at 560 W. Longleaf many times before over the past year to respond to a "barricade situation." Each had ended uneventfully, with Joseph Dwyer coming out or telling police in a calm voice through the window that he was OK.
But this time was different.
The Iraq War veteran had called a taxi service to take him to the emergency room. But when the driver arrived, Dwyer shouted that he was too weak to get up and open the door.
The officers asked Dwyer for permission to kick it in.
"Go ahead!" he yelled.
They found Dwyer lying on his back, his clothes soiled with urine and feces. Scattered on the floor around him were dozens of spent cans of Dust-Off, a refrigerant-based aerosol normally used to clean electrical equipment.
Dwyer told police Lt. Mike Wilson he'd been "huffing" the aerosol.
"Help me, please!" the former Army medic begged Wilson. "I'm dying. Help me. I can't breathe."........
and from the photographer who took that picture
Posted by Warren Zinn
Warren Zinn covered Afghanistan and Iraq as a photojournalist for the Army Times from January 2002 to December 2003. He is now a student at the University of Miami School of Law.
The e-mail was a punch in the gut: "the soldier you made famous -- killed himself last Saturday -- thought you should know."
I thought I'd put photojournalism and war behind me four and a half years ago when I traded in the dusty battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan for law school in Miami. But those words reminded me that you never truly leave the battlefield behind.
I knew at once what the message meant: Joseph Dwyer was dead. I drove home in a daze and walked into my apartment. And there was Joseph, on the wall, looking at me. ........