Saturday, March 28, 2009
i don't like kevin bacon
is it because he's a bad person? no. i don't think he is......
why then, why?
I DON'T LIKE HIM BECAUSE HE'S SUCH AN EFFING GOOD ACTOR THAT'S WHY
i know i've mentioned how the movie field of dreams effects me. well i came home and watched the most important part. where they go to find doc graham and leave without him. they start driving home and pick up that stupid hitchhiker. hmmmmmmmmmmm then you know the rest. ok, ok, ok so i'm a WRECK from watching that 25 minutes of the movie.
i'm not ready to quit watching tv so on one of the hbo channels (no, i don't have cable. i don't even have a tv any more. i'm at my pop's house) i see a movie with KEVIN BACON called
taking chance. i flip to it. it's a bit more than half over, but i figure what the heck.
that kevin bacon (the one i DO NOT LIKE) doesn't really have that many lines. he doesn't need them. his acting is AMAZING and it effing rips my heart in half then the pulsing remains are stomped on and kicked in a gutter. i have NO heart left because HE destroyed it
as it turns out taking chance is a made for hbo movie
i am begging you WATCH IT. i don't know if i've ever seen better acting (well i mean in the last half of course since i didn't see the first half). i don't know if i've ever felt such a roller coaster of emotions.
it's a true story. it's about a 19 year old marine from dubois wy. the 19 year old, chance phelps, was killed in iraq in 2004 and it's about
kevin bacon playing colonel michael strobl who escorted lance corporal phelps' body back home. i don't like kevin bacon (and i guess in reality colonel strobl) because he made me hurt so badly inside.
if you don't get what i'm saying, i'll say it straight, kevin bacon is one hell of an amazing actor and WE DO NOT BELONG NOR DID WE EVER BELONG IN IRAQ. it hurts when just ONE of our men or women come home in a box.
just watch the damn movie
i saw maurice sendak speak at trinity YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS ago.
and yes, i even have the soundtrack to really rosie (music by carole king and based on the nutshell library by maurice)
i'm really rosie and i'm rosie real. you better believe me - i'm a great big deal
they did a good good thing
In response to our Stop Supporting The O’Reilly Harassment Machine campaign, UPS told us yesterday that it was investigating whether to continue supporting O’Reilly’s show. “We are sensitive to the type of television programming where our messages and presence are associated and continually review choices to affect future decisions,” spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg told us.Thank you for sending an e-mail expressing concern about UPS advertising during the Bill O’Reilly show on FOX News......
well ask the dude in the dorothy slippers and aretha lid
Medical Journal Criticizes Pope's Comments on AIDS
By Sabina Castelfranco
The prestigious British medical journal, Lancet, has said Pope Benedict's recent comments against the use of condoms to combat AIDS problem were not only inaccurate but distorted science.
Heavy criticism continues of Pope Benedict's comments that condoms exacerbate the problem of AIDS. The latest attack has come from the prestigious British medical journal Lancet which wrote that the pope had publicly distorted scientific evidence to promote Catholic doctrine on this issue.
Speaking on the plane to journalists on his first visit to Africa, the pope said HIV/AIDS was a tragedy that could not be overcome through the distribution of condoms, saying it could even increase the problem. He added that the teaching by the Catholic Church of abstinence and fidelity was the only way to combat the problem.
His comments ignited a firestorm of criticism from health officials and activists who said his words were unrealistic and unscientific.
In an interview, aids researcher Dr. Anthony Fauci reacted to the pope's comments.
"It is very clear from good scientific data that condoms play a major role in the prevention of HIV. .............
just have to mention (AGAIN) remember scientology was INVENTED by a 'science fiction' writer AND NOT A VERY GOOD ONE AT THAT. the MAN that invented this 'religion' has said women giving birth MUST BE QUIET while delivering their child OR the child will be fucked up. this man has also said a woman MUST NOT BREAST FEED (i don't know the reasoning for that one). just remember all this from a NONE TOO GOOD science fiction writer. although how can i say anything about that man when he has the amount of
John Coale, currently advising Sarah Palin on running for president in 2012, is a Scientologist. And according to a memo obtained by Gawker, Coale once plotted to use friendly politicians to advance the power-hungry cult's agenda.
Coale is a prominent Washington power broker and husband to Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. According to the Washington Post, he is running Palin's political action committee behind the scenes and "guiding [her] political image in Washington."
In 1986, he masterminded a plan—which was never executed—for Scientology to get into the "MONEY and VOTES game" in order to "create power" for Scientology and win influence Washington, D.C.
Reached this morning, Coale confirmed that he had launched the plan for what he called the FLAGG PAC. "I thought it was a brilliant idea," Coale said, "but no one else did, so it never went anywhere. I was looking at ways to move a new religion forward. I looked at the history of Mormons, who had a lot of people in office, and I looked at the Jews, who were very successful and influential. But the church didn't want to be part of it. They didn't want to be misconstrued. There was one small meeting with parishioners in DC. Maybe 9 or 10 people showed up."............
Friday, March 27, 2009
but i was so happy with her and i couldn't wait to post a picture (or two) of her until she was completed (the wings and the big yarn ball she's sitting on have to be done). pictures are crappy.. i took them upsidedown and spinned them around.
i really LOVE her. i got her done at liberty tattoo in berlin by pat macdonald (his pops and i go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back)
anyway, if you're in the mood for some ink, stop on by liberty they'll hook you up
and yes, i'll post her when she's DONE as well
in all fairness my knitting fairy is loosely based on a drawing on saw on the internet (i can't find her again or i'd give credit where credit is due). i told pat i wanted her to have a bun and have knitting needles sticking out of it. i wanted her to have wings and i wanted her to be sitting on a big ball of yarn. i wanted a raven in there somewhere and i wanted some purples. HE came up with the drawing which i will say once again I LOVE
kbr (my fav!!!) is STILL being allowed to do electrical work in iraq (makes you feel all warm and cozy, no?)
US Troops Still Dodging Deadly Showers
Military races to inspect more than 90,000 facilities to reduce deadly threat
WASHINGTON - The military is racing to inspect more than 90,000 U.S.-run facilities across Iraq to reduce a deadly threat troops face far off the battlefield: electrocution or shock while showering or using appliances.
About one-third of the inspections so far have turned up major electrical problems, according to interviews and an internal military document obtained by The Associated Press. Half of the problems they found have since been fixed but about 65,000 facilities still need to be inspected, which could take the rest of this year. Senior Pentagon officials were on Capitol Hill this week for briefings on the findings.
The work assigned to Task Force SAFE, which oversees the inspections and repairs, is aimed at preventing deaths like that of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, 24, of Pittsburgh. He died in January 2008, one of at least three soldiers killed while showering since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.........pic: Pfc. Justin Shults shows some of the burn wounds he received after being electrocuted in a shower facility in Iraq, in this photo taken in January in San Antonio, Texas. Shults suffered third-degree burns on 13-percent of his body. He is suing contractor KBR Inc. for faulty wiring of the facility. (Kin Man Hui / San Antonio Express-News via AP)
Aboard the Imperial Star Ship Ameriprise
by William Astore and Tom Engelhardt
Okay, the new Star Trek film – you know, the prequel with space sex – is premiering in Australia. Go figure. All I know is I'm not beaming there. On the other hand, I've already been in close communication with a Trekkie pal, and she and I have chosen our night here in New York. May 14th. See you then. (I'll be the one wearing the TomDispatch hat.)
In the meantime, retired Lieutenant Colonel William Astore, TomDispatch regular and another Trek fan – okay, it's not exactly War and Peace, but give us a break – was thinking recently about the strange history of Star Trek, the show that took John F. Kennedy's "new frontier" deep into TV space, even as Lyndon Johnson's U.S. was moving ever deeper into its disastrous war in Vietnam. Now here we are again, a new Star Trek forty-three years later, and this time, two "counterinsurgency" wars already growing desperately old, and one, in Afghanistan, heating up to a boil. If only we could stick to the movies. But since we can't, pop that bowl of popcorn, butter and salt it well, and let Astore take you through some wormhole into alternate American universes on that spaceship we're all riding, the USS Ameriprise. Tom
Aboard the Imperial Star Ship AmeripriseHeading for the Final Frontier
By William Astore
I grew up in the 1970s on reruns of the original Star Trek with Captain James Tiberius Kirk at the helm, backed by that ever logical Vulcan, Mr. Spock, Dr. "Bones" McCoy, and the rest of the intrepid, space-faring crew of the USS Enterprise. During the tumultuous 1960s, that sci-fi series – before being canceled – had pointed to a more promising future in which humanity would be united. Star Trek, after all, offered a vision of a post-racial society in which blacks and Asian-Americans would serve alongside whites as equals, and a post-nationalistic society in which Russian-accented Ensign Chekov could loyally follow a WASPy captain from Iowa...................
them all out. whew! this is ONE CONTEST where i believe the RIGHT MAN won.
2009 - the 100 unsexiest men of the year
and at NUMERO UNO
1. RUSH LIMBAUGHAmerica’s ugliest moment of 2009? Rush Limbaugh, his man-boobs a-jiggle, bouncing at the CPAC podium to bask in the sickly glow of conservatism’s orgy of greed, avarice, and arrogance. Here, at last, was the shining image of the 21st century Republican Party: a leeringly rich Baby Boomer squatting at the top of the mountain, reaping his jollies from the suffering of those at the bottom, praying for the failure of hope.............
(the other 99 are HERE)
don't know who took the pic, but i 'appropriated' it from yellowcakewalk.net/
and THIS dude (who i believe admitted he is an adulterer) has the nerve to say our country is NOW headed to a dictatorship? that takes some GIANT EFFING STONES. oh snap!
Gingrich: 'Liberal fascists' moving us towards 'political dictatorship'
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
President Barack Obama has been in office just over three months, yet former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is already forecasting a looming "political dictatorship."
In a televised interview with Fox editorialist Sean Hannity on March 25, Gingrich cited Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism as reference for what he sees Democrats in Congress and the White House pushing for.
"I think [Goldberg] ought to reissue it as sort-of an introductory guide to how the left is thinking this year," said Gingrich. "We are seeing the biggest power grab by politicians in American history.
"... The idea that they would propose the Treasury can intervene and take over non-bank, non-financial system assets, gives them the potential to basically create a dictatorship. You don't do what they want, they take over your company.......
Thursday, March 26, 2009
'Mythbusters' Explosion Startles Yolo County Town
ESPARTO, Calif. (CBS13) ―
- An explosion rocked the Yolo County town of Esparto today, and it was kind of on purpose. The popular TV show "Mythbusters" was shooting an episode of their show, but the segment didn't exactly go as planned.
The Mythbusters came out to answer the question: Can you really knock off someone's socks?
What better place to come than a rock quarry? The residents of Esparto no longer agree with that statement after Friday's event.
"They said it felt like someone rammed into the side of the school with a truck," said resident Janine Gillham, whose son was in school that day........
A Vaccine Debate Once Focused on Sex Shifts as Boys Join the Target Market
Washington Post Staff Writer
When a vaccine designed to protect girls against a sexually transmitted virus arrived three years ago, the debate centered on one question: Would the shots make young girls more likely to have sex?
Now the vaccine's maker is trying to get approval to sell the vaccine for boys, and the debate is focusing on something else entirely: Is it worth the money, and is it safe and effective enough?
"We are still more worried about the promiscuity of girls than the promiscuity of boys," said Susan M. Reverby, a professor of women's studies and medical history at Wellesley College. "There's still that double standard."
The shift in the discussion about Gardasil illustrates the complex interplay of political, economic, scientific, regulatory and social factors that increasingly influence decisions about new types of medical care. For the vaccine, the new dynamic reflects a strategic tack by Gardasil's critics, growing concern about health-care costs, fears about whether medical treatments are being vetted adequately and stubborn biases about gender, experts say............
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
now i can see wanting to revolt because our government lied to us and got us into a war based on those lies. i can see wanting to revolt when natural disasters occur in our own country and our government does next to nothing. i can see wanting to revolt when our government denies global warming. i can see wanting to revolt when our government doesn't separate church and state and touts 'intelligent' design. i can see wanting to revolt when our government attempts (with all of it's might) to deny women rights. i can see wanting to revolt when our government spies on us WITHOUT the proper authority / warrants. oh i can see that and more. but apparently the bio-tch called bachmann cannot
Crazy Rep. Michele Bachmann Calls for Armed Revolution
Posted by Steve Benen, Washington Monthly
It's obviously just rhetoric from overly-excited far-right lawmakers. It's no doubt intended to fire up the activists (and donors) who help Republicans succeed.
But when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) casually refers to elected Democratic officials as the "enemy," and nonchalantly refers to keeping her supporters "armed and dangerous," it's probably a good time to remind Republican lawmakers to turn the temperature a bit. (via the University of Minnesota and the Dump Bachmann blog.)
Bachmann appeared over the weekend on the First Team radio show with John Hinderaker and Brian Ward, speaking about the horrible stuff that the Democrats are doing: "I'm a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington."
Bachmann also spoke out against the cap-and-trade proposals currently making their way through Washington, and how she'll be distributing information against it at an upcoming event in the district. "I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax, because we need to fight back," said Bachmann. "Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing. And the people -- we the people -- are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country."..........
Coen brothers to remake John Wayne's 'True Grit'
Virtuoso film directors Joel and Ethan Coen will remake the classic 1960s western "True Grit," which earned American screen icon John Wayne an Academy Award, Hollywood media reported Monday.
Variety said the directors of "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski" were putting their own spin on the novel by Charles Portis telling the tale from the point of view of the stubborn 14-year-old girl at the heart of the story.
The 1968 novel, as well as the film directed by Henry Hathaway the following year, focused on Wayne's character, the irascible and aging US Marshall Rooster Cogburn whom the girl hires to track down her father's killers.
The Coen brothers wrote the screenplay, and the film reunites them with Scott Rudin, who produced their Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men."............
a 13 year old strip-searched for aspirin? no. never. THAT is a violation. period. no contest. i personally would sue AND i would NEVER give up
big giant thumbs up to judge kim mclane wardlaw and a big big big giant thumbs DOWN to judge michael daly hawkins
Strip-Search of Girl Tests Limit of School Policy
By ADAM LIPTAK
SAFFORD, Ariz. — Savana Redding still remembers the clothes she had on — black stretch pants with butterfly patches and a pink T-shirt — the day school officials here forced her to strip six years ago. She was 13 and in eighth grade. n assistant principal, enforcing the school’s antidrug policies, suspected her of having brought prescription-strength ibuprofen pills to school. One of the pills is as strong as two Advils.
The search by two female school employees was methodical and humiliating, Ms. Redding said. After she had stripped to her underwear, “they asked me to pull out my bra and move it from side to side,” she said. “They made me open my legs and pull out my underwear.”Ms. Redding, an honors student, had no pills. But she had a furious mother and a lawyer, and now her case has reached the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on April 21...........
Richard Arum, who teaches sociology and education at New York University, said he would have handled the incident differently. But Professor Arum said the Supreme Court should proceed cautiously.“Do we really want to encourage cases,” Professor Arum asked, “where students and parents are seeking monetary damages against educators in such school-specific matters where reasonable people can disagree about what is appropriate under the circumstances?”..............
Monday, March 23, 2009
it's worth it (from feministing)
Covers and context: 'He Hit Me And It Felt Like A Kiss'
Sports Mag's 3 Strikes: Racist, Sexist, Homophobic
Journal-isms writer Richard Prince is highlighting (3/19/09) an article in the current issue of GQ headlined "You Think Your Job Sucks? Try Working for Lenny Dykstra"--the title of which might be an understatement, considering some of its reporting therein:
A photo editor's unflattering portrait of baseball-player-turned-financial adviser Lenny Dykstra as a racist, sexist and homophobe has prompted an African-American NBA official to call for a boycott of Dykstra and the magazine he produces.
In the upcoming April issue of GQ, already online, Kevin Coughlin recounts his experience working for Dykstra's glossy magazine, the Players Club, which offers athletes financial advice as it touts a luxurious lifestyle.
"At one meeting, Lenny goes off on how a particular layout looks 'faggy'--despite the presence of a gay page designer in the room," the piece reads. "(Later, Lenny says to me: 'Did you see the look on that fag's face?') On another occasion, I field a call from Lenny about potential cover subjects while I'm at home; Lenny's on speaker when he proudly states, for both my wife and me, that 'nobody can call me a racist--I put three darkies and a bitch on my first four covers.'"..............
this MUST stop
we are MORE than 'stuff'. we are humans. we are your mothers and sisters and aunts and wives and next door neighbors. we are NOT your possessions
Jaipur woman burnt alive for dowry
JAIPUR: In yet another dowry death in the district, a 32-year-old woman was allegedly set on fire by her in-laws at Kumharon Ka Mohalla under
According to police, the deceased – Anju Devi – was repeatedly beaten up by her in-laws including her husband Mahesh Jangid and his brother Bhanwar Lal. “Anju’s father Laxminarayan said that Mahesh and his family were demanding dowry ever since they got married a few years back. On Saturday morning, Mahesh, Bhanwar Lal and his wife poured kerosene and set her on fire at their house in Bassi,” said Rameshwar Bagariya, in-charge of Bassi police station...........
Sunday, March 22, 2009
(raising arizona is my least favorite coen brothers movie by the way). he borders on REPULSIVE to me (sort of like an "acting" U2)
Missing the Man Who Made Nicolas Cage a Star
Hollywood must specialize in Faustian bargains. There's simply too much evidence walking around to deduce otherwise. Consider the once-interesting Brendan Fraser, who now plays second banana to the special effects in "Mummy" movies. Or Scarlett Johansson, mousy and introspective in "Lost in Translation," now brassy, blowsy and bleach blond. Once upon a time, Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar. Once upon a time, Chevy Chase was funny.
And then there's Nicolas Cage.
Let us ask ourselves something: Why is Nicolas Cage a movie star? And why do we care?
The answer, in part, is that Cage -- whose latest, "Knowing," opened Friday -- won an Oscar in 1996 for playing a suicidal alcoholic in "Leaving Las Vegas," a gritty, brutal, honest movie, wonderfully acted (by both Cage and Elisabeth Shue) and which confirmed what a lot of people had long believed: that Cage was the most interesting actor in American movies............
Joe the Plumber Wants to Make Love to Washington
Mary Ann Akers