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Saturday, October 24, 2009

hey man, here are some cool jazz album covers

from birka jazz

here are just a few
Thelonious Monk: Monk Label: Columbia CS 9091 12" LP 1964
Design: Bob Cato Photo: W. Eugene Smith

Dave Brubeck: Time Out Label: Columbia 1397 12" LP 1959
Design and illustration: Neil Fujita

Miles Davis: Round About Midnight Label: Columbia 949 12" LP 1956
Foto: Marvin Koner

via bifurcated rivets

i was going to make a crack about

this happening in the south (it happened in texas recently too i believe) but i don't think that has ANYTHING to do with it

how does the patriot act (isn't that the ONLY way police or feds can raid without cause and without warrant?) fit into 4 men dancing in their underwear in a bar? are we throwing our constitution, our laws out the window because 4 men were dancing in a bar in their underwear? i wonder how many people are 'illegally' (i'm not sure 4 men in underwear deal is illegal) dancing in STRAIGHT bars (which aren't raided without warrants)?

ok, this is just out and out wrong. aren't there REAL criminals in atlanta? aren't there REAL crimes to be investigated in atlanta?

no drugs at the bar
no nudity at the bar
no lewdness at the bar
4 men in underwear at the bar

that's it

is this america?

and by the way, next time it may be YOU being raided without cause and without a warrant.

Police Raid on the Atlanta Eagle

What Happened at the Atlanta Eagle?

On September 10, 2009, a SWAT-team of Atlanta police officers detained and searched over 60 people without a warrant, probable cause, or even reasonable suspicion of any criminal activity, just because they were patrons at a gay bar called the Atlanta Eagle.

Here’s what happened…

On the evening of on September 10, 2009, Atlanta police officers stormed into the Atlanta Eagle to investigate reports of lewd conduct and to make arrests for unlicensed adult entertainment, because the bar had four dancers in boxer-brief-style costumes.


Excerpt from Police Report. .............

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hey stossel you wouldn't know a civil liberty

if it jumped up and bit you on your teenie weenie

i didn't like you at abc and i sure as shite am going to like you even less (as if that's possible) at faux

Fox host appearing at rallies opposing healthcare reform
By Kathleen Miller

A Fox News host is scheduled to make several appearances next week at events and forums where he will "discuss the dangers of government-forced health care," alongside the head of the anti-tax and anti-health care reform group Americans for Prosperity.

John Stossel, a former co-anchor of ABC's 20/20, is hosting a new show on the Fox Business Network called "Stossel," which is described as featuring "in-depth reports on domestic and international libertarian issues" like civil liberties, the business of health care and Social Security.

The network refers to Stossel as a journalist on its website---in fact, "one of the most talented and thought-provoking journalists in the field."......

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sincere mistake?

getting a ticket FOR NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH?

yes, it happened

part vi

of The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock
By Errol Morris


…the editor, in order to make the point more effective, had changed my words from a conditional subjunctive mood to an indicative past tense…

— Arthur Rothstein

The cow skull photographs and the dust storm photograph are the most famous of Rothstein’s images. Over the years from 1936 to shortly before his death in 1985, he provided many different accounts of how the photographs were taken. They progress from a story of controlled, posed images to a completely uncontrolled, unposed images. Rothstein first wrote about his photograph “Fleeing a Dust Storm” in 1944.[37] In an unusually forthright examination of documentary photography he explains the element of direction in creating an image. In explaining the dust-storm image he says simply, “the little boy was asked to drop back.”.............

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Friday, October 23, 2009

best buds

Jamie Leigh Jones Takes On Pro-KBR Senators On Rachel Maddow

Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, Jamie Leigh Jones and her attorney, Todd Kelly, spoke out directly about the Defense Appropriations Bill Amendment, showing their support for the measure and expressing their disappointment with those who voted against it.

Maddow made a point to mention that she reached out to all thirty senators who voted no on the bill amendment for comment - and none of them responded. Maddow also asks Jones and Kelly directly about their thoughts on the senators that voted no, and Session's accusation that this was "a political move."........

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i don't know who has bigger stones (and NOT in a good way)

than the big dick. is he serious? accusing the obama administration of fucking around regarding afghanistan. again, really??????????

retired general paul eaton gets the a rose is a rose kick arse award for this week!

Retired General calls Cheney ‘incompetent war fighter’

By Kathleen Miller

A retired General who served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army and helped train Iraq's military between 2003 and 2004 called former Vice President Dick Cheney an "incompetent war fighter."

National Security Network Senior Adviser and Retired General Paul Eaton made the comments after Cheney criticized Obama in a Wednesday night speech for "dithering" about whether to substantially increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.......

........"The record is clear: Dick Cheney and the Bush administration were incompetent war fighters," Eaton said in a statement released Thursday. "They ignored Afghanistan for 7 years with a crude approach to counter-insurgency warfare best illustrated by: 1. Deny it. 2. Ignore it. 3. Bomb it. While our intelligence agencies called the region the greatest threat to America, the Bush White House under-resourced our military efforts, shifted attention to Iraq, and failed to bring to justice the masterminds of September 11."..........

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faleh hassan almaleki MUST be found

and brought to justice. don't give me this culture bullshite. anyone who could RUN HIS OWN DAUGHTER DOWN WITH A CAR for JUST being a girl or a woman, doesn't belong on this earth. period

Police: Man ran down 'too Westernized' daughter

(CNN) -- Arizona police are looking for an Iraqi man who they allege ran down his daughter and her friend because he believed his daughter had become "too Westernized."

Peoria, Arizona, police said Wednesday that Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, struck his 20-year-old daughter, Noor Faleh Almaleki, and her friend Amal Edan Khalaf with a vehicle he was driving in a parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki was angry with his daughter "as she had become too 'Westernized' and was not living according to [the family's] traditional Iraq[i] values," Peoria police said in a statement released Wednesday............

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the penguin (you know the one with the cigarette in a holder

dangling out of it's mouth) JUST FUCKING WON'T GO AWAY

i thought i was done writing about the big DICK. i thought wrong.

how can 'they' think it's torture when it's committed against americans yet, when 'they' do it to others, it's just interrogation?

Cheney falsely accuses Obama of ‘libel’ against CIA over torture

By Ron Brynaert

Torture is not torture, according to former Vice President Dick Cheney, and to refer it to as such should be considered libelous. Even if it doesn't actually qualify as libel.

The Washington Times' Amanda Carpenter reports, "Maintaining his stature as one of the most forceful defenders of the Bush Administration's defense policies former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama of committing 'libel' against CIA interrogators on Wednesday" during a speech at the Center for Security Policy.

"In the speech, Mr. Cheney charged that President Obama has 'filled the air with vague and useless platitude' when talking about torture and by calling enhanced interrogation techniques 'torture" he has committed 'libel' against CIA interrogators whom Mr. Cheney described as 'dedicated professionals who acted honorably and well, in our country’s name and in our country’s cause,'" Carpenter adds........

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part v


By Errol Morris

…that there can be be more beauty and more deep wonder in the standings and spacings of mute furnishings on a bare floor between the squaring bourns of walls than in any music ever made: that this square home, as it stands in unshadowed earth between the winding years of heaven, is, not to me but of itself, one among the serene and final, uncapturable beauties of existence.

— James Agee, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”

William Stott’s “Documentary Expression and Thirties America” is a scholarly attempt to fit F.S.A. photography within a broader context. Hilton Kramer in The Times Book Review called it “…a comprehensive inquiry into the attitudes and ambitions that characterized the documentary impulse of the thirties.” Stott was a graduate student and a teacher at Yale, and it was there that he first met Evans. We started our phone conversation with a discussion of James Curtis and Walker Evans.

ERROL MORRIS: In your review of “Mind’s Eye, Mind’s Truth” you write, “Curtis thinks all manipulation is the same.” That he wants to lump all the F.S.A. photographers into one big pile and, in particular, he wants to prove that Walker Evans is guilty of manipulation........

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bye soupy

this wiki entry for soupy has a bunch of stuff i didn't know

Pie-splattered comedian Soupy Sales dies at 83


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

the nutmeg grater: et tu van?

the nutmeg grater: et tu van?


it's only blocked for one month, but that's a start. we can't let oklahoma do this to women. we can't and we won't

Okla. Abortion Publicity Law Blocked by Court

The law was scheduled to take effect Nov. 1.

To challenge the state constitutionality of the law, the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Oklahoma women.

The center's spokeswoman Dionne Scott said a temporary restraining order that stops enforcement was granted late Monday by Oklahoma County District Court Judge Twyla Mason Gray so that she could "look further into the case."

The law, House Bill 1595, requires physicians to ask patients, described as "mothers," up to 37 personal questions, including their age, marital status, race, years of education, number of prior pregnancies, reason for the abortion, method of abortion and payment and whether an ultrasound was performed.

Former state Rep. Wanda Jo Stapleton, an Oklahoma City Democrat who brought the lawsuit with Lora Joyce Davis, a resident of Shawnee, Okla., applauded the court granted reprieve.

"This is one of dozens of bills piled on year after year by the Oklahoma legislature to place obstacles in the path of women," Stapleton said on Tuesday. "The bill points a public finger at women and is intended to scare them to death."..........

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because i feel the same EXACT way

God I hate John Mayer.

posted by: Jill

And now I have even more of a reason to hate John Mayer. Think homeboy would talk to a male reporter like that? Seriously, screw that guy. .............

is flush REALLY the sort of creature you want to listen to?

you want to follow? if yes, i'm interested in why. i don't understand.

Limbaugh to NYTimes environment reporter Revkin: "Why don't you just go kill yourself"
From the October 20 edition of Premiere Radio Network's The Rush Limbaugh Show:

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i'm on the record about this

i don't think 'jokes' about one human hunting WITH A GUN another human is funny. as if you didn't already know that

Spokesman: Congressman’s quip about shooting Dems ’supposed to be fun’

By Muriel Kane

Glenn Beck has recently been travelling with an armed guard who follows him everywhere, even to the men's room. But Beck is probably safe for now -- at least from his fellow conservatives -- as long as he can resist the impulse to hug any trees.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) was interviewed by Politico this week and responded mainly with a stream of wisecracks. When asked, "Have you broken your streak of not introducing any bills yet?" he answered, "Bill who?" And a question about the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus brought the reply, "We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition."..........

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here is my take on things

if you have $10,000 to spend on a sweat lodge (run by a white dude too) you don't need to be in any retreats on how to make money. that's obvious

if you are following someone who tells you they'll help you (make money, be well, be happy, find the truth, what the fuck ever) BE VERY WARY. if you have a brain USE IT

if after people have died in a sweat lodge (run by a white dude) you go to the person's web site who was running that sweat lodge and all there is is a tiny little sentence or two about how sorry he is about the deaths (not even on the front page of his site. there's a tiny place in one of the corners of the first page you have to click. once clicked (oh ok, when i did it the other day, there were only a couple of sentences. now there an ACTUAL FUCKING FULL PAGE OF AN ALMOST APOLOGY).. he is sorry because HE IS GREATLY AFFECTED BY THE 'TRAGEDY' (it's a tragedy to him i'm guessing because he's gonna be sued. i would sure as shite sue the hell out of him. then again i wouldn't be in a sweat lodge with a new age guru paying him 10,000, OR EVEN $1.00, any fucking way).

why do people NEED to follow? i don't get it. is there such a big hole in your lives and your souls you would believe almost anything you were told? are you so eager to believe a mere mortal would be able to help you achieve nirvana?

(to the families and friends of those injured and killed, my heart does go out to you)

to someone who keeps advertising to help people earn money after they give YOU money, well you can guess how i feel about you (and yours)

(note: there are a few things on his website advertised as 'free'. i am telling you, i am guessing in the long run NOTHING IS FREE FROM THIS CREATURE)

For Some Seeking Rebirth, Sweat Lodge Was End

SEDONA, Ariz. — Midway through a two-hour sweat lodge ceremony intended to be a rebirthing experience, participants say, some people began to fall desperately ill from the heat, even as their leader, James Arthur Ray, a nationally known New Age guru, urged them to press on.

“There were people throwing up everywhere,” said Dr. Beverley Bunn, 43, an orthodontist from Texas, who said she struggled to remain conscious in the sweat lodge, a makeshift structure covered with blankets and plastic and heated with fiery rocks.

Dr. Bunn said Mr. Ray told the more than 50 people jammed into the small structure — people who had just completed a 36-hour “vision quest” in which they fasted alone in the desert — that vomiting “was good for you, that you are purging what your body doesn’t want, what it doesn’t need.” But by the end of the ordeal on Oct. 8, emergency crews had taken 21 people to hospitals. Three have since died. ............

oh and get this: (he's god, well at least he plays god in tv his 'skits'. WAKE UP YOU STUPID ASSHOLE PEOPLE WAKE THE FUCK UP. THE EMPEROR HAS NO FUCKING CLOTHES


She also described a game — enacted again at the retreat this month — in which Mr. Ray wears white robes and plays God, ordering some participants to commit mock suicide.

For the “vision quest,” the exercise that required spending 36 hours in the desert without food or water, participants had sleeping bags, but Mr. Ray also offered to sell Peruvian ponchos for $250, Dr. Bunn said. .......

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i linked to part i the other day

i guess i should like to all parts, no? yes

(although we're only up to part iv)

The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock (Part 2)
By Errol Morris
James Curtis, a professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, in 1991 published a revisionist history of F.S.A. photography, “Mind’s Eye, Mind’s Truth: F.S.A. Photography Reconsidered.” Curtis’s thesis was simple. “The bitter reality” of the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.) photographs was not the result of clinical, photographic field work: “The realism was deliberate, calculated, and highly stylized.” According to Curtis, many of the most famous of the F.S.A. photographs — Walker Evans’ interior of the Gudger home in Hale County, Ala. (which appeared in Evans’s collaboration with James Agee, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”), Arthur Rothstein’s “Fleeing a dust storm” and the most famous photograph of all, Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” — were all arranged, staged and manipulated [5] [6].The purity of the F.S.A. style had to be called into question and reexamined...........

pic: Dan Mooney for Errol Morris; Library of Congress

The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock (Part 3)
By Errol Morris

ERROL MORRIS: Rothstein was made the fall guy for this whole concept of posing and manipulation, but you suspected that Walker Evans was moving things, as well.

JAMES CURTIS: My favorite example is Walker Evans moving furniture around inside the sharecroppers’ cabins in Hale County, Alabama. I was talking to Alan Trachtenberg [a professor of American history at Yale]. And Alan said, “Well, when your article on Evans came out, I was mad as hell.” And I said, “Well, what were you mad about?” And he said, “Well, what difference does it make if he moved furniture around inside the sharecroppers’ cabins?” And I said, “Because Evans has been regarded as the high apostle of documentary honesty, and he said he never did things like that.” And afterwards, Trachtenberg replied, “Oh hell, we all know he was a liar.”

ERROL MORRIS: When did you first suspect that Evans was rearranging the furniture?...........
pic: library of congress

The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock (Part 4)
By Errol Morris


Many of the sorghum cans, by the way, were almost the only bright and new-looking things on the farm. Gudger may have bought them. If so, they are notable, for tenants seldom buy anything new.

— James Agee, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”

As in most cases, the mantel mystery includes other sources of evidence that must be weighed against the evidence in a photograph — but should they be given equal weight at the outset of the investigation? How do we weigh the value of some evidence against another? Curtis surveys the evidence from Agee’s written descriptions. He writes in “Mind’s Eye”:

“Agee’s extremely detailed descriptions provide both the floor plans of the tenant homes and inventories of furniture and personal belongings. A close comparison reveals serious discrepancies between Agee’s word pictures and Evans’s photographs…”[23]

Agee may be “very precise” in his descriptions. But is he accurate? Why should we trust Agee and cast suspicion on Evans? Isn’t there something perverse about giving the written word primacy over the photographic image. Don’t we (habitually) do the exact opposite when considering evidence?.............

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from wapo's eye on the world

Clowns attend the Latin American Clown Convention in Mexico City, Mexico.

Eduardo Verdugo-AP

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

this is kinda coolio


amy, this is for you


86-year-old WWII vet on gay marriage: "what do you think I fought for in Omaha Beach?"
Cory Doctorow

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this is disturbing on SO MANY LEVELS

i don't even know where to begin

what the fuck sort of parents allow their kids to sing about throwing stones at faggots? i guess THESE kinds of parents

Balloon Boy, Brothers Rap Antigay Slurs

The Anti-Gay Twist of the Balloon Boy Saga
by Michael A. Jones

You know you have bad parents when they fool the the entire world into thinking that their six-year-old son is stuck in a balloon floating in the Colorado air. You know you have even worse parents when those same people allow their children to record a homophobic rap video, complete with lines like "I hate gay faggots, I hit 'em with a bat," and (possibly) "Faggot tried to pee on me."

Yup, it's official. The Balloon Boy saga has taken another turn for the absolute weird.

For those who have managed to escape the absurdity of this story, it all revolves around the Heene family in Colorado, and a set of parents, Richard and Mayumi, who have three children -- Falcon, Bradford and Ryo. The parents duped the world into believing that Falcon was caught in a balloon last week, while he was off either hanging in the rafters of the family's attic or down the street playing basketball (nobody knows where the hell he was -- it's just clear he wasn't in the balloon).......

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i believe in privacy

and i'm happy with MOST of our laws.

aren't arrests PUBLIC RECORDS? wouldn't we have had the information on mel gibson's arrest any damn way? i guess the issue is the arresting officer james mee, being made to TAKE OUT ALL THE 'SHITE' gibson said about 'the jews' from his report. that never should have happened. the world should have (and actually did) find out how ugly mel gibson's words were. i for one don't think gibson feels ANY differently sober (about 'the jews') than he does when he's NOT sober. you can support him if you want, i do not wish to. you can forget mel gibson said all of those evil and ugly things. i am NOT going to forget

for ONCE i am happy a 'gossip site' got the straight scoop on a celebrity. it is in no way shape or form RIGHT for DE HIGH SHERIFF to tell his deputy to alter an arrest report on a celebrity ESPECIALLY if the celebrity is an ASSHOLE

L.A. sheriff, TMZ wage showdown over records
First Amendment cited by gossip site during inquiry of Mel Gibson's '06 arrest

Washington Post Staff Writer

Three years after Mel Gibson was arrested during a drunken, anti-Semitic tirade, Los Angeles authorities filed a search warrant seeking bank records attempting to trace cash from the Web site that broke the story: TMZ.

News of that warrant, and a second one issued earlier, provides a chilling postscript to the Gibson saga as investigators tried to uncover who leaked incriminating information to the gossip Web site. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office used the earlier warrant to obtain the cellphone records of TMZ's founder, Harvey Levin.........


The search warrants violate the federal Privacy Protection Act of 1980, Dalglish said. That law, she said, "makes it illegal to execute a search warrant of newsgathering material unless you are investigating the reporter himself or herself for breaking the law, not in a leak investigation."

The Los Angeles district attorney decided earlier this month not to bring charges against Mee, who was suspected of leaking the Gibson documents to TMZ, on grounds that the charge could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. According to the memo, based on information obtained from AT&T California, two calls were made from Mee's home to Levin hours after Gibson was arrested in Malibu. Levin called Mee's home eight more times in the two days after Gibson's arrest. The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the memo and the phone records warrant...........

the video i chose to accompany this is disabled (embedding), you'll have to watch it here

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

update: why some of my BEST friends are

negros, homosexuals, those spanish folk, catholics, those japanese, no i mean chinamen, no i mean those vietnamese, no, i mean...


eff that, they said it. they said what they meant and they meant what they said. i'm telling you, NO ONE out there is a racist or prejudiced. look at ALL of these NON examples..........they're practically FALLING out of the sky

see a couple of posts ago for the original post i did

S.C. GOP chair won’t ask leaders to resign after penny-pinching ‘Jew’ comments
By Kathleen Miller


He added that he "meant absolutely nothing derogatory by the reference to a great and honorable people."

Merwin's statement said he wished "to deeply apologize for any material included in that letter that would be considered anti-Semitic in any way.” He said he has "always abhorred in the past, and shall continue to do so in the future, anti-Semitism in any form what so ever."

One of South Carolina's two Jewish lawmakers called on state GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd to denounce the comments and remove both men from their positions.

The Associated Press and the South Carolina newspaper The State reported Tuesday that Floyd had denounced the comments made by Ulmer and Merwin in their letter but would not ask them to step down over the incident.

"It was an offensive and inappropriate comment that Jim and Edwin have rightly apologized for. These kinds of stereotypes are absolutely unacceptable” Floyd said in a statement Tuesday morning. “It goes without saying that some people will continue trying to exploit this mistake for political gain, but as far as we're concerned, their apology ends the matter."..........

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ms tracy nelson

i keep looking for her singing mother earth but i sure can't find a video of it. if YOU have the song, consider yourself lucky (oh i HAVE the song, just was going to post the video)

you don't think they're JUST listenting in on your phone conversations

or JUST reading your emails do you?

of course not! they're watching your tweets and reading your blog too. none of that is surprising or news. i knew that and i'm not well informed (usually). what i DIDN'T KNOW is they're going after my amazon history? dang, i don't write reviews at amazon (too lazy) but i sure do use amazon a lot

Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets
By Noah Shachtman

America’s spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.

In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community, is putting cash into Visible Technologies, a software firm that specializes in monitoring social media. It’s part of a larger movement within the spy services to get better at using ”open source intelligence” — information that’s publicly available, but often hidden in the flood of TV shows, newspaper articles, blog posts, online videos and radio reports generated every day....

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while there are some that are tea partying it up

and spewing forth the rhetoric they have heard from unreliable sources (spewing forth like it was the truth), there are people who are actually sick. there are people who actually have no insurance.

screaming at town hall meetings doesn't help them at all. and guess what? it really doesn't help you OR me either
(and to the caudles, stay strong. you'll be in MY thoughts)

Husband joins Army so cancer-stricken wife can get health care.

One of the worst tragedies of the recession has been people losing their health insurance because they lost their job. Nearly 14,000 Americans lose their insurance every day. Wisconsin father Bill Caudle was laid off from his job at a plastics company in March 2009, which resulted in his family losing their employer-subsidized health care coverage. This put the family in an especially precarious position, because Bill’s wife, Michelle, was an ovarian cancer patient. After months of unsuccessfully looking for work, Caudle did the only thing he could to get his wife chemotherapy — he joined the Army:,........

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hmmmmmmmm they can do it

but we can't? (i guess i'm now part of us vs them. i didn't want it to happen, but it did)

Perino admits the Bush administration essentially froze out MSNBC ‘towards the end.’

As part of the ongoing White House v. Fox News battle, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace complained yesterday that “as they’ve done every week since August, the White House refused to make any administration officials available to ‘FOX News Sunday.’” On Fox and Friends this morning, host Brian Kilmeade tried to paint a contrast between the Obama administration and the Bush administration, telling former Bush press secretary Dana Perino, “not only did you not go after” networks critical of Bush, “you gave them interviews, as did the president.” Perino corrected him, however, saying that “towards the end,” the Bush administration largely froze out MSNBC:.............

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un effing believable

here's hannity linking (or attempting to) link obama to farrakhan



is each and every fucking one of them prejudiced and/or a racist? sure seems like it to me

S.C. GOP chairmen: Sen. DeMint like a ‘Jew’ who is ‘watching our nation’s pennies’
By Stephen C. Webster
Two South Carolina GOP chairmen declared in a letter to a local newspaper that criticism of Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is unfair because he is like a "Jew" who is "watching our nation's pennies."

The letter, published by South Carolina newspaper The Times and Democrat, was authored by James S. Ulmer Jr., who chairs the Orangeburg County GOP, and Edwin O. Merwin Jr., who chairs the Bamberg County GOP.

"There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves," the wrote. "By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.".........

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i found this quite interesting

The Case of the Inappropriate Alarm Clock (Part 1)
By Errol Morris

The first of a seven-part series.

Republican editors throughout the land were soon rubbing their hands over a dispatch which, on quick reading, seemed to convict the New Deal’s cherished resettlement Administration of photographic fakery and bad faith.
— Time Magazine

Summer of 1936. One of the worst droughts in American history. On June 7, North Dakota’s Republican governor, Walter Welford, proclaimed a day of prayer. The citizens of North Dakota would kneel en masse to pray for rain. “Only Providence,” the governor declared, could avert “another tragedy of tremendous proportions.” Devil’s Lake, N.D., recorded .16 of an inch.

The drought continued.

On June 21, Gov. Welford flew to Washington to ask President Roosevelt for aid. On June 23, Roosevelt ordered Dr. Tugwell, head of the Resettlement Administration, to make a survey of the needs in Dakotas and Montana. A million dollars in aid had been requested.

Within a week, a heat wave spread across the Western plains. Newspapers reported it was 111 degrees in North Dakota. By July 7, it was a record 119 degrees in parts of the state. Fields were scorched brown and black. The range country seemed to be covered with a tan moss so close to the ground that the hungry cattle could not reach it; so dry was the covering that it was useless for sheep..........

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Monday, October 19, 2009


Paint or Die but Love Me

Table design project by John Nouanesing



this speaks for itself and does so QUITE well

The O’Garbage Factor

Fox News isn't just bad. It's un-American.

Jacob Weisberg

Last week, when White House Communications Director Anita Dunn charged the Fox News Channel with right-wing bias, Fox responded the way it always does. It denied the accusation with a straight face while proceeding to confirm it with its coverage.

Consider Fox's Web story on the episode. It quotes five people. Two of them work for Fox. All of them assert that administration officials are either wrong in substance or politically foolish to criticize the network. No one is cited supporting Dunn's criticisms or saying that it could make sense for Obama to challenge the network's power. It's a textbook example of a biased journalism. (Click here to follow Jacob Weisberg.)......


check out this posting on


really it's worth it

if you're on facebook (and yes, i am)

here are some VERY helpful tips for you. they'll help guard your privacy and show you how to share what you want and hide what you don't want shared (sort of hide that is).

but peeps USE COMMON SENSE. i have seen stuff out there that is absolutely shocking. whatever you write and whatever you do online is really NEVER that private.

Facebook privacy: a guide

by Jacqui Cheng

Facebook has decent privacy controls, but most users don't realize how to take full advantage of them. Ars guides you through Facebook's privacy settings so that you can be both social and respectable at the same time.

Everywhere you look (even here at Ars), there are articles about people making poor decisions about what kinds of info and how much to share on sites like Facebook. The Internet is no longer a place where you can hide out easily—friends, family, and employers are all lurking, reading your embarrassing status updates and checking up on those drunken pictures from last week. And that's just the beginning—the world of social networking is a feeding ground for identity thieves and stalkers, too.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Many users are aware that Facebook has numerous privacy controls, for example, but even the most experienced Facebook users often don't know just how much they can control who sees what. For instance, did you know that you can specify exactly who can see your status updates, down to different groups of friends (not just "friends" versus "everyone")? What about controlling which groups of people can even find you in a Facebook search to begin with?

If you don't want to be socially available at all, then the solution is right in front of you and you can stop reading! However, if you have been wondering how you can be socially available on Facebook while still keeping your privacy under control, this guide is for you...........

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more on the INSANE oklahoma new bortion law

we all have to pitch in and do what we can to strike down this law. it is our RIGHT if we so choose - to have an abortion

and once again i will remind all of y'all i am NOT PRO abortion. i AM PRO CHOICE

Oklahoma abortion law ‘like undressing women in public’
By Daniel Tencer

A new Oklahoma law that forces women who have had abortions to post details of the procedure online is being sharply criticized by women's rights groups, and is now being challenged in court by two Oklahoma women.

As of November 1, doctors in Oklahoma will be compelled -- under penalty of criminal prosecution -- to post the details of each abortion they perform online. Among the details to be posted for every abortion is the patient's age, marital status and race; her financial condition; her education; and the total number of her previous pregnancies.

In all, 37 personal questions will have to be asked and answered, and posted publicly for the world to see, under the new law.

"A friend said it best: It's like undressing women in public, exposing their most personal issues on the Internet," Lora Joyce Davis, one of the plaintiffs suing to prevent the law from coming into effect, told ABC News.........

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i know people use 'medical' marijuana for

everything to a stubbed toe to slivers. i don't care, i personally think it should be legal for all and no reason needed (think how many drug dealers would be out of bid-nez for one). i don't smoke it. i am all for it though for those that DO want to smoke.

what i especially am for is medical marijuana. my friend's moms is very ill right now and getting chemo. she is tired all of the time but can't sleep. she doesn't eat. IF she wanted to smoke, why should that be illegal? it would most certainly ease her pains

since it's an ap source, i can't reprint any portion of the article. what is says is; if one complies with state law either as a seller or user of medical marijuana, 5-0 has better use of their time and resources than to go around busting those peeps

New Medical Marijuana Policy Issued


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Sunday, October 18, 2009