Saturday, October 31, 2009
no effing way
and let's just for the sake of argument (or folly) say that is true. he couldn't remember A FUCKING THING about outing a covert cia agent??????....did we want someone like that as vice president? a shooting a friend in the face memory (convenient) wiped clean penguin (as in the batman villain)?
Cheney was hazy on role in CIA leak, FBI notes from '04 show
Former vice president Richard B. Cheney told a special prosecutor in 2004 that he was unable to recall his role in most of the pivotal events that led to the uncloaking of a clandestine CIA officer in the run-up to the Iraq war, according to newly released FBI records.
A question-by-question summary of Cheney's May 8, 2004, interview with Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, made public under court order after years of legal maneuvering to keep it secret, portrays a vice president in command of few clear memories about a case that led to great embarrassment for the White House and felony convictions for his chief of staff. Fitzgerald declared in his closing arguments that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's perjury and obstruction of justice left him unable to pierce "a cloud over the vice president." ...........
Friday, October 30, 2009
Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather.
Down along the rocky shore
Some make their home,
They live on crispy pancakes
Of yellow tide-foam;
Some in the reeds
Of the black mountain-lake,
With frogs for their watch-dogs,
All night awake.
High on the hill-top
The old King sits;
He is now so old and gray
He's nigh lost his wits.
With a bridge of white mist
Columbkill he crosses,
On his stately journeys
From Slieveleague to Rosses;
Or going up with music,
On cold starry nights,
To sup with the Queen,
Of the gay Northern Lights.
They stole little Bridget
For seven years long;
When she came down again
Her friends were all gone.
They took her lightly back
Between the night and morrow;
They thought she was fast asleep,
But she was dead with sorrow.
They have kept her ever since
Deep within the lake,
On a bed of flag leaves,
Watching till she wake.
By the craggy hill-side,
Through the mosses bare,
They have planted thorn trees
For pleasure here and there.
Is any man so daring
As dig them up in spite?
He shall find the thornies set
In his bed at night.
Up the airy mountain
Down the rushy glen,
We daren't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,
Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
And white owl's feather.
-- William Allingham
shite!!! perhaps it's a SECRET sect of witches on the payroll of mars and hersheys and nestles
i was once again left out in the cold. dang
i'll just go and start blessing and dedicating and praying over the candy canes
UPDATE: CBN has removed the blog. The original text is available here.
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network posted a blog by Kimberly Daniels recently that warns Christians to forgo celebrating Halloween because of its evilness. Daniels specifically calls out candy as a source of soul-molestation:
"During this period demons are assigned against those who participate in the rituals and festivities. These demons are automatically drawn to the fetishes that open doors for them to come into the lives of human beings. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches."
Obviously, we shouldn't be buying Halloween candy, but what about getting it by trick-or-treating?
"Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by going door to door or by purchasing it from the local grocery store. The demons cannot tell the difference."
some judges here, don't think being dragged by your hair down the street or threatened by a machete is cause for asylum. you know what i think
this is a baby step, but i'm optimistic
U.S. Signals Spouse Abuse Claims Could Lead to AsylumBy JULIA PRESTON
In an unusually protracted and closely watched case, the Obama administration has recommended political asylum for a Guatemalan woman fleeing horrific abuse by her husband, the strongest signal yet that the administration is open to a variety of asylum claims from foreign women facing domestic abuse. The government’s assent, lawyers said, virtually ensures that the woman, Rody Alvarado Peña, will be allowed to remain in the United States after battling in immigration court since 1995.........
...........After 14 years of legal indecision, during which several immigration courts and three attorneys general considered Ms. Alvarado’s case, the Department of Homeland Security cleared the way for her in a one-paragraph document filed late Wednesday in immigration court in San Francisco. Ms. Alvarado, the department found, “is eligible for asylum and merits a grant of asylum as a matter of discretion.”..........
in all fairness, i will say i'm rather prejudiced on this subject. i'm vegan BUT, as a rule i don't preach (unless i'm challenged OR unless the steamin' pile o' shite known as glenn beck is concerned). one has to wonder why ONE meatless meal is that big a deal to the beckmeister.
Glenn Beck's Bizarre Outburst Against Meatless Mondays and Vegetarians
By Kerry Trueman, AlterNet
Cheap gas and cheap chuck remain American birthrights to loopy libertarians like Beck.
Jon Stewart ended an interview with climate-change contrarian and Super Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt on Monday night by noting, "I've apparently frightened our audience by suggesting that conservation isn't the only way out of any of the problems of the world. I sincerely apologize."
He added, "And I do also believe that we should just eat vegetables."
I'd love to report that Stewart has embraced Michael Pollan's "eat food/not too much/mostly plants" edict. But, of course, Stewart was only joking. The line drew a big laugh from the audience.
The interview followed a report on the Whole Foods "buycott" from Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac asking "whether conservative hatred of liberals is so strong it can make them buy organic food."
Fresh fruits and vegetables remain the Rodney Dangerfield of the Western diet, getting no respect from cable commentators -- the comics or the crackpots. Stewart's mock endorsement of mock duck came on the same day as an anti-tofurkey tirade from Glenn Beck, who echoed Lou Dobbs' recent condemnation of the Meatless Monday campaign adopted by Baltimore's school cafeterias as a form of "indoctrination":
"Americans love our steaks, we love our chops, we love our burgers, and you'll throw me in jail, my last meal will be a giant steak. Are we going to stand for that? Are we going to put up with this? Well, you'd think not, but in Baltimore, Md., public schools have now started, in the schools -- no indoctrination here -- Meatless Monday. No meat on the menu for 80,000 kids that they serve, no meat, that way the students that they serve can quote 'eat and learn about healthy, environmentally friendly choices.' ".................
Thursday, October 29, 2009
"Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within"
.................AMY GOODMAN: Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within is a documentary that focuses on the cases of three female service members victimized by rape and other forms of sexual assault. One of the victims, Tina Priest, she was found dead in Iraq in March 2006, just weeks after she had accused a male soldier of raping her. Her family was told she took her own life, but they don’t believe that. They think she may have been killed because she came forward with the rape accusation. In this scene from the film, Tina Priest’s mother, Joy Priest, visits her daughter’s gravesite............
(save the file to photobucket then get the html code. copy it and then paste it in your blogger posting. you can get the html code by just placing your cursor over the picture in photobucket once it's been downloaded and saved).
image from moving pictures at square america
via dangerous minds (once again)
Got Raw Milk? Think Twice Before You Drink It
By Jill Richardson
Mention raw milk to some people, and you'll have to wait for them to stop yelling before you can have a conversation about it. Few foods provoke such strong reactions (for and against it) as raw milk.
Some people credit it with beneficial health effects, but others believe it's so risky it ought to be banned. The issue of raw milk -- milk that has not been pasteurized -- also raises a number of questions about our government's role in regulating foods when that is in conflict with individuals' freedom to choose foods that they consider important to their diets.
Those who drink raw milk go to great lengths to obtain it -- paying $5 to $10 per gallon for it -- sometimes even buying a share of a cow or regularly driving several hours to pick it up from a dairy.
They don't do this just because it tastes good. For some, it is a desire for natural, unprocessed foods. For others, it is part of a larger interest in sustainable agriculture and supporting farmers who use methods that help the environment............
Arrests Made in Homecoming Gang Rape
(can't print story cause it's ap, but you sure can click on the link)
Outrage grew in a Bay Area town over the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl as police made more arrests overnight.
National attention has been focused in Richmond over what police described as a gang rape of a 15-year-old student who struggled with attackers -- some of whom took photos and laughed -- as more than a dozen witnesses passed by and did nothing. Police said last night that as many as 20 people saw the attack, and some might have shot video on their cellphones.
"We are outraged that this happened," Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin told reporters Tuesday.
Overnight, Richmond police served search warrants at the homes of several suspects and arrested three people, bringing the total number of suspects in custody to five.......
Shep Smith apologizes for ‘lack of balance’ in Fox News report
By David Edwards
Fox News host Shepard Smith is known for demanding fairness at a network that often isn't balanced. On Tuesday, Smith went so far as to apologize for a report that only interviewed one of the three candidates in the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Fox News reporter Shannon Bream only spoke with the Republican candidate Chris Cristie..............
eBay refuses auction for accused killer of abortion doctor
By Daniel Tencer
Online auction house eBay has blocked an auction that would have raised funds for Scott Roeder, the man accused of killing abortion doctor George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas, earlier this year.
According to a report at the Kansas City Star, Iowa anti-abortion activist Dave Leach had been organizing the auction, which would have sold off items such as a manual that instructs, among other things, on how to bomb abortion clinics, as well as a prison cookbook written by a person jailed for abortion clinic arsons and several signed drawings by Roeder...................
After 10-year dispute, expansion of hate crimes law to gays signed
When a gay Wyoming college student was slain in 1998, congressional Democrats pledged to broaden the definition of federal hate crimes by the end of that year to include attacks based on sexual orientation.
The effort instead turned into a decade-long proxy war between liberal groups that want to expand gay rights and conservative groups that do not. But Wednesday, President Obama signed the bill and then hosted a White House reception for gay activists and the parents of the slain student, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard.
"After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are," Obama said after the signing...............
By Kerry Eleveld
President Barack Obama Wednesday signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act as part of the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.
“After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we’ve passed inclusive hate-crimes legislation that protects people based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray, or who they are,” Obama said, addressing the crowd. “I promised Judy Shepard when she saw me in the Oval Office that this day would come.”...........
President Obama today signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 around noon, Pacific time. The DOD bill includes the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Just before the signing, President Obama acknowledged the Shepards and the family of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy who made passage of the hate crimes bill a priority.
This national hate crimes bill that includes sexual orientation and gender identity has been a long time coming, starting in 1982 with Kevin Berrill’s antigay violence project at the national Gay Task Force. In 1988, U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced the Hate Crimes Statistics Act, which required the Justice Department (the FBI) to collect and publish data about crimes motivated by hatred based on race, religion, ethnic origin and/or sexual orientation. The Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1990 28 U.S.C. § 534,  was signed into law in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush and became the first federal law to recognize and name gay, lesbian and bisexual people.There were problems, of course. Transgender people were not recognized and as the FBI reports were published, it turned out some states such as Alabama had NO hate crimes based on sexual orientation to report. Work began on expanding the hate crimes law to include transgenders and give the Attorney General the power to “assist” local law enforcement in the investigation, prosecution and enforcement of hate crime laws. ............
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
a pilot or a taxi driver for halloween (or for whatever). they MUST be a SEXY pilot or a SEXY taxi driver. i don't mind 'sexy'. i DO mind trivializing women and careers of women and putting women on display. i mind women being told they have to be 'sexy' in order to have fun
pics from the link above
p.s. i disagree with the byline. i don't think women in 'masculine' jobs are trivialized MORE than women in non-masculine jobs. i think women are objectified and trivialized all the time in all types of situations
amazing (and sad)
photo from national geographic by monica szczupider
Cameroon—At the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, more than a dozen residents form a gallery of grief, looking on as Dorothy—a beloved female felled in her late 40s by heart failure—is borne to her burial.
The horror - a gang rape of a child, 15 people stand watching, do nothing
This is horrible, truly horrific (emphasis mine):
"A California high school student who police said was gang raped in a two-and-a-half-hour assault outside a homecoming dance remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday, two days after she was flown from the attack scene in critical condition.
"Based on witness statements and suspect statements, and also physical evidence, we know that she was raped by at least four suspects committing multiple sex acts," Gagan said.
Investigators said as many as 15 people, all males, stood around watching the assault, but did not call police or help the victim, a 15-year-old student at Richmond High School in suburban San Francisco."
Every single boy/thug who stood watching this and likely egging on the rapists should be expelled straight away as they are a danger to other female students. Two of the actual rapists are already in custody, one of whom appears to have landed himself there by bragging (yeah, something really to proud about, raping a 15 year old girl as part of a gang rape is a badge of a real man, right?)...............
i have always understood people's feelings about abortion. i do understand if one could personally not have an abortion. i undertand if one feels strongly about it either way. i also understand it's MY body and MY decision and you don't have a right to jump in OR judge me. again, i'm NOT pro abortion at all. I AM PRO CHOICE.
i am also against murdering cowards. we should not raise money for them. NO ONE should
Online auction to raise funds in Scott Roeder case
By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star
An Army of God manual. A prison cookbook compiled by a woman doing time for abortion clinic bombings and arsons. An autographed bullhorn.
These are among the items that abortion foes plan to auction on eBay and other Web sites in a fundraiser for Scott Roeder, the Kansas City man charged with killing Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller.
“This is unique,” said Regina Dinwiddie, a Kansas City anti-abortion activist who will sign the bullhorn. “Nobody’s ever done this before. The goal is that everybody makes money for Scott Roeder’s defense.”
One abortion-rights leader called the auction deplorable and said it could lead to more violence.
“The network of extremists promoting and defending the murder of doctors is contributing to escalating threats against clinics and doctors across the country,” said Kathy Spillar, executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation...........
Millionaires want ‘coal’ dorm for basketball players
By Gavin Dahl
Controversy is swirling around the University of Kentucky because a group of wealthy donors, known as the Promise Keepers, are offering $7 million to build a new dorm for men's basketball players. The donors want the word "coal" in the name of the new building.
Opponents say the school would be selling out to coal interests if student-athletes are forced to live in corporate-branded housing. UK graduate student Martin Mudd told the campus newspaper, "I think that it’s a bit perverse to name it after an industry that historically has cared very little about the plight of citizens it employs, people it employs and certainly the effects the industry has on people and ecosystems all down the line."..............
By Andy Mead
Goodbye, Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge. Hello, Wildcat Coal Lodge?
A group of donors who have put up $7 million for a new residence for the University of Kentucky men's basketball team have required that "Coal" be its middle name.On Tuesday, the board of trustees will take up a recommendation from UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. to approve what the agenda item describes as "the request." It already has been approved by the Committee on Naming University Buildings.
The new lodge is planned for what is now a parking lot just northeast of Memorial Coliseum.
UK spokesman Jimmy Stanton said the only donor the school has a formal agreement with is Joseph W. Craft III, who heads Alliance Coal and has given UK money in the past. The Joe Craft Center, a basketball practice facility, is named in his honor...........
work (mine) has been posting information and instructions for months and months now about swine flu. we're of course to stay HOME (which shouldn't need to be told. IT'S COMMON SENSE).
now the world is going to come to an end because the net may be compromised by all the little buggers staying home from school playing online video games?
give me a BREAK
(and i do work from home from time to time myself)
Flu-wary telecommuters may clog Web networks, GAO saysBy Cecilia Kang
As the spread of the H1N1 flu keeps more Americans away from work and school, a federal report warns that all those people logging on to the Web from home could overwhelm Internet networks.
The Government Accountability Office reported earlier this week that if the flu reaches a pandemic, a surge in telecommuting and children accessing video files and games at home could bog down local networks.
And if that were to happen, it is not clear whether the federal government is prepared to deal with the problem, the GAO said.The Department of Homeland Security is in charge of communications networks during times of national emergency............
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Scientology Spokesman Storms Out of Nightline Interview
now if only we would get wise here...
A Paris court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud and fined it more than euro600,000 ($900,000) on Tuesday but stopped short of banning the group as prosecutors had demanded.
The group's French branch immediately announced it would appeal the verdict.
The court convicted the Church of Scientology's French office, its library and six of its leaders of organized fraud. Investigators said the group pressured members into paying large sums of money for questionable financial gain and used "commercial harassment" against recruits.
The group was fined euro400,000 ($600,000) and the library euro200,000. Four of the leaders were given suspended sentences of between 10 months and two years. The other two were given fines of euro1,000 and euro2,000.
However, the court did not order the Church of Scientology to shut down, ruling that it would be likely to continue its activities anyway "outside any legal framework."............
lemmy and cal
i sort of like it myself
set by oliver fabel (pic i'm guessing is from his website but i got it from neatorama)
found via neatorama
no, it's NOT racist to make someone go by the name of MAR TIN if they really pronounce their name MAR TEEN. no, not at all. it's OK to ask people to change their names because you think it will be EASIER FOR 'WHITE' folk to say them (or accept them)
(ap article so i'm not going to print any of it. click the link for the whole story)
Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names
i'm happy with the arrests, i'm happy law enforcement and other organizations are concentrating on wiping this out. we ALL have to pitch in.
FBI arrests hundreds in child prostitution crackdown
Joe Markman Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Federal officials announced Monday that 52 children had been saved and nearly 700 people had been arrested and charged over the past three days in a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution.
Officials of the FBI, along with representatives of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and police agencies throughout the country, said the arrests were the results of investigations in 36 cities.
Four children were rescued by the operation in Chicago, said Cynthia Yates, a spokeswoman for the local FBI office, while 44 adults were charged with local and state crimes related to prostitution.
In the Los Angeles area, two children were rescued in Riverside and four adults were arrested, said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI. Four alleged customers of child prostitutes were arrested in Orange County...........
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Monday, October 26, 2009
i had NO idea haggis was a scientologist. i'm rather shocked they even have ONE member but that is neither here nor there.
the here part is paul haggis, after 25 years is now kicking some asses (and i LOVE it)
Paul Haggis wakes up...
After 35 years as a Scientologist, Oscar winning writer/direct Paul Haggis has quit the church over their apparant stance on gay marriage. This is his letter to the church announcing his resignation. This is a facinating must read as Paul admits to feeling stupid after years of defending accusations against the church that he never really looked into himself...................
even eonline! has something
Holy Xenu! Paul Haggis Renounces, Secret-Spills on Scientology
Let's cut right to the chase: Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale) has publicly, blisteringly, bridge-burningly split from the Church of Scientology after 35 quiet years as a member.
True, he was nowhere near the religion's most famous celebrity practitioner, but he will no doubt now go down as one of its most infamous, thanks to the inevitably viral publication of his resignation letter, addressed to Church of Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis. (The letter was first published on the blog of renounced Scientologist Marty Rathbun, who confirmed its authenticity.)..........
but i checked amazon out AND IT IS!!!
unfortunately, it's not really good news. according to the comments at tywkiwdbi where i found the link below, there is some sort of amazon vs walmart price war. this may just be a marketing gimmick
i don't know where i've been. i thought i was hep and happenin'. i guess i am not. i have NEVER heard of outsider music. of course i KNOW outside music, i just didn't know it was CALLED that. it's something I LOVE
(don't forget i own TWO rufus harley albums. i didn't know he died. the link is his nyt obit)
Songs in the Key of Z: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music
by Richard Metzger
i'm not black. can't pretend to FULLY know what it's like to 'shop while black'. i know what it's like to shop while being a rose is a rose. i'm a bit on the unusual side. i'm not your grrrl next door. when i go into a store i'm followed. almost always. have i even stolen from a store? no. do i think about stealing? no.
i have seen the results of both driving while black and shopping while black. i get away easily being white. they usually give up on me after a couple of minutes - seeing i'm NOT a threat to steal. people of color do not. to the woman in the red dress (the first one they show sticking up for the 'shopper' and the bunch of people at the end who walked out with the 'shopper', YOU'RE MY KIND O' PEEPS. a big fat shout out to you
from pam's house blend
by: Pam Spaulding
I get sick watching this, hearing the excuses for the discrimination. And I've had this happen to me more than once (only in NYC, mind you, not here in NC), and hailing a cab while black (again, in NYC). If you had a front row seat to this kind of racism, would you take action? Nothing -- that's what one patron does. It's not her problem, and she probably sides with the salesperson anyway, looking at the expression on her face.........
Is This 12-Year-Old the Next Michael Pollan?
Posted by Tara Lohan
It was extraordinarily refreshing to read a recent guest post (What the Heck is ProFood Anyway?) on one of the great food blogs, Every Kitchen Table. The author explains exactly what this new word, ProFood, is all about and why it's important we care. And better yet, this author, Orren Fox, is only 12 years old.,,,,,,
How can we make America or even just your own home or school ProFood?
* Choose pesticide free, hormone free, and artificial color free foods
* Drink water instead of high fructose corn syrup sweetened drinks
* Eat fresh foods like an apple or sliced red pepper rather than foods that never rot
* Ask where your food comes from and how it was raised
* Plant some seeds in the spring in a little pot and if you grow too much share it with a neighbor
* Respect the farmer, rancher, farm workers, animals (they are farm workers too) and the planet. (Some of these ideas come from Food, Inc..............