Saturday, December 05, 2009
the country has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world according to the article linked below.
yet, the world lets this happen (and worse, here, there, and everywhere)
Child brides' enduring plight
Problem illustrates hold of tribal doctrinesBy Sudarsan Raghavan
SANAA, YEMEN -- Ayesha rested her head on the doctor's desk. She had removed her black veil, revealing a round face contorted in pain. She had married a 53-year-old man when she was 13. Now 15, she wanted her childhood back. She clutched her sides and groaned.
It was 3:30 p.m. in Arwa Elrabee's office. The gynecologist looked at Ayesha and shook her head. She knew Ayesha's pain was as much psychological as it was physical.
"I don't want to be married," Ayesha explained, her mother standing next to her.
"Why did you marry her off so early?" the doctor demanded. "Why didn't you allow her to continue her education?"
"It wasn't me. It was her father," Ayesha's mother replied. "He wanted to marry her off."............
Friday, December 04, 2009
oh shite really. really? is this for real?
The mayor of Arlington, Tennessee, believes he knows exactly why President Barack Obama chose last Tuesday night to announce his Afghanistan troop surge: It was a nefarious plot by the "Muslim" president to pre-empt that night's broadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Russell Wiseman, mayor of Memphis suburb Arlington, suggested in a Facebook posting that Obama wanted to obscure the traditional Christmas TV special's Christian message. And in what the Memphis Commercial Appeal described as "an extensive thread that attacked the president," Wiseman also said that Obama supporters "need to move to a Muslim country ... oh wait, that's America ... pitiful."
This is how the Commercial Appeal transcribed Wiseman's Facebook posting, which is accessible only to the mayor's Facebook friends:
Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim [sic] president is there, what a load ... try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation [sic] about it....[w]hen the answer should simply be 'yes'...................
and from the commercial appeal itself (geeze, i wonder what this means massa):
Arlington mayor fires at Obama online
Tags president as a Muslim on Facebook............At another point he said, "you know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has stayed in there, things would be different........".....
(of course SLAVES were never property owners were they?????????)
on my way home from work the other day (it was a VERY long day. i usually leave early because i get in at about 3:30 am. i had to stay until a bit after 4 pm due to a meeting i HAD to attend. then when i left work i had to go to the grocery store. NOT for MY groceries mind you but for work. i had volunteered to conduct a team building exercise that included lunch. oh, that went well by the way. BUT my point is i was exhausted and i forgot all about hearing this man on npr until i just now came across this..........)
here are but a few
portraits of world leaders
‘Portraits of Power’ is a photo project of Platon, a staff photographer working for The New Yorker.
He took great portraits of various presidents, prime ministers, dictators… during a meeting of the United Nations in New York.
Watch them, it’s interesting, and maybe you will learn some stuff…
saw it at feministing
............Fatherhood by Wes Hempel
Hempel on his current body of work:I've actively cultivated this traditional look for a number of reasons. One of my ongoing projects (which I've written about at length elsewhere) is a re-visioning of what art history might have looked like had homosexuality not been vilified. A walk through any major museum will reveal paintings that depict or legitimate only certain kinds of experience...............
Exclusive: Tiger "Was Very Insecure" About His Small...........................
wait for it............... wait
Calves, Says Mistress
i really AM going to get all my tetris postings links in one place (one of these days)
chain mail tetris blocks
they're from the etsy shop of frodolives86
found via cory at boing boing
it's a shame they have to use them though (i mean it's a shame people still kill whales)
pic: from here by kate davison
misunderstanding my big fat arse. governor, my big fat ass. SHE FUCKING QUIT. SHE IS NOT A GOVERNOR OF ANY FUCKING THING
Palin event requests ‘English-only’ reportersYou might be able to see Russia from Sarah Palin's home state, but that isn't an excuse to speak Russian.
Authorities turned away reporters who didn't speak English from a Palin event in Minnesota this week, demanding that reporters address the former Alaska governor only in English and refer to her only as "governor."
Event planners at the Mall of Americas now say it was only a "misunderstanding." Palin was scheduled to appear as part of her book-signing tour...........
for your service and your bravery and your heroism. we've come a very long way since the 40s but we STILL have a very very very long way to go. people of all colors and all backgrounds have served the united states of america. people of all colors and backgrounds have protected us and kept us safe. for that we ALL should recognize you AND thank you
One Man’s War Story Illuminates the Heroism of One Million
By SCOTT JAMES
Until recently, Carl E. Clark, 93, was still driving his car around Menlo Park. Then came a fall, a new hip and recovery in a rehabilitation hospital. But it was another wound he wanted to talk about — one that happened 64 years ago.
“The Navy and the civilian media held back things that lots of us did,” Mr. Clark said. “For obvious reasons: the prejudice and bigotry that was going on at that time.”
He is part of “the greatest generation” whose valor remains largely invisible: he is among an estimated one million black veterans from World War II. Due to the endemic racism of the time, their wartime heroism was often not recorded in official battle reports, a history manipulated to negate their accomplishments.
Now there is a move to give Mr. Clark credit for his role in a dramatic tale of survival.........
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Salvation Army and other charities require proof of immigration status before needy kids can have toys
we DO have certain laws, right? the authorities need warrants if they're going to spy on us, right?
Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data more than 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009, according to a company manager who disclosed the statistic at a non-public interception and wiretapping conference in October.
The manager also revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed web portal that Sprint provides law enforcement to conduct automated “pings” to track users. Through the website, authorized agents can type in a mobile phone number and obtain global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the phone.
The revelations, uncovered by blogger and privacy activist Christopher Soghoian, have spawned questions about the number of Sprint customers who have been under surveillance, as well as the legal process agents followed to obtain such data.
But a Sprint Nextel spokesman said that Soghoian, who recorded the Sprint manager’s statements at the closed conference, misunderstood what the figure represents. The number of customers whose GPS data was provided to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies was much less than 8 million, as was the total number of individual requests for data............
GOPers want Franken to defend them in opposing anti-rape amendmentBy Daniel Tencer
Some Republican senators are taking heat for voting against an amendment that would allow employees of military contractors to sue their employers if they are raped at work -- and they want the Democratic senator who wrote the amendment to help them fight off the bad publicity.
In October, 30 Republicans voted against Sen. Al Franken's amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would de-fund contractors who prevent their employees from suing if they are raped by co-workers. Since then, those Republicans have faced outrage for what critics say amounts to support for rape.
A Web site called RepublicansForRape mocks the thirty senators as "legislators who were brave enough to stand up in defense of rape." Louisiana Sen. David Vitter took heat recently for walking away from a woman who was questioning him about his vote against the amendment.
Now, some of those GOP senators want Sen. Franken (D-MN) to come to their rescue............
Blackwater founder says he aided secret programs
The founder of Blackwater Worldwide acknowledged in an interview published Wednesday that he had helped the CIA with secret programs targeting top al-Qaeda leaders, a role he says was intended to give the agency "unattributable capability" in sensitive missions.
Erik Prince, owner of the military contractor now known as Xe Services, told Vanity Fair magazine that he performed numerous "very risky missions" for the spy agency, some of which were improperly exposed in leaks to the news media.
The magazine, which was granted rare access to Prince and his deputies at the company's facilities in the United States and Afghanistan, said the former Navy SEAL had served a dual role for the CIA as both a contractor and an "asset," or spy, who carried out secret missions as recently as two months ago, when the Obama administration terminated his contract............
The Obama administration has begun approving new lines of human embryonic stem cells that are eligible for federally funded experiments, opening the way for millions of taxpayer dollars to be used to conduct research that was put off-limits by President George W. Bush. Launching a dramatic expansion of government support for one of the most promising but most contentious fields of biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday authorized the first 13 lines of cells under the administration's policy and was poised to approve 20 more Friday. ...........
the catholic church in connecticut (and everywhere for that matter)
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
courtesy of those wild and wacky bible thumpin' (yet believing only SOME of the passages in the bible and not all mind you) god lovin' (but lovin' no one else but money) white (what, you thought otherwise?)
Earlier this month, the far-right Family Research Council (FRC) sent a fundraising action alert fearmongering about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which has been introduced in both the House and Senate and President Obama says he is “pushing hard to pass.” “This law would punish anyone in the workplace who dares oppose homosexual behavior, cross-dressing and other unhealthy behaviors,” said the FRC alert.
In a four-page solicitation letter mailed to supporters this month, which was obtained by ThinkProgress, the conservative organization went even further in its rhetoric, claiming that President Obama wants to “impose homosexuality and silence Christianity in workplaces”:...........
Birthers and Birchers: Hiding Behind Stars and Stripes
by Loretta J. Ross
Sustaining a progressive movement based on shared politics requires not only unification on positive values, but an understanding of the opposition and their tactics. Analysis of the various elements of opposition can do much to improve our own eyesight and path forward.
“Birthers" may be the newest manifestation of right-leaning conspiracy theorists. It is unlikely that most of the “birthers" who believe that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen belong to the John Birch Society (JBS). But I believe they are at least sympathizers with the nativist, racist tendencies of the John Birch Society, which has been stirring animosity and paranoia, often with coded language and convoluted theories, for over 50 years.
What unites the “birthers” and the Birchers on a single trajectory is well worth understanding. Progressives should not ignore the people who share this particular worldview: it’s easy to dismiss them as nutters and whackos enlarging the far right. Yes, they are the “angry white people” who foment trouble at townhalls and seek to torpedo all efforts to achieve full human rights in the United States, including health care reform................
crooks and liars has a transcript as well
Is media granting Dick Cheney too much airtime?
Politico's lead story this morning, coming just before President Obama is set to announce a momentous foreign policy decision with far-reaching consequences for our country and the world, was an interview with Dick Cheney. The headline blared: "Cheney slams Obama's `weakness.'"
But is this news? Is it remotely surprising or even noteworthy at all?
Politico is only the latest outlet to grant Cheney a platform to defend his legacy and to launch political attacks on the current president. The amount of airtime that has been granted by the networks and other news outlets to Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, has been nothing short of extraordinary. Why is it happening?
Is Cheney a lead spokesperson for the G.O.P. on foreign policy? He's a private citizen with no policymaking role whatsoever -- leading G.O.P. Senators more properly hold that role. What's more, Cheney's foreign policy views are far out of the mainstream. Is he a contender for the 2012 G.O.P. nomination? Nope. He has flatly ruled out a run, and the recent Washington Post poll found that he's not on the radar of the G.O.P. electorate at all for 2012...........
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
if there IS a hell (and i don't believe there is BUT for the sake of blog posting........) who do you think would burn in it...
someone who is gay OR someone who condemns someone to die JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE GAY?
i know which one i KNOW would burn. here is my original posting
The conservative pastor who delivered President Barack Obama's inaugural convocation address won't condemn a proposed Ugandan law that punishes homosexual acts with death.
His position is raising eyebrows, not the least of which was Newsweek, which noted his position Sunday. Warren has been supportive of a Ugandan pastor behind the legislation, Martin Ssempa, hosting him during visits to the United States at his Saddleback church.
Warren tried to distance himself from Ssempa in October, saying, "Martin Ssempa does not represent me, my wife Kay, Saddleback Church, nor the Global PEACE Plan strategy."
But this month, asked on whether he opposed a measure under which homosexual acts are punishable by life in prison or sometimes death, Warren refused to condemn the proposal.
"The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator," Warren remarked. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations."...............
this is the other side of the coin.
we know and read about those they catch. we never think about WHO does the catching and we should
Child porn cases take toll on investigators
Job exposes team to images of abuse few can comprehend
By Del Quentin Wilber
D.C. police detective Timothy Palchak spends his days trawling the Internet for people willing to send him child pornography. It isn't easy work, pretending to be a pedophile. in online chats, instant messages and telephone calls, Palchak must enter the psyche of men he describes as "the scum of the Earth."
He tells his targets that he molests children, even infants, and describes his deranged sexual desires. He feigns anxiety at being caught by police and expresses sympathy for a suspect's fetishes. Before long, Palchak is bombarded with vile photographs and videos, all depicting sexual abuse of children. The investigator scrutinizes the images to build his case and, he hopes, to rescue victims.....
Monday, November 30, 2009
i am a semi-sane madwoman
i want to
it embodies what i believe
it's my FAVORITE 'christmas' song
this is a good one, but the embedding is disabled, you have to click here to see / hear it
now, i'm all for expirementing and i know some things are ok for one's vagine and some things ARE NOT OK for your vagine (yes, i'm misspelling it on purpose. i KNOW how to spell it). i would NOT stick a fucking mint up there that was made by some company i know nothing about because this company i know NOTHING ABOUT says it will make me BETTER. better the fuck than what? i'm not good enough MINTLESS? if that's the case, beat feet. i don't need ya, i don't want ya.
as a general rule, if someone doesn't wanna go down there, a mint ain't gonna help
Femimint Hygiene: Vagina Mints— By Jen Phillips
I recently got a press release from the makers of Linger, an "internal feminine flavoring" that promises to keep your vagina in mint condition. Think of it as an Altoid for your lady parts or, as its website explains, "A small, naturally sweetened flavoring, free of artificial dyes, which was created to flavor the secretions of a woman when she is sexually aroused." What...the...?!
So where did the idea for this curiously wrong mint come from? Linger's website (a little NSFW) offers up a wondrous, romantic tale about the supposed discoverer of femimint hygiene, an unnamed woman who was seduced in India by a man with skin "the color of caramel." He quelled her fears of tasting bad "down there" with a mysterious, Eastern mint. "When I returned to the States, I brought the tingly sweet tasting mint with me," she writes. I've requested an interview with this mysterious entrepreneur, but have yet to speak with her. However, Linger's PR guy did send me a sample—made in exotic New Jersey. But that was just my first taste of disappointment........
i also didn't realize this is one (if not THE) largest scale killing of journalists in history
The Maguindanao Massacre
On 23 November, the wife and two sisters of Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu went to the town of Ampatuan to register him for the 2010 elections for the province of Maguindanao in the Philippines. They were Genalyn Mangudadatu, Vice Mayor Eden Mangudadatu of Mangudadatu town and Bai Farinna Mangudadatu respectively. A recipient of death threats, Esmael Mangudadatu couldn’t register himself for fear of being killed, and the police and the army didn’t grant him protections such that he could. It was thought that women, holding a place of respect, would not be harmed. For extra protection, the three were accompanied by the two female lawyers of the family, Cynthia Oquendo-Ayon and Connie Brizuela, a number of other family members, drivers and supporters and, again for safety, journalists and their assistants. (Apologies, I can’t find a list of all their names. Wikipedia’s partial list of names is the best I can do.) Aquiles Zonio of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that Eden Mangudadatu was heard to say, ‘This is women power in action. Let’s help our men chart a better future for the province’..........
but NOT for CONVICTED RAPISTS and those having “extensive, violent criminal history” to the family and friends of the four officers killed, my most heartfelt sympathy
LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Four uniformed police officers were shot to death Sunday morning as they sat in a coffee shop preparing to begin patrol, prompting a widespread search for the gunman, who remained at large. Late Sunday, the authorities said they were seeking a “person of interest” in the shootings whom they identified as Maurice Clemmons, 37. They described him as having an “extensive, violent criminal history” in Arkansas and said he had recently been arrested in Pierce County and charged with assaulting a police officer and raping a child........... Nine years ago in Arkansas, The Seattle Times reported, Mr. Clemmons was released from prison after Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted his lengthy prison sentence, over the protests of prosecutors.......
pic: Police search the area of a self-storage facility near the site where four uniformed officers were shot and killed in an ambush at a coffee shop on Sunday in Lakewood, Wash. More Photos >
hal turner is a racist, neo-nazi, mf-er. the fbi should think twice about using someone like this to spy on his own. i wouldn't trust him to wash the stones and grit out of some dried lentils
Records show feds used ultra-right radio host for years
BY MIKE KELLY AND PETER J. SAMPSON
They called him "Valhalla."
But it was more than a nickname.
For more than five years, Hal Turner of North Bergen lived a double life.
The public knew him as an ultra-right-wing radio talk show host and Internet blogger with an audience of neo-Nazis and white supremacists attracted to his scorched-earth racism and bare-knuckles bashing of public figures. But to the FBI, and its expanding domestic counter-terror intelligence operations in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Turner was "Valhalla" — his code name as an informant who spied on his own controversial followers.
Turner's clandestine past was confirmed this past summer when he was jailed on charges that he made threats on his blog against three federal judges in Chicago. In court after his arrest, federal prosecutors acknowledged Turner's FBI ties but downplayed his importance and even described him as "unproductive."
But an investigation by The Record — based on government documents, e-mails, court records and almost 20 hours of jailhouse interviews with Turner — shows that federal authorities made frequent use of Turner in its battle against domestic terrorism............
and one in four children. that's your next door neighbors. that's you. that's me
we MUST start waking up and taking care of ourselves and our planet. there COULD be plenty for ALL (all as in the WORLD) of us to eat cheaply and with health in mind (yeah no more fast fatty foods. no more cows eating our grains. WE'D be eating our grains as it SHOULD be). we have to change our ways before it's too late
With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.
It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs.
Virtually all have incomes near or below the federal poverty line, but their eclectic ranks testify to the range of people struggling with basic needs. They include single mothers and married couples, the newly jobless and the chronically poor, longtime recipients of welfare checks and workers whose reduced hours or slender wages leave pantries bare.........
Sunday, November 29, 2009
unfortunately i don't think des whiteboyz is jokin' BUT that doesn't make it any less funny
c'mon now, EVERYONE, gimme that side hug, that christian side hug. gimme that side hug, that christian side hug............
By Mac McClelland
If you're like me, and you have trouble keeping friendly frontal hugs from turning into full-on depraved bonefests, you'll appreciate the advice of these side-hug-advocating, Jesus-loving white rappers (h/t the Rumpus): ........Honestly, even though my Catholic-school teachers forced me to watch graphic abortion videos when I was a child, I had a hard time believing a big Christian group would really endorse something this misguided. Forget that even Bristol Palin knows that abstinence-only education is just silly; what's with the gunfire and sirens?............
"An Afghan girl touches her mother's artificial leg the ICRC Ali Abad Orthopaedic centre in Kabul November 12, 2009. The center, which is run mostly by disabled people, aims to educate and rehabilitate landmine victims and people with any kind of deformities, to help them integrate effectively into society.............
as usual, tywkiwdbi is chuck full o' amazing stuff
Fight them on the beaches if you will. But the descendants of Sir Winston Churchill have decided that a more effective way to prevent the Church of Scientology from hijacking the memory of Britain's wartime leader involves stern cease-and-desist letters and the threat of a costly PR battle.
In an unlikely dispute that pits Sir Winston's grandchildren against followers of the late L Ron Hubbard – the science-fiction writer who believed, among other things, that mankind descended from aliens who arrived on Earth via spaceships – the controversial church has been asked to remove Churchill's image and quotations from its fundraising literature.
The literary agency Curtis Brown, which represents several members of the Churchill family, has written to the church's London branch protesting at a range of advertising leaflets and posters that liken the Allied struggle against Nazi Germany to Scientology's efforts to recruit new members..............
the embedding is disabled on this youtube video, but please do click it and watch it south park explains scientology WITH an assist by l ron his own dang self