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Saturday, January 09, 2010

creepy and beautiful and more creepiness again


i just became a backer

how could i NOT? look at this stuff!

Crap Hound vintage clip art magazine seeks funding via Kickstarter



Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, dies at age 89

Xeni Jardin

Despite Gumby's positive demeanor, his origins stem from tragedy. When [Art] Clokey was 9, his father was killed in a car crash. He lived with his mother for a while, but when her second husband made her choose between him and her son, Clokey was sent to an orphanage. Fortunately, he was adopted by a good family. But Clokey wouldn't forget his father, whose head shape - characterized by a cowlick hairdo - would later provide the inspiration for Gumby's trademark lopsided head..,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Art Clokey dies at 88; creator of Gumby
The filmmaker's work enchanted generations of children.


A 1985 file photo shows Gumby and his creator, Art Clokey. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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'chout for flyin' trees


well mark, they're teabaggies after all

SOME (not ALL mind you, just some) of their middle name(s) is/are (take your pick): fear, ignorance, racism, prejudice, misogyny, violence, liars.............

The death threats keep coming this fine morning. I guess the Tea Party crew is determined to have “death panels” one way or another. The dustup started because of this cartoon:

“Learn to Speak Tea Bag” ran on my usual client sites, including NPR, which really set off the guys over here, here (note Condi giving child flowers down by "donate" button), here, here and here. Before you could say, “due to a pre-existing condition, your health coverage has been denied,” there was a full-fledged viral campaign by right-wing media outlets and blogs to jump, scream and shout about this animation. Which, to me, is just great! .....................

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hey american family association



no one gives a flying fuck what you say, what you think, what you do (well, we do when it interferes with OUR lives). so JUST GO AWAY. play amongst YOURSELVES. leave the REST OF US A FUCKING LONE

take your intolerance and shove it up your tight asses

Christian group wants ’self-mutilating’ Obama appointee fired

By Daniel Tencer

The conservative American Family Association is calling on President Barack Obama to fire Amanda Simpson, Obama's transgender appointee to the Commerce Department, because the appointment "puts the weight of the federal government behind the normalization of sexual deviancy."

"'Amanda' is a biological male in every cell of his body, and no amount of surgical mutilation is ever going to change that," AFA President Tim Wildmon said in a press release circulated Thursday. "It's a mistake for our president to appoint such a sexually confused individual to a position of public responsibility."............

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so far

a plane has been diverted because of a CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT and another because of HONEY and now, every time there is a problem with a drunken (or sober) asshole, we're going to have to have FIGHTER JETS escort the plane down? i understand the need for safety. i WANT safety. i also want everyone to do their jobs (i.e. when someone's father goes to authorities and warns them their child may be up to no good, I WANT THE AUTHORITIES TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT-if it's a reasonable warning). sure one gets pissed off at how one is treated when one flys (sometimes, not all the time). that is now something we MUST LIVE WITH. we do NOT joke about bombs, or death or killing when we're anywhere NEAR an airport much less in the air.

we as a country can't afford to have military jets escort EVERY plane in our airspace that contains an asshole. it's just NOT possible. if someone causes an unreasonable problem on an airliner (i.e. locking oneself in the bathroom or giving the staff a note containing threatening messages) THEY SHOULD BE BANNED FROM FLYING FOR LIFE. no ifs ands or buts. end of story. period

it's an ap story so you'll have to click the link.

Unruly passengers cause 2 flights to change course


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Friday, January 08, 2010


i only wish i was brave enough to be on the sea shepherd . perhaps someday (i don't support violence but i DO support protest and protection)

pic: from the sea shepherd site linked above

Better video footage of Japanese whaling ship ramming environmentalists

for what they did in iraq we LET THEM GO

we now arrest these two for what they (allegedly) did in afghanistan

i want everyone who has murdered someone to pay. however, i want the BIG BOYZ to pay just as much. i want those in CHARGE (both of blackwater / xe AND our military) to be brought to trial too. it's worthless to convict scapegoats. it's NOT worthless to try those ultimately responsible

erik prince and george bush will NEVER be brought to trial. they are part of the good ol' boy network. it just won't happen

Two Blackwater Guards Arrested on Murder Charges

By Jeremy Scahill

Two former Blackwater operatives were arrested by US federal agents on murder charges, stemming from their alleged involvement in the shooting deaths of two Afghan civilians in Kabul in May. They have been identified as Justin Cannon, 27, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have been charged with "crimes including second-degree murder, attempted murder and firearms offenses while working as contractors for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan," according to the Justice Department. The thirteen-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on Janurary 6 and unsealed today.

The indictment alleges that on May 5, 2009, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Cannon and Drotleff shot and killed two Afghanistan nationals and wounded a third. In a press release, the Justice Department said:

The indictment alleges that at the time of the shootings, Cannon and Drotleff were Department of Defense contractors employed by Paravant LLC, which is a subsidiary of Xe (formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide). According to the indictment, as contractors, Cannon and Drotleff provided training to the Afghan National Army for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the use and maintenance of weapons and weapons systems......

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i couldn't resist

photo: buzzflash

(i LOVED elmer gantry and this is VERY funny)

a girl's life (preview)

this is well worth the read

The 14 Most Heinous Climate Villains

By Michael Roddy and Ian Murphy, Buffalo Beast

he science of climate change is pretty basic: humans dig up fossilized carbon to fuel power plants and internal combustion machines, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. Result: greenhouse effect global heating. Around 50% of all the species on the planet are predicted to become extinct by 2100 in the CO2-as-usual model. Our own species will face drought, famine, rising tides, soaring temperatures, calamity and chaos. Hundreds of millions will become climate refugees. Billions may die from starvation, genocide and war. We have precious little time to mitigate this looming global catastrophe.

Those of us still denying the depressing facts are either tragically stupid or profoundly corrupt or both. If there’s anyone alive to write the history of corporate funded climate science denial, the following list of 15 Heinous Climate Villains will, by the sheer magnitude of death their lies wrought, make the infamous dictatorial monsters of the 20th century seem like incompetent children. Enjoy!...................

believe me, not just republicans

want him to STOP (and if he could just take the big dick, as in cheney, with him too, that would be GRAND)

Steele comments have GOP aides pleading, 'Get him to stop'

By Philip Rucker

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele, under fire this week for a string of controversial statements he has made while promoting his new book, has so angered the party's congressional leaders that their aides said they told Steele's handlers to "get him to stop."

Steele, who has been making regular television appearances, said Monday that he did not believe Republicans could win back their congressional majorities in 2010. "Not this year," Steele told Fox News Channel, saying he was just beginning to look at races, even though the party has been recruiting candidates for many months.

Believing that Steele's off-the-cuff remarks threaten to damage the party's brand -- at the very time when Republicans are trying to capitalize on a national political environment that may hurt Democrats -- senior aides to top Republican leaders confronted Steele's staff on a conference call Wednesday.................

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

at first i thought this was a parody

unfortunately, i believe it's FOR REAL

jill at feministe provides us with the transcript (as if we weren't sickend enough already)

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do we have another crasher

squirrel seal on our hands?


is this what we do?

handcuff children and SHOOT THEM?

(i don't know if it's true or not, but it's looking like it is). i am SICK in the pit of my stomach

US-Led Forces Accused of Executing Schoolchildren in Afghanistan

.......ANJALI KAMAT: On Monday, hundreds of people, mostly students, protested in Kabul and in the province of Nangarhar against the US killing of civilians. Nearly thirty civilians have died over the past two weeks alone in US-led air strikes and ground operations.

But the incident that has sparked the most outrage took place in eastern Kunar province on December 27th, when ten Afghans, eight of them schoolchildren, were killed. According to the Times of London, US-led troops dragged innocent children from their beds and shot them during a nighttime raid. Afghan government investigators said the eight students were aged from eleven to seventeen, all but one of them from the same family. The headmaster of the local school said seven of the children were handcuffed and then executed. A preliminary investigation by the United Nations reinforced Afghan claims that most of the dead were schoolboys.........

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something ELSE that doesn't

make me feel all warm and tingly inside

Conservative Mogul Buying Up Reporters to Promote His Regressive Agenda
By William Greider, The Nation.

He's baaack -- the Wall Street billionaire who wants to loot Social Security. This time, Pete Peterson has invented his own "news network" to promote his right-wing rants about shrinking the only retirement security system available to millions of working people. Peterson styles himself as a patriot saving the nation from fiscal insolvency and has committed $1 billion to that cause (a chunk of the wealth he accumulated at Blackstone Group, the notorious corporate-takeover firm). His efforts might be dismissed as ludicrous -- except money does talk in Washington, and Peterson is now buying Washington reporters to spread his dire warnings.

The retired mogul has created a digital news agency he dubs "The Fiscal Times" and hired eight seasoned reporters to do the work there. "An impressive group of veteran journalists," Peterson calls them. I hope they have shaken a lot of money out of this rich geezer. Because I predict doing hack work for him will seriously soil their reputations for objectivity and independence.

With his great wealth, Peterson could have also bought a newspaper to publish his dispatches, but he did better than that. He hooked up with the Washington Post, which has agreed to "jointly produce content focusing on the budget and fiscal issues." (This media scandal was first uncovered by economist Dean Baker.) ................

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i've never been in an h&m

and now i NEVER will

this is obscene

H&M, Wal-Mart Destroy Unsold Clothing: Report

Filed by Hilary Moss

Amid the recession and the cold winter months, Cynthia Magnus made a shocking discovery at the H&M in Manhattan's Herald Square. It wasn't a sale on the season's hottest trends--it was garbage bags upon garbage bags of unsold merchandise, most of it slashed with razors to ensure that no one would ever wear or sell it, the New York Times reports.

"Gloves with the fingers cut off," Ms. Magnus said, reciting the inventory of ruined items. "Warm socks. Cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor. Men's jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls." The jackets were tagged $59, $79 and $129...............

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not only would i sue

i'd scream from the rooftops

absolutely INSANE to make someone WITHOUT provocation pee into a cup. i wouldn't have done it. moore would have had to throw me in the slammer (which i would have sued doubly for)

Court spectator sues judge for drug-testing him ‘on a hunch’

By Daniel Tencer

A Tennessee judge who ordered a court spectator to submit to a drug test based "on a hunch" is being sued for infringing on the spectator's constitutional rights.

Benjamin Marchant's lawsuit (PDF) against Dickson County Judge Durwood Moore says Marchant was a spectator in the court in January of 2009, waiting to give a friend a ride home, when Moore ordered sheriff's deputies to administer a urinalysis on Marchant on nothing more than a "hunch."

Marchant says he was released when the drug test came back negative............

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

i dunno, i'm seeing either anonymous from "v"

OR, emily dickinson


Woman sees Jesus in her bruise

A woman from the US claims she can see the face of Jesus in a bruise that was left on her arm after blood tests.


cal of calvin's canadian cave of coolness breaks some VERY sad news for us

Pez Dispenser Creator Dies

now, i personally (aroseisarose, not cal) collect 'em. i have TONS. i have several all over my desk and shelves at work (when i had an office, i had them ALL at work). i love pez. and like cal, i'll thank Curtis Allina

oh and by the way PEZ IS LOCATED IN CONNECTICUT!!!


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sorry (or not) i HAD to post this


this made me smile

from Mark Frauenfelder at boing boing

the top is graphic designer paul rand

business card (phone number taken out)
the bottom are logos he designed.


if only!


sara libby makes a point

i had NO idea eunice johnson died. i sure knew casey johnson died. what did casey do? get arrested, make out with tila (meghan's bff), fight with ex grrrlfrends, have her trophy adopted daughter taken away by her mother and on and on (i don't mean to be cruel here. i am just saying there is NO reason we all needed to keep a non newsworthy person in the news. OUR faults on that one.)

Beauty in Black & White: Casey Johnson and Eunice Johnson Die on Same Day

Props to Salon’s Joan Walsh for noting the eery coincidence of the news of Eunice Johnson, widow of the man who created Ebony magazine, and Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson dying breaking on the same day. More than their similar but unrelated names, the two women were striking symbols of the world of beauty.

Eunice Johnson gave Ebony its name, created a makeup line and fashion shows, and held some high-profile positions at Johnson Publishing, the publishing house that puts out both Ebony and another influential black magazine, JET. The company she helped launch and run said: “Under her direction, Mrs. Johnson made a tremendous impact on the fashion industry, showcasing the best in style on African-American models of various shapes, sizes and skin tones.”..........

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i read about this (the original article)

a while ago and forgot about it. it did resurface yesterday and i felt i SHOULD post it

not ALL women in the arab world are silent. nadine bedair isn't. she's very brave for speaking out. i'm sure i see some not so veiled threats in at the very least the words of sheik mohamed gama’i.

SAUDI ARABIA: 'Polygamy for women' article sparks public row in Egypt, Muslim world

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

i think this is one of THE creepiest things i have ever seen/heard

there are MORE of them, but two is enough. well one is enough one too many


wicked cool

found at sloth unleased

from ephemera assemblyman brings us swiss museum posters

this is older BUT

if you don't think this is STILL being drummed into us, you're effing nuts. IT IS AND WE'RE LETTING IT BE



it's almost time


here's a rather comprehensive article on seitan

while the author calls it 'the next big thing', it's no where near 'NEW'. vegetarians and vegans have known about it for YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. i've been making it and eating it forever.

where did i 'DISCOVER' it? well, in an asian restaurant of course! it wasn't on the menu. it was saved for those ...who knew....

there was a WHOLE different menu. duck, chicken, pork, shrimp, and on and on. oh, and none of it contained duck or chicken or pork or shrimp. it was ALL seitan. and it was ALL DELICIOUS.

unlike tofu (although if you freeze tofu for a couple of weeks then defrost it, it changes consistency. it turns CHEWY and that's a GOOD thing), seitan is chewy and meat-like in appearance. well more so than other meat substitutes.

Juicy and Tender, Seitan Is Quite Possibly the Best Fake Meat -- But There Is a Downside
By Anneli Rufus, AlterNet.

What if the next big thing to revolutionize the lives of vegans and vegetarians was waiting in the wings? What if this next big thing was amazingly high in protein, amazingly low in fat and carbs, relatively low in sodium, and cholesterol-free, yet with a taste and texture more like real meat than any other analogue ever devised? What if the next big thing was chewy and exuded meaty juices and sometimes even required a knife to cut?

Imagine, then, its power as a secret weapon to convert carnivores and to solace those guilt-ridden vegans and vegetarians who still dream of bacon, brisket, sloppy joes, beef Stroganoff, souvlaki, pepperoni, pigs-in-blankets, corned-beef hash and chicken drumsticks: things that tofu cannot replicate, not even with the best imagination in the world. ............

and from fatfree vegan kitchen here's a recipe i've been making for at least 15 or 20 years (i saw a similar recipe called 'kofu ribs' in vegetarian times but i can't seem to find that original recipe. that's where i got my original ideas from. i don't think fatfree vegan kitchen existed yet. well not in it's current form)

barbecued seitan ribz

it's not MY exact recipe but it's CLOSE. for the nut butter, i use cashew butter. it gives it an extra somethin' somethin'. i also use chopped REAL onions. really. it MAKES my ribs. they just magically turn sweet after they've been cooked.

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and they just keep denying they are racist

they really have NO idea. they will REALLY stand there and tell you they are NOT racists.

‘N-Word’ Sign Dogs Would-Be Tea Party Leader

By David Weigel

Dale Robertson, a Tea Party activist who operates TeaParty.org, is getting stung for an old photo — taken at the Feb. 27, 2009 Tea Party in Houston — in which he holds a sign reading “Congress = Slaveowner, Taxpayer = Niggar.”

After the ResistNet listerv promoted “Liberty Concerts” to be held by TeaParty.org, a source passed on this photo of Robertson, after the jump.

Update: Josh Parker of the Houston Tea Party Society tells me that Robertson was booted out of the event for this sign......................

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Monday, January 04, 2010

the winner of the first YOU GOT STONES

(in a good way) award for 2010 IS:

the entire FORMER staff of parker griffith. ms wheeler and all the rest, you SHINE

Entire staff quits after congressmember defects to GOP

By Daniel Tencer

Parker Griffith, the Democratic House representative from northern Alabama who last week announced he was jumping ship to the Republicans, has lost his entire staff.

Saying her old boss had made a "mistake," Griffith's now-former chief of staff, Sharon Wheeler, announced Monday that the House representative's entire congressional staff -- from press secretary to interns -- had resigned in protest of their boss's new political leanings.

Wheeler sent out a "sharply-worded" statement Monday announcing the staff's intentions and implying that Griffith had abandoned northern Alabama's long history of voting for Democrats, The Hill reports.

"Alabama's 5th district has deserved and has benefited from great Democratic conservative leadership since Reconstruction. And until now they had it,” The Hill quoted Wheeler as saying...

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20 things

Larger version here

that happen in a minute via

i just fell off of my chair

well, i'm actually sitting on a couch but you get my drift

WHAT THE FUCK??????????????


Brit Hume: Tiger Woods must become Christian to be forgiven

By David Edwards and Gavin Dahl

Buddhism is inferior to Christianity when it comes to forgiveness of sins, according to Fox News pundit Brit Hume. Tiger Woods should turn his back on Buddhism and become a Christian to be forgiven for cheating on his wife, Hume told Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday.

"The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith," said Hume. "He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger is, 'Tiger turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."........

video from media matters

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the three are innocent!

just because they spew hate and untruths and helped stoke a WHOLE country into a deeper homophobia hole,, THEY'RE INNOCENT I TELL YA! and we should forgive them, unlike the gays whom we should KILL. they were duped. they didn't know if they said gays were the devil and gays are evil and gays assault young children and gays aren't human, people would take them seriously (i can't believe that part of it but hell, yes, these people ARE taken seriously here there and everywhere, to my deep sorrow and embarrassment as a fellow 'human')

here's what one of 'em said..........."“That’s horrible, absolutely horrible,” he said. “Some of the nicest people I have ever met are gay people.”

yup, some of his BEST FRIENDS ARE GAY

let me tell these three and everyone here and in uganda something. if YOUR god hates gays so very much (along with goddess knows who and what else) then i want NO PART of YOUR god. and by the way, didn't your god create man (and of course WOMAN) IN her/his image? and remember this: whatsoever a man soweth, that he shall also reap

After Americans Visit, Uganda Weighs Death for Gays


KAMPALA, Uganda — Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here in Uganda’s capital to give a series of talks.

The theme of the event, according to Stephen Langa, its Ugandan organizer, was “the gay agenda — that whole hidden and dark agenda” — and the threat homosexuals posed to Bible-based values and the traditional African family.

For three days, according to participants and audio recordings, thousands of Ugandans, including police officers, teachers and national politicians, listened raptly to the Americans, who were presented as experts on homosexuality. The visitors discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution” whose goal is “to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.”.............

.............The three Americans who spoke at the conference — Scott Lively, a missionary who has written several books against homosexuality, including “7 Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child”; Caleb Lee Brundidge, a self-described former gay man who leads “healing seminars”; and Don Schmierer, a board member of Exodus International, whose mission is “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality” — are now trying to distance themselves from the bill..........

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companies don't have to 'name names' (of the chemicals they use that is) if it COULD harm their bottom line? WHAT ABOUT OUR LIVES???????????????????

Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law
By Lyndsey Layton

Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States -- from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners -- nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under a little-known federal provision.

The policy was designed 33 years ago to protect trade secrets in a highly competitive industry. But critics -- including the Obama administration -- say the secrecy has grown out of control, making it impossible for regulators to control potential dangers or for consumers to know which toxic substances they might be exposed to.

At a time of increasing public demand for more information about chemical exposure, pressure is building on lawmakers to make it more difficult for manufacturers to cloak their products in secrecy. Congress is set to rewrite chemical regulations this year for the first time in a generation.

Under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, manufacturers must report to the federal government new chemicals they intend to market. But the law exempts from public disclosure any information that could harm their bottom line.....................

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

yes, i AM from he-yah


i don't know where dangerous minds

finds ALL of their great stuff, but i sure am glad they DO

like mr metzger, i too fell it love at first sight/sound

Bette Midler: Rare Footage of The Divine Miss M Performing at the Continental Baths

Posted by Richard Metzger

Although for myself, I can’t even comprehend not liking Bette Midler—for me it was love at first sight—I am told that she is an acquired taste; and one that my darling wife—who has great taste in music and everything else, I hasten to add—has not acquired. This morning, I was blasting her first LP, The Divine Miss M from 1972 while Tara was running errands—I haven’t heard it in years—and it simply knocked me out. Produced by Barry Manilow, Ahmet Ertegun and the Grammy-award winning producer Joel Dorn, with a crack set of session musicians and back-up singers like Cissy Houston and Melissa Manchester, The Divine Miss M is nothing less than the unveiling of a very major talent on the world, as Midler’s 40+ years at the top of her profession attest to. She didn’t write any of the songs, but trust me, she owns them all. She’s one of those people who just oozes talent and concerning the quality of her voice and its incredible power, well, she belongs in that smallest circle of all singing, all dancing, all acting diva divas, like Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and the great Broadway talents like Ethyl Merman. She’s got the lungs, no two ways about it.,,,,,,,,,,

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i dream this


this was in the times the other day,

i'm just getting around to posting it. did you know you were eating something you use to wash your windows? AMMONIA. yes, ammonia

have you SMELLED ammonia?

for the record i didn't give meat up due to health reasons.

i DO have a question for YOU though. would you rather eat a hamburger with AMMONIA in it or NOT eat a hamburger at all? think about it and answer it honestly (to yourself).

ok, lets say you don't give a flying yoo who what Y OU'RE ingesting. do you care about your kids?

Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned


Eight years ago, federal officials were struggling to remove potentially deadly E. coli from hamburgers when an entrepreneurial company from South Dakota came up with a novel idea: injecting beef with ammonia. The company, Beef Products Inc., had been looking to expand into the hamburger business with a product made from beef that included fatty trimmings the industry once relegated to pet food and cooking oil. The trimmings were particularly susceptible to contamination, but a study commissioned by the company showed that the ammonia process would kill E. coli as well as salmonella..........

pic: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Beef Products Inc.’s ammonia-treated beef.

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instead of 2.4 million going to help kill gays

or at the VERY LEAST to discriminate against them, and toward discriminating against women and worse, you COULD have given your dirty money to a more worthy cause. but no. you gave it to someone who in my opinion is far away from someone with a good soul. i don't understand why people give money to pastors of mega 'churches'. it is incomprehensible to me. i know a LOT of people don't even have enough to live comfortably, yet they give (and the giving part doesn't bother me as to the WHO they give it to)

Calif. pastor takes in $2.4M after donations plea

stray, who stops by my blogs from time to time

and comments from time to time, directed me to the following piece. it's EXCEPTIONAL (in a word)

Fuck You, I Won’t Do What You Tell Me!
by Sweary

Just to get it out of the way, I’m going to start by telling you that I’m not surprised that the Bishop of Limerick has had to resign over his atrocious mishandling of child sex abuse cases. Nor am I shocked that a parish priest in Kerry has publicly put forward his support for a convicted sex offender, despite not having been in court when evidence against the man was examined. And I’m hardly flabbergasted at the news that a Cork-based Presbyterian minister has condemned an LGBT-friendly carol service as “crossing the line”. This is what I’ve come to expect from Irish men of the cloth - blinkered stupidity and a depressing distance from the sense of justice and morality that we suppose them to be weighted with. So no need to bitterly reply, “What else did you expect?” I expected nothing else. That doesn’t mean this shit isn’t worthy of comment, though.

But dismissive comment. We’re an enlightened people - no, let me stop you there before you snigger and snort. We are. We live in times of Information and Education, where knowledge is prized and available to everyone. Libraries are cheap, internet access is cheap, informed cop-on is cheap. We’ve grown up, have we not? So why the fuck do we need these moral guardians, these purveyors of a fear and loathing badly masked behind snippy concern and quivering shoulders? No one needs to preach to me guff about the true path. My moral compass is just fine. As should yours be....................

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