Saturday, February 13, 2010
Palin exposes the partyers
The tea party movement started as a welcome protest against the alarming growth of federal spending and federal control. It had a strong anti-statist flavor, or seemed to. But judging from the applause for Sarah Palin at its convention, the movement's suspicion of government power is exceeded only by its worship of government power.
Her keynote address at last week's gathering in Nashville, Tenn., may have been the curtain raiser on a 2012 presidential campaign. "I think that it would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country," she told Fox News when asked about that option.
I'm glad it was she and not I who first used the word "absurd" in relation to a possible Palin bid for the White House. Because if her speech made anything clear, it's that the shallow, ill-informed, truth-twisting demagogue seen in the 2008 presidential campaign is all she is and all she wants to be.............
if only they'd believe science
(once again, i am not disparaging anyone from believing in their gods. i understand it. i do. they're afraid to just die without anything else. they're afraid of the unknow. it's a comfort to believe in god. fine. i accept it. in addition to believing in your god, believe in truth and proof and science as well)
the world IS ROUND
Texas Education Board Is Trying to Infuse Schoolbooks with Ultraconservative Ideology
"We are a Christian nation founded on Christian principles," says one board member. "The way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how they cover Christianity and Israel."
Don McLeroy is a balding, paunchy man with a thick broom-handle mustache who lives in a rambling two-story brick home in a suburb near Bryan, Texas. When he greeted me at the door one evening last October, he was clutching a thin paperback with the skeleton of a seahorse on its cover, a primer on natural selection penned by famed evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr. We sat down at his dining table, which was piled high with three-ring binders, and his wife, Nancy, brought us ice water in cut-crystal glasses with matching coasters..............
when you are hungry you have to eat. i get that. what i don't get is walmart's (alleged) treatment of their employees. lack of benefits, lack of decent pay. i think it's important to instill in students a desire to reach for the stars, NOT to just settle.
Detroit schools offer class in how to work at Walmart
By Muriel Kane
Walmart has been widely condemned for offering its employees only low-paying, dead end jobs. Even President Obama criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign for having served on Walmart's board and stated that the firm ought to pay "a living wage."
In inner-city Detroit, however, where the unemployment rate is estimated at an astonishing 50%, the prospect of a Walmart job may appear far more attractive.
Four inner-city Detroit high schools have decided that employment with Walmart is an opportunity worth training their students to pursue. The schools have teamed up with the giant merchandiser to offer a for-credit class in job-readiness training that also includes entry-level after-school jobs.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the principal at one of the schools optimistically suggested that "the program will allow students an opportunity to earn money and to be exposed to people from different cultures -- since all of the stores are in the suburbs."..........
Friday, February 12, 2010
please tell me where the humor is in that?
new name is:
GTA taught me if you kill a hooker, you get your money back
killing your hooker on facebook
It has come to my attention that there is a Facebook fan page entitled, “Killing your hooker so you don’t have to pay her.” The page boasts such updates as, “Ever stab your hooker with a blunt object to add insult to injury?” The page was created about a month ago.
And, as of today, it has 22,127 fans.
This is a deeply offensive, misogynistic, and outright violent page. Hypothetical violence is not funny, but real violence is even less amusing — and this violence is real. The murder of sex workers is frighteningly commonplace, and all too often is excused under some bullshit pretense that sex workers are expendable, are unhuman.
Posted by Vanessa
As an update to yesterday's What We Missed that called attention to the horrendous Facebook group, "Kill Your Hooker So You Don't Have to Pay Her", one of our readers alerted us to this: Apparently, everyone's speedy organizing has resulted in the group changing their name (and link) to make it seem as if the group doesn't exist anymore. But oh, does it still.
Let's keep reporting it until this group is gone permanently. Great online organizing, all!
if you don't know who said it (i'm NOT going to mention the gatsu piedi's name) go to the march playboy (yuck, i know) or playboy on line. it's a new interview
i'd like to ask you to NOT buy his records and NOT go to his concerts. i'd like to ask you to NOT support him in any way shape OR form
By Cory Doctorow
my shite ain't doing soooooooooooooooo good is it? here's my printout
YouTube Video Speed History
even if puello isn't a human trafficker (although chances are he IS), he sure doesn't sound like an attorney to me.
does the church in iowa (or where ever the hell it is) KNOW he's not a lawyer? why are they tossing money at puello? (although puello denies he's getting ANY money). don't they investigate who they have helping them? if he's NOT forcing women and girls into prostitution he sure sounds at the VERY least like a con man.
this is all just shite. something is VERY wrong here
El Salvador Investigates Adviser to Detained Americans in Haiti
By MARC LACEY and IAN URBINA
pic: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times
Jorge Puello, who has been providing legal advice to a group of Americans jailed in Haiti.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The police in El Salvador have begun an investigation into whether a man suspected of leading a trafficking ring involving Central American and Caribbean women and girls is also a legal adviser to many of the Americans charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without permission.
When the judge presiding over the Haitian case learned on Thursday of the investigation in El Salvador, he said he would begin his own inquiry of the adviser, a Dominican man who was in the judge’s chambers days before.
The inquiries are the latest twist in a politically charged case that is unfolding in the middle of an earthquake disaster zone. A lawyer for the group has already been dismissed after being accused of trying to offer bribes to get the 10 Americans out of jail.The adviser, Jorge Puello, said in a telephone interview on Thursday that he had not engaged in any illegal activity in El Salvador and that he had never been in the country.........
does it surprise me our government decided NOT to delve into this further? NOT in the least.
Former Blackwater employees accuse security contractor of defrauding government
By Carol D. Leonnig and Nick Schwellenbach
This report is a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and The Washington Post.
Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years through phony billing, including charging taxpayers for alcohol-filled parties, spa trips and a prostitute.In court records unsealed this week, a husband and wife who worked for Blackwater said they have firsthand knowledge of the company falsifying invoices, double-billing federal agencies and improperly charging the government for personal expenses. ...........
Thursday, February 11, 2010
30 pounds of pot found inside pictures of Jesus
(CNN0 -- A marijuana bust along the U.S.-Mexico border revealed 30 pounds of the drug stuffed into framed pictures of Jesus Christ, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said Wednesday.
"This is not the first time we have seen smugglers attempt to use religious figures and articles of faith to further their criminal enterprise," said William Molaski, port director of the agency's office in El Paso, Texas, in a statement.
"What some might find offensive or sacrilegious has unfortunately become a standard operating procedure for drug smugglers. This would include using religious symbols, children and senior citizens in their attempts to defeat the CBP inspection process."
Authorities said a 22-year-old woman in a Jeep from Juarez, Mexico, told federal border patrol officers that she had nothing to declare besides the framed art. The officers checked out the vehicle with Cesar, a federal drug-sniffing dog, who alerted them to three framed pictures of Jesus in the vehicle.
The officers pulled the backing of the pictures and found numerous bundles, authorities said. The woman was arrested.........
30 pounds of pot found inside pictures of Jesus
Security guards do nothing as 15-year-old girl is beaten
The 15-year-old girl thought the three security guards in the Seattle bus tunnel would protect her from attack.
She was wrong.
As the footage below shows, the guards watched and did nothing as the girl was punched, thrown to the ground, kicked repeatedly in the face and then robbed.
The girl told a detective that the group followed her from a nearby department store into the bus tunnel.
The guards didn't intervene because they have standing orders to "observe and report," but not to try to stop fights or criminal activity. That protocol is now under review.
The statements were revealed in court papers filed Wednesday against the teenage girl who attacked the victim and the three young men accused of stealing her purse, phone and iPod. All four were charged with robbery.
Although she was not hospitalized, the victim said she lost consciousness during the attack and had to see a doctor.
The incident, which occurred on January 28, is being investigated by the King County Sheriff's Office and the Metro Transit Police, said sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart.
"Transit tunnel security officers were on the platform and witnessed the assault," said Urquhart in a statement. "However they did not intercede as they are unarmed, civilian employees."...............
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
when will we help? when will we protect our women and children? how many have to be hurt and killed so we are taken seriously?
huh judge harris? hug judge mazurek? huh judge lemkau?
Posted by Cara |
Via SAFER comes a really awful story about a man named Stephen Garcia who murdered his 9-month-old son Wyatt before taking his own life. Obviously any kind of violence like this is always horrible, but what makes it even more appalling is that the man’s actions were easily predicted by his previous threats and behavior, and evidence of that was presented by the boy’s mother Katie Tagle in court. And while it’s possible that a similar outcome might have unfolded had the court acted, the fact is that it did absolutely nothing (all emphasis mine).
oh if all that ain't bad enough, IT GETS EFFING WORSE, click the link above to read the rest
Her family said Garcia abused [Katie] Tagle throughout their two-year relationship, which ended in August 2009, when, her family said, he punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious
On Dec. 15, Tagle asked for an emergency restraining order against Garcia, telling Judge Debra Harris in a Joshua Tree courtroom that Garcia had threatened Wyatt. “He had sent me text messages before that if his son was around certain people … that he would kill him,” Tagle told the judge, according to transcripts of the hearing. “And that if I wasn’t where I was supposed to be, he’d find me and kill me.”
“What about the threat to shoot you, where did that occur, to hunt you down and shoot you with a gun?” the judge asked. “That was in a text message, Tagle replied. When Harris asked for copies of the text messages, Tagle said she had no way of printing them out and her phone was shut off. The judge denied the emergency order and set a hearing.
At that hearing, on Jan. 12, Tagle went before Judge David Mazurek in the Joshua Tree courthouse to show cause for a restraining order. “…On Dec. 31, we were doing our exchange, and he proposed to me, and I said no. He got angry and stole my phone and pushed me down. I made a police report about that,” Tagle told the judge, according to a transcript.
Garcia told the judge the report was “falsely made up.” Mazurek denied Tagle the restraining order. “If I grant the restraining order, how do you think that’s going to help with respect to you two being able to raise Wyatt together or work together to make sure Wyatt grows up happy and healthy?” the judge asked, according to the transcripts.
Asked about an e-mail in which he confessed to hitting Tagle, Garcia told the judge he had slapped her during a fight, but it was Tagle’s fault for “pushing and pushing and pushing until she could get something from me.” Tagle pointed out she was nine months pregnant when Garcia hit her.
“I kind of get an idea of what’s going on,” Mazurek said. He denied the restraining order, saying, “I don’t think that Mr. Garcia poses a threat to Ms. Tagle.” Mazurek went on to suggest Tagle might have ulterior motives for alleging domestic violence. “I get concerned when there’s a pending child custody and visitation issue and in between that, one party or the other claims that there’s some violence in between. It raises the court’s eyebrows because based on my experience, it’s a way for one party to try to gain an advantage over the other,” he said, according to the transcripts..................
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we shouldn't be worried ONLY about israel. we shouldn't be trying only to protect it. WE SHOULD BE HELPING FIX THE PROBLEMS. period. we can't help one without hurting the other. in my eyes everyone is at fault and there are innocents everywhere who are still getting hurt
oh i love how instead of a god of love, these gatsu piedies believe in one who could substitute for a cage fighter.
Bachmann: God will ‘curse’ America if it opposes Israel
Michele Bachmann, the outspoken conservative House representative from Minnesota, says the United States will cease to exist if it "fails to stand" with Israel.
"I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States," Bachmann said at a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Los Angeles on Feb. 6.
Bachmann went on to explain that God's special relationship with Israel means the US would be cursed if it were to oppose Israeli policies.
"We have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play," Bachmann said.
The congresswoman's comments went under the radar until Andy Birkey reported on them at the Minnesota Independent...........
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
oh and if you can't handle religion being criticized, DON'T watch it. one thing i WILL say is i do think it unfair to pick on ONE religion when most of them are so very alike. some are better, some are far worse. i chose NOT to believe in the people who believe their god hates everyone. those are my feelings and beliefs in a nutshell
from one great blog: tywkiwdbi (check it out NOW)
Monday, February 08, 2010
By Cory Doctorow
the original: (which i've posted)
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Sunday, February 07, 2010
i'm NOT trying to hide it by any means. i just don't bring it up in polite company if i can help it.
this is THE best news i've had all week (but we all have to put our heads together and find some sort of craft we can do with the used dippy thingies)
and viaoliver willis
here's a closer look:
everything is pointing to this doctor being disciplined in the past. it even says he had a RESTRICTION on his license. sooooooooooooooooo, just because this small texas town can't get enough doctors and the sheriff is a personal friend, someone (who appears to me to not only be doing their CIVIC duty and their duty as a NURSE but their MORAL duty) gets busted and is facing felony charges?
i am in shock the prosecutor is going through with this. i am hoping our justice system prevails and mrs mitchell is not only vindicated BUT she gets compensation from the sheriff, the hospital, the prosecutor, the town and perhaps even the state. this is as i said a travesty of justice (or it appears as such to me from the information i've seen)
Texas Nurse to Stand Trial for Reporting Doctor
By KEVIN SACK
KERMIT, Tex. — It occurred to Anne Mitchell as she was writing the letter that she might lose her job, which is why she chose not to sign it. But it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine.
When she was fingerprinted and photographed at the jail here last June, it felt as if she had entered a parallel universe, albeit one situated in this barren scrap of West Texas oil patch.
“It was surreal,” said Mrs. Mitchell, 52, the wife of an oil field mechanic and mother of a teenage son. “I said how can this be? You can’t go to prison for doing the right thing.”
But in what may be an unprecedented prosecution, Mrs. Mitchell is scheduled to stand trial in state court on Monday for “misuse of official information,” a third-degree felony in Texas.
The prosecutor said he would show that Mrs. Mitchell had a history of making “inflammatory” statements about Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles Jr. and intended to damage his reputation when she reported him last April to the Texas Medical Board, which licenses and disciplines doctors........................The hospital administrator, Stan Wiley, said in an interview that Dr. Arafiles had been reprimanded on several occasions for improprieties in writing prescriptions and performing surgery and had agreed to make changes. Mr. Wiley, who said it was difficult to recruit physicians to remote West Texas, said he knew when he hired Dr. Arafiles that he had a restriction on his license stemming from his supervision of a weight-loss clinic.............