Saturday, April 26, 2008
Hey, I bet that got your attention. There's a story on the NY Times site about the surging popularity of nude vacationing. I think it's interesting, and I certainly have nothing against nudity, as I find it the best way to shower and have sex. But when I vacation, I want to see my fellow vacationers WITH clothes on.
I guess I just don't get the point of the vacations sans clothes. When you're in a tropical paradise, is there really that much difference that leaving the swim trunks on makes? Maybe you're proud of your package, but really, I don't want to see your junk flopping around like a slinky going down stairs. So what's the appeal? It's not that these frolicking nudists are all toned 20-somethings, so it's probably not a sexual thing.
I don't know about you, but I think keeping a layer of clothing between someones sweaty, hygienically variable ass cheeks and genitals is a good thing. Someone enlighten me on this, please.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
In the news today, is information that Syria was trying to build a nuclear power plant NOT for peaceful purposes. So now is this the WMD wild-goose chase? It will be interesting to see just how big this becomes as we get closer to the elections. Maybe the Syrian Nook-yoo-ler plant is where Osama Bin Laden has been hanging out. Time for the bogey man to make an appearance.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Pope Rat talked about the Nazi regime he was a part of to a crowd of adoring cultists...I mean followers, in New York. This quote is very interesting -
"My own years as a teenager were marred by a sinister regime that thought it had all the answers," he told the crowd at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers.
"Its influence grew, infiltrating schools and civic bodies as well as politics and even religion before it was fully recognized for the monster it was," the pope said.
If you forget about the "even religion" part for a moment, you can easily see strong parallels between what he was referring to and Christianity. Both think they had all the answers. Both were/are infiltrating schools and civic bodies, and both have the same types of trappings that cause thousands of people to shout in adoration at giant rallies. I can almost imagine Pope Rat standing before the chanting crowds as he extends his arm in a stiff Sieg Heil!
It's well known that the Nazis took a lot of their ceremony from religion. How appropriate now that religion has it's own Fuhrer - a former member of the Nazi party. The brainwashing techniques and blind faith are very much the same.
The New York Times had this great, lengthy investigative piece on the complicity of many retired officers with promoting the pro-war propaganda for the Bush regime. The Times had to sue the Pentagon to get 8,000 pages of documents detailing the various techniques and strategies used by the war puppets of then Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.
Part of the info available is a well presented multimedia bit that blends audio and video clips with pertinent documents as it shows precisely how Rumsfeld and the Pentagon used these officers as "message force multipliers". It's disheartening to see how ideas discussed in strategy sessions at the Pentagon then become the talking points for these disgraceful military men on national news outlets.
These men took an oath to protect their nation, yet they allowed themselves to be used as puppets to spread misinformation and propaganda to the American people. I strongly urge you to read this excellent expose.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This is an experiment for me. I want to see if posting some of my favorite tunes is worthwhile. I'll see how people like this and decide. So enjoy, and hopefully I can turn you on to some cool stuff you've never heard before.
My first choice is by one of my favorite, largely unknown in the states bands. Play it loud!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Pope Rat is warning the U.S. about the dangers of secularism. You go Pope, you go! It's the fucking secularists that are the problem with the world after all, not the religious zealots, fanatics and fundamentalists killing in the name of their gods, raping children, and suppressing truth and knowledge. Right on!
In the speech he gave at the White House, he said -
“Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted,”Must be resisted? Why? What objection does he have about treating religion as a private matter, especially in a country founded on the principle of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE?
Ohhhh, right...that separation thing is being done away with now that the Fundies run the country. Just do us secularists a favor and give us a ten second head start when you come to burn us at the stake, ok?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Mosier family, from Minnesota, survived a plane crash in The Democratic Republic of Congo that killed at least 36 people. One of the comments they made afterwards was that "He still has work for us to do", which is heartening for them, but what about all those burnt dead people?
I guess God was done with them - didn't need them any more. And rather than let them die peacefully of old age in their sleep, He decided that it would be best to slam a fucking burning plane into them, chopping their bodies into bits, burning them to death, and thrilling them with the agony and terror of catastrophe. Yay God! Way to go.
It's reasurring to know that God is a loving god, and that we are all His children. Imagine how shitty life would be if He didn't love us?
Look, I'm glad those delusional missionaries are alive, really. But stop with the "God wants us for some purpose" shit. It's fucking demeaning as hell to all those poor bastards that died so horribly. You missionaries aren't any more worthy of life than they were - you were just lucky. Show some humility for crying out loud!
We're seeing the death of an industry. Gone are the Golden Years of air travel when smartly dressed attractive women and men catered to our every needs as we jetted across the globe.
*thanks to British Airways for the groovy photo
These days, our air travel experience is more likely to resemble a scene from the movies of an angry mob -
A good article about this is here, which talks about how as consumers we have no rights. We are treated as nuisances and as cattle - which given the hefty size of most Americans these days I can understand - but I digress. The direction we're headed as a nation is symptomatic of what's going on with the airline industry. We're slowly becoming a Third-World Nation, with all the wonderful benefits that go with such status.
Unreliable, unsafe, unregulated, unclean airlines is but one symptom. It's amazing how quickly this decline has happened. The fact that customers are so poorly treated is arrogant and inexcusable. Unfortunately, it will probably get a whole lot worse before anything changes.
I have decided that there will be no flights in my near future. I will miss not being able to travel to foreign countries and enjoy the culture, food, and customs offered there, but I will not subject myself to dehumanizing conditions and treatment that I have to pay so much for the "privilege" of flying. Fuck it, Canada is as good as Europe and for me it's only a 5 hour drive to Montreal. Bienvenue!
Monday, April 14, 2008
It's not often that something happens that makes me hopeful about people, but this story of a 17-year old saving the life of a 5-year old (link to CNN video) who was being mauled by a pit-bull and another dog is one of those good signs.
Heroic Teen Saves Boy From Dog Attack
A local teenager is being hailed a hero, after saving his 5-year-old neighbor from two attacking dogs.
The News On 6's Jeffrey Smith reports 5-year-old Zach Miller got home from the hospital early Sunday morning. He has about 100 stitches and he'll need plastic surgery on his head and his ear. But it could have been much worse had it not been for the efforts of a 17-year-old neighbor.
They barely knew each other before, now they won't forget each other.
Cody Phillips and little Zach Miller are neighbors joined together by a pit bull attack Saturday afternoon.
"Both the dogs had the little boy. One on each end and they had him up in the air just tearing him apart. And I started screaming," said Cody's mother, Shannon Ash.
Zach was outside playing when he was pulled through a fence by a pit bull and a sharpei.
"I heard a blood-curdling scream. And I went running next door. It was bad. There was blood everywhere," said Ash.
He was dragged more than 20 yards. Then 17-year-old Cody came running out.
"When I was running towards him, I wasn't scared of the dogs at all. I just didn't have time to think about it," said Cody Phillips.
He saw Zach and jumped the fence
"I just had to get him away from the dogs. So I just picked him up," said Phillips.
"He's more than a hero. Cause you hear about dog attacks all the time, and nobody gets involved with it," said Zach's father, Robert Miller.
Zach was taken to the hospital with extensive injuries to his head and legs.
"He was telling us that he didn't want to go to the doctor. And that he wanted his mommy," said Phillips.
"He was a hero by putting his life at risk and saving my son. Because without him and his quick reaction my son would not be here today. And that boy deserves all the glory in the world. He's a hero," said Zach's mother, Dana Miller.
Cody admits he's had a tough time with it
"I wasn't able to sleep last night. I was having some bad dreams," said Phillips.
But with Zach back at home, he says he'll be able to sleep peacefully tonight.
Zach's will celebrate his birthday this Tuesday. He was going to have a party, but now that'll have to be rescheduled.
Cody wasn't invited, but now Zach's parents say the first thing they'll be doing is making an extra invitation.
The teen is a very brave young man, who should get some sort of recognition from his governor. We hear all too often about the awful things people do, and many times these are teens. This is a story of courage and selflessness that we can all feel good about. Cody's family should be very proud of him.
Now I'd like to say a little about pit-bulls. These dogs are dangerous - period. I'm sick and tired of hearing owners of them say how we all have it wrong. We don't! Pit-bulls are killers, and should be sterilized into extinction. No one should ever get attacked by one of those vicious monsters. Do not breed, buy, or tolerate them in your neighborhood - it is only a matter of time till a pit-bull, any pit-bull, attacks and injures someone.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This is not anything new, but the topic was one I was reading about this morning and I wanted to comment on it. Jolly ol' Pope Ratzinger was a Cardinal back in 2001 when he sent a letter to every Catholic Bishop basically telling them to keep the fact that priests were raping little boys a secret. This is an article that discusses this in detail - Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret
I'm posting this because of the latest news involving the polygamists deep in the heart of Texas, and the feigned indignation of so many about their disgusting practices with children. If this nation was truly as moral as so many of us pretend to be, we'd oust these types of organizations so that not one more child is the victim of predatory adults. Of course, since it's all under the banner of RELIGION, we won't do a fucking thing. We're so scared of pissing of the religious here that we'll allow all sorts of evil to happen, knowingly. Only when something reaches unbelievable proportions do we react. Meanwhile victim after victim is abused in the name of god.
Pope Rat allows this, our state and federal governments allow this, and the majority of mindless sheep we call our neighbors, family, and friends allow this.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I worked up this little image of Dick Cheney smiling about something. Now what the hell could make this evil bastard actually smile? Thanks to Crooks & Liars for the source photo. Click for a much bigger image - I hope you like my amazing, mega super wicked pissa Photoshop skills.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
One thing (among thousands) that has been driving me nuts for a while is leetspeak. One of my favorite blogs - Crooks & Liars - use this crap on occasion. Nothing smacks more of juvenile stupidity than reading an otherwise salient post and coming across a "teh" thrown in for effect. It's pretentious, annoying, immature, and just stupid.
I think there should be an unwritten rule, that if you're older than say, 15, you should never use
or any other of the myriad internet slang words. They make the user sound like a frigging moron.
Monday, April 07, 2008
John Yoo, the White House lawyer whose infamous memo condones torture, is a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.
Why not send him an email which is listed on his UC webpage? Why not send UC Berkeley one as well, asking them why they have a war criminal as part of their faculty. I did, asking them if they think it's right to have someone with views such as Yoo's warping the minds of students.
Ask them if the University of California, Berkeley also condones torture, and if they think that any of the other protections and civil liberties covered by the Geneva Conventions don't apply to the United States. Contact the President of the University of California, Robert Dynes. There's an email form as well as snail mail address.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Charlton Heston is dead.
He may have been "only" an actor, but he had a large effect on the American popular psyche. While I disagree strongly with his stance on guns, he was a supporter of civil rights and of Martin Luther King Jr.
I liked him in "Planet of the Apes"
And in "The Omega Man"
So now that movie has reached the credits, and the lights in the theater are coming up, I will remember him as the guy who made some cool movies and stood for equal rights and not as the guy the NRA used to promote their gun agenda.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
In the news this morning is a heartwarming story of a
religion cult and its followers in that wacky little ol’ state of
52 children were removed by protective services from the west Texas ranch of Warren Jeffs. These girls were being used for sex by grown men, with the knowledge and consent of the grown women in this cult/religion/sect. A 16-year old girl and her 8-month old daughter were among the group taken away.
The leader of the group known as Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Jeffs, who is as you may know, in jail for crimes committed in Utah that include accomplice to rape. Arizona is looking to try him for incest and eight charges of sex with a minor. This guy is a serial abuser, rapist, and child molester. Oh, and he's the spiritual leader, the prophet, of a 10,000 member church!
That's a whole lot of really fucked up people; people here, in America, who say they believe in god and Jesus and the bible and all that crazy horseshit that goes with it like raping teenage girls and marrying girls at 13 and incest and child abuse. Another fine moment for religion.
I really can't understand why this is. We live in the 21st century, not the fucking Dark Ages! Yet, there are millions of people in this country alone who haven't moved beyond the same superstitions, fears, and abuses their religions have been using to keep them under control for centuries. Millions of you out there believe without question that soon, god will wave his godly whatever and send all the sinners to hell and take the good ones up to heaven. That whole Rapture business, you know. It's crazy, but you believe it. So if you're one of them, and you're passing judgment on Warren Jeffs and his polygamist cultists, look at yourself and ask what the fucking difference really is. You're two sides of the same awful coin.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
In a revelation that should shock no one, we find that Southwest Airlines has been putting profits ahead of passenger and employee safety. Reacting to this damning news, Southwest CEO and Vice Chairman Gary Kelly released a letter on Southwest's website that tries to allay the concerns raised. It reads in part;
Putting Your Trust in Southwest Airlines
Many of you know that Southwest Airlines has received a lot of media attention recently regarding the safety and inspections of our aircraft. I acknowledge that recent events may have caused some of you to doubt the trust you place in us, and for that I am very sorry.
When you step on one of our airplanes, it is a matter of trust that you will arrive safely at your destination, and we consider that trust to be sacred. Let me assure you, that no company is more passionate about the safety of our Customers and Employees than we are. While this space precludes a lot of detail, I want to take a few moments to highlight our Safety Culture and what we are doing to make a safe airline, even safer.
Since our inception, Southwest Airlines has safely transported the population of the United States—every man, woman, and child—four and a half times over without a single injury related to a maintenance malfunction. This is a fact. We have been a safe Company, and I believe we are safer today than we've ever been.
But we can’t rest on our laurels. Safety has to be our top priority, and it is our top priority...
CEO and Vice Chairman
That's quite an outrageous fucking LIE, now isn't it? They were deliberately trying to keep FAA inspectors from doing their jobs, because Southwest KNEW they were flying unsafely. They KNEW it, and now this douchebag, Gary Kelly, is lying to all of us about how important our safety is. I bet this would never have been worth 2 seconds of his time were it not for the two whistleblowers from the FAA.
The men who exposed this, Bobby Boutris and Douglas Peters, brought the safety violations to the attention of their bosses at the FAA. The FAA of course did NOTHING! So not only do we have at least one airline - which happens to be the biggest carrier of passengers in the country - not giving a shit about our lives, but the agency we tax-payers pay to protect us from shit like this, also isn't doing their jobs. This is some way to run a country, ain't it?
If there's anything I can suggest to do about this, it's write and call Southwest, and the FAA. Tell them you won't be flying on Southwest, and why. I have been reluctant to fly for years now, and with this latest bit of news, I may decide to never fly again. It's just not worth the hassles and the risk anymore.
Customer Relations 214-792-4223 Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT
Public Relations/Media Relations 214-792-4847
P.O. Box 36647 - 1CR
Dallas, Texas 75235-1647
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20591
Aviation Consumer Protection
Call Aviation Consumer Protection at (202) 366-2220
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
I was listening to NPR today about the Border Fence that's being rushed into existence. Our Homeland Security believes that in order to protect the nation from the scourge of TERRORISM and drugs and illegal immigrants, we need a giant wall built across our border with Mexico.
I made this map to show you basically what the North American continent looks like to those fucking idiots, Bush, Chertoff, Duncan Hunter, et al -
I don't recall that the people responsible for the terrorist attacks on 9/11 came through Mexico. Yet, that fear of terrorism is cited as one of the main reasons we need this barrier. One of the other reasons is all the marijuana and cocaine coming across the border. And the last, yet truest fear our government has, is the illegal immigrants - by which they mean "Filthy Brown Heathens". If illegal immigration and terrorism were true border concerns, why then aren't we building a wall on our border with Canada?
Does Homeland Security think that terrorists will only come to the U.S. after a nice sunny vacation in Mexico? Do they think that drugs and illegal immigrants can't find other points of entry into the U.S.?
Look at the map! Are we going to build walls around all our shorelines? Can't drug smugglers figure out that they could use a boat? Couldn't immigrants do the same? Of course, but the real issue hear is RACISM. If Mexico were populated by white people of European descent, there'd be no talk of fences. This is purely directed against the Mexican people because of their color.
If we're going to build a fence to protect our borders, as DHS keeps harping, then make it ALL our borders, Canada and Mexico. And mine the waters, and set up barriers to all our harbors and post sentries at the mouths of all our rivers.
We don't need a wall to protect us. We need sensible policies regarding immigration and security. Walls on one border and not another is such a blatant, overt form of racism that there can be no other way to define such a thing. Shame on us if we let this happen. It will be yet another signal to the rest of the world that Americans are arrogant, uncaring, and racist. It's really about time we started to show otherwise.