Thursday, March 31, 2005
No Feeding Tube For Iraqi Children
Too bad those children can feel pain, if they didn't I'm sure congress and Bush would move heaven and earth to feed them.GENEVA (AP) — Almost twice as many Iraqi children are suffering from malnutrition since the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, a U.N. monitor said Monday.
Four% of Iraqis under age 5 went hungry in the months after Saddam's ouster in April 2003, and the rate nearly doubled to 7.7% last year, said Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Human Rights Commission's special expert on the right to food.
The situation is "a result of the war led by coalition forces," he said.
Overall, more than a quarter of Iraqi children don't get enough to eat, Ziegler told the 53-nation commission, the top U.N. human rights watchdog.
To be serious though, is anyone worried about what the consequences of this are going to be? 20 years from no there will be a generation of 20 year olds who know the United States for starving them, bombing them, and killing their family. Does anyone actually believe this is going to lead to a Democracy revolution that will result in these children one day loving the United States?
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Bush Explains his Social Security Proposal
I made this for the cartoons part of my main page. Before anyone says anything, yes, I know I suck at photoshop. The reason I decided to make another cartoon in the first place is that it's been a pretty slow news week. I've had nothing good to post about recently, and one of my favorite news sources has been down recently.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Terri Schiavo's Parents Are Scumbags
WASHINGTON, March 28 - The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.[...]A few days ago I said Terri's parents are either insane or liars. I think it's pretty clear they're liars. From appearing with Randal Terry, to making this a political issue, to this. I think this whole thing has been more about their religious/political agenda then there daughter's well-being.
Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, if ghoulish.
"I think it's amusing," said Robert Gellman, a privacy and information policy consultant. "I think it's absolutely classic America. Everything is for sale in America, every type of personal information."
Monday, March 28, 2005
Last Post On Protestors
OK, that's my last post on the Schiavo Protestors, I've talked way to much about this entire case already, and posted way to many pictures.
Shciavo Protestors Accomplish More
PINELLAS PARK - Concerned about events outside the hospice caring for Terri Schiavo, Pinellas school officials decided Saturday to relocate 600 children from Cross Bayou Elementary, which is next to the hospice.Who Schools Would Jesus Interupt?
"It's a very unstable situation," said school system spokesman Ron Stone. "We thought it would be better for the children to stay in a more controlled environment until the situation resolves itself."
Throngs of protesters and news media have been gathered at the hospice for weeks. During the weekend, the protests grew more emphatic.
It is uncertain, Stone said, when the students will return to Cross Bayou.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
Schiavo Protestors Accomplish Something
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - Jennifer Johnson, barefoot and in her pajamas, ran to her grandfather's bedside once a hospice worker said his death was moments away. She got there one minute too late. Johnson said the chaos outside the hospice where Terri Schiavo is dying kept her from saying goodbye.Here's the link. I just want to ask, was it worth it? You put up your "Obey Jesus" sign, and your cross, you lied about a dead woman, and threatened a father of 2. What is the result of it all? A woman missed the last minutes of her grandfather's life so you could compare a woman without a cerebral cortex to Jesus. I hope your all proud.
When Johnson arrived, a police officer demanded identification; she had none. And after a hospice employee cleared her, another officer halted her for a search with a metal detector.
The delays lasted three to four minutes the last of her grandfather's life.
I Don't Like Terri Schiavo's Parents
Earlier, Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer rejected the family's latest motion. The family claimed Schiavo tried to say "I want to live" hours before her tube was removed, saying "AHHHHH" and "WAAAAAAA" when asked to repeat the phrase.It's sad all these people are threatening Michael Schiavo and threatening him for doing what he thinks is right and going against the wishes of her parents who are insane and/or liars.
Doctors have said her previous utterances weren't speech, but were involuntary moans consistent with someone in a vegetative state. Greer agreed.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Religious Right, Mounting Casualties, Red Lake
When it's not Schiavo it will be Michael Jackson, or Martha Stewart. If you look below I watched Inside Politics the other day. The words "Iraq" and "war" were not mentioned once. The media's a joke, I don't see why conservatives hate CNN so much. CNN does their best to whore themselves out to every car chase, celebrity scandal, or anything that will get ratings. CNN doesn't care about Iraq, the deficit, cutting social programs. They only care about ratings. Then again, conservatives hated Bill Clinton with a passion for decreasing the size of government and balancing the budget, but love Dubya for creating the largest deficit in history and greatly increasing the size of government.
Interesting point. Comparisons like that can't be said enough. I'm suprosed it's not being mentioned much in relation to this school shooting. Though thinking about it, I didn't hear much about this shooting at all. There were a couple articles on it the day it happened. Then there were some follow up articles on the kid, and that was it. Is it that no one's interested in school shootings anymore? Is it that the media and the politicians don't feel like looking at a dead woman and the security of our schools at the same time? Or maybe it's as Eminem said...
when a dudes gettin bullied and shoots up the schoolMaybe they don't want to give this attention because it happened on a reservation, and not in a rich white suburban community? I don't know. I'm just typig what I'm thinking about.
and they blame it on marylin and the heroine
where were the parents at? and look where its at?
Middle America Now its a tradegy now its so sad to see,
an upper class city, havin this happenin
Muhahahahahahaha. Duke Sucks.
BTW, 95% of what you read on this blog will be related to Bush and national politics. Though I am a sports fan, and I do live in Michigan, so Michigan politics and/or sports may come up on this blog every once in a while.
We're Either With Us, Or Against Us
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush has agreed to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan[...]Brilliant! This will give Jeb Bush the perfect reason to invade Pakistan a decade from now. A brutal Islamic dictator who has nukes and has given away nuclear secrets now has the means to deliver a nuclear bomb to the United States. Or maybe this is just a plot to help Pakistan destroy the largest democracy on earth, so the telemarketing jobs will flow back into the U.S. Dictatorships are on the march.
A senior Bush administration official said the sale, which was blocked for 15 years, "will not change the overall balance of power" between Pakistan and India[...]
One Bush administration official said the sale involved 24 planes but another said the numbers could change.
India's prime minister expressed "great disappointment," a spokesman in New Delhi said.[...]
Washington blocked the sale of the F-16s to Pakistan in 1990 as a sanction against its nuclear weapons program.
Why Don't You Get A Job?
And he hates that bitch
He tells me everyday
He says, "Man I really gotta lose my chick
In the worst kind of way"
She sits on her ass
He works his hands to the bone
To give her money every payday
But she wants more dinero just to stay at home
Well my friend
You gotta say
I won't pay, I won't pay ya, no way
Nana why don't you get a job?
Say no way, say now way, ya no way
Nana why don't you get a job?
I guess all his money, well it isn't enough
To keep her bill collectors at pay
I guess all his money, well it isn't enough
'Cuz that girl's got expensive taste
I won't pay, I won't pay ya, no way
Nana why don't you get a job?
Say no way, say now way, ya no way
Nana why don't you get a job?
Well I guess it ain't easy doing nothing at all o yeh
But hey man free ride just don't come
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY OTHER FRIEND NOW
My friend's got a boyfriend and she hates that dick
She tells me everyday
He wants more dinero just to stay at home
Well my friend
You gotta say
I won't pay, I won't pay ya, no way
Nana why don't you get a job?
Say no way, say now way, ya no way
Nana why don't you get a job?
(Offspring - Why Don't You Get A Job)
First let me say I have nothing against protesting when people are fighting for political change, or workers rights, but this is just ridiculous. First off, the pictures above are people protesting allowing a dead woman to die, and the trial of a man who, at best, has seious mental problems. Next, they're doing it on weekday afternoons. Don't these people have jobs? families? school? Anything to occupy their time other then protesting something a large majority of the nation doesn't care about? Whenever you see large Anti-War protests, they're done over the weekend. People drive to D.C. over the weekend, voice their opinion, then go home. These people have just been sitting around the entire week making stupid slogans about a people they've never met .
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Pat Robertson is a hack. He says he's for state rights and keeping the federal government out of state issues. Then he starts bashing the federal courts for not overturning the state court's decision. He also spoke about how great George Bush, Jeb Bush and the Republican congress are, it's just those evil "activist" courts that are murdering a dead woman.
Pat Robertson asking what comes next after Schiavo? Murdering people because they're in a wheel chair? What a ass.
17 minutes into Inside Politics, they've talked about nothing but Schiavo.
76% of conservatives say government should stay out of Schiavo case. Haha.
Coming up next.... MORE SCHIAVO POLLS!
The latest on Schiavo tonight on CNN!
The latest on Schiavo polls, coming up next!
HAHA, Bush apporval rating down from 49 to 43. Congress approval rating down 7 points.
Among sane people (people who don't want politicians involved in Schivao) Bush's approval rating is 39%.
My god, 20 seconds before the break to commercial they must have said "Schiavo" 7 or 8 times.
MoveOn commercial about the filibuster rule, not that bad, though the line about judges who are against "people like you" bugged me. Do people really fall for that line?
Lou Dobbs came on in the middle of Inside Politics to advertise his show. At least they finally talked about something other then Schiavo.
Tonight on Lou Dobbs! Iraq is greatly improving! Only 9 U.S. soldiers are dying each week this month instead of 15! Yahoo!
Back to Inside Politics, more Schiavo.
Going to commercial! More on Schiavo! Then Are bloggers blogging Schiavo? What the hell is wrong with CNN? A news reporter giving a report on news reporters is not news! What's next? "Coming up next, we'll see what's on MSNBC".
My god, there's 10 minutes left, they're not going to talk about ANYTHING other then Schiavo.
Blog reporter? WTF? What qualifications do you need for that? Read other people's writings?
There are 4 cameras circling these 2 idiots reading blogs. This is by far the laziest thing I've ever seen on CNN.
FINALLY! They read 2 blogs discussing discussing the possible FCC regulations on the internet.
More! After the break, we'll talk about Harris and the Florida Senate race. So there you go. 55 minutes of Schiavo. 5 minutes of politics. That's Inside Politics for ya.
Well, I gotta go. I feel dirty after watching that. I hate CNN. I'm so sick of this Schiavo crap. AP, CNN, MSNBC, everywhere, It's non stop talk about a woman who died 15 years ago.
O, and sorry you wasted your time reading me blogging CNN. I had no ideas for any posts today, and it was either this, or repsponding to some Schiavo cartoons that piss me off. I chose the lazier one.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
If you wanted to go to the post's links, here's the top and bottom links to those posts on PoliticalWire.
Now as for Frist, if he somehow gets the Republican nomination in 2008 after this stunt, we have to hammer him with this. He's going against his own convictions and his party's own platform. Frist is a hypocrite and - as 67 percent of the country believs - a political oppurtunist with no integrity whatsoever.
Bush Missed Bin Laden, Lied About It
The document, provided to The Associated Press in response to a Freedom of Information request, says the unidentified detainee "assisted in the escape of Osama bin Laden from Tora Bora." It is the first definitive statement from the Pentagon that bin Laden was at Tora Bora and evaded U.S. pursuers.Again, Bush lied about Kerry. Kerry told the truth, Bush called him a liar for it. Kerry told the truth about Bush and Bin Laden, as he did with social security. From fake news, to fake reporters, to propaganda, to out and out lies. This administration has no shame, and no integrity whatsoever.
The events at Tora Bora were a point of contention during last year's presidential race, and Bush as well as Vice President Dick Cheney asserted that commanders did not know whether bin Laden was there when U.S. and allied Afghan forces attacked the area in December 2001.
Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, lambasted Bush during the campaign for having missed a chance to capture or kill bin Laden at Tora Bora, a mountainous area along the Pakistan border that became al-Qaida's last stand in Afghanistan.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Get Your Schiavo On
Well of course the "Culture of Life" people don't have time to protest kids starving in other countries. They don't even have time to protest kids being murdered by hospitals (under George W. Bush's law) because their mother is too poor to pay the hospital bills. Protesting allowing an unconscious body to pass away peacefully takes a lot out of you.
Bush's EPA Hacks
When the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a rule last week to limit mercury emissions from U.S. power plants, officials emphasized that the controls could not be more aggressive because the cost to industry already far exceeded the public health payoff.Who cares, right? Forget about the air we breathe, and the water we drink. Didn't you hear? A woman with no cerebral cortex is dying peacefully in Florida!!!
What they did not reveal is that a Harvard University study paid for by the EPA, co-authored by an EPA scientist and peer-reviewed by two other EPA scientists had reached the opposite conclusion.
That analysis estimated health benefits 100 times as great as the EPA did, but top agency officials ordered the finding stripped from public documents, said a staff member who helped develop the rule. Acknowledging the Harvard study would have forced the agency to consider more stringent controls, said environmentalists and the study's author.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Schiavo Case In Pictures
Terri Schiavo's Brain:
As Sebastian said on Fark:
"she's not "brain dead" she has NO CEREBRAL CORTEX. That means she has no thoughts or feelings or reactions. She cannot do anything consciously. If someone were to shove a burger in her mouth, she would choke. She is only alive because she has a feeding tube providing her bod with nutrients. The only part of her brain that is alive is the brain stem. The brain stem controls breathing, heart beat, and the unconcious things that keep you alive. If the tube was removed, she would not "feel" pain."
Though that didn't stop Republicans from turning this into a political issue
Too bad the country is against them. 63 percent of people support removing her feeding tube. 70 percent believe it is inappropriate for congress to get involved. 67 of people thing Delay and congress are getting involved to take political advantage of the situation.
Speaking of Delay...
Tom Delay who was leading the fight in the Congress to get involved says the constitution is the basis for getting involved? Apparently Delay hasn't read the 10th amendment. Is anyone at all buying this crap? Does anyone really believe the founders of the constitution wanted congress to interfere and make decisions about individual's medical cases? What's next? Forcing people to go through chemo therapy?
Then there are the protestors who are wasting their time protesting against letting a dead person die...
You know, that's a real insult to people who are actually disabled. How do you think a soldier who just lost his leg would like being compared to a permanently unconscious woman with NO CEREBRAL CORTEX? Ass.
What a great question! I wonder if anyone's ever asked it? O wait, apparently ABC News did...
"If you were in this condition, would you want to be kept alive, or not?"
Kept Alive - 8
Not Kept Alive - 87
Unsure - 4
Why does Mr. Schiavo have children with another woman? Because after years of hoping for the best he realized the obvious. The the woman he fell in love with and married is dead. All that's there is a body. I can't stand these assholes who think they know Terri better then the man who's been with her for the last 2 decades.
The world needs Terri Shiavo? You had no clue who she was a month ago! You read an article a week ago and came out to waste your time protesting against killing a person who's already dead. This case has been going on for 7 years, family, friends, doctors have all been testifying for at numerous court hearings, and next to no one knew about it. But now all of a sudden since the media has picked up on this story the world all of a sudden needs Terri Schiavo?
Oh, and one more thing....
Where is the outrage from the pro-life crowd? Where are the protests? Where is the Republican congress? Does this baby not matter because it's a black woman's child? Or is it because the law the judge ruled allowed the doctors to kill the baby was signed by Governor George W. Bush.
Here's the link...Baby Murdering George W. Bush
One last thing...
Bush Approval Falling
Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Must be why he's signing bills to interfere with people's personal lives.
March 19 - Although President George W. Bush has been traveling the country touting a new plan to overhaul the Social Security system, campaigning in 15 states over six weeks, the majority of Americans remain unswayed, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll. Only one-third of all Americans (33 percent) approve of his proposal to create investment accounts under Social Security, the poll found, while 59 percent disapprove. More Americans (44 percent) trust Congressional Democrats with managing the 70-year-old program. The poll also found that, with the exception of his handling of terrorism and homeland security, his approval numbers are down across the board.Support for the Social Security plan breaks down reliably along party lines, with 72 percent of registered Republicans saying they support the Bush plan; marginally more Democrats (76 percent) side with Congressional Dems on the issue. Political Independents also give Congressional Democrats the edge (40 percent, versus 28 percent for Bush).
The week he won re-election in November, President Bush declared: "I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." And spend it is what he appears to have done: the president’s overall approval rating has slipped below the 50 percent mark, his lowest score since being sworn in again in January. Forty-five percent of all Americans approve of the way he is doing his job, a five-point dip from early February; 48 percent disapprove, up six points. Bush's approval numbers have fallen the most among the demographic at whom his Social Security overhaul is targeted at: just 43 percent of 18-29 year olds approve of his performance (down from 56 percent a month ago).
GOP Eliminates Workers' Rights
Republican governors in a few spots across the country are angering state employees by removing one of organized labor's strongest tools the right to collective bargaining.Haha, being fair to non-union workers? It'd be funny if it wasn't so bile.
Governors in three states who've taken the step say it's about making government more efficient or being fair to non-union workers. Critics say it's political payback for labor's traditional support of Democrats and part of a wider shift to undermine workers in favor of big business.
So this is basically what the Republicans are saying
Mrs. Johnson: Timmy, I see you have some candy, did you bring enough for everyone?
Timmy: Yes teacher, I brought a piece for everyone.
Mrs. Johnson: What about Johnny?
Timmy: Um, Johnny's diabetic, he's not allowed to have sugar.
Mrs. Johnson: Well then you didn't bring candy for everyone, did you?
Mrs. Johnson: Give me that bag, since you didn't bring candy for everyone, I'm going to take it to the teacher's lounge, us teachers are going to eat it.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Biased AP Picture?
The picture makes it look like there are only 48 boots, which represent our soldiers killed in Iraq. The picture goes out of its way to show there are no more rows to the bottom, left, or top, but on the right where there are most likely hundreds more rows it's cut off close to the last row of boots.
Here's a photo from the "Eyes Wide Open" website.
I'm not saying this photagrapher is a Jeff Gannon, or that there is some conspiracy going on, I'm just writing about what I thought when I was flipping through Yahoo photos.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Two Year Anniversary
Reviewin the Week
Torture, it's bad. What does it say about the occupation when the "liberators" are torturing people to death?
What the hell is wrong with the Republican congress? The Republicans that took over the house as the party of reform has become a corrupt incompetent group of clowns wasting time and taxpayer money on crap they have no business getting involved in.
What the hell is wrong with the Republican congress? Again, they're wasting time and taxpayer money on crap they have no business getting involved in. The Republicans have become a group of big government attention whores who will abandon all values, invade peoples personal lives, or do whatever it takes to score a political point.
What the hell is wrong with the senate Democrats? Yes I know if the Democrats were in charge this bile wouldn't come to a vote, and even if it did it would not have been as much of an atrocity as it is. Though that's no excuse for voting for a horrible bill that has no constituency and is hated by the people on both sides of the political spectrum just because you know it will pass anyway. If Democrats choose to fight the Republicans on anything, this should have been it. This bill hurts the people, and could have been a winning issue if they had fought it. Instead half the Democrats voted for it.
This is sad
The Republicans are willing to destroy the Arctic National Wildlife Refugee for the possibility of oil 10 years from now. If we didn't have an administration of oil men we might actually be able to get off the crap in 10 years. Instead were we're going to destroy this...
HARRISBURG, Pa. - While states are spending more to extend benefits to their National Guardsmen called to duty, the Bush administration is reducing benefits, Pennsylvania's Democratic governor said Saturday.[...]Bush is all hat no cattle. He's nothing but talk and photo ops. His idea of supporting the troops is carrying a fake turkey at 4 am thanksgiving morning for 15 minutes.
In his budget, President Bush (news - web sites) has proposed charging certain veterans a $250 annual registration fee and raising from $7 to $15 the copayment those veterans pay for a 30-day supply of prescription drugs. The budget also would cut $293.5 million by limiting the veterans whose care in state-operated veterans homes is reimbursed by the federal government.
The Hunter/New England region has one of the highest teenage birth rates in NSW - six per cent, compared to 1.6 per cent in northern Sydney and the central coast.
The Hunter Valley town of Merriwa is so concerned about the high rate it has asked for emergency government funding to boost health sources and sexual education.
There is little support for young mothers, and Merriwa's only pharmacy refuses to stock condoms or supply the morning-after pill.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Republicans hate our troops.
Freedom's On The March
-George W. Bush on Democracy in the Middle East, 3/16/05
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Kerry Warns of Social Security 'Surprise'
WASHINGTON Oct 17, 2004 Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry accused President Bush on Sunday of planning a surprise second-term effort to privatize Social Security and forecast a "disaster for America's middle class."
Republicans denied the charge as scare tactics with little more than two weeks remaining in a tight election. "It is just flat inaccurate," said GOP chairman Ed Gillespie.
Kerry talked about Social Security from the pulpit of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, citing a report in The New York Times Magazine that quoted Bush as telling supporters that "privatizing Social Security" would be high on his second-term agenda.
He called it Bush's "January surprise," and said it may be good for "the wealthiest people and the well connected in America, but it's a disaster for America's middle class."
With Bush taking a campaign day off, his surrogates leapt to his defense.
Gillespie said the account of Bush's remarks was a "second-hand report and it is just flat inaccurate." Appearing on CNN's "Late Edition," he also said it was based on "hearsay." Gillespie said he often attends events such as the one cited, but added he couldn't be certain whether he had been at the one featured in the story.
Bush's campaign spokesman was more blunt,
"John Kerry's misleading senior scare tactics are just another example of a candidate who will say anything to get elected," said spokesman Steve Schmidt, "no matter how false his accusations or how contradictory they are with his record of repeatedly voting for higher taxes on Social Security."
I wonder what it must be like to have no shame at all. The Bush Administration knew they were going to try to privatize social security, Kerry told the truth, and they smeared him for it. I wonder how voters in Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee feel knowing they voted for an administration that has no moral issue with blatantly lying to score a political point? O what's that? Apparently it doesn't matter, as long as the administration hates gays.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
A Coalition Of None
Ukraine begins Iraq withdrawal
Netherlands in the process of pulling their forces out
Well, atleast Bush still has Poland. O wait...
Poland Plans to Withdraw Some Iraq Troops
Monday, March 14, 2005
Amazing. Maybe Americans are getting wise to the administration's propaganda. Or maybe they're just more critical of Bush's lies when it'll hurt their pocketbook as opposed to the children in a foreign county.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Support Our Ribbons
SHAWNEE, Kan. - Sandra Wetmore, lover of country and supporter of troops, wanted a simple way to show her allegiances. So, like many other Americans, she put them on her bumper, sticking on a yellow, ribbon-shaped magnet that pleads "Support Our Troops" and others promising "United We Stand" and "God Answers Prayers." These magnetic ribbons have become fixtures on highways across the country, a symbol of people looking for ways to show support of the men and women overseas, or of issues such as breast cancer research and autism awareness.
"It's very positive," said Wetmore, 59, of Kansas City, Kan.No your not, your not doing anything. If you were raising money to buy our troops armor, you'd be doing something. If you were volunteering at a veterans hospital, you'd be doing something. If you were donating to the international red cross, you'd be doing something. If you bought a car that gets 60 miles to the gallon, you'd be doing something. If you were staying well-informed of the situation in Iraq and writing newspapers and elected officials about it, you'd be doing something. What your doing is giving a couple dollars to some company who makes cheap magnets in china and sells them in gas stations looking to make a quick buck off of people looking for the easiest, cheapest way possible to "support our troops".
"I think it's immediate, I think it's cheap and I think it's something that you can say 'Well, I'm doing something,'" said Wichita State University sociologist Ron Matson
Democracy in Egypt
CAIRO, Egypt - Two weeks after President Hosni Mubarak announced that Egypt would hold multi-candidate presidential elections, the first politician to say he would run was sitting in jail.Yep, Bush's democracy revolution is in full swing. Maybe one day we'll see rigged elections every Middle Eastern country.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Jeff Gannon is an Arrogant Idiot
OK, first off, who brags about being taken down? Who brags about being laughed at by millions? What's next? Jeff Gannon: They beat me up in high school because they were jealous.
Next, no one fears you Jeff. Your a national joke. What are we to be afraid of? You'll sick your pimp on "the Left"?
Last, what new media? Bush's bought and paid for whores? Your no longer part of that. Now your just some male hooker with a website that looks like it was made by someone who just finished the first chapter of "HTML for Dummies".
P.S. For anyone who hasn't heard about the Jeff Gannon story......
Rumsfeld: Negligent or Incompetent?
WASHINGTON (AP) The Defense Department hasn't developed a plan to reimburse soldiers for equipment they've bought to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan despite requirements in a law passed last year, a senator says.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn., asked details on the Pentagon's progress setting up the reimbursement program and questioned why it was not in place yet.
"Very simply, this is either negligence on their part, because they were not happy with this when it passed, or it's incompetence," Dodd said. "It's pretty outrageous when you have all their rhetoric about how much we care about our people in uniform."
[...]Soldiers serving in Iraq and their families have reported buying everything from higher-quality protective gear to armor for their Humvees, medical supplies and even global positioning devices.
In response to the complaints, Congress last year passed Dodd's amendment requiring the Pentagon to reimburse members of the Armed Services for the cost of any safety or health equipment that they bought or someone else bought on their behalf.
What is it with Republicans and their hatred for our fighting men and women? Why do they refuse to support our troops? U.S. Soldiers are being killed every day in Iraq, they have had their tours extended repeatedly, there is no exit strategy in sight, and our soldiers have to buy their own armor. Now the pentagon can't take the time write em a check for the armor that they should have had from the beginning? I guess that's what you get when you elect a man who thinks photo-ops with fake turkeys is more important then protecting soldiers and feeding their families.
Friday, March 11, 2005
The American Taliban
Once upon a time, it was easy for the American Right to smear its opponents on the left -- they could simply equate them with the nation's communist enemies. It didn't matter that the American "left" (Democrats) had more in common with the Right than international communism, the smear was useful.
Now, however, our international enemy -- Islamic radicalism -- is actually the polar opposite of what liberals stand for -- their actions on women rights are deplorable, they insist on theocracy, they loooveee torture and the death penalty, they demand to control the culture (TV, movies, music), they rail against rampant sexuality, they seek to spread their ideology via force, and they have a well-defined black-and-white sense of truth.
Remind you of a certain American party?
That's why hysterical assertions by the wingers that liberals hate America and want the terrorists to win are so absurd. As absurd as it would've been to claim that Reagan wanted the Communists to win the Cold War. The Taliban/Al Qaida/Hezbollah/Jihadists of the world are the exact embodiment of evil in the liberal mind. They are everything we are against, and against everything we are for.
In fact, they are exactly what we see in the Republican Party as the GOP continues to consolidate power -- creeping theocracy, moralizing, us versus them, embrace of torture, the need to constantly declare jihad on someone, hysterics over football-game nipples, control over "decency" on the airwaves, lyrics censorship, hostility to women freedoms, curtaling of civil liberties, and so on.
This is an excellent point that needs to be brought up more. Especially when you hear right-wingers accuse us of hating America, or call us "communists". Bring up the fact that the American right is moving closer and closer to the politics of the "Islamic fascists", while Liberals are the polar opposite, and hate their politics.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Damn Lazy "Liberal" Media
"A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated."
Here's what Netscape with CNN say...
"An alleged ex-Marine who claims to have participated in the capturing of Saddam Hussein says the public version of his capture was fabricated[...]"
The story itself is no surprise at all if true, considering what the military did with the Jessica Lynch story. It's also not surprising that "liberal" CNN would change the story to make the source look less credible. Here is my real problem; what the hell is an "alleged ex-Marine"??? Are they that lazy that they can't figure out for themselves??? He's either a marine or not, UPI says he's a marine, if your too lazy to look it up for yourself then don't change the source your citing. Damn lazy right-wing CNN.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Is any of this a suprise? No. Normally I wouldn't even bother bringing any attention to articles like this. If I posted all the articles I read discussing everything that's going wrong in Iraq, there would be 100+ articles a month, and this blog would become very boring very fast. The reason I'm bringing attention to one of these "another 100 dead in Iraq" stories is because of what's been in the news recently.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi officials said Wednesday that 41 bodies some bullet-riddled, others beheaded have been found at two sites, and they believe some of the corpses are Iraqi soldiers kidnapped and killed by insurgents. At least 30 American contractors, meanwhile, were wounded by a suicide bombing near a hotel.
In another attack, interim Planning Minister Mahdi al-Hafidh escaped assassination after gunmen opened fire on his convoy in Baghdad. One of his guards was killed and two others were wounded, police said.
A U.S. soldier was killed and another was injured Wednesday when a roadside bomb detonated as they were patrolling in the capital, the military said.
Authorities found 26 of the corpses late Tuesday in a field near Rumana, a village about 12 miles east of the western city of Qaim, near the Syrian border, police Capt. Muzahim al-Karbouli and other officials said.
Each of the bodies had been riddled with bullets apparently several days earlier. They were found wearing civilian clothes and one of the dead was a woman, al-Karbouli said.
South of Baghdad in Latifiya, Iraqi troops on Tuesday found 15 headless bodies in a building inside an abandoned former army base, Defense Ministry Capt. Sabah Yassin said. The bodies included 10 men, three women and two children. Their identities, like the others found in western Iraq, were not known.
Jon Stewart on the Daily Show has been telling his audience he's starting to believe Bush was right all along. After 2 years of occupation, 2 years of ignoring Al Queda, 1500+ U.S. soldiers dead, 100,000s of Iraqi civilians dead, and 200 billion dollars they had a day where only 50 people died when every major city is under martial law. The Iraqis get 40 percent turnout where they give a majority to a party that wants an Iranian style theocracy, and Bush goes from moron to genius. Did I miss something? We didn't find WMDs, Saddam was never a threat to anyone, there were no links to Al Queda, every reason Bush gave for going to war has been proven a lie. Bush didn't announce fall 2002 that we were going to occupy a country for up to a decade so we could force a single country to have a government similar to ours.
Then there's the claim that Bush killing 100,000+ civilians in Iraq has started a domino effect of democracy across the middle east. On "liberal" ABC last night they said kids years from now could be learning in class about the great George W. Bush who single handedly democratized the middle east. That's right children, cheat on that test, because the ends justifies the means. Even if the ends result in a F because you were copying off of little Dick who full of crap, doesn't study, and is, in fact, evil. Wait, what was I talking about? OK, back to the rant, cartoonists (and 24 hour news hacks) are saying crap like this:
I don't know where to begin with everything that's wrong with this cartoon. First off what's Bush's "democracy fertilizer"? Bombs, killing, and long occupation of two countries?
Next, Ukraine? WTF did Bush do to create Democracy in Ukraine? The opposition candidate was poisoned, became a man of the people, he lost the election, people protested in huge numbers over the suspected fraud in the election, the world took notice, they held another election, the opposition candidate won. Where was Bush in that? Bush didn't even mention Ukraine until it became a world wide news story.
Next, Egypt. They said they'll hold an election and allow opposition. There's a big difference between a free and fair election in a democracy and just holding an election. Iraq held an election under Saddam where he got 99.5% of the vote. I'll believe the hype when I see the elections.
Next, Syria. Ummmm, did I miss something? Nothing's changed in Syria.
Next Lebanon. It took the assassination of the prime minister for several thousand people in Lebanon to protest the Syrian occupation. Bush had nothing to do with this.
Next, Palestine. They held elections because Arafat is dead. Arafat was a key obstacle to middle east peace. Unless Bush killed Arafat, Bush is had nothing to do with this. If Arafat had died during the Clinton administration, the Palestinians would have a state by now. Arafat rejected every plan Clinton brought forth.
Last, Afghanistan. Outside of the major cities the country is controlled by Taliban and Al Queda war lords.
As for Iraq, as I already stated above, 40 percent turnout electing a party that wants Iraq's constitution to be based on Islamic law.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
It Just Writes Itself
Monday, March 07, 2005
Blogs For Bush, Exploiting 9/11, and Porno
The September 11th on the ad is flashing. The way they ad exclamation points in their advertisment and use smiling models for their terrible product made me want to throw up.
First off, how desperate for money are you that you would allow an ad like that on your site? Do the people who advertise for this site have any integrity at all?
They say a portion of their profits (which we all know means .000001%) goes to "The Kitchen Table Gang" which according to California's AG is not a charitable organization in California (where they're located).
The site itself 911shirts.net according to WhoIs was registered by BottleRocket Media. A google search for "BottleRocket Media" comes up with 80 results, all of the porno.
The guy behind the site was using the account name "erock72" to discuss and defend his site on fark.com. A google search for "erock72" comes up with 128 results, a majority of them were his registration account at porno sites.
So it seems Blogs For Bush is accepting ads from people trying to make some money exploiting a national tradgedy, which will then go to the porn industry.
My head has just expolded
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US science community is embroiled in a caustic fight over the theory that a higher intelligence and not Darwinist evolution is largely responsible for life on Earth.
Intelligent design, which holds that only an unspecified superior intellect can account for the complexity of life forms, is increasingly appearing in science forums and journals as an alternative to evolution theory.
Evolution has been widely accepted ever since Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species" revolutionized biological sciences 145 years ago.
But the new theory's support by a handful of biologists and non-scientists has put Darwinists on the defensive, while encouraging conservative Christian groups who consider evolution hostile to Biblical teachings.
The article starts off saying the entire scientific community is debating the prospect that after 150 years of finding evidence to support evolution, were going to start beliving a magic alien created life on earth. By the 4th paragraph they admit it's actually two or three biologists and the religiously insane community versus the entire scientific community.
So scientists can explain every aspect of the planet earth, but they havn't gotten to extra wings on a fruit fly yet, that means we have to ignore 150 years of science and believe a large rectangular block is responsible for life on earth?
Essentially, intelligent design holds that certain structures found in living things, such as the flagella of bacteria or extra wings on certain fruit flies, cannot be explained by Darwinian concepts of natural selection and random variation.
In one incident, biologist Richard Sternberg filed a legal complaint against Washington's Smithsonian Museum of Natural History for branding him a religious fundamentalist and denying him access to facilities, due to his editorial role in the 2003 publication of a scientific paper by intelligent design advocate Stephen Meyer.
While he has neither endorsed nor denied the theory, intelligent design advocates have compared Sternberg to 16th century astronomer Galileo Galilei, branded a heretic for challenging Roman Catholic dogma with his scientific discoveries.
The difference is Galileo was going against the church's dogma in favor of science. That's kind of different from helping the church write anti-science propaganda.
Spearheading the intelligent design movement is the Discovery Institute, a conservative think-tank in Seattle in the US northwest.
Forrest points out, however, that a 1999 Discovery fund-raising document specifically endorses the conservative Christian agenda.
However, creationists in several states have cited intelligent design in trying to introduce their teachings into public schoolrooms. In November, school officials in Dover, Pennsylvania ordered teachers to include intelligent design in ninth-grade biology courses.Obvious. Intelligent design isn't about science, it's about getting religion into schools.
Intelligent design advocates have also been encouraged by a statement made in 1999 by then-Texas governor, now President George W. Bush that he believed that "children ought to be exposed to different theories about how the world started."Obvious.
I actually feel stupider after reading that. The title of the article was "US scientists battle over anti-Darwin "Intelligent design" theory". U.S. scientists arn't debating this crap, there is nothing to debate, you can't debate whether a magic man in space gave fruit flies their extra wings. There is no science, no evidence behind intelligent design. You either believe in it, or you believe in science.
Dean raises 3.4 mil for Dems in 3 weeks
Hopefully stories like this will end the CW that seemed to be going around that Dean was somehow bad for the party. Whn Dean was elected party chairman, this was the kind of crap that was being said about him...
WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee raised $3.4 million in three weeks — more than double the amount raised during the same time in 2001 after President Bush was first elected, the new Democratic chairman said Monday.
"We're just delighted the fund raising is going better than we had dared to hope," Dean said Monday in a phone interview. "We haven't put out an Internet solicitation yet."
Dean said he expects to begin soliciting money through the Internet "sooner rather than later" and said the party will depend heavily on its base of small donors.
Or drawn about him, whatever. As if electing Dean would be the end of the Democratic party. Does anyone actually elect candidates based on their party's chairman? The party chairman's job is to smile on election night and raise money. Dean is great at raising money, he'll work on his smiling later.
Seriously how can it be dammaging to have a party chairman who dominated nine opponents in fund raising during the primaries. The establishemnet donors will give to the party no matter who is the party chairman. Dean opens the doors for donations from a whole new segment that a 60 year old DLC republicrat who doesn't know how to use the internets could never bring in.
In short, Dean may not be the best candidate to come on Inside Politics once a month and deliver the parties daily talking points, but he is the best person to raise money for a party that is already losing to the Republicans 6-1 in cash on hand.
BTW, I don't know if posting political cartoons that piss me off is going to become a reoccuring theme on this blog.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Response to Republican Hate
That dumbass cries about jobs in America?? I challenge you to buy a bottle of Heinz ketchup and read the back label of where it was made! You uneducated punks!
There’s actually a bottle in my fridge, I read the back. Here’s what it says......
“MFD. IN U.S.A. BY HEINZ NORTH AMERICA DIVISION OF H.J. HEINZ CO., L.P. PITTSBURGH, PA. 15222”
O.K. so my Heinz is manufactured in America by a division located in Pennsylvania. What’s your point?
Not funny you say? Well, screw you, I never claimed to be a comedian. They took there time to write some hate filled rants for my site, so I'm taking my time to give respond (months after they signed my guestbook).
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Take Social Security. Two months ago noone gave social security a second thought. You work till your 65 and then you get a get paid back the money you put into the program. That was it. Then Bush comes out and says the death of social security is immenent, then we get crap like this...
Over night social security goes from a program designed to make sure American seniors never have to live in poverty again as a result of a bad turn in the economy, to some trick designed to hurt America. WTF? Did I miss something?
It seems if Bush walked out tommorow and said "the sky is falling" the next day the media would be debating when it will fall, what should be done about it, and generally trying to scare the crap out of Americans. Oh, and don't forget blaming Clinton, that's always a fun one.
It just pisses me off that the media is 8 inches up Bush's ass. Bush comes out and says in a hypothetical universe, the social security trust fund will run out in half a century, so the only solution is 2 trillion dollars in deficit spending to change the program so it gives people less benefits. Then the media actually debates the merits of such a propasal, instead of Bush's sanity.
Friday, March 04, 2005
Here's the first one
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
This is Just Horrible
- One in four homeless are veterans
- Some 300,000 veterans are homeless on any night
- About 47% of them are from the Vietnam era
When right wingers ask how you can support the troops without supporting the pre-emptive war and occupation of a country that was no threat to us. This is one, among many, problems you should bring up. That's not to say this is a partisan issue, it shouldn't be . Though then again, there is one party that is willing to support our veterans, unfortunately their not in power.