Thursday, August 25, 2005

intelligent design

This cartoon cracks me up. In case you are wondering, "Intelligent Design" is the name of the pseudo-science that the American Taliban are trying to push as an alternative to evolution in schools. Yes, they are trying to get Genesis into the school system.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Anthony Andrew Diotaiuto

Anthony Andrew Diotaiuto, dead, age 23.

Crime: Possesion, 2 oz of weed.
Punishment: Death. Shot 10 times by SWAT.


lawrence a. greenfeld

Lawrence was appointed by Bush in 2001 to the department of statistics in the Justice Department. He ran a study, the results of which showed that Hispanics and Blacks get searched and ticketed more frequently than Whites, and that they are more often treated violently. He publishes his report, and is asked to remove the references to race.

He refuses.

After 23 years of service, he gets demoted, and shuffled to a different job.

No massa, nothing wrong in America, no sir.


bullshit protector

Picture says a thousand words, but I'll add a few.

Bill Moyer. Kentucky. Veteran. Listening to Bush.

Friday, August 19, 2005

the countdown begins

Just a heads up, September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.


chris davies

The leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Chris Davies, has called for the legalization and regulation of all currently illicit drugs.


"Prohibition is taking us nowhere, and leaving the trade in the hands of criminal gangs," Davies wrote in the article now being widely reported on in the British press. "A legalized but regulated market would put the emphasis on harm reduction and undermine the criminal element. Unfortunately most European governments are in the position of insisting the Emperor has got his clothes on."

a politician.

Davies took that theme and ran with it. "Taking a small percentage of the drugs off the market simply forces up the price, adding to the already vast profits made by the traffickers and providing a stronger financial incentive for others to get involved. It's a vicious circle," he wrote. "Far from preventing the use of illegal drugs the policy of prohibition creates the profits which drive the growth of the trade. It leads to the corruption of our institutions and provides funds for terrorism. These views used to be controversial but now that the prime minister's personal adviser says that existing policies are doomed to failure it is surely time for all responsible politicians to consider whether alternative strategies could do more to curb crime, reduce harm and save lives."

actually gets it.


Thursday, August 18, 2005

to larry northern

Mr. Northern:

I am a Veteran of the Iraq war, having served with the 4th Infantry Division on the initial invasion with Force Package One.

While I was in Iraq,a very good friend of mine, Christopher Cutchall,was killed in an unarmoredHMMWV outside of Baghdad. He was a cavalry scout serving with the 3d ID.Once he had declined the award of a medal because Soldiers assigned to him did not receive similar awards that he had recommended. He left two sons and awonderful wife. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers in Iraq was Roger Turner. We gave him a hard time because he always wore all of his protective equipment, including three pairs of glasses or goggles. He did this because he wanted to make sure that he returned home to his family. He rode a bicycle to work every day to make sure that he was able to save enough money on his Army salary to send his son to college. At Camp Anaconda, where the squadron briefly stayed, a rocket landed inside a tent, sending a piece of debris or fragment into him and killed him. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers was Henry Bacon. He was one of the finest men I ever met. He was in perfect shape for a man over forty, working hard at night. He told me that he did that because he didn't have much money to buy nice things for his wife, who he loved so much, so he had to be in good shape for her. He was like a father to many young men in his section of maintenance mechanics. They fixed our vehicles with almost no support and fabricated parts and made repairs that kept our squadron rolling on the longest, fastest armor advance ever made under fire. He was so very proud of his son-in-law that married the beautiful daughter so well raised by Henry. His son-in-law was a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division, who died last year. Henry stopped to rescue a vehicle belonging to another unit on what was to be his last day in Iraq. He could have kept rolling - he was headed to Kuwait after a year's tour. But he stopped. He could have sent others to do the work, but he was on the ground, leading by example, when he was killed. On Monday night, August 16, you took it upon yourself to go out in the country, where a peaceful group was exercising their constitutional rights, and harming no one, and you ran down the memorial cross erected for Henry and for his son-in-law by Arlington West.

Mr. Northern - I know little about Cindy Sheehan except that she is a grieving mother, a gentle soul, and wants to bring harm to no one. I know little about you except that you found your way to Crawford on Monday night in August with chains and a pipe attached to your truck for the sole purpose of dishonoring a memorial erected for my friends and lost Soldiers and hundreds of others that served this nation when they were called. I find it disheartening that good men like these have died so that people like you can threaten a mother who lost a child with your actions. I hope that you are ashamed of yourself.

Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA (retired)


american safari

So some scientists are proposing re-introducing African animals (that used to live in a America) in an effort to preserve them. Its a shame that it won't happen, but I think that it would be really, really cool.


Wednesday, August 17, 2005


So I have a Technorati Profile now...

judith miller <3 hip-hop

Judith Miller is currently in jail trying to shellac herself with martyr in the vain hope of restoring what little credibility, if any, she had left after selling herself out as a partisan hack. (Which begs the question, why do they not revoke Pulitzer Prizes?)

Anyway, there's a story that discusses her at Salon, and I found this particularly funny. (emphasis mine).

Reports from visitors indicate she is holding up well, but has had some stomach problems related to jail food, misses the Internet and outside contact, and has had to withstand a constant stream of hip-hop videos on the communal television sets.

Life's tough Judy, you should be glad that watching hip-hop videos is the worst you've suffered so far. The two thousand or so dead US soldiers that gave their lives up to the war that you helped sell to the masses have it quite a bit worse than you do.


larry northern vs. cindy


So Cindy Sheehan is in Texas, along with a now sizeable group of protesters. They put up a bunch of crosses at the side of the road, to represent the fallen soldiers (as of now, 1858). Then along comes Larry Northern from Waco, and knocks down a bunch of them with his truck.

Nice one Larry.


Monday, August 15, 2005

bunnie greenhouse <3 halliburton

(AP Photo)

Bunnie Greenhouse works at the Army Corps of Engineers, where she is Chief Contracting Officer. Bunnie Greenhouse claims that KBR and Halliburton unfairly won no-bid contracts, and blows the whistle. Naturally, she gets in trouble.


Friday, August 12, 2005

cindy wants to know

Why do you make time for donors and not for me?

This was the text on the sign Cindy Sheehan held while Bush's motorcade passed where she and 100 of her supporters were standing.

Normally I wouldn't think she deserves a meeting - the president is a very busy man and I honestly don't think that everybody who stands on the side of the road holding a sign deserves a meeting. This however, was very disturbing.

He arrived at the fund-raiser before noon CT at a neighbor's ranch for a barbecue where he was expected to raise at least $2 million for the Republican National Committee, said RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.

Some 230 people were attending the fund-raiser at Stan and Kathy Hickey's Broken Spoke Ranch, a 478-acre spread next to Bush's ranch. All have contributed at least $25,000 to the RNC, and many are "rangers," an honorary campaign title bestowed on those who raised $200,000 or more for Bush, or "pioneers," those who have raised $100,000 or more.

So if you give two million dollars to the Republican Party, you can have the president come to your barbeque, but give up your son you get squat. Nice.


Thursday, August 11, 2005

NARAL <3 roberts

John Roberts is Bush's nomination for Supreme Court. NARAL is a pro-choice organizataion dedicated to defending Roe v. Wade. Roberts has said in the past that he does not consider Roe v. Wade to be based on a sound interpretation of the Constitution. This pretty much puts him on NARAL's shit list.

NARAL has now found yet another reason to hate Roberts, and is airing an ad urging people to call their Senators and ask them to oppose this nomination. It has now been revealed that John Roberts argued in favour of Operation Rescue (a christian anti-abortion organization) in 1991.

The ad focuses on Roberts’ amicus brief in 1991 on the side of the notorious Operation Rescue, convicted clinic bomber Michael Bray, and others in the Supreme Court case Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic, as well as his 1992 efforts in a U.S. District Court to lift an injunction against Operation Rescue. The defendants in the Bray case included violent anti-choice activists Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue; Michael Bray, who had been convicted for his involvement in 10 bombings at health centers in the 1980s; and Patrick Mahoney, a consultant to Operation Rescue. Roberts argued the case before the Supreme Court and said that Operation Rescue's unlawful behavior did not amount to discrimination against women.

“In the four years before John Roberts argued Bray vs. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic in front of the Supreme Court, anti-choice radicals were responsible for at least 48 bombings and arsons in 24 states, along with 57 acid attacks, more than 4,000 disruptive acts such as bomb threats, harassing calls and hate mail,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

“I want to be very clear that we are not suggesting Mr. Roberts condones or supports clinic violence. I’m sure he finds bombings and murder abhorrent. But still his ideological view of the law compelled him to go out of his way to argue on behalf of someone like Michael Bray, who had already been convicted of a string of bombings.”


things that piss me off, #48

Slow cars. Fast lanes. Is it really that hard ?

cruising in pakistan

Pakistan says it has fired its first cruise missile, describing the launch as a "milestone" in its history. The Babur missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads and has a range of 500km (310 miles), a military spokesman said.


Just what that part of the world needed. Nuclear cruise missles, in the hands of a dictator. I also recommend reading Wikipedia's excellent article about Pervez Musharaf.


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

in brussels, coke is it

Seems that cocaine is in the news these days. Hot on the heels of the tests of Italian sewer water, a German TV station decided to test the bathrooms of the European Parliament in Brussels. Apparently 41 out of 46 lavatories tested positive for cocaine.

The Institute for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Research in Nuremburg, which analysed the swab samples, found that the amounts were sufficiently large that they could not have been carried in unwittingly by people who had picked up minute traces on their clothing, for example. They had to have been taken in by officials, staff or visitors, experts said.

What I find hilarious about the story, is this comment:

The claims of drug abuse at the European Parliament complex was greeted with derision by Nigel Farage, an MEP for the United Kingdom Independence Party.

He said: "Given the stultifying boredom of committee work in Brussels, it is hardly surprising. But it could explain the decisions they come up with."


heist in brazil


How to make $67 million dollars, Sao Paolo style.

1) Rent a house across the road from the bank
2) Spend three months digging a tunnel
3) Clean out the vault
4) Profit !!!


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

cindy sheehan

(Img. McClatchy News Service file, 2004/Lisa Nipp)

Cindy Sheehan is getting a lot of press these days. Her son was killed and she is now camping at the side of the road leading to W's ranch (where he will be for the next five weeks while he is on vacation) until she gets a chance to talk to him. Naturally, pigs will fly before she gets to meet the prez, but the publicity is very entertaining.

Since her son's death on April 4, 2004, Sheehan has devoted herself to protesting the war and the Bush administration. She has spoken on Capitol Hill, demonstrated at military recruiting centers in Sacramento, and was featured in a campaign ad during last fall's presidential campaign.

Note to self: Its a bad idea to send other people's kids off to die. You might piss off their mothers.


sandstorm in baghdad

AFP Images

I've been noticing more and more that the weather has been acting strangely. At first I thought it was just a Florida thing, but I guess its happening everywhere.

"You can barely see 15 meters (yards) ahead," said police Captain Ali Hussein as he struggled to cope with the sandy onslaught at his traffic post in a central Baghdad square. He said traffic was very light "and those who drive have their vehicle headlights on and are either driving very slowly, or very fast to reach their destination quickly." "I have never seen anything like this before," Hussein said, wearing dark sunglasses and a mouth-cover, but his uniform covered in dust.

It's reassuring to know that capitalism is alive and well in Iraq.

A street away, a tea stall owner, Saddam, had also turned himself into a mask seller. "I bought from that shopkeeper some packets of these masks and am now selling them on," he said. "It is good money. I am selling each piece for 250 dinars, much better than selling tea. I hope this weather lasts for sometime."

Friday, August 05, 2005

in italy, coke is it.

So apparently you can now test sewer water, and estimate how much cocaine that the people using said sewers are doing. It seems that the Italians love the white stuff.

Ettore Zuccato, from the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy, and colleagues tested a new tool to measure a cocaine residue called benzoylecgonine (BE), present in flowing river and sewage waters because it is excreted in the urine of cocaine users. The residue is a by-product of metabolism in the human body, and cannot be produced by other means. The researchers measured the levels of BE in the river Po and in the sewage water of medium-sized Italian cities. Their results show that the Po, the largest Italian river, with five million people living in its vicinity, steadily carried the equivalent of about 4 kg of cocaine per day.

I'd sure like to see the figures for LA....


Wednesday, August 03, 2005

evil, Inc.

I've been asked so many times why I hate corporations and why I think they are evil, I figured I'd just make a post on here that I can send a link to instead of having to type the same shit over and over and over again.

Here goes.

Corporations exist to maximize profit for their shareholders. Profit is achieved when the money taken from customers is more than the cost of whatever that corporation has given you in exchange for said money. In order to maximize profit, corporations ultimately strive to give you as little as possible for your money. In the most extreme cases, this can be considered "screwing the consumer". If you consider being screwed to be a bad/evil thing, then it is implicit that all corporations are either bad/evil, or actively working towards being so.