Thursday, May 19, 2005

Lower and Lower

Only 33 percent of those surveyed approved of the job being done by Congress, according to an NBC News-Wall Street-Journal poll released Thursday.
An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released earlier this month found 35 percent approval.

Darth Vader, Dark Father

I'm not going to spoil any of the fun in the new Star Wars movie other than say that it totally rocked and I believe I'm going to go see it with another set of friends on Sunday. But one of the lines spoken by Darth Vader, right before he becomes Darth Vader, to Obi Wan Kenobi, made me smile like a mofo in that dark theater.

Right before their epic battle that would ultimately change the fate of the Republic for decades, Vader tells Kenobi, "If you're not with me, you're my enemy." Sounds pretty damn familiar, doesn't it?

"You're either with us or against us..."

Speaking Their Minds

Whoa, he's done it now. One-third of the faculty members at Calvin College in Michigan have signed a letter of protest that will appear in a half-page ad in the Grand Rapids Press on Saturday, the day Bush is to deliver the commencement address to 900 graduating seniors at Calvin. The ad cost $2,600.

"As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers and to initiate war only as a last resort," the letter says. "We believe your administration has launched an unjust and unjustified war in Iraq."
More than 800 students, faculty and alumni also have signed a letter protesting Bush's visit that will appear Friday as a full-page ad in the Grand Rapids paper. The ad cost more than $9,500.
"We are alumni, students, faculty and friends of Calvin College who are deeply troubled that you will be the commencement speaker at Calvin," the letter states. "In our view, the policies and actions of your administration, both domestically and internationally over the past four years, violate many deeply held principles of Calvin College."
I'm just happy that people who take Christianity for what it truly means is actually speaking out against the immoral war in Iraq. To hate is learned, tolerance divine.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

I'm a Dork

Guess who's got tickets to see the midnight showing of Star Wars: Episode III tonight? Yes, that would be me! :)

Ruh-Roh, Again

When the staunchest of the staunch start to turn their backs on you, you know you're a redneck in trouble.

The words "freedom fries" are still on the menu in the U.S. House cafeteria, and are likely to appear in the first line of Walter Jones' obituary, perhaps with their lesser-known cousin, freedom toast. ... Jones led the fight to rename fries and toast at the Capitol in protest of the French leading opposition to the war in Iraq.

Ask him about it now, and he lays his cheek in his left hand, a habit he repeats dozens of times a day when lost in thought or sadness. "I wish it had never happened," Jones said.

But Jones now says we went to war "with no justification." He has challenged the Bush administration, quizzing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other presidential advisers in public hearings.
When the "freedom fries" guy starts attacking you, you know you've done something wrong. I mean, come on. He's the "freedom fries" man.

Television Talk

CBS, the most-watched network, showed a preview of its new fall line-up today. Gone are "Listen Up" with Jason Alexander and "Arcadia" with some girl who used to be in a soap. Coming soon is "a series in which Jennifer Love Hewitt talks to dead people." Oh yay! [Very, very thick on the sarcasm.]

But one good piece of news today: Arrested Development has been picked up for a third season. I can't begin to tell you how funny I think this show, which airs Sunday nights on FOX at 8:30 EST right before Desperate Housewives (yay!) on ABC at 9:00 EST, is and how many people aren't realizing its insanely well written humor. Next season, be there or be square.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Election Day!

Today was Primary Election day in the grand commonwealth of Pennsylvania, so that explains my absence today from posting. This will be my only one this evening, but I will be back tomorrow with a full compliment of zippy commentaries and witty nuances.

But I do want to relate a story from the field, as I worked a polling place this afternoon after work, passing out informational cards on my friend who was running for county-wide elected office. I was standing at least 10 feet away from the door to the polling building (a state law) with four other pushers, as I've come to call us. They were all four big time Republicans and they represented four even bigger time Republicans running for the two spots open for Judge of Common Pleas.

Not seeing myself as Republican, I tried my best to get along with them and keep my own personal politics out of the conversation. And that didn't take much effort. They spent their entire time mocking the cars people drove and the clothes people wore. These were adult people, for crying out loud. But as soon as a recent victim of their let-downs approached the building, they turned into ass-kissers and became the voter's new best friends. It was disgusting.

At one point, two women drove in together in a car that wasn't expensive enough, wearing clothes that looked like they were "hand-me-downs," and with haircuts that looked like "dykesville." I wouldn't have thought they were lesbians, but I suppose they were. And these four ignorants were more than happy to point it out. And as sure as the day is long, as soon as they women approached the building, the four of them were on these women like cheap suits in summer, begging for their votes. And sure enough, as soon as they returned from voting and drove off, the one guy standing next to me made a snide comment about "butt humping," which quickly turned into a full-fledged "Eww, gays are disgusting" moment.

I have too many issues of contention with the Democratic Party to consider myself a full-fledged Democrat. They are the ones most in tune with my beliefs, so I find myself voting often times with them. But I have to say that after today, being around these sad excuses for human beings, if I ever ponder joining the Republican Party, please shoot me on the spot.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Republican Sex Pervert

I know I'm late posting on this. I wasn't going to because it's kinda disgusting, but it just won't die and I still find it humorous. So I'll get it out of my system.

Last night, anti-abortion extremist Neal Horsley was a guest on The Alan Colmes Show, a FOX News radio program. The topic was an interesting one -- whether or not an internet service provider should allow Horsley to post the names of abortion doctors on his website. Horsley does that as a way of targeting them and one doctor has been killed. In the course of the interview, however, Colmes asked Horsley about his background, including a statement that he had admitted to engaging in homosexual and bestiality sex.

At first, Horsley laughed and said, "Just because it's printed in the media, people jump to believe it."

"Is it true?" Colmes asked.

"Hey, Alan, if you want to accuse me of having sex when I was a fool, I did everything that crossed my mind that looked like I..."

AC: "You had sex with animals?"

NH: "Absolutely. I was a fool. When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule."

I'd be proud to have him in my party, too. But you know who else grew up on a farm in Georgia? Zell Miller. I'm just saying, is all.

Newsweek's Mess

I hate to say it, but I told you so. I just knew that this was going to happen. People fucked up and instead of taking any sort of blame, people are screwing Newsweek two ways from Wednesday for reporting something that has been in the British news for some time now. And we all know about them Brits. They're commie bastards.

For instance, BBC News reported back on May 2 that a number of Arab prisoners had still not spoken to their investigators after three years to protest at the desecration of the Koran by guards. The British newspaper Mirror had an article on March 4, 2004, which reported that force-feeding had to be used to end a hunger strike by 70 per cent of the 600 inmates in a particular prison facility, started after a guard deliberately kicked a copy of the Koran. And in as far back as December of 2003, the Guardian reported that an eight-day hunger strike occurred when a guard had thrown the Koran on the ground. It ultimately ended with a personal apology from a senior officer and a promise that the Koran would not be touched again.

Does the Muslim world just not read British news? Why is Newsweek the only one getting the blame? They just reported on the disgusting abuses made by a handful of idiots. Leave them out of the this and fix the damn situation. Cure the cause, not the symptoms.


"It's appalling that this story got out there," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said as she traveled home from Iraq.

"People lost their lives. People are dead," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Capitol Hill. "People need to be very careful about what they say, just as they need to be careful about what they do."

"The report had real consequences," McClellan said. "People have lost their lives. Our image abroad has been damaged. There are some who are opposed to the United States and what we stand for who have sought to exploit this allegation."
What a bunch of phonies. What's appalling, Ms. Rice, is that you would've rather this story been brushed under the rug for fear people around the world would know what kind of an ignorant asshole you are, instead of getting to the root of the problem and taking care of business. Yes, Mr. Rumsfeld, people lost their lives. People are dead. So are the 1,000+ American soldiers you helped kill by falsely claiming that there was a Saddam-bin Laden link, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and that Saddam posed an imminent and very serious threat to our safety and well-being. People lost their lives. People are dead. And for that, you're a bastard. As for you, Mr. McClellan, show me a minute in the last three years that you or the fools you worked for cared one iota about "our image abroad" and then you can stand up there and say what you want. Until then, shut your sanctimonious pie-hole.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Right to Sexuality

Judicial Activism Alert

ROME (Reuters) - An impotent Italian man who kept his problem a secret from his wife until after their wedding must pay her damages for 'eroding' her right to have a family, Italy's Supreme Court has ruled.

The woman, identified by the Italian media as Cristina S., was quick to get her marriage annulled in the 1990s after learning to her horror that her husband could not consummate it. She then demanded damages, saying she had been robbed of her "right to sexuality" and the promise of a family. Despite losing legal battles in lower courts, she kept appealing, and finally the Supreme Court found in her favor.

"Her fundamental right (was) eroded to fully realize a family, as a woman and a wife, and eventually as a mother," according to excerpts from the court ruling published in Italian newspapers Thursday.

And we think we have it rough here in this country. Ha! Give me a freaking break.

I'll Ask Him

Back in the beginning of April, using a government filing cabinet as a prop, President Bush played to fears that the Social Security Trust Fund is little more than a stack of worthless IOUs.

If these IOUs are worthless, and President Bush -- according to his recently filed financial disclosure forms -- has at least $4.95 million in "worthless" Treasury notes, do you think he'd mind giving them to me? I wouldn't mind.

Where Are the Republicans?

"In the last four months," [Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico] said, "Democratic governors have cut taxes, expanded access to health care, invested heavily in job creation, improved schools, made college more affordable, reduced crime, and -- while Republicans in Washington turned trillion-dollar surpluses into trillion-dollar deficits -- Democratic governors have actually balanced our budgets."

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Like a Virgin...

Ohio women who use tampons can now rest easy that they're engaging in "sexual conduct," which is now defined under Sec. 2907.01 [of the Ohio House Bill 23, dubbed the "Community Defense Act of 2005"] as "vaginal intercourse between a male and female; anal intercourse, fellatio, and cunnilingus between persons regardless of sex; and, without privilege to do so, the insertion, however slight, of any part of the body or any instrument, apparatus, or other object into the vaginal or anal cavity of another. Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete vaginal or anal intercourse."
Again, isn't there something more vital to my security and well-being than defining "sexual conduct" in disgusting, general, idiotic terms? Oh, I don't know, like national security, perhaps?

Goodie Two Shoes

What happens when an unpopular Senate Majority Leader goes around Washington looking for a nice pair of expensive shoes to buy with his blood money?

On a side note, the Senator received a parking ticket because his SUV was illegally parked.

Lower and Lower

With a rising number of Minnesotans unhappy about the nation's direction, President Bush's job-approval rating in the state hit an all-time low of 42 percent last week, according to the latest Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

It's the lowest job-approval rating for a president in the Minnesota Poll in more than 12 years.

How does someone who pulls this kind of crap off, get re-elected just six months ago?

Friday, May 13, 2005

When Email Snooping Attacks

President Bush grumbled recently that he doesn't use e-mail because he worries the exchanges could become public. "There has got to be a certain sense of privacy," he told a conference of newspaper editors. "I don't think you're entitled to be able to read my mail between my daughters and me."
President Bush signed legislation Friday that expands the ability to tap telephones and track Internet usage. ... The bill, known as the USA Patriot Act, gives federal authorities much wider latitude in monitoring Internet usage and expands the way such data is shared among different agencies.
Congresspeople on both sides of the aisle today strongly questioned the need to extend a controversial part of the federal Patriot Act that allows Internet service providers to give e-mail messages and personal data to federal law enforcement without a warrant or any notification to the person in question.
Funny how that works. "A certain sense of privacy..." he can't have it. We all can't have it!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Let's Have a Ball

Portraying ethics questions faced by Tom DeLay as a liberal plot, the majority leader's conservative supporters are staging a high-profile show of support by throwing a gala in his honor.
If it's anything like last month's gala, this is sure to be a hit! But remember, whatever happens at the Tom DeLay is Completely Innocent Against All Scurrilous Liberal Plots to Bring About His Immediate Demise Gala, stays at the Tom DeLay is Completely Innocent Against All Scurrilous Liberal Plots to Bring About His Immediate Demise Gala. Except, perhaps, this picture.

CAFTA Keeps Your Safe

President Bush, faced with stiff opposition to the free-trade pact he wants with Central American and Caribbean nations, on Thursday portrayed its passage as crucial to America's security and commitment to democratic change in the neighborhood.
Nothing keeps us secure quite like cheap products produced by foreign labor flooding the ports and markets of our home country. Makes me feel all warm and snuggly inside just thinking about how safe I am.

But Republicans Claim...

Democrats have blocked the [Michigan nominees' Richard Griffin, David McKeague and Susan Neilson to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals] approval because of the objections of Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, who were upset because President Clinton's nominees to that court were never given a confirmation hearing by the Republican-controlled Senate.
Wait, you mean that Republicans didn't allow an up-or-down vote on Clinton judicial nominees? Stop the presses! Tell the Liberal Media. This is new!

Let's Make a Deal

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Thursday offered to help confirm some of President Bush's blocked judicial nominees from Michigan in an attempt to stave off a showdown over filibustering the White House's court appointments.
The fact of the matter is that the Democrats are solidly against confirming the these seven judicial nominees for various reasons. Instead of rebuking Democratic pressure, 200 years of precedent, and a majority of American belief, Senator Frist would do well to take a deal with Senator Reid and get some of the nominees through to the Senate. Over 200 judicial nominees have been placed on the benches of courts from sea to shining sea. Over thirty have been put on appellate court benches, countering what a certain someone claimed. Stop being obstructionist assholes and just deal already! It's almost as if this country isn't facing anything more pertinent than the political futures of seven bigotted, homophobic jagoffs.

Shakin' that Thang

A high school senior who thought it would be funny to wear a dress to his prom was ticketed $249 for disorderly conduct, suspended for three days and banned from his last track meet.

School district administrator Jim Gottinger said the discipline was for more than just the dress, noting Kerry Lofy, 18, was dancing in a sexually provocative manner at the prom, according to a police report.
Has Jim Gottinger ever been to a prom? Surely this kid is not the only nor the first person in the history of the prom to dance "in a sexually provacative manner." Hell, even I danced pretty damn sexually provacatively at my sophomore, junior and senior proms. I even shook my booty in college. I think Jim Gottinger's got a bad case of the STD known as Theocracy.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

For the Sake of Votes

The Bush administration periodically put the USA on high alert for terrorist attacks even though then-Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge argued there was only flimsy evidence to justify raising the threat level, Ridge now says.

Ridge, who resigned Feb. 1, said Tuesday that he often disagreed with administration officials who wanted to elevate the threat level to orange, or "high" risk of terrorist attack, but was overruled.

Seeing Into the Future

Was Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II and President of the United States for two beautiful terms, a modern-day prophet? There is, in my humble opinion, a mountain of evidence supporting this awesome claim, and they can all be found in one paragraph of a letter he wrote back in 1954.

Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid (1, 2, 3).
Hem hem. Who da thunk it?

Marketing Techinques

When you're this desperate, something's broken.

"Going Army" and making history appealed to 20-year-old Chris Monarch, so he called a Houston recruiting office. Sgt. Thomas Kelt was the recruiter. But a new baby changed Monarch's plan to enlist and he cancelled his meeting with the recruiter.

"I said I'm a volunteer firefighter and eventually gonna try to go career with it and I'm just not interested anymore and I hung up the phone," Monarch said.

But the recruiter wouldn't take no for an answer -- with a phone message threatening Monarch with arrest if he didn't show.

"By federal law you got an appointment with me at two o'clock this afternoon at Greenspoint Mall." said Kelt. "OK, you fail to appear and we'll have a warrant, OK? So give me a call back."

In fear, Monarch called the recruiter back. "He said, 'Oh Chris, don't worry about that. That's just a marketing technique I use,'" Monarch recounted.

Flushing the Bible

I have $10 down saying that if this story gets any sort of legs in the United States, blame will be placed by conservatives solely on Newsweek, instead of where it belongs: the people who perpetrated the offending action. I just know it.

Four people have been killed and 52 wounded in Afghanistan after riots following reports that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had been desecrating the Koran.

Afghan police opened fire on protesters, as thousands took to the streets setting government offices in Jalalabad on fire and attacking UN buildings and diplomatic missions. Shops were looted and US troops stationed in Jalalabad, a conservative Muslim city 80 miles east of Kabul, were confined to base during the protest, witnesses said.

The riots followed an article in Newsweek magazine that said investigators probing abuses at Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba had discovered that interrogators "had placed Korans on toilets, and in at least one case flushed a holy book down the toilet".

Am I Drunk?

What the hell is going on with the Republican Party lately? Did you ever think you'd see Republicans joining the Democrats to defy expectations and the White House?

Longtime political foes Newt Gingrich and Hillary Rodham Clinton joined cheerfully Wednesday to promote legislation on health care changes, joking that some might view it as a sign of a soon-to-come doomsday. I thought the same thing, but I ain't joking. Seriously, that's some scary shit. And Senate Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting Wednesday a spending ceiling set by the White House for a six-year highway and mass transit funding bill. The Senate voted 76-22 to defeat an attempt to rule that the $295 billion bill added to the federal deficit and thus violated budget rules.

Perhaps the Republicans are learning that the Democrats know what they're talking about when it comes to domestic affairs, at least. They can pretend they have total domination with international dealings, but the Dems are masters of their domain here at home.

McCain Comes Around

Sen. John McCain is urging the Senate's GOP majority to cut a deal with Democrats over President Bush's judicial nominees even as Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist warns that a confrontation over judicial filibusters could come next week. For better or for poorer, John McCain is an all right guy. He went a little loony in the head at the end of last year, but he seems to be back on track.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Truer Words...

I don't believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely we Republicans aren't that desperate for victory. While it might be a fleeting victory for the Republican Party, it would be a more lasting defeat for the American people. Surely it would ultimately be suicide for the Republican Party and the two-party system that has protected our American liberties from the dictatorship of a one-party system.

-- Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine

Gay Hormonies

This is my first post so please be gentle.

The New York Times reported today that,

The estrogen-like compound, though it activated the usual smell-related regions in women, lighted up the hypothalamus in men. This is a region in the central base of the brain that governs sexual behavior and, through its control of the pituitary gland lying just beneath it, the hormonal state of the body.

The male sweat chemical, on the other hand, did just the opposite; it activated mostly the hypothalamus in women and the smell-related regions in men. The two chemicals seemed to be leading a double life, playing the role of odor with one sex and of pheromone with another.

The Swedish researchers have now repeated the experiment but with the addition of gay men as a third group. The gay men responded to the two chemicals in the same way as did women, Dr. Savic reports, as if the hypothalamus's response is determined not by biological sex but by the owner's sexual orientation.

The study enforced what I've always thought. Gays are freaks of nature. HA!

Win-Win Situations

A new Gallup Poll released this morning shows that only 35% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. That is the lowest approval rating for Congress since July 1997.

And, in a separate report regarding the blocked judicial appointments and so-called "nuclear option" debate in the Senate, Gallup found: "The heated debate over the filibuster rule in the U.S. Senate is a low-salience issue to the American public, almost two-thirds of whom say they are not following it closely. When the situation is explained to Americans, the majority appear to favor keeping the rule in place. A plurality also favors the Democratic approach over the Republican approach to the issue."

Friends in Low Places

Vice President Dick Cheney helped raise an estimated $200,000 Monday for the campaign of Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, who is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress.

Musgrave, one of the original sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, has proved "to be exactly the right person for the job*," Cheney told a crowd about 200 people who paid $500 to $4,000 to attend the luncheon in downtown Denver.

* Clarification: " be exactly the right two-bit ho-bag willing to impress friends in high places by writing discrimination into the Constitution that we were looking for..."

A Vote for Kerry...

Did you know that those nine members who were voted out of the East Waynesville Baptist Church, about 120 miles west of Charlotte, weren't thrown out because they didn't vote for George W. Bush? They were thrown out because they voted for Kerry.

This, and a few other nitpicking points are made by Waylan Owens, Vice President of Planning and Communications at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, a personal acquaintance of the East Waynesville Baptist Church's minister, Chan Chandler. (Which makes me think of Chanandler Bong, but that's just me.)

Oh, and that the nine are going to Hell. But not for the reason you may think they are. It would seem that Mr. Owens sticks to his guns when it comes to the Bible's clear admonition not to take one another to court in 1 Corinthians 6. As many times as I google different queries, I cannot find any articles of Mr. Owens rebuking the actions of then-Governor Bush when he took then-Vice President Al Gore to court in 2000. This is clearly also forbidden by 1 Corinthians 6. I mean, he wouldn't have one set of rules for some people and a completely different set for others.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

They Hate Us

Second-guessing Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Bush said Saturday the United States played a role in Europe's painful division after World War II -- a decision that helped cause "one of the greatest wrongs of history" when the Soviet Union imposed its harsh rule across Central and Eastern Europe.

"We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations, appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability," the president said. "We have learned our lesson; no one's liberty is expendable. In the long run, our security and true stability depend on the freedom of others."

Bush singled out the 1945 Yalta agreement signed by Roosevelt in a speech opening a four-day trip focused on Monday's celebration in Moscow of the 60th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat.
What in the hell is with this Blame-America-First crowd? Don't they have anything better to do than to deface and maim the patriotism and vivacity of the American spirit?

The Republican Party: Blaming America First since the 1800s sometime.

Rest in Peace, Patriot

Peter W. Rodino Jr., a little-noticed Democratic congressman from New Jersey until he led the House impeachment investigation of President Nixon, died Saturday. He was 95.

Hutch is Enough

I won't pretend like some people to know what God hates and what He loves. I have no advanced study in theology and I must admit that God has never spoken to me. But I'm pretty sure He doesn't appreciate His name being used for the Dark Side.

Before he became a born-again Christian and later a rising national star in the world of black evangelical ministers, the Rev. Ken Hutcherson started playing football because, he said, it was the best way he could think of to "hurt white people."

Now Dr. Hutcherson, 52, known as "Hutch," and by his self-chosen nickname, "the black man," claims to be the person who forced Microsoft, situated near his Antioch Bible Church offices, to withdraw its support of a gay rights bill before the State Legislature, one it had supported the two previous years. Dr. Hutcherson had threatened to organize a national boycott of Microsoft if it backed the legislation this year.

Asked if he thought that he alone could have changed the giant corporation's mind, Dr. Hutcherson said in an interview Friday: "I don't think. I know."

He continued: "If I got God on my side, what's a Microsoft? What's a Microsoft? It's nothing."
It would seem that Microsoft is an entity beyond the control of the Hutch. In a turnaround, Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer said the company will support gay rights legislation. "What's a Microsoft?" Bigger and badder ass then the man who raises Rottweillers ("the bigger, the meaner, the better," he said of his pets), that's for sure.

I applaude Microsoft for not only coming to its senses and helping its fellow man, but I also laude praise on Steve Ballmer for standing up against a single whacked-out hypocritical man with nothing better to do than to teach the Dark Side of Christianity.

A look at Dr. Hutcherson's own life is reason enough to discount anything he says about same-sex marriage. If the same people he pretends to count as friends had their way, he wouldn't be happily married himself.
And a majority of the 3,500 members of his megachurch, which is based in this tidy Seattle suburb and high-tech hub, is white, as is his wife.
In the Federal case that would become the Supreme Court case prohibiting interracial marriage bans, the trial judge ordered a married white man and black woman to leave the state of Virginia and never return for their sins. He wrote in his opinion, "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."

When God's people move from one area to another, they are not to intermingle with the locals. God demands in Deuteronomy 7:3 that "Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son."

Yes I believe he's being a hypocrite. As long as he's happy in his life, he could care less about the rights of other minorities. He's the worse kind of hypocrite. (Nay, I'm sure I can think of a few worse.) He's the one who revels in the work and labor of those before him while forgetting about the others who need his help. He should be ashamed of himself.

And he should stop pretending that he's speaking for the God of love and compassion and of peace when he's speaking his vile and arrogant rants.
There is little doubt, from hearing Dr. Hutcherson tell it, that he believes not only in the power of God, but also in the power of "Hutch," especially when it comes to going up against companies like Microsoft - or anyone else, for that matter. "God plus Hutch is enough," said the minister.
Enough said.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Party of InTolerance 4,563,902

What happens when politics and religion mix? Other than the burning of witches, I mean.

Some in Pastor Chan Chandler's flock wish he had a little less zeal for the GOP. Members of the small East Waynesville Baptist Church say Chandler led an effort to kick out congregants who didn't support President Bush. Nine members were voted out at a Monday church meeting in this mountain town, about 120 miles west of Charlotte.
Who Would Jesus Vote For? A warmonger, of course. Duh! Oh, and pro-death proponent.

You Forgot 34!

I've commented before that Democrats have banded together to block votes on 10 of President Bush's nominees, while allowing votes on more than 200 judges. The filibuster is only used on 1/20 of the judges, hardly a misuse of the power at hand. When I originally suggested that the Republicans quit their bitching and just count their wins, a certain somebody asked me how many of those 200 were for the appellate courts? His answer was a big fat zero.

After repeated attempts to shore up a source for that information, and none were ever received, I brushed off his comment as unauthoritative blubber. And I was right, as always.

Democrats successfully filibustered 10 of Bush's first-term appeals court candidates, while more than 200 judicial nominees -- including 34 appeals court judges -- were confirmed.
I happened across this information quite accidently. Poor reader. He was only off by 34 people. Just another indication that Republicans and conservatives alike feed off the general public's ignorance to decipher the difference between real hard-core facts and just made-up dribble like we see oh so often on Fox News.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Nuclear Schmuclear

While the United States unneededly invaded Iraq to secure weapons of mass destruction, because of an erroneous connection between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, to liberate the Iraqi people, it would seem that the Bush Administration has turned a blind eye on the potentially more volatile and more dangerous situation.

The Associated Press is reporting that Japan has information that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear test, a Defense Agency official said Friday, less than a week after Pyongyang is believed to have tested a short-range missile off its eastern coast. And the New York Times on Friday reported that the White House and Pentagon officials were examining satellite photographs that suggest North Korea is making rapid preparations for a nuclear test.

Hmm, from the viewpoint of an American worried about his own ass, which country posed the greater danger to your well-being? Iraq and its Oil-for-Food scandal, or North Korea and a nuclear weapon? Priorities!

Go Go Democratic Power

In the face of a Democratic ass-kicking, the Republicans were forced to concede a humiliating defeat and back down from an ethics rule change that would have aided and abetted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay from a probe into his alleged ethics violations. Now, once again in the face of an overwhelming Democratic stare-down, Republicans were forced to tuck their tails between their legs and run home to momma.

After a week of Democratic protests, Republicans agreed on Thursday to change a report that had said the Democrats' amendments to an abortion bill could assist sexual predators.
The best part, of course, is when Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi demanded that the committee chairman, Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., apologize for "the disgusting misrepresentations." Sensenbrenner, refused to back down, saying that "we were accurate, and if you do not want this to happen again, draft your amendments properly." But on Thursday Sensenbrenner filed, without speaking on the House floor, the amended report that removed the references to sexual predators.

Emasculation at its finest. And the continued mocking of the "political capital" notion.

We Love Your Money

Dear Mr. Suspected Terrorist,

We hate you. Why don't you go back to the hole you climbed out of and die. We think you're nothing more than a filthy swarthy-looking terrorist and we hope Allah takes you off this earth post haste.

Best regards,
the White House

PS -- Please send us money.

A year after federal agents raided his home in a terrorism investigation, Muslim businessman Syed Maswood is lucky to get on an airplane without being detained and searched. But that didn't stop him from getting an invitation to dine with President Bush.

Maswood, a nuclear engineer who has not been charged with any crime and has been trying for months to get his name off no-fly lists, received an invitation to serve as an honorary chairman at a Republican fundraiser with Bush in Washington next month.
It's funnier cause it's true.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Humility... Not

In his speech today at an event for the National Day of Prayer, embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay spoke on the importance of keeping politicians' egos in check.

"No man or woman of any faith or of no faith can truly love, truly serve, truly persevere, truly dare mighty deeds, truly hope for the future or truly honor the past, without a humble heart."
Humble. Would you call someone who rebuked a government employee who tried to stop him from smoking on government property, "I am the federal government" humble? I'm not so sure I would.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

So It Begins

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) chief of staff has told conservative activist leaders and business- community representatives that Frist will soon trigger the so-called "nuclear option" to end threatened Democratic filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees this month.

The chief of staff, Eric Ueland, said the event will take place in "less than a month," according to several people who attended a closed-door meeting late last week.

But social conservatives are anticipating from conversations with Frist's staff that the controversial move will take place next week and are predicting a conservative backlash if Senate Republicans delay any longer.

We'll Punish You Good

What does the Republican-controlled Congress do when its mad? It puts the American public at risk, duh!

Lawmakers cut nearly a half-billion dollars from the Homeland Security Department's 2006 budget proposal on Wednesday for what they called repeated failures to update Congress on counterterror spending. Another $310 million was ordered withheld until the department submits reports lawmakers have requested.
This has to be about the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. Withholding nearly a billion dollars that is earmarked for anti-terrorism funding because it can't keep a department it just created under control? I feel so much safer already. And this on the heels of Dick Cheney saying that al Qaeda is still "very active" recruiting and seeking to attack the United States. Wonderful leadership.

The U.S. Coast Guard took nearly all of the $485 million cut - it lost $466 million for its 20-year Deepwater project to modernize its ship and aircraft fleet. The bill also eliminates $11 million from the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection directorate, Homeland Security's intelligence arm.

In all, the bill appropriates $31.8 billion for Homeland Security -- a 7 percent drop from the $34.1 billion the department requested.

Emasculated Bull

The First Lady may have stolen the show with her surprise comedy routine at the 91st White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, but not everyone appreciated her jokes and one-liners poking fun at President Bush. At least one organization of conservative Christians quickly lashed out at Mrs. Bush's performance, warning that her remarks at the President's expense were a public refutation of the Biblical command that wives should respect their husbands.

According to an official statement (PDF) released over the weekend by the Coalition for Traditional Values, an organization that seeks a more flexible relationship between church and state, Mrs. Bush's jokes at her husband's expense amounted to a public emasculation of the President. Pastor Roy DeLong, the statement's author and chair of the group, warns that the First Lady's performance comes at a time when the Mr. Bush's "manliness is already under attack."
News to me. Theocracy, much?

And how does one know when his "manliness" is under attack? What would the symptoms be like? And can you take antibiotics for it?

Promiscuous Gay Weddings

Please help me understand. Chuck Colson, of the Christian news and commentary website Breaking Point, writes, "On the other hand— -- and this is true for both homosexuals and for promiscuous heterosexuals -- you have a series of transient relationships..."

Of course I take issue with all homosexuals being lumped together into one giant generalization with the likes of "promiscuous heterosexuals," but I find his article hard to follow as he previously smacked around a newly created gay-oriented cable channel and its "wedding-planning show, My Fabulous Gay Wedding."

How can you do that in the same article? How can your mind forget that there's a big fat gay wedding show on television and talk about all homosexuals being promiscuous? What does he think the whole notion of same-sex marriage entails? If all homosexuals were skanky whores, why would they want to get married?

Do people who write these articles bashing gay marriage think it through before they write?

British Uh Ohs

Yeah, just when we think that we have it bad here in America, those damned British have to go and show us up. They can't just leave well enough alone.

A former nurse was arrested last night after police discovered the bodies of three newborn babies in two attics. Anne Mahoney, 64, was first questioned six weeks ago after a baby's corpse was found wrapped in bags in a loft.

When police searched the attic of her own home yesterday, they found the remains of two more infants. They had been 'bagged up' in a similar way, said an officer.
My question is, "Who was the unfortunate soul who just happened upon the body of a newborn in a bag in a loft?"
The first baby was found on March 20 by a family moving into their new home. The father was putting empty packing cases into the attic when he found the remains in a plastic bag. He thought the bones were a rabbit's before realising in horror it was a baby.
Kinda puts my life and my bickering into perspective. Yuck.

Cheerleading for God

Watch a video of some of America's national high school cheerleading competitions and you might think you've accidentally tuned in MTV. Or maybe even exotic dancers. Texas legislator Al Edwards was recently so unsettled by what he saw at one cheerleading event featuring nubile teens that he proposed a state law to end "sexually suggestive" performances at athletic events. "It's just too sexually oriented," he said, "the way they're shaking their behinds and breaking it down."
But I have no fear! Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for, Christian Cheerleaders, thou art with me; thy peppiness and thy double axles they comfort me. And I'm digging their new digs.

Q & A Filibuster Style

Just in case you've been missing in action for the past several years, here's a refresher course in the Filibuster Saga provided by the Associated Press.

Q: What is a filibuster?

A: The filibuster is a parliamentary tactic where senators use their right to virtually unlimited debate to block measures or legislation.

Q: Who are the judicial nominees involved in the filibuster controversy?

A: David McKeague, Richard Griffin, Henry Saad, William G. Myers III (PDF), Janice Rogers Brown, William H. Pryor Jr. (and here) and Priscilla Owen.

Q: Why do Democrats oppose these nominees?

A: Democrats oppose McKeague, Griffin and Saad, all nominees for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, because Republicans blocked Senate votes on former President Clinton's nominees for vacancies on the same court. They say the other four are conservative ideologues whose views against homosexuality, abortion, affirmative action, Social Security, labor rights or environmental standards are out of the mainstream.

Q: Why don't Republicans keep the Senate in round-the-clock session to force Democrats to conduct the type of filibuster shown in Frank Capra's 1939 movie "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"?

A: It's more convenient merely to have a test vote to see if they have 60 votes and then move on to other issues if they don't. Republicans also say a round-the-clock filibuster debate wouldn't bring them any closer to a vote on the nominees themselves. [And they've already tried this, to dismal results.]

Q: Democrats have threatened to slow down the work of the Senate if Republicans succeed. How can they do this?

A: The Senate works at its current speed because much of its workload is handled through a procedure called "unanimous consent." That means all 100 senators agree on issues like skipping the full reading of every bill, allowing committees to meet while the Senate is in session and voting on procedural Senate business. Without unanimous consent, it could take hours or days to complete work that now takes minutes. By opposing unanimous consent requests from Republicans, Democrats can block or delay most of what the Senate does. Democrats have said they will not delay vital legislation like appropriation bills and homeland security bills or money for America's troops.

Another One

President Bush, stunned when John R. Bolton's nomination for United Nations ambassador hit a Republican road bump, is working hard to avoid a political setback at the outset of his second term when senators hold a showdown vote next week.
Don't they mean another setback?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Liberal Media Bias

Fair and Balanced. And without a shred of evidence.

I'm Sorry Miss Owens, Oooooh

Let's quickly sweep this little dirt under the rug.

More troubling for [Priscilla Owens'] nomination is that when he was Owen's colleague as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales accused her of trying to implement "an unconscionable act of judicial activism." The charge came during a heated abortion ruling in which Owen tried to make the burden for a minor even more onerous than the Texas Legislature intended.

Time and again while serving with Owen, Gonzales admonished her for straying too far from the clear intent of Texas statutes. Today, however, Gonzales praises Owen as "superbly qualified," while her supporters try valiantly -- and at times imaginatively -- to explain away the damning "judicial activism" description.
Of course he's going to praise her like he should. He knows how to follow directions from his higher-ups and get ahead in life. He will simply forget that he called her opinions "unconscionable" and instead follow the party line. It's selling out.

One last comment: This is what happens when you don't let gay people touch your hair or pick out your clothes.

Resignation is in the Air

According to a national poll by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute, a majority of Americans surveyed, 59.5%, suggest that Congressman Tom DeLay should resign from his position as House Majority Leader.
But the poll isn't all doom and gloom for Republicans. According to the institute, President George Bush's favorable job rating at 52.3%, which is higher than most polling data I've seen recently. But 52.3%, as we all know, is still a big fat F. Too bad.

Well Are Ya?

I am

"You're a damn Commie! Where's Tailgunner Joe when we need him?"
Are You A Republican?

Screwed Up Priorities

If Vice President Dick Cheney is saying that al Qaeda is still "very active" recruiting and seeking to attack the United States, and if a United States intelligence expert and former ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Princeton Lyman, has said that after al Qaeda was chased out of Afghanistan, it has shifted base to Nigeria in which its influence is growing by the day, what exactly did we accomplish by invading Afghanistan and Iraq?

But obviously God is not keeping Pat Robertson in the loop any more. What is the only thing worse than al Qaeda?

"I think we have controlled al Qaeda," the 700 Club host said, but warned of "erosion at home" and said judges were creating a "tyranny of oligarchy."

Confronted by Stephanopoulos on his claims that an out-of-control liberal judiciary is the worst threat America has faced in 400 years -- worse than Nazi Germany, Japan and the Civil War -- Robertson didn't back down.

"Yes, I really believe that," he said. "I think they are destroying the fabric that holds our nation together."
Who to believe? Dick Cheney or Pat Robertson. Dammit! I can't decide.

Pixie Dixie

What happens to a child who was oxygen-deprived at birth, ugly as sin, speech impaired and had trouble learning to read?

Or so says her lawyer. Personal responsibility! The mantra of no one. And what does the poster child for the Iraq prison abuse scandal face in terms of punishment? At one time, her charges would have brought a sentence of 11 years, but her lawyers and the prosecution reached an agreement where she will go to jail for the lesser of the time recommended by her jury. Oh hellz yeah.

End of Democracy

The federal budget that President Bush submitted to Congress this year contains over 2,000 pages outlining the funding to safeguard the environment, protect workers from injury and death, crack down on securities fraud and ensure the safety of prescription drugs. The very things Americans love. But almost unnoticed in the budget, tucked away in a single paragraph of just three sentences, is a provision that could make every one of those protections a thing of the past.

The proposal would give the president the power to appoint an eight-member panel called the "Sunset Commission." Sunset, as in sayanara. The Commission would systematically review federal programs every ten years and decide whether they should be eliminated. Any programs that are not "producing results" (vague, eh?), in the eyes of the commission, would "automatically terminate unless the Congress took action to continue them."

As Rolling Stone points out, "with a simple vote of five commissioners -- many of them likely to be lobbyists and executives from major corporations currently subject to federal oversight -- the president could terminate any program or agency he dislikes." Forget about your elected representatives in Congress, elections about issues, or anything else like that. This Commission would essentially supercede all that democracy, and put huge decisions in the hands of a few unelected hacks. When we cheer on democracy throughout the world, is this the type we're alluding to?

Is this the type of behavior we want our elected officials dabbling in? I think not.

Majority of Americans

A majority of Americans do not believe it was worth going to war in Iraq, a national poll reported Tuesday. Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they did not believe it was worth going to war, versus 41 percent who said it was, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 1,006 adults
A majority of Americans believe it was not worth going to war in Iraq. A majority of Americans believe the President and Congress were politically motivated in the Terri Schiavo case. A majority of Americans believe President Bush is attempting to destroy their Social Security. A majority of Americans feel the President is overall doing a horrible job. The Presiden't approval rating is at 48%, which according to teachers is an F.

Where the hell were these people six months ago?

Monday, May 02, 2005

We Can Protect!

Talking tough, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice informed North Korea on Monday the United States is able to defend itself and its allies against nuclear and missile threats.
Well thank God! Who knew? I certainly don't think the North Koreans had any idea that we would be able to defend ourselves against missle threats, just like we did back in 1962. I bet that was their strategery the whole time.

"That United States, they sure can't defend themselves against our short-range missles. Muahaha. Let's attack. Attack, I say!" Indeed.

Of course, no one knows exactly why she's being all confrontational after her most recent attempts at tough-talk backfired horribly.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has discarded her failing tactic of confronting Venezuela publicly in favor of working behind the scenes in Latin America against a country she says threatens the region's stability.

The shift, evident in a Latin American trip last week, came after Rice's tough talk earlier this year against the "negative force" of President Hugo Chavez backfired by burnishing the populist's anti-American credentials and irking governments in a region wary of U.S. interference.
Some people just never learn.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Not Seen in 5 Years

Bush praised Congress' [$2.6 trillion budget plan], calling the product "a responsible budget that reins in spending to limits not seen in years."
Not seen since he's taken office, anyway. That's about the last time we had a balanced budget.

Bearers of the Light of Human Rights

And our government outdoes itself again.

A high-level military investigation into accusations of detainee abuse at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has concluded that several prisoners were mistreated or humiliated, perhaps illegally, as a result of efforts to devise innovative methods to gain information, senior military and Pentagon officials say.
Again, what if we found out that another country was doing these things to our citizens? What if some country kidnapped Americans in large numbers, whisked them away to a far-off place and then mistreated them and took pictures of the affair? I think you'd be a little more than just a little upset.

How You Voted For Him, I'll Never Know

Does this piss you off? Does it disgust you?

Seven months before Sept. 11, 2001, the State Department issued a human rights report on Uzbekistan. It was a litany of horrors.

The police repeatedly tortured prisoners, State Department officials wrote, noting that the most common techniques were "beating, often with blunt weapons, and asphyxiation with a gas mask." Separately, international human rights groups had reported that torture in Uzbek jails included boiling of body parts, using electroshock on genitals and plucking off fingernails and toenails with pliers. Two prisoners were boiled to death, the groups reported. The February 2001 State Department report stated bluntly, "Uzbekistan is an authoritarian state with limited civil rights."
Now, more than three years after Sept. 11, there is growing evidence that the United States has sent terror suspects to Uzbekistan for detention and interrogation.

Detention and interrogation not by American soldiers, but by the exact same Uzbekistanis who found it appropriate to boil two human beings to death. It's outrageous. It's disgusting. What happened to compassionate conservatism? What happened to erring on the side of life? I defy anyone to tell me that this was a good move. I defy anyone to support this decision.

And would you believe that this is the exact same type of stuff Saddam Hussein did to his own people? President Bush is now an accomplice to what he claims is the reason we invaded a country.

It's Amazingly Stupid

I wish to add another point to my previous, already long-winded post. What does it say about a federal government that threatens governmental regulations on a sports franchise while allowing privitized industries, like oil, to milk the American public for everything it's got?

Or to have extremely warm relations with a human-rights violating, oil-gouging, terror-coddling monarch country like Saudi Arabia?

Downsize Big Oil

This is a country for the people, by the way.

You may have forgotten as much with all that's happened in the past few decades. But, the truth remains, we are still a country run by the people, a country still capable of voting in those we feel will do the best job domestically, internationally, financially and socially. But we, being amateur politicos, don't always make the right decisions. That can change.

Although in the past few weeks the price has fluctuated up a little and then down a little, gasoline remains far too expensive than what the average American's pocketbook can afford. With every extra dime we spend at the gas pump for a gallon of petrol, our families sacrifice a little. If that means fewer dollars for groceries, health insurance, clothing, or trips to Walmart, they are all sacrifices we are made to make.

And this leads me to my point. Gasoline prices don't have to be so high, and Americans can do something about it.

While Americans are paying more at the pump than we have in decades, Exxon Mobil said Thursday that first-quarter earnings soared 44% from last year, due mainly to strong crude and natural gas prices. They are richer because we are paying them more. We're paying more for the same product I remember paying $.89 for in 1999. Net income surged to $7.86 billion from $5.44 billion a year ago. Royal Dutch/Shell comfortably beat analysts' forecasts to report a 28 percent rise in first-quarter profits on Thursday, helped by surging oil prices and strong refining margins. ConocoPhillips, the nation's third-largest oil and gas company, said on April 27 that first-quarter earnings soared year-over-year on high oil prices. Net income jumped to $2.91 billion from $1.62 billion a year ago.

They are turning around record profits as Americans are forced to pay more than $2.00 a gallon for gasoline. Any American can see that this isn't fair. Profitting at the expense of others is not moral. And Americans can change that. It's not about taking money from the comfortable and giving it to the moderately impoverished. It's taking from the greedy whores and giving it to people who need it to live. Americans can demand that the big oil companies stop playing the greedy moneymonger part they play so well and instead start helping out their fellow man. Enough Americans can bring about this change, we just have to want to do it.

We cannot count on the present administration in the White House to help us, either. Not only does the president himself have ties to the oil industry, but these three oil companies I've mentioned are deep contributors to the Republican Party.

Exxon Mobil gave $728,545 last year in political contributions (including a whopping $750 to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton), 95% of it going to Republicans. Shell Oil gave $118,600 (including $1,000 to John Ashcroft)*, 75% going to Republicans. Philips Petroleum gave $137,000 (including $2,000 to John Ashcroft)*, 90% going to Republicans.

AND a Bush administration proposal that would cap money borrowed by the region's biggest hydropower producer could gut fish and wildlife programs, dim plans for alternative energies and raise rates for consumers.

AND at one time the oil company Chevron named a 129,000 ton oil tanker after one of its nearest and dearest friends and allies: Condolezzaa Rice, which was quietly renamed in 2001.

How can they pretend to be all about the American people? It's preposterous and a farse. *And what the hell is with John Ashcroft receiving contributions from the oil companies in 2004? Was he running for something?

A Greater Danger

The same arrogance that sent Republicans into Terri Schiavo's hospice room has also led them to try to police the culture of sex more rabidly than the left did the culture of sexism. No wonder another recent poll, from the Pew Research Center, finds that for all the real American displeasure with coarse entertainment, a plurality of 48 percent believes that "the government's imposing undue restrictions" on pop culture is "a greater danger" to the country than the entertainment industry itself. Who could have imagined that the public would fear Focus on the Family's James Dobson more than 50 Cent?
I know I fear James Dobson more than 50 Cent.