Friday, February 29, 2008
Well this piece by Washington Post Reporter Cindy Loose brings that to mind:
I was stuck in a crowded parking lot at the grocery store the other day in my minivan, the woman in a station wagon in front of me waiting for a space to open. Driving up next to me was a middle-aged man in a black sports car who found that he couldn’t squeeze past me. He rolled down his window and started screaming about “F---king stupid women! Stupid f---king women shouldn’t be allowed to drive.” I finally said to him, “That’s quite a mouth you have on you.” He responded, “You f---king whore!” Without thinking, I leapt out of the car and headed toward him. I could hear him click his door locks as he put his car in reverse and drove back as fast as he could. I got to his window and screamed, “Get out of the car and call me that. Get out of the car!” Still in reverse, he sped out of the lot. Several people clapped for me, then a middle-aged woman pulled up next to me, rolled down her window, and said, “I’m so glad you confronted him! Are you voting for Hillary? If you are, will you come to Texas with me and campaign for her?”
• If you kill your wife, for god's sake, don't tell your cats. A 72 year old man is on trial in Wales after cops secretly taped him talking to his cats.
• This was brilliant: Eight days after a gunman killed 5 people in a classroom at Northern Illinois University, another gunman burst into a classroom at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He held the instructor and 7 students hostage. It was only a drill but nobody had bothered to notify them. One of the administrators said, "The intent was not to frighten them but to test our system."
Not the intent? WTF did they think would happen?
• More brilliance: A casting company put out a call for extras for a new horror movie. They wanted people who looked like they lived in a 'holler' in West Virigina, specifically:
Extraordinarily tall or short. Unusual body shapes, even physical abnormalities as long as there is normal mobility. Unusual facial features, especially eyes ... a 9-12-year-old Caucasian girl with an other-worldly look to her ... Could be an albino or something along those lines.
Because, as the casting director explained (the day before she got fired):
Some of these 'holler' people -- because they are insular and clannish, and they don't leave their area -- there is literally inbreeding, and the people there often have a different kind of look. That's what we're trying to get.
Gee, I wonder why people got offended.
• Not only is Scientology kooky, it appears L. Ron Hubbard (Suri's bio dad) plagiarized the whole thing from a book published in 1934. I don't know how reliable the source is though.
• When you take that dream vacation in Italy, please remember that scratching your crotch in public is against the law. In spite of the fact that: Superstitious Italian men often hold or touch their private parts for good luck when they see a hearse or to ward off bad luck.
• Chocolate beer. I'm not kidding - that's the hot new trend at microbreweries around the U.S.
Lucky for Exxon, they managed to drag out the appeals process until Bush had the Supreme Court stacked in their favor:
"So what can a corporation do to protect itself against punitive-damages awards such as this?" [Chief Justice] Roberts asked in court.
The lawyer arguing for the Alaska fishermen affected by the spill, Jeffrey Fisher, had an idea. "Well," he said, "it can hire fit and competent people."
The rare sound of laughter rippled through the august chamber. The chief justice did not look amused ...
Roberts seemed the most agitated as he argued that Exxon wasn't responsible for the captain's unauthorized drunkenness. "I don't see what more a corporation can do," he said. "What more can the corporation do other than say 'Here is our policies' and try to implement them?"
... Ruth Ginsburg pointed to the evidence that "Exxon knew that this captain had a severe alcohol problem, and yet, they let him stay on voyage after voyage and did nothing about it."
Turn ons: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Turn offs: unrestrained corporate greed
And I totally flipped out. I wasn't home Wednesday afternoon so the maintenance guy must have come in while I was gone. And my dirty underwear were laying on the floor in the bathroom. Oh, the horror!
Seriously, I was totally creeped out by the idea that some guy I've never met came in my apartment without my knowledge. So I sat down and wrote my landlord a pissy letter reminding him that, "Under Iowa code, it is considered criminal trespass for a landlord or his agents to enter a tenant's apartment without giving 24 hours notice."
I went on and on about how upset I was and how wrong they were. I get very self-righteous when I'm mad. But I decided to wait to print out the letter and send it.
Which is probably a good thing because it was only a few hours later that I noticed the faucet was, in fact, still leaking. Paranoia strikes again. Guess I can delete that letter now.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Potential Scientologists Will Smith and Jada Plinko Smith joined Kate Cruise and husband Tom for a "friendly" dinner at Cut restaurant in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night.
Dinner conversation must be something like this….
Tom: Xenu. Xenu. Xenu.
Jada: So, I'm working on a new heavy metal album.
Katie: Save me.
Will: I love your pretty shoes, Katie. I wonder if they come in my size?
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
“Republicans will need to exercise less deafness and more deftness in dealing with a different looking candidate, whether it is a woman or a black man,” Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway said. “But at the same time, really charge back at any insinuation or accusation of sexism or racism. You can’t allow the party to be Macaca-ed.”
• Justice Clarence "pube on a Coke can" Thomas has not asked a single question during oral arugments for more than 2 years. While the other justices pepper the lawyers with questions while Thomas leans back in his chair and looks up at the ceiling.
• In Chicago, the new owners got a shock when they inspected the house they bought at a foreclosure auction:
Sitting upright in the corner of a bedroom off the kitchen was a human skeleton in a red tracksuit. Next to him lay a dead dog. Neighbors told police the corpse was almost certainly Randy Johnson, a middle-age man who lived alone in the North Kenwood house.
• A woman in New Guinea gave birth while she struggled to free herself from a noose. Her neighbors accused her of witchcraft and hung her from a tree. Mom and baby survived.
• In the U.S., the maternal death rate keeps rising. It more than doubled from 1998 to 2005. Researchers believe it may be caused by the increase in C-sections and drugs used to induce labor.
• Marketing gone wild: Nickelodeon has come out with a Spongebob Square Pants Musical Thermometer. Oh yes, mommy, stick Spongebob up my butt.
• Check out these cool paper sculptures.
• A British website put out a list of the weirdest book titles from last year. My favorites:
- I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen
- How to Write a How to Write Book
- Are Women Human? And Other International Dialogues
- Cheese Problems Solved
- If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs
I could just stand up here and say 'Let’s just get everybody together, let's get unified. The sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect.'
Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear.
You can see the video on You Tube.
ABC's Jake Tapper notes the "Helter-Skelter cult-ish qualities" of "Obama worshipers," what Joel Stein of the Los Angeles Times calls "the Cult of Obama." Obama's Super Tuesday victory speech was a classic of the genre. Its effect was electric, eliciting a rhythmic fervor in the audience -- to such rhetorical nonsense as "We are the ones we've been waiting for. (Cheers, applause.) We are the change that we seek."
We are the ones we've been waiting for? That sounds like something Tom Cruise would say right before he hooked you up to the E-meter. Or maybe Jim Jones. People are lining up to drink the koolaid.
... Obama has an astonishingly empty paper trail. He's going around issuing promissory notes on the future that he can't possibly redeem. Promises to heal the world with negotiations with the likes of Iran's president, Mahmoud Admadinejad.
Promises to transcend the conundrums of entitlement reform that require real and painful trade-offs and that have eluded solution for a generation. Promises to fund his other promises by a rapid withdrawal from an unpopular war -- with the hope, I suppose, that the (presumed) resulting increase in American prestige would compensate for the chaos to follow.
Democrats are worried that the Obama spell will break between the time of his nomination and the time of the election, and deny them the White House. My guess is that he can maintain the spell just past Inauguration Day. After which will come the awakening. It will be rude.
The last few days, Hillary has been attacking him and the commentators on Countdown, including Keith O himself, are pissing and moaning that she's giving ammunition to McCain. Seriously? You think McCain and his minions wouldn't notice Obama's weaknesses on their own?
The picture is from Vanity Fair. It shows what I've been saying all along - he's too damn sure of himself. Kind of reminds me of George W. Bush.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
In last week's space spectacular, a U.S. missile did more than turn a dead satellite into bits of space scrap. It also blew another hole in hopes that the world's nations could forge a treaty making outer space a weapons-free realm, analysts say.
Wednesday's orbiter shootdown by a U.S. Navy missile came just eight days after Russia and China, at the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, submitted a draft treaty to ban weapons from space.
The U.S. action, ostensibly to eliminate a threat from a falling spy satellite, showed the world that the hundreds of communications, weather, reconnaissance and other satellites circling far overhead are vulnerable — as did a similar Chinese shootdown a year earlier ...
As TMZ says:
Brangelina are trying to make the world more attractive, one child at a time!
Here's a transcript:
We have our first serious female presidential candidate in Hillary Clinton. And yet women have come so far as feminists that they don't feel obligated to vote for a candidate today just because she's a woman. Women today feel perfectly free to make whatever choice Oprah tells them to.
Which raises the question: why are people abandoning Hillary for Obama? Some say they are put off by the fact that Hillary can't control her husband and that we would end up with "co-presidents." Cause that would be terrible - having two intelligent, qualified people working together to solve problems. Oh, yuck. Why would you let Starsky talk to Hutch? I want to watch that show 'Starsky.'
You know, what's it, America? What is it? Are you weirded out that they're married? Cause I can promise you they're having exactly as much sex with each other as George Bush and Jeb Bush are.
Then there is the scrutiny of her physical appearance. Rush Limbaugh, the Jeff Conaway of right-wing radio, said that he doesn't think America is ready to watch their president quote "turn into an old lady right in front of them." Really? They didn't seem to mind when Ronald Reagan did that.
Maybe what bothers me the most is that people say that Hillary is a bitch. Let me say something about that - yeah, she is. Yeah, and so am I ...
You know what? Bitches get stuff done. That's why Catholic schools use nuns as teachers and not priests. Those nuns are mean old clams and they sleep on cots and they're allowed to hit you. And at the end of the school year, you hated those bitches but you knew the capital of Vermont.
So I'm saying it's not too late, Texas and Ohio. Get on board. Bitch is the new black!
Turn ons: Hillary's hair cut
Turn offs: Oprah
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Last night on Countdown, one of the commentators said that she should quit now before the Ohio and Texas primaries. That would be the "graceful" thing to do. WTF? Graceful? Does that mean "ladylike"?
They would never say a man should quit when the contest is this far from being decided. If she did quit, they would turn on her and say, "Look, she's a quitter. She wasn't tough enough to go all the way."
"Shame on you, Barack Obama. It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public — that's what I expect from you," Clinton said angrily, waving the mailings in the air.
"Meet me in Ohio, and let's have a debate about your tactics," she added.
Okay, so that last line does sound a little like something you'd hear on World Wrestling. But that's what she's got to do - she has to get Obama riled up so he loses his composure. Let the real Obama come out to remind people how snide and disrespectful he can be.
"People talk a lot about change. We have lived through some of the worst change that anyone could imagine the last seven years," she said to loud applause. "People thought we were getting a compassionate conservative, didn't they? It turned out he was neither. We have lived with the consequences of those mistakes." ...
"Enough about the speeches, and the big rallies, and then using tactics right out of ... Karl Rove's playbook. This is wrong and every Democrat should be outraged," Clinton said.
Even if she can't win - which I'm not convinced is true - she needs to rough him up a little bit. He needs the practice for the fall.
"Let's let the people of Ohio vote. Let's actually have an election and then we can look at the results," she said.
That's all I want - a fighting chance.
Some quickies for you:
• Here kitty, kitty: A new study has shown that people with cats are less likely to die from heart attacks or strokes than people who have never owned one:
Although the researchers weren't able to pinpoint the reason why cat owners would experience these heart benefits, Qureshi believes it might have something to do with the ability of cats to lower stress and anxiety in their owners.
However, Qureshi admitted to the possibility that these heart benefits might have more to do with the overall personality and lifestyle of cat owners rather than the cats themselves.
• A British woman lost custody of her children after doctors misdiagnosed the baby's cancer as child abuse.
• Another British woman went into a coma during labor. The baby died and 2 weeks later, doctors told the husband it was time to take his wife off life support. He yelled at her instead:
"You start fighting, don't you dare give up on me now. I've had enough, stop mucking around and start breathing. Come back to me."
Soon after, she started breathing on her own. After a year of treatment, she's back to normal.
• The only thing worse than having your penis amputated: dying. Both happened to an illegal alien in California when Immigration and Customs Enforcement refused to treat his illness, even though their own doctors recommended biopsy and surgery. Civil rights activists say medical neglect of detainees is not unusual.
• Rape victims in North Carolina are billed for the rape kits used to gather evidence:
"Rape victims are being treated differently than any other victim of crime," said Monika Johnson-Hostler, executive director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. "The county doesn't charge me for fingerprinting if my house gets broken into."
• And finally, it's now legal to sell sex toys in Texas:
The state argued that it had a moral basis for maintaining the law, "discouraging prurient interests in autonomous sex and the pursuit of sexual gratification unrelated to procreation."
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals begged to disagree.
Gosh, maybe if legislators and crusadign prosecutors spent less time and money trying to rid the world of dildos, there'd be more resources available to catch rapists. Ya think?
Friday, February 22, 2008
Honey did a better job reducing the severity, frequency and bothersome nature of nighttime cough from upper respiratory infection than DM or no treatment. Honey also showed a positive effect on the sleep quality of both the coughing child and the child's parents. DM was not significantly better at alleviating symptoms than no treatment ...
In a previous study published in 2004, Paul and colleagues showed that neither DM nor diphenhydramine, another common component of cold medications, performed better than a placebo at reducing nighttime cough or improving sleep quality. However, honey has been used for centuries in some cultures to treat upper respiratory infection symptoms like cough, and is considered to be safe for children over 12 months old. Honey has well-established antioxidant and antimicrobial effects, which could explain its contributions to wound healing. Honey also soothes on contact, which may help explain its effect on cough as suggested by the World Health Organization.
This oughta send the drug companies reeling. Hmm, maybe they're the ones making off with all the bees.
You know what? I don't care who he screws - in the sexual sense. This is the part of the story that bothers me - allegedly, he helped out one of her employers, Paxson Communications:
McCain's subsequent letters to the FCC—coming around the same time that Paxson's firm was flying the senator to campaign events aboard its corporate jet and contributing $20,000 to his campaign—first surfaced as an issue during his unsuccessful 2000 presidential bid. William Kennard, the FCC chair at the time, described the sharply worded letters from McCain, then chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, as "highly unusual."
On Wednesday, when McCain denied any improprieties, his campaign said he never even spoke to anyone from Paxson. Newsweek says:
But that flat claim seems to be contradicted by an impeccable source: McCain himself. "I was contacted by Mr. Paxson on this issue," McCain said in the Sept. 25, 2002, deposition ... "He wanted their approval very bad for purposes of his business. I believe that Mr. Paxson had a legitimate complaint."
Okay, so when good ol' Johnny named his bus The Straight Talk Express, maybe all he meant to say was, "I'm not gay."
Doesn't Vicki look a lot like Cindy? Slap some pearls on her and she's ready to be a political wife.
Is that why Hillary's having such a hard time winning the nomination? Maybe Bill needs to start wearing pearls.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
• US Military successfully shoots down satellite containing the Ark of the Covenant, the actual JFK assassination documents, and that secret baked bean recipe the dog was supposed to guard
• John McCain in possible sex scandal. Republicans seen thanking lucky stars it involves an adult woman
Why I love Rosie's blog. One reader writes:
• I bind you Satan and every demon that is blinding Rosie from hearing and receiving the truth of the Gospel. And, what I bind on earth is bond in heaven. Father, in Jesus name open her heart 2 the truth.
Another reader responds:
• May Mary learn to confront the darkness in herself before she chases its reflection on your website. Amen.
Turn offs: heaven and hell
And I don't want to go on a lynching party against Michelle Obama unless there's evidence, hard facts, that say this is how the woman really feels. If that's how she really feels -- that America is a bad country or a flawed nation, whatever -- then that's legit. We'll track it down.
Read the Huff Po piece for details, including some of the other ignorant and racist comments B.O. has made: Time For Bill O'Racist To Resign In Disgrace.
Youthful indiscretions: The New York Times is running a story saying that McCain's advisers believed he was having an affair 8 years ago. Back when he was still a spry young man in his 60s. The other woman was a lobbyist in her 40s - and bears a striking resemblance to his wife. Apparently, the guy has a thing for blondes. McCain has issued a denial.
Me with sad face: Things are looking bleak for Hillary. If Barack is going to fuck up, I hope he'll do it before the convention so the superdelegates can dump him before the Republicans get hold of him.
Little by little, we're getting to know each other. She's finally over her shock that I'm intelligent and insightful and I know as much about psychology as she does.
Today I told her about my adventure in auto repair. On Tuesday, I was pleasantly surprised to see there was no snow or ice on my car. I hadn't been out for a few days and since I live in an apartment with no view of the outside world - all I can see out my windows is the building next door - I had no idea what the weather had been like.
But my battery was dead. So dead, it didn't even click when I tried to start the engine. I called some friends for a jump start and was so relieved they said yes. It took several tries to get it started, then I let it idle for a long time and drove around so the battery could recharge. The battery was only 2 years old and it appeared that I'd left my lights on, and I figured it would be okay.
So I stopped at the grocery store - I was in there about half an hour and when I came back out, the battery was completely dead again. There was a guy parked directly in front of me, hood to hood, sitting there with his engine running while he waited for his wife. He didn't have cables but said he'd jump me if I found some.
I asked a few people in the parking lot and one lady suggested asking the clerks. The security guard had cables and helped me. After that, I went straight to the place where I bought the battery since it was still under warranty. They had gone out of business but the new store there sold the same batteries and agreed to take care of it.
They charged me $34, which isn't exactly the "free replacement" the warranty promised but it's a helluva lot cheaper than full price. The best part: my warranty expired on March 6. If this had happened 2 weeks later, I would've been buying a new battery on my own.
When I'm telling this story to my therapist (I know you're bored by now but she gets paid to listen), she says it makes her feel all warm inside: "God was really looking out for you."
Ugh! I don't care what religion you practice - drink the blood of Christ, bow to Mecca, praise Xenu, whatever turns you on. But don't project your beliefs on me. I can tolerate it from most people even though I don't like it, but I really hate hearing it from a therapist.
I've told her before I don't like it. But today I just smiled and agreed with her. Because she's a sweetheart, well intentioned, and deeply wounded. And she's starting to like me.
I need more people in my life who like me.
Especially when I sat up all last night hating myself, wanting to die, white knuckling it to keep from breaking a glass and slicing my arms open for a little relief.
That's what stress does to me. That's why I'm a hermit - if I don't go anywhere or talk to anyone, there's less stress to deal with. Most of the time, I just want to be left alone. I have enough voices in my head. I like being able to write both sides of the dialogue.
Note to self: Buy some jumper cables, dammit!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."
Yes, it was mean. Yes, it tells us something about McCain. David Corn, one of the writers at salon.com, made a big deal out of the fact that most news outlets reported the story but they didn't repeat the joke. He thinks it's because they love McCain and they're protecting him.
But maybe they were protecting Chelsea. Generally speaking, the press has always been kind to her. If only they'd be half as kind to her mother.
Obama won tonight in Wisconsin. The media haven't completed his coronation yet but they've dry cleaned his robe and they're polishing his crown and scepter.
Totally unrelated: Need a little diversion? Read this amusing little anecdote: Five things about the Occult Hand
She'll get her revenge. Right now, she's plotting where she's going to cack up her next hairball. Will it be in my slipper? On my favorite quilt? Probably in the middle of the living where I won't see it until I step on it and smush it into the carpet.
It's 4 a.m. and I just washed a sink full of dishes. I have another sink full to go. Last time I did dishes was 6 days ago.
Once again, I'm supposed to be working on my novel but I'm procrastinating.
Monday, February 18, 2008
• In the Northwest, they have salmon in their rivers. In the Rockies, they have trout in their streams. In Iowa, they have carp in their sewer pipes. That headline from Fark pretty much sums it up.
• Want a boob job for that girl you've got tattooed on your calf? Better think twice. A guy in Canada tried it but his body rejected the implants. Now, he's got an oozing open wound on his leg.
• Tumbleweed: That's the new nickname of the baby who survived a tornado that killed his mother and threw him 500 feet into a field.
• A waste of perfectly good chocolate. A woman walked into a bank holding a bouquet of flowers and a candy box. She gave the box tothe clerk and told her not to put it down because it was a bomb. There were wires protruding from the box so police evacuated the Super Target where the bank was located. The box? No bomb - just chocolate.
• A couple of weeks ago, a man went on a shooting rampage at a city council meeting in Kirkwood, MO. Now, the city council in nearby Steamboat Springs is discussing security upgrades. One of the council members said, “Maybe we should just not piss off the constituents."
• All your money and a condom. That was the demand of an armed robber in Ohio. Only 1 condom? I guess he didn't think he was going to get that lucky.
• Happy Vagina Day! That was the hot pink headline on the front page of an L.A. high school newspaper, which also featured a drawing of a vagina. The 15 year old student editor said he wanted to raise awareness for violence against women. After the school objected, the editor and some of his friends returned the next day wearing t-shirts that said, "My vagina is obscene."
I thought it was only obscene if you called it a cunt. Just ask Jane Fonda - she's still getting heat for using the c-word on Today when discussing The Vagina Monologues on V-Day.
If you ask me what's obscene, it's the fact that Jane's slip of the tongue (does that sound dirty?) provoked more outrage than teenage girls getting murdered by their boyfriends.
(The picture is comedian Sarah Silverman. She talks a lot about dog poop.)
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Fair Trial My Arse!
Justice for the Prisoners
Why aren't more Americans speaking out like this? Maybe because the American media doesn't give enough coverage to Bush's crimes. If you want the truth about what's going on in the U.S., you have to read the British press.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Why didn't Matthews mention that Obama wouldn't be a senator if Jack Ryan hadn't been a perv? TMZ pointed it out today:
Back in 2004, when Obama was a small-time State Senator from Illinois and running for a U.S. Senate seat, his GOP opponent was Jack Ryan, a super-wealthy businessman who was actually favored in the contest -- and who had gone through a messy divorce from ... Jeri Ryan.
The divorce was a slapfight of Hasselhoffian proportions, and Jeri's allegations that Jack had forced her to go to sex clubs in New York and Paris -- and wanted her to have sex with him in the clubs -- completely ruined Jack's campaign ... and Obama went on to win the seat. And now, perhaps, the one in the Oval Office.
[Richard] Benjamin was taken to the hospital at 1:25 a.m. Friday after he choked and turned blue while wearing a hood and being trussed up in an S&M contraption called "the wheel" at the Nutcracker Suite, a pain palace on East 33rd Street.
The ex-prof, whose hands were bound behind him, had a leather collar around his neck that was attached to a rope secured to a hook on the ceiling.
He was wearing nipple clamps, and his feet were in women's high heels. Cops said Benjamin began choking when one of his feet slipped out of the tall shoe ...
Benjamin's particular fetish was to have himself trussed up and left alone.
At first, doctors feared he'd suffered brain damage. He had no ID and had signed in to the club as "Roger." He's 67, well-respected, and married with children, but his wife knew nothing about his near-strangulation - or his kink - until she got a call from the NY Post. He was a regular at the club.
• From the "wow that's gotta hurt" department: A man in Bahrain arrived at the hospital complaining of severe abdominal pain. Doctors found a 2" nail in his penis. He said he'd been attacked by a gang a few days earlier who had inserted the nail in his urethra without his knowledge.
Kinder, gentler sex: For the first time, two gorillas have been photographed mating face to face, embracing the way humans do:
"Understanding the behavior of our cousins the great apes sheds light on the evolution of behavioral traits in our own species and our ancestors," said Breuer, who led the study.
Do gorillas ever tie each other up or rape each other with nails? Just wondering.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Iraqi ppl dying Mr Clemens lying
Britneys latest frolic Rosie alcoholic
Democracy is faded U.S. ppl jaded
Terror on home soil in the name of oil
Women must take action
COMBAT THE DISTRACTION
From Liz Smith's gossip column titled Messiah for Higher:
'THE OBAMA shuttle has made it into orbit, but at some point he's going to have to land this thing back on Earth," says The Australian newspaper, which notes that the young Democratic hopeful has become something akin to a messiah for his followers.
The newspaper calls it "Obama's first coming," and says one expects the candidate to begin distributing loaves and fishes instead of politics. They quote Time's Joe Klein, who refers to the Obama craze as "a rhetoric of inspiration over substance."
A few quickies:
• From actress Lara Flynn Boyle: "I've dated younger, older and my own age. The only difference is, the younger ones are quicker at taking out the garbage."
• From nipple baring Janet Jackson: "I'm a size queen. When I went on dates and saw the guy was not packing, I always pretended to have a headache."
• Just found out I have one more thing in common with Angelina Jolie (besides our love and adoration for Brad). When she was a little girl, she had a crush on Mr. Spock.
• Remember that hat I was going to buy? Maybe I don't need the whole deer head - just the antlers. These come in a lovely shade of lavender. The pic's from a fashion show in London.
Turn ons: The Australian - read "Obama's First Coming"
Turn offs: cervine fashion
... several students at the south Oxnard campus said King and his alleged assailant had a falling out stemming from King's sexual orientation.
The teenager sometimes wore feminine clothing and makeup, and proclaimed he was gay, students said."He would come to school in high-heeled boots, makeup, jewelry and painted nails -- the whole thing," said Michael Sweeney, 13, an eighth-grader. "That was freaking the guys out."
Students say that King and several boys, including the 14 year old shooter, were involved in an altercation at school the day before the murder. From the article:
Bullying in schools has long been a problem. But recent studies show that a student who comes "out" as gay or lesbian is far more likely to suffer abuse than others, said Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network based in New York.
A student thought to be gay was five times as likely to be threatened or injured by a weapon, a 2002 California Department of Education study said. Jennings said other studies have found similar results. His group advocates more teacher training on how to handle bullying and harassment, specifically of gay students.
I wish all those wild-eyed conservatives who go off on their ridiculous rants about how homosexuals are trying to destroy marriage and family would think about the consequences of getting people fired up like that. When you dehumanize gay people, it makes it easier to kill them.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Don't be so fucking sure of yourself, asshole. I'm getting bitter.
Not because of how well he's doing. Not even because I dislike his politics. It's because of the way the media is covering the campaigns.
On Tuesday, he won primaries in 3 states. He was predicted to win all 3 - the voters were mostly his demographic - young, upper middle class, African American. But the commentators on MSNBC were talking as if McCain vs. Obama is a done deal. So was Obama.
WTF? He's only ahead by 26 delegates. Both candidates still need 1000 more delegates to win.
If I felt that Hillary was being treated fairly by the media, if I felt that the unfair coverage she was getting was because of who she is and not because she's a woman, I wouldn't be feeling so bitter.
Obama is like a lamb being led to the slaughter - and he's taking all of our hopes with him. He's a good talker but he's got skeletons in his closet that a lot of voters aren't aware of. He has a history of drug use, including cocaine. He wrote about it in his book but most voters don't pay attention to that crap - at least they won't until they start seeing the commercials and the smear campaign the Republicans will be running this fall.
He's all about hope and inspiration. How will he respond to the swift-boating from Rove and his disciples? He won't. Just like Kerry failed to respond until it was too late.
I'm fed up. There's a part of me that wants to see him defeated. I think his ego needs a bruising.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Yes, I'm still procrastinating.
Nothing commends McCain more than his enemies. The fact that Rush Limbaugh hates him is a pretty good reason by itself to vote for McCain. When you throw in that political pornographer Ann Coulter and some of the other personalities on Reactionary Radio, you can see that McCain has attributes worth pondering. It's not always possible to judge a man by his friends, but his enemies always tell you something.
In McCain's case, it is that he sometimes suffers seizures of common sense. One came over him when he initially supported a sane immigration policy that would not have entailed mass deportations of the sort that would be impractical and cruel but which, for some reason, were seen as sensible by the GOP's right wing.
Obama is the natural, a politician of enormous gifts. But he is untested, a prodigy who emits puffs of aspirations and has not yet been forced to make painful decisions based on principle.
Quote of the Day
(from a hand-printed sign at a Clinton rally)
"Talk Is Cheap. Mistakes Are Expensive."
If you really want to feel creeped out, go to Google Maps, type in your address, and click "Satellite." Iowa isn't mapped out as clearly as other parts of the country, but most other places in the U.S., if you click on "Street View," you're liable to see pictures of your neighbors. Or maybe yourself.
If this doesn't creep you out, you need to have your head examined. Note to my "fiend" in Seattle, I didn't realize you had so many trees in your neighborhood.
• From NY Mag: The hedge-funder Seth Tobias was found dead in his pool. His hard-partying wife has been accused of his murder by her Internet psychic, who also says the hedge-funder was having an affair with a male stripper named Tiger. And it just gets more sordid from there.
The quote pretty much sums up the story.
• Slate.com has a list of the top 60 American charitable contributions of 2007. Very generous benefactors. But it makes me a little bit sick that anyone has that much money when people in America can't get adequate medical care and people in Africa are dying from lack of clean drinking water. Dead Leona Helmsley had $4 billion to give away.
• From George Clooney: "There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on."
• Dolly Parton nicknamed her breasts "Shock" and "Awe." Thought you'd want to know.
• The picture is from icanhascheezburger. I chose it because the caption made me laugh.
Turn ons: It's Hollywood week on American Idol!
Turn offs: my snoopy landlord
Monday, February 11, 2008
"Your kid can be arrested because they can't prove the songs they downloaded to their iPod were legally downloaded. Lawyers run the risk of exposing sensitive information about their client. Trade secrets can be exposed to customs agents with no limit on what they can do with it. Journalists can expose sources, all because they have the audacity to cross an invisible line."
An attorney with Asian Law Caucus says:
"the government is going well beyond its traditional role of looking for contraband and really is looking into the content of people's thoughts and ideas and their lawful political activities."
In other news:
The last week has seen a spate of unexplained, cut, undersea communications cables that has severely disrupted communications in many countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. As I shall show, the total numbers of cut cables remain in question, but likely number as many as eight, and maybe nine or more.
My theory is that Cheney and his chums are planning something big. They're trying to shut down lines of communication so that only the "official" version of events will get out.
Think I'm crazy? Read Naomi Wolf's piece about the steps Dubya and his monkeys have already taken to simplify invoking martial law in the U.S.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Nine cows. That's how much it costs to buy a swimsuit once worn by Nicole Kidman. It was auctioned by a Swedish charity that gives cows to poor families in India. The same swimsuit had previously been auctioned to raise money for a children's cancer fund and the Salvation Army.
• The dance of a lifetime. A bride in Florida collapsed and died during the first dance with her new husband. She was only 36 but suffered from a heart condition.
• If you have HIV and your gums are bleeding, it's not a good idea to pre-chew food for your baby. There are 3 confirmed cases in the U.S. where AIDS was transmitted this way
• Hot pants: A 12 year old boy in Michigan had a case of hot pants when his Sony PSP caught fire in his pocket. Ironically, the game that was inside the player at the time was "Burn Out."
• Itchy balls? Try marijuana. A guy in Scotland was growing his own to relieve chronic pain in his scrotum. The court let him off with a £300 fine.
• Better than a job at Walmart: Police in Oregon did a survey and discovered that panhandlers standing outside the local Walmart could make $300 a day. It takes a clerk a week to earn that much.
• From the fashion files in Maine:
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a mustachioed man in women’s underwear, a garter belt and black high-heel boots.
Over the past several months, the sheriff’s office has received six reports that a motorist wearing that outfit has pulled in front of women drivers, jumped out of his vehicle and modeled his attire in the roadway. The women have had to swerve to avoid him, said Sheriff Mark Dion.
“The behavior is not necessarily criminal in terms of dress, but the fact he’s jumping out in roadways and apparently targeting females who are alone driving their cars seems to suggest to us we have to talk to him,” Dion said.
• And finally, just thought you'd want to know: The Minnesota Toe Licker got probation. He robbed a woman then took off her shoes and licked her toes. There's a yummy picture at the link.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
"I entered this race — I entered this race because I love America. And because I love America, in this time of war, I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country."
When they played that clip on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart teared up a little and said:
"Mitt Romney loves this country so much that he could not subject it to a Romney presidency."
Another of Romney's excuses:
"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."
So people who vote for Clinton and Obama are voting for terror? I loved Stewart's response. He shouted, "Fuck you!"
Really, isn't this fear mongering getting old?
We've already established that I'm petty and naive for supporting Hillary. I guess I'm also a terrorist.
Oh well. At least I'm in good company. Recently, Maya Angelou endorsed Hillary. This week on "The View" Whoopi Goldberg announced that she voted for Hillary.
Along with the Rat’s good taste and big spending habits, they tend to be very greedy people. They can also prove to be quite selfish in the hunt for things they want. A Rat can be very quick-tempered and can lead to saying things they will later regret. Being verbally witty, they can be a fun person to talk to, but can also keep an argument heated for long periods of time.
Also this - I highlighted the part that really jumps out:
In knowing a Rat or getting to know them, a person will find they will either love or hate them. Their personality type allows nothing in-between. They tend to be the type of person that never throws anything away, and have a cluttered living space. Being born under the sign of the Rat would mean the person loves a good challenge, whether in sports or in pursuing a mate.
Peter Walsh, the organizer from Clean Sweep, was the guest on Oprah today. He talked about how living in a cluttered space and never throwing anything away contributes to a person being fat. Most of what he said rang true.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
It's from Benjamin Cho. I've posted before about how I surf fashion websites and save pictures of the stuff I like. It's poor girl's porn - I lust after designer clothes even more than I lust after Brad Pitt or Robert Redford.
This is Fashion Week in New York, so I'm checking out style.com every night to see what's hot. It's one of those years when I wouldn't be buying any new designs even if I had gazillions to spend. Most of what I'm seeing is just plain ugly. A lot of what's "in" - shapeless shifts, trapeze dresses, oversized tunics - makes even the Skinny Minnies look chubby.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
• Consider the source but this is creepy:
HAVING a baby without nasty stretch marks is all the rage among rich socialites. Last week, Alex Kuczynski, 40, announced she and her billionaire hubby, Charles Stevenson, were giving birth using her egg, his sperm and another woman's uterus. Now comes word that social swan/Vogue editrix Lauren Davis , 31, wants to rent a womb as well. Davis, who just married Colombian billion-heir Andres Santo Domingo, told friends she's looking for a "gestational carrier." That takes care of those pesky stretch marks, morning sickness and labor pains!
Doesn't that bring to mind Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale?
• Comedian Kathy Griffin says she's been banned from The View because of remarks she made about Barbara Walters. But her observations are usually right on target, including this recent quote:
"MY favorite targets are celebrities without a sense of humor who think everything they say is interesting, those who lose complete per spective, and by that I mean Oprah."
• Maybe she was joking but Paula Abdul [said]: "THERE'S a Starbucks in my OB-GYN's office. You can get a latte and a Pap smear at the same time."
• Re Britney: The allegations related to the restraining order that's supposed to keep Britney's "manager" Sam Lutfi away from her are a little kooky. But they're consistent with what his previous victims say he did to them. You can read the details here.
• From actress Julianne Moore:
"I still battle with my deeply boring diet of, essentially, yogurt and breakfast cereal and granola bars. I hate dieting. I hate having to do it to be the 'right' size. I’m hungry all the time ... I think I’m a slender person, but the industry apparently doesn’t ... All actresses are hungry all the time, I think."
Perez says, "Maybe that's why so many of them are so crazy!"
• Hypocrisy at it's best: According to his ex-wife guy who's running for committeeman in Chicago on a family values ticket is a deadbeat dad. He owes $82,000 in back child support for the last 14 years.
• Voters in Wisconsin were disappointed when they lined up to vote on Super Tuesday. Their primary isn't until Feb. 19th. At least they're better off than the people who tried to vote in Florida on Tuesday - their primary was last week.
• And finally, the BBC issued an apology after the hosts of a gardening program talked about a species of rhododendron also known as "the black man's willy." One of the horticulturalists said:
"I've never seen one in my life. They don't really like the cold, as you can imagine. They shrivel up and look very unhappy."
There's a good picture at the link.
Turn ons: Kathy Griffin
Turn offs: Unhappy penises - men with happy penises don't need to invade other countries.
Goodbye to the double standard . . .
—Hillary is too ballsy but too womanly, a Snow Maiden who’s emotional, and so much a politician as to be unfit for politics.
—She’s “ambitious” but he shows “fire in the belly.” (Ever had labor pains?)
—When a sexist idiot screamed “Iron my shirt!” at HRC, it was considered amusing; if a racist idiot shouted “Shine my shoes!” at BO, it would’ve inspired hours of airtime and pages of newsprint analyzing our national dishonor.
—Young political Kennedys—Kathleen, Kerry, and Bobby Jr.—all endorsed Hillary. Senator Ted, age 76, endorsed Obama. If the situation were reversed, pundits would snort “See? Ted and establishment types back her, but the forward-looking generation backs him.” (Personally, I’m unimpressed with Caroline’s longing for the Return of the Fathers. Unlike the rest of the world, Americans have short memories. Me, I still recall Marilyn Monroe’s suicide, and a dead girl named Mary Jo Kopechne in Chappaquiddick.)
Funny how Obama criticized Hillary for wanting to go back to the 90s when she talks about her accomplishments. But he wants to go all the way back to the 60s, running new ads comparing himself to JFK.
Morgan talks about the Hillary nutcracker, the t-shirts that say “If Only Hillary had married O.J. Instead!” and more. Then she says:
This is not “Clinton hating,” not “Hillary hating.” This is sociopathic woman-hating. If it were about Jews, we would recognize it instantly as anti-Semitic propaganda; if about race, as KKK poison. Hell, PETA would go ballistic if such vomitous spew were directed at animals. Where is our sense of outrage—as citizens, voters, Americans?
Morgan also points out:
Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir rose through party ranks and war, positioning themselves as proto-male leaders. Almost all other female heads of government so far have been related to men of power—granddaughters, daughters, sisters, wives, widows: Gandhi, Bandaranike, Bhutto, Aquino, Chamorro, Wazed, Macapagal-Arroyo, Johnson Sirleaf, Bachelet, Kirchner, and more. Even in our “land of opportunity,” it’s mostly the first pathway “in” permitted to women: Representatives Doris Matsui and Mary Bono ... Senator Jean Carnahan . . . far too many to list here.
The essay is so good I want to quote the whole thing but I'll spare you. Go read it. Then read the links she provides to speeches Hillary has made about human rights, going all the way back to her days as a student at Wellesley.
Obama keeps saying that he knows Hillary's supporters will vote for him but he doesn't think all his supporters will vote for her. But the idea of a more qualified woman being passed over for a less experienced man makes my blood boil.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
As we have previously stated, Hillary wasn't our fist choice. We were initially swayed by the promise of change and the inspiring messages of Barack Obama.
But that's not enough!
After careful consideration and much research, we have come to the informed decision that Hillary is the right candidate for us.
We feel more confident with Hillary's abilities to lead and her proven track record of experience. But, more so than that, HER plans for universal healthcare, education reform and emphasis on equality for all are more aligned with what we want in the next President.
We watched the debates and Clinton just won us over.
Barack is great. But Hillary is the better leader, for us.
However, Obama MUST stay in the picture. This country needs him, just as we need Clinton.
It's been a great and heated campaign thus far, but we sincerely hope when it comes time for the Democratic convention that the Clinton/Obama dream ticket will be a reality!
Turn ons: Hillary, made up and photoshopped
Turn offs: Perez's koolaid colored hair
Poor babies. Wonder how they're going to react when they find out not that many people are listening to the anymore.
Seriously - they'd rather have the Rombot for president?
McCain says, "As president of the United States, I will preserve my proud conservative Republican credentials, but I will reach across the aisle to the Democrats and work together for the good of the country."
Which sounds good in theory. But I can't forget when he sang, "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran."
Read Dana Milbank for details about the blowhards' last stand.
Technology has outstripped our growth as human beings. People's basic nature hasn't changed much in the last few thousand years -- what we want, need, fear and hate are pretty much the same as they have always been. But in the last 100 years or so, we have gained global abilities. We've created the technology to destroy our planet but have not developed the corresponding maturity -- either as individuals or societies -- to handle the abilities we've developed.
• And they say Americans are sue happy: A guy in Spain sued the family of the teenage boy he struck and killed because the accident damaged his Audi. He dropped the case after public protests.
By the way, the guy was speeding when it happened. Now the prosecutor has reopened the case.
• "The facts in this case, Judge, are particularly hideous." Those are the words of the Pennsylvania attorney who is prosecuting the man who beat his 17 year old niece to death with a piece of wood and dumped her body off a bridge. He believed he was the father of her 5 week old baby. He and his buddy were going to throw the baby in the creek too but abandoned her in someone's front yard instead.
• When a curious cat was snooping around on top of a cupboard in a Texas apartment, it got her owner's attention. What the cat had discovered were 7 DVDs full of child pornography. The DVDs featured girls ages 5 to 11 performing sexual acts with adult men. A previous tenant admitted they were his and is now awaiting trial.
• What happens when convicted sex offenders can't find a place to live that's not close to schools and parks? They live under a bridge. And when the city of Fort Lauderdale evicts them? They set up camp at the edge of the Everglades.
• State lawmakers in New Hampshire want people who are convicted of public urination to be added to the sex offender registry. Looks like there are going to be a lot more people living under bridges.
But things like this make me want to join the real PETA - an employee at an SNBL drug research facility in Everett, WA, boiled a monkey alive:
... someone placed a wire kennel, with a healthy female macaque monkey still inside, into a giant rack-washer.
The 180-degree water, caustic foam and detergent killed the primate at some point during the 20-minute cycle.
Joanie McCully is a former Animal Care Supervisor for the SNBL.
"I was sick to my stomach. It broke my heart because that is so avoidable and unnecessary, and I couldn't believe it ... I had other people calling me and saying, 'Did you hear?' They were in tears. It was just horrible, especially when they described her, foam coming out of her mouth and her gripping the bars of the cage. They had to peel her off of that cage.”
McCully ... points to an e-mail from a veterinarian working at SNBL entitled "uh oh".
McCully asked the vet, "I heard about the monkey, pretty bad."
The reply: "Oh yes- what a mess! Knew it was (g)oing to happen at some time - many close calls. Now all the paperwork – USDA and AAALAC. What FUN!"
The lab has a history of federal animal welfare violations. Their clients include Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly.
"I would go into ecstasy when a lady scolded me."
The hookers in Denver are looking forward to the Democratic convention this summer, but one experienced prostitute named Carol Leigh says:
"It would be a lot better for the sex workers if it was the Republican convention ... We get a lot more business. I don't know if they're just frustrated because of the family values agenda."
But according to Leigh, political conventions aren't the most profitable:
"Computer conventions can be lucrative. There's a lot of nerds that don't get out much."
No more butt floss. According to the Daily Mail, "the bottom has fallen out of the thong market." Larger knickers and boy shorts are all the rage now, at least in the U.K. You see, folks, I'm ahead of the curve.
Speaking of panties, Michelle Obama could really use underwear advice. The Monday evening news featured video of her at a rally in Cali with Oprah, Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver. But my eyes were glued to Michelle's very Visible Panty Line.
Hillary may have shown a hint of cleavage once but I've never seen her with VPL.
No wardrobe malfunction here, but we were treated to Tom Petty's giant arrow gently penetrating a big pink heart at this year's Superbowl halftime show. His phallic symbol was bigger than Prince's.
Hillary was on Letterman Monday night. You can see part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here.
And finally, something too scary to joke about. The FBI is building a billion dollar biometrics database. In the near future, governments around the world will be able to identify people by iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and possibly the unique ways people walk and talk.
The assistant director of the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (coincidentally? his name is Bush) said:
"Bigger. Faster. Better. That's the bottom line."
Turn ons: Free Falling
Turn offs: Big Brother rifling through your panty drawer
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Do you know how hard it is to find nakies of hairy old celebrities online? A couple of oldies but goodies from my collection - Ed Harris & Pernell Roberts. And a young stud - Jonathon Roberts from "Dancing with the Stars."
Not surprising, there are political calculations for both candidates in the new affection. Clinton needs to overcome the impression that she's icy and divisive. Obama needs to erase the growing perception that he's smug ...
To appeal to new voters ... Obama can't be seen as caddish toward his rival. He earned that reputation during the Democrats' debate in New Hampshire when, discussing the "likability" of Clinton, he said with a smirk, "You're likable enough, Hillary." Then came a bitter exchange with Clinton during a debate in South Carolina, followed by the video and photos of Monday night's State of the Union address, when Obama appeared to turn his back on Clinton's outstretched hand.
Thursday night's debate was the first time that I saw Obama act like he respected Clinton. It was about damn time. But the next day, he was right back to his old tricks:
"I'm confident I will get her votes if I am the nominee," he said. "It's not clear she would get the votes I got if she were the nominee."
Obama says he wants to unite us but then says divisive things like that. Remind you of anyone? (Hint: "I'm a uniter not a divider.")
The O-man might be able to draw crowds to his pep rallies with lines like that but will they show up at the polls in November? I don't think he can sustain this level of enthusiasm with notoriously short attention spans of the MTV and Wii generation. He'd better stop alienating the old-time Democratic faithful.
On a related note, Steven Hill, author of "10 Steps to Repair American Democracy" gave one of the best suggestions I've heard for improving the elections:
A national primary system with four separate primary days, where the 13 smallest states go first followed by the medium states and finally the largest states, makes a lot more sense and would ensure that all states and all voters have a say in the nomination process.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Until now, I'd cringed whenever she invoked a career that began "35 years ago": Why make herself seem so old, an earnest do-gooder long before so many Obama enthusiasts were even a gleam in their parents' eyes? It is tough enough to be the past-her-prime woman, slathered in make-up under the unforgiving TV lights, up against men whose faces the cameras love and cares have barely lined. Yet last night—commanding, gracious, relaxed, confident, funny—Clinton had the je ne sais quoi that can give the older woman the seasoned allure Americans aren't known for appreciating, but may recognize from French movies. It's a glow with the potential power to make a younger man, however compelling, charismatic, and gallant, seem like someone with growing up still to do.
From Eugene Robinson from the Washington Post:
Obama has the magic, no doubt about it. Of all the major candidates, I believe he has the most crossover appeal; I know dyed-in-the-wool conservative Republicans who are so mesmerized by his oratory that they say they would actually vote for him over McCain or Romney. But the "experience" question is real, and if he's not careful, it has the potential to sink him. One bad stumble during the fall campaign could be enough to convince voters that he's not ready.
Obama may have the best chance to win big in November and receive a broad mandate. But if he were to make mistakes, he may also be more likely than the others to lose big.
Tonight on MSNBC, I saw a new ad for Obama. While photos of JFK onscreen, Caroline Kennedy says that the O-man reminds her of her dad and that's why we should vote for him.
But is that enough?
Watch her crazed rant on YouTube.
And here's an endorsement no Democrat wants. Rupert Murdoch's NY Post endorsed Obama:
We urge [Democrats] to choose Obama - an untried candidate, to be sure, but preferable to the junior senator from New York ...
His opponent, and her husband, stand for déjà vu all over again - a return to the opportunistic, scandal-scarred, morally muddled years of the almost infinitely self-indulgent Clinton co-presidency ...
Now, Obama is not without flaws.
For all his charisma and his eloquence, the rookie senator sorely lacks seasoning. And on national security, his worldview is beyond naive - blithely unware that America must defend itself against those sworn to destroy the nation.
Meanwhile, Obama's all-things-to-all-people approach to complex domestic issues also arouses scant confidence. "Change!" for the sake of change does not a credible campaign platform make.
As NY Post columnist Cindy Adams pointed out earlier this week, the Republicans would rather run against Obama because everybody's already heard every nasty thing they can say about Clinton and it hasn't stopped her.
My favorite line from last night's debate was when Hillary said, "It took a Clinton to clean after the first Bush and I think it might take another one to clean up after the second Bush."
A 23-year old has been sentenced to death for downloading information about women's rights in Afghanistan.
Journalist Pervez Kambaksh was reading about the role of women in Islamic socieites.
But he was accused of blasphemy after he downloaded a report from a Farsi website which stated that Muslim fundamentalists who claimed the Koran justified the oppression of women had misrepresented the views of the prophet Mohamed ...
Now the Afghan Senate has issued a statement on the case ... It said the upper house approved the death sentence.
But the ongoing "war on terrorism" (in actuality, a cover for Bush's war on the Constitution) is costing us a lot more than $500 billion. Army records show that soldiers' suicides reached a new record last year when 121 active duty soldiers killed themselves. Another 2100 injured themselves or attempted suicide, compared to only 350 in 2002.
The Army's top psychiatrist says that common factors in suicides and attempted suicides include failed personal relationships; legal, financial or occupational problems; and the frequency and length of overseas deployments.
But hey, there's good news in all this. Today, the CIA announced they killed a top al Qaeda leader. How many does that make?