Osama bin Laden doesn't seem nearly so cocky in the unedited version of a videotape aired on al-Jazeera, complaining that the manhunt against him has hampered al Qaeda....Of course, it could also be meant to lull us into a sense of complacency so that a massive, violent attack in the next thirty-something, pre-election hours goes off without a hitch.
Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape — of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday — bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.
On the tape, bin Laden also says his terror organization has been hurt by the U.S. military's unrelenting manhunt for him and his cohorts on the Afghan-Pakistani border.
Unfortunately, bin Laden has never struck me as one to modestly admit his weaknesses (or his love of the Olsen twins), so let's see what the next couple of days hold for the United States.
Just watching Star Trek: Enterprise, and - hello! - the green women of Orion have changed.
For. The. Better.
Uh, is the blog really slow to load for anyone else out there? Just wondering if it's something to do with my connection or if it is a server issue I should ask Hosting Matters about.
Many thank yous, kind people.
P.S.: It also seems to not want to show when people have left some comments recently. They show up in my mailbox - I see them in the blog control panel - but the comments link shows nothin' on the main page. Hmmm.
DNA evidence frees another innocent man.
And Ann Coulter is still an idiot.
Thanks to Dorkafork for dressing up my monkey*.
* Not nearly as arousing at it sounds.
Here is another reason to drink:
Researchers say they may have found yet another health benefit conferred by red wine -- it seems to reduce the risk of lung cancer, at least in men.Aside from the fact that I find that there is a journal called "Thorax" to be unsettling*, this is good news. Looks like it's once more to the wine fridge, boys!
The findings, published in the November issue of Thorax, echo previous research that found wine offers protection against some cancers.
* I just think it's a gross sounding word; it conjures up images of bloated insect bodies that crunch underfoot and other such nasties. Why are you backing away like that?
"Oh, come now, evolution's not real, God was just practicing."
Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance - Everything you ever wanted to know about how your body freaks the hell out when in life-or-death situations but were afraid to ask. The first bit on hypothermia, with such concepts as paradoxical stripping, was fascinating.
The Consciousness Plague - I gave up on this one not too far into it. Paul Levinson, from what I've read elsewhere, is supposedly a new star on the sci-fi scene; how that's possible given the contents of this book escapes me (but then, everyone has an off day).
The prose is agonizingly painful in spots, with sentences similar to "She gave me the lemonade. It was delicious." Also, if you're a fan of clumsily handled exposition, then this is the book for you. If Levinson had included blogs in his story, it might have gone something like this:
Character 1: I read that story on a blog last night.I shit you not. Avoid at all costs.
Character 2: Ah, yes, blogs. Short for weblog, an internet-based medium for communicating ideas to others with relatively simple updates to a page on the World Wide Web. They range in content from the personal to the political to the technological. Some of them, such as Instapundit.com, get tens of thousands of readers every day. A potentially powerful force for fact-checking the mainstream media. Ah, blogs.
The Plot Against America: A Novel - just started this one, a fictional account of life in 1940s America under a Charles Lindberh presidency: it's bad news for our Jews.
"Living Things" - by Matthew Sweet. A hit-and-miss return to some of the sounds of the Girlfriend era. I owe his management folks a Blogcritics review of this album and "Kimi Ga Suki." Look for it in the next week.
The Day After Tomorrow. Good special effects. Really heavy-handed environmental evangelism tucked in between scenes of frozen New Yorkers and unrealistically pig-headed Vice Presidents with bad haircuts. I also doubt that, should half of our country freeze, we would ask Mexico for permission to move our people there; more likely, we'd remember the Alamo and annex the land that gave us tacos (and, on a more personal level, that gave me a lawn service).
You've probably seen it by now, but the founder of the Libertarian party is endorsing Bush for President.
Thanks to reader** Eric Seymour for the pointer.
* So long as you overlook that whole steel tariff and gay marriage thing.
** And nemesis, secretly working on a mind-control weapon to make me a Christian.
Last week, a majority [of the Dover Area School Board] mandated the teaching of intelligent design in science class. A vaguely worded curriculum change reads as follows: “Students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin’s Theory and of other theories of evolution including, but not limited to intelligent design. Note: Origins of life will not be taught.”Interesting. While the theory of evolution only addresses the diversity of life, intelligent design most certainly begins with the "origins of life." I've never heard of an ID-proponent claiming that some kind of amorphous, yet living, blob was here on Earth and then a greater intelligence came along and played DNA-jumble with it.
So, we're left with a board that wants to introduce their pet religious belief, when they clearly don't even understand it themselves. Lord help the state of education (and, for that matter, religion) in Delaware.
The board has lost two solid members who resigned in protest of the curriculum change.Maybe there's some hope after all, if those two are any kind of example.
Teachers say they have no training in intelligent design instruction — which will necessitate costly seminars.They need training in how to teach intelligent design? That's about as silly as asking someone for the recipe for ice. Here's all you need to know, dear Dover teachers:
...or, for those of a more flashy bent:
Now, if only one could wave a wand and raise the collective IQ of the Dover area by 10 or 20 points.
This is no good:
A woman's body was found Monday morning near a dumpster at a strip mall at 7530 N. Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster.I'm not a psychologist or a forensic scientist, but I'll play one on the blog* and say that, given the removal of the hands, this could be the work of a serial killer.
The woman was naked and her hands were cut off, police said.
Of course, it might very well not be. I'll be checking all the door and window locks against just to be safe.
I know, I'm very helpful with my astute analyses of such situations.
* I have, however, read a book or two on the subject, and have also fantasized about Jill Hennessey wearing little more than a pair of latex examination gloves.**
** OK, maybe not even with the gloves, because that just sounds kind of weird.***
*** Unless that's your thing, in which case, more power to you, bub.
Tonight's randomly-selected music selection includes:
Or was served, a little while ago, and I found it quite delightful.
I took this recipe for "Chicken with Rosemary and Lemon Salt" and this one for "Fennel-Roasted Vegetables," combined them into a single-pan dish (using a large, oven-safe skillet), subbing butterflied chicken breasts for a whole chicken, and an hour later, it was good eatin'.
Topped it all off with a 1999 Adelsheim Vineyards Oregon Pinot Noir.
Perhaps I should get around to starting a Recipes category, but - first - the wee Fiona is screaming and I must take her to her crib.
Just got word from an associate that all of the Arby's restaurants in the Denver-Boulder area are doing a fundraiser for Helen's Hope on October 28.
Helen's Hope is a fund-raising effort initiated and chaired by First Judicial District Attorney Dave Thomas and his wife, Shirley. They are joined by dedicated community leaders from throughout the metro-Denver area who are raising $1.2 million by January 2005.Twenty percent of your purchase price will be donated to the organization.
The money will be used to expand safe residential opportunities for families victimized by domestic violence. The effort is named in honor of Helen, the sister of Shirley, who was murdered by her husband.
So, all five of my local readers, this Thursday, go to Arby's and order as much as you can possibly eat in one sitting (or two, take some home). Mean people suck, but abusers suck big giant donkey balls.
P.S. Arby's curly fries rock my world somethin' serious.
Some people have a strange idea of "appropriate content."
To Margaret Young, vice chairman of the Charles County Board of Education, the required reading lists in her Southern Maryland school system are teeming with "profanity and pornography, fornication and adultery."Too funny: in a move to rid the schools of books that contain perceived inappropriate content, they want to introduce the Bible instead. Geez, people, if you want a tome chock full of wanton violence against men, women, and children; incest; and even erotic poetry, look no further than the Good Book.
So when the Board of Education recently compiled a list of goals and suggestions for improving the school system, Young said she supported the recommendation that calls for "removing anything [from reading lists] that provides a neutral or positive view of immorality or foul language."
But this proposal, and others that recommend distributing Bibles in schools, removing science books "biased towards evolution" and teaching sexual education classes focused exclusively on abstinence, has upset those who fear some board members are attempting to impose personal religious and moral beliefs on the public schools.
I often think that if more Christians actually read the Bible, there'd be a lot fewer Christians in the world.
Hey, maybe handing out Bibles in the schools isn't such a bad idea after all...
A great way to learn about how major appliances work is to take one of yours apart when something on it has apparently broken.
A great way to learn about how electricity works is, remarkably, exactly the same.
P.S.: So sorry about the lack of blogging, but I've been ever so busy with spending money we don't have on new toys for our kitchen, as well as finally giving the house a good Spring cleaning (only six months late) in anticipation of guests this week.
So why exactly is this book (a Creationist tract claiming the Grand Canyon was carved by Noah's flood) being sold in the bookstore of the Grand Canyon National Park? Because God and the Federal government want it to be.
Next up: the Dinosaur National Park namechange to "Mythical Creatures That Couldn't Have Existed Because We're Only 6,000 Years Old Park".
GENEVA (Reuters) - The world is consuming some 20 percent more natural resources a year than the planet can produce, conservationist group WWF warned on Thursday...The world has yet to end, despite the repeated assurances of its imminent demise over the last several decades from everyone from environuts to Jehovah's Witnesses. And - just like the religious kooks - each time that mankind finds a way to keep on keepin' on (hey, hey, let's hear it for science and market forces), the extreme environmental movement comes out with another warning, gnashing their teeth and wailing, "Yes, but this time we REALLY mean it!"
"We are running up an ecological debt which we will not be able to pay off," Dr Claude Martin, director-general of WWF International, told a news conference.
Poor, poor misguided fools.
If this is true, then George Bush is completely unfit to be Commander-in-Chief:
The founder of the U.S. Christian Coalition said Tuesday he told President George W. Bush before the invasion of Iraq that he should prepare Americans for the likelihood of casualties, but the president told him, "We're not going to have any casualties."On the other hand, perhaps Robertson is just an attention-seeking religious wacko:
"I mean, the Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy," Robertson said. "I warned him about casualties."I know where I'm putting my money.
Well, what do you know, with regard to terror in Spain, I was right*:
It's not just about Iraq. As I said before, it's about being part of the wrong civilization. It's about not being a nation of Islamic zealots willing to blow themselves up to get some virgin tail. It's about thinking that the Alhambra is beautiful (and it is) but that you'd rather not have neo-Moors calling the peninsula home again anytime soon.And, of course, the Spanish:
"The reason we've got terrorists on our doorstep is the war in Iraq, it's pretty clear," said Toni, a 40-year-old woman attending a demonstration in the suburb where up to six suspects in the Madrid train bombings blew themselves up at the weekend....were predictably wrong:
Also Tuesday, the interior minister said a radical Muslim cell broken up this week by police had been plotting to bomb the National Court, a hub of Spain's investigations of Islamic terrorism.So much for appeasement, eh hombre?
* As were many other sensible bloggers, although Atrios, Oliver Willis, and Joshua Micah Marshall probably aren't included.
Is Oliver Willis intentionally dense*?
In response to prodding from Tony Pierce, Instapundit - for a change - lays his cards on the table. But it seems he still doesn't get it. You see, many folks around come clean about where their biases trend. For years now, Reynolds has - much like FOX News - acted as if he didn't have a dog in the fight when its pretty clear he does. And thats what annoys people.Glenn acts like he doesn't "have a dog in the fight?" Granted, I do have reading skills slightly higher than that of a learning-disabled wombat who skipped out on reading class to engage in frottage with a splintery telephone pole, but it's been pretty clear to me that Glenn has (a) leaned to the right on a number of issues, (b) leaned to the left on some others, and (c) never made a secret of (a) or (b).
Kind of like yours truly, except with about a gazillion times the readership.
If that annoys you, perhaps you should spend less time engaing in frottage with splintery telephone poles and, instead, learn how to read**.
* Jeff Goldstein, no mention of Hostess snack cakes or "eatin' high on the hog."
** After that, back to the frottage, oh yeah! Who brought tweezers? These splinters smart!
Is it really a feud when only one of the parties is whining incessantly?
Update: There's a lot of jabs at Stewart going on in the blogosphere, and, sorry, I don't get it. Stewart has his own political views, and I know he injects them into his show, but - bottom line - it's still a comedic show. His views are one of many, and if it's a goddamn show on Comedy Central, out of so many more serious ones, that really makes you rethink your vote, then please - for the love of this great country of ours - stay at home and watch Crank Yankers on election day.
You know, if it weren't that so many people irrationally followed religious dictates, this situation would have all the drama of a bunch of boys getting mad that a girl got into their treehouse.
As it stands though, I'm not sure that a group of people who believe they are earthly conduits to an invisible, magic, gay-hating sky faery should really be looked to as anything but mind-boggling entertainment, let alone societal role models.
Sorry, my mistake - that should read drinks for me. And from you.
Why? Because surely you'll be attending the latest and greatest Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash: RMBB 3.14159265358979...ad infinitum (at least to a million digits).
Depending upon who you are, you'll be celebrating, drowning your sorrows, or pondering why our ballots don't have a "None of the Above" box with some of the best and brightest bloggers that the Rocky Mountains can offer.
Oh, and beer. Lots of beer. Oodles of the stuff. Scads of it.
All for me me me! Muwahahahaha!
So, come on out. November 6. Falling Rock Tap House in downtown Denver.
An Oregon man discovered earlier this month that his year-old Toshiba Corporation flat-screen TV was emitting an international distress signal picked up by a satellite, leading a search and rescue operation to his apartment in Corvallis, Oregon, 70 miles south of Portland.No mention if his television only sent the signal when he was viewing The WB.
The signal from Chris van Rossmann's TV was routed by satellite to the Air Force Rescue Center at Langley Air Base in Virginia.
On October 2, the 20 year-old college student was visited at his apartment in the small university town by a contingent of local police, civil air patrol and search and rescue personnel.
The enormous wealth gap between white families and blacks and Hispanics grew larger after the most recent recession, a private analysis of government data finds.Am I the only one imagining John Kerry as the Dunkin Donuts guy, walking out his door mumbling "Time to redistribute the wealth?"
White households had a median net worth of greater than $88,000 in 2002, 11 times more than Hispanics and more than 14 times that of blacks, the Pew Hispanic Center said in a study being released Monday.
OK, so I am. Fine.
History, or legend, seems to hold that the great composers displayed their propensity for musical arrangement at a young age. Well, my wee Fiona is no different.
Cut her some slack, she's only 17 months old - it's GENIUS!
Fiona's "Concerto in a Variety of Keys" was composed on a MIDI controller, hooked into our PC, using piano and cello soundfonts.
to be in love with Jon Stewart. Did anybody see him on CROSSFIRE? Bloody brilliant (and boy has stones). They thought they'd get even for his snipes about them on his show but he quickly made it clear he was "not going to be your monkey" (obligatory monkey reference). I must admit that Tucker Carlson is really cute when he's majorly flustered and saying "butt boy".
Read the transcript or see the video (and buy his book- it's the one of the most hysterically and intelligently written things I've read since Confederacy of Dunces. (Viewers of The Daily Show are on average far more educated than Fox News viewers, incidentally.)
The BBC asks a powerful question:
The Duchess of York is to pose for a charity book wearing only a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and jewellery.And just imagine what the four quid and twenty pence* raised will do to further the fight against AIDS.
She has agreed to be among the famous faces appearing in the book Four Inches.
Money raised from sales will be donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation.
* Not a large sum.
Just finished reading William Goldman's Which Lie Did I Tell? More Adventures from the Screen Trade. Enjoyable book, particularly if you're interested in - well - the screen trade.
One quick example to be mentioned here -- Shakespeare in Love, art flick or Hollywood?I don't know about the magical power of Ms. Paltrow's bosoms, but the book is full of such irreverent takes on Hollywood and screenwriting, and plenty of practical advice (to the aspiring screenwriter, at least).
I might be tempted to say, my God, it's Shakespeare, how can it not be an art film? Plus those costumes, Dame Judi, all the other British accents. If ever there was an art film, doesn't it have to be this baby?
Not even close. Because what Shakespeare in Love tells us is that the love of a good woman makes everything wonderful. Well, I don't know about you, but I want to believe that. I want to have a shot at Gwyneth's sweet boobies, because I know they can change the world.
Recommended. Ain't that 'bout all you need to know?
Gentlemen, you will never be cool in Sansabelt slacks.
Remember: belts are good. So long as they match your shoes.
Oh, and don't forget that your socks should relate more to your pants than your shoes, but feel free to relate to all of your wardrobe, erring on the dark side of things.
In other words, no athletic socks with casual dress shoes.
No, I am not gay, so shut the hell up.
I love this show.
Who has the best job in the world? Meet Kevin Brauch, a.k.a. "The Thirsty Traveler," your host and guide to the world's greatest beer, wine and spirit-producing regions. Quench your thirst for knowledge and good times while also learning the customs and cuisines from the people who carry the traditions of these spirits.Tonight's show was all about how Mexican feet can stamp out one smooth batch of Mezcal. Mmmm,
Dave Cullen takes us straight folks to task for the Cheney lesbian daughter debate debacle (known as CLD3 in some circles - at least ones comprised of, um, just me).
... but what the hell?
by Li'l Jonny Darby, age 454 months
Warning: (and I am completely serious)
While safe to look at from work, the following rant contains graphic descriptions of what is probably the most famous violent crime in American history. While I have chosen not to add links to the crime scene photographs and have not dwelt on gory details, if you are bothered by descriptions of senseless human suffering, do not read this.
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On the otherwise warm and pleasant night of August 8, 1969, Susan Atkins held down a screaming and terrified Sharon Tate while Charles “Tex” Watson repeatedly plunged a knife into her swollen pregnant belly. As Sharon plead hysterically for the life of her son, only two weeks from his due date and already named Paul Richard Polanski, Susan (known as Sadie within her “family”) responded with the line “I have no mercy for you bitch!*” while Tex responded by stabbing her again and again, sixteen times in all, no less than five wounds sufficient in and of themselves to kill both mother and child. Tex had a few minutes earlier fired five shots point blank into Steve Parent, a teenager whose only crime was visiting a friend in residence at the property’s guesthouse, and he had helped stab Voytek Frykowski fifty-one times (also breaking his pistol over the man’s head), completed the murder of Abigail Folger begun by other members of their expedition, and mortally wounded Jay Sebring (whom he connected to Sharon by a rope tied around each of their necks). "Sadie" completed the evening's slaughter by drinking the blood of her pregnant victim, claiming later it gave her an orgasm, and writing with it.
Two nights later Susan and Tex were among the visitors to the home of Rosemary and Leno Labianca. You all know what happened. I’ll spare you the repetition (just as I’ll spare you links to the actual unaltered color crime-scene photos of both addresses that are in several places on the Internet.) The Zapruder film and the killing of Oswald and other American crimes have been seen so many times that they're no more horrifying than the swordfight from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but no matter how many times I hear about the murders of that summer I still get chills. The 1977 TV movie, as watered down as it had to be to pass by the censors of the time, gave me nightmares for a decade.
To call it the ultimate American nightmare is wrong, because nightmares are not real; they fade, the tears and terror go away as lucidity returns. There is no lucidity in this, the blackest bead in the mass media rosary we all share in the cathedral of the Information Age. In life Sharon Tate was one of the most beautiful women in the world as well as by all accounts an incredibly nice person and in death she will always conjure notions of ugliness and evil. May a day return when her name is divorced of horror and again evokes only images of beauty and sweetness.
Atkins and Watson did what they did in part to liberate their friend Bobby Beausoleil from prison by transacting a copycat crime that would cast doubt on his guilt. A few weeks earlier Susan had helped Bobby torture and murder a small time drug dealer, the complete process taking days and involving a severed ear and numerous stabbings similar to those at the Tate/LaBianca residences. The LAPD solved all of the crimes in spite of themselves (famously bungled) and all three of the above, along with their confederates, were convicted and sentenced to death.
Beausoleil, Atkins and Watson are alike in more ways than they are not.
All three are still alive today courtesy of “activist judges”. All three reside in California prisons (at a cost to the taxpayers of $32,000 per year each). All three come up for parole periodically, all three try to get out whenever they do, saying they’ve learned their lesson.
All three were followers of Charles Manson. Now all three say “meh, he wasn’t all that… I don’t know what we were thinking”. In fact thirty-five years later all three claim they are filled with remorse (which I hope is true, if only so that they know rotting in a prison cell until they die, hopefully in pain, is a fate a thousand times better than they deserve).
Watson and Atkins are born-again Christians. While always a good career move when seeking parole in the secular courts, I don't doubt their sincerity: certainly no human within three standard deviations of sanity could or would grant absolution for their deeds, leaving only the supernatural to tell them “all you did was brutally murder an unborn child and a group of completely helpless people with a savagery that would have raised eyebrows at Auschwitz** and made seasoned crime investigators and morgue workers vomit- no sense beating yourself up over it”..
All three destroyed the physical lives of their victims and the emotional lives of their victims’s families (and, for that matter, their own families).
All three are considered by George Bush to be less dangerous to the American nukular family unit and more deserving of the sacred than I am.
While their trips down death row were unfortunately cut short, Beausoleil, Atkins and Watson have all three made it down the aisle. Susan has married twice, first to a self-described Texas oil billionaire she divorced when she learned that his fortune was as non-existent as her compassion, then to her current husband Jimmy Whitehouse, a Harvard graduate and lawyer twenty years her junior with whom until last year she enjoyed two conjugal visits per month***. In 1982 Bobby Beausoleil gave up his wild swinging bachelor days as a self-admitted prison rapist for the old ball & chain by marrying Barbara, a dancer and artist who manages his web site and serves as agent for his artwork**** and music.
Most heartwarming of all is Tex Watson , who married his wife Kristin in 1979 and through conjugal visits has fathered four children who visit daddy at at his workplace. What’s really special: Watson is also an ordained minister and supports his family through the sale of his books and videos on his ministry’s web site (where he also reviews the remake of Helter Skelter for accuracy).
Watson and Atkins are both supported in their bids for parole, incidentally, by Jan & Paul Crouch and several other conservative Christian ministers who feel that the blood of Baby Jesus trumps that of the other half-Jewish baby whose blood figures so prominently in their life.
Three people, nine murders (that we know of), 180 stab wounds, 105 years served in prison. Four marriages, four children. Countless millions of dollars have been spent by now for the trials and maintenance of this merciless trio who not only contributed nothing of their own to society but ended the ability of others to contribute, who shattered far more lives than they ever helped and who brought nightmares to people who never met them.
Susan Atkins is now fifty-six years ol d. When she was a pre-school age child in California, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin began living together in the same state. Phyllis & Del were an “old married couple” in all save legality by the time Manson began assembling his followers a few blocks from their Castro home. Phyllis wrote a definitive book on lesbianism in America and Del a definitive book on domestic violence. They bought a house and raised a daughter together; fifty one years after the began their partnership they live in the first house they bought, their daughter is an award winning social worker, and their neighbors and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends all accept them as a loving married couple.
When it came time to rule as null and void a marriage it had granted, the state of California chose not to annul the freakish union of a woman who had already molested her own infant son by the time she considered tearing out the fetus of an innocent woman she helped murder to give it as a prize to the barely literate rapist/murderer/pimp/drug-dealer/thief she worshiped as God. Instead, they invalidated the marriage of Phyllis & Del. (Barabbas, your ride is here.)
The day Susan Atkins married her husband(s) she instantly had more indissoluble rights than the 600,000 gay households who self identified in the 2000 census will ever have if George Bush has his preference. The Phyllis & Dels of America are so much more to be feared by Ma & Pa America that Dubya feels the need to amend the Constitution to defend the rights of the Tex Watsons of the world from the corrupting sinful influence of the Del Martins, to make sure that when people see Susan Atkins they know that she is far more deserving of the "sanctity of marriage" than, say, Gore Vidal (a man who has paid millions in taxes yet received no tax breaks while living with or federal death benefits when he recently lost his domestic partner of fifty years). The pieces of subhuman excrement who personify the most evil deed in the annals of American crime are more worthy of this "sacred institution" than any queer couple alive, and more importantly, this should be recognized by the most important document in the nation's history.
Whether you approve of the right of prisoners sentenced to death for heinous crimes to marry or not is irrelevant; they have it, it’s been upheld by the Supreme Court repeatedly (“the right to marry is of fundamental importance”), and those who have partaken of the rights include Ted Bundy (who fathered a child while on death row), the Brothers Menendez, Richard Ramirez, Karla Faye Tucker and many others who instantly received rights that no court or civil authority can legally revoke without the consent of the newlyweds and that no queer can enjoy with their partner of 40 years.
And… surprise surprise… the sky didn’t fall for conventional marriage. The fact that mass murdering monsters were afforded the same legal protections and entries into the “holy sanctity” of marriage did not seem to even slightly dampen the desires of decent people to enter into the same covenant anymore than- gasp- Loving v. Virginia did a generation before when activist judges redefined marriage to the extent that people of entirely different races were allowed to enter into unions (at a time when miscegenation had significantly less support in the polls than gay marriage has now).
But gays relationships are not entitled to the same protection as interracial marriages because George Bush doesn’t know, “I just don’t know” whether it’s a choice (here’s a hint prez: ask any major objective mental health agency or for that matter a gay person- you’d be surprised how normal they look up close [and in case you haven’t received one of the Kerry/Edwards “I needlessly brought up Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter in front of the nation and all I got was this T-shirt” T shirts, that’s a clue where to start) and even if it is then it doesn’t fit his opinion of marriage based on his Christian ethics.
The fact that Christ himself never mentioned a word about homosexuality doesn’t seem to influence him anymore than the fact that the same Christ rattled on constantly about the sinfulness of divorce and remarriage has spawned a “Ban Divorce” amendment inititiative or anymore than the fact that Jesus specifically said in every Gospel that marriage doesn’t exist in heaven has stopped any conservative from calling it a “holy union”. Hardly a surprising inconsistency from the camp that sees no inconsistency between their Messiah's injunction to “turn the other cheek… love those who hate you” and their president's instructions to “bomb Iraq”, resulting in a situation where the battle deaths of Americans in the prime of their life is so quotidian that bodycounts are exiled to a crawler while a grinning newscaster discusses Britney’s new look on the full screen.
Why do you feel this needs a Constitutional Amendment? I don't know, George, I just don't know. But I do know that as much as I loathe Kerry I have enough self respect not to vote for a person who wants to make me Constitutionally lower than Ted Bundy.
Official conclusion soon
*There are variations on this that Atkins has given over the years, but all are in the same general vein and this seems to be the most frequently given version.
**Auschwitz was where Sharon Tate's mother-in-law (and her baby's grandmother) died. Who would have thought that her death would be tame in comparison to her family's next two generations.
***Whitehouse is currently attempting to reclassify the little Mrs. as a “political prisoner” to expedite her parole, citing as evidence that the revocation of her conjugal visits also denies her visits with her attorney (him). She’s certainly not the first prisoner who can claim her lawyer screwed her, but she may be the first to complain that he stopped.
****I haven’t listened to his music (though he has provided the score for two “underground” films from prison), but giving the devil his due, his artwork is very good. (So it Atkins’s, actually.)
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Crankin' it up for you, the people and readers of the blogosphere.
Update: The wife made some tasty bacon and chicken with stir-fried veggies and rice noodles or something dish for dinner. Didn't much agree with me, tasty as it was. However, the bottle of Chardonnay is agreeing with me just fine.
Update 2: Kerry has a plan. Bush has results.
Update 3: Bush says we're doing everything we can to protect our borders and coastlines. If that's true, then God* help us.
Update 4: I love the way Bush just did a tonal quote-unquote on the word "exaggerations." Bee-yoo-ti-ful.
Update 5: Kerry says the solution to the healthcare issue in America is not the battle for tort reform, nor allowing the market to find ways to provide healthcare, but - rather - insuring we pay for equal access to equally shitty care. Well, amen to that, brother John.
Hey, Kerry has a plan. How 'bout them crabapples.
Update 7: OK, you got Bush on the pay-as-you-go thing. If there's one thing I loathe about the Bush administration (beyond the whole religious, gay-hating thing), it's the spend spend spend spend spend attitude. Kerry has got the Republicans on this one, and there's nothin' they can do about it.
Update 8: Gotta run upstairs for a beer as the wine well just ran dry. I suppose if I bought it by the box, it would last longer, but then there's also no upstairs in a doublewide.
Update 8a: Beer in hand. Let's get to it.
Update 9: OK, I like the Kerry speech on leveling the playing field in trade - at least so long as it doesn't mean increasing tariffs and being more protective, punishing our overall economy to save jobs that should otherwise go away (a la the Bush steel tariffs).
Update 10: Bush says, "The way my opponent talks is 'We're gonna spend the government's money,' no, it's YOUR money." Indeed.
Update 11 Don't talk to me about grants or Direct Loans. I have been intimately involved with the program and I have seen the ridiculous sums of money, to the tune of BILLIONS of dollars a year, that our government has spent on the program - large sums of it literally thrown away on bad risks in the late 90s.
An example - Student A gets four years worth of loans for beauty school to the tune of $35,000. Student A comes out of school and can't find a job except cutting hair at SuperCuts for $7/hour. Student A is about to default on the loan payment, so applies for a FastTrack consolidation through Direct Loans. Student A chooses the 25 year payment plan for the loan. If, at the end of 25 years, Student A cannot pay off the loan, it is treated as taxable income.
So, now the burden has passed from the Direct Loan program to the IRS - but the burden of the bad risk rests on the United States government, and - by default - on the United States taxpayer.
Quite the system, that.
Update 12: Shameless ping to Zomby. Priceless quote:
Affordable, accessible, cheap health care--I'll give you all of those things. Magic money fairy, magic money fairy, magic money fairy.Update 13: Got distracted pinging Zomby. Must pay attention.
Update 14: No mention of monkeys. Yet. But it's coming. I can feel it in my bones.
Update 15: "We've got to have healthcare for all Americans." Riddle me this, Kerry - define the word "healthcare." Is it liver transplants for alcoholics? Lung transplants for chain smokers? Massive life-saving efforts for drug addicts who overdose? Sorry, I don't think I ought to pay for any of the above.
Update 16: Keep a high co-pay? Sorry, dude, but $15 ain't a lot.
Update 17: My solution to Social Security is simple and elegant. GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK.
Update 18: I think my liveblogging was better when I was just making stuff up.
Update 19: Who love the monkey? I love the monkey.
Update 20: No, George, our borders are still more porous than a sieve; and, Mr. Kerry, iris-identification isn't going to do a bit of shit in the middle of the desert, you idiot!
Update 21: Yes, John, raise the minimum wage - tell the market to pay people more than their skills are worth. Watch as the market digests this new information and raises real wages and real prices by an appropriate amount, once again leaving these folks where they were before. The minimum wage is naught but a political tool for getting the votes of those too ignorant to know they are being played for fools.
Update 22: I'm sorry - did Bush just say he tried to raise the minimum wage? Good lord, I'm going to have to vote for a Libertarian at this rate.
Update 23: Steve Green says:
Another idea. Let's get some funny-ass Colorado bloggers in the same room together, four years from tonight. Jeff Goldstein, Andy of World Wide Rant, and maybe myself. Hire a typist to do a transcript. And do Mystery Science Theater 3000-inspired debate coverage.I'm all over that, but four years is a damn long time.
Can't we just get shitty every once in a while and pick on whomever is in office? I say yes.
Update 24: Kerry says:
I'm a hunter.OK, maybe not. Piss off, you.
I'm a gun-owner.
I'm a midnight toker...
Update 25: So, am I the only one who is watching this thing naked? Surely not.
C'mon, fess up.
Update 26: Nary a mention of monkeys. This is tragic.
Update 27: Bush says "I never want to impose my religion on someone else..." - he left out the part about "...but I'll do it anyway, 'cause I can. Hyuck, hyuck. Durn homos"
Update 28: No, John, we don't ALL measure things on the words of the BIBLE. Jesus H. Christ on a Pogo Stick, could this turn any more sickeningly and superficially religious? Such pandering, particularly from Kerry, who - I imagine - is only slightly less religious than I am (and I'm an atheist for those of you not keeping score at home).
Update 29: This just in - Jesus loves Dubya.
Update 30: Sorry, John, if the only time we are "all Americans" is when we're under attack by the enemy, when thousands of our countrymen have been murdered while we all watched, then I will happily live with our current divisions if it saves the lives of any of us, regardless of the side on which we each may fall.
Update 31: Hey, wow, Michael J. Fox and some dude in the audience.
Update 32: Kerry said "idear?" What the hell?
Update 33: Kerry fought for our country with a passion... in some land... somewhere. He didn't say where. Anyone got any ideas? I'm stumped.
Update 34: You know, even though I'm an atheist, something just tugs at the ol' heart strings when someone says, "Thank you. Goodnight, and God bless the United States of America." Maybe it's the patriotic sense behind it, or the sense I project onto it, but either way, there you go.
No, God does not exist, so get over it.
Update 35: Phone rang. Friend's kid is really sick. Missed the rest of the debate. Please send positive vibes to our friends though.
I'd trackback to Steve's liveblog post, but this will have to do.
* Figure of speech.
Given the voter fraud that Denver's 9News has uncovered in the last couple of weeks, you might want to validate your voter registration information to ensure it has not been altered.
You can do so by visiting Fair Vote Colorado.
Yet more evidence that Alan Keyes is one confused wacko:
Nonetheless, Mr Keyes is confident his message will prevail.So, the choices are (a) vote against God or (b) vote for the Democratic party. Thus, voting for Republicans - that is, for Mr. Keyes - is voting against God.
"I think it's perfectly clear if you ask people are you going to vote against God or for the Democratic party they will stand with God," he says.
Sounds like even Alan has given up on his own sorry campaign.
In today's installment of Our Society Has Strange Priorities:
The Federal Communications Commission is said to be preparing to levy a fine of $1 million or more against Fox Broadcasting Co. and its affiliates for running afoul of indecency regulations in April 2003 with an episode of the reality show "Married by America," sources said.Meanwhile, showing people punching, biting, slapping, stabbing, and shooting one another garnered a collective yawn from the American people. Televised lying, cheating, and stealing didn't even register.
...sources said the content in question involved lascivious banter among "Married" contestants and a segment that involved contestants licking whipped cream off each other's bodies.
In a related story, the FCC said they were more than happy to babysit the American people lest they end up psychologically scarred from seeing a naked boobie or two or four.
* As always, this comment made for our pal Zombyboy, and to offend the all-too-easily offended. Boobies boobies boobies.
9News has documented 719 cases of potentially fraudulent forms at county election offices across the metro-area that show fraudulent names, addresses, social security numbers or dates of birth in Denver, Douglas, Adams, Boulder and Lake counties. Information from other counties is still coming in. Some voter registration application forms are completely bogus. Others belong to legitimate voters, who have had one or two facts changed that could affect their registration when they show up at the polls November 2nd.Well, that's just fantastic.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Women may neither vote nor run in Saudi Arabia's first nationwide elections, the government announced Monday, dashing hopes of progressive Saudis and easing fears among conservatives that the kingdom is moving too fast on reforms.Hell, their fundamentalist Islamic kookery is several hundred years behind the watered-down, do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do, not-so-murderous-except-in-rare-cases-of-gays-and-abortion-clinics, a la carte version of Christianity we enjoy here in the West, so perhaps it's not so bad that their view of women and voting is only off by 84 years.
Progress, baby, progress.
Even if you're not alive and well and we can't hold your hand.
Most celebrity deaths don't bother me- I liked/disliked/was neutral to X's movies, but I didn't know him/her, so... meh.
But this one did. I so wanted him to walk again. Major heart goes out to his family and to Robin Williams.
Just saw a newish Pete Coors ad, part of which tries to paint Ken Salazar as a bad, bad man for trying to let go of 200 people right before Christmas. I know, the horror, how dare he wreck their Christmas holidays with some sort of a business decision!
Why, yes, it would be much better to let them go spend hundreds of dollars on Christmas presents for family and friends, only to let them go come January 1. Now, not only do they not have jobs - they also have credit card bills they can't pay, and money that could have gone to keep their house is now sitting under some nephew's Christmas tree.
Sorry, Coors campaign, but letting people go before the holidays, while emotionally painful, makes fiscal sense for all involved. Of course, that little segment wasn't meant to apply to a person's ability to reason, now was it?
With less than a month until Election Day, Colorado's registration rolls include as many as 6,000 felons who should be ineligible to vote.Whoops.
Election officials have failed to prevent state prisoners and parolees from registering or casting ballots. Records show felons have voted as recently as the August primary, despite a law forbidding it.
Update: OK, now we're really off to lunch.
We're off to our weekly church services.
Correction: We're off to lunch.
Still guestblogging here and there over at Protein Wisdom for the next day or so, with a bunch of other folks of ill repute.
Now, many of you have
e-mailed to ask thought to yourself, "How do I score a sweet gig like that?"
Well, dear friends, the answer is simple:
Photographic evidence of Jeff and a random assortment of barnyard fowl and a liter of WD-40.Which means that the WD-40 is in the photos, not that I somehow used it on Jeff. Honest.
Don't be nasty.
Why are you and Emeril incorrectly stating that water boils at 212F on your latest commercial? That might very well be true down by the sea, but here in the north Denver metro area, it boils at 201-202F. Get it right!
Yes, it's the little things that annoy me most.
Colorado folks who are interested can catch the Coors / Salazar debate here. It begins at 9:22 into the video stream.
Also, 9News will carry it tonight at 6pm.
Maybe there's some hope for some of these people yet.
Murdered British hostage Ken Bigley tried to flee from his captors shortly before his death, according to reports.Of course, until they decide to lay down arms, reject the madness of murdering in the name of Islamic fundamentalism, and work toward a peaceful, stable, and secure Iraq, we should keep blowing the hell out of them every chance we get.
Mr Bigley is thought to have escaped for around half an hour, with the help of one of his captors.
JAMES LILEKS is photoblogging, and, as usual, his efforts are far more profound than mine.Hmmm, perhaps it's just me, but I'll take photos of blonde co-eds over power lines and political lunacy any ol' day.
Don't worry, Lileks, we still love you*.
* We often get e-mail and phone calls from him, begging us not to leave, to just give him one more chance, because he didn't really mean all those things he said in the heat of an argument. For some reason, we always go back. Love is a battlefield**.
** Heartache to heartache, we stand. No promises. No demands.
In case posting seems light here over the next few days, you're officially on notice that I (and several others) will be partying over at Protein Wisdom while Jeff is away. We'll be trashing the place, gettin' all kinds of sloppy drunk, and having intimate encounters* on surfaces normally reserved for eating or food preparation.
So, uh, yeah - that's where I'll be, to some degree.
* Some of them with llamas or gnus, from what I know of these other folks.
Spelling champ, grammarian, public asshat.
No point, really, but I think our very own Adele Arakawa is an attractive woman, who doesn't look her 46 years.
Just so you know.
Also, she'll be moderating a debate between Coors and Salazar, if what I just heard is correct. I did not, however, hear the words "bikini" or "oil," so stay tuned as you see fit. Not that I want to see Coors or Salazar in oiled up bikinis, but Adele...
...uh, so, anyway.
Nope, no point. I blame the wine.
Go on, drink up.
While in the other room, playing with the new VoIP softphone, I swear I overheard the following from last week's episode of "The Apprentice:"
"Are you the meat vendor?"No comment.
OK, that was beyond even me. Move to strike.
Article VI, Clause 3: The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.Unless, that is, you call Estes Park home.
Gimme gimme more more more »
I decided to send Ms. Lori Jeffrey-Clark an e-mail about the issue:
Is religious bigotry alive and well in Colorado?I'm nice as pie, I am. Let's see what happens.
Judging by the 9news story I just read, the answer - at least in terms of you, Ms. Jeffrey-Clark - is a resounding "yes."
I am curious to know if, during the elections for Estes Park Town Trustee, anyone asked the candidates:
"Do you believe in God, and, if so, do you believe He should be honored via the Pledge of Allegiance?"
I honestly can't say I know the answer, but based on past experience I am willing to venture that the answer is "no."
So, where do you find the grounds to state:
"You know we're all elected and we're all supposed to lay it out on the table, who and what we stand for..."
Did Mr. Habecker lie about who he was and what he believed? Did he lead anyone to think he was a Bible-thumping, atheist-hating zealot? You might have assumed such (religious people often assume all the world is Christian), but I doubt Mr. Habecker ever misled anyone.
Or did he simply do the right thing by seeking to contribute to his society, by aiming to make a difference, and by desiring to ensure that all people, regardless of faith or lack of it, were properly represented?
I see you have, by your record, served your country with honor, and for that I thank you; however I find it hypocritical to lambaste another Trustee for embracing the freedom of religion that you and your fellow servicemen and -women have long protected.
Further, I find your husband's statements that Mr. Habecker has no right to serve on the board to be an insult to everything these United States and her people stand for. He should be ashamed.
In closing, I would direct you to read, if you have not, the Constitution of the United States of America, Article VI, Clause 3, regarding religious tests for public office, and then tell me how what you are suggesting differs from a test of one's religion
Have a wonderful day, and I look forward to your response.
« That's plenty, thanks!
And away we go...
Update: Sitting. Nice change. More like they're in my home, probably drinking all my liquor (or, in the case of John Edwards, a Shirley Temple perhaps).
Update 2: I prefer beer or wine myself.
Update 3: I'm sorry, what was the question?
Update 4: Cleveland is a wonderful city, except for that whole "poor people" thing. Damn dirty beggars.
Update 5: What's with Edwards and the "Clinton thumb pointing?"
Update 6: I don't much miss Southern accents. Well, I do when they're attached to hot sorority chicks on the University of Alabama campus in their ever-so-nicely-fitting shorts, but it's a whole 'nother ballgame when it's John Edwards.
Update 7: Hmmm, is this the first VP debate in which the incumbent is a euphemism for male genitals and the challenger is somewhere you pee*? Questions, questions.
Update 8: Pause for more wine.
Update 9: Kerry and Edwards trying to have it both ways? Not something I want to picture. But, if that's your thing, you go right ahead.
Update 10: Cheney has adopted the compassionate hand-clasp. Nice touch.
Update 11: Something about 54-40 or Fight... or fifty percent of something. Or whatever. Hope it wasn't important. Are we going to invade Canada or something? They have DOOR-TO-DOOR BEER DELIVERY! Woowoo!
Update 12: No one has mentioned monkeys. This really chaps my hide.
Updayte12a: So does spanking. Mmmm, spanking.
Update 13: The Democrats have a healthcare plan. Time to put a lock on my wallet. Or hide it. Maybe I can outsource my wallet.
Update 14: Cheney just demonstrated he doesn't understand "structural unemployment." Well, I'm sure he does, but saying "Hey, some folks will always be out of work for a period of time" doesn't sell a whole lot of cookies.
Update 15: Did Cheney just allude to the Gettysburg Address with his "now we find ourselves..." line? I think he did. Nice touch. Probably too subtle for most of the populace though.
Update 16: Cheney has a big ol' melon head.
Update 17: More wine. Please hold.
Update 18: Ah, hell, it's over. OK, move along.
Update 19: Looks like Zombyboy is wingin' it again with his debate coverage. Has the man no shame?
* And poop.
She is, like, so punk rawk!
Kind of makes you want to vomit, doesn't it?
Nothing new to add; I just happen to believe that, as with interior decorating*, odd numbers create a harmonious balance. I'd also invoke some Feng Shui babble, but we all know that's a big ol' load of poop.
* No, I am not gay. And, even if I were, I probably wouldn't be interested in you.
Let's just hope that the Democrats don't get a peek at Bush's notes or he's finished!
(ed: do we really have a "ninja bom?" - that'd be cool)
My thoughts, as originally stated at Vodkapundit's site:
You know, when tin-foiled frothing from the right begins to match that of the left, I find myself compelled to just vote a straight-party Libertarian ticket.Now, don't get me wrong - if he did violate the rules, please, point it out. Make sure it doesn't happen again. Power to the people and rah-rah-rah.
And that says a lot, because, you know, those guys are fucking nuts*.
* At least their candidates are, anyway.
However, if you decide to jump on the conspiracy train and rant about how Kerry lies, cheats, and steals - about how each and every Democrat is a criminal or terrorist just waiting to be caught - or any other bit of postively absurd partisan nonsense - then you're an idiot wasting valuable oxygen that the rest of humanity could put to better use.
With all that is going on in the world right now, with all of the action our soldiers are seeing, with all of the innocent lives being lost in this important war, it's clear to me that some folks can't see the forest for that little, tiny sapling sprouting up just over to the left.
Hey, hey, hey, seven years ago today - October 4, 1997 - Mrs. World Wide Rant and I tied the knot, for better and for worse, richer and poorer, etc.
And you know what that means, don't you?
That's right, somebody is gettin' lucky tonight!
Not me, of course, because - come on - we've been married for seven years and have a kid, but surely somebody out there will score.
Whoever you are, I salute you.
Just shut the hell up, would ya?
You know, unless there's an unexpected change in their fortunes against South Carolina.
Update: So, who do you think will be coaching Alabama next year?
Those of you in the great state of Colorado might have seen the new ad that Senate candidate Ken Salazar has put out, one in which the Salazar campaign laments that Pete Coors is out of touch with the middle class. As evidence, they roll a clip of Coors giving a speech and saying "I don't know what a common man is."
This might have been pretty damning stuff, except for the facts that (a) it would have been a ludicrous thing to say by itself and (b) the editing was so choppy and piss-poor that only a blind, deaf, and dim-witted MoveOn volunteer* would have found it convincing.
So, did Coors really say that he doesn't know what a common man is? Yes he did. But...
Mr. Coors made the remark at a League of Women Voters debate, but then continued with, "A common man is somebody who lives in this country that works hard to provide jobs for others, who works either providing for others or working for someone else. I've done both."In other words, a common man is pretty much all of us. Yeah, Mr. Salazar, that view of Pete's sure is a problem.
I'm not supportive of all of Coors' positions, but sleazy tactics like the one pulled by the Salazar camp have all but guaranteed the crappy-beer magnate will get my vote.
The ad works, but not like Ken hoped. Dumbass.
* I do realize that "dim-witted" and "MoveOn volunteer" are a bit redundant.