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Overview: This post is a community experiment with two broad purposes. The first is to create publicly accessible data about bloggers' personalities, which may have sociological value in addition to being just plain fun. The second is to track the propagation of this meme through blogspace.And now, for my exciting results. Ooh! Aah!
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Location: Denver, Colorado
Religion: None / Atheist
Occupation: Management Consultant
Began blogging (dd/mm/yy): 03/19/03
Political Compass results
Economic Left/Right: 6.00
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.95
Activity Level: 52
OPENNESS TO EXPERIENCE: 71
Artistic Interests: 53
Ah, who am I kidding? I'm likeable all the time.
« That's plenty, thanks!
... in Stupid Town (dum dum dum dum).
Some knuckle-dragging intellectual troglodyte politicos in Pennsylvania are hitching their slopey-brows to the ID bandwagon.
In Pennsylvania, experts on both sides have had their say in a debate over whether public schools should teach "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution. A state House subcommittee heard testimony last week on a bill that would allow local school boards to mandate that science lessons include intelligent design.Ah, it's always refreshing to see the "just a theory" canard, isn't it? Odd how they don't seem to have much of an issue with all those other "just theories" in science (you know, like gravitation).
One of the sponsors of the intelligent design bill, Representative Dennis Leh, feels school children need to be taught an alternative to evolution to ensure they are receiving a balanced science education. School children "need to realize that evolution is only a theory. It's not backed by sound science," he says, "and there are many, many scientists -- [including] bio-scientists and physicists who do not believe in evolution."
Given that Representative Leh doesn't even understand what a scientific theory is, I'm not so sure I want to trust his estimation of whether something is based on "sound science." I'm personally surprised he knows "pants first, then shoes."
Finally, we have that old time favorite of "many, many scientists," most of whom apparently don't have names, but they're out there. Honest.
"Personally, I am a creationist," the Pennsylvania lawmaker says. "I don't hide that, and I certainly don't apologize for it. I think it takes far more faith to believe in evolution -- that things just appeared out of nothing -- than [to believe] they were created by an intelligent Creator, in the Christian sense."First, who says things appeared out of nothing? I realize we humans have this cause-effect pattern for which we search, but that doesn't necessitate a "first cause" any more than our appreciation for the clarity of relativity makes quantum mechanics nothing more than voodoo hocus-pocus.
It certainly takes more faith to believe the universe has always been around, in some way, shape, form, or other cliche, than to believe the universe was created by an unknowable deity who has always been around in some way, shape, form, or other fashion made up by ignorant goat-herders in the Middle East. Yup, lots more. Uh huh.
All that aside, please, pass this law and dumb down the children of Pennsylvania; it'll be less competition for my daughter later on.
Extra-special Superduper Bonus: Read all about it! Intelligent Designer deemed "incompetent!"
The problem with intelligent-design theory is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable: Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis. Hence it is not a scientific but a creedal tenet—a matter of faith, unsuited to a public school's science curriculum.He must be, because anyone who believes in evolution is a liberal atheist just one step away from eating handicapped children!
Shhh, George, better keep this one quiet. Might agitate the base.
Every 26 million years or so, a mass extinction wipes out most of the world's species, and it's usually blamed on a meteorite or an act of God. (The next one's not due for another 10 million years.) But after modeling evolution on a computer, Lipowski noticed that genetic mutations, accumulating over millennia, regularly produce "superpredators"—killers so powerful that they destroy the entire food chain, including themselves. That means the culprits behind mass extinction may not be meteorites, but meat eaters.That's it. Lock up Michael Moore immediately!
The end is nigh!
Fare thee well, Edloe.
Steven Speilberg is confused:
Oscar-winning director STEVEN SPIELBERG is baffled that fewer UFO sightings are made now than were made twenty years ago - because the technology to record would-be aliens is so commonplace today.A few ideas:
First impression: it's a non-decision that makes very little clear. I will probably have more to say about it later.
However, it didn't take long for the wingnut brigade to come up with pithy rejoinders like this:
My question is, why can't we have the Ten Commandments in courthouses, but terrorists can have hot-off-the-press Korans in prison?Here's a hint: one of these things is not like the other things.
The comments are also a regular Republican Talking Points Underground, invoking Terri Schiavo, moral relativism, secular humanism, and flag burning, among other unrelated misdirections. It's tempting to suggest that the nutty side of the right-wing has a blog vomit reflex akin to the Democratic Underground's Bushitler McSmirkyChimp nonsense.
Well, over there at Say Uncle, actually. Ooh and ahh and marvel as the reasonable arm of the right (as opposed to the shrill wingnuts) shares its bloggy goodness with you.
Update: And since I missed it over the weekend, you can also find lots of godless goodness over here at the 16th Carnival of the Godless. Heathens!
Howdy, although I've been tied up with this, that, and the other thing, the regular contributors are chugging away over at 100 Words or Les Nessman. Go check it out.
I'll make my literary return shortly.
...and I have to say that, so far, Vonage rocks.
Update: Our first call to England today and, according to my wife, it sounded better than the normal phone line. Hooray!
...are so many wingnuts* so impenitently stupid?
(Note: Rightwingsparkle and I tend to get along fine, despite her being wrong on a number of things. It's some of her more blockheaded commenters that make me shake my head in a woozy mix of awe and sadness.)
* Moonbats are equally so, mind you.
Well, if 50,000 people is a small town. And let's, for the moment, forget that it's part of a broader metro area of 2.5 million people. Anyway...
All the news about the ridiculous Supreme Court decision that Best Buy has more right to your home than you do made me think of my own city's battle from last year. Thankfully, that one was won by a city council that listened to the residents rather than the wallet of Wal-Mart:
Cheered on by jubilant residents, the Thornton, Colorado City Council has done what the Denver Post described as a "U Turn", and rejected on a 7-2 voted a rezoning for a Wal-Mart supercenter near Interstate 25 at a June 16th. meeting. At a council meeting in March, at which more than 500 residents showed up in opposition to the store, the same city council had voted 6-3 at a first reading in favor of the Wal-Mart, so this week's vote was a stunning reversal for Wal-Mart's plans. The Council went even further, by voting to suspend all new development for the northern part of the city until residents and businesses can come together to plan what they want the future of their corridor to look like.Yes, sometimes politicians will pleasantly surprise you.
The Mayor said that he would not allow the Wal- Mart issue to divide the city. "I've been around a long time, and I've never had so much heat in my life," he said. "I don't mind debate, so long as the right decision comes out in the end...I'll be damned if one issue divides this community."
But don't get used to it.
How comes it strikes dumb kids but not, say, Supreme Court Justices who pass laws saying property rights no longer exist?
...but your local government has better ideas about how to use your property than you do, even if it's Wal-Mart putting ideas in their head.
Remain calm. Obey your government masters.
I'm sorry, but my Binky the Magic Space Clown can kick the Flying Spaghetti Monster's ass - and how!
The Discovery Institute, fine purveyors of creationist nonsense, are opposing a Pennsylvania bill that would require the teaching of so-called "intelligent design."
We are writing to express the opposition of Discovery Institute to proposed House Bill No. 1007, which would authorize school districts in Pennsylvania to require teaching about the theory of intelligent design.At first, I was a bit taken aback by their protest. After all, one would think they'd be positively creaming themselves over such a bill. Then I read a little further:
Our opposition to mandating design theory is not because the theory is religious. It is not.Aha! And there we have it.
They realize that if Pennsylvania enshrines it in law, it won't be long before it is challenged and declared (rightly so) unconstitutional, resulting in just "evilution" being taught, with no sign of their psuedoscience in the classroom.
As evidenced by their "wedge" document, little the Discovery Institute says can be taken at face value, because they're a horde of dishonest cretins trying to foist their religious agenda on the American people.
Update: They're eating their own. Excellent!
Scientist by never. That would be CNN's KC Wildmoon, who said the following:
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Earthquakes on the West Coast have prompted fresh speculation about "the big one" -- a quake that could dump a huge section of California into the sea.Um, no. See, the ocean isn't some sort of vast, bottomless cauldron waiting to swallow up land at every opportunity; it's just lower levels of land covered by water. Further, the portion of California that lies west of the San Andreas is moving northwest, toward Alaska. Los Angelinos will never find themselves as the new Atlantis, but they might someday be the new Anchorage.
A few have been large enough to shake the faith of skeptics -- a magnitude 7.2 quake on June 15, followed two days later by a magnitude 6.7, both off the coast near the California-Oregon border.Skeptics? Of what? Earthquakes in California? We might as well call them "idiots," much like we do with creationists.
Earthquakes in the New Madrid area? Some 100 or more are recorded every year, with at least one of them strong enough to be felt my mere mortals in the South, possibly interrupting their daydreams about how to get the hell out of there.
In short, KC, what the hell are you on about? Crikey, if this is the standard, any ol' Intelligent Design bobblehead could be a journalist.
...as the House approves a flag-burning amendment.
The House on Wednesday approved a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to ban desecration of the American flag, a measure that for the first time stands a chance of passing the Senate as well.House Republicans give a big middle finger to free speech. The Democrats are smelling better everyday. This scares me, both the proposed amendment and the newly alluring scent of the donks.
By a 286-130 vote — eight more than needed — House members approved the amendment after a debate over whether such a ban would uphold or run afoul of the Constitution's free-speech protections.
Supporters said the measure reflected patriotism that deepened after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and they accused detractors of being out of touch with public sentiment.Patriotism and nationalism are no reason to turn our backs on what makes this nation great and what inspires our patriotism. If loving our freedom of expression, our ability to speak our minds through our own voices and property, makes me out-of-touch, then so be it.
At least I know which one of us is the true patriot.
But Rep. Jerrold Nadler (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y., said, "If the flag needs protection at all, it needs protection from members of Congress who value the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents."Exactly.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal agency collected extensive personal information about airline passengers although Congress told it not to and it said it wouldn't, according to documents.I, for one, am shocked!
A Transportation Security Administration contractor used three data brokers to collect detailed information about U.S. citizens who flew on commercial airlines in June 2004 in order to test a terrorist screening program called Secure Flight, according to documents that will be published in the Federal Register this week.
So, I just signed up for a trial account with Vonage. I'll let you know how it goes.
I figure that if I am getting unlimited calls for $25/month and calls to the UK for 3 cents/minute, I'm going to come in way under the $30/month for a standard phone line with a couple of features and the $45-50 in long-distance charges on top of that.
Now, just need to convert our mobile phone plan to a minute-sharing one, and scale back our digital cable to the essentials with HD, and I should be saving on the order of $100 a month. That's a lot of crack, yo!
To me and my father and the rest of you fathers out there.
Maybe it's me, but I think I'd rather have medical science treat me:
A Romanian nun has died after being bound to a cross, gagged and left alone for three days in a cold room in a convent, Romanian police have said.Religion: keeping people stupid through 2005.
Members of the convent in north-west Romania claim Maricica Irina Cornici was possessed and that the crucifixion had been part of an exorcism ritual.
Mediafax news agency said Cornici suffered from schizophrenia and the symptoms of her condition caused the priest at the convent and other nuns to believe she was possessed by the devil.
"God has performed a miracle for her, finally Irina is delivered from evil," AFP quoted the priest as saying.
Update: Wait, wait, stop the presses! Religion has found a possible cure for SARS!
Scientists conducting research in eastern China have found that a medicine used to treat schizophrenia is effective in treating patients with the deadlyWhoops, sorry, that says "scientists" and "medicine," doesn't it? My mistake.
Offered without comment, this:
I never cared what the arguments were over the amount of brain activity, nor did I listen to any gossip about her husband. What I advocated from the beginning is that her parents be allowed to take her home and take care of her until her natural death. It may have taken a bit longer, but as the medical examiner said, she would have died soon anyway....and this:
If I ever become unable to speak for myself.... if my parents ever, ever try to circumvent my husband's wishes as to what medical treatment I do or do not receive, or what type of funeral arrangement he deems necessary, or for that matter any part of my long-term or end-of-life care, please shoot/poison/seriously maim them. I got married for a reason.
Well, not usually, but this one time (not at band camp):
A handful of people at Democratic National Headquarters distributed material critical of Israel during a public forum questioning the Bush administration's Iraq policy, drawing an angry response and charges of anti-Semitism from party chairman Howard Dean on Friday.Of more interest to me is what kind of coverage the true wingnuts will give this.
"We disavow the anti-Semitic literature, and the Democratic National Committee stands in absolute disagreement with and condemns the allegations," Dean said in a statement posted on the DNC Web site.
Well, an e-mail really, to Governor Jeb Bush. It went something like this:
Governor Bush -No, I don't expect anything other than a canned response, if that.
I voted for your brother in the last Presidential election, and am a firm supporter of many of his foreign policies, however I must admit I have been rather disgusted by the pandering I see going on from each of you now (and not just you, but also men such as Frist and DeLay, who - in light of the Schiavo autopsy - have been shown to be, at best, woefully misguided, and, at worst, outright liars).
Quoting from a CBS News story about your latest efforts to keep the Schiavo saga alive:
"Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay," Bush wrote. "In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome."
I have a nutty idea, so try to keep up with me. Could it be, just possibly, that when you find your wife unconscious in the wee hours, your first instinct is not to mark the time down accurately just in case a prosecutor, or perhaps a Republican governor, tries to come after you 15 years later in a bid to win votes?
Please, drop this insanity. The "Save Terri's Liquid Brain" brigades were wrong. Terri didn't say anything. Terri didn't see anything. Terri has been gone since the day her cerebral cortex turned to goo. Please stop acting like yours has as well.
If anything, you're helping to ensure that moderates like myself march into the Democratic camp next election cycle.
Not that you'll see this or read it, but thanks anyway.
...but only because Rachel demands it of me.
(found at Dean's world)
* No offense to injuns, American or otherwise.
Get your mind out of the gutter, folks. We're talking about brains.
People with bigger brains are smarter than their smaller-brained counterparts, according to a study conducted by a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher published in the journal “Intelligence.”Yes, some days I'm glad to have inherited what we call the "Hoff head." The wee Fiona has it too, evidenced by her being in the 15th-20th percentile for height and weight, but the 70th percentile for head circumference. No, no, it's not freakish (you've seen the photos) - it's better.
The study, published on line June 16, could settle a long-standing scientific debate about the relationship between brain size and intelligence.
I expect to be receiving "Enlarge your brain NOW!!" spam by the morning.
Much like a stupid dog that keeps going back to the owner that kicks it, the Republicans still can't let the Schiavo matter drop.
Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that a prosecutor has agreed to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, citing an alleged time gap between when her husband found her and when he called 911.No? Every other card-carrying "Save Terri's Liquid Brain" Brigade member has certainly had few qualms about slandering Mr. Schiavo on little more than their own agenda-driven, tin-foil suspicions.
Bush said his request for the probe was not meant to suggest wrongdoing by Michael Schiavo.
It's as if the "god of the gaps" argument has been taken and reshaped as the "guilt of the gaps." Not so oddly, the same people tend to make use of both.
Update: John Cole is on it too.
I'm coming to visit you in a few weeks.
It pains me greatly to have to say this because it makes me feel like a rightwing crank when I do, but there’s no escaping it: the Left truly does hate America.And how does H-Bonobo know this? Why, because some on the left have questioned the case for war, and others have said some generally stupid things. I don't think you could make a better case for liberals hating America.
They hate everything about it; it’s Judeo-Christian heritage; the God-given rights it protects for its citizens; its free markets; you name it, they hate it.
Except for the 99.9999% of arguments that might actually be better and have some merit to them. The Ankle Biting Pundits (who still need a hyphen) say to you: "America: love it or leave it, baby!"
Keep it up, folks, this is how you lose elections.
So what if it's a victimless "crime" and any such action would be a disgusting overreach of Federal powers? This is about principles!
Let's see, I supported Michael Schiavo's decision to let his wife Terri pass, and I also support the efforts of the husband of a brain-dead woman to save his unborn child. Yet, Michelle Malkin feels the need to co-opt the moment by calling it "the culture of life in action."
That's right, all those of us who have recently been painted as "the culture of death" by those on the far-right apparently have been told that our minds are made up for us. We're not allowed to want this husband to help his child enter the world.
Irony: the wishes of a husband and wife only count when they support the agenda of the "save Terri's half-brain plus liquid goo" brigades. Then it's all about beauty and light and the culture of life. Get off your goddamn high horse.
Oh how I long to live in this black and white world where people are shameless and completely agenda-driven.
Anyway, if you'd like to donate to save this wanted child, you can do so here.
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I'm not just about altruism, because I get $10 in mine too. But, you know, you come out ahead and that's what counts.
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Or Kos. Not much difference most of the time, truth be told.
Body and blood of Christ?
Nope, not unless he's some African kid in England:
Boys from Africa are being murdered as human sacrif ices in London churches.Don't worry, though - these aren't churches of your average British citizen, whose mythological nonsense has largely been tempered by progress and reality. Rather, it's the churches of African immigrants, importing their mythological nonsense that has yet to be so tempered.
They are brought into the capital to be offered up in rituals by fundamentalist Christian sects, according to a shocking report by Scotland Yard.
However, you righteous Westerners aren't off the hook - far too many of you, particularly in the USA, still believe in goofy stuff like transubstantiation, saviors rising from the dead, demonic possession, and a "spirit war" raging all around us. You're not less nutty than these Africans; you're less violent.
Amen for that.
Some people aren't very pleased with a certain artist:
A performance artist wearing a business suit and safety harnesses jumped repeatedly from a museum roof to create photographs that recall scenes from the World Trade Center attack, but his spectacle was scorned by some onlookers and victims' relatives.I'm curious: is there an expiry date on this self-proclaimed ownership of the disaster? When does it become ok for us to use the tragedy of September 11, 2001 in artwork?
I mean, other than the cheesy, maudlin, crap-tastic, Toby-Keith-style glurge already produced, and wholly unfit to adorn even an ugly refrigerator door?
I wonder what they'd say about Picasso's Guernica?
Sean Penn, visiting Iran as a citizen journalist (and professional scowler), scored an interview with Muslim cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who leads in the opinion polls for the upcoming Iranian elections.
In between state-approved questions such as "Peanut butter: crunchy or smooth?" and "Those Americans are the spawn of Satan, huh?" he got the good gentleman to speak about American democracy:
Rafsanjani replied that Iran is allowing eight candidates to run for president -- certainly a greater number than American voters faced last November. "If the number of candidates is a proof of democracy, we are ... better than the Americans in this regard," newspapers quoted Rafsanjani as telling Penn.Odd, when I look here, I see 14 candidates affiliated with political parties, and a whole turban-load of write-in candidates. Nevermind that our candidates, whether they have a chance in hell of winning or not, probably don't have to worry about being disappeared by the current government, or perhaps blown up by Islamic kookity-kooks.
So much for Iranian democracy.
Mr. Penn continued his quest for international warm fuzzies:
The actor caused a stir when he attended Friday prayers last week and heard the “Death to America” chants. But on a visit to Iran's Film Museum in Tehran this week he told a student that those oft-heard chants hurt Iran-U.S. relations.See, they're not really saying "death to America," they're saying "Please, come smoke the hookah pipe with us, neighbor, and let us talk about the weather, all in a spirit of brotherly love." I feel so silly now for taking the threats of fundamentalist Islam so seriously. Who knew that 9/11 was just an invitation delivery gone awry?
"I understand the nature of where it comes from and what its intention is," he said. "But I don't think it's productive because I think the message goes to the American people and it is interpreted very literally."
Jennifer Wilbanks, the "runaway bride," might be coming to a TV movie near you.
I wonder who will play her, seeing as how Marty Feldman's been dead for over 20 years.
Continuing to distance themselves from a lovely little place called Reality, Terri Schiavo's parents don't buy the autopsy results:
An autopsy that found Terri Schiavo suffered from severe and irreversible brain-damage has done nothing to sway her parents' position that she deserved to live and may have gotten better with therapy.I realize that they believe they were acting in the best interests of their daughter, and that they loved her, and that losing a child is a terribly hard thing to endure (I dread even thinking about losing the wee Fiona, as it depresses me immediately). However, perhaps one day, when they hop a jet plane back to the world of reason, they'll see that Terri wasn't there in any meaningful sense and that they ended up being pawns for the political agendas of people like Frist and DeLay, who stood before the entire country and lied.
To all of you who, now that you've been shown to be wrong, are crying about conspiracies and pay offs and such: you disgust me to no end. Your claims of some moral high ground amount to nothing more than standing on top of a pimple on a monkey's ass. Piss off.
The independent autopsy report on Terri Schiavo is to be released tomorrow. Maybe this will quiet down the non-stop self-righteous grandstanding we've seen from powerful politicians and right-wing bloggers since the day she died.
What's that? You say they pretty much shut up when she died and moved on to the next cause du jour of righteous Jesus-powered indignation?
Huh, go figure. Oh well, they can maybe start back up tomorrow.
I'm curious to see what it says; I don't think the public ever had enough facts to make an informed decision (not that it ever stops them, particularly politicians), and so it fell to the State Courts. Because state's rights are the most important thing in this federalist system, until such time as they don't serve your purpose, and then let's vote to make it a federal issue (again, not taking sides, just saying that politicians and rabid partisan pundits are largely full of shit).
Um, anyway, so yeah - tomorrow.
Update: The results are in.
An autopsy onCountdown to right-wing nuts screaming about conspiracies and such... 5... 4... 3...
Terri Schiavo backed her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding that she had massive and irreversible brain damage and was blind, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It also found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused.
Update 2: Speaking of brains, here is what an obviously crazy person has to say about them and death.
Update 3: Well, that didn't take long, let's go visit the comments at Blogs for Terri's Half-Brain:
The results that are reported on the autopsy report are baloney!!! Of course they're going to say that. I wonder if we'll ever know the real truth.Conspiracy Loon 1, Reality 0.
On the bright side, there are a couple of rational people present as well.
Update 5: Ooh, a little more right-wing love from the Blogs for Terri's Half-Brain site.
Yes Sirena....ERnesto is a liberal, Blame America first, BEAT BUSH NO MATTER WHAT coward who revelled in watching this woman die.Can you feel the love tonight? These imbeciles are unable to even comprehend that someone might reasonably disagree with them. The "culture of life" wishing death on someone - ah, sweet irony, thy name is right-wing nutter.
I've said so on here on another post.
You're not " grey "...you're contemptable.
Fanatical right wingers? Neo-cons? Bothered by congress? Bothered by Florida's Gov?
Be a man ERnesto.....stand up for yourself. Face the truth.
You hate George W Bush. You hate his brother. You hate the NAME, BUSH period. Are you so afraid to admit to what you are or what you REALLY stand for?
You loved this murder on tv, didn't you?
Your contemptable kind, got off on this. You had BUSH right where you wanted him. He couldn't help, or you people would cry FOUL. You had the courts block out her family, and MADE them watch as they murdered their daughter. Did that make you happy ERnesto?
Was Terri the weapon against GW BUSH? Was her death the ONLY way you could defeat him? Cause, you clowns surely failed in FLORIDA, and in OHIO four years later.
You sacrificed a living, breathing human being, for the sake of " political payback " and you don't even have the courage to stand up to admit it.
When this comes to it's logical conclusion ERnesto? You and your ilk, will be the first to be fed to the EUTHANASIAN centers. WHY?
Cause your useless to everyone and anything.
Your life has as much meaning, as that stuff people scrape off their shoes when they step in it.
Pitty? I was in error. Contempt?
Pfffft....you aren't even worthy of that.
You aren't worthy of recognition that you even exist.
When it's your turn?? I'll be watching with a smile.
Yeah, so there's another 100 words posted for your reading pleasure (or displeasure, depending on whether you like this stuff or not). Today we deal with the happy topic of genocide, probably in the Balkans, although with only 100 words it's possible I didn't provide enough for you to figure any of that out. So, make of it what you will (like, say, a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl).
A month into the grand writing experiment, I have some thoughts on the subject and the site. Maybe I'll get around to jotting them down. Been so busy keeping track of the Michael Jackson trial, you know.
If you have thoughts on it, do drop them in the comments, or in an e-mail.
A former Bush adminstration official is crawling out of the woodwork:
A former Bush team member during his first administration is now voicing serious doubts about the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9-11. Former chief economist for the Department of Labor during President George W. Bush's first term Morgan Reynolds comments that the official story about the collapse of the WTC is "bogus" and that it is more likely that a controlled demolition destroyed the Twin Towers and adjacent Building No. 7.Well, if anyone would know, it's the former chief economist for the Department of Labor.
On the off chance you'd like to ask Dr. Reynolds about his theory, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go on, bottoms up, kill some brain cells - we'll make more!
Scientists have grown fully mature brain cells in a laboratory for the first time, using a technique that mimics the natural process of brain regeneration.Science is amazing, isn't it? While the cave-dwelling superstitionistas among us pray to this god or that, science moves right along, delivering more than clasped hands ever could.
It promises to open the door to new ways of treating and possibly curing debilitating brain diseases such as Parkinson's, epilepsy and Alzheimer's.
Given that Alzheimer's runs in my family, this is particularly good news, and gives me some comfort that I won't spend my final days pooping myself and talking to wee people who live among the kitchen cabinets.
Ooh, maybe this will fuel a "Clinton Rape List" to accompany the "Clinton Death List" that right-wing conspiracy kooks were e-mailing about with abandon.
Michael Jackson found not guilty on all counts.
Works for me.
The dude is weird, don't get me wrong, but I don't think - from what I saw and heard - that he's a sex offender (at least beyond making guessing what sex he is somewhat of a challenge).
Naturally, this will come as an upset to those who are just so certain in their heart of hearts that someone as odd as Michael Jackson can only be up to no good. After all, look at how them homersexurals molest little boys all the time, and they ain't nothin' near as weird.
Update: Lest anyone think I'm sitting here typing with one white glove, aspiring to be Corey Feldman aspiring to be Michael Jackson, allow me to say that I think the bulk of people leaving flowers and poetry and life-size photos and prayer beads and pretty pretty pictures at every makeshift Michael shrine across the planet are more wacko than Jacko.
Oh oh, looks like Katie Holmes is finding a new religion:
Katie Holmes says she's converting to the Church of Scientology, embracing the religion of her boyfriend, Tom Cruise.Ms. Holmes continued by saying:
Holmes, in London to promote her new film, "Batman Begins," said Monday that she's excited about her lessons in Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Look, if everyone else can walk around believing in global floods, arks full of animals, burning bushes, parting seas, virgin births, and raising the dead - without so much as raising an eyebrow - then my belief in thetans and aliens and scientificky gobbledy-gook shouldn't even register.Wow.
Hey, if the Mormons can just go around making stuff up, why can't L. Ron Hubbard? Let our dear leader rest in peace.
Many meetings ahead, so here is something to hold you (or to make your eyes glaze over, depending on your own special circumstances):
Impossible, I thought. I was right. It's like New Coke all over again, but without the hoopla. And the, uh, soft drinks. But that's how similes work, so it's a-ok.
It may seem perfectly logical to the person who does it (hey, two pedals - two feet!), but to the rest of us, we'd really like to know that the red lights on the back of your vehicle mean you are stopping. This is hard to do when you're braking and accelerating, but I'm sure your brake shop loves you.
Anyway, knock it off, you're right up there with the old lady with blinker flashing for her entire drive to the grocery store.
Traffic will thank you, or at least I won't be cursing your name as I continually find myself running up on your ass at every light.
If that's you I saw in the logs searching for elements of our collective past, drop me an e-mail! I lost track of you after leaving my last job, and it looks like you moved onto something new too.
Note: The rest of you - the inflammatory stuff you're looking for is down below. Welcome back!
They're continuing their god-hating mission to oppress Christianity at every turn!
They hold up religious signs and set up camp along the strip preaching the gospel to anyone who'll listen. But now these street preachers say police are trying to give them the boot, and they say it's a violation of their constitutional rights.And you can just bet that those evil ACLU people are out to make sure it happens, and how!
News 3's Alex Savidge reports from the strip to tell us why the ACLU is stepping in to help them.Oh, whoops.
County ordinances say you can't hold up anything, a sign or banner wider than your body on a public street because it gets in the way of people walking by.I bet they're just trying to lull the religious right into a false sense of complacency before the Revolution strikes!
ACLU attorney Allen Lichtenstein says that law is laughable. And he says he plans fight the city and county on behalf of these two street preachers. "It's really selective enforcement that can only be assumed to represent content discrimination." The ACLU says they will have to file suit against the county if police don't stop going after these street preachers.
Uh, yeah, that's it.
(found via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)
Odd, I think most of us would lock the dogs up, not our child:
The mother of a 12-year-old boy killed in his own home by one of the family's two pit bulls says she had been so concerned about one of the dogs that she shut her son in the basement to protect him.And, of course, we'd certainly not want to blame the dogs:
"I put him down there, with a shovel on the door," Faibish said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. "And I told him: 'Stay down there until I come back.' Typical Nicky, he wouldn't listen to me."It's all little Nicky's fault, not wanting to be locked up in a basement while his mom left the house. Lady, if you don't see something wrong with having to lock your kid in the basement to be safe from your dogs, you're an idiot who should be sterilized immediately for the good of the gene pool.
"It's Nicky's time to go," she said in the interview. "When you're born you're destined to go and this was his time."You're right, your decision to purchase large dogs bred for fighting had nothing to do with it at all. It was all written in the stars!
I hope that nonsensical explanation comforts you when you picture the battered and bloodied body of your son laying there dead.
I swear, we need some sort of long-distance vasectomy/hysterectomy beam weapon. *zap* *zap* *zap* I'll chip in - who's got the know-how?
Update: Michele is on it as well. She's not quite as sympathetic as I was, and I wasn't.
Update 2: Another story on the topic:
Art Austin, neighbor: "I heard her say it was all her fault. You know, I think any mother might feel that way when you lose a kid."Or when you lock them in the basement to keep them safe from the angry dog you have in the house. Yeah, I can see where one might feel responsible. Go figure.
Naturally, the "pit bulls are just misunderstood" brigade will be rushing out to make their case, but:
Between 1979 and 1998, dog attacks killed more than 300 Americans.Yes, yes, we know that your pit would never do such a thing, because he's just a big sweety-pie, a lumbering oaf of a canine joker, your dog. Righty-o.
Pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of the deaths.
Yes, we all know that poodles and chihuahuas bite too; however, when they do, they tend not to keep biting and biting and biting until the target of their aggression is a mangled piece of meat.
There is a difference, whether you care to see it or not.
How disturbing would it be if children were able to paint and draw realistically?
(thanks to Brennan for the pointer)
Starring: The Great State of Utah!
Pope speaks out on how not getting in a car is the best way to avoid a traffic accident. Church teachings prohibit the use of seatbelts and airbags; not being in an automobile is the only "fail-safe" way to avoid the tragedy of blood on the highway.
A wise, wise man that Pope.
HOUSTON (AP) - Two sisters are suing a synagogue and two funeral companies, after finding a potato chip can in place of their mother's remains.How... odd.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, says a cedar chest containing the mother's was ashes missing, and a can of sour-cream-and-onion potato chips was found in its place.
I'd be pissed too, because sour-cream-and-onion potato chips are just nasty.
Hey, everybody, look! It's a meme posing as real content! Sweet!
Over here, Zombyboy provided a (sort of) A-to-Z list of songs from his iTunes player. Or, more accurately, the first song that showed up for each letter when they were listed alphabetically. He even threw in the songs that began with odd characters or numbers.
However, the alphabet list is below. Clicky clicky.
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"A Better Place to Be," Harry Chapin.Wow, that's some excitement there.
"B.J. Don't Cry," Moxy Fruvous.
"C Minor Contribution," Freddy Jones Band.
"Dabble On," Will and the Bushmen.
"Easy Street," Soul Asylum.
"F-Stop Blues," Jack Johnson.
"H.W.C." Liz Phair.
"I'll Be Alright Without You," Journey.
"Jack & Diane," John Mellencamp.
"La Garonne," Medeski, Martin, & Wood.
"MacDougal Blues," Kevn Kinney.
"Nailed," Hedwig & The Angry Inch.
"O Girlfriend," Weezer.
"Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box," Radiohead.
"Que Bueno Baila Usted," Ibrahim Ferrer.
"R.O.C.K. in the USA," John Mellencamp.
"Sam Hell," Helmet.
"T.R.O.U.B.L.E." Guadalcanal Diary.
"Ugly," Violent Femmes.
"Valentine Day," Paul McCartney.
"W.I.F.E." Old 97s.
"X-Static," Foo Fighters.
"Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town," Benny Goodman.
Anyway, it's Friday, this is the day that the calendar has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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My 100 Words, that is.
...chock full of pretty girls.
Where were we?
Sorry, but to all of the commenters shouting out their rah-rah-rah Fightin' Fundy cheers, LaShawn's brave, brave stand against the rest of us in our pajamas doesn't make her a martyr, suffering for the good Lord. Nor does your infantile bandwagoneering let you join her on her self-made cross.
Too funny, you people. Too funny.
But he looks like such a nice, sane, young boy.
I don't think LaShawn took too kindly to my pointing out that Christianity hasn't always been a peaceful religion of hugs and charity and kindness, and that today - in some quarters - some Christians like to knock off Muslims on video.
How do I know she wasn't impressed?
I've been delinked! Tossed off the blogroll! How rude! *
Way to build that "big tent!" Christ, the truth must hurt somethin' mighty.
Now, for your daily moment of irony, she says:
I took a vow not to engage in flame wars with other bloggers. What they think about the world or me specifically doesn’t interest me that much, and the back and forth bickering would be unproductive for me, although entertaining for everybody else.Why, it disinterested her so much, she wrote another 458 words about the topic of her disinterest. If only I were so disinterested in topics, you might get more than a couple of four line posts every day.
But, now that we're all here, let's see what else she had to say:
I was angry when I wrote that Koran post, but I stand behind every word.And you're still full of it, as you're still claiming that each and every Muslim is out to kill and conquer.
Although I used “Muslims” as a general term, my focus was and is on Islamofascists, Muslims who believe they’re commanded by their god to conquer and kill unbelievers: Christians, Jews, and whoever else doesn’t believe in Allah.Errr... so, you're not standing behind every word then? See, in the first you said "Muslims" and now you're qualifying it, but saying you meant everything you said. It takes a special kind of "logic" to make that make sense (but if you believe in magic men in the sky, you might be able to convince yourself of any ol' thing).
This is rather like saying "all Asians have small willies" or "all people of color attend family reunions and like watermelon," but then qualifying it with "hey, c'mon, it was obvious that I only meant those Asians that actually do have small willies and those people of color who actually do dig on some juicy w-melon."
It's called "covering your ass 'cause you f-d up."
If saying so marks me as a religious bigot, then I’ll add the label to my collection, along with “sell out,” “race traitor,” and “House Negro.” And it won’t keep me up at night.Depends on what you were saying; as it stands, no one really has a clue since you contradicted yourself in the space of two sentences.
What makes me sick enough to vomit are not just their over-the-top tirades; it’s the way Islamofascists get a pass! Our way of life is under attack and terrorist cells exist right here on our own soil! Yet I, mere blogger, am the dangerous one.You flatter yourself, LaShawn, really you do.
I never gave Islamofascists a pass; I'm all in favor of blowing their heads off. Twice for good measure (but not on Sunday, because the Bible says to rest).
You got taken to task for making a broad generalization and now you're unhappy about it. Don't take this to mean that you're more important than you actually are - you're not some martyr on a cross, for God's sake.
Something similar happened when I blogged about Chris Rock’s buffoonish comedy routine at the Oscars. Black libs were all over me. Rock played to the worst stereotypes. Yet I, mere blogger, was the shameful one.Whereas you played to no stereotypes painting all Muslims as closet killers? Errr... hmmm... ummm.
I suppose that being harshly and unfairly criticized by the left and the right is some sort of perverse compliment.No, generally it means you're probably wrong in one or more ways.
I know that rabid Christians like to flip the PersecutionSwitch at the least provocation in order to be more like Jesus, but, really, get over yourself.
They obviously find me dangerous enough or misinformed enough or ignorant enough or evil enough or interesting enough to spend time blogging about my blog. I’m being intentionally vague because, as I said, I refuse to flame. Go to Technorati and look up my URL to find posts if you’re compelled.I'll stick with misinformed and ignorant. Irrational perhaps as well, given the magical pixie belief.
This is how I work: If a blogger I like writes something I don’t, you won’t find any disparaging remarks about him/her or the post on this site. If it’s something I think is seriously inappropriate, I’d e-mail them. I wouldn’t dream of publicly going off. I don’t even do that to bloggers I don’t like. But that’s my style.Speaking only as a victim of cruel, cruel delinking, I can honestly say I said nothing about LaShawn Barber. I said plenty about what she said (I believe I called it, in a rare fit of eloquence, "stupid shit") and about her overlooking the violent history of Christianity.
After years of arguing the topic, I'm well aware that many extremely religious Christians are unable to separate an attack on Christianity from an attack on themselves. It goes back to the "Dying to Be A Martyr Syndrome" discussed above. Again, get over yourself.
Tell you what, you go ahead and pick on atheism, materialism, classical liberalism, and my opinion that "The Joshua Tree" is one of the ten best albums of all time, and I promise not to shed a tear. Not a one!
There’s a lesson in everything, and nothing is wasted. No matter what others write about me, they won’t deter me from standing up for what I believe is right. This I know for certain: one day we’ll all know what’s right.Nope, if we're all wormfood, we won't know much of anything. Once again, we see a typical response from the devout - the veiled threat of "you'll get yours at the end of days!"
So many people are going to be screwed when they die, wake up, and - holy cow - there's Thor. Myself included!
Until then, we blog.Indeed.
Here's to more disinterest!
Now, if you'll pardon me, I have a Bible to go kick.
Update: I left this comment over at LaShawn's site, as I doubt she gets to these parts until someone points her here, 'cause an evil atheist is saying Jesus isn't number one:
Hi LaShawnI'm not sure what's more sad: that LaShawn completely misses the point about why people were pissed at her, or that I just spent that many precious electrons trying to educate her.
First, allow me to thank you for the silent delinking. I notice that Bill from INDC, who really went after your faith (via the Bible) in his own comments is still on there. I imagine he sends more traffic your way though, so all is forgiven. I'm nothing if not magnanimous!
Second, it'd be swell if you'd not conflate the issue of saying all Muslims want to kill and conquer with the issue of whether or not "abusing" the Koran was wrong.
You made a broad and sweeping generalization about all Muslims which basically undercut the reasoning behind everything we're trying to do in Iraq. I mean, honestly, why should we try to bring democracy and acceptance on the world stage to all those murderous Muslims?
Your attempt at covering yourself by saying you meant "Islamofascists" is half-hearted at best. Rather than say "I should have said Islamofascists," you instead make it our fault for not knowing you didn't really mean all Muslims (even though, uh, that's what you said, quite plainly).
As for kicking the Koran, knock yourself out. It's just a book, no more important to me than the Oxford English Dictionary, the Holy Bible, or On the Origin of Species. However, given the situation in which we find ourselves, perhaps a little diplomacy and lack of outright disrespect for the religion is called for, no? I don't care if it offends a terrorist; I do care if it offends a moderate and turns them into one. In short - just because we can, doesn't mean we should.
Besides, we'll have plenty of time for Koran-kicking once we invade all their countries and turn them into Christians. (a reading from the Book of Ann)
* Oddly, Bill from INDC Journal, who took LaShawn to task here and who pointed out some of the uglier passages from the Bible in the comments, is still listed. Hmmm. I'd say that sounds like hit whoring, but I'd hate to generalize. 'Cause that just ain't right.
So, does my graduating summa cum laude mean I'm unfit for the Presidency?
For this thought exercise, let's pretend that my atheism doesn't rule me out for the bulk of All-Things-Jesus Americans.
Robert Mugabe says: "I'm not dead."
Rest of World says: "That's a damn shame."
Yup, it's another 100 Words, this time with extra-splendiferous bonus point-o-ramas.
Update: People, good people, I open up my heart to you, let you see a little slice of my life circa 1995, and it goes unappreciated.
Where did I leave my razor blades?
Apparently I've taken over Scotland.
It could be worse - say, France or Portugal.
Scotland, though, is a-ok with me. Lots of beautiful scenery and good beer and sheep. Lots and lots of lovely sheep.
Update: My first order of business will be to put a stop to this invasive nonsense.
British motorists face paying a new charge for every mile they drive in a revolutionary scheme to be introduced within two years.Privacy, oh where have you gone?
Each of Britain's 24 million vehicles would be tracked by satellite if a variable "pay-as-you-drive" charge replaces the current road tax.
Update 2: Did I mention the sheep?
It's been a while, but I decided it was time to get back to business and spend some quality time in the kitchen. Nothing fancy, but tonight we had Smothered Pork Chops with Beer-simmered Cabbage, served on a bed of brown rice (because we like our fiber and our regularity, see).
Served with some or other Routas Rose', which turned out to be a perfect match (to my tastebuds anyway - your mileage may vary).
Fugitive cop-killer Raul Garcia-Gomez has been arrested in Mexico.
Alleged cop-killer Raul Garcia-Gomez - and a string of relatives and friends accused of helping him elude an international manhunt - were arrested Saturday....For those not from the Denver area, Garcia-Gomez decided it would be cute and oh-so-fun to shoot two off-duty police officers in the back, killing one of them, as they provided security at a private event.
This wasn't a non-violent crime gone bad; it was cold-blooded, premeditated murder, all because lil' Raul couldn't get into the party.
I'm glad he's in custody. Now the Mexicans need to get busy with handing him over to face justice in Denver.
Eve Tushnet, kooky koo-koo-a-choo Catholic, links to this beautiful Lego retrospective of the life of Martin Luther. You'll weep as you watch Martin Luther, as Darth Vader, nail his theses to a church door. Powerful stuff!
Oddly missing was the Lego scene in which Luther declares his profound hatred of Jews for not getting on the Christianity train. I guess they haven't made those pieces yet. Soon, though... soon!
Yes, indeed it is - some live performances from The Beautiful South.
A personal favorite is the song "Don't Marry Her." Lyrics below the fold, as this is a family site, don't you know?*
Gimme gimme more more more »
Don't Marry Her
Think of you with pipe and slippers
Think of her in bed
Laying there just watching telly
Then think of me instead
I'll never grow so old and flabby
That could never be
Don't marry her, fuck me
And your love light shines like cardboard
But your work shoes are glistening
She's a PhD in "I told you so"
You've a knighthood in "I'm not listening"
She'll grab your sweaty bollocks
Then slowly raise her knee
Don't marry her, fuck me
And the Sunday sun shines down on San Francisco bay
And you realise you can't make it anyway
You have to wash the car
Take the kiddies to the park
Don't marry her, fuck me
Those lovely Sunday mornings
With breakfast brought in bed
Those blackbirds look like knitting needles
Trying to peck your head
Those birds will peck your soul out
And throw away the key
Don't marry her, fuck me
And the kitchen's always tidy
And the bathroom's always clean
She's a diploma in "just hiding things"
You've a first in "low esteem"
When your socks smell of angels
But your life smells of Brie
Don't marry her, fuck me
And the Sunday sun shines down on San Francisco bay
And you realise you can't make it anyway
You have to wash the car
Take the kiddies to the park
Don't marry her, fuck me
And the Sunday sun shines down on San Francisco bay
And you realise you can't make it anyway
You have to wash the car
Take the kiddies to the park
Don't marry her, fuck me
* Yes, I said "shit" in the post below. For that I weep, continuously, and forever. Amen.
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Two points to make this evening:
Despite what they may say, Muslims are and have always been on a mission to conquer and kill infidels. They’ve been doing it for centuries and will continue until we’re all dead, or they’re all dead, or the world ends, whichever comes first....deserve a fair amount of scorn (unfortunately, LaShawn closed the comments on that post - I can't fathom why).
Nevermind that she conveniently overlooks a certain habit of "spread by bloodshed" that Christianity once embraced (and that the Holy Bible has a raging hard on for) - and nevermind that some Christians today still like to shoot Muslims, and video it for kicks.
You're becoming a real bunch of assholes.
(found via Roxanne)
Breaking news from Denver's Channel 9:
A Virgin Atlantic flight from London to JFK is transmitting the "Hijack Code." The plane will be escorted by fighter jets to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The pilot of the plane was contacted and has said the plane is not being hijacked and the cockpit door is secure....so long as he didn't say "praise be to Allah" for the door being secure, perhaps it's nothing to worry about.
You don't like Falco?
I don't see the humor in this.
Michelle Malkin apparently prefers the political grandstanding and pandering of DeLay, Frist, and company to someone being openly emotional about what he believes. If a Republican had wept about the liquified brain of Terri Schiavo, I suspect she'd be saying how beautiful it all was, so very, very beautiful indeed.
Nice touch, too, that she gets her child involved in her political games. Up until now, I was worried that was solely the province of moonbat protesters. Good on ya!
Note: I don't have much of an opinion one way or the other on the Bolton nomination. I just notice that the right is looking more and more like the kooks on the left these days.