Tuesday, January 31, 2006
The world was created 6,000 years ago.
There is no life out in the universe, everything is here.
What have we gotten from all our travels in outer space, just some moon rocks. There's nothing out there for us. When we run out of oil and such, that will be the end of times.
Blacks would complain if you didn't use a new rope when lynching.
Damn Arabs own all the stations and run them into the ground. Should send them all back.
I read the Bible every night and go to church every Sunday, you betcha.
Oh, and he voted for Bush, because he's a god-fearing man.
This guy is likely representative of a huge chunk of Shrub's electorate. Think about it.
BUSH'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TO BE SIMULCAST IN ENGLISH
President Hopes to Reach Broader Audience, Aides Say
For the first time since he was elected President of the United States, George W. Bush's State of the Union address tonight will be simulcast in English, the White House confirmed. With the president's approval ratings sagging, the decision to simulcast the speech in English was widely seen as an attempt by the president to make an appeal to a broader audience. "The majority of people in this country are English speaking, and quite frankly, we can't afford to ignore them any longer," one senior aide said. "Hopefully, by doing the English simulcast, we'll be reaching out to a lot of those folks." Once the decision was made earlier in the month to launch the historic first English simulcast of a speech by President Bush, then began the hard work of translating the text of the address from Mr. Bush's language into English. Davis Logsdon, a professor of linguistics at the University of Minnesota, was one of several scholars approached to do the translation who ultimately quit in frustration. "The problem is that the language the president speaks, by most measures, is not a language at all," Professor Logsdon said. Still, the White House remains guardedly optimistic about tonight's simulcast, and aides said that if all goes as planned they might soon offer English simulcasts of press briefings by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Elsewhere, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein stormed out of his courtroom today, got a good look at what was going on in the streets of Baghdad, and quickly hurried back in.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
James at Wigderson Library & Pub makes the excellent observation that it's radio, who cares what anyone looks like.
I must say, that after looking at the guys, my only comment is...there's a real hair problem at WTMJ. I mean, come on. Charlie Yikes looks like his is greased on. Jeff Wagner's looks like...well, nobody really looks that hokey, do they? Jonathan Green...look out for Ragnar Mentaire's flys.
I wish I had more.
But, still, this is why I like James. He's not afraid to weigh in, understands that amongst the serious issues one can still entertain.
Anyway, everything in his comment I essentially agree with, except that "trickle down" just don't work, James. If it did, then why has nothing changed for the better? And, I continue to say that my post was not inaccurate. He did cherry pick facts in an attempt to be sarcastic. Sarcasm is very difficult to write. Only the best writers can master it and I am by no means even close to doing so. James, if the sarcasm in something you write is only visible to you, then it wasn't done well.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
The Bald Man and the Fly
There was once a Bald Man who sat down after work on a hotsummer's day. A Fly came up and kept buzzing about his bald pate,and stinging him from time to time. The Man aimed a blow at hislittle enemy, but acks palm came on his head instead; again the Fly tormented him, but this time the Man was wiser and said:
"You will only injure yourself if you take notice of despicable enemies."
And eventually the Bald man died because the fly called other flys over and they all bit the Bald man so many times that the loss of blood resulted in a coronary arrest.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies. --Voltaire
The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute, both liberal-leaning think tanks, found the incomes of the poorest 20 percent of families nationally grew by an average of $2,660, or 19 percent, over the past 20 years.
The truth is, "rich get richer, poor get richer, too."
The problem with James’ post is he’s cherry-picking facts from the article. At least he provided a link to the article. If one clicked on the link, one would find that while it is true that the poorest fifth saw their income go up 19 percent, one would also find that:
The middle fifth’s income rose 28%
The richest fifth’s income rose 59%
One would think in a fairer society that income would go up at the same rate for all…but the last twenty years of Republican majority have resulted in a growing disparity between the richest and poorest Americans…which is what the article focused on, not on the meager growth deceptively highlighted by James.
Anyway, I was checking out the I Am The Force blog (author's name is Ragnar Mentaire) because he had made a silly response to one of my comments on another blog. He has a piece titled "Hell Is The Answer."
This is good...the guy says that we should advertise hell more forcefully and that way more people will be made to turn to Christianity...especially those following the false religions of Islam and Buddhism. These will be brought down by advertising.
According to Mentaire the Midget, hell and its eternal suffering should be on everyone's mind, every day, whether in America or China. He recommends using billboards and satellite television, newspapers and magazines to spread the message of hell. It's high time, he pontificates, for people to come around.
Seems to me we already have way too much Christian advertising. One can view it every day on telelvision...the 700 Club, TBN, Catholic TV, creationists with their own shows, etc. It's on the web, it's mailed into our homes, it's on every other street corner, it's on news shows where these prophets(?) make incoherent announcements and the drivel is lapped up by thousands...it's everywhere. But that's not good enough for Lord Mentaire, no, we need MORE FEAR.
Got news for you buster, Fred Phelps would love you to join his church in Kansas.
Your vision of Christianity has the blood of millions on its hands and the new inquisitors are doing their damned best to add a few more innocent souls to the tally sheet. So, go away, little Ragnar, I don't fear you and there are many who don't buy this message of fear that you and others proscribe.
I am not a believer...never will be (this aside is to cut off any sanctimony from you...not even on my deathbed!). However, I have the greatest respect for those followers of Jesus who believe in his loving message. And, I have great respect for anyone who, through their own faith, live good and peaceful lives with best wishes for all.
So, Ragnar Mentaire...one last word. I'm not sure why you need more advertisement, you're already living in hell. Why don't you climb out and join the rest of us.
Friday, January 27, 2006
What is especially childish is McBride's publishing of a private e-mail to her and her subsequent demeaning comments about the author. If the author had recourse to respond publically, that would be one thing...but in the world of McBride and Yikes...real discourse is forbidden. Why? Because they are both afraid to have real debate.
Conservatives have a real weird way of treating women. Yuck.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Let's see...I have read that the law is aimed at violence perpetrated against specifically targeted people, not a constitutionally protected action such as speech. Targeted people might include African Americans. Hmmm, there's been a history of violence there. How about gay people. You may not like how they dress, how they talk or how they walk...that's your right. But, yeah, they've been targeted for some pretty malicious stuff.
But Republicans? Come on, Jeff. Stop playing the poor me card. All you do is make a fool of yourself, gosh durn it.
However, the following item was gotten from Xoff (hat tip) and was really well done...and it's ostensibly from a conservative. At least that was my assumption after reading Xoff state that it came from an unexpected source. I jumped over to Playground Politics to see for myself and found a dose of conservativism with lots of pragmatism.
Anyway, the main points of the piece are below. The entire piece can be reached here. It's recommended reading...for the two or three who read stuff here (thanks Mom). Good work, Playground Politics.
Those who try to paint Thompson as a Doyle ally are missing the point that she was hired while Scott McCallum was governor. She is not, as Mark Green would have you believe, "an official of Governor Doyle's administration." Doyle had nothing to do with her hiring and Thompson, having passed her review process, has job protection that precludes her from being disciplined prior to the outcome of this case. She can be transferred into another job, and that's about it. And Mark Green, as a former legislator, damn well knows that.
Scott Walker's release, on the other hand, shows only that the man is incapable of understanding what the indictment actually says. Walker would like to infer that Thompson was pressured into using political considerations in the course of her work, something not indicated anywhere in the actual indictment. Of course, Scott's a college dropout.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
I’ve been inspired by StB. He has his own piece on this subject (apparently others, too). It’s obviously important to him and he drinks. He should seriously consider AA, but he hasn’t reached that place in his life where everything is viewed from down under. Besides, he probably thinks AA is for losers and…gasp…liberals. Another sure sign of his being in need of help.
Anyway, his post about his encounter with this guy reminded me of encounters I’ve had with people like him (except I’m at least 10 miles an hour over the speed limit…always).
So I’m doing about 68 in a 55 and this guy gets on my butt and flips on the brights. Uh, excuse me, I’m going way over the speed limit, I can’t get over to the right because there are two cars next to me and why are you being such a dick (note to StB: you said never be a dick…you already were when you got on the guy’s ass and flipped the lights)?
Anyway, my plan is to get over and let this butthead by, but now he starts flipping his lights on and off at me. So, yeah, I tap the brakes. Now, StB thinks this is a pussy move. Sorry, ding dong, you’re the one behind me being the ass…I have the power, not you. So, back off and how do you know I’m not packing? You don’t (I’m gonna love the concealed weapon law…morons like StB will never tailgate again…won’t they?).
I’ve now sped up a bit to get in front of the traffic on my right just so Speed Racer can zip by. I pull over and look over at this DICK as he passes by and he starts clapping. I was wrong all the time. He’s not a dick, he a trained seal. He’s even got the sparse covering of whiskers to prove it. I didn’t know they could get licenses.
Well this was a fun exercise. For the amount of time it took to write this (much shorter than StB I’ll bet) I was able to step into the shoes of a conservative and experience how it feels to be a knob. It’s not that much fun…you see, I don’t like to act like a dick. So I’ll just let StB be the one and hope he gets help someday.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Would't it be great if our President actually addressed groups made up of all sorts of citizens, not just Republican fundies. Or, heaven forbid, Jessica McBride opened up comments on her site.
“We have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to disperse justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance.” -- Doris “Granny D.” Haddock, who turned 96 today.
Yeah, then he'd be in control of all the bile that emanates from your site....down the drain you go girl.
“The negative tone, relentless attacks and distortion of Judge Alitos career confirmed what we already knew from the hearings: Judge Alito had an open mind but the Democrats, beholden to their interest groups, did not.”
Just a question. Whatever happened to Harriet Miers?
Monday, January 23, 2006
Over at "This Modern World" real evidence has been discovered exposing President Shrub as a lying scoundrel despite what White House counselor Dan Barlett said Monday that Bush’s photographs in the company of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff amount to a coincidence and shouldn’t be interpreted any more seriously than that.
Photo courtesy of "This Modern World."
Time Magazine posits they may have been good friends. All remains to be seen...one can only hope.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Molly Ivins writes that she can't vote for leading Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, for a number of reasons, which she provides here. I agree with Ivins. I'll say this for President Shrub, he takes a stand and sticks by it, even if its illegal and immoral. I'm not suggesting that the Dems need to follow his weaseling ways...but we do need a leader...and not someone who just says he or she is a uniter or turns in their stance to match the prevailing political wind.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Representative Gwen Moore said this was all political. A lot was, especially on the right. But there was politics on the left...the damage was done to vans owned by the other side. However, especially tiresome were Jeff Wagner's constant implications that Republicans never did anything illegal...where have you been, Jeff? Does the name "Duke" Cunningham ring a bell?
In any case, Gwen Moore's son and the others should count their lucky stars. It should have been worse.
D. Logan Darrow Clements (there's a mouthful), a former Republican candidate for governor in California has decided that he didn't like the eminent domain ruling handed down recently by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 5-4 ruling was split along party lines, with outgoing Justice Sanda Day O'Connor siding with the conservative wing.
All right, people are not always going to agree with Supreme Court rulings. But Clements, in a blatant act of self advertisement, has decided to go one step better by attempting to have Justice David Souter's home grabbed by the local town and turned into a money-making venture called the Lost Liberty Hotel.
Local authorities are certain the measure will lose in a landslide, some calling this act by Clements one of revenge. To this writer, Clements is just another pathetic example of wing nuts out of control. He's a bully. Let him have his day in the sun because that's what free speech is all about...then someone please yell "Fire" and have that small little man washed away.
Friday, January 20, 2006
In the wing nut world, it's okay to inquire why other people's children are not attending MPS while home-schooling one's own.
In the wing nut world, it's okay to indict a group of people for feeding the public trough (what the hell does that mean, anyway), while wing nut members enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us.
Charlie Sykes has never given a damn about African Americans. It’s all politics to him and this is, as Christofferson said, an easy way for Sykes to score cheap political points.
The hilarious thing about all of this is Wigderson. His questioning whether Doyle and Christofferson would even think about putting their kids in MPS is hilarious. Hmmm, wasn’t it just a couple weeks ago that Wigderson was gleefully advertising himself after his “scared little suburbanite” piece hit the net. Where do your kids go to school, James? Before you ask, mine go to West Allis public schools.
So, just cut it out. For you (along with Sykes) to say you have any sympathy for the plight of African Americans is disingenuous. Choice is all about reducing the tax load for wealthy whites and supplicating the Christian right wing…both whom Sykes panders to, as do you apparently.
Blow it out your ear. Christofferson owes no one an apology.
As for Jessica McBride and her silly free speech piece...She can’t even come up with an original name for her blog, so it’s not worth commenting other to say that she has way too much time on her hands…1,500 words, come on.
How do you make chocolate? You take dark chocolate, you mix it with white milk, and it becomes a delicious drink. That is the chocolate I am talking about. --Nagin, January 17
Thursday, January 19, 2006
"The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world."
James believes that Hackett is certifiable (psst, as in crazy). Hmmm...let's see who is crazy.
I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag. -- Ralph Reed
I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good...Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism.
--Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue
We're going to bring back God and the Bible and drive the gods of secular humanism right out of the public schools of America. -- Pat Buchanan addressing an anti-gay rally in Des Moines
I don't know that atheists should be considered citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God. -- George Bush (the uniter)
Televangelist and biblical prophecy expert (self proclaimed) Jack Van Impe, had this to say about Pat Robertson...
And right now, the National Association of Evangelicals informs us that this man has done damage, and it could actually take the lives of some of the missionaries in South America because the news media in South America is bombarding this thing across the airwaves around the clock. God forgive him.
Not only that, but Mr. Robertson, you are pro-life, and yet you wanted the members of the Supreme Court to die last year, and now the president of Venezuela. We believe this book: Thou shalt not kill; Exodus 20, verse 13. And my Bible says that this is wrong, and I want to challenge you right now to change your ways. Because we as Christians do not need an Osami [sic] Bin Laden leading us.
And last but not least, Jerry Falwell and his infamous 9/11 accusation.
The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say: you helped this happen.
And the winner in the certifiable category is...not Paul Hackett.
The fact remains that those who gain the most under school choice are not the working poor or minority communities, but the wealthy, who gain tax credits for something they already do (send their kids to private schools), and the Christian Right, who are eager to use their vouchers to fund a religious education.
One of the penalies of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your interiors." - Plato
Oh, and how are the divorce proceedings going, Michele (daughter of morals champion, Roberta Combs)?
Jimmy Carter was probably the most sincere Christian to occupy the White House in our lifetime. Look at the work he has done since leaving the presidency. What has George Sr. done…jump out of airplanes and shill for the Saudis. What has John Ashcroft done…piled up more than $265,000 being a lobbyist for the corporations that have benefited most from laws put in effect by the Patriot Act. What have Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Ralphie Reed, “Duke” Cunningham done other than line their pockets or the pockets of their K Street clients (and the Repugs in Wisconsin haven’t a thing to say about the corruption but worry their silly asses over $700 that a local casino kept…via Jeff Wagner…a fine way to use up the hot air waves). Pathetic.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
"It's one thing to have a philosophical difference -- and I can understand people being abhorrent about war. War is terrible. But one way people can help as we're coming down the pike in the 2006 elections, is remember the effect that rhetoric can have on our troops in harm's way, and the effect that rhetoric can have in emboldening or weakening an enemy." -- George W. Bush
Saturday, January 14, 2006
THOSE COMPASSIONATE LIBERALS: Wendy has this statement out via the Judicial Confirmation Network: “Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer, the big bad boys of the Judiciary Committee, have turned these hearings from ‘Groundhog Day' into 'Kennedy the Barbarian.' These are the men who posture as being sensitive to women's rights and so opposed to violence against them. Well, their relentless verbal violence and character assassination of this good man finally took its toll on Mrs. Alito. Link to read more of this drivel.
This is at least the fifth or sixth instance I have read of the big, mean Dems making poor Mrs. Alito cry. Oh cut it out. This is just typical Republican posturing to change the subject away from the real issue...Alito didn't say a damn thing. The man has some serious issues in his past...legitimate issues...and he can't remember anything when asked.
Perhaps he should be tested for Alzheimers.
Oh, wait, we had a president who snoozed through eight years with Alzheimers, so no problem.
Below is a piece by Greg Saunders that should explain, for those Republicans who can't figure out why the prez's choice is not just rubber stamped...
The Reason We Have Confirmation Hearings by Greg Saunders
The fact that Sam Alito spent all week stonewalling was to be expected, but I think some of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee deserve equal blame for treating this more like political theater than a job interview. I understand getting a soundbite is part of the shallow hell that our political climate has become, but a lot of the exchanges makes it clear that most of the Democrats think they’re a tough question away from getting Alito to blurt out some incriminating remark like “Abortion is worse than the holocaust” or “the President should be considered a monarch”. But I fear that the hunt for a smoking gun is coming at the expense of helping the American people figure out who the hell this Alito guy is. Link to read more.
Friday, January 13, 2006
I also like that he immediately stated that all that was needed for the Packers was retooling, not rebuilding. The Pack does not need to rebuild. They have a lot of young talent. And they gained experience this year. Now let's hope that Favre hangs around one more year at least.