Thursday, May 31, 2007

Couple of Funny Pics: Courtesy of My Mom




So, given that my mom sent me these, does it tell you that we both have a quirky, off-beat, perhaps inappropriate sense of humor?

Still, regarding these pics - who the hell DID design that ride!? And what kind of warped mind even THINKS about creating (let alone does create) a "Free" sign for road kill?

C'est la vie!

Monday, May 28, 2007

FREAK ME OUT: A Republican Politician I Can Respect?


Well, freak me the fuck out. Have you heard of Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul? You should, this is one Republican politician I could respect (that is if be belives in evolution and a woman's right to choose.)

(UPDATE #1: Having had my curiosity aroused, I started researching Ron Paul. One commenter at BradBlog mentions Paul's "non-interventionist" position and relates how that too can be harmful, like the genocide currently taking place in Darfur. Just something to keep in mind.)

(UPDATE #2: Well, I guess the only thing I liked about the guy is that he is against the war and understands to some degree why other countries hate our harmful policies. Below is an extensive update on where Ron Paul stands on issues important to democrats.

Abortion: Ron Paul's "libertarianism" famously does not extend to the right of a woman to control her body. In February he introduced H.R. 1094, "[t]o provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception." He voted against overriding Bush's veto of the stem cell bill. [He's anti-choice]

The Environment: Ron Paul may be a Republican, but he's certainly not a Republican for Environmental Protection. That fine organization gave Paul a shameful 17 percent rating on its most recent Congressional Scorecard (warning: PDF). He doesn't fare much better in the eyes of the American Wilderness Coalition or the League of Conservation Voters. Paul's abysmal record on the environment is driven in large measure by his love of sweet, sweet oil: in the 109th Congress alone, he voted to voted allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to shield oil companies from MTBE contamination lawsuits, against increasing gas mileage standards, to allow new offshore drilling, and to stop making oil companies pay royalties to the government for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Par for the course for a man who called the Kyoto accords "bad science, bad economics and bad domestic policy" and "anti-Americanism masquerading as environmentalism."

Immigration: Paul marches in lock-step with the xenophobic right wing on immigration, calling last month's compromise immigration bill "a compromise of our laws, a compromise of our sovereignty, and a compromise of the Second Amendment." Yet even the hardcore nativists in the immigration debate have been hesitant to support repealing birthright citizenship as enshrined in the Fourteenth Amendment, as Paul has done. His proposed Constitutional amendment, introduced as H. J. Res 46 on April 28, 2005, reads: "Any person born after the date of the ratification of this article to a mother and father, neither of whom is a citizen of the United States nor a person who owes permanent allegiance to the United States, shall not be a citizen of the United States or of any State solely by reason of birth in the United States." Only four other Representatives, all Republicans, were willing to cosponsor this proposed amendment.

Civil Rights: Paul doesn't much care for ensuring your right to vote. Like when he voted with just 32 other members of Congress against reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Or when he voted for the bogus "Federal Election Integrity Act" voter suppression bill.

But at least Ron Paul knows who's responsible for racism in America: you are. "By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality," he writes, "the advocates of so-called 'diversity' actually perpetuate racism. Their intense focus on race is inherently racist, because it views individuals only as members of racial groups." So now you know. (Apparently, saying that [i]f you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be" is not racist, as long as it's said with a proper appreciation for free-market economics.)

Gay Rights: Paul's rigid, uncompromising libertarianism leads him to take a number of positions that liberals find objectionable or even reprehensible but which should not in themselves be taken as ipso facto evidence of bigotry. His reflexive opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, is consistent with libertarian positions on federalism and the right of the individual to be free from government "coercion," even if that means limiting the ability of minorities to seek employment and housing free from discrimination.

Church-State Separation: From keeping "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance to co-sponsoring the school prayer amendment to keeping the Ten Commandments on a courthouse lawn, this "strict constitutionalist" isn't a big fan of the Constitutionally-mandated separation of church and state. "Religious morality will always inform the voting choices of Americans of all faiths," he writes. "...The collectivist left" --that's you!-- "is threatened by strong religious institutions, because it wants an ever-growing federal government to serve as the unchallenged authority in our society.... So the real motivation behind the insistence on a separation of church and state is not based on respect for the First amendment, but rather on a desire to diminish the influence of religious conservatives at the ballot box."

International Relations: Like crackpot paleoconservatives everywhere, Paul wants us out of the United Nations, which is just a bunch of un-American non-Americans out to destroy America. Darfur is also filled with non-Americans, so you certainly won't find Ron Paul lifting a finger to stop the genocide, or even acknowledge that genocide is taking place. I guess that's why he's one of only four members of Congress to receive an "F" rating on Darfur from the Genocide Intervention Network.

Peace and Military Issues: With all the hooting and hollering about Paul's opposition to the Iraq war, it sure seems like he should have been able to get better than 58 percent from PeacePAC, doesn't it? Even Joe Lieberman managed to get 63 percent. (Still, it beats the 45 percent Paul got from them in the previous Congress.) He did a little better from Peace Action, managing 67 percent--easily the top score for a Republican, but a below-average score for Democrats. (Still, it beats the 40 percent he got from them in 2004.)

And while Paul may oppose the Iraq war, he doesn't seem to have much use for the men and women who have to fight it. Paul received an "F" rating from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. It's not easy to get an F from the IAVA; Paul shares this distinction with only six other members of the House.

Taxes: Do we even need to go into this one? If you audaciously believe that we need a progressive system of taxation in this country, here's what Ron Paul thinks of you:

"[W]e have exactly the kind of steeply progressive tax system championed by Karl Marx. One might expect the left to be happy with such an arrangement. At its core, however, the collectivist left in this country simply doesn’t believe in tax cuts. Deep down, they believe all wealth belongs to the state, which should redistribute it via tax and welfare policies to achieve some mythical 'social justice.'... The class war tactic highlights what the left does best: divide Americans into groups.

Worker rights: Voted to defund OSHA's ergonomics rules. Voted against increasing mine safety standards. Hates unions. Campaign finance reform: Opposes. Social Security and Medicare: Repeats the Republicans' lies about the programs' solvency. Consumer protection: Voted for the bankruptcy bill. Voted to make it harder to file class-action lawsuits. Universal health care: don't make me laugh. Privatizing everything: the Internets are not large enough to hold all the citations.

(Hat tip to phenry for the above)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Personal Ad of the Year: Lunatic Fringe



Well, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but you've GOT to appreciate the creativity of this personal ad (hat tip to Digg for their link).


I need an unstable woman for a drama filled relationship…

Hi there,

I’m seeking a like-minded woman to share a disastrous 3-9 month relationship with, ending in acrimony, emotional chaos, and possibly legal proceedings.

My name is Lloyd, I live in Chicago , I’m 27 years old, fairly well educated, I hold down a good job and am pretty stable. I’m told I’m fairly good looking, but I’ll let you be the judge of that - I’m generally caring and very honest.

I am looking for an attractive female who will at first give me obsessive love, praise and devotion - but whose paranoia, self-loathing and fear of rejection and abandonment will eventually lead her to alternately push me away and pull me closer in a love/hate cycle that will lead to infidelity, consensual sexual violence, and the eventual emotional breakdown of one or other party - or if we’re lucky - both!

You should:

* be 20 to 35 years old;
* have a history of short, intense, drama-driven relationships;
* enjoy degrading and dehumanizing sex;
* have undergone negative psychiatric evaluations in the past; and
* be willing to threaten self-harm and/or annihilation as a weapon to control your partner and make them stay with you and care for you.

Although not completely necessary, I would prefer women:

* with nice smiles;
* that have larger than average breasts;
* who are married or already in unstable relationships;
* that drink to forget; and
* who have had a previous established diagnosis of Borderline or Dependent Personality Disorder or Bi-Polar Affective Disorder - or who are currently taking Lithium Carbonate, SSRIs, or Tri-cyclic antidepressants

If you think you meet these requirements (and wow, I’m getting excited just writing them!), please don’t hesitate to get back to me as soon as possible. In the meantime, thank you for reading my advert, and do take care.

All the best,

Lloyd

ps This advert is in recognition of the big neon sign on my forehead that everyone else can see except me.

On The Lighter Side: Smart Humor



This is the kind of thing that I just LOVE getting via email. Spare me "cute" stories and tear jerkers. Spare me the chain letters. Spare me the religious parables, pics of missing people, lame jokes, poems heavy on cartoon graphics, and e-cards.

But send me something like the below and I am thrilled. Without further ado:

Here is the Washington Post's Mensa Invitational, which once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

The 2006 winners are:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying (or building) a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize that it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

11. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

12. Glibido: All talk and no action.

13. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

14. Arachnoleptic Fit ( n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

15. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

16. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. And the winners are:

1. Coffee, (n.) the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, (adj.) appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, (v.) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade, (v.) to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-Nilly, (adj.) impotent.

6. Negligent, (adj.) absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.

7. Lymph, (v.) to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, (n.) olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, (n.) emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, (n.) a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, (n.) a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, (n.) the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, (n.) a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, (n.) a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Circumvent, (n.) an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

DIS-Card: UMASS Grads Have Higher Standards than White House

On September 11 2001 Andy Card, then White House Chief of Staff was the person who told Bush that the World Trade Center incidents had occurred (Note: scared-shitless expression in W's eyes is evidenced by lack of typical "beadyness")


(Note: Action begins around 2:40 into video)


On May 25, 2007 Andrew Card faced hundreds of boos and catcalls as he was given an honorary degree during the graduate school commencement at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Rank Politicization of the US Department of Justice

Gonzales' Immigration Judges: Little Or No Experience But Strong GOP Ties
The LA Times | Richard B. Schmitt | May 26, 2007 08:07 AM

Over the last two years, U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales has appointed more than two dozen individuals as federal immigration judges.

The new jurists include a former treasurer of the Louisiana Republican Party, who was a legal advisor to the Bush Florida recount team after the 2000 presidential election. There is also a former GOP congressional aide who had tracked voter fraud issues for the Justice Department, and a Texan appointed by then-Gov. George W. Bush to a seat on the state library commission.

One thing missing on many of their resumes: a background in immigration law.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Open Letter to Rosie O'Donnell: Don't Back Down Girlfriend!



(UPDATE #2: Rosie speaks - watch it here)

(UPDATE #1: It was suggested that Rosie replace Don Imus at MSNBC - I agree, and after all turnabout is fair play especially when you're a media outlet holding yourself out to be impartial journalistically you may as well give another perspective a fair and equal shot.)

Okay, I went to Rosie's Blog to see what she's got to say about things. While there, I wanted to send a quick note of support for her strong and principled stance on a variety of controversial issues.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to send her my support via email from her site, so what the hell, this is my open letter to Rosie, and it's a short one:

Dear Rosie:

Don't you dare back down girlfriend. Some one in the media's got to have some balls on the important issues of the day, and it looks like it's going to have to be you.

Had you been on TV speaking your mind, bringing up the issues and stimulating some semblance of a conversation back in 2001 thru today, maybe things would have turned out differently regarding the 9/11 investigation, Iraq, and the criminal republicans and their complicit media.

We need you. We need your voice and the controversy it arouses (at least among white middle-aged men). We need you maybe now more than ever, so DON'T YOU FUCKING DARE BACK DOWN and let the uninformed, brainwashed, stupid lemmings like Elizabeth Hasselbitch get away with their harmful drivel.

Now, what we need is a new version of the Rosie show where you run the damn show and it's all about these issues, your perspective, alternative information and fact. You'd be like the counter-Coultergeist - it would be AWESOME!

With respect,

--Shella

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Continuation of Below Post: Evidence




Hat tip to Brad Friedman of www.bradblog.com for his excellent, amazing, and dedication to exposing treasonous acts and actions of electoral fraud in the US. History will prove his role as pivotal.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

DOJ Scandal: I'ts About Voting, Stupid!


(Photo: Bush and Administration Treason Trial at Nuremberg)

Well, it turns out that the whole United States Attorney and Department of Justice scandal has been obstruction of justice to try and cover up how the GOP, the top White House operatives, and the President of the United States and Company stole your most basic civil right.

DID YOU HEAR ME? They stole your most basic civil right.

The right to vote. Read it an weep. Is nothing sacred to these fucking criminals?

(hat tip to Greg Palast, BBC investigative journalist, from his press release posted at dailykos.com)

BBC Television’s Newsnight has 500 "missing" Rove office emails including a series of self-incriminating notes which provide "the keys to the kingdom" behind the prosecutor firings.

In the opening to today’s testimony before Congress, Monica Goodling, former Department of Justice White House Liaison, testified that Deputy Attorney General Kyle Sampson lied. At issue was, says Goodling, Sampson’s denial "that he had some knowledge of allegations that Tim Griffin had been involved in vote ‘caging’ during the work on the President’s 2004 campaign."

What is ‘caging’? Why is it so important that it lead Goodling’s testimony? Why is Tim Griffin’s involvement kept secret? And what are ‘the allegations’?

Goodling, in her testimony (and in several subpoenaed emails) identifies the source of the allegation as BBC investigative reporter Greg Palast - who, in October 2004, first broke open the ‘caging’ story on BBC’s Television’s premier current affairs show, Newsnight. (Watch it here)

The BBC reporter explained that ‘vote caging’ is a crime; Tim Griffin directed it; Karl Rove, Goodling and Sampson knew it, yet Rove demanded the appointment of Griffin as the US Attorney for Arkansas.

‘Caging’ was a 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign scheme to challenge, on false evidence, the right to vote of tens of thousand of Black voters.

Was Tim Griffin involved? Palast showed, on camera, the email he intercepted from the Bush campaign, "Subject: caging," written by Griffin himself, making clear that Griffin was not just involved, the but the director of this vote fixing scheme.

The allegation is based on an email, re-produced on page 207 of Palast’s book, "Armed Madhouse," currently a New York Times bestseller (published by Penguin).

In several emails obtained by subpoena by Congressional investigators, Goodling and Griffin complain about ‘that British reporter Palast’ (an American working with BBC London). In a February 5, 2006 email, Griffin gloats to Goodling that "no [US] national media" has picked up Palast’s discovery of the ‘caging’ operation.

Here’s how caging works: letters were sent "Do Not Forward" to voters at home addresses. When the letters were returned to sender ("caged"), the voter’s right to vote was challenged. The letters, however, were targeted at African-American homeless men, students — and soldiers send overseas — all legal voters who, because they were shipped to Iraq or for other reasons, were not at their home address. BBC obtained 50 ‘caging’ lists with 70,000 voters including large groups of servicemen.

And all U.S. traditional media can talk about is "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars". Something fundamental is broken.

For readers who may be interested in learning more about the GOP's assault on Americans voting rights, please visit www.bradblog.com.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I'm Takin' This One to the Plastic Surgeon...

.

My sister stopped by my office today. In her had was a photo envelope. You know, the kind they had before digital photos? Well, inside was a series of three photos of me (brown hair) with my cousin Dina (blonde hair) when I was like 15 or 16.

When I saw the above photo three things occurred to me almost simultaneously. First, that I look like my son Nick (or rather, he looks like me). Second, that I look great. Third, that I didn't have any eyelashes back then either.

Bottom line: I am taking this photo to the plastic surgeon and finding out if s/he can bring me back a little to something like this (don't really want to look different) and how much it might cost me.

Youth is wasted on the young. Wish I'd known I looked like this then, I'd have worked it a little more than I did.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Video of the Month: It's Verified as Real...



There's not a lot to say about this one. Tossing miniature pies at a variety of bugs. The footage is real, from a Motorolla cell phone advertisement.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Open Letter to Alberto Gonzales Published in Washington Post (from his '82 Harvard Classmates!)




Dude. When your classmates disown you, you know it's bad. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy in my opinion. Enjoy everyone.


Dear Attorney General Gonzales:

Twenty-five years ago we, like you, graduated from Harvard Law School. While we arrived via many different paths and held many different views, we were united in our deep respect for the Constitution and the rights it guaranteed. As members of the post-Watergate generation who chose careers in law, we understood the strong connection between our liberties as Americans and the adherence of public offi cials to the law of the land. We knew that the choice to abide by the law was even more critical when public officials were tempted to take legal shortcuts. Nowhere were we taught that the ends justified the means, or that freedoms for which Americans had fought and died should be set aside when inconvenient or challenging. To the contrary: our most precious freedoms, we learned, need defending most in times of crisis.

So it has been with dismay that we have watched your cavalier handling of our freedoms time and again. When it has been important that legal boundaries hold unbridled government power in check, you have instead used pretextual rationales and strained readings to justify an ever-expanding executive authority. Witness your White House memos sweeping aside the Geneva Conventions to justify torture, endangering our own servicemen and women; witness your advice to the President effectively reading Habeas Corpus out of our constitutional protections; witness your support of presidential statements claiming inherent power to wiretap American citizens without warrants (and the Administration’s stepped-up wiretapping campaign, taking advantage of those statements, which continues on your watch to this day); and witness your dismissive explanation of the troubling firings of numerous U.S. Attorneys, and their replacement with others more "loyal" to the President’s politics, as merely "an overblown personnel matter." In these and other actions, we see a pattern. As a recent editorial put it, your approach has come to symbolize "disdain for the separation of powers, civil liberties and the rule of law."

As lawyers, and as a matter of principle, we can no longer be silent about this Administration’s consistent disdain for the liberties we hold dear. Your failure to stand for the rule of law, particularly when faced with a President who makes the aggrandized claim of being a unitary executive, takes this country down a dangerous path.

Your country and your President are in dire need of an attorney who will do the tough job of providing independent counsel, especially when the advice runs counter to political expediency. Now more than ever, our country needs a President, and an Attorney General, who remember the apt observation attributed to Benjamin Franklin: "Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." We call on you and the President to relent from this reckless path, and begin to restore respect for the rule of law we all learned to love many years ago.

THE SIGNATORIES ARE ALL MEMBERS OF THE HARVARD LAW SCHOOL CLASS OF 1982


Hat tip to Ioo from DailyKos for the alert.

Legacy of Hate, Ignorance, Bigotry and Hipocrasy: R.I.P.



REVEREND JERRY FALWELL HAS PASSED ON

His legacy now complete, is family and followers are in mourning. I sure hope he ended up in heaven rather than in hell. But, it's questionable.

From AmericaBlog, the following:

CNN reports that anti-gay bigot Jerry Falwell was found unconscious in his office this morning. His condition is reportedly "gravely ill."

Falwell is a nasty man. He is one of the worst anti-gay bigots of the religious right. I don't like speaking ill of someone who may be dying, but there is no way to discuss this incredibly offensive religious extremist without discussing the hate that made up so much of his life. Let's look back at Falwell's rather hate-filled, bigoted life:

Supporter of Apartheid

In the 1980s Jerry Falwell was an outspoken supporter of the Apartheid regime in South Africa. When president PW Botha was elected President by the White South African minority, Reverend Falwell went to South Africa and made statements supporting the government there and urging American Christians to buy Krugerrands, a coin issued by the South African Government[17]. He drew the ire of many when he called Nobel Peace Prize winner and Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu a phony. He later apologized for that remark and claimed that he had misspoken

The anti-Christ will be a Jew

Falwell has asserted that when The Antichrist ("The Beast") comes, he "must be, of necessity, a Jewish male."

Gays, prolifers and feminists caused September 11

After the September 11, 2001, attacks Falwell said on the 700 Club, "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.'" (a sentiment with which Robertson concurred).

AIDS is the wrath of God

"AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals."

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the National Organization of Witches.

God doesn't listen to Jews

After Southern Baptist Convention President Bailey Smith tells a Dallas Religious Right gathering that "God Almighty does not hear the prayer of a Jew," Falwell gives a similar view. "I do not believe," he told reporters, "that God answers the prayer of any unredeemed Gentile or Jew."

And here are a few more from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State:

February 1993: The Internal Revenue Service determines that funds from Falwell's Old Time Gospel Hour program were illegally funneled to a political action committee. The IRS forced Falwell to pay $50,000 and retroactively revoked the Old Time Gospel Hour's tax-exempt status for 1986-87.

March 1993: Despite his promise to Jewish groups to stop referring to America as a "Christian nation," Falwell gives a sermon saying, "We must never allow our children to forget that this is a Christian nation. We must take back what is rightfully ours."

1994-1995: Falwell is criticized for using his "Old Time Gospel Hour" to hawk a scurrilous video called "The Clinton Chronicles" that makes a number of unsubstantiated charges against President Bill Clinton--among them that he is a drug addict and that he arranged the murders of political enemies in Arkansas. Despite claims he had no ties to the project, evidence surfaced that Falwell helped bankroll the venture with $200,000 paid to a group called Citizens for Honest Government (CHG). CHG's Pat Matrisciana later admitted that Falwell and he staged an infomercial interview promoting the video in which a silhouetted reporter said his life was in danger for investigating Clinton. (Matrisciana himself posed as the reporter.) "That was Jerry's idea to do that," Matrisciana recalled. "He thought that would be dramatic."

November 1997: Falwell accepts $3.5 million from a front group representing controversial Korean evangelist Sun Myung Moon to ease Liberty University's financial woes. The donation, and several Falwell appearances at Moon conferences, raised eyebrows because Moon claims to be the messiah sent to complete the failed mission of Jesus Christ, a doctrine sharply at odds with Falwell's fundamentalist Christian theology. (In 1978, before the Moon money started flowing, Falwell told Esquire magazine, "Reverend Sun Myung Moon is like the plague: he exploits boys and girls, and he should be exported.")

Gays are "moral perverts."

"God hates homosexuality" (I saw this video of Falwell myself.)

And who can forget our favorite Falwellism: Tinky Winky is gay.


(Note: Tinky Winky is the purple TeleTubby who carried a purse)
(Note: I may remove this post, depending on if I feel bad about it later)

Update: More Falwell Quotes follow...

* "AIDS is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals";

* "It appears that America's anti-Biblical feminist movement is at last dying, thank God, and is possibly being replaced by a Christ-centered men's movement which may become the foundation for a desperately needed national spiritual awakening.";

* "If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being.";

* After the September 11 attacks Falwell said, "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.";

* "Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions";

* "[Homosexuals are] brute beasts...part of a vile and satanic system [that] will be utterly annihilated, and there will be a celebration in heaven."

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Americans Revolt Against the Arrogance, Greed of Its Elite


Hello everyone:

I ran across a British opinion piece published in The Guardian by Geoffrey Wheatcroft. The sentiment he expresses could be my own, so I’ve taken his words, pared them down, shaken them up, twisted the perspective, inserted my own opinion -- and voila – created my own editorial.

Now and again people have found themselves in places where the course of history was dramatically changed: Paris in 1789, Petrograd in 1917, Berlin in 1989. The US at present is beginning to experience an overwhelming sensation of drastic impending change.

Along with the collapse of Bush's authority, Americans are revolting against the great disaster in Iraq and have finally recognized the hubristic, impenitent arrogance, greed and criminality of the people who have been guiding America's destiny for the past six years. What one senses so acutely are the conditions building for a political perfect storm, which will engulf and destroy the whole neoconservative project.

For those Americans who, in defense of their voting for Bush and other Republicans who have so harmed America, still support Bush – they do so with a defiance worthy of a better cause.

The intractable Bush supporters are masters of one thing and one thing only – detachment from reality and contempt for the rest of civilized humanity whom they now attack as “defeatist”.

It has been said some neocons may now wish for tragic acts of terror to occur on American soil – an attack being the only event that might provide vindication for their acts and activities. You can tell who these neocons are -- their mantra being "History will be the judge", while secretly planning their "I told you so" moment about GW and neoconservatism for after such an incident.

Most certainly because of the illegality and lies which propelled us into the "War on Terror" (read: Iraq) the US now more than ever is in the crosshairs of extremists and terrorists both worldwide and homegrown. It's simply a matter of time and degree, neoconservatism or not, that a US attack will occur.

However, the slumbering giant that is the American people has finally awakened. The Congressional and Senate investigative bodies are finally able to perform oversight and demand accountability. The traditional media spinmeisters and Administration mouthpieces are finally being subject to factchecking. And even America's captains of industry notice the scent of change in the air.

All the readings on the barometer and the wind gauge say the same thing. The perfect storm is gathering. Unfortunately the collapse of the neocon project comes at a very heavy cost, not only to the people of Iraq but to all of us.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Warren Buffet's 2008 Presidential Pick/s




Warren Buffett, one of the most successful and wealthiest investors ever, makes his 2008 presidential endorsement with Charlie Rose last night (5-10-07). In so doing the Oracle of Omaha stated:

"It's a wonderful America, but it now has reached a point - well, it's always been 'we can do better' - but we can do better than we are doing in terms of taking care of 300 million people instead of just taking care of guys like me."


I'd have really liked Buffet to have expressed his opinion prior to the 2004 Presidential elections (when he could have actually have done some damn good), but I won't sneeze at his support for democrats now.

It leaves a bad taste in my mouth that there are a lot of dead soldiers and civilians in Iraq today because guys like this didn't speak out back in 2004 when we could have kicked GW's ass out of office. I just have to keep reminding myself that "it's better late than never". God it's been a long six years. You know that my son doesn't even remember a President other than GW?

HEY YOU OUT THERE - EVEN CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY RECOGNIZE THAT Bu$hCo HAS HURT EVERYDAY AMERICANS!! WAKE THE FUCK UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE! IMPEACH THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM!

Big THANKS to Brad Friedman for granting permission for me repost his BradBlog entry. Go check out his site BradBlog if you haven't done so already - it's one of my favorites (see a link over there in the right hand column).

Thursday, May 10, 2007

May 10, 2007: Banned in Congress



On Thursday, May 10th, Robert Greenwald testified on outsourcing in Iraq. Mr. Greenwald appeared before the Congressional Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. At the request of Congress, he brought the above four minute film.

Republican Congressmen banned video from being shown. Now you can see part of what they don't want you to know.

O'Reilly Smackdown: Wesley Clark Kicks Ass



For those interested who might question General Clark's credibility, I offer the following brief bio from Wikipedia:

Wesley Kanne Clark (born December 23, 1944) is a retired four-star general of the United States Army. Clark was valedictorian of his class at West Point, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in PPE, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master's degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.


For those interested in donating to Gen. Clark's WesPAC, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Protect America from George W. Bush



If you are a veteran of the armed forces, you will want to see the above embedded YouTube video of Maj. Gen. John Batiste, former Commanding Army General in Iraq, 1st Infantry Division.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Enough Said



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Late Night Snark: Funny if it weren't true

This is the second edition of Late Night Snark for your reading pleasure.

I've stolen this (almost wholesale) from Daily Kos' Bill in Portland Maine.

Thanks Bill, hope you don't mind me showing my sincerest form of compliment...



"This week, all the Republican candidates will be coming to California to debate each other at the Reagan Library. The winner will then be selected by Exxon-Mobil."
---Jay Leno

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"The Republican presidential debate was held tonight in California, and ten candidates took part. Political experts say that the ten Republican candidates represented all races, creeds, and colors of rich white men."
---Conan O'Brien

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"Four years ago, the president stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier and announced 'Mission Accomplished.' Two years later, the president appointed one of the main architects of that mission, Paul Wolfowitz, to head the World Bank. Because when someone has been completely wrong about everything, ya gotta put him where he can't do any harm...like in charge of the world's poor."
---Jon Stewart

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"Former CIA director George Tenet has a new book where he says there was no serious debate within the administration about going into Iraq. It'll hit the stores on Monday, under the title: No Shit."
---Bill Maher

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Bushsmack




To have fun, CLICK HERE

(Hint: Click on the fists, over and over, and over, and over, and over, and.....)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Bill O'Reilly Propaganda Techniques Revealed


I haven't even bothered trying to watch FAUX News and Bill O'Reilly for years now. Why you ask? Because when I did stop the dial and watch I had an immediate and negative visceral reaction which resulted in me screaming at the television screen. Not pretty.

I've stayed away from anything FAUX because my psyche is harmed by it. Because Bill is so wrong it is painful. He does not live in reality. In my opinion, Bill has been/still is personally so harmful to America. He perpetuates partisanship. His "show" is hate filled. He treats people with such utter contempt that seeing his attacks have actually made me flinch. I think he's weird and sexually repressed (what with sexual harassment, the whole loofah incident, etc.), and ultimately he represents to me almost everything that is wrong in this world.

So, imagine my "surprise" that some enterprising young media researchers published "VILLAINS, VICTIMS AND THE VIRTUOUS IN BILL O’REILLY'S "NO-SPIN ZONE".

Among other things, the media researchers at Indiana University found that:

...Fox News host Bill O’Reilly calls "a person or a group a derogatory name once every 6.8 seconds, on average, or nearly nine times every minute during the editorials that open his program each night."

All you have to do is see him in action to understand why and how it is that extremist hate groups (skin-heads, Ku Klux Klan, neo-nazi, etc.) are again on the rise after almost disappearing in the 1990's. Between O'Reilly's and the Coultergeist's hate-filled spewings being aired and revered by the rightwing and religious extremeists, it's enough to fertilize and legitimize other hate groups and support targeting and intolerance (immigrants, gays, women, Jews, people of color, democrats, etc.).

Read the study, it's a doozy! This new information, in conjunction with Pew Research Center study showing that FAUX News viewers are the least informed segment of the U.S. population; and given Bill Moyer's Journal "Buying The War" provides ample and mounting evidence of the incompetence and harm FAUX and it's "journalists" have caused America and the world.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

FAIR WARNING: An Utterly, and Completely, Inappropriate Post


Okay, I’ve been pretty good. But this blog is called “Shella Uncut” for a reason. Namely, because sometimes I will be inappropriate. Inappropriate for my age. Inappropriate for my job. And quite possibly inappropriate for you to view from your place of employment.

But all in all, you’ve got to admit, I haven’t posted anything too bad. This post may change all that.

In my web meanderings, I ran across something that I just HAVE to share with you. It is….. (Wait for it…..) (Drum roll please….) … (Here it goes….)

Very bad “instructions” for men to give a woman good head. You know, oral sex. More clinically known as cunnilingus.

You can find anything on the internet, and evidently there are men out there who are looking for instructions on how to give good head. God bless ‘em, I say – you’ve absolutely GOTTA love a guy who wants to learn to give good head.

Unfortunately, there are some people (who shall remain nameless unless I decide to share his link) who are giving VERY BAD ADVICE on how to do the deed correctly.

Just a couple of tidbits for your amusement…..

“Never bite any part of the vagina. It can cause severe, long-lasting physical harm.”


Okay, “not biting” is actually good advise – I just thought it was funny that he felt compelled to say it. Moving on.

This guy is advising people that TONGUE EXERCISES are required (!). Note he advises men on advanced variations, reps, etc. Now, I don’t even understand what he’s trying to communicate – he’s likely to just confuse folks!

“To be able to perform for extended periods of time, there are a number of exercises that can be used to strengthen the muscles in your mouth. Here are a few tongue exercises and positions for performing cunnilingus:

Exercise 1:
Stick your tongue as far out of your mouth as possible, and then try to touch your nose. Once you are in this position, hold the same muscle groups still and begin moving your tongue around. Practice in sets, moving the tongue clockwise, counterclockwise, and up and down.

Exercise 2:
With a loose jaw, point your tongue while simultaneously trying to keep your tongue in constant contact with the top and bottom your mouth. Once you are in this position, practice moving your tongue in and out of your mouth. For the more advanced student, try keeping your mouth closed and circling your tongue around inside of it, while of course, maintaining position. An extension to the advanced exercise is trying to dissolve a lifesaver held in your teeth from the inside out.

Exercise 3:
Stick your tongue straight out of your mouth, trying to keep your tongue flat and relaxed. Slowly, while holding the position, practice curling the wide tip of the tongue upward, downward and side-to-side. Practice in five sets of ten, holding each move for 2 seconds.

Exercise 4:
Keep your tongue relaxed and open your mouth. Move your tongue in and out of your mouth forwards and in both directions. Practice in five sets of twenty. “


Okay, this next one is where I begin to get pissed off at this guy.

“Don't go down unless you're down. Unlike fellatio, cunnilingus can never be done as a favor. Doing it when you don't want to will only bring on the dry heaves. “


According to his above advice, it’s okay for the gals to give fellatio as a “favor” because (unlike cunnilingus) it won’t cause dry heaves. Clearly he’s never gagged or choked on a dick (told you this would be inappropriate). Dry heaves… what an idiot – he’s now probably scared all the prospective oral afficienados (sp?) away!

Okay, don’t go anywhere. There’s more. You’re gonna love this one

“No one likes a slobbering idiot, so don't lose your mind while you're in her sacred garden. Don't start drooling all over her vagina.”


Um… excuse me sir? Psssst. Wet is good down there. Slobber is okay… some times it helps things along. It would be really uncomfortable and a total turn off to get dry oral. Just turn the tables and imagine if women were getting instructions to give dry oral to men… “Girls, no guy wants you to slobber on his sacred septre, don’t be an idiot and start drooling all over his penis.”

This next one is so off the wall I don’t even know what to say about it (microscopic audio phonic vibrations… ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…):

“..if you make noise while eating out a girl it sends microscopic audio phonic vibrations up her vagina, thereby enhancing the pleasure.”


As you can tell, there is just SO MUCH WRONG with this guys instructions that it defies my ability to fully snark on it in this post. So, I’ll leave you with this last bit of his bad advise, sure to cause your head to spin:

“When you're done, instead of leaving, stick out your tongue and lay it down on her like a thick, soggy carpet. Just let it sit there like a dead animal for about thirty seconds.”


Like a dead animal. How romantic. What a turn-on. It leaves me speechless. Truly.