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Purposeful Misinterpretation

Was looking into Muslim history and found this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_Muslim_history

So the hatred between the sects has existed for literally *centuries* – I seriously doubt we’ll be the ones to end it. It reminds me very much of the difference between Quakers and White Supremists, both overt followers of Jesus’ teachings, yet with wildly-different aims. …

Minuteman and His Money

From PFAW:

Jim Campbell, someone who clearly does not understand immigration control, did something really stupid: he gave $100,000 to Chris Simcox of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (ie he basically threw the money up in the air and yelled Whoopee!!) with the expectation that they’d use it to build an ‘Israeli-style’ barrier across someone else’s private land. Well, suffice to say, what was built was basically cattle fencing that a six-year-old could get over – ie Mr. Campbell got punkd.

It’s endlessly amusing to me how people with more money than sense rush out to shower money on wingnut whackjobs, but won’t raise a finger to do the right thing.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, money does not equal class or brains. A lot of well-to-do folks I’ve met in my life got that way by being vicious, unprincipled, ruthless and heartless. Every time I see one of these rednecked stoneheads getting spanked publicly it gives me a little hope that we’re evolving as a species.

Self Regulation Yet Another Lie

From: http://commonsense.ourfuture.org/e_coli_conservatism_19_ne_plus_ultra

E. coli conservatism (19): the ne plus ultra

Offered without comment. What is there possibly to say?

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.

Distilled Love

Here’s a lovely selection of inspirational sayings brought to you by a man following in the footsteps of Jesus… we think. (you may reconsider after reading)

From here.

Oh, and before some bible-wavin wingnut starts up with that old lie “…he never said any such thing!” here’s a recording of him saying it – and then reaffirming it, proving he lied about his ‘apology.’ F**king hypocrite. Good riddance.

Vivisection

This is just sick.

Watch the video, read about the atrocity. We can’t stop #$^@# Gitmo, but we sure as shit can stop this kind of torture.

When I worked at the Univ of PA I saw cats routinely tortured for brain research. When I asked the techs about it they seemed bored at best, callous at worst. This is a symptom of sociopathy.

Please write and call.

Today.

When We Forget to Remember…

By Sheila Samples

The gutters are clogged with the dead

The ones who couldn’t join in

The others refusing to sing

The ones who are losing their voice

The ones who’ve forgotten the tune.

Excerpt “God Bless America,” Harold Pinter, January 2003

 

Preceeding generations had every reason to believe those following them would step into the breach and continue the vigil over this nation’s Constitutional freedoms and, if necessary, fight to preserve them. They believed, like George Washington warned — “Government is a “force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” And they remembered, from generation to generation. Unfortunately, those following our generation will have no such luxury.

Dare to Look Back

By Sheila Samples

“…the high office of the President has been used to forment a plot to destroy the American’s freedom, and before I leave office, I must inform the citizens of this plight.” John F. Kennedy (November 12, 1963, Columbia U, 10 days before his assassination)

I cannot recall a single day since Vulcans’ Godfather James Baker sent his thuggish henchman John Bolton to Florida’s Palm Beach County to screw up the vote count that has not been filled with horror, anger, shame — despair. On Dec. 9, 2000 — three days before the Florida deadline — the US Republic shuddered on its axis when Bolton crashed through the doors of a Tallahassee library where Miami-Dade ballots were being recounted and shouted triumphantly — “I’m with the Bush-Cheney team, and I’m here to stop the count!”

A Single Voice

Saw this comment on Slashdot:

If the gunman had pulled his psycho bullshit in a crowded Virginia mall, the shooter’s life may have ended a lot quicker, but that does not mean that fewer people would be dead. If someone started shooting back, there would have been more bullets flying around, and with more bullets flying around, there’s a lot higher chance that people will get hit, especially if this is taking place in a mall with a lot of people.

The problem with Col. Cooper’s statement is that killing people is seen as a bad thing, and is something that should be avoided. That is why soldiers and/or cops have to be authorized to use lethal force. A rifle is a tool, but it’s purpose is, basically, to kill. So, while a rifle may have no moral stature, it is a tool whose purpose it is to effect a morally wrong action. Because, even if evil men can be “corrected” by men with rifles, those men with rifles have done something that we as a society frown upon.

As for your assertion that gun-free zones are in effect “unarmed victim zones,” think about the fact that in our legal system there is a difference between manslaughter and murder; in order for murder to be committed, malice and forethought must be proved. If you piss someone with a gun off, they could very easily kill you, even if they weren’t justified in their action. Without guns, it is a whole lot harder, involved, and personal to kill someone, and that means that fewer people will die. It is very true that people kill people, and as long as that is the case, people will continue to kill people, no matter what weapons we outlaw. However, removing weapons from the market makes it much harder, and that means that fewer people die; hence, why some people place their personal safety in front of their right to bear arms, and call for tighter gun control.

From the hellmouth that is the Internet comes a still, small voice of reason.

As much as the Religious ‘right’ likes to bash the intertubes, there’s a lot of sane, clear-headed folks out there. Gives me hope.

The Coulter Hoax

The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

( reposted from LiveScience.com )

By Peter Olofsson

posted: 07 April 2007

09:11 pm ET

In the summer of 2006, I heard that a new book called Godless presented an insightful and devastating criticism of the theory of evolution. Although I learned that its author, Ann Coulter, is not a scientist but a lawyer turned author and TV pundit, she nevertheless appeared to be an intelligent and well-educated person, so I started reading.

The Peril of Doing Nothing

by Mary Pitt

After November’s election, the people were feeling optimistic, having elected a Democratic majority in the House and more than an even balance in the Senate. Speaker Pelosi announced her “first 100 hours” strategy and we were ready to watch the reform take place. However, the euphoria was short-lived as the House passed first one “non-binding resolution” only to have it squelched by the Republican bloc in the Senate. The Democrats, unlike the Dixie Chicks, are still convinced that they need to make nice. Perhaps they were in the minority for too long and it was simply easier to fall back into the same old habits of huddling helplessness. In addition, the next election campaign is on everybody’s minds and key figures are playing to the power structure rather than to the electorate.

Chimps in a Zoo Cage

By Sheila Samples

“Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits – a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.”

– Hunter Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Why I Can’t Vote for Hillary

WHY I CAN’T VOTE FOR HILLARY

by Mary Pitt

As a life-long feminist, it would be the fulfillment of all my dreams to have a woman as President of the United States in my lifetime. However, I find that the position is too important to waste my precious vote in such an endeavor if it were not the right person for the job. I am not convinced that Hillary Rodham Clinton is that person and, for the good of my beloved country, I cannot vote for her, and I will be happy to tell you why.

Nuclear Accidents

http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/List_of_military_nuclear_accidents

List of military nuclear accidents

Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaCite This Source

This article lists notable military accidents involving nuclear material. Civilian accidents are listed at List of civilian nuclear accidents. For a general discussion of both civilian and military accidents, see nuclear and radiation accidents.

Scope of this article

In listing military nuclear accidents, the following criteria have been followed:

  1. There must be well-attested and substantial health damage, property damage or contamination.
  2. The damage must be related directly to radioactive material, not merely (for example) at a nuclear power plant.
  3. To qualify as “military”, the nuclear operation/material must be principally for military purposes.

No Way In – No Way Out

By Sheila Samples

“We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.”

Ayn Rand, The Nature of Government

Comes v MS Case

http://iowaconsumercase.org/

Case background:

Comes v. Microsoft is an Iowa state court class action brought by consumers, small businesses, and other indirect purchasers of Microsoft software products. Plaintiffs allege that from May 18, 1994 through June 30, 2006, Microsoft engaged in illegal monopolization and other anticompetitive conduct in the markets for operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and office suite software.

Chip Wars Continue to Rage

Class action lawsuit filed against Dell.

The suit claims Intel was bribing Dell to shut out AMD. Dell spokemen say the suit is a rehash of their dustup with AMD and that other claims in the lawsuit are made up.

This whole mess could spell less money donated to GOP fundraisers as well as operational woes for Intel; which could impact Apple eventually.

I think what we’re seeing is the first wave of change eroding the PC market’s sand castle. Dell has been producing an inferior product for years – their penchant for shipping DOA machines is legendary.

First Gateway started tanking in 2000 and hasn’t gotten better, now Dell is showing signs of slipping. HP looks to be doing good, but I think it’s just the effect of laying off all the Mercury employees – that bubble will burst shortly I suspect. Not to mention, when judgement against now-ex-chairman Dunn come down I predict that stock will take a savage hit.

Golly, could it be…? Is the ballyhooed Age of the PC drawing to an end? The skeletons are starting to rattle and fall out of the closets. Meanwhile Apple is doing great.

Squimmy

Squimmy on the Porch

Squimmy

1989-2007

Beloved of Rebecca and David, departed this 20th day of January. Adopted as an orphan and cared for as family. I knew this sweet girl and mourn her passing. Bon voyage mon petite.

I offer the following for her owners:

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there;
I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there;
I did not die.

Mary Frye

Going Out of Business

http://blog.wired.com/cultofmac/2007/01/apple_makes_a_b.html

Apple’s first-quarter 2007 results are the best ever.

Thanks to selling an unbelievable 21.1 million iPods over the holidays, Apple reported record-breaking revenues for the December quarter of more than $7 billion. $1 billion of that is pure profit.

Not bad for a company that’s (supposedly) been going out of business since 1984.

I think it’s time for Apple’s detractors to wake up and smell the burning silicon.

UnSpoken Things

My buddy Shane Schieffer has been working on an independent film project ‘Unspoken Things’ for four years now – I’ve seen early releases of it and it’s superb! The price of the ticket is well worth it – give it a shot and help support a budding filmmaker!

From my pal Shane Schieffer:

Hello,

My film, Unspoken Things, has been almost 4-years in the making, by February it will be completed, and on January 22nd (two Mondays from now) I will be holding a “sneak peek” and fundraising event at the Oriental Theater in Denver. I hope you will come and please invite friends and family!

The Great Social Security Theft

by Mary Pitt

I recently read a lament about how the poor illegal immigrants are working to pay for someone else’s retirement and, later, a news item about the fact that we are on the verge of siging an agreement that would allow these same immigrants to draw benefits based on their earnings under the Social Security numbers that they have stolen from honest American workers. It might be beneficial to analyze the working of the Social Security System and the ramifications and the consequences of these violations of “the law as she is written”.