Sunday, July 30, 2006

George Bush singing "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

via Google video


Thanks to http://onegoodmove.org and Rx @ http://thepartyparty.com/

Greets to arstechnica!

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Man in Coma for 19 Years Asks to Go Back to Sleep

Sat Jul 15, 6:50 AM ET

In what members of the medical community are calling an unprecedented development, a man who recently awoke from a 19-year coma has asked doctors to put him back to sleep.


At a press conference in Jacksonville, Fla., today, the man, Jason Deloit, 43, told reporters that at first he was excited to be conscious again, "But then I turned on the TV."

Mr. Deloit said that the first images he saw on television were those of
President George W. Bush giving a press conference.

"I was happy at first, because I thought, well, good, 'Saturday Night Live' is still on, and that's my favorite show," he said. "Then I realized that it was actually the real president at the White House, and I became very depressed."

After hearing the president field questions about
Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo, Mr. Deloit "couldn't take it anymore."

Seeking escapism, Mr. Deloit changed the channel and saw hotel heiress
Paris Hilton starring in the latest installment of her hit television show "The Simple Life."

"That was really the straw that broke the camel's back," he said. "I don't want to live in a country that exploits a mentally impaired person like that."

Mr. Deloit's doctor said that putting his patient back into a coma state would create an ethical quandary for the medical community: "Millions of other people would want the same thing."

Elsewhere, a spokesman for the U.S. government said that it would soon issue terror alerts on Americans' wireless phones, explaining, "It'll be easy, since we're already on the line listening in.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Every teen should watch

Friday, July 21, 2006

Blatently stolen from a link on boingboing,com

Thursday, July 20, 2006

LINK!!!!

In case y'all wants a Nightmares cd (or two.)

http://batnparttwo.blogspot.com/

Sunday, July 16, 2006

UFO over New York



And UFO in Singapore

Friday, July 14, 2006

not like anybody would care or anything...

...but over on the Nightmares blog there is a shameless plug for the cds I did for them for the shows...still a few left if anyone is interested in obtaining...

Pro-lifer signals end-times for irony.

(did you hear the one about the pro-life conservative who stumbled upon The Onion and thought it was real?? click the link above for the priceless deleted comments section. -- b)

Thursday, July 06, 2006
Murder without conscience


Can you face the truth? This is what you all are laughing at. This is what you are responsible for. Go ahead, laugh at abortion if you can. The abortion "choice" means, death to a human being at a rate of over 3,000 every single day. That's like having a 9/11 attack every day. 50 million human beings have been killed by a woman's right to choose.

Here are some quotes from a pro-abortion person,
Example

Miss Caroline Weber, who wrote an article at The Onion online magazine.

When referring to the killing of her child she said:

"I am totally psyched for this abortion!"

"Those pro-life activists made
it pretty clear that, unlike me, they actually think abortion is bad and to be
avoided. Are they nuts? Abortion is the best!"

"It wasn't until now that
I was lucky enough to be pregnant with a child I had no means to support."

"I just know it's going to be the best non-anesthetized invasive uterine
surgery ever!"

Who does Miss Weber blame her abortion on? The pro-life movement.

"The funny thing is, I actually have the pro-life movement to thank for this opportunity."
It's our fault? She says:



"If my HMO wouldn't have bowed to their pressure not to cover oral
contraceptives, I never would've gotten pregnant in the first place."


Sorry ma'am, if you hadn't had sex you wouldn't have gotten pregnant, it's not the HMO's fault for not supporting your promiscuity while not married.

To sum it up, Miss Weber said:



"I realize there are people who will criticize me, calling me selfish and
immature because I took "the easy way out." I realize there are those who will
condemn me to hell for what I'm about to do. Well, I don't care what they say:
It's worth it for all the fun and laughs I'm going to have at the clinic. So
listen up, world: I'm pro-abortion... and I love it! See you at my post-abortion
party, everybody!"


Miss Weber, you have killed your child, which you admit is a baby/human being, intentionally. That does make you an admitted murderer. I'm not going to "condemn you to hell", I'm going to pray for your forgiveness and for the suffering which you will endure when you realize what you have done. Every baby you see from that moment on is going to wake you up to the realization that you killed your child.

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don't forget to click link for the comments section!

No Bullshit...


...I was completely obsessed with Spock. I made my mother cut my hair like this. I also thought he was the same "Dr. Spock" that wrote the famous baby book (although what a Vulcan would know about raising American babies, or why the subject would be of interest was just not troubling enough to my brain to work it out at that time.) Although that didn't last long. I was happy to take his advice until I spied the picture on the book. Then I caused my mother no end of embarrasment in the doctor's office by loudly denouncing the real Dr. Benjamin as "an imposter and a fake." I love childhood; it's children I can't stand...

Kirk/Spock slash video

to boldly go where, ahem...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Coors arrested for DUI

JEFFERSON COUNTY - Beer mogul and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Coors was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, 9NEWS' partners at The Denver Post have learned.

Coors was driving a 2004 green Jaguar and was stopped in the driveway to his home.

"Utter Bullshit???"

Monkeyboy my friend, I fear you cannot identify "utter bullshit." Perhaps an example would help.




And just for Bruce:



Now this, I have no explaination, or excuse, for:

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Syd Barrett dead at 60

Syd Barrett, one of the original members of legendary rock group Pink Floyd, has died at the age of 60, the band's spokeswoman has confirmed.
He was born Roger Barrett in Cambridge and met future bandmates Roger Waters and David Gilmour at school there.

The guitarist was invited to join Pink Floyd by Waters in 1965 but left three years later after only one album with his mental state affected by drugs.

"He died very peacefully a couple of days ago," said the spokeswoman.

"There will be a private family funeral."

He had suffered from diabetes in recent years and had not been recording music.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

I wish I was this cool

Friday, July 07, 2006

TALKING TREASON -- a great DU post

An Army of Children
Posted by Pamela Troy in General Discussion

To those of us who aren’t fast writers, it’s been a tough couple of weeks. First there was the whole issue with the calls from various prominent pundits for the arrest, and in at least one case, the execution of those journalists at the NYT who published details about an anti-terrorist program that was already quite well known. Then the right-wing blogosphere followed suit by declaring war on the NY Times travel section, publishing the addresses of a publisher and a photographer and inviting readers to… well, do something with the information. It wasn’t clear what but no doubt there were plenty of godfearin’ patriots who had some pretty interesting ideas on that score once they’d heard about what terrorist loving traitors these people were. Then there was the case of Nedd Kareiva’s Anti ACLU website posting the address and phone number of a Jewish family who had already been bullied ut of Indian River Delaware for daring to complain about Christian harassment of nonChristian students at a local school. (And boy did the good citizens of Indian River prove those carping heathens wrong!) And while that sordid matter was unfolding, someone pointed out Michelle Malkin’s post-mortem smearing of Denice Denton, the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor who’d recently committed suicide.

In short, there has been what can only be described as a sort of glorious blossoming of jaw-dropping right-wing venom. It’s kind of like watching one of those acts in a circus where a little bitty car drives into view and suddenly ejects an endless procession of clowns who cavort about the ring competing for the audience’s attention, turning cartwheels and somersaults, blowing raspberries at the onlookers and waving plastic hammers. You just don’t know where to look.

I’m glad to report that in at a couple of cases at least, partial sanity prevailed. One blog that had offered the happy suggestion that its readers “hunt down” not only the reporters involved in the NYT travel story, but the reporter’s children, vanished completely in the face of widespread revulsion. Nedd Kareiva’s project of posting the addresses and phone numbers of anyone even suspected of being an ACLU plaintiff collapsed in a flurry of impotent threats and, for the moment at least, has disappeared into a single unseemly whine about the very good advice Nedd’s lawyer gave him about it.

Other, better writers have already done a good job of characterizing these nasties for what they are. Both David Neiwert and Glenn Greenwald have pointed out the profoundly serious underpinnings of these incidents, the manner in which they reflect, not just the rants of a fringe element, but what Neiwert calls an “eliminationist” mindset that has been increasingly mainstreamed and poses a genuine threat to political freedom in this country. I’m not going to rehash those arguments here, though I would like to point out to those inevitable hopefuls who talk about the far right “panicking” and “imploding” and at last going “too far” that these acts have been part of an escalating trend over the past two decades and therefore likely indicate not “panic and desperation” but a sense of impunity.

All these things popping up so close together have highlighted a certain characteristic shared by the likes of Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and various less famous right-wing bloggers. The word that comes to mind is “callow.” I’m reminded of children, and not the beauty, hopefulness and openness of children. Rather, these cases bring to mind the callousness of extreme youth, the eagerness of kids to attack as a group, and their inability to grasp context, assess consequences, or take responsibility for those consequences.

When we speak of the “innocence” of a child, it often refers to the slack we’re willing to cut the very young because they have not yet had the chance to learn lessons most of us have grasped by the time we hit our thirties. A group of fourteen-year-olds who think it’s clever to write threatening and abusive letters, mock another person’s appearance or disabilities, and sneer at that individual’s personal tragedies might inspire disgust among the older and wiser, but there’s also the knowledge that, ten, twenty years down the road, most of them are going to be adults who remember those acts with shame. A group of middle-aged people who think it’s clever to write threatening and abusive letters, mock another person’s appearance and disabilities, and sneer at that individual’s personal tragedies, is another matter entirely.

That’s what makes the 40-something Ann Coulter so creepy, and why my own reaction to some of the faceless bloggers who’ve been posting names has come dangerously close to the empathy of a big sister who sees a sibling burst into wails after the cat he’s been torturing leaves a red line of scratches on his chubby little cheek. As an incurable bleeding heart, I’m afraid that while my first response to the collapse of Nedd Kareiva’s “Get-the-ACLU-plaintiff” was relief, my second was the urge to pat him on the arm and murmur “There, there. We’ve just learned an important lesson now, haven’t we?” After all, when someone posts a message online that refers to “all the Looney Left Liberals from the likes of The Daily Kookoos (KOS with 3 extra O's), Jesus (Armchair) General, (Hair) Salon and others” the image of the writer that’s conjured up is that of a downy adolescent, still awash in puppy fat, sipping a Red Bull in between sobs and pounding out his rage and frustration late at night from his Dad’s old computer down in the basement.

I know, I know. Many of the people I’m dismissing as teenagers are probably well past the age when they deserve that level of forbearance. It’s gut reaction I’m describing here. In the long run, I think what we’re seeing is cause for more serious action than wiping away the tears of a brat. For far too long, these incidents have been shrugged off with the comments, “They’re crazy,” or “They’re kids.”

Even if the overwhelming majority of the online right wingers engaging in this kind of garbage range in age from thirteen to their early twenties, the danger they pose should not be underestimated. Proddy kids may be endemic on the internet and may cut across ideological lines – I’ve read some pretty callow and stupid postings on Democratic Underground too – but when there are no adults willing to restrain them or worse, when unprincipled and influential adults are willing to use them as a means to an end, they can do genuine damage. Whether an address or phone number was posted online with invitations to pile on by a normal fifteen-year-old or a 50-something case of arrested development does not make much difference to the private citizen now fielding death threats and worrying about whether his or her kids can walk to school safely.

And the fact that Michelle Malkin is an over-indulged cutie whose youthful good looks have insulated her from the hard knocks her venom would inspire if her waist were fatter and her nose bigger, does not make the popularity of her bloody-mindedness any less worrisome. One very cherished American myth is that average, God-fearing Americans who engage in violent rhetoric will, as a group, draw back in horror if the rhetoric is acted upon. As I’ve observed elsewhere, both American history (Kent State, the Black Civil Rights movement, the Red Scare) and the willingness of many of these people to dismiss and even celebrate actual tragedies that befall liberals strongly indicates otherwise. We’ve reached the point where equating disagreement with treason is part of mainstream political rhetoric. It’s no great step to move from that to treating political opponents as literal traitors.

The worst possible reaction, and one that worries me more than any other, would be for the left to respond in kind. It’s not as endemic as it is on the right, but the ugly fact is that are young and/or callow liberals who are positively chomping at the bit, eager to leap into the fray and post the addresses and phone numbers of people they dislike. I’m not going to pad my assessment of liberals who do this with phrases like “well meaning” or “understandable” because I don’t use those terms to describe Freeping or other examples of online thuggery. It’s stupid. It’s irresponsible. It’s contemptible. And any liberal or leftist who advocates it is no friend to the cause.

Nor will it do any good to ignore it, as if Malkin, Coulter, etc were primarily about annoying us liberals. Don’t flatter yourself, guys. They aren’t. They are about firing up a grassroots base of people who can be counted on to respond with Pavlovian fervor to the singling out of anyone deemed an “enemy.” We can deal with them now, or we can deal with them later -- after they’ve gained even more influence and respectability.

The way to deal with them is to expose them. Don’t politely ignore their more outrageous comments. Bring them up. Force their apologists to defend them. Demand that the implications of their statements be examined in the cold light of day. Make it an issue, because it is an issue, and a damned important one. Be angry and be assertive, but don’t resort to insult or name-calling. A slanging match is the only fight they can really hope to win, and they’ll do everything they can to entice you into one.

Remember, these people don’t avoid reason because reason is an inferior weapon. They avoid it because reason is their enemy.

another silly open thread on music

When was the last time a song on the radio put you in a stupidly good mood?

My new public radio station (WFIT) is a tropical version of the Spindale station (WNCW). Less alt.country, more alt.whitey rhythm-n-blooz on the local playlist between Democracy Now and World Cafe.

So, I'm making lunch and the Squeeze hit, "Black Coffee In Bed" comes on the radio, which instantly improves my mood by about 100 percent. Not that I was in a bad mood. Now, I'm in a stupidly good mood.

So, open music thread -- what stupid song on the radio has done this for you guys recently....