Saturday, May 28, 2005

woo hoo

I Am

Which tarot card are you?

I am back at the begining

Not related to narcotics in any way

its not honest injuin

Sat May 28, 1:08 PM ET

Country music icon Willie Nelson is trying something a little different. Nelson, 72, will release a long-awaited reggae album, "Countryman" in July.

He shot video in Jamaica this month for a cover of Jimmy Cliff's reggae classic "The Harder They Come" and Johnny and June Carter Cash's country music classic "I'm a Worried Man."

"Willie started the project 10 years ago when he first came to Jamaica, but it's only been completed now," Mike Cacia, who worked on the album videos, said Thursday.

Nelson, 72, began production on "Countryman" in 1995. The project was shelved when the country star switched labels, and revived in 2004 after he signed on with Nashville-Tenn.-based Lost Highway Records.

Cacia manages reggae singer Toots Hibbert, who appears in "The Harder They Come" video and sings on the 12-track CD, which Lost Highway will release July 12.

hmmmm known pot activist doing a reggae album

anyone here surprised? (Foxnews)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone (search) was arrested for investigation of drug possession and driving while intoxicated, police said Saturday.

Stone, 58, was arrested Friday night at a police checkpoint on Sunset Boulevard after showing signs of alcohol intoxication, police Sgt. John Edmundson said.

A search of his Mercedes turned up drugs, Edmundson said. He did not specify what kind.

Oh boy viagra for sex offenders

Offenders Get Medicaid-Paid Rx for Viagra

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly 800 convicted sex offenders in 14 states got Medicaid-funded prescriptions for Viagra and other impotence drugs, according to a survey by The Associated Press.

The majority of the cases were in New York, Florida and Texas.

once again we see the intelligence of florida

Kyle Smith, a spokesman for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, put it this way: "Do we have programs giving clubs to wife beaters or drinks for those committing DUI? Weird things happen in this world, and this is one of the weirder."

Kyle Smith, the secret identity of captain obvious

we really shouldn't be giving anyone free boner drugs. period.

Go Jeb!!

I've been hard on my governor from time to time but i endorse the following

Bush vetoes Scientology bill
St. Petersburg Times, USA
May 26, 2005
• More news articles on Scientology • Item 11290 • Posted: 2005-05-27 04:01:33
Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed a bill Thursday that would have required schools to inform parents about the possible repercussions of mental disorder diagnoses before referring students for mental evaluations.

By attempting to color parents' perception, the bill "places the school between the parent and the medical professional," Bush said.

The bill was backed by the Church of Scientology and sponsored by Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami Beach and Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa.

I am not sure how this got through the state legislature but it is clearly stupid.

hey wait

hmmm now I think i have seen a movie like this wait now don't tell me oh here it is

Ok now at least this time Jerry does have some remote legs to stand on. I think if the guy simply picked a more clearly parody themed name he'd be better off.

Falwell later sued Cohn in federal court in Virginia, contending that the Web sites were libelous and an instance of illegal cybersquatting. That lawsuit was dismissed in March on jurisdictional grounds. Falwell was threatening to file suit in Illinois.

Falwell said that after the Virginia suit was dismissed he and his lawyers discovered the name Jerry Falwell had been trademarked with Falwell's talk show "Listen America" several years ago.

That trademark was key in getting Cohn to surrender the domain names, said Jerry Falwell Jr., general counsel for Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church

yeah he slapped a trademark suit on him

**rolls eyes** Jerry man can't you take a joke?

Political correctness run amok

Trafalgar battle re-enactment aims to avoid humiliating French, again
Admiral Horatio Nelson may have guided the British naval fleet to a famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, but he faces a far tougher foe during celebrations to mark its 200th anniversary -- the massed forces of political correctness. Organizers of a re-enactment of the sea battle next month are billing it as a fight between a "Red Fleet" and a "Blue Fleet" -- rather than Britain and its French and Spanish adversaries -- to avoid French dignitaries feeling humiliated by watching their nation routed again, The Sunday Times said. The decision has puzzled some of the event's commercial sponsors. "Surely 200 years on, we can afford to gloat a bit," one told the paper under cover of anonymity.

National Post

ok..... now let me get this straight. Showing an event that ACTUALLY HAPPENED. where a dictator who ruled over two nations who are now democracies, including one nation that overthrew him would some how offend the french nation today.

does this bother anyone else? How soon till we begin stalinistically scrubbing our history books of anything that might offend some national group or another?

don't think this can;'t happen in the US.... well if we don't keep such stupidity down it will happen in the US

got this one in the email box.. can't get the URL to work

Executives with Cape Wind have long acknowledged
that the 130-turbine project they plan for Nantucket
Sound would be a non-starter without the subsidy,
known as the production tax credit, or PTC.

Introducing the bill Friday on the floor of the
Senate, Alexander offered a blistering critique
of wind as a viable energy source.

''My studies suggest that at a time when America
needs large amounts of low-cost, reliable power,
wind produces puny amounts of high-cost,
unreliable power,'' said Alexander. ''We need
lower prices. Wind power production raises prices.''

Senator Alexander for some reason feels more potential sources of power some how will raise prices. competition usally has allot of sources making prices lower.

but this bill primarily targets wind farms around areas like Cape Cod where i am sure Alexander and co-sponsor Warner summer

Alexander said Americans would see 100,000 massive
turbines along their horizons by 2025 if the federal
government continued the PTC and pursued an overall
goal of producing 10 percent of its electricity
from renewable sources.

''Clearly, there are likely to be more sensible
ways to provide clean energy than spending $3.7
billion of taxpayer money over the next five years
to destroy the American landscape,'' he said.

ummmm Wind isn't the only renewable source of electrical energy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently leading
a multiagency review of Cape Wind and last November
released its 3,800-page Draft Environmental Impact
Statement, which was generally favorable to the
project. The final version of the report could be
released by the end of the summer.

Last fall, Warner sought to slip language into a
military appropriations bill that would have stripped
the Corps of its authority over offshore wind.

Yesterday, a spokesman for Warner did not return
a call seeking comment.

Now the US Army Corp of Engineers has done allot of stupid things, but to cut them off at the knees to prevent them from studying a problem.. that just shows some avarice on your part there

Fallout from Cape Wind was partly to blame for the
legislation, she said.

''When you have two leading U.S. senators filing
legislation that stops all offshore wind, there
has to be a reason. And the reason is Cape Wind is
the pre-eminent offshore wind project in this
country. It's following a flawed review process
in a regulatory vacuum and it's coming home to roost.''

The Alexander-Warner bill would also expand the
power of local officials to weigh in on wind
power projects. Before receiving a construction
permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
for a permit, developers in many cases would first
have to secure what's called a Local Approval
Authorization, according to the legislation.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Attorney General
Thomas Reilly and others have long complained
they have little oversight over the Cape Wind
project because its developer plans to site it
in federal waters.

yes more intelligent use of government power here

Ok words can't describe this one

Arnold... Why?

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger traveled to a quiet San Jose neighborhood Thursday, and -- dogged by protesters -- filled a pothole dug by city crews just a few hours before, as part of an attempt to dramatize his efforts to increase money for transportation projects.

Words just fail me here....

"I'm here today to let everyone know that we're going to improve transportation all across our state,'' said Schwarzenegger, highlighting his proposal to fully fund Proposition 42 and restore $1.3 billion in transportation money to the current state budget.

by filling up this fake pothole

Rob Stutzman, the governor's communications director, said there was no attempt at secrecy and that the logistics were set up so the event would have minimal impact on the neighborhood.

Ok.... they didn't have a pothole... they got one... then they filled it up

you damaged their city street for a photo-op.. i consider that a tad bit more then a minimal impact
The governor's staff said his San Jose event dramatized how cities and counties will reap as much as $254 million in Prop. 42 transportation funding for what it called "critically needed transportation maintenance projects.''

by making more fake potholes for the governor to fill....*rolls eyes* I mean isn't their a real pothole somewhere in California?

Schwarzenegger's office "contacted us several days ago for a suitable area'' to depict his distribution of transportation funding, Vossbrink said. The neighborhood was chosen because "city workers were already in the area" doing repaving and resurfacing, which he said often requires peeling off old pavement and digging up roads to lay down new asphalt.

ummm i know people who work paving.. for a crack like that... no... no its not

utterly stupid

and if this keeps up Arnold blows our chances of making California a competative state again

Nice Job Mr. Skeletor's husband

Lets see if the government and media start caring

D.C. rally caps Iran liberty walk
200-mile journey gets attention of President Bush
Posted: May 28, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2005

Iran freedom walkers on Route 1, south of Baltimore, in Day 10 of their 200-mile journey from Philadelphia to Washington

The 200-mile "Iran Freedom Walk," organized by the Iran Freedom Foundation, concludes today with a rally at noon in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House.

The keynote speaker is Richard Perle, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense and a key architect of President Bush's Middle East policy. Also featured is former Ambassador Mike Palmer; Joe Grieboski, founder and president of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy; and "Atomic Iran" author Jerome Corsi, who is leading the walk.

Something fun my home town has as a claim to fame

Wikipedia time kids

Christine Chubbuck
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Christine Chubbuck
Christine Chubbuck

Christine Chubbuck (August 24, 1944–July 15, 1974) was an American television news reporter who committed suicide during a live television broadcast.

On July 15, 1974 at 9:38 AM, 8 minutes into her talk show, Suncoast Digest, on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida, she drew out a .38 caliber revolver and shot herself in the head. She died in a hospital 14 hours later.

According to her co-workers working the day of her suicide she took the unusual step of excusing herself to write her script for the newscast. She normally opened her show with an interview and conducted an informal half hour and she never once opened her show with a newscast. She also placed under her desk a bag of puppets that she had occasionally used during a broadcast. Hidden in the bag was the revolver. Before her newscast she told the producer that she wanted them to get ready a film of a shooting that happened the weekend before and then she took her seat. After three pieces of news, she led into the shooting piece but without the film because it wouldn't run correctly. It was here that she delivered her last words:

"In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts in living color, we bring you another first, an attempted suicide."

She then shot herself. The "script" she had written was actually the story of her own suicide attempt, detailing how she'd be taken to the hospital and declared to be in critical condition. She was the first person to ever commit suicide on live television.

now from folks who've lived here long enough the crew actually kept her from offing herself on the broadcast

but just a weee bit of Sarasota History

this just makes me sick


The majority of initial e-mails Rall received opposed his Tillman cartoon. But the Universal Syndicate creator told E&P last fall that about 60% of the nearly 9,000 messages that eventually arrived supported the cartoon.

yes Ted Rall is representative of a sick segmant of humanity

Hey something i saw that enraged me earlier this week

More reasons to say "the media is out of touch"

(May 24, 2005) -- Where, in the week after the Great Newsweek Error, is the comparable outrage in the press, in the blogosphere, and at the White House over the military's outright lying in the coverup of the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman? Where are the calls for apologies to the public and the firing of those responsible? Who is demanding that the Pentagon's word should never be trusted unless backed up by numerous named and credible sources?

Ok lets review. The JOB of the media is to report the news and when people in power do something that is say ooooh harmful (say the Pat Tillman incident) to hold their feet to the fire over it. So when these guys go slap dash on their job or make up ludicrous allegations then we have a serious problem.

Now, if the pentagon's word was trusted... then Newsweek wouldn't have a story and neither would you so QED you are a moron

The Tillman scandal is back in the news thanks not to the military coming clean but because of a newspaper account. Ironically, the newspaper in question, The Washington Post -- which has taken the lead on this story since last December -- is corporate big brother to Newsweek.

Oh I am sorry I thought the fact Pat Tillman's family has made a hard court media assault on the issue was why it was in the news. you know we little people can't do anything ourselves without our massa's in the media telling us what to do.

yes WashPost printed it but it printed it... because these people made news

While military officials' lying to the parents have gained wide publicity in the past two days, hardly anyone has mentioned that they also lied to the public and to the press, which dutifully carried one report after another based on the Pentagon's spin. It had happened many times before, as in the Jessica Lynch incident.

no no because after all.... we have to be told that. I mean we can't figure out when their is a wholllleeee fact story sold that needs another story to say "spank on you pentagon" we need to be told just the depth of their lie because without Massa media telling us we be to stupid

Newsweek made a bad mistake in its recent report on Koran abuse at Guantanamo. But it was a mistake, not outright lying. Yet the same critics who blasted the magazine -- and the media in general -- are not demanding that same contrition or penalties for anyone in the military

tell you what when the media stops pretneding they are out to police abuses in the system we will stop demanding they be factual


Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

I Just saw episode III

It will take me a little while to focus my rage in to the appropriate form. I had given up on the movie being good... but sadly I did not comprehend how much George Lucas would destroy star wars very soul

Friday, May 27, 2005

More Exposure

I am now on a blog of someone elses ;-)

Jimmy Carter: Making the World Safe for Democracy

You go Jimmy

The EU report also said former U.S. President Carter, who led a team of 50 election observers, undermined the electoral process and EU criticism with "his premature blessing of the elections and early positive assessment of the results."

Unless there is a "drastic reverse toward good democratic practice" the observer team and EU "will have to publicly denounce the situation."

"Otherwise, the EU jointly with ex-President Carter will be held largely responsible for the lack of transparency, and assumed rigging, of the elections."

"Assumed" hehe and Even CNN can't keep it all in

The opposition repeatedly has accused the ruling party of fraud, though foreign monitors have said the elections were the most open in Ethiopia's history.

The opposition threatened to boycott parliament if the allegations of vote fraud were not properly investigated by a joint team that should include representatives of political parties, electoral authorities and international observers.

EU observers had said soon after ballots were cast that the vote was "the most genuinely competitive elections the country has experienced" despite some problems and human rights violations.

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, known as one of the continent's more progressive leaders, has pledged that his sometimes authoritarian government would introduce greater democracy. Many saw the polls as a test of his commitment to reform.

authoritarian... Progressive..... hmmm I thought i heard this before somewhere

A representative of the 2005 Ethiopian National Election Coordinating Task Force handed out a press release alleging that "as voting was coming to an end [in the May 15 elections], the Prime Minister declared an illegal state of emergency" and accusing the government of muzzling the media and attacking opposition poll watchers.

Awaiting the electoral commission’s final report, the statement called on the U.S. government "to support the stand by the Ethiopian people in their fight for the full realization of their rights. We ask you to support the struggle for democracy."

Former Ethiopian Foreign Minister Goshu Wolde praised the push by the United States for greater political inclusion in Ethiopia and explained that the demonstrations had two aims: "One, to impress on the Government of the United States, which has always insisted it is for democracy and liberty all over the world, that in Ethiopia liberty and democracy are now in jeopardy" -- with the hope that the United States would make sure "the electoral process comes to its logical conclusion."

such a great president that Jimmy the good ethiopian visitors to foggybottom had to say

marxist authoritarian dicators need to defraud an election you know who to call operators are standing by

Iran just wants peaceful Nuclear energy

We come in Peace (thanks LGF)

Tehran, 27 May (AKI) - Hojatolislam Gholam Reza Hasani, a representative of Iran’s supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in Iranian Azerbaijan, has no doubts as to who to vote for in the next presidential elections on 17 June. “You need to vote for Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,” said Hasani. “This way we will finally be able to have for ourselves the atomic bomb to fairly stand up to Israeli weapons,” said Hasani.

but Iran has just peaceful intentions... right?

It came from the email box

Related to the Dumb Judge in Indiana

UPDATE: Someone claiming to be involved in the case
> posted the following to Witch Vox:
> Tom is currently doing interviews but would like me
> to pass this message along. (This has been picked up
> by the Associated Press as well as local news
> stations.)
> Please stop sending any letters or making any calls
> to any of the groups associated with this case.
> There will be a time for it, but this is NOT it. Our
> lawyer, Ken Falk, Director of the Indiana Civil
> Liberties Union, fears this will hurt the case more
> at this point than help it. The Indiana Court of
> Appeals is reviewing the case. We do not wish to
> irritate them or any of the other organizations at
> such a critical time.
> We greatly appreciate the support of the Pagan
> community. We never doubted it would happen but are
> taken aback at how quickly the Pagan community all
> over the US has rallied behind this situation. We've
> been silently fighting this for over a year and are
> thankful for the energy boost.

I saw Sodd that

the Judge violated the US and Indiana constitutions... call up the Indiana court of appeals and complain why that state has such bassackwards judges

If I were President:

Listening to Harry Reid, who I can totally understand as a Boxer because his
voice just makes me want to hit him, has really given me an idea. If I were
President of the United States and I had a Senate pulling shenanigans like
this, I’d cancel their vacation.

I’d go to the podium and say “Since the Senate Can’t get the nominee’s
approved in the time necessary I am calling them back in a special session
until they do.”…. I could let it go if it was anything but this simply
ludicrous use of the filibuster. And again Frist boobie… MAKE THEM

Social conservatives can use libertarian models

The thing is, and this is really irksome to me in my recent debates about
“Conservatives V Libertarians” with Pat Hynes is this isn’t an issue of
separation but should be an issue of team work


Content on TV and Radio, why is it an issue now VS 30 or 40 years ago? TV is
a drug and hey I am an addict so I know. This opiate has started getting
injected into more and more arms as the Two Income/Single Parent days became
huge. Well, gosh, having two incomes in most situations actually equals less
economic buying power not more. You put that message out and many more
parents will start to stay home. And when they are home, their children get
monitored and “filth” on TV becomes less of an issue. And as parents are
working more, and as negligence of children has been growing TV has started
marketing to children. When children are monitored this stops and the market
adjusts content back accordingly. For your single Parent household, the laws
have been made so marriage is a very casual thing. And when marriage is
viewed by the state as a casual thing then guess what… people not only leave
marriages at the drop of the hat, many more people don’t get married.
Marriage benefits the state in tons of ways…. So if we treated marriage like
the contract it should be less divorces would happen and more people would
take marriage seriously… and again people would be empowered to raise their
children again.

You see saying, “Don’t do it or I’ll spank you.” that isn’t the best way to
solve a social problem. Janet Jackson showing some boobie, Bubba the love
sponge having women masturbate on the air, or Howard stern these things are
not the problem at all. The problem is, as Michael Medved likes to say we’ve
been making a society that worships the power of the little G government and
not the BIG G of god. The bible speaks extensively about the governance of
yourself and the family. Yet these religious conservatives have been getting
in the way of what god clearly left for a man and a wife to do. It is your
job to govern the contents you put into your physical temple, and when you
have children into theirs till they reach an age where they are accountable
to god for their actions. By stopping this content be it drink or be it
obscene language from ever even coming towards you this is where you fail.
Being a good Christian, Jew.... or whatever does not mean you lived a life
free from temptation, it means living a life where you were presented with
temptation and you made the right choice. If you take away that crucial
struggle all people of faith must do, then those spiritual muscles just like
the physical muscles grow weak and grow flabby.

Ya see what I did here? I took some serious issues that matter to
Religious/Social/Cultural conservatives and I put a libertarian “Don’t tread
on me” spin on them. I could also put a socialist spin on them to if I
wanted to so it shows that it isn’t the religious part that matters... it is
the conservative part that matters.

Pat Hynes is Wrong (blatant blog whoring)

When I responded to one of Pat Hynes many whiney “Ooooh the poor religious
right” posts I misspoke. And I decided to blog my response to my
misstatement. (Ok… so I am trying to get back into the daily read list or at
the very least get upgraded in my daily page views).
Libertarian-Conservatives are to conservatives, as Squares are to

This point of view is one Pat rejects because he wants the religious right
to be dominant. He wants to ignore the history of conservatism in America,
and the history of the Republican Party. He does this because he needs to
sell how important the religious right is to republicanism as a whole, and
conservatism in particular


The Libertarianism of today was the conservatism of the 40s and earlier. And
it was mocked and marginalized in the party until a man named Barry
Goldwater came along and transformed conservatism into the winning formula
we have today. Rejection of one of the planks of conservatism (as the Cato
foundation folks and Pat Buchanan do) doesn’t make you any less
conservative. Rejecting multiple planks (like the libertarian party does) is
another story. It took the mixture of patriotism, or traditional values, of
getting government smaller and out of my life, and of a strong and vigorous
national defense-foreign policy meshed together to make a message that sold
to 50% +1 of the population. Depending on where your running you have to
tinker with the formula, but the formula fundamentally works. The political
left runs as a mixture of groups, and this is the kind of Republican Party
that in contrast to the work of Goldwater, Bush, and Reagan Pat is trying to
make happen. This of course isn’t working real well for them now is it?
While we are a party of gun nuts, religious freaks, big business types,
militia heads, and every other name you can give to marginalize our smaller
component parts we are united by our common principles. This is why we win,
and this is why I must call spank on Pat for his ludicrous notions and
ideas…. Because that’s the kind of talk that lead Bush 41 to losing… and
Clinton, Clinton used our message “Government that helps you do what you
need to do then gets out of your way.” And Bush well was confused… he
underestimated the scamp and he lost.

Now don’t misunderstand me… All republicans are not Conservatives. We do
have some true libertarians in the party (not Libertarian-conservatives) we
have some died in the wool liberals in the party to. We have folks like Weld
and Arnold who try to be as conservative as an electorate will let them be
but they still can be classified as conservatives.

I hope I qualified why I am right, and why Pat is always wrong.


We live in a mixed up world. If I am to believe my military, and my
knowledge about terrorists suggest they are correct…The terrorists are 3
times more likely to “abuse” a Koran then an American soldier is. John
McCain fresh off beating back the forces of republicanism is now out
promoting the movie of the week about his life in Vietnam. The new book
about his political career “aint I great” that movie of the week will be
coming out in 08 in time for his presidential run. Harry Reid in what has to
be a chutzpah worthy award saying the president is hurting a nominee by not
releasing to the senate classified information… Information that on a
judicial nominee, Harry Reid improperly leaked ruining the nomination of
Saad… something which makes me think about Harry Reid “would you buy a used
car from this man?”

The Political left in this country isn’t offering an alternative point of
view. They are just becoming a force of obstruction. They advocate for dirty
elections when they win in Washington State… but when they lose like they
did in 2000 they make sure you know their opponent didn’t win that one time.
When election laws don’t suit them like in the New Jersey Senate election
that brought back Lautenberg they ignore them. They fight for the rights of
people free from jail to vote, and some such as Jesse Jackson even advocate
people in jail must vote. When Bill Clinton had some sexual improprieties
“its none of our business” but when it was Bob Packwood or Arnold we see
them handing out torches and pitchforks and forming an angry mob.

Maybe I am old fashioned but I believe it is wrong for some one to sexually
harass women. But, if I see some one getting lambasted for it by an
organization formed to protect a politician of another party from the same
kind of charges… I will ignore it. It is just that simple. And I believe
violating the standards of elections are wrong no matter what party you are,
but if you try to make the rules only apply when you will win… I just am
going to ignore you.

The prisoner thing I am of two minds on. If you paid your debt then sure you
can vote. Otherwise, forget it.

But I mean I remember, it was a time not that long ago that the Democratic
party stood for something. They would push alternative legislation… they
would talk about it on TV, and they would talk about it at the stump. This
is what an opposition party DOES. All they seem to want to do now is fight.
And not in a good Mr. Smith goes to Washington kinda way, but in a south
park “I’m Russell Crowe and I like to fight” kinda way.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

An open letter to congressional democrats:

Dear congressional democrats;

Why are you guys being such utter tools? I know it sounds so cool “hey lets obstruct things” and we have seen in the last few weeks that obstruction sure gives you guys lots of media attention to whine, moan, and complain that the ebil congressional republicans aren’t providing oversight to the BusHitler administration… but I had a thought, would you like to have congressional hearings? No really….

Bill Frist wants to run for president, and to do that he needs to show he can carry the president’s water. We’ve seen you obstruct a lot of nominees and the President really likes getting nominees through... he likes it a lot and that means that the folks who would vote for Bill Frist like that allot to. So if you want to get hearings, maybe give them 90% of the nominees.

Which is better, stopping a few drops of nominees or exposing corruption in the White House’s polices… Lets try thinking.

Bill Frist... grow a sack

Ok Bill Frist... you need to go Olde School Mr. Smith goes to Washington on this issue *( though i'd accept a Homer Simpson version of it)*

WASHINGTON - In a major setback for President Bush, the Senate voted Thursday to delay a confirmation vote on John Bolton, Bush’s choice to be U.S. envoy to the United Nations.

Bolton opponents won on a vote to end debate on his nomination. Under Senate rules, at least 60 votes were needed to close debate, but the final tally was 56 to 42.

Ok people... I guess we see what an extraordinary circumstance is.

Yes when we "Saved the senate for democracy" with an appeals deal they decided to fillibuster some one WHO HAS AT LEAST TWICE BEFORE BEEN CONFIRMED IN THE SENATE!!!!

WTF Democrats... i mean you go from being reasonable and accepting a deal to slapping the gop up on a guy who the UN says is OK with them.

to me.. if the UN says he is an ok choice to be ambassador.. thats all i need to hear
Voinovich later told reporters that all senators are under “overwhelming pressure” to “go along with the president” even though “very few people are enthusiastic” about the choice of Bolton to be U.N. ambassador.

every UN offical who has come on TV has been quite enthusiastic

the UN needs some one who can work with the congressional leadership and the president to help them get money

that is DUh Bolton

“The issue was raised (as to) why did Bolton make so many requests and why was he seeking what is somewhat unusual the names of specific Americans who were identified in the intercepts,” Biden said.

Now why did bolton want intercepts on the possibility that syria has WMD ( as is widely believed)

Bolton now serves as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. His portfolio includes preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

In 1986, when he served as assistant attorney general in charge of liaison with Congress, he battled Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. over the nomination of William Rehnquist to be chief justice.

The issue then — as now with the Syria documents — was the executive branch withholding information that senators wanted.

Kennedy wanted memos Rehnquist had written while serving in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Despite a scolding from Kennedy in a public hearing of the Judiciary Committee, Bolton rejected his demands.

oh wait this is just busting the nads on a republican offical

Pimpin aint easy

If your 14 and in Israel (thank you unca drudge)

Israeli teen arrested for pimping
Thu May 26 2005 10:29:20 ET

A 14-year-old Israeli was arrested by police on suspicion of working as a pimp, Israeli newspapers reported Thursday.

"Instead of playing ball with his friends, he discovered there was lot of money to be made in the sex industry," the daily Maariv reported.

Ok.. when i was 14 i knew allot about the whole sex game... but i never wanted to get into the pimping game

but clearly... a little more time in a Yeshiva and i might

More Ignoring pro-democracy victories in Iran

Major media and the government ignores massive protests that have shut down parts of terhan happening on a semi-regular basis.

they ignore the Iranian people chanting Pro-US statements at a time when Anti-US statements are the rule in the middle east

and yet again, the major media ignores the fact democratic forces are fighting for their lives in Iran

and they just bloodied the tyrannts nose again

TEHRAN, Iran – Fearing a boycott after all reformist candidates were disqualified from Iran's upcoming elections, the country's supreme leader on Monday ordered hard-line officials to reconsider the ban against two of them, state television reported.

The Guardian Council, the constitutional watchdog that vets the election candidates, on Sunday rejected all but six of the more than 1,000 people registered to run in next month's presidential elections.

The council, controlled by hard-liners loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, justified its decision in published remarks that made clear it expects the next Iranian president to shy away from attempting the political reforms sought by the outgoing President Mohammad Khatami.

"Thoughts of the president have to be in line with the thoughts of the supreme leader," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the council's chief, was quoted as saying in Monday's edition of Saheb-e-Ghalam newspaper.

however supreme leader has seen the protests, supreme leader has seen the youth anger

and supreme leader is buisy trying to build nuclear weapons sooo

But Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, called Monday for a review of the two most prominent reformists disqualified, Mostafa Moin and Vice President Mohsen Mehralizadeh.

"It's appropriate that all individuals in the country be given the choice from various political tendencies," Khamenei said in the decree addressed to Jannati.

Khamenei's call is unlikely to appease reformists, who have said the council's vetting policies are illegal, but his intervention may revive hopes for a reasonable turnout in the June 17 election. A higher voter turnout could help legitimize the ruling establishment in its dealings with the international community and undermine U.S. threats to attack Iran.

Yep... the mullhcrocy in Iran knows the score. If they kept the reformists out then they might have done to them whats been done to Syria

but instead of putting pressure on this issue to force the nuclear weapons issue to the Iranian back burner the US government and the US media ignores these human rights struggles

and the EU continues its greedy pursuit of profit

ahhhh yes

Lets add on "theft of state property and battery of a police officer to the list of lionel tate's charges

Roll that bean footage

Posted on Thu, May. 26, 2005
Highway Patrol investigates gun missing from Lionel Tate's home


Days after convicted killer Lionel Tate was charged with the gunpoint holdup of a pizza deliveryman in Pembroke Park, the Florida Highway Patrol has opened an internal investigation into how Tate's mother lost track of her FHP service weapon.

It is unclear whether the weapon played a part in the pizza robbery.

A Broward Sheriff's Office investigation recently revealed that Tate's mother, Kathleen Grossett-Tate, who is an FHP trooper, lost her service weapon, a .40-caliber Beretta semi-automatic, said Maj. Ernesto Duarte of the FHP.

Lionel Tate, who was spared a life sentence for the beating death of a 6-year-old girl, was ordered held without bond Wednesday in connection with the armed robbery. Tate, now 18, lives with his mother, who is also a military reservist, in a Pembroke Park apartment.

The BSO investigation revealed that Grossett-Tate is missing a total of three guns from her home. Detectives learned of the missing weapons Monday night, while they searched Grossett-Tate's home in the wake of her son's arrest.

but whats better then the fact a police officers firearm may be missing in a house where a convicted murderer lives... so are two other guns to

so three guns went missing around a convicted murderer who has had a knife on his person and "allegedly" robbed a pizza delivery man

good times

More proof Socialism kills

By Michael Perry

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A doctor turned off a woman's life support ventilator in an Australian hospital because the director of surgery, dubbed "Dr Death," wanted her bed to operate on another patient, an inquiry has heard.

The government-sanctioned inquiry in the Australian state of Queensland is examining the deaths of 87 patients treated by Indian-trained Dr Jayant Patel.

Patel was director of surgery at Queensland's regional Bundaberg Hospital in 2003-04, despite negligence findings against him in two U.S. states that resulted in restrictions on his U.S. medical license..... Hoffman said the "pivotal case" for her occurred in July 2004 when Patel blocked the transfer to another hospital of a 55-year-old man who was critically ill with chest injuries after being crushed under a recreational vehicle.

She said another nurse had told her she had seen Patel try to drain blood in a "stabbing motion" from the man's heart, using a hard needle some 50 times. The man died that night after Patel told the man's family he was not critically ill. .... Another case Hoffman gave evidence on involved a woman who had suffered a serious head injury. She said Patel ordered her life support ventilator turned off five days before Christmas, 2004, because he wanted to use her bed for surgery.

She said no formal tests were performed to determine whether the patient was already brain dead, although another nurse said the woman was "most probably brain dead." The other patient operated on by Patel bled to death after his jugular was cut.

Hoffman said death certificates were falsified and patients were refused transfers to other hospitals to cover up botched treatment and surgery, adding Patel was also known as Dr E coli, referring to the high number of his patients with infections.

"What was going on was totally and utterly illegal," she said. The inquiry continues.

you start allowing euthanasia and look what medical personel will do

Folks... I wish i was making this one up


TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian province will shut its 24-hour suicide hotline and replace it with one that operates only during business hours.

Prince Edward Island, a small province on Canada's East Coast, says it is too expensive to operate the hotline around the clock. Starting June 1, it will be open only between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Operator: Welcome to the prince edward island suicide hotline can i help you

Life just isn't worth living anymore....

Ooh sorry its 5.. hey can you hand on till tommorrow?

**Blam blam**

Socialism Kills

More wonderful news for the first amendment

Yes.. we found out yesterday that Italy was out to mortally wound the first amendment.. but now we have anoter case in INDIANA
Judge: Parents can't teach pagan beliefs
Father appeals order in divorce decree that prevents couple from exposing son to Wicca.

By Kevin Corcoran
May 26, 2005

An Indianapolis father is appealing a Marion County judge's unusual order that prohibits him and his ex-wife from exposing their child to "non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals."

The parents practice Wicca, a contemporary pagan religion that emphasizes a balance in nature and reverence for the earth.

Cale J. Bradford, chief judge of the Marion Superior Court, kept the unusual provision in the couple's divorce decree last year over their fierce objections, court records show. The order does not define a mainstream religion.

yes now i bet your saying "man i didn't know Indiana was the bible belt" well other then being the founding place of the modern Klan you'd be wrong... but the laws of Indiana on the other hand

The following is an excerpt from the Indiana Bill of Rights, Article 1, as printed in the online law library:

"Section 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.

Section 4. No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society, or mode of worship; and no person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support, any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry, against his consent.
(History: As Amended November 6, 1984)."

yes folks we have another Judicial Tyrant who seems to think he is above the law.

but come on you have to have a reason right.. the ideological cousin of CFS (formerly HRS) ... yes those people who let children die, go missing, and be abused by perverts gave the judge this following pearl of wisdom

"There is a discrepancy between Ms. Jones and Mr. Jones' lifestyle and the belief system adhered to by the parochial school. . . . Ms. Jones and Mr. Jones display little insight into the confusion these divergent belief systems will have upon (the boy) as he ages," the bureau said in its report.

But Jones, 37, Indianapolis, disputes the bureau's findings, saying he attended Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis as a non-Christian.

Yes.. Catholic schools have not only lots of non christian students, they often have lots of non catholic students. Now a judge with a brain should have seen this

now surely the media would get this one right you say

Indiana law generally allows parents who are awarded physical custody of children to determine their religious training; courts step in only when the children's physical or emotional health would be endangered.

wait wait.. now What did Indiana's bill of rights say?
"Section 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.

Section 4. No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society, or mode of worship; and no person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support, any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry, against his consent.
(History: As Amended November 6, 1984).

yes the newspaper can't even look up what the law actually says

so lets hear it for Indiana

Dumb reporters
Dumb Buercrats
and a really dumb judge

Clearly intelligent

Republican lawmakers were invited to designate four lawmakers to serve as non-voting members, and Democrats were invited to do the same.

Sen. Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), the Democratic leader in the Senate, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), the Democratic leader in the House, said that they would not accept an advisory role for lawmakers rather than a voting role.

"Unfortunately, the partisan nature of the commission and the lack of voting rights are not our only reasons for refusing to appoint members," the two lawmakers said in a prepared statement. "We fundamentally disagree with the premise that this commission should make recommendations on how to cut Medicaid outlays by $10 billion by Sept. 1."

yes... because you know making it happen through LEGISLation thats not enough vote or input

and the republican members of congress didn't have a vote either

so what exactlly are you whining about

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

The EU's high standard for Democracy

Yes folks.. spending millions of dollars to try to bully countries into approving their currency.. which forces everyone to cut their spending to pay for france and germany. putting out a hundred upon hundreds of pages of constitution going into all manner of minutae.. people can they just say "no" welll..... Not in the EU
France and the Netherlands should re-run their referendums to obtain the "right answer" if their voters reject Europe's constitutional treaty in imminent national ballots, Jean-Claude Juncker, the holder of the EU presidency, said on Wednesday.

The Luxembourg prime minister said all 25 EU member countries should continue their attempts to ratify the treaty whatever the outcome of the French and Dutch votes.

thats right.. screw the fact the treaty can't be legally binding.. we'll find a way to make those froggies and dutchies do it right

"The countries which have said No will have to ask themselves the question again. And if we don't manage to find the right answer, the treaty will not enter into force," he said in an interview with the Belgian Le Soir newspaper.

"No no you stupid frogs you did it wrong.. vote yes this time" clearly a great way to influence voters

Pro-constitution politicians across Europe have been sounding increasingly alarmist about the consequences of a No vote. "If the No side wins on Sunday, it will be a catastrophe for France, for Chirac, for everyone," Mr Juncker said in his interview.

Jean-Pierre Raffarin, France's prime minister, warned on Wednesday that a No vote could deter foreign investment and damage the French economy. "Do you think that a France that cuts itself off, that says No to Europe will be attractive for new investments and new jobs?" he said in a television interview. "The No to Europe would be a No to investment."

because clearly voting no on the constitution would negate all the legally binding EU agreements.... Oh wait, No that would be a LIE

Mr Raffarin's warnings were echoed by Claude Bébéar, chairman of the supervisory board of Axa, the French insurance group, which manages $1,000bn (€795bn) of assets. He said a No vote would make it more difficult for European companies to compete with rivals in the US and Asia. "A No vote is not the end of world but Europe would lose 10 years, maybe more," he told the FT.

"People who say it will be a revolution, something awful, are lying. The real problems will not happen immediately, but in the longer run," said Mr Bébéar, one of France's most influential businessmen.

oooooooh the EU won't get 10 years

the EU is a farce and it is slowly melting down

and i for one say good

I got a question

A woman, who is not -and has not been for several years- a reporter. who writes a collum that is extremely left wing is sitting in white house press briefings.

Now... for those people who say a fake journalist who does web opinion why should some one who does print opinion be allowed to make a arse of themselves like this

Helen Thomas Rides White House Press Sec: 'Were we invited into Iraq?'
Wed May 25 2005 17:16:06 ET

Wire Queen Helen Thomas today ripped into White House spokesman Scott McClellan over his claims the United States is in Afghanistan and Iraq -- by invitation.

Joined in progess...

Q The other day -- in fact, this week, you said that we, the United States, is in Afghanistan and Iraq by invitation. Would you like to correct that incredible distortion of American history --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, we are -- that's where we currently --

Q -- in view of your credibility is already mired? How can you say that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Helen, I think everyone in this room knows that you're taking that comment out of context. There are two democratically-elected governments in Iraq and --

Q Were we invited into Iraq?

MR. McCLELLAN: There are two democratically-elected governments now in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments, and we are there today --

Q You mean if they had asked us out, that we would have left?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, Helen, I'm talking about today. We are there at their invitation. They are sovereign governments -- Q I'm talking about today, too.

yes thats right. some one with an axe to grind on the president is being allowed to show herself as a moron

so where is the outrage that we are letting this woman go senile at press confrences?

It is thought crime time everybody

A judge has ordered best-selling writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci to stand trial in her native Italy on charges she defamed Islam in a recent book.....In “La Forza della Ragione,” Fallaci wrote that terrorists had killed 6,000 people over the past 20 years in the name of the Koran and said the Islamic faith “sows hatred in the place of love and slavery in the place of freedom."

A woman who visits Italy but hasn't lived there in years has been put on trial in Italy because she published comments that said bad things about Islam.

Now i want you to take this in

In Great Britian if anything you say EVER gets published there (like i don't know on maybe the Internet) you could go to trial and have to face the british standard for Libel (where you have to prove what you said is true... Now the british media has learned a little trick on that but thats another story)

In Australia if you make a comment or publish something online that the government doesn't like... you could be hauled to the land down under.

In Canada if you break a canadian media ban ( as a blogger did and darned near took down the canadian government) you potentially could go on trial in canada -that government felt that halling US bloggers across the border for trial would be bad precident-

Greece demanded extradition of a british national who did some cartoons they viewed as blasphemous to jesus.. that is currently fighting its way in the courts. And did i mention the cartoonist had no control over his work being published in greece... it doesn't matter to the greek government.

Or how a canadian human rights board could hall in american broadcasters for a "rascist comment" if the signal is heard by a single canadian

What many people have fought and bleed on beaches and hills and all manner of god foresaken places on this planet we are taking away. The first amendment is dying, and it is dying because we are becoming a global community. Slander, Libel, indeed any kind of content no longer stops at national borders. And as EU regulators are now coming into this country to force manufactured goods to meet EU compliance regulations, how soon till they come after our books? after our movies? after our tv? I mean if they want them EU compliant out of the US for manufactured goods... heck why stop there.

Google sensors its content going into CHina but people can get around the content blockers so heck... google wants those 1 billion or so people living in a communist plantation, so why not just censor the content for everyone in the world.

This is why i hated the ICJ as an idea. Instead of saying "lets set the legal standards of this court to the highest level of fairness as a example to those nations who do not meet this standards of human dignity." we are going to go with the Mean (or maybe even the Median) standard.

So, Instead of holding freedom of speech to the highest standard and enrich our collective humanity, in the new global age we will meet some where in the mushy middle.

Unless we get some kind of treaty mechanism globalization will slaughter the first amendment in its bed.. and it won't be the only casualty.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

here are some hard facts

regard the link of refrence and of course Hat tip to Glenn

Whereas 24 percent of Americans hold college degrees, 41 percent of Arab Americans are college graduates. The median income for an Arab family living in the United States is $52,300—4.6 percent higher than other American families—and more than half of all Arab Americans own their home. Forty-two percent of people of Arab descent in the United States work as managers or professionals, while the same is true for only 34 percent of the general U.S. population. For many, this success has come on quickly: Although about 50 percent of Arab Americans were born in the United States, nearly half of those born abroad did not arrive until the 1990s.

Hmmm yeah i see we sure are having lots of Arab discrimination here

Of course, many will explain the success of Arab Americans by pointing out that people who emigrate tend to be younger, more motivated, ambitious, and entrepreneurial. The Arab immigrants who are doing so well in the United States, according to this view, would have made it anywhere.

Sadly, that isn’t true, either. Otherwise, how does one explain why Arab immigrants in Europe are worse off than those in the United States? Why are leaders of Arab communities in France warning that social and racial tensions are in danger of creating a “social and political atom bomb”? Sure, France may be an extreme case, but the situation of Arabs in the rest of Europe is hardly better. In general, Muslims living in Europe—of which Arabs constitute a significant proportion—are poorer, less educated, and in worse health than the rest of the population. In the Netherlands, the unemployment rate for ethnic Moroccans is 22 percent, roughly four times the rate for the country as a whole. In Britain, the Muslim population has the highest unemployment rate of all religious groups. The failure of Arabs in Europe is particularly worrisome given that 10 of the states or entities along Europe’s eastern and southern borders are home to nearly 250 million Muslims—most of them Arabs—with a birthrate more than double that of Europeans.

so lets see Why those "progressive" europeans that pay for folks to go to college.. why their arab population isn't as educated.

they are less likely to be employed hmmm wonder why that is.... Oh wait the author already covered that point for us

But if cultural impediments are behind the Arab world’s disappointing performance, what explains Arab Americans’ incredible success? The answer, of course, is opportunities and institutions. Arabs in the United States have access to ample opportunities to prosper and can rely on powerful institutions to protect their civil, political, and economic rights to do so. Indeed, the census data show that Arab ancestry mixed with markets and meritocracy creates a potent fuel for success.

emphasis mine

so once again we see Socalism is bad

and freedom is good

Ok this is going to be fun

The following Blogposting will be Hipaa complaint as i can make it

I was put in a situation to advise some folks (directly and indirectly) regarding some sexual harrasment at a nursing home in the state of florida

the harrasment however it turns out is the least of the problems

two patients both sharing the same room, both in a triple lock down area have had the same complaints regarding staff members touching them in certain areas.

but since this is a demensia unit that isn't enough for the state of florida to go investigate

once again the state of florida is proving we have a legal system, not a justice system

god #*_(#*@(*#@(_@#

Well folks We see the fine Legal system ( there is no way you call this a justice system) in the state of Florida has done it again

Now, Tate again faces the possibility of a long stretch in prison, especially since a judge last October said he would have "zero tolerance" for probation violations after Tate was caught with a knife blocks from his home late at night.

and it just gets better

he brutally murdered some one.. he had a knife as a prohbation violation and now armed robbery

Police said Tate called for a pizza delivery from the apartment of a 12-year-old friend, then pulled a gun on the delivery man and chased him, police said. The delivery man threw down the pizzas and fled, authorities said.

Tate was also charged with forcing his way into the friend's apartment and roughly shoving the boy aside.

So we can charge him with

Prohbation violation (10 years)
B+E (whatever that works out to these days)
CHild abuse ( a stiff penalty)
Armed Robbery
violation of 10/20/life (if he was dumb and shot the gun minimum of 20 years)

Hopefully the state can get this animal into jail for at least 20 years...

while i feld that the life inprisonment for a 14 year old was a little ridiculous we now see that the prosecution was right

this kid was never going to change his evil ways

RIP Frist in 08

Billy Boy needed the Nuclear option to happen. this was his big way to make the arch conservatives warm and cuddly to him.

Billy boy got screwed, and got screwed bad.

with talk the magick 14 may work their way into Social Security reform we could see folks Lindsey, brownback, and allen as the senate finalists for the presidency stakes

this killed frists campaign, it killed mccain.. who else dies in this one? i dunno

allrighty a year younger then i really am

You Are 27 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Monday, May 23, 2005

It came from the email box

Once again John McCain shows how he will say and do anything to get ahead

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May 23, 2005 -- A right-to-life leader claims Republican Sen. John McCain pledged to nominate only anti-abortion judges if elected president in 2000 — while George W. Bush had no abortion litmus test, The New Yorker reports.

The claim surfaces as McCain tries to broker a deal with Democrats over Bush's judicial nominees.

Right-to-life leader Gary Bauer, who ran for president in 2000 and backed McCain after dropping out, told the magazine that McCain pledged an anti-abortion litmus test for judges.

"I wanted a commitment from either George Bush or John McCain that, if elected, he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court. Bush said he had no litmus test . . . But McCain . . . assured me he would appoint pro-life judges," Bauer said. Deborah Orin

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The Morality of Statecraft

The Morality of Statecraft:

I started off in the "Passion for fairness" forum debating some things and I
got to say it got me thinking some more about the morality of Social-Welfare
solutions to problems.
Nationalized Health Care is a failure. In Canada we have people unable to
receive what we down state side would consider "vital" treatment. We
consider it vital because we would much rather have a high front-end cost
then a catastrophic rear end cost. The massive wait times for procedures,
often leading to people dying are not a unique thing to Canada. During the
big heat wave in France, the national doctors holiday killed all manner of
sick and elderly people. It killed them because the doctors weren't there to
provide any care for them. They were on vacation some place safe, and after
all these were just "old" people, some followers of the Hippocratic oath
they were. Is it any wonder France leads the world in patient suicides? Is
it any wonder France leads the world in patient sedation? In Great Britain
there is a hybrid system but there are also restrictions on the rights of
people to seek redress for medical grievance. In the Netherlands they have
combined National health care with a "right" to euthanasia and began a
policy of killing off all the patients who drain too much from the system...
often over direct and passionate refusals from the patients families.

Those who support the "right" to health care advocate the National
government as the cure to what ails, but is it the cure?

When doctors can eliminate Medicaid and cut their costs in half? When
doctors can eliminate all insurance and provide the patients with a higher
degree of care for the same cost or often less to them? All manner of
doctors providing sliding scale care and making more money when they
received compensated care?

If anything more government here would seem to only create more problems, as
it has in places like Canada and France. Modern health insurance in America
was created to fight of the benevolent associations. Theses associations of
citizens would often collectively negotiate with doctors to get the lowest
rates for their members. This was pushing real wages for doctors to a
cataclysmic level that was making medicine an unaffordable profession. I
believe patients have the right to the lowest cost care, at the highest
possible level of quality. And I believe that doctors have the right to earn
as much money as the market will support. And these two goals are not
mutually exclusive, but to achieve them the United States needs to design a
21st century health care system... not a new floor on the old and rickety
19th century health care system. The only solution is reinventing the whole
thing from top to bottom. A solution Unions, Doctors, Educators, and darned
near everyone in the health care system will fight tooth and nail. We won't
get comprehensive reform like that because it would require government to do
two things it is loathe to do... admit it is wrong, and was wrong... and
push lots of people who make lots of money into an entirely alien landscape.

So, as we can see a less government solution is the more moral solution to
the social justice of all those people who want health care, but is it only
health care?

The fact is the majority of Homeless people are mentally ill, or chronic
substance abusers. The same people who advocate; stipends for them, free
housing, or even to the extreme of San Francisco, which gives them the de
facto legal right to defecate and urinate wherever they darned well
please... These are the same people who say forcing them into mental health
facilities, or forcing them into treatment denies them their human dignity.
When I see a person so wracked with mental illness or addiction I can think
of many expressions to describe them but dignity isn't one of them.

Many other individuals are extremely disabled. There was once a time where
they would be aided by their families, by their churches, or by their
community but that is not the way our society today works. I was listening
to a rabbi talking about the Big G of god, versus the little g of
government. Instead of turning inward to their spiritual center to work as
communities had for years before, they give these people up to the little g
and struggle with a culture of debt that the government has blindly with
apathy encouraged. We've also through things like abortion and euthanasia
become a society that views death as more acceptable in situations like the
disabled then life, we've come to view life some times as a nuisance.

If we became a world of communities again, and if we restored the dignity...
the true dignity to our homeless people the vast bulk of them would
evaporate from the earth. But think of all the government agents, the
non-government organizations... think of all the people whose livelihoods
depend on their being homeless. These people will and do fight changes that
will actually help people.

For every year on the dole you live, you put a risk your child will spend at
least one year on the dole as an adult. This is a statistical correlation,
yet government resists programs to target people on those edges and instead
dumps money into programs like the minimum wage that predominantly profit
those already well off financially. The government does this because while
these programs fail to help the people they are designed to help, it feels
like it is helping and that is what the governments forays into social
relief are all about... feeling like you are doing the right thing. And as
we do these feel good programs, we experience real costs.

Friday, May 20, 2005

fun from blogthings

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English

15% Yankee

10% Dixie

5% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern

Pre-Review of Rots

The Offical Larry Bernard Revenge of the Sith Pre-review

Official disclaimer
#1) I am a geek
#2) I am a star wars geek
#3) I’ve found the PT (prequel trilogy) movies more and more disappointing
#4) I feel it will suck, but I want it to be good.

First I need to beat down George Lucas

Lucas says “the above 25s hate it, and the under 25s love it hey you can’t win it all.” Utter and complete Bizhull Shkiznit and you know it George! You can do both George in the business of show they draw up a big 4 quadrant graph sheet and they target how much the film hits every target audience… the goal George is to get as many people in to see the film.”

Here are some things else from George’s mouth which make me want to hit him. “Shadow suggested that we needed a scientific explanation of the Force instead of just a murky mystical explanation. I give Shadow rightly credit for creating the midichlorians.” So your bringing in Joseph Campbell and talking about making a new “bible” was all allot of crap. Good to know there George…

“1. George Lucas said he believed in God, but did not plan for the Force to represent the God he believes in because he feared that it would be somewhat of a mockery to God and the Bible, hence even if Anakin was conceived by the Midichlorians, he wouldn't represent the Son of the one true God.” I got this from some Christian site... I really hope this is garbage

“George Lucas: I’m not sure why so many fans have negative feelings about the first two prequel films. In my opinion, the dialogue and acting of the prequels is superior to that of the low-budget classic trilogy. Everything is better this time around. Better actors. Better special effects. I’m personally writing the scripts. I have to say I am confused by this kind of criticism. I believe you are confused or mistaken. The prequel trilogy especially Revenge of the Sith are great films. The stellar box-office numbers prove I’m right”

I guess you forgot about ooooh everything else you made except Indiana jones…. You never used your cash flow to say “gosh those suck”

"We have two fan bases. One is over 25 and one is under 25," Lucas said. "The over-25 fan base is loyal to the first three films. They actually are in their 30s and 40s now, so they're in control of the media, they're in control of the Web, they're in control of everything, basically. So mostly, what you're hearing from are people over 25 years old.

"But the films those people don't like, which is the first two, actually are very fanatically adored by the under-25-year-olds, and as you get up on the Web and you listen to these conversations, they are always at each other's throats, and the devotion for each group is pretty equal."”

George reality is calling… it wants its check back
“Inspired by his imagination and the influence of an Akira Kurosawa film, “Star Wars” series producer George Lucas never has denied his intent to include a spiritual theme at the core of the saga.
“I wanted it to be a traditional moral study, to have some sort of palpable precepts in it that children could understand,” Lucas said in a 1997 New Yorker interview. “There is always a lesson to be learned. … Traditionally, we get them from church, the family, art and in the modern world we get them from the media — from movies.”
But you needed a scientific explanation huh George?

So George, It is all about money and screw you’re older fans huh? You do realize its people like me, people you have made bitter and spit in the eye of our favored childhood memories who are going out there to watch your films? Sure, you have the exXXtreme fans, who dress up, but the real guy who helps fuel your empire is in the mid 20s to early 40s and who buys your stuff out of nostalgia. He is probably a professional sitting with the stuff on his desk at work. Do you think Episode I and II will ever hold the same nostalgia value? Or in the end are you just out to shill. Why have you taken what is beloved by so many people and folded and mutilated it because you could? You do this and expect us to still love you George? Just as you loved some of the great bits of cinema that made you create something in their league, you created something that has changed the world. But to you, screw them its mine and I can do what I want.
Well George, I will see the movie and judge it fair and honestly…. And expect you to have it all done over in the special 6 movie set where you further rape my childhood. Because George you taught us to be a better man then you obviously are.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Oh its been about a month.. garbage

Well Kids your old uncle Larry has had his school stuff headed out and finished so now i get the big adventure ahead of USF and stuff

and I'll be blogging some more now