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Use the New Blog

Please use the new blog exclusively, and change your bookmarks. I'll be disabling this one, when I get the time. For now, you can post either (in case there are questions), but if you want to start a thread and be sure you can come back to it, post it there.

Reminder. I have to approve your first comment on the new blog, so get your account and make a post if you haven't, already.

Permalink06/24/09, 07:18:21 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 741 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

What Is In A Name?

Isolated, tiny and desolate, The Liancourt Rocks are the center of an international dispute that dates back to the 15th century. Koreans claim sovereignty over what they call "Dokdo", while the Japanese maintain that the islets are theirs, calling them "Takeshima". South Korea currently administers this collection of 90 islands and reefs in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), centered about halfway between South Korea and Japan - with only 2 permanent residents and 40 government workers stationed there (police, lighthouse keepers, Fishery Ministry personnel). Although the dispute is centuries old, it has heated up recently due to several incidents: increased efforts in Japan to call attention to the dispute itself, a flip-flop last year by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names where they briefly labeled the rocks as having "Undesignated Sovereignty" (undone by executive order within days), and the public observations in Japan of "Takeshima Day" on February 22nd. South Korean citizens have staged numerous protests against Japan over the past few years, some with extreme demonstrations, including a woman and her son who cut off a finger each, and one man who attempted to set himself on fire.Dokdo or Takeshima?

Permalink06/23/09, 09:54:11 pm, by timandcir Email , 878 views, User Posts 1 feedback

An Early Prediction

President Obama will not make the following statement.

"In view of the fact that an overwhelming majority of the American people want (some form of) 'public option' in any health care overhaul, I want congress to know that any bill they present to me without such an option will be vetoed. Following that veto I will ask congress to begin working on election reform, including the requirement that every advertisement during a political campaign end with a disclaimer stating who has funded that congressman's campaign, and therefore who's interest they will be representing if elected. Failure to pass a 'public option' will be a clear signal that it's time to end the tyranny of special interests."

Regardless, congress (specifically, the Senate) will not only fail to pass a bill with a "public option", they'll fail to get the dirty money out of politics and indeed fail to pass any of the reforms that Obama has called for. "Progressives" will be pissed, but at the wrong people.

By the time the next Presidential election rolls around, President Obama will be so weakened by the failure of congress to pass any meaningful progressive reforms that he'll be in danger of becoming a one-term President. His only chance to win will be that the GOP has "learned the lesson of the McCain candidacy", and will put up a candidate who's such a nutter that we'd have to be insane to elect him or her. Unfortunately, this "insanity bar" is no guarantee of the outcome of that election.

You read it here, first.

Permalink06/23/09, 07:34:46 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 936 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Chatham House Study

Executive Summary
Working from the province by province breakdowns of the 2009 and 2005 results, released by the Iranian Ministry of Interior on the Farsi pages of their website shortly after the election, and from the 2006 census as published by the official Statistical Centre of Iran, the following observations about the official data and the debates surrounding it can be made.

· In two conservative provinces, Mazandaran and Yazd, a turnout of more than 100% was recorded.
· If Ahmadinejad's victory was primarily caused by the increase in voter turnout, one would expect the data to show that the provinces where there was the greatest 'swing' in support towards Ahmadinejad would also be the provinces with the greatest increase in voter turnout. This is not the case.
· In a third of all provinces, the official results would require that Ahmadinejad took not only all former conservative voters, all former centrist voters, and all new voters, but also up to 44% of former reformist voters, despite a decade of conflict between these two
groups.
· In 2005, as in 2001 and 1997, conservative candidates, and Ahmadinejad in particular, were markedly unpopular in rural areas. That the countryside always votes conservative is a myth. The claim that this year Ahmadinejad swept the board in more rural provinces flies in the face of these trends.

Permalink06/22/09, 07:43:45 pm, by timandcir Email , 1068 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

"More and Better Progressives"

Democratic Underground is obviously a site that focuses on electing Democrats. Orange State makes no bones about electing "more and better Democrats". Other "progressive" sites are as much about opposing conservatism and Republicans as supporting Progressives, and generally default to "vote for this Democrat, (s)he is progressive."

Conservatives have found common ground between anti-abortion fanatics, tax protesters, "smaller government" "libertarians", and (paradoxically) MIC supporters and war hawks.

So, in light of the fact that uniting progressives is like herding cats, how do we elect more and better progressives? Where do we start? Is that even the proper way to frame it? How about "which issues would you support?", instead?

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Permalink06/22/09, 07:00:23 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 1401 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Happy Father's Day

OK, so putting up a new blog site and then leaving for several days probably wasn't the wisest thing I've ever done. A blog/message board with a relatively small membership, that came into existence as a "stable meeting place" should be, among other things, stable.

I like the WP software, but I'm USED TO the B2evo software, and I'm probably not alone on the latter. So, lemme bounce an idea off ya. (Readership appears to have dropped dramatically since I put up the new blog. 93 unique browser hits here, yesterday. So if I don't hear from any of you I'll just do what I think is best.)

I'll keep the old (B2evo) blog at http://www.timbuk3.com/blog/ as a "political blog", and I'll use the new (WordPress) blog at http://www.timbuk3.com/discuss/ as an "anything but politics" blog. My first idea was to make the WP blog an "environmental" blog, but I decided that was too limiting. Post movie reviews, stories about what's going on in your life, gardening tips ... whatever. No worries. It's not like there's "a penalty" for cross-posting. Maybe politics IS what's happening in your life. Maybe you want to talk about an issue (environmentalism comes to mind) that's "in a gray area"; important to you personally, but not entirely apolitical. Post wherever you like. It's a "guideline", not a "rule".

Well, happy Father's Day.

Permalink06/21/09, 08:55:17 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 878 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Dear Frank R. Lautenberg

Fuck you, you un-American piece of shit.

Permalink06/20/09, 04:55:52 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 466 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Conservative Icon Backs Sotomayor

Kenneth W. Starr, investigator of President Bill Clinton and longtime pillar of the conservative legal establishment, has endorsed President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court.

During a question-and-answer session after a speech Thursday in Los Angeles, Starr said he "supported the nomination" of Sonia Sotomayor, according to a statement issued by his office at Pepperdine University Law School, where he is dean.

Starr told the gathering at Loyola Law School that he "thinks very well" of Sotomayor, whose nomination has triggered strong opposition from conservative groups. The statement added that Starr still wants "a variety of issues" explored at Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings.

Permalink06/20/09, 10:13:35 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 524 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Report to detail interrogations, secret detention

11 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is preparing to release a long-delayed internal report on the CIA's secret detention and interrogation program. How much of the document will be declassified for public view isn't yet known.

The roughly 150-page report was expected to be released Friday, but a CIA spokesman said Thursday that government officials were still poring through the documents.

CIA Fights Full Release Of Detainee Report
White House Urged to Maintain Secrecy

The CIA is pushing the Obama administration to maintain the secrecy of significant portions of a comprehensive internal account of the agency's interrogation program, according to two intelligence officials.

The officials say the CIA is urging the suppression of passages describing in graphic detail how the agency handled its detainees, arguing that the material could damage ongoing counterterrorism operations by laying bare sensitive intelligence procedures and methods.

Permalink06/19/09, 04:08:28 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 380 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

More New Posts

You guys don't know what you're missing.

Permalink06/13/09, 07:41:04 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 305 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

There's a sucker born every minute..

I think this lady could have a bright future as a televangelist.

The unmarried mother's story about giving birth to a child diagnosed as terminally ill in the womb hit a major nerve on the Internet.

Every night for the last two months, thousands of abortion opponents across the nation logged on to a blog run by the suburban Chicago woman who identified herself only as "B" or "April's Mom."

People said they prayed that God would save her pregnancy. They e-mailed her photos of their children dressed in pink, bought campaign T-shirts, shared tales of personal heartache and redemption, and sent letters and gifts to an Oak Lawn P.O. box in support.

As more and more people were drawn to her compelling tale, eager advertisers were lining up. And established parenting Web sites that oppose abortion were promoting her blog -- which included biblical quotes, anti-abortion messages and a soundtrack of inspirational Christian pop songs.

By Sunday night, when "April's Mom" claimed to have given birth to her "miracle baby" -- blogging that April Rose had survived a home birth only to die hours later -- her Web site had nearly a million hits.

There was only one problem with the unfolding tragedy: None of it was true.

( more )

How long before some deranged fetus fetishist take a shot at her ?

Permalink06/13/09, 10:16:32 am, by speedy Email , 627 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Rate the new blog

I just added star ratings (thanks, P). Compared to this old blog, how do you like the new one so far?

Permalink06/13/09, 09:26:45 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 479 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Good Morning

Permalink06/12/09, 11:00:26 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 301 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Wingers are funny

Video: Wingers with a bad taste in their mouth.

Permalink06/12/09, 06:35:13 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 320 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Obama defends DOMA in federal court.

Says banning gay marriage is good for the federal budget. Invokes incest and marrying children.

Permalink06/12/09, 04:02:22 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 269 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

New Blog

I'd like to try the new blog over the weekend, then decide whether to keep posting here or post there. Please sign up for a new account on the new blog. Your first comment will have to be approved, after that you can post comments freely. New posts/blog entries will also have to be approved, at least until I figure out the software. Please let me know what you think. If you don't like it, blame pierri. ;->

Permalink06/12/09, 01:30:07 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 317 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

People's stories, and mine again

I work with a 23 year old from smalltown N. Carolina. Eagle scout, high school valedictorian, not afraid of hard work or using his brain (summer jobs in construction, studious interest in fine art). A former professor set him up with an art job in NY, but the gallery neglected to mention that they'd be paying him $3 less than the going-rate & would only use him a handful of days per month. So now he's a studio assistant to a celebrated, clever, $ucessful art star. The work is steady, but well-under Starbucks wages. Tons of uncompensated overtime, and he's supposed to be grateful that unpaid interns haven't replaced him yet. I can see him wondering whether to leave NY, less than a year-in.

I work with a 22 year old native New Yorker, a dominican beauty & 'professora' of brazillian fight-dancing, with 12 years of capoeira under her belt. She worked at the gallery for 5 years, with no raises or promotions. They cut her pay last year. She applied to be a stewardess, and was berated by the gallery-owner for pursuing the "second-worst job in the world". After being accepted by the airline and giving notice at the gallery, flight attendant training was postponed. And postponed. And then the airline announced a hiring freeze.

I know a 20 year old from New Jersey. Her dad was laid-off from a newspaper & has been drinking hard. His unemployment benefits are at an end. She left home and rented a loft-bed hutch above the bathroom enclosure in a crowded shared loft in Brooklyn, for $250/month. She volunteers at a feminist bookstore, and is training to be a bartender (but really she's too tiny & lightweight to manage a rowdy latenight crowd alone), and she scrounges occassional bursts of cash by assisting a professional dominatrix as sidekick. She found a real room in a real apartment, but one unexpected health-expense later, she's in a panic about money.

Part of me thinks that these kids' hardship is the only thing that will make them get tougher and shrewder about work and money and life. On the other hand, what's so great about crushing the humble aspirations of go-getters, whose efforts weren't particularly wrongheaded in the first place?

Read more! »

Permalink06/12/09, 12:46:06 pm, by icy Email , 1152 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

New Blog

Permalink06/12/09, 12:40:23 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 1272 views, Blogroll Send feedback

Word Press

Pierri got me to thinking, so I checked into it. The latest version of Word Press was released on 6/10. I set up a site, just to see what it looks like. I don't have to migrate this site there. I could, for example, leave this site/blog "as is" and disable posting (I think). Or I could uninstall the Word Press site. Or (I think) I can move the posts from here to Word Press and set up a redirect. Or...who knows?

Word Press would be more "intuitive" for you guys.

Check it out and let me know what you think. If you like it let me know and I'll put some work into customizing it. It's just the basic "skin", right now.

Permalink06/12/09, 08:47:43 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 502 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Hey guys

How are you doing? Hope everything is all right with everyone.

I'm not following international news for quite some time, as Im struggling with some problems in my end right now, but I wanted to check you guys and see if there were something about North Korea here that wasnt appearing on my country´s media.

It is fun to see that even after all this time - more than one year and a half since the last time I was around -, a new US president, a grave international economic crisis, a pandemic, etc, I can still more or less guess everyone´s stance on some issues.

And it is great to see that Bush wasnt the glue that kept everyone around - not that I ever doubted it.

I was curious to see what you guys would be talking about. I guessed wrong, tho. I imagined some heated debate over North Korea and the increasing number of attacks in Afganistan (maybe some ironic reference about "moving averages" lol), and maybe something from Alvy about Real Madrid and the almost 150 million Euros for Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo in the middle of this (neoliberal) economic crisis, the swing to the right of most EU countries, or something like that.

I also imagined that Tim would have scrapped this blog software and migrated to Wordpress :)

Yet, what I read in some three or four pages worth of posts and comments was more "local" and "pragmatic" and less "international" and "ideological", like in the old titty board. And this blog is still a b2e :)

Not that there´s anything wrong with any that, of course (well, maybe except the b2e ;)). It only shows how everyone changed and I stood still somehow.

Anyway, Im just passing by to say hi, and check on everyone.

Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention a curiosity... Unlike in the US, today is Valentine´s over here in Brazil. Just mentioning in case anyone want to add some international flavor to their respective romances... :)

Cya!

Permalink06/12/09, 02:28:43 am, by pierri Email , 699 views, User Posts 14 feedbacks

Tobacco - another industry falls to Oh!bama

"The Senate granted one of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's long-held legislative wishes this afternoon, passing a bill that gives the government control over the production and marketing of tobacco products." link

Next up - doctors/hospitals

Then - Oil

Then - ?

Is this freaking unreal...geez, I am almost wanting Bush back.

Permalink06/11/09, 03:39:46 pm, by whatta Email , 546 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

What Else Rush Limbaugh Should Boycott

If Rush Limbaugh wants to properly protest the Obama bailouts, he’ll have to boycott a lot more than General Motors.

Limbaugh and some other conservative pundits have suggested that Americans should refuse to buy cars from “Government Motors,” as a way to express their outrage at President Obama’s interference in our free-market economy. “Be it General Motors, be it Chrysler -- whatever else Obama ends up controlling and running -- the American people are not going to want it to succeed,” Limbaugh said on his radio show recently. He also cited a poll claiming that nearly one-quarter of Americans support a boycott of GM.

It’s not exactly a news flash to say that Americans are uncomfortable with a bailout regime that amounts to more than $9 trillion worth of government commitments so far. Duh. Hardly anybody thinks this is the ideal way to run an economy. But boycotting one of America’s biggest companies to protest the actions of the American government on behalf of the American people is a more interesting idea. Rush needs to go further, though.

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Permalink06/11/09, 02:59:31 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 534 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Shooting reported at Holocaust Museum in Washington

From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Gunfire at the entrance of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum wounded at least two people Wednesday, emergency officers said.

A private security guard and another person were wounded, according to officials of the D.C. police and fire department. A police official said one of the wounded was the shooting suspect.

Emergency vehicles converged on the scene near the National Mall.

A witness who identified herself as Maria, without providing a last name, told CNN she heard five shots and saw a security guard lying wounded on the ground.

"It was definitely a security guard, he was down bleeding on the floor," she said. "He was face down. His back ... blood was coming out."

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Permalink06/10/09, 02:07:01 pm, by billy b, 659 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Dear WSJ

Just out of curiosity -- did Evan Newmark ever work for Goldman, Sachs? And if the answer to the question is yes, don't you think that might have been a good fact to disclose before he fellated Hank Paulson in his "Mean Street" column?

Sincerely,
Matt Taibbi

Read "Let's Get It Straight, Hank Paulsen Is a Prick Who Took Down the Economy". It's LOTS of fun.

Permalink06/09/09, 11:19:40 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 361 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Waterboarding: Other Uses

So I'm talking to my wife and she says, "If water-boarding's not torture, why don't we do it to kids who misbehave in school?"

I'm thinking of putting together a petition and going door-to-door. Present it to the local PTA with a few thousand signatures on it. Maybe they'll build "The Dick 'Dick' Cheney Waterboarding Our Children Memorial Wing" onto the school? Make it big enough to do 20 or 30 at a time.

So what else can we use waterboarding for, since it's not torture?

Should I waterboard the dog when he pees on the rug? The neighbor's kid when he keeps throwing his damned ball in my yard? ("GET OFF MY LAWN!")

How 'bout letting cops waterboard criminals who won't confess? Speeders? People who ride a bike without a helmet?

Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments.

"Waterboarding. It isn't just for breakfast, any more."

Permalink06/09/09, 10:57:55 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 391 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Axis of Weasels

Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) held a press conference today promising to shut down the Senate until everyone agrees to help them cover up evidence of war crimes.

Permalink06/09/09, 09:44:33 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 281 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

the great escape

In 3 weeks, I'm moving.
For legal reasons, I can't discuss specifics.
But if you've followed my landlord battles over the last year,
you can probably guess how it turned-out.
I'm happy with the outcome.

At first, we'll sublet from a friend in Brooklyn-- an actor now working in Berlin.

After that-- the plan is to move into an RV or convert another schoolbus.
I don't want to pay rent anymore.

My NY friends are reacting strangely to the RV/bus idea.
They were generally supportive when we did the same thing before.
But that was a 'road trip' 'out west'.

Living that way -in- NY is too close to homelessness.
Or maybe it's just that 'no one' does it.
Or maybe they'd rather believe their own rent servitude is inevitable,
so my imminent escape is causing cogdis pain.

There's an article in this week's New Yorker by the author of that Freakonomics book.
I didn't like that book, and I don't quite trust his math & anecdotes in this article either...

But his thesis is that David actually beats Goliath fairly consistently, as long as
David:
1. expends more effort, 2. disregards conventional wisdom, and
3. endures social pariah status for being so uncouth as to win when he was supposed to lose.

Permalink06/09/09, 10:42:45 am, by icy Email , 393 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

On What Passes For "News" These Days

America's cable "news" networks have concluded - on the basis of considerable research and evidence, I'm sure - that most viewers don't want straight news and analysis as much as they want to hear what they already think or to watch predictable partisan attacks.

The three big cable "news" networks don't exist to provide a public service, after all. They have corporate officers and stockholders to answer to, which means they need more and more eyeballs to generate more advertising dollars.

Their answer: talk radio on TV...

I may not agree with the entire article, but on this I think he's spot on.

Permalink06/09/09, 07:44:43 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 359 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

The United States of Insurance Companies?

This is starting to piss me off...

WASHINGTON — House Democrats drafting health care legislation are considering slapping an unspecified financial penalty on anyone who refuses to purchase affordable health insurance, officials said Monday.

(Yeah, Whatta, it's on) Huffpo.

Will that be like the "affordable" insurance we have to buy so we can replace any expensive care we run into by accident or we can't even drive to work? Like the "affordable" insurance we have to buy if we want a home loan?

They're not going to stop until they bleed us dry.

Permalink06/08/09, 09:05:07 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 312 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

One for Oh!bama backers to consider

The Obama Administration argued Monday that no court, including the Supreme Court, has the authority to hear a challenge by Indiana benefit plans to the role the U.S. Treasury played in the Chrysler rescue, including the use of “bailout” (TARP) funds. The Indiana debt holders, U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan wrote, simply have no right to raise that issue, thus putting it out of the reach of the courts.

And the link to above.

What would you have said if Bush said that? Be honest.

Permalink06/08/09, 01:53:27 pm, by whatta Email , 357 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks

Real Reform

As I was reading through this article ("Kennedy Details Vision for Health Care") I was struck by how employment and health insurance are still linked in politician's minds, and ours.

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Permalink06/08/09, 07:42:08 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 531 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Grooveshark

Embedding won't work here. I tried it. This blog software needs plug-ins (like the YouTube thing). But embedding works on soapblox blogs and Kos. Probably other places.

It's still cool just to go to this site if you want to hear a song, too.

Maybe I'll look for a plug in...

Permalink06/07/09, 10:16:02 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 356 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

'Stop' the War, 'F' the Blue Dogs, and Support Justice!!! Blogidarity!

Permalink06/06/09, 04:49:53 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 409 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

U.S. Justice Dept to probe Kansas abortion murder

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Friday opened an investigation into the killing of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller to see whether the accused gunman had accomplices.

The department will investigate possible federal crimes in connection with Dr. Tiller's slaying at his church on Sunday in Wichita, Kan. State prosecutors have already ruled out seeking the death penalty against the accused gunman, but federal prosecutors did not rule out doing so as they announced their own investigation.

"The Department of Justice will work tirelessly to determine the full involvement of any and all actors in this horrible crime," said Loretta King, head of the department's civil rights division.

Anyone who played a role in the killing, she said, will be prosecuted "to the full extent of federal law."

The department will seek to determine if the killing violated a 1994 law creating criminal penalties for violent or damaging conduct toward abortion providers and their patients.

I don't see the word "terrorist" anywhere in that article.

Permalink06/05/09, 08:19:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 301 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

You just can't make this shit up.

From Faux Noise.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky pastor is inviting people to bring their guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment.

New Bethel Church is welcoming "responsible handgun owners" to wear their firearms inside the church on June 27, a Saturday.

An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.
Church pastor Ken Pagano says guns must be unloaded and private security will check visitors. He says recent church shootings make it necessary to promote safe gun ownership.

Marian McClure Taylor is executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches.

She says churches work to prevent violent harm and promote peace, but most "allow for arms to be taken up under certain conditions."

Because nothing says "Jesus " better than a well balanced .357

Permalink06/05/09, 03:31:34 pm, by speedy Email , 259 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Scott Roeder whines:"I haven't been convicted of anything, and I am being treated as a criminal,"

The AP was nice enough to give a domestic terrorist a chance to tell us what a heroic victim he is. My heart just bleeds...

WICHITA, Kan. - The man accused of shooting a Kansas abortion provider to death as he handed out programs at a Sunday church service said he appreciates the prayers said for him and his family in the wake of his arrest.

No problem there Scott , and I hope God answers my prayers too. I think spending the rest of your life being traded around the cell block for cigarettes and candy bars would do you some good.

"I haven't been convicted of anything, and I am being treated as a criminal," Scott Roeder said Thursday. He called The Associated Press from the Sedgwick County Jail in response to a written request for an interview.

You know , that really DOES seem unfair. It would be much better if they hung you from the rafters , and treated you like a pinata.

He said he was concerned about how the media attention was affecting his family, particularly his elderly mother.

Hey dumbass , don't you think you should have thought about dear old mom BEFORE you went out and commited a fucking COLD BLOODED MURDER ?

"I appreciate your prayers," said Roeder, who has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for June 16. District Judge Warren Wilbert set Roeder's bond on Thursday at $5 million, reversing an earlier ruling to deny bond.

Have Randall Bin Terry and the terrorists at Operation Rescue scheduled a bail fundraiser yet ?

Permalink06/05/09, 10:18:00 am, by speedy Email , 293 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

"Conservative" Rage Comes Out

Feds Search for Man Allegedly on 'Mission to Kill the President'

As long as they hold power it's "elections have consequences".

Lose one election and they go nuts.

The GOP "base" is a terrorist group.

Permalink06/05/09, 07:58:24 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 356 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

5 years ago today..

..Ronald Reagan went back to hell.

I ran across this , which is a pretty good compilation of the overhyped pile of FAIL that was Ronald "The Vegetable" Reagan.

Lest we/you forget, I have assembled a list of some 20 of the most compelling reasons that Ronald Reagan SHOULD NOT BE so universally esteemed, his passing so mourned, and his memory so honored:

1) Treason: As a private citizen, and BEFORE the election, in contravention of both law and tradition, Reagan's minions and handlers illegally negotiated with the Iranians to induce them hold the American Embassy hostages until after the elections,to embarrass President Carer and to prevent his successful negotiation of an "October Surprise." Sent future VP George Bush, Sr., and future CIA chief William Casey to Paris to negotiate the deal.

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Permalink06/04/09, 08:17:05 pm, by speedy Email , 630 views, User Posts 14 feedbacks

Be very afraid, redux

"We would gladly bring every single one of our troops home if we could be confident that there were not violent extremists in Afghanistan and now Pakistan determined to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. But that is not yet the case."

The lie continues.

Permalink04.06.09, 10:38:09, by iconoclast_555 Email , 756 views, User Posts 20 feedbacks

Difference between anti-abotionists and the Taliban...about 8,000 miles

Dr.Hern puts 5 in the Domestic terrorist's snot locker , and tells Obama to get off his ass and act like a leader. Well done!

Permalink06/03/09, 10:37:13 pm, by speedy Email , 371 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Leaving Iraq

Sorta

US wants Sadr City base open after deadline

BAGHDAD – The U.S. and Iraqi militaries have tentatively agreed to keep a joint base on the edge of Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City, maintaining an American presence in a strategic area even after the June 30 deadline for U.S. combat troops to pull out of the capital....

Anyone know if the building of megabases has stopped?

Permalink03.06.09, 15:40:19, by iconoclast_555 Email , 277 views, User Posts 1 feedback

OH MAH GAWD !

Some sample lyrics:

"Three things taught me conservative love:
Jesus, Ronald Reagan, plus Atlas Shrugged
Saving our nation from inflation devastation
On my hands and my knees praying for salvation”'

Irony is dead , it fucking killed itself after watching this.

Permalink06/03/09, 07:45:20 am, by speedy Email , 275 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Blocked Abu Ghraib Photos

At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.

Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.

Another apparently shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk / news / worldnews / northamerica / usa / 5395830 / Abu Ghraib abuse photos show rape.html

(Had to use TinyURL -- can't post links directly to the Telegraph I guess.)

Permalink06/03/09, 06:28:48 am, by oralloy Email , 456 views, User Posts 22 feedbacks

Not the country I was born in

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090603/ ap_on_re_us/ us_ap_poll_obama_terrorism

"WASHINGTON – Just over half of Americans say torture is at least sometimes justified to thwart terrorist attacks and are evenly divided over whether to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, according to a poll that underscores the challenges President Barack Obama faces in selling his terror-fighting policies.

Even so, the latest Associated Press-GfK survey also shows that Obama enjoys broad confidence that he can effectively handle terrorism in an era when many people say they still fear becoming a victim of it and when a swath of the public shares the views of Obama's Republican predecessor, George W. Bush..."

"...Some 52 percent of people say torture can be at least sometimes justified to obtain information about terrorist activities from suspects, an increase from 38 percent in 2005 when the AP last asked the question. More than two-thirds of Republicans say torture can be justified compared with just over a third of Democrats.

On Obama's plan to close the Guantanamo prison, 47 percent approve, while 47 percent disapprove. Again, the country is divided on partisan lines, with most Republicans disapproving and most Democrats approving. Independents are evenly divided.

Despite the president's safety assurances, more than half of Americans say they would be worried about the chance of terrorism suspects escaping from U.S. high-security prisons. Yet again, more Republicans express concern than Democrats. Still, the figures indicate that the GOP-fueled fear may be resonating.

Leading the charge by Republicans against Obama's policies is Cheney, who the poll shows may be benefiting from his outspokenness since leaving office. Nearly a quarter had a favorable opinion of the former vice president, a measure that's risen steadily from a low of 13 percent in one 2007 poll.

For all the out-of-power GOP's angst, the poll found one bright spot for it: More people identified themselves as Republican than did last month, 23 percent to 18 percent...."

Permalink03.06.09, 06:24:16, by iconoclast_555 Email , 331 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Cheney

In his case, I'll suspend my opposition to the death penalty.

Former vice president Richard B. Cheney personally oversaw at least four briefings with senior members of Congress about the controversial interrogation program, part of a secretive and forceful defense he mounted throughout 2005 in an effort to maintain support for the harsh techniques used on detainees.

The Cheney-led briefings came at some of the most critical moments for the program, as congressional oversight committees were threatening to investigate or even terminate the techniques, according to lawmakers, congressional officials, and current and former intelligence officials.

Cheney's role in helping handle intelligence issues in the Bush administration -- particularly his advocacy for the use of aggressive methods and warrantless wiretapping against alleged terrorists -- has been well documented. But his hands-on role in defending the interrogation program to lawmakers has not been previously publicized.

Permalink06/02/09, 10:54:58 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 326 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Shocker , a GOP Furvert gets busted.

This would be funny if the sick bastaed hadn't been hitting on a kid.

A Whole Lot Of Yiffing Going On In The Office Of Pennsylvania GOP Senate Whip, Jane Orie-- Gay Yiffing... With A Minor

Art courtesy of PittsburghBloggers

It was like a cross between an episode on MSNBC's Dateline: To Catch A Predator With Chris Hansen and a re-enactment of those heady days in 2006 when Republican Congressman Mark Foley was exposed as a child molester. Jane Orie is a far right extremist, an anti-choice fanatic and the Republican majority whip of the Pennsylvania state Senate. She represents a backward district north of Pittsburgh. And if you'd guess that she's obsessed with sex and is a virulent and hysterical homophobe you'd be correct.

Friday she fired one of her top aides, Alan David Berlin. The report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is almost funny if it weren't so tragically Republican. It starts off like typical GOP fare-- another Republican closet case solicits sex from a young boy (15 years old) online. But then it gets really strange.

In a series of instant messages and online chats, Alan David Berlin, 40, of Carlisle, discussed dressing up in animal costumes and engaging in various sex acts with the boy, the state attorney general's office said yesterday.

...According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Berlin proposed traveling to the boy's home in Harrisburg, about 20 miles from Carlisle, and having sex in the backyard and in a shed on his parents' property. He also allegedly offered to arrange a meeting in a hotel room so Mr. Berlin could take photos of the boy and another adult having sex.

The online communication took place on seven different days between April 27 and May 25, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators say some of the messages originated from a Senate computer.

Investigators believe Mr. Berlin and the boy met on an Internet site for "furries," an online community of people who adopt half-animal, half-human personas.

In one message, according to the complaint, Mr. Berlin requested pictures of the boy and wrote, "When will your folks be out?"

Other messages describe various sex acts in explicit detail and refer to "yiffing," which is a "furry" term for having sex.

Mr. Berlin used the screen name "alan_panda_bear" in his messages. He also used that name for an online personal ad that depicts cartoonish panda bears, one wearing a diaper.

"I'm a Daddyfur and Caretaker and I am looking for a babyfur to be my mate and my companion in a long-term committed relationship," the ad says. "I am a hopeless romantic and very affectionate, freely giving hugs, scritches, cuddles and kisses."

According to the ad, he wanted someone 20 to 25, who has a car and would call him Daddy.

The victim and Mr. Berlin had planned to meet Tuesday night near the boy's house, but Mr. Berlin never showed up, said Nils Fredricksen, spokesman for Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Mr. Berlin had worked for the state Senate since 1993, most recently as a $57,000-a-year aide to Ms. Orie, who has been the force behind efforts to strengthen the state's sexual predator laws. One proposal called for repeat offenders to wear tracking devices after they had completed their sentences.

Plus , check out the picture of his boss at the link . Wouldn't surprise me to find out that she's a closet furry herself. Either a badger , or a woodchuck.

Permalink06/02/09, 08:52:09 pm, by speedy Email , 349 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Gingrich & Huckabee Endorse Christian Antiabortion Militancy

As Christian Newswire just announced four hours ago, "Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Lou Engle, Ron Luce and others link up this week to inspire people of faith to reclaim the Nation's spiritual foundation." The event will be broadcast over GodTV, a Christian media network founded in 1995 which claims to be able to reach hundreds of millions globally.

On Sunday May 31, 2009 Kansas City late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was allegedly gunned down in the lobby of his church by a man, Scott Roeder, who had ties to the racist wing of the militia movement. The next morning CBS's Jeff Glor reported, "We did speak with the accused shooters' ex-wife yesterday. She said she was not surprised this happened and that she believed Roeder wanted to be a martyr for the cause."

If the event goes as planned, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee will appear, only days after Tiller was slain, with a man who has publicly agitated against George Tiller and called for Christian martyrs to stop legal abortion: Lou Engle of TheCall.

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Permalink06/02/09, 07:39:02 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 579 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Spin doctoring

I found this interesting - and refreshing: http://www.prwatch.org/node/8395

"In September 2001, the George C. Marshall Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank, appointed Matthew B. Crawford as its Executive Director. At the time, the think tank boasted that Crawford had "won numerous academic fellowships, including the Bradley Fellowship, The H.B. Earhart Fellowship, and the University of Chicago Century Fellowship; he was the John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow in the Committee on Social Thought." The think tank, which has long promoted the work of prominent climate change skeptics, claims that it provides "unbiased technical analyses on a range of public policy issues." However, Crawford recently wrote that "certain perversities became apparent as I settled into the job. It sometimes required me to reason backward, from desired conclusion to suitable premise. The organization had taken certain positions, and there were some facts it was more fond of than others. As its figurehead, I was making arguments I didn't fully buy myself. Further, my boss seemed intent on retraining me according to a certain cognitive style -- that of the corporate world, from which he had recently come. This style demanded that I project an image of rationality but not indulge too much in actual reasoning."

Permalink02.06.09, 11:59:23, by iconoclast_555 Email , 294 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Guantanamo evidence must be made public

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - A federal judge rejected on Monday a U.S. government request to keep secret the unclassified evidence that it says justifies the continued imprisonment of more than 100 Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled the government cannot keep the documents known as factual returns from public disclosure and must seek court approval to keep specific information secret.

"Public interest in Guantanamo Bay generally and these proceedings specifically has been unwavering," Hogan wrote. "Publicly disclosing the factual returns would enlighten the citizenry and improve perceptions of the proceedings' fairness."

Permalink06/01/09, 10:00:58 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 287 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Goodbye, GM

by Michael Moore

(I think ya'all know that Michael Moore is from Flint, MI.)

Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?

It is with sad irony that the company which invented "planned obsolescence" -- the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one -- has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be, and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh -- and that wouldn't start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations. Its executives arrogantly ignored the "inferior" Japanese and German cars, cars which would become the gold standard for automobile buyers. And it was hell-bent on punishing its unionized workforce, lopping off thousands of workers for no good reason other than to "improve" the short-term bottom line of the corporation. Beginning in the 1980s, when GM was posting record profits, it moved countless jobs to Mexico and elsewhere, thus destroying the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working Americans. The glaring stupidity of this policy was that, when they eliminated the income of so many middle class families, who did they think was going to be able to afford to buy their cars? History will record this blunder in the same way it now writes about the French building the Maginot Line or how the Romans cluelessly poisoned their own water system with lethal lead in its pipes.

snip

Yesterday, the last surviving person from the Titanic disaster passed away. She escaped certain death that night and went on to live another 97 years.

So can we survive our own Titanic in all the Flint Michigans of this country. 60% of GM is ours. I think we can do a better job.

Permalink06/01/09, 07:59:56 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 309 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks