Thursday, May 12, 2005

Bush asked to explain UK war memo

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Eighty-nine Democratic members of the U.S. Congress last week sent President George W. Bush a letter asking for explanation of a secret British memo that said "intelligence and facts were being fixed" to support the Iraq war in mid-2002.
Thursday, May 12, 2005 Posted: 2:49 AM EDT (0649 GMT)

How come its only Dems that are outraged?

Contact your senator and demand they investigate these allegations.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Its hard not choosing sides...

When I first started this blog the point of it was to just bitch about the annoying things that are going on right now. I had planned to talk about how television sucks right now, the politics of the RIAA, how things in America are hitting the toilet, etc... I had planned to do this from an objective view point, an unbiased point of view, complaining about both sides of the political arena.

That hasn't happened.

Its hard not choosing sides, really tough, its in human nature to choose sides and once a side is chosen its hard to switch. Human beings invest a lot when they choose sides, they take a part of themselves and put it into that choice, and then take any criticism of that choice very personally. Sports enthusiasts take this to extremes, but it is evident in other areas.

For instance, I was listening to Sam Seder on Air America Radio yesterday, and Sam deals with his callers very well. Two callers stand out in my mind. The first called in to complain about how Iraq was the right thing to do and how we shouldn't leave right away. This was in reaction to 14 permanent military bases in Iraq. The caller's point is that we shouldn't leave Iraq right away, and that news of the bases would be good publicity for Bush. Sam went on to point out (without mentioning that Bush himself said that we wouldn't stay any longer then necessary and if the Iraqi government asked us to leave we would) that 14 permanent bases meant a constant stream of money and military personnel would need to be diverted to Iraq. To which, and I am not making this up, the caller said "What does permanent mean?"

per·ma·nent
adj.

  1. Lasting or remaining without essential change: “the universal human yearning for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change” (Willa Cather).

  2. Not expected to change in status, condition, or place: a permanent address; permanent secretary to the president.


A second caller, an elderly woman with a grandma voice, called in to chastise Sam for criticising the president, saying he wasn't privy to all the information and "how dare you criticise the president", so sam asked her "what did you ever criticise president clinton?" to which she replied "of course, he was an idiot".

I literally laughed out loud, scaring my office-mate.

So like I said, its hard to remain object, REALLY hard. I wish I could see things from the point of view of grandma, who thinks you need to support your president, as long as its not clinton, or from the point of view who feels that tax cuts in a time of war is a good thing.

Maryland's Lt. Governor Michael S. Steele was on the Bill Maher show a few weeks back. Aside from being an oreo, I have to say he was the most embarrassing public official I've seen in a long time. Granted, I expect black politicians to make better choices, to stick their heads above the crowd and basically do what's best. The civil rights battle isn't that old and the n bomb is still dropped on a regular basis in parts of the south. So you expect that a politician from a recently oppresses minority would see things clearer then their cracker counterparts.

In this case you would be wrong. Michael Steele was Step-n-Fetchin' for the Republican party. Questioning why tax cuts were bad and asking stupid questions meant to derail the conversation, a tried and true conservative tactic. When the tax relief of the rich came up, Steele asked if a household with a combined income of 300k would be considered rich... I would have to say yes, but the reality is that the tax cuts benefit a small percentage of Americans who make over 300k a year.

So yes, it is hard to remain objective, its hard to not choose sides, especially when so much stupidity goes on on one side of the political arena. Its also hard to sit by and watch this bullshit go on and not get angry about it.

Did you know that a bomb went off in NYC?

On May 05, 2005, Cinco de mayo, a makeshift bomb exploded outside of the British Consulate. Now, considering the impact of this blast, you'd imagine that it would be the only thing anyone could talk about in the newspapers and the media... you'd think that, but you'd be wrong. As a matter of fact, on the day it was announced if you were to hold the New York Daily News and the New York Post side by side, you'd see on the front page one that refers to the explosion and the other has a full page image of Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride, and a caption remarking as to how her fiancee had imposed a no sex before marriage rule on her. I shit you not, in fact the venerable New York Post ran images of Jennifer Wilbanks for several consecutive days, while many media outlets had dropped the story.

My point, is that for some reason the media seems fixated with stories, while tragic, are not really news, well not news of a national type. For instance, today I go to cnn.com and the top story:

'No solid leads' in stabbing deaths of young girls this isn't the first story of its kind in recent weeks, as a matter of fact I can name several recent stories all that have to do with missing children, oh wait, missing white children. And while tragic, this sort of stuff happens every day, yes tragic indeed. If it were up to me children wouldn't have to go through such things, nor their families, but these things happen, and happen more often to non-white families, yet those stories never make front page of cnn.com.

Could you imagine one day going to cnn.com and a story about two children of migrant workers found stabbed to death?

My point? Does it seem like the media is, well, not being the media anymore? Their focus as of late has been unclear, they focus on stories that are tragic but not really stories, and ignore stories that are in fact stories.

For instance, the aforementioned blast in New York City, a memo leaked questioning the legalities of the iraq war, 14 permanent bases being built in iraq, etc...

These are just a few stories that really should be on the front page but aren't. Its no surprise that ABC news can do an expose on American Idol but balks at the idea of doing any kind of investigation when it comes to Tom Delay or anything of actual importance.

Monday, May 09, 2005

I think I believe in creationism

A hearing in Kansas is being conducted to determine if evolution will be included in public school teachings...

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Ok, since evolution is the process of life EVOLVING... thus GETTING SMARTER over a long period of time, I can only conclude that evolution doesn't exits... cause these crackers are gittin' dumber by the day...

So I would have to say God made them stupid...

Case closed.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Does anyone remember Martin Luther?

Anyone who grew up in the christian world, well non-catholics, is familiar with Martin Luther who is most famous of the post jesus christians, most famous for the nailing of the articles of Reformation on the door of the catholic church.

The storm broke on October 31, the eve of All Saints Day. On that day Luther nailed a copy of the NINETY-FIVE THESES to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. The Theses (actually 95 statements), all related to the prevalence of indulgences and Luther offered to dispute them all. history guide

You'd also be familiar with how he had to be hidden because his life was in danger from the corruption in the catholic church, declared an outlaw; anyone might have killed him without fear of punishment.

The catholic church declared Martin Luther, one of the most important persons in the post-jesus christian world an outlaw...

Separation of Church and State... it has its purpose... its to ensure that religion doesn't pervert or is perverted by government.

Remember the Salem witch trials? Where women accused of being witches were burned at the stake? Or how bout the Spanish missionaries and the destruction of the Aztec and Myan cultures? Familiar with the phrase "kill all the missionaries"? The spanish inquisition, the crusades...

Religion and politics HAVE to remain separate, because sometimes decisions made in the church aren't the best for society...

Martin Luther was so influential because he got lucky... what if the church had its way, and his voice was silenced before his reformation could have taken off?

Scooby Doo eat your heart out..

Ok, so in my previous posting I quoted a really inappropriate SPAM I got. Well its late, and I'm bored so I thought I would let my fingers do investigating and I traced the ip address of the email's origination: 69.250.66.216

The email contained images that lead to a geocities account, a bastion of SPAMMERS:
http://www.geocities.com/mike_/

So I did a whois look up for the ip and got this:


Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. JUMPSTART-4 
(NET-69-240-0-0-1)
69.240.0.0 - 69.255.255.255
Comcast Cable Communications, Inc DC-22
(NET-69-250-0-0-1)
69.250.0.0 - 69.250.255.255

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2005-05-07 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS
database.


Which lead me to:

OrgName:    Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. 
OrgID: CMCS
Address: 1800 Bishops Gate Blvd
City: Mt Laurel
StateProv: NJ
PostalCode: 08054
Country: US

NetRange: 69.240.0.0 - 69.255.255.255
CIDR: 69.240.0.0/12
NetName: JUMPSTART-4
NetHandle: NET-69-240-0-0-1
Parent: NET-69-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Allocation
NameServer: DNS01.JDC01.PA.COMCAST.NET
NameServer: DNS02.JDC01.PA.COMCAST.NET
Comment:
RegDate: 2004-02-11
Updated: 2005-04-15

OrgAbuseHandle: NAPO-ARIN
OrgAbuseName: Network Abuse and Policy Observance
OrgAbusePhone: +1-856-317-7272
OrgAbuseEmail: abuse@comcast.net

OrgTechHandle: IC161-ARIN
OrgTechName: Comcast Cable Communications Inc
OrgTechPhone: +1-856-317-7200
OrgTechEmail: CNIPEO-Ip-registration@cable.comcast.com

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2005-05-07 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.



So is it just me? Or is Comcast Cable Communications Inc sending Christian SPAM?!?

The email was nice enough to include a remove link which pointed to href="http://www.geocities.com/mike_/Remove.htm which lists
Patriot Publications
Copyright © 2005

Is that an article on AR-15s? what is it with christians and guns?

What's ironic is tha the email mentions references to imagry of the ten commandments... isn't one of the commandments thou shalt not kill that was in there right? Or was that Animal Farm?

So I can now go from Comcast Cable to Patriot Publications in a few easy steps...

Maybe Comcast should be boycotted?