Thursday, February 02, 2006

A comment on admitting you made a mistake

In his article When does the "self-correcting" blogosphere start to self-correct? Glenn Greenwald talks about a refusal to self-correct oneself on the conservative side, he says:

Before the Capitol Police acknowledged yesterday that there was no legal basis for removing, let alone arresting, Cindy Sheehan -- to the contrary, they admitted that they "screwed up" because "Sheehan didn't violate any rules or laws" -- numerous Bush followers in the blogosphere were celebrating Sheehan's detention on the ground that she broke the law. Many of them were calling for all sorts of punishments to be imposed on Rep. Lynn Woolsey, who invited Sheehan to the speech and therefore aided and abetted her "illegal" behavior.

Yesterday I participated in a discussion of the Sheehan incident in a discussion group, the opinions ran right down the party line, with no spill over. The conservatives felt Sheehan had acted illegally, the liberals felt that her arrest was illegal.

Now that the police are admitting to a mistake, the conservatives are quiet... why? Nobody likes to admit they are wrong.

It's human nature, we don't like to admit that we made a mistake, that we were wrong, pride just won't us do it. Case in point, any time bush is wrong, he refuses to accept responsibility for it. What kind of message does this send to our kids?

Martha Stewart, broke the law and went to jail, she returns with absolutely no remorse, and publicly complains about having to wear and ankle device. I haven't seen one point where she says "Guess I shouldn't have broken the law".

What does this say to the future generations when people like bush and stewart refuse to accept responsibility for their actions? How do I justify to my child that they must fess up to having broken the lamp when the president of the united states refuses to. bush once confessed he was worried that kids may try pot because he had, well what about lying, and refusing to accept responsibility for ones actions?

What's worse, it seems since bush took office that this kind of behavior is becoming more and more prevalent.

So its no surprise that conservative blogs refuse to admit they made a mistake, or worse, that they are so quick to allow a woman to go to jail simply because they don't like her stance on the war, when the president himself refuses to admit he made a mistake or tell the truth in congress.

Olbermann taking the mickey out of bill o'reilly

Hilarious doesn't begin to describe Olbermann's attack on bill o'reilly... it was a gut wrenching affair.

Charges against Sheehan dropped

As expected Charges against Sheehan dropped

It has been argued that Sheehan resisted arrest and thus the reason for her arrest, granted given the following statement:

“Neither guest should have been confronted about the expressive T-shirts,” Gainer’s statement said.

Is resisting an illegal action grounds for arrest? If you know the cop in question is incorrect in their judgement and you "don't respond" to their orders, can you be arrested? If so, its once step closer to the iron curtain.

Sheehan claims that she had little chance to "not respond" and was whisked away seconds after removing her coat. Also the fact that a Representatives' wife was ejected, not arrested, caused some concern. Beverly Young was asked to leave for wearing a pro-war t-shirt, Cindy Sheehan was arrested for wearing and anti-war one.

Regardless of the next day legalities, the actions did what they were meant to do, and no show any sign of dissent in front of the president.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Boycott UPS! The continuing story...

As my crusade against UPS continues, I recently chatted with some friends about their experiences, to say that we had similar experiences is and understatement... let me explain.

One friend told me that UPS had attempted delivery, despite being home the entire day, not uncommon, they were then told they could pick the package up at the delivery center. Once they got there they were told it was still on the truck, so they drove up and down the streets of Brooklyn till they could find the truck (probably at a dough nut shop) and demanded their package.

Another friend told me how he too stayed home for a delivery, got a "Delivery Attempted" notice and proceeded to call the dispatcher, after informing the dispatcher about the invention of the radio and and cell phones he received his package.

I also learned that UPS is union, Teamsters, suddenly it all makes sense. I've never had this problem with FedEx or Airborne Express, only UPS.

For the record, I am in favor of the theory of unions, I believe that the union used to be a proud and noble endeavor, now, however, it has become a symptom of the corruption it fought so hard against.

On a side note, I did a google search for Boycott UPS! I was pleasantly surprised to see my site appear on the first page, but was disturbed that I share that honor with a group who's intention of boycotting UPS is based on their refusal to ship firearms.

What a dilemma, I hate UPS for their inability to deliver a package on time, but admire them for taking a stance against firearms...

Boycott UPS!!!

Civil liberties defended in the speech, just not in the building.

Cindy Sheehan arrested in House gallery for wearing a T-shirt of all things.

God bless America, the constitution, and apple pie, just don't speak ill of it.

Disgusting, utterly disgusting.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

If this were a drinking game, I'd be drunk already...

9:20 pm Twenty minutes in to his State of the Union Address and already people around the country are drunk from having done a shot everytime bush used his key words: terror (pronounced terrah), evil, freedom, democracy, weapons of mass destruction.

I am not sure why I am watching this, its nothing new. Same ole same ole, he speaks a lot but says nothing.

The next three years are going to be hard.

9:26 pm Well I feel dirty now. bush once again took the name and words of a man killed in the war in iraq for political reasons. Does this man have any shame?

9:29 pm Hamas must recognize Israel and disarm... so far the agenda is Terror, clap, Terror, clap, oh now its Iran... how about healthcare? Jobs? The price of gas?

9:32 pm ok now its time for the fantasy part of the speech, this is where going to Mars and alternative fuel sources are mentioned and quickly forgotten.

9:35 pm bush just defended his use of illegal wire tapping... the way he defends it reminds me of a thief explaining how the loot got in his pockets.

9:37 pm time to chug, bush just boasted as to how well the economy is doing, despite higher energy costs.

9:38 pm uh... bush just stated that immigrants (illegal) are good for the economy...

9:39 pm bush pats himself on the back for how great his tax relief has been to the economy. US national debt at the moment: $8,189,891,920,028.07

9:41 pm Uh... doesn't the line item veto already exist?

9:42 pm TIME TO CHUG!!! social security reform, made to sound worse then it actually is *HA Democrats grew a sack and started cheering when bush said that congress didn't listen to him. Impressive, boy he looks pissed.

9:45 pm border protection? Sure, why not, its only 4 years too late.

9:46 pm DID HE JUST SAY AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE!?!? Uh... Dems aren't clapping.

9:48 pm Alternative energy sources, ah... nuclear energy bush has a hard on for a nuclear power plant, he must think he's Monty Burns. Did he just say ethenol?!?

9:50 pm ok now he's just gone crazy... American Competiviness Initiative!?! Nano-technology, super computing, someone's been reading the dictionary.

9:52 pm DRINK-no child left behind.

9:54 pm DRINK-abortion... get in now while you can, once Scalito gets sworn in we can kiss it good bye. ABSTINENCE-DRINK!

9:55 pm ha! I find it hilarious that bush would talk about morality since he is completely devoid of any. Republicans like to stand a lot, maybe they should find more comfortable chairs. bush just talked about "legislate from te bench" ironic that he would say such a thing, since the elimination of roe v wade could be interpreted as such.

Did Sandra Day O'Connor skip out on tonight's events?

9:57 pm human/animal hybrids?!? what?!?

9:58 pm ethics in Washington... there are ethics in washington?

10:00 pm ok, not even sure what that meant but it sounded nice... The Ryan White Act?!? Honestly... its like going to Mars.

10:03 pm Turn back or finish well... what the hell does that mean? Isn't this over yet?

Done! Thank god, I can take a shower now.

Alito confirmed to Supreme Court

Not that it was any surprise but Scalito now has a life time appointment to the Supreme Court... one more nail in the coffin that was the United States.

Yesterday the senate was able to get the 60 votes necessary to end discussions on Alito, 75 to be precise, yet alito only passed with 58 votes.

Had the the Democrats that voted against Scalito today had voted to continue discussions yesterday a filabuster would have been in affect.

I am utterly disgusted with the Democratic party at the moment, and am seriously considering changing parties. the way things are going we're headed towards a one party system so why bother with the pretense that we actually have a choice in this country.

I wish people wouldn't be afraid to say "that sucked"

I saw the Willy Wonka remake by Tim Burton via NetFlix, I wasn't a fan, had I seen it in the theater at $10.75 a ticket I would have probably sued to get my money back.

It got me thinking, how is it that Director's like Tim Burton are allowed to continue to make films? Now don't get me wrong, he's had some hits, Edward Scissors hands, Batman, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, and Ed Wood were good but he should be flogged for butchering Planet of the Apes, Batman Returns, and Mars Attacks!.

Man was Planet of the Apes bad.

Stephen Spielberg is another director who's number of good movies in recent years is out numbered by the bad ones War of the Worlds was so bad it made me angry, combine that with Minority Report (crap) and AI (pungent crap) my desire to see anything with his name attached to it is relegated to NetFlix.

The man should be stewed in his own pudding for what he did to E.T. see if I ever by that on DVD, legally.

Another director I wish someone would have said "you know, this is really bad" is George Lucas. Looking back on it, he only directed the original Star Wars movie, the other two he had help with script and directing, why not with the new ones?

Somewhere there is a parallel universe where someone said "You know George, this story is complete shyte" and George said "Damn, you're right"

If only I could live in that universe.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Be careful what you wish for...

george bush got his wish, he wanted democracy to spread and it has, but not the way he wanted it to.

Don't get me wrong, I am not in favor of a terrorist organization ruling in Palestine, but democracy has won out, the fact that we don't like the results, well... what are you going to do?

Its also a bit distressing that Condoleezza Rice is now advocating other countries not to help Hamas Palestinian government

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