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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Bill O'Reilly all alone on the Love Boat

from Bartcop:

S.S. O'Reilly Sinks Before Leaving Port Nobody wants to cruise with FOX's nastiest pervert
Click Here
Excerpt: The cruise with Bill O’Reilly has been canceled. An automated message at Corporate Travel didn’t try to hide the fact that there was little interest in spending eight nights on boat with FOX News Channel’s top personality: "Hello and thank you for your interest in the cruise with Bill O’Reilly. Unfortunately, the cruise did not have the participation that all parties anticipated. Although the guest appearance by
Mr. O'Reilly and the other speakers have been canceled, the ship will still sail..."
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Damn, kids--what does it say about Fox when Shrill Bill is Fox's "top" personality. I have some nasty guesses, like it means that America is one big "bottom", but I can be mean that way, sometimes.

The graphic from Bart kills, too! Enjoy:

What would Jesus do?

NOT RAPE LITTLE CHILDREN!!!

How can they get away with calling themselves "Christian"? My unprofessional "search" on Yahoo found 3,740,000 results for "church child abuse", so this is far from the first time. How about being more "Christ-like"? While the Parents Television Council is off protecting kids from evil movies, who is saving them from Rev. Bob?

Before he went all screwy-right-wingy, Dennis Miller had a brilliant bit on this subject. I'm paraphrasing, but it went something like: "Before you actually act on your thoughts of molesting a kid, how about doing us all a favour and blowing your fucking brains out."

Amen.

Friday, June 10, 2005

CDW: MacGyver's Boss

'MacGyver' actor dies at 77

VENTURA, California (AP) -- Dana Elcar, the round-faced, balding actor whose real-life struggle with blindness was written into his role on the TV adventure series "MacGyver," has died. He was 77.

The Bouvier sisters were unavailable for comment.

Possible Ottawa mega-concert?

Bob Geldof's international sequel to Live Aid, Live 8, could be coming to Ottawa on July 2. What with U2 and the Stones already booked for later this year, could this be a sign that we don't have to settle for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin tribute bands any more? Please?!? The only downside in that news bit is the mention of last year's Canadian Idol winner, Kalen Porter. Ick. Properly timed, he would be an excellent reason to visit the facilities.

Update: 7:45 pm -- No go, sez Buzzkill officials.

"It was three hundred and thirteen years ago today..."

Fun History Lessons
From Daily Rotten:
Jun 10 1692
Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts after having been convicted of "certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries." Bishop is just the first casualty of what will come to be known as the Salem Witch Trials.

It's the economy, stupid!

Good news for the Skipper--Canada created mucho jobs last month! Remind me again how it is that scandal outweighs performance?

Friday Fun

My Political compass scores:

Economic Left/Right: -7.50Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.97
I'm still to the left, and south, of Gandhi.

Click to take the test yourself.

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Are you in the mood for some celeb gossip, and are just too shy to admit it? Go here, or here, or here, and here, always!

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Free Katie! Do it now, while there's still time to save her from the horrible scars!

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Hahahahahahahaha!--Thieving pastor report here!
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Finally, have some fun at the Bondage File. You only have yourself to blame, if you're disappointed. Enjoy!


On-tari-ari-ari-o!

With the environment and global warming receiving heavy air play this week, kudos to my province for the heavy hitting "Spills Bill", passed yesterday. After eight years of rape and pillage under theTories, we need all of the environmental help possible.

parental rights vs. medical opinion--WTF?!?

I don't get it, Americans. Help me out here. A few weeks ago, Tom DeLay almost declared war --going so far as accusing the man of murder!--against Michael Schiavo over whether or not to disconnect poor Terri, against her parents' wishes. Now comes news from Texas (why always Florida and Texas?) that the Texas Child Protective Services have assumed custody of 12 year-old Katie Wernecke, because her parents have refused treatment for Katie's Hodgkin's disease, currently in remission. By the way, Katie doesn't want the treatment either.

"Shut up, Katie," said the state of Texas.

Of course, as everyone is aware by now, Michael Schiavo was being supported by Terri's doctors on this issue. And several levels of the judiciary chimed in with their support, too. But that didn't change the fact that there was a horrible miscarriage of justice going down, right Tom?

Back to Texas, DeLay's home state. I could find no mention of little Katie on DeLay's web site--surprising since Katie is from Tom's own state. There were, however, four pages of references to Mrs. Schiavo. Moving on, there was also an announcement about the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act being passed, supporting parental rights. Tom even says:

"However divided our nation may be on protecting the unborn, we all agree that we cannot overlook the safety of a pregnant girl and the right her parents have to protect her," DeLay said. "And no matter how desperate and scared this young mother may be, we must remember she is still a child herself, and still in need of her own parents and protection."

Like I said before, Katie is in remission. Her parents feel that more radiation treatment would be harmful than helpful to her. The doctors still know best though, so an Amber Alert was issued for her. Overkill maybe? She was found, with her mother at a family ranch.

The Werneckes haven't had a very good week. Mom was arrested. The couple's three sons were also taken away from them. It now looks like they'll be returned, but Katie is still in the hospital. She doesn't want to be there.
"I don't need radiation treatment. And nobody asked me what I wanted. It's my body," she said.
Is there anything else to say? She doesn't want the treatment, either!

Terri Schiavo couldn't speak for herself, which made it so problematic to figure out which side was right. Her parents were struggling with finally letting go of their beloved daughter; her husband and doctors realizing that no further care would be beneficial to her. Allthishism and Terri was a married woman. Katie is just 12 years old!

But Katie can speak. Although she is a minor, her feelings must be considered in this case. The Abortion Notification Act reinforces the role of parents in determining proper care for their children. In this situation however, it just so happens that parents and child agree. It is medicine which is being the obstacle. Either a parent has the right to determine what course of medical treatment is taken, or they don't.

Katie's mom has been running a blog with updates. It doesn't sound as though she is ruling out all future treatment, just right now. It must be horrible to watch one's child go through radiation treatment, losing all of their hair; experiencing lethargy and all other side-effects associated with chemo-therapy.

I don't think for a minute that little girls with cancer should just wait it out and hope that remission lasts forever. I'm pretty certain that the Werneckes feel the same way. I do think, though, that the course of action taken by Texas State authorities was absurd and highly inappropriate. Doctors struggle all the time with convincing their patients and family on proper treatment for diseases. They don't always succeed, and that is very frustrating. Itpreposterousrous though,separaterate and imprison a family simply because they exercising their rights in deciding treatment.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Any US Constitutional experts out there?

Bush to Congress: Renew Patriot Act --he's been doing this a lot lately, and it had always been my understanding that the three branches were seperate, and not necessarily beholden or swayed by another.

He just comes off as a dictator.

Is that too harsh?

Comments/clarifications would be welcome.

Supremes: Where Did Our Love Go?

Well, the decision came down on Quebec two-tier health care, and it sho'nuff ain't perty! Of course, Paulie Wing-Nut was quick to put his foot down, and vow to--well, vow is kinda strong. It was more of a suggestion, and he mildly said...er...nothing, really. It looks to be an election issue, though, along with gay marriage and decriminalized pot.

Hey, any party that is able to throw in scrapping the GST and deporting the cast of Train 48, and you have my vote! So long as that party isn't the CPC.

Officially--no longer a bleeding-heart!


I scored a 35. That's barely a republican. My employees were right!

Have fun with today's toy!

Have you had a day like this?

Mexican police chief killed in first day on job - Getting harder and harder to catch a break in this world, isn't it? Poor guy probably should have left early that day.

Jimmy Buffett Phone Fiasco - Buddy could have ordered some pizza, crank-called a few friends, load up a few new ring-tones, maybe make a few play-dates with ladies of the evening-but no--he had to go and play hang-up with Clinton.

Gunmen kill Mexican federal agent- I'm killing Mexican tourism single-handedly, ain't I? Hospitals + gunfire= really unhappy nurses!

Global warming 'spin' defended - timing is everything, kiddies! Schmuck job of the century has to be Scott McClellan. How does he convince himself that this crap is true?

That's why this President is not waiting for us to have the full knowledge of science, as it continues to come in and we continue to learn more. The President is acting. We are moving forward on the President's initiative to cut greenhouse gas intensity by 18 percent come 2012.
Anyone else glad that they aren't waiting until Bush has a "full knowledge" of science before acting? I think he's currently working on figuring out how steam, ice and water are all made of the same substance.

Bush isn't even waiting to know everything about the issue before he acts--there's nothing wrong with that, right folks--pre-emptive measures...would never come back to bite you in the butt, would they?
In terms of climate change, I've always said it's a serious long-term issue that needs to be dealt with. And my administration isn't waiting around to deal with the issue, we're acting. I don't know if you're aware of this, but we lead the world when it comes to dollars spent, millions of dollars spent on research about climate change. We want to know more about it...
You always give good convo, George! Way to be a leader. Too bad you don't know anyone who maybe has a bunch of contacts within the environmental science world who could help you with this.

Kids, You Wait In The Trunk - more from Smoking Gun -- I betcha the cop doesn't have any kids, otherwise he would have just sent mom on her way.

There are no stupid questions, just stubborn fourth graders. When doing good is punished at such an early age, do you still need to why youth are so apathetic?

Britney talks sex - "Crazy good?" Is that better than "da bomb"? I'm so out of touch with today's...could the press please never interview her again!?! Thank you. I'd like to handle her silence for a while.

India's five-year-old policeman- sure, Kathy Lee gets crap for using child labour!

Liberal Support Surges: Decima Poll-Breathe, Steve-O--it isn't you. You're a good person. Heh.

UN alert as nuclear plans go missing - err, nothing to worry about here, folks. Hey, how about that Tom Cruise on Oprah?!?

Finally, if you feel that the day is bogging you down, by all means...
release it!
Have a better one, kiddies!

Jean's a Victim, too!

"I cruuuuuuush you."
Thanks to Sean Incognito.

I'm a victim, too "Chretien says he feels betrayed by federal sponsorship scandal"
"Of course some people betrayed us. They betrayed the government, they betrayed me and they betrayed the nation, but they will pay the price," he said Wednesday in Hamilton after receiving an honorary degree from McMaster University.

I've always had difficulty with people who cannot take responsibility for their own actions. The "woe is me" act just never cuts it. Shit happens, suck it up, and take responsibility and ownership for your portion of it.

Lots of people don't.

Some have never learned how to.

Chretien is no different. He's off in Shawinigan playing golf, while the former Shipping Magnate/current Prime Minister is taking it up the back nine.

No one is shedding a tear for you now, JC. But I will give you one thing, sir: no one played the game better than you did.

Now, go away to the old timer's bench.

Neat touch--didn't see that one coming

When the Trudeaus steal the headlines, they always do it with flourish don't they?

Dropping the Charter of Rights bomb in court, Maggie Trudeau must have had the judge looking in amazement. Whether or not it was entirely appropriate???--who cares--she's frickin' Maggie Trudeau, the closet thing that Canada will ever get to Alexis Carrington. Go girl, drive with impugnity!

Liam "memed" me

God, does this ever feel like one of those chain e-mails that used to be so common...

Fine, books it is.

Total number of books I've owned: Ever? Maybe in total 500, unless you count comic books, and I'm not sure that you do. But then again, who's really counting. I mother-fucking owned Fantastic Four #1, so maybe I should be counting that! Did I just make myself sound like the. biggest. geek. ever? Anyway, I'll go with 500, but the number is probably down to 300 of mine, and another 5,000 of Syl's. We moved recently--it felt like 5,000. Not counting the cook books.

The last book I bought: Lord of the Rings trilogy, in a bound set, still unopened, after 6 months. Which is nothing, given that I'm only starting the DaVinci Code afte owning it for almost 2 years. I'm not prone to impulse actions, only impulse shopping. It' a genetic thing--see my Mom's shoe closet for more details.

The last book I've read: You Shall Know Our Velocity, by Dave Eggers--the paperback version, which in most cases is unimportant. However, there is an additional chapter in this version that spins the entire narrative around, by virtue of it being included.

Five books that mean a lot to me:

  1. The Grapes of Wrath, for instilling in me an appreciation of the suffering of others, at an early enough age that it still had an impact on how I would live my life. The graceful and delicate framing of words in Chapter 25 especially, still fill me with awe and envy. After typing out those words, I went back to read it, and a itty-bitty tear welled up in my left eye. That is why it is still number one.
  2. The Vampire Lestat, the best, most poetic entry of the series.
  3. The World According to Garp, for the hilarious first chapter, and the following 540 pages.
  4. Trainspotting, right time, right place. My last wild moments before meeting the woman that I would marry immediately proceeded reading this book. 26 felt a lot like 18, for about eleven months. I include it on this list because I secretly pick my copy up and hug it, when no one is watching. So, it must be a bit important to me.
  5. The Stand, biblical in scope and length, but not content or context. It was also the first big book that I ever read, and one that I have continued to go back to twenty-five years later. Damn, now I feel old.
  6. (tie) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, being only one of three books I have given as gifts (the other two are Garp and Grapes), and one of very few to be read the very day I bought it. Life literally stopped.

This list is not representative of all of my literary tastes, merely what books have had a lasting effect on me. Don't be judging.

Tag 5 people

no. Homey don't play that. If anyone wants to play, the rules are simple.

I blog enough as it is, I need no other encouragement. In fact, what I need is a holiday from this, but now I'm addicted. Thank you very much, Mr. Crack Dealer/Blogger man!

By the way, what the fuck does meme mean, anyway?

Good night--me sleepy!



Wednesday, June 08, 2005

"A weasel, a schemer, a wimp"? Karl Rove?

Fooled by CNN headlines again.

Curse them and their trickery!

Haven't climbed on-board the Deadwood train yet. Maybe someday. I know that they swear a whole bunch. They can't be that bad.

daily constitutional

Other charges include abuse of hair products.
(trying desperately not to mock eyes and ears)
There was nothing suspicious about this guy when he crossed the border? Yikes! Perhaps if he was a Muslim singer? Ask the Freepers on this one--they have all of the answers!


Are you like me, and kinda curious about how light sabers work? Answers are so cool!

As much as I would like to see Hillary run in 2008, wouldn't that open up yet another seat in the Senate to the repug vultures?

This is why the internet was invented, ya'll. Watch for andyiscool.com as soon as I buy a web-cam. I've got some singing to do! You rock, Jeff!

More Bush crap. Blah-blah, prattle-prattle.

When "sorry" seems to be the hardest word, say it with a card!

The other Pat O'Brien is just a poor-man's Rick Santorum, as it turns out. Thanks to Designated Driver of North America for the link. Wikipedia has a neat referral guide to use, the next time you're in doubt as to which Pat we're talking about. You wouldn't want there to be any mix-up.


Don't defend your comments, Howard! If you've riled them, you probably hit on the truth. (My new fave site, by the way.) Just move on. That's what they do. Maybe someone could start up the old rumour that Barbara Bush is actually a man again. That one kills!

Concerned, fellow bloggers, about potential lawsuits? Read this from The Amazing Wonderdog's blog. After that, just keep visiting, 'cuz he's good. Then, read this.


Still struggling. Not with the words, silly. Just with the hype, and my own indifference.

When flying stand-by just doesn't work for you: It's raining men!


From Consortium News, via Bartcop, more Watergate post-analysis. But this is different, folks--not your typical "I am not a crook" stuff. The real lessons of the scandal, the ones that have plagued US politics ever since, are discussed here. Enjoy. Then, take action.


Finally just in case there is still someone out there who doesn't read The Onion on a regular basis, here's a howler of an article.


Tuesday, June 07, 2005

More Bush Lies

This time, it is just the number of war dead in Iraq--no big deal. 1750 or 9000, what does it really matter at this point?

From Robster at Wonkabout, the title of the Downing Street Memo article in the WashPost kind of--and maybe I'm reading too much into it--makes it seem like they're annoyed at having to report it. You know what? We're kind of sick of having to blog about it, you asses! We're doing this for free. Just saying. And if this helps, we're also taking a lot about impeaching Bush and Cheney, jailing Ken Lay, rooting for Stephanie to return in the next Survivor All-Star, indifferent towards Tom Cruise's romantic life, and supportive of Gay marriage and legalizing marijuana. But by all means, keep bringing us Jacko court updates.

They keep funneling the crap at us, but we ain't buying it. Technically, as a Canadian, I never bought it, however the new poll results from the WashPost is heartening. It only took two years to realize that invading, devastating and demoralizing a third-world country doesn't really impact on the level of safety of America. You guys!!! I'm so proud!

Finally, from Arianna's site, Florida's Cruella DeVille Katherine Harris is running for Senate in 2006. Ssshh! We'll all act surprised when she wins 116% of the vote, okay?

CDW: Anne Bancroft

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson!

Fuzzy Math redux--Bush screws Africa, again!

Where does he get off spending a measly $650 on an entire war/famine/disease-plagued continent, after spending $148 billion on destroying Iraq?

Isn't there any oil in Africa?

CDW (delayed): Mugabe "Not dead. Yet."


Didn't Abe Vigoda go through this a few years ago?

Click here for more famous non-dead folk.

rounding up the usual suspects

Grewal takes stress leave. Other, non-MP types would have been arrested for what he did at the airport, but he gets a pass. Way to go, justice system!

After all this lead-time, you'd think that the other OAS countries would have been prepared for the end-stage of Manifest Destiny. They weren't going to be happy until they had the whole world in their hands, right? Bolivia knows what's going on. Folded like a mo-fo origami swan, they did!

What interesting friends you have, Grandma! My only hope is that Bush doesn't jump on this story and use it to defend Social Security reform.

"New Orleans is sinkin', man, and I don't wanna swim!" The Hip were right! Now, comes news that Texas could go, too! Two down, only 28 left to go. Thank you, heavenly father!

Happy birthday, you sexy little purple man! Clearly, swimming in the waters of Lake Minnetonka has served you well over the years. Apollonia--she could've stayed in for a few more laps. Sidenote--today is also my birthday. Blogspot kindly updated my age automatically on the profile page. Thanks. You bastards.

Damn--bloggers have gone and pissed off the Chinese government! The nerve of some countries and their bossy, totalitarianistic ways.

What the heck is going on in the Canadian Senate?

What the heck is going on in the US Senate?

Finally--sniff--you have to love a happy ending for a pair of giant toads finding true love--insert TomKat/Brangelina/Dashton/Paris2 joke here. Before you ask, Sen. Rick Santorum, it appears that the toads were heterosexual.

Do a little dance, make a little love--just get down tonight.

Bridal Registries of the Rich and...umm...differently talented

From the Paris' bridal registry at Macy's:

Only a 330 thread count? Geez--looks like life down on the farm in The Simple Life 1 really changed you girl. Good on you! Although, as of posting, the only gift purchased so far was the $25 deep fryer.

Ouch!

Monday, June 06, 2005

SCOTUS = buzzkill



I'm not saying that Canada is the solution to all of the US's problems, but today's Supreme Court ruling can be easily scuttled by some cross-border shopping.

So much for the Bush's alleged support of States' Rights. Anyone remember the hilarious sketch on the Daily Show? Where candidate Bush (circa 2000) had to debate President Bush (circa 2004)? Is it possible that he's forgotten every single lie he told to get elected? Does this count as historical revisionism, activist judges, or people who hate freedom? I'm losing track here.

As for the ruling itself, I'm no lawyer. But I found it interesting to note the dissenters in this one:
In a 6-3 vote, the justices ruled the Bush administration can block the backyard
cultivation of pot for personal use, because such use has broader social and
financial implications...Justices O'Connor, Rehnquist and Thomas dissented.

Normally not the ducklings wandering away from the group, now, am I right?

Something feels wrong on this one. But the Supremes hardly ever make predictable decisions in June.

He's Russell Crowe, bitch!

from Perez Hilton:


"Russell Crowe is the consummate method actor. The Academy Award-winner was arrested this morning for beating a bitch with a phone.
"He was upset because he couldn't get a call out to Australia," said Sgt. Michael Wysokowski. "He threw a phone at the employee hitting him in the face and causing a minor laceration."
On the bright side, Russell's movie debuted at #4 this weekend! And, Universal
is thrilled.
"Cinderella Man," director Ron Howard's study of Depression-era pugilist Jim Braddock, trailed at No. 4 with $18.6 million since opening Friday. The $88 million picture was released by Universal Pictures, which had hoped it would hit $20 million.
"We had really believed that a human-interest story that was this well done ... could have done a bit more," said Universal Pictures Chairman Stacey Snider."


Classy, man. Real classy.

CTFO, folks!

Another day, another irate Bushie.

Don, bubbie--seriously--have you considered masturbation?

"I will answer that one question," Rumsfeld said sharply. "The president has stated what the policy is, the secretary of state has stated it, and I have stated it. And it's all exactly the same, so I think the stories that have been playing are just inaccurate and mischievous."


Stopping short of hitting the press does not mean that you didn't blow a gasket.

Relax.

We're all friends here. (sounds of school-girl-ish laughter)

Maybe--and I'm just theorizing here--they don't want to give the impression that a decision has already been made to nuke the crap out of North Korea, before talks inevitably fail.

Developing...

--ad infinitum--

In Honour of D-Day

I'd like to share with you one of my faves, by Wilfred Owen. Lest we forget what the road to war always, inevitably brings.

Dulce Et Decorum Est
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod.
All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Annotations for curious, and those less familiar with Latin.

Just in case you wonder what the true cost of war is:



tidbits and timbits

Ah, Jake Bronstein, you wild and crazy cat...what new mischief will you get yourself into next? Look through his archives--talk about an original.

Atrios, on why career journalists hate bloggers. And also, why Paul Krugman is hated by the NY Times.

I think that James Bow just announced his support for the federal New Democrats with this article! Good to have you on board, sir! Me and Jack say "thanks"!

Is this why Bush didn't want the US to be a part of the International Criminal Court? Just what we need--more activist judges. That link to the "protecting marriage" thing reminds me--did he try to protest his brother Neil's marriage from all of the whores?

I was getting to the timbits part--trust me! Tim Horton's wins, because they don't have Celine Dion singing in their ads. Air Canada loses, because... She's family--distant family, mind you!--but damn --does her voice ever grate my nerves.

From NakedWisdom comes news that the End of Days is upon us. Katie, if you want your dream to come true, you might just have to do the asking. As for the rest of us? Let the frenzied pre-apocalyptic orgy begin! Hooooo-uh!

Just when you think that your ass is out of the fire--another Grit MP leaves the fold. Poor Paulie. Boy just can't catch a break.

Hah!

bye for now, kiddies!

"Hello, Pot? Kettle, here. Guess what colour T-shirt I'm wearing."

Apparently, irony is lost on the Bushies. Asking China to further explain the Tiananmen Square is only slightly funnier than Condi telling the OAS to help support democracy in the "Americas".

The resounding reply from both should be, "You first."

China:
On Saturday, the anniversary of the bloody crackdown, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack issued a statement calling on Beijing to reassess its
actions. "We call on the Chinese government to fully account for the thousands killed, detained, or missing, and to release those unjustly imprisoned," Mr McCormack said.
Condi:
The push to strengthen the organization as a bulwark for democracy comes amid
U.S. concern over governments in the region that are democratically elected but
do not govern in a democratic manner.
"Governments that fail to meet this crucial standard must be accountable to the OAS," she said.

Crucial? Does that word mean something different to you, Condi? Funnier still, is that this conference is being held in that hallmark of democracy, Florida. Presumably, Ohio was busy.

Granted, China needs to address and redress what happened in Beijing 16 years ago, and really work on how it treats opposition to government policies. However, there is probably fewer despot South American leaders today that 30 years ago. It is the despot North American leaders which should really be of concern.

What is truly absurd is the absolute, unrelenting hypocrisy of the Bush administration.

Impeach now, rebuild a demoralized nation later.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

odds and ends

Salon's Laura Miller makes a bit of sense out of the Lost finale, finding a whole whack of little things that I missed the first time around. I'll be pouring back over it with a fine-tooth comb.

YellowJeepOnline has a curious tale of how Kylie Minogue was responsible for clearing out an entire hospital floor. That, and a really funny BC lottery. Poor guy, he didn't win. Better luck next time!

I found a spooky story at Satanic Panic's site, one that is possibly linked to Hunter S. Thompson, and very possibly, Jeff Gannon. Uh-oh, smells like trouble...

Do you have your war on yet? This has been one of two consistently funny strips for the last four years, the other being The Boondocks. Neither have ever hit a wrong note. Please enjoy!

Just in case you haven't done so already, please check out Arianna's new site.

We went shopping today with Mom, who's visiting us for the week. I knew that we were in trouble when she asked, "You know what I was thinking of getting today...?" Consumer spending in Canada always takes a dip when she's out of the country. God bless her.

Wow--I'm not alone in the "Just don't like Coldplay" camp. If I wanted Radiohead as sung by Justin Timberlake, I would have asked for it by name. Thanks!

Great, another thing to blame Clinton for!

The Carpetbagger Report is asking for opinions on the worst US political scandal ever.

That's it for now. I have tasked myself with taking the time, and finally sitting down and reading my copy of The DaVinci Code. I've owned it for over a year, and it has been sitting on my night table, gathering dust and dog hair. I have this nagging feeling though, that at roughly page 54, I will throw it on the floor out of disgust. I'll keep you posted. Light a candle, say a prayer. It can't be that bad--John Paul II hated it.

S'long for now!

PostSecret

I will admit that I was hardly a pioneer on this one (being visitor 2,697,489) but I really "heart" this site! Some of these entries are downright hilarious; others will bring tears to your eyes.
I'm guessing.
I wouldn't know.
Everyone thinks that I'm a heartless bastard.
Some samples:






One day, Photo Shop will be recognized as an art form.

I love the Savage Love!

Another fine column from the increasingly political Dan Savage. Lately, his column has been less about advice-giving, and more about sharing common sense, and asking people to vote out Republicans. Not that these two points are mutually exclusive.
Here's a fun fact: Danny LeMahieu's bill wouldn't stop the student health centers in Wisconsin from passing out condoms to male students. This means that the gay boys at the UW will have all the condoms they need for virus control, while heterosexual students have to go without birth control. LeMahieu's bill discriminates against heterosexual students exclusively—see, straight people? The American Taliban is after your asses too.
You never saw Ann Landers try to align the sexes and the orientations like this, in order to fight for a single cause?

So long, Bernie! Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Or do--see if we care.

Another failed separatist, another retirement. In 30 years, every single PQ leader has failed to do what they have set out to accomplish. Bernie, it isn't you--don't take it personally. They didn't follow Saint Rene either. You wanted 80% support, and you only received 76.2%. Always the bridesmaid...sigh.

Seriously, quitting over a 3.8% margin? That's political chump change. Did you even demand a re-count?

Bernie's problem seems to have been that he didn't listen to the little people in the party--something that all too often turns out to bite you in the ass when you least expect it:

Many believed Mr. Landry was an obstacle to achieving sovereignty, always
refusing to accept many of the bold new initiatives designed to achieve
political independence proposed by rank and file members.

So, better luck next time, PQ-ers. You've had a Liberal government for three years now, so that should be ample breeding conditions for another referendum. Have you ever stopped to wonder what exactly it is that you have been fighting for? The federal government tried so hard to keep you whiny bastards from leaving back in 1995 that they (and we, unfortunately) are still paying for it today.

If Canada has not, in almost 40 years, convinced Quebec that they are better off as a part of us, than on their own, then just go, you big sack of cry-babies. Seriously, just go. Sure, our dollar will be devalued a bit. Alberta would want to leave, too. Newfoundland would want to go next, I guess. Of course, they would automatically become oil-producing countries waiting to be invaded by Bush Co. Good luck with that, kids!

Quite frankly, Ontario isn't very damn happy with the lot of you, either. Do we all just leave? Is that the answer? Is that even the goal of the PQ/BQ anymore?

It started off with the best of intentions, but that was 40 years ago. Everyday for 12 years, the BQ has had to routinely interact with other federal politicians. Their intent and effectiveness become diluted every single time that they speak in the House, or attend federal events like the recent WWII ceremonies in Europe. They become mere players in the game when they hatch side deals with other parties.

So, good luck with ruining the relative prosperity enjoyed by Canada as a whole, built up since the last time you tried to leave. Something tells me that no federal party will step in this time to stop you.

I've often likened the Quebec thing with a teenager threatening to leave home because their parents are so oppresive and uncaring. After a while on their own, they start missing home-cooked meals, they run out of tooth paste and toilet paper, and all of a sudden home isn't such a bad place after all. The problem with Quebec's view of separatism is that they tend to view it more as a divorce, where assets would be split. Like access to the Canadian dollar, hydro projects, and a shared custody of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Seems like those are "national", not "provincial" to me.

Frankly, how long would your beloved day-care program last once federal transfer payments get cut off? Or did you think that you would keep receiving your allowance after you left?


Have a ball...!

Cute harmless fun for anyone not offended by animated renditions of male genitalia. Go here!

Sample:
Han Solo's testicles:


Cute, trivial, creative stuff--what? It's Sunday, and I couldn't sleep, and no one's awake. so I started viewing Bacon and Eh's archives. Some fine stuff there, my friend!

I hope that this image doesn't ruin my family-friendly content listing! Wal-Mart and I need something in common.

reminders are good--thanks Robster!

In addition to linking to my site once again (the cheque's in the mail dude, I swear!--thanks for all of the extra traffic!) my Kentucky buddy managed to remind me once again why I don't want kids, with a link to the funniest three condom ads I've ever seen. Here's one, and another, and another.

You really did save the best for last, my friend.

All of that, and you even had time to take on the Creationists, too. I'm certainly no scientist (or religious scholar for that matter), but this below passage leaves the impression that maybe--just maybe--the Bible-thumpers are a bit on the irrational side on this one:
Creation science is not science but pseudoscience. It is religious dogma masquerading as scientific theory. Creation science is put forth as being absolutely certain and unchangeable. It assumes that the world must conform to its understanding of the Bible. Where creation science differs from creationism in general is in its notion that once it has interpreted the Bible to mean something, no evidence can be allowed to change that interpretation. Instead, the evidence must be refuted.
Compare this attitude to that of the leading European creationists of the 17th century who had to admit eventually that the Earth is not the center of the universe and that the sun does not revolve around our planet. They did not have to admit that the Bible was wrong, but they did have to admit that human interpretations of the Bible were in error. Today’s creationists seem incapable of admitting that their interpretation of the Bible could be wrong.
Wow--you mean the Bible shouldn't be interpreted literally? So the whole stoning thing? Walking on water? No? Hmmm...

Bush has a similar incapacity when it comes to admitting errors. I wish I were a scientist--then I'd be able to make causal links between seemingly unrelated events.

Only 47 months left, unless Congress grows a collective spine before then. Which is why Robster linked to me in the first place. The circle of life continues...

buon giorno, amico!

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