Saturday, August 20, 2005
Law & Order
Every so often, a news story comes along that provokes me to question where I stand on issues of the justice system. Recently, I found myself actually in support of Karla Homolka's unfettered and unrestricted release from prison, following her service of a 12-year sentence. Talk about being on the fringe of popular opinion... Sheesh!
Now, with the sentencing this week of BTK killer Dennis Rader, I find myself in slight admiration (stop the presses!!!) of the U.S. legal system. I like the idea of this guy being given such a long sentence. Sure, he'll be long dead before the 175 years are served, but what better way to ensure that he'll never get out? Plus, it's consistent. If there is a prison term associated with each murder, it means that no single killing is being ignored. It means that, unlike with Clifford Olson and Paul Bernardo, courts (and the people which they serve) will never have to deal with a violent re-offender.
Damned dirty ape!
No--this is not a self-portrait, wisenheimers!
However, this is a contest that I actually stand a chance at winning!
...well, maybe not.
Although I'd definately be a contender in a snoring contest.
Weekly Round-Up--In Photos!
Tubby takes a header; wonders if Babs' pneumatic enhancements were worth all of the filthy lucre.
Mom-of-the-Century Courtney Love has another bummer week.
You were made to go out and get her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make it better"
This special Dicks, Assholes and Pussies edition is brought to you in tribute to the film Team America: World Police
"There's nobody I can rerate to
Feer rike a bird in a cage
It's kinda sihry
But not rearry
Because it's fihring my body with rage
I work rearry hard to stay nice and fit
But none of the women seem to give a shit
When I rure the world maybe they'rr notice me But untir then I'rr just be ronery
Rittre ronery, poor rittre me
I'm so ronery
I'm so ronery"
Friday, August 19, 2005
Who's Your Diddy?
"We had to move the P. We had to simplify it. Diddy is more personal. We are entering into the age of Diddy. It's a new era," Rapper Sean Combs said about changing his name from P. Diddy to just Diddy.
...remember this one? :
"No more Puff Daddy — the first week in June we're gonna have a name change ceremony," Combs said. "I'm not doing it as serious as Prince [but] I just want something fresh ... I'm rockin' with P. Diddy now — my man Biggie gave me that name."
The rest of us--no offence to Biggie--just call you Ass.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
The G-G Kafuffle Continues...
Poor little Steven Harper.
He just can't seem to catch a break, no matter what the Liberals do.
Despite the unanimous support of the official newspaper chain of the Conservative Party of Canada , the Michaelle Jean-as-turncoat-sovereigntist story just hasn't grabbed the attention of the masses. Certainly, the cries for the head of Paul Martin have yet to materialize.
"We have never belonged to a political party or the separatist movement," she told us.
End of story?
Err...not as such.
The tireless wanks of the CPC/Sun Media coalition want real answers. Until they think of all of the questions, though, no answer will ever be enough.
See, because Jean apparently toasted to Quebec seperatism once, a decade and a bit ago, she should be dragged through the media-mud. What the cro-mag/neo-con society doesn't seem to understand is, that every so often people show support to causes that they don't 100% agree with, simply because it seems like a good idea at the time. For instance, have you ever toasted a brand new bride and groom, knowing that the marriage was an utter failure? They may be wrong for you, but everyone seems happy, and the couple are feeding you, right? When in Rome, and all...
My overly-enthusiastic embarrassment of an MP, wunderkid Pierre "Don't call me Petey!" Poilievre (pictured at right, exactly as illustrated) has taken it upon himself to start a bit of an e-mail campaign. Now, for those still unfamiliar with Petey, he is one of those classic "show up at the opening of a telephone book" types, who will do anything or say anything to get his name or photo in print. Now, he's asking his fans down at the Legion to send an e-mail to Queen Liz. I'm sure that she'll be appreciative of the correspondence... you dunderhead!
The Perpetually-Grumpy People Party of Canada continues to flounder behind the Liberals in polls, and has yet to find an issue which will resonate in the minds of voters. So now, they grasp at every quote issued from the PMO, and express "concerns" over the "troubling" message. Every new initiative is an outrage! "The government is corrupt!", they chant... ad nauseum.
Yawn. TIme to re-brand...again.
In 1968 (the year I was born)
Lyndon B. Johnson is president of the US
North Koreans seize USS Pueblo and 83 man crew in the Sea of Japan
Communist troops attack Saigon and 30 province capitals in the "Tet Offensive"
Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, TN
Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot in California after celebrating presidential primary victories
American troops destroy a town in South Vietnam in the "My Lai Massacre"
Peggy Fleming wins Olympics figure skating gold medal
The United States Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency
Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university
LL Cool J, Lisa Marie Presley, Jeri Ryan, Lucy Lawless, Celine Dion, Traci Lords, Tony Hawk, Kylie Minogue, and Sammy Sosa are born
Detroit Tigers win the World Series
Green Bay Packers win Superbowl II
Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup
2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes are the top grossing movies
The rock musical Hair opens on Broadway
The Beatles' White Album and Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends are released
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, debuts on NBC
Wow--me and Tony Hawk were born in the same year?!? How frickin'...uninteresting...
37 years later, and there's another senseless war going on, with another out-of-the-loop Texan President making all of the wrong choices, race is still driving a wedge between people, and North Korea is doing whatever the hell they want to.
In other news, the long, protracted crucifixion of Bill Clinton continues today, with the release of information that in 2000, the FBI withheld information regarding one of the alledged 9/11 conspirators. Those who never liked Bill will hold him directly responsible for all of the people who died on that horrible day that never seems to go away.
Clinton wasn't a perfect president--God knows. By the time that this information was coming around, however, he had done more about squashing terrorist action against the US than George Bush did in his first 9 months in office, and it was all to rectify the effects of Bush Daddy and Saint Ronnie.
By 2000, Clinton had been raped in the press, by the press, and his fellow politicians. So, if he was a bit fatigued when it came to the matters of the nation, it was to have been expected. That wasn't the case, though. Nowhere does the article mention that President Clinton was ever presented with this information. Certainly, it doesn't mention that his NSA advisor tried to hand the information to him, while he was on vacation. Certainly, he did more to remain presidential while receiving oral pleasure, by simultaneously taking a phone call--than George "Goat Book story" ever could have. Talk about multi-tasking...!
Next up--what could Clinton have done to avoid Pearl Harbor? Only historical revisionists would object to the question, on the grounds that he hadn't been conceived yet. If he really wanted to, he could have stopped the Japanese from attacking.
So, to the Bill-haters I say, lay it on him. You'll never be able to break his spirit. You've insulted him, his wife, his daughter, as well as having leveled any number of innuendo-based charges against him, and yet he keeps coming back more popular than ever. If you want to tack on the responsibility of 3000+ deaths to him, go ahead. It was on Bush's watch. Clinton's team tried for months to warn the boy-chimp about the dangers of terrorism.
At the end of it all, he still has class. The same could never be said of his suck-cessor.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Apparently, to get an audience with The Abomination, one must win seven Tour de France races, lose a nut to cancer, bang Sheryl Crow and start a rubber band-wearing phenomenon. Cindy, now you know what you have to do--go out and make it happen. Alternatively, Lance--you could bike the boy's ass out to the crowd.
Denmark balks at Canadian Naval might, begins negotiations. In other news, I really miss the CBC, and am forced to get my news bits from China. ...sigh...
Please don't laugh. The War On Terror is a serious matter. Orchestrated by fuckwads.
I'm just saying that it is never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts!
Thanks to Michelle at Limp Pickle for the pick!
It's just a ruse, but damn--a cool notion just the same!
This Hump-Day was brought to you by the letter K, and the number 4.
We now return to our normally scheduled insanity.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Support The Troops!
It seems unlikely, but I honestly hope that this story ends peacefully, and that he gets all of the help that he clearly needs.
Kudos to the police and courts for releasing his name and photo, in order to assist in finding him.
That being said, I would ask all of my relatives and friends to get the hell out of the GTA, until they do find him!
Monday, August 15, 2005
Harper's chief of staff resigns
Five others, all from the media-relations wing of Mr. Harper's office, have left in recent months. But Mr. Stairs insisted the departures are not a sign of malaise in Tory ranks.
Sure...deny deny deny all you want to. We're all so dumb that we'll believe anything. That's all fine and dandy..., but when they all end up in cushy Fraser Institute jobs, please don't mind if we get a bit skeptical. To be certain though, Harper's days of iron-clad leadership (what dat?!?) are over, and even the staunchest Tory-Reformer-Alliance-CPC-er are forming contingency plans now.
Let's face it: Harper can't keep his own party together, or his own personal staff. How could he ever be trusted with the affairs of the entire country? He can cry foul all he wants--against the "liberal media", socialist Canada, or whatever other perceived foe he believes is cock-blocking his ascension to the Prime Minister-ship--he's just not good enough, and he'll be the last person to ever realize it.
He tried to come of all Tasmanian Devil, but he ended up being as sad and ineffective as The Chickenhawk.
Boy...I says boy...get away from me boy--you're botherin' me.
That's all, folks.
Answers sought in death outside Wal-Mart
Man accused of theft begged to be let up from hot pavement, witness says
"A man suspected of shoplifting goods from an Atascocita Wal-Mart — including diapers and a BB gun — had begged employees to let him up from the blistering pavement in the store's parking lot where he was held, shirtless, before he died Sunday, a witness said."Jesus, why didn't they just shoot him down like a dog?
I've heard about protecting the profit margin and all, but damn...!
Under the new definition, does this constitute torture?
Monday Morning Round-Up
This week, I visited the following blogs--and found them to be cool and visit-worthy:
8A Smoke-Filled Room
8Bring It On
8Cut To The Chase
8A Voice In The Wilderness
8The Best Dog In The World
8A Canadian Lefty In Occupied Land
I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!
- ...Other than the predilection for bunnies, he was an upright guy!
- Those pesky neighbours! (What do you know? A Florida story!)
- Thankfully, Simon won't have to break in a rookie
- Crying gets you off on a light sentence
- Welcome to The O.C., bitch! (This torture not approved by the White House!)
- Deadly septuagenarian dead, Nova Scotia breathes sigh of relief
I hope that the CBC lock-out doesn't last too long--it would be criminally ironic if hockey games weren't able to be broadcast. Don Cherry might have to resort to doing more sub commercials.Have a great week everyone! I'll be doing some page work this week, so postings here and comments on your sites may become sporadic. I'll do what I can, though!
Don't want to be an American idiot
One nation controlled by the media
Information age of hysteria
It's going out to idiot America
Welcome to a new kind of tension
All across the alien nation
Everything isn't meant to be okay
Television dreams of tomorrow
We're not the ones who're meant to follow
For that's enough to argue.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
The personal attacks against her will no longer work--people recognize the Rove-sleaze for what it is, having seen it too many times.
As I've stated before, the grief of a mother over a lost child is palpable to everyone with compassion. Her story, though, seems lost on a few. Bush is amongst that group. "Why should I meet with her--does she have oil?" seems to be his response.
I've read the argument that Bush should not have to meet with the parents of every dead soldier. He has important business to attend. The fact that he had already met with Sheehan seems to raise her critics' ire even more. How many opportunities does she deserve, and why exactly did she change her mind about the war?
Well, her son died last year. In that time, another approximately 800 soldiers (official count--who knows the real, unabridged count?) have died, and the carnage doesn't seem likely to end anytime soon. In that year, Ms. Sheehan has had an opportunity to cope with the loss of her son. She has also been able to bear witness to some rather disgusting war-related stories about the lead-up to the invasion, the growing profit margins of Halliburton, the crass comments of Rumsfeld and Cheney...and the fact that Bush seems unlikely to withdraw from the conflict before his term ends. So why is she angry?
I'd be angry too.
I'd be angry if my child was killed in a preventable war. I'd be angry if my leader was asking for more sacrifices, all the while taking in a five-week vacation every year. I'd be furious if my grief was manipulated by the neo-cons and the compliant press into something partisan and ugly.
How out of step is Bush, with what the people think and care about? Does he consider all protest against him to be insignificant? As he is impervious to making mistakes, surely his meeting with Cindy Sheehan would be the right thing to do, if he did it. I'd say that it was a no-brainer, but I wouldn't want to be insulting.
Completely missing the point of Morgan Spurlock's brilliant film, the heavily reported story of the North Carolina woman who lost weight from an all-Mickey D's diet seems intent on dispelling some of the damage done to the mega-corp by the tiny documentary that could.
Spurlock's film wasn't about making the "smart choices" from the menu, but rather the realistic and common ones made everyday by you and me. Okay--not me anymore, since I saw the film--but you get my drift. It wasn't about counting just the calories, but also the sodium, the carbs, the fats--and what the cumulative effect that the food had upon his body and his lifestyle.
Aside from gaining weight from his one-month ordeal, he also did considerable damage to his liver. His complexion changed. His sex drive was diminished.
Little Miss wants to dismiss all of that with her "miracle diet"? The story at the time was so enthusiastically received that McDonald's no longer asks if a customer wants something super-sized. Add to that all of the "smarter" menu selections introduced within the last year, and one can only surmise that they really and truly felt intimidated by Spurlock. This story simply smacks as way too little, way too late.