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|Thursday, November 6th, 2008|
I am happy with our fellow citizens today. No one election can set all aright, and the real test is in the doing, but we have turned again towards the better angels of our nature.
|Sunday, August 17th, 2008|
|Tuesday, May 6th, 2008|
|Friday, March 28th, 2008|
|Monday, March 24th, 2008|
|Dick Cheney is the biggest Dick
My country, the United States of America passed a sad threshold today, 4000 dead soldiers in Iraq. Dick "the dick" Cheney when asked on ABC news had this to say about who carried the largest burden of the war:
"The president carries the biggest burden, obviously," Cheney said. "He's the one who has to make the decision to commit young Americans, but we are fortunate to have a group of men and women, the all-volunteer force, who voluntarily put on the uniform and go in harm's way for the rest of us."
So let me understand the dickiness of this dick, Dick "the dick" Cheney - the fuckwit president has a larger burden then the families of the dead and wounded, and hey, those schumcks volunteerd for it anyway. What a dick!
|Monday, March 3rd, 2008|
|Jesell the Trifeldge Putonodd
Hilarious Video. Bad (BAD!) hackers replaced the Irish Catholic web page to make it point to this video. Hacking bad, but video very funny!
|Tuesday, February 19th, 2008|
|Monday, February 4th, 2008|
|The Universe has reacquired it's majesty and wonder
Some events are so deeply moving that they reaffirm the aphorism that "the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine." The following event has moved this in me. An exploding whale. Really. With a satisfyingly large boom. My heart doth sing again.
|Tuesday, January 29th, 2008|
|Happy birthday Thomas Paine!
Happy birthday Thomas Paine, who was born on on Jan. 29, 1737. Some notable quotes:
"To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture. Enjoy, sir, your insensibility of feeling and reflecting. It is the prerogative of animals. And no man will envy you these honors, in which a savage only can be your rival and a bear your master."
"From the time I was capable of conceiving an idea, and acting upon it by reflection, I either doubted the truth of the christian system, or thought it to be a strange affair; I scarcely knew which it was: but I well remember, when about seven or eight years of age, hearing a sermon read by a relation of mine, who was a great devotee of the church, upon the subject of what is called Redemption by the death of the Son of God. After the sermon was ended, I went into the garden, and as I was going down the garden steps (for I perfectly recollect the spot) I revolted at the recollection of what I had heard, and thought to myself that it was making God Almighty act like a passionate man, that killed his son, when he could not revenge himself any other way; and as I was sure a man would be hanged that did such a thing, I could not see for what purpose they preached such sermons. This was not one of those kind of thoughts that had any thing in it of childish levity; it was to me a serious reflection, arising from the idea I had that God was too good to do such an action, and also too almighty to be under any necessity of doing it. I believe in the same manner to this moment; and I moreover believe, that any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system."
One of earliest calls in America to end Slavery (written 1774).
and of course:
"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."
|Monday, January 28th, 2008|
|More hypocrisy of the right
Did you know that there are companies that take smut filled movies, like those awful PG and (shudder) PG-13 films, and clean them up removing all swearing, sex, nudity and other bad things so that right thinking Christians can watch their violence without committing a sin?
First off the copyright holders didn't like this and so took action to stop it.
I don't have a dog in that fight so I don't really care, other than generally wishing misfortune on both groups. But, the owner of one of the sex/nudity/bad language scrubbing companies, a troglodyte named Daniel D. Thompson has been accused of having sex with 14 year old girls.
Slime and hypocrisy are what the right in this country are all about.
|Sunday, January 20th, 2008|
|Time for a schadenfreude moment
This hypocritical fuck of Texas prosecutor argued in front the Supreme court in defense of a Texas sodomy law:"I think that this Court having determined that there are certain kinds of conduct that it will accept and certain kinds of conduct it will not accept may draw the line at the bedroom door of the heterosexual married couple because of the interest that this Court has that this Nation has and certainly that the State of Texas has for the preservation of marriage, families and the procreation of children," Rosenthal told the justices.
"Even if you infer that various States acting through their legislative process have repealed sodomy laws, there is no protected right to engage in extrasexual - extramarital sexual relations, again, that can trace their roots to history or the traditions of this nation."
Now he is is in trouble and had to cease his re-election campaign because the bastard asshat sent:"e-mails containing sexually explicit videos, racist jokes and what is described as torrid love notes to his executive secretary."
I have to say I'm really loving his discomfort. Hope the fucks life falls apart - I can't imaging the misery he caused others. Full story on link below.http://www.365gay.com/Newscon08/01/011708da.htm
|Sunday, December 9th, 2007|
|Monday, September 10th, 2007|
|Faith is a very bad thing
Faith, as used in the religious sense, means belief in some proposition without any evidence. Believing in something without evidence is a good working definition of stupidity. To have faith is not a virtue, it is a flaw. One should be embarrassed to have such a quality, like being embarrassed about not knowing basic facts of history. It should not be flaunted as if it were the height of intellectual or moral courage to posses it.
|Tuesday, August 28th, 2007|
Are all Republican politicians self loathing sexual and moral hypocrites, or just most? The soon to be ex-Senator from Idaho Larry Craig is the latest sexually confused Republican to engage in that most classic of hypocrisy, say one thing but fuck another.
|Saturday, May 19th, 2007|
|Tuesday, March 6th, 2007|
|My quick report of a Great Comet
It wasn't given much attention in the newspapers, but we had the luck to be visited by the brightest comet in 42 years in January - Comet McNaught. Unusually bright and dramatic comets are always called "great", and there is no doubt that McNaught will go down in history as a Great Comet. Before the current naming convention of naming comets after their discovers, it would have been called the Great Comet of 2007, or perhaps the Great Daylight Comet of 2007.
It was hard to catch in the northern hemisphere, and I only saw it one night from, of all places, the Hoboken Train Station. I saw it in the sunset twilight and was laughing when I did - it was soo amazingly bright to be seen in such skies! I called my wife on my cell phone and told her how I was looking at the brightest comet I ever saw.
Here is a report I made of my sighting on that day (Jan. 10, 2007):
"I caught it naked eye from the Hoboken Train Station. Got off the
light rail at 5:10 and had to catch the "heavy" rail 5:26 out again.
In between on the waterfront at the long slip is a good western
horizon. The comet was visible in the red of the twilight. Condensed
nucleus evident and a long and what appeared to be forked tail.
Pretty cool indeed and darn bright for being visible in such bright
|Wednesday, February 28th, 2007|
|I am outraged (yet again)
The actual story link: http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/02/TNSreedinspect070227/
Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Medical Hold Unit say they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not speak to the media.
“Some soldiers believe this is a form of punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,” one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
It is unusual for soldiers to have daily inspections after Basic Training.
Soldiers say their sergeant major gathered troops at 6 p.m. Monday to tell them they must follow their chain of command when asking for help with their medical evaluation paperwork, or when they spot mold, mice or other problems in their quarters.
They were also told they would be moving out of Building 18 to Building 14 within the next couple of weeks. Building 14 is a barracks that houses the administrative offices for the Medical Hold Unit and was renovated in 2006. It’s also located on the Walter Reed Campus, where reporters must be escorted by public affairs personnel. Building 18 is located just off campus and is easy to access.
The soldiers said they were also told their first sergeant has been relieved of duty, and that all of their platoon sergeants have been moved to other positions at Walter Reed. And 120 permanent-duty soldiers are expected to arrive by mid-March to take control of the Medical Hold Unit, the soldiers said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Army public affairs did not respond to a request sent Sunday evening to verify the personnel changes.
The Pentagon also clamped down on media coverage of any and all Defense Department medical facilities, to include suspending planned projects by CNN and the Discovery Channel, saying in an e-mail to spokespeople: “It will be in most cases not appropriate to engage the media while this review takes place,” referring to an investigation of the problems at Walter Reed.
|Thursday, February 22nd, 2007|
|Chimpanzees using spears to hunt
This is too cool. Jane Goodall first documented the tool use of chimpanzees in the wild, fashioning leaf stripped twigs to "fish" for termites and crumpled chewed up leaves to act as a sponge for drinking water from otherwise inaccessible places.
There is also evidence going back at least 4,500 years of chimps using unmodified, but wisely selected, stones as hammers to open nuts.
Now a report of chimpanzees from Senegal
making spears from branches by choosing large straight branches, striping off side branches and *sharpening* the end with their teeth. They use the spear as a thrusting weapon to kill sleeping bush babies in their daytime hollows.
Wow. Think about it. Making a spear. Hunting and killing with it. WOW!
In a blow to "Man The Hunter" it was found that 2/3 of the chimps making and using the spears were female, and that the females seem to be the source of the cultural knowledge and know how for making and using the spears.
I think that chimpanzees must be admitted to be a kind of person, and certainly are entitled to some of the same rights that Homo sapiens have. For sure we need to stop killing them.
|Tuesday, February 20th, 2007|
|Monday, January 8th, 2007|