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Apr. 20th, 2005 @ 06:53 pm Fucking Relgion...
Current Music: Tears (Full Arrangement) - The Chameleons
WHOA!!! it's been the better part of a year since i posted anything to this site... god ... but am i EVER ready for this rant.

WHAT THE FUCK is the catholic church thinking????!!!!?!?!?!?

There is division in the church... differing views on a lot of matters ranging from woman's role to homosexuality to celibacy to birth control... to ... i don't know... a LOT of shit.

PLUS, let's NOT forget about the lovely priest sexual abuse debacle that has DEFINITELY but a black mark on the church as a whole... at least in AMERICA...

so they decide to elect a former NAZI as the head of the church?!?!?!? way to go... well... i guess we can kiss uniting everyone goodbye. getting along with other religions... ESPECIALLY JEWS... yeah... forget about it now. we have a former HITLER YOUTH in the papacy now folks. that's right... LOOK IT UP! i mean... WHAT THE FUCK!?!?!

i'm sorry i don't give a shit if you've asked for forgiveness... even being associated in such a evil organization... there are certain things that shouldn't be alloted to you... being the head of a church is ONE OF THEM.
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Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 07:03 am (no subject)
How ya' Feelin'?: amusedamused
Current Music: NPR - Morning Edition
I just heard that Time magazine voted Kwame Kilpatrick one of the three worst mayors in the whole country.

Good luck with that re-relection bid Kwame!
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Apr. 5th, 2005 @ 08:04 am Not to be insensitive or anything, but...
How ya' Feelin'?: tiredtired
Current Music: Gorrilaz - Feel Good Inc.
...I'm really sick of hearing about the Pope already.

Also, all this talk about the Catholic church and what not has pushed a serious question back into my mind once again:

Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with Catholic people?

Catholicism is just the weirdest religion to me. It's almost like some relic of a very ancient time that somehow managed to survive. Sort of like if there were still Maya practicing human sacrifice and genital mutilation in the name of their gods, and it was covered as perfectly normal and acceptable by every mainstream news outlet.

And another thing, I heard today that 2/3rds of the worlds Catholics are now in developing countries in South America and Africa. Yet for some reason the never flexible church refuses to change its stance on allowing people to use condoms...IN AFRICA!!!! Hello?!? Your whole "abstinence" thing - NOT WORKING OUT SO WELL!!! It drives me just nuts that one organization can be doing so much to counteract the millions of dollars and man hours spent trying to educate people on that continent about HIV/AIDS, and said organization is still not considered a criminal outfit. It's on par with marching into drug rehab clinic and giving people needles and heroine. How is this accepted?!?!

I don't know. I guess when compared against today's modern standards, pretty much any religion (including my own) looks silly. Religion itself is a strange topic. Sort of the one trapping left of an earlier mankind that couldn't understand the world around it. But if you insist on being so pervasive and friggin' dominating with your religion, at least try to keep it productive with respect to the rest of humanity.
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Mar. 24th, 2005 @ 08:58 am Hypocrisy and Lies
How ya' Feelin'?: tiredtired
This originally started as a reply to leesaval's post, but it got too lengthy so I posted it here.

Here are the details of the Terry Schiavo case, as I see them:
  • 15 years ago, the woman's heart stopped beating due to complications caused by bulimia
  • Since that time, she has been in a "persistent, vegetative state"; she can blink and make noise, but she can't think, communicate, or recognize anyone
  • Prior to her state, she had on multiple occassions told her husband and others that she did not want to live as a vegetable
  • Doctors say there is virtually no chance she will ever recover
  • Her husband wants to abide by his wife's wishes and let the feeding tube that runs into her stomach be disconnected, but her parents want to keep the tube in, because they seem to believe she can get better, even though every medical professional who has examined her has agreed that she has a better chance of being struck down in her hospital bed by a rogue meteorite than recovering from her state.
  • A Florida judge with jurisdiction over the matter has ruled in the Husband's favor.

That's where things start to get hairy. The Republicans in congress, under severe pressure from their pro-life base, have taken unprecedented action to refute the judges ruling and (once again) defy all modern logic and science in an effort to drag America back to their precious 1950s. Here are some of my favorite highlights:
  • Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (who is either the worst liar in the country, or worst physician in the country, and the only medical doctor in North America who believes you can get AIDS from tears and sweat) has declared that it is his learned medical opinion that she may not be in a persistent vegetative state, even though he has never personally seen the woman. For some reason, the neo-cons have latched onto this and have actually begun debating the nature of her condition itself.
  • A physical memo was circulated through the Republican party discussing what a great political issue this was for party members to latch on to. So you know all the heart-fealt pleas the conservatives are crying out about are nothing but their honest to goodness concern for this one individual woman's well being.
  • When the feeding tube was initially removed last Friday, Congress reconvened for a special session just to address the issue. In that session, Republicans blatantly and egregiously exploited loopholes in the system by calling her as a trial witness (Senate) and issuing a subpena for her (House). In both situations, they admitted that they weren't actually expecting her to show up, but they were trying to afford her federal protections. These are the same types of tricks used by the Trial Lawyers that Republicans are always complaining about, but I guess when the shoe is on the other foot, its OK to skirt the law.
  • Just about any Republican you talk to will tell you how much they want to keep her on the feeding tube and in the hospital even if it's for the rest of her life. Those exact same Republicans, however, will also tell you how eager they are to slash medicaid benefits that would pay to keep people like her in the hospital if they couldn't afford it. Because you know, you are only worth keeping alive if you aren't poor.
  • Pro-Life advocacy groups publicly admit that the reason they are latching onto this case so strongly is because they believe it will be a good spring board to move into criminalizing abortion. Once again, so much for actually caring about the person in question. But what gets me is that they keep saying that "if you are going to favor life, you have to favor all life." They've almost turned it into a slogan. But then they turn around and defend the policies that cause people to be tortured and killed in foreign U.S. detention facilities, or extradited to countries that allow torture. And of course they are strongly in favor of a war that has to date killed 18,000 innocent civilians. Maybe they should amend that slogan to "...you have to support all life for people with white skin."
  • President Bush, who wouldn't interrupt his precious vacation time on his ranch in Texas when 175,000 people were killed in Asia, made a special trip back to the White House just to deal with issue. The great irony is, of course, that while he was governor of Texas, he presided over more executions than any other state leader in the nation. Even more impressive, is that while he was busy doing that back in '99, he also actually signed a bill into Texas law that allows doctors to remove someone's life support if they think that person has no chance of recovering, even if that person's family members object.
  • The President, the Neo-Cons, and the Congressional Republicans (all of whom really don't have any business sticking their noses in the situation in the first place) keep talking about how when there is doubt in a matter like this, that we need to "err on the side of life" and "protecting her constitutional right to life." But what amazes me is that there is no doubt in the situation. This whole thing should be an open and shut case - THE WOMAN HAS SAID SHE WOULDN'T WANT TO LIVE LIKE THIS!!! What about her right to choose her own destiny? Her right not to have to burden her family? There is a fine line between saving someone's life and co-opting it, and the hypocracy and outright arrogance being shown has moved these people way past it.
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Mar. 9th, 2005 @ 02:12 pm It would be so funny if it wasn't so true...
Iraq Exit Strategy
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Mar. 1st, 2005 @ 09:12 am Don't Mess with Texas!
How ya' Feelin'?: curiouscurious
Current Music: DVDA - America, Fuck Yeah!
I think that as a whole, Americans are too forgetful.

Has anyone ever considered that, giving Texas' history as a separatist state, that maybe we shouldn't allow people who have held office in "The Lone Star Republic" to become president?

I mean, historically, these people have proven that they have so little unity with the rest of our country that they don't want to be a part of it. Is that really the best pool of candidates to select a national leader from?

(P.S. - Sarcasm level of this post: aprox. 60%)
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Feb. 16th, 2005 @ 07:40 pm Fuzzy Math
How ya' Feelin'?: frustratedfrustrated
The president has requested $419 Billion for military armed services funding in 2005, plus an $82 Billion "Emergency Supplemental" for his foreign wars. The administration does this to avoid telling the public the simple truth:

We expect to spend half a TRILLION dollars on the military this year.

That is $501,000,000,000. This number is actually too large for us to comprehend in normal terms, so allow me to quantify that for you.

If someone were to hand you a $100 bill once per second, it would take you just under 162 years - that's TWO lifetimes - to save as much money as the president wants to spend on our military just this year alone. At this point, if you aren't outraged, you just aren't paying attention.

So why on earth could he possibly need that much money? Well, aside from his failed and unnecessary war in Iraq, there is the next failed and unnecessary war - the Iran/Syrian war. We've all heard rumors about this. Those of us on the "looney left" have been speculating about it for a long time now. But here's an interesting development: an explosion went off at a construction site today near Iran's only nuclear power plant. It turned out to be just an accident (at least that is the official report), but witnesses and the initial news story reported it as a missle that had been fired from an unknown aircraft. IMMEDIATELY, the people of Iran assumed it was either us or the Israelites launching a first strike and it sent their financial markets into chaos.

As a preliminary measure, the Iranian and Syrian government have announced they are joining forces to defend against any potential future attack. Iran has also said that it plans to start shooting down the unmanned spy planes that we are regularly sending over their country. This all works out great for Dubbya - now he can knock down Iran and Syria with just one war instead of two, and all he needs to do is get one manned aircraft shot down to make it look like Iran started it.

Fanning the flames of Democracy...
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Feb. 15th, 2005 @ 08:40 am And I want to Conquer to World; Give all the Idiots a Brand New Religion...
How ya' Feelin'?: frustratedfrustrated
While Driving in to work and listening to the morning news today, several things forced me to gasp for breath and fight off an aneurysm. I simply can't hold it back anymore. That's right, folks, it's time for another...
EA Rant

EDITOR'S NOTE: This post is now a week in the writing (as I usually don't get more than five minutes of consecutive time each day to vent). I did not originally intend for it to be so long, but that's sort of the nature of the beast with these things. Also, I must apologize for not being able to get this out sooner while the information was more topical.

Let's start with the President's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. You knew I wouldn't be able to pass this one up. For those of you who haven't heard yet, what the President is basically saying with his new budget is "Fuck You, America, I'm payin' fer my wars!" George W. Bush, in all his inept glory, has decided to cut funding for virtually every domestic program, and expand virtually every foreign defense/military program. He is officially saying to the world that he is willing to let his own people suffer so that he can better afford suffering on those abroad. It amazes me, how every year he'll do State of the Union, and then budget proposals, and every year I think "Now he can't possibly fuck things up more this year than he did last year." And yet he does, every time.

To be specific, here is a little list. Topping things off is North Korea. By now we've all heard that North Korea has pretty much given the world the finger by announcing that it has Nukes, and it's not about to give them up. This is a combination of his failures in both foreign diplomacy (or as Bush puts it "foreign diplo-what?") and a budget which touts beefy military funding. Now, I'm not about to exempt Kim Jong Il from blame for all this. I fully recognize that he is a class 1, Grade A sonofabitch. He's an evil, hateful little man, who would probably like nothing more than to kill pretty much everyone. However, there are a lot of angry, hateful things in the world, and I think time has shown that poking them with sticks is not the best way to deal with them. Sort of a "Gee, that dog looks rabid, lets throw rocks at it" mentality.

See, all the news agencies are screaming bloody murder over the fact that N. Korea has nukes. Which in and of itself is kind of fear mongering, because we really all knew that already. But anyway, what you won't be hearing on Fox News is why they won't give up their nuclear program. In their own words, it's George Bush's fault, hands down. They said that they were watching his State of the Union address, looking for him to make some concession, or attempt at diplomacy. Instead what they heard was our fearless Commander and Thief talking about "fanning the flames of democracy around the world". In short, what they went away with was "North Korea" and "Regime Change". So in their minds, they are basically preparing for war with the U.S. ... a nuclear war. Remember what I've been saying all along about how our psychopathic president is going to get us nuked? It's getting closer. And I would like to hope that he's not stupid and arrogant enough to invade a country that we know has nuclear missiles pointed at us; but unfortunately, if history is any guide, there is no depth to George W. Bush's stupidity or arrogance.

But wait, maybe our missile defense shield will save us when flaming death comes raining down from the skies. You know, the missile defense shield that fails 60% of the time against our own well scripted tests. Yeah, unfortunately, our president fails to grasp a concept as common sense as "shoot down the missile before it's 10 miles off our coast". If you're unfamiliar with the topic, you might try reading this article from the November 2004 issue of Scientific American. For that matter, the president might try reading it. Funny thing about Scientific American, they frequently have strong misgivings about George W. Bush's ability to lead when anything, well, scientific is involved. People on the Right say this is because they have a liberal agenda. I say it has more to do with what I've I've said time and time again: our president simply doesn't believe in all this new-fangled "science" nonsense.

And just to prove it, he's dumping the Hubble Space Telescope. This has been a huge point of debate, and matter of deep personal frustration for me. Here's this thing which is arguably the single most important scientific instrument in the history of the modern world, and we're abandoning it because we don't want to go up and change the batteries. No, that's not an analogy, or clever play on words, it literally just needs it's battery changed, and NASA wasn't willing to do it. Not the scientists or astronauts at NASA - they are all gung ho to keep the thing running. It's more the bureaucrats and politicians who were getting in the way. They kept insisting that it wouldn't be safe to send two astronauts up in light of the Columbia tragedy. Although for some reason this didn't prevent us from sending four more manned flights to the International Space Station since Feburary 2003. And I guess the fact that (as one NASA administrator puts it) "we could have two dozen people willing to go up by lunch time if we just asked" doesn't enter into it. But at any rate, the debate was settled. There was such a public outcry about Hubble being let go that NASA had agreed to send a robot up. And the problem was solved.

That is, until Bush got his hands on things. Yes, along with everything else of importance, he cut NASA's funding. No more robot, no more Hubble. No further understanding of the Universe. The president claims that the chance of success wouldn't be worth the cost. Funny how a missile defense system with only a 40% chance of success is well worth the cost (although he's cutting funding for early phases of that program that would boost it above that dismal success rate), but an unmanned, robotic mission to space with an 80% chance of success isn't. Maybe we should mount some guns on the robot and tell it to orbit Earth when its done fixing the telescope. I bet then Bush would be all over funding it.

But just to prove that he doesn't just hate Science, but also the environment, Bushy has decided on a number of great new initiatives to help destroy the planet. We're all familiar with his hard-line stance on Kyoto (what with being pretty much the only major nation that won't sign up), and his super plan to destroy and Alaskan wildlife preserve so he can get at the oil underneath it. And I've had some discussions around here as of late about his attempts to damage the Gray Wolf population (funny side note - they are saying now that white-tailed deer in much of North-West are eating anywhere from 85% to 100% of the area's rare American Ginger Root; a plant export that only grows in forests in those areas, which can fetch prices as high as $500/lb. on the international market. They say it's not really that the plant is a special part of the deer's natural diet, it's just that their is so little food because of high competition, stemming from an excess in the species due to a lack of natural predators such as Gray Wolves.) And of course there was that whole thing with repealing a ban on mountain top mining - a practice which destroys not only mountains in the pursuit of mineral deposits, but also valleys, streams, and entire ecosystems.

But my personal favorite of the latest round of Bush environment hating initiatives comes in the form of a favor to the lumber industry. The Bush administration has successfully lobbied the EPA to change forestry regulations to allow twice as many old-growth trees to be cut, and placing the burden of proof that cutting down areas of forest will cause future detriment on the environmentalists, rather than forcing the loggers to prove that it won't. You know what they say: "better sorry than safe".

But I guess you can't really blame Bush for flagrantly denying scientific fact (oh, wait; yes you can) - just look at his base. The people who put him in office are the very same ones who ignore human suffering in order to save a collection of cells the size of the period at the end of this sentence (I don't really have the time or room for the stem cell rant here - another day maybe), and want mythology taught to children as science. In Kansas, the religious right is back for the round two of the "actually, teaching Christian creationism in public schools is a violation of the separation of church and state" debate. Now they are saying that they think "Intelligent Design" should be taught in science class. This is essentially the "theory" that some higher power created the universe. It's more or less creationism without the word "God". The only problem is that this "theory" isn't really a theory at all in the scientific sense (but who needs science in a science class). And to this day, they contend that "Evolution didn't happen". YES IT DID!!!! The "I didn't come from no monkey" argument just infuriates me, because it shows the depth of these people's inanity. NO, you dumbass, you DIDN'T come from a monkey. But you have less hair on your body than your great great grandfather, and you are taller than your ancestors were 400 years ago, and you didn't come from a monkey, but 130,000 years ago you had an ancestor that was a Homo Sapien (that's Homo Sapien, not Homosexual you stupid gay-bashing extremist sonsabitches), and maybe if someone had properly taught evolution when you were still in school you would have realized that, rather than perpetuating your idiocy on to the next generation.

If you want to be Christian, fine, be Christian. But Contrary to what head-in-the-sand zealots would have you believe, Scientific fact does not necessarily preclude the existence of Deity. Just PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop and think for one second that your almighty sacred book might just be allegorical in it's discussion of the creation of the Earth. Because honestly, if you truly and objectively compare Christian creation myth side by side along Norse Creation myth, or Hindu Creationism, or Greek mythology, or any of the other myriad religious pantheons that have existed since the dawn of time, you would quickly see that all of them are pretty much equally ridiculous when taken literally. But that's why EVOLUTION has granted us (or at least most of us) larger brains - so we can understand things like metaphor, and think in terms other than black and white.

I briefly mentioned earlier about the bizarre Christian obsession with saving a blastocyst at the peril of a living, breathing human being. I said I'm not going to get into the stem cell issue here, and I won't, but I heard a similar topic on the radio today that I can't help but discuss. Just recently the new guidelines for first responders were released. After some prodding by the religious right, the whole section on Emergency contraception was removed. So if you are a 16 year old girl, and you get raped by some maniac while walking home from school, the EMTs and Doctors who treat you are not allowed to help you prevent a pregnancy that would ruin the life of both you and your future child.

This girl they interviewed was 19 years old. She lived in a small, rural, conservative community, and came from a Christian home. She was raped one night, and the doctors weren't allowed to discuss emergency contraception with her. She got pregnant, and had to have an abortion. It totally fucked her up mentally and caused her to be shunned by her community. Gee, that's a much better solution than quietly taking a pill to kill a lifeless mass of 20 cells.

I really can't figure out what the deal is with these people. They really must be addicted to suffering, because they seem to prefer their precious values to any sort of logic or thought process other than "well pastor says...". And what really gets me, is they have the tenacity to get this great moral condescension over the whole issue, and talk about how "all life is sacred". These are the same people who go out regularly and kill animals for sport. The same people who lobby so strongly for the death penalty, and the same people who let the assault weapons ban end. By the way, religious right, thanks for that last one. In the morning news just today alone, I heard two separate stories about criminals using now-legal assault weapons to kill people. Life must have been awfully sacred to them.

You know, I'm really pissed off. I'm pissed off because everywhere I look I see logic, wisdom, and common sense crumbling to fanaticism, extremism and outright fear mongering. And I'm frustrated, because I used to think that at the very least, other people saw it too; that at least I was part of a slight majority who would keep these lunatics in check. A few months ago, all that changed. And it really scares me that what we could be seeing at this point are (at the very least) irreparable scars on the culture of our nation. It's really sad, but sometimes I have to wonder if there is any hope left at all...
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Jan. 27th, 2005 @ 03:45 pm Get Informed, Get Involved!
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Current Music: Rancid - Detroit
Air America is now available via the Airwaves in Detroit and the surrounding areas at AM 1310, which means now you can listen to Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Chuck D, and all the rest help keep you informed about what the administration is up to.

Set a button on your car radio to AM 1310, and stay vigilant!
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Jan. 25th, 2005 @ 10:28 am Some Like it Hot
How ya' Feelin'?: frustratedfrustrated
Didn't I say something about the weather being weird lately?

Perhaps we should start compiling a list of the ways that the election of George W. Bush has doomed us all.

Any other rational person would say "oh shit, that's a problem, we better change some things." Too bad our president doesn't believe in environmental conservation.

Hey, rather than NOT lighting the fuse on our "ticking time-bomb", why don't we dig up Alaskan wildlife refuges for oil that helps add to the problem?
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