Saturday, December 4

I love the smell of open Bigotry in the Morning.

The monday before last, a partially naked white woman jumped into the arms of a football uniform wearing black man. There was much weeping and wailing and knashing of teeth. Some may have pulled out their hair in the fashion of grieving greeks. The cacophony of outrage rang far and wide. As usual and in public it was "what about the children", this being yet another example of moral decay, behind closed doors folks wispered that it must be part of the anti-miscegenationist "agenda" and feared hordes of black men defiling the purity of (southern) white femininity. In other back rooms talks of the resurrection of the Mandingo Project caused a near panic.

Most astute observers knew that the outrage was based on rascism. And while the usual suspects in the punditocracy, steered clear of the overt racial undertones, but someone forgot to keep the closet door shut. What follows is yet another example of how empowered the Bigot wing of the republican party feels. This is the most openly racist opinion piece I think I have ever had the good fortune to come across.
Samuel Francis,, Nov. 26

ABC Sports last week took careful aim at the “moral issues” that are said to have driven this month’s national election and delivered a good swift kick to their dentures on national television.

The main reaction from viewers and the professional “family values” lobby has been to denounce the nudity and clearly implied sex of the now-notorious ad that promoted last week’s Monday Night Football game. That’s all well and good, but there was more going on in the ad that no one will mention—race.

The ad shows blonde white sexpot Nicolette Sheridan of the steamy “Desperate Housewives” series smooching up to black football star Terrell Owens in the locker room of the Philadelphia Eagles. Then the young lady drops her bath towel and jumps into Mr. Owens’ not-exactly recalcitrant arms.

“Aw, hell,” he leers, “the team’s going to have to win without me.”

In the aftermath of the similar reaction to CBS’s showing of the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake flap during the Super Bowl last February, there can be little doubt the ABC ad was not just a blunder.

It was an intentional act of moral subversion.
Thems pretty strong words, I guess that in your view most of what passes for entertainment programming on TV are just an unintentional acts of moral subversion. I have the sneaking suspicion that when our new theocratic overlords claim the mantle of power that acts of moral subversion will be punishable by firing squad.

It was filmed the Friday before, and in the aftermath of all the jabber about moral issuesin the election, it ought to be transparent that it was intended as an act of political-cultural subversion as well.

In the CBS incident, Miss Jackson exposed her breast on camera during a performance with Mr. Timberlake. The Federal Communications Commission fined CBS, which broadcast the Super Bowl, the piddling sum of $550,000—little more than lunch money, of course, for the big networks and hardly a deterrent to similar smacks at good taste in the future.

But taste and morality are by no means the ad’s only targets.

Of course they aren't, I would imagine that the precious virtue of the female fruit of the loins of southern gentlemen is next on the agenda. A wedge driven between the demurely closed knees, leading to the inevitable corruption of the flower of the south. what follows is the sound of several jackboots falling.
Like the Jackson-Timberlake performance, the Owens-Sheridan ad was interracial and brazenly so—if only morals and taste had been the targets, the producers could easily have found white actresses who are less obviously Nordic than the golden-locked Miss Sheridan, but Nordic is what the ad’s producers no doubt wanted.
And who said that champions of aryan racial purity were anachronistic, or the sole purview of Nazi Germany. I have to admit that I am a bit stunned to find that the above paragraph was not only written, but published. Remember kids, these are the folks that just a couple weeks ago were attacking liberals as racist, because some of us thought that condi might not be up to the Job of SoS, Anne Coulter could not shut up about it. I was unaware before now that there were varying degrees of white.

I guess a brown haired girl or better yet a mexican or a jew, would have been less offensive to Mr Francis' sensibilities. A lot of people have wondered why Jed was not tapped as the standard bearer for the republican party. He is clearly the intellectual superior of his brother, I think Francis gets us to the heart of the matter. There is a reason that George P Bush is called the "little brown bush", his mother is of mexican ancestry, mestizo. If she had only been a daughter of Cortez, Jeb might be president, but unfortunately hers is a lineage of Montezuma and Cortez. Put another way, had Jeb's wife landed in Owen's arms, this column would not have seen the light of day.

For that matter, if you only wanted to take a swipe at morals and taste, you could find a black woman to rip her towel off or replace Mr. Owens with a famous white athlete (there are still a few).

But that wasn’t the point, was it? The point was not just to hurl a pie in the face of morals and good taste but also of white racial and cultural identity. The message of the ad was that white women are eager to have sex with black men, that they should be eager, and that black men should take them up on it.

For anyone who still is foolish enough to question why black folk do not in general support the party of Lincoln, presented for consideration is exhibit A. Did he really need to travel all the way down this path? I am sure that many in agreement might say "but you had me at "nordic".

So far only one voice has mentioned the ad’s racial meaning and denounced its insensitivity (to blacks)—that of black Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

Blacks are permitted to notice race. Whites aren’t. [Really? What the fuck do you think you are doing Mr. Jolson? -ed]

But the ad’s message also was that interracial sex is normal and legitimate, a fairly radical concept for both the dominant media as well as its audience.

Nevertheless, for decades, interracial couples of different sexes have been sneaked into advertising, movies and television series, and almost certainly not because of popular demand from either race. The Owens-Sheridan match is only the most notorious to date.

In the minds of those who produced the ad, race is at least as important as the moral and aesthetic norms their ad subverts.

Lord have mercy, how much rope does this guy need, did someone order a sufficient amount of sheets, and white hoods. I hope the cross construction team is hard at work.

To them, the race as well as the religion, the morality, and the culture of the host society are all equally hostile and oppressive forces that need to be discredited, debunked and destroyed.

If the destruction can’t happen at the polls or through the courts, they can always use the long march through the culture that control of the mass media allows.

Breaking down the sexual barriers between the races is a major weapon of cultural destruction because it means the dissolution of the cultural boundaries that define breeding and the family and, ultimately, the transmission and survival of the culture itself.

“We apologize,” smirked the spokesman for those who sponsored the ad, Mark Mandel, the Vice President of ABC Sports.

Host society????!!!?? Wow. If you had not received the message by now, you ain't gonna ever get it. Warning Will Robinson, Weapons of Mass cultural Destruction spotted ahead. (Apparently a brother has a little more power than previously advertised, No wonder the stink of fear is strong. This must be the first test of their Weapons of Bigotry Related Pogrom Activitites, program.

Owens "leers" (and dammit we used to be able to lynch them for that) Mandel "smirks" (very bad form, only his Chimperious Majesty is allowed that facial expression). One might think one has journeyed through time, but no we have not, this is not a 1968 debate regarding the constitutionality of anti-miscegenation statutes, this is November 28, 2004. More troubling are the comments from his cheerleading section in the comments below the "piece". Thanks to Atrios for the tip. Now I have to shower. Before that, just a taste of the commentary.
My brother, in the film business, tells me at least 40 people were invovled in making and showing the ad, from actors, to lighting, make-up, sounds, set, script, etc. They PLANNED this well in advance and did so on purpose.

The purpose of the ad was to promote white women having sex with black men. That was the purpose. It was no accident.

Posted by HomoRacial /aka/RICK at 6:06 PM on November 30
So this is Janet Jackson's response. "Hey! Everybody look! White men want me!" Racial equality, gender equality, economic opportunity, how can she lose? Her case is more certain than that of Koby Bryant, the "black" pro-athlete accused of raping a white teenage girl. Jackson raped the whole country! Liberals will hail her as a heroine, an unprecedented achiever of social architecture. She will quell the tide of "black" hatred for whites, by demonstrating that whites want blacks sexually. Case neutralized. (Sexual morality not an issue.) A spectacular achievement.

Indeed, it wasn't just Janet Jackson who accomplished this, but very powerful forces behind her. For this, we should all fear. Janet was just the willing slave.

It's just plain evil on the part of the liberal media to force interracial relationships or black people on an unwilling public.

Posted by b at 9:20 PM on November 30
I know one thing, if Nicolette Sheridan ever files a rape charge against a black football-player or any other non-white sports star, I would have a hard time convicting anyone after seeing her behavior on national TV.

Posted by Tim2 at 12:29 AM on December 1

Friday, December 3

Bean, Small, deadly and she has thumbs

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Bean has six digits on each of her forepaws and one on each paw is an opposable thumb. This may explain her success as a varmint killing machine. Unfortunatly she did not beat on Jack and Ptolemy when they were little, so they like to chase her. She is a little spitfire, and Kitainy Yevshenki (below) can't get enough of her, she is his unrequited love.

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Friday CatBlogging, Sylvia likes the bag.

Last night on a thread at the eschaton, Dave posted this link to one of his cats. So I was compelled to try to convince Ptolemy to examine the bag. He decided against it as he was to busy looking for lovin' and eating. Now sylvia on the other hand was more than happy to comply, and a nice little fort it is.

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More beasts to follow, especially, the littlest Calico polydactyl, and world champion killer, Bean.

...............It's Big Pharma Friday

Why is Felony Drug offender,
Rush Limbaugh
, not in Jail.

"I'm just a regular guy, I couldn't help
it that they made that Oxycontin sooo
tasty. The maid made me do it.

[thought bubble]....It's a good thing
that I am rich, white, and well connected or I'd
tossing salad right about now....[/thought bubble]

The Founding Father of Crotch Sniffing issues mea culpa, Sorta, not really.

Ken Starr, in an odd demonstration of conscience, suggests that maybe he should have let someone else go after the Lewinsky affair, saying that he should have payed more attention to the piles of bodies stacked around the whitewater scandel or somesuch. I'm betting that this is less of a "this really isn't any of my business, and I am ashamed at the pornography I let slip into the world" than a "It was a tactical error, and if had only focused on the original investigation, instead of finding nothing, I might have found something, and then we could have really impeached him". Well lets take a look shall we. From the SacBee via Buzzflash.
Kenneth Starr says he shouldn't have been involved in Lewinsky case
The Associated Press
Last Updated 7:26 pm PST Thursday, December 2, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Kenneth Starr says he never should have led the investigation that resulted in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

The former independent counsel, now dean of the Pepperdine University law school, says "the most fundamental thing that could have been done differently" was for somebody else to have investigated Clinton's statements under oath denying he had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Starr said his role in a yearslong investigation of Clinton should have focused instead on Clinton's role in the failed Arkansas land deal known as Whitewater.

"There was a sense on the part of the country that my (Lewinsky) effort was an effort somehow to expand the (Whitewater) investigation, when it was separate," he told the Santa Barbara News-Press following a speech on Wednesday.

Clinton has accused Starr of running a partisan, Republican effort to ruin his presidency. Starr, however, defended the integrity of the investigation.

"It reinforced the proposition that all of us are subject to the law, no matter how high our station," he said. "The facts are the facts."
Yes of course, unless you are a republican, then the "facts" are fungible, they are whatever you say they are. Ken, let me give you a clue, I am sure that an investigation into the cronyism and warprofiteering that the present administration wallows in would provide fodder for real criminal charges that might result in the prosecution of those that do consider themselves above the law. But alas, the law that allowed you to go on a crotch sniffing expedition from Tangiers to Kyoto to Little Rock, expired in 2000.

Now if you have forgotten, Clinton requested the special prosecutor, and also signed an extention of the bill into law. Seems like an honorable position of a man who does not consider himself above the law. Can you imagine for a moment dubbya assigning a special prosecutor to look into, say, the Cheney energy task force? Please, don't think to hard about it, lest your head explode. There is no honor omong thieves or so they say.

Next, a new weekly feature. Praise the Lord and Pass the popcorn because it's...........

The Tentacles of Tyranny

Just saw this over at Steve's, and It just made me sick. The Roaches have lost their fear and feel perfectly comfortable asking for seconds at the dinner table. Some Jackassed, Alabama, Opportunistic Bigot, state legeslative representative, wants to ban all books that have any reference to homosexual situations or characters from the Public and State funded University libraries. These bastards are hellbent on a total whitewash of history, looking to cleanse anything that does not conform to their view of the world; in otherwords, they likely won't be satisfied until libraries are nothing more than repositories of bibles, a version cleansed of all references to the poor of course.
Gay book ban goal of state lawmaker
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
News staff writer

MONTGOMERY - An Alabama lawmaker who sought to ban gay marriages now wants to ban novels with gay characters from public libraries, including university libraries.

A bill by Rep. Gerald Allen, R-Cottondale, would prohibit the use of public funds for "the purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle." Allen said he filed the bill to protect children from the "homosexual agenda."
These fucks have absolutely no shame. They use children at every turn, to pick our pockets, erode constitutional rights, as well as a distraction so that we seem to forget that they can't really do accomplish anything substantive, oh and before i forger, they like to pimp out children and Jesus to shove *their agenda* down our throats. This "homosexual-agenda" crap is getting really fucking old --- There is no agenda, Jesus.
"Our culture, how we know it today, is under attack from every angle," Allen said in a press conference Tuesday.
I'm sorry to but in but this is just plain old White Supremest code talking, plain and simple. "Our culture"(White christian folk) "under attack"(fear mongering) "every angle"(Niggers, Fags, wetbacks and Jews) worked to get the aryans wound up in the thirties. They really aren't trying to hide it anymore.
Allen said that if his bill passes, novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed.

"I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them," he said.

A spokesman for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center called the bill censorship.

"It sounds like Nazi book burning to me," said SPLC spokesman Mark Potok.
Dig a hole? Who the fuck are you kidding, Families will be bringing their kids to revel in the righteousness in the immolation of the evil, not long after sticks and hotdogs will make an appearance. I kid you not (well maybe about the hotdogs).
Allen pre-filed his bill in advance of the 2005 legislative session, which begins Feb. 1.

If the bill became law, public school textbooks could not present homosexuality as a genetic trait and public libraries couldn't offer books with gay or bisexual characters.

When asked about Tennessee Williams' southern classic "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," Allen said the play probably couldn't be performed by university theater groups.

Allen said no state funds should be used to pay for materials that foster homosexuality. He said that would include nonfiction books that suggest homosexuality is acceptable and fiction novels with gay characters. While that would ban books like "Heather has Two Mommies," it could also include classic and popular novels with gay characters such as "The Color Purple," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "Brideshead Revisted."

The bill also would ban materials that recognize or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of Alabama. Allen said that meant books with heterosexual couples committing those acts likely would be banned, too.
Don't let this guy anywhere near the Greek history and Literature section, let's hope in this case that it is "greek to him". I doubt that this bill will pass, this is a trial ballon for another ballet initiative, or possibly cover for something more nefarious, but the fact that this guy is playing that card, openly and expects to benefit scares the shit out of me. They pass this, then Alice, we may well be through the looking glass.

Thursday, December 2

Chimperial Hubris Indeed.

So the Jackass in chief is visiting Canada, telling them that they need to fork over some troops for the Glorious Iraqi Adventure™, and meanwhile his advanced press group is up to their old tricks. Got the tip from Atrios, copped the picture from Wonkette. You know I have to do it. Enjoy the smirkitude, and bask in its warming glow, and when you are done sunning yourself, just think about the fact that a not insubstantial amount of your fellow citizens think this guy is COOOL.

Subtle innit. More like a photographic definition of SMUGLY.

Wednesday, December 1

Hubble Porn™, 'cause one can never get enough

Below are a couple of the many favorites of mine available from the Hubblesite News realeases. IMO the best way to brouse the best of Hubble. Everything is categorized in a way that is easy to navigate. You can select the objects of interest eg. Nebulae, Galaxies, Solar System, etc. Then select the amount of images you wish to see on the page and browse away.
A collision of two galaxies has left a merged star system with an unusual appearance as well as bizarre internal motions. Messier 64 (M64) has a spectacular dark band of absorbing dust in front of the galaxy's bright nucleus, giving rise to its nicknames of the "Black Eye" or "Evil Eye" galaxy.

Fine details of the dark band are revealed in this image of the central portion of M64 obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. M64 is well known among amateur astronomers because of its appearance in small telescopes. It was first cataloged in the 18th century by the French astronomer Messier. Located in the northern constellation Coma Berenices, M64 resides roughly 17 million light-years from Earth.

At first glance, M64 appears to be a fairly normal pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxy. As in the majority of galaxies, all of the stars in M64 are rotating in the same direction, clockwise as seen in the Hubble image. However, detailed studies in the 1990's led to the remarkable discovery that the interstellar gas in the outer regions of M64 rotates in the opposite direction from the gas and stars in the inner regions.

Active formation of new stars is occurring in the shear region where the oppositely rotating gases collide, are compressed, and contract. Particularly noticeable in the image are hot, blue young stars that have just formed, along with pink clouds of glowing hydrogen gas that fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light from newly formed stars.

Astronomers believe that the oppositely rotating gas arose when M64 absorbed a satellite galaxy that collided with it, perhaps more than one billion years ago. This small galaxy has now been almost completely destroyed, but signs of the collision persist in the backward motion of gas at the outer edge of M64.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has trained its razor-sharp eye on one of the universe's most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy, Messier 104 (M104). The galaxy's hallmark is a brilliant white, bulbous core encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy. As seen from Earth, the galaxy is tilted nearly edge-on. We view it from just six degrees north of its equatorial plane. This brilliant galaxy was named the Sombrero because of its resemblance to the broad rim and high-topped Mexican hat.

At a relatively bright magnitude of +8, M104 is just beyond the limit of naked-eye visibility and is easily seen through small telescopes. The Sombrero lies at the southern edge of the rich Virgo cluster of galaxies and is one of the most massive objects in that group, equivalent to 800 billion suns. The galaxy is 50,000 light-years across and is located 28 million light-years from Earth.

Hubble easily resolves M104's rich system of globular clusters, estimated to be nearly 2,000 in number — 10 times as many as orbit our Milky Way galaxy. The ages of the clusters are similar to the clusters in the Milky Way, ranging from 10-13 billion years old. Embedded in the bright core of M104 is a smaller disk, which is tilted relative to the large disk. X-ray emission suggests that there is material falling into the compact core, where a 1-billion-solar-mass black hole resides.
A larger version of this image curently resides on my desktop as wallpaper. I am sure that you will find something at the Hubblesite that will tickle your fancy.

CBS Vanguard of the Liberal Media

Atrios and Jesus General are already running this story from the Blue Lemur about CBS, which serves as confirmation of a recent status downgrade to a subcategory of invertabrate, a spineless administraton bootlicking propaganda monkey. Meanwhile across the right side of the blogsphere the kids continue to scream about Liberal bias in the Newsrooms of America.

First, CBS caves in to pressure, and pulls the plug on an airing of a stupid movie about the "Reagans" Then they refuse for reasons unjustifiable, to run a Move-On advertisement, the winner of a contest, during the SuperBowl. Of course we all know about Janet Jackson's "Wardrobe malfunction", and the trauma suffered by the Broadcast industry, as the FCC found it's knickers in a painfully irritating twist.

This time, the Network, has refused to air a spot from the United Church of Christ, who in the Fallout from the "rig at any cost" election results and the subsequent barage of a spin point calling it a victory for fundimentalist evangelicals, have decided to advertise themselves as a congregation of inclusion. Apparently the ad features appeals to gay christians and implies that Negros are welcome too. You can view the ad here.
By John Byrne | RAW STORY Editor

CBS and NBC’s television networks are refusing to run a 30-second television ad from the United Church of Christ welcoming gays and minorities to its churches, saying it is “too controversial,” RAW STORY has learned.

Negotiations between network officials and the church’s representatives broke down Tuesday, the day before the ad campaign begins airing nationwide on a combination of broadcast and cable networks. The ad has been accepted and will air on a number of networks, including ABC Family, AMC, BET, Discovery, Fox, Hallmark, History, Nick@Nite, TBS, TNT, Travel and TV Land, among others, the church said.

The ad, part of a broad public relations campaign by the mainstream Protestant Christian denomination was set to begin airing nationwide on Dec. 1. CBS and NBC were not available for comment Tuesday evening.

The 30-second commercial features two muscle-bound “bouncers” standing guard outside a picturesque church and selecting which persons are permitted to attend Sunday services, and turning away apparent gays and persons of color.

Written text interrupts the scene, announcing, “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.” A narrator then states, “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”
I think I like the ad already, and it appears that while NBC may be caught with the presidential member in its corporate mouth, a number of other networks are going to run it inspite of the tender feelings of an angry but highly vocal, minority. Who can throwdown a hissyfit of victimization better than the Fundimentalists, a cult who's primary function seems to be the manufacture of outrage boogiemen.
According to a written explanation from CBS, the United Church of Christ is being denied network access, they church says, because its ad implies that other denominations are not as accepting of minorities and therefore too “controversial.”

“Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations,” the group states an explanation from CBS reads, “and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the [CBS and UPN] networks.”

A rejection by NBC declared the spot “too controversial;” UCC did not elaborate on the network’s letter. [code for "please don't hit me" -ed]
Presnidental [misspelling intentional] propositions that are used for craven political purposes now form the framework in which executive desisions are made at CBS? At least you have to give small credit to NBC, who chose only to show the wide yellow stripe on their corparate backside, but did not cause themselves further harm by commenting on the refusal, from a PR standpoint it is a good move, but should not obviate their shunning, by members of decent society.
“It’s ironic that after a political season awash in commercials based on fear and deception by both parties seen on all the major networks, an ad with a message of welcome and inclusion would be deemed too controversial,” said Rev. John Thomas, UCC’s general minister and president. “What’s going on here?”
Allright, lets stop it right there, Rev I get your point but please don't fall into the he said she said trap and suggest for a moment that the lies were equal on both sides. All the Rove campaign sold was a pack of lies, period. At worst, the Kerry campaign could be accused of is distortion of the garden variety. The fact that you feel the need to run this add at all is a direct result of the assault on our freedoms and discourse brought to bear by the religious right and manipulated with mastery by the Republican Party.
In focus groups and test market research conducted before the campaign’s national rollout, the UCC found that many people throughout the country feel alienated by churches, the group said in a release.

“We find it disturbing that the networks in question seem to have no problem exploiting gay persons through mindless comedies or titillating dramas, but when it comes to a church’s loving welcome of committed gay couples, that’s where they draw the line,” Rev. Robert Chase, director of the church’s communication ministry said.
One might suggest that Christ had bigger fish to fry than worrying about gay folks, creatures as god made them I think he may have been more concerned about poverty, sickness, religious perversion, and spreading his message of hope, love and peace.

Tuesday, November 30


rap, and other sundries, Just filling a bit of space testing some new css formatting, that will yield a nice Boxed in
Capital letter at the start of a post or paragraph. Kind of like the times does on their editorial pages, but actually copped from Cliff Burns' site (I discovered his place in the comments over at World 'O Crap in the identify the wingnut contest) He's got a nice place over there and doesn't seem to mind a daily constitutional down wingnut way. He has a nice clean layout as well. So as I am always looking for ways to mess about (I can't help myself) here we are.

Limbot is a Lying sack of History Revising Crap.

I have not yet taken the earphones off of the Crystal radio, and now the "Big Pharma" is going off on the 9/11 report. He just made the statement that no such investigation on the scale of the 9/11 commision happened during the WWII. The committee is also worthless because it was composed by unelected officials. Now he is citing a report that he will find at the break wherein some foreigner, who says that we are making more of al quaeda than necessary, here we go it's a german reporter that claims in the LA times that we are making a mountain out of a molehill with respect to Al Quaeda.

Now we find that Richard Daley's son is joining the Army. Patrick 29 years old says "he's thrilled to serve" or somesuch. OK enough of Limbot, wait, he's dogging on Rangel and suprise he's talking about Black people.

Now if this was 20 years ago, I would have the pleasure of listening to classic Rock. If there is one unfortunate thing about crystal radio enthusiasm, it is simply the fact that AM radio has been taken over by FuckTard WingNut hate merchants. Allrighty then, I have 40 minutes before Jackass quites poluting the AM band. Time to chassisfy.

I hope that post tasted good.

Blogger just ate one, and good, zippo CULater, goodby. Well its not really a major loss just a minor inconvenience. I had composed and submitted for publication a post about a wonderful manly Christian heterosexual man by the name of Doug Giles. He is a contributor to the cesspool over at Town Hall, and has his own radio show. I might take up Doug "Guns, God, and Gloryholing for Jebus" Giles, pontificatin' at a later time, but alas, have no real interest in rewriting that which is lost.

I am presently playing around with various crystal radio configurations, using pyrite for the detector, and a variometer that I made a couple of years ago for the coil. The object is a simple radio with some sensitivity and selectivity to listen to some shortwave in the evening hours.

Right now I have the internal coil hooked up to the antenna and ground, with a 100 pf capacitor in parralell across the windings. I am looking forward for night to fall and see if this thing has the characteristics I am looking for. So now that the configuration "looks" promising, time to put this thing together on a proper chassis.

A couple of nights ago I happened to catch a bit of programming from China Radio International, as well as a japanese language program that I failed to catch a station ID for. Most likely both of these stations were coming through transmitters located in North or central america, but I need to do some research to make sure.

In any event, daytime listening is limited to the local station, which for 3 hours everyday aids and abets the propogandistic blatherings of one Rush Limbaugh (why is he still walking around free?). Just realized that at the top of the hour, that ABC news, interupts the blowhard, Just found out what we who have paying attention already knew: Tom Ridge has Tendered his resignation, "'cause he needs the money" to send his kids to school. I also just found out something else that I had predicted earlier in the College football season, Tyrone Willingham has lost his job as the head coach of the Notre Dame football team. It will likely be another 50 years before the Golden Domers are led by another Black Man.

Oh well that was nice while it lasted, but the limbot is back, and with that, we'll see if this post makes it past the dragon.

Monday, November 29

59% percent want to keep Roe.

A new AP poll may be the piss in the cornflakes, or the rain on the Fundy parade, as its results show that a significant majority of Americans do not want to turn the clock on Roe v Wade, though I doubt this news will breach their thick skulls, after all it is only the word of the secular against all that anti abortion stuff in the Bible. What? No anti abortion stuff in the Bible? Oh well why should we discuss a technicality.
By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans say President Bush (news - web sites)'s next choice for an opening on the Supreme Court should be willing to uphold the landmark court decision protecting abortion rights, an Associated Press poll found.

The poll found that 59 percent say Bush should choose a nominee who would uphold the 1973 Roe v. Wade (news - web sites) decision that legalized abortion. About three in 10, 31 percent, said they want a nominee who would overturn the decision, according to the poll conducted for the AP by Ipsos-Public Affairs.

"While I don't have a strong feeling about abortions personally, I wouldn't want the law overturned and return to the days of backdoor abortions," said Colleen Dunn, 40, a Republican and community college teacher who lives outside Philadelphia.

The preference for Supreme Court nominees who would uphold Roe v. Wade could be found among both men and women, most age groups, most income groups and people living in urban, suburban and rural areas. Fewer than half of Republicans, evangelicals and those over 65 said they favored a nominee who would uphold the abortion ruling.
Fewer than half of Republicans? How many of these idiots vote for Dubby? just more informative support for a thesis suggesting that while loud, motivated, and vocal, the fundies are a small minority, but have access to a massive echo-chamber, and have the capacity to terrify good men and women of any political affiliation. This is ultimately the reason the Pat Robertson may talk a good game about a third party, but would never leave the republican fold, and loose the power and influence they enjoy.

Can we get one of these to the white-house Stat.

Scientist using MRI technology have mapped brainwave patterns, and have discovered, that scans of the truthfull look substantially different from scans of those that are lying. this may be a step into the development of more accurate polygraph testing devices.
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brain scans show that the brains of people who are lying look very different from those of people who are telling the truth, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The study, using functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI, not only sheds light on what goes on when people lie but may also provide new technology for lie-detecting, the researchers said.

"There may be unique areas in the brain involved in deception that can be measured with fMRI," said Dr. Scott Faro, director of the Functional Brain Imaging Center at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

"There may be unique areas in the brain involved in truth-telling," Faro added at a news conference.

Faro and colleagues tested 10 volunteers. Six of them were asked to shoot a toy gun and then lie and say they didn't do it. Three others who watched told the truth about what happened. One volunteer dropped out of the study.

While giving their "testimony," the volunteers were hooked up both to a conventional polygraph and also had their brain activity imaged using fMRI, which used a strong magnet to provide a real-time picture of brain activity.

There were clear differences between the liars and the truth-tellers, Faro's team told a meeting in Chicago of the Radiological Society of North America.

"We found a total of seven areas of activation in the deception (group)," he said. "We found four areas of activity in the truth-telling arm."

Overall, it seemed to take more brain effort to tell the lie than to tell the truth, Faro found.
Reminds me of the fact that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. It's just easier to be truthful (unless you spent a bunch of time in the oil industry) than it is to lie. It is only a matter of time before a study shows that living a life above board is more healthy than living in a web of lies. And when it does, I want a cut. Hopefully they will have one of these machines ready for delivery to the Hague in a couple of years.

I Wonder if Moderate Conservatives knew they were voting for the Fundimentalist Agenda

Atrios posted this at the eschaton a little while ago, and as I can't help myself when it comes to racists and fundimentalists, I felt the need to jump in. That whole "Values Voters" post election analysis is just a GOP sponsered office of special Propaganda canard. for one thing these values voters were identified by an open ended question, and this data came from the exit polling which has since been "declared" incorrect insofar as the election results are concerned. But hey, the fundies will grab anything that would suggest that they can run with their agenda, even if the "poll" cited, only 20% of the voters asked, answered that values was the most important criteria, and that these respondants voted overwhelmingly in favor of bush. A tyrrany of the minority indeed. Abc news introduces us to some of the newly empowered.
Nov. 28, 2004 -- Among some conservative Christians, there is a belief that President Bush received a "moral mandate" to win the recent presidential election — and they are calling on him to act on their agenda now.

"I believe Our Lord elected our president and I believe he put him in office and it is my prayer that he will sustain him in office," said one woman at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Another was asked if she believed that God intervened in the election. "Absolutely," she said.
Forgive me if I find this terrifying. So if I understand this correctly, God elected a Greedy, Powerhungry, Childkilling, War profiteering, Lying War Criminal, as the president. But of course it is useless to argue with the web of mysticism, and biblical cherry picking wrapped in a theological cloak and stamped with the seal of Jesus. To them, if Dubbya is not the second coming himself, he is the man to bring it on home. The bigotry of homophobia commences in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Lift-Off.
"Values" voters delivered for the president, and the president must now deliver for them — especially in the courts, said Gary Cass, head of a grassroots political organization affiliated with Coral Ridge, called the Center for Reclaiming America.

"It's about the next 40 years and how the courts are going to affect the world in which my children and grandchildren are going to be raised in," he said.

Cass wants a U.S. Supreme Court that will outlaw abortion and gay marriage. "Do you want to take your children to a National League baseball game for instance and have homosexuals showing affection to one another? I don't want my kids to see that," he said.
Well buddy, I am afraid that denying the right to marry, will not likely stop them from showing affection in puplic, although most of the gay folk I know, don't make a big show of public displays of affection. But make sure you teach your children well. If you are so unfortunate to have a fine young gay son, rest assured that he will be a frustrated fag bashing machine, at least until he comes to terms with his "true nature".
Risking God's Wrath

By one measure, conservative Christians comprised 12 percent of the electorate this year — the same as four years ago. But they see themselves as a crucial piece of the president's political base.

They believe that if their agenda is not implemented quickly — if their concerns are not addressed in a timely fashion — God will be angry.

One leading evangelist recently warned, "God's patience runs out."

Dr. James Kennedy delivers sermons at Coral Ridge which are broadcast to 3 million homes. He said he knows of no timetable for God's wrath, but wants results fast.

He dismissed the concerns of people who worried about the impact of Christian conservatives on the U.S. government.

"Repent," he said with a laugh. "Repent. That's what I'd say."
In a number of conversations, I held with the belief that the number of evangelicals could not be much more than 15% of the electorate, but because they tend to vote in high numbers that they looked like 30%, and that was probab;y true in 2000, but increased turnout this time around has reduced that numer to 12%. In this way they are kind of like a rat terrier. A little dog that is convinced that it is a giant, and they want thier big Rawhide Bone™ NOW. 'Cause with the finger on God's pulse these people are fairly certain that we are tempting god's wrath. This Kennedy fellow is quite a charmer.
People who are concerned about the influence of Christianity "have never really surrendered their life to God and submitted themselves to his commandments — and if they did that they wouldn't have so much concern about some court saying again that it's wrong," he said.

Asked about the millions of Americans who are not Christian, or have a different interpretation of Christianity, Kennedy said with another laugh: "I couldn't care less. It's true."

"I think that the idea that the worst sin that somebody can commit is to offend somebody is ridiculous," he said.

Evangelicals say Kennedy may seem intolerant, but there's no greater love than upholding the will of God.
Maybe if I am lucky someone will hook me up with a secret Jesus Decoder ring so that i too can join the party. Mr. Kennedy? Are you are aware of what Jesus had to say about the rich, camels, and the eyes of needles?