Out of the Mountains
Ramblings from a relocated and under-employed Southeastern Kentuckian. Liberal politics, art, music, movies, books,sports, games, whatever else strikes my fancy....Sad and strange the days that are no more...
Saturday, May 31, 2008
China And US Torture Prisoners Together
Aren't we all just SOOOO proud of America these days?
"..It's a tale bizarre enough to make Rush Limbaugh blush: intelligence agents from communist China invited to an American military base, where they're allowed to torture political dissidents in American custody, with American soldiers as their sidekicks. In light of China's crackdown on Tibet during the run-up to the Olympics, it's a tasty news tidbit. But it didn't run in The Times--as far as I can tell, it only ran in one newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor..."
"..the U.S. government admitted that it has more than 500 children in its torture and concentration camps. More than 2,500 children have gone through U.S. secret prisons since 2002, including at least eight at Guantánamo.."
Jesus! US Military Pushing Christianity In Iraq
"Marines guarding the entrance to the city of Fallujah have been handing out “witnessing coins” to Sunni Muslims entering the city that read in Arabic on one side: “Where will you spend eternity?” and “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16″ on the other."
Walt Whitman Has A Posse
Happy Birthday Walt Whitman:
(May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892)
A Noiseless Patient Spider
by: Walt Whitman
A noiseless patient spider,
I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark'd how to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself.
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detatched, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them.
Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.
Friday, May 30, 2008
RIP Harvey Korman
A belated farewell to Harvey Korman. I miss him already. Way to many good clips of his to have pick one but if I have to it doesn't get any better than Blazing Saddles:
Labels: RIP Harvey Korman
Georgie Does The Chest Bump
OoTM Book Club | Cauldron, and A Thousand Splendid Suns
It's been tough to get a few moments to attend the Blog in the last few days. Before I get away and do something else I'll throw up a few things. I haven't mentioned anything I've been reading for a while. I'm always reading assorted magazines, and I also tend to go through a couple of books a month. I just finished two. No I'm not going to give you a LONG review of them. I'll give you my quick take on them, my rating and point you to a good review I agree with:
The first is Jack McDevitt's "Cauldron",
Oh, Snap..It's a Space opera type Science Fiction. Sixth in a series apparently and I hadn't read the others. I give it a 3 on my five scale. The action scenes were fine. It just took to long to get to them and they were to short. I had a few other problems with it but overall it was certainly worth the read.
The SciFi Weekly Book Review for "Cauldron".
The second book is Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns":
Really nothing to complain about here. An excellent read. If you liked his previous book "The Kite Runner" you'll certainly love this one and if you didn't you'll probably still like it. You follow two lives through nearly the last thirty years of afghanistan's history. Painful at times but you'll be glad you read it and won't want to put it down till done. My rating, 4 out of 5.
The New York Times Review, "A Thousand Splendid Suns".
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Video Mashup - Jackson And Astaire
This is fantastic. A mashup of Michael Jackson with Fred Astair(and Cyd Charisse, Yum, with Leslie Caron opening, Yum), Smooth Criminal:
"A fan of both Fred Astaire and Michael Jackson has cut this short film in the hope of introducing new generations to Astaire and the influence he had on Jackson."
Found at BB
I'm going to catch up on news G'Night World!
Evening Video | Logging In
Scott McClellan Tells Us What We Already Knew
Bushco's former press secretary Scott McClellan joins the list of former insiders who amazingly find their conscience after leaving the compound and while shopping a book. I saw a review this morning on the Today Show and it's pretty much everything we in the "Reality Based Community" could have told you in 2003. The only thing I strenuously disagree with Scotty on is his pushing the idea that Bush's Iraq war was a massive blunder. It was to the world at large but to Bushco, I don't think so. Their corporate partners are still raking in massive profits, they're STILL looting the US treasury, everything being cut but the war machine.
Ignore Scott McClellan. It's to little, and Waaay to late.
Scotty that blood on your hands won't come off. You're forever a member of the war criminal administration.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Phoenix Lander Parachuting To Martian Surface
The orbiting Mars Reconnaissance craft snapped this picture of the Phoenix lander parachuting to the Martian surface. Glowing for the camera from the heat of entering the Martian atmosphere. This is the first picture taken from a spacecraft of another craft landing on another planet.
"From a distance of about 310 kilometers (193 miles) above the surface of the Red Planet, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter pointed its HiRISE obliquely toward Phoenix shortly after it opened its parachute while descending through the Martian atmosphere. The image reveals an apparent 10-meter-wide (30-foot-wide) parachute fully inflated. The bright pixels below the parachute show a dangling Phoenix. The image faintly detects the chords attaching the backshell and parachute. The surroundings look dark, but corresponds to the fully illuminated Martian surface, which is much darker than the parachute and backshell."
This Modern World | Karl Rove Concern Troll
Kentucky Senate Race | Lunsford Leads McConnell By Five!
Well, well. Can we say BUH-BUH BYE Mitch?
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Kentucky Senate race shows Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford with a five percentage point lead over long-time Republican Senator Mitch McConnell. The poll, conducted just two days after Lunsford won the Democratic nomination, shows the challenger with 49% of the vote while McConnell earns 44%.
These results stand in stark contrast to the Presidential race in Kentucky—John McCain leads Barack Obama by twenty-five percentage points. However, just 67% of McCain voters currently plan to vote for McConnell. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of McCain voters say they will split the ticket and vote for Lunsford. Recognizing the overall political dynamic, McConnell issued a statement last week indicating that he is looking forward to running against the “Lunsford-Obama plan for America."
Monday, May 26, 2008
FBI Plans To Infiltrate Protesters At GOP Convention
Memorial Day Observation
RIP - Dick Martin
Laugh In's Dick Martin has passed away. Talk about bringing back memories. Here's a clip of outtakes(strong language):
Dick Martin, a veteran nightclub comic who with his partner, Dan Rowan, turned a midseason replacement slot at NBC in 1968 into a hit that redefined what could be done on television, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86 and lived in Malibu, Calif.Laugh In.
You can’t have Harry Belafonte on your show and not have him sing a song, but we did; we had him climbing out of a bathtub, just because it looked irreverent and silly. If a show hires Robert Goulet, pays him $7,500 or $10,000, they’re going to want three songs out of him; we hire Robert Goulet, pay him $210 and drop him through a trap door.”--Dick Martin
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Evening Video | Lou Reed "Pale Blue Eyes"
"Boulevard" Movie Online
Freedom Riders | Wingnuts On Two Wheels?
Just a Note:
I think I've found a good chunk of that 28-29% of the American public that thinks George W. Bush is doing a bang-up job as Prez-dent. I sat down this evening to finish the newspaper and the wife had left the local news on. As I started reading the paper the announcer says: "That's all, have a good evening and stay tuned for NBC National News". I thought: Uh Oh, and looked around for the remote. Sure enough there it is across the room. I think to myself, well..I'll just keep on reading, they can't do anything to annoy me that quick? NBC started telling me about a HUUUGE biker protest in Washington DeeCee by the "Freedom Riders motorcycle club" for Veteran's rights and to support our military. Wow I thought, I hope "dumbya's" out of town these guys might just string him up. Then NBC gravely tells me that these "Freedom Rider" guys -that are just doing their damnest to support our military and veterans- were also going to give a leather coat of appreciation to...George W. Bush..! WTF! As you can imagine my jaw hit the floor, newspaper forgotten I stumbled across the room for the blessed remote. Trying to ignore the images of the "Freedom Riders" giving a fine leather coat of appreciation to the guy who has decimated our military with a false war, profiteering cronies, and overall indifference(except for photo ops). The guy who just a few days ago tried to have the new GI bill giving veterans a college education thrown out. The guy who's taking the finest army in history and laying it to waste. There's not enough room on the Internets to describe the damage George W. Bush has done, in everything he's touched. What he's done to our military(and country) for his corporate profits war in Iraq should be a war crime. The "Freedom Riders" think dubya's one helluva good ol' boy. That's all I need to know about the Freedom Riders.
I prefer these Freedom Riders.
Giant Pandas After The Chinese Quake
Panda lunchtime at the China Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 23, 2008.
The May 12 earthquake killed five staff at the Wolong-based China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center. Three of 10 pandas that went missing have not been found. The center has 60 pandas now.
Phoenix Lander Arrives At Mars Tonight
Will it survive? Sequence begins about 7:30EDT and will last about an hour. Here's some video animation, and information on the lander, and it's hoped for landing near the Martian North Pole tonight:
More here and here.
UPDATE: The Phoenix landing is a success! Images being sent back now. Watch live on NASA tv.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
McCain/Bush | Drawing 'em In Like Pulling Teeth
Funny: "More protesters than fundraisers expected".
McCain/Bush Fundraiser Moved To Smaller Quarters Due To Poor Ticket Sales/Fears Of Protest
"Sources familiar with the situation said the Bush-McCain event was not selling enough tickets to fill the Convention Center space, and that there were concerns about more anti-war protesters showing up outside the venue than attending the fundraiser inside."-
Electronic Voting | Kentucky's Corrupted Election System
Election workers asked my wife and I(Nicholasville KY) whether we wanted the electronic or classic machine on election morning. She took the electronic machine and I used one of the old ones.
The electronic machines have proven to be pathways to theft countless times. I can understand why Republicans would want them used. They seem to benefit very well from them. But why do Democrats go along?
Programming Voting Machines from Home? Kentucky's corrupted Election System.
How many other places have their voting machines programmed by a company which has no address and in which the programmer works out of his home?
And here's Blackboxvoting.org
Friday, May 23, 2008
She Didn't Mean It The Way It Sounded
I think Hillary Clinton was trying to make a profound point on why she was still in the race. Edward Kennedy's recent hospitalization was at the back of her mind and she suddenly had a brain lock.
Terribly unfortunate choice of words. I worry about Barack Obama anyway, especially
if after he gets the nomination. I think people were especially shocked because a lot of other people are worried also and her comment exposed that fear. You have to worry for any candidate, especially when they become their party's candidate for President. I don't worry so much for Hillary, she'll be fine. Obama is apparently our nominee now and there are a LOT of violent crazies out there and a LOT of them are racists.
With the recent terrible news regarding Edward Kennedy, the last of the "Camelot" Kennedy brothers fast approaching mortality. It brought up a terrible National memory. Strange and scary choice of words.
Clinton Kennedy Assassination Reference: Raises Bobby's Death To Explain Why She Stays In Race
Here's Keith Olbermann with a(bit overboard I think) attack on Hillary Clinton's comments:
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Obama/Webb 2008? GI Bill Passes!
I Know What Time It Is! Ditch Mitch!
Evening Vid | Radiohead
Ex-Jack Sparrow Tells About Life In The Magic Kingdom
The funny story of an actor playing Jack Sparrow at Disneyland.
"I'll be honest: I didn’t follow all the Disney rules. I played Jack like he was real, and if a woman flirted, I would flirt back. Women loved it. But there were also women who would have too many beers at California Adventure or smuggle in alcohol you could smell on their breath, women who were clearly sloshed.
Here’s a napkin someone wrote on for me: “I will give you a blow job on your break, so sexy! Kim—714-XXX-XXXX.” I would also get offers from women in my ear: “Anything you want, just find me.” I had a girl who had turned 18 the day before. She was with a high school group, and she wrote down her room number at the Downtown Disney hotel. I had a lady hump my leg one day in the park.."
Morning Video | Cheney's Toy
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"Barack Black Eagle" | Obama Adopted By Crow Indians
Obama Adopted Into Crow Nation
CROW AGENCY, Mont. -- Sen. Barack Obama became the first American presidential candidate to visit the reservation of the Crow Nation and in doing so was adopted into the nation under the Crow name "One Who Helps People Throughout the Land."Continue.
Drums pounded and the crowd cheered as Obama was escorted to the podium by his "new parents," Hartford and Mary Black Eagle, in the manner of a groom being walked down the aisle. Obama beamed. His adoptive parents gave Obama hugs as he stepped onto a riser to speak.
"I want to thank my new parents," he said. "The nicest parents you could ever want to know. I like my new name. Barack Black Eagle. That is a good name!"
For all the symbolism -- members of the tribe wore colorful traditional clothing and feathered head-dresses -- Obama addressed some issues of serious concern not only to the 12,100-member Crow Nation but to many Native American tribes around the country.
Obama told those gathered that he intended to acknowledge the "tragic history" of Native Americans over the past three centuries. They "never asked for much, only what was promised by the treaty obligations of their forebears," he said, promising to honor those treaties.
Moreover, he pledged to bring sorely needed "quality affordable health care and a world-class education to reservations all across America. That will be a priority when I'm president."
Republican Problem Solving Handbook
From The Aristocrats:
The Republican Problem Solving Handbook(come on you knew there was one, right?)
Just a few helpful samples:
create intricate web of lies about it
blindly support nutjob president
discuss it with your secret family
declare war on it, call it The War on (the problem)
build a fence around it
add three levels of corruption to it
change subject to fancyboy haircuts
link it to the death tax/gay marriage/social security
borrow a mountain of money for you know, whatever
say something about Hitler or Lincoln or Reagan
jury is still out on it
blame it on naive Obama supporters
create an expensive fix that is at least five times worse than (the problem)
Holy Joe Lieberman Pleads For Censorship
Republican wannabe Joe Lieberman,
DemocratIndependent tries to get YouTube to censor their videos of things which he doesn't approve. YouTube politely tells him to take it to the comments:
"..Senator Lieberman stated his belief, in a letter sent today, that all videos mentioning or featuring these groups should be removed from YouTube — even legal nonviolent or non-hate speech videos. While we respect and understand his views, YouTube encourages free speech and defends everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. We believe that YouTube is a richer and more relevant platform for users precisely because it hosts a diverse range of views, and rather than stifle debate we allow our users to view all acceptable content and make up their own minds. Of course, users are always free to express their disagreement with a particular video on the site, by leaving comments or their own response video.."
And Now Something Completely Different | Vestigial Organs
Interesting article from NewScientist.
Five things humans no longer need
"..This week we tackle vestigial organs in a feature article that looks at how the idea has changed over the years, and how it has come under attack from creationists anxious to deny that vestigial organs (and hence evolution) exist at all. To accompany the article, here is our list of the five organs and functions most likely to be truly vestigial..."
Monday, May 19, 2008
Evening Video | Mark Knopfler
Happenings In The Campaign
John McCain's YouTube Nightmare - "Straight Talk Express" Hits The Ditch
DU's Top Ten Conservative Idiots
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Frank Rich Says: McCain Runs But Can't Hide From Bush
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Hardly Working | Phantom Of The Office
Senator Kennedy Apparently Has A Series Of Strokes
Herald-Leader Endorses Barack Obama
The Lexington Herald-Leader endorsed Barack Obama yesterday. It's amazing to me that this campaign is still going on. Unlike many that doesn't really bother me. The Republicans are easily confused and it's like a tag team on crazy ol' John McCain. It's all pretty much wrapped up for Barack Obama though, and Kentucky(as usual) doesn't matter much.
Democrats should choose Obama
Ill. senator suited to lead U.S. into future
"So, before Kentuckians go to the polls Tuesday in one of the last primaries, let's just pause to savor this moment in history: For the first time in 232 years of nationhood, an African-American or a woman will lead a presidential ticket.
That alone makes this election a hopeful turning point.
The opportunity for national renewal will be even greater if, as appears almost certain, Sen. Barack Obama is the nominee.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has waged a tough campaign. Her experience and mastery of the challenges facing the next president are impressive. So is her ability to connect with voters. She has emerged as a political force in her own right, outside the orbit of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Both Democrats are more than qualified to be president."
Sunny Afternoon Video | Vampire Weekend
It's a nice and sunny afternoon here. I've just managed to get to the computer for a bit and log in. I'm off to check out the latest news and look around for a bit. Have a nice Saturday travelers..here's Vampire Weekend with "A-Punk":
Turn up your volumn a bit.
Just a bit more.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Mitch McConnell | More Tax Breaks For Millionaire Horse Farms
Running on Empty: Cars that Never Need Gas
From the Sierra Club comes more good news on the fully electric car. Electric cars are becoming competetive. Not only that but they're coming with solar chargers. Completely free fuel(once the car and equipment are paid off of course). "Five years ago, I spent about $45,000 and got a brand new car (the RAv4EV) and the solar system," he says. "We're still driving the car every day, and the solar system will continue to make fuel for whatever EV we drive in the future. For $45,000 we bought a new car and fuel for the rest or our lives." -
"There are hybrids. There are electric cars that plug into a wall and get their juice from whatever mix the electric company is offering. And then there are electic cars that are charged by solar panels on the roof of one's house. They never need gas, and the power is free after the set-up cost..."
Darrell Dickey with his RAV4 EV and daughter Kyra.
"Five years ago, I spent about $45,000 and got a brand new car (the RAv4EV) and the solar system," he says. "We're still driving the car every day, and the solar system will continue to make fuel for whatever EV we drive in the future. For $45,000 we bought a new car and fuel for the rest or our lives."
The Daily Show | Hillary's West Virginia Win
Astronomy Pic Of The Week
Inherent Contempt Citation For Rove?
Here's a portion of a letter I received from Congressman Robert Wexler(D, 19th, Fla.). Of course talking about holding these people accountable and doing it are two different things.
Last night, I appeared on MSNBC's Verdict with Dan Abrams to discuss Karl Rove's outrageous refusal to appear before Congress regarding serious allegations that he used the US Justice Department to take down a prominent Democratic politician. It is alleged that Mr. Rove personally instigated the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman. The case has been criticized by legal experts, and 52 former state attorney generals ? both Republicans and Democrats ? have criticized the case and called for an investigation. (You may view the clip here.)
If Rove refuses to testify voluntarily and ignores the subpoenas that will certainly be issued, he should be held in Inherent Contempt of the House of Representatives.
No American is above the law. None of us should be able to ignore Congress without consequence. If Mr. Rove ignores a subpoena from the Judiciary Committee, then the House of Representatives should pass an Inherent Contempt citation and exercise our right to send the House Sergeant-of-Arms to gather Mr. Rove and bring him before Congress to testify.
I do not advocate this option lightly, but the reality is that Congress has few options left against an Administration that totally refuses to submit to any type of reasonable Congressional oversight. Congress has both the right and obligation to investigate these matters. Never before has an Executive so upset the checks and balances inherent in our Constitution. If we back off or delay, we effectively forfeit the power of Congress to investigate the Executive branch.
Rove is not the first White House official to ignore Congress. We have seen a pattern of refusals based on laughable claims of executive privilege. First, White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers ignored subpoenas on the investigation into the firing of US Attorney Generals for partisan political motives.
Their refusal to testify was unprecedented: never before have executive officials totally refused to even show up before Congress. Bolten and Miers are the highest officials ever held in contempt of Congress. Unfortunately, Attorney General Mukasey ? in a dereliction of duty ? has refused to enforce the contempt decree and now Congress is suing them in District Court to demand compliance. Then, the Vice President's Chief of Staff, David Addington, refused to testify on the investigation into the Bush Administration's ordering of torture. Now, Rove continues this executive arrogance by also refusing to testify.
Enough is enough. We have a Constitutional obligation to provide accountability to a White House that is trying usurp the constitutional powers of Congress.
These are the very reasons why I have been pushing for impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney. The Bush Administration has been running roughshod over the Constitution for eight long years. We should not allow the promise of a positive election be used as an excuse to ignore our duty to investigate crimes that weaken the very fabric of our Democracy.
I thank you again for your commitment to the causes that we hold so dear.
With warm regards,
Congressman Robert Wexler
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Stephen Colbert Does O'Reilly
Evening Video | Moby Grape
Cindy McCain's Tax Returns
At least the newspapers have begun to notice that Cindy McCain, wife and sponsor of husband John "Transparency" McCain is refusing to release her tax records.
"IT WON'T DO." That was our bottom line in 1984 when Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York, Democratic vice presidential candidate, balked at releasing her husband's income tax returns. Ms. Ferraro ultimately relented. It was our bottom line four years ago, when Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of the Democratic nominee, refused to release her returns; Ms. Kerry relented as well. And it is just as apt now with regard to Cindy McCain's tax returns.
John Edwards endorses Obama
The Comedy Republicans - Their New Slogan
Passerby; You've probably already seen this little item, but if not you have to. It's the otherworldly, Onion worthy humour of the Republican party. They've got themselves a new slogan.
After having nearly complete political control of the federal government for- Oh..let's see, pretty much this whole 21st century(so far), their new slogan is, TA DA! "The Change You Deserve"(cue the trumpets)! That's right, the party of dubya, the most hated President in this country's history and Dick "Dick" Cheney have come up with a slogan for...CHANGE.
Wait, that's funny but it gets better, "The Change You Deserve" was actually stolen from the slogan for the anti-depresent drug Effexor; For the treatment “of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder in adults.”
The party of Rove and dubya reduced to stealing catch phrases from drug companies. It's worthy of the Onion. Almost makes me feel bad for the party of war, environmental degredations, skyrocketing budget deficits and soooo much more. It's good they still got the "Liberal" media in their corner.
Miss. | Another Heavily Red District Votes Blue
If this keeps up I may begin to believe we can throw out the sleazy Mitch McConnell.
R+10 District Goes Blue: “It’s Like a Democrat Losing in Brooklyn”
Democrats picked up a northern Mississippi House seat in one of the most conservative-minded districts in the country Tuesday night -- an upset that will reverberate darkly through a House Republican caucus already reeling from losses in special elections in Illinois and Louisiana.Continue.
This is where Darth Cheney went in(on our dime) to "help out" the Repub candidate. Thanks Dick!
Bushco | Evil Is As Evil Does
These are seriously evil people.
As Atrios says:
It's like they saw everything that was decent and decided to take a leak on it.
The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged.
It's like the Keystone Cops trying to run a dictatorship.
Related dubya news: I saw a small blurb on the Internets yesterday that Bush had given his "first Internet interview". Now I'm fairly sure the vast majority of the world had the same reaction as myself, Who. Gives. A. F*ck!?
Monday, May 12, 2008
Kentucky | Always On The Hindquarters Of Progress
An interesting article in the Lexington(Kentucky) paper today. Hillary Clinton leads Obama by nearly twenty percentage points in a recent poll. That's not the scary part, the scary part is that either one of them trails this guy:
Crazy "Pops" McCain
By double digits right now if the election were held today. So at this point in time the majority of my (always)backward state believe that the last eight years of Bushco disaster were just hunky dory and they want more.
It really is an amazing state of ignorance, where the "sheeple" get their news from Faux and CNN and then curl up to watch American Idol.
It does a lot to explain why Kentucky is always the tail end of progressive ideas and why our economy, schools, environment, etc. will remain in the toilet and why we'll never be on the leading edge of anything. As with the latest state budget fiascos(Not helped by the Democratic Guv) my heart grieves for the Kentucky that might have been.
KY Representative Ben Chandler receives racist calls after endorsing Barack Obama.
Speaking of the dead-enders:
"A successful conclusion in our operations in Iraq is essential...Hands down, John McCain is the one to see that through."-
-David Thompson(R, Brain dead, Winchester)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Happy Mothers Day | Love You Mothers
The US Drug War Menace Marches On
Rarely will you hear common sense or actual facts regarding marijuana in the US corporate News Media. Unfortunately even the National left leaning Blogs rarely cover the subject for that matter. What you will hear are horror stories like these two creeps. Because those stories feed the Federal/corporate propaganda effort on behalf of the disatrous drug war. Here's a few headlines that should be aired and debated across the country but won't because of the ingrained fear of opinion and government.
Five signs that pot might become legal soon -- and five reasons why it probably won't.
drug war victims
Why is marijuana illegal?
Low-dose pot eases pain while keeping mind clear
Most taken from the invaluable Drug War Rant.
Along with this funny bit with Tim Meadows in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Related: Here's a good documentary on medicinal marijuana, Waiting to Inhale:
Trailer: FAUBOURG TREMÉ
Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.
Shot largely before Hurricane Katrina and edited afterwards, the film is both celebratory and elegiac in tone. Faubourg Tremé is arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America, the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement in the South and the home of jazz. While the Tremé district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Every frame is a tribute to what African American communities have contributed even under the most hostile of conditions..
Here's the trailer:
Friday, May 09, 2008
Hillary Vs Obama
I love this illustration by Victor Juhasz from a Matt Taibbi article in Rolling Stone about Hillary Clinton's Pennsyvania win. It sums up my impression on the tail end of this campaign:
Thursday, May 08, 2008
The NBC Obama Interview
Antarctic Total Solar Eclipse
Oliver Willis | Obama's Big Mistake
I knew Obama had a problem but I just couldn't put my finger on it. Oliver Willis snarkily tells us what it is.
Barack Obama’s Big Mistake: He’s Getting Too Many Votes
The Word Of God
God, in the form of SciFi writer Thomas M. Disch answers your questions at his Godly Blog.
Dear G_d: Could you clarify the order of Creation? There are two different lists in Genesis, and people have died over interpretation. Please guide your humble flock.G_d: The Aardvarks came first.
PS: What did you do on the 8th Day?
Then the others, in alphabetical order. Except some of the really cute ones, like the panda, wheedled their way to the head of the line. And the zebra just stood there feeling this would be his lucky day.Linked.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
This Just In - Office Depot Sucks
Don't forget Office Depot is the corporate crooks and buttholes of the supply business. Especially if you have a crappy laptop you have to return. You have been warned!
Labels: Office depot sucks
Pentagon Propaganda Documents Now Online
Don't hold your breath for the happily complicite corporate "News" networks to report on this
Eight thousand pages of documents related to the Pentagon's illegal propaganda campaign, known as the Pentagon military analyst program, are now online for the world to see, although in a format that makes it impossible to easily search them and therefore difficult to read and dissect. This trove includes the documents pried out of the Pentagon by David Barstow and used as the basis for his stunning investigation that appeared in the New York Times on April 20, 2008.
The Pentagon program, which clearly violated US law against covert government propaganda, embedded more than 75 retired military officers -- most of them with financial ties to war contractors -- into the TV networks as "message surrogates" for the Bush Administration. To date, every major commercial TV network has failed to report this story, covering up their complicity and keeping the existence of this scandal from their audiences.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Nine Inch Nails "The Slip" Free Download
Interesting And Disturbing
Jon Stewart Interviews Harry Reid
Monday, May 05, 2008
Matt Taibbi | Undercover In Jesus Hagee-Land
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi goes undercover to investigate the church of John Hagee. You know the hateful wingnut Reverend adored by Grandpa McCain and ignored by the MSM.
Jesus Made Me Puke
Matt Taibbi Undercover with the Christian Right
I had joined Cornerstone — a megachurch in the Texas Hill Country — to get a look inside the evangelical mind-set that gave the country eight years of George W. Bush. The church's pastor, John Hagee, is one of the most influential evangelical preachers in the country — not because his ministry is so very large (although he claims up to 4.5 million viewers a week for his Sunday sermons) but because of his near-absolute conquest of a very trendy niche in the market: Christian Zionism.Link.
The whole idea behind Christian Zionism is to align America with the nation of Israel so as to "hurry God up" in his efforts to bring about Armageddon. As Hagee tells it, only after Israel is involved in a final showdown involving a satanic army (in most interpretations, a force of Arabs led by Russians) will Christ reappear. On that happy day, Hagee and his True Believers will be whisked up to Heaven by God, while the rest of us nonbelievers are left behind on Earth to suck eggs and generally suffer various tortures.
New York Times | White House Stenographers
Along with their Neo-con "Iraq Panels" they're still(like those during Bushco's run-up to the war on Iraq) running White House articles on their front pages. Here's Glenn Greenwald:
"..The administration has no better ally in disseminating its war-provoking accusations than Michael Gordon and his NYT Editors, for whom "reporting" consists of repeating whatever Bush officials say -- no matter how significant or dubious -- and to do so without challenge and while baselessly granting them anonymity to make their provocative accusations without accountability.." Shocking? No more so than CNN(Conservative News Network) hiring more Bush Trolls for their corporate Faux-Lite "News" channel.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Video | Bob Costas Panel Tries To Get The Blog Thing
Tom Hanks Supports Barack Obama
Tom Hanks put a video of endorsement for Barack Obama on his MySpace page.
Oh, and thanks to Hillary Clinton joining crazy John McCain's gas tax holiday boondoggle(I mean really, do these people have a clue where the money for road repair, etc. comes from?) Friends of the Earth just endorsed Obama.
Anniversary Of The Kent State Massacre
I've been super busy this weekend. With family stuff, yard and home, and going in to the office today there's not been much time left for De Blog, but here I am again. The good thing about being a...shall we say "z" list Hobby-Blogger,is I can be gone a few days and like that tree falling in the forest with no one around to hear it, does anyone really give a crap, or something like that. I'm not really missed but I still hang in there and throw up things of interest along the way. I do admire the people who have all that time to put in to it. Speaking of which, I saw that today's the anniversary of those bastards killing our kids at Kent State.
I still remember the anger and horror I felt reading about it in the newspaper in my school Library(Oneida Baptist Institute) the next day and thinking the SOBs are killing us now. Neil Young came out with "Ohio" within a few days and Nixon's war was doomed.
Kent State - Four Dead In Ohio:
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Wee Hours Video | David Byrne
Friday, May 02, 2008
Michael Moore on Larry King
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Video | "One Of My Turns"
Videos | The Most Annoying Songs
A list of videos of the worst, most annoying songs ever-or a good start anyway. From Bolus, and you can add your personal preferences in their comments. Here's the video list(at BB):
White Plains -- My Baby Loves Lovin'
Terry Jacks -- Seasons in the Sun
Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods -- Billy Don't Be a Hero
Captain & Tenille -- Muskrat Love
Tony DiFranco & the DiFranco Family -- Heartbeat (It's a Love Beat)
Bobby Goldsboro -- Honey
Sammy Johns -- Chevy Van
Debbie Boone -- You Light Up My Life
Here's the link.
Roger Waters | The Obama Video
Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters with "The Tide is Turning":
Note: I'm not an Obamabot. He has my support by default at this point, but I'm also a longstanding skeptic by choice. It's a good video. Nothing anti-Clinton about it. Pretty much anti-evil klutz Republicans