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Miscellaneous Thoughts (a.k.a. The Ranting Corner)
Sunday, 29 May 2005
Conservative Hypocrisy
I said I wasn't going to double post, but this is just too much. From the Democratic Underground's Top Ten List of Conservative Idiot's:

Here's a conundrum for conservatives - what do you do with a teenage girl who becomes pregnant, but rather than having an abortion decides to keep the baby, and not only that but goes on to complete high school? Last week, St. Jude Educational Institute answered the question by barring student Alysha Cosby from taking part in her own graduation ceremony because she was pregnant.

So let me get this straight - if she'd gotten an abortion, she could have participated (or perhaps if she'd gotten comprehensive sex education, but that's another story). But the shame of a pregnant high school graduate was just too much for St. Jude's to bear? Fortunately Cosby decided to take matters into her own hands, attended the graduation ceremony, waited until the last student had been called, and then called her own name and walked across the stage. Props.

Oh, and by the way - in case you were wondering, the male student who got Alysha pregnant was not barred from participating in the ceremony. What a surprise.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 10:57 AM EDT
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Senator from MN handed his ass by British Politician
You gotta love stories like this...from the Democratic Underground's Top Ten Conservative Idiot's list:

Picture an SUV rolling over an ice cream sandwich, and you'll have a good idea of what happened to Norm Coleman (R-[Minnesota]) last week at a Senate hearing on the so-called "oil-for-food" scandal. The freshman senator has been doing his best to become this century's Joe McCarthy by creating long lists of people whom he is convinced were in cahoots with Saddam Hussein (including, apparently, the former secretary to Pope John Paul II and the former head of the African National Congress Presidential office). Unfortunately, one of those people called his bluff last week and Coleman learned the hard way that British politicians are quite a bit tougher than the home-grown variety. Scotsman George Galloway, famous anti-war member of the British Parliament, came to Washington D.C. to confront Coleman... and handed him his ass on a platter.

From:

I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns. I met him to try and bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war, and on the second of the two occasions, I met him to try and persuade him to let Dr Hans Blix and the United Nations weapons inspectors back into the country...

...to:

I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al-Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11 2001. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning. Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies...

...it was quite a sight to behold.

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Not only does it pain me that Coleman is from my home state of Minnesota, but once again I find the so-called liberal media claim baseless here. I get the headlines from five different newspapers each day and I didn't hear about this until I took a stroll through the Deomocratic Underground.

And another thing. The fillibuster compromise. I must admit that I loved - LOVED - watching Frist realize that he truly is a lame duck who was proved to be ineffectual by the wonderful John McCain. Is it wrong that it made me giggle with delight? I hope not.

Frist I think is very misguided right now. Either that or he's so focused on getting the religious conservative vote wrapped up for his 2008 bid for the White House that he doesn't see anything else.

Either he forgot, or someone forgot to tell him that the Senate is all about a voice for the minority. That's why you have two senators from each state. Delaware gets two, Texas gets two. It's not like the House where representatives are dependent on population size.

But let's face it. You don't get this far in a career without knowing how government works. He's no fool, he's simply Bush's go-to guy. Happy to be of service and always willing to go that extra mile down the slimey path of political mucky-muck.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 10:45 AM EDT
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Monday, 23 May 2005
The Liberal Media
I heard once that the liberal media is only as liberal as the conservative corporations that own it. Lets take a look at the facts, shall we?

Viacom owns: CBS, UPN, MTV, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Video, BET, Simon and Schuster publishing, and Comedy Central.

Time Warner owns: CNN, AOL, HBO, Cinemax, The WB, Warner Bros. Pictures, Court TV, Warner Brothers, Time, Life, People, and Warner Books.

Disney owns: Walt Disney Pictures, The Disney Channel, ABC television networks, ESPN, A&E, Lifetime, E!, Disney Radio Network (a.k.a. ABC Radio which offers the leftist commentary of both Focus on the Family and Sean Hannity), Miramax Pictures, and Touchstone Pictures.

General Electric owns: NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Bravo, Independent Film Channel, American Movie Classics, Telemundo, Universal Pictures, and Universal Studios.

News Corporation (owned by Rupert Murdoch) owns: Fox, Fox News, FX, 20th Century Fox, HarperCollins, The New York Post, TV Guide, and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

What, then, after all this, is left (literally)? I am hard-pressed to name a channel not owned by one of these media conglomerates. In fact, I had no idea the Murdoch owned TV Guide until I looked it up just now. I’ll be canceling my subscription on Monday.

But the bigger question here is not so much who owns what as how much longer will the Left continue to take this shit lying down?

The left-leaning media allegation is beyond baseless and yet, when it’s hurled in our direction no one ever says, “Are you kidding me?” before listing the above facts on just exactly who owns what.

Can we please grow a pair, people?!

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:22 PM EDT
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Thursday, 19 May 2005
Report: Muslim World Largely Anti-American
From the AP: NEW YORK - Anti-American feelings are widespread in the Muslim world and extend to U.S. consumer brands, according to a report released Wednesday. It suggested the U.S. burnish its image with a change in tone and by publicizing aid programs.

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Holy crap, really? I'm shocked - SHOCKED!

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:55 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 18 May 2005
Whom Does This Benefit?
From the blog of Norman Mailer
Intelligence 101A

I'm beginning to see why one would want to write a blog. At present, I have a few thoughts I can certainly not prove, but the gaffe over the Michael Isikoff story in Newsweek concerning the Koran and the toilet is redolent with bad odor. Who, indeed, was Isikoff's supposedly reliable Pentagon source? One's counter-espionage hackles rise. If you want to discredit a Dan Rather or a Newsweek crew, just feed them false information from a hitherto reliable source. You learn that in Intelligence 101A.

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And still no one is talking about the Smoking Gun lying out on grassy knoll. Liberal media my ass. If we had a liberal media every newspaper in the country would be screaming about the British Memo that is now weeks old and getting older. It's like the world has gone crazy and no one cares that our politicians are 1.) lying to us and 2.) not doing a very good job at covering their tracks.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 7:52 PM EDT
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Monday, 9 May 2005
Vacation From What?
NEW YORK - Britney Spears is enjoying her pregnancy. Spears, who announced her pregnancy last month, said she and husband Kevin Federline "ate at some amazing restaurants in Scottsdale" during a "peaceful and relaxing" two-week vacation in Arizona.

"Eating for two is so much fun; I get to eat lots and lots!" the 23-year-old singer says in a posting on her Web site.

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Vacation? Vacation from WHAT? Britney Spears has spent the last few months smoking, drinking, swimming, eating and getting pregnant. What exactly were you vacationing from? Being hot?

Speaking of which, remember when Christina was the skanky one? Back in the day nothing she did surprised us and now she's classed up her act and is even engaged to someone legitimate. That's right, I said it. K-Fed? Is a joke.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 2:52 PM EDT
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Saturday, 7 May 2005
Afraid. Very afraid.
I’ve heard some words thrown out lately that I thought I’d share. First, though, let me note that I didn’t hear them in our mainstream media. No, these words were spoken on Air America Radio, possibly the only organization out there telling the truth.

Fascism: A philosophy or system of government that is marked by stringent social and economic control, a strong, centralized government usually headed by a dictator, and often a policy of belligerent nationalism.

Oligarchy: A system of government in which political power is exercised by a small group of people, usually self-selected.

Do these concepts sound familiar? If they don’t, they should.

Belligerent nationalism certainly fits the profile of a few power-mongers in Washington. And by writing the above I am aware that my own patriotism may at some point be called into question. The fact that questionable patriotism is something people worry about indicates the level of our problem.

Black voters were purged from the rolls in Florida, 2000. I’d call that self-selected, especially since Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush had a hand in the whole fiasco.

I guess it’s just a matter of time before we see exactly which of these oppressive dictatorships will come to pass in the U.S. The national I.D. program should certainly be a start in keeping track of our “undesirables”. Certainly no one would abuse this power of having all our information in one giant database. It’s not like anything like that has ever happened here before. Like during WWII for example when we used the Census data to get the addresses for every Japanese-American living in the U.S. so that we could put them in internment camps.

I’m really worried that no one seems to be paying any attention. The British memo came out a week ago and no one’s talking about it. This document proves – PROVES – that the Bush Administration decided to go to war and THEN created the evidence to support their decision. But no one knows, because the headlines are all about Michael Jackson and the Runaway Bride and Bush’s trip to Russia and the fucking Kentucky Derby and Paris Hilton’s next reality show and who’ll star with her.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:25 PM EDT
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Friday, 6 May 2005
Are Democrats Causing Delays in Court?
According to FactCheck.org:

Contrary to a pro-Bush TV ad, Republicans share the blame for "empty courtrooms," and delays are shorter now than they were before Bush.

Summary

A multimillion-dollar ad campaign blames Democrats for the fact that "courtrooms sit empty." In fact, there are now half as many judicial vacancies as when Bush took office. And of the 46 federal judgeships that remain vacant, Bush has named only 16 replacements.

The ad also says cases are being delayed in federal courts for "thousands of Americans." Actually, official statistics show cases typically being decided more quickly now than they were in 1999, when it was Republicans opposing Clinton's judicial nominees.

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So suck on that, all you 'Pubs who want the world to believe that we Dems are ruining the justice system. That's right, I said said suck on it!


Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 12:23 PM EDT
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Liberal Media? I don't think so.
If there’s one thing that frustrates me to the point of distraction, it’s the claim that we have a ‘liberal’ media in this country. Two events have recently occurred that not only illustrate how false this notion of liberalism in the news is, but also show the idiocy of America.

First event: This past Sunday, May 1, 2005, the Times of London printed a memo that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Bush and Blair planned a regime change in Iraq and then created facts to fit this policy. The memo, written by Downing Street aide Matthew Rycroft, quotes Sir Richard Dearlove, head of MI6 and Britain's chief intelligence officer as saying, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy".

My proof that the liberal media doesn’t exist? My Google search for “British Memo + Iraq + London Times” turned up nothing but some blog entries and British headlines. I couldn’t find a single U.S. newspaper offering information on this memo. Yet any search for the Runaway Bride was met with scores of articles and op/ed pieces.

Second event: The 13-year-old girl in Florida who was almost forced by the state to continue with her unwanted pregnancy. Her wish was to get an abortion; a judge in Florida first tried to block it, but later had to agree that it was in her best interest to go ahead with the abortion.

Once again, seeing the headline in an April 30, 2005 email from the BBC, I couldn’t find the story in a single U.S. paper. On the other hand, if I wanted any piece of information on the Michael Jackson trial, I would be hard pressed to chose exactly which article best fit my interest.

Are we really that stupid, America?


Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 9:27 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 4 May 2005
Sanity? In Texas?!
Judge throws out Abu Ghraib guilty plea

FORT HOOD, Texas - A military judge Wednesday threw out Pfc. Lynndie England’s guilty plea to prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, saying that he was not convinced that she knew that her actions were wrong at the time.


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This just boggles my mind. How is it that we are past the one year anniversary of this horrific discovery and the only people who've been held responsible are the peons dumb enough to have followed the orders they were given?

Let's hope this judge starts a trend so that we can finally find out who England reported to and who that person reported to and up the chain of command until we get to the person who said the whole fiasco was okay.

Dopey reservists from West Virginia don't think up shit like this on their own. It took imagination and creativity the likes of which haven't been seen (possibly) since the Spanish Inquisition.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:06 PM EDT
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