Saturday, December 29, 2007
This is just so much crap.
Robin Garrison, an off-duty 42-year-old firefighter, was walking in Berliner Park in Columbus, Ohio, in May when he saw a woman sunbathing topless under a tree.
He approached her and they started talking and getting comfortable, the woman smiling and resting her foot on his shoulder at one point.
Eventually, she asked to see Garrison's penis; he unzipped his pants and complied.
Seconds later, undercover police officers pulled up in a van and arrested Garrison; he was later charged with public indecency, a misdemeanor, based on video footage taken by cops who were targeting men having sex or masturbating in the park. While topless sunbathing is legal in the city's parks, exposing more than that is against the law.
The case is just one of the more extreme examples of police stings aimed at luring people into committing crimes, a tactic that has resulted in hundreds of arrests, many convictions and plenty of controversy.
Law enforcement officials say that such sting operations are an extremely effective means of lowering crime rates and stopping the criminally minded before they commit worse offenses. From early 2006 to the spring of 2007, there were 160 citations for public indecency in the city, according to an investigation by 10TV News. Among those who were caught in the stings: an Ohio State University doctor, government employees and a retired highway trooper.
But such operations veer dangerously close to entrapment, say lawyers, civil libertarians and defendants who've been caught in sting operations.
At Garrison's trial, his attorney argued that it was a case of entrapment. "Columbus police utilized this topless woman to snare this man," said Sam Shamansky. "He sees her day after day. He's not some seedy pervert."
The argument failed to sway a Franklin County Municipal Court jury that found Garrison guilty of public indecency last month. He was ordered to stay away from the park, placed on a year's probation and fined $250. Currently, Garrison remains on paid desk duty while the fire department conducts an internal investigation into his behavior.
Link to the article.
This is totally a case of police invented crime. If they want to bust people getting their wangs out then they need to post a cop to watch for people doing that stuff. Not post one out there asking people to do it and then arrest them.
And I also love how we live in a society where the human body is so demonized that people think it would be so utterly shocking if someone saw a guy's wang.
Friday, December 28, 2007
What does everyone think?
Monday, December 24, 2007
And may whatever god or goddess you believe in bless you or not or whatever you believe they do to you when they are pleased with you and/or want to help you out.
I am also available to perform weddings and all sorts of religious activities you may need, except for circumcisions.
Friday, December 21, 2007
And the holidays are coming, so I've been trying to get all of my shopping done (which I think I'm finally done).
Oh and I got the part of Scrooge in the Edison Stagelight Player's production of "A Christmas Carol". It started out as just a very abridged version of the play for a friends Directing class, but everyone liked it so much they wanted to do some more shows. I was the understudy for Scrooge and they picked me to finish the shows. The other Scrooge had to work, so off I go.
Last night was our first public performance with me as Scrooge and we did it at the stage in the Piqua Mall! It was pretty crazy as the accoustics and din of the shoppers didnt make it very loud and shouting in an old man voice wore my throat out pretty bad.
I think we are only doing one more show there, tonight (Friday, December 21st) so if you're in the area, stop down and see us around 730pm or come early and wander around and carol with us.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule to everyone!
Friday, December 07, 2007
So that is why I am officially boycotting Superbad and Spiderman 3 on both Blu-ray and DVD. I will not buy or rent these movies as I dont want any part of this. Now you could call me a hypocrit because I bought the Transformers HD-DVD, however I had no choice in that. Just as I dont slight the actual owners of Blu-ray players who buy Blu-ray exclusive titles.
At least the boycott of Spiderman 3 will be easy due to two reasons:
1) It fucking sucked.
and the second ...
Except, this new one has the LOUDEST DVD-Drive I've ever heard. At first I just thought it was me hearing the 360 running again after it's absence, so I let it go for a few days bow WOW is this thing loud. Like 10x louder than the one I had prior.
So I called XBOX Support and explained my situation to them, even though I felt like a whiney asshole, and they are going to replace it again for free! YAY Microsoft. Hopefully this time I get a quiet BenQ drive and an HDMI port.
All of this barring that I cant transfer my warranty to a new one, I might just go out and buy a new 360 with what I want in it and sell this one.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
HAMLET! Yes that's right, I'm in the pre-running for the lead roll. When I found out I about fell over. That is so amazing! One of her concerns is that she wants someone very young (even currently in high school) to play Hamlet. Which is honestly fine with me because I think I prefer the part of Laertes anyway. Actually I'd be pleased with any part at all no matter how big or small.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Odd huh? haha yeah I thought so too but it turns out they are actually hand making shoes for everyone in the play.
The director has a tendancy to make interesting casting choices and I wonder what she has in mind for me. She had mentioned before that I'd make a good Rosencrantz, but I think I want to try out the part of Laertes which would include some stage combat and a more darker side.
It should prove interesting.
I bought that cat when I was 15 and lived with it for like 6 years. The cat was nearly 16 years old and very much part of the family. I dont think my Mom thought she could make the decision, so she had me help. And with as sick and old as the cat was it was so very hard to do. Hard to see my Mom that upset and hard to put a living thing down that couldnt tell me if this was okay for me to do or not.
I stayed with him the whole time and it was quick and painless. I like to think he had some idea about what was going on and he was ready to go, but that's just probably me trying to make myself feel better.
We took him home and I dug a grave for him in the cold and light rain behind the garage.
When/if the time comes to go thru this with my own cat, Jonesy, I dont think I'll be able to do it. It seems funny talking about it, because when you say it out loud it always sounds like, "it's just a cat" but he was a lot more than that to all of us and his loss was very painful.
I take solace in the fact that death is simply part of life and the circle and we all have to face this throughout our life and we can become the better for it.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Yay, I'll be playing Assassin's Creed until my eyes bleed. And my 360 will quit bitching on it's blog that I havent been playing with it enough.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
My 360 is on it's way to McAllen, Texas to get fixed. A few months ago every so often the 360 would think a game disk was a DVD and would play the DVD movie error if you were to put the game disk in a normal DVD player.
Normally restarting or re-inserting the game disk would stop it doing this, but then it started doing it all the time. So I called up Microsoft's support and off it goes.
I miss you!
Friday, November 16, 2007
So I went to the Y on Monday and lifted for the first time in about 6 months and I THOUGHT I was going easy on myself but it turns out and did way too much weight.
So I ended up hurting the tendons in my forearms, and the big one that connects my tricep to my elbow.
It go progressively worse and now I can barely bend my arms and the pain is horrible. So I went to the doctor yesterday for it and he gave me some Prednisone for the inflammation and some Vicodin for the pain and let me tell you this Vicodin is AWESOME!!!
My arms feel much better (still can barely move them, but very little to no pain now in trying) and ALL the other little naggy aches and pains in my body are gone and I feel so good.
So a big shout-out to the people who invented Vicodin! Woot! Good job guys!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must have been something you said
I just died in your arms tonight
I keep looking for something I can't get
Broken hearts, they're all around me
And I don't see an easier way, to get out of this
He will join lawmakers and ministers on the steps of the state Capitol to pray for rain.
While public prayer vigils might raise eyebrows in other parts of the nation, they are mostly shrugged off in the Bible Belt, where turning to the heavens for help is common and sometimes even politically expedient.
"Christianity has more of a place in the culture here than in some other region," said Ray Van Neste, a professor of Christian studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. "And it's only natural, in a way, for the public to pray for rain."
Perdue won't be the first governor to hold a call for public prayer during the epic drought gripping the Southeast. Alabama Gov. Bob Riley issued a proclamation declaring a week in July as "Days of Prayer for Rain" to "humbly ask for His blessings and to hold us steady in times of difficulty."
Not going to get into the whole separation of Church and State stuff or anything like that. This just struck me funny that they are scheduling a prayer time and date for this. I just hope God's available at that time. I think he publishes his Google Calendar, I hope they checked that.
That and I never understood the whole group prayer thing. Why is it a big deal to tell everyone that you are planning on praying for something and try to get a whole bunch of people together to do it. I mean I guess I see the show of solidarity for a community and a bonding in those terms, but is a group prayer anymore powerful than a single prayer? Do they get some sort of prayer boost and just how many people exactly do you need for something like that.
I also find it funny that many people will probably drive their SUV's to attend this meeting and not think how it's all connected. Oh well.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Bush on Iraq or "Dont Worry Be Happy":
"I don’t — you know quagmire is an interesting word. If you lived in Iraq and had lived under a tyranny, you’d be saying: God, I love freedom, because that’s what’s happened."
And later to Pakistan's leader General Musharraf or "The Pot Meets the Kettle":
"My message was that we believe strongly in elections and that you ought to have elections soon and you need to take off your uniform. You can't be the president and the head of the military at the same time."
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
There is so much a man can tell you,
So much he can say. You remain,
My power, my pleasure, my pain, baby
To me you're like a growing addiction that I can't deny.
Won't you tell me is that healthy, baby?
But did you know, That when it snows,
My eyes become large and the light that you shine can be seen.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
AND NO SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR THE ANSWERS.
So let's try it out, Finish This Song:
Well you walk into a restaurant, strung out from the road,
You can feel the eyes upon you as your shaking off the cold
You pretend it doesnt bother you, but you just want to explode.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I'm only thru part 1 so far, but WOW. Deals with society's control and underlying currents of control through-out human history.
Warning: Joel, you might want to stay away from it.
Yesterday I spent a whole 45 minutes at my house awake. 15 minutes in the morning to get ready for work and about 30 minutes after getting home at 11:45pm to check some stuff out online, feed the cat and shower and stuff.
So that's what my days are like now Monday thru Friday and now I have a long long day on Saturday. Which I will probably have to stay late and do set construction since the set builder they have got his panties in a wad and stormed out the other day.
I really wouldnt change any of this for the world though, this has been a great experience so far. I hope you all can come and see my debut and all of our hard work.
Monday, October 22, 2007
That's an alright excuse, as any user (PC or MAC) can rely on things like that, but she kept emphasizing "Mac", like this was a Mac thing. They are so neat and user friendly that Mac's are the only ones that do stuff like this.
She's ignorant that no other system can do this, and chooses to stay that way on the erroneous assumption that Mac's are perfect and head and shoulders above anything else.
I hate that about Mac users. Your Mac does absolutely NOTHING new or unique. Everything you do on your Mac you can equally do on a PC running any number of other Operating System. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
If you are interested in attending a showing of "Monster" at Edison:
Friday, November 2nd @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 3rd @ 7:30pm
Sunday, November 4th @ 7:30pm
Tickets are $7.oo
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Friday, September 28, 2007
The petroleum resources used in this product originated from the following countries:
Thursday, September 27, 2007
A federally-funded artificial intelligence lab is figuring out how to track people over the Internet, based on how they write.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they've always done before
Look at the hate we're breeding
Look at the fear we're feeding
Look at the lives we're leading
The way we've always done before
My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can't deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars
D'you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said "Peace could last forever"
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can't trust freedom
When it's not in your hands
When everybody's fightin'
For their promised land
I got my black armband on, how about you? Doing anything today for International Day of Peace? Post a comment and let me know.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Yearwood was arrested by Capitol Hill police outside of a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on 2007-09-10, and charged with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. According to Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, Yearwood was stopped from entering the room after attempting to cut in front of people waiting to get in. “What he tried to do was jump to the front of the line. He was told he couldn’t do that,” Schneider said. “And he pretty much charged at the officers to get past them into the room, after he was told not to.”
In a press release from the Hip Hop Caucus Yearwood said that he was prevented from entering the hearing because he was wearing a button that says "I love the people of Iraq." In the press release he called his arrest an example of “democracy while black.” Furthermore, UPI reports that the video being circulated on the Internet "does not seem to show an assault."
Yearwood was treated at George Washington University Hospital "for injuries to his ankle" according to Liz Havstad, a spokeswoman for the Hip-Hop Caucus.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
One of the girls from class and I decided to go and try out for this season's play that the college is holding - "Monster" by Neal Bell (a play based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein). And we got parts! It was a really step to overcome just trying out. So now I have the challenge of actually playing the part.
Honestly I'm nervous about the whole ordeal. I'm really worried that I'll just mess everything up and forget my lines and just draw a blank on stage. I still remember back to the fourth or fifth grade being in a play and not remembering any of my lines and having to read them off of a paper. Thankfully the paper was a prop for me (I played a lawyer) but it was still a terrifying scenario. Sort of that naked in school dream sorta scared.
However it's a small part so I should be fine. I actually really surprised myself at how I sounded reading the lines and putting emotion into it. I really love this stuff, but man it's nerve racking.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
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Friday, August 31, 2007
On the C-130 flight were Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama; Mel Martinez, R-Florida; James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma; and Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Alabama.
"We were shot at by three rockets," Shelby said in a statement Friday. "It was dark as the dickens, and I was looking out the small window on the plane and I saw a shell. We saw them, they were popping, and we saw the flares."
The flares are part of the missile avoidance system aboard the C-130 aircraft. The heat from the flares are a countermeasure to attract rockets that have heat-seeking guidance systems.
Shelby added that the plane "started maneuvering, changing directions, shaking us all around, and then I saw another shell near the plane. It's a hostile area, it was a tough area, but the flight crew was very professional; they really did a tremendous job."
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I was watching this story vaguely here at work and frankly it didnt much seem to register enough to blog about it. Normally, the things in the news that make me want to blog either have to do with out-and-out outrage I feel over the issue or a high level of hypocrisy. At the beginning this story registered neither until I started reading more AP articles about the situation.
Sen. Larry Craig is a Republican, and while I tend to think they are all two-faced lying scum bags sucking the soul out of America - I normally like to give them the benefit of the doubt before I say that they are two faced lying scum bags sucking the soul out of America.
Senator Larry Craig's record:
- Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
- Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
- Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
- Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
- Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
- Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
- Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
- Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
At any rate his track record and party affiliation seems very anti-LGBT equality, which I'm sure helps this rank higher in the news (and on my radar for my blog).
Anyway it turns out that there have been questions about this Senator's sexuality since the 1980's and while I know there are openly gay senators (well one) and other gay senators still in various degrees of the closest - I feel sort of bad for old Senator Larry Craig. He must really be struggling with this sexual identification and at this age, he's probably been struggling for a very long time. And when different parts of your life are in conflict it can be a very difficult time.
I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, because I am not yet so jaded to think that 100% of the people who run for public office are no-good money grubbers. But then him and his office started offering explanations about how the cop was mistaken.
- Police Officer: "The senator blocked his stall entrance with his bags and then tapped his right foot ..." (a signal from the other bathroom stall he might want sex)
- Craig's Response: "At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions ..."
- Police Officer: "The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area ..."
- Craig's Response: "he (Sen. Craig) has a wide stance when going to the bathroom" and that was why his foot may have touched the officer's (foot).
- Police Officer: " Craig's blue eyes were clearly visible through the crack in the door, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police Sgt. Dave Karsnia wrote in the report he filed on the June 11 incident. "Craig would look down at his hands, 'fidget' with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again,"
- Craig's Response: "I dont recall these things happening ..."
- Police Officer: "After Craig ran his hand underneath the partition wall three times, Karsnia held his police identification down by the floor so the senator could see it, the report said."With my left hand near the floor, I pointed towards the exit. Craig responded, 'No!' "I again pointed towards the exit. Craig exited the stall with his roller bags without flushing the toilet,"
- Craig's Response: "(I) reached down to the floor to pick up a piece of paper"
- Craig's Initial Response: "Guilty as charged."
- Craig's New Response: "The cops were wrong and I'm innocent."
I just cant get over the audacity some of these people have, the out-and-out bold faced lying. And while you can argue, as some of you I'm sure will, that we should give him the benefit of the doubt still, I say that in the court of public opinion he's all washed up.
Rack another big scandal up to the GOP. At this rate the democrats wont even have to show up and they'll probably win by a landslide.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
See the picture above? That's our glorious leader in all his, well ... glory, bestowing our nation's highest honor on Mr. George Tenet the then head of the CIA.
Such excellent service, such commendable patriotism, such enduring and never flinching resolve in the face of danger while running the agency responsible for all of our gee-whiz, gosh-golly, fantastic 'slam dunks' of intel and action we take against all those evil people in the world out to get us for our freedoms!
Oh wait ... I spoke too soon:
A summary of the 2005 report by the CIA inspector general was declassified under protest by agency Director Michael Hayden in response to a law passed by Congress earlier this month.Oh but dont take my word for it, or in this case Randall Mikkelsen's word for it. Let's hear what Barbara Elias of the National Security Archive has to say about it:
The report said top CIA officers "did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner" and it described a "systemic breakdown" in a watch list for tracking terrorism suspects who seek to enter the United States.
"It's really pointing the finger at the CIA's executives..." which includes Tenet.Tenet, that name's so familiar - oh right, I forgot he's the guy in the picture with the President ... the one getting our nation's highest honor bestowed upon him by the gentle and Jergened hands of our all-knowing and glorious, infallible leader.
And what's incredibly sad is that's probably absolutely true. Oh well, maybe we'll get him in Iran, no wait Syria, doh I mean Venezuela no wait ...
Tenet resigned as CIA director in 2004 after serving for seven years. "Before 9/11 no agency did more to attack al Qaeda than the CIA," he said in a statement Tuesday.
Link to the article
Monday, August 20, 2007
Direct quote from the just published REAGAN DIARIES.This coming straight from the man that all Republicans fawn over and think of as the second coming of Christ. LOL. This is just too damn funny.
The entry is dated May 17, 1986.
'A moment I've been dreading. George brought his ne're-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job. Not the political one who lives in Florida. The one who hangs around here all the time looking shiftless. This so-called kid is already almost 40 and has never had a real job. Maybe I'll call Kinsley over at The New Republic and see if they'll hire him as a contributing editor or something. That looks like easy work.'
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Pregerson, by his record, is the most liberal judge on the panel, and he clearly thinks the government is just looking for a blank check for their secret program. But the other two judges aren't thrilled either. They seem perplexed that the government can't swear under oath that the Bush Administration isn't warrantlessly spying on domestic phone calls.
Read it, or let the government read it for you and tell you what you should think instead.
And if you doubt how under-handed this whole wiretapping thing is from the start just see what the Director of the FBI has to say about how they got Ashcroft to approve it while medicated and out-of-it after surgery.
PDF of the notes from Representative Conyer's office.
Shocking KSLA 12 news report confirms story we broke last year, Pastors to cite Romans 13 as reason for public to obey government orders, relinquish guns and be taken to camps during state of emergency.
A shocking KSLA news report has confirmed the story we first broke last year, that Clergy Response Teams are being trained by the federal government to "quell dissent" and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial law.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Why is this important? Well it's not. HD-DVD is outselling Blu-Ray in Europe and other areas globally. Everyone likens this to the VHS vs. BETAMAX battle, and it's really not. The formats are very similar and Sony has learned from its mistakes on how it tried to force BETAMAX and lock people into it.
And my theory is that Sony stands to make more money and over a longer term with its licensing of Blu-ray then it ever would with its Playstation unit. So by focusing on combining the two and then relaxing on certain key developers to really push killer games for their new box, you have a lot of people sitting with a $600 PS3 and not much to do with it. And if I was in that boat, I'd be scarfing up Blu-ray movies too to take advantage of the thing. I also wouldnt put it past Sony to be behind the help of the leaks of the recent encryption keys used on HD-DVD's to allow for them to be more easily pirated.
In the end, there will be both and since the market isnt huge for this type of content yet it will take a very long time for consumers to really decide which format will win out. And a word on companies like Blockbuster only offering one format over the other - you're really shooting yourself in the foot for absolutely no reason.
So whichever player you have go out and purchase your movies and dont worry about a year from now of not having any access to the format you so heavily invested in - none of these companies will allow you to come to a dead end and risk that bad PR.
- Not knowing what that little cursor is called in the picture above when it has that little horizontal line on it and having no idea why it's used.
- Going for a month using "it's" and "its" correctly and then one day completely forgetting which to use right.
- "Save Password" prompts on websites (especially Hotmail). Man I hate this, they never work or stop working after 3 days or whenever the cookie tells it to expire. Stop doing this or change the option to read "Save Password for a random amount of time between 3 seconds and 3 days".
- Buttons on devices you have to hold for a certain period of time for a function when you could easily double or triple tap the button instead.
- Telephone menu options that either read WAY too much info about each option to select or just say "Main menu" and then stop.
- People only having a sense of humor with their close circle of friends and find everything outside that circle horribly offensive and/or un-funny.
- People who think I'm conversationally anal retentive because I like to sort my thoughts into list form.
- The different options of glue-type substances. Glue, paste, gel, rubber cement, etc. Who's the person that cant use one type?
- Knowing that cold water is worse for you when you are overheated than warm water, but still being conditioned to the point where it seems like it tastes better.
- People who store water in other old cartons or jugs without rinsing them enough first leaving you with left-over orange juice flavored water.
- Not knowing the etymology of the word "snack"
- Not being able to rate which is worse, hypocrisy or double-standards
- Knowing you really should vaccuum but not being able to muster the interest enough to even get near the sweeper and spending way more energy avoiding even eye contact with it in some game of "if you look at me you have to use me".
- Not being able to legally see my penis more during the day.
Monday, August 13, 2007
And Yippy Skippy our old friends at DHS has been buying tons of these cameras for the good old USA.
Not that they really do anything against crime.
And if you are really concerned you could use one of these.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming is forecast to set in with a vengeance after 2009, with at least half of the five following years expected to be hotter than 1998, the warmest year on record, scientists reported on Thursday.
Climate experts have long predicted a general warming trend over the 21st century spurred by the greenhouse effect, but this new study gets more specific about what is likely to happen in the decade that started in 2005.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarceration of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists; terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military are glamorized.
5. Rampant sexism - The government of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are intertwined - Government in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation are often the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated, or are severely restricted.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassinations of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Benito Mussolini - who knew something about fascism - had a more straightforward definition: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
Abraham Lincoln stated, “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed.”
Saturday, July 28, 2007
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I liked it so much and I wanted it as a wallpaper so I did a little Photoshop and presto made the wallpaper. The original image is justified all the way to the right and everything you see to the left is hand made in Photoshop by me. I didnt clone anything, except the water drops I made by hand. The branch could be a little better on the sharpness but it's pretty much where it needs to be. Enjoy!
Monday, July 23, 2007
- Vigamox (1 drop every 4 hours for 7 days)
- Econopred (1 drop every 4 hours for 7 days)
- Systane (1 drop every 2 to 4 hours for 3 days)
The Econopred is a steroid though which is pretty funny. Everyone thinks I'm going to get this really muscular eyeball and start snapping out on a roid rage and Crippler Crossface everyone to death.
The suck thing is that they run down the back of my throat and taste awful and a co-worker was just talking to me and I opened my mouth and dribbled some in my mouth as I was moving the bottle away from my eye.
I just hope I dont get crazy Mark McGwire popeye arms.
Day 1 eye close up. This is about 4 or 5 hours after my surgery.
Oh and the reason I have my eye guard back on in this picture is because I have to wear it at night to sleep to keep from rubbing my eye for two weeks. It's not that bad, but the tape gets kinda itchy sometimes.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
My vision will change (worsen and better) until I am fully healed (about a week or two), but on my one-day-post-op check-up I am already better on the eye chart and my doctor said I am even healing faster than what normally happens (I might be Wolverine, but that's not confirmed yet).
I can see now to read and drive, both limitedly and am getting better. Just trying to rest and relax and not strain my eye too much as focusing it changes its shape and stresses the healing factor.
I will post some more about the procedure and some pictures later on.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials After WWII
Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff's Gut
My mother skirted my questioning as to what it meant and it became just a big joke. Everytime we drove under it one of us would always comment, "Well Bob's still a fag". Even after I became aware of the meaning of the word, this was still funny. It's now some 20 years later and it's still there. No one has made the effort to remove it or cover it. Time has taken it's toll though and Bob is more of a "FIG" nowadays instead of a full blown "FAG". Sometimes I wonder if it said "NIGGER" how long it would have lasted up there.
At any rate, myself and few co-workers started talking about this today and they know of it too and we were all laughing that the word looks like "FIG" now. And one of them found this site:
GODHATESFIGS.COM (a paraody of a very hateful and disgusting website from the Westboro Baptist Church). I'd like to personally thank the guy who made the FIG version of the site as I got a lot of enjoyment out of it and it helped erase a small amount of the bile spewed forth into me from the other site.
Apparently they dont pay too close attention to their proofreading, which lead me to make the other image. Enjoy! :)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I was discussing the Alien movies with a co-worker and we were reveling in our mutual hatred for Paul Riser and in doing so I got to thinking of a question:
What Alien attack/weapon is your favorite?
A) Acid Blood
B) Main Mouth bite
C) Inner Mouth bite
D) Inner Mouth puncture
F) Tail whip
G) Tail stab
I) Dripping slippery goo puddle for people to slip and fall
Post your answer in the comments :)
I think I'm picking "F".
So I will just post this picture, which is what I feel Bush has just done to all of us.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
And now the Pentagon is saying:
These separated members have the opportunity to continue to serve their nation and national security by putting their abilities to use by way of civilian employment with other Federal agencies, the Department of Defense, or in the private sector, such as with a government contractor.
So I guess it's okay to not serve in the military but they still want to use the gay citizens of the country to help out, oh and take their tax money but not treat them as equal.
In March, backed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Gen. Peter Pace controversially claimed that the “military should not condone immoral acts,” referring to homosexuality.
So just for the record: killing not immoral, being gay immoral. At least in the eyes of the Pentagon.
I just got word from my eye doctor, yesterday that I have been approved by my insurance company (the new guys Anthem not the assholes at Principal)!
So on July 19th, I will have my surgery whereby they will insert to curved pieces of plastic into my cornea (Intacs) to help stabilize and shape my cornea back into the correct shape.
I'm going to try to blog about the whole process since there aren't a lot of diaries on the process for people looking into this to correct their Keratoconus.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Caught this story last week ... And I can not, for the life of me, understand why they would even want to do this in the first place. Few at work have tried to explain it to me, but I just dont get it.
Back in 1957 the people in Tulsa, Oklahoma thought it would be neat to bury a current car and dig it up 50 years later to help celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Oklahoma becoming a state.
According to the event chairman back then, they chose the Plymouth Belvedere because it exemplified "an advanced product of American industrial ingenuity with the kind of lasting appeal that will still be in style 50 years from now."
WTF? They didnt bury anything else, just the car. The car wasnt even made in Oklahoma and it was a Plymouth Belvedere for god's sake. They could have at least buried a Bel Air or a Corvette.
And here's a car that got buried in the annals of time (and for good reason) the Lamborghini SUV aka The Rambo!
But a “black shadow” had followed Cruz home from Iraq, he confided to an Army counselor. He was hounded by recurring images of how war really was for him: not the triumphant scene of Hussein in handcuffs, but visions of dead Iraqi children.
In public, the former Army scout stood tall for the cameras and marched in the parades. In private, he slashed his forearms to provoke the pain and adrenaline of combat. He heard voices and smelled stale blood. Soon the offers of help evaporated and he found himself estranged and alone, struggling with financial collapse and a darkening depression.
At a low point, he went to the local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center for help. One VA psychologist diagnosed Cruz with post-traumatic stress disorder. His condition was labeled “severe and chronic.” In a letter supporting his request for PTSD-related disability pay, the psychologist wrote that Cruz was “in need of major help” and that he had provided “more than enough evidence” to back up his PTSD claim. His combat experiences, the letter said, “have been well documented.”
None of that seemed to matter when his case reached VA disability evaluators. They turned him down flat, ruling that he deserved no compensation because his psychological problems existed before he joined the Army. They also said that Cruz had not proved he was ever in combat. “The available evidence is insufficient to confirm that you actually engaged in combat,” his rejection letter stated.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
At any rate, I didnt want to comment on the situation when he talked about going to "rehab" or wherever the hell he went to get his head out of his ass and to realize why what he said is akin to someone calling him "nigger".
But now that he's talking in the media again here are some nice quotes he's made regarding the situation and his subsequent firing:
So there you have it. When he physically and verbally attacked a fellow cast member of the show, it wasn't ALL his fault it was the media and other people (such as the "gay mafia" according to one of his close friends).
In a statement to People magazine, Washington says, "I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set.
"Both are beneath my own personal standards. I have nothing but respect for my co-workers and have apologized personally to everyone involved."
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Washington says, "I can only apologize so many times. I can only accept so much responsibility. All the players involved have taken care of what we needed to take care of in-house - and the media took it in a different direction. I hope that everyone is happy for the outcome for Isaiah, but Isaiah will go on and do what I love to do. And I have to go about the business of letting people know what's written about me is not the truth."
Fuck he found everyone out, this was all a setup to hire him for a show and pay him $2.7 million a year and then hire an openly gay cast member and continually aggravate him until he lashed out. We all should have known better I guess. His smugness and excuses sound like a drunk guy who beats his wife making rationalizations for his actions.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Now that the Halo 3 beta has ended, Microsoft's XBOX LIVE has tabulated some interesting data: There were 820,000 unique participants with more than 12 million hours of online H3 gameplay in its short test period, equivalent to more than 1,400 years of continuous play by one person.
85% of the 1.3 billion citizens of China share only about 100 family names. There are 93 million people with the surname Wang! To alleviate the confusion, the Chinese government is considering new naming rules.
Under a new draft regulation released by the ministry of public security, parents will be able to combine their surnames for their children, a move that could open up 1.28 million new possibilities, the China Daily reported.
For instance, a father named Zhou and mother named Zhu could choose to call their child either Zhou, Zhu, Zhouzhu or Zhuzhou, the report added.
And finally: Apple has released the latest BETA version of their web browser Safari for Windows users. And now that their sweet virgin code (security thru obscurity) is out in the real world, it's not doing so well. Guess when Apple says, "Apple engineers designed Safari to be secure from day one." The meant more secure than an open safe full of drugs in the middle of a prison - but just by a little bit.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Tinnitus (often called ringing in the ears, though it can be a variety of sounds, volumes, and patterns) is noise produced within the ear rather than noise originating from the environment outside. Sometimes it is only internal -- no one else can hear it -- but there are types of tinnitus that others can actually hear.
How weird is that. So I'll mark this down along with the fact that rabbits eat their own shit well their own cecotrophes. I never knew either of those things.
I'm one of those people who become extremely frustrated at sounds. Babies crying, the phone ringing, pens clicking, dogs barking or people smacking their lips. If the sound is beyond my control or inability to make it stop thru normal human means it frustrates me even more. I quickly become very pissed off by the noise and I blow up. I wish I could ignore noises that do this to me but I cant and normally what pisses me off more than anything about the noise is the simple inconsideration one person shows for another to allow the noise to continue unabated when it could (or totally is) annoying someone.
So if you own a dog in town - keep it fucking quiet and pay attention to the damn thing! Dont buy a 800 pound dog for your 4 square foot back yard and leave him back there constantly and never pet or talk to him. I could kick you in the face.
Monday, June 04, 2007
At any rate, this commercial has this music background to it with the lyrics:
"I gotta use what I got to get what I need."
AHHHHHHHH!!! WTF?! A lot of songs shouldnt be taken literal and there are a LOT of songs with some stupid ass lyrics that I can tolerate, but again WTF? Let's take a look at this:
"I gotta use what I got"
What the hell else are you going to use? Something that someone else has? The only thing you have is what you got so how can you use something else?
"I gotta use what I got to get what I need"
What the hell else are you going to get but what you need (or want)? I mean let's say theoretically you were using a full 100% of "what you got", attempting "to get one you need" and you accidentally get little more? What then? Ooops I just needed a nice hair cut and a new car and whoops I got this bottle of hot fudge sauce too. Now what do I do? I didn't need it and now I've used everything I have so I'm too tired to donate it to the Salvation Army so now I'm really fucked.
If this post didn't make any sense or anything, it's okay. I'm mostly writing this to try to get this goddamn song out of my head.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
And if you think I am or want to call me "unpatriotic" feel free to save your comment and just blow me.
Dead bodies of 3 other kids, one adult discovered in Texas mobile home
Updated: 38 minutes ago
HUDSON OAKS, Texas - A child was found hanging but still alive at a mobile home early Tuesday, with the dead bodies of three other children and an adult nearby, authorities said.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the survivor was taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. There was no immediate word on the child’s condition.
Fowler had no further details but said a statement would be issued later in the day.
The bodies were found early Tuesday at the Oak Hills mobile home park, about 25 miles west of Fort Worth near Weatherford.
© 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Why exactly is this news? I dont get it. There is like zero info here. Why not just wait until you have more information and then release this news? It's like there's a rush to gore in the news. "Oh look someone stuck their 6 kids in a microwave and drove it into a lake - print that shit now!". Cant we just have a default daily news article that says, "Some people died today somewhere". The article almost writes itself. And then when you actually have, oh I dont know - DETAILS - then you can talk about what happened.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
At first I thought my hand had rotated and I had just punched the very top of my thigh because it felt like an instant Charley horse. But then I noticed a perfect cut thru my jeans. While examining that -blam- blood everywhere around the cut. I thought, "Crap I nicked myself." However as I tried to stand I realized, by the burning ripping sensation in my thigh, that it was a lot worse than a nick.
I hobbled to the bathroom and examined my injury, it was a perfect stab right into my thigh. About an 1.5 inches wide and about 1.5 inches deep. So that's what my thigh muscle looks like!
I was going to super glue it shut, but with it being into the muscle I thought I better go get it stitched. So off I went to the ER. Our local hospital just re-modeled the ER and now it looks like you are entering a hotel. The lady at the desk didnt seemed concerned about my blood covered lap while she joked with the mother signing her two (non-bloody and fully functioning) little kids in. Then she called me to the desk and asked me 2 different times if I did this at work and took all my info and didnt ask me anything about the wound. I could have been shot for all she knew.
She told me that I was to go to triage and asked if I was dizzy. I think because she would wheelchair me the full 3 feet to where the triage room (closet) was. In the triage nook a nurse came in and the first question was, "Did this happen at work?" ... *sigh*. After explaning the situation she didnt look at the wound but proceeded to take my blood pressure, listen to my chest and take my temperature. I guess incase I had that rare Amazon disease that makes you stab yourself on accident.
After my triaging she led me to the room where the real medical stuff happens, or I was left to assume from her apathetic, "follow me". So on I limped, down the hall, around the corner down this hall, thru the doors and farther down the hall. I limped past at least 10 completely empty full equipped rooms - anyone of which my bloody leg could have been stitched in, but she's the nurse so I guess it's good to exercise a recently cut muscle.
The guy I thought was a doctor was really nice. Turns out he was just an assistant as the main doctor is too busy carrying his clipboard around making 10 times more money to say medical jargon like, "Hmm that looks like a nasty cut." and "Did you do this at work?" and "Okay that stitch looks good." I guess I should mention the stitching-guy also asked me twice if I did this at work. I mean I know they are all about the workman's comp shit, but for fuck sake I was asked at least 10 times by 4 different people all filling out different forms. You'd think that one of those forms would have a big check box on it for "DID NOT HAPPEN AT WORK STOP ASKING THE POOR SCHMUCK!".
So I am all stitched up now and have to go easy on my leg for about 2 weeks. Yeah right - my training for the summer Olympics continues on unabated - fuck you cut muscle. Actually I'm fine, just gotta make sure I dont rip out the stitches - free to live a life or religious fulfillment.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Well if you know me you can already assume how I felt about Falwell and you'd more than likely be right.
And sitting here, I dont think I could go off on a diatribe that could be expressed any better than the thoughts of Christopher Hitchens on Anderson Cooper 360:
And here's his follow-up on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes:
But with all that being said, and I do 100% agree with Christopher Hitchens on many of his points, I still feel the need to say goodbye in my own way, so here it is:
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Reason 2: You probably already are a terrorist. With the rush into the War on Terror, no one stopped to try to define what a terrorist actually is. However I dont think it's the immediacy that lent to us skipping over that bit as much as it is nearly impossible to specific label what a "terrorist" is. Well now the FBI and some states have their own meanings, and you are probably on their list.
Reason 3: Karl Rove is using the office of the President of the United States to subvert justice right here at home. But as Gonzales concedes now (now that he can apparently remember again) that his former Deputy was the real guy that was to blame.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
(since noon on 5/8)
For those unfamiliar the "Poop Bet" is a gentleman's bet amongst anyone who wants to join (normally just from work). The objective is to hold onto your poop. The last one to poop wins!
Andy "Constipation" Langenkamp
Jeremy "I Eat Cheese" Nevarez
Cory "Cork-in-the-ass" Lykins
And last year's Champion:
Michael "What's a Toilet?" Wulfhorst!
It's an all out battle of the wills as these titans of the toilet collide head on in POOP BET 2007! Who will be the first to take the flush of shame? Can Andy better his spot from last year without sucumbing to a disaterous skidmark into loserville? Can Wulf pull out another amazing upset?
POOP BET 2007!!!
A report by U.N. climate panel last week said the world was running out of time to make the deep cuts needed to combat global warming, which could bring widening droughts, heatwaves, floods, spread disease and push up world sea levels.
It said world emissions would have to peak by 2015 and fall by 50 to 85 percent by 2050 to reach a goal of limiting temperature rises to 2 to 2.4 Celsius (3.6 to 8.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.---
Just goes to show with a little determination and good old American spirit we can beat the pants off of anyone! Oh wait, this is really bad news. Oh boy. I was hoping we were just winning at something! When are the Olympics?
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Today is my last class for the semester and then I am off for the whole summer! Woohoo. Tonight's not even really a class but a one-on-one with the (hot) art teacher for a final critique of all my work done in the class. It's only a half hour and then I'm all done.
Hopefully when I get back in the fall, Edison will have their horrible parking shit figured out.
Driving at night sucks with my contact out too, so I'm glad this will be the last night trip for awhile. I took my contact out last week when my eye started rejecting it again and I've left it out. I have to leave it out 3 weeks prior to my surgery and in about 3 weeks I should know if the insurance has approved it, so I'll be all set to go when they are ready and not have to wait another 3 weeks. So about 3 more weeks of partial blindness, dizziness and headaches to go. Woo!
I think I'll stop by the shop and Sidney and talk over more of my chest piece and get that all done. Then onto my arm wrap piece on my left arm. I'm excited about that. Tired of having half finished work on me for now.
Friday, May 04, 2007
Lima's Population: 40,081
Average seating of a theater: 150
Show times per day: 18
If everyone who lived in Lima went it would take the theater 14.844 days to show every man, woman and child in Lima the movie one time.
And at an average of 7.50 per ticket, it would garner the theater $300,607.50
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
|May 1, 2003||Today|
|U.S. Troops Wounded||542||24,912|
|U.S. Troops Killed |
|Contractors Killed |
|Journalists and Media Assistants Killed |
|U.S. Forces in Iraq||150,000||146,000|
|Size of Iraqi Security Forces ||7,000-9,000||334,300|
|Number of Insurgents||less than 5,000||~70,000 (Sunni only)|
|Insurgent Attacks Per Day||8||148.9|
|Cost to U.S. Taxpayers||$79 billion||$421 billion|
|Approval of Bush’s Handling of Iraq||75%||24%|
|Percentage of Americans who Believe The Iraq War Was “Worth Fighting”||70%||34%|
|Bush’s Overall Job Approval||71%||32%|