Tuesday, February 3, 2009
"This should not be allowed to pass without consequences," Mrs Merkel said at a news conference in Berlin."This is not just a matter, in my opinion, for the Christian, Catholic and Jewish communities in Germany but the Pope and the Vatican should clarify unambiguously that there can be no denial," she said.You tell 'em, Frau Kanzlerin. Of course, His Popey-ness may not want to bring any more clarity to all those "neo-pagan" Nazis in their priest uniforms.
A reduction in defense spending this year would unnerve American allies and undercut efforts to gain greater cooperation. There is already a sense around the world, fed by irresponsible pundits here at home, that the United States is in terminal decline. [...] The announcement of a defense cutback would be taken by the world as evidence that the American retreat has begun.The many announcements that more troops will begin pouring into Afghanistan are central to Kagan's point, as the righties say. Really don't believe this. It's the newest thing from the wrong side of the political tracks, "Don' t'row me in dat briah patch!"
Cuts in the defense budget would have consequences in other areas of the budget, most notably foreign aid. Some Republicans have already begun to grumble about foreign aid and development spending. If the Obama administration begins by cutting defense, it will be much harder to persuade Republicans to support foreign aid."Don't make us not-support foreign aid. Heavens, no, we sure don't want to do that! And if you follow our train of thought, if defense spending is reduced, then Republicans will be less likely to support foreign aid."
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash in Iowa in 1959.
The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified in 1913.
Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 69 today.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Turns out this is not good for the troops, especially when they're making like mountain goats in the treacherous terrain of Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, soldiers routinely carry loads of 130 to 150 pounds for three-day missions. How the gear breaks down: Helmet, full body armor: 35 pounds Weapon: 7 pounds or more Ammunition: 15 pounds Rucksack (empty): 8 pounds Flashlight: 1.2 pounds Water: 9 pounds Food: 10 pounds Batteries: 8 pounds Sleeping bag and gear: 6 pounds First aid kit: 1 pound Extra clothing: 3 pounds Additional ammunition, grenades, mines, flares, other demolition gear: 32 pounds Radio (if required): 1.5 to 20 pounds
Further evidence of the frequency of the injuries, which have forced some to leave the military, has come up in studies of veterans.Army personnel suffered over 255,000 "acute orthopedic injuries in 2007, an increase of 10,000 from 2006. Our back hurts just from leaning over to read what we're typing.
Carroll W. McInroe, a former VA primary-care case manager in Washington state, said he has seen such injuries in hundreds of veterans from today's wars. "Our infantry should not be going into battle carrying 90 to 100 pounds on their backs," he said. "The human muscular-skeletal system is simply not designed for that much weight, and it will break down over time."
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
A bishop recently rehabilitated by Pope Benedict XVI expressed regret Friday to the pontiff for the "distress and problems" he caused by denying the Holocaust. In a letter to the Vatican, Bishop Richard Williamson, who recently denied in a TV interview that 6 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, called his remarks "imprudent."Well, it's OK then, & certainly no more than a quarter million or so of the chosen people died in that "Holocaust" thing, none of them in gas chambers, is that what you mean, Williamson? Just as you meant before?
Following in the steps of Our Lord (Jn. XVIII, 23) and St. Paul (Acts, XXIII, 5), Archbishop Lefebvre gave his Society the example of never so cleaving to God's Truth as to abandon respect for the men holding God's Authority.Just walking down the street, boop-a-doop-a-doo, right in the "steps of Our Lord." Doot-de-doot-de-doo. What are you up to, not-follower-in-the-steps-of-Our-Lord? La-la-la.
If you give a shit, you'll use the resources of The NYT for further info. If you don't give a shit, well, the Stupor Bowl's tomorrow. Eat up & drink up, Piggies!
What We've Wanted To Do At Every Single Fucking Place Of Employment We've Even Walked on The Sidewalk Outside Of, Let Alone Been Employed In
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
HONORING THE SYMBOLS OF OUR AMERICAN HERITAGETen CommandmentsPledge of AllegianceAmerican EnglishFlag DesecrationSymbols of American HeritageConfederate Widows Plaque
Related to Gomer? Today's birthdays, & the rest of the story.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
With tens of thousands of layoffs announced this week by well-known employers such as Pfizer Inc., Caterpillar Inc. and Home Depot Inc., the unemployment picture is bound to get worse in every region of the country, economists say. "We won't see a light at the end of the tunnel until 2010," said Anthony Sabino, a professor of law and business at St. John's University. The number of newly laid off Americans filing claims for state unemployment benefits has soared to 589,000, while people continuing to draw claims climbed to 4.6 million, the government said last week. There's been such a crush that resources in New York, California and other states have run dry, forcing them to tap the federal government for money to keep paying unemployment benefits.The light at the end of Prof. Sabino's tunnel will, of course, be a locomotive of Islamic terror, or the choo-choo of ultimate economic disaster (in the form of inflation, deflation, or perhaps both) or perhaps the flames of global climate change.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Town leaders say they don't know what they will do without the free or ultra-cheap labor the jailbirds provide. "Oh my goodness, gracious, they are such an asset -- they are our public-works department," said Ms. Hall.Here, my friends, is the new economic paradigm. More prisoners, more free labor for gov't., & almost free labor for corporations. This is the kind of thing that will bring the Napoleonic Code to our shores. By the time we at Just Another Blog™ are dead, we would expect a littering charge, say, to be worth about five yrs. of picking up litter, while chained at the ankles & wrists to a guy who didn't water his lawn or leave the garbage cans out on trash day. He'll be doing ten yrs.
When a minimum-security prison was built in downtown Wooster, Ohio, a decade ago, "we took a lot of heat" from people who didn't want it, says Capt. Charlie Hardman of the sheriff's department there. But now that budget cuts could close the facility, he says, "People are concerned. Who is going to pick up the litter?"Is there a more spoiled & entitled culture in all the world? Solutions: A) Don't litter. (Especially when you may be arrested yourself & put on the chain-gang for littering. B) Why can't you fucking pigs pick up your own litter? Too fat to bend over?
Originally, Sandra Hull was antiprison. She heads Main Street Wooster, a downtown-revitalization group -- and a building full of criminals wasn't her idea of an improvement. "I didn't really want them there," she says. Today, she wants them to stay. They turned out to be "wonderful neighbors," Ms. Hull says. Among other things, prisoners shovel snow in front of local shops.Gawd fucking damn, the hypocrisy of humanoids like this ratbag just makes us want to get one of those shovels she likes to see the slaves using & shove it in her ear. How much would you be willing to bet she's one of those morbidly obese AmeriKKKans (that's most of you fuckfaces) who would get some good out of using a snow shovel herself, if she didn't collapse & die during or immediately after the first shoveling? And there's an added bonus for sick fucks like this shithead
Closure is also being fought by city officials and the local Habitat for Humanity. Habitat's truck driver, Jesse Smith, has a bad back, so he uses convicts to help him lug around fridges and other heavy items. Sometimes, he says, the inmates gripe about prison life. "I tell these boys, 'Don't get an attitude, you're the one who done it,' " Mr. Smith says.who have the opportunity to push their empty moralizing on a literally captive audience. Mr. Smith, you lazy slacker, bag that "bad back" shit, suck it up & do your own job. And keep your mouth shut. It may be a different story when your nieces & nephews get the guts to go to the police about your "activities" w/ them, you lazy, sickening pervert.
County Commissioner Jim Carmichael says closure is being considered because the prison isn't profitable, and it's not fair for cities and towns to get "free labor at a cost to the county."When did prisons become profit centers? Is this a private prison? Is it fair for prisoners to be forced to work for nothing? Oh, it's the Wall Street Journal, where power is the issue, never fairness, decency, or humanity.
Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2009. There are 339 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year. This Date In Sound & Vision Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney. On this date: In 1784, in a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey. In 1802, Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state. In 1841, Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British. In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union. In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union. [Stay out, tax-parasites. Our nation neither needs nor wants you. — Ed.] In 1942, the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland. In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president. In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon - but the probe missed its target by more than 22,000 miles. In 1969, President Richard M. Nixon declared a federal disaster in California in the wake of major flooding. In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70. [The stories we've heard! — Ed.] In 1996, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the Whitewater probe. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton welcomed a frail Pope John Paul II as the pontiff began his seventh pilgrimage to the United States in St. Louis. Jordan's King Hussein turned over the temporary operation of his country to his eldest son and flew back to the United States for urgent medical care. In 2001, an earthquake hit the Indian subcontinent, killing more than 13,000 people. Five years ago: The White House retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; Democrats swiftly sought to turn the about-face into an election-year issue. Lionel Tate, the Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was released after three years behind bars. At least 16 people were killed in the collapse of a building in Nasr City, Egypt. In 2005, Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state. In 2006, confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces." One year ago: Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the South Carolina primary. Maria Sharapova won the Australian Open, beating Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3 for her third Grand Slam singles title. Mirai Nagasu became the second-youngest woman (after Tara Lipinski) to win the title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in St. Paul, Minn. Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of the late actor Marlon Brando, died in Los Angeles at age 49. Radical PLO leader George Habash died in Amman, Jordan, at age 81. Thought for Today: "Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking." — Albert Einstein, German-born physicist (1879-1955).
Sunday, January 25, 2009
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The 6-foor-4 Canseco jolted the 5-6 Bonaduce a couple of times in round 1 and a couple more in round 3. Bonaduce, who played Danny Partridge on the "The Partridge Family," never went down. Bonaduce predicted he would be knocked out, only to hang in there and land a few body blows on the hulking Canseco. There were few big blasts and most of the crowd of 1,500 at a suburban Philadelphia ice rink started to leave before a decision was announced.In the current economic & financial climate, how long can it be before a literal "Celebrity Death Match" occurs? Our guess? Another mismatch like 6' 4" on 5' 6", wherein a D-list has-been dies. Ratings, interweb views & downloads & DVD whatever goes through the roof. The next one is billed as "To The Death!" And can we wait that long? When will the victor be required to eat the loser? (And when will the victor insist on getting the loser for dinner? That's when you know you're in real financial trouble.)
Among the men reinstated Saturday was Richard Williamson, a British-born cleric who in an interview last week said he did not believe that six million Jews died in the Nazi gas chambers. He has also given interviews saying that the United States government staged the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan.Looks like the Pope is trying the same thing the Republicans are: Get all the Catholics In Name Only out of the church.
A theologian who has grappled with the church’s diminished status in a secular world, Benedict has sought to foster a more ardent, if smaller, church over one with looser faith.A not uncommon reaction when reactionaries see the world whizzing past them at full speed.
In a letter sent to followers on Saturday, Bishop Bernard Fellay, the director of the Society of St. Pius X and one of the four reinstated, said: “Thanks to this gesture, Catholics attached to tradition throughout the world will no longer be unjustly stigmatized and condemned for having kept the faith of their fathers.” He added that the society welcomed an opportunity to talk with the Vatican “to explain the fundamental doctrinal reasons which it believes to be at the origin of the present difficulties of the church.” George Weigel, a biographer of John Paul II, said he was troubled by Bishop Fellay’s implication in his letter that the schismatic group represented the tradition, while “the rest of us are, somehow, the true schismatics.” He added: “It is not easy to see how the unity of the Church will be enhanced unless the Lefebvrists accept Vatican II’s teaching on the nature of the Church, on religious freedom, and on the evil of anti-Semitism, explicitly and without qualification; otherwise, you get cafeteria Catholicism on the far right, as we already have on the left.”Ah. Hitleryouth only wants to get rid of the "left-wing" CINOs. We can only wish His Imperial Child-Molesting Neo-Nazi Holiness the very best in his attempt to marginalize his Cult of Jesus & Mary Idolatry. Tax the churches! And Scientology too!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The Vatican said Saturday that Benedict rehabilitated the four as part of his efforts to bring Lefebvre's Society of St. Pius X back into the Vatican's fold.
But the move came just days after one of the four, British Bishop Richard Williamson, was shown in a Swedish state TV interview saying that historical evidence "is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed."
Christ on a crutch, so to speak. Have yet to watch this, but is it one of those "It was really only four and a half million, not six, so none of it counts" deals? As we watch: Oh no, it's much more than that! More on this dude, & political machinations w/in the church at the Times of London.
We find this sort of thing both stupid & very irksome. It really bothers other types. Jewish people, for example. And Andrew Sullivan:
I am truly, deeply ashamed of my church for this action and hope this provokes such an outcry it is reversed. These are not the words of Christ. They are the words of evil.Nyah nyah, Mr. Pope!!
We don't pull this one out every time the German Pope does something, but he's begging for it this time.
As these sons of bitches don't appear to have given a second thought to anything they've done, that doesn't seem too likely.
Donald Rumsfeld, the beast who promoted, botched and joked about a war that has killed more than a million innocent Iraqis, spent the last year as a "distinguished visiting fellow" at Stanford, cogitating about "issues pertaining to ideology and terror."
John Yoo, the Justice Department hack who wrote the memos that authorized U.S. military and intelligence personnel to torture prisoners of war, is enjoying the cozy ambiance of academe as a UC Berkeley law professor.
Colin Powell, whose 2003 lie to the U.N. ("there can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more") convinced Americans who were still on the fence to support the invasion of Iraq--a misbegotten project that drove the last nail in the coffin of the U.S. economy--whiles away his days attending the meetings of various corporate boards.
If you were expecting Barack Obama to deliver justice, forget it. "I don't believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards," Obama said recently. "Look forward" is Beltwayese for "no accountability."[...]If we fail to hold the elites who seized the presidency in a 2000 judicial coup d'état to account, if we say torture is no big deal, if we don't imprison men who lied and conspired to murder more than one million Iraqis and Afghans and Americans and countless others, if we let these individuals golf and fish and deliver lectures to young people as if they have done nothing wrong, then such horrors will happen again and again. I want would-be torturers to "look over their shoulders." I want them to second-guess themselves.
"America is not innocent in this calamity," said Turki, who is the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. "Not only has the Bush administration left a sickening legacy in the region, but it has also, through an arrogant attitude about the butchery in Gaza, contributed to the slaughter of innocents."Poor little George. Once people are free to speak their minds, tiny as they may be, W. will be recorded as the worst "leader" of a democracy ever. And of most authori-totalitarian regimes as well.
The impassioned comments are a departure from the oil-rich kingdom's normally diplomatic rhetoric toward the U.S., its longtime ally. The Bush family has had strong ties with the Saudi royal family, and Turki's harsh public comments about Bush were rare.
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There is no answer. We'll be fighting each other for tins of pet food before we know it.