Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The modest colonial-era farmhouse that sits on the dirt-covered Cilley Hill Road in Weare is "old and rustic," as Gilman describes it, and has been in the Souter family for generations. A moose-brown paint coats parts of the exterior; other areas are peeling like a bad sunburn. The lawn, surrounded by a towering pines, could use a good mow, but the house is otherwise charming - what one might expect to find in an old-fashioned New England homestead.Aesthetics be damned though, it's the life of the mind for the erstwhile justice, who had to move
... because his Weare house wasn't structurally sound enough to hold the thousands of books that make up his library. "He said there was just so much weight from the books, it would be too much for the house to support," Gilman said. "He said he wants to live on one floor."
As long as they're keeping the minds of the young from being warped by non-approved thoughts (or thought itself) we're fine w/ it. Of course, we may be hasty in our judgement. This may be just the sort of "democracy" the Bush Admin. wanted for their Iraqi colony. It's pretty much what they wanted for their fiefdom here in the United Snakes.
[T]he Iraqi government moves to ban sites deemed harmful to the public, to require Internet cafes to register with the authorities and to press publishers to censor books.
The government, which has been proceeding quietly on the new censorship laws, said prohibitions were necessary because material currently available in the country had had the effect of encouraging sectarian violence in the fragile democracy and of warping the minds of the young.
“We want to go back,” said Yosra Marwan, a 24-year-old student. “I do not like cellphones and the Internet and satellite television. Please tell people I am one of the Iraqis who dream of living in simplicity to avoid falling into sin.”Unlike most of America's fundamentals, sad young fuck Marwan will probably not be dying soon.
On another front, efforts to create a "rightroots" to rival the progressive blogosphere as a force in American politics are moving rather slowly. This last weekend RedState.com, the site often touted as the conservative counterpart to DailyKos, held its first "Gathering" in Atlanta. 200 people showed up, and mainly spent time listening to conservative primary candidates fighting uphill battles against other Republicans, along with familiar right-wing firebrands like Jim DeMint. In a couple of weeks, 1500-2000 attendees are expected at the Kos-inspired Netroots Nation event in Pittsburgh. It's not clear who the headline speakers will be (as is appropriate for an event focused on workshops and small panels, not speeches), but in 2007 the event attracted a major presidential debate.If only we could have been there.
4 August: "Birther" Day: Where Was He Born? Bill Cosby Loses Libel Suit; Anne Frank Popped By Nazi Pigs
Monday, August 3, 2009
Awesome indeed, dude. Presidential material, wouldn't you say? Pilin' on Palin: Juan Cole, at Salon, sez she's another Ahmadinejad.
Included was a 164-word script that blasted Obama for his relationship with Ayers. The line that attracted the headlines said of Obama: "This is not a man who sees America as you and I do -- as the greatest force for good in the world. This is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country."
Some detractors inside the campaign later accused Palin of "going rogue," but in this case, her attack on Ayers was initiated by McCain's high command. Still, when she read the message, Palin was enthusiastic about the assignment. "Yes yes yes," she replied in an e-mail response. "Pls let me say this!!!" Palin delivered those "pal around with terrorists" lines almost exactly as scripted at a Colorado fundraiser. When she finished, she sent another e-mail to McCain's high command: "It was awesome."
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
They came for our guns, now they have our speech, next they will take our healthcare. It’s 1917 Russia all over again.
31 July: Vatican Denounces Feminism; Heat Wave Thins Human Herd; "Mr. Republican" Kicks Bucket; Casey Stengel's Birthdate Remains Indeterminate*
Thursday, July 30, 2009
As repeatedly stated to several in the media over the last week, former Governor Sarah Palin is not committed to attend the Simi Valley Republican Women’s event at the Reagan Library and in fact is not attending the event. Neither the Governor’s state staff nor SarahPAC has ever committed to attending this event or speaking at this event, and even requested that the Governor's name be removed from the invitation several weeks ago. The Governor has other work and commitments to take care of at that time. She looks forward to visiting her friends in California soon.The WTF? moment:
All event requests must be confirmed with Meghan Stapleton of SarahPAC. Additionally, all invitations bearing the Governor’s name must be approved by her attorney before proceeding. Thank you. Meghan StapletonJust where are the invitations going to "proceed" once the legal staff approves? When the masses rise to say "Poopy-Doody" to us elitists by electing Moose-ilini, will we then have gov't. by attorney? "Look, Putin's head! Call the Dep't of Law!!" Who's the "Governor" to whom Stapleton refers? Is Meghan one of Sarah's high school buddies? (That being the only reasonable explanation for the continued incompetence & illiteracy.)
Tax Burden of Top 1% Now Exceeds That of Bottom 95%sure to moisten the underwear (But not in the good way!) of the parasite class & those who worship at their feet in hopes of receiving crumbs & other "trickle-downs." The author of the piece, one Scott A. Hodge, has never, as you might imagine,held an actual productive job in his life, having decided to become a parasite on the parasites (That blood must be getting pretty thin.) His "career" stretches from one "foundation" to another.
Before joining the Tax Foundation, Scott was Director of Tax and Budget Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy. He also spent ten years at The Heritage Foundation, including eight years as Heritage’s Grover Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs. Scott began his career in Chicago where he helped found the Heartland Institute in 1984. He holds a degree in political economy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.His frightening to non-working coupon-clippers & dividend-depositors headline of course ignores the real question, which is how much of what's been created by the working people of this country is owned or controlled by the 1% parasites, compared to just how much wealth the 95% who made it own/control. We imagine Mr. Hodge could have had a flunky look it up, but that would imply he gave a shit about anything or anyone beyond his masters. And that just wouldn't do, would it?
"That's why I hate the police," Tuma said. He told the Huffington Post that in a loud sing-song voice, he then chanted, "I hate the police, I hate the police." One officer reacted strongly to Tuma's song. "Hey! Hey! Who do you think you're talking to?" Tuma recalled the officer shouting as he strode across an intersection to where Tuma was standing. "Who do you think you are to think you can talk to a police officer like that?" the police officer said, according to Luke Platzer, 30, one of Tuma's companions. Tuma said he responded, "It is not illegal to say I hate the police. It's not illegal to express my opinion walking down the street." According to Tuma and Platzer, the officer pushed Tuma against an electric utility box, continuing to ask who he thought he was and to say he couldn't talk to police like that. "I didn't curse," Tuma said. "I asked, am I being arrested? Why am I being arrested?" Within minutes, the officer had cuffed Tuma. The charge: disorderly conduct -- just like Gates, who was arrested after police responded to a report of a possible break-in at his home and Gates protested their ensuing behavior.Fascist laws for a fascist nation. Note well that when we type "Free Speech Isn't Free," we kid you not!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I’d rephrase that to lose the words “black man” when dealing with the police. That’s because I’m a white guy who had that experience twice with our own local cops in Newport Beach. It wasn’t a racial thing that got me put in handcuffs; it was an “I’m a cop; you have no rights thing.”As always, no matter the skin-tones, dialects or any other superficial differences between those involved, it's a uniformed bully w/ a badge vs. a citizen w/o immediate physical power or armament. Or in the second case, a cop in a police car who ran a stop sign & was challenged on it. You can imagine the officer's reaction, if you aren't an ignorant sheep who licks the jackboots of his oppressors.
This afternoon, Bill Shine, SVP of Programming told TVNewser, "During Fox & Friends this morning, Glenn Beck expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions."Tell us something, Mr. Shine. If the Fox News Channel is a "news" source, why would it even have any "views?" How can a network claim to be "Fair & Balanced" if it admits it has "views?" We wonder if Mr. Shine could tell us what the "views" of the Fox News Channel are?
The issue is not how nasty the discourse between the two might have been, but whether what Professor Gates said--assuming, for argument's sake, the officer's version of events as fact--could by any stretch of both law and imagination constitute a ground for arrest for "disorderly conduct" (the charge leveled) or any other crime.Thank you, Harvey A. Silverglate, assisted by Kyle Smeallie, for dealing w/ this from the only possible perspective. After all, in the Freeman's Libertarian Paradise that is AmeriKKKa, the customer is always right. The customer, in Magic AmeriKKKa, being he who pays the pigs for protection. And in this AmeriKKKa, it's the protection-payer who's boss, not the bully/thug w/ a stick, badge, gun & handcuffs, & the boss can always tell employees what to do.
And, to the extent that tossing an expletive at some hothead on the street might conceivably produce a violent reaction, surely such words directed to a trained police officer should not be expected to incite such a response. To be sure, much of police training is specifically directed at producing a peace officer who knows how and when to keep a violent response wrapped under a highly polished discipline. It would be an insult to any law enforcement agent to assume that he or she would respond, with violence, to unpleasant--even offensive--words. Hence, even at its worst, Gates' reaction to the officer's presence and questioning cannot by any stretch be deemed grounds for an arrest. Professor Gates, in other words, was fully protected by the First Amendment. It was the officer's duty to restrain his own response, particularly the exercise of his official powers of arrest.So there, fascist coppers. Stop fucking w/ Americans & their Constitutional rights, or we'll give you something for which you can try to arrest us!! Pin-dick losers!