31 December 2007
To me this is not about Mormonism or Christianity but a warning that any candidate for high office who takes his religion to seriously, who considers his obligations to his church or his God(s) greater than those of the electorate he serves, must be considered a danger to American democracy.
You have been warned!
If he does, who will it damage most? On the face of it one would think the Republican candidate, especially if they pick someone too far right or excessively Christian, would lose the votes of more centrist, sensible party members but there is always the risk that a Bloomberg bid could through New York's electoral votes into play and I can't see anyway for the Dems to win without New York.
This will have to be watched.
One might ask how this anniversary affects the race for the US Presidency in 2008. That is still unclear but I do know that at least one Republican hopeful was against it at the time.
30 December 2007
29 December 2007
And he himself has a cozy little chat with us. ("Did I mention 9/11? I think I forgot to mention 9/11? I didn't forget to mention 9/11, did I?")
did i mention 911
(Note: I may have made up the "rapid deployment" part - but the rest is true!)
Kylie Minogue gets an OBE for services to surgically enhanced buttocks
Michael Parkinson is knighted for services to chat shows
Ian Wilmut (creator of Dolly the Sheep) is knighted for services to making right wing Christians bat shit crazy
Stuart Rose (boss at Marks & Sparks) is knighted for services to affordable lingerie and pre-packaged sushi
Ian Anderson gets an MBE for services to rock and roll salmon farming and flute twirling
Be careful out there!
28 December 2007
Don't know what to do with the jumper (that you hate) that was given to you by a aunt (that you love)?
In case anyone is interested current prices in the UK are about 7.80 USD per US gallon for unleaded and 8.34 per US gallon for diesel.
27 December 2007
There are very few answers to these questions that can be viewed as being favourable for the Pakastani people, for American interests and for the world.
As a pagan I realised I didn't know much about the Church of the FSM so I went over to their website and discovered that their beliefs, whilst not to my taste, are eminently more sensible than Mormonism.
26 December 2007
23 December 2007
22 December 2007
(The article certainly didn't give me an appetite for these birds but it did give me an idea of places for "I'm a Big" Dick Cheney to go hunting the next time he visits this green and pleasant land.)
21 December 2007
I hope that at some point America wakes up and realises that the multi-billion (or is it trillion) dollar health insurance industry adds absolutely no value to the process and deserves no place in the provision of health care to all Americans.
The blubberer in chief has personally picked the highlights from his show this year. For some reason in each and every clip he appears a complete and utter buffoon and is bettered by his guest. One has to wonder what he would have picked for the year's lowlights.
Fortunately for the ex-Governor and occasional Mormon his staff have come up with a gloriously implausible explanation. The ex-Governor was speaking metaphorically.
I, for one, am relieved that this little oops has been cleared up.
Clearly St. Tony is thinking inside the box.
20 December 2007
Should anyone be interested one drunken night in my university years I did some basic research on this and their conclusions are certainly correct.
They do operate under a curious moral code.
Invasion? I thought we invaded Iraq like in the springtime or something.
We did. This was some other dictator who the US had helped to gain and retain power who was no longer dancing to their tune.
19 December 2007
"It was previously reported that some administration officials had advised against destroying the tapes, but the emerging picture of White House involvement is more complex."
I reckon if young Jamie Lynn is luck her big sister might stump up for a trailer for her and the daddy.
Note: if your are abstinent this is definitely not for you!
Unfortunately it turns out that Francisco Nava, a junior at Princeton University, was not attacked by two men in ski masks for his conservative views. In point of fact he was only attacked by one man, himself. The police have not indicated whether Mr. Nava was wearing a ski mask at the time. Mr. Nava has also admitted that he did not receive any death threats via email and that his bruises were as a result of undisclosed personal issues.
I hope that David Horowitz isn't already en route. It would be a truly tragic waste of his valuable time and money.
But what about homosexual necrophilia Mike? What exactly is your position on that?
Nineteen years ago today the US Product Safety Commission (remember when there used to be one) banned lawn darts. A very sad day indeed.
I am disappointed however that Mr. Roy fails to suggest that "homeophobia" be including in any future hate crimes bill.
I'm a bit grumpy today because I got woken up at quarter to five this morning and also because I am bloody sick of Xmas!
18 December 2007
"I'd probably ideally like to keep it all out of the classroom...If it's going to create this much controversy, how important is it?"
"And I put my hand on my heart, and tears begin to well in your eyes, as you can imagine in a circumstance like that. I have five boys of my own. I imagined what it would be like to lose a son in a situation like that."
If your husband has thoughtfully volunteered to pop down the mall and finish up the Xmas shopping...
17 December 2007
"He seems like a nice charming guy... doesn’t believe in evolution and has some nutty views about what it is we should do about ending violence in our inner city — we should make sure all of our young people are armed. Republicans scare me."
I think that we must trust his judgement.
Well this can only be a good thing but West Chester's not been the same since the great old Warner Theatre shut down nearly thirty years ago.
How do we get one of these and can they visit Pat Robertson first?
16 December 2007
That is all.
If you live in South Carolina and you have children in the public school system there may still be time to move.
I think it is time to seriously reconsidered my objections to having to swear an oath to the Queen and become a naturalised British citizen.
What a feckin' ejit!
I am sure that this will help the state's standing the education derby. Where does Captain Codpiece's beloved No
Stereotypes exist for a reason. When I used to live in King of Prussia PA there was a Dunkin' Doughnuts at the intersection where I used to get on 202. There was never a time in the nearly five years I lived there that I passed the shop, at least twice a day, when there wasn't a cop car there.
15 December 2007
I am certain that Captain Codpiece and his evil minions are already spinning this to prove what a green little shit he is and will describe this as a great victory attributable to his genius alone.
Mary is a waitress in a cafe (and a virgin). Joseph is an asylum seeker who has to go to Liverpool to get his visa renewed. Joseph is less than happy with her pregnancy irrespective of its divine source. The baby is born in a pub (real ale available for traditionalists) and the shepherds are homeless and sheepless. There is also music and dancing (I may have made up the dancing) with songs by The La's, The Shack and John Lennon.
I for one will not be watching.
*I confess that I have shamelessly stolen this designation from Bill-o O'Reilly
Too fucking right, I say.
"I was sitting on the floor of the interrogation room," said the man, an art shop owner in his 20s. "There were five of them asking questions. The first day I was beaten very hard and they asked: who organised the monks? I told them we were following the monks, respecting the Buddha, they weren't following us."
"I was interrogated all night for three nights. They kicked and punched me on the side of my head with their fists. They asked me the same question over and over. I told them: you can ask anything, my answer will always be the same. I don't know who organised the monks. They didn't like that answer."
So the interrogators forced the young man to half-crouch as though he were sitting on a motorbike, made him put his arms out as if gripping the handlebars and demanded he imitate an engine, loudly.
The initial humiliation gave way to intense pains in his legs, arms and throat after several hours. When he fell over he was beaten again. He was held for a month and is still not sure why he was detained. He suspects the police identified him from photographs of civilians who marched with the monks. But he was not alone in the cells of police station No 14.
Happy birthday Art.
14 December 2007
What may be the most interesting thing to see play itself out, after the brutal condemnation of Barry Bonds, is how the baseball community and America as a whole reacts to the inclusion of one of the sports lily-white favourites, pitcher Roger Clemens, on the list. If he is not treated with the same anger; if is not suggested that he be stripped from the record books; if it is not vociferously argued that the be barred from the Hall of Fame then those who argued that there was a racial element to the vilification of Bonds have some evidence to support their position.
In the meantime the list of drug abusers named is available here.
My own team, the hapless Phillies who I love in a sad and desperate sort of way, got off rather lightly with only Lenny Dykstra and David Bell listed. Dykstra is no surprise; who can forget the shots of him with his mouth stuffed full of chewing tobacco, with the juice just dribbling out of his mouth, sneaking out of the dugout for a crafty fag between innings. This was a guy with an addictive streak. As to David Bell, did ever actually play for the Phillies? I can only recall him being on injured reserve for about three years. It would seem that steroids are no good for your back!
More on this later after I get a chance to work through the names.
Have they no understanding of the pressures on a young child and what this might do to their self esteem?
Is Mitt Romney about to buy Clear Channel and its massive portfolio of radio stations? It sure looks like it. Isn't there some sort of rule against something like this? If not, why not? Explain.
I don't see what a veto is necessary. Couldn't they just do one of those signing statement things, simply just break the law as they are wont to do or, most believably of all, Captain Codpiece could just claim that he didn't understand what they meant.
"The US will lead, and we will continue to lead, but leadership also requires others to fall in line and follow."
The main American resistance is to any mandatory reduction targets for greenhouse emissions. The Yanks prefer "voluntarily" targets which you can think of a proposal as put forward by your average teenager. "I'll do it if I feel like it. Or I'll got skateboarding."