Sep/07
2005
At a certain point people need to decide what's more important to them - where they live (and the society it presents) or their "religion". Case in point. Stupid bint in Florida is taking the state to court over the fact that she has to show her face on her drivers license. Well see it's simple; IF you want to drive, then you need a license. No one says you have to drive, you can take alternate transportation. One might just point out that if the twat lived in a country that would probably let her have a license wearing a veil they probably wouldn't let her drive in the first place. Saudi Arabia bitch - try driving there. IF your religion, on the other hand, is so all-fucking important that you have to waste the state's time and money then maybe you have to consider that you really ARE living in the wrong place. It really doesn't get any more obvious - you can't have the freedoms and safety offered by living in the US ~and simultaneously expect everyone to accommodate pre-historic moral values. Either you can drive, not be worry about being murdered for 'honor crimes', have a right to vote, own property, divorce your husband and keep your children, get an education -or- you can go live someplace where everyone else is wearing a veil in their pictures. Of course the courts slapped her with a 'fuck-no you can't have a drivers license with a veil on' stick. Further, they pointed out that it didn't matter WHAT your freeking religion was - the rules applied to everyone. And if that wasn't enough, they also pointed out that nothing in her "religion" said she couldn't have pictures taken. I suppose if it was so fucking important to her to get a license she could make sure only to show it to other women (good damn luck there). This isn't a first amendment rights issue - it's a "you're too stupid to be here" issue. Driving is a privilidge not a right... so get a grip woman and stop wasting time. You have to show your face for national and local security issues, that's life... take it or leave it.
Sep/07
2005
So thus far we've heard very little about foreign nations offering their support to the US in the face of the Katrina disaster. A normal initial reaction would be 'WTF' since we're always there on the door of other international disasters, now it's our turn - where's our support? Turns out it wasn't that the offers weren't being made, only they weren't being ~published. As the truth has emerged, virtually everyone - even the poorest of our friends has offered at least something...
  • India has a planeload of supplies waiting on the tarmac and a $5 mil check for the American Red Cross...
  • Taiwan has offered $2 million right to the US directly
  • South Korea has offered $30 million and 40 aid workers and 100 tons of goods such as blankets, diapers, crutches, bunk beds, wheelchair, etc.
  • Japan has $200k for our Red Cross and $300,000 in supplies such as tents, blankets, generators, portable water tanks, (which are currently in Florida)
  • Germany has offered dogs, medical supplies and even a medical ship
  • Russia has an estimated $760,000 in aid goods on three planes which include 121 tents, 4,000 blankets and 10,000 food packages.
The list goes on and on. At least 90 countries have offered help, even the very poorest of our allies: Afghanistan - $100,000 and Bangladesh - $1million. Even China has already given us $5 million, yes past tense. But.... Much of this aid is stranded. Tied up in red tape or refusals from our own government to accept these items, or money. Boggling isn't it? Turns out the support IS there - but our cowboy president has determined that we're just too tough to accept the help that's being offered. This information is just coming out, and it's pretty easy to understand why it has played into the administration's hands to keep it out of the press. Given the speed at which the offers were made, the planes were mobilized (planes which are STILL waiting to take off and can be here TODAY) it was not in the best image of a government still tring to find it's response with both hands. Nations are still waiting to send their support... the question is will Bush find his balls to accept it for the people who are really in need?
Sep/07
2005

Warning Labels...

Fine print on the side of the Vitech CORE install software:

WARNING: THIS PRODUCT WILL INDUCE TOURETTE'S SYNDROME

Sep/02
2005
...but some people sure do have trouble with it. What am I talking about? Peeing. No. It's not the most high brow of subjects I've ranted on, but I think it's deserving. Now, this rant will focus on the male restroom. Now, don't you ladies go feeling left out because I've heard MUCH worse stories from your side of the restroom. But without firsthand, I'm not going to rant at you :P Explain to me why, dear god WHY... is there urine on the toilet seat? Now, gentleman... let me ask you. How difficult is it really? Most public restrooms have between 2 and 3 urinals. Ideally, that would be the best place for a man to go relieve himself. Let's assume for a minute that they're all in use. You're forced to use on of the stalls. You still shouldn't be pissing all over the damn seats. They lift up and out of the way with minimal effort. If you're worried about germs (and the man that pisses on the seat is obviously not concerned) there is conveniently placed toilet paper or just use the toe of your shoe. Whatever you want. I really shouldn't even mention aim. I mean, by age... 15, you should really have this down to an art form. Hitting the round pot should be second nature. Missing really does say something about your learning abilities. There shouldn't be urine on the damn seat. ever. It should never happen unless someone exploded while sitting on the can. Why? Just.... Why?
Sep/02
2005

Reportless

Ok, I'm fed up. With the advent of 24 hour news channels and such things has also come the inane reporter. Apparently, back before my time, reporters asked real questions. Today, I have seen about a dozen examples where the reporter deserves to be shot. First up, Katie Couric. Yesterday her guest was Harry Connick Jr. Starting out with such winners as "How bad is it?" and "What'd you think when you heard it had hit?" she asked him the following series of questions: "So have you heard from all of your relatives. I know that your mother died when you were thirteen." WHAT. THE. FUCK. What kind of dumbass setup question is that? Yes, his mother's dead. That's unrelated to the story. Another winner. Some dumbass reporter takes a national guardsmen aside. Apparently the guardsmen were dealing with some problem with an oil rig that collided with a bridge. The best question mustered? "How did you assess the situation?". God bless the guardsmen he responded "I assess the situation the same way as you do. That oil rig collided with the bridge." Why are reporters that stupid? Why can't they come up with SOMETHING a little more intelligent when they report on things. Think, THEN ask. I can't even begin to list all the asinine things they ask people. A 3 year old could ask better questions.
Sep/02
2005

Betting Pool

Since it was inevitable that the nut jobs would start blaming supposed "lack of morality" on the storm, let's start placing a few bets on this one. We all know that the American race is nothing but black-hearted opportunists who revert to barbaric behavior at the first sign of trouble (ala South Park where the kids had all the adults arrested for child molestation), so how long do you think it will take before we see..
  • The first lawsuit against the government for the rescue response. Be it wrongful death or simply pain and suffering, I imagine there will be plenty. I can definitely see a class action suit by the state against the feds.
  • The first gas station looting/bombing. It's bound to happen. Someone is going to get pissed off enough and set a gas station on fire. I can feel it
  • An honsest to goodness assasination attempt on Bush. Maybe this one is just wishful thinking. The fucker acted more quickly when hurricanes bore down on his baby brothers state of Florida last year. Don't think no one noticed, you monkey faced cock-master.
I actually hope I'm wrong about all of these, but feel free to add your own.
Sep/01
2005

Link: http://www.365gay.com/newscon05/08/083105nola.htm

And it did. That's right ladies and gents, the blame rests solely with the gays. That is why New Orleans was smote by a giant hurricane. God wanted to make a point.
An evangelical Christian group that regularly demonstrates at LGBT events is blaming gays for hurricane Katrina. Repent America says that God "destroyed" New Orleans because of Southern Decadence, the gay festival that was to have taken place in the city over the Labor Day weekend. "Southern Decadence" has a history of filling the French Quarters section of the city with drunken homosexuals engaging in sex acts in the public streets and bars" Repent America director Michael Marcavage said in a statement Wednesday. "Although the loss of lives is deeply saddening, this act of God destroyed a wicked city." Marcavage said. "From ‘Girls Gone Wild’ to ‘Southern Decadence’, New Orleans was a city that had its doors wide open to the public celebration of sin. May it never be the same."
These, by the way, are the same fuckheads who protested the homosexual night for Phillies fans. So, you can tell we working with real geniuses. I mean, one would think an all powerful deity, if you believe in such things, could be a LITTLE more precise with his wanton destruction. Just from a logistical standpoint, he MISSED. And while it was close enough to flood the town, the worst of the storm didn't hit New Orleans. But he totally devastated a MASSIVE portion of the country. If we're going to blame god, can't we at least assume he's able to hit a city directly? I mean, he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Didn't seem to whack a 500 mile wide swath of destruction then. Think he forgot how to be accurate? But assume they're right and God did this to stop a festival. Umm... overkill much? And do you really want to worship a god that intentionally hurts millions of innocents just to put a stop to a festival that hasn't happened yet, and who's attendees were not yet in town? Not exactly hitting the mark there. Maybe he got confused on the dates? Me, I think it's a lot easy to think of God as watching us closely, but not intentionally setting up storms and shit to destroy cities. Their version is definitely not my version of God, and I'm a little frightened of anyone who takes that as their version of a all powerful deity. I'm kooky; thinking that if there is a God, he's probably benevolent. He's probably also saddened by the loss of life. Maybe that's just me.
Aug/31
2005
So, Hurricane Katrina has caused billions of dollars in damage. We have entire cities under water that is still rising. No fresh water for huge areas. Electricity’s out. Millions of refugees displaced. 12-15k people trapped inside an arena with no means of leaving. So um... where is everyone? I mean, the American Red Cross, and other local / national aid groups are getting together to help out. But the international Red Cross doesn't even mention the disaster. Where is the donation from France, who criticized America for its initial relief efforts during the tsunami? Maybe Canada's Navy will hop on down to the gulf to help provide fresh water? Or maybe China will ante up and provide an aid package? No? Heh. Go figure. I guess we don't qualify for aid, eh? I suppose only people in third world have disasters. Sure, we can do it on our own. We're American's and we're tough that way. We make our way on our own. But that doesn't mean I don't get to point out how hypocritical the international community can be.
Aug/30
2005
Do you believe in creationism? If you do - then you're a retard. Now it's more than just a instinctive guess, there's someone who went out and took a look at how well educated Americans are. And the bad news is - the country is infested with retards. From the NY Times: Scientific Savvy? In U.S., Not Much While scientific literacy has doubled over the past two decades, only 20 to 25 percent of Americans are "scientifically savvy and alert," he said in an interview. Most of the rest "don't have a clue." At a time when science permeates debates on everything from global warming to stem cell research, he said, people's inability to understand basic scientific concepts undermines their ability to take part in the democratic process. Over the last three decades, Dr. Miller has regularly surveyed his fellow citizens for clients as diverse as the National Science Foundation, European government agencies and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. People who track Americans' attitudes toward science routinely cite his deep knowledge and long track record. ... Lately, people who advocate the teaching of evolution have been citing Dr. Miller's ideas on what factors are correlated with adherence to creationism and rejection of Darwinian theories. In general, he says, these fundamentalist views are most common among people who are not well educated and who "work in jobs that are evaporating fast with competition around the world." The problem is, from my point of view, when retards are allowed to make critical decisions (usually involving voting) they only enable more stupidity to run rampant, and unfortunately there are too few of the smart people around to keep it in check. Now if only there was a way to keep retards from breeding as fast as they do... but apparently sex is about the only think they are really capable of.
Aug/30
2005

Open Hostility

I don't get why people stare. It's like their mothers never fucking told them it was rude. To me staring is an open act of hostility, especially when there's no smile attached. People love to stare when they're in cars. Somehow the fact that they can stare at you then drive off makes it all ok in their book. Like it's a escape pod that frees them from the etiquette that they'd otherwise conform to. It's even more stupid when you're doing it to someone in the same building you work in, or place you both live. You're eventually bound to run into that person, probably in a professional or social manner - then what? You're going to be nice to them then? "Hi how are you? Sorry for staring at you like a circus freak the last time we sorta met?" Animals know what staring means. If a dog can objectively decide to rip your face off for staring, then why the fuck can't I? I don't know you motherfucker... either tell me why I should care, or get up close enough to do it for real. I have a damn long memory, and really good image recall, don't let the fact that you ran off make you feel safe, because it shouldn't.
Aug/30
2005
So. So, so, so. Microsoft has decided that you can no longer keep your OS updated unless you have a legal copy. Whereas in the past all you did was hop on the updates link and download their patches, fixes and 'well fuck did we really leave this loophole'-isms you now have to validate your right to OS you're running. When you connect now it makes you dl some validation app, and modify some security settings in IE (NO YOU CANNOT UPDATE ZE OS VITH FIREFOX, ACHTUNG, SVINE-PIG, YOO VANT ZE UPDATES YOO USE OUR BROWSER GODDAMIT). Oh yeah yeah, we're not taking any personal info off your computer just... installing this app... which will report stuff to us... lalala... no no never mind your traffic spiking from time to time, pay it no mind... So, hostage to the fact that there is New Evil out there, 'sploits, nastiness, data-munching, bit-pissing crap you decide to run the updates. While Norton is downloading new virus and worm defs in a disk-thrashing frenzy you wait for a quiet lull to connect and get these new updates. Putting your manhood aside by letting them install this app to validate your OS, you perform the required full prostrations by rebooting as needed, all the while aware that this latest set of virus-crap came only a week after MS announced that there were new holes in their OS, aaaand - coincidentally at the same time they implemented this new policy of confirming ownership. Funny that. Anyway, do you the dance, get the stuff, turn on auto-updates and return to what you were doing.... that's if you actually own your OS. Now lets say I didn't - what happens then? I'm not really sure, since I actually do own the copies of the OS I run. It's pretty easy to envision what might happen if I didn't. You don't own your OS so then no upgrades for joo. Uh huh. But then what happens? No updates means you're still subject to 'sploits and bit-pissers. That means more people will be vulnerable, right? So do more people just run around having unsafe computer-intercourse? Do applications like Norton and McAfee pick up the tab and try and patch as patch can? Does life just suck more for everyone because now you have to worry if that email from Aunt Betsy in Bumfuck might have e-crabs on it because she didn't update? And what happens next? Does MS decide that it's not enough to prevent people from dling updates if their papers are not in order and start ripping shit out? Not sure, but one thing is clear (as much as it ever was). The nation of Microsoft sucks, and they're in it for the money - and now - you better be a card carrying citizen because the deportations are about to start....
Aug/29
2005

Find Out What It Means To Me

Friday, I tackled the mass of weeds that had now become small trees that lined the spot next to my garage drive way and my neighbors fence. The "previous owners" had built this area up and put in a rock wall, so I wanted to make it look nice. Since an alley way runs behind my house, and next to that runs a major biking and jogging trail, the kids of the neighborhood ride their bikes in the extreme vicinity of my home. And Friday it was no different, as I hacked and sawed at rubbery trunks of things that knew no horticutural master. Three younglings (prolly 10 or 12 years in age) came tearing up on their bikes and stopped not but 15 feet from me as I worked. They talked to each other, as humans often do. "Nigga, blah blah blah muthafuckin blah blah blah muthafuka" said one. "Nigga, blah blah blah muthafuckin blah blah blah muthafuka" said the second. "Nigga! Look at you cursin' in front of a grown man! I can't believe you!" said the third. "I'm showin' that man respect by not cursin' in front of him, nigga!" Realizing that I had been brought into this, I had few choices... I could play the "authority" and say "Yes - you should strive to use better words and communicate on an intelligent level" and look like a real tool. I could ignore it, and place myself as an outsider to the neighborhood kids who might be back in October to egg my house because I'm "stuck up" or something. I could laugh it off... "A grown man? Me?" Said I "It's nothing I haven't heard before". But really, the moral of this story is that if the third was going to show anyone respect, he should show it to his friends and leave the "nigga" word at home. But I didn't say that.
Aug/24
2005
So in the world of the "retarded" there is a new Queen. Get this - a doctor in New Hampshire told one of his patients that she was overweight and needed to lose it or it would kill her. So what does she do? Join weight watchers? Stop shoving less cake in her hole? Fuck no. The fat twat decides her best course of action is to take out a complaint against the doctor. Baffling eh? What's more baffling was that the New Hampshire Board of Medicine doesn't ignore this bullshit, or just send him a letter of concern (as recommended) they refer it to the Attourney General. In a tax-free state that should be criminal, wasting money on stupid shit like that. The result is that Attourney Generals office recommended that he acknowledge that he made a mistake and take a medical education course, both of which the doctor has rejected. True that doctors have to be professional and polite, but he's had other obese patients come to his defense. They have testified to the fact that he's just telling the truth. Maybe the fat twat should take her lardass attitude someplace else, she didn't need a doctor as much as a fucking grip on reality. Don't shoot the Messenger bitch.
Aug/23
2005

Dead Advertising

The bush administration has found a way to make poster-children out of it's fallen soldiers. Even in death they don't get a choice of their last message. The administration has now decided that the tombstones in Arlington should now bear a propaganda message, inscribing the markers with slogans like "operation enduring freedom" or "operation Iraqi freedom". This started with the war in Afghanistan, and is continuing today. Nice fucking propaganda... The Department of Veterans Affairs says it isn't. ''The headstone is not a PR purpose. It is to let the country know and the people that visit the cemetery know who served this country and made the country free for us,'' VA official Steve Muro said. Funny isn't it how someone can contradict themselves so blatantly. The family is supposed to be offered the opportunity to dictate what goes on the stone, but in many cases they aren't. Nadia and Robert McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June 2004, said ''Operation Iraqi Freedom'' ended up on his government-supplied headstone in Oceanside, Calif., without family approval. ''I was a little taken aback,'' Robert McCaffrey said, describing his reaction when he first saw the operation name on Patrick's tombstone. ''They certainly didn't ask my wife; they didn't ask me.'' He said Patrick's widow told him she had not been asked either. Well, even I'm impressed. I suppose if there were an opportunity to tattoo babies as they were being born with pro-government messages the administration would jump all over that as well. Sick motherfuckers, just sick. Leave the dead alone ok? They already did their job for you...
Aug/23
2005
Short story: Rave gets busted in para-military fashion. Charges of brutality and excessive force fly. The Message Board The Newspaper The Newspaper (2) The Video More Messageboards Just before 9/11, much of the music community was upset about the "Rave Act" being passed. The legislation was targeted at illegal parties being thrown by promoters to further the sale of drugs. Sounds noble, right? However. Authorities were not just targeting the underground events, they were targeting the ones that were legit - the ones that paid for their permits - the ones that hired security (usually off duty cops) - the ones that paid for liability insurance - the ones that jumped through every single hoop that they had to in order to hold their event. This is not just limited to raves. The letter of the law is so loosely written so that any gathering of people, where music may or may not be involved, and where police feel that drugs might be sold, is pretty much open for police action - no warrant - no nothing. This could mean the night club where you go to see your favorite band or dance to music could be shut down at any minute. Any house party that might "look like a rave" is subject to the jack-boot at the door. Trust me - I know from experience. Your local ren faire or book club could even be subject to scrutiny. They won't knock on the door and ask you to "turn it down". They'll drag you out by your hair and beat you down on your front lawn. So the Rave Act kind of disappeared from the general publics eye after 9/11. There were larger things to worry about in the face of the thousands dead in New York. But the law is still there and it's still being abused. The end.
Aug/19
2005
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that U.S. armed forces medical benefits should cover abortion costs only when a mother's life is at risk, a decision that the judges acknowledged was ''callous and unfeeling.'' The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came in the case of a Navy sailor's wife whose fetus had a fatal birth defect. She had an abortion five months into her pregnancy, but coverage for the procedure was denied. She filed a lawsuit claiming an armed forces health plan owed her $3,000 for the procedure. The government argued that refusing to cover such services ''furthers the government's interest in protecting human life in general and promoting respect for life.'' In plain english: The current administration values its religous fervor and cult of life over the pain and suffering of a mother whose baby can't survive. The message is clear, "We don't care about women, we don't care about human suffering, we only care about our image and the fanaticsm it engenders." Keep in mind the armed forces will not pay for an abortion in the case of rape or incest either. So as a woman you can sacrifice your life in the service of your country, but if you get raped by anyone, or have a baby with a fatal defect, don't expect us to be there for you.
Aug/19
2005
So Our President is finally showing that he is vulnerable. Cracks in his untouchability are growing at an alarming rate, accelerated through the efforts of one Mom's quest to understand the sacrifice of her child. So what does Mr.Bush do? Instead of standing up like a man, going out there and meeting her and putting an end to it all - he's pulling out the old 'Remember 911' in a 3rd Reich attempt to use volume over reason, a genuine sign that he's falling back on his last defenses. Pretty damn pathetic. If you can't win on merit, resort to flag-waving, dick rubbing, patriotic fervor.