Friday, September 30, 2005

A Boy and His Squid

This weeks story about the giant squid put a big ear to ear smile on my face. Giant squid hold a special place in my heart.

As a child growing up in NYC my mom would drag me to the Met on a pretty weekly basis. There she would educate me on the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome and Greece. Then we would move onto the middle ages, the renaissance (her favorite), industrialization, and the modern era. It was a history lesson told in the context of art. I was bored to tears at the time but repetition is the mother of education and now I am grateful for the lessons.

Although grateful for the experience now, at that time my mind was always somewhere else, The American Museum of Natural History. As my mom would walk me through the Met, I would walk her through the Museum of Natural History. My mom was a great sport, I think we visited Natural History museum about twice as often as the Met. As soon as we walked in it was straight to the dinosaur halls where I would spout off the names of each fossil with ease and eloquence; annotating each one as herbivore or carnivore or in some cases omnivore. We would always end our visit to the museum by strolling to the Milstein Hall of Ocean life where the 94-foot long blue whale model resides amongst numerous ocean life dioramas. Outside that hall in the corridor was my other favorite and the symbol of another satisfying visit to the museum with my mom, the life sized replica of The Giant Squid.

As an avid fan of the Disney movie 20000 Leagues Under The Sea, and being obsessed at the thought of being Captain Nemo commanding the Nautilus, I would stare at the giant squid and hoped that they had not gone extinct being that evidence of their existence was largely based on dead specimens and maritime mythology. No one had ever seen nor photographed a live giant squid at that time.

I went to visit the museum with my partner two years ago. It was special for me to show him a place that had inspired so much of my childhood. The museum had changed a lot since when I was young. It went from being a jumble of giant halls filled with fossils and dioramas to an organized chronological journey through evolution. I didn't mind until we came to the hallway outside of the Milstein. The Giant Squid was gone. When I inquired about its absence to a guard she told me they took it down and that it wasn't going back up, he had gotten too old (the replica was the museums oldest model purchased in 1895). All the other remodels in the museum didn't phase me but the news of the Squid was devastating. Therefore this week when the first image of the giant squid was posted on BBC news I was thrilled to see the formidable creature alive and well in the depths of the ocean if not in the corridor outside the Milstein.

The absence of the Squid was a cruel realization that so much time had passed and many things different. I had planned on seeing it an having it bring back memories of weekends with my mom in the city, watching 20000 Leagues about 200 times and it never getting old, and memories of my childhood; spent hovering over books and models of creatures present and past wondering how, when, and where they existed. So if you see a grown man standing outside the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life in the Museum of Natural History staring up at the ceiling with misty and nostalgic eyes, you'll know its me.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Democrats With Balls

Thank you to the 22 senators with enough balls to cast their Nay vote for John Roberts. The rest of you Pansycrats can suck a big one.

Senator Landrieu: I like how you were so outraged at the president
that you could "punch him" over his response and management with the devastation in Louisana over Katrina, yet when it comes time to vote for his nomination of a Supreme Court Justice, a person who will carry his politcal legacy on for many years, you support him. Did you suddenly get over your fury? Senator Landrieu you must tell the rest of us how to have our cake and eat it too, we're dying to know how.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Democrats
Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)

For a list of those who who voted yay, Republicunts and Pansycrats alike, visit

Umm This Explains A Lot

Ratings for Programs on Cable Networks

By The Associated Press
September 28,2005 | -- Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 19-25. Each ratings point represents 1,102,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.
1. NFL Football: N.Y. Giants vs. San Diego (Sunday, 8:28 p.m.), ESPN, 6.5, 7.19 million homes.
2. "Special Report: Emergency Plane Landing" (Wednesday, 8:38 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.5, 3.82 million homes.
3. "Nip/Tuck" (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), FX, 3.4, 3.78 million homes.
4. "Hannity & Colmes" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.4, 3.78 million homes.
5. "Larry King Live" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), CNN, 3.4, 3.72 million homes.
6. "Fox News Live" (Saturday, 9 a.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.3, 3.6 million homes.
7. Auto Racing: Nextel Cup (Sunday, 1:04 p.m.), TNT, 3.1, 3.41 million homes.
8. "Nextel Post Race Show" (Sunday, 4:58 p.m.), TNT, 3.1, 3.38 million homes.
9. "Fox & Friends Saturday" (Saturday, 8:36 a.m.), Fox News Channel, 3.0, 3.3 million homes.
10. "WWE Raw Zone" (Monday, 10 p.m.), Spike, 3.0, 3.25 million homes.
11. "WWE Raw" (Monday, 9 p.m.), Spike, 2.9, 3.22 million homes.
12. "The Cost of Freedom" (Saturday, 10 a.m.), Fox News Channel, 2.9, 3.21 million homes.
13. "Fox & Friends Saturday" (Saturday, 8 a.m.), Fox News Channel, 2.9, 3.14 million homes.
14. "Special Report: New Orleans News Conference" (Saturday, 8:24 a.m.), Fox News Channel, 2.8, 3.08 million homes.
15. "The O'Reilly Factor" (Friday, 8 p.m.), Fox News Channel, 2.8, 3.07 million homes

Football is fine, everyone enjoys football. Its the rest of what is being watched that is deeply disturbing.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Iron Bitch

Bethenny's team, Matchstick, had many problems this week. Martha had to explain to some of the team about how they have to survive if they are going to make it. I love this woman.

Martha: This is not the way to behave

Bethenny: Its shameful

Martha: Yes!

Bethenny: I'm so embarassed in front of you right now I wanna cry...

Martha: (cool and with a smile on her face) Cry and you're out of here; women in business don't cry my dear.

The Hammer Gets SLAMMED!!

  • DeLay Is Indicted in Texas Campaign Finance Probe

  • Maybe he wont go down unless the ship goes down with him and he'll spill the beans on Rove. The wheels of justice are spinning!!!

    Tuesday, September 27, 2005

    Evening Thoughts

    Does anybody else see that Brownie is taking it up the ass bigtime for the team? This man comes out today guns blazing saying that it wasnt FEMA's fault and that the blame for Katrina should fall squarely on the shoulders of the Gov. of LA and the Mayor of New Orleans. Rove scripted this one beautifully I have to give him credit for this one. Its clear to me that Brownie was told to say all of this and be a remorseless ass so as to shift the nation's contempt from the president to Brown.


    Brad and I have started a new television show once again thanks to the best thing since indoor plumbing, TiVo. The show, "Transgeneration," follows four college students that are transgender. Each one of them are at different stages in their college career as well as their transformation.

    This topic fascinates me because I cannot imagine what it must be like to be one of these people. I have always been lured into documentaries about people with crisises of the psyche. One of the profiled students, Gabbie (a male to female), was speaking about how she could not wait for her sex reassignment surgery. She was speaking about how she wished she were able to become intimate with someone or even herself and that she had no attachment to her penis. The way she was speaking it was as if it would have been no different if an ear was where her penis was, it simply had no meaning for her. That simply boggles me.

    This isn't my first exposure to tansexuals but one question that I always have in the back of my mind is how are these people so certain that their sex is incorrect. There has to be some portion of people that go through this that do it for the wrong reasons. After the first episode I suspect that one of the students, TJ (a female to male), is more or less taking her new found college freedom to an extreme given that she is from a conservative european family. Im eager to see the rest of the series.


  • Societies Worse Off 'When They Have God on Their Side'

  • Evolution Lawsuit Opens in Pennsylvania

  • As a scientist both of these articles are of great interest to me. First of all I am thrilled to see that someone researched the correlations between social dysfunction and religion. I think that the only thing that religion does is impose ridiculous rules on people for the purpose of controlling the masses. The result is that the people in power can invoke the fear of god in the people and on the surface it appears to work. Scratch a tiny bit on that surface and you will see the true result of religion. People who wind up becoming depraved individuals due to the self hatred that results from the arbitrary stifling of personality propagated from religious doctrine.

    The second article ties in so well with the first because here we have another toxic byproduct of religion, the loss of intellect and reason. I cant imagine how I would have ever become interested in science if i had been told in school that there are things that are just so complex that god had to have created them. That does not instill a sense of exploration or curiosity when I hear that. Yes, evolution is a theory but the evidence that exists to support that theory is far more compelling than the evidence that exists to suggest that there is a god. Additionally the creationists argue that there are gaps in the theory of evolution and that creationism explains those gaps. How does one explain the biggest gap in their theory; the existence of god.

    If our children are taught that an unseen god is the explanation for all that is unknown then what will compell them to seek out the truth about the phsyical world around them? It is impossible to promote a sense of discovery and ingenuity when science is taught in absolute and reductionary terms. I cannot imagine the future of scientific research in this nation if creationism is allowed to be taught in our schools.

    Just from a superficial standpoint, isnt it far more exciting to think that we evolved from single celled organisms to lungfish to monkeys to humans? I think so. I think its absolutely amazing and the prospect of us just being plopped down on earth as part of some "design" is downright dull. Also I like to think that it is amazing that we, as species, have been able to adapt and evolve to have become so successful. To think that it was all orchestrated by a god and that the species had no capacity in itself to evolve for the sake of its survival is misanthropy in its purest form.

    The cartoon is from The New York Times c.1925, during the time of the Scopes "Monkey" Trial.

    Monday, September 26, 2005

    I Palindrome I

    6:44 p.m.
    (CBS) — CBS News correspondent Gloria Borger reports that Michael Brown, who recently resigned as the head of the FEMA, has been rehired by the agency as a consultant to evaluate its response following Hurricane Katrina.

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    Yes Mommie Dearest

    There are always unusual conversations in the lunch room where I work. I think it has something to do with the fact that there are many people from foreign countries where I work. There majority of people where I work are not from the United States. Therefore there is a melding of cultural philosophies mixed with misinterpretations of english words that produce these conversations.

    Today a topic was brought by a young woman (whose nationality I will not disclose) where she asked if you could sell your baby if you didnt like it. She asked because she saw a couple while she was out over the weekend that had two children and she thought one was cute and the other was really ugly. She wondered then if you could sell your child if you didn't think it was going to be smart, or if you thought it would grow up to obnoxious, or any other kind of unforseen unpleasant contingency that comes with parenthood.

    She then started to express that she felt that behavioral and intellectual outcomes of a child are hardwired into their DNA and that some of them you just cant teach so you would have not choice but to sell them to someone who would want them. She said that if she was going to have a child she would want it to be pretty, smart, and obedient.

    After hearing her thought process aloud we all agreed that she should take steps to not become pregnant nor should she consider ever adopting a chid.

    Sunday, September 25, 2005


    Not much to say about anything today. It was pretty quiet here in Dallas today. The sky was overcast and the clouds looked threatening but the most we felt here was the occasional wind gust. Rita just missed Dallas. If it had made landfall right at Galveston, which would have been another disaster, it would have hit Dallas.

    I feel terrible about the bus incident that happened on I-45. That is just the most horrifying news story I have ever heard. I cant imagine being in that kind of situation and then surviving it.

    New Orleans.... I guess it was inevitable that thed levees would breach again. I have an idea though: dont rebuild the 9th ward. Its obviously in a very unsuitable location for habitation and I dont think that it would be wise to put homes there again. In fact it would be wasteful because this is bound to happen again. Its amazing that with all our technology and knowledge of the physical world that we still cannot seem to grasp the concept that the settlers of New Orleans knew back in 1718. If you build on high ground you wont get flooded by the river or the lake when it rains and only fools build settlements below sea level when you're surrounded by water. I dont care how poor people are there are just some places where you should not even be allowed to live.

    I have to say that I was again impressed with Mayor Nagin today. He was on television explaining the situation in New Orleans and he was extremely knowledgeable about the issues and how they were being handled. He even explained why he chose to have the Army Corps of Engineers block the lake from flowing into the canals with sheets of metal. Can you imagine the novel experience it was for me to see an elected official not only speaking intelligently about all the situations that were going on in his realm of jusidiction but ALSO explaining his strategy for dealing with those situations. Wow! Its like he's a leader.

    Now For Something Superficial

    Brad and I always seem to reserve every Saturday night for watching movies that he has never seen. Tonight it was The Bodyguard. When that movie came out I remember there was so much hype about it and everyone was going to see it. I even remember my english teacher in middle school would pontificate to the class about how it was the best movie of all time and that Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner were amazing. She even went as far as to bring in a boom box and play the soundtrack inbetween class periods.

    Now I've rewatched several movies now that I am older and due to my mental development I'm able to appreciate them more. Its quite shocking how different The Crying Game appeared to me when I was 12 versus when I was 24. The Bodyguard was the reverse effect. I never thought the movie was good but I didnt know it was so BAD. The script seems as if it was written as a joke of some kind. Its especially odd how everyone always refers to the "Reagan incident." Brad brought up a good point that it was the only way they could establish the psychology of the bodyguard, his whole persona is defined by this one incident. The editing is terrible and if it werent for the presence of Houston and Costner, and the fact that it was the 90s, it would be a really bad B movie.

    I used to feel bad for Houston after seeing her on Being Bobby Brown because I thought that she had fallen from the height of her fame defined from The Bodyguard. Its clear now that I was mistaken, she sucked then too.

    Thursday, September 22, 2005

    Waking Gaia

    I was reading Bobby's blog, The Zen of Me, and he had a little blurb about global warming after his post today in relation to hurricane Rita and the active hurricane seasons we've been having over the past years. Something occured to me, an irony that almost seems like natural justice in a way. The irony is that the industry that is most responsible for the effects of global warming, the petrochemical industry, is the one that is being pummeled by the natural disasters that are a result of its byproduct.

    One could argue this is support for the Gaia theory. Think of the hurricanes as a kind of immune response, created for the purpose of purging an infection.

    Porn: The Enemy Within

  • Bush's War On Porn: Perverted Priorities Run Amuck

  • This reminds me of an issue that came up when I living in Tucson in 1999 (post Columbine mind you). There was an elementary school and many parents were concerned that there was an adult bookstore three blocks away from this school and they wanted the city to force it to move. The irony is that right across the street from the elementary school, were talking about a two lane street here no more than 50 feet wide, there was a gun store and no one said a word about it.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2005

    I've Been Decoded

    You are a

    Social Liberal
    (73% permissive)

    and an...

    Economic Liberal
    (21% permissive)

    You are best described as a:

    Strong Democrat

    Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

    Silence Those Cups!

  • There's a Gay Man in my Coffee

  • How insecure must these people be in their own sexuality when they are bent out of shape over a quote from Armistead Maupin on a Starbucks cup?

    "I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when I could have been out there loving someone. Don't make that mistake yourself. Life's too damn short."

    It can be taken so many ways but they had to see it in the GAY way. They all have gay on the brain. In the past three and a half weeks a city was decimated by a natural disaster and there is another one looming in the gulf as we speak and these people are calling for the destruction of paper cups as their cause because the cups are gay. For Republicans

  • Republican People Meet

  • I found this website off of Jeff Gannon's blog. I am certain that its a place where all the log cabin republicans meet up in addition to all the sexually repressed repbublcunts who are smart enough to not post a profile on but still need their dose of man love. I cant imagine this site serving the heteros, everyone knows that internet love is for the gays. I am almost tempted to put a profile up. My picture will be of me in my pinkest Polo shirt I have and my Ralph Lauren Chinos with Docksider loafers.

    I just love that a byproduct of this miserably failed administration is a muscled gay escort turned conservative pundit. Could it be any more Freudian?!


    This is a letter written by Sharon Olds in response to her invitation but Laura Bush to the National Book Festival in Washington. It appeared in the October10, 2005 issue of The Nation.

    No Place for a Poet at a Banquet of Shame


    [from the October 10, 2005 issue]

    For reasons spelled out below, the poet Sharon Olds has declined to attend the National Book Festival in Washington, which, coincidentally or not, takes place September 24, the day of an antiwar mobilization in the capital. Olds, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and professor of creative writing at New York University, was invited along with a number of other writers by First Lady Laura Bush to read from their works. Three years ago artist Jules Feiffer declined to attend the festival's White House breakfast as a protest against the Iraq War ("Mr. Feiffer Regrets," November 11, 2002). We suggest that invitees to this year's event consider following their example. --The Editors

    Laura Bush
    First Lady
    The White House

    Dear Mrs. Bush,

    I am writing to let you know why I am not able to accept your kind invitation to give a presentation at the National Book Festival on September 24, or to attend your dinner at the Library of Congress or the breakfast at the White House.

    In one way, it's a very appealing invitation. The idea of speaking at a festival attended by 85,000 people is inspiring! The possibility of finding new readers is exciting for a poet in personal terms, and in terms of the desire that poetry serve its constituents--all of us who need the pleasure, and the inner and outer news, it delivers.

    And the concept of a community of readers and writers has long been dear to my heart. As a professor of creative writing in the graduate school of a major university, I have had the chance to be a part of some magnificent outreach writing workshops in which our students have become teachers. Over the years, they have taught in a variety of settings: a women's prison, several New York City public high schools, an oncology ward for children. Our initial program, at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely physically challenged, has been running now for twenty years, creating along the way lasting friendships between young MFA candidates and their students--long-term residents at the hospital who, in their humor, courage and wisdom, become our teachers.

    When you have witnessed someone nonspeaking and almost nonmoving spell out, with a toe, on a big plastic alphabet chart, letter by letter, his new poem, you have experienced, close up, the passion and essentialness of writing. When you have held up a small cardboard alphabet card for a writer who is completely nonspeaking and nonmoving (except for the eyes), and pointed first to the A, then the B, then C, then D, until you get to the first letter of the first word of the first line of the poem she has been composing in her head all week, and she lifts her eyes when that letter is touched to say yes, you feel with a fresh immediacy the human drive for creation, self-expression, accuracy, honesty and wit--and the importance of writing, which celebrates the value of each person's unique story and song.

    So the prospect of a festival of books seemed wonderful to me. I thought of the opportunity to talk about how to start up an outreach program. I thought of the chance to sell some books, sign some books and meet some of the citizens of Washington, DC. I thought that I could try to find a way, even as your guest, with respect, to speak about my deep feeling that we should not have invaded Iraq, and to declare my belief that the wish to invade another culture and another country--with the resultant loss of life and limb for our brave soldiers, and for the noncombatants in their home terrain--did not come out of our democracy but was instead a decision made "at the top" and forced on the people by distorted language, and by untruths. I hoped to express the fear that we have begun to live in the shadows of tyranny and religious chauvinism--the opposites of the liberty, tolerance and diversity our nation aspires to.

    I tried to see my way clear to attend the festival in order to bear witness--as an American who loves her country and its principles and its writing--against this undeclared and devastating war.

    But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. I knew that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush Administration.

    What kept coming to the fore of my mind was that I would be taking food from the hand of the First Lady who represents the Administration that unleashed this war and that wills its continuation, even to the extent of permitting "extraordinary rendition": flying people to other countries where they will be tortured for us.

    So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it.



    I love how its a very sweet letter at first and then it gets dark. I love how she says that the war was forced on the people by the use of distorted language, brilliance! The final paragraoh spoke to me the most. Its exactly how I feel about our nation.

    Tuesday, September 20, 2005

    1. 2. 3. Debate!

    Jeff's original blog post can be read on his blog at
  • Jeff's Blog

  • My response to Jeff's Blog Post

    I think that you would like to think that you're on the fence but this post has strong opinion. If you love America, which I do not doubt you do, then you have to love all of it. It is the right of the people to protest and question the officials that we have elected to office. I dont think that any American should ever cry censorship to any comment that a fellow American has to say about any of our elected officials no matter what stance the country is in, war or peace. Democracy only works when all sides are heard and sometimes people must be outspoken in order to make others listen.

    I have to question your "independent" stance when you make accusations the New York Times and Cindy Sheehan are only in business to propogate their "ultra-liberal views." The framing of your commentary does not project an independent stance.

    Did Iraq attack us on 9/11? No. Do Al Qaeda and Bin Laden deserve to be brought to justice for their crimes? ABSOLUTELY. That is why there is protest. The relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda is sketchy at best and Bush himself has admitted that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11.

    If there were a DIRECT link to Hussein and his country in the 9/11 attacks I would be behind this war. If the war in Iraq was an operation to actively persue and dismantle Al Qaeda and Bin Laden I would be behind this war. If WMD were found in Iraq then I would think this war was worth the price that we have paid. That is what the war protests are about. That is why 68% of Americans believe that the war was not worth the price we have had to pay.

    I love this country very much. I am so saddened to see that my nation that I grew up revering as a model for the global community to follow has fallen into an image of greed and selfishness due to the ambitions of a handful of witless idealogues. Make no mistake about it when someone, foreign or domestic, attacks this country I will defend it with all my fiber and that is why I oppose Bush.

    Please dont be so trite as to think that you're a patriot because you stick up for the President because he's the President and we're at war and we shouldnt say anything bad about him. The slanted analogies to WWII dont hold any water. Give specific examples, make a case, tell me why YOU think the President and this War is correct.

    I look forward to our discourse.

    Jeff's Response

    irst of all, Adam my Friend. I NEVER EVER said Bush is 100%correct with this war! I understand some of his arguments, yes, but I never said it was the right or wrong thing to do. No one can really know what they would do unless they are in his shoes and knew what he knew. So you just lost the debate. I did say I want this to work out, we are in way to deep. Pulling out would be a disaster and send the wrong message to these terror nuts. Yes that’s my opinion

    Second: I never wrote about Saddam having links to Al Qaeda in my post.. did I?? . The whole WMD stuff. The whole world said Saddam had WMD’s every intelligence agency in the world said that. (Saudi, Jordanian, Russian, French, British, CIA....) Intelligence is never 100%, that’s the nature of intelligence. How do you know he did not move them??. We know he had them, Christ, he used them before. You know anyone in the intelligence community?? I do, a few “Big Boys” actually. Please don’t use the whole WMD argument. There is a lot of information the public does not know or understands about Intelligence, that’s all I can say about that.

    I am fair, did Bush have good reason to go in. That is really hard to say. I stand by what I said. No one can really know what they would do unless they are in his shoes and knew what he knew. Remember it is a post 9/11 world. There is no question he F’ed up the aftermath.

    There is a Huge Difference between questioning the war and “Undermining” it. You really think Cindy Sheehan is Patriotic... the flat out dishonest, hurtful things she says about America, she has gone way to far. Even the Liberals are going against her because she attacked Hillary... Call me a Right winged Nut then, I want nothing to do with those people. The Sheehan crowd gets "excited" every time they hear bad news about the war just to hurt Bush. New York Times ran more than 50 front-page stories on the abuses at Abu Ghraib. Was over 50 necessary?? Remember what happened when Newsweek ran that Flat out Untruthful story about the Koran being dropped in the toilet?? They retracted the story. A riot broke out and more anti-Americanism flamed in the Arab world, I don’t want to use the word censorship, but people need to be responsible and held accountable for there stories. People died because of Newsweeks fake story. No Question, more suicide bombers, used to kill our troops, were recruited with that fake story. Americans died.

    I am sticking to by my WW II theme.

    My Response to Jeff's Response

    You are avoiding my original challenge to you but yet you declare the debate over. I asked you to provide me with reasons you think that protestors should not protest against the war. You have just regurgitated banal facts that are common knowledge.

    Yes, many world intelligence agencies believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. The evidence that was used to make the case to the UN was dubious at best. Colin Powell brought with him photos of chemical plants that could or coulld not have been producing toxic chemicals. There was no way to tell from the photos. He also showed photos of rail cars that supposedly were mobile laboratories that could produce anthrax etc and could be deployed over the rail network. Still though, all I saw were pictures of rail cars from the sky and mock ups of what was supposedly inside of them. When Adlai Stevenson went to the UN during the Cuban Missile crisis he brought with him photos showing nuclear missles with USSR written on them stationed on the island of Cuba. Thats evidence, that is cause for concern. Now what other evidence there may be that wasnt shown is inconsequential. All I know is what the Bush administration showed the world to make their point. So if your "Big Boys" have some more compelling evidence and or insights on intelligence for the case for war in Iraq I encourage you to tell them to share it with us. 58% of us dont think this war was worth it, if there is secret evidence to prove us wrong now would be the time to divuldge it.

    If you have difficulty in defending Bush for engaging in the war ("...did Bush have good reason to go in. That is really hard to say.") then how can you defend the president if you admit that you arent sure he made the correct decision in the first place?

    Finally, I think that there is huge distinction between what Cindy Sheehan is doing and "undermining" the war effort. She wants Bush to be held accountable. If he went out to her and spoke to her in front of the entire media and said, "Cindy, Im sorry that its come this. I'm sorry that you son died and made some mistakes but I promise you that we are going to fix it and your sacrifice, your son's sacrifice will be vindicated." Thats all she wants. The entire situation could be diffused if he would admit that he made a mistake BUT he is going to fix it. The war protests are about accountability not about getting excited that Bush is failing. He does that on his own just fine, the media nor a mother of a fallen soldier do that TO him.

    The Abu Ghraib comment was a red herring.

    When I bring up the references to Saddam and Al Qaeda I do not mean to put words in your mouth. Those are my examples that I use to support my position for being against the war. I would like to hear some examples why you think the antiwar movement is damaging to the country, especially since 58% of the country think it was a mistake.

    To start, how is the Newsweek article, and the damage it caused, connected to what Cindy Sheehan is doing?

    Vrai ou Faux?

    This memo was posted on It was a memo from the congressman from 21st congressional district in Texas, Lamar Smith, to Karl Rove. It was misdirected to the wrong fax and wound up going to a Democratic congressman's office instead.

    Part of me wants to believe its authentic, another part of me thinks this is so typical of Rove. Rove is not as smart as everyone thinks, he uses the same tricks over and over again and yet they seem to dazzle everyone every single time. I guess that makes him smart or we're all incredibly stupid. He always frames himself or his party as the victim to paint the "liberals" as sneaky (again my motto of take whatever they say or do and reverse it and you have the truth applies), or if the republicans need a distraction from thier mismanagment something shocking gets leaked, such as this memo. What leads me to think that this might be fake is the final sentence of the fourth paragraphs "(Liberals can easily and accurately be painted as opposing law enforcement.)" Thats too perfect.

    So if it is authentic...which it could be. The three priorities when it comes to immigration are:
    1. media bias
    2. animosity toward the president
    3. feelings of the republican base

    Wow that outlines the three things that are always taken into consideration whenever the republicans do any kind of plicy making.
    Why is Karl Rove have the title of Honorable?

    Again the last sentence of the fourth paragraph. This is what they are all about people, PAINTING. They focus on smearing their opposition to the point where no one hears anything about the facts or the real issues.

    New Species of Hominid Discovered: Clintonbush

  • Bill Clinton's Muddled Attempt to Own The Middle

  • Again you've hit it right on the head! I have been bemoaning Clintonianism in the democratic party since the election last year. This pupulist posturing that he uses trickled down to Kerry and it LOST him the election. The whole flip flop thing is a result of this Clintonian-Carville strategy to play to the middle. That may have worked in the 90s when everyone was getting rich and our biggest problems were that we wished we could all be Carrie Bradshaw but things are MUCH different now. The people want decisive leadership and its time the Democrats separate themselves from Bill and his "play to the middle" populist garbage. All he cares about is preserving his image as the benevolent caretaker of the prosperity of the 90s.

    Its time that TRUE Democrats start speaking with the same conviction and candor about their views as the right. Liberal is not a dirty word!

    Monday, September 19, 2005

    Natreon: Frying Tomorrow's Foods Today!

    I found this through a link that was on an article on the NY Times website.
    #1 I love how they claim to have made fried foods "healthier." Fried food is as low as you can get on the healthy scale so by making it healthier that means that maybe, MAYBE you've made it about a quarter as bad as it was for you to begin with.

    #2 Its creepy to think that a company like Dow is making cooking oils. This is the company that brought us Agent Orange and the Scrubbing Bubbles. Yummm.

    #3 How post modern is the name Natreon. It sounds like the name of a contingency plan that the US would have in the event of nuclear holocaust.

    Strong Conservative Resolve?

    I recently found this blog: If you go to read it you can see that it is a vile vile publication. However, we do have freedom of speech and this person is allowed to express his views and it is the nature of blogging that I am allowed to offer a counterpoint to his views.

    So as an outspoken blogger myself I decided to post a comment to his most recent post. I would like to share it all with you verbatum however there is a problem, the publisher of the blog deleted my comment. I noticed this shortly after publishing my comment and then published another comment saying, "I thought conservatives swoop to the scene of adversity and proclaim their resolve to prevail with a bullhorn!" Again that comment was deleted and I was subsequently banned from posting any more comments on this blog.

    I love that this big talking conservative Texan chickenhawk cannot battle it out with a liberal fag from New York. I thought they live for that?! I even included my email in the post and I didnt get anything. I see that the strategy of "if we ignore it it will go away" is trickling down to the conservative base. One might think that people that feel so strongly about their position would be eager to defend it against someone who disagrees with them.

    This experience underlines the FACT, and yes this is a FACT, that conservatives do not use logic and they do not want to arrive at conclusions via logic. They only understand soundbites and ad hominem arguments when it comes to political discourse. When there is no exchange between idealogues, where one is forced to see it through the others view and reach a compromise, then democracy no longer exists.

    Sunday, September 18, 2005

    Dallas Pride 2005: Equal Rights! No More! No Less!

    Brad and I went to pride today with our friends Patrick and George. We had a good time. The parade was nice yadda yadda yadda. It was a bit on the warm side though. Everyone was a sweaty mess and it just reminded me of stories that my friend Heather would tell me when she went to ASU and she would ride the shuttles from the parking lots to the campus in August and everyone was sweaty and slick.

    We took a respit at the orginal black-eyed pea on Cedar Springs for some margaitas and buffalo chicken fingers. Patrick and I were both a bit repulsed by an unusally tall black muscular man wearing nothing but a t shirt and a pair of skimpy underwear in the restaurant. Its just not right to have that around food and places where people eat; please cover up.

    The theme of the parade and the rally was "Equal Rights! No More! No Less!" I had to say that I was very pleased with what my city councilwoman, Angela Hunt, said at the rally, "Second class equality is not equality!" I really appreciate that kind of representation because thats how I feel and I think that it reflects the theme of the parade. I must say that I was also impressed that 8 of the 14 city council members and the mayor, Laura Miller, participated in the parade. I retuned home and decrusted after the days festivities. It was an enjoyable day to be around all the gays, trannies, dykes, et. al.

    Friday, September 16, 2005

    Oh Most Holy Marriage, We Protect Thee

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    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    I Cannot Resist

    Look I know this is hackneyed and been said a million times by many other people, but I cannot let this go. I still need evidence that marriage is some sanctimonious.....THING!! Fucking Zellweger and Chesney get married in a 15min ceremony on some island and they stay married for 4 months but two men who have been in a committed relationship for 5 years cannot get married? I dont understand. Can someone please explain to me why if marriage is so sacred why isnt there a penalty for people who get married and divorced on a whim? Why doesnt Pat Robertson descend from the heavens and cotterize their genitalia or take their "admit one to heaven" pass and burn it? They should be forced to be homosexuals so then it will be assured that they will never be able to marry again. If marriage is so sacred that I cannot participate in it then I want to see these offenders of the sanctitity of marriage punished in a public display of humiliation FUCKIN BIBLICAL STYLE!!! Explain to me why if marriage is so essential to the morality in this nation that given the divorce rate in this country we arent all immoral assholes raping eachothers skulls. Oh wait....there is a correlation there, strike that!

    My theory is this. Fat, white, middle aged "christian" men need everything gay to be illegal and forbidden. If all things gay were allowed and accepted then they would have so much resentment that they didnt get to participate in the gayness that they really wanted to when they were younger. Instead they got married to witless bimbos who produced thankless progeny for them to support. Furthermore fat white men have to have the gays because no matter what a gay man is always the biggest brunt of a joke. When gay is no longer taboo the fatties will become the pariahs of manly enclaves. Its all about the fat, white, christian men. They run this country.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    Hail Nero!

    Bush displays behavior typical of a person addicted to hmm I dunno cocaine and alcohol. He makes a mistake and other people get hurt. He refuses to take responsibility and blames it on outside forces that are supposedly beyond his control. The reality is that his actions, or misactions, are the cause of the problem. He casually insists that everything is fine, that he is in complete control, and all is well. I think another dictator had the same kind of pathology, his name was Nero. The story goes that as Rome was burning Nero played the lyre and sang.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005

    America's Peculiar Institution, Alive and Well

    This is no coincidence and it speaks for itself.

    Monday, September 12, 2005

    Misanthrope? Me? Never!

    You Are Somewhat Machiavellian

    You're not going to mow over everyone to get ahead...
    But you're also powerful enough to make things happen for yourself.
    You understand how the world works, even when it's an ugly place.
    You just don't get ugly yourself - unless you have to!

    Dirty, Dirty, Dirty, Disgusting, Revolting!!

    I must apologize and say that I am proturbed and deeply disturbed that a pro Bush ad found its way into my Google AdSense sidebar. I feel raped, violated, and abused. Therefore to make sure that AdSense knows my true feelings I'm going to spell it out very clearly and plainly. I HATE GEORGE W BUSH! Fucking extrapolate that Google AdSense!

    Dont Deny The Love!

    Weeds is the best television show now. Its fantastic. I love the theme song about the redundancy of suburban life. I love how it depicts the underbelly of suburban life. The drug use the inequities the feeling of being stifled by the conformity. I love it. Suburban America is so twisted and this show is so well done. It offers a tender but certainly gothic lens for which to view the lives of the people that reside in the bastions of americana that resulted from the prosperity of the post war era. All tied together by the one thing that allows them to cope with the environment that has all but consumed their last shreds of individuality.

    Mary Louise Parker is a goddess.

    Elizabeth Perkins is an empress.

    The Return of The Icon

    Martha Stewart's new TV show, Martha, premiered today on NBC. She is back and she is fucking awesome, spinning shit into pure gold! She unabashedly talks about her prison time and when she peppers conversations with it its always funny and she never overdoes it. I cannot believe how natural she is live and the audience was going wild for her. By the graces of TiVo I was able to see the show after work. I am eagerly awaiting her hosting The Apprentice this season as well. I love that she's come right out of prison and has gotten right back into her game. She is a proverbial Hester Prynne; donning her scarlet "A" with pride and drawing from it supernatural powers to fuck all those assholes that put her away in the ear!

    Sunday, September 11, 2005

    You're All Pigs!

    SUV drivers are immoral slime. People who think about buying an SUV given the situation in the middle east and given the situation on the gulf coast are immoral slime.

    If you complain about gas prices and you drive an SUV, SHUT IT! If you are thinking about complaining about gas prices think about why gas is so expensive. Think about why so many people feel a need to drive cars that are ridiculously huge. Think about why we are engaged in a an illegal war in Iraq. Think about why there is toxic water flooding New Orleans.

    I say let the gas prices rise, up up and fucking away!! Im glad that all you people who are driving SUVs are going to have to pay through the nose to drive your cars.

    Buy smaller cars. Take the bus or the train. If you dont have public transport hassle your municipalities, representatives, and senators about it. Gas is a precious resource and we have preserve it.

    Friday, September 09, 2005

    Pope or President?

    Bush has declared the 16th of September a day of prayer for the victims of Katrina.

    Is this his attempt at damage control? Is this his attempt to make it look like he actually cares about what has happened to the thousands of misplaced people?

    What they need is assistance. What they needed and what we need now is a government that is prepared to mitigate or completely prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening in the future. What we all need is for FEMA to be a cabinet level agency again. The director of that agency needs to be qualified to head up that agency as well. We can all pray (or not pray) and ask whatever god, spirit, entity to give us the strength to move on by ourselves. What we need you to do Bush is to be the president.

    Tuesday, September 06, 2005

    More Gems!

    This is soooo priceless that I had to post it verbatum here.

    Barbara Bush: Things Working Out 'Very Well' for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans

    By E&P Staff

    Published: September 05, 2005 7:25 PM ET updated 8:00 PM
    NEW YORK Accompanying her husband, former President George
    H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in
    Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the
    poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, "This is working very well for them."

    The former First Lady's remarks were aired this
    evening on American Public Media's "Marketplace"

    She was part of a group in Houston today at the
    Astrodome that included her husband and former
    President Bill Clinton, who were chosen by her son,
    the current president, to head fundraising efforts for
    the recovery. Sen. Hilary Clinton and Sen. Barack
    Obama were also present.

    In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of
    evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: "Almost
    everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to

    Then she added: "What I’m hearing which is sort of
    scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is
    so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

    "And so many of the people in the arena here, you
    know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she
    chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

    Oh Babs you're so suave with the commonfolk. How do you do it? I mean afterall the Astrodome must be like going on vacation for the proletariat. It must be such an imrovement in their quality of life to be sleeping on cots and donated blankets than in their own putrid common homes. They should be thankful that hurricane Katrina bestowed upon them this opportunity for a lovely government subsidised vacation in Texas.

    Monday, September 05, 2005


    I saw the 40 Year Old Virgin today and I was impressed. The movie was very well done. I was laughing almost the entire time and there was never a dull moment. The pacing was amazing and the jokes were appropriate and timed perfectly. One that that really impressed me was there there wasn't any overly sappy moment which is typical for comedies. There is usually that moment where some tragic thing happens or someone has some kind of epiphany and its wrapped up in a pretty package for us all to take home like some kind of moral party favor. None of that in this movie.

    The reason why I am so surprised by all of the great qualities of this movie is because there has been so much crap coming to the theaters lately that it seemed mainstream movies were a hopeless case.

    I'm sure this is just a fluke and in the coming months we'll see more bullshit movies by Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, and the emperors of utter bullshit Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Maybe they'll all collaborate on a movie about how a rougue self aware android (played by Will Smith) and a poor black working class mom (played by Will Smith) learn to overcome their differences and realize its their faults that make them stronger. All this while in the background poor immigrant class mexicans are fighting to make their way in America.

    At Least Their Dictator Cares!

    Marjorie Cohn | The Two Americas

    A small island nation that is still driving american made cars from the 50s manages to escape the devastation of the Cat 5 hurricane with no loss in life. Our dictator sucks. CASTRO FOR PRESIDENT!!!


    Finally after the years of bubble gum pop good music is starting to emerge! This album is sure to please if you are a fan of David Bowie or The Rolling Stones. I was begining to worry that this decade would have no music legacy but along with this band and others like The Killers and The Scissor Sisters there is hope for the species.

    1,000 Words

    Sunday, September 04, 2005

    Now The Cracks Begin To Show!

    As White House Anxiety Grows, Bush Tries to Quell Political Crisis - New York Times: "Faced with one of the worst political crises of his administration, President Bush abruptly overhauled his September schedule on Saturday as the White House scrambled to gain control of a situation that Republicans said threatened to undermine Mr. Bush's second-term agenda and the party's long-term ambitions."

    I hope that the entire country can see now that the Republican platform, the policies they endorse, and the way that they think the country can be run are completely wrong and do not benefit the whole of America. It has never been more evident that the Republican party is classist and racist. Everything about the way this situation was handled can be applied to the overall party platform. Poor black people stuck in New Orleans means nothing to them. All they care about is that the white rich people, like Trent Lott, are safe and dry.

    Your days are numbered assholes!

    Saturday, September 03, 2005

    Less Government, Big Problems

    What had ensued over the past week has underlined why a platform of "less government" spells out disaster for all of us in the long term. If we had the proper funding for FEMA and for overhauling the levee system in New Orleans then much of this trgedy could have been avoided. In one of the Bush tax cuts, in an effort to reduce the presence of government in the lives of the people, money for overhauling the levees and highways in New Orleans was cut. This was in spite of the fact that analysts warned that a catastrophe like Katrina could devastate the city. The consolidation of FEMA and other emergency response agencies into the Department of Homeland Security (DoHS) caused a major reduction in staff and in programs. The Clinton administration enacted a special emergency response program for FEMA right before the end of the Clinton administration. That program was cut and dismantled when FEMA was absorbed into the DoHS.

    Bottom line people is this. If you want things like levees, roads, emergency response agencies, hospitals, bridges, national parks, etc. then we all have to pay for it. Because we get taxed for these things is not the government meddling in our lives but instead providing services for us ALL to use and take advantage of. Furthermore all of the aforementioned things do not spy on us in our own homes, they do not keep records of what books we check out of our local libraries, and they do not encourage our fellow citizens to spy on one another. They are completely opposite of the kind of legislation that the Patriot Act puts forth and that the Bush administration wants so much to push through congress. How they can say that they want to reduce the presence of government in the lives of people when they would rather have us pay for programs that spy on us versus providing basic infastructure to protect our cities? In the end we're all going to have to pay more for the repair of the devastation in New Orleans than if we had just paid our taxes to maintain or improve the levee system so that it could have been less devastating.

    The role of government is to enforce the law and improve society. Not to interfere in our lives but rather to make them easier.

    The Monkey Speaks

    Remarks by President Bush During Briefing on Hurricane Katrina

    Note the reference to Trent Lott's house and the laughter that comes after it. Also note how in the final paragraph he refers to the hurricane as a "weapon." He's got to keep beating that war drum no matter what.

    Department of Homeland Bullshit

    Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Katrina's Aftermath

    Here is a passage from the above article:

    "As Dallas officials struggled to prepare for the onslaught of evacuees, Mayor Laura Miller blasted Gov. Rick Perry for visiting Dallas on Thursday but not informing her or Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm personally that 25,000 evacuees would soon be on their way to Dallas.
    The state has also failed to make good on its promise of cots and blankets for the city's shelters, Ms. Miller said.
    "I'm amazed at the lack of help we're getting," the mayor said. "The state has done zero to help us, the governor has done zero to help us – besides coming here for a photo op."
    Ms. Miller also panned other state and federal officials for a lack of communication with Dallas officials. The mayor said she learned from Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher, not FEMA or the governor's office, that the federal agency ordered Dallas to accept 25,000 evacuees."

    Again, the leadership, THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP, is failing to provide any kind of real support for the situation on the gulf coast. People are dying, thirsty, drowning and all they can do is fly around the country posing for photo ops while municipalities that are already strapped for cash because of BUSH TAX CUTS have to deal with all this shit.

    Additionally all of the response for a disaster of this magnitude was supposed to be streamlined with the creation of the Department for Homeland Security. Is this what you call streamlined? FEMA is saying that they have the situation under control while the media is reporting that people are being raped and shot at while trying to get out of New Orleans!!! This is how prepared our country is for a diasaster?! My friend Kim and I tried to contact the Red Cross here in Dallas to find out if we could volunteer this weekend with all the evacuees coming to Dallas and there was no one at the office. NO ONE! We searched all day to find out how we can help and there is no information and the people that we called said they dont know either because no one is coordinating anything.

    Bush has his fucking staged "briefing" on the situation on television so he looks like he's doing his job and he has the audacity to say that Trent Lott lost his beach house!???

    For all those that voted for this jackass to be here now during this: NICE ONE!

    Friday, September 02, 2005

    A Cry For Help

    Transcript from Mayor Nagin of New Orleans saying how the federal government is dragging their asses to get relief to the gulf coast.

    NAGIN: But we authorized $8 billion to go to Iraq lickety-quick. After 9/11, we gave the president unprecedented powers lickety-quick to take care of New York and other places.

    Now, you mean to tell me that a place where most of your oil is coming through, a place that is so unique when you mention New Orleans anywhere around the world, everybody's eyes light up -- you mean to tell me that a place where you probably have thousands of people that have died and thousands more that are dying every day, that we can't figure out a way to authorize the resources that we need? Come on, man.

    You know, I'm not one of those drug addicts. I am thinking very clearly.

    And I don't know whose problem it is. I don't know whether it's the governor's problem. I don't know whether it's the president's problem, but somebody needs to get their ass on a plane and sit down, the two of them, and figure this out right now. (END QUOTE)

    My Comments:
    Lets think about this. The president was probably sitting in a class room reading to children when the hurricane hit. Then he was taken to an undisclosed location after the devastation for about 4 hours. Karl Rove et. al. decided that you cant declare war on hurricanes because hurricanes have no oil and they arent from the middle east. Furthermore, hurricanes couldnt possibly be linked to al qaeda although there was some intelligence that says al qaeda has the capability to produce hurricanes.

    With all this the president decided that its not necessary to send any help to the gulf coast because it will not benefit the Carlisle Group. He also decided that going to the site of the devastation in New Orleans and stading on a detroyed home with a bullhorn and spouting words of encouragement would be futile. However, numberous Halliburton swift boats and medical teams have been rescuing oil workers and the refining stations.

    What more proof do we need that the man who calls himself the president has no compassion and does not care about America!!!!!!!! Bush does NOT SUPPORT American CITIZENS and he does NOT SUPPORT the TROOPS!!!