April 24, 2008
... thought it was safe to once again pick up the papers because the Pennsylvania Primary is OVER and both Barry O and Hill C will be off the news at least some of the time, we find even bigger idiots residing in Europe (like that's news.... ed!... Oh shut up).
Plant "experts" in Switzerland ethicists by trade have decided that it is unethical to mistreat plants just because we are bigger and stronger.
PLANTS deserve respect, a group of Swiss experts says, arguing that killing them arbitrarily is morally wrong - except when it comes to saving humans or maybe picking petals off a daisy.
In a report on "the dignity of the creature in the plant world", the federal Ethics Committee on non-human Gene Technology condemned the decapitation of flowers without reason, among other sins.
Still, commission member Bernard Baertsche suggested the body weighed such cruel acts on a case by case basis, noting "the simple pleasure of picking the petals off a daisy might suffice as a reason".[emphasis added]
OMG... decapitating flowers? Another reign of terror sponsored by the Robespierre of Mother's and Valentine's Day?
Off With Their Heads!
With a Tip O' The GM Derby To Raven
UPDATE: My Friend Quick Rob has more
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November 24, 2007
Joe Ward had a problem that no one should go through, though thousands do. He had a desperately ill kid who needed a bone marrow transplant and well, watch the video...
Now, I for one am glad that Joe's son got the transplant. I'm less delighted that the hospital "absorbed" the costs, because after all, those costs will be borne by someone else whether through higher costs for medications, higher fees for the use of surgical suites etc. Hospitals may be "not for profit" but they are not perpetual losers either. So, with that in mind, I started searching for other people that Hillary may (or may not) have helped and the list is amazing.
Hello, my name is Susan McDougal. I had been spending time in a Federal lockup and wanted to be home with my family so I could bake cookies. The Warden said "Ain't gonna happen." So I turned to Hillary Clinton. She called back the next day and said that the prison would absorb the rest of the sentence. Thank you Hillary, I'll trust you with all of my future legal problems.
Hi there! My name is Marc Rich. Not too long ago, I had to leave home because of some questionable dealings with the IRS and some businesses I directed. I wanted to return, but there was just no way. So, I called Hillary. She called back the next day and said that the United States Government would absorb the costs associated with me having to leave the country. Hillary gets my vote for president and I think I'll donate some spare change to the Clinton Library while I'm at it. For those of you that don't think you can trust Hillary, I trusted her with my freedom and she came through.
Good Morning America, My name is Wolf Blitzer. Just prior to the last Democratic Debate, I was accused of planning to throw softball questions to candidate Clinton. My feelings were very hurt by this as I feel that I am a really tough questioner. I called Hillary's campaign to complain about the harsh treatment I was getting, and she called back the next day and told me not to worry. CNN would absorb a lot of criticism for too large a garden and too many plants and I would be dropped from the spotlight. Wow, am I glad I called Hillary! Some of you out there may not trust this great lady, but I trusted her with my reputation as a tough newsman and I'm glad I did.
Hello, my name is well, you really don't need to know my name, I'll just tell you that I was one of America's sexiest presidents. Not too many years ago, I had problems with a young woman who alleged that she had inappropriate sex with me. Well, I'm going to say this for the last time. I did not have... Oh, sorry, wrong speech.
I called Hillary to complain about all the criticism I was getting and she said not to worry. She called back the next day and said that the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy would absorb all the vitriol and that my Party would hold me up as a president of peace and prosperity. Thanks Hillary, I'll vote for you.
My Name is Hillary Clinton and I approve of the above messages. America's fertilizer business will absorb all the bull shit produced by these ads.
November 08, 2007
Isn't that a nice picture of the barbell? What do you mean what barbell? Oh, you're looking at the (shudder-gasp) pink panties and the bottom filling them aren't you? You wicked westerner. Allah will surely smite you down for thinking unclean thoughts.
And so was launched the panty jihad. Actually, my co blogger The Woodster (Woody to you regular readers)sent me an email pointing out this blog and the entry "The List of Things That Offend Muslims" and an entertaining blog entry it is. I highly recommend reading it, and the rest of the blog is pretty danged good as well. But, I regress.
One of the random items I clicked on was the Panty Jihad and that took me to a Front Page Mag site with an article on a company called "Sloggi, a women’s underwear manufacturer owned by Triumph International of Zurich, Switzerland. (Be sure and read the FP link or the rest of this post won't make any sense to you unless you know GM pretty well by now.) Now, this Front Page article is from June of '04 so while dated, it shows a tendency, in England at least, to bow down to some one's sense of being "offended." OK, I can buy being offended, but I have severe doubts if the advertising council would take any action regarding Sloggi advertisements near churches or synagogues. Well maybe not. So at any rate, I found a picture of a dumbell (above and to the left if you look hard enough you will find it) that I though looked pretty nice. It's black or purple black depending on your color sense and it weighs about 10 pounds. Not a lot, but enough to tone your arms somewhat. At any rate, I am sure that an advertisement of a barbell is no big thing and could't possibly offend anyone. I'v found some other things I think are pretty neat, and I'll list them also with the help of Sloggi. Hold on to your....er.... hat?
This is a Red DumbBell, I don't know how much it weighs but it can't be too heavy given the small size of the ends.
I found some office tools. Paper clips are good to hold pieces of paper together, if you take out one bend, you can scratch the inside of your ear too. Sometimes, just linking them together is fun.
Of course, pens and pencils are what make an office go around. This one in pink looks good.
Now, women do indeed like to use makeup and I thought that some pictures of some really good natural light light bulbs would just perfect for the ladies to look at before they uhhhh, buy.
While looking through the sporting goods, I found this green arrow. You know that Archery is one of the oldest sports around and centuries ago, a good archer was to be praised and rewarded. Also, this is a green arrow which reminded me of the comic book. Interesting as to what will bring back memories isn't it?
And lastly, on my shopping tour I had a couple of keys made. You know, sometimes you have keys and have absolutely no idea what to do with them or where they fit. I've got three on my key ring right now... don't remember where they go in the slightest. Guess I'll just add them to my 215 other keys in the box .
Well, I hope all of you have enjoyed this little excursion. I've tried to find things interesting to look at, that could possibly go on a billboard without offending anyone, especially muslims. So, I'll bid you farewell for the evening and hope you have a great day. Bye now!!!
August 25, 2007
In Harper's Magazine an article dated yesterday (August 24, 2007) and authored by Scott Horton (What is it with these fellows named Scott? Except Scott Johnson of Powerline of course!) appears that takes on the neo-con publications and news sources that have trashed The New Republic's reporting by one Scott Thomas (in real life, the husband of a TNR Staffer Scott Thomas Beauchamp). Thomas wrote an article of dubious (nay, not dubious, outright falsehood it seems) truth regarding the depredations by members of his unit in Iraq. I've reported on this in the past (here and here and my blogging partner Woody here, and others here and here and from fellow Munuvian Ace of Spades HQ here). Horton begins his trashing of the neo-cons thusly:
Over the last two weeks there was a flap over a piece published in The New Republic by an American soldier in Iraq named Scott Beauchamp. He described a number of gruesome scenes, some of which did not portray his fellow soldiers in the best of light. The piece drew ferocious blow-back from the Neocon war party, whose hallmark is complete control over the news on the ground and from the front ranks in Iraq. They viewed the report as a violation of their sacred monopoly and were determined to destroy Beauchamp and to lash out at The New Republic.No idea "whether Beauchamp's story was accurate? Well wow and gee willikers Howdy, this here Horton fellow apparantly either can't read, or is so wrapped up in his own partisan shell that he can't make heads or tales of what is so patently ridiculous that even non veterans of Iraq had difficulty buying it. Not only that, but Messr. Beauchamp has "retracted" his story with the Army. It seems as though our essayest Horton (I wonder if he ever did hear the Who?) reads but understands only what he want's to.
I have no idea whether Beauchamp’s story was accurate. But at this point I have seen enough of the Neocon corner’s war fables to immediately discount anything that emerges from it.
I've bashed the Republicans and conservatives often enough so that I can honestly say that I think I can tell a scoundrel when I read one, but if seems if Mr. Horton lacks that particular ability. He relates a situation where he says that he is personally knowledgable about mis-reporting in the "neo-con Corner."
One example: back last spring, when I was living in Baghdad, on Haifa Street, I sat in the evening reading a report by one of the core Neocon pack. He was reporting from Baghdad, and recounted a day he had spent out on a patrol with U.S. troops on Haifa Street. He described a peaceful, pleasant, upscale community. Children were out playing on the street. Men and women were out going about their daily business. Well, in fact I had been forced to spend the day “in the submarine,” as they say, missing appointments I had in town. Why? This bucolic, marvelous Haifa Street that he described had erupted in gun battles the entire day. In the view of my security guards, with which I readily concurred, it was too unsafe. And yes, I could hear the gunfire and watch some of the exchanges from my position. No American patrol had passed by and there were certainly no children playing in the street. This was the point when I realized that many of these accounts were pure fabrications."Horton obviously wants us to believe, though he doesn't say, that both his experience and the "neo-con" report occurred on the same day, on the same street during the same time frame. That may or may not have been the case for I've heard many stories about peaceful scenes that were later pictures of hell. Mr. Horton, does the difference between 8:00:00 AM and 8:46:41 AM on September 11, 2001 on a certain densly populated island in New York ring a bell? If he is accurate, and the two "images" are the same at the same time on the same day in the same place then certainly the author of the "bucolic" scene deserves condemnation of the worst kind. But, notice that Mr. Horton does not name the day of the so called fictious story or the author of the false scene. Why would that be Mr. Horton? If you know of it, and don't reveal it one has to wonder why. Maybe you just didn't think it important? This could be your chance at immortality Mr. Horton... go on, tell us who, when, and what exactly happened and I'll be one of the very first to condem the scoundrel.
But, I digress.
What’s interesting about this whole affair is not the Beauchamp story, but the response to it from William Kristol, the Weekly Standard, and their quite amazing ability to exercise total command and control over the public affairs operations at the Pentagon throughout the process.Oh, yes, I've heard about all the amazing powers of William Kristol and his ability to mesmerize the PAO at the Pentagon. Not only that, but he is controling my typing even as I post this AND controling the minds of all those that read this post and (shudder) believe!
Horton then brings up Jonathan Chait as a witness for the prosecution:
The best volley in this exchange so far was fired yesterday by Jonathan Chait. He titles his piece “The Thuggery of William Kristol” and he goes straight for the jugular:Well, Mr. Chait, I can surmise that he discussed the boy being "savagely mutilated" to lend credence to his faux-reporting.
Offering up [Kristol’s] interpretation of why TNR would publish such slanders, he concluded, in an editorial titled, “They Don’t Really Support the Troops”:
”Having turned against a war that some of them supported, the left is now turning against the troops they claim still to support. They sense that history is progressing away from them–that these soldiers, fighting courageously in a just cause, could still win the war, that they are proud of their service, and that they will be future leaders of this country.”
In just two sentences, this passage provides a full summary of the decrepit intellectual state of neoconservatism. First, there is Kristol’s curious premise that tnr only published this essay because we have “turned against” the war. If Beauchamp’s writings were tnr’s attempt to discredit the war, why would his first contribution describe a pro-American Iraqi boy savagely mutilated by insurgents? For that matter, why would we work to undermine the war by publishing a first-person account on the magazine’s back page rather than taking the more straightforward step of, say, editorializing for withdrawal?"
Horton ends his piece with this little bit of trash:
"...his comments left me thinking back to Bush’s awful Weimar speech from yesterday. Did Bill Kristol have a hand in that atrocity as well? In any event, that speech was clearly stained with Neocon DNA."Ohhh Mr. Horton. You are sooooo clever aren't you?
There you have it folks, the brilliant left as exemplified by Messrs. Horton and Chait, are supporting the faux-reporting of Scott Thomas Beauchamp, admitted and proven liar. This then, ends my trashing of the trashers (Horton and Chait) who trash the trashers (Kristol) who trashed the trasher(Beauchamp) that trashed the military. Now does my opening sentence make more sense?
July 29, 2007
If the current five-man majority persists in thumbing its nose at popular values, the election of a Democratic president and Congress could provide a corrective. It requires only a majority vote in both houses to add a justice or two.I don't seem to recall any conservative pundit with a conservative majority in both houses demanding the upholding of popular values when a more liberal court decided against them. And I don't really understand that, afterall, stacking is such a popular and well used tactic.
Well, Mr. Smith, I have the perfect solution. I've decided to do away with all of the rif-raff and just get down to a court that I'm sure you could approve of. Lets get the Senate Judiciary folk to fast track it and get-er-done.
Here is a court that I'm sure Mr. Smith would be willing to live with. It has a conservative on it, a black man, a decidely liberal woman, an alcoholic, a mealy mouthed Republican (or two). In fact, I think it is likely to be the perfect court. And if we can figure out how to keep them all alive, why, we won't have to worry about popular values ever being opposed again.
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