Month: March 2006

Interesting way to commemorate the Holocaust

I don’t see what the big deal was. It was for one day and gave these kids just a little taste of what it must have been like. At the very least they got out of it with their lives intact. The majority of those in the holocaust did not.

But what I find most amusing is that a cleric says his boy cried because of it. Good.. little bastard ought to cry. Maybe he’ll be less likely to try to round up a group of people when he gets older.

See the original here.

Katrina: Things you won’t see on the MSM

Ok, I admit that I’m on the Truthout email list. Every email I get contains things that the main stream media either won’t report, or the report comes out weeks later. That pretty much impeaches the credibility of the main stream media.

But technology changes everything. In the ten minute video clip shot seven months after the Katrina disaster, you’ll see an Iraq war vet asking why Kellog Brown and Root can build massive military bases in Iraq yet at the same time no real government sponsored help has reached the gulf coast of the United States. Or how about the marches that you NEVER see on the evening news. You’ll see that all here:

Windows Media DSL 56K

Quick Time DSL 56K

I’ve posted before on how the national debt impacts every man, woman and child in the United States, to the tune of $30,000 each. Now realize that the yearly military budget for this country is somewhere in the $500 Billion mark.

You could take $50 billion or so from that to help rebuild the gulf coast. But no, we’re rather play our little PNAC game in Iraq.

I can’t believe. Now well have to say

Bovine Effluent/Effluvia instead of using the all purpose ‘bullshit’. I suppose when you use the technically accurate term it flies so far above the FCC commissioners heads that they consider it elite speak and thus protected.

I hold both amateur extra and general radiotelephone licenses. As such I believe that the FCC should remove itself from content management and concern itself only with bandwidth management. We don’t need a nanny to tell us what we should and shouldn’t listen to.

And when you consider that the days of broadcast radio are numbered, you can see where this all goes. It’s just a way of pandering to the pious (pt^2p from this point forward.) and nothing more. Most of my listening these days is on, cd’s I’ve ripped to digial and placed on my pmp, or even podcasts and m3u’s of NPR shows.

Oh – if you’re an earth science geek as oposed to a general geek like me, you have to check out NPR’s Living On Earth. Some very good stories ranging from things like nuclear power to the signs of global warming.

And the Bush Idiocy continues

Here is Pierce Bush attempting to defend his uncle, George W. Bush’s decison to let Dubai Ports control U.S. ports.

That this little puke first can’t pronounce Amarillo properly, to the fact that the ‘like’ and “uh’s” seem to rule the conversation. He also makes a poor case for the rejection of DP as being racially based. It isnt.

I so love it when the Courts expose the incompetence of legislatures and constituents

The latest out of Ohio where the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage managed to also negate domestic violence between unmarried heterosexual partners.

So the legislators and citizens of Ohio were so all fired anxious to eliminate even the faintest whiff of granting approval to same sex marriage that they managed to make it so a guy or gal can beat the ever loving crap out of their opposite sex partner and get away with it. So long as you beat said partner to within an inch of their life. If you kill them you have other problems.

Its nice to know that state and federal legislators seem to think creating a second class citizenry is better than addressing the real problems that we face.

Yum! Cultured Meat

Seems we’re just one step closer to the food replicator. I won’t be happy until I can walk up to mine and say “Earl Grey hot” and get a steaming cup of tea. Then of course I can say “ricotta rice pie” and get that delight that I occasionally make.

In any case, they can now culture meat in a petri dish but they aren’t sure how it’ll scale to full production levels.

Interestingly a group has asked them to produce human meat. Hey, why the hell not. We eat the other white meat already. :)

A Democrat gets it Right

Wow – someone actually has factual data to back up his statements that the Medicare Part D program is a miserable failure.

Of course those of us that followed the story knew what the deal was. As I’ve said before, eliminate the insurance and billing companies and watch the cost of medicine decrease. While other countries have implemented a national health system, it’s been proposed that the U.S. try a single source insurer. Imagine no greedy hands in the pie. Imagine every American citizen covered from cradle to grave.

The Democratic Leadership needs to cultivate guys like Tom Allen. But then the culture is so toxic that Allen would soon be one of the collective of do-nothings.

Some more thoughs on the National Debt

First – read this article by Bob Burnetton The Huffington Post.

Now let me say that the Bush administration is reckless with regard to financial matters. Lets set aside for the moment the recklessness of it’s other policies and just focus on the one I just mentioned.

Grover Norquist is on record as stating “I’d like to shrink government down to a size where its small enough to drag into the bathtub and drown it.” And what better way to do that than cripple it with debt.

Had I mentioned that Grover Norquist has been spending more time at the White House to plan the Spring Offensive? Yes, this puke, and that’s the nicest way I know of to refer to Norquist, is doing his damnedest to destroy the Federal Government.

Granted, many of us have had that fantasy at one point or another but like it or not, government does provide a certain level of benefit.

For example – those highways the almost every one of use on a daily basis were paid for with Federal dollars and continue to be maintained with same. How about public transit systems. While overall funding has been limited to capital expenditures, public transit agencies still owe part of their existence to the Federal budget. And need I mention SSI, Medicaid and Medicare? Or how about ADC, or other welfare programs.

Do the neo-cons really expect faith based charities and corporations to lend a helping hand? I highly doubt it. Corporations would love to introduce the concept of indentured servitude with no benefits, while at the same time decimating public education.

So tell me what happens when you have a population that is mostly poor and uneducated, or more accuratley what effect does it have.

If you guessed less of al likelyhood to overthrow corrupt leadership you’d be correct. But that oversimplifies it. This is the golden opportunity for unions to take leadership again. But they won’t because they too have been corrupted.

So what shall we do? I think that situations like this are precisely why the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written. Those men knew what a despot ruling with tyrannical power could do and wrote a safeguard into our constituion for the very reason to protect our republic.

The only problem is that we’ve been quibling about the 2nd Amendment for quite a while now. I truly believe it doesn’t mean you can own your own aresnal, but it does mean you can organize and take up against a despotic government.