Saturday, June 02, 2007

Tell Me 'Bout It


Joss Stone


I Could Have Done More


I have never seen this movie. I can not bear to see it. The music tells me all I need to know. I am posting this for the music and I am finding myself slain by the soundtrack.


Friday, June 01, 2007

I Think I Have Contracted
Bush Derangement Syndrome


George Bush has gone from being a great President to being almost as bad as his detractors make him out to be, and he has accomplished the whole decline in the relatively short time since his reelection.

A stunning decline. I am beginning to really hate George Bush.

From my friend Epaminondas over at Maverick News Media:


Maybe someone can explain how this helps our negotiating position

Rice Says No War Plans Against Iran

MADRID, Spain (AP) - The U.S. is not preparing for war against Iran and Vice President Dick Cheney supports that policy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, taking a swipe at a U.N. official who says he's worried about "crazies" who want to start bombing.

"The president of the United States has made very clear what our policy is. That policy is supported by all the members of his Cabinet and by the vice president of the United States," Rice said Friday.

Now that means either the whole government is a bunch of liars or a bunch of fools. Neither of which I care for in this instance.

I have already voted in one fool (Jimmah), and worked against a considerable liar (Nixon)
Who are these people and what have they done with the guys who said 'pretty soon the whole world will hear you'?


The Bush Admin has lost me on the border

The Bush Admin has lost me on the immigration reform as they want it

The Bush Admin has lost me on backing off on supporting democracies

The Bush Admin has lost me on the Iraq as they have done it

The Bush Admin is now losing me on Iran.

If they have lost me (and folsk like me) on these foreign and security issues, who will they have left?

Palestinian Hate:
"I'd Always
Had A
Hard Time
Thinking
The Problem
Was That Bad"


Well, she found out it is after all.


Film maker Brooke Goldstein traveled to the West Bank and filmed more than five hours of interviews with terrorists and their brainwashed children. She went into it believing the situation had been exaggerated—but found it was worse than she could have imagined: Recruited To Die.

As the group walked through the town, they spoke to Palestinian Arab children in schools and on the street. “Our fixer was encouraging us to speak with the children. I think I’d always, deep down, had a hard time thinking the problem was really that bad. I thought maybe it was a lunatic fringe,” she said.

In fact, the fanaticism was worse than she ever imagined. “The most shocking thing was reconciling the normal appearance of these kids and what was coming out of their mouths,” she said. “I was holding these beautiful children in my lap, and my translator was translating words of hate.”

The story was always the same. “No child ever said, ‘I don’t want to be a martyr.’ They talked about fame, paradise, virgins, and Ferris wheels [after death]. They were happy to tell me they hated Jews,” she said.

The children were more fanatical than their parents. “When we interviewed Hussam’s family for the film, his parents were distraught. They don’t believe in this whole child suicide bomber concept,” Ms. Goldstein said. “Then I interviewed his sister, who was like, ‘I’m so proud of my brother. Hamas says he’s a hero.’ At one point she had a loser, dwarf, mentally handicapped brother. Now she’s the coolest girl in class, and very proud.”

In addition to the children, Ms. Goldstein interviewed Mr. Zubeidah, commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin. At the time, the Israel Defense Forces had made five attempts to assassinate him. In person, Mr. Zubeidah was not the harsh figure she had expected. “It was like talking to any other kid, about 27 years old,” she said. “He was smiling. My translator told me, ‘He’s talking about killing Jews.’”


If you want to know how disgusting the Palestinian Cult of Death is, then check out this example of indoctrination and child abuse:




New Hampshire
Public School
Teaches
Saudi
Way Of Life


Saudi Arabia is among the most disgusting countries on the face of the Earth. Sharia is the Constitution. This means gays, apostates and adulterers are killed for their "crimes." Women are slaves in Saudi Arabia. They must wear the burqa. They are not allowed to make their own decisions about whether to get an education, or about whom to marry. It is illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia.


They do not allow Jews in Saudi Arabia. That's right, it's the official policy of the state. "No Jews Allowed."


Saudi Arabia is also the fount of money which backs the spread of Wahabbism which is the ideological basis of Al Qaeda


What could we possibly have to learn from these people?


If I were to meet the school administrators and teachers who were behind this, I would end up in jail. I'm so glad I live 3000 miles from them.


From Always on Watch:


‘Open tent’ at Amherst Middle School Cabinet.com

AMHERST— For one night, on May 9, the quaint colonial town of
Amherst, New Hampshire, was transformed into a Saudi Arabian Bedouin tent
community, with the
help of 80 seventh-graders at the Amherst Middle School. The weather cooperated, providing 85 degree temperatures to give an authentic Saudi feel to the evening.

More than 250 guests arrived at the open tent and were welcomed
with an Arabic greeting of “Marhaba” by students at a Saudi customs desk.


During the check-in, guests selected a traditional Arabic name for
their name badge and completed an actual Saudi customs form, which warned in
bold letters “Death for Drug Trafficking ” at the top.

Only the seventh-grade boys were allowed to host the food stations and
the Arabic dancing, as the traditions of Saudi Arabia at this time prevent women
from participating in these public roles.


Dressed in traditional Arabic wear—long plaid kilts, white shirts
and turbans—the boys offered food and entertained guests. The Arabic dancers
enthusiastically performed to music and encouraged male visitors to join their
dance.


Seventh-grade girls hosted the hijab and veil stations, where other
female guests learned how to wear the required head covering and
veils.



Atlas adds: If this is not the sickest, pathetic attempt at submission. Our poor children. Preparing them for servitude.
Were there clitorectomy reenactments for the girls?

A Cry From Venezuela


My friend Lady Vorzheva sent this along to me. I wonder what, exactly, is going on.



Subject: conversation with my friend who is at UCAB in Caracas — if anyone can help get this to int’l media, please let me know!
2:50 PM . .: Kate theres a lot of police man surrounding my university
the situation its very very tense and surreal
me: hola, Julia
. .: hello,
just
keep an eye on UCAB
check the news
call univision
make someone publish something
me: have been watching it as much as possible today
2:51 PM . .: the students need support
we are kidnapped
me: where are you right now?
at the univ?
. .: at my university
inside an office just near by the entrance
where everything is happen
i have my hands painted with white
me: ok, am going to see what has been posted online just now
2:52 PM . .: the people is going out
or trying i think
http://www.noticias24.com/actualidad/?p=5347
2:53 PM I gotta come back outside to see whats going on
me: fuck, next wk i won’t be able to check a lot bc i’ll be in mexico on business
. .: seems like they are letting the people get out
me: yes, go
i’ll be here for another few hrs
i can give you my cel phone if you need anything, am more than happy to help
. .: right now , i just need international support right now
me: believe me, am working on it
. .: i have your skype, dont worry
gotta go
me: ok, perfect
talk with you soon
cuidate, chama
2:54 PM . .: no s{e ni por que{´te hable en ingles
estioy muy tensa
me: sisas, me imagino.. pues contactate conmigo cualquier cosas que necesites
This is an alert. Please, if you value freedom, repost this alert: Venezuelan Government has kidnapped the students inside the University. No one can enter or exit -from the above link-:
A police barrier of the Military Police is forbidding the students of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB) as they wanted to demosntrate in front of the National Parliament. The Military Police has said that the students should wait till a MPs Commission who will receive a document. In this moments there are more gruops of students who are getting to the area in support of the rest.
The students have announced they will demostrate today at 11 in the La India Sq. to march till the Parliament. Major Bernal has announed them they do not have any permission to do that, but they have answered they will concentrate themselves just the same in the pavements without having the traffic interrupted. Globovisión has informed jsut now that Chávez’s supporters have just now began to get to the place and they have even set up some tents, from where they want to call on others to defend the revolution. But the students have begun to march whatever the menaces and protests and the advices from the Major about being forbidden.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Media Ignores
Al Qaeda
Torture Manual Story


From Little Green Footballs:

US mainstream media ran over 6000 stories on the Abu Ghraib prisoner
abuse scandal, and they’re still coming up with new ones. But nine days after
pictures from an
Al Qaeda torture manual were released, the silence is deafening.

(In the) nine days since the material was released, neither ABC, CBS,
NBC, The New York Times nor The Washington Post has run a story with the photos of this shocking evidence of al-Qaeda’s barbarism.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Muslim Professor
Blasts Critics
As Islamophobes
For Not
Hating Jews



What a title for this post, huh? But really, read this and tell me if the title isn't accurate:


A Muslim professor at Nova Scotia’s St. Francis Xavier University was
criticized for attending Iran’s disgusting Holocaust denial “conference” in
Tehran, featuring all the superstars of the international antisemitic
blight.


In response, Professor Shiraz Dossa says the critics are “illiterate Islamophobes.”

Because if you don’t hate Jews with a blind unreasoning passion,
you must be Islamophobic. And if you criticize someone who does hate Jews, and
doesn’t even try to hide it, you’re just like Joseph McCarthy.



Read the whole thing.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


The
Thawing Of
Diplomatic
Relations
With Iran?


Charles, at Little Green Footballs, seems to think George Bush has gone off the rails with regard to the Iraq war and our relationship with Iran. I agree. I think we have been seeing hints of this for quite some time:



The Bush administration is perilously close to jumping the tracks. I’ve
supported the President through the long course of the war that began on
September 11, but it’s starting to look like he’s simply getting tired; he won’t
defend his administration against attacks, he won’t defend the country against
illegal immigration, he won’t do anything to stop the media leaks that cripple
our national security ... and now this:
U.S., Iran end 27-year diplomatic freeze.


The Bush Administration in the past have blamed Iran for directly training the forces who kill our troops in Iraq. They have also blamed Iran for bunding Hizballah and Hamas. They have also targeted Iran for it's threats against the state of Israel, and for its complicity with the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad who was under investigation for the assassination of the Leganese President.

Now, we're ending our 27-year long diplomatic freeze?

If this isn't some sort of Corleonesque trick (Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer"), then George Bush's legacy may end up being worse than that of Jimmy Carter.
UPDATE: Looks like Newt Gingrich agrees with me about the Carter comparison.


AP: "Bush Imposes
New Sanctions
On Sudan"


One has to wonder why the headline is phrased in such a manner. The Associated Press makes it sound as if George Bush, unilaterally, got in an uproar and, like the dictator they portray him to be, levied sanctions on the poor defenseless Sudan.

Read:


WASHINGTON - President Bush ordered new U.S. economic sanctions Tuesday to pressure Sudan's government to halt the bloodshed in Darfur that the administration has condemned as genocide.

"I promise this to the people of Darfur: the United States
will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the
world," the president said.

The sanctions target government-run companies involved in Sudan's oil industry, and three individuals, including a rebel leader suspected of being involved in the violence in Darfur. "For too long the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder and rape of innocent civilians," the president said. "My administration has called these actions by their rightful name: genocide.

"The world has a responsibility to put an end to it," Bush said.

The conflict erupted in February 2003 when members of Darfur's
ethnic African tribes rebelled against what they considered decades of neglect
and discrimination by the Arab-dominated Khartoum government. Sudanese leaders
are accused of retaliating by unleashing the janjaweed militia to put down the
rebels using a campaign of murder, rape, mutilation and plunder — a charge they
deny. The fighting in Darfur has displaced 2.5 million people.

Bush had been prepared to impose the sanctions last month, but held off to give U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon more time to find a diplomatic end to the
four-year crisis in Darfur where more than 200,000 people have been killed.

Beyond the new U.S. sanctions, Bush directed Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice
to draft a proposed U.N. resolution to strengthen international
pressure on the Sudanese government of President Omar al-Bashir.

"I call on President al-Bashir to stop his obstruction and to allow the peacekeepers in and to end the campaign of violence that continues to target innocent men, women
and children," Bush said. Bush said delaying sanctions to allow more time
for diplomacy had not been effective.
Maybe the reason for the strange headline is that the AP agrees with the Chinese "troubleshooter" sent to deal with the Sudan genocide:
Meanwhile, Liu Guijin, China's new troubleshooter on Africa, defended
Chinese investment in Sudan Tuesday as a better way to stop the bloodshed rather
than the sanctions advocated by the U.S. and other Western governments.


Fresh from his first trip to Sudan since his appointment this month
as a special government envoy, Liu said he saw no desperation in refugee camps
in Darfur last week and found that international and Sudanese groups were
working together to solve humanitarian problems there.


"I didn't see a desperate scenario of people dying of hunger," Liu
said at a media briefing. Rather, he said, people in Darfur thanked him for the
Chinese government's help in building dams and providing water supply
equipment.

Monday, May 28, 2007


Morality
Hardwired?


From Hot Air:


“You gotta see this!” Jorge Moll had written. Moll and Jordan Grafman,
neuroscientists at the National Institutes of Health, had been scanning the
brains of volunteers as they were asked to think about a scenario involving
either donating a sum of money to charity or keeping it for themselves…


The results were showing that when the volunteers placed the
interests of others before their own, the generosity activated a primitive part
of the brain that usually lights up in response to food or sex. Altruism, the
experiment suggested, was not a superior moral faculty that suppresses basic
selfish urges but rather was basic to the brain, hard-wired and pleasurable…
What the new research is showing is that morality has biological roots —
such as the reward center in the brain that lit up in Grafman’s experiment —
that have been around for a very long time.


The more
researchers learn, the more it appears that the foundation of morality is
empathy. Being able to recognize — even experience vicariously — what another
creature is going through was an important leap in the evolution of social
behavior. And it is only a short step from this awareness to many human notions
of right and wrong, says Jean Decety, a neuroscientist at the University of
Chicago…


Marc Hauser, another Harvard researcher, has used
cleverly designed psychological experiments to study morality. He said his
research has found that people all over the world process moral questions in the
same way, suggesting that moral thinking is intrinsic to the human brain, rather
than a product of culture. It may be useful to think about morality much like
language, in that its basic features are hard-wired, Hauser said. Different
cultures and religions build on that framework in much the way children in
different cultures learn different languages using the same neural
machinery.

The potential for moral thinking is hardwired. I have always believed that. (Romans 2:15 suggests that the "law" is written in our hearts.) However, clearly, it is not true that "people all over the world process moral questions in the same way." There is an element of rational analysis that goes into making moral decisions. I would be willing to wager that multiple areas of the brain are involved in moral thinking. Sure, some things tug at our heartstrings, and cause us to make certain moral decisions on a very base level. For instance, most everyone responds to cuteness by wanting to protect.

But, such a moral decision is not nearly on the level of the kinds of moral thinking we are required to do in modern, post-tribal society.

The story of the Good Samaritan from the Christian Bible is the kind of moral thinking I am talking about here. Check it out:


25 And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what
shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
26And He said to him, "What is written
in the Law? How does it read to you?"
27And he answered, "(
AG)YOU
SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND
WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."
28And He said to him, "You have answered correctly; (
AH)DO
THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE."
29But wishing (
AI)to
justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
The Good
Samaritan 30Jesus replied and said, "A man was (
AJ)going
down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him
and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead.
31"And by chance a priest
was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other
side.
32"Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side.
33"But a (
AK)Samaritan,
who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion,
34and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them;
and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35"On the next day he took out two [
a]denarii
and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever more
you spend, when I return I will repay you.'
36"Which of these three do you
think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?"
37And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to
him, "Go and do the same."

This kind of moral thinking demands that we look beyond the allegiances of family and tribe. The Samaritans were among the most reviled of people in the society in which Jesus lived. Jesus' point, in teaching this story, was to tell us that decency, and goodness, can be found among all the tribes, and that we must look to such people as examples. Additionally, the question posed here was "Who is my neighbor?", and Jesus' answer is to tell us that the neighbor is defined as is the person who does good, and that we all ought to be concerned with doing good above tribal allegiance.

If such moral thinking were hardwired into the human brain, then atrocities such as the Holocaust, or the ongoing genocide in the Sudan, could never have occurred. All one has to do to know that we should step in in such circumstances, is do a calm, rational, analysis of the facts on the ground.

In other words, we need to add thinking from the analytical part of the brain, not just the "moral thinking" part of the brain which these scientists are studying.

But, honestly, we are too busy thinking with exactly that "moral thinking" part of our brain to be bothered with the man lying bleeding along the road.


Memorial Day