Ohh, isn’t it cute! I’ve been linked by a blog in the Victory Carcass! Awwww….
Give a little clap for Dr. Melissa Clothier. Isn’t she adorable in that “desperately-supporting-Bush” kind of way?
Too bad Dr.
Melonhead…Melissa linked to a post from last July. [Scroll down, it's the "bushmchimpyhalliburtan" link.] Here’s some of the newer ones she should have used instead to really fire up the troops….members of the Victory Carcass. [Heaven knows, they've never been, nor ever will be "troops" - except in the 101st Typing Commandos sense of the word.]
And a personal favorite:
I mean, if you’re going to link to others to make the argument that liberals are nuts and busy creating a cult around global warming and then lead into our other “funny” ways (for which you use one of my posts) at least have the intelligence to link to something recent! What if I’d had a change of heart over the last 7 months? [Not likely, but it could happen... Umm, right. No it couldn't, because I'm sane, and there's no point pretending otherwise. Insanity and the ability to pretend all's well despite the signs of impending doom are requirements for supporting El Pollo Loco.] [Speaking of impending doom - how's the economy doing? Is that stock market thing working out for you? *snort*]
One question I have for Dr. Melissa. In your “About Me” you state:
This is who I am right now, today: A mom, wife, doctor who believes that Freedom is God-given, that it must be protected and if need be, fought for, that the founding fathers knew what they were doing, that the Word of God is the foundation of all knowledge, and my priorities are thus: God, Family, Country, in that order. Finally, I believe that each person is individually responsible for his or her life and that when the government does for a person what could be done for him/herself, it takes away the will to live. And my desire is that all people live and live abundantly. [emphasis mine]
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t your Jesus say something a little different from that?
Matthew 25:41-46 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. [emphasis mine]
And, by the way, you misspelled “Halliburton.”
If you should visit Dr.
Melanoma…Melissa, wear sunglasses or something. As I asked in a previous post on the sad souls at Fixed Earth, what is it with the nuts and the godawful colors-to-make-your-eyes-bleed backgrounds and/or fonts?? It is some kind of natural warning sign, like a rattler’s tail? Are the nuts attracted to them because they serve as a warning to others in a “Here There Be Monsters” sort of way?
In other news, Sadly, No! points out that the Victory Carcass’ Sitemeter numbers aren’t exactly falling in line with the “great untapped koolaid drinkers” movement they thought existed. [Apparently dreamed up during some 'shroom/koolaid experiments.]
What can I say? Life’s busy, and sometimes you wake up and realize you’re running a day behind.
This one’s for Dick Cheney, living in his little bubble-universe where the Iraq war is going well after the soldiers were greeted with flowers and candy, the economy is doing great, and El Pollo Loco is the greatest President since Lincoln.
I wonder how many of us will attend Darth Cheney’s funeral, just to make sure he’s dead?
MASTERS OF WAR
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks
You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly
Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain
You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud
You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins
How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do
Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul
And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead
Jose Padilla is incompetent to stand trial, according to doctors testifying on his behalf, because of his years in isolation and his treatment at the hands of authorities.
From the AP, via The Chicago Tribune:
Accused Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla suffers from intense stress and anxiety stemming from his isolated years in military custody and cannot adequately help his lawyers prepare for trial, two defense mental experts testified Thursday.
“He is immobilized by his anxiety,” said Patricia Zapf, a forensic psychologist from New York who did tests in October. “He believes he will go back to the brig and he will die there.”
Dr. Angela Hegarty, a New York forensic psychiatrist, said she concluded that Padilla is mentally incompetent for trial because he has post-traumatic stress disorder. Zapf reached the same diagnosis.
The symptoms are most acute when Padilla is asked to talk about his 31/2 years in the brig, including interrogation techniques, or to review evidence in his criminal case, including transcripts from telephone surveillance, Hegarty said.
“He doesn’t want to because it hurts so much, and because it hurts so much he shuts down,” Hegarty said.
What is important to note about this trial is that Padilla is an American citizen. Americans are supposed to enjoy specific rights when charged with a crime.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
At least, those used to be our rights, before El Pollo Loco became King and changed the rules with his signing statements and use of the phrase “enemy combatants” which means “anyone we don’t like.”
The problem with life in America these days is that it seems like a movie, and we’re all waiting for the good guy to come along and tell the Administration and its torturers and liars and syncophants and toadies and bed-wetting enablers that they are violating the Constitution.
The very same Constitution that President BrainDamage, Vice-President DeathStar, Attorney General Abu, and all the rest of the mindless minions, have gutted with a few strokes of a pen.
What we needed in the beginning of this national nightmare was a Denzel Washington character, someone willing to stand up and tell Bush and the rest that committing torture or allowing it, starting a war based on lies, fear-mongering, preventing those accused of terrorist acts from knowing the charges against them, being able to confront their accusers, having access to counsel, etc, is wrong.
Morally, spiritually, ethically wrong. It is deeply, deeply wrong on every possible level.
And so, in a moment of movie prophecy, Denzel’s character in The Seige was proven right. They’ve already won.
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: Are you people insane? What are you talkin’ about?
General William Devereaux: The time has come for one man to suffer in order to save hundreds of lives.
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: One Man? What about two, huh? What about six? How about public executions?
General William Devereaux: Feel free to leave whenever you like, Agent Hubbard.
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: Come on General, you’ve lost men, I’ve lost men, but you – you, you *can’t* do this! What, what if they don’t even want the sheik, have you considered that? What if what they really want is for us to herd our children into stadiums like we’re doing? And put soldiers on the street and have Americans looking over their shoulders? Bend the law, shred the Constitution just a little bit? Because if we torture him, General, we do that and everything we have fought, and bled, and died for is over. And they’ve won. They’ve already won!
What we need now is someone willing to stand up to the President and the Veep, and everyone else who condoned the use of torture, and say, “No more!” In fact, here’s a little more dialogue from The Seige for use as a template:
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: William Devereaux, you are under arrest for the torture and murder of Tariq Husseini, an American citizen.
General William Devereaux: Is this some kind of a joke?
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: You see me laughing, general?
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: [to General Devereaux] You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to a fair trial. You have the right not to be tortured, not to be murdered, rights that you took away from Tariq Husseini. You have those rights because of the men who came before you who wore that uniform. Because of the men and women who are standing here right now waiting for you to give them the order to fire. Give them the order, General.
General William Deveroux: Do you think that I would hesitate to kill you, or every Federal Agent in this room, if I thought it was in the best interest of my country?
Anthony ‘Hub’ Hubbard: No, no, no, you wouldn’t hesitate, I know that. But they might.
[motions to soldiers in room]
“Chief Illiniwek” of the University of Illinois will perform for the last time tonight. In fact, as I write this, the student who dances as Chief Illiniwek may have already made history as the last person to do so.
The University of Illinois’ controversial American Indian mascot was set to perform his last dance, and men who have previously portrayed Chief Illiniwek said they want the tradition to live on in some form.
The mascot, whose fate was decided by school officials last week, will take center stage at Assembly Hall for one last performance during the men’s basketball game between Illinois and Michigan on Wednesday night.
Removing the chief frees the university of NCAA sanctions after the organization deemed Illiniwek — portrayed by buckskin-clad students who dance at home football and basketball games and other athletic events — an offensive use of American Indian imagery and barred the school from hosting postseason athletic events.
I applaud the decision of the University of Illinois to comply with NCAA regulations and join the 21st century in ending the use of a stereotype.
Now, it’s past time for state and regional high school sports leagues to follow the NCAA’s lead and mandate an end to “an offensive use of American Indian imagery.”
My daughter’s school calls itself, no kidding, the Redskins.
I have a lot of problems with this, and have since we first moved here. Let me give you a few examples of what I find offensive: 1) in the sports section of their website (which I won’t link to, for privacy reasons) there are “cute” little caricatures of Indians in feathered headdress and buckskin leggings holding basketballs, pretending to be swimming, performing a split and holding pompoms, 2) their mascot is a chief in feathered headdress, 3) there’s a freakin’ tipi on the track/football field!
For one thing, they’ve mixed up their tribes. The Plains Indians wore the feathered headdress seen on the mascot, not the Susquehannas and/or the Lenni Lenape (Eastern Delaware Nation) which actually lived in this area. Also, the Native tribes of this area lived in longhouses, not tipis.
This is important to note because the school is about to celebrate its quasquicentennial (125 years) and thus, was founded about the time of the Indian wars. Back in the early years of the school, people weren’t thinking about ethnic stereotypes, they were busy reading about the Bighorn, Sand Creek and Pine Ridge massacres. (Although, back then, they didn’t call them massacres. They were “battles” won or lost by the Army.)
Second, the administrators, boosters, players, etc, don’t seem to understand that the word “Redskin” is an ethnic slur. One of the most offensive phrases used by this school – and its faculty, students, and alumni – is: “Redskin Pride.” Literally, this phrase makes me gag.
Let’s be honest. This is a small school district, 95% or so white. There’s little native ancestry here, if only because their ancestors wiped out the native populations with their diseases and their wars. These people have a misguided sense of pride if they can use the word “Redskin” as if it were some type of positive attribute – one to which they have no claim.
Over the summer, my mom got into a bit of a verbal tiff with a booster who had the utter audacity to say they weren’t demeaning anyone. It was, she said, a way of “honoring” the Native peoples.
How utterly stupid. As a person of Native ancestry, I don’t feel “honored.” I feel insulted. My Native ancestors were not “Redskins.” Those ancestors were of the Bear Clan of the the People of the Standing Stone (Oneida Nation) of the Six Nations of the Iroquois.
The Six Nations’ Articles of Confederacy – creating the oldest known participatory democracy – later inspired the framing of the Constitution of the United States. In fact, the Six Nations’ confederation was considered so important to the writing, a delegation of Iroquois were asked to meet with the Continental Congress, and John Hancock was given an Iroquois name: Karanduawn, or the Great Tree. (Read more.)
Do you think those whose ancestors were slaves, would feel “honored” if the team was called the “Niggers”? Do you think anyone of Jewish ancestry would feel “honored” if the team was called the “Kikes”? Do you think any of the multitudes in this district who came from Irish and Italian immigrants would feel “honored” if the team was the “Micks” or the “Wops”?
Of course not!
Those are all derogatory words used to debase another race or belief or ethnic background, and are recognized as such by nearly every sentient being in this country. There is no such recognition for the constant slurs against Native peoples used by sports teams across the nation, professional or otherwise.
Let’s put it this way, for those still so blind that they continue defending the use of “Redskins” for their high school teams: Would you feel comfortable calling anyone a “Redskin” while you were busy dumping money in a slot machine at Turning Stone or Salamanca?
Ooh! I saw that! Made you a bit uncomfortable, eh? It’s one thing to yell “Go Redskins” at a football game, and quite another to actually use it in a place where the owners are “Redskins.”
It’s past time for all sports teams to replace names and mascots which represent “an offensive use of American Indian imagery.“
Throughout the day, I’m going to be playing with various styles and themes, trying to find one I like and that functions the way it ought to. While I like the Andreas09 theme, I’m beyond annoyed by the fact that block-quoted paragraphs won’t stay separated.
This was not a problem with either of the other themes I’ve used, and I don’t know why it’s a problem with this one, but until it can be corrected, get ready for the change(s) that might be coming.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
In 1967, one year to the day before his death, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against the war in Vietnam:
I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together, Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam. The recent statements of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart, and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.
The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty. But we must move on.
Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation’s history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history. Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement, and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance. For we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us. [all emphasis mine]
Yesterday, Riverbend broke her silence for the first time since the New Year. Her words, and those of the young woman whose words she translated into English, show exactly how well the war in Iraq is going:
As I write this, Oprah is on Channel 4 (one of the MBC channels we get on Nilesat), showing Americans how to get out of debt. Her guest speaker is telling a studio full of American women who seem to have over-shopped that they could probably do with fewer designer products. As they talk about increasing incomes and fortunes, Sabrine Al-Janabi, a young Iraqi woman, is on Al Jazeera telling how Iraqi security forces abducted her from her home and raped her. You can only see her eyes, her voice is hoarse and it keeps breaking as she speaks. In the end she tells the reporter that she can’t talk about it anymore and she covers her eyes with shame.
She might just be the bravest Iraqi woman ever. Everyone knows American forces and Iraqi security forces are raping women (and men), but this is possibly the first woman who publicly comes out and tells about it using her actual name. Hearing her tell her story physically makes my heart ache. Some people will call her a liar. Others (including pro-war Iraqis) will call her a prostitute- shame on you in advance.
“I told him, ‘I don’t have anything [I did not do anything].’ He said, ‘You don’t have anything?’ One of them threw me on the ground and my head hit the tiles. He did what he did- I mean he raped me. The second one came and raped me. The third one also raped me. [Pause- sobbing] I begged them and cried, and one of them covered my mouth. [Unclear, crying] Another one of them came and said, ‘Are you finished? We also want our turn.’ So they answered, ‘No, an American committee came.’ They took me to the judge.
Anchorwoman: Sabrine Al Janabi said that one of the security forces videotaped/photographed her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the rape. Another officer raped her after she saw the investigative judge.
And yet, as the situation continues to deteriorate both for Iraqis inside and outside of Iraq, and for Americans inside Iraq, Americans in America are still debating on the state of the war and occupation- are they winning or losing? Is it better or worse.
Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It’s worse. It’s over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq’s first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile. [emphasis mine]
All Americans share the blame. We allowed this to happen in our name.
May the gods have mercy on us.
There is something very wrong about teachers and librarians pulling a book off the shelves in a frenzied attack over the use of the word ‘scrotum‘ in a Newberry Medal-winning book, The Higher Power of Lucky.
From the New York Times:
The word “scrotum” does not often appear in polite conversation. Or children’s literature, for that matter.
Yet there it is on the first page of “The Higher Power of Lucky,” by Susan Patron, this year’s winner of the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature.
The inclusion of the word has shocked some school librarians, who have pledged to ban the book from elementary schools, and reopened the debate over what constitutes acceptable content in children’s books. The controversy was first reported by Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine.
The title character, a 10-year-old orphan named Lucky – whose mother was electrocuted in a storm, whose absentee father imports a guardian from Paris in the form of his ex-wife, Brigitte, and who eavesdrops on 12-step meetings – overhears another character mention his dog was bitten in the scrotum by a rattlesnake. Lucky has no idea what that is, but to her it sounds like something green and medical.
This book is intended for ages 9-11, but already it sounds like one I’d like to order. My two nieces in the target audience would probably like it, and my daughter and other niece – a few years above the 9-11 age group – would probably enjoy it as well.
But, the controversy is over an author using word scrotum in a children’s book. It’s not so much about children reading the perfectly-proper medical name for a body part, as it is about prissy, prudish types facing that moment when they have to tell their kids about body parts they’d prefer they didn’t know about.
This is a “war” between those who think children should know the proper names and the functions of their body parts, and the ignoramuses who’d prefer children were kept ignorant until they marry, at which time they can procreate and pass their ignorance to another generation. And so on.
“Gasp!” say those pearl-wearers. “Wh-wha-what if the poor child asks, ‘Mommy, what is a scrotum?'”
Whereas, in more enlightened homes, a kid in the target audience giggles at the idea of a snake biting a dog on the scrotum. They know what it is just like they know that they have arms and legs and eyes and ears.
This is a non-issue for me. I’m the mother of two people with scrotums and one without. I’ve been married to a person who had one, and I’m the sister of two with and two without. I have an almost-5-year-old nephew who not only knows what a scrotum is, but knows it contains “tessacles.”
I got my kids to adulthood and semi-adulthood without them turning to drugs or alcohol or self-destructive behavior like so many others their age do in order to blot the pain of miserable childhoods filled with too many toys and games and too much time around a helicopter-mom who drove them the half-block to the high school, took away nail clippers because she was afraid they might injure themselves, and worried whether or not watching ‘Bambi’ or reading the word like ‘scrotum‘ in a book would scar them for life.
Instead, I have fairly normal children who do things like give blood and fix their littlest cousin’s harmonica (even though listening to him play it makes them crazy) and let him have free rein with the Playstation but keep him from watching bad movies, who listen to annoying music, and find themselves watching Finding Nemo and Ice Age, and ride sleds tied to the back of their friend’s car…. Okay, the last one was only done by the oldest child, and only once.
I allowed them to read whatever they liked, without wondering if it was “age-appropriate” or making sure it contained no ‘bad’ words. Just because childhood is a time of innocence doesn’t mean it should be a time of ignorance, too. Adults are the ones who think in connotations. Kids just want definitions.
The fact is, the people whining the loudest are afraid of a word. Which proves that words have power, something I’ve known since a high school teacher tried to stop me from reading Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird in 9th grade.
Words don’t just have power. They are power. String enough of the right ones into sentences and paragraphs and chapters, and you can create a revolution or two, inspire millions, or cause the downfall of a President. You can cause millions to shiver with fear and sleep with the light on. You can give others the power to fight a deadly disease or help them work through their grief.
And the examples above are just a teeny-tiny, sub-miscroscopic look at the power of people who know the power of words. It didn’t even get into classic literature, poetry, song lyrics, or any of the other ways that words have been put to use over the millennia since human beings learned to communicate with one another.
If you know words, lots of words, the meanings, the connotations, the inferences, then you have power.
The pearl-clutchers are free to protect their kids from the scawwy words. The rest of us will continue to allow our kids to read and learn and grow and go wherever their minds take them. We will give our children the power of the words.
From Burnt Orange Report:
It’s not surprising that the earth doesn’t move for Warren Chisum, and maybe it’s not surprising that he blames a Jewish conspiracy for it. Still, it’s enough to set the world a-spinning that the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the most powerful committee in the House, distributed to legislators a memo pitching crazed wingers who believe the earth stands still — doesn’t spin on its axis or revolve around the Sun — that Copernicus was part of a Jewish conspiracy to undermine the Old Testament. That would be the same Old Testament that was written by the folks Chisum’s friends say are conspiring to undermine it.
Following the link at Burnt Orange takes you to this little place in cyberspace called “The non-moving Earth and anti-evolution webpage of the Fair Education Foundation, Inc.”
All of the evidence that is required to expose and destroy the counterfeit Copernican Model of a rotating and orbiting Earth–and the entire evolutionary paradigm resting upon that counterfeit–is set out in this book (HERE) & in scores of links on this web page.
Indeed, the diligent reader will be astonished at the level of demonstrable hi-tech fraud, baseless assumptions, occult mathematics, etc.,–all part of a religious conspiracy!–that has been at work over many centuries implanting the incredible evolution myth about the origin of the Universe, the Earth, and Mankind.
On this web page the Bible is not used to prove anything scientific. Instead, the scientific facts–along with historical and religious facts– prove the Bible to be precisely what it claims to be, namely, the infallible Word of God.
Here’s a favorite belly-laugh inducer from the website: “True Science Confirms Bible Geocentrism”
The Christian Compromise with Copernicanism established the one and only criterion needed for the success of Satan’s evolution myth in the world first, then the churches. The criterion? Again, quite simple. Plain Scripture can and must be reworked to match the claims of “science falsely so-called”.
Another fun little spot in the Fair Education Foundation’s anti-Semitic rant: NASA is faking it all with virtual reality technology!!!1!!eleven!! [Warning - Font and background colors and/or text highlighting used on the following link may cause: eyestrain, epileptic seizures, migraines, incontinence, and/or impotence.]
“A work of art” *** “a dream” *** “an additional reality” *** “a new continent” [...] ..a new space for liberation and universal understanding” *** “VR’s appeal… computers can be reality generators” *** “The VR fraternity…[has put] VR at the apex of the historical process…..”
These rhapsodic assurances from several qualified sources tell us what VR technology means to its devotees. They tell us what VR is doing and what it is capable of doing. Obviously, in the minds of its fans, this technology represents a paradigm shift in the role of computers. These advocates are talking about making real what is not real and calling it what it ain’t, namely, REAL. They are talking about a revolutionary Spiritual shift to a dimension of computer use which involves the black art of mind control, i.e., witchcraft….
The critical issues involved here are: a) Who creates this new reality that is not real? b) Who inputs it? c) Is the passion for creating computer-programmed deceptions about Space merely a tax-supported high tech video game for late-developing cyberpunks weaned on Star Treckian extraterrestrialism and Peruvian Grass?? Or: d) Are some folks with hard-core anti-Bible and even Kabbalist agendas behind these “reality generators”? e) Does premeditated deception become “Science” because it uses Gee Whiz technology?
And, NASA’s doing this because….evolution science and current astronomy are based on “Kabbalistic black magic using invented mathematics.”
And there’s more…so much more. If you really need some good laughs – especially at a time when El Pollo Loco seems intent on blowing up the world – this is the place. [Although, watch out for the crazy colors and weird highlighting. Why are the nuts of the world attracted to neon pink and day-glo blue backgrounds and purple/green/orange/red font colors? Do they really think using hot pink, fiery red, and super-blue highlighting is a good way of proving their serious, 'sober' scholarship?]
So, back to the question at the top: Religiosity Causes Stupidity or Stupidity Causes Religiosity?
The answer is probably: Half-dozen of one, six of the other.
The utterly devout (of any faith) get that way because they cannot and will not allow themselves to see, hear, or think of anything that doesn’t conform to their already preconceived beliefs. But, it is those who have a total lack of curiousity in – and no capability of understanding – anything outside their little sphere of belief who become devoutly religious.
The ones we need to fear, however, are those who become militantly devout – the Christianists, the Islamists, the Spaghetti’ists – precisely because their overweening attacks stem from fear. The fear that they will one day discover the truth: that they were wrong, and everyone else was right.
Those who believe in the ‘fixed earth’ – despite all available evidence – have their eyes tightly shut and their fingers clamped over their ears while yelling, “La-la-la…I can’t hear you….”
They absolutely, positively must stop you from thinking and/or talking about the real ‘reality’ because you might make them think a bad thought.
After all, the only thing worse that believing in nonsense would be….finding out your beliefs were nonsense.
PS: Be careful out there. If the sun spins ’round the Earth, then likely the Earth is also a flat disk and you could fall/fly off the edge.
— System of a Down
Dead men lying on the bottom of the grave
Wondering when savior comes, is he gonna be saved
Maybe you’re a sinner into your alternate life
Maybe you’re a joker, maybe you deserve to die
They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He’s gone so far to find no hope
He’s never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He’s come so far to find the truth
He’s never going home
Young men standing on the top of their own graves
Wondering when Jesus comes, are they gonna be saved
Cruelty to the winner, bishop tells the king his lies
Maybe you’re a mourner, maybe you deserve to die
They were crying when their sons left
God is wearing black
He’s gone so far to find no hope
He’s never coming back
They were crying when their sons left
All young men must go
He’s come so far to find no truth
He’s never going home
Welcome to the soldier side
Where there is no one here but me
People all grow up to die
There is no one here but me
Welcome to the soldier side
There is no one here but me
People on the soldier side
There is no one here but me
This is the text of the floor speech given by Democratic Rep. Chris Carney (PA-10) as found on his website:
“I stand today as a proud veteran in support of this bipartisan resolution, which states that Congress and the American people support our men and women in uniform, but do not support deploying over 21,000 additional troops to Iraq.
“I fear that President Bush’s plan to increase troop levels is a mistake. Sending more troops will not reduce the violence.
Indeed, in the past two years we have had three surges to Iraq, only to see dramatic increases in violence. Why would we think a fourth surge will be different?
Mr. Speaker, 21,000 troops is far less than a half measure of what is truly needed to secure Iraq. But the unfortunate reality is that we no longer have the troops available to do the job properly. Indeed, the army’s strategic reserve is used up. They told us so. We are now less able to respond in other trouble spots around the globe because of this failed policy.
Why are we not matching our military surge with a diplomatic surge? Why are we not engaging every nation in the region to end this civil war?
A superpower at war uses all means at its disposal to win—including diplomacy. Diplomacy is the only way for us to succeed now, and I urge the administration to launch a diplomatic offensive in the region.
Our enemies are encouraged and emboldened by the success that they have enjoyed already. We do not need to send 21,000 troops additional to reinforce this.
Instead, we should be changing our focus. Rather than sending more American troops into combat, we should be training Iraqis to handle the jobs for themselves. For every Iraqi battalion we train, we need to bring an American battalion home.
My district in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania has many of its bravest men and women in harm’s way. I am very proud of them, so are their families and their communities. Our district has lost 22 men in this war. Brave troops who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I rise today to honor them and also to stand up for the troops currently in combat.
The stories I hear from soldiers who return home leave me concerned that the administration has not done enough to protect them.
One of my own former students, a member of a Pennsylvania National Guard Unit, told me how his unit had to scrounge through Iraqi junkyards for scrap metal to weld onto their trucks for protection.
Junkyards?! Scrap Metal!? Where is the outrage that this administration has not given troops the protection that they need?
Where is the outrage that our fine men and women, whose job is to protect our nation, are scrounging through foreign junkyards to find that protection?
The troops have won the war, but the administration has failed to secure the peace. We must now pursue policies worthy of our troops and their sacrifices.
Mr. Speaker, I came to Congress to serve and protect my country. That is why I rise in support of this resolution.
Mr. Speaker, in the navy when we run a ship aground we change the course. It is now time to change the course in Iraq, not needlessly send more American troops in harm’s way. Thank you.”