Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Scary Mary

I recently spent some time reading the hilarious reviews on the ChildCare action project Christian analysis of american culture minisrty movie database. These Christian wingnuts are awesome. The only movie they rate a perfect 100 is Mary Poppins . Proving that it is the gold standard in family entertainment. Well. Now what! Huh! Now What...

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Malachi Ritscher

I was sent this article and felt compelled to post it here . Please click through the link and read the entire story at iheardyoumalachi.org


Did you ever burn your hand on a stove? Do you remember
the pain of it?

On Friday, November 3, a man doused his body with
gasoline and set himself afire to protest the war in
Iraq . He died quietly in flames. His name was Malachi
Ritscher.

Haven't seen it in the news? Me neither, which is kind
of strange if you ask me, considering that it happened
right here in downtown Chicago in front of hundreds of
commuters during morning rush hour. The only
conventional newspaper coverage to date was a tiny
paragraph that appeared in the Saturday edition of the
Chicago Sun-Times. Since then...nothing.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Choose Natural Time

Living in indiana I have always been proud to be one of the few to understand that it gets dar earlier in the winter. I didnt need totrick myself with the clock. I am in tune with nature. Then Mitch cam along and ruined it for us now we are just like everyone else . Here is a great PSA from the 50s (about halfway through the video)about just that. The rest is good too.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Aint Shame Grand

As we rapidly approach mid term elections the political signs are out in the yards. I have noticed an interesting trend ,at least here in the midwest. The republicans are doing everything they can to distance themselves from their own party. Without exception not a single republican candidate shows any indication that they are republican, not in television ads not in mailings and not on their yard signs. I havent seen an elephant on anything. I have also noticed that the republican candidates yard signs and mailings are all printed with that oh so democrat color, blue. Pathetic really. I for one am not fooled.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Day Against DRM



Digital Rights Management hurts everyone . When we purchase music, movies whatever we should be able to use it any way we want. DRM takes your freedom to use media the way you want away and is just generally a pain . I shouldnt have to ask some mega company for permission to put a song I purchased on more than one mp3 player or computer . The most confusing thing is that it is really all about quality and money. The record companies already take a piece of the profit from every audio and video tape sold so they dont care about that anymore . They are sooo worried that everyone will make digital copies and share them or worse (illegal and probably wrong) pirate them and make money that they cant get a piece of. They say "DRM keeps honest people honest" but really the only thing it really does it restrict honest people. People who pirate media just strip away the DRM anyway. Here are some links to celebrate the day. You can also whip out your sharpie and draw a line around those lame CDs with the weak copy protection that will be nostalgic.

DefectiveByDesign's list of anti-DRM actions

DRMFree.org


DRM.info

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Christian Terrorist

Christian terrorist attempts car-bombing in Iowa and gets charged with 2nd-degree arson. Class C felonies are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 10 years and a fine between $1000 and $10,000 under Iowa law. If he were a Muslim he would be left indefinitely in Guantanamo Bay or shipped to another country for "interrogation".

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Grrr... Try to speak properly

There is no such thing as over exaggerating stop saying that. Some pseudo intellectual said it on NPR today . The word exaggerating is enough to cover everything above and beyond the truth or detail so stop now.

Boy they hate the way Cliton nailed them. or Condi Rice-Super Liar

What happens when one of the republican flunkies (FOX News) tries to slam a former Prez then not only gets themselves called out but also gets the current administration called out as well ? Lie about what he said. Here is the actual report. That pesky evidence.
The Raw Story | 2001 memo to Rice contradicts statements about Clinton, Pakistan

Reading is fundamental (Not for our so called leaders)

"I haven't read it," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said yesterday when asked his opinion of the once-secret April 2006 National Intelligence Estimate. His excuse -- the document was classified -- is a little shaky. Frist is a member of the "Gang of Eight," a group of top lawmakers who are briefed on the darkest secrets of American intel.

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

WTF? Abc Family censored Wonka

I was watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this evening on ABC Family and something was missing. They completely removed the boat scene. What the hell is up with that? Too scary chicken decapitation issues who knows . The TV police just suck in general. The terrible edits and overdubs are really unnecessary and just plain wrong (remember the made up word scumbum in Smokey and the bandit. Perhaps we should put some clothes on paintings of nudes (yes that has been done as well). Really even when I was little I knew what they were really saying. That was bad enough but removing whole scenes that it really ridiculous. While I am going I also saw another really bad bit of censorship, I was watching Tom and Jerry with my 4 year old and every time the black lady ,who I always assumed was Tom's owner, came on the screen her voice had been overdubbed with some modern woman's voice replacing what I can only assume was considered racist or portraying black folks in a negative light. First, even if the voice of the character portrayed a stereotype or what the fuck ever it was from the 40s, damn. Maybe we should go ahead and remove all unflattering images, sounds, stereotypes or whatever from the past then we can all just be blissfully ignorant. Nevermind the big axe Tom tries to chop Jerry up with or the smashing on the head or the blowing each other up or getting run over or the,or the,or the,or the. If the cartoon or art or whatever is going to offend someone (the sponsor most likely) and that is a concern then just don't fucking show it. You know what is really offensive is the children's programming that condescends to kids or has characters that cant even speak properly (Elmo, rugrats, wonderpets) someone should censor that crap, damn give a kid some credit for not having a speech impediment or being able to think. Oh wait that's my job as a parent oh that's right I control what my kid sees not some corporate entity who isn't really interested in protecting or teaching kids but how much money they can make. OK , I got a little off track, what I wanted to say was , Damn that is some bullshit how ABC Family messed up Willy Wonka they shouldn't do that.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Yesssssssssssss

StarTrek/Simpsons Mashup with a real theremin.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I love Religion

Sunday School Teacher Dismissed Because She's A Woman?

Timothy 2:11 -14 "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner."

Link to News story and video below

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Questions to Ponder

1. If you suspected you were deluded, how could you find out for sure?

2. Are humans the product of a skilled or an unskilled designer?

3. Would an omnipotent being need to think in the way that people understand it? or is thinking unnecessary for a timeless, indestructible being whose preferences are the same as reality?

4. Why would God be so unclear about what book or books he authored?

5. Is conciousness anything more than a continual process of imagining, acting, observing the impact of the action, and imagining again with the new information?

6. The dictionary defines "faith" as belief without ecidence. It Defines "stupidity" as unreasoned thinking. Is belief without evidence a form of unreasoned thinking?

7. Can the impact of your actions rippling into the future be considered an immortal soul?

8. Could atheists and believers accept the same definition of God?




These Questions are from The Religion War by Scott Adams

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Yes Third Grade

Go ahead take this geography test. I barely made it and I got some wrong. How about you, Do you know your states. Share your results in the comments if you like.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Ultra Conservatives Idea of Dangerous Knowledge

First, this site is hilariously sad. These people are completely insane. Here is their list of what they consider the most harmful books of the 20th century, because as we all know knowledge is dangerous. Wait but School House Rock said "Knowledge is Power". Who do you trust I would go with the cartoons. It looks like if you subscribe to their magazine you even get a free Ann Coulter book. OOOH that is too good the site listing 10 most dangerous books will give you a free Ann Coulter book. Man that is rich. The last book on the list talks according to Human Events is about how the liberal who wrote it (in 1936 no less) advocates running up debt and ,borrowing and spending to stimulate the economy. Wait,Wait doesn't that sound familiar ......Who was it that did that....Recently hmmmm....... These people are moronic.

If Americans Knew - what every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine

If Americans Knew - what every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Who am I Tipper.......Fuck

Man so I work at this Residential Home for Kids who did bad things and or had bead things done to them SO..... I am in the unpleasant spot of censoring music ,spending time deciding what is appropriate etc . Fortunately for me it is easy because most of the kids that live there seem to want to listen to the horrible talent free R&B and Rap that is popular now (danger curmudgen alert) Man I like rap hip hop etc but isnt it a disgrace to even call this shit music ,even the musical stuff that somehow gets labeled R&B apparently if a black person sings it it is R&B but it is really foul to class this vile crat along side classic R&B. And, rap/hip hop had really gone in the toilet I mean repeating one broken sentence or phrase over and over on top of a beat is not rapping nor is it hip hop it is shit. The best part is near all of it is talking about how pimp and awesome these guys are and how they are the shit when there is no indication that they ever did anything but get lucky enough to make a record . These guys truly suck . So, in regards to the censoring all they "rap" or sing about is how they are gonna give it to some bitch or how many bitches that have or of course the dope they slanging or how they do it crunk style or allusions to the gang they are affiliated with (real or imagined) . So these guys I work with in some cases were rapists vicims of rape,crack babies etc so thinking this shit is cool is just not helpful at all. and I seem to be the one who gets to tell them this and explain it over and over and that sucks. OF course my reward for this is being labeled a racist . Well, if anyone else especially a black person had the balls to point this shit out in public thenmaybe that would stop. Shit if they start listening to something really hardcore I will hit them for that. Once I did have to tell a staff not to rock Slayer (Who is one of my favorite metal bands by the way) so that was nice. Maybe if people would stop giving their music dollar to a bunch of barely literate asses that do nothing but popularize all that is bad with the black community and give some to some intelligent hip hop artists the general public would have a better view . We need the Native Tongue Family back. Plus maybe it would make my job easier too and that is really all I want...

Monday, July 31, 2006

Why no one ever seriously talks about impeaching Bush

While it seems obvious to anyone with any sense that the president should be impeached he seems to have a brilliant strategy regarding the possibility. He had to know that we would never impeach him being that we would then be stuck with Dick and even if we got rid of him as well it gets even worse as you travel down the list. We would have to get rid of pretty much the entire executive branch. While Mr. Bush is absolutely the worst president of all time could you imagine what those in line below him would do. Condoleezza is fourth and Donald is sixth.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Patrick Combs promo check adventure

Patrick Combs got one of those checks in the mail and just to see what would happen he deposited it. A long read and well worth it.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Remember Ellen Feiss

Oh I love Ellen She is so Swell (and perhaps high)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Couple Pays $32,000 Fine With Dollar Bills

Frustrated by their experience with Temple Terrace code enforcement, D.J. and Susan Halligan paid a $32,000 lien in $1 bills. I wish I had thought of that. Many local codes are selectively enforced at best.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sunday, June 18, 2006

SuicideGirls > News > Politics > Just Another Massive Fuck Up By President Retard

In another example of President George W. Bush's total failure as a leader, the Washington Post reported on Sunday that that the administration turned down a 2003 Iranian offer to begin talks with the US, recognize Israel, and end support of Palestinian terror organizations.
Link Via SuicideGirls News

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Monday, May 29, 2006

Chriss Angel is F%#@ing Magic Too,Maybe More

Ok so David Blaine is Magic but this guy is maybe even more magic. I mean I saw it on TV so it must be real right? He is like the Metal \m/ Magic Guy he makes people levitate, he levitates and walks on walls. That is frikken magic. No Really seriously is there really any reason to believe this stuff any less than the stuff lots of people believe. Think about it.

National Day of Slayer

Finally, a holiday I can get behind . June 6 2006 is National Day of Slayer . Al you need to do to participate :

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.

  • Well it is 6/6/06 so get with it.

    Monday, May 01, 2006

    Douglas Rushkoff is on to something.

    "When religions are practiced, as they are by a majority of those in developed nations, today, as a kind of nostalgic little ritual - a community event or an excuse to get together and not work - it doesn't really screw anything up too badly. But when they radically alter our ability to contend with reality, cope with difference, or implement the most basic ethical provisions, they must be stopped."

    Go and read the rest of the essay. Of course if you are fundamentalist you will be pissed. If you are a thinking, open minded person you will be impressed that someone had the balls to say it.

    Sunday, April 30, 2006

    White House Correspondents Dinner with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert is the bravest man in the world. I watched the White House Correspondents Dinner and He was Frickin ON . I felt sort of uncomfortable like some secret service guy was going to shoot him at any moment. Man I think most of the old cronies in the audience were scared too most of them weren't even laughing. Well, maybe they didn't know it was satire they are pretty dense in Washington. Link to the torrent below it is well worth the download.

    Please seed dont just leech.
    Update 1 YouTube Link
    Update 2 Torrent Link
    Update 3 Crooks and Liars story
    Yet another update Democratic Underground Link

    Was there a whiff of blood in the books?

    This weekend I attended our local library's book sale . It is an annual event concluding with "Bag Day". On this day shoppers can get all the books, records, CDs etc they can cram into a relatively large bag for 2 dollars . Sounded like a great idea to me . Well, I arrived a little before 10 thinking I was a little late and to my surprise I was met by quite line of people waiting to get in as it didn't start until 10. Man these people were really hungry for literature, or was it just the thought of a bargain. Well. It was definitely the latter .It was like a bunch of starved sharks attacking a school of book shaped fish. I was really only interested in digging for some records so I was away from most of the fray. These people were shoving each other to pack their bags full of books that they didn't even know the titles of , they were just jamming them in the bags. The romance area was especially volatile anyone unlucky enough to be crouching to look at the history books in the next aisle was sure to be trampled. I overheard a lady telling her 6 or 7 year old son to push his way past someone or he wasn't going to get anything. Another lady told the woman he was trying to be polite. To this she responded "well he isn't going to get anything that way" . I walked over to see if there was anything interesting in the science area and was jostled quite rudely by a woman with two bags crammed full of random fiction one on her way to the kids section. The thing is there wasn't even anything really interesting on the first day much less on "Bag Day" it was really just a sad sight. I wonder what sort of frenzy you could whip up if the things on sale were really even worth having. I mean these are the books no one even wanted to read in the first place.

    Tuesday, April 25, 2006

    David Blaine is F%*#*ing Magic

    Ok I am a skeptic I need the scientific method or at least some kind of tangible proof or at least some kind of evidence to believe anything .That said , David Blaine is fucking magic! For real and I only saw him on TV. He fricking Levitates , He has some random person do the pick a card thing and then shuffle the deck and then he throws the deck at a restaurant window and then the card is stuck to the inside of the window facing out. Explain that well can you I didn't think so . Then the just telling people what card they are thinking of and then the have person think of someone and then write their name on a piece of paper then set the paper on fire and rub the ashes on his arm and then their name is on his arm in ashes what is that ,I will tell you ....Magic.

    Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    The apple has rotted

    It seems that with huge monetary success corporate greed and fear even the most admired will turn to the dark side. It appears that bite out of the apple has turned brown and spread the rot to the whole apple. They seem to have lost all sense . The info presented by Apple Insider and PowerPage only provided free buzz for the company. It is true that apple seeds contain cyanide and if you consumed enough you would be poisoned.

    Sunday, April 09, 2006

    Boom!


    Written by joshua ellis, this story and project, funded soley by small donations and released under creative commons license is the most interesting piece of journalism I have read for a long time. It is likely to cause a chain reaction in my reading. I am not telling you what it is about on purpose. The event is may be the most important of out time. Just go read it.

    Sunday, April 02, 2006

    Daylight Stupid Time

    Today is the first day of daylight savings time. WhenI say fiest I mean First in my lifetime . I live in Indiana and up until now we were a proud state the understood nature and could tell that sometimes the sun comes up earlier and sets later. That was until the moronic voting population of our state ,rather than investigating the potential govenor's credentials and history , were swayed by big green signs and catchy catchphrases. Mitch Daniels decides to push daylightsavings time and our representatives who dont seem to represent anyone failed to stop it. So now we are just like everyone else and that sucks.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2006

    Coop Speaks for Me and everyone I grew up with


    Coop has nailed it in this essay about seventies superheres ,the real kind. Maybe the reason most of my friends think that everything sucks now is because everything was so cool when were little. What ever happened to watching can am racing on sunday afternoon on Wide World of Sports . Remember when this meant all kinds of sports not just basketball and football maybe NASCAR . there used to be real racing and ski jumps or that crazy soccer with dirtbikes.
    Positive Ape Index

    Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    What have I Been Saying? Speed Limits are Stupid



    Every time I drive anywhere on the highway I have to make a concentrated effort to not talk about the absudity of the speed limits, My friends and Family would attest to this as I am generally unsucessfull . This video is proof and what a great experiment.

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    Lost Camera and Bad Parents

    Here is my part to get a story out about this lady who on her trip to Hawaii lost her camera ful of photos and the people who found it . I wont tell you the whole story have a read.

    Tuesday, February 07, 2006

    Ahhh the Fairy tale we live

    Doesn't the story of American life today remind you of standard classic fairy tales (minus the princess or hero) a place ruled by a dimwitted bumbling monarch who is drunk with power doing selfishly whatever he wants without regard for the people ........ Where the hell is Robin Hood

    Saturday, January 28, 2006

    Designers

    I have been thinking this for some time now and tody was the last straw. What is the matter with TV designers ,you know the type the pretentious TLC designers . Now , not all of them just the ones that suck . Why cant they just talk normally ? There is nothing worse than these so called artists who think that need to make up words or just misuse them in order to seem artsy or something . One of the worst is when they repaint a table and use it as a desk or just use an old piece of furniture again in a different room and say they the are going to repurpose it . That's not even a real word! Then today this idiot set designer masquerading as an interior designer show a drawing of a cabinet and he says ." These doors open to visualize the shelves " ......... What the fuck is that you open the doors and there are shelves inside ! Yes I am Yelling! Maybe he could say that if you open the doors you can see the shelves but visualize . I wish I had a magic TV transporter so I could go inside the TV and scream at these people to their faces. My dad was an interior decorator for years ( that was before they made up the name interior designer because designing a room sounds so superior to just decorating ) He never repurposed anything . Ok so that's all I have to say about that . Actually I do love those shows maybe I just miss Paige.

    Thursday, January 05, 2006

    Grammar and Punctuation

    I recently went back and read some old postings from this blog. I am the king of the run-on sentence. Perhaps I can make the excuse that old jack didnt use much in the way of punctation or maybe I am just a literary rebel. Either way I think I may have to go edit myself .