Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
So, while the rest of the punditry is tripping all over itself trying to genuflect before this guy, allow me a little equal time. Rose colored glasses have never been my style.
Ford was one of the leading members of the Warren Commission, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and endorsed the "Magic Bullet Theory." Riiiiiiiiiight.
While in Congress he opposed federal aid for education as well as health care, attempted to restrict minimum wage, voted down measures that provided loans and subsidies for farmers, and in general voted down any federal attempt to intervene with state politics (including, notoriously, fighting certain aspects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.) He was instrumental in supporting the early foundations of what would later become the IMF. One of his most controversial activities was his unsuccessful attempt in 1970 to instigate impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
A few years later, Ford was rewarded for his loyalty by being handed the vice presidency in the most corrupt administration in US history (at least it was, until 2001). Why, because he was such a dynamic leader? Or because Dick knew the hammer was coming and he needed a compliant, obedient lapdog who would promise to keep him out of prison and protect his US government perks after being forced from office?
Within one month of assuming the presidency upon Nixon's retreat, Ford fulfills his end of the deal and hands Dick Caligula an unconditional pardon. I keep seeing these pundits and political hacks regurgitating the talking point that Ford pardoned Nixon "For the good of the country." Since when is letting a criminal thug who attempted to subvert the US Constitution to amass power get off scott free with generous taxpayer-funded perks "good for the country?" Aren't these the same group of jerk-offs who cheered as Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about a consensual affair during at a frivolous civil lawsuit?
Although only in office for 29 months, his administration continues to haunt us. It was in his administration that current death and deception merchants like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and... George H.W. Bush as head of the CIA became national fixtures.
The new CIA director was prompted to authorize an alternative unit outside the CIA to challenge the agency's intelligence on Soviet intentions. Bush was more compliant in the political winds than his predecessor. Consisting of a host of conservatives, the unit was called Team B. A young aide from the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Paul Wolfowitz, was selected to represent Rumsfeld's interest and served as coauthor of Team B's report. The report was single-minded in its conclusion about the Soviet buildup and cleansed of contrary intelligence. It was fundamentally a political tool in the struggle for control of the Republican Party, intended to destroy détente and aimed particularly at Kissinger. Both Ford and Kissinger took pains to dismiss Team B and its effort. (Later, Team B's report was revealed to be wildly off the mark about the scope and capability of the Soviet military.)
During a debate with Jimmy Carter in 76 campaigns, Ford bewilderingly argued that Poland wasn’t really under Soviet control.
When Carter defeated Ford, he was handed the worse US economy since The Great Depression.
Dry your eyes people, unless you weep for James Brown. If there is a Hell, Gerald R. Ford is now enjoying a little catchup time with his buddy Tricky Dick Nixon.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
“Wackenhut was founded in 1954 by former FBI agent George Wackenhut. From the beginning the company engaged in dubious activities such as assisting the McCarthy Witchhunt. By 1965 the company could boast that it maintained files on 2. 5 million US citizens, participants in the Civil Rights and Anti Vietnam War Movements were targets. The assistance of far right causes was, however, not confined to the US Homeland. In 1977 the company obtained permission to operate in Belgium. Wackenhut’s first local director was Jean-Francis Calmete who hired members of the Westland New Post a fascist group. Wackenhut left Belgium in the early 1980’s following allegations that their guards were luring immigrant children into basements and beating them.”
Some more interesting reading:
INSIDE THE SHADOW CIA
Private Security Revelations On Group4 and Wackenhut
Abuse and Profiteering
Let’s face it, there's a hell of a lot of money to be made in "Crime," and not just by those who commit it, but by those entrusted with "fighting" it as well. It is in the financial interest of corporations like Wackenhut to have a frightened populace demanding that someone "save them" from the scourge of drugs, terrorism, crime, communism or whatever the Boogieman-of-the-Week happens to be.
When the government runs the Corrections Facilities, it is in their interest to keep prison populations as low as possible. However, with Privatization of the Prison System, “Industry experts state a 90-95% capacity rate is necessary to attract investors, ensuring a vested interest in a growing prison population for the future.” That’s what Greg Palast refers to as a Free Market in Human Misery.
You want to see any kind of real reform regarding the drug war or any other meaningful issues? Then we need to address campaign and lobbying reform FIRST. You need to take away the ability of corporations and well funded special interests to purchase our politicians outright. Clean up K-Street. When CEO's have no more access to our elected representatives than the average schmoe, only then you will see real representation and real change.
Until then, it really won't matter much if the bums you elect come with a D or an R after their names. They'll still be serving their real masters, who all have an Inc. after their names.
William Blake on wrote, "Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion."
What Blake fails to mention, perhaps because he didn't live in our modern, gilded age, is that both law and religion are the servants of the moneyed class. A man much smarter than me once said, "The function of law and theology are the same: to keep the poor from taking back by violence what the rich have stolen by cunning."
The idea that the owner class and the politician class are somehow at odds with each other is the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on mankind.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The fued between Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump over the Miss America lesbian alcoholic druggie!
WHO GIVES A SHIT!!!!!
(and let me)
FUCK MISS AMERICA
With all the death, destruction, and poverty in this world, it completely baffles me why anyone would give two shits about any of these assholes!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The war on drugs has devastated Mexico and Columbia most prominently. With genetic engineering in the arsenal, drug cultivators have now created a pot plant that grows year-round and cannot be killed by pesticides, making law enforcement nearly impossible.
The new Mexican president is fighting the drug industry with all his might, and leaving death and destruction in his wake. The American Department of State has commended this effort.
I've got a better idea for fixing Mexico's drug problem: Legalize it! Instead of cops unloading in trucks and destroying everything, why not encourage legal companies to invest in infrastructure and security?
It's the classic scenario: When government dictates, men with guns show up and destroy your life and kill you if you disagree. When consumers dictate, fair competition drives innovation and promotes stability and job growth.
I personally have never chosen to consume that product, but I have a serious problem with some asshole telling me that I can't if I wanted to. Nomatter how illegal drug use is, people are still going to do it. Law enforcement becomes an unsustainable burden on society when they attempt to regulate something that cannot be regulated.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Did you watch the video posted below of the kid going off on a rant about OLielly and the conservatard religious fanatics?
O'Lielly of course had to resond on his show in the most over the top way "This is child abuse!" WAAAAAAAA!!!
Watch just the first couple minutes of this, you can't take the whole thing without wanting to punch your monitor
But then watch the brilliant response that a well known blogger did using O'Losers own words against him.
Gotta love "The internets"
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Don't forget to sign up for the forum.
Don't miss my exclusive interview with Tommy Stewart from the legendary thrash metal band, HALLOWS EVE.
Tommy Stewart Interview
Also, continue to check in on Lords of Classic Rock. I have made several updates and will continue to make updates in the coming weeks.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Credit cards are proven to be effective at preventing people from achieving real financial health. They promote the "I want it NOW" patience of a 5-year-old in a toy store rather than the prudence of a wise investor. I don't have as much to say to them now that they aren't allowed to call me on the telephone. It's much more convenient to just throw away the piles of pointless mail they send me every day. For those of you who don't think President Bush has done anything useful, please remember that he signed into law the legislation that banned telemarketing.
Now on to auto insurance. I get flyers advertising "$425 in annual savings over Allstate, State Farm, etc.". This is entertaining to me, because my annual auto insurance premiums barely cost that much. Not to mention the multiple-policy discount I have from insuring home and auto with the same provider. You'd think that with the information they can legally collect about us, they'd somehow realize that there's not enough margin in my premiums to cover the hassle of a provider switch, or the postage for the 5-7 letters they send me each week.
Voice-over IP long distance telephone is a new product that I enjoy throwing offers in the trash for every other day. It might be a decent product, but how can they make enough money from $20-$30 per month to afford the marketing costs of sending out millions of full-color ads and TV spots that we're all inundated with? If I'm interested in this product, I'm going to do some homework on them. Advertising is not a reliable source of information. I'm choosing the provider that advertises the least, because my price will be lower and the company's profits higher without all the titanic marketing expenses.
If you're as sick of mail-marketing as I am, there's two things you can do about it: To stop credit card offers, call (888) 567-8688 and let them know to stop selling your credit report information with the army of marketing zombies that clog our mailboxes every week.
To declare all-out war, read what King Maddox has to say: "How to piss off credit card companies and get away with it!"
Friday, December 08, 2006
December 8 will forever be known as one of the most fucked up days in music history. On this date two assholes took from us two of the greatest musical minds in history. On December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman could no longer fight the demons in his head. He waited all day for his prey, and even took time to shake the hand of his baby boy. Later that evening, as Chapman waited and became more and more furious, John Lennon's Limo pulls up and the rest is history.
Twenty-four years later, in a small club in Columbus, OH, another sick fuck decides to strike. It has almost been a year now since that sorry son of a bitch took Dime from us. People may think what they want of Dime, Pantera, or Damageplan, but take it from someone who grew up in the same town as the Abbott brothers; this man didn't deserve this shit.
I remember back in the early to mid eighties, when Pantera was first starting out here in Arlington. They would play little shithole clubs but would always pack them in. I was not a fan of Pantera at all growing up. I considered their music cheesier than Def Leppard's music, who at the time pretty much ruled the cheesy music scene. I remember days of going to school depressed for some reason or another, but always being cheered up when I saw how ridiculous Darrell (who went by the name Diamond Darrell Lance back in those days) looked. You could see him about 75 yards down a packed hallway because his hair towered about two feet over his head (that may be a slight exaggeration but you get the point.) And as I would get closer, I would generally have to fight the laughter. This dude would be wearing your standard leopard print sleeveless t-shirt, spandex with bandanas tied all the way up them, and a bullet belt, but what always seemed to get me was the big furry Eskimo boots. Even though at the time I had no respect for this dude, I knew deep inside that he was bound for greatness.
To be continued...
I can’t believe it has already been a year. A year since that day; that awful day when our friend, brother was taken from us so senselessly. Growing up in Arlington, seeing Dime around was so commonplace, that I never really paid much attention to it. I would see him at the smallest of gigs to the largest arena concerts in town. I remember seeing Pantera play at Rascals down in the river-bottoms back in the mid-eighties, and then play at Reunion Arena opening up for Black Sabbath in the late nineties. In between, I can’t even count how many times I’ve seen them play. Metalworks, Joe’s Garage, The Basement, The Backroom in Austin, HardRocks in Lawton, or even at the Tattoo Bar with his side-band Gasoline. When Dime was alive and kicking much ass, I guess I failed to appreciate him as much I should have, because now it is fucked knowing I’ll never get to see him slay audiences with his guitar again.
Please share your thoughts and memories with us as we remember Dime and all the great music he gave us.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
On to matters of historical debate: Col. Oliver North did a show recently exploring the possibility that FDR was aware of the Japanese plan to attack Pearl Harbor, but allowed it happen for the benefit of the run-to-the-flag reaction it generated. Although there were many clues in the few hours preceeding the attack, information leaks to anyone outside the Imperial Navy are extremely unlikely. The US Navy simply had no idea this could have happened.
I'm all about investigating possible conspiracies, but this one happened in a time where communication was anything but instant, and even further from reliable. In fact, the Emperor had intended to deliver their declaration of war to the US Department of State as early as 4 hours prior to the attack, but the transmission was delayed, and was not recieved until after the damage reports were being processed.
According to interviews with Japanese veterans, they had no idea the Americans weren't suspecting acts of war. A Samurai proverb states that one should always wake one's enemy before killing. A Japanese submarine was depth-charged in the wee hours, but the Navy didn't think enough about that to place the force at general quarters. The first wave of attack aircraft was spotted on radar, but the radar officer mistook the gigantic wave to be a scheduled flight of B-17's from the mainland. Remember that radar technology was in its infancy in those days.
The 2,000+ Americans that were killed that day were ultimately avenged, but it cost hundreds of thousands more. The concept of Boshido engrained a stubborness to fight that so emboldened the War Party of Japan that only a pair of nuclear bombs dissuaded further fighting. With this 65th anniversary, I think we should all close the case on the rumors of FDR's prior knowledge, and celebrate the heros that beat brutal oppression into submission all over the Asian continent and the Pacific Ocean.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
A recent psychological study shows:
The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.
“Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader,” Lohse says. “If your world is very mixed up, there’s something very comforting about someone telling you, ‘This is how it’s going to be.’
“Bush supporters had significantly less knowledge about current issues, government and politics than those who supported Kerry,” the study says.
Seriously, tell me this isn't a pattern and there isn't some kind of connection between Republicanism and Pederasty.
I understand why Repugs are so obsessed with protecting embryos. They're trying to figure out a way to HAVE SEX with them.
Between 1979 and 1997, income for families in the middle rose 9% from $41,000 to $45,1000.
Meanwhile, income for families in the top 1% rose from $420,000 to $1,016,000, a 140% increase.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and to list some of the things that I am thankful for.
I am thankful for...
- My family and all the support I have received from them
- My loving wife
- My wonderful son
- This great country of ours
- All of my wonderful friends
- My great new friends: Lefty, Metal Lord, Black Label Axe, Gore Master, Ken Hawk, Lord's Lady, Lady Evil, Fat Jenk, B.L. Sabob, Tony, Daydreamer, Stitches, Ranando, Christopher (The Conservative Cowboy), Bushwack, Sues, and everyone else that I forgot.
- All of the wonderful conveniences that we have.
- Our Service men and women who serve this country with such pride and bravery
That is my list. I invite all of the members of the blog to use the edit function to add your own list below this one. I would also love for all my other readers to add their list in the comments section.
Go enjoy your turkey, turducken, tofurky, or whatever you eat this day; enjoy the football games (go Cowboys!); and most of all, enjoy spending time with your families.
Lefty is thankful for:
My awesome family!
My wonderful friends: BND, Al Bundy, Metallord, Ken Hawk (GO BEARS), BLSABOB, Fat Jenk, Lordslady, Ladyevil, Blacklabelaxe, Tony, Daydreamer, Bushwack, Stitches, and the members of Metal Pwns All.
My education, which I am so lucky to have gotten.
All the material items I am so lucky to have.
Our brave service men and women.
Our good political leaders out there.
This AWESOME FUCKING NATION!
Like BND said, make sure you eat whatever it is you eat on this day. Drink some beer, play some Xbox 360 or PS3, and have a wonderful time! GO BEARS!
KEn AhWAK is thankful for:
My wife. No words here can possibly express how lucky I was when I first caught eyes with her 7 years ago. I am the happiest guy I know.
My family and friends. We had 115 show at our wedding reception last week and received great comments from people regarding what cool people they met that night and what wonderful friends we have. To hear that total strangers met and enjoyed themselves that night shows what great people we have around us, we are very fortunate.
The great guys on this board - BND, Lefty (Da Bears), Al, Axe, Bob, Lord, Joe, Eddie, Bushwhack, Ranando, this is a great group of buds here.
My life. I can say I've worked hard for what I have, and gone through things I wish no one else ever would, thats a part of my life. But another part is where I was born, in a country where I can speak my mind and live the way I wish without fear. We are very fortunate to be dealt the cards that we were. Some can do the best with what they have and never be in a free country.
Our men and women in the armed forces. My best friend returned from Iraq this month and at two wedding receptions he was loudly applauded. I've never been so proud of him.
Football. Metal. Beer. Lesbians. These things complete me.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all from your pal Ken Hawk.... who's got a turkey jammed on his head.
Well i'm thankful for ..
My Great Wife.
My Family And Friends.
All the Great ppl I've met online.
And MPA,LOCR,BND BLOG, Which are
the best sites online hails...
AND .... For the great dinner we
made to day..............
11/23/2006 1:15 PM
I'm thankful for my family and friends! To those at the Metal Pwns All, Lords of Classic Rock, and Metal Temple sites, Happy Thanksgiving.
I'm thankful for my family from blood, and for my online family and metal bretheren- BigNewsDay and Lefty Metalhead- horns up forever! I'm thankful for the humor of Ken Hawk, who seems to make me fall out of my chair and call somebody about it nomatter how much I think I've seen all the humor there is to be seen. I'm thankful for the thought-provoking antagonism of B.L. Sabob, and for the MetalPWNSAll headbangers for keeping the faith long after Blabbermouth died. I'm also thankful for Bushwack's crew of minutemen and patriots. Sorry for the late post guys, I've been drunk since about 2 weeks ago.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
The Catholic Church created a spiritual monopoly in Europe which earned the entire continent's era the infamous title, "Dark Ages". Eventually Europeans wised up and experienced a Renaissance of art and science, and civilization prospered. Ironically, the Arab world, who prospered while Europe was doing "Hail Mary's" in the Dark Ages, traded places under the dark oppression of Isalm as the progress-undoing torchbearers of world culture.
Then the French revolution changed the entire world with philosophies such as those of Thomas Locke, which our own Constitution shamelessly borrows from. Our founding fathers built a government to protect these rights: to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness. Ignoring the clearly defined limited role our government is restrained to by our sacred document, people thought it'd be a good idea to let our government have a monopoly on education.
Fast-forwarding through the entire history of public schools, you'll find it mirrors the life cycle of any government: it starts out noble and responsible, then declines as it grows larger until it eventually explodes under the weight of its own fat, like the dude from the movie "Seven".
The government now spends approximately $11,000 per year per student, and yet they constantly get their asses whipped silly by private schools who very rarely have tuitions as high as the "little man's" school system. If it's starting to making you feel uneasy, read on!
Private schools are better because the school has to earn your money by providing competent schooling, and having a proven track record of superior test scores and college placement. If the school doesn't perform, your kid goes to a better one.
Solution: Not everyone can afford private schools, for sure. But how about this: you get to choose where your $11,000 per child that the government coughs up goes to. You get to pick the school that will teach your child how to succeed academically. Because public schools don't compete, they are subject to the brutality of a government-run monopoly. Prayer in school? Vote with your wallet. Orchestra, sports? Again, vote with your wallet. Single-sex, co-ed? Stop bitching at people who can only accept a one-size-fits-all answer and make things happen!
Left wingers who get elected by pandering to idiots are hypocritical to the core on this. Reverend Jesse Jackson refuses to allow choice in our education system, yet all his kids went to private schools. "The public schools aren't good enough where I live". Basically, the politicians who oppose your right to choose believe that they deserve a priveledge that you do not.
The people who would need higher education standards are the poor and the middle class- exactly the people who cannot afford private schools, at least not without vouchers. Public schools fail the people who need them the most.
Monday, November 20, 2006
In my opinion, no free country should ever have to force its people into military service. If our leadership represents us, then they shouldn't draw us into a conflict so unpopular that we can't staff our armed forces with volunteers.
"No arsenal, no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."
- Ronald Reagan
I'd rather fight with a squad of volunteers than a whole platoon of Gomer Pile draftees.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
In other news, Coach Hawk is continuing his roll with the Friday NFL Huddles on BigSportsDay. Seriously, get your ass in gear and make a comment or the lesbian pictures are coming out.
Ask Ken Hawk
Big Sports Day
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
www.metalpwnsall.com - Don't forget to stop by the MPA Chatroom and talk with the MPA crew.
Stop by and take a look around.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
It takes a Village Nag.
By the way, just in case you thing this is a personal issue with me, let me tell you that I hate video games and generally think they are a stupid waste of time. But I think everyone has the right to waste their time in the way that they see fit. Furthermore, I believe that all the emphasis on blaming videogames, blaming Hollywood, blaming music, etc. is worse than stupid and wrong, its harmful. Its harmful because it distracts society from dealing with the real problems facing kids and young adults. It is a way for parents to have someone else to point at, rather than taking a look at themselves and their lifestyles. Parents and politicians should switch the question from "What affect is this entertainment having on our children?" to "Why are our children so attracted to violent entertainment?" They are concentrating on the symptoms, not the causes.
Just as a reminder, the Reichwing morons love whining about what Hollywood is doing to the children. Hide the kids! Its Madonna!!
Here's something we can all celebrate:
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Okay, party time is over. Now it's back to the issues:I'll bite
Higher minimum wage laws actually hurt business owners and minimum wage earners alike.
Government price controls on medicine destroy any incentive for creating newer, better drugs.
Government control over education, specifically the Board of Education, has caused the quality of education from our public schools to drop every year despite record amounts of money being spent.
Which shall we debate first?
We need to raise minimum wage to a standard that people can actualy live off of. Yes, this may hurt business owners in the short term, but in the long term, it will put more money into the marketplace and boost our economy a hell of a lot more than Bush's bullshit tax cuts.
We need to control the cost of medicine, because at the moment, so many prescriptions are beyond the reach of those who need it. The drug manufacturers are not creating newer, better drugs, but just more expensive ways to control people's afflictions. Why are they not actually seeking cures? Because it is more profitable to stick people on a drug that they must take every day for the rest of their life.
And finally, Education! Who should be in control of the standards in education? I agree that what we are doing now is failing, and it must be stopped for the sake of our children and our future.
Here in Texas, we have put such an emphasis on standardized testing, instead of actually concentrating on teaching our kids. Last time I checked, Texas schools stil ranked 50th in the country. We need to spend the money on hiring better teachers and obtaining better resources to assist in the learning process.
The problem is not with how much money we are spending, but with how we are spending the money.
OK, that is my opinion on those topics, and I want to say thank you to BLA for bringing these issues into the discussion. I know many of you will have very different opinions, and I'm looking forward to hearing them.
I do agree that party time is over, and it is time to buckle down and get shit done.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Congratulations. You did it.
At this hour, because of your voices and your votes, the Democratic Party has taken back the House and the Senate for the first time in more than a decade. Across the country, a new generation of leaders is coming to Washington – leaders who are ready to listen to the American people and solve America’s problems.
This should make us happy Democrats, but more importantly, it should make us hopeful Americans.
Hopeful that the years of gridlock and partisanship; of blame and bickering will finally give way to civility and solutions.
Hopeful that this overwhelming victory will finally force the President to realize that governing is not a war of ideologies, but a contest of ideas.
Hopeful that when we’re finally able to bring the issues you care about to the halls of Congress, we will finally have enough leaders – Democrat and Republican – who say “yes” to a higher minimum wage, “yes” to more affordable health care and college tuition, “yes” to an energy independent America, and “yes” to a new plan in Iraq that starts to bring our troops home.
Elections come and elections go. Some make little difference in the life of our country – and some change the course of history forever. I am so proud of those of you who have donated your time, your energy, and your resources to get us where we are today. But in order to change history, we now have to work even harder to turn last night’s results into tomorrow’s progress. I’ll be asking you to help me do this in the days and months to come, and I can’t wait to get to work.
U.S. Senator Barack Obama
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
bori is the one on the left.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
(CNN) -- An editorial to be published Monday in independent publications that serve the four main branches of the U.S. military will call for President Bush to replace Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
"Basically, the editorial says, it's clear now, from some of the public statements that military leaders are making, that he's lost the support and respect of the military leadership," said Robert Hodierne, senior managing editor for the publications' parent company Army Times Publications.
"That they're starting to go public with that now, with their disagreements, added up with all of the other missteps we believe he's made, that it's time for him to be replaced," Hodierne.
Army Times Publications publishes the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and the Marine Corps Times.
It is the second time the publications have called for Rumsfeld to resign.
I know some of the Conservative readers may say "What do you expect? it's from CNN, and we all know how the "Librul Media" feel about our troops."
Well, read the full editorial at The Army Times.
Friday, November 03, 2006
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Republican congressman accused of abusing his ex-mistress agreed to pay her about $500,000 in a settlement last year that contained a powerful incentive for her to keep quiet until after Election Day, a person familiar with the terms of the deal told The Associated Press.
Rep. Don Sherwood (news, bio, voting record) is locked in a tight re-election race against a Democratic opponent who has seized on the four-term congressman's relationship with the woman. While Sherwood acknowledged the woman was his mistress, he denied abusing her and said that he had settled her $5.5 million lawsuit on confidential terms.
The settlement, reached in November 2005, called for Cynthia Ore to be paid in installments, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is confidential. She has received less than half the money so far, and will not get the rest until after the Nov. 7 election, the person said Thursday.
A voice match expert nails Haggard from voicemails asking for meth: Game. Set. Match.
My guess is that he'll cop to the meth charge, but not the cockchugging charge, then enter rehab, just like La Cage A Foley.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Washington, DC – Today during an interview on CNN, House Republican Leader John Boehner blamed the military for the problems with the Bush Administration’s failed Iraq policies. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement calling on Boehner to apologize to the men and women in the armed services for his irresponsible election year rhetoric:
“After the Bush Administration’s numerous failures in Iraq, to blame our brave troops is just wrong. John Boehner should apologize immediately. Once again, Republican leadership is pointing fingers rather than taking responsibility for their failures. Our brave troops deserve better from Republican leaders like Don Rumsfeld, John Boehner and Dick Cheney.”
While I think that politics is a SYMPTOM of the problems we face as a species, I think that extremist religion as one of the CAUSES of our disease.
Radical extreme religiousity, be it Christian, Muslum, Hindu, Pagan or whatever, is a CONTAGIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS. It denies the body and enslaves the mind.
Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. - Denis Diderot.
But still maintains his innocence of the affair. Of course, just like La Cage au Foley, all innocent men immediately resign when confronted by false allegations, riiiiiiiiight?
This is one of the Reichwing Christianists big guns. And this just once again exposes their leaders as being hypocritical lying perverts, in a swing state right before the election. Great fucking news!!
Pastor Haggard has admitted to some of the indiscretions claimed by Mike Jones, but not all of them.
What the hell does that mean? He was only pitching, not catching?
Ooh! Jethuth Chritht!
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation into whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will probably be turned over to prosecutors, Palm Beach County's elections chief said Wednesday.
Elections Supervisor Arthur Anderson said his office has been looking into the matter for nearly nine months, and he would turn over the case to the state attorney's office by Friday.
Coulter's attorney did not immediately return a call Wednesday. Nor did her publicist at her publisher, Crown Publishing.
Knowingly voting in the wrong precinct is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Anderson's office received a complaint in February that Coulter voted in the wrong precinct during a February 7 Palm Beach town council election.
Anderson said a letter was sent to Coulter on March 27 requesting that she clarify her address for the voting records "or face the possibility of her voter registration being rescinded." Three more letters were sent to Coulter and her attorney, but she has yet to respond with the information requested, Anderson said.
In July, Anderson said, he received a letter from Coulter's attorney, Marcos Daniel Jimenez D'Clouet. The letter said the attorney would only discuss the matter in person or by telephone because, he complained, Anderson had given details to the media. Anderson said the matter had to be discussed in writing.
The right-wing commentator also authored a book that said some September 11 widows were "enjoying their husbands' deaths."
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My question is "will she go to a male or female prison?"
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
- Michael J. Fox gets attacked by Rush Lardball for wanting a cure to his disease.
- Harold Ford has had some dispicable attack ads aimed at him that are attempting to play on good 'ol southern racist feelings to steal the election.
- George Allen gets caught making a racist statement and tries to deflect critisism by pointing out some smutty scenes ina fictional book written by his competitor.
- George W. Bush keeps saying that if the Dems win these mid-terms, there will be more terrorist attacks.
- A mistatement by John Kerry is exploited by the White House.
Enough is enough. Fortunately, Americans are getting sick of all of this bullshit, and it is being reflected in numerous polls.
DO NOT FORGET TO VOTE ON OR BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY'S MID-TERM ELECTIONS.
Lefty's Two Cents:
Republicans know they're about to lose the House and possibly the Senate. Therefore, there is no question that all this negative garbage they have spun is an attempt to get some of their hardcore Evangelical wingnuts out to vote, especially since many of these wingnuts have decided not to vote due to the Iraq quagmire. Their dirty tricks are despicable, and we should not rule out voter fraud on their part next Tuesday! These pricks lack so many scruples, that there is no limit to what they're capable of. George "macaca" Allen has been talking about abortion and all those wingnut issues to rile his base. It won't work. It's too late. I don't expect these morons to go without a fight. So let's keep a close watch on them this Tuesday!
A. They are disingenuous partisans trying to make hay out of it in order to change the topic from Iraq, corruption and covering up for pedophiles, like the republicans and their media pawns are now doing.
B. They are COMPLETE FUCKING MORONS.
Update by BND:
The Kerry camp strikes back.
Here is some text from a new CNN article regarding this fiasco.
A Kerry aide said that the prepared statement, which had been designed to criticize Bush, "was mangled in delivery."
Kerry was supposed to say, "I can't overstress the importance of a
great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't
smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in
Before the announcement that the statement was botched, McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, joined his GOP colleagues in condemning the remark and demanding an apology.
But Kerry refused to relent, calling the criticism part of the "classic GOP playbook."
"I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed-suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq."
He further expressed disgust with "Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country."
Kerry added that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney "owe our troops an apology" because they "misled America into war."
Bush and Cheney "have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it," the senator said.
And a statement from Max Cleland sums this up pretty nicely
"John Kerry is a patriot who has fought tooth and nail for veterans ever since he came home from Vietnam. He has stood with his brothers in arms unlike this administration, which exploits our troops to make a political point and divide America,"
What the hell is wrong with people? I work with several conservatives that are jumping on this "swift boat", yet I believe that it shows a complete lack of intellegence and critical thinking ability. I've heard very few Republicans actually talk about issues, but are always quick to lambast thet character of anyone who speaks up for a Democrat. This is no different than Rush attacking someone seeking a cure for a horrible disease.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
As many of have probably heard, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) has indicated that he is thinking about a White House bid in 2008. This news comes as somewhat of a surprise due to the senator vehemently denying consideration just a few months ago. Obama now gives many Democrats like me hope for 2008. This nation needs a strong leader who can UNITE its people, not DIVIDE us like George W. Bush has done. Obama, in his book The Audacity of Hope, suggests that we need a new kind of politics, one that promotes unity to solve our nation's most critical problems. Not only must we fight corporate special interests, but we must also not tax ourselves to death. We should employ diplomacy with persuasion along with a strong military for our most serious threats. Our government must THINK before it acts. This is what Obama stands for, and that alone warrants my support for him.
I came across Obama's eloquent ideas during his 2004 senatorial campaign, in which I was a volunteer. In person, Obama is just as well-spoken, intelligent, and well-mannered as he appears on camera, perhaps even more. He embodies everything our nation's leader should be. I urge everyone who loves this country to support Obama. If you happen to have concerns regarding his experience, rest assured that nobody arrives to the presidency "prepared". We have seen this is true with the current president, who never quite looked prepared to handle our domestic concerns. For those of you who are skeptical about both parties, I don't blame you. However, it is your job as a citizen to change the current political landscape, and refusing to participate only makes your cause look hypocritical. Let us save this nation from governing ineptitude.
Barack Obama, you have my vote. Now please run!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Its time to fight back. GOOGLE BOMB THE ELECTION. Here's how
Time to Drain The GOP Swamp
--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
--AZ-01: Rick Renzi
--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
--CA-04: John Doolittle
--CA-11: Richard Pombo
--CA-50: Brian Bilbray
--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
--CO-05: Doug Lamborn
--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell
--CT-04: Christopher Shays
--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
--FL-16: Joe Negron
--FL-22: Clay Shaw
--ID-01: Bill Sali
--IL-06: Peter Roskam
--IL-10: Mark Kirk
--IL-14: Dennis Hastert
--IN-02: Chris Chocola
--IN-08: John Hostettler
--IA-01: Mike Whalen
--KS-02: Jim Ryun
--KY-03: Anne Northup
--KY-04: Geoff Davis
--MD-Sen: Michael Steele
--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
--MN-06: Michele Bachmann
--MO-Sen: Jim Talent
--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
--NV-03: Jon Porter
--NH-02: Charlie Bass
--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
--NM-01: Heather Wilson
--NY-03: Peter King
--NY-20: John Sweeney
--NY-26: Tom Reynolds
--NY-29: Randy Kuhl
--NC-08: Robin Hayes
--NC-11: Charles Taylor
--OH-01: Steve Chabot
--OH-02: Jean Schmidt
--OH-15: Deborah Pryce
--OH-18: Joy Padgett
--PA-04: Melissa Hart
--PA-07: Curt Weldon
--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
--PA-10: Don Sherwood
--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
--TN-Sen: Bob Corker
--VA-Sen: George Allen
--VA-10: Frank Wolf
--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
--WA-08: Dave Reichert
Friday, October 20, 2006
Today it looks like Heather gets to join our long long list of Grand Old Pedophiles. Not that Heather herself is a kiddie groper, but her husband is, and she abused her power to COVER IT UP.
Pedophilia and cover ups.... the new CONTRACT FOR AMERICA!!!
I'm sorry, this isn't really news, or even debate material, just simply some funny shit to make you piss your pants laughing. I have been sharing this with everyone all over the web. It's a must see ...
How can you justify American deaths in Iraq three years after the war? War should generate a profit- destroy your enemy's war-making ability, take your spoils and GO HOME!
Some people feel like talk of a withdrawl is a sign of weakness, and they would look like fools for changing their minds. I haven't changed mine- The invasion was awesome, but now we've ruined 100% of our advantage gained from it because our President gave in to political pressure and didn't seize the Iraqi oil fields like he promised (he just handed them over to OPEC), and now our soldiers are walking around with no objective, just waiting to be ambushed or drive over an IED because we have no strategy.
That's a lot of critisizm, but I do have an idea for how to stop the bleeding:
We pull our military presence out of all cities except the green zone in Baghdad, and station our soldier in our largest bases, where we construct runways, hangars, and barracks, if not equipped already. We need to concentrate our forces in areas that we can actually keep secure, maintaining just a handful of these super bases throughout the country. Has it been done before? Yes, in Germany, in the wake of World War II. The occupation went so poorly that we just built giant bases to shelter our soldiers. Rammstein AFB is one example that is highly functional even today.
The insurgency isn't going to quit until we leave, but the President won't let us leave until the insurgency quits. Sooner or later, we'll realize that we are doing to Iraq EXACTLY WHAT KING GEORGE DID TO US. Yeah, the British had a much better army, but we beat them because we believed in what we were doing, and it was our home. I think Muslims are all idiots, but if they believe in it then how are we going to set up our government on their turf when they don't want it?
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Amid revelations about faulty prewar intelligence and a scandal surrounding the indictment of the vice president's chief of staff and presidential adviser, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to investigate the internal war that was waged between the intelligence community and Richard Bruce Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the nation's history.
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"A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies," Cheney told Americans just after 9/11. He warned the public that the government would have to operate on the "dark side."
In "The Dark Side," FRONTLINE tells the story of the vice president's role as the chief architect of the war on terror, and his battle with Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet for control of the "dark side." Drawing on more than 40 interviews and thousands of documents, the film provides a step-by-step examination of what happened inside the councils of war.
Early in the Bush administration, Cheney placed a group of allies throughout the government who advocated a robust and pre-emptive foreign policy, especially regarding Iraq. But a potential obstacle was Tenet, a holdover from the Clinton
administration who had survived the transition by bypassing Cheney and creating a personal bond with the president.
After the attacks on 9/11, Cheney seized the initiative and pushed for expanding presidential power, transforming America's intelligence agencies and bringing the war on terror to Iraq. Cheney's primary ally in this effort was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
"You have this wiring diagram that we all know of about national security, but now there's a new line on it. There's a line from the vice president directly to the secretary of defense, and it's as though there's a private line, private communication between those two," former National Security Council staffer Richard Clarke tells FRONTLINE.
In the initial stages of the war on terror, Tenet's CIA was rising to prominence as the lead agency in the Afghanistan war. But when Tenet insisted in his personal meetings with the president that there was no connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq, Cheney and Rumsfeld initiated a secret program to re-examine the evidence and marginalize the agency and Tenet. Through interviews with DoD staffers who sifted through mountains of raw intelligence, FRONTLINE details how questionable intelligence was "stovepiped" to the vice president and presented to the public.
From stories of Iraq buying yellowcake uranium from Niger to claims that 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta had met with an Iraqi agent in Prague, "The Dark Side" dissects the now-familiar assertions that led the nation to war. The program also receounts the vice president's unprecedented visits to the CIA, where he questioned mid-level analysts on their conclusions. CIA officers who were there at the time say the message was clear: Cheney wanted evidence that Iraq was a threat.
At the center of the administration's case for war was a classified October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate that found evidence of an Iraqi weapons of mass destruction program. But Paul Pillar, one of the report's principal authors, now admits to FRONTLINE that the NIE was written quickly in a highly politicized environment, one in which the decision to go to war had already been made. Pillar also reveals that he regrets participating in writing a subsequent public "white paper" on Iraqi WMD. "What was the purpose of it? The purpose was to strengthen the case for going to war with the American public. Is it proper for the intelligence community to publish papers for that purpose? I don't think so, and I regret having had a role in it," Pillar says.
For the first time, FRONTLINE tells of George Tenet's personal struggle in the run-up to the Iraq war through the accounts of his closest advisers.
"He, I think, asked himself whether or not he wanted to continue on that road and to be part of it. And I think there was a lot of agonizing that George went through about what would be in the best interest of the country and national interest, or whether or not he would stay in that position and continue along a course that I think he had misgivings about," says John Brennan, former deputy executive director of the CIA.
Tenet chose to stay, but after the failure to find Iraqi WMD, the tension between the agency and Cheney's allies grew to the point that some in the administration believed the CIA had launched a covert war to undermine the president. In response, Cheney's office waged a campaign to distance itself from the prewar intelligence the vice president had helped to cultivate. Under pressure, Tenet resigned. Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, would later admit to leaking key sections of the NIE -- authorized, he says, by Cheney. Libby also stated that the vice president told him that President Bush had declassified the material. Insiders tell FRONTLINE that the leak was part of the battle between the vice president and the CIA -- a battle that many believe has destroyed the CIA.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
As we all know, Professior Hawk will be leaving this week for his
Have a safe trip and we look forward to your return.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Another Repig is being accused of being a creepy old fuck with young boys. What the hell is wrong with these guys?
Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened a preliminary investigation of a camping trip Congressman Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., took 10 years ago that included two teenage congressional pages...
One participant, who requested anonymity, said he was uncomfortable with the attention Kolbe paid to one of the former pages. He was "creeped out by it," he said, adding that there was a lot of "fawning, petting and touching" on the teenager's arms, shoulders and back by Kolbe.
...and the hits just keep on coming!!!!!!
Randal D. "Randy" Ankeney, the convicted sex offender who just a few short years ago was a rising GOP star in Colorado, is being held on a $1 million bond in Larimer County.
Ankeney, 35, who was arrested Wednesday, is facing five counts of sexual assault on a child, three counts of sexual enticement of a child and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The felonies, if he is convicted, could send him to prison for life.
The charges come less than 15 months after the former attorney, head of Gov. Bill Owens’ economic development office in Colorado Springs and graduate of the Republican Leadership Program, was released from prison after serving a two-year sentence for attempted sexual assault on a child.
At the time of his first arrest, in 2001, Ankeney was serving as the El Paso County co-chairman of Owens’ reelection campaign and was being groomed for a seat in the state legislature. And he went to the Republican Leadership Program, which is the GOPs version of summers at The Eagle’s Nest in Bavaria.
In the case, Ankeney, then 30, was accused of picking up a 13-year old girl up after he had met her on the Internet using the moniker “coloradofella.” The girl told police he took her to his home, in central Colorado Springs, got her drunk and stoned on marijuana, convinced her to take off her shirt and took photographs of her. When she passed out on the couch, she awoke to found Ankeney on top of her, kissing and fondling her. The girl told police that she feared Ankeney would rape her, but that he eventually let her up, apologized and told her that if she told anyone about the episode "he would ruin her life."
His boss Governor Bill Owens is quite conservative and I found a nice nugget doing a bit of research. He signed a law in Jan. of 2001 that provides: “Two strikes” for child molesters before a lifetime of prison. Oops. Talk about Foleying your own people.
U.S. forces 'killed UK reporter' - Who's training our army men?
Damn that marijuana - I have some ideas on how to solve this problem. Just give me about a thousand of my closest friends and a bong.
New port Security Law signed - in order to assist with port security, it is now illegal to gamble online. (?)
Radioactive Snails - holy shit! RUN!!! oh, their snails. STROLL!!!
Ohio, the new Florida - Combs don't kill people, people kill people?
BND's International Word of the Day:
Nakhur - Iranian word describing a camel that refuses to give milk until her nostrils are tickled.
OK, the world has officially gone insane.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
In the real world, and more particularly in 21st-century America, encroachments on privacy, personal security, and the environment are as likely, if not more likely, to come from business as they are from the state, and these are threats that require state regulation if they’re to be mitigated or dispelled.
As for pure libertarianism, by denying a role for the state and dismissing the threat to liberties increasingly posed by the dominant corporate sector, it is about as germane to the American future as Trotskyism.
The European Union, for instance, has enacted stringent privacy regulations that protect consumers from having their banks, phone companies and other businesses that have data on them from sharing those data with one another. No comparably binding legislation exists on the federal level in the United States.
This is hardly to argue that all European regulation protects individual freedoms or maximizes social outcomes. It is to point out that regulation is often the only way to protect encroachments on individual freedoms.
In short, the free play of markets can be a threat to individual freedom, unless individual freedom is a term that applies only to businesses and not to their consumers or employees or the people who must breathe their pollutants.
This is great stuff.
Yet another Rethug is found guilty of a very strange and creepy crime.
A veteran GOP consultant was sentenced today to 5 to 10 years in prison for luring two male college students into his home on separate occasions, holding them captive in his spartan apartment and threatening them with Mafia retaliation if they contacted their friends or family.
The money and power grabbing elite of this country care nothing about the rest of us and have done everything they can to control this country. We currently have over 34,000 lobbyist in Washington who are not just influencing legislation, but actually taking part in writing legislation. Lou Dobbs says that this is because BOTH PARTIES are out of touch with the common American, and suggested that we should ALL change our party affiliation to INDEPENDENT to send a message to these asshats in DC.
Please read the rest of the article:
Dobbs: Middle class needs to fight back now
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 09, 2006
Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers
"...if current trends continue, only 4 percent of teenagers will be “Bible-believing Christians” as adults."
"...there is widespread consensus among evangelical leaders that they risk losing their teenagers. "
“I’m looking at the data,” said Ron Luce, who organized the meetings and founded Teen Mania, a 20-year-old youth ministry, “and we’ve become post-Christian America, like post-Christian Europe. We’ve been working as hard as we know how to work — everyone in youth ministry is working hard — but we’re losing.”
The article also states that there are many within the evengelical community who dispute these claims. But like I said, we need any good news we can get, so I'm going to have "faith" that the claims are true, and take comfort in that.
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Deputy Press Secretary for DHS Brian Doyle, 55, was arrested for trying to solicit sex from a 14-year-old (really an undercover cop) through the Internets.
Frank Figueroa, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Tampa -- who was in command of Operation Predator, the agency's program to bust child predators -- will be facing trial this week for walking up to a 16-year-old girl in a mall, pulling up his pant leg and masturbating for 10 minutes.
Anybody noticing a patern here?
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Oh shit, that didn't work?
Oh well, Blame George Soros!!
Who the fuck does Hastert (Congress's official Thanksgiving Day Parade Float) think he's fooling?
Smell the Desperation.
BND's Two Cents:
Wait a minute! Isn't the Republican party, the party that demands personal responsibility? When was the last time a Republican politician took responsibility for ANYTHING? DeLay? Frisk? Cheney (who made excuses about shooting someone)?
Why should Hastert or Foley be any different?
Now it looks like the entire Republicunt junta has caught their dicks in the spokes of their bike. They're so fucking panicked now that all they can do is flail around and point fingers. Blaming the Librul Medya and George Soros didn't seem to work for them, so now they are trying, WITHOUT A SHREAD OF EVIDENCE, to implicate Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean.
These guys are truly pathetic.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Here is a story that I recieved in my e-mail over night. This is truly dispicable. Those assholes over at the FauX News Network found a way to cover the Foley story. They labeled him a Democrat!
"Assuming that you haven't already seen it...
Faux News deceiving public - again. "
Thanks Mr. Moore.
B.L.Sabob Update: One time could have been a mistake, a one letter typo. But TWICE? and the second time, the spelled out DEMS
These guys really are lower than snake shit
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
First off, I would like to dedicate this article to all you suburban turds who think your schools are sooo much safer environment to raise your kids. You can't get any more rural and secluded than a fucking AMISH SCHOOL for Christ sake! Motherfucker this is seriously fucked up shit. Three school shootings this week, but this one is just the wildest shit in the world.
I'm not going to rewrite the article here, you should read it, but let me comment on this.
Parents refused to fly in planes — again in keeping with Amish tradition — and had to be driven to see their children at hospitals, Miller told "Today." Some were taken to the wrong hospitals in the confusion, Miller said.
I would just like to extend and arm to these parents and ... choke them with it.
The first two paragraphs:
A 12-round chess match between Russia's Vladimir Kramnik and Bulgarian Veselin Topalov to decide the world's top player resumed on Monday after a row over toilet breaks forced a two-day suspension.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, World Chess Federation president and head of the south Russian republic Kalmykia hosting the match, interrupted a conference with Russian President
Vladimir Putin to broker a successful truce between the two teams at the weekend.
They interrupted a conference between world leaders when WWIII is about to ring the doorbell over two fucking nerds fighting over the bathroom. I mean truth is stranger than fiction, no one could write this shit, it just has to happen on its own.