July 26, 2007
This is one of the most interesting Anti-Islam posts I have ever seen. I happen to disagree with about 80% of it, as I know Muslims who would be and ARE outraged at some of the fringe elements in their religion. Nevertheless, agree or disagree, this video is certainly thought provoking...
April 29, 2007
Why Cafta is Super Important to Costa Rica's Future
In the last two weeks, two important events have occurred that are linked to the future of investment, and expecially the Call Center Industry in Costa Rica.
The Referendum was a sign of failure on the part of Oscar Arias, the Costa Rican President to get the TLC through the legislature. Massive street demonstrations, led by the ICE Union and other Unionist were giving the legislators cold feet, and TLC opponents renewed hopes for defeating the treaty.
The Massive Power failure and fiasco that has followed has now put ICE on the defensive, and caused many who supported them and their anti Free Market Stance, to rethink their feelings. You dont realize how badly a monopoly sucks until it fails spectacularly. The arrogance that followed the failure:
Were more reason to erode ICE support among the population.
If the TLC fails, Costa Rica will be left with an aging monopoly that once led the region in every statistic that counts, but which is now finding itself behind in technology, (ICE just approved GPRS Internet, and has NO prepaid Cellular Service), availability of services, (New GSM Phone Lines will not be available until August of this year), innovation, and redundancy.... The Country will also be the only one in the REGION without competition in the Telephony Marketplace, or for that matter, any part of the public sector.
Costa Rica has failed miserably to take advantage of the lead they had when I established the first call center in Central America in 1994. While other countries have invested in Infrastructure, opened up their telecommunications markets and focused on developing strong English Language Bases of Employees. Costa Rica has arrogantly held on to a reputation that they no longer deserve. Visit any other capital in the region, and you will feel the progressive Energy. In Guatemala, millions are being invested into creating Call Center friendly parks and infrastructure. In Honduras, companies like Karims are working closely with the Honduran Government to define a new industry.
CAFTA is an important key to the future of Costa Rica. Without it, Costa Rica may see itself losing more and more of its key technology businesses, to other, more aggressive and progressive neighbors.
In the Utopia Group, we are looking at the REGION as our opportunity, Costa Rica just does not seem as promising as it once was.
Crossposted to my Business Blog
December 19, 2006
With all due respect...
To my many friends in Salt Lake City, who were some of the kindest people I have ever met...
There is something REALLY wrong with the Mormon Church.
After reading this book, by one of the former wives of Brigham Young, and then going online and doing a lot of research... I am convinced that at BEST, these poor people are in REAL trouble.
Their church was founded by a scoundrel and womanizer, who apparently created the whole polygamy thing, just so he could build himself a Harem, and his work was carried on with Gusto by Brigham Young himself who had 50 wives and 57 children...
Young was perhaps the most famous polygamist of the early church. Young married some 50 women and had 57 known children. In 1856 he built the Lion House to accommodate his sizable family. This remains a Salt Lake City landmark, together with the Beehive House, another Brigham Young Family home. A contemporary of Young wrote: "It was amusing to walk by Brigham Young's big house, a long rambling building with innumerable doors. Each wife has an establishment of her own, consisting of parlor, bedroom, and a front door, the key of which she keeps in her pocket".and apparently, according to Ann Eliza Young, did not do too much to take care of any of them, except his favorites.
And now, the Mormons are posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims AND Nazis? Man I can't WAIT till the next time a couple of the little cherub faces missionaries come to my door. I am going to ROCK their world...
When I lived in Salt Lake City briefly in 1993, I made friends with several Mormons, some of them notable, and even attended church with them. One of my best friends, a successful businessman in Northern California, was a Mormon Missionary. For several years I have had a high opinion of Mormonism, but lately that impression has been turned.
Knowledge brings to light a lot of things... I think anyone considering a conversion to Mormonism needs to arm themselves with it...
December 17, 2006
Forget the Weblog Awards!
You need further convincing that the Web is the new Forum? It is the communal hearth arround which all of us gather. Web 2.0 is not just a catch phrase any more. The sale of You Tube to Google, the Rise of Google itself... The phenomenon of My Space... It's a new world, and indeed a new story:
But look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
Some of us are pioneers in this new world... Our friends ragged on us about our blogging, and for our personal web pages... Those same friends now quietly create their own blogs, or sign up for my space.
We have built massive repositories of information, created virtual worlds and communities, sold billions of dollars in merchandise, created candidates and helped win elections. We have faced down major media operations, and raised millions to help victims of natural disasters.
Netcitizenship has become a common ground, bringing citizens of the world closer together.
But it has also spawned some bad...
Terrorist use the internet to communicate and dispense propaganda.
Scammers from Nigeria, other parts of Africa and Europe, farm tens of thousands of emails a day, to send their ridiculous scam emails, and attempt identity theft through phishing attacks.
Hate Groups use the internet to spread their message of hate.
Scammers of every ilk use the internet as their virtual office...
It's not perfect, but perhaps that is why Time is so RIGHT. The Internet IS the new world, it is a place where all of us can participate Rich and Poor, and where access to a connected computer is all it takes to be heard. A friend of mine and fellow blogger, used to run his popular blog from Library computers... He was homeless and did not own a computer, so he logged on at his local library and contributed to the debate. He inspired me... With all the wants and needs a person in his position must have had... Having a voice in the debate was a priority. It is HIS picture that should grace the cover of time, because despite the contributions of email@example.com, and her lingerie shows from her bedroom... It is people like my friend who has led this revolution...
So thank you Time Magazine, for acknowledging us. I have taken the liberty of preparing my cover... After all, all of us would not fit!
November 30, 2006
Is he a chip off the old block, or what? BAD BOY Jean!
November 04, 2006
Just make you PROUD to be an American?
The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the "alternative interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them to talk.
But we don't torture people, right?
October 29, 2006
Things that make you go hmmmm....
From ABC News:
Halloween came early at movie theaters as "Saw III" sliced up the competition with a $34.3 million debut, the best opening yet for the gory horror franchise. Lionsgate's "Saw III" easily took over as No. 1 at the box office, bumping off Disney's dueling-magicians saga "The Prestige," which slipped to third place with $9.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "The Prestige" raised its 10-day total to $28.8 million.
No wonder BDSM chatrooms are so popular on the internet. For those of you who do not know about the SAW franchise, they are some sick, sadistic movies. And obviously some popular ones. The movies feature torture, gore and sadism that is just over the top! Anyway, what does that say about an America suppossedly obsessed with morality?
July 29, 2006
This song always chokes me up...
I was watching a few videos tonight when I came accross this one, which along with Tupac's "Dear Mama," are two of the most beautiful hip hop songs ever recorded. This one got me to thinking about the people I have lost in my life, two brothers, my sister, mom and dad.
I miss all of you...
July 27, 2006
LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Veteran funk rocker Prince and his second wife are ending their marriage, People magazine reported Wednesday.
The man goes through more fine women than anyone I have ever seen!
July 25, 2006
Hail to the King... NOT!
It's about time this happened... Of course it's a Liberal Conspiracy to aid terrorist and weaken the Presidency, or somethin' like that!
With both Congress and the media unwilling or unable to challenge President Bush’s unprecendented accumulation of power, we should be grateful that the American Bar Association has had the courage to step into the breach.
Bottom line... Time to put a stop to the using the Constitution as a doormat...
July 13, 2006
I love Angelina to death...
But does this...
Jolie will star as Pearl's wife, Mariane Pearl, in an adaptation of her book, "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl," it was announced Thursday. Pitt will produce the film, directed by Michael Winterbottom.
The movie will be based on Mariane Pearl's account of her husband's abduction in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002, while researching a story on Islamic militancy. Months later, his beheaded body was found in a shallow grave in a compound on the
I would not want to be Bush about now...
Iraq is accelerating toward civil war
June 28, 2006
I guess this...
Just blows the hell out of Right Wing denials eh? But of course, Paul from Wizbang (One of the frequent denialist), knows more than these scientist. Or at least thinks he does.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy.
June 16, 2006
I was just reading about Britney Spears going to Nambia to have her next baby. As if anyone but Tabloid buying morons care. Anyway, this was about the only time Ms. Spears impressed me...
You remember that Britney right... The Sexy one...
The poster child for sterilization....
June 10, 2006
Things I miss about the US
First on my list is FOOD!
May 29, 2006
Global Warming is a Liberal Lie...
Says the Right... right up until the moment that the flood waters arrive...
May 13, 2006
Guess who will be doing the "Perp Walk," soon?
Looks like "Turd Blossom," is about to do the "Perp Walk."
Within the last week, Karl Rove told President Bush and Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten, as well as a few other high level administration officials, that he will be indicted in the CIA leak case and will immediately resign his White House job when the special counsel publicly announces the charges against him, according to sources.
Isn't that just grand? Of course the man will still likely run the Republican election strategy later this year. We can only hope, from behind bars...
May 03, 2006
Interview with Chief of Exxon Mobil
This is a must watch. You have to give the guy credit for having the cajones to appear.
Requires Internet Explorer
May 01, 2006
The LAW, and being above it....
"Is it too late for a return to sanity, to the rule of law, to the quaint notion of respecting the laws of a nation where you wish to live?"
The comment above is extracted from a well written post on today's "Day without immigrants," protest. I happen to agree with most of his post. But the line above caught my eye. It seems a bit ironic that Conservative preach obeying the law, while this is happening.
March 29, 2006
Man! Talk about SCARY!
These people scare the shit out of me... And this is Bush's Base!
March 18, 2006
Remember Gillian Anderson?
I sure do! I used to think she was sexy on the X-Files. Well, I am not sure if I like this new look.
She looks more like an Amateur Porn Star, than the Gillian I used to love... But hey, looks like she has been busy working, so someone likes the look.
March 16, 2006
Is it just me?
or doesn't it seem strange that every time Bush's poll numbers go south, there are warnings of terrorist activity?
And by the way, shouldn't the conservative bloggers who are blogging about this, and risking warning terrorist that we are on to them, be labled traitors for exposing national security sensitive information? Heheh.. Just wondering....
March 07, 2006
I have seen a ton of stories about "concerned" students ratting out their teachers for, "teaching" Liberalism, even one group in California offering to PAY students to tape professors. Ever watch the movie, Swing Kids? Should be required viewing for the conservatives who get bent out of shape on the Hitler analogies. The whole reporting on the activities of others is just too much of a parallel to pass up...
You know what I think defines Anti Americanism? It is the low tolerance some Conservatives have for such fundamental American ideals as Freedom of Speech and the Right to Dissent. Something the "SLEEPERS," would seemingly GLADLY sacrifice, if it means giving a pass to "the idiot in chief".
February 23, 2006
Well this explains why Bush is going against his own Party on the Port issue. Starts to make a little more sense now, doesn't it?
February 22, 2006
This aint exactly Viagra Bob...
From The Moderate Voice:
The Dubai company that's at the center of the controversy swirling around management of several American ports has hired former Majority Leader Bob Dole as its lobbyist to address the bipartisan uproar over the deal, CNN's Andrea Koppel reports:
I have a feeling the failed Presidential candidate is going to find this issue a bit of a harder sell, than cures for male impotence. Although it is probably just as embarrassing.
The wolves running the hen house...
And as usual the President says "screw you, I will do whatever I want to do"!
Well, I think our buddy Jack Cafferty said it all yesterday:
"Wolf, this may be the straw that finally breaks the camel's back, this deal to sell control of six US ports to a company controlled by the United Arab Emirates. There are now actually Senators and Congressmen and Governors and Mayors telling the White House "you're not gonna do this." And it's about time. No one has said "no" to this administration on anything that matters in a very long time. Well this matters. It matters a lot. If this deal is allowed to go through, we deserve whatever we get."
The Moderate Voice has a big round up of voices on the issue.
My opinion? Quite Simple... This is another example of hypocrisy and stupidity on the part of this administration.
February 19, 2006
More suspension of logic in the Cheney Hunting Case...
The General poses some interesting questions:
Dear Sen. Specter,
Of course we should not be focused on those things at all.. Nothing to see here, right? I mean Cheney says it was an accident, the other members of the
February 18, 2006
And speaking of Shabs....
February 14, 2006
Was Cheney Drunk?
It's been three days now and Dick Cheney has not publicly apologized for shooting a 78 year old man in the face. With the President's approval ratings at 39 when the incident happened, even Chris Matthews noted that at this rate Bush will be in the 20s by next week.
Hmmm, if Cheney was drunk, this ads a whole layer of complexity to the issue... There certainly is no logical reason why law enforcement was not allowed to talk to the VP for 15 hours, although I am sure our Republican friends will come up with one. But the real story remains one of "who is above the law..." Does anyone reading this doubt for one moment, that if you or I had been in the same situation, we would not have been subjected to an immediate interview by the local police?
And Bill Maher absolutely LEVELS Cheney and the Administration on everything from the shooting, to Iraq. This has NOT been a good week for Tricky Dick II.
This administration may just escape all the dirt they have done for the last six years, but the historical record is certainly there, and it is pretty brutal... Any logical person MUST ask, how much more can come out about these guys, before Americans overcome their paranoia about terrorism and face the fact that we have sold our soul for a false sense of security?
Come'on boys and girls... Fess up!
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. George Miller, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, and other senior Democrats released a new Government Accountability Office report finding that the Bush Administration spent more than $1.6 billion in public relations and media contracts in a two and a half year span.
Now let's pause for a moment for the outrage to kick in... You know, the outrage that conservatives are suppossed to feel at the thought of fiscal irresponsibility? Yeah that one...
But then again, some of us have wondered for a while about the OTHERS, Armstrong Williams mentioned when he got busted... One of those things that make ya go hmmmmm...
So tell me boys and girls, how many of you big Rightie Blogs are getting juice from Roveco? Hmmmmm?
Almost 2 Billion Bucks... Add to that the orgy of wasted spending in the aftermath of Katrina, and the Billions "misplaced," in Iraq, and it should be enough for Conservatives to tar and feather the Bushies...
But then we know that the "love," has been spread around, so it keeps the mob instinct under control....
I want to see it to..
February 05, 2006
Well now I have an idea...
of why Tiger Woods Golf game is not exactly up to par. Hehe....
February 03, 2006
Muslims better not hold their breath...
No word as to when Righties will condemn extremist behavior on the Far Right. Hehe...
Gimme a Break....
Who's really raking in the dough on mega oil conglomerates like Exxon? Here's a breakdown.
The contention.... That most of the profits are going to widows, orphans, pension funds and the like... Eh... OKAY....
And if you need more convincing, read this... Bush Defends Exxon.
February 02, 2006
In case you were wondering...
This is why you are paying so much for a gallon of gas... Makes that addiction analogy pretty accurate hey... Hey Pusher man!
February 01, 2006
I didn't mean it... You know, politics and all... hehe...
WASHINGTON - One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally.
January 31, 2006
With all the BS that comes from the Right about supporting our Military, why dont more Right Wing Bloggers blog about stuff like this. This makes me so angry I am absolutely livid!
It was one of the thousands of roadside bombs in Iraq that paralyzed Staff Sgt. Eugene Simpson.
I dont even care about politics in this issue, because frankly Democrats are as guilty as Republicans for letting this kind of thing happen. We are talking about young men and women who TRULY sacrificed for this country. Who gave legs, arms, eyes... And the paper pushers at the Pentagon threaten to RUIN THEIR CREDIT, what the hell! I am going to look tonight to see how many Right Wingers report on this. Because it is time to put up or shut the hell up. Sitting at home typing long odes to patriotism and praise of the MEN and Women who are fighting this war, while ignoring their pain and suffering is BS. So yeah I am calling you out Dean, Jeff, Jay, all of you who support the war, and the TROOPS. Its time to really support them and demand that this BS end!
January 28, 2006
You could not even make stuff like this up...
I mean it boggles the mind....
New low: Just when you think you’ve seen the bottom of the Bush team's depravity and corruption or is it just monumental cluelessness? - they manage to come up with something new that is positively jawdropping. Hillman serves as chief of the department's public integrity section. Must be that special Republican "integrity" that allows you to take a cushy job in return for pulling the investigation off the White House.
And then you wait... Wait to see how the apologist will excuse this one. Oh I can hear it now.... "The President has the right to make anyone he feels qualified, a judge." Duhhhh... Yeah he does, but ya ever take time to wonder with ALL the qualified folks out there, why THIS guy? You know what is funny, is that I have spent the last 25 years of my life managing people, and I am a pretty good judge of human behavior. Without mentioning any names... They know who they are... I can even see some of my Conservative friends are smelling the stench.
Do they respond by admitting they were wrong and demanding accountability... Oh no, that would require a drop in level of arrogance that most of these people would find just too damned costly. It would also force them to see that their little fantasy is coming apart, and they are directly responsible for this crap. So what do they do, they spin, they IGNORE, as I am sure many will do with this story, or they excuse.
And frankly, I am convinced that THEY dont even believe the excuses any more. When the boss farts in the middle of a meeting, no one wants to be the one to call him on it. Imagine how you would feel if he jumped up on the conference table and pissed on the company bi laws...
January 26, 2006
Man these people are good...
First there's the Democrats took Abramoff money too meme... You know, the one that idiot from the Washington post got called on... Now it looks like it's gaining a foothold in some of the most unlikeky places... hehe... And of course the people spouting it dont even bother to verify...
And then there is THIS... Yeah, you got to give it to them... Sounds like the plot to conspiracy theory or something. But of course, there is a "logical explanation," to all of this. I am just going to sit back and wait for Jay Tea or Boyd to come and tell us about it... Or gee, maybe it will be on Wizbang tomorrow. Rob... you got some 'splainin' to do!
January 21, 2006
Careful with the wide strokes there Rob
You obviously did not read this.
Or have you read what EVERY Lefty in the blogsphere had to say about Belafonte?
And personally, while I am not a big Michael Moore fan, Daou is 100% right on when he says:
And last I checked, Michael Moore didn't massacre thousands of innocent Americans. (The indispensable Crooks and Liars has the clip) And here's John Kerry's blistering statement on the Hardball scandal and Bin Laden's reappearance:
Michael may be a lot of things, but a murdering terrorist he is not. I can see how in your view anyone with such strong beliefs against the war and against this administration is an EVIL person, but I'm with Daou! Unless you know something none of the rest of America does, Michael Moore did not deserve that... And I am beginning to believe Matthews may be sharing the same crack pipe with Belafonte.
And while I am not sure of the value of "insta-blogs," based on one subject, if the Right could do it with RatherWatch, perhaps this guy has the right idea. Maybe it is time some of us played, "Hardball," with Chris.... hmmmm...
January 15, 2006
Anyone want to explain to me....
All it proves is what everyone who can read and has a television, already knew. The Democratic Leadership, swallowed the same line of bull that was fed to the rest of us. Rob buddy, you might want to find a more objective source for your grand revelations in the future.
January 13, 2006
GOT to go with Kevin on this one!
This has got to be the sickest music video I have seen in a long while.
January 12, 2006
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 12 - A stampede at the annual pilgrimage in Mecca killed 345 people today, the Interior Ministry said, the deadliest such event since 1990. The Saudi Red Crescent Society said that as many as 1,000 had been injured.
This has happened before:
Kind of makes one wonder, why with all the money the Saudis make on the Haj, they don't do more to protect these people?
THIS is a great idea.
January 10, 2006
A little rust in that Silver lining...
Well, this story from Slate, actually puts a disturbing spin on the subject.
Three months ago, I wrote that the war in Iraq was wrecking the U.S. Army, and since then the evidence has only mounted, steeply. Faced with repeated failures to meet its recruitment targets, the Army has had to lower its standards dramatically. First it relaxed restrictions against high-school drop-outs. Then it started letting in more applicants who score in the lowest third on the armed forces aptitude test, a group, known as Category IV recruits, who have been kept to exceedingly small numbers, as a matter of firm policy, for the past 20 years. (There is also a Category V—those who score in the lowest 10th percentile. They have always been ineligible for service in the armed forces and, presumably, always will be.)
It has long been claimed that the lowest economic and social classes become the cannon fodder in war. This report would seem to validate that claim.
December 27, 2005
Eh, I am not sure HOW I feel about this Christmas Card.
Hat Tip, The Moderate Voice.
December 19, 2005
The Chappelle Theory
My own Chappelle theory? The kid broke under the pressure of monumental success. I find it hard to believe that such diverse charectors as Bill Cosby Ophrah and Farrakahn could agree on anything, much less cooperate on destroying Chappelle's career.
Novak headed for Fox...
Commentator Robert Novak, who hasn't been seen on CNN since swearing and storming off the set in August, will leave the network after 25 years and join Fox News Channel as a contributor next month.
I am happy to hear this. Novak and Fox belong together like white on rice. Maybe they can have the Bill and Bob show now.
November 02, 2005
The INCREDIBLE Hypocrisy of the Right!
Now I am going to make a bet that none of the usual suspects will address the questions posed in this post.
Just as they ignored this one, despite commenting quite "liberally," this week.
The truth is that the Right Wing simply ignore ANYTHING that can not be easily spun, especially when they look hypocritical in doing so.
Anyone up to answer this one?
September 11, 2005
Michael Moore Guest Blogging at Tony Pierce?
And he has written an open letter to Bush Supporters. As big an exercise in futility as I have ever seen. One Michael is probably the man the Right hates the most in this world. Two,his message is way too true and too raw for anyone but the most sane on the Right to acknowledge, something that appears to be in short supply....
Nice Letter though!
September 08, 2005
The Boy King...
This kind of says it all, doesnt it:
We have a man-child as President of the United States. That may seem an unfair characterization, but consider the President's performance last Friday when he ventured to the storm ravaged Gulf Coast. In a revealing moment, he referred to the FEMA Director as "Brownie" and joked about his past good times in New Orleans.
September 01, 2005
Truth, Anger and Righteous Indignation!
This is one of the most devastatingly brilliant pieces of blogging I have EVER READ! Thanks to the Brad Blog, for the heads up. It is a long piece, and brilliant every word, but I could not excerpt it in it's entirety. Go read the whole thing!
What happens when Chertoff (whose name actually means "of the Devil" in Russian) decides to forgo civil liberties in general and abuses his office, err, industrial department of Homeland Security? What happens when these Homelanders declare Martial Law in order to keep people from looting, but will not supply them with water, food, and other life sustaining supplies?
You know I finaly figured out why Jay Tea was so angry with my earlier post. Anyone from the Right who has watched what has happened in the Gulf Coast and is NOT having an "Oh Shit," moment, has got to be delusional. This disaster has absolutely stripped the myth away from George W. Bush and demonstrated not only the complete incompetence of his administration, but the callousness of it as well. It has also completely destroyed the MYTH of George W. Bush as a Leader in times of crises. This is a repeat of the Seven Minute Reading Session, as planes crashed into the towers, only this one has lasted five days. And honestly, if I was a Republican right now, I would be embarrassed beyond words.
Changing the subject will not change the facts. Shields are down Scotty, and there isn't enough Kool Aide in the world to bring 'em back up!
August 29, 2005
Reality Distortion Field
That headline heralds the latest bit of drivel to spill from the keyboard of Rob, "Say Anything," Port, (I think he takes his name way too literally.)
The post goes on to excerpt a bunch of polls that:
a.) Document the obvious... (I don't think anyone on the Left believes leaving Iraq will end Terrorism. HELLO, 9/11 happened BEFORE Iraq, and had NOTHING to do with Iraq.)
b.) That only about 39% of Americans believe we should immediately pull out of Iraq. (Ahem... Americans are inherently decent people, we FUBARED Iraq, we can't leave it FUBARED.)
c.) That 3% more Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Cindy Sheehan, than have a favorable one. (Is Cindy running for office and someone forgot to tell me?)
Now, I have read the post about six times now, and other than a LAME attempt to convince the already convinced (Wizbang Readers), that Americans somehow support the war and hate Cindy Sheehan, I frankly don't get it...
August 14, 2005
has become such a rage in Costa Rica, that the National Phone Company just raised the price per message!
I wonder why it so popular???
August 07, 2005
Cant win for losing Part II
I am just surprised it took this long.
I agree in principle that mainstream Muslims need to continue to work to eliminate extremism from their ranks, and to educate their youth on the evil of this philosophy. We need to do more to encourage them to do so. This type of push back, only serves to reinforce the arguments of those who would argue, "See, they hate you. Nothing you do is going to change their mind."
We need to start a dialogue with progressive Muslims. We need to encourage them to speak up, and support the efforts of those who do. The inflammatory rhetoric from some quarters about Islam only serves to push the young and impressionable, into the arms of the Terrorist.
When I was a young man, I remember the recruitment techniques of street gangs like the Crips and Bloods. What they offered was a rhetoric based on "Us vs. Them," and a sense of belonging. This is what we are fighting against, and until we offer young Muslims an alternative to that, a sense of belonging... Islamic Terrorism will continue to be attractive.
Think of the positive effect if more non Muslim Americans simply reached out to the Muslim Community, tried to include them, broke down some of the barriers which currently exist, and made them feel like Americans, instead of Muslim Americans.
As for the Right Wing Rhetoric, I will take it a bit more seriously when the Right spends as much energy condemning Right Wing hate groups, including those who bomb Abortion Clinics and disparage Gays and Lesbians. I will also be impressed with they tone down their rhetoric and match their rhetoric about caring for the people of Iraq, by demonstrating some compassion and soladarity with Muslims right here in the U.S., who are as much a victim of Islamic Terrorism as non Muslims are.
August 04, 2005
Do their Parents Know....
I had a friend send me some recent Spring Break Pictures today. Some of them were WAY too wild to post here, but my question is simple....
Do these girls parents know what they are doing while on Spring Break? hehe...
July 28, 2005
Cant win for losing!
(AP) -- American Muslim scholars who interpret religious law for their community issued an edict Thursday condemning terrorism against civilians in response to the wave of deadly attacks in Britain and other countries.
Now of course this won't be enough for some on the Right, who will only be satisfied with Muslims when they renounce their faith altogether!
July 21, 2005
Okay Michael I don't get it....
Michael King of Ramblings Journal writes:
Josh Marshall has boiled the entire sordid Plame/CIA affair down to a basic truism: Joe Wilson's a liar.
I have taken to reading Michael's Blog lately and overall I think it is pretty good for a Conservative. But "Dayum," Michael... How the hell did you spin what Marshall said into, "Joe Wilson is a liar?"
It's late, and my brain's a bit fried from working on an RFP response. What I got out of Josh's post was, "Both Joe Wilson and Karl Rove are childish brats and political hacks, but Karl Rove is a scumbag who probably broke the law. Even if he didn't, what he did was immoral. You want to try to explain to me how you got what you got?
July 05, 2005
Answering Jay Tea
Posted by Jay Tea in comments to this post:
So, you hold me responsible for everything on Wizbang, other posters and commenters as well? I don't even OWN the site. I accept responsibility for everything I say -- no more, no less.
My response: That was not my point. The point is that without exception, even the most reasonable Right Wing sites, daily post insults to those on the Left, most often using the term, "moonbat," to describe ANYONE on the left. And you don't think we should take this personal?
And if you'd even take a STAB at answering my questions, I'd be more impressed.
Here's one: you were outraged at Karl Rove's speech to the Conservative Party convention in New York. Yet every single one of his allegations are thoroughly documented, and can be attributed to leading members in the liberal community and the Democratic Party. If what Rove said was true, what exactly was so outrageous about it? And if what he said was untrue, which statements were untrue?
My response: Yes, he did mention specific examples, but what he said was directed at all Liberals. He said, "Liberals wanted to..." Not Liberals like Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, etc. etc.
Here's another. So far the actual evidence of Rove being the source of the Plame leak is minimal and weak. Further, he has signed a statement releasing any reporter he has spoken with from any pledge of confidentiality. He has denied it under penalty of perjury. Why is he still considered the "prime suspect" by so many on the left? Why hasn't anyone simply asked Novak who his source was, especially in light of Rove's signed release? Could it be because Rove is incredibly effective at his job as a political mastermind, and his opponents would stoop at nothing to discredit him and get him out of the Bush administration?
My response: Novak has been asked, repeatedly on Crossfire and other venues. He has refused to answer. And why is he considered the Prime Suspect, maybe because he is an "unscrupulous dirtbag, who would do anything to maintain power?" I don't know. I only know I have not personally said he was the man, only that I am waiting until the investigation is done.
Here's a third, but if you want to reject this one as too personal, I'll accept that. You have said that you think that those who support the war should either sign up to fight or take some other active role in doing so. Meanwhile, you currently live outside the United States and have said that you might never return to the US. As an extension of your own position, could it be argued that you have "voted with your feet" and forfeited any right to speak about American policy, since you make it clear that you have no real investment (by your own standards) in the country's future?
My response: I left the United States five years ago for Business and Family reasons, not political, so there was no vote involved. I still vote in elections, pay taxes and am an American. Like any expat, I have a right and a desire to see my country prosper. And while I have said I may not return to live, I have every intention of returning to the U.S. to visit and do business. So it is a moot issue for me.
And here's a fourth: presume I have a magic wand. I wave that wand, and suddenly you are in the Oval Office. You are the Commander in Chief right now. You have made it abundantly clear that you do not favor the current policies. What would you do about the current situation in Iraq to improve the situation? And the limitation is that you must take the situation as it stands today, not go back and re-do any previous actions.
My response: Make sure every soldier in Iraq had the means to stay alive, armored vehicles, body armor, etc. Send more troops. Accelerate the training of existing troops. Seek diplomacy with Iran, and Syria and get them involved in eliminating the open doors for terrorist to pour into the country. Get tough with the Saudis and insist that they deal with the problems of Saudi Terrorist once and for all. Employ Iraqi and American special forces to Hunt and Kill Terrorist leaders in Iraq. Find the billions of missing dollars in Iraq and put those in jail (if applicable), who stole it. Take some of that money and put outrageous bounties on the heads of Zarquawi and any other identified terrorist leaders, including U.S. Citizenship for anyone who turns them in. Put Abu Gharib and other prisons in Iraq under FULL Iraqi control. Fire Rumsfeld.
July 03, 2005
Some people have taken to calling me mean spirited lately in my political opinions. I don't really see myself as having changed much except my bullshit meter has went into overdrive, and my patience for rhetoric has all but desolved. I have found that it is much easier for some on the Right to debate abstract principals like the Chickenhawk meme, than to answer and discuss serious issues like Downing Street, Racism, and the abuse of our troops in the field by not providing them with appropriate gear. It seems it is much easier to draw on outrage based on a percieved insult, than it is to really look at things that make us uncomfortable.
I think it really started for me with the Downing Street Memos and all the information that has come to light as a result of them. I guess I naively expected some on the Right, at least those I respect, to have some concern about this development. Oh I can understand if they are skeptical, even if they at first glance don't believe them, but to totally ignore the situation, or to come up with some of the excuses I have read... It just went a long way towards convincing me that this country is hopelessly devided, and that some people are unwilling to even entertain the idea that they have been lied to... Fine enough...
The second trigger was Karl Rove's comments and the defending of those comments by the vast majority on the Right.
The third was the commentary on supporting the war. You see I have come to the conclussion that to support this war is immoral. It is also illogical based on the stated goals of keeping our country safe, since source after source tells us that the War is creating Terrorist and Terrorist Sympathizers arround the world. But I came to see great irony in the support the Troops meme being hashed about on the Right, when the whole idea of supporting an administration that has bungled the war from day one, and not given the troops the armor, body armor and resources they need, is an oxymoron.
The so called Chickenhawk Meme, and Yellow Elephant meme are a direct result of Karl Rove's comments, and yet those of us who dare to even suggesst that those who rabbidly support the war, should do more to actually support it, are somehow trying to limit debate, something that was not suggessted when Karl Rove implied that all of us on the Left were peaceniks...
No I am not being mean spirited, at least not any more than my Right Wing friends who cant go a day of blogging without insulting everyone on the Left.
It is easy to see how some look at a forceful response to to rhetoric as being an attack. This perhaps moreso because of the way Democrats handled attacks last year.
Well let me leave you with this thought. I am the same party lovin' David as I was last year. The differnce is that are at a turning point in History. I am diametricly oppossed to the direction our country is going in under the Bush Administration. I have decided that I can no longer stand by and watch our Country destroyed, so I am going to do my bit. If I offend at times, take comfort in the fact that you have more than likely offended me many more times, and that I don't take it personal, nor should you. We can spend a lot of time being angry with each other, or we can debate the issues. I will call them as I see them, give no quarter and expect none. And then I will go to bed and wake up the next morning ready to discuss something else. Some people frankly just cant handle that, and if you cant, might I suggests you not bother with debating.
July 02, 2005
Nice Post Pennywit...
Let's talk "walk the walk," shall we? David certainly has a laudable background helping people off welfare. That's fine. Me? I've got a belief in honest government, so I went into the press because I wanted to keep government honest. I believe in civil liberties and the rule of law, so I'm trying to become a duly licensed lawyer.
Italics mine... And thank you for making my point for me. It is indeed much more convenient to sit comfortably at home spouting patriotic rants and having your Saturday nights at Outback Steakhouse. Much more convenient than to be over there with RPG's whizzing over your head, while your business goes to hell over here, and your wife plans a divorce (seen the stats on those two lately pennywit?. There is a difference between, "believing in something," and rabidly supporting it.
I believe in a wide variety of issues. And I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and support the ones I believe in. Nor do I worry about being inconvenienced by it. But let me clear something up. I am not, "attacking," anyone. I am expressing a point of view. And I repeat my assertion that it seems hypocritical to attack one's prerogative to have a certain point of view, while defending the right to have another.
I have never said that I did not think War Supporters should have the right to espouse their particular point of view on the war. I have also refrained from calling anyone a coward. I think Pennywit has me confused with Karl Rove...
I want to digress for a moment and point out something I should have pointed out in my original post. I find it incredibly disingenuous that so many Right Wingers rant and rave about support for the war, and support for the troops, and yet I don’t recall ever seeing one iota of outrage on Right Wing Blogs over the treatment of returning veterans or the lack of armor and proper equipment in Iraq.
When I talk about Walking the Walk, I mean it in a much broader sense than strapping on a Rifle, and I think Pennywit knows that. There are many ways to support the war effort, and one of them is to insist that our President provide the method for our troops to survive. This will no doubt be overlooked or pooh poohed in any response, but it is a legitimate questions...
But like I said in the first paragraph of this response, its not as much about someone being a coward, as it is them not willing to be "inconvenienced," to support the, "reality," of the idea that they so rabidly support, or to challenge the President they voted for...
Oh, and as an aside... I did not CALL YOU OUT. If I had, I assure you, you would have known it! Your defensiveness is showing on the issue. What I did was make you a civilized offer for rebuttal here. You chose to ignore that... Fine, not an issue for me, but despite your liberal credentials, you seem to have taken a page out of the Right Wing Playbook when it comes to putting words in people's mouths.
June 30, 2005
Another Celebrity Tell All Book?
Hmmm... This looks like a must read book. Hehe..
Not since Heidi Fleiss published her memoirs, have so many celebrities been so damned nervous!
Why do I have an oingo boingo song going in my head???
From Raw Story:
June 24, 2005
Okay, I will admit....
The subject matter is like rubbernecking an accident, but who can resist. Check out:
June 21, 2005
What is it....
About Black lace that makes it so sexy?
June 20, 2005
This explains a lot! (wink)!
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - New research indicates that parts of the brain that govern fear and anxiety are switched off when a woman is having an orgasm.
Quote of Note
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
I like that... I really do... Thanks Blogumentary...
June 03, 2005
Ah, but the Information is from the U.N.!
And we all know that anything from the U.N. has no credibility... Right?
United Nations weapons inspectors have confirmed what the Iraq Survey Group has been saying (and been ignored about - there has been widespread looting of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons sites in Iraq.
How safe are all you Red Staters feeling about now?
June 02, 2005
There are Whores... And then....
There are WHORES:
Republicans prefer bloggers -- or so it would seem, if the life of Jessica Cutler is any guide.
I know a few bloggers who would have made this woman's sex life look tame, I wonder should we write a few tell alls. hehe...
May 10, 2005
Sadie on Strip Clubs...
"Wait - I'm off topic - this time, there's a reason for that. You see, I just don't understand the success of strip clubs. Let me get this straight: Women take off their clothes. Men pay them. Women gyrate and sell expensive drinks and thrust their boobies in men's faces, but men aren't supposed to touch, lest they get ceremoniously tossed into the nearest parking lot. Men spend lots of money. Then they leave, frustrated, and go home and jerk off. Huh?"
I say... "Eh, never been to Costa Rica have you?" (NSFW)
May 09, 2005
Maybe the celebratin' was a bit premature?
"I've been doing some more Nexis searches on Al-Libbi's past and how often he was referred to as the third in command of al-Qa'ida before 5/2/05. Honestly, it isn't worth continuing the search for this information. Querying just the major papers for "Al-Libbi" and "third" in the text of any article from 1/1/1998 to 5/2/2005, I find a grand total of 2 matches. Nixing "third" from my search increases my matches to 10."
Between Tas and Ron, (Who turned me on to Tas's post), I review everything that comes out of the so called, "War on Terror." These guys are good at chasing down facts... Too bad the Main Stream Media is NOT.
Serious Thought For The Day....
"...one of those moments when you just ponder what life is really about? Sitting in Panera this morning I noticed an elderly gentleman walk in with a World War II uniform in one hand and a box in the other.
It seems he has written a book: (Shavetail - The Odyssey of an Infantry Lieutenant in World War II by William L Devitt) and is making an 'appearance' in a hope to generate more sales.
The simple act of him turning up and sitting at his table alone with his books, looking around in a hope that someone would buy one, made my mind ponder... what is this life all about?"
Yeah I have them damned near every day....
I think about decisions I have made, the life I have lived, the people's paths I have crossed and who have crossed mine.
For the most part I am happy with my life. I have accomplished some pretty cool things, and been a leader in my chosen path. But what does it all mean? When I am worm food, will these things be remembered? Will they matter? I dont know. I can only hope... Like most of us...
Ever found this woman
I will never understand... Well there was the Schoolgirl outfit... But damn!
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