Saturday, May 29, 2004
Michael Moore's controversial documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11' moved a step closer to U.S. theaters on May 28, 2004 as Miramax film studio founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein personally bought rights to the picture from Walt Disney Co. Miramax had funded the film but Disney, which owns the art-house studio, had declined to distribute the movie, saying the documentary and its criticism of President Bush's war on Iraq were too politically charged.
Considering the problems they had with Michael Eisner, what better way to re-invent itself. Do they honestly think families will boycott their products? Every screaming brat begs to go to Disneyland. However, I don't think those in charge of the company have the same vision that Walt had.
Friday, May 28, 2004
Just for a while...I can sneak in here
"This is not something an ordinary person can do," explains China Acrobatic Troupe leader Li Yuan Xin of his remarkable group of performers. "Our goal is to challenge the potential of the human body."
Or maybe just look here:
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Check out what this "guy," who's suppose to represent decency, courtesy, and good manners, did on the late show with David Letterman.
Caught on tape
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
President Bush in Washington
Bush Meets Iraqis Maimed Under Saddam
May 25, 4:08 PM (ET)
By APARNA H. KUMAR
full text here My Way News
If that ain't the pot calling the kettle black!
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
"Parents get so angry when they are confronted with the God awful truth that their children are not the perfect little things they think they are; they are the first to point at others to blame. Little Joey hates to read, no matter how hard his teacher tries to get him to, and then the parents want to know why he's failing."
She has two children still in school and gets irritated when she attends PTA meetings. The parents argue with the teachers and administration over the littlest things. And the administration, she said, is so afraid of the parents.
I say "SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD!"
Monday, May 24, 2004
Poll: Bush Ratings Continue Slide
NEW YORK, May 24, 2004
"I fall down and go boo-boo"...Can't ride a bike....can't lead the country.
"With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail. Brown versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem. We have got to take the neighborhood back. We have to go in there -- forget about telling your child to go into the Peace Corps -- it is right around the corner. They are standing on the corner and they can't speak English."
"Basketball players -- multimillionaires -- can't write a paragraph. Football players -- multimillionaires -- can't read. Yes, multimillionaires. Well, Brown versus Board of Education: Where are we today? They paved the way, but what did we do with it? That white man, he's laughing. He's got to be laughing: 50 percent drop out, the rest of them are in prison."
"People putting their clothes on backwards: Isn't that a sign of something gone wrong? . . . People with their hats on backwards, pants down around the crack, isn't that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn't it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up to the crack and got all type of needles [piercings] going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from? Those people are not Africans; they don't know a damn thing about Africa.
By Richard Leiby
Sunday, May 23, 2004; Page D03
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) on Friday fired a young staffer for "unacceptable use of Senate computers" after she posted her sex diaries on the Internet and raised a hubbub of speculation last week: Who is this wicked woman that calls herself "Washingtonienne"? Was she really bedding six different men or making it all up? And who is the married, high-level federal employee she claims paid her $400 for a lunch-hour tryst?
read the rest and see what she looks like here: washingtonpost.com
Sunday, May 23, 2004
See a cached copy here WASHINGTONIENNE
Senate Aide Fired After Sex Journal Goes Public
From LATimes Wire Reports
May 22, 2004
An entry-level staff assistant to Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) was fired after an Internet journal
of her sexual exploits was made public this week.
The woman, who used the pseudonym "Washingtonienne," claimed in her Internet "blog," a
public Web page, that she had been paid for having sex with a married man she identified as
the chief of staff at a federal agency.
"Most of my living expenses are thankfully subsidized by a few generous older gentlemen,"
wrote the woman, who speculated that others were also being paid for sex.
The blog has been removed.
I guess make-up makes a difference
and a little collagen because I didn't recognize her at first. I thought maybe she was going to be one of the vampiresses
Friday, May 21, 2004
BBC News ~ World Edition
However, if you plan on being overly critical of anything or anyone, make sure you construct a seperate blog for spewing fire (preferably one that won't be traced back to you).
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
crumble Girl Scout Lemon Coolers
Bite-sized bursts of cool lemon flavor in crisp, vanilla cookies. Zesty lemon chips and a covering of powered sugar make these "lemon wedge" cookies too cool to resist!
And it's breakfast!!!
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Monday, May 17, 2004
It's only been 50 years; have things changed? or are there institutions of higher education in our society that still discriminate?
The "Complicated" singer is out promoting her new album, "Under My Skin," and has given this reason for her former angst. “I was eating bad stuff,” Lavigne said. “Lots of sugar and carbs, junk food all the time. It makes you very irritated. I spent some time with a nutritionist and learned I had low blood sugar. Now I eat accordingly.”
By Jeannette Walls
Updated: 2:46 a.m. ET May 17, 2004
So I guess the reason I was so angry on my old website (God rest its soul), was because I was eating too many carbs. What a load of crap! My acupuncturist told me that it was because I was eating too much pork. LOL! Because he said nothing about sugar and carbs. Got a sweet tooth the size of Texas! Maybe I should present this "scientific" research to my evaluation committee.
Sunday, May 16, 2004
Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 13 people on April 20, 1999, before taking their own lives.
The couple took issue with people who say they forgive them for what happened.
"I haven't done anything for which I need forgiveness," Susan Klebold said.
They acknowledged they missed signs that their son was in trouble. Klebold and Harris were in a juvenile diversion program for breaking into a van and stealing tools and other items in January 1998.
"He was hopeless. We didn't realize it until after the end," Tom Klebold said.
"I think he suffered horribly before he died," Susan Klebold said. "For not seeing that, I will never forgive myself."
The Klebolds said their son was set off by the "toxic culture" of the school, where athletes were worshipped and bullying was tolerated.
USA TODAY Posted 5/16/2004 9:25 AM
Klebold's parents give first interview
Is it possible that the Klebolds are living in Egypt? In the land of "Denial?" But then again, we live in a world of choices. Their son made a choice for which his parents had no part. Is society responsible in part for the actions of some of these rogue students? Children can be just as mean and evil as adults. Things that make you go...hhhhmmmmmm.
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Un Día Sin Un Mexicano
"A psychologist with whom NBC 7/39 spoke said that -- if the allegations are true about the teachers showing the students the decapitation -- then the teachers made a grave mistake that could do long-term harm.
"It's psychologically naïve because, what's the effect of showing this to the kids?" said Dr. Michael Lardon, of the Alvarado Parkway Institute. "I really can't think of any positive, beneficial thing in terms of showing these types of traumatic images to our children."
from Parents Angry Over Beheading-Video Allegations
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I think it's up to the parents if they want their children to see something like this. But on the other, some of these children are so sheltered that they have no idea that in the real world, there is murder, death, and violence. Perhaps the teachers should have asked the principal if it was appropriate and sent home permission slips. Even a "student teacher" would know to do that.
"There were lots of affairs. There was all kinds of adultery and alcoholism and all kinds of crap going on," said Dave Bischel, a National Guardsman with the 870th Military Police unit, who returned home from Abu Ghraib last month.
An Army of One
It's having individual strength and the support of an unstoppable team. It's you at your best. With training, technology and support, you will become stronger, smarter and better prepared for the challenges you face. You will gain invaluable skills, experience and the opportunity to use them while working in a challenging environment.
Being a Soldier also means upholding the ideals set forth in the U.S. Constitution, and becoming a respected part of your community. You will discover a life filled with adventure and meet other smart, motivated people like you. Because the strength of the U.S. Army doesn't only lie in numbers, it lies in you, An Army of One.
from the goarmy.com website
The American Soldier remains the single most important factor in our success. Regardless of where our Soldiers serve, they perform as the professionals they are with skill, courage, compassion, and dedication. They embody the values of our Army and our nation, serving selflessly and seeking no reward except the knowledge of a job well done.
excerpt from the Opening Statement (As Prepared)
The Honorable Les Brownlee
Before House Defense Appropriations Committee
March 10, 2004
He said Sgt. Ivan L. Chip Frederick II forced naked detainees to masturbate, showing them how to do it right, and seemed to enjoy watching the prisoners being beaten. Sgt. Javal Davis threw himself on a pile of prisoners and then stomped on either the fingers or toes of the detainees as they screamed in pain, Sivits said.
NBC, MSNBC and news services
Updated: 7:50 p.m. ET May 14, 2004
Just think, over a year ago, everyone was jumping on the patriotic bandwagon. The Smirking Chimp wanted his war and got it. The actions of the few are a reflection of the many. They're a disgrace. Now some foreigners will look at us and say, "Oh those Americans, they crazy masochistic fiends!"
Thursday, May 13, 2004
For example, my knee joints always felt swollen whenever I kneeled down, but after today, they feel much more flexible. This may have something to do with the 6 little pins that gave me a little jolt of electric pain when the doctor tapped them in.
I always drift off to sleep when I'm there, but catch myself giving a little snore, which wakes me up. I pity the office if I were to ever fall into a deep sleep. I leave the office feeling relaxed and the worries of yesterday seem much farther away. I'm not as angry as I was on the old website (God rest its soul), so this wake-up call was a good thing because later on down the line, I could have gotten into more serious trouble.
"benevolence, charity, humanity, love," kindness.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
If I am to lead, I must set an example. I could always use this situation as a learning tool for others.
Man who fart in church sit in own pew
However, I still find time to criticize the assholes I encounter everyday. It feels good though, not to have to deal with the dumbasses that I went through school with just a couple of weeks ago. How they must be dancing at my demise. Saying and thinking things like, "He got what he deserved." And they're probably right. Unbeknownst to them, they have given me the resources to ridicule them in print or maybe even film. There is talk about a colaboration on a film script with my good friend Reese.
A fan of my "former self" left me a message about how sad she was that the old website (God rest its soul), is gone. I think through life we must cast aside our former selves in order to make room for new and improved ones. (This Zen thing really comes in handy, although it's probably driving Reese crazy.)
So, sometimes I will sound philosophical, but sometimes that "Wild Wicked Demon" will rear its brash head.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
1 A person authorized to examine books, films, or other material and to remove or suppress what is considered morally, politically, or otherwise objectionable.
2 An official, as in the armed forces, who examines personal mail and official dispatches to remove information considered secret or a risk to security.
3 One that condemns or censures.
1 To criticize severely; blame.
2 To express official disapproval of.
Whose standards are we suppose to live up to? According to the United States Constitution, I have the right to express my opinions, objections, and criticisms. If these views do not agree with certain groups of people, I may suffer mild to serious repercussions. What does that tell us about our society?
Currently, our nation has suffered one of its worst black eyes: photographs of U.S. soldiers forcing Iraqi prisoners into sexually degrading situations. The finger pointing has started and none of the high ranking officials accept any responsibility. The abuse had been known for quite some time before these pictures surfaced. And still, no one wants to be culpable.
"President Bush, making an unusual visit to the Pentagon on Monday, viewed still-secret photographs of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners and said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was doing 'a superb job' for which the nation owes him 'a debt of gratitude.'"
Is there a great big pink elephant in the room? All I did was voice my opinion. I didn't hurt anyone. I didn't degrade anyone like those pictures. I did use foul language, but in this day in age, who doesn't? Except for the Amish, Quakers, and anyone resembling Ned Flanders.
I took responsibility for my actions, but apparently I guess I didn't have to. I could have blamed it on collegues who encouraged me to keep writing; on relatives who wanted to know what I was doing and feeling; on friends who laughed at my boldness, honesty, and "who gives a fuck" attitude. But I didn't and was exiled.
National Coalition Against Censorship
Monday, May 10, 2004
But after a while you get tired of being worried about kids who aren't even yours. One day they are playing chicken on Mr. Benny's roof. Mr. Benny says, Hey ain't you kids know better than to be swinging up there? Come down, you come down right now, and then they just spit.
See. That's what I mean. No wonder everybody gave up. Just stopped looking out when little Efren chipped his buck tooth on a parking meter and didn't even stop Refugia from getting her head stuck between two slats in the back gate and nobody looked up not once the day Angel Vargas learned to fly and dropped from the sky like a sugar donut, just like a falling star, and exploded down to earth without even an "Oh."
The House on Mango Street
You're starlight and sunshine all rolled into one glorious package. You're a luminous being in a place that needs immediate relief from darkness. Your smile speaks volumes, and this is before you even open your mouth. Roll out that omnibus of good vibes. Open your encyclopedia of deep wisdom for anyone that wants to know more. The only real way to build a community these days is to open your mind and freely exchange ideas. Today you forge lifelong friendships. Tomorrow you'll find some other way to save the world. The two are definitely connected.
Which is very interesting considering the conversation I had yesterday over lunch with my friend Reese and his lovely wife Julia. Reese and I had fallen under considerable scrutiny, however I was the one who was exiled. But I was wondering if I had started some cosmic chain reaction because misfortune had brushed its hand over Reese's Cady, and it is either part of some hold-up gang or in Mexico, stripped for parts. He had about 100 cds, 30 reports and Julia's childhood photo album. Perhaps a good samaritan will leave them somewhere to be found, sans cds.
We were trying to figure out who ratted me out to the conservatives, but we cannot go back in time and change what happened. A very wise old owl told me,
"This could be a blessing in disguise."
So perhaps I'll be winning the lottery this month, but I won't be holding my breath. I do have more time to write, read and observe, which has always been something I never had time to do.
Sunday, May 09, 2004
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Friday, May 07, 2004
Sometimes our plates are full, sometimes our order is wrong, sometimes what we want isn't on the menu. We can almost never send it back because the chef will come running out, dirty and bloodied apron hanging from his thick sweaty neck, butcher knife or maybe a cleaver in hand; so we are forced to accept what we have mistakenly ordered. Smile and say "Oh, this is fine. Can I get a cup of green tea?" Because we all know that green tea has antioxidants that help neutralize the free radicals running amuck inside and at you.