June 2008 archive

George “Global Warming Denier” Carlin !?!

This video is the rage among the Global Warming denial sect, as they pass it around and post it with great glee following Carlin’s death. Their RIP is a celebration that George was one of theirs.

You got people around you.

The country’s full of them right now, people walking around all day long, every minute of the day, worried about everything …

the greatest arrogance of them all, Save the Planet.  …

I’m getting tired of this shit.

Celebrate George “Global Warming Denier” Carlin!

Hold on a second now …  

It’s A Party, I’ll Say Your Mama if I Want To, Your Mama if I Want To,

Your Mama if I Want To,

You would say Your Mama Too, If it Happened to YOU!

Conflict is inevitable

Conflict develops because we are dealing with people’s lives, jobs, children, pride, self-concept, ego and sense of mission or purpose

Early indicators of conflict can be recognized

There are strategies for resolution that are available and DO work

Although inevitable, conflict can be minimized, diverted and/or resolved

Oh really?  Who is the know it all that sez so?  I say to them

Your Mama!

Your mama is so dumb, she came here and posted jokes about herself.

NO!  Mama would never!  Mama knows stuff!  She is pretty smart.  Sometimes she is a bit stubborn, though….  Here is what she said:

She said, “Your Mama is so dumb, I found her peaking over a glass wall to see what was on the other side.”

So, what you are telling me is that sometimes poor communication and the seeking of power causes a person to not see the obvious, right through the clear and open glass?

YEP!  Sometimes!

Well, Your brother is so hairy, BIGFOOT is taking HIS picture!

Don’t be ‘dissing my brother!  Just because he disagrees with YOU personally, regardless of the issue!  Why if you could see his body language here on this blog, you would know that he is much more sincere than you might think he is from reading what he typed.


Docudharma Times Sunday June 29

Invading Iraq

On The 7/11 Plan

Sunday’s Headlines:

Occupation Plan for Iraq Faulted in Army History  

Shadow of war looms as Israel flexes its muscle

West Bank torturers funded by Britain

Tutu urges Zimbabwe intervention

Rights group: Post-election violence in Zimbabwe  

Scores hurt in S. Korea beef protests

Pakistan launches anti-Taliban crackdown

Blood money: the MPs cashing in on Zimbabwe’s misery

Traffic incident gives insight into Russia’s corrupt legal system

Artist Daniel Lezama, Mexico’s provocateur

Troops welcomed home as Australia quits Iraq

Barbara McMahon in Sydney

The Observer,

Sunday June 29, 2008

Australian soldiers who served in Iraq were given a rousing reception by about 10,000 people yesterday at a ‘welcome home’ parade in Brisbane that marked the country’s withdrawal from combat operations.

Well-wishers waved flags and banners and cheered as some 700 troops, many only recently returned from the war zone, marched through the streets in desert camouflage uniforms with an army band playing ‘Waltzing Matilda’. The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, was among a host of dignitaries who paid tribute at the ceremony, described as Australia’s biggest military homecoming parade since the Second World War.

Nigerian conflicts tighten oil bottleneck

An increasingly bold rebel campaign has slashed the country’s output, rattling world markets and underscoring their vulnerability.

By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

June 29, 2008

WASHINGTON — Amid surging demand for oil, a severe bottleneck has developed in production of high-quality West African crude, alarming world leaders and demonstrating a new vulnerability in fragile oil markets.

With production declining elsewhere, consumer nations had been looking hopefully toward Nigeria. But rebels who have waged an increasingly bold campaign in the oil-rich Niger Delta have slashed the country’s output in their most recent attacks.

The deepening disruptions in Nigeria represent a “huge hole in world oil markets,” said Daniel Yergin, a top oil expert and chairman of the Cambridge Energy Research Associates consulting firm, who warns of an increasingly crisis-prone oil economy.


A New Political Geography

Role Reversals in Virginias Reflect National Shifts

By Alec MacGillis

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, June 29, 2008; Page A01  

When Sen. Barack Obama chose the Nissan Pavilion in the outer suburbs of Northern Virginia to kick off his general-election campaign, one of the 10,000 supporters there was David Bruzas, who recently moved to the fastest-growing part of a state that is moving rapidly away from its Republican past.

“Being in this area has made me a lot more politically in tune with what’s going on,” said Bruzas, 27, a systems engineer from Illinois who moved to Fairfax County to work for Cisco Systems in 2005. “And I identify with Obama.”

In the Country (photo heavy)


Chanta-lot was a lonely rooster


Operation Read the Bill (FISA ACTION)

First, print the thing out, all 114 pages (pdf), and hand it to your Senators. Best if you can say “I’ve read it, I expect you to take the time to do so yourself.” For extra credit, take a highlighter to the printout and mark up the sections you consider problematic.

Bring an accomplice with a vidcam. An admission that they haven’t and won’t read the bill makes nice youtube, come re-election time.

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold

On Preventing the FISA Amendments Act from Being Jammed Through the Senate

   “I’m pleased we were able to delay a vote on FISA until after the July 4th holiday instead of having it jammed through. I hope that over the July 4th holiday, Senators will take a closer look at this deeply flawed legislation and understand how it threatens the civil liberties of the American people. It is possible to defend this country from terrorists while also protecting the rights and freedoms that define our nation.”

How to find your Senators’ appearances? Start with their Senate and Campaign websites. Next, search Google News for “YourSenator’sname Parade” “YourSenator’s name Barbeque” “YourSenator’sname Picnic” “YourSenator’sname fundraiser” If you don’t get hits, make a Google Alert. Post any scheduled events you find below in comments.

Senator Feingold plans to introduce 6 Amendments. He explains them, not in great detail, in Fact Sheet: Potential Feingold Amendments to FISA Bill. Print it out too, and when you catch your Senator, ask that they support them all.

They are

Dodd-Feingold Amendment Stripping Retroactive Immunity

Feingold-Webb-Tester Amendment to Provide Protections for Americans

Use Limits Amendment

Prohibiting “Reverse Targeting”

Prohibiting “Bulk Collection”

Congress Access to FISA Court Materials

If your Senator won’t budge on immunity shift the conversation to the problems with the parts that go forward. If any Amendments pass, and the Senate approves the revised version, it throws the whole deal back to re-negotiation with the House, which would then have to start it’s process all over again. The package can not go to Bush’s desk until both the House and Senate pass identical versions.  

My Life in the Martial Arts

My father was a soldier and a drill instructor who trained briefly with a Japanese jujitsu master during WWII in preparation for teaching hand-to-hand combat to Army GIs.  He taught my two brothers and me some basic techniques so that we might have an edge in dealing with schoolyard bullies – and the training stood me in good stead.  I used what he taught me on more than one occasion to inject a little homegrown justice into an unpleasant situation.  Those experiences left me with two lasting gifts, an antipathy for bullies and a love for the martial arts.

I began formal training in Judo at age eleven on the Army base at Ft. Benning, Georgia where I trained for a year.  I continued my training in Paris and for a brief time competed on the French National Judo Team as a brown belt (sankyu).  


Docudharma Caption Contest

Below the fold.

There are no prizes, only Zuul.

Thank you for participating in my experiment.

Docudharma Caption Contest

Below the fold.

There are no prizes, only Zuul.

Thank you for participating in my experiment.

The Mendacity of Hope

By Pham Binh via counterpunch.com:  http://counterpunch.com/binh06…

ATTN: Veterans, Families of, Friends of, Caring Others

The beginning of this is an attempt to bring you up to speed on what has been going on this past year leading up to the purpose of this post, a New Investigation on Veterans Care, and the request for those listed in the subject title to get involved with, especially the Veterans having their troubles with the VA and their Care.

Docudharma Times Saturday June 28

What’s the Difference?

…Between A Blood-Sucking Leech…

…And A Hedge Fund Manager?

The Leech Hasn’t

Been Arrested,Yet.

Saturday’s Headlines:

Political Maneuvers Delay Bill After Bill in Senate

Iraqi officials outraged by U.S. raid in prime minister’s hometown

In the tunnels of Gaza, smugglers risk death for weapons and profit

Cabby fights for a clean ride in smoker-friendly Japan

North Korean nuclear deal may signal internal shift

Ink-stained finger voters hope will keep them alive

 US finally passes bill to remove Mandela’s ‘terrorist’ tag  

MPs to give Berlusconi temporary immunity  

First meeting of Kosovo assembly

Memories of 1978, good and bad, roil Argentina

U.S. and Europe Near Agreement on Private Data


Published: June 28, 2008

WASHINGTON – The United States and the European Union are nearing completion of an agreement allowing law enforcement and security agencies to obtain private information – like credit card transactions, travel histories and Internet browsing habits – about people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

The potential agreement, as outlined in an internal report obtained by The New York Times, would represent a diplomatic breakthrough for American counterterrorism officials, who have clashed with the European Union over demands for personal data. Europe generally has more stringent laws restricting how governments and businesses can collect and transfer such information.

Report: Iran will use oil as weapon if attacked

Military chief warns of controls on route where two-fifths of oil is shipped

MSNBC News Services

updated 6:33 a.m. ET June 28, 2008

TEHRAN, Iran – The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said the country would impose controls on shipping in the vital Gulf oil route if Iran was attacked, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Fear of an escalation in the standoff between the West and Iran, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer, have been one factor propping up sky-high oil prices. Crude hit a record level on international markets near $143 a barrel on Friday.

Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil

As forecasters take that possibility more seriously, they describe fundamental shifts in the way we work, where we live and how we spend our free time.

By Martin Zimmerman : times staff writer

June 28, 2008

The more expensive oil gets, the more Katherine Carver’s life shrinks. She’s given up RV trips. She stays home most weekends. She’s scrapped her twice-a-month volunteer stint at a Malibu wildlife refuge — the trek from her home in Palmdale just got too expensive.

How much higher would fuel prices have to go before she quit her job? Already, the 170-mile round-trip commute to her job with Los Angeles County Child Support Services in Commerce is costing her close to $1,000 a month — a fifth of her salary. It’s got the 55-year-old thinking about retirement.

“It’s definitely pushing me to that point,” Carver said.

The point could be closer than anyone thinks.


Bust, boom or treading water? What’s up with the economy?

 By Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers  

 WASHINGTON – Everywhere you turn, the news on the economy seems dire. Oil prices are through the roof, home prices are through the floor, the stock market’s plunging and the entire U.S. economy seems shaky. Here’s a look at what’s going on, why and when we’ll know things are turning around.

Q. What’s hurting the U.S. economy now?

A. There are three big drags on our economy: the slumping housing market, the sustained rise in oil prices and an increasingly fragile banking system. Combined, they’re socking it to the economy.

bootleg raw: an apology and…

i have to apologize to all of you for letting my anger get the better of me. And i apologize to NPK, NLinStPaul, and kj for the hurtful things I said to them. And I apologize to myself, because lashing out hurts me. And, with all respect, I’m not asking that we all be friends nor do I think this heals all wounds. I just don’t think there is any reason to inflict any more blows.

Life is personal. Work is personal. Blogging is personal. And, imo, this I’m going to quote Night Owl here, because I think he nailed it… where it can all go wrong for me…

Its a consequence of … approach (4.00 / 2)

… (the) whole approach in this thread has been to focus almost exclusively on the terms I use, rather than the context in which they are made.

So instead of actually discussing the idea I am trying to articulate, … moral advantage (is sought) by harping on my terminology.  Basically, the ‘OMG! I can’t believe he said that!’ approach.

Then, after … becoming frustrated because I refuse to apologize for the (admittedly colorful) words I use, … others start questioning my motives and intentions, and when that doesn’t work … just start making stuff up that I didn’t say and downrating my comments.

Meanwhile, if  you would merely try to engage the substance of my argument rather than tut-tutting the way I say it, we might all come to some better understanding without all the fireworks.?

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