December 19, 2010 archive

O The Huge Manatee!

Greatest Hits, Sun Feb 24, 2008


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

Charles R. Swindoll

CableGate: The Truth Is Out There

The Irony, the Irony… Assange Protests Leak about Him!

Oh, ferfuckssakes. You just cannot make this shit up.

From Rawstory

The WikiLeaks founder’s Swedish legal team is planning to file a complaint demanding that authorities investigate the leaking of police materials on the Assange investigation to a British newspaper.

Snort, choke, laugh until my ribs ache.

“I do not know who has given these documents to the media, but the purpose can only be one thing — trying to make Julian look bad,” Bjorn Hurtig, Assange’s lead lawyer, told the Australian.

I mean, really? Leaks are only cool if they aren’t about YOU?

NOT that I don’t think this is a trumped up case. Its utter BULLSHIT, when the women in question posted these tweets the “morning after.”

On Saturday 14 August at 14:00 she wrote the following on her Twitter account.

‘Julian wants to go to a crayfish party, anyone have a couple of available seats tonight or tomorrow? #fb’

Early on the morning of Sunday 15 August (02:00) she writes again at Twitter.

‘Sitting outdoors at 02:00 and hardly freezing with the world’s coolest smartest people, it’s amazing! #fb’

When Anna Ardin files a police complaint against Julian Assange on 20 August these tweets are removed.

Now, THIS information was “leaked” and that’s fine, right? But Assange bitching that leaks about him are not?

If that isn’t irony, I don’t know what is.

Globalist Stooge Eulogy

American Soldiers KIA in Afghanistan Last Week

Staff Sgt. Justin E. Schmalstieg

Renee Drummond-Brown, whose son, Specialist Cardell Nino Brown, was close friends with Mr. Schmalstieg, described him as “a very brilliant mind.” She said Mr. Schmalstieg spent so much time at her house as a child that she considered him a son.

Even as a child he was unusually quiet and calm, she said, traits that would have served him well as a bomb technician.

“He was the one with the peaceful spirit,” she said.

Spec. Sean R. Cutsforth

His wife said he played football as well as baseball at Brentsville, and was also on a traveling youth baseball team. She said Cutsforth received a scholarship to Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk and spent three semesters there. He studied recreation and leisure activities and coached swimming.

She said she is expecting a child. It’s a boy, she said.

“Them as a couple, they really completed each other,” said Beth Whitaker, a family friend. “They were each other’s best friends.”

Lance Cpl. Jose A. Hernandez

Mirna Collazo, Hernandez’s ex-girlfriend, thought of a promise that Hernandez made before he was deployed to Afghanistan. Collazo said that she and Hernandez dated for about four months, but separated in large part because he didn’t want her to carry the burden of his fighting in a war.

“He always said, ‘I don’t want it to be hard on you,'” Collazo said. “But little did he know, it still is. He said, ‘If you promise me that you’re going to see me when I get back, I’ll promise you that I’ll come back.’ Now I’m just left with his promise.”


Sex And Wikileaks: That Other Scandal

Crossposted from Fire on the Mountain.

Even though the official Obama administration review of Afghanistan shows just how shaky the occupation there is, Wikileaks continues to be the big news story two weeks on (thanks in no small part to the US decision to try and take down Julian Assange via a sex scandal–the media loves them some sex scandals, especially ones involving slender, pale blonds).

There’s one document in the first thousand released that I want to highlight here, in part in observance this weekend and Friday of the monthly War Moratorium. The story takes place at the corner of Afghanistan and Wikileaks. Though it also features non-consensual sex, it has received little play in the US media. (No blonds, perhaps?) And behind the sex lies an even more shocking story.

The cable (as they are called) from Kabul to Washington reports a desperate plea by Afghan Minister of the Interior Hanif Atmar to US embassy officials. He needs help covering up a story he fears will break soon.

Docudharma Times Sunday December 19

Sunday’s Headlines:

The evolution of the perfect American Christmas tree


Rupert Cornwell: After 150 years, the Civil War still divides the United States

Probable carcinogen hexavalent chromium found in drinking water of 31 U.S. cities


Moscow riots expose racism at the heart of Russian football

Vatican Bank hit by financial scandal… again

Middle East

Politics in Iraq Casts Doubt on a U.S. Presence After 2011


Koreas up the ante over artillery drill

Foreign troop death toll hits 700 in Afghanistan


Mugabe ‘confident’ of winning 2011 elections

Shady group blocking official diamond sales

Latin America

Mexican drug cartels find youths to be easy prey

Gains outweigh setbacks in a landmark year for gay rights

Repeal of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy may be the movement’s biggest victory yet, activists say.

By Robin Abcarian and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times

December 19, 2010

Today the military, tomorrow the marriage altar?

In an era when gay Americans have seen stunning progress and many setbacks in the quest for equality under the law, many believe 2010 will go down in history as a watershed that will lead inexorably to more legal rights.

Saturday’s vote in the Senate to allow the repeal of the federal law banning gays from openly serving in the military is “one of the greatest, if not the greatest, victory in the history of the movement for gay and lesbian equality,” said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a UC Santa Barbara think tank that studies the issue of gays in the military.

Late Night Karaoke

Charles Blow

Whose party is it?

Fox News Makes You Dumb and Dumber!

In the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and  Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) are a couple of nitwits. After a series of unfortunate incidents Christmas and Dunne decide to go on a cross country trip in an old van that has been customized with tan shag carpeting on the outside and made to look like a giant sheepdog. Most Fox News viewers are like Christmas and Dunne, dumbly traveling in their sheepdog vans.