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Friday, December 29, 2006

UK Independent: Why I gave vegetarianism the chop after 17 years

It is ooooooo, so nice to see someone come to his senses.....


By ALEX JAMES


Carnivore and countryside lover: Chopping up his first
lamb stayed vividly in Alex's mind for days


Handsome sides of dry-cured bacon hang,
crystalline, all along one wall; there are pork pies and black and white
puddings; faggots* and blocks of lard are piled high and appealing in the long
display cabinet below.

The shelves are crammed with pickles and relishes, mustards and
accompaniments; the wipe-clean boards offer lists of more exotic game - pigeon,
rabbit, venison, snipe and woodcock - alongside the everyday cuts and joints on
show.

A well-worn beech chopping block and various saws, cleavers and
gigantic knives are to hand.
The tiny subterranean shop is stuffed to the
beams.

It's Trev's place. He's worked here in the butcher's since he was 12 -
about 40 years. It's a great butcher's. I'm addicted to his chipolatas. He was
preparing tempting looking mixed grill packages for one of the pubs when I
arrived.

I've had the carcass of one of my lambs delivered direct to Trev from
judging in the national championships in Shropshire, where, to my amazement, it
won National Reserve Champion.

Usually the lambs come back from the abattoir, deconstructed, in a box
the size of an overnight bag. But I wanted to take a carcass whole to the
butcher, partly so that I could get the shoulders boned and rolled, and partly
because I wanted to watch how it all works.

It would be much more difficult to eat your own lamb if you had only
one of them. After lambing, we have a couple of thousand sheep; a mixture of
breeds, mainly black-faced, Texels and Belgians.
Fred, the sheep farmer, has
been crossbreeding the Belgians and Texels to produce a particularly meaty
"Beltex" variety - the ones that are winning prizes.

Our flock comprises half a dozen tups (rams), the remainder being ewes
and lambs. The ewes give birth to either one or two young, so the numbers boom
at lambing time.

The lambs skip around, looking sweet, munching grass, chasing Fred's
Land Rover and falling over. They grow phenomenally quickly - ready for the
table in less than a year.

I've been observing the sheep closely. They remind me of shoaling fish
sometimes. Their favourite pastime is munching, which they do voraciously.
Sometimes they want to come towards you, sometimes they want to run away. You
can never tell which it's going to be.

They will often, but not always, follow me as I walk over the fields to
the station. It's a nice feeling; a gambolling carnival escort, a huge
distended, electrified shadow. I never want to go through the gate when I get
there. It can be strange at night walking home when you hear them thundering
along behind you and you can't see them.

At the abattoir, the innards are removed along with the head and feet.
They leave the kidneys in. Lambs' kidneys are the finishing touch to the perfect
English breakfast. People seem to struggle more with eating offal than the flesh
cuts, but I'm a convert.

There is so little demand for heart and brain that the abattoir doesn't
even give you those bits, or the sweetbreads, the pancreas. I first had
sweetbreads in France last year; they're impossibly delicious, tender and tasty,
the nicest bit of all. I complain about this to Trev, but he says this is the
wrong time of year for sweetbreads.

The carcass has been sliced perpendicular to the spine in the centre of
the back, so the fat content can be judged. Trev gets his really big saw and
bisects the thing along the length of the spine, giving us two sides.
The
saw is frighteningly sharp - the first of several shudderingly sharp tools - but
the sawing is still physical work.

He lays the first side flat on the block and nicks the bone at the top
of the back - the neck end - and invites me to saw off the first chump chop.
It's pretty gruesome, but I'm glad I'm doing it myself.

Trev says that normally you don't get these two cuts, one from each
side. They are part of the abattoir's commission. They do look like the meatiest
lamb chops I have ever seen. "That's dinner," I say.
He saws off the
shoulders and the legs, and with a long knife removes the breast and belly,
which is very fatty.
I've never managed to do anything good with the breast.
He advises me to cook it overnight at a low temperature. He's not wrong.

I want to keep the racks whole, for roasting, but still there are some
terrifying moments with a cleaver. It goes so close to Trev's thumb.

There's a ninja quality to his work; one slip and it's all over. This
deftness becomes apparent only when he lets me have a go. He bones and rolls the
shoulder in about 90 seconds. It's a work of art. The shoulder looks appetising
by this point. Trev reckons shoulder is the best bit, so I let him have the
other one.
It's all over very quickly. We've got legs, two shoulders, two
racks, some lumps for stewing, breast for slow roasting and a bunch of chump
chops.

Chopping up my first lamb stayed vividly on my mind for a few days. The
anatomy of a sheep is pretty similar to our own, really. I couldn't scratch my
ribs without the image of that immaculate carcass springing to mind. I thought
about it involuntarily as I lay in bed at night. But, boy, those chump chops
were good.

I was a vegetarian for about 17 years. Now here I am, butchering
and eating one of my own lambs.

It was the rooks that put an end to it. They came with the farm. We
were just about to get married when we laid eyes on the place.

It suggested irresistible pastoral bliss, the full Country Life package
- woods, ponds, barns, stables, river frontage. I even found the village cricket
pitch on an old map. It looked like the best possible place to play out a
marriage.

Through presenting BBC Radio 4's On Your Farm, I've talked to other
people involved with agriculture who didn't grow up on farms, or didn't know
much when they started. It seems that the decision to become a farmer is always
a huge leap of faith.

Fortunately, there are people who can help when you suddenly find
yourself with a farm. They're called land agents. I was lucky to find Paddy. I
thought it all looked wonderfully pretty, but Paddy explained that the place was
more or less a wreck.

Drainage was poor, ditches were blocked, the fences were shot, the
hedges needed re-laying, the woodland was out of control. There were rampant
thistles and docks.

It had been a beef farm at one time, I'm told, home to the best
shorthorn dairy herd in the country. It had not been a good time for beef
farmers, and the place had gradually been run into the ground.

Land must be continuously managed. Leave it, and it becomes more and
more difficult to get it back into shape. When he put the farm on the market,
the beef farmer sold his cattle and rented the fields to a couple of sheep
farmers. A grazing let is about the lowest-risk, least-hassle arrangement for a
landowner.

The sheep farmers - no one calls them shepherds any more, and they
don't have dogs; they have Range Rovers - bring their own electric fences and
stock. The sheep just munch everything and keep it all looking tidy.
In
return for this, the tenant grazier pays about £50 an acre per year. It's not
much, not quite enough to pay the accountant, but land isn't worth a lot - about
£3,000 an acre. In a bank, £3,000 would earn more than twice what a sheep farmer
pays, but fields are nicer to look at than bank statements. Some people spend
their money on art. I guess I bought some nature.

It seemed best to stick with the arrangement that was already in place
with the sheep farmers while we improved the land. As part of this process,
Paddy insisted that we do something about the rooks.
There were certainly
lots of them, a multitude. It's hard to tell exactly how many as they wheel and
soar, spectacular and secret, high above the forest. I didn't mind them around
the place.
They are a nuisance, though. Along with magpies, jackdaws, ravens
and jays, rooks are members of the corvid family. They're tough and clever.

The collective noun for rooks is a parliament, and a parliament of
rooks can be deafening. The sheep farmers claim they will peck out newborn
lambs' eyes.

This may well not be true, but they do eat other birds' eggs, and if
you "let it be", you end up with just rooks. It seemed that the reasonable thing
to do was to reduce numbers, to lend a benign hand to the balance of nature, to
cull them. Kill them, that is.

Killing rooks is not nice at all. There are no neat boxes for
exterminating them; shotguns are the only thing that work and it's a pretty
medieval and messy business, which I don't enjoy.
But I felt I was acting
for the greater good. It was a hard decision for a vegetarian to make, and the
moment I made that decision was the moment I became a farmer.

Farmers have to be responsible for creating a balance in nature.
They've got the whole world in their hands, after all.

We really care about animals in Britain, probably more than anywhere
else in the world. Still, most people can't tell the difference between a pigeon
and a collared dove. It's easy - collared doves taste much nicer. Just kidding.

It is our interest in animal welfare that is leading to changes in
farming methods. We're converting to full organic status. Being organic and
green is no longer philanthropy; it's simply good business sense.
Sheep
farming is, by its nature, quite ethical. They tend to be freerange as that's
the cheapest way to raise them. They just roam over the fields. The land must be
well-drained, but it's not like you have to soak the soil with chemicals to make
grass grow. Sheep have a pretty organic life.

Gradually, agriculture has become a different kind of economy. We want
our food to be as cheap as possible; that's the simple reason farming became
more intensive.

Nowadays, farmers tend to concentrate on just one thing. There are far
fewer farm workers, and the Cotswolds are peppered with beautiful but redundant
farm buildings. It's very hard to make money from farming and, as cheap imports
proliferate and supermarkets dominate, it's going to get more difficult.

Beef farming is no longer a viable business. We have to import beef
because we don't produce enough of it here. It seems ridiculous: roast beef is
our national dish - and we'll only have to rely more and more on cheap and
intensively farmed imports.

Our local area has been under cultivation for millennia. There are
ancient tumuli going back into the mists of time all over the parish.

We have a couple of fields of ridge and furrow, which indicates farming
activity here in the Middle Ages. The oldest part of the farmhouse was probably
built in the 18th century, right next to a well.
There are wells all around
the barnyard. Our plot was at one time part of a vast feudal estate. In its
heyday, probably around the time that the posh-ish Victorian wing was built, as
well as the dairy shorthorn herd, there would have been many other things
happening.

It would have been a model farm, doing a bit of everything. There would
have been chickens for eggs and chickens for the table; ditto geese; pigs for
curing and pigs for roasting; sheep for wool and for meat. There was a nuttery
(which is now extinct) and an orchard, which still remains.

A few dozen people would have worked here, and there would have been
arable crops for the livestock and for market, and cereal crops. There was a
bakery - I found the traces of the huge old bread oven - and a dairy that would
have produced cheese and butter.

Basically, it would have produced more or less everything you would
want to find in an upmarket delicatessen in Islington, that trendy part of North
London. With the right kind of farm shop on site, I think the old model farm
could work again.

That's where I'd like to take things here, eventually. For now, I just
have my sheep, or rather my two sheep farmers, and a cheese that's perpetually
nearly ready, but we are getting there, slowly. I was talking to the builders
early yesterday morning when a man rolled up in a van. He caught my eye and he
returned my gaze, squarely. He was wearing a very cool hat. Somehow, I could
tell he was here to do some dirty work.

Moments later, I heard a loud crack and went to investigate. He was
pumping up the air pistol again, a dead sheep at his feet.

He took the pistol to another sheep's head. I found I couldn't watch. I
closed my eyes at the last moment. Crack.

It was horrible. Fred said there was nothing else for it. They were
suffering. I can't think of a more humane or reasonable thing to do, but it
still put me off my cornflakes.

I've not been to the abattoir yet. I will, though. Everyone should, if
only to buy some chump chops.

This article was first published in The Independent, December 27, 2006.

*And just in case you have been embarrased by a certain word, Alex is veeeeeery British....and this is thier defintion:

Dictionary.com Unabridged
(v 1.1)
- Cite This Source
fag·ot
/ˈfægət/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[fag-uht] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun
1.
a bundle of sticks, twigs, or branches bound together and used as
fuel, a fascine, a torch, etc.
2.
a bundle; bunch.
3.
a bundle of
pieces of iron or steel to be welded, hammered, or rolled together at high
temperature.
4.
bouquet garni.
–verb (used with object)
5.
to bind or make into a fagot.
6.
to
ornament with fagoting.

Also, British,
faggot.
[Origin:
1250–1300; ME < AF, OF; of obscure orig.] —Related forms
fag·ot·er, noun
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/faggot

So there......go bug Donald Trump......he deserves it!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Thoughts on Gerald Ford


As many of you know, Gerald Ford's tine on this earth ended last night at age 93. He died at home in California.
Of the things he did as President the one that sticks out (and sticks in the craw of many) is his pardon of Richard Nixon shortly after taking office. At the time, he said that this would be to heal the nation after being divided from Watergate. I agreed then, and to a great extent agree now.
Those who do not agree will point out, rightly so, that Nixon committed high crimes and misdemenors worthy of prosecution. Noted. But take a look at us during the Clinton impeachment fiasco. We were, and to some extent remain, a sharply divided country. Red and Blue America.
With demands of impeachment running loud in this country, many of those believe that Nixon also should have been impeached for his crimes and that Ford's actions were not in the best interests of the nation; possibly even pre-arranged. All this may be true, but remember on thing. In both cases of Nixon and Clinton, their crimes....real or imagined...did not directly result in death. As of this morning the death toll in Iraq has risen to 2,978. This is in direct result to the (IMHO) criminal action of George W. Bush and his handlers.
Lying, subterfuge, and theft can be forgiven. Americans have a grand tradition of doing this. Murder......yes I am calling it that....cannot be. Especially the cold-blouded type. For this, Bush must be called to account. He, and more important those who led him on this path. They should be tried, and if found guilty, convicted.
That is the difference.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Barack Attack

It looks like the always poised Hillary Rodham-Clinton is suffering from a really progressive case of B.O.

B. O., in this case stands for Barack Obama.

A few weeks ago, Clinton had the whole thing wrapped up. But just
like her husband in his initial Presidential run, Obama has come out of nowhere to give
Mistress Hill a run for her money.

Read this article from the Concord Monitor:


Two weeks after speaking to a sell-out Manchester crowd of more than
1,600, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is reaping the
benefits of his visit. If the Democratic primary were held today, Obama would be in a statistical dead heat
with New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, according to a new Monitor poll. Last month,
a Monitor poll showed Clinton trouncing her opponents, with Obama lagging 23 points behind.

"I'm not surprised, because Barack Obama got five days of constant media
attention in New Hampshire," said Jim Demers, a lobbyist
and former Democratic lawmaker who accompanied Obama throughout the
senator's New Hampshire visit. "Obama has
demonstrated to the people of New Hampshire that he's a top-tier candidate."

Although Clinton commands considerable support among likely Democratic
primary voters, she struggles in general election match-ups, according to the
poll. If the contest were held today, both Arizona Sen. John McCain and former
New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would prevail over Clinton. Obama, in contrast, would eke out a
slight win over both Republican candidates. Former Democratic vice presidential
nominee John Edwards is neck-and-neck with the Republicans.

"There are a lot of independents. These are the same people who loathe
Bush, loathe the Iraq war," said Del Ali, president of Research 2000, the
Maryland-based nonpartisan polling firm that conducted the poll for the Monitor
last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. "But deep down, they don't like Hillary
Clinton."

As the 2008 presidential primaries near, the Republican field has also
become increasingly competitive. Giuliani closed the gap with McCain in recent
weeks, turning an 8-point deficit into a slight lead, according to the poll.
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House speaker Newt Gingrich trail
behind, with 10 percent and 8 percent respectively. The poll shows Giuliani
garnering 26 percent to McCain's 25 percent. "McCain can't take New Hampshire
for granted the way he counted on them six years ago," said Dante Scala, a political scientist at St.
Anselm College. "If Giuliani could break through anywhere, it would be in New
Hampshire, with a large number of independents and a large number of relatively
moderate Republicans. He has the opportunity to cause John McCain a lot of
grief."

This time around, McCain can no longer rely on being a fresh face, said
Edward Mosca, a former chairman of the
Manchester Republican Committee. "You've got a limited shelf life in politics,
and he's been out there for a while," Mosca said. "I think
McCain's biggest obstacle in the primary is that he has the highest
expectations."
Roughly one year out from the New Hampshire primary,
political observers cautioned that polls offer little insight into the 2008
presidential contest. History books are full of candidates who led the polls but
lost the race: Bush, for example held a double-digit lead over McCain in a
University of New Hampshire poll conducted nine months before the primary.
McCain proceeded to rout his opponents.

"You will have this tremendous amount of energy and motion to secure
the allegiance of about 5,000 people," said Charlie Arlinghaus, president of the Josiah
Bartlett Center for Public Policy. "And nobody else is going to start paying
attention until after the summer."

But the poll does reflect name recognition, and it may hint at the
direction in which voters are leaning, analysts said.

Obama's surge in popularity is "name
recognition of an unknown, that's what's really surprising about it," said Arnie Arnesen, a political analyst and former
radio talk show host. "We're so yearning for something different, and what we
think we know about everyone else doesn't excite us."

Voters interviewed Friday afternoon echoed Arnesen's comment. Lenny Young of Concord
compared Obama's charisma to that of John F.
Kennedy. "He seems to have it," Young said. Although Young first heard of Obama during the senator's 2004 campaign,
it wasn't until Obama visited New Hampshire that he took
notice.
Concord resident Mike Sheehan had this
advice for the first-term senator: "Ride the wave." Obama's relative lack of experience - an
oft-cited criticism - is also an asset. "You figure in six years, only bad
things can happen," Sheehan said. As for Clinton, "you either
love her or you hate her," Sheehan said.

Excitement about a possible Obama run was also
reflected last week in an Iowa poll. If the Iowa Democratic caucus were held
today, former vice presidential nominee John Edwards and Obama would each secure 22 percent of the
vote, according to the poll, which was conducted by Research 2000, which also
conducted the Monitor poll.

A Clinton visit, however, would also likely boost her numbers, Demers said. "I don't think anyone can
underestimate Senator Clinton coming in, with her level of name recognition, the
role that her husband will be able to play in the campaign and the amount of
money that she has and is able to raise."

On the Republican side, Giuliani appeals to tough-on-terrorism social
moderates, Ali said. "They've turned off of McCain because of his visits to
Jerry Falwell," Ali added. During his 2000 White House bid, McCain called
Falwell, a prominent evangelical, one of the "agents of intolerance." McCain has
since met with Falwell, and recently delivered the commencement address at
Falwell's Liberty University.

The challenge for Giuliani, who is pro-choice, will come after New
Hampshire, political observers said. "I wouldn't be shocked if Giuliani won New
Hampshire," Ali said. But "what's going to happen when he goes to South
Carolina?"

In addition to the challenge from Giuliani, McCain also struggles with
his stance on the war. While most prominent lawmakers are focused on withdrawing
from Iraq, McCain has called for an increase of troops to quash the insurgency.

Support for the conflict in New Hampshire is at an all-time low,
according to the poll. Three years ago, 79 percent of Granite State voters rated
Bush's performance in handling the conflict excellent or good. Today, that
figure has plummeted to 29 percent. The vast majority - 60 percent of voters -
want troops to begin withdrawing before 2010.

Research 2000 used randomly generated telephone numbers to interview
600 likely voters. Those interviewed - 184 Democrats (31 percent), 193
Republicans (32 percent) and 223 voters who identified themselves as
independents (37 percent) - reflect voter registration numbers statewide. The
interviews included 288 men and 312 women. The poll has a 4 percent margin of
error.

For questions about the Democratic primary, Research 2000 polled
Democrats and individuals who identify as independents but said they would
likely vote in the Democratic primary. The same strategy was used for questions
about the Republican primary. In order to poll 400 likely voters about each
primary, Research 2000 conducted an over-sample, interviewing additional
residents.

Apart from who's up and who's down in the primary polls, support for
Edwards and Obama in the presidential match-ups
reflect a larger political trend, Scala said. "These
results reflect that New Hampshire is a purple state that leans toward the
Democrats."


The one thing that may put a cap on all this is a certain mindset that is still previlant in many parts of the country.

There are people who will not vote for either a black man or a woman, even though either would be the better choice (which is why Condoleeza is not running.....a being single and she hits the trifecta!). You would think we would have evolved by now. Some have, many have not.

So if either runs, the GOP will run a white, male, married gentleman.....probably, unfortunatly, McCain...and just sit back and do nothing. They may not have to.

One simply can hope that either Barack or Hillary can motivate those who have evolved in to a strong enough voting bloc to block the racists and the sexists.

yes, one can hope.

Monday, December 25, 2006

James Brown 1933-2006


This just came over the wire..



ATLANTA - James Brown the dynamic, pompadoured "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73.



Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital on Sunday and died around 1:45 a.m. Monday, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music. Longtime friend Charles Bobbit was by his side, he said.



Copsidas said Brown's family was being notified of his death and that the cause was still uncertain. "We really don't know at this point what he died of," he said.



The story is here....



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061225/ap_on_en_mu/obit_brown_10



Ladies and Gentlemen....the hardest working man in show business.........









Sunday, December 24, 2006

(ANOTHER!) Teacher is accused of having sex with teen



A Broward County substitute teacher and mother of three is charged with
having sex with a 17- year-old boy who is a friend of one of her children.

BY DARRAN SIMON

mailto:SIMONdsimon@MiamiHerald.com

Neighbors in a Coral Springs cul-de-sac where red bows and wreaths hang
on the doors, were shocked Saturday to learn that a mother of three had been
arrested for a sex crime.

Deborah Ann Reeder, 45, a substitute teacher in Broward County, was
released from jail on $20,000 bail Friday.

Police arrested her Thursday morning at her Coral Springs home, shortly
after she dropped off her youngest son for kindergarten at Country Hills
Elementary, a neighbor said. She was charged with four counts of having sex with
a minor, each a second-degree felony.

Coral Springs police say Reeder had sex with a teenage boy -- a friend
of one of her children -- at least four times between early October and early
December.

Reeder has been a substitute teacher at Country Hills since March, said
Keith Bromery, a district spokesman. None of the illicit trysts was at the
school, said Coral Springs Capt. Rich Nicorvo.

''I'm surprised that she made a poor judgment call like that,'' said
Jeffrey York, a neighbor who lives across the street. ``She is a smart person. .
. . Unfortunately she and her family are going to have to pay the
consequences.''

Reeder, her three sons and her husband -- who neighbors said is a
licensed pilot -- live in a cream-and-white-colored home with a swing set and a
basketball hoop.
No one answered the door on Saturday afternoon. The family
has lived in the neighborhood for more than nine years, neighbors say.

When police questioned Reeder, she invoked her right to remain
silent.
Police did not identify the 17-year-old victim, who told police he
and Reeder had sex multiple times in her car, her bed, on the floor of her
bedroom and in the master bedroom shower, a police report shows.

The teenager's mother called Reeder, with police listening in,
according to the police report. After the call, police decided to charge her
with the crimes, according to the report.

''I think that's disgusting,'' said York's wife Elisa York. ``I'm
shocked.''

Elisa York, who has a child at Country Hills, said Reeder also is a
volunteer there, in addition to substitute teaching. York last saw Reeder on
Wednesday, buying pizza for a Christmas party at the school, she said.

Bromery said Reeder will not be allowed to teach until the legal
proceedings have been resolved.
''They are a good family and it's really sad
. . .,'' said neighbor Giovanne Zygala. Zygala's husband, Yuri, added: ``We're
going to pray for them.''



May I ask a question....? "the 17-year-old victim, who told police he and Reeder had sex multiple times in her car, her bed, on the floor of her bedroom and in the master bedroom shower..."


This guy calls himself a VICTIM???? The kid is a lot of things, but not a VICTIM!


Look, if you want to make this stuff illegal, fine. But, IMHO, this kid was a WILLING PARTICIPANT, NOT a victim! It is time we stop pretending that kids are these innocent virgins untouched by human hands. In many cases, they are the ones doing the initial touching.


I pray for the day when real common sexual sense is washed over this continent.


Fat chance, I suppose.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

He's Finally Lost it....









I don't know.......this kid....or whoever wrote her cue cards....makes some valid points...

Anyway....the next day....









All I have to say is......




So THERE.........!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Just take me away God...just take me away.....!



















This.......



Led to this.......



.....which led to this......




...which led to this......



I love both of these people.......if they weren't such a--holes.




And as for....







The worse thing Tara Connor could have done was take Trump's deal.


She was better off being a slutty New York vixen. Her friendster list could have included Paris, Brittney, et. al.


Now she is off to a re-education camp......errrrrr.......rehabilitation center, where those who decide to be themselves are sent to learn that is not possible in this society. Not with the likes of Trump and O'Donnell running the show.


And please remember, if it were only drinking, it would have been swept under the rug. This is because Tara and Miss Teen USA were KISSING and MAKING OUT!

For that crime, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers cancelled Katie Rees contract with them. That, and proving how totally useless MADD has been in truly keeping teens from doing what they are going to do anyway.
Remember, it was not because she was drinking, it was because Tara and Katie were being bisexual with each other and others.
Once again the raging homo/bi/erotophobia of this country rears its ugly head. An no one talks about it because we're distracted by Roseanne and Dan.....errrrrr.....Donald and Rosie.
It's enough to drive one to............never mind.

Update:
Here are the so-called "offending" photos.



Now, what is there to be ashamed of? It's all about the apperent bisexuality AND sexuality of Katie Rees, not about drinking. It is about erotophnbia.

Sigh

The World Through the Eyes of a Pariah.


I am the girl whose girlfriend left her because her parents would disown her for dating a woman....


I am the one who had to see their twin sister crying because her girlfriend of two years left her for a man--and then told her she was sick in the head and needed help.


I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.


I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.


We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.


I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.


I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.I am not one of the lucky ones.


I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.


I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised.


The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.


I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.


I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.


I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.


I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.


I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didn't have to always deal with society hating me.I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.


I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.








Merry Christmas.
(Thanks to Bill and Rhonda Wild for this passage)

E!: PTC Puts NBC on Naughty List

If it was up to the Parents Television Council, NBC would be getting coal
in its stocking this Christmas.

The conservative watchdog organization
is calling on the network to rethink its decision to post an uncensored version
of a Saturday Night Live skit on both its own Website and YouTube, in which the
word dick is used multiple times.

The skit in question features host Justin Timberlake and cast member
Andy Samberg singing a holiday tune about presenting their ladyfriends with the
very special gift of their male members, wrapped up in a box with a bow on top.

"It's my dick in a box," the duo croon in the song's explanatory
refrain.

When the skit aired on SNL, NBC bleeped out the word dick a
total of 16 times. However, since the FCC has no jurisdiction over the Internet,
the network was able to leave the online clip uncensored.

As of Friday,
more than 4 million people had watched the clip on YouTube, with countless
others taking it in through NBC's official site, much to the dismay of the PTC.

"This is a new low for NBC," PTC president Brent Bozell said in a
statement. "Clearly, the network will stop at nothing to find loopholes for its
indecent programming to reach the public."

In NBC's defense, the version
airing on YouTube contains a cautionary warning, lest viewers are unclear as to
what they are about to watch.

"The following sketch contains explicit
lyrics that were not contained in the orignal [sic] broadcast," reads a message
appearing before the video begins.

On NBC's site, both the censored and
uncensored versions are available. Those who want to watch the unbleeped version
must affirm that they are over 18 as of Dec. 15, 2007—a date that may have been
a typo on the network's part.

"Moving objectionable content that would
not meet FCC standards directly to the Internet is blatantly irresponsible and
unacceptable," Bozell stated.

In an interview with the New York Times,
SNL producer Lorne Michaels said that posting the equivalent of a "director's
cut" of the show on the Internet "will be the exception" in the future.

However, he opined that other networks would be likely to follow NBC's
lead in using the Web to broadcast material deemed inappropriate for the
airwaves.

Despite its decision to put the clip online, NBC wasn't
allowing just anyone to post the uncensored version of the skit. All
unauthorized versions of "Dick in a Box" were being yanked from YouTube at the
network's request.

The skit is something of a follow-up to NBC's last
viral hit, "Lazy Sunday," which featured Samberg and former SNL cast member
Chris Parnell rapping about topics such as eating cupcakes and taking in a
matinee of Chronicles of Narnia.

After "Lazy Sunday" popped up on
YouTube and became an instant Internet sensation, NBC ordered the site to remove
it, later making the clip available for purchase through iTunes Music Store.



Here, by the way, is the skit in question......


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Video Village #1














Welcome, folk, to Video Village, where we gather some of the best, worst, and befuddling stuff from cable news in the last few days. Feel free to comment on anything you see here because, on some of this stuff....for me....its beyond comment...

First the easy targets.

Here is Mike Gallagher, radio bloviator (has anyone ever heard his show? He's definatly not in even Hannity's leauge), saying the U.S. government should "round up" actor Matt Damon, "The View" host Joy Behar, and MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann and "put them in a detention camp until this war is over because they're a bunch of traitors."

Noooooo, Mikey, a traitor is someone who sees evil men doing evil things to a country and its people and not only does not speak up, when they do they call those who do traitors. Sounds like anyone you know Mikey?





Here's Handmaiden and Combover and a rightie bloviator asking is "Hollywood" out of touch with MainSteam America.

Here's a new flash for ya: Hell ya. But only because MainStream America is out of touch with reality.



And finally, equine-esque bloviator Ann COLT-ter disses Time Magazine's choice of folks like 'ol Poly for Persons of the Year. What's your problem, Flicka? The fact that all this year well-known bloggers and little fish like moi have documented all of your delicious faux-pas all damn year? Do you remember this? Or this? And how can anyone forget THIS?

Face it babe....we own you, now and forever!









Moving right along, it seems our friend, Keith Olbermann is now asking fr $4,000,000 a year to sit in that Countdown chair.

I think he deserves it!





















And what video package would not be complete without these two?

Stephen Colbert recently went to the Kennedy School of Government ay Haaaah-vard. Got to give 'em this, they are a good humoured bunch...






And, since we are not winning and not losing, President J. Fred Muggs, what in the name of God are we doing?????



You mean I answered my own question?

TTFN!

Monday, December 18, 2006

My Christmas Present to all of you....




And for those for whom it applies......


And to ALL my friends, loves, and co-conspirators, the happiest holiday season ever!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Ahhhh, yes.....sportsmanship

Seven players get suspensions from Knicks-Nuggets
brawl
NEW YORK — NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony was
suspended for 15 games today and six other players were penalized as
commissioner David Stern came down hard on both teams after the Nuggets and
Knicks brawled at Madison Square Garden.


The Knicks' Nate Robinson, a former University of Washington standout,
and J.R. Smith of Denver each got 10 games, and four other players also were
suspended. Stern fined each organization $500,000. But there was no separate
penalty for Knicks coach Isiah Thomas, who had warned Anthony not to go into the
lane before the mayhem started Saturday night.


"The NBA and its players represent a game of extraordinary skill,
athleticism and grace, and, for good or bad, set an example for the entire
basketball world, on and off the court," Stern said in a statement.
Mardy
Collins of New York, whose hard foul on Smith sparked the fighting, was
suspended six games and Knicks teammate Jared Jeffries will miss four. Also, the
Knicks' Jerome James and Denver's Nene were both penalized one game for leaving
the bench area during the chaos.


Ten players were ejected after the fight, which started with 1:15 left in
Denver's 123-100 victory. It was the NBA's scariest scene since the brawl
between Pacers players and Pistons fans in Detroit two years ago.

Some things defy commentary.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

This Man Just Does NOT F'N LISTEN!!!!!!!!!

Last month's election was, in many resepects, a referendum on Iraq.......and if that was the case the President did not do very well.

Even a month after that, this CBS News poll shows that whatever support this man had has evaporated..




On top of that.....this:



Army Captain's Simple Demonstration: How to Win in
Iraq
Officer Killed in Battle, but His Ideas Live On
By MARTHA
RADDATZ

Dec. 15, 2006 — - President Bush has spent the last few weeks engaged
in complex briefings with senior military officers, State Department officials
and outside experts as he tries to come up with a new plan to achieve victory in
Iraq.

But a young captain serving in Iraq's violent Al Anbar Province has
offered a simple explanation of what the problem was in Iraq and how to solve
it. Among his observations is the importance of having a moustache in
Iraq.

In a military known for its sleep-inducing, graphically dizzying
PowerPoint presentations, the young captain's presentation, which has been
unofficially circulating through the ranks, stands out. Using stick figures and
simple language, it articulates the same goal as the president's in Iraq.

The creator of this PowerPoint presentation, "How to Win in Al Anbar,"
was Capt. Travis Patriquin.
But Patriquin will not see victory in Iraq. He
was killed by the same improvised explosive device that killed Maj. Megan
McClung of the Marine Corps last Wednesday.

Patriquin had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. A gifted officer, he
spoke numerous languages, including Arabic.
"How to Win in Al Anbar" may not
make it to the desk of the president, but maybe it should.

Copyright © 2006 ABC News Internet Ventures
http://abcnews.go.com/International/print?id=2729584


And THIS IS THAT POWERPOINT.

But after all of that......does the President listen?

From www.abcnews.com Breaking News
PRESIDENT BUSH LIKELY TO SUPPORT A SURGE OF MORE THAN 30,000 ADDITIONAL U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ, ABC NEWS HAS LEARNED

THIRTY THOUSAND MORE AMERICANS TO DIE IN THIS CRUSADE!

And don't think it's about oil. If it were, the oil companies would be on DubDub's case on this....bad for the image (also, gas prices would be up to $5.00 by now). The real reason is so insidious, I hesitate to mention it. But the bottom line is after all of this, we will be sending 30,000 more men and women to die for Bush's evangelism.

This is not war, this is murder. And if this is not an impeachable offense, I do not know what is.

Friday, December 15, 2006

More on the war on that holiday in December

Well, the good news is that this stupidity will be over in about 11 days.


One would hope...



Thursday, December 14, 2006

NoNeck goes after Sheen; gets shorn




Question: do you think this is funny?



Well, I do. In fact I think it's hilarious.

So do about 20 million people who watch Two and a Half Men every blessed Monday night on CBS.

However, there is ONE person that not only found it not funny, but sacrilgeous and PROFANE! Can you guess who it is?

Two words: no neck.


CBS, Charlie Sheen bash Christ, Christmas and
Christians


My god, they hit the trifecta!!!!!



Charlie Sheen makes Joy to the World into a cheap sex song

Dear Donald,
CBS and actor Charlie Sheen have used the Christmas
season to ridicule and mock Christ, Christmas and Christians. CBS approved actor
Charlie Sheen’s vulgar adaptation of a favorite Christian Christmas carol. On
the December 11 program, the network included in their Two and a Half Men an
episode featuring Sheen singing about his sexual activity to the tune of the
traditional Christmas hymn "Joy to the World."

CBS and Sheen knew that the lyrics would greatly offend Christians, but
did not hesitate to air them.

The episode opens with series star Charlie (Sheen) singing:
“Joy to the world, I’m getting laid; I’m getting laid tonight. We’ll
light the yule log, deck the halls, and then we’ll play some jingle balls. It’s
been a real long wait – this is our second date! It’s Christmas Eve and I’m
getting laid.”


His housekeeper/cook comes in and asks:
“Hey, I’m mixing up the
egg nog. You want this broad lit up or just slightly glowing?” “Well,” Charlie
says, “let’s see, we’re celebrating peace on earth and good will towards all
mankind, so let’s get ‘er plowed!” “Hallelujah!” says the cook.Charlie returns
to singing, “Glo-oh-oh-oh-oh-ria, tonight I’m boinking Gloria!” CBS
punctuates every single line with a laugh track.

Take Action
Such actions send a signal from CBS and Hollywood: “It’s
ok to bash Christians, their religion and their God.” If you are tired of this
bigotry from CBS and Hollywood, please take action and then forward this to your
friends and family.
Click here to send an email to CBS.
Forward this to your
friends and family.













Donny dear.....has it come to this? Have you become so target bankrupt that you are now picking on Charlie Sheen basically being........Charlie Sheen?

It's not enough that you are playing the War on Xmas card, asking your 3.5 million sheeple (and who knows how much that number is inflated since you will not release your official records) to boycott the GAP. But now you are down to aiming your lance at an innocuous joke.

No Christians were bashed, Christmas was not defiled, it was just a batchelor man thinking about his latest conquest. Now if you work on that angle, fine. But this is the equivilant to one of those Southern California STORMWATCHES that stations call for after two drops of rain fall in Tujunga.

You, Dr, Wildmon, have gone below a joke...because with a joke you can at least laugh at it. You have indeed, sir, begun to refelect the true meaning and spirit of the word pathetic.

Oh, and an aside to the anchor that precedes the clip: I know that Mississippi created some wonderful, beautiful women. But since Delta Burke left, is this.....what's left? Lady, take some advice from Delta...if you are going to be a BBW, do NOT forget the second B!

OY!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

If you liked 2257, you will LOVE this!

This is SERIOUS SHIT, people. It could affect things like Yahoo Groups, among other things. And I personally am sick of seeing all "sex offenders" lumped into one category. A prostitute, two age peer teen lovers, gays, strippers who give lap dances where it's illegal, people busted for oral sex where it's illegal, people busted for SM activity -- all of these are being put into the same hamper as child molestors and rapists. I personally think that's wrong. There's a lot wrong with these proposed laws, actually -- and none of them kept Republican Rep. Mark Foley from hot chatting underage pages right in the middle of Congress...
-- Darklady
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Senator Proposes Mandatory "Obscenity" Reporting for Blogs, Mailing Lists, and Beyond
by Darklady

WASHINGTON, DC -- Webmasters and web denizens who thought things got confusing and paranoid after the government strengthened and began enforcing its 2257 regulations may look back on those days with fondness if Sen. John McCain (AZ-R) gets his way. Legislation drafted and presented by McCain would require that commercial websites, as well as personal blogs, mailing lists, and more, conform to federal obscenity reporting guidelines or face fines of up to $300,000.

Fear of such a possible development was likely behind the massive policy changes that community building websites such as Tribe.net underwent earlier in 2006 and, given some of the bill's requirements, such fear may not have been misplaced. McCain's proposal, emotionally named the "Stop the Online Exploitation of Our Children Act," affects, among other things, any internet presence that offers user profiles by forcing them to delete pages belonging to sex offenders, apparently with no consideration given to what their offense was or whether they have served their time. According to McCain during a speech on the Senate floor, these changes are necessary because "technology has contributed to the greater distribution and availability, and, some believe, desire for child pornography. "

No mention was made about those offenders whose crimes involved adults or mutually consensual, but illegal, activity. Additionally, the proposed law mandates that any form of suspected "obscenity" or child pornography be reported to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, with that information being forwarded to the appropriate legal authorities. Webmasters would be required to retain any "information relating to the facts or circumstances" for a minimum of six months. Those who report suspected criminal activity would be immune from civil or criminal liability under the proposed law, so long as they followed the specified procedures precisely. Internet Service Providers are already required by law to report suspected child porn or obscenity, but McCain increases penalties and expands regulation to not only commercial web presences but to individual bloggers or those who provide bulletin board discussion areas and user forums on their websites.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation was quick to condemn the proposal, with attorney Kevin Bankston stating that he was "concerned that there is a slipper slope here," according to News.com. "Once you start creating categories of industries that must report suspicious or criminal behavior, when does it stop?" he asked. While the answer to Bankston's question is unknown, what is known is that McCain's proposal would mandate reports from any content hosting service, any website with a message board, any social-networking site, any email service, any instant-messaging service, any chat room, any domain name registration service, any internet search service, any electronic communication service, and any image or video-sharing service.

An anonymous McCain aid stated that any site or service that "you'd have to join up or become a member of to use" regardless of free or pay status would fall under the proposed law's jurisdiction. This includes, but certainly is not restricted to, so-called "social-networking" sites such as MySpace, LiveJournal, Friendster, as well as other membership sites including Amazon.com, Slashdot.com, Gamespot.com, CNET.com, MP3.com, and any other site that allows public profiles.

Although some, including Kate Dean of the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association says that the organizations membership appreciates McCain's work to make reporting procedures more clear, others believe that the involvement of private individuals will make things more complex, in part because what constitutes child pornography is not entirely certain. The recent indictment of Alabaman photographer Jeff Pierson on child pornography charges, for instance, indicates that nudity is not required for an image of a minor to be deemed pornographic. Pierson's work features clothed underage models deemed "provocative" by prosecutors -- but taken with parental consent. The bill would also create a federal registry containing "any email address, instant-message address, or other similar internet identifier" possessed by anyone convicted of a sex crime. Those who refuse to provide the government with this information would face penalties of up to a decade in prison. The information would then be used, presumably, by membership sites forced to purge themselves of anything "associated" with that person.

Regardless of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' recent political grandstanding on the topic, studies have shown that the online solicitation of minors has dropped during the past five years, even while social-networking sites have increased. Because of this, Bankston insists that "This constitutionally dubious proposal is being made apparently mostly based on fear or political considerations, rather than on the facts." Such concerns do not appear to be of interest to Congress, however, given that the Deleting Online Predators Act, another fuzzily worded bill that appears to target social-networking sites without actually defining its terms, was approved this past summer by the U.S. House of Representatives in a 410 - 15 vote.

McCain, who scored 31 points out of a 100 point total in a News.com election guide concerning technologically friendly legislation, will be in good company during the coming year. Gonzales and the FBI intent to continue to push for mandatory ISP data retention and Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY-D) plans to join McCain by jointly introducing anti-sex offender and social-networking legislation in January.

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Now, my turn. remember on 360 when I said that I had a forboding of doom? Well, this is it, guys. The aim of this is NOT to trap sexual predators, but to kill sexual discussion on the web. This will target sites like this one that do allow sexuall frankness in some way, shape or form. This is an attempt to kill the budding Third Sexual Revolution. And they may well succeed.

This is being talked about under stealth. If it was not for the eagle eye of DarkLady, no one would have known about this. Talk radio will not talk about it. Liberal talk radio is too busy with Iraq. And considering the fact that Chuck Schumer, paper liberal from NY, is joining this, unless we act now, it will be a done deal.

As I have always said, at the words "Child Protection" to anything, and you can pass the most draconian legislation possible, instead of actually dealing with the real issue.

Did you hear about Paul Barnes, the megachurch pastor who quit because he was about to be outed as gay? In his mea culpa to his congregation, he said he has been dealing with homosexual feeling since age 5. AGE FIVE, GUYS! And if this one person was dealing with sexual feelings at that age, how many other were....or are? Instead of throwing it under the rug, is it possible to deal honestly with this openly?

And for adults who are sexually free, sexually liberal. For those who are naturists. How many closets can they build for you.

Add to the fact that a malicious worm is attacking MySpace thru Quicktime, and a compelling case can be made that a concerted attack on those outside of the norms of society may have begun, with the Iraq War as a cover.

Unless we do something now, the freedoms we have enjoyed, already limited, may dissapear. If you have not written or called your congressperson, do so today. Also contact Mr. McCain, and let him know that your attack on free speech will be noted if you run for President.-polybi

To find your Congressperson, go here: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Al Franken: OUT @ Air America??




Two Progressive talk stations have silently replaced Al Franken on thierAir America scheules with Portland, OR talk host Thom Hartman.



Al is gone on his annual USA tour and while he is out, his producer/sidekick Billy Kimball is running things. Franken's show is still on the AAR Feed, and Kimball promises that he will get Franken on throughout the week eithet via cell or satphone.



Hartmann is a power house in Portland, keeping his AAR affilliate KPOJ-AM near the top of that city's Arbitron ratings heap.



Franken has been working for the finacially-challenged network without pay for months and has been mulling over a Senatorial campaign. Many radio insiders say that AAR would stand a better chance at survival with a more professional sounding and successful host. Having stayed competive with Rush limbaugh many times in the Portland area, Hartmann seems to fit both bills.



AAR has been operating on Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules since October, and has been given extra time to fina a buyer. Reliable sources have identified an investment froup headed by a former AAR boardmember as being close to a buy deal.

Impacting............