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Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Real Monsters

There seems to be an obsession online these days about protecting the children.

Its an obsession that has affected the way social networks are run, and the level of censorship certain sites do.

MySpace makes deals with the state of New York. Multiply announces that it is now "family-friendly." Facebook goes into extra filtering. And the terms of service pretty much limit discussions to that of rainbows, needlepoint, and car trips.

All to protect the children.

I know there are people online...some I know...who have had very loving relations with thier families and others. Close enough to worry statdard society. These are people that we protect the children from for some reason. I will not say thimps up or down on this here. But I wonder, as we carrling certain people demons because it's easier for us? Or that, there for the grace of God and Family Services go I?

Bacause while we try to protect children from thier own wants and desires, where are all those same people where other kinds of abuse happens.

All of this actuall happened this week....

A Mandan, ND woman faces a felony child abuse charge after witnesses told authorities she endangered her baby on a city street.

Twenty-five-year-old Pamela Seidel is accused of being drunk when she pulled a car seat carrying the baby down the street, using a dog leash.

http://www.kxmb.com/getArticle.asp?ArticleId=252138

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Lehigh Acres man accused of beating a 3-year-old boy to death last year in Cape Coral will not face the death penalty.

Kashon Scott is charged with one count each of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the killing of Zahid Jones Jr.

Friday in court prosecutors announced they won't seek the death penalty against Scott.

The boy's mother, Nicole Brewington, is also charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

The two are scheduled to next appear in court in August.

http://www.winknews.com/news/local/22120254.html

QUEENSBURY, NY -- In an unusual move, a Warren County judge today lightened the sentence he imposed on Thursday to a Glens Falls mother convicted of ignoring fatal injuries her live-in boyfriend inflicted on her infant son.

Alicia Lewie will now serve 7 1/3 to 22 years in state prison for doing nothing to save her 7-month-old son, Colbi, from Michael Flint Jr., the man who admitted he repeatedly beat the child and eventually killed him.

Judge John Hall had initially sentenced the 24-year-old woman to 10 to 30 years in state prison for her jury conviction on charges of second-degree manslaughter and endangerment.

But Hall brought Lewie back to court today to re-impose the sentence.

http://timesunion.com/AspStories/storyprint.asp?StoryID=699602

And it goes on and on and on.

Then we have the spare-the-rod-spoil-the-child method of raising a child. You know...how many people have said "My daddy beat me within an inch of my life and today I am better for it and I do that to my kids too." I have been, as I have said in the past, beaten with a extension cord, a hot iron, sticks, tree branches, belt buckles, fists, and I have been almost killed with a bucther knife, not to mention having a gun pointed at me three times.

By my parents.

They lived long lives. Of course, had they had sex with me, they would be in prison.

Kiss you kids bum, go to jail. Beat your kids bum, your are parents-of-the-year.

The hypocrasy is numbing. And I seem to be the only one who sees it. This mixed signal that hurting is good and loving is bad is beyoind confusing.

And most confusing is this: we send thousands of those children every year to either die or be mutilated beyond repair....or to have someone other young person shot or multilated beyond repair. This as the elders in charge have state dinners, laugh for the cameras, cavort with thier concubines, and play golf, while either pretending that they care, or just not caring at all.

When you think about it, the societally acceptable practice of war, is, in many respects, the worst form of child abuse.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Nader Plays the Race Card

Thier own words......

Listen at the 1:25 mark....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO_mleGVvE0

Obama responds....listen at the 2:36 mark.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ixGwXt6kQ&feature=related

and a response from Obama's Comminications Director, Joe Gibbs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvJqxL4FvZk&feature=related

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Imus, again.

Gabcast! polyblog #29 - Imus Strikes Again

During an on-air conversation Monday about the arrests of suspended Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, Imus asked, "What color is he?" Told by sports announcer Warner Wolf that Jones is "African-American," Imus responded: "There you go. Now we know."

And as usual, the dumb-dumbs who populate the soundbyte world went on a spree....."IMUS IS A RACIST....IMUS SHOULD BE FIRED!" Forner Guradian Angel head-turned talk show host Curis Silwa wants Imus to retire. Of course this guy, who is more racist than the I-man will EVER be, used to have the slot Imus has now, how we know how unbiased HIS ass is....

Your friendly, neighborhood polybi has a few comments of his own.....(roll tape)

Now this morning, Imus explained the segment, with a point I had not thought of.....

There you go. He's done with it, but I am sure this will continue. One hopes that Citidel/ABC and RFD hang with him.

As for Mr. Jones, I have this for him....if you think Don Imus is a racist, do us a favor: STOP GIVING HIM AMMUNTION!

Damn.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

George Carlin, 71

The counter-culture hero, famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital Sunday, a spokesman said.

george carlin in 2005 after katrina, tells it like it is

Saturday, June 21, 2008

What a diiference a year makes....

A year ago, Rosie O'Donnell asked CNN's borderline xenophobic fire brand Lou Dobbs this question anout whether Gerorge Bush should be impeached:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sacu0eu_jWQ

One year later.......

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ldo9KDHXmgg

Now we are not talking here about the war or even as much the border, but many of the 35 articles of Impeachment entered into record last week dealt with incompetance in the position.

The good news is that he CAN be prosecuted after leaving office.

Anyway, Lou, welcome to the party.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Conform or Die

My friend Debbie is gone.

You knew her as either suesitta or debbiepet.

This has been a very depressing week for me, and it has become very clear. Conform or die.

In Washington today, we got a goo taste of that. The 4th Amendement was essential neutered by both Democrats and Republicans. And don't count on our new savior to help you. If you are wondering how they can do that, please remember that the people who are in control (and its not the Trilaterals or the Build-A-better-burgers or whatever they're called) have set it up so they only have to ask one question...

What do you rather have..you family or your freedom?

Wat would you rather have, live you live truthfully/honestly and lose everything.....or live a lie required by society/state/mores and continue your exsistance?

This is what I have been talking about for the last 20 years and the last three on Multiply. That one day they will come to get you because of what you say or what you post.

And I do not think it is Multiply's choice. All social networks are in play. Even ning has been co-opted by GE and TimeWarner. Companies who, themselves, are very skittish when it comes to certain content.

They will force you to water down, tone down, maybe even deny yourself.

Online, you will be deleted. Offline, it could be worse.

Your family may be split. Your job terminated. You could become a social pariah.

Depending, you may even be imprisoned. Or worse.

Am I being over dramatic? I truly wished I was. For there was a time when I truly believed in freedom. When I thought that was what this country was about. That's what I learned in school.

Now was it all a big, fat lie.

A friend of mine, one of the vanished, one repeated the lyrics of a song from South Pacific. It was written about race, but it could also mean gender, sexuality, anything. They are lyrics that play themselves out over and over on a daily basis, online and on the real world. I have tried to resist them, but each day the become harder...

You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught


You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
And people whose skin is a different shade
You've got to be carefully taught

You've got to be taught before it's too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught
You've got to be carefully taught

-South Pacific/Rogers and Hammerstein

I am beginning to wonder if freedom ever exsisted....

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Hell of Fred Phelps

Well, funky Freddy, the head of the Westboro Baptist Church, has shown that he is the dried up turd we all believe he is.

Went to his website today, just to see what Funky Freddy and his butt-ugly daughter though of all them sod-do-mites getting hicthed.

Sure enough, the protest happned this morning in "Hell-bound" San Francisco. He also has a pretty full plate: several military funerals, the Chinese embassy, and the funeral of...Tim Russert.

That's right, Tim Russert.

I know it's freedom of speech, and you know how I feel, but that does not stop me from criticizing someone who abuses it. Liek Funky Freddy.

Ahhh, but the WBC is headed to China for the Olympics to picket there. The nice thing is all that freedom of speech and religeon we love here in the good old USA....that doesn't go in China. Lets see how G.H.F's goes in China. Heh Heh

Monday, June 16, 2008

Judge's wife calls Web porn story 'outright lies'

A federal appeals court judge under scrutiny for sexually explicit videos and photos posted on a personal Web site is the victim of distortions and "outright lies" published by the Los Angeles Times, his wife charged Monday.

Marcy Jane Tiffany, wife of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, described some of the material stored on the home computer as raunchy and juvenile. Only about a half-dozen files among hundreds had a "sexual aspect," but they were not pornography, she said.

"Alex is not into porn — he is into funny — and sometimes funny has a sexual character," Tiffany wrote in a nearly 2,000-word defense of her husband, posted on a Web site called patterico.com.

In a brief telephone interview, Tiffany confirmed that she wrote the statement and declined further comment, except to quote the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."

The newspaper's California editor, David Lauter, said in a statement that the articles were fair and accurate.

The stories "raised important issues on a matter of significant public concern," Lauter said. "The judge was presented with the facts ... and was given a full opportunity to respond."

Meanwhile Monday, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts transferred a review of Kozinski's conduct to the judicial council of a different circuit. The chairman of the judicial council of the Philadelphia-based 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Anthony Scirica, then named himself and four other judges to handle the ethics investigation.

Kozinski called for the probe after news articles about the Web site were published. Separately, Kozinski last week declared a mistrial in an obscenity trial over which he was presiding.

The now-blocked material on the Web site, alex.kozinski.com, included a photo of naked women on all fours painted to look like cows, and a video of a man being pursued by a sexually aroused donkey. The Times said the site included images of masturbation, and a slide show featuring a striptease with a transsexual.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080617/ap_on_re_us/obscenity_or_art&printer=1;_ylt=Al3_sK7Qk16l9hYm_NRAh6lH2ocA

Gay Marriage Proponents Launch New Ad Campaign.

OAKLAND, CA -- A controversial new advertisement in favor of same-sex marriage is raising eyebrows among conservative officials.

The commercial depicts a bride running into a series of obstacles on her way to the altar before asking, "What if you couldn't marry the one you love?"

The ad's maker said that an appeal based on emotion, rather than legality, is a real change for the same-sex marriage movement.

"It doesn't really work if you only convince them you should have rights. You have to have them understand who you are and the pain it's caused," Equality California Institute representative Geoff Kors said. "It can hurt people and not exclude people from something as fundamental as marriage in our society."

Conservative officials have decried the ad.

"Anti-marriage activists can spend millions of dollars, but nothing on earth can stop Californians from voting to protect everything about marriage for one man and one woman," said Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for Children and Families.

Gay Marriage Proponents Launch New Ad Campaign.

OAKLAND, CA -- A controversial new advertisement in favor of same-sex marriage is raising eyebrows among conservative officials.

The commercial depicts a bride running into a series of obstacles on her way to the altar before asking, "What if you couldn't marry the one you love?"

The ad's maker said that an appeal based on emotion, rather than legality, is a real change for the same-sex marriage movement.

"It doesn't really work if you only convince them you should have rights. You have to have them understand who you are and the pain it's caused," Equality California Institute representative Geoff Kors said. "It can hurt people and not exclude people from something as fundamental as marriage in our society."

Conservative officials have decried the ad.

"Anti-marriage activists can spend millions of dollars, but nothing on earth can stop Californians from voting to protect everything about marriage for one man and one woman," said Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for Children and Families.

GAY PANIC IN CALIFORNIA!!!!!!

Well, we are only 2 hours and 45 minutes away from same-gender couples enjoying the same wedded bliss that hetrosexual couples have been trying to squirm out of for years!

The Righteous Flock is in a panic over this. I got the following letter TWICE today from our NoNecked friend Rev. Donald Wildmon. I give this to you with no editorial comment. None is needed.

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Dear Pastors, Friends and Christian Leaders,

We have labored to make this letter as short as possible. However, the gravity of this moment caused us to need to share several critical items. Please read carefully – at least this first page.

The landscape of California will change dramatically as of Monday, June 16 at 5:01 PM. Every Bible believing pastor and church will be affected.

STATEWIDE CONFERENCE CALL

Please join with pastors and Christian leaders all across California who are coming together at 43+ locations for a statewide Pastors Strategic Conference Call, Wednesday, June 25, at 10 AM.

Here are the locations currently confirmed from which you can choose:

Alhambra - Los Angeles Chinese Alliance Church
Alta Loma - Crosslight Family Ministries
Azusa – Azusa Pacific University – Graduate School of Theology
Bakersfield - Canyon Hills Assembly of God
Chino Hills - Calvary Chapel Chino Hills
Chula Vista - La Comunidad Christiana
Corona - Crossroads Christian Church
Crestline - First Baptist Church
Diamond Springs - Calvary Chapel Placerville
El Centro - Christ Community Church
Encinitas - El Camino Christian Church
Escondido - St. Mary Catholic Church
Fresno - Cornerstone Church
Fullerton - Eastside Christian Church
Glendale - Bethel Assembly of God
Huntington Beach - Refuge\Calvary Chapel Huntington Beach
La Mesa - Skyline Church (Host Location)
Lakewood - Emmanuel Church
Lancaster - Central Christian Church
Lompoc - The Village Chapel
Long Beach - Calvary Chapel North Long Beach
Los Angeles - Bethany Baptist Church
Oceanside - New Venture Christian Fellowship
Paso Robles - The Revival Center
Porter Ranch - Shepherd of The Hills
Porterville - Porterville First Church of the Nazarene
Riverside - St. Andrew Orthodox Christian Church
Sacramento - Fourteenth Avenue Baptist Church
Sacramento - Riverside Wesleyan Church
San Diego - Clairemont Christian Fellowship
San Diego - Midway Baptist Church
San Jose - Venture Christian Church
San Luis Obispo - Mercy Church
Santa Maria - First Church of God
Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa Nazarene Church
Shasta Lake - Fountain Ministries World Outreach
Stockton - Trinity Baptist Church
Susanville - Grace Fellowship Church
Temecula - Trinity Lutheran Church
Temecula - Mountain View Community Church
Vacaville - Crossroads Christian Church
Victorville - Gate Church of the High Desert
Wildomar - Beracah Faith Ministries International

(More to be added)

If you, as a pastor, are willing to host a gathering of pastors and Christian leaders at your church, or you know of a pastor who will host, please contact Chris Clark at pastor@eastclairemont.com or 858-395-7136. You need to have speaker-phone capability that can be adequately amplified, along with PowerPoint capabilities for visual purposes.

Additionally, please forward this email to as many pastors and Christian leaders as you can or email reply with the email addresses of pastors and Christian leaders so that we can keep them informed of future developments.

(NOTE: If you have no time to read more, thank you for reading this far. Please skip to the final two paragraphs and sign up to attend or host a location.)

This statewide conference call will be audio only, although we are attempting to provide each site with PowerPoint visuals to make the conference more "informationally friendly." Be assured that the information shared will be extremely beneficial for the future of the cause of Christ in California. Saying it another way, it is worth canceling all other appointments in order to be present at one of these locations.

LEGAL REALITIES

In a few days, the impact of four California Supreme Court judges will be felt throughout our state. Since things will "feel the same" (no lightning, thunder, earthquakes – likely), the naysayers will say, "See, we told you, it isn't the end of the world."

However, there is much more subterranean activity than there is on the surface. Your role – as a Christian pastor in this state – will have changed and it will have changed significantly. We have from now until the November elections to alter this.

RESPONSE OF THE GAY COMMUNITY

A "Joint Advisory" (see http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pdfs/ca_joint_advisory.pdf ) was sent out by nine organizations (GLAD [Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders], Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality Federation, Freedom to Marry, GLAAD [Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation], the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the ever present ACLU) cautioning their members not to launch lawsuits now. Not yet, at least.

The language of the document is obvious: They are instructing their members to lay low, and not stir up trouble now. In essence, they know they can sue. But do it later. They openly admit that suing now will set their cause back (see their document). In other words, they know that they have the legal advantage on this one. But if they use it, and press the issue, this will inform the "mushy middle" (people who indecisive on this issue) of exactly what has happened, and it could affect the outcome of the California Constitutional Marriage Amendment in November.

WHAT DOES THIS RULING MEAN?

How does the California Supreme Court ruling affect pastors? Are we forced to perform marriages for homosexual couples? Are we forced to rent our church buildings to homosexual couples who want to get married?

One large, highly visible church in the greater LA area received a call from a prominent LA newspaper. The reporter wanted to know if the church was ready to perform homosexual marriages. The pastor was not available so the person who took the call responded, "No comment." Agitated, the hostile reporter said, "I'll call back June 17 (the day after the ruling takes effect) and will ask you if you will marry homosexual couples."

After talking with attorneys, there are several things emerging:

(1) On page 117 of the California Supreme Court ruling, it exempts pastors, stating the following: “Finally, affording same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the designation of marriage will not impinge upon the religious freedom of any religious organization, official, or any other person; no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs. (Cal. Const., art. I, § 4.);”

(2) However, before you breathe a sigh of relief, I quote what one person wrote to me this morning: "This decision has to be viewed within the matrix of California's existing laws that cover individuals within a 'protected' class.’” Regretfully the same court that affirmed this protection could take it away;

(3) There are numerous Christian legal organizations and attorneys who are willing to defend you pro bono should the need arise;

(4) We are not given to a spirit of fear;

(5) We must be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matt 10:16), and

(6) We need thorough and correct information.

Bottom line: at our June 25 Statewide Pastors Conference Call, Christian attorneys will instruct and guide us on these issues.

In addition, we will cover the strategy for preparing for (and winning) the California Constitutional Marriage Amendment vote in November. This is a winnable war. And, unfortunately, the freedom to proclaim the Gospel hinges on the outcome of this election.

FASTING AND PRAYER

One of the things I am most excited about is our upcoming 40 Day Statewide Fast, from September 25 to November 2. Individuals may fast portions or all of the 40 days, as they are led, or they may fast in “relays” as teams.

A culmination of this 40 day period will be THE CALL (see the event in Washington, DC at www.thecall.com). THE CALL CALIFORNIA will be held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Saturday, November 1, from 10 AM to 10 PM – involving men and women of God from every denomination – all united to create a climate of ongoing prayer and fasting in our state and across the nation. We will cover many details regarding prayer and fasting in the June 25 statewide conference call. In our hearts, we know that what is really needed is more than a voting victory in November. What is needed is revival and an avalanche of Holy Spirit-given evangelism. That is why we pray.

MEDIA PRESENCE

Some County Clerk's offices are staying open late on Monday, June 16, to accommodate marrying homosexual couples. Others will begin the process Tuesday morning, June 17. This event is an opportunity for Christian pastors to be "in the mix" and speak out in the media.

If (and I repeat "if") you are (1) called of God to do it (don't do it if you are not called by Him), and (2) if you are inherently media savvy, and (3) if you truly know the key issues upon which to focus for a secular audience, and (4) if you will not be inflammatory in your language, but loving in both speech and demeanor, then may I recommend you to go to your respective County Clerk's office on Monday evening or Tuesday morning – or both. Hand your card to media personnel and let them know who you are and that you are willing to make comments. For the most part, they do prefer to attempt to present "opposing views."

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of being firm, be loving. If you appear to be scared or angry or portraying "hate," then that will be trumpeted by the anti-biblical crowd. It is imperative that we are as loving as Christ, while not flinching under pressure. My suggestion, do not go if you feel you cannot follow the four principles above.

GUIDELINES FOR MEDIA

I have done over 300 interviews (some of them under hostile conditions), so may I share a couple of points of advice? They are:

1. Put a "smile in your eyes" (seriously – try to do this when on camera).

2. Know the key points – clearly – backwards & forwards (see below).

3. If you are asked a question that is "off message" – gently direct it to "on message" in your answer.

4. If a question is asked in an hostile fashion, smile and answer calmly and slowly. Remember, a soft answer does turn away wrath.

5. Never, never raise your voice; talk calmly – reflecting the peace of Christ.

6. Don't quote Bible verses to a secular audience (which will be the case in media interviews); make your case based on Christ-honoring truth, but avoid quoting verses unless that is the nature of the question.

KEY ISSUES TO COVER

  1. Four judges overruled the will of the people, Prop. 22 which passed by 61.4% in 2000, and was placed in the California Family Code indicating marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Key words: “usurping,” “tyranny of the judges,” “preempting the will of the people.” The judges overturned Prop. 22 on May 15. They were asked if they would put a stay on their ruling until the citizens of California could vote on the Marriage Amendment, since the necessary signatures were being validated (694,000 required; 1.1 million obtained). On June 4, the judges refused to do so, thus creating legal chaos for the state when the Marriage Amendment vote is successful. In other words, people will be married under the ruling of four judges, and those marriages will have to be reconsidered in the light of the Marriage Amendment in November. All of these are key issues that honest minded people find offensive.
  2. Children (particularly significant on this past Fathers Day weekend) deserve a chance to have a father and a mother. This produces the best environment for producing healthy human beings.
  3. Do not use the phrase “ban same sex marriage;” that plays into the opposition’s court. Use correct phrasing: “destroying the definition of marriage that has existed in California’s 158 year history – since 1850, and the history of most of Western Civilization.

NOTE: These first three are all you need. The remaining ones are only if you need them. You will likely not need these.

  1. Virtually every culture has affirmed the role of heterosexual marriage. There is a reason. It works.
  2. Two pronged approach: (a) for people who see themselves as Christians, the Bible speaks clearly on this; (b) for those who are not concerned with the Bible or Christianity, there is an awareness of “natural law,” in that males and females function together in a particular role that sustains and provides health to the human race.
  3. Loss of religious liberties; loss of freedom of speech, in that Canada and Sweden, for example, are now ruling that the Bible is “hate speech,” at some point, pastors will lose their right to speak out on this issue; pastors will be forced to perform homosexual weddings or face imprisonment and fines;
  4. Social experiments are costly and devastating to the health of humans and societies.
  5. If we redefine marriage, why stop with same sex? Why not polygamy? Why not incest (under age)? What is the basis for stopping with this definition of marriage? Why not further expand it?
  6. Do we need public school curriculum to advocate homosexual activity?

I pray wisdom for you as you process what God is saying to you in this regard. If you want further key points to discuss, go to www.ProtectMarriage.com.

Most importantly, join with us Wednesday, June 25 at 10 AM – at one of the above locations – or please host one yourself. Reminder: contact Chris Clark (pastor@eastclairemont.com) ASAP if you are willing to host.

To insure sufficient materials are available for those attending at each location, RSVP to Tracy Burger at tburger@skylinechurch.org now with your name, the name of the church you are representing, your position at that church, your email and phone, and the site you will be attending.

I pray blessings on you this day.

Your brother in this ultimately victorious battle,

Jim Garlow, Sr. Pastor
Skyline Church, San Diego

Saturday, June 14, 2008

American Becky Hammon plays for Team Russia

This is not your father's Olympics. Nor is it your father's world. Nothing more drives that point home in sports than the fact that Becky Hammon will be competing for Russia in this summer's Olympics.

That's right. Becky Hammon, the WNBA point guard from America's heartland, is going to march into National Stadium in Beijing under a Russian flag, wearing a Russian uniform. And perhaps the biggest irony of all is that Russia, a country that for years represented the antithesis of a free market, bought her services - fast tracking her to Russian citizenship after she signed a four-year contract for more than $2 million to play for CSKA, a Russian professional team, last winter.

Though Hammon received her citizenship several months ago, it wasn't until recently with the start of the WNBA season and the Summer Olympics approaching that her decision received a lot of attention. Suddenly, everywhere her San Antonio team goes, she is being asked about her decision.

Is Becky Hammon a traitor?

Or is the former Liberty point guard simply a savvy capitalist, trying to make the most of her opportunities in a global economy?

Your answer to this has as much to do with your age as it does your politics.

That's because the Olympic plot line, like the world, used to be so simple. For years, it was the United States versus the Soviet bloc, freedom versus Big Brother, capitalism versus a state-run economy, good guys versus bad guys.

The Olympics never would have become the television spectacle it is today without the Cold War as a backdrop. Without it, we wouldn't have had some of sports' most dramatic moments. Would the "Miracle on Ice" be anything more than a big win? Would the Soviet basketball team have taken the gold from the Americans in Munich? Would television announcers have spent so much time talking about which gymnastics and skating judges were from Soviet bloc countries and debating how it impacted their scoring?

Yet to most of today's athletes, this is ancient history. Hammon wasn't even a year old when the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviet Union at Lake Placid in 1980. She was 12 years old when the Berlin Wall came down. Hammon's Russia is about as far away from a communist country as one can get: Forbes magazine recently estimated that there are 33 billionaires in Moscow, more than any other city in the world including New York, which has only 31.

This is not the Russia many Americans grew up cheering against.

For years, Americans have played for other teams. Usually, the vehicle for participation is some sort of family tie. More than half of the Greek Olympic softball players in 2004 were Americans, who met the requirement of having at least one great-grandparent from Greece, which had never previously fielded a softball team in international competition.

Hammon has no Russian ancestry and had never been to the country before signing a contract to play professionally there. Yet under Russian rules, a player who has not played for another country internationally can become a naturalized citizen and then play for the Olympic team.

And that's what Hammon, who finished second in the 2007 MVP voting, decided to do after she was not one of the first 23 players invited to contend for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. She decided she was going to go where she was wanted.

"I didn't say no to USA Basketball," Hammon recently told the Houston Chronicle. "The option for me to play for USA Basketball really wasn't an option ... I don't think people would be as upset if I was playing for Switzerland. God loves Russia just as much as God loves America."

It's an idea we are all getting used to.

http://www.newsday.com/services/newspaper/printedition/wednesday/sports/ny-spbarb115722284jun11,0,620613.story

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Best of Russert

They have sweated beneath the same sun,
Looked up in wonder at the same moon,
And wept when it was all done

For bein' done too soon,
For bein' done too soon.
For bein' done..........

-Neil Diamond

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Confederation of Cowards

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qy3z7XWtQc

The video posted above is Ohio Democratic Representive Dennis Kucinich introducting 35 articles of impeachement against President George Walker Bush.

There has been much said in the liberal blogosphere about this being about time and such. I hate to say this, but this comes several years too late.

Bush is guilty of war crimes on a par with Adolph Hitler. I do not use that comparison lightly, nor should it ever. The crimes that Hitler and his minions perpertrated on the German people and others go beyond unspeakable. But how else could you portray Abu Ghrahib, Guantanamo, the response to the 9/11 attacks, and other things. Not to mention the attacks on the various freedoms we thought we enjoyed, but, seemingli, took for granted.

And these crimes continue to this day, from a President saying outright that he can break the law as he sees fit because he is the President, down to a justice department breaking down the door of a porn producer, guns flashing, simply because he did not film his sex scenes with the right amount of Vasiline on the lens.

This man should have been dealt with long ago. These articles should have been read in the record long ago.

By people like Clinton. And Obama. And Paul. And Pelosi or Reed. Or Kennedy. The cowardace of these salons and others have allowed the crimes of those controlling Bush, and who seek to control McCain to continue unabated.

It is also the cowardace of the people in general for not recognizing that not only did the emprorer wore no clothes, but that he also reeked from the stench of his transgressions.

Last nights action, such as it was....to an empty chamber in the middle of the night, with only C-SPAN observing...will probably sit on Pelosi's desk and nothing will be done.

And meanwhile, we will continue to allow this war criminal to rape and pillage our Constitution, doing nothing to stop him. After all, nothing should spoil our enjoyment of the NBA Playoffs, should it?

Maybe Rev. Wright was right after all.

Monday, June 09, 2008

BREAKING: Rep. Kucinich introduces Bush impeachment resolution

Rep. Kucinich introduces Bush impeachment resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential contender, said Monday he wants the House to consider a resolution to impeach President Bush.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi consistently has said impeachment was "off the table."

Kucinich, D-Ohio, read his proposed impeachment language in a floor speech. He contended Bush deceived the nation and violated his oath of office in leading the country into the Iraq war.

Kucinich introduced a resolution last year to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. That resolution was killed, but only after Republicans initially voted in favor of taking up the measure to force a debate.

Kucinich won 50 percent of the vote in a five-way House Democratic primary in March, beating back critics who said he ignored business at home to travel the country in his quest to be president.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iE21FOVAfMfEbAE5LDwiYm8fGh4QD916SHJ01

Friday, June 06, 2008

Max Hardcore: Guilty on 10 Obsecenity Counts


TAMPA, Fla. — Jurors in the Max Hardcore obscenity trial have returned a verdict of guilty on 10 federal counts of distributing obscene materials over the Internet and through the mail.
His company, MaxWorld Enterprises, was also found guilty on 10 related counts.

"This is a sad day for America," Hardcore attorney Jeffrey Douglas told XBIZ. The lawyer was noticeably upset. "Like I said in my closing remarks, this was a shameful prosecution. I don't have anything else to say."

Hardcore told XBIZ that he was "OK."

Earlier today, the jury appeared to be undecided and conferred with the judge on several points before going back into deliberation.

"If we make a decision on 10 of the 20 counts, but are unable to reach a decision on the other 10, will the 10 counts that we decide on stand?'' the jury foreman asked Judge Susan C. Bucklew this afternoon, just after 3 p.m. EST.

The judge answered that the decisions they returned would stand, even if other counts were undecided.

The foremen indicated also that there were jurors “on both sides” of the issues, and that there was doubt that they could come to a unanimous decision.

He also asked the court how long the jury was expected to deliberate, to which the judge reportedly told the jury she would not tell them how long to deliberate, only that they should deliberate again.

Sources close to the case told XBIZ this morning that a decision might be imminent, but this afternoon, foreman asked the judge for a break, citing that emotions were running high in the deliberations. Lawyers for both sides were asked to stay in the courtroom, in case the jury should return with a verdict.

However, the jury returned just a short time ago with their verdict.

Other defense attorneys were unavailable for comment at post time.
My Take: As Darklady would say consent means nothing anymore. The Constitution has, sadly, indeed, become toilet tissue. None of the people running for President care, neither does most of America. We will continue to sit on our collective asses and allow the Bushes and the Asscrofts and various members of the Prude Patrol control our lives and what goes in to our minds, as well as what we desire.
I am telling you, we are running out of time. The few precious freedoms we have are slipping away. What will YOU do about it?

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Robert Kennedy


This marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Massachusetts Senator Robert Francis Kennedy in Los Angeles.

Much has been said about the man's life and death, but on this day, I would simply like to take you back to that tragic day via video.

This is an episode of the excellent (and, unfortunatly cancelled) MSNBC series Time and Again, which looks at the day, the death, and the life of the man many simply called Bobby.

The host is Jane Pauley.


http://www.hulu.com/watch/5121/nbc-news-time-capsule-the-assassination-of-robert-f-kennedy#x-4,vclip,1

Study secretly tracks cell phone users outside US


Researchers secretly tracked the locations of 100,000 people outside the United States through their cell phone use and concluded that most people rarely stray more than a few miles from home.


The first-of-its-kind study by Northeastern University raises privacy and ethical questions for its monitoring methods, which would be illegal in the United States.


It also yielded somewhat surprising results that reveal how little people move around in their daily lives. Nearly three-quarters of those studied mainly stayed within a 20-mile-wide circle for half a year.


The scientists would not disclose where the study was done, only describing the location as an industrialized nation.


Researchers used cell phone towers to track individuals' locations whenever they made or received phone calls and text messages over six months. In a second set of records, researchers took another 206 cell phones that had tracking devices in them and got records for their locations every two hours over a week's time period.


The study was based on cell phone records from a private company, whose name also was not disclosed.


Study co-author Cesar Hidalgo, a physics researcher at Northeastern, said he and his colleagues didn't know the individual phone numbers because they were disguised into "ugly" 26-digit-and-letter codes.


That type of nonconsensual tracking would be illegal in the United States, according to Rob Kenny, a spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission. Consensual tracking, however, is legal and even marketed as a special feature by some U.S. cell phone providers.
The study, published Thursday in the journal Nature, opens up the field of human-tracking for science and calls attention to what experts said is an emerging issue of locational privacy.
"This is a new step for science," said study co-author Albert-Lazlo Barabasi, director of Northeastern's Center for Complex Network Research. "For the first time we have a chance to really objectively follow certain aspects of human behavior."


Barabasi said he spent nearly half his time on the study worrying about privacy issues. Researchers didn't know which phone numbers were involved. They were not able to say precisely where people were, just which nearby cell phone tower was relaying the calls, which could be a matter of blocks or miles. They started with 6 million phone numbers and chose the 100,000 at random to provide "an extra layer" of anonymity for the research subjects, he said.
Barabasi said he did not check with any ethics panel. Had he done so, he might have gotten an earful, suggested bioethicist Arthur Caplan at the University of Pennsylvania.


"There is plenty going on here that sets off ethical alarm bells about privacy and trustworthiness," Caplan said.


Studies done on normal behavior at public places is "fair game for researchers" as long as no one can figure out identities, Caplan said in an e-mail.


"So if I fight at a soccer match or walk through 30th Street train station in Philly, I can be studied," Caplan wrote. "But my cell phone is not public. My cell phone is personal. Tracking it and thus its owner is an active intrusion into personal privacy."


Paul Stephens, policy director at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego, said the nonconsensual part of the study raises the Big Brother issue.


"It certainly is a major concern for people who basically don't like to be tracked and shouldn't be tracked without their knowledge," Stephens said.
Study co-author Hidalgo said there is a difference between bein

g a statistic — such as how many people buy a certain brand of computer — and a specific example. The people tracked in the study are more statistics than examples.


"In the wrong hands the data could be misused," Hidalgo said. "But in scientists' hands you're trying to look at broad patterns.... We're not trying to do evil things. We're trying to make the world a little better."
Knowing people's travel patter

ns can help design better transportation systems and give doctors guidance in fighting the spread of contagious diseases, he said.
The results also tell us something new about ourselves, including that we tend to go to the same places repeatedly, he said.


"Despite the fact that we think of ourselves as spontaneous and unpredictable ... we do have our patterns we move along and for the vast majority of people it's a short distance," Barabasi said.
The study found that nearly half of the people in the study pretty much keep to a circle little more than six miles wide and that 83 percent of the people tracked mostly stay within a 37-mile wide circle.


But then there are the people who are the travel equivalent of the super-rich, said Hidalgo, who travels more than 150 miles every weekend to visit his girlfriend. Nearly 3 percent of the population regularly go beyond a 200-mile wide circle. Less than 1 percent of people travel often out of a 621-mile circle.


But most people like to stay much closer to home. Hidalgo said he understands why: "There's a lot of people who don't like hectic lives. Travel is such a hassle."

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Olbermann's Worlds Worst 6.3.08


The wonderful folks at MSNNNNNNNNNBC, noting that the new-found sky-high ratings have been attraibuted to thier show being rebroadcast a zillion time on YouTube, have now created a whole new website specifically fo K.O. With parts you en embed. Like this.

We'll see how this works for awhile.

  1. Rupert Murdock
  2. Mike "God I wish I had at least Hannity's radio clearances" Gallagher
  3. Gretchen Carlson. No I did not know she was Miss America. No wonder thar franchise is dying!



Tuesday, June 03, 2008

YOU GO BOY!!!



Bill Clinton and Gina Gershon?


A relationship between the former president and the "Bound" actress has been a Hollywood whisper for years. Now Vanity Fair has published a much-discussed story titled "The Comeback Id" that references their relationship. And it has some people wondering what -- if anything -- this story could do to his wife Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.


Why is Gina Gershon a person of note? She may be most famous for kissing Elizabeth Berkley in "Showgirls," and if you missed that bit of cinematic history, watch the video below.





See also Gina's personal website here.

According to Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum, who is married to Clinton's former White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers, Gershon is one of several women -- but so far, the only actress -- who Clinton has been rumored to be seeing socially.

Purdum writes: "But four former Clinton aides told me that, about 18 months ago, one of the president’s former assistants, who still advises him on political matters, had heard so many complaints about such reports from Clinton supporters around the country that he felt compelled to try to conduct what one of these aides called an 'intervention,' because, the aide believed, 'Clinton was apparently seeing a lot of women on the road.' The would-be intercessor was rebuffed by people around Clinton before ever getting an audience with the former president, and another aide told me that the effort was not well received by either Bill or Hillary Clinton and that some Hillarylanders, in particular, were in denial about the continuing political risks that Bill’s behavior might pose."

Bill Clinton has responded to the piece by calling the former New York Times L.A. bureau chief "sleazy," "dishonest" and a "scumbag." Click here to hear the former president talk about the piece on Huffington Post. In the clip, he tells supporters that the article is an attempt to boost Barack Obama and discredit his wife. His camp has also sent out a memo detailing the article's errors and calling it "journalism of personal destruction at its worst."

Purdum's piece also contains revelations about Clinton's relationship with Hollywood producer Steve Bing and Clinton's friendship with entrepreneur Ron Burkle. His business relationship with billionaire Burkle, says Purdum, is Clinton's largest source of income after books and speeches, about $15 million.

Burkle, if you recall, played host to that historic star-studded Hollywood pre-Oscar party for Giorgio Armani in 2007. Guests included George Clooney, Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes and Cate Blanchett.
For the full story on
who hung out at Burkle's Green Acres estate in 2007, click here.
Top photo: Bono, former President Bill Clinton and Gina Gershon at the MusiCares Person

BREAKING: OBAMA BOMBSHELL TOMMORROW???

From Lying Larry C. Johnsons Blog Category: Blogging

A Devastating Bombshell on Obama Will Be Dropped Tomorrow [VIDEO UPDATE

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John Fund of the Wall Street Journal was on Laura Ingraham's show this morning, talking about the bombshell, according to our own No Quarter author Bud White.

Bob Beckel, Democratic analyst for Fox News, reported on TV already that a "bombshell" is coming out tomorrow.

VIDEO BELOW. Here are written reports to date (and I will ADD MORE as they come in) and I am adding the DEVASTATING electoral college projections up at HillBuzz that further underscore Obama's unelectability. Obama is toast.

John Fund, Wall Street Journal:

"Indeed, rumors are swirling on the campaign trail that a new video will soon surface featuring Mrs. Obama appearing on a panel with radical speakers during which she makes more controversial statements."

Bob Beckel on Fox News, via HillBuzz blog:

he has been told by numerous people,(enough and in a way that convinced him) that a bombshell will be dropping tomorrow about Michele Obama.

The Friends turned white and asked what it might bewas it worse than a college thesis? Bob saidOh yes, in a BIG way. He said that the Repubs were behind it and it was dumb because it meant that Mrs. Clinton would be the nominee

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READ THAT ONE AGAIN: "it meant that Mrs. Clinton would be the nominee

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I AM PUTTING THE VIDEO BELOW THE FOLD TO LESSEN STRESS ON THE SERVER.

All this comes in the wake of this story from the AP:

The Associated Press has just filed this lead to its primary-day story:

"Barack Obama effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, based on an Associated Press tally of convention delegates, becoming the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House."

Obama needs 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination. NBC delegate counter Chuck Todd is at this moment putting him about 30 delegates short. "There's no need to jump the gun," he said on MSNBC.

New superdelegate endorsements for Obama have been trickling in today, with more expected as the polls approach closing time in Montana and South Dakota.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/06/ap-obama-clinch.html

Now Clinton is expected to acknowledge that Obama has enough votes to clinch, but, interestingly, is NOT.....repeat....NOT pulling out of the race.

We doth live interesting times.

Thanks to RANDI RHODES ON NOVA M RADIO on myspace: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=46858263&blogID=402239068

Monday, June 02, 2008

Reunion.......at a price

By MICHELLE ROBERTS, Associated Press Writer 19 minutes ago

More than 400 children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch two months ago began returning to the arms of their tearful parents Monday, hours after a judge bowed to a state Supreme Court ruling that the seizure was not justified.

"It's just great day," said Nancy Dockstader, whose chin quivered and eyes filled with tears as she embraced her 9-year-old daughter, Amy, outside a foster-care center in Gonzales, about 65 miles east of San Antonio. "We're so grateful."

Her daughter and four other children were among the roughly 430 children ordered released after two months in state custody, much of it spent in foster care centers. Because siblings were separated at facilities hundreds of miles apart, it will probably take several days for all the families to be reunited.

Judge Barbara Walther responded to a state Supreme Court ruling last week by signing an order that cleared the children to be released from foster care. Walther allowed parents to begin picking up their children Monday, ending one of the nation's largest child-custody cases.
Dockstader and her husband, James, were headed to Corpus Christi and to Amarillo to pick up their other children. "We'll get the rest of them," said Dockstader, who was clad in a teal prairie dress and clinging to Amy, who wore a matching dress.

Walther's order requires the parents to stay in Texas, to attend parenting classes and to allow the children to be examined as part of any abuse investigation.

But it does not put restrictions on the children's fathers, require that the parents renounce polygamy or force them to leave the Yearning For Zion Ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Late Monday, elder Willie Jessop said the church won't allow underage girls to marry. Jessop said the new policy will forbid any girl to marry who is not of legal consent age in the state where she lives.

Jessop said the church has been widely misunderstood, but he said the church will not sanction marriages of underage girls and will counsel members against such unions. He insisted marriages within the church have always been consensual.

Child Protective Services removed all the children from the ranch after an April 3 raid prompted by calls to a domestic abuse hot line that purportedly came from a 16-year-old mother who was being abused by her middle-age husband. The calls are now being investigated as a hoax, but authorities contended all the children were at risk because church teachings pushed underage girls into marriage and sex.

The church has denied any children were abused, and members have said they are being persecuted for their religion, which believes polygamy brings glorification in heaven.
Marleigh Meisner, a spokeswoman for the child-protection agency, said authorities still have concerns about the children's safety, and the investigation into possible abuse would continue.

The Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed an appeals court ruling that reversed Walther's decision in April putting all children from the ranch into foster case.

The high court and the appeals court rejected the state's argument that all the children were in immediate danger from what it said was sexual abuse of teenage girls at the ranch.

The Third Court of Appeals ruled that the state failed to show that any more than five of the teenage girls were being sexually abused, and had offered no evidence of sexual or physical abuse against the other children.

Half the children sent to foster care were no older than 5.

All the children, including any underage mothers, will be allowed to go back to their parents, though it's possible some children's attorneys or child-protection officials could pursue further action in individual cases.

It's not clear how many might return to the ranch right away. Many of the parents have purchased or rented homes in Amarillo, San Antonio and other places around the state.
Rod Parker, a spokesman for the FLDS church, said some of the attorneys have advised parents to stay away from the ranch for now, but most families want to return so the children can continue the education they were getting at the sect's schoolhouse before the raid.

Walther's order does not end a separate criminal investigation. Texas authorities last week collected DNA from jailed FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs as part of investigation into underage sex with girls, ages 12 to 15. He has been convicted in Utah as an accomplice to rape and is jail in Arizona awaiting trial on separate charges.

The FLDS is a breakaway sect of the Mormon church, which renounced polygamy more than a century ago.

IMUS!!!!

Oh...and here is what happned to Ms. Simmons