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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We Will Stand: Defending Voting Rights

In collaboration with Brave New Foundation, the NAACP has put together a new video about the impact of the voting right attacks on communities of color. Please take a moment to watch and spread the message to everyone you know, then text STAND to 62227 to join our fight for voting rights.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why I will be doing ALL my Christmas shopping (that I do not do online) at WALGRENS...

They're BACK!

The Wonderful people at the Americam Family ASSociation are back again, targeting (and in some cases THREATENING) companies that do not cram Christmas down the throats of...well...anyone who either does not ahere to the Christian faith (as proscribed by the Neck-less WIldmons), people respectful of other beliefs, or folks just sick and tired of 24-hour ho-ho-ho.

This year's main target....the wonderful folks at America's Drug Store

Yesterday (Tuesday), Walgreens placed a 24-page circular in newspapers all across America. It had all the festive markings of that day known as...Holiday?
It's true! At Walgreens, they advertise "Holiday Candy," "Holiday Gift Tags," "Holiday Gift Wrap," "Holiday Decor," "Holiday Accessories," "Holiday Nuts and Snacks" and "Holiday Hats and Stockings." But no Christmas! In total, Walgreens used the term "holiday" 36 times, rather than using "Christmas."

(Wow...these people have so much time on their hands.  i wonder how much they pay the word counters....)

Oh, the trees advertised in their circular? It's just "Prelit" trees.

(Oh that's nice...now I don't have to risk electrocution..)

Go to Walgreens' website and you can shop their "Holiday Shop" and take advantage of their "Holiday Shipping." If you want Christmas, it's not there.

(uh...doo-fi, it's there...as well as Hannukah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, and just plan "gimme my stiff on the 25th.  Ever heard of RESPECT, morons?)

At Walgreens, Christmas doesn't exist! Walgreens wants you to do your "Christmas" shopping with them, while refusing to recognize that Christmas even exists.
Walgreens doesn't want to offend non-Christians by using the word Christmas. The fact that they're censoring the use of Christmas and might offend Christians by doing so seems to be of no importance.

TAKE ACTION

(Actually, this is OUR action..)

1. DO NOT Sign ANY pledge to boycott Walgreens this Christmas season.

2. Call Walgreens' Customer Service at 1-800-289-2273 and let them know you will BUY AS MUCH STUFF AS POSSIBLE their stores this Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzah/Whatever, and THANK THEM for recognizing that there is more than one holiday being celebrated at this time of the year.  Especially thank them if you are a Christian, for respect for other faiths is what God and His Son commands us to do.

3. AFA has released its annual "Naughty or Nice" list of retailers for 2011. Find out how other stores stand in the War on Christmas. (actually, I'll save you the trouble...these are the companies that are NOT being held hostage by the AFA (as well as Bill O'REALLY's private war on repect...

Banana Republic
Barnes & Noble
Foot Locker
Gap Stores
L.L. Bean
Limited Brands
Office Depot
Old Navy
Radio Shack
Staples
Supervalu (Albertson's and Lucky)
Victoria's Secret

As well as....

1-800-Flowers.com (that includes Conroy's Flowers in L. A.)
Bath & Body Works
Cooking.com
Dollar Tree
Hy-Vee Stores
Limited Brands
Safeway (in L. A. its Vons and Pavillions)
Starbucks
UncommonGoods.com
Whole Foods


Oh..and next time you are at www.afa.net, you MIGHT want to send them a message letting them know that, as a Christian organization, there are, for instance, there are about 49 million human beings who are suffering through poverty this Christmas.  Your time may be better spent helping them.

Happy holidays.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Between Americans by Corwin




Norman Corwin 1910-2011




Mr Corwin, known as the poet laureate of radio, wrote
"Between Americans" for a radio anthology sponsored by Gulf Oil. It was scheduled to be broadcast on December 7th 1941. Because of what happened earlier that day, the play, narrated by Orson Welles, takes on an even greater meaning.














Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Go away, sir.





The frustration level is starting to show from the letters I keep getting from Son Of NoNeck, Little Timmt Wildmon, and the 'phobes over at the American Family ASSociation.


As you probably know, AFA has been targeting The Home Depot since the summer of '10 over it repeated, consistant, and blantant attempts to try to see homomsexuals, bisexuals, and transgenders as....perish the thought...actual human beings.


Since August of 2010, I have been bombarded with AFA e-mails AGAHST at the antics of the more flamboyant participants in Pride activities.


And all of their screeds end with a plea to sign thier petition to boycott Home Depot (more on that in a few paragraphs), and...of course...send money.


I'll leave out the pitch for money and the link to the boycott...and get to the meat of the lastest comminique from Generalissimo Wildmon:





Dear Donald,


Home Depot is showing it wants to advance same-sex
marriage in America. The company is planning to set up a booth at the October
8-9 Gay Pride Festival in Atlanta. The event includes a "Commitment Ceremony" in
which two gays get "married."

This picture was taken at the Atlanta gay
"marriage" ceremony last year. Home Depot paid for printing thousands of
brochures promoting it. Video of last year's ceremony sponsored by Home Depot
here.

Home Depot is also sponsoring the Atlanta pride parade and plans
to march alongside groups like Dykes on Bikes, Queer Femme Revolution and Human
Rights Campaign.

Over one-half million people have
signed the pledge to boycott Home Depot until it agrees to remain neutral in the
culture and political war over homosexual marriage.




Let me point out something. If a boycott is to be sucessful, you have to have a indication that people are no longer supporting the target of the boycott...right?

According to Reuters, The Home Depot same store earnings ROSE....ROSE 4.5%. And with a upbeat holiday forecast, the wily Jim Cramer has gone BOO-YA! on Home Depot stock.

In other words, Tim Wildmon, your boycott is a failure.

I remember several years ago when the anti-legalized-abortion forces were almost winning thier battle, using time-honored grass roots efforts in local areas, until the Randall Terry freakshow came to town, shoving dead feti in the faces of any he can fine. The anti-abortion bandwagon went downhill from there.

And just as Herr Terry became an embarassment to the "pro-life" movement, you, Mr. Wildmon, your neckless father, and the AFA have, with your silly boycotts and equally cartoonish freakshows, become an embarrasment to all Christianity.

For the sake of us all, Mr. Wildmon, please go away. You're not welcome here anymore.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One of those things that explains everything

So.....why am I opening this blog with a publicity picture from that bomb-of-all-bombs, Ishtar?




Because I was going through this month's Wired, when I came upon an article about lost pop culturer treasures...you know..missing footage from Dr. Stragelove, Jerry Lewis' Nazi clown movie...stuff like that. That when I saw something about that suitcase nuke starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffmann that almost wiped Columbia Pictures off the map.




It was about two REALLY BAD songwriters...but the songs were, according to the article...brilliantly crummy. That's thanks to Paul Williams, who took time out from writing hits for the Carpenters and starring in Burt Reynolds' movies to pen some of the gems sprinkled in the film, making them sound just good enough to give you hope before it all goes in the toilet.




Out of that, one lyric was posted in the article that pretty much sums up what I have been going through with my various posts online and dealing with people I love who have yet to see the way. And if you have been dealing with truth to...you will understand..



Telling the truth can be dangerous business.
Honest and popular don’t go
hand in hand.
If you admit you can play the accordion
No one will hire
you in a rock-and-roll band.
-Paul Williams, Ishtar, 1987

Welcome to my world, kiddies.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's The Day Elvis Died. Heh heh heh (sorry 'bout earlier)


















This is a little slide show I put together on what would be the final Elvis death day show 2007 for the now ended Don and Mike radio show out of Washington DC. Enjoy.




















Monday, July 18, 2011

Update: It could have been worse



Information on how to help upcoming.






But last night I was thinking about what happened a fews house ago, having my life taken away from me and essentially starting over again.






There are people who are amazed that I am in such good spirits.






Make no mistake, I am still highly pissed that this has happened to me again and that I have to go to the well one more time. Let's face it, it does not make me look good.






But it could have been worse. I could have been Leiby Kletzky.






Leiby WAS a cute 8-year old boy who had the misfortune of being killed and dismembered a few days ago. The man who is suspected in this murder is being examined for mental capacity.






Imagine, not knowing what it will ever be to be 9 is bad enough...but dismembered?






Or I could be Raha Abdi Nor. This young mother lives in Mogadishu, in the middle of a Somali war, the result of which is a crippling famine. This woman has to watch her 4 young children waste away to literally skin and bones because of lack of food.






And there are many people I could have been yesterday. All truly suffering, all truly desparate. Many of them dead or close to dying. Crap happens every day. My crap was losing the stuff that symbolized my life.






The fact that I am typing this proves I got off easy.






......................................................






Now then, here is where I stand. I washed pretty much everything, which means I only have the clothes on my back and that's. It gets cold at the casa, so I also will need a blanket or two.






I did borrow a charger so I do have LIMITED phone access. I also will be getting my unemployment check next week. So I have lowered the target to about $200. That should take care of things.






There are two ways you can help. The Chip in at the right. you don't have to send much, but $20 or $30 will do. OR you can click the Amazon Wish list button to the right...it has pretty much all the things that were taken and you can choose one or two to help out.






If you can't do either, a few good prayers would be welcome.






Again, thanks.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

ROBBED!



I will make this brief. This afternoon at about 2pm, I was robbed.






This happened at a shoping mall in Encino. I had just done laundry and I walked over to the store to grapb an energy shot. A cautionary to all...all it takes is a minute.






All my clothes were taken, as well as my charger for my phone (which thankfully I still have, along with my ID). Bottom line is what I have on now is all that I have.


I need help. Since I am not working, I am trying to raise emergency funds to get changes of clothing and a new charger.


I am asking those who read my blogs and those who follow me on various networks for you help. Whatever you can do I would appreciate.


You can you use the Chipin to the right of this, or simply PayPal what you can to polybi5@yahoo.com.


I also do personal and small business websites at a very low cost. You can write to my e-mail and we can talk rates. that can help out too.


I'll give you and update tomorrow.


Thank you for your generosity and patience in advance.


Don

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Rockin' the 419

O h looky what I got in the mail today....





Dear Beloved,



Beloved? The last person who used that line was Oprah for a movie..which bombed...



I am Cynthia **** from Ghana. I am the only surviving Daughter of Late Dr and Mrs Clement **** ,my late father was the General Inspector of Finances for over Six years before his death. My Father was assassinated by his brothers just because of his properties



They have teabaggers in Ghana?



My late Father deposited the sum of $7.5 Million (seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) [HOLY SH!T] with a bank here in Ghana.



A bank in Ghana. Let's see, what bank was it? Bank of Ghana? First National Bank? The Bank Formerly Known As GMAC? Or are you talking about that piggy bank on your kitchen table?



Recently,my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the stroke and cancerous problems I am suffering from.



Question...how are you able to type this message. If you ARE at death's door, ma'am, you are probably having troubles with even using the keyboard, let alone teh energy to write a coherent message. Still, I can help: Forest Lawn is having a special if you die by Saturday; free Dish Network for the crypt.

I have decided to donate this fund to you and want you to use this gift which comes from my late fathers effort to fund the upkeep of widows and charities worldwide....




The widows are going to feel jacked. And are those the same charities that Frankenjamie McCourt keep their money in (to keep it from being taken by that mean old Mr. Selig?)




...i have suffered a lot and no one from my fathers family care for me there all want me to die because of my late Fathers properties,




Maybe it's because your giving $7.5 million dollars to a borderline homeless person who really needs the money to eat.

I took this decision because I don't have any direct brother or sister that will inherit this money and my fathers relations are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my late fathers hard earned money to be misused.




Maybe this is why Casey did it...she sees this coming....





Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Your Faithfully
Cynthia ****




Dear Cynthia,




I have considered it and I have decided that, since your dying and all, it would not be right for me to take your money. Besides, since I do believe in miracles, you may very well recover, then there are all those medical bills.


However, I would refer any further coomunications or money to my council...Nancy Grace, HLM, Atlanta.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Before we start with all this 4th of July stuff...

I know, this is the weekend when we pay lip service to our love for our country, while downing as many hotdogs as we can muster.

But before you start waving the flag around, answer these questions?

When was the last time you voted?

When was the last time you wrote to/called your Congressman. Or Mayor. Or President?

When was the last time you actually researched a political position...instead of reying on talk hosts, commentators, or even passed-on e-mails?

When was the last time you said something positive about public figure you disagreeed with poltically?

When was the last time you said something negative about public figure you agreeed with poltically?

When was the last time you bought a gift card from a restaurant to a homeless person?

When was the last time you did a kindness for an undocumented visitor?

When was the last time you actually sought to understand another fait other than yours?

When was the last time you enjoyed a movie/song/tv show featuring an person whose politics were different than yours?

When was the last time you actually saluted the flag as you passed it by.

There are a lot more, but you get the picture.

It seems there's a lot of people who pledge patriotism....but many are just Americans in Name Only. Are you one?

Happy 4th, buddy.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wake up, John Doe. You're the hope of the world.








Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the man you all know as John Doe. I took that name because it seems to describe -- because it seems to describe the average man, and that's me -- and that's me.

Well, it was me -- before I said I was gonna jump off the City Hall roof at midnight on Christmas Eve. Now, I guess I'm not average any more. Now, I'm getting all sorts of attention, from big shots, too -- the mayor and governor, for instance. They don't like those articles I've been writing.

Well, people like the Governor -- can stop worrying. I'm not gonna talk about them. I'm gonna talk about us, the average guys, the John Does.

If anybody should ask you what the average John Doe is like, you couldn't tell him because he's a million and one things. He's Mr. Big and Mr. Small. He's simple and he's wise. He's inherently honest, but he's got a streak of larceny in his heart. He seldom walks up to a public telephone without shoving his finger into the slot to see if somebody left a nickel there.

He's the man the ads are written for. He's the fella everybody sells things to. He's Joe Doakes, the world's greatest stooge and the world's greatest strength.

Yes, sir -- Yes, sir, we're a great family, the John Does. We are the meek who are -- who are supposed to inherit the earth. You'll find us everywhere. We raise the crops; we dig the mines, work the factories, keep the books, fly the planes and drive the busses. And when a cop yells: "Stand back there, you!" He means us, the John Does!

We have existed since time began. We built the pyramids. We saw Christ crucified, pulled the oars for Roman emperors, sailed the boats for Columbus, retreated from Moscow with Napoleon and froze with Washington at Valley Forge.

Yes, sir. We've been in there dodging left hooks since before history began to walk. In our struggle for freedom we've hit the canvas many a time, but we always bounced back! Because we're the people -- and we're tough.

They've started a lot of talk about free people going soft -- that we can't take it. That's a lot of hooeyl A free people can beat the world at anything, from war to tiddle-de-winks, if we all pull in the same direction.

I know a lot of you are saying "What can I do? I'm just a little punk. I don't count." Well, you're dead wrong! The little punks have always counted because in the long run the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks.

But, we've all got to get in there and pitch. We can't win the old ballgame unless we have teamwork. And that's where every John Doe comes in. It's up to him to get together with his teammates. And your teammate, my friend, is the guy next door to you. Your neighbor -- he's a terribly important guy that guy next door. You're gonna need him and he's gonna need you, so look him up. If he's sick, call on him. If he's hungry, feed him. If he's out of a job, find him one.

To most of you, your neighbor is a stranger, a guy with a barkin' dog and high fence around him. Now, you can't be a stranger to any guy that's on your own team. So teach down the fence that separates you. Tear down the fence and you'll tear down a lot of hates and prejudices. Tear down all the fences in the country and you'll really have teamwork.

I know a lot of you are saying to yourselves, "He's askin' for a miracle to happen. He's expectin' people to change all of a sudden. Well, you're wrong. It's no miracle. It's no miracle because I see it happen once every year. And and so do you -- at Christmas time. There's somethin' swell about the spirit of Christmas, to see what it does to people, all kinds of people.

Now, why can't that spirit, that same, warm Christmas spirit last the whole year around? Gosh, if it ever did, if each and every John Doe would make that spirit last 365 days out of the year, we'd develop such strength, we'd create such a tidal wave of good will that no human force could stand against it. Yes sir, my friends, the meek can only inherit the earth when the John Doe's start lovin' their neighbors.

You better start right now. Don't wait till the game is called on account of darkness.

Wake up, John Doe. You're the hope of the world.

-From the movie "Meet John Doe" (Warner Bros., 1941)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The loneliest feeling in the world.




"It's the loneliest feeling in the world
to find yourself standing up
when everyone else is sitting down.
To have everybody look at you and say,
"What's the matter with her?"
I know what it feels like.
Walking down an empty street,
listening to the sound of your own footsteps.
Shutters closed,
blinds drawn,
doors locked against you.
And you aren't sure whether you're walking toward something,
or if you're just walking away.


...But all you have to do is knock on any door and say,
"If you let me in, I'll live the way you want me to live,
and I'll think the way you want me to think,"
and all the blinds'll go up and all the windows will open,
and you'll never be lonely, ever again. "

If you have asked in the last few weeks where my mind was..
May this be my answer-Don

Please watch: http://youtu.be/upn9wklYGEI

Monday, June 06, 2011

America the Angry

America the Angry

As unemployment hits 9.1 percent, Americans are losing their cool. A Newsweek/Daily Beast poll finds rising anger levels affecting everything from work to sex drive. Plus, great thinkers from Cornel West to Robert Reich tell us what they're angry about.


Gas and grocery prices are soaring, the housing market is crashing to new lows, and yet another dismal jobs report has confirmed a stubbornly high unemployment rate. Could the anger fueling the Arab Spring soon bring club-wielding protesters to America?

According to an exclusive poll by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, reality is beginning to break down Americans' normally optimistic attitude. Three-quarters of our respondents think the country is on the wrong track. A majority say the anxiety wrought by this recession has caused relationship problems and sleep deficiency. Two-thirds even report being angry at God.

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/jHq7qy

Friday, June 03, 2011

Oh I Just love this





As you probably know, I have having my own private war with the Donald-and-Tim-Wildmon-run American Family ASSociation for some time. Among some of the actions they take are boycotts-at-virtual-gunpoint of companies and individuals they claim are not "neutral in the culture wars," i. e., believe that gays, Lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders are also human.








Their latest target is The Home Depot, who has been found guilty by the Twits from Tupelo, MS of such unChristian crimes as supposrting PFLAG, the Human Rights Coalition, and sponsoring GAY PRIDE PARADES! HORRORS!!!








So for the past year they have been holding a boycott of Home Depot operations.








Now Home Depot was doing their annual stockholders convention in Atlanta. AFA said that "many stockholders were upset" with Home Depot's stand on the Sodomites. So they came to the convention with one message: step away from the gays, or we'll buy our ladders and paint elsewhere.








In an e-mail I got from AFA's "news" operation One News Now, a Mr. Charles Butts (GOD, I can have some fun with THAT one!!!) reported the following:








The American Family Association's boycott of The Home Depot continues
after corporate executives heard from those opposed to the company's strong
support of the homosexual agenda.

It was a unique opportunity for the
Mississippi-based pro-family group to deliver its message regarding The Home
Depot's "corporate endorsement" of the homosexual agenda. AFA executive vice
president Buddy Smith traveled to Atlanta to attend the annual shareholders
meeting, where he addressed Home Depot chairman Frank Blake and other company
executives for a three-minute period.




Accompanying Smith was Randy Sharp, AFA's director of special
projects. He summarizes what took place.

"We presented to the
shareholders and to the chairman and the board of directors over 470,000
signature petitions asking them to remain neutral in the culture war,
specifically when it addresses gay marriage and homosexual activist groups,"
Sharp tells OneNewsNow.

The reception was cool, adds the AFA spokesman.
Blake thanked AFA for the petitions but again, as in the past, reiterated the
company's support for "diversity," which includes same-gender "marriage."

Sharp adds: "We're disappointed that The Home Depot continues to close
the door and not listen to the millions of customers who are offended that they
are engaging in the culture war and taking a position in favor of gay marriage."

As a result, the American Family Association plans to continue its
boycott and encourage others to sign the pledge to not do business with The Home
Depot until the company agrees to be neutral on social issues.

According
to the boycott website, the nationwide home improvement retailer sponsors and
participates in numerous "gay pride" events, parades, and festivals across the
U.S. where small children are exposed to "open displays of homosexual activism."
The boycott was launched in July 2010.






So how IS that little boycott of yours doing? Well, same store sales did slip in the first quarter of 2011, but only by a paltry .6% overall and .7% in the US. But before you start the party, note that the weather around the country has been pretty bad, causing people not to go to stores for anything (unless, of course, it was tornado related).




In fact you MAY have to remind your faithful flock that the boycott is against The Home Depot....not Lowe's, Home Depot's main competitor. Their in-store sales were down whopping 3.4%.




Meanwhile, back at the Depot, this did not effect profits for while Lowe's was down 6% for the first quarter of 2011, Home Depot net profits were UP by 12%. In other words, they've made MORE money since you called that lame boycott of yours, not less.




So to No-Neck, Jr., a hale and hearty neener-neener-neener. And as for The Home Depot, please expect more of the continued patronage from those of us who feel you are doing the right thing.




Just make it easy to get out the door. My GPS isn't working this week.




Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How to get CURRENT....and KEITH

As you know we are three weeks away from having Keith Olbermann back on our TV sets as God intended. But seeing that it took seven bloodhounds and the Hubble telescope to find K.O. previous empolyer, how the f8ck do you get this CURRENT thingy?

A go to http://current.com/shows/countdown

B follow the instructions in the video below.

Cheers.





Friday, May 27, 2011

A challenge to my followers for Memorial Day



This is for all of my followers in Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and LinkedIn. You know who you are.







I have often wondered what would happen if we could not check off our charitable contributions off our income taxes.

People would stop giving, you dummy.

Of course. The problem is, we'd reveal how uncharitable we are. As Rainn Wilson's new book, "SoulPancake" reads, "Perhaps real generosity is actually the act of ANONYMOUS giving." So with that, I'd like to do a little experiment that I found in the book.

First, do not make me the target of this. I'd appreciate it, but that is not the point. Also do it only if you can, but if you have at least 10 of these, you can probably spare one.

The experiment is called REVERSE PICKPOCKET:



  1. Pull out the biggest bill in your wallet (unless it is earmarked for a bill or emergency)

  2. Stash the cash in an envelope labled "YOU HAVE BEEN TAGGED BY A POLYBI REVERSE PICKPOCKET!"

  3. Slip the loot into the bag of a stranger. If you are feeling bold, aim for the back pocket.

  4. Don't get caught. Might get awkward.

Then what I want you to do is report your findings here. I'd like to know how it went. You can do that anytime this Memorial Day weekend.


Of coourse, if I get no response, I guess that means no one reads me (no big whoop), or it tells me how giving you are.


Exactly.


http://www.soulpancake.com/



Friday, May 20, 2011

When is an Adult an Adult?

(Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday rejected challenges to a life-without-parole sentence for a man who at age 14 chased down, beat and then tossed a teenager to his death off a hospital parking ramp.

Omer Ninham argued his sentence for killing Zong Vang, 13, in 1998 violated U.S. and Wisconsin constitutional prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment. He called the sentence "unduly harsh and excessive" and sought the possibility of parole.

"There is no question that Ninham's punishment is severe, but it is not disproportionately so," Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler wrote for the court. "The manner in which Ninham took Vang's life was horrific and senseless."

Ninham and four other teens accosted Vang near dusk in September 1998 while he toted a bag of tomatoes home from a grocery store in Green Bay, the opinion states. They taunted Vang, snatching his bicycle and threw the bag to the ground.

Ninham punched Vang and the group chased him to the top of a five-story hospital parking ramp nearby where he was punched, pinned to a wall and then Ninham and another teen, Richard Crapeau, swung Vang back-and-forth over the ramp's wall before letting go.

Vang landed on his head and trunk on the paved exit lane below and could not be revived.

Crapeau, who was 13 at the time of Vang's murder, was also convicted of murder and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 50 years.

Pre-sentence reports found Ninham's family to be extremely dysfunctional with substance abuse and domestic violence and that the teen himself was a "serious substance abuser."

"The terror experienced by the victim and the hurt suffered by his family and friends is, in a word, unimaginable," Ziegler wrote.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Greg McCune)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/20/us-crime-wisconsin-idUSTRE74J5HY20110520

The question is not whether Mr. Ninham should be punished for his crime. The question is, why do you treat someone as an adult for somethings and not for others. It would be simple is we just said this is the age that you are an adult for ALL things (and make it a realistic age...18 or 21 is not).

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Facebook to combat child pornography with new Microsoft PhotoDNA software

From DIGITAL TRENDS:

Online photography isn’t all cats and double rainbows. A hideous subset of humanity uses the extensive array of digital photography and Internet distribution channels now available to pass around the worst-of-the-worst: child pornography. And now that Facebook has become the largest photo-sharing site on the Internet, it is taking new, robust steps to combat this scourge.

Starting this week, Facebook will become the first company to adopt a newly released Microsoft software called PhotoDNA, which was developed solely for the purpose of busting the swath of child abusers and child-pornography consumers who peddle their filth online.

Created by Microsoft Research and further developed by Dartmouth College digital-imaging expert Hany Farid, PhotoDNA can automatically identify infringing images, and has the ability to chug through massive amounts of data so quickly and accurately that it can effectively filter even the largest caches of online photos, reports The New York Times.

The need for such a technology has only increased as the Internet has expanded. In the 1980s, it was widely believed that the problem of child pornography distribution had all but disappeared. But then came the Internet, and with it a new era for child abusers and purveyors of child porn.

“Twenty years ago we thought this problem was virtually gone,” says Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). “As wonderful and powerful as the Internet is, it has created an opportunity for people to network with others of like interest, and to access content in the privacy of their own homes that would have formerly put them at risk to acquire.”

Microsoft donated PhotoDNA to NCMEC, which currently sorts through 250,000 images per week to determine which pictures are illegal, and which are not. Allen says PhotoDNA will help filter out the bad images far more quickly, and help put an end to this particularly disturbing black market.

“Our goal is to stop that victimization,” says Allen. “Using PhotoDNA, we will be able to match those images, working with online service providers around the country, so we can stop the redistribution of the photos.”

PhotoDNA is based upon a technology called “robust hashing,” which is able to analyze and record the unique characteristics of each digital image, similar to fingerprint technology for humans. Once identified, each images is then assigned a unique “hash,” or code. It can even identify images after they have been cropped or otherwise altered. The information can then be used to sort out child pornography, specifically images that feature children under 12-years-old, from perfectly-legal adult pornography.

Currently, Facbook relies upon users to alert the company to illegal images on the site. With the implementation of PhotoDNA, however, such tagging will no longer be necessary. Facebook will announce its adoption of PhotoDNA later Thursday, and hold an event on Friday to further explain the initiative. The hope is that other technology companies will see the benefits of PhotoDNA, and get on board.

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/facebook-to-combat-child-pornography-with-new-microsoft-photodna-software/

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I need your HELP! NOW! (again?)

Yes, once again, I am in need of great assistance from those who read my blogs, and follow my postings on twitter and facebook. As many of you know I have been out of standard employment for the last 6 months. Although things may be looking up in June, I need to get past May (Judgment Day not withstanding).





Bacause of a major debt that must be paid this month, I will be without ANY funds until at least June 6th. Any. That includes food.





There have been those who have helped in the past. Thank you. There are those who are helping me now. Thank you...you know who you are. If you can help with $20 or $40, thank you very much.





Two ways you can help: If you are in Southern California, I can do some work for you on the telephone or in your office. You can contact me at donald.paschal@yahoo.com. I have great credentials and references. The other way would be a donation of $20 and up to my PayPal account. Just go to http://www.paypal.com/ and send it to donald.paschal@yahoo.com.

This is a major emergency for me right now, and if you can help, I really would appreciate it. Thanks to all.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Obsolete Man

There are times when the only way that what I want to say is through someone elses words. At this time in my life, those words come from he pen of Rod Serling, and through the lips of Burgess Merideth and Fritz Weaver.

The episode is "The Obsolete Man." It was broadcast on "The Twilight Zone" June 2, 1962.








In a future totalitarian state, Romney Wordsworth (Burgess Meredith) is a man put on trial for the crime of being "obsolete". His occupation as a librarian is a crime punishable by death, as the State has eliminated literacy. He also believes in God, also punishable by death, as the State has declared that there are no Gods. He is prosecuted by the Chancellor (Fritz Weaver), who announces in front of the assembled court that Wordsworth, in not being an asset to the State, shall be liquidated.

After being convicted, Wordsworth is allowed to choose his method of execution. He cryptically requests that he be granted a personal assassin to whom he may privately disclose his preferred method of execution. He also requests that his execution be televised. Both requests are granted by the court.





























We have always had ways to, shall we say, assign humans. Thoughts, faiths, beliefs, all controlled not by a government, but by society's unprinted rule. Ther are many ways that it is done, by suspicion ("Are you conservative/liberal/black/white/Christian enough?"), the leading question, the assumption that you must be A in order to be B. And when subtlety does not work, the time honoured methods of shunning, the boycott, ridicule. Then imprisonment. And when all else fails, death.

This story is a cautioionary one. Imagine what may happen if a small number of people truly wanted to go their own path, and not the path of the mob. We are coming dangerously close to that mob rule when, if your thoughts, action, life, faith do not meet specifics, death would be the only remedy. And, as the tale above shows, some who advocate that may very well become its victims.

It has been said that those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it. It is my sad duty to report that not only are we on the way to repetition, we may add to it. Live, in living color. And in high-definition.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Injustice?

Examine the following:


EXHIBIT A: A two-year-old boy was badly beaten six months ago in New Ulm. The child suffered three broken ribs, a broken leg, a broken hand and severe bruising over most of his body.
The man accused of beating the child is Rian Butcher. Butcher cared for the boy while his mother was at work. He entered an Alford Plea to the court last week. That means he believes there is enough evidence that would probably lead a jury to convict him, but he is not admitting guilt.

A Brown County judge sentenced Butcher to 210 days in jail, five years probation and a three-thousand dollar fine. If he violates probation, Butcher could serve a 15-month prison term.

He has a lengthy history of criminal convictions for violent acts against women and children. The grandparents of the two-year-old boy were outraged by the sentence. Dave Hatch told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that his family does not think the Brown County Attorney's Office did its job. Prosecutors say they did not think they had enough evidence to gain a felony conviction with a five-year prison term and that's why they accepted the plea.

The judge in the case, told family members that because of the plea arrangement and the lesser charges, his hands were tied and this was the toughest penalty he could hand out under the law.
http://kstp.com/article/stories/s2071317.shtml

EXHIBIT B: A Lafayette woman was sentenced this morning to a year on home detention and two years on supervised probation for hitting her 13-year-old daughter.

Cassandra B. Davis, 33, pleaded guilty last month in Tippecanoe Superior Court 2 to battery on a child resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class D felony; residential entry, a Class D felony; and invasion of privacy, a Class A misdemeanor.

Davis, who formerly went by her maiden name, Cassandra Robinson, is the biological mother of Aiyana Gauvin, a 4-year-old Lafayette girl who died in March 2005 following months of abuse by her stepmother, Michelle Gauvin, and biological father, Christian Gauvin.
http://www.jconline.com/article/20110420/NEWS09/110420015/Aiyana-s-biological-mom-sentenced-child-battery?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

Former Parkview Christian School teacher Carrie Perkins pleaded guilty Monday to multiple counts of sodomy and rape for sexual relations she had with a teenage student.

Perkins, 30, pleaded guilty to three counts of rape second degree and three counts of sodomy second degree in Eufaula Circuit Court. She originally faced six counts each of rape and sodomy, according to Circuit Clerk David Nix.

Perkins was sentenced to 15 years for each count – split with three years to serve for each count. Those sentences will run concurrently with the 14-year sentence she received in Houston County approximately six weeks ago.

Perkins, who was a fifth grade teacher at Parkview Christian School, had a relationship with a 15-year-old PCS student. According to a Eufaula Police Department incident report that was filed last May, the student stated that he and Perkins had sexual relations four or five times since the start of 2010.
http://www2.eufaulatribune.com/m/news/2011/apr/08/teacher-pleas-guilty-six-felonies-ar-1686174/

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Now all three were senteced for crimes believed abhorrant to society. But there is an injustice. Can you spot it?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FOX40 Sacramento: Should California's Age of Consent be Lowered?

ELK GROVE— An Elk Grove coach facing charges for his sexual involvement with a 16-year old now has some neighbors discussing California’s age of consent.

Currently, you must be 18 years old to have sex with an adult. California is among a handful of states to make eighteen the official age of consent. In other states, the age is 16 or 17. Parents say the age needs to stay high because kids have no idea what an older person’s intentions could be. During sex the teen might think it’s love, but the adult only wants one thing.

“Because there’s generational gaps, vast differences between a 36-year-old and a 15- or 14-year-old.” Matt Upton says he talked to his daughters early to make them think twice before having sex until they were older than 18. Matt says it’s a combination of good parenting and luck, that saved his daughters from hooking up with older men, but he’s also thankful for the California law.

“I think California should enforce stronger laws against predators of young people.” Nilda Valmores runs "My Sister’s House", a safe haven for helping women in need. She’s seen a number of teens who fall for that older guy and they say the same thing, they thought it was love.

“Yeah, and it can get even worse if the young girl continues to have sex with the older man. He could take over her finances, control her emotions or even make her perform sexual acts with others...and she'll do it because she's brainwashed,” says Valmores.

The concern isn’t just for young girls, it applies to young boys as well, just as likely to be manipulated by people old enough to know better.

California, by the way, is one of a few states in which the age of consent for male-female sex is the same if you are gay. In some states, the age of consent if the parties involved are the same gender is much lower than 18.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Frisky: GSA....True Love....Incest...or Both


In one of our recent articles we has a reference to Genetic Sexual Attraction. This is an occurance when two people related to each other fine themselves attracted to each other in a sexual or romantic way. Many people feel that its just a dressed-up term for incest, but others say it is a bit more complicated than that.


Since we had so much comment on this particular facet, we scoured the internet for information. We found the following article on TheFrisky.com. We offer this for information purposes only.


Let me preface this story by saying this is NOT the about the woman who breastfed her dad to save his life. This is an entirely different tale of father/daughter relations starring Penny Lawrence (28) and her long lost, dad, Gary Ryan (46). When all of her family members had passed away, abandoned daughter, Penny Lawrence, wanted to search for her last living relative—the dad she never knew. Her search led her from Ireland to Texas where she found her estranged father, Gary Ryan. The pair felt an immediate and powerful sexual attraction. Scientists call this phenomenon Genetic Sexual Attraction, which describes feelings of attraction between close blood relatives who meet for the first time as adults. It’s theorized that it happens because of our penchant to be attracted to mates who resemble us. Anyhow, this “feeling” led the father/daughter pair to start a relationship wherein Penny became pregnant with Gary’s baby. So far, the ultrasounds indicate that their love child has no defects. Unfortunately, the Genetic Sexual Attraction argument doesn’t hold up in court. It falls under the incest umbrella. The pair fears that they may be court ordered to end their relationship. So, there it is. What do you think? Should Penny and Gary be able to love each other without legal intervention or is it just too wrong? http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-genetic-sexual-attraction-true-love-or-incest /

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Palm Beach New Times: Nan Rich...the wrong crusade?

To think this started with a dead goat.

This came across mt desk this morning from the Huffington Post:

As longtime readers of Eat The Press know, the state of Florida has
struggled in recent years to pass a law that will make bestiality illegal. The
saga began in January of 2008, when the raping and killing of a goat -- a
beloved family pet -- shocked the sensibilities of Florida residents. This led
to a second shock when everyone realized that the rape of the goat wasn't
actually a prosecutable offense in Florida.

"There needs to be a law,"
declared state Sen. Nan Rich (D), who probably didn't realize at the time that
enacting such a law would prove to be nigh-impossible or that she'd become known
as America's top anti-bestiality lawmaker. Rich led two attempts to pass such a
law, but those efforts came to naught. There's good news, though: Rich and her
colleagues are taking another run at it..

Twice before, the Florida
Senate has taken the matter to this point, and unfortunately, twice before,
Rich's bill has foundered in the House. Last May, it seemed like this law was
all set for enactment, but the wheels came off for a number of reasons, the
first being that "the outrageous nature of the subject it sought to address
actually worked against it":

Full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/25/florida-lawmakers-bestiality-ban-third-try_n_840694.html


Comes to find out that Rich (D-FL) is a state senator who replaced Debbie Wasserrman Schultz whem the latter became a member of the US Congress. She seems to be a moderate who refused to "refused to tell citizens where he/she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders." (http://www.votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=53731)

Maybe they didn't ask her how she felt about humping a goat.

Rich has been at this for some time. In 2009, the Palm Beach New Times (on of those artsy-fartsy Weeklies) asked a person who has researched all this was their any validity to claims that right Rich made about this...like dog-humping could lead to kid-humping. The answer was surprising:

State Senator Nan Rich has made waves with her crusade to make it illegal in Florida to have sex with animals. Not just around her Sunrise district, either. The controversy has earned Rich a future berth on Comedy Central's Daily Show.

Anxious, perhaps, about being accused of exploiting a saucy subject for headlines, Rich has sought to link her bill with the ever-popular cause of preventing child sex crimes. Earlier this month, she was quoted in the Sun-Sentinel:



"There's a tremendous correlation between sexually deviant behavior and crimes
against children and crimes against animals."


In remarks quoted by the AP, Rich elaborated.



"Lock people up that commit these kinds of heinous crimes, otherwise you're
leaving a person out on the streets that, if they commit sexually deviant acts
in one area, it's been proven that they do in the other," Rich said.

I asked one of the world's leading researchers on bestiality, Dr. Hani Miletski, about Rich's claim of a "tremendous correlation" between sex with animals and sex with children. "I think it's real bullshit," says Miletski.


"There's no connection that we know of. And if you said this to 'Zoos' -- as
they call themselves -- they would be so offended. Because they take precautions
to make sure they don't have sex with an animal that is not mature."


The condition of having a sexual and emotional connection with an animal is called "zoophilia." Miletski conducted a study in which she interviewed 82 men and 11 women, all zoophiles. Aside from an intense attraction to animals, says Miletski, "I couldn't find anything that said 'All zoos are this way or that way.'" She said they come from all walks of life and don't even seem to share a childhood experience that could possibly explain how they became zoophiles.

But it's not even purely sexual. And for the human at least, it's not rape. "They really love the animals," says Miletski, "to the point where they want to marry them and treat them as spouses." A German researcher in the field, Dr. Andrea Beetz, found that many of her research subjects belong to animal protection groups. Rich says she's leading the charge on this bill based on her desire to protect animals.

In making her case publicly, Rich has cited an episode in the panhandle town of Mossy Head in which a man was suspected of choking a goat to death while having sex with it.

Florida is one of only 16 states to have not yet outlawed bestiality, but Miletski says its only the tail-end of modern legislative trend. Since she began researching the subject in the late Nineties, she says that at least a dozen states have put these laws on their books.

I asked Miletski whether there was a correlation between sex with animals and any kind of deviant behavior. "No," she said."The two just don't go together." A person with anti-social personality, she allowed, "may have sex with everything -- including animals," but that's not the same as zoophilia.

Rich's bill looks to have clear sailing through the legislature -- what legislator would possibly defend a group as marginalized as zoophiles? To Miletski, it's a shame. "People have this reaction to (bestiality) -- 'It's crazy. It's sex. It's out there.' And people can't get their mind around it, so in order sooth their anxiety they pass a law against it."

Ultimately, she doesn't think there's anything to be gained by making sex with animals a crime. "I don't think it should be illegal," said Miletski. "I think they should let people do what they want to do as long as they don't hurt anybody."
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2009/03/nan_rich_bestiality_zoophilia.php

With all of the problems Florida has right now....and they are many....let's just say this probably should be on the back burner...at most.

But then....it IS Flori-DUH.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Witch Hunts




In the 55 years of my life, I have been given the opportunity to meet people whose lives would probably run counter to what many of you feel would be "acceptable." They run from the mild to the extreme. but in most cases they are not the people you would think to be the outlaws you were thinking.



I have met teachers, technicians, police officers, lawyers, pastors, sports figures, actors and actresses...people from all walks of life who had one thing in common....their sexual lives would probably earn them space time on a burning stake.



So in this rant I just want to run off a few things to you. If you are an "outlaw," you will know what I say when I talk about it. If you feel you are, on the other hand, a "fine, upstanding citizen," just know how close that "outlaw" is to you. Could be your neighbor. Your kid's tutor. Your priest. Your spouse/partner.



It could ever be YOU......though you are in denial.



Among the things that angered me was an article concerning Rose McGowan's appearance on Law And Order:Los Angeles as a woman caught up in the seedy underground world of swinging.



Seedy??? Funny, I have been around swingers for about 20 years. Let me tell you about some of these "seedy" characters. One is a teacher, with tenure. Another cares for a special needs daughter and her ailing parents. Many are parents themselves. There's more seediness in both sides if Congress.



The anti-sex attitude of America is nauseating to me. Many times, I wonder how things would be different if just admit how we REALLY feel about sex to ourselves. That we may be more "depraved" than we admit.



Many of you have no idea what is going on. Yes there is the occasional child sex ring that is broken up, but in many cases those who are caught leave hundreds, maybe thousands who are not....maybe some who are reading this now. What you may not know is that Your Federal Government is using your fear of kiddies doing the horizontal bop to sneak into YOUR computer...











Democrat and Republican lawmakers are busily creating a House bill that
will mandate Internet service providers to keep computer records -- including
identification information -- of users to be used by federal law enforcement
agencies during their child pornography investigations,

According to the
Federal Bureau of Investigation, if the bill is passed in both houses of
Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, it will help FBI agents
investigating child-pornography cases.

While proponents of the bill
claim there is bipartisan support for such a law, opponents say it is an attempt
by big government politicians to "backdoor their way to controlling the Internet
and those who use it," said political strategist Mike Baker.

House
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is expected to introduce a
draft of the bill in April.
He stated that his legislation will
require Internet service firms to maintain records of users’ Internet Protocol,
or IP, addresses for a mandatory period of at least 24 months.

Child protection organizations and some law enforcement
executives groups applaud the effort to help identify suspects. However,
civil-rights proponents such as the American Civil Liberties Union claim such a
measure would infringe on citizens' right to privacy and create a cyber Big
Brother culture on the worldwide web.

http://www.examiner.com/law-enforcement-in-national/congressmen-seek-law-to-help-investigate-internet-kiddie-porn




So much for your privacy.

But the sexual witch hunts do not stop there. Recently there was a study about "underage prostitution" targeting sites like Craigslist and Backpage. As you can see in the story...it was based on junk science. Another witch hunt:


http://www.laweekly.com/2011-03-24/news/women-s-funding-network-sex-trafficking-study-is-junk-science/



And we stand for this because we are not honest with ourselves when it comes to sex. Or our kids.

And what we find if we are honest is that the things we feared we may not have needed to fear all along.

The words are Genetic Sexual Attraction. Or GSA. Get used to that. You will be hearing that one a lot in the next 10 years. In fact, GSA may very well be the next taboo after homosexuality/bisexuality that gets to be smashed to smithereens.

Case in point:





A 28-YEAR-OLD woman is pregnant with her Irish-born father’s baby.

The Irish Sun splashed this morning with the exclusive story of Garry
Ryan, 46, and his long-lost daughter Penny Lawrence, 28, who met last year when
Lawrence tracked Ryan down. He had been born in Palmerstown in Dublin but moved
with his family to the US when he was two. He made Lawrence’s mother Angela
pregnant when he was 18 but left her before their baby, Penny, was born.

Angela died when Penny was four and her maternal grandparents, who
raised her, died when she was 18. Lawrence said she became “obsessed” with
finding her only remaining close blood relative, her father. Last March she
tracked him down to Houston, Texas and after several daily phonecalls, flew
there from LA to surprise him.

Ryan said that the pair felt an instant
physical attraction when they met, and soon began an incestuous sexual
relationship. Lawrence is now pregnant with his child.

http://www.thejournal.ie/woman-carries-fathers-baby-and-claims-were-in-love-2011-03/

By the way, the ultra scans show no hint of birth defects. And if the the tests are the same in the next 3 months, Garry and Penny will go ahead with the pregnancy.

Then there are the very kiddies we're trying to protect. Sorry, too late. The Durex condom folks did their own study. The found the average age of people losing their virginity was 16. The average.

And I can go on and on and on....but you get the point. How we feel about all this, and what we really are are two different things. And those have to be reconciled.

Thing is that reconciliation maybe be forced upon us. Just as Rock Hudson's battle with AIDS/HIV forced us to confront how we feel about homosexuality, revelations by those such as MacKenzie Phillips may have us starting to think more about GSA. The maturing of the American (and global) teenager may have us thinking second thoughts about the concept of consent.

And in those revelations, the witch hunts will continue. Truth is never something people feel comfortable about, especially sex. Dozens of people disappear from sites such as Yahoo, facebook, and twitter daily because maybe their sexual appetites may offend the average villager.

Yet these things continue to facinate us beyond belief. We said we were revolted by the bizzare accusations leveled at the McMartin Seven. Yet we were glued to the set by every charge...to the point that these seven were responsibile for over 300 separate abusings in a one year period.

Then there's Mary Kay Latourneau, the 34-year-old teacher who had an affair with her then-12-year-young student, Vili Fualaau. Sick! Twisted! She's a monster! And we kept staring at the screen, drinking in every juicy morsel, though two jailings and a couple of kids.

Oh, by the way, those who were hoping she would be on the rocks by now will be dissapointed....Mary Kay and Vili are a happily married couple, hosting "Hot For Teacher" nights at Seattle nightclubs. She's 49, he's almost 30.

And at this point, the less said about JonBenet Ramsey and that set-up, the better.

Oh, there is one more I was hesistant to mention. But I'll put it this way. We who love our animals in a "normal" way would cringe if we knew some people would use them for other purposes. A gentleman named Doug Spink comes to mind. But then there's this particular case of a pitbull named Mel:

(A) black pit bull named Mel was standing quietly by a door.

On this night, like many other nights, Mel was waiting for his owners to take him outside, but he couldn't alert them with a bark. He doesn't bark. He won't bark. The bark has been beaten out of him.

Every time the 4-year-old dog meets a stranger, he goes into convulsions. He staggers back into a wall for protection. He lowers his face and tries to hide. New faces are not new friends, but old terrors.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/16/sports/la-sp-plaschke-20101117

Strangling. Drowning. Beating. Removing the teeth from female dogs who'd fight back during mating.

What kind of monster would do something like this. This kind....



Yes, he did go to prison. But he has "redeemed" himself.

Lucky he didn't have sex with that pitbull.

We are sicker than we think.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I didn't know THIS.....

"My name....Jose Jimenez."

Those 4 words were enough to give me fits of laughter when I was little.

Bill Dana adapated the personna of this Mexican Walter Mitty. While some in the Hispanic community soured on the act, Dana's Jose played a multiude of roles from a General to an Astronaut....roles that most people in the '60's did not associate with an Hispanic.

Here's Bill/Jose, with Pat Harrington (the guy who played "Schnieder")...



But what I DID NOT know is that the very same Bill Dana was responsible for THIS:




Yes, it was the same Bill Dana, who busted Hispanic stereotypes in the '60's that did the same as one of the writers of the "Sammy's Visit" episode of "All in the Family."

Dana talks about that...


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Forget Murderers. Public Enemies #1: DOG-HUMPERS!!!!

If you go to http://www.bestplaces.net/crime/?city1=50455000&city2=50644000 and compare the crime rates of, say, Los Angeles to Phoenix, AZ, you will find that both cities are comparable in terms of crimes committed. As a matter of fact, one could say that Los Angeles is safer, based that site crime indices.

Those numbers are based on FBI figures. In terms of property crimes, LA is lower than Phoenix, rating a 4 and 7 respectively (national average is 4). In terms of violent crimes (murder, rape, etc), both LA and Phoenix rate a 7 (national average 4). In other words, Phoenix is not a safe place to be.

So you would think that the city's sheriff, tabbed the toughest cop in America, would think that murderers, rapists and thieves would be his prime concern. No, no, no! It's........DOG-HUMPERS! That's right...DOG-HUMPERS...right here in River City!!

Read and hurl.....


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America’s self-described toughest sheriff has issued a warning to the CEO of
Craigslist saying the popular Internet website is providing a “mechanism to
facilitate criminal activity.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s warning to Jim
Buckmaster follows the arrest last month in Arizona by Maricopa County Sheriff's
Office detectives of two men — one a middle school teacher and the other a
handyman — on charges of conspiracy to commit bestiality.

Sheriff Arpaio
said an undercover investigation by his office began after detectives became
aware that persons in the Phoenix area were using Craigslist to engage in
illegal acts with animals. Detectives set up meetings through computer
communications where the suspects believed they were meeting animal owners at a
hotel.

“I would hope that Mr. Buckmaster takes my advice seriously and
looks into our concerns,” Sheriff Arpaio said. “I think it is sad that people
would utilize technology to take advantage of animals like this.”

Although bestiality may not be illegal in other states, the sheriff was
instrumental in making the offense a crime in Arizona in 2006.

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster is taking heat for postings on his
website. (Associated Press)Craigslist did not respond to questions sent by
e-mail to the company and to its public relations spokeswoman.

The men
arrested in February — handyman Keith Kiefer, 47, of Mesa, and middle school
music teacher Patrick Trejo, 25, of Phoenix — were accused of using
Craigslist.org to connect with dog owners offering their dogs for sexual
gratification with humans.

Sheriff Arpaio said his deputies later
learned that a number of people used the website to communicate with others who
had an interest in bestiality. He said detectives discovered that a secret
language was being used to hide the suspects’ plans.

According to court
documents, a detective posing as a dog owner responded to a posting Mr. Kiefer
listed on Craigslist. They exchanged e-mails in which Mr. Kiefer allegedly asked
for a photo of the male dog’s sexual organ. He received it and responded by
saying he “liked it very much,” the court records show.

In his letter to
Craigslist, Sheriff Arpaio said the investigation of “several others” was
ongoing and that the website had provided “the forum for these individuals to
post, in a very blatant manner, their intentions.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/mar/16/sheriff-says-craigslist-facilitates-bestiality/


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Now, in my small circle of friends, the opinions about stuff like this ranges from "Man..that's sick!" to "Man....my Pomeranian was the BOMB last night!!" Therefore I cannot judge. Nor, since I do not have any pictures iof Mssrs. Keifer and Trejo, I do not know the level of desperation with these men (though one would probably argue that looking like a 2-legged emu might be a reason..)



Here's the thing. I know that those who thing something like doing-the-dog is highly disgusting claim that the pooch in question has no say in the matter. Oh. really? Then maybe we should also book all the people who force dogs (and cats, and other furries) to do non-sexual acts that the animals have no consent over (have you seen Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks? Or even the stupider ones that wind up on, what a friend would call Screw-Tube?)



Again, I am not advocating anything, except keeping me safe. If Candy Sue wants to do the horizontal bop with her German Shepard, be my guess. I'm just worrying about the guy trying to climb into my house to steal my 50-inch Plasma TV.


MY suggestion to Mr. Arapaio would be to start actually arresting some real bad guys (and stop blaming it all on Mexican drug lords and the ACLU. We should legalize everything and make it here anyway, and as for those tree-hugging lawyers, the fact that prisons these days are obscenly overcrowded shows that the ACLU ain't quite that effective).

But maybe I can understand where Big Joe comes from. First, he was worrying that his wife migh leave him for some black stud. Then for some other woman. NOW he has to worry about Rover. Maybe it's all just insecurity.

We feel ya, Joe. We feel ya.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Netflix Vying for First Rights to New TV Series

SAN FRANCISCO March 16, 2011 (AP)

Netflix is trying to buy Internet streaming rights to a
26-episode drama starring Kevin Spacy before the
series is shown on a television network.

If the deal is completed, it would mark a bold step in
a new direction for Netflix's popular video
subscription service. The more than 20,000 titles in
Netflix Inc.'s streaming library primarily consist of
previously aired TV series and older movies.

The talks were reported earlier by Deadline.com. A
person familiar with the negotiations on Wednesday
confirmed Netflix's interest in the series "House of
Cards." The person spoke on condition of anonymity
because a deal hasn't been reached.

Should it win rights to "House of Cards," Netflix
would emerge as an even more serious threat to pay-
TV channels such as HBO. Netflix has 20 million
subscribers.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

What I believe....


There have been a lot of "manifestos" floating around the internet lately. Lot or arguments and snarkiness based not on fact but on one's imagined point of view.

To be honest I have tried to put out what I know is the truth. But very few people listened. Or understood.

So I may be stepping down my efforts on line...just posting the occasional link. To be honest I cannot "debate" based on hatred. I can only go by what I see.

But before I go, I think, once and for all, I should be clear on what I believe. I must warn you, some of what is in my head may be troublesome for you. If, though, you look at it all with a open mind and clarity, you will see that I do have a point.

I'm not holding my breath on that, though.

I believe....

  • Barack Obama is not the greatest President we have ever had. But he is not the worst either.
  • Sarah Palin is smarter than most of you. So is Rachel Maddow.
  • We are broke. Yet no one, Democrat or Republican, has the balls to do what needs to be done. What needs to be done would be an instant death wish. And I am not talking politically. (Correction: There was the sequester. We seemed to have survived that.  Which was my point...)
  • You are broke. You have a responsibility to build your wealth, and do it in the next 5 years. Stop running from that, embrace it. And for those who think as I do on most things, remember the one thing a conservative fears is a RICH liberal. Got it?
  • Jimmy Kimmel is overrated. Craig Ferguson is underrated. Craig's announcer was Fred R. Rated.
  • All drugs should be legal. All of them. You're just responsibile for what you do when you are loaded.
  • If you are a sane responsibile citizen, you should be able to own a gun, provided you take the responsibility of using one. By the way, owning a Sherman tank does not indicate you are a responsibile citizen.
  • Scott Walker is a fucking moron. On most issues, so is Michael Moore.
  • Most music sucks. When the last decent song recorded in this country is called "Fuck You," its time to pack it in.
  • "Heroes" should never have been cancelled. "The Cape" should never have been greenlighted. SwanQueen should happen. Period.
  • Jan Brewer is a cow.
  • Most, if not all, of our taboos on sex are about to go out the window. That includes...well, THAT. And THAT. and even THAT! Probably because we are more perverted than we realize. Don't believe me? How long have YOU been counting the days until Dakota Fanning turn 18? Or staring at those twins making out with each other on that porno you've been pounding by.
  • If we MUST have laws outlawaing some couplings, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. For instance, if some teacher and her student are caught in the backseat doing the horizontal bop, with the student's best friend videotaping the action (true story), the kid has forever given up the right to be called a "victim." Also, if both parties consent, both go to jail.
  • On the other hand, if you for force anyone to have sex, regardless of age, You. Go. To. Jail. For. The. Rest. Of. Your. Fucking. Life.
  • If a person uses thier Pomeranian the same way they use a Hitachi, just remember some of the other things we force our furries to do: like this (http://youtu.be/f-zFp0VSxcE) ...and this (http://youtu.be/-dWmq5591MQ) ....and THIS (http://youtu.be/Tkmg4FmeAtM) And no...the dog didn't "consent" to THAT, either.
  • The average life expectancy in CANADA is 81. The average life expectancy in the USA is 78. Hmmmm...wonder why.
  • Everyone gets their news from either the AP or Reuters. Everyone. That includes Fox, MSNBC, and Alex Jones.  So much for the coporate news media.
  • How do you end homelessness? Give them a home. Next question...
  • Lana Parrilla is the most beautiful woman in the world.
  • For the last fucking time, The President was born in HAWAII, not KENYA. See www.snopes.com. However, maybe what we need are more Presidents born in Kenya.
  • 9/11 WAS an inside job.
  • AA IS a cult. So are both political parties.
  • The entire congregation of the Westboro Baptist Church should never have been born.
  • And finally, all people are humans. No matter what their faith or politics, they eat cereal, love sunshine, marvel at rain, go to the bathroom(!), love too much, cry too much, curse at their team a bit too much, love thier familes (some more than most...and that's alright too!), and eventually die. And if you are going to die, if the sum of your life is just being left alone, then you are already dead. Just remember, left or right, most political stuff is bullshit anyway. The REAL stuff is the little things you don't notice. LIVE YOUR LIFE.
That is all.