April 10, 2008


So apparently alot of stuff happened at Chilifest and there were bands playing and everything. I missed all of it and all I brought back was a huge headache and these shoes. Maybe next year I'll remember how much fun I had...

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1,000 Views and Counting...

I was trying to keep track but I missed it and yesterday we got our thousandth view, woohoo! So excuse us for a second while we relax for a minute, enjoy a beer and celebrate.

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Oh The Irony Runs Thick

Yesterday, David Petraeus, Commanding General of the Multi-National Force - Iraq (hell of a job title) sat before Congress to continue answering questions about the war in Iraq. Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) asked his constituents to provide him with questions for the general during his time. One of his constituents died in an attack on the Green Zone on Monday and his parents simply wanted to know, For what? For what had they lost their son? Congressman Wexler then followed up his question by asking for a definition of victory.

To his credit, General Petraeus may have given the most forthright and true answer that we've seen out of a government official in a long time. He stated that we were fighting for national interest, including the region's "importance to the global economy." (In my mind, a stunning admission of the true motives behind this war.)

He stated that they were trying to achieve a country that is "at peace with itself and its neighbors," "could defend itself" that was "reasonably representative of and broadly responsive to its citizens."

I'm going to highlight this because I think its important to note: These are not reasonable objectives. Over half of the countries around the world are unable to defend themselves. Pick any Southeast Asian country and ask them to put up an offensive against either China or Japan, hell Iran for that matter. They can't do it, because like every corner of the world there are regional keystone countries who have amassed enough wealth and military might (as well as peaceful time to build the army) to stabilize the region.

Many countries (including our own at times) deal with deep-reaching internal and external conflicts. Anybody remember the large scale riots in France last year? What about the assassination of Bhutto? Right now China is killing monks for protesting freedoms. Mexico is raging an internal war with drug lords which has killed hundreds of innocent bystanders.

And very few countries (including our own) are broadly responsive to its citizens (I find this point to be completely ironic since the Bush administration has ignored every indication of its citizens' will concerning the Iraq war).

So why are we willing to push these unrealistic goals upon Iraq and turn our heads to equally or worse atrocities (hello African genocide)? I don't think we'll ever have that question answered but Gen. Petraeus gave a pretty good clue by stating we're fighting for the "region's importance to the global economy" (read: oil). Why would we care if Mexico is in turmoil? If Brazil has lost control of its prisons and inmates? This administration doesn't care and is using the guise of caring about global stability to secure a much needed resource (again, read: oil). As long as Mexico and Brazil are wiling to produce our chemicals and deal with their hazards and wastes we will care very little about their internal or external policy.

I don't have any evidence behind this but I really believe the administration has set these lofty, unattainable goals for the sole purpose of justifying a continued presence in Iraq for the next 40-80 years. I'm not a psychic or a global strategist but I'm willing to put a lot of my reputation on the line to say when the oil supply gets tight in the coming years, many countries (instead of just us) will be willing to flex military might to secure the resource. Lets face it, our whole country revolves around the availability of oil and without it our economic machinery will fail.

Our government will not let this happen and is willing to sacrifice trillions of dollars and countless sons and daughters of this nation to keep the money machine rolling. If they were brighter they would be sinking trillions of dollars into a different energy source besides oil so when the world starts fighting over that last barrel we can sit back and reap the benefits.

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Number of heart attacks Dick Cheney has survived thanks to his goverment-provided healthcare? Nope.

Number of centuries John McSame wants our troops to stay in the pointless, prideful, deadly civil war in Iraq? Nope.

Number of Republican elected officials convicted of criminal acts? Lol, way too low.

Percentage of the American Public who approve of of George W. Bush's presidential performance?

Dingdingdingdingding!!!!! We have a winner. (bottom of page 2)

New low for Presidential Limbo Champion, Dubya the Dumbass. $20 says he can break %20 before his term runs out/he is arrested. Takers?

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April 8, 2008


Clutch: (via Dictionary.com)

1.to seize with or as with the hands or claws; snatch: The bird swooped down and clutched its prey with its claws.
2.to grip or hold tightly or firmly: She clutched the child's hand as they crossed the street.
3.Slang. to spellbind; grip a person's emotions, attention, or interest: Garbo movies really clutch me.

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April 7, 2008

Journalism is Dead.

So after watching Larry King bob his head for 20 minutes during the Jenny McCarthy interview I wondered what real journalists were like and I came upon this awesome resource from the University of Texas. Its a collection of interviews Mike Wallace did in the 1950's that was broadcast live. Here's one of my favorites, an interview with Eldon Edwards, the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. I love how Mike comes with lots of information and will not let anyone off the hook. And he sucks down 10 cigarettes during the interview, ultimate product placement.

Warning, there is offensive language and I do not share the views of either participant. This is simply an exercise in true journalism.

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Autism Panel, How Did Jenny McCarthy Get Here?

At about 3:00 Jenny shows her expertise and the shit hits the fan with the doctors

So maybe I'm a little old fashioned but to me there is a difference between formal training, years of experience and being able to read the internet.  Self-proclaimed autism expert to the stars, Jenny McCarthy somehow got on this panel of autism experts (two clinical researchers and maybe one of the best pediatricians in the world) on Larry King Live.

I'm sorry Jenny but a degree from Google University and a strong hunch are not enough to proclaim your expertise in autistic matters.  This really pisses me off because there are people out there that devote their lives to sitting in a lab or pouring over peer reviewed literature to ascertain the true facts and the person who gets face time is a former playboy model with an autistic child.

The fact is that autism is a serious and debilitating condition that causes strain not only on the family but also friends and doctors.  Care for an autistic child is very difficult to pin down and what a child responds to and improves from is based mostly on trial and error.  The scientists that made a conscious decision to tease out the details of this disease should be respected more and actually listened to.  Jenny spouts her usual anti-vaccination crap (which she is immediately reminded that there is not one study to support her views) and continues with the mercury topics (only to be reminded again that mercury derivatives haven't been used in the MMR vaccine for years and yet autism rates haven't dropped, explain that Dr. McCarthy) ad nauseum.  This is the third time Larry has had Jenny on to stoke the fears of parents about to take their children in to get vaccines.  And as much as I respect the guy he is a damn pushover (maybe its that blonde hair and big fake tits, huh Larry? just can't resist?) and can himself look into the facts before he pushes this shit on his show.

This is disheartening for those who really have committed their personal time and careers to learning the FACTS about this disease and how to improve it.  It is dangerous for Jenny to spout false claims and raise fears that shouldn't be there.  False persecution has never had a good outcome.

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"Re-THUG-lican" Redefined

This list is amazing. It shows every official Republican Party member who has been convicted of a crime since 1998, what crime it was, etc. Its a pretty amazing snapshot of the modern G.O.P. Lots of pedophiles, which (sadly) isn't that surprising, but the "Espionage & Terrorist" list is way longer than I expected.

So there you go, your Monday Morning Chuckle.

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