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Thursday, July 31, 2003

What was I just ranting about?

Every True American should be puking his or her guts out and screaming for this man's head right now. Fortunately for this man, he happens to be the "President" of the United States, which naturally gives him the right to scribble his name on the flag. Surely something like this cannot be considered "physical desecration"?

Monday, July 21, 2003

16 Questions

I'm not a big Howard Dean supporter, but he is one of the few high-profile folks actually asking the questions that need to be asked. While the media (as well as most of the known universe) is focused solely on "Bush's sixteen words" issue regarding bogus intelligence, Dean has presented Bush with sixteen questions that go far beyond "yellowcake." Though still not encompassing everything, it goes a long way to hopefully ensure some hot water for Bush and Co. Mark Gisleson at Bush Wars takes the questions one step further by actually providing links to the sources cited by Dean. I have a nagging feeling, though, that answers are not forthcoming.

And now for something completely (not) different

Civil rights abuses by the Justice Department under the Patriot Act? Say it ain't so...

Goodbye to Ari Fleischer, hello to Scott McClellan.

Things are good, things are fine, it will be great soon.

Sunday, July 20, 2003

So much for symmetry and precision...

Either the creative artists and/or paranormal forces behind crop circles are getting sloppy, or drunken frat boys are getting in on the action. The sloppiness of formations such as these does tend to take away from the mystery of it all.

And still no reply to my "differing opinion" from the enhanced White House webmail system...

Closing the "ice-cream gap," the Patriot$ way

Do you love gourmet ice cream but go without because you don't want to support those commie tree-huggin' hippie faggots who make Ben & Jerry's? Well, now you can fatten-up with Star Spangled Ice Cream, created specifically to counter the Liberal Bias of tasty ice cream manufacturers. Is it any good? I think Neal Cavuto's (of FOX News) celebrity endorsement, included on their website, says it all: "The Conservative counterpart to Ben & Jerry's is now out on the market." Their mail order pricing is incredibly patriotic--with four quarts costing only $76 (AKA "The Spirit of '76), they make America-haters out of Ben & Jerry's, who charge twenty dollars more! Finally, not only does Star Spangled have "funnier labels" with names such as I-hate-the-French Vanilla and School Prayerleens & Crème, but 10% of the proceeds go to as-yet-undetermined groups that help the Heroes protecting our freedom abroad (not some liberal groups who are destroying our Great Nation as we speak).

As far as I can determine (here, here, and here) this is not a joke; it's just more paranoia from the Reactionary-Right. I found this over at Flag-O-Rama, a brilliant site everyone should see.

I don't personally care if anyone manhandles the flag; I'm not particularly attached to symbols. My grievance is that the very same people who get worked up when someone burns the flag in an attempt to make some sort of statement seem to have absolutely no problem (generally speaking) with their precious flag being used for un-flagly purposes, such as clothing, umbrellas, and ice cream. If one looks at the US Flag Code, one can easily see that all those uber-patriots who condemn an act that rarely happens are the ones actually disrespecting the flag on a daily basis. Some proscribed activities relating to the flag:

(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. ...
(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling. (anyone who's ever been in more than a few college dorms has seen this happen)
(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. (surely this includes superimposed images of bald eagles and Jesus)
(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. ...
(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. ...

All those no-nos happen every day; all one has to do to see them is go to Wal-Mart. And, you will notice, flag burning, unlike flag apparel, is not prohibited.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Enhanced Communications

The White House has recently made it so much easier for the (P)resident to decide what email he reads and what email goes to the recycle bin. Unfortunately, because of recent "enhancements," legally residing in the White House has now become an easier task than sending a message to the current Squatter in Chief. While many may take issue with the multi-step process to send an email, I take issue with the very first selection one must make to send a message. After deciding to write a "differing opinion" about Bush's "foreign policy" in "Iraq," I began the arduous process to make my voice heard. According to the New York Times article linked above, I should have received a confirmation email or something; so far, after about 45 minutes, I have received nothing. It wouldn't be a big deal, but to test a theory I sent a message with the "supporting comment" option highlighted; I got a confirmation message within ten minutes. A coincidence? Probably. I could test out the situation more extensively, sending repeated messages using both options, but I would rather not draw unneeded attention to myself and end up with a couple of spooks at my front door.

Bad to burn, but okay to wear on your ass

I think I can understand why some people cannot stand the thoughtof Americans burning their own flag; the act, despite any claims of "sending a message," is meant foremost to be provacative and offensive. I don't agree with banning flag-burning, but whatever--that's not the point here. Why aren't these same people up in arms over similar acts of desecration, such as the proliferation of flags on bandanas, boxer shorts, ties, bags, tablecloths, and even fucking diapers? Perhaps if flag-burners started calling their actions "Patriotic Flag Burnings" and donated any proceeds from such events to the Red Cross they would be accepted, since that seems to work for flags babies expel their bowels into. Or maybe they should charge outrageous sums of money for what they do, since that seems to work for everything else. Personally, I am more offended by the very idea of someone carrying (and using) a "patriotic" umbrella than the sight of the US flag in flames.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

I just discovered that Sir Ian McKellen has been keeping some online journals of his experiences as Gandalf. The Grey Book and The White Book are both pretty fascinating and, dare I say, might even interest non-fanatics.

You know you have "too much free time" when...

Because I have nothing on my schedule until 9AM Saturday morning, I have started something I have been meaning to do for quite some time--"cataloging" my book collection. As boring as it sounds, it's actually pretty fun. Of course, it's also pretty pointless, since once I finish the list I'll probably never use it. I suppose doing it is keeping me off the streets and away from the drugs and petty crime (and away from the television, which is occupying much more of my time than I would like to admit).

What the fuck?

Is it that Bush thinks we are complete idiots, or does he not realize that he is the idiot?
Bush said the CIA's doubts about the charge -- that Iraq sought to buy "yellowcake" uranium ore in Africa -- were "subsequent" to the Jan. 28 State of the Union speech in which Bush made the allegation. Defending the broader decision to go to war with Iraq, the president said the decision was made after he gave Saddam Hussein "a chance to allow the inspectors in, and he wouldn't let them in." [italics mine]

Bush's position was at odds with those of his own aides, who acknowledged over the weekend that the CIA raised doubts that Iraq sought to buy uranium from Niger more than four months before Bush's speech.

The president's assertion that the war began because Iraq did not admit inspectors appeared to contradict the events leading up to war this spring: Hussein had, in fact, admitted the inspectors and Bush had opposed extending their work because he did not believe them effective.

So not only are we supposed to believe that W had no goddamn clue about the uranium issue until after he used it to justify war, even though every other person around him knew about it for months beforehand, but we are now to believe we just obliterated Iraq because Hussein refused to admit weapons inspectors? I guess I must have been on the other planet Earth where Bush was trying his hardest to get the inspectors out of Iraq, not in. Where the fuck are his zookeepers when he says shit like this?

Article here, after "a few quick questions."

Monday, July 14, 2003

I been doin' me some surfin' on the online

Until recently, I haven't been able to really sit down and explore the internet for quite some time. Now, for better or worse, I have all the time in the world to seek out the interesting, bizarre, and ridiculous stuff that I have been missing over the past eight months or so. For your enjoyment I have listed here the "cream of the crop" that I have so far been able to discover.

"Wanderings" by Dave and Susan
This is bad, very bad. The core of the site revolves around the life of Dave (I'm not quite sure where the "and Susan" part comes into play), a woodcarving veteran who thinks Rush Limbaugh is "the man" and that the Confederate States of America was not a racist entity (I guess). The "best" part about the site is that it takes about three links to get to any one page--to get to the main page one must click on several pictures of his front door ("come on in!"), and most of the content, such as it is, is preceeded by some jolly disclaimers ("O.K., come on in - just remember, you asked for it."). Oh yeah, there are lots of graphics; if you have a slow computer, I would avoid this one. Still, it's almost too bad to miss.

Seconds of Madness
Use your arrow keys to avoid obstacles in this simple-yet-maddeningly-compelling game. This is a primo time-waster.

Celebrity Spotlight Ministries
Are you worried that your favorite celebrity might face eternal damnation in the fiery pits of Hell? If so, get off your ass and do something about it--pray for them! If you're unsure just who to pray about, this site offers suggestions. It doesn't offer any real justification for their inclusion and some of them seem kind of odd: I'm sure the Dalai Lama doesn't need a bunch of wishy-washy Xians praying for him, and I doubt either Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden care that much. To ease the process for the technology-impaired, the author has included postal addresses for a variety of celebrities.

Temple of Karnak
This guy is upset about something (everything?) and wants everyone to know all about it. Unfortunately the site is rather incoherent. The graphics, though, are... stunning.

Radical Reformation Required
And I quote... "I expect the government to effect the "Shut-down" of this site within a short time frame due to its controversial religious content, disclosures and warnings relative to the imminent abuse of personal rights and freedoms." Well, as of today it's still there, and it looks like it's been there for a while. Sorry pal. Perhaps if he remodeled the site to make it more, shall we say, readable, then perhaps the government can read the controvertial content (which has something to do with bombs, trailer homes, and Jesus) and finally shut it down.

The Internet is Shit
I'm sure I'm far from the first person to point out that this person is using the internet to get their message out. Anyway, this is a good example of a person who might have a good point but goes about stating and proving it so poorly that they just look like an idiot. And personally, that quote about Google seems a little sarcastic to me.

I'm thinking I'll find some more good ones pretty soon.

Friday, July 11, 2003

I finally contacted Blogger about my missing archives. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it before, but it really bugs me that my posts sort of disappear after they vanish from this page. I don't know why I want the archives to be available, other than to witness my rapid progression (or degression) from a fairly optimistic and very concerned anti-war activist to an incredibly bitter and disgusted (though still concerned) antiwar activist. Well, that, and to lift some of my posts to incorporate into the new website I'm building (coming soon to a www.sunflower.com near you).

Mom and dad made the arduous journey through Johnson County, KS, just to take us out to dinner and bring some mail. If any of our Close and Personal Friends come to Lawrence, we're taking them to the Free State Brewery. The food is great, and I hear the beer is qite tasty. Oddly, whenever I go to the place I never seem to be in a beer mood. Even tonight, and they had black & tans on special, and my parents were paying. I must be nuts.

Maybe it's just me, but I just want to hug Wil Wheaton after I read one of his posts. Do people have the same reaction to my blog? Honestly, I would hope not.

Because I don't have anything really important to say the moment, I want to state for the record that the company I am working for kicks ass. If I can't be personally bringing peace and freedom to oppressed peoples abroad, I can't think of a better alternative than working with people here who have been shit on and shunned by society for their entire lives simply for being who they are. In Lawrence, Kansas, no less.

And can I just say that December 17th is not fucking soon enough?

What could possibly be more cowardly than taunting enemy forces from thousands of miles away and from the safety of the White House? Repeating the taunt as one is leaving the region where "it" is to be "brought."

The most Dangerous president ever.

Caps or no caps? The 3rd Annual Nigerian EMail Conference

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Lawrence, Kansas

Thanks to some string-pulling by one of our new supervisors, we got our phone & internet set up today instead of the 18th. Thank "God." Just in time too, since my parents just called and said they're coming to Larrytown tomorrow to take us out to dinner.

We're pretty much done with our training, so, aside from a short medication class on Monday, Maggie & I get paid for the next week and a half to "get settled." How's that for pretty goddamn cool?

I need to check up on news now. More later.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

An accurate error?

The callous fuck pretending to be our president continues his support of US troops by asking enemy forces to "bring it on." Since he has basically requested attacks on US forces, will he then be held responsible for the deaths of soldiers that will inevitably result?

Goodbye, for now...

Originally Maggie & I were supposed to move to Lawrence on the 14th, but the situation has changed somewhat and now we are moving this Saturday. The sooner the better, if you ask me. Unfortunately, for various technical reasons which I just found out about this afternoon, we will be without both telephone and internet until July 18th.

If you have been wanting to call me or email me, but haven't ever quite got around to it, you better get your ass in gear. You have from now until Saturday morning. Hop to it.

This will be my last post for a few weeks. I'll bet you won't even notice.

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

I've been playing with Tha Shizzolator; it turns out that the long-absent BJ makes much more sense when Shizzolated:

Hey I'm back in Kansas City right now! How 'bout that fo' yo' ass! Im at my parents house fo' da summer, they used live in Lone Jack Missouri but they moved Ray Town last year bee closer da City 'n also becase izzle neghbors in Lone jacl wuz gettin really creepy into making doobies 'n things so they moved out here." Its better 'n better yet there is internet service here so I can keep on writing my web sight." So I think wuz better off hear if yo' ass know what I mean, know what I'm sayin'? Im also glad be back becase now I can go da Old Country Bufett whenever I want." Man I love that place its bomb diggity 'n I could'nt go they a whole lot being in Mary Ville 'n izzall." But Im hear now so thats bomb diggity! I just wish Tammi where here cuz I miss her 'n izzall that but brizzle had stay up there at NorthWest fo' summer classes, though they don't start fo' a couple weeks so i do'nt know why brizzle do'nt come here fo' a while but oh well, yo' ass know Breezy, ca'nt live wit 'em ca'nt live wit out 'em either."

Peter Jackson's upcoming Return of the King somehow defames the memory of Elvis Presley? Surely they jest...

Unfortunately, I wish this happened to be a joke, too.

Website of the day (besides www.kingprotest.org): Ask Snoop, featuring Tha Shizzolator.