A photo essay of my life, or, I have to get this crap off my desktop.

Married life is treating me relatively well:

But sometimes I just want to hang out with my friends:

We watch movies sometimes:

Their girlfriends are hot:

print: Psychology Today: A Nation of Wimps

but Sean Hannity says...


Look at this thing. It shows you what's playing on the radio right now. I find the experience of watching song titles pop up all over a map of the U.S. to be far better than having to listen to them.


Worth looking at for the art:
the politically incorrect alphabet

It's a well-known fact at my house that Mel Gibson is a moron. Now, as you can plainly see, there isn't any denying it, unless you think it isn't stupid to blame the Jews for everything and pitch a temper tantrum. If you care about this, or want your burning celebrity arrest questions answered, you can go everywhere from here: During DUI arrest, Gibson blames the "fucking Jews."

The worst part of it is, like Tom Cruise, the guy's human being act is all show. He can't even take his arrest like a man. He later had the decency to feel shame over it, calling his words and actions "despicable". How much better would it have been, though, to just not act like a dumbshit in the first place?

The entire apology thing is tired. It reminds me of that awful image of Jimmy Swaggart, everyone's second-favorite philanderer, crying like a little bitch on TV after he got caught fucking a hooker with granny's "offering to god" money. Shit, I now realize that tearful deomstration probably earned the TV church another heaving tide of pension-liquidating phone calls from the same dumb old ladies.

Who does Mel think he is anyway? Goddamn immigrant comes to my fucking country and starts abusing cops for upholding the law? Fuck him. I say ship his overprivileged ass back to Australia and let him eat wild dingos. Bet you won't hear that on talk radio.


War Nerd - A Hezbollah Upon All of Thee!

the watch guy does you a favor

If you like the way it looks, I recommend you consider buying this watch.

eBay: BRAND NEW,CERTINA DS,BLUE DIAL,QUARTZ,DATE,MOBILE LUGS (item 320009975946 end time Jul-29-06 13:26:17 PDT)

Only four Shakers are left in the world. Christ's lifestyle doesn't have the mass appeal Pastor Ted does:
The Last Ones Standing - The Boston Globe

Saw this on flickr and it reminded me of the cooler time of year. With temperatures above a hundred around here and all over the U.S., it's nice to think about.

By default, in Linux, the middle click opens whatever is on the clipboard in the current tab. However, with a simple about:config edit, you can make it function how it does in Windows. Simply type in about:config in your address bar, and search for middlemouse.contentLoadURL, and change its value to false.

"I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!"
Esquire:Feature Story:The "Snakes on a Plane" Problem


Don't make the eagle cry, y'all.

Music, Mind, and Meaning: Marvin Minsky

Who's Paid to Deny Global Warming? The Same People Who Told You Smoking was Good for You


Watching a little girl screech about the lord in Portugese is, uh...
I don't want to ruin it for you.
YouTube - Menina pastora da Igreja

"The best time to have a baby is when you're a black teenager."
Sarah Silverman, Jesus Is Magic



Lance Bass of 'N Sync reveals he's gay - Yahoo! News

Whatever, Mary.


A "rapture" film from the 1940s:
YouTube - The Rapture AKA Who'll drive the Bus?
(Because the bus driver will vanish and go to heaven.)

I wish all the cops drove really slow cars so they could never catch you. That would be cool.

Day two of the exam was grueling. Nine and a half hours of looking at something about an inch across. Tomorrow it's the same thing, then Thursday it's a half day. That ought to be plenty of time to get done. We won't get our results back for a few months, which could be fun, only I'm not Alfred Hitchcock. One theory for why he loved suspense so much was that as a child he would always be allowed to choose to receive his spanking "now" or last thing before bed. He always chose to wait. It could be said, fairly, that he already liked suspense leading up to that, so using his juvenile predilection as a "cause" is an excellent demonstration of what makes "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacious, but then you might as well say that suspense itself is a certain combination of other things like fear and the wild hope of a last-minute reprieve. You also can't breach the subject without saying that the concept of "suspense" alters any suspenseful sitation sheerly by being recognized. Maybe the world was better before people knew what to call everything. Not that you would have had anything to compare it to, naturally, but there you are. Disambiguation creates a series of unveilings; it's hard to imagine the inside of my own mind at fifteen years old, because what was everything to me then?

One more day of watches may be all I can take for a while.

So now I'm going to play wheel of fortune on the playstation and go to bed. Don't die, everybody!

good point

...Breaking With Old Ideas, a Chinese movie made during the last Glorious Cultural Revolution. After watching the first episode, it struck me that the film has a timeless quality--it's just as applicable to our Glorious Conservative Christian Cultural Revolution as it was to Mao's.

I found that disturbing at first. Mao was a Chi-com after all. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized we're not all that different. Mao sought to destroy old ideas (bourgeois thinking and attitudes) and replace them with a new rigidly enforced orthodoxy. We're doing the same thing, only the old ideas we seek to destroy are secularism and egalitarianism.

Of course there will be those who would argue that Mao's real aim was to consolidate power for himself, but they'd also say the same thing about us. I'm fine with that. After all, we're all authoritarians at heart, and we'll need a strong leader to enforce the new orthodoxy.

Anyway, as I was saying, the film is just as valid today as it was then. Indeed, with very minimal editing, we could recycle it for use again.

Check out the screenshots at:
Jesus' General


Based on what I remember of the fresh prince of Belair theme song, what made him the "fresh" prince was the license plate on the stinky cab he took across the country to get there.

How am I doing with that?

Last night I was nervous about the AWCI exam. I think the pictures I manipulated yesterday show that there was a lot of nervous energy working itself out.

This morning we did the written portion of the exam, then this afternoon we started the watches. We also got the micromechanical portion of the test, a balance staff replacement, which I did.

I am fairly certain that anything but the harshest criticism will pass me on the two of five parts of this exam I've got done, so now it's just the watches to go, which ought not to be so bad. These are things I've done a lot, and unless I accidentally have a disaster, I ought to at least pass, if not by a comfortable margin. They don't tell you how well you did, just if you passed or not.

I really don't want to have to do any of it over, since it would entail taking a trip to somewhere they're giving it, which is only Seattle, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and some other place really far from here. It would be so good to get this thing overwith, I get a sweet taste in my mouth just thinking about it.


better late than never?

safe for work! thanks, bible!

heaven, here I come

That's not half as bad as the open directory

I took some photos of my kids naked on a camping trip. A drugstore employee called the police -- and my family's life became a living hell.


Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need To Know

Much of what is happening has come about, simply, because the Bush administration is run by, and heeds the advice of, stone cold crazy people.

There's a guy in Beirut who writes a weblog I read called Beirut Spring.
He says this article captures something important to know about the Lebanese:
Beirut’s Young, in the Middle, See Future Take a Dark Turn - New York Times


gloomy gus and perky pete read the news

The pharmacy's busier than a Lebanese travel agent, but I don't mind because tomorrow I have off.

Tonight it's up to Stillwater for the lumberjack days festival, which everybody except the people of Stillwater loves. They cancelled the fireworks show because of dry conditions. We don't anyone running, screaming wildfire.

I'll spend the whole day tomorrow stacking up pennies with tweezers and reading technical manuals to prepare my for my exam, which will last all next week.

attention all ladies!

Bonus: He likes barbecue!

Sean Hannity's personals section, Hannidate, is marvelous.
/thanks JG



How Stores are Secretly Using Barry Manilow to Rob You

They did this here first.
Atheist summer camp: "It's Beyond Belief"


it's nicer in French

Alouette, translated:

Lark, nice Lark (or Lark, lovely Lark)
Lark, I am going to pluck you
I am going to pluck your head,
I am going to pluck your head,
And the head, and the head,

All the verses are the same except the part of the body.
The usual ones are
La tête - the head
Le nez - the nose
Les yeux - the eyes
Le cou - the neck
Les ailes - the wings
Le dos - the back
Les pattes - the legs
Le queue - the tail


Gone to the dogs: the girl who ran with the pack - World -

Minsky on love and machines; the love-doped brain
Chapter 1. Emotional States

Need something to scoff at today? Allow me to introduce you to a list that will tickle thy fancy.
The 111 wussiest songs of all time


bloody pit of horror

Imagine the biggest business in the world gets to bilk money from the state and not insure its employees. That happened today.

If only there was a republican around to tell me what makes a judge an activist...

Judge overturns Wal-Mart health care law - Yahoo! News

how to beat children... the Christian way!

Yep, if the child is angry after the smack, you haven't smacked hard enough.

Row over Christian smacking manual


once and for all

Yes, a bear shits in the woods.
Yes, the pope is catholic.

Why am I always asked these questions?

I know I've probably never had anything positive to say about the unelected man who occupies the offices of the president, but he's on a roll -- even for him. Bush has been embarassing himself faster than anyone can keep up with out in Saint Petersburg. His president-like shadow is backlit on the world stage: away from controlled environments he looks less like a statesman than the cricket who sings "the world owes me a living".

It's like a greatest hits of obnoxiousness and stupidity, only you don't have to wait very long in between.

In the last few days alone he's groped the German Chancellor: Presidential Groping
Chewed with his mouth open and said penetrating, incisive things about Syria: Monkeyboy humiliates entire nation
Made more ignorant mouth noises about the bloodbath in Lebanon, instead opting to talk about carving a pig: Bush and the Pig
and been slammed by Putin, who replied to one of his typical Atticisms:

We certainly would not want to have same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, quite honestly.

Bush is every inch the splendid statesman, whose ravishing intellect overpowers people of all nations, and whose heart-thrilling polish, well... swoon. Such perspicuity, such erudition and sophistication. What a guy.


Get forgiveness: Pay for Your Sins!!

Military force is essential because the American economy is in an advanced state of decadence and cannot win its way to continued dominance by peaceful means.

Not the desired effect, I'm guessing:

How to Be Photogenic

Download funny musical public service announcements:
WFMU's Beware of the Blog: 'Til Someone Loses An Eye (mp3s)
I especially like "learn the Heimlich maneuver" and "Don't pet wild animals".

It's good to know I'm contributing.. . Is the United States bankrupt? .pdf

Someone paid money for this shirt:



The Eye of Argon is reputed to be the worst science fiction story ever written.
The Eye of Argon

Yesterday, on one of the network news broadcasts (I was channel surfing so fast I'm not sure which of the big three it was), there was a report on the civilian reaction in Beirut to the attacks which showed a young Lebanese mother in headscarve, who with her children had fled from their home to safe haven, arguing that they--Hezbollah--should return the two soldiers, it wasn't worth all the misery that was being inflicted on everyone. Whereupon a burly older man, hearing her criticism, bulled forward and angrily reprimanded, asking (demanding) to know why she was talking this way to the press, and displaced her in the camera frame to hold forth and spout defiance-militance-whatever.

It was an instructive moment, the male prerogative chestily asserting and inserting itself, and a dramatic reminder that although wars and organized violence have their social-national-ethnic-religious-tribal vectors, they are also brute expressions of patriarchal force...male arrogance and insanity sheathed in metal. The mother was sensibly, rationally decrying the cost of conflict on the lives of her children and other civilians, while the older man (a stranger? a relative?--it wasn't clear) was trying to squelch such talk as ignorant and disloyal. He was the stand-in for every other male blowhard (on every side of the debate) who thinks he knows best and loves to hear himself talk tough. Meanwhile, the children are weeping, or being pulled in bloody pieces out of smoking debris.


Where do we get our biases?

/19 pg .pdf


Where's waldo's sailboat?
Ship locations

sunday's girls


what sucks is

The most expensive party ever thrown in most people's honor will be their funeral.

Why is it that teachers that have sex with whiny little teenagers that can't shut up about it and don't deserve it at all, are always fine? Damn! Look at this lady and tell me if you were the kid you wouldn't shut the hell up and hit it as long as you possibly could.

This kid is obviously suffering from a bloated ego at this point. He doesn't know that never again is he going to get a shot at a woman like this, and someone should have told him to shut up and count his many, many blessings. That's what friends are for. The alternative is to let this kind of people take care of it for you:

I chose this out of all the photos of the legal proceedings because I was surprised how well it captured contemporary Tennesseeans: you see the guy pointing the finger here? This is what every man in Tennessee looks like. You can see some of them in the background, too. See how they all look just like that other guy? They're pod people!

That's what's wrong with this picture. You're seeing a person as unimaginative and cropped and clipped and uniform as these guys are lord mistakes, which in the grand scheme are trifling, over a person who although slightly deranged, at least succeeds in being nothing like they are, passive-aggressive golf-shirt cogs in the machine. This photograph reinforces the rock of Gibraltar that is my belief there is no worse place than a Tennessee courtroom.

Ex-teacher goes to jail for sex with boy on Yahoo! News Photos


Collaborative art project, drawball.

Technophilia: Find great podcasts - Lifehacker

it must be nice to be crazy

I am excited beyond words that the struggle of this life may be over soon and I can finally be FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Is it time to get excited? I can't help the - Rapture Ready Message Board


The War Nerd on North Korea

Allow me to introduce one Jeremias Muito The Loco Drunk Guy Remix.
Via Youtube, one man sacrifices his dignity for our fun, following in the footsteps of Bubb Rubb.


Joe Bageant: Tranquilized by corporate consumerism

I had a dream they turned off the sun.
At first there was just lots of snow and people being towed behind cars on body boards.
Soon the cost of margaritas went up, since the supply of tequila wasn't going to be replenished.
Then people started hoarding hot chocolate mix and dry goods and holding trials in the streets.
Things got worse after that.

That was still better than another dream I had this week, one in which I was watching a baseball game in a stadium and the whole stadium went into freefall. The worst part of it was, it stopped and everybody was pretty shaken up, trying to figure out what was happening. Then it started again. I climbed to the top to look over the side and the whole stadium was on a conveyor belt headed down a dark tunnel. I jumped out and watched it disappear down a hole.

I could blame watch school for the fact I spend a lot of my day looking through a magnifying glass and that this creates an artificial myopia which alters the quality of my vision and the balance of my brain, but that would show how willing I am to accept any explanation other than that I foresee darkness. It doesn't help that Israel is inveigling the U.S. in a howling void of doom.

Password exporter for firefox, in case you move computers. Great plugin.

My brother quit architecture, changed his name, and started a band. Let's wish him luck!


Get free stuff at Wal-Mart

Leahy had asked Bradbury about what the Department of Justice had advised the President, and how certain decisions regarding Guantanamo Bay had been made...
LEAHY: Was the president right or wrong?

BRADBURY: -- the president is always right, Senator.

Awesome: National Association of Staredown Professionals

A Right-Wing Guide to Summer Blockbusters:

More righteousness:
Ten Ways to Break the Stronghold of Pornography
Pussies. They ought to go all the way and mandate burqas to cover every inch of womens' bodies. Say what you want about Shari'a, at least those crazy bastards walk the walk.

If you prefer your women visible,
check out The women of Linux, potentially not safe for work.

How to avoid mid-life stagnation and such:
Don't Be Like Uncle Rico

30 questions to elevate your awareness (and literacy) of the greater place in which you live


it's all downhill from here

Sophisticated graffiti artists have left their mark near downtown Houston.

The trade deficit, graphed: The US Trade Deficit ::
The federal budget is more interesting:
The National Budget, Debt & Deficit ::

Download the bible sticker!

Manson and Bush: separated at birth?
WFMU's Beware of the Blog: You Got Your Manson in My Bush


trouble in river city

A patriotism litmus test:

This is Ahmed Qassim Hamza, 9, brother of the young Iraqi girl who was raped then killed along with family members by U. S. troops who then tried to frame the Sunni insurgency for it before their own guys turned them in, sitting at the stream behind his home, Thursday, July 6, 2006, in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad, Iraq. His sister obviously had it coming because god is omnipotent and works in mysterious ways. If you think little Ahmed deserves justice, you're definitely against rock and roll and the U.S.A. and you're a traitor with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool.


watch school update

Tensions are high in the classroom. Like, at the limit.

Our instructor demonstrated he can't take it today when he screamed at the class about nine thirty this morning.

Get this. You aren't going to believe it.

This morning as usual there was a totally new thing we had never seen before that was either going to be, or might be, on the test. He asked if we had done the acoustic and induction tests on the quartz watch tester and when one guy said "I haven't", the instructor screams "YES WE DID!". He fully screamed it.

Add to this his beating up on one of the students about how she had screwed up the sheets she charitably makes each week for the class to cut up as note cards, which... made her cry. And you know what? Of the two things she "did wrong", one of them is right according to our textbook (which says Huyghens is spelled with two H's, not Huygens. I know, who gives a shit.) and the other thing she got wrong was something he told us, which was a routine occurrence of the 16th century getting confused with the 1600s. That's not a big deal, either.

Can you believe this man teaches a class? You should, because it's true!

First that guy at the pharmacy who can't handle his reality and now my instructor, with whom I am forced to spend almost every weekday until the end of December. Any doctors reading this who want to write me a prescription for valium, email me ( and I will allow you to. I don't know how much of this schmuck's ham-fisted theatrics I can put up with unmedicated. The best thing for everyone is if the instructor gets medicated.

Further proof: last week he slammed me in front of everybody for not paying attention. Why? Because I asked him a question. "If you'd been paying attention the FIRST time, rather than..." That's not paraphrase. And I still can't remember the question or the answer, because all I remember is his drama queen outburst at how I suck. Too bad that's not on the exam and what I asked him might be.

Then about ten minutes later he goes: "If you're wondering why I'm in a bad mood it's because my wife's out of town for the next three weeks and I have to play single parent, and I don't like it."

He actually said that to the class. Someday I'm going to live somewhere and I'm going to say "I used to live in a place where people actually said stuff like this", and then I'll say the stuff my instructor says, and me and all the people in the new place will shake our heads. How is a man that says that NOT a pitiful buffoon?

And you know what else? I get to ask questions, because I'm a fucking student and that's what students do so they can learn. My instructor is simply not cut out for teaching. In fact, he can't teach worth a shit. There, I said it.

As far as the rest of things go, I'm getting ready for a four day exam that starts on a Monday two weeks from now. If I blog less that's why. Miss me lots and say hello to our sponsors.

Right now I'm listening to 99 luftballoons, which is a great song. First, here are the English lyrics:

You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got
Set them free at the break of dawn
Til one by one, they were gone
Back at base bugs in the software
Flash the message, something's out there
Floating in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 red balloons
Floating in the summer sky
Panic bells it's red alert
There's something here from somewhere else
The war machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focusing it on the sky as 99 red balloons go by

99 Decision street
99 ministers meet
To worry, worry, super scurry
Call the troops out in a hurry
This is what we've waited for
This is it boys, this is war
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by

99 knights of the air
Ride super high tech jet fighters
Everyone's a super hero
Everyone's a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify, and classify
Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

99 dreams I have had
In every one a red balloon
It's all over and I'm standing pretty
In this dust that was a city
If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you, and let it go

Here are the lyrics to the German version translated:
If you have some time for me
Then I'll sing a song for you.
About 99 balloons
On their way to the horizon.
Perhaps you think of me a bit
Then I'll sing a song for you.
About 99 balloons
And that what goes around come around.

99 balloons
On their way to the horizon.
Seemed like UFOs from space
So a general sent.
A flying squad out there
To raise the alarm if it was true.
Yet there on the horizon
Were only 99 balloons.

99 jet hunters
Each one was a great warrior.
Thought that they were Captain Kirk
There were great fireworks.
The neighbours didn't snatch anything up
And immediately felt turned on.
Yet there they shot on the horizon
At 99 balloons.

99 war ministers
Matches and petrol cans.
Thought that they were clever people
Already smelled greasy loot.
Shouted: War, and wanted power
Man, who would have thought.
That one day it would come to this
Because of 99 balloons.

99 years of war
Don't leave a place for victors.
There are no ministers any more
No jet engines either.
Today I'm doing my rounds
Seeing the world lying in ruins.
Found a balloon
Think of you and let it fly.


Maybe my favorite Sutton Impact to date:

The conclusion of the epic series at Alexander Leon's official Mario Brothers Page
If you haven't seen these they're really something. Something awesome, that is!

Pictures of buildings after their people all have gone away.
Galleries Home Page Menu

Clitorectomies were only the beginning:
I would take the grinding stone, heat it in the fire and press it hard on the breasts," Moungang said.
"They cried and said it was painful. But I explained that it was for their own good." - 'Breast ironing' to stunt girls' growth widespread - Jul 7, 2006

print: The New Yorker: THE HIDDEN POWER, The legal mind behind the White House’s war on terror.

FROG ALERT! (they're all dying)
Scientists sound alarm for world's amphibians | Chicago Tribune
a pdf about

Stephen Hawking: How can the human race survive the next hundred years?:
In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?

More abandoned shit photography:
軍艦島-棄てられた島の風景/Gunkanjima-Views an Abandoned Island-top

print: best of craigslist : ~~ DO NOT HANDLE JALAPENOS and THEN HAVE SEX ~@

Why American Liberalism Is Impossible


it's what you think

Hidden Google Video Categories

who's who in America

"gangsters strut around like statesmen on the stage of history."
- Brecht

"You can't help who you fall in love with."
- inbred redneck on the Jerry Springer show

Where does George W. Bush come from? He is the notion of power, and was created from its lack. His rise to prominence in the Republican-American imagination follows the curve of their powerlessness and desire for power. On the eleventh of September, 2001, it was utter helplessness that sent them diving into their mythology and heritage, to cash in their rugged cowboys and constitutional rights for a cheap thrill, for a chance to feel like they had balls again.

When a hairy little man drives by in a Ferrari, we leap at the chance to call it overcompensation. But when it's Sam down the street buying a giant flag and a Hummer with a Bush sticker, we tend not to air our doubts about his level of fear. Sure, he deals with his wounded masculinity each night by watching the USA gunfuck some brown people on the Fox news channel and he has no interest in advancing humanity unless it means getting a house closer to Wal-mart, but does that make him a bad person? I guess it depends on how you define "bad".

What's bad is that value itself is fleeing the planet faster than we can create it, and that this is happening with the approval of the intellectually laziest demographic in the history of civilization, the American middle class. Only occasionally is their complacency punctured, always for the temporary announcement of some newly discovered fact, "SOMETHING THAT WILL (eventually) FUCKING KILL YOU", like a diet high in bacon fat, or buying everything you own from China.

Insofar as it is too much trouble to even take a passing interest in the welfare of the world in general, yes, Sam down the street is bad person. Like every bumper sticker republican, Sam as an American should be required, before passing through our educational system, to justify his constitutional rights, so he can understand why they're there.

Instead there is the matter of getting busy stripping them off of himself and everyone else even faster than they came into being in the late 18th century, in the name of safety from the darkness. If this sacrifice is not too much, I wonder what is. It's transparent, stupid chickenshittery. Incidentally, this theme is the same as one a comedian sang about a mugging that occurred while he was out for a walk with his date. The chorus went: "Do whatever you want to the girl, just don't hurt me." He says he was thinking of breaking up with her anyway, and at one point even gives the mugger the PIN number to her bank card. It's hilarious when it's not the idiot horde calling for the head of what's valuable about our country.

"Ask yourself what terror is." I wish I could have these five words on a thousand billboards all around America.


chicksploitation flicks

You'll want
to collect
them all.


my head asplode

YouTube - Noam Chomsky vs. Michel Foucault Part 1

YouTube - Noam Chomsky vs. Michel Foucault Part 2

how to tie a knot: the visual guide

fair, balanced

Who will win? First, let's hear from the loony left:

Bush supporters are not true conservatives. They are brownshirts with the same low intelligence and morals as Hitler's enthusiastic supporters. And they are just as resistant to facts.

It was not the "liberal media" but the investigating U.S. military officials who told the Associated Press that the rape and murder of the young woman and her family appeared "totally premeditated," that the soldiers noticed the woman on their patrols and studied her and her family for a week before separating the woman from her family and raping her. After having their way with her, the soldiers murdered her and tried to burn her body with a flammable liquid in order to cover up their foul deed. The soldiers' cover-up attempt also involved the murder of other members of the murdered rape victim's family, including a child.

The criminals were turned in by other U.S. soldiers who knew of the monstrous crime. According to the Associated Press (USA Today, June 30, 2006), one of the soldiers has admitted his role in the rape and murder.

The soldiers cannot be said to be guilty until they are tried and found guilty. However, the U.S. military usually attempts a cover-up of such incidents and only admits to the facts after the press gets hold of them. This time, however, the investigating officials themselves gave the story to the Associated Press.

Many Americans are so unsophisticated that they refuse to believe anything bad about their country. They regard acceptance of unpalatable truths as disloyalty. This failure of American character is why Bush has been able to get away with transgressions that scream out for his impeachment and trial as a war criminal.

The premeditated rape and murders are just the latest in the long line of horrific war crimes from Abu Ghraib to Haditha. Bush supporters are still in denial about each incident. It is amazing that Bush supporters think we have a John Wayne military when, according to news reports, recruitment problems have resulted in the military accepting felons, drug users, thugs, low-IQ high school dropouts, and illegal Mexicans promised green cards for signing up. Apparently, the same people who make America's streets unsafe for Americans make Iraqi streets unsafe for Iraqis. In response to the declining caliber of new recruits, some of our best troops are refusing to reenlist. Several have written to me that "the Army has left them."

Whoever put out that propagandistic slogan, "support the troops," and the ribbon decals was a master propagandist. "Support the troops" means to deny the reality of the war and the behavior of the troops.

To this day, the Bush regime and the neocon Nazis have not told us the reason for their invasion of Iraq, the destruction of its towns and infrastructure, and the slaughter of its citizens. Every reason Bush has given has proved to be a lie.

There is no more reason for U.S. troops to be shooting up Iraq than to be shooting up Canada, Scotland, Holland, Spain, Taiwan, Florida, Virginia, or California. We are killing Iraqis for no other reason than that they resist our invasion and occupation of their country.

It is proof of the collapse of American morals and the fallen character of the American people that the American public and its elected representatives in Congress refuse to rein in the Bush regime and hold it responsible for its monstrous crimes.

America has become a land of evil. The rest of the world hates and despises us. And we are going to pay a terrible price for it. Bush's belief that our superpower status makes us immune to the opinion of others goes beyond hubris into insanity.

And in this corner, right wing common sense.

Tutorial - Spiffing Up Ubuntu 6.06

the 50 most popular science blogs

a dark comic about war: - gone with the blastwave

""The blood flowed and it wasn't a pretty sight. This really wasn't what we came to see," Leontien Dieleman from the Netherlands told a Norwegian newspaper."
BBC NEWS | Europe | Bloody end to Norway whale safari


steely dan video

Anyone who doesn't hate the guts of Steely Dan will after watching this video:
Steely dan - the making of peg

redneck shitheads

Lady Liberty, Memphis style


Jesus' General explores a dichotomy starring the Army's fighting hero Steven Green.

Somebody's list of the 25 craziest deaths


happy fourth of july

watch later

911 Loose Change 2nd Edition with extra footage - Google Video

uh, no.

Looked what popped up on my screen just now.

If you can't navigate through this to get to Chuck Norris's Karate Commados, I don't even know you: Digg Drop


Prayer doesn't help sick people, study finds

It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the receding and fading spread of roofs and balconies a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun; daily the young volunteers marched down the wide avenue gay and fine in their new uniforms, the proud fathers and mothers and sisters and sweethearts cheering them with voices choked with happy emotion as they swung by; nightly the packed mass meetings listened, panting, to patriot oratory which stirred the deepest deeps of their hearts, and which they interrupted at briefest intervals with cyclones of applause, the tears running down their cheeks the while; in the churches the pastors preached devotion to flag and country, and invoked the God of Battles beseeching His aid in our good cause in outpourings of fervid eloquence which moved every listener...

The War Prayer by Mark Twain

small dog


tips from the christian clown ministry's nursing home segment on youtube:
YouTube - don't stand in a large cluster of clowns
YouTube - clowning with granny

And everybody's favorite intellectual heavyweight, Ann Coulter has been busted plagiarizing from the paper she lines her filthy cage with:
James Wolcott: Pair of Tweezers Caught Plagiarizing

my new home page

Now with many searches built in, | popular urls to the latest web buzz is too good not to use


yummy sheet meat: Wired News: Test Tube Meat Nears Dinner Table

A collection of YouTube videos documenting the top 5 goals of the World Cup to this point: Best World Cup Goals so Far - FIFA World Cup 2006 - World Cup 2006 Blog

Strange statues around the world



Setting Up the Perfect Ubuntu Linux Desktop - informBank

Portraits of burn victims:
Burned - a photoset on Flickr

Hmmm...Drawings by Mail

Labor intensive video mashup that I don't understand the point of:
YouTube - Sunday Bloody Sunday by Bush

What a week. Watch school is intense right now. One of our two big certification exams is coming up at the end of the month and the class is feeling like a pressure cooker. I decided Wednesday that I was tired of being worried about it and that I'd do the best I could and leave it at that.

We'll have four days to overhaul and adjust either a 955 or 255, a 2824, and a 7750. That's a quartz watch, an automatic calendar, and an automatic calendar chonograph. Seems like a lot of time but they're giving them to us filthy and with lots of problems introduced. There's also a written portion of the test that by all accounts it's much easier to do well on if you've been in the field for a few years. I do not expect everyone to pass this thing. Maybe half the class. I got the day off the Sunday before this test that so I can play with watches all day and be ready; Monday is a terrible day to get started on watches cold, or after a weekend squeezing syringes as hard as your hands possibly can. I don't like cranking on the hands, but you have to because someone's dying upstairs and when they need some phenylephrine in a hurry, nothing else will do.

I 86ed word verification on the stupid comments so they'll be easier to use. Hopefully the robots won't heckle me to death with tantalizing offers of discounts on brand name drugs and watches and so on.