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Friday, February 16, 2007

All this Talk About Explosively Formed Penetrating IEDs.... 



Now we know what one looks like-- via crytome, we get a picture of one:
















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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Heat in Miami 


The most obvious question to be asked is how did Tim Hardaway feel while he was watching Michael Richards screaming and yelling at black folks in that comedy club just a few weeks ago?

Yesterday during an interview with Tim Hardaway, the conversation came around about John Amaechi who recently came out of the closet and publicly announced that he's gay. Hardaway said:
"First of all, I wouldn't want him on my team. And second of all, if he was on my team I would really distance myself from him. I don't think that he should be in the locker room while we're in the locker room. I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. Yeah, I'm homophobic. I don't like it. There shouldn't be a [place] in the world for that or in the United States for it. So I don't like it."
Shall we look to Tim Hardaway for his "team spiritedness"? "...If he was on my team, I would really distance myself from him" says nothing exciting about his professionalism. But what's most interesting is his "coming out" of his own closet by broadcasting his hatred for gay folks. Or perhaps not.

But later on in the day, Hardaway calls into a local television channel and said:
"Yes, I regret it. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said I hate gay people or anything like that. That was my mistake."
"There are more important things to worry about than my comments. We should be more concerned about President (George) Bush and all the people dying in Iraq."
Apparently, Mr. Hardaway thinks the general public is as stupid as he is. That by the time he got home from that interview his phone was ringing from NBA executives to his publicists and to a whole lot of friends who were insulted by his newly discovered homophobia.

Keith Boykin, a brilliant journalist who's also gay and an African-American said on his website focused on Hardaway excuse by claiming it was nothing but a "mistake":

Mistake? That's no mistake, Tim Hardaway. That's your pure unadulterated homophobia coming out. It's one thing to slip up and use a word like "fag" or "faggot," but it's quite another thing to say in public that you "hate" an entire group of people. That is inexcusable. I am not the least bit sorry to say this. Tim Hardaway's broadcasting career should come to a screeching halt. No apologies, no excuses, no rehab. Just fire his ass anywhere and everywhere he works with the media. Then maybe he'll remember what it's like to be a member of a discriminated minority group.
Truer words were never said better. Pam, my favorite lesbian said on her site Pams House Blend:

This level of homophobia is outlandish. How insecure must former NBA star Tim Hardaway be about his masculinity to feel threatened by the thought of playing on a team with someone gay. His feelings are so strong that he would ask to be traded rather than play alongside someone he knew to be gay.
And in responding to Hardaway's "apology", she said:
Somehow I think he was more concerned about the possible impact on his wallet and the fact that now people know what he truly believes in his heart.
She's got a great point. Shakespears' Sister speculated that Tim Hardaway will take the Bob Ney/Mark Foley route by claiming that alcohol is to be blamed for his addled brained homophobia. Well, only after the NBA has finished washing their hands of this lame f*ck.

I'm guessing Hardaway is finished. He'll take his millions and buy a big boat and disappeare for all of eternity. Everywhere he goes from now on, people will know that if he can hate gays that much, then there's really nobody exempted from his list. A sad and despicable man who's final career move was to go public and tell the world how much he can hate.

EnK

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He Was A Quiet Video Card... 



... he seemed so nice, always smiled and waved when we'd see each other; but he kept to himself, mostly.

He always came to work right on time-- "a hard worker," that's how I'd describe him. But, he always took some time to bring in a stew, or a soup he'd made... "!" ... Funny-- come to think of it, those stews always tasted like Heat Sink.

Yes, we've had some technical difficulties here, at Monkeyfister Manor. The video card was caught red-handed eating it's own Heat Sink. Needless to say, between all the Police lines, the endless questions, the cameras, the parade of neighbors bringing me green bean casserole, with the fried onions, you can just imagine that it's been tough getting a new hire in.

We've brought in his little cousin to fill in on a temporary basis, and I think that operations will be back up to speed in a little while.

Special thanks to MadSat, for his crack over-the-phone advice.



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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Forecast For The Iran War... 



Sweaterman at Pygalgia has a rather thorough and thought-provoking analysis of the Iran situation, and our position as Dick and George drag us toward yet another war.

It's grim, but well-stated.



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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

US Marines Believe Recent Downed Helo Was Shot Down... 



It's good that the Marines are breaking this, and telling the truth...

via CNN

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. Marine Corps now believes an American helicopter that crashed in Iraq last week was most likely shot down by insurgents, a senior officer told CNN Tuesday.

The Marines had said that the CH-46 helicopter went down because of mechanical failure, but they changed their minds after reviewing a "very convincing" video posted on the Web by insurgents, the Marine Corps officer said.

The 2 minute, 31 second video shows the twin-rotor helicopter being struck by a projectile. Smoke bursts from the helicopter, which then speeds out of control toward land. Eventually the image of the craft morphs into a smoke-filled streak and crashes. (Watch the helicopter spew smoke and flames Video)



Six in three weeks. Something has GOT to change. Mainly, we need to get the fuck OUT.



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Iraq To Close Borders To Syria And Iran... 



Now that the horses are out, they are slammin' shut the barn doors... Oy.

via Reuters

Iraq says to close its borders with Iran and Syria under new Baghdad security plan, extend hours of night curfew. Details to follow.


The time to do this was Spring, 2003. They've been talking about the porous borders from the very beginning. Are all of our spy satellites out of commission? Are they focused on Mars? Did we even BOTHER to keep an eye on border traffic?

More as news is fed out.

UPDATE: via AssPress
BAGHDAD, Iraq -
Iraq will close its borders with
Syria and
Iran for 72 hours as part of the drive to secure and pacify Baghdad, the Iraqi commander of the crackdown said Tuesday, hours after a suicide bombing in a mainly Shiite neighborhood killed at least 15 people.
Lt. Gen. Abboud Gambar, addressing the nation on behalf of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, did not say when the borders would be closed. A government official said it was expected within two days.
The government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the borders with Iran would only be partially reopened even after the 72-hour period ended.


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It's Watertiger's Blogiversary! 



Make it a good one!

Watertiger IS the Dependable Renegade


Love to ya!







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Thanks, George... 



He's cutting, and cutting, and gutting the VA. The VA that I rely upon for my medical care as a Disabled Veteran.

via AssPress

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration plans to cut funding for veterans' health care two years from now — even as badly wounded troops returning from Iraq could overwhelm the system.

Bush is using the cuts, critics say, to help fulfill his pledge to balance the budget by 2012.

After an increase sought for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head. Even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing rapidly — by more than 10 percent in many years — White House budget documents assume consecutive cutbacks in 2009 and 2010 and a freeze thereafter.

The proposed cuts are unrealistic in light of recent VA budget trends — its medical care budget has risen every year for two decades and 83 percent in the six years since Bush took office — sowing suspicion that the White House is simply making them up to make its long-term deficit figures look better.


It's really quite simple, George-- you CANNOT cut the VA budget whilst manufacturing more Disabled Veterans.

I rely on the VA for my medical care. Just three weeks ago, I had a massive seizure, broke my shoulder and three ribs, and messed up my back. Two days in the ER.

Were it not for the VA, the ambulance ride, and ER visits and all the tests would have had me staring at bankruptcy. During the Clinton years, the VA was FULLY funded, there were no waiting periods, I could call for an appointment, and get one for next week… Now, under George, I need to either wait up to 2 months, or go to the ER, or Acute Care Clinic, and wait ALL DAY. Sometimes, after waiting all day, we're told to come back tomorrow. I was sent home this recent trip to the ER, and had to have a co-worker pick me up, and take me back to the VA the next day for the rest of the tests. Yes-- it's that bad-- and George wants to make it WORSE.

His Tax-Cuts for the enormously wealthy are taking precedence over Disabled Veterans’ Care.

The Bastard.

And JUST YESTERDAY, he had the fucking NERVE to claim that his "Compassionate Conservatism" would be his legacy.

Something about my compassionate AK-47 keeps coming to mind.


Monkeyfister
(USN, DAV, ret.)

My experiences as a Disabled Veteran, and with the VA can be found here




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Valentines... 



Attaturk has them for you...

Dear Gawd, are they funny!




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No One's Believing That George Doesn't Want Another War... 



I can't imagine why...

via Reuters


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is trying to convince the world he has no intention of invading Iran, but is running into skeptics who see U.S. charges that Iran is shipping bombs into Iraq as a step toward conflict.

Having ordered two aircraft carriers to the Gulf and accused Iranians of providing Iraqi militants bombs that have killed 170 Americans, Bush and his top aides are struggling to tamp down talk that a new war is brewing.

Bush himself prompted the talk in a January 10 speech outlining his reworked Iraq strategy, by saying "Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces."


Maybe it's because George is a well-known liar, with a yen for starting wars that he cannot fight or finish.


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Update on The "Iranian" Munitions... 



TimBuck2 at Blah3 found something worth noting:

Iran does not manufacture 81mm mortar shells. According to a report offered by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, connected to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the neocon Brookings Institute, the smallest mortar produced by Iran is the 107mm M-30.

Iran does not manufacture 81mm mortars—but Pakistan does.


More at the link. This is getting really smelly for the BushCo Pro-War Unit.


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I Woke Up With This Song On My Mind... 



The Corrs & The Chieftains-- "I Know My Love"




This song and its video are SO brilliantly produced-- every voice, every instrument-- perfect.



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Monday, February 12, 2007

Amanda Marcotte Quits Edwards' Campaign... 



Well...

via Pandagon

I was hired by the Edwards campaign for the skills and talents I bring to the table, and my willingness to work hard for what’s right. Unfortunately, Bill Donohue and his calvacade of right wing shills don’t respect that a mere woman like me could be hired for my skills, and pretended that John Edwards had to be held accountable for some of my personal, non-mainstream views on religious influence on politics (I’m anti-theocracy, for those who were keeping track). Bill Donohue—anti-Semite, right wing lackey whose entire job is to create non-controversies in order to derail liberal politics—has been running a scorched earth campaign to get me fired for my personal beliefs and my writings on this blog.

In fact, he’s made no bones about the fact that his intent is to “silence” me, as if he—a perfect stranger—should have a right to curtail my freedom of speech. Why? Because I’m a woman? Because I’m pro-choice? Because I’m not religious? All of the above, it seems.


She quit a high-profile PAID GIG to blog for next-to free? Ummm... WTF???

There are PLENTY of bloggers at Pandagon, I just don't understand her judgment and decision-making skills. She was excused once, and HAD to take a second swipe, once the hand was taken from her forehead. Given the choice, I think I'd have dropped Pandagon for the next 18 months, kept my tongue in my mouth, and banked the dough. For that matter, if she REALLY felt the need to sport her feminism, her need to piss-off Bill Donohue, or whatever, she could have easily cribbed up something, and asked one of her blogmates to post it.

I don't get it, I honestly don't know, but I'm sure it's for the best-- at least for Edwards' campaign.

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(Mc)Cain Enable... 



Oh dear-- St. John McCain has totally fallen into the deep end of the baptismal pool...

via Think Progress

Today is Darwin Day, commemorating the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and of the publishing of On the Origin of Species. The National Academy of Sciences, “the nation’s most prestigious scientific organization,” declares evolution “one of the strongest and most useful scientific theories we have.” President Bush’s science adviser John Marburger calls it “the cornerstone of modern biology.”

Yet, on February 23, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will be the keynote speaker for the most prominent creationism advocacy group in the country. The Discovery Institute, a religious right think-tank, is well-known for its strong opposition to evolutionary biology and its advocacy for “intelligent design.” The institute’s main financial backer, savings and loan heir Howard Ahmanson, spent 20 years on the board of the Chalcedon Foundation, “a theocratic outfit that advocates the replacement of American civil law with biblical law.”


Plenty of links and great reading at the link. Use it to slap up that Conservative who still thinks that St. John McCain is some sort of "straight-talkin' maverick."

He's not. He's an opportunistic whackjob.



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Nailed Me! 



Having moved to the South, four years ago (gosh, has it been so long?), I still retain my Michigan/Yupper/Canadian dialect... This quiz totally got me right-- people DO ask if I'm from Wisconsin... heh.

Take The Quiz

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
The Midland
 
North Central
 
Boston
 
The West
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz



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"Iranian" Munitions-- Made In USA? 




Cernig's Newshog points us to a fine, detailed picture of the "Iranian" munitions that the US is using to hype their BIG NEW WAR... Funny thing, one would expect Iranian munitions to be marked in Farsi, or at least, not in English.

Plenty to read at the link!

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Added To Sidebar-- More Bartcop Bloggers... 



We are Legion. There are some super-fine blogs in this list. Please give 'em a click!

ITWASSOOTED
Prairie Angel
Havaiki-Nui
Powers & Morrison



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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dixie Chicks Nab FIVE Major Grammies... 



Album of the Year, bitches! Eat shit, Wingnuts-- you TRIED... and FAILED.


"I'm Not Ready To Make Nice:"




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Grateful Dead-- Lifetime Achievement Grammy! 



WOOOOOOT WOOOOOO!!!!!


"Man Smart-- Woman Smarter"


There are better, more well-known songs, but, I like this song, and everyone gets a little piece of the song... and Jerry was simply a treat. i miss those wild Summers. Worked and saved every damned dime to buy tickets to as many shows as possible, and the Summer road trips were just a treat, with always somewhere to be later.

I remember my first year in the Navy, I was stationed at the Defense Systems Management College, and scored up two weeks of tixs for my buddies and I. I had to walk my leave chit through the Chain of Command, and was a bit spooked when I had to get it signed off by the final authority. I didn't really put down where I'd be during that two weeks, and damn if he didn't ask me...

"Ummm, well, Sir, I'm going off on Grateful Dead tour. I was a bit reluctant to put that down, as I already have all the tickets. I'll call in periodically..."
"Dead tour! Cool!" replied the Army captain, as he pulled out his wallet, peeling off $100 bucks, "Can you pick me up some of the cooler T-shirts for me?" while he signed off my chit.
"Yes, Sir! Roger that!"

And I did. Great times.


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Tin Soldiers... The Surge... 







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Another Helicopter Down In Iraq? 



Unconfirmed reports say yes... Military won't say.

via Reuters

"We have no reports of a U.S. military helicopter being down," U.S. military spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Josslyn Aberle said.

Residents reported seeing a missile hit an Apache attack helicopter, which carries two crew, bringing it down in the Timayma area, near Taji, site of a major U.S. air base 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad.



OY.


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The Brown Recluse Spider... 



Does anyone have an effective method of eradicating them from my apartment? They are EVERYWHERE. Grab a towel off the shelf, surprise! open the cupboard, surprise! Grab a soup bowl-- there's one in the bowl. Move a stack of newspapers-- bingo!

Their behavior upon discovery is always the same-- they run around a bit, in an aggressive posture, and then they spread out and just sit there. They are very fast, stick near cover, and so swatting them is often not effective, as I only get one whack. I've been blasting them with Formula 409-- which DOES kill them quickly. I'd rather prefer to simply NOT have them in such large numbers in my dwelling. The Complex comes by every few months and sprays, but, they keep coming back. I am getting quite freaked out, as I am seeing MORE of them, instead of fewer of them. New apartments, too. The cats are not doing their job. I'm thinking about buying some lizards, and letting them go in the place.

And no, they are not as big as in the picture-- they are only slightly bigger than a quarter, with their legs spread out. When you do the "OK" sign, the open circle you make with your finger and thumb is a good approximation.

I hate them.



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Get Your SURGE On... 



New "Get Your War On," Here








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Three Is A Charm... 



This is a HUGE, long article, and a must read. George and Dick have learned absolutely nothing, are still lying, and are ready to fuck the entire world to get their war on.

via Newsweek

A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow.


BASTARDS.


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The Minature Earth... 



If the population was reduced to 100 people, it would look like This.

A very well-done, and thought-provoking Flash presentation.

h/t to Pat!


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