Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A Little Clarity on Religious Displays on Public Grounds One Day After SCOTUS Split Ruling

Appeals on Commandments Displays RejectedThe U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear 5 lower court cases, choosing instead to let stand the lower courts decisions barring displays of the Tem Commandments in schools and courtrooms, and barring a city council meeting from using a prayer invoking the name of Jesus Christ. The decisions handed down by the Supremes yesterday were seen as split decisions; one case ruled that a 6-foot granite monument was not a violation of the First Amendment because it had as its reason for being a secular purpose honoring the history and the rule of law, it was a part of 17 other statues or monuments, it was outside, and was situated on 22 acres of of wide, open space. But it struck down diplays in courthouse and courtrooms as being religious in nature unless the display was a part of a work honoring the history and rule of law, and SCOTUS used the frieze in their own building as a case in point - it includes lawgivers, 66 of them, and includes a representation of Moses holding the Tablets of the Ten Commandments, the tablets have no writing on them.

So, prayer is okay at government meetings as long as it makes no reference to any particular sect of Christianity; no displays in schools or on school grounds; and no displays in courthouses or courtrooms unless the commandmennts are a small part of a larger display honoring lawgivers and the rule of law; and statues of the ten commandments are okay if they are for a secular purpose, in wide open spaces on acreage that includes displays of other lawgivers or honoring the rule of law - this includes displays of the bible, etc.

Got it? Yeah, right - there is so much wiggle room in these decisions that we will be litigating religious icons for the next 20 years - the Supremes wimped out yet again. But it's the law of the land - deal with it!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Yahoo Bows Under Advertiser Pressure - Total Censorship By Closing Down User-created Chatrooms

Yahoo Yanks User-Created Chat Rooms

My question is this: WHERE ARE THE PARENTS!!!!!!!!!! Yahoo overreacted when it shut down users ability to create their own chatrooms on its website. Unfettered abilities to create anything easily is the greatest lure and bane of the internet. Instead of punishing adults, I think it would be more in keeping with the tenets of our free, open society that PARENTS CONTROL THEIR CHILDREN'S ACCESS to the internet! DUmb-asses! It is not up to the internet to censor itself - it is the parents who must control what comes into their homes. And why would a 13 year old go into these chatrooms anyway unless they have zero parental supervision.

Sheesh! Get a lock on the computer people, but don't shut down the entire internet for the sake of your precious children. Overreaction, indeed! Morons.

Well, You Can Kiss Your Lovable PBS Goodbye! GOP Partisan Heads Up CPB

Public Broadcast Agency Picks GOP Appointee Over ProtestsScore another body blow by radical republicans. They have now gained control of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by apointing as chair and CEO a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee. Talk about partisan politics. The purpose of the CPB is to protect PBS stations from political partisans and act as an insulator when distributing public funds to the diverse radio and TV stations.

I say again that this is what comes from voting for security instead of brains. By the end of this term, we will have little free speech and zero religious tolerance. KYPBSG - Kiss your PBS goodbye will become a movement for those who care. Songs will be written about it, but, sadly, they will never be played on PBS stations where thought control will run rampant. Woe unto those who voted these nimrods into office. Fix it by voting the bastards out next time - locally and nationally. Ya idjits!

"Not Overtly Biased", says Pentagon Report on Religious Intolerance at Air Force Academy

School's Religious Intolerance Misguided, Pentagon Reports

Religious intolerance for non-Christians at the U.S. Air Force Academy is due to "a lack of guidelines" concludes the Pentagon report on religious bias at the school. Overzealous evangelical Christian students and teachers made being non-christian very hard, and the school did nothing to accomodate non-christian religions. Let's see if we can work this out logically. Crap runs downhill; the top of the hill is the White House; George Bush is overtly Christian who pays lips service to religious tolerance, but he practices his christian views publicly whenever possible by butting in to the personal affairs of families, passing laws to support and enhance his religious ideology, and just plain ole makin' it hard on non-christians in general. The congress lives and dies by the christian religion, leaving no room for those of other faiths or of no faith to be heard or tolerated. The only voices you hear nowadays are those of the hardcore religious right christian movements who have highjacked the the education system, the state houses, and two of the three branches of the federal government - they are in the process of packing the federal judiciary with right-thinking "men of faith". Now, just what did you expect when the government endorses one kind of religion and tolerates its advancement "covertly" or overtly. It does not take a genius (even though I happen to be one) to figure out how this turn of events came about.

I have said over and over and over and over until I am blue in the face that any religious overtones from the people in government is the same as endorsing religion just as it was in the days of black oppression - even though the government quit "overtly" oppressing black people, the attitudes and personal beliefs of "Christians" and men in government still set the tone for discrimination, and it still occurs today. When the head honchos keep their religious preferences private, their religious tenets out of civil law, we will have reiigious tolerance. When an agnostic or atheist can run for a public office without fear of reprisal, or a smear campaign against his/her non-religious leanings being launched, then, and only then, can we truly claim to be tolerant. End of Rant, dammit!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Free Speech; House Tries Yet again to Prohibit Flag Burning - Idiots May Prevail

House Backs Ban On Flag Burning - New York Times The 16th time may be the charm for these uberpatriots as they pass yet another constitutional amendment proposal in the House of representatives. In the past, the sanity of the senate kept these moronic measures from being passed, but in this session of senate insanity, and with a majority of republicans in power, it could possibly be passed this time. Then, of course, the proposed amendment would have to be ratified by the states, which by way of observation, all 50 states have passed similar calls for the ban. It is a scary time to be a free American. Idiots abound; morons rule, and the religious right preach an intolerance that would shame facists. Tell your senator that you don't need to amend the constitution for trivialities such as this - save the power for something important - like liqour or voting rights.

When idiots and morons are in charge of the institution, things are likely to go wrong, indeed! Sheesh!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Schiavo Slams The Schindlers With Grave Marker, Date of Death, and Fax

Scribe Journal: Schiavo Takes Parting Shot At Schindlers With Grave Marker - The National Ledger

And it's a hattrick for Michael Schiavo! He scores in the bitterness department when he slams his former in-laws, the Schindlers, by first, inscribing the headstone with "I kept my promise.", second, he had the date of death for Terri Sciavo listed as Feb. 25, 1990" - the date she fell into a vegetative state; and third, completing the hattrick, was that he informed the Schindlers after the fact of the burial - now get this! - by FAX!.

Hats off to Michael for his brillant, blatant bitterness in the face of this whole matter; raspberries to him for using his wife's burial and grave stone to do it. Stil, it WAS funny.

Bolton Blocked yet Again - Frist Gives Up, says Next Step Up To President -Recess Appointment?

Republicans give up on vote for Bolton - Politics - MSNBC.com

The senate republicans failed yet again to garner enough votes to push the Bolton ambassador appointment confirmation ahead. The measure failed by 6 votes. Bill Frist says he has given up on what he can do about it and now it is up to the president. Under the constitution, the president may appoint an ambassador while the congress is in recess - this is an emergency power, and it lasts for a year or so. If the president uses that power to appoint Bolton as U.N. Ambassador, he could look weak and lame duckish. And he would still face an uphill battle in the senate when the recess appointment ends.

This president is likely to appoint Bolton anyway to appease the U.N. haters - these folks are his base voters and they include the right-to-lifers, and the religious right. He would not see the appointment as a 'weak' move; he would say it is the move of a strong president who does what is right regardless of the consequences. let's see what he does.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

15 Years Later: Jeb Bush Keeps Nose Poked Into Shiavo Business - Others Hold Noses Against Political Stink

Newsday.com: Gov. Bush seeks new Schiavo inquiry

Florida governor Jeb Bush is still poking his nose into the affairs of the Terri Schiavo case 15 years too late. He claims there is a gap of 10 - 40 minutes in the timeline of when Terri's husband found Terri collasped on the floor and when he called 9-1-1. Talk about political stink - this one reeks of playing to the hardcore religious right. He is not the person to "investigate" or launch an investigation - it is not in his job description. If there was wrongdoing 15 years ago, it was the job of police and district attorneys. The governor must feel invulnerable to seek this idiotic interpretation of both the investigation and the autopsy report.

Floridians should be tired of his weirdness and meddling into the private affairs of families for the sake of political expediency. Sheesh! What an idiot!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Partial Repeal of Patriot Act Victory For Libertarians, Libriarians, Bookstores - Senate May Pass Similar Bill

House votes to repeal part of Patriot Act | csmonitor.com

About damned time! It seems that giving the FBI the ability to issue its own supoenas to see what folks are reading in libraries and bookstores is just a little too much even for this congress. Republicans see it as goverment intrusion; democrats see it as a privacy invasion. I see it as bad law and violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I hope the capital hill idiots get rid of this bad law altogether.

Bloggers Force Downing Street Memos To Front Page of Mainstream Media

BBC NEWS | Americas | Bloggers' 'victory' over Iraq war memos

After several weeks of silence, the mainstream media in the U.S. have finally placed the memos as frontpage news. Bloggers can take credit for keeping the pressure on to start an investigation. That pressure and the critical mass of blogs talking about the memos have led to hearings on the memos in congress. Maybe something will be done. We shall see.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Countdown Until Bush Leaves Office - Keep Track of TIme Until We Get a Replacement

Bushtimer Countdown

I made a little countdown timer for those whho are interested in keeping track of when Bush leaves office. Let me know if it is accurate - I believe I did the math properly. All the other clocks seem to be off, or worse still, they seem to be counting down to a different date such as the election. Bush will not leave office until noon on January 20th, 2008.

The page is called Bushtime - a Bush countdown in days.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

White House Aide Changes Reports on Global Warming, Cannot Talk to Media, No Science Training

Bush Aide Changed Data on Global Warming Reports - Elites TV

What good is a science report that has been altered for spin? Absolutely nothing. The New York Times has reported that the White House chief of staff for Envirmental Affairs, Philip Cooney, has been routinely altering the environmental reports from scientists to reflect the White House policy stances on the environment. Some changes to the latest documents include deleting an entire paragraph on the slow disappearance of glaciers and snow packs "because," the margin note states, he was "straying from research strategy into speculative findings/musings." Let's run that by the ole comparator - hmmm, a paper on global warming that talks about the reduction of mountain glaciers and snow packs as a result thereof? Related? Yes! Offtopic? No.! Does the smell coming from the White House smell like Bullshit? Yes!

White House grade for altering reports? An "F".

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson - Anne Bancroft Dead at 73

Reuters.com | American actress Anne Bancroft dies in New York

Anne Bancroft, best known as "Mrs. Robinson" in The Graduate, is dead at the age of 73. The Oscar-winning star was married to Mel Brooks. She will be missed.

Our hearts go out to Mel Brooks.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Texas Governor Shows Disdain For Separation of Church/State - Signs Anti-abortion Bill, Anti Gay Marriage Resolution at a Church School

Texas Gov. Signs Bill at Church SchoolGov. Perry today signed the new, harsher parental notification bill into law and a symbolic anti gay marriage resolution on a church school grounds. He continues to cater to the hardcore religious right, mainly Christians, without any regard for the constitutions of both the state and the nation. The new parental notification law will likely be challenged and found to be unconstitutional. The anti gay marriage amendment proposal will be presented for voters to ratify in November.

Just business as usual in the state captal - no new school funding law, but plenty of moral certainty and morality through legislation. Sheesh. It makes me ashamed to be from the same state as these haters. Compassionate, my ass! Whatever happened to live and let live? That is the Texas I want. Less government involvement in our lives - I thought the republican party used to stand for that? It was hijacked by idiotic religious fundamentalist Christians who think nobody else counts and their religion is the only one. I smell backlash in the future. Will we end up like the Middle East fractured by religious wars? I can happen if people don't get the religion out of government and politics. Foolish mortals!!!!!

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