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Archives: October 2003

Thu Oct 30, 2003

We don't need no stinkin' recountable ballots!


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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 30, 03 | 12:29 pm | Profile

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Cheney's Hawks 'Hijacking Policy'



A former Pentagon officer turned whistleblower says a group of hawks in the Bush Administration, including the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is running a shadow foreign policy, contravening Washington's official line.

"What these people are doing now makes Iran-Contra [a Reagan administration national security scandal] look like amateur hour. . . it's worse than Iran-Contra, worse than what happened in Vietnam," said Karen Kwiatkowski, a former air force lieutenant-colonel.
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 30, 03 | 12:22 pm | Profile

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Tue Oct 28, 2003

Reassurance from the front


WOLFOWITZ: "Except for the rocket attack on my hotel, and the downing of the Blackhawk helicopter in apparent attempts to to assassinate me, things are going just terrifically!"

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 28, 03 | 3:16 pm | Profile

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Literature is freedom


President Johannes Rau, Minister of the Interior Otto Schily, State Minister of Culture Christina Weiss, the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth, Vice-President of the Bundestag Antje Vollmer, your excellencies, other distinguished guests, honored colleagues, friends ... among them, dear Ivan Nagel:
To speak in the Paulskirche, before this audience, to receive the prize awarded in the last fifty-three years by the German Book Trade to so many writers, thinkers, and exemplary public figures whom I admire --- to speak in this history-charged place and on this occasion, is a humbling and inspiring experience. I can only the more regret the deliberate absence of the American ambassador, Mr. Daniel Coats, whose immediate refusal, in June, of the invitation from the Booksellers Association, when this year's Friedenspreis was announced, to attend our gathering here today, shows he is more interested in affirming the ideological stance and the rancorous reactiveness of the Bush administration than he is, by fulfilling a normal diplomatic duty, in representing the interests and reputation of his --- and my --- country.
Ambassador Coats has chosen not to be here, I assume, because of criticisms I have voiced, in newspaper and television interviews and in brief magazine articles, of the new radical bent of American foreign policy, as exemplified by the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He should be here, I think, because a citizen of the country he represents in Germany has been honored with an important German prize.
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 28, 03 | 8:26 am | Profile

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Mon Oct 27, 2003

Duh.


http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/27/international/middleeast/27CND-PREX.html

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 27, 03 | 5:36 pm | Profile

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What the??


"Gotta Catch 'em All": Capitalism, the War Machine, and the Pokémon Trainer
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 27, 03 | 10:56 am | Profile

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Fri Oct 24, 2003

Cleaner at Wal-Mart Tells of Few Breaks and Low Pay


"Mr. Zavala, identified by federal agents as an illegal immigrant from Mexico, told the Wal-Mart workers that he and four others employed by a cleaning contractor worked at the Wal-Mart in Old Bridge every night of the year, except Christmas and New Year's Eve." More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 24, 03 | 9:53 pm | Profile

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Maybe Nietzche would have been happier if he'd accepted Christ as his Savior


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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 24, 03 | 9:09 am | Profile

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the light looks like stars

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Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Oct 24, 03 | 7:03 am | Profile

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Thu Oct 23, 2003

Feds Arrest 300 Workers at 61 Wal-Marts



...the investigation, known as "Operation Rollback," involved allegations the contractor had recruited illegal immigrants, mainly Eastern European nationals, to work on cleaning crews at the stores for the world's largest retailer.

A federal law enforcement official said some Wal-Mart executives had direct knowledge of the scheme...
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 23, 03 | 10:32 am | Profile

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Wed Oct 22, 2003

Bush Cites Phillipines as Model in Rebuilding Iraq



"While Mr. Bush made elliptical references to the Spanish-American War, some of his critics have argued that the justification for invading Iraq bore a resemblance to the rationale the United States used to begin that war in 1898, citing evidence, later discounted as flimsy, that the battleship Maine had been deliberately blown up in Cuba by Spanish forces. That began the first war in which the United States seized territory beyond its continental shores, and the first in which other nations accused Washington of imperialist and colonial ambitions." More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 22, 03 | 2:35 pm | Profile

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Keepin' it real


Oakland has become the latest California community to ban Wal-Mart "Supercenters" that sell discount groceries alongside other bargain goods.

The Oakland City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday night to approve a measure to limit the size of "big-box" grocery stores allowed in the city. The ordinance bars discount retail stores with full-service supermarkets that exceed 100,000 square feet, or about 2.5 acres.

The measure targets Wal-Mart Supercenters -- gigantic shopping centers that average 187,000 square feet, about twice the size of the typical Wal-Mart store.

Since introducing the concept in 1998, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer has opened 1,258 Supercenters in 43 states -- but none in California. However, that state figures in Wal-Mart's continuing expansion plans.

Starting next year, Wal-Mart plans to open 40 Supercenters in California over the next four years.

Posted by: pibor on Oct 22, 03 | 11:19 am | Profile

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Tue Oct 21, 2003

Keeping dissent invisible


How the Secret Service and the White House keep protesters safely out of Bush's sight -- and off TV.



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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 21, 03 | 7:00 pm | Profile

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Bush Sr.'s 'message' to Bush Jr.

Boston Globe

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 21, 03 | 6:12 pm | Profile

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I think I know why conservatives don't really want to talk politics right now...


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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 21, 03 | 3:01 pm | Profile

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Taco Truck

I remember mortimer posting this site, but it was the wrong url. Here is the correct one:

http://www.tacotrucks.net/

I can recommend "El Paisa" which is across the street from the Michoacan market at 29th and International.

Posted by: pibor on Oct 21, 03 | 10:09 am | Profile

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National Forest Products Week!

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 21 through October 27, 2001, as National Forest Products Week.  I call upon all Americans to observe that week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/10/20011019-10.html
http://www.idahoforests.org/feature.htm

"Eaten Any Wood Today? You may have! And you probably brushed your teeth with it. Chances are you even dressed with wood. Skeptical? Don’t be. We’re all familiar with forest products like lumber, furniture, and paper. But few of us realize how many different things we regularly use that are manufactured from trees. In fact, more than 5,000 wood and paper products make our lives better each day."
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Posted by: pibor on Oct 21, 03 | 9:14 am | Profile

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Maybe they're not all the same....


"Yesterday, the Bush administration announced the largest annual deficit in American history--$374 billion. This deficit has been caused by a President and a Congress that gave unprecedented tax cuts to a small wealthy elite and placed us in an unnecessary war based on deception.

This President and Congress are placing the very financial security of our nation in jeopardy. They are “borrowing” hundreds of billions from the Social Security Trust Fund and placing $52,000 of new debt on every family of four over the next six years.

Under George W. Bush, Enron Economics has become the official fiscal policy of the United States. We are endangering our financial status abroad and mortgaging our children’s future.

It is time for the American people to stand up. Together we can take back our government from large corporate interests and restore fiscal sanity." More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 21, 03 | 8:36 am | Profile

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Mon Oct 20, 2003

When will the leftwing propaganda machine stop publishing these meaningless statistics?


Oct 20, 2:03 PM (ET)

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal budget deficit hit a record $374.2 billion in 2003, the administration reported Monday, as the costs of the war in Iraq, a new round of tax cuts and economic weakness pushed the government's red ink to the highest level in history.
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 20, 03 | 3:23 pm | Profile

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When will the leftwing propaganda machine stop publishing these meaningless statistics?


Oct 20, 2:03 PM (ET)

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal budget deficit hit a record $374.2 billion in 2003, the administration reported Monday, as the costs of the war in Iraq, a new round of tax cuts and economic weakness pushed the government's red ink to the highest level in history.
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 20, 03 | 3:23 pm | Profile

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Some of the precious unborn are already damned


Sexual Identity Hard-Wired by Genetics - Study
Mon October 20, 2003 12:11 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sexual identity is wired into the genes, which discounts the concept that homosexuality and transgender sexuality are a choice, California researchers reported on Monday.
"Our findings may help answer an important question -- why do we feel male or female?" Dr. Eric Vilain, a genetics professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, said in a statement. "Sexual identity is rooted in every person's biology before birth and springs from a variation in our individual genome."
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 20, 03 | 3:17 pm | Profile

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"When Protestors Attack"

The moment I saw Mahoney's charming-but-gutsy video (high/low) of this spring's New York protests, I knew I had to do something, too. Since I sent him my own protest photos, Mahoney and I have chatted a bit back-and-forth over the months. The following account is an outrageous (and probably rare) example of the worst of the pro-Palestine crowd. Mahoney is funny, but even-handed and subdued in his humour. Kudos to him for having the cool not to take Crackdown Squad's bait, as it sounds he would have gotten the crap kicked out of him and his friends:

I was now completely encircled. When I tried to escape, the protesters then started smacking the camera with their signs, while others were shoving me from different directions. I started retreating, pushing my way back from the loudspeaker, all the while leaving the camera running and asking the protesters why they weren't letting me film. Just when the scuffle between me and the protesters seemed like it was about to take a turn for the worse, I remembered that there were some cameras present from a few mainstream media outlets. I started yelling, "Why are you trying to censor me?" The idea was to attract the other cameras, thinking that the protesters would back off if their actions were captured by the news media. The gambit worked: we were soon surrounded by cameras...
Read the rest

UPDATE
You guys need to check out his finished video. He just posted it this afternoon.

Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Oct 20, 03 | 3:47 am | Profile

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Sat Oct 18, 2003

Pat Robertson Suggests 'Nuking' State Department

http://www.gopusa.com/news/2003/october/1013_robertson.shtml

...Robertson publicly stated his desire to detonate a nuclear bomb inside the State Department building in Washington in a section of town known as Foggy Bottom.

"If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom, I think that's the answer," Robertson asserted in the interview

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 18, 03 | 10:00 am | Profile

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Fri Oct 17, 2003

astroturf ? grassroots

Fight back against killer astroturf

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 17, 03 | 7:40 pm | Profile

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undercover 'anti-terrorism' agent - california peace action.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A group of peace activists claims the Fresno County Sheriff has sent an undercover detective to its meetings. More...

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 17, 03 | 6:07 pm | Profile

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Mad Skills No. 2

A delightful variation on the Cuba Libre. Note I said "delightful," so this libre does NOT mean "bomb and occupy."
1/4 tsp finely minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp chopped fresh mint leaves
2 tsp fresh lime juice
3-4 drops vanilla
2 oz rum
4 oz Coca Cola (mexican variety in glass, if available)
Muddle the ginger, mint, lime juice, and vanilla in the bottom of a highball glass.
Fill with ice and add rum and cola. Stir gently. Enjoy. More...

Posted by: pibor on Oct 17, 03 | 2:05 pm | Profile

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God put Bush in charge, says the general hunting bin Laden


He told one gathering: "Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. He's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this." More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 17, 03 | 1:04 pm | Profile

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Thu Oct 16, 2003

The Sins of September 11

Truthout

I had lots of people send me this so I thought I'd put it here too.

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 16, 03 | 7:10 pm | Profile

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Bill O'Reilly

O'Reilly misquotes.

Glick, whose father died in 9/11 said this to Bill O'Reilly:

Our current president now inherited a legacy from his father and inherited a political legacy that's responsible for training militarily, economically, and situating geopolitically the parties involved in the alleged assassination and the murder of my father and countless of thousands of others.


Since then O'Reilly has repeated that Glick said 'Bush was responsible for 9/11' - defending his treatment of Glick on his show.

from the above link: Glick claimed he "inherited a legacy" that is responsible for the terrorist attacks, not that he was (as O'Reilly put it) "directly responsible" for them.

It's the same kind of tricks that Hannity and Limbaugh and all the rest play.

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 16, 03 | 6:26 pm | Profile

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Eye Opener

I have experienced a new level of cocktail. I have had the Eye Opener. I thought the Clover Club and Pisco Sour impressive for their use of egg white, but what to do with the yolk?

1 egg yolk
2 oz rum
1 tsp Pernod
1 tsp Orange Curaçao
1 tsp Creme de Cacao
1/2 tsp sugar
Shake well with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. A sprinkle of nutmeg may be an appropriate garnish.

Posted by: pibor on Oct 16, 03 | 12:40 pm | Profile

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this isn't satire


http://www.leap.cc/

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 16, 03 | 11:08 am | Profile

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Tue Oct 14, 2003

Flashmob Protests

http://www.flashprotest.org

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 14, 03 | 4:35 pm | Profile

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Mon Oct 13, 2003

Well when you put it like that....it still sounds like a bunch of leftist hoohah


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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 13, 03 | 8:17 am | Profile

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What, me worry?


http://www.reuters.com/printerFriendlyPopup.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=3594012

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 13, 03 | 7:51 am | Profile

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Everything is fine, everything is fine, everything is fine


http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20031011/frontpage/121390_Printer.shtml

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 13, 03 | 6:12 am | Profile

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Sun Oct 12, 2003

This is sick: Monument dedicated to Matthew Shepard's Entry Into Hell, which WBC intends to erect in Casper City Park as a solemn Memorial that God Hates Fags & Fag-Enablers

Fred Phelps sure is a neat guy!

(Casper, Wyoming)  Anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps has announced intentions to erect a monument to Matthew Shepard the gay college student brutally murdered five years ago near Laramie.

But, the monument will be no memorial. Phelps says the monument would be 5 to 6 feet tall and made of marble or granite.  It would bear a bronze plaque bearing the image of Shepard and have  an inscription reading "MATTHEW SHEPARD, Entered Hell October 12, 1998, in Defiance of God's Warning: 'Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.' Leviticus 18:22."

The monument would be erected in downtown Casper, Shepard's home town.


from here

Fred Phelps' web sites:
God Hates America -- Westboro Baptist Church Commentary on the USA

God Hates Fags -- Westboro Baptist Church Home Page


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And incedentally, Bush has proclaimed Oct 12 - 18 Marriage Protection Week!

links culled from tom tomorrow (He's an Iowa native you know, I remember his father coming in to photocopy his son's comics in the copy shop I worked at in Iowa City.)

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 12, 03 | 8:18 pm | Profile

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Pizza Dough

3 cups flour
1 c water (90-100 degrees F)
1 package of yeast
2+ Tbsp olive oil
2 Tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar

Mix the sugar and dry yeast in small bowl or coffee mug.
Mix a small amount of the warm water in with the yeast/sugar, and stir until the drys are well dissolved. Add the rest of the warm water and stir thouroughly. Let stand for 5-10 minutes.
Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add the oil and then the yeast/water mix. Use a fork to mix all the ingredients together to produce an even mixture. Eventually, use your hands to begin kneading and mixing the dough for 5-10 minutes. If it feels too dry, you can add a splash of water and get that mixed in well. If it feels too wet, you can add a bit of flour and mix it in well.
Flour the bowl that was used for mixing, then put the dough ball in it. Cover with a damp towel, and put in a warm, dark place, such as an oven with a pilot light or your evil mind. Let it rise for about 2 hours, or until doubled in volume.
Use a well-floured surface to pat, stretch, and roll the crust out.

Posted by: pibor on Oct 12, 03 | 3:17 pm | Profile

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Hi Magazine

from PR Watch:

The U.S. State Department has launched Hi, a glossy, Arabic-language magazine intended to "build bridges of communication" between Arabs and the United States. Described by its editors as a non-political, lifestyle magazine, "Hi" features happy talk about topics such as sand-surfing, Internet dating, rock climbing and yoga. Elliott Cola and Chris Toensing point out, however, that "Hi's process of presenting its content as non-political involves a significant amount of revision." For example, its stories on collaborations between Western and Middle Eastern musicians have omitted mention of the political messages included in many of those musicians' song lyrics. Likewise, its version of a poem by Palestinian-American Suheir Hammad actually rewrote Hammad's poem, deleting more than half of it...




Cover of September 2003 issue of Hi. Yellow headline reads "Conflict."
Subhead reads "over dividing the waters of the Colorado river." from Middle East Report


Stoked sand duner pictured in Hi magazineMiddle East Report

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 12, 03 | 1:09 pm | Profile

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Sat Oct 11, 2003

Iraq Blogs

http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/ - Iraqi 'Girl Blog from Iraq'

http://justinalexander.net/ - interesting blog from a British NGO worker promoting 'Jubilee Iraq' debt cancellation.

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 11, 03 | 8:28 am | Profile

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Fri Oct 10, 2003

Rush Limbaugh, junkie

downloadable video of Rush Limbaugh on his pill addiction.

Rush Admits Pill Addiction - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,99731,00.html

Hearing loss timeline - http://shock-awe.info/archive/000923.php (comments glaore)

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 10, 03 | 7:29 pm | Profile

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Mi Carnita Hermosa

I had some pork butt in the freezer that needed transformation into dinner. Carnitas it was! With tomatillo sauce, pico de gallo, avocado, refried beans (farolan brand - con manteca), roasted peppers, carrots.

Follow more for the meaty bits... More...

Posted by: pibor on Oct 10, 03 | 11:50 am | Profile

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Fun with Discoshaman and Co.


Remember Discoshaman? Well, I didn't think the conversation we were having with him was over. So I followed the link in Jacques original post back to Disco's blog. I thought you all might get a kick out this

Fever-Swamp Dream Sequence

(I'm still using Paul Flint over there, so he'd know a upright citizen had followed him home): More...

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 10, 03 | 11:32 am | Profile

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Thu Oct 09, 2003

the turf cocktail

The Turf
1/4 gill gin
1/4 gill french (sweet) vermouth
2 dashes absinthe (or pernod)
2 dashes maraschino
2 dashes orange bitters
garnish w/ green olive More...

Posted by: pibor on Oct 09, 03 | 8:51 am | Profile

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Wed Oct 08, 2003

Smokin'

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Arnie from a 1970's documentary, smoking a joint at a party
from an Arnold for Governor T-shirt

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 08, 03 | 8:32 pm | Profile

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entrepreneurial in Iraq

-- We are no longer at war, but involved in an excursion. I'm sure that's news to our troops in Iraq. But I guess they'll be fine as long as their entrepreneurial spirit remains strong.
Bush in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Oct. 3, 2003

http://www.dubyaspeak.com

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 08, 03 | 7:26 pm | Profile

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1976: Cuban Airliner Bombed

10/6/1976 a Cuban Airliner was bombed, perpetrators were trained by CIA (while Bush Sr. was head), pardoned by Bush Sr. and today walk free in the United States.

Bush Jr: "One of the things we will do is enforce the doctrine that says, if you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as a terrorist"

Anyway that's what the couple of news items and comments (from a list-serve I'm on) say: More...

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 08, 03 | 11:13 am | Profile

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Governator Schwartzenegger

Elected with 'populist' pretentions but actually bought and sold by big business. Like any most Republicans. Or Democrats.

He'll let the current suit against Enron off the hook.

When the electricity market here was being gamed by the energy companies (Enron), right wing radio said it was the 'enviornmentalists fault'.

The deregulation of the energy markets, a wet dream of the right wing.

Regressive Populism.

'He may be dumb, but he's smart enough to appoint smart people!'

we've heard that one before, and we got PNAC to give us a New American Century...

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 08, 03 | 7:53 am | Profile

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Tue Oct 07, 2003

Yom Kipur 2003

Yitzhak Frankenthal - father of Arik Frankenthal, who was killed in July 1994 and who started I Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace.

Yom Kippur eve, the year 5764 (tashsad - 2003); 19 dead, plus one more, the killer. I am sitting here and writing, feeling outraged and helpless. I hear the names of the victims, I think about how fleeting the life of my son Arik was, who was murdered by Palestinians, and I cry inside. Until when will the death toll keep growing?

I hear that the killer's brother and cousin were killed two months ago, and I recall the Chief of Staff saying around the same time: "We have beaten them." I hear that "we continue to strike terrorists everywhere and in full force," and see in my mind's eye the next killer, avenging us for the death of his relatives. I here them saying that "at this point Arafat will not be deported" and remember how two years ago they said "he is no longer relevant." So why bother deporting him?

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Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 07, 03 | 8:40 pm | Profile

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back from Vacation, I think..

Hi ya'll.

I just took about a 4 week long respite from this thang! It felt good not compulsively offloading evidence of a world gone mad onto this, but now I feel guilty. It's nice to see that it's kept going. I will try to post more. yes.

So the other great big reason for making an entry is... drumroll... the recall elections!

And on that front I have.. nothing to report. These days I'm not looking much at the TV or newspaper. Maybe I've joined the ranks of the cynical, the 'why should I care' crowd!! It's just alot easier and much more pleasurable to turn up that booty shakin' bass and say FUCK IT!! yaknowwhati'msayin'?

If we got Arnold Schwartzenegger as a governor tomorrow then I don't know how to react. The little voices in all our heads are going to go up a couple decibels here. That much closer to an alternate reality.

Supposedly the actors run is getting out alot of 'youth vote'.

Perhaps soon we will have hip-hop politicians. instead of a debate they'll rap. Chuck D versus Kid Rock.

Some people I talked to didn't even know you could vote for a replacement governor if you voted 'no' on the recall. I read 20% of the people probably would not put a replacement in because it's just 'doesn't seem right' to vote no and then mark a replacement. If there is a recall, which looks likely, whomever elected will get there with much less that half of whatever Grey Davis originally got elected with.

Can we please have IRV now? So we don't have to hold our noses and vote for an asshole so that an even bigger asshole doesn't get elected?

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 07, 03 | 8:16 pm | Profile

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Three of my favorite amendments to our Constitution


Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 07, 03 | 7:20 pm | Profile

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Walter Cronkite is Worried, Why Aren't You?

The New Inquisition
By Walter Cronkite
The Denver Post

Sunday 21 September 2003

President Bush's televised answer to the growing concerns of many - including some Republicans - about the powers granted to him in the USA Patriot Act was to ask for even stronger measures, particularly the expanded use of "nonjudicial subpoenas." That means a federal agency such as the FBI can write its own subpoenas to conduct a search - no judges needed.

Unfortunately, security and liberty form a zero-sum equation. The inevitable trade-off: To increase security is to decrease liberty and vice versa. In the past, such trade-offs have been temporary - for the duration of the crisis of the moment. But today, we cannot see an end to the War on Terrorism, and that forces us to decide how secure we have to be and how free we want to be.
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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 07, 03 | 7:15 pm | Profile

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orange county

I went to a restaurant in orange county, very near the Richard Nixon Library last night with mom. pretty good food. The waitress asked "how is everything tasting?" It was really weird. Maybe it doesn't seem weird reading it, but waitresses always ask "how is everything" or "is everything alright" or shit like that. I think it's also grammatically confusing, as it seems like it could be understood as "everything is in the act of tasting", as if she is enquiring about the ability of the food to taste us, rather than the other way around. But I'm no expert. I'm wondering if a dialect is being developed down there. Or maybe she just has an innovation-driven manager. Quite likely - their "agave martini" is actually what I (and any cocktail book of any repute) would call a "real margarita" - tequila, cointreau, and lime, shaken, served up.

Posted by: pibor on Oct 07, 03 | 5:24 pm | Profile

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Sat Oct 04, 2003

affirmative action hire for yahoos: He Can Always Say 'It Was the Drugs ...'

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1003-13.htm

Posted by: evil-barry on Oct 04, 03 | 3:11 pm | Profile

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I haven't heared that.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0925-15.htm

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Mokhiber: Second question, Attorney General Ashcroft is not speaking with print reporters. Does the President agree with that policy?

Scott McClellan: I don't know what his individual policy is. The Attorney General --

Mokhiber: He's not speaking with print reporters.

Scott McClellan: The Attorney General has been out --

Mokhiber: -- he's just talking with TV --

Scott McClellan: The Attorney General has been out talking about some important priorities of this administration and he will continue to do that. I haven't heard --

Mokhiber: He's not talking to print reporters.

Scott McClellan: Talk to the Attorney General.

Mokhiber: He won't talk to a print reporter. (Laughter.)

Scott McClellan: Talk to the Department of Justice.

I don't know what individual policies are. I haven't heared that.

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Thu Oct 02, 2003

Swims North

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Posted by: Jacques Vanderdreschd on Oct 02, 03 | 10:01 pm | Profile

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Isn't it terrible the way all these leftists hate our President??


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Posted by: Slothrop on Oct 02, 03 | 10:13 am | Profile

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