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Archive for February, 2005

From the ignorant dept…

Monday, February 28th, 2005

School Officials Ban Photo Of Female Student Wearing Tuxedo

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. — The picture of a lesbian student dressed in a tuxedo will not be permitted in her school’s yearbook, the Clay County school officials decided.

Principal Sam Ward of Fleming Island High School made the initial decision to pull Kelli Davis’s picture from the yearbook, saying he did so because Davis, who is openly gay, was dressed in boy’s clothes.

Sad news

Monday, February 28th, 2005

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Sad news. Jimmy Martin, the legendary bluegrass vocalist, has two to three weeks to live, according to his family.

His work with Bill Monroe sets the standard for bluegrass vocals, and he’s a helluva character as well.

Check out his website here.

David Podvin

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Excellent statement from David Podvin.

Imagine.

Imagine the kind of nation America would be if the people who love fought as hard for their beliefs as those who hate. Allow yourself to dream of how much good would be accomplished if the rational citizens were as adamant as the superstitious ones, and how much bad would be avoided.

Imagine if living humans were considered to be at least as important as frozen embryos. This approach would permit research to cure many dread diseases, thereby alleviating great suffering. And the best part is that we wouldn’t have to hurt the embryos even one little bit, because they are already dead. Those Americans who are alive would enjoy an improved quality of life, while those who are dead would maintain a constant quality of death. This is known as “win-win”.

Imagine if family values meant loving your relatives instead of hating homosexuals. Fundamentalist ministers who were a little less obsessed with intra-gender affection would finally have time to rail against real abominations, like spousal abuse. One out of every four American women has been beaten by her husband, so here’s a new family value worthy of consideration: Don’t hit Mom. Honoring this avant-garde principle would fortify our collective moral fabric infinitely more than discharging gays from the military.

War crimes and torture

Friday, February 25th, 2005

War Crimes
Congress dozes while detainees are sent to other countries to be tortured

by Nat Hentoff
February 22nd, 2005 2:28 PM

There cannot be an absence of moral content in American foreign policy. Europeans giggle at this, but we are not European, we are American, and we have different principles. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Telegraph, London, February 5, 2005

It shall be the policy of the United States not to expel, extradite, or otherwise effect the involuntary return of any person to a country in which there are substantial grounds for believing the person would be in danger of being subjected to torture . . .Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998, a U.S. statute implementing Article 3, International Convention Against Torture, which this country has signed

From “Your taxdollars at work” dept…

Whew buddy, getting close to real money now…

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Bush’s ‘priceless’ war
By David Isenberg

WASHINGTON – Although the exact cost of the Iraq invasion to the American taxpayer is not known, recent figures suggest it is a lot more than has been publicly suggested and will grow considerably higher. Part of the problem in estimating costs is that the war is obviously not over; it just keeps going, and going, and going.

According to a report on the cost of the war in Iraq released last week by the Democratic staff of the House Budget Committee, the war and ongoing insurgency could cost the United States between US$461 billion and $646 billion by 2015, depending on the scope and duration of operations.

Look at it this way. If your kid gets drafted, theres a good chance they won’t have to pay any of this as they get older.

Hunter Thompson piece

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Don’t Let The Greedheads Win is up now on Ink 19.

Thank you lemonhead for the shirt.

Molly Ivins on moral choices

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

The $200 million disinformation campaign
Molly Ivins – Creators Syndicate

The center’s report says, “If these two tax cuts were to be cancelled … Congress and the president could avert cuts in areas like health care, child care, housing assistance and food stamp assistance for low-income working families.”

It is a rather clear choice of moral values.

Hey Chimp, they ain’t buying it…

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

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Belgian Police Fire Teargas at Anti-Bush Protesters

Ok, you label this picture

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

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Supremacy of the military – The military establishment receives a disproportionate share of government resources, even as pressing domestic needs are neglected. Individual soldiers and military culture are glamorized and made constantly visible.

This provides both an object for public glorification, as well as sharp warning to possibly restless citizens that the power of the state stands close at hand, ready to use its great potential for violence.

More?

Snippy little democratically elected president…

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Chavez to suspend oil exports to US in case of assassination attempt

CARACAS (AFP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to suspend oil exports to the United States if someone tries to assassinate him, adding that US President George W. Bush would be to blame.

“If they kill me, there will be a really guilty party on this planet whose name is the president of the United States, George Bush,” Chavez said on his weekly radio program, “Hello, Mr. President.”

“If, by the hand of the devil, those perverse plans succeed … forget about Venezuelan oil, Mr. Bush,” he said.

Don’t see this every day…