Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Pill Poppin' Rush invents "Racial Component"
Summary: Rush Limbaugh invented a racial element to explain Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett's departure from the Ohio Democratic Senate primary race against Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), asserting, "And don't forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There's a racial component here, too." In fact, Brown is Caucasian -- a point on which Limbaugh was corrected later in the program.
http://mediamatters.org/items/200602160001 (Be sure to listen to the audio)
More disgusting quotes by The American Taliban:
(Warning: May induce vomiting) http://www.reandev.com/taliban/
Friday, February 17, 2006
The Cartoon that Never Was
It’s unfortunate he wasn’t willing to work with me as I bent over backwards for him by charging for only 35 hours when the animation took much longer. Also, since I was hesitant in turning over my FLA source files for free I offered him one that he could use to add his own pre-loader and ending credits, but had all my animation safeguarded as keyframes. I even granted him ownership of the characters (with alterations to mine) and was willing to supply a separate FLA of them. Regardless, he wanted the original FLA source file for unstated reasons, as he could have done everything he told me of with what I was offering. Oh well, now he has a pending deadline and has to create his own version very quickly.
However for me, it’s not a complete loss as I had fun animating the cartoon. Also, during the process I created a few new characters and a lot of new backgrounds and objects that I can implement into my future cartoons. The cartoon was a song about the upcoming Oscars and how much they suck.
Lastly, the new Linda Show and many other projects are back in the works. I will also let you know when this guy releases his version of the cartoon, so we can have a side by side comparison. However, my version can't include the song.
Monday, February 13, 2006
House Republicans Rally for Epic Battle
From the NYTimes
By CARL HULSE
Published: February 12, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Md., Feb. 11 — House Republicans descended in force upon this Eastern Shore community for three days to ponder their political and policy future and ended up talking about "the Force."
Hunkered down at a retreat intended to help them regain their footing after a corruption scandal and a leadership shake-up, about 180 lawmakers were treated to a film spoof that portrayed Republicans as the "Star Wars" heroes being pursued by the evil Democratic empire led by "Darth Nancy." That would be Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader.
"After a decade of exile, the evil Democratic empire has created their most fearsome henchman to date, a mighty machine built to regain the majority once and for all," said the text that scrolled at the opening of the parody, which superimposed Ms. Pelosi's face on the movie villain.
The short video, produced by the National Republican Congressional Committee, had the audience in stitches, according to those on hand. But it was also a tacit admission that House Republicans are in for an epic battle this November as they try to retain their majority in a midterm election cycle that has historically meant Congressional losses for the party in power.
"There are challenges," said Representative Thomas M. Reynolds of New York, who runs the Republican campaign effort, "but there are opportunities."
The annual retreat was meant to examine both. But it took on new urgency in light of the election this month of Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio as majority leader to replace Representative Tom DeLay of Texas. Mr. DeLay stepped aside permanently because of his persistent legal troubles in Texas and ties to the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty last month to corruption charges.
The affable Mr. Boehner, who served in the leadership during the heady days of the Republican takeover in 1994, put a lot of stock in the retreat's potential. After his election, he helped restructure the conference, saying he wanted to provide individual lawmakers with more opportunity to vent and voice their ambitions after years of top-down management of the House.
"So far, so good," he said. But there was still some obvious adjusting for the new leadership team. One colleague referred to the new leader as "Tom," and Mr. Boehner mistakenly identified the chairman of the ethics committee as Representative Joel Hefley of Colorado, who was ousted last year after the panel's investigations of Mr. DeLay.
The retreat was held under tight security at a secluded Hyatt resort. Scores of Capitol Hill police officers joined the local authorities and the Secret Service in securing the grounds of the 400-room complex. Police officers with automatic weapons staffed the guard gate, and small Coast Guard boats patrolled the adjacent Choptank River.
Even some lawmakers said that they were taken aback by the scale of the police presence but that with almost half of the House on hand, perhaps it was prudent. The adjoining golf course, a sore subject these days given the image of lobbyist-financed outings, went unused.
The Republicans were well protected from reporters, who were kept in an idled restaurant about a quarter-mile from the hotel and escorted on and off the grounds by the police. Party officials said the privacy promoted candor.
And President Bush, who arrived for a Friday pep talk to reassure Republicans worried about his poll numbers, cautioned against loose lips as well. He asked the members of Congress to allow his comments about the National Security Agency's surveillance program to "stay in the room" — words mistakenly piped back to the White House press room through an open microphone that was cut off before too much was said.
During a question and answer session, Mr. Bush, asked about his lackluster standing in the polls, told lawmakers that he was not pleased, but that if he took the numbers to heart, he would end up "in the fetal position on the floor," according to one audience member who was granted anonymity because the session was supposed to be private.
And though the administration's response to Hurricane Katrina was high drama on Capitol Hill, Mr. Bush apparently was not asked about the storm or its aftermath, audience members said.
He left before lawmakers and their families wrapped up Friday with a screening of "March of the Penguins," the documentary that no doubt reminded some of the difficult slog to November.
The lawmakers put off until Saturday some of their most vexing issues, new rules governing contacts with lobbyists and limits on the pet projects that are increasingly being slipped into legislation. Republicans are divided on how to approach the subjects, a split illustrated by Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's call for a ban on travel for lawmakers paid for by private groups and Mr. Boehner's resistance to that idea.
Party officials who had braced for a potential clash said the lobbying session was a civil exchange of opinions and ideas on the push for changes and would be continued at a Capitol Hill meeting Wednesday since the retreat was cut slightly short because of the threat of snow.
Many Republicans still believe an election-year overhaul is inevitable. Mr. Hastert, on a visit to the captive press corps, pledged that Congress would act in a "timely manner," adding, "I think we need to make some changes, and I think we will."
The Republican leadership predicted that a result of all this talk would be a game plan they could ride to victory in November. And they ridiculed Democrats as not producing their own policy agenda.
But as they imagine themselves in their "Star Wars" roles, House Republicans may also want to ponder this: Ms. Pelosi and other leading Democrats are scheduled to appear on Tuesday with George Lucas, the creator of the real "Star Wars."
Friday, February 10, 2006
It’s gonna be like this until the elections…
W claims evil plot, takes heat
Critics hit timing, substanceof Prez's comments on L.A. target
BY JAMES GORDON MEEK and KENNETH R. BAZINETDAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - President Bush detailed a terrorist plot yesterday that would have used shoe bombers and a hijacked plane to knock down the tallest building on the West Coast.
The plot to strike a Los Angeles skyscraper has been mentioned before, but Bush released additional details yesterday.
The timing of his remarks and the seriousness of the plot were questioned, however, by officials ranging from the mayor of Los Angeles to counter-terrorism experts.
Monday, February 06, 2006
News Flash 05: Muhammad Madness
Taco-Man reports on the Muhammad comic controversy.
Watch it Now!
Sunday, February 05, 2006
Watch the Video
Friday, February 03, 2006
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Fourteen Defining Characteristics Of Fascism
- Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols
- Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. 3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
- Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
- Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
- Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
- Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic mediaspokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
- Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
- Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
- Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
- Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated
- Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
- Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
- Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
- Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
The above is a summery of the more detailed orignal article "Fascism Anyone?" first published in Spring 2003 edition of Free Inquiry
Wednesday, February 01, 2006