This is interesting stuff: The ACLU’s Challenge to Intelligent Design.
First of all, I am a big fan of civil liberties and I question the patriotism of anyone that isn’t. I am proud of the ACLU for protecting our civil liberties. I am also proud of the ACLU for suing the living shit out of dumb fucking backwards ass idiotic twits who would force schools to teach their religious myths as science.
As I’ve written elsewhere, I don’t care if you believe that the universe was created by a flying spaghetti monster. I don’t even care if you teach your kids to believe it. I do care when you try to force teachers to teach that crap (PDF 92k) in our public schools. I am enheartened by religious people, of which there are many, who agree with me on this one.
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Music execs continue to show how they just don’t seem to think straight. Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. said:
â€œWe are selling our songs through iPod, but we donâ€™t have a share of iPodâ€™s revenue,â€ he said. â€œWe want to share in those revenue streams. We have to get out of the mindset that our content has promotional value only.”
Hello? Anyone home? Music companies deserve an exact percentage of 0% for the sale of freaking iPods and other music players. I almost never play big-label music on my iPod. This is just like when they wanted (and got, I believe) a share in all cassette sales. The presumption that cassettes or iPods are used exclusively or even mainly for duplicating big-label music is absurd. Dumbass, you sell MUSIC. People have been and will continue to be willing to pay for MUSIC. Rather than try to eat everyone else’s lunch, why don’t use idiots focus on how to sell MUSIC in the networked age? You don’t own my radio, my CD player, my phonograph or my MP3 player. Get used to it.
Just wanted to point out a comment I made on Shelly the Republican’s site. Shelly is whining about how Democrats are dividing the country by pointing out that the federal response to Katrina was an embarrassing and deadly fuckup. It’s the double-standard that bugs me — the Right “divided the country” every fucking day for 8 years under Clinton. Anyway, she finishes with some Bush ass-kissing and then with the statement: Meanwhile, this takes our eye off the real enemy–the Muslims.
My comment is:
It still just stuns me that you are willing to call ALL MUSLIMS the enemy. That is factually incorrect. There are Muslims in our armed forces helping fight this war that you believe is going so very well. As I mentioned before, are we at war with Protestants because of Timothy McVeigh? It is the actions of terrorists that make them terrorists, not their religious beliefs. Agreed?
It is an unwinnable war, of course, if our enemy is all Muslims. It’s an unwinnable war even now, where the net number of “terrorists” is increasing every day. The real solution is a bitter pill for the Right: a foreign policy in the Mid East that is fair and rational.
Look — I have no sympathy for actual terrorists. The problem is, we are starting to define “terrorist” as those that oppose the US. That is not a valid definition. I oppose the US viewpoint on many issues. I am not a terrorist. We are allowing the right to define the enemy as anyone who opposes us and that is a foreign policy that is guaranteed to fail.
The holier-than-thou Christian freaks at Baylor University are scared that their student might read words they disagree with. Remember, folks, higher education is meant to provide a way for people to learn how to isolate themselves from differing opinions. It is well known that people turn gay if they read words written by a gay person. Don’t let this happen to your son or daughter! Make sure they never, ever read or hear opinions from gay people. This will assure that they stay on the path of discrimination, prejudice and intolerance.
If I was God I would smite these lame assholes.
Ya gotta like this: Former Tyco execs get up to 25 years in scandal.
We have got to throw these rich bastards in jail and take their money when they steal millions of dollars. In most cases some black guy that steals $400 gets more time than these greedy assholes who steal hundreds of millions. Rich folks hate to see other rich folks stripped of their fortunes and the system is skewed in their favor. It ain’t right and I’m glad to see some justice finally being done here.
Let’s make it clear to all these CEO-types: fuck with us and we will unquestionably fuck with you.
This podcast is some thoughts about the John Roberts Senate confirmation hearings. I veer off into a rant about the fucked-up Right Wing agenda at the end. FPS (fucks per second) gets pretty high.
This trial is horrifying. It is so sad to see so many people killed for literally no reason. While I am in no position to delegate blame, it is unfortunate that Crotteau decided to confront a trespasser who had already apologized and was leaving. What was to be gained by that? Some personal satisfaction? But clearly it was Vang, according to my reading of the evidence, that turned tension to tragedy. I can’t read the facts any differently than cold blooded murder on his part. As a male who occasionally feels the irrational anger of the reptilian part of my brain, I can see why this situation was so precarious. If nothing else I hope that we can learn from this that peaceful resolutions never come from violent confrontations.
In response to official statements earlier today that news media would be excluded from covering the victim recovery process in New Orleans and surrounding areas on the suggestion that what is reported may offend viewers’ or victims’ sensibilities, CNN has filed a lawsuit in federal court to prohibit any agency from restricting its ability to fully and fairly cover this story.
As if we needed more proof that the official Bush policy of handling issues is to hide the facts and spin, spin, spin. These guys are gonna lose big-time because of their incompetence on this Katrina disaster…