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Friday, May 28, 2004

1st Amendment? What 1st Amendment? 

Teachers have been fired and poetry classes have been banned from a high school in New Mexico because one girl read her poem to the school and it was deemmed 'unamerican' by the principal. The girl's mother, who happens to be a teacher, was ordered to find the poem and destroy it.

What has Bush done to this country? Words can't express my anger. How can people allow this to happen? Why do the masses turn a blind eye? Can't they see what is happening? It starts off slow.....




Here are more details.


This is the poem the girl named Courtney wrote and read over the school's closed circuit television.

Revolution X

Bush said no child would be left behind
And yet kids from inner-city schools
Work on Central Avenue
Jingling cans that read
Please sir, may I have some more?
They hand out diplomas like toilet paper
And lower school standards
Because
Underpaid, unrespected teachers
Are afraid of losing their jobs
Funded by the standardized tests
That shows our competency
When I'm in detox.
This is the Land of the Free ...
Where the statute of limitations for rape is only five damn years!
And immigrants can't run for President.
Where Muslims are hunted because
Some suicidal men decided they didn't like
Our arrogant bid for modern imperialism.
This is the Land of the Free ...
You drive by a car whose
Bumper screams
God bless America!
Well, you can scratch out the B
And make it Godless
Because God left this country a long time ago.
The founding fathers made this nation
On a dream and now
Freedom of Speech
Lets Nazis burn crosses, but
Calls police to
Gay pride parades.
We somehow
Can afford war with Iraq
But we can't afford to pay the teachers
Who educate the young who hold the guns
Against the "Axis of Evil"
Land of the Free ...
This is the land
If you're politically assertive
They call you a traitor and
Damn you to ostracism.
Say good-bye to Johnny Walker Lindh
And his family.
Bye Bye
American Pie.
So maybe
My ideas about this nation
Don't resolve around perfection
But at least I know
Education is more important
Than money.
Land of the Free . . .
If this was utopia
We'd have to see each other naked
Before we got married
But instead, we see each other naked all the time
Because the government has my social security number
And the name of my dog!
And then we make babies,
But don't worry, they won't be left behind
And they grow up saying
God bless America!
But they don't know who Bush is
Because they never learned the Presidents.
And they will ride the ship Amistad
To our dreamland shores
Bearing the same shackles as us.
I'm here to say that
Generation X
Is pissed and we are taking over,
Ripping down the American illusion of perfection
We are the future generation
I have my qualifications
I know it looks like Angel Soft paper,
But don't worry
It's a diploma
Do I look qualified?
You can take our toilet paper,
But you can't take our Revolution.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Fun with News Articles 

(Italics by Mooncat)



Article by Curt Anderson..Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al-Qaida or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer, sources familiar with the information said Tuesday.

The intelligence does not include a time, place or method of attack but is among the most disturbing received by the government since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a senior federal counterterrorism official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

(ok, so the intelligence is the most disturbing since the intelligence received about Sept 11th?...I thought the Bush administration said there wasn't any intelligence about the attack that became Sept. 11th. Or are they saying that the government has not received disturbing plans since Sept 11th?)

The concerns are driven by intelligence deemed credible that was obtained about a month ago indicating an attack may be planned between now and Labor Day.

Of most concern, an official said, is that terrorists may possess and use a chemical, biological or radiological weapon that could cause much more damage and casualties than a conventional bomb.

(I thought they just said they didn't know anything about the upcoming attack they claim is coming...are they trying to instil fear and mass panic into the populace?)

"There is clearly a steady drumbeat of information that they are going to attack and hit us hard," said the official, who described the intelligence as highly credible.

('oh, this time we mean it...the attack will come')

The official declined to provide specifics about the information sources but said there was an unusually high level of corroboration.

Despite that, an official said there wasn't an immediate plan to raise the U.S. terrorism threat level from yellow, or elevated, to orange, or high. The level has been at yellow -- midpoint on the five-color scale -- since January.

(ok...so this is the most disturbing intelligence since 9-11, but it isn't bad enough to raise the threat level...so all of the other times we have been at Orange Level was just a hoax? A way to boost Dumbya's approval rating? A way to try and instill panic and fear to the masses?)

Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller plan to hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss the threat and to ask Americans to watch for several suspected al-Qaida operatives who may be in the country, officials said. And the FBI will dispatch a bulletin to about 18,000 state and local law-enforcement agencies about the threat.

The Justice Department and FBI plan to ask for the public's help in locating several suspected terror sympathizers, including some whose names have not been made public before. (WITCH! WITCH! She tried to put a hex on me! WITCH!) The bureau likely plans another public push to find Aafia Siddiqui, a 32-year-old Pakistani woman who has a doctorate in neurological science and has studied at MIT and Brandeis University in the Boston area, as well as in Houston.

The FBI also might seek help locating a man Siddiqui has been linked to, Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, a suspected al-Qaida member who spent time in Florida and whose name has come up in interrogations of al-Qaida lieutenant Khalid Sheik Mohammed.

The FBI also has already created a task force that is focused solely on dealing with this summer's threat. The task force, whose existence until recently was classified, is intended to ensure that no valuable bits of information or intelligence fall through the cracks -- as happened repeatedly before the Sept. 11 attacks.

(oh, is that what the secret societies are? Yeah, sure.)

Beginning with Saturday's dedication of the new World War II Memorial in Washington, the summer presents a number of high-profile targets in the United States. They include the G-8 summit in Georgia next month that will attract top officials from some of America's closest allies, the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July and the Republican National Convention in August in New York.

U.S. authorities repeatedly have said al-Qaida is determined to mount an attack on American soil, in part to announce to the world that it remains capable of doing so despite the money and effort that has gone into homeland security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

(yes, the Bush administration seems quite fond of telling us the sky is falling.)

There also is concern that terrorists might try to mount an attack to coincide with November's election. The fallout from the March 11 train bombings in Spain taught al-Qaida that an attack timed to an election can have a big impact. Spain's former ruling party was ousted in the voting that followed the bombing, which killed 191 and injured more than 2,000.

The official did not say how many suspected al-Qaida or other terrorist operatives are believed in the country, whether they made their way into the United States recently or have been here for some time. The FBI has warned in the past that Islamic extremist groups may attempt to recruit non-Middle Easterners or women for attacks because they would be less likely to arouse suspicion.

(Everyone's a terrorist. Suspect everyone. We must seek them out....WITCH! WITCH!)
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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Sexist Jerks 

I work at a hardware store and I'm good at what I do, so when I answer the phone and the customer says, "I have to talk to one of the guys in plumbing." I say, "How can I help you?" (I'm actually Paint, but I know the rest of the store as well). Generally, the customer will state their question and I will answer it. This particular customer says, "No. I need to talk with one of the guys." "Sir, I do know the quite a bit about plumbing...what's your question?" "No. I need to talk to one of the guys because if you don't know the answer I'm not going to repeat myself." (grrr...put on the fake smile) "Well, if you let me know what the problem is I can direct you to the guy that will best be able to answer your question." (This usually works...not with this guy.) "Why do you care? Get me a man to talk to." I go up to one of the managers phone in hand and say, "I have a customer with plumbing questions but he won't tell me what they are." Turns out the guy had a leaky toilet. As plumbing problems go this is a simple problem. Jerk.

One would think being a female employee at a hardware store I would encounter this on a daily basis...NOT true, which is why I find it so irritating when it does happen. Would anyone care to guess which age group/sex of people fall into the 'sexist' catagory?

If you said men over the age of 75 you are WRONG! This group actually comes in at a distant 3rd!

Did you say men of the baby boommer generation? If so That is alos wrong...they are the most beligerantly annoying about it, but they actually come in 2nd overall.

The correct answer is women over age 75! I still can't figure this one out, but they also seem to think it's cool when a woman can help them.
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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Can anyone explain this to me?! 

Gas Prices. I have a long commute to and from work so I notice gas prices on a daily basis. Wednesday morning at the Citgo near my place regular gas was $1.99 (down from 2.05 the previous week) Gas at the Speedway near my workplace was $1.95. After work the Speedway dropped it's price to 1.92, Citgo was still 1.99. This morning on my way to work the Citgo was 1.91 and the Speedway was still at 1.92. Sounds like the prices were dropping right? WRONG! After work today the Speedway had jumped it's price up to $2.13!! and the Citgo was up to $2.14!!

And can someone explain this...when I first started learning to drive (about 12-13 years ago) I paid between .95-$1.05 a gallon and oil changes were between $15-$20 and individual quarts of 10w30 were about $1.49. Today when I go for an oil change I still pay about $15-$20, but I usually have a coupon for a $12 oil change, no other purchace required and a quart of 10w30 still costs around $1.50. Why such a discrepency? Does this make sense to anyone?
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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Why do Republicans hate a clean environment? 

Ashcroft is digging up laws from the 1800's (sailor-mongering) to bring down Greenpeace. (And to spread his message of 'government knows best...1st Amendment does not apply'. Has anyone checked the National Archives to see if the Constituion is still there? Here's a link to the story.
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Friday, May 14, 2004

WHAT!!!???!!! 

This morning I was watching the local news and apparently the government is trying to convince the people that they never had Nick Berg in custody! There are records people, how convienient that they now 'disappear'. This administration is nothing but a bunch of liars, thieves, and power-hungery assholes hell-bent on destroying the planet (or at least its people)....a war that most of the planet is against, repealing environmental laws, ignoring Geneva Conventions..making those that didn't already hate the U.S. hate the U.S., and making those that already hated the U.S. hate the U.S. even more.

You know what this war makes me think of? (I mean besides Vietnam and other Giant Mistakes in History)

"Hey, look over there...a bee's nest! You know I was stung by a wasp the other day. They should pay." Person W picks up stick and walks toward the nest.

"Wait! Those are bees, not wasps...the wasp stung you, the bees had nothing to do with it!" says person X.

W sticks the stick into the hive and beats on it. The bees come rushing out and sting him. "See! SEE!!! I TOLD you they were evil!" he screams.

"Argh! RUN! They're after us because of him and we were just standing here!" exclaim people Y and Z.



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Saturday, May 08, 2004

So what happens now? 

The other day I ended up seeing part of a History Channel program about the Vietnam war. Actually, it seemmed to be a documentry focusing on General Westmoreland's attempts to fight the war.

Westmoreland's strategy was 'more troops, more troops, 150,000 should do it. Oh wait, I need more troops.' After troop numbers reached over half a million, secratary of defence said, "no more troops" but President Johnson overruled him and sent over 50,000+ troops.

There was an interview with Westmoreland himself where Westmoreland maintained that had we stayed in Vietnam, we would have won. (Yeah, right.)

While the US won every major battle in Vietnam, there was never a political victory. Military victories mean nothing if political victories are non-existant. This is the major problem the US is currently facing in Iraq.

The US needs political victories in Iraq. This seems very unlikly to happen. This is a revenge for daddy war, this is a war for oil in the guise of 'national defense'.

It has been said this war will make or break the US's relationship with the Middle East and the rest of the world. (true) Now that the current situation in Iraq is completely FUBAR, I fear it will get much worse.

We shouldn't have gone into Iraq in the first place, but now that we are there the job needs to be finished properly. What that is I do not know, but I do know that the US must find a way to win politically, not militarily.

Iraq is currently in chaos. No real government power, no army, no real police force, yet there are angry, armed Iraqi's. If the US leaves the chaos, the chaos will continue and angry Iraqis will be blaming the US for the existing chaos. It would only be a matter of time before someone comes along and promises the people that everything will be okay if they all ban together to fight their common enemies. And the people will follow because what this guy says is everything they want to hear and they will believe it to be true because they want it to be true because that is what people tend to do in situations they deem hopeless and every dictator past, present, and future knows it.

I don't have any answers. I wish I did.
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