Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thanks to the miracles of high tech, such wordsmithery wizardry can be easily applied on a global scale. And with a unique, one of a kind, personal touch.
Pen Me A Poem is Brit Cat Beaman's literary site that allows poetry and prose to be commissioned for any occasion - for loved ones - THE loved one (and frienemies and enemies too).
"If you are looking for a unique personalised poem for a friend or loved
one, then you have arrived at the right place. The work I create for you will be built from scratch and will not be found anywhere else.
At all times during the process of drafting your piece, I will be in contact with you via email from where you can be in the front seat regarding the
direction in which your order progresses. "
This is significant. In a millennium of Hallmarx, Shoeboxes and mass produced cards, sentiments and emotions printed by robots en masse, tend to lose much of the moment - the meaning - that truly makes events and people especial, endearing and essential.
For custom, commissioned works of art in word - Pen Me A Poem is designer class.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I still visit webisites, make a comment or two and whatever, but there's no there there. So this is my official notice to all that I'm done.
At least until the neighbors move or whatever. If the situation at the new place becomes the same as the old one (bored, lonely, etc.) then I'll be back with a vengence (heh).
I'll keep the blog here of course (got my links) and still visit; but except for occasional posts about something or other; consider me finito.
The co-bloggers can of course post (not that many do; except Court of course) but you shouldn't expect anything (much) from me for a good bit.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The poor little guy starts crying.
'Come on, man. I was just giving you a hard time,' the biker says. 'I didn't think you'd CRY. I can't stand to see a man crying.'
'This is the worst day of my life,' says the little guy between sobs. 'I can't do anything right. I overslept and was late to an important meeting, so my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car was stolen and I don't have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife in bed with the gardener and my dog bit me. So I came to this bar trying to work up the courage to put an end to my life, and then you show up and drink the damn poison.'
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.
FullCAM models carbon flows in plants, mulch, debris, soils and agricultural products, using inputs such as climate data, plant physiology and satellite data. I've been following the global warming debate closely for years.
When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty good: CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the old ice core data, no other suspects.
The evidence was not conclusive, but why wait until we were certain when it appeared we needed to act quickly? Soon government and the scientific community were working together and lots of science research jobs were created. We scientists had political support, the ear of government, big budgets, and we felt fairly important and useful (well, I did anyway). It was great. We were working to save the planet.
Standard fare up to that point. Read the rest and be shocked by the facts and assertions.
'You ok?' she says.
'Yes.' he says.
'You can go and play with the other kids you know.' she says.
'It's best I stay here,' he says.
Click the title for the rest of the joke.
After what seemed like a very long wait, the E.R. Doctor appeared, wearing his scrubs and a long face.
Sadly, he said, “I’m afraid he is brain-dead, but his heart is still beating.”
Again click the title; thanks to Theo for these (of course look at all the 'totty' over there too heh)
Tags: jokes, Theo Spark, Lord Nazh
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Monday announced the proposed emergency legislation, which allows guns to be registered for self-defense in the home, requires that a ballistic record be kept on a registered gun, clarifies safe-storage requirements and makes clear that a "carry" license is not required to have guns in the home.
City officials said the legislation will "clarify that firearms in the home must be stored unloaded and either disassembled (or) secured with a trigger lock, gun safe or similar device," with an exception made for a firearm used against a "reasonably-perceived threat" of immediate harm to a person within a registered gun owner's home.
These people just simply do not get it. What will it take for them to understand. Hopefully one of these days DC will elect a gun friendly City Council & Mayor.
Exiled in Canada from her native Persia - Nazanin is using her 2003 Miss Canada bona fides to take on the intolerant time traveling mullahs and their regime that have strangled her homeland almost to death.
I was born in a country where I am not allowed to sing or perform.I was born in a country where I am not allowed to wear what I want. I was born in a country where I would be killed for my religious beliefs.
I was born in a country where I would be tortured for advocating democracy.I was born in a country where, as a woman, my life is considered worth half of a mans.
I was born in Iran.
The year I was born, a revolution took place in my birth place. The country changed names from Iran to the "Islamic Republic of Iran". Women were immediately forced to veil themselves. Since that time there have been gross violations of human rights. While it is one of the richest countries in the world, millions are below the poverty line and children are forced to work instead of going to school.
Iran is the only country in the world that officially continues to execute children. This must end immediately. I have started a campaign to help end executions of minors. Now I need your help.
Under its repressive clerical regime, Iran regularly sentences women to death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, executes children and has a president who claims it has no gays. Arbitrary decisions occur regularly.
Last week for example, a female student who alleged that a senior male lecturer had sexually harassed her was arrested for 'publicising a crime' when she and fellow students protested against the incident.
The dismal state of Iran's human rights - which includes the regime's hostility towards ethnic minorities such as the Ahwazi Arabs of Khuzestan province and religious minorities such as the Bahai - makes it obvious that international attention is needed.
Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office agrees. Its Office Annual Human Rights Report of 2007 was particularly damning of Iran's record in this regard, stating that "Against a global decreasing trend in the use of the death penalty, the total number of executions in Iran is increasing year on year.
Monday, July 14, 2008
And it really hits home. Great Satan truly faces a despicable enemy.
There are moments that throw the nature of America's enemies into the sharpest possible relief.
One such moment came this week, as the Army revealed that it had identified the remains of two US soldiers taken captive in Iraq.
Pfc. Byron Fouty, 19, and Queens-born Sgt. Alex Jimenez, 25, were captured last May after heavy fighting in Iraq's then-explosive Sunni Triangle.
The body of a third captured GI, Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., was found not long afterward - but Jimenez and Fouty's families held out hope for their return.
It's the smallest of comforts that the country may now never know what, precisely, the pair endured in captivity.
Captured Americans in Iraq have been subject to all means of torture - including public beheading - in the furtherance of militants' sick propaganda aims.
Such brutality turned Iraqis against al Qaeda en masse - as soon as American resolve gave them the chance.
It also gives lie to the tired cliché that America somehow loses its "moral standing" by, say, keeping terrorists locked up at Gitmo.
That facility, of course, has been the subject of dozens of front-page New York Times profiles - alleging everything from stressful interrogation techniques to the violation of prisoners' religious sensibilities.
(This is the same paper, mind you, that devoted barely eight Associated Press paragraphs - on Page B6 - to the discovery of Jimenez and Fouty's remains.)
Left unsaid is that detainees - despite, as non-uniformed combatants, having no standing under the laws of civilized warfare - are given free access to medical care and religious accoutrements.
Not to mention, freedom to return to the battlefield - and kill Americans - provided there's insufficient evidence that they intend to do so.
Heck of a way to run a war, huh?
Actually, it speaks to the night-and-day difference in honor and decency between America and her enemies - a difference that Sgt. Jimenez and Pfc. Fouty gave their lives to defend.
Rest in peace.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Like over in Great Britain. Sick to death of retarded, intolerant jerks and retards that make up the world's first freely elected suicide regime that play the tolerance game in free foreign lands like a scimitar to silence free speech, fun, honest quizes and Straussian concepts like "Which one of these is not like the other?"
Harry's Place is fully crunk with the hot! sweet sticky, tingly tangy sexyful ideas that appeal appealing to people everywhere. Like Uncle Tony so hotly whispered and pointed out in the incredible edible "Universal Values of the Human Spirit"
Dedicated to promoting the ideals of freedom and democracy, HP recently busted HAMAS fanboi Mohammed Sawalha, the President of the British Muslim Initiative, which has been linked to HAMAS and the Islamic Brotherhood, both terrorist orgs.
Harry's Place confides that Mr. Sawalha, according to the BBC…
“master minded much of Hamas’ political and military strategy” and in London “is alleged to have directed funds, both for Hamas’ armed wing, and for spreading its missionary dawah”.
In their revelation of the impending lawsuit against
them leveled by Mohammed Sawalha, they write:
Mr Sawalha whines that HP's “chosen a malevolent interpretation of a meaningless word”. In fact, we did no more than translate a phrase which appeared in an Al Jazeera report of Mr Sawalha’s speech. When Al Jazeera changed that phrase from “Evil Jew” to “Jewish Lobby”, we reported that fact, along with the statement that it had been a typographical error.
Mr Sawalha has been the prime mover in a number of HAMAS and Muslim Brotherhood associated projects. He is President of the British Muslim Initiative. He is the past President of the Muslim Association of Britain. He was the founder of IslamExpo, and is registered as the holder of the IslamExpo domain name. He is also a trustee of the Finsbury Park Mosque….
…Mr Sawalha says that the attribution of the phrase “Evil Jew” to him implies that he is “anti-semitic and hateful”. Notably, he does not take issue with our reporting of the revelation, made in a Panorama documentary in 2006, that he is a senior activist in the clerical fascist terrorist organisation, Hamas.
It looks like Harry’s Place is going up against some pretty top-notch lawyers on this one, and they’ve got guts, but as the post goes on to say:
If Mr Sawalha persists in attempting to silence us with this desperate legal suit, we will need your help.
HP won’t be able to stand up to them alone.
NeoConstant started this blogburst, to get the word out that Free people worldwide will hook up and buddy up to stop this blazingly intolerant assault on tolerance faster than Iraqi Ba'Athist Nebuchadnezzar Panzer Grenadiers ill fated counter attack near Karbala against "Rock of the Marne and Screaming Eagles in 2003.
Hop on in ya'll. The water's fine. Stand up to intolerant rocket rich rejectionists and their money grubbing fanbois in HAMAS or any collection of jerks, retards and murderous minions of any radical terrorist group that by design has to act out and try to censor fun, free choice, free speech against any of us.
If you’d like to add your site to the blogroll, simply email EK at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your site’s URL.
Then either feel free to use this entry or create your own.
Thanks, and don’t forget to head over to Harry’s Place to show your support of their freedom of speech!
We the following sincerely nourish and support "Harry's Place" and gleefully, honestly, openly, without modesty, without restraint hopes that HP's barristers ( attorneys in Great Satan speak) literally sue the living daylights out of these creepy intolerant control freaks so bad their benefaction becomes a money sucking liability and they pubilicly and repeatedly scream "God! Please! Stop!"
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WASHINGTON - President Bush's press secretary, died Saturday of colon cancer. He was 53.Yes it's the , a conservative writer and commentator who cheerfully sparred with reporters in the during a stint as AP, sue me; this was a great man.
"America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character,"said in a statement from Camp David, where he was spending the weekend. "It was a joy to watch Tony at the podium each day. He brought wit, grace, and a great love of country to his work."
Snow, who served as the first host of the television news program "Fox News Sunday" from 1996 to 2003, would later say that in the Bush administration he was enjoying "the most exciting, intellectually aerobic job I'm ever going to have."
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Yet another tragedy was splashed across the local paper casually dropped on the glass tabletop with the inlaid design, in the cafe I strolled down to on Sunday morning.
Here was I, white, clean shaven, dressed as smartly as any local, sipping on my coffee, just as the scattering of others also were who’d stayed in the city rather than go to the beach or to their country houses. Did I care?
The people in the news are the clandestini, the boat people who, desperate to escape the senseless poverty and violence of the North African Muslim regimes, prefer to chant “Sicilia or Paradise”, the latter their watery destination should they fail, which they generally do. And yet this does not dissuade them from trying.
The Italian, the Sicilian attitude, is a tad kindlier than, say, in Germany or France. There is a grudging recognition down this way that we are all struggling to make ends meet and to find some sort of life in the process.
And what of me, silently finishing the first cappuccino? I’m also by no means out of the woods, off the boat to mix metaphors. It is quite possibile that a stroke of the pen will end my stay once again. So you’ll perhaps forgive a slight edge to my interest in the boat people.
The other day for the first time, I saw one of the survivors emerge from the kitchen of a cafe and pick some leaves from a tree, then merge back into her sanctuary. She was working, possibly long hours. She had every intention of integrating and trying to find acceptance in a very closed community.
Contrast this with the aliens allowed in on study visas in Britain who then kick up merry hell at the end of their time. Contrast it with the proliferation of Mosques and the like, led by people who then have the temerity to demand their own system of justice, Sharia Law.
And what does the head of the UK police say? Get knotted? You will conform to British law whilst in this country? Not a bit of it. He says there is a place for Sharia Law in Britain’s legal system. Was there a place for Jewish Law in previous years? Bahai Law? Was there a Buddhist system of justice recognized by the Crown?
Sorry to be so grumpy but why the hell should Sharia Law be picked out of the air and favoured by the British police and justice system?
Every one of you knows the answer to that. Because these leaders are not socially agreeable, hard-working immigrants, trying to integrate with British society. They are trouble makers trying to impose an alien system on someone else’s country.
Now if I’d written that about the Bahai, about the Buddhists, there’d have barely been more than a murmur. So why the howls of rage from this community, insistent on no offence being given them?
Any person of any race, religion or color is generally welcome to another land, as long as the clear intention is to integrate and conform to the law and social mores of that country.
Here in Italy, it is quite clear – to have any intention of remaining, one learns the language, the customs, the traditions of the place, mixes with the local people, rather than hiding away in a ghetto, contributing to the local economy and needing to be seen to be doing this.
One keeps one’s protestantism low key and visit the Catholic church, eating the local cuisine – not all the time but much of the time, transmitting one’s own culture to the locals as and when they wish to know of it.
Having now travelled from land to land, this appears fundamental, something that should simply be taken as read.
Not in my homeland, it seems.
He's a criminal, but he "did the right thing" when it mattered - alerting cops to what he feared was a terror plot the day before the Fourth of July.
At about 5 p.m. yesterday, an unidentified thief with a police record broke into a red van that had been parked at 53rd Street and Second Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park for about a month, a source told The Post.
He was stunned when he looked inside - it was filled with gas cans and Styrofoam cups containing a mysterious white substance with protruding wires and switches.
The street is lined with brownstones, and there's a ballet studio and a small Muslim school. So he drove the van 15 blocks to 37th Street and parked it at a desolate waterfront location behind the Costco store and next to some little-used piers.
I'll let this story speak for itself.
Seems not everyone goes for the 'Wanted' star quite as much as the star of the War on Terror. I'd love to meet and greet with both of them, but the good General has done a lot more for the world than Jolie has (even though she's hot).James Hider in Baghdad
If Santa ever set up his Christmas grotto in a war zone, it might look something like this.
Hundreds of men and women, many of them armed, line up in a marble hall inside one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces, waiting patiently for more than half an hour for their hero to turn up.
The object of so much adulation is General David Petraeus, the 55-year-old commander of US and allied forces in Iraq. General Petraeus, widely credited with the military strategy that has clawed Iraq back from civil war to a semblance of stability, is in such demand for photographs that his aides have had to organise special mass photo-ops every six weeks inside the Green Zone and at the other huge US base at Baghdad airport.
“He's a real leader at a great time,” said Master Sergeant John Fife of the US Air Force, who had brought a group of comrades and local Iraqi staff across the vast fortified compound for the chance to have their picture taken with the general, who devised Iraq's counter-insurgency strategy.
Mottaki - as underground Persian Cat 'Rooz' reveals in a dossier is one of the mullahs most precious minions.
"Mottaki joined the Foreign Ministry at a time when members of the Islamic Students Association were rapidly replacing diplomats and even experts at the ministry. After completing his first assembly term, Mottaki joined the ministry and was appointed director of the ministry's seventh bureau in 1984.
A year later, in 1985, Mottaki was appointed as Iran's ambassador to Turkey. At that time, Turkey was a desired destination for many Iranians who belonged to opposition groups and were fleeing either to Europe or Iraq through Turkey.
During Mottaki's tenure, many of the Islamic Republic's dissidents were killed across Turkey, prompting Turkish officials to accuse Mottaki of instigating instability and issuing him a persona non grata status, which meant he had to leave the country within 24 hours."
Fareed tried verbally fencing with the Fo Min and it was like watching a waltz or maybe a wrestling match. Subtle dances and feints that ultimately resolved little.
Here's a sample mix
ZAKARIA: Mr. Foreign Minister, one of the questions people have is really about Iranian intentions. What are your intentions in the region?
And one thing that gives a great deal of suspicion to people are the statements of your president with regard to Israel. Your president has said, "The occupying regime" -- meaning Israel -- "must be wiped off the map."
He has said, "This new wave started in Palestine. Eliminate this disgraceful stain from the world."And most recently, just a month or two ago, he said, "Israel will disappear from the geographic scene."What does he mean?
MOTTAKI: Our approach with regard to the Israeli regime is clear. An event happened in Europe, a horrible war ensued. Tens of millions of people were killed, and some were survivors. And it was said that these victims of war should be taken care of, restored in some way.
What we believe, what happened in World War II was a crime. We also have to ask ourselves: Who committed that crime?
So, Mr. Ahmadinejad's question is: If these victims are to be taken care of in terms of restoring some of what they lost, why should another place, another people pay from their own pocket the price for this crime?
For 60 years, this regime, as far as the public opinion of the region is concerned, does not have legitimacy, and has not reached a point where it can be liked by the people.
Of course, we cannot force others to accept what we say. But we think that, in a democratic country we have the right to say what we think.
ZAKARIA: Are you, then, categorically saying, as the foreign minister of Iran, that you have no intention to attack Israel in any sense or in any way?
MOTTAKI: We will defend our own country in the case of any attack or invasion, or any threat.
And the history of the past several years of our land, Iran, demonstrates that our country has never initiated an invasion or an attack that was carried out by the Iranian people against another people in the region.
This is the nature of our people, of our history, of our system, as well, in the past 30 years as the Islamic Republic of Iran.
ZAKARIA: You all have said recently that, were Israel to attack Iran, that it is possible that you would also attack not just Israeli targets, but also American targets.
And I want to be clear, why would you attack American targets, if there were an Israeli attack on Iran?
After all, the United States appears, at least in some ways, to be trying to move diplomatically, not militarily.
MOTTAKI: The Israeli regime is principally in no position to engage in another adventure in the region -- militarily. We do not believe that Israel is in a position to engage in a military act in the region.
However, if this were to happen -- as much as I would still add, the possibility of it almost very, very nonexistent -- but at the same time, if it were happen, it's quite possible that independent countries like Iran would see their first responsibility is to defend themselves.
ZAKARIA: Mr. Minister, you said recently that, in recent months, America's psychological warfare against Iran has increased exponentially. What exactly do you mean? Is it covert operations against Iran? Is it threats? What exactly are you referring to there?
MOTTAKI: But in the past two years, on certain cases, at different time junctures -- I'd say about every six months -- it would become a hot topic, meaning the idea of the possibility of a military attack was raised at some points of time in the last two years. There would be people who actually came to us to inform us, saying that on specific dates there would be an attack on a specific location.
So, our analysis at that time -- including now -- is that these measures are, in fact, sort of an attempt to add a spice to the political trends that have been going on from the past, but have never been serious ones.
So, our analysis is, in fact, that neither the region nor the United States of America, nor anyone elsewhere in the world, has the capacity to witness another military attack in the region.
So, I believe it's time that the West changes its eyeglasses and look at Iran through a different lens. By changing the eyeglasses, I would say they'd be able to see issues more clearly and better. Iran is committed to its constructive approach and the resolution of regional and international affairs and problems.
ZAKARIA: You know, when I listen to you, Mr. Foreign Minister, your words are different from before in some ways. Your tone is different.
I have met with President Ahmadinejad, and he speaks in a very different way
Now, what I am wondering is, is this part of an effort to confuse us? Is this what in America would be called a "good cop, bad cop" routine, where he says some things that are very fiery, and you say things that are very sweet? Or is there a genuine shift in Iran's attitude?
MOTTAKI: We hear new voices in America. We see new approaches. And we think that the rational thinkers in America can, based on these new approaches, see the reality as it is. We are ready to help them in this endeavor.
After the show hoes like Christiane Amanpour (CNN Internat'l Correspondant Babe), Vali Nasr (Tufts University) and Mikey Ware (CNN Baghdad's Palestine Hotel Balcony correspondant cat) gave up some fly and some not so fly analysis which ranged from informed to uninformed to highly suspect.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia found explosives set to be used in bombs across the capital in reprisal for this week's rescue of leftist rebels' highest-profile hostages, including , military officials said on Saturday.Not looking good for the terrorists in Columbia, finally. With the rescue and now raid of explosives (and the 'rebels' wanting to now talk peace); maybe this country can finally know some measure of peace.
The army seized about a ton of explosives at a farm outside Bogota that it suspected the , or FARC, planned to use in attacks over the next few days, said the officials, who asked not to be named.
On Wednesday, the military dealt the rebels the latest in a series of severe blows this year, duping them into handing over French-Colombian politician Betancourt, three American defense contractors and 11 Colombian soldiers and police officers.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Advancing arrogance into an art form with a remarkable relentless risque commitment to liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, and laissez-faire values.
America differs qualitatively from all other nations, because of her unique origins, nat'l credo, historical evolution, and distinctive political and religious institutions.
Great Satan is magically especial because she was a country of immigrants and the first modern democracy.
Loud, proud and rowdy - early America forecast future stuff with a provocative lingo that still fits today. "Don't Tread On Me!" "Liberty Or Death", "Live Free Or Die"
The belief in the superiority of the American model is reflected in the perception among Americans of America's role in the world. That American foreign policy is based on moral principles is a consistent theme in the American discourse - a phenomenon recognized even by those who are skeptic of such an assessment.
This inclination to do right has been virtually unique among the nations of the world - and for this very reason - America has been totally misunderstood. How could a nation so rich, so successful actually, really be so unselfish and so caring?
Critics cry America must have darker motives! America must be seeking imperium - to dominate everyone else, suck up all the oil, to trade and rob blind for America's selfish purposes.
People from more grasping, less idealistic societies find it nigh impossible to accept that America honestly believes that giving everyone opportunity is the real roadmap for abundance and happiness everywhere - not merely in the magical Great Satan.
Americans honestly believe that securing other people's freedom is actually like the best guarantee that America can keep her own.
America does not want to dominate the world. Americans want to live in peace and hope other people will too.
America will go out into the world, redress errors, stop unacceptable behaviour, to first challenge then annihilate threats to our liberty.
Creative destruction is Great Satan's middle name. It is a natural function, for she is the one truly revolutionary country in the world for more than 2 centuries.
She does it automatically, and that is precisely why tyrants hate her guts, and are driven to attack her. An enormous advantage, tyrants fear her, and their oppressed peoples want what she offers: freedom.
Amazingly, some suspect states, illegit leaders and some people have not yet comprehended that America's primary intention is to preserve and keep our own land and liberty and all it's prosperity and that America will do anything and go anywhere to make it happen.
Great Satan built the modern world.
And She knows her way around.
Happy BDay America!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Thanks to the cobloggers for posting and keeping it going; I'll be back on track soon I expect.