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Monday, April 30, 2007

"Drunken Pirate" Story Is Truly Ridiculous!!

This story is completely ridiculous.

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. - A woman denied a teaching degree on the eve of graduation because of a MySpace photo has sued the university.

Millersville University instead granted Stacy Snyder a degree in English last year after learning of her Web-published picture, which bore the caption “Drunken Pirate.”

The University issued the following statement:

Millersville University denies the claims alleged in the federal complaint filed by Ms. Stacy Snyder. Although the University respects Ms. Snyder's opinion, these allegations only provide a single perspective of this academic situation.

Due to federal student privacy restrictions, the University is unable to directly respond to media accounts related to the case. The University notes, however, that all of its educational decisions are based on a full range of academic performance issues, not solely on a student's personal website or social networking site. The University is committed to maintaining the academic integrity of its academic programs and degrees and will vigorously defend itself and the actions of its employees in legal proceedings related to the lawsuit.

Any further comment about the suit will come through the State System of Higher Education Office of Legal Counsel in Harrisburg.

The photo, taken at a 2005 Halloween party, shows Snyder wearing a pirate hat while drinking from a plastic “Mr. Goodbar” cup. It was posted on her own MySpace site.

Although Snyder apologized, she learned the day before graduation that she would not be awarded an education degree or teaching certificate.

Jane S. Bray, dean of the School of Education, accused Snyder of promoting underage drinking, the suit states.

I think that the school is going to be paying out of its ass!! First of all, the statement from them that the decision wasn't based on her personal website is a crock. It's a crock because the Dean pointed out the picture by saying that Snyder was promoting underage drinking. So it's MAINLY, if not completely, about the picture. I would like to point out one small, little problem with the Dean's statement. Stacy Snyder clearly couldn't be promoting underage drinking when this picture was taken because she was not UNDERAGE!! It was taken in 2005 which would have made her either 24 or 25 at the time given that she's 27 now. Nice try!!

Another reason that I think the school will be paying out of its ass is because it can't just pick and choose what degree they're going to award a student. They can't do that simply because they don't like what a student did. She was going to school for a teaching degree. If she fulfilled the requirements of her field of study, she should be awarded that degree. She didn't go to the college for a degree in English. If she fulfilled the requirements and passed all of the exams for her license to teach, she is entitled to that license.

As dumb as the story may sound, the college was in the WRONG here. They took something that she did in her personal life, and brought it into her professional life by denying her the degree that she deserves to have. If they're not going to give her the correct degree and her teaching license, they at least owe her all of the tuition money and other fees that she paid to earn the teaching degree. She is entitled to that at the very least!!

For the record in case anyone asks, Millersville University is NOT a private university. It is a PUBLIC university.

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Absolutely Cruel

As I was looking for stories to blog about, this one caught my eye. It's absolutely cruel!!

A 17-year-old girl who is four months pregnant and whose child cannot survive outside the womb has gone to the High Court to challenge a decision by the Health Service Executive to stop her leaving the State for an abortion.

She found out a week ago that her baby has a condition called anencephaly, which means the baby's brain is not developing properly.

According to the website for the University of Virginia Health System, this is what anencephaly is:

Anencephaly is a condition present at birth that affects the formation of the brain and the skull bones that surround the head. Anencephaly results in only minimal development of the brain. Often, the brain lacks part or all of the cerebrum (the area of the brain that is responsible for thinking, vision, hearing, touch, and movement). There is no bony covering over the back of the head and there may also be missing bones around the front and sides of the head.

The following are the most common symptoms of anencephaly. However, each child may experience symptoms differently.

Symptoms may include:

* absence of bony covering over the back of the head

* missing bones around the front and sides of the head

* folding of the ears

* cleft palate - a condition in which the roof of the child's mouth does not completely close, leaving an opening that can extend into the nasal cavity.

* congenital heart defects

* some basic reflexes, but without the cerebrum, there can be no consciousness and the baby cannot survive.

The most disgusting thing about this whole situation is that the only way this girl can be considered for an abortion is if she "presents herself as suicidal." So either she has to fake being suicidal, fake a suicide attempt, or actually attempt to commit suicide. Nice, huh?

Is there even a point in continuing her pregnancy? I mean really, is there a point? Why put this girl through the trauma of continuing the pregnancy? Why force her to carry what is essentially a DEAD fetus to term? Once it's born, it's not going to live. So, why force her to go through that experience? Do they enjoy adding to the already traumatic and tragic situation for this girl? It's just absolutely sick!!

She is challenging the ruling, and I hope for her sake that she wins!!

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

TARGET Becomes A Target

Now if that ain't a bitch!! You can't even go to Target to shop without being shot at. Well, at least not in Kansas City, Missouri.

CNN) -- A man with a gun shot and killed two people at a shopping center in Kansas City, Missouri, and wounded at least two others Sunday before being killed by police, a police spokesman said.

Remember boys and girls, it's not the gun that kills people. It's the person with the gun who kills people. Yeah, keep deluding yourself!! Meanwhile, people in this country will continue to die in senseless acts like this because we refuse to acknowledge the REAL problem. GUNS!!

Witness Janet Coleman said she saw "a young man with a sawed-off shotgun" in the parking lot being chased by police.

"I could just see a blunt-sized gun bigger than, like a regular .44," she said, adding that she gained her expertise in weapons from watching "a lot of crime TV."

And they say that TELEVISION teaches you nothing!! This woman is now an expert on weapons because she watched "a lot of crime TV."

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Pro-Lifers Are Good, NOT!!!!!

A pipe bomb was found outside of the Austin Women's Health Center in Texas on Wednesday. On Friday, an arrest was made in connection with the crime.

I wonder what the excuse will be. Could it go a little something like this?

"Your Honor, I was just trying to prevent those little babies from being murdered. I can't sit by while they die. I had no intention of hurting anyone. I was just trying to get women to change their hearts and minds about the babies. I had a conversation with God, and afterwards I knew what had to be done."

I wonder how many pro-lifers are trying to put together a defense fund for this guy. I wonder how many pro-lifers are going to make him their poster boy for their "pro-life" movement. I'm sure that the answer is MANY!!

You see, the pro-lifers out there just don't get it. You can bomb us all you want. You can threaten us. You can harass us. You can even kill us. It only makes you the criminal. It only makes you look like the jackasses that you truly are.

If convicted, this man (and I use that term loosely) faces life in prison. I ask, was it worth it? I'm sure the answer will be yes. I hope he enjoys the rest of his miserable life in prison!!

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

David Huckabee Arrested!!

David Huckabee was arrested in Arkansas today for having a loaded Glock pistol in his luggage at the airport.

In case you don't know who David Huckabee is, I'll tell you. His daddy Mike Huckabee, a Republican, is the former governor of Arkansas and is a 2008 Presidential candidate.

Huckabee, 26, later pleaded guilty in Little Rock District Court after being charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon in a prohibited place.

District Judge Lee Munson gave Huckabee a one-year suspended jail sentence and ordered him into 10 days of community service — which Huckabee can avoid by paying $100. Huckabee will be on probation for a year. Fines and costs totaled $855.

Nice!! He got off easy!! Had he been a Democrat or just an ordinary citizen, twenty bucks says he would have been labeled a TERRORIST. He would have been hauled off to jail, and he would have never been heard from again. That, or he would have been shot on the spot!!

Mike Huckabee said his son grabbed the bag on the way to the airport and didn't realize the gun was inside.

"It's one of those stupid things," Mike Huckabee said. "He knows better."

Yep, one of those stupid things!! Those crazy, law-abiding, gun-carrying citizens. Not only are they law-abiding, but they're also responsible people. If he's law-abiding and responsible, how come he broke the law and wasn't responsible enough to know where his gun was? Oh that's right, it was just one of those stupid things. You know, one of those stupid things where you forget where your .40-caliber Glock pistol with eight live rounds in it and another nine round clip are.

The weapon and ammunition were detained by Little Rock police while David Huckabee's gun permit was seized and given to the Arkansas State Police.

Good!! I'm glad that the gun, ammunition, and permit were seized. He shouldn't get his permit back, and he shouldn't be issued another one. If he can't be responsible enough to know where his gun is, he shouldn't be allowed to own nor carry one.

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Polish PM Says No More Gays

The Polish Prime Minister said that "it was not in the interest of society to have more gay people."

Hmm, I wonder who it was that said something similar before. Oh that's right!! HITLER!! The only difference is that Hitler was talking mainly about Jewish people.

Don't misunderstand me here. I'm in absolutely no way disrespecting the people of Poland. I'm in absolutely no way disrespecting the victims of the Holocaust, or the survivors of this horrible atrocity. What I am saying is that comments such as those that the Polish Prime Minister made are disgusting. Comments such as his add fuel to the fire. All it would take is for one person to take his words about gay people literally, and it could lead to more atrocities.

Perhaps he should visit Auschwitz or some other former concentration camps that still exist, and reflect upon what happened there. I wonder how many of those people who were murdered there were GAY. I certainly wouldn't like to see another Holocaust. I'm not saying that he does either. But his words certainly don't help. If anything, they're only going to make things worse for gay people.

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Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich Calls Pat Tillman "Worm Dirt"

In an interview with ESPN, Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich shows exactly why he's a disgusting piece of shit.

"His parents continue to ask for it to be looked at," Kauzlarich said. "And that is really their prerogative. And if they have the right backing, the right powerful people in our government to continue to let it happen, then that is the case.

"But there [have] been numerous unfortunate cases of fratricide, and the parents have basically said, 'OK, it was an unfortunate accident.' And they let it go. So this is — I don't know, these people have a hard time letting it go. It may be because of their religious beliefs."

We're supposed to believe that all these "numerous" families just said, "Okay, it was an unfortunate accident" and left it at that? They left it at that because they were Christians? Bullshit. Families want answers, and they're not just going to accept that when their son or daughter, husband or wife, etc. is killed that it was just an unfortunate accident. Please bitch!! Sell your lies elsewhere because this person isn't buying it!!

In a transcript of his interview with Brig. Gen. Gary Jones during a November 2004 investigation, Kauzlarich said he'd learned Kevin Tillman, Pat's brother and fellow Army Ranger who was a part of the battle the night Pat Tillman died, objected to the presence of a chaplain and the saying of prayers during a repatriation ceremony in Germany before his brother's body was returned to the United States.

Kauzlarich, now a battalion commanding officer at Fort Riley in Kansas, further suggested the Tillman family's unhappiness with the findings of past investigations might be because of the absence of a Christian faith in their lives.

So what if there was an objection to a chaplain and prayers. That's the family's right to object. Again, we're supposed to believe that if the Tillman family was "Christian" then they wouldn't have a problem with the findings. This Kauzlarich piece of shit just doesn't get it. They aren't satisfied with the findings, and it has absolutely nothing to do with their religious faith or lack of faith. It has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that they were LIED to. They were told that their son died at the hands of enemy fighters. As it turns out, he died at the hands of the U.S. Military. Gee, I can't guess why they would pissed off!!

In an interview with ESPN.com, Kauzlarich said: "When you die, I mean, there is supposedly a better life, right? Well, if you are an atheist and you don't believe in anything, if you die, what is there to go to? Nothing. You are worm dirt. So for their son to die for nothing, and now he is no more — that is pretty hard to get your head around that. So I don't know how an atheist thinks. I can only imagine that that would be pretty tough."

Nice comment there!! Where's the charge against this scumbag for CONDUCT THAT IS UNBECOMING OF A MILITARY OFFICER? He certainly deserves it!! On a side note, if Kauzlarich believe in heaven he can forget about it. He isn't getting in when he dies. If he does, I hope Pat Tillman boots his ass down to hell where he belongs!!

Asked by ESPN.com whether the Tillmans' religious beliefs are a factor in the ongoing investigation, Kauzlarich said, "I think so. There is not a whole lot of trust in the system or faith in the system [by the Tillmans]. So that is my personal opinion, knowing what I know."

He knows absolutely nothing!! After all, he wasn't even interested in finding out who actually killed Pat Tillman in the first place.

Asked what might finally placate the family, Kauzlarich said, "You know what? I don't think anything will make them happy, quite honestly. I don't know. Maybe they want to see somebody's head on a platter. But will that really make them happy? No, because they can't bring their son back."

That's right!! They can't bring their son back, and scumbags like Kauzlarich don't make the reality of the situation any easier. You're damn right that nothing will make them happy except for the TRUTH which is exactly what they're NOT getting. They were lied to. The entire country was lied to.

I don't blame the Tillman family. If it were a family member of mine I would want the truth, and not some fabricated story that was conjured up to recruit people. I wouldn't stop until I got the truth, and it would have absolutely nothing to do with my religious faith or lack of faith. It would have everything to do with my family member, and seeking the truth or justice for that person.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

AFA: Opportunistic, Scum-Sucking Bastards

I always knew that the American Family Association was insane. This just proves it.

Courtesy of Think Progress, the American Family Association has come up with the "real" reasons for why the massacre at Virginia Tech happened. Talk about opportunistic, scum-sucking bastards!!

AFA blames school shootings on lack of prayer, spankings. In a new video, the the right-wing American Family Association attributes the tragedy at Virginia Tech to: a lack of prayer in school, a lack of the Bible in school, a lack of spanking kids, a lack of physical punishment in school, abortion, condoms, Bill Clinton, internet pornography, free speech, the entertainment industry, “satanic” music, and liberal culture in general.

Let me take a few minutes to address each one of these. I think I'll start at the beginning. The first reason is the lack of prayer in school. As I was discussing this today, my brother said "How would the American Family Association explain the Amish school shooting?" It's pretty simple really. Christian lunatics would say that the Amish don't follow the TRUE religion. Therefore, that's why the school shooting took place there. I'm sure that prayer takes place all the time in the Amish schools. But that doesn't really matter to Christian lunatics. On a side note, no amount of PRAYER is going to stop someone from shooting others.

The second reason is the lack of the Bible in school. Yeah, that's a great reason!! Not!! A lot of people that kill others profess to be God-fearing, Bible-reading, church-attending, deeply religious people. Yet, they kill. Some even kill and invoke God into it. Abortion doctor killings anyone????? The Iraq and Afghanistan wars anyone????? 600,000 plus dead innocent civilians in Iraq alone anyone????? On a side note, the Bible has some of the most violent passages I've ever read. But hey, let's put them in schools so the children can get ideas!!

The third reason is the lack of spanking. Yep, if only his parents beat his ass!! That would have solved what? Absolutely nothing!! It would have made him angry. It would have made him a violent person. He would have beaten others because he was beaten. It would teach him that hitting someone is perfectly acceptable, even normal. It may have even added two more people to the list of dead. His parents!! What I do find laughable about this argument is that you don't really hear about killers being those who were never spanked as a child. They're usually the people who were spanked, beaten, and abused as a child.

The fourth reason is the lack of physical punishment in school. Well first of all, if school officials ever laid a hand on a student then their asses would be landing in jail. That's called assault. They'd also be facing a lawsuit by parents. But physically punishing someone in school will only result in angry students out for revenge. Yeah, let's put students, teachers, principals, and other school staff in the line of fire for an absolutely asinine reason.

The fifth reason is abortion. Yeah, because we all know that the "murder" of a blob of cells is a good enough reason to kill an actual LIVING, BREATHING HUMAN BEING. I'm not even getting into this one because I will defend a WOMAN'S right to choose until the end of time.

The sixth reason is condoms. I've never heard of someone killing other people because of the availability of condoms. I've never heard of someone killing other people because of the use of condoms.

The seventh reason is Bill Clinton. Hell, why not? He's blamed for everything else under the fucking sun. Why not blame him for this? Bill and his damn blowjob!!

The eighth reason is internet pornography. Oh, those damn naked people on the Internet. They just couldn't keep their clothing on, and people just couldn't keep their computers off.

The ninth reason is free speech. I find it interesting that free speech is to blame for the massacre at Virginia Tech. Yet, the AFA is free to exercise its right to spew this bullshit, and they see nothing wrong with that.

The tenth reason is the entertainment industry. Whenever something like this happens, it's somehow always the entertainment industry's fault. Blame it on movies, video games, television, or music. Why the hell not!!

The eleventh reason is "satanic" music. Music is only satanic to Christian whacks if it's not religious music. What exactly is satanic music? Is it music that actually expresses a thought or opinion? Perhaps it's music that actually utters something other than the cloud-being, GOD. Whatever!!

The twelfth reason is liberal culture in general. Hmmm, liberal culture? Oh that's right. It's a liberal culture because most of us actually believe in the right to speak our minds instead of being brainwashed, and repeating the same old propaganda bullshit that our lying leaders attempt to shove down our throats. It's a liberal culture because most of us don't believe in beating our children. It's a liberal culture because most of us believe in peace. It's a liberal culture because most of us believe in equality for everyone. It's a liberal culture because most of us don't believe in war. It's a liberal culture because most of us believe in a woman's right to choose. It's a liberal culture because most of us believe in getting along with the rest of the world. It's a liberal culture because most of us believe in finding peaceful ways to solve problems. It's a liberal culture because most of us actually have compassion. It's a liberal culture because most of us aren't FUCKING INSANE!! Yeah, it's a liberal culture!!

Last week I was told by several people on a blog that I was not thinking rationally because I actually put most of the blame where it should be. I was told that I was "thick" because I didn't agree with the blogger. The excuses flew!! I wonder what the blogger would say about this. Oh wait, the blogger wouldn't give a damn. You see, it's just more liberal propaganda to discredit the wonderful people at The American Family Association. WRONG!!

The massacre at Virginia Tech can be attributed to the following: A man who clearly had problems managed to get his hands on weapons. He took his anger and frustration out on innocent people with the help of a GUN.

Something should be done about the American Family Association. Shut them down!! They are nothing more than opportunistic, scum-sucking bastards. How dare they suggest that everything but the real reason is to blame here. How dare they use the innocent victims and their families like this. How dare they make a mockery of what happened. They're sick, sick, sick bitches. They make me sick to even be lumped into the same category as them, an American.

Monday, April 23, 2007

What A Riot!! Bush Is Like Abe Lincoln, A Man Of Principle!!

George Bush says that he's a man of principle like Abe Lincoln. That's a riot!! Yeah, Abe Lincoln was a man of principle!! And I live on Mars.

Courtesy of The Thistle: The People's History, the following excerpt explains just what kind of a man Lincoln really was.

The most pervasive and distorted myth surrounding Abraham Lincoln is that he was the great emancipator, and the driving moral force behind the abolition of slavery. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. In recent years it has become popular to label Lincoln a racist, but, hey, if the shoe fits... Even before the Civil War, Lincoln did privately express a distaste for the institution of slavery, but he would never see the slaves as equals. A recurring theme in his policy regarding slavery was its abolition followed by the relocation of the freed slaves to Africa. The now classic examples of Lincoln’s true moral character are the speeches he gave during his 1858 Senate campaign in Illinois against Stephen Douglas. Early on in the race, while speaking in Chicago he openly expressed the idea that the country should unite under the principle that all men are created equal, but two months later, speaking in Charleston which is in southern Illinois, Lincoln said:

I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races; that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, not to intermarry with white people...

And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be a position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.

Three years later, in his first Inaugural Address Lincoln states:

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exits. I believe that I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

There are many more examples of this kind, but we have yet to examine the most misleading piece of the Lincoln myth, namely the Emancipation Proclamation . The decision to issue the Proclamation had far less to do with the abolition of slavery than it did with trying to threaten and bribe the South into returning to the Union. In September of 1862, Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation which gave the southern states four months to stop rebelling, and promised to emancipate the slaves of any state still fighting on January 1 while leaving slavery untouched in the states fighting with the Union on that date. Clearly Lincoln cared more for a quick end to the war, than for seeing the institution of slavery ended. For his day, he was probably the most “progressive” president that could actually have been elected, but to somehow elevate him above his own clearly visible bigotry and prejudice and turn him into the Great Emancipator does a disservice to the long and bloody history of slave rebellions and the abolitionist movement in this country.

Apparently Bush glossed over the actual FACTS about Lincoln, slavery, etc. He also glossed over the actual FACTS about what Lincoln really thought of blacks. If he wants to fancy himself a Lincoln, be my guest. It certainly doesn't say much about himself if he does.

Vatican Says Gay Marriage Is Evil, Abortion And Euthanasia Is Terrorism

Wow!! Those are some tough words!! And why should I care what the Vatican has to say about gay marriage, abortion, euthanasia, etc? I really don't!! I just want to comment on the ridiculous comments being made.

First of all, screw the Vatican. They can preach all they want but if you believe in God, God is the only one who can judge you. So, whatever the Vatican has to say really doesn't matter.

As far as gay marriage is concerned, I believe that gay people should have that right. They are human beings just like the rest of us, although the Catholic Church would like you to think otherwise. A prime example of that is their use of the word EVIL whenever they refer to a gay person. On the contrary, they are human beings. They eat just like heterosexuals do. They shit just like heterosexuals do. They sleep just like heterosexuals do. They talk just like heterosexuals do. They walk just like heterosexuals do. They're no different than a heterosexual person. Yet the Catholic Church and other bigots out there would have you believe that they are different, and therefore they should have fewer rights than heterosexuals.

As a heterosexual person, my sexuality isn't threatened by someone who is gay. If I were married, my marriage wouldn't be threatened if gay people were allowed to be married. My status as a human being isn't threatened if gay people are allowed the same rights that I am. I don't recall any governmental document in this country stating that all men are created equal except if you're gay, and you're entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness except if you're gay. But the Catholic Church and other bigots out there would like that to be the case, and many actually believe that to be the case.

The Vatican's second-highest ranking doctrinal official on Monday forcefully branded homosexual marriage an evil and denounced abortion and euthanasia as forms of "terrorism with a human face."

So, abortion and euthanasia are forms of terrorism with a human face? Let me ask a question. Has he ever undergone an abortion or euthanasia? If not, he's really in no position to judge. Clearly if he had undergone euthanasia he couldn't preach about the evils of it. But like I said, he's really in no position to judge.

Terrorism with a human face? Could we get a little more melodramatic there? Seriously, who is a victim of terror during an abortion? You can't exactly terrorize yourself. And a blob of cells before it's actually formed into an human being can't exactly be terrorized. A blob of cells can't live outside of the uterus, let alone a fetus that hasn't yet reached a stage of pregnancy in which it could survive if born. So to suggest that it's somehow being terrorized is just ridiculous.

"For example, abortion is called 'voluntary interruption of pregnancy' and not the killing of a defenseless human being, an abortion clinic is given a harmless, even attractive, name: 'centre for reproductive health' and euthanasia is blandly called 'death with dignity'," he said in his address.

Has he ever been to an "abortion clinic" before? Well, I would certainly hope not because if he actually went to one of these Centers For Reproductive Health, that would mean that he has committed a sin. But if he actually took the time to visit a Center For Reproductive Health, he would see that they don't just offer abortions if they even offer them at all. They actually do offer family planning, birth control, gynecological examinations, counseling, etc. Oh that's right, the Catholic Church doesn't believe in birth control, family planning, etc. After all, they're EVIL things. So, I wouldn't expect him to understand.

As far as euthanasia goes, it is death with dignity. Nobody wants to be left as a vegetable for eternity because someone else just can't let them pass away peacefully. But I wouldn't expect him to understand that. That's why there are such things as living wills. A person's wishes must be respected. If they demand that no life-saving measures are to be used or performed (this includes a ventilator, feeding tube, etc.), their wishes must be respected regardless of the moral beliefs of someone else. My family knows what my wishes are, and I know damn well that they will respect those wishes just like I will respect theirs.

Perhaps the Catholic Church should concern itself with issues such as their pedophile priests and nuns, and not private issues that are none of their business. Unless their sheep grow some balls and tell them to stay out of their business, they will continue to possess "power" that they shouldn't have.

Respect Life? That's Rich Coming From The Vatican!!

The Pope said on Sunday that "life should be respected and defended in all its phases." That's rich coming from the Vatican.

The Pope demands that life be respected and defended. Yet when a woman is pregnant and her life becomes endangered by the pregnancy, the Vatican is screaming about the fetus's rights. What about the life of the mother? Aren't we supposed to protect her life and defend her life by any means necessary? Or does the "life" of the fetus take priority over the life of the mother? I mean, who cares if she dies so long as the fetus lives? Right?

The Pope demands that life be respected and defended. Yet when it comes to someone who is gay, the Vatican preaches about the EVILS of homosexuality. Where's the respect of that person's life? Or is it perfectly acceptable to pick and choose which lives deserve to be respected and defended? Where's the Pope when it comes to denouncing the daily persecution of gays around the world? Oh that's right, he can't be bothered.

The Pope demands that life be respected and defended. Yet when an infertile couple decides to undergo IVF as a last resort to bring life into this world, they are ridiculed by the Catholic Church and can be excommunicated from the Church. The life that is brought into this world is looked upon as something almost subhuman.

The Pope demands that life be respected and defended. Yet the Pope sits on his ass and does absolutely nothing about the numerous atrocities in this world that take place on a daily basis. The only thing he does is issue a statement. Words mean absolutely nothing unless backed up with action. He preaches about Darfur. But has he himself actually done anything to help the situation there? I'm not talking about the Catholic Church or Catholic charities. I'm talking about the Pope. Has he done anything to help the people who are suffering in Darfur? No!!

The Pope demands that life be respected and defended. Yet when a child is raped and becomes pregnant, the Catholic Church demands that the child carry that fetus to term. Never mind that her life has been forever altered. Never mind that her life wasn't respected. The Catholic Church only cares about that fetus. When the child undergoes an abortion, they excommunicate the child and anyone involved in the abortion.

He has the nerve to preach about respecting and defending life? Talk about a major hypocrite. Perhaps instead of writing books about Jesus, he should be doing some major soul searching. He calls himself a child of God, but some of his opinions make him look more like a child of Satan.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sick, Sick, Sick People

As I was reading this story, I almost wanted to puke.

First of all, the NRA can take its apology, and shove it straight up its ass. Their apology shouldn't and doesn't mean a damn thing. If groups such as the NRA didn't exist, there would be far fewer guns in the hands of people in this country. Thus, the country would be a hell of a lot safer.

Larry Pratt, the director of Gun Owners of America is an absolute jackass. Instead of offering condolences (which wouldn't mean a damn thing either coming from him), he decides to take people to task for trying to ban guns in this country. He says that gun bans are the problem. Really Larry? The way I and many others see it, it's the GUN that is the damn problem you jackass!! How dare you!!

How dare he say that people shouldn't be banned from carrying guns in school. What the hell does Larry Pratt want to see? Does he want to see an all-out gun battle in the hallways of every school and college in this country? Does he want hundreds or thousands of children and young adults to die for no reason? Hey, I know!! Why not put a gun in the hands of preschoolers, and let them battle it out? Wouldn't that be great to see? After all, the preschooler would just have to say that the other kids were teasing him or her. Or, the preschooler would just have to use the excuse that he or she was defending himself or herself. It would be totally justified in the minds of those who think like Larry Pratt. I mean, how dare anyone say that you shouldn't be allowed to have a gun at school!! It's not a place to learn. If you die in school, who cares!! The only thing that matters is that nobody's right to bear arms is denied. If you become just another statistic, so be it. Right?

SICK, SICK, SICK PEOPLE. Heck, they're not even people. They're just scum!!

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Virginia's Gun Laws

The following is courtesy of MSNBC.

Virginia Gun Laws

Is there a one-handgun-per-month limit on gun sales?

Answer: Yes

Assault weapons:
Are there limitations on assault weapons and magazines?

Answer: No

Attorney general regulations:
Can the attorney general regulate guns?

Answer: No

Background check at state level:
Do state police perform a background check in addition to federal NICS check?

Answer: Yes

Ballistic fingerprinting:
Must handguns be ballistic fingerprinted prior to sale?

Answer: No

Concealed weapons limits:
May police limit carrying concealed handguns?

Answer: No

Child access prevention:
Are gun owners held accountable for leaving guns accessible to kids?

Answer: Yes

Child-safety locks:
Must locking devices be sold with guns?

Answer: No

Gun manufacturer accountability:
Do cities have authority to hold gun makers legally liable?

Answer: No

Gun show checks:
Are background checks required at gun shows?

Answer: No

Juvenile possession:
Are minors restricted from possessing guns?

Answer: Partial

Juvenile sale:
Is it illegal to sell guns to kids?

Answer: Partial

License or permit to purchase:
Is a license/permit required to buy handguns?

Answer: No

Local gun laws - preemption:
May cities enact laws stronger than the state's?

Answer: No

Record keeping:
May police maintain gun sale records?

Answer: Partial

Are all guns registered with law enforcement?

Answer: No

Safety standards:
Are there consumer safety standards on guns?

Answer: No

Safety training:
Is safety training required for handgun buyers?

Answer: No

Saturday Night Specials:
Are there limitations on 'junk' handguns?

Answer: No

School zones:
Is it illegal for concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns into schools?

Answer: Yes

Secondary sales:
Are background checks required on "private" gun sales?

Answer: No

Waiting period:
Is there a waiting period on gun sales?

Answer: No

So, what does all of this mean? It means the following:

1) People can own as many assault weapons and magazines as they damn well please. Now had the Congress not allowed the Assault Weapons ban to expire, this wouldn't be the case.

2) People don't have to wait to obtain a gun.

3) The attorney general is powerless to do anything about gun control.

4) Guns don't have to undergo ballistic fingerprinting, thus it makes it harder to match a gun to a crime. It means more work for police and forensics when it could be oh so simple.

5) Police can't limit the number of people with guns. Thus, there are more people out there with guns than should be.

6) There are no required child safety measures for guns.

7) Those who manufacture guns can't be held accountable, even if the guns that people obtain and commit crimes with are illegal in this country.

8) Anyone and everyone who wants a gun just needs to go to a gun show in order to get one because they don't have required background checks. Gee, I wonder where the criminals go to get their guns? I can't guess!!

9) Minors can possess and purchase guns to some extent. Wow, and we're supposed to be a country that protects its children? Yeah right!!

10) You can own a gun without a permit.

11) No city is allowed to create and enforce a gun law that is stricter than that of the state, even if the intention of the gun law is to prevent death or injury. Nice!!

12) Police aren't necessarily required to keep track of gun purchases. Thus, there is really no trail to follow when a gun related crime occurs.

13) You don't have to register your gun with the police. Thus, they don't give a shit whether or not you own a gun.

14) There are no safety standards to follow when purchasing a gun. Thus, once it leaves the store, they don't give a shit what happens with that gun. They don't care if you accidently kill yourself or your family. They don't care if you accidently injure yourself or your family. They don't care if you commit a crime with that gun. Oops, you're dead? Oh well!!

15) You don't have to take any gun safety classes. Thus, they don't give a shit what you do with that gun. Again, you're dead? Oh well!!

16) You can pretty much own any kind of gun there is out there, without limit.

17) You can't carry a gun onto any school property, even if you have a conceal/carry permit. Thus, the argument that if only someone at Virginia Tech had a gun on them this massacre may have been prevented doesn't hold any water. They wouldn't have been allowed to carry a gun on campus.
18) If you purchase a gun from someone else, you don't have to undergo a background check. Thus, anyone and everyone who wants to obtain a gun can just go to a "private" individual and purchase the gun.

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Ignorant People

This morning I engaged in a debate with a rather ignorant blogger. The topics were the Virginia Tech Massacre, and guns. I can't say that I'm surprised at the response that I received because it's typical of this particular blogger.

The typical response from people who think like this blogger is the following:

1) If a person kills someone with a GUN, the GUN isn't the reason that the other person is dead. The ACTIONS of the person with the gun is what's to blame.
I don't think it takes a genius to understand that if the person with the GUN didn't have the GUN then the other person most likely wouldn't be dead. But hey, why the hell should that matter?

2) You solve GUN violence by supplying people with GUNS.

Yeah, okay!! This particular blogger was advocating the right to conceal and carry a weapon. So, in other words, this blogger believes that more guns should be out there. Never mind that having more guns out there increases the chances of even an accidental death or injury from the GUN. But hey, who cares? Right?

3) Don't take away our right to have GUNS.

When the Constitution was written, there was no way in hell that they could have ever imagined the existence of semi-automatic or automatic weapons. They could have never imagined the existence of assault rifles, machine guns, etc. The Constitution doesn't give us the right to own these deadly weapons. But gun whacks don't give a damn about that. All they care about is getting their hands on a gun, and their precious Second Amendment. They don't give a damn about people dying from GUN VIOLENCE. As long as they have a gun, who gives a shit about everyone else.

Bitch, please!! I don't want to hear this blogger or any other blogger for that matter bitch and moan when they or someone they know is a victim of GUN VIOLENCE. With all of the guns out there and more yet to come, it's only a matter of time. But hey, this blogger won't blame the GUN. This blogger will blame the ACTIONS of the GUN-TOTING individual.

The Sad, Unfortunate Truth

The sad truth of the Virginia Tech Massacre is simple. The truth is that this will now go from remembering and honoring the victims, and it will become an attack on Asian people and non-citizens. Now that we know that the shooter was a permanent legal resident from South Korea, Asian people will be the subject of harassment, slander, attacks, or death. It happened after 9/11 to Muslims, Middle Eastern people, and even those who were deemed to be "foreign." Because of the actions of one person, sadly an entire group of people will now face the brunt of misguided, ignorant people.

I hope that it doesn't happen. But I know that it will. We have the nerve to say that the United States of America is the example for all of the world for what democracy and freedom is. We have the nerve to say that the United States of America is a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. Excuse me if I barf at that notion. Who would ever want to emulate us?

Virginia Tech

I will be commenting on this story in a little bit. Right now, I need to cool off because I'm so sick and tired of hearing the bastards screaming "DON'T BAN GUNS."

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blame Al For Don Imus's "Death Sentence"

That's the message that the media has been sending the entire day today. It's Al Sharpton's fault that Don Imus is out of a job. I also love the "death sentence" comment that MSNBC has been spouting for about the last two or three hours.

Cut the bullshit!! It is nobody's fault except for Don Imus that he opened his mouth to spew that vile garbage about the Rutgers women's basketball team. But make no mistake about it, he wasn't just degrading the Rutgers team. He was degrading all women. By saying what he said, he was saying that it's okay to call a woman a whore.

I'm sick and tired of hearing the sympathy for Don Imus. This asshole CHOSE to open his mouth. He CHOSE to call the players nappy-headed whores. Nobody put a shotgun to his head, and forced him to say it. And what the hell is this "bad joke" bullshit? Calling a woman a whore isn't a joke. You can't tell me that anyone who has a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, wife, girlfriend, niece, or daughter would think it's okay for a man to call them a whore. If you think it's okay you clearly have no respect for women, period.

I'm sick of hearing women defend this asshole, but I'm not surprised. They don't get it that by calling these women whores, he was calling all women whores. Apparently they enjoy being degraded. Any woman who would defend him is a sorry excuse for a woman, and I want nothing to do with them.

I'm glad that Don Imus was fired from both MSNBC and CBS. He deserved to be fired. I hope that Don Imus never gets another job. His kind of mouth doesn't belong on the airwaves ever again.

It's about time women stood up to men. It's about time women said that they're not going to take the abuse that is hurled at them on a daily basis. We're not going to allow men to call us whores or whatever else they want. We're not going to take the abuse lying down. We've done it for far too long, and we're done!! If any man ever called me a whore, a whole lot of people would be needed to hold me back because he wouldn't be leaving with his mouth intact. To borrow a famous saying, we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. If that makes us bitches, so be it. No man is ever going to call me a whore and get away with it.

Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out Imus!! I'll certainly be enjoying your "death sentence" as the media has been calling your firing. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person!!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Young Adults Are A Problem For The Catholic Church

A recent study suggests that young adults are a problem for the Catholic Church. Gee, no surprise there!!

As I was reading this story, I found one thing that was mentioned that I wanted to comment on.

"In contrast to earlier generations of young adult Catholics (born before 1960), who were taught to obey secular and religious authorities, today's young adults have been taught to think for themselves," it says.

That statement right there is the problem. If people aren't allowed to think for themselves or are taught not to think for themselves, isn't that considered brainwashing? After all, they're being told what to think and believe.

The problem with the Catholic Church is that they don't like people thinking for themselves. They expect their parishioners to follow what they say or else. What are they afraid of if people exercise their right to think for themselves?

Is it loss of money? That right there could be the biggest reason why they're against free thought. If Catholics are allowed to think for themselves, they might actually come to the conclusion that the Church's stance on certain issues are so beyond archaic it's disgusting. They may end up leaving the Church, and if they leave so does the money.

Is it fear of change? If Catholics are allowed to think for themselves, the Church may end up having to abandon its bigoted, anti-woman fantasy land that it is currently living in. They might actually have to act human for a change!!

Is it really that evil to think for yourself? I mean really, instead of pretending to be "tolerant" of people, young adults actually are accepting people regardless of who they are. Is it really that evil to be open-minded about certain issues? I don't think so, but apparently the Catholic Church does. It's no wonder the Catholic Church thinks young adults are a problem. They're not "goose-stepping" along with the rest of the flock!!

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What Can Cure 9/11 Workers? Tom Cruise Says Scientology Can!!

I wouldn't normally talk trash about someone in Hollywood, but this just takes the cake. Tom Cruise thinks he can cure sick 9/11 workers with Scientology. No, it's no joke!!

April 6, 2007 -- Scientology superstar Tom Cruise is coming here to promote his controversial "detox" project to 9/11 workers, and will host a mega-fund-raising gala for it.

Tickets for the April 19 fund-raiser, which will star Cruise and benefit the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project, run as high as $100,000 for a table for eight.

Hmm, sounds interesting!! Not!!

The downtown Manhattan clinic offers free Scientology-inspired treatments to firefighters, cops and other rescue workers exposed to high levels of toxins at Ground Zero.

The program - which had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in city funds - hasn't been endorsed by the Fire or Police departments and has been described by some experts as nothing more than medical mumbo-jumbo.

But others have embraced the regimen, which includes high doses of niacin to release fatty acids into the bloodstream, ingesting cold-pressed oil and sweating off "toxins" in a sauna set at 140 to 180 degrees for 21/2 to five hours a day, with frequent showers.

These workers don't need Scientology anything. They need MEDICAL treatment, even if that includes drugs. No amount of niacin, cold-pressed oil, saunas, or showers in the world is going to cure the ailments and diseases that these workers have. Heck, even modern medical technology and medicine can't cure it.

Mullins said he signed up out of a sense of desperation.

"I'll do anything to help my members," he said. "I've got to try to do something because no one else is doing it."

Mullins said he heard about the detox procedure from a member of his union and was impressed when he visited the clinic at 139 Fulton St. a couple of months ago.

He said he spoke to four or five firefighters and one cop suffering ailments that included breathing problems, sleepless nights and skin rashes.

"What came out of it, they were feeling much better and not utilizing their medications as much as before," Mullins said.

I completely understand the desire to do and try absolutely everything that you possibly can to help someone. But this is just insane. Of course they're not going to use their medications as much as before if at all after going through this "detox" program. I'm sure that this "detox" program teaches them that medicine is evil, and all they need is Scientology. How many of these workers are dead, or near death even after undergoing this program? That's what I want to know.

This whole thing is funded by a man who thinks that the simple answer to everything is Scientology. It's funded by a man who thinks that the cure to postpartum depression is to give the mother a vitamin, have her exercise, and all will be just peachy. Forgive me if I think he's a quack!!

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Pilot Booted From Flight For Swearing

When I first read this story, I laughed so hard that I almost pissed my pants. Are they serious? Booting a pilot for swearing?

ROMULUS, Mich. - A Northwest Airlines flight was canceled because the pilot was yelling obscenities during a cell phone conversation while people were boarding, and cursed one passenger, a federal official said Saturday.

Ooh, scary!! He was swearing into a cellphone. Man, arrest him now!!

The pilot of the Las Vegas-to-Detroit flight was apparently in a heated cell phone conversation in the cockpit, then went into a lavatory, locked the door and continued the conversation, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said Saturday.

"Passengers who were boarding the aircraft could hear his end of it," Gregor said.

Las Vegas police were sent Friday to McCarran International Airport to investigate, Gregor said. Authorities were told that the pilot cursed one passenger who confronted him, Gregor said.

A passenger confronted the pilot over swearing? Please!! That kind of reminds me of one time when I was younger. My brother had a friend "Jake" staying over at our house. Our family and "Jake" all went out to dinner. While we were in the car, my dad started swearing. It was nothing too drastic. He said something and then said damn it. "Jake" looked at my dad and said, "Mr. Blank, could you please not swear? It's against my religion to hear swearing." That was the funniest thing I've ever heard. Trust me when I say that it wasn't the first time nor the last time that "Jake" was exposed to swearing.

So, what was the passenger's beef here with the pilot? Was it also against his religion to hear swearing? Or maybe there were women and children on the flight, and he wanted to "protect" them from the same language they hear every single day.

Gregor said Northwest removed the pilot from the aircraft and returned him to his home base in Detroit for an investigation. He said it was up to Northwest to determine what would happen to the pilot.

Eagan, Minn.-based Northwest issued an apology to passengers and said the incident was under review.

What are the charges that he may face? It's not against the law to swear. Oh I know, perhaps they'll charge him with terrorism. After all, one of those swear words could have been a code word for something sinister. Quick, what race was the pilot? If he was white, nothing will happen. If he was black or hispanic, he'll be fired. And if he was of a Middle Eastern nationality, he'll be on the next flight to Gitmo.

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Ms. Perino Is Delusional!!

I think I've finally heard it all when it comes to Iraq. Now, the spokesbitch for the White House says this.

"The United States and Saudi Arabia have a close and cooperative relationship on a wide range of issues," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said. "And when it comes to the coalition forces being in Iraq, we are there under the U.N. Security Council resolutions and at the invitation of the Iraqi people."

Really Ms. Perino? We're in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi people? What fucking planet do you live on? We're not in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi people. In case you forgot you stupid bitch, let me refresh your memory on how this all went down.

Colin Powell appeared in front of the UN Security Council, and lied. He lied about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. He lied about Iraq moving and hiding their weapons of mass destruction. As we now know and anyone with a brain knew when Powell gave his speech, IRAQ NEVER HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. That was the original reason given for why the United States went to war in Iraq.

So you see Ms. Perino, it is YOUR government that lied this country into a war. It is YOUR government that has MURDERED over 600,000 innocent Iraqi people. It is YOUR government that has tortured and continues to torture people. Ms. Perino, YOUR government did this, not the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people didn't invite the United States to invade their country. The Iraqi people want the United States to get the hell out of their country. They're not throwing flowers at the military, and showering them with praise. They're killing the military. And she has the balls to call that an invitation? Ms. Perino is fucking delusional!!

When someone invites you into their country, it's not an invitation to bomb the hell out of it. It's not an invitation to MURDER 600,000 plus citizens of the country. It's not an invitation to overthrow their government. It's not an invitation to torture their people. It's not an invitation to do whatever the hell you please whenever the hell you please. For the record Ms. Perino, the IRAQI PEOPLE NEVER INVITED THE UNITED STATES INTO IRAQ. THE UNITED STATES HAVE ENGAGED AND ARE ENGAGING IN AN ILLEGAL, IMMORAL WAR. THE UNITED STATES HAS VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW. THEY'VE VIOLATED THE GENEVA CONVENTION. AND THE SAUDI KING IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT IN POINTING THAT OUT. IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME SOMEONE DID BECAUSE IT'S BEEN LONG OVERDUE.
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