Tuesday, January 31, 2006

House of Representatives Vote Against Children and Mentally Ill

The House of Representatives is expected to vote, February 1, on an ill-conceived budget reconciliation bill. The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) warns that, if passed, this measure will irreparably tear apart the only safety net for millions of Americans.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) advised congressional leaders late last week of the devastating impact of the bill’s Medicaid cuts. Acknowledging that the human impact could be far deeper, CBO projected that:

* 75% of the bill’s Medicaid cuts would harm beneficiaries.

* Beneficiaries will carry billions in savings through lost benefits, increasing from roughly 900,000 enrollees sustaining such loss in 2010 to an estimated 1.6 million in 2015.

* Most of the reductions in benefits would be for services such as dental, vision, and mental health.

* Billions in savings will be achieved by reducing the number of Americans covered by Medicaid and increasing the barriers to coverage.

* 60% of those losing coverage will be children.

* 13 million people (including 4.5 million children) will face higher cost sharing to access health care).

* 80% of the savings (more than $5.5 billion) from higher cost-sharing would be realized from people foregoing needed services or medications because of increased out-of-pocket costs.

* Thousands would lose coverage altogether because of new requirements to pay premiums, climbing to a high of 65,000 losing coverage in 2015.

Without treatments and services, many adults with mental illness face homelessness, incarceration, serious health problems, substance abuse and even suicide. For children, loss of coverage and barriers to treatment and early evaluation may lead to a downward spiral of school failure, poor employment opportunities, and poverty in adulthood. Any “ savings” this legislation might produce will be overtaken by people becoming sicker, resulting in increased costs to taxpayers and communities in emergency-care services, homelessness, penal and juvenile-justice facilities, and even loss of life.

These cuts are being made so that George Bush can fund his tax giveaways to the rich. Let's vote these creeps out in 2006.

Will Serenity Fly Again?

Ace Underhill (no, really), an entrepreneur is trying to acquire the rights to the Firefly/Serenity franchise for purposes of mounting a second season to be distributed in alternative media.

Underhill told SCI FI Wire that he has contacted Firefly creator Joss Whedon's representatives about starting up a new season of Firefly, which the Fox broadcast network canceled after a single season in 2003.

Underhill said in an interview: "If he contacts me and says, 'Hey, we're not interested in Firefly anymore' then I will abandon the project, and essentially it's over at that point. I'm not looking to create a cheap knockoff of the series without Joss' input. So that's not going to happen. ... If he's not going to be involved, then there is no project. There's no point."

Underhill added that he has contacted members of the Firefly/Serenity cast and had received a few rate quotes from agents, but he declined to say who. He acknowledged that he had not yet heard from Firefly/Serenity star Nathan Fillion.

I own all of the TV episodes and the theatrical film on DVD and I absolutely love this show. It's completely unique and truly fits the description "space western". It has humor, action, drama, cool weopons and horses. No series has warranted this kind of grassroots support since "Star Trek". If you haven't seen it yet, rent or buy it immediately.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Too Much Time on Their Hands Department

Japanese Scientists Identify Ear Wax Gene

Earwax may not play a prominent part in human history but at least a small role for it has now been found by a team of Japanese researchers. Earwax comes in two types, wet and dry. The wet form predominates in Africa and Europe and the dry form among East Asians, while populations of Southern and Central Asia are roughly half and half. By comparing the DNA of Japanese with each type, the researchers were able to identify the gene that controls which type a person has, they report in the Monday issue of Nature Genetics.

They write that earwax type and armpit odor are correlated, since populations with dry earwax tend to sweat less and have little or no body odor, whereas the wet earwax populations sweat more and so may have greater body odor.

This could open up a whole Pandora's box of discrimination and harassment:

1. Children devising new ways to torment each other - "oh yeah? your momma has wet ear wax!".

2. New rifts between parents and daughters - "you cannot marry that wet ear wax boy...he's not our kind. What kind of children would you have? Semi-moist ear wax kids?"

3. "Oh no, a wet ear wax family is moving next door. There goes the neighborhood."

4. Illegal immigrants would become known as "wet wax".

5. People with wet ear wax might be forced to sit in the back of the bus, drink from separate fountains or be forced to live in separate housing "earmarked" for them.

No matter what their differences are, the dry and wet ear wax people have one thing in common:

They both hate the hairy ear people.

Robot Pours Chilled Beer for Thirsty Humans

Japanese beer maker Asahi plans to give away 5,000 personal bartending robots, each of which can store up to six cans of beer in a refrigerated compartment within its belly. At the push of a button the simple robots will open a can and pour the chilled contents into a glass for a thirsty owner.

Hmm...it's the right height. If only it had a flat head and no teeth.

From Little Acorns...

Jack Abramoff ran for student council president at Hawthorne High School in Beverly Hills in 1972.

Abramoff got disqualified for exceeding the school's campaign spending limits. He gave out free hot dogs at a party.

George Bush is using this as the basis for a new federal program called "No Bribe Left Behind".

Friday, January 27, 2006

Rechargeable Batteries Using Urine

Physicists in Singapore have developed a battery that can be powered by human urine. A team at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology developed a paper battery which is designed to be cheap to produce, and use urine as its power charge source.

Imagine the uses: recharge your cellphone, mp3 player, digital camera and more just by pissing on them.

Recharge your hearing aid by having a friend piss in your ear.

During the Christmas season when you need batteries for your kids toys -- tell them to piss off!

Perhaps there'd be a new size battery - the P battery.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

People Say the Darnedest Things

"Look, it's hard for me to say I didn't have pictures with the guy when I did. And the man contributed to my campaigns...and this needs to be cleared up so the people have confidence in the system."

George Bush when asked about Jack Abramoff at press conference
January 26, 2006

Like A Virgin?

This is a photograph of:
a. Michael Jackson on a good day
b. Faye Dunaway sucking a lemon
c. An Orc from Lord of the Rings
d. Nosferatu
e. Madonna

(the answer is "e" - be afraid, be very afraid)

Google - Shame on You

Google will be called to task in Washington on February 16 following the decision by the internet search engine to launch a China-based version of its website that will censor results. This represents the first sign of what could become a serious backlash against Google and other internet companies in Washington perceived as capitulating to the Chinese government.

Google is accused of collaborating with persecutors who imprison and torture Chinese citizens.

The two founders of Google are worth 7.2 billion dollars each and sales last year approached 4 billion dollars.

The Google corporate slogan is "You can make money without doing evil". Maybe they should add "but you can make more the other way".

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Holy Smokes!

An Orthodox priest has been arrested by police in Bulgaria for selling cannabis joints to parishioners.

The drugs were allegedly offered by Father Kiril Papudov, said to be the most popular of the priests working around the villages of Kladenci and Borovichene.

He was caught by undercover drug squad officers who say they found 128oz of high quality cannabis in the his home.

Father Papudov gives new meaning to "Angels We Have Heard On High".

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Buttafuocos and Amy Fisher Plan TV Reunion

More than a decade after 16-year-old Amy Fisher had a sexual relationship with a much-older car mechanic and then shot his wife in the face, the one-time "Long Island Lolita" and Joey and Mary Jo Buttafuoco have agreed to appear together in a televised reunion performing such hits as "Bang, bang...she shot me down", "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" and "Can't Get It Out of My Head".

"It's time to just put it behind us," said Fisher, now 31, "We played this all out in a public eye. It'd be interesting to let the public see the healing process at the end. They saw everything else — why not let them see the final product?"

The final product? Don't we already know the final product? Amy got out of prison complete with the skills necessary for a successful career as a corrections officer in a womens prison complete with an ample stock of cigarettes and chocolate. Joey Buttafuoco, who has remarried, was sentenced in 2004 to a year in jail and five years' probation after pleading guilty to felony insurance fraud. In 2005, he pleaded not guilty to charges that he violated probation by possessing ammunition. In other words, a model citizen.

And Mary Jo's head still sets off metal detectors.

Fisher spent seven years in prison. Joey Buttafuoco, who was jailed for statutory rape following the 1992 shooting, said he planned to ask Fisher to explain her actions. "I've been asked about a million times by Mary Jo, 'Why did Amy shoot me?' I was never able to get that answer," said Buttafuoco, now 49.

Joey, the answer is one of the following choices:

a. Amy wanted to buy the house next door and needed to reduce the property value quickly.
b. Amy was conducting a study of 9-1-1 response times.
c. Mary Jo, after denying Amy's request to borrow a cup of sugar, said "what are you gonna do...shoot me?"
d. Joey wanted Mary Jo dead and manipulated young Amy to do the deed for him."

The really sad part of this is that this motley crew gets a television special but The West Wing gets cancelled. Normally I wouldn't watch this kind of tripe but I'll watch it in the name of journalistic integrity. I guess I'll make room on my Tivo for this...but I'll delete it after 2 or 3 viewings.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Setting the Record Striaght

Deborah Howell of the Washington Post recently wrote a column that implied that Jack Abramoff gave money to both Democrats and republicans. Here she sets the record straight with the real truth:

"I wrote that he gave campaign money to both parties and their members of Congress. He didn't. I should have said he directed his client Indian tribes to make campaign contributions to members of Congress from both parties."

"My mistake set off a firestorm. I heard that I was lying, that Democrats never got a penny of Abramoff-tainted money, that I was trying to say it was a bipartisan scandal, as some Republicans claim. I didn't say that. It's not a bipartisan scandal; it's a Republican scandal, and that's why the Republicans are scurrying around trying to enact lobbying reforms."

The Daily Kos takes the analysis of the situation one step further:
"George W. Bush calls indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff "an equal money dispenser'' who helped politicians of both parties. Campaign donation records show Republicans were a lot more equal than Democrats. Between 2001 and 2004, Abramoff gave more than $127,000 to Republican candidates and committees and nothing to Democrats, federal records show. At the same time, his Indian clients were the only ones among the top 10 tribal donors in the U.S. to donate more money to Republicans than Democrats. . . . Of the top 10 political donors among Indian tribes in that period, three are former clients of Abramoff and Scanlon: the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California. All three gave most of their donations to Republicans -- by margins of 30 percentage points or more -- while the rest favored Democrats. . . . Abramoff's tribal clients continued to give money to Democrats even after he began representing them, although in smaller percentages than in the past. The Saginaw Chippewas gave $500,500 to Republicans between 2001 and 2004 and $277,210 to Democrats, according to a review of data compiled by Dwight L. Morris & Associates, a Bristow, Virginia-based company that tracks campaign-finance reports."
Jack Abramoff pushed his Indian tribe clients AWAY from Democrats and TO republicans. That is, Abramoff DIRECTED his Indian tribe clients to give LESS or NOT AT ALL to Democrats and to give MORE OR ALL of their contributions to Republicans.

Even George Bush can understand that.

A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan has said that Jack Abramoff might have attended large gatherings with George Bush but added, “The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him.”


The President's memory may soon be unhappily refreshed. TIME magazine has seen five photographs of Abramoff and the President that suggest a level of contact between them that Bush's aides have downplayed. The fear of the Bush team is that a picture of the President with the admitted felon could become proof of direct presidential involvement in a burgeoning corruption scandal.

In one shot that TIME saw, Bush appears with Abramoff and Raul Garza Sr., a Texan Abramoff represented who was then chairman of the Kickapoo Indians, which owned a casino in southern Texas. Another photo shows Bush shaking hands with Abramoff in front of a window. The shot bears Bush's signature. Three other photos are of Bush, Abramoff and, in each view, one of the lobbyist's sons. A sixth picture shows several Abramoff children with Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is now pushing to tighten lobbying laws after declining to do so last year when the scandal was in its early stages.

Michael Scanlon, who is Abramoff's former partner and has pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a Congressman, told the New Times that Abramoff had "a relationship" with the President. "He doesn't have a bat phone or anything, but if he wanted an appointment, he would have one," Scanlon said.

Smile, George..........you're on Candid Camera!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

George Bush's Medicare Take High Toll on Mentally Ill

On the seventh day of George Bush's new Medicare drug benefit, Stephen Starnes began hearing voices again, and he started to beg for the medications he had been taking for 10 years. But his pharmacy could not get approval from his Medicare drug plan, so Mr. Starnes was forced to be admitted to a hospital for treatment of paranoid schizophrenia. Mr. Starnes, 49, lives in Dayspring Village, an assisted living center for people with mental illness. When he gets his medications, he is stable.
Mix-ups in the first weeks of the Medicare drug benefit have vexed many beneficiaries and pharmacists. Dr. Steven S. Sharfstein, president of the American Psychiatric Association, said the transition from Medicaid to Medicare had had a particularly severe impact on low-income patients with serious, persistent mental illnesses.
"Relapse, rehospitalization and disruption of essential treatment are some of the consequences," Dr. Sharfstein said.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Six Ex-EPA Chiefs Blame Bush in Global Warming

Six former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency — five Republicans and one Democrat — accused the Bush administration Wednesday of neglecting global warming and other environmental problems. Some quotes:

"I don't think there's a commitment in this administration."

"Slowing the growth of greenhouse gases isn't enough."

"We need leadership, and I don't think we're getting it. To sit back and just push it away and say we'll deal with it sometime down the road is dishonest to the people and self-destructive."

"If the United States doesn't deal with those kinds of issues in a leadership role, they're not going to get dealt with. So I'm very concerned about this country and this agency."

"You'd need to be in a hole somewhere to think that the amount of change that we have imposed on land, and the way we've handled deforestation, farming practices, development, and what we're putting into the air, isn't exacerbating what is probably a natural trend. But this is worse, and it's getting worse."

"Agency heads during five Republican administrations, including the current one, criticized the Bush White House for what they described as a failure of leadership."

"President Bush has rejected mandatory controls on carbon dioxide, the chief gas blamed for trapping heat in the atmosphere like a greenhouse. Bush also kept the United States out of the Kyoto international treaty to reduce greenhouse gases globally, saying it would harm the U.S. economy, after many of the accord's terms were negotiated by the Clinton administration."

Impeaching George Bush would be the first major step in improving waste management.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

William Shatner sells kidney stone

An online casino has a piece of Capt. Kirk. Actor William Shatner has sold his kidney stone for $25,000, with the money going to a housing charity, it was announced Tuesday.

"This takes organ donors to a new height, to a new low, maybe. How much is a piece of me worth?" he said in a telephone interview.

GoldenPalace.com is noted for its collection of oddities, which includes a partially eaten cheese sandwich thought to contain the image of the Virgin Mary.

The money will go to Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for the needy. "This would be the first Habitat for Humanity house built out of stone," joked Darren Julien, president of Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions, which handled the sale.

Shatner, who played Kirk on the original Star Trek TV show and won the Emmy for his role on Boston Legal, passed the stone last fall.

Yeah I know, but we all have to lighten up once in a while.

ACLU Sues to Stop Illegal Spying on Americans, Saying President Is Not Above the Law

Saying that the Bush administration’s illegal spying on Americans must end, the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency seeking to stop a secret electronic surveillance program that has been in place since shortly after September 11, 2001.

“President Bush may believe he can authorize spying on Americans without judicial or Congressional approval, but this program is illegal and we intend to put a stop to it,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero.

ACLU Associate Legal Director Ann Beeson said “President Bush's claim that he is not bound by the law is simply astounding. Our democratic system depends on the rule of law, and not even the president can issue illegal orders that violate Constitutional principles.”

President Bush signed an order in 2002 allowing the NSA to monitor the telephone and e-mail communications of "hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States" with persons abroad, without a court order as the law requires.

In the legal complaint filed, the ACLU said the spying program violates Americans’ rights to free speech and privacy under the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution. The ACLU also charged that the program violates the Constitution because President Bush exceeded his authority under separation of powers principles.

Mr. Bush shouldn't worry because they don't usually enforce the death penalty for individuals of diminished capacity.

Center for Constitutional Rights Files Suit over NSA Domestic Spying Program

In New York, on January 17, 2006, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit against President George W. Bush, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and the heads of the other major security agencies, challenging the NSA’s surveillance of persons within the United States without judicial approval or statutory authorization.

As has been widely reported, for over four years the NSA, with the approval of the president, has engaged in a program of widespread warrantless electronic surveillance of telephone calls and emails in violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The suit argues that the NSA Surveillance Program violates a clear criminal law, exceeds the president's authority under Article II of the Constitution, and violates the First and Fourth Amendments. As a result, the President violated his oath of office to take care that the laws of this nation are faithfully executed, and instead secretly violated a criminal prohibition duly enacted by Congress.

CCR Legal Director Bill Goodman said, "On this, the day following Martin Luther King Day, we are saddened that the illegal electronic surveillance that once targeted that great American has again become characteristic of our present government. As was the case with Dr. King, this illegal activity is cloaked in the guise of national security. In reality, it reflects an attempt by the Bush Administration to exercise unchecked power without the inconvenient interference of the other co-equal branches of government."

Enough said...

Army Forces Soldiers in Iraq to Shed Body Armor or Lose Their Life Insurance Benefits

Here's one beyond belief.

Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor. The soldiers reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The soldiers were ordered to leave their privately purchased body armor at home or face the possibility of both losing their life insurance benefit and facing disciplinary action.

Recently Dragon Skin became an item of contention between proponents of the Interceptor OTV body armor generally issued to all service members deploying in combat theaters and its growing legion of critics. Critics of the Interceptor OTV system say it is ineffective and inferior to Dragon Skin, as well as several other commercially available body armor systems on the market.

Last week DefenseWatch released a secret Marine Corps report that determined that 80% of the 401 Marines killed in Iraq between April 2004 and June 2005 might have been saved if the Interceptor OTV body armor they were wearing was more effective. The Army has declined to comment on the report because doing so could aid the enemy, an Army spokesman has repeatedly said.

Another soldier's story was corroborated by his mother, who helped defray the $6,000 cost of buying the Dragon Skin, she said. The mother of the soldier said she helped pay for the Dragon Skin as a Christmas present because her son told her it was "so much better" than the Interceptor OTV they expected to be issued when arriving in country for a combat tour."He didn't want to use that other stuff," she said. "He told me that if anything happened to him I am supposed to raise hell."

Currently nine U.S. generals stationed in Afghanistan are reportedly wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin body armor.

I wonder if these generals are going to lose their life insurance benefits? What do you think?

How does Mr. Bush sign all those tax cuts for his rich friends with all that blood on his hands?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Impeachment of George W. Bush

Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman served four terms in Congress, where she played a key role in the House impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon. In this article from the January 30, 2006 edition of The Nation, this proven expert on the subject outlines the many reasons why the impeachment of George Bush is justified.

"Finally, it has started. People have begun to speak of impeaching President George W. Bush--not in hushed whispers but openly, in newspapers, on the Internet, in ordinary conversations and even in Congress."

"Like many others, I have been deeply troubled by Bush's breathtaking scorn for our international treaty obligations under the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions. I have also been disturbed by the torture scandals and the violations of US criminal laws at the highest levels of our government they may entail."

"As a matter of constitutional law, these and other misdeeds constitute grounds for the impeachment of President Bush. A President, any President, who maintains that he is above the law--and repeatedly violates the law--thereby commits high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional standard for impeachment and removal from office."

"No President can be permitted to commit high crimes and misdemeanors with impunity."

Now if only George Bush would get oral sex in the oval office, it would be a slam dunk.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Compare the Levees...

A picture can be worth a thousand words... a comparison of levees from around the world... will rather shock you...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Now That's What I Call Intelligent Design

A space capsule bearing comet and star dust successfully made a parachute landing in the Utah desert before dawn today, completing a seven-year journey of almost three billion miles that could provide clues to the formation of the solar system. The 100-pound sample container from the Stardust spacecraft landed at the Air Force's Utah Test and Training range, southwest of Salt Lake City, at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time.

After its launching in 1999, Stardust circled the sun three times and even flew by Earth in 2001 for a gravity boost to rendezvous with comet Wild 2 near Jupiter. The spacecraft came within 149 miles of the comet on Jan. 2, 2004, extended a collector filled with a material called aerogel. This low-density silicon material, called "glass smoke" because it is composed of 99.8 percent air, gently slowed and trapped particles without significantly altering or damaging them.

Scientists believe about a million samples of comet and interstellar dust, most of them less than one-tenth the width of a human hair, are locked inside the capsule. Researchers around the world are awaiting the samples, hoping they will provide clues to the origin of the planets and other bodies in the solar system.

The grains are believed to be pristine remains of the birth of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago. Studying comets not only provides clues to how the solar system was formed but could also help explain how certain materials and conditions combined to form life, researchers said.

This is the only "intelligent design" that should be taught in our schools.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Dr. Ira B. Black, 64, Leader in New Jersey Stem Cell Effort, Dies

Dr. Ira B. Black, a neuroscientist and brain researcher who became an early advocate for stem cell research and a founder of the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 64.

Dr. Black argued forcefully that medicine would gain from laboratory research involving stem cells taken from tissue and human embryos. He said the cells derived from embryos, while controversial, could constitute "the gold standard" in repairing damaged nerve cells and developing therapies to treat Alzheimer's disease, cancer and other ailments.

In 2000, Dr. Black and others reported that they had succeeded in forming cells similar to neurons from stem cells taken from the bone marrow of humans and rats. The experiment did not use cells derived from embryos, whose destruction in other types of stem cell research has angered abortion opponents.

Dr. Black and others later transplanted the newly formed cells into the spinal cords and brains of laboratory rats and found that both the cells and the rats survived without ill effects.

As an administrator, Dr. Black expressed impatience with the scarcity of public financing for stem cell research and the seeming cross-purposes of federal and state legislation intended to control or encourage it. This month, New Jersey legislators decided to postpone proposals that would have provided about $600 million in state sponsorship for stem cell research.

"We hope we'll get patients out of bed and out of wheelchairs," he said in an interview in July, "and that's one of the reasons it's particularly frustrating to have a federal stance that inhibits this progress."

Dr. Black devoted his life to improving the human condition and George Bush is devoted to destroying it. If God has a sense of humor, I don't get the joke.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

It's the Size That Counts

Things I'd rather do than clothes shopping:

Do my income taxes
Talk to an insurance salesman
Go to the dentist
Visit my proctologist
Try to convince my relatives that George Bush is the devil

I went clothes shopping with my wife and 10 year old son last weekend. Let me preface this by saying we were actually going to buy shoes and a sweater for me. Here's how it went down:

2:00 pm - I returned some gloves and bought a new shirt at Sears.

2:15 pm - Passed by the women's department after failing in my attempt to convince my wife that leaving the store via the paint department, outside to the garden department and back in through automotive was a short cut.

2:20 pm - Wife says "I just want to look for pants. It won't take long." My son and I look at each other - the terror in our faces is now becoming apparent.

3:00 pm - Wife can't find anything. She says "let's go".

Friday, January 06, 2006

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty retailer!"

Wal-Mart stirred outrage yesterday when its Web site suggested that shoppers who wanted to buy a "Planet of the Apes" DVD - a cult classic in which the Earth is ruled by gorillas - were routed to four movies about Martin Luther King Jr., actress Dorothy Dandridge, boxer Jack Johnson and singer Tina Turner.

When visitors to Walmart.com plug in the name of a movie they want, the site also pulls up the name of several other "similar items" they might like.

"It's outrageous. I've never heard of anything like that," the Rev. Al Sharpton said when he was told of the pairings. "They need to straighten it out, and if they do not clarify what happened, we need to take some action."

Wal-Mart said the culprit is a "mapping" program that selects alternate recommendations for each of the thousands of movies it sells online. The process "does not work correctly and at this point is mapping seemingly random combinations of titles," Williams said.

Random? One bad choice is random. Four bad choices is racist.

I checked out Walmart.com and entered the DVD of Woody Allen's "Take the Money and Run" and received the following "suggestions":

"Schindler's List"
"The Merchant of Venice"
"Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream"

On second thought, I take back what I said. Apparently, the system does work.

Robertson Links Stroke to Wrath of God

Christian con artist, broadcaster and spawn of Satan Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for "dividing God's land."

"God considers this land to be his," Robertson said on his TV confidence game show "The 700 Club." "You read the Bible and he says `This is my land,' and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.'"

Sharon, who ordered Israel's withdrawal from Gaza last year, suffered a severe stroke on Wednesday.

This is yet another example of how the religious right wackos can sin in the name of the lord. Sharon ordered the Israeli pullout from Gaza and was working towards peace in the middle east and this disrupts Robertson's agenda. Pat Robertson's anti-Israel stance is in keeping with his anti-anything-not-christian beliefs. He wants to see the middle east Muslim countries destroy Israel then have his buddy George Bush destroy what's left of the middle east.

Only then can Pat spread his demented views on those poor people. After all, look at how much good it's done for our country.

Won't Pat be surprised when he sees the fiery hell God has in store for him. It's easy to mislead the average shmoe but the Lord is not so easy to dupe.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Was the Universe "Intelligently Designed" ... by Satan?

"Consider the evidence: Diseases. Torture. Sadness. Pat Robertson. The overwhelming destructive force of antimatter. Michael Bolton's remake of "When A Man Loves A Woman." Yeah, that's right. The evidence of a Devil-Creator is all around us, staring us in the face with its baleful eyes. Do we dare look away?"

This is a great article by . Anyone who equates Michael Bolton with Satan is ok in my book.