Line Between Pat Robertson and G-d Grown Cold?

One thing about Pat Robertson that makes him so memorable (besides an amazing ability leg press a ton) is his supposed direct line to God.  I mean, G-d supposedly tells him when hurricanes are coming, and also supposedly listens to his prayers to avert hurriances.  Apparently, Pat and G-d are pretty good buddies.  You can understand the surprise, then, that G-d didn’t let his best friend in on His secret to crash a plane owned by Robertson and kill the two pilots.  Maybe they had an argument and aren’t on speaking terms anymore?

Music Piracy Garners More Jail Time Than Child Pornography

This made my jaw drop:  downloading music illegally can get a person a maximum sentence of ten years in jail, but the maximum for downloading child pornography is only seven.  What a disparity.  Of course, in actual practice a judge is more likely to give a paedophile a longer sentence, but the fact that on the books, at least, the former is punished more harshly is a bit perplexing.  And wiretapping?  Better watch out for those crafty college kids swiping music!  They’ll be the downfall of the country, they will! (please note, I am not defending illegal activities, merely stating astonishment at how such a “victimless crime” is treated in compared to very real threats.)

It appears that the DMCA will have a maximum sentence of ten years inside for the crime of software and music piracy. It will also give the FBI the powers to wiretap suspected pirates.
Although sentencing varies in the US, the new law does send a very strange message as to what the government considers ‘bad’ in the 21st century.

For example assaulting a police officer will get you five years, downloading child porn will get you seven years, assaulting without a weapon will get you ten years and aggravated assault six years.

So in other words if you copy a Disney CD and sell it you will be in the same league as a paedophile who is distributing pictures of sexual attacks on children.

[Editor’s Note: Not sure why, but something in this entry is screwing with the CSS for the comments page so leaving comments on it will be difficult until I can figure out what the hell the problem is.]

Karma is a Bitch

WARNING:  links to somewhat graphic video.  No blood or guts, but a definite cringe moment.

Shit happens; it’s a sad part of life.  Sometimes things go wrong, and no one is at fault.  More often than not, however, shit happens because of some idiot.  Few things piss me off more than when a person is negatively affected due to the stupidity, inconsideration, or incomptence of another person.  I stumbled across this video of some arsehole trying to push a guy off his bike.  Man, did that attempt backfire big time.  It backfired so bad, I almost feel sorry for the poor jerk.  Actually, I think I do feel the ever so slightest stirring of sympathy and pity.  I’m all for the whole “do the crime, do the time” thing on the Karmic level (even though I don’t actually believe in Karma), but this seems so much worse than what the idiot would have inflicted on the innocent biker.  Maybe the Wiccans got it right with the three fold law, because this guy got at least 3 times the Karmic ass whoopin’ than what he invested in.

[Editor’s Note: I’ve moved the video into the extended section as it starts playing as soon as it finishes loading and could be disruptive if you’re at work.]

This video or more Video Codes at Myzine.org

Hmmm…think he qualified for a Darwin Award after that?  After seeing the video a few more times, my pity sorta evaoporates and I can’t stop laughing.  Yeah, I’m a bitch. 

PWN3D!

The Uncommoness of Common Sense

In our everyday lives we sometimes run into stupid people.  Some stupid people are helpful, at least, in that in their stupidity they manage to remove themselves from the gene pool a la the Darwin Awards (though oftentimes not before breeding, unfortunately).  Some stupid people, however, don’t quite manage to erase themselves from the human population, but the depths of their intellectual deficiency is such that we are sorely tempted to do this for them.  Morons like this guy in Minnesota, who gave a con artist nearly $70k for…wait for it…a magic potion which would change plain paper into money.  Ok, let’s just temporarily ignore the fact that such a feat is impossible and even momentarily entertaining the idea is FUCKING RETARDED

.  Let’s just ask some common sense questions, like “Wow Mr. Swindler, if you have this magical potion that enables you to produce all the money you want, why would you even bother charging me $70,000?  Surely you can make this much money yourself.”  Oh, but it gets better:  the “magical” potion turned out to be nothing more than plain water!

I am against exploitation, especially of vulnerable members of society such as the elderly or feeble-minded.  For this case, however, I am willing to make an exception; not only did this guy deserve to be exploited, but he should also either be locked in prison for life or castrated, so that he can never produce children and run the risk of passing on those idiot genes to posterity.  Consider it chlorine for the gene pool.

MC Hawking

My boyfriend Sean recently turned me into a big fan of MC Hawking, a fictional rap group that pays tribute to genius Steven Hawking and all things scientific.  The music is a hilarious combination of old school hip hop beats and a synthetic/computerized voice (reminiscent of the voice computer Hawking uses) spewing out witty pro-science lyrics.  Ken Leavitt-Lawrence made an animated music video for one of the songs on MC Hawking’s latests album “A Brief History of Rhyme”, called “What we need more of is science”.  The video is pretty funny, as are the lyrics.  I find the “Fuck the Creationist” song the best by far, however.  Warning for vulgar language and possible offensive content!

Some choice rhymes include:

Fuck the damn creationists, those bunch of dumb-ass bitches,
every time I think of them my trigger finger itches.
They want to have their bullshit, taught in public class,
Stephen J. Gould should put his foot right up their ass.

And:

The cosmos is expanding every second, every day,
but their minds are shrinking as they close their eyes and pray.
They call their bullshit science like the word could give them cred,
if them bitches be scientists then cap me in the head.

If you like the video, I urge you to buy an MC Hawking CD (or two or three)!  At the very least, check out the website grin

Only the Lives of the Rich Matter; The Lives of the Poor Are Worthless

At least, that what this asshat Neil Boortz believes.  On his radio talk show, Boortz was discussing news that New York’s wealthy and elite may have been informed of a possible terror attack on the subway system days before the average citizen.  His verdict:  “This is as it should be”.  So, if the government knows there is a very good possibility that people will get blown to smitherines in a subway, instead of sending out a general alert, they should first tell all the rich people (even though they probably don’t take the subway), and then wait a few days to tell everyone else.  After all, if they’re not rich, who cares if they die?  Don’t get me wrong:  I’m not against the wealthy—I plan on being quite wealthy myself in the near future—nor am I taking one thing some guy said and blowing it out of proportion.  This isn’t because of his political affiliation either (Libertarian), as I once used to align with the Libertarian party and still have strong Libertarian leanings.  Below is the actual quote of what Boortz said, with a link to the complete audio segment, so you can hear his comments in context. 

Now, the Daily News in New York has a headline: “Rich got terror tip.” Rich got terror tip. OK, let’s get logical about this, folks. Let’s play logic with this. This is as it should be. OK? If we
are faced with disaster in this country—let me ask you this, OK? You just be logical. Get all of the emotion out of this. Get all of the emotion out of this. But if we are faced with a disaster in this country, which group do we want to save? The rich or the poor? Now, if you have time, save as many people as you can. But if you have to set some priorities, where do you go? The rich or the poor? OK? Who is a
drag on society? The rich or the poor? Who provide the jobs out there? The rich or the poor? Who fuels—you know, which group fuels our economy? Drives industry? The rich or the poor? Now if you—all of a sudden, somebody walks up to you and says, “Hey, Boortz listener. You’re gonna have a—you have to make a choice. You’re going to—we’re gonna move you to another country. And you’re just gonna have to make your way in this other country. We have a choice of two countries for you. In this country, people achieve a lot and they are wealthy because of their hard work. In this country, people don’t achieve squat. They sit around all the time waiting for somebody else to take care of them. They have children they can’t afford. They’re uneducated. They can barely read. And the high point of their day is Entertainment Tonighton TV. Which country do you want to live in? The country of the high achievers, or the country of sheep, the country of followers?” You know what you’re gonna do. I don’t see what the big problem is. I just don’t. I mean, if you—who do I want to save first? The rich. Save the poor first. Then, when every thing’s over, where are you gonna go for a job? OK, hey, if I get a tin cup, can I sit next to you and sell pencils too?

I’m serious about that, folks. You see, that’s the kind of thing that’s going to end up in news stories: “Neal Boortz said that in times of disaster we should save the rich people first.” Well, hell, yes, we should save the rich people first. You know, they’re the ones that are responsible for this prosperity. I mean, you go out there and you look at this vast sea of evacuees, OK? You want to get an economy going in some city? Well, who you gonna take back? The people who own businesses? Or the people that sit around waiting to get their minimum wage job, work ‘til Friday, get a paycheck and then not show up again until the following Wednesday? Come on. Just put a little logical thought into this, folks.

Can you say, “arsehole”?  Actually, in all fairness, I can see where he is coming from, although I don’t agree with the conclusion he reaches or how he got there.  In cold hard logical terms, if there was an impending disaster that wiped out a shit load of the country, we would need more engineers and doctors than fast food workers.  However, how can you go from saying that to accusing everyone who is “poor” (just how the hell does he define poor anyways?  Less than 30k/year, Less than 100k?  All those plebeians who haven’t reached a million?) as lazy flakers whose lives are meaningless, or even saying that everyone who works hard is bound to be rich?  There are a good number of college graduates who got degrees in computer science during the tech boom, only to find themselves unemployed a few years later.  In fact, I personally know a few of these folks, and let me tell you, they are innovative, intelligent, hardworking people.  One guy who I am good friends with used to be a system administrator, but the company he worked for started outsourcing a lot of the jobs, and now he works a low-paying sale/marketing job.  I suppose it was his fault the company outsourced and the Bay Area had more techies than they do jobs for them.  That’s what he gets for being so lazy as to get a college degree and lose a 70k/year job due to politics and economics.  [/sarcasm]  Another point of contention is his implication that “poor” people are useless to society.  A community of nothing but lawyers, doctors, and engineers might sound good, but who takes care of the trash and sanitation problems?  Road construction?  Telephone line repairs?  Most of the jobs that pay very high salaries are specialist jobs, and anyone who stops to think about it realizes that you only need so many specialists in a society.  Having a 100 MDs in a neighborhood means squat if you don’t have any sanitation workers or electricians to maintain healthy living conditions and keep the power on.  I wonder what Boortz thinks of some of the great shakers of movers of history, who—while having contributed much to society—died in poverty.  You know, guys like Nikola Tesla, the brilliant scientist/inventor who invented the AC current.  Or Thomas Paine, one of the Founders of the U.S.A, whose writings helped ignite the American Revolution.  I don’t think you’ll find anyone who doesn’t agree that these men were invaluable to society, but they were either poor, or died in poverty, so I guess they don’t matter.  Ironically, a right-winger like Boortz probably idealizes Pain. 

One question that comes to mind is whether Boortz actually believes that he is one of the elite who should get special treatment.  I’ve found a disturbing trend among radio hosts, both left- and right-wing (but more in the right):  they’re a bunch of hypocrites.  I’m sure that if a situation arose where the wealthy received special treatment, and Boortz was not considered elite enough to warrant such treatment, he’d be screaming about how the government does not respect the average working American.  Yup, he’d blow a gasket complaining about how the rich are screwing over the regular man, and the government turns a blind eye to it all, blah blah blah, ad infinitum, ad nauseam.  Just think “Rush Limbaugh” and “drugs”.

So Much For The Right To Dissent

As I write this, I still can’t get over the feeling that this is out of an Orwell novel. A 16-year-old high school student in North Carolina (but of course) got more than he bargained for with his civics class project.  The homework assignment required students “to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights”.  The unnamed student, apparently deciding to express his right to dissent, “had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb’s-down sign with his own hand next to the President’s picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster.”  Sounds within reason, no?  Well, it wasn’t for some asswipe at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart.  An employee in the photo department, where the student had sent his film for processing, contacted the Secret Service, who paid a visit the kid’s school, took his poster out of the civics and eonomics classroom, and questioned the teacher.  You just can’t make up this kind of fascism.

“Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room,” she says. “Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he’d never been in any trouble.”

Then they got down to his poster.

“They asked me, didn’t I think that it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!”

What really gets me isn’t that the idjit over at Wal-mart (who probably did this on purpose because the asswipe is a fervant supporter of The Lord Jesus Jebus King George President Bush) found it threatening, but that the Secret Service did.  Surely they’ve been adeqautely trained to recognize the difference between a true threat and a kid who merely takes a picture expressing his disapproval of Bush.  Is not liking the current adminstration suddenly a threat?  With a 39% approval rating, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Why Bush Was (Re)Elected

In the wee hours of the morning, last November 3, I sat in my room, just wondering how this country could see fit to elect George W.  The war, the lies, the economy—in my mind, all pointed to a man unable to actually lead this nation.  I ran across this video a few days ago, and it seems to answer that nagging question of how Dubbya got the presidency the second time around.

[Editor’s Note: The video is a fine example of American Stupidity at its finest. It’ll make you chuckle at first until the realization that these idiots vote sinks in.]

Using An Abandoned Bus To Save Yourself And Many Others = “Extreme Act of Looting”

Scenario:  Imagine you’re an 18 year old male in New Orleans.  Hurricane Katrina is doing serious damage, flood water and sewage is everywhere, and people are dying.  By all accounts, this is just the beginning; it is guaranteed to get worse.  You see an abandoned school bus in the city (which was already declared a disaster zone).  You see people trying to save themselves by making their way out of the city.  Left with little choice, you hop into the bus, let aboard as many people as you can, and make a seven hour drive to the Astrodome in Texas—the only place remaining that has shelter and supplies.  This is exactly what happened to Jabbor Gibson.  He’s a hero, wouldn’t you say?  Well, according to Texas’ News Channel 5, he’s a looter.

HOUSTON—Thousands of refugees of Hurricane Katrina were transported to the Astrodome in Houston this week. In an extreme act of looting, one group actually stole a bus to escape ravaged areas in Louisiana.

(emphasis mine)

Let me get this straight:  a group of people decide to get out of New Orleans and save their lives (after the governemnt left them there without a thought), and they are criminals?  What the fuck!?!  It’s not like they killed someone and hijacked the bus.  It was abandoned in a city that was going to hell. 

It gets worse.  Once the bus load of people arrived there, the asswipes at the Astrodome were hesitant to let them in because they weren’t “expected or approved”.  And to add even more injury to insult, there is a possibility that criminal charges will be pressed against the brave Mr. Gibson:

Authorities eventually allowed the renegade passengers inside the dome. But the 18-year-old who ensured their safety could find himself in a world of trouble for stealing the school bus.

I really, really don’t like to play the race card, nor do I see racism in every single act that negatively effects a Black person, but am I the only person who thinks that, had the bus been loaded with white civilians, this would be on the news as an act of heroism and triumph, and example of real Americans taking care of themselves, and the officials at the Astrodome would have welcomed these brave and True Americans with open arms?  But I forget:  Black people stealing food from a store during a crisis= looters; White people stealing food from a store during a crisis = “finding” or “surviving”.

Liberality For All

I’ve been collecting comic books for the last 11 years (incidently, more than half of my life). In that time I’ve come across crazy Japanese porn comics, corny but readable comics, just plain stupid comics (kite-man?  WTF?), even propaganda laced war comics from decades earlier.  You’d think that propaganda crap would have died down about 25 years ago, but nope; “Liberality for all” features a right wing radio host who turns into a cyborg to battle the new menace of ultra-liberalism.  I am so not shiting you.  It’s not the injection of politics that gets me—I mean, I’ve read and enjoyed “The Authority” and “V for Vandetta”.  It’s just the whacked out way liberalism is hyperbolized.  Even “V…” had a good grounding on the subject of fascism and didn’t deteriorate into one long meaningless visual rant.  If you’re drinking something, put it down now.  The hero of this comic is Sean Hannity, along with his sidekick Oliver North.  I warned you.

Here’s an official blurb from the company which makes the comic:

It is 2021, tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. America is under oppression by ultra-liberal extremists that have surrendered governing authority to the United Nations. It is up to an underground group of bio-mechanically enhanced conservatives led by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North to thwart Ambassador Usama Bin Laden’s plans to nuke New York City.

“bio-mechanically enhanced conservatives”….LMFAO!  These guys throw hissy fits about letting scientists use stem cells to further medicine and science.