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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

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 Today's quote: Maas

"I'm a believer. Well, thats not strictly true. I'm more of a make believer, and that sort of adds up to the same thing."

~ Timo Maas

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 Hastert tells Americans to fuck off

Hastert flips the bird to non-christo-fascists:
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has told federal officials that the lighted, decorated tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol -- known in recent years as the "Holiday Tree" -- should be renamed the "Capitol Christmas Tree," as it was called until the late 1990s....
The Capitol tree, traditionally overshadowed by the White House's "National Christmas Tree," was renamed a "holiday tree" several years ago, according to the Capitol Architect's offices, in an effort to acknowledge the other holidays of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah -- although no one seemed to know exactly when the name was changed or by whom.

This imaginary "War on Christmas" bullshit is starting to stick in my craw. If they want a war, so be it.

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 Freedumb of the press


So much for a free Iraqi press:
As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

The articles, written by U.S. military "information operations" troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Many of the articles are presented in the Iraqi press as unbiased news accounts written and reported by independent journalists. The stories trumpet the work of U.S. and Iraqi troops, denounce insurgents, and tout U.S.-led efforts to rebuild the country.

While the articles are basically truthful, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, officials said. Records and interviews indicate that the U.S. has paid Iraqi newspapers to run dozens of such articles -- with headlines such as "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism" -- since the effort began this year.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

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 Today's quote: Q

"That is the exploration that awaits you: Not mapping the stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possiblities of existence."

~ Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "All Good Things..."

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

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 The godless Constitution

Revisionist rhetoric notwithstanding, the founders left God out of the Constitution–and it wasn't an oversight:
For the 21st-century apostles of religious correctness, the godless Constitution—how could those framers have forgotten the most important three-letter word in the dictionary?—poses a formidable problem requiring the creation of tortuous historical fictions that include both subtle prevarication and bald-faced lies.

Religious reactionaries of the 18th century, by contrast, were honest in their attacks on the secularism of the new Constitution. One North Carolina minister observed with forthright disgust, during his state's ratification debate, that the abolition of religious tests for officeholders amounted to nothing less than "an invitation for Jews and pagans of every kind to come among us." The Reverend John M. Mason, a fire-breathing New York minister, declared the absence of God in the Constitution "an omission which no pretext whatever can palliate" and warned that Americans would "have every reason to tremble, lest the Governor of the universe, who will not be treated with indignity by a people more than by individuals, overturn from its foundation the fabric we have been rearing, and crush us to atoms in the wreck."

The article is worth a full read. Check it out.

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Blogger Underworld said...

And Susan Jacoby's book titled "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism" is also worth checking out.

I really dig the blog by the way.

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 Today's quote: Simpson

"You know, the one with all the well-meaning rules that don't work in real life -- uh, Christianity."

~ Homer Simpson, telling what religion the family belongs to

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 What an atheist is thankful for

Tomorrow I will read this poem before dinner in lieu of a religious prayer. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Garden Meditation
 by Rev. Max Coots

Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.

For children who are our second planting, and though they
grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may
they forgive us our cultivation and fondly remember where
their roots are.

Let us give thanks;

For generous friends...with hearts...and smiles as bright
as their blossoms;

For feisty friends, as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers,
keep reminding us that we've had them;

For crotchety friends, sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;

For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and
as elegant as a row of corn, and the others, as plain as
potatoes and so good for you;

For funny friends, who are as silly as Brussels sprouts and
as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes;

And serious friends as unpretentious as cabbages, as subtle
as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as
dill, as endless as zucchini and who, like parsnips, can be
counted on to see you through the winter;

For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time,
and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;

For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils and hold
us, despite our blights, wilts and witherings;

And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past
that have been harvested, but who fed us in their times that
we might have life thereafter.

For all these we give thanks.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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 Today's quote: Einstein

"Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."

~ Albert Einstein

[Thanks to AdNihilo for the quote]

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Monday, November 21, 2005

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 Today's quote: Schweitzer

"I am certain and have always stressed that the destination of mankind is to become more and more humane. The ideal of humanity has to be revived."

~ Albert Schweitzer

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

...couldn't find your email. Am not surprised you don't list it, though.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5015557

This I believe. It's okay, as far as essays go, but you might find it interesting?

-M.

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Blogger AdNihilo said...

I, Adnihilo, nominate this quote "Nationalism is an infantile disease; It is the measles of mankind" by Albert Einstein as a Nanovirus 'quote of the day'

http://lostvegas.us/LessThanHuman/

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Blogger Nanovirus said...

Anonymous:

My email address is listed with my profile. Thanks for the link.

AdNihilo:

So say we all!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah... I see it now. I've been trained to scan too quickly and was hunting for the "@" symbol -o not for it to be spelled out. Thanks for the directions....

-M.

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 Continuing on a theme

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 No exit

Irked by a reporter who told him he seemed to be "off his game" at a Beijing public appearance, The Chimperor tried to flee from a news conference but was thwarted by locked doors.

"I was trying to escape. Obviously, it didn't work," Bush said, facing reporters again until an aide rescued him by pointing to him toward the correct door.

What a chickenshit dumbass.

This photo cries out for captioning. I will start with, "Bush lacks exit strategery."

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 Rumsfeld's ass is scorched

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asserted this weekend that he did not press for the US-led invasion of Iraq:
"I didn't advocate invasion," Rumsfeld told ABC television Sunday, when asked if he would have advocated an invasion of Iraq if he had known that no weapons of mass destruction would be found there.

The US Defense chief added: "I wasn't asked," when asked whether he supported the March 2003 invasion.

Rumsfeld's pants are on fire. Here's a letter he wrote to then President Clinton in support of taking out Saddam.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

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 More photo evidence that Bush is drinking again

Bush, who has claimed he stopped drinking at age 40, is definitely drinking again.

Remember these photos from the UN World Summit? This time he is in South Korea for the APEC trade conference.

My guess is he felt like he needed a drink after learning that South Korea plans to pull out about one-third of its 3,200 troops in Iraq beginning in the first half of next year.

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Blogger CR UVa said...

A glass of champagne at a large social event and all of the sudden, President Bush is "drinking again"? This is pathetic; he cannot even be cut some slack for a single glass of champagne at a large dinner, or a glass of wine at another. Until you can show some recent pictures of President Bush drinking more than one glass of alcohol or him wandering the streets drunk, please do not insult us with this.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wine and Champange contain alcohol.

Moreso than beer.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Electro said...

A real man would have been drinking Soju

9:33 PM  
Blogger Wil said...

While I have no love for the damned fool, merely holding & tipping a glass in toast isn't drinking. So far, there haven't been any public displays of drinking to excess, which is my criterion for "off the wagon" when it comes to self-diagnosed alcoholics.

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Blogger Nanovirus said...

CR UVA:

The photo suggests Dear Leader is drinking again, not drunk. Even so, somehow I get the impression that even pics of Dear Leader falling down drunk would not convince you: next you would want BAC tests.

Denial... It's not just a river in Egypt.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

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 Cheney's war profiteering under scrutiny

Via Talk Left:
Dick Cheney stands at the intersection of the war in Iraq and secret meetings with oil company executives to shape energy policy. The administration’s consistent denials that the war had anything to do with oil may unravel if the oil executives are placed under oath and compelled to answer questions about the meeting with Cheney -- questions they evaded during their unsworn congressional testimony.

The Senate is demanding that executives from Big Oil return to testify about a secret meeting with Cheney on energy policy that took place soon after Bush came to office. The Big Oil men denied knowledge of the gathering in earlier testimony. But that testimony was not under oath so they cannot be charged with perjury. Cheney has been vigorously trying to keep secret what happened at this meeting. It is suspected the vice president and the oil companies hammered out an aggressive energy policy, and possibly discussed the administration’s plans to go to war in Iraq, well before 9-11. Cutting up Iraqi oil and the future of OPEC would certainly have been on the table. The new administration would certainly have needed the acquiescence of the oil industry in waging war in an area where the companies are so deeply involved. Oil has always been the bottom-line issue in the Iraq war—although in public Bush eschewed any interest in the subject, arguing instead he was just pushing the spread of democracy.

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Anonymous Zero800 said...

Yes... That's true.

But blog is interesting.

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 Today's quote: O'Connor

"I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth."

~ Flannery O'Connor: preacher Hazel Motes, in Wise Blood, ch. 10 (1952), from The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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Blogger sexierexie said...

Excellent quote.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Electro said...

And the only real lie is that there is no lies at all. If there is no truth there is no lie. tell me do you teach your kids to tell you whatever they want or to tell you the truth?

9:37 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

Of course I do. My interpretation of the quote is that O'Connor was thinking about absolute truth. I will certainly NOT teach my kids that there is absolute truth.

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Dropping... dropping...
President Bush's positive job rating continues to fall, touching another new low for his presidency, the latest Harris Interactive poll finds.

Bush's current job approval rating stands at 34%, compared with a positive rating of 88% soon after 9/11, 50% at this time last year, and 40% in August....

Mr. Bush's current ratings don't compare favorably with those of three of the last four two-term presidents at a comparable time in their fifth year in office. In November or October of their fifth year, Presidents Johnson (67%), Reagan (66%) and Clinton (58%) all enjoyed the support of majorities, while President Nixon (29%) was less popular than Mr. Bush is now.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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 13,000 being held by coalition in Iraqi prisons

More than 13,000 persons are being held by coalition in Iraqi prisons and fewer than 2% have been convicted:
Recent documents leaked to RAW STORY reveal that as of Nov. 8, coalition forces in Iraq held 13,514 in Iraqi prisons. The documents also reveal the grim landscape of Iraq’s internment system, in which just two percent of those detained been convicted. A UN report has confirmed the basic figures.

A slide created by Detainee Operations at US Central Command (CENTCOM), provided to RAW STORY, reveals that 13,514 detainees are currently held inside coalition-run internment camps throughout Iraq. The figure represents a huge spike from March 2004 – when just 5,673 were reported held, according to a source familiar with the documents.

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 The Santafarians are everywhere!

This is long, but worth it. What It feels Like to be an atheist:
Imagine that you live in a world where 90% of the people around you sincerely believe in something that appears to you to be downright whacky, if perhaps relatively pleasant on the surface in many respects. Say they believe in Santa Claus; beard, the big red suit, the flying reindeer, the sled loaded with a billion gifts, the North Pole Workshop, Mrs. Claus and the elves; all of it.

But in this fantasy world, they're not content merely to believe in Santa Claus, they want you to publicly agree all the time that you also believe in Santa, in their specific version of same, and they pressure everyone else in numerous ways to pretend that they're not strange or childish for believing in this. They don't just limit it at that even, they insist everyone kiss their ass about their Santa belief every damn day of their lives and if you don't humor them at the drop of hat under any circumstances, you're being disrespectful, you're out of line. No matter how much you humor them, they always demand more.

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 Today's quote: Schlesinger

"As a historian, I confess to a certain amusement when I hear the Judeo-Christian tradition praised as the source of our present-day concern for human rights.... In fact, the great religious ages were notable for their indifference to human rights ... not only for acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression, but also for enthusiastic justifications for slavery, persecution, abandonment of small children, torture, and genocide. Religion during most of the history of the West saw the trials visited on mankind in this world as ordained by the Almighty to test and purify sinful mortals.... Moreover, religion enshrined hierarchy, authority, and inequality; hated blasphemy; and feared heresy.... It was the age of equality that brought about the disappearance of such religious appurtenances as the auto-da-fe and burning at the stake."

~ Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., American historian, in a speech at the inauguration of Vartan Gregorian as president of Brown University, 1989, from James A. Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief

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 Senate beginning to join reality-based community

The NYT reports that Congressional Republicans are starting to see the light:
In a sign of increasing unease among Congressional Republicans over the war in Iraq, the Senate is to consider on Tuesday a Republican proposal that calls for Iraqi forces to take the lead next year in securing the nation and for the Bush administration to lay out its strategy for ending the war.

The Senate is also scheduled to vote Tuesday on a compromise, announced Monday night, that would allow terror detainees some access to federal courts. The Senate had voted last week to prohibit those being held from challenging their detentions in federal court, despite a Supreme Court ruling to the contrary....

The proposal on the Iraq war, from Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, and Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, would require the administration to provide extensive new quarterly reports to Congress on subjects like progress in bringing in other countries to help stabilize Iraq. The other appeals related to Iraq are nonbinding and express the position of the Senate.

The plan stops short of a competing Democratic proposal that moves toward establishing dates for a phased withdrawal of troops from Iraq. But it is built upon the Democratic approach and makes it clear that senators of both parties are increasingly eager for Iraqis to take control of their country in coming months and open the door to removing American troops.

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 Republicans steal Ohio, again

Apparently the republicans also stole Tuesday's election in Ohio:
[N]one of the on-the-ground glitches can begin to explain the impossible numbers surrounding the alleged defeat of Issues Two through Five. The Dispatch polling has long been a source of public pride for the powerful, conservative newspaper, which endorsed Bush in 2004.

The Dispatch was somehow dead accurate on Issue One, and then staggeringly wrong on Issues Two through Five. Sadly, this impossible inconsistency between Ohio's most prestigious polling operation and these final official referendum vote counts have drawn virtually no public scrutiny.

Though there were glitches, this year's voting lacked the massive irregularities and open manipulations that poisoned Ohio 2004. The only major difference would appear to be the new installation of touchscreen machines in those additional 41 counties.

And thus the possible explanations for the staggering defeats of Issues Two through Five boil down to two: either the Dispatch polling---dead accurate for Issue One---was wildly wrong beyond all possible statistical margin of error for Issues 2-5, or the electronic machines on which Ohio and much of the nation conduct their elections were hacked by someone wanting to change the vote count.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

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 New bumpersticker!



Thanks to Sam the Eagle for the inspiration!

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Friday, November 11, 2005

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 36

Heh. This may the first time Fox "News" isn't full of shit. Their latest poll finds Bush's approval rating at a record low for the second time in as many months:
Today, 36 percent of Americans approve and 53 percent disapprove of the job Bush is doing as president. For comparison, two weeks ago 41 percent said they approved and 51 percent disapproved, and at the beginning of his second term 50 percent approved and 40 percent disapproved (January 25-26).

Until this week, Bush's approval rating had been at 40 percent or above — buoyed in large part by consistent strong support among Republicans; however, in mid-October approval among Republicans fell below 80 percent for the first time of his presidency and now sits at 72 percent.

In addition, Bush's approval rating is down by double digits among other demographic groups. Since the beginning of his second term, his approval is down 26 percentage points among independents, 16 points among women, 15 points among whites and 11 points among men.

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Anonymous Politicalnoise said...

Naw.. they're still full of $-it.

I'm guessing their honesty is probably more motivated by their realization that a portion of their republican audience is for whatever reason (and there are plenty to choose from ) unhappy with his performance.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

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 Today's quote: Mencken

"A Galileo could no more be elected president of the United States than he could be elected Pope of Rome. Both high posts are reserved for men favored by God with an extraordinary genius for swathing the bitter facts of life in bandages of self-illusion."

~ H. L. Mencken

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 New bumpersticker!

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

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 Today's quote: Roberts

"When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."

~ Stephen F. Roberts

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 School board that backed intelligent design ousted

I got yer' intelligent design right here:
Challengers unseated eight out of nine Dover Board of Education members yesterday in a tight race that centered on the issue whether the theory of intelligent design has a place in science classes.

The ninth member of the York County school board was not up for re-election.

The eight board members unseated were all are proponents of a policy -- now the subject of a federal court case -- requiring high school freshmen to hear a statement about intelligent design before biology lessons about evolution.

Meanwhile, Kansas took another step back to the dark ages: the state Board of Education, in a 6-4 vote, approved science standards for public schools Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.

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Anonymous politicalnoise said...

The Biology teachers and/or Evolutionists should ask for equal time in the local churches of whatever communities insist on putting intelligent design in biology classes.

If only to prove a point... and maybe to piss off a few people in the process. :D

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Friday, November 04, 2005

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 Today's quote: Paine

"The Bible is a book that has been read more, and examined less, than any book that ever existed."

~ Thomas Paine

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 Bush's popularity reaches new low

America wakes up:
For the first time in his presidency a majority of Americans question the integrity of President Bush, and growing doubts about his leadership have left him with record negative ratings on the economy, Iraq and even the war on terrorism, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.

On almost every key measure of presidential character and performance, the survey found that Bush has never been less popular with the American people. Currently 39 percent approve of the job he is doing as president, while 60 percent disapprove of his performance in office -- the highest level of disapproval ever recorded for Bush in Post-ABC polls.

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