Saturday, June 10, 2006

NSA Spying On American Citizens

Spying on American citizens is perfectly legal. Pres. Bush can authorize this type of activity under the US Constitution. No courts, no warrants necessary.

But just in case let's pass a law that grants blanket amnesty to anyone who authorized warrantless surveillance under Bush's authority. I mean it's all perfectly legal but....

Thank the Almighty we have Sen. Arlen Specter protecting our rights. While you are at it, why don't you just give Bush amnesty from all laws he may have broken in the past and might break in the future?

I thought good conservatives were opposed to amnesty?

Friday, June 09, 2006

Those Iowans Are Funny People

Flood prevention is good, but what kind of detention basin is this?


What would it take for a right wing conservative to reach genuine pariah status in the political world?

Stefan on Washington Monthly tried to come up with some answers.

Well, he could shoot an old man in the, wait.

Oh, yeah, he could be exposed as a gay, that's not it either...

Perhaps if he harmed national security by revealing the name of an undercover CIA agent for partisan political, not really....

Hmm, he could be revealed to be a gigantic crook who's been enriching himself for years by stealing the taxpayer dollars of hard-working Americans...huh, no, that doesn't work either, does it....

What if he sold sold weapons to the Iranian mullahs and then lied about it to Congress...or sold weapons to Saddam Hussein and looked the other way while he massacred the Kurds....or held hands with the repressive Saudi monarchs....or brazenly broke the law by spying on Americans in their homes....

Man, this is a harder question than it looks....


Dr. James Dobson, the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family wants everyone to have a choice in what cable channels they have beamed into their homes. That way, the really moral, God-fearing families won't have to pay for that MTV trash etc.

This doesn't really sit well with the Reverends Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell who damn well know that no one would pay to watch their codswallowing TV networks CBN and TBN. They will be out of business.

So to whom does the poor family values constituency pay attention?

Monday, June 05, 2006


Good news! Online oddsmakers say it's 100,000 to 1 that we will survive tomorrow. Yea Earth! The 'rapture index' hasn't really crept up much so I guess that is a good sign too. Even better, rapture expert, the Rev. Tim LaHaye says the apocalypse will not occur tomorrow. There are some suspicious things going on with barcodes however!

A few other important numbers
Octal of the beast = 1232
Binary of the beast = 1010011010
Reciprocal of the Beast = 0.00150150...
Anti-Log of the Beast = 1.738 x 10289
Square Root of the Beast = 25.8069758...
Number of the Blond Beast = 6, uh..., I forget

NOTE: the number of the beast may actually be 616 not 666.

Information for mothers from Landover Baptist Church here!

Who Won the 2004 Presidential Election

If you are a citizen of the USA it is your obligation to read the article written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Rolling Stone Magazine. It's called Was the 2004 Election Stolen? and you can read it here.

A good commentary on the article, by Thom Hartmann, can be found here. I followed the 2004 Presidential election very closely and was glued to my computer all night. It was clear early on that the exit polls had John Kerry winning the election. Then a bit later in the evening something happened. It seemed the exit polls were all wrong in predicting John Kerry as leading the race. Next morning I was really disappointed, but I never bought into 'conspiracy theory' of the race being stolen by the Republicans. There was nothing in the 'liberal' mainstream press suggesting such a least not on the front page and even the liberal blogs didn't really dwell on it for very long. And, being a good citizen, I figured nothing like a stolen presidential race could ever happen in this country. However, as a scientist I know that, when properly applied, statistics don't lie. Kennedy has certainly convinced me that something very fishy concerning the exit poll results went on in several states during the 2004 election.

Take a look at the map and decide for yourself, but definitely read the entire article. Much, much more went wrong than just 'funny' exit polling results took place.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Finish, The Drums, and Home

The finish line at the Burlington waterfront. A good time was had by all. Can't wait til next year and the year after etc.

A nice show by the Burlington Taiko Drummers. These folks are full of energy and they can really beat those drums.

Heading home on the Grand Isle Ferry to a lonesome bunny.