Archive for February, 2011

I’m about to offend everyone

Posted: February 26, 2011 by aliceaitch in Op/Sped, WTF Is Wrong With Colorado

I understood when New Life Church pitched a hissy fit over their pastor hooking up with male prostitutes in meth-fueled secret trysts – the whole sex outside of marriage thing, and expecially *gasp* HOMASECKSHUL sex outside of marriage, with DRUGS! sort of flies in the face of the message a typical evangelical Christian church wants to have its figurehead sending.

But IF this is true…and I’m giving it a big IF, because the gal has a book coming out right now and it would be awfully convenient to have a controversy swirling around to boost sales…IF this is true, it could be time to take a look at the message Someone might be sending your church.

On the flip side, why would someone who is choosing to embrace her homosexuality want to remain a member of a church that so strongly comes out against her lifestyle*?  Among Christian denominations, Catholicism is the only one that claims to have something no other church has (in the form of the transubstantiation of the Eucharist and the direct succession from St. Peter, for example).  It seems to me that Protestant churches run the gamut of beliefs and tolerances, so it shouldn’t be so hard to find another Protestant church – especially in a town with as many churches as Colorado Springs – whose beliefs fit neatly with whatever belief system someone holds.

*I am NOT by any means saying that anyone has a choice as to where their sexual orientation lies – but if someone really truly has a strong belief that their church is correct in ALL its teachings, and their church teaches that being gay is a horrible sin, it seems to me that the only choice would be to not act on one’s sexual orientation, and I don’t see why if someone is living a celibate life that their sexual orientation would be an issue to their church.  I know how offensive the word lifestyle can be in this context, as it can be used to imply a choice in orientation – but that’s really not how I mean it here.

Alex Jones is still asking Charlie Sheen about Obama

Posted: February 26, 2011 by aliceaitch in Random Crap, Zombies!

And Charlie Sheen thinks he’s got Obama on the run.  I suppose it’s fortunate for our president that he has someone even he doesn’t have to fear.

I can understand why Alex Jones had Charlie Sheen on his show from 2006-2009.  Sheen was headlining one of the biggest sitcoms on television, bringing in a million bucks an episode, and came across only as batshit crazy as everyone else that believed that fire doesn’t melt steel.

In fact, in 2006 PrisonPlanet.com referred to Charlie Sheen as “highly credible” (that’s a PrisonPlanet link, be aware of where you’re clicking) when arguing that “19 amateurs with box cutters taking over four commercial airliners” was highly unlikely.

As recently as year and a half ago, Sheen and Jones teamed up to demand that President Obama grant them an audience so they could argue that the investigation into the 9/11 attacks should be reopened.

So why in the world would Alex Jones have Charlie Sheen onto his show again when he’s completely shit the bed? Not only does Jones claim that he believes that Charlie Sheen is sober, he announces that he’s never seen him more energized, and begins the interview with asking about Obama so that Sheen can openly voice his “I’m larger than LIFE!!!” insanity.  Is Jones completely unaware that Sheen has lost his fucking mind?  Giving Sheen a platform to air his crayzee seems to undermine any value that Jones was getting from having such a prominent celebrity on his side.  (Transcripts of the interview are here and here, in case you’re not in the mood to give the Alex Jones Show any more YouTube views.)

Would anyone with a sane bone in his body claim that he’d spent time at Charlie Sheen’s house in the past couple of weeks? This is what Sheen looked like a month ago:

I get that this puts Jones’s show on the map publicity-wise, but this is like achieving notoriety for being Jared Loughner’s Call of Duty buddy.

So…what’s next for Two and a Half Men?  I like the rest of the cast, and I enjoy Chuck Lorre’s current other shows, so I think it’s a shame that the entire show is tanking because it took CBS et al eight years to realize what a douchebag nutcase they’d hired for the main character.  I’m sure they thought they were lucky being able to hire someone who was so convincing in the part.

Since 2009, Mr. Heicklen has stood there and at courthouse entrances elsewhere and handed out pamphlets encouraging jurors to ignore the law if they disagree with it, and to render verdicts based on conscience.

That concept, called jury nullification, is highly controversial, and courts are hostile to it. But federal prosecutors have now taken the unusual step of having Mr. Heicklen indicted on a charge that his distributing of such pamphlets at the courthouse entrance violates the law against jury tampering. He is to appear in court on Friday for a conference in his case.

Mr. Heicklen insists that he never tries to influence specific jurors or cases, and instead gives his brochures to passers-by, hoping that jurors are among them.

Aren’t the courthouse steps one of the public commons areas that are supposed to open to everyone for political activity?  If they can force grocery stores or shopping malls to allow protestors on their property as places of public accommodation how are actual pieces of public property not covered?  And how is this not political speech, which should be covered by the highest form of scrutiny?  Hopefully someone in the Justice department will see this article and bitch slap this prosecutor.

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The Most Transparent Administration Ever

Posted: February 25, 2011 by veeshir in Uncategorized

The fan’s getting hit by all this shit so what does Obama do?

Stir things up, that’s what.

The birthers are going a little too mainstream as even Tingles has noted that maybe Obama should just release his birth certificate, so what to do, what to do?

Stir the country up over gay marriage! Brilliant!

That way, we get editorial after op-ed after “Special Comment” about the Xtianists and their sky fairy and things get all riled up and people start yelling at each other and stop talking about how he’s wrecking our economy and staying silent as the world burns.

They Think They’re Wits

Posted: February 24, 2011 by veeshir in Uncategorized

But they’re only half right.

Drew has a long post at Ace’s about Rumsfeld batting Jon Stewart around like a bored cat with a mouse.

He wasn’t even really taking it seriously, he was just tying Stewart into knots and giving him that grin. Drew hit the nail on the head when he wrote

Rumsfeld has been doing this longer than Stewart has been alive and Stewart isn’t in the top 1,000 of toughest people Rumsfeld’s dealt with.

Sorta like when John Yoo (He of the “torture memos”) did an even better job on Stewart. Stewart couldn’t land one punch and his audience was thoroughly disappointed.

Which leads to my point (Finally! yay!)

If Sarah Palin (or any (R)  the next election) wants to be serious about running for president, I would suggest she only do live interviews, or semi-live like Stewart and Leno and whatnot.

Places where they can’t get creatively editious. Minitru will be going all out for their God-President, they know they’re going to have to outdo even their 2008 performance to keep him in office.

Supposedly Katie Couric did the creative editing deal to make Palin look bad, but we’ll never know because we’ll never see the uncut interview.

If you only do live interviews, like Rumsfeld did with Andrea Mitchell the other day or O’Reilly or even the lunatics on MSNBC, they can’t edit.

Don’t get into any interview where they can edit it at all.

You can just mess with them because their world-view is skewed.

They know all kinds of things that aren’t true but that are articles of faith in the community based reality.

Like that intelligence department in the Pentagon that Andrea Mitchell was all excited about, apparently they had the world convinced that Saddam’s baby milk factories were actually chemical warfare factories or something.

Rumsfeld is, of course, one of the best at that but Cheney is pretty good too.

Palin needs to learn from them and stay away from forums where they can edit her into incoherence.

Oil is pushing up towards $120/bbl as I type this and analysts are predicting $3.75/gal gasoline prices by May with $4.00+/gal by the summer.  The last time this happened the economy went into a free fall and there were repeated chants of “Drill Baby, Drill!”, and a lot of talk of breaking our dependence on foreign oil to ensure our economic prosperity.

What happened?

Well we elected a president who couldn’t recognize good energy policy if it bit him on the ass is the short answer. 

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Breaking at Fox News.

Not Buying It

Posted: February 23, 2011 by Moron Pundit in Uncategorized

Not because I don’t think the Crazy Colonel did it but, I don’t know, I question the timing.

Libya’s ex-justice minister claims the country’s leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, according to the Swedish tabloid Expressen.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/23/libyas-ex-minister-reportedly-claims-qaddafi-ordered-lockerbie-bombing/#ixzz1EoUOebwV

I find it more likely that this guy is just trying anything he can to get the West to take down Qaddaffi than that he’s been waiting on this little nugget until exactly this moment.

Reminds me of Curveball.

Coming soon to a cablebox near you…

Posted: February 23, 2011 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Al-Jazeera

Al-Jazeera is in discussions with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, about bringing the network’s English-language channel to millions of U.S. homes, the Qatar-based news service said Tuesday.

I can’t say I actually have a problem with this.  Until we break our dependence on foreign oil the Middle East is vital to America’s economic prosperity and our national security.  That fact makes it important that we as a country have an understanding of what is going on in that area; both so our policy makers can form policy and so that we as voters can evaluate their performance. Al-Jazeera provides some insight at least.  It certainly can’t do any worse than the CIA.  I heard somewhere yesterday that the recent events in Tunisia and Egypt caught the government completely off-guard, and that is one reason the response is so scattershot.  I really have no trouble at all believing that.

What really happens at the airport

Posted: February 23, 2011 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

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