Saturday, October 13, 2007

Save the [chat]

All is for savin.

Girls in Glasses Chaser

After that the creepy 6 year olds, only girls in glasses will do.
bowling shirt = brown bait.

Please feel free to throw up after watching this short video

all is for nausea.

This is from show on VH1 celebrating the objectification and exploitation of 6 year old girls. Where is Chris "do you know who I am" Hanson, and his hidden cameras?

from VH1's website:

What We Will See:

# The girls preparing for and competing in two of the biggest pageant on the circuit
# Interviews with girls, mothers, a coach, pageant directors, spray tanner and "flipper" (fake teeth) maker,
# Narration by "The Voice of Pageants" himself, the fabulous Mr. Tim
# Glamorous crowning ceremonies
# Practice sessions at home and with the indomitable Miss Nikki, one of the best coaches on the pageant circuit
# The girls at home/at school in their normal environments, with family and friends, participating in extracurricular/sports activities
# Spray tanning sessions
# "Flipper" (fake teeth) fittings

Who We Will Meet:
# Joanna, 6 years old - The Reigning Champ
# Aleena, 6 years old - The Flirt
# Kynnedy, 6 years old - The Diva
# Jordan, 6 years old - The Longshot

please take note. 6 year old girls can be flirts and divas.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tonsils: Pwned

I am now without tonsils which, arguably, makes me less of a human being. Or, perhaps, more of a human being? Only time and many rounds of debate will tell.

Vallium is some of the greatest stuff ever. Hospital popsicles have no super-powers, and nurses are nice.

Also, I am 5'11-1/2" tall and weigh 150 lbs. So that debate may be put to rest.

I'm pretty high right now, which is awesome, and the Daily Show rerun is on, which is awesome. Weeble's leg was removed, but he continues to run around as a kitten is prone to do.

Sleep time. OMG sleep.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Iran has gays.

I think this is funny.

When addressing Columbia University last month President Mahmoud Ahmadonthavegaysiniranajad said: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

Today Mohammad Kalhor clarified the statement saying: “What Ahmadinejad said was not a political answer. He said that, compared to American society, we don’t have many homosexuals.”

So what Mahmoud said was not “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” but rather “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals in the sammer manner as your country.”

Fire that translator.

Equal how?

In an interview, of sorts Bill Gates was ask why his foundation primarily helps third world countries. His answer begins, "Melinda and I started our foundation because we believe all lives have equal value." I am consternated by this idea; the idea of universal human equality. At Anderson we had to take a class of half-assed philosophy and one day we discussed human value. The teacher asked me, "Don't you think each human life is valuable, is equal?" My reply? "Equal how?"

In what way are all human beings equal? Human beings have different sexes, different abilities, different preferences, different physical and mental capabilities. Some human beings have no legs, no arms. Some human beings do not even have their own bodies, but share a body with another human being.

We can say that all human beings are equal; we can embrace egalitarianism. But what is the foundation for our doing so? What do we mean by this sort of equality? Because, yes, we can say that all human beings are equal, just as we can describe unicorns. But are we actually talking about anything? And if so, what?

The idea is even further complicated by applying this notion of equality to human embryos. What quality do human embryos have which cow, pig, or dog embryos lack? And what quality do human embryos share with octogenarian human beings?

If we ignore the declaration of this equality as self-evidently true, what is its foundation? And if there is none why do people still use it?

Keep in mind that Plato was wrong.

Noose discovery stuns Columbia University

Story Highlights
Noose found on office door of African-American professor at Teachers College
New York Police Department's Hate Crime Task Force investigating
"I've never seen anything like this here," school official says
From Sarah B. BoxerCNN
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A noose was discovered this week on the office door of an African-American professor at Columbia University, school officials and the New York Police Department said.
The noose was found in a building at Columbia's Teachers College, said Joe Levine, executive director for external affairs at Teachers College.
The noose apparently was placed on the 44-year-old professor's office door sometime before 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, Levine said.
Security cameras cover the entrance to the building, but there are none in the hallway where the noose was discovered, he added.
The building, which is open 24 hours a day, is accessible only to those with a Teachers College ID card or proof that they are affiliated with someone within the school, Levine said
The New York Police Department's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating.
Reacting to the news, more than 150 undergraduates attended a meeting Tuesday night on campus, and more than 120 Teachers College students expressed outrage at a gathering in their dining hall as well, according to the student-run newspaper Columbia Spectator.
University President Lee Bollinger denounced the incident in a statement released to the Spectator: "This is an assault on African-Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us. I know I speak on behalf of every member of our communities in condemning this horrible action."
Teachers College has more than 5,000 graduate students and 165 faculty members, according to school officials.
Columbia has had a spate of bias-related incidents in recent years, but Levine said, "I've never seen anything like this here."
The student paper said the noose's discovery came on the heels of several recent politically and racially charged events at Columbia, including the controversial visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
It also follows news reports of racial tensions in Jena, Louisiana, that attracted national attention. In the "Jena 6" case, white students in the small town hung nooses from a schoolyard tree after black students sat under it. Marchers last month protested how authorities handled the cases of six black teenagers accused of beating a white student after the noose incident.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Fun book

Hello all,

So I have officially taken a nose dive into nerd/sci-fi/horror literature. Reading is a bit of a stretch for me most of the time lol! I have started to read I am Legend my Richard Matheson and was curious if anyone else has read it? No spoilers please....just let me know whether or not you enjoyed it. If you hadn't read it I think many of you would like it considering it is the last man on earth vs. vampires (a lot of them). They are apparently making a movie out of it with Will Smith that looks to be a loose adaption. Oh well. See ya round.



(To the tune of "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling)

So lately, I've been wonderin
Why do you watch this awful show
It's X-Men, but not good
And nothing happens, oh I know
At the end of season one
One character explodes
But that hardly justified
The other fucking episodes

If I could, then I would
I'd kick Tim Kring square in the balls
Not softly, or gently
And then I'd make him watch Heroes

Fuck Hiro, Fuck Noah
Fuck Mohinder and then Fuck Claire
And not in the good way
We'll keep Sylar cause he's great
It's just such an awful show
Just one character seems real
And every single god damn other one
Is completely phony

If I could, then I would
I'd kick Tim Kring square in the balls
Not softly, or gently
And then I'd make him watch Heroes

Exposition is lame
Exposition's a bore
Exposition sucks ass

Studio 60, got canceled
But they kept Heroes, please explain
The thinking, behind that
I'll hate this show for all of time

If I could, then I would
I'd kick Tim Kring square in the balls
Not softly, or gently
And then I'd make him watch Heroes

If I could turn back time
I'd buy some stock or kill Hitler
Not fucking whine all day
Or scream out "Yatta" like a douche
Or scream out "Yatta" like a douche

Monday, October 8, 2007

Declare your side.

Which way is it spinning?

This thing pisses me off.

The Year of Living Biblically

Here is an excerpt from the book "The Year of Living Biblically", which is exactly what it sounds like.

Give it a read. I think it is delightful and the sort of thing I would do if I was motivated.

Internet Anywhere.

Standing at the AT&T store this weekend playing with the iPhone I thought about how we're on the brink of existing in a lain-esque society in which one can access the internet anywhere. With the growing areas of Wi-Fi coverage and cell phone companies growing towards 3G and higher wireless technologies we're inching towards that world in which one can gain access to the internet and its wealth of information from anywhere.

So here's what I want.

I want to be able to pay $25 a month for unlimited data over an iPhone-esque device that is not a phone, but rather a portable internet browser/media player/pda with 3G or greater network access as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Fuck phones. Instant Messaging is fine.

That's what I want. And I'll happily purchase it from whomever can supply a functional version of it to me first.

Gotta Spin 'Em All.

Once upon a time I asked, "Why has no one made a pokemon heroclix game?" Seems like a sensible direction to take the franchise, does it not?

Well, they did it. It has apparently been around for a while. But I first saw the packs at Clem's this weekend and apparently they received the first shipments earlier that week.

The figures are pretty sizeable, so you could cause some damage if you threw them hard enough at a little kid, or a 24 year old winner who acts like a 7 year old girl.

Also? When they say "spin" they aren't fucking around.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

I Am America (And So Can You)

Stephen Colbert's Book, "I Am America (And So Can You) will be out on Tuesday.

Go to the page. Watch the Related Videos.

Save the Gnostics

Published: October 6, 2007
THE United States didn’t set out to eradicate the Mandeans, one of the oldest, smallest and least understood of the many minorities in Iraq. This extinction in the making has simply been another unfortunate and entirely unintended consequence of our invasion of Iraq — though that will be of little comfort to the Mandeans, whose 2,000-year-old culture is in grave danger of disappearing from the face of the earth.

The Mandeans are the only surviving Gnostics from antiquity, cousins of the people who produced the Nag Hammadi writings like the Gospel of Thomas, a work that sheds invaluable light on the many ways in which Jesus was perceived in the early Christian period. The Mandeans have their own language (Mandaic, a form of Aramaic close to the dialect of the Babylonian Talmud), an impressive body of literature, and a treasury of cultural and religious traditions amassed over two millennia of living in the southern marshes of present-day Iraq and Iran.
Practitioners of a religion at least as old as Christianity, the Mandeans have witnessed the rise of Islam; the Mongol invasion; the arrival of Europeans, who mistakenly identified them as “Christians of St. John,” because of their veneration of John the Baptist; and, most recently, the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein, who drained the marshes after the first gulf war, an ecological catastrophe equivalent to destroying the Everglades. They have withstood everything — until now.
Like their ancestors, contemporary Mandeans were able to survive as a community because of the delicate balance achieved among Iraq’s many peoples over centuries of cohabitation. But our reckless prosecution of the war destroyed this balance, and the Mandeans, whose pacifist religion prohibits them from carrying weapons even for self-defense, found themselves victims of kidnappings, extortion, rapes, beatings, murders and forced conversions carried out by radical Islamic groups and common criminals.
When American forces invaded in 2003, there were probably 60,000 Mandeans in Iraq; today, fewer than 5,000 remain. Like millions of other Iraqis, those who managed to escape have become refugees, primarily in Syria and Jordan, with smaller numbers in Australia, Indonesia, Sweden and Yemen.
Unlike Christian and Muslim refugees, the Mandeans do not belong to a larger religious community that can provide them with protection and aid. Fundamentally alone in the world, the Mandeans are even more vulnerable and fewer than the Yazidis, another Iraqi minority that has suffered tremendously, since the latter have their own villages in the generally safer north, while the Mandeans are scattered in pockets around the south. They are the only minority group in Iraq without a safe enclave.
When Mandeans do seek refuge in the Kurdish-dominated north, they report that they are typically viewed as southern, Arabic-speaking interlopers, or, if their Mandean identity is discovered, persecuted as religious infidels. In Syria and Jordan, Mandeans feel unable to practice their religion openly and, after years of severe deprivation, some have begun to convert simply in order to receive aid from Muslim and Christian relief agencies.
Mandean activists have told me that the best hope for their ancient culture to survive is if a critical mass of Mandeans is allowed to settle in the United States, where they could rebuild their community and practice their traditions without fear of persecution. If this does not happen, individual Mandeans may survive for another generation, isolated in countries around the world, but the community and its culture may disappear forever.
Of the mere 500 Iraqi refugees who were allowed into the United States from April 2003 to April 2007, only a few were Mandeans. And despite the Bush administration’s commitment to let in 7,000 refugees in the fiscal year that ended last month, fewer than 2,000, including just three Iraqi Mandean families, entered the country.
In September, the Senate took a step in the right direction when it unanimously passed an amendment to a defense bill that grants privileged refugee status to members of a religious or minority community who are identified by the State Department as a persecuted group and have close relatives in the United States. But because so few Mandeans live here, this will do little for those seeking asylum. The legislation, however, also authorizes the State and Homeland Security Departments to grant privileged status to “other persecuted groups,” as they see fit.
If all Iraqi Mandeans are granted privileged status and allowed to enter the United States in significant numbers, it may just be enough to save them and their ancient culture from destruction. If not, after 2,000 years of history, of persecution and tenacious survival, the last Gnostics will finally disappear, victims of an extinction inadvertently set into motion by our nation’s negligence in Iraq.
Nathaniel Deutsch is a professor of religion at Swarthmore College.