Saturday, May 26, 2007
First of all, for those of the Christian faith, I know Jesus is not a symbol of idolatry. I'm not saying that, so don't take it to be offensive. Though I think building a 22 foot statue of him is a bit much. If a church in Golden, Colorado wants to erect it on their property by the side of Interstate 70, that is their business. Still, I cannot help but laugh (and breath a sigh of relief that no one was hurt) to see a bolt of lightening take off the statue's arm from a passing storm this afternoon.
From The Denver Post:
The lightning bolt broke off one of Jesus' arms and a hand and damaged one of his feet, sending marble plummeting to the ground during a Saturday afternoon storm.
"There were pilgrims up there on the hill," Sister Ilaria said. "The biggest miracle is no one got hit with the falling debris."
The statue of Jesus, which had one hand pointing to his "sacred heart" and the other outstretched, sits atop a mountain near the shrine in the foothills of Golden. Drivers on Interstate 70 can see the statue in the hills, and at night, light illuminates the white marble.
Jesus, wearing a robe and glancing down, is 22 feet tall with an 11-foot base.
Now the nuns are considering the costs of repairing the marble edifice, who rely solely on contributions. Perhaps using those donations to help those less fortunate, the ones Jesus and other biblical figures supposedly command us to give comfort and aid would benefit more than a marble statue repairman.
Cable news networks and particularly Fox News is known to focus on sensational stories over 'hard news' in order to boost their ratings and advertising dollars. Plenty of figures have been posted in the past on how many stories and time is devoted to missing white women, Michael Jackson and Paris Hilton. The latest study from the first quarter of 2007 shows that not much has changed. Fox still talks about crap and avoids real news while CNN and MSNBC are better but still lacking.
From Media Bistro:
According to PEJ's first quarter News Coverage Index, "MSNBC and CNN were much more consumed with the war in Iraq than was Fox." (See the chart to the right.)
In daytime, FNC devoted 6 percent of its time to Iraq, and 17 percent of its time to Anna Nicole. For CNN, the mix was 20 percent Iraq, 5 percent Anna; for MSNBC, the mix was 18 percent Iraq, 10 percent Anna.
"Fox also stood out for its lack of coverage on the firings of the U.S. attorneys, compared with the other channels. The story, which gained real momentum in mid March, consumed a mere 2% of Foxâ€™s total airtime. CNN devoted twice that percent (4%) and MSNBC four times (8%)," the report says...
Fox still garners the largest share of cable news viewers which really isn't that surprising. Fox gets it that most people really do not want to hear what is going on in the country. Ignorance is bliss for many cable-owning Americans. It is a sad reality that so many people choose to be deluded with 'riveting' nonstop coverage on who Anna Nicole Smith's baby's daddy is rather than be informed on how Republicans keep flushing our country down the drain.
These four little female Falcons are the first to be born on the Throngs Neck Bridge in over twenty years. They're cute now, but those pigeons and other smaller birds better watch out when they get bigger.
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst may have given former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card an honorary degree, but students and faculty had other ideas. As he was awarded the degree, the crowd booed him, along with some faculty on the stage, managing to drown out the Chancellor's presentation.
From The Huffington Post:
AMHERST, Mass. — President Bush's former chief of staff Andrew Card was loudly booed by hundreds of students and faculty members as he rose to accept an honorary degree at the University of Massachusetts on Friday.
The boos and catcalls _ including those from faculty members who stood onstage with Card _ drowned out Provost Charlena Seymour's remarks as she awarded the honorary doctorate in public service. Protesters claim Card lied to the American people in the early days of the Iraq war and should not have been honored at the graduate student commencement.
Card smiled slightly while Seymour spoke and raised his hand in thanks, then sat down without speaking.
What the &%@# was he smiling at? He knew he didn't deserve the degree. He has no honor and does not deserve a graduate degree in anything other than destroying the Constitution. He recently made the news again when James Comey testified that Card went to John Ashcroft's hospital bedside to manipulate him into approving illegal wiretapping. Andrew Card is a sinister human being that should be in jail for his crimes, not given a bullshit degree from any University.
New York City officials want to put a new law in place that restricts photographers and filmmakers from being possible terrorists. This ridiculous proposition will require a permit to film for more than thirty minutes or ten minutes if you use a tripod. If they think they are going to make us safer by forcing people to go to the city with filming requests, the city has another thing coming.
There is going to be a hearing on the matter in the near future, so if you like to photograph all the interesting sights and people of New York, stay tuned for when this is going to happen. The last thing city rule makers need to be doing is cracking down on artists armed with 35mm cameras. They should pay attention to other things than this type of Big Brother crap.
He banned those little furry creatures from NYC back in 1999 to the dismay of all ferret lovers. Now that he is running for President, ferrets are attacking Giuliani for what they perceive will happen to the country.
Friday, May 25, 2007
If you aren't in tune with the American political scene, one may ask why George Bush still has 28% support in the United States. I certainly try to comprehend it on a daily basis. The man does nothing but erode and destroy the tenets of the Constitution whenever he gets the chance. Like he said, it would be easier if this were a dictatorship, just as long as he was the dictator. Do people out there agree with his statements? You bet they do, and they believe a hell of a lot more as well. Including the literal translation of the bible.
From Editor and Publisher:
NEW YORK About one-third of the American adult population believes the Bible is the actual word of God and is to be taken literally word for word, a new Gallup poll reveals. This percentage is only slightly lower than several decades ago.
Gallup reports that the majority of those "who don't believe that the Bible is literally true believe that it is the inspired word of God but that not everything it in should be taken literally." Finally, about one in five Americans believe the Bible is merely an ancient book of "fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man."
There is also a strong relationship between education and belief in a literal Bible, Gallup explains, with such belief becoming much less prevalent as schooling continues.
So for those of you out there that are having children, please educate your young ones. I have had enough education to be included in that one in five that believe the book is recorded by man to teach morals and tell fables. I do not mean to sound elitist or anything like that, its just religious history shows that this what happened in human history over the past few thousand years. Cultures throughout the world wrote down what their ancestors told them around the fire late at night and taught the good word.
The number of literal believers has gone down, but there is no reason for that decline to stop. There is nothing wrong with learning your morals from religion of course. Just do not use it to attack other societies that you deem 'non-believers' (that goes for all religions). Come on, can't we all just get along?
Giuliani has plenty of critics on the left and also from the social conservative right, but who would have thought Ronald Reagan would weigh in on the race for presidency in 2008? Apparently the gipper thinks Rudy is crazy. Plain frickin nuts as I see him. Reagan didn't actually appear in anyone's visions recently, he said it many years ago when Rudy was just a prosecutor.
From The American Spectator:
Jim Kelly NSC came in to report Philippine legis. is giving us trouble on renewing our mil. bases there. And Giuliani (U.S. Attorney) is talking of drawing up an indictment against Marcos. I think he's crazy.
The quote comes from a June 14, 1988 entry in the diary of our 40th President. If thats what he thought of him then, imagine what he would say after seeing him as a Mayor of New York. Prosecuting someone in the Philippines is nuts when your jurisdiction is in the Northeast is a little out there and the conservative deity's judgment cannot be questioned (at least by the current crop on Neo-Cons and other wing-nuts).
How will the Republican community take this news? It certainly has the possibility of coming up in the next Republican debate, or at least from his new enemy Ron Paul. If the American Spectator can print it, the movement can use it as well.
There is a new thing on the market if you keep forgetting things like crimes committed while in the Bush Administration. Do you have some of the problems below? Democratic Committee Chairs might have an answer for you.
Last night the actor turned Senator turned actor headlined the Prescott Bush awards (apparently it is an honor to receive an award in the name of a Nazi financier) up in Connecticut. He made his little joke about running for office, pretending to make an announcement only to say that Law & Order is about to go on for it's 18th season. Ha frickin ha.
From The Greenwich Times:
"We're living in a nation beset by suicidal maniacs," Thompson said, launching into criticism of the immigration bill.
A strong supporter of the Iraq war, Thompson criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for publicly stating the war has been lost -- "fine, fine message to those people giving their lives for us" -- and the Democrats for debating a timetable for "surrender.
"Al-Qaida have a 100-year plan," Thompson said. "We have a plan until the next election."
Thompson also reiterated his support for President Bush's tax cuts, which have particularly benefited many of the lower Fairfield County residents who sat in the audience last night.
Wow, "beset by suicidal maniacs," those are some tough words about America out of his mouth. Apparently I should fear for my life every time I leave my apartment because those suicidal terrorists are everywhere. Actually Fred, they are more likely to be found in Iraq, spawned by the chaos that President Bush has brought to the war torn country. The war that you support.
Then the non-candidate switched to the benefits of tax cuts??? Well yeah, of course they benefit the people of Greenwich, it is only the richest town in the country. If you were running for President of Greenwich, CT then those tax cuts would be fantastic. Unfortunately for the crowd, the race is for a nation of 300 million people, who are mostly not as wealthy as the residents of Fairfield County. Those tax cuts are only helping to fuel the gap between rich and poor, turning our democracy into an aristocratic society with some haves and a lot of have-nots.
Perhaps you should stick to Hollywood Mr. Thompson.
When you ask Mitt Romney if he is against gay rights, he'll tell you he is all for them. He even had gay people in his cabinet back when he was Governor of Massachusetts. Prior to that, in 1994 he claimed he was more of a friend to the gay community than Sen. Ted Kennedy. It sure sounds like Mitt would help to advance the causes of this mistreated minority...until you look at the other half of what he does and says. Mitt is a terminal flip-flopper and there is no reason to believe anything that comes out of his mouth.
From The Huffington Post:
"What you look for in a leader is someone who will welcome and treat with respect people who made different choices and have different beliefs in their lives and have differences. I have nothing but respect and feelings of tolerance for people with differences from myself and feel that way with regards to those who are gay," he said.
He noted that one of his Cabinet members was gay and that he appointed gays to positions of responsibility in his administration.
"I oppose discrimination against gay people," Romney said. "I am not anti-gay. I know there are some Republicans, or some people in the country who are looking for someone who is anti-gay and that's not me."
He said he is opposed to gay marriage because it's not in the best interest of children.
Oh I see, it is for the young ones' sake. Give me a break, the sexual orientation of a parent has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with how well they will do their job in raising a child. That right-wing talking point is as old and tired as counting how many times Mitt flips his position on any given issue. Why not just come out and say what you believe in that lovely little Republican heart of yours? Or do you have any principles at all besides winning over the audience that is in front of you at any given time?
Ron Paul made it all over the news with his fight against Rudy Giuliani not too long ago and he intends to stay there. Paul could tell by Rudy's 'caveman' response to his assertion that our foreign policy drives world hatred towards us. Apparently Mr. Mayor cannot accept the truth and his only possible option is to refer to the sound, logical reasoning of George Bush (*cough*). So Paul wanted to help out Rudy by giving him a reading list.
Among the books Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Giuliani should read, believe it or not, the "9-11 Commission Report."
"I'm giving Mr. Giuliani a reading assignment," he said Thursday at the National Press Club. "This is what I expect him to read before the next debate."
He's calling for Giuliani to read a total of four books, including "Dying To Win," "Blowback" and "Imperial Hubris." In addition, Paul said his campaign chairman said he would be happy to send Giuliani "Cliff's Notes," in case he is "too busy giving hundred-thousand-dollar speeches on national security."
Very nice hit at the end about the speeches. Paul certainly knows how to dig under someone's skin. Giuliani showed his pain by lashing out with a statement that had nothing to do with what Paul was talking about.
"Mayor Giuliani said it best," said a spokesman. "It is extraordinary and reckless to claim that the United States invited the attacks on Sept. 11. And to further declare Rudy Giuliani needs to be educated on Sept. 11 when millions of people around the world saw him dealing with the terrorist attacks firsthand is just absurd."
This isn't an education on 9/11. It is a course on how the world works with us in it. Actions have consequences both on a playground and the world stage. It seems Rudy was probably the schoolyard bully that just didn't care about who he hurt or what he wrecked.
Ron Paul knows what he is talking about when it comes to Osama. And he has friends with serious records to back up those statements. Michael Scheuer used to lead the CIA force that hunted Bin Laden. Michael said "This war has to do with our foreign policy and its impact in the Islamic world." It would be nice if Rudy actually read those books but I'm not holding my breath, the man is on track to be as thick-headed and stubborn as our current failure-in-chief.
George Bush was busy telling a lie about Alberto Gonzales at a White House Press Conference outside the confines of the building. Karma took that opportunity to hit George with a bomb, of sorts. The weapon wasn't a B-2 Bomber or even a B-17, instead it took the form of a cute little sparrow. The bird was chirping in the trees above when Bush talked about his Attorney General.
From ABC's Political Radar:
As President Bush took a question Thursday in the White House Rose Garden about scandals involving his Attorney General, he remarked, "I've got confidence in Al Gonzales doin' the job."
Simultaneously, a sparrow flew overhead and left a splash on the President's sleeve, which Bush tried several times to wipe off.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Dana Perino promptly put the incident through the proper spin cycle, telling ABC News, "It was his lucky day...everyone knows that's a sign of good luck."
To watch the video, CLICK HERE.
Perino tried to spin the event, but the bird shat on Bush for a reason. It was symbolic of how Bush bombs other countries, leaving the stain of an imperialist foreign policy that bullies the world with abandon. So as our footprint is creating chaos in the world, so did the little sparrow for George Bush and one of his expensive suits.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The death toll was recently upped by one after officials determined that Felicia Dunn-Jones died as the result of the collapse of the World Trade Towers. She had been consumed by the smoke and debris that poured through the streets of Manhattan. Physically she came out of that fateful day but the damage done was internal. A few months later she died of sarcoidosis, which inflammed the heart muscle due to damaged lungs. So what does this case mean? A whole lot.
From The New York Times:
By making a formal connection between Mrs. Dunn-Jones’s death and her relatively brief exposure to the dust, the medical examiner’s decision could have a wide impact on how the city deals with the growing number of illnesses and deaths linked in some way to ground zero.
The city is already under pressure to re-examine the deaths of people like James Zadroga, 34, a New York police detective who worked at the debris pile in the months after the towers fell. Although a New Jersey pathologist who conducted an autopsy last year concluded that Detective Zadroga’s death was linked to trade center dust, city officials have not accepted that finding.
“The city medical examiner has now accepted what thousands of people with 9/11-related illnesses and their doctors have long understood: that ground zero dust was harmful and even deadly,” said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney.
I am proud to say that Carolyn Maloney is my Congresswoman. She is speaking truth that the city still refuses to accept. Many more than Dunn-Jones and Zadroga succumbed to the effects of the dust. There are countless more that are sick and possibly dying. Meanwhile the city and especially then EPA chief Christine Whitman want to deny the reality. By doing that they can escape blame for not adequately protecting the rescue workers from the toxic air.
New York City and the entire nation deserves more than this. It is time for the various responsible factions of our government stand up and take responsibility for their negligence. And if they try to avoid it, they will be pulled into the glare of the spotlight so everyone can see their callous disregard for the brave men and women that helped rescue survivors and begin to repair Lower Manhattan.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" must be one of most idiotic policies in the armed forces concerning their personnel since the days of segregation. Homophobic morons claim that knowing there is a gay individual amongst the ranks reduces moral or some crap like that and it actually got passed into law. The reality is that many people do not care and those that do can generally be convinced by example that gay people are pretty much like the rest of us and can serve their country just as well as someone who is straight.
One of the examples brought into question in recent years is the number of Arabic linguists who have been discharged from their service because of their sexual orientation. In all, 58 have been let go. That means over a thousand hours a week is lost when we could have been deciphering information from Al Qaeda and other nefarious sorts all over the Middle East. One ex-linguist recently gave an interview to give his side of the story.
From the AP:
Former Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Benjamin said his supervisor tried to keep him on the job and urged him to sign a statement saying he was not gay. Benjamin said his lawyer advised against signing because the statement could be used against him later if other evidence surfaced.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Benjamin said he was caught improperly using the military's secret level computer system to send messages to his roommate, who was serving in Iraq. In those messages, he said, he may have referred to being gay or going on a date.
"I'd always had been out since the day I started working there," Benjamin said. "We had conversations about being gay in the military and what it was like. There were no issues with unit cohesion. I never caused divisiveness or ever experienced slurs," said Benjamin, who was in the Navy for nearly four years.
"I'd always had been out since the day I started working there," Benjamin said. "We had conversations about being gay in the military and what it was like. There were no issues with unit cohesion. I never caused divisiveness or ever experienced slurs," said Benjamin, who was in the Navy for nearly four years.
Benjamin's story blows holes in the current law on the books, the one the Pentagon vows to follow, despite all of the evidence that shows the law is a failure. Thankfully outgoing Rep. Marty Meehan is taking up the issue and trying to force a change.
"At a time when our military is stretched to the limit and our cultural knowledge of the Middle East is dangerously deficient, I just can't believe that kicking out able, competent Arabic linguists is making our country any safer," Meehan said.
Meehan has organized a letter signed by 40 other members of the House to seek an investigation on the sanity of letting all of those linguists go. It isn't a repeal of the law, but it is a start. The issue is just one small piece of the picture that shows the policy is a sham and that we need to treat all of our soldiers equally, no matter who they want to sleep with.
A memo just leaked out of Team Hillary suggests that one adviser thinks that Mrs. Clinton should focus on other states and avoid Iowa. This is because Clinton is lagging in the crucial Hawkeye state, currently in 3rd place while John Edwards sits on the top of the heap. Conserving resources is great for the environment, but when it comes to Presidential politics, you give it your all in Iowa.
From the AP:
NEW YORK — Warning that her campaign needs "a new approach to winning," Hillary Rodham Clinton's deputy campaign manager wrote a memo this week urging the Democratic front-runner to bypass next year's Iowa caucuses to focus time and money on states where she's faring better.
Her advisers fearing backlash from Iowa Democrats who cast the first votes of the 2008 presidential race, Clinton denounced the memo hours after it leaked from her headquarters and played down an internal debate over campaign strategy. "I am unalterably committed to competing in Iowa," she told The Associated Press.
The memo from Mike Henry emerged days after a Des Moines Sunday Register poll of likely caucus-goers showed Clinton trailing rivals John Edwards and Barack Obama in Iowa, which is to hold its caucuses Jan. 14, 2008.
Thankfully for Clinton's sake she denounced the memo (and the guy should be fired IMHO) because Iowa is worth whatever it takes. It wasn't long ago that the new Democrat on the block Wesley Clark saw his star fade fast after ditching the Democratic faithful in Iowa.
What Clinton's real problem now is her vote on the war. She's a hawk trying to put on sheep's clothing, but it just ain't working. She says she's against the war, but wouldn't come out and denounce the new "compromise" bill that gives Bush everything he wants without any actual compromise. If she wants to win in the Democratic primary, she better start listening to the people about Iraq.
It isn't just about the war that the President opposes Democrats, he tries to stop the majority party from protecting consumers as well. The one thing many Americans need to get around is gasoline. Price fluctuations in the last few years have been devastating to average people that can barely afford $3 or more gas. So when the Democratic Congress wants to impose criminal penalties on oil executives that take advantage of regular people, Bush sides with the criminals.
From Dow Jones:
The vote comes as lawmakers weigh a number of measures in the face of soaring gasoline prices. The House ignored a veto threat Tuesday to overwhelmingly pass legislation that would allow the Justice Department to sue members of the 11-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, under U.S. antitrust laws.
Democrats defended the anti-gouging package, saying it provides safeguards aimed at protecting small businesses and taking account of supply disruptions created by natural disasters and other problems.
Republicans are "asking this congress to wait until a more perfect time ... to help the American consumer out," said Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. "The American people are suffering right now and they are demanding this Congress take action right now. There can never be a more perfect time for this Congress to take action."
Of course I didn't expect anything different from the President. The only silver lining here is that at least we get the Republicans on record for supporting rich oil executives instead of their constituents who take the hit in the pocketbook. Now if Republicans were smart, they would support the Democratic bill so that we can override the President's veto....I won't be holding my breath.
She sounds like a scared and confused little girl on the stand. Whereas Alberto kept saying "I can't recall," legislators investigating Goodling got all sorts of interesting things to come out of Monica's mouth today. And no, it has nothing to do with cigars.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is usually known as a comedic and affable guy that parades around Kings County. However the stunt he pulled yesterday against the leaders of Community Board 6 was far from funny. The Board was one of Atlantic Yards' most vocal critics, citing the massive building project would over tax streets, sewers and schools. Their condemnation of the development didn't have any teeth because it was a state operation, but Markowitz did not care for their opinions. So he let them go from their positions on the board.
From The New York Times:
In the case of Atlantic Yards, Community Board 6’s resolution last September, though strongly critical, was almost purely symbolic: the project is being managed by a state agency, the Empire State Development Corporation, and is exempt from the city land-use process.
But Celia Cacace, who has been on the board since the early 1980s — long before Mr. Markowitz was elected — said that he took her aside at a community event a few months ago to criticize her and her colleagues.
“He said, ‘I’m going to get rid of everybody on the board that voted for this,’ ” according to Ms. Cacace, 71, whose term expires next year. “He says, ‘Remember, you are my appointee.’ Every time I tried to say something he totally lambasted me.”
Treating an old lady like that is terrible and so is letting her go from her position. Despite the obvious pro-business bent that Marty has over the citizens of the area, there is no excuse to lambast anyone that volunteers time to help make their neighborhoods a better place to live in.Although passionate civic leaders will try to fight to the end, it seems that stopping the project is a lost cause. There are lawsuits still pending on the matter, but I don't see any change in momentum to be very likely. The city wants the revenue that Atlantic Yards will create and has the state to back them up. Unfortunately it seems that the people have lost out on this one.
The hot thing to do these days is to escape self-incrimination, especially if you happen to work with or in the Bush Administration. Monica Goodling has been plastered all over the news (to some degree) but she has competition now from Rove's ex-underling Susan Ralston. As one that worked closely with Bush's Brain, she was privy to a lot of important information and evidently by taking the fifth, criminal activity as well.
Susan Ralston, the former executive assistant to top White House adviser Karl Rove, invoked her rights against self-incrimination while she was being asked to answer questions by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Committee's Chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, announced in a memo Tuesday. The deposition for which she sat concerned contacts between convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Rove, as well as the White House more broadly.
"The subjects this morning that she will be unable to testify to...are the subjects of the relationship between Jack Abramoff and his associates and White House officials, including Ms. Ralston, and the subject of the use by White House officials of political e-mail accounts at the RNC," Ralston's lawyer, Bradford Berenson said, during the May 10 deposition. "She has material, useful information about both of those subjects."
With a grant of immunity, Ms. Ralston just may provide the goods to finger Karl Rove as the evil mastermind of the White House. It is far past the time for this man to be forced out of the Executive branch. Since George would never kick out a loyal partner such as Rove (nor Alberto as well), someone else will have to do it for him. Now if Congress could take the next step past issuing subpoenas and physically remove him from office, we can truly start to get somewhere.
Words can't describe my joy to hear Monica Goodling squeezed by Rep. Artur Davis to admit that Gonzales gave 'inaccurate testimony' to the Congress while under oath.
According to the religious right, homosexuality is a moral sin and the practitioners of it will be damned by God...or something like that. So the news out of Bristol, England poses the question, can flamingos go to hell? Another serious moral question is, should gay flamingos allowed to adopted children? If you think I'm kidding, you might want to read the news from the animal kingdom.
From Yahoo News:
LONDON (AFP) - A pair of gay flamingos have adopted an abandoned chick, becoming parents after being together for six years, a British conservation organisation said Monday.
Carlos and Fernando had been desperate to start a family, even chasing other flamingos from their nests to take over their eggs at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge near Bristol.
But their egg-sitting prowess made them the top choice for taking an unhatched egg under their wings when one of the Greater Flamingo nests was abandoned.
Jane Waghorn, the facility's spokeswoman mentioned that the couple have tried to steal eggs from other flamingos in the past, but to no avail. Now that they have have found the chick, their family can truly begin. She also noted that couples like Carlos and Fernando are not uncommon for flamingos either. So now that Falwell is unable to bash the same-sex couple in the U.K., will Dobson and Pat Robertson step up to battle the gay flamingo community?
Jerry Falwell is known in politics as the man that brought religion into the voting booth. He helped spur millions of evangelicals to support Republicans like Ronald Reagan and George Bush. In the last few years however, he was increasingly seen as a fringe religious nut by many on the left and the right. So when none of the current GOP Presidential hopefuls showed up to honor his death, it wasn't much of a surprise.
From the AP:
Some Republican figures were expected for the funeral, but none of the party's presidential candidates said they could attend. The White House was sending a midlevel aide. Among the Virginia Republican leaders attending was Attorney General Bob McDonnell.
Falwell, 73, died a week ago after collapsing in his office at Liberty University. His physician said Falwell had a heart condition and presumably died of a heart rhythm abnormality.
Despite the absence of the Presidential contenders, there were approximately 10,000 that showed up for the funeral. Those who attended were quite diverse, including a mid-level White House aide, leaders of the religious right, students of Falwell's Liberty University and protesters of course. One person that thankfully didn't attend was Mark David Uhl, who is currently in jail for planning to bomb the funeral. Despite the long list of terrible things Falwell did with his life, there is no excuse for that type of crap.
And he sounds just like Mr. 28% (George W. Bush) here talking about why we were attacked on September 11th. Playing on people's fears and using manipulative phrases is something that the President has inspired in at least this one Republican contender.
Ex-Justice Official Monica Goodling pled the fifth last month to avoid possibly incriminating herself over the U.S. Attorney scandal. Well her testimony today showed that she did indeed commit crimes by helping to get rid of several U.S. Attorneys due to political reasons. Rep. Bobby Smith (D-VA) nailed her on the point, even though she tried to weasel out of admitting she broke the law.
From the AP:
Goodling, 33, quit the department last month and initially pleaded the Fifth Amendment on Wednesday. After being granted court-approved immunity, she admitted that in some instances she may have weighed the political views and affilations of job applicants for jobs as career prosecutors _ a violation of federal law.
"I may have gone too far, and I may have taken inappropriate political considerations into account on some occasions," Goodling said. "And I regret those mistakes."
Justice Department documents show Goodling attended numerous meetings over a year's time about the plans to fire the U.S. attorneys and corresponded with the White House and at least one of the ousted prosecutors before the dismissals were ordered.
Though Goodling forgets that there are tons of emails and documents showing she met with the White House over who to fire. Getting a hold of those documents have been tough, but the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place and it paints a much larger picture than just a spotlight on Paul McNulty. In the end, the portrait will show all of them in the sun, hopefully shown being led into their jail cells, where they belong (Monica excluded of course).
Goodling also testified that Deputy Attorney General McNulty was not fully candid in his testimony and that it was pretty much all his fault. Placing blame on others while squeaking through on an immunity deal seems to be turning out perfectly for her and the White House. McNulty has clearly become the fall guy for the Administration so that Gonzales can remain in his post.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Western New York has its areas that resemble the Great Lakes Region (it is on the east side of Lake Erie) and all of the dilapidated buildings that once represented the enormous steel industry in the area. For many decades the rust has accumulated all over the area, leaving many jobless and spurning the depopulation of the entire region. But now something is different on the horizon of one town upstate named Lackwanna.
From The New York Times:
LACKAWANNA, N.Y., May 21 — Empty grain elevators and dormant railroad tracks line the Buffalo River to the east and Lake Erie to the west, interspersed with empty fields overgrown with gnarled shrubbery. Test wells that monitor decades of buried industrial waste dot the landscape. A passenger ship, rust overtaking its aqua paint, sits beside a decaying mill.
The road from Buffalo to this city to the south offers a stark reminder of the region’s faded past as a hub of industry and shipping.
Yet in the past few months, a different sight has emerged on the 2.2-mile shoreline above a labyrinth of pipes, blackened buildings and crumbling coke ovens that was once home to a behemoth Bethlehem Steel plant: eight gleaming white windmills with 153-foot blades slowly turning in the wind off Lake Erie, on a former Superfund site where iron and steel slag and other industrial waste were dumped during 80 years of production.
“It’s changing the image of the city of Lackawanna,” said Norman L. Polanski Jr., the city’s mayor and a former Bethlehem worker who lost his job when the company stopped making steel here in 1983. “We were the old Rust Belt, with all the negatives. Right now, we are progressive and we are leading the way on the waterfront.”
That type of leadership is exactly what the Great Lakes region needs, along with any other part of the country that has suffered economic depression due to the changing of the times. Building clean energy sources such as wind turbines and large solar panel systems is the way to go for the future. Forget about the high tech ideas like hydrogen and use what the Earth gives us naturally and is easy to use.
The Young Turks talk about how Al Gore and the media have gotten along, in addition to how the media treats other candidates. For the traditional news outlets, it is all about fluff and hardly any substance. Seriously, who cares if Edwards got a $400 haircut? If that is such a pressing issue, why not ask Bush why he spends over $10,000 on a suit.
George Bush really doesn't give two shits about our country, its people, our constitution and our standing in the world. He especially doesn't give a damn about the troops, even though he claims to support them more than the 'traitorous' Democrats. The reality is that most of the country wants us out of Iraq to spare more American blood spilled in vain. Hearing that, Bush's next illogical step is to actually double the size of our forces in occupied Iraq.
From The San Francisco Gate:
The little-noticed second surge, designed to reinforce U.S. troops in Iraq, is being executed by sending more combat brigades and extending tours of duty for troops already there.
The actions could boost the number of combat soldiers from 52,500 in early January to as many as 98,000 by the end of this year if the Pentagon overlaps arriving and departing combat brigades.
Separately, when additional support troops are included in this second troop increase, the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase from 162,000 now to more than 200,000 -- a record-high number -- by the end of the year.
We all know that Bush is going to veto any bill that gets in his way but that does not matter. Let him cut the funding by denying the spending bills with vetoes. As long the Democrats muster the courage to continue sending the President the same exact bill without compromises, then we will have a chance to end the war. If Bush won't budge, neither should we.
Bush touted the first escalation in January before the State of the Union. Now that we all know that move was an abysmal failure, the next escalation is being kept under wraps. Typical bullshit from the White House. Their power goes unchecked by Congress, which is too weak to press ahead for a solution to this mess. Bush can only increase the risk of more dead American soldier if Congress keeps writing the checks.
After the PlaNYC was introduced by the Mayor a month ago, there were a lot of great programs being reviewed. However one was missing, the taxis that hurtle down the streets and avenues of the city. Well Bloomberg made sure they were included today, promising that the entire fleet will consist of hybrids by 2012.
According to the mayor, it will be 25 miles per gallon or bust. That's the fuel efficiency that the mayor is pushing for the city's taxi fleet by the year 2012.
"There's an awful lot of taxicabs on the streets of New York City obviously, so it makes a real big difference," Bloomberg said. "These cars just sit there in traffic sometimes, belching fumes; this does a lot less. It's a lot better for all of us."
Currently, roughly 90 percent of the city's 13,000 yellow cabs are Crown Victorias. And while they may be roomy inside for passenger comfort, they get a paltry 10 to 15 miles per gallon for city driving.
Hybrids can do a lot better than 25 miles an hour, but considering how taxi drivers handle their cars it is pretty good. I've heard some drivers complain about the hybrids lack of power, but frankly I tell them "tough." The air of New York is much more important than enabling their (mostly) reckless driving.
New York City finally has something in the works so that we can have WMD experts based here downstate. The "Civil Support Team" is already based in areas like Boise, Topeka and upstate NY because those are key targets for terrorists, ya know? The two Republican Congressmen from the area, Vito Fossella and Peter King announced at a little press conference to strut their stuff. They claim to have jumped several Congressional hurdles to introduce this, but it seems like a no-brainer to have brought more security to the NYC area immediately following 9/11.
The key move was an amendment, offered by Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., of Watertown, to the House's 2008 Defense Authorization bill, providing funding for a second team in Gotham. What remains is for Congress to approve adding two CST teams to the 55 now in existence nationwide and add more money for fiscal 2008.
The teams are widely scattered with at least one in every state and territory, in such locations as Indianapolis; St. Paul, Minn.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Boise, Idaho; Phoenix; Topeka, Kan.; Honolulu; Augusta, Ga.; Stark, Fla.; Rapid City, S.D., Tacoma, Wash.; Smyrna, Tenn.; and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
New York's Congressional delegation has complained vigorously to the Bush administration that funds for homeland security were being funneled to states and small cities where the actual terrorist threat was minimal compared to New York, where planes hijacked by terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and killed nearly 2,800 people on Sept. 11, 2001.
Why didn't the Republican controlled Congress with Bush flying high at the time swiftly enact this rather inexpensive program? The truth is Bush and his buddies may like to talk tough about terrorism, but in reality do very little about it. Protecting New York City should be priority number one and being the 56th recipient of this program is completely unacceptable.
Not only is it immoral to raise the income of our brave fighting men and women less than the rate of inflation, it is illegal. The law provides troops with receiving a pay increase of at least 0.5% higher than their civilian equivalents. Since inflation was at 3.3 percent, that gives then 3.8, almost a full point more than what the President wants to give our soldiers.
Increases in military salary are traditionally determined by increases in average civilian salary, according to a method of measurement called the Employment Cost Index. Regardless of the actual dollar increase in salary, the base pay for service-members must be at least 0.5% above the corresponding civilian pay because of a Defense Authorization Act which Congress passed in 1999.
The Democrats forgot about the law as well, but they want to fund the troops an extra half-percent, a move the White House "strongly opposed." Now both are required to adhere to the rules on the books. Democrats shouldn't mind at all, but the President has a history of not caring about pesky little things that get in his way. It would be nice if the House Republicans still left over from 1999 would remind George about the bill they passed, but Bush doesn't really care for their opinion either.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Ever wonder how the Fox Network can throw up cultural garbage on their main television network and then scream at the decline of society's morals on their cable news channel? Leave it to one of Fox's own, The Simpsons, to explain it all:
Lenin is known as one of the most influential leaders the 20th century had under its belt and now George Bush can get an honorable mention next to the communist icon. Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) compared the two in regards to how both utilized the tool of propaganda to conform the masses. The Virginian Representative voiced his frustrations today about the troubles he faces dealing with the Administration over Guantanamo Bay.
"This administration, I've never seen an organization that learned the lessons of Lenin as clearly as these guys," said Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) in a Thursday interview. "These guys must tack up Lenin's philosophy on their bedstand every night. Particularly when Lenin suggested if you say something often enough, with enough conviction, everybody will believe it."
Moran was referring to the tactics being used by the Bush administration to fight moves in Congress to close Guantanamo Bay. The Congressman, who has served his Virginia district since 1991, sits on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, which decides the Pentagon's annual budgets. Moran has been tasked by the subcommittee's chairman, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), with devising a plan to shutter Guantanamo Bay.
The congressman spoke to RAW STORY in the Rayburn Room off the floor of the House of Representatives. He had just successfully advanced an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Authorization bill that would require Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to report on how every detainee at Guantanamo Bay could be transferred away from the controversial base. Passing on a close 220-208 vote, the amendment could be an early indicator of the difficulties that may be faced in the broader effort to close the base for good.
After going after Bush again for not closing the facility, he wrapped up the interview by saying that all of these prisoners could be tried in American courts. Unfortunately they are kept locked up for years without trial in Cuba and Iraq with no end in sight. Moran pointed out the Moussaoui case where he was given a trial and it allowed the rule of law to succeed. The process showed that America does have great ideals that would show us in a better light, if only they were followed by the President and his band of crooks.
Moran is also pissed off at Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The comment about doubling Guantanamo may have been meant to get applause from the sycophantic audience, but it does not work in reality. Sixty thousand prisoners are now housed in Iraqi and American detention centers in the chaotic country over there, and there is no way they would all fit in Guantanamo.
New York's bravest are being targeted for a discrimination suit that alleges the testing required join the FDNY is skewed to hurt minority's chances for getting the job. The Department of Justice filed the suit in Federal Court today against the city.
Captain Paul Washington is the past president of the Vulcan Society, a group that brought a lawsuit against the FDNY five years ago. That lawsuit was the basis of the current federal investigation.
"The fire department will be getting what it deserves for not having acted on their own. They have had more than enough opportunity," Washington told CBS 2 in April.
"The guy who gets the 99 or 100 on a test isn't going to be any better than the guy who gets the 80 or 75. The fire department knows that, the mayor's office knows that, everybody does," Washington adds. "They should not use that test as a barometer on who's going to get on the job or not."
Other major cities such as Los Angeles and Boston have 40 to 50 percent or more of their ranks filled with minorities. In New York that number is between 8 and 9 percent. The city claims that the suit is unwarranted and that the Fire Department has made changes to their policy to accept for people of color. Yet no real change has been seen yet since Paul Washington first filed a suit five years ago. It seems like the city is just stalling and because of that, what is left of our Justice Department is set to prosecute and achieve some equality for what is seen as the most honorable fire department in the world.
NILF, or News I'd Like To F**k is the topic of conversation for Samantha Bee on last Thursday's Daily Show. She knew how to hit the cable news media hard for the pathetic attempt to keep viewers with exposed female flesh as opposed to, um, the news:
Thankfully it didn't happen physically at the last Presidential debate, but McCain's words are ratcheting up towards his fellow Republican contender. McCain brutally lashed out at the former Massachusetts Governor by hitting him where it hurts for hardcore Republicans, on immigration.
Not only was the conversation about immigration, it went completely personal. Going off of a couple of Romney's prior statements, McCain compared undocumented Guatemalan workers that Romney employed to the varmint hunting that Mitt says he has taken part of in the past.
"Maybe I should wait a couple weeks and see if it changes," Ryan Sager reports Senator McCain saying in reference to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's position on immigration. "Maybe he can get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his yard."
How nice of McCain to compare Guatemalans to varmints. It is easy to tell how pleasant a person John McCain really is. This type of attack says a lot about McCain and his chances. He knows his campaign has been sagging in a big way for the last couple of months, so he went after the more favored Romney with abandon. I doubt these stunts McCain has been pulling will do him any good. Seeing Giuliani attack Ron Paul at the last debate garner a lot of applause, McCain has joined the race to appease right-wingers any way he can, including attacking his primary opponents in the most personal of ways.
Historians and other people that have PhDs know that there is a problem with the planet. The only morons out there that believe there is no such thing as climate change are either seriously delusional or profiting from feigned ignorance. So it was sad to see today that the Smithsonian revealed that they toned down an exhibit on the changing landscape of the Arctic.
From The Houston Chronicle:
WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution toned down an exhibit on climate change in the Arctic for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration, says a former administrator at the museum.
Among other things, the script, or official text, of last year's exhibit was rewritten to minimize and inject more uncertainty into the relationship between global warming and humans, said Robert Sullivan, who was associate director in charge of exhibitions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
Also, officials omitted scientists' interpretation of some research and let visitors draw their own conclusions from the data, he said. In addition, graphs were altered "to show that global warming could go either way," Sullivan said.
Sullivan pointed out that it wasn't a Bush official that did the pushing. Instead the top administrators were trying to present themselves as good little bureaucrats for the then Republican Congress. Since the Smithsonian is largely funded by taxpayers, getting their budgets filled by Capitol Hill was considered essential, no matter what the price. The top guns at the Museum say there was no politics considered in the matter, but their track record says otherwise. Looks like we have yet another national treasure to clean up after Republicans fouled up the place.
Sullivan left the museum in disgust after his bosses tried to reassign him. As scientists are continually attacked for using science instead of GOP talking points, our country will continue to lose credibility in the world's scientific community.
As Robert Greenwald's film points out, he is guilty of several crimes due to his testimony in front of Congress. False statements, perjury and obstruction of justice can be prosecuted in a court of law. Congress can take the first step and kick his ass to the curb.
Commander Matthew Diaz used to be a Navy lawyer serving as a legal adviser down in Guantanamo Bay. Now he is a convicted man, sentenced to six months and a discharge by his peers in a military jury. What happened between then and now has made a world of difference for victims of torture and the rule of law for our country. Yet the military saw it fit to punish him for it. Diaz knew what was going on down in Cuba was wrong, so he slipped the names of the detainees in a Valentine's Day card and sent it off to a human rights lawyer.
From The New York Times:
In early 2005, as he was concluding a six-month tour of duty as a legal adviser at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Diaz sent an anonymous note to a New York civil liberties group containing the detainees' names.
The Center for Constitutional Rights earlier had won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that terrorism suspects had the right to challenge their detention. But the Pentagon was refusing to identify the men, hampering the group's effort to represent them.
''I had observed the stonewalling, the obstacles we continued to place in the way of the attorneys,'' Diaz told the newspaper. ''I knew my time was limited. ... I had to do something.''
Diaz later apologized to the court for his actions, but stayed resolute in why he acted so bravely for those being imprisoned at Guantanamo. As an officer his ultimate duty is to uphold the Constitution, not the criminal activities of the Bush Administration. He may now claim the act was cowardly, but it made a world of difference for those that have been unjustly detained and tortured for several years now.
The Supreme Court had already decided that the detainees deserved to be able to face their accusers in court, but the Pentagon stonewalled on revealing the names of the prisoners. Diaz fulfilled the obligation of the Army without the top brass' approval. For that he deserves a medal, not what was doled out in a military court. He still has a ray of hope however. Rear Admiral Rick Ruehe still has to approve the sentence. Hopefully the Admiral still has the decency to see what this case is really all about and dismiss the jury's verdict.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Lou Dobbs is known in immigration circles (both hateful and not) for being a vocal critic of people crossing our southern border in search of a better life. Although he subscribes to the terms 'illegal immigration' and 'illegal aliens,' other people such as Laura Flanders know better. She also has the guts to tell him that his speech is dead wrong.
From Orcinus' discussion of Lou Dobbs' May 8th broadcast:
DOBBS: Well, I appreciate it. Thank you, Joe. Laura Flanders, let's talk about Mitt Romney at ...
LAURA FLANDERS, AIR AMERICA: I wanted to come back for a minute to the L.A. story, the last two stories. I think if Dr. King were alive today, he would be talking about what happened on L.A. on May 1st. When you talk about abuse, 240 rounds of rubber bullets and tear gas.
We've gone from legal punishment of illegal aliens to physical punishment, and it's not helped by language like yours, Lou, talking about these [marchers] as being illegal aliens...
DOBBS: Laura, Laura, Laura, that's ridiculous.
FLANDERS: They're not aliens, they're people. And the vast majority of people at these marches are utterly legal. They're not aliens, Lou. They're people, and you're dehumanizing them with that language.
That is exactly what Lou specializes in, dehumanization. It is why right-wing hate groups love to cite him (and appear on his show) in their publications to incite hatred towards the newest immigrants in our country. Due to a backlogged immigration system that does not let very many people in from the south, millions are forced to trek across parched and dangerous deserts to find jobs.
Instead of finding common ground with these immigrants, Lou conveniently forgets his own history (and many others) and chooses this absurd nativist route that helps no one. His type of dialogue only hurts all of us, whether directly from an immigrants' standpoint or collectively when it comes to the health of our nation and what America is all about.
Petraeus lies his ass off with no proof for the hope of our missing soldiers, Tony Blair goes to Iraq pretending everything is going great and Jimmy Carter blasts them all for their insanity:
Arlen Specter seems to think that the no confidence vote next week in the Senate will have an influential impact on the Commander-in-Chief. If he seriously thinks that any part of Congress will have an effect on him, Specter doesn't have a clue as to how Washington is working these days.
Asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" whether many Republicans would join the majority Democrats in voting against Gonzales possibly as early as this week, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania said, "I think so."
"You already have six Republicans calling for his resignation," he said. "I have a sense ... that before the vote is taken, that Attorney General Gonzales may step down."
Gonzales has refused to resign under mounting pressure that began after criticism of the Justice Department's firing of U.S. attorneys which Democrats claimed was done mainly for political reasons.
But President George W. Bush has solidly backed Gonzales so Democrats in the Senate -- who have tried to broaden their complaints against the attorney general -- scheduled a rare "no confidence" vote in hopes of pressuring him to leave.
Congress hasn't been able to pressure the President yet on anything, since he has taken up the role of unitary executive. Six Republicans and all of the Democrats voting for a "No Confidence" of Gonzales won't do anything to stop the White House and what he has accomplished for the power of the executive. The only thing that can stop the Administration from its criminal acts is a vote for impeachment.
Dr. Laura is hated on the left as a right-wing ideologue and the right loves her for her 'moral virtues' or whatever they claim in order to support her hateful radio show. Parents are generally assumed to bestow their good values on their children, yet Dr. Laura's kid got a healthy dose of what she is all about.
From The Salt Lake Tribune:
The soldier son of talk radio relationship counselor Laura Schlessinger is under investigation for a graphic personal Web page that one Army official has called "repulsive."
The MySpace page, publicly available until Friday when it disappeared from the Internet, included cartoon depictions of rape, murder, torture and child molestation; photographs of soldiers with guns in their mouths; a photograph of a bound and blindfolded detainee captioned "My Sweet Little Habib"; accounts of illicit drug use; and a blog entry headlined by a series of obscenities and racial epithets.
The site is credited to and includes many photographs of Deryk Schlessinger, the 21-year-old son of the talk radio personality known simply as Dr. Laura. Broadcast locally on 570 KNRS, "Family Values Talk Radio," the former family counselor spends three hours daily taking calls and offering advice on morals, ethics and values. She broadcast a show from Fort Douglas, in Salt Lake City, last week.
Are these the kind of family values that Dr. Laura admires? She would never admit to it, but one has to ask, how the hell did her kid get so twisted? Perhaps it was seeing the horrors of war or maybe it had to do with his homelife. The military recently banned myspace from its computers much to aggravation of the blogging world and all sites affected by the ban, but maybe it is a good thing to get this guy off the tubes, especially when you hear thoughts like these:
"Yes . . . F---ING Yes!!!" said one blog entry on the Schlessinger site. "I LOVE MY JOB, it takes everything reckless and deviant and heathenistic and just overall bad about me and hyper focuses these traits into my job of running around this horrid place doing nasty things to people that deserve it . . . and some that don't."
Looks like the military needs to put him in a mental ward, definitely not fit for the battlefield. It is kids like these that give us a bad name and rapport with the countries that we invade and occupy, not to mention the idiotic policies that put us there in the first place.
The legendary Black Sabbath song was originally sung in 1970 to protest the Vietnam War. Although that national disgrace is long over, we are more than four years into our latest military blunder. So this song is more important than ever. Here it is, set to the carnage going on in Iraq right now.
A huge parade went down Broadway yesterday to celebrate the arts and dancing in particular. Some of the participants were there as a symbol of protest against the city's arcane laws against dancing in certain establishments. A law from 1926 prohibits clubs from allowing more than two people dancing without a hard to obtain permit. Only 170 spots across the city have these permits, and that law needs to change. Norman Siegel is fighting to do just that.
From The New York Times:
Norman Siegel, one of the lawyers who filed the suit against the city, boogied in the parade alongside some hip-hoppers and spoke to the crowd afterward. “Dancing is expressive activity, and the government should not be regulating or prohibiting our right to dance,” he said. Two lower courts have already rejected his argument that dancing is a form of free expression, but last month he asked the Court of Appeals to review those decisions.
Though Ms. Tamam said the parade was less about protesting than advocacy and education, many groups took the opportunity to call attention to the law.
“I’ve been screaming, ‘Fight the cabaret laws’ for four hours,” said Luis Vargas, 35, a Manhattan health counselor and a member of the newly formed House Coalition, made up of house music devotees who oppose the cabaret laws. “We refuse to give up the cause. It’s not a crime to dance.”
It isn't a crime to dance, but Bloomberg has been dragging his feet with no rhythm in sight to change the law. He has said in the past he would have it changed, but nothing has been done since. This may seem like a silly little thing, but it is a big deal for many party-goers.
Norman and his supporters have gone to the courts, only to leave in vain. The judges dismissed his argument that dancing is a freedom of expression. That is just ridiculous. The Court of Appeals is going to look into the matter, but Bloomberg can clear it up quickly along with the City Council. So Mr. Mayor, what is the big deal? Get your groove on and update the law already.
The good book is considered by some to be an unholy publication filled with tales of rape and incest. The aspect of violence also has irked many over in Hong Kong and calls for it to be put in the smut category has gained momentum.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - More than 800 Hong Kong residents have called on authorities to reclassify the Bible as "indecent" due to its sexual and violent content, following an uproar over a sex column in a university student journal.
A spokesperson for Hong Kong's Television and Entertainment Licensing authority (TELA) said it had received 838 complaints about the Bible by noon Wednesday.
The complaints follow the launch of an anonymous Web site -- www.truthbible.net -- which said the holy book "made one tremble" given its sexual and violent content, including rape and incest.
The situation caused quite a disturbance in the city that China has tried to communize. Ministers in the region have largely shrugged off the controversy, citing that just because it is written does not mean it is advocated for. As for the bible being put in foil wrappers behind the counter, it seems highly unlikely. Still, the porn industry has to have an ironic smile for this one.