Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Why You Shouldn't Vote for McCain

I've said it before to people, and I'll keep saying it. If you're a progressive (or liberal, leftie, etc.) you really shouldn't vote for John McCain (if he runs for president or something). You wouldn't like it. He refers to himself as a "Barry Goldwater conservative" and Phyllis Schlafly and her Eagle Forum gave him a perfect 10 rating as the ideal conservative candidate. ProgressivePunch gives McCain a pretty lousy "progressive score" of 13.63% (which is high for a Republican, but still far below even the most conservative Democrat). What I'm saying is, you can respect the guy and still realize he wouldn't represent your best interests or the best interests of this country. He's in favor of teaching intelligent design, favors rigid bans on gay marriage, and recieved a score of 0 from NARAL. Read more about "The Real McCain" here, it is worth your while.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Some Sidebar Additions

I updated the sidebar today to include some other blogs that I read. Here's the list of what's new:

Blogs:

Ali's Adventures (Personal) - A blog kept by a friend of mine on her travels and experiences in Africa. She's doing good work and having fun. What more can one ask for?

The Carpetbagger Report - Insightful analysis and news from one of the best lefty blogs out there. For when you're itching to read something other than Kos (hey, it happens sometimes).

Morgan Spurlock's Blog (Personal) - The guy who made Super Size Me and 30 Days has his own blog. Funny and smart, much like his work.

RivalFaction's Xanga Site (Personal) - This guy wrote a good book about The Clash and he released interviews and other writings on that band on his blog from time to time. He also has some excellent analysis of pop culture (from Green Day to The X-Files) which is not to be missed.

The Rude Pundit
- He's well... rude. He's also smart and provocative. His posts (rants, diatribes, what have you) are always thought provoking and make and excellent addition to the canon of political blogs.


Torrentfreak
(Tech) - A great blog for fellow geeks who like to use Bittorrent for downloading stuff. Tips, news, updates, and more. Check it out.

News:

CNet News - Comprehensive Techie News. It's the New York Times of the Tech world.

Shoutwire - "Open Source" News covering a range of topics. Probably kind of techie/geeky in bent, but encompassing all kinds of topics. The open source model may be the future of news.

Slashdot - Slanted for "nerds" and "geeks." A little more sub-culture vibe than CNet and another vital source of tech news and inforrmation.

Bittorrent & Firefox

For everyone that uses Firefox and downloads stuff via BitTorrent, you would all be advised to check out TorrentFreak's article on integrating BitTorrent and Firefox more seamlessly. Included is a a lot of useful info and some advice and tips that extend beyond just Torrents. Check it out here.

(Via Shoutwire)

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Holy Lack of Updates Batman/Happy Thanksgiving

Wow, I haven't updated in a while. Probably for a number of reasons. One is Civilization III. Another is the semester is wrapping up at my college. Still another is that I just wanted a little break. Updates will likely be sporadic until... well... maybe until after January. I'll figure that out later. I'll try and get back in the swing of things a bit next week. For now, I just want to wish y'all a Happy Thanksgiving; and in honor of this delicious holiday, here are the lyrics to Adam Sandler's "Thanksgiving Song:"
Love to eat turkey
Love to eat turkey
Love to eat turkey
'Cause it's good
Love to eat turkey
Like a good boy should
'Cause it's turkey to eat
So good
Turkey for me
Turkey for you
Let's eat the turkey
in my big brown shoe
Love to eat the turkey
At the table
I once saw a movie
With Betty Grable
Eat that turkey
All night long
Fifty million Elvis fans
Can't be wrong
Turkey turkey doo and
Turkey turkeydap
I eat that turkey Then I take a nap
Thanksgiving is a special night
Jimmy Walker used to say Dynomite
That's right
Turkey with gravy and cranberry
Can't believe the Mets
traded Darryl Strawberry
Turkey for you and
Turkey for me
Can't believe Tyson
Gave that girl V.D.

White meat, dark meat
You just can't lose
I fell off my moped
And I got a bruise
Turkey in the oven
And the buns in the toaster
I'll never take down
My Cheryl Tiegs poster
Wrap the turkey up
In aluminum foil
My brother like to masturbate
With baby oil
Turkey and sweet potato pie
Sammy Davis Jr.
Only had one eye

Turkey for the girls and
Turkey for the boys
My favorite kind of pant
Are corduriys
Gobble gobble goo and
Gobble gobble gickel
I wish turkey
Only cost a nickel
Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Boycotting Coke

I'm gunna! And I would recommend if you have any pretension of giving a shit about worker's rights and/or human right you do the same. Here's the deal:

Coca-Cola's Latin American subsidieries (owned 100& by Coca Cola) in Colombia have ties with the right wing paramilitary hit squads that operate in a quasi-governmental capacity within the country (and are funded in part by the United States government... but that's a seperate although related discussion). They have used to these ties to murder, detain, kidnap, and generally try to stike fear into the heart's of union organizers at Coke's bottling facilities. This is illegal on various national and international levels and is something beyond the capacity of mere capitalistic practices. It's punishable by law and a lawsuit is currently be filed against Coca Cola and its affiliates in the U.S. (under the old Alien Tort act passed by the Continental Congress over 200 years ago). Coca Cola claims they can't control their subsidiaries (which they own) but tell their board members and concerned customers that they oversee operations and make sure that nothing bad is happening. If you want to find out more about why you should boycott check out this site here.

So, why bother boycotting Coke? Because they're getting scared. The appeasement process is beginning and if a few more colleges join the boycott (and/or a large enough group of consumers) Coca Cola may very well take action to reform their practices. Plus, as I said before, this is one of those issues where if you claim to care about human rights and workers rights and you don't do something about this, you're probably a total hypocrite. Boycotting Coca Cola is not the same as boycotting Wal Mart (or similar). Many of us (myself included) can't boycott stores like Wal Mart because we can't afford to shop anywhere else. But, Coca Cola is a luxury item. You don't need it. There are about 80 cajillion alternatives (including local alternatives which taste better) and it's not going to cost you extra money to not drink Coke. In fact, it'll save you money and be healthier for you. Basically, what I'm saying is that if you choose to ignore a company's horrendous business practices simply because you don't feel like depriving yourself of a cola... well, that's just sad. And you don't get to talk about how bad the world is anymore, because you'd rather let Colombian workers die at the hands of paramilitary troops than stop drinking a soft drink. Or something. Do whatever you want. It's a free country. Just think about it, that's all.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Open Source

An Open Source Bubble? Looks like:
Venture capital firms are pouring more money into start-ups that adhere to open-source practices, such as giving away technology for free. That rush could result in an investment bubble, similar to that seen in the early days of the Web, several industry executives cautioned at the Open Source Business Conference last week.

Mostly interesting from a nerdly (and business I guess) perspective, it'll be interesting to see how the open source boom plays out. I'm guessing bubble.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Liars!

To follow up on the previous post, I hope that people are ready to put their money where their mouth's are 'cuz check it out:
A top member of Al Qaeda in American custody was identified as a likely fabricator months before the Bush administration began to use his statements as the foundation for its claims that Iraq trained Al Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons, according to newly declassified portions of a Defense Intelligence Agency document.

The document, an intelligence report from February 2002, said it was probable that the prisoner, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, “was intentionally misleading the debriefers’’ in making claims about Iraqi support for Al Qaeda’s work with illicit weapons.

The document provides the earliest and strongest indication of doubts voiced by American intelligence agencies about Mr. Libi’s credibility. Without mentioning him by name, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Colin L. Powell, then secretary of state, and other administration officials repeatedly cited Mr. Libi’s information as “credible’’ evidence that Iraq was training Al 8Qaeda members in the use of explosives and illicit weapons.

As more information becomes available it seems more and more clear that the President (and others in power) weren't simply "hearing what they wanted to hear" or that everyone had been onboard with what they were saying. There was readily available evidence that cast serious doubt on Bush's justification for war. And that information didn't just "not reach the president." It was deliberately ignored. Which led to a war we never should have started. And that, my friends, is what they call an impeachable offense.

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It Warms My Heart

To make up for my fairly negative post yesterday, I thought I'd point you all in the direction of a heart-warming post at RelentlesslyOptimistic. The crux of the post is here:
By a margin of 53% to 42%, Americans want Congress to impeach President Bush if he lied about the war in Iraq

[...]

The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,200 U.S. adults from October 29 through November 2.

Ahhh... that makes me feel good. Doesn't it make you feel good? It makes me feel good because I feel like maybe finally, FINALLY, the people in the good 'ol U.S. of A. are waking up and figuring out just how messed up everything is now... and maybe they're finally about willing to call to task those who are ultimately responsible. One can hope.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Uggghhh...

***WARNING: The below rant is significantly angrier than usual and contains many more inappropriate words than I usually put in a post. So, if you get too upset about it... chill out. I put the warning up after all***

Okay, I'm going against my usual tendency to not post on weekends because there is something kind of bothering me. And its not something the right wing is doing. It's something from within the Lefty camp (to be fair, a lot of shit that goes on in the Lefty camp bothers me... but I try to ignore cuz most of 'em have there hearts in the right place). Anyways, this particular little group is called "Breasts not Bombs" (heard about it just now from one of the big blogs... don't remember which right now though), and I just want to say something to them. Stop it. Please. You're not helping any liberal cause. You're just alienating people that believe in public decency. Like me, actually. As I've told friends before, nothing has had the power to shift me to the right more than spending time on an ultra-liberal college campus (don't get me wrong, I'm still pretty damned liberal) where people regularly just try and be total fucking jackasses for the sake of being "different." Well fucking stop it. I mean it. I'm not saying don't have your alternative lifestyle or whatever, I'm just saying that when you go around topless claiming its some kind of protest, don't go around complaining people are "keeping you down" or whatever. Because they're not. You're being rude and unecessarily confrontational. If you think it's wrong that people are so uptight about indecent exposure (or whatever you want to call it), fine. But you know what? Rubbing your notions of having evolved beyond our society's moral structure (or whatever bullshit thing you claim) at people's faces isn't how to change minds. It's how you get people pissed off at you. Even (and maybe especially) folks like me who would agree with your basic points otherwise. Is there a coherent thread here? There should be if you pick throught the ranting carefully enough. Basically, to all my fellow lefties, try a LITTLE FUCKING TACT and maybe you'll get someone to agree with our point of view. But, and I can guarantee you this, any whiff of decadence or hedonism (this latter is especially a problem in liberal enclaves) and people will NOT FUCKING LISTEN TO YOU. I don't care who your target audience is and I don't care what the message is. If you just try and flaunt how little society's values mean to you then people will not care what you have to say and you will not have many friends outside of idiotic college students (you got me, I'm a college student. Take what I have to say with a grain of salt. I won't hold it against you) who think that their hedonist lifestyle is some kind of god-given right to man. Uggh... I don't even have a point anymore.

P.S. Yes, I'm aware that I probably shouldn't be such a jerk to those that I basically agree with. So... I'm sorry. I guess. Just try not to piss me off too much with idiotic stunts in the future and I'll try to overlook all the crap you guys do to bug me; and maybe I'll even try and loosen up a bit. Deal?

P.P.S. This rant definitely isn't directed at anyone particularly who I know reads this (all 2 or 3 of you). And it certainly isn't meant to say anything like "alternative lifestyles are bad" or anything. It's more a plea that some of the left that is actually loonie try and... not be. We'd appreciate it.

Friday, November 04, 2005

The Friday Bootleg

Hi all! Time for the Friday Bootleg. I think we are perhaps best served by enjoying one of the greatest ska bands of all time. Prepare for THE SPECIALS! w00t w00t! Seriously though, enjoy it. Or else.

How about, in the spirit of the band, i lay out the lyrics to one of there greatest songs. That's right, it's time to read the lyrics to "Little Bitch:"
If you ever hear a noise in the night
your body starts to sweat,
it shakes and shivers in fright
you go and sleep with your mother
she hates you guts
she knows that you love her
so she holds you tight
all through the night in to the broad daylight
And when she doesn't come home
you'll have to sleep alone
then you wet your bed and I think that's sad
for a girl of 19 it's more than sad, it's obscene!
1,2
And your girlfriend sweet little 17
she's got her layered hair and her flared jeans
you know what that means, she's just a little queen
she shares your London flat
she thinks that London's where it's at
Although it stinks and when it rains you wear your hat
and your plum colored pvc wet- look maxi mac
You tie your ginger hair back in a bun
you're the ugliest creature, under the sun! 1,2 Go!
1,2
And you think it's about time that you died, and I agree
so you decide on suicide
you tried but you never quite carried it out
you only wanted to die in order to show off
and if you think you're gonna bleed all over me
you're even wronger than you'd normaly be
And the only things you want to see are kitsch
And the only thing you want to be is rich
Your little pink up-pointed nose begins twitch
I know you know you're just a little bitch! 1,2!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Rock on Salazar!

He be my main man... check it out:

Some Democratic members of the group said Tuesday that it was premature to rule out a filibuster on Judge Alito's nomination.

"It certainly is a possibility," Senator Ken Salazar, a Colorado Democrat in the group, said.

"It may include some Republicans as well as Democrats," Mr. Salazar said, criticizing the president for naming a man instead of a woman to succeed Justice O'Connor. "America deserves better than what we got here."


You make us Coloradans proud by not being a douche, thank you Senator Salazar.

Article

(Via DailyKos)

Go Harry Reid!

Today (or yesterday, I haven't been to sleep so it's still today dammit!) was one of those days that makes me happy to be an American. Or maybe not necessarily happy to be an American, but it maintains my faith that some good can come from this country and its government.

Today, Harry Reid did a monumental thing. When faced with partisanship from the Right, and a group of individuals who cared so little for consulting the other side of the aisle, Harry Reid has decided to start using the rules of the Senate against the Majority to force the Republicans to make good on their earlier promises as well as consider the flagrant violation of the trust of the American people by the current administration.

The only worry is, could it be too little, too late?

Ever since the 2000 election, when Bush was voted into office 5-4 instead of actually winning any election, Democrats have seemed a bit downtrodden. And after 2004, when we nominated Kerry (bad frickin' idea) and lost, the fire died a little more. But something good happened then, and that was the loss of Tom Daschel and the ascension of Harry Reid to the minority leaders post.

Let me say I frevently believe that Harry Reid was made to be minority leader. He clearly proved that he was unafraid to play hardball with the Republican monopoly over our country, and he tossed off the gloves and started throwing his punches. And today, he delivered one of those left-hooks that will not soon be forgotten. And Harry Reid has done a heck of a lot for us.

But, I'm worried that it just wasn't enough. I'm worried that the Democrats have become too complacent, too weak, to oppose Scalito. I'm worried that some of them will cave. I didn't care much when Sen. Leahy spoke against Sen. Reid, and I'm frightened of a Democratic defection to support a man so completely batshit fucking insane that he earned the nickname Scalito. I'm worried about some senators, possibly Joe Lieberman, my great Senator from the state of Connecticut, deciding to go along with the Republicans for 'the sake of the country.'

What we need now, more than anything else, is a strong opposition. We need to shut down the Right, we need to take back our nation, and we need to make sure that a strong message is sent to the Right - you either work with us, or we'll shut everything down until you do. You either give Americans democracy, or we'll FORCE you to give Americans democracy.

The Democrats need to keep this up. Reasonable Republicans need to realize how incompetent, corrupt, and morally bankrupt this current Republican monopoly of our nation is. And they must come together to denounce those who exploit America for personal gain for the sake of democracy. Because, Right or Left, Red or Blue, Republican or Democrat, we all believe in democracy. And that is what makes us Americans - Democracy.