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Thursday, April 28, 2005

"Yo Mr. Pope Guy"

Fair's fair. We'll give almost anybody a chance to get settled in to the new job and rearrange the furniture in the office. No problem. Take your time, stock up on snacks, maybe do some interviews.

People want to be nice. They want to be nice to their neighbors, to their friends and even to clerks at the grocery store. Most people don't go around picking fights or being nasty. OK, some do, but they're assholes. Most don't, so they try to be nice to others. It's the Golden Rule thing and it still works after all these years.

The old Pope died over a week ago now. He was kind-looking and anti-Communist and so a lot of people liked him. That's cool. But beneath the kindly face he lorded over a lot of folks and made their lives miserable.

While the old Pope, JPII, looked kindly, he told people dying of AIDS in Africa that they shouldn't use condoms. Doctors would say he was dishing out dangerous advice, even deadly advice. You should use condoms in Africa, in Panama, in Paris, and in Pittsburgh. It's a good idea. JPII was wrong.

Also if you happen to have a vagina, you better mind your place, and your place is not at the altar. The Church doesn't think women can be priests. In some other religions women ARE priests, no problem. It sounds a lot like sexist discrimination. So all you Catholic women out there, don't get any ideas in your heads about being priests, just bake some cookies and bring them to the next church social.

As for lesbians and gays, well, the Church thinks what you like to do in bed is "evil." That's the term both JPII and the new Pope uses. The whole phrase is “intrinsic moral "evil." That's the kind of talk you get from people who want to control what others do with their pee-pees. Maybe the new Pope could worry more about tsunami victims who need food and housing and clothes and forget about whose dick gets sucked in St. Louis, and by whom. Just a suggestion.


Let's not do any of the guys-in-dresses jokes, let's let the courts handle the abuse cases, let's not debate whether the Bible is literally true or not, and let's not nail the new guy because of the brief Hitler Youth gig. But let's do ask that this man be kind in the things he says and does. If you're a Pope, you're a religious celebrity. A kind of high-profile leader who can make things happen. If we are nice to our neighbors, you be nice to them, too. And many of our neighbors are women. Some are AIDS patients. Some are gays and lesbians. And all of them are human beings.

So yo Mr. Pope Guy. Summon your heart and mind and get to work.

- Messenger (New contributor to the blog)

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

We all know Bush and the Saudi royal family are buddy buddy but when my parents are paying $2.30 and up for gas right now I can't help but put this on the site. I got it from an anonymous emailer.

Caleb


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

What party really supports the troops? Sure more Republicans have the made in China "support our troops" yellow ribbon magnets on their cars but having that sticker on your car doesn't really help any of our soldiers. What does help is when they get $1.98 billion in additional funding for veterans' care which apparently the GOP is against. So if you have that yellow magnet and making sure our troops get adequate care is one of your main political beliefs then maybe your need to consider a change in parties because the Democrats support our troops in real tangible ways not just with phony yellow ribbons.

Caleb

GOP Rejects Added VA Hospital Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Tuesday defeated a Democratic effort to provide almost $2 billion in additional healthcare funding for veterans, rejecting claims that Veterans Affairs hospitals were in crisis.

The proposal was part of an $80.6-billion emergency spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other military costs. The bill is slightly less than the $82 billion President Bush sought and the $81.4 billion approved by the House.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) proposed providing $1.98 billion in additional funding for veterans' care. She said VA hospitals were underfunded and overcrowded. "There's a train wreck coming," Murray warned.

Republicans denied that the VA facilities had such serious problems. They noted that the Bush administration had said the additional funding wasn't needed and that it had enough money to cope with emergencies.

Murray's proposal was defeated in a 54-46 vote, mostly along party lines.

The Senate's Republican leaders hoped to have the bill approved by the end of the week and ready for Bush's signature by the end of the month. But the timing of the bill has become uncertain, with Senate leaders dealing with stacks of amendments and a possible battle over immigration restrictions.

Immigration issues posed a potentially greater obstacle for the bill's swift passage.

The House version of the bill includes measures to tighten border security, such as requiring states to verify they aren't giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, granting judges broader power to deport political asylum seekers suspected of being terrorists, and allowing constructions of barriers for border security without regard to environmental protections.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said he had been urging senators to hold off on the immigration and border security proposals until the Senate had a chance to consider separate, more comprehensive legislation.
I came across this post on www.democraticunderground.com today. I think he makes a really great point that we all know but don't often enough think about.

"I was just laying down, and turned the TV on to see the chimp in the rose garden honoring the New England Patriots.

He's got time for this bullshit, but not the time to honor the brave fallen men and women he sent to die for oil?

I'm sorry, but this is insane. The "support the troops" meme is worn out on me. If he really supported the troops he would've only sent them if necessary, he would've prepared them for battle with the equipment they needed, he would've sent ENOUGH of them to get the job done, he wouldn't have cut veterans benefits, and finally, he would lead the nation in honoring and mourning our war dead."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Press Release of Senator Kerry
Statement by John Kerry on John Bolton’s Nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Below is a statement from Senator John Kerry on today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the appointment of John R. Bolton to serve as the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:

Monday, April 11, 2005

“John Bolton is the wrong choice to serve as America’s voice at the United Nations.

“Mr. Bolton’s diplomatic tin ear and penchant for hostile rhetoric have hurt America’s interests. As the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Mr. Bolton was responsible for halting the spread of weapons of mass destruction, yet he achieved little in the way of either arms control or international security. America secured more nuclear material in the two years before September 11th than in the two years after. On his watch, North Korea and Iran have become burgeoning nuclear states, with North Korea’s nuclear arsenal quadrupling from two warheads to eight today. His inability or refusal to resolve a liability question with the Russians has left enough plutonium for thousands of weapons virtually unsecured.

“New reports that Mr. Bolton attempted to intimidate intelligence analysts who did not share his views are deeply disturbing. Given our recent tragic experience with intelligence failures, it’s clear we cannot afford more of the same.

“There is no single reason why John Bolton is a bad choice to represent the United States at the U.N. -- there are several. If his past is any indication of the future, John Bolton is ill-suited to be our representative to the United Nations. His hostility to the U.N. itself makes him an unlikely person to lead the strong alliances the White House now says we need to address our common threats.”

Sunday, April 10, 2005

CLINT CURTIS PASSES POLYGRAPH EXAM!
Story Broken in Florida's St. Petersburg Times by Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter!
Still Manages to Mangle, Misrepresent and Omit Several Key Elements of the Story!


After many months and many requests and many challenges from both critics and Mainstream Media types, The St. Petersburg Times is reporting -- and The BRAD BLOG can confirm -- that Clint Curtis took a polygraph test on March 3rd...and passed!

The lie-detector test, administered to Curtis by Tim Robinson, the retired chief polygraph operator for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, found that the Florida whistleblowing software designer who has charged in a sworn affidavit that he was asked by U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) to create an electronic vote-rigging software prototype in 2000, was indeed found to be truthful in all of his responses!

And yet, the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Lucy Morgan, who was hand-delivered the scoop, still manages to make a mockery of it. An object lesson of the MSM in full-blown retrograde...

URL: http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001313.htm

Saturday, April 02, 2005

I'm just wondering how much support abstinence education will recieve since a new study on abstinence pledges has been released by the US government:

Just 2 percent of youth who never took a pledge said they had had anal or oral sex but not intercourse, compared with 13 percent of "consistent pledgers."


Bill Maher had some funny commentary on this:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2005/04/01/abstinence/index.html

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