Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers just withdrew. go to your favorite news site.

Personally, I think she threw herself on her sword, and knew she would do so from the very beginning.

After all, now Bush can put up nearly any others of his cronies and they'll likely be better qualified. Not qualified mind you, but better qualified. The standard has been set.

That said, the line her speech supporting Roe v. Wade,
The ongoing debate continues surrounding the attempt to once again criminalize abortions or to once and for all guarantee the freedom of the individual women's [sic] right to decide for herself whether she will have an abortion.
did make me sad. But I am absolutely not in favor of anyone getting on the most highest muckety muck judiciary who isn't skilled and experienced at actually interpreting the law and applying it to different situations. Even if she seems to support something I consider foundational.

I'm done talking about it though, the rest of you have at it. has the original AP story.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Google Purge. Download it now.

This is funny. Google announces plans to destroy everything it can't index. At the Onion.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Why is this Breaking News!?! Albert Einstein was actively opposed to lynching, segregation, and racism

Of over 100 biographies on Einstein, this is the first to even mention Paul Robeson or lynching. Kudos to Book TV on C-SPAN. This weekend I was able to watch Journalist Fred Jerome and author Rodger Taylor, discuss their book Einstein on Race and Racism. Although known as a non-joiner, and a person of dis-frumpled solitude, he was, it turns out, member of no fewer than 14 anti-racist/segregationist organizations, with involvement with the NAACP, the Civil Rights Congress and the Southern Conference Educational Fund. He offered to travel to DC to testify on behalf of W.E.B. DuBois when our gov't arrested him for being an agent of a foreign power. (in case you aren't aware, without evidence of doodly squat, except that Mr. DuBois held leftist political ideas - story available at the link below to LogosJournal)

Those who want to argue that racism is no more need look no farther than the silence of 100 biographers on this area of his life. One might argue that in the 50's and 60's biographers of his scientific mind might not want to "complicate matters," but for that silence to continue? Why don't we know the full story of this man and just his scientific achievements and personal fuddy-duddyness?

From the website of the Book:
The book uses Einstein’s letters and personal exchanges with such figures as W.E. B. Du Bois and Paul Robeson as evidence for his commitment to racial equality and the anti-lynching campaign. “Einstein on Race and Racism” includes interviews with African-American members of the community in New Jersey where Albert Einstein lived.

On the eve of Einstein’s move to America he joined the international campaign to save “the Scottsboro Boys,” nine African American teen-agers from Alabama, falsely accused of rape – eight of them sentenced to death in 1931. For Einstein, the Scottsboro Defense was the first of several protests against racial injustice in the American legal system. For J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI, it was the first “Communist Front”

[At Lincoln University] "His visit was “in a worthwhile cause,” he told the assembled students and faculty. “The separation of the races [segregation],” he declared, “is not a disease of colored people, but a disease of white people,” adding, “I do not intend to be quiet about it.”
read more from Logos Journal.

Read the Preface, then the article/overview above, then buy the book.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Why does Tom DeLay get to smile in a Mug Shot?

That's just wrong.

The Smoking Gun has the Big Picture

Thursday, October 20, 2005

What's the Definition of "Failure"?

According to Google, it's ... well, I don't want to spoil it for you.

Go ahead. Google "Failure." Click either Google Search or I'm Feeling Lucky.

Seriously. Do it.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Love Won Out counter protest scheduled

According to, there is a protest scheduled to preceed the opening of the LWO conference.

7:30AM: 88 Tremont Street. Large-Scale Protest against the anti-gay conference by Focus On The Family. Show up to protest the start of James Dobson's/Focus On The Family's "Love Won Out" Conference that aims to "prevent and cure homosexuality."

This protest will join the anti-war protest at noon, they will march with them, and, according to this website, they will all return to stop in front of the LWO conference site.

Contrary to what I said earlier, I won’t be attending this Conference because I have to be back here to run the Costume Parade at the Halloween Party at 5 pm. If there’s a massive demonstration, I’ll never get out of Boston in time to return to Western Massachusetts by 5.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

NRA vs. PETA? A Throw down death match? Tonight on Pay Per View

Honest to G-d. This is the text of a letter sent out by Wayne LaPierre about the debate he accepted with Andrew Butler of PETA. Tonight, no lie, on Pay Per View.

The letter was re-typed by Andrew Connor, and posted here. Typos, I assume, are his.
I have added Color for emphasis, to pull out my favorite bits.

FBI Statements of Congressional hearings in May of 2005 make it clear that a major terrorist support netword ks now actively operating in your home state of North Carolina.

And some of your neighbors are probably contributors or even members.

This group provides major financial aid to arsonists and fire bombers. They massacre thousands of dogs and cats each year. They conduct psychological warfare against your values by providing hate literature to schoolchildren. They have recruited 235,000 classroom teachers across America to their cause. And they have left no doubt in my mind that they will do whatever it takes to ban your hunting forever.

I have been warned not to stand in the direct path of these fanatics -- because I could become a target of their hate.

And I have been warned by a representative of a major U.S. corporation that those who oppose this terrorist network are routinely stalked, harassed, and intimidated.

But I believe in my heart that someone needs to draw a line in the sand. Someone needs to break the silence. And because you've invested your trust in me to lead the NRA and lead our cause, I believe this is a fight I can't walk away from.

That's why I have accepted a television offer to debate one of the leaders of this organization -- Andrew Butler -- in a nationally-televised broadcast on October 18, 2005.

I need you to watch this debate. I need you to tell your friends about it. Because the group I'm talking about -- whose spokesman I will debate -- has an admitted track record of supporting a movement now considered by the FBI to be the #1 domestic terrorism threat to you, your family and your safety.

I'm not talking about Al Qaeda. I'm not talking about Hamas or Hezbollah.

The group I'm talking about is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) -- which, along with two groups they support, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) are the most fanatical and most extremist anti-hunting organizations in the world.

Right now, most Americans -- including gun owners, hunters and even NRA members -- have no idea what PETA really stands for or what they really do.

Some of your own neighbors could be among those who are sending nearly $30 million a year in tax-deductable contributions to PETA -- duped by slick ads claiming that their money will help find homes for stray dogs and cats.

But most are unaware that their money also helps to provide legal defense funds for extremists who use harassment, intimidation, and even terrorist tactics to achieve their aims.

But the more I've learned about PETA since accepting this invitation to debate, the more strongly I believe that the American People need to know the real truth about the growing "animal rights" movement.

And the more I believe that NRA members and hunters must step out and become the front-line defenders against PETA -- the biggest, richest and most powerful organization backing and supporting the "animal rights" terrorist movement across American and around the world.

You and I need to lay bare PETA's outrageous record of hypocrisy, zealotry and disregard of human life for all thee world to see. If children must die so that mosquitoes or lab rats can live, that's justifiable in their eyes.

Your neighbors and their nearly one million supporters of PETA need to know that when they send their contributions, they're supporting "animal rights" terrorists. Indoctrinating kids to hate. Shutting down medical research. And slaughtering animals that PETA pretends to protect.

They've provided cash assistance and legal defense funds to memebers of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) -- organizations that are part of an eco-terrorist network that the FBI says is America's "most serious domestic terrorism threat."

And just as Saddam Hussein once provided $25,000 cash to the families of suicide bombers, PETA provided a similar amount to the family of Rodney Coronado -- who was convicted of a multi-million dollar firebombing at Michigan State University.

And they're packaging their madness and pitching it to our kids, too.

One of PETA's newest campaigns, "Your Mommy Kills Animals," is targeting children in 20 states across the natino with a "comic book" feathrin a blood-spattered woman killing and mutilating a live rabbit -- a psychological warfare campaign aimed at converting the next generation of Americans to the "animal rights" cause.

Their website teachers kids how to be "animal Rights rebels," how to ridicule kids won drink milk, and how to boycott classes.

And even PETA's so-called "animal shelters" have now become killing fields for dogs and cats.

Between 2000 and 2004, PETA slaughtered over 10,000 dogs and cats at one Norfolk, Virginia "shelter" alone. For the past three yeas, this "shelter" has slaughtered more than 85% of the animals it has taken in.

In fact, two PETA employees in North Carolina were recently indicted for dumping 18 dead dogs and cats into a dumpster -- and authorities found 13 more dead dogs and cats in their van.

Yet, the "animal rights" and "eco-terrorism" movements have no more regard for human lives than they have for dogs and cats.

In report after report, scientists and doctors who were working on breakthrough medical research -- cures for cancer, Alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis and other human sufferings -- have left their research after receiving letters containing death threats and poison-laced razor blades, and threats to their children

And there's no doubt in my mind that it's only just a matter of time before they start escalating their tactics against hunters in the field.

Would it look like an accident? Would it look like a fall from a tree stand? Mark my words. There's a lot of thing that can happen in the woods, where nobody knows the truth but the trees.

And "animal rights" fanatics have already make it crystal clear where they stand when it comes to hunters.

PETA compares hunters to the KKK and Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer who ate his victims -- and claims that hunters are no different than "Nazi doctors and slave traders."

You need to know the facts as well as what I believe about PETA and their fellow "animal rights" extremists. Your fellow gun owners and hunters across America need to know the facts. And your neighbors and friends need to understand what really happens to theeir money when they send a contribution to PETA.

It's abut time that somebody had the courage to stand up to these fanatics. They are a threat to our values. They are a threat to our children. They are a threat to our way of life. And you and I need to stand up together and draw the line against PETA's war on our values and our future.

That's exactly why -- despite the warning I've received -- I decided to break silence and debate PETA spokesman Andrew Butler on October 18th.

And I hope I can count on your strong personal support for my decision.

First, I hope you'll be sure to watch this debate, premiering October 18th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on InDemand Pay-Per-View. Invite your friends to join you. And invite them whether or not they hunt, or own guns - - because your neighbors will be shocked when they find out the real truth about PETA.

Second, I hope you'll use the postcards I've enclosed to tell more of your friends, relatives, and fellow Americans about this debate. Give them to people at work. Put them on the bulletin board at your hunting club. Or mail them to people you kow in other towns or states -- so that your fellow Americans can learn the truth about PETA on October 18th.

Third, in making this decision to take on PETA -- and explose them for what they are -- I hope I can count on your financial support to reach America with our NRA message.

I want to make sure that by the end of this year we can put a copy of this debate into the hands of as many Americans as we can.

According to PETA's most recent annual report, 11 million American schoolchildren have already been subjected to PETA's "animal rights" propaganda. 235,000 teachers have been co-opted into PETA's national misinformation campaign. And thirtyu million Americans have visited their website.

That's why I want every member of Congress, every legislative staff member on Capitol Hill, and every courtroom judge to have a copy of this debate.

I want to make sure we can send a copy to every hunt club in the nation. To every fair-minded T.V. and newspaper reporter across the country. To every American who takes a hunter safety course. To educators in cities where PETA is most actively propagandizing our children. And to every member of the 4H and other youth groups that work with animals -- young people who will soon be called on in the battle against these extremists.

I want to make sure that in the coming months, we have the resources we need to combat PETA's ongoing efforts -- because there's no doubt in my mind that we'll have to fight in the federal bureaucracy, in the stat legislatures and in the courts if we want to keep our public hunting lands open, preserve hunting opportunities in our National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges, and block efforts to shorten hunting seasons nationwide.

I want to make sure we have the resources to work with local law enforcement agencies to demand prosecution of extremists and fanatics if they harass and terrorize hunters in the field.

And most of all, I want to make sure that every American who cares about the truth has the opportunity to find out what PETA really stands for and what they really do.

Most Americans, if they know anything at all about PETA, think that they're over-eager animal lovers, or college kids with too much time on their hands or, at worst, annoying vandals who splash paint on fur coats.

They don't understand that, when they send a few dollars to PETA they're also sending money to a terrorist support group that wants to shut down hunting, take fishing poles out of children's hands, ban milk from their breakfast, and stop medical advancements. A group that condones the use of threats and destruction to achieve their ideological goals.

Someone needs to break the silence. And I'm asking you to help me lead the way,

And if I can count on you to send a contribution to the NRA for our efforts to fight back and expose the truth about PETA and the "animal rights" thugs, I'll send you a DVD, VHS, or audio CD copy of my debate with Andrew Butler just as soon as it's available after it airs on October 18th.

So please, support our NRA efforts. Please help me counter the $30 million that PETA is spending each year to brainwash our children, shut down medical research, slaughter dogs and cats, ban our hunting and end our way of life -- by sending a special contribution of $20, $30, $50, or whatever amount you can.

Please stand with me in this fight by watching my debate, using the enclosed postcards to spread the word, and sending your most generous contribution today.

Thank you very much.


Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President

P.S. Please watch my debate with PETA representative Andrew Butler on InDemand Pay-Per-View on Octobe 18th. Please use the enclosed cards to spread the word about this debate. And please send a generous gift to help fund our all-out NRA fight.

P.P.S. The FBI has called the "eco-terrorism" movement the #1 domestic terrorism threat in America today. You and I need to break the silence, stand up to this threat, and fight for our rights. I hope you'll let me hear from you in the next few days. Thank you again.


My favorite part? "I want to make sure we have the resources to work with local law enforcement agencies to demand prosecution of extremists and fanatics if they harass and terrorize hunters in the field."

Because if I were an animal rights activist, I'd surely go into the woods, walk up to Mr. Hunter up in his perch on his stand holding his gun and I'd ask him to stop shooting at the deer. please. right.

It must be nearing an election

Because campaigns are invoking Hitler. I am so tired of people throwing around Hitler or Fascism every time someone disagrees with them. Ugh.

Adolf Hitler became a central character in the Virginia governor's race this week as Republican Jerry W. Kilgore's campaign used the Nazi leader's name in an emotional ad on the death penalty... Kilgore's ad accuses Democrat Timothy M. Kaine of not supporting the death penalty, even for Hitler. <more>

"There's a real difference here in the use of Adolf Hitler," Cantor said. "Mr. Rosenbluth was trying to illustrate that Tim Kaine's views are so extreme, he wouldn't put the ultimate killer to death."
Tim Kaine's anti-death penalty views are so EXTREME, that he wouldn't put Hitler to death? And this is a bad thing? Consistency in a politician?

And the Kilgore campaign managed to have about 36 hours of news cycle out of it because they released it just before Yom Kippur.

There's a good editorial posted on Kaine's website.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Mormon Mix-Up -- When people forget to pay attention at their jobs.

A Provo Utah video store discovered that the PG-rated "Sons of Provo, " a wholesome story about a LDS boy band, Everclean, had been replaced by "Adored: Diary of a Porn Star."

Yup, lables and discs were mixed up.

Wolfe Video, distributor of the not-pornographic but about a porn star video, said, "It's a very heartwarming film about a porn star that reconnects with his family."

See, could be wholesome LDS family fare if only the porn star wasn't gay.

Whole story here.

4:18 am - Sorry if you recognize this list for what it is

Recognize these? ER - Rare Gems - Adams family Values - buy Shy - Coin Vault - Santa's Toy Shop - Heartland - Suze Orman - Oreck - My Body Guard - Fresh Prince - teacher's pet - dave the barbarian - School Ties - the amazing whirling chopper - boundty hunters - 20 dates - videos - Total Gym - Godzilla Vs. Megachizalla - Trading up - Happy Days - Rare Gems - Brainiac - Guthy Renker.

It's pitiful what's available on television to keep one awake at 4:20 in the morning. (although Brainiac is pretty good) If you too recognize this list, I'm sorry, but you should be sleeping now.
If I had something other than dialup, I'd watch any of the great independant films at or, but alas, it's me and my dialup.

Why am I awake? Because we've been pumping out our basement since yesterday at 8 am when we woke up to 3 inches of water. I'm incredibly (O.M.G. Some guy just said, 'right in my ass' on the Total Gym ad, the phrase leapt right out at me) grateful that we are able to keep up with the water. We turn the pump on for 20 minutes, then off for 20 minutes, but I'm not sure how much it's helping, because although we're pumping it outside, it ends up in the storm drain that's backing up into the basement. As long as we don't use any water it's just runoff and not sewage, so there's that which I'm also grateful for.

I did it yesterday till 11 pm, then Beck did it, and now Tag! I'm It until I go to work this morning, when she'll get up again, but some incredible people on the RE Council are going to come in and be the DRE for the day after first service, so she'll be able to get back to bed.
So I'm putting this on Cranky Cindy because I am on the cranky side about this -- but still, so grateful that our house is in good strong standing.

It's funny tho' there's no StairMaster ad for running up and down to turn on pumps, and no total gym sweep the water sweep the water think wash on wash off ad either.

Going to pump and sweep now.
Oh m god, Peter Brady is selling the Ab Lounge now. ugh.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Pirates of the Caribbean Commentary Track. Another funny from the Wittenburg door

What Would Jerry Falwell, Tim LeHaye, and Pat Robertson say about this movie? The funny funny people at The Wittenburg Door, my favorite evangelicals of all time, tell us here.

Harriet Miers and her religious community

Bartholomew's notes on religion has posted info via New Donkey, on Miers' church, the Valley View Christian Church, the years-ago church split that led to the theological formation of church she attends, and the recent church split that led her to join 200 others out of the church and into a hotel conference room.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Love Won Out (of homosexuality) Love One/Won Out. Get it?

I mentioned this earlier, and the particulars have been set.
I got this ad in my email today.

Love Won Out® Conference
Boston, Massachusetts, October 29, 2005

Dear Friend,

Nearly every family, church, and community has been impacted by homosexuality. Given the significance and scope of this issue it is imperative to know how to balance Truth and love. Focus on the Family developed the Love Won Out conference to provide helpful information and equip you to share the love of Christ with those affected by homosexuality. Join us in Boston and you'll learn how to minister to a loved one who's dealing with homosexuality, respond to misinformation in our culture, defend biblical beliefs and prevent your child from embracing homosexuality.

Love Won Out Conference
October 29, 2005 - 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Venue: Tremont Temple Baptist Church
Where: 88 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
$50 pre-registration/$60 at the door
1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459)

Homosexuality is one of the most hotly debated topics today. Popular culture tells us that homosexuality is biological and that change and freedom are not possible. The church frequently responds with either a deafening silence or a vitriolic condemnation of the individual struggling with same-sex attractions. Some Christians who stand firm in their biblical convictions often don't know how to share their beliefs with those they come in contact with, and thousands of families are faced with the heartbreak of learning about a gay loved one and feel there is nowhere to turn for answers.

Whether you're a parent, friend or loved one of a homosexual; a pastor, mental health professional, youth worker, educator or gay activist; or simply someone who has a heart for the culture in which we all live, the Love Won Out conference is for you.

Since our first event in 1998, the Love Won Out conference has traveled to America's largest cities bringing a life-changing message of hope to tens of thousands of people. At Love Won Out, you'll hear from nationally known experts who have firsthand experience with the seldom-told side of the homosexual issue. You'll learn how to minister to a loved one who's dealing with homosexuality, respond to misinformation in our culture, defend biblical beliefs and prevent your child from embracing homosexuality. Most of all, you'll experience the power of God's love. You'll come face-to-face with His desire to transform the lives of struggling homosexuals who seek freedom in Jesus Christ.

Come witness the type of love that will help you become a catalyst for extending grace and truth in the midst of the controversy.

Featured Speakers:

Mike Haley currently directs the Gender Issues department for Focus on the Family and also serves as chairman of the board of Exodus International. He is the author of the recently published book 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality.

Melissa Fryrear, M.Div, is the gender issues analyst for Focus on the Family and also serves as the church affiliate representative for Exodus International. She holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and is actively involved in public speaking, writing and educating the church and society on homosexuality.

Joe Dallas is a counselor, public speaker and author of three books including the recently released When Homosexuality Hits Home. Joe served for three years as the president of Exodus International and has been with the Love Won Out conference since its inception in 1998.

Nancy Heche, D.Min., endured her husband’s diagnosis of and subsequent death from AIDS and experienced the media rush during her daughter’s highly visible lesbian relationship with a well-known celebrity. She holds a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling and has a private practice in psychotherapy.

Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D., is the president and principal research investigator for the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). He is the author of several books including A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality.

Featured Resource:

101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality

Mike Haley
Paperback Book

Suggested Donation:
11.00 US

Request This Resource

What people are saying:

"Thank you for being real! For educating not only gay individuals but everyone that will have this issue touch their lives. You could apply this information to any problem we have in life."
- Recent Love Won Out Attendee

"This was more than I imagined. Thank you for your speaking the truth in love and encouraging me as a parent of a gay son."
- Recent Love Won Out Attendee

Please pray for our next event February 25 in St. Louis. For more information about this event, visit us at MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be

and again, Mail Scanner thinks there's a possible FRAUD attempt here -- there is, it just doesn't know what type of fraud.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Another Funny moment in Religious Right History

The American Family Association is appalled at an advertisement in a gay magazine.

"Tylenol ad promotes gay sex
It wasn’t exactly the kind of advertisement one would expect from a supposedly family-friendly company like Johnson & Johnson.

In July, the company placed an ad for its Tylenol PM product in The Advocate, the nation’s leading homosexual magazine. The ad shows two shirtless men in bed side by side. The text over one reads: "His backache is keeping him up." Over the other: "His boyfriend’s backache is keeping him up."

AFA Director of Special Projects Randy Sharp said the Tylenol PM advertisement is a blatant promotion of homosexual activity. "Two half-naked men shown in bed together, described as being a homosexual couple, absolutely places the company’s stamp of approval on sex that is unnatural and immoral," he said. "If Johnson & Johnson had used an ad that applauded adultery, it could not have been more offensive than this."

Contact Johnson & Johnson, Chairman William C. Weldon, One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933, Phone: 732-524-0400; online contact form at:

I have to say, if they hadn't pointed it out, I would never have noticed the double entendre.

Sometimes Racism is just so obvious

Let's hear it for unscripted call in shows to let us see people's true "colors." Bill Bennett, Mr. We should all have High Moral Values but Gambling is OK, stated that if black babies were all aborted, the crime rate would go down.

Said Bennett: "But I do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."

He went on to call that "an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky."

I realize this is old news by now, but I spent the weekend studiously NOT watching news.