May 23, 2006

Screw yer polls. How ’bout THIS?

Filed under: george w. bush, government — Alex @ 3:10 am

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(NY Times) - An audio version of the roast of President Bush by Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central rose to the rank of No. 1 album at Apple's iTunes store on Saturday, three weeks to the night of the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Alex Says:  I find that to be remarkable.  And strangely affirming.

May 18, 2006

What happened to the good memorials?

Filed under: government, gay — Alex @ 2:38 am

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(AFP) Vienna authorities announced plans Monday to erect a pink memorial next year to commemorate homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.

The planned memorial at the city centre's Morzinplatz will consist of a sculpture and a shallow pool filled with pink-coloured water, its creator Hans Kupelwieser said Monday at the presentation of the €310 000 ($400 000) project.

Alex Says:  Gee, but will people know it's for gays?

The article doesn't say what the sculpture will actually depict.  I vote for Paul Lynde.

In related news, have you guys heard about these steps left over from the World Trade Center?  There was a stairwell leading down from the plaza that saved hundreds of lives, and now they're going to either knock it down or try to RELOCATE this very delicate landmark, rather than just incorporate it into the memorial design.

Good plan.  Yeah, you wouldn't want to mess up that big fuckin' pit with waterfalls dumping into it.  That's much more meaningful than the STAIRWELL THAT ACTUALLY SAVED PEOPLE.

Oh, and that World War II Memorial in D.C. looks like something from the '36 Berlin Olympics.  Way to think that one through, guys.

World War II Memorial

May 12, 2006

Pet Peeve

Filed under: government, animals — Alex @ 2:24 am

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From a Dogster.com email:

"Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to pass the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which requires state and local authorities to consider the needs of people with pets and service animals in disaster plans. Please act now to save pets from the next disaster."

Alex Says:  I'd like to meet the politician that OPPOSES the "save people's pets" act.  Seems like that'd be a tough one to explain to the folks back home.  "You have my oath, as your elected official, that I will do everything in my power to make sure your pets do not survive even the most minor of disasters.  Earthquake?  Dead.  Thunderstorm?  Dead.  Thank you, and God bless America."

And this guy wants to be president?

Filed under: government, republicans — Alex @ 2:17 am

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Bill Frist being lewd.
"HEEEEEY!  Her bazongas were dis-a big!"
April 16, 2006

Rather than go on the defensive, try the offensive.

Filed under: idiots, government, iraq, republicans — Alex @ 3:56 am

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zm.gifALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) - September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui said on Thursday he had no regrets for those who died in the hijacked plane attacks and told jurors in his death penalty trial he wished "there would be more pain." In comments that brought at least one relative of a victim to tears, Moussaoui mocked survivors of the attacks who had told the court of their pain and said he would like to see similar attacks against Americans every day.

Alex Says:  At this point, he clearly either A) wants to die and is hoping to piss off a jury, or B) is just bat shit insane.  Either way, that's exactly why he SHOULDN'T be given the death sentence.  America's frantic desire to kill someone, anyone for 9/11 (other than half the population of Iraq) has gotten out of hand.

Plus, crazy or not, couldn't he prove useful in the future? He could ID people we've never seen, decode messages, whatever. And since he clearly seems to be off his nut, why don't we just get him some help? If we cure his craziness, he could be a priceless asset.

Or, we could kill him. Yes, clearly, that's the only sane option.

Taxing My Nerves

Filed under: government, iraq — Alex @ 3:10 am

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USA Today.com - Like most Americans, Peter Smith and his wife, Ellyn Stecker, sit down each year to fill out a federal tax form. Then they write a check to the U.S. Treasury for half the sum in the "amount you owe" box.
 
They are among thousands of Americans who refuse to pay part or all of their federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending. "It takes two things to fight a war: people and money," says Smith, 67, a retired math and computer science teacher. "I can't refuse anymore to go, but I certainly can refuse to send the money."

The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee says about 10,000 people "resist" paying taxes. The group plans demonstrations in Washington and 24 states Monday against the  Iraq war.

Alex Says:  As someone who vehemently opposes the Iraq War, I find this particular tactic to be utterly retarded.  When the I.R.S. nails you for tax evasion–not for "passive resistance" or some noble cause, but for goddamn tax evasion–you deserve their wrath.  Find a productive, legal way to protest; write a Congressman, sign a petition, vote.  We're borrowing the money for the war anyway, so your grandiose act does nothing but get you audited.

You dipshit.

April 15, 2006

Italian sausage. Or, sausage-less. Or… uhh…

Filed under: government, gay — Alex @ 2:21 am

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vladimir.gifGay & Lesbian Leadership SmartBrief - The victories of five LGBT candidates in this week's Italian elections have contributed to Prime Minister-designate Romano Prodi's win over incumbent Silvio Berlusconi. Cabaret performer Vladimir Luxuria, for example, is believed to be the first transsexual elected to a European parliament.

Alex Says:  In related news, Pope Benedict has now declared war on Italy.

What do they mean, "BELIEVED to be" the first transsexual elected?  Either there's some very bad record-keeping going on, or else the jury's still out on whether Vladimir is a transsexual.

Regardless, it's nice to see Italy come back to the fold.  Now if Canada would just rise up against Stephen Harper…

April 5, 2006

Sadly, this is Reason #508 he’d never have a chance at winning. Even in a primary.

Filed under: government, gay — Alex @ 10:25 pm

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Senator and 2008 Presidential hopeful Russ Feingold issued a statement today in favor of equal marriage rights for gay couples:

    "…Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy…Denying people this basic American right is the kind of discrimination that has no place in our laws."

Alex Says:  Wow!  Well done, Senator.  You probably just threw away your re-election and will pathetically try to flip-flop later, but for now, you're Our Boy.

Want to see me flip out?

Filed under: idiots, government — Alex @ 10:08 pm

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London, April 5 (AFP): Harraj Mann’s choice of music led the India-born Briton to be hauled off a London-bound plane last week.The Clash

The 23-year-old played London’s Calling by The Clash and Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song on the stereo of a taxi he had taken to Durham Tees Valley airport in northern England.

Mann soon began singing along and the taxi driver grew suspicious when he heard the lyrics carefully — one of them declared Now war is declared and battle come down. He alerted police as soon as they reached the airport.

Two officers boarded Mann’s flight shortly before take-off on Thursday.

“I got frog-marched off the plane in front of everyone, got my bags searched, (was) asked every question you can think of,” Mann, a mobile phone salesman, told the local daily Hartlepool Mail on Monday. “I was being held for questioning under the terrorism act.”

By the time Mann was set free, his plane had left.

“He (the driver) didn’t like Led Zeppelin or The Clash, but I don’t think there was any need to tell the police,” a stung Mann told the Daily Mirror.

Alex Says:  Uh, no.  This aggression will not stand.  That cabbie better watch his back, because if I were Mr. Mann (snicker), I'd be comin' for him.

Can I get in on his lawsuit for wrongful detention?  Can we make it a class action?

March 24, 2006

Another peculiar photo choice.

Filed under: government, texas — Alex @ 12:40 am

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(AP) DALLAS - Young Hurricane Katrina refugees living in Texas scored considerably worse on a statewide standardized exam than Texas children, and thousands of them could be held back.

Another weird Yahoo photo choice

Teachers and state officials blame the low scores on New Orleans' poor school system, the trauma of being abruptly uprooted from their homes, and the possibility that some of them were put in the wrong grade after arriving in Texas with no records.

Alex Says:  Wouldn't someone just… ask the kids?  "What grade were you in?"  "Fourth."  "Uh-huh.  You're going to eighth now."

Once again, Yahoo has chosen a very strange, barely-related photo to run with the story; the subliminal message I receive is "these kids will grow up to be parking lot attendants." 

 


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