Wednesday, September 30, 2009
AFP - 55 minutes ago
BEIJING - China on Thursday celebrated 60 years of communist rule with a military parade and lavish ceremonies on Beijing's Tiananmen Square showcasing the nation's revival as a global power."
Revival? ... is history being rewritten? So far there have been four world powers ... Spain, England, Russia and the US. No other nation. not even the Third Reich or Napoleonic France, has had the global reach to be able to make war on all of the continents.
China is now joining that exclusive club. China, moreover, will be the first global power with an overwhelming mono-ethnic population large enough to represent a huge portion of the world's population. It is also the first non European global power.
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Swedish parents emerge victorious in bid to name son 'Q'
Overturning two previous rulings by lower courts, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court has awarded two parents from central Sweden the right to name their son Q. READ »"
Pooh and Piglet go to visit Rabbit. On the way, Pooh sings: «Кто ходит в гости по утрам, тот поступает мудро» (Going visiting in the morning is a wise thing to do). And after Rabbit has satisfied their hunger with honey and condensed milk, Piglet suggests leaving. But Pooh whispers: «Сразу никто не уходит: в гостях так не принято». (Nobody leaves right away - that's bad etiquette for guests).
Bob Kruse, who recently led a critical Chevrolet Volt team and devised the automaker's long-term electric vehicle strategy, has resigned months before the vehicle's debut, The Detroit News has learned. - 10:12 am"
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
In this one issue, the cost of county services, it seems to me there is third choice ... do away with King County government altogether.
Very little land is left in KC that is unincorporated. For the few people who live in such places, they obviously are using the services of adjacent urban areas .. schools, parks, libraries, etc. For the rest of us, our state, city and school districts are the main providers of civic services.
Lets look at the list of service the County does provide:
Overlap with State services:
County level courts
Overlap with City/Town services
Already controlled by independent elected or appointed boards boards
Community colleges (are these now under the County or the State?)
So, SJ asks,
What would we LOSE if KC were replaced by some sort of regional council?
Would doing away with the County as a government, save us money?
XI "I am infallible, you are not. As you follow these ten laws, always be consistent. "
Flash: God has responded. He objects to my use of Roman numerals, bit the rest of the eleventh commandment is now law!
Flash: God has responded. Iran has denied that it is subject to the ten commandments so God's New Rule is irrelevant
Flash: Obama has responded. He proposes that the Congress add the 11th Commandment as an amendment to the Constitution. The Republicans have objected that this imposes a religous law on the State.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sitting down with Morley Safer, Irving Picard and his chief counsel David Sheehan focused squarely on Madoff's two sons, Mark and Andrew. In a segment ominously called "The Liquidator," Picard said Madoff's sons used the company accounts like their "personal piggy bank" and took home over $80 million in compensation from the Madoff scam over the last seven years. In total, Picard and Sheehan are looking to recover $198 million in compensation and loans given to Madoff's sons over the years.
Which got me thinking… if the framers of our Constitution really did intend this to be a Christian nation, they sure didn’t read their Bible, else why would they place our First Amendment in direct contradiction to Commandments one through four?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Commandments One through FourClearly, the Establishment Clause alone explicitly contradicts the first four Commandments (while our precious freedoms of speech and of the press doubly disown the Third Commandment, God dammit). If the God of Exodus is, as written, “a jealous God,” then the Establishment Clause must really piss Him off.
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image…
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
In fact, of the full Ten Commandments, only three, the prohibitions against stealing, murdering and bearing false witness, are currently enshrined in U.S. law in any legally enforceable manner… and, well, they’re kinda obvious as far as moral dictums go, not to mention as basic ground rules for operating a functional society. As for the Tenth Commandment, “Thou shalt not covet,” it is somewhat ironic to note that its widely practiced violation has become an indispensable component of our dynamic, consumption-driven market economy.
Whether the framers of the Constitution self-identified as Christians or Deists is beside the point, for they were no doubt well educated in Biblical verse, and thus well understood, in a nation largely settled by religious refugees of many different faiths and denominations, both the practical and symbolic impact of the Establishment Clause. Had they intended this to be a Christian nation, they would have enshrined the Ten Commandments in the Constitution, rather than enshrining a Bill of Rights whose first of ten Amendments clearly and intentionally undermines any legal claim supporting the core defining value of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
In America, we have the fundamental right to worship any god or gods in any manner we choose — to bow before idols, to curse the Lord, to forget the Sabbath — even to publicly deny the existence of divinity entirely. So to accuse me of being “anti-American” is to get it backwards; it is those who would make this a Christian nation who are anti-American, for to impose their law as our law, and to legally enforce their Commandments on us, would require tearing up our Constitution, and repealing our most fundamentally American right… a right that gives lie to both the claims and ambitions of our nation’s small but noisy Christianist minority.
Pyongyang, September 27 (KCNA) -- The Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House brought out 'Selected Works of Kim Jong Il' Vol. 2 (enlarged edition), a comprehensive compilation of his famous works.
It carries 57 works made public by Kim Jong Il from June 20, Juche 53 (1964) to August 22, Juche 57 (1968) in the early period of his start of work at the WPK Central Committee.
In his works including 'Let Us Strengthen and Develop Our Party into the Party of Comrade
Kim Il Sung for All Ages' he clarified ideas and theories for organizationally and ideologically strengthening the WPK in order to accomplish the revolutionary cause of President Kim Il Sung holding him in high esteem."
"Naveed Haq sits in court during a June hearing on whether or not taped phone calls from jail can be used against him.
The jail calls, Haq's attorneys contend, show Haq making 'nonsense claims that he wanted to be a martyr, that he was a jihadi, and that his parents should be proud of him.'
'He made all these claims when his psychotic mental illness was left unchecked because of improper medications,' Haq's attorneys said in court documents. 'Once stabilized, he never made any of these absurd claims.'
Writing the court, the defense warned that allegations that Haq saw himself as some kind of religious warrior could play to jurors' prejudices. .....
What IS the line between mental illness and bigotry?
September 26, 2009 12:01 PM PDT
Austin, Texas cops say they have had enough of being impersonated and libeled by commenters on blogs. They are threatening legal action."
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Today, it seems to me that far more valid than liberalism or conservatism is "rationalism." The Republicans and the conservatives have abandoned rationality as well as the great American traditions of tolerance.
Liberals have their failings too.
From my POV here are a few mutual examples of irrationality: (I chose13 since both groups are superstitious)
On the LEFT
1. third term abortion by choice.
2. anti Catholic bigotry.
3. commitment to newspeak in re marriage.
4. belief in pacifism and isolationism
5. faith in the non genetic basis of intellect.
6. the all children can learn philosophy of dumbing down schools
7. health foods
8. marijuana is a medicine
9. the Prius is a green car
10. We can stop using oil w/o changing our living standards.
11. Cubans get better health care than Americans
12. we should tolerate Islamic intolerance
13. Israel is an oppressor of Arabs
Does my non belief in these things make me a non liberal?
Of course this list pales when compared to
On the Right
2, newspeak use of 'socialism'
3. beleif that same sex folks must be kliving in sin
4. marijuana is a drug.
5. global warming denial
6. atheism is BAD
7. we have a free enterprise system.
8. Glonn Beck is sane, GW Bush is intelligent
9. Marx was evil.
10. God will always make more oil
11. Cubans live worse than Mexicans
12 Mohamed was evil.
13 The US needs to outspend the whole world to defend our interests.
Trouble is I find it difficult to figger out whether my own heroes would be libs or cons .. remember wmy motto is 'WWJ*D'
what would Jefferson do."
Is Glenn Beck Khadafi's brother?
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation put on a very professional show .. including spinning this as a "full" Safeco Field ... "full", well if that meant the table setup on the field, I guess it is true. The stands where we were did fill most of about four sections of the stadium. There were prepared videos on the mega screen ... about the EFF and about Joe Montagna, the actor, who seems to be their patron.
Two very nice guys gave us a free pair of $100 tickets ..with free lunch! The wierdest thing to BRS was that so many of these people were nice to us! Not just the ticket donors but the folks we talked with ..scary to think these people were cheering for Beck!
Our kind patrons sat next to us. Two dairy farmers form a CO OP here. Real nice people. I want to say thank you!
For now, let me focus on the Beckstar himself. Beck almost seemed to be reaching out for a rational life preserver to save himself from drowning. The hints at the madness on the TV show were balanced by soft voiced pleas that folks should disagree without killing each other. His talk was not insane, made me wonder if this is a Greek or Arthur Miller play about some mediocre comedian who finds himself being taken seriously. Imagine Mort Sahl without the sharp edged wit finding himself a popular politician.
I wonder what Beck knows about the effects he is having on Merica' mad fringes? I wonder if he actually is a treated schizophrenic speaking to nus all thro0ugh a thorazine fog, trying to explain his madness t himself and to his public shrinks? Have his Fox spoinsors warned Beck of what happens when soeone gets killedf because of Beck's ravings?
Beck? His talk did remind me of interviews I have had with treated schizophrenics. There was no clear cut paranoia, rather the talk seemed written by Khadafi. Dressed slovenly in a white shirt and jeans, this confused man rambled from one poorly worded conspiracy theory to another
By the time Glenn was done we had heard about the true evilness of everyone from Washington to TR Roosevelt. McCain, Palin, Obama, ... all creatures of some shadowy corporate, partisan opponent of Liberty. Beck, dissappointed me ... he seems to be a Limbaugh wanna be without the sharp edged intelligence of the head ditto head. Still he would hint of the cnspiracy out to get him .. I suspect with a little prodding the voices would speak out of Beck's pouting mouth.
Jesus, Race, Nazis, Obama hatred, ... other than the banner flown by a plane over the stadium and the Sarge, most of that was sparse. The theme? a non thinking patriotism. Odd for me, since I am a very proud American.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This doesn't happen often enough.
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it 'Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.'
The note was a follow-up to Ensign's questioning at the markup."
Friday, September 25, 2009
The total spent under the 2008 civil list was £13.9m, including £9.9m on salaries. Photograph: MJ Kim/Getty Images
The Royal Family is to be exempt from any cuts in public spending next year when its civil list funding is settled for the next 10 years.
Although all of the major political parties are vying to demonstrate their willingness to wield the axe on public spending, MPs will be powerless to reduce the £7.9m a year paid under the civil list because of an obscure deal struck between Buckingham Palace and the Treasury in 1972 when the current legislation governing royal finances was drawn up.
Palace officials made clear earlier this summer that they are actually seeking a rise in the annual civil list payment to cover "increased costs" despite the fact that they currently have a £21m surplus in the reserves on the civil list account.
Paul is not known outside of the New Testament; there are no writings by Greek, Jewish or Roman scholars about him during his lifetime. The authors of the day did not notice his profound influence and, indeed, it took three centuries before the impact of his work was such as to change the history of the Roman world."
A good source
Seattle Jew: Request for Armed http://seattlejew.blogspot.com/2009/09/request-for-armed-help.html
First, I want to express thanks for all of you who have a sincere concern for my and others' safety.
I contacted the Seattle Police.
Carrying a weapon, with a carry permit, in a public place is completely legal. This includes the sidewalks, etc outside of SAFECO. The officer did point out that doing so would be an act that impinged on others rights .. exactly the point I made, but that under our laws the police would not interfere
This means that the decision of bringing na gun to the Beck affaire is amatter of free speech. Doing so is like yelling out "Liar" when Obama speaks. The Beckistas, contrary to one post in my previois enetry by "anon," have done nothing to castigate any of these disruptive tactics.
I want to remind all of you that this is NOT an issue of left vs, right. Beck's efforts at undermining the first amendment and rational disourse in our government bring us to the same precipice that radicals of his ilok have pushed us t before. Sam Brown, the KKK, Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Saul Alinsky, the Weathermen, .... all of these have used Beck-like extremism to block rational discussion or any discussion they did not want.
Beck's tactics are not all that different from the chaos created by the Nazis AND the communists that led to Hitler. Radicals are always willing to block free speech, a sentiment echoed by Barry Goldwater:
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
With all due respect , Goldwater's POV is exactly the same as the rhetoric of the Jacobites, the extremists who led the French Revolution to chaos while the rationality of Jefferson and Adams gave us ... the US of A! Contrary to the propaganda against Mr. Jefferson, this patron saint of resistance to tyranny was horrified by the tactics of the French left. Are we headed to a one sided society where Beck and Hannity dominate discussion because there is no alternative that does not simply escalate the chaos they seek?
Back at guns, I am not sure yet what will happen on the 26th.. I really do not understand the concept that carrying guns would provoke the Beckies to to some sort of a shoot out. I am unaware of any such event in American history, though shoot-outs are common on TV. However, if all of your concerns are correct, then my concern is even higher.
In the United States, experts say, political violence is more likely to come from deranged loners than to come from any specific political group. For every Timothy McVeigh who is motivated by a murderous political ideology, there are far more delusional figures like Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who tried to kill President Gerald Ford in 1975, and John Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27566.html#ixzz0S81XJxT6
If you are willing, I would ask a favor. If I do NOT manage to get guns to the affair, then I would very much like other ideas of how to do things that do not simply add fuel to Beck's attempt to destroy free speech?
So ... the Swedes are not French after all!
'When Terry said 'Yes,' Beck proceeded to joke about how Bruce apparently can't do anything right -- about he can't even have a baby."
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This gold strip carries the Latin inscription: 'Rise up O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee be driven from thy face.' It has two sources, the Book of Numbers or Psalm 67, taken from the Vulgate, the Bible used by the Saxons.
Anglo Saxon Gold
This gold strip carries the Latin inscription: 'Rise up O Lord, and may thy enemies be dispersed and those who hate thee be driven from thy face.' It has two sources, the Book of Numbers or Psalm 67, taken from the Vulgate, the Bible used by the Saxons.'"
Last month, the Russian-language website Komsomolskaya Pravda posted footage of a man it claimed to be American diplomat Kyle Hatcher paying a call on a prostitute. In an interview broadcast late last night on ABC, Ambassador John Beyrle said the video was “clearly fabricated,” and said a complaint had been lodged with Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
You may ask why we feel honored and privileged to welcome him; it is because ever since we have known him, he has been a friend of the struggle of Black people all over the World for true liberation.
....By his charity and the guidance he has given to so many, he has proved that what comes from his pen and his lips is deeply rooted in his heart. ....In my effort to rebuild the Nation of Islam in accord with the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Brother Gadhafi loaned the Nation of Islam $5 million for our economic development then forgave the loan. Then through the Islamic Call Society, the religious arm of Libya, sponsored one the largest Islamic conferences in America bringing Islamic scholars from all over the world to Chicago. The Islamic Call Society also sponsored two of our World Friendship Tours, which allowed us to visit over 53 countries. Brother Gadhafi was and is a true revolutionary who is still evolving towards the destiny that Allah (God) has for him........As you may know, in 1986 the most expensive assassination attempt in the history of the World was perpetrated against Muammar Gadhafi by the Government of the United States of America under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan. .....
A promise was made that if Brother Leader Gadhafi abandoned the idea of making Libya a nuclear power and agreed to pay reparations for the unfortunate loss of life of 270 persons in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing that took place over Lockerbie, Scotland; the sanctions placed on Libya by the United States and the United Nations would be lifted. ...
Many of us that followed these events thought that Libya was made the “fall guy” for this unfortunate tragedy. .....
A few years ago Bulgarian nurses were accused of injecting Libyan children with the HIV/AIDS virus. Over four hundred Libyan children were injected. ....
Libya released these nurses and ... these nurses were received with a heroes' welcome in Bulgaria and were set free not spending one single day in jail.
Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi's life imprisonment was commuted for medical reasons by the Scottish Government and he was released and sent home to Libya to die. A great hue and cry came up from America and other places condemning the release of this Brother. T...
Brother Leader Muammar Gadhafi has shown that Libya is ready to take its place in the family of Nations as an equal and respected partner. ......Libya ..is now serving on the United Nations Security Council and a Libyan diplomat is presiding over this year's General Assembly. Brother Gadhafi's insistence on Africa's becoming one great Nation with Africans in the Diaspora assisting in the development of Africa, is probably the greatest move that Brother Leader Gadhafi has made in his forty years of Leadership of Libya.
On a personal note, years ago I told some revolutionary brothers in Africa that I too am a revolutionary but the revolution that I am concerned with is not fostered by the use of carnal weapons. ..................."
New research reveals the ancestral populations of India and their relationships to modern groups | Eureka! Science News
'The Andamanese are unique,' said co-author Nick Patterson, a mathematician and researcher at the Broad Institute. 'Understanding their origins provides a window onto the history of the Ancestral South Indians, and the period tens of thousands of years ago when they diverged from other Eurasians.' Added Singh, 'Our project to sample the disappearing tribes of the Andaman Islands has been more successful than we could have hoped, as the Andamanese are the only surviving remnant of the ancient colonizers of South Asia.'"
Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
Armies and guerrilla movements both deploy suicide missions, and both sides believe in a shared culture of heroic sacrifice. The difference between a ‘just war’ and terrorist targeting of civilians has been blurred for a long time
by John Feffer
The actor Will Smith is no one’s image of a suicide bomber. With his boyish face, he has often played comic roles. Even as the last man on earth in I Am Legend, he retains a wisecracking, ironic demeanour. And yet, surrounded by a horde of hyperactive vampires at the end of that film, Smith clasps a live grenade to his chest and throws himself at the enemy in a final burst of heroic sacrifice."
Tragic Details Emerge About Man Who Was Killed"
Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Kos diarist, former ACORN staffer Joe Lyles trying to 'Expose Teabaggers'--Just Say No
Joe Lyles, a DailyKos diarist, former ACORN staffer and filmmaker who goes by the handle 'Conceptual Guerilla' is in D.C. already with miles of tape, planning to embarrass 9/12 Project participants. Lyles also works with Organizing for America the Obama Campaign-cum-activist group. He is slippery in a Thom Hartman sort of way (changes subject abruptly when you refute a point to try and take you off guard, etc), and has also used very selective editing, in an attempt to embarrass Conservatives. My advice: say 'thank, but no thanks'. Or better yet...tell him your girlfriend is a prostitute and you'd like a home loan!"
SJ went into a local office supply store today to run off a few copies of my Beck poster for Saturday's Beckfest. The clerk, a somewhat lumpy guy named "Pete" was nice enough .. impressed by my flattering picture of Mr. Beck, an image he recognized as being lifted from Beck's new book. Pete seemed especially impressed that I had replaced Beck's off choice of the german flag color scheme with the stars and stripes as a backfrop. He soehow did not noted or approved of the SS lightning bolts added to thge Fox logo.
I think Pete intially took me for a dfellow devotee! When I uttered the N word, "Nazi," Pete told me how great it was that Beck was finding all those Nazis in the Obama admin. He couldn't understand, however, why Mr. Beck has dressed himself in a uniform ... "Is that a Russian uniform? Why would Beck wear that?"
Of course the uniform is that of a comrade in the DDR army, the Wehrmacht of East German ... the regime led by the last and best of Stalin's designated dictators, Erich Honeker.
We had a strained, very strained transaction . I tried to reassure Pete that Obama was not a communist. "Then why does he surround humself with communsts?" Of course, in the inimitable style of Reprican newspeak the word "socialist" was Pete's term for the commies.
I made onew great mistake, complaining about Beck's misuse of Yoim Kiuppur. All I got was the all knowing eye brow.
Poor Pete, he had to struggle with the efficiencies of corporate politesse toward even the most despicable customer.
According to Swiss minister Christa Markwalder, Khadafy will demand that Switzerland be wiped off the map when he comes to New York Sept. 23. He apparently wants the country to be dismembered and the land parceled out among neighbouring France, Germany and Italy.
The Libya-Swiss kerfuffle began a year ago, when Khadafy's youngest son, Hannibal Khadafy, and his pregnant wife were arrested in a Geneva luxury hotel for beating two servants with a belt and a coat-hanger.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 9/23/09 9:42 AM
Sorry Sox fans, you may have to wait a little longer for a Red Sox player to enter the U.S. Senate."
Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
Paul Allen boat creates stir on reported archeological mission
Justin Hartman photo, via Flickr
Maybe Paul Allen has a new type of museum in mind? The Microsoft co-founder was at the Port of Ashdod, Israel, over the weekend with one of his yachts, Tatoosh, in preparation for a visit to an "unknown marine archeological site somewhere off the coast," according to local reports cited by the Jerusalem Post.
Then again, there are signs this mission wasn't as serious as it would have appeared. Among its many amenities, the Tatoosh comes with its own dive decompression chamber, in addition to a swimming pool and a movie theater -- but it does not have its own submarine, as Allen's superyacht Octopus does. After all, if you're going to be the Indiana Jones of the Seas, Rule No. 1 is to bring the ship with the sub.
The Jerusalem Post says the port was closed to the media for Allen's arrival. From the story:
A spokesman for the Ashdod Port, which is the sole port in Israel large enough to accommodate such a private mega-yacht, said Allen's helicopter landed directly on one of the two pads on the fifth deck of the Tatoosh. The ship, with its 30-person crew, had been in Ashdod since Wednesday, and sailed out with Allen on board on Saturday.
Elite Saudi university set to open
Kaust may indirectly challenge conservatism that critics say has stifled progress in Muslim world [AFP]
Saudi Arabia has set up a new research university, a multibillion dollar co-educational venture built on the promise of scientific freedom.
The King Abdullah Science and Technology University (Kaust) - complete with state-of-the-art laboratories, the world's 14th fastest supercomputer, and one of the biggest endowments worldwide - is scheduled to officially open on Wednesday.
So, women will be able to drive, not required t dress in tents, and attend classes with men.
What next? Buddhist ashrams or Churches with those cross things? maybe even a Jew or two?
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Gordon Brown will make the offer at a meeting of the UN Security Council over halting the spread of nuclear weapons and reducing existing stockpiles.
The proposed cuts come as the government searches for ways to reduce the massive deficit in public finances.
However Number 10 said keeping the UK's nuclear deterrent was 'non-negotiable'."
I tend to the older, more romantic stuff .. like this ….
(expurgated for the too delicate eyes of SJ younguns ..???
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for his love is more delightful than wine.
Dark am I, yet lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem,….I liken you, my darling, to a mare harnessed to one of the chariots of Pharaoh.
My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.
…. our bed is verdant .. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste
Your lips are like a scarlet ribbon; your mouth is lovely. …..your two breasts are like … like twin fawns of a gazelle
Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride; … milk and honey are under your tongue.
You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; … Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates….
Blow on my garden, that its fragrance may spread abroad.Let my lover come into his garden
and taste its choice fruits."
errr ahhh ... tell me Mr. Cat, is this about Jesus or about sex?
Why the Two-State Solution Is Vital
by Reza Aslan"
Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.
The president’s involvement in New York’s governor’s race is a reflection of the Democrats’ worry about Congressional redistricting following the 2010 census."
Monday, September 21, 2009
While I certainly appreciate the intent, the way this is being done is both anti scientific and, possibly, racist.
I, like a very large part of America, including our President, do not fit any of these categories so end up calling myself "other." I regard "other" as a racist term in an era where we have a President of mixed African and European origin.
I also think the term "white" is bad science. In the era where we can define folks genetically, tell me which of these is "white" .. a Finn, a Soma, a Frenchman, a Basque, a Turk, a Sephardic Jew, a Swede, a Pakistani, a Russian? BTW .. is president Obama "white?"
My Korean and Filipino friends have no idea what "Asian" is and one supposes that people from Persian, Indian, and Arab ancestries might find no categories at all.
Does someone who made this list NOT understand that Inuit and Athabasca are not of the same ethnic group or that many Hispanics are very much Native American? Are Caribbeans Hispanic? Black? French? Hindu?
As a director of a training grant I have had to deal with the bizarre idea that Filipinos, who certainly are not "Asian" but are definitely a minority that has suffered at American hands, are not an official minority while Hispanic immigrants from Spain are considered a minority.
In my own case I am a Sephardi, what category does that make me?
I think we all understand that the intent here is to account for racism. But the way this is being done, especially in the multicultural community of science is ... well racist on its face.
I do bleieve people should have the right to designate their own ethnicity and I know you allow folks to opt out. But then why do we ask about this racially motivated list? At a minimum, I suggest offering people a fill in the blanks option.
Stephen M. Schwartz
* accepted categories
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), wiki
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Since its launch in 2005, every issue of Fusion magazine has been filled with Glenn’s personal thoughts on the issues that matter most to you. From controversial news topics to sleazy Washington politics; Americana stories that touch the heart to history lessons from our Founding Fathers, Fusion magazine has it all."
QUOTES FROM BECK:
Everyone is Hitler, except for me!
I`m on the verge of moral collapse at any time. It can happen by the end of the show.
Al Gore's not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however.
Then you have to discredit the scientists that say 'That's not right.' And you must silence all dissenting voices. That's what Hitler did.
The most used phrase in my administration if I were to be President would be "What the hell you mean we're out of missiles?"
In case you don’t know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race! A perfect person. …
When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jackboots. It will be Nike sneakers and smiley shirts.
Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames.
The only Katrina victims we’re seeing on television are the scumbags.
I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it.
Barack Obama has a deep seated hatred for white people.
prove to me that you are not working with our enemies....And I know you're not. I'm not accusing you of being an enemy, but that's the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.
Why do we have these weapons? Why have we developed these weapons if we're afraid to use them?
Money doesn't talk it screams
The government is the devil
When asked Beck why he decided to become a Mormon: “I apologize, but guys will understand this. My wife is, like, hot, and she wouldn’t have sex with me until we got married. And she wouldn’t marry me unless we had a religion.”
what is it that's faster and better than the missile shield? Putin is now praising Barack Obama saying that he's a brave, brave man. Oh, yes. Oh, yes, there's somebody I want to get praise from, Vladimir Putin. Ahmadinejad meanwhile says Israel will not last long. Netanyahu is asking the world please, please don't abandon us.