Monthly Archives: October 2006

Your Sac is Large and in Charge

Yes, I am completely immature. I read the website for the souped-up beanbag, the LoveSac and chortled at a select few quotes and the implications of scrotal imagery:

  • Utility straps reduce the size of your Sac to fit through doors and crevices.
  • For those who can’t handle the sheer girth of a SuperSac, we offer something to tantalize your taste buds.
  • No house is a complete house wihtout two of these babies fulfilling your Sac needs repeatedly.
  • You think your Sac is already too large and in charge?

Pointed to from AskMeFi’s "Please help me with my delfated sac…"

Once Sex Begins, ‘No” Means Nothing

Fantastic:

The appeals court said that when the jury asked the trial judge if a woman could withdraw her consent after the start of sex, the jury should have been told she could not. The ruling said the law is not ambiguous and is a tenet of common-law.

So if Clinton taught us that oral sex is truly sex then does that mean that once you start giving oral sex that you have no ability to stop the procession into intercourse?

How We Trained the Iraq Death Squads

From the Independent:

Yet, ironically, the death squads are the result of US policy. At the beginning of last year, with no end to the Sunni insurgency in sight, the Pentagon was reported to have decided to train Shia and Kurdish fighters to carry out "irregular missions". The policy, exposed in the US media, was called the "Salvador Option" after the American-backed counter-insurgency in Latin America more than 20 years ago, which led to 70,000 deaths and countless instances of human rights abuse. As the US and British policies in Iraq reach the last stages of unravelling, there are increasingly frantic calls to the Prime Minister, Nour al-Maliki, from Washington and London to rein in the government-sponsored death squads. The problem is that the militias, well armed and entrenched, are connected to political parties who know that Mr al-Maliki is dependant on their support.

HR 5122 Allows President to Station Troops Within US to Suppress Public Disorder Without Consent of Governors

You thought that torture bill was bad – that same day this got signed:

President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law. It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.

[A]llows the President to declare a "public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."

Full text of the bill.

USA Drops to 53rd in Freedom of Press

So much for that amendment.

Congrats to Iceland, Ireland, Finland and Netherlands at #1.

The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.” The zeal of federal courts which, unlike those in 33 US states, refuse to recognise the media’s right not to reveal its sources, even threatens journalists whose investigations have no connection at all with terrorism.

Lynne Cheney is a Fucking Monster

Did anybody else catch Mrs. Dick on The Situation Room with Blitzer?

CHENEY:  I watched your program last night and I was troubled.

BLITZER:  All right.  Well, that was probably the purpose, to get people to think, to get people to discuss these issues because …

(CROSSTALK)

CHENEY:  Well, all right, Wolf.  I’m here to talk about my book, but if you want to talk about distortion …

BLITZER:  We’ll talk about your book.

CHENEY:  Well, right, but what is CNN doing running terrorist tapes of terrorists shooting Americans?  I mean, I saw Duncan Hunter ask you a  very good question and you didn’t answer it.  Do you want us to win?

BLITZER:  The answer is, of course, we want the United States to win.  We are Americans.  There’s no doubt about that.  Do you think we want terrorists to win?

CHENEY:  Then why are you running terrorist propaganda?

This is some crazy shit. She’s a monster.

"Do you want us to win?" is the same as "Don’t you support the troops?" and "What about the children?" UGH.

Update – Blitzer responds.

Nazi Pope Ratburger Moves to Resurrect Latin Mass

Hell yeah. Bring back the Gothic mass that scares the hell out of non-Catholics! Just please ditch the godawful folk-music movement and influence that has killed liturgical music.

Pope Benedict XVI is moving to facilitate a more widespread celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass in Latin. Only a month after the Pope’s decision to create a new institute to accommodate former members of the schismatic Society of St. Pius X, Vatican officials indicated the Holy Father plans to release a document promoting celebration of the Tridentine Mass. Catholic News Service reported Oct. 11 that Pope Benedict will expand permission to use the Tridentine Mass, the pre-Vatican II rite favored by traditionalist groups, said an informed Vatican source.

Project Ronway

And it is Thursday. I presume Ron is working since I haven’t heard from him yet. He is ‘on reserve’ this month which means he only knows when he might work on certain days. Then last night he got ‘converted’ which means he has to be ‘on call’ and they can give him 3 hours notice to get to O’Hare and get to work. The one thing worse than being converted is when he is on standby and he has to actually go out there, all prepared, and not know whether or not he’s going to be sent out.

Ron got a sewing machine this week. I haven’t seen him this obsessed with something in a long time. He’s done a lot of sewing in the past (he made his sister’s wedding dress years ago) and I think it is exactly the kind of tactile, detail-focused activity he needs. We watched TV on Tuesday night and he was totally silent as he used a seam ripper on some of his pants for work. He’s going to to turn them from pleated to flat front. We will probably take apart some of the Armani pima cotton shirts that fit so nice and make patterns of them as well. He’s determined to make the perfect cargo pant. And gym bag. We walked to Hancock Fabrics yesterday which really didn’t have much for us. All the prints are tiny or floral. Most of the fabric was best for ulphostery, costumes or prom dresses. We’ll probably journey to Vogue Fabrics later on which I think is more of a ‘real’ fabric store.

The movie I was in years ago just got picked up for distribution. This was a short film by a director at the Art Institute School. The one where the Mexican father and son and the father walks in on his son having sex with a white guy. This leads to the son coming out to his dad (and both of them grieving the deceased mother). Yeah. I was the white guy. It wasn’t a nude scene film on screen but it was nude on set. It was a very strange experience. The nudity was minor – it was really the claustrophobia of all of those people in a tiny bedroom plus all of the equipment and lights. Plus I was the only one on set that didn’t know Spanish.

The book I wrote a chapter for just came out in the US and the UK. Business: The Ultimate Resource (2nd Edition). 3 books in 2 years. Not bad, eh?

The keywords class started again last night. It is really fun to teach. I think I’ve matured enough to keep my rambunctious spirit but not be obnoxious. I think 6 years ago I would have seemed a bit too ‘in your face.’ I think now I’ve learned to ‘warm it up’ with passion and heart so people can tell when I’m joking or being sarcastic. Example: I would mention that there was no class for next week since "I’m going to be at a conference in Vegas-baby." And I didn’t say it "Vegas! Baby!" but just "Vegas-baby." I hope that makes people smile. I get the same rush from running the teleseminars as I do from performing. I remember in high school I wouldn’t be able to finish dinner because I was excited about play rehearsal. I’d stand in the window waiting to see Jeremy or Julie or someone come pick me up to go to rehearsal.

I saw a guy that looked like Jeremy last week. Had the same face and hair and eyes. I couldn’t stop staring at him. I need to go visit his mom. I haven’t seen his sister around Chicago in a while.

Dad got DSL so he’s living the high life – and already wants something faster. I might ask them if I can come home for a week or so since I could easily work at home with the DSL. I could even bring my wireless router. Not sure if they’d let me bring the cat with me. Might have to keep the kitty up here and have Ron or Brigitte check in on him. I ordered dad a USB headset so we can do voice chat.

Brigitte emailed that Veronica Cartwright and Tippi Hedren are going to be at Caged Dames tonight. That’s almost too much! I have to remember that this is happening or I’ll forget.

Did a really good chest workout yesterday at the gym. Did 4 exercises, 5 sets, 20 reps each. I felt like Chesty Morgan by the time we left. Today is back day.

Got email from Tom Malin, the Dallas politican that caused a ruckus when it was revealed he’d been an escort in a past life. I told him that we should be so lucky to have leadership that is not only passionate about politics but can prove documented past sex appeal.

Mom and dad and Heather (and I think my brother-in-law joined them) are on their way to DC this morning. I’m staying home this time out to "make hay" as I told them. I’ve got a lot of things in the air and stuff flying aroud so I think it is better for me to harvest while I can.

I’ve been streaming music while I sleep again. Drone Zone from www.soma.fm. I think it gives me weird dreams. Plus I think it makes it hard for me to get going in the morning. Example: It is 11am right now and I haven’t gotten to the gym yet.

Talking with my resume writer tomorrow. Hopefully floating that out into the ether in the next several weeks.

Kitty won’t stop biting the laptop cable. I grab his haunches and he rears back like a scorpion.

I finished the Lakoff book. I think I have to read it again and maybe do a mindmap. It is a really a great book. Very dense. It really blows my mind that fundamentalists think that freedom means freedom for them to prosleytize their religion and force the rest of us to adhere to their moral craziness. The book also examines the roots of populism and how it has been co-opted by the conservative movement. The stuff on economics is also very compelling.

There is much cookin’ on the griddle right now. I need to excavate myself from the bed sheets and get this show on the road.

Oh and I was ultimately disappointed with the final outcome of Project Runway

Kellogg Brown & Root Begins Building American Prison Camps to Hold Tens of Thousands

From Alternet:

…the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (detail). It provides the basis for the President to round-up both aliens and U.S. citizens he determines have given material support to terrorists. Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Cheney’s Halliburton, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of undesirables.

The bill awaits signing by Bush.

Tens of thousands.

That took my breath away.