Monthly Archives: September 2009

Andy

September 30, 2009

Domino’s Tracker

Had to see how this works – Domino's has a pizza tracker that shows where my pizza is in the pipeline. I know all my foodie friends in SF are completely appalled I'm ordering Domino's.

Domino's Tracker

Markets Does Not Solve Everything

The first lesson we learned from the current economic collapse is: The market does not solve everything. Despite what the neo-cons like Ronald Reagan and George Dubbya told us, turning all state responsibility over to the market means that the entire country is motivated by profit and therefore operates under a value system of greed. This market-first government has not benefited most of us. In fact, it’s only really benefited the super rich, like Reagan and Dubbya.The second lesson is that a government unduly influenced by the market, by corporations’ and banks’ lobbying and political contributions, will not be able to fulfill its responsibility as regulator of the market.

via Laurie Essig – True/Slant.

Invisible Working Woman

Aymar on the death of the working woman on the nation’s magazine covers:

Now, every time I go to CVS or a bookstore and look at the magazines, I wonder what makes the cover girls so special…. My beef: these women don’t work! … Instead, they are reality stars leading dull lives and somehow getting recognized for it. Or they are actresses who haven’t made a decent movie or TV show in a long time and get covers because women simply like them.. Marie Claire recently put Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page on their cover to celebrate Barrymore’s directorial debut for what looks like a fun, possibly smart female sports movie. But how many times have I seen Barrymore on a cover for no reason at all? More disturbingly, it seems women don’t actually want to buy magazines featuring women known for bustling careers.

via The Death of the Working Woman?

Vatican Continues to Scapegoat Homosexuals

The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was “busy cleaning its own house” and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger. In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

via Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican

UK Border Agency Uses DNA Testing to Determine ‘True Country of Origin’

I can’t believe we didn’t do this first in the US:

Scientists are greeting with surprise and dismay a project to use DNA and isotope analysis of tissue from asylum seekers to evaluate their nationality and help decide who can enter the United Kingdom… Science has obtained Border Agency documents showing that isotope analyses of hair and nail samples will also be conducted “to help identify a person’s true country of origin.” The project “is regrettable,” says Caroline Slocock, chief executive of Refugee and Migrant Justice headquartered in London. The Border Agency’s DNA-testing plans would use mouth swabs for mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome testing, as well as analyses of subtle genetic variations called single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

via Scientists Decry “Flawed” and “Horrifying” Nationality Tests : ScienceInsider.

Andy

September 29, 2009

Prude To Nude: Learning To Love My Womanly Parts

One of my high school best buddies wrote this fantastic essay on the strange craze for labiaplasty. "The only reason I'm not more embarrassed about being so vagina-shy- is because I have plenty of female friends who are the same way. And these aren't creationist child brides with 12-inch braids swinging down their backs. These are strong- independent- open-minded women- who suddenly go all Victorian when the topic of vaginal examination comes up. We could be chatting about all sorts of things related to vaginas–vibrators- tampons- etc. But mention the girly garden itself- and out come the painted fans and smelling salts."

Prude To Nude: Learning To Love My Womanly Parts

One brave woman poses for a sculpture that shows there is beauty in all bits.

Kelo Development Is Weeds and Feral Cats

On June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court rewrote the Fifth Amendment to allow cities to declare eminent domain, swipe land from one set of taxpayers and give it to another set of taxpayers in the name of economic development. The majority upheld that the city of New London, Conn., could declare as urban blight the Kelo house and the well-kept neighborhood it was in so that the city could sell it to a developer who promised 3,169 new jobs and $1.2 million a year in tax revenues. Four years later? Nothing.

via Don Surber » Blog Archive » Kelo development? Weeds and feral cats.

Son Feeds Abusive, Incestuous Father to Coyotes

Jeremiah Berry shot his father in the head, and then dismembered his corpse to feed parts of it to coyotes, according to court documents. Authorities said they also found some of Jack Berry’s body parts encased in a bucket with concrete. Jeremiah Berry told police he killed his father after his father raped him. He said his father told him that day he had been told by God his son needed a sex change to become his wife.

via Jeremiah Raymond Berry Pleads Guilty To Feeding Abusive Father To Coyotes.

Notes from the Homosexual Extremist Movement

From the Phyllis Schafly’s Take Back America Conference for a session called How to Counter the Homosexual Extremist Movement: (emphasis mine)

[F]ervent and relentless homosexual propaganda goose-steps along, trampling upon those who observe traditional notions of sexual morality. … Thus we find ourselves — back against the ropes — in a fight we did not pick, struggling in a culture war we did not ask for. It’s a clash of worldviews in a zero-sum-game. Make no mistake; the sin of homosexuality is the bunker-buster bomb in this war against morality. The very firm response by defenders of Biblical truth to the homosexual lobby’s relentless assault on our nation’s Judeo-Christian tradition is indeed a defensive reaction, not an act of aggression. The sheer mechanics of homosexual conduct very naturally elicits revulsion in most rational folk. Therefore, most of us would prefer not to even imagine it, much less struggle to defend against its wholesale promotion. But regrettably, our hand has been forced.

via How to Take Back America Conference | HOMOSEXUAL EXTREMIST MOVEMENT.