Q: How many telemarketers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Wouldn't a more relevant question be "How many pounds of cocaine has Bush snorted?"
Did you hear that Bill Clinton
hired a new intern? It turns out that his old intern had to go home and
spend time with her family after her brother was killed in Iraq.
Under the Patriot Act, we don't have to tell you that.
A doctor, a lawyer, and an
accountant all die and go to heaven on the same day. When they get to
the Pearly Gates, they are greeted by St. Peter. St. Peter says, "Scott
McClellan is a lying sack of shit and I'd tell him so myself if he
weren't going straight to hell when he dies."
This place is a hovel. No, really. Originally this meant a
medieval one-room dwelling, with a central fire, made by an
agricultural labourer using whatever natural materials came to hand.
The Hovel: branches of oak support the wattle-and-daub ceiling in the sitting room More pictures
hovels were cleared in Tudor and Elizabethan times, and the few that
survived were modernised beyond recognition. This one came within the
Manor of Ludgershall, in Buckinghamshire, owned by Geoffrey, Bishop of
Coutances, a trusted friend of William the Conqueror.
The Hovel has windows that peek out under the fringe of a
deep thatched roof of combed wheat reed. It stands on the edge of the
village green, and is reached by a small bridge over the brook.
sitting-room ceiling is supported by branches of oak; billowing
plaster, daubed on a mattress of twisted twigs, follows their bends and
curves to a maximum height of 6ft 2in, and the walls wave in and out
The brick fireplace
houses a contemporary wood-burning stove, behind which is now the
second bedroom. Opposite is the galley kitchen, with a slate worktop
and Belfast sink. The main bedroom and bathroom are an addition, the
latter having a cast-iron roll-top bath and a chequerboard marble floor.
half-acre garden needs attention, but the owners until 2002 were keen
plantsmen, and topiaried box hedging, weeping pear, copper plum, apple
and cherry trees, and wisteria can still be found, along with roses
round the door. A bay-fronted, timber summerhouse under a
cedar-shingled roof, with power and light, can also be found. Perfect
for guests, writers - and other hobbits.
The Hovel in Ludgershall, Bucks, is for sale at £375,000 ($655,000) through John D Wood (01865 311522, e-mail: oxford@johndwo
Richard Dawkins' opening talk, in a session called
Meme Power at the TED Global (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference, explored the ways in which humans invent their own
realities to make sense of the infinitely complex worlds they are in--
worlds made more complex by ideas such as quantum physics which is
beyond most human understanding.
How else to explain Numerology, Phrenology and Scientology?
Maybe Aldous Huxley is right in his book, Doors of Perception,
when he suggests that there is an infinity of information and stimuli
washing over us in a barrage and it is our mind's responsibility to
filter out anything that impairs our ability to survive.
Abu Ghraib photos and videos Bush is hiding may contain the rape of little boys
As you may know,
the Bush administration is now violating a court order to release the
rest of its Abu Ghraib photos to the ACLU. Editor & Publisher has done a great job of helping suss out what those remaining photos are:
what is shown on the 87 photographs and four videos from Abu Ghraib
prison that the Pentagon, in an eleventh hour move, blocked from
release this weekend? One clue: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told
Congress last year, when the scandal was still front page news: "I
mean, I looked at them last night, and they're hard to believe.” They
show acts "that can only be described as blatantly sadistic, cruel and
inhumane," he added. Link
The Bush administration Friday refused a court order to release
additional secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu
Ghraib prison abuse scandal. The court order came following a Freedom of
Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union
to determine the extent of abuse at American military prisons in Iraq
and Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Link
"Nobody spends more time on his knees than George W. Bush. The Bush administration hums to the sound of prayer. Prayer
meetings take place day and night. It's not uncommon to see White House
functionaries hurrying down corridors carrying Bibles."--BBC correspondent Justin Webb
Bush: "God told me to strike"
According to Abbas, immediately thereafter Bush said: "God told me to
strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to
strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the
problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the
elections will come and I will have to focus on them."
George W. Bush, the greatest president of all time, June 8, 2005
heard about this DVD from my church group. I love that he's so
religious. Who says you have to separate church and state; that's a
horrible rule. That's how Bush won the election, because good [smart]
christians like myself voted him in. Satan would have risen from the underground if Kerry took over. If it weren't for us hard working Christians, America would be in a nucular holocaust by now.
ultimately going to be shown for the charlatan they are.
Bush Haters Beware!, March 11, 2005
is an amazing documentary told through the eyes of people who have
known President George W. Bush. The documentary makes it clear that
when the President brought up Jesus Christ it wasn't to get votes by
some hungry politician it was because his Christian faith really means
a lot to him.
We hear about the things that the public would
never know about if it weren't for people like some of the ones
interviewed. God seems to truly have turned a reckless youth into a
humble and devotional man. Like President Reagan and his fight against
communism, President Bush also seems to feel that God is using him to
better the world.
President Bush comes off as humble,
prayerful, and touched by God in this documentary, in fact, someone who
kisses the bandages of a wounded soldiers arm and breaks into tears and
prays he sounds more like a future saint than a president of the United
The true character and image of George W. Bush
comes out in this well made documentary on the faith of this President.
Sunflowers in a field.
They gorge on seed. They rise
To rest along the power line, then fall
Like drizzled lemon drops, like lozenges
Of candied yellow light.
Two weeks a year, goldfinches
Gather on sunflowers here.
These evenings after supper,
You see them in the honey-soft glow
As if they'd trapped and somehow stored
The rapture of September's sun.
You see goldfinches flicker
Among sunflower lanes,
Through mortal tides of light,
Through streams of apricot and chardonnay,
And you resolve to live
Your life with greater sympathy.
Sunflowers bowing their char black dials,
Their petals twist and writhe
Like fires, like silk coronas blazing west.
How inconceivable, then,
The pewter cold-front clouds,
The shabby settlement of crow and wren.
Though no one hears the oath,
You shall, you tell yourself,
Forgo deceit, increase the tithe.
Atone. Forgive. Embrace. You watch
Goldfinches and sunflowers both
Begin to fade. By subtle green degrees
They shed that bullion luster of the sun
Until the finches ricochet
Like flints among the drowsing flower heads.
Perhaps, as I have done,
You'll pace the darkling half mile home,
Intent on picking up the telephone
To reconcile with long-lost friends.
You will apologize, concede.
You'll vow to never, ever, ever let
Such distance grow again.
But then you reach your door and find
The day diminished to a thin blue rind
Of light above the township silhouette.
How nice a hot bath sounds.
Dessert. An herbal tea.
Perhaps you'll read the Arts
And Leisure pages of The Daily News.
With every stair you climb
Sleep settles just a little more behind
The knees, beneath the shoulder blades.
The calls, you tell yourself,
Perhaps some other time.
Dobson, Falwell, Robertson, Santorum and the rest of the fundamentalist christians in the USA will privately be cheering for this bit of wretchedness. What would Jesus do, you ask? Ask you should.
Two gay Iranian teenagers -- one 18, the other believed to be 16 or
17, were executed this week for the "crime" of homosexuality. The two youths
-- identified only by their initials as M.A. and A.M., were hanged in
Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran,
on the orders of Court No. 19.
Consensual gay sex in any form is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Homosexuality is illegal, those charged with love-making
are given a choice of four deathstyles: being hanged, stoned, halved by
a sword, or dropped from the highest perch.
According to Iranian human rights campaigners, over 4000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979. Last August, a 16-year-old girl was hanged for 'acts incompatible with chastity.'"
In the case of these two teens they admitted having gay sex (probably under torture) but claimed in
their defense that most young boys had sex with each other and that
they were not aware that homosexuality was punishable by death.
Prior to their execution, the gay teenagers were held in prison for 14
months and severely beaten with 228 lashes. The length of their
detention suggests that they committed the so-called offenses more
than a year earlier, when they were possibly around the age of 16."
Ruhollah Rezazadeh, the lawyer of the younger of the two boys, had
appealed that he was too young to be executed and that the court should
take into account his tender age (believed to be 16 or 17). But the
Supreme Court in Tehran Ordered him to be hanged. Link
Now, if you happen to be a young woman accused of premarital sex, you have several choices, including being buried up to your waist, hands and arms bound, and stoned to death. Kind of makes hanging seem like a piece of cake.