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03 May 2007 @ 09:05 am
The United States signed a defence pact today with Montenegro that could open the way for the deployment of US forces to the young Balkan republic - a step likely to fuel tensions with Russia

it's not just about taking Iran's natural resources by force, it's about provoking Russia and China.  mark my words, when the US attacks/invades Iran, the former Communist pals will team up against the US.  and Venezuela will be their key ally.  and this administration is not only preparing for it but chomping at the bit for it.  hey kids!  it's the Brand New Cold War brought to you by Reagan's Ghostriders!

damn, that is some kind of greed.  it hurts my heart to think about it.
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13 April 2007 @ 03:55 pm
i never paid much attention to any of the fuss surrounding Mel Gibson or Michael Richards or that dude who plays some doctor on Grey's Anatomy, but for some reason i have been following the whole Imus fiasco from afar with interest.  perhaps because, in this case, repercussions actually occurred.

i fully agree with the fuss, the calls for his removal and other bans, and his subsequent firing.  Imus probably thought he could get away with such slurs because he probably banked on his audience being exclusively folks who would think those kind of slurs are funny.  but using those kind of slurs to garner audience laughs is damaging because it perpetuates the idea that debasement of other people is okay.

more than for soley blacks or women, it is a small victory for black women who suffer twice the insult.

today, the Rev. Al "hymie town" Sharpton stated:

"We cannot afford a precedent established that the airwaves can be used to commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism. But there will be no champagne bottle popping by those of us involved in this. This is not about gloating."

but i don't see the good reverand taking the same hard stance and the same organization and calls for removal/bans of black celebrities who propagate slurs, especially against black women.  and you'd have to be completely ignorant not to realize it is the wet dream of every white supremist (or mercenary politician) to just sit back and watch blacks disrespect and abuse each other.  so long as they keep on keeping each other down there is no chance that they will gain strength and power and control over their own destiny.

if Sharpton really believes that it is not necessary to "be misogynist and racist to be creative or to be commercial in this country" then he needs to give equal negative attention to black celebrities who use slurs in order to appeal to their audience.   he can start with himself.  Rev. Al Sharpton played a single card.
Current Location: Haarlem, NL
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Aretha Franklin - "A Change Is Going To Come"
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12 April 2007 @ 09:12 pm
Bas and I have been wanting to visit the US and events/situations of the past few months have kept us postponing things.  But things are shaping up for a late summer/autumn visit.  We're even finally able and are starting to save up.

Roadtrips are going to be a key component and if anyone has East Coast suggestions/recommendations, please let me know.

He's never been to the US, loves nature/outdoors type stuff (we'll likely be camping some), loves mountain biking and loves to dance.  I've already let him know that a significant portion of our trip will be spent visiting/hanging with my friends, like thorne108, and my family.  I want to enjoy and share with him all the places and things I love so much about Philly and Pennsylvania.  A visit to NYC is guaranteed, as is a roadtrip down South to visit calamine_tea and rskipwo.  I'd like to visit other cities, like Boston.  We could venture westward a state or two.

I'd like to sublet or otherwise obtain an apartment for us in Philly for the few months (2 or 3) we're there, even with the roadtrips in mind. Although renting a motorhome (or buying a super cheap used one) and using that as our abode whether travelling or stationary in Philly would also be cool.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Sam Cooke - "A Change Is Going To Come"
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21 March 2007 @ 02:33 pm
hooray!  someone purchased use of one my photos.  altogether not a bad start... of my initial upload, so far 3 have been approved to be a part of my portfolio, one has 4 five-star reviews already and was included in 2 public lightboxes, another was included in 2 public lightboxes, and one was downloaded.  all in less than 24 hours.

makes up for the hailstorm this morning, hard rain supercrazy thunder hail right now and my stuffy head.


the hail is coming down so hard and so big it looks like a huge swarm of angry bees outside.  crazy angry bees pelting themeslves against the house.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
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too bad it's a friggin' Nike commercial, eh?  but damn... that bass line is fantastic (Primo! ) and Rakim!  KRS-one!!!  here's hoping KRS' words have impact (did he do this to reach a wider audience?).
Current Mood: complacentclassic
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16 February 2007 @ 12:42 am
i wonder just how karma is going to work on this one...?

Al "inconvenient truth" Gore is planning to announce a concert event bigger than Live Aid/8, a multicity concert event whose purpose is to bring awareness and (somehow) simultaneous action towards environmental issues.

but damn, it sure was inconvenient when Tipper "PMRC" Gore decided to censor musicians back in the 80s.

now suddenly the Gores decided that they need music to further a good cause.  or further Al Gore's cause.  will musicians suck it up to Tipper and Al because, damnit it, the earth needs them! or will they tell them to go sod off (hey... at least they can give the Gores an environmentally friendly "fuck you")?  or maybe Tipper will make amends to Two Live Crew and the Dead Kennedys and feature them as the concert's headliners?

i'm sure the musicians will bend over and take a large wad of cash in the ass, submit to a lyrics and performance approval committee (probably named something catchy like the Clean Aural Environment Caucus) and sell out all in the name of Mother Earth... or Democrats in 2008... or good publicity stunt/career move... or something.

damn, those Gores are good.  the Bushes and Clintons ain't got nothin' on green Al and his censorship lovin' missus.

************ special "place your bets" section**************

how will they pull off the "action" part of the plan?:

make the musicians bicycle themselves and their equipment to each concert location?  use solar powered amplifiers, sound boards and stage lighting?  musicians "toughing it out" and not using air conditioning in their trailers during the horrendous July heat?  all musicians will play acoustic sets and every concert attendee will be given a special biodegradable hearing horn? concert arenas with special exercycle seating - concert goers will have to pedal in order to power all the equipment and enjoy the show?

which reunited bands will play?:  genesis?   crosby stills nash and young?  oasis?  van halen?  NSYNC?  fleetwood mac?  the police?

which special guests will turn up?:  sir elton john?  bono?  tina turner?  madonna?   lionel ritchie?  michael jackson?  kenny loggins?

which "the" bands will play?:  the fratellis?  the killers?  the twang?  the bravery?

sure to show?:  black eyed peas?  red hot chili peppers?  beyonce?  bon jovi?  dixie chicks?  artic monkeys?  cold war kids?  gwen stefani?  sheryl crow?  robbie williams?  norah jones?

who among hip-hop will be clean enough for Tipper?:  the fat boys?  will smith?
Current Mood: cynicalcynical
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14 February 2007 @ 03:01 pm
you know what's the best thing when you're not feeling well?

i used to think it was being left totally alone, but i was wrong.  the best thing is having an attentive lover who brings you cappuccino, a breakfast toasti, and kisses in bed but also knows to give you your space and during such times helps ready your photos for stock photography submissions.  that, and a kittycat who snuggles up against you and purrs all your crankiness away.
Current Mood: lovedloved
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12 February 2007 @ 12:04 am
The U.S. military Sunday presented evidence it says shows an elite Iranian force under the command of Iran's supreme leader is behind bombings that have killed at least 170 U.S. troops in Iraq


At least one former White House official contends that some Bush advisers secretly want an excuse to attack Iran. "They intend to be as provocative as possible and make the Iranians do something [America] would be forced to retaliate for," says Hillary Mann, the administration's former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs. U.S. officials insist they have no intention of provoking or otherwise starting a war with Iran, and they were also quick to deny any link to Sharafi's kidnapping. But the fact remains that the longstanding war of words between Washington and Tehran is edging toward something more dangerous. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow

surge 2007 - supersize it:

President Bush and his new military chiefs have been saying for nearly a month that they would "surge" an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, in a last, grand push to quell the violence in Baghdad and in Anbar Province. But a new study by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the real troop increase could be as high as 48,000 -- more than double the number the President initially said

military spending - gimme an XXXL:

Bush will ask for $100 billion more for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year and seek $145 billion for 2008, a senior Pentagon official said Friday. Those requests come on top of about $344 billion spent for Iraq since the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Current Location: rene mclean sextet- "jihad"
Current Music: a href= "http://rapidshare.com/files/16083043/06_jihad.mp3
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06 February 2007 @ 03:25 pm
Each of the counts is a felony carrying a possible sentence of life in prison

first, i'd like to say how i'm glad that each count carries such a strong sentence.  it's refreshing to know that sometimes a pedophile does face substantial punishment, even though it really does nothing to diminish the hell he put his victims through.

however, i find it extremely angering that a charge of sodomy carries a possible life sentence whereas the average time served for most convicted rapists is only 5 years (the average sentence being 9 years).


does it take kidnapping to bring a life sentence?  in the case of Elizabeth Smart, who went through significant torture and abuse in addition to kidnapping and 9 months of repeated rape, only 6 charges were filed - and only 4 were first degree felonies which carried a possible life sentence.

somehow i get the feeling that were she not kidnapped, her rape and torture would not have brought charges carrying possible life sentences.  and i wonder, too, if sodomy is treated as a more heinous crime than vaginal rape and why.
Current Mood: angryangry