Friday, April 28, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
Finally, someone gets the ball rolling...announcement of Bush Impeachment Book in the NyPost
* Conspiracy of Lies Tricking the Country into the Iraqi War, which may end up costing $2 trillion and, so far, 2,300 American lives.
* Deliberate Exposure of an Undercover CIA Agent.
* Assault on Civil Liberties as in wiretapping and eavesdropping.
* Deliberate Violation of International law.
* Torture of Prisoners.
* The FEMA/Katrina response.
* A Culture of Corruption in Washington.
* Obstructions of Investigations into what the administration knew pre-9/11.
* Allowing family and friends to profit from the war."
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Originally uploaded by _Faith.
Melodic and catchy to a fault, this is her best album yet.
Listening to I'm Not Dead is like finding a $20 dollar bill on the street.
The revelatory bittersweet, "Dear Mr. President" (feat. Indigo Girls) IS AMAZING.
What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine
Xtina's last album, Stripped had quite a few songs regarding traumatic childhood, but I like Pink's soft exploration, with rousing strings. The only word that springs to mind? Triumphant. "Conversations With My 13 Year Old Self"
Come over here and let me hold your hand and hug you darling
I promise you that it won't always feel this bad
There are so many things I want to say to you
You're the girl I used to be
You little heartbroken thirteen year old me
Lyrically I think she still has room to grow, but she's getting better; the hooks, voice and raw strength are there and it's good to feel.
"Fingers" is the best song Garbage never sang! Seriously well crafted sexy hot frakkin song!
When it’s late at night and you’re fast asleep
I let my fingers do the walking
I press record
I become a fiend
And no one else is watching
The Last Supper
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CREATE MAJOR STIR
April 6, 2006 -- HERE'S A big story. Not that anything I've reported before was junk. But just to point out, in case you're in a hurry and not paying real attention, that this is a big story.
For two years, National Geographic has secretly worked on a project dealing with religious history. Their deep pockets financed an architectural dig in biblical desert land. Its ultimate was to yield a scriptural trove and, in fact, has unearthed what they will soon proclaim are ancient scrolls.
These scrolls have painstakingly been translated by a group of scholars, and the revelation is that they deal exclusively with Judas.
The assumption is this wondrous history of the ages has been authenticated via forensics, carbon dating, historians, clergy, graphologists, geologists, geneologists, biologists, specialists, scientists, pathologists, zoologists and any other kind of -ists who peer through magnifying glasses. Still, how this gets awarded the official kosher sign enough to satisfy some modern doubting Thomas, I'm not sure. I mean, to my knowledge, nobody except the president has directly spoken to Jesus and his posse in weeks.
Anyway, packaged in two separate volumes, this gets released through Bantam's distributing arm in 60 days. Judas' story will be titled "The Gospel of Judas." (The National Geographic television channel will air a TV show of the same name on Sunday.) The companion book, although both may be sold independently, is the saga of the discovery.
Anticipated is that this could be the most talked about tome of the century. Anticipated is that the Vatican will come out against it. Anticipated is that the hostility directed toward Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" and "The Da Vinci Code" book and movie will be a hymn-sing in comparison.
Because, also anticipated, is that this could blow the lid off Christianity's established concepts. The deciphered words supposedly unveil a story different from that in The Holy Bible. They remove the centuries-old animus Christians have held towards Jews because, they state, Judas did not betray Jesus.
The words say it was Jesus' wish for Judas to exhibit this precise behavior in order to fulfill Jesus' divine destiny. In this record, supposedly as ancient as the Scriptures themselves, it twists all around Judaism and Christianity. No longer, per these scrolls, can Judas, a Jew at the Last Supper Passover table, be thought of as betraying the Lord for pieces of silver if - per these supposedly sacred writings - he was, in fact, doing the Lord's bidding.
This is all I know. For more, for answers, questions, facts, widening of this information, you are directed to spokespersons at National Geographic. They are not speaking. Until this point they have remained even more silent than Katie Couric's manager.
Judas did not betray Jesus, lost gospel claims
By Jenny Booth
An ancient manuscript written in Egypt in 300AD purports to show that Judas Iscariot was not the betrayer who sold Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver, as the bible says.
The apocryphal account of the last days of Jesus's life portrays Judas as a loyal disciple, who followed Jesus's orders in handing him over to the authorities and thus allowed him to fulfil the biblical prophecies of saving mankind.
The fragile 31-page document, which has had a chequered history since it was discovered near Beni Masar in Egypt in the 1970s, was put on show for the first time this afternoon at the National Geographic Society in Washington, along with an English translation.
IN TRUTH THIS ISN'T SUPER BIG NEWS,
Prophecy of Judas Destiny:
It would be fair to think that Judas’ betrayal of Jesus would send him to hell, but since Judas couldn’t have had a choice, shouldn’t he be praised? According to Jesus in Matthew 19:28, all 12 disciples would sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel. Judas was obviously one of the 12 at this point. When Paul writes that Jesus appeared “to the twelve” after his resurrection, whom could he have had in mind if not Judas? It doesn’t sound like he was punished in this life or the next.
BUT I FIND IT MONUMENTAL TO THE CAUSE OF STUDYING THE TRUTH, LOVE AND JUSTICE OF CHRISTIANITY. QUESTIONS OF FREE WILL PEOPLE?
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
bush admin resourceful
Originally uploaded by _Faith.
U.S., Britain Try to Ease Shiites' Worries
...Washington's problems with Jafari date back to last year, when he was named interim prime minister after the country's first legislative elections. Privately, U.S. officials have been expressing frustration with Jafari, saying he is unable to handle the job.
When his government proved unable to provide basic subsidized goods to Iraqis, American officials feared that the public's confidence in the government was being undermined.
They have grown increasingly concerned that the deadlock over the government was due to his lack of political savvy.
But the actual American push for Jafari's replacement appeared to come more recently. An official in Washington said that less than three weeks ago, when U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad passed along word to Washington that the Americans in Baghdad wanted Jafari out, senior U.S. officials overruled him, continuing to say the administration would never intervene to try to influence the Iraqis' choice of prime minister.
But that stance appears to have changed in recent days...Read the whole article and feel much better after knowing more about what's actually going on...
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Word spread to Latino laborers as Katrina's floodwaters ebbed: There is work with good money and no questions about papers.
April 4, 2006
NEW ORLEANS — As the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina receded in September, roads filled with residents leaving the city, their cars, SUVs and moving vans jammed with what they had salvaged of their lives.
Thousands of men from Mexico and Central America were driving into the city. Word had spread throughout the Latino immigrant diaspora in America that the city had plenty of work, construction wages had doubled to $16 an hour and no one was asking for papers.
READ THE REST OF THIS STUNNING ARTICLE AT THE LATIMES.COM
THANK GOD SOMEBODY'S GOING?
COULD WE FIND A WAY TO WORK TOGETHER ON THIS BLACK AND BROWN?
COURSE THE GOLD RUSH SAW UNTOLD HORROS OF AMERICAN INSTINCT AGAINST IMMIGRANT (i.e. free vs. forced american labor) MENTALITY.
MEXICAN, CHILEANS, AFRICAN AMERICANS, CHINESE, IRISH, AMERICAN INDIAN, PRETTY MUCH ALL GOT SCREWED MOST OF THE TIME BY THE CA GOLD RUSH.
NOT TO MENTION HOW THE US GOV'T "BOUGHT" CALI FROM MEXICO WITHOUT MENTIONING GOLD IN THEM HILLS HAD BEEN DISCOVERED ONE WEEK EARLIER!
I thought at the same time that it could hardly be kept secret for six weeks, and in this I was not mistaken, - John Sutter, during his official announcement.
Funny how things don't change about governments, $15 million dollars for 4 1/2 US states. From 1848 to today 15 Mill is Somewhere between 356 million and 73 billion dollars.
in a "california knew mexico had gold 1848" google search look what pops up,
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Step 2: Explain to students that the pioneers knew Mexico owned the territory
... the Mormons' inability to obtain statehood in 1850 as California had done. ...
from that .rtf:
Activity 1: Manifest Destiny
The Salt Lake Valley was part of Mexico when the Mormon pioneers arrived in 1847. Later it became part of the United States. The pioneers knew this was Mexico’s land when they decided to settle here, which was not unusual as the spirit of “Manifest Destiny” seemed to offer moral justification for American expansion and acquisition. Groups already claiming territory might have felt differently. Steps 1-3 will explain this.
Step 1: On the board write “United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, France, Republic of Texas, and Russia. Tell students all these countries claimed land in what is now the United States during the 1840s. Ask students which country they think “owned” what is now Utah when the Mormons arrived here in 1847. With a show of hands write their “votes” by each country. When voting is completed tell students that Mexico claimed the Utah area along with present-day Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and part of Colorado and Wyoming. Show students map of the United States with areas claimed by these countries (USHS web site “United States c. 1840” map) either as a hand out or on overhead projector. Point out what was Mexican territory when the pioneers arrived in 1847.
Step 2: Explain to students that the pioneers knew Mexico owned the territory when they decided to settle here, that it was one of the main reasons they wanted to settle here. Ask students why they think the pioneers might have wanted to settle outside the United States. Write their answers on the board and discuss them. (Possible answers: Mormons wanted to be free from the persecution they had encountered for practicing their religious beliefs in the United States; and political independence.)
Ask students if they think the pioneers would have had any concerns about making their settlement in Mexico and what they might have been. Write their answers on the board and discuss them. (Possible answers: Mexico might not want them there; they might have to follow Mexican rules and regulations.)
Step 3: Explain that Manifest Destiny was the belief by Americans that it was their duty to populate the continent. The term was coined in 1845 by editor John Louis O’Sullivan who said, “Our manifest destiny is to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” This belief seemed to offer moral justification for American expansion to the west. Discuss how different groups such as the pioneers, Canada, Great Britain, France, Republic of Texas, Russia, Mexico and Native Americans might have felt about this belief. (Possible answers: pioneers might have felt it was their duty to bring their beliefs to the area; Canada, Great Britain, France, Republic of Texas, Mexico and Russia might have been worried about losing their land; and Native Americans might have felt intruded upon and worried about losing their hunting grounds and way of life.)Yeah we might of. Felt intruded upon.
The Royal Oak pub put up a painting of Jemima Nicholas' story
Pembrokeshire man Andrew Thomas claims he has found the baptism records of Jemima Nicholas, who tricked French troops into surrendering in 1797.
Nicholas told local women to dress in a black-and-red traditional costume, and the French thought they were soldiers.
But the origins of the heroine, who died in 1832, have never been proved.
Mr Thomas was researching his family when he found what he claims is Nicholas' baptism records.
The county's records office in Haverfordwest has a record which shows a Jemima Nicholas was baptised in the parish of Mathry on 2 March 1755.
This would have made her 41 at the time of the French invasion, close to contemporary accounts which put the Fishguard shoemaker at 47.
Nicholas became part of Welsh folklore for her part in the deception of 1,200 French troops, who landed in west Wales with plans to attack Bristol and London, but who quickly descended into a drunken rabble.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
The Bush administration said yesterday that the cost of rebuilding New Orleans's levees to federal standards has nearly tripled to $10 billion and that there may not be enough money to fully protect the entire region. Read more about the disgusting reality of the Bush Administration.
And to make you feel better? 'cause it is Fool's Day? Check out some really great political cartoons from Adam Zyglis!