in Other news…

Welcome to a weekly roundup of news related to the gay, lesbian, trans, and otherwise “other” community.

  • After Bill Richardson’s much-discussed comment in the HRC debate, the discussion over choice as a factor in sexual orientation continues with viagra generico 200 mg in farmacia senza ricetta pagamento online a Genova a new study on “ex-gays” published by InterVarsity Press (h/t Box Turtle Bulletin).  Of course, they can be counted on for total scientific rigor:

    Founded in 1947 as an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, InterVarsity Press serves those in the university, the church and the world by publishing thoughtful Christian books that equip and encourage people to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of life.

    The relationship between sexuality, biology, environment, and choice has never been an easy one to understand, much less encapsulate in a single soundbite – but something makes me a bit suspicious of scientific studies in which science is not the end goal.  Is that fair?

More below the fold…

  • An online petition is circulating to demand investigation into the death of a transgendered immigrant denied life-saving medication by Immigration.  Victoria Arellano died in late July in a California hospital after ICE allegedly withheld her medication:

    ICE officials routinely denied Arellano the antibiotic dapasone and other necessary medications to treat HIV-related side effects, published reports indicate. Her mother, Olga, and her fellow detainees at San Pedro confirmed these accounts to the Daily Journal and other publications this month.

    ICE’s decision to house Arellano in a male facility in San Pedro was particularly problematic, said Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund.

    “Clearly she was someone who was openly transgender and presented herself as a female,” Silverman said. “There are a whole host of reasons to suggest abuse and outright refusal to provide care at play.”

    The petition has been circulating via email, but you can find a copy of it at The Bilerico Project.


  • Terrance at The Republic of T continues his outstanding series on LGBT-targeted hate crimes, a resource originally developed for wikipedia.  This installment, the nineteenth since the series’ inception, discusses a 2000 shooting in Roanoke, VA that left one man dead:

    Thirteen minutes. That’s the amount of time that passed between the moment police arrived to take a report from a bar employee in Roanoke, VA, who called 911 – after a man asked for directions to a gay bar, flashed his gun, and said he was “wasting faggots” that night – and the the moment when the shooting at the Backstreet Cafe was called in to police.


  • Here’s your go here nutcase of the week: 365gay is reporting that an anti-gay activist in Oregon is calling his legal troubles “Oregon’s own 9-11“.  David Crowe’s “Concerned Oregonians” was targeted for election-related investigations into its attempts to solicit funds to overturn the state’s LGBT civil rights laws; he made the completely tasteless comparison in an email to his supporters.

    (For those of you keeping count, that makes two 9/11s that teh gay are responsible for.)


  • Dueling biopics are nothing new (we’ve already had two on Truman Capote, and another two on Janis coming down the pipeline), but follow url two high-profile films about Harvey Milk, both by openly gay mainstream directors, might be.  The Hollywood Reporter has Gus Van Sant beating Brian Singer to the punch; the former’s already signed Sean Penn (as Milk) and Matt Damon (as Dan “twinkie defense” White), while Singer’s is still far in the future.  Meanwhile Van Sant is also scoring high marks at the Toronto Film Festival for his new release, Paranoid Park.


  • For the second time, the California legislature source has passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, but it still requires the signature of the veto-happy Governator.  Equity California reports that the bill picked up a few extra votes this time around, a sign that change is moving in the right direction.  Due credit to a broad and diverse coalition that helped push the bill through:

    AB 43 is co-authored by 29 Assemblymembers and 14 Senators, including Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Sen. President Pro Tempore Don Perata. A broad coalition of more than 250 civil rights organizations and leaders support the measure, including the NAACP California State Conference, United Farm Workers, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Chinese for Affirmative Action, California Teachers Association, ACLU, California Nurses Association, Lambda Legal, Anti-Defamation League, California National Organization for Women, California Church Impact, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

    Meanwhile New Jersey’s governor Jon Corzine has has promised to sign a marriage billafter the 2008 Presidential election, citing his fear that Republicans might use it as a wedge issue in the state.

Speaking of which, I’m happy to report that I’m a recent addition to the list of those waiting for the legal right to be married, having upgraded my status from ‘boyfriend’ to ‘fiancé’.  (I also believe that our own Robyn is celebrating a union ceremony next month.)  Apologies that we’re so determined to wreck your marriages by this naked aggression against tradition, but frankly, we throw pretty cool parties.

(My first run on autopublish, so if I screwed up and posted it too early, I’ll be here later to sweep up the mess.)

Pony Party… it’s LAUNCH DAY wranglers Can we visualize a 3D universe
which is finite yet unbounded?

Albert Einstein, 1954

vardenafil contrassegno senza ricetta online in italia to buhdy… for this fabulous place to play, talk, learn, throw some pie,
and where we mostly live up to your one rule, to be excellent to each other…

The Surge Is Working In Iraq

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There is a real effective surge in Iraq.  It just isn’t with the combat forces. Cholera is surging through the country.

A cholera epidemic in northern Iraq has infected approximately 7,000 people and could reach Baghdad within weeks as the disease spreads through the country’s decrepit and unsanitary water system, Iraqi health officials said Tuesday.

The World Health Organization reported that the epidemic is concentrated in the northern regions of Kirkuk and Sulaimaniya and that 10 people are known to have died. But Dr. Said Hakki, president of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, a relief organization that has responded to the epidemic, said that new cases had turned up in the neighboring provinces, Erbil and Nineveh, indicating that the disease had spread.

see What is cholera?

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Transmission occurs through direct faecal-oral contamination or through ingestion of contaminated water and food. The disease is characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhoea that can lead to death by severe dehydration and kidney failure. The extremely short incubation period – two hours to five days – enhances the potentially explosive pattern of outbreaks, as the number of cases can rise very quickly. About 75% of people infected with cholera do not develop any symptoms. However, the pathogens stay in their faeces for 7 to 14 days and are shed back into the environment, potentially infecting other individuals. Cholera is an extremely virulent disease that affects both children and adults. Unlike other diarrhoeal diseases, it can kill healthy adults within hours. Individuals with lower immunity, such as malnourished children or people living with HIV, are at greater risk of death if infected by cholera.

viagra generico 200 mg prezzo a Venezia Isn’t that a disease from the Middle Ages?

During the 19th century, cholera spread repeatedly from its original reservoir or source in the Ganges delta in India to the rest of the world, before receding to South Asia. Six pandemics were recorded that killed millions of people across Europe, Africa and the Americas. The seventh pandemic, which is still ongoing, started in 1961 in South Asia, reached Africa in 1971 and the Americas in 1991. The disease is now considered to be endemic in many countries and the pathogen causing cholera cannot currently be eliminated from the environment.

Two serogroups of V. cholerae – O1 and O139 – can cause outbreaks. The main reservoirs are human beings and aquatic sources such as brackish water and estuaries, often associated with algal blooms (plankton). Recent studies indicate that global warming might create a favourable environment for V. cholerae and increase the incidence of the disease in vulnerable areas.

watch Who is at risk?  How do they get it? Global warming – is Al Gore behind this?

Cholera is mainly transmitted through contaminated water and food and is closely linked to inadequate environmental management. The absence or shortage of safe water and sufficient sanitation combined with a generally poor environmental status are the main causes of spread of the disease. Typical at-risk areas include peri-urban slums, where basic infrastructure is not available, as well as camps for internally displaced people or refugees, where minimum requirements of clean water and sanitation are not met. However, it is important to stress that the belief that cholera epidemics are caused by dead bodies after disasters, whether natural or man-made, is false. Nonetheless, rumours and panic are often rife in the aftermath of a disaster. On the other hand, the consequences of a disaster — such as disruption of water and sanitation systems or massive displacement of population to inadequate and overcrowded camps — can increase the risk of transmission, should the pathogen be present or introduced.

Since 2005, the re-emergence of cholera has been noted in parallel with the ever-increasing size of vulnerable populations living in unsanitary conditions. Cholera remains a global threat to public health and one of the key indicators of social development. While the disease is no longer an issue in countries where minimum hygiene standards are met, it remains a threat in almost every developing country. The number of cholera cases reported to WHO during 2006 rose dramatically, reaching the level of the late 1990s. A total of 236 896 cases were notified from 52 countries, including 6311 deaths, an overall increase of 79% compared with the number of cases reported in 2005.

follow link Was it a surprise?  Um – NO!

AMMAN, March 22 (Reuters) – United Nations agencies working in Iraq warned on Thursday a chronic shortage of safe drinking water risks causing more child deaths and an outbreak of waterborne disease such as cholera during the summer.

Four years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, millions of Iraqi children still find that safe water is no easier to access, said a statement issued by leading U.N. aid agencies operating in Iraq.

Does General Petraeus have a slide for this?

The major human displacement caused by the Iraq conflict – people being driven from their homes or simply choosing to leave – is likely to be driving the epidemic, officials say.

Who is helping?

Between 23 August and 6 September 2007, the cumulative number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea reported from five out of eleven districts of Sulaymaniyah Governate stands at 3,182 including 9 deaths (case fatality rate, CFR: 0.3%). Of these reported cases, Vibrio cholerae has been laboratory confirmed in 283 stool specimens.

During the period from 29 July to 2 September 2007, the health authority of Kirkuk Governate reported a total of 3,728 cases of acute diarrhoeal disease including 1 death (CFR: 0.03%). The first index case of cholera, confirmed by laboratory test, was reported from Kirkuk Governate on 14 August 2007. Most recently, six laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera were reported from Erbil Governate.

The Government of Iraq has mobilised a multi-sectoral response to the outbreak. A high-level National Committee on Cholera Preparedness and Outbreak Response has been established. The provincial health authorities of Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Erbil Governates have initiated a number of public health control measures to contain the outbreak, including risk assessment, improving water safety and sanitation, strengthening the surveillance system for diarrhoeal disease, improving coordination and information flow, standardising clinical case management, mobilising medical and other essential supplies, and implementing social mobilisation and health education campaigns. All public water supply systems in the affected districts have been chlorinated by the provincial authorities. In addition, water samples from the public water supply sources are being collected and tested routinely to ensure they meet potable water safety standards.

WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a number of non-governmental organisations including the International Medical Corps (IMC), and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF – France) are supporting the Ministry of Health and local health authorities in ongoing response operations.

The Numbers

Up until the Iraq epidemic, in 2005 WORLDWIDE, there were 236,896 total number of cases with 6311 deaths.
In Iraq alone now, there are 3182 cases with 9 deaths, and the number is exploding. For comparison, in 2004, the WHO reported 35 cases of cholera in Iraq with zero deaths.

Imagine for just a moment.  You have explosive, debilitating diarrhea.  It’s over 100 degrees.  You have no refrigeration, no bottled water, no cans of broth, soup and jello, no rehydration fluids, no toilet paper, no air conditioner or fans, no ice, no flushing toilets, no clean potable water of any kind, no medication, no clinic or hospital.  How do you feel now?

Not a single US agency in the mix of health and relief agencies tackling this national nightmare.  The US breaks a country, causes a 100% preventable epidemic, causes untold suffering, and leaves the mess for the international relief community to address.

And Americans have already learned that every single governmental agency is headed up with partisan political appointees who will report distorted and false information at the mandate of the Bush White House.  So there is no trust in anything that the CDC or the HHS has to say about a cholera epidemic.

In Iraq with military supply lines becoming increasingly imperiled, it’s only a matter of time before the beleaguered and exhausted troops also succumb to cholera.  They are tired, they may not have timely and adequate deliveries of bottle or treated water, and just as they had to host bake sales to raise funds to purchase their own body armor, they have no guarantee that the White House won’t fail them again, since the budget always funds political donors, regardless of what the troops need.

Love in the time of cholera.  Not just a book title anymore.

Hearts and minds, baby.

Welcome New Users

Welcome New Users to DocuDharma.  We expect there will be a lot of you today.

DocuDharma is a Soapblox blog with Ajax comments.  If you’re here from someplace else like My Left Wing or Never In Our Names I expect most of our controls will be familiar to you.  If you’re visiting from Daily Kos or Booman Tribune some of them may be confusing.

Any HTML that works at Daily Kos will also work here.  There are no fancy format buttons or autoformatting shortcuts (*bold* for instance), no ordered or unordered lists either.  Here is a table of the most common formatting tags-

Formatting Tags

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Linky Links

The only autoformat tags that work are the link brackets ‘[]’-  [Your Link Label Here http:⁄⁄].

Of course you can use old school <a href=”http:⁄⁄”>Your Link Label Here<⁄a> too.

Oh and there is no ‘literal’ character.  You have to use the HTML special character equivalent.  &hearts; still == ♥ though.

Speaking of-

This is a Community Moderated site.  Just as at Daily Kos how your comments are rated determines whether Regular Users can see them or not.  Over time your average ratings determine whether you become a Trusted User or not, at budhy’s direction I have ramped them up to 11 (but don’t worry, this amp goes up to 15).

We have a three tiered ratings system-


    Pony   == 4 == Excellent!
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Be excellent to each other.


When you are authorized for Essays you get 2 (count ’em two) Essays a day.  All Essayists are expected to stand by their words.

For Regular and Trusted Users this means you are expected to comment in your Essay (tip jar) and respond to the comments of others for at least 90 minutes.  Contributing Editors are likewise expected to stand by their words and actions, but need not post a formal tip jar because some of their Essays will be timed publications.

Who’s Who?

So happy you asked-


* buhdydharma
* On The Bus
* Turkana
* Armando
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Guest Bloggers-

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Contributing Editors

* 73rd virgin
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* pfiore8
* pico
* pinche tejano
* pyrrho
* Robyn
* srkp23
* theevolutionarysieve
* Turing Test
* Unitary Moonbat


Suspension of privileges.

Immediately to stop misbehavior, longer periods for punishment.  budhydharma reviews all disciplinary actions and his word is final.

Fun Stuff

Three times a day, at 9 am, 12 noon, and 6 pm Eastern, there are Pony Party Essays (Open Threads) where you can chat and hang out.  No subject is off topic.  These appear in the ‘Recent Essays’ List.  pfiore8 and crew host.

Also for your chatting pleasure-

Monday – Friday 6 am Muse in the Morning– Robyn Serven favors us with some art and poetry.  This is an Open Thread.

7:30 am The Morning News– I’ll be handling this for now.  This is an Open Thread.

4:00 pm 4 at 4– Magnifico gives us just 4 stories of importance.  This is an Open Thread.

Monday – Thursday 12 midnight Midnight Cowboy– pinche tejano provides some late night thoughts.  This is a semi-Open Thread.

Some final thoughts

If words are the kind of things that can hurt you, perhaps you need a new hobby, like crochet.

Around here there are sharp tongues and sharp minds.  Ridicule and derision are only to be expected, snark is the common language.

The Buddha would not save you if he could, your path is yours to walk.  If your cup of wisdom is not full perhaps you might learn something.  If it’s already overflowing some of it may be spilled.


In a reply to aek, condoleaser used some HTML that screwed up the page and I wasn’t able to delete just his comment, I had to delete aek’s too.

It’s all good.  Stuff happens.  I just didn’t want you wondering if you were already hidden or something.

Update 2

There is no automatic refresh like at Daily Kos, you need to hit the refresh button on your browser periodically otherwise the page remains static.

I’ve also noticed the pages don’t always render properly.  A good first step in trying to figure out if it’s a real problem is to hit the refresh button once or twice.

Pony Party: Welcome to the Monkey House

Good morning!!

I hope those of you more familiar with DocuDharma will indulge me as I take a minute to explain what the heck a Pony Party is. 

Pony Parties should appear in the ‘Recent Essays’ section of your DocuDharma Front Page 3 times a day, 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. Eastern.  They serve as open fora, so feel free to ‘pimp’ an essay, say hello, vent, or throw up a plethora of ponies and pooties.  Basically, the floor is yours. 

They appear in the essay column, and due to their frequency and the additional open fora that will appear on the Front Page (more on that later), are meant to scroll away.  So please, don’t recommend the Pony Party essay.  I know it’s tough.  We’re nice people, and we like to give acknowledgment.  Trust me, we won’t take it personally.  But you know who might?  The person who gets bumped off of the Recommended Essays list by a Pony Party.  Put yourself in his/her shoes.

On the Front Page, you will see

Also for your chatting pleasure-

Monday – Friday 6 am Muse in the Morning– Robyn Serven favors us with some art and poetry.  This is an Open Thread.

7:30 am The Morning News– I’ll be handling this for now.  This is an Open Thread.

4:00 pm 4 at 4– Magnifico gives us just 4 stories of importance.  This is an Open Thread.

Monday – Thursday 12 midnight Midnight Cowboy– pinche tejano provides some late night thoughts.  This is a semi-Open Thread.

…as defined by our own ekhornbeck, here


[editorial note…as you can see, we here at DocuDharma have our priorities straight…we take our art and poetry before our news

Since I ‘borrowed’ this morning’s title from the venerable Kurt Vonnegut, I’ll leave you with some of his words this morning:

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”~Sirens of Titan

“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did’.”~Timequake, 1997

And since Kurt invokes The Beatles, some morning Harrison:

So, without further ado, the floor is yours…..
-73v, over and out

Pony Party; Labor Pains and Pharmaceuticals


Grab your knees and push, ’cause today’s the day!  You’re entitled to ice chips or opioid anesthesia, but nothing in between.  Choose wisely 😉

I don’t know about you, but I think this baby is ready to GO!!

So Today’s The Big Day!

Time to start making our marks.

We look sharp, time to be sharp.

When I think about blogging as art I see it as halfway between a Magazine and a TV Channel.  You have an audience for the Gilmore Girls and when they tune in they expect to see it.

But also a Community blog is a team effort, the kind of artistry you see on a Baseball Diamond between 9 people who love the game they play.  Sort of a dance, but competitive.

First day of the season.  Home opener.  Score is nothing nothing and anything can happen.

That said I expect we’ll get our asses kicked and be cleaning up the mess for weeks, but I love this game.

It’s a long season, 162 games at least.  I’m not disappointed in the talent, but we’ve never played together before and you can only expect miscommunication and errors.

It’s all good.

As we learn together we will get stronger as a team.  Pretty soon we’ll be turning those double plays and figure out where the bumps in the field are.  We have the pitching to succeed and the bullpen to close.

Now we just have to start scratching out the runs.

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The way we schedule is like this.  You go to the Admin site and select Scheduling Dharma.  Then select the day you want to post, up to a week in advance.

If you have Admin abilities, you should be able to edit the main post directly.  I can, but then again I set it up so maybe my magical abilities are not a relection of reality.  You can always do what everyone else does-

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Please read the Admin Blog Scheduling Dharma before you post to the Front Page.  It’s more for your benefit than anything else.  Someone with a scheduled time is going to drive you down.


Please read Scheduling (Revolutions) for more detailed explanations.

Also remember there are Mulligans to mix a metaphor.  If you can’t do what you said you could, just let us know.  Someone will cover, we have a deep bench.

From Scheduling (Revolutions)


Occasionally you will have compelling content that can’t wait.  You’ll crush someone’s 15 minute old masterpiece like a bug.

If you have a problem getting knocked down the list a notch I suggest a gentler hobby, like Fight Club.  On the other hand we have our rules and persistent violations can result in suspension.  A proper golfer knows when to pick it up and walk to the next tee.

Not that you should delete in deferment, you should just take your lumps.

Welcome to a Bright New Day

I’m excited about this project.  I think we have every chance of creating something special and I’m not going to let temporary challenges stand in my way.  And there will be some, I expect today to be tough all over.

Be of good cheer.  Nobody’s better than you.

Muse in the Morning

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Muse in the Morning

The muses are ancient.  The inspirations for our stories were said to be born from them.  Muses of song and dance, or poetry and prose, of comedy and tragedy, of the inward and the outward.  In one version they are Calliope, Euterpe and Terpsichore, Erato and Clio, Thalia and Melpomene, Polyhymnia and Urania.

It has also been traditional to name a tenth muse.  Plato declared Sappho to be the tenth muse, the muse of women poets.  Others have been suggested throughout the centuries.  I don’t have a name for one, but I do think there should be a muse for the graphical arts.  And maybe there should be many more for all kinds of different skills and talents.

Please join us inside to celebrate our various muses.  If you’d rather celebrate some Lares or Penates, that’s cool, too…

State of the Onion V

Art Link


He was
I am and will be
It took a sharp blade to divide us
He carried me through tough times
and brought me to where I could be
but it was unbearable
too utterly suffocating
and bitterly ravaging
that he lived while I hid
wasting away
slowly rotting
the years away
a life mislived
It was him
or both of us
There was only one vessel
One had to die
I chose
I chose him
I do not regret that he lived
I am who he wished he could be
but could not manage
to be
Not to be
was the alternative
so I chose

–Robyn Elaine Serven
–January 25, 2006

I know you have talent.  What sometimes is forgotten is that being practical is a talent.  I have a paucity for that sort of talent in many situations, though it turns out that I’m a pretty darn good cook.  🙂 

Let your talent bloom.  You can share it here.  Encourage others to let it bloom inside them as well.

Won’t you share your words or art, your sounds or visions, your thoughts scientific or philosophic, the comedy or tragedy of your days, the stories of doing and making?  And be excellent to one another!

The Morning News

(Bumped, because I didn’t check if I was Publishing Now or On This Date before I hit save. Let this be a warning. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Now With Exclusive New Content!

Japanese Prime Minister Abe will resign
By CHISAKI WATANABE, Associated Press Writer
2 minutes ago

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Wednesday he will resign, ending a year-old government that has suffered a string of damaging scandals and a humiliating electoral defeat.

Abe, whose support rating has fallen to 30 percent, cited the ruling party’s defeat in July 29 elections for the upper house of parliament, and said he had instructed party leaders to immediately search for a new premier.

“In the present situation it is difficult to push ahead with effective policies that win the support and trust of the public,” Abe said in a nationally televised news conference. “I have decided that we need a change in this situation.”

From Google News

OPEC to Lift Oil Output Modestly; Price Rises
By JAD MOUAWAD, The New York Times
Published: September 12, 2007

VIENNA, Sept. 11 – OPEC sought to regain its authority over volatile oil markets Tuesday, agreeing to increase production by 500,000 barrels a day. But prices still rose to a record.

At the same time, representatives of leading OPEC nations said they feared that a slowing global economy might limit future demand. The oil cartel signaled that it would be ready to act swiftly to protect its members’ interests.

The decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which came as a surprise to many, followed an unusually long day of arguments about the size and timing of a production increase, intended to meet an expected surge in winter consumption and to push prices down.

Sharif’s Supporters Launch Protest
By Griff Witte and Imtiaz Ali, Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, September 11, 2007; 4:50 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 11 — A day after the Pakistani government deported former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his supporters launched a formal protest with the Supreme Court on Tuesday but were largely prevented from taking their pro-democracy movement to the streets by an aggressive security crackdown.

The court, which last month had authorized Sharif’s return from exile, seems to be on a collision course with Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, following the government’s decision to ship the former prime minister out of the country Monday, only hours after he had arrived.

Sharif’s backers filed a petition Tuesday that alleges the government is in contempt of court. That case is one of two the court is likely to hear in the coming days that could have vast repercussions for Pakistani politics. The other case challenges Musharraf’s eligibility to run for another term as president. By law, he must win another term this fall if he wants to stay in office, but his other job as army chief could disqualify him.

UN nuclear chief walks out on EU speech on Iran: diplomats
5 hours ago

VIENNA (AFP) – UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei walked out on an afternoon session Tuesday of his IAEA to protest an EU speech which did not fully support his deal for new inspections in Iran, diplomats told AFP.

“He walked out because the EU did not support the Secretariat,” a diplomat who was at the meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation board of governors said.

“The Europeans gave a nasty statement and the director general (ElBaradei) walked out of the room,” a second diplomat said, demanding anonymity in return for revealing information about the closed-door session.

Victory in fight to keep imperial measurements
By Sophie Borland, The Telegraph
Last Updated: 3:12pm BST 11/09/2007

Britain can carry on using imperial measurements such as pints, pounds and miles, the EU Commission has ruled.

Europe’s Industry Commissioner Gunter Verheugen said it was time to end a “pointless battle” after decades of wrangling between London and Brussels over pressure to switch to the metric system.

Imperial weights and measures now face no further threat from Brussels: “It is entirely up to the British Government whether to keep pints and feet and inches, and the whole miles system, but as far as the Commission is concerned there is not now and never will be any requirement to drop imperial measurements,” said the Commissioner.

Senate Votes to Ban Mexican Trucks
By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer via The Guardian Unlimited
Wednesday September 12, 2007 1:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Tuesday to ban Mexican trucks from U.S. roadways, rekindling a more than decade-old trade dispute with Mexico.

By a 74-24 vote, the Senate approved a proposal by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., prohibiting the Transportation Department from spending money on a North American Free Trade Agreement pilot program giving Mexican trucks access to U.S. highways.

The proposal is part of a $106 billion transportation and housing spending bill that the Senate hopes to vote on later this week. The House approved a similar provision to Dorgan’s in July as part of its version of the transportation spending bill.


Officials: Bush to announce troop cut
By MATTHEW LEE and ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writers
21 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – President Bush will tell the nation Thursday evening that he plans to reduce the American troop presence in Iraq by as many as 30,000 by next summer but will condition those and further cuts on continued progress, The Associated Press has learned.

In a 15-minute address from the White House at 9 p.m. EDT, Bush will endorse the recommendations of his top general and top diplomat in Iraq, following their appearance at two days of hearings in Congress, administration officials said. The White House plans to issue a written status report on the troop buildup on Friday, they said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Bush’s speech is not yet final. Bush was rehearsing and polishing his remarks even as the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker were presenting their arguments for a second day on Capitol Hill.

New video raises questions on bin Laden
By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer
16 minutes ago

CAIRO, Egypt – Two messages from Osama bin Laden in a matter of days have revived the game of questions over his health and whereabouts, but they also made clear he is al-Qaida’s propaganda “top gun,” able to draw attention in the West and strike a chord among sympathizers.

In a new video released Tuesday, bin Laden’s voice was heard commemorating one of the Sept. 11 suicide hijackers and calling on young Muslims to follow his example in martyring themselves in attacks.

It came on the heels of a video released Saturday containing the first new images of the terror movement’s leader in nearly three years. It showed him urging Americans to convert to Islam and railing against capitalism, globalization and democracy as failed philosophies.

Note- This is a new, different video from last week’s.

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Private plane security increased
By Mimi Hall, USA TODAY
16 hours 23 minutes ago

The Homeland Security Department today will announce new aviation-security rules aimed at preventing terrorists from using private airplanes to sneak into the USA.

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff described the lack of tighter security for private planes as a major gap. He said his department is “working to plug that threat.”

The new Homeland Security rules require private pilots coming from overseas to give the United States the names, birth dates and other information about passengers one hour before takeoff.

AP: Bush to back Petraeus plan
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY
Updated 48m ago

President Bush will use a prime-time address later this week to endorse Gen. David Petraeus’ proposal to reduce American troops in Iraq by about 30,000 by next summer, the Associated Press reported as Petraeus faced a new round of criticism on Capitol Hill.

Citing unnamed administration officials, the AP reported Bush probably will give the address Thursday and will propose reducing the number of troops in Iraq to about 130,000 – the same number before this year’s buildup. USA TODAY has not independently confirmed the report.

The president met with congressional leaders Tuesday afternoon at the White House while Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker continued their second day of testimony on Capitol Hill. A prominent Republican senator told the pair it was time to end the military buildup in Iraq, start bringing U.S. troops home and find a new policy that will succeed.

Al Qaeda: often foiled, still global
By Peter Grier and Faye Bowers, The Christian Science Monitor
Tue Sep 11, 5:00 AM ET

Washington – Six years after the attacks of Sept. 11, the terrorist group that struck those blows has transformed into a resilient and still deadly organization.

US intelligence judges that extremist Islamic jihadists remain a persistent and evolving threat. Al Qaeda’s central leadership has rebuilt, while a ring of loosely affiliated terror franchises have arisen in Europe, Asia, and Africa, according to official estimates.

But to the terrorists themselves the most important thing may be that they simply exist. Their view of the struggle may be very different from the West’s.

Democrats on Hill aim to aid middle class
By Gail Russell Chaddock, The Christian Science Monitor
Tue Sep 11, 4:00 AM ET

Washington – While the main event on Capitol Hill this week is US policy in Iraq, Democrats are stepping up a quieter, sustained campaign on other fronts to win over more middle-class voters.

Even if Democrats can’t decisively shift the course of US involvement in Iraq, they aim to build a record of solving problems that make a difference to average families.

The issues range from cutting college costs and increasing insurance coverage for children to curbing a runaway Alternative Minimum Tax, now on track to hit some 23 million taxpayers next year. Also in the pipeline: an energy bill, a farm bill, and the reauthorization of a big education funding bill.

But gridlock in the Senate and a fierce fight over the fiscal year 2008 spending bills this fall are making it difficult for any of this to make points with voters, who are giving the Democrat-controlled Congress near-record low approval ratings.

US general’s plan means 10 more years of war: Democrats
by Stephen Collinson, AFP
25 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Democrats charged General David Petraeus’s latest Iraq strategy was a blueprint for 10 more years of war, as they rejected “rosy” claims of battlefield progress and demanded a speedy US withdrawal.

The Democratic counter-attack came as President George W. Bush prepared to address Americans on future Iraq strategy on Thursday, and war commander Petraeus endured a roasting in Congress.

“President Bush’s policy announced by General Petraeus is a path to 10 more years of war in Iraq,” said Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives in a statement after meeting the president at the White House.

Iraq sees reduced combat role for US troops
by Ammar Karim, AFP
Tue Sep 11, 2:42 PM ET

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Baghdad said on Tuesday it expects US forces to cut back on combat duties in the near term after the top American general in Iraq signalled the start of a troop reduction from this month.

“We anticipate in the near term a relaxation of the requirement for coalition forces to be in direct combat operation,” Iraq’s National Security Advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters as he welcomed the testimony to Congress by General David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, US ambassador to Baghdad.

“We will work with the coalition partners to ensure that coalition requirement in Iraq will take into consideration the growing Iraqi capability and security condition on the ground,” he said.

Guantanamo detainees tell of abuses
By ANDREW O. SELSKY, Associated Press Writer
32 minutes ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Detainees flinging body waste at guards. Guards interrupting detainees at prayer. Interrogators withholding medicine. Hostility and tension between inmates and their keepers at the Guantanamo Bay prison are evident in transcripts obtained by The Associated Press.

These rare detainee accounts of life inside the razor wire at the remote U.S. military base in Cuba emerged during Administrative Review Board hearings aimed at deciding whether prisoners suspected of links with the Taliban or al-Qaida should continue to be held or be sent away from Guantanamo.

The Pentagon gave the AP transcripts of hearings held last year in a trailer at Guantanamo after the news agency sought the material under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Higher gasoline price seen trimming down Americans
Tue Sep 11, 4:43 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Higher U.S. gasoline prices may slim more than just wallets, according to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.

Entitled “A Silver Lining? The Connection between Gas Prices and Obesity,” the study found that an additional $1 per gallon in real gasoline prices would reduce U.S. obesity by 15 percent after five years.

The report, written by Charles Courtemanche for his doctoral dissertation in health economics, found that the 13 percent rise in obesity between 1979 and 2004 can be attributed to falling pump prices.

Republicans sharply question Iraq policy
By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer
Tue Sep 11, 3:13 PM ET

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans sharply challenged President Bush’s top military general and ambassador in Iraq on Tuesday in a sign that some within the GOP retain serious misgivings about the protracted war.

“Are we going to continue to invest blood and treasure at the same rate we’re doing now? For what?” asked Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who supports legislation setting a deadline to bring troops home.

The deep-seated doubt expressed at the hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reflected just how far Congress had come since the war began over four years ago. And Republican senators raised tough questions that rivaled those asked by Democratic presidential hopefuls on the panel.

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Senate panel embraces military pay hike
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer
55 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – A Senate panel Tuesday endorsed a larger pay raise for military personnel than President Bush had recommended and made cuts in the president’s request for several weapons programs.

The Senate defense appropriations subcommittee approved $459.6 billion in spending for fiscal 2008, about $3.5 billion less than the White House requested. Among the programs trimmed, chairman Daniel Inouye said in Friday’s 11-minute meeting, were the Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program, which is behind schedule, and the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship, whose costs have exceeded projections.

The Defense Department’s military and civilian workers would receive a 3.5 percent pay raise in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Bush recommended a 3 percent hike.

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Iraq insurgents attack U.S. headquarters
By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 59 minutes ago

BAGHDAD – Insurgents fired rockets or mortars Tuesday at the sprawling garrison that houses the headquarters of American forces in Iraq, killing one person and wounding 11 coalition soldiers, the U.S. command said.

The command said the person killed was a “third country national,” meaning someone who is not an American or Iraqi. Most troops stationed at Camp Victory are American but other coalition soldiers are based at the complex near Baghdad International Airport. No further details on the attack were immediately released.

The attack occurred as U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and the top commander Gen. David Petraeus testified before Congress for a second day on the situation in Iraq since President Bush’s decision to send 30,000 reinforcements to stem sectarian violence.

Iran opens doors of feared Evin prison
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
2 hours, 11 minutes ago

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran opened the doors of its most feared prison to journalists Tuesday, allowing them to interview a jailed Iranian-American academic in a move seen as an effort to blunt criticism of the country’s human rights record.

The rare look inside Evin Prison – where inmates were seen swimming in an open-air pool, cooking meals and studying for university exams – contrasted sharply with tales of harsh treatment from some recently released prisoners.

Amnesty International said the tour was not representative of a facility where people have been tortured and political prisoners have been held without charges.

Russia tests superstrength bomb: military
By Dmitry Solovyov, Reuters
Tue Sep 11, 5:09 PM ET

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has tested the world’s most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with the power of a nuclear blast, the military said on Tuesday, dubbing it the “father of all bombs.”

The bomb is the latest in a series of new Russian weapons and policy moves as President Vladimir Putin tries to reassert Moscow’s role on the international stage.

“Test results of the new airborne weapon have shown that its efficiency and power is commensurate with a nuclear weapon,” Alexander Rukshin, Russian deputy armed forces chief of staff, told Russia’s state ORT First Channel television. The same report was later shown on the state-sponsored Vesti channel.

Developing states rap “interference” in Iran deal
By Mark Heinrich, Reuters
2 hours, 33 minutes ago

VIENNA (Reuters) – Non-aligned nations on Tuesday rejected “interference” in Iran’s nuclear transparency deal with U.N. inspectors, countering Western criticism the pact eases pressure on Tehran not to seek technology with bomb potential.

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of developing nations, which includes Iran itself, endorsed the deal at a gathering of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 35-nation board of governors.

The August 21 “work plan” commits Iran to answer five-year-old IAEA questions one by one over a rough timeline of a few months, while leaving untouched Tehran’s expanding enrichment work.

Mexican rebels claim responsibility for latest pipeline bombings
By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers
1 hour, 19 minutes ago

WASHINGTON _A shadowy rebel group in Mexico claimed responsibility Tuesday for the bombings of six oil and natural gas pipelines in Veracruz state and threatened further such actions unless authorities free two of their comrades now held in Mexican jails.

The Popular Revolutionary Army (Ejercito Popular Revolucionario as it’s known in Spanish, or EPR) said in a statement posted on a Spanish Web site that its operatives had placed 12 explosive charges in as many locations and said they activated all simultaneously at 2 a.m. on Monday .

Mexican investigators have linked the latest spate of bombings to similar attacks earlier this summer for which the EPR also claimed responsibility, McClatchy Newspapers has learned.

Two days of Iraq testimony, but no answer to ‘how this ends’
By Warren P. Strobel, McClatchy Newspapers
1 hour, 28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – They sat behind burgundy-covered witness tables for more than 16 hours of testimony and answered hundreds of questions about the Iraq war, some of them pointed, some of them softballs.

But there was one question that Army Gen. David Petraeus , the top U.S. military commander in Iraq , and Ryan Crocker , the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad , couldn’t, or wouldn’t, answer.

It was the question that Petraeus himself posed rhetorically back in 2003 when he led the Army’s 101st Airborne Division into Iraq : “Tell me how this ends.”

U.S. support for Maliki dismays Iraqi opposition
By Leila Fadel, McClatchy Newspapers
1 hour, 57 minutes ago

BAGHDAD – Iraqi politicians expressed dismay Tuesday that the top two American officials based here offered little criticism of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki during their two days of testimony before Congress , even though Maliki’s government has made little progress toward national reconciliation.

Some called the testimony by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Army Gen. David Petraeus another U.S. blunder and wondered why the two didn’t offer the same strong criticism of Maliki’s government in Washington that they’d made recently in Iraq .

“They wrote something that sticks to the U.S. administration policy,” independent Kurdish legislator Mahmoud Othman said. “The surge has worked, but it is all temporary . . . without some sort of reconciliation. We don’t see any reconciliation.”

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Details emerge in W.Va. torture case
By JOHN RABY and TOM BREEN, Associated Press Writers
1 hour, 1 minute ago

BIG CREEK, W.Va. – For at least a week, authorities say, a young black woman was held captive in a mobile home, forced to eat animal waste, stabbed, choked and repeatedly sexually abused – all while being peppered with a racial slur.

It wasn’t until deputies acting on an anonymous tip drove to a ramshackle trailer deep in West Virginia’s rural hills that she was found. Limping toward the door with her arms outstretched, she uttered, “Help me,” the Logan County sheriff’s office said.

Six people, all white, including a mother and son and a mother and daughter, have been arrested and could face federal hate crime charges in the suspected attack on 20-year-old Megan Williams, who remained hospitalized Tuesday with injuries that included four stab wounds in the leg, and black and blue eyes. Her right arm was in a cast.

Petraeus Can’t Heal the Iraq Divide
Tue Sep 11, 10:10 AM ET

General David Petraeus came to Capitol Hill Monday with the weight of history on his four-starred shoulders. Not since April 29, 1967, when General William Westmoreland tried to sell the Vietnam War to a querulous Congress, has a military officer’s testimony been so freighted with import for the nation’s military, its foreign policy, and its place in the world for the coming generation. And like Westmoreland before him – as one Democratic congressman even noted during the hearing – Petraeus appeared as a marked-down commodity, his prescription for the future in Iraq already scrutinized – and discarded – by Democrats who see him increasingly as a shill for the White House.

In a six-hour-plus session before the House armed services and foreign affairs committees, even his call to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq later this month was insufficient to quell Democratic anger over the war’s prosecution. His uniform and beribboned chest offered scant protection from lawmakers who have concluded that the war is already lost, or at best, stalemated, and isn’t worth more U.S. blood and treasure.

The hearing was a kaleidoscope of conflicting claims. Democrats warned of continued U.S. deaths, a continued drain on the Treasury, and a threadbare U.S. military if the war continued. Republicans raised the threat of a resurgent al Qaeda and a loss of national honor and might if the U.S. withdraws before the job is done. Petraeus spoke of what a good customer Iraq has become for U.S. weapons, while Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq testifying alongside Petraeus, warned that Iran’s power and influence would grow if the U.S. abandons Iraq prematurely. But the bottom line seemed clear: Majority Democrats haven’t coalesced around a single option to brandish against the White House’s conduct of the war. In the wake of Monday’s hearing – and a pair slated before the Senate on Tuesday – it appears likely that there will be no major change in U.S. policy in Iraq until at least next spring.

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Analysis: Candidates face limits on Iraq
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 8 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – Five senators vying to become commander in chief railed, postured and questioned the top U.S. general in Iraq about the war Tuesday – all they can do unless they get their wish, win the election next year and inherit the quagmire.

In the second of back-to-back Senate hearings, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker they were dealt a tough hand when they took over in the middle of the war – much like she would if she becomes president. “It’s a hand that is unlikely to improve in my view,” Clinton said.

Clinton and the four other contenders each took turns with just seven or eight minutes to ask questions during nine hours of hearings. Each one tried to squeeze in a couple more minutes as they clamored for a share of the spotlight. Usually they did more talking than listening.

Romney denies OKing anti-Thompson site
By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
29 minutes ago

BOSTON – A spokesman for Republican Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the presidential candidate did not approve the creation of a Web site severely critical of the personal and political life of his GOP rival, Fred Thompson.

The Web site,, was created by Wesley Donehue, a business associate of Warren Tompkins, a South Carolina political operative on the Romney payroll and the candidate’s top adviser in the early voting state.

The site was created without the knowledge of Tompkins or Romney, said Romney spokesman Kevin Madden. After the campaign received media inquiries about it, Romney aides traced the site to Donehue and complained. It was taken offline on Monday.

Court grants Sen. Craig hearing on sex charge
Tue Sep 11, 5:22 PM ET

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Minnesota court on Tuesday granted U.S. Sen. Larry Craig a hearing on his request to let him take back the guilty plea he made after his arrest in a men’s room sex sting.

The Hennepin County District Court said the hearing would be held on September 26 at a courthouse in Edina, a town near Minneapolis — just days before the September 30 deadline the Idaho Republican set for himself to resign if his name is not cleared.

The announcement came a day after lawyers for the three-term senator filed a motion in court saying he pleaded guilty to the charge against him because he panicked under intense anxiety and fear of publicity, and is innocent of wrongdoing.

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Two soldiers who wrote NY Times op-ed killed in action

Over at dkos, Brandon Friedman has a diary up reporting that two of the seven soldiers who wrote that outstanding  NY Times op ed critical of the fiasco in Iraq have been killed in action.

Brandon’s Diary

I’m sad. I’m so angry.

Fine, honorable, courageous, intelligent men…lost to the madness of this war and this President.
We are less without them.

I Clicked on a Period and Landed Here

Freaking buhdy commented on my diary at dkos with a period.

I clicked on it. Am here now.

Freaking buhdy!

Looking forward to whatever this is, since it looks good already. Lots of the usual suspects. Whatever I post is going to be true. That is a real kicker. You can tell people just about anything that is true and stay out of trouble, since the truth is so fantastically strange. Done with political blog seriousity, I’m doing my politics IRL sub rosa deniable, and it ain’t pretty. My comments will be after 11pm eastern US time except on weekends, or when I am traveling far far away.

Anyway, happy to be here, thanks for the period, buhdy.

Midnight Cowboying – IM Chat with Allah

When I walk around Midtown Manhattan with the Midwestern tourist, I truly am lost in the supermarket of cultures. I can no longer shop happily. So of course my inclination was to do the slugliest of articles called: “The Time of Their Life: A Day in the Life of Midwestern Tourist in Times Square.” But the more I thought about it the more I was unable to write it. Who was I to say that their ability to stare up straight into the sky like turkey in a rainstorm was not an asset? Who is to say what is right or wrong in this day and age? Why, with all our modern ideas, and products!

I did a lot of soul searching about if I was being judgmental and condescending against these simple rotund  beasts. Since the closer you are to a problem the harder it is to view it clearly, other New Yorkers were not much help. This is mainly  due to the basic image these tourist generate for themselves by their actions while moving in herds on the busiest of streets.

So I knew I had to reach out to an old Instant Messenger Buddy and luckily he was on-line. So I had an impromptu to IM session with him. A few basic changes were made to the grammar to make it more readable, but here is the unedited version of my chat session with God.

Tejano del Jaguar:Hey tough guy you there?
G0d: Yeah, just finishing some left over business in the Crab Nebula, what’s up?

Tejano del Jaguar: Not much ye olde God of Abraham, was working on a new article and was wondering if I could get your input?
G0d: Cool, cool. I liked the last one, glad to see my chaos theory is still affecting your proofreading.

Tejano del Jaguar : Yeah, I’ll get that sorted out when you come down and sort out the Middle East okay?
G0d: Touché, so what’s the article about?

Tejano del Jaguar:  Midwestern Tourist In Times Square.
G0d: LOL 😉

Tejano del Jaguar:  Yeah really funny Allah. About as cute as the plague of locust in China right now.
G0d: They are the same if you think about it. Just depends on how you view  the mindless consumption of animals, which you humans are by the way.

Tejano del Jaguar:  Yeah, you remind me of that every time. But aren’t there varying degrees of evolution among your people?
G0d: Well, when I created earth for you clever monkeys I had a plan which you promptly threw out the window.

Tejano del Jaguar: How so?
G0d: In the beginning, I put you there to create me. Basically had the chicken lay the egg that was I.

Tejano del Jaguar: So the purpose of society was to create you?
G0d: There in lies the punch-line. You have left your original creation of a divine moral path, i.e. me, and decide to worship the dollar, an obvious Lucifer item.

Tejano del Jaguar: But you made him?
G0d: Did I? Since you technically created me, isn’t he the product of your own then?

Tejano del Jaguar: You and your freaking paradoxes.
G0d: Hey if you don’t like it, you know Buddha’s number.

Tejano del Jaguar: It’s not that, it’s just because they’re view on NYC doesn’t match up with mine, does that make their culture below mine?
G0d: Well to be truthful, they may be from the Bible Belt and think they are the ‘chosen’, but they have a lot of issues.

Tejano del Jaguar: Really? I thought they were up your ass all the time.
G0d: Up my ass, making an ass of themselves, you know how it is being a major deity. For all their problems, the main one is how they use me to feel superior to other people. Of course, we both know I’ve reserved the lowest spots in hell for those who use religion as their tool for this end, that and for profit.

Tejano del Jaguar: So Jim Bakker is fucked?
G0d: More times than Mother Teresa.

Tejano del Jaguar: What?!?
G0d: Sorry, inside Saint joke.

Tejano del Jaguar: lol.
G0d: You’re missing the point of why I made the Earth. Well not you, but supposedly “my people” as they like to call themselves.

Tejano del Jaguar: Which set of people would that be since we’re still technically fighting over who is the legitimate son of Abraham still.
G0d: Send me more checks in the mail and I’ll tell you when I add them all up who won.

Tejano del Jaguar: Dude, you got the racket going on. But back to the question, should we view every person as a pilgrim on their way to becoming a Zen master?
G0d: Zen Masters of Disaster. Heheh.

Tejano del Jaguar: But if one were to complete the journey to its end, wouldn’t they themselves become god-like?
G0d: Well, yeah. But since I don’t allow enlightenment to be sold at Wal-Marts or for Happy Meals to be upsized to nirvana, I’m not looking for hordes of Midwesterners to achieve that level anytime soon.

Tejano del Jaguar: But how could you let them become so blind to true authentic culture they eat at the Olive Garden instead of Little Italy?
G0d: Well, when you supplant my culture with a corporate one of your own creation to market to the sheep, you lose the shepherd don’t you =)

Tejano del Jaguar: who is to say folk art of the Midwest is not cultural absurdity?
G0d: Well me, but I am a god.

Tejano del Jaguar: The god?
G0d: Working on it, but you know how it is. Lol.

Tejano del Jaguar: Well I think that the people on Jerry Springer are high folk living theatre, like wrestling was in the 80s.
G0d: How many time do I have to tell you I meant it be called rasstlin’, and it’s suppose to be real.

Tejano del Jaguar: Ric Flair is real enough for me.
G0d: Yeah he ruled over the Von Erik’s. Wrestling for Jesus my ass, my son was all about Andre the Giant, not a bunch of hicks from East Texas.

Tejano del Jaguar. Heheh.
G0d: But just because I think its stupid doesn’t mean I am right. But since I am Allah, I am. Remember this young Skywalker, what is morally correct and a “decent” society is relative to your social conditioning.

Tejano del Jaguar: Damn that’s deep.
G0d: when you here the sound of one pop culture reference clapping, you are on the way to slug nirvana.

Tejano del Jaguar: Cu-caw! Lol.
G0d: Hold one sec, gotta do something.

Tejano del Jaguar: Cool.
G0d: Back. Some kid was begging for a kidney transplant. I did the whole speaking through a blinding white light in a cloud thing.

Tejano del Jaguar: That rules, that and the burning bush thing you do.
G0d: Yeah, I try and save that for the “big moments.” You know, the whole rock star god thing.

Tejano del Jaguar: Yeah takes it up a notch.
G0d: Yeah except I am god, only thing I can do to that is create that mountain I can’t even carry. Heh.

Tejano del Jaguar: So back to the tourist in Times Square. Do you think that their programming by advertising and television is so great that they truly believe that Times Square is truly a magical place?
G0d: It’s a mecca.

Tejano del Jaguar: Huh?
G0d: mec·ca (mk)n.1.  A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
2. A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.

Tejano del Jaguar: No shit, I can go to to wise guy. But is it your doing?
G0d: Of course, I do work in mysterious ways don’t I?

Tejano del Jaguar: Lol =)
G0d: This was my thinking. I am only a god per say when people worship me. The less attention I get; the less power I have. When was the last time you saw a temple  to Ra? Or my homey Zeus?

Tejano del Jaguar: Oh tell him hi for me.
G0d: Cool, will do. So I figured since people’s minds were so deranged from praying at the altar of the All-Mighty dollar, I used one of Satan’s own agents to clean up the site for my greatest cathedral yet.

Tejano del Jaguar: Who?
G0d: Guiliani of course. Hehe. I had him clean up New York unbeknownst to Lucifer so I could make Times Square the new Holy Land for the cult of consumption in America. Since people can no longer can even think independently for a second with advertising bombarding them, why not beat Satan at his own game?

Tejano del Jaguar: Isn’t that selling out?
G0d: Ehh, St. Peter says so. But I think he is just jealous that the lights I manipulated being built in Times Square are now more awe inspiring than his Pearly Gates. I’m all about the bottom line. Followers.

Tejano del Jaguar: Yeah. So it’s okay to feel superior to Midwestern tourist because it’s all part of God’s plan to capitalize on their stupidity and lack of ability to think for themselves?
G0d: Yeah, until you and the others put that revolution together, it’s gonna have to do the job. I know it’s a Band-Aid on a festering wound, but could you imagine what would happen if they were all enlightened at the same time?

Tejano del Jaguar: World peace?
G0d: Ha, hell no. They would all realize they are all just a bunch of fat fucks and kill themselves for their sins. I don’t need a bunch of formerly morbid obsess martyrs trying to cram through the Gates of Heaven at once, just got them fixed from the Children’s Crusade.

Tejano del Jaguar: Cool, well the Age of Jaguar is almost upon us so I guess we won’t have to suffer too much longer.
G0d: Yeah, plus I got the aliens scheduled to arrive later this year.

Tejano del Jaguar:  Wtf?!
G0d: Hmm, forget I mentioned it. Okay I gotta run. I gotta smite some people in the CIA for ruining my whole peace in the Middle East plan.

Tejano del Jaguar: Hey, thanks. As always it’s been, uh, unique.
G0d: Cool, and I’ll see you later today when that bus sends you to me.

Tejano del Jaguar: What!
G0d: just kidding,  maybe. 😉
G0d signed off at 12:30 AM on 6/21/07


My Top Five Favorite Things Today

1) Watch an Obessive Fan of Britney Spears (I swear, last Britney day!)

2) Art from a Single Piece of Paper…

3) 1/4 of the Earth’s biomass is made up of these.…

4) Ice tsunami

5) Why the ancients believed in gods

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