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Friday, February 09, 2007

Ding, Dong, the Bimbo's Dead

Why exactly do we care that Anna Nichole Smith is dead? Another bimbo who was only famous for being famous and having big hooters. She had a face only a mother could love - a cross between a horse and Steven Tyler (himself a cross between a human and a wide-mouth frog).

I mean, really - she was just another cheap, trashy, white-trash Texas cheerleader with big hair and bigger bazoombas. And like her fellow "Texan", GWB - an IQ to match her wrist measurement.

So the Miami Herald says she won't be a "punch line anymore". Wanna bet? *snicker*

I do feel sorry for her little girl, however. Probably already a drug-addict from in-utero, and now the centerpiece of paternity suits (A laughable thing in itself - 3 guys are vying for paternity, as opposed to the usual paternity suit where 1 guy is desperately squirming to try and NOT be named the father.) There's her lawyer, her ex-lover... and Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband. This just gets funnier and funnier.

Seems the Bimbo Brigade has forged new frontier.... *chortle*

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

This is good!

Emphasis in red mine.

FT. LEWIS, WASH. — A military judge abruptly declared a mistrial Wednesday in the court-martial of an Army lieutenant who refused orders to go to Iraq, a ruling that handed a temporary reprieve to the elated officer and left military prosecutors visibly stunned.

The decision by the judge, Lt. Col. John Head, turned on the contentious issue of whether factual stipulations agreed to earlier by the prosecutors and the defense team amounted to a confession of guilt by 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, 28, on the Army's charges of failure to deploy.

Prosecutors argued, in effect, that Watada did confess to refusing direct orders to fly to Iraq with his unit last summer, and that his reasons were irrelevant.

Watada said he had admitted to the fact that he deliberately missed his flight, but that he did so because he considered the war illegal — and wanted to explain his reasoning at the trial.

Watada's touchstone case has made him a cult hero among antiwar protesters, but a coward and a traitor to many in the military.

Under the military code, there is a heavy burden of proof on the refuser to justify disobeying the chain of command, because the chain is considered vital to the effective functioning of military forces.

With the defense set to begin its case Wednesday morning, the judge clearly surprised both sides by raising concerns about the stipulations, which he implied would cause him difficulties with the instructions he would give the jury on how to weigh the evidence.

With the seven-member military jury out of the courtroom, the judge said he could not proceed if Watada did not concede he was admitting guilt or if prosecutors did not abandon key lines of their argument.

"There is an inconsistency in the stipulation of fact," Head said. "I don't know how I can accept this … as we stand here now."

He said he could not allow the court-martial to proceed without dismissing part of the stipulations, which would have been a major tactical advance for Watada.

"We've got the immovable object hitting the irresistible force," the judge said at one point, even as prosecutors and defense lawyers both said they wanted the court-martial to continue. Nevertheless, the prosecutors moved for a mistrial.

Though Watada will probably face another trial, the judge's ruling amounted to a temporary moral victory for the lieutenant in a case that many legal observers had considered a virtual slam-dunk for the Army.

Watada's lawyer, Eric Seitz, said Watada's intent in refusing deployment orders was at the heart of his defense, and that it was ridiculous for prosecutors to suggest that he had no right to explain why he did what he did.

"The government has created a major mess here, and that's clearly why they had to move for a mistrial," Seitz said. "Any time the government tries to suppress a defendant's attempt to explain his actions, that's not a good thing for our legal system."

Antiwar forces wasted no time in declaring the mistrial a victory, with banners saying as much at a rally just outside the base here, several miles south of Tacoma.

"The legal mess we saw here today reflects the major mess the Bush administration has made with the war in Iraq," said Ann Wright, a retired Army colonel and diplomat who resigned a State Department post in March 2003 in protest of the war, which began that month.

But Army officials said the ruling showed how the military system bent over backward to be fair to a defendant.

"Throughout the military justice system, the Army steadfastly protects the rights of the accused," said Lt. Col. Robert Resnick, a legal advisor in the Army's staff judge advocate's office at Ft. Lewis. "The judge's ruling today in this case provides further evidence of that."

Eugene R. Fidell, a military lawyer and president of the nonprofit National Institute of Military Justice in Washington, D.C., said he was puzzled by the judge's decision "to pull the plug on the whole case."

Fidell said the attorneys and the judge could have renegotiated the agreement in the courtroom.

"Now they have to start from square one," he said. With a second trial impending, he said, Watada's case will continue to make news and probably provide more momentum for the antiwar movement.

Watada smiled and hugged his mother, Carolyn Ho, after the judge declared the mistrial. But he left public comments to Seitz, who said Watada was happy but also exhausted, suffering from a cold and disappointed that he was not able to present his defense to the jury.

Watada may not see his second court-martial start until March 19, though the judge indicated it could be postponed beyond that.

His lawyer said it might never come to trial because of government errors.

Seitz rejected any assertion that the stipulations were tantamount to an admission of guilt.

"No. Absolutely no way," he said. "Lt. Watada's a smart guy. He knew exactly what he was agreeing to."


Bring on the surge in the Anti-War movement. Bring it on!!

Quick Change Artist?

I love reading the Yahoo "odd news" items.

This one just tickled my funnybone.

That is either one VERY slow chair lift, or that guy can strip, masturbate and redress faster than Superman in a phone booth.

*laughing*

Takes all kinds, I guess. I wonder if they have agents combing the slopes under the ski lift to see if they can find DNA evidence? And this is a FELONY???? FELONY NAKED SKI-LIFT MASTURBATING????

Oh good greif.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Foxes and Henhouses

So there's been a decision made about allegations about prisoner abuse at Guantanamo, and the military has decided that the military is totally innocent and the military backs itself up on these findings.

Right.

So if the military is so very, very innocent, and the military agrees that the military is innocent, then why, pray tell, does the military refuse to allow 3rd party outside investigators?

I mean - being so innocent and all...

And to think - the Military was able to investigate allegations of abuse by the military against the illegally-held prisoners - WITHOUT INTERVIEWING ANY OF THE ILLEGALLY HELD PRISONERS!! The military just asked the military if the military had done anything wrong, and the military said "SIR, NO SIR!!", and so the military believed them, and the military backed up that belief - so it's all settled.

Bushco Accountablility In Action!!!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Not Exactly the Right Stuff

Wow.

I thought that the guy who played Fred Haise in "Apollo 13" was a cutie, and I've always thought that Neil Armstrong and John Glenn were attractive men - but who would have thought that an astronaut in this day and age would be such a hottie that one of his co-workers would go postal and try to kidnap some clerical broad that she thought was dating him?

What's really depressing is that there is no photo of this Glamour Boy in the article, so we can't see the object of violent affection. What a shame.

Dear Astronautbabe:

If he's cheating - then he's cheating. He's not gonna stop cheating even if you off his girlfriend. He'll just find another toy - whether you're already involved with him or not. Your chances diminish, rather than increase, if you're behind bars for offing his girlfriends - k?

Just sayin'

Why do I find this so funny?


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Monday, February 05, 2007

Thoughts on the Superbowl

Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy should both be ashamed. Not of their performances as coaches - both did a fine job at that, as one would expect of any coach able to overcome the pre - in - and post-season trials and tribulations to bring their team to the game of the year.

No, they should be ashamed of allowing the media to play the "race" card so blatantly and continuously during the game. Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy are great coaches. Period. They'd be great coaches if they were purple. They'd be great coaches if they were Chinese. They'd be great coaches if they were... dare I say it?... white.

"Black History Month" is doing as much if not more harm than it ever did good at this juncture, IMNSHO. The time has come to stop celebrating that people who achieve great things are black - and simply celebrate that they have done great things. Racial equality will never exist until racial differences are NO LONGER NOTICED.

Every tool has it's time. Just as Unions were needed to break the backs of the robber barons in the early 1900's, so too it was necessary to have a "Black History Month" and to form an NAACP to right the aggregious wrongs of previous centuries.

However, just as unions have to a great degree outlived their usefulness and become more of a burden to the worker than a benefit, so too do Affirmative Action and the NAACP, the "Rainbow Coalition" and other such institutions now do more to alienate than they do to unite and advance.

Just exactly what did the media think they were achieving by harping on and on about how Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy are black? Anyone with functional eyesight can see that. And for some of us - it makes no difference. They are great coaches - we care not if they have darker complexions than some of us. IT SHOULDN'T MATTER. That's what racial equality is about - realizing that we are ALL people - all human beings - all capable of the same levels of greatness - or the same levels of failure.

To harp on the skin-tone of the coaches in last night's game was an INSULT to black people. It was a very, very subtle dig - "See, THESE black guys have done really well - it's amazing - it's remarkable - it's something you don't see every day - it's not something that most black guys could achieve" is the message that it sends.

The implication is that it is really not possible for black guys to do well - and that these 2 guys are proof, somehow, that they are abberations, rather than just 2 guys who worked hard and did well. It minimizes their achievement as athletes and coaches. Rather than ignoring race and simply focusing on the two men as MEN - the media harped on race as if being black were important - which gives the "race card" another chance to alienate, rather than unite.

And that is WRONG.

Shame on CBS

Shame on the Superbowl organizers for booking the "artist" Prince, formerly known as some dorky-ass symbol, formerly known as Prince, formerly known as Prince Rogers Nelson (The man with 3 last names). Uck. Gag. Spit.

You just KNOW he was lip-synching - and nobody in their right MIND would play an electric guitar in the rain like that. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Damn shame he DIDN"T play it for real. That would have been worth watching.

I turned off the sound. What happened to marching bands and pom-pom sluts?


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