BLOGTOBERFEST:

Arizona Bloggers will be gathering for Blogtoberfest on October 7th, and I would love the opportunity to meet more bloggers from our area! Vox is organizing this event, so go check out the latest at her place.

The Basics:

Date: October 7
Time: 3:00 PM to...?
Place: Sonoran Brewing Company,
322 E. Camelback, Phoenix

Vox has a list of attendees on her site. Go add your name and come meet bloggers from all over the Valley.

Sidenote: If you don’t have a blog, but just enjoy reading them, you are invited too! Come meet those you read, at this year’s Blogertoberfest.

I'll be going if I can find someone to watch my girls...

 

While this look at diplomatic flaunting of United States parking laws is interesting, the more important thing I notice in this study is this; what the fuck is up with Africans and Middle-Easterners?!?

Cory Doctorow: "Cultures of Corruption: Evidence From Diplomatic Parking Tickets," is a paper by Columbia's Ray Fisman and UC Berkeley's Edward Miguel that investigates the number of unpaid diplomatic parking tickets by country to formulate an index of each country's corruption. Diplomats don't pay parking fines, so the only reason for diplomats to follow the law is conscience and respect for the rule of law.

By the way, it's not just other countries...;

Joe sez, "The US embassy in London owes UKP 271,000 (just over half a million dollars, give or take) in fines for their ongoing refusal to pay the London congestion charge.

 

 

 

 

[Hat Tip: Boing Boing]

I feel nothing but extreme sadness and empathy for those who suffered today in Pennsylvania.

That said, anyone wanna bet he was a reTHUGlican?

You Are a Liberal for Life

You've got a bleeding heart - and you're proud of it.
For you, liberal means being compassionate, pro-government, and anti-business.
You believe in equality for every person, and you consider yourself universally empathetic.
Helping others is not just political for you ... it's very personal too.

[Via An Arizona Cheesehead's Thoughts]

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Before you start reading, keep in mind that I am posting a mere one quarter of the list...

Republican Pedophilia — A Long but Distinguished List

via Arm Chair Subversive

  • Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after “sexually explicit” e-mails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year-old boy.
  • Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper was arrested for soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl on the Internet.
  • Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year-old girl.

  • Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with an 8-year-old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.
  • Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year-old girl and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.
  • Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year-old boy.
  • Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.
  • Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano was arrested for sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl.
  • Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13- and 14-year-old girls.
  • Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year-old girls.
  • Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child pornography over the Internet.
  • Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year-old girls.
  • Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

That's pathetic.

You know, for the last several years I have operated on one principle that I think everyone should adopt; if a Republican, in any job, starts preaching about the evils of Internet sex or pedophilia or whatever, I immediately assume that that person is guilty of that offense!

Usually the same thing holds true for Christians.

Also says a lot about the people that still vote reTHUGlican...

What values do these guys represent for you that you are willing to vote for them.

[Via Bring it On!]

From the New York Times;

These are some of the bill’s biggest flaws:

Enemy Combatants: A dangerously broad definition of “illegal enemy combatant” in the bill could subject legal residents of the United States, as well as foreign citizens living in their own countries, to summary arrest and indefinite detention with no hope of appeal. The president could give the power to apply this label to anyone he wanted.

The Geneva Conventions: The bill would repudiate a half-century of international precedent by allowing Mr. Bush to decide on his own what abusive interrogation methods he considered permissible. And his decision could stay secret — there’s no requirement that this list be published.

Habeas Corpus: Detainees in U.S. military prisons would lose the basic right to challenge their imprisonment. These cases do not clog the courts, nor coddle terrorists. They simply give wrongly imprisoned people a chance to prove their innocence.

Judicial Review: The courts would have no power to review any aspect of this new system, except verdicts by military tribunals. The bill would limit appeals and bar legal actions based on the Geneva Conventions, directly or indirectly. All Mr. Bush would have to do to lock anyone up forever is to declare him an illegal combatant and not have a trial.

Coerced Evidence: Coerced evidence would be permissible if a judge considered it reliable — already a contradiction in terms — and relevant. Coercion is defined in a way that exempts anything done before the passage of the 2005 Detainee Treatment Act, and anything else Mr. Bush chooses.

Secret Evidence: American standards of justice prohibit evidence and testimony that is kept secret from the defendant, whether the accused is a corporate executive or a mass murderer. But the bill as redrafted by Mr. Cheney seems to weaken protections against such evidence.

Offenses: The definition of torture is unacceptably narrow, a virtual reprise of the deeply cynical memos the administration produced after 9/11. Rape and sexual assault are defined in a retrograde way that covers only forced or coerced activity, and not other forms of nonconsensual sex. The bill would effectively eliminate the idea of rape as torture.

•There is not enough time to fix these bills, especially since the few Republicans who call themselves moderates have been whipped into line, and the Democratic leadership in the Senate seems to have misplaced its spine. If there was ever a moment for a filibuster, this was it.

We don’t blame the Democrats for being frightened. The Republicans have made it clear that they’ll use any opportunity to brand anyone who votes against this bill as a terrorist enabler. But Americans of the future won’t remember the pragmatic arguments for caving in to the administration.

They’ll know that in 2006, Congress passed a tyrannical law that will be ranked with the low points in American democracy, our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.

Last year I informally declared September 29 "Nuclear Test Day" in honor of all the nuclear weapons tested on this day throughout history.

Just a short list;

September 29, 1988 China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
September 29, 1982 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 29, 1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
September 29, 1975 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
September 29, 1971 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 29, 1969 China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
September 29, 1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
September 29, 1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Last year only one person noticed...

On the one hand, I'm glad the Cold War is essentially over.

On the other hand, we have nuclear weapons in the hands of some very shady people.

And aside from that we are in the midst of some of the most violent sectarian actions since the crusades or the inquisition...

And, just for a little political perspective, let's look at the regimes doing all this nuclear testing;

September 29, 1988 China
Right-Wing Government

September 29, 1982 U.S.
Right-Wing Government
(Infamous Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as Star Wars; ground- and space-based missle defense systems)

September 29, 1976 U.S.S.R.
Right-Wing Government

September 29, 1975 U.S.S.R.
Right-Wing Government

September 29, 1971 U.S.
Right-Wing Government
(Richard Nixon signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty)

September 29, 1969 China
Right-Wing Government

September 29, 1962 U.S.
Left-Wing Government
(It's important to note that the lone exception to the Right-Wing Government syndrome signed the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests In The Atmosphere, In Outer Space And Under Water)

September 29, 1958 U.S.
Right-Wing Government
(As a result of the threat from the Cold War Eisenhower did more to increase the proliferation of nuclear weapons than any other President before or since)

 

This ordained minister obviously isn't very familiar with the Ten Commandments;

"I don't like it when people say, 'But you're against abortion.' I say, 'No, I value life.'...I tell people I'm actually just for keeping marriage in the only manner for which it's ever been known in any culture, in any civilization throughout all of history...Dear friends, until Moses comes down with two stone tablets from Brokeback Mountain saying we've changed the rules, let's keep it like it is."
-- ordained Baptist minister, advocate of covenant marriage, governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee

Uuuhhh Mike, there's nothing in the T.C.s about abortion or marriage.

 

Idiot.

[Via Pam's House Blend]

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