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May 1st, 2007

What Famous Leader Are You?

It’s just another of those kooky on-line quizzes, but what the hey?

What Famous Leader Are You?
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I’m Abe Lincoln if I do the 45 question test and Ghandi if I do the shorter 18 question test. Either way…I’m good with those results.

So… who are you?

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Posted in Miscellaneous, Quickie, Gonzo's Grab Bag | 26 Comments »

May 1st, 2007

”I Think It’s Important For The President To Lay Out A Timetable…”

On the day before Bush is set to veto a war funding bill that includes a withdrawal timetable for US troops, let’s examine some past remarks from our Dear Leader…

This post’s title words were said by current president George W. Bush, way back in 1999 when he was just a lowly governor from Texas and not the Decider-in-Chief.

The full quote, published in the Seattle P-I, and referencing the Clinton Administration’s actions and policies in Kosovo, is:
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Posted in Politics, Current Affairs, Right Wing Nut, Military, Middle East, IDIOT, Iraq War | 12 Comments »

April 30th, 2007

Diviserfied Energy Is The Answer

I find it ironic that we have reached a point where two major problems are coming to the fore at a singular point in time. Of course, I am talking about energy and environmental change. It is no coincidence that these two serious challenges are impossibly intertwined, because it is the very sources of energy we use, and the way we use it, that have led to many of the environmental changes. It becomes apparent then that to solve one problem we must solve the other. Or at least, in solving one, we alleviate the pressure on the other and make strides to improve even more.

So where do we start? Is it a ‘chicken and egg’ kind of question? Developing a new energy base means a complete infrastructure upgrade in addition to finding the new source and exploiting it. Yet invoking environmentally protectionist laws before a viable new energy source appears may be too economically and socially disasterous. Then again, invoking none, or too few too late could result in calamities that may have been avoidable or at worst, prepared for.

In the energy debate, I don’t hear people looking at the problem with enough open-mindedness. After three or four generations into an oil based society, we aren’t tasking ourselves to look at multiple replacement streams for multiple purposes. We’ve become so accustomed to having oil (and other fossil fuels like coal and natural gas) generate all our power needs, from lights to cars to everything in between, that we’ve only sparingly supplemented our power generation with some alternate forms, notably hydro-electric projects taken place during the 1930’s through the 1950’s. Our energy infrastructure is geared towards a single energy form and it’s derivitives. This ubiquity of a single source of energy, fossil fuels- and specifically oil- has engendered a myopic form of forward vision that isn’t looking at other kinds of power organization.
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Posted in Science, DailyFeatured, Environment, Global Warming | 20 Comments »

April 27th, 2007

Satan Destroying America Through Illegal Immigration Says Utah Republican Lawmaker

Now I’m not saying that the entire Republican membership believes things this crazy, but there is clearly a contingent who buy this kind of crap. After all, someone had to vote this guy into office.

Utah County District 65 Chairman Don Larsen has submitted a formal resolution to be discussed at this weekend’s Utah County Republican Convention to oppose the devil’s plan to destroy America. The devil’s vehicle of choice? Illegal immigration.

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Posted in Current Affairs, Religion, Right Wing Nut, Immigration, IDIOT | 5 Comments »

April 26th, 2007

Iraqi Blogger Finally Decides To Leave Iraq

For those of you who have read Baghdad Burning before, you know that the author, Riverbend, a female Iraqi citizen, has offered a poignant and touching yet at the same time troubled perspective on what this war has meant to average Iraqi citizens. She and her family have weathered the difficulties caused by our invasion and have had to live in a way that none of us would recognize as “freedom.” She and her family have endured loss of friends, family members, hunger, shell-shock, and a host of other conditions and tragedies that most of us can’t begin to comprehend outside of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Now it seems they’ve had enough. They’re leaving. Or at least, that is their hopeful (and anguished) plan. They still don’t know quite how to get out or where they’ll even go.

Part of their decision to finally go seems to be the construction of the walls around Sunni neighborhoods that remind us of the beginnings of the Warsaw ghetto in WWII.
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Posted in Current Affairs, Military, Middle East, Terrorism, Iraq War | 1 Comment »

April 26th, 2007

First Lady: ” No One Suffers More Than The(ir) President and I”

When I wrote three days ago that the president was insane, I had no idea that the First Lady was equally insane too.

In an interview yesterday on NBC’s Today Show, while talking about viewing television coverage of the Iraq war, Mrs. Bush shared this bit of information with Ann Curry and the rest of the American people:

Ann Curry: “You know the American people are suffering, watching –”
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April 25th, 2007

Thou Shall Not Lie. But If You Do, These Guys Have Your Back

Okay, the actual biblical commandment is “Thou shall not bear false witness” but most interpretations of this particular commandment include a prohibition on lying and deception.

Yet we all lie at one time or another. Even those in the majority who consider themselves to be ‘good Christian folks.’ And frankly, in this age of constant spin, whether political or personal, many have decided that lying is really just a subjective thing with no real consequences to the liar and no real concern for those who have been lied to. Our politicians are the ultimate masters of this craft, but from schoolrooms to boardrooms, lying has become as much a part of the American experience as, well, baseball and apple pie. So I guess it should be no big surprise to find that someone figured out a way to make money by helping other people lie, and lie convincingly.

Enter The Alibi Network. From their website:
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Posted in General, Current Affairs, Religion, Miscellaneous, Gonzo's Grab Bag | 9 Comments »

April 24th, 2007

Surge Still Not Working, Unless You Count The Surge In Dead US Troops

9 more dead today. So far. And yet we don’t hear the president calling for flags to be flown at half mast. We just hear that the president is going to veto a bill that would give a firm timeline for getting American troops out of the death hole he helped create.

In what is being called the deadliest attack on US forces in over a year, today’s bombing brings April’s US death toll to 85 and the total official US military death toll to over 3300.

Today’s attack took place outside of Baghdad in an area that has seen increased violence since the “Surge” began. As US troops move in to one area, insurgents move into another. Violence isn’t abating in Iraq as a result of the president’s brilliant idea, instead it is merely shifting to another location to wreak havoc again.
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Posted in Politics, Current Affairs, Military, Middle East, IDIOT, Terrorism, Iraq War | 13 Comments »

April 23rd, 2007

The President Is Insane- (Some Not So) Randomly Related Rants

The President is completely insane. I really don’t know how else to put it. His constant refusal to accept the reality of his failures is one thing. His compulsive lying and incompetence in nearly every task he undertakes are others. But some of his most recent remarks concerning recent instances leave me thinking that America’s CEO a complete and utter nutjob, complete with little birds flying around in his empty skull, both eyes rotating independently of each other, a thin stream of drool cascading from the corner of his smirk- in short, the whole animated 9-yards of insanity.

How else to describe Mr. Bush’s assessment of his Attorney General’s “testimony” to Congress? After 2 days of hearings in which Alberto Gonzales “couldn’t recall” the answer to over 75 questions (which any honest trial judge would call ‘evasion’ or -gasp-lying), a hearing that left even more Senators from both parties calling for his resignation, Mr. Bush was quoted as saying that Gonzales’ performance “increased his confidence” in the man.

I guess if I were a compulsive liar myself, I’d be pretty impressed with Gonzales too. I guess if I had so many skeletons in the closet that metacarpals were sticking under the door, I’d have a lot of confidence in a guy who swears that he didn’t even know what metacarpals were. But if I were an average American citizen, I’d have some pretty grave concerns about the people at the top of the political foodchain about now. And I am, so I do.
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Economics, Science, Right Wing Nut, Military, Middle East, Homeland Security, Health, IDIOT, Legal News, Iraq War | 2 Comments »

April 22nd, 2007

Man vs. Earth (A Fight to the Finish?)

(Author’s Note: This article was originally posted by me in March 2005 here. It was subsequently posted here at Bring It On! in August of 2006. Both times it was posted it enjoyed some good conversation in the comments section. Since today is Earth Day, and because of the increase in general discussion about the environment and man’s role in global climate change, I have decided to offer it up again in the hope that it sparks new thoughts or provides a renewed sense of stewardship between mankind and our planet.)

It is a uniquely human quality to destroy that which we depend on. Whether from a lack of knowledge, a lack of foresight, or a lack of caring, human advancement has exacted a heavy toll on the resources and species of Earth. To any rational person, that fact is indisputable. From the extraction of minerals to the deforestation of wild lands to the over harvesting of various animals or plants, the growth of humanity has brought great changes to our planet and has affected its previous balance. The question is not how much we have damaged the Earth, or even if the damage can be reversed. The question is not even whether or not we have the right to cause these changes. The question is why are we doing it so callously?

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Posted in Politics, Current Affairs, Science, Environment, Global Warming | 4 Comments »

April 20th, 2007

More Proof That Bush Administration Doesn’t Give A Damn About “The Little Guy”

Government regulations of business and industry, whether federal or state regulations, are designed to protect the consumer and the natural world from the excesses of unbridled capitalistic business desires. In many cases (but not all) state regulation goes farther than federal regulations in protecting people and places. Perhaps it is because states have a more direct responsibility to protect their particular citizens, or perhaps it is because different states have different concerns and need more regulation over certain things than federal regulation offers. And in some cases, state regulations go too far in one direction while federal regulations go too far in another.

Normally, federal regulations try to govern business practices that occur over the entire country in general while leaving room open for states to add additional regulations as they see necessary. Such has been the case with the national banking industry, and in particular the subsidiary companies banks own that handle other financial transactions, like mortgages, annuity sales, car loans, investment advice, and the like. National banking in and of itself has been historically immune to state regulation and under the aegis of federal authorities insofar as what they can and cannot do. But in 1966, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency authorized banks to undertake the aforementioned additional financial enterprises so long as the new business subsidiaries were chartered by individual states. For roughly 35 years, states held the power to regulate those subsidiary (and state chartered) businesses and pass rules that would protect their state consumers from predatory lending practices, under-disclosure, and other such matters.

Enter the Bush Administration. Like most administrations, Team Bush inserted it’s own folks throughout the executive branch, and the OCC is a branch of the Treasury Department, an executive branch of government. In 2001, the OCC changed the rules on the banking subsidiary industry, essentially stripping from states the rights to regulate these businesses. In other words, federal authority was trumping state authority, and in the process eliminating decades worth of consumer protections enacted by states and replacing them with nothing. It was now open season on consumers by banking subsidiary companies. And following the general rule of thumb of the Bush Administration, little if any oversight was undertaken by the OCC to assure that national banks and their subsidiary businesses weren’t abusing consumers and ignoring what had become standard protections over the last 35 years.
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Posted in Politics, Current Affairs, Economics, Legal News | 2 Comments »

April 19th, 2007

New Study Shows Marijuana Combats Cancer

Seriously. New studies with the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, have shown that it can reduce active lung tumors and prevent their spread. And there is hope that similar results will occur with brain, prostate, and skin cancers.

THC is the ingredient in marijuana that makes you high. But it turns out that part of that compound (tetra-hydro-cannabinol), the cannabinol, is created naturally by the human body too, albeit in a slightly different form (endocannabinoids). It’s function in humans is to stimulate appetite and control pain and inflammation. No wonder its popular with chemotherapy patients, whose treatments leave them ravished and not at all feeling hungry. Or with people living with chronic pain. No wonder many states have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, despite federal threats and raids. In this study, scientists showed that the THC seeks out two forms of endocannabinoids that exist in high amounts on the cancerous cells.

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Posted in Current Affairs, Science, Health | 6 Comments »

April 18th, 2007

Citizens of the World: U.S. Can’t Be Trusted To Act Responsibly

An international poll by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and has found that a majority of global citizens think the United States plays the role of international policeman more than it should, that it fails to take other country’s interests into account when it does act, and that in general it cannot be trusted to act responsibly.

Can we have another big “Thank You” for Mr, Bush?

And in what may be a shock to our ‘America Fisrt, America Only’ readers, the poll finds that citizens of the good old USA tend to agree with their international peers. Most Americans think that the US needs to be more cooperative, that it plays world cop too much, and that the US shouldn’t remain a sole world superpower.
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Posted in General, Politics, Current Affairs, Poll Results, DailyFeatured, World News | 25 Comments »

April 17th, 2007

Taxation Without Rationalization

[Today is Tax day, and for those who wait until the last minute, you got an extra two days of procrastination this year. In the spirit of the day, I offer this article I first wrote in the summer of 2005 about how our government collects and uses our tax money. It probably won’t make you feel any better about Tax Day, but it might make you think. Enjoy!]

It is often said that the only things you can really count on are death and taxes. Of the two, death is probably easier to accept. Death, at least, is fairly applied to everyone. Taxes, on the other hand, are a complicated, unequal, seemingly arbitrary and often manipulated endeavor. And while we all can accept the fact that taxes are a necessary component of any effective government, there is much room to argue about how government acquires them and how government uses them.

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April 17th, 2007

Buried In Junk Mail

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I get a lot of junk mail. Almost 140 pieces last month alone. I thought spam was supposed to get rid of junk mail. Instead, I also get about 350 pieces of e-mail spam a month in addition to the junk mail I get in my physical box. Most of the spam gets caught in various filters or traps, but I still have to clean those filters out. I wish my mailbox had a filter. Or better yet, a shredder.

As an experiment, I decided to save a whole month’s worth of mail. All of it. I wanted to see just how much junk mail I was really getting. For purposes of this study, I decided that anything that was not a legitimate bill, an authorized magazine subscription, or personal correspondance would be categorized as junk mail- even if it came from an entity I had previously or was currently engaged in some form of commerce with, so long as this new correspondance was of another nature. Basically, if it was an offer, plea, advertisement, special offer or anything except those listed above, it was junk mail.
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Posted in General, Miscellaneous, DailyFeatured, Environment | 8 Comments »

April 16th, 2007

Study Shows Abstinence Only Classes To Be Exercise In Wishful Thinking

New studies examining the effectiveness of sexual abstinence classes show that students who took part in the classes are just as likely to engage in sexual activity at the same age as students who didn’t take the classes, proving that wishful thinking and handfuls of money can’t change everything.

The studies looked at four separate abstinence education classes from various cities around the country and discovered that about half of the students who took part in the classes engaged in their first sexual experiences at about the same age as their peers who did not take the classes. That age is 14.9 years old. Students also reported having about the same number of sexual partners, regardless of whether they took the classes or not.

Bush and his religious base have touted abstinence only education as their answer to youth sexual activity and have spent close to $1 billion dollars on those classes since he stepped into the Oval office. These new studies show that this is not money well spent. Especially when you learn that many abstinence education classes focus only on the abstinence message while skimping on reality based information. Much like the vaunted but ineffectual D.A.R.E. programs of the 80’s and 90’s, when it comes to sex, kids aren’t going to “Just Say No” just because an adult tells them it’s the wrong thing to do.
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Posted in Politics, Current Affairs, Religion, Education, Science, Right Wing Nut, Health | 9 Comments »

April 16th, 2007

South Korea Braces For Islamic Militants To Invade Country

Citizens of South Korea must be terribly frightened by the prospect that soon Islamic terrorists, including al-Qaeda, will soon be flooding into their country following the recent announcement that South Korean troops will soon be pulling out of Iraq.

And we know that will happen, because President Bush has repeatedly said that troop pull-outs from Iraq will result in the terrorists coming to our shores to “fight us here.” If that statement is true for the US, it must be true for our allies as well.

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Posted in Current Affairs, Middle East, Terrorism, Iraq War | 4 Comments »

April 14th, 2007

UPDATE: All New Bring It On! Radio Tonight

Editors Update. Ken did a bang up job last night with the latest edition of Bring it On! Radio. That’s two broadcasts in one week for Bring it On. I’d say things are on a roll.

Give Ken a listen. It’s the usual high quality, thought provoking stuff that we have come to expect from Mr. G. Click here to listen.

We will be working out a regular schedule and posting it soon. Some shows will be later for the West Coast folks, some earlier for the East. We’d love you guys to call in and rant.

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