Is this what we want for our children?

From CNN.com…

Admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told a U.S. military tribunal he personally beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, the Pentagon revealed Thursday.

“I decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in the city of Karachi, Pakistan,” said a Pentagon transcript of Saturday’s hearing. “For those who would like to confirm, there are pictures of me on the Internet holding his head.”

Once again, I ask, how do we stop these people? How do we stop these people before they kill all of us (Jews, Christians, other Muslims who don’t conform to their standards, etc.) to have the planet to themselves? How do you stop people who consider themselves blessed to kill?

Admittedly, Daniel Pearl‘s death has affected me profoundly. To have someone suggest that it was nearly the highlight of his life to kill him is, well, abominable.

I don’t know about you, but I fear for what my children will have to do to protect themselves later in life and in their children’s life. While I’m trying to teach my child tolerance, their teaching their children hatred under the guise of being blessed. Plus, they are having MORE children. Do the math. Hatred is flourishing in our current society and continues to increase.

I’m at a loss. I’m disappointed. This week has been a huge disappointment for me with regard to humanity. Makes me think that IUD is going to be in for the full 5 years!

Don’t even get me started on what our president is and isn’t doing. I have a countdown on my Firefox menu that says 677 days left. It ain’t soon enough!

I Am Incensed!

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Two police officers were suspended indefinitely with pay Thursday as an investigation continued into their arrest of a pregnant woman who had a miscarriage a day after she was thrown in jail.

The suspensions came two days after police released a videotape showing Sofia Salva telling officers during her arrest last year that she was three months pregnant, bleeding and needed to go to a hospital.

The tape shows officers ignoring her pleas. After the ninth request, the tape shows, a female officer asked: “How is that my problem?”

OH MY GOD!!!

Okay, so the article goes on to talk about her rap sheet, so to speak. I don’t care how many arrest warrants you have out or what you have been accused of or convicted of, every person has the right to medical attention when it is needed! They could have easily taken her to the hospital in police custody. This is done all the time. And, it’s not like this is all a false claim on her part where they could have accused her of being inappropriate by cursing or yelling at officers. She was pleading with them to please allow her to go to the hospital because she was three months pregnant and bleeding. This is all caught on tape.

The tape shows Salva telling the officers she is having a miscarriage and is bleeding.

On the tape, an officer identified as Schnell walks away from the car and tells his partner: “She just gave me a line of excuses. She said she’s bleeding. She said you can check her.”

She also claims that while she was jailed, her continued requests were ignored. Those tapes “magically” disappeared.

I know that we shouldn’t let a couple of bad eggs spoil it for the bunch, but this really reflects very poorly on every officer out there. This is the kind of thing that makes people distrust cops.

“I don’t doubt that you’re possibly bleeding, but you got a lot more problems with us,” Schnell said.

So, these cops are suspended with pay. A home vacation, let’s call it. My guess is that it doesn’t bother them all that much. After all, she was just a stupid street ho that didn’t deserve one more child. Right? (yes, it’s called sarcasm)

“Fuck Democracy”

That’s what Michael Thorpe said after being convicted of the shooting crime of Jennifer Ross. Fuck democracy? Okay, let’s recap, Michael…

Drove a stolen Ford Taurus to a planned robbery.
Oops, realized people were at place of robbery.
Shot Jennifer.
Pistol whipped Jennifer’s friend, Bret.
Drove off in same stolen car.

What on earth do you expect democracy to do for you? Acquit?

When did people start thinking that democracy meant serving their best interests instead of serving justice? I cannot believe that this man would actually insinuate that there should be no consequences for his actions. A girl died because of his actions. Democracy is set up so that there are penalties for such things.

This guy wasn’t upset because democracy failed him. He’s upset that bad choices brought him to this place in his life, but wants someone else to be responsible. So sorry, dude. Do your time.

SA Journalist on American Holidays

From the South African Mail & Guardian Online columnist, Tom Eaton:

…is this simply the latest tradition to have its human, recognisable face bitten off by the Hannibal Lecter of consumerism? (Did you like that one, kitty? I may patent it.) Is Halloween a year or two away from joining the other corpses on the ash-heap of cultural curiosity; translated into South African English, desiccated in the South African sun, and discarded with South African fickleness? Krizmis and its sweating Santas, their nylon beards matted with boerewors fat and their hands sticky with resin from hot, recently killed pines. Ista, when the boerboel eats the chocolate bunnies hidden in the hydrangeas and anxiously produces gaily sequined turds for a week after. Gar Fox, a spluttering Anglican Diwali of damp squibs, invisibly smouldering fuses and burst fingertips: remember remember the fifth of November, Sisyphus, with gumtrees, fishing and snot …

What will be next, children? Which gewgaw will your parents wrench off the American calendar next year, to dangle in front of you in a desperate attempt to distract you from the affairs they are having with their gardeners and preachers? How long until you march on to my porch again, this time to celebrate the Fourth of July, with your official replica plastic axe and cherry tree and polyester Washington wig? Or will it be Groundhog Day, when the end of winter is signalled by the sighting of a politician popping his head out from between his buttocks and taking the air?

I ADORE that last sentence.

It’s pathetic that all of this is so true. We, as Americans, find a way to commercialize everything, thus taking the very meaning from it and tossing it far away. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy celebrations like the next person. But, come on, I saw Christmas decorations in the store BEFORE Halloween was even here. Enough already!

Do read the whole article: Something wicked this way comes. It’s an interesting perspective on the permeation of American “culture” invading the pureness of an alternate culture. If you’re an American who has ever wondered why those from other nations have mocked us, this is an example. It also helps if you understand the derivation of the phrase, in full, “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” If you visit this site, Tom, VERY nice titling!!!

The Passing of a Great Woman (x-post from The Hot Zone)

richards.jpgFormer Texas Governor, Ann Richards, died last night. She was fighting esophogeal cancer and was surrounded by family & friends at her Austin home when she died.

I adored this woman and was proud to live in Texas when she was governor. Aside from being one great politician, she was a great woman. I would see her all the time when I was on my morning run on the Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail. (Yes, believe it or not, I used to run…A LOT) She would never miss an opportunity to talk with her constituency. Additionally, she would always say hello to whoever acknowledged her on her morning walk, which was undoubtedly one of the few moments she had in the day just for her. It simply never felt like it was her and us. It felt like it was just us…all in this together. She will be missed.

Rest peacefully, Ann.

Weird Week & Potential Hiatus

If the trip to Hollywood to be in a movie wasn’t bizarre enough, our new puppy is scheduled on a flight from Brussels to Columbus, arriving Tuesday evening. In addition to this, over the time I was in Hollywood, I was contacted by someone to be on the board of a very prestigious organization. Though I declined, it blew me away for a short period of time.

There was a point over the last couple of days that surrealism was at its highest in my life, ever. During that period of time I began to realize how much I haven’t been doing. Near the top of the list, posting on this blog. Slightly higher than that is visiting people listed on this blog. I began to wonder about my near future: training a puppy, getting Ari into his new school, Joshie walking, studying for the LSAT, attending ZestFest, Weight Watchers, taking the LSAT and getting into law school (not to mention attending law school)…the list seems to be getting longer and longer each day. In short, I’m wondering whether it would be prudent to even keep this blog here. If I do, I might put it on a temporary hiatus with a definite period of time and revisit the decision at that time.

I know…you’re all going to tell me not to do it. But, I don’t think it’s fair. In order to make this site thrive, I really need to be visiting and commenting on the sites I have on my blogroll and I just don’t have it in me right now.

Yes, I could leave it to the other writers, but they seem to be getting busier too and I don’t want to overburden them by asking them to visit the sites I have listed, comment on them AND write regular posts.

I don’t know…I’m still thinking it over, but very inclined to just stop. I’ve had a really good run here and would be ending on a lower note than I’d like. But, my real life is mimicking art to the extent of being overextended.

Mobile Phones – Lightning Rods?

More than just pumping petrol into the car and risking self-immolation, the energy field risk around these things is very real.

Even leaving airplanes with the fumes from airplane JetA all about is something to consider. I used to leap from my seat chatting on the moby as I walked across the tarmac (something we do a lot of here in Europe as short-hop flights almost always use a separate boarding areas and buses). Now, it seems not so good an idea…

This article convinced me, please consider shutting them off when in inclement weather.

No Virgins

Not yet, at least.

I honestly feel that this is the best sentence. Dying is exactly what he wants. He’s just bullshitting Americans by saying that the life sentence is how he won, instead of getting the death penalty. He gets to spend the rest of his life in solitary, in an American jail. Not fun! Dying would have been the much easier route out. I’m glad he didn’t get that.