Friday, May 30, 2008
Villagers burn woman accused of being witch
Fri, May 30 12:49 PM
BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - An Indian woman accused of witchcraft was beaten, gagged and burnt to death in a remote eastern village, police said on Friday.
The woman was dragged out of her home, her hands and legs tied and taken to a crematorium where she was set on fire in front of the village which ignored her screams for help.
The incident took place in a tribal village in Orissa and occurred last week, but came to light on Thursday with the arrest of three villagers.
The victim was murdered by the husband and relatives of a neighbour whose death was blamed on her witchcraft.
Dozens of women are killed every year on suspicion of being witches or witch doctors in India, where superstition is widespread, especially in rural areas that lack an effective schooling system.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I pray. But not to the arrogant, abomination that is the neolithic angry, vengeful, jealous god of the hebrews, arabs and christians. I pray not to an anthropomorphic deity that exists in the minds and literature of mankind. But I pray knowing it will be answered.
By whom? My detractors may ask and why, I respond with a question, does there need to be a named entity to listen to my prayers?
I pray because prayer works. Prayer is not cosmic email and it is not the invocation of supernatural beings. Prayer works by making me feel good. It helps alleviate suffering.
That's all it does, that's all I want it to do.
If causes and effects occur while praying that does not make the prayer a cause or an effect.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Like Puxatawney Phil, that poor little groundhog who can't even take a pee break every Feb in front of the entire country without the glare of our unholy media, it looks like Karl Rove has finally climbed out of his own asshole and seen the light.
Seen, not understood, per se. As heard on GMA this morning, Rove acknowledges that the Scott McClellan book, “What Happened” sounds like a Liberal blog. By god he finally gets it! Yes, you winking asshole, it is like we’ve been saying all along. This Administration is guilty of so many crimes that it won’t matter if our national media keep their own heads up their own and each other’s collective butts. The writers will start coming out of the woodwork. And if “What Happened” is how Bush’s own team will treat him, god help them all when the real historians get their shot.
And today, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said that the House Judiciary Committee would be willing to arrest Karl Rove if the former White House official doesn't testify about his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.
Just under 7 months until the investigations can really begin. Now that's entertainment!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I believe we are a good people. A people who inherently believes in the right of each of us to pursue happiness in our own way, to be free from the tyranny of intolerance, and free to pursue our own paths in this life without interference by society or government.
I believe we are a helping people. We send human and material resources as well as financial aid to any and all quarters of the world out of humanitarian concern regardless of whether victims are our friends or enemies.
I believe we are a people of opportunity. It is possible to lose everything in one year and then turn that around to fortune in the next.
I believe we are a welcoming people. We have a statue that celebrates that aspect of our humanity. We have been the light in the dark, sometimes the last hope, in a world of endless misery for some. And we have taken in the world’s broken and it has made us stronger as a nation.
These are the ideals that have set us apart from the rest of the world.
But we have lost our way.
We have allowed the weakest minds in our society to set social policies that move 10 percent of us to the fringe once again. We still come up with unique and socio-religious reasons to deny the last segment of our society the full rights they deserve. Defending marriage by denying it to homosexuals no more defends marriage than outlawing barbeques in New York keeps fires from burning in Los Angeles.
We have allowed a criminally negligent administration to make news when sending aid to earthquake and flood ravaged nations that are our philosophical enemies, not to mention the wholesale destruction and rebuilding of Iraq, and we have let our own sister, New Orleans, to lay ravaged, dying, bleeding in the gutter. For this alone should our president stand trial. But he won’t.
We champion free markets when it comes to individuals, allowing financial institutions to fee us to death and change our interest rates all in the name of capitalism and free markets at work, and then we provide welfare to the largest financial institutions when these same practices backfire. It’s like being a little bit pregnant. Doesn’t happen. Either we have a free market in which case Bear Stearns can die, or we don’t. And yes, it is just that simple. Once again, the many pay for the frivolity of the few.
We have allowed men like Lou Dobbs a platform to sell books, fear, and permission to hate. This self-righteous fear mongerer is so eager to build a fence to keep our Latino neighbors out that he can’t see how this will also keep the rest of us in. Or maybe that’s the idea. Meanwhile, the Statue of Liberty weeps while Lou Dobbs goes to the bank. What a gig.
This is the year of change. It will come about in one of two ways. We have the fortune and opportunity for America to put its money where its mouth is. Land of the free, home of the brave, opportunity for all. Obama represents that symbolically and in point of fact. I believe he will begin the process of cleaning out America’s attic, and basement, and closets. And if we give him a second term, maybe the windows as well. The other candidates represent the opposite. They belong to the last century. They are truly good people, I believe. But they have stayed on stage just long enough to make many of us uncomfortable. It’s time to lower the lights. If that doesn't work, there's the second way.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Why That Self-Righteous Blowhard Lou Dobbs Is Dangerous And Why CNN Portrays His Self-Promotion And Books As Journalism Is Outrageous
It is time to take our country back from imaginary friends, those who believe in them, and the ignorant republicans who support them. If you believe in fairies, demons, angels and the rest of the rot, you should be seeking help. But the insane don't usually know they're insane now do they?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
NEWS TO HOME OIL DELIVERY COMPANIES
- no one can afford your product. I have already purchased ceramic room heaters based on the price of your product today.
I will be draining my radiators in the fall.
Come next winter when it's double, will there be anyone without a ceramic room heater? The home oil heating business just died. And with it all the support business that sell oil tanks, heaters, service them, etc.
Our god damned president had 8 years to formulate an energy policy. Thanks to the red state toothless folks who don't want that gay agenda with those abortion clinics open on every corner and who find Osama hiding behind every Bush. I remember him chastising Clinton because gas spiked over a dollar. What a fucking hypocrite, lying bastard, worthless piece of fucking human garbage. I wish there was a hell because then I'd have the satisfaction of knowing he would ultimately get his due. But there isn't and he won't.
This president belongs in jail.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
If you didn't have a reason to shun the Republican nominee before, you now do.
Apparently there are those, down south, who believes the nominee has a lot in common with Jesus Christ.
Georgia Republican Party chairwoman Sue Everhart said Saturday that the party's presumed presidential nominee has a lot in common with Jesus Christ.
"John McCain is kind of like Jesus Christ on the cross," Everhart said as she began the second day of the state GOP convention. "He never denounced God, either."
"I'm not trying to compare John McCain to Jesus Christ, I'm looking at the pain that was there," she said. Well, uh, actually, it sounds like you are making that comparison, Susie. You know, using the word "like" and all. Must have been home schooled.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Two years later, when he was 16, Ratzinger was drafted again by the German Army.
Ratzinger worked as a helper in an anti-aircraft briagde. In 1945, he was put through basic training and stationed near his hometown in Bavaria. When Allied forces advanced, he deserted the German army — risking death by that act alone. After he escaped, Ratzinger was captured by American soldiers and spent the remainder of the war in a POW camp. (source:MSNBC)
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
One pack of Tempeh, I used the Lightlife Garden Veggie Tempeh
One Green Pepper
One large White Onion
One can of Black Beans
One can of Diced Tomatos with Green Chilis
One bag of Jalapeno Shredded Cheese
One Old El Paso Enchilada dinner kit
One pint Sour Cream
Optional - can of corn
In a large pan with a tbsp of olive oil, sautee diced onion and pepper until softened and starting to brown.
Crumble the tempeh into the pan and add the can of beans and the tomatos. (Corn optional)
Add the envelope of spices from the enchildada kit and stir.
Let simmer for five minutes.
Place a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.
Place a layer of tortillas on the bottom, sprinkle with a third of the cheese and add a third of the mixture. Make two layers and top with tortillas and the last third of the cheese.
Pour one envelope of sauce over the whole.
Bake at 375 for 45 minutes to an hour. Don't let the cheese burn.
Cut into squares and top with sour cream.
Garnish as you please with scallion, bacon, cheese, the second envelope of sauce or whatever.
Leftovers can be served in a soft/crunch taco using sour cream to glue the outer soft tortilla to the inner crunchy taco filled with the mixture.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted fan,
Monday, May 5, 2008
This “holy” man wants a pre-emptive holy war with Iran.
Pastor Wright preached that 9-11 was “American’s chickens come home to roost” though the seed of this thought had already been sewn by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, who blamed the attacks on America’s abortionists, feminists, gays and the A.C.L.U. At least Rev. Wright blamed foreign policy.
John McCain asked all the above, except Rev. Wright, for endorsements and got them. If in her syndicated Sunday colum titled "Wright Controversy Reveals A Character Flaw In Obama" Linda Chavez feels it important enough to raise such “character flaws” in only Obama she is either being dishonest with herself or dishonest with her readers in presenting the one candidate who has actually denounced such lunacy and ignoring the character flaws of her own candidate who has embraced them.
Now that’s an actual character flaw.
Friday, May 2, 2008
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And yes, my dears, that does mean getting off your fat asses and taking a walk around the block. Start with that. And when you stop breathing hard every time you get up from the can, you can thank me then.
This brings me to today’s topic- DELUSION.
And one delusion I’d like to discuss is the most recent flavor of self-help, pseudo-scientific, pseudo-spiritual, neo-corny nonsense otherwise known as the Secret. I will admit I’m biased from the getgo as from what little I’ve heard, the Secret is nothing more than the same advice I heard from my father as a child. But it wouldn’t be fair of me to judge this book by its cover. I am going to have to watch it first.
So why are people willing to shell out thousands of dollars for the type of inspiration a “Secret” weekend or retreat might provide? I bet they aren’t. They aren’t really buying the secret because we all know it’s not a secret. They are willing to pay to feel good. Nothing more than emotional prostitution with people like Rhonda Byrne providing the service. There is a correlation between the hole in a person’s psyche and the amount of money one is willing to spend to fill said hole. Hence $300 an hour psychiatrists. People want to feel good and feel hopeful.
So that is my prejudice. I am going to be fair and keep an open mind. I’m not expecting much but I’m always willing to have my notions challenged. This is Part 1 of a multi-part entry. I’m going to have to find a copy of the Secret as I don’t intend to purchase it and see for myself. Once experiencing what I understand is the greatest secret ever told I will report back. Until then, can anyone explain why the world is in such a crappy place if all these so-called spiritual types are wishing for such great things? Or are they all creating the mess we’re in through the actions of their thoughts? Or maybe it’s all a diaper load.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
It's hard to believe that those individuals, who would force their evil fairy tales down the rest of our throats, have understood what they've been reading if they've read it at all. But worse, we let these individuals force their evil, jealous, murdering, misogynist monster on the rest of us.
It's time to put a stop to that.
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You may already have a clue that the Truth of DNA or quantum physics is far more remarkable than any bible story miracle. You've already discarded revelation for Reality. Here you'll find resources and links to help you in your journey of self-discovery and awakening to the universe as it is and not as the product of our creative imaginations.
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