Thursday, June 24, 2004

hate to say i told ya so

Majority of Americans Now Call Iraq War a Mistake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the first time since the start of the war in Iraq (news - web sites), a majority of Americans now say the U.S.-led invasion was a mistake, according to a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll released on Thursday. Amid continuing violence in Iraq and questions about the justification for the war, 54 percent of the 1,005 Americans polled said it was a mistake to send U.S. troops into Iraq, compared with 41 percent who held that view three weeks ago. The findings mark the first time since Vietnam that a majority of Americans has called a major deployment of U.S. forces a mistake, USA Today reported on its Web site.

god ... it's sad that it takes this long for a majority of americans to get a clue ...

me and my friends are Jem girls

showtime synergy!

ahhh ... the lazy days of summer are finally upon us. today i found myself in a typical don't-have-to-work scenario where i found myself getting a little bored only to remember that i need to enjoy the time off work because the summer will slip by in a flash. it's already the end of june (1 week to go) and we'll be in july ... then august ... then it's all over and i'm back to work ... blah!

i do like having a lot of time to myself. erik has to get up early and go to work still ... he ends up coming home later from work too because the kids he visits are off for the summer so he spends more time in the office (where he can't slip out and go home early). so he's gone most of the time and it's just me.

i'm so glad that i finally started taking more pictures. i've been telling myself that i need to actively take more pictures and it took the trip to LA to get me going. when we were on the plane erik said to me "we need to take lots of pictures" and that's exactly what we did. with the detroit project to keep me bizzy i've got lots of detroit landmarks to shoot.

kickball keeps me active ... our game last week was so fun ... such a rush! tomorrow we have another set of games and i'm really looking forward to playing again. don't get me wrong, i'm still a little nervous about messing up but it's fun being a part of a team ... whether we win or lose, we have fun.

on the tv front ... i've got that covered too. i love watching television shows on dvd! i've got buffy the vampire slayer and angel to fall back on if i ever get bored but now that i've acquired jem and the holograms (and soon wonder woman) i've got lots of fun stuff to watch.

blah ... as a side note ... i just realized that the jem and the holograms series is 18 years old and the wonder woman series is, gasp, 29 years old!

hmmm ... i'm not really sure where i'm going with this. i just found myself thinking about my free time. how lucky i am to have it ... how fast it always seems to go ... it won't be long before i'm lamenting something or other that has come and and gone ...

but until them i'll just sit back, relax and take my time doing nothing. hanging out and lying about ... the way god intended life to be.

show's over synergy!

should we be concerned that this kid is german?

Genetic mutation turns tot into superboy

BOSTON - Somewhere in Germany is a baby Superman, born in Berlin with bulging arm and leg muscles. Not yet 5, he can hold seven-pound weights with arms extended, something many adults cannot do. He has muscles twice the size of other kids his age and half their body fat ... DNA testing showed why: The boy has a genetic mutation that boosts muscle growth.

natural mutation or genetic manipulation? either way this kid sounds freaky.

see, this is why i gave up drinking pop

Texas drink dispenser emits WWI-era poison gas

HOUSTON - An exploding vending machine turned the coolant freon into phosgene, a poisonous gas used as a chemical weapon in World War I, and forced the evacuation of 10 people from a Texas hospital, officials said Thursday ... “When freon gas from the cooling system came into contact with the heat from the fire, it changed composition to a phosgene gas,” Mulliner said ... Phosgene irritates the lungs, eyes, mouth and nose and, in strong enough concentrations, causes fatal amounts of fluid to build up in the lungs.

as if we needed further proof that soda pop was bad for you ... thank goodness i gave the stuff up.

VP to Senator: F*** you!

Cheney curses Leahy on Senate floor

WASHINGTON - Vice President Cheney cursed at Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy during a confrontation on the Senate floor while members were having their annual group picture taken earlier this week, Leahy and Senate sources said Thursday ... During their exchange, Leahy noted that Republicans had accused Democrats of being anti-Catholic because they are opposed to some of President Bush’s anti-abortion judges, the aides said ... Cheney then responded, “f--- off” or “f--- you,” two aides said, both speaking on condition of anonymity.

har har har ... who knew cheney had a mouth? he must'a been real pissed ... senator leahy must have touched a nerve ... or got too close to the truth.

judge "pumps himself up" in court

the smoking gun is reporting that there is an attempt to remove an oklahoma judge from the bench for pleasuring himself underneath his robe ... while court was in session!

JUNE 24--While seated on the bench, an Oklahoma judge used a male enhancement pump, shaved and oiled his nether region, and pleasured himself, state officials charged yesterday in a petition to remove the jurist. According to the below complaint filed by the Oklahoma Attorney General, Donald D. Thompson, 57, was caught in the act by a clerk, trial witnesses, and his longtime court reporter (these unsettling first-hand accounts will make you wonder what's going on under other black robes).


what more can i say???

reach out and touch someone

the beautiful adriana sent me this email:

Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 10:32:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Adriana"
To: a bunch of cool people
Subject: This really only takes a nanosecond

Take a minute (less actually) to voice your opinion on this important issue:

Governor Schwarzenegger is conducting a phone poll that includes same-sex marriage. Predictably, right-wingers are flooding the office with calls. Since we are trying to pass a slew of marriage and domestic partner bills here in California, it's a good time to show support on the issue. Takes less than a minute (really!) Make the call and forward this email to all of your lists.

Call (916) 445-2841
On the phone tree, press in order:
Press #5 for "Hot Issues."
Press #1 for Same Sex Marriage.
Press #1 to support marriage for same sex couples in California.

the lovely margaret cho has also posted this information on her marriage equality site ... i urge you to utilize the free long distance capability of your mobile phone and call in your support for same-sex marriages.

give gov. ahhhnold whatfor!

and if it's bizzy ... keep calling back ... let's get as many calls thru as we can.

LA police beatings & Detroit shootings: It's like the early 90's again

this shit is sad ... you would think that stuff like this wouldn't happen anymore ... but here we go again ... as if it were the early 90's again:

Pursuit Suspect Beaten in Controversial Use of Force

ABC7 Eyewitness News footage showed an officer hitting the man with a flashlight at least 10 times after it appeared he had surrendered. Police said the man was not seriously injured but did complain that he had been struck in the head and suffered an injury to his nose.

when i read this on the drudge report i thought well damn, they're at it again ... and then i got an email from OtherErik (my best friend at work) telling me about what happened in downtown detroit last night:

Reports: Nine Shot, Wounded During Fireworks Show

The shots were fired at Woodward and Jefferson, near the Joe Louis Fist statue just as the fireworks display began around 10:17 p.m., Local 4 reported. A 22-year-old man is fighting for his life after a bullet pierced his heart, said Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings during an early morning press conference.

how fucking sad is this!!! while the LA police force still can't get it thru their thick head that you can't beat people into submission just cuz you wear a badge ... there are still assholes in detroit who can't just have a good time and have to fuck up shit for everyone! things have been so cool in detroit for a long time now ... a real long time. detroit IS NOT set ablaze every devil's night anymore ... even when the pistons won the championship there WAS NO destruction set upon the city in mock celebration. i just hope that this single mar on our newly forged reputation doesn't get thrown in our faces. the nation's eye was set upon detroit the night we won the championship because they were sure we were going to turn destructive ... we proved them wrong.

detroit is a great city ... we're going to keep it that way.