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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

GonzoGate II


GonzoGate I


Monday, March 26, 2007

God Only Cries for the Living - Diamond Rio

God Only Cries for the Living
Diamond Rio

On an icy road one night
A young man loses his life
They marked the shoulder with a cross
An' his family gathers round
On a piece of Hallowed ground
Their hearts are heavy with their loss
As the tears fall from their eyes
There's one who'll always sympathize.

God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are left to carry on
An' all the angels up in Heaven
They're not grieving because they're gone
There's a smile on their faces
'Cause they're in a better place than, mmm, baby, than, oh
God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are so far from home.

It still makes me sad
When I think of my Grand-dad
I miss him each and every day
But I know the time will come
When my own grandson
Wonders why I went away
Maybe we're not meant to understand
Till we meet up in the Promised Land.

God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are left to carry on
And all the angels up in Heaven
They're not grieving because they're gone
There's a smile on their faces
'Cause they're in a better place than, oh, baby, than oh
God only cries for the living
'Cause it's the living that are so far from home
Yeah, we're so far from home, Mmmm, Mmmm


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Bartender Beating

Intimidation charges possible in bartender beating

By David Heinzmann
Tribune staff reporter
Published March 23, 2007, 9:53 PM CDT

Prosecutors are investigating whether an employee at Jesse's Short Stop Inn passed along police threats to the bar owner after Chicago Officer Anthony Abbate was caught on videotape beating a female bartender, sources familiar with the investigation said.

The employee, allegedly a longtime friend of Abbate's, said officers would plant drugs in the bar and in the owner's and bartender's cars if they pursued a complaint after the beating, sources said.

Evidence is being considered by a Cook County grand jury, sources said, and prosecutors are considering whether to bring intimidation charges in the case.

Abbate, 38, is charged with beating Karolina Obrycka on Feb. 19 after she stopped serving him at the Northwest Side bar, prosecutors said.

He was originally charged by police with a misdemeanor, but prosecutors upgraded the charges this week to felony aggravated battery. The video of the beating has caused public outrage in Chicago and has been shown on cable news stations and Web sites across the country.

Abbate has been stripped of his police powers, and the department is moving to fire him.

Abbate's attorney, William Fahy, said his client had completed an inpatient substance-abuse treatment program on March 5 but has never been disciplined or suspended since joining the department in December 1994.

Abbate was one of five Chicago officers named in a 2001 civil lawsuit in which a man died in police custody. But the dead man's family voluntarily dropped the case after a judge dismissed the city as a defendant, city officials said.

Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Apple's new I-Rack

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Excuse me, I think you dropped this...


HR 1309 - Freedom of Information Act Request Changes; Undoing the Damage Bush has Done

Today, House Bill HR1309 is being debated in the House.

Following the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, then Attorney General John Ashcroft shut down the Freedom of information Act during the Neoconservative fear and smear frenzy that ensued in their unprecedented power-grab.

You remember Ashcroft - the 'singing' Attorney General - the same moron who covered up Lady Justice's tatas.

The same man not only wrote, but sang that corny tune about letting the eagles soar [click here and hang on to your cookies] - it is pretty bad.

He's as shitty a singer as he was Attorney General. His vibrato stinks as bad as his lyrics.

If you change the words soar for sore, I gotta tell ya folks, he, "Left the eagle sore, like she has never been sore before!" Hmm, that sounds like the makings of a good joke;

Q: How does a Neoconservative make an eagle sore?

I'm working on the punch-line...

In the post-9/11 era, Americans are beginning to realize just how controlling the Bush Administration became in refusing to release information citing National Security issues. It turned out to be a great means of protection from public scrutiny and any more potentially embarrassing revelations about their deceit and intrigue. It has become evident all they were doing was directed at cover ing their asses for lying to the America public and the world as well.

You see, it is easier to keep your program of lies if you can keep them hidden from the public. Stomping on the Freedom of Information Act dovetailed with the lies like - Saddam is building Weapons of Mass Destruction...

Today's Bill served a couple of purposes by rolling back the Bush Administration's effort to stymie legal access to documents which they would prefer to keep under wraps. Thanks to HR 1309, there will be a 20 day limit requiring the government to provide a formal response to requests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act.

Section 4 of the Bill calls for reimbursement of Attorney's fees - Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho) contended - albeit weakly - that this has potential of driving the costs up. His arguments are specious in that the only way costs are going to shoot up is when the Government decides to stonewall a request.

How I love stupid Conservatives.

On the other hand, Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) complained about how a change was made to the resolution after it had already left committee. Unfortunately, the dope then waxed on and on about how since this was "Sunshine week" that the bill was changed none theless. He failed to research what the change made was - OPEN MOUTH - insert foot.

The changes that Rep. Turner bemoaned had to do with making the Bill compliant with the "Pay-Go" requirement meaning that it could not be adding to the monstrous deficit that already exists. Yes, another stupid complaint.

It just goes to illustrate that these arrogant chumps have to make waves even if they are stupid because, they have nothing to complain about.

It just passed: 308 For, 117 Against


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

AT&T's Donation History with the Republican Party

This from Open Secrets:

AT&T's political donations;

  1. AT&T is considered a "Blue Chip" Investor for the Republican Party [Click here]
  2. Top donors for the Republican Party 2002 [Click here]
  3. Top donors for the Republican Party 2000 [Click here]

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A Bush Bulb

A mosaic of Bush made with a collage of the faces of fallen soldiers under his leadership

How many members of the Bush administration
does it take to change a light bulb?

1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed;

2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb needs to be changed;

3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb;

4. One to arrange the invasion of a country rumored to have a Secret stockpile of light bulbs;

5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the new light bulb;

6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor,Standing on a step ladder under the banner:

7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting in detail how Bush was literally in the dark;

8. One to viciously smear #7;

9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies on how George Bush has had a strong light-bulb-changing policy all along;

10. And finally one to confuse Americans about the difference Between screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Anyone know who this Hacker might be?

These people tried hacking into my internet provider's mail site this evening around 6:00 PM

Wow - this is what you get for speaking up about AT&T spying on Americans [click here & pay prticular attention to the comments].
  • The hacker[s] most likely associated with Law Enforcement in New Mexico - although I really think this person - whoever s/he may be - is acting alone and without his/her agency's permission.
  • Since I am neither a terrorist or an enemy of the United States, I am contacting the NM State Attorney General to find out what my options are.
  • - Note who the clients are - apparently I have drawn someone's attention.
  • I am convinced it has to be someone who has access - possibly citing CALEA to figure out who my server is because my listed e-mail address is not the same as my internet service provider.
  • This means somsone has most likely used my Google account to find out my personal information.
  • Maybe an overzealous osogrande employee?
  • They have visited my site twice - I have labelled them as "Spy Site" - denoted in green
  • Get a load of who this internet provider's clients are...
  • [click on the hi-lighted/boldfaced ""]
  • Here is what my site monitor reveals about the hacker:
Referring Link
Host Name
NOTE: the IP address is a unique address for the computer used to get into my site it is as follows:
IP Address Spy Site [Edit Label]
Country United States
Region -
City -
ISP Oso Grande Technologies Inc
Returning Visits 0
Visit Length 3 mins 0 secs
Browser MSIE 7.0
Operating System Windows XP
Resolution 1024x768
Javascript Enabled
Navigation Path
Date Time WebPage

These are paths to my e-mail page - specifically through the NY Times that the hacker used - I eliminated some of the numbers/ & letters so as not to reveal anymore of my personal information than neccessary;

11th March 2007 18:41:00
11th March 2007 18:44:00

I also want to point out that, this hacker appears to have tried several times to get into my Comcast account [I am not certain if s/he was successful] through my subscription to the NY Times.

This sounds so cloak and dagger that it almost seems impossible but the evidence is here, someone [I suspect it is this anonymous commenter - click here] is trying to get into my account and moreover, to read my e-mail and access all of my passwords.

If anyone here in the blogosphere has any tips on how to deal with these idiots, please let me know - also, I do not mind if anyone copies this post in its entirety just in case these spooks decide to sabatoge my blog.


Friday, March 09, 2007

Instructions for Life - A Nepalese Good Luck Tantra

Instructions for Life
Attributed to the Dalai Lama

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three Rs:
    Respect for self
    Respect for others and
    Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
  13. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
  14. Be gentle with the earth.
  15. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
  16. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  17. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  18. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Boycott AT&T - They are spying on you


Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bono Wins NAACP Award - Where is God?

God is in the cardboard boxes...

The last two minutes of his speech are the real keeper - why can't we have a man like this running for president?

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