Representation Through Humiliation

3/31/2005

Is this reason enough to charge him?

Student Denies Making List Of People To Kill

A 14-year-old student at Oakland County's Holly High School appeared for a pretrial hearing on Wednesday on charges that he made a "kill list," Local 4 reported.

Kids have been making "hit lists" since the beginning of time. When did it suddenly become a reason to charge them with terrorism?? Yes, there have been a few school shootings. And as unfortunate and disturbing that is, you cannot let a very small percentage of kids that have done this scare you into throwing a 14 year old into jail for up to 20 years based on a list.

Did he do anything to show he would take action against those names?? Or was it merely him venting after a bad day or week?

What next? A girl gets arrested during her menstrual cycle cause she was moody and yelled at someone??

Get a grip people! These are still children we are talking about. They don't exactly make good decisions or think ahead.

And now the real battle begins ...

Terri Schiavo has died

Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old brain-damaged woman who became the centerpiece of a national right-to-die battle, died Thursday morning, nearly two weeks after doctors removed the feeding tube that had sustained her for more than a decade.

The battle to keep her body alive is over with. The battle to prove she was never brain dead is still going on.

You know this won't be settled anytime soon. There will be an autopsy, then accusations, then court hearings.

I do feel that her husband was the right person to make decisions for her. And maybe after the initial shock and the above, then perhaps her parents can start to heal.

I feel for them, I truly do.

(posted also at Ang's Weird Ideas.

Over To You, Ang

Alright, the Fry is yours for the rest of the week, Ang. Be careful with it, it's fragile. Good luck and Godspeed.

3/30/2005

Today's Headlines: The News After Terri

A borderline infrequent roundup of today's front pages.

There seems to be a general lost child feeling throughout the country's papers today as MSM struggles to regroup and search for a new subject of fixation after The Schiavo Story.

When in doubt, run a story on terrorists. This seems to be the adage coming out of today's print world. Typical headline: Will They Strike Again? OOOGA BOOGA!

Also in the spotlight are rumors that Kofi Annan will resign from the UN after an exposed oil for food scandal. Kofi denies it but rags of the conservative persuasion are loving this "story."

Gossip is a major issue in the headlines as well. And when you have gossip, sports stars can't be far behind. Steroids, battery, and alcohol, oh my!





(Cross posted at BNN)

3/29/2005

Terri's Blog

Here it is. Real living proof that Terri Sciavo is not just a vegetable bot a blogging vegetable! And the lifers do rejoice.

But this surprises no one!

Documents show FBI helped Saudis depart after 9/11 attacks

The New York Times reported that the documents show Federal Bureau of Investigation agents gave personal airport escorts to two prominent Saudi families who fled the United States, while several other Saudis were allowed to leave the country without first being interviewed, citing newly-released US government records.

Come on, no one can say this is a shocker. We all all knew this.

White House officials have strongly denied any special treatment for the Saudis.

Of course not! Please! Like we would really think that. (can I strangle someone now?)

3/28/2005

Sri Lanka Hit Again

Uhg, as if these people haven't suffered enough. It's as though God hates holidays... or something. Whatever the case, see these sites for more info.

Headline Scan: No More Schiavo!

Thank God! The mainstream print coverage of the Schiavo case is coming to a close. Something about last rites and "near death" in the headlines, but mostly, it's a dead issue.

Actually in the news is a few stories about the rapid meth invasion of the U.S. They love that word: "invasion." Various blather about tax hikes. Of course, we were promised "no new taxes." But now we refer to the natural law of campaign promises: "Unfulfilled campaign promises never die, they are merely recycled for the next election."

More on gas prices skyrocketing, many with references to those new-fangled hybrid cars. Wah-ho!? Hybrid you say? What is them? Pretty much the most fuel-efficient cars in the world! Gosh!

And since we've reached final four, heaps of rags are toting that as their lead story. (Don't they know there's a war on?)

Trends: War in Progress...



Seems like Iraq is fading quickly from our minds while Iran and N. Korea are just getting interesting...


Contact the Realtor

Tour this vacated Russian Embassy to Thailand online--- Dungeons and all! (via BoingBoing)

3/27/2005

Easter: A Rant on Religion

Religious holidays. Now that's a pretty large category: Christmas (Jesus born), Palm Sunday (Jesus pampered), Holy Thursday (Jesus, um, prays?), Good Friday (Jesus dies), and Easter (Jesus found not to be dead. Um...)

So my question is, what is the need for all of these days when all deemed to be holy (i.e. All those who've been scared into believing that the only thing seperating them and hell is a lifetime of devoutness.) file off to several hours of excruciating pain sitting in front of a celabite senior-citizen in his bathrobe who wants so desperately to tell you who God is.

I just don't see why we need these things... To remind us of something that happened several thousand years ago to a carpenter's son. To tell you the truth, I'm having serious doubts as to religion as a whole. It just seems a little too "put togehter" to me. I mean, a talking bush? Turning water into wine? The devout, of course, will write this biblical occurences off as "miracles" and be done with it. But *think* just for 5 seconds! Have *you* ever *seen* a miracle? I know I know: "You shouldn't have to see something to believe in it that's what *faith* is.", right? Wrong. You have to think objectively. What if your particular religion (we'll take Christianity as an exapmle since that is the one I most scorn at the moment) was a sham? Invented thousands of years ago by manipulative tyrants who wanted to scare the peasants into doing their will IN THE NAME OF GOD! It doesn't seem so far-fetched now, does it? It would be terribly easy to just make up a religion, wouldn't it? Try. try right now to make up you're own religion. Forget about everything you've been taught in the endless hours of church, CCD, Sunday school... It's not so difficult. I made one up, I've made up atleast five. They've all been ridiculous, but so is Christianity and all other religions, so I haven't completely lost faith in my religion-writing skills. If they did it, so can I!

Now I know I probably haven't convinced anybody with this little rant, but atleast I've given you something to think of the next time you're sitting in church waiting to "recieve the blod and body of Jesus Christ" (complete bullshit, that.) What if what you've been doing all these years is for naught? Ah ah ah! Don't even *think* it, or God will smite you right? I don't know... I've been thinking about his for a while, and I don't expect to be smited anytime soon.



(Cross posted at BNN)

3/25/2005

The Downhill Effect

As Pres. W's polls slip further and further down, he inches further and further away from the Schiavo case, all the while eyeing the textbook-writers in fear.

Good Friday

Happened to remember just now that today is in fact, Good Friday. The day when Jesus supposedly died on the cross. (I say "supposedly" not because I doubt his death but because I've learned to be wary of the general consensus, and the general consensus demands that Jesus died today.) As I've commented earlier this week, Good Friday is probably not those most appropriate name for a day of mourning. It turns out, though, that "good" used to mean "holy" which leads me to ponder the phrases "good job", "good man", "good shot", al infinitum.

Guest Blogger Hell at Wonkette

It may be just me, but under the tyrannical reign of Greg Beato and "Joe Klein", I'm beginning to appreciate Ana Marie Cox even more than before.

Headline Scan: The Last of Schiavo

If you rely solely on the printed press for your news, you would know today that Terri Schiavo's condition is "hopeless." I couldv'e told you that 15 years ago, but a media revelation is better late than never, as the latter is usually the case. The thing that really annoys me about the MSM coverage of this case, though, is the consistent use of 20-somethings sporting the “LIFE” sticker. The true purpose of their protests might be more apparent, I think, if they didn’t have a huge sticker over their mouths over their mouths.

Also being discussed is the quick-light controversy that is steroids. With McGuire pleading the 5th and Canseco accusing everyone in the MLB of being on the juice, it looks like this story is just heating up.

In a dimmer light shines the Pope’s imminent expiration. Many papers are covering the dedication of an entire mountain to this guy. But overshadowing the death of the most important main religion is the new Vatican press release condemning The Da Vinci Code as a pack of lies. Apparently, the meaning of “fiction” is lost on the devout.

3/24/2005

The U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol... From Canada

No doubt you've heard of The Minuteman Project by now. Basically, it's a loosely-assembled group of volunteers who look for illegal immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border and report them to the authorities. I'm not going to go into the universal laws of live and let live, but suffice to say these guys are Grade-A jerks.

That said, the strangest thing about this organization is why they're collecting volunteers from Alaska, New Jersey, Kansas, and even Canada. (click the above link and scroll down.) I'm just kind of curious as to what type of work the Canadian volunteers are going to be doing to protect the US from a Mexican invasion. "Hey Francois, get over here! See that guy? He looks like a Mexican to me, man."

Headline Scan: The More Terri Edition

A Texas oil refinery explosion today's big story with many papers, including NY Times leading the story accompanied by this photo. The death toll is currently at 12, but more may be on the way.

March Madness, as the competition heats up, is garnering more coverage as well. [YAWN.]

Minimal coverage of the Social Security numbers which have newly become actually dependable.

But, Terri schiavo, of course remains the media standby for a attention-grabbing headline. Accompanied by the Terri-Mom picture, the general paper coverage almost qualifies as propaganda. BAGnewsNotes has in-depth coverage of that picture and a lesser known Terri-Michael pic.


What's Next for Schiavo Fanatics?

We've all seen them in the news. The faithful Schiavo "supporters" (read: "people who value life in any other way than the kinds that matter.") who camp outsideher hospital, courthouses, Mr. schiavo's home, etc. sporting highly original signs demanding we "Feed Terri" and "Let Terri Live." But now that Terri's parents have been denied like 6 times an appeal to put Terri's tube back in, it's safe to assume the case is closed. (Doesn't stop people from talking about it, though.)

So what will these people do after Schiavo is dead? Pack up their pickets and go home? Demand her body be left in her hospital bed and keep their fingers crossed that she'll suddenly spring back to life, good as new? Or will they just move onto the next case of a vegetable being let go? Hoping to win one somewhere down the line?

Peep Surgery

Peep Surgery:

One of the great mysteries of the Peep species is that these creatures are always born as conjoined quintuplets. Some scientists have theorized that this arrangement, much like pack behavior in other species, serves as a natural protection against predators. As evidence, note that Peeps are most often consumed by predators only after they have been separated from their siblings. Conversely, Peeps which remain attached to their siblings are rarely preyed upon.

Nevertheless, as Peeps integrate into modern society, there is no ethical reason they should be denied the benefits of individualism, freed from the bonds of their sticky, marshmallow kin.

We thus applied the advances of modern medicine to attempt this miracle separation of these 5 brave volunteers.



Thus starts the research report assembled by several groundbreaking college students, seeking to master the study of Peep seperation.

3/23/2005

Weeee! Superheroes!

While not my usual subject matter, this is fun!

Spam Roundup

Emptying out my inbox has never been so fun!

-Join me in financing an unnamed and undescribed foreign company. From "The Brother of the Former President of South Korea."

-Pay for my former employer's funeral. From "Personal Attorney to a Foreign Contractor and a Spanish Nationalist."

-Please read the rest of this email in Japanese.

-"Zimski odmor u Koruškoj, austrijskom sunčanom jugu, više nije klasični skijaški odmor.Gosti u Koruškoj posebno su zahtjevni, jer su razmaženi. Na programu su sve češće kombinacije kao što su skijanje i toplice, sklizanje i posebni izleti, wellness i obiteljski odmor. Koruška ima pravi odgovor za sve više gostiju, koji traže opuštajući ugođaj daleko od skijaške vreve, a to je Ski plus." Oh c'mon, please!


GreenEggs Looks for Guest Blogger to Take Over "Headline Scan". Sites Laziness.

Pretty please? All you have to do is take a quick glance at this sight, gain the jist of what everyone's talking about and insert opinions and snark. Submit your work to DailyFry -at- gmail -dot- com.

bin Laden Captured...Once...Maybe...Kind Of?

AP :
A commander for Osama bin Laden during Afghanistan’s war with the Soviet Union who helped the al-Qaida leader escape American forces at Tora Bora is being held by U.S. authorities, a government document says.

Although this was an issue during last year's election, no one really looked into this. But when the AP cracked open a couple of record books, citing Freedom of Information Act, they find this. That the most wanted/forgotten/"Osama WHO?" man on earth slipped through our fingers is all well and good, but the real question is how ObL got his hands on that nifty gold robe so quickly after his release.

3/22/2005

What is wrong with these people?

Ugandan rebels attack women, cut off breasts

Ugandan rebels attacked a group of women collecting firewood in a remote village near the Sudanese border, hacking off their lips, ears and breasts, a government official said Monday.

Yes, you have to read that more than once to actually let it sink it what they are doing. Even in war, which we all know is brutal, how does a person bring themselves to do something so very cruel. It's even beyond that. It's downright evil.

Do these people not have mothers? Sisters?? Daughters?? How can they possibly justify what they are doing in their own mind?

And yes, as a way of introduction, this is my first post here as a guest blogger. Hope you enjoy the thoughts that run thru my head as much as I do!

And thank you for this opportunity GreenEggs. I promise I won't scare anyone away!! (yet)

And for those of you who are brave enough to read more of my thoughts, visit me here.

3/21/2005

Our Man in the UN


John Bolton---Garfield-style. (Please enlarge.)

Talking Points Revealed

DC's Inside Scoop has the story. (My observations are in bold.)

* Teri Schiavo is subject to an order that her feeding tubes will be disconnected on March 18, 2005 at 1p.m.

* The Senate needs to act this week before the Budget Act is pending business, or Teri's family will not have a remedy in federal court.

* This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue.

Exciting the lifers... always a good idea.

* This is a great political issue, because Senator Nelson of Florida - has already refused to become a cosponsor and this is a tough issue for Democrats.

Brownie points for the RNC!

* The bill is very limited and defines custody as "those parties authorized or directed by a court order to withdraw or withhold food, fluids, or medical treatment."

* There is an exemption for proceeding "which no party disputes, and the court finds, that the incapacitated person while having capacity, had executed a written advance directive valid under applicably law that clearly authorized the withholding or withdrawal of food or fluids or medical treatment in the applicable circumstances."

* Incapacitated persons are defined as those "presently incapable of making relevant decisions concerning the provision, withholding or withdrawal of food fluids or medical treatment under applicable state law."


Break out the loopholes!

* This legislation ensures that individuals like Teri Schiavo are guaranteed the same legal protections as convicted murderers like Ted Bundy.


Note to GOP: Don't compare Teri Schiavo with a convicted murderer while actually arguing this case.



(Cross posted at BNN)

Headline Scan

Ugh! More Schiavo debate on the front pages today, possibly even more than days previous. Congress passed "The Schiavo Bill" yesterday and intends to keep her alive. The over-hyping of this single case of a husband trying to do what's best for his wife is disgraceful.

Some buzz over Kofi Annan calling for a UN reform. Possible plans to knock of ten stories pending...

And in the NY Post? A full-page headline about "two families fight[ing] for custody of Chihuahua." Riveting. Absolutely riveting.



(Cross posted at BNN)

3/20/2005

Roundup: The Fun With Invasion Edition

-Bush: Invading other countries makes us safe. We should do it more often. -Al Jazeera
-Evangelicals "reclaiming America." Someone needs to tell them they've got it in their pocket. -ABC News
-Good Friday=The Day When Jesus Dies. Religious Holiday Namer fired. -New Advent
-Opposition party not so disagreeable. -landrew
-Weddings bells for Josh Marshall of TPM!


3/19/2005

Guest Blogger Found

thanks to Ang of Ang's Weird Ideas for volunteering to guest blog in my absence later this month. She may, in fact, be popping her head in even sooner as her invite is in the mail, but until then, be certain to check out her very nice blog.

Headline Scan

Today's headlines are all the rave about Terri Schiavo's feeding tube being pulled. Only now, the Rebublicans in Congress have needled out some kind of compromise. Apparently, they're keeping her body alive for a little longer. What I have a problem with is the federal government butting in on one man's business. The decision should be entirely his, and any interference by Congress only adds a new chapter to his strenuous leagal battle.

Of course, today is the second invasion of the U.S.'s invasion of Iraq. I'm sorry did I say U.S? I meant Coalition of the Willing of course! [Nervously glances over shoulder looking for the Feds.] So many papers of the more liberal persuasion are running commemorative pieces on the deceased soldiers. (As are the more conservative rags, but they add the tagline: "Invading Iraq was a good idea. They had, um, WMDS and/or oppressed people and/or we felt like it and we can do that stuff cause we're the US of A! Woohooo! GOD BLESS AMERICA!") Protests of course, are taking place across the country, but their efforts don't really do much besides help push the already swinging the public consenscus that war is, in fact, not good.

Mild murmurs of the ongoing college basketball frenzy, but it really got pushed of the front page today by the massive Schiavo controversy. Good riddance.



(Croos posted at BNN)

3/18/2005

I Heart Torture

Eugene Volokh:
I like civilization, but some forms of savagery deserve to be met not just with cold, bloodless justice but with the deliberate infliction of pain, with cruel vengeance rather than with supposed humaneness or squeamishness. I think it slights the burning injustice of the murders, and the pain of the families, to react in any other way.

And, yes, I know this aligns me in this instance with the Iranian government -- but even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and in this instance the Iranians are quite correct.


Yes. I Heart Torture. Screw humaneness. What's that? Humaness? please. Humaness is for those who care about other members of the human race. And please, who 's going to admit to being one of those people?

Headline Scan

The Steroid Hearings, of course, are topping the front page of many of the country's papers. Pictures of McGuire, Sosa, Canseco, and Selig in arms-folded teeth-clenched poses are circulating MSM at a surprising rate. I have no strong feelings on this topic. Of course cheating by pumping chemicals into your body isn't a good thing, but there are more important things in this world than finding out who's been cheating at baseball.

Terrie Schiavo, too, has been attracting alot of attention, what with the controversy that have been surrounding her existence for longer than I can remember. The case this time semms to be that several judges are saying different things about whether or not to pull her feeding tube. Me? I think they should definitely get her off that support and end it, but I'm against taking out the feeding tube to starve her to death. That seems cruel in principle, even though it's ver likely she'll never feel a thing. Let's face it, she's been dead for years and years and years.Her existence now is not her life. Moving on.

Other than the two major stories: not too much. More talk over the rising gas prices. More pictures of Robert Blake. More March Madness. (sigh...)



(Cross posted at BNN)

3/17/2005

Guest Blogger Wanted

I'm going to need a guest blogger (preferably of the liberal persuasion) to cover for me for a couple days from March 31 to April 1. I should be back sometime in the late afternoon of the 1st, but I'm going to need someone for the whole day of March 31 and some of April 1. Send submissions, with your name, your URL, your email, and a sample of your writing to dailyfry@gmail.com. Thanks!

Caption Contest


"Grrr. Hulk HATE steroids! Steroids baaaaad!"

Headline Scan

Most papers running headlines on Robert Blake's acquittal of his wife's murder. In the printed world and elsewhere, his facial expressions during the announcement that he was innocent (I'm sure there's some legal mumbo jumbo word for that, the first one to tell me what it is in the comments box will recieve my personal congratulations and a link in tommorow's post.)I watched the broadcast live, and I've got to say, I'm glad they let him go. This trial has been overshadowed by MJ's and Petersen's legal expidentures, but Blake seems innocent enought to me.

Otherwise, a ton of March Madness coverage. And of course, it is St. Pattie's day, so many-a human interest piece can be expected on that front.




(Cross posted at BNN)

3/16/2005

Spammers? Meet Wikipedia.

Online poker
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Headline Scan

Not much of a uniform pattern in today's papers (or atlest the front pages thereof.) Looks as if there's still significant buzz about the Nichols manhunt, which recently generated even more talk when Nichols apparently turned dow n an attorney or something. (I don't read too much into this type of thing. Legal crap bores me.)

Also in the headlines is Michael Jackson. Strangely absent from the front pages yesterday, he returned today when his accuser admitted to telling different stories about the incidents to different people at different times. The case seems to be shifting towards Mr. Jackson, jurywise. Although I could really care less. (See above note.)

Some discussion of WorldCom CEO being found guilty of fraud. That stories being run in the sidebar in most rags, but occassionally a picture of Ebbers finds its way above the fold. Again with the legal crap... (sigh)

Scarce headlines mention the rising gas prices across the nation, and a picture of Senators Boxer and Schumer pointing to a sign of gas prices seems to be making its way through the paper grapevine.

March Madness headlines abound, but the big story of the day comes from The New York Post as they unveil Michael Strahan's mistress and bill him a "GIANT CHEAT."



9Cross posted at BNN)

Amaztype

Now this is cool. It may look like your run-of-the-mill search engine, but give it a whirl and see what happens.


3/15/2005

Even More Fun With JamesJeff

Jeff Gannon (in yet another extremely depressing post about what he wouldv'e said, had he not been kicked out of the Press Room):: "Please comment on Monday's ruling by a California judge that declared that state's ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. How does that square with the President's position on the issue?"

We can see that JamesJeff hasn't been throught the WH Press Room lately. If he had, he wouldv'e realized the President has no stand on the issure of gay marraige as he is too afraid of offending anyone.

Dan's Swan Song

"To our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in dangerous places. To those who have endured the tsunami, and to all who have suffered natural disasters and who must find the will to rebuild. To the oppressed and to those whose lot it is to struggle in financial hardship or in failing health. To my fellow journalists in places where reporting the truth means risking all. And to each of you, courage."


Awwww, Dan! What was that? You got made fun of in the 80s for ending a broadcast with "Courage." You trying to bring it back or something? Cause you can bet your credentials that that ain't gonna happen. (Actually, Dan would probably bet his credentials on a coin toss...) Dan, this is what you should've said:

To our viewers, critics, and channel surfers sitting on a couch somewhere. To those who have endured Memogate, and to all who have suffered my reporting for the last 24 years and who must find the will to now sit like mindless drones in front og Bob Sceifer. To the depressed and to those whose lot it is to struggle through losing your remote and those who are forced by an unnatural voice to watch CBS. To my fellow conspirisists in places where reporting the truth means losing your job. And to each of you, our most faithful viewers, why me?


Headline Scan

(A(nother) new feature in which I skim through the front pages of papers across the country and report my findings.)

Hmmm. Alot today about the ongoing Anti-Syrian protests. Tons of pictures of the events... And in every single one there is a general feeling of celebration, and not one of protest. The general paper consenscus is that of rejoicing for freedom, not fighting for it. I'm almost compelled to say the papers Americanize this overseas revolution to such a point that it looks to a headline scanner such as myself like a 24-7 party. There's alot more on this subject over at BAGnewsNotes, who ventures to say that photos such as the ones prominent in the papers today "provide a State-side audience with a warmer, fuzzier sensory experience of what is otherwise a highly volatile situation." Oh well, we may come back to this subject later.

Alot of buzz, too, over this weekend's manhunt for Brian Nichols, the accused rapist and murderer of four. But more so is the commotion over what finally stopped his rampage: Ashley Smith and her words of faith. A largely downplayed issue in this story, but one in which the CNN correspondent last night on Paula Zahn NOW is the shortfalls of the polic-conducted manhunt. The different factions working on the case were so disjointed that they ignored several major clues as to Mr .Nichols' whereabouts. In fact, CNN knew before the police force did that he was headed towards a large shopping mall in the area. This raises some serious questions about the apparent fallibility of the police force in that area.

And still talk of Charles and Camilla's wedding. Some rags even rad it as their lead today. I guess the housewives of the world have grown restless ever since Jen and Brad called it splits.

Otherwise, the press seems to be running various human interest stories about gardening and whatnot now that spring is right around the bend. I seriously wonder if anyone actually does read those things.




(Cross posted at BNN)

3/14/2005

Oh, Just How I Like My Media

OK, it may be just me, but this looks slightly illegal. You remember how that Armstrong guy caused a big stir by taking a bribe from the administration? Yea, those were the days.

This time, instead of paying someone off to promote policies, they've decided they'd rather do it themselves. Actual government employees posed as transportation experts under falsenames and yaddayaddayadda. This is kind of outrageous, so you should read for yourself. The link requires membership, so just use the screen name "vxg3313" and the password "sairam786" and you're set.

-NYT story

Our Congress On Credit

Did You Know?Over 40 members of the House of Representatives are carrying at least $10,000 in credit-card or charge-card debt.

Yup. You better bet that anti-bankruptcy bill ain't goin' nowheres!

-Hill story

3/13/2005

BNN Contest

Good News: Weeee! Contest time! My old pal Robert Hayes over at BNN is looking for someone to do a couple graphics in exchange for some serious ad space.

Bad News: I suck at graphics work... bad. (Why do you think we're still on a Blogger template?) So I can't enter but you can! Yay! (See below for details and all that good stuff.)

BNN is throwing open a design contest. The winner in each category will
receive a free skyscraper (160x600) ad block on our story pages to do with
as they will for one month - you can post an ad for your blog, or to an
affiliate program, or whatever floats your boat. The contest will end March
31.

Category 1: Cool BNN Buttons
We need buttons that BNN writers can put on their blog site, in a variety of
sizes. Use your creativity!

Category 2: A BNN Banner
We need a banner, both for the top of our main page, and for advertising
purposes. The current banner is quite good and will be
considered an entrant.
However, BNN would love to see some other ideas, and of course it's always good to
have backups.

Submit your work here.

You Are What You Read

Snagged from Cranky Liberal who snagged it from "Larry."

Newspapers

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the
country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the
country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run
the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the
country but don’t really understand The New York Times. They do,
however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running
the country — if they could find the time — and if they didn’t
have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the
country.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure
who’s running the country and don’t really care as long as they can
get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running
the country as long as they do something really scandalous,
preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another
country but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure
there is a country … or that anyone is running it; but if so, they
oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if
the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs who
also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy
provided, of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the
grocery store.

12. None of these is read by the guy who is running the country into
the ground.

[Rags and such]

3/11/2005

Roundup: The Pentagon Innocence Edition

-Pentagon: "The Pentagon is OK by us." -NewsBlog5000
-You will be dead in 62 million years. -SFGate.com
-Pope apparently still alive. -AP
-Pentagon seeks to transfer more detainees from Guantánamo Bay. Hopes to turn facility into a 24 hour taco stand. -NYT
-Lord & Taylor's=MSNBC? -NRO
-The Fry takes a day off. No one notices. -Fry


Tags: misc.

Disney's Crossed the Line This Time...


Swopa from Needlenose asks: "Can someone explain this picture to me?"

My answer:
It's a marketing ploy. Disney's trying to appeal to the crucial 18-35 male gun-toting Islamic insurgent demographic. Shameless. Absolutely shameless...

3/09/2005

Perhaps Not the Hole-Dweller We Thought He Was

Further ignoring our need to be comforted by the belittling of our enemies, some ex-Marine decides he's rather tell the truth about Sadaam's capture:

A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.

Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted in the Saudi daily al-Medina Wednesday as saying Saddam was actually captured Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army.

"I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced," Abou Rabeh said.

"We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed," he said.


Well, darn.

-UPI story

Fireworks!



BlogPulse has a story on red-to-blue/blue-to-red linkage during last year's election.

3/08/2005

More Over-Analyzing of the Marist Poll

Methinks:

If Clinton wins the nom, we're done for, but lets hope she Sticks in the race long enough to fake out the Republicans Dean style.

Kerry has a good shot at winning the primary due to his strong Democratic backing, but when all is said and done, he's dead in the water.

Edwards will not be nominated. Moreover, Edwards will not be elected. Edwards is, in essence, a decoy. It's just that no one's realized that yet.

Biden may just be the Kerry of 2008, coming out from behind to win the nomination. He's a great people person, albeit with a VERY partisan, Bush-bashing background. But by 2008, Bush-bashing will most-likely be entirely acceptable.

Clark will stay in the race until the very end like last time. And again, he will have very dedicated supporters, but he simply has no chance.

But after all is said and done on the Dem side of the fence, if McCain wins the Republican nomination, he will win. And that's not such a bad thing, really.



Cross posted in a comment at MyDD :: Marist Polls 2008

Marist Polls: Fun for the Whole Family

Marist has released another poll for 2008 which we will procede to laugh at. Care to join us?

Alright, first off, the numbers:

Democrats Republicans
Clinton 39 Giuliani 25
Kerry 21 McCain 21
Edwards 15 Rice 14
Biden 5 Jeb 7
Clark 4 Gingrich 5
Feingold 2 Frist 3
Richardson 2 Owens 2
Bayh 1 Romney 1
Warner 1 Santorum 1
Vilsack * Hagel *
Undecided 10 Allen *
Undecided 20


First impression: Republicans are more indecisive than the Dems, whodda thunk it?

Second impression: Hillary's running on name recognition only, no matter what MyDD says.

Third impression: Why no Lieberman? The "Go Joe" line hasn't expired already has it?

Fourth impression: Polls suck.

Just Like Mock Trial!

From AMERICAblog via pandagon.net:
John Aravosis-

If GannonGuckert sues Media Matters, bloggers, etc., who should we force to testify and what should we ask them?

GannonGuckert allegedly threatened to sue again in an interview last night. So, I say we let the White House and Gannon himself know what's coming.

For starters, we'd have to get sworn depositions out of:
1. Scott McClellan
2. Karl Rove
3. Bobby Eberle
4. Senator Thune and staff
5. Grover Norquist
6. G. Gordon Liddy (Norquist, Rove and Liddy are thanked by Eberle on the GOPUSA Web site)
7. Sean Hannity - who is friendly with GannonGuckert

Who else? I'm serious, no joke names - who would seriously force to testify?

And, seriously, what serious questions would you demand they answer under oath?

I would try to get Macauley Culkin, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Murphy, Kobe Bryant, Jay Leno, Ed Bradley, Larry King, Rita Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor, Barry Gibb, David Blaine, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Steve Harvey, Marlon Brando, Nick Carter, and Chris Tucker to testify. Hey, if Jacko can do it, why can't we?

Then I would GannonGuckert about his apparent male pattern baldness. Is he trying to be cool and shave his head? Or perhaps there's a real problem there? Has he ever considered wearing a wig? All these questions have gone unanswered, but not for long!


Got an idea? Good for you. Tell AmericaBlog.

Hey, So Where's Mine?

Completely unfair.

Your Media

If you were reading Al Jazeera.com today, you would have read the leading story about a a murdered Chechen rebel leader, accompanied by a gruesome picture.

But if you were reading CNN.com, you would have learned in the leading story that Bill Clinton is soon to recieve a surgery to remove scar tissue.

This is just one of the many examples of U.S. main stream media focusing on the United States, and whatever country we're currently occupying, while most overseas media outlets focus on the world at large.

Which news would you rather read? A report about the auctioning of an antique dime, or an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council's ambassadors over the situation in Darfur and in southern Sudan?

Human interest pieces can be interesting occasionally, but I would personally much rather hear about what is actually going on. Wouldn't you?


(Cross posted at BNN)

3/07/2005

Today's Grafik Dynamo

Grafik Dynamo!


Meanwhile, the communists were commuting to Berlin for a secret meeting.

Italian Hostage

I probably should've covered this story earlier, but the MSM was saturated in it all weekend, so I staid my distance. However, she is now blaming the U.S. for intentionally shooting at her.

This simply cannot be true. The United States of America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and our troops would never, ever intentionally injur a journalist unless they were a--- wait, you're a COMMUNIST?!? OPEN FIRE BOYS!

-AP story

A Russian State of Mind

Roughly 1/3 of Russians would vote for Stalin if he were alive today. But roughly 1/2 of Americans voted for Bush not 5 months ago.

-The Australian story[March 08, 2005]

More Fun with My Man Jeff, er James...

That Gannon, he's such a kidder. I posted earlier about his attempts to make his proposed WH Press Corps questions interesting. Well today he would've asked:

"In 1999, Sen. Harry Reid said, 'Most of us have no problem with taking a small amount of the Social Security proceeds and putting it into the private sector.' On Saturday, he said that he would not negotiate with the White House on Social Security until 'privatization' was taken off the table. Are you hoping to convince the Senate Minority Leader once again change his position and support the concept of personal savings accounts for Social Security?"

Translation: "Is that Reid guy a moron or what?"

-Jeff Gannon

A Free Pen Is Hard to Come By

This must, be the case, for a man to threaten to blow the store up and try to run over the manager to get his hands on one.

-FOX 4 story

3/06/2005

Today's Grafik Dynamo


I had experienced this once before, in Washington...

You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry...

It seems kind of ridiculous that a teacher would get this worked up over what Kurt Vonnegut so aptly calls "gibberish sprinkled with question marks." But he definitely did. And the funny part is, only the kids who took the video with a cell phone got suspended. What a world we live in...

Watch the video

-Political Gateway story


(Cross posted at BNN)

Maxiumum Pain! Grrrrr!

The U.S. Military is developing a new weapon to induce pain (woa! didn't see that one coming!) to protestors and other dissenters of the government. It looks fairly painful. Well, atleast we know what we're up against. I'll just have to remember to pack extra body armor.

-New Scientist story

The Numa Numa Dance

If you haven't seen this yet you need to. Right now.

3/05/2005

Roundup: The Martha Homecoming Edition

-Jacko's accuser's sister lies. Then admits it. Idiot. -Yahoo! News
-Durst pulls a Gannon, no wait a Paris. Hmm. Definitely a Gannon. -Smoking Gun
-Italian hostage freed...and, um, shot at. -My Way
-Martha returns to her 153-acre estate after an unexpected wave of good press during her time behind bars. Thousands consider careers in lawbreaking. -ABC News
-I Heart NK -Boing Boing
-Gannon remenisces of questions he would have asked, had he not been kicked out of the WH Press Corps. -Jeff Gannon

Today's Grafik Dynamo

One of many new Fry features in which we will mindlessly reload the Grafik Dynamo page until our eyes pop and submit the best picture and caption we've seen. Submissions of your favorites are welcome, just email us.



"Behold the great horse!"

3/04/2005

Nitwit of the Hour

A new somewhat regular feature highlighting those of us most deserving of bad press.

And the Nitwit of the Hour is...
Bradley Smith
for longing to fine political bloggers, trying to impose unfair internet regulations, and being an all-around MSM suckup.

3/03/2005

Spreading the Wealth

Figured I'd post this essay I did for school. Enjoy:



In a time span of only three months, 800,000 innocent people were slaughtered. This massacre occurred in the African country of Rwanda in the year 1994. The two groups involved in the violence were the Hutus and the Tutsis, the latter of which was seen as the “ruling class” while the Hutus were subjected to lesser education and opportunities. The stage was set for a disaster. All that was needed was an event the Hutus could rally their people against.

This event came in the form of the political assassination of the unpopular president at the time, Juvenal Habyarimana. Furious over this murder (of which there is still no evidence the Tutsus took part in,) the Hutus killed leaders of the opposing political party and thousands of Tutsis and sympathizing Hutus and sent followers throughout the country to spread their mindless violence.

Once all was said and done, about 800,000 Rwandans were murdered. And what was the U.S. doing at the time? Watching it happen on the 7 o’clock news. No country in the world could care less about what was happening in Rwanda. Even the United Nations retreated after just ten soldiers had become victims of the violence.

Eventually the flame of genocide burned itself out, but not before it had destroyed hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. And the United States, our home sweet home, never lifted one delicate little finger.

Imagine how many lives could have been saved if we took note of what was going on around us and reacted efficiently. Hundreds? Thousands? Sadly we will never know.

We cannot allow something this horrendous to happen right under our noses again.
There’s an old saying that “charity begins at home” but too many think it ends there as well. If the United States hopes to regain its standing in the world that was recently sacrificed through (more) needless warfare, we have to shape up.

The only thing we’ve done to help the world at large in recent memory was contribute to the tsunami rescue effort. And even then, we had to be pressured by other nations to hand over our share of the funds. This kind of behavior is an insult to our nation. If we are the wealthiest nation in the world, can’t we afford to donate sufficient money without someone twisting out arm?

Needless to say I am not talking about increasing our presence overseas by invading Middle Eastern countries after dubbing them “The Axis of Evil” as has been per-usual these last few years. The charity I’m speaking of is genuine aid, military or otherwise, to nations in need. If we keep standing ignorantly in the middle of this violence, how can we expect to prevent the next Holocaust?


(Cross posted at BNN)