20101231

New Years Eve Tips


Do plan ahead for transportation.

You're a moron if you assume you can just call a cab on New Year's Eve.
Ever try? Wait time is usually four hours. Which means you'll be
walking home in the cold. Happy 2011!

Don't chase the dragon.
This is not a reference to drugs. What we mean is this: don't hop from
party to party looking for the best one. What are you expecting anyway?
Just stick to one spot and decide to have a good time. You have the
power.

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Do think about your feet. Ladies, if you strap
on a pair of impossible stilettos, we expect you to wear them all
night. No one wants to see your bare feet on a party floor with confetti
and cigarette butts stuck to the bottom (ew). We say go for something
more practical. Or bring a pair of backup flats.

Don't be the girl who cries.
There's always one of these at every NYE party. If your 2010 sucked and
you think you might get emotional about it, stay home and cry by
yourself because we don't want to see that shit.

Do dress weather appropriate.
So the low for NYE in Phoenix is 29 freakin' degrees.

Don't send the mass "Happy New Year's!" text.
Annoying! Are you trying to be sincere? Because sending sentiments
through this most impersonal mode of communication is just pathetic.
Plus, we all know it's a mass text and that makes us feel even less
special than no text at all.

Do prepare your body. During
New Year's Eve day, there are many things you must do: drink lots of
water, take your vitamins, eat three full meals, and take your birth
control pill.

Read the entire list of tips (and more) here [http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/]

20101230

Best Money Tips to Handle Life's Speed Bumps

These are five tips to help with some of life's, bumpier, challenges.


  1. Being apathetic
    So many people have seemingly given up on ever having the life they want. Life truly wears them down and out and there is nothing but a shell of a person left. This is unbelievably sad but all too common. These folks are just going through the motions of life without any real direction, passion, or interest. Don't be this person; there is always room for change.

  2. Being ordinary
    The world needs more leaders, out of the box thinkers, action seekers, risk takers, and passionate people. What the world does not need is another average Joe living paycheck to paycheck. Stand out, be different, create something great, do something inspiring, just try something.

  3. No direction
    With no goals or dreams, how can we expect to achieve anything significant? We can't. Dream big and get big results. Dream small and get small results. Don't dream at all and get nothing.

  4. Not having passion for something
    When someone can find their real passion in life, that should be a momentousness event for them. Many people will go through their whole life without ever realizing what it is that gets their heart pumping, mind racing, and juices flowing. If you are someone who has found a true passion, live it every day, for that's why we are all here.

  5. Being selfish
    Giving something of yourself without the desire for anything in return is one of the most beautiful things in the world. Our society has taught us a "what do I get out of this" mentality which is breeding a generation of 'takers'. What we need more of is people who truly understand the power behind selflessness. It really has the power to change the world for the better.


For five more tips check out: [dumblittleman.com]

20101229

Are you not entertained?

This jungle where dreams are made of.
There's nothing you can't do.
Your streets inspire you.
Enjoy:


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The Surprising Realities Behind What Motivates Us

If we understand what motivates us, as people, as human beings, we can achieve a great many things.

The following video presents some interesting research about human motivation. Check it out:







If you like the video, check out Lifehacker [http://lifehacker.com/] and DeFoore's Goodfinding newsletter [http://defoore.com/currentnewsletter.htm]

20101228

The Boss Brings a Rifle To Work

This Boss Brings a Rifle to Work



Workers will hand petition in on January 11.

Sign the petition today!





We've written to you before about the unbearable situation workers face at WA's Ruby Ridge dairy. The dairy is being sued for violation of Washington wage and hour laws, unlawful discharge by firing 1/3 of the workforce and even assault. The workers who haven't yet been fired are afraid they're next.



Owner Dick Bengen often carries a rifle with him on his large dairy farm. To Dick Bengen, that rifle is his anti-union rifle that he uses to scare the workers into line. Mr. Bengen made a point of explaining the special purpose of this rifle to Miguel Cuevas, when he told him, "This rifle is for those people with the union."



Workers, members of the faith community and most recently, thousands of UFW supporters, contacted Northwest Farm Credit Services, the bank that loaned $13 million to Ruby Ridge. They demand the bank use its influence to resolve the issues at the dairy. The bank's mortgage language specifically prohibits illegal behavior such as the workers say is happening at Ruby Ridge.




The bank continues to ignore our calls. According to Margarito Martinez, who was fired from Ruby Ridge for supporting the union and fighting for his rights, "When workers and supporters tried to reach out to the bank to intervene in this matter, they turned us down, saying they did not want to be involved."



On January 11, right after the Christmas holidays, Ruby Ridge workers and their supporters will gather in front of the bank's headquarters. They will demand that the bank enforce their lending language.



We know that not everyone can join the workers in Spokane, WA, but you and your friends and family can join virtually by signing the petition that we'll present to the bank that day.

Sign the Petition!
Click Here:
http://action.ufw.org/page/s/gun

20101227

Kettling Wikileaks

The Anonymous web protests are the Internet equivalent of a mass demonstration. It's a mistake to call them hacking (playful cleverness) or cracking (security breaking). The LOIC program that protesters use is prepackaged, so no cleverness is needed to run it, and it does not break any computer's security. The protesters have not tried to take control of Amazon's web site, or extract any data from MasterCard. They enter through the site's front door, and it can't cope with so many visitors.

Calling these protests "DDOS attacks" is misleading too. A DDOS attack properly speaking is done with thousands of "zombie" computers. Someone broke the security of those computers (often with a virus) and took remote control of them, then rigged them up as a "botnet" to do in unison whatever he directs (in this case, to overload a server). By contrast, the Anonymous protesters have generally directed their own computers to support the protest.

The proper comparison is with the crowds that descended last week on Topshop stores. They didn't break into the stores or take any goods from them, but they sure caused a nuisance for the owner, who also "advises" the UK government — presumably to let him continue extracting money without paying tax.

I wouldn't like it one bit if my store (supposing I had one) were the target of a large protest. Amazon and MasterCard don't like it either, and their clients were annoyed. Those who hoped to buy at Topshop on the day of the protest may have been annoyed too.

The Internet cannot function if web sites are frequently blocked by crowds, just as a city cannot function if its streets are constantly full of protests. But before you support a crackdown on Internet protests, consider what they are protesting: in the Internet, users have no rights. As the Wikileaks case has demonstrated, what we do in the Internet, we do on sufferance.

In the physical world, we have the right to print and sell books. Anyone trying to stop us would need to go to court. That right is weak in the UK (consider superinjunctions), but at least it exists. However, to set up a web site we need the cooperation of a domain name company, an ISP, and often a hosting company, any of which can be pressured to cut us off.

In the US, no law explicitly requires this precarity. Rather, it is embodied in contracts that we have allowed those companies to establish as normal. It is as if we all lived in rented rooms and landlords could evict anyone at a moment's notice.

Reading too is done on sufferance. In the physical world, you can buy a book anonymously with cash. Once you own it, you are free to give, lend, or sell it to someone else. You are also free to keep it. However, in the virtual world, "e-book readers" have digital handcuffs to stop you from giving, lending or selling a book, as well as licenses to forbid that. In 2009, Amazon used a back door in its e-book reader to remotely delete thousands of copies of 1984, by George Orwell. The Ministry of Truth has been privatized.

In the physical world, we have the right to pay money and to receive money — even anonymously. On the Internet, we can receive money only with the approval of organizations such as PayPal and MasterCard, and the security state tracks payments moment by moment. Punishment-on-accusation laws such as the Digital Economy Act extend this pattern of precarity to Internet connectivity.

What you do in your own computer is also controlled by others, with nonfree software. Microsoft and Apple systems implement digital handcuffs — features specifically designed to restrict users. Continued use of a program or feature is precarious too: Apple put a back door in the iPhone to remotely delete installed applications. A back door observed in Windows enables Microsoft to install software changes without asking permission.

I started the free software movement to replace user-controlling nonfree software with freedom-respecting free software. With free software, we can at least control what software does in our own computers. The LOIC program used for Anonymous protests is free software; in particular, users can read its source code and change it, so it cannot impose malicious features as Windows and MacOS can.

The US state today is a nexus of power for corporate interests. Since it must pretend to serve the people, it fears the truth may leak. Hence its parallel campaigns against Wikileaks: to crush it through the precarity of the Internet and to formally limit freedom of the press.

Disconnecting WikiLeaks is comparable to besieging protesters in a London square. Preemptive police attacks provoke reaction; then they use the small wrongs of an angry people to distract from the giant wrongs of the state. Thus, the UK arrested the protester who swung from a flag, but not the man (presumably a cop) who cracked a student's skull. Likewise, states seek to imprison the Anonymous protesters rather than official torturers and murderers. The day when our governments prosecute war criminals and tell us the truth, Internet crowd control may be our most pressing remaining problem. I will rejoice if I see that day.

Copyright 2010 Richard Stallman — Released under the Creative Commons Attribution Noderivs License.

[From: http://www.defectivebydesign.org/wikileaks]

20101210

10 Tax Tips to help reduce your tax burden

Here are some tips that you may be able to implement before the end of the year to help you save some money.


  1. Max out your retirement accounts — and consider a conversion

  2. You can stuff extra money into your 401(k) and take the deduction until December 31. For IRAs, you have until April 15. However, given what I said about tax rates going up, you may want to take the deduction next year.

  3. Spend your FSA balances

  4. If you have money in a Flexible Spending Account for health care or day care, use it now or lose it. Also, as of January 1, over-the-counter medication is no longer eligible for FSA reimbursement, so buy it now. Now is also the time to submit your paperwork for next year’s FSA. Oh, and don’t forget that summer camp is often deductible.

  5. Make a 1099/W-2 checklist

  6. This saves me a lot of tax worries every year. If you’re self-employed and get 1099-MISCs, or have money at a number of banks and brokerages, or worked several jobs this year, you need to collect a pile of paperwork before you can file the 1040. Make a list now and check it off in February as the paperwork arrives. No more of that “oh crap, I thought I was going to get my taxes done today but I’m short a 1099” feeling.
    ...

If you thought these were good tips, check out the entire list of suggestions from Mint.com here (10 Things You Can Do Now To Pay Less Taxes For 2010 — Or Beyond)

20101208

Journaling to enhance body mind wellness

I'm short for time so, please watch the video, you may appreciate it.

20101207

Gladiator School

Thanks to @flailingmaster for telling me about this.

From the Associated Press via the Huffington Post:
The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, managing to bang on a prison guard station window, pleading for help. Behind the glass, correctional officers look on, but no one intervenes when Elabed is knocked unconscious.

No one steps into the cellblock when the attacker sits down to rest, and no one stops him when he resumes the beating.

Videos of the attack obtained by The Associated Press show officers watching the beating for several minutes. The footage is a key piece of evidence for critics who claim the privately run Idaho Correctional Center uses inmate-on-inmate violence to force prisoners to snitch on their cellmates or risk being moved to extremely violent units.

Lawsuits from inmates contend the company that runs the prison, the Corrections Corporation of America, denies prisoners medical treatment as a way of covering up the assaults. They have dubbed the Idaho lockup "gladiator school" because it is so violent.

The AP initially sought a copy of the videos from state court, but Idaho 4th District Judge Patrick Owen denied that request. The AP decided to publish the videos after a person familiar with the case verified their authenticity.




And now, the video

20101206

The lighter side to police brutality

What happens when a fun loving collegiate mascot starts playfully chucking snowballs at a football game?
Police make an arrest. There is nothing brutal about this; police (apparently) handled it appropriately.

New York Times:
Cincinnati’s Bearcat mascot was cited for disorderly conduct after reportedly throwing snowballs and pushing a security guard during Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. Heavy snow covered the field and stands, and students were warned to stop throwing snowballs. After the mascot, who was not identified, was detained and cited, a backup Bearcat took his place in the second half.



And now, a video of the "incident"

20101127

How do you show your Christian spirit to your non-Christian neighbors?

As a prominent atheist I have certainly had my share of fan mail over the years. Here is but a small sampling of email messages I've received. Read (some of) these and examine your own attitudes and reactions about those that you do not agree with.

"You vile Jews hate Christ, so this comes as no surprise. I'm sure we'll never see a billboard disparaging Chanukah from you rats. And of course, you wouldn't dare put up an anti-Islam billboard, because the Muslims would cut your Hebrew balls off and feed them to you you Christ-killing cocksucker you! Merry Christmas!"



"Anyone who is a member of, or works for the anti-american atheists, is an ignorant fucking asshole. Make America a better place : LEAVe MY COUVTRY "



NO kind of invisible power or the celebration of solstice will save you from going to HELL.It is a real place that ALL of you will find out about eventually.May GOD help you all to see the light because if you keep on this self-destructing path your on than all of you WILL spend eternity in everlasting pain and suffering.MAY GOD BLESS



You have the right P.O box
I have personally seen God.
You are an arrogant piece of shit.
If it we legal, I would delight in ripping you to pieces.
Have a nice day, shitbag



No one really cares what such a small, insignificant group such as yours wants. Atheists are such a small minority, why should the rest of America be ruled by what you believe? Do you really have nothing better to do than to waste so much time and so many resources on fighting this? My goodness. Go volunteer for a local homeless shelter or something if you have this much time on your hands instead of letting your life be ruined by hate. On your death bed, do you really believe you'll look back and think you made a difference by doing nothing more than fighting to have something, that so many people believe in, and find comfort in, removed from government? Find something to do so that will make you a productive member of society and not just a hemorrhoid.



Because of the Jews like you who stink with an ego and mediocrity the world that searches for the Light on to the nations (People of the book) runs into
a dark tunnel of hate. You assult the ability to believe.
People who do not belive create death everywhere - Russia, Kombodia, China - name it.
Your spirital father Marx would be proud of you. But when the hell breaks loose for you
you will see that you squandered G-d given talent for the sake of your immorality that you seem to be justifing.
Study Greek philosophers, you will hopefully understand, that by attempting to redefine the essence you do not touch it but the one who is listening.
You do not believe that you were created and the infinite complexity of you DNA and RNA and protein folds are working correctly.
So let the Almighty show you that when one of the quadrillions of mechanisms in the body fails to do its job (atheists worship statistics )a person may regreat he was put on Earth - the act that he did not choose.
regards my philosopher



This is very simple. If you do not like America, One Nation Under God, Go to a godless country. Any other country is fine. But rest assured, when you die, which from your website picture, isn't to far off, you Will SEE Jesus Christ. I know you don't believe me, you don't have to. But you will see him. I will pray for your conversion before you die, but it still is very simple. Go to russia or any other place & they will tell you what to do, where to go, and how much you have. If you look for Jesus you will find him. Hey, even the devil believes in God. So you must not believe in him either. There is good & bad in the world. How you choose to accept these things will tell you where you will be when you die. Praying for your conversion,



You don’t have the right to tell us what is legal or what is illegal. This country was founded on Christian values and morals. We the people, the vast majority of American people will not let you under mind the principles this country was founded on.
I don’t hate you, you are a very wise person, you know this is a Christian country, you live in it, accept it, your views are not shared by 80% - 90% of the people in America. Conform to that 10%, sorry, be quiet while you talk, sorry.
Jesus loves you and so do I



Hallo Satan,
Did you know that God already defeated you? So why are you trying to stop him? Shame, you poor old Bastard. Leave him alone. He is an innocent child who doesn?t need your hell.



I respect the face that you are an atheist but why must you degrade people who believe in god. Does the sign in Kentucky really piss you off that much? Say you do get it removed will the world be a better place? Why don’t you stop bitching and complaining and do something that is worth -while instead of leading a crusade against god. Yelling long enough and loud enough does not validate facts. Whether we consider the origin of the Solar System, man and animals, plants and rock formations, or read "Evolution," F.H.T. Rhodes book of "proofs," the theory of evolution never sprouted a leg to stand on.




Evolution is not fact! It is not even science!
It cannot stand up to the first two laws of Thermodynamics and the process has only been theorized, but never proved. As a propaganda device devised by those who rejected God while seeking human answers for man's origin, it's a classic. Humanistic evolution is a religion and I agree that it needs to be expelled from school.
In a society that trumpets diversity, open forums and free-thinking, why has creationism been disallowed in the unleveled arena of most public educational systems? Granted it takes faith to believe that, "In the beginning (time) God (intelligent designer) created the heaven (space) and the earth" (matter and activated these with light. But to believe that nothing packed itself into a compact ball of nothingness (why?) and exploded (how? by what?) thus producing hydrogen and helium (from where?) causing meteors (from what?) to fly into frictionless space spinning in different directions thus accidentally forming our perfectly balanced and ordered universe so that after billions of years man evolved from a rock or some primordial soup and somehow whole swimming in water (?) adapted a lung and limbs to crawl up on "land?" that takes faith, a whole lot of faith!



Do you not understand that you are the same concept as any religion, creed,
or belief system? Without religion in society there never would have been a
basic moralistic structure...period. Godless soceties are thought of as evil
throughout history, and any evil empires such as Rome or Nazi Germany
were athiests like yourselves who used religeon to control the masses
because it was the fastest way to reach their goals of complete dominance.
You think your enlightened but truly enlightened people strive for higher
knowlege without petty persuits such as court battles over what a group of
people can display on a wall! It in no way encumbers your rights or has any
effect on your personal being. It's a frivolous endevour and certainly not one
of higher thinking. All societies who were a god unto themselves quickly
digressed into anarchy and self destructed. If you are able to think moments
before you die you will come to the realization that all your efforts to dispell
so called "mythical creatures" has been in vain and you'll close your eyes
then wake up with God on your mind and not the absence thereof...Deep
down your guilt will finally win out over your denial. Good day.



wow you are so freaking stupid. mytholigical
creatures? yes that is what you are. and your
all fat, and you eat cat turds. how are those
cat turds by the way? is this why you are so
stupid? doest the cat eat things they find in
the fields that when it craps it out and you
run over and eat it, it makes you stupid? you
could just stop eating those cat turds then
you wouldn't have to be atheist anymore. you
could believe in something other than the
stupid rants of hollywood. stop eating those
cat turds my good friends. no need. waist not
your lives on the runny sloppy cat turds you
enjoy so much. they have brought you down low
low low my bro. maybe you'll loose some fat as
well if you lay of those turds. maybe the
smell of you will go away. yes try the
spaggetti and be not a fat stinky stupid.

20101126

Today, buy nothing

Prevent yourself from becoming another consumer. Take a stand against their clever marketing plans. Click on the image to learn more.

20101124

Thank you to Trader Joes

It's a dream come true for St. Mary's Food Bank and thousands of Arizonans suffering in the economic crisis.

On Monday, St. Mary's was 2,000 turkeys shy of the Thanksgiving goal and Trader Joe's stepped up with 6,000 roasted half turkeys for enough holiday boxes to feed about 20,000 people.

"We see it every year, where there's an angel out there, multiple angels out there who will help us make the difference for many of our neighbors in the community," says Terry Shannon with St. Mary's.

He says the need this year has doubled from two years ago.

"We're seeing incredible numbers of new faces, individuals where mom and dad were both working. And now one has had hours cut back or lost their job. So what happens is their food budget gets squeezed incredibly tight."

And Shannon says thanks to Trader Joes they will be able to serve the record numbers they are seeing.

20101123

BART Shooting

What happens when a cop "mistakingly" pulls out his pistol instead of his taser?
This happens:



Read more about this incident here:
BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant

20101109

Have you seen me?



Hi, my name is Cassandra and I am missing. If you see me, please call the police.
Here is some more identifying information about me:
15 yrs, 5'8, 160 lbs, brown hair and eyes wears glasses, mole on rt cheek


I was last seen in the El Paso, Texas area Friday 5 November. I may have run away or I may have been abducted.

Keep a look out for me. My family misses me dearly and is concerned for my safety.

Update: I was last seen with this person, Miguel Magallon


Update: I have been found.

Take action to improve education in America

There is no single solution to fixing our education system, but there are steps you can take to help ensure that every child gets a great education.

Support Great Teachers and write your your school board:
To ensure a great teacher in every classroom, contact your school board and ask them to support and reward great teachers.

Demand High Standards and write your Governor:
To better prepare our students for success in college and the workforce, your governor must implement the Common Core Standards in your state. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education career to give them a world-class education. Send your governor a letter today.

Learn more about what you can do by visiting this link:
http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/action/page/what-you-can-do

20101003

The systematic logical way to find a new place to live

One morning, after waking up, I came to the realization that I needed to find a new place to live. This was due, in part, to what my roommate had told me that my landlord had said. "She is going to short sell the condo."
And so my quest for a new place to live had begun.

Read on to see how I planned my search:

Determine what is important
The most important step in finding a new place to live is to determine what you are really looking for. For me it was:
  • Distance from where I work

  • Cost of rent

  • My first impression

  • Crime rates

  • Whether it is a gated community or not

  • The number of bedrooms and bathrooms it has

  • The size in square footage

  • Whether or not it has carpet (I hate carpet)

  • Whether or not it has ceiling fans (to help with cooling costs)

  • Whether or not I like it

  • If it is an apartment complex, how well has it been reviewed

  • How easy it is for me to get around by walking (walkscore)


Assign ratings to your criteria
Now that you know what you want you need to put down how much you want it. I made a spreadsheet using Google Docs that allowed me easily rate all my housing options. If the place had no carpet I gave it a point. I gave a point for every ceiling fan that it had. I gave more points if the cost of the rent was relatively low. I took away points if rent was very high. I gave a point if it was a gated community.

Find places to compare
Once you have determined what is important to you, now you need to find some places to begin comparing to each other and to rate them to your established criteria. This is the most important part of the search process because the more places that you find to compare the better your basis of comparison will be. Driving around takes time and I don't have enough of that so I used mapping services to help me find a bunch (15+) of places. These services use the information on Craigslist postings and put that on a Google Map for you to look at. Here are the ones that I used:


Gather your information
Now you you have determined what is important and you have some places to start researching. The most important thing you can do next is to start looking at the information from the results of the mapping service and calling to find out whatever information you can without actually having to look at places. (Remember how much time that takes and how much time you don't have?)

Rate the places you've found
Before I started driving around to look at places I did my research and was able to assign points to all the places that I found. Then I drove to the top 5 places to determine if I liked it or not and to establish my first impression.

Look at your results and make a decision
I picked the second best option on my list and am thus far pleased with my choice. Here is my list: GoogleDocs

Good luck in your search.

Update: I saw this post from Apartment Therapy. It is another resource in your hunt to find a new place to live - http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/apartment-hunting-helpful-webs-164188

20100425

"Imagine if the Tea Party Was Black" - Tim Wise

Found at: http://ephphatha-poetry.blogspot.com/2010/04/imagine-if-tea-party-was-black-tim-wise.html

Let’s play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way it’s played is simple: we’ll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we’ll conjure - the ones who are driving the action - we’ll envision black folks or other people of color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.

So let’s begin.

Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn’t like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the republic? What if they were Arab-Americans? Because, after all, that’s what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation’s capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country’s political leaders if the need arose.



Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington.



Imagine that a rap artist were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Because that’s what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama.


Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that’s what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America’s Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word.


Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally.


Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina.

Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and best-selling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric.

Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times.

Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that’s comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on freerepublic.com last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.”

Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that’s what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress.

In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color?

To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “American-ness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings.

And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis.

Game Over.

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the U.S. Wise has spoken in 48 states, on over 400 college campuses, and to community groups around the nation. Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has trained physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. His latest book is called Between Barack and a Hard Place.

20100424

Help me to understand your xenophobia

Help me to understand how you can be so filled with xenophobia and bigotry that you back away from creating communities that people can be proud to live in. Your recent actions are incredibly threatening and overtly hostile. It seems to me that you are so frightened and insecure of losing your cultural identity that you lash out against those that are different.
When I see children I see them for what they are, immature people.


What do you see?


What frightens you so much about a certain group of people that you take vast action against them?


That you pass legislation to cripple their economy?


That you attempt to pass legislation to punish children for the alleged crimes of the parents?


Or that you fail to enact legislation that results in cruel and inhumane treatment of our fellow human beings?


How does seeing members of our communities



cause you to rise up with so much anger?


We need the powers that be to take appropriate action


But until they do, there will those among us that work towards improving our communities

Donate to Humane Borders


Donate to no more deaths

Call to repeal Nafta

"I bought a car!" Now what?

Congratulations! You have taken an important first step towards consumerism. In no particular order here is what to do next:
  1. Donate or sell your old car

  2. Get insurance

  3. Get an extended warranty


Who should you donate your car to?
Donate for knowledge
Car Talk's Vehicle Donation Program
Fast and Easy Car Donation
America's Car Donation Center
Does Charity Car Donation Still Make Sense Under Tougher IRS Rules?
Cars 4 Causes
Vehicle Donation to Any Charity

What insurance should I get?
How To Buy Car Insurance & Avoid Scams

Why should I get an extended warranty?
How To Buy An Auto Extended Warranty & Avoid Scams

20100420

I live in a somewhat walkable community

When looking for a new place to live people share many deciding factors. One of my deciding factors is to know how walkable the community is. The community I live in now is somewhat walkable. I'd like to upgrade, if possible.

Walk Score

This ’s Walk Score:TM

56 out of 100 — Somewhat Walkable

View on WalkScore.com

Walk Score House Icon Walk Score


What’s your Walk Score?TM

Walk Score

20100419

What should I cook?

How many times have you wandered aimlessly about your dwelling, looking for food. Look no further because I have what you are looking for. And as it turns out, it is already in your possession. Use Recipe Matcher to tell you what to cook. Simply tell it what you have and it'll make a suggestion or two.

20100416

Education is the most important thing we can provide

Yes to education.
Yes on 100.

We urge you to consider joining a Yes on 100 rally tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, April 17) at Central High School in Phoenix. This is an opportunity to help spread support for public education in Arizona. You can R.S.V.P. here and reserve a Yes on 100 T-shirt. See the Yes on 100 message below for more information.

We also invite you to take a look at the article in today's Arizona Republic concerning the impact on our universities and community colleges if Prop. 100 fails to pass.

Sincerely,

ASU Friends of Education

Facebook is big but it is just the beginning

Here is what Jesse Schell thinks about how Facebook is changing everything:




Some of us should pay more

We live in a country that is a humongous community. A community is a group of people that support each other. Tax revenue is an opportunity for us to support each other. I'm happy paying taxes to support my fellow human being. I'm happy donating money to charities that support humanity and social justice.





I do not support the use of my tax dollars to destroy or commit any sort of violence. So what is a person like me to do?
-continue to work towards a world that I can be proud of.

20100414

Age: it is what it is

How old will you live to be?





It matters not how old you live to be but it does matter how much quality you can squeeze out of it.
Here are some quick tips:
  • Create good and be thankful for it

  • Appreciate everything

  • Each day is a good day

  • Love the people you love

20100403

Go on, buy that car

Car buying tips from CarBuyingTips.com


Photo from Rob Poetsch

There are lots of websites out there that try to scam you into buying useless products or services. Identity theft protection, weight loss supplements, and too good to be true investment opportunities are just a small sampling of what lurks. Fortunately there are people that put out great websites that help inform us of all these scams so that we may protect ourselves. CarBuyingTips.com is one of those great services.
Learn about buying new cars, auto finance, used cars, car insurance, and auto leasing. That is just a bit of what you can learn about.

Here is what I found most useful:
How To Buy A Used Car & Avoid Scams
  1. Search online used car classifieds and papers

  2. Get a vehicle history report

  3. Get a used car loan

  4. Negotiate tough

  5. Get an extended warranty

Top 10 Car Dealer Scams
  1. The "financing fell through" scam

  2. The "straw purchase" scam

  3. The "forget to pay off your trade in" scam

  4. The "lie to the customer about the credit score" scam

  5. The "your online lender bounces checks" scam

  6. ...

Free Downloads
  • Budget spreadsheet

  • 4 scenario loan spreadsheet

Car Loan Financing Tips and Scams
  • "Subject to auto financing" scam

  • "bad credit" car financing credit score scam

I put my financial info into the budget spreadsheet. Aside from realizing I am not where I should be financially, here is what is suggested for me to request:
For a 24 month loan: $5418
For a 36 month loan: $7748
For a 42 month loan: $8829
For a 48 month loan: $9857
Thank you CarBuyingTips.com for your dedication to consumer protection.

20100325

Kill the Bill

What about the health care bill is so bad? Watch the following video to find out.



Or not.

It is time for single payer national health insurance.

20100122

Biblical passage commands you to kill those that work on Sunday

Read immediately below. Then read below that.

The minister gave a great presentation of the basics of Christianity, complete with a video. After the presentations time was provided for questions and answers. When it was my turn I directed my question to the minister and asked: "Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that in Exodus 35:2, the Bible instructs Christians to kill everyone who works on the sabbath: 'Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.'"

There was no disagreement with my statement.

I responded, "So, let me make sure I have this straight. God has commanded Christians to kill everyone who works on Sunday, even Muslims and other non-Christians?"

The expression on his face changed from one of authority and command to that of a little boy who had just gotten caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He sheepishly replied, "Yes."

I then said, "Well, sir, I have a real problem trying to imagine the Prophet Muhammad commanding all Muslims to kill those of your faith for not observing the Muslim sabbath."

The minister was speechless.

I continued, "I also have problem with your Bible commanding all Christians to stone to death anyone who criticizes your God, as detailed in Leviticus 24:16. Let me ask you a question . . . would you rather have your God who tell[s] you to kill me in order to go to heaven or my Allah who tells me to love you because I am going to heaven and wants you to be with me?"

You could have heard a pin drop as the minister hung his head in shame.

That is just a sample of how religion or religious text can be used to promote ignorant hate. Thankfully websites like snopes.com work to expose these lies. Click the link to read the entire story:
Allah or Jesus?