Friday, September 15, 2006

Jake Plummer speaks about Pat Tillman

Thank you Crooks and Liars for picking this up!

Jake Plummer is outraged over the treatment of Pat Tillman: They knew it was friendly fire then–it makes you sick

Jake-Plummer.jpg On HBO’s Inside the NFL, Peter King interviewed Denver QB Jake Plummer about the horrific treatment the Tillman family have received over Pat’s death. There have been four investigations into what really happened to him and now a fifth one is getting close to being completed. How reprehensible has this been for the Tillman family? Pat is killed and they were repeatedly lied to. The family is not speaking out, but Plummer is. Good for him. Somebody has to.

Video-WMP Video-QT (rough transcript)

King: When you first heard that they hid these irregularities, were you outraged?

Plummer: It just made you feel kinda sick that they’d cover up something like that to–for whatever reason. We were all led to believe he died in leading his troops up the hill and then they come tell us it wasn’t–it was friendly fire. What can you do– you’re at their mercy just feel for the family…


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thinking about my sistah

She's having surgery today. I love her.

Having a sister is like having a best friend you can't get rid of. You know whatever you do, they'll still be there. ~Amy Li

Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister. ~Alice Walker

You can kid the world. But not your sister. ~Charlotte Gray

In thee my soul shall own combined the sister and the friend. ~Catherine Killigrew

More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you've been bad and good. ~Linda Sunshine

You keep your past by having sisters. As you get older, they're the only ones who don't get bored if you talk about your memories. ~Deborah Moggach

She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. ~Barbara Alpert

When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us? ~Pam Brown

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Listen Up Friends!

No, seriously, listen up! Like, in the evenings Monday through Friday... :-D

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Tell CNN You Won't Watch 9-11 Footage!

I read a mind-blowing article the other day:

Basically it talks about two things. One, CNN is going to run all of it's footage from 9/11/2001 ALL DAY MONDAY. Two, the Docudrama airing on ABC beginning Sunday night about how Clinton is uh, really the one to blame for the attacks.

OK. I have once again entered a parallel universe. So, I decided it was time for another podcast.
Here's the link, and some of the script from my "rant":

I want to post the text of my mini rant in this episode, I know some of you don't have access to audio, and I want my words to be passed on if possible, and if you feel they should be... :-)

Well, it seems that I’m getting irked a lot more lately. Could this have anything to do with an election coming up, or with anniversaries to remind me about our incompetent government? Last week it was Katrina. That was short lived in the media, because lo and behold, it’s the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States.

Now please don’t get me wrong here, because both events were devastating, and both deeply moved me and broke my heart in different ways. But- Whew! Boy, our government sure gets off easy, doesn’t it? No need to shuffle uncomfortably while race and class issues are brought up, not to mention the horrible response time, or how one year later so much still needs to be done to get New Orleans on it’s feet again. Because September 11th is here! And it’s even a significant year- 5! Like a child’s 5th birthday, let’s play it up as much as we can!

And how are they playing this up? Well, the Oliver Stone movie World Trade Center came out a few weeks ago. But wait- there is so much more commemorative fear mongering goodness still yet to be had! CNN is REBROADCASTING all of its 9-11 footage starting at 8:30 am, and going until midnight. And hey- if you don’t have CNN, go on over and catch it on their website. In your face New Orleans! Obviously all the coverage Anderson Cooper did for CNN after Katrina doesn’t mean shit- where is the fear in that? That will just make you angry.. and at the wrong people.
If anyone sees how wrong doing something like this is- the way I see how wrong it is, please send CNN an email telling them so, and that you’re not going to watch it, and that you’re going to tell everyone you know to not watch it. I’ll have a link to how to contact CNN in the show notes.

So, if re-playing reality isn’t enough to bring that deep-rooted fear of a different skin color and way of life to the surface, how about a two day event? ABC is running a miniseries starting September 10 called, “the Path to 9-11”. And to whom does it push all of the responsibility for what happened on September 11th, 2001 on? That’s right! The natural and most obvious choice!

President Clinton! Why of COURSE. Because Clinton should have acted on that memo written in summer 2001 advising Condolezza Rice that terrorists could very well fly planes into buildings. He should have gotten on the horn and pulled President Bush right off the golf course that summer. God dammit Billy! What the hell- we’re you off getting another blow job or something? Presidential duties apparently are not supposed to end after your presidency- I mean geez didn’t you get THAT memo???

Sure, the world trade center was bombed in 1993. It was a very scary moment and people were hurt. Same with the bombing of the USS Cole in what was it? 2000? But does anyone ever stop and think WHY there wasn’t the same outcry of anger and fear from the people? Why the media, while yes they did focus and devote attention to this news, they still did not hype it up the way the 9-11 has been? Does anyone think about WHY terrorism hasn’t been high priority problem UNTIL after Bush became president?

Well I’ll tell you. Because Clinton was a president without an agenda. So please, don’t buy into the fear hype. It’s just not worth it, and when you think about it, you’re just giving more power and control to the more immediate threats to the United States right now. And they reside in Washington DC.

I’d like to read you a definition.

the principle that individuals, organizations and the community are responsible for their actions and may be required to explain them to others.

being obliged to answer for one's actions, to an authority that may impose a penalty for failure.

is the capacity to account for one's actions; or as a representative of one's organization, to account for either your actions or the actions of your organization.

refers to the pyramid of responsibility beginning with the individual and building to top management.

the notion that an individual must answer completely for his or her own actions, regardless of circumstances.

Yeah, I know I don’t have to tell you what the word is, even if part of it had not been used in the definition.


I hope if you listen you will stick around for the rest of the cast, it's a good show. ;-)
And everyone EMAIL CNN!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Shamelessly Swiped Quiz Goodness

From a new friend's blog! See- there is a point to these things!

Dani took the free personality test!

Existing Situation
Works well in cooperation with others but is disinclined to take the leading role. Needs a personal life of mutual understanding and freedom from discord.

Stress Sources
Wishes to be independent, unhampered, and free from any limitation or restriction, other than those which she imposes of herself or by her own choice and decision.

Restrained Characteristics
Willing to become emotionally involved and able to achieve satisfaction through sexual activity.
Feels that she is burdened with more than her fair share of problems. However, she sticks to her goals and tries to overcome her difficulties by being flexible and accommodating.

Desired Objective
Longs for a tender and sympathetic bond and for a situation of idealized harmony. Has an imperative need for tenderness and affection. Susceptible to anything esthetic.

Actual Problem
Seeks to avoid criticism and to prevent restriction of her freedom to act, and to decide for herself by the exercise of great personal charm in her dealings with others.

Heh, some of these were quite interesting, and worth contemplation.