Wednesday Reads: Civil War in Syria, Mittens Wins, and the Iceman Cometh

Good morning!

Get your coffee poured, because I have a juicy post for you today.

First things first…Romney wins Michigan and Arizona

Well, good now that is out-of-the-way, lets move on to other more important news…

I wonder, maybe Boston Boomer can give us some thoughts on why she thinks the shooter, TJ Lane, ran after the shooting, compared to so many mass shooter/killers that will eventually turn the gun on themselves.  Ohio School Shooting Suspect Confesses, Prosecutor Says – NYTimes.com

 The fatal shooting rampage in a high school in this quiet suburb of Cleveland remained a puzzle on Tuesday, with prosecutors saying that a student had confessed to the killings and had told them that he did not know his victims and chose them at random.

Prosecutors said the student, T. J. Lane, 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic pistol to Chardon High School on Monday and firing 10 rounds at four students at a cafeteria table. He has not been formally charged, but prosecutors said it was likely that he would be tried in an adult court.

Three of the victims — Russell King Jr., Demetrius Hewlin and Daniel Parmertor — have died. Two others were wounded. One has been released from the hospital.

Sticking with stateside news, some people just don’t like Obama, hey…I am one of them, and y’all know my reasons…however, race is not one of them.

But for those who do have a problem with the color of Obama’s skin…it seems they tend to take it to a whole other level.  Ariz. police sergeant demoted over bullet-riddled Obama Facebook photo – USATODAY.com

 An Arizona police sergeant has been demoted and suspended for two weeks without pay for posting a photo of a bullet-riddled image of President Obama on Facebook.

Makes this next link even more obvious: Suit Says Obama Can’t Run In Alaska Because He’s of the “Mulatto” Race

A man from Juneau, Alaska, has filed suit with the state’s Division of Elections to bar President Obama from appearing on that state’s ballot on the basis that the President is a “Mulatto“, and “the race of ‘Negro‘ or ‘Mulatto‘ had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.”

Gordon Warren Epperly, who lists his address as a P.O. Box, filed the nomination petition objection on February 21, 2012.

According to the complaint:

Barack Hussein Obama II, Aka Barack Hussein Obama, Aka Barack H. Obama has the race status of being a “Mulatto.” Barack Obama’s father (Barack Hussein Obama I) was a full blood Negro being born Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya and raised in the Colony of Kenya. Barack Obama’s mother (Stanley Ann Dunham) was a white Caucasian woman being born in Wichita, Kansas on November 29, 1942 and raised in the state of Washington and in the State of Hawaii.

Therefore:

As stated above, for an Individual to be a Candidate for the Office of President of the United States, the Candidate must meet the qualifications set forth in the United States Constitution and one of those qualifications is that the Candidate shall be a “natural born Citizen” of the United States. As Barack Hussein Obama II is of the “Mulatto” race, his status of citizenship is founded upon the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Before the [purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of “Negro” or “Mulatto” had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.

View the entire complaint here. (PDF)

“Mulatto?”

Damn, that is horrid…

Yet, it underscores the next story I am about to bring you. The following links are from a town south of my little chunk of redneck heaven, Banjoville, Georgia. The town I am talking about is the poultry capital of the Peach State…Gainesville, Georgia.

Let me give you a bit of background.

There is a highschool in Gainesville that tallied up the students grades and found that a student named Cody Stephens received the highest GPA. So naturally, you would expect Cody to go on to be celebrated as class valedictorian.But remember, this is Georgia…and Cody happens to be black.

So what do you think the principal of the school does? He names two valedictorians. (Yup…two.) The co-valedictorian, Charlie Bryant, had a GPA that was slightly lower than Cody Stephens.  (Did I say that Cody Stephens is black?) Cody would have been the first African-American valedictorian in Gainesville history.

This caused a big stink as you can imagine, which led to a school board meeting and vote. The resulting vote, 4 to 1 in favor of having two valedictorians…you can say the shit hit the fan with that…eventually the parents of Charlie Bryant issued this letter stating:

The academic achievements of Cody Stephens and Charlie Bryant stand on their own merits and are to be celebrated, not tarnished by controversy.

After much prayerful consideration, we would like to offer an alternative perspective to those being discussed so prominently. Because of Cody’s unique position of being our first African-American valedictorian, we propose that Gainesville High School utilize the upcoming graduation ceremony to celebrate his, and only his, academic record as valedictorian of perhaps one of the most talented classes that GHS has ever produced.

Cody and Charlie, as students and friends, can deservedly share the honor at school, and we as a community, can collectively lift up Cody’s accomplishments as a unifying element to be proudly witnessed on graduation day. In support of this approach, we have made the decision to respectfully withdraw from the ceremonial recognition bestowed at graduation. We believe that this decision is in the best interest of GHS and our community. More importantly, we feel the decision is in the best interest of two incredible young men, our son Charlie and his friend, Cody Stephens.

Stephen’s mother welcomed the letter, but felt it came a bit late. Yesterday, she gave a press conference and had this to say: Valedictorian student’s mother says issue still open

Valerie Stephens credited Charlie Bryant’s parents for withdrawing him for co-valedictorian honors, but added that does not let school board members who voted 4-1 for co-valedictorians off the hook.

“That does not mean that the Gainesville City School System or Gainesville High School should not be held accountable for the things they set in place,” she said.

Stephens said Board Chairman Willie Mitchell voted the right way for Stephens sole honor but the others did not ‘vote the right way.’

Stephens vowed to campaign against board members up for re-election, and called for dismissals for superintendent Merrianne Dyer and high school principal Chris Mance.

Stephens said the co-valedictorian issue is not going away and she wants an investigation into why the system went against its own policy of granting the sole honor to the student with the highest grade point average.

“We cannot allow this situation to happen anymore to any parent or any child,” Stephens added and then she smiled and announced that “Cody Stephens is the sole valedictorian of Gainesville High School.”

Marcus Coleman, Founder of the Atlanta Chapter of Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network added his concerns on the matter.

“Here this school board on Friday had this emergency secret vote and it’s four to one,” Coleman said. “I think it’s unfair to the public and definitely unfair to the system because the honesty is not there.”

Coleman said the public was expecting a public meeting on the 28th, which was canceled after the board’s decision was disclosed Monday. Coleman added that he was glad the Bryants had some integrity because the school board did not.

“We don’t want another child, black, white, Latino, Asian, to go through this same thing when it deals with simple math,” Coleman said. “We plan to do something about the members of the School Board.”

I’m glad Cody is the sole valedictorian, bottom line is, he has the highest GPA in the school. End of story. I wonder if it were the other way around, would Charlie be sharing the spotlight with a co-valedictorian. What do you think?

I’m going to post some links on Syria now, because it is really turning into a human right’s disaster. The makings of a Civil War is going on right  before our very eyes.

Syria Crisis Highlights Paradoxes of Assad Support – NYTimes.com

Abu Ali fled his life as a Shiite cleric and student in Homs, the besieged Syrian city at the center of an increasingly bloody uprising, but it was not the government he feared.

It was the rebels, who he said killed three of his cousins in December and dumped a body in the family garbage bin.

“I can’t be in Homs because I will get killed there,” he said from this religious city in Iraq where he has taken refuge. “Not just me, but all Shiites.”

Like his fellow Shiites in Iraq, Abu Ali, who used his nickname to protect his family back in Syria, said he regards the Syrian rebels as terrorists, not freedom fighters, underscoring one of the complexities of a bloody civil conflict that has persisted as diplomatic efforts have failed. In spite of President Bashar al-Assad’s willingness to unleash a professional military on a civilian population, with lethal results, Mr. Assad retains some support at home and abroad from allies, including religious and ethnic minorities who for decades relied on the police state for protection from sectarian aggression.

“What the government is doing is trying to protect the people,” Abu Ali said, echoing the Assad government’s propaganda. “They are targeting terrorist groups in the area.”

That is one point of view, here is another:

WRAPUP 2-More than 7,500 killed in Syria, UN says, as new resolution tried | Reuters

Syrian forces kill 25 in bombardments – activists

* UN official says Syria toll exceeds 7,500

* France says Security Council working on new resolution (Adds US drafts outline of new resolution, China comment)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be classified as a war criminal, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said as the United Nations announced more than 7,500 civilians had been killed by his forces since the start of the revolt.

At least 25 people were killed in the shelling of opposition strongholds by Syrian forces on Tuesday, activists said. In Homs alone, opposition groups said hundreds of civilians had been killed or wounded in the 24-day-old assault.

As world dismay grew over the bloodshed, France said the Security Council was working on a new Syria resolution and urged Russia and China not to veto it, as they have previous drafts.

An outline drafted by Washington focused on the humanitarian situation in order to try to win Chinese and Russian support and isolate Assad, Western envoys said. But they said the draft would also suggest Assad was to blame for the crisis, a stance Russia in particular has opposed.

In the besieged district of Baba Amro and other parts of Homs, terrified residents were enduring dire conditions, without proper supplies of water, food and medicine, activists said.

A wounded British photographer managed to escape from Homs, but the fate of French reporter Edith Bouvier was not clear.

She was the journalist who sustained more severe injuries than British photographer, Paul Conroy.

“There are credible reports that the death toll now often exceeds 100 civilians a day, including many women and children,” U.N. Under-Secretary-General for political affairs Lynn Pascoe told the U.N. Security Council. “The total killed so far is certainly well over 7,500 people.”

Syria’s government said in December that “armed terrorist groups” had killed more than 2,000 soldiers and police.

Asked by a U.S. senator whether Assad could be called a war criminal, Clinton told a Senate hearing: “There would be an argument to be made that he would fit into that category”. She added, however, that using such labels “limits options to persuade leaders to step down from power”.

More on what Hillary Clinton stated at the Senate hearing: Hillary Clinton: Syria’s Assad could be labeled a war criminal

Clinton was also asked whether she thought Assad was on his way out eventually. “I do,” she said. “I just don’t know how to define eventually.”

Please take a look at the rest of the article, it gives more details of the latest developments. Including details and quotes from the “delusional” meeting between the UN and the Syrian Ambassador.

It is painfully obvious talks are not moving forward. As we witness the struggle of those journalist remaining in Syria, whose whereabouts are still unknown… including the remains of Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, who were killed last week. It truly brings the desperate nature of the situation home.  Especially with the dramatic escape this morning of Paul Conroy, in the face of Syria’s refusal to allow safe passage of the foreign press out of Homs.

Syrian activists killed in Paul Conroy rescue mission | World news | The Guardian

Up to 13 activists died smuggling the Sunday Times photographer out of the country, it has emerged.

Conroy survived the attack last week that killed his colleague Marie Colvin. Three other western journalists, including Edith Bouvier, who was badly injured in the same incident, were reported to be still trapped in Homs on Tuesday night. A claim by the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, that Bouvier had also been evacuated was later retracted by his office.

I actually sighed a heavy sigh just now…so sad.

Then you have this, from MSNBC:  Fears grow of Israel-Iran missile shootout

With tensions between Israel and Iran running sky high over the latter’s nuclear program, U.S. officials and military analysts are growing increasingly concerned that Israel will launch a multi-phase air and missile attack that could trigger waves of retaliatory missile strikes from Tehran.

Such a shootout could quickly spiral into a regional conflict that would potentially force the U.S. to intervene to protect its interests.

The emerging consensus among current and former U.S. officials and other experts interviewed by NBC News is that that an Israeli attack would be a multi-faceted assault on key Iranian nuclear installations, involving strikes by both warplanes and missiles. It could also include targeted attacks by Israeli special operations forces and possibly even the use of massive explosives-laden drones, they say.

The Iranian response to such an attack is uncertain, but many experts and officials believe it is likely to include retaliatory missile strikes. Iran has more missiles in its arsenal than Israel, according to some estimates, and has the capability of striking targets in most Israeli population centers.

Now this story was published about 30 minutes after Michigan was called for Romney. Seems a bit of a coincidence to me. The article is not reporting an actual incident that has already happened, it is reporting on what could happen. It rubs me the wrong way. I don’t like the media induced fear and war mongering when it comes to Iran. I hope that we aren’t going to see another US war in the region. With all the talk of bombing Iran from the clown circus that is the GOP primaries. This kind of “what if reporting” gives me the creeps.

After all that, lets check out the latest findings in a murder that took place 5,300 years ago. BBC News – Oetzi the Iceman’s nuclear genome gives new insights

New clues have emerged in what could be described as the world’s oldest murder case: that of Oetzi the “Iceman”, whose 5,300-year-old body was discovered frozen in the Italian Alps in 1991.

Oetzi reconstruction (South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology/EURAC/Marco Samadelli-Gregor Staschitz)
A reconstruction shows what Oetzi may have looked like before an arrow felled him

Oetzi’s full genome has now been reported in Nature Communications.

It reveals that he had brown eyes, “O” blood type, was lactose intolerant, and was predisposed to heart disease.

They also show him to be the first documented case of infection by a Lyme disease bacterium.

Analysis of series of anomalies in the Iceman’s DNA also revealed him to be more closely related to modern inhabitants of Corsica and Sardinia than to populations in the Alps, where he was unearthed.

My son Jake contracted Lyme disease in Connecticut when he was three years old. It never occurred to me Lyme could actually be found over 5,300 years ago.

Albert Zink, from the Eurac Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, said the nuclear DNA study was a great leap forward in one of the most widely studied specimens in science.

“We’ve been studying the Iceman for 20 years. We know so many things about him – where he lived, how he died – but very little was known about his genetics, the genetic information he was carrying around,” he told BBC News.

He was carrying around a “haplotype” that showed his ancestors most likely migrated from the Middle East as the practice of formal agriculture became more widespread.

It is probably this period of transition to an agrarian society that explains Oetzi’s lactose intolerance.

Jake is also lactose intolerant…hmmm…funny. Now I can tell him not only was he named after Jake Barnes in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises…he also has the same health problems as the 5,300 year old Iceman. Some how I don’t think he will be that impressed. Perhaps his sister Brett will get a kick out of it…Yes and she is named after Lady Brett Ashley, doesn’t it make you want to go and re-read The Sun Also Rises.

With all the disturbing news lately, I think losing myself in The Lost Generation would be a treat.

So that does it for me, catch y’all later in the comments.


48 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Civil War in Syria, Mittens Wins, and the Iceman Cometh”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    That Iceman looks like he should ride a Harley…

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Woman arrested in ‘The Senator’ tree fire | News – Home

      The Senator, a historic, 3,500-year-old cypress tree, burned and collapsed in mid-January.

      Two tips from Crimeline led the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to arrest Barnes, authorities said. Tipsters said Barnes had taken cellphone pictures of the fire in the progress and uploaded them to her laptop, officials said.

      Deputies and agents served a search warrant Tuesday at her home near Winter Park. They seized a cellphone and a laptop, which are still being processed to see if the photos of the fire can be retrieved, according to authorities.

      Barnes told authorities that she and a friend were inside the hollow tree on the early morning of Jan. 16 and lit a fire so they could see better.

      Deputies also arrested Jodi Hill, 41, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Hill and Barnes were booked into Seminole County Jail. It’s not clear, however, if she was involved with ‘The Senator’ incident.

      The tree, named after Florida Sen. M. O. Overstreet, who in 1927 donated the property on which the landmark sits, was about 120 feet tall and its trunk had a diameter of nearly 18 feet. The tree was the main attraction in the park, which was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1929.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Ohio school shooting suspect “not well” – CBS News

    The prosecutor appeared to rule out rumors and speculation that the young gunman lashed out after being bullied or that the shooting had something to do with drug-dealing.

    “This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs,” Joyce said. “This is someone who’s not well, and I’m sure in our court case we’ll prove that to all of your desires and we’ll make sure justice is done here in this county.”

    Joyce would not elaborate. Both sides in the case are under a gag order imposed by the judge at the prosecutor’s request.

    • ralphb says:

      Wonder how many mental midgets it took to determine that boy was “not well”. Jeesh.

      • bostonboomer says:

        The only personal info I’ve heard is that he lived with his grandmother. That could mean some kind of trauma–either his parents are dead or they abandoned him for some reason. Obviously he was troubled. Duh!

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    Syria: reports of ground invasion on Baba Amr – live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk

    Sunday Times journalist, Miles Amoore, who has been close to the negotiations to secure the release of wounded journalists from the area, tweeted:

    Miles Amoore@MilesAmoore
    UPDATE: Three journalists still inside Bab Amr. There is now a ground assault under way. Communications inside are v v poor
    29 Feb 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite
    8.50am: The Syrian Arab Red Crescent said it was “gravely concerned” by allegations that it is not trusted in Syria after wounded French journalist Edith Bouvier was reported to have twice refused to leave Homs in its ambulances.

    In a statement Abdulrahman Attar, president of Syrian Arab Red Crescent, said:

    These allegations are not only untrue, but are an affront to the sacrifices our staff and volunteers continue to make to gain access and provide humanitarian aid to all Syrian people in need, regardless of their nationality, religion, or political affiliation …

    The repetition of unfounded allegations questioning the neutrality and trustworthiness of the SARC is not only undermining trust in the organisation and putting the lives of our staff and volunteers at risk, it is also hampering our efforts to deliver lifesaving aid on the ground, to all people in need.

    Last June, Syrian security forces were filmed using Red Crescent vehicles to transport arrested activists.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    Mitt may be breathing a sigh of relief that he barely pulled out a win in MI. I say barely because Rick was not that far behind in the vote counting.

    If there were ever two more lackluster candidates being offered up as alternatives, these two lead the pack.

    A dull, boorish millionaire v a wide eyed theocratic zealot. Wow!

    I will give Rick “credit” for the ability to speak extemporaneously while Mittens read his speech from a teleprompter.

    Had Rick STFU about JFK he may have been the one to have come out the winner but I see his chances dimming as a result.

    Super Tuesday will set the stage going forward. Either reviving Newt’s chances, striking out Mittens, or elevating Rick.

    The Evangelical South is about to weigh in.

  5. dakinikat says:

    Catholic school fires gay teacher planning wedding

    His partner says their 20-year relationship was not a secret.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/catholic-school-fires-gay-teacher-planning-wedding/article_c65612c2-c939-55e2-b379-acfffcd594ed.html

    Asked about the Archdiocese’s role in the firing, a spokeswoman replied in an email that the Archdiocese “fully supports the action taken at St. Ann Parish School as it is in full compliance with the Christian Witness Statement signed by every educator in the Catholic school system.”

    The spokeswoman did not offer any other details about the decision.

    The Rev. Bill Kempf, St. Ann’s pastor, said in an emailed statement that the parish was “recently informed by one of its teachers of his plan to unite in marriage with an individual of the same sex. With full respect of this individual’s basic human dignity, this same-sex union opposes Roman Catholic teaching as it cannot realize the full potential a marital relationship is meant to express. As a violation of the Christian Witness Statement that all Catholic educators in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are obliged to uphold, we relieved this teacher of his duties.”

    The Christian Witness Statement, which educators sign when applying for Archdiocese work, says all who serve in Catholic education should, among other requirements, “not take a public position contrary to the Catholic Church” and “demonstrate a public life consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

    Hate still seems to be a religious value.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      sad too.

    • Woman Voter says:

      So, his reward for being honest, being a good teacher for years, committed to his students, being true to himself, being true to his community, in a loving relationship for over 20 years is to be fired?

      Sad indeed… 😦

    • HT says:

      religion does seem to be at the root of all conflicts, doesn’t it. Just my opinion of course. Was speaking with my friend the Afghani yesterday and we touched on religion, which used to be a taboo topic according to my Mom – religion and politics should never touch friends. Anyway, he asked whether I was Catholic – because the mall where he owns a shop is constantly subject by shoplifting by the students of a local Catholic school. I didn’t know how to respond, being that I have no beliefs anymore in a male in the sky diety and of course, atheists are not welcomed anywhere, however I did comment that I had a friend married to an undercover detective who looked very young, who was stationed in the very same school for years because of the preponderance of criminal activities – minor stuff mostly – drugs, shoplifting, beatings etc. When my friend got too old to pass, they replaced him with two young looking detectives, and have since kept up their surveillance. All at a Catholic school. Where are the parents in all of this? Just me, but I knew when my kids were snowing me, and my neighbours had permission to intervene should either of them be out of line, then report back to me – so my kids knew that not only could they go to the neighbours in times of trouble, but that the neighbours would keep me informed. Takes a village, thanks Hillary.

      WRT to that disgraceful situation in Gainsville and the Mulatto situation in Alaska, shameful. I thought we had evolved – obviously I was wrong.
      Excellent roundup, Minx, although it’s depressing, we need to know.

      BTW, Jake and Brett – brilliant choices. Mine were Ryan – Little King in Celtic lore (my background), and Lauren – after the laurel plant after Greek lore.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        HT, it looks like you are on the mend…so wonderful to have you commenting again.

        When I was in high school, my mother would use the Catholic high school as a threat. “If you keep acting up we’ll send you to Tampa Catholic.” Which always made me laugh because the students were always getting in trouble at the school.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Sigh… bigotry is alive and well.

    • ralphb says:

      Hate has always been an organized religion value. Every one of them.

      • Delphyne says:

        Then there’s this from a professor at BYU:

        http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/joannabrooks/5748/racist_remarks_by_popular_byu_religion_professor_spark_controversy/

        On Tuesday, Randy Bott, a BYU professor of religion, told the Washington Post that the LDS Church’s historic prohibition on priesthood ordination for men of African descent was a “blessing” to blacks because they were not “ready” for priesthood authority.

        “God has always been discriminatory” when it comes to whom he grants the authority of the priesthood, says Bott… Bott compares blacks with a young child prematurely asking for the keys to her father’s car, and explains that similarly until 1978, the Lord determined that blacks were not yet ready for the priesthood.
        “What is discrimination?” Bott asks. “I think that is keeping something from somebody that would be a benefit for them, right? But what if it wouldn’t have been a benefit to them?” Bott says that the denial of the priesthood to blacks on Earth—although not in the afterlife—protected them from the lowest rungs of hell reserved for people who abuse their priesthood powers. “You couldn’t fall off the top of the ladder, because you weren’t on the top of the ladder. So, in reality the blacks not having the priesthood was the greatest blessing God could give them.”

        I especially found it interesting that he used the feminine pronoun when talking about black men.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        @Ralph 11:37 So true…

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Dak, did you see this: D.C. archdiocese: Denying Communion to lesbian at funeral was against ‘policy’ – The Washington Post

      Deep in grief, Barbara Johnson stood first in the line for Communion at her mother’s funeral Saturday morning. But the priest in front of her immediately made it clear that she would not receive the sacramental bread and wine.

      Johnson, an art-studio owner from the District, had come to St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg with her lesbian partner. The Rev. Marcel Guarnizo had learned of their relationship just before the service.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Great round up, Minx! The Iceman story is fascinating. I’m surprised I never heard of him before.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Franklin Graham apologizes to President Obama for questioning his religious beliefs, claiming his (Graham’s) reasons for opposing Obama’s reelection have nothing to do with religion. He said his reasons are Obama’s “positions on gay marriage and abortion.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73428.html

    Two questions: 1) What are Obama’s positions on gay marriage and abortion? I believe Obama is opposed to gay marriage and I’m not sure what he thinks about abortion. 2) If opposition to gay marriage and abortion has nothing to do with religion, what is that opposition based on?

    Franklin Graham is an ignorant fool, and should retire from the “public square” until he can get some remedial education.

    • HT says:

      actually, Graham should retire permanently. Anyone who opposes anything to do with abortion and equal opportunity for all people, should not be given a podium to broadcast their personal vision of what is so called normal. I really am learning to hate – it’s taken 60 years to imbed the vileness of hatred and I’m still fighting it, however cretins such as Graham and any one of the Republican’s best of the best representatives makes me wonder why I resisted for so long. one thing, at least Graham had the political saavy to apologize – but one wonders at the timing. Is it perhaps that the GOP lineup is a no go, so he recognizes what side his bread is currently buttered?

    • ralphb says:

      Franklin Graham should crawl under a rock somewhere and stay there. Personally I always thought his father was nothing more than another pompadoured televangelist, just more successful at it than most.

      • HT says:

        Bingo, Elmer Gantry in suits.

      • roofingbird says:

        Agreed, now if we could just get rid of the 700 Club too.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Exactly. His father was an ignorant fool too, and I read that he beat little Franklin horribly. Poor Franklin has to lash out at someone. It’s probably way too late for therapy. He’s completely brainwashed.

      • HT says:

        Funny thing about the 700 club – and you are so right, it should be wiped out. My aunt was one of it’s supporters – I have no idea of how much she donated, but she was on a monthly list. Anyway, she died at age 95 – a horrible death of starving herself (why is euthanasia such a hot button issue? she wanted to die for many years) Anyway, the executor notified all the appropriate people including the ones that she had contributed to for years. One year after her death, the executor receives a notice regarding the lack of contribution. Two years after, same notice. They weren’t the only ones. Some guy named Benny something or the other did as well.

  8. roofingbird says:

    After a while you almost appreciate the really stupid racists, because they aren’t so much work and buffoonery of them could almost make you smile. What’s up with that newspaper that even thought that newsworthy? Or maybe the point is to allow ourselves a little self righteous smugness.

  9. Kurt says:

    is it me or does the iceman look like W after a 5 day coke binge. just sayin

    Peace

    • bostonboomer says:

      I wonder how old he was when he died. How can they know that he had gray hair and all those wrinkles?

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I believe he was around 45 when he was killed. If I am not mistaken, the mummy was in good condition and hair and other items around him where found as well. It was truly fascinating. However because of the location, the Swiss and the Italians fought in court for years over who would get the body.

      • NW Luna says:

        The body was fairly well preserved, being kept in a glacial deep-freeze since shortly after death. He probably had lots of sun exposure, so wrinkles are likely. Lots of interesting info here:

        The Iceman on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano (South Tyrol, Italy) is one of the world’s best-known and most important mummies.

        http://www.iceman.it/en/oetzi-the-iceman

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      @kurt …he sure does.

      😉

  10. roofingbird says:

    So we have HRC telling us that the situation is exceedingly dangerous, Egypt let Iranian destroyers/frigates through the Suez Canal last week, to join Russian ships-one consequence of the Mubarack overthow.

    Iran, since Jan., has been threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz.

    http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/hormuz.htm

    Dozens of multinationals (including USAns,) are being held in Egypt. As of last Sun. at least some for will be put on trial and charged with “establishing unlicensed chapters of international organizations and accepting foreign funding to finance these groups in a manner that breached the Egyptian state’s sovereignty”.

    There are riots and at least 12 killed in China.

    Reports, emanating from AsiaTimes and spreading around the right wing blogosphere are indicting that drone strikes using US drones have been conducted on the Phillippine rebels in the south part of the country.

    The only good news is that North Korea is suspending nuclear testing.

  11. roofingbird says:

    BB- National Geographic has run great articles on the Iceman since he was found. Here is one from 2007:
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/07/iceman/hall-text

  12. ralphb says:

    How Obama Ignored The NDAA’s Military Custody Provision

    The Obama administration issued procedures late Tuesday on their interpretation of the provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which required some terrorism suspects to be held in military custody. In short, the guidelines make it nearly impossible for a terrorism suspect to end up in the hands of the military.

    Under broadly written categorical waivers carved out by the Obama administration, the military custody requirement will be waived if the suspect’s home country objected to military custody; if the individual is a lawful permanent resident arrested in the country or for conduct conducted in the country; when a suspect is originally charged with something other than a terrorism offense; when a person is originally arrested by state or local law enforcement; when a transfer to military custody “could interfere with efforts to secure an individual’s cooperation or confession”; or when transferring an individual might interfere with joint trials with other defendants.

    President Obama also said that the Attorney General, working with other national security officials, has the ability to issue additional waivers for “categories of conduct, or for categories of individuals, or on an individual case-by-case basis, when doing so is in the interest of national security.”

    Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institute wrote that Obama’s procedures had “read this law virtually out of existence.”

    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who supports placing some terrorism suspects into military custody, agreed.

    “These procedures make clear that the National Defense Authorization Act expressly exempts U.S. citizens from mandatory military detention, but they also make it so procedurally difficult that effectively, no individual of any nationality will likely ever be transferred to mandatory military custody under section 1022,” Grassley said in a prepared statement for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the matter on Wednesday. “Between the bureaucratic requirements and the seven national security waivers, it is clear the provision will be seldom, if ever used on anyone, let alone a U.S. citizen.”

    This is a good implementation of very bad law. I’ll give Obama credit for doing this well.

  13. Minkoff Minx says:

    Davy Jones of the Monkees is dead.

  14. foxyladi14 says:

    and so young too.

  15. Minkoff Minx says:

    Geez check out the shit Patricia Heaton is saying about Sandra Fluke on twitter:

    Patricia Heaton (patriciaheaton) on Twitter

    • ralphb says:

      Apparently while everybody loved Raymond, nobody loved Patricia 🙂

      She’s been a douche nozzle for a long time.

  16. Minkoff Minx says:

    Senate is debating Blunt agreement: Live Video – C-SPAN2 | C-SPAN Watch it live!