Friday, October 21, 2005

Baptist 'comic books' distributed - warn of dangers of Islam & homosexuality

from "Inside Bay Area"
The small publication warned of the dangers of Islam, homosexuality and the teaching of evolution, while hailing the importance of traditional Baptist Christian values.

Pastor Gregory Bowser said he was not targeting Tracy Unified specifically with the message, but rather a national school system that promotes "anti-Christian propaganda" and its own "cultural agenda."

"There is too much anti-scholarly information being disseminated in schools across the country," said Bowser, noting that his church's presence was an informational effort and "not a protest."

Although the comic book discouraged homosexuality and identified Islam as a dangerous belief, Bowser said his main issue was with the teaching of evolution in public schools.

"There is nothing scientific about evolution. It is more of a philosophy than anything else," Bowser said, adding that he had studied science before finding his way to the ministry. "Unless it can be tested and proven, it's not science."
Yes, it's so wonderful to feel so much love from the country of your birth. On a positive note we Muslims have replaced feminism as a major American problem.

In email exchanges I've had with John Aravosis (AMERICAblog) he has wondered allowed why Muslims and gays don't share resources against all of this, since we are both pummeled by the same groups.

The answer is that we are, as a community dealing with many of the issues Christians dealt with 3 decades ago, child abuse, domestic violence, etc. While there are a lot of American Muslims who couldn't care less about what goes on in the bedroom of two consenting adults. Many still do.

Some will see this as where the Qu'ran is a living document and grows to encompass new scientific and psychological discoveries. Others will say, just as many Christians have said, "No! This is firm and uncompromising." It will probably "shake out" much as it has with Christians; two different sides.

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For a different take on Islam you might want to visit Muslim Wake Up

So if I get hauled into court?

If I get hauled into court, can I get a change of judge if he/she is a Republican or an Evangelical Christian? I mean if Tom Delay can say that Democrats cannot be fair in their official judicial position well then I wouldn't expect Republicans to be fair.

This is something one would expect in a Third World country where tribes still fight over age old hatreds, not here. Tom and his ilk are further undermining that which he seeks to export to other countries.

New stuff at the Polis store




I've changed the products in the Polis store. three items.
http://www.cafepress.com/thepolis


The bumper sticker looks better that I can make it here .

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Limbaugh, NPR and Ed

Limbaugh says that he is the balance on AFRN because it carries NPR. He contends that AFRN doesn't need Ed. However, many on the left have noticed a steady shift to the right in NPR since Kenneth Tomlinson (AFOK) was named to CPB’s Board of Directors. Many long time NPR liberal listeners now turn off NPR.

Ed Schultz remarked on his radio program the other day that there is a vast difference between public and commercial radio and television. And he is right! This is something that conservatives like Limbaugh have said for years. So to try make an equal comparison between public and commercial media now is disingenuous.

Ed is the true balance to Limbaugh on AFRN because he's a liberal in the commercial market. Until now, Limbaugh liked to trumpet that liberal talk shows could not flourish in commercial radio. That the only place they could project their ideas was on NPR. They were not, as he liked to say, commercially viable.

Air America, Democracy Radio and Ed Schultz are proving Limbaugh wrong and that's his real rub. Plus Ed is actually in "fly over country" delivering his radio show from North Dakota. Limbaugh broadcasts from New York City or Florida, but says he speaks for the heartland of America. In addition Ed takes his radio show on the road, something Limbaugh rarely does. (Rush on Broadway is not a live radio show) So who's really out of touch?

Limbaugh really doesn't want to go head to head with an equal on the other side of the aisle, a conservative commercial talk radio host vs. a liberal commercial talk radio host. Despite all his "free market" talk he would rather not compete that way.


*AFOK = A friend of Karl (Rove)

Ed protest banner

See also:
http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oId=18930
http://christian-dem-in-nc.dailykos.com/story/2005/10/17/152413/97
http://mediamatters.org/archives/search.html?string=Limbaugh
http://mediamatters.org/items/200510190010

Cheney and Halliburton stock

Another thought as my brain swims in Nyquil. What will a Cheney indictment mean to Halliburton and the stock and stock options he holds?

Could this mean that this behemoth and beneficiary in millions of no bid contracts will be dragged into and down with all of this? Will Cheney do a Frist and unload his stock and exercise his options in the next few days/weeks? Could this take down a major financer of the Bush-Cheney regime?

Watching Chris Matthews got me thinking in this direction.

Who might proceed Cheney

Okay, so this might be the product of a Nyquil induced haze, but I was thinking of who might proceed Cheney when (if) he's indicted, prosecuted and ends up in jail.

Personally, I think Bush will put in a woman. With all that's going on and going down in this White House, one sure way to cement a positive note for himself in history is to get a woman (finally) in the "second chair."

And he will pick someone he knows.

So who might it be?
Condi Rice
Harriet Miers
Karen Hughes
Allison Barber

Had it not beeen for the "Iraq Group" I would have also included Mary Matalin.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Our fight at city hall

Last night I was part of a very large grass roots effort to fight a planned development. However I seem to have contracted a nasty head cold from the event and my sinuses have been pounding all day. Tell you all more later.

Good night.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Put this on your blog or webpage! PROTEST!

Protest 24/7

I'm going to bump this. I was waiting to see if Ed had a problem with me using his "head." He doesn't seem to, so now I'm running with this.

Put the "Let ED Be Heard" Banner protest banner on your blog or website.

Do a right click and save one or both of these images do your computer. Then load it onto your web page or in the side/bar, link column in your blog. Then link the image to Ed's page so that information on this can be current. http://www.wegoted.com

If you don't know how to put this into your blogspot template, place a comment on this blog and I will try and help you.

Personally I'd like to see this as a constant protest and reminder until Ed is on AFRN.

From the previous post (with images)
What was done to Ed Schultz today is, well, unprofessional and just plain wrong. It's petty. If they had heard him on Friday and knew he wasn't going to be on AFRN then they would have called him Friday. Not 6am on the day of the first show.

Either they planned this well in advance, and are using it as an attempt to demoralize the opposition, or some immature person got their knickers in a twist and had to take it out on Ed in the most juvenile way possible.


So here is my protest. I made two because I couldn't decide which I liked better.

And I'm going to link it to Ed's page:
http://www.wegoted.com


see also
http://thinkprogress.org/2005/10/17/email-contradicts-pentagon-spin/

What did/will Lou Dobbs do?

Maybe he's already done it. I don't know, I was away last night. But he's got to be "a little miffed" at this whole Miller debacle. He sat there night after night on CNN counting her days in jail and being one of the staunchest defenders of her right to protect her sources.

Now I may not agree with Lou Dobbs, and often I don't. I do respect him. His credibly is damaged (like many in the media) and he doesn't strike me as someone who takes to kindly to that. Currently his CNN web page says nothing but has a link to his Oct 7 interview with Miller.

Editor and Publisher put it this way:

NEW YORK CNN's Lou Dobbs was perhaps Judith Miller's biggest TV supporter during her 85 days in jail, and the New York Times reporter recognized this Tuesday, granting him an exclusive interview.
Now they have stories that say :
"I'm not willing to work further on this project with Judy Miller. ... I do not trust her work, her judgment, or her conduct. She is an advocate, and her actions threaten the integrity of the enterprise, and of everyone who works with her."
But didn't red flags begin to go up when Miller got a call in jail from Cheney September 28 and she was released the next day (September 29, 2005)? It did for me.

She seems to have developed selective amnesia since being relased from prison.

See also:
Disgrace to Journalism - Daily Kos
Newspaper Editors Dissect Miller Reports -- E&P
After 'NY Times' Probe: Keller Should Fire Miller--and Apologize to Readers E&P
Does Judy Have a Security Clearance? by John Conyers - Huff Post
Judith Miller's First Amendment Conflict -- Huff Post
Blogging with Blue
NY Times Willing To Lie For White House - Americablog
Playing Dumb About Scooter -- Huff Post
Judy on Judy -- Huff Post
Flame On, Flame Off -- Huff Post
Judy the Obscure -- Huff Post
Poynter.org

(hat tip; Pre$$titutes)

Monday, October 17, 2005

When I heard about Ed I was so outraged I couldn't speak about it

Now that I've got a spare minute. . .

What was done to Ed Schultz today is, well, unprofessional and just plain wrong. It's petty. If they had heard him on Friday and knew he wasn't going to be on AFRN then they would have called him Friday. Not 6am on the day of the first show.

Either they planned this well in advance, and are using it as an attempt to demoralize the opposition, or some immature person got their knickers in a twist and had to take it out on Ed in the most juvenile way possible.


So here is my protest. I made two because I couldn't decide which I liked better.

And I'm going to link it to Ed's page:
http://www.wegoted.com


see also
http://thinkprogress.org/2005/10/17/email-contradicts-pentagon-spin/

And who do you think has won the hearts and minds?

Some extremist Islamic groups have reportedly moved into Pakistan's earthquake-hit areas in the absence of the military, winning the victims' gratitude.

"They (the extremists) helped us when everyone else had forgotten us," said one woman in the Pakistan-occupied part of Kashmir, which took the brunt of the 7.7 quake's wrath.
Someone or some group will always step in and fill the void. Can we really afford it to be Al-Qaida?

And do you think that this will aid in Al-Qaida recruitment?

Militant Groups Reach Quake-Hit Areas

What 2,000 looks like

http://theunitedamerican.blogs.com/Movies/2000A/2000.html