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Friday, May 22, 2009

Alice Cooper - "Along Came A Spider" The Movie

In keeping with Alice Cooper's continued theme of playing a super-villain in his dramatic works (typically stage plays, but it varies)....



Alice Cooper is the Spider, a serial killer.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Glenn Beck's 9.12 Project

I do not have much to say about this little social networking pseudo-populist movement by radio talk show host and television pundit Glenn Beck, except to say hat with as many projects as I have on the table right now the last thing I need consuming my time or tugging on my attention is a near-useless promotional effort by a guy who has enough fiscal success without me.

Do not get me wrong, I am a large enough fan of the man and his work that when I can view it or listen to it, I do. Yet participating in his community organizing schemes has no appeal to me. I have no intention of networking with fellow viewers for any Beck-centered purpose.

Not there is anything wrong with the man's principles, the ones he purports to hold or his actual ones, beyond that I find his Mormonism to be a sort of sickness, not a mental but a spiritual illness, telling me that God beholds sin in proximity to His glory, but that is neither here nor there right now.

Spiritual differences regarding Mormonism aside I would wish to take the 9.12 Project for what it is on its face. There is the obvious allusion to the "Post-9/11" mentality phraseology but I sense that the overall intent and such of this is not meant to rotate around Islamist attacks on the west to much depth.

The numbers 9 and 12 have specific countdown meanings, and I quote
dedicated to 9 Principles, 12 Values
Start with the lesser number.
The Nine Principles

1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
Then there are the twelve values.
The Twelve Values
1-Honesty
2-Reverence
3-Hope
4-Thrift
5-Humility
6-Charity
7-Sincerity
8-Moderation
9-Hard Work
10-Courage
11-Personal Responsibility
12-Gratitude
I prefer a different set in a different order to represent the good order in America. Any who know me will not be surprised at my choices for the Twelve points, as to me these points of my convictions are no longer choices but lifelong commitments.
  1. Trustworthy
  2. Loyal
  3. Helpful
  4. Friendly
  5. Courteous
  6. Kind
  7. Obedient
  8. Cheerful
  9. Thrifty
  10. Brave
  11. Clean
  12. Reverent
This is, of course, the Scout Law. I naturally believe this makes Mr. Beck's "twelve values" greatly redundant and in some instances it literally is. Of course as an Eagle Scout I have the advantage that I took these principles to my heart long ago. It has been approximately two decades since I started as a mere Cub Scout. It can be said truly enough that once an Eagle Scout always an Eagle. So one could assume that some assistance is necessary for the average American. As an otherwise-average American I am not fit to judge my kind as such.

I suspect that under the guise of fine admirable principles is a circle of Glenn Beck-watching parties. Regardless the Scout Law is not a social contract, and Mr. Beck's 9 and 12 are summaries of the social contract, the relationship between man and government as elaborated in the United States Constitution. We read the reflection of the Founders' intent in the Federalist Papers.

So where do I find the information on Glenn Beck's 9.12 Project if I am incapable of watching his television show on a regular basis and I generally abstain from regular absorptions of his video channels or his official websites?
Frankly I have no idea who created those non-Facebook sites and I have no interest in putting the effort into finding out. That simply is not my way. I find it amusing that one social networking site page links directly to another.

If anyone cares to investigate, drop my the results and the proof. At this point, however, when it comes to significant Conservative political activism I fail to see the relevance or the results.

Comment-Update:

MIND Over glands

The defenders of homosexuality continue the oxymoron contradiction of attempting to use the mind to justify the rule of carnal glands.

Thinking Americans still don't give 'a tinkers-sham' what homo- sexuals do with their body-parts. An individual or a society which is by law and tradition committed to the
natural human hierarchy of mind over body will not, however, ever sanction glandular rule over the human mind.

Undisciplined human desire can induce distorted perception.The disturbed personality or inverted character can be considered to be cognitively confused. This description is confirmed by the work of English psychoanalyst Money-Kyrle, who indicates that it is more accurate to recognize such a condition as the result of distorted perception.

Neurosis, psychosis, stunting of growth, etc., are all, from this perspective, cognitive diseases contaminating not only perception but thinking, learning, remembering, valuing, and decision- and choice-making.

Money-Kyrle affirms that scientific truth is not attained by a trendy self-serving fashion, confession of inadequacy, abdication, or collective majority-vote. There is no excuse for
professional ignorance willfully maintained.

By definition, a standard that is flexible is not a standard at all.
The human mind requires a standard of comparison that is invariable. A criterion must be greater than the value measured in order to supply value-meaning in a predictable direction of survival and progression. The mind thus equipped is enabled to maintain a natural dominion over the body and its appetites. The very survival of the body itself, therefore, depends upon this maintained intellectual authority. See Romans.

Our posterity cannot respect what it does not perceive, and it cannot perceive that which has been abandoned or inverted to an appetite of physical expediency by the equivocal person.

With confidence in the laws of human nature, we can know that in the clash between carnality and intellect, the 'man of the mind' will always prevail.

That is nature and GOD's way and intent all along.

"No one is smarter than their criteria." selah jfb

Jim Baxter
Teacher - 30 years
pointman/follower of The Lion of Judah
Santa Maria, CA

semper fidelis
Sgt. USMC
WWII & Korean War

+ + +

the white Vader armor



I'll tell you where the image came from later but I'll always think it is a shame that this armor was not worn in any other fiction or depicted anywhere other than this one comic book panel.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Barack Obama -- Baby Torturer

Peter Kirsanaow writes about unfair treatment towards Barack Obama.

I still cannot believe I had to create an "infanticide" label.

George Will tells it how it is about California.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jewel Staite in a bikini



This is a photograph of Jewel Staite holding on to her very fortunate husband. I stole it from her Myspace page. You don't believe me? I don't care. Just look at the photographs of her husband; they are the same guy. All I know is I never found this photograph anywhere else on Google and it is no longer on the MySpace page. (I apparently retrieved it Monday, ‎January ‎29, ‎2007. That is a long time to have second thoughts about hosting a bikini photograph).

Now thank me, go away, and don't even pretend that I care enough to stalk these people. You want to stalk them I don't want to know about it; go tell the Vancouver police. They will actually care.

Do you want to know the real reason I put up this picture, which I believe is genuine? I'm attempting to drive up my hit count. Now thank me! Read my theology.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

MSU swine flu 4/27/2009 10:08 PM

From: Beth Alexander, M.D., M.S.
University Physician

RE: Swine influenza

There has been an increase in swine influenza, originally identified in
Mexico, throughout the United States and overseas as well.
Two years ago, MSU put into place a pandemic influenza plan that guides
our actions and decisions related to a potential pandemic. You can
access more information about what MSU is doing at
http://special.news.msu.edu/swineflu/. I would like to emphasize that
in times of concern about infectious disease, it is very important that
we all are good citizens in terms of not abusing antiviral medications,
such as Tamiflu. At this point in an outbreak, these should be given
only when people have tested positive for Influenza A. If you believe
you have the symptoms of a respiratory flu, please see your health care
provider and ask for the rapid screening test before requesting
medication. If we misuse these drugs, we assure that they will not be
effective when people really need them. A PDF flier with simple
reminders and health tips is available for download/printing at
http://www.special.news.msu.edu/swineflu/flier.pdf.
Thanks for your help.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

capsule movie review - Star Trek IV

It is a sign of a great movie that I love it despite the massive hippie-ness that infests the plot.

Star Trek IV is a great movie. If they needed to go back in time to fight Gorn Marines to save San Fransisco hippies to insure the future... it really wouldn't change the fact that what makes the movie awesome isn't the whales/macguffins, but the characterization, the dialogue (and the score).

Monday, May 11, 2009

a real good Jack Kemp obituary

The truth is that Jack Kemp was no super-ideal "Reagan Conservative" trophy candidate. He also shifted leftward in the nineties when he joined Bob Dole on the Presidential ticket.

I really do not care. People live three-dimensional lives, plus the fourth dimension of time. It is always important to emphasize that people believe three-dimensional things and typically have reasons for believing what they believe, do what they do, and most importantly, before or after acting in such a way that I find disagreeable, a man may do what I find to be quite admirable.

Jack Kemp made Ronald Reagan's period of prosperity possible. Ton Nugent spells it out simply.
Here's Jack.

Financial Aid 5/7/2009 4:21 PM

Dear Student:

The current economic conditions in the state of Michigan and in the
country as a whole continue to concern many Michigan State University
students and families as they face the challenge of financing higher
education costs. To address these concerns, Provost Wilcox and I have
maintained close contact with our Office of Financial Aid to assess the
impact on our families and determine how we can best help you during
these difficult times.

We want you to know that financial aid advisers stand ready to assist
you in reviewing all available options. If you have not applied for
financial aid, you should do so by completing the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA (http://fafsa.ed.gov), as soon as possible;
applications are accepted through June 30, 2010, for the 2009-10 school
year. If you already have applied for aid but are uncertain whether it
will be sufficient to allow you to meet university expenses, an adviser
can reevaluate your circumstances and eligibility for additional funds.

If you simply have questions about the billing and payment processes or
want to know more about the obligations incurred by taking out a federal
loan, advisers can answer those questions for you, too. You can reach
the financial aid staff during regular business hours by phone
(517-353-5940), by e-mail (finaid@msu.edu), or in person (150 Hannah
Administration Building or 252 Student Services Building). You also can
find all of the details of MSU student financial aid policies and
processes at the office Web site (http://finaid.msu.edu).

The majority of MSU students rely on financial aid to pay some of their
costs. We want to assure you that federal and institutional student aid
programs continue to be strong. The federal government has increased
the annual award amount and expanded the eligibility criteria for the
Pell Grant, the largest federal grant program for needy students.

This fiscal year, the university similarly committed to one of the
largest-ever increases in its own grant funds for needy students,
providing more dollars to more students than ever before. In addition,
in late fall we announced creation of a new program, the Adverse
Economic Circumstances Fund, especially designed for students whose
families are directly affected by the slowing economy.

These actions are consistent with MSU's ongoing commitment to
ensuring that institutional funds dedicated to financial aid increase
at a rate exceeding tuition increases. Over the past five years,
financial aid rate increases have exceeded tuition increases on an
annual basis by an average of nearly 4.5 percent. Nevertheless, we
understand that many of you continue to have concerns about meeting
your university expenses.

Though it may seem that higher education is a luxury in times like
these, we believe it remains a necessity. The importance of an education
at a globally acclaimed university has never been greater than it is
today as the new knowledge economy evolves. For Michigan State
University, helping students complete their degrees is a fundamental
part of our historical commitment to the state of Michigan and to the
world beyond. MSU is dedicated to advancing knowledge and transforming
lives in these challenging economic times, just as in the past 150 years.

Sincerely,

Lou Anna K. Simon, Ph.D.
President

Ron Paul versus Hillary Clinton



transcript from RonPaul.com:

Date: 4/22/2009
Venue: House Foreign Affairs Committee
Channel: C-SPAN 3

Transcript:

Howard Berman: The gentleman from Texas, Mr. Paul, is recognized for five minutes.

Ron Paul: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And welcome, Madame Secretary.

I have a general question I want to ask about foreign policy, but leading up to that question I would like to mention first that the election had something to do with bringing about change in tone with our foreign policy. And I think there have been some very positive changes in tone and many of us have argued for more diplomacy rather than more threats, so many of us are pleased with that. It goes back to the old saying of, “Speaking softly and still be willing to carry a big stick”. But sometimes I wonder whether that big stick doesn’t get wielded a little too often.

But I do want to caution all of us that what we say is very important and can be very beneficial, but what we do is also very important. So that may cancel out the benefits of speaking more softly and being willing to talk and negotiate. Some people say that we shouldn’t talk to our enemies, but I remember the cold war rather well, and we did talk to kruchev and Mao Tse Tung when they were great threats to us. So, sometimes I think that when we look at how we stood up to tens of thousands of nuclear weapons, that we should be cautious as far as what we might do in Pakistan and put it into a proper perspective.

But my big concern is whether or not we can reverse the empire mentality that I think we have adopted over these many, many decades, and also the relationship of this to our financial burden. Though we are speaking more softly and would like to get some troops home, the first thing that was done was that our DOD budget was increased by 9% in a time when our national debt in the last 12 months went up 2 trillion dollars.

All great nations have been brought to their knees for economic reasons. We didn’t have to fight the Soviets. The Afghanistan adventure that the Soviets were involved with was very significant and I don’t know how we can ignore that.

So, I would like to ask the question about whether or not you can give me some signs or indications or some encouragement that maybe we shifted policies in the slightest manner. Have we brought any troops home? Are we less involved in Iraq? Will that war ever end? Or we really going in the opposite direction because we’re seeing Pakistan as so necessary, we need more troops, more expansion, more money, more DOD funds.

So, coming from my perspective I can’t see the difference even though, like I said, I am pleased that there is a willingness to talk and try to work things out and I think that is very positive. I always think that people who aren’t willing to talk are insecure. This whole idea that we are so strong, to me, it seems that we lack confidence if we can’t talk to people. And we are strong enough. Nobody is going to attack us militarily.

So, I see it as very important that we change our tone. I think it’s good that you got rid of the term “war on terrorism”. How can you have a war against a tactic? It doesn’t make any sense. But I am not sure “overseas contingency operation” is more specific. So could you address that and maybe give me some answers that maybe we may be seeing actually some shift in our policy.

Hillary Clinton: Well, thank you, Congressman. I think that the president’s actions in these nearly 100 days do match actions with words, although I admit there is a lot more to be done. We are still sorting out everything we’ve inherited and trying to make sense of it. We want to protect America’s national security, but we think there are better and more effective ways of doing that. So we are ending the war in Iraq. There is a definite end date for our troops to be there. The president did close Guantanamo. The president is looking for ways to engage with those who nobody wanted us to talk to, which is a sea shift in how we are proceeding.

Words and actions both matter. I mean, at the end of the day actions count more. But you have to begin by at least articulating a new approach. In our budget we have asked for more money for diplomacy and development. And the budget committee, in both the house and the senate, cut back the president’s request. It’s kind of old thinking, in my view. I mean, the secretary of defense has said that there are fewer foreign Service diplomats posted oversees than there are sailors and marines on one aircraft carrier. There are more musicians in the military bands than there are diplomats across the board. So, we are trying to shift this gigantic ship of state, Mr. Paul. And we are looking for your help to do so.

And at the risk of going over our time, I just want to say having campaigned during the last presidential election, you had the most enthusiastic supporters of anybody I ever saw.

Ron Paul: I love to hear that.

Hillary Clinton: Well, I mean, my goodness! Everywhere I went they were literally running down highways holding your signs. So, I’ve never had a chance to tell you that, but your message obviously resonated with a lot of people.

Ron Paul: Thank you.

Howard Berman: You’re going to encourage him.



It takes Ron Paul a long time to ask a question. Will it be the only chance he gets?

Does Secretary Clinton's response have substantialness?

I believe this is basically a stunt. This is all flash and no substance, sound and fury with not actions that help, ironically.

Obviously this encounter is not a conflict, a true "versus"....

Sunday, May 10, 2009

help give Stephanie Mohr a Happy Mother's Day soon!

With 25 letters of commendation, two awards, and nine years of service to the Prince George's County Police Department in Maryland, Stephanie Mohr does not sound like an officer who should be spending years in jail away from her young son, Adam. Unfortunately, this is already Mohr's sixth year of a prison sentence that she does not deserve. With your help though, we can get this innocent officer out of jail and reunited with her son.

It's time to bring Stephanie home for Mother's Day!

In September of 1995, Mohr was on patrol with her police dog Valk. She was patrolling Takoma Park, an area that had been known to have many recent burglaries. When Mohr and her partner, Sergeant Anthony Delozier, got a call for backup from an officer who had spotted two men on the roof of a nearby store, they knew they may have found the criminals.

Ricardo Mendez and Herrera Cruz were the two suspects who were ordered to get down and face the wall. Mendez then made a move that looked as if he were about to flee the scene.

As Mohr had been trained to do in this type of situation, she released her canine. Valk, the police dog, was trained to perform the police department's standard "bite and hold" and that is exactly what he did. The dog bit Mendez on the leg and held him there until the officers could apprehend him.

Mendez and Herrera were convicted of 4th degree burglary and were then deported. The two illegally re-entered the U.S. again and were arrested for selling crack cocaine. They were then deported a second time.

Stephanie was relieved that she had gotten these two criminals off of our streets and back to their country.
She soon gave birth to her son Adam and was a proud mother.

Unfortunately, her joy did not last very long. Five years after this incident and one day before the statue of limitations was set to expire, Mohr was indicted by the U.S Department of Justice.

She and her son have now spent over 2,000 days apart!

Looking for cases of "police brutality" the U.S Department of Justice indicted Stephanie and two fellow officers charging them with violating Ricardo Mendez's civil rights and conspiracy.

At the trial, Officer Mohr was found not guilty of conspiracy. A hung jury, voting 11 to 1 in favor of Mohr failed to reach a unanimous verdict on the civil right charges.

The prosecutor sought a retrial 2001 even though the jurors from the first trial said that the case lacked merit. At this trial the prosecution convinced the jury that Mohr had released her canine on innocent minority citizens for racial reasons.

In this second trial, the judge allowed prejudicial testimony into evidence that Mohr had used racial epithets in making a prior arrest using her canine. The charges did not start out as racial but the prosecutors needed to do something desperate to save their case. This questionable evidence should not have been allowed into the courtroom.

The jury was stacked with minorities who would be sympathetic with illegal immigrants. The government even flew Mendez back into the U.S. at taxpayer expense to have Mendez testify against Mohr despite the fact that he was a convicted felon.

Due to the racial tactics the prosecution used, Stephanie was convicted of a federal criminal rights violation and given a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Stephanie is now serving her sixth year of the ten year prison sentence.

This is the sixth year that she has had to spend away from her son Adam. She has missed so many important days in her son's life like birthdays and holidays. Stephanie's eight year old son has now spent the last 6 years of his life without his mother by his side.

Stephanie has not lost hope though. She has faith in the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund. We are doing everything we can to help Mohr.

We have appealed the trial Courts decision denying Stephanie a new trial to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia.

Six years of her life have been wasted in prison because she followed police procedure when she ordered her police dog Valk to stop a suspect from fleeing the scene. Six years that can NEVER EVER be given back.

The suspect - an illegal alien from San Salvador - was convicted of selling drugs and deported. ---- But outrageously the prosecutor brought him back, at public expense, to testify against Stephanie.

And Stephanie was convicted of "violating" his civil rights.

Just as unfair as the charges, the Judge, blindly followed the recommendation of the Civil Rights Division, imposed a draconian ten-year sentence that both Stephanie and her son Adam are both serving. What can be more outrageous!!!

It's time to reunite Stephanie and Adam for Mothers Day!

If you agree that its time to send this innocent mother home to her son, won't you please send your most generous tax deductible contribution to The Law Enforcement Defense Fund by clicking here today.

We strongly believe that Mohr has been wrongly accused and innocent of this crime. Stephanie followed all the police procedures as she was trained to do.

In order to protect the public, which was her main concern, she released her dog Valk to ensure that Mendez could not escape and pose a further threat to the community.

We here at LELDF (see who we are) hope that you agree with us that this sentence is unjust. Mendez is an illegal alien who is receiving more benefits than Mohr, a police officer who protected the public for over nine years.

LELDF is assisting Stephanie with all the legal costs for the appeal and for a new trial.

Stephanie's appeal asks the federal judge to review her conviction based on evidence in court documents that a witness against her lied, saying she used a racial slur and that this lie influenced the jury to convict her.

LELDF is supporting Stephanie Mohr. But, we cannot do it alone. We need your support to help Stephanie obtain her rightfully deserved freedom.

Stephanie deserves to be home holding Adam in her arms. Adam needs mother to open up the over 5 years of Christmas gifts, over 5 years of Mothers Day gifts.

Your contribution of any amount will greatly impact our efforts in supporting Stephanie.

We are asking you to show your support by giving a gift of $25, $50, or any amount that you can afford. This gift of any amount is tax-deductible.

By the time Stephanie gets out of prison, her son Adam will almost be a teenager. Mohr has lost some of the most crucial moments in Adams life. This is every mother's worst nightmare. We need to help her get out of prison as soon as possible so she can be reunited with her son. 2,020 days apart are enough!

Any donation that you can contribute will help our cause in giving Stephanie her freedom. She deserves to know that we appreciate all her hard work and sacrifices.

We thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,


David H. Martin
Chairman

P.S. Stephanie Mohr was only performing her job the way she was trained how. Mendez is an illegal alien who should not even be in the U.S. Please do not let this mother be torn apart from her son any longer. Won't you please help LELDF to reunite Stephanie and Adam? Thank you

Saturday, May 09, 2009

wish McCain made these arguments in October??

Back in 2008-10-25 the Bleeding Brain correctly suggested that associating Barack Obama with his anti-American buddies was an expensive, poor, and wasteful tactic and suggested "the '2 steps up and 3 steps down' rhetorical device." Of course the political planners up in the high parts do not read these sorts of weblogs.
Here is how it works:

Obama is promising hope and change BUT:

2) Obama did NOT deliver hope or change in his own city of Chicago.

a) Corruption is ongoing there (Rezko)
b) The education system is still rotten after Obama distributed grant money there. His children do not even attend the education system that he supposedly improved.
c) Chicago leads the nation in violent crime.

3) Obama did NOT deliver hope or change in the state of Illinois.

a) Illinois running record deficits during a time when Obama was a senator there.
b) Illinois has had among the highest unemployment rates in the USA. As Senator, Obama did not improve Illinois's economy nor did he fight against those who he thought should have been improving the economy in the state of Illinois.

The big question is:

How can Obama claim to be able to bring hope and change to the great nation of the United States when he can't even do small things in his own backyard?

3) He did NOT EVEN bring change to his home state of Illinois.
2) He did NOT EVEN bring change to his home town of Chicago.
1) He did NOT EVEN bring hope or change to the small neighbourhood where he worked as a community organizer.

Those who are trusted with little will be trusted with much.

Obama has NOT been trustworthy with even the small things. How can we trust him with our great country?
I believe it may have worked. I know it would have been more effective than what we saw.

The great injustice, one that galls me, is that the fools who mismanaged the McCain Presidential Campaign, and in another example the Fred Thompson Primary campaign, are still allowed to work in politics. For such massive incompetence they should be banned from the field and competent folk sought out and hired. I no longer have any interest in such work, but I know it is incredibly stupid that someone with talents such as mine (that someone not being me, but similar to me), or one of my friends, is still left out in the cold by these Republicans, ignored and disrespected, while fools who blew an election that by all rights was possible to win, still get hired.

Mind you, the point of no return regarding the Republicans' possibility for Presidential victory was well before October of 2008, but that they failed so epically at so early a point in time only illustrates the massive incompetence, even the lack of proper vision and political philosophy.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

powerless Local School Councils

from http://twitter.com/bambenek/status/1541884048

This is informative
@CJArndt LSCs are essentially powerless. Most policy setting is done by feds with NCLB and via state mandates.
I hope this is useful and authoritative enough.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Zo is nationally defensible



Now that my new friend Alfonzo Rachel has provided me with blog content for today, I will inform you that

I will not be blogging here for approximately TEN DAYS... maybe 11 or 12 days depending on my obligations.


Any posts which spontaneously pop up between now and then in this space were scheduled awhile ago.

I will not be generating new content regardless of the news.

Now go read my archives!

Do it now. I have six years worth of it.

This is not "hiatus", it is "sabbatical". Now go appreciate my past works and wonders! Thanks to Sitemeter I know where you ingrates lives....