Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The cost of the war

Well, amid a million personal issues that are swirling around right now, I can't help but think about the war and the costs to our country. Current estimates are between 300 million and 720 million dollars a day to support the war. That is 1 to 2 dollars every day per person that comes out of our pockets as citizens. To date that is nearly 3300 dollars for every American. When we look back on it we have each paid several thousands of dollars to wreak havoc on a country that posed no real risk to us. We've had several thousands of dollars taken from us on the pretense (or rather lie) that Iraq posed an imminent threat to us. I would rather have wiped the hemorrhoidal ass of a Tijuana donkey with the money and then light it on fire than see it put to this use. Yes, it is disgusting and vile, but isn't the needless deaths of 70,000 - 80,000 Iraqi civilians and nearly 4000 allied service persons even more disgusting and vile.

What could I have done with $3300? Well, any number of things. I could have had my house painted. I could have taken a nice vacation to Europe. I could have paid off a credit card. I could have sent 17 OLPC computers over seas for use by children. I could have paid for one years worth of health insurance coverage for 2.5 children in the SCHIP program. My point is that I feel like my money is better spent elsewhere.

So, is this about money or lives? I think both. The money that is being spent is our money and the fact that it has financed so much death leaves a collective blood stain on all of our hands.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Talk Like A Pirate

I'd just like to remind everyone that it is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It is good for the environment. GArrgh!!!

The most important image ever taken

Yes. I know I'm doing it again. Every once in a while I get in a mood where stuff like this really fascinates me. This is so humbling and amazing at once.

10,000 Galaxies where we can't even see one with our naked eye.

We're all a bunch of Monkeys!!

This is a funny clip by Ernest Cline. It has been around for a while, but I still get a chuckle out of it. I think I like it so much because it taps into my somewhat unhealthy obsession with monkeys.

Dance Monkeys Dance!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut

Liberal Crap I Don’t Want to Hear Again:

Give us this day our daily bread. Oh sure.

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Nobody better trespass against me. I’ll tell you that.

Blessed are the meek.

Blessed are the merciful. You mean we can’t use torture?

Blessed are the peacemakers. Jane Fonda?

Love your enemies - Arabs?

Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. The hell I can’t! Look at the Reverand Pat Robertson. And He is as happy as a pig in shit.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Suck it Jesus?

Kathy Griffin's recent remarks during an award acceptance speech made me shoot water out of my nose. Bucking the trend of thanking Jesus for every accomplishment in ones life she said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus," she then finished with, "Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now."

I can't find a link to it on youtube yet, but Here it is on CNN

What is even funnier is Bill Donohue, a spokesperson for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, had the balls to call it hate speech. This woman's failure to acknowledge and kowtow to his beliefs is hate speech. I have a hard time believing this joke on her part has even 1/100th of the damaging effect than the claim of the Colts head coach that Jesus wanted the Colts to win the Super Bowl. Donohue then goes on to compare Griffin's comment to that of Don (Nappy Headed Ho's) Imus.


By the way, Jesus died because you suck.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Pale Blue Dot

I've seen lots of references to Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot speech lately. For those who aren't familiar, here are probably the two best renditions of the speech.

Both are amazing. I don't think there is really a need to add anything.