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Monday, July 07, 2008

The unbearable whiteness of being

Hilarious article from Salon Magazine.  The author of “Stuff White People Like” skewers the sacred cows of lefty Caucasian culture, from the Prius to David Sedaris. (Never heard of him)

July 5, 2008 |

Stuff White People Like is a satirical blog about a particular segment of Caucasian culture. It’s like an extended “you might be a redneck if” joke recast for a more upscale set. It gently mocks the habits and pretensions of urbane, educated, left-leaning whites, skewering their passion for Barack Obama and public transportation (as long as it’s not a bus), their idle threats to move to Canada, and joy in playing children’s games as adults. Kickball, anyone? (A list of the white stuff is here.)

It’s likely I don’t have to tell you about the Stuff White People Like site, because the odds are someone—someone white—has already forwarded it to you. Christian Lander, 29, who grew up in Toronto and now lives in Culver City, Calif., created the site to amuse his friends when he was working as the associate manager of corporate communications for an Internet agency last January. He doesn’t do that job anymore, because 32 million hits and a book deal later—“Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions” was published July 1—Lander’s become a professional mocker of whitey and himself.

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Posted by Nuttshell on 07/07 at 06:04 PM in Blogging
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Barack Obama gives his wife a “pound” and Fox News calls them terrorists.

If the Obamas are terrorists then most the Bush Klan are Satanists and devil worshippers.  See possible proof of their subtle evil beliefs below the coverage of the “terrorist fist jab”.

Just how unrealistic must Fox News be before people start to see they are a bunch of fear mongers intent on turning this beautiful world into a police state.  Why are they so afraid of anything non-blond and European?

Seriously folks, any self respecting American surely knows that this was the action performed by the “Wonder Twins” when about to transform into their task specific Super Identities.
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Are the Bushes linked to Satanism?
Are the Bushes linked to Satanism? Are the Bushes linked to Satanism?
Are the Bushes linked to Satanism? Are the Bushes linked to Satanism?

Posted by SPN on 06/28 at 12:55 PM in BloggingPoliticsNewsThis is just stupid!Xenophobia / Fear Mongering
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Genocide in Sudan continues daily.

A college student shot by Sudanese security forces because the color of his hair and skin resembled that of Darfuri rebels.

Paramilitary and security forces going from house to house, arresting men and boys, throwing them in trucks and speedingthem off to unknown destinations.

These are fragments of daily life in Sudan. This is more than a crime scene. This is genocide.

We cannot stand idly by as genocide continues. Nearly a year has passed since the U.N. resolved to send peacekeepers to Darfur - we need your support to make sure they don’t forget their promise.

We have only 5 days left to raise $200,000. Please make a secure online donation today.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/protect_darfur/nydMjcwpqHjqJ?

There are hopeful signs, and your activism has made a profound difference. The recent joint statement on Darfur from Senators Clinton, McCain and Obama was historic - the first time since World War II that presidential rivals have come together on a foreign policy issue.

But the people of Darfur shouldn’t have to weather seven more months of unspeakable atrocities until a new U.S. president takes office. We will continue to demand accountability from the current president, from those who want to be president, and from everyone with the power to address this humanitarian crisis.

But we can’t do any of that without your support.

We are still $165,000 away from our $200,000 goal for this critical campaign. Send a gift before the end of the month and help chart the path to peace for Darfur.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/protect_darfur/nydMjcwpqHjqJ?

Our common humanity demands action. There isn’t a moment to lose.

Best regards,

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition
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Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Please join Dream for Darfur and the Save Darfur Coalition

Please join Dream for Darfur and the Save Darfur Coalition for a nationwide protest against the silence of Olympic corporate sponsors on the Darfur crisis.

On June 20, U.N. World Refugee Day, activists across the country will gather at stores and headquarters of four sponsors of the Beijing Olympics - Coca-Cola, General Electric, Swatch and Volkswagen - and demand that they use their partnership with the Chinese government to help end genocide in Darfur.

What: Spotlight on the Sponsors Day of Action

When: Friday, June 20, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Coca-Cola Co.

711 5th Ave.

New York, NY 10022

The Chinese government has not done enough to help end genocide in Darfur. Yet, as it prepares for the 2008 Olympic Games, the Chinese government is attempting to cloak itself in the Olympic ideals of peace and brotherhood and cover up its failure to act on Darfur.

And the Olympic corporate sponsors have refused to urge China to act.

The corporate sponsors cannot turn a blind eye to genocide.  Join us on June 20 and demand that they speak out to China about Darfur.

For more information, please click here.

Can’t attend? You can still send all four sponsors a message. Click here to send an email to the CEO of each corporation to ask them to help end genocide.

Thank you for your commitment to Darfur, and we hope to see you on the 20th!

Best regards,

Coby Rudolph

Save Darfur Coalition


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Friday, June 13, 2008

Who is the real John McCain?  Apprently John MCain doesn’t know which one he is either.

Posted by SPN on 06/13 at 12:08 PM in BloggingPoliticsNews
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kucinich Offers Impeachment Articles Against Bush

Cusco Carmen emailed me a link to cbsnews.com that had information about Rep. Dennis Kucinich offering 35 articles of impeachment against Pres. bush.  I had heard nothing about this.  It seems that our media is still afraid (or too complicent) to confront Bush.  Has anyone else heard about this?

Thanks Carmen.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush on Monday night, reading the resolution into the Congressional Record.

Kucinich, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination this year, unveiled a litany of alleged illegal and improper acts by Bush, including war crimes.

Kucinich has introduced a similar impeachment resolution against Vice President Cheney. That resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, which has taken no action on the measure. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top House Democratic leaders have stated that there will be no consideration of impeachment proceedings against Bush, calling the idea “off the table.”

Kucinich and other liberal Democrats, including Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), have sought the removal of the current administration, arguing that Bush and Cheney have lied to Congress and the American public about the reasons for invading Iraq in 2003 and abused their offices in order to conduct the “War on Terror” following the 9/11 attacks.

Posted by SPN on 06/11 at 08:41 AM in BloggingJustice / InjusticePoliticsNews
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Monday, June 09, 2008

How Karl Rove played politics while people drowned

Excellent article from Salon magazine.
Hurricane Katrina posed a huge test to Bush’s administration. But instead of bailing out Louisiana, Karl Rove played Blame the Democrats.

By Paul Alexander

Jun. 06, 2008 | On Monday, August 29, 2005, at about 6:00 a.m., Hurricane Katrina slammed into the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. A category 5 hurricane until just before landfall, it was one of the worst storms ever to hit the Gulf Coast. Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana, had been briefed extensively about what to expect when the storm hit, which was why, on the Friday night before the storm reached the coast, she signed papers declaring Louisiana to be in a state of emergency. Based on what she had been told by her advisers and what she knew from being a native Louisianan, she understood that Katrina, creeping gradually toward land with sustained winds of a strength rarely seen in a hurricane, could prove to be catastrophic for Louisiana, and particularly for New Orleans.

Over the weekend, Blanco and her staff monitored the storm from an emergency headquarters in Baton Rouge. As the storm was hitting on Monday morning, Michael Brown, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, met with the governor and her staff. Brown had arrived in Louisiana the night before, supposedly ready to deal with the disaster. When he got to the headquarters that morning, Brown told Blanco he was prepared to help. “He showed up Monday morning,” says Bob Mann, a senior aide to Blanco, “and gave us the feeling we would have everything we wanted and needed. He was nothing if not an effective bullshitter.” Specifically, there was talk of FEMA buses. “Michael Brown told me he had 500 buses,” Blanco says. “They were staged and ready to roll in.

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Posted by Nuttshell on 06/09 at 02:00 PM in Blogging
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Apple releases 8GB iPhone that works on 3G network for only $199!

The new phone comes in black or white
Phone, iPod, and Internet in one fast 3G device.

Introducing iPhone 3G. With fast 3G wireless technology, GPS, support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and the new App Store, iPhone 3G puts even more amazing features in your hands. And just like the original iPhone, it combines three products in one —a revolutionary phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough Internet device.

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Apple Store

Posted by SPN on 06/09 at 02:55 PM in BloggingNewsScience / Technology
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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Name the series that this quote comes from.

If you don’t get it, check the read more link to see plenty of more great quotes from this groundbreaking series.  I took the whole thing from Wikipedia.

Huey:: Mr. Jones, it’s Huey. You ready?
James Earl Jones::Young man, I told you last time this isn’t funny. You’re going to get us both in trouble.
Huey:: Last time, I promise. Hold on. [Opens a three-way call]
George W. Bush:: [Answers the phone] This is Bush.
Huey:: Mr. President, please hold for Darth Vader.
James Earl Jones:: [In full Vader voice] President Bush, this is Darth Vader… I wanted to thank you for helping spread Evil throughout the galaxy!
George W. Bush:: Uh… Thank you, Lord Vader! 

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Posted by SPN on 06/08 at 01:38 PM in BloggingPoliticsCelebrityFunny Stuff
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Feds give schools a break on math tests

As a parent of a child who did exceedingly well on the math portion of the CRCT, I feel this is doing more harm than good.  Why not make ALL of the students rise to the level of those who did pass the Math Test.
This is as bad as the social studies fiasco where the scores were thrown out, at my daughter’s middle school the students scored well above the score needed to pass the test on science, social studies and math, many students had perfect scores and this was from 6th - 8th grade!  If the schools are not performing as expected and there are some or the majority of students are passing let’s address the teaching methods and add more afterschool and before school tutoring. Extra assignments to help them understand don’t just lower the bar! Why aren’t all teachers told to teach more than what is on the CRCT?  I believe therein lies the problem. 

Middle schools expected to benefit from waiver

By LAURA DIAMOND
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/05/08

Elementary and middle schools have a better chance of meeting the testing goals required under federal law because fewer students must pass math exams than previously expected, State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox said Thursday.

The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires states to test students annually in reading and math and that a certain percentage of students pass these exams. Schools that repeatedly fail face increasingly severe sanctions, ranging from offering free tutoring to a possible takeover by the state.

Georgia’s annual Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests assess whether students learn what the state says they need to know. Scores from these exams also help determine whether schools meet the federal law’s testing goals, called adequate yearly progress and commonly referred to as AYP.

More students failed the math tests this year because the state has been phasing in a new curriculum that covers more new material and less review than before.

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Posted by loni on 06/06 at 07:26 AM in Blogging
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