I'm going skiing again tomorrow to see if I can improve on what I learned last week. Paula is coming with us this time and I've got butterflies again :-)
Muslim demonstrators in Syria have burned the Danish embassy to the ground and have now torched the Norwegian embassy. All because of their "outrage" at those funny cartoons. Muslim = "Religion of peace"? How about Muslim = "Humourless bunch of retards"?
Ok so this is a classic case of "a few bad apples" but it's over a damned cartoon!
And just to put things in check, here, a quick rundown of some muslim actions over the last couple of years, apparently none of which warranted the sort of "muslim outrage" being shown over these cartoons:
- Muslim officials block the exit where school girls are trying to escape a burning building because their faces were exposed.
- Muslims cut off the heads of three teenaged girls on their way to school in Indonesia. A Christian school.
- Muslims murder teachers trying to teach Muslim children in Iraq.
- Muslims murder over 80 tourists with car bombs outside cafes and hotels in Egypt.
- Muslims slaughter hundreds of children and teachers in Beslan, shooting children in the back.
- Let's go way back. Muslims kidnap and kill athletes at the Munich Summer Olympics.
- Muslims fire rocket-propelled grenades into schools full of children in Israel.
- Muslims murder more than 50 commuters in attacks on London subways and busses.
- Muslims murder innocent vacationers in Bali.
- And my favourite: Muslim newspapers publish anti-Semitic cartoons.
It's a sad fact that muslims are involved, on one side or the other, in almost every one of the 125+ shooting wars going on around the world right now. These protestors are not doing anything to sell the image of their "Religion of peace" to the rest of the world. From an outside perspective it looks like some of these people have nothing better to do than wonder around with a gigantic chin on their shoulder just waiting to be offended by something so they can use it as an excuse for violence.
Christ! Can you imagine if the Jews revolted at every bad depiction of them in the press? Or the Christians. Or the French?
I really should express my gratitude for the level of support for huge businesses that B*sh has shown. His fostering of corruption and wholesale rape of the working class is truly something to be proud of. The latest example? Because the National Weather Service says this past January was the warmest ever on record, the National Grid is tacking a 2% "warm weather" surcharge on to everyone's bill this month because we didn't use as much electricity in the heating of our houses. The knock-on effect is that they didn't make as much money as they wanted, so they're just going to invent a new surcharge and make everyone pay anyway.
It's the same as the water companies here in Utah. "We must conserve because of the drought. Oh. You all conserved and we lost money. We'd better put the rates up."
According to the Public Service Commission, which is the watchdog agency for National Grid, the company has every right to tack on the charge during the heating season, if they overestimate the amount of energy needed. The Public Service Commission, is, of course, staffed by Republican B*sh patsys, so why would they say anything different? After all, under the B*sh whitehouse, "watchdog" is a term used to ensure that everyone is being raped for as much cash as physically possible. It's the same reason the "watchdog" for the petroleum industry didn't step in even when petrol was over $3 a gallon last summer.
It seems that nowadays, the worst type of person to be is a white male christian. (I'm just a white male). Any other combination of colour, sex, race and religion is considered to be somehow protected against blasphemy.
So read this report on CNN.com about the growing row over the really quite funny cartoons published this week having a poke at Islam. Read carefully the line where it says CNN has chosen to not show the cartoons in respect for Islam. Then pop over here and check out how CNN doesn't have the same respect for Christianity. If they did, they wouldn't have pictures of Kanye West done up as Jesus splashed all over their site. It seems NBC nightly news also refused to show the cartoons "out of respect". Respect my arse. It's out of fear. The media are scared fucking shitless to express an opinion any more. You know what - those cartoons are pretty damn funny. I'm sure the muslim press have no problem at all printing anti-christian and anti-B*sh stories, cartoons and pictures. To wit, a new Turkish movie ("Valley of the Wolves Iraq") features American soldiers crashing an Iraqi wedding, shooting the groom in head and dragging the survivors to Abu Ghraib prison where Jewish doctor cuts out their organs to sell them to rich people in New York. Inflamatory? You betcha. Politically correct? No way. Did the filmmakers have a problem with this? I doubt it. It's called "FREE SPEECH".
This double-standards, political correctness bullshit has to stop. Why is it that people like me can all be called "white" but black people can't be called "black"? They're not African Americans - they're black! I am not Anglo Saxon European - I'm white for fuck's sake. Why is it that we're allowed to refer to the Hajj, Ramadan and Hannukah, but not "Christmas"? Why do we have to call people "postal workers" instead of postmen and postwomen?
My God this is insane. Hell I can't even say that. "My Deity" this is in insane. And I probably can't say "Hell" either. FUUUUUUCCCCCKKKK!
It's odd, but El Busho left out some important data from his speech last night. For example, he forgot to mention that despite Clinton leaving him a $236billion surplus, B*sh has pissed it all away and turned it instead into a $8.146trillion debt. That's an impressive feat. He also seemed to skip over how much he's wasted on the war in Iraq ($228billion), how many WMD he's found there (none) and how much money has been given to Halliburton in no-bid contracts for "iraq cleanup" ($10.7 billion).
Oddly, he also forgot to mention that he's reneged $28.2billion on the "no child left behind" act, and that 6 million people have lost their health insurance because of his policies. Finally, he totally skipped over the $16 million in no-bid contracts awarded to Halliburton for post-Katrina cleanup operations.
These are all important facts for the rest of us. For the Republicans and B*sh supporters though, facts don't really count. Just like science doesn't count, or evolution, or alternative energy, or healthcare, or social security, or the fact that their holy "President" is manipulative and corrupt lying sack of shit.
B*sh is doing nothing to distance himself from the similarities being drawn between him and Hitler. The latest example?
Peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested tonight in the House gallery after refusing to cover up a T-shirt bearing an anti-war slogan before B*sh's State of the Union address. She's been charged with unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor which could carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
This is because B*sh managed to sneak something into the Patriot Act renewal that hardly anyone knows about. The amendment basically criminalises political protest at "special events of national significance." In other words, express freedom of speech at a political rally and be arrested and thrown in jail.
Just like the Nazis did. Why can you Republicans not see this? Are you all blind? Or stupid? Or both? Do you not see what B*sh is doing to this country? He's outlawed dissent, he's criminalised free speech, he's on a crusade against a particular religion (Muslims), he hates blacks - for God's sake people - the man could not be more like Hitler if you drew a stupid moustache on his face !!!!!
Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any U.S. company on Monday — $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter. That's billion, with a "B".
Of course this coincidentally has nothing at all to do with the record high petrol prices they raped the country for after using hurricane Katrina as an excuse. No. Nothing it all. It's just sheer coincidence.
Today's word is "Profiteering".
Skiing was fun. A lot of fun. I fell over 3 times in 5 hours, which isn't bad. And I had a blast. Okay sure I was on the two green slopes, which as best as I can tell were so easy that no "true" skier would ever use them, but so what?
I'm biased towards my left leg, so turning to the right is a lot easier than turning to the left. And I learned an important lesson about ski poles - don't ski over them. You stop really quickly when you do.
I had one fantastic sky-ground-sky-ground-sky-ground moment where my speed got way the hell to fast and I tried to turn, but apart from that, I think I did really well.
Last night, the last thing I ever wanted to see again was another ski boot. This morning, apart from a slight limp, I'm up to go again so hopefully next sunday will see me on the slopes practicing again.