this cruise ship must be cursed or haunted. it's the one that brought me from the mainland to the islands here. but i wasn't able to complete the entire cruise before i drove my wheelchair off a step that was masqueraded as a ramp, with the help of a ship steward who pointed me the wrong way.
so they deboarded me and all my pain on the big island of hawaii after my injury and i ended up in hawaii medical center and had to find other transport the rest of the way to honolulu with a broken arm and all my earthly belongings. i finally did one month later.
then i heard a man was killed on a later voyage of this boat, this chicken of the seas, my pet name for it or he jumped off or something.
now this happens. the ironic thing is i live across the highway from pier 13 in honolulu now. this ship, this legend of the seas, moores, parks itself at pier 13, in full view from my apartment window, on yet another pit stop in it's never-ending circuit around the globe, reminding me it's still cruising for danger.
jezebel 06:41 - [Link] - Comments ()
i live in a big city downtown environment and have lots of regular homeless acquaintences too. they are nice and all to me as well. but i still get the same stupid comments ... slow down gonna get a speedin' ticket ... et al. ad nauseum no matter upper class lower class middle class crackhead class whatever.
but no problems, at least they don't bark.
jezebel 16:51 - [Link] - Comments ()
Revealed: How the road to war was paved with lies...
Intelligence agencies accuse Bush and Blair of distorting and fabricating evidence in rush to war (London Independent)
jezebel 10:16 - [Link] - Comments ()
Fertile weeds from the savage garden of the sfgate.com newswires
Tabitha Is My Pagan Goddess Bitch Lover Whee
The Harry Potter series is back on library shelves in the Cedarville School District, following a federal judge's order to give students access to the insanely popular books, and overruling the school board who claimed the books promoted witchcraft and disobedience and sodomy and paganism and too much damn book learnin' and the idea that they can actually buck the goddamn system and defeat evil curmudgeonly uptight ass-clenched black-magic school boards and actually make something of their sad Arkansas lives but only if they get the hell out as soon as humanly possible if not sooner. Cedarville Mayor Beverly Pyle, who was at the school board meeting, said she was tired of the issue. "I just wish it would go away," Pyle said. "I am a Christian ... but I grew up watching 'Bewitched.' I can see both sides." Which is an excellent defense of, of.... wait, I'm sorry, what? Did she really just reference 'Bewitched' as moral and ethical justification for allowing kids to read 'Harry Potter'?
I thought so. OK good. This is what we are dealing with. Deep and nuanced indeed are the intellectual and pietistic wellsprings of Arkansas, let us be hereby reminded.
Ten Feet Of Manly Phallocentric Sneering Steel
Charlton Heston was hailed as "a fearless patriot" and "a defender of personal freedoms" and a "creepy crusty faux-macho jackass hunk of dreamy semi-literate man-love who singlehandedly did more to promote the completely bogus image of America as this oozing ultra-violent breeding ground for paranoid gun-licking faux-macho uber-patriots who all think everyone wants to take their precious guns away and who honestly desperately believe their weaponry makes them some sort of defender of freedom when in fact it only proves them sort of sad and tremulous and pitiable," during a tribute Friday marking the end of his tenure as president and High Lord Phallocentric Gunmaster King of the National Rifle Association. NRA officials unveiled a 10-foot-tall statue of Heston modeled after the character he played in the 1968 movie "Will Penny." The statue, to be permanently displayed in the NRA's headquarters in suburban Washington, shows Heston with a pistol in his right hand. Oh yeah, baby. Now *that's* something to be proud of. Other enlightened countries create statues of great thinkers, poets, artists, leaders, revolutionaries. We have a crusty old actor holding a gun. Perfect.
-- SF Gate: http://sfgate.com/
jezebel 09:21 - [Link] - Comments ()
from a misanthropic perspective, soap operas are some of humanity's crazy social rituals combined with some of the wildest, fruitiest personal misadventures we as humans could ever dream up, but do it subconsciously more than we might care to admit.
ever read the illiad or the odyssey? when i read them i immediatly understood where all the soaps come from.
every crazy plot was right there with good ole homer.
more importantly, they also help me continue to grasp that fantasy of the real world as being almost logical and sane. almost.
jezebel 09:13 - [Link] - Comments ()
here's a big happy birthday to my brother brian.
big happy birthday!
jezebel 18:47 - [Link] - Comments ()
the first time i discovered dan savage was when i moved to seattle and read his column in the stranger, a local weekly.
a few years later, after i came to honolulu, i noticed his column was also in the village voice in new york city.
today i came across an op-ed he wrote in the new york times concerning all this homo-hullabaloo. good job dan. next stop white house?
jezebel 07:14 - [Link] - Comments ()
- it is just my opinion. that silly opinion, again. darn politic, gets me in trouble all the time, nothing new.
whips and chains had no effect on it. i finally gave up. so it runs rampant now. it's become feral, wild. nevertheless, i usually enjoy hearing my opinion. i don't usually apologize for it. (i have before in attempts to recover from moments of absolute stupidity or severe acts of unintended rudeness from my opinion.)
jezebel 12:31 - [Link] - Comments ()
and i only had to wait forty years....
"daytime tv gets its first lesbian kiss."
jezebel 15:26 - [Link] - Comments ()
as one of a.t.t.'s billions of laid-off employees i can truly say this is a large laugh. after axing most of their live work force, becoming almost completely automated and closing most of their offices. they'd better be financially better off or they're doomed for sure. no big loss or win either way on my account any more.
jezebel 06:01 - [Link] - Comments ()
what can i say ... welcome to neva' neva' land ... an anonymous cave in a manmade concrete honeycomb where the tv's much easier to deal with than the tropical blinding sunlight and the honking automachines outside on the street where you have to wear clothes, even here, outside at ground level kind of like ... hell?
jezebel 19:28 - [Link] - Comments ()
Journalists in Danger:
International Federation of Journalists, report, 21 April 2003
The shooting by soldiers of a journalist filming protests on the West Bank at the weekend provides fresh evidence that the lives of Palestinian media staff are "recklessly being put at risk" by Israeli forces, says the International Federation of Journalists.
jezebel 13:25 - [Link] - Comments ()
Fiori's latest animation...
So Where Are the Weapons of Mass Destruction?
"In contemporary life we do whatever we can to deny intuition of the invisible realms. We clog up our senses with smog, jam our minds with media overload. We drown ourselves in alcohol or medicate ourselves into rigidly artificial states with antidepressants. Then we take pride in our cynicism and detachment. Perhaps we are terrified to discover that our "rationality" is itself a kind of faith, an artifice, that beneath it lies the vast territory of the unknown."
- Daniel Pinchbeck from his book
"Breaking Open the Head"
jezebel 17:56 - [Link] - Comments ()
today in oitribe, a tiny discussion group i'm the curator of, i posted a message. the subject line was: "jesus died for somebody's sins ..." and then the body of the message was "but not mine."
that's a patty smith quote i thought would be appropriate for my easter sunday sermon. it wasn't meant to be offensive.
but later in the day i got an automated email notice that someone unsubscribed from the group. so i guess they musta' got offended. that's my evildoer's perspective assumption anyhow.
oh well. it wasn't meant to be critical or anything. it turned out kinda' cool though. gotta' rise outta' somebody. hehe.
jezebel 18:45 - [Link] - Comments ()
a kinder, gentler patriotism
saturday in another april. again tomorrow is easter sunday. this is the time when so many hypocrits thrive and rule with a flaming cross. what ever happened to turning the other cheek?
jezebel 10:22 - [Link] - Comments ()
A Prayer For George Dubya
What might the universe have to say to Shrub right now? Hint: It ain't exactly fan mail.
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
For the long-term freedom, health, prosperity, and security of Americans ? and the world's other six billion people, and all its other species, too ? there is no more critical task in the coming months than to oust George W. Bush and his inner circle from public office in November 2004. Our great-great-great-great-great grandchildren will thank us.
jezebel 09:31 - [Link] - Comments ()
it is a bit unsettling for me to see t.v. broadcasts of u.s. military brass all getting together, gloating, patting themselves on their backs, smoking each other's cigars in what they see as patriotic victory.
from a chess perspective, things are just getting started. this may be the end of the opening game. but i think we can only expect a very long and costly middle game. much of it could be waged on our side of the board, followed by an end game that will make previous earthly wars appear more like bouts of ring around the rosie.
jezebel 09:23 - [Link] - Comments ()
== Hey Brother Let's Go Slam Dunk Syria ==
Michael Jordan received a U.S. flag from slithery black-eyed snake of a human Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ... the warmongering jackass meets the aging superstar athlete and gives him an American flag just after the US stomped all over a mangy little country in the name of bogus patriotism, which clearly signifies... something slightly morally curdled and entirely unappetizing. Rumsfeld received a loud ovation before presenting Jordan with a flag that flew over the Pentagon on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, whoa whoa whoa -- what the hell?
Rumsfeld quickly slithered back to his cave to have his spine de-molded and to enjoy a nice soothing multi-hour round of phlegmy cackling.
jezebel 09:01 - [Link] - Comments ()
quote of the day-
"The situation of Iraqis is as if one eye is crying and one eye is laughing."
- sayid hashem al-Shamaa, a Shiite leader in Baghdad.
jezebel 08:24 - [Link] - Comments ()
of course, we've gotta have the ability to forgive people. i'm not sure about the other part -- if we expect them to forgive us?
i can think of circumstances when i would not expect someone to forgive me. for instance, if i have unexpected sexual relations with your father on his sixtieth birthday party during naptime and he misses his candle blowing-out contest. and/or if later that day i allow his prize great dane to have its way with me, subsequently stealing his food dish as a trophy. i would not expect to be forgiven in some situation such as that.
but seriously, forgiving people for me is like a natural process. i usually can't stop it. i'm sure that's true for many people. it just takes time. unless of course they kill you, then there's probably not enough time to forgive them. i'm not sure they deserve it anyway.
misanthropically, i see homo sapiens as a vexatious species; therefore, i usually do expect the worst from them, so if or when they do something bad then it's not a big surprise to me. i usually just chalk it up as an event ultimately caused by the plight of the human condition. people can't always help it if they're a member of a constantly stupid evolutionary quirk.
it's also difficult for me to stay mad at someone for an extended length of long time. plus, holding a grudge uses too much energy. so for the sake of laziness? i usually end up forgiving them anyway. as a member of this unfortunate club, i'm not usually too surprised if or when i get dumped on by fate, but i usually end up blaming myself for it in the end because i should have seen it coming, should have been expecting them to do something stupid or evil. i should have done something to avoid it. how could i be stupid enough to let bad things happen to me? oh right i'm only human i keep trying to forget.
for the world is my fruitcake,
made up with a bunch of nuts.
there's the opposite side of the spectrum. people who apologize too much. it's fine to apologize for things you did -- but not every other sentence.
i find it difficult to believe these people really are sorry. maybe they should think a bit before they act. apologies dilute very quickly.
we all screw up, personally, my apologies are reserved for when i really need them. the small things people just have to deal with, many times they get upset because of their own paranoia and oversensitive sense of guilt. or they just read or hear something incorrectly.
i rarely insult or criticize individuals--especially in public. and when i do they know it because it will be clearly elucidated. i do make critical comments, but it's usually always about people in general, not specific humans. but i digress.
== And This Is How We Make McNuggets ==
The owners of ranches where employees tossed live chickens into wood chippers won't be prosecuted on animal cruelty charges. The DA's office announced that Arie and Bill Wilgenburg, brothers and owners of Ward Poultry Farm, didn't commit a crime because the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave them permission to use wood chippers to destroy the birds. "Once they asked and were given permission, there was no criminal intent," said Gayle Stewart, a DA spokeswoman. "It's an industry standard to get rid of hens like this." Yes, that's right, old hens who don't produce enough eggs anymore are tossed by the wheelbarrowful, thousands and thousands of them, into huge wood chippers and turned into hen paste in about one horrific soul-curdling second and it's not only the industry standard, it's tacitly approved by the USDA....
it's difficult for me to watch the fox channel without getting depressed from all the hype, so i hardly ever do. they take journalism beyond the limits of logic, which is a bit frightening to me, especially at a historical point where the masses are so vulnerable to things like electronic wmd -- words of mis-direction.
jezebel 07:24 - [Link] - Comments ()
"Thomas Hurndall, a 21-year-old activist from London, UK
... [shot and killed by israeli forces] ... was about to leave, when he noticed two small girls still in front of the roadblock and in the line of fire. He was moving to help them when an Israeli soldier in the tower, about 300 meters in front of him, shot a high calibre sniper bullet directly into his head. He was wearing an orange fluorescent jacket with reflective stripes, and was in full body view of the tower."
well, it looks as if the preliminary fighting has come to a lull.
the next round could very well be held whereever they decide to strike. maybe the u.s. maybe not. time will tell.
presently, before the next big battle, let's let the scandals begin.
jezebel 08:21 - [Link] - Comments ()
here we go again
omg...i've spent the last two days with my head in this stupid cyberdimension trying to revamp this weblog so it's a bit easier to read on a normal computer. i've not really paid enough attention lately and it's been getting worse. i've been viewing it with webtv which seems to clean up all my lousy html formatting.
i think it's better now. the only thing is i am so sick of this blog now i may never come back. hah.
jezebel 09:48 - [Link] - Comments ()
multiple universes sounds so refreshing these days. it would be so nice just to pack up and move to alpha centari.
jezebel 06:57 - [Link] - Comments ()
The Lie Of Liberation --
Crowds of cheering Iraqis are just a diversion, folks. BushCo's real goal is only just beginning
jezebel 08:15 - [Link] - Comments ()
intensifies. what should we believe? should we even pay attention,
waste our time?
everything is propaganda.
what would we do without propaganda?
after all, it's just a bunch of propaganda.
jezebel 18:15 - [Link] - Comments ()
as the u.s. military rushes onward to rid the world of evil, it poisons itself and the people it liberates with depleted uranium.
jezebel 07:24 - [Link] - Comments ()
Ask Me Questions
George Bush is visiting an elementary school and announces to the class, "You can all ask me questions."
A boy named Bobby raises his hand and says, "I have three questions for you."
1) How did you win the election with less votes than Gore?
2) Isn't it true that you want to declare war on Iraq in order to get their oil?
3) Why hasn't the U.S. caught Osama Bin Laden yet?
Then the bell sounds and all the kids run out to the playground.
Fifteen minutes later the kids come back in class, and again the President says,
"You can all ask me questions."
A boy named Charlie raises his hand and says, "I have five questions for you."
1) How did you win the election with less votes than Gore?
2) Isn't it true that you want to declare war on Iraq in order to get their oil?
3) Why hasn't the U.S. caught Osama Bin Laden yet?
4) Why did the bell go off 20 minutes early?
5) Where's Bobby?
jezebel 18:54 - [Link] - Comments ()
start with procreating people, wait a bit, subtract some common sense
and (wa-la) A.D.D. babies (also) equals overpopulation plus antibiotic
abuse, amounts to things like SARS. and the military recruiters take advantage
of the above equation and the resulting lack of faith and self-esteem
and confuse young lost people and wars don't help anything, not even
self-esteem and "discipline" or lack thereof.
jezebel 13:36 - [Link] - Comments ()
the real war.
it's amazing how the death of one u.s. journalist has so much more of an effect on people in this country, including the american media, than the deaths and suffering of the hundreds and hundreds of iraqi civilians these same journalists are not allowed to show.
jezebel 07:21 - [Link] - Comments ()
every time i hear one of those silly tv talking heads talking about baghdad, they inevitably say, "we're here ...." referring to the so-called invasion of baghdad.
and my mind invariably wanders and completes the thought ... "we're queer, get used to it."
every time, and they keep saying it, all those retired military guys, more and more even. so just now i heard another retired kernal or admirable or something, about to say the same thing again, and then he paused and said, "it's like that old gay saying, no disrespect. we're here, we're queer, get used to it."
it's another completely unexpected vidiotic reality of this war. the retired military commences stumbling from out the closet on network tv.
jezebel 18:16 - [Link] - Comments ()
... meanwhile, in the other most unbalanced war on the planet...
Today at about 6.30 pm, Brian Avery, 24, of New Mexico was shot in the face by a burst of machine gun fire from an Israeli Armoured Personnel Carrier.
"Dear reader, as Israel slides ever deeper into a morass of racism and ethnic solipsism, please do not rely too heavily on Haaretz to understand how or why this 'light unto the nations' has grown so dim."
"They had to do 16 houses by sundown [...] and by the end of the day, you could find 16 families sitting on heaps of rubble, weeping and cursing. Children, too." Another average day in Occupied Palestine ...
animation by fiore
jezebel 10:58 - [Link] - Comments ()
Kathy Kelly, Iraq Peace Team
"The bombing has been very heavy for the past two nights, with blasts that cause the floors, windows and walls to shudder. Bombing continues during the daytime. Here at our hotel are two little girls whom I've grown to love, Zainab and Miladh. They sleep in the bomb shelter with their mother, Umm Zaineb, while Abu Zaineb works as the night manager at the front desk ... Both little girls grind their teeth now. Miladh, a delicate child, often pretends that an airplane is coming toward her, and then she stiffens her back and flips backward, as though dead.
It's very difficult to distract her from this routine." Kathy Kelly writes from Baghdad.
Dozens of baffled fans walked out of a Pearl Jam concert after Eddie Vedder took a mask of Bush and impaled it on a microphone stand.
Several concertgoers booed and shouted for Vedder to shut up as he told the crowd he was against the war and Bush. He impaled the mask during the encore of the band's opening show of a U.S. tour. "It was like he decapitated someone in a primal ritual and stuck their head on a stick," said fan Keith Zimmerman.
During the show, Vedder said: "Just to clarify... we support the troops. We're just confused on how wanting to bring them back safely all of a sudden becomes non-support," he said. "We love them. They're not the ones who make the foreign policy .... Let's hope for the best and speak our opinions." This was, of course, far too articulate for the handful of dumbfounded fans who walked out, who basically only came to hear "Jeremy" and maybe "Black" and get totally baked and pass out. "As soon as he started speaking in complete sentences, I'm all, like, whatever dude, play Freebird!"
jezebel 09:34 - [Link] - Comments ()
the sunrise is red today. what's that saying?
"red sky in morning, sailor take warning."
before sunrise it was raining and even some thunder. but now the clouds seem to be evaporating with the daylight -- darn. i was hoping the rain would continue.
jezebel 07:36 - [Link] - Comments ()
r.i.p. edwin starr
what is it good for? absolutey nothing. say it again.
what is it good for? absolutey nothing.
"War has shattered many young men's dreams/We've got no place for it today/ They say we must fight to keep our freedom but Lord/There's just got to be a better way."
jezebel 06:30 - [Link] - Comments ()
prodigy takes many forms.
bobby fischer, one of the the latest, continues making waves, not necessarily in chess. one of the the latest versions of his various escapades seems to further drive home the evidential link between prodigy and sanity (or lack thereof).
luckily, this makes bobby fischer and his fellow prodigious humans, no less interesting.
jezebel 08:49 - [Link] - Comments ()
april fools? or ...
-- Federal investigators have arrested an enigmatic Wall Street wiz on insider-trading charges -- and incredibly, he claims to be a time-traveler from the year 2256!
jezebel 13:55 - [Link] - Comments ()
arnett scruffs his muzzle away and howls, "this war is not working."
of those beady little eyes all around us.
Seymour Hersh examines the down-side of Donald Rumsfeld's hubris in the pages of The New Yorker.
"According to a dozen or so military men I spoke to, Rumsfeld simply failed to anticipate the consequences of protracted warfare." ...
could this be the beginning of the beginning of the end? the first cases of sars could already be here.
stuck on an island with sars. not the best of all options. oh well, maybe somebody's playing some big april fool's.
on second thought i doubt it.
jezebel 05:48 - [Link] - Comments ()