WTF 50Cent? Rapper Urges Suicide?

In light of the recent spate of  gay teen suicides, all I can say here is WTF?

Ellen Speaks Out on Youth Suicides and Bullying

Thank you, Ellen for this heartfelt, sincere and important message. Rutger student Tyler Clementi jumped ot his death form the Washington Bridge after two classmates videotaped him having sex and broadcast it on the Internet. His was the fourth suicide in three weeks. The Washing Post reports in addition to Tyler:

Seth Walsh, 13, committed suicide last week after years of being bullied. The police interviewed several of the students who teased Walsh but determined their actions did not constitute a crime, news reports say.

Asher Brown, also 13, shot himself after being harassed at his middle school in Houston. According to news reports, his parents said they had complained to the school authorities, but the bullying continued. The school reports that no complaints were made.

Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old in Indiana, hung himself Thursday after being bullied. He never told anyone he was gay, but his classmates acknowledged that he was teased because students assumed he was.

Yesterday on Fox News, Shepard Smith said:

What happens in your bedroom is supposed to be private…

and went on to discuss Tyler’s suicide in sympathetic terms.  Yeah, on Fox News. And it was refreshing to see them take a positive stance on this, given their conservative base.

Christine O’Donnell: Missing the Mark with Misleading Remarks?

Dippy Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell may have dabbled in witchcraft–probably more like had silly teen sex on a wannabe-rebellious, goofy heavy metal altar–and, unless you’re Karl Rove, one can always forgive that sort of youthful enthusiasm. Heck, I thought about converting to Catholicism and even went to catechism class (one time) when I was in my early 20s; we all have blips.

But misstating about where you went to school is far more than a youthful shift in perspectives. It’s at the very least

Christine O’Donnell’s LinkedIn resume states that she studied “Post Modernism in the New Millennium” at  Oxford University. Not really. One summer she attended Phoenix University which held its courses on the Oxford campus. On/at, heck it’s just at little two letter  preposition.

But then there’s the slightly larger issue of O’Donnell’s course in Constitutional Government at Claremont Graduate University. That institution told Gary Scott

In short, no. Claremont Graduate University has no student or education record for an individual named Christine O’Donnell.

O’Donnell though offered this explanation to The Plum Line

There have been reports that I have released false information on a LinkedIn profile under my name. This is categorically untrue. I never established a LinkedIn profile, or authorized anyone to do so on my behalf. I have always been clear about my educational background. I completed undergraduate work at Fairleigh Dickenson University. After my undergraduate work, I completed a summer program run by the Phoenix Institute, at the Institute’s Oxford University location. The Institute runs programs around the world at various universities, and participants study issues of human dignity. I also completed a Lincoln Fellowship at the Claremont Institute in Claremont, CA. We would encourage LinkedIn to remove this profile.

Could the LinkedIn resume be the work of an overly enthusiastic, ill-informed staffer or fan?  Or maybe some pesky demon was unleashed by her date on the altar, and only now is beginning to do its mischief. Bouwahahaahah!

Late Night: Senate to Drop Ban Hammer on teh Internets?

The Internets. Both of them. This meme may become a reality…

We will support a free and open Internet.

That’s what Barack Obama told the United Nations. But then why is there a bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee that would allow the Attorney General to block certain Internet domain names from ISPs?

The bill S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) would create two blacklists of Internet sites “dedicated to infringing activity,” which is defined very broadly as any site where counterfeit goods or copyrighted material are “central to the activity of the Internet site.”

Heck, that could be eBay–I’ve seen some pretty bogus Marc Jacobs Stam bags on there, as well as faux Max Studio, BCBG  and Betsey Johnston dresses. And certainly YouTube could be considered such a site, though they do pull any video  which is flagged with a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) infringement notice. and other photo storage sites allow people to upload their photoshopped images, as of course does the monster shoop site

Anyway, one of the blacklists can be added to by the courts, the second by the Attorney General.  According to Demand Progress:

Internet service providers (everyone from Comcast to PayPal to Google AdSense) would be required to block any domains on the first list. They would also receive immunity (and presumably the government’s gratitude) for blocking domains on the second list.

Copyright is a tricky thing. The Associated Press says:

Associated Press text material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use.

And that means if a tree falls in the forest and only the AP is there to cover it, does that actually mean you can’t mention the tree hitting the earth without violating the AP’s copyright, even if you blogged under Fair Use that

a mighty big piece of living lumber  was felled by unknown means, according to the AP

rather than

a tree fell in the forest

because that is “rewritten”?

So technically if you did blog about it, under COICA your site could be blacklisted by servers and basically disappear because you “violated” copyright by reporting news to which you didn’t have direct access. Unless you paid the AP. So news becomes proprietary information. And that means control of information and possibly no freedom of the press since unlimited access would be truncated.

Nowadays, copyright infringement is handled with lawyer letters, threats of lawsuits and actual court trials, where there is a burden of proof. Should this pass, the lights would go off on sites deemed violators. Demand Progress says:

This bill would bypass that whole system by forcing Internet service providers to block access to sites that are otherwise up. People in other countries could still get to them, but Internet users in the US would be blocked.

Blocked from entire domain names. Sort of like how the governments of Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere block undesirable sites. Granted, because of copyright and licensing laws, when I was in Ireland, I couldn’t watch clips from The View on; when in Turkey, I was unable to listen to Coast to Coast on, so I wonder how many blocked sites would actually still be visible. And plus there are ways around that. Demand Progress claims that

if this law passes Internet traffic will be reconfigured to route around it. Companies will move their US servers and domain names overseas, Internet users will route their traffic through other countries (just like Chinese citizens have to do now!), and software will have to be reconfigured to no longer trust answers from American servers.

Demand Progress is concerned that this bill is the start of a slippery slope  and that with a little prodding from Teh Gubbermints  all sorts of sites could end up being banned, not only news, blogs, politics, and entertainment, but  porn and gambling, which is really what fueled the series of interconnected tubes.

Food for Thought: United Nations Names Official Space Alien Liaison

Klaatu barada nikto

The United Nations has named Dr. Mazlan Othman head of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs from Earth. The Malaysian astrophysicist who received her PhD in New Zealand says

The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that someday humankind will receive signals from extraterrestrials. When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.
The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs from Earth is also in charge of deciding what to do if a giant asteroid is found to be on a lethal collision course with Earth. This is so Hollywood, but like last millennium summer blockbuster Hollywood.
And if movies are any clue, odds are Dr. Othman will get vaporized or be the amuse bouche in To Serve Man.

Break Your Heart: The Broken Promises Extended Remix

From GetEqual. This quote from Barack Obama applies to so many issues aside from DADT,  ENDA and DOMA.

The only way to bring about change is if the American people are holding the people in office accountable.

Register. Vote. Call your Congress members. Call your state legislators.

Stephen Colbert to Testify Before Congress, Fox News Furious

Arch pundit Stephen Colbert is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee on Friday September24 to discuss his experience picking fruit as part of the United Farm Workers Take Our Jobs program,  which invites U.S. citizens and legal residents to replace tens of thousands of immigrant field laborers, most of whom are undocumented.

Appearing on the Colbert Report in July, United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez said that only three people have participated. Colbert’s participation increased the number to of participants to four.

The Daily Caller quotes a Republican source who claims the pseudo-conservative blowhard will appear in character before the committee. Fox and Friends Gretchen Carlson is really upset. She railed that it was a waste of tax payer dollars and an outrage that Colbert would appear in character under oath.

Batting her tarantula-like black lashes, the former Miss America and Stanford graduate said that there are better qualified people to testify and if Colbert insults Congress and wastes taxpayers money, his appearance will be discussed all weekend on Fox.

Fishes, Witches, Christians, Heathens and Haters

So I’m in bed with Pat Robertson, hopefully not sleeping with the fish, on the issue of  genetically engineered salmon. When I read between the lines of this Christian Broadcast Network report, I definitely got the vibe that Frankenfish cakes will not be served in the CBN cafeteria, even during Lent.

Salmon is considered to be one of the healthiest fish to eat. But instead of eating the salmon God made, would you eat the salmon that humans have tinkered with a bit?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is debating whether or not such fish are safe for people to eat and if it should be labeled as such.

Genetically-engineered salmon are designed to grow twice as fast.

On the other hand maybe Christians are just jealous, because science is on the verge of duplicating the “loaves and fishes” miracle.

Tonight on Hannity, Christine O’Donnell said” unfortunately” she did Bill Maher’s show Politically Incorrect a lot. She explains to Hannity that her witchcraft sex-capades were:

Teenage rebellion..some people dabble in drugs to rebel, that’s how I rebelled. But who didn’t do some questionable things in high school? Who doesn’t regret the 80s to some extent. I certainly do, and I most certainly regret bringing it up to Bill Maher.

Good point. There were some very regrettable moments in the 80s.

I’ll share some of mine if you share yours.

But could we also take a look at her “satanic” comment?

One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it. I mean, there’s a little blood there and stuff like that.

Just like there are Baptists that drink, Catholics who support liberation theology  and a variety of other shades and hues in the Christian coloring book–as well as some who go outside the lines–there are all variety of witches. Not all witches are Satanists. Or Druids,  Wiccans, Re-Weavers, Dianic, shamans, or members of the Ancient, Secret and Unacceptable Order of the Almond Bear Claw Danish Qabalistic Coffee Coven ™, any more than not all Christians are narrow-minded theocratic, anti-sex, anti-gay, fundamentalists. Heck, some witches aren’t even religious, they just have mad skillz.

But some fundamentalist sects of Abrahamic faiths have declared anything that is not their religion to be Satanic. Which I suppose includes all of the other faiths not just those who worship in a pre-Christian manner.  And “Satan” per se is a construct of the Abrahamic faiths.

Calling witches and others of reconstructed/revisioned pre-Christian practices “heathens” or “pagans” is using Christian terminology; we are defining ourselves as  The Other (though maybe the terms go as far back as the Roman Empire? But I’ve only seen them attributed to post-Christ writers).  I guess it could be seen as using a perjorative to take back the power of a word, but maybe there’s a better one.

While we’re on the subject of fundamentalists, nice one, staff member/s of Senator Saxby Chambliss:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that the “All faggots must die” comment left here on JMG [] earlier today did indeed come from his Atlanta office.

Way to stay classy.

Bristol Palin is SATAN!

Bristol's devil dance

The three judges on Dancing with the Stars each gave Bristol a score of 6, for a total of 18 points out of 30.

The judges have spoken:

Bristol is 666.

But then again, Florence Henderson got the same numeration, 666….hmmm.

Live Blogging: 666=Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars

Are you all a tingle at the thought of jazz hands flung by one of Alaska’s finest fillies? Well, open up that carton of Ben & Jerry’s (or LaLoo’s goat’s milk ice cream, if cow juice doesn’t cut it with your digestion), and settle in to watch Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars. Florence Henderson, Rick Fox, Margaret Cho (that’s who I am rooting for) and many others with dance, sports and show biz experience will be tripping the lights fantastic while Sarah Palin beams with pride at her eldest daughter’s provocative polka.

Not to get all how many angels can dance on the head of pin-esque, but Miss Bristol Palin is more of a celebrity than a star. But the big question is: Can the baby mama mambo?

Let’s live blog it…

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