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bugwitch 1
I do believe the Seahawks are playing the Falcons today. In Atlanta. Just FYI.

And I don't have enough explatives to throw out there regarding the latest gang rape in India. So I'll just leave it with FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

Does that cheapen the word?
Posted by bugwitch on January 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM · Report this
I note that I went to a movie recently and they had a public announcement clip about watching your belonging, looking out for "suspicious characters" and knowing where the exits are. I hadn't seen this before (it was done in a light way but you could tell this was the outcome of the theater shootings).
Posted by westello on January 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM · Report this
rob! 3
L. Brent Bozell III of the "Media Research Center" and Miss America on firearms policy—two of the last people on earth whose viewpoints on the subject I would ever seek out.
Posted by rob! on January 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 6
Dear Troll, I dont give two shits for sports and its "news".

I suspect most of the Stranger staffers think the same. You want sports "news", you have a goddamn bajillion sports outlets available to you.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on January 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Wow, in "gay" Paris in liberal Europe, there's half a freakin' million protestors on the streets? Sorry, folks, but marriage equality at the national level in the U.S. is nuthin' but a pipe dream.
Posted by Confluence on January 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Simone 8
"Despite the support of the Church and political right, the organisers are keen to stress their movement is non-political and non-religious, and in no way directed against homosexuals, BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield reports."

Of course it is political and religious and full of dislike towards gays.
Posted by Simone on January 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 9
@7 You watch a lot of Fox News, don't you?
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on January 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM · Report this
Bauhaus I 11
It chills my spine that there are still beauty pageants in this country. These circuses don't enjoy nearly the support they once did, but many clearly think women should parade around in one-piece bathing suits and high heels giving "charming" answers to questions on the issues of the day.

They want to return to an ideal vision of womanhood set forth in the '50s of the last century? I can only be embarrassed and hang my head in shame.
Posted by Bauhaus I on January 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 12
maybe the hawks think they're playing the 49ers too.
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on January 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Report this
@11 overreact much?
Posted by Seattle14 on January 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 15
@11: Concern Troll.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 16
Anti Gay marches

I was swimming at 24 Hour Fitness and thinking what if sexual preference was really that...a preference. Like, a man prefers blondes. No one condemns him for that. No one fact, they celebrate him. They say, he has an eye for blondes.

Peking Smog

Global justice for sending over lead infused wooden blocks for our 2 yr olds to suck on.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 17
@16: Oh please, sexual orientation drives the preference (better word is passion) instead of the preference driving the the orientation.
Test: Try to be gay.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 18


Confine your diatribes to Wallingford, where the topics are jacking up a Craftsman to add a second floor and rock wall gardens.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Aaron Swartz, R.I.P.

There is nothing more sad, more disheartening, than the death of a decent person.

I didn't know Aaron Swartz, although I had communicated with him online on several occasions; a highly intelligent young man with a prodigious mind and noble spirit.

Aaron evidently reached the decision, to spare his family and friends future pain, he would forfeit his own life; in ancient Rome they referred to it as "Falling on one's sword."

Yet another fatality of Obama's War On Whistleblowers, the dramatic extension and expansion from the Bush administration.

Today, Gov. Don Siegelman sits in a penitentiary, his only "crime" was wishing to increase educational access for the many; an authentic democrat, so very rare today.

Today, an Iraqi immigrant, Shakir Hamoodi, who sent small sums of money to his close relatives back home for medical and food emergencies, also sits in a penitentiary, yet another humanist, or "criminal" in America?

Today, a brave CIA whistleblower of the criminal and barbaric torture taking place, John Kiriakou, faces two years in jail, thanks to Obama and life in the land of the lawless.

Aaron Swartz, Bradley Manning, Gov. Don Siegelman, Shakir Hamoodi, John Kiriakou and others, too many others, a roster of the best of America, wasted lives in others pursuit of never-ending corruption.

A bizarre BBC report the other day --- and bizarre is the only accurate description for both BBC and their news report --- ran an attack piece on WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, nonsensically juxtaposed against the newspaper strike in China!

They --- the BBC and Australian news --- once again perpetrated lies of "sexual assault of two women" against Assange?

Having read all the legal documents, in both English and Swedish, I observed NO verification of such lies, only that Sofia Wilen, the younger woman who first approached Julian Assange, wanted nothing to do with such false allegations, and that the government-affiliated Anna Ardin (one of her many aliases), appears to have been the driving force in stirring up such vicious stories! (When the publicity became too much for Anna Ardin, she was spirited off to Israel, where a member of the Bonnier family was ambassador at that time.)…

The one common factor, known to Americans, which is evident in both the attacks on Wikileaks/Assange and the illegitimate and amoral incarceration of Gov. Siegelman, is Karl Rove.

Rove appears again and again in the background, as the puppet master pulling the strings to take out Gov. Siegelman, and was financed in his multiple trips to Sweden, around the beginning of the WikiLeaks' episode, financed by the Bonnier family, one of the media giant families of Europe and among the top ten media corporations in existence. (Virtually everyone on the Swedish side who has been attacking Julian Assange is financially connected to the Bonnier family: the attorneys, Anna Ardin, the Bonnier-employed reporters, the Justice Minister, etc., the only exception would be Sofia Wilen, the young lady who quickly distanced herself from the horrendously unfolding events.)

Aaron Swartz, both believed in, and fought for, free speech and freedom of the press, an incredibly shrinking freedom which has been all but co-opted by the ruling oligarchs through their corporations today --- does anyone really know who owns AT&T, after all?

Recently, some technically astute friends ran a series of tests, and observed that the most heavily censored sites: Huffington Post,, Naked Capitalism, The Guardian, etc., are considered to be some of the more "liberal" sites on the 'net --- nothing could be further from the truth!

The most heavily censored English-speaking countries on the Web? Canada, the UK and the USA.

Most despicably, network neutrality appears as dead as Aaron Swartz --- and we should all mourn the passing of both noble personages.

In Memoriam

Aaron Swartz

November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013…

Notes and Sources…

"Kiriakou was a CIA veteran who played a role in the agency's capture of the al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in 2002. Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded by government interrogators and eventually revealed information that led to the arrest of the "dirty bomb" plotter Jose Padilla and exposed Khalid Sheikh Mohamed as the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks. Accounts conflict over whether the waterboarding was helpful in getting intelligence from Zubaydah."

. . . .

"The CIA director, David Petraeus, sent a memo to agency employees noting Kiriakou's conviction, saying: "It marks an important victory for our agency, for our intelligence community, and for our country. Oaths do matter, and there are indeed consequences for those who believe they are above the laws that protect our fellow officers and enable American intelligence agencies to operate with the requisite degree of secrecy."

(Tell that to the wifey, Davey boy! --- sgt_doom)……

Posted by sgt_doom on January 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 20
18, I don't always agree w/ Phoebe, but she stays on topic and obviously thinks about what she's writing. Two things you're still struggling with.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on January 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 21

Far be it from me to speak ill of the dead, but I'm having trouble understanding the guy's "legacy".

RSS. Who ever used it? I set up RSS like 10 times and never did use it. The blog post, email notification combo seems far more used...and now the Facebook feed.

Reddit...he didn't found Reddit he got bought up by them. Again another sign that RSS was a dead end. And reddit is just another post an article and comment on it website. The real Internet way to do this is nntp anyway.

Freedom of documents. So here we have another Assange. A guy who does something he wants us to consider brave, by pulling the tiger's tail, and then who runs around screaming help me, help me! Look you either go up against these guys or not, and if you lose you take the fall...alone.

I have never supported all this free content anyway as I think it robs writers and knowledge workers blind (take that Wikipedia).
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM · Report this
JensR 22
@7 Wth are you on about? You do know that there is a right wing wave through Europe now? You do now that the catholic church is doing a push in France? You do know that even half a million at a march in France is like 500 in the US?
Its nothing and to be honest they are according to all other sources greatly exaggerating.

@21 ... I wish I could explain it but since all the information is only a simple search away I guess your just ignorant or make stuff up fit your world view - so its no point
Posted by JensR on January 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 23
Phoebe giving the smackdown to Bailo? What idiot mush did he post now?
P.s. to Phoebe, I take back some of the mean things I've said about you.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on January 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 24
@23: Did you say mean things to me? I don't recall......:-)
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on January 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM · Report this

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