Tuesday, August 30, 2005

LITTLE ELMO (nome de plume) MEETS CINDY!

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Little Elmo, one of our visitors here, with Cindy Sheehan!

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

One of our regular visitors told us all he was going to Crawford to help out with the Peace camp there and here is his story with lots of neat pictures: Blind in Texas: (this blog is run by a vet, by the way)
Blogumentary: Camp Casey II, August 27, 2005
My alarm went off at 5am, and I leapt out of bed. After a quick shower I packed a light bag, kissed the wife and kids, and headed out of Austin toward Crawford. It took an hour and forty minutes to get to the Crawford city limit sign. Just a few miles past that on the right is Crawford Peace House...

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There are many pictures, some touching, a good record of the place. For example, I didn't know about the peace maze which is laid out with stones and one can walk through it before going to the crosses which are dedicated to those who have died for this folly.

A good idea to seperate the experience of wandering about and then focusing on something important. Indeed, his description of the meetings and how things are run are very interesting. This is a well run outfit. I have run multi-day demonstrations before such as the 2 month one in front of the UN in 1989 and I am in awe with the sensible and well designed way of doing things at this camp.

I really wish I could pop in, too.

But we all can do this in the cyber-world!

This story was also carried by Wimpling Wings, another blogger who visits here and who is a great read, I visit her site daily. Just the art alone is worth many a click!

Keep you chins up, everyone! We must stick together!

Rough seas ahead.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

SPAGETTI DO-IT-YOURSELF RELIGIONS

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Picture from Earl Bockenfeld

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Like myself, readers of this blog like to plumb the mysteries of space and science. Earl has a breaking news story (ahem):from his blog
This picture shows the nebula IC 8675, which as you can see is filled with Noodly structures! Not only does this image scientifically PROVE the existence of the FSM, I believe it shows His home in space." snip

The board for Beebe School District in Arkansas voted on 12 July to remove from textbooks stickers promoting an "intelligent designer" over evolution. Feedback wonders if they were influenced by an open letter to the State Board of Education in neighbouring Kansas circulated by Bobby Henderson, a "concerned citizen".


"Let us remember that there are multiple theories of intelligent design," is its crux. "I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster," Henderson affirms. "It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him."


He writes "to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories [creationism and evolution]." The full text is at Venganza.org and includes the argument that global warming correlates with the diminishing number of pirates. There is also a discussion forum and letters of endorsements from academics and leading scientists. Below is a small sample.
The Venganza url is a funny sight (site).

It is quite possible that we really could do a class action suit concerning Intelligent (sic) Design. After all, the real debate ceases to be evolution and immediately becomes "what is the Entity that created humans out of mud or spagetti or whatever junk was lying around the Creator's messy bedroom?" That seems to me to be a very pressing question and no teacher's manual should be without the long list of probable suspects and what things they used when making that disasterous creature, the ultimate Frankensteinian monster, humans.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

MAD COW NEWS HAS MY CARTOON

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By Elaine Meinel SupkisFrom Mad Cow News:

August 17,2005-Venice, FL.
by Daniel Hopsicker

Mohamed Atta was protected from official scrutiny as part of an officially-protected cocaine and heroin trafficking network with ties to top political figures, including Republican officials Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris, and it was this fact—and not the “terrible lapses” of “weak on terror” Clinton Administration officials cited by Republican Congressman Curt Weldon—which shielded him from beingapprehended before the 9.11 attack.

Weldon alleges that Pentagon lawyers rejected the military intelligence unit’s recommendation to apprehend Atta because he was in the country legally, and therefore information on him could not be shared with law enforcement.

But the “terrible lapses” cited by Weldon do not stem from the nonsensical assertion that Atta had a green card (he did not) which rendered him immune from military investigation but were the result of an officially-protected heroin trafficking operation being conducted on planes like those of Wally Hilliard, whose Lear jet flew "milk runs" down and back to Venezuela every week for 39 weeks in a row before finally running afoul of local DEA agents not been clued-in on the 'joke.' f


I am pleased to see my cartoons travel abroad. I hope to see more of this, but please remember to include the link back to my own site, for this blog is relatively unknown! This problem is mostly due to people forgetting to do this, blogging is a difficult task requiring hooking up many links and doing coding, etc.

So thanks in advance (oh, and let me know when any bloggers do link! This is how we make our internal web stronger...linking back and forth to each other!)

I do recommend Mad Cow. He does actual investigations, going literally door to door down in the swamps of Florida. His hard core research is ignored by the media because it clashes with everyone's orders from above. I really do treasure Hopsiker, he is always under attack because he steps on toes.

Right now, much of the left side of the web is bogged down in trying to debunk the Able information. They are worried that Clinton will be smeared by this. Well, Clinton will be smeared by everything just so that the rulers won't be disturbed as they try to devour us.

He is now immaterial since he is desperately trying to graft himself into the Death Machine for he tasted great living in the White House and now, unlike Eisenhower, for example, he wants to be rich. Reagan managed this by selling his services to the Japanese and rich Americans who then bankrolled his retirement which he didn't enjoy much, losing the remains of his brain pretty rapidly. But his widow lives on and she appreciates the money. The Bushes have turned their leadership into a vast money making enterprise. They don't serve America at all. And it shows. This is why all the economic data that matters are running very deeply in the red today.

Getting to the bottom of the cesspool of 9/11 is disheartening and infuriating because as one digs in the muck, one quickly discovers that this whole thing should have never happened. And that it has utterly warped our country setting us on the path of internal warfare and the country's divisions yawn.

One can only shake one's head in despair. Or fight back since we must. I recommend that we continue to struggle.

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Monday, August 15, 2005

HARASSING ANYONE AGAINST BUSH

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Our good friend here, Noel, isn't the only real vet from a real shooting war that the chickenhawks are harassing and trying to intimidate!

From Artic Beacon:
Don Stout looked up into the Midwestern sky one afternoon two weeks ago and saw a strange helicopter flying over his five-acre piece of land in rural Albany, Ohio.

Before he knew what happened, the 77-year-old long-time resident, law-abiding citizen and Korean War veteran had eight law enforcement officials swarm on his property, checking the place out for marijuana.

Never before having a run-in with the law, Stout said the heavy-handed looking group of law enforcement thugs “came and went without saying a word” after suspiciously looking at a large bush on his property not in the slightest bit resembling a pot plant.

“I’ve been here since 1994 and everybody’s knows me including the sheriff. I never smoked marijuana and they know it, but I think they just like terrorizing people,” said Stout in a telephone conversation from his rural home, adding he still hasn’t received an answer from anyone why law enforcement officials invaded his privacy and entered his land without a proper search warrant.

“It scared the hell out of me as eight or ten men swarmed my place. I was weeding my garden and the next thing you know, they were on my property, looked at this bush and left without saying a word. It was ridiculous, but the sheriff, the deputy sheriff and the game warden all raided my place for no reason and I am still looking for an explanation.”

Although Stout can’t pinpoint why authorities entered his property without a warrant, earlier that day he aired his strong opinions against President Bush, calling him an outright liar, on a free speech and truth-telling talk radio show on the popular WAIF AM770 local radio station.

Stout said he has been calling in regularly voicing his anti-Bush opinions, saying people in rural Ohio are finally starting to wake up to lies, deceit and treachery imposed on the American people by what he calls a “lying dog of a President.’
I have a message to all the right wingers running America: real vets from real wars aren't all that easy to scare. Nor is Cindy easily intimidated. Nor am I, for that matter.

From the Christian Science Monitor
Americans, it seems, would just as soon ignore the fact that 150,000 of our troops remain stationed in Iraq; that tens of thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children have died in the crossfire; that some inadvertently have been gunned down at checkpoints where American troops - fearful, with good reason, of suicide attacks - sometimes shoot first and ask questions later; that the tens of billions of dollars we're investing there each year could handily cover health insurance for the millions of uninsured American children. And that even so, corruption in Iraq is rampant, unemployment stands near 50 percent, electricity is off more than on, and that nearly two years after the end of "major combat" reporters are still writing about the dangerous drive from the Baghdad airport to the Green Zone a few miles away.

If the US government has figured out an exit plan, it's not telling us what it is. No. The message is strictly hail to the chief and let freedom ring.
You know, whenever anyone "remembers" this stupid war and posts pictures of soldiers being burned to tiny fragments, civilians being tortured or dying, children being blown up, we are attacked by our own government. We are harassed and harried. So it is no wonder only a small handful dare to stand up at this point.

But the numbers are now in our favor. The majority of Americans want to pull out now and they are 100% right but they aren't demonstrating because frankly, it is not only very dangerous, look at the guy shooting guns near Cindy while snarling at her and getting away with it! It is also useless since our media won't cover any of this except for Cindy, again, and she did us all a great favor, she is my personal hero right now, for doing it all where all those over fed, overpaid media whores are stuck, in boring Crawford, with nothing to cover except for Cindy!

Ha. So they were forced into this, thanks to her intelligent choices. Like mooing cows, they graze around her.

I remember organizing demonstrations against the Vietnam war. We yelled, we screamed, we stopped traffic and the cops and everyone attacked us with great viciousness. People who would have loved to come stayed home due to fear of arrest or death. This is why the established powers attacked even the smallest demonstrations.

Then they had to pull the student deferments because of the riots in the inner cities made drafting the poor there a lost cause. And draftees in Nam were fragging officers and rebelling, too. The very day the student deferments were pulled, my office was besieged with students begging for help.

That week, for the first time, we had an anti war demonstration of many thousands, all these students and their moms and sisters. This is what people remember. The easy days, when everyone didn't want to go including Bush and Cheney and Rummy and all the GOP leaders and many in the Pentagon today, none of them wanted to go and die in Nam and they didn't and we did the simple thing in the end: we pulled out and lost the war.

And that stopped the deaths. So simple. Of course, the natives continued to fight each other until that stopped when one side won. This is how it works in the real world. You fight until you retreat or win. If we want to fight to win, we have to complete our Nazification and simply murder all the Iraqis and complete the theft of their country.

Which was the whole point in the first place: to get the oil.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

EXPECT THE SECRET SERVICE

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Readers of the comments sections here know that one of our reader/commentators here, Noel, was visited by a trio of Secret Service agents. He wrote a piece about how he hoped Bush would have a fair trial and a punishment of the sort Texans love: execution. Namely, because of grave war crimes which are, to my mind, identical to the ones that allowed us to sentence Hitler's underlings to death, be applied in this case.

Of course, unlike Nazi Germany, we haven't been invaded and defeated...yet. So Bush can go on his happy, psychopathic, way.

The odd thing is, even today, at Atrios, for example, more than one poster wanted to put Bush on trial in the Hague and then apply Texan justice to him, if convicted. If the Secret Service had another 10,000 people to investigate all the people saying this, they would have to work 24/7 to keep up with the tidal wave of people here and overseas who want to see Bush and his neo-cons put on trial and punished appropriately.

Bush holds the American record for executing people in this century. Why would he be troubled by people who enthusiastically want this applied in his case? He should be rooting and tooting everyone who wants to see him put on trial and executed if found guilty. Why, we should all get the Medal of Freedom like the CIA director who snoozed before during and after 9/11 and who enabled Bush to lie about invading Iraq which is part of the charges against him, namely, the CIA winner of this Medal of Freedom is a co-conspiritor in the crime of making excuses for invading innocent countries which is what we charged the Nazis with after WWII and we hung them by the neck, a very Texan thing, don't you think?

Why is Bush shy about this matter? He and his fellow criminals should be estatic that we are all desiring a law abiding solution to the problem of greedy men seeking war profits and stealing natural resources of other people, seeing them put on trial for this since this is why the UN was created, to stop this garbage and stop illegal, nasty, thieving invasions and I do hope the Secret Service is reading this article!

Because Bush has a long history with the short arm of the law, namely, he has broken a significant number of laws and has been arrested more than once and his powerful daddy helped smooth over and cover up his considerable criminal past and why is this person who couldn't pass a Secret Service investigation if he wanted to work in the White House, be in the White House?

Indeed, the excuse of "well, I am on vacation all the time so I am not working so the SS doesn't need to investigate," well.

They should have investigated Bush before 2000. They should have uncovered the hidden and not so hidden arrest records. They could have spoken out about letting an obvious criminal take the helm in America. The fact that they worry about us bloggers talking about putting Bush on trial and then punishing him appropriately" is insulting to us real citizens who are law abiding.

Indeed, I was arrested exactly once. For jaywalking. Not cocaine dealing or drunk driving or stealing like Bush. Jaywalking. And I wasn't even charged, it was a front so the FBI could get my fingerprints. They tried to charge me with "inciting a riot" only I told the rioters to not riot so they had to drop that charge.

So there. Visit Treason Inc. for more details about Noel's chit chat with the SS. And if you want, tell them about this story. How many times I suggested that Bush be treated like his grandpa's business partners after WWII: put on trial and then hung. Texan-style. Then he can get on with his life and so can we.

More or less.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

BLUE BIRDS OF HAPPINESS

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

One of our regular commentators here, Cosmic rays, has started her own blog, Wimpling Wings. Like myself, she was raised by a serious bird watcher. People who enjoy the company of the birds and the bees are very special people. My wonderful great godmother, Josephine Michener, was a renown bird watcher in California who started way back in the 1880s. She did one of the earliest observational studies of the California Great Condor. She also watched the birds in her wonderful yard.

Here is Cosmic ray's remininces:

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From The Bird Guide by Chester A. Reed
copyright 1906, 1909

By now you've heard of the discovery in Arkansas of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker . For bird people this is revelation in the most religious sense, regardless of theology. It's existence cannot reverse the myriad tragedies being played out in our world, but it is a living memorial to countless lost treasures of nature and a reminder to hold to the good.

There is something in us that yearns for what has been lost. In dreams we find money in the sand or a toy or doll long since forgotten. I have a recurring dream of checking a mailbox I haven't been to in a while, and it's crammed with magazines and letters and even packages from years gone by. In another dream I happen upon objects I hadn't consciously thought about since childhood in some cases, and the people in these dreams are mostly those who have gone on ahead of me. I wake up feeling more whole somehow. It's sad - because the people and things are no longer here - but it says that reunion is possible, that recovery can take place.

When I was young I spent hours and hours studying my mother's bird guides. She was a member of the Audubon Society and was the president of the local chapter for a term. (Someday I should write about her bird watching friends. One lady's name was Hedwig Dilly, and she was from England. She made the most delicious spiced tea.) I remember especially - without going back to jog my memory - the Auk's egg - huge - and a hummingbird's nest - tiny. My favorites were the painted bunting, North America's technicolor specimen, and the saw whet owl, the most adorable, cuddly, sweet looking bird. The avocet was another, and I actually saw six of them in fall migration on the beach at the mouth of the Saint Joseph River.

It breaks my heart to think that people in future generations might be denied the glorious sights I've seen, and my experiences are rather small. Someone is watching out for the Ivory Bill, though. I wish there were a sanctuary for the whole world.
Bird watchers all over the world trade information about where best to see various species like some people exchange racing tips. We are very avid about this and one reason Chris and I chose our mountain was due to the birds here. We have red tail hawks, various owls, falcons, occasional eagles, kestrels, tons of song birds and of course, the crows and vultures. Ducks and blue herons as well as the common geese. There are wild turkeys on foot. And the eternal, cheeky chickadee.

I can't imagine living where there are no birds.

They lift our souls and they work for us, eating bugs, grooming the cows, moving seeds around, replanting the forests by freeing the nuts and seeds from close proximity to the overhanging mother plants. The world would be a much more desolate place if we didn't have the lovely singing, the flash of color, the mournful songs of birds.

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Monday, August 08, 2005

NOEL'S NOVELITES, RANSACKING ROVE

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

One of our readers, Noel Adamson, has his own, fine, blog.

I was going to feature another posting of his, all are good, but today's is great.

Monday, August 08, 2005
The Rovian Speech Writing Machine v 2.0; Terrorism in Action

War is peace, hate is love, etc. Anyone who has read 1984 will recognize these words concerning the formula of achieving totalitarian control through language manipulation and terror. Perpetual war against one dreaded enemy or another and the subsequent, mostly voluntary, relinquishing of all liberty, humanitarian rights and humanity itself. While a majority of people can see this in Bush and his colleagues and followers Mike Malloy* has put together a good audio clip (15 minute MP3 about 2 megabytes)of Rovian BushSpeak with an explanatory commentary which shows very nicely how closely his canned speeches follow the formula for totalitarian control outlined in Orwell's book 1984. George Orwell worked for British intelligence and knew what he was talking about from inside experience. None of this was really new even then and Benjamin Franklin said;


"people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both"



With the slight possibility that traitor Karl Rove will be leaving his position as "Bush's brain", I have started a preliminary study for a script based on the Orwellian formula, to replace him at least as far as speech writing goes;


From Treason Incorporated, CLICK HERE

What follows are several sound clips that are really funny. Gads. What a clown, Rove is. Too bad, the press is a 3 Right Wing circus.

Listening to clips on the web is always fun. And many bloggers are fun, too. Hahaha. And I am so gloomy, talking about labor relations and Chinese diplomatic missions and the Space Shuttle.

Laugh. Or die. (Shall we tell New Hampshire this?)

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Friday, August 05, 2005

CTHULHU CREATION

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Verganza.org

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

One of our readers, Earl Bockenfeld, alerted us to the existence of a really great website run by Bobby Henderson. It has tons of pictures and hilarious artwork but even more, he writes funny stuff! Here is a sample:

From Venganza.org:
OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS SCHOOL BOARD

I am writing you with much concern after having read of your hearing to decide whether the alternative theory of Intelligent Design should be taught along with the theory of Evolution. I think we can all agree that it is important for students to hear multiple viewpoints so they can choose for themselves the theory that makes the most sense to them. I am concerned, however, that students will only hear one theory of Intelligent Design.

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

It is for this reason that I’m writing you today, to formally request that this alternative theory be taught in your schools, along with the other two theories. In fact, I will go so far as to say, if you do not agree to do this, we will be forced to proceed with legal action. I’m sure you see where we are coming from. If the Intelligent Design theory is not based on faith, but instead another scientific theory, as is claimed, then you must also allow our theory to be taught, as it is also based on science, not on faith.

Some find that hard to believe, so it may be helpful to tell you a little more about our beliefs. We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it. We have several lengthy volumes explaining all details of His power. Also, you may be surprised to hear that there are over 10 million of us, and growing. We tend to be very secretive, as many people claim our beliefs are not substantiated by observable evidence. What these people don’t understand is that He built the world to make us think the earth is older than it really is. For example, a scientist may perform a carbon-dating process on an artifact. He finds that approximately 75% of the Carbon-14 has decayed by electron emission to Nitrogen-14, and infers that this artifact is approximately 10,000 years old, as the half-life of Carbon-14 appears to be 5,730 years. But what our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage. We have numerous texts that describe in detail how this can be possible and the reasons why He does this. He is of course invisible and can pass through normal matter with ease.

I’m sure you now realize how important it is that your students are taught this alternate theory. It is absolutely imperative that they realize that observable evidence is at the discretion of a Flying Spaghetti Monster. Furthermore, it is disrespectful to teach our beliefs without wearing His chosen outfit, which of course is full pirate regalia. I cannot stress the importance of this, and unfortunately cannot describe in detail why this must be done as I fear this letter is already becoming too long. The concise explanation is that He becomes angry if we don’t.

You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperature.
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In conclusion, thank you for taking the time to hear our views and beliefs. I hope I was able to convey the importance of teaching this theory to your students. We will of course be able to train the teachers in this alternate theory. I am eagerly awaiting your response, and hope dearly that no legal action will need to be taken. I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence.

Sincerely Yours,

Bobby Henderson, concerned citizen.

P.S. I have included an artistic drawing of Him creating a mountain, trees, and a midget. Remember, we are all His creatures.
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I once went to Kansas University. Maybe we can get Bobby a job there, teaching. I know, he would be a fun professor, no? About Physics majors: I know many. Of course, my parents produced reams of such people over the years, at various universities and colleges.

A fun group of people. Seriously, fun at parties, at least to me, but then, I am very biased. It is pretty crummy that there are so few jobs for them and it is getting worse, not better, since our government and corporate entities have decided to farm out nearly all our "intelligensia" stuff. This is going to bite back, hard.

One major big time old friend, John, got the same degree and now teaches at a major technical institute....machine shop! He is fantastic at that but still....gads, it is so hard.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

USING MY CARTOONS ON YOUR BLOG

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Readers of my blog know I put up all sorts of cartoons and artwork which I created. One of the posters here claimed he created this cartoon. He even put it on his own photo service. I checked to see.



Taking someone's artwork without giving their URL is not a good idea. Claiming to be the creator is really dumb, to say the least. Especially when the cartoon bears all my artistic "fingerprints" all over it. The way I do the balloons, the things people say in my cartoons and the choices and the skill of the blending of the figures is all my style.

I happen to enjoy doing this artwork. It amuses me greatly. If any bloggers want my work and want to spread it around, I will be charmed, to say the least. All I want is credit and my URL so people come here, too. This is how we all help each other. I want this stuff passed around, a lot.

Just don't pretend to be the creator!

And feel free to use my email, I am a very gregarious person, on line. I love hearing from everyone. And seeing things grow bigger and bigger. We all want to grow together. And I can produce literally a ton of art and cartoons nearly effortlessly. I see a picture, I see the cartoon almost instantaneously.

Thanks in advance!

Regards,
Elaine Meinel Supkis, editor of Culture of Life News.

UPDATE: Earl's great blog. Do visit him, we had a misunderstanding. He has a really nice blog and I really recommend his page, Logan Square, Chicago. Here is a sample from his article, I am including the picture because I do believe I have played in this park when I was very young! My, oh my. f
Olson Rug Co. was established in 1874. The manufacturing mill was located in Chicago at Diversey Ave. and Pulaski. During the World War II era, when raw material was scarce, people would send in their old wool rugs, rags, clothing etc. and Olson Rug would turn them into a beautiful area rugs. The family owned business was "the place" to buy rugs for many years. Alongside the factory was the renowned Olson Memorial Park. Walter E. Olson built the 22 acre park in 1935. One of the main reasons for building the park was to keep the Olson employees working and receiving paychecks during the dark days of the Depression.

The project took nearly six months to complete. About 800 tons of stone and 800 yards of soil were used for it's construction. Approximately 3,500 perennials were used along with numerous species of junipers, spruces, pines, arbor-vitaes and annuals. The park consisted of a stunning rock garden, duck pond, a 35-foot waterfall and debris from the Chicago fire.
A must read if you ever hung out in the Windy City.