VJBinCT commented on the diary post Historic Settlement of 2004 RNC Mass Arrests a Welcome Victory for Civil Liberties by Nat Parry.
I suppose if proximity were the minimum criterion for an arrest, then the arresting cops all should have been arraigned.
VJBinCT commented on the diary post Texas Congressman: Masturbating Fetuses Prove Need for Abortion Ban by RH Reality Check.
Then why aren’t more boy babies born blind?
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Catholic Bishops Now Oppose Violence Against Women Act
or, more likely, one another. Anatomically easier.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Open Source Battle Over Obama’s Reelection Software
It is simply incorrect that anybody using open source code must make their own use of it open. It is only if used for commercial purposes or released for public use. That is, if OFA allowed the GOP to use their programming, they would have to make the underlying code public, but if OFA simply uses it for their own purposes, they do not.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Reactions to the Death of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz
” the information entrusted to us by the owners and creators of that content.” From JSTOR statement.
One of the other injustices, beside Aaron’s prosecution, is that in most cases, the journals get the copyright to anything published in the journal (unless one of the authors is a US government employee). This means that the author(s) loses any control over the work and must pay for any copies beyond the 25 tearsheets normally provided on publication, even though ‘page charges’ are levied to actually pay for the expenses of the publication process. This often is ignored, but the journal could levy a charge (usually $25 TO $50) each copy an author sends to a colleague. No wonder most academics actually support Aaron’s ‘crime’; they are getting shafted by the journals.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Hollywood Thought Liberace Story was Too Gay? Seriously?
Makes him a true Christian in my book.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post FreedomWorks Document Leak Reveals Reliance On Rich Donors
So, you’re saying that Beck and Limbaugh aren’t right wing talk shows, but are just what I call ‘misinformercials’. Heh!
VJBinCT commented on the blog post In Voter ID Lawsuit, Pennsylvania Admits They’ve Never Prosecuted or Investigated Voter Fraud
There is much better evidence to support the banning of the GOP in PA.
I would just love to see some democratic state legislators take the plunge. Popcorn sales would peak.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Religious right bearing false witness against Sandra Fluke
Chris Rodda’s book ‘Liars for Jesus’ is available for free download at her site http://www.liarsforjesus.com/downloads/LFJ_FINAL.pdf
Explains a good deal, not that we haven’t been aware for a long time, but good on documentation.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Rush Limbaugh Boycott Up to at Least 36 Advertisers
‘I pledge allegiance to the Rush
of the United States of Fart’
to paraphrase RoboChicken
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Another Failed Housing Program: Hardest Hit Fund Pays Out Just 2% in 16 Months
2% in 16 months? Where can I invest? That is a good return these days. I have a substantial money market account I keep for ready funds in case of emergency making 0.15% and a checking account making zip.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Joan Walsh Mocks Mormon’s Last Tag With Dead People Game
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Virginia Ultrasound Bill Doomed After Senator Strikes It
If Jill Holtzman Vogel sponsored and introduced the bill (which she must have if she can strike it), you’d think she would have read it first. But that might have been too much to ask, if she is merely the state senate tool for introducing such legislation. One could hope that her legislative career has just ended, but (sigh!) probably not.
VJBinCT commented on the diary post ALEC Ally “Minnesota Majority” Uses Racist Imagery to Sell Voter ID by Phoenix Woman.
I agree that the symbolism is rich. I never would have associated the spook with ‘spook’ in the racially derogatory way. I thought maybe KKK? The zombie may be the ‘graveyard vote’, of course (how attuned they to comtemporary cultural memes!). I don’t think the people who devised these ads are very bright. Except in [...]
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Backlash Against NYPD’s Covert Surveillance of Muslim Students
It’s ours. We own it. Hard to get rid of once and for all.
I was at a catholic college during Vatican II, and hopeful. Somewhat later I became what I call a ‘driven-away catholic’. Fortunately I have not encountered a bishop in person since, so have never been arraigned for assault.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post Republican Ron Hill: ‘Taliban Rick’ Santorum Sinks to New Low in Questioning Obama’s Faith
“According to Rick Santorum’s “biblical values” it’s ok to cut taxes on the wealthy while slashing health care for the poor. Jesus never said anything about the poor or the sick, did he?”
Last I heard, Jesus was renting money-changer tables in the temple at $10k a seat.
Thanks for Randall Jarrell poem. It is absolutely appalling, in the OMFG!!! sort of way. I first read this on a junior English exam taught by a published poet(a Jebbie scholastic and really good guy who left the order and later taught at Stanford) at a Jesuit high school back in 1961. You could hear the thunk of jaws hitting the floor. It is my favorite (as one might say) short anti-war poem, and makes me go huge and green and berserk whenever I think of it.
VJBinCT commented on the blog post At Iowa Faith Forum, Republican Presidential Candidates Try to Out-Fundie Each Other, Fail to Impress
‘Try GodLube…for when God-bothering just isn’t enough!’
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