Bush lied? No way!

April 16, 2008

According to an Interview of GWB with ABC News (via Kevin Drum); Bush admits to not being entirely truthful when back in ’06 he never stopped saying how things were nothing but peachy in Iraq, despite knowing it was a load of crap. Does he not give a shit, knowing that the Press gives even less of a shit?

I will gladly take bets over this pretty damn significant bit of news getting under 10% of the airtime of Obama or Hillary’s latest “gaffe”. Because continuously lying to the American Public so they will keep supporting a horribly planned, unnecessary, costly, thousands-of-lives-taking, America-reputation-killing War is clearly nowhere near as important than what the fuck some politician orders to drink on a diner or how good they are at bowling or whether or not they fail to stand to some bullshit imaginary notion of “realness” that sycophants who make millions a year and desire nothing more than the approval of the political class seem to have.

Apparently, this “person” who was a member of the British National Party (BNP) thinks Rape is like being force-fed chocolate cake. This was said in the context of a case of a woman being raped by her husband. And since a)Woman like sex, and b)Nick Erikson is brain dead, then it follows that rape just has to be a good analogy for unwanted gluttony.

Rightfully, the BNP kicked him out. Which prompted said d-bag to turn into a whiny little bitch. Hey dude (guv’nah? I am not fluent in brit), kicking you out of the party when you were the party’s candidate to the London Assembly is just like being forced to take a holiday and everybody loves holidays! Stop complaining. And if you’re ever in the mood for chocolate cake but don’t want to pay for it, just break some law, get sent to prison and let the good chocolate force feeding times roll!

<A picture of the angry little dutch kid would go here if stupid WordPress hadn’t changed their system into one that doesn’t work. And I’m too lazy to add it by hand.>

Edit- Turns out (hey, I am fairly English-politics illiterate) the BNP is a far-right, whites-only party. Clearly, nobody could have predicted, blah blah blah.

So, today was Monterrey’s local derby match in the Mexican Soccer League (El Clásico, as we call it). Monterrey (the team that rocks) Vs Tigres (the ones who suck). For all intended purposes, the game that matters most in the city. Other cities claim to have their own Clásicos. Us Monterrey folk laugh at their cute naiveté, for theirs are nowhere near the degree of excitement and bloodlust our local derby generates.

It was an alright match, my team which I assume by now you can all guess who it is made a couple mistakes that cost them two goals. By couple mistakes I mean 1)Signing that idiot goalkeeper Christian Martinez (it’s funny how Christian is a name in Mexico but Cristiano, the spanish word, isn’t) and 2)Not trading him away in the numerous chances they’ve got. That idiot cost us the first two goals. He does this all the goddamn time in important matches.

There’s about 10 minutes to go (plus compensation time) and my team is down 3-1 on a home game, there is sadness in the air. Then things start getting crazy as they score and it gets 3-2. Things get really interesting, they are going all out on offense and those no good Tigres are playing more defensively than Italy for christ’s sake! (Italy is well known for playing overly defensive, infuriatingly so) Then a miracle happens and with 3 minutes or so to go, they score the equalizer! Madness! The crowd is going insane! Then that no good miopic retard Paul Delgadillo (the ref for the match) calls an offside. Bullshit! The play was close but it wasn’t an offside and he didn’t even consult with the linesman. Ridiculous.

Then it gets worse. Compensation time, last play of the match: a Corner kick. Another goal! Madness! Nobody can believe it, they overcame a 3-1 deficit on top of one nulified goal! Wooo! I can’t believe they made it, this is insane!

And then it was that that asshole Paul Delgadillo found himself on my shitlist. He calls a foul on the striker who headed the ball for the equalizer. Unbefuckinglievable! Again, the replay shows absolutely nothing. There was minimal contact, the kind that is unavoidable and is party of every goddamn play from games played by 6 year olds up until the World Cup. That contact is NOT a foul. Never. Ever. You don’t even consider giving the idea half a second in your head when only 3 minutes ago you denied a team a legitimate goal for tying a very crucial match!

Then he blew his whistle to end the game. And my heart filled with that irrational sportsfan hate that reminds me how close we are to our cavepeople ancestors. I don’t care. Fuck that blind asshole. Fuck him right in his glory-denying ass.

No seriously, go to hell.

Kid Finger

Edit- Here, see for yourselves (the crazy stuff starts at around the 6:30 mark).

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:

“It seems to me you have to say, as unlikely as that is, it would be absurd to say you couldn’t, I don’t know, stick something under the fingernail, smack him in the face. It would be absurd to say you couldn’t do that.

I suppose it’s the same thing about so-called torture, Is it really so easy to determine that smacking someone in the face to find out where he has hidden the bomb that is about to blow up Los Angeles is prohibited by the Constitution?”

I really hope the creators of 24 get every STD known to man, and then a couple more.

Kid Finger

Edit- Or you can just read Officer Gleason’s post on the same topic from yesterday. Damnit, I’m so behind the news these days.

PRK and me!

February 2, 2008

This is going to be a rather lengthy post with lots of detail but at the moment it’s cathartic so bare with me.

 Alright so about 24 years ago when a friends older brother had corrective vision surgery the seed was implanted in my brain.  I’ve revisited the topic many a times in my head keeping up with developments as time has gone on.  About six years ago I decided on a whim to go to one of the McDonalds of laser surgery to check if I could have Lasik done.  Genetically both my mom and dad have thin corneas so it seemed remote but worth a shot.  Shockingly even though I consider them to be like breast implant clinics, they turned me down.  They could do it but not to 20/20 vision and refunded a small deposit.

 So two years ago the FDA approved corneal implants (designed for people really who had cateracs with 10.5+ diopter myopia or so their site says).  I’d done some research and I knew whick doctor I’d have check my eyes once again.  I went through the customary lets check your eyes exam albeit technology has come a long way since my last one.  Sat down and talked numbers the girst of it 5.25 diopters of myopia on both eyes no astigmatism and a dim light pupil size of 7mm.  He said I could actually have Lasik, PRK and that the corneal implants at my age with my script would be a rather aggresive treatment.  Food for thought really but then some more numbers I have a corneal thickness of 480 microns.  The minimum amount you want remaining after Lasik is 250 microns.  With the flap and removable I would end up with a conservative 275.  And closer to 330 with PRK.

So some thought here and decided to finally take the leap and schedule PRK surgery (both eyes) on January 24th.  I am not advocating anything but any one who wants to have vision correction surgery, forget what the doc tells you, do research, long and hard research prior to comitting to anything.  Any ways PRK vs Lasik.  It’s really a short heal time with a flap incision of about 90-110 microns on your eye that will never fully heal.  Versus PRK which is a removal of the epithelial (about 30-40 microns) which does grow back but you run into longer healing and possible infection issues.  These are the short term risks there are many other long term risks I wont get into with both procedures.  With my corneal thickness it seemed like a no brainer as far as which to me.

A slight sleepless night prior, anxiety most likely either that or I just don’t really sleep well any way.  I’ll give you a brief run down of what that surgery is like:

  1. Lots of checking double checking of prescription levels.
  2. Pictures taken of eye during normal dilation
  3. Valium (small dosage) administered
  4. Dilation drops and more checking of prescription levels, permanent marker used to give reference points on the eye
  5. Manual checking of prescription (this might be out of sequence but it was in there).  This is the 1 or 2 test.
  6. All this takes about an hour
  7. Brought into surgery room (it has video cameras should any one wish to watch from the outside)
  8. Right eye sealed up with some pads
  9. Numbing drops applied
  10. Retractor clamp to keep eye open
  11. More drops of unknown nature applied
  12. Scrubbing with what felt to be a q-tip (this removes the epitheleal and smooths it for the laser)
  13. Stare at the red light, nasty hair burning smell, 1 minute laser time.
  14. More drops that are timed before removal (30 seconds would be my guess)
  15. Icy cold saline type wash over the eyes.
  16. Place a bandage contact in (this stayed in for 5 days)
  17. Repeat for other eye.
  18. All this took about 15 minutes

So if you read all the propaganda about healing times, you should be functionally seeing in about 4-5 days with PRK and 1-2 days with Lasik.  Now if functionally seeing means no pain, you can read a computer screen, sun light doesn’t scorch your eyes and the world seems to be bathed in fog where everything is a blurr.  Then yes the standard lasik, PRK propaganda does not lie.  Now every one has different pain levels, healing rates and so on.  I figured I was probably one of those extreme cases.  A few people thought ZOMG can’t see 20/20 after two days this has gone totally wrong!  I knew this would take awhile to heal and this would be more painful but I’ll give a bit of a reality check to the propaganda nazi’s out there.

it seems most people I have spoken to, read and so on experienced similar / some times worst / some times a bit better recovery periods.  I’d say I am dead median at the moment (although this is only my 9th day post op).  The pain for the first 3 days was intense.  It’s described as having sand in your eye.  I think we all know what this feels like, but it’s a rough reference point, since it’s a constant piece of sand in your eye that you cannot wipe or sooth away combined with intense light sensitivity.  Enough so your eyes just want to clamp shut.  This was greatly alleviated for me when the contac badage was removed and while I could see pretty clearly by the 5th day with the contac in (it smooths your cornea as well as protects it) once it was removed I lost the foggyness but my vision went to shit.

Most people I’ve talked to and I can count my self here felt that it was 2 weeks before they could function (and this is to the point where they could read a computer screen, drive…you know function).  It’s a very slow process for this and while at the moment I’m taking shortcuts so I can work (like getting cheapy reading glasses and bumping my fonts to as high as they can go).  It feels like an eternity.  Wish me luck as this can take up to a year to get back to normal (assuming no complications), I’ll take the usual 3 months though, please?

So this finger is to any one who has ever uttered the words, “no big deal!, was fine the next day, it doesn’t hurt a bit” and to any one who write marketing shit for the Laser dudes of the world.  One I know it’s a lie! (ok maybe it wasn’t for you but any ways ) and two if any one reading this desides to have eye surgery alot more than a week for recovery.  You might not need it but it sucks if you do.  Personally I’d say 2 weeks vacay minimum just to be safe.

Sunday Times (London): America has told Britain that it can “kidnap” British citizens if they are wanted for crimes in the United States (via Digby).

This is with the U-fucking-K, indomitable partners in the war for keeping the country terrorized and second contributor to troops in Iraq. Is there any nation right now whose sovereignty the Bush Administration would feel more hesitant to completely disregard? How much contempt for international law do these guys have to fucking openly say “Screw you guys, if you don’t hand over whoever I tell you to, I’ll just go ahead and kidnap him/her. Hell, I’m not even sure I’ll even bother asking”.

The kicker? This wasn’t even brought up because of some scary arab dude whose smack talking to friends was intercepted and interpreted as a cunning, well organized plot to destroy the land of the free once and for all. This was brought up because of tax evasion.

The US government’s view emerged during a hearing involving Stanley Tollman, a former director of Chelsea football club and a friend of Baroness Thatcher, and his wife Beatrice. The Tollmans, who control the Red Carnation hotel group and are resident in London, are wanted in America for bank fraud and tax evasion. They have been fighting extradition through the British courts.

During a hearing last month Lord Justice Moses, one of the Court of Appeal judges, asked Alun Jones QC, representing the US government, about its treatment of Gavin, Tollman’s nephew. Gavin Tollman was the subject of an attempted abduction during a visit to Canada in 2005. Jones replied that it was acceptable under American law to kidnap people if they were wanted for offences in America. “The United States does have a view about procuring people to its own shores which is not shared,” he said.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not naive enough to believe countries never kidnap people abroad for all kinds of reasons. But it’s done secretly, and will be denied ad nauseam until there’s hard evidence to show. And then that nation will be publicly shamed and accused of interventionism and not respecting the rule of law, etc. A fucking established democracy that goes around “spreading freedom” doesn’t state publicly “Oh yeah, it’s our interpretation of the law that we can go in any country we want and do as we please. Now watch this drive!”

I’m too tired of this shit to summon the dutch kid or Grand Master Yoda. Go Cheney your whogivesashitaboutstateoflaw-selves, White House!

Sweet Baby Jesus have mercy

November 27, 2007

Rove: “Congress Pushed Bush to War in Iraq Prematurely”

Not even in Spanish can I find words to adequately express how I’m feeling right now.

Dutck. Kid. Please…

Kid Finger

Who Will Speak Up?

November 21, 2007

I don’t have words to adequately describe how sick this makes me feel. A 19-year-old woman was raped by seven men, and because she was with an “unrelated male” at the time, she’s being whipped and sent to jail. Initially, she was sentenced to 90 lashes, but because she spoke out, it’s been upped to 200.

And our state department has “expressed astonishment” but nothing stronger, and their “astonishment” wasn’t even expressed to Saudi officials. So, wait, it’s okay for politicians to go into a frenzy when Barack Obama doesn’t wear an American flag on his lapel, as though that proves that he hates America, yet this elicits… the equivalent of shaking a finger in admonishment – “Naughty, naughty!”

The only person I can see who’s gone on record so far with anything stronger is leaving her job in 2008.

Moveon.org takes out an ad about Gen. David Petraeus, and we get a Congressional resolution to denounce it.

It will be interesting to see if any of our current candidates or leaders have anything to say about this as the day goes on. Somehow, I’m guessing it’ll be pretty much ignored, and will fall off of the news sites in lieu of celebrity scandals and Thanksgiving travel stories.

Aside from writing letters to my representatives, I’m not sure what else I can do, aside from a donation to Amnesty International. Suggestions welcome.

I found the pin thing and the Betray Us kerfluffle idiotic and time-wasting enough as it was. Set beside this – which (dear god, I hope they prove me wrong here) I think will get downplayed because we want Saudi Arabia to co-sponsor a conference aimed at getting Israel and Palestine to have peace talks – those past things are all the more stupid.

This is something to get angry about.

…and with my left hand

November 6, 2007

I am giving the finger to our balls challenged Democratic Senators and Congressmen who can’t fucking forcefully oppose all the shit done and proposed by the more-unpopular-than-Nixon President. Apparently having 50% of the american public “strongly disapprove” and 64% “disapprove”, a record high (on the strongly disapprove at least) in the Gallup Poll, is not enough. Nixon right before being impeached: 48% strongly disapproved.

WHAT THE FUCK NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR YOU TO GROW SOME BALLS? Who the hell are you afraid of? What imaginary constituency do you think you’re going against? In what universe is opposing a widely condemned madman is a “risky move”? How is this reconcilable with your duty of representing the people that elected you? Keep rolling over, eunuchs. Keep “reaching compromises” that just mean you do what he tells you and he doesn’t get to change his position at all, shitwads.

Since I don’t want to give the angry dutch kid a heart attack, I’m summoning Grand Master Yoda for this one.

Yoda Finger

I cannot believe the balls of Dana Perino, who today while answering questions regarding Pakistan’s PM Pervez Musharaf’s recent meassures had this to say:

Q: Is it ever reasonable to restrict consitutional freedoms in the name of fighting terorism?

A: In our opinion, no.

I may post more about it once my tachycardia stops and my blood gets back to its under-200 degree temperature. On what motherfucking alternative universe do these assholes live in? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Via Think Progress

Show’em how we it’s done, angry little dutch kid!

Kid Finger