Naked before your knowing gaze I kneel
Eyes cast down in respect
Head high with pride of serving you
I plead to you with my moans
That I might be allowed to serve you
To please you, to touch you
In the way that you deserve
I long to tell you so much
To thank you for granting me this
To offer my utter devotion to you
Your reply comes swiftly, unerringly accurate
Driving into my core -- the Truth
That nothing fulfills me as you do
That life was lacking before you
And would be endless without you
I yield to these truths
Knowing it was you I seek
These lessons don't come easily
But they are teaching me thoroughly
That I belong to you completely
And just how much I've needed you
I will prove my truths to you
Lying in your arms where I belong
Oblivious of anything but my desire for you
Venturing affection, I lick your chest
Embracing you with my tongue
You harden, swelling with your lust
Offering to me the needed worship of you
Undulating slowly in passion, I do
Moving smoothly to please you
Yet with enough intensity to thrill you
My lips wrap around you
As I accept your stiffening flesh
Swallowing deeply, it moves in and out
Taking ownership of its warm dark hole
Entering and withdrawing from wet caress
Releasing your ambrosia to me
One of the interesting C-SPAN features is the morning discussion and telephone call-in shows called "Washington Journal." It's a morning show. Unlike MSM morning shows like "Fox and Friends," Washington Journal's broadcasted segments are not hosted by band of giggling millionaire pseudo celebrities, not interupted every 12 minutes with advertising or flashing graphical bumpers, or operated under the presumption that its audience has the attention span of tree squirrels on crack.
Washington Journal has an initial segment where the calm-speaking host goes through some of the headlines of newspapers of the day. As with every segment, telephone call-in comments are encouraged. The only editorial control or screening placed on viewer participation is the seperation of the call-in numbers and rotation of taking the calls, usually segregated into Democratic, Republican, Others or International.
It's quite amazing that this balanced, in-depth, and totally uncensored programming even exists in today's commercial and social conservative atmosphere. Many callers start their comments with the appreciative phrase that embodies this freedom of expression by saying, "Thank you for C-SPAN ..."
After newspaper headlines of the Pentagon's own report of abuses and respect for the Quran in G-block were discussed, C-SPAN had three interesting guest segments Saturday morning. First, they had two bloggers discussing and taking questions about the "Downing Street Memo", about which I have previously blogged here, but just called it the "Blair memo."
The last segment was also about a fairly controversial topic: sex education for kids. There is this battle between the social conservative policy makers whose BushWorld faith-based funded programs teach abstinence and try to subtract the efficacy of condoms to the outrage of world AIDS groups. Also, it's a given that the ruling and funded evangelical bible-thumpers want all sexuality education removed, post haste.
The overall message of publicly funded sex education is an important morality topic to Christian Fundies, once removed from gay marriage disapproval, once removed from the pinnacle abortion topic. In the ruling monopolistic political, legislative, and funding environment in DC, social conservatives can reach down the priority list and have effect.
As adrenaline-raising as G-town prison abuse, Bush lies about Iraq, and sex education to kids might be -- the middle of the Washington Journal show was very interesting to me. Unlike the other segments, it only had one guest, John Gizzi, political editor of Human Events.
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels, 1848
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler, 1925-1926
Quotations from Chairman Mao by Mao Zedong, 1966
The Kinsey Report by Alfred Kinsey, 1948
Democracy and Education by John Dewey, 1916
Das Kapital by Karl Marx, 1867-1894
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, 1963
The Course of Positive Philosophy, by Auguste Comte, 1830-1842
Beyond Good and Evil, by Freidrich Nietzsche, 1886
General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes, 1936
Human Events is a conservative magazine. So, this list shouldn't be a surprise. The L.A. Times published one opinion piece about it by Jonathon Chait. However, the list pushed hundreds of comments on Reason and Plastic. As cordial as John Gizzi was in this C-SPAN segment, I agree with one point in the Chait opinion article, "The Right's Wrong Books," in which Chait said:
Possibly even more amusing are the explanations for each book's inclusion. They read like 10th-grade book reports from some right-wing, bizarro world high school.
However, I think he cited the wrong quote from the Human Events article. I found more humor in the write-up about Das Kapital by Karl Marx in which it was said, "[Marx was] portraying capitalism as an ugly phase in the development of human society in which capitalists inevitably and amorally exploit labor by paying the cheapest possible wages to earn the greatest possible profits."
[snark] Yeah ... that's not happening now, is it? [/snark]
While I find that one thing hypocritical, ridiculous, or delusional in defense of the Democrusader by this conservative publication, I must say one thing about the list. I think it's very telling and sad that conservatives in the U.S. have dribbled down the drain of socially conservative judgementalism. Two years ago, Human Events published a related article conversely entitled, "Ten Books Every Student Should Read in College."
This basic switch from the positive promotion of reading books by Plato and Aristotle to some negative idea of Tom Delay's Fahrenheit 451 is a style of journalism or government that is just pathetic. I would fully endorse John Gizzi's advice. Go out and read these books for yourself. I have to give him credit for that advice. He seems like an honorable guy, even if I think he is working for the wrong people.
I would only add that you read the books in their 2003 'good' list as well as their 2005 'evil' list. I don't think the popular bible is evil, I think there are evil men in positions of power in the U.S who hide behind it and exploit it. And, I don't think the Quran is evil, I think there are evil men men in positions of power who also hide behind it and exploit it.
Last week, Australian Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years by an Indonesian court following her October 2004 arrest on drug smuggling charges. Corby went to Bali to vacation, as many Australians do, but customs officials found a four kilo brick of weed in her luggage and her life as she knew it, changed forever. It should be noted that the 20 year sentence is considered lenient under Indonesian law, as the government prosecutors in this case pushed for the death penalty.
The Corby case was just a small blip on the radar screens of the U.S. public. Our media only had small mention of it when she was sentenced. We were treated to about a minute of video showing the post sentencing outrage in the Indonesian court by friends, family and supporters.
In Australia and Indonesia however, this case has had the media attention of our own Michael Jackson trial. The Indonesian court sentencing was broadcast live in Australia and New Zealand. There are blogs, jokes and petitions. There is Aussie outrage and Indonesian outrage about the outrage. Heads of state of both countries are weighing in on it and trying to cool the emotions.
One of those emotions is the adroit and troubling comparison between the sentences given the Muslim terrorist involved in the Bali hotel bombing that incinerated over 200 people, many of them foreign tourists, and the so-called lenient sentence imposed by this same court to Schappelle Corby. The terrorist got 30 months and the hair dresser got 20 years.
This outrage was met by Indonesian and Australian protest. Embassies were closed. The U.S. Embassy in Indonesia is off and on, but Abu Sayyaf is continually giving that consulate reason to be cautious, anyway. It seems the only hope for Corby might be in a prisoner transfer between these nations.
Before you decide to help tsunami victims personally by visiting or go on that lifetime rad surfing trip to Bali, you might want to simply read the succinct scenario described by Fuzzy Math on the High Times site:
Imagine the follwing scenario:
You, your wife and your parents take a holiday to Bali, Indonesia. You check into the hotel, two separate rooms, but for convenience you also get keys for your parents room and vice versa...so each of you has a key to both rooms.
As it turns out, the previous occupant forgot a chunk of hashish under the mattress and housekeeping did not find it when that occupant checked out.
Then on the third day of your visit, while you're at the beach, housekeeping finds the chunk of hashish and calls the police. The police greet you, your wife and your parents upon returning to the hotel and because you all have keys to the room you are all arrested.
Under Indonesian Law, all four of you would be charged with possession and face a minimum of ten years in prison.
Your only defense would be to produce the previous occupant in court and prove that the hashish was his/hers. But that occupant is back in his/her home country by now, assuming you could even find his/her name.
So, you would certainly be convicted as the Indonesian courts have a nearly 100% conviction rate in drug cases.
Then you and your familiy would rot in a dank vermin infested prison lousy with diseases from the old testament where they don't even provide toilet paper.
Or you could BOYCOTT INDONESIA. Go someplace friendlier.
I agree with Fuzzy Math. Despite many countries adopting a common sense attitude toward marijuana, one need only to watch movies like "Return to Paradise" (1998 - starring Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, Vince Vaughn), or "Brokedown Palace" (1999 - starring Claire Danes, Kate Beckinsale, and Bill Pullman), or the infamous 1978 Oliver Stone movie adaption of the Billy Hayes story "Midnight Express" to get a clue that some countries around the world are very harsh with their drug laws. Many even prefer to avoid the cost of maintaining a decent prison system by simply executing their drug offenders. Guilty or innocent, you're screwed if you find yourself in Schappelle Corby's situation.
Current estimates reveal we are spending about 7 billion dollars a year. Multiply that by the last 20 years to understand the generational compounded waste of money on a substance with which one third (95 million people) in the U.S. population has used and has no problem.
Clearly, this is simply one of those things that falls under the irrationality clause of governance, like the Bush stem cell research policy - protecting a Snowflake embryo while killing 100,000 grown-up and walking embryos in Iraq. Indonesia is no different, so don't presume I'm just bashing one religion or just Islam. It just is. If the most populous muslim country wants to execute western tourists by bombs or corruption in their legal system, that's their sovereign right as a new democracy to do so.
At the same time, it's my sovereign right as a tourist consumer to decide to vacation (or holiday) someplace else, rather than in the little slice surrealistic paradise on the planet, called Indonesia. Seriously, I don't care if Bali loses all its tourism and eventually becomes an island of industrial pollution and child labor factories. I grew up in Detroit, so if their Sharia-based drug policy kills their local economy, Indonesian defenders of it can talk to my hand.
So ... why? Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries. Mainly I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly. My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.
The second rule: if the entry was older. But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).
Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al). These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?" So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.
So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience. I normally archive halfway through the month.
Ferouk bin Femmel » *winks in, singing* ...it's now or never, come hold me tight, kiss m--- *disappears* Edna May » Namaste, dear! Namaste! *joins JfZ in his hot tub and begins her morning mantra* Aummmm, Auummmm, Aummmmm Aummmmmmm mmmmm *snores* Mich » blog hop CB » nice blog Ferouk bin Femmel » *wonders fleetingly how he landed here...barely has time to yell "Help!" before disappearing again* dennis » Ok JFZ! Point me in direction where I can read the FACTS about ben Laden and Bush - please. Did "Columbine" guy get it right? (?name) Is there more? Less? dennis » Hard to read those letters and tributes - even harder to see the pics. Two of those pics could have been my son and daughter in Airborne. Prepared Iraq oilfields for first invasion. Sick!! ssprite » thats some pile of eaten ribs at right - ooer i mean dino bones LOL J f Z » Dennis: Sure I can. I'm no longer on the grid in reality and JfZ is just my residual self image. dennis » Hello Friend - Are YOU (as blog writer) "allowed" to talk about Bush's connection with the ben Laden's family? Does that initiate a Patriot Act offensive? brynn » hey dear. just poppin' in to say hi. 7one » Hi virus n jfz! virus » yo jfz. hows it going? Jude » *poke* lisalamby » Thanks! J f Z » Hygelic: So awesome to hear from you! I'll email you. Whoa. More than just democrats are tired of Bush's lies. Heh. J f Z » Ten Speed: Not much. Not much. Not much at all. hygelic » are you a democrat? hygelic » whoa hygelic » How the hell can I contact you? hygelic » You can put your weed in there. Akira3099 » "..a unanimous decision..." dead petals » hey, just thought i'd let you know i'm leaving blogdrive. i don't know for how long, but when or if i return, i will let you know. and hopefully ill catch ya on yahoo one of these days Ten Speed Indian » hey Ten Speed Indian » hey Ten Speed Indian » hey it's ten speed, what's up? J f Z » Thanks, Dennis. You know I still have a gaggle of adoptive moms running around these parts, too. Heh. dennis » jfz, I observed a moment of rememberance yesterday to grieve with you about the loss of your mom this. Damn! It's not nice being orphaned - I know. dennis » JFZ - the reason women like it is that it lasts "five minutes!" - unlike the guy who sneaks under the covers. wailfulrhyme » Nutella, anyone? Lyly » Finally had some free time to spruce up the entry, add a couple more bitchy comments. Because I wanted to. Lyly » aww shucks *kicks dirt* dead petals » we should, maybe, possibly, chat it up sometime. . 7one » Hi there! Just linked you. J f Z » Lyly: But, sadly, you no longer love him. /wink/ Those shots were from Q3A maps I never bothered to publish as playable game levels. Just experimenting. Learning. Lyly » Knew they looked familiar. My ex loves the game. J f Z » Lyly: They were just some experiments for Quake 3 Arena. Lyly » Your gallery pics - which game(s) is/are they from? J f Z » *G-funk: Yo. *Lyly/BC: Happy Monthend! *Static Brain: There is no spoon. *Jude: Booger was the other nerd. Not me. *Edna May/Wail: Sounds like you both clicked on [My Penis]. J f Z » Dead Petals: Sorry. See why I don't have a poetic blog? Heh. dead petals » 'i got pain older than you are' - that made my heart sink. wailfulrhyme » i should put smilies at the end of my sentences so you delete them when i say something dumb. wailfulrhyme » and now i feel even more *supid* because i spelt stupid wrong! wailfulrhyme » how's my bus stop ho? Edna May » John...do I look pale to you, dear? Jude » Bugger! *smacks forehead* ...I tho't it was Booger! dead petals » hey bugger. how's it goin?
I started to write up this entry last night and got so pissed off listening to the Republican pundits trying to defend the Bush administration and condemning the Democrats for not rubber-stamping the nomination of John Bolton to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. I won't repeat that Dark Skies Section 60 rant here, but it might be helpful for you to take a minute to read it in order to understand some of what I'm about to say.
My initial motivation to blog about Memorial Day arose from my anger at the U.S. television news media's seemingly cavalier reporting about Iraq. More often than not, they treat it as if they were reporting some friggin' sports game. How many times have you heard, "Today, 2 Marines were killed today outside of Baghdad by a car bomb. 20 Iraqi civilians were killed?"
Then 30 seconds later, "Today in the Michael Jackson trial ..." It sickens me.
At the same time, I understand some of the problems any media outlet has trying to report anything in-depth concerning the Iraq War. Besides the financial burden of sending reporters, hiring local stringers, translators, and security -- a media outlet then faces the accusation of reporting "nothing but bad news about Iraq," if they can even get out of the Green Zone and do any in-depth stories.
Hello? Iraq is a friggin' war zone the size of Texas. Without even researching the hard data, I'm going to make a guess that Texas has more law enforcement personnel from the federal, state, county and local level comprising an alphabet-fucking-soup of agencies. And without including the civil service worker population, Texas 'protectors of Freedom' may just outnumber the 138,000 military service personnel in Iraq. What the hell kind of news would one expect?
Iraq is not a baseball game or video game. Recent news reports of defacto al-Qaeda leader al-Zarqawi being injured has the media attention of a head coach firing on an NCAA basketball team. Even more troubling, Donald Rumsfeld recently compared him to Hitler -- in denial of the fact that the insurgency and foreign terrorism in Iraq isn't ever going to copitulate for us to see some VE day.
And I don't criticize Rumsfeld lightly. He serves at the pleasure of the Democrusader. He and his DoD team are doing an amazing job at transforming the U.S. military out of the Cold War posture and into 21st century readiness -- while at the same time conducting a war. Historically, this is a bit unprecedented.
My minimal respect for Rumsfeld doesn't innoculate him from my criticism, though. I find it ironic that Rumsfeld compares al-Zarqawi to Hitler when a billion people around the planet, and even millions of Americans, compare his Commander in Chief to the same icon of evil for unilaterally invading another country.
So what are we left with? U.S. citizens are left with glib and cursory stories created from the one-sentence DoD casualty announcements, sometimes with some added file footage video, or perhaps a real syndicated seven-second video from the event once in a while.
I decided to pick one day, May 26th, and learn more about the U.S. military personnel killed in Iraq. The image above shows 8 people whose lives tragically ended in Iraq on May 26th. The first three died last year, and the rest in 2003. Anger toward our political leaders turns to sadness when I look into their eyes.
"Beyond the Tomb of the Unknowns, in Section 60 of Arlington Cemetery, we have laid to rest Americans who fell in the battle of Iraq. One of the funerals was for Marine Second Lieutenant Frederick Pokorney Junior, of Jacksonville, North Carolina. His wife, Carolyn, received a folded flag. His two year old daughter, Taylor, knelt beside her mother at the casket to say a final goodbye."
-- past Bush remarks on Memorial Day
Sadness for our country turns into private sadness for their children or people who knew these eight people, when I read what their friends say on web sites. Click the person's name to read comments left by those who knew these eight people killed in Iraq on May 26th. If you need a big cry, just remember that there are 364 more days to mourn 1600+ young people killed or 6300+ gravely injured. I'm not going to paraphrase anything about these eight people, you can click on their name and read it for yourself.