It has been a big week for capital punishment. Troy Davis lost his battle in Georgia. Rick Perry put another notch on his belt. Alabama is planning to off someone tonight. To top it all off, Texas announced that it will no longer serve a last meal to inmates about to die. They will have to eat regular prison food, which might kill them anyway. Total punishment is a big deal in Texas. They have a web site for Death Row Information. They have ten ladies on death row, who are photo featured in this story. They have a chart with information about the 475 executions performed since 1982. This chart is the source of the final statements quoted below. The rest of this story is final statements made by executed persons in Texas. One is from 1998, one from 2004, and the rest are from 2011. The pictures are from The Library of Congress . The men are part of the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln. The screen shot is from the internet. The death row ladies are from Death Row Information. No, I have no final statement. Lawrence Russell Brewer /// You’re not about to witness an execution, you are about to witness a murder. I am strapped down for something Marcus Rhodes did. I never killed nobody, never. I love you, Mom. I love you, Tali. This is wrong. This whole thing is wrong. I can’t believe you are going to let Marcus Rhodes walk around free. Justice has let me down. Somebody completely screwed this up. I love you too, Mom. Well Warden, if you are going to murder someone, go ahead and do it. Pull the trigger. It’s coming. I can feel it coming. Goodbye. Steven Woods /// I love you Israel. Martin Robles /// Even though I lay on this gurney, seconds away from my death, I am at total peace. May the Lord Jesus Christ be with me. I am at peace. Hate is going on in this world and it has to stop. Hate causes a lifetime of pain. Even though I lay here I am still at peace. I am still a proud American, Texas loud, Texas proud. God bless America, God bless everyone. Let’s do this damn thing. Director Hazelwood, thank you very much. Thank you everyone. Spark, I love you, all of you. L love you Conna. It’s all good, it’s been a great honor. I feel it; I am going to sleep now. Goodnight, 1,2 there it goes. Mark Stroman /// I am sorry for everything that I have done. I’ve hurt a lot of people. For years I have never thought that I deserved any type of forgiveness. Lord Jesus Christ in my life, I know He has forgiven me, I have accepted His forgiveness. I have accepted everything. Let this be final and be done. I take the full blame for this. I am sorry and forgive me. I am truly sorry. I ask for forgiveness. Life goes on and it surely does. I am sorry for the victim’s family for what I had did. May they forgive me. I don’t know if you believe me, life goes on. I am sure it does. To the man to the right of me, I ask for forgiveness for you. Life goes on, it surely does. I ask for forgiveness. I am truly sorry. That is all. Let’s get this show on the road. One more thing, Viva Mexico, Viva Mexico. Humberto Leal /// Yes, sir. I just want to say to all my supporters, family and friends; I love ya’ll and appreciate ya’ll. To the ones representing me today, thank you for everything. The system has failed me. This is a miscarriage of justice. There are people on death row that need help. I love my family. I love you too, Mom. I am alright. I asked the Lord to have mercy on me and I hope He has mercy on these people carrying out this mass slaughter. They have no respect for humanity. To Melanie, I never meant to hurt you. You were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am not asking for your forgiveness. All I have to worry about is God forgiving me. I hope you get better and for the doctors to continue to take care of you. Take care of my mother for me. To everybody, know that I love you and I am ok. Lord, have mercy on my soul. Lord, have mercy on my soul. Lord, have mercy on these peoples’ soul. Life is not supposed to end this way. No more pain and frustration. When I knock at the gates, they will open up and let me in. To my mom and everybody, I love you. I can feel it right now. My life, my life. Milton Mathis /// Yes, sir. Jennifer, I love you. Mom, I love you. Rick, take care of you. For all of you people, I defended myself when I killed your family member. Prison is a bad place. There was eight against me. I didn’t set out to kill him. I am sorry that I killed him, but he would not have been in prison if he was a saint. I hope ya’ll understand that. I love you, baby. I hope people understand the grave injustice by the state. There are 300 people on death row, and everyone is not a monster. Texas is carrying out a very inhumane and injustice. It’s not right to kill anybody just because I killed your people. Everyone changes, right? Life is about experience and people change. I love you, Jennifer. Mom, I love you and all my friends that I have known over the years that have always been there for me. I am ready to teleport. I love you, baby. I hope you don’t find satisfaction in this, watching a human being die. Lee Taylor /// Noel, I love you man. You have been there for me through thick and thin, you and Brigitta. Be there for each other. I am at peace, we have no worries, just as I have no more worries. To the victim’s family, may you be at peace also. Gayland Bradford /// Yes, Tell my sister Tracey, I love you. Nicole, thank you and I love you. Wanda and all of my friends, I love you and thank you for your support. To the State of Texas, I am an innocent man. Never trust a court-appointed attorney. I am ready Warden. Thank you, Brad, I’m sorry. Check that DNA, check Scott. Here we go. Lord Jesus, Jesus. Cary D. Kerr /// No last statement given. Timothy Wayne Adams /// First of all I would like to give my sincere apology to Amy’s family. We caused a lot of heartache, grief, pain and suffering, and I am sorry. I know it won’t bring her back. I would like to sing, I would like to sing for that person’s dead. The old is gone. I am not the same person that I used to be, that person is dead. It’s up to you if you would find it in your heart to forgive. As for my family, I am sorry I let you down. I caused a lot of heartache, and I ask for your forgiveness. I am not crying for myself, I am crying for the lost and those that are dying for their sins, those that are committing suicide, those that don’t know God and have never been set free. I’ve been locked up 13 years. I am not locked up inside, all of these years I have been free. Christ has changed me. Even though I have to die for my mistake, he paid for mine by wages I could never pay. Here I am a big strong youngster, crying like a baby. I am man enough to show my emotions and I am sorry. I am sorry for everything. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t. Michael Wayne Hall /// Yes sir, I would like to say to all of you – the Thornton family and Jerry Dean’s family that I am so sorry. I hope God will give you peace with this. Baby, I love you. Ron, give Peggy a hug for me. Everybody has been so good to me. I love all of you very much. I am going to be face to face with Jesus now. Warden Baggett, thank all of you so much. You have been so good to me. I love all of you very much. I will see you all when you get there. I will wait for you. Karla Faye Tucker /// Yeah. The only statement I want to make is that I am an innocent man – convicted of a crime I did not commit. I have been persecuted for 12 years for something I did not do. From God’s dust I came and to dust I will return – so the earth shall become my throne. I gotta go, road dog. I love you Gabby. [Remaining portion of statement omitted due to profanity.] Cameron Todd Willingham.
“The Chinese government has banned a traditional carnival in the east of the country in which dogs are eaten after being chopped up alive in the street following a public uproar that the festival was cruel, state media reported on Wednesday. The tradition in Qianxi in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang dates back 600 years to celebrate a local military victory and is normally held every October, the official Xinhua news agency said. “The ancient fair was replaced by a modern commodity fair in the 1980s, but dog-eating has been kept as a tradition,” it reported. “However, vendors began to butcher dogs in public a few years ago to show their dog meat is fresh and safe, as a way to ease buyers’ worry that the meat may be refrigerator-preserved or even contaminated.”
HT to World Class Stupid for this story. If you look to Mr. Google for more information, you will see the original Reuters story repeated. When you view the original, you will see links to stories “you might also like”. Some of these stories: “France stakes future of EU on fate of euro currency”, “PETA to launch porn site in name of animal rights”, “Axe-wielding man kills four in China”.
A related story is Koreans beat the heat by eating dog soup. “The reason why I eat dog soup is because it boosts my energy, even when I’m most tired,” remarked 56-year-old Shin Gwan-sup who was interviewed yesterday by Reuters reporter Tae-Yi Kim .”Compared to other meats, it has more protein and less fat. I think it is healthy and clean, a more suitable meat for us.”
PG tuned into the Repub debate during while Rick Santorum was talking about DADT. If PG had tuned in a minute earlier, he could have hear the crowd boo an American soldier on combat deployment in Iraq. (To be fair to the crowd, it was just a few scattered people that shouted boo. It was not as enthusiastic as the cheers for Rick Perry wasting 234 235 prisoners.)
Before the debate, PG listened to a conversation with Christopher Dickey. He is the son of James Dickey, and an accomplished journalist. Mr. Dickey got a job as a stand in when the film “Deliverance” was made. He was standing in for Ned Beatty when they filmed the most famous scene in the movie. (PG hears the bs detector beeping as he writes this.) Later in the interview, Mr. Dickey discusses his mother.
Mr. DICKEY: She died in a hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. LAMB: Of what?Mr. DICKEY: She died of a complication from cirrhosis of the liver, or from hardening of the liver, where you get varicose veins in your esophagus and then they rupture and you bleed to death through your mouth. LAMB: And was she a drinker all her life? Mr. DICKEY: She drank all her life, but she was a heavy drinker the last 10 years of her life, a really heavy drinker, co–a co–a constant drinker. Anybody who was at our house in the ’70s remembers the tinkling of ice cubes at about 6 in the morning when she would get up and start making breakfast for everybody and make herself a Cutty Sark and soda.
Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.
Democracy Now had a six hour live broadcast outside the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA. (Amy Goodman called it the Death Row Prison.) Inside the big house, Troy Davis was put to death. He passed away at 11:08 pm.
The night was full of drama. At the original execution time of 7:00 pm, a cheer went up in the crowd. Word was that a reprieve had been granted. The United States Supreme Court was going to be consulted on the case. At roughly 10:30, word got back that SCOTUS was not interested in the case. The execution followed soon after. The fishwrapper had a reporter on the scene. This is part of their report:
Then he asked Davis if he has any final words. Yes, the condemned man said and he raised his head so he could look at Mark MacPhail Jr., who was an infant when his father was murdered, and William MacPhail, the dead officer’s brother. “I’m sorry for your loss,” Davis said. Mark MacPhail, who was leaning forward, and his uncle did not move. They stared at the man who killed their loved one.
“I did not personally kill your son, father and brother,” Davis said. “I am innocent. “ He asked his family and friends to continue to search for the truth. And to the prison officials he said “may God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls.” He then lowered his head. He turned down an offer for a prayer.”
One part of the Democracy Now broadcast caught PG’s attention. Amy Goodman was talking to Kathryn Hamoudah, who is connected to Georgians for alternatives to the death penalty. (PG suspects that Ms. Hamoudah was one of the people who was rude to him in July, when PG attended an execution.) Ms. Hamoudah mentioned a company called Rainbow Medical Associates. RMA has a contract with the state to provide Doctors that supervise executions. (A prison employee sticks the needle in.) For these services, RMA gets $18,000 per execution.
Chamblee54 has written about Troy Davis five times. ( one, two , three , four , five ) Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.
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Gertrude Walker died in 1893 at age 4 and lies in Lt. John Walker Cemetery near White Horn, Tenn. Her gravestone reads: GONE TO BE AN ANGLE John Young, who died in 1836, lies in St. Andrew’s churchyard in Staten Island, New York. His reads: THOSE THAT KNEW HIM BEST DEPLORED HIM MOST /// It is going to be a very INTERESTING weekend !!!!! /// Whiskey has been a good friend to me. /// straightener catching on fire while in use on my bangs was not in my Saturday plan. /// Judging by my Twitter feed, there are also a lot of people down there calling for the end to capitalism, nationalizing the oil companies, and lots of other interesting ideas from outer space. The bane of all movements are the fringe weirdos who hog the limelight. /// “What do we want?” SOME UNDEFINED CHANGE! “When do we want it?” EVENTUALLY! #OccupyWallStreet /// “Unless a writer is extremely old when he dies, in which case he has probably become a neglected institution, his death must always be seen as untimely. This is because a real writer is always shifting and changing and searching. The world has many labels for him, of which the most treacherous is the label of Success.” –James Baldwin /// No, I’m not avoiding you. You’re just asking too many questions. And my phone was stolen. So. /// “No one’s death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness.” — Hermann Broch /// You know. Parrots move in. Then they want food and water. And constant attention. And conversation. And room to fly. And then they imitate all the appliances and make as much noise as possible. And then they fly all over the house, and the wind beneath their wings knocks all of your papers and tiny objects all over the floor. They seem to thrive on chaos. /// “ Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams. ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson /// independent practitioners who share a commitment to helping fellow humans create a better quality of life by facilitating therapeutic relationships based on openness and acceptance, tempered with protective and compassionate limits. /// Style, is like a frog: you can dissect the thing, but it somehow dies in the process. – Arthur Quinn /// “Have you ever considered that your intelligence may be the very thing causing your dilemma?” /// “The essence of chess is thinking about the essence of chess.” — David Bronstein /// Indiana had a sumptuary law prohibiting the smoking of cigarettes, and a showman was exhibiting a trick chimpanzee in a country town in the vicinity of South Bend. One of the tricks of this animal was to smoke a cigarette, for which he was arrested and brought before a justice of the peace. His keeper pleaded that the animal did not know that he was violating the law, but the justice solemnly replied that ignorance of the law excuses no one, and the chimpanzee was fined five dollars which his keeper paid. /// Guy in long line outside stall: Hurry up, man! Guy in stall: I can’t stop shitting on myself! Guy in line: I don’t care, just hurry the fuck up! Guy in stall: I’ve got diarrhea like crazy, guy! –Bathroom, Penn Station /// Girl #1: What did you think of Dave? Girl #2: He was the drummer, you don’t wanna date him. That’s worse than dating the goalie in soccer. –Bedford Ave /// Midwestern lady: Oh dear, what a blouse shirt. Where did you get that? German tourist: Thanks. It’s from Germany. Midwestern lady: Germany? I think I’ve heard of that designer before. Do they have a shop in New York? /// My back hurts. My neck hurts. My shoulders hurt. And every part of me that isn’t hurting is whining about the rest of me hurting. Ugh. /// #thingsthatgetmeupset when people use the wrong there, they’re, or their /// Dear friends, I have been quite ill for the last week and now things took a tirn to worse. i am in Emergency since thuesday night amd there’s still a debate on what’s the desease. If Iget out alive I’ll keeep posting. thank you for being such a great community. Love you all, Yours, Netanderthalian /// “Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess.” — Samuel Johnson /// “People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.” ~ Bob Dylan /// “The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.” ~ Oliver Wendall Holmes, Sr. /// Rick Perry is qualified to be President in the same way that Olive Garden is qualified to be Italy. /// My hood rats be appreciating dat the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice. Is a sistah to much woman fo you or is YOU dat ashamed to be a blackman? You aint nuthing but a dicrase and a hippocrate. /// Even “really good” hairpieces betray their owners when they get sweaty at a crowded party. Be advised. /// Things of greatest profit are set forth with least price. /// Envy braggeth but draweth no blood, the malicious have more mind to grip than might to cut. /// In all perfect shapes a blemish bringeth rather a liking every way to the eyes than a loathing any way to the mind. /// If I go out in New York or something with my friends, I’ll have a drink, I’m not going to lie. But my friends in college are out getting wasted and I don’t really have a desire to do that. I have sort of grown past it because I have a full-time job and responsibilities. It’s cool to have that, it makes you mature faster – Lindsay Lohan /// I’m proud I still have a really good sex life with David. He is very much in proportion. He does have a huge one, though. He does. You can see it in the advert. It is all his. It is like a tractor exhaust pipe! – Victoria Beckham /// I’ve been noticing gravity since I was very young. – Cameron Diaz /// I was actually tempted to respond with “immediately at the conclusion of today” but that likely would have just led to more questions. /// I’m watching people hook up tonight who, when they wake up tomorrow, are going to wish they were blind. /// I’m basically just sitting in the porta poTty finishing my bottle of champagne bc I am too lazy to carry it back to the tailgate /// selah
PG was suffering through jury duty. After a couple of hours, the worst was over. The drive to the courthouse, the speech from the judge (two of them today), the video…it was over. There was nothing to do now but read a magazine. (The video featured Amanda Williams , the drug court judge from hell.)
A man wearing a judge’s robe stood in front of the microphone. He was a Gwinnett county judge, who was helping out with a case. (All the Dekalb county judges had to recuse themselves. The man pleaded guilty anyway.) The Gwinnett dude wanted to say thank you for your jury service, but he had a story to throw in. The judge said he later found out that the story was true.
A young man was working at King and Spalding, and his mentor was Griffin Bell. Mr. Bell was the Attorney General under Jimmy Carter, and was a big deal in legal circles. The man walked by Mr. Bell’s office one day, and saw that he was reading the fishwrapper. The young attorney knocked on the door, and asked if he could talk.
It seems like whenever a neighbor had jury duty, they would seek out the young lawyer. You’re a lawyer, they would say, do you know how to get out of jury duty? This troubled the young attorney, and he asked his mentor what he should say.
Griffin Bell slammed the fishwrapper to his desk, and steam started to come out of his ears. “Young man, this country was founded on two boxes. The ballot box and the jury box. If you don’t jump into both feet first, then you don’t belong in this country”.
It was not much longer before PG was sent home. While waiting to get out of the parking deck, the radio told of a decision by the board of pardons and paroles. They refused clemency for Troy Davis . Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”
The United States is currently in the second longest streak of Presidents living to finish their term in office. The last POTUS to die in office was John F. Kennedy, who met his maker on November 22, 1963. In a few weeks, that will be 48 years ago.
The first President to not finish his term for mortal reasons was William Henry Harrison. He perished April 4, 1841. This was roughly 52 years after George Washington was sworn in, on April 30, 1789. If the POTUS can get through *four more years* without passing away, then America will have a new record. This will seem odd to many of a certain age, who remember the Kennedy shooting as though it happened yesterday.
On the other side of the Atlantic, a four year countdown is in progress. Victoria served as Queen of England from June 20, 1837 to January 22, 1901, or 63 years. The current monarch, Elizabeth II, began her reign February 6, 1952. This was 59 years ago. In another four years, unless her purse explodes and kills her, Elizabeth will be the longest serving ruler of England. She recently passed George III, who served 59 years. Elizabeth did not have a revolution in the colonies to concern her.
One of the digital depths that PG sinks to is a blog called Avitable. (The spell check suggestions are Inevitable, Visitable, Veritable, Editable) The perp is a Florida resident named Adam Heath Avitable. AHA is, the last time we checked, a stand up comedian. This is a humor blog. When PG last checked up on Avitable, he was promoting something called “The Avitable Pledge”. It is repeated below. PG looked at it, and agreed with most of it. There was something about dealing with bullies, which can get you mixed up in useless battles. You should never wrestle with a hog…you will get dirty, and the pig enjoys it. There is one more reason for PG to not sign TAP. Almost no one reads Chamblee54. Non spam comments are few and far between. While being thoughtful and honest are good traits, it does little good when no one is watching. If a tree falls in an empty forest, does the chain saw make a noise? This blog is always looking for text to put between the pictures. As a compromise, Chamblee54 is going to post TAP, in a rainbow font, and post pictures from The Library of Congress . It is worth what it costs you. If you feel the need to sign TAP, then, by all means go to Avitable and sign it. You will no doubt be a better person. The Avitable Pledge I am proud to have higher brain functions. I will apply critical thinking and react with clear thought when I am faced with unknown, stressful or difficult situations. I pledge to view ignorance and anonymity as weaknesses. Those who wield those traits as weapons are to be pitied but they have earned whatever punishment occurs. They do not deserve our sympathy or respect. I believe that there is no situation that cannot be approached with a sense of humor. That said, each person has at least one thing that they will never find funny or appreciate, and that’s okay. I stand up against bullying and harassment in all its forms. I will not shy away from calling out bullies and harassers in public forums, and I will not tacitly support their actions by remaining silent. I refuse to apply any standards to others that I will not apply to myself. Only by striving to be the best can I expect that from any other person. I want to see your point of view. Putting myself in your shoes can be difficult, but I will try my hardest to realize that my perspective is rarely objective. I affirm that I will be honest with you and trust you at your word. If at all possible I will avoid lying and omitting truths. There is never a good reason to lie and there are hundreds of reasons not to. If you lie to me and betray that trust, that’s not my fault. I’m an elitist condescending intellectual perverted asshole, but I manage to follow this pledge to the best of my ability. What about you? Will you take the Avitable pledge? P.S. This post originally started as a parody of the Mom Pledge, but then as I started writing it, I realized I wanted to write a sincere post. For those of you who are getting sick of my serious posts, here is a joke for you: You’ve got to hand it to midgets. No, literally. They usually can’t reach.
This is a repost from four years ago today. Some say the we won the war in Babylon. It is too late for one soldier to enjoy. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.
It started out as a beautiful late summer day, but by 5:45 I was over it. This is normal, and being tired from a job is better than well rested unemployment. The traffic backed up at a key part of my ride, and I took another route the rest of the way. All in all, not the best mood, but not the worst either.
Getting home from work is the worst time of day for confrontations. I am tired, hungry, and more than a little bit crazy. I get in the house, leave the lunch dishes in the kitchen, go turn on the computer, and come back to fix a sandwich. My brother is watching the news in the room next to the kitchen. As I pull two slices of bread out of the sack, the report on the idiot box has a familiar turn. Something about the church where he was once an alter boy. But today, it was the scene of a tribute to his too short life.
It gets worse. I don’t remember the exact words, but it was a report from a soldier’s funeral in Carroll County. And it got worse and worse. Finally, I snap. I hope you are enjoying that poison. Another brave man has died in that useless war
There is plenty of anger to go around. My brother is watching the noise while I am fixing dinner. The TV station is exploiting the grief of the soldier’s family, to sell advertising. But most of all, I am boiling mad at THAT STINKING COCAINE ADDICT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
The following conversation was performed in August of this year. It is regarding a discussion on Blogginheads.tv. It was a religion oriented chat, with an emphasis on Michele Bachmann. PG made a comment, and the fun started.
chamblee54 wrote on 08/14/2011 at 10:50 AM – 1-Ms. Bailey has the sound up way too loud. There is a lot of distortion. The good news is that her lighting is flattering, and her camera is focused. 2- The New Yorker piece had some interesting comments about Mrs. Bachmann’s “career” as a tax lawyer. Her former co workers are not kind. While people are upset about her religious opinions, maybe a look at her work ethic, and her claims about it, are in order. 3- Marcus Bachmann, judging from the article, is not a very nice man. Maybe submission means that she WILL let him use her lipstick.
chamblee54 wrote on 08/14/2011 at 11:07 AM – Quoting Ocean:” Finally the GOP has a great sense of humor! “ – - – Are they dancing the YMCA?
Quoting bkjazfan: “A Los Angeles radio talk show host, John Phillips, who shared a dinner table at an event with the Bachmanns said that Michelle’s husband makes Paul Linde look like John Wayne.” – - – We have already confused Marion Morrison with John Wayne Gacy. Maybe it is John Wayne Bobbitt we should think of.
Sulla the Dictator wrote on 08/15/2011 at 03:29 AM – Quoting chamblee54: ” Marcus Bachmann, judging from the article, is not a very nice man. Maybe submission means that she WILL let him use her lipstick”. – - - 1. It is interesting how the spouses of conservatives are not off the table. From Nancy Reagan to Cindy McCain to Marcus Bachmann.
2. I have no reason to believe Marcus Bachmann is gay. But the mean spirited left seems to believe so. I notice, though, that they take the opportunity to free themselves from PC shackles to throw a variety of insulting, “hateful”, anti-gay attacks at the guy. Just like they can make misogynistic attacks against his wife, or Sarah Palin, or Anne Coulter, or any Conservative female. The left wing commentariat is starting to resemble one of those original Star Trek dystopias/morality tales.
I suspect that if I were to make jokes about Barney Frank cross dressing, or being an effete homosexual, it wouldn’t be as ‘cute’….and in his case there’s not even a dispute.
chamblee54 wrote on 08/15/2011 at 12:08 PM – Quoting Sulla the Dictator: “1. It is interesting how the spouses of conservatives are not off the table. From Nancy Reagan to Cindy McCain to Marcus Bachmann.” – - – The comments made about Hilary Clinton during her husbands reign were horrific.
Quoting Sulla the Dictator: “2. I have no reason to believe Marcus Bachmann is gay. But the mean spirited left seems to believe so.” – - – Mr. Bachman has mannerisms that would get him beat up in Middle School. It really doesn’t matter who he plays with. The man is a sissy. When you consider how he makes their living, then the jokes just come naturally. Mix in some of the things that his *submissive* wife says, and it is an opportunity for comedians.
badhatharry wrote on 08/15/2011 at 01:09 PM – Would you ever call an openly gay man a sissy? just wondering.
chamblee54 wrote on 08/15/2011 at 01:29 PM – Yes.
badhatharry wrote on 08/15/2011 at 01:53 PM – OK, so you’re clearly refusing to answer…fine.
chamblee54 wrote on 08/15/2011 at 02:52 PM – Just Say No.
Sulla the Dictator wrote on 08/15/2011 at 06:28 PM – Quoting chamblee54: “The comments made about Hilary Clinton during her husbands reign were horrific.” – - – And so Marcus Bachmann must pay? I think the left got pretty even with the Bush daughter jokes. Quoting chamblee54: “Mr. Bachman has mannerisms that would get him beat up in Middle School.” – - – And so the comics of the left are like playground bullies? Agreed.
The text below is Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to the American people”. It was printed in The Guardian on November 24, 2002. Formatting is by Chamblee54. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, “Permission to fight (against disbelievers) is given to those (believers) who are fought against, because they have been wronged and surely, Allah is Able to give them (believers) victory” [Quran 22:39] “Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Taghut (anything worshipped other than Allah e.g. Satan). So fight you against the friends of Satan; ever feeble is indeed the plot of Satan.”[Quran 4:76] Some American writers have published articles under the title ‘On what basis are we fighting?’ These articles have generated a number of responses, some of which adhered to the truth and were based on Islamic Law, and others which have not. Here we wanted to outline the truth – as an explanation and warning – hoping for Allah’s reward, seeking success and support from Him. While seeking Allah’s help, we form our reply based on two questions directed at the Americans: (Q1) Why are we fighting and opposing you (Q2)What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you? As for the first question: Why are we fighting and opposing you? The answer is very simple: (1) Because you attacked us and continue to attack us. (a) You attacked us in Palestine: (i) Palestine, which has sunk under military occupation for more than 80 years. The British handed over Palestine, with your help and your support, to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; years overflowing with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction and devastation. The creation and continuation of Israel is one of the greatest crimes, and you are the leaders of its criminals. And of course there is no need to explain and prove the degree of American support for Israel. The creation of Israel is a crime which must be erased. Each and every person whose hands have become polluted in the contribution towards this crime must pay its*price, and pay for it heavily. (ii) It brings us both laughter and tears to see that you have not yet tired of repeating your fabricated lies that the Jews have a historical right to Palestine, as it was promised to them in the Torah. Anyone who disputes with them on this alleged fact is accused of anti-semitism. This is one of the most fallacious, widely-circulated fabrications in history. The people of Palestine are pure Arabs and original Semites. It is the Muslims who are the inheritors of Moses (peace be upon him) and the inheritors of the real Torah that has not been changed. Muslims believe in all of the Prophets, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon them all. If the followers of Moses have been promised a right to Palestine in the Torah, then the Muslims are the most worthy nation of this. When the Muslims conquered Palestine and drove out the Romans, Palestine and Jerusalem returned to Islaam, the religion of all the Prophets peace be upon them. Therefore, the call to a historical right to Palestine cannot be raised against the Islamic Ummah that believes in all the Prophets of Allah (peace and blessings be upon them) – and we make no distinction between them.(iii) The blood pouring out of Palestine must be equally revenged. You must know that the Palestinians do not cry alone; their women are not widowed alone; their sons are not orphaned alone. (b) You attacked us in Somalia; you supported the Russian atrocities against us in Chechnya, the Indian oppression against us in Kashmir, and the Jewish aggression against us in Lebanon. (c) Under your supervision, consent and orders, the governments of our countries which act as your agents, attack us on a daily basis; (i) These governments prevent our people from establishing the Islamic Shariah, using violence and lies to do so. (ii) These governments give us a taste of humiliation, and places us in a large prison of fear and subdual. (iii) These governments steal our Ummah’s wealth and sell them to you at a paltry price. (iv) These governments have surrendered to the Jews, and handed them most of Palestine, acknowledging the existence of their state over the dismembered limbs of their own people. (v) The removal of these governments is an obligation upon us, and a necessary step to free the Ummah, to make the Shariah the supreme law and to regain Palestine. And our fight against these governments is not separate from out fight against you. (d) You steal our wealth and oil at paltry prices because of you international influence and military threats. This theft is indeed the biggest theft ever witnessed by mankind in the history of the world. (e) Your forces occupy our countries; you spread your military bases throughout them; you corrupt our lands, and you besiege our sanctities, to protect the security of the Jews and to ensure the continuity of your pillage of our treasures. (f) You have starved the Muslims of Iraq, where children die every day. It is a wonder that more than 1.5 million Iraqi children have died as a result of your sanctions, and you did not show concern. Yet when 3000 of your people died, the entire world rises and has not yet sat down. (g) You have supported the Jews in their idea that Jerusalem is their eternal capital, and agreed to move your embassy there. With your help and under your protection, the Israelis are planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque. Under the protection of your weapons, Sharon entered the Al-Aqsa mosque, to pollute it as a preparation to capture and destroy it. (2) These tragedies and calamities are only a few examples of your oppression and aggression against us. It is commanded by our religion and intellect that the oppressed have a right to return the aggression. Do not await anything from us but Jihad, resistance and revenge. Is it in any way rational to expect that after America has attacked us for more than half a century, that we will then leave her to live in security and peace?!! (3) You may then dispute that all the above does not justify aggression against civilians, for crimes they did not commit and offenses in which they did not partake: (a) This argument contradicts your continuous repetition that America is the land of freedom, and its leaders in this world. Therefore, the American people are the ones who choose their government by way of their own free will; a choice which stems from their agreement to its policies. Thus the American people have chosen, consented to, and affirmed their support for the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, the occupation and usurpation of their land, and its continuous killing, torture, punishment and expulsion of the Palestinians. The American people have the ability and choice to refuse the policies of their Government and even to change it if they want. (b) The American people are the ones who pay the taxes which fund the planes that bomb us in Afghanistan, the tanks that strike and destroy our homes in Palestine, the armies which occupy our lands in the Arabian Gulf, and the fleets which ensure the blockade of Iraq. These tax dollars are given to Israel for it to continue to attack us and penetrate our lands. So the American people are the ones who fund the attacks against us, and they are the ones who oversee the expenditure of these monies in the way they wish, through their elected candidates. (c) Also the American army is part of the American people. It is this very same people who are shamelessly helping the Jews fight against us. (d) The American people are the ones who employ both their men and their women in the American Forces which attack us. (e) This is why the American people cannot be not innocent of all the crimes committed by the Americans and Jews against us. (f) Allah, the Almighty, legislated the permission and the option to take revenge. Thus, if we are attacked, then we have the right to attack back. Whoever has destroyed our villages and towns, then we have the right to destroy their villages and towns. Whoever has stolen our wealth, then we have the right to destroy their economy. And whoever has killed our civilians, then we have the right to kill theirs. The American Government and press still refuses to answer the question: Why did they attack us in New York and Washington? If Sharon is a man of peace in the eyes of Bush, then we are also men of peace!!! America does not understand the language of manners and principles, so we are addressing it using the language it understands.
(Q2) As for the second question that we want to answer: What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you? (1) The first thing that we are calling you to is Islam. (a) The religion of the Unification of God; of freedom from associating partners with Him, and rejection of this; of complete love of Him, the Exalted; of complete submission to His Laws; and of the discarding of all the opinions, orders, theories and religions which contradict with the religion He sent down to His Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Islam is the religion of all the prophets, and makes no distinction between them – peace be upon them all. It is to this religion that we call you; the seal of all the previous religions. It is the religion of Unification of God, sincerity, the best of manners, righteousness, mercy, honour, purity, and piety. It is the religion of showing kindness to others, establishing justice between them, granting them their rights, and defending the oppressed and the persecuted. It is the religion of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil with the hand, tongue and heart. It is the religion of Jihad in the way of Allah so that Allah’s Word and religion reign Supreme. And it is the religion of unity and agreement on the obedience to Allah, and total equality between all people, without regarding their colour, sex, or language. (b) It is the religion whose book – the Quran – will remained preserved and unchanged, after the other Divine books and messages have been changed. The Quran is the miracle until the Day of Judgment. Allah has challenged anyone to bring a book like the Quran or even ten verses like it. (2) The second thing we call you to, is to stop your oppression, lies, immorality and debauchery that has spread among you. (a) We call you to be a people of manners, principles, honour, and purity; to reject the immoral acts of fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling’s, and trading with interest. We call you to all of this that you may be freed from that which you have become caught up in; that you may be freed from the deceptive lies that you are a great nation, that your leaders spread amongst you to conceal from you the despicable state to which you have reached. (b) It is saddening to tell you that you are the worst civilization witnessed by the history of mankind: (i) You are the nation who, rather than ruling by the Shariah of Allah in its Constitution and Laws, choose to invent your own laws as you will and desire. You separate religion from your policies, contradicting the pure nature which affirms Absolute Authority to the Lord and your Creator. You flee from the embarrassing question posed to you: How is it possible for Allah the Almighty to create His creation, grant them power over all the creatures and land, grant them all the amenities of life, and then deny them that which they are most in need of: knowledge of the laws which govern their lives? (ii) You are the nation that permits Usury, which has been forbidden by all the religions. Yet you build your economy and investments on Usury. As a result of this, in all its different forms and guises, the Jews have taken control of your economy, through which they have then taken control of your media, and now control all aspects of your life making you their servants and achieving their aims at your expense; precisely what Benjamin Franklin warned you against. (iii) You are a nation that permits the production, trading and usage of intoxicants. You also permit drugs, and only forbid the trade of them, even though your nation is the largest consumer of them. (iv) You are a nation that permits acts of immorality, and you consider them to be pillars of personal freedom. You have continued to sink down this abyss from level to level until incest has spread amongst you, in the face of which neither your sense of honour nor your laws object. Who can forget your President Clinton’s immoral acts committed in the official Oval office? After that you did not even bring him to account, other than that he ‘made a mistake’, after which everything passed with no punishment. Is there a worse kind of event for which your name will go down in history and remembered by nations? (v) You are a nation that permits gambling in its all forms. The companies practice this as well, resulting in the investments becoming active and the criminals becoming rich. (vi) You are a nation that exploits women like consumer products or advertising tools calling upon customers to purchase them. You use women to serve passengers, visitors, and strangers to increase your profit margins. You then rant that you support the liberation of women. (vii) You are a nation that practices the trade of sex in all its forms, directly and indirectly. Giant corporations and establishments are established on this, under the name of art, entertainment, tourism and freedom, and other deceptive names you attribute to it. (viii) And because of all this, you have been described in history as a nation that spreads diseases that were unknown to man in the past. Go ahead and boast to the nations of man, that you brought them AIDS as a Satanic American Invention. (xi) You have destroyed nature with your industrial waste and gases more than any other nation in history. Despite this, you refuse to sign the Kyoto agreement so that you can secure the profit of your greedy companies and*industries. (x) Your law is the law of the rich and wealthy people, who hold sway in their political parties, and fund their election campaigns with their gifts. Behind them stand the Jews, who control your policies, media and economy. (xi) That which you are singled out for in the history of mankind, is that you have used your force to destroy mankind more than any other nation in history; not to defend principles and values, but to hasten to secure your interests and profits. You who dropped a nuclear bomb on Japan, even though Japan was ready to negotiate an end to the war. How many acts of oppression, tyranny and injustice have you carried out, O callers to freedom? (xii) Let us not forget one of your major characteristics: your duality in both manners and values; your hypocrisy in manners and principles. All*manners, principles and values have two scales: one for you and one for the others.(a) The freedom and democracy that you call to is for yourselves and for white race only; as for the rest of the world, you impose upon them your monstrous, destructive policies and Governments, which you call the ‘American friends’. Yet you prevent them from establishing democracies. When the Islamic party in Algeria wanted to practice democracy and they won the election, you unleashed your agents in the Algerian army onto them, and to attack them with tanks and guns, to imprison them and torture them – a new lesson from the ‘American book democracy’!!! (b) Your policy on prohibiting and forcibly removing weapons of mass destruction to ensure world peace: it only applies to those countries which you do not permit to possess such weapons. As for the countries you consent to, such as Israel, then they are allowed to keep and use such weapons to defend their security. Anyone else who you suspect might be manufacturing or keeping these kinds of weapons, you call them criminals and you take military action against them. (c) You are the last ones to respect the resolutions and policies of International Law, yet you claim to want to selectively punish anyone else who does the same. Israel has for more than 50 years been pushing UN resolutions and rules against the wall with the full support of America. (d) As for the war criminals which you censure and form criminal courts for – you shamelessly ask that your own are granted immunity!! However, history will not forget the war crimes that you committed against the Muslims and the rest of the world; those you have killed in Japan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Lebanon and Iraq will remain a shame that you will never be able to escape. It will suffice to remind you of your latest war crimes in Afghanistan, in which densely populated innocent civilian villages were destroyed, bombs were dropped on mosques causing the roof of the mosque to come crashing down on the heads of the Muslims praying inside. You are the ones who broke the agreement with the Mujahideen when they left Qunduz, bombing them in Jangi fort, and killing more than 1,000 of your prisoners through suffocation and thirst. Allah alone knows how many people have died by torture at the hands of you and your agents. Your planes remain in the Afghan skies, looking for anyone remotely suspicious. (e) You have claimed to be the vanguards of Human Rights, and your Ministry of Foreign affairs issues annual reports containing statistics of those countries that violate any Human Rights. However, all these things vanished when the Mujahideen hit you, and you then implemented the methods of the same documented governments that you used to curse. In America, you captured thousands the Muslims and Arabs, took them into custody with neither reason, court trial, nor even disclosing their names. You issued newer, harsher laws. What happens in Guatanamo is a historical embarrassment to America and its values, and it screams into your faces – you hypocrites, “What is the value of your signature on any agreement or treaty?” (3) What we call you to thirdly is to take an honest stance with yourselves – and I doubt you will do so – to discover that you are nation without principles or manners, and that the values and principles to you are something which you merely demand from others, not that which you yourself must adhere to. (4) We also advise you to stop supporting Israel, and to end your support of the Indians in Kashmir, the Russians against the Chechens and to also cease supporting the Manila Government against the Muslims in Southern Philippines. (5) We also advise you to pack your luggage and get out of our lands. We desire for your goodness, guidance, and righteousness, so do not force us to send you back as cargo in coffins. (6) Sixthly, we call upon you to end your support of the corrupt leaders in our countries. Do not interfere in our politics and method of education. Leave us alone, or else expect us in New York and Washington. (7) We also call you to deal with us and interact with us on the basis of mutual interests and benefits, rather than the policies of sub dual, theft and occupation, and not to continue your policy of supporting the Jews because this will result in more disasters for you. If you fail to respond to all these conditions, then prepare for fight with the Islamic Nation. The Nation of Monotheism, that puts complete trust on Allah and fears none other than Him. The Nation which is addressed by its Quran with the words: “Do you fear them? Allah has more right that you should fear Him if you are believers. Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of believing people. And remove the anger of their (believers’) hearts. Allah accepts the repentance of whom He wills. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” [Quran9:13-1] The Nation of honour and respect: “But honour, power and glory belong to Allah, and to His Messenger (Muhammad- peace be upon him) and to the believers.” [Quran 63:8] “So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be*superior ( in victory )if you are indeed (true) believers” [Quran 3:139] The Nation of Martyrdom; the Nation that desires death more than you desire life: “Think not of those who are killed in the way of Allah as dead. Nay, they are alive with their Lord, and they are being provided for. They rejoice in what Allah has bestowed upon them from His bounty and rejoice for the sake of those who have not yet joined them, but are left behind (not yet martyred) that on them no fear shall come, nor shall they grieve. They rejoice in a grace and a bounty from Allah, and that Allah will not waste the reward of the believers.” [Quran 3:169-171] The Nation of victory and success that Allah has promised: “It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad peace be upon him) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), to make it victorious over all other religions even though the Polytheists hate it.” [Quran 61:9] “Allah has decreed that ‘Verily it is I and My Messengers who shall be victorious.’ Verily Allah is All-Powerful, All-Mighty.” [Quran 58:21] The Islamic Nation that was able to dismiss and destroy the previous evil Empires like yourself; the Nation that rejects your attacks, wishes to remove your evils, and is prepared to fight you. You are well aware that the Islamic Nation, from the very core of its soul, despises your haughtiness and arrogance. If the Americans refuse to listen to our advice and the goodness, guidance and righteousness that we call them to, then be aware that you will lose this Crusade Bush began, just like the other previous Crusades in which you were humiliated by the hands of the Mujahideen, fleeing to your home in great silence and disgrace. If the Americans do not respond, then their fate will be that of the Soviets who fled from Afghanistan to deal with their military defeat, political breakup, ideological downfall, and economic bankruptcy. This is our message to the Americans, as an answer to theirs. Do they now know why we fight them and over which form of ignorance, by the permission of Allah, we shall be victorious?
Today’s story is a double repost. Part is just as true today as two years ago. The other part is just as false. It is up to the reader to tell which is which.
These thoughts are for you to use. They were articulated by a man named Don Miguel Ruiz. They are called the Four Agreements. . HT to activecitizen54..
PG does not claim to live up to these ideals. Number two is especially tough for him. The main thing is to try, and to always do your best. This is not about what you believe or think, it is about what you do.
agreement 1–Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
agreement 2–Don’t take anything personally – Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
agreement 3–Don’t make assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
agreement 4–Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Jim and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.
When the Director of Nursing became aware of Edna’s heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell End the news she said,
“Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged. Since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.
The bad news is that Jim, the patient you saved, hung himself in his bathroom with the belt of his robe right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.”
Edna replied; “He didn’t hang himself. I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?”