Archive for the Politics Category

Newpile: I Couldn’t Make This Shit Up If I Tried

Posted in Politics, Puerto Rico, Random, Technology on April 9, 2009 by dublab

So a few days ago, I saw Kevin Rathbun turning left on to North Druid from Briarcliff in his Range Rover with his whites hanging in the backseat.  He’s a pretty unique-looking dude and I remember him from the time he beat Bobby Flay in Battle Elk.  Hopefully this is a culinary good omen for the week.  But that’s beside the point.

On to the newspile:

  • The state of Oregon is outlawing bukkake.  WTF?  And here I thought Oregon was pretty liberal.  Our current assault laws cover spitting on somoene else, so why is there a need for a special law for this? (via BoingBoing)
  • I’ve been somewhat upset lately because my 3-yr old incandescent lightbulbs are all outlasting the CFL’s I spent so much money on last year.  The CFLs were more expensive, noisier, and worst of all, the ones I have seem to have a shorter life than incandescents.  At least this Slashdot post makes me feel like I’m not alone.
  • A container loaded with 58,000 pounds of ham was stolen from a shipping yard in Puerto Rico.

Yeah I couldn’t make that stuff up.

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Sexting and America’s Moral Bankruptcy

Posted in Anger, Politics, Random, Sad on February 17, 2009 by dublab

Here’s some bullshit:  these 13-yr-old kids got caught sending pictures of their nude classmates amongst themselves from cell phone to cell phone – so the Falmouth Police Department (508 457-2527) is planning to charge them with felony child porn charges.  I’ve included the phone number so that you can call and complain – their website is dead.

CNN Video

Now when I first heard about this story, it was on a CNN video that featured some woman saying that they were planning to ruin these kids’ lives by charging them with possession and distribution of child pornography – because although the charges are probably not applicable, they wanted to “send the message that this is not acceptable behavior.”

That’s fucked up. That’s like if we decided to go ahead and take all underage kids that have sex with their peers and charge them with statuatory rape to send the message that “that is not acceptable behavior.”  Why don’t we make them all pin special patches on their shirts too?

Here’s another question – why isn’t the girl getting charged with producing child porn?  That just sends the message that girls should be loose and irresponsible and there will be no repercussions, and that the boys better stay away from nude pictures or they will be branded as child pornographers.  Clearly this isn’t about sending a message about what is or isn’t acceptable behavior – it is about perpetuating America’s puritanical right-wing positions around the ever-touchy subject of teenagers exploring human sexuality.  What these kids need is a responsible dialogue on human sexuality and the consequences of their actions, not to have their lives ruined by being convicted of producing and distributing child pornography.

America:  kids sending text messages with naked pictures of themselves is regrettable – but convicting teenagers on child porn charges just for acting like teenagers shows just how morally bankrupt this country is.   Ruining a child’s life just to send a puritanical message of repression is just PLAIN WRONG.

He dicho.

The TSA Security Theater

Posted in Politics on October 21, 2008 by dublab

The Atlantic has a great article on the “security theater” that is the Transportation Security Administration.

Just another small way in which “we” have given up our rights and dignity for the sake of “safety” so we can catch “the terrorists” – I can’t help but think we are getting dangerously close to McCarthyism at this point.

Memo to John McCain on Overhead Projectors

Posted in Politics, Sad on October 9, 2008 by dublab

The device shown above, which is able to reproduce complete images of the night sky in full color AND motion IS NOT THE SAME as an overhead projector.  If you think giving inner-city kids the chance to experience a dark, starlit sky and awaken an interest in math and the sciences classifies as pork barrel spending, you have just proved your senility as well as your ignorance.

More from Wall Street, Boing Boing, and Giz.

Boricua Music News: New Calle 13 Video and Daddy Yankee CD Burning

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Politics, Puerto Rico, Random, Videos on October 9, 2008 by dublab

Two big items today.  First, according to El Nuevo Dia, a giant bonfire fueled by Daddy Yankee CDs is supposed to be going on right now at the entrance of the San Juan Convention Center in Puerto Rico.  This is in protest of Daddy Yankee’s role as MODERATOR at tonight’s debate between candidates for the office of Governor of Puerto Rico.

Second, Calle 13 has just released their music video for “No Hay Nadie Como Tu” featuring Cafe Tacuba.  The song is off Calle 13’s upcoming album, Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo, which drops on Oct 21st.  Check it:

Start Your Conspiracy Engines…

Posted in Anger, Politics, Stupid on October 7, 2008 by dublab

If anything can convince me that election cancellations are possible (as pointed out by DJ Eurok), it would be this BoingBoing post which suggests that congresspeople were told that not passing the bailout bill would force the government to impose martial law.  Some people would call that coercion.

Clearly there are dark forces at work, and they are fully capable of getting a bill passed by Congress.  If our government is really convinced that the constituency is about to start rioting and that this nation’s way of life is about to descend into anarchy, is it really that far-fetched that they might try to cancel the elections?

Linkdump: Beating Up Sarah Palin

Posted in On My Radar, Politics, Stupid on October 7, 2008 by dublab

The dogs have been unleashed, and they’re all going after Sarah Palin: