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that is what we actualy did in the 90s for fun

we didn't need your fancy twitter boxes. just a gorilla suit, a video camera, and a couple of basketballs and we were good to go.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun May 12, 2013, 03:10 PM (1 replies)

West, Texas, man charged with destructive device to plead not guilty

A volunteer paramedic in the Texas town rocked by a massive fertilizer plant explosion in April will plead not guilty to charges that he possessed an explosive device, his lawyer said Saturday....

...Bryce Reed, 31, is due to appear in court on Wednesday. He was arrested after a friend told a local sheriff that Reed possessed explosives, authorities said. Reed had gathered pieces for a pipe bomb, according to court documents, but had not assembled the parts into a working explosive.

Reed took on a significant profile in the aftermath of the disaster in the small town, giving interviews and delivering the eulogy for victim Cyrus Reed. “I will avenge this. This will get right. I don’t care what it takes. I will get square,” Reed said in an interview at the time.


The guy's statements can be taken as incriminating or exculpatory. I hope there isn't a search for a scape goat to shift the blame from the lack of regulation.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat May 11, 2013, 11:35 PM (18 replies)

don't know about them doggies

but once a week I put my beagle under the hose and scream "who is in the Saudi group?" and "when was the last time you saw bin Laden?"

just to keep her baths topical
Posted by arely staircase | Fri May 10, 2013, 11:14 PM (1 replies)

Heritage Expert Contributed Articles On Hispanic Incarceration To ‘Nationalist’ Website

The Heritage Foundation's Jason Richwine, who co-authored the think tank's study claiming immigration reform will cost trillions of dollars, contributed two articles to a "nationalist" website about Hispanic incarceration rates, Yahoo News reported Thursday.

Richwine came under fire after the Washington Post reported Wednesday that his Harvard dissertation argued Hispanics have lower IQs than Caucasians and that the United States should screen immigrants based on their IQ scores.

According to Yahoo News, Richwine wrote two articles on "crime rates among Hispanics in the United States" for the site AlternativeRight.com, a website run by Richard Spencer, "a self-described 'nationalist' who writes frequently about race and against 'the abstract notion of human equality.'"

The website has published several controversial pieces about nationalism and race since Spencer founded it 3 years ago. Spencer is now the chairman of the Montana-based National Policy Institute, an organization that describes itself as a think tank for "White Americans."


Posted by arely staircase | Thu May 9, 2013, 06:17 PM (5 replies)

In Praise of the Emergency Dispatchers Who Handled the Amanda Berry 911 Calls

...an emergency dispatcher shouldn’t be expected to be a counselor. While Dispatch Magazine does say that a 911 operator “should sound sympathetic and never make light of a caller's situation,” a crime victim isn't primarily calling 911 to be validated by the person who answers the phone. They are calling because they want the police to come and help them. And, in this situation, that happened really quickly. As Martin Flask told the Plain Dealer, “Within one minute and 18 seconds from the time that the call-taker answered the call our dispatcher was broadcasting the assignment to available police units.” Police were on the scene within two minutes of the initial call, Flask claims.

Berry and the other two women have been freed, and three suspects are in custody—a job well done, more or less. So why are people getting so upset about the 911 operators? I think it’s because news organizations now have the ability to post recordings of 911 calls. The people listening to these recordings have already had time to develop empathy for the victims, and they think the dispatcher should share their empathy rather than focusing on getting the proper information. But the dispatcher’s job isn’t to empathize—it’s to send the police. That’s exactly what happened in Cleveland. Bravo, dispatchers.

Posted by arely staircase | Thu May 9, 2013, 05:50 PM (2 replies)

On Racist Junk Science and Heritage

The Jason Richwine/Heritage Foundation immigration study’s broad implications about the aptitude of Hispanic immigrants to become productive US citizens really touched a nerve with me. I strongly suspect I am not alone on the reasons why and I think this is an important point in the discussion of this controversy, because it suggests that the political reverberations may go much deeper than just playing badly on Univision.

The “lack of intelligence/ability argument” is a very old saw that was used extensively by past generations of bigots to demonize many immigrants to the US, particularly those from Southern and Eastern Europe - Italians, Poles, Greeks - as well as the Irish and others. And much like today, there was plenty of junk science and punditry claiming to back up these claims. However in 21st Century America, all of these groups have shattered that myth with undeniable achievement and no one making such claims about these groups today would be taken seriously, let alone be politically viable. I believe this fact is very salient in examining the lack of social, political, and scientific validity of the Rothwine/Heritage study and Rothwine’s past work that underlies the Heritage study’s reasoning. (Let’s make no mistake about those connections despite Heritage’s disavowal.) Bottom line - the reasoning of Rothwine and his ilk is personally offensive to me as the descendent of Italian and Irish immigrants, because it sounds painfully similar to the nature of the smears and discrimination perpetrated against my own immigrant ancestors that is remembered through more than a century of family history.
One last point - in searching for literature of these historic examples of this line of argument about immigration, I found an article entitled “Race, IQ, and Wealth” by Ron Unz, publisher of none other than The American Conservative magazine, which delivers several compelling rebukes to Richwine’s hypothesis. (And wonders, fairly I think, how the mainstream media, immigration advocates, and the political left have missed the opportunity to publicize the very data he cites.) I think other TPM readers who may be unfamiliar with The American Conservative would find Unz’ article very interesting.

Posted by arely staircase | Wed May 8, 2013, 06:06 PM (1 replies)

I will be received into the Episcopal Church this Sunday

I was raised a Baptist and eventually found myself churchless when I simply could not agree that positions that denomination took regarding women, gays, salvation, etc. After a decade in the wilderness I found the Episcopal Church. Since then I have read the Bible more than I ever did in the Baptist Church (though my new spiritual home nor I interpret it literally) and I have been treated as a thinking human being, not only allowed but required to use my God-given reason. I am forever grateful to my brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion who have given me a spiritual home that values my intelligence, celebrates diversity and a liturgy I can share with Christians all over the world. I feel a connection with the Saints, the Apostles, and with our Lord himself that suffocating fundamentalist literalism could never give me.

God's Peace
"Arely Staircase"

Posted by arely staircase | Tue May 7, 2013, 08:36 PM (4 replies)

Syria is not Iraq

Here's what you need to know about the constantly evolving situation there, and the best of our no-good options

Great powers have the option and leeway to behave in contradictory and hypocritical fashion. It’s actually in their job description. We can intervene in Libya and not in Syria; we support an Arab Spring in Egypt but not in Saudi Arabia without blinking an eye.

Libya was low-hanging fruit; it had no allies, air defenses or WMD. And America could act with the support of a Security Council resolution and with NATO as the implementing arm. Syria is fundamentally different. It’s far more important than Libya, to be sure. But it’s also far more difficult to manage. And there’s no compelling case that has yet been made – neither moral nor strategic — that trumps the risks and uncertainties for military intervention, certainly not for the U.S. playing the lead role in doing so...

How it will end, other than badly, is not clear. But Obama is right to be risk-averse, not risk-ready, on Syria, and very disciplined about avoiding a slippery slope toward military action. I still believe in my former boss Colin Powell’s notion that if you break it you own it. In this case, Syria is already broken. But at the end of the day, I believe Barack Obama is smart enough not to be stuck with the check.

Posted by arely staircase | Tue May 7, 2013, 07:15 PM (0 replies)

German police arrest 93-year-old suspected of being Auschwitz guard

The suspect had served as a guard at the camp in Poland from the autumn of 1941 until its liberation in early 1945, the prosecutor's office said in the statement.


I do not believe that the advanced age of people such as this should have any effect on whether they are brought to justice. If anything, every year they escaped justice is an insult to those they murdered.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon May 6, 2013, 08:17 PM (1 replies)

march on DC with loaded guns (holy shit)

A gun activist is planning a massive march on D.C., with participants' rifles illegally slung over their shoulders

Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is hoping to get 1,000 people to march on Washington on July 4 — armed with loaded rifles. The plan, launched with a Facebook group today, is to gather on the Virginia side of the Potomac, where gun laws are lax, and then march across the bridge with loaded rifles slung over their shoulders into the District, where openly carrying weapons is generally prohibited.

“This will be a non-violent event,” the Facebook group warns, “unless the government chooses to make it violent.” Already, over 200 people have said they’ll attend the march. Here’s the message:

On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.

Kokesh is a former Marine who was discharged in 2007 after violating the military’s code against engaging in political activity while in uniform. Kokesh was highly active in the antiwar movement after serving in Iraq, participating in numerous protests and getting arrested on occasion.

Posted by arely staircase | Fri May 3, 2013, 06:50 PM (80 replies)
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