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If I sent you an email, you’™re probably here to take a look at the new All Spin Zone. Drop your comments below, or email me. You know the address. ;-) By the way, if your comment doesn’™t show up immediately, it’™s because your ‘œvirgin’ comment here has to be approved out of a moderation cue – and after that, any subsequent comments should show up immediately.

Friday, November 24th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Admin

Devolving Quickly

The wheels are truly coming off in Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Militiamen grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive as Iraqi soldiers stood by, and seven Sunni mosques came under attack as Shiites took revenge for the slaughter of at least 215 people in the Sadr [...]

Commentary By: Richard Blair

The wheels are truly coming off in Iraq.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Militiamen grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive as Iraqi soldiers stood by, and seven Sunni mosques came under attack as Shiites took revenge for the slaughter of at least 215 people in the Sadr City slum.

A U.S. helicopter opened fire into the Shiite enclave after militiamen fired on it from the ground, residents said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

With the government trying to avert a civil war, …

Notice how I didn’t even finish pulling out the third paragraph (above) from the AP report?–  Trying to avert a civil war??–  Were the Iraqi soldiers “standing up” while they were standing by watching the pyre?

After over 200 dead yesterday, and then this today, and more bodies found…I mean…WHAT THE HELL KIND OF EVIDENCE DO THESE ASSCLOWN REPORTERS NEED TO SAY, “IT’S A CIVIL WAR”?

Friday, November 24th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Uncategorized

Find the Turkey – ASZ Light Posting

The Thanksgiving Day holiday is upon us, and the White House turkey has pardoned George Bush (errr, maybe I’ve got that backwards, but I suppose that professional courtesy could go either way in instances of executive Thanksgiving pardons). From the Memphis Flyer:
It happened today at that corny annual Thanksgiving ritual in which the president [...]

Commentary By: Richard Blair

The Thanksgiving Day holiday is upon us, and the White House turkey has pardoned George Bush (errr, maybe I’ve got that backwards, but I suppose that professional courtesy could go either way in instances of executive Thanksgiving pardons). From the Memphis Flyer:

It happened today at that corny annual Thanksgiving ritual in which the president of the United States takes a break from screwing up the world for a few minutes to officially “pardon” a turkey.

Don’t ask us why. We have no clue. All we know is that there was an online vote (Somehow we missed that. Was Diebold involved?) and America chose to name its mock-sacrificial turkey “Flyer.”

In an ironic twist, we here at the Flyer also pardoned a turkey today. We haven’t decided what to call him yet. We’re torn between “Decider” and “F**king Idiot.”

We can all be thankful that the American people finally woke up and chose a different direction for the country on November 7th, and we can only hope that in the coming months, the electoral mandate for renewal of our country will be rewarded.

If you are a person of faith, please pray that our sons and daughters and brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers in the armed forces are brought home soon from Iraq. And it’s also important to remember that, on this day when it was reported that nearly 4000 Iraqis were killed last month in the mayhem that engulfs their nation, every one of those faceless statistics were people. Every single one of them was once a fetus. So, pray for them as well, because they don’t have a whole lot to be thankful for at this particular moment in history.

And if you worship no particular deity, it simply can’t hurt to take a quiet moment and reflect on the senseless and illegal war that put both our troops and Iraqis in harms way.

In any case, expect that ASZ blog postings will be light over the next few days. Enjoy your holiday!

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Uncategorized

Two-faced Approach to Lebanon

I’m not going to discount the assasination yesterday of Pierre Gemayel in Lebanon. What I’m a little discombobulated about is the reaction from the Bush regime.
Earlier this year, when Israel was bombing the hell out of Lebanon in pursuit of Hezbollah, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton single handedly blocked a Security Council resolution which condemned [...]

Commentary By: Richard Blair

I’m not going to discount the assasination yesterday of Pierre Gemayel in Lebanon. What I’m a little discombobulated about is the reaction from the Bush regime.

Earlier this year, when Israel was bombing the hell out of Lebanon in pursuit of Hezbollah, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton single handedly blocked a Security Council resolution which condemned the attacks and required an immediate cease in hostilities. The Bush regime stood idly by while their vaunted “Cedar Revolution” came apart at the seams, and parts of Lebanon were reduced to a smoking rubble. And why? Because the hostilities were ostensibly directed at a terrorist-supporting organization. Throughout the conflict, it was pretty clear that the regime viewed the fighting as a proxy for its own beef with Iran.

Let’s be clear – the regime didn’t give a fat flying shit as thousands of Lebanese citizens were killed or injured in the fighting. I’m not even sure that they really gave a shit about the civilian deaths and injuries in Israel – that the deaths weren’t viewed as anymore than collateral damage in their proxy war.

So I find it quite astounding that as soon as the assasination of a CHRISTIAN leader in Lebanon became known, the regime immediately denounced it, both in Washington and at the U.N., and whined and wailed about the “fledgling democracy in Lebanon”. They sure didn’t give a shit about the fledgling democracy earlier this year, did they?

There are a little more than two years remaining (as things now stand) in the Bush regime’s control over foreign policy. One can’t help but wonder how much more damage they can do to America’s standing in the world community in the days remaining.

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Uncategorized

No Wonder They Hate Us

You might not even want to click on this link.

Commentary By: somegirl

You might not even want to click on this link.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq

Faces of the Working Poor

To ASZ’™s Readers’¦

It’™s the time of the year when blogad orders slow down to a crawl – so I’™ve created a freebie ad in the right hand column for America’™s Second Harvest (A2H). And I’™m asking you to click on it.

As longtime ASZ zonebots know, my pet cause is hunger in America. Having [...]

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To ASZ’™s Readers’¦

It’™s the time of the year when blogad orders slow down to a crawl – so I’™ve created a freebie ad in the right hand column for America’™s Second Harvest (A2H). And I’™m asking you to click on it.

As longtime ASZ zonebots know, my pet cause is hunger in America. Having worked as logistics manager at a large inner city food bank for a couple of years, I became intimately familiar with the face of hunger. There is no reason that, in the richest country in the world, anyone who is gainfully employed should have to rely on the charity of others to put food on the family table. The reality is that too many working Americans have to rely on charitable sources of nutritional food to make ends meet.

Without getting into a rant on raising the minimum wage (certainly, a cornerstone of the incoming Democratic Party congress), I’™m asking that you click through on the ‘œWorking Poor’ advertisement, and explore the A2H website. Perhaps you could find a food bank in your area to donate a sack of food – or to volunteer some time over the next few weeks. Maybe if you’™re currently ‘œflush’, you could donate a few bucks to your local food bank / pantry – food is rarely in short supply at this time of the year, but dollars are always short.

But mostly, it’™s my hope that ASZ readers will educate themselves on this particular shame in America. There is no way – no way – that working Americans should have to swallow their pride in order to swallow a meal. And let’™s be clear that this is not just a holiday season issue – fighting hunger is a 12 month proposition.

I’™ve personally experienced how much of a difference one person can make at a local level. This is an issue that is solveable, if as a country, we have the will to do so.

Thanks in advance for clicking, learning, and helping!!

Richard

(P.S. If you run a blog on the blogads network, and you’™d like to run the A2H advertisement as a PSA, please contact me via email and I’™ll provide the details.)

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Right Wing Cannibalism

It is very lovely watching Republican candidates and groups devour each other as the ship sinks. OK, maybe that’™s a mixed metaphor (mangled, more like). It is just such a giddy feeling that it is hard to control oneself. OK, OK, I’™ll get to the point. Donald Wildmon and the American [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It is very lovely watching Republican candidates and groups devour each other as the ship sinks. OK, maybe that’™s a mixed metaphor (mangled, more like). It is just such a giddy feeling that it is hard to control oneself. OK, OK, I’™ll get to the point. Donald Wildmon and the American Family Association are protesting WalMart.

Nope, it isn’™t about some fake ‘œWar on Christmas’ thing. According to Wildman’™s people, WalMart has helped the gays! I got the whole scoop from Don himself (that’™s his picture on the right). Yeah, I subscribe to his newsletter. I’™d tell you more about Donald’™s ravings more often, but I just keep forgetting to check my junk mail folder.

Here’™s what’™s got Donald Wildmon’™s little sailor suit in a bunch.

1. WalMart made a donation to the GLBT Chamber of Commerce in Northwest Arkansas. These people actually eat at buffets. Clearly they are not just homosexual, but French as well.

2. WalMart helped sponsor the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Chicago. According to the AFA this means that WalMart’™s $60,000 sponsorship will go toward teaching workers across the country to love the music of Liza Minelli, among other depravities.

3. WalMart welcomes gay marriage. Why, they sell books about the subject! Indeed, they sell other items gay and lesbian people might want to buy. Like barbecue tongs! (Isn’™t that a gay thing, or am I mixed up here?)

4. WalMart joined the national Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which means that they support gay marriage, of course.

You get the sense that Wildmon thinks WalMart will soon be requiring employees to engage in gay encounters on their work breaks, leading to marriage, of course, but Wildmon fails to understand that WalMart does not give work breaks, and the products they sell only attract gays because they register very high on the kitsch meter.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Uncategorized

No More Katherine Harris? How About Shelley Sekula-Gibbs?

I’™ve noticed we’™ve got a deficit lately. We’™ve lost a bunch of Republicans who were very much fun to laugh at and ridicule. Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, Conrad Burns, Katherine Harris. Sure, it isn’™t like there is a paucity of venality or anything, but the jokes about John Cornyn aren’™t quite [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I’™ve noticed we’™ve got a deficit lately. We’™ve lost a bunch of Republicans who were very much fun to laugh at and ridicule. Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, Conrad Burns, Katherine Harris. Sure, it isn’™t like there is a paucity of venality or anything, but the jokes about John Cornyn aren’™t quite as good. So, it is a good thing that Shelley Sekula-Gibbs goes a ways to fill the void.

Rumors flew on Capitol Hill and in Texas political circles as people tried to guess what could have prompted seven veteran congressional aides to walk out en masse just days after their service to Sekula-Gibbs began.

Was it any displeasure or unrealistic expectations from the congresswoman about President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney not attending a reception she hosted Tuesday or the fact that she didn’™t get invited to a White House dinner for freshmen joining Congress in January? Disagreements with staff over how well she was briefed so she could cast her first votes Monday night, shortly after taking the oath of office from Speaker Dennis Hastert? Or a request that her staff draft an immigration bill even before she’™d taken office so she could introduce it on her first day?

Alas, Ms. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs will not be serving beyond January, so take your pot shots at her now whaile she is still serving.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Who is the Biggest Incompetent Republican Turkey?

Is it Bill Bates, Republican donor and Turkey farmer, Bob Riley, Republican Governor, or the real life turkey they incompetently consigned to death by coyote?

Perhaps the real question concerns the role Karl Rove played in this fiasco.

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Is it Bill Bates, Republican donor and Turkey farmer, Bob Riley, Republican Governor, or the real life turkey they incompetently consigned to death by coyote?

Perhaps the real question concerns the role Karl Rove played in this fiasco.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Humor

Gross Protest in Philly!

The protest marchers are out to save The Gross Clinic, the famed painting by Thomas Eakins recently sold for $68MM to a museum in Arkansas funded by Walmart heirs. Philly residents evidently think the piece is a vital part of our local culture. Heck, I agree with them, but I’™m not all that [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The protest marchers are out to save The Gross Clinic, the famed painting by Thomas Eakins recently sold for $68MM to a museum in Arkansas funded by Walmart heirs. Philly residents evidently think the piece is a vital part of our local culture. Heck, I agree with them, but I’™m not all that excited, since few Philadelphians ever saw the painting.

It is a huge panel showing Dr. Samuel Gross in the middle of an operation on a patient’™s leg, and the painting is truly engrossing, but the commentary here in Philly is over the top. Here and here are some descriptions of the work, and here is an over-the-top comment by those protestors:

The Thomas Eakins painting The Gross Clinic is to art what Moby-Dick is to literature, said Stan Bielen, who helped organize a march yesterday in front of Thomas Jefferson University’™s Alumni Hall, where the famous artwork is displayed.

It’™s what Michael Jordan is to basketball, and it’™s a Philadelphia icon that shouldn’™t be removed, Bielen argued.

The next Allen Iverson, maybe, but not the next Jordan.

Meanwhile, Mayor Street is thinking of legal action to keep the painting in town. I’™m betting the precedent, established when Tiffany’™s Dream Garden was kept from the Philistine hands of Steve Wynn, will not hold. The charities in this town, meanwhile, are trying to raise the money to pony up to buy the piece.

Monday, November 20th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: General
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