Thursday, January 25, 2007

Isaiah Washington head for reeducation.

Entertainment: I am all for the public humilation for bone headed moves done by Washington twice using the term faggot, but this has turned into a farce sending him in for "psychological assessment" .

Isaiah Washington is moving on to the next step in the healing process.

The Grey's Anatomy star has entered a treatment program in an attempt to make amends for the gay slur that rocked the Golden Globes, sources confirm to E! Online.

"With the support of my family and friends, I have begun counseling," the actor said in a statement Wednesday. "I regard this as a necessary step toward understanding why I did what I did and making sure it never happens again.

"I appreciate the fact that I have been given this opportunity, and I remain committed to transforming my negative actions into positive results, personally and professionally."

Washington reportedly agreed to undergo a psychological assessment after a discussion with ABC executives regarding his backstage outburst at the awards show, where he denied that he had referred to his costar T.R. Knight as a "faggot."

"I speak for all the executive producers here at Grey's Anatomy when I say that Isaiah Washington's use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere but anyone who has ever struggled for respect in a world that is not always accepting of difference," show creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement Wednesday.

"We've been working within the Grey's family as well as with ABC and Touchstone to address the issue in a way that underscores the gravity of the situation while giving us all a foundation for healing. We applaud and encourage Isaiah's realization that he needs help and his subsequent choice to seek immediate treatment for his behavioral issues."

Shonda Rhimes sold him down the river big time.

UK officials are blithering idiots.

UK: You have one citing Osama Bin Laden on climate change and the police bending over backwards to make sure people realize they are spineless.

Tickell said terrorists were likely to seek to exploit the tensions created.

"Those who are short of food, those who are short of water, those who can't move to countries where it looks as if everything is marvelous are going to be people who are going to adopt desperate measures to try and make their point."

John Mitchell, chief scientist at Britain’s Met Office, noted al Qaeda had already listed environmental damage among its litany of grievances against the United States.

“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,” al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden wrote in a 2002 “letter to the American people.”

Bin Laden, chief steward of the planet listing off something to get useful idiotgs like Mitchell to quote as some sort of authority.

Then you have UK's Metropolitan Police which at times look like the keystone cops lead by head clown Sir Ian Blair who is pushing forward with this plan.

".....In a further move to strengthen relations, London police commissioner Ian Blair had earlier told the conference that police were finalising plans to allow intelligence to be shared with a respected group made up of Muslims of different ages and backgrounds before major operations.

The move comes into response to criticism of heavy-handed tactics used during an anti-terrorism raid in Forest Gate in east London when a man was shot by detectives hunting for a suspected chemical bomb.

No bomb was found and the man and his brother, who was also arrested in the raid, were released without charge.

Blair said "sufficient information" could be given to the new body so they could "act as spokespeople to reassure their communities that the police action is proportionate and justified or to tell us early when they don't think it is."

How about you stop being so inept? Just do your job and point out to those who will find fault one way or another to stuff it. This is a foolish plan when you have focus groups going to dictate how you battle terrorism.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sundance: Stop hating on the guy's horse love.

Entertainement: This is what I love about the "Indie Scene" and its film festivals like Sundance. Every year you are given really stupid jibber jabber about being too judgemental on a subject. In this case the guy who died while having sex with a horse.

Other films that include references to sex this year include "Zoo," a documentary about a man who died having sex with a horse. Here, the incident became a means of exploring universal human emotions, like loneliness. The sex is barely mentioned. Instead, director Robinson Devor focused on the dead man's background and those who were with him that night. "I didn't want to be judgmental," he said after the first screening last Saturday, explaining that when the story hit the news a year and a half ago, it was met with "laughter, derision, scorn and hatred."

The guy paid to have sex with a horse which killed him. Of course it would be open to laughter, derision, scorn and hatred. The guy and others like him have serious sick mental and emotional problems.

I am tired of people like this whining about not being judgmental as if having a a code of morals,values, decency is wrong. The problem is some people think every deviant perverted act like this shouldn't be rightly mocked. It is something to "explore" and "understand."

The guy died having sex with a horse. Who the hell wants to go thru the journey this idiot went thru to the end result of him bonking a horse.

White Atlanta suburbs push for secession

Culture: Can AP go with a headline or what? There is a racial factor to this and a bigger desire to get away from an underperforming section of the area by taking their money and running.

ATLANTA — A potentially explosive dispute in the City Too Busy to Hate is taking shape over a proposal to break Fulton County in two and split off Atlanta's predominantly white, affluent suburbs to the north from some of the metropolitan area's poorest, black neighborhoods.

Legislation that would allow the suburbs to form their own county, to be called Milton County, was introduced by members of the Georgia Legislature's Republican majority earlier this month.

Supporters say it is a quest for more responsive government in a county with a population greater than that of six states. Opponents say the measure is racially motivated and will pit white against black, rich against poor.

"If it gets to the floor, there will be blood on the walls," warned state Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat and member of the Legislative Black Caucus who bitterly opposes the plan. Fort added: "As much as you would like to think it's not racial, it's difficult to draw any other conclusion."

The legislation calls for amending the Georgia Constitution to allow the return of Milton County, which succumbed to financial troubles during the Depression and was folded into Fulton County in 1932.

The former Milton County is now mostly white and Republican and one of the most affluent areas in the nation. Atlanta and its southern suburbs are mostly black, are controlled by Democrats and have neighborhoods with some of the highest poverty rates in America. (Buckhead, a fashionable Atlanta neighborhood of clubs, restaurants and mansions, would remain in Fulton County.)

"The only way to fix Fulton County is to dismantle Fulton County," said state Rep. Jan Jones, the plan's chief sponsor. "It's too large, and certainly too dysfunctional, to truly be considered local government."

What seems to have pushed the plan into overdrive was an ill-advised radio ad for a Fulton County Commission race. I am surprised that Mayor Franklin is involved in this way because I have heard great things about her leadership so far. Its not like she is navigator Kilpatrick in Detroit.

"....In the advertisement, Atlanta’s three most prominent black leaders, Mayor Shirley Franklin, Representative John Lewis and Andrew Young, the politician and civil rights leader, evoked the police dogs and water hoses of the civil rights movement to urge voters not to support a Republican candidate for the Fulton County Commission. Though the candidate was not named in the advertisement, the three leaders, who are all Democrats, warned that right-wing Republicans would “turn back the clock” on equality and undo the efforts of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

“Your very life,” Mr. Lewis said in the advertisement’s conclusion, “may depend on it.”

Even now, weeks later, the resentment fueled by the advertisement is being harnessed in a campaign to change the boundaries of Fulton County, and split off its predominantly white northern section, and city politicians have warned that the advertisement has poisoned relations with the Republican-dominated State Legislature.

While Democrats argued that the advertisement was just the sort of politicking that their opponents long ago perfected, Republicans called it a race-baiting low blow. Many took the advertisement’s suggestion of violence — and the involvement of Ms. Franklin, who is generally admired for her ability to unite ideological opponents — very personally.

“People were killed back then,” State Representative Barry Fleming, the House majority whip and a Republican from eastern Georgia, said in an interview last week. “And she’s saying that voting for a Republican for a local office is as bad as turning water hoses on people?”

Many people did not learn of the advertisement until after Election Day, when it was replayed on the Fox News Network program “Hannity & Colmes” and right-wing talk radio, provoking a debate so pitched that Mr. Lewis, who was beaten during the 1965 voting rights march from Selma, Ala., felt compelled to declare on the op-ed page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was not a racist."

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Her Highness Segolene Royal puts foot in mouth again.

Politics: This is the number one rule of being a politician, don't talk smack about another country's internal affairs. If this was reversed, her highness would have a hissy fit.

PARIS — Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Quebec Premier Jean Charest have taken French presidential candidate Segolene Royal to task for saying she sympathizes with the idea of Quebec sovereignty.
The Socialist hopeful was asked about her thoughts on Quebec’s national question after a short meeting with Parti Quebecois Leader Andre Boisclair in Paris on Monday.

Royal, who has never visited Quebec, said the province and France have common values, including “sovereignty and Quebec’s freedom.”

Harper issued a statement in which he questioned the wisdom of Royal weighing in on a Canadian debate.

“Experience teaches that it is highly inappropriate for a foreign leader to interfere in the democratic affairs of another country,” he said.

“We look forward to marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Canada at Quebec City with the next president of France.

“We expect in turn that the next president will display an understanding of our shared history, and the respect for Canada and Canadians that such an important partnership requires.”

Speaking in Montreal, Charest said he invited Royal to Quebec after she became head of the French Socialists but that she turned him down.

“And furthermore, what I also know is that the future of Quebec will be decided by Quebecers, no one else.”

Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion, who was visiting Quebec City, said Royal’s comments hurt her credibility.

“She does not understand,” he said. “You do not interfere in the affairs of a friendly country, you do not wish for the dismantling of a friendly country. Canada does not wish for the dismantling of France and France certainly does not wish for the dismantling of Canada.”

Boisclair said Royal’s comments show she’s sympathetic to sovereignty and understands his message.

“I think Quebecers will interpret Mrs. Royal’s remarks for themselves,” he said. “It would be improper of me to do so but what people have seen is that France, in all circumstances, will be at Quebec’s side.”

I would like to point out that France did throw a major tantrum when America sided with Turkey being let in the EU.

Diversity: The tool to make schools look good.

Edumacation: Results are still being worked on at the moment. UW-Madison wants to have its regents approve of an admissions policy that gives greater weight to non-academic factors such as race.

No applicant to UW-Madison has ever lost a slot to another because of race, Chancellor John Wiley says.

If two equally qualified candidates apply, both get in, Wiley told the Legislative Council's Special Committee on Affirmative Action at a hearing Thursday.

"There has never, ever been a student admitted because of the color of their skin," Wiley said. "It's not the case where some student lost a seat to a lesser qualified applicant of any race."

Wiley's remarks came as the UW Board of Regents considers a new admissions policy that would give greater weight to nonacademic factors such as race. UW-Madison officials already use the so-called holistic review.

That makes no sense. If race is given a slight consideration, someone is going to lose out. But this part of the story shows that Affirmative action lovers seem to care only about putting out numbers of how many minorities they put in the university system.

Robert Gregg, a lawyer and public member of the committee, asked Wiley whether Grothman's scenario of a white and a minority growing up exactly alike was plausible. Wiley said it would be impossible for them to have similar life experiences.

Committee member Fred Mohs, a former regent, questioned whether UW-Madison's policy meant minority students were being admitted only to flunk out. Perhaps they would be better served if they attended other state schools, such as UW-Oshkosh, where they could gel.

"What we're talking about is admitting people who are underqualified," Mohs said.

Wiley countered that most minorities leave school on their own accord. Sometimes they drink too much, he said. Sometimes their morale plummets as they try to maneuver on a mostly white campus.

"The students who leave here could have stayed," Wiley told Mohs. "They weren't failing. It has to do with day-to-day experiences that just make it tough to hang on."

There is the downfall of AA and its supporters in the rush to admit students to show how "diverse" your school is there is little consideration to if the students are ready to go to college. I am sure there are students being pushed into the school who would be better served going to a smaller college or community college to get use to college life. But its all about good intentions and not enough on seeing thru the results. I still want to know more about the drinking problem because that seems to be something they should be looking into instead of using it as a reason.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Muslims in the news!

Culture: Stayed away from much of this over the week but its getting pretty ridiculous the level of embarrassment some Muslims dole to make everyone look like idiots.

Muslim store worker refuses smoker cigs

A SMOKER was refused cigarettes at a Cambridge store because the Muslim shop assistant said it was against her religion to sell tobacco.

A 31-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, was shocked when she attempted to buy a pack of 20 cigarettes at the WH Smith store in Market Street and was turned down.

The story gets more ridiculous but in a word this is totally BS that Muslims can't sell tobacco.

Muslim officer refused to shake chief's hand

A Muslim woman police officer refused to shake hands with the head of the Metropolitan Police on faith grounds.
The officer, who has not been named, was granted the exemption at a passing-out ceremony where new recruits met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

The woman's refusal was based on her view that her faith prevented her touching a man other than her husband or a close relative.

This of course will not get in the way of doing her job because in certain situations you can throw Islam aside.

Muslim groups defended the police officer, saying her beliefs would not affect how she carried out her job and called for greater understanding of different cultures.

Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, said: "I don't think shaking hands is something that makes or breaks a relationship.

"I don't think in any sort of job that is something that becomes an obstacle to one performing one's duties."

'Not set in concrete'

Sheikh Ibraham Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said people should not be alarmed by the officer's beliefs and that Muslim law "was not set in concrete".

He added: "If the officer is called to a male victim who has been shot, the laws go out of the window.

"If she has to resuscitate that dying person, Muslim law will then change and allow her all sorts of physical contact because a life is at risk and life is so precious.

"Muslim law will say, 'forget everything, save this life'."

Notice the tolerance push from the activist groups and so far no pushback from the majority saying this is stupid. Now they have to find out what to this woman is a on the job or social setting where touching of other males is acceptable. What would she do in arresting a Muslim male? This is the sort of thing that should disqualify you from being a cop if you have that strict a view of Islam.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

After a week with Burning Crusade.

Entertainment: I probably need to blog as a distraction from the game. BC is that good an expansion set for World of Warcraft.

Even got my first Dranei mount.

Oh yeah, all that PvP you did before the expansion came out to get the best weapons was a waste, some new lvl 60 weapons are better than epic weapons/armor.