Damian's Random Ten, 12/28/2007

It's the Friday Random Ten, and it forgot auld acquaintance.

Hit the Party Shuffle in iTunes and what do I get?
  • Roger Sanchez - Turn on the Music (Axwell Radio Edit)
  • Hidenori Shoji - Hurrah for the Champion (Winnign Run)
  • The Eagles - Doolin' Dalton
  • Modest Mouse - Bukowski
  • Eminem - Kill You
  • No Doubt - New
  • 403 - Northern Lights
  • "Weird Al" ankovic - Polkas on 45
  • jun with TAHIRIH - HAPPY✩ANGEL
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Coffee Shop


Terrorism: Not Just the Product of Foreign Brown People

From Shakesville: No Terrorism in America Since 9/11
That's what the Bush administration keeps telling us. Except, ya know, there has been terrorism in America since 9/11, but when it's terrorism against uppity women (and their allies) who have the gall to think they ought to be able to control their own bodies or be free from abuse, it doesn't count.

Via Vanessa, here's more terrorism that doesn't count, as two separate Albuquerque Planned Parenthood facilities were vandalized on Christmas Day:
Firefighters were called out early this morning to Planned Parenthood's medical offices in the northeast part of the city. The roof was on fire, but crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames. Fire officials have confirmed that some type of incendiary device was found on the roof.

Hours earlier, authorities responded to another Planned Parenthood clinic to find that its windows had been broken. Authorities say damage at both clinics was minimal.

The incidents follow a fire just weeks ago at Abortion Acceptance of Albuquerque.
One city. Three separate incidents against three separate clinics in the span of one month, two of them involving arson.

But no terrorism, of course. That's only done by brown people, who do such things on behalf of a god who goes by a different name. Oh, and it has to affect men, too.

Straight men. Don't get your hopes up that a molotov cocktail through the window of Manhole and a dozen incidents of gay-bashing are going to be called terrorism anytime soon either, my little fagulas. I mean, you're practically women, anyway. Yuck!
This actually ties in prety well to my letter to the editor in response to a crazy-ass wingnut from a few weeks back. These are people who are convinced, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that terrorism is only something done by Them Evil Brown Furriners. To them, even acts like the Oklahoma City bombing aren't terrorism, much less vandalism, arson, and murder committed by anti-choice and/or anti-gay hate-spreaders - only brown people killing Good White Straight Americans is terrorism. It's this belief that gives rise to the ignorance that could convince someone that only Muslims can be terrorists.

Apparently, these people and people like myself have differing ideas of what defines terrorism. To them, terrorism is Brown People killing Good Straight White Americans. To me, terrorism is as it is defined in the dictionary:
ter·ror·ism (těr'ə-rĭz'əm)
n. The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
Huh. Nothing about "brown people" or "Muslims" in that definition. Fancy that.


Merry Christmas, Indeed

Even if you don't have much to give, have a merry Christmas.

Personally, I've only been given one gift, and that's enough.


Damian's Non-Random Ten post.

No Random Ten today. I'm going to save it for Xmas Eve.


A Tip For Everyone Like Me

When you write into the newspaper, make sure you check the e-mail account you sent the letter from.

Damian's Random Ten, 12/14/2007

It's the Friday Random Ten, and it's a list that never gets checked twice.

Hit the Party Shuffle in iTunes and what do I get?
  • Sean Paul - Get Busy
  • The Eagles - Hole in the World
  • Alanis Morissette - You Learn
  • Koji Kondo - Sirena Beach
  • Togo Project feat. Sana - Miracle Moon ~L.E.D. LIGHT STYLE MIX~
  • No Doubt - Spiderwebs
  • Hidenori Shoji - Brain Cleaner
  • Smile.dk - Boys
  • The Beatles - Love Me Do
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Warm Tape


Revenge of Phagetunes

It's the Friday Random Ten.

Hit the Party Shuffle in iTunes and what do I get?
  • Our Solemn Hour - Within Temptation
  • Wake - Lincoln Park
  • Breathing Like a Fish - ThouShaltNot
  • Die of a Broken Heart - Zeromancer
  • Introduction - Fort Minor
  • Ready to Blow - K.M.F.D.M.
  • Last Living Souls - Gorillaz
  • Fragments of Faith - Lacuna Coil
  • Enter Sandman - Richard Cheese
  • Multiple Jacks - PotC:3/Hans Zimmer
  • Kein Anfang - And One

'Scuse Me, but WHAT?

I just about punched a wall after seeing Bob Latta's campaign commercial. Apparently, his opponent is funded by "pro-abortion extremists".

WHAT? What in the hell is a "pro-abortion extremist"? Is that someone who waves pictures of bloody coat hangers outside anti-choice organizations, harasses women who go to "crisis pregnancy centers", and blows up "right-to-life" organization buildings?

The lies these people will tell are positively astounding.

Right-Wing Mailbag, "Damn Those Brown People" Edition

Wednesday's Journal-Gazette Letters Page
It has been said that terrorists have hijacked a great religion. I submit that Islam has corrupted its people.

Sadly, individual Muslims, out of a sense of duty or fear of their fellow Muslims, express little or no desire to assimilate into a host country’s social fabric and often advocate the establishment of Sharia law in their communities. They seldom condemn or inform upon militants. Those found out are considered traitors and subsequently murdered by militants. Witness Iraq. If American Muslims are one day compelled to choose between Islam or America, there is little doubt in my mind what that choice will be.

Islam is a problem. Sin is the problem. Islam is a militant and proselytizing faith bent upon world domination. Mohammed mandated that the world remain in a state of war until Islam rules the world. No, not all Muslims are terrorists. However, all terrorists are Muslims. Those in control, to whom lying, deception, coercion and force are virtues and murder and suicide are the paths to heaven are never to be trusted. Diplomacy and appeasement are simply wastes of time.

Infiltration into our country and many others is well on its way. Recruitment and the promotion of propaganda in the media, press, the courts and our campuses are in full swing.
Gee, doesn't this sound like the kind of person you want in your community? This kind of hatred is, sadly, both expected and accepted in this area.

First off, I wonder what kind of reaction a letter like ths would get were its target Christianity. A hateful screed like this against a religion whose followers weren't primarily brown-skinned and non-American would never see the light of day, and yet a tirade against Islam is printed, without a single thought as to how it comes off, much less a single check of the "facts" in it.

Of primary note is the statement in the second paragraph, "No, not all Muslims are terrorists. However, all terrorists are Muslims." Really, now? So the KKK, an organization whose sole purpose is to terrorize non-whites and non-Christians, is Muslim? So eco-terrorists who set fire to animal testing labs and SUVs are Muslims? So Timothy McVeigh, an indoctrinated Christian, was actually Muslim? So the Aum Shinrikyo cult, who attacked innocent people on the Tokyo subway with a deadly toxin, is Muslim?

Well, that's good to know. And here I foolishly thought that non-Muslims could be terrorists, thanks to many, many examples of non-Muslims committing acts of terrorism. Obviously, my observations must be wrong, since one person trying to start up a new crusade says that only Muslims can be terrorists. Oh, what a fool I was!

Damian's Random Ten, 12/07/2007

It's the Friday Random Ten, and it's too busy playing in the snow to care.

Hit the Party Shuffle in iTunes and what do I get?
  • No Doubt - It's My Life
  • The Birthday Massacre - Nighttime
  • Modest Mouse - The View
  • The Eagles - Hotel California
  • Motoi Sakuraba - Lakitu Valley
  • Eminem - Say What You Say
  • Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
  • Hirofumi Sasaki - The Least 100 Seconds
  • Supertramp - The Logical Song
  • Nana Kitade - Kibou no Kakera