Bush pans Spanish Star Spangled Banner

This is the most ridiculous thing ever!!! Can you believe these guys push all this patriotic bullshit on all of us Americans, no matter what language we speak, and then when Spanish speaking Americans want to put the National Anthem into words that can swell their patriotism, then these fascist fuckers bring up their English language elitism and refer to something that the U.S. does not have, a National Language. I can’t say it enough…Fuck George Bush and every other bigot like him.
Bush pans Spanish “Star-Spangled Banner” – Yahoo! News
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The “Star-Spangled Banner” debuted on Friday with new Latin beat and Spanish lyrics but it did not win a glowing review from
President George W. Bush, who said the cherished national anthem should be sung in English.
Latin American artists recorded “Nuestro Himno” (Our Anthem) to stir immigrants to turn out for a national boycott and marches for rights across the country on May 1. Instead they stirred up the ire of those who see it as further polarizing Americans. One Internet columnist dubbed it “The Illegal Alien Anthem.”
Bush told reporters at a White House Rose Garden news conference the anthem would not have the same value sung in Spanish.
“The national anthem ought to be sung in English. And I think people who want to be citizens of this country ought to learn it in English. They ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”

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Mexico to decriminalize pot

North America is suddenly becoming a much cooler continent. It’s like a constant struglle between the red states and everything that surrounds them. Canadian, Mexican, and Blue States Rally, we will crush the religious fanatics, disempower the fascists, and create a better sort of continent!
Or, at least we can go smoke weed in Mexico without having to worry about going to jail in Tiajuana.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Possessing marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if they are in small amounts for personal use under new reforms passed by Congress that quickly drew U.S. criticism.
The measure given final passage 53-26 by senators in a late night session on Thursday is aimed at letting police focus on their battle against major drug dealers, and President
Vicente Fox is expected to sign it into law.
“This law provides more judicial tools for authorities to fight crime,” presidential spokesman Ruben Aguilar said on Friday.
He said the reforms, which were proposed by the government and approved earlier this week by the lower house of Congress, made laws against major traffickers “more severe.”
The legislation came as a shock to Washington, which counts on Mexico’s support in its war against drug smuggling gangs who move massive quantities of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines through Mexico to U.S. consumers.
“I would say any law that decriminalizes dangerous drugs is not very helpful,” said Judith Bryan, spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. “Drugs are dangerous. We don’t think it is the appropriate way to go.”
She said U.S. officials were still studying the reforms, under which police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine.
People caught with larger quantities of drugs will be treated as narcotics dealers and face increased jail terms under the plan.
The legal changes will also decriminalize the possession of limited quantities of other drugs, including LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, amphetamines and peyote — a psychotropic cactus found in Mexico’s northern deserts.
Fox has been seen as a loyal ally of the United States in the war on drugs, but the reforms could create new tensions.
A delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives visited Mexico last week and met with senior officials to discuss drug control issues, but was told nothing of the planned legislative changes, said Michelle Gress, a House subcommittee counsel who was part of the visiting team. “We were not informed,” she said.
Hundreds of people, including many police officers, have been killed in Mexico in the past year as drug cartels battle for control of lucrative smuggling routes into the United States.
The violence has raged mostly in northern Mexico but in recent months has spread south to cities like vacation resort Acapulco.
Under current law, it is up to local judges and police to decide on a case-by-case basis whether people should be prosecuted for possessing small quantities of drugs, a source at the Senate’s health commission told Reuters.
“The object of this law is to not put consumers in jail, but rather those who sell and poison,” said Senator Jorge Zermeno of the ruling National Action Party.
Hector Michel Camarena, an opposition senator from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, warned that although well intentioned, the law may go too far.
“There are serious questions we have to carefully analyse so that through our spirit of fighting drug dealing, we don’t end up legalizing,” he said. “We have to get rid of the concept of the (drug) consumer.”

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Cruelty to Lobsters

It’s a good thing the animal rights lovers didn’t have dinner with me and Mink Hippie on my birthday. She took me to an incredible fukn sushi place that had me select a lobster and then to my surprise they pulled out a cleaver and killed it in front of us, pulled the meat out while the body was still wriggling, and then served it with lemon. It was the first time anyone ever had something killed for me to eat. It was also delicious.
ROME (Reuters) – An Italian restaurant was fined 688 euros ($855) for displaying live lobsters on ice to attract patrons, in an innovative application of an anti-cruelty law usually affecting to household pets.
A court in the northeastern city of Vicenza ruled the display was a form of abuse dooming the crustaceans to a slow death by suffocation.
“We’re appealing,” said Giuseppe Scalesia, who runs La Conchiglia D’Oro, or “Golden Shell,” restaurant along with his brother Camillo.
“They said that the lobsters, laying on the ice, suffer… They compared them in court to other animals, like cats and dogs.”
The case was brought by Gianpaolo Cecchetto, a former environmental activist, who took his two young children to the Vicenza restaurant in May 2002.
“They were shocked by the display,” Cecchetto told Reuters, adding he immediately got in touch with the ENPA national animal protection entity. “ENPA took care of the lawyers and legal proceedings.”
Italy has some of the world’s toughest animal rights laws. The city of Rome in October banned goldfish bowls, seen as cruel, while Turin passed a law last year that would fine dog owners 500 euros unless they walked their canine friends at least three times a day.


New York Killers, and Those Killed, by Numbers – New York Times

About 70% of murders get solved. Killings are most likely to happen outdoors between 1 and 2 AM.  Mosts murderers and victims know each other, but instances of stranger killings have been slowly increasing for decades. I just love this stuff.
Check out the interactive map.

The oldest killer was 88; he murdered his wife. The youngest was 9; she stabbed her friend. The women were more than twice as likely as men to murder a current spouse or lover. But once the romance was over, only the men killed their exes. The deadliest day was on July 10, 2004, when eight people died in separate homicides.
Five people eliminated a boss; 10 others murdered co-workers. Males who killed favored firearms, while women and girls chose knives as often as guns. More homicides occurred in Brooklyn than in any other borough. More happened on Saturday. And roughly a third are unsolved.

New York Killers, and Those Killed, by Numbers – New York Times


Snow becomes new Press Secretary

Jon Stewart summed it up on The Daily Show recently just about perfectly. “Imagine, a FOX news reporter telling the public what the administration wants them to hear. Shocking!”
THE US president George Bush named the newscaster Tony Snow as the new White House press secretary yesterday, in his latest move aimed at shaking up his staff and breathing new life into his presidency.
Introducing his new press secretary, Mr Bush said: “My job is to make decisions. And his job is to help explain those decisions to the press corps and the American people.”


For bloody shnizzle, my pizzle!

Snoop uses the car company I drive for on occaision. There is a funny story of how he and one of our drivers, an older woman, became pretty good friends while he was visitiing Hawaii for a couple of weeks. When she was escorting him through security she recieved a phone call from her husband who told her that her beloved Golden Retirever had been hit by a car and killed. She hung up the phone and burst into tears, at which point Snoop asked her what was wrong. Hardly able to talk, she sputtered out

“My Dog, Mmmmy dog is gone!” At which point Snoop put his arm around her comfortingly and said “Don’t worry Baby, I’ll come back again.”



Snoop Dogg Arrested At Heathrow Airport

By Doug Pendrell

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Rap superstar Snoop Dogg has been arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport along with five members of his entourage. The incident that injured seven police officers ensued after Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Doggy Dogg) and members of his gang were denied access to a private lounge in the airport.
The dispute arose from the fact that only 3 members of the 30-strong posse had First Class tickets, and, as such, the rest of the group was denied access to the business lounge, and asked to wait outside. E Online reports that the group would not stay in the lounge, and instead moved to the duty-free shop “where they reportedly started hurling bottles of whiskey around the store and arguing with shop employees.”
According to the BBC, a spokesperson for Scotland Yard said “Police were called at 6pm last night to reports of a disturbance involving 30 people in a business lounge at Terminal 1.” The BBC went to on to quote the spokesperson discussing Snoop Dogg’s banning from the flight he was to take to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was to play a concert. “The party was told that they would not be permitted to board their flight and officers then attempted to direct the group to baggage reclaim.”
At this point, one of the members of Snoop Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus) become violent, and allegedly attack police. A witness was quoted by The Sun as saying “The officer was around 6ft 2ins but he picked him up like a little kid and sent him flying.”. Seven policemen were injured in the exchange, including one that sustained a broken hand.
A witness, quoted by the Daily Mirror said of the scene “It was absolute chaos – there was broken glass everywhere and it looked like it was on the brink of turning really nasty. It wasn’t clear what sparked it but Snoop was livid.”
As for British Airways take on the incident, the BBC quoted a spokesperson from BA as saying “Given the nature of the disturbance they have been banned from travelling with BA for the foreseeable future.”
Calvin Broadus originally took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg, but changed it to Snoop Dogg in 1996 when he left Death Row Records to join No Limit Records. A member of Crips gang as a youth, Snoop Dogg would also face a public trial for being complicit in the shooting death on an obsessed fan though he would be acquitted on grounds of self-defense. Snoop Dogg had huge success with his 1993 album Doggystyle, and followed that up 1996’s The Doggfather. Another smash hit album was Da Game is to be Sold Not to be Told. Snoop also co-produced Murder was the Case with Marion “Suge” Knight. Snoop’s hit singles include “Gin and Juice”, “Who am I (What’s My Name)” and more recently, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” featuring Pharrell. Snoop Dogg has also appeared in films including Old School and Starsky & Hutch, as well as Training Day.
[Additional Sources: E Online, BBC, The Sun, Daily Mirror]

– Doug Pendrell

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'Lost' actress opts for jail time over community service

She doesn’t look very sorry, does she?
(BTW sorry for the screwed up formatting on my posts this week – I’m in Atlanta and having trouble with this !@#$! computer….)

KANE’OHE — Declaring her life an open book, “Lost” actress Michelle Rodriguez admitted she drove drunk and accepted jail time yesterday, but not before detailing her struggles with alcohol and the side effects of allergy medication.
“I personally was thankful I was stopped. I didn’t think it was just the alcohol; I’d been manic since I started taking my medicine. I was frantic and it wasn’t natural what I was feeling,” Rodriguez said, noting that she didn’t realize her behavior had been so erratic until she was arrested. “I worked for six years of my life to get what I gained. I came from nothing and I lost it all.”
Rodriguez, 27, pleaded guilty to a single count of driving under the influence and was sentenced to five days in jail and a $500 fine in Kane’ohe District Court. She was given one day of credit for having spent the night she was arrested in jail and will be released Saturday. She surrendered to state Sheriffs at Kane’ohe District Court at 2 p.m. yesterday.
Rodriguez, who plays police officer Ana Lucia on “Lost,” wore a brown leather jacket and a white dress to court. She was charged as a two-time offender because of a previous drunken driving conviction in Los Angeles, and faced up to 14 days in jail, fines up to $1,500 and the loss of her license for a year.
Judge James Dannenberg gave Rodriguez the choice between the jail time and 240 hours of community service. She chose jail, declaring that she needed to “get back to my life.”

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Police hunt Leone 'killer chimps'

The alpha-male, Bruno, who led the attack threw stones at me when I visted the sanctuary! Of course, the Pakistani UN soldiers that were also visiting were taunting the chimps…
Bruno was magnificent and I can’t help but be a little psyched for him that he got some revenge. It’s tough, because if he were left in the wild he would likely be dead, but at the same time, he is a fierce wild creature that was never meant to catch and eat fruit to amuse tourists.

Police in Sierra Leone are on the hunt for a group of chimpanzees, who escaped from their wildlife sanctuary after a fatal attack on construction workers. Armed reinforcements are combing the area after a Sierra Leonean died and four people were seriously injured.
Security personnel said the five men were attacked on Sunday after entering the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Angry chimps killed and mutilated the driver. Three North Americans are in a hospital in the capital, Freetown.
Another Sierra Leonean was also badly injured – and reportedly needed to have his hand amputated.
A worker at Tacugama told the BBC that some 24 chimpanzees had escaped, while six had already returned.

The violent attack was instigated by Bruno, the first chimpanzee taken in by the sanctuary and its alpha-male, along with two other primates, police said.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Police hunt Leone ‘killer chimps’

Food and Booze

Experts make flatulence-free bean

A method of creating super-nutritious but flatulence-free beans has been developed by scientists. Beans are a cheap and key source of nutrition especially in the developing world, but many people are thought to be put off by anti-social side-effects.
A Venezuelan team says fermenting beans with certain friendly bacteria can cut the amount of wind-causing compounds, and boost beans’ nutritional value.
The research appears in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.


The Useless Honolulu Police Department

useless cops
I’m pretty sure this is the case everywhere, but in Honolulu, our police department is not only unable to stop crime, but often, they are the criminals. On a fairly regular basis we see stories in the newspapers here about gambling rings that are run by the cops, about cops who are committing domestic violence, and about cops committing all sorts of other crimes.
Who knows what crimes we don’t hear about that they are committing? I can’t recall ever hearing about a cop preventing a crime. They sometimes catch perpetrators after the fact, but HPD has one of the lowest rates of apprehension in the USA and WE LIVE ON AN ISLAND!!!! The criminals don’t have very far to go. Of course, a big part of the reason that they don’t have far to go is because of the large extended families they belong to that usually include at least one cop. Cops don’t like to bust other cops or other cops families, it makes them all look bad. That’s why the FBI has to come in and conduct stings here in Hawaii and that is when the papers tell us a little bit of what is really going on.
Cops here seem to serve three functions. 1) Standing at construction sites or parking their cars in construction sites 2) Forcing the homeless to move and 3) writing traffic sitations (but not to their families, or their friends families, or their colleagues families and that is why there are so many 16 year olds here that weave through traffic with impunity.)
It seems that Dog the Bounty Hunter is the only one actually busting drug dealers here. Him and the FBI.
Personally, I think they need to give all the cops trash bags and brooms. Make them literally clean the streets. At least then, the taxpayers are getting something for thier money.
As to traffic. Get rid of the cops. Bring back the cameras. As a matter of fact, let’s just get rid of the cops. They are costing us way more than they are worth. Let’s let the construction companies hire them. They can keep their uniforms but they should turn in their guns and badges.
HPD is a disgrace to this state.