Adm. Michael Mullen Makes a Fashion Statement


Is the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen's big, red handbag a fashion statement or what?

Just Because Israel and Other Countries Do It Doesn't Mean We Should, Too


It's not that I want to call politicians names, it's that I have to. Behold the latest example of an utter moron, State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, and his brilliant legislative effort to move us one step closer to a totalitarian society:

New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky nearly lost his daughter, Willie, at 4 years old when she needed a kidney transplant, and again 10 years later when her second kidney failed.

"We have 10,000 New Yorkers on the list today waiting for organs. We import half the organs we transplant. It is an unacceptable failed system," Brodsky said.

To fix that, Brodsky introduced a new bill in Albany that would enroll all New Yorkers as an organ donor, unless they actually opt out of organ donation. It would be the first law of its kind in the United States.

"Overseas, 24 nations have it. Israel has it. Others have it. And it works without a lot of controversy," Brodsky said.

Dog Zen

A special two-for-the-price-of-one cuteness extravaganza Rule of Dog.

Dog Zen

It's Monday morning, time for quite an adorable Rule of Dog.

Dog Zen

It's Monday morning, time for Rule of Dog.

Tartan Day Parade

It's that time of the year again, time for the best, and my absolute favorite, parade: Tartan Day Parade 2010!

Despite our piece of garbage mayor's order to take away the bread and circus from the masses (and by masses I mean me) by not allowing the parade to go its full route, and despite its smaller size--the doggy contingent alone, adorable as ever but barely there--the masses managed to enjoy the parade and snap a few (poor quality, as usual) pics:

The last pic illustrates one of the best kept secrets about this parade. Just because the parade ends doesn't mean the music and the pageantry do, too. If you get a chance to attend make sure to position yourself at the finish line and I guarantee you will have a great time.

Winter and Spring Pics

First, there was snow in the city:

Then, pretty buds all over the place. Pity spring only last for about two days in the city. Blink and you've missed it:

Erlyndon Joseph Lo, the "Undisputed World Champion of the Abortion Debate"

So what do you do if you're Erlyndon Joseph Lo, The Undisputed World Champion of the Abortion Debate and a devout Catholic entitled under your religious beliefs to use deadly force at will, after you 1) graduate from the Southern Methodist University law school, 2) take the New York bar exam, 3) go to the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center with a receipt, demanding to find out if your [possibly imaginary] wife had an abortion, and 4) sue the U.S. Supreme Court justices, asking the justices to render abortion illegal and for $999 trillion in damages and $1,000/hour for attorney’s fees?

You file a Temporary Restraining Order against the law enforcement officers who will be responding when you go to the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center and start offing its patients and employees, of course.

I took the time to read Mr. Lo's site (oh the things I do for you people!) and my impression is that what we have here is an unfortunate (not to mention conducive to mass murder sprees) mix of propaganda from Focus on the Family and a mentally unstable person:

Something that is bad is when I heard on the radio on Focus on the Family with Dr. James Dobson a girl who survived an attempted abortion. I'm not a doctor. I can only imagine what kinds of acids doctors use to dissolve babies in, like dropping an Alka-Seltzer in a clear cup of water watching the thin white circular tablet fizz and clearly dissolve into the water, to kill the baby. I think the acid is or acids are yellow. For now, for lack of a better term, I'm going to say sulfuric acid. Well, whatever the toxic substance, there was this one girl who survived that attempted murder. She was dropped into that poisonous, toxic, ultra-hazardous liquid. Fortunately, she survived. Now, when you listen to her talk, you can hear her gargling so to speak, talking as if she survived being dropped into yellow, burning, sulfuric acid. It's nasty. I feel bad for her.

I'm inclined to think that Mr. Lo is a lawyer only in his imagination but who knows? One thing we do know for sure, from the FBI press release, is that the maximum penalty for the crimes Mr. Lo is charged with is only six years in prison. Assuming he's found guilty, and in the absence of a proper mental health evaluation and treatment, it's disturbing to contemplate the possibility that Mr. Lo will be able to resume planning and carrying out his religious murder fantasies in a few years.


Of Gay Albatrosses and Fa'afafine Men

Photo by Tatters:)

A very interesting article in The New York Times on the challenges and perils of same-sex sexual activity research in animals.

The Vatican: For Child-Raping Priests, Follow Medical Advice; For Nine-Year-Old Raped Girls, Excommunicate the Ob/Gyn

Interesting. When it comes to priests raping minors the Vatican relies on, and follows, the professional recommendation of medical personnel:

"Only upon receipt of full assurance from qualified psychological counselors was the priest in question re-introduced into limited service, under supervision and with extensive limitations on his access to parishioners, after which he did not re-offend," Lena [the attorney for Levada, the top Vatican official who oversees the office that handles cases of alleged abuse by priests] said in an e-mail.

Even Pope Benedict is aware of this practice, so much so that he tries to use it as an excuse, one of the many excuses frenziedly flung to the wall as of late by church representatives and their enablers, in a mad dash to evade responsibility.

On the other hand, when it comes to nine-year-old girls who've been impregnated by their stepfather the Vatican just excommunicates the Ob/Gyn who performs the therapeutic abortion, medical advice be damned forever and ever to the fiery pits of hell.

I guess having a monopoly on the One.True.Morality (TM), you know, the very one the Catholic Church insists should be shoved down the throats of countless patients and their physicians and be made part of their medical care, isn't all that's cracked up to be after all.

Dog Zen

It's almost Monday, time for a thematic Rule of Dog.

Easter Hat Parade

Easter Hat Parade
Lola, left, and Tuffy wear Easter clothing at the Easter Parade in New York, Sunday, April 4, 2010.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Dr. Tiller's Assassin Sentenced

Dr. Tiller's assassin is sentenced to life in prison:

Sedgwick County District Judge Warren Wilbert had the choice to make Roeder eligible for parole after 25 or 50 years, but said he gave him the harsher sentence because evidence showed Roeder stalked Tiller before killing him. As he was being led away in handcuffs, Roeder shouted, "Blood of babies on your hands."

Wilbert also sentenced Roeder to serve an additional year in prison on each of two counts of aggravated assault for threatening two church ushers in the melee. Allowing for possible time off those sentences for good behavior, Roeder won't be eligible for parole for 51 years and eight months.

One domestic terrorist activist removed from society, countless others still left to hunt down and assassinate Ob/Gyns and terrorize their patients.

With "Activists" Like These Who Needs Terrorists

The FBI defines terrorism as "the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a Government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives."

The AP refers to Dr. Killer's assassin as an "activist."

So I emailed the AP and asked them what criteria do they use to define terrorism. I'll let you know if I get a response.