Monthly Archives: July 2009

Gates vs The Cop

Another subject I haven’t really touched upon the past few days, thanks to Comic-Con. Although I did post this over on Hal Boedeker’s column at the Orlando Sentinel:

My take? Gates had just returned from a long trip, was probably exhausted, most assuredly frustrated over his door sticking and the subsequent inability to get into his home…just like every single one of us after a bad day.Add to that a nosy neighbor and a police officer accusing you of breaking and entering into your own home then getting his feelings hurt (the police officer) and you have the classic example of a bad day going really bad.

In this case, nobody’s right and nobody’s wrong. Get over it.

Now that I have time to write down some of my other thoughts regarding this situation, I realized this:

Have you ever been in an accident? Have you ever had to call the police to your home regarding some incident or other?

What happens?

Here’s what happens…

A. You, or someone, calls the police.

B. The policeman arrives.

C. The policeman investigates the damage/situation by asking questions of all witnesses.

D. The witnesses all write a sworn statement regarding the accident/incident.

E. The policeman finishes the investigation.

F. The policeman goes to his squad car.

G. The policeman writes out a report. Right there. On the scene. Presumably so he remembers all the details.

H. The policeman turns in his investigation report to the police station, along with all the other statements, etc., where it’s recorded as public record.


But what do we see as a result of the Gates vs. The Cop situation? This:

police report

What’s wrong with that report?

Sure, it’s nicely, neatly, typed out. No misspelled words, no grammatical errors…a perfect document.

I’ll assume police nowadays have the capability to produce such documents from the laptops we see in their cars today.

But…why would the police officer in the Gates vs. The Cop say this if the report was completed on-the-spot?

policereport1 How could this police put on his report “two black males” when the 911 call by Lucia Whalen made no mention of it?

Was the police report doctored?

Hey, Birthers!

Dear Birthers,

Yes, I’m speaking to you, Birthers. All of you Republican right wing wackos convinced that our President, Barack Obama, is not a naturally born citizen. Including your fellow Stupid Person, honored on this blog, Major Stephan Frederick Cook.

You see…you’ve been…


Presented before the House of Representatives yesterday, one HRES 593 IH, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the entry of the State of Hawaii into our Union.

Each and every one of who who are members of the House of Representatives voted for this resolution in a voice vote. That would be a vote of 378-0. Included in the list of Congressmen who voted YAY are:

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), the lead sponsor of the infamous “Birther Bill” to require presidential candidates to present their birth certificates, and who had previously said he wouldn’t “swear on a stack of Bibles” that Obama is a natural-born American citizen.

Several other co-sponsors of the Birther Bill also voted yes: Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Dan Burton (R-IN), John Culberson (R-TX), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), and Ted Poe (R-TX).

Heck. Even super-wacko-nutso Michelle Bachmann voted YEA!

The Resolution:


1st Session

H. RES. 593

Recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.


June 26, 2009

Mr. ABERCROMBIE (for himself and Ms. HIRONO) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Recognizing and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.

Whereas August 21, 2009, marks the 50th Anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s signing of Proclamation 3309, which admitted Hawaii into the Union in compliance with the Hawaii Admission Act, enacted by the United States Congress on March 18, 1959;

Whereas Hawaii is `a place like no other, with a people like no other’ and bridges the mainland United States to the Asia-Pacific region;

Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii;

Whereas Hawaii has contributed to the diversity of Congress in electing the first Native Hawaiian member of Congress, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana`ole, the first Asian-American member, Hiram Fong, the first woman of color, Patsy T. Mink, and the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the Senate, Daniel Kahikina Akaka;

Whereas Hawaii is an example to the rest of the world of unity and positive race relations;

Whereas Pearl Harbor is a strategic military base for the U.S. in the Pacific and also a historical site for the Nation, being the location of the December 7, 1941, surprise Japanese aerial attack that thrust the Nation into World War II;

Whereas Hawaii is home to 1/4 of the endangered species in the United States;

Whereas Hawaii has 8 national parks, which preserve volcanoes, complex ecosystems, a Hansen’s disease colony, and other sites of historical and cultural significance;

Whereas Kilauea ranks among the most active volcanoes on Earth;

Whereas President Bush nominated the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Centre for consideration to the World Heritage List;

Whereas Hawaii has produced musical legends ranging from traditional favorites such as Alfred Apaka, Don Ho, and Genoa Keawe, to Hawaii renaissance performers such as Eddie Kamae, Raymond Kane, Gabby Pahinui, Israel Kamakawiwo`ole, the Brothers Cazimero, and the Beamer Brothers, and continuing on to contemporary stars such as Keali`i Reichel, Ledward Kaapana, Jake Shimabukuro, and Raiatea Helm;

Whereas Hawaii is culturally rich, as the Hawaiian culture has been protected through Hawaiian language immersion schools, hula competitions such as the Merrie Monarch Festival, canoeing voyages undertaken by vessels like the Hokule`a, and the continuing historic preservation of Hawaiian traditions;

Whereas the Hawaii Statehood Commission has held a Joint Session of the Hawaii State Legislature in honor of statehood and will be celebrating this milestone with a public discussion and with the arrival of the USS Hawaii; and

Whereas for all of these reasons Hawaii is a truly unique State: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes and celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the entry of Hawaii into the Union as the 50th State.

LOST Comic-Con Wrap Up!

Here’s a complete wrap-up of videos and spoilers from the LOST gang at Comic-Con (not previously posted):

Kate on America’s Most Wanted:

Our (TVOvermind) with Jorge Garcia:

Michael Emerson auditioning for “Hurley” (thanks to lostsawyer840):

Josh Holloway interview:

ABC’s official LOST Comic-Con 2010 season preview (WTF?? Edit: It’s a fan made video 🙂 ):

Oceanic Airlines: “A perfect safety record”?

In Memory of…(thanks LaezyDaezy!)

Our interview with Nestor Carbonell:

Cast interview with G4:

Finally, confirmed spoilers (wink, wink…I was right!) thanks to DarkUFO:

Update: Holloway says Sawyer’s leader days are over and Sawyer’s state of mind post-Juliet is “destroyed.” He will be “salty” and angry again.

1) Parallel with S1 and S6 – DL confirms many characters from season one!
CC: Says there is a way of discovery that they will have in play in S6
2) Faraday confirmed for S6!!
3) Will we see flashbacks to characters’ childhood? CC says S6 will be different. CC won’t describe what that point of difference is.
4) Richard Alpert’s backstory is “involved”
5) DL: Juliet WILL be in final season.
6) Q: Is Man in Black’s name “Esau?” Emerson: Might be too literal–but I like the way your mind works.
7) Food drop in S2 finale might be covered… DL: “Something we’ll try to address.”
8) We won’t see much DHARMA in S6
9) Jacob has NOT appeared as another character on the show (especially Claire)
10) Dominic Monaghan appeared on the panel!!!!

Note: Dominic Monaghan, Ian Somerholder confirmed they will return.

Nestor Carbonell will be a full-time cast member.

LOST: Comic-Con Panel Discussion 2009!

(For complete Comic-Con coverage, visit TVOvermind! for more updates from, me, DocArzt and the rest of the crew!)


LOST Panel Discussion – The final Comic-Con – Part 1:

Part II:

Parts III – IV will be available in the morning! Stay tuned!

Update: Pfc Bowe Bergdahl

In my recent post regarding Pfc Bowe Bergdahl, the young man who wasmedium_bowebergdahl “captured” by the Taliban, Kelly’s occasional sparring partner over at The Velvet Straitjacket, LilMike commented:

“This soldier just couldn’t have walked off base, he would have had to sneak away. And now he gets to make videos? I’m not sure he is a prisoner.”

I understand LilMike is a follower of all things right wing, neocon, and bows before the Gods of Rush and Faux News, but I find that it’s sad that he would actually imply that there’s something more to the story surrounding this young man ending up in Taliban arms.

Then I realized that is exactly what his heroes at Faux News are doing:

Faux News analyst, LtCol  Ralph Peters, calling Bergdahl a “deserter” and stating the Taliban should do us a favor and “just kill him”:

Then, a couple of days later, Riley appears on Bill O’Reilly’s show and repeats his accusations, going even further…

Really. I always thought the right wing, neocon,  followers of the Gods Rush and Faux News supported the troops. I guess not.

So, what is it about this young man that they hate so much they implore the Taliban to go ahead and “finish the job”?

Could it be that Bergdahl worked as a barrista at a coffee shop before enlisting? Or that he studied ballet?

Does Bowe Bergdahl not meet the criteria of being a soldier in the eyes of the right wing, neocon, followers of the Gods of Rush and Faux News?

Faces at Health Care Rallys

Today, men and women from around the nation joined forces in cities, towns and suburbs to voice their support for, or support against, health care reform.

Following is a from the Orlando, Florida, Democratic rally in front of Sen. Bill Nelson’s office:

Men, women, blacks, whites, nurses, physicians, rich, poor…all united with a single purpose – affordable health care for all Americans.

Here’s a rally organized by the Republican Party of Arizona the other day:

Lots of men, a few women. No minorities.

Of course, Republicans don’t want the President and Congress to pass a health care initiative. They don’t want health care for Americans.  They want to stop and delay the legislative process.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R), South Carolina:

“If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

So. Where are the Republican proposals regarding health care? Are there any?

No. They have nothing but pretty white, male spokespeople who admit their party “has no plan“.