uberreiniger: (good/evil)
I found this on a conservative friend's Facebook. The image was posted with the text that accompanies.

Cut due to blood and injury. )

For those who'd rather not look, it is a photograph of a police officer bleeding freely from a serious head injury kneeling on the pavement, struggling to lift his radio to call for help. It is followed by a statement implying the poor man is the victim of "peaceful protestors," although it does not specify who, where, or when. Finally it is accompanied by a quotation by none other than the Big Bad himself, Adolph Hitler.

It really is a chillingly masterful example of propaganda imagery. You have a) an image so horrific and shocking the viewer can easily miss its lack of context. (Was the officer beaten by anti-capitalist rioters or did this happen while trying to stop a bar fight or other act of violence?) b) An incendiary accompanying statement that tells the viewer where to direct their enraged reaction before they begin to question the image's context ("Those PEACEFUL PROTESTORS!") c) A statement that at first seems be a stock argument of the designated villains, followed by d) the shocking twist that it was actually said by history's most notorious villain of all.

The thing I find most disgusting about it is the shameless propagandizing of a real person's real injuries. And that happens all the time: remember the protestor/military veteran who took the teargas canister to the head? But if you have to do it, have the decency to tell the truth: say who he is, where it happened, and why; as much information as you can. Someone who has been hurt deserves that much, no matter which "side" they are on.
uberreiniger: (one evil)

Written by a former GOP staff member about the transformation he has seen his political party undergo into something he never wanted it to be. Please keep in mind this is not ranting by a new convert to Liberalism. This man has no love for Obama or the Democrats. But he does see the Republican party as doing something truly insidious. It's a very long essay but worth the time.
uberreiniger: (Wayfarer)
Every year I think I've posted every event from my day from the moment I learned the Twin Towers had been destroyed. This time around I think I should let someone else tell their story.


This woman is a friend of mine; one whom I actually met through Livejournal. I've been telling my story for ten years but hers and those of others like her have not been told enough, and never can be. The tragedy and horror of that day and the weeks that followed should never overshadow the goodness that people like her brought with them to comfort the afflicted, the broken, and the afraid.

All of a sudden it really does feel like ten years has passed. It hasn't before. For me, 9/11 has always felt so recent, so present but as people have been talking more and more about this being the tenth anniversary I have come to realize that it finally does feel as long ago as it has truly been.
uberreiniger: (Futurama angry dome)
Since I can't share penis humor, here's some good old fashioned Star Wars-related humor at the expense of Rick Sanchez who lost his job at CNN after ranting about the Jews controlling the media... which he worked for up until he made that rant.


Spirit Day

Oct. 4th, 2010 01:50 pm
uberreiniger: (Warrior)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

uberreiniger: (one evil)
My dear friend [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter  is a journalist whose article on the mosque at Ground Zero in NYC has been nominated for an award. Please read this excellent article and hopefully give her your vote. Thanks.

uberreiniger: (Manly Warrior Love! (base ladytalon))

At the risk of upsetting some people, I really don't have much of a problem with Rick Warren and I think the people who are angry about him speaking at the inauguration need to step back, cool off, and think about things.

It's common knowledge that Obama has been planning to reach out to the right and to evangelicals. And if you know me you know I'm in favor of that because I'm a centerist; I don't like everyone being against each other. So if anyone sees having Pastor Warren presiding at the inauguration as a betrayal then they've set themselves up with a false expectation. Having Warren as the emcee at a glorfied party is not even close to the same thing as Clinton's messy "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. And let's be really, really honest: at the end of the day, as far as conservative Christian leaders go, you could do a lot worse than Rick Warren.

Something that's personal to me and that I'd like to address is that I wish people understood that Christians who are conservative on the gay issues do not automatically hate gay people; most do not. I know it's very hard to believe that someone who is telling you they don't think you should get married doesn't hate you, but it actually can be true. The impression I get of Warren based on his public persona is that he doesn't hate anyone, but he isn't going to mince words on his religious beliefs about sin either. I don't share all those beliefs, but I do come from that background and I understand them. Someone disagreeing with your lifestyle doesn't automatically make them an ogre.

I've never read any of Pastor Warren's books, but I hear a lot of churches buy up hundreds of copies and then have their congregations try to follow them. I don't know how I feel about that since all Christian churches already have a book they're trying to follow. It's a fairly difficult book and even the most committed people have a hard time following all its principles simultaneously. Is tossing more books into the mix really what we need? I suppose I should read some of his Purpose Driven stuff someday to see if it makes Christian instruction clearer, or just longer.

::EDIT:: Based on new information that has been brought to my attention I must concede that Rick Warren is indeed a douchebag. However, I stand by my assertion that when reaching out to the Christian Right you could still do far, far worse than him, even if that's not saying much. And I still say it's no big deal if he speaks at the inauguration. It's Washington; he's gauranteed not to be the worst person there.
uberreiniger: (satanic winter goat (athenablueeyes))
 Who writes these headlines?

Seriously, who writes them? "The Pope's Sex Abuse Challenge?" It's a serious article about a serious issue and they give it a headline that sounds like the title of a game show you'd see in Hell.
uberreiniger: (Enemy of God)
70% John Edwards
68% Mike Gravel
68% Bill Richardson
67% Hillary Clinton
63% Barack Obama
63% Dennis Kucinich
62% Chris Dodd
52% Joe Biden
52% John McCain
48% Mike Huckabee
46% Rudy Giuliani
39% Mitt Romney
37% Tom Tancredo
36% Fred Thompson
26% Ron Paul

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

McCain's the only Republican with a chance right now who would get my vote if nominated. I've been so preoccupied watching the headbutting contest between Clinton and Obama that I haven't paid any attention to Edwards at all, although it looks like I obviously should...
uberreiniger: (one evil comes (uberreiniger))

Of particular interest to me is the information at the end of the article regarding S-21 commandant Duch whom I made mention of in this post. I had no idea that Duch was still alive, let alone that he had been arrested for his crimes. Here's hoping that he along with Khieu Samphan and the rest finally get what they deserve. If I were Samphan, I'd seriously reconsider my choice of lawyer considering how none of his notorious former clients (Carlos the Jackal, Klaus Barbie, and Slobodan Milosevic,) have had their trials go the way they wanted.

It's still cold comfort though. No matter what happens to Samphan and Duch, it still won't be a fraction of what they deserve.


Oct. 24th, 2007 01:53 pm
uberreiniger: (one evil comes (uberreiniger))
I watched a deeply troubling documentary last night.

Cut for those (understandably) not wishing to read about concentration camps and genocide. )

I've long known that justice does not exist in this world. But lately I've become convinced that in addition to not existing, it's not even possible.
uberreiniger: (Fear (iconspirit))

I don't know if anyone else is following the uprising in Myanmar/Burma, but it's getting really scary.
uberreiniger: (Metalocalypse Airplane (aikon))

As you all know, there is nothing more metal than vikings. I love how in the middle of the article there is the sub-header of 'DECAPITATED' in all caps.

Yep, it's time for some nordic metal now. Get ready for my band Viking Queen and our debut album, DECAPITATED!
uberreiniger: (false prophecy (base ladytalon))

The short version: The local authorities busted an Asian human trafficking ring and a dozen Chinese massage parlors here in the KC areas were raided. I guess even affluent Johnson county has a filthy underside. You know what they say, the sewers run under the rich neighborhoods too.

It's times like this that I am glad that real life is nothing like G.I. Joe, He-Man, Thundercats, The A-Team*, or any of those other action cartoon shows from the 80's. Because if it was then the raid would have ended with the police standing in the lobby of one of the massage parlors while the bad guys are led away in handcuffs and the heroic leader of the police force would say something like:

"Well, we had a few close calls there. But it looks like the case of the human trafficking ring has a happy ending after all."

At this point the comic relief sidekick character would stumble out of one of the rooms wrapped in a towel and say something like:

"Aw! What about my Happy Ending!?"

*all members of the team fold their arms and laugh. Fade-out over crescendoing theme music.*

*Yes, the A-Team was a cartoon. The fact it had real actors means nothing. It was more of a cartoon then most real cartoons.
uberreiniger: (can't leave)
We all know what day it is. And no one probably wants to read another post of 9/11 memories. But like for everyone else, it was one of the most memorable days of my life. Possibly the most memorable day of a year full of memorable days. 2001 was one of the most memorable years of my life and somewhere in the middle of it all, that happened.

How I spent 9/11 )
uberreiniger: (Default)
Today's music selection seemed perfect for these wet, bleary, uncharacteristically cool days which have thus far defined the last days of autumn here in this part of the world.

I saw Bill Maher on Larry King last night. Man, what happened to that guy? I used to watch Politically Incorrect religiously, but I've last track of him since it was cancelled since I don't have HBO where his current program resides. The Bill Maher I saw last night just wasn't the same. He seems to be focused now on nothing more than stealing John Stewart's market share as the gadfly to Bush's state. He also dismissed the president of Iran's various statements calling for the annihilation of the Jews, saying he just says those things to get votes. Excuse me Bill, but I believe reading that a lot of people in 1930's Germany thought You-Know-Who just said the things he said about Jews in order to get votes. Cemetaries (and unmarked mass-graves, for that matter,) are filled with people the threats against whom were dismissed as not being serious.

I'm going in to apply to be a Walgreens assistant manager tomorrow. Everybody wish me luck.
uberreiniger: (Default)
Et Toute La Monde,

Everybody please stop getting worked up over Pluto not being a planet anymore. That's been coming on for years now. I mean look at the thing. It's the size of a Honda Accord and with a 248 year orbit, moves about as fast as one. Besides, we all know that the ability to destroy a planet is nothing compared to the power of the Force, so what's the big deal?
uberreiniger: (helliscoming(courtesy onnawufei))
In case you didn't know, the kids are at it again.

I have always admired Israel's policy of "fuck with us and we fucking kill you." As much as I think both sides behave stupidly in the internal Israeli/Palestinian struggle, I've always admired how they fight their wars. That said, I'm afraid they might just be playing into Iran's hands here. And I'm scared that if Israel gets sucked into all-out war vs. Lebanon/Iran/Syria we'll wind up having to aid them, thus putting us in the middle of three wars. That's a worst case scenario, of course. I pray it remains speculation and nothing more.
uberreiniger: (Eternal Punishment)
Ken Lay dies of heart attack.

Either perfect justice or a perfect escape from justice, depending on your point of view. Little did he know that the wages of sin also applies to embezzled funds.


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