Well, that was a long nap

by sassywho

My apologies for my prolonged absence bastard logicians! I’ve been… you know, here and there, doing this and that, with yo and yo , and just generally flying under the radar. Blame it on post-finals syndrome, cold then warm and back to cold winter weather here, or the fact that the Wingnuts really have taken over my city! Any of those excuses work well enough for me.

Before I lose track of my racing thoughts, the purpose of this post was to request a special Operation Prayer Shield for Zombie Z. It appears she left too many feminist magazines lying around, or whatever it is that attracts all defenders of good “godly” Christian women. Actually, she linked to one, and wouldn’t you know it, just like the locusts! So yeah, if you wouldn’t mind giving her some love, I means she’s getting tripe like this:

Your statement reveals that as far as the Biblical roles of men and women within the marriage relationship are concerned you are ignorant.

Fortunately this can remedied by reading one of the appropriate texts, Ephesians 5:22-33.

However once you read the relevant text, and you scoff at the model set forth, well that’s on you and truly nothing short of God working directly in your life will change that.

Oh and apparently there is a war on Christianity, why don’t I ever find these things out until it’s too late for me to book my tickets? Will it start at 8:00 PM on Fox like the Iraq war did? Will there be ribbon vehicle magnets?

So, yeah, hey thanks for the ear. I’ll be back with some prolific bitching shortly. In the meantime what’s new with you all?

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Deep Thoughts, by Isabel.

Or not so much.

Warning, this is going to be a nerdy entry.

So, “monthiversary” is in fairly regular use at this point, as a way of indicating an event that happens monthly instead of yearly. It always looked a little awkward to me, and I want to explain why.

“Anniversary” comes from the Latin “anniversarius”, which of course comes from “annus” (year). Latin for “month” is “mensis” (which is where we get “menses”, incidentally (a plural of “month” which has come to stand for the monthly cycle of the vaginally-inclined)). So shouldn’t “monthiversary” really be “mensiversary”, or something similar? That way, there would be a modicum of consistency, at least.

Orrrr, we could go Proto Germanic (and really, why the hell not?) and use “mænoth” as the base, and make it “mænoversary”, couldn’t we?

These are the things that torture my brain while I am waiting for files to transfer.

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John King Needs A Time Out

by matttbastard 

Hmm, methinks Greenwald struck a delicate, precious nerve with CNN tongue bather  Chief Political Correspondent John King  after GG took King to the woodshed the other day over a recent Situation Room rim job King gave to perpetual media darling John McCain (as is apparently King’s wont):

From: King, John C

To: GGreenwald@salon.com

Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 5:40 PM

Subject: excuse me?

I don’t read biased uninformed drivel so I’m a little late to the game.

But a friend who understands how my business works and knows a little something about my 20 plus years in it sent me the link to your ramblings.

Since the site suggests you have law training, maybe you forgot that good lawyers to a little research before they spit out words.

Did you think to ask me or anyone who works with me whether that was the entire interview? No. (It was not; just a portion used by one of the many CNN programs.)

Did you reach out to ask the purpose of that specific interview? No.

Or how it might have fit in with other questions being asked of other candidates that day? No.

Or anything that might have put facts or context or fairness into your critique. No.

McCain, for better or worse, is a very accessible candidate. If you did a little research (there he goes with that word again) you would find I have had my share of contentious moments with him over the years.

But because of that accessibility, you don’t have to go into every interview asking him about the time he cheated on his sixth grade math test.

The interview was mainly to get a couple of questions to him on his thoughts on the role of government when the economy is teetering on the edge of recession, in conjunction with similar questions being put to several of the other candidates.

The portion you cited was aired by one of our programs — so by all means it is fair game for whatever “analysis” you care to apply to it using your right of free speech and your lack of any journalistic standards or fact checking or just plain basic curiosity.

You clearly know very little about journalism. But credibility matters. It is what allows you to cover six presidential campaigns and be viewed as fair and respectful, while perhaps a little cranky, but Democrats and Republicans alike. When I am writing something that calls someone’s credibility into question, I pick up the phone and give them a chance to give their side, or perspective.

That way, even on days that I don’t consider my best, or anywhere close, I can look myself in the mirror and know I tried to be fair and didn’t call into question someone’s credibility just for sport, or because I like seeing my name on a website or my face on TV.

Greenwald’s post wasn’t evidence of unprofessional “bias”; he was merely utilizing one of the senses evolution gave us hairless apes–in this case, a keen nose that caught a whiff of what King was so eagerly shoveling.

As Greenwald tartly observes:

Ponder how much better things would be if establishment journalists — in response to being endlessly lied to and manipulated by political officials and upon witnessing extreme lawbreaking and corruption at the highest levels of our government — were able to muster just a tiny fraction of the high dudgeon, petulant offense, and melodramatic outrage that comes pouring forth whenever their “reporting” is criticized.

Hey, here’s another novel idea, John–how about directing some of your self-important umbrage towards your CNN producers–y’know, the ones who (apparently) bowdlerized your hard-hitting muckracking until it was nothing but anodyne pablum.  Either that, or cut the crap and become The Maverick’s new communications director. But for the love of god, don’t get your dander up in an entitlement-infused huff just because a member of the great online unwashed dared to call bullshit.  

More from Blue Texan and Big Tent Democrat.

Via Memeorandum

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PSA: ITUC Report On Core Labour Standards In Pakistan

by matttbastard

ITUC Press Release:

Brussels, 16 January 2008: The ITUC released a new report today showing that all core labour standards, even if ratified, are violated massively and flagrantly in Pakistan. This report coincides with the country’s trade policy review at the WTO on 16 and 18 January and highlights important shortcomings in the application and enforcement of core labour standards in the country.

The report shows that the rights enshrined in both conventions protecting trade union rights are not respected. The right of freedom of association is violated systematically and there is insufficient protection against anti-union discrimination. The right to strike cannot be exercised and workers in the country’s three export processing zones do not enjoy the right to form a trade union, bargain collectively or strike.

Hazardous forms of child labour include street vending, surgical instrument manufacturing, deep sea fishing, leather manufacturing, brick making, production of soccer balls, and carpet weaving. The report denounces the fact while Pakistan has ratified both conventions combating forced labour, this practice, including by children, is widespread in the country. Bonded labour is a major issue despite legislation that should outlawed the practice. The report equally recalls that Pakistan is a source, transit and destination country for trafficked people and that currently, women and children are those most vulnerable to such practices.

Women suffer from discrimination in the workplace. While harassment is a serious problem, there is no law in force to combat it yet.

The report ends with a summary of recommendations and conclusions addressed to the government of Pakistan in an attempt to redress its non compliance with the ILO core labour standards.

To read the full report: please click here

The ITUC represents 168 million workers in 156 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates.For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on: +32 2 224 0204 or +32 476 621 018

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