Archive for October 14th, 2009

Isn’t It Ironic

So, not only did Rick Perry try to cover up the fact that he very likely denied a stay of execution to an innocent man, but his general counsel at the time was later indicted for a very similar crime, albeit with the opposite outcome.

Willingham received the death penalty for the alleged arson deaths of his three daughters…. In a controversial 2007 case involving the burning of their home, Medina and his wife were indicted — and subsequently cleared — in connection with a fire experts ruled was arson. They were accused of tampering with the evidence.

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A Harris County grand jury indicted Medina and his wife in connection with the 2007 fire that destroyed their home in Spring, Texas. Then-Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal moved immediately to have the indictments against his fellow Republicans dismissed. At the time, Rosenthal himself was embroiled in a controversy that led to his resignation.

On February 17, 2004, An arson expert delivered a fax to Perry’s office questioning the evidence against Willingham just 88 minutes before he was executed. As general counsel, Medina would have been in a position to have received and reviewed the fax.

Needless to say, the Medinas ‘ arson experts got a lot more consideration than those of the guy whose life was actually on the line.  Has the Texas justice system evolved at all since the Wild West days?

October 14th, 2009 at 07:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans,Wankers

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

This explains a lot:

Ancient texts reveal that Noah’s ark was built with the help of aliens – and that it was actually a submarine especially made to help him survive the great flood.

Author and biblical scholar Zecharia Sitchin analyzed the original Hebrew version of the Old Testament and other ancient writings. According to those texts, “Noah was advised to construct a boat ‘roofed over and below’ and ‘hermetically sealed with pitch,’” said Sitchin.

“There were to be no decks, no openings, so that ‘the sun shall not see inside.’ The boat was to be a vessel that could turn and tumble.”

The only kind of boat that fits that description, Sitchin said, is a submarine.

And what’s more, he added, the biblical term for “ark” in ancient Hebrew stems from the word “sunken.”

Only a submarine could have withstood the 40 days and nights of such a raging flood, added Sitchin.

“No ordinary surface vessel could have survived the tumultuous waves without being sunk.”

Sitchin also studied ancient texts from Sumer, which is part of Iraq today. In a passage from one of the texts, he said, Noah explains that he survived the flood thanks to the help of superior beings from another planet who helped him build the ark.

Like a modern submarine, the ark had ballast tanks that allowed it to submerge and to surface, Sitchin said. Before the deluge, it took in an oxygen supply and later it surfaced to get more air.

Brad Steiger, renowned UFO investigator, agreed that Noah’s ark was indeed a submarine and that man at that time did not have the expertise to build such a boat, and needed aliens to help.

“One must have advised Noah to construct a water-borne vessel to prevent his death,” said Steiger.

“But Noah would not have known the principles of building such a craft. Being a mere mortal, Noah would not have the ability to construct a submarine. He would have needed extraterrestrial assistance to build his craft.”

It makes a lot of sense, really.  It’s surprising that no one had thought of it before.  Although I’m not sure Noah necessarily would have needed help from space aliens when he had The Almighty on his team.

October 14th, 2009 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Republican Heroes & Accomplishments

So the new GOP.com website has a section on Republican heroes, and another section on Republican accomplishments.  Which is all well and good, except their choices of heroes and accomplishments are very strange.  Let’s go to the numbers:

Out of the 18 GOP heroes presented, 12 of them are either civil rights icons or “the first” black/hispanic/female something.  And the civil rights achievements of another three are heavily emphasized.  Additionally, 12 out of the 18 are from the 19th century, and only three had careers that extended past 1970.

The story on the accomplishments side is very similar.  Of the 37 achievements listed, 23 are civil rights related (although judging by the photo accompanying the school vouchers item, it kinda looks like they want a civil rights credit for that one too), and and another four are public works projects or other big-government enterprises like the Land-Grant College Act and the establishment of the national parks system.

In fact, their first 31 accomplishments, up through Nixon going to China in 1972 are both undeniably positive and completely out of character for today’s GOP. (Redundant, I know.)

It is very interesting that the Republicans are trying so hard to portray themselves as some kind of progressive, pro-civil-rights party, when over the last 45 years they’ve been the exact opposite.  Yes, the pre-Southern Strategy GOP did a lot of great and important things, especially in the area of civil rights, but today’s GOP would have stubbornly opposed every single one of them.

October 14th, 2009 at 07:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Racism,Republicans


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