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Whoops! Open thread

I somehow lost the blogroll when I posted Annebellep’s post.  I don’t know what it was in her post that made our site flake out so, I hope she will forgive me but I am going to just post a link to her post at Peacocks and Lilies.

The Revolution will be Downloaded.

This is an Open Thread

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What do these people have in common?

MICHAEL MULLOWNEY, of Newton MA?
J RICHARD and CAROL MUNRO, of New Canaan CT?
LEE MURDOCH, of Medford OR?
JOHN S MURK, of Cardiff by the Sea CA?
RICHARD MURPHEY, of Columbus OH?
CHARLES D MURPHY III, of Lafayette and Sea Ranch CA?
DONALD MURPHY of St Louis and Kirkwood MO?
HARRY L MURPHY, of Pacific Grove CA?
LINDA MYERS, of Sapulpa OK?
JOEL MUST, of Bloomfield Hills MI?
CARL MURRAY, of Indianapolis IN?
DAVID MURTON, of La Mesa CA?

You noticed these names all start with ‘M’? Remarkable! Observant citizens such as yourselves are the lifeblood of representative democracy!

Here’s another thing they have in common: all made FEC reportable contributions of $200 or more to John McCain’s 2000 presidential primary campaign. But wait! There’s more!!! Continue reading

Ingrid Betancourt could swing the US Presidential Election

Some of you may be saying: “Is SM crazy? What does one thing have to do with the other?”

Well, the answer to the first question, yes, but not clinically as of yet.

Answer to the second question is: EVERYTHING.

But before that, a little background.

Ingrid Betancourt, is a Colombian senator who was kidnapped by FARC during her historic presidential campaign in February 2002 while in the process of negotiating peace talks with FARC officials near the town of San Vicente De Caguán. FARC is one of the world’s primary terrorist organizations which funds its operations through drug trafficking and money derived from ransoms estimated at $1 Billion a year. Roughly 8,000-15,000 active soldiers are enlisted in the guerilla army, including women and children. The UN condemns FARC for its human rights violations, terrorist activities and for being the largest user of landmines in the world, which Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont campaigned for US aid to treat landmine victims Over 700 hostages are currently held by FARC, targeting journalists, human rights activists, politicians and civilian dissenters. For more info about FARC and narco-terrorism, I highly recommend Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ non-fiction book, “News of a Kidnapping” (Noticias de un secuestro).

Ingrid Betancourt’s mother, Yolanda Pulecio, started a worldwide human rights campaign to gain support for her daughter’s and the hundreds of FARC hostages’ release. Since Ingrid is a Colombian-French dual citizen upon marrying her first husband Fabrice Delloye, Yolanda’s plea reached newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who in 2007, urged Colombian officials to release FARC commander Rodrigo Granda in exchange for Ingrid. Columbian officials released a number of FARC detainees but FARC would not release their star hostage.

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Thursday: The Threat of DHMO

I ran across this in my ponderings:

Did you know how dangerous DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide) is?

Dihydrogen monoxide:

  • is called “hydroxyl acid“, the substance is the major component of acid rain.
  • contributes to the “greenhouse effect“.
  • may cause severe burns.
  • contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
  • accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
  • may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  • has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.

Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

  • as an industrial solvent and coolant.
  • in nuclear power plants.
  • in the production of styrofoam.
  • as a fire retardant.
  • in many forms of cruel animal research.
  • in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
  • as an additive in certain “junk-foods” and other food products.

The above was part of a hoax put together by a 14 year old in 1997. The substance he is describing? Water. I think he left out that it is lethal when inhaled. Well, I want a superfund commission to study it. I won’t have any of that stuff in MY backyard.

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