Friday, June 30, 2006

Bushism of the Week

"We will make sure our troops have all that is necessary to complete their missions. That's why I went to the Congress last September and proposed fundamental — supplemental funding, which is money for armor and body parts and ammunition and fuel."

—George W. Bush, Erie, Pa., Sept. 4, 2004

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Patriot of the Month

This month's Patriot of the Month Award goes to First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, U.S. Army. Ehren Watada became the first officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on June 7, 2006.

“I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. My oath of office is to protect and defend America’s laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today.”

- U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren Watada

I'd like everyone to think for a moment how difficult this decision must have been for this young man. Truly a hero at a time when we are sadly very short of them. Check out this site dedicated to him and please take the time to sign the petition while you're there.

Big thanks to Human over at Carbon Paper for the wake-up on this.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

May the "Peace" Be With You

I made another trip across the San Mateo Bridge today and simply couldn't resist the temptation to hang one of my new signs on this pedestrian overpass in Hayward again.

It was inspired by a t-shirt I saw someone wearing while walking to work a few weeks ago.
When I got to the top of the overpass I found the sign in the picture below laying on the ground in front of me, unharmed, just a little worn out.

I hung that one on the overpass about two months ago.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Salamat, Pare!

In English: "Thank you, my friend."

Philippines bans death penalty

The president of the Philippines has signed a law abolishing the death penalty on the eve of her trip to the Vatican but vowed she will not relent in battling terrorists and criminals.

"We shall continue to devote the increasing weight of our resources to the prevention and control of serious crimes, rather than take the lives of those who commit them," said Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

I can't begin to tell you how much this news report made my day. I love working with all of my Pinoy friends and having been raised in the midst of a large Filipino community has definitely given me a greater appreciation for their culture.

Must See TV

Amid revelations about faulty prewar intelligence and a scandal surrounding the indictment of the vice president's chief of staff and presidential adviser, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to investigate the internal war that was waged between the intelligence community and Richard Bruce Cheney, the most powerful vice president in the nation's history.

I'm going to urge all of my readers to watch the recent PBS Frontline feature, "The Dark Side" which aired on Tuesday, 06-20-06. The video runs 90 minutes but I guarantee you it's 90 minutes well spent. Hey, you're already here goofing around on the internet anyway, so go ahead and watch it. You can thank me later. Click on the picture for the link.

Huge beret tip to my father for leading me to this great piece.

Bushism of the Week

"I think — tide turning — see, as I remember — I was raised in the desert, but tides kind of — it's easy to see a tide turn — did I say those words?"

—George W. Bush, asked if the tide was turning in Iraq, Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006

For another great Bushism this week, click here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Eureka !!! .... well, maybe not

And the PTCruiser "Moron of the Month" award goes to...
Henry Mora of Montclair, California
(click picture for video)

Henry decided to purchase a metal detector and give it a whirl in his front yard, when lo and behold the damn thing went off, indicating that there was a deposit of gold right there in his front yard. Henry wasted no time in hiring two guys off the street and commenced setting up a mine in front of his house. He claims he only intended to go down about three or four feet but, hey, when you've got cheap labor risking their lives for you, why not go ahead and shoot for 60 feet into the ground?

Bracing? Safety measures? Phah, who needs that? Just keep digging until either you hit paydirt or the walls of this deathtrap collapse, right Henry? Luckily one of Henry's "alert" neighbors noticed the massive hill of dirt in the yard and finally notified authorities.

Congratulations, Henry. At the rate you're going you may get nominated for a Darwin Award some day. (Although, that requires risking your own life).

When Henry's not busy trying to decimate the day-laborer population in Southern California, he plays the trombone in a band.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Somebody Pinch Me, I Must Be Dreaming

New US church leader says homosexuality no sin

Newly elected leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said on Monday she believed homosexuality was no sin and homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same gender.

Jefferts Schori, bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, was elected on Sunday as the first woman leader of the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church. the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. She will formally take office later this year.
Interviewed on CNN, Jefferts Schori was asked if it was a sin to be homosexual.

"I don't believe so. I believe that God creates us with different gifts. Each one of us comes into this world with a different collection of things that challenge us and things that give us joy and allow us to bless the world around us," she said.

Full story here.

I think I may have found a new religion. I honestly never thought I'd see the day when a religious leader actually made sense.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day

This post is dedicated to PTCruiser's number one fan, my father.

Lough Mask, County Mayo

He came to this country as a young man, leaving all that he knew behind, taking the risk without knowing what this new land had in store for him. I hope the risk paid off for you, Dad. I know that it did for me.

As a young boy, I used to listen to my father rant about the government and how the American public simply acted like sheep and I wondered naively why he would stay here if he hated it so much. I get it now, Dad. I totally get it.

I guess conformity is just not in my genetic makeup.

I love you, Dad. Thanks for influencing who I am today.

"Speak your mind, even if your voice trembles." - Author Unknown

Friday, June 16, 2006

Sex Education

Bushism of the Week

"The relations with, uhh — Europe are important relations, and they've, uhh — because, we do share values. And, they're universal values, they're not American values or, you know — European values, they're universal values. And those values — uhh — being universal, ought to be applied everywhere."

—George W. Bush, at a press conference with European Union dignitaries, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2005

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Positive Feedback

I was hanging a freeway sign at one of my favorite spots on the way home from work this afternoon. As I was putting the last pieces of tape on the sign, a woman walked by and asked if I was hanging one of those "Impeach" signs. I informed her that this particular sign said "got bin laden?" but it came out of my mouth sounding like "got bin laden". She looked shocked and said, "They got him?", to which I replied "No", and explained that it was like the milk commercials. She laughed and said, "That's great. I love seeing the Impeach signs. Are you the guy putting them up?", to which I said, "Yes". As she left, she said, "Keep it up. I love seeing those signs. Got bin laden?, that's a good one." I thanked her and finished putting the last piece of tape on.

How could you not love sharing your opinion with this many people? Looks like it's time to make some more signs.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

New Signs

These were inspired by a sticker I saw on the back of some guy's motorcycle helmet...

I'm going to "milk" these for all they're worth. Come on, you know I couldn't resist that one.

And while I was out, I hung one of my standard IMPEACH signs in Daly City...

Then, I called the Freewayblogger and he took me on a sign-hanging run to show me some new places to hang signs. Here's Hwy 280 near Crystal Springs Reservoir. Beautiful spot to hang a sign...
We finished the day by returning to my house and cranking out a few more signs for the next trip out...

Friday, June 09, 2006

Bushism of the Week

"I like the idea of people running for office. There's a positive effect when you run for office. Maybe some will run for office and say, vote for me, I look forward to blowing up America. I don't know, I don't know if that will be their platform or not. But it's -- I don't think so. I think people who generally run for office say, vote for me, I'm looking forward to fixing your potholes, or making sure you got bread on the table."

—George W. Bush, on elections in the Middle East, Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005

Please click on the picture for a short video of the Idiot in Chief trying to open that door after a press conference in China. Thanks, Jeremy.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Jesus: The Musical

Inspired by the Poetryman.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Will Someone Please Put George Back in the Closet?

Senate takes up gay-rights ban amid criticism
- Reuters

Friday, June 02, 2006

Bushism of the Week

"That's called, 'A Charge To Keep', based upon a religious hymn. The hymn talks about serving God. The president's job is never to promote a religion."

—George W. Bush, showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006