Sunday, January 30, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

"As people see this, they'll say 'Oh my G*d, that's horrible' then go on eating thier dinners."

I just watch one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. Unfortunately, what's powerful about it, is it's true. And we could have stopped it.

Hotel Rwanda is based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, who was the manager of a 4-star hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. When genocide started in the country, Paul was caught in the middle. He and his wife were of different ethnicities, which now found themselves at war.

Paul sheltered some 1200 people at his hotel, and bribed his way out.

Over 1,000,000 people were killed in the massacre. It lasted 100 days. That's 10,000 people a day. At yet, a force the size of the NYPD could have stopped it. Yet, we were too concerned about other, more trivial things.

What's even sadder is that this type of thing still goes on unnoticed in Africa, namely in the Sudan and the Congo.


Friday, January 28, 2005

Dean for DNC Chair

The following is an e-mail I snet to the Democratic Party of Utah.

I am writing in responce to your call for input on
National Party Chair. I support Howard Dean, and only
Howard Dean, for National party chair. This should be
the desire of all Democrats in Utah for a very simple

Howard Dean realizes that the best way to build the
party is through the grassroots. If you concentrate
on small races, even in states as red as Utah, you
will see success at the larger levels of government.

Before I go involved with Gov Dean's campaign for
President, I considered myself a moderate Republican.
I now realize that I fit more with the Democratic
Party. During this past campaign, I volunteered many
hours for Peter Corroon's successful campaign for Salt
Lake County Mayor. I also volunteered for several
other Democratic candidates. I got many of my
Republican friends to vote for Democrats. All of this
can be traced back to the inspiration of Howard Dean.

-Bob Aagard
President/Founder, Mormons for Dean
Holladay UT

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

No on Gonzales

I picked this up from DailyKos, which is my favorite blog (and no, I'm not just brownnosing).

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. In this case, we, the
undersigned bloggers, have decided to speak as one and collectively author a
document of opposition. We oppose the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to the
position of Attorney General of the United States, and we urge every United
States Senator to vote against him.

As the prime legal architect for the policy of torture adopted by the
Bush Administration, Gonzales's advice led directly to the abandonment of
longstanding federal laws, the Geneva Conventions, and the United States
Constitution itself. Our country, in following Gonzales's legal opinions, has
forsaken its commitment to human rights and the rule of law and shamed itself
before the world with our conduct at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. The United
States, a nation founded on respect for law and human rights, should not have as
its Attorney General the architect of the law's undoing.

In January 2002, Gonzales advised the President that the United States
Constitution does not apply to his actions as Commander in Chief, and thus the
President could declare the Geneva Conventions inoperative. Gonzales's
endorsement of the August 2002 Bybee/Yoo Memorandum approved a definition of
torture so vague and evasive as to declare it nonexistent. Most shockingly, he
has embraced the unacceptable view that the President has the power to ignore
the Constitution, laws duly enacted by Congress and International treaties duly
ratified by the United States. He has called the Geneva Conventions "quaint."

Legal opinions at the highest level have grave consequences. What were
the consequences of Gonzales's actions? The policies for which Gonzales provided
a cover of legality - views which he expressly reasserted in his Senate
confirmation hearings - inexorably led to abuses that have undermined military
discipline and the moral authority our nation once carried. His actions led
directly to documented violations at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and widespread
abusive conduct in locales around the world.

Michael Posner of Human Rights First observed: "After the horrific
images from Abu Ghraib became public last year, Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld insisted that the world should 'judge us by our actions [and] watch how
a democracy deals with the wrongdoing and with scandal and the pain of
acknowledging and correcting our own mistakes.'" We agree. It is because of this
that we believe the only proper course of action is for the Senate to reject
Alberto Gonzales's nomination for Attorney General. As Posner notes, "[t]he
world is indeed watching." Will the Senate condone torture? Will the Senate
condone the rejection of the rule of law?
With this nomination, we have
arrived at a crossroads as a nation. Now is the time for all citizens of
conscience to stand up and take responsibility for what the world saw, and,
truly, much that we have not seen, at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. We oppose the
confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the United States, and
we urge the Senate to reject him.

Signed, Daily Kos Management (past and present):

Steve Gilliard
Steve Soto
Meteor Blades
Trapper John
A Gilas Girl
kid oakland

Also signed by a ton of other bloggers (including myself). Follow this link to see the list.


Monday, January 24, 2005

oops! 2 movie reviews...

Oops! I've been to two movies without reporting on either of them! eeek!

Finding Neverland

Loved it! OK, so it was far, far away from the real story people thought they were getting, but it was one of my favorite movies of the year.

I didn't notice anything offencive, or that would embarass me on a date. says it has 2 "S" words as the only swearing, and only a little clevage for sex/nudity.

Go see it, before it's too late!


This was annother good movie. However, it has one scene of a married couple having sex. Niether has on less than boxers for him and panties/bra for her. However, it was fairly unneccessary. lists 31 swear words, including 1 use of the mother of all swear words.


Saturday, January 8, 2005

Bush the law-breaker

It's bad enough for a commentator to be paid by someone other than his employer to plug a position. However, when the person singing the check is the US Government (read:taxpayers, or you and me), it's just plain wrong. In fact it's illegal. As in bad.

Education Dept. paid commentator to promote law

By Greg Toppo, USA TODAYSeeking to build support among black families for
its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit
$240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to
urge other black journalists to do the same.

The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB),
required commentator Armstrong Williams "to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts," and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004.
What's worse, this is annother example of the Bush administration's 4-year-old mentality. As diarist Michael in Chicago points out on DailyKos:

[four year-old:]

The Secret Action:Swipe a cookie before dinner even though
mom and dad said you couldn't have one.

When Caught:In a round about way, admit you did
something bad, but that you were really hungry.

The Actions:Eat the cookie anyway, then go


The Secret Action:Williams, a prominent commentator, is
paid $240,000 to promote No Child Left Behind in his national television show in
obvious violation of journalistic ethics.

When Caught:Williams says it was a poor choice and
showed bad judgment, but that he "believed" in NCLB.

The Actions:Williams refuses to return the taxpayer
money, noting that "he earned it."

Of course, maybe this law-breaking is like "jaywalking." I'll go ask Enid Greene.

Thursday, January 6, 2005

What to see here in 2005.

OK, here's a few things to look for in 2005:

1) Movie reviews. I watch many movies. I'll let you know what I think. This includes DVDs.

2) Book reviews. I don't read near as much as I should. But when I do, you can read about it here.

3) My opinions on things more often. I know, you'll believe it when you see it...


Saturday, January 1, 2005

New Years Resolutions

1) A little less talk, alot more action. Actually, this is my theme for 2005.

2) More scripture study; Less Playstation.

3) Date more

4) Keep my car clean.

5) Save money.

6) Lose weight (obvious)

7) Start working on defeating Orrin Hatch in 2006.