Dish Down Low, Baby

Finals are almost over, thank Goddess. I just have two research papers and an essay to finish. No sweat. So I’m taking a break while I try to digest the two plates of pasta I just devoured to deliver today’s dish DL, Little Isis style! (Oh, and btw, I turned twenty on Saturday. *waits for belated “Happy Birthday Isis you are amazing and my muse and my inspiration and reason for living” remark*)

I simply cannot think about all the animals that were hurt in BP’s oil spill, so I’ll let alternet do the thinking for me.

What do oil giant BP, the mining company Massey Energy, and Goldman Sachs have in common? They’re all big firms involved in massive plunder. BP’s oil spill is already one of the biggest and most damaging in American history. Massey’s mine disaster, claiming the lives of 29 miners, is one of the worst in recent history. Goldman’s alleged fraud is but a part of the largest financial meltdown in 75 years.

All three of these companies are also publicly-held, which means that much of the financial costs of these failures will be passed on to their shareholders, many of whom are already watching their stock prices plummet. Prominently among those shareholders are pension funds and mutual funds held by people like you and me.

So socialism is bad… why? Furthermore, the impact of the spill is still up in the air:

When it comes to British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, questions about the extent of the damage — and how to quell it — are spreading as quickly as the oil slick.

No one is quite sure just how many gallons of crude oil have been flowing freely into the Gulf since April 20, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and allowing for an entirely indefinite amount of oil to gush from a damaged well as well as from the rig itself. (Is it any wonder that Halliburton was involved?)

BP has publicly admitted that 5,000 barrels are likely being injected into ocean waters each day — but at a closed-doors congressional hearing on Tuesday, executives admitted that as many as 60,000 barrels may be contaminating the Gulf daily

Eve Conant also has a semi-sane article about the new Arizona immigration law.

None of this means the new law is a good idea. In addition to Arizona, I’ve also lived in Russia, which requires its citizens to carry documents at all times. Police usually carry out spot checks on darker-skinned people from the Caucasus or the “stans”—people who often go to Russia as illegal migrant workers. These workers are also the targets of racially motivated attacks and killings. Average Russians don’t bat an eye.We don’t want to head in that direction. The overwhelming majority of Mexicans who come here are not criminals. Most are just desperate for honest work. But clearly something needs to be done about the traffickers who bring them to the U.S. Last year the U.S. marshal for Arizona, David Gonzales, told me he had some 200 active warrants for Mexicans in and around Phoenix engaged in organized crime. Last week he told me he had 324, and even more in Tucson. So what’s the solution? Gonzales favors an approach backed by many other law-enforcement and immigration specialists: the federal government, he says, must step in to make the border more secure and to amend the system so more Mexicans can enter the country legally—without the “help” of criminal cartels.

Our “liberal” media also forgot to mention that the man who alerted the popo to the failed Times Square Bombing was a Muslim while they smeared Muslims and Islam. I’m not saying I like Islam any better than Christianity, because in my humble opinion they are both Patriarchal Caveman Religions that are detrimental to the evolution of humankind, bit obviously I respect the right of people to worship as they choose while at the same time shouting from the rooftops that the criminal acts of men have nothing to do with the God they worship, mostly because I have no room to talk seeing as how I believe in fairies.

YAY, Fairies!

– CNN contributor and blogger Erick Erickson complained that the words “muslim” and “Islam” are “not mentioned” enough in stories about Shahzad. He wrote, “It really is pathetic that you’re more likely to see the words “racist” and “Republican” together in the newspaper these days than “terrorism” and “Islam.” [5/4/2010]

– Hate radio host Neal Boortz tweeted, “OMG! The Times Square Bomber is a Muslim! Shocker! Who would have believed it?” [5/4/2010]

– The cover of today’s Washington Post-published Express features a black-and-white photo of Shahzad with the sensationalist headline“MADE IN PAKISTAN” [5/5/2010]

Yet one fact being ignored in the American media’s sensationalist narrative about the failed bombing is that the man who was responsible for police finding the bomb was Muslim. The UK’s Times Online reports that Aliou Niasse, a Senagalese Muslim immigrant who works as a photograph vendor on Times Square, was the first to bring the smoking car to the police’s attention:

And speaking of our beloved media, they also furthered their insult on our intelligence by trying to smear another hero, Lance Orton, who saved lives.  Hillaryis44 has the DL:

Who is Lance Orton? “Who is Lance Orton” you ask?

Well some are trying to smear Lance Orton as “grumpy”. Instead of taking him seriously, instead of gratitude and listening to what he says, insults are dished. Who is Lance Orton – Lance Orton is the hero of Tiimes Square who Big Media will both smear and ignore.

Here is the snarky New York Times account about hero Lance Orton:

“About 12 hours had passed since a T-shirt vendor in Times Square had alerted police to a suspicious S.U.V. that was packed with a bomb. But by 7 a.m. Sunday, with the S.U.V. towed away and the streets safe and reopened, the vendor was tired, cranky and reluctant to say much about his feat.

“I’m fed up,” said the vendor, who declined to give his name as he headed toward a taxicab in Times Square around 7 a.m. “We’ve been up since 6 a.m. of yesterday morning.”

The vendor, who was swarmed by television cameras, wore a name tag around his neck that identified him as Lance Orton. A law enforcement official confirmed that his first name was Lance.”

Lance Orton, who did more than the entire vaunted “security” apparatus of the United States under the boot of Barack Obama is described as “cranky” and not willing to discuss his life saving actions. Why? Why is Lance Orton, a life saving hero treated as a crank by Big Media? Let’s continue with the Times“coverage”:

Classy. And as for the media’s darling boy, President Barack Obama, Unicorn riding tree hugger Socialist Hippie extroirdinaire, he has received the most Campaign cash from BP:

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.

On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.

During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.


Yeah, I am a feminist and you wish you had this ass. Suck it, Obot bitches.

There are a number of things you can do to help out with the oil spill, but this Dawn commercial is so cute I just have to show it. Hooray for dishwashing soap!


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