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Friday, November 28, 2003


In Bush 43's recent Turkey Day visit to the US troops in Iraq, Bush 43 was within spitting distance of the families he changed forever by ordering the Iraq Attack. According to IraqBodyCount.Net almost 10,000 civilians have been killed since the Iraq Attack began earlier this spring. But when Bush 43 visited the occupied country, he chose to stay safe and protected inside a fortified military base where he visited with US troops, as opposed to visiting with the people whose lives he's changed irrevocably or destroyed entirely thanks to his illegal Iraq Attack.

That's right, Paul Wolfowitz, himself, refered to the Iraq Attack as illegal according to International Law. This is something that everyone knew, well, anyone who has bothered to read the UN Charter. The same charter the USGov helped to write. But, Wolfowitz said something to the effect of, sometimes the right thing is illegal.

Which is a pretty powerful statement. He just gave us all permission to break the laws we think are wrong. So, if we think smoking pot is the right thing to do because of whatever reason, we can do it. If we think downloading music or movies to avoid paying insane prices for it is the right thing to do, we can do it.

Meanwhile, Bush doesn't have to do what is right, which is facing, head-on, the faces of the families who lost family members to the war he began to "protect the world from Saddam Hussein". The same man who has moved aggressively toward all of two countries and was able to hang on to neither of them for any amount of time.

Every day is Turkey Day in Washington DC.

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

COOLER (2003)

The CoolerEntertaining? Yes, definitely.
Technically any good? Yes, definitely.
How did I feel as the credits rolled? Good, but like I'd been through the ringer, a bit. But I think that's what I was supposed to feel. See this one, folks - it's a gem in a field of crap. It's got some violence and some serious emotional ups and downs, but it's a damn good movie.
Final Rating? GSN

Sunday, November 23, 2003

For anyone who still thinks we should "get over" Al Gore not being president

I recently came across a posting on a newsgroup and a response to that newsgroup posting that made me livid. The first post was a thick-headed moron who was still referring to people unhappy with the results of the 2000 election as "crybabies". The second was a reply. What follows here are both posts with the names removed, just in case:

On Sat, 22 Nov 2003 00:17:19 -0600, "XXXXX" wrote:

>Will the whining never never never end?
>Al Gore lost, get over it. He lost FAIR AND SQUARE. The ballots were recounted over and over again. And then after the election the newspapers in Florida PAID for another recount. He still lost.
>The states set the laws of balloting. Invalid ballots don't count.
>Apparently Democrats have a new thing. If you lose sue. If you don't like the results demand a 're-election' . Something that is not allowed by law.
>You want suspecious. You might want to check into voting irregularities in some Democratic controlled states that BARELY went against Bush. But you didn't see an army of lawyers streaming into those states. Because the Republicans HONOR the results of an election.
>The Democrats had lawyers already warmed up in the bullpen ready to fly to any state necessary to try to push an election their way.
>Because they knew it was likely they could lose this one. Because they nominated the wrong guy.
>That is what you have to get over you whining crybabies.

DUDE - since when does the SUPREME COURT get involved in election disputes? According to the US Constitution, it's CONGRESS who settles election disputes.

Saying Gore lost "fair and square" shows us how little you know about the situation. I'm not saying Gore won, but I'm not saying Bush lost, either.

All I'm saying is that there was no PROPER election in the year 2000. The ballots were NOT counted and recounted. They were partially recounted. Recounting could have continued by election officials and not the media if the Supreme Court (appointed by Bush's DAD) had allowed the recount to continue as many Floridians wanted.

Suspicious things:

Katherine Harris certified the votes for the election, claiming she was unbiased and fair. HOW CAN THIS BE? SHE RAN BUSH'S CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA.

A growing number of companies that produce balloting machines are run by REPUBLICAN PARTY MEMBERS.

Do you know who Greg Palast is? Check out his site at and learn about the TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VOTERS WHO HAD THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE REVOKED ILLEGALLY BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

Yeah, Gore lost fair and square. Right.

So, your man "won" and where did it get us? TWO wars and an administration who couldn't catch Lee Harvey Oswald if he turned himself in.




Oh and FYI: I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican - I'm an Independent.

This was NEVER about partisan crap for me. This was ALWAYS about having a PROPER election AS DEFINED BY LAW, both Federal and State. As far as I can tell, that won't be happening in 2004, either. But don't worry - your guy will win. The Democrats are seeing to that with some seriously crappy candidates...

OK, I'm done...

Friday, November 21, 2003

A Little Nightmare Fodder (or: Michael Jackson's Mug Shot)

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There... that oughta keep you awake tonight...

Man, have you ever seen anything so disturbing? Well, aside from another picture of this guy, I mean.

Here's another irony, Wacko-Jacko can be pardoned by this guy:

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Anyone need any more evidence that this is Bizarro World?

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

More proof that God doesn't exist...

kamen (9k image)Here's more proof that either God doesn't exist, or at least that he's an A-1 dickhead.

Michael Kamen (pictured) scored over 80 movies and TV shows. They ranged from stuff I just did not like to stuff I completely adored. He composed one of my favorite scores of all time, Die Hard, where he took Beethoven's 9th, mixed it with Jingle Bells, actual jingle bells, a few other Christmas songs and came up with a thrilling action adventure score that stuck in my head for years. Involved heavily in the rock music scene when he started his career, he worked with Pink Floyd (my favorite band) on The Wall and was David Bowie's musical director on his "David Live" tour. He's worked with Clapton, Harrison, Sanborn, Alice in Chains, Metallica and my other favorite band, Queen. He also wrote 10 ballets. He even co-founded (with Richard Dreyfuss) a non profit organization dedicated to giving musical instruments to poor school kids.

In 1997 he was diagnosed with multiple Sclerosis. But that didn't stop him. He just kept working, saying in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "They talk about (MS patients) being overwhelmed by fatigue, but I think my life is so filled with stimulating things to do that fatigue just doesn't enter the equation."

He died today, November 19, 2003 of an apparent heart attack.

He was 55.

Guess he was creating just too much cool stuff to go on living...

Read more about Kamen's death at Yahoo News UK.

We'll miss you, Michael!

Hell, I was listening to Die Hard on my iPod just last night. It's one of those scores, I just don't like to be without. Clearly, you will live forever through your music. It's a shame and a crime you couldn't live a while longer through your body.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Some changes around here...

Well, I've made some changes around here. I'm tremendously busy these days so, I wanted to combine a few features into this one blog and expand the categories. Everything's going to load faster and be easier for me to maintain. There is no more separate news blog, but there is TheNewsBlog Archive. So, check that out if you missed anything. I will be doing new posts TheNewsBlog, but they'll be right here.

I've been having some trouble with some (?) people who use TheTagBoard lately. These people (or this person) doesn't seem to understand that I put that tag board there for people to have fun with it. Not to be a dick with it. As I mentioned above, I don't have time to do as much as I'd like with this site. When people are dicks on TheForum or on TheTagBoard, it only steals time away from doing more good things with this web site.

So, if stopping me from doing more good things is your objective, then, for now, you've succeeded with your childishness, pretending to be someone else by posting under their name. If you continue to do this, I will ban your IP from this site. If you find another computer to piss on my tag board through, I will have to shut TheTagBoard down completely.

All of this will cause me to use up more of my limited time. Please don't do this to me or this site. I don't know why you think it's funny, or even appropriate. If you think you wouldn't mind it if someone did this to your site, you'd be lying to yourself. My web site is like my home. I like having people over, but if you pee in the corner, you're not coming back.

The One Rule for ThePete.Com is: Don't be a dick.

Please abide by this rule, or your IP will be banned. I don't think it's that hard a rule to live by - especially for just the time you're at my site.

Saturday, November 15, 2003


Beyond Borders (Widescreen Edition)Entertaining? Yes, but depressing...
Technically any good? Honestly, the characters are a little thin, but it tries to cover so much and describe a truly huge problem, you have to give it credit for even bothering.
How did I feel as the credits rolled? Like sobbing. And that's just what I did. Very rarely do movies even try to make a statement like the one this movie made. Sure, it's not a perfect film, but it's message is incredibly important. See this movie to find out how the other 95% of planet Earth lives. It's not pretty... but it's something we should all be aware of.
Final Rating? GSN

Tuesday, November 11, 2003


Not that anyone cares what a bunch of Democrats in the USGov think (least of all any Republicans in the USGov), but more than two dozen House of Representative Democrats have gone on the record and sponsored a resolution that urges Bush 43 to kick Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld out of his job. They claim that he has misled the American people in why USGIs were sent over there, didn't plan well for the Iraq Attack and misled the American people as to how easy the entire quest for WMD would be.

Of course, they're up against the Republicans in the House, which will no doubt do their best to squash the resolution. After all, Rummy is part of a Republican administration. Rather than putting the American people's interests first, they put their own party's interests on top of everything. Even the lives of soldiers and innocent civilians.

Although, it is nice to see at least some Democrats actually bothering to do their job. Of course, no quarter should be drawn for the recent absurd voice vote that was held for the $87 billion spending package King George wanted for the wars going on in Afghanistan and Iraq. But that voice vote is an entirely different story...

Read the short Reuters article at Yahoo News.

Monday, November 10, 2003


The Matrix Revolutions (Widescreen Edition)Entertaining? No, not really...
Technically any good? No. Not even by the easy-to-please standards of the Matrix series...
How did I feel as the credits rolled? Ponderous - an ending that doesn't even vaguely resolve the plot from the last two films... it pretends to, but it really doesn't...
Final Rating? DNS (Unless you REALLY liked the first two...)

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Halloween Pics are up!

OK, well, I'm sorry I haven't gotten these and other pics up sooner, but I've been hyper busy with all sorts of junk. I hope to be adding more pics of other events, soon as well as adding captions to the Halloween '03 pics (and fixing the background image!). Hey - at least they're up!

For the most part, they're pretty straight forward, but explanations might make them funnier. Anyway, click the pic above to check them out or click here!

Hope you enjoy 'em!

Tuesday, November 4, 2003


In the past year, many people have been accused of failing to support the USMil, simply because they don't support the Iraq Attack. The funny thing is that while these accusations were flying, the USGov was cutting benefits for veterans of previous wars and cutting financial corners on the benefits for veterans of present wars.

Check out this excerpt from an article at but published by UPI:
The National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers' living conditions are so substandard, and the medical care so poor, that many of them believe the Army is trying push them out with reduced benefits for their ailments. One document shown to UPI states that no more doctor appointments are available from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day.

"I have loved the Army. I have served the Army faithfully and I have done everything the Army has asked me to do," said Sgt. 1st Class Willie Buckels, a truck master with the 296th Transportation Company. Buckels served in the Army Reserves for 27 years, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Gulf War. "Now my whole idea about the U.S. Army has changed. I am treated like a third-class citizen."

Since getting back from Iraq in May, Buckels, 52, has been trying to get doctors to find out why he has intense pain in the side of his abdomen since doubling over in pain there.

After waiting since May for a diagnosis, Buckels has accepted 20 percent of his benefits for bad knees and is going home to his family in Mississippi. "They have not found out what my side is doing yet, but they are still trying," Buckels said.

One month after President Bush greeted soldiers at Fort Stewart -- home of the famed Third Infantry Division -- as heroes on their return from Iraq, approximately 600 sick or injured members of the Army Reserves and National Guard are warehoused in rows of spare, steamy and dark cement barracks in a sandy field, waiting for doctors to treat their wounds or illnesses.

The Reserve and National Guard soldiers are on what the Army calls "medical hold," while the Army decides how sick or disabled they are and what benefits -- if any -- they should get as a result.
Isn't that just great? They're going out there in harms way "for our freedom" and this is how they get treated?

It's gotten so bad that part of the recent $87 billion King George asked for has been put aside to help build back up benefits that were cut right around the time the Iraq Attack began. This is the kind of hypocracy that the USGov embraces from day-to-day. It's a war against WMD that do not exist, but what does exist are the bombs and bullets that are killing the guys most anti-war activists want to pull out of harms way. Those that survive the bombs and bullets hitting them are treated like cattle. Attended to, apparently only as an after thought by the people who would see them sacrifice their lives in the name of "freedom".

Good plan, folks...

Read the UPI article at Drudge that covers some of the ill-treatment of present US GIs.

Read a article that talks about the $87 billion spending bill and how it was passed, making sure to include more money to cover GI benefits.