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If there really had been a Mercutio, and if there really were a Paradise, Mercutio might be hanging out with teenage Vietnam draftee casualties now, talking about what it felt like to die for other people's vanity and foolishness.
--Kurt Vonnegut's Hocus Pocus p151

The West Wing
Topic: Arts 11:43 pm EST, Feb 11, 2004

] President Bartlet (Martin Sheen): I like how you call
] homosexuality an abombination.
] Jenna Jacobs: I don't say homosexuality is an
] abomination, Mr. President, the Bible does.
] President Bartlet: Yes, it does. Leviticus.
] Jenna Jacobs: 18:22.
] President Bartlet: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you
] a couple of questions while I have you here. I'm
] interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery
] as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She's a Georgetown
] sophmore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table
] when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?
] While thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of
] Staff Leo McGarry insists on working on the Sabbath.
] Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I
] morally obligated to kill him myself or is it okay to
] call the police? Here's one that's really important
] because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town:
] touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean.
] Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the
] Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame?
] Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be
] together to stone my brother John for planting different
] crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small
] family gathering for wearing garments made from two
] different threads? Think about those questions, would
] you?

Found this the other day and thought the Memestreams audience should share the laugh. FYI: The stoning commences tomorrow.

The West Wing

Me Thy Creature opens at DramaTech!
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:27 pm EST, Feb  9, 2004

] DramaTech has comisioned original works from Working
] Title Playwrights that will be presented in February. The
] only requirement was that they relate somehow to Mary
] Shelley's Frankenstein, so come see what these
] playwrights have come up with!
] Me, Thy Creature runs in DramaTech Theatre February 6, 7,
] 11-14.

]] Another play, about the life of Mary Shelly and her mother stars
]] Memestream's own JaneLane.

That's right; catch a birth, a death, a mechanism for both this week at DramaTech. See the website for more info and feel free to call the theater for more details.

Me Thy Creature opens at DramaTech!

NBC -- Meet the Press with GWB
Topic: Current Events 12:34 pm EST, Feb  8, 2004

] Russert: On Friday, you announced a committee, commission to look
] into intelligence failures regarding the Iraq war and our entire
] intelligence community...Prime Minister Blair has set up a similar
] commission in Great Britain....His is going to report back in
] July. Ours is not going to be until March of 2005, five months
] after the presidential election...Shouldn't the American people
] have the benefit of the commission before the election?
] President Bush: Well, the reason why we gave it time is because we
] didn't want it to be hurried...

--# I'll BET you don't...oh, and he rambles on about the importance of intelligence (ha! irony!) for quite awhile here, too.

] Russert: Will you testify before the commission?
] President Bush: This commission? You know, I don't
] testify? I will be glad to visit with them. I will be
] glad to share with them knowledge. I will be glad to
] make recommendations, if they ask for some.

--# You don't testify? So now you're exempt from the bloody system you work for?! And, yes, he rambles on for quite some time more without actually saying much of anything except that he's "glad"

] Russert: There is another commission right now looking
] into September 11th...Will you testify before that commission?
] President Bush: We have given extraordinary cooperation with
] Chairmen Kean and Hamilton. As you know, we made an agreement on
] what's called "Presidential Daily Briefs," and they could see the
] information the CIA provided me that is unique, by the way, to
] have provided what's called the PDB...

--# you guessed right again! He rambles on for much longer talking about truth and how he expects to be personally responsible for the second coming and all that for quite some time. Luckily, the interviewer isn't again so easily distracted...

] Russert: Would you submit for questioning, though, to the 9/11
] Commission?
] President Bush: Perhaps, perhaps.

Thus, our illustrious leader who manages to say a lot (and I encourage you to read the full text) without saying much of anything. Wait until _after_ the election so the war commission isn't "hurried"...what a crock of shit. Anger...rising...must...destroy...approval rating.

NBC -- Meet the Press with GWB

RE: Congress Eyes Idiotic Whois Crackdown
Topic: Society 4:06 pm EST, Feb  6, 2004

Decius wrote:
] ] "The Government must play a greater role in punishing
] ] those who conceal their identities online
, particularly
] ] when they do so in furtherance of a serious federal
] ] criminal offense or in violation of a federally protected
] ] intellectual property right," (Lamar) Smith said at a
] hearing on
] ] the topic today.
] Congress wants to make it a federal crime to lie on your
] domain name registration.

The actual bill is even scarier. It's a felony for you to "knowingly [provide] material and misleading false contact information to a domain name registrar, domain name registry, or other domain name registration authority in registering a domain name used in connection with the online location, or in maintaining or renewing such registration.".

Check out the details of the bill at:

under "Text of Legislation" (which, BTW, it took me _forever_ to find; it's like they're trying to hide these damn things...). If you're really a glutton for high blood pressure, check out the rest of Lamar Smith's civil "services" at

Before starting your own gov't on a small South Pacific island, you can try mailing letters to your congressmen/-women and reps in the House. And, instead of posting angry rebuttals to the not-not sheep here on Memestreams, you might start a petition ( and spread the word about that. Is there anyone with legal experience (Acidus excluded :-) who'd like to tackle it?

RE: Congress Eyes Idiotic Whois Crackdown

How We Are Fighting the War on Terrorism / IDs and the illusion of security
Topic: Technology 8:40 am EST, Feb  4, 2004

] People who know they're being watched, and that their
] innocent actions can result in police scrutiny, are
] people who become scared to step out of line. They know
] that they can be put on a "bad list" at any time. People
] living in this kind of society are not free, despite any
] illusionary security they receive. It's contrary to all
] the ideals that went into founding the United States.

A fairly good article on why profiling doesn't work.

How We Are Fighting the War on Terrorism / IDs and the illusion of security

Georgia Science Education Petition
Topic: Current Events 10:21 pm EST, Feb  2, 2004

] We strongly encourage the state of Georgia to incorporate
] the entirety of the AAAS benchmarks. A complete science
] education is essential to scientific literacy and to our
] state's economy.

Please sign! Save Georgia from itself! First the Ten Commandments, now this...what part of "separation of church and state" DOESN'T FREAKING APPLY?!!

Georgia Science Education Petition - Kerry leads Bush in new poll - Feb. 2, 2004
Topic: Current Events 9:53 pm EST, Feb  2, 2004

] However, a majority of those polled -- 54 percent -- said
] they do not believe Bush deliberately misled the country
] on whether Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, while 43
] percent said they believe there was deception.

Forehead SMACK! - Kerry leads Bush in new poll - Feb. 2, 2004 Prescription For Suicide? -- Feb. 09, 2004
Topic: Current Events 9:46 pm EST, Feb  2, 2004

} Then, on June 7, 2001, Kara pinned a note to her chest reading,
} "By the time you find me I'll be dead. I love you with all my
} heart. Don't worry, Jesus is with me." She hooked a bungee cord
} onto a plate hanger on the wall, wrapped the cord around her neck
} and pulled against it until she passed out. Within minutes she was
} dead.

} Baker is convinced Paxil is what killed her daughter, and that's
} what she'll tell a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel meeting
} this week in Bethesda, Md.

Word of the day: Neuropsychopharmacology Prescription For Suicide? -- Feb. 09, 2004

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