September 30th, 2006

Photoshop Tutorials

Just posted three brand new tutorials to how_2_photoshop, a community I started and seldom have any time to devote to. All three tutorials are related to graffiti style artwork and stenciling, in honor of Banksy.

The first one has TONS of downloads: fonts, hi-res stock images, dingbats, and brushes. There's also a YouTube video I uploaded earlier today on making Banksy style artwork, you can even download a hi-res version to save. Trust me, that's better.

The second one shows you how to create stencils in Photoshop from inage files & custom shapes - VERY handy for also making vector type graphics from most any image.

The third one is all about Banksy, 'nuff said.


More Rolling In Latenight On Foley/Hastert, But I'm Not Buying It.

Hunter over at DailyKos is reporting that Hastert knew nothing, but I call bullshit on that one - no way is the Speaker's office going to be informed of such content and HE not be on the up-and-up, I'm not buying that. Someone's scrambling to protect someone else, this one is probably going to be ever worse than Abramoff & Delay put together - and I love it. Why wait until today, anyway? Too little too late, ya fat bastard.

Once again, the Dems are on a really good footing to fuck some shit up here, PLEASE universe let them get some balls and spines to go toe-to-toe on this, it's one of the only opportunities they're going to get before midterms where the GOP collective won't be able to deny them their outrage in the public without swaying the moderates who otherwise might err on the side of the Republicans. And all those in the Evangelical base have not only been given cause for outrage on conduct, but on the fact that they've been fucked AGAIN by the idols they worship so falsely. And you know what? Serves them right, the whole cunting lot of them. Conservatives believe America should be a Christian nation, but Liberals think it should fucking act like one.

It ain't just Foley & Hastert, either - this one's going to have a long chain on it and a LOT of folks who had better start offering some answers PDQ. I cannot WAIT to hear Feingold, Obama, Dean, Emanuel, Clark, & Ryan go off on this one! Come on, Democratic Party - renew my faith in you, kick the ass you claim you kick for once, they're giving you a goldmine, you're not likely to get anything like this again when it can matter most. Foley was in charge of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, for fuck's sake - for a full fucking year it's CONFIRMED they knew he was a pedophile and at the very least being held to serious scrutiny and yet he still had free reign! You don't GET better than that, unless Dubya is caught butt-fucking Ann Coulter's nephew, COME ON!


Things Are Getting Curiouser & Curiouser...

Statement: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
On the Resignation of Congressman Mark Foley
September 29, 2006
“Congressman Mark Foley’s resignation is a loss to Florida and the nation. He has been a hard-working, dedicated and effective Congressman."
If by hard working, dedicated, and effective you mean at TRYING TO FUCK 16 YEAR OLD BOYS, why then yes - I will have to agree with you. Have a gander at the transcript of instant messages between Foley & the 16 YO page, it's beyond creepy and criminal.

But I digress, let's go back to the upside for the Democrats. Apparently Boehner knew too, and also did nothing. Not only that, but he confirms that Hastert knew as well, contrary to the lie purported by his office that they knew and he didn't. Wow, that lie didn't take long - half a day at most. So let's review what we have here in these few revelations. Speaker of the House Hastert: guilty of inaction against the child predator in charge of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, who was not only allowed to continue his job but enabled as well. Enter John Boehner, I'm sorry, House Majority Leader John Boehner, who also knew and did nothing. Then, after House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi calls for an investigation, Boehner blocks Pelosi’s investigation resolution: Surprise!

Where is it going to go from here, any speculation? Are we going to find out later that Abramoff paid for a NAMBLA weekend getaway?



Scroll about halfway down and read the section with this → picture of Rove & Bush...
Sep. 26, 2006 -- According to individuals who investigated George W. Bush's stint in the 147th Fighter Group of the Texas Air National Guard (TANG), the GOP's top dirty tricksters, notably Karl Rove and Roger Stone, interceded to derail the investigation and, instead, have CBS focus on Bush's faxed, scanned, and Xeroxed original TANG records -- which were later hyped by the right-wing media as fakes.

The reason for the GOP's concern was that the investigation was getting dangerously close to exposing Bush's suspected homosexual activity with other members of his TANG unit. Given the times and culture of the early 1970s, investigators were surprised to discover Bush's frequent association with an abundant number of gays in the unit, which was nicknamed the "Champagne Unit." Bush's homosexuality is the bête noire of Bush's past for GOP political operatives, precisely because of the anti-gay stance of the Republican right and its Christian fundamentalist base.

In 1976, the Bush family sent George W. Bush to El Paso's Worthy Creations, a Christian gay conversion center. From that time on, Bush became a tool of the Christian right and a self-hating homosexual. The investigation of Bush's gay activities in the TANG unit would have unraveled Bush's new "straight" persona. The GOP went to battle stations to prevent Bush's past from being resurrected.

Bush's alleged homosexuality in college was hinted at in Kitty Kelley's massive biography of the Bush family, The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, which was released at about the same time as CBS 60 Minutes was investigating Bush's National Guard stint. In the case of Kelley's book and the gay charge, the criticism came not from the GOP operatives but from their allies in the corporate media, including the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, who is married to a GOP operative. While Bush attended all-boys Andover prep school (nicknamed "bend over"), Bush, not able to make it as an athlete, instead became a male cheerleader. At Yale, Bush, according to Kelley, had a "special relationship" (i.e., gay relationship) with Victor Ashe, his room mate and fellow cheerleader. Ashe, a former Mayor of Knoxville, is now Bush's ambassador to Poland. At the Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house, Bush became known as "a jock sniffer."
Oh, there's more...


“We will be called everything from cut-and-run quitters to Defeatocrats... while I know all of this, I'm still disappointed.”

— Sen. Barack Obama
responding to criticisms of the Democrats

grimmlok retorts: "um, you'll be called that, Mr. Obama, because your party is a bunch of spineless retards that refuses to stand for anything.

They also, over the last 5 years, have had every goddamned golden chunk of ammunition to use against Bush served to them on a silver platter. Did they use any of those opportunities? No.

You sat there. You kept your faces shut. You did nothing. You were too afraid of 'offending' people, or making people 'angry'. By doing that, you have no position on anything, you have NO message, you have NO unity and you have NO alternative.

Even more odiously, your party has ENABLED the Bush admin and the republicans to pass some of the most hideous legislation in the history of your country. There were a number of strategies you could have employed but in the end 3/4 of your people simply voted with Bush and the last 1/4 simply sat back and watched.

So you'll pardon me if I don't feel particularely sympathetic to your fucking *hurt* feelings Mr. Obama. Grow up. Grow a pair. Act like an opposition party.

.. and take a fucking stand for something you pack of craven idiots."


Enough Said On The Issue Of "Cutting & Running"

Murtha Bitchslaps GOP Member ON the Senate Floor

Also, Candidate-veteran-former Army Capt. Tammy Duckworth attacks Bush on Iraq:
An Illinois congressional candidate who lost both her legs during combat in Iraq said Saturday that President Bush has no real strategy for securing the war-ravaged nation, just political talk designed to appeal to voters.

"Instead of a plan or a strategy, we get shallow slogans like 'mission accomplished' and 'stay the course,'" former Army Capt. Tammy Duckworth said in the Democrats' weekly radio address. "Those slogans are calculated to win an election. But they won't help us accomplish our mission in Iraq."

Duckworth's address served as a response to the president's weekly radio talk and gave the Democratic Party a chance to showcase one of its strongest candidates as it seeks to regain control of the House in November's elections.

Duckworth, who copiloted a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed while under a rocket grenade attack almost two years ago, also criticized Bush and others in his administration for accusing anyone who challenges the president's policies of "cutting and running."

"Well, I didn't cut and run, Mr. President. Like so many others, I proudly fought and sacrificed," Duckworth said. "My helicopter was shot down long after you proclaimed 'mission accomplished.'"

At a GOP fundraiser Thursday in Alabama, Bush said, "The party of FDR and the party of Harry Truman has become the party of cut and run."

Duckworth is seeking the suburban Chicago seat being vacated by conservative Republican Rep. Henry Hyde (news, bio, voting record). She is running against Illinois state Sen. Peter Roskam, the man Hyde has endorsed.

In her address, Duckworth, now a major in the Illinois NationalGuard, also lashed out at the GOP-led Congress for refusing to do itsjob of holding the Bush administration accountable for its flawed Iraqpolicy.

"We need a Congress that will ask the tough questions and worktogether for solutions rather than attacking the patriotism of thosewho disagree," she said. "It is time to encourage Iraqi leaders to takecontrol of their own county and make the tough choices that will stopthe civil war and stabilize the country."

She offered no proposal for an immediate withdrawal or a timetable for withdrawal.

Does ANYONE have a timetable for withdrawal? $11,000,000/hour it's costing us in money alone, to say NOTHING of the value of human life being lost every fucking day.

My Review for Showtime's "Dexter"

"Tonight's the night, and it's going to happen again and again. Has to happen. Nice night. Miami is a great town. I love the Cuban food, pork sandwiches - my favorite - but I'm hungry for something different now. There he is."
And so begins Dexter Morgan's evening run into this city he loves, determined and willing. Played in frightening detail by Michael C. Hall ("Six Feet Under"), there is no internal conflict within this character - what he does is more than providing a service for humanity - it is art, it is his way of experiencing lust and all of its trappings, and there is no lame attempt at apology for who and what he is - he simply IS. Blood Spatter Analyst for the Miami Police Department, that is what he chose - serial killer-cum-vigilante, that is what he was made.

The show pilot by nature has a lot to prove, so there was a lot riding on this one. I was very impressed that the writers didn't rely on the old hat trick of producing too many double entendres all wrapped up in a pretty clever box, because really - when was the last time you kept the wrapping paper and threw away the present? There are flawed characters, some with many things riding on them and some just as unapologetic and brave as you please. This show pilot perhaps introduces us to a few too many initially, which I wondered about. I wanted to know more about Dexter without having to find too much involvement from the supporting cast on the periphery. He feels nothing, even though he gets a bit close at times. The closest true love he has is blood, and he's as drunk on his bloodlust as he is in the ritual of preparing for his sense of justice. Setting up his 'victims', who are anything but innocent, you get to see him as he truly is. The duality of his intense distaste for humanity and the 'normality' of regular life; and his fascination with this work, this service that he provides in making those guilty of unspeakable atrocity meet their day of reckoning. When he sets the play in motion, he is as enchanted with the pain and suffering of those he is tearing apart as children are in the presence of a magician. Dexter's most perfect moments come when he confronts his victims and sets the roleplay on its ear - the predator suddenly becomes the prey, nose to nose with pain, breathing in the fear they've only ever breathed out. He lives for that immaculate second when his victims come to realize that all of the nighmares they have conjured for and placed on others pale in comparison to the ones he now delivers them.

If the protagonist Patrick Bateman in Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho had a sense of conscience and decency, and were a genuinely likable guy, he'd resemble 'Dex'. This is a testament to the brilliance of both Jeff Lindsay and the writers, in making this character have a sense of appeal that is far past undeniable and borders on guilty pleasure. The show (as well as the novel) is built on substance rather than style, which I hope paves the way for longevity.

Dexter's murderous urges were not simple seeds in a patch of subconscious dirt, they were well tended to in fatherly love and nurtured until they began to bear fruit. The potential sweetness and bitterness of this fruit and any balance of the two are to be revealed later as the show progresses, we're going to have to work for it. Perhaps the most frightening thing about Dexter is how much you would want to be him if you could get away with it all as well - and for the record, I DO want to be Dexter. I will make no apology for it either. Definitely going to keep up with this one, Showtime has scored beautifully once again!

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