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Friday, September 01, 2006

Oh yeah! It's a comin'!

We hit the road tomorrow at 6PM for the BEP Adventure!

Of course, I have developed a wicked cold...but not to worry, I will be flying high on decongestants, expectorants, and just about anything else I can get my hands on.

There's NO WAY I am missing this thing!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

14 Characteristics of Facism

Does any of this sound familiar?


Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to (sic) media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Shut Yer Yap!

I just finished reading Princess' blog. So, then I went to the blog in question to see what the to-do was about.

As everyone knows, I am a Bitch. That's bitch, with a capital B. For that reason, and a mama bear protectiveness I have for my friends, I feel it is necessary to speak up and defend them. This is what all the hubub is about:

Anonymous said...
I have to say that the Yard sale was a terrific idea, and yes, it was very busy. Other then the fact that a couple of the "staff" that were helping out were quite rude and "unhappy" (for lack of a better word), it seemed to go well, at least the customers were in a good mood! Thanks Nick, missed your smile and kind disposition!

This person needs to remember that half the "staff" popped in to buy something and decided to lend a hand out of the goodness of their hearts! I wonder if the urge to do anything so selfless crossed this churl's obviously self-absorbed mind.

This person obviously has never had to work in retail and had to deal with customers such as herself. Otherwise, she would be a little more charitable towards the "staff". Working in retail is one of the hardest jobs. I know - I worked it more than 8 years. The bad customers can often outweigh the good ones. Having to put up with boorish customers is inevitable. I wish this anonymous person could just put herself in their shoes. Perhaps she would have been more empathetic.

My last point, and to my mind, one of the biggest bones of contention, was that the comment's author remained ANONYMOUS! She was a coward! She didn't have the guts to post her name! Even if she had not registered with Blogger, she could have signed off her comment with her name. I think she didn't because she knew she would get flack from Nick's other customers who truly appreciate the work and effort put into the yard sale.

And that's all I have to say about that!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

BB7 and Crazy Dr. Will

Ok, when Will said he wasn't making love to the camera, that he was making love to everyone watching, I seriously, seriously, almost choked on my chip.