Friday, September 30, 2005

Friday Random Ten

The iPod Speaks:

The Broken Windmill - Tom McDermott

Fall-On - Troy Andrews

Mississippi Home - The Subdudes*

Sweet Little Baby - Champion Jack Dupree

Neal and Pray - Kenny Neal

Across The Border - Bruce Springsteen

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans - Louis Armstrong

Luberta - The Hoodoo Kings

Mud - North Mississippi Allstars

Who Knows - Jimi Hendrix

Bonus Tracks:

Lay My Burden Down - Dr. John

Crazy Love - Van Morrison

Bonus lyric:

*”It’s so quiet in here,
you can hear the roaches climb the walls.”
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Bringing An Outbreak Of Freedom

All this Bu$hCo administration can bring is crap, crap, crap.

"A car bomb detonated today near a fruit and vegetable market in Hilla, a Shiite town south of Baghdad, killing at least 8 people and wounding 41. It was the second attack in two days of bloodletting that has left 110 people dead."

Tell Me Something Else That's True

Illegal activity in the White House? What will we tell the children? Maybe the American public, or at least that section that supports this caricature of a human being, will see what a fool we have as Preznit.

"Federal auditors said today that the Bush administration had violated the law by purchasing favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.

In a blistering report, the investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said the administration had disseminated 'covert propaganda' inside the United States, in violation of a longstanding, explicit statutory ban."

"The Astonishing Hypothesis"

More evidence that consciousness has a physical seat in our bodies. This is exciting.

"As we slip into deep sleep, higher regions of our brains take a vacation from each other, disconnecting so much that consciousness is snuffed out and a once highly integrated organ becomes separated, according to a groundbreaking experiment by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers."

Emphasis added.


Here is an example of true leadership.

"The new regulations will require 85 percent of the car's materials, by weight, to be recovered and reused; the figure includes 5 percent through energy recovery, typically by burning materials that are not economically practical to recycle.

In 2007, networks set up by carmakers in the European Union must be ready to accept all scrap vehicles, regardless of age, at no cost to the car's last owner. In 2015, the portion of each vehicle that should be recycled increases to 95 percent."

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Remember, It's Just A Bunch Of Magnets

Yo SideKick.

Good Luck with the MRI.

Everything will be fine.

If it's not, however, there will always be the stuff in the GREEN BOTTLE & the BLUE BOTTLE.

Talk to you tomorrow night.

Why Can't I Think Of A Title For This Post?

Via Raw Story.

King Kong, please pass the hammer, I've got another nail for Dipstick Design's coffin.

"'This is a truly astounding discovery,' he said in a statement. 'Tool usage in wild apes provides us with valuable insights into the evolution of our own species and the abilities of other species.'"

Bush's Depression? What About America's?

Those dopes in the White House are finally feeling what the rest of us have been feeling for five years.

"Depressed and demoralized White House staffers say working at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is “life in a hellhole” as they try to deal with a sullen, moody President whose temper tantrums drive staffers crying from the room and bring the business of running the country to a halt.

“It’s like working in an insane asylum,” says one White House aide. “People walk around like they’re in a trance. We’re the dance band on the Titanic, playing out our last songs to people who know the ship is sinking and none of us are going to make it.”"

Via WTF Is It Now?

It's Time To Start Paying Attention

This coupled with the previous post about the food shelf, doesn't bode well for people in the northwoods, among many other places. I wonder what Bu$hCo plans to do about it. Oh, yes, keep the thermostats at, say, 50 degrees or so, come, be as tough as me, the Texas dopeboy.

"Since the beginning of the summer, the price of natural gas has doubled. But unlike crude oil or gasoline, whose recent gains have been widely felt by most Americans, the surge in natural gas prices, the most popular form of energy for home heating, has so far gone largely unnoticed."

Making Fun, I Need It Version

OK, It’s On To Grantsburg.

Headline in the Burnett County Journal:

Harsdorf's resoltion fails in Senate vote
•Missed the override by two votes
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Must have been a resoltion on spelling. ReThugs never could spell very well. Takes brains, you know. Emphasis added.

On to law enforcement:

-Sept. 20, Daniel B. Songetay, Danbury, was traveling north on Hwy 35 when he lost control of his vehicle, causing him to go in a ditch, colliding with a tree headfirst. He suffered severe injuries from the accident. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
& it is unknown if reading this entry will cause permanent brain damage.

-Sept. 23, Joseph R. McGeshick, Siren, attempted a u-turn on Herman Johnson Road, but ended up in the ditch, knocking down a stop sign.
Stop sign in the ditch? What the hell is going on in west central Wisconsin? Call the DOT for cripes’ sake.

-Sept. 24, a 2003 Honda Odyssey van owned by Peter D. Porotko, Brooklyn Park, MN, was hit by an unidentified vehicle in the parking lot of Wayne’s Food Plus. The suspect then fled the scene, making it a hit and run.
If he hadn’t fled it would be a “hit & stay”?

Sports. Yes, sports:

Like the ancient, mythical bird, The Phoenix, which was said to be extinct but rose up once again, so did the Webster Tigers rise up from a shaky 0-5 volleyball start to win three matches at the Grantsburg Invitational before falling 2-0 to Grantsburg.
Did ever occur to the reporter to know what the hell he was talking about before writing it down? No wonder schools have such a hard time convincing students that knowledge is a good thing. Has Higgin ever heard of Google? Here’s what the truth about the Phoenix really is:

phoe-nix also phe-nix (fnks).
1. Mythology. A bird in Egyptian mythology that lived in the desert for 500 years and then consumed itself by fire, later to rise renewed from its ashes.
2. A person or thing of unsurpassed excellence or beauty; a paragon.
3. Phoenix. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Tucana and Sculptor
Extinct? I don’t think so.

“Many miscues spell disaster” -
No it spells miscues.

-St. Croix Falls stuns Pirates 17-14 after stalls inside the scroing zone, interceptions and fumbles destroy Grantsburg's chances.
I’m stunned by the scroing zone. I thought that was illegal. I’m also wondering about why there there were stalls in the scroing zone. I thought stalls were in barns.

-Freshman Ben Nelson’s runner’s knee won’t stop him because he’s the fifth runner in Frederic’s success plan -
That’s right, I’m number five, I can do anything - I won’t let my bad knee stop me from being NUMBER 5.

Mr. Higgin, please don't resign, it's just too much fun.

Food Shelf

So, this morning I get my cup of coffee, slip on slippers & a coat & let the dogs out for their morning thing. Coolest morning yet, but the damn horses got out of their paddock. Well, three of the four. Got the two mares in easily, but the other gelding was his usual pissant self. He finally allowed me to halter him, boy, there was plenty of soft talking & praise. I felt I was in some sort of low-key revival meeting. But on to the serious stuff. Mrs. coldH2O was at a meeting last night where the bare shelves of the Ashland, Wisconsin, food shelf were discussed. The state officials said the reason for the lack of food was that they were not getting their normal shipments of commodities. Asked why, they replied that the commodities were being shipped to Iraq. Just effing great, not only has Bu$hCo drained the money out of programs for the good of people, now he is sending off commodity foods that are clearly needed here. What a complete damn tool. I'll bet he isn't missing any food from his shelf, apparently he's not missing any cocktails either.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Kyoto, We Don't Need No Stinking Kyoto

Idiot boy keeps strumming his guitar while the world weeps, literally. Looks like we can begin kissing polar bears goodbye. Just when I believe I was forming an optimistic thought, this comes along. Same old, same old. Jeez.

"A natural cycle in the polar atmosphere, the Arctic Oscillation, that contributed to the reduction in Arctic ice in the past was not a significant factor right now, he said, adding that rising temperatures driven by accumulating greenhouse-gas emissions had to be playing a role."

Ya think? This timidity, while stating the truth, is really the result of Bu$hCo's war on science.

Yay, DeLay - Indicted

Jeez, a perp walk is all we need to make this really sweet.

"Said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: 'The criminal indictment of Majority Leader Tom Delay is the latest example that Republicans in Congress are plagued by a culture of corruption at the expense of the American people.'"

Very Interesting #2

Justice for all, that's my story & I'm sticking to it. Let's hope a later headline is: Yay, Delay - Indicted.

Neverending Supply

Sadly, No! has an interesting list. I wonder why our enemies are so all powerful when they are in their last "throes"? I remember how powerful the Soviets were, even though their people were enslaved to their Communist masters. This sort of building up of the "enemy" while at the same time attempting to publicly humiliate them has never seemed to work. I guess the ploy is just to show what "hard" work it is being President, or whatever he thinks he is.

U.S. Troops Obstruct Reporting Of Iraq

Rumsfeld's understanding a free & undead press is an oxymoron, with the emphasis on moron.

"LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The conduct of U.S. troops in Iraq, including increasing detention and accidental shootings of journalists, is preventing full coverage of the war reaching the American public, Reuters said on Wednesday."

"Schlesinger said the U.S. military had refused to conduct independent and transparent investigations into the deaths of the Reuters journalists, relying instead on inquiries by officers from the units responsible, who had exonerated their soldiers."

Emphasis added.

"Schlesinger's letter said: "It appears as though the U.S. forces in Iraq either completely misunderstand the role of professional journalists or do not know how to deal with journalists in a conflict zone, or both."

"Reuters and other media organisations in Iraq had repeatedly tried to hold a dialogue with the Pentagon to establish appropriate guidelines on how to safeguard journalists. These efforts had failed "and the situation is now spiraling out of control", Schlesinger said."

Emphasis added.

Conservation, My New Best Fried

Bu$hCo showing leadership.

"We can all pitch being better conservers of energy. I mean, people just need to recognize that the storms have caused disruption and that if they're able to maybe not drive...on a trip that's not essential, that would be helpful."

First, we all were supposed to go shopping to show those evil terrorists, now, we are supposed to stay home to show those nasty hurricanes a thing or two. Well, fortunate son, which is it? Oh, by the way prez, storms don't drive, they fly, or something scientific, give me a break, I'm an English major.

From a May 7, 2001 press briefing. You will recall Ari Fleischer, the first Bu$hCo press dopesman.

Q: Does the President believe that, given the amount of energy Americans consume per capita, how much it exceeds any other citizen in any other country in the world, does the President believe we need to correct our lifestyles to address the energy problem?

MR. FLEISCHER: That's a big no. The President believes that it's an American way of life, and that it should be the goal of policy makers to protect the American way of life.

Emphasis added.

& then there is Cheney, the Impaler:

"Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy."
"Personal virtue" is something the whole Bu$hCo administration doesn't understand. & a "sound, comprehensive energy policy" is alien to this group of oilyboys.

Finally, Little Scottie, Bu$hCo's latest spokestool, responding to a question concerning the approximately 11,437 gallons of jet fuel wasted by Bu$hCo in flying to Texas just for the most recent trip:

"It's important for the president of the United States to travel to the region and get firsthand accounts of the operations and to provide comfort and support to those who have been affected. ... That's an important responsibility of the president of the United States."

Well, I'd wish he'd come up my way. He could comfort me about the price of diesel fuel & the fact that his tax cuts are only for his rich friends & the fact that neither of his daughters have enlisted in his "noble cause" &, y'all get the picture. Bu$hCo not only doesn't like black people, he doesn't like me.

Quotes via Cheers and Jeers via Kos. Go read more.

Science Wednesday

Too bad about the tentacle, however. I hope it grows back, twice as stout, if you know what I mean.

"'This has been a mystery for a thousand years,' said Richard Ellis, author of 'Monsters of the Sea' (Knopf, 1994). 'Nobody knew what they looked like in the wild. We only saw them dead. These images will open the door to more detailed study of their life.'"

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

That Hollywood

Good stuff from Steve & Jen. Clooney is another man I have a crush on & it's stronger after reading this post. I've got to get these crushes under control, or at least prioritize them. OK, I'll admit, as stated earlier, to 1 extra-strength Tylenol, 1 vike, & recently 2 aspirins - for the sweeet, thin blood. I do feel a bit better, but, man, stretching my left arm out, jeez, it hurts like hell.

A Few Good Jokes

Go here & smile while you cry in your beer.

"'Now here's some sad information coming out of Washington. According to reports, President Bush may be drinking again. And I thought, `Well, why not? He's got everybody else drinking.''
--David Letterman"

Duluth, Again, & On The Same Day

Air America finds its voice on the AM band in Duluth. I'm surprised it took this long - Duluth is Number 3 in terms being the most organized city in the U.S. Organized as in UNION.

What A Tool

Horseshit is too good a word for Brownie. My dogs love to roll in a piles of my horse's crap, but would probably shun the stink pile coming from Brownie.


Went to Duluth today, a mini-road trip. Went to pick up some windows & cabinets for a friend at a building materials recycling place. They had a lot of cool stuff at reasonable prices. My friend, L., read to me on the way up, from a book on lucid dreaming & from a book on the 50,000 word novel in November. We decided we would write the novels this year.

While loading my friend's purchases in my truck, I was bending over a couple of her "private detective noir" doors & managed to either break a rib or do some other painful damage to the right ribcage. Tylenol & a vike have hardly dented the pain. I hope it isn't serious, since our 12 cords of firewood arrived today. Plus, the first frost warning was posted online today, so Mrs. coldH2O is in her yearly frenzy about bringing the plants outside inside. I have decided tonight that I hate houseplants, especially large cacti. What good are they?

My Duluth purchases amounted to four earrings for myself, 3 CDs - Tab Benoit, Shemekia Copeland, & Delbert McClinton. I was happy & I got them at a small store, no Best Buy. Although, I will admit to a Best Buy purchase today, a DVD recorder. I wanted to record the second night of "No Direction Home", but the wind is so effing hard tonight, that the leaves on the sainted maple tree in the yard are sporadically blocking the satellite signal from the local station. Every other station on the dish is fine. Oh well, the DVD is already out, so I'll just go get one of those. We just should have kept the national network feeds. The national PBS feed always delayed these programs, in deference to the local stations I guess, but then we didn't get this extremely irritating blipping in & out. I hate bitching about stuff like this, I mean, things are a lot worse in just about every other part of the world, but damn, I want to see Bob Dylan.

Horse Sense

Interesting piece by Jane Smiley. Cowboy Bu$hCo never learned these lesssons. Not obvious enough, I guess.

"Skill is on display, but also kindness and respect toward the animals — equine and bovine."

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Dirty 13

The 13 members of Congress recommended for investigation ... are:

Sen. Bill Frist: The report accuses him of violating federal campaign finance laws in how he disclosed a campaign loan. It also calls for an inquiry over his recent sale of stock in HCA Inc., his family's hospital corporation. The sale has raised questions about possible insider dealing. Frist aides confirmed Friday that the SEC was investigating. They have denied claims of campaign finance violations.

• Rep. Roy Blunt: The report criticizes him for trying to insert provisions into bills that would have benefited, in one case, a client of his lobbyist son and in another case, the employer of his lobbyist girlfriend, now his wife.

• Sen. Conrad Burns: The report says that questions arose over $3 million in appropriations he earmarked for an Indian tribe in Michigan that was a client of lobbyist Abramoff. The senator received substantial campaign contributions from Abramoff and various clients.

"Sen. Burns did nothing wrong, and any accusation to the contrary is pure politics," said James Pendleton, his director of communications. He said Burns had earmarked the appropriation at the request of the Michigan congressional delegation.

• Rep. Bob Ney: The report says the chairman of the House Administration Committee went on a golf outing to Scotland in 2002, arranged by Abramoff, at a time when the congressman was trying to insert a provision into legislation to benefit one of Abramoff's tribal clients.

Ney reported to the House that the trip was paid for entirely by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, which denied paying any of the costs. Ney has said he had been duped by Abramoff.

• Rep. Tom Feeney: The report says he incorrectly reported that a golf trip to Scotland with Abramoff in 2003 was paid for by the National Center for Public Policy Research, which denied it. A Feeney aide said the congressman had been misled. Questions also have arisen about two other privately funded trips.

• Rep. Richard W. Pombo: He paid his wife and brother $357,325 in campaign funds in the last four years, the report says. He also supported the wind-power industry before the Department of Interior without disclosing that his parents received hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from wind-power turbines on their ranch.

Brian Kennedy, a spokesman for Pombo, said that "each of the charges is baseless." He called the watchdog group "a Democratic attack group, and all of their charges should be taken with a grain of salt."

• Rep. Maxine Waters: The report cites a December 2004 Los Angeles Times investigation disclosing how members of the congresswoman's family have made more than $1 million in the last eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters has helped. Before publication of the Times investigation last year, Waters declined to be interviewed, but said of her family members: "They do their business, and I do mine."

• Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.): The report says he encountered controversy over disclosures that Pennsylvania taxpayers paid for his children's schooling while they lived in Virginia. Santorum maintained he did nothing wrong, and has pulled his children out of the school, according to reports.

• Reps. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and William J. Jefferson: Both congressional veterans are under federal investigation.

Cunningham, who has announced that he will not run for reelection, faces questions over his dealings with a defense contractor who allegedly overpaid him when he purchased Cunningham's house. Jefferson is under scrutiny for his role in an overseas business deal. Normally the House ethics committee does not hold inquiries while criminal investigations are underway.

• Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.): The report says that questions have been raised about his private business interests, including a savings and loan in Asheville, N.C., and personal business interests in Russia.

• Rep. Marilyn N. Musgrave (R-Colo.) and Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.): Both second-term House members encountered criticisms tied to campaign activities, the report says.

Musgrave was accused of misusing her congressional office for campaign purposes. Renzi was accused of financing portions of his 2002 campaign with improper loans.

11 ReThugs; 2 Democrats. Notice that both Dems are African-Americans. Just asking.

Via L.A. Times.

Spaceballs, Indeed

Joe Bauman, 83; Set Home Run Record That Lasted 47 Years

Joe Bauman, 83, whose 72 minor-league home runs in 1954 stood as a professional baseball record until Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001, died Tuesday in Roswell, N.M., where he played for the Roswell Rockets of the Longhorn League during the 1950s.

Oh, sure, Roswell,

Intelligent Design This! Morons.

Analysis of Chimp Genome Affirms Science of Evolution

"If Darwin was right, for example, then scientists should be able to perform a neat trick. Using a mathematical formula that emerges from evolutionary theory, they should be able to predict the number of harmful mutations in chimpanzee DNA by knowing the number of mutations in a different species' DNA and the two animals' population sizes.

'That's a very specific prediction,' said Eric Lander, a geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., and a leader in the chimp project.

Sure enough, when Lander and his colleagues tallied the harmful mutations in the chimp genome, the number fit perfectly into the range that evolutionary theory had predicted."


"Evolution's repeated power to predict the unexpected goes a long way toward explaining why so many scientists and others are practically apoplectic over the recent decision by a Pennsylvania school board to treat evolution as an unproven hypothesis, on par with "alternative" explanations such as Intelligent Design (ID), the proposition that life as we know it could not have arisen without the helping hand of some mysterious intelligent force."

It's really unfortunate & destructive of American education, that people are fooled by the I.D. junk science proponents that get elected. The fools that elect these people need to be taken to task & shown just how backward they are. Of course, this lawsuit, filed by parents with a brain, is from Pennsylvania, home of the dope Santorum, that would be man-on-dog Santorum. This whole I.D. thing makes me sick.

Who Shot President Kennedy?

I, for one, don't believe either of the following men have a clue. Plus, if you look at their pictures, could you believe anything, anything, they said. First, here's Byron Higgin:

& here's his opening paragraph on the subject:

"It’s been the standard joke for many years. Do you know who killed President Kennedy?"

I'd like to know what standard he follows? I had no idea that the assassination of a President was a joke. Oh, wait a minute, Kennedy was a Democrat, now I understand.

& now Brad Ayers & an unfortunate choice of dingbats (& I mean it) in an on-line version of a newspaper article:

"Because he never was an agency employee – and, as such, never signed a prepublication agreement with us – any suggestion that the CIA tried to censor or suppress his writings is incorrect," Gimigliano states in his letter.



The CIA hired Army personnel to help with training prior to the Bay of Pigs and subsequently, to train Cuban expatriates for planned operations inside Cuba.



"Ayers gathers evidence that his bosses at the CIA in Miami had direct involvement in the killing of both Kennedys."



That, too, is garbage and should be treated as such."


A lot of “ooos” & not one “ah”. Poor Brad. He’d like to live a quiet life:

"I would like to live out my life here with some reasonable degree of peace, acceptance and respect," he said. "I don’t know why I must constantly defend myself for my past, falsely condemned for speaking my mind."

Article via The Leader.

I wonder if it ever occurred to him that writing a book about the CIA assassinating a President might actually bring attention to his life? Maybe he should have written a book about how hurricanes & earth quakes & airplanes flying into buildings are all caused because of gays & lesbians & the ACLU, oh, wait a minute.... I need another mojito. The doctor told me it would change my day, I believe it may change my life.

This Will Piss Off The Football Coaches

Inside the best school in the world

"Our poor students do extremely well, so the gap between them and the high performers is small compared to that in other countries. But we know you have to work extremely hard with those students. If you stress competition, they will be the losers and the gap will widen.'"


From Shakespeare's Sister. Renaming the ReThugs has me laughing, even though the Packers are doing a crappy job of playing football, TB just intercepted. Via Atrios.

Packers just intercepted TB! Returned it 38 yards. It's being reviewed. Ruling stands.

UPDATE: Packers suck, lose 17-16 & are now 0-3. Farve can't win without a line, the team gave up on Farve after all he's done for them. On the other hand, he's a ReThug, or at least was - he supported stupid Tommy Thompson for our governor. I'm torn.

Reason #3833 To Impeach

Toledo Blade editorial.

"The EPA's exceptions, according to the Sun, would allow pesticide testing on 'abused or neglected' children without permission from parents or guardians; permit 'ethically deficient' human research if necessary to 'protect public health,' and allow more than a minimal health risk to a test subject if there is 'a direct benefit' to the child and parents or guardians approve."

Protestant Jambalaya

Cheesehead Life.

"Finnegan said he knew he would like Cream City as soon as his fellow pub-goers assured him we Milwaukeeans 'don't have a town drunk - we just take turns.'"

"A Leinenkugel's," he said, practicing a Wisconsin accent. ""Yah, it was good."

I'm A

HIPPIE. That's why I love this quote. The article is just a list of people at a New Orleans benefit in New York.

"Allen Touissant, a legendary New Orleans pianist, summed up the night: 'If you'd like to know how to get from the Big Apple to the Big Easy, take Highway Love, and you'll get there.'"

Jim Morrison

Here's a Special Report about Jim Morrison & his "Florida" years. Long lost love, regrets, lonely, trailer park existence, rat poison - it's all here. Go read.

Hank Williams

Take this Kos.
As Athenae says at First Draft:


"He came along when country music was dominated by novelty acts and huck-and-shuck mediocrities and comics with blacked-out teeth and Ma-and-Pops-and-Cousin-Hezzie bands and Republican daddies like Roy Acuff and Tex Ritter, and in blew this lean drifter"

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Sat. Night

Slow blogging today. The kid, son-in-law, friend from St. Louis, & Mrs. coldH2O went sailing on Lake Superior today. That's an iffy proposition on an extemely warm day in summer. I had to take a garbage bag of dry clothes up to them. We had dinner with the Sidekick & Mrs. Sidekick. A slightly belated b-day for Mrs. Sidekick. They all had some pizza & I had some pork ribs. It was all good. The Wisconsin/Michigan game was all good too, until now, Michigan just scored a TD to take the lead in the 4th. I drove the bike to town & back, just beating some rain. I'm getting more comfortable on it, but the city driving is hard to get used to. The slow turning is goofball with the big bike. Kind of like getting the Sidekick to understand his role. My job is never done. Later.

Friday, September 23, 2005


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Rising waters breached an industrial levee in New Orleans today, submerging the Lower Ninth Ward. Posted by Picasa
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Friday Random iPod Ten

Native Stepson - Sonny Landreth

Too Much Traffic - Shemekia Copeland

Trouble - Cowboy Mouth

Wrap Up You Troubles In Dreams - Kermit Ruffins

Great Gulf Wind - Sonny Landreth

Total Devotion - Irene Sage

It Takes A Long Time - Tabby Thomas

The Ring That Shines - Wayne Toups

Wine, Wine, Wine - Champion Jack Dupress

I'm Just A Fool To Care - C.C. Adcock

(I still haven't figured out this random thing yet. I wonder if the iPod knows about the hurricanes? Spooky.)

Cheer, Cheer

Mrs. Sidekick is going in for a medical procedure today. We all hope it goes lightly. Since it appears she is on the side of Scooter in battling the evil Sidekick, whose answer to everything appears to be - "Lock them up in the basement." - here's a little cheer for Mrs. Sidekick.

Butterflies Are Almost Free

Cool & Heartening.

"A phenomenal clustering of migrating monarch butterflies - up to several thousand a night - occurred over a succession of evenings recently in a grove of trees at a residence in Jerusalem Township."

One More Time, Duh

Who cares about the overly-rich, it's the fish that are important.

"The fish are also imperiled by dam construction that has cut off spawning grounds and by damage to their habitats from pollution."

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Grantsburg Water

Sorry, Curtis, nothing too cool (stupid) in the paper's Police Blotter this week. There was something about fights always breaking out where alcohol is sold, but I let it pass. Maybe next week.

SadNo Select

Bob Herbert's new column via SadNo Select.

"Maybe, just maybe, the public is beginning to see through the toxic fog of fantasy, propaganda and deliberate misrepresentation that has been such a hallmark of the George W. Bush administration, which is in danger of being judged by history as one of the worst of all time.

"Mr. Bush's approval ratings have tanked as increasing numbers of Americans worry that their president, who seems to like nothing better than running off to his ranch to clear brush and ride his bike, may not be up to the job.


"Reality is caving in on a president who was held aloft for so long by a combination of ideological mumbo-jumbo, the public relations legerdemain of Karl Rove and the buoyant patriotism that followed the Sept. 11 attacks. The Bush people were never big on reality, so sooner or later they were bound to be blindsided by it."

Emphasis added.

Good Catch

It's all Clinton's fault.

Cutting Taxes The Most Important Priority

Sirota via Daily Kos

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush and Republicans in Congress have refused to consider rolling back the $336 billion in new tax cuts that the richest 1 percent are slated to get over the next five years. They say we need to pay for reconstruction not by asking the wealthiest to sacrifice just a little bit, but by massive cuts to spending. And now we see what that means: The Navy Times today reports that those cuts "include trimming military quality-of-life programs, including health care" . . . This, while troops are fighting and dying for our country in Iraq.

. . . The specifics are ugly. They are, for instance, asking troops to "accept reduced health care benefits for their families." Additionally, "the stateside system of elementary and secondary schools for military family members could be closed." In the past, this idea "has faced strong opposition from parents of children attending the schools because public schools [in and around bases] are seen as offering lower-quality education."

None of this, I suppose, is all that surprising. In the past, we've seen tax cuts put before making sure troops have adequate body armor heading into war - a tax/budget decision that very likely increased U.S. casualties. We've also seen Republicans vote down efforts to reduce tax cuts for the very wealthy in order to restore cuts to military family housing. And we've seen tax cuts come as the White House has refused to adequately fund a variety of other programs for troops. The truth is, the GOP has in moments of candor admitted that they care about cutting taxes for the wealthy far more than they care about the troops.

As you may recall, it was Tom DeLay who said before the Iraq invasion "Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes." Apparently, nothing is more important in the face of a war AND massive destruction to the homefront than tax cuts either.

Emphasis added.

Censorship In Titletown, USA

This is not a good thing in a democracy. "Patriot Act" does what art ought to do - tell the truth.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

New Dog Flu Virus

Wisconsin is one of the seven states where this virus has been reported.

"A new, highly contagious and sometimes deadly canine flu is spreading in kennels and at dog tracks around the country, veterinarians said yesterday.

"The virus, which scientists say mutated from an influenza strain that affects horses, has killed racing greyhounds in seven states and has been found in shelters and pet shops in many places, including the New York suburbs, though the extent of its spread is unknown.

"Dr. Cynda Crawford, an immunologist at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is studying the virus, said that it spread most easily where dogs were housed together but that it could also be passed on the street, in dog runs or even by a human transferring it from one dog to another. Kennel workers have carried the virus home with them, she said.

"How many dogs die from the virus is unclear, but scientists said the fatality rate is more than 1 percent and could be as high as 10 percent among puppies and older dogs."

Herd Of

antelope, pack of wolves, murder of crows, lamentation of swans, school of fish, pride of lions, flock of bluebills - & now a CRASH of rhinos. Yes, I do watch the Animal Planet & I have a crush on Jeff Corwin.

Excellent & A Poet

Sharon Olds writes a letter. Excepts below, but go read the whole thing.

"I tried to see my way clear to attend the festival in order to bear witness--as an American who loves her country and its principles and its writing--against this undeclared and devastating war.

"But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. I knew that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush Administration.

"What kept coming to the fore of my mind was that I would be taking food from the hand of the First Lady who represents the Administration that unleashed this war and that wills its continuation, even to the extent of permitting 'extraordinary rendition': flying people to other countries where they will be tortured for us.

"So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it."

Emphasis added.

& Then There Is Baucus

A Baucus Betrayal

"Well, I call em as I see them too. And I have found that Max Baucus meets my criteria for a gutless son of a bitch. Baucus demonstrates a healthy disrespect for his Leader in the Senate and for the values and principles that define the Democratic Party."


"If you have an emergency, please call my office directly at (800) 332-6106 (from MT) or (406) 657-6790."

This is an emergency, call him.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Testes & Ovaries

Josh Marshall has it right. Let's hope the Democrats & the decent ReThugs act the same way about the suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act.

"House-Senate Katrina probe dies as Dems refuse to participate in GOP-controlled probe.

"Mammalian biologists cite development as new evidence for late-stage testiculogenesis."

Well said, well said.

50 Mile Trip

Took the bike out for my/its maiden trip to town. I had to pay a small bill at a store, so took the Harley. The highway was fine, the town was dicier. Slow turns are tough, at least for me. But, I made it through the 50 miles without causing an accident, or getting into an accident. The shifting is still a mystery to me, I shift & if it sounds OK, I guess it is OK. More later.

Let's See

He resigned last Friday, that's like four days ago. So how come ex-White House aide makes it sound like this happened months, if not years ago? How about "Recently Resigned White House Aide Indicted" for a headline?

"A senior White House budget official who resigned abruptly last week was arrested Monday on charges of lying to investigators and obstructing a federal inquiry involving Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist who has been under scrutiny by the Justice Department for more than a year.


"The White House said in a statement that Mr. Safavian had resigned on Friday


"His wife, Jennifer Safavian, is chief counsel for oversight and investigations on the House Government Reform Committee, which is responsible for overseeing government procurement and is, among other things, expected to conduct the Congressional investigation into missteps after Hurricane Katrina."


Go read today's Cheers & Jeers via Daily Kos.

"CHEERS to tipping the scales. (via The Raw Story) This week's issue of Newsweek gives Democrats a 50%-38% edge over Republicans in the 2006 mid-terms, an unthinkable achievement just a few months ago. The numbers reflect either A) a unified Democratic strategy coupled with powerful think tanks and media dominance...or B) the sudden realization that the Republican party is going to kill us all. (Hint: it rhymes with 'Bee')

Law, Indeed

Mr. Watson, I presume.

"Let us not beat about the bush — the common assumption that evolution through natural selection is a 'theory' in the same way as string theory is a theory is wrong. Evolution is a law (with several components) that is as well substantiated as any other natural law, whether the law of gravity, the laws of motion or Avogadro's law. Evolution is a fact, disputed only by those who choose to ignore the evidence, put their common sense on hold and believe instead that unchanging knowledge and wisdom can be reached only by revelation. "

Monday, September 19, 2005

John Kerry

Had he been this eloquent about Iraq, among other things, the result last fall might have been different. Although Diebold probably would probably just have cheated a little harder in Ohio, IMHO.

"Katrina is a symbol of all this administration does and doesn't do. Michael Brown -- or Brownie as the President so famously thanked him for doing a heck of a job - Brownie is to Katrina what Paul Bremer is to peace in Iraq; what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence; what Paul Wolfowitz is to parades paved with flowers in Baghdad; what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy; what Donald Rumsfeld is to basic war planning; what Tom Delay is to ethics; and what George Bush is to “Mission Accomplished” and 'Wanted Dead or Alive.' The bottom line is simple: The 'we'll do whatever it takes' administration doesn't have what it takes to get the job done."

Living Wage

Go to this section of Campaign For America's Future's website & email your elected representatives concerning the suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act. It took Bu$hCo forever to respond to Katrina, & the first thing he did was suspend the good wages that the residents of the destroyed area could use to begin rebuilding their lives. What a douchebag. Do this, or your cat(s) will pay even less attention to you. Thanks.

Good Letter, No Response

Why didn't Hastert do anything about this letter? Oh, wait, Hastert doesn't want New Orleans rebuilt anyway. ReThug dipstick.

Times Select?

Paul Krugman here.

"Consider this: in the United States, unlike any other advanced country, many people fail to receive basic health care because they can't afford it. Lack of health insurance kills many more Americans each year than Katrina and 9/11 combined.

"But the health care crisis hasn't had much effect on politics. And one reason is that it isn't yet a crisis among middle-class, white Americans (although it's getting there). Instead, the worst effects are falling on the poor and black, who have third-world levels of infant mortality and life expectancy."

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Fewer alcoholics are seeking treatment

The free market is evil, pretty much all of the time. This country has continued to march backward since 1980, with the arrival of St. Ronald the Truly Demented. & what is so stupid, is that this march backward has been accompanied by the rise of the American fundamentalists - not Christians in my understanding. A Christian, at least according to its book, cares for the poor, the infirm, the sick. But according to the American Taliban, all of these afflictions are the fault of the afflicted, because god does not love them enough, or some other equally moronic reason. You see, the genetic component of alcoholism is fake science, something invented by, oh, I don't know, John Tower maybe.

It's worse than you think

But, but, but if we do anything about this it will ruin the American economy. NOLA was just practice.

More Truth-Telling

Katrina Jazz Concert

''When the hurricane struck, it did not turn the region into a Third World country ... it revealed one,'' actor Danny Glover told the audience in a speech with Harry Belafonte.

''Katrina was not unforeseeable,'' Belafonte said. ''It was the result of a political structure that subcontracts its responsibility to private contractors and abdicates its responsibility altogether.''

Robin Williams poked fun at the Bush administration during his standup routine, in which he imagined an ethnically named Hurricane, and imagined its attitude: ''I'm going to go to Kennebunkport and see if they respond any quicker!''

Jazz singer Jon Hendricks summed up the tone of the evening. After singing one tribute, he said, ''That's the way I feel about New Orleans. This is the way I feel about the country right now.''

Then he launched into the angry song ''Tell Me The Truth,'' singing lines like ''Nowadays, wrong is right, down is up, black is white, bad is good, truth is a lie'' before defiantly singing, ''Somebody tell me what's right,'' to the applause of the audience.

WWOZ Update

Here is some info about NOLA musicians, with further links. I don't understand the Mayor appointing 8 blacks & 8 whites? With the city being 60% - 70% black, how come Nagin made it even-Steven? That's a rhetorical question, people. Wink, wink.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

More On Bush Family Values

Tbogg has more on the kind of parents we are supposed emulate. These are the good, right-wing Christian folk that some claim are the leaders of the country. Seems like they missed something somewhere. Oh, wait, it's OK if you are a Bush.

First Time

I'm really exicited - today I got my first troll. A real, true, ignorant troll. I don't know what to say. I feel, well, all tingly & new. A Christian who wants to kill people, particularly if they are black. A Christian who wants (has?) to throw the first stone. Man, I'm going to clean the shotgun, today was the first day of grouse season, & then have a beer. I feel like I've made it. Thanks to Craig Lowry, a man who gives stone masons world wide a bad name. Go to his website & let him know how much you "appreciate" his kind of, well, thinking.

Times Haven't Changed Much

"This wasn't just one man's decision,' Mayor Ronnie C. Harris said Thursday. 'The whole community backs it.'"

Friday, September 16, 2005

Friday Random Ten #Something

Baby Break It Down - The Rolling Stones

Stutter Step - Hot Club of New Orleans

Wild Tchoupitolas - Los Hombres Calientes

I'll Say So Long - Terrance Simien

These Are The Days - Van Morrison

Ain't Got A Dime - Tabby Thomas

Be For Real - Leonard Cohen

Drop Down Mama - North Mississippi Allstars

Up Over Yonder - North Mississippi Allstars (Random?)

Well You Needn't - Thelonious Monk

Old Enough

How come the Bu$hCo nephew is drunk in Austin instead of helping in Iraq or Louisiana? Useless bastards.

Homeward Bound

The conference ends this a.m. Had a good meeting concerning commissioner's responsibilities yesterday. Actually am bringing home some good info for my commissioners. Given some of the questions beings asked by other commissioners from other parts of the state, I feel very confident in our Executive Director & the rest of the workers at our authority. They keep us well informed about the programs we are involved in, as well as programs that we potentially we become involved in. Unlike Bu$hCo, being a non-profit that exists to provide low & moderate income housing to people is hard work. Our authority, while being small, has done an exceptional job in fulfilling that goal. I'm about to leave, but must remind the SideKick of the wonderful t-bone I had the other night, with an luscious coconut shrimp appetizer. It's seems unfair to mention, but that won't stop me, of dining on the lobster, crab legs, & shrimp last night. Not to forget the late night, spooky dancing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More Grantsburg COPS

Quick & Appleton version:

Sept. 9, Ted P. Sterling, Danbury, reported right field fencing missing at the Danbury Baseball Field. The incident is under investigation.

(Who cares? They always put the loser in right field anyway. Yes, it's true, that's the position I played.)

Cynthia A. Hageman, Webster, is under investigation for possible theft at the Siren Veterinary Clinic. The incident took place in July, and she since then has been terminated. When confronted by the store manager, she said the money was used for large animal clippings and that she would pay it back. The money, $170, has been paid back (call Julie Turner or Ron Wilhelm for questions).

(I have a question for Julie or Ron - how come those large animal clippings are so expensive? Actually I have another question - did Julie or Ron want their names mentioned in the "Police Blotter"?

Patricia J. Swenson, Frederic, backed into a 1992 Pontiac Grand Am, owned by Jennifer VanWagner of North Branch, MN, at the Grantsburg Family Foods parking lot. The front left side of the car sustained the most damage.

(No offense, but Patricia J. Swenson must have one hell of a rear end.)

Sept. 7, BP Amoco reported a gas drive off. The car had no front license plate and drove away with about $76 worth of gas.

(Well, that sure helps. What's in the water in Grantsburg?)

'Big One' on its way

I wonder if there are too many gays & lesbians in Vancouver. Or is this the punishment for Canada actually being a progressive nation? But if it takes 200 years, Robertson's god is not only vengeful, but cruel as well. I'm glad that my god is an iPod. Attention Les & George.

Cripes, That Light All Of A Sudden Seems Dimmer

152 dead.


I had seen this on several blogs but thought it was a photoshopped joke. Apparently not. J C F C. The leaker of the free world. Via Raw Story.

OK, here's the pic:

United for Peace

This could be a good road trip, although rlk had a good suggestion as well. Think about this, maybe a bus or something? Remember, peace is the goal & anyone who can help make that come true is a friend.
United for Peace - September Mobilization

Good Place For Info

Veterans For Peace Hurricane Relief Message Board

Yes, They Have A Connection

Sorry, all four readers, the hotel does have an internets connection, so I will be posting. I know many of you were relishing the idea of being me free for a couple of days, but, tough. I will say that this hotel may be a bit fancy, even I blanched at the $49.95 price for a Porterhouse. That's even pricier than Piggy's.

Time Off?

I'm leaving today for a housing meeting. I'll be gone for a couple of days & I'm not sure I'll be posting. It depends on the hotel & the availability of an internet connection. I'll be in the city where they buried Joe McCarthy. Many, many years ago a few friends & I drove up from Madison, had a few beers, it was legal to drink beer at 18 in those days, & danced on the grave of that son-of-a-bitch. We had fun. Anyway, I want to leave you with a picture of our fearless leader in New Orleans.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Followup - Sick, Digusting, Ghoulish Bastards

I hope somebody from Menomonee Falls takes this & runs against that fat bastard.

"James Sensebrenner, who is displaying all of the signs of a man desperate to get into hell on a special express train, would rather not house the homeless, if it's all the same to you."

Elsewhere, Same Old, Same Old

Meanwhile the war on the terrists runs on.

& on.

"The Islamic Army in Iraq, which has previously claimed responsibility for kidnappings and killings of foreigners, made a bounty offer for the assassination of key Iraqi officials.

"The militant group called in a Web posting for its "holy fighters to strike the infidels with an iron fist." It offered $100,000 to the killer of al-Jaafari, $50,000 for the interior minister and $30,000 for the defense minister."

Via the wonderful & essential Raw Story.

Why Does The NRA Hate America?

Raw Story has this piece about the jack-booted thugs from the NRA.

""What we've seen in exactly the kind of situation where the second amendment was intended to allow citizens to protect themselves," NRA chief Wayne LaPierre said in a statement."

Yeah, I'm sure the fabulous Founding Fathers sat around & thought of New Orleans being destroyed by a hurricane as a reason to include the 2nd ammendment. I think it was actually something about a well-ordered militia, which of course would have been a great addition to the first responders dealing with this crisis, but they were away in Iraq, don't you know, fighting for, for, for....

""Local authorities in New Orleans are turning nature's assault on human life into man’s assault on human rights," LaPierre added."

Well, well, if possessing a gun is a human right, I hope Herr LaPierre also supports my human right to a cheesecake a day, & I want that cheesecake made at the Daily Bread, in Mayor Fred Schnook's city of Ashland. Cheesecake for all law abiding citizens. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Stormy Monday

Well, I wish. Slow posting day. I started out this a.m. by being picked up by my fireman friend & we went to look for a pothole another friend said I was welcome to duck hunt on. We did find a large swamp, but no pothole. We'll try again, maybe this time I will get some specific directions. Please, no shots about men & maps. Then I went up to a doctor's appt. That done, I came home & it has been raining since. I can't seem to see much to post. I'm pretty much losing it as far as NOLA goes. It is so overwhelming & Bu$hCo's response so underwhelming. I would like to look forward to bird season, but the grouse population is still at rock bottom (six years running) & with the woodcock population going to hell as well, it's hard to get my blood up. Maybe the nice, cool days of October will change that, or maybe a trip to either of the Dakotas for pheasants or sharptails would help. Right now, who the hell knows. Whenever anyone asks me how things are going, I normally respond by saying "Things could always be worse." Right now, I'm not so sure they could.

UPDATE: On the up side, yes there is one, I took the Harley out on the highway for the first time yesterday & all went well. I even got buffeted about a bit by a strong wind. It was fun.

'Bout Time

He's not doing a heck of a job anymore. Thank goodness.

Doesn't This Sound Familiar


"Dr. Schultz said he was not familiar with the February report from Guidant that broke out the short circuit figures. He said he did not have information about what percentage of reports were reviewed within 90 days."

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Another Gatemouth Obit

Gatemouth, R.I.P. #2


I have to admit that I'm glad football season has started. & so far, so good. New Orleans just beat Carolina on a last second field goal. The stinking Vikings lost, ha, ha, ha, ha. & right now the Packers started their first game. I hope that the Packer's radio announcers, particularly the play-by-play guy has some new cliches this year. Oh no - the completely informative - "Receivers left & right". Just called my fireman friend & left a laugh track on his cell phone voice mail - he's a suckwad Vikings fan. & the first series run by the Pack didn't look great.

The Packers looked awful. It may be a very long season. My young fireman friend has been kind.

How Bush Blew It

"Impeach George W. Bush. Impeach him now."

More Jeff Tyberg

It's time for more Jeff Tyberg. As you know (if you don't, it won't hurt you) Mr. Jeff Tyberg is running for Congress in Wisconsin's 7th District. Here is his position paper on pro-life: I'm in the bold, black type, Jeff is the other guy:

Jeff Tyberg’s position on “Pro Life”

Our Founding Fathers made it very clear where they believed life came from and what it's worth when they wrote, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
(So Jeff, I hate to say it, but the passage you quote doesn’t give a street address or price tag. Just where did life come from & how much did it cost?

Abortion is morally wrong at any stage, it is also a breach of the baby's God-given right-to-life.
(I agree abortion would be morally wrong on the stage at the Guthrie Theater. Their coat hangers probably aren't sterile.I do wonder, however, about the value of using the words “breach” & “baby” in the same sentence. Some of your supporters might confuse you with an OB-GYN. I also wonder whether God is liable when a baby is stillborn? The lawsuits, the lawsuits....[I don’t mean to be insensitive to people who have had stillborn fetuses, it’s just that Jeff Tyberg is just so full of it, that I can’t think of anything else to say - except that maybe his ideas are stillborn.])

Abortion is also a major contributing factor in the shaky future of Social Security as there are some 43 million fewer people in the workforce than otherwise would have been.
(Of course, it has nothing to do with St. Reagan’s incredibly high budget deficits or Bu$hCo’s incredibly high deficits. Well, to solve this problem, I make a modest proposal - privatize all baby making, oh wait, we already do that - socialize all baby making, thus forcing adults to have many children, even if they don’t want them. Make them suck it up to help provide Social Security benefits.)

This is also a factor in the apparent need for illegal immigrants to fill so many jobs.
(Factor this, Mr. Jeff Tyberg, if you know what I mean.)

Morally, Constitutionally, economically, abortion is bad for America and needs to be stopped!
(I didn’t know “constitutionally” was a proper noun. What needs to be stopped is Mr. Jeff Tyberg before he capitalizes again.)

It's time for a change! It's time for Tyberg!
(Oh, I don’t think so.)
The legend of Tchoupitoulous continues.  Posted by Picasa

St. Petersburg Times


"Here is the Bush agenda come home to roost - on a roof. And it's caved in. Can't get much more real than that."

Gatemouth Brown, R.I.P.

Gatemouth Brown died yesterday. He had evacuated from Slidell, LA to Texas. We saw him at last year's JazzFest in New Orleans. Here is the obit.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


"You're doin' a heck of a job, Boltheadie.

Yes, The Krewes?

The following comment was about this post.

"I have been thinking about Fat Tuesday since this disaster began to collapse all around us. Mardi Gras will be a sign of undying spirit so evident in the city of wonder. Sometime somebody is going to come up with a Lance Armstrongarmed bracelet for the victims of Katrina. I would say save the money on the bracelets, give as much money as you can to the restoration of the city, its noble spirit, and glorious people. And think about wearing a string [of] Mardi Gras beads now to keep the spirit and the memory alive. Let the good times roll."
The Heretik | Homepage | 09.10.05 - 1:09 pm | #
Emphasis added. I also corrected the word "of", in the original, the author had a typo of "on".

Wow, 38%

Man, that Holden guy must have a herd of ponies by now. Maybe enough to start a business giving rides to children at the county fair. I am against glue factories, BTW.

WI Badgers

You know you're liberal when your team wins 65-0 & you cringe & hope the other team was just pathetic, so that your team didn't run up the score on purpose. Too bad about Notre Dame, however, they won. Boo.

Hot Saturday Afternoon

So, it’s been quite a day already. It is very warm & humid & I’m having a hard time breathing, something that I believe is the result of the beta blockers & ace inhibitors that I take. So hot that the Sidekick couldn’t shame me into going fishing. I did, however, drive up to the coffee shop, thinking the air conditioning in the truck would cool me off enough to raise my spirits. It did that, but then I got into a heated conversation with a young man. He is working for our local overly rich man. The rich man, SueHank Martinsen is remodeling a motel & is employing non-union workers. The carpenters local from Duluth came down this week to set up informational pickets at the job site. Anyway, I sat down with the young man & I asked him how “happy” he must be working for SueHank Martinsen? It was a joke, since SueHank had been quoted in the local paper as saying how happy his workers looked. It reminded me of the plantation owner looking out over the cotton fields & commenting how happy the darkies looked. So I asked about the benefits that SueHank offered. The young man said he had no benefits. SueHank had stated in the paper that the workers had the same benefit plan as his management team. So it appears that SueHank was disassembling, to quote Bu$hCo. From there the wife stated that the workers felt like the union members who were picketing wanted their jobs. I explained about informational picketing & that they didn’t want their jobs, they wanted to organize. Well, things quickly went downhill from there. The young man & his wife started complaining about unions & the Democratic Party. Soon the young man & I were nose to nose. I kept telling him of the sacrifices that the early leaders of the union movement had to make, like getting killed. He seemed completely ignorant of that. It was that Green Party (I don’t mean all the Greens) parroting of Nader’s condemnation of unions & Democrats as being corrupt. Well, as a card carrying inactive member of the Teamster’s, I took a bit of offense to that charge & got a little closer to his nose. & he slapped at my head, knocking my hat off. No more swinging was involved, but it is a sad day. It is no surprise to anyone who is breathing that corruption has certainly been a part of the history of both institutions. But where would all of us be if there had been no unions, no early Democratic Party that championed the working class? I am no fan of the centrist Democrats who continue to put their own personal interests above the people, who somehow think that we need to be Republican-lite in order to win elections. But, where, exactly, do we put our energies? The Green Party? Young Socialists? Communist Party? I have voted for people running under the imprimaturs of all three of those parties. While none of the people I voted for won, nor did I think they would win when I voted for them, it was and is important to me, personally, to put my vote where I thought it would do the most good. I have also voted for Democrats, & at least where I live, my vote did back winners, except, of course, Nixon, Nixon, Reagan, Reagan, Bush I, Bu$hCo & Bu$hCo. Now even the winning Dems did/do not always make me happy. My local Democratic State Assemblyman wants me to support centrist Dems, like our Gov, yet wants to throw progressives out of the party! Yeah, that’s the ticket. But I will vote for him again, unless some progressive runs against him. I have never & will never vote for a Republican. The point is, however, that this young man & I are probably on the same side. He needs to work, he has plans & dreams for his & his wife’s future. He has bills to pay. His life is like mine, except I’m a lot older, “own” a house we’re still paying for, “own” two cars we’re still paying for, own a minorly bad heart we’re still paying for, a twenty-one year Harley we’re still paying for, etc. etc. Y’all get the picture. Yet this young man claims he has fought many battles & has had many victories. Good for him. But when you start bragging about your past victories, you are losing the present war. & when you start condemning the institutions that have, in small & large ways, to one degree or another, kept & are keeping this country from falling into fascism, well, all I can say is to hell with the young people who don’t have a clue. Condemn the unions, yet who was out in front of the young man’s worksite explaining the value of union labor? The Greens weren’t there, but the union was. & I know that these union members are Democrats, liberal Democrats. So keep on saying unions are bad, keep on expecting that you will be able to convince SueHank of your exquisite philosophy, but remember, if you can, that it was the union out on the highway & they wanted to organize you.

Why Can't Any American Walk?

Sterile, indeed.
Ya think? Although, to be honest, there are many of us who have believed this for years. If only Bu$hCo, himself, would believe this, it would be the beginning of our national recovery. & not just from Katrina, or as Mrs. Bu$hCo termed it, Corrina. They care. Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 09, 2005

There's A Fungus Among Us

Sorry, I don't have the link to this. I think I was on the Netscape browser homepage. Anyway, it's good to see something that is so delicious be beneficial, as well.

Study: Mushrooms Source for Anti-Cancer Vitamin

Mushrooms are the best-known source for an antioxidant thought to protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease, according to a study by researchers at Penn State University.

White button mushrooms, the type most commonly consumed in the U.S., have about four times more of the antioxidant ergothioneine than chicken liver, which was previously considered the best source for the vitamin, according to the study to be presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington.

"This is another good reason to eat mushrooms," said Joy Dubost, the Penn State researcher who led the study. "It's a good antioxidant to have in your diet."

Ergothioneine helps the body eliminate so-called free radicals, which are chemicals that can start chain reactions harmful to a body's cells, Dubost said.

White button mushrooms have about 12 times more ergothioneine than wheat germ, also a good source of the nutrient, the study said. Exotic mushrooms such as shiitake, oyster and maitake mushrooms have about 40 times more of the antioxidant than wheat germ, the study said.

A 3-ounce serving of button mushrooms, about the amount that would be served on a hamburger, has as much as 5 milligrams of ergothioneine, the study said.

Does Anyone Know What They Are Doing?

I thought they just announced this a couple of days ago? WTF? How in the world are the people supposed to get the internets access? & why announce it on Friday? Oh, yes, getting ready for the weekend.

"That creepy feeling John Roberts gives you..."

These are fighting words. & I hope the Dems don't let him through.

Kanye West/CCR

Great song by Kanye just now. I'm going to buy the CD you reccomended E. Thanks.

Two CCR songs on the benefit concert. & to think, Somerby thinks he's a true liberal, but doesn't remember his bands. What's his deal anyway?

Land O The Loons #2

Boy am I ever glad we have quality candidates to run for public office. If this guy gets elected, well, that idea has all the appeal of a plugged toilet. & it's not plugged with paper, if you know what I mean.

Responding to Sen. Feingold

Dear Editor;
As most of your readers know, I'm running for Congress next year.
(Well, I didn’t know, & what I didn’t know didn’t hurt me.)

Since I desire to be your representative in Washington, it behooves me to respond to Russ Feingold, even though I will be running against Dave Obey.
(That’s right, respond to someone you are not running against. & baby, behoove all you want. I love behooving. I'd watch out with that desiring stuff though. Remember Jimmy Swaggert?)

If Mr. Feingold gets his way, and a deadline is set for bringing the troops home, here is what will happen: The terrorists will lay low until the deadline, preparing their attacks here in this country and organizing their resources for such attacks.
(Sorry Jeff, much like Bu$hCo, you get an F in grammar. It should be lie low. I’ll bet your high school English teacher(s) aren’t very proud of you.)

The day after our pullout they will unleash terror HERE.
(So, if we leave Iraq, as the terrorists apparently want, then the terrorists will attack us here. I don’t understand. Jeff, are you suggesting that the terrorists want us in Iraq.)

While we are in Iraq, and while the Iraqis are building themselves a stable government, the terrorists have to focus on Iraq, where they have little or no support.
(What the hell does that mean?)

But they have to fight there, with imported soldiers from Syria and Iran, because we have taken the war to them.
(Please remember, this was a war of choice, Jeff. Not a war of necessity. Can you remember Jeff, or did your memory lay low?)

The only deadline for withdrawal is a free and democratic Iraq. As for Judge Roberts, well, Mr. Feingold voted for him just two short years ago.
(How do these two sentences go together? There is no prize for getting this one correct.)

The fact is President Bush couldn't have nominated a better candidate and they know that. He is being opposed for the simple reason that President Bush nominated him.
(I think it is a bit more complex than that. Actually, though, that would be a good enough reason for me. Jeff, did you see how his children behaved? Not a very good parent? Probably doesn't behoove enough.)

As your representative in Washington, I would fight hard to get control of our borders!
(Yes, another unbelievably dumb transition. & an equally dumb racist idea.)

While we are doing a great job in Iraq, and are working to control Iraq's borders with Syria and Iran, we are doing nothing to control our border with Mexico!
(If we are doing such a great job in Iraq, why do the majority of Americans now think it was a bad idea? Jeff, you need to keep up with current events. I didn't know Syria & Iran wanted to help us with our border with Mexico.)

I applaud the Minuteman movement, and truly hope that they will fulfill their goal of prodding Washington to do something. If you?ll send me to Washington, I will be an untiring voice for enforcing our immigration laws and controlling our borders. Please check out my website at to see my positions on other important issues.
(I ususally hate to suggest bonehead websites but, yes, please check out his website. You will need to cut & paste the above address. Listen, quit bitching, I can't link to everything. On the website you’ll learn that Mr. Jeff Tyberg invented the blog. Please scroll down & view the first ever blog.)

Jeff Tyberg

Now I hope you all are happy with the candidate running against Dave Obey, although he will not respond to Dave, only to Sen. Feingold.