Thursday, June 30, 2005

Climate Change

From the BBC.

Excerpts, emphasis added.

"But Professor Thomas and colleagues found that no matter which general climate model data they used, their simulator came out with projections for dramatic increases in dune "activity" - they will start to erode and move as precipitation falls and wind speeds increase.


"By the end of the 21st Century, all the dunes from South Africa to Zambia and Angola are likely to be reactivated.


"Last week, an alliance of 21 UK-based charities and environment groups issued a report which claimed any G8 strategy to alleviate poverty in Africa was doomed to failure unless urgent action was taken to halt climate change."

More Changes In Reality

Read, enjoy, ponder.


This is hilarious, sad but true. From Atrios.

A Life Transformed

Since I ceased being a blogger an hour or so ago and became the publisher/editor/chief political correspondent/cat photographer/scifi critic/media critic/missing persons expert/blogger ethics expert/janitor for an exciting new online magazine, my life has truly been transformed. I discovered, in my coupon clipping box, a deed for a 6000 sq. ft. Nantucket cabin. I've been to 17 parties hosted by the charming and delightful Sally Quinn. I've played Bridge with Nedra Pickler, and twister with Candy Crowley and Jeff Greenfield. I've convened 38 panels on blogger ethics, something I never managed to do when I was actually a blogger. My debut appearance on Meet the Press will happen this Sunday, where I will be given the opportunity to weigh in on the topics of "Bush or Christ - Who best to worship this Sunday?" and "The Democrats - Traitors or Losers or Both?"

I feel sad for the rest of the bloggers in the losersphere. See ya suckers. Oh Brit? Watch this drive!

-Atrios 11:56 PM

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Support the Troops #778990

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What a uniter. Again, what could the people who voted for this person have been thinking?

"Steve Robertson, legislative director of the American Legion, says the spending cuts “are inconsistent with a nation at war.” He’s especially critical of dividing veterans into “little groups, the ones that ‘deserve’ and the ones who ‘don’t deserve.'"

Good job Bush, deny vets & the poor, but take care of your rich friends. SOB!

Good For Him

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We need to do something like this locally. It also points out what a disaster the No Child Left Untouched law is.

Facts, Something Bushco Hates

Keeping up the good work.

Another good column, full of facts, from the St. Petersburg Times.

Well, This Is A Good Thing

St. Petersburg Times: Entertainment news and features

From the article:

"Before ABC announced its decision, the Family Research Council said it was worried evangelicals would be made to appear judgmental and foolish."
(emphasis added)

Where's That Tunnel? Where's That Light?

This must be the progress Bush talks about. Pathetic.

Afghans fear Taliban is regaining strength / Sharp increase in attacks, abductions, violent protests against government

Screw You, Dobson

Spanish Parliament Legalizes Gay Marriage
First Canada, now Spain, progress is being made. Thanks to both societies. Good work. Here's a good section:

Zapatero said the reform of Spanish legal code simply adds one paragraph but means much, much more.

He called it "a small change in wording that means an immense change in the lives of thousands of citizens. We are not legislating, ladies and gentlemen, for remote unknown people. We are expanding opportunities for the happiness of our neighbors, our work colleagues, our friends, our relatives."
(emphasis added)

Bush's Folly

Bush Words Reflect Public Opinion Strategy

The above was the title of the article, as you will notice. This was the headline for the article on the front page of the online WaPo:

Bush Strategy: Win War at Home

Which says a lot about was he finds to be important. Young men & women are dying, so Bush can somehow believe his own lies. Impeach.

She Finally Hits On Something

Welcome to reality, Margaret Carlson, the weather's fine.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Tomorrow night 6-9 p.m. (I know, another time change. But it's also a good-bye party for Carl D., the Methodist.) Also, BUTTONS! They've arrived. See you at The Black Cat, 211 Chapple Ave., Ashland, WI.Posted by Hello

New Low

If there was any doubt, this is strike three. & boy is she right about Selig screwing Wisconsin over Miller Park.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Last Words

Good enough for me.

Disassembling Again

From South Knox Bubba, via Think Progress.

Keeping their story straight II

From Think Progress:

George W. Bush, 4/9/99 regarding Kosovo: "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is."

George W. Bush, 6/3/99 on Kosovo: "I think it's also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn."

George W. Bush, 6/24/05 on Iraq: "It doesn't make any sense to have a timetable. You know, if you give a timetable, you're -- you're conceding too much to the enemy."

Presidenting is hard work.

Dead Indian

Party on, Tootie.

Spreading Freedom

Great job Bush. Spreading that freedom is hard work, isn't it? It's good see some real reporting going on in America.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Sunday, June 26, 2005

More Rove, From Wolcott

Read this & understand the battle & the hope it implies.

Three Good Reads

Read these three columns from the St. Petersburg Times, a wonderful newspaper:

Messages of Hate

Complaints of Syria's spying on Lebanon ring hollow

Bush and Co. still distorting facts about Iraq

NOTE: Links fixes from previous post.

Mike Deaver? Mike Deaver?

My favorite two paragraphs of the story are below, emphasis added.

"This is like the aircraft carrier," said former Ronald Reagan aide Michael K. Deaver, referring to Bush's announcement of victory in Iraq from the deck of the Abraham Lincoln in 2003. "It simply has given an extended talking point to those people who are opposed to the war and want to make the administration look bad…. I don't think it's a big problem. It's a problem."

He rejected any parallels with Vietnam. "There isn't any comparison between this and Vietnam," Deaver said. "There aren't student demonstrators all over the country. There aren't National Guardsmen tear-gassing people…. We're a long way from that."

They aren't gassing anyone Mike, because they are all in Iraq getting killed, you moron. Oh, right, it is a problem.

Another Piece of My Heart

Chet Helms

Where's Northland College?

Colleges Compete to Shrink Their Mark On the Environment

Interesting article. & Northland College is NOT mentioned. Also spotted a want-ad from Northland College - "The environmental liberal arts college." Ha. The ad was for an assistant director of enrollment. I suppose building an "eco-village" isn't as sexy as building a science building that leaves a lot to be desired. Oh, well....

Friday, June 24, 2005

Friday Cat Blogging 6/24/2005 #3

Mikey, gives it up for the jailer, or the cause, or the brain, or the sheriff, or me, or, let us be truthful here, himself. He's a great 18 year old cat. My life would be so much poorer without him. Thanks Rosie, what a gift. Posted by Hello

Friday Cat Blogging 6/24/2005 #2

Closed eyed Tipitina. She's such a sweet girl. On the outside, you who are so sharpeyed noticed. Is it because she is too young, or just faking it? I decide, you follow. Posted by Hello

Friday Cat Blogging 6/24/2005 #1

OK, I'm still on the deck so don't have the pics of the cats & the herb, but here's what happens to the cat who enjoys a bit too much, please notice the eyes. Poor Mikey. Do I have to admit I would like to be...wait a minute, I'm on my fourth Mo drink. Ha, thought I'd admit to illegal activity, yo, I'm not that far gone. What a beautiful northern evening. Posted by Hello

Rove In His Last Throes

Read this from someone who actually lost someone when the Saudis attacked the U.S. Karl Rove is an idiot. When will the American people wake up to this fact? It gets more depressing each time one of these traitors to the Constitution speaks. Wake Up! I mean in the Zen way, among myriad other ways.
Copy & Send To All Eligible Supporters Of Bush's Lethal War Posted by Hello

Young/College ReThugs

I wonder how many of the young ReThugs that Martinsen,, trotted out last fall just before the election have signed up yet? Steve & Jen have a source inside the young/college cowards convention. It's quite believable. I guess the local war supporters would rather harass a recent heart attack victim that volunteer to fight the war they support. Cowards all, I repeat, all.

Random Ten, Yeah, Yeah, I've Joined

OK, so I'’ve joined the random ten bunch. Here are my random ten today, from the iPod.

Spoonful - Etta James
Orphans of the Motherland - Sonny Landreth
Ain't Got No Home - Clarence "Frogman"” Henry
Tailspin - Walter "“Wolfman" Washington
Blues At Sunrise - Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughn
Hot Tamale Baby - Buckwheat Zydeco
Ghetto Woman - Marva Wright
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Steve Gardner
Quatre Parishe - Dr. John
Travelin’ Riverside Blues - Rick Tobey

The xmas song was a real treat on a hot June day with two of Mo's drinks in me. & right now I'’m listening to The Subdudes. Good music, good alcohol, a deck with plenty of citronella candles placed strategically, a gone wife, a darling daughter to call & two sleeping dogs & two sleeping cats - things could always be worse. I'll get to cat blogging a bit later, since my external hard drive is presently disconnected (I'm on the deck, damnit!), & I'’ve got some good pics of the cats with the herb. Lucky cats.


Great editorial from The Saint Petersburg Times.

A Times Editorial
Published June 24, 2005
Karl Rove, strategist, amnesiac

Before an audience of cheering conservatives this week, Karl Rove lambasted liberals for their "moderation and restraint" in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war," Rove said. "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

What a despicable smear coming from the political right hand of the president of the United States. Democrats are demanding that Rove apologize or resign, but the White House defended his remarks and - get this - accused Rove's critics of engaging in partisan attacks. Only last week Rove was demanding that Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., apologize for comparing U.S. treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the methods of Nazis, Stalin and Pol Pot. Durbin apologized. But Rove is hanging tough.

Bush's mastermind strategist apparently is suffering from severe memory failure. Just three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, both the Senate and the House, with only one dissenting vote, approved a resolution authorizing Bush to execute "all necessary and appropriate force" against the terrorists. After the vote, Bush said in a statement: "I am gratified that the Congress has united so powerfully by taking this action. It sends a clear message - our people are together, and we will prevail."

Maybe it is Rove who needs "therapy and understanding."
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(emphasis added)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Numbnuts, I Mean Numbers

More good numbers, reported by Kos.

Dr. Senator Frist (R-Cat Torturer) Spreads His Influence

Doctors & psychologists everywhere must be really proud. I wonder how many of these people voted for the ReThugs anyway? Kind of makes me sick.

Fish Story #77

With all the "attention" on Iraq, Social Security,, Bush has been quietly destroying America from within. Here we have a man with a heart & a brain. Slowly, slowly, slowly, things are changing. Which is exactly why Durbin (D-Chicken) should not haver apologized for telling the truth. What's good for the salmon is good for the human.

Global Warming

I wonder if Bush will attend this funeral?
Naw, he'll probably send Cooley, oh, wait, he's been altered.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Dick Durbin

Why did he apologize? Apparently, he is not as strong as I thought. I must rescind my email congratulating him for standing up to the ReThugs. I thought his statement was spot on, & did not, repeat, did not, disparage any member of the Armed Forces. This is what America has come to, speak the truth & then be forced to apologize. I continue looking at Nova Scotia.
Drinking Liberally - Tomorrow Night - 7 - 9:30 or so. NOTE: Time change. A little later in the early evening, so y'all can take advantage of a full dinner hour.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is right on in this explanation of what it means to be a progressive. We're not here to score political points, or sell out the people to get some watered-down compromise (see Mary Landrieu vis-a-vis the Arctic Wildlife Refuge & the Louisiana coastal protection). Read the rest of his post at TPM Cafe.

Howard Dean Is Great Here

Dick Cheney is one of the most hateful people in the world. But Howard Dean is not going to take it lying down. Good for him, good for Democrats. Biden (D-MBNA) can go to hell.

Dean, in Boston on Monday for a fundraiser, told fellow Democrats that the party can win in traditionally Republican states.
"But we gotta be there and fight in order to do it. And believe me, we are going to fight back. I don't care if Dick Cheney likes my mother or not. We are going to fight back," Dean said to cheers and applause. "I think it's great that Dick Cheney went after me, to be honest. At least they notice there's a Democratic Party that's not going to put up with this stuff any more. So there's a lot we're gonna do."
Click here for the article, via AP.

UPDATE: Cheney is also a liar, Howard Dean was elected five (5) times as Governor of Vermont.

Monday, June 20, 2005

If You Can't See The Coffins, Nobody Died

This is rich - I’m no fan of Biden (D-MBNA - Bankrupt) but this exchange shows just how corrupt & hateful the Bush Assministration is. This exchange is from last Sunday's Face the Nation.

SCHIEFFER: You talk about not fully informing the American people. There's no question that the administration has at least discouraged people from reporting on casualties there. For example, the casualties all the people who have been killed in Iraq come back through the...

Sen. BIDEN: True.

SCHIEFFER: ...Air Force base in Delaware.

Sen. BIDEN: In Dover.

SCHIEFFER: Do you ever go out to meet those flights out there?

Sen. BIDEN: I've tried to and they will not allow me to. As a matter of fact...

Sen. BIDEN: The Defense Department. Look...

SCHIEFFER: Wait a minute. You're a United States senator.

Sen. BIDEN: I'm a United States senator. Well, let me be very...

SCHIEFFER: They're not letting you on a military base?

Sen. BIDEN: I'm allowed in the military base. I'm not allowed to go to the mortuary. I'm not allowed to be there when the flag-draped casket comes in. As a matter of fact, Bob, one family asked me whether I would meet their son who was tragically gunned down, actually car bomb in Iraq. This is several months ago. I said I would be honored to be with them. They wanted me to come with the minister. They wanted me through the whole process. The commander of the base told me that he couldn't allow that to happen and he's a friend--this is not like there's no hostility there; I'm on the base all the time--until he cleared it with the Pentagon. And I'm told the civilian leadership in the Pentagon. So in order for me to literally go in and accompany a mom and a dad and a son to pick up the body of a dead son, a young Marine killed in Iraq, I was not just able to do it as a senior United States senator, former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee--not like I'm new to this. I had to get specific permission for that specific event. I wanted to go when more than one Marine came back dead and I just wanted to show my respect. I didn't want any press there. There was no press. We weren't talking about that.

SCHIEFFER: So you think it is the secretary of Defense himself who's blocking you?

Sen. BIDEN: Well, that's my understanding. I don't know that for a fact, but it's not the military. It's the civilian decision in the Defense Department that you're not allowed to be there just to show respects.

Yogi Bear

So, I forgot to mention two other great things that happened over the weekend. First, the darling daughter & Mrs. coldH2O moved some slate slabs I had chiseled out of an outcropping several years ago to an area between the house & the new deck. It looks great & then they finished up a "water feature", yes, I watched Ground Force & Charlie's, well, time to move on. There is a little angel dumping, not pissing, water into the half-barrel. There is also a mister which ionizes the water & creates a mist, with changing colors from light bulbs. This all takes place underwater. It all looks very nice & the sound of the water is relaxing. The other great thing happened just as the darling daughter (aka, the kid) & the son-in-law were packing to leave. The dogs in the backyard had been barking like crazy for awhile, a not unusual behavior. Our house is directly above a ravine, a wildlife highway. As the kid went to say goodbye to the dogs, she noticed that they had treed a black bear just outside the fence. I went to get my digital camera & of course, the CD needed repair & the camera began repairing. That bear, once he saw me, came down that tree, basically he dropped, & took off like a streak of lightning. I did get a good look at his bear face & he was handsome. He was a yearling, probably 150 pounds & apparently in good shape. I'm glad he was so afraid of me, it may keep him out of the chicken feed for awhile.

Texas Justice, American Shame

Molly Ivins.

In These Times

Groucho Marxist.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Father's Day

My father is dead & so are my grandfathers, so I didn't need to make any calls today. Mrs. coldH2O gave me a cool gel candle with a stonefly nymph "floating" in it. The kid & the son-in-law gave me a surge supressor for my laptop & a coaster, which I am obliged to say nothing about. The Sidekick had a sick cat today, so he & Mrs. Sidekick couldn't join us for lunch. We had a beer can chicken & a pork roast on grill, with roasted asparagus & a great dressing for the salad. Everything was great except for the fact that I still don't have a boat & I'm afraid I do not see one in the future unless I, well, I don't know. So it was a great weekend - fishing with friends & the kid & wife & son-in-law. Seeing all kinds of parents & babies of the non-human variety. I wonder what the eagle daddy got? The loon? (OK, joke all you want) We all know the white-tail buck doesn't much care. I wonder if Bush's twins gave him a big present & enlisted?

Not Such A Paradise

Another Bush will not accept responsibility. Jeb! says it's not his fault because other states are having the same problem. What a bunch of bull. ReThugs just do not accept the fact that they are destroying America.

Saturday, June 18, 2005


Went fishing this afternoon with the kid, the son-in-law, Mrs. coldH2O, the Sidekick & Mrs. Sidekick. Ostensibly we were fishing for crappies. I caught a few very small bluegills. The son-in-law caught a northern pike that he kept. No one else caught anything. We were fishing a lake on the advice of the Sidekick. & the worst of it was that I was in my float tube & he was in his boat & I had no cell phone service so I couldn't call him & bitch. On the much brighter side - a loon couple & their two kids, an eagle couple & their one kid, & an otter beneath the eagle's nest munching grass. Plus a whole lot of wild iris blooming like mad. It was topped by a beer & a cheeseburger at a bar near the lake. Yes, a good day & I didn't think of that criminal Bush one time, until right now & I'm watching Red Green. That means it's almost time to go to bed.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Beauty Is Truth

More Whiskey Bar.

Quacking Duck Indeed

Billman with the goods on Sen. Bill "Kitty Torturer" Frist (R-Idiot). He's a liar, keep calling him that, copy the quotes & show them to your resistant friends, if they don't see the light, make them your ex-friends.

Go Vote

Vote in this poll. So far, it's breaking our way. Ha.

& The Fool On The Hill

New poll out - New York Times/CBS News.

My favorite numbers:

"Forty-two percent of those polled said they approved of the way Mr. Bush is handling his job, a marked decline from his 51 percent rating in the aftermath of the November election, when he embarked on an ambitious second-term agenda led by the overhaul of Social Security. Sixteen months before the midterm elections, Congress fared even worse in the survey, with the approval of just 33 percent of Americans, and nearly three-fourths saying Congress did not share their priorities.

"Despite months of presidential effort, the nationwide poll found the public is not rallying toward Mr. Bush's vision of a new Social Security that would allow younger workers to put part of their payroll taxes into private investment accounts. Two-thirds said they were uneasy about Mr. Bush's ability to make sound decisions on Social Security. Only 25 percent said they approved of the way Mr. Bush was handling Social Security, down slightly from what the poll found in March.

"Moreover, 45 percent said that the more they hear about Mr. Bush's Social Security plan, the less they like it. The survey also found the public shared the growing skepticism in Washington about Mr. Bush's prospects for success on Social Security, with most saying they did not think Mr. Bush would succeed.

"On Iraq, months of continued turmoil, insurgent attacks and casualties appear to have taken a further toll on public attitudes. Looking back, 51 percent said they thought the United States should have stayed out of Iraq, while 45 percent said military action was the right thing to do. That reflects only a slight erosion from findings by CBS throughout the spring, but a marked turnaround from 2004, when pluralities tended to think it was still the right thing to do.

"Moreover, only 37 percent said they approved of Mr. Bush's handling of the situation in Iraq, down from 45 percent in February. And a strong majority of Americans now say the United States' effort to bring stability and order to Iraq is going badly - 60 percent, up from 47 percent in February

"The sharpest drop in Congressional approval in recent months occurred among Republicans. In February, 54 percent of Republicans said they approved of the way Congress was doing its job; in the most recent poll, that had dropped to 40 percent."

(emphasis added)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


I heard Chris Hedges on the radio coming back from Rhinelander, I really like Sirius radio. Read, one more time, Wolcott.


Read. Yeah, it's literary, but it'll do your body good.


Here's a good post from Orcinus. Too little, too late. Thanks to R.K. for the tip.

Wal Mart Suck

One more reason to really dislike, yes, hate, Wal Mart.

Couple of Days Off

So I took a couple of blogging days off. First, I was unable to buy the leopard. It turned out to be a mounted head & some guy with a lot of military themed casual clothes bought it for $300. The table say was too old & the elk mount was, well, ugly. I did, however, buy something. There was an easel with a fleur de lis that I wanted. My kid bought me a great poster from last year's Jazz Fest in NOLA. I framed it. Our house has a gambrel roof, so we don't have a lot of straight up and down wall space. I figured that we could put the framed poster on the easel, so it could be seen by more people than just those that sleep in the kid's old bedroom. Anyway, the auctioneer, a very pretty blonde (heh, sidekick), decided to add a mirror to the easel. I paid $75 for the easel & mirror. I then went to Rhinelander, WI to my sister's to pick up the couch she's giving to the kid. I visited with the other sister, then fell asleep, got up yesterday morning & drove home. That's my story & I'm sticking to it.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Try & Try Again

On to the auction! The stuffed leopard awaits. But, as noted, I'll be alone today. Maybe I'll go on to Rhinelander & pick up the kid's couch from my sister. Who knows? At least the sun is shining this a.m. Hope the sidekick has fun with the windows.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Colorblind Society My Ass

He didn't fall far from the tree. When will these people just crawl under a rock & leave the country alone? Let's see, hmmm, probably not in my lifetime. & at one time, I thought it would be clearly in my lifetime. I'm so sad, I'm so sad, I'm sad, I'm sad, I'm sad.

Love Is All You Need

The kids are all right. While I think the punishment was stupid, it's encouraging that the superintendent came to his senses & supported the alternative graduation.

Senseless, Indeed

Let's just say that Senselessbrenner is an idiot & an embarassment to Wisconsin. These ReThugs have nothing in their minds. They think they can pick & choose what the American people deserve to hear. Morons, indeed. Plus the fact that I believe Senseless has children in their twenties - any of them sign up to fight in Iraq? Ha. But he will send other people's children off to die for Bushco's war. This Congressman needs to be defeated. Come on Menomonee Falls - you must have someone with a heart & a brain. Someone step up to the plate. I'd even temporarily move nearer the inlaws to help. Please.

You're Either A Union Man

The Knight is on to something here. Again, progressives have been fooled, bullied, or scared into long, apparently unending, discussions on how to do something, rather just doing something. It's the old social construction bull: writing about how to make chicken soup becomes more interesting & takes a good deal longer to do than to just kill the chicken & make the damn soup. This is a good, interesting essay, read it.

"But it's worse than that, because the Green Knight fears that in the desire to reframe its arguments, the American environmental movement is slipping into another one of the American left's specialties: mistaking busy work for real work. Or, put another way, trying to figure out where to stand rather than actually making a stand."

I'm Not Sure Who Goofed Up, Sure I Am

Well, well, the auction trip turned interesting. The non-navigator sidekick turned out to be a little light on directions. We got there, but there was no auction. I quickly looked at the auction ad & discovered to my horror that the auction is tomorrow. I must, in all candor, blame the sidekick since he held the ad as we began, I gave it to him. It turned out he's no Babbs, but, I suppose, no one is. We meandered about & wound up in Hurley. He kept bitching about going to a strip club, so I cruised down Silver Street, but he never said stop. We wound up at a bar in Ironwood, eating a good cheeseburger, medium rare. We then took the extremely slow boat home. He became quite hysterical when it appeared we were heading for Dueling Banjos. He needs to get in touch with his gay side. It was a good trip, but he's a weenie since he won't navigate tomorrow. That's when the real auction occurs. I'm still going, unless Mrs. coldH2O calls the neurosurgeons. Or the women in the white coats arrive with the ambulance. Later gator.

Soggy, Slow Saturday

Alliteration, your poetic device of the week. Although, I like it a lot more in prose, it makes the language way more exciting. &, in fact, prose is the only place I can get excited about rhyme, off rhyme. John Haines is a master at that. So I'm off to an auction this a.m. with the ace side-kick. He was feeling low since I brought a young blonde home for dinner earlier in the week. So, to build up his self-esteem, a concept unknown to the Dali Lama, we're going to this sale. I'm mostly interested in a Delta Unisaw & a leopard mount or maybe the large elk mount. All three would be wonderful in the living room. I haven't been to an auction in a long while, so I have practiced my normal over-use of my hands & arms while talking. It's a Bushco related tic. I hope the side-kick is a good enabler, it will be a test. Well, off to shower & unload the pickup bed to make room for all the treasures I'll be bringing home.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Go Toward The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Oh, sure. Crap.

Friday Cat Blogging

Tchoupa - Proving Once Again That Cats Can Do Their Main Work Anywhere Posted by Hello
Tolouse Posted by Hello
Tippy & Mike Posted by Hello

Leave The Kids Alone

Yup, let's make them obey at all costs. This young man apparently did everything that was asked of him for thirteen years. Then the "adults" decided he wasn't worth it. Stupid, stupid adults. If there is a hell, I hope there is a very special place for people like this.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Random Headlines #77651

No links, just a random Thursday night's surfing. You be the judge.

When Lawyers Steal the Escrow

Gay Rights Battlefields Spread to Public Schools

In Surprise, Chief Editor at Random Quits Post

Fantasy Camp for the Pixilated

White House Calls Editing Climate Files Part of Usual Review

Award Limit in Tobacco Case Sets Off a Strenuous Protest

Surveyed scientists admit misconduct

Landslides block popular route to Yellowstone Park

Rate to rocket on popular school loans

13 Deputies Disciplined for Barrage

Babies Show High Levels of Chemical

Lactivists, Chill Out!

GOP Leaders Weigh Raising Soc. Sec. Age

Bush Deflates Blair's Africa Plan

Apparent volcano ice flows may explain Saturn moon's atmosphere

Study: World got more millionaires in 2004

Candle blamed for fire

Relationship with food can be very complicated

Catholic dioceses have spent over $1 billion in dealing with sex abuse

PrideFest attracts straights, too

Landscaper drowns in pond with mower

Judge failed to note snoozing juror, records show

Insurer seeks 36 percent rate hike

No Support Here

I thought the military just took a day free of recruiting in order to straighten things out? Looks like they need more than a day. This story is something Bush should read. I know, I won't hold my breath.

For mom Marcia Cobb and her teenage son Axel, the white letters USMC on their caller ID soon spelled, "Don't answer the phone!"

And that's when she learned her first hard lesson. You can't block calls from the government, her server said.

Support The Troops

If the family is the source of all that is good, how do the right-wing theocrats explain these unhappy statistics? Where is the concern for these families? Probably in the dumpster behind some mega-church, carefully folded in half. I suppose this is Howard Dean's fault.

The trend is severest among officers. Last year, 3,325 Army officers' marriages ended in divorce - up 78% from 2003, the year of the Iraq invasion, and more than 31/2 times the number in 2000, before the Afghan operation, Army figures show. For enlisted personnel, the 7,152 divorces last year were 28% more than in 2003 and up 53% from 2000. During that time, the number of soldiers has changed little.