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The GOP is the party of sleaze:
How Dubya lost his swagger: "Only nine months into a second term, Bush's presidency stands at its lowest point. His reputation as a take-charge, in-charge leader was breached by Katrina, his moral authority punctured by Fitzgerald's findings.
Fortune Mag has a great feature length article on the creator of BitTorrent:
Dry Dipstick - Peak Oil Hubbert's Peak a peak oil metadirectory....
Yesterday's NYT Book Review featured recent books on the Iraq war. From New Yorker writer George Packer's The Assassin' Gate to James Traub's exploration of the evolution of conservative thought on the debacle: 'The Right War?' and 'A Matter of Principle': Everybody Is a Realist Now to the truthful reportage of an Arab-American, Anthony Shadid, who leaves the comfortable "Green Zone" to talk with Iraqis one on one: Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War, and finally a back page essay by Robert F. Worth with The Reporter's Arab Library to understand the historical backdrop.
Did Tenet Resign Because of Leak Scandal?:
60 Minutes last night had an excellent segment on the outing of Valerie Plame. It effectively showed the outrage of the intelligence community and the extent of the long term damage to our national security caused by this thoughtless act of political revenge.
Rebekka near the beginning of our hour and a half run on the Santa Fe Trail this morning. We started our run at the Baptist Road parkplatz and ran north for 45 minutes before turning around. I made it to Palmer Lake by almost precisely 45 minutes before I turned around. I was alarmed at the rapid development and urban sprawl near the trail since the last time I ran this route some five years ago...
Will Shafroth, Executive Director, Colorado Conservation Trust, outlines his hopes for a future with open space set asides to preserve the very reasons we choose to live in the glorious state of Colorado: DenverPost.com - OPINION Excerpt:
Amidst the despair that most of us experience every day due to the unchecked growth and urban sprawl that threatens the very reason we moved to Colorado comes a thread of hope. Fellow Incline Club member and reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, Dave Philipps has a hopeful article in Friday's "Out There" Section of the Gazette on a unique developer out in Buena Vista who means to turn the idea of urban sprawl and "covering every space of land" on its head. You see, this brother and sister dynamic duo want to roll back in time to how the old towns of the mountain backcountry were formed. Build for tight Community and proximity, while leaving the vast open space for recreation.
That would be 90: Making it the most likely state for you to die in a snowslide. If you traverse the backcountry this winter, as I will, you might want to bone up on avalanche awareness.
Check out Al Gore's government in exile: The Official President Al Gore Blog: "My Presidency is 'Scooter' free and never sent a single soldier to Iraq."
Heard about this web site on CSpan Book TV. Check it out.
This investigator is casting a wide net:
Funny Flash movie about Arnold:
This is what you get when you vote for a President who can't admit when he makes mistakes: an inflexible, uncurious, dim bulb.
Write your congressman. We have to put the pressure on. I emailed Joel Hefley, my representative here in Colorado. He usually ignores me.
Democratic Underground has the
From the Booman Tribune ~ Boo!:
Listen to the sound of ordering pizza -- in the safe and secure future...
Deconstructing the Indictment:
Reggie Rivers has this to say in today's Denver Post. I have to say that before I read this I didn't think that Air Force Academy Coach DeBerry had done anything wrong.
A diarist reports on a recent lecture by Seymour Hersh:
Whitebark Pine in danger.
Denver Post columnist Cindy Rodriguez. A regular read for me. Today she had a lot to say about Billy O'Lielly:
TomDispatch: Will the Bush Administration Implode?
What It's Like when the world is collapsing on the White House...
Take this with a grain of salt. I have my doubts. But we'll soon know for sure if there is any truth to it. Appears on the surface to be "tinfoil" conspiracy.
NPR : Richard Clarke Turns to Fiction: 'Scorpion's Gate'
The White House cabal
I just got around to reading Uwem Akpan's story, “An Ex-Mas Feast”, in the New Yorker's "Debut Fiction" issue from last June. Powerful short story of the homeless, living in grinding poverty in Kenya.
Quick links to the fabulous coverage of Iraq from The New Yorker
The Bushie's strategy: the same old smear the messenger. Will it stick? I think not.
The White House cabal
The Man Who Would Murder Death: A rogue researcher challenges scientists to reverse human aging
National I love my country, and I'm still Embarassed by the President Day 2005. Protest the BS from the White House by wearing a brown ribbon.
A good source for some good flicks to watch:
Contract on America 2.1: "The Democrats New Improved Revised Contract with America 2.1.
More cronies from your Commander in Chief:
The plot sickens:
Juan Cole explores Plamegate and the implications of the corruption of our MSM.
The case for election fraud in Iraq:
Found this on Atrios:
Secret MoD poll: Iraqis support attacks on British troops
Brad Blog has the video:
From the November 7th issue of the Nation:
How the West was Fun:
The author of several eloquent books about the four corners desert region died suddenly of a heart attack last year.
When the cons start coming down on this corrupt administration one can say the wheels are truly off:
My little sister, in demand celebrity attorney Anne Bremner, has a web site. I'm very proud of her. Too bad she's a Republican. I still love her.
Steve Clemon's Washington Note breaks this bombshell:
Eloquently stated case for why Plamegate is The Most Important Criminal Case in American History
The saga continues. A Web of Truth: Whistle-Blower or Troublemaker, Bunny Greenhouse Isn't Backing Down
Judge warns of Iraq 'black hole':
This is HUGE, if true. Reportedly, Powell in a recent meeting with Senator McCain recounted that he showed the memorandum identifying Plame as Wilson's wife ONLY to Bush and Cheney on that famous Air Force One flight. And he testified extensively to the grand jury on that fact! This means that Cheney AT A MINIMUM is going down. We can keep our fingers crossed that Bush can be implicated. Hold on to your hats!
When did Bush know? Inquiring minds want to know.... Obstruction of justice? Whatever happened to "I want to get to the bottom of this."?
So, let me see... The second-in-command resigns and behind closed doors tells senators that he has no faith in Goss's leadership. The agency is hemoraghing talent. What would be the response of this administration? Obfuscate and praise the Director because he's a "loyalist" of course!
A New Tidbit on the Plame Affair:
Funny how the Huffington Post spins this article as
The Nation lays it out nicely: Case Against Cheney
An hour and a half long documentary I found on Google Video. I started watching it this evening and was mesmerized throughout the next hour and a half. Bush Link to Kennedy Assassination
Play Indictment Bingo on Wonkette's blog.
Robert MacFarlane reviews EDGE OF THE ORISON
The 'everyday low prices' superchain refuses to carry books and music that dare criticize conservative values.
I echo Dick Gephardt.... I too am a "recovering neocon".... I am however capable of critical thinking and reevaluation of facts and therefore can change my thinking.... The Next Hurrah: Gephardt on Iraq: "I was wrong"
Bush makes yet another revisionist "mark on history": http://villagevoice.com/blogs/bushbeat/archive/001955.php
Unbelievable. We have to endure Rush Limbaugh on AFN. This is our country too! This can't stand...
Keep checking here: Think Progress » Corrupt Establishment for the latest on the Plamegate scandal. Keep your fingers crossed. This could be REAL BIG.
Wonder what our Dunce-in-Chief thought he'd find in Saudi Arabia? Or how he intended to "deal" with Pakistan who really does have WMD's? Good Lord, how could this man have been elected TWICE??
Harriet is looking like she is going to go the way of Dan Quayle... She'll be made a laughing stock from which she'll never recover. Sad, she seems like a nice lady ruthlessly thrust into the limelight:
Howard Fineman makes the case that the "neocons" are jumping ship:
t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt | Punxsutawney Karl: " 'For the first time,' reports the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 'more people say George W. Bush's presidency will be judged as unsuccessful than say it will be seen as a success, a poll finds. People were inclined to say Bush's policies have made things worse on a wide range of issues such as the federal budget deficit, the gap between rich and poor, health care, the economy, relations with US allies, the tax system and education. Republicans give the president mixed reviews in many of these areas. Almost half of Republicans said Bush's policies have made the deficit worse and just 12 percent say he has improved that situation.'
MoJo Blog: Park Service managers now must be screened for Bush loyalty: "The National Park Service is made up of civil service employees, and though they will continue to be called civil service employees, things have changed. Today, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility issued a directive which requires all mid-level and above managers to be approved by a Bush administration political appointee.
Need I say more? Requisite background material to understand the Faux News phenomenon and the Brush Lintball, James Dobson, Bill O'Lieley, Sean Hannity, Repuglican campaign to malign views that don't align with their right wing propaganda machine....
I use IPodder to automatically download the podcast of the Stephanie Miller Show and I listen to it every night. I love her "Right Wing World" segment. You have to listen to her. She is so funny!! I love it....
Don't blame me... I voted for Kerry.... We're headed over the cliff thanks to our Dunce-in-Chief...Guns and butter and tax cuts, oh my!
A Polling Free-Fall Among Blacks: "In what may turn out to be one of the biggest free-falls in the history of presidential polling, President Bush's job-approval rating among African Americans has dropped to 2 percent, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll."
Pretty funny. Fletch has put together a Parody Music Video of Janet Parshall and Randi Rhodes on C-Span. Boy does Janet Parshall look like a goof...
: "Scene: White House private residence, night, not long ago. President Bush present in his most favoritest guns 'n' bunnies PJs. Laura asleep, knocked out by a combination of too much Good Housekeeping and excessive hair-spray fumes. Suddenly, a burst of black smoke. A deep, resonant voice speaks:
Finally we get a poll:
Katrina prompts new energy proposals -- some green, most not | Grist Magazine | Muckraker :
How to Withstand the Coming Bush Economic Crisis: "It’s dawning on wall street that George W. Bush may be the first president since Lyndon B. Johnson who believes that we can have a guns-and-butter federal spending policy without creating a serious inflation spiral, if not outright government bankruptcy. At least LBJ, to his credit, believed that there were limits to profligacy and that taxes had to be raised. Not President Bush. He’s making Johnson look like a fiscal conservative, what with his insistence on waging a war in Iraq that’s costing $177 million a day and rebuilding New Orleans by taking on a monstrous load of federal debt.
News Orgs Working On Story Tying Cheney Into Plamegate… Developing… | The Huffington Post
Well that would be our president:
Another installment of the ever-popular "Arguing with Bush" series:
Think Progress is a great site to constantly check for ground truth. ElBaradei, Smeared By Administration, Wins Nobel Peace Prize
t r u t h o u t - Frank Rich | The Faith-Based President Defrocked
I run a lot. I get outdoors as much as I can. I read and I think. I love intellectual confrontation. I'm a liberal secular humanist atheist who speaks French (and German). I am the opposite of the "Christian Right".
“There is no question about it. In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has.”
Robert F. Kennedy (stated in 1968, when Robert was Attorney General, and his brother John had been the President)
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” - Philip K. Dick
“The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists — that is why they invented hell.” Bertrand Russell
"Just as nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight... and it is in such a twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwilling victims of the darkness."
-- William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1939 to 1975
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
-- James Madison
"You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays, everybody's crazy."
-- Charles Manson, serial killer and one-time cult leader
"A very popular error-having the courage of one's convictions: Rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack upon one's convictions."
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche 1844-1900
"I have examined all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology. Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. What has been the effect of this coercion? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"There are no sects in geometry. One does not speak of a Euclidean, an Archimedean. When the truth is evident, it is impossible for parties and factions to arise.... Well, to what dogma do all minds agree? To the worship of a God, and to honesty. All the philosophers of the world who have had a religion have said in all ages: "There is a God, and one must be just." There, then, is the universal religion established in all ages and throughout mankind. The point in which they all agree is therefore true, and the systems through which they differ are therefore false."
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
-- Albert Einstein
You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud
-- Bob Dylan, 'Masters of War'
"Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended. Its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war . . . and in the degeneracy of manners and morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
James Madison, April 20, 1795
"In the end the party would announce that 2 plus 2 made 5, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim, sooner or later, the logic of their position demanded it."
-- George Orwell, in 1984
"God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you're taking away from God; you don't need him anymore. But you need him for the other mysteries. So therefore you leave him to create the universe because we haven't figured that out yet; you need him for understanding those things which you don't believe the laws will explain, such as consciousness, or why you only live to a certain length of time -- life and death -- stuff like that. God is always associated with those things that you do not understand. Therefore I don't think that the laws can be considered to be like God because they have been figured out. " --€”Richard Feynman
"I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
"I do not mean by this declaration to condemn those who believe otherwise. They have the same right to their belief as I have to mine. But it is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving: it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe."
--Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
--John Kenneth Galbraith
"We're all in this alone."
Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
But when asked how 'bout something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet:
You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You'll get pie in the sky when you die.
-Joe Hill, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), 1911
â€œThe more compelling our journalism, the angrier became the radical right of the Republican Party. Thatâ€™s because the one thing they loathe more than liberals is the truth. And the quickest way to be damned by them as liberal is to tell the truth.â€�
Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasure, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." --Jerome K. Jerome
"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -Benjamin Franklin
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise." --Aldo Leopold
"Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do." --Jose Ortega y Gasset
"The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected [Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity...."
"Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism."
-- The Reverend Doctor Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, in a sermon preached in October, 1831
"Undoubtedly, all men are not equally fit subjects for civilization; and because the majority, like dogs and sheep, are tame by inherited disposition, this is no reason why the others should have their natures broken that they may be reduced to the same level." --Henry David Thoreau
"There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive. It's that part of an imbecile that punishes and vilifies and makes war gladly." --Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Mother Night
"I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels."
--Diogenes of Sinope (c. 408-323 B.C.)
"Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow;
They toil not, neither do they spin;
And yet I say unto you,
that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these."
"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson