Saturday, December 30, 2006
Jane has written a most insightful analysis of just which cultural component of our nation's heritage has taken over our body politic and why they must be marginalized and driven back to their corners if we are going to survive as a nation.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Part 1: Are Congressional Wars Coming? Since Cheney Has Already Said He'll Ignore the Democratic Congress, It Seems Likely
Part 2: What Should Congressional Democrats Do, When the Bush Administration Stonewalls Their Efforts To Undertake Oversight?
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Lest you get lulled into the current media love fest for Gerald Ford:
Ford and Kissinger gave the green light to Suharto for Indonesia's invasion of East Timor in 1975. setting the stage for the long, bloody, and disastrous occupation of the territory that ended only after an international peacekeeping force was introduced in 1999.
At the end of this month I will take down all the numbers and box up the trophies and start over again for 2007. This has been a tradition for me for several years.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
U.S. Judge orders mental test for Jose Padilla. Can he order one for Bush and Cheney too?
Raw Story has the redacted CIA Op-Ed and explanations (This is the politically motivated attempt to censure an Op-Ed on Bush's myopic negotiations with Iran)
Media Matters names ABC "Misinformer of the Year"
A Peace Corps Volunteer Blogs from Togo
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Noam Chomsky on our efforts to bring democracy to the Middle East (video): "In our mission to bring democracy to the world we don't care about the opinions of people --- they're kinda irrelevant."
A Future George Jetson never imagined: Why are houses of the future always round?
A guide to the order of trilobites: rock star of the Cambrian, gone with the ages after the Permian extinction 250 million years ago...
The Most Dangerous Road in the World: Bolivian Andes
CBC Spends seven days with "God's Kids"
Green Revolution is sweeping the US Construction Industry
Saudi Royals Snub Bush, Fund Opposition in Iraq
Target Iran: Former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter and Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh on White House Plans for Regime Change on today's Democracy Now!
Chinese Ice Sculpture
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Jay Rosen: Retreat From Empiricism: On Ron Suskind's Scoop
Two articles from Walter Pincus on the reality of "standing up" Iraqi forces, here and here.
Chris Weigant: Military Endgame in Iraq
Rebecca Solnit: The Age of Mammals: Looking Back on the First Quarter of the 21st Century
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
The Oil Drum: Discussions about Energy and our Future.
Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher who won't eat meat.
I found Jesus Camp the movie on You Tube in 9 parts. Here is part 1.
Here is Bill Maher's take on Jesus Camp.
From the trailer they focused on a kid who at age five was saved. I distinctly remember rejecting Christianity at age five. I just couldn't accept the shallow concept of the requirement to believe something on faith (read: gullibility) in order to go to heaven or else you burn for eternity! Absurd on its face. Even for a five year old. Still holds true for a 51 year old. Totally unbelievable not to mention stupid.
Judge to Rule on Jose Padilla case
(Padilla is an American citizen who has been held for three years with no charges brought against him. He has been tortured to the point that his attorneys claim he is unfit to stand trial. Yes. This is the United States of America.)
The Bush Gulag: Where are the Bodies?
Enemy Combatant: The searing story of one man’s years inside the notorious American prison—and his Kafkaesque struggle to clear his name
Capt Travis Patriquin the author of this simple but effective slide show showing how to achieve victory in Iraq was killed by the same improvised explosive device that killed Maj. Megan McClung of the Marine Corps last Wednesday.
Patriquin had fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. A gifted officer, he spoke numerous languages, including Arabic. His story is here.
How to talk to a climate skeptic.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
BooMan studies the Church Committee Reports to understand the path we are going down at present and the real danger to our civil liberties and the nation we were.
Daily Kos reports on Tommy Franks latest assertion that the constitution will likely be thrown out if there is another terrorist attack on American soil.
Wesley Clark to host conference on National Security in March.
Diplomat's suppressed document lays bare the lies that led us to war.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Büchner lives on: The inestimable Times Literary Supplement reviews the inimitable playwright who died at age 23 but left a legacy for the ages:
DICHTUNGEN, SCHRIFTEN, BRIEFE UND DOKUMENTE
Edited by Rosemarie and Henri Poschmann
Slate: Barackwater: For now, Obama's scandal is too small to hurt.
Steven Berlin Johnson concludes a series on cities in the NY Times. He blogs here.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Julia Sweeney author of "Letting Go of God" now has a CD available of her one women show.
Must read piece on Jose Padilla, US citizen who has been held for more than three years with no charges brought against him. Mr. Padilla has undergone extensive torture to the point that in his current mental condition he is unfit for trial: Presidential Tyranny Untamed by Defeat.
Does this represent our ideals? What binds us together as a nation if not respect for civil rights? Dark times for the republic... Maybe end times for the great experiment...
On a lighter note:
Otter Creek Trail
Dec 10th, 2006
Marathon State 43, total marathons 81
This is the first time I’ve run marathons in back to back weekends. Prior to this the closest time in between marathons has been two weeks. Recovery from trail marathons is almost instantaneous so I didn’t have much apprehension running this race one week after the Tecumseh Trail Marathon in
I flew in to
Race start was a tad on the cold side (30F), but after a couple miles I was glad I was wearing just a tech top and shorts. We started off with a 2.2 mile loop, then commenced with the first of three 8-mile loops. Though I started off in an easy lope, no one wanted to run with me so right away I opened up a 100 yard lead. At the 2.2 mile point I couldn’t see anyone behind me. Could this be the makings of a runaway race?
It didn’t take long before the slower of the 8 milers and the 16 mile racers started coming back. Though I would yell “on your left” as I passed there was contact on occasion with the IPoders. I can’t understand why people listen to music when they run. It would drive me crazy. There is enough to keep track of out there in the wilderness.
I would get to know this 8-mile loop intimately over the next three hours, but the first time through was spectacular. Rolling terrain through deciduous forest over leaf-covered single track trail, followed by a precipitous drop to Otter Creek which we followed for some time before an aide station about halfway through the loop. Then we climbed up to a bluff where we had a scenic overlook of the Ohio River which forms the border between
Little did I know that I should have held some in reserve for my airport connection in
Monday, December 11, 2006
No, I haven't read any of them!
On my short list are Absurdistan, The Looming Tower, Mayflower, The Omivore's Dilemma, and The Places In Between. I probably should read all of them.
Hey! I just read George Soros' new book"The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror". What a magnificent thinker! How can those right-wing bloviards like Bill O'Reilly disparage him as "far left" etc?? He is for open societies! He established institutions that opened up the Soviet Bloc and broke down the Iron Curtain! For goodness sake!! He is a democrat with a small d!! One can only deduce that the right wing bloviards are anti-democratic and closer to plutocratic, or worse fascist.
Friday, December 08, 2006
"A dead llama, laying in the middle of a yard, with two dogs feeding on the carcass.
Another dead llama, its legs sticking out of a broken window.
An emaciated horse, so far gone that it cannot stand up.
A dead dog, laying in the doorway of a trailer under a crate full of garbage.
A box full of dead, rotting puppies."
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Dailykos: Wes Clark's Iraq positions. Very extensive! Wes Clark is 'da man!!
Bill Moyers gives this message to West Point cadets.
FL-13 update. Howard Dean favors going to the mat! Go Howard!
Dennis Kucinich has truth. Why can't reason prevail in the Iraq debacle? We should have cut and run in 2004.