Friday, April 27, 2007 's Josh Marshall explains the rash of Republican scandals coming out recently and how it ties in to the Attorney General scandal.

Check out too.
DailyKos: Holocaust Jokes at the US Air Force Academy.

There is hunger for IMPEACHMENT. Will we feed it?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Though I am generally "anti war on drugs" when it comes to crystal meth it is a different story. This shit is downright life ruining. Denver's Westword has this 72 hour party.

Coming to PBS May 4th: A Brief History of Disbelief: "Less an advocacy of atheism than a kind of post-atheism, a historical and philosophical review of this strange, dying idea of "religion" that reveals the progressive growth of atheistic thought. It's wonderfully dismissive. The real question isn't how people can disbelieve, but how faith can survive and still linger on."

If you didn't get the chance to see Bill Moyer's Journal last night on "Buying the War" you can watch it online.

I just added the Sundance Channel on my cable TV lineup. Here's their Treehugger Blog on lowering your footprint with "Tiny Houses".

Must Read: The Free Press: Are Rove's missing e-mails the smoking guns of the stolen 2004 election?

Greg Palast says "Don't Fire Gonzales" Rove is the reason...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Roger Ebert is attending a film festival in Urbana Illinois after his surgery for cancer of the salivary gland. He was told not to do this because of unflattering portraits by the paparazzi. His response: "I ain't a Pretty Boy no more": We spend too much time hiding illnesses.

Orion Mag: The Ecology of Work
The GOP's cyber election hit squad
by Steven Rosenfeld and Bob Fitrakis
April 22, 2007

Did the most powerful Republicans in America have the computer capacity, software skills and electronic infrastructure in place on Election Night 2004 to tamper with the Ohio results to ensure George W. Bush's re-election?
John and I in a seldom visited spot on the slopes of Pikes Peak. Can you identify where?
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Battle For The Land of Khan: A Self-Taught Yak Herdsman From Mongolia Who Forced The Closure of polluting Mines On The Onggi River Is Today Awarded The World’s Biggest Environmental Prize: the Goldman Environtmenal Prize.

I have an affinity for Mongolia and intend to visit again. I have fond memories of a week I spent there in 2003 when I ran (and won) the Mongolia Marathon...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Vanity Fair: Rush to Judgment by James Wolcott

Attacking environmentalists as hippie-dip "wackos" who care more about spotted owls than people and use polar bears for propaganda, Rush Limbaugh has blinded millions of Americans to the climate crisis.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The Daily Galaxy: News ffrom Planet Earth and Beyond

The Sundance Channel's Treehugger Blog with lots of green celebs and what they are doing for environmentalism : perusing the crossroads of style and sustainability

Juan Cole is brilliant. Here he explains how cable news is distracting us from what we should be paying attention to: The Buzz Reason, The Real Reason

Niklas Zenström and Janus Friis, the creators of Skype and Kazaa, financed The Venice Project with the development of a peer-to-peer video distribution system now called 'Joost': it will revolutionize TV.

Speaker Pelosi received a letter anonymously from DOJ employees: There is a lot more politicization going on than we've been led to believe. Whatever happened to the Department of Justice? I thought it was supposed to be justice for all, not just Republicans...

Listening to again... It's great! I have my personalized Duke Ellington channel on... listening to Count Basie and "What am I here for?"

Thursday, April 19, 2007

It is time to admit that

The French were right: February 14, 2003, A Warning on Iraq from France: Make War the Last Option

French Ambassador to the United States has photos of the Va Tech shooting victims.

This clown is president?

Rove: 'I wish the Iraq War never existed. It was Osama bin Laden's idea.'

Daniel Schorr: When the public turns on public figures: Gonzales, Wolfowitz, Imus, and Nifong have something in common.

Amy Goodman: Patriot's Day, Stop the Violence

If you aren't watching PBS' America at a Crossroads, you should be....

Rep. Jack Murtha on Who Is Fighting the War

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) responds passionately on the House floor to comments by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) that "we" are fighting the war in Iraq.

"It is interesting to here the gentleman say 'we,' we fight, we aren't going to give up," he said. "Let me tell you something, we aren't fighting this war. It's the troops overseas, and when I talk to the families, when I go to the hospitals, I see the results of this war."

Murtha grew more heated as his went on, wagging his finger as he concluded, "Don't tell me we're fighting in this air conditioned office, we're not fighting this war, they're fighting it! And I'm proud of every single one of them!"

Murtha renewed his call for a draft, saying that if we are truly fighting the war we should spread the burden around the population.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

1931 Minnie the Moocher: Banned Betty Boop clip
The Heat is on: Domenici is feeling it: probe over U.S. Attorney firings

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) the second in a planned series of three, focuses on realistic ways that all of us can break out of our “mad romance with fossil fuel” and save both energy and money.

Kucinich to file articles of impeachment against Cheney

Are you watching America at a Crossroads on PBS? If not, you should...

Amazing Photos from China

New Yorker Short Story: The Stolen Pigeons

Grist: The Warm on Terror

Chimps more evolved than humans?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Design your own Darwin Fish

10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer

10 questions that every intelligent Christian must answer: Video: God is Imaginary

Sunday, April 15, 2007

GWB's Going Away Party

01.20.09: The end of an Error

American Theocracy, ad nauseum

$1.5B Later: Abstinence Training has no effect. In typical fashion the Bushevic Administration dumped this news on Friday afternoon after the news cycle.

“After 10 years and $1.5 billion in public funds these failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs will go down as an ideological boondoggle of historic proportions,” said James Wagoner, President of Advocates for Youth.

“The tragedy is not simply the waste of taxpayer dollars, it is the damage done to the young people who have been on the receiving end of distorted, inaccurate information about condoms and birth control. We have been promoting ignorance in the era of AIDS, and that’s not just bad public health policy, its bad ethics”.

Bees are dieing: Part II

Saturday, April 14, 2007

They aren't Christians, they're Dominionists. Long article, but well worth reading:
The Despoiling of America : How George W. Bush became the head of the new American Dominionist Church/State

Politics US: Breaking the Army

NYT: Hillary Clinton's Wellesley classmates speak out.

NYT: Maureen Dowd: Wolfowitz "More Con than Neo"

Bill Maher New Rule - From Elites to Jesus

Bill Maher on how the wacko religious right have taken over our government. 150 graduates of Pat Robertson's University populate the administration!!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Anti-War Radio Check the archives. Lots of listening available!

Media Matters chronicles a whole host of right-wing talk jock's bigotry: It's not just Imus

The New Yorker: John Colapinto reports on his visit to the Pirahã tribe in the rain forest of northwestern Brazil. Slide show

NetTrends '08: The online race for the Whitehouse

ProgressNowAction: 1 in 5 soldiers returning to Fort Carson has "brain trauma"

Blogs that make you think:

wood s lot "the fitful tracing of a portal"
No Blood for Hubris
Welcome to Pottersville
Jesus' General
Here is the next scandal. And it promises to be a doozy! Maybe Cheney will take the fall.

White House Stonewalls Waxman’s Inquiry Into Cheney-Linked MZM Contracts

On March 26, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) wrote a letter to White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten demanding “all contracts, subcontracts, and task orders between MZM, Inc. and the Executive Office of the President.”

As ThinkProgress has reported, there is good reason to believe fired U.S. attorney Carol Lam was targeting the White House’s connections to MZM contractor Mitchell Wade, who pled guilty to paying more than $1 million in bribes to former Rep. Duke Cunningham. Despite no record of having ever received a federal contract, Wade’s firm received a $140,000 contract in 2002 to provide a system to screen the President’s mail.

Jesus Camp

Watch the full movie here if you want to understand the mind of the Religious Right. It is downright scary!
Google Earth Maps out Darfur Atrocities

Mark Fiore: MC Rove animation

DailyKos: Breaking! --- The Earth (VIII) (Roundup up Environmental Stories)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

"Karl Rove, Voter Suppression and the Cashiered U.S. Attorneys" by Scott Horton

Robert Novak says a bipartisan deal on the supplemental appropriations bill to finance the Iraq war appears to be in the books, with less talk now of a presidential veto and a subsequent crisis over funding the troops in the field. The final version probably will contain the benchmarks opposed by President George W. Bush, but with no cutoff of funding.
Live the dream in Barcelona - Europe's most vibrant city

TomDispatch: Six Crises in Search of an Author How the Bush Administration Destabilized the "Arc of Instability" By Tom Engelhardt

The Independent: Robert Fisk: The American Plan for Iraq: Divide and Rule Revealed: a new counter-insurgency strategy to carve up the city into sealed areas. The tactic failed in Vietnam. So what chance does it have in Iraq?

Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84.
What a great soul. He was very popular in my high school in the early 70's. I loved him then. Sirens of Titan, Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse Five...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Mayor of Salt Lake City: Tell it Rocky!
Colbert Report: Katrina van den Heuvel defends the Nation's coverage of the Iraq debacle, "We never lost our head -- while too much of the media gave head".

Spike Lee Talks of War, Gangsta Rap, Making Films and Setting Goals

Brad Blog: Reporting on the Voter Fraud scandal at the heart of the U.S. Attorney purge

I caught this last night on C-Span's Run for the White House: Romney and the NRA Guy... He is toast. Just like McCain is toast... Political Death watch
David Corn: Jeane Kirkpatrick, Neocon Godmother Considered Iraq War a Mistake

Each year, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression gives out Jefferson Muzzle awards to “the most egregious First Amendment violators.” This year’s winners: the Bush administration (for censoring scientists on climate change) and the Defense Department (for its “investigations of organizations that conducted peaceful anti-war protests”).

Saturday, April 07, 2007

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SB and JC last Summer at Barr Camp -- training on Pikes Peak

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Pikes Peak Cog Railway Terminal, Manitou Springs, Colorada

My house is just up the canyon from here hidden in the white mist.
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Friday, April 06, 2007

Old Sam outside my house this last winter. I miss you old boy...
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William Rivers Pitt: The American Tragedy of John McCain (He once was my favorite Republican)
Vanity Fair: Texas Chainsaw Management

by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

"The verdict of history sometimes takes centuries. The verdict on George W. Bush as the nation's environmental steward has already been written in stone. No president has mounted a more sustained and deliberate assault on the nation's environment."

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

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Rocky Mountain Ranger, Rick Tosches on the new Grand Canyon Skywalk: Tired Tribe takes grandeur out of canyon Skywalk. Thanks Rick. I think I'll pass after hearing that less than rave review... I would rather do a rim-to-rim run of the canyon anyway... now that is definitely on my list of someday must do's...

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I thought these things might be clues

Daily Show: John Kerry talks to Jon Stewart about the important work that RFK Jr's Waterkeepers is doing to combat the Bush Administration polluters and his new book: This Moment on Earth: Today's New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future

London Review of Books: The General in his Labyrinth (Musharaf's last days ruling Pakistan...apres moi le deluge)

Important for the revival of Mongolian Tibetan Buddhism: The Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition.

Watching John Edwards on C-Span's "Road to the White House"... I am gravitating towards him as my candidate... I like Dennis Kucinich and Wes Clark, but they probably don't have much of a chance... John Edwards is a decent man and he has put forth detailed plans for health care and energy.

Monday, April 02, 2007

High Country News: Disposable Workers of the Oil and Gas Fields

If you don’t have a college degree, it’s the best job in the West. Unless you die, unnoticed.

Researchers using nanotechnology have taken a step toward creating an "optical cloaking" device that could render objects invisible by guiding light around anything placed inside this "cloak."

Grieving Couple commit suicide after pet dog dies

Chernobyl: "There is only one healing force, and that is nature." Arthur Schopenhauer

Good advice: Getting Rid of your debt without worrying about the "Latte Factore"

Tom Waits- Chocolate Jesus

What better response to this:

NYC Chocolate Jesus Exhibit Canceled After Outrage

than Tom Waits singing Chocolate Jesus...

Habeaus Corpus, R.I.P.

Andrew Sullivan cites the views of Winston Churchill -- whom Bush followers love to trot out (manipulatively) as their prop to symbolize endless warfare -- expressed when Churchill was, as Sullivan puts it, "fighting a war against the greatest evil imaginable, when the very survival of Britain as an independent and free country was in the balance":

The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him judgement by his peers for an indefinite period, is in the highest degree odious, and is the foundation of all totalitarian governments whether Nazi or Communist.

The extent to which this current version of the Republican Party is hostile to our most basic constitutional traditions and defining political principles really cannot be overstated. They simply do not believe in them.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

BradBlog: "Evidence Suggests U.S. Attorney Firings May Have Been Part of White House Scheme to Help Game 2008 Election"
Why would Rove put his boy into the Arkansas seat? To reopen investigations on Hillary? Do you think? We know from the New Jersey election that Chris Christie, the former Bush ''Pioneer'' who is now the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, issued subpoenas for corruption charges on Bob Menendez two months before the 2006 election -- and news of the subpoenas was quickly leaked to local news media. The charges were bogus and later dropped.

The other attorney replacements are all Rove boys, who are charged with investigating the canard of voter fraud, which really means the Repug tactic of voter suppression.