Thursday, February 22, 2007
Fear grows over US Iran War mongering in Britain.
Mother Jones: The Iraq Effect: The War in Iraq and its effect on Terrorism.
The Nation: A Trial for Thousands denied Trial: The case of Jose Padilla, an American citizen held for over four years without charges being brought against him.
I fly to Barcelona tomorrow to run the Barcelona Maraton!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
NYT: A Film Star in Kampala -- Forest Whitaker, star of The Last King of Scotland as Idi Amin, makes a big hit in Uganda. We watched the movie last Saturday in the theater. Powerful movie.
Pastor Ted Update
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Microsoft 1978 (In 1982 as an employee of Bank and Office Furnitures of Bellevue, WA I delivered furniture to the fledgling company known as Microsoft)
Pikes, Incline, Manitou
Rep Tim Ryan Iraq Debate
Congressman Tim Ryan calls out Repuglican hypocrits on who is really "supporting the troops".
Saturday, February 17, 2007
The 111 Greatest Anglo-American Folk Artists
Running upper Crystal Park on "Palmer Trail Road" this morning. We tried to find the Palmer Trail without success. Our plan had been to run back down the trail and join up with the Section 16 trails. Instead, we turned around to run back down the Crystal Park Road. I made the mistake of deciding to slide down to the Cog Railway from the second big switchback. I thought the snow would be loose and easy to plunge step down the slopes. That turned out to be true. What I hadn't reckoned on was a solid sheet of ice beneath the new snow. That side of Eagle Mountain never sees the sun this time of year. I made it down, but the tips of my fingers are still somewhat numb -- three hours later.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Fox News tries a right-wing comedy show. You judge. Are they funny?
Booman Tribune: Creeping Fascism or just a simple dictatorship?
Intelligence Leaks: Cheney's Call
Tony Snow: "I'm not sure anything went wrong in Iraq".
Please listen to tonight's session on Democracy Now! Greg Palast on Vulture Capitalists taking windfall gains from poor African nations, The Dixie Chicks, and more. It is a great program this evening.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Who is this man, Wes Clark?
From the 'Frontline' four-page series on the media Interviews: Carl Bernstein on Nixon vs. Bush Excerpt: It's very difficult, as a reporter, to get across that when you say, "This is a presidency of great dishonesty," that this is not a matter of opinion. This is demonstrable fact. If you go back and look at the president's statements, you look at the statements of the vice president, you look at the statements of Condoleezza Rice, you go through the record, you look at what [counterterrorism expert] Richard Clarke has written, you look at what we know -- it's demonstrable.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Ted Haggard Update
Somebody is no longer a Repuglican.
Jane Smiley: The End is Nigh
Monday, February 12, 2007
Gore Vidal's questions from the year 2002 still require answers.
Wes Clark has a highly intelligent assessment on whether: Is War with Iran Inevitable?
Barcelona in 60 seconds
Bush Backed Shiite group receiving weapons from Iran. How is that for a confusing factor?
Longest time for a jailed journalist: Josh Wolf: Why? Democracy Now! asks why?
Walter Pincus reveals Ari as leak source.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
TWO OHIO ELECTION OFFICIALS CONVICTED FOR RIGGING 2004 PRESIDENTIAL RECOUNT!
Will be Questioned by Special Prosecutor Before Sentencing to Learn if Higher Ups Involved
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Refreshing Candidate: Mike Gravel's Campaign for the 2008 Presidency
I just signed up for the Bighorn Trail 100-mile race on June 15th.
Other races on the schedule so far for 2007:
Barcelona Marathon, March 4th
Big Sur Marathon, April 29th
Barr Trail Race, July 15th
Grand Island Trail Marathon, Michigan UP, July 28th
Pikes Peak Double (Marathon and ascent), August 18 and 19
Colorado Relay, Sept 21 - 22
More Clues to what is coming if we are not vigilant
From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq By Craig Unger
Vanity Fair March 2007 Issue
The same neocon ideologues behind the Iraq war have been using the same tactics-alliances with shady exiles, dubious intelligence on WMD-to push for the bombing of Iran. As President Bush ups the pressure on Tehran, is he planning to double his Middle East bet?
The Pentagon's not-so-little secret By Sidney Blumenthal
As the president and Republicans continue to hype the surge -- and stifle debate about it -- Bush's own war planners are preparing for failure in Iraq.And, another marveously insightful look into the twisted psyche of "The Decider":
Why Bush's Inner "Reality" Has Poisoned His Own Troop Plan
By John P. Briggs, M.D., and JP Briggs II, Ph.D.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Ersatz Apocalypto: Slaughter and Spin in the Battle for Najaf
Monday, February 05, 2007
Can Washington get smart on science?
Cheney's Fund Manager attacks... Cheney
PROBE THIS: Sen Bob Graham said two 9/11 hijackers had direct ties to Saudi intelligence
Joe Scarborough is getting angry with Bushevism.
Huff Post: Artifact from the Future: GoreBama
Very Weird story: Space shuttle astronaut arrested at OIA on attempted kidnapping, battery charges.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
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National Intelligence Estimate: WaPost: U.S. Has little control in Iraq anymore
Update on U.S. Attorney firings: Set for Congressional Showdown. Good. The Bush Crime Family no longer has a rubberstamp politburo for a Congress.
Must Read: John Pilger: Iran, A War is Coming
Frank Rich: Timeline of Deceptions. He has an excellent post in today's Times, available on Times Select if you have it. Update: Truthout has the complete article with links.
Booman Tribune: Traitorgate: Dick Cheney was briefed by CIA on Niger
Saturday, February 03, 2007
What is your favorite building?
Is the prez going to get his self-fulfilling prophecy and secret wish? That the terrorists bring the war to the U.S.?
NYT: Iraq’s Shadow Widens Sunni-Shiite Split in U.S.
Keith Olbermann: Bush Shoots for "Jaws", Delivers "Jaws 2"
Blame Iran Campaign stumbles on reality.
John Genet stopped by my house this morning after running the Incline to recommend this thoughtful piece by Nick Bromell: Scooter Libby and Me. Subtext: A longtime friend of Scooter Libby's shares the questions he wants to ask of his old touch football buddy, and as the trial begins, wonders whether to hope for Scooter's acquittal or conviction.
It goes a long ways towards elucidating the difference between the fundamentalist mindset that has had a stranglehold on America public policy throughout these long and dark six years and the tolerant, openminded perspective that represents liberalism.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Zbigniew Brzezinski will offer this to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It is so refreshing to have a Congress that is actively seeking answers and solutions to our debacle instead of rubberstamping delusional quasi-dictator/deciders.
Spencer Ackerman on Admiral Bill Fallon: Not very admirable
Francis Fukuyama has this in yesterday's Guardian.
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".
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- Waterkeepers: RFK, Jr battles corporate polluters
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- The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
- The Canary Coalition
- Leonardo di Caprio has a damn good environmental web site
- Next Billion.net -- Development Through Enterprise -- Focusing on the 4B people at the bottom of the pyramid
- Save the Springs -- To preserve and enhance quality of life in the Pikes Peak region
- Kleercut: Wiping away ancient Forests
- COLORS: a most extraordinary magazine
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“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