September 6, 2007 archive

Boycott Minneapolis Airport for Larry Craig!! Too Funny!!

A tip has appeared in my inbox that’s just to durned good to pass up.  Remember bad ol’ Richard Pombo?  Well, it seems his pals at the American Land Rights Association are OUTRAGED!!!

The Battle Ground (Washington) based association says airport police who arrested the senator [Larry Craig] in a men’s room sex sting are responsible for weakening private property rights in the West. Craig is a Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

They’re calling for a boycott of the Minneapolis airport. Could be an interesting sidebar for next year’s Republican Presidential Convention in the Twin Cities, eh?

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

Boycott Minneapolis Airport for Larry Craig!! Too Funny!!

I’ve been out of the loop for the last week or so, on hiatus from the dK firehose.  But a tip has appeared in my inbox that’s just to durned good to pass up.  Remember bad ol’ Richard Pombo?  Well, it seems his pals at the American Land Rights Association are OUTRAGED!!!

The Battle Ground (Washington) based association says airport police who arrested the senator [Larry Craig] in a men’s room sex sting are responsible for weakening private property rights in the West. Craig is a Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

They’re calling for a boycott of the Minneapolis airport. Could be an interesting sidebar for next year’s Republican Presidential Convention in the Twin Cities, eh?

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

Four at Four

Four stories in the news at 4 o’clock. Simple, huh?

  1. The ACLU has struck another blow against Bush-style fascism on behalf of Joe Does everywhere. Dan Eggen of the Washington Post reports, Judge Rules Provisions of Patriot Act Unconstitutional:

    A federal judge today struck down portions of the USA Patriot Act as unconstitutional, ordering the FBI to stop issuing ‘national security letters’ that secretly demand customer information from Internet service providers and other businesses.

    U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in New York ruled that the landmark antiterrorism law violates the First Amendment and the separation of powers because it effectively prohibits recipients of the FBI letters from revealing their existence and does not provide adequate judicial oversight of the process.

    Marrero wrote in his 106-page ruling that Patriot Act provisions related to NSLs are “the legislative equivalent of breaking and entering, with an ominous free pass to the hijacking of constitutional values.”

  2. More court battles may be on the horizon for the Bush administration. According to The Guardian, the National Security Archives has sued the White House over their mishandling of email. “A private firm today filed a lawsuit claiming the White House illegally abandoned an automatic archiving system for its email in 2002. ¶ The legal move, taken by National Security Archive (NSA), a group advocating the public disclosure of government secrets, is the latest attempt to find out whether the Bush administration lost millions of electronic messages. ¶ Email problems at the White House first came to light during a special investigation into the leaking of the identity of a CIA agent in 2003, and the issue was raised again this year during inquiries into the role of presidential aides in firing US attorneys.”

  3. Not much news from the APEC meeting in Sydney, but The Hill makes mention of this bit of Aussie humor. “The White House was not amused Thursday by the antics of an Australian comedy group that breached President Bush’s security in Sydney… The group staged a faux motorcade, pretending to be the delegation of Canada with one of the comedians dressed as Osama bin Laden, and made it past two police checkpoints before being stopped.” The Sydney Morning Herald has more.

  4. Scientists now have a theory to explain how an asteroid was set on a collision course with the Earth — a cataclysmic event that is a leading theory to why many dinosaurs went extinct. has the low down, Dino-Killing Asteroid Traced to Cosmic Collision. “Scientists think the celestial smash-up took place some 160 million years ago in the asteroid belt, located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The collision would have hurled numerous large chunks of debris into space. And the scientists think one of those fragments crashed into Earth 65 million years ago to form the Chicxulub crater near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Another likely carved the Tycho crater on the moon, they said. ¶ The results, published in the Sept. 6 issue of the journal Nature, rely on a series of computer models and do not represent a firm conclusion, though they are supported by information collected from the Chicxulub crater by past researchers.”

Afternoon thread: Even you, oh Prince

where can i buy real viagra (I’m posting this as a thread, as I will be in and out, today only).
Luciano, Buona Notte. Nessun dorma, nessun dorma …
Tu pure, o Principessa,
Nella tua fredda stanza,
Guardi le stelle
Che tremano d’amore
  E di speranza.
here No one sleeps, no one sleeps…
Even you, o Princess,
In your cold room,
Watch the stars,
That tremble with love
  And with hope.

How to Make Honor out of a Sow’s Ear

I don’t write diaries much these days but I wanted to write this one this morning.  I don’t watch Fox News Republican debates,  I don’t even watch Fox News Democratic debates….heh! Sun Tzu is not impressed with my avoidance of knowing my enemy but did he get saddled with my gag reflex?  CNN was kind though this morning and while I was trimming my husband’s hair they put this clip up……Huckabee vs. Paul on the idea of an unsurge and leaving Iraq.  Mike Huckabee seems to know something about honor that I don’t.

The Power Is Back

No, not me!

The power in my little town after Hurricane Henriette passed closed by.

Now all I have left is Tornadoes and a Volcano actually source url erupting, Locusts….and Frogs. I have been in earthquakes, blizzards, sandstorms, lightning storms and lived on or near two active volcanoes. It’s not my fault they didn’t erupt while I was there! In any case I have now been close enough and the effects severe enough to have claimed to have been in a hurricane, so my collection of phenomena is proceeding apace! It was just a small hurricane and the eye was (I think) abouth thiry mile s away so it was dramatic, but not very serious.

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side effect on cats using prednisone Words

The words take control
demand to be written
I help guide them
dress them up
slim them down
searching for
clarity, brevity, emotion
hopefully all three
I’m not sure
where they come from
perhaps from the pains
and joys of my life
The words are the blood
in the vessels of my mind
just as feelings are
the blood feeding my soul
Is there any separation
between me and the words?

–Robyn Elaine Serven
–January 10, 2006

The Morning News: RIP Pavarotti

go here From Yahoo News THE TOP STORY

Italian tenor Pavarotti dies at age 71
By ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press Writer
49 minutes ago

ROME – Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C’s and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar, died Thursday. He was 71.

His manager, Terri Robson, told the AP in an e-mailed statement that Pavarotti died at his home in Modena, Italy, at 5 a.m. local time. Pavarotti had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and underwent further treatment in August.

“The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life. In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness,” the statement said.

Earth tones

Well, it’s a vardenafil senza ricetta online big change, but I want you to see just what a buy generic lasix 40mg online pharmacy india little change in background color can do.

The main color is based on Patriot Buff, but is even lighter- fffffa

This is the color of the outer border and the main column.

The Recent Diaries Column and the Menu Column are a little yellower than Patriot Buff- ffffee and they are now both the same color instead of one being darker than the other.

So this is ‘earth tones’ and browns, yellows, greens, and reds should work and play well.

I’d like you to live with it for a while (like today maybe) and we’ll try something different tommorow.

No, I’m not afraid of anything, why do you ask?

The violence grows worse, and the Democrats won’t stop it.

Here’s the problem, as defined by two front page newspaper stories.

The Washington Post has a report that undercuts claims that violence in Iraq is dropping:

The U.S. military’s claim that violence has decreased sharply in Iraq in recent months has come under scrutiny from many experts within and outside the government, who contend that some of the underlying statistics are questionable and selectively ignore negative trends.

Reductions in violence form the centerpiece of the Bush administration’s claim that its war strategy is working. In congressional testimony Monday, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, is expected to cite a 75 percent decrease in sectarian attacks. According to senior U.S. military officials in Baghdad, overall attacks in Iraq were down to 960 a week in August, compared with 1,700 a week in June, and civilian casualties had fallen 17 percent between December 2006 and last month. Unofficial Iraqi figures show a similar decrease.

source Others who have looked at the full range of U.S. government statistics on violence, however, accuse the military of cherry-picking positive indicators and caution that the numbers — most of which are classified — are often confusing and contradictory. “Let’s just say that there are several different sources within the administration on violence, and those sources do not agree,” Comptroller General David Walker told Congress on Tuesday in releasing a new Government Accountability Office report on Iraq.

Of course, cherry-picking the intel was one of the ways the Bush Administration sold the war to the gullible public, in the first place!

The article makes clear that compliant military officers have been questioning the methodology of the recent pessimistic GAO report and the similarly negative report in the recent National Intelligence Estimate. For example, the NIE reported on the worsening warfare between rival Shiite factions, while the military simply doesn’t track Shiite-on-Shiite or Sunni-on-Sunni attacks. Violence is apparently invisible and inconsequential if it isn’t perpetrated by pre-selected factions. One wonders if there’s an actual application form they’re supposed to fill out, before their murder and mayhem can be officially recognized. Similarly, acts of violence by Sunni tribesmen who have been recruited as U.S. allies aren’t counted at all. In other words, being a U.S. ally means never having to say you’re a murderer.

The December 2006 Iraq Study Group also reported that violence was being underreported, as the Los Angeles Times explained:

Bombings, sectarian slayings and other violence related to the war killed at least 1,773 Iraqi civilians in August, the second month in a row that civilian deaths have risen, according to government figures. An Associated Press tally put the August figure even higher, at 1,809.

And, according to that AP tally, those August casualties represent  the second-highest monthly total of the year.


As people begin to drift in, I think we should establish a policy on usernames. Otherwise, we might end up with some of the games being played at peeder’s place. I think we should say, up front, in our Faq or whatever we come up with, that people who have established UIDs on other sites should be given the presumptive right to use them, here; and that if anyone takes the UID of someone well-known on other sites, they should make clear on their user page that they are not that person. I realize this is another subtle meta issue, but it’s another that I think needs clarification, before people start using UIDs to abuse their previous enemies. And they will. And it could create another type of headache that would disrupt the site’s smooth flow.


What falls away is always

I never mentioned to him, during those four years that we knew each other, that I was familiar with Theodore Roethke. I never recall Murray saying a word about Roethke to me. It is the greatest irony to me; a small thing to you, of course. But when you meet someone, and see them many, many times over the course of four years, and your lives cross paths in both big and minuscule ways, you’d think that “knowing” Roethke would have been a topic that might have been shared.

Theodore Roethke get link Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

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