Thursday, May 29, 2008
The media and the White House are spinning frantically over former Bush spokesliar Scott McClellan's new book in which he claims that he's just an honest man given bad information by his bosses. It's pure bullshit, of course, but what surprised people is that he would turn on Bush with such venom. What's not surprising is that former Bush lackeys want to scrub off the filth of this administration that they wallowed in so long. McClellan has an inkling of how badly he's going to look in history so he wants people to think he was manipulated.
In his book he states that Bush wanted all along to attack Iraq, cherry-picked facts to suit him and had no plan for the war once we were there. This has been common knowledge for those of us on the left for, oh, six years now. The White House and what's left of its squad of apologists are in full attack mode, aided by a nervous media, desperate to conceal its complicity. The scrambling by both these groups of people over the next few weeks will be fun to watch. And this can't be good for John McCain.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Back when I was a dinosaur-obsessed kid staring at vivid paintings of great battles between Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, those lurid images invitably had crested Pteranodon soaring overhead, its 27-foot wings keeping it safe from the melee below. Later, Pteranodon was dethroned as biggest flying creature by Quetzalcoatlus, with an immense 40-foot span. The current champion is the massive Hatzegopteryx from Romania.
How did these monsters live? Scientists had difficulty understanding how creatures that big could even get off the ground. For a while people thought that they were the reptile equivalent of balsa wood, incredibly light for their size and delicate. They were thought to cling to windy hillsides and pluck fish out of the water.
Now, a new paper by Darren Naish and Mark Witton of the University of Portsmouth turns all of that upside down. These huge flying creatures were sturdy, agile on the ground, and could get airborne in a hurry when they needed to. Imagine gigantic storks, walking on all fours through a fern meadow in the Cretaceous, looking for baby dinosaurs to munch on and leaping into the air with a flap of airplane-size wings when the enraged parent shows up.
This is why I love the internet. I can hear about this sort of thing as soon as it's published and not have to wait six months for it to appear in National Geographic. I can read the paper myself, as much as I can understand of it and read opinions about it from other specialists. The writers of this paper are both well known in the palaeo-freak world. Darren Naish discusses it on his always interesting blog, and Mark Witton created the above image; his Flickr site is the place for Pterosaur imagery.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I think asking why we take time to honor the dead soldiers while ignoring the living ones is long overdue. I think asking why our soldiers are overseas "fighting for our freedom" while our own government is eroding it is long overdue. I think asking why our government expects our troops to make the ultimate sacrifice in wars that they themselves profit from is long overdue.
I think a change in who runs our government is long overdue. Making that change would be a real way to honor the fallen.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Today started with a steady drizzle- perfect weather for cleaning the solar panels. I climbed up with the hose and a wet mop. I was able to reach most of the panels with my hands and got most of the dust off. That should hold for a couple of months. I also managed to clean a lot of stuff out of the gutters. This may seem like a stupid thing to blog about but I'm not supposed to wash the panels when they're in sunlight so I couldn't have asked for better conditions this morning.
Friday, May 23, 2008
SSU didn't waste any time with the ceremony, because we got there 10 minutes late and they were already on the second speaker. It was in an art gallery on campus that was too small so people were huddled in the doorways but they did have champagne.
LeeJ is happy to be finally done and glad to see her family and old friends. Plus, the house is clean, we have snacks and cake to last all weekend and I don't have to work until Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
It's seriously hot here. Triple digits in May already. We had all the windows open and the ceiling fan in the bedroom on and it was still too hot to sleep. On the plus side, it's Bike To Work Day today and I Got a tote bag with a bunch of freebies.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
A Navy admiral engaged in sexual relations in the White House in 1990 with a federal employee whom he falsely told he was a widower, according to a report released Friday by the Defense Department.In March, when the report was submitted to Pentagon officials, Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem was demoted and fired from his post as director of the Navy staff.Stufflebeem told investigators he couldn't remember the name of the woman he had an affair with. He also lied when he told investigators he did not engage in sexual relations with the woman, identified as "Jane Doe," the Defense Department's inspector general's report said.
She also told investigators that Stufflebeem came to her home on the day in August 1990 when she learned he was married and that she called him "scum," shut the door in his face and never spoke to him again.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
So far I've got peas, volunteer tomatoes that sprouted up elsewhere in the yard, a potato that was sprouting in the refrigerator, an onion that survived the winter and a tarragon plant that did the same. I also have some strawberries that I got from Kathy Curley at work. I would have brought more home but it's hard to carry a flat on a bicycle.
As always, I do this work Karcher style, the soundtrack for the day starting with a Studio 1 ska compilation, a big band collection, another Studio 1 comp- dub this time, Jimmy Smith's House Party, a Dr. Nico/Roger/Tabu Ley Rochereau collection and finishing off with the Boards Of Canada.
Friday, May 9, 2008
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The Pentagon has been forced to release documents regarding its coordination with military media analysts. The blogosphere is digging through the pile to see just how extensive the manipulation of public perception is. Outside of the New York Times, who broke the story there has been a continued blackout from TV and print media. The traditional media has had a steady decline as readers and viewers discover that the internet is a much more reliable source of information. If you aren't paranoid enough, Meteor Blades at Kos and the formidable Glenn Greenwald have more.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Andy Bey is one of my favorite singers. He's been around for a while, but I've only known about him for the last couple of years. His recent stuff is amazing. His voice is rich and full of emotion. He got his start playing piano and singing with his sisters but he's on his own now. This video is from the early days because I couldn't find anything recent with acceptable quality. This should give you an idea of what he sounds like, though.
I hate that shit, man. The longer I toss and turn, the angrier I get and the sleeplessness feeds itself. The next day is wasted, although today I forced myself to plant some strawberries in the garden. Maybe a shot of Jaegermeister befor bed tonight.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Josh Marshall has a question about that. Bloch was also investigating Karl Rove in the firings of U.S. attorneys and had complained about being blocked by the justice department.
So was Bloch raided for not doing his job or doing it?
Nuns. In wheelchairs. This country gets more ridiculous every day.
Sister Julie McGuire said she was forced to turn away her fellow sisters at Saint Mary's Convent in South Bend, across the street from the University of Notre Dame, because they had been told earlier that they would need such an ID to vote.
The nuns, all in their 80s or 90s, didn't get one but came to the precinct anyway.
"One came down this morning, and she was 98, and she said, 'I don't want to go do that,'" Sister McGuire said.
Some showed up with outdated passports. None of them drives. They weren't given provisional ballots because it would be impossible to get them to a motor vehicle branch and back in the 10-day time frame allotted by the law, Sister McGuire said. "You have to remember that some of these ladies don't walk well. They're in wheelchairs or on walkers or electric carts."
Monday, May 5, 2008
G. Gordon Liddy. You remember him? The Watergate burglar who was convicted and served time in prison over that and came out even crazier than he was when he went in? It appears our straight talkin' maverick has close ties with the former Nixon thug. To the point of being a guest on Liddy's radio show and Liddy has hosted a fund-raiser for him.
Since Obama is being questioned over and over about the incendiary things Wright has said, in fairness we should ask whether McCain agrees with these statements by Liddy regarding his admiration for Adolf Hitler:
So if McCain hasn't disavowed Liddy and given his money back can we assume McCain agrees with those sentiments?
"...at assemblies where the national anthem is played I must suppress the urge to snap out my right arm."
"Hitler's sheer animal confidence and power of will (entranced me). He sent an electric current through my body."
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Evangelicals have proclaimed today National Day of Prayer, but only if you're a Christian. Everybody else is supposed to STFU I guess.
Bush, with his usual sensitivity, proclaimed today Law Day to celebrate the rule of law. Let that one soak in. So far I haven't seen any reports that he resigned and turned himself in. Maybe we should call every day Global Irony Day.