August 28, 2008 archive

Four at Four

  1. Reuters reports Gustav threatens Jamaica. “Jamaicans deserted the streets and government offices closed as a strengthening Tropical Storm Gustav took aim at the island on Thursday on a path toward the Gulf of Mexico oil fields as a powerful hurricane…
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put New Orleans residents on alert for possible evacuations from Friday, the third anniversary of Katrina’s strike.”

    According to The Times-Picayune, New Orleans isn’t ready yet for another hurricane. The Area’s flood shield still has danger zones.

    If Gustav heads into southeast Louisiana, scientists and engineers agree that large swaths of the region could be at great risk of flooding from even a moderate storm surge, especially neighborhoods near the Industrial Canal and on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish…

    Almost $13 billion in work remains to be done before the region is protected from a 100-year storm — about the size of Hurricane Rita — and that means much of the hurricane protection system remains at risk…

    The system’s Achilles heel remains the Industrial Canal area, where $695 million worth of structures are planned… But that work, still being designed, won’t start to provide any storm surge protection until this time next year.

    Three years to make a positive difference, but the Bush administration comes up empty handed. Now if Gustav makes landfall as a hurricane, people likely will be killed by a storm in New Orleans… again.

    Meanwhile, the Republicans are wondering if they should push back their convention one week so John McCain can accept his party’s nomination on September 11th. According to Fox Noise, Gustav threatens RNC plans. “Mindful of the pitfalls of hosting cocktail parties while Gulf Coast residents are being evacuated, John McCain’s campaign suggested Thursday that Republicans could postpone their upcoming national convention in St. Paul if Tropical Storm Gustav makes landfall over the weekend.”

    Which Bush administration failure does McCain wish to associate with? 9/11 or Katrina? My guess is 9/11, but then who can say? The Republicans chose to celebrate the nation’s crumbling infrastructure by holding their fĂȘte in the Twin Cities.

Four at Four continues the U.S. defeat in Afghanistan, Putin feeding Georgia conspiracy theories, and investigations, er a whole lot of nothing, from Congress.


I might not be around much tomorrow, having some plans re celebrating spending a half a century on this beautiful little planet, so I thought I would take today to condense what I have learned during my sentence time here on earth.

Tinfoil doesn’t work.


Apples straight off of the tree are very tasty.

The beauty of sunsets and sunrises are impossible to describe, paint, or otherwise capture, so don’t even try.

Tomatoes are not, as once was believed, poisonous.

There IS nothing to fear but fear itself.

Assholes are everywhere, and it is a choice to be one or not.

There is….gasp! …an unconscious but very real conspiracy by the rich and powerful to stay rich and powerful and to help their friends stay rich and powerful.

Sanctimony, hypocrisy and moral relativism are more common than ants.

There is no spoon.

There are, for some reason though, sporks.

Sorted by race

As many of us have been reveling in the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and the nomination of an African American man to be President of the United States, our country continues to practice some of the most egregious human rights violations we’ve seen in the last 40-50 years.

I expect the people of Postville, Iowa woke up on Tuesday morning with heavy hearts, knowing exactly what so many in Laurel, MS were feeling the day after an ICE raid in which almost 600 people were arrested and jailed. It seems that, as far as ICE, the Justice Department, and Bushco, Postville was such a great succes that it is likely to be repeated all over the country.


Show this picture everywhere

Tomorrow, the whole world will watch as John McCain introduces and appears with his running mate as the Republican ticket in public for the first time. The timing of the announcement is meant to achieve four key goals for the McCain campaign:

1) Keep Obama/Biden from getting the kajillion point bounce they need for the Democratic National Convention to be considered a success.

2) Dominate the weekend news cycle.

3) Generate a little excitement for the moribund Republican Party heading into their dirgefest national convention.

4) Distract us all from an important anniversary.

The Obama-Biden Worldview

Paul Jay, CEO of The Real News, in a three way interview with Phyllis Bennis, Eric Margolis and Paul Heinbecker, discusses and dissects the foreign policy mindset and worldview we can expect from an Obama-Biden Administration…

August 28, 2008 – 12 min 45 sec

Phyllis Bennis is a Senior Analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. She is the author of Before and After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11 Crisis and Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power.  Her newest book Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer  will be available in September 2008.

Eric Margolis is a journalist born in New York City and holding degrees from Georgetown the University of Geneva, and New York University. During the Vietnam War he served as a US Army infantryman. Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World — The Struggle for Afghanistan and Asia is a syndicated columnist and broadcaster whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Mainichi Shimbun and US Naval Institute Proceedings.

Paul Heinbecker joined the Department of External Affairs (Canada) immediately after graduation, and received postings abroad in Ankara, Stockholm, and Paris. From 1989 to 1992, Heinbecker served as Chief Foreign Policy Advisor and speechwriter for Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, and as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy. In 1992, he was appointed ambassador to Germany. In the late 1990s, he organized the task force on the Kosovo conflict, and served as head of the Canadian delegation to the Climate Change Convention in Kyoto. In 2000, Heinbecker was appointed as Ambassador to the United Nations. There he was a strong proponent of the International Criminal Court and argued for compromise in the lead-in to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

Remarks of Two OEF and OIF Veterans, DNC 2008, and Success!

In case you missed these powerful words from Two of our Countries Dedicated Veterans of the Current Occupation Theaters.

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan can be Proud of these two, your brother and sister Veterans, as can the Families of All who are Serving and have Served, for You All are the Only Ones Sacrificing as this Country refuses to understand that Sacrifice!

The ‘Honorable Cause’ is the protection of your brother’s and sister’s as they protect you, in any conflict theater this nation sends those that serve it, wrong or right!

This Country must Now make it Right for All of You, it has Shirked It’s Full Responsibility for far too long, from Korea to the Present Day, that must End!!

Open Thread


Feed your head.    

Docudharma Times Thursday August 28

To The Media: I’m Sorry That The

Democrats United Behind Barack Obama

I’m Sure You’ll Make Up Some Other

Ridiculous Controversy Straight Out Of Your

Little Imaginations I Have Faith In You    

Thursday’s Headlines:

New Orleans faces evacuation as Gustav looms

Thai police massing as protesters refuse to leave PM’s office

Model defector Won Jeong Hwa faces trial over spying for North Korea

Europe must stand up to Russia says UK

Swiss finally clear the last ‘witch’ beheaded in Europe

How Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai shared a table for two

In Congo, a new twist on ‘blood diamonds’

Syria eyes an edge amid Russia-U.S. rift

Two Iraqis’ different paths lead to American cooperation

As food prices soar, Brazil and Argentina react in opposite ways

Obama Wins Nomination; Biden and Bill Clinton Rally Party  


Published: August 27, 2008

DENVER – Barack Hussein Obama, a freshman senator who defeated the first family of Democratic Party politics with a call for a fundamentally new course in politics, was nominated by his party today to be the 44th president of the United States.

The unanimous vote made Mr. Obama the first African-American to become a major party nominee for president. It brought to an end an often-bitter, two-year political struggle for the nomination with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, standing on a packed convention floor electric with anticipation, moved to halt the roll call in progress so that the convention could nominate Mr. Obama by acclamation. That it did with a succession of loud roars, followed by a swirl of dancing, embracing, high-fiving and chants of “Yes, we can.”

Black Delegates Also Bask in Obama’s Big Moment


By Alec MacGillis

Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, August 28, 2008; Page A23

DENVER, Aug. 27 — Lena Taylor, a Wisconsin state senator from Milwaukee, is “overwhelmed” by the history that will be made Thursday night, when Sen. Barack Obama will become the first African American to accept a major-party presidential nomination. Add in that his acceptance will come on the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, that it has been 40 years since Robert F. Kennedy predicted the country might elect a black president in four decades, and that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy made a dramatic appearance here this week, and the symbolism boggles her mind


Businesses Cite a Catch-22 After Miss. Immigration Raid

By Spencer S. Hsu, Alejandro Lazo and Darryl Fears

Washington Post Staff Writers

Thursday, August 28, 2008; Page A01

The arrests this week of nearly 600 immigrant workers at a manufacturing plant in Laurel, Miss., are fueling a national debate over a federal system to check new hires’ work documents, a program whose expansion the Bush administration has made a cornerstone of its fight against illegal immigration.

In what they called the largest immigration sweep at a single site in U.S. history, federal agents raided a Howard Industries electrical transformer plant Monday despite the fact that the company last year joined the work eligibility system, called E-Verify.

Muse in the Morning

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The wise ones,

ever meditative and steadfastly persevering,

alone experience Nirvana,

the incomparable freedom from bondage.

–The Dhammapada, verse 23

Phenomena XXXI:  musing


What if?

What if rainbows

came in textures

and kaleidoscopes

played with sound

What if feelings

were for wearing

and thoughts weighed

each a pound

Would hope appear upward

and love feel cerise?

What would be the taste of freedom?

What would be the scent of peace?

Could I pay my rent

in moonbeams

when the future

becomes our toy?

When hate and greed

are left behind

could I measure wealth

in joy?

–Robyn Elaine Serven

–February 26, 2008

We Have To Talk, Green

First, I believe some one has the opportunity to leave others green with envy.

The image in the header is a mystery image. I promise it is not manipulated, to change it, regarding color, shape, original form, number of “portholes” etc etc.

If anyone can guess what it is, I will send them a large format print of their choice, from the series this image is from, which I will post tomorrow. Good luck & stay green.

I`ve been a little slow to post lately, but I believe it`s because I caught something from tonight`s post subject.

I feel like crawling into my shell, & if I do, I`ll keep an eye out.

Don`t run with shears & be careful out there….please.

A clue: The header object is familiar. Everyone has seen one growing up. It`s an “ugly duckling”, but does not quack.

It has feet, but does not paddle. It can see where it goes, butt not where it`s from, even though it constantly “looks” back.

The header is at the top of the page at the link below. (if the above was confusing)

By clicking on the main post image, you can see more of this slow shoot.


Day three of the DNC Convention

More pictures from inside and outside the Big Tent. Lots more to come. Believe me!

Western leaders panic at their plight in Afghanistan

Original article, by Simon Assaf, via

The occupation of Afghanistan has entered a new and deeper crisis. A rising number of sophisticated attacks on foreign troops, combined with a growing rebellion in Pakistan and Russia’s crushing of Nato ally Georgia, have raised the prospect that the occupation is heading for defeat.

Things sound like they’re going swimmingly in Afghanistan, don’t they?

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