Nov 25 2010
After what seems like eternities of floating along without trial or much else besides “Dancing with the Stars”, his nibs Mr Delay was convicted today of various frauds. He now faces a sentence of 6 years to life, quite a span.
His attorney pronounces this to be a great miscarriage of justice and says
Somehow, all I can say is:
Who gives a flying, freaking dancing with the stars?
Give him the max for the assault on … whatever…
Nov 03 2010
Woke up, rolled out of bed, a little groggy in my head from watching all those election returns. I splashed some water on my face, went to my computer and turned it on, and shook my head in dismay when I saw my home page blazing the brain-dead headline:
Obama signals willingness to compromise
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed, and though it’s really very sad, I couldn’t help feeling indeed quite mad because I knew this would continue the whole world going bad:
WASHINGTON – A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax cuts and energy policy Wednesday, one day after his party lost control of the House and suffered deep Senate losses in midterm elections.
Obama ruefully called the Republican victories “a shellacking.”
Continue trying to turn him on below the fold…
Oct 26 2010
Clarence Thomas is clearly in violation of the Constitution, and his right to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States must not be tolerated any longer. Thomas perjured himself in his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991.
Perjury is a disqualifying condition for service on the court.
Although his wife, Virginia, re-opened this situation with her demand for an apology from Anita Hill, the fact of sexual harrassment is irrelevant. The real impeachable offense has nothing to do with his penchant for pornography. It is perjury, as we saw with Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, which is the impeachable offense.
At ‘ciminal law dot free advice dot com’ (a legal site), perjury is defined:
Perjury is the “willful and corrupt taking of a false oath in regard to a material matter in a judicial proceeding.” It is sometimes called “lying under oath;” that is, deliberately telling a lie in a courtroom proceeding after having taken an oath to tell the truth. It is important that the false statement be material to the case at hand-that it could affect the outcome of the case.
Thomas perjured himself…continues below the fold–
Oct 23 2010
INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY WAS YESTERDAY, THE SAME DAY AS THE FULL MOON, OCTOBER 22, 2010. UNFORTUNATELY WE ALL MISSED IT. BUT MAYBE NOTHING IN OUR WORLD IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR CAPS LOCK ANYWAY RIGHT NOW. YA THINK?
SO I PUT THIS OUT NOW, 13 MINUTES TOO LATE, IN ORDER TO GET US READY FOR NEXT YEARS’ INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, JUST IN CASE THERE IS SOMETHING TRULY DIRE BY THEN, SOMETHING WE REALLY NEED TO KNOW RIGHT THEN AND THERE, RIGHT THEN-NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
IF IMPORTANT THINGS HAVEN’T ALREADY HAPPENED BY THEN AND WE ARE ALL STILL HERE FOR INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY 2011.
AND, IF NOT, REMEMBER WE CAN ALL USE THE INTERNATIONAL CODE COMMEMORATED IN WITR AS A PONY/REC OPTION:
KHAQQ TO ITASCA
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT ANY OF THIS MEANS, IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER. BUT YOU CAN ASK, IF CURIOUS.
IN THE MEANTIME, STAY WELL, HEALTHY, AND ALIVE UNTIL NEXT INTERNATIONAL CAPS DAY, UNLESS YOU CAN THINK OF SOMETHING BETTER TO DO.
Oct 19 2010
While perusing my California Sample Ballot to decide between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, I was suddenly shocked. What to my wondering eyes should appear but this listing of occupation for a candidate for Lieutenant Governor:
Cultural Spiritual Advisor
What the??? Right there under the name of James “Jimi” Castillo, the Sample Ballot read
Cultural Spiritual Advisor
No shit? Is this for real? Jimi’s party affiliation was listed as Green, so I went to my Green Voter Guide to check. Sure enough, we Californians have the opportunity to vote for a “Cultural Spiritual Advisor” for Lieutenant Governor rather than Democrat Gavin Newson or Republican Abel Maldonado.
Here’s a snip:
While Gavin Newsom is a multi-millionaire businessman
funded by a multi-billionaire oil heir, Green Party Lt.
Governor Candidate Jimi Castillo is a Native American
spiritual leader of Tongva/Acjachemen ancestry, the first Native
American to run for the office of Lieutenant Governor
in California. A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, as well as
a member of the statewide Bear Clan Society, Castillo has
a lifetime of hands-on experience working directly with
people and communities, particularly in counseling youth
at correctional facilities (he was a counselor and Board
member for the Southeast Area Counseling Center in Santa
Fe Springs), defending and educating on Native American
culture in ceremonial and prayer events, and speaking at
conferences and classes at UCLA’s American Indian Studies
Center and the UCLA Native American Student Association.
More below the fold from green voter guide (pdf)
Sep 22 2010
You can help California legalize pot (Proposition 19 on the November ballot) and get a groovy T-shirt or other cool stuff in the process. I told you this was blatant.
California’s “Just Say Now” campaign:
We just launched the new Just Say Now online store – and Facebook already banned it.
One of the best ways to show your support for legalizing marijuana is with our Just Say Now gear. All proceeds from our store go to support our efforts to pass marijuana initiatives in 2010.
You’ll spread the word about our campaign, and support our organizing at the same time. It’s a win-win for legalizing marijuana – even if Facebook won’t let us show you our store.
Pick up your gear now at the Just Say Now store – and stick it to Facebook’s censorship.
[To see] what we have in our brand new store, go to firedoglake.
Hey! This is cool!
Update 9/23/10: Latest poll results on Cal Prop 19 to legalize marijuana:
California is ready to control and tax cannabis rather than prohibit it.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) has Prop 19 up 9 points, 47-38. Survey USA has us up 5 points, 47-42.
Of particular note, voters under the age of 45 are expected to turn out in higher numbers in California than other states. This is likely because of the excitement throughout the state over Prop 19. According to PPP, among these younger voters, we’re up 20 points, 54-34.
Sep 04 2010
…what do we do now?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not asking some glittering icon in the sky. I am asking the deep embedded creative wisdom which resides in every single sentient being, and possibly even in non-sentient beings, although I don’t think there are any beings who are not sentient.
A rock is a rock is a rock, living out it’s individual life span in a manner I cannot possibly pretend to understand.
No. I am not asking some luminous (or dull) external being what to do. I am asking us, we humans, in our wisdom, and the kittehs and the many creatures furred, multi-footed, slithering, gill breathing. I am asking the life wisdom which resides in us all…
…what do we do now?
These times are so difficult, so stagnant, so confusing. The system seems so locked in, so incapable of change, of reason, of being able to hear anything but it’s time calcified courses of usual and traditional action which only spiral into ever increasing layers of disaster and decay. So…
…what do we do now?
Follow me in our exploration of a possible leap across the abyss beyond the fold..
Aug 28 2010
With a big “Thank you” to Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, for permission to post his recent essay here.
Black Agenda Report
Introduction by Glen Ford
A corporate offensive is rolling down upon us, aimed at wholesale privatization of the public sector. If the Left has learned anything in the last year and a half, it should be that President Obama is Wall Street’s guy, having “delivered the highest return on corporate campaign investment in the history of bourgeois democracy.” In this struggle, the people will be left to their own devices.
Ford’s essay is below the fold:
Aug 26 2010
A Louisiana crawfisherman, out of work since the spill, attends the Presidential commission hearings regarding the situation in the Gulf. Drew Landry expresses the problems quite well, points to a fisherwoman behind him saying that this has turned her into a communist, and whips out his guitar to sing his ballad about the disaster.
Please note the expressions on the commissioners faces as he sings:
Drew Landry says:
Mr. Bob, we’re not ready for hurricane season. We’ve got a gulf full of oil. And we’re sitting here worrying about this right now when we need to be giving people hazmat training so they can defend their homelands…
And so it happens, again and again.
Five years ago NOLA-KATRINA was criminally negligent homicide. Back then, I shocked several people as I would excuse myself shortly before the time of network news by saying, “I’ve got to go home now to watch television, to watch my government killing black folks.”
More below the plunge…
And so it happens again and again.
There are three hurricanes/tropical depressions lined up in the Atlantic Basin right now. I have had a nagging feeling that the delay in completing the final “KILL” of DWH has something to do with waiting so blame can be put on — not BP — but a natural event. Stall until we can blame something else. This whole disaster has been one disaster on top of another disaster.
Aug 18 2010
I’m posting this for all of us who have been so horrified/saddened by the rape of the GOM, especially for knucklehead. I was just so happy to see life in the gulf waters. The video is not as beautiful as are knuck’s wondrous presentations, but just to see things swimming around in the gulf gave me thrills of delight.
Don’t get me wrong though. I am not a pollyanna rosegarden smiley face. I’m not minimizing the disaster nor what is to come. I found this as I was looking for more information about seafood safety, damage to the food chain, etc. in my effort to tell our food program managers not to buy from the Gulf. So far they have ignored me, but then they are pollyanna rosegardeners, especially when they feel helplesss to do anything about it. I’ll keep trying despite the fact that many have dismissed me as quite crazy and far too negative. In my last note, I said that I didn’t think any of us wanted to be subjects in experiments of the quite possible detrimental health effects of oil and dispersants in the food chain, possibly carcinogenic.
I found this in a comment posted at TOD by lotus (h/t to ya lotus) of a video by a Pensacola diver named bender (and a scuba tip to you bender, hope you stay well). Comment:
I took this video on 8/7/2010, about 9 miles SW of Pensacola. Most significant to me is the fact that the reef critters (tunicates, anemones, bivalves, sponges) are still alive. This suggests that oxygen levels haven’t dropped to fatal levels, which would have happened in the presence of significant hydrocarbons (because the critters that eat oil use tons of oxygen). I did another dive further out and found less reef life, but ACRES of red snapper. I did two dives the next day at Ft. Pickens, and found life in all forms, including shoals of baitfish.
I’m not ready to eat from the Gulf though (even lobster). I’ll need months of clean tests before I’ll eat from the Gulf again.
See the video at this link…
Aug 06 2010
On August 3, 2010, 7 members of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) wrote to President Obama to alert him “…to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month”, and that this attack would probably lead to a wider war.
Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research appeared on Russia Today (RT-TV) to discuss the situation. Chossudovsky says:
“It is technically impossible, from a military standpoint, for Israel to actually launch a war on Iran without the green light from the US. This is not strictly an Israeli military project. The US from the mid-1990s in fact has indicated Iran as a possible target,” Chossudovsky evaluated.
The RT video…
More beneath the fold…