Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Got Brains?

Apparently these two do not. This pic was taken shortly after Dorothy abandoned them in OZ, favoring instead a return to Kansas and all the excitement that entails. They are obviously distressed at her absence.

Would we feel the same way if they went back to OZ? Nope! I don't think so.

Fact of the matter is these idiots would not be missed at all! Please go back, click your rubber slippers together and repeat after me; I want to go back to OZ, I want to go back to OZ!

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Go back to OZ!

I have set my comments to accept any because it has been causing issues posting them as registered users. Nony-mousers accepted but will be given the jackboot kick to the curb if they act like fools.
Blogspot does not have a lot of available options, but what can you expect from a FREE blog.

C'mon in and set a spell, coffee is over in the corner and day old pastries on the side, make yourself at home!

34 comments:

Jeanne said...

I just read David Corn's latest column. So nice to read that the Saudis are rescuing Baker at the expence of all of the people of the region. I think, maybe I'm dreaming, but I think that Syria and Iran want peace and would be willing to work toward that end. It would benefit them. So why is the house of saud willing to fund the Sunnis operation? Isn't diplomacy a better option?

Jeanne said...

Den you'll like this. I'm putting plastic on the windows today to keep out the cold. Remember those days?

DEN said...

Oh yes! BRRRRRR! Kind of chilly here too today, below 30 at my house this AM, towels on the windshield to avoid scraping frost. BRRRRR!

I used the plastic that went on the inside and you would use a hair dryer to shrink it in place. Lots of folks used poly on the outside, don't forget the door seals too. Electric outlet seal foam under the covers works good too. BRRRR!

DEN said...

Micki was sharpening her shovel the other day up there next to Canada, EH!

erling krange said...

Don't mind the coffee, but pastries is out of bound for me. My blood sugar is slightly high. (No medication, though).
Concerning cold weather and windows. In my part of the world, we are using Thermo windows, two layers of glas with neutral gas between them. That really keep the cold tempratures out.
This year we're all confused here, no snow and no cold. +10-12 centigrades, and we're at 59 degrees north! Usually, at this time of the year, we should be doing cross country skiing!

Micki said...

I shoveled snow on and off yesterday. Very cold! Clearing a path to nowhere actually. Our streets are now a solid sheet of inches thick ice -- not much snow removal or sanding in this town!

But, it's kind of relaxing.

(But, not for loooooooong....)

Jeanne, I think you're right about Syria and Iran...

Micki said...

It has occurred to me that the word "hope" is being bastardized by those who do not see that "having hope" is the springboard to making things possible.  We, who have hope, are dismissed as being naive, having our heads in the sand (or someplace else),  uninformed, even stupid.

We are not hoping against hope, -- no, we are realistic, knowing that the seemingly impossible may take a while longer to accomplish, but without a modicum of hope, there is stagnation and there is no progress. Ask Jimmy Carter, and he will tell you that having hope is what motivates him -- his Carter Center is a conflict resolution organization that aims to right wrongs, act as a facilitator to open up dialogue with old enemies, provide hope for the future. President Carter has written many "Messages of Hope" -- among them a message of hope for the Nature Conservancy about hope for our planet. He even sees hope in Liberia's history, where most people would see none.

Hope has been shown to be a vital component in healing, and regaining healthful living after an injury or disease.  Hope may be difficult to grasp and define, but it is essential for personal development and moving forward -- hope is a necessary component for growth through learning.


I have hope that tomorrow can be better than today.

Micki said...

Den, I like this arrangement.

Mickchick

DEN said...

Erling, looks like we got your weather! Magnetic poles are getting into position to swap ends, we can expect more strange weather.

Mickchick, glad you like the new digs. I hate hassles.

DEN said...

Hope is all we have right now. These goofballs in the WH got stuff sooooo screwed up, I HOPE the Dems can fix it, looks promising but January isn't here yet.

Without hope there is only gloom. I refuse to accept gloom as a viable train of thought!

Jeanne said...

Erling,
If you get the chance to see Sweetland see it. It's really good. A Minnesota made film about the immigratants in Minnesota. Very touching love story but not drippy. The theater was packed when I saw it and the men loved it. They clapped at the end.

As for the windows. I want to get some of those when I get a good job. That will be one of my first purchases. We need new windows.

Micki said...

Erling, this may not appeal to you, but studies have shown that a person with slightly elevated blood sugar, can keep it under control -- and avoid medications -- by sipping a tiny bit of regular apple cider-type vinegar just before eating. Of course, one has to continue to avoid the bad stuff!

DEN said...

Hot Off The Internets:

The United States v. George Bush

By Elizabeth de la Vega, Tomdispatch.com. Posted November 28, 2006.

What would the case against George Bush for intelligence fraud in the leadup to the war in Iraq look like? A former federal prosecutor lays out her case to an imaginary grand jury, and all she needs is the evidence available in the public record to make her case.

Sounds great to me! Article

Carey said...

Just thought you all would want to hear this just in:

U.S-Iraq Summit Put Off Until Thursday

Pretty indicative of how this is all going to go. Of course we already knew that. Once Bush pronounced Al Queda was causing all the problems and some generals followed suit the picture was on the wall. These same generals have up until now have said quite the otherwise--that al Queda made up about 2% of the insurgency. A little reminiscent of Vietnam don't ya think--when the generals start lying to fit what the White House wants.

Now I'll back and read everybody.

Carey said...

Micki,

Your way with words just gives me such a kick. From yesterday's thread--2 far right-footed, Family Consigliere. Floored me with laughter.

We're still bombing in Iraq???

DEN said...

More interesting reading on Wayne Madsen today. Sibel Edmonds has a quite lenghthy article posted that is a MUST read. Seems the US is supporting Al Queda and the Taliban through Turkish connections, yipes!

Carey said...

Jeanne,

Haven't read Corn's column yet. But your thoughtful presumption that, perhaps, yes just perhaps, Syria and Iran would like peace I think is well-founded. But everyone in the region is fighting for power because of the unsettling nature of Iraq.

Saudi Arabia backing the Sunnis doesn't surprise me in the least. The Sunnis are going to put up a mighty fight. Afterall, if Maliki gets his way and gets more power over his military, the Shia militias will run rampant over the Sunnis and obtain the ultimate power. It is only natural that countries with large populations of Sunnis jockey for position.

Jeanne, plastic keeps out the cold? Really?

Carey said...

Yes we should all take heed of the practices in Norway to stem off the cold. Our weather is clearly turning in that direction. Thank you Erling.

Micki,

Your words on hope struck home. When I was gravely ill and paralyzed, hope and my young son were what helped me to learn to walk again. They didn't have much hope for me. Yes indeed, it's all about hope and laughter.

Micki said...

Web censorship 'bypass' unveiled --
A tool has been created capable of circumventing government censorship of the web, according to researchers


Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, told the New York Times: "Governments have militarized their censorship efforts to an incredible extent so we're trying to reverse some of that and restore that promise that the internet once had for unfettered access and communication."

Beta testing of the system began over the summer, and the free program will be launched on 1 December.

Micki said...

CENTAF releases airpower summary for November 26

Carey, apparently we are still bombing Iraq from the air, but not calling it that. They're just low level "strafing runs." You know there's a missing US pilot -- his fate is unknown (last I read). I've now forgotten where I read it, but supposedly as U.S. troops continue to encounter substantial resistance, air strikes are being used more and more often and are a major facet of the fighting in Iraq, though we are hearing little about it. I don't think this is a sign that the media are not doing their job -- they have little (if any) access to the areas being bombed by air strikes. The media keeps pushing for the military (Pentagon) to admit the possibility of and numbers of civilian casualties.

But, it looks like the only bodies that are counted are non-Iraqi. *sigh*

PS Carey, glad to make you chuckle even in these serious times! (referring to your comment above). Thank goodness for hope and your wonderful son!

DEN said...

Mark Fiore: HERE

Micki said...

YOU SHOULD READ THIS ARTICLE BY BOB HERBERT -- WE SHOULD HANG OUR HEADS IN SHAME

WHILE IRAQ BURNS...Americans head to the malls.

Micki said...

Den -- in response to the Mark Fiore animation....

There once was a guy called The Decider,
Who called Condie and sat down beside her,
They helped get us stuck,
In Iraq and the muck,
As their WAR grew and grew so much wider!

DEN said...

Micki, until the shit starts blowing up here in the USA the shopping will continue.

If something does blow up those shoppers will give up the Constitution in a milisecond to save their spoiled asses from impending doom, so they can shop some more.

Poet extrordinare! By the way.

Carey said...

On the Sibel Edmonds incredibly in-depth piece--ay, ay, ay! Perhaps Saladin's images of consiracy everywhere isn't so far off the mark. I'm being glib, but I'm sure we're all way too aware of how all of this illegal activity intricately intertwines and is globally interdependent.

Wayne Madsen has been keeping on top of this wholly complex subject. One of the most important and currently pertinent names that would crop up is Cheney's. Like so many, he too is apparently involved in international arms smuggling through Turkey. Madsen was writing about this at the same time we were all reading David's book. It just all made ever so much sense. And it was not surprising.

We pretty much could figure out from just plain common sense that the U.S. and it's allies were supporting al Queda through various backdoor intricate means. That and the massive interdependence of these thugs. Thus the silencing of intelligence agencies and the silence of corporate media.

No wonder the EU is wary of Turkey! So should everyone else be. But they're all up to their necks in the muck.

Carey said...

Micki, ALL POWER TO CITIZEN LAB!

Carey said...

Oh shit--he was an Air Force pilot wasn't he? Micki, I think I heard (I have CNN on in the background) that he's been found.

Carey said...

Micki,

I also meant to say that I have actually been somewhat proud of the media's attempts to cover the occupation from a distance. Which is, of course, the only way they can do it.

Carey said...

The juxtaposition (if you can find it for all the coverage on shopping and the malls) is heartbreaking and shamefaced.

Fiore was side-splitting. Micki's ditty to match. She is so damn good at that!

Micki said...

The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering

Though I am not a grandmother, and it is out of my control as to whether I ever become one, and becoming one is not an event that I find necessary for a fulfilled life, my older daughter saw the above titled book at an Ashland, Oregon, bookstore over the Thanksgiving weekend -- she bought it for me because she just knew I'd like it.

Carey, I realize your remark about Saladin seeing conspiracies everywhere was just an offhand comment, but when I read the Sibel Edmonds' article, I didn't think of conspiracies at all. I see an incestuous, greedy, business-as-usual gang, doing dirty deeds in plain sight, without fear of recrimination or reprisal, grubbing for power and money. Many of their activities *appear* to be conspiracies because of the conspiracy of silence endemic to their modus operandi, covering for their own in order to protect and promote their selfish interests. For the most part, they operate in plain site!

I think it was David Benson who once suggested that we should try to change the things we can change. I totally agree. So, that brings me back to the Silent Grandmothers. Can they really save the world by standing silently in a park? Of course not. But as a parable to illustrate the power of hope and committment to a moral principle, it's a great story.

There is nothing we can do to totally eradicate the actions of the power-mad, greedy bastards who seek control over the us. But, we can refuse to let them have absolute power, by concentrating on the things we can change. And that starts right here at home -- in our cities and towns, our counties, our neighborhoods, our families.

Ordinary people have the power to come together and out-number the bastards. Make them irrelevant! It's possible. Fuck 'em.

Den said...

Look ahead long term. Every election we have a chance at getting rid of the rotten bastards, and replacing them with a 'for the people' mindset.

No discrimination
No poverty
No war

These are what we need to strive for.

Alan said...

Yeah, Sibel Edmonds' whole case was about underhanded things going on between some of our guys and Turkey. Saladin was talking her up like she knew secrets about our government behind 9/11, which was typical Saladin bullshit... absolutely wrong and pulled out of thin air without a drop of proof.

erling krange said...

From the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten:
Summer in November
Norway is having its warmest autumn ever, with the past three months seen as a block setting a record high. The winter days are short, but sunny and warmer than usual. Norway's temperature records are over 100 years old, and with November predicted to go out as mildly as it has been so far, the new record seems safe.
"And it continues. We can count on unusually high temperatures for the time of year for at least the next few days, probably through a good portion of next week," said meteorologist Haakon Melhuus. On the mainland the temperature has been 1.5C-4C higher than normal, with the greatest deviation seen in southern and eastern Norway, and Telemark County, but with portions of western Norway also well warmer than normal. In fact the greatest deviation from the norm has been seen on Arctic Svalbard, which has had temperatures fully 6C above the norm. Norway's Trøndelag region had a temperature of 11C (52F) measured at Trondheim's Værnes Airport, a mark that meteorologists define as summer for the area, and lawns were green instead of being snowed under.
Only one spot in mainland Norway has had lower than normal temperatures registered for November, the Pasvik region extending southwards from Kirkenes in the far north, which has been getting cold winds from Russia instead of the southerly winds warming the rest of the country.
Meteorologist Melhuus also noted a rare phenomenon seen on Tuesday.
"We did not have one spot in the country below freezing, not in the lowlands and not in the mountains. With the exception of Svalbard, where it just managed to get below 0C (32F), it was above freezing everywhere. I don't know how often it happens, but it is extremely rare that there is nowhere in the entire country below freezing during daytime in November," Melhuus said.
(Aftenposten English Web Desk/NTB)

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Global warming? No doubt!
Micki, thanks for the tip. We do have some apple vinegar in the house, and I know it taste like hell, but I'll try it out. In addition, I have to lose quite som weight. That means, out the door, and into the woods. I live only a few steps from a pine/spruce/birch forest with small lakes (ponds) and a lot of hiking trails. We are lucky to have such nature, but we should appriciate it more than we actual do. BTW, the situation in Iraq is really getting out of hand these days, the sooner you get your boys back home, the better.

erling krange said...

North Sea divers sue state
Several of the divers who played a key role in building up Norway's offshore oil industry are suing the state, charging that they weren't informed about the risks of diving as deeply as they did at the time in the North Sea.
The North Sea divers have sought compensation for years, after many were left with severe health and psychological problems after dives made in the 1960s and 1970s.
Now they claim they have proof that state officials covered up the health risks they faced when they were sent to work at great depths. Government bureaucrats and politicians earlier have claimed that they didn't know what kind of risks the divers faced. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported over the weekend, however, that the country's oil directorate, labour authorities and several government ministries did know after all. The lawyer for divers represented by the North Sea Alliance has filed suit based on previously withheld state documents that detail the risks. Lawyer Marius Reikerås claimed the documents prove later violation "of the most basic human rights that can be found." He also called the divers' case against the state "the most serious human rights case brought in Norway" since World War II. Tom Engh, one of the pioneer divers in the North Sea, told NRK that the divers often feel they've been fighting a war against their own country.
"Now we can present documentation... and then we'll see what the consequences will be," Engh said. State officials declined immediate comment pending review of the lawsuit.

Aftenposten English Web Desk

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We do have them here as well, asshole state officials.
I am one of the divers mentioned.