Monday, April 23, 2007

MOON-DAY


The Moon


Moon-day it is, actually I pasted this pic to show what the Earth might become if we do not put the brakes on trashing it.

We know what must be done, the corporate world has to open the new avenues of products and materials that will depend less upon the Earths' resources and more upon the intelligence of man.

As time marches on ours becomes short. With a limited lifespan of 100 years max, humans have to work through generations to accomplish long term goals of restoring the Earth.

Like a classic car the Earth has been battered and driven to it's limit, now it needs to be restored. In order to start with the restoration we have stop the battering and give it a rest, then get busy cleaning and restoring it to it's once prime beauty.

Let's get to work!

44 comments:

DEN said...

Last night Thelma and Louise drove the bus off the cliff or at least into the White House Correspondents Dinner. The "highlight" of the evening had to be when we were introduced to Karl Rove. How excited were we to have our first opportunity ever to talk directly to the Bush Administration about global warming.
We asked Mr. Rove if he would consider taking a fresh look at the science of global warming. Much to our dismay, he immediately got combative. And it went downhill from there.

We reminded the senior White House advisor that the US leads the world in global warming pollution and we are doing the least about it. Anger flaring, Mr. Rove immediately regurgitated the official Administration position on global warming which is that the US spends more on researching the causes than any other country.

We felt compelled to remind him that the research is done and the results are in (www.IPCC.ch). Mr. Rove exploded with even more venom. Like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum, Mr. Rove launched into a series of illogical arguments regarding China not doing enough thus neither should we. (Since when do we follow China's lead?)

@ HUFFPO

What an AZZ!

DEN said...

In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon as he did so, Sheryl reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, "Don't touch me." How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? Unphased, Sheryl abruptly responded, "You can't speak to us like that, you work for us." Karl then quipped, "I don't work for you, I work for the American people." To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, "We are the American people."

DEN said...

Something needs to be done to have these holier-than-thou dipshits removed from their high horses.

Articles of impeachment, NOW!

micki said...

Den, you wrote a poignant essay for Moon-Day.

But....even Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) says impeachment is not a realistic option, and currently it is not even possible. That 2/3 vote in the Senate is a huge roadblock to a successful impeachment.

Let the city and state governments make the case, as many of them are doing.

Then....maybe....some Repugs would start to come around.

Until then...impeachment is a non-starter.

Yes, they deserve impeachment -- heck, they deserve JAIL TIME!

micki said...

WaPo - FDA Was Aware of Dangers to Food

This shows how well self-policing works in a sea of corruption and greed. The bush administration has created a worry-free zone for all violators.

DEN said...

Green Hot Rod,

No one ever said going green means not having any fun, and the folks at Galpin Auto Sports in Van Nuys, California, certainly like to have fun. Evidence: the company’s Earth Day centerpiece celebration, a 1965 Chevrolet Impala transformed into a biodiesel-propelled hot rod nicknamed the “Bio Rocket.” The car will be featured in the fifth season of MTV’s Pimp My Ride.

“With the increasing amount of traffic on the roads, protecting the environment is a major concern for automotive manufacturers and dealers,” said Beau Boeckmann, president of Galpin Auto Sports, vice president of Galpin Motors and consulting producer and on-air talent for Pimp My Ride.

“By installing a monster 800-hp diesel engine to run on biodiesel in the ’65 Impala, we demonstrated that you don’t have to sacrifice power to go green.”

The Bio Rocket is fitted with a PPE supercharged GM Duramax diesel engine that runs on B-100 biodiesel, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 78 percent compared with a standard V8 gasoline engine. Boeckmann estimates fuel mileage at around 24 mpg.

@ Autoweek

micki said...

Ohmigod!

Bill just showed me a short piece in the May issue of Wired magazine about CoolWhip...

Remember back during the holidays, this organic-eating chick admitted to loving CoolWhip?

Gawd...the article starts off, "CoolWhip, a delicious blend of sugar, wax and condom lube..."

I'm going Cold Turkey!

DEN said...

K-Y Whip?

micki said...

Den! You could get a job as a comedy writer!!!

LOL!!!!

DEN said...

So I'll load up the truck and move to Beverly,

Hills that is,

Swimmin pools,

Movie stars,

Leno?

Gerald said...

From the previous thread Carey asked why are spiritual advisors silent outside the confessional booth? That is an excellent question. It may mean that there is concern with losing tax exempt status that the churches have for now. Or, each priest has his own beliefs about Bush and his murderous ways and they choose to be silent. I have been pleasantly surprised in the confessional booth with the priests who hear my sins. They are not happy with Bush.

Personally, I believe that Rome needs to be more vocal in conveying their message in opposition to Bush's murderous ways. Make no mistake!!! Bush is committing crimes against humanity!!!!!

DEN said...

"You have to firewall politics out of the Department of Justice. Because once it gets in, people question every decision you make," the former U.S. Attorney from Arkansas, Bud Cummins, told the Los Angeles Times in March. "Now I keep asking myself: 'What about the Blunt deal?'"

What about the Blunt deal, indeed.

Last Thursday we began piecing together a few previously unconnected dots in the firing of Cummins. The dots connected appear to lay out a fairly straight arrow into the the highest levels of the White House. At least if you're familiar with some of the players, whom they know, and what they do for a living.

Since we've been reporting on the high-level (just about as high as they get) GOP operative, Mark F. "Thor" Hearne, for some years now at The BRAD BLOG, the connection was made quite easily once we tripped upon a key fact: Hearne's Missouri law firm, Lathrop & Gage LC, was at the center of a criminal investigation by Cummins's office. That investigation had come to public light just before Cummins's sudden --- and still unexplained --- dismissal. He was replaced by Karl Rove aide Timothy Griffin.

@ RAW from BRADBLOG.

Getting warmer in the kitchen!

Boot the Bush bunch!!

Gerald said...

Nazi America is building a three mile fence in Baghdad. The Iraqi government opposes this fence. US will NEVER LEAVE Iraq. A fence reminds me of the Magenot (spell) Line in France either during WWI or WWII to slow the enemy. This line did not work nor will this fence work. Nazi America loves to piss away money.

HOW'S THAT FOR NAZI AMERICA'S PLAN, "WE WILL BUILD A FENCE TO KEEP OUT THE ENEMY!" If Nazi America looked carefully in the mirror, she would come to realize that she is the enemy in Iraq and throughout most of the world.

I have heard for years the dummying down of America. With Hitler Bush in office we can see that all of the dummying down is popping up for the whole world to see.

Gerald said...

I have come to believe that Americans love the underdog. Since our people believe that our leaders are stupid, they feel sorry for their stupid minds and they have come to defend our underdog leaders and their stupidity.

Gerald said...

Praying Each Day: April 23

DEN said...

From my daughter (indirectly)

THE XERCES SOCIETY
FOR INVERTEBRATE CONSERVATION

BUGS

And this from her parent site.

DEN said...

Should have link BEES not BUGS, OOPS!

ºCºarol said...

I, too, was 3.7 planets. I listed my footprint, Doc mentioned the planets so I thought I'd better, too.

ºCºarol said...

Den, "page can not be found" from the parent site.

DEN said...

Try this

•c•arol said...

Even superheroes don't always hit their mark

Cynthia Tucker - Universal Press Syndicate


04.23.07 - Kids love superheroes because they're invincible, brave, all-powerful. Children can suspend disbelief to look up in the sky for Superman or around the corner for Wonder Woman. Teenagers are enamored of a TV series called "Heroes," which revolves around young people with, you guessed it, superpowers.

But it's more than a little disconcerting to hear that so many adults also believe in superheroes. They must. Why else would they insist that the best way to prevent carnage of the sort that occurred last week at Virginia Tech is to put guns into every available hand? They're indulging their childhood fantasies, remembering the movies in which the Caped Crusader or John Wayne instantly dispatched the bad guy.

In real life, police officers -- trained to fire in the heat of battle -- hit their intended targets only about 40 percent of the time, according to University of South Carolina criminologist Geoffrey Alpert, an expert in police shootings.

"You can train all day in simulated situations ... and you think you can hit a target. But it comes right down to it and someone is pointing a gun at you, and it just doesn't happen," he said.

And we all know about wartime "friendly fire" tragedies, when well-trained soldiers accidentally kill their own. The death of former professional football player Pat Tillman, killed in Afghanistan by members of his own unit, highlighted the unfortunate reality of chaos in battle.

Yet ultraconservative commentators have been in high dudgeon for days, suggesting that students with guns could have guaranteed a Hollywood ending in which an unflappable sharpshooter would have felled Cho Seung-Hui with a quick head shot. Michelle Malkin was among those who denounced a Virginia law that excludes college campuses from areas where concealed weapons are permitted.

"What if just one student in one of those classrooms had been in lawful possession of a concealed weapon? ... It darned well isn't too early for me to raise questions about how the unrepentant anti-gun lobbying of college officials may have put students at risk."

That utterly preposterous argument comes straight from the National Rifle Association, which long ago abandoned any pretense of representing the reasonable aims of hunters and sport shooters. The gun lobby now peddles an insane policy of making firearms as ubiquitous as cell phones.

The NRA has supported measures that would prevent employers from banning firearms in vehicles in their parking lots. Despite police opposition, it has pushed policies that would allow motorists to tuck firearms under the seat of their car. It has lobbied against closing the gun-show loophole, which allows private gun sales without a background check. No responsible gun owner should accept the NRA's irrational positions.

My father certainly would not have. An avid hunter and veteran of combat in Korea, my father owned shotguns, rifles and a handgun. (He hid the handgun from his four children so well that we never came across it, though we enjoyed poking around where we didn't belong.) Yet he was fanatical about gun safety.

When I moved to Atlanta just out of college, I told him I was going to buy a handgun. He strongly disapproved, believing I'd be more likely to get injured with my own gun than fend off an attacker with it. "You don't need a gun," he said. "You need to stay out of dangerous places." I took his advice.

His concerns are borne out by the FBI's statistics about gun crimes. In 2005, 8,890 people were murdered with firearms. Guns were also used in 142,471 cases of robbery and 151,118 cases of aggravated assault. By contrast, there were only 143 cases of justifiable homicide by civilians using a firearm.

If dozens of Virginia Tech students had been armed, "Lord knows what a disaster we would have had," Alpert said. "I think it's inappropriate to have firearms in a classroom. ...

"If they had had a Jack Bauer, maybe so. But the world isn't composed of Jack Bauers," he noted.

So all those armchair heroes -- all those firearm fanatics who claim everything would be different if they'd been in one of those classrooms with a gun -- should don their red capes and take a leap.

(c) 2007, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

carey said...

Den,

I just saw that David and Crowe, particularly Laurie David had a bad run-in at the dinner. Tryed to watch some of that. Ay, ay, ay, boredom city.

Micki,

From a couple of threads back, excellent arguments and research on the issue of gun control. Much like global warming, misinformation is bandied about as fact on what gun control will do to disintegrate the violent mindset this country is glommed in.

Play with some other god damn toy. Guns kill. Yes Saladin, it's emotion-filled people who kill WITH GUNS. Guns just make it a whole lot easier.

Everyone has ideas of varying degrees about what we should do so as not to infringe upon people's gun-owning rights. Screw that, did those victims have rights? Gun control=common sense when you have man so unconnected with the goodness of things in life.

carey said...

God Den. That was a horrible interlude with Rove, Crowe and David. He revealed himself.

carey said...

Shoot Den. I saw that episode of "Pimp My Ride" by accident. You and my hubs share that car-craze thing. I was pleasantly surprised by the show on Earth Day.

carey said...

What??? Cool Whip has condom lube and wax in it? Whatever for?

K-Y Whip?

Perfect timing. You stopped me cold Den (with laughter).

carey said...

On Gonzales:

He is their man in the Department of Justice. They usurped the department under their huge aegis of power.

If he goes, that particular job (one dictated by doing the Cheney/Rove bidding at the expense of the nation) will not be filled again. No one wants it. Too dangerous.


I cannot believe Rove said that to Crowe. I knew he was probably gay (if that is even relevant) but doesn't he have any sense of who Crowe is to America? Jeez, how unwise for a man who professes to be a master politician.

carey said...

My goodness. The David/Crow (correct spelling now) incident will be talked about endlessly. How utterly revealing of their true feelings. "Everyone except the select little crowd is to be spat on."

DEN said...

Carey, dirty political weasels have taken over and the infestation is so bad, no one thinks they can be removed, might need to set some traps.

Rover is MOW'r, (My Own Worlder)

carey said...

Carol,

Very nice post from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

My, my, my. I just reread myself. What in the heck???

...misinformation is bandied about as fact on what gun control will do to disintegrate the violent mindset this country is glommed in.

What the hell is that? See, I knew it was better to let Micki speak for me.

David B. Benson said...

A long time ago, maybe when the U.S. Army was pacifing the Phillipines for the first time, a young lieutenant saw the enemy approaching for the first time. They were close and getting closer. So he pulled out his .45 pistol, aimed carefully at the enemy and proceeded to shoot himself in the foot!

No guns, thanx...

carey said...

Micksters,

I printed this up and passed it out yesterday. Didn't have time to tell you.

Earth Day could be a day of celebration,
Instead, it highlights a sick aberration,
We don't do enough,
And haven't gotten tough
On global warming -- a human race creation.

Delightful. What talent.



Here's a joke from Jay Leno I wrote down last week:

"This is really true. I read this in the New York Times. Funeral directors are now complaining that people are getting so fat that they can't fit into the crematoriums anymore. Isn't that unbelievable? That means it's just as hard to burn fat after you're dead as when you're alive."

__________________________

That's what we have to look forward to? I loved this.

DEN said...

Carey, they could squeeze the fat out of dead people and make bio-diesel, that way they would fit.

What a concept!

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Can you get a patent?

Gerald said...

Support the war and bring back the draft

Gerald said...

Does anyone really believe that the war in Iraq would have dragged on for four-plus years if draftees from all over the country were doing the fighting and dying and suffering quietly absorbed by today's volunteer troops and their families?


If you aren't prepared to invest your son or daughter in continuing this war, then it's time for you to give some serious thought to how and when it can be ended, and what the candidates for president in 2008 are saying about an open-ended commitment of other Americans' sons and daughters to a war we can't afford and can't win.


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Gerald said...

Would any parent really want their son or daughter go to war to fight for a screwball president?

Gerald said...

No Post-Surge Planning

Gerald said...

An anonymous source told McClatchy Newspapers, "Our strategy now is to basically hold on and wait for the Iraqis to do something."

Well, there you have it then. We're waiting for "something" in Iraq. I bet we get it. And I bet it isn't pretty. But do we even know what it is? And what we would do with it if we got it?

I AM GOING TO DO "SOMETHING"! I AM GOING TO THE WHITE HOUSE, CONGRESS, AND THE SUPREME COURT AND "MOON" THOSE IDIOTS!!!

micki said...

CAROL -- great article!

David B. Benson said...

Forty.

(I'm testing my setup, that's all.)

Alan said...

Mark Sullivan
Director
United States Secret Service

Dear Director Sullivan,

I'm very disappointed with the performance of your agency at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Where were your agents when that girl touched Karl Rove and gave him a massive dose of cooties? Why didn't an agent dive in front of Sheryl Crow's grasping hand and take the load of cooties for Mr. Rove? Isn't that your agency's job?
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the rest of the letter here

micki said...

Fifty.

I have no idea how to test a setup.

Or even what a setup is.

This could be a setup, I guess.

Alan said...

another repug crook bites the dust

Ex-Aide to Plead Guilty in Ethics Probe


WASHINGTON Apr 23, 2007 (AP)— An aide to Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, accepted $30,000 worth of tickets from influence peddler Jack Abramoff and went on a golf junket to Scotland in exchange for assisting the lobbyist, according to court papers filed Monday in the Abramoff scandal.

Mark Zachares will plead guilty Tuesday to conspiracy in the Abramoff investigation, said Zachares' lawyer, Edward MacMahon. Zachares left Young's staff in 2005.
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Nine US soldiers killed in a suicide car bomb attack Monday. It's our worst day in over a year.

Alan said...

Pressure grows on Wolfowitz to Resign

The pressure on Paul Wolfowitz was ratcheted up further today after a group of former World Bank executives called for his resignation.

Forty-two senior ex-staffers signed an open letter that warned that Mr Wolfowitz "can no longer be an effective leader" of the bank.
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The Financial Times also published a memo, reportedly from the Bank's own Independent Evaluation Group, which warned that its ability to help developing regions was being damaged by the scandal.


The memo, which will be considered by the bank's board this week, called for "swift changes in management and a concerted effort to restore credibility".


Last Thursday, it emerged that the embattled president's own deputy had told him to resign.