Wednesday, July 18, 2007



DEN said...

Ever wonder what happens when people are given free reign with fire?

GO HERE and find out.

DEN said...

July 17, 2007 — Warmer- and drier-than-average conditions dominated much of the United States during the first half of 2007, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. The lack of precipitation led to widespread drought, which triggered an early start to the wildfire season, mounting crop losses and local drought emergencies. However, drought in the southern and central Plains gave way to heavy and persistent rains which led to devastating flooding from Texas to Kansas in June. Meanwhile, the global average temperature was the second warmest on record for the January-June six-month period.


Not good news for the farmers and for us either.

º¿carol said...

Got a mini-drought gong on here in Mid-Michigan. My lawns are more brown than green. We need a couple really good downpours. We had tiny amount the other day. Big deal. All that did was wash the dust off all the leaves and flowers.

Oh, and I'm getting sick of watering the damn tomato plants, etc.! I live on a sand dune, so there ya go. Talk about "well-drained" soil. Off I go, outside to water the 'maters.

DEN said...

YUM! home-grown 'maters!

DEN said...

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans scuttled a Democratic proposal ordering troop withdrawals from Iraq in a showdown Wednesday that capped an all-night debate on the war.

The 52-47 vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate under Senate rules. It was a sound defeat for Democrats who say the U.S. military campaign, in its fifth year and requiring 158,000 troops, cannot tame the sectarian violence in Iraq.

"We have to get us out of a middle of a civil war" said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee. A political solution must be found "so when we leave Iraq, we don't just send our children home, we don't have to send our grandchildren back."

As members cast their votes, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hurried between private meetings with lawmakers in their Capitol Hill offices to make the administration's case for the war.


Alan said...

Anybody see Sen. Landrieu's speech? It's at "Crooks..." and is a good one. Best I've seen in a while.

carey said...

San Diego is in it's third worst draught since records were kept. We received I think about 3.67 inches out of a normal 10 inches a year.


This house is on landfill over a canyon. We have sandy dirt too.

I actually tried to watch some of CSPAN last night and saw good participation and speeches. Missed Landrieu. I have probs with her Alan. Anyway, I like what Harry Reid did with this. It shows strength. The shitty press (in this case they really were) misreported the whole thing as Dems doing the filibustering. From what I saw I thought it was a class act. Considering their props--cots and pizzas???

David B. Benson said...

Robert Fisk: TE Lawrence had it right about Iraq.

In today's The Independent.

Too bad the stooges in the White House never read what Lawrence of Arbia had to say.

Too bad the stooges in the White House can't read.

David B. Benson said...

Blast. Arabia.

David B. Benson said...

Not even crickets chirping...

º¿carol said...

Carey, your house is actually on a landfill?


My tomatoes are an experiment. We have 6 different heirlooms, two of each. Just in case they don't work out I also have 4 Big Boy's. I don't want to not have a Carol tomato to eat!


I, too, have problems with Landrieu. She's voted with the repugs one too many times to suit me.

I know we're technically a free country, but....shouldn't he have stayed home?

500-Pound Man Rescued After River Ordeal
Washington Post - Jul 17, 2007

By DINESH RAMDE AP MILWAUKEE -- A 500-pound man injured while rafting down a shallow stretch of the St. Croix River was pulled to safety Tuesday by dozens of rescue workers who spent hours carrying him to a navigable part of the waterway.

As if there is ANYTHING that man can do that will hurt him:

Bush veto threat on health bill draws criticism

Reuters - 42 minutes ago
By Stephanie Beasley LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) - A veto threat by President George W. Bush over a measure to expand a government health program for children triggered outrage on Wednesday from congressional Democrats and advocacy groups.

You can get outraged all you want and that doesn't change a thing in this country. Bush is king.

DEN said...

I am beginning to wonder if we are losing but just don't know it yet.

If we did, it would change things.

Maybe we should change our response and go for the gusto.

The only thing that would stop the machine is for every able bodied American to get set to camp and show up in DC ENMASS! while Congress is in session and w is in town.

Will it happen?


•¿•arol said...

I'm pretty positive that the only thing that would rile up the American people is a draft. But that won't happen. We're doomed.

David B. Benson said...

I went web trawling on the search phrase acute climate change.

Found a .pdf file entitled Impacts of Climate Change.

Scary story.

Not for the timid.

DEN said...

V is a film with many ideas running parallel with current events.

Interesting to live vicariously through the film and explore avenues of thought in a fascist existence.

Many similarities to today.

carey said...

Carol wrote the most important thing ever. IT IS THE DRAFT! That's the only damn thing that will hurt everyone equally enough, the fair thing. That will stop wanton warmongering once their own are threatened.

I remember Gerald having different feelings about the draft. I explained that it's the only fair way. It would also put a hamper on future war talk and that's the key. For once they'd actually have to think about the consequences.

You'd figure that would hold true for global warming then, wouldn't you? Sooner or later, money ain't gonna help. Global warming is the great leveler.

Carol, not a landfill like a dump. Just land filled in to make it level enough to sustain a house and yard etc.

Also, on Landrieu, she's from Louisiana, my late husband's home state and where Katrina happened. So she's more noticeable. It's her voting record like Carol says Alan. That goes back a few years.

A veto threat by President George W. Bush over a measure to expand a government health program for children triggered outrage...

Well Carol, be reasonable It most undoubtedly cut into someone's massive and illgotten profits.


Thanks for the Robert Fisk tip. I get their newsletters but have been too busy to read them. Someone else was talking about the very same things the other day on Air America, using the same metaphors.

One more thing everyone. Iran keeps popping up again in dialouges about what Bush will do to get out of the mess. Scuttlebutt is now pointing to August.

Alan said...

Yeah, Landrieu has pissed me off before... kinda like Hillary sometimes, being a repug-lite. And in her speech she even said "some are calling for a withdrawal, I'm not, I'm calling for a change in direction". But still, she hammers the other side of the aisle on several things. Brings out a big picture of OBL to "remind our president what he looks like". Says we spend $500-million a day in Iraq, $35-million before breakfast, but we won't find OBL there because he's not in Iraq.
You really should watch her 12-minute speech.

DEN said...

Words mean nothing if nothing can be done.

DEN said...

Landrieu who?

Louisiana got screwed by the Feds after Katrina.

Maybe she did pretty well by not hollering so loud about needing help for the 'little people'.

Saving money for the war.

Getting so the only people you can trust is; you, some relatives, never children and maybe a priest.

But when it comes down to it, we are pretty divided and about to be conquered.

DEN said...

I dreamt of a time, a time of complete apathy, and complete surrender.

A collective social sigh to loss of America and what it used to stand for, turned sour like rotten fruit.

And the band played on into the night.

º¿carol said...

Den said: "Getting so the only people you can trust is; you, some relatives, never children and maybe a priest."

I won't make a joke about the priest, not me. I don't for ONE minute believe all the "I was abused" stories are true.

Back to what you said, Den. My 39 year old son said the other day that it's his philosophy now to hate everyone until they prove themselves. I pretty much feel that way myself! And I tell ya, I couldn't believe that came out of my nice, mild-mannered boy.

Den, you said V. I assume you were talking about the movie. I own that bastard! I LOVED it. I wish they'd make more movies like that. Movies with an inherent societal truth in them. I have to dog sit for my daughter Friday night. Think I'll take it over there and watch it again.


º¿carol said...

Carey, I wanted to write that the government is too smart to institute a draft, but that would have implied they are smart. Since we all know all the crap Bush & Co. have pulled, they're not too smart. They've only succeeded because of all the oblivious, I-don't-care Americans out there.

Carey, I bet there's a word for your property then. Not landfill, so what then? Filled land? Micki, where are you? You would find that out.

Hey, I've seen signs all my life at people's houses that say, "Clean fill dirt wanted".

Alan said...

Tweety and Judy sittin' in a tree,
k-i-s-s-i-n-g. *gag*

Did y'all see that bastard call her a hero?!!!

Gerald said...

Why I opposed the draft? If it is made into law, a president can call upon the drafting of men and women even with his/her reckless behavior, such as nuking of a nation or nations. Please do not be fooled the sons and daughters of the rich and powerful will never serve on foreign soil. The fighting is for peon Americans.

The draft will return in January, 2009 when Hitler remains in office through martial law.