Friday, August 31, 2007

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Truth



Speak the truth and you are cast out, lie and you are welcome.

With mans nature being to form common collectives, guess which is the dominant force, truth or lies, after all, no one wants to be rejected.

Even today, some willing to speak up are brow beaten into submission, for the collective. A popular Psychologist in Atlanta once told me that 85% of the people he sees daily, must be told what to do, which if my math serves me right means there are 15% who do not follow that principle.

I am one and most if not all commentors are too.

Free thought is not illegal, yet.

I like Mike.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Thou Dost Protest?




@ THE SEATTLE TIMES

On a day when his top law enforcement officer resigned, and flanked by soon-departing adviser Karl Rove, President Bush made his first foray into the Puget Sound region in a year today to headline a fundraiser for Republican Congressman Dave Reichert in Bellevue.

Bush touched down at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at 3:15 p.m. He greeted supporters, including Reichert, and presented a medal recognizing Bernie Krane, 74, a Kirkland man who volunteers for the Bellevue Police Department.

Within minutes, his motorcade headed to Bellevue, where about 400 anti-war demonstrators toting "Impeach Bush" signs had gathered to protest his arrival.

"Enough is enough. We want our government back, and we will not tolerate the war-criminal-in-chief here to pollute our city," Linda Boyd, director of Washington for Impeachment, announced to the crowd.

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Big man, big gun, carrys his balls in his ammo belt, ready to make himself a bigger man in seconds by shooting fellow Americans.

Most people would call this type of individual an Anarchist if it were not for the uniform giving him the right to do whatever he pleases to whomever he determines to be a threat, a power freak with weapons.

Do whatever you want to your fellow Americans, even if the are protesting an illegitimately elected fascist pig dragging our country in the dirt.

Goodbye my America, hello fascshit pig with gun.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Stevie Ray Vaughan



Stevie Ray died this day in 1990.



Anyone that loves music, loves Stevie Ray.



He is gone but his music lives on.



Play on Stevie Ray, play on......

Monday, August 27, 2007

Gone-zo



Well apparently speedy figured it was time to leave. Good riddance to the biggest liar and asshole ever to mis-lead the Justice Dept.

I do not expect his replacement to be much better especially if he/she is appointed by the chimp who has absolutely no scruples like his ventriloquist, deadeye dick.

Man I sure wish we could rid this country of the the repug scourge dragging us all down the drain along with their policy of fashit BS.

Hope for a better person? always. Will we get one? not the SS leader, mr. bones.

Say a prayer to the God of your choice someone can end the nightmare, soon.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sunny Sunday


Ok I know I posted the pic before but I cannot get over how gorgeous it looks with the rays and all. There is a word for those rays but I cannot recall it now.

Most productive day yesterday, got the bike washed, battery changed in my car and restoration of my little Suzuki 80 Hillbilly underway, so much work with restoration.

I cannot come up with anything profound to say, so I will let you guys take care of the profundity today.

Carol, I'm glad the twisters missed you, and hope you can get the nu Tee Vee up and running.

Bad weather-O-plenty across the Midwest and East, sunny and mild here in Mid-CA.

Erling tried to check in yesterday but had login issues, I set him straight with the "Other" posting option.

Carry On!

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

What Bugs Ya?


© Joyce Gross

All Abuzz About Bugs!

We are an online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures.

We enjoy the opportunity to instill in others the fascination and appreciation that we share for the intricate lives of these oft-maligned creatures.

Our Mission

Using the best resources we have access to, we are creating a knowledgebase to help each other and the online community.

We summarize our findings in guide pages like the one shown at right.

Our Method

We collect photographs of bugs from the United States and Canada for identification and research.

Making New Discoveries

More than just a clearinghouse for information, this site helps expand on the natural histories of our subjects. By capturing the place and time that submitted images were taken, we are creating a virtual collection that helps define where and when things might be found.

We capture never before seen behaviors and we have photos of species that you won't find anywhere else on the web.

BUGGUIDE

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So what really BUGS ya? bugs? politicians? coal? rupeet mirduke? The NSA?

Well here's your chance to rant, head right over to the "Comments" and scratch out a few lines.

I've got work that needs to get done.

Friday, August 24, 2007

FRIDAY FUNNIES






Thanks Alan!

My personal favorite is the cheney-puppeteer.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jesus Saves, the Rich?


This is how they pray: a dozen clear-eyed, smooth-skinned “brothers” gathered together in a huddle, arms crossing arms over shoulders like the weave of a cable, leaning in on one another and swaying like the long grass up the hill from the house they share. The house is a handsome, gray, two-story colonial that smells of new carpet and Pine-Sol and aftershave; the men who live there call it Ivanwald. At the end of a tree-lined cul-de-sac, quiet but for the buzz of lawn mowers and kids playing foxes-and-hounds in the park across the road, Ivanwald sits as one house among many, clustered together like mushrooms, all devoted, like these men, to the service of Jesus Christ. The men tend every tulip in the cul-de-sac, trim every magnolia, seal every driveway smooth and black as boot leather. And they pray, assembled at the dining table or on their lawn or in the hallway or in the bunk room or on the basketball court, each man's head bowed in humility and swollen with pride (secretly, he thinks) at being counted among such a fine corps for Christ, among men to whom he will open his heart and whom he will remember when he returns to the world not born-again but remade, no longer an individual but part of the Lord's revolution, his will transformed into a weapon for what the young men call “spiritual war.”

“Jeff, will you lead us in prayer?”

Surely, brother. It is April 2002, and I have lived with these men for weeks now, not as a Christian—a term they deride as too narrow for the world they are building in Christ's honor—but as a “believer.” I have shared the brothers' meals and their work and their games. I have been numbered among them and have been given a part in their ministry. I have wrestled with them and showered with them and listened to their stories: I know which man resents his father's fortune and which man succumbed to the flesh of a woman not once but twice and which man dances so well he is afraid of being taken for a fag. I know what it means to be a “brother,” which is to say that I know what it means to be a soldier in the army of God.

“Heavenly Father,” I begin. Then, “O Lord,” but I worry that this doesn't sound intimate enough. I settle on, “Dear Jesus.” “Dear Jesus, just, please, Jesus, let us fight for Your name.”

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Ivanwald, which sits at the end of Twenty-fourth Street North in Arlington, Virginia, is known only to its residents and to the members and friends of the organization that sponsors it, a group of believers who refer to themselves as “the Family.” The Family is, in its own words, an “invisible” association, though its membership has always consisted mostly of public men. Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.), Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), Pete Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign (R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), and Conrad Burns (R., Mont.) are referred to as “members,” as are Representatives Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), Frank Wolf (R., Va.), Joseph Pitts (R., Pa.), Zach Wamp (R., Tenn.), and Bart Stupak (D., Mich.). Regular prayer groups have met in the Pentagon and at the Department of Defense, and the Family has traditionally fostered strong ties with businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries. The Family maintains a closely guarded database of its associates, but it issues no cards, collects no official dues. Members are asked not to speak about the group or its activities.

The organization has operated under many guises, some active, some defunct: National Committee for Christian Leadership, International Christian Leadership, the National Leadership Council, Fellowship House, the Fellowship Foundation, the National Fellowship Council, the International Foundation. These groups are intended to draw attention away from the Family, and to prevent it from becoming, in the words of one of the Family's leaders, “a target for misunderstanding.” 11. The Los Angeles Times reported in September that the Fellowship Foundation alone has an annual budget of $10 million, but that represents only a fraction of the Family's finances. Each of the Family's organizations raises funds independently. Ivanwald, for example, is financed at least in part by an entity called the Wilberforce Foundation. Other projects are financed by individual “friends”: wealthy businessmen, foreign governments, church congregations, or mainstream foundations that may be unaware of the scope of the Family's activities. At Ivanwald, when I asked to what organization a donation check might be made, I was told there was none; money was raised on a “man-to-man” basis. Major Family donors named by the Times include Michael Timmis, a Detroit lawyer and Republican fund-raiser; Paul Temple, a private investor from Maryland; and Jerome A. Lewis, former CEO of the Petro-Lewis Corporation. The Family's only publicized gathering is the National Prayer Breakfast, which it established in 1953 and which, with congressional sponsorship, it continues to organize every February in Washington, D.C. Each year 3,000 dignitaries, representing scores of nations, pay $425 each to attend. Steadfastly ecumenical, too bland most years to merit much press, the breakfast is regarded by the Family as merely a tool in a larger purpose: to recruit the powerful attendees into smaller, more frequent prayer meetings, where they can “meet Jesus man to man.”

In the process of introducing powerful men to Jesus, the Family has managed to effect a number of behind-the-scenes acts of diplomacy. In 1978 it secretly helped the Carter Administration organize a worldwide call to prayer with Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, and more recently, in 2001, it brought together the warring leaders of Congo and Rwanda for a clandestine meeting, leading to the two sides' eventual peace accord last July. Such benign acts appear to be the exception to the rule. During the 1960s the Family forged relationships between the U.S. government and some of the most anti-Communist (and dictatorial) elements within Africa's postcolonial leadership. The Brazilian dictator General Costa e Silva, with Family support, was overseeing regular fellowship groups for Latin American leaders, while, in Indonesia, General Suharto (whose tally of several hundred thousand “Communists” killed marks him as one of the century's most murderous dictators) was presiding over a group of fifty Indonesian legislators. During the Reagan Administration the Family helped build friendships between the U.S. government and men such as Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova, convicted by a Florida jury of the torture of thousands, and Honduran general Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, himself an evangelical minister, who was linked to both the CIA and death squads before his own demise. “We work with power where we can,” the Family's leader, Doug Coe, says, “build new power where we can't.”

At the 1990 National Prayer Breakfast, George H.W. Bush praised Doug Coe for what he described as “quiet diplomacy, I wouldn't say secret diplomacy,” as an “ambassador of faith.” Coe has visited nearly every world capital, often with congressmen at his side, “making friends” and inviting them back to the Family's unofficial headquarters, a mansion (just down the road from Ivanwald) that the Family bought in 1978 with $1.5 million donated by, among others, Tom Phillips, then the C.E.O. of arms manufacturer Raytheon, and Ken Olsen, the founder and president of Digital Equipment Corporation. A waterfall has been carved into the mansion's broad lawn, from which a bronze bald eagle watches over the Potomac River. The mansion is white and pillared and surrounded by magnolias, and by red trees that do not so much tower above it as whisper. The mansion is named for these trees; it is called The Cedars, and Family members speak of it as a person. “The Cedars has a heart for the poor,” they like to say. By “poor” they mean not the thousands of literal poor living barely a mile away but rather the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom: the senators, generals, and prime ministers who coast to the end of Twenty-fourth Street in Arlington in black limousines and town cars and hulking S.U.V.'s to meet one another, to meet Jesus, to pay homage to the god of The Cedars.


@ Harpers

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The Mercenary Ideology

Blackwater executives, and many government officials who work with them, are evangelical ideologues, both authors point out.

Edgar Prince, founder of Blackwater, grew up in a politically conservative, evangelical Catholic family near Detroit, Michigan.

Blackwater, based in the Great Dismal Swamp near the North Carolina coast, has become the nation's largest mercenary company.

L. Paul Bremer, who oversaw Iraq for one year after the U.S. invasion, is also a conservative Catholic, who was always protected by Blackwater guards during his time in Iraq.

John Negroponte, who succeeded Bremer, previously helped create "death squads" in Vietnam in the 1970s and coordinated Washington's "covert support for the Contra death squads in Nicaragua and for the Honduran junta" in the 1980s, writes Scahill.

Jim Steele, who worked for both Bremer and Negroponte, also helped organize counterinsurgency groups and death squads in El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Joseph Schmitz, forced to resign as the Pentagon's Inspector General amid growing controversy, took a job with Blackwater in 2005. His government resume lists membership in the "Sovereign Military Order of Malta," a Christian militia founded in the 11th century before the Crusades.

"It all comes down to this," Schmitz said in a speech while at the Pentagon. "We pride ourselves on our strict adherence to the rule of law under God."

The irony, Scahill points out, is that while Iraq goes up in flames, Blackwater's future seems bright.

Both authors warn of increasing dangers to world peace and American democracy.

@ FIP

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As I pointed out yesterday, Ole Hill is part of "The Family" and as such brings their values to the table in the name of Jesus. Wars, the death and destruction that come with it, all backed by Jesus.

Oh yes Blackwater, the repugs way around the Posse Comitatus Act, (The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 16, 1878 after the end of Reconstruction. The Act was intended to prohibit Federal troops from supervising elections in former Confederate states. It generally prohibits Federal military personnel and units of the United States National Guard under Federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress. The Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act substantially limit the powers of the Federal government to use the military for law enforcement.) is also backed by none other than Jesus himself.

I like to refer to it as "Killing for Jesus".

Any right thinking American would look at this and see the radical non-religious hiding behind "Freedom of Religion" to accomplish their goals.

Well what would Jesus himself think of all this? Well I cannot speak for him, but as a humble servant thereof, do not think he would like it one bit, in fact most folks would oppose war in his name, except the God fearing NASCAR/WWF crowd, they support any activity involving killing "ragheads" or "hajjis" cause they are just heathens, thanks to them and their total ignorance-is-OK beliefs, these so called warriors for Jesus can continue their march.

Yes ignorance is bliss, but is impractical if humanity is to survive.

After viewing the carnage caused by freedom of religion, I can see the sinister means with which the rich hide behind Jesus for their own gain.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Sipsoms


Yessiree thats me! Finally made it into the Simpsonize Me site last night and got myself "Simpsonized".

Creepy Burger King was there, he gives me the creeps and when I see him on TV I look away lest my eyes be burned out of my head by the image. PTOOEY!

I gave up on BK in 1982 when the REAL Whopper went away in favor of a considerably shrunken version.

The Simpsonization process is quite extensive however and great for giggles, which are few and far between today.

Google was down earlier without explanation, (arrogant Silicone Valley geeks).

Now lets get blogging!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Other Den


August 5, 2007 - 11:51pm.

Yes I am an unrepentant liberal. I am proud of that and if you had listened to me all these elections ago we wouldn’t live in the messed up world we do today. Seriously folks, you have been paying attention to frauds and charlatans. Here are the key issues that Dennis stands for:

-Creating a single-payer system of universal health care that provides full coverage for all Americans by passage of the United States National Health Insurance Act.
-The immediate withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq; replacing them with an international security force.
-Guaranteed quality education for all; including free pre-kindergarten and college for all who want it.
-Immediate withdrawal from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
-Repealing the USA PATRIOT Act.
-Fostering a world of international cooperation.
-Abolishing the death penalty.
-Environmental renewal and clean energy.
-Preventing the privatization of social security.
-Providing full social security benefits at age 65.
-Creating a cabinet-level "Department of Peace"
-Ratifying the ABM Treaty and the Kyoto Protocol.
-Introducing reforms to bring about instant-runoff voting.
-Protecting a woman's right to choose while decreasing the number of abortions performed in the U.S.
-Ending the war on drugs.
-Legalizing same-sex marriage.
-Creating a balance between workers and corporations.
-Ending the H1B and L1 Visa Programs
-Restoring rural communities and family farms.
-Strengthening gun control.
-Balance Between Workers and Corporations
-Environmental Renewal and Clean Energy
-Restored Rural Communities and Family Farms.

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You know, I tend to agree with Phil, it takes real stones to stand alone, against the established political machinations of the House of Reps.

When you look at all the other candidates trying, not to rile anyone or rock the boat, you realize that a real boat-rocker is what we need, real change for a change.

Watching the debate the other morning with ole hill and BIG O, bidden and others pander their answers to what they thought the audience wanted to hear made me wonder why anyone would vote for those bloviating blow hards at all. Typical politicians one and all with two exceptions, Dennis and Mike Gravel. By the way I thought Mike was rather upbeat considering his 0% support score Stuffulupogus gave him.

The Dems are a headless party, Howie is the figurehead, but not THE head, there is none. Imanuel does not even count except in the negative.

Until the Dems can find a leader with stones to move things in another direction they will continue to scare away voters with a non-cohesive platform.

Dennis provides an avenue of previously unexplored territory and as such could provide the impetus to get the rest of the Dems on the same page.

Without direction politics as usual will provide easy pickings for the Repug buzzards, which incidentally are circling.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Self Righties

What Really Brought Rove Down?

President Bush puts his arm around Karl Rove during a news conference announcing Rove's resignation yesterday. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)



Tick off your garden variety wing-nut, and the cork is swiftly pulled from that vial of vitriol soon to be dumped on your cornflakes. But tick off a hard-line religious rightie, and you just might come to intimate terms with his terrible swift sword. Just ask former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, once the genius architect of invincible success -- before he became the architect of abysmal disaster.

Ask him about a guy named Scott Bloch. Or another named David Kuo, the former Number 2 at the Bush administration's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, who let the cat out of the bag last year when he detailed Rove's disdain for the religious Bush partisans whom Rove, according to Kuo, dubbed "the nuts."

Bloch, one such "nut" and director of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), may have been Rove's ultimate undoing. Sure, it could have been the long reach of the Jack Abramoff affair, or something completely new and yet to be revealed, that pushed Rove out the West Wing portico. But I prefer to think it was Bloch, a vengeful wing-nut, former Bush loyalist, and devout paleo-Catholic who thought he had been brought to a minor executive office in order to make God's will manifest on Earth, and got pretty miffed when the reward for his efforts was a message sent through a White House insider that manifesting was not to be his destiny, and it was time for Bloch to go.

@ TAP

An interesting take on the rover issue and a reminder that all supposedly "religious" bureaucrats are not nice people at all and do a lousy job practicing what they preach.

One more reason religion should be a personal matter, not a matter of public policy.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunny Sunday


Accadia Beach, Israel


There was a good laugh at the Dem debate when Mike Gravel said "Cheney ought to be committed".

Boy that is a BIG NO SHIT! A rubber room is the clear answer to arresting the clear excessive stupidity and sheer audacity that is deadeye dick.

I know every one of us has had it up to our eyeballs with these goomers and a well supervised institutionally run environment is the clear solution to putting a stop to the madness.

Fierce debate among the candidates this morning that will carry well into the week, very interesting exchanges(for a change).

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saturday Again

KKKarl Rove caught!



The evil Mr. Rove plotting diabolical schemes to take over the world!

Reminiscent of "Pinky and The Brain" the cartoon TV series and this fellow cohort, deadeye dick:



Ok there you have it, the Saturday morning cartoons VIA YouTube.

Now I must go get some work done.

Carry on!

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday Funnies








Thanks Alan! Try and stay dry.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shake-N-Quake

Magnitude 7.9 in Peru




This is what a magnitude 6.5 quake looks like on the USGS website from Adak Alaska note the close proximity of the events time wise.
And from that site, it shows a large amount of high magnitude quake activity in August:

# 2007 08 15 - Near the Coast of Central Peru - M 7.9
# 2007 08 15 - Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - M 6.5
# 2007 08 14 - Island of Hawaii, Hawaii - M 5.4
# 2007 08 08 - Java, Indonesia - M 7.5
# 2007 08 02 - Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska - M 6.7
# 2007 08 01 - Vanuatu - M 7.2

We all know that it is just a matter of time before the BIG ONE happens out here on the Left Coast, my guess is real soon, but then I am just a blogger with no scientific background.

What and when, one can only guess. It behooves us all to realize we are mere specs of humanity deposited on an living planet which itself could be called an 'organism' of sorts and as such it changes and evolves daily and earthquakes are part of that continuous evolution.

What will happen if 90% of Los Angeles or San Francisco or any of the many population centers along the West Coast receive a magnitude 7.0 or above(most likely) and are completely leveled with THOUSANDS of dead and millions of injured? Can anyone count on the National Guard? or FEMA? Or will we have to deal with a troupe called Blackwater for rescue and protection against looting and pillaging which WILL happen despite the carnage?

No way to tell what will happen there anymore than we can predict when the actual event will occur.

Expect the best from humanity and the worst humanity has to offer.

One thing for sure, it will change everything.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Toxic Nation


Quite apropos statement one picture can make isn't it?

I have to laugh at the pure folly capitalism provides with the relentless pursuit of the almighty profit. The USA has become a nation of pillagers and plunderers for profit, no matter what it takes there must be PROFIT! Cannot make it, cannot sell it, unless there is PROFIT!

So here we sit with our offspring full of lead from toys, pets dead because of melamine in their food, toxic toothpaste, and on and on. Our corporate gurus in the relentless pursuit of profit have sold us down the river for a few bucks and a Thursday golf game.

There is an story in Time about consumers view of goods from China in a Zogby Poll:

"82% concerned about buying goods from China. Survey finds that while 69% believe non-food products from China are safe, just 30% are as confident about food imported from China. The recent warnings and recalls about toxic toothpaste, tainted pet food, contaminated seafood and lead paint-laced toys from China haven't gone unnoticed by American consumers - the vast majority of Americans (82%) said they are concerned about purchasing goods from China in the wake of many media reports about faulty goods from that country, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows."

Well take that Mr. Bigshot Corporatista! Your little plan for a lifetime of excessive profit is grinding to a halt.

Remember when stuff made in the good old USA was quality made and would last many years? (You must be over 40 to do so) Union Made meant that the product you were buying was built with American skilled and trained workers? Then Japan got in on the action, pretty soon our quality was put to shame by Japanese products and in some areas still is. Unions are gone and so are jobs, cast aside for cheap stuff from China.

I blame Wally Mart in part for their predatory business practices; move in town and run the Mom and Pop stores out, prop up a mega store and move the Chinese goods in.
Well Wally Mart, guess your stores are taking a financial hit:

UPDATE: Wal-Mart Stock Drops After Retailer Cuts Earnings Forecast

By Jennifer Waters

CHICAGO (Dow Jones) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. saw its shares drop more than 5% Tuesday after the retailer said its earnings performance for the rest of the fiscal year will face continuing pressure from global economic woes.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart (WMT) , the largest retailer in the world, said it made $3.11 billion, or 76 cents a share, for the three months ended July 31, compared with a profit of $2.08 billion, or 50 cents, generated during the year-ago second quarter.

@ NASDAQ

Tsk, Tsk, suddenly the profits are shrinking, and it's not over yet.

With doctors warning parents in possession of the lead paint infested toys to have their children checked for lead poisoning:

CDC officials urged parents worried that their children may have ingested lead paint on toys to get them tested for lead levels in their blood.

"There is no acceptable level of lead exposure for a child," CDC spokeswoman Bernadette Burden said on Tuesday.

"If the parent is concerned, we encourage them to have their child screened for lead exposure."

Lead is more dangerous to children than adults because it can harm the developing brain, causing reduced IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems, among other things.

A single large dose can cause a medical emergency, but experts said it is more common for lead poisoning to build up gradually over time amid repeated exposure to tiny amounts.

Yahoo News

And to top it all off China actually threatened to toss us into economic crisis called the "Nuclear Option":

The Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States, hinting that it may liquidate its vast holding of US treasuries if Washington imposes trade sanctions to force a yuan revaluation.

Two officials at leading Communist Party bodies have given interviews in recent days warning - for the first time - that Beijing may use its $1.33 trillion (£658bn) of foreign reserves as a political weapon to counter pressure from the US Congress.

@ Truthout

Building Nuclear submarines, ICBM's and other weapons of war on the technology our corporatistas GAVE them to build cheap crap at cheap prices is another sickening story of corporate greed for more profit.

Pardon me while I go puke, this story is making me sick.

BUY AMERICAN!!!(if you can)


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Duck-N-Cover




DEBKAfile Exclusive: New Al Qaeda threat of radioactive truck attacks naming New York, Los Angeles, Miami

August 12, 2007, 8:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

The threat was picked up by DEBKAfile’s monitors from a rush of electronic chatter on al Qaeda sites Thursday, Aug. 8.

The al Qaeda communications accuse the Americans of the grave error of failing to take seriously the videotape released by the American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gaddahn last week. “They will soon realize their mistake when American cities are hit by quality operations,” said one message.

Another said the attacks would be carried out “by means of trucks loaded with radio-active material against America’s biggest city and financial nerve center.”

A third message mentioned New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets. It drew the answer: “The attack, with Allah’s help, will cause an economic meltdown, many dead, and a financial crisis on a scale that compels the United States to pull its military forces out of many parts of the world, including Iraq, for lack of any other way of cutting down costs.”

There is also a message which speaks obliquely of the approaching attacks easing the heavy pressure America exerts on countries like Japan, Cuba and Venezuela.

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources and monitors say there is no way of gauging for sure how serious these threats are, how real, or whether they are part of a war of nerves to give the Gaddahn tape extra mileage. But it is important to note that the exchange of messages took place over al Qaeda’s internal Internet sites and that they contained the threat of radioactive terror and specific American cities for the first time after a long silence on these subjects.

In addition, a growing number of clips has been disseminated of late over al Qaeda sites instructing the faithful how to design remote-controlled gliders, pack them with explosives and launch them against predetermined targets.
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DEBKAfile CLARIFIES ITS DISCLOSURE OF AL QAEDA’S RADIOLOGICAL THREAT TO NEW YORK

August 13, 2007, 9:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

At midnight Thursday, Aug. 9, DEBKAfile’s monitors of terrorist Web sites and forums connected the messages accumulating from midday. They spelled out an al Qaeda threat mentioning New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets of attacks “by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material.” Our counter-terror sources and monitors stressed “there is no way of gauging for sure how serious these threats are, or how real.”

Monday, Aug. 13, the chatter continues.

Such disclosures are the daily content of DEBKAfile – not only about al Qaeda, but terrorist organizations in the Middle East and other parts of the world. We believe that holding back such information would be irresponsible and wrong and possibly expose people in targeted countries, most predominantly the United States and Israel, to danger. After this data is aired on our free site, our job is done and it is up to the relevant security authorities to decide how to deal with it.

In this case, the New York Police Department very properly responded.

After 24 hours, during which time the department almost certainly put its vast resources to work to research and assess the DEBKAfile disclosure, security was increased throughout Manhattan and on tunnels and bridges, with radioactivity sensors posted on vehicles, boats and helicopters.

The New York police came up with a further piece of information which was not sourced to DEBKA suggesting that a dirty bomb may go off on Friday evening around 34th Street in Manhattan, where the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Macy’s department store are located.

At that point, something quite irrational happened: The NYPD’s sensible precautions generated a flood of media recriminations against… DEBKAfile. Unbridled, gratuitous assaults on this publication’s credibility came from the publications which missed the story, prominently Associated Press, the International Herald Tribune and FoxNews.

Reuters, to its credit, covered the episode fairly and professionally.

With regard to DEBKAfile’s record, our readers may recall that in 2003, our counter-terror sources exposed the massive recruitment campaign al Qaeda ran worldwide for an army of jihadis to fight US forces in Iraq under the command of a Jordanian terrorist called Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

Again, in 2005 - and up until the present - we warned that al Qaeda was building networks in Egyptian Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

Had the powers-that-be responded in timely fashion to these advance alerts, the situation in both troubled places might have evolved differently.
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LINK to DEBKA

Pretty scary stuff indeed. Sure looks like something is brewing and like DEBKA I believe the dissemination of this information is critical.

I already suspect deadeye sent out another contract with his pals in SA to wreak havoc beyond 9/11 scale in order to fully set their plans into motion, and as with 9/11 the real culprits will not be known to us ordinary citizens, we can only guess.

Something is up and I do not trust deadeye and his evil band of scoundrels, why set up headquarters for Halliburton in SA? Hiding from what? with America under military lockdown it would be nearly impossible to do business here, and make money.

America the beautiful soon to be a devastated land and a prison for those unfortunate enough to be ensnared in totalitarian rule.

Call me a nattering nabob of negativity but I don't feel real good right now,
neither should anyone else. The scourge that is deadeye dick and his merry band of fascshit criminals is still in the WH despite committing high crimes and misdemeanors against The Constitution and the United States does not leave one with a real sense of security.

Cold blooded killers, without conscience.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Roving About


Sierra Buttes, Sierra City, CA


Packer Lake


Breakfast at the Red Moose in Sierra City, mmm good!


Hey wow happy Monday! Rover is the latest rat to jump the ship of fools, or is he really, really gone? Maybe not, who knows? Only the rover knows and deadeye.

HMM, deadeye. Wasn't their a rift between deadeye and rover going on? Rover wasn't doing things the way deadeye wanted them done I bet. No tears from me either way, they already flew the trial(no pun intended) balloon with harrihat myyers as far a contempt of congress for not showing up and it worked so they cannot pin anything to rovers ass either as long as speedy is in charge at DOJ and deadeye is still in his chair.

Well the pundits will have a good old media frenzy of speculation I suppose and there will be many theories bandied about as to what the REAL story is. The real story is one less goomer in a place where goomers don't belong in the first place.

Good riddance rover, you old dog, you just won't hunt anymore, least that's what deadeye says.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunny Sunday


A spectacular sunset from the parking lot of Chuckanut Manor restaurant near Bellingham.



I could not resist putting up this gorgeous pic from up there in Washington in Micki's corner of the world.

The start of a new week and once again we all hope that someone or someones come to their senses and puts the brakes on the runaway, crazy, idiot riddled, administration running America into the ground.

I watched Press the Meet and MarKOS and Harold Ford were engaging in some finger pointing back and forth, interesting but nothing new. Democrats are squandering support by internal differences and have an essentially headless organization divided by political differences.

C'mon Dems! get your shit together and develop a unified plan to return America to the American people, not the corporatistas. Without a unified and concise approach the Dems will still be perceived as direction less, which will reduce the chances of winning local contests for Senators and Representatives where the real power lies.

Well time to get out and ride. Up into the Sierras today into serious mountains and wonderfull winding roads, pics tomorrow.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Car Crazy

Could have been your fathers Oldsmobile



'57 Studebaker in Pepto-Pink



Flaming 39 Ford(nice bike in the background eh?)


Once monthly event in Auburn brings out all the "car crazy" locals, like me.

Many communities have similar events so if you have an interest in automotive art on wheels go check it out, it's worth a look-see.

Perseid meteor showers this weekend. If you have clear skies where you are, pound down some caffeine and pull up a reclining lawn chair and some beers and popcorn and watch.

Collecting your own meteorites is fun too using a kitty litter pan with 1/2 inch to 1 inch of water in it, place it in an area away from trees and in the open like a deck rail or the roof and let it sit overnight. Then look in the water tomorrow morning for what looks to be grains of sand, under strong magnification they will look shiny and glass-like, might even get a bigger one or two(1-2mm diameter). Peak is Suday night so if nothing shows up tomorrow, try again Sunday night. Here on the West Coast we have constant clear skies and I have collected several cool ones.

Good luck!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Var-Mit Romney


Perfect white bread Stepfords


He added: "One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president."

Romney's five sons range in age from 37 to 26 and have worked as real estate developers, sports marketers and advertising executives. They are now actively campaigning for their father and have a "Five Brothers" blog on Romney's campaign Web site.

Romney noted that his middle son, 36-year-old Josh, was completing a recreational vehicle tour of all 99 Iowa counties on Wednesday and said, "I respect that and respect all those and the way they serve this great country."

The woman who asked the question, Rachel Griffiths, 41, of Milan, Ill., identified herself as a member of Quad City Progressive Action for the Common Good, as well as the sister of an Army major who had served in Iraq.

"Of course not," Griffiths said when asked if she was satisfied with Romney's answer. "He told me the way his son shows support for our military and our nation is to buy a Winnebago and ride across Iowa and help him get elected."


@ HUFFPO

Oh yea verily they bestowed a Winnebargo (gas pig) upon their son and said: Go ye throughout the land called Iowa and proclaim the goodness of your father to all, beseech the good people of the land called Iowa to vote favorably upon the polls called straw, for the man from the land called Utah. Ye will reap your reward in Heaven said he.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

AFL-CIO Prez Forum


Anyone with a heart could relate to this man and his plight here.

The rest of the coverage can be found @ MSNBC's site.

Quite the little shindig indeed, there was plenty of hollering to the union audience by the candidates, I'll let MSNBC do the 'splainin.

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AFL-CIO Prez Forum


Anyone with a heart could relate to this man and his plight here.

The rest of the coverage can be found @ MSNBC's site.

Quite the little shindig indeed, there was plenty of hollering to the union audience by the candidates, I'll let MSNBC do the 'splainin.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Roads For Sale


Fifty years to the day after Ike put his pen to the Highway Act, another Republican signed off on another historic highway project. On June 29, 2006, Mitch Daniels, the former Bush administration official turned governor of Indiana, was greeted with a round of applause as he stepped into a conference room packed with reporters and state lawmakers. The last of eight wire transfers had landed in the state's account, making it official: Indiana had received $3.8 billion from a foreign consortium made up of the Spanish construction firm Cintra and the Macquarie Infrastructure Group (mig) of Australia, and in exchange the state would hand over operation of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road for the next 75 years. The arrangement would yield hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks for the consortium, which also received immunity from most local and state taxes in its contract with Indiana. And, of course, the consortium would collect all the tolls, which it was allowed to raise to levels far beyond what Hoosiers had been used to. By one calculation, the Toll Road would generate more than $11 billion over the 75-year life of the contract, a nice return on mig-Cintra's $3.8 billion investment.

The deal to privatize the Toll Road had been almost a year in the making. Proponents celebrated it as a no-pain, all-gain way to off-load maintenance expenses and mobilize new highway-building funds without raising taxes. Opponents lambasted it as a major turn toward handing the nation's common property over to private firms, and at fire-sale prices to boot.

@ MOTHER JONES

A Neo-Fascist society just would not be complete without corporate-owned roads now would it? This is a sign of things to come, don't get rid of your spare change yet, you might need it to get to work in the near(too near) future.

This too is a product of the fascist-in-chief and his money-laden minions, eager to glean the pockets of anyone in America with money.

Here in America your money is worth more than anywhere else, just pay up and go, see you again tomorrow,when we take some more.

America's Yard Sale, everything at discount prices, for the rich.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Muggy Monday



Great day for a ride with high temps in the mid-80's, makes one forget there are fascists taking over the USA.

Enjoy it while we can. Middle bike guy got a flat tire, twice. You would think that someone who works on bikes for a living would have good tires. Like the plumbers pipes leaking I suppose.








I never get tired of looking at the lake, can't resist taking pics.

Anyone lamenting the last Congressional roll over will find today's Democracy Now's discussion from Marjorie Cohn and Glenn Greenwald truthfully unpleasant.

Revolution anyone?





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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

SCREWED!



Americans, wake up and smell the burnt toast, you are screwed!

Who you may ask has screwed you and you did not even get kissed? Your Government.

While you were busy watching TV, a cabal of sinister individuals and corporate power brokers planned and executed a takeover of all affairs of government.

The worry was that someone would be held accountable and bust the grand plan, so an effort to secure the Justice Department ensuring they could do what they pleased without fear of prosecution was set into place. Gonzo the neo-fascists guard dog is making sure that no one is held accountable. We have seen this in a display of willful disregard for Congressional oversight power in the hearings. Executive privilege? You bet!

Congress has been set up for a fall with Congressional members choosing party loyalty over American values. The latest granting of even more power to the President should be a wake up call to all Americans, but it is falling on deaf ears there as most are too busy with their own little worlds to notice.

The shift has been underway since Reagan and as you can plainly see, is not there for us, the American people, we have been taken over by corporatist pirates intent on looting and pillaging all they can until they are physically stopped through violent overthrow and nothing else.

We have reached the point of no return, there will be no turning back the clock, it is done,
put a fork in it.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

FRIDAY FUNNIES





Thanks Alan!!!

More drama yesterday in the Judiciary hearing, Scott Jennings pleading stupid more than once as witnessed in this YouTube video. The guy is one more turd in the steaming pile of "Executive Privilege" being used to shield the criminal conduct being conducted by the fascist-in-chief, and the other fascist chump pulling his strings.

When will this ongoing nightmare end?

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Minneapolis Mahem



Film from a security camera captured the collapse of the I-35W bridge across the Mississippi River

Boy what a mess! I am a structural engineer of sorts and my unqualified opinion on the bridge collapse is due to weak construction, salt erosion of steel structure from 40 years of rugged Minnesota winters being pressed upon by even more weight being added from construction applying a layer of roadbed on top of a flimsy bridge.

As you can see the 458 foot span gave out at the end points where the most gravitational stress would be concentrated causing it to fold up like a cheap suit.

Minnesota winter create a need for salt spreading on the roadways which prevents ice formation down to approximately 20 degrees. The salt seeps into the cracks and joints of bridges through capillary action causing the steel to separate(flake) and freeze in real cold weather further expanding the metal connections.

The running joke in MN is there are two seasons, winter and road construction. Of course now it is no joke.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

More Bombs Mr. Taggart!



Wha the fah?

The numbers are almost beyond understanding. Shocking, scary, and symptomatic of everything wrong with this administration.

30 billion - Israel (including cluster bombs)
20 billion - the House of Saud
15 billion - Egypt

and many more billions for other nations in the region. That is the cost of MILITARY AID we are throwing into a regional war zone. To opposing parties. With differing interests.

This follows a fatally late, fatally flawed and fatally organized plan to have Condi meet with everyone in the region and make peace. As Fem Fatales go, Condi is one of a kind. (luckily for the rest of globe) The ringing silence you hear from the region tells you just how believable this administration is there, and for the most part, the rest of the world.

Considering that this administration has never seen a lie it does not embrace, nor an issue that does not look like a nail in need of a blunt, hardened, heavy, wood-handled instrument of pounding, it is little surprise that as part of its "peace initiative" the first thing that they wield and yield is a hammer. A multi-billion dollar, deadly one, at that.

@ CAPITOLHILLBLUE

Meanwhile back at the bomb laden looney bin called the United States of Insanity, the military armament corporatist's feed more explosives to the Middle East in a man-made feeble attempt to bring about Armageddon.

As stupid as that sounds it is some politicos idea of advancing policy straight out of the Bible.
Their belief that the "End" is right around the corner fuels their insane fires burning in their self righteous little tiny brains.

Minuscule minds working in close collaborative confusion to bring about a supposed event only Jesus can bring about staggers the imagination of anyone with a working, thinking mind.

Watch closely as the "New Fascism" stretches it's new found legs and spools up the military, guns and bombs machine for more death and destruction of Biblical proportions, all the while reaping record profits.

It cannot be stopped.

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