Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cigs Toot Sweet

On Ebay for rolling your tobacco or whatever lighting quick.

I don't smoke but it looks handy for those that do. Now on to less cancer causing topics, like NON-Free Speech:

He was inquiring as to Kerry's connection with Skull and Bones and the mike went dead. What followed was pure authoritarian-fascist behavior by the cops similar to the last tasing incident at a CA university.

Scull and Bones, homo-erotic fraternity at Yale University has spawned many a goomer over the years kerry and chimpy being two "brothers" produced.

Just don't bring it up in public.



DEN said...

This is really weird:

LIMA (AFP) - Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a "strange odor," local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said.

Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 100-foot-wide (30-meter-wide) and 20-foot-deep (six-meter-deep) crater, said local official Marco Limache.

"Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned," he said.

Boy, that is some meteorite, YIPES!

Who know what strange stuff could be emanating from that thing.

DEN said...

More infor here

micki said...

White House website on bush's day @ John Hopkins in April 2006, when students of international policy asked him questions -- this QUESTION AS YOU WILL RECALL MADE HEADLINES

Yesterday on the Rachel Maddow Show, she played the following audio clip -- and I was (again) astounded at bush's sophomoric stoooooopidity and ineptitude. In light of the headlines made by Blackwater contractors, I just thought I would take this look back in history.

If anyone knows where to find the audio clip, you'll cringe in horror -- bush sounds downright deranged.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. It's an honor to have you here. I'm a first-year student in South Asia studies. My question is in regards to private military contractors. Uniform Code of Military Justice does not apply to these contractors in Iraq. I asked your Secretary of Defense a couple months ago what law governs their actions.

THE PRESIDENT: I was going to ask him. Go ahead. (Laughter.) Help. (Laughter.)

Q I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against -- over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?

THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that very much. I wasn't kidding -- (laughter.) I was going to -- I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I've got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation -- I don't mean to be dodging the question, although it's kind of convenient in this case, but never -- (laughter.) I really will -- I'm going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That's how I work. I'm -- thanks. (Laughter.)

micki said...

Good news for those who read the NYT (I'm one of them!):

September 18, 2007
Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site

The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its Web site, effective at midnight Tuesday night.

The move comes two years to the day after The Times began the subscription program, TimesSelect, which has charged $49.95 a year, or $7.95 a month, for online access to the work of its columnists and to the newspaper’s archives. TimesSelect has been free to print subscribers to The Times and to some students and educators.

In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as well as those from 1851 to 1922, which are in the public domain. There will be charges for some material from the period 1923 to 1986, and some will be free.


DEN said...

Micki, further down the page is this little tidbit:

Q Sorry. (Laughter.) My question, sir, is, well, as Anthony alluded to earlier, and as you're aware, we have many students at SAIS who are currently working for or considering working for the State Department, the various intelligence agencies and such. And how do you respond to the recent report by Prosecutor Fitzgerald that there is, in his words, a concerted -- "evidence of a concerted effort by the White House to punish Joseph Wilson" who, himself, has a distinguished record of government service?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. No, I -- this is -- there's an ongoing legal proceeding which precludes me from talking a lot about the case. There's also an ongoing investigation that's a serious investigation. I will say this, that after we liberated Iraq, there was questions in people's minds about the basis on which I made statements, in other words, going into Iraq. And so I decided to declassify the NIE for a reason. I wanted to see -- people to see what some of those statements were based on. So I wanted to see -- I wanted people to see the truth and thought it made sense for people to see the truth. And that's why I declassified the document.

You can't talk about -- you're not supposed to talk about classified information, and so I declassified the document. I thought it was important for people to get a better sense for why I was saying what I was saying in my speeches. And I felt I could do so without jeopardizing ongoing intelligence matters, and so I did.

And as far as the rest of the case goes, you're just going to have to let Mr. Fitzgerald complete his case. And I hope you understand that. It's a serious legal matter that we've got to be careful in making public statements about it.


Which is it Mr. Doofus?

"You can't talk about -- you're not supposed to talk about classified information, and so I declassified the document."

Oh I see, you are the decider, yup.

micki said...

Den -- Yes, I saw that gem, also.

As much as it pains me to address this, "explanations" such as that from the Doofus-in-chief, remind me that (even though the GOPers cheated in the elections), there were enough American voters who cast theirs in bush's favor to make it look "possible" that he was duly elected.

What does that say about this country?

DEN said...

NASCAR!!! WWF!!! The redneck(bubba) contingent of uneducated doofies did their best to put their good ole boy in the big white house.

Git 'er done!!

Some people are easily led.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Could be hydrogen sulfide (sour gas, rotten egg smell) associated with the meteorite strike. If so, it was likely in the ground, not the meteorite. The heat of entry caused the boling water and the release of sour gas.

Which, in sufficient concentration, is a deadly poison.

DEN said...

Did you hear about Blackwater, the shadowy contractor in Iraq killing civilians? The news reports are appalling. Evidently, they are trying to open a private mercenary training camp in San Diego County. I just signed a petition from Courage Campaign to stop them for moving in to California.

Can you sign it too and help stop them?:



DEN said...

Doc, much like the gas found around Yellowstone NP,in the mud pots and geysers.

Stinks alright.

Could have struck right on an underground pool of volcanically heated water, who knows.

DEN said...

Vid of crater @ Reuters

DEN said...

Attorney General Mukasey and the Rule of Law

Mukasey was a judge of the U. S.. District Court, Southern District of New York, a position that he held for nearly two decades. He ruled that Padilla had the right to counsel; the right to see and work with a lawyer. His 2002 ruling was clear.

Padilla's statutorily granted right to present facts to the court in connection with this petition will be destroyed utterly if he is not allowed to consult with counsel. On the facts presented in this case, the balance weighs heavily in Padilla's favor.

The White House was outraged at the very thought of this defendant having an attorney. They were also upset with Mukasey. The Washington Post reported that “Cheney's office insisted on sending (Ted) Olson's deputy, Paul Clement, on what Justice Department lawyers called a suicide mission to tell Judge Michael B. Mukasey that he had erred so grossly that he should retract his decision.”

Mukasey was not amused. He had already decided the case. Padilla had a right to counsel. Rather than accept that and move forward, the White House challenged his intelligence and skill as a judge based on petty technicalities.

@ SCOOP hope it's not a scoop of poo.

DEN said...

Who the hell are these people!!!

Carlos Arredondo, 47 year old father of two sons, arrived in the nation's capitol on Monday, 09/10/07 to share a memorial he has made to honor for his eldest son, Alex. Carlos has visited thirty of the United States with the traveling memorial to his son Alexander. Lcpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, USMC was killed on 08/25/04. He was 20 years and 20 days old. The memorial consists of a casket, poster- size photographs of Alex when he graduated from boot camp, before his second tour in Iraq, lying in state at his wake, and a photo of Alex with his younger brother Brian.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 consisted of first a rally, a march towards the capitol and then a die-in. Carlos pulled the memorial along the march route approaching the rotunda near the capitol building. Several of the marchers requested for him to speak about the memorial where a crowd gathered around him. After finishing, several people walked with Carlos as he pulled the memorial. Several pictures of Alex dressed in his blues were attached to the display.

As Carlos passed counter protesters, one man ripped a picture of Alex from the memorial. Carlos leaped on the man to retrieve the picture. It was at that point that approximately five others all began to attack Carlos by kicking him in the head, legs, stomach and back.

@ Michael Moore

Vicious as rabid dogs, not Americans...LOSERS!

David B. Benson said...

2007 House Energy Bill Highlights

Not bad but not enuf.

DEN said...

Carbon capture and storage [Title IV, Subtitle F, Sec. 4501 - 4416]
We track developments on carbon capture and storage (CCS), because they can be applied to liquid, solid and gaseous biofuels, in which case they result in carbon-negative energy systems that are seen by scientists as the most feasible and effective large-scale approach to mitigate global warming in case we would be facing an "abrupt climate change" scenario. So-called 'Bio-energy with Carbon Storage' (BECS) systems are the only carbon-negative energy systems in existence. All other renewables and nuclear are all carbon positive and contribute to climate change.
Doc, that ought to perk you up a bit. better than continuing the current policy of doing nothing by far.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Thanks, but its not enuf, fast enuf.

Removing 500 billion tonnes (Gt) of carbon from the active carbon cycle wouldn't quite stop a significant sea stand rise. Even it the world could manage to sequester 5 Gt per year (net, after sequestering or avoiding the approximately 8 Gt of carbon added each year) that would take 100 years.

It is becoming clearer to me that we don't have that long to avoid submerging NYC, London, etc.

New Orleans is a goner in any case. Abandon it.

Carey said...


The minute I heard about the Florida incident involving Kerry and an outspoken person I knew you'd be on top of it. Kerry better speak out about this.

I just did it again. I typed out a whole post and promptly whisked it away with one stray finger jab.

“Cheney's office insisted on sending (Ted) Olson's deputy, Paul Clement,....to tell Judge Michael B. Mukasey that he had erred so grossly that he should retract his decision.”

WHOA! We have not been wrong nor have we overstated Cheney's motivations.

John Dean just said that's his biggest concern with the current state of the Justice Dept--the fervent judicial activism. If one more conservative judicial activist is named judge, law as we know it will fundamentally change.

Couple that with the Blackwater scare, and I do mean scare and we're one huge step nearer to imminent disaster.

Something's going to give. Like the New Orlean's levees.

Sam Sneader (sp?) played a tape of John Boehner crying and slurring his way through another speech on the House floor. Then he played Bush announcing his new candidate for AG. Slurred words again. Hmmm.

Yes, Micki, Americans are dumb-dumbs. Actively proud of it dumb-dumbs. "We'll kick your ass," dumb-dumbs.

DEN said...

Carey, Sam Seder

Carey said...

You cannot hide a drink too many. These people have the finger on the button.


Jesus, I just remembered.

Stacy Taylor, our local guy on Air America, and others feel that nuclear arms transport brouhaha last week?...not a mistake. That's right folks. It was a transfer of nukes to Iran.

Guys....I really think he's right. Shit, shit, shit.

DEN said...

Carey, Sams site

Carey said...

My computer is still ultra slow. Martin, my bro-in-law, will look at it soon. Please bear with me as you always do.

We're slowly getting things changed and adjusted, but there's always so, so much to do.

Carey said...

Bush is a spoiled, stupid and utterly reckless child.

Cheney is all the evil we can't even wrap our heads around or comprehend. He's one of those, isn't he Gerald?

A true evil man with nary a good thought.

DEN said...

Good news!

OJ: 8 charges from DA here

Now maybe he will go to jail where he belongs

DEN said...

Strange goings on at Raw Story.

They ran an article regarding McConnell wanting more surveillance power so I commented on how it could be used to eavesdrop on Wall Street and the story vanished, along with it went my comment.

Like I'm the only one that ever thought of it?

I try not to be too egocentric but is it about me?

I will comment somewhere else too.


Carey said...

You are absolutely, realistically right about the need to abandon the location of New Orleans, David.

Why can't they move it a tiny bit? So much music, history and culture cannot be mishandled or neglected.

Because it's at the mouth of the Mississipi.

What are we going to do? We're loosing the battle. Mussels, the species, extinct. Something like a hundred variations....all gone.

Damn it. I'm gonna go watch baseball.

No, we have to face a pile of overassigned homework.

Hey. What's this I hear about Sally Fields being censored at the Emmy awards? Oh really? I saw the clip.

The silence was blatant and disruptive. Field's comment was about the suffering mothers endure when they're babies are at war.

Carey said...

thanks Den

DEN said...

Greg Palast has some input regarding the tasering of the student in Fla. HERE

Seems it was the same place in FL that messed with the voters in the last prez election, Nazis-O-Plenty.

micki said...

One reason so many countries are scurrying to go nuclear (as in bombs), is because of the global catastrophe that's coming Earth's way, so they want to be prepared to defend and secure dwindling water, energy and food supplies.

The longer the busheviks and other warmongers of the world keep us preoccupied with war in Iraq, possibly Iran, etc., the longer they "can change the subject" from the fact that the biggest threat to global stability is climate change, not terrorism.

Bush only pays attention to the oil lobby and the Pentagon. What a combo!

Warfare will define human life from here on.

micki said...

...nuclear war to defend life.

What a concept.

Carey said...

Ironies and noncoincidences are aplenty. That the Florida incident occurred in the same county where unbelievable shenanigans went on is....easy to believe.

Republicans are in control there utilizing the corrupt system made permanent and fortress-strong by Jeb Bush.

Carey said...

One's mind does play out scenarios of what is coming in the way of human behavior with the catastrophic climate change.

The fact that it's coming so much faster than any scientist could imagine or project. Ay, ay, ay.

My God, what will be left for our children?

David B. Benson said...

Locally, there will be a talk by an academic psychologist on preparing people for climate mitigation/adaptation.

While this might help, I don't think I'll bother to go.

I'd rather spend the time trying to convince more congresspeople of the urgency of immediate mitigation...

micki said...

What happened from John Kerry's POV -- statement from a staffer @ DAILYKOS

One thing that really bugs me about incidents such as the tasering of the attention seeking protester in Florida, is that his actions precipitated an unnecessary chain reaction of police aggression, non-stop media coverage, a barrage of insults and demands directed at John Kerry (who had no legal authority to direct the police actions), and cries of violations of free speech (which is a dubious assertion) -- all of which detract from more serious problems and issues that we should be facing/fixing.

The police used unnecessary force -- their reaction seemed irrational for taking care of a loud-mouth student with a beef.  But, what we don't know from the videos that are running rampant on the internets, is what student Meyer's actions were prior to the on-camera events.

One of the problems with the amateur "home-video' era is we get "a story" but most often we don't get the whole story.

º¿carol said...

Google headline:

Kerry Stunned Over Taser Incident
CBS News - 31 minutes ago

By Daniel W. Reilly (The Politico) Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) said he still doesn’t know why police Tasered a University of Florida student during the senator’s speech Monday, saying, "I could have handled the situation without interruption.

micki said...

Dr. B -- I bet you've made the right choice in picking action over psychobabble. :-))

micki said...

Oh, I just realized something....if one doesn't go to the link I posted above about John Kerry's POV, you might have the impression that the COMMENT below it is from that link.

Not so.

The COMMENT is my opinion.

º¿carol said...

Just got back from my dusk walk. I see we both posted something about Kerry, Micki! I have a mission but in a few I'll read what you found at Kos.

David B. Benson said...

Iraq Study Group Implementation Act, S. 1545, needs to be scheduled for a vote this week!

Urge your Senators.


º¿carol said...

Micki, your Kos link was enlightening. Thanks.

Carey said...

Got it Dr. B. Will call them tomorrow.

Interesting item from Daily Kos. When I read about it more fully I can see how it happened. Still, things are getting out of hand way too often these days when it comes to this sort of thing.

Codepink said Clinton bars signs not made by her own campaign at her appearances. They mentioned other Dem candidates are starting to do this too. That's where the concern lies.

With this particular case in Florida it becomes clear that we have a problem with university police and their heavy-handed control methods.

©ªRºL said...

Polls: Bush, Petraeus didn't change public views on Iraq

micki said...

Codepink said Clinton bars signs not made by her own campaign at her appearances. They mentioned other Dem candidates are starting to do this too. That's where the concern lies.

I'd have to see the details of this before I'd get too exercised over it. Lots of unknowns here...

Just saying....