Sunday, October 07, 2007

Sunday Fools

Quite well done isn't it? We make fun of the fools but the fools are still in charge.

What does that say about us?

So many questions, so few answers.



DEN said...

Global warming is giving the Midwest nice weather, my daughter said it was 73 in Northern Minn. yesterday.

Very unusual for Oct.

Here in Cali. we got snow in the Sierras Friday, normal weather mostly.

Gerald said...

Obedience and Action

Please listen to a great interview with Sister Joan!

David B. Benson said...

No, I can't view the videos.

Thank goodness, what a waste of time!

Gerald said...

Start the countdown! Eight more days!

Gerald said...

Soul Murder

Gerald said...

It HURTS us to see our country taken over my literal psychopathic fascists. It hurts us to watch the Bush/Republican rape of Mother Nature. It hurts us to see our Constitutional Republic turned into a cattle farm for vampire elites (hint: we're the cattle). It hurts us to see science trashed and our children's schools abandoned.

It also hurts us to watch religious fanatics babble about a 70 IQ Armageddon (the Baptist Big Bang) and how Jesus WANTS us to kill as many Muslims as we can in Bush's 3rd millennia crusade. For most American Christians, Jesus still stands for love and compassion. He's not some Fundamentalist God of War and to watch glassy eyed television evangelists shriek out their fear of life and hatred is like looking into a psychological belly of maggots.

Gerald said...

Now that she is dead. I love her more.

Gerald said...

God Sanctions No Violence

Gerald said...

Nonviolence is far more than protesting and working for justice in the world, critical as these are. In the words of Thich Nhat Hanh: "Practicing nonviolence," he once said, "is first of all to become nonviolence … The essence of nonviolence is love. Out of love and the willingness to act selflessly, strategies, tactics and techniques for a nonviolent struggle arise naturally. Nonviolence is not a dogma; it is a process. Other struggles may be fueled by greed, fear or ignorance, but a nonviolent one cannot use such blind sources of energy, for they will destroy those involved and also the struggle itself. Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most effective way to confront adversity."

Gerald said...

How Great Thou Art

Gerald said...

On Eagles Wings

Gerald said...

I believe that watching professional football on a Sunday afternoon while human beings are being slaughtered in Iraq is obscene.

I also believe that for financial advisors saying that war is good for the economy while human beings are being slaughtered in Iraq is also obscene.

I believe that the United States of Evil is a totally obscene empire.

micki said...

The Sabbath Gasbags have REAL COMPETITION! Move over Tim Russert!

This is hilarious!

This video is not a waste of time -- it's tooooooo funny!

micki said...

Moving right along on the road to toal absurdity, the IDAHO HALL OF FAME will induct Larry Craig as an honoree on October 13th.


micki said...

Gerald, you'll have something to say about this!

Thou shalt not kill -- except in a popular video game at CHURCH

From today's NYTimes

micki said...


NYT -- This may be more than one wants to know about squirrels.

micki said...

One reason, though it was obviously oblique, that I posted that long, rambling non-sensical "answer" last night that bush gave regarding global warming, is that I find it absolutely astounding that he and his regime have held us hostage as long as they have.

It becomes more obvious with each passing day, and each unscripted utterance from bush's mouth, that the United States has a "leader" who is incompetent, untrustworthy, and most likely suffering from drug and/or alcohol-induced dementia. He is incompetent, yet he survives.

Den has asked more than once "what does that say about us?"

I think, around the world, there is a current low opinion of U.S. competence, but -- so far -- it's a low opinion of U.S. government, not of the American people. But, if this country elects a Republican in '08 as president, the world will no longer look to us for leadership on much of anything. (I'm not suggesting that a Dem president will wave a magic wand and all will be okay -- no way.)

But, to restore the reputation of the United States in the world we NEED a change of leadership, as it is clearly seen that it is the leadership that has failed, not the people. If there is a continuation of business as usual, with a Republican president elected in '08, then We, the People are failures, too.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- The British need to quickly breed foxes which only eat grey squirrels.

That'll do it!

David B. Benson said...

S. 1884, The Harvesting Energy Act of 2007, is now before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

You can read more about it


Please contact both your senators to ask them to cosponsor this bill (or thank them if they have), and also recommend that they task an office staff member to follow the Biopact web site for developments:

You can contain your senators (and representative) via

Senator Contactor

If you are energetic, get lots of your associates to do the same.

Thank you!

David B. Benson said...

Alternatively, use

Senator Contact Information

and bookmark the contact form page for each of your senators. (I suspect this will work better. The contactor in my previous massage managed to slightly bungle matters.)

micki said...

Regarding Dr. B's request that we contact our senators about S. 1884, The Harvesting Energy Act of 2007, below are the members of the SENATE AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION AND FORESTRY COMMITTEE -- that committee is awaiting discussion of the bill mentioned above. S. 1884 was recently introduced by Ken Salazar (D-CO).

I just checked at and it appears, as of the latest update to the site, there are no co-sponsors. Soooooooo....start your engines. Fire off a call or email to your Senators -- and for good measure, contact members of the committee. Thnx very much!

Tom Harkin, (D-IA)

Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA)
Ranking Republican Member

Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont
Richard G. Lugar, Indiana
Kent Conrad, North Dakota
Thad Cochran, Mississippi
Max Baucus, Montana
Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas
Pat Roberts, Kansas
Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina*
E. Benjamin Nelson, Nebraska
Norm Coleman, Minnesota
Ken Salazar , Colorado
Mike Crapo, Idaho
Sherrod Brown , Ohio*
John Thune , South Dakota*
Robert Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania*
Amy Klobuchar , Minnesota*
Charles Grassley , Iowa

micki said...

Oh, those asterisks denote the newest members.

micki said...

I just sent this letter to my Girl Senators. Dr. B, I hope I made it simple enough and picked up enough of the salient points to get their attention.

Anyone who wants to, feel free to use this letter as a starting point -- pass it along, with yours, to your friends and family. Thanks.

Dear Senators Murray and Cantwell:

I encourage you to sign on as a co-sposnor to Senator Salazar's bill, S.1884, The Harvesting Energy Act of 2007.

One of the main reasons that this bill deserves your consideration and attention is its focus on a low-tech route of transforming biomass into useable fuels while keeping part of the carbon locked into an inert form, called biochar ('agrichar').

As you undoubtedly know, this biochar is added to agricultural soils, where the carbon can be sequestered safely for hundreds of years, and possibly longer.

Recent research shows that soils amended with the char have beneficial effects on crop growth. The enhanced nutrient retention capacity of biochar-amended soil not only reduces the total fertilizer requirements but also the climate and environmental impact of croplands.

There are innumerable other benefits, too, but a major reason that I want you to support this important bill is that biochar is one strategy to fight climate change.

We, the People want leadership and action on climate change. This bill is a step in that direction. Please support Senator Salazar on this important legislation.

Thank you.


David B. Benson said...

Micki --- That's great.

Mine was much shorter.

DEN said...

Yup, box it up and send it!

Nice having talented individuals around, eh Doc?

Micki, I will be copy pasting that to folks tomorrow.