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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

So Much For The End Of The Rain!

My yard is once again a pond and my squash plants are swimming in water. On the upside I came home to my DVD video of "An Evening With Scott Horton". Gonna pop her in the player in a short while and watch it.

That reminds me that I need to add a link to North Alabama Media Reform and the North Alabama Peace Network.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Rain Seems To Have Passed ::

Well, according to weather.com for a while anyway. I just walked outside to the singing of the insects and just a couple of nights ago I saw my first firefly winging his way through the backyard of the family compound. I don't look forward to the coming humidity!

I'm Livid Tonight!

I don't understand how people can so marginalize those with disabilities and special needs! More to come when I calm down.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Huntsville Times

Left out my Sunday morning comics and I miss Dilbert!

Friday, May 23, 2008

The Great Speckled Bird Would Have Been 40!

There will be a celebration in Atlanta tomorrow, the 24th, of what would have been the anniversary of The Great Speckled Bird, one of this nation's premier alternative papers. Here is where the information about the celebration is happening. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now will be there. I wish I could make it, but that will not be possible.

I fondly remember The Great Speckled Bird being sold on street corners primarily by homeless people picking up a few extra dollars to see them through the day. Unfortunately The Bird went out of business not long after I moved to Atlanta. The premier alternative paper in Atlanta now is, I imagine, still Creative Loafing, but I also very fondly remember The Atlanta Gazette which also had a relative short run, but which had some truly good writing.

Here is some more very interesting information about The Bird.

I wish I could go!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Congressional District 5 Debate On 19

Sorry, but this is just lame! The pandering is terrible!

David Maker, unfortunately, has a terrible presence although I like some of his ideas!

I'm going to end this and go make myself a sandwich. Then I'm going to the local pub, such as it is, and have a cold adult beverage and ponder my wish for better choices in representation!

Sunday, May 18, 2008


The past 2 or 3 weekends I have heard someone back behind us doing what I thought was probably some target practice with a small caliber rifle or pistol. The same thing happened this afternoon and I thought nothing of it until I heard several bursts of fully automatic fire. I don't really mind so long as whoever is doing the shooting is being both safe and legal, but I tend to have my doubts about the legality. In my life I have known several people with fully automatic weapons and the only one who was legal was a dealer.

Siegelman Interviewed ::

In the Anniston Star. Here's a snippet:

"It is clear to me — and I think to those who have been investigating, and that's why they're so hot about this case — it is clear that Karl Rove abused his power and misused the Department of Justice as a political tool to win elections, and that is something that would happen in a police state. That is something that we might have read about in history books as happening in Russia, but it is not something that should be allowed to happen in the United States of America. And Congress, and I believe John Conyers, clearly sees this as a wrongful action against democracy in this country, and he wants to make a statement that is clear and unequivocal that this kind of abuse of power is not going to be tolerated under any administration whether it's a Democratic administration or a Republican administration."

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Thoughts From GK ::

And I heartily concur! From Whistle & Fish:

I consider myself a citizen of the world, and I firmly believe two tenets. First, that every human should have proper nourishment, adequate shelter, and minimal healthcare; we should all have meaningful work that empowers us to earn these things in a dignified manner; and we should be able to pursue them in peace. Second, since the first tenet seems an impossibility, I believe in the socialist principle, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

That said, I love the United States passionately. Outside my back door I reach down and touch Tennessee soil, American soil, and it thrills me. I feel about the United States Constitution the way most people feel about holy scripture. It stirs me, gives me hope, and challenges me to be a better person and a better citizen, both of the nation I am fortunate enough to call my own, and of the world. It is a document and a set of principles for which I would gladly lay down my life.

For the past seven years—at least—I have watched greedy, unscrupulous men and women wipe their backsides with the Constitution. I’ve seen them prey on human fear to enrich themselves, broaden their power, and marginalize the civil rights of ordinary citizens. I liken it to being tied to a chair and forced to watch the brutal gang rape of someone I dearly love: my mother, sister, daughter or lover.

Four of those seven years, Republicans controlled the House, Senate and Executive branches of government. During that time they regularly marginalized the will of “we the people.” When Democrats gained the House and Senate they did nothing to stop the process—or even slow it. They have let the most unpopular president in the history of the Union have his way with them.

And before you tell me this is simply politics and I shouldn’t take it so seriously, bite your tongue. This is no game and the Constitution is no ordinary document. I am appalled by the cavalier attitude of those who pooh-pooh the decline of our Democratic Republic. If this were happening in France, the streets of Paris would never be empty of protestors. Because the French, for all their faults, understand something Americans don’t: for democracy to thrive, citizens must be on guard against runaway government, and revolution must be an ongoing process.

In America we get no revolution. Instead we are offered Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain.

If Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain are the best and brightest America has to offer, we should be ashamed of ourselves. And if they are the the two-party system’s finest, the parties deserve to be pissed off.

Or pissed on.

If you have not bookmarked or linked to Whistle & Fish then you're missing out!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rylee Quinn Porter ::

New granddaughter born May 13, 2008 at 3:46pm in Springfield, Tennessee:

6 lbs 10 oz and 19 inches. She is very active and and both mother and baby are strong and healthy! I look forward to much burping and drooling!

Sunday, May 11, 2008


I had expected this year to be a bad year for ticks and looks like that will be the case. I spent some time in the yard this afternoon after having mowed the grass yesterday and this evening I have found two ticks on me. I would not have been terribly surprised if I had been in the brush, but I have not left the yard or the garage today.

I guess I'll have to start using the Deep Woods Off whenever I go outside. I have never in my life been bitten by a tick and I have no desire to acquire Lyme disease!

Wind Damage!

The weather alert radio was certainly active last night and I awoke this morning to some moderate wind damage to the vinyl under the eaves. I don't think I will have any problem fixing this myself, but we've certainly had our share of wind damage this year. We just had the roof replaced last month.

I guess that fixing this will be my afternoon project.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Going Fishing!

I hear that the bream are bedding.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The 5th Congressional District Race ::

I'm waiting for a little life to be shown on the Democratic side, or perhaps I have missed some things having been in the fog of trying to make a living!

Monday, May 5, 2008

The Shooting Range At Columbia High School ::

I really meant to post some further thoughts about my original post wondering about the wisdom of a shooting range located in a high school environment, but events kept getting in the way. I have had 4 very thoughtful and, to me, meaningful comments left and I would like to share them with whomever has not followed the saga. To the commenters, I appreciate your taking the time to leave a response and, believe me, I am not unsympathetic to your views!

Let me also say that I am very optimistic about the current generation of students that I have had experience with and the commenters here are no exception.