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Author: BobR    Date: 10/24/2007 12:10:18

California is burning. The news coverage has been amazing, from the up-close of a reporter filming his own house burning down to the wide angle of satelite photos showing fires and smoke covering areas larger than some smaller states in the union. Fortunately, there have been very few deaths, and the state has done a good job of managing the evacuation of nearly a million people, but the costs will be horrendous. Could it have been prevented? Is this a harbinger of things to come?

It's been speculated that a warmer planet and changing climate patterns have already begun and may be partly at fault here, although the Santa Anna winds and smaller fires are the norm. But then - so are other climate cycles that seem to be getting worse every year.

From this article describing the melting of polar ice:
The relentless grip of the Arctic Ocean that defied man for centuries is melting away. The sea ice reaches only half as far as it did 50 years ago. In the summer of 2006, it shrank to a record low; this summer the ice pulled back even more, by an area nearly the size of Alaska. Where explorer Robert Peary just 102 years ago saw "a great white disk stretching away apparently infinitely" from Ellesmere Island, there is often nothing now but open water. Glaciers race into the sea from the island of Greenland, beginning an inevitable rise in the oceans.
(The video at the link is like a punch in the gut)

Chili too has seen the effects. In this article, the melting ice and lack of snow is causing serious problems already:
SAN JOSE DE MAIPO, Chile — With a population of 16 million people, Chile doesn't produce much of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. But it's paying the price.

Giant glaciers are disappearing. Mudslides are becoming more common. Snow no longer falls in the spring, replaced instead by tepid rains.

Last May, an entire lake in southern Chile disappeared practically overnight after the Tempano Glacier, which had acted as a dam, melted and destabilized.


So what can the United States do? Bush has already shown he doesn't plan on doing anything, having removed us from the Kyoto accord. He won't even require stricter fuel economy standards:
The Bush administration bucked up the U.S. auto industry today in the fight over tougher fuel economy standards, telling Congress the president likely would veto an energy bill if it contains the Senate’s fuel economy provisions

The move creates another hurdle for backers of the Senate’s plan to set a standard of 35 miles per gallon by 2020 for news cars and trucks, who were unable to force a vote on the proposal in the House after intense lobbying by Detroit automakers and Toyota Motor Co.


California is not taking this sitting down. They are suing the Federal Government over it:
SACRAMENTO - Attorney General Jerry Brown says California has waited long enough for the federal government to take action on global warming.

Brown said Monday that he will sue the Environmental Protection Agency for stalling on a decision about whether to let California and 11 other states force automakers to produce cleaner cars.

The lawsuit, to be filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, comes 22 months after California first asked the EPA to let California impose tougher regulations on emissions of greenhouse gases from cars, pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles.


Other states are picking up the slack as well. Activists in Montana are fighting a coal-burning power plant:
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Richard D. Liebert turned his back against a hard wind the other day, adjusted his black cap and gazed across golden fields of hay. Explaining why he is against construction of a big coal-burning power plant east of town, Mr. Liebert sounded like one more voice from the green movement.

“The more I learn about global warming and watch the drought affect ranchers and farmers, I see that it’s wind energy, not coal plants, that can help with rural economic development. Besides, do we want to roll the dice with the one planet we’ve got?”

But Mr. Liebert, despite his sentiments, fits nobody’s stereotype of an environmentalist. He is a Republican, a cattle rancher and a retired Army lieutenant colonel who travels to South Korea to train soldiers to fight in Iraq.

He is also an example of a rising phenomenon in the West. An increasingly vocal, potent and widespread anti-coal movement is developing here. Environmental groups that have long opposed new power plants are being joined by ranchers, farmers, retired homeowners, ski resort operators and even religious groups.


Some areas go even further, embracing new ideas on the way to renewable energy:
The state sees an energy alternative in chicken manure.

A $410,250 state grant will help Energy Works North America LLC convert chicken manure to electricity on an Adams County poultry farm.

Michael J. McCaskey, who heads business development for the company, said the plant, when finished a year from now, will generate 3.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.

That's enough to power 2,000 homes for a year.

The plant will be at the Hillandale-Gettysburg LLC poultry farm in Tyrone Twp. near Gettysburg. McCaskey said the plant will use gasification to convert manure from 3.5 million chickens on the farm.

Most of the manure now goes into the soil, where it could pollute waterways. The plant will get rid of 85 percent of the manure on the farm, he said.


This seems like one of the best approaches yet - using waste products to create energy. It may not meet all of our needs, but - pardon the pun - it's best we don't put all our chickens in one basket anyway. We need energy, but more importantly - we need a planet that will support human life. It's the eleventh hour; we have no more time to waste. It's time for creativity, committment and common sense.

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Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 13:33:56
Fristy pants again.



Just looking for an excuse to bust out the purple banana.

Comment by BobR on 10/24/2007 13:38:44
morning, folks... :coffee:

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 13:38:58
It seems like the purple banana doesn't do as much dancing as the regular one.

Comment by BobR on 10/24/2007 13:39:17
Quote by livingonli:

Fristy pants again.



Just looking for an excuse to bust out the purple banana.


okay - that sounds a little dirty...

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 13:39:33
Morning Bob.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 13:41:19






Morning!



Raine.. . . I did see your message.

THANKS!

:hug:

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 13:41:27
:coffee: Mood Gorning!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 13:42:19
Ok, my nova link no working dees morning...

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 13:42:38
Good morning Raine and starling.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 13:43:32
Nice blog bobber!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 13:48:27
Man I do not like the steph stream. But I will take what I can get.

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 13:49:50
Are all of Fergie's songs about her butt?



Hey, it could be about these.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 13:49:54
:rofl: he has to degay his kids! :rofl:

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 13:53:21
I am stunned that this is the biggest mass evacuation of people since the civil war. Stunning.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 13:54:07
That doctor is just looking for an excuse. ;)

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 13:56:50
Randy Moss and Barbie Cummings. That sounds like a lovely couple.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:00:23
Oh these PSA's hurt. :wacko:

Comment by BobR on 10/24/2007 14:06:00
Quote by livingonli:

Randy Moss and Barbie Cummings. That sounds like a lovely couple.




in porn world!!

Comment by wickedpam on 10/24/2007 14:10:54
Morning! :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 14:17:09
Comment by wickedpam on 10/24/2007 14:20:47
LIke I said yesterday - how wants to make themselves insignificant?

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 14:30:28
So Bush is going to stop the space lizards. Is that why Rudy is big on stopping space invaders?

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 14:31:35
Quote by livingonli:

So Bush is going to stop the space lizards. Is that why Rudy is big on stopping space invaders? :scratch:


Fixxity

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:32:56
My nova stream is back!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:33:32
Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 14:34:05
Why doesn't MGM come to the FOUR FREEDOMS BLOG!!?!? : mary katherine gallagher 'superstar' pose :





Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:34:11
Quote by wickedpam: LIke I said yesterday - how wants to make themselves insignificant?
This was such a total disappointment.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:34:35
Calvinist!

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 14:35:45
Quote by starling310:

Why doesn't MGM come to the FOUR FREEDOMS BLOG!!?!? : mary katherine gallagher 'superstar' pose :





I have to send him another e-mail.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:37:35
Quote by Raine:
Quote by starling310: Why doesn't MGM come to the FOUR FREEDOMS BLOG!!?!? : mary katherine gallagher 'superstar' pose :
http://barney.gonzaga.edu/~tlarson1/mkg2.jpg
I would like to do a scene from the 1979 after school special entitled *Mommy, why doesn't mgm love us?*


Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:38:36
I have been practicing this hillary laugh... I think I scared Mondo the other day with it.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:40:29
Space invaders... I think that Rudy could stop these:
http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/787861/2/istockphoto_787861_space_invaders.jpg


Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:41:29
I object to the term Family Values! I object to this perversion of the term! :stomps feet: Oh... wait... I meant, :gently taps feet:

Comment by BobR on 10/24/2007 14:47:39
Quote by wickedpam:

LIke I said yesterday - how wants to make themselves insignificant?




I understand that he thought his comments were distracting from the more important issue of the SCHIP program and the war in Iraq, but I'm still aggravated he apologized. He could have been less contrite and more sarcastic (vis-a-vis Nixon's resignation).

Comment by BobR on 10/24/2007 14:48:47
Quote by Raine:

I have been practicing this hillary laugh... I think I scared Mondo the other day with it.


Mondo?? Hell - you're scaring the house plants! (and they're artificial!)

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 14:49:37
Quote by Raine:

http://barney.gonzaga.edu/~tlarson1/mkg2.jpg


I would like to do a scene from the 1979 after school special entitled *Mommy, why doesn't mgm love us?*






:rofl:

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:50:52
Fred Gump!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 14:53:53
A total Snarf from the daily show:
http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/ap/wx11103111621.widec.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/89/249995856_0884a56b5d.jpg


Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:03:34
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine: I have been practicing this hillary laugh... I think I scared Mondo the other day with it.
Mondo?? Hell - you're scaring the house plants! (and they're artificial!)
HEY!!!! They are not artificial!!!

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:13:43
Quote by Raine:

Space invaders... I think that Rudy could stop these:

http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/787861/2/istockphoto_787861_space_invaders.jpg


Sorry, but one of them touched the ground and Rudy lost.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:14:20
:prince: Tinsel talk:prince: I love the purple banana.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 15:17:46
Christianne Amanpour!!! YAY!



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:18:10
ª

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:19:36
Oh gawd... Does the canal have a very large Locke?

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 15:19:47
Woh!



Jim's Christianne Bit!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:20:22
Quote by starling310: Christianne Amanpour!!! YAY!
I have loved that woman for a long time. She is just amazing!

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:21:58
Somehow when I think of Mr. Happy I don't think of the mortgage guy.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 15:23:46
Quote by Raine:

Quote by starling310:

Christianne Amanpour!!! YAY!



I have loved that woman for a long time. She is just amazing!




She is the only reason I ever watch CNN. She and Aaron Browne were the best. Then they replaced him with the Pretty Boy.



"I'm Anderson Cooper" : squints eyes, purses lips : "and I trying to look really concerned."



: yawn : WHATEVER ANDErSON!



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:30:01
Man I miss Aaron Brown... he was wonderful. the good old days of CNN...

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:31:15
CNN International reran the "God's Warriors" special she did on the Christian fundamentalists this past weekend. What a bunch of nutjobs.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 15:31:41
I had a big crush on Aaron Brown, which creeps out even me.

He was just so smart and seemed very kind and humble. All attractive qualities.



He got a raw deal.



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:35:14
Momma on dan tonite. Hmmm HE is hard to watch, but I will do it for momma

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 15:36:13
Quote by livingonli:

CNN International reran the "God's Warriors" special she did on the Christian fundamentalists this past weekend. What a bunch of nutjobs.




Oh Living. . . :naughty:

I think she was trying to show that there is a culture of fanaticism and deep rooted religious belief that the average person cannot truly comprehend.



I cried watching that special. I kept saying "I just don't understand."



But, yeah....you're right. Nutjobs!

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:36:27
The sweat stains will be biggerr than Momma's boobs.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:37:34
There are too many commitees.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:39:15
Please, make tom cruise go away.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 15:39:25
David Beckham had a bad season after all that hype and money????



Who could've seen that coming?



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:40:07
The spice girls can design Couch's for David's new best friend to jump over!

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:42:33
Quote by Raine:

The spice girls can design Couch's for David's new best friend to jump over!


No, no, no! I am not trying to convert to David to Scientology! NO, no, no!



:bounce:

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 15:42:45
Raine! That was suppressive and glib!!!



NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!



Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:44:47
Quote by starling310:

Raine! That was suppressive and glib!!!



NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!



Did we just have a blog mind meld?

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:45:13
Bush is the biggest spender... since LBJ And what dos he have to show for it? t least LBJ got some damn good results from that spending.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:46:18
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by starling310: Raine! That was suppressive and glib!!! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
Did we just have a blog mind meld?
I think it was our first blog mind meld! Awww, I am touched... :wipes a little tear from the corner of eye:

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 15:46:56
Martini one-heavy to tower, request clearance to land on the active...



:ph34r:





Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:48:34
:rofl: Impeach the little Freak

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:51:40
Quote by TriSec:

Martini one-heavy to tower, request clearance to land on the active...



:ph34r:





Sounds like someone was deep in the salt mine this morning.

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 15:53:30
A couple of tidbits this am....



I'm going all av-dork on everyone regarding the fires. Did you see the footage of the DC-10 water bomber dumping a load of retardant yesterday? That guy had some serious sack; the jet blast was ruffling the top of the trees...



And speaking of that, the news said they had about 50 helos and a dozen fixed-wing a/c working the fires. The best water bomber in the world is the Beriev Be-200. But they're Russian.



Do you think the tool-in-chief would ask for help from his buddy Pooty-poot?





Regarding Ghouliani and my Hometown Nine...that's not so unusual. It is common for someone from another city to support the team from the same league in the final. But I'm the other way...if a team beats my guys, I'm not about to support them, I'd rather see their next opponent kick their asses, but that's just me.



(Reference the famed "Beat L.A." game at the old Boston Garden, circa 1983.)





Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:53:44
What?!?! All of us are not ugly lesbians!

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 15:55:15
Quote by Raine:

What?!?! All of us are not ugly lesbians!





And they shave their legs.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/24/2007 15:57:36


Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:58:02
Quote by TriSec: Martini one-heavy to tower, request clearance to land on the active... :ph34r:
Martini Two to Martini one, clearance request cleared for landing. or something like that... whatever

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 15:58:48
I was NOT happy with producer Chris about his femininst comments.

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 16:00:29
Quote by Raine:

Quote by TriSec:

Martini one-heavy to tower, request clearance to land on the active...



:ph34r:





Martini Two to Martini one, clearance request cleared for landing. or something like that... whatever




Tower, say again, I didn't copy?



ah, the hell with it. : ditches :





Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 16:02:42
Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 16:03:15
So, President Bush is sigining a declaration for Federal funds to go to California for aid with the fires. The National Guard is on stand by.



:nervous:



This isn't the event that will prompt Geedubya and his Cabal to use that pesky Executive Order that he signed in May is it? ? ? ?



Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 16:04:20
Quote by Raine:

What?!?! All of us are not ugly lesbians!









And, not all Lesbians are ugly.

It's true.



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 16:04:52
:bump: Man... this is some stuff!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 16:07:56
Quote by Raine: :bump: Man... this is some stuff!
For some serious :foil:

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 16:09:40
Quote by starling310:
Quote by Raine: What?!?! All of us are not ugly lesbians!
And, not all Lesbians are ugly. It's true.
Not all feminists are lesbians, not all lesbians have hairy legs... sometimes I do, and I am not a lesbian but I am a feminist! Grr..

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 16:10:27
Quote by starling310: So, President Bush is sigining a declaration for Federal funds to go to California for aid with the fires. The National Guard is on stand by. :nervous: This isn't the event that will prompt Geedubya and his Cabal to use that pesky Executive Order that he signed in May is it? ? ? ?
ling, I am scared.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 16:11:33
Live you should post that story on the MB.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 16:12:51
Ahhh. thomm with the wonderful caller...

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 16:14:15




You know, livin...I was thinking how easy it would be for someone to do that as an attack.



It's not without precedent.



Damn.









Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 16:15:46
Quote by Raine:

Quote by starling310:

Quote by Raine:

What?!?! All of us are not ugly lesbians!









And, not all Lesbians are ugly.

It's true.

Not all feminists are lesbians, not all lesbians have hairy legs... sometimes I do, and I am not a lesbian but I am a feminist!



Grr..



Oddly enough, not all Lesbians are feminists.

My legs are prickly. Does that count?

Woo....this is starting to sound like a Math problem.



:scratch:





Listening to Thom talk about Porn is like having "The Talk" with Dad.



Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 16:17:02
Quote by TriSec:





You know, livin...I was thinking how easy it would be for someone to do that as an attack.



It's not without precedent.



Damn.











The British burned the White House. . . you're right! It's happened before.



Although, I'd believ the Blackwater link first.





Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 16:27:19
Because, Thom, in Ketuncky and Arkansas they have to keep getting divorced when they realize that they married their cousin!



Hiiiii-Yoooo! : golf swing :



Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 16:32:43
Quote by starling310:

Because, Thom, in Ketuncky and Arkansas they have to keep getting divorced when they realize that they married their cousin!



Hiiiii-Yoooo! : golf swing :



:rofl:

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 16:41:00
Oy! We really are a Puritanical society.



In Italy, they have nude photos as advertisements in the Italian equivalent of the New York Times. No one bats an eye.





Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 16:41:00
Oy! We really are a Puritanical society.



In Italy, they have nude photos as advertisements in the Italian equivalent of the New York Times. No one bats an eye.





Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 16:53:10
Holy crap! It's a boob!!!



: society collapses :





Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 17:10:59
Quote by TriSec:

Holy crap! It's a boob!!!



: society collapses :





Only in America.



And you notice how it's these puritanical right-wingers who keep getting caught up in sex scandals. There is definitely a connection between sexual repression and perversion, rape, and pedophilia.

Comment by MMB on 10/24/2007 17:14:11
Hi I hope everyones day is going good. I t is storming here in Jax.Fl. Maybe we should send it back to Ga. They truly need it as well as several other states. I have no reason to use the purple banana but I like it.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 17:15:57
Well thom is just cheering me right the hell up today.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 17:16:54
Good afternoon mmb!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 17:19:29
:foil: sorry, my money is on Blackwater... they have everything to gain from this. Those fires are really bad. This is katrina bad. Thank god the death toll is so low. I am also heartened that this time they found a place for the evacuees pets in this crisis.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 17:25:38
"An Al-Qaeda detainee said that the next attacks could be in the form of wild fires."



. . . . or a hurricane



. . . . or killer bees



. . . . . sap. . . . from trees. . . .

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 17:26:43
So, people will believe that it's Al-Qaeda, but if you say it might have been Blackwater they give you the 'ole :

Comment by Mondobubba on 10/24/2007 17:52:07




Sawdy? Is that a combination of sordid and tawdry, Livin? Cause if it is, ME LIEKE! Kudos on the spiffy neologism.



BTW the details arw wonderfully dirty. 1800 dollars worth of asperegus tongs? :rofl:

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:08:37
Quote by starling310: So, people will believe that it's Al-Qaeda, but if you say it might have been Blackwater they give you the 'ole :
boogie boogie BOO!

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 18:10:36
Meem. Meem. Meem.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:30:45
I like Sawdry too! I think it is the made up word du jour!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:31:33
HEad of security of the state department resigning? hmmm...

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:32:19
I am gonna see if I can make that purple banana dance...

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:37:06
Funny it dances on the other computer... no dancing on mine... :scratch:

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 18:48:56




banana no dance

see it there lonely and sad

we want it to bop!



Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 18:53:06
Oh Raine...I thought of you last night. My friends and I were standing outside the theater after rehearsal last nigh, smoking and the owner of the theater came over. He's kind of a blow hard. He says "Oh...Do you girls know why I hate to see you smoke?"

: starling : "No. But, you're going to tell us aren't you?" : drag :



He went on to tell us about his new heart that he got from a 22 year old girl, which is a pretty incredible story.

However, I thought of our blog yesterday.

:rolleyes2: I hate when people tell me about the harm of smoking. . . WHILE I'm smoking.



: starling takes cigarette out of mouth : : looks at it in amazement :

NO!?!? Smoking is bad for me!?! You're kidding. No one ever told me! Thank you!

:rolleyes2:



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:54:16
Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:57:04
Quote by TriSec: banana no dance see it there lonely and sad we want it to bop!
Now it is dancing again! I closed my blog window altogether and came back and now it's bobbing again...

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 18:57:55
I spoke too soon. The purple one is just flacid again.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 18:58:32




Woh nelly! Intense.



USA TODAY has a wire story about the secretary's subsequent testimony about the Mideast peace process.


I wonder if they also had a story about the subsequent renditioning of the protestor as an "enemey combatant."



Comment by Will in Chicago on 10/24/2007 19:02:51
Hi, everyone!



Sorry that I have not been around here often. I have been busy.



Great article, BobR!



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:02:59
Look at how cold and unsoulful Rice looks.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:03:34
will! so nice to see you!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:04:27
The purple one is doing it's thing again... spooky stuff...

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 19:04:45
Time to go hustle off to the salt mine.



Who wants my rain?!

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 19:05:56
An empty shell. . .



Poor Condi. Living a life without conscience.



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:10:28
Wow Randi bringing it on early today. They killed an arsonist? Wow so much for the right to a trial... :angry:

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:11:55
HEy Tri! You had asked a few weeks ago about setting up the yard with a certain halooween decoration... Well we went to the Little Five Points parade this weekend... and we got this one for you:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y59/raine1967/IMG_1639.jpg


Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:13:26
Al Qaeda doesn't have to start fires, hell they don't have to do anything... Fox and friends does thier work for them. HEya Liv... see ya later! we are still getting rain down here! but everyt little bit helps!

Comment by Will in Chicago on 10/24/2007 19:13:41
Quote by Raine:

will! so nice to see you!




Good to see you. I have been busy with substitute teaching and a few other things.



By the way, Unfiltered News Network Daily Headlines are up.



Also, Mike Malloy read an e-mail on the air last night that I sent him about the Senate by a 75-19 vote reversing Bush's budget cuts.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:14:57
IT was the Cicada's!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:15:54
Quote by will in chicago:
Quote by Raine: will! so nice to see you!
Good to see you. I have been busy with substitute teaching and a few other things. By the way, Unfiltered News Network Daily Headlines are up. Also, Mike Malloy read an e-mail on the air last night that I sent him about the Senate by a 75-19 vote reversing Bush's budget cuts.
Very cool! On all accounts!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:17:11
2 of 24 intelligence officers have been filled... jahayzoos! This is crazy. Anyone who heard that ... did randi source out her information?

Comment by Will in Chicago on 10/24/2007 19:23:00
Here is a story that I just posted on the message board.



QUOTE]Invasion of the killer monkeys





The death of Delhi's deputy mayor – as he tackled simian intruders – highlights the problem of man and the long-tailed primates living side by side in India's capital. By Andrew Buncombe

Published: 24 October 2007



At the home of Sawinder Singh Bajwa, friends and relatives were honouring the victim – lighting sticks of fragrant incense and draping a framed photograph of him with garlands of bright orange flowers. Of the perpetrator of the crime, there was no sign.



Mr Bajwa, the deputy mayor of Delhi, died over the weekend after falling from his first-floor balcony while trying to ward off an anonymous intruder who was apparently attempting to enter his house. The only description the authorities have of the would-be criminal is that he had pointed ears, a long, looped tail and shiny red buttocks. He was a common rhesus monkey, a Macaca mulatto.



Mr Bajwa, a 52-year-old politician and, from all accounts a loving family man, became the most recent and certainly the highest-profile victim to fall foul of a growing threat that is plaguing not just Delhi but cities across India. With urban expansion pushing further and further into green areas that were once the sole habitat of the nation's flora and fauna, encounters between mankind and wildlife are becoming increasingly common. And in some cases, perilous.



In certain parts of India the problem has become such that the authorities have been forced to undertake special steps to confront what the local papers have termed "the Simian Menace".




Okay, as soon as I saw the headline, I thought of the Peter Gabriel song "Shock the Monkey."





Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 19:24:25
MExico is helping Americans? Wow. Those rotten bastards.

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 19:26:51
Oh, dear. :Momma Miller:



I just realized I've set a precedent with all the ALCS blogs last week.



So, who's up for the World Series this evening?



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Comment by Will in Chicago on 10/24/2007 19:46:07
I will be visiting friends.



Mind you, I feel torn as I know great people who are supporting the Rockies and great people supporting the Red Sox. Let's just hope that whoever wins the World Series, earns it with some great baseball.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 19:46:36
Alas, we have Dress Rehearsal this evening. Therefore, I will not be near da blog. Or, a TV for that matter.





Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 19:57:18
Someone described this Series as a "David vs. Goliath" contest.



I almost always support the "david" (aka the underdog.) I find it odd to be on the other side of the table this time around.



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:07:38
HEya Starling --- you gonna be around for game one tonite? I am thinking that perhaps our loyal trisec if he is so inclined could start a game one World series blog!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:09:05
I have good feeling about things for this series. WE will be around after we get back from the groceria. I say YES! a world series blog must happen!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:10:27
Quote by starling310: Alas, we have Dress Rehearsal this evening. Therefore, I will not be near da blog. Or, a TV for that matter.
What play are you doing starling?

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 20:14:00
I'll open one, then.



There's been enough rending of garments and gnashing of teeth around here about the thing...(Mostly Shaughnessey and Ryan lamenting the fact that all things sports are good for this city right now. Seriously, we've been doormats for so long, this is unusual!)



Who would have thunk it? Sox in the series, Pats undefeated, BC is number 2, Bruins on a tear, and great expectations for the C's. It's good to be a Bostonian! :banana:





Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 20:27:42
Quote by Raine:

Quote by starling310:

Alas, we have Dress Rehearsal this evening. Therefore, I will not be near da blog. Or, a TV for that matter.





What play are you doing starling?




A British Farce called "See How they run." It's nothing I felt passionate about, but eh! Its a chance to be on stage, which I haven't been since a year ago.



Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:28:43
Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:31:59
It's nice to hear you are acting again!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:36:43
Who is listening to Randi???

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:39:21
The school for the Americas, this is what Blackwater does!!! I despise blackwater!!!

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 20:39:30
The Celtics just lost the last two. Granted, it's only pre-season. They lost to the Knicks Monday night and the Nets last night. And we're the ones who think the Knicks are going to suck again.

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 20:41:04
Quote by Raine:

The school for the Americas, this is what Blackwater does!!!



I despise blackwater!!!


That's just too much evil.

Comment by starling310 on 10/24/2007 20:41:06
I am listening to Randi.





Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:49:50
I told everyone here on monday that the fire started in protrero.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:53:33
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine: The school for the Americas, this is what Blackwater does!!! I despise blackwater!!!
That's just too much evil.
Well I am fairly sure we will be at the annual SOA Whinsec protests this year. We must get that school closed. Blackwater is hiring graduates from there!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 20:56:00
If they truly learned from KAtrina... they would have been prepared for disasters. The feds have learned nothing... Right now I am fully giving credit where it is due, with the governour and local politicians of California.

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 21:08:58
Quote by Raine:

Quote by livingonli:

Quote by Raine:

The school for the Americas, this is what Blackwater does!!!



I despise blackwater!!!


That's just too much evil.


Well I am fairly sure we will be at the annual SOA Whinsec protests this year.



We must get that school closed. Blackwater is hiring graduates from there!


If you want thugs and killers to do dirty work, that's where you go to hire them.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 21:10:50
:foil: As I mentioned... the residents were going to have a mail in ballot resolution to determine wether or not blackwater should be alowed... no more post office... no voting can happen...

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 21:12:13
Just thought I would add this from my e-mail;



TODAY'S DEMOCRACY NOW!:



* Bush Admin Prosecution of Largest Muslim Charity in U.S. Ends in Mistrial

*



The now-defunct Holy Land Foundation was once the largest Muslim charity in

the United States. It collected donations for local committees providing

humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The government had accused

it of providing ³material support² to a foreign terrorist organization. But

jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict and the US district judge

declared a mistrial on most of the charges. We speak to David Cole,

Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Khalil Meek, President of the

Muslim Legal Fund of America.



Listen/Watch/Read

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/24/1528208





* Testifying Before Congress, Rendition Victim Maher Arar Gets Apology from

Bipartisan Lawmakers but None from White House *



A bipartisan group of Congress members have personally apologized to Maher

Arar, the Canadian citizen seized by U.S. officials, secretly flown to

Syria, where he was tortured. Arar testified last week before a House panel,

the first time he has had a chance to tell his story to U.S. lawmakers. But

he couldn¹t testify in person. Even though the Canadian government has

cleared his name, Arar remains barred from the U.S. because the Bush

administration says he poses a national security threat.



Listen/Watch/Read

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/24/1528217





* Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler on Maher Arar, Rendition, Voting Rights

Chair John Tanner, and Seeking Justice for the Jena 6 *



Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York joins us from Capitol Hill to

talk about why he thinks the Bush administration should compensate and

apologize to Maher Arar. Rep. Nadler also addresses recent controversies

around John Tanner of the Voting Rights section and birth control foe Susan

Orr, the newly appointed Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population

Affairs. And Nadler talks about congressional efforts to intervene in the

case of the Jena 6.



Listen/Watch/Read

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/24/1525252





* Kurdish Human Rights Activist Kerim Yildiz Speaks Out on Escalating

Turkish-Kurdish Clashes on Iraq Border *



Turkish warplanes and ground troops have attacked Kurdish militant positions

inside northern Iraq, killing 34 members of the Kurdistan Workers Party or

PKK. The strikes follow a cross-border raid from Kurdish militants that

killed 17 Turkish troops. We speak with Kurdish human rights activist Kerim

Yildiz, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the London-based Kurdish Human

Rights Project. He was a former Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience and fled

Turkey in 1986.



Listen/Watch/Read

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/24/1528237





* Headlines for October 24, 2007 *



- California Wildfires Displace 500,000

- Lt. Gov., Sen. Boxer: Iraq War Hindering Relief

- At Least Six Iraqi Civilians killed in US Airstrike

- State Rejects Legal Oversight, Role-Reduction for Security Firms

- Private Security Contracts Quadruple to $4B/Year

- Iraq, Afghan War Cost Estimated at $2.4 Trillion

- Bush: ³Urgent² Need for East Europe Missile System

- Admin Censors Top Official¹s Testimony on Global Warming Health Risks

- Bush to Intensify Isolation of Cuba



Listen/Watch/Read

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/24/1525214

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 21:16:37
Another day when this blog's page count is running higher than the other place.



Not bad indeed.

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 21:27:50
A mistrial! Holy cow!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 22:09:48
Hey Starling and Tri! did you hear that Rudy says he is a bosox fan now?!?!? wow, what a true flip flopper!

Comment by Raine on 10/24/2007 22:41:57
ok so I am heading out to pick up some groceries... See you later! In the words of Ahnold... "Ah'll be bahck" :peace:

Comment by livingonli on 10/24/2007 23:06:51
Quote by Raine:

ok so I am heading out to pick up some groceries... See you later!



In the words of Ahnold... "Ah'll be bahck"

:peace:


Have fun shopping.



Fox 25 in Boston is doing a one-hour pre-game for the WS.

Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 23:07:13
Quote by Raine:

Hey Starling and Tri! did you hear that Rudy says he is a bosox fan now?!?!? wow, what a true flip flopper!




I commented on that below; it's not that unusual. NY is an AL town, so naturally you'd expect them to back the AL representative in the series.



But if it was the Yanks that defeated the Sox on the way to the world series....we have a saying in these parts.



"My two favorite teams are the Red Sox and whoever is playing the Yankees"



Comment by TriSec on 10/24/2007 23:07:35
Psst....Fall Classic blog is open!