Friday, January 30, 2009

Yes, this works for me...

I hate these things...

I give in.

25 Random Things About Moi...

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

1. I love Thai spicy mint noodles.

2. I have no clue how to do Facebook stuff so you're lucky you're getting this through email. ; )

3. I love email; I hate the phone.

4. It was really hard not to put something about rabbits as #1.

5. I have 5 house buns and 15 buns I love at the shelter. (whew, that feels better)

6. This is my blog:

7. I love sweeping panoramic views. No trees please.

8. I got dreadlocks about a month ago and love them.

9. I love my Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. I hate to vacuum.

10. I like to sweep.

11. I don't like bread pudding or flan.

12. I'm a bleeding heart
..pinko. ; )

13. We Are One.

14. My comfort foods are macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and cookies & milk.

15. I'm hooked on the history of the Silk Road and/or history in general.

16. I'm taking a Spanish class. Hola, Paco. De donde eres?

17. I love my two nephews and wish I could live nearer to them.

18. I don't have a TV so I read A LOT. And get bored with that too.

19. I'd live outdoors if I could. I love breezes.

20. I love rain too. And thunderstorms.

21. I'm down to 3 toe rings.

22. My hubby wakes me up in the morning with a kiss. : )

23. Volunteering at something I love is amazingly fulfilling.

24. I used to clean with a toothbrush. Now I ignore it all.

25. Bunnies are people too. ; )

400 richest Americans’ incomes doubled under Bush

Bloomberg reports that, according to recently released IRS data, “the average tax rate paid by the richest 400 Americans fell by a third to 17.2 percent through the first six years of the Bush administration and their average income doubled to $263.3 million.” Much of their income came from capital gains resulting from the Bush tax cuts.

dontcha just love the guy...

Earthly delights...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

country western song machine...

Automated country song writer. A Crack Up.

I met her in a treehouse ridin' shotgun;
I can still recall the neon sign she wore;
She was weighted down with Twinkies with Miss Piggy,
and I knew they'd hate her guts in Baltimore;
I shrieked in pain I'd punch her out forever;
She said to me man wasn't meant to fly;
But who'd have thought she'd freak out at her health club;
She sealed me in the vault and smirked goodbye.

Mensa Invitational

Here is the Washington Post's Mensa Invitational which once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon : It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido : All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.) : Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

Nixon's Lawyer: Are We Civilized Enough To Prosecute For Torture?

Top international lawyer Philippe Sands QC speaks before the House Judiciary Constitution, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Subcmte. in May last year, states without reservation that war crimes were committed by the most senior members of the Bush administration.

See the video here.

Via AlterNet comes a remarkable piece from John W. Dean, fomer White House counsel to Nixon, who writes that Obama must prosecute bush administration officials and that, if he doesn't, other nations are very likely too. Read the whole thing, but he concludes:

My question is how can the Obama Administration not investigate, and, if appropriate, prosecute given the world is watching, because if they do not, other may do so? How could there be "change we can believe in" if the new administration harbors war criminals – which is the way that Philippe Sands and the rest of the world, familiar with the facts which have surfaced even without an investigation, view those who facilitated or engaged in torture?

One would think that people like Cheney, Rumsfeld, Addington, Gonzales, Yoo, Haynes and others, who claim to have done nothing wrong, would call for investigations to clear themselves if they really believed that to be the case. Only they, however, seem to believe in their innocence – the entire gutless and cowardly group of them, who have shamed themselves and the nation by committing crimes against humanity in the name of the United States.

We must all hope that the Obama Administration does the right thing, rather than forcing another country to clean up the mess and seek to erase the dangerous precedent these people have created for our country.

Great stuff.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Torture is NOT an American Value...???

Torture is, and has long been, illegal in every case, without exception. It is banned by our Bill of Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 2340A. Nothing any president can do can change this or unchange it, weaken it or strengthen it in any way.

Manfred Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, says treaty obligations require the US to prosecute those responsible for torture, up to and including George Bush. If the US fails to prosecute its own officials, then the UN can step in.

More beauty...

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Nordkalottleden, in Norway

see it LARGE...

Friday, January 23, 2009

We Apologize For the Outage

We Apologize For the Outage

We, the United States of America, your top quality supplier of ideals of democracy, would like to apologize for our 2001-2008 interruption in service. The technical fault that led to this eight-year service outage has been located, and the software responsible was replaced November 4. Early tests of the newly installed program indicate that we are now operating correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional from this point forward. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage. We look forward to resuming full service and hope to improve in years to come. We thank you for your patience and understanding.


Monday, January 19, 2009

In Honor of Tomorrow's Inauguration...

in the beginning...

a hopeful seeker of answers

asks direction

of the primal force

the exuberant energy

that spins molecules

unites cells

forms shapes

sculpts texture

spreads color

adds variety

and breathes the

life force

into all

making one

the seeker

being a bit apprehensive

is unsure where to look

how to hear

or see

touch or smell

the sought for peace

the moment of clarity

the exuberant energy

being kind

and accepting of all who seek

sends the east wind to show the way

go to the beginning

to the first breath

in movement

in stillness

in the pause between

i have arrived

i am at home

the power to create the answer is there

in the breath


spinning molecules

uniting cells

sculpting form

spreading color

adding variety

guiding creating

inside the hopeful seeker of answers

it is found

she breathes.


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