Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stolen Directly From Atrios

But, a great question

It isn't the most important point, but when in modern warfare a little freedom bombing can cost you $1 billion in a week it's worth asking just which of the war's advocates would spend $1 billion on any other "humanitarian" mission like, say, providing a reliable source of potable water for millions of people.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Somehow, It Just Doesn't Seem Fair

It may come as a shock to those too young to remember the FBI infiltrating the Black Panthers, the SDS and many other left wing groups, but here we go again. Yes, peaceniks of the world are now being targeted once again as terrorists. Yet this diatribe against US citizens that goes under the guise of right wing political talk radio gets no real investigation.

Yep, Neil Boortz can suggest the random killing of blacks and thugs and peace groups and labor unions get daytimers gone through and so on. For fomenting revolution and death to US citizens, you'd think the Patriot Act might just kick in. Weiner must retire, so goes the media call and yet those who want to foment killing just bop along with no punishment. Anyone who thinks that the right wing does not control much of the US, let alone the intelligence and decision making operations really do not have a firm grasp on reality. And where, oh where, is the liberal media on this one? Hint, it never existed.

I just don't even know what to say other than if you watch CNN you probably never saw either of these stories.

and now this. An academic who was a critic of Iraq was spied on by the CIA under the orders of President Bush. Thjis is treasonous and goes to the heart of the American dream. Are we political animals, political Darwinists, or a country that has hopes dreams and a Constitution?


Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Where Did All the Diversity of Life Go?

There is finally going to be a study of wetlands in the CA Central Valley. Too bad it is too late for the Tulare Lake Basin, which stretched in rainy years from Bakersfield to San Francisco, supported commercial fisheries, Native American tribes and a variety of wildlife. It was the largest lake west of the Mississippi and was drained to raise cotton (a small history to be found in the book The King of California.)

Granteed the central Valley is one of the largest agricultural areas in the US at this point, but I was saddened to see that the Kern River is often dry through Bakersfield, yet the irrigation ditches that parallel the river are full and once i tried to follow the King's River and it tends to end in irrigation ditches. They probably were once vibrant.

Sadly, you can't get back what was once there and has been destroyed for profit, at least not all of it. Hard to believe that there once was a huge wetland and not just an agricultural desert now subject to irrigation demands.

Listen to Cantor Whine

I see Eric Cantor really believes Timmy Geitner's deadline for raising the debt ceiling. He wants trillions in cuts before then. Okay, let's start with Congress health care, cut salary for Congress and cut defense to 1965 levels and raise taxes to 1965 levels. I could live with that. I am frustrated because so few Regressives see the issue as a revenue problem. Grrrrrr!!!!!

and yes I know that my suggestions are facetious, do they?


Monday, June 06, 2011

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Where do people fabricate this sort of lie and why does not the media press them for sources? and tehn we wonder why the electorate is ill-informed. Make them tell the truth. That is the Fourth Estates job!!!!!!!

and is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that gas prices have come down since oil companies were actually called to Congress to testify. My only question is where there backroom deals made so they could keep tax exemptions or we they totally embarrassed? Oil companies, embarrassed? Naw.

Thanks, Dems, for making them come.