Monday, April 30, 2007
Sadly, as sometimes happens, our home proved less than hospitable, as an owl nailed one of the two guinea fowl at about 2 AM, ripping its head off and causing the remaining fowl to scream at the top of its little birdy lungs for the rest of the night. That led to lots of gobbling from local wild turkeys, and in general, things were quite noisy in a way that only the country can be.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
More later. Very excited to hear the Republicans next. And Brian Williams did a terrific job.
Local, state, and federal ordinances do not provide meaningful incentives for individual homeowners to avoid fossil fuels. The default is always "no," and the minimal give-backs mean that it can take 15 to 25 years to break even or start to see a savings after putting in a system.
Meanwhile, I am told to reduce my carbon footprint by buying $9 cloth bags for my groceries at participating Wegmans stores. What a load of methane.
LATER: Paul points out that a key issue is the lack of reputable installers in Ithaca, that so-called "green city."
Be sure to tune in for the first 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate sponsored by the South Carolina State Democratic Party! The debate will take place this Thursday, April 26th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) at SC State University. Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Chris Dodd, former Senator John Edwards, former Senator Mike Gravel, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator Barack Obama and Governor Bill Richardson are all confirmed to participate. MSNBC will carry exclusive live coverage of the presidential primary debate and will stream it on MSNBC.com. Select NBC affiliates will also broadcast the
debate live. NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams will moderate.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This was really the year we should have run Paul instead. Oh, well.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Recommended: The Making of a Quagmire, The Powers That Be. And Sheehan's A Bright, Shining Lie. And the NYT today has a nice crop of early writing, including this one on the coup in Saigon.
For once, I have to disagree with Phil. If there are copy cats out there, surely they were sufficiently inspired by TV coverage of the streams of ambulances filled with bodies and wounded students, heading for Virginia hospitals.
The NBC material, shattering as it was, might just have convinced some teacher or classmate to think, "My God, that stuff looks like Johnny Doe's last paper," or "My God, that stuff looks like Johnny's web site." And maybe, just maybe, the next massacre will be short-circuited.
Knowledge is always useful. Milton's Areopagitica said it better than I can, in 1644. I don't want NBC's big-shots or lawyers censoring what's shown on the air, at least not any more than they do already.
Monday, April 23, 2007
We were inundated by military officers during our time at the Sag--it turned out that a conference of M.A.N.Y. was meeting over the weekend. Lots of military wives in camo bikinis, lots of kids, many flattop haircuts. I cornered an important-looking guy in uniform and asked him what they were doing in Lake George. His reply: "Escaping from the war." I suggested this was a misuse of my tax dollars, and he said No, they had to pay for it themselves. $419 billion and counting, but National Guard members have to pay for their own travel and uniforms? Makes you wonder.
Why, we look just the same, sort of. My letter to the manager resulted in chocolates and wine's being sent to our suite in the lodges. As always, our visit was a food-fest, walk-fest, and conversation-fest, but for the first time, we could walk around the village in shirtsleeves (we usually go in March).
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The point is that for all our desire to separate good from evil in understandable, visible ways, there's no real way to tell whether the guy next to you is likely to eat human flesh or take a handgun to school. It does appear that, unlike Dahmer, Cho tried pretty hard to get people to stop him.
LATER: Phil set the following thought.
I was appalled that NBC chose to air the video of the deranged Virginia Tech killer on network news. Cho was clearly insane, but, ironically, he was shrewd and lucid enough to understand that a major network would be sufficiently profit-driven to promulgate his diatribe against the world, no matter what civic dangers this might entail. By taking the bait, NBC has not only fulfilled a murderer's messianic fantasies (essentially rewarding him) but also gave hundreds of other mentally unstable, aggrieved young men a hero to imitate. I'm sure that the broadcast legitimized him their eyes, much as the Columbine killers seem to have inspired and legitimized his own rampage. I can't think of a more glaring instance of media irresponsiblity than this. NBC should be held responsible when (not if) copy cats begin making and carrying out threats in colleges and high schools around the country. It was sickening enough to watch Brian Williams emote on national television as he interviewed campus survivors (the self-appointed senstive guy who feels for the nation), but this kind of self-indulgant bathos seems peculiarly hypocritical when the same newscast tries to so cyncially to boost its ratings by with a "multi-media" video that panders to America's morbid fascination with violent pathologies. I hope that NBC will be held accountable by those portions of the journalistic establishment that still hold their profession to ethical scrutiny.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Al Gore should take heed: The message is not getting through.
LATER: This has irked me enough that I've done something I rarely do--signed a MoveOn petition on climate change. You can, too.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sites from the candidates column (see right column) that mention yesterday's tragedy at Virginia Tech: Biden, Clinton, Edwards, Giuliani, Hunter, Kucinich, Obama, Richardson. Kucinich closed his site for the day. To see Clinton's statement, you had to navigate past her contribution page (this changed around five minutes ago). Candidates who mention prayers: All but Kucinich and Richardson. Candidates who mention gun control: None of the above.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I'm pretty sure that it's gonna take $5 gas for Americans to start paying attention to what, where, and when they drive.
At the same time, I'm enjoying bad-CU-grad Wolfowitz's problems at World Bank, where he's being booed in the bank lobby for apparently approving an enormous raise for his girlfriend, fellow neocon Shaha Riza.
Hmm. Didn't something just like that happen recently in Dryden???
And Burt just got titanium knees, which are proving hard to get used to. Soon all three of us will be in PT. Alex will go to a place where she can swim around in a harness. I wish there were a place like that for me.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Jesse, I loved you back when you led rallies in Chicago in the late '70s. What the hell happened to you?
LATER: "Meet the Press" had a good response to the question, "Who appointed Sharpton and Jackson spokesmen for the community of color?" The answer, of course, is the media, who call the two of them the minute anything like this happens.
But this conspiracy is no theory. The official platform of the Texas Republican Party pledges to “dispel the myth of the separation of church and state.” And the Texas Republicans now running the country are doing their best to fulfill that pledge.He names names. It's rather chilling.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
ALL VOTERSRichardson rises significantly when people hear him speak. Obama drops. That was certainly true when we heard the candidates in DC. Since MoveOn fails to include actual numbers, it's hard to tell what any of this means.
Sen. Barack Obama 28%
Sen. John Edwards 25%
Rep. Dennis Kucinich 17%
Gov. Bill Richardson 12%
Sen. Hillary Clinton 11%
Sen. Joe Biden 6%
Sen. Chris Dodd 1%
TOWN HALL VIEWERS
Sen. John Edwards 25%
Gov. Bill Richardson 21%
Sen. Barack Obama 19%
Rep. Dennis Kucinich 15%
Sen. Joe Biden 10%
Sen. Hillary Clinton 7%
Sen. Chris Dodd 4%
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
The President intends to nominate Cameron P. Munter, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Serbia. Dr. Munter, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission in Prague. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul, Iraq. Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Warsaw. Dr. Munter received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.That's more than I think about Serbia in a year.
We got home around 1 AM to a much colder and snowier place than the Rockies we just left. Lots to recap, but now I have to deal with 101 work-related emails.
LATER: The luggage arrived intact, delivered to our door, some 50 miles from the Syracuse Airport. Does this service help to explain rising airfares?
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Day One, Nothing Changes.
Meanwhile, I'm waiting impatiently to separate the sheep from the goats with the revelation of first-quarter campaign fundraising by the long list of characters at the right.