"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages" -Thomas A. Edison

Monday, January 30, 2006

The Alito Countdown-hailed as a trophy to a GOP effort that began in 1982

Call these Senators and encourage them to vote "no" on Mr. Alito: Kent Conrad, Robert Byrd, Tim Nelson .

Congressional Staffers Making Changes to Wikipedia

"Matt Vogel, Meehan's(D-MA) chief of staff, said he authorized an intern in July to replace existing Wikipedia content with a staff-written biography of the lawmaker.
The change deleted a reference to Meehan's campaign promise to surrender his seat after serving eight years, a pledge Meehan later eschewed. It also deleted a reference to the size of Meehan's campaign account, the largest of any House member at $4.8 million, according to the latest data available from the Federal Election Commission. "

Hillary Booed in Portland for her pro-Iraq war stance and also booed in San Francisco

"The New York senator vigorously defended her middle-of-the-road position on the war in Iraq to the cheers of hundreds of admirers -- and the jeers of several anti-war protesters who infiltrated her appearance and repeatedly interrupted her speech late Friday at the Portland Hilton."

Kraft Foods to Close 20 Production Plants and Eliminate 8000 Jobs

Exxon Mobile Posts Record Profit of 36.13 billion for 2005

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

These are pictures of a skiing facility in the desert city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
I am at a loss for words..... Something should be said, but I don't know what. Help! Here is a link to the actual facility: Ski Dubai!!!!! (lots of fancy multimedia and the photo gallery is pretty interesting)

Monday, January 23, 2006

Evo Morales, Bolivia's New President, Announces Cabinet

"Morales took office Sunday after winning the presidency in a landslide by promising to bring the poor Andean nation's natural resources under state control, fight corruption and end centuries-long discrimination against the Indian majority. "

Mr. Morales is an Aymara Indian. Ahead of his official inauguration, he participated in an ancient ceremony. Ironically, "The U.S.-led war on drugs inadvertently helped bring Morales to power." He's been effective in mobilizing and empowering the poor & indigenous of Bolivia who are the majority population. He's lead movements that resulted in breaking plans to continue World Bank encouraged, water privatization, & is currently addressing state natural gas control.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

BushCo is after Google Searches

Fortunately, Google is putting up a fight. The Fed alledges their request is to fight child pornography, but, perhaps they should start by cleaning up their own backyard. Published pornographers include: Scooter Libby(New Yorker article), Bill O'Reilly, Lynne Cheney, William Safire, Gordon Libby and others. To realize that all of them felt compelled to actually publish they're sexual fantasies is just hard to fathom. As they all toot 'moral abstinence' and claim to promote 'anti-pornography campaigns,' the depth of their hypocrisy just falls away into a bottomless abyss. Sorry for the drama.

"The government's move in the Google case, however, is different in its aims. Rather than seeking data on individuals, it says it is trying to establish a profile of Internet use that will help it defend the Child Online Protection Act, a 1998 law that would impose tough criminal penalties on individuals whose Web sites carried material deemed harmful to minors. "

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Paul Hackett: Stands Behind His Words (running for Senate in Ohio; retired Vetran who served in Iraq)

"The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world," he said. "The challenge is for the rest of us moderate Americans and citizens of the world to put down the fork and spoon, turn off the TV, and participate in the process and try to push back on these radical nuts - and they are nuts."

MLK, rest in peace.

(video of speech made at Lincoln Memorial)

Monday, January 16, 2006

Michelle Bachelet Elected President of Chile

"Bachelet, a socialist doctor and a single mother, promised tolerance in her victory speech late Sunday.
"Because I was the victim of hatred, I have dedicated my life to reverse that hatred and turn it into understanding, tolerance and — why not say it — into love," said Bachelet, whose father, an air force officer who opposed Pinochet, died in prison."

We can only look on with a twinge of envy. Could the United States elect a single, professional, divorced mother to be president? Go Chile, go!!!

Our Levees, Their Levees

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Zogby Poll: Majority of Americans(52% polled) Support Impeaching Bush for Wiretapping

"By a margin of 52% to 43%, Americans want Congress to consider impeaching President Bush if he wiretapped American citizens without a judge's approval, according to a new poll commissioned by, a grassroots coalition that supports a Congressional investigation of President Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,216 U.S. adults from January 9-12."

Another One Bites the Dust: Bob Ney(R-OH)

"A spokesman for Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) says Ney will step aside temporarily as chairman of the House Administration Committee. Ney is a key figure in a Justice Department investigation of corruption."

Flash: Bush Kills Al-Zawahiri Again !

"However, the spontaneous White House press corps celebration lead by Bush administration groupies Susan Malveaux and Candy Crowley was quickly cut short when it was determined that only innocent people were killed."

Courtesy of

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Federal Judge Undercuts BushCo's attempts to log old growth forests

"SEATTLE, Washington, January 11, 2006 (ENS) - In a victory for environmental groups, a federal court has declared illegal a Bush administration's decision to eliminate safeguards for old growth forests and the rare plants and animals that inhabit them. "

Evil to the core: Bush Administration Opens Protected Arctic Wetlands to Drilling Despite Public Opinion

"The decision — decried by Native American, hunting and environmental groups — comes just weeks after the U.S. Senate rejected drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, about 200 miles to the east.

Bureau of Land Management staff said the decision was made after three years of study and in response to requests by Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force."

"This plan is utterly unbalanced. Even the Reagan administration protected the waterfowl habitat around Teshekpuk Lake because of its world-class ecological and cultural value," Senner said. "No one should be fooled by the window dressing … this plan makes every last acre available for oil development."

More Info: Audubdon Alaska

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Lieberman Prepared to Run as Independent if Challenged

"Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said Tuesday he is ready to fight to retain his seat in the Senate even if it means running an independent campaign."

Kurdistan Jails Writer for Opinions

"Reporters Without Borders released a bulletin today regarding the case of the arrested Kurdish writer, Dr. Kamal Sayid Qadir, who was sentenced for 30 years by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for criticizing key figures of the KDP leadership. "

Ironically, the KDP issued a statement claiming "that the principles of human rights and the freedom of expression are respected, promoted, and assured for all persons throughout the Kurdistan."

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Iran Resumes its Nuclear Program Today

Having diplomatically neglected the other members of the 'Axis of Evil,' both countries are now engaged in open nuclear research. Go W go! Another brilliant accomplishment!

"TEHRAN, Iran'(AP) - Iran removed seals on its nuclear research facilities Tuesday, allowing work to resume despite warnings from western countries concerned about its nuclear ambitions, Iranian nuclear authorities said. "

But...,nuclear weapons aside, because of 'global warming' and the high cost of oil, many countries have decided to pursue nuclear energy as means to generate electricity. Unfortunately, there is not enough uranium to fuel everyone' s reactors. The price of uranium is approaching $40.00/pound. The graph above represents the spot price of uranium.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Another Back Door Appointment by Sneaky W: Ellen Sauerbrey

""Her job description is to help coordinate humanitarian assistance across the globe, but it's clear that her first concern will always be to appease America's extreme right," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., tells Salon in an e-mail. "There's a reason the president had to sneak this appointment past the Senate. I am sure when her appointment ends in a year, the president will proclaim that she did a 'heckuva job,' just like he told Michael Brown, but I fear that the world community will be telling a different story."

Sunday, January 08, 2006

He Who Has the Gold Makes the Rules - The web of corruption extends to Europe and....?

Russian Oil Executives hired british lawyers linked to $1 million payment to Abramoff's phoney money laundry: USA Family Network

"Mr DeLay, Mr Buckham and Mr Abramoff met Russian gas and oil entrepreneurs before and after the payment. But the Congressman's spokesman insisted that he made decisions only "based on good policy and what is best for his constituents and the country".

DeLay Tied to Another Lobbying Firm in Abramoff Scandal

"The firm(the Alexander Strategy Group) openly promoted the idea that it could deliver access to Mr. DeLay, who has denied any wrongdoing but abruptly announced Saturday that he would not try to regain his leadership post. Now the very connections with Mr. DeLay that formed the backbone of Alexander Strategy, put together with Mr. Abramoff's help, have put the future of the firm in doubt."

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Abramoff and his Vanishing Friends by E.J. Dionne Jr.

""What the Republicans need is 50 Jack Abramoffs," his friend Grover Norquist told National Journal in 1995. "Then this becomes a different town."

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Sneaky and whimpy... W Makes Controversial Appointsment while Congress Out of Session

So typical of Bush: the grestest poster child for affirmative action, ever!

"President Bush yesterday made a raft of controversial recess appointments, including Julie L. Myers to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau at the Department of Homeland Security, in a maneuver circumventing the need for approval by the Senate."

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A Thing of Beauty: David Letterman's Interview with Bill O'Reilly

It was quite an experience to witness a great warrior slay a dragon using truth and 'pure heart' as his weapons. Go Dave go! We love you!

Media Matters dissection of Bill's lies in the interview.

"(Here is a transcript)(from

O'REILLY: No way that a terrorist that blows up women and children is going to be called a freedom fighter on my program. (applause)

LETTERMAN: I'm not smart enough to debate you point to point on this, but I have the feeling that about 60 percent of what you say is crap (laughter)...


LETTERMAN: 60 percent...I'm just spitballing here."

Chris Matthews & Brit Hume in bed with Abramoff

The circle gets bigger and bigger and bigger. The MSM behavior makes more sense, sense, sense. The truth is slowly rotting out.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Coldplay's new CD has rules: no Mp3s, no DVD players, no car stereos....

"Best of all, the insert explains that this is all "in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience."

I feel for Coldplay' demise. Poor managers/advisors. Actually, I like the band, but will pass on this CD and make a special effort to not watch their videos. I may even delete them from my iPod.

BTW found this article on an interesting newsite edited by readers: