Thursday night, after finding a re-run on this week’s Boondocks tape, I flipped channels over to C-SPAN just in time for a re-play of that morning’s National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. And just as I was about to shut THAT off, Bono comes on. Right there, with the Prez and First Lady on his right and Senators Pryor, Coleman, and Obama on his left, and an audience full of politicians and world leaders, Bono says, “Please join me in praying that I don
There’s someone for whom there is no safe alternative. I will miss him.
Lots of tributes are cropping up, but it’s a good time to visit The Guardian Unlimited.
A friend invited me to attend a presentation at the University of Washington last night (February 20) by an “unembedded American journaist in Iraq,” Dahr Jamail, who talked, showed photos and videos, and made his case that the on-going “seige” of Falluja is a war crime comparable to the bombing of Dresden. Some of this is probably not news to you, but I’ll summarize his perspective, and you can visit his website if you want more of his reporting.
President Bush has asked all Americans for their support as we enter his second term in the White House. In order to reduce confusion and show our support for him and his policies, let us make a few minor clarifications to Matthew 5:3-11, as follows:
3 Blessed are the wealthy, for their power insures the nation.
4 Blessed are those who triumph, for they shall have comfort.
5 Blessed are the bold, for they shall develop the earth.
6 Blessed are they who do hunger and thirst for power, for they shall be satisfied.
7 Blessed are those who show no mercy, for they shall obtain security.
8 Blessed are the pure in zeal, for God shall appear on their side.
9 Blessed are the warmakers, for they shall unite the nation in prosperity.
10 Blessed are they who persecute for righteousness’ sake, for their authority shall know no bounds.
11 Blessed are the authoritarians who revile and persecute the evil doers in God’s name.
The PBS program, Nova, is doing a show on tornados, Hunt for the Supertwister, scheduled for first broadcast on March 30 (check your local listings). The show features an animation based on data from the June 2003 twister that wrecked Manchester, SD. Aaron Ricadela reports in a Wired Magazine story, Data Storm, that production of the animation took 9-days of computing at the NCSA supercomputing center.
Pundits are busy constructing explanations for the decline of the Dean campaign. Here’s one interesting theory…
Up until 48-hours before it was to start, I was determined to stay away from the 2004 Washington Democratic Presidential Precinct Caucus. I’ve come to regard the whole 2-party system as tweedle-dee hoo-ha, so I’ve been steering clear of it. I have a good record of voting (frequently for the losing side) whenever there’s an election, but these party functions are a lot of bunk. Earlier this week, it started to weigh on me that it just wasn’t right to let this opportunity go by. Politics is an art of misrepresentation, so I decided I could pretend to be a big D democrat for a few hours without regret. If things get too easy for politicians, they get lazy, so I decided it was my duty to express some support for (and I mean this with nothing but deep respect) the best idealist in the pack, the Quixote from Ohio, Dennis Kucinich.
Ketzel Levine, NPR’s doyenne of dirt, interviewed Bob Van Pelt on Morning Edition today. Hopefully this link will be good for awhile: Bushwhacking with a Big-Tree Hunter. There’s a link to the interview (which you will need Real player to hear) and a nice gallery of some of Bob’s beautiful tree pictures.
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