Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Loreena McKennitt - The Lady of Shalott

Happy Beltane

Penguins 5 Rangers 3

Evgeni Malkin, middle, celebrates with Georges Laraque, left, and Petr Sykora after Laraque's goal in the first period last night at Madison Square Garden. Malkin had an assist on the goal and also scored twice to help the Penguins take a 3-0 lead in the series.

John McCain and Iraq: "100

McCain: He was against it before he was for it and was for it before he was against it!

From 2 Political Junkies
As Dayvoe notes here, St. John McCain of the “Straight Talk Express” was against a German/Japan-style US occupation of Iraq before he was for it.

Hey, everyone can change their minds once in a while. It's not like there's a pattern, or anything:

  • McCain flip-flops on TORTURE

  • McCain flip-flops on the RECESSION

  • McCain flip-flops on the ECONOMY

  • McCain flip-flops on READ MY LIPS: NO NEW TAXES

  • McCain flip-flops on OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE

  • McCain flip-flops on PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING
  • Shake Your Moneymaker - Paul Butterfield Blues Band

    Monday, April 28, 2008

    Penguins lead series 2-0

    Sunday Night with Dylan

    Bob Dylan - Shelter From the Storm

    Saturday, April 26, 2008

    Political Cartoon of the Week

    Asshole of the Week


    Penguins rally from 3-0 Pens 5 - Rangers 4

    Thursday, April 24, 2008

    AIn't Gonna Vote For No Sexist

    from Think Progress

    McCain dismisses equal pay legislation, says women need more ‘training and education.’

    Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) skipped the vote on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which “restores the longstanding interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,” overturned last year by a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. In New Orleans today, McCain explained his opposition to the bill by claiming it “opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems.” Later in New Orleans, he added that instead of legislation allowing women to fight for equal pay, they simply need “education and training“:

    “They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households, as much or more than anybody else,” McCain said. “And it’s hard for them to leave their families when they don’t have somebody to take care of them.

    “It’s a vicious cycle that’s affecting women, particularly in a part of the country like this, where mining is the mainstay; traditionally, women have not gone into that line of work, to say the least,” he said.

    The issue is not “education and training.” When denied equal pay by her supervisor, Lilly Ledbetter was doing the exact same job as her male counterparts and received numerous performance-based awards. McCain has a long record of failure on women’s issues, earning him a 0 percent rating from NARAL ProChoice America six years in a row, from 2001-2007

    The Beatles - Revolution

    It's Not a Compound

    Letterman - Top 10 Ways Bush Can Improve His Approval Rating

    Red State Update: Should Hillary Drop Out?

    Wednesday, April 23, 2008

    60 Percent Of EPA Staff Have ‘Personally Experienced’ ‘Political Interference’

    from Think Progress

    Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report detailing the increasing politicization of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Of the nearly 1,600 EPA staff scientists surveyed, 889 of them — 60 percent — “said they had personally experienced at least one instance of political interference in their work over the last five years.” Other key findings from the report:

    – 394 scientists (31 percent) personally experienced frequent or occasional “statements by EPA officials that misrepresent scientists’ findings.”

    – 285 scientists (22 percent) said they frequently or occasionally personally experienced “selective or incomplete use of data to justify a specific regulatory outcome.”

    – 224 scientists (17 percent) said they had been “directed to inappropriately exclude or alter technical information from an EPA scientific document.”

    – Hundreds of scientists reported being unable to openly express concerns about the EPA’s work without fear of retaliation; 492 (31 percent) felt they could not speak candidly within the agency and 382 (24 percent) felt they could not do so outside the agency.

    What’s more, among the various offices and divisions of the EPA, the National Center for Environmental Assessment — “where scientists conduct risk assessments that could lead to strengthened regulations” — had the highest percentage of scientists reporting interferences, at 84 percent. This is unsurprising, considering that some of the highest profile examples of prioritizing ideology over science have occurred when the White House wants to weaken environmental regulation:

    Bush intervened at the 11th hour to weaken or kill scientifically-recommended standards on ozone protection. [3/18/08]

    Johnson ignored EPA staffers to reject California’s waiver to strengthen greenhouse gas emissions standards. [12/21/07]

    The EPA concealed a scientific study that “would have forced the agency to consider more stringent controls” on acceptable mercury levels. [3/22/05]

    Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Henry Waxman (D-CA) wrote a letter today to Johnson, warning him that, when Johnson testifies in May, he should “expect members of the Committee to ask about these survey results and other evidence of political interference with science at EPA.”

    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    The Four Sacred Things

    Declaration Of The Four Sacred Things

    by Starhawk from her book "The Fifth Sacred Thing"

    The earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire, water, and earth.

    Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother, or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them.

    To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standards by which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged. No one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its legitimacy.

    All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice can assure balance: only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit flourish in its full diversity.

    To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment, sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honor the sacred is to make love possible.


    Edward Norton (one of my favorite actors) talks about American History X (one of my favorite movies. HUNTER IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN NOME ALASKA WITH ELVIS AND JIMMY HOFFA.

    Strange Days on Planet Earth with Edward Norton

    It's Earth Day Folks

    Melissa Ethridge - I Need To Wake Up
    Earth Day IS Every Day

    Sunday, April 20, 2008

    The Business of America

    The Documentary about what happened to Steel Workers when US Steal Left Pittsburgh
    My friends and I are in it and I'm credited for helping with the filming

    Saturday, April 19, 2008

    One of My Favorite Movies

    Click for larger Picture
    Whats some of Your Favorites?

    R.I.P. Danny Federici

    Daniel Paul Federici (January 23, 1950April 17, 2008)

    Saturday with The Band and Staples

    Can You Remember When Music From Big Pink Came Out?
    One of the best Albums Ever!

    Political Cartoon of the Week

    Asshole of the Week

    Friday, April 18, 2008

    Blackfire - It Aint Over

    Protest, Resistance, and Dissent in Native Americans

    Real Change Now

    Washington Bullets by The Clash

    The Album Sandinista, was recorded in 1980, almost 3 decades ago!

    Thursday, April 17, 2008

    Comment Rules

    I think its about time I lay down some rules about leaving comments on the blog. There is a reason I moderate comments; I don't want this blog to turn into a trash talking, hateful blog like some others I have seen. Yes there are limits to Free Speech on this blog.
    1. No Trashing Other Races
    2. No Trashing Other Religions
    3. No Sexist Remarks
    4. No Racist or Sexual Remarks of any kind.
    I've had to delete a few comments in the last few days, So don't e-mail me if yours was one of those.

    New features in Google Earth 4.3

    Check out the Street View box as well

    Assholes on Parade

    Penguins Sweep Senators - Who's Next?

    1,500 Fans Watched the Game Outside the Igloo

    Sid The Kids Top 10 Goals - You Gottta See To Believe

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Monday, April 14, 2008

    Obama mocks Clinton 'throwing back a shot and a beer'

    PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Barack Obama furthered his recent criticisms of Hillary Clinton Monday by mocking the fact that she recently "threw back a shot and a beer" in front of the media.

    After first saying too many candidates are only giving voters "rhetoric," the Illinois senator said, "They'll promise you anything. They'll even give you a long list of proposals. They'll even come around with TV crews in tow and throw back a shot and a beer."

    The shot came Saturday at Bronko’s Restaurant in Crown Point, Indiana. With the national media in tow, Clinton made a stop there to drink a beer and speak with voters. After ordering her beer the bartender asked, “You want a shot with that Hillary?” After some deliberation, Clinton settled on a shot of Crown Royal, a Canadian whiskey.

    But Obama is not totally in the clear himself when it comes to photo-ops at bars. The White House hopeful nursed a beer in front of cameras with Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey at a sports bar during his Pennsylvania bus tour earlier this month. He has since mentioned that moment of drinking in front of audiences on the trail in the Keystone State.


    An Agenda For Unmarried Women

    From Think Progress Wonk Room

    Today, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a report in conjunction with Women’s Voices Women Vote looking at the hard realities currently facing unmarried women. Unmarried women unfortunately make less money, have fewer assets, face decreased job security and have less access to health care than their single male, or married female, counterparts.

    This study uncovers some striking data:

    Economic Vulnerability: More than 40 percent of unmarried women have household incomes of less than $30,000 a year. That’s much worse than married women and married men, and worse than unmarried men.

    Less Pay at Work: Unmarried women make less than others for the same work, and earn only 56 cents to every dollar a married man earns.

    Increased Responsibility for Children: The responsibility for taking care of children often falls on unmarried women: There are 12.2 million single-parent families in America, and more than 10 million are headed by single mothers.

    Missing Health Care: Unmarried women are more likely than other Americans to have no health insurance. They were twice as likely to be unable to afford medical care in the past year as women who were married.

    Reliance on Social Security: More than 25 percent of unmarried women rely on Social Security as their only source of income.

    The looming 2008 election provides a unique opportunity to do more than just highlight the troubles confronting unmarried women, but to also suggest a progressive agenda for policy reform. For the past eight years, unmarried woman have felt the pains brought on by the Bush Administration’s snub of the middle class. The CAPAF report suggests that unmarried women’s lives can be improved by:

    –Expanding Opportunity by Rewarding Work: equal pay, earned income tax credits, minimum wage increases, college affordability, energy policies, job creation, education promotion.

    A New, Stronger Social Contract: child care, renewed FMLA, social security protection, universal 401K accounts, affordable housing.

    Resolving the War in Iraq: diplomacy, global responsibility, redeployment.

    Improved Health Care for All: Universal coverage, contraception and reproductive health education, the right to choose.

    Comprising more than one quarter of those voting in 2008, it is the responsibility of our next president to address the needs of America’s single, divorced and widowed women as we break free from eight years of conservative, regressive policies. American women demand it.

    National Heads Up Poker

    The 2008 Tournament started Sunday and will be on for 5 more Sundays. Enjoy this match from last year. The 1st match this year featured The Poker Brat, Phil Helmuth vs some unknown kid that won his seat by playing on line. 1st hand Phil has two aces in the hole, kid has two kings, Phil goes all in, kid matches. The river shows another king for the kid and its all over for Phil. Hopefully someone will put the clip up so you can see Phil's Rant

    Impeach Bush and Cheney for Torture

    e-mail from Democrats. com

    On Friday, George Bush told ABC News he personally approved of the approval of torture - including waterboarding - by Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell and George Tenet.

    "Yes, I'm aware our national security team met on this issue. And I approved."

    In the wake of this shocking and appalling confession, we've come to a historic moment where every American - and every Member of Congress - must take a stand.

    Either you're for torture or you're against it. And if you're against it, you must support the only Constitutional remedy for a President and Vice President who commit war crimes: impeachment.

    Tell Congress to Impeach Bush and Cheney for Torture

    Dr. Martin Luther King famously said of the Vietnam War, "A time comes when silence is betrayal."

    When our President and Vice President personally approve torture, that time is now.

    Saturday, April 12, 2008

    Hungry in America

    This is an answer to the PalTalker that stated No One Is Going Hungry In The US

    Yay Truckers

    Assholes of the Week

    Political Cartoon of the Week

    Dead Saturday

    Grateful Dead - Not Fade Away

    Quins win !!!!!

    Malone's wraparound power-play goal with 1:02 left sets up 5-3 win, spoils Ottawa's big comeback. Hometown Boy Makes Good!!!!

    Friday, April 11, 2008

    IVAW and Vets for Peace in DC March 2008

    Buffy Sainte-Marie - "Universal Soldier"

    Buffy Sainte-Marie performs for Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans against the war in front of the Capital and Native American Museum in Washington DC on the five year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

    Thursday, April 10, 2008

    Its that time of the year again - Go Yankees

    Abbot and Costello - Who's on First

    General Petraeus Report ~Olbermann

    Dennis Kucinich *WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?!!!!!*

    Lets Go Pens!!!!

    Ryan Whitney, left, and Georges Laraque, facing, celebrate the first of Gary Roberts' two goals last night at Mellon Arena. Penguins 4 Ottawa 0 1st game

    Iraq: Six Months At A Time

    Tuesday, April 8, 2008

    Monday, April 7, 2008

    Saturday, April 5, 2008

    Asshole of the Week

    Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) apologized for voting against a 1983 bill creating a holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In fact, McCain also supported former Arizona governor Evan Mecham in 1987 when Mecham rescinded the holiday in the state. On MSNBC today, Conyers took McCain to task for apologizing decades later — the midst of his presidential run

    Saturday Rush

    Rush - The Trees

    Political Cartoon of the Week

    Friday, April 4, 2008

    U2 - Pride

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

    Here's looking at you, kid

    Peace Sign is 50 Today

    Thursday, April 3, 2008

    How much longer must we kill the inocent?

    House destroyed in Basra; at least 7 die in series of bombings elsewhere.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008

    Helter Skelter X

    Not supporting Mike Gravel, but its a cool video