Thursday, December 27, 2007

Die DIE DIEEEEE!!! :-)

*
Well here's a nice change 0' pace; I don't feel like I have enough reasons on my own, so Marty Kaplan has provided a few reasons to kill yourself for me.

He even provides a back-door in case you're still not sure it's the right decision for you.
On the upside, we've known for about 2,500 years that democracies are shockingly fragile. In that light, it's a miracle that we still have the Constitution in place to protect us. Oh, wait.

[What a swell guy!]


* Pic is just something I got in an email somewhen.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Howdy (New?) Neighbors!!!


Thanks to Jim & Jack for the awareness of this News, because I deleted the Common Dreams newsletter without even opening it.

Lakota group secedes from U.S.
By Bill Harlan, Journal staff Friday, December 21, 2007

Political activist Russell Means, a founder of the American Indian Movement, says he and other members of Lakota tribes have renounced treaties and are withdrawing from the United States.

"We are now a free country and independent of the United States of America," Means said in a telephone interview. "This is all completely legal."

--snip--

Other countries will get copies of the same declaration, which Means said also would be delivered to the United Nations and to state and county governments covered by treaties, including treaties signed in 1851 and 1868. "We're willing to negotiate with any American political entity," Means said.

The United States could face international pressure if it doesn't agree to negotiate, Means said. "The United State of America is an outlaw nation, we now know. We've understood that as a people for 155 years."

Means also said his group would file liens on property in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming that were illegally homesteaded.

[Not quite a Warpath, but let's see what comes next.]

Wow! What, if anything, happens on this in the next 6 months could be monumental. The reparations voted on, haphazardly IMO, back in the 80s, were an excellent idea in so far as they acknowledged much wrong-doing on the part of the historical U.S. governments.

I don't think secession is really going to fly because of that, but I don't know enough about the details of the pertinent laws to even say whether or not it even should work out the way Russ Means and the Lakota nation seem to want it to. After all, they haven't been too successful against the overwhelming Eminent Domain defense of past U.S. governments, nor have they even got very fair shakes in some rather obvious crimianl cases.

What I'm perhaps most interested in seeing is what other nations have to say about the announcement.

We'll be to see...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

My (sort of) Blue State, Ohio

Evidence is is overwhelming and, perhaps more surprisingly, many of the Several States are actually heeding it. Abstinence Only Education makes for more pregnant teenagers. If you've got to ask why (outside of the context of Scientific research) then you are Not paying attention to your own body.

Abstinence Programs Face Rejection
More States Opt to Turn Down the Federal Money Attached to That Kind of Sex Ed

By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 16, 2007; Page A03

The number of states refusing federal money for "abstinence-only" sex education programs jumped sharply in the past year as evidence mounted that the approach is ineffective.

At least 14 states have either notified the federal government that they will no longer be requesting the funds or are not expected to apply, forgoing more than $15 million of the $50 million available, officials said. Virginia was the most recent state to opt out.

Two other states -- Ohio and Washington -- have applied but stipulated they would use the money for comprehensive sex education, effectively making themselves ineligible, federal officials said. While Maryland and the District are planning to continue applying for the money, other states are considering withdrawing as well.

[They are gonna do it so make sure they're not afraid/ashamed/too embarrassed to do it right!]


Don't worry. Be prepared.

Happy Sunday!

{=

Thursday, December 13, 2007

When Success Equals Failure

Complements of the Great Oxymoron himself, George W Bush.

U.S. Strategy Succeeds in Bali

---

BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 13 -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon conceded Wednesday that the United States had succeeded in achieving one of its key objectives at the climate conference here, blocking a proposal that called on industrialized nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 percent by 2020.

Having jettisoned the idea of incorporating specific emissions targets in the framework that will guide international climate talks over the next two years, participants were hoping to find other ways to make meaningful progress here in the two-week-long meeting of nearly 190 nations.

[We can't win for .. umm.. winning?]


As Al Gore said during the same conference, "My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali," and as long as the Democrats continue to complain that they "don't have the votes" there won't be any changing of that situation. Even if such perversely hegemonic events such as the invasion of Iraq weren't reason enough to utilize the full extent of the Constitutional Law and remove this insane despot from office, protecting the population of our planet from the irreversible damage currently being done to it in the name of U.S. Corporate Profits would make the Dems find a way.

Oh... Unless they intend to enjoy the benefits of such and pass the blame entirely to Bush the Destroyer.

Somehow I don't think they really care what the consequences of that choice are...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Words of Wis(h)dom

From a bloated human bag of hot air.

"Democratic attempts to influence the U.N. Climate Conference, much like the entire conference itself, are more theatrics than substance," Inhofe said in a statement. "To pass the bill, Democrats were forced to sidestep several contentious issues, such as the devastating impacts this bill would have on the loss of millions of American jobs to countries like China and the impacts of skyrocketing energy costs, especially on the poor."

[Climate Change? What Climate Change?]

Who Do You?



I've yet to take the quiz but will and will post more. I just didn't want to lose where I'd found it and figured I'd let y'all know it's there since we're finally actually approaching '08.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Hearing the Surf of the Sun


They're leaving us behind. When we manage to get a little lucky, their stories come through and we know just a little bit more about our journey through time and space within this universe.

30 years after its launch from Earth Voyager 2 has reached the boundaries of our system and, this time, scientists here on Earth have heard Sol's surf crashing against the shores of the universe surrounding.
Pushing the boundary

The spacecraft crossed the boundary on 30 August 2007 at a distance of 84 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun (1 AU is the distance between the Earth and Sun). By comparison, Pluto is now about 32 AU from the Sun.

"We were very lucky this time," Voyager chief scientist Edward Stone of Caltech in Pasadena, California, US, told New Scientist. "We have the first direct measure of the shock."

Voyager 2 actually crossed the boundary five times (and was directly observed making the passage three of those times). That is because the location of the termination shock is constantly changing in response to the Sun's activity. Plasma burps from the Sun called coronal mass ejections (CMEs) temporarily push the boundary outwards, for example, so that it washes back and forth over the spacecraft like a wave on the beach.

--snip--

Mission scientists are not sure how to explain the gradual slowdown preceding the shock. But Stone says neutral atoms from beyond the termination shock may be interacting with the solar wind to produce speedy charged particles called cosmic rays, thereby sapping some of the wind's energy.

Voyager 1 and 2 are now both in a region of slower solar wind lying past the termination shock called the heliosheath. That region ends at the heliopause, which is where the solar wind ends and interstellar space begins.

[Hang 10 Dudes y Dudettes! Eh, what the feck, Make it 30.]

It'll be interesting to see what new knowledge this supplies. What applications for space exploration in our near future might be theorized from clearing up yet more misconceptions; misunderstandings; from alleviating yet one more wee bit of ignorance about the Nature of Reality.

We'll be to see, eh.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

much sensation in your mouth

Heh. Bet that caught your eye.

{-;

It's nearly unbelievable but appears to be the case that Japan's bloggers are even more prolific than Americans, Brits and Aussies combigned! Who'd've thunk it?
From the WaPo:

...In the past three years, Japanese has been running ahead of or about even with English as the dominant language of blogging, according to Technorati. About 130 million people understand Japanese, while about 1.1 billion understand English.

Those numbers startle no one more than the Japanese. For even as they use personal computers, Web-enabled mobile telephones and a ubiquitous high-speed Internet network to blog anytime and anywhere, they keep awfully quiet about it.

Consider, for example, the remarkably harmonious blog that Junko Kenetsuna has been writing five times a week for the past three years about her midday meal.

With understated precision, she calls her blog "I had my lunch."

In a recent dispatch from a Vietnamese restaurant in Tokyo, Kenetsuna wrote: "The soup has a distinctive chicken flavor and the bitterness of pear, which gives you much sensation in your mouth."

[Pick it up slackers! ;-)]

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

You Put Your Left Wheel In ... And You Shake It All About


Tough little mutha does what it's gotta do. Mars Rovers do SO continue to amaze!

New Scientist

  • Maggie McKee

NASA's Mars rover Spirit has freed itself from the loose soil it had been stuck in for about two weeks, but over the next month it will have to navigate similarly treacherous terrain to reach a safe spot to ride out the coming Martian winter.

Spirit got stuck in the sandy soil, nicknamed "Tartarus" after an underworld dungeon in Greek mythology, in mid-November.

But on 28 November, it clambered out, after a series of short drives in which rover managers drove it first in one direction and then in another, "switchbacking" out of the troublesome spot.

[Where do we go from here?]

Now it's off to a place nicked "Winter Haven 3" to deal with the Martian winter on a lower daily power diet. Remember that sand storm Spirit escaped a few months back? Yeah. The wee rover's solar panels are still a bit dusted up from that mess, so it's getting barely half the daily juice intake it had been able to squeeze outta Sol before then.

None the less, these mechs are continuing to blow our minds 3 years after their incredible touchdowns on the Red Planet. They're doing whatever it takes and NASA's folks keep finding more for them to accomplish.

Kudos!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ho Ho huh uh Oh... Um Good Luck With That...
















So I see the War on Christmas is in full bloom.

Isn't that special...


Honestly, this topic - unhealthy spending - is one of the reasons I always try to look at things from other folks' POV. I HATE the Credit life, and yet I live it all maxed out. Have for a number of years now and still haven't figured out how to maintain a handle on it. One minute I'm catching up, the next I seem in over my head again. It's emotional. Logic be - against my stated desires and concrete knowledge - damned.

Kinda like with relationships... BUT, it IS getting easier for me. Simple it has always been, but Easy? LMAO! Ahh well, in some parts of my life I don't take enough risks. In others I've taken too many.

On two counts right now, I'm thinkin' I'm takin' just the right balance. Feels kinda nice, eh.

Spend wisely and keep those brains and bodies engaged and they can all - for the most part and barring catastrophe - be

Happy Holidays!!!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Simpler Way

If this last year has taught me one thing, it's that I feel so much better about my whole life when I get out of my head, out of my apartment, out of my boring habits and enjoy new experiences.

Heh... Old news, maybe. But I guess it's just one of those things I always knew but've never really known.

This song is a relevant oldie, updated at the end to reflect .. what? Growth? Yah. Growth.

Oh, I had a date. She's an incredibly cool person. It went well. Even if I did spill too many beans {rollin'eyes} and my mind did start racing ahead. Think I'll cut myself some slack and just enjoy this feeling.

Just sayin'... :-}


Don't know
when it happened first
I think maybe
in your arms
I can't say for sure

Always hits me
when I'm lookin' down
I can't see
where I am
then all of a sudden
there I am

Frustration
builds inside my heart
forget it
that won't work
it keeps comin' around

Love potion
that would make it work
forget it
because that won't work
I wish it was
I wish it was that easy

There's got to be a Simpler Way
There's gotta be a Simpler Way
There's got to be a Simpler Way
There's gotta be a Simpler Way

I'm hangin' in
I'm stayin' behind
I'm thinking too much but
I'm doin' fine...

Just maybe
I can slow this down
behave myself
and stay around
a sense of calm
sensing you beside me

How often
don't think ever once
I'm sure I've been here
once or twice
and right now
I think I might take it easy


It's got to be a Simpler Way

This has to got to be that Simpler Way

And I'm hangin' in
I'm takin' it slow
I'm doin' alright
I'm feelin' fine.


Picture from two winters back. It's snowing out and it kinda feels like it fits. That's all.

L8

Friday, November 30, 2007

acCid3nt 0f b1rt4

just this once
nevermore and only
unless because
because well
you know
what if I didn't

what if I didn't take that chance
and I was left
yet again
hanging in the wind
the cold
the emptiness of being
me
alone
as usual

and then again
I feel that I'll change
I don't
I don't have any reason
for that feeling
maybe it's just hope
that shit I won't abandon

even on the edge
so far away now
so far away



On Wikipedia, it goes like this:
"The artist is nothing without gift, but the gift is nothing without work." - Émile Zola
Either way, I'm still one lazy, unmotivated sumnabitch... Catch freakin' 22, eh.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Very Cool!



But it's far from anywhere near to enough to make me vote for him since he's retreated from supporting women's rights over their own bodily processes.

Still, my point in posting this clip is that it seems that the Democratic Party has offered it as a reason to NOT vote for Romney. Umm... Huh? A moderate and rational stance on Gun Rights and the 2nd Amendment is a bad thing???

Weirdness... Also known as Exactly What One Can Expect from BOTH of the entrenched indigestibles which are S.O.P. in the U. S. o' A.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Salvation Through Pumpkin Pie


I Knew Pumpkin Pie was teh best! I just knew it!

H/T to Doc Myers @ Pharyngula.

RAmen!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Silence

I'm so fucking messed up. I mean, sure, most of us are to some extent. I know that. I'm just more so and further along then most "normal" crazy people.

Even explaining that makes it seem enormously apparent.

C'est la fucking vie.

I can't help this longing
...
and I wanted to believe ...

I need a white wave.
I need ...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

That Bird Don't Fly

I've really nothing personal to pass on here. Just wanted to post some fun and frustratin'.

Maybe more tomorrow.

A Happy Holiday to all y'all U.S. Americans, and good luck on Saturday's Election Day to all my friends Down Under.

L8


John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's
mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.

John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up and he
yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, J ohn quickly opened the door to the
freezer.

The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to
ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the
bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
(From an email from a friend.)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ego distended


...in vainglory
emptied of all but life's shade
...gladly let go by the way

sadly informed
...of madness in grey
and spectral colors

...lonely for all
and slept in
...unatoned, bereft

seduced by others'
...realities long lost
vacant and unadorned

...simplicity answers
mocking
...in the know and smug

lest somehow
...somewhere
......everything falls into place

and I breathe again
...still yet to sample
the silence of forever

Thursday, November 08, 2007

As If We Didn't Know...

Thing of it is is, no matter how we treat our planet, Nature itself is gonna go through her paces without any regard what-so-ever to our survival needs.
-----Challenge for policymakers-----

Carbon dioxide emissions from fires pose a significant challenge as policymakers focus on limiting greenhouse gases because of concerns over climate change. Some jurisdictions, such as California, have not yet decided whether to include wildfire emissions when setting targets to reduce greenhouse gases.

The impacts of fires on climate change are complex and difficult to predict. Long after a fire sweeps through an area, new vegetation over the course of several decades to a century may absorb as much carbon dioxide as was released during the blaze. But fires are likely to become more frequent and widespread as temperatures warm around much of the globe, which means that more carbon dioxide may be released into the atmosphere. The fires could complicate government efforts to rely on forests to help absorb carbon dioxide.
Seems to me, we need to be a little more careful, eh. Nature is incapable of consideration. We, presumably, are not.

What You Sayin', Rudy?

PUBLIC DIPLOMACY PRESS AND BLOG REVIEW, NOVEMBER 6-7

“They talk about sleep deprivation. I mean, on that theory, I'm getting tortured running for president of the United States.”

--GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, mocking those who condemn torture of any kind; cited in Richard Cohen, “Rudy's Torture Talk” (Washington Post, November 6)
[Link]

It's either A: He thinks he's just like all the other supposed Terrorists which the U.S. apprehends, or B: He has absolutely No Desire to be President, and is being forced, against his will, to run for that august position.

Otherwise, and this is with an extraordinarily obvious Of Course, Teh Mayor is simply being yet another disingenuous Pol.

Go figure...

Monday, November 05, 2007

Separation


It would so easy
to just go there
to just lie down there
to just be there


Oh! It would be so easy
to just embrace it
to just ignore it
to just linger in the absence


And it would be so easy

to fly all the way
to fly any way

to fly so far away

Now, it isn't easy
but I am here
we are here

they will always be here
where we all are

until we're not


So I'll just, I guess, do what I have to do
Maybe sometimes, one can hope, it'll actually make some kind of sense...



Sorry I've been so scarce lately. And absent from y'all's blogs as well. Let's just blame it on autumn, eh. Autumn and the loneliness of finding one thing just to lose another.

Good news is that I'm still sans daily dosing, AND that I scored some Brown's tics for yesterday's OT win over my long-time 2nd favorite team; the Seattle Seahawks. Browns 33, Seahawks 30. Got to treat my youngest bro to his first game at the new digs, too. AWESOME on almost all counts.

Anyhow, I'll most likely get back up to speed. Both viewin' and doin'. There's been a Lot of Politics to be disgusted about, but, while I've thought of much to say/write/do about it, I've mostly just been working hard, long days and coming home to vegetate. Oh... nevermind.

Take care and have a blast (figuratively, but of course) in the mean time.

L8

Monday, October 29, 2007

Let's Try This Again, and Again, and Again..

.. until the Congress finally understands they need to take their jobs Seriously.

This links to a page where you write directly to your Congress Critter, courtesy of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
(I have updated this form letter to personalize it with ALL CAPS)

As your constituent, I want to express my strong support for the Senate version of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (HR 1585). I am HORRIFIED by the way the president’s cronies are bilking the taxpayers out of our hard-earned money and not delivering on their contractual obligations.

We have seen how CORRUPT This Administration has been at managing the reconstruction in Iraq and how corrupt the contractors have been with their high-dollar, no-bid contracts. It is bad enough that this is happening in Iraq, where the hopes of winning look bleak. But that it is happening in Afghanistan, too, a country where we have a chance to succeed in our efforts to stem the tide of terrorism is just too much for me to accept.

So as the House and Senate meet in conference committee to finalize the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, it is essential that the Senate version of SIGAR be included. The Senate version will give the Special Inspector General the comprehensive authority needed to ensure that all of our contractors in Afghanistan are held accountable, not just Department of Defense contractors.

We must show the people of Afghanistan and THE WORLD and THE AMERICAN PEOPLE that we are committed to reconstruction. Otherwise, we will continue to give the people of Afghanistan and Muslims around the world reasons to join the fight against us. We cannot win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. PERIOD NOR SHOULD WE TRY TO DO THAT. We must give them a reason to see us as a beacon of hope, SO THAT THEY MIGHT DECIDE ON THEIR OWN WHICH SYSTEM IS A BETTER ONE.

Please support the Senate version of SIGAR.

If Wishes Were Fishes...

... the aquarium in my head would be less crowded than it was in the past.

Which is to say, there a far fewer things needin' expunging up in there then there have been. Hey, I'm taken progress where I can, eh.

{-;

Thursday, October 25, 2007

"Ownership Society"

Aka: Survival of the Richest



The Center for American Progress provides periodic Economic Snapshots which highlight recent trends in the U.S. economy. The item which stands out most suggestively in conjunction with the above 'toon is #11.
11. This endangers our economic independence. Foreign investors bought 80% of new Treasury debt and the share of U.S. foreign-held debt grew to 46% from 32% from March 2001 to June 2007. The quarterly interest payments from the federal government to foreigners rose to $39 billion in the second quarter 2007 from $21 billion in the first quarter of 2001.
While it's certainly well and desirable to have investors from many nations interested in buying into one's own country, having foreign investors owning nearly HALF of our own debt is a Guarantied road to bankruptcy.

And #10 suggests some rather obvious causality for #11.
10. Tax cuts do not pay for themselves. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the tax enacted since 2001 would cost $300 billion in 2007 alone, such that the federal government would show a surplus had it not been for President Bush’s tax cuts.
Looks as if George $hrubya Bush's career long Mission of dismantling every enterprise he has taken command of may finally be Accomplished.

I wish this state of economic affairs was just a Trick, cuz it sure as Death and Taxes ain't no Treat.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

"...Become a Ripple in the Poisonous Political Pond..."

...and let that Ripple criss-cross with other ripples, each coming from their own centers of daring ... 'Cause Ripples can build a current that can wipe out the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance!"

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Too True, eh Mr. Jones?

And since athletics makes so much money for the schools, they won't be needin' all that socialist government interference either.

Gotta Love Them Clams!

Ever since I read a theory that it was seafood, not just an expanded grassy starches diet, which enabled the Homo Sapiens' brain to reach it's present (roughly 3 pound) size, I've been looking for research that supports it.

Well, here ya go.
For early humans, a beach party and clam bake

By Will Dunham Wed Oct 17, 5:23 PM ET

*****
Artifacts found in a cave on coastal cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean showed that these people 164,000 years ago cooked mussels and other shellfish, used red pigment perhaps as body paint and made small stone blades that could be used at the tip of a spear -- all far earlier than previously thought.

--snip--

The world was in a glacial period from 195,000 to 125,000 years ago, with much of Africa in cold and dry conditions that may have prompted early humans to find new food sources and expand from inland to coastal habitats, the researchers said.

Marean said that the findings support the idea that on the far southern shore of Africa a small population of modern humans endured this glacial period by expanding their diet to include shellfish, harnessing new technologies, and by using symbolism in their social relations.

It may be that this was "the progenitor population" for all modern people, Marean said. Habitation of coastlines is of great interest to scientists wondering about the later spread of modern humans out of Africa.

[Beach Party, Baybee!!!


Funny thing is, I first read about the idea in a Scientific America article about the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids. The authors point was that our ancestors' brain would never have gotten the appropriate nourishment for such growth as what occurred in the transition from Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens if it weren't for an unexplored dietary source and the precise benefits which seem to be best derived from Omega 3s via Fish Oils. Grasses, the #1 source of equally important Omega 9 fatty acids (Omega 6 fatty acids are abundant in meat)* would not, according to the Sci Am article, have been enough on their own to encourage the kind and magnitude of growth which took place in the described time period.

Since that time, late July as I recall, I've started poppin' the ol' Fish Oil pills. Enteric coated, to keep away the Fish Burps, thank ya very much. {-; If you get a chance to find that issue, which I do believe was August '07, I recommend it highly.

This article isn't the first, but it is the most astounding supporting evidence for the Omega 3 theory I've found since I read the SciAm piece.

Now if I'd just get them clams an' fishes back in my diet...


* I'm ultra busy at work so just wanted to let y'all know that I may be mixin' up the O6 with the O9. I'll double check it when I get the time, and correct if necessary.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

That's What I Get

DEAD AT 74

heart attack



But not for a few years yet, eh. {-;

This one was actually pretty fun to take. Have at it!

Go TRIBE!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Oh! Me of Little Faith!

I've mentioned (often?) before how I am simply not a night person. Last night, e'en tho' 'twas the Saturday Night just a day before my 42nd b-day, I still let myself nod off and called it a night once teh Tribe fell down 3 to 1 in the 3rd inning. Little did I know that Cleveland would come Right Fecking Back to take the lead in the 4th.

Loser...

D'oh! No. No. No. {-; Y'all may not believe it, but I really went to bed feelin' pretty confident that the Tribe would make a game of it, if nothing else. They've done it all season long. But even then I wouldn't say I was all that confidant 'bout their chances last night in Bean Town.

So imagine my pleasure this morning when I opened teh iGoogle and found... Well, this one line says all that's needed.
The seven runs for Cleveland (in the 11th inning!) were the most by a team in one extra inning in postseason history.
The ALCS moves back to C-Town, tied up, 1 an' 1.

What use could ya have for faith when you've got the reality of the down an' dirty grinders that are the 2007 Cleveland Indians suitin' up everyday?

My boy, Jack Westbrook, takes the hill 'gainst Daisuke Matsuzaka on Monday Night. I don't see the Indians changin' their game plan for anybody, so you can be sure I won't either. Though I do hope I can manage to stay up just a little bit later this time...

;-}

GO TRIBE!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Hmmm... Kinda reminds me of Hillary



Which brings me to the bottom-line:
— the presidency.

Let’s review.

This is how Al Gore’s resumé reads as of this morning:

Son of a great senator.

Harvard graduate, with honors.

Vietnam veteran.

Award-winning investigative journalist.

Congressman.

Senator.

Vice President.

Winner of the popular vote for President of the United States.

Best-selling author.

Environmental activist.

Academy Award winner.

And, now, Nobel Peace Prize winner — he shares the prize with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — for “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about manmade climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.”

As resumés go, that is one for the top of the pile.



Al Gore, IT'S TIME TO DECLARE YOUR CANDIDACY FOR THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"I Hear His Birkenstocks Clacking"

Oh man! Yikes!! LOL!!!

A little o' this chick goes a looong long way. Adorable Girlfriend found a 'Tube o' Sarah Silverman that's just the right length to make me laugh out loud without lasting long enough for me to get too uncomfortable with her crazy-assed and irreverent approach to comedy.

(Warning: F-bombs and Christ Killings Imminent. Enjoy or Skip It!)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

(sorry AG, but...)

--from CBS Sports.com via my iGoogle's front page--

.....

It was 87 degrees at game time -- the hottest Oct. 8 ever in New York City -- and the Indians applied heat right from the start.

Wang, battered for eight runs in New York's opening 12-3 loss, was chased after just three outs -- the shortest start of the 27-year-old's short career.

Sizemore homered on a 95 mph fastball with little sink for just his second shot since Aug. 28. Jhonny Peralta, who hit .467, made it 2-0 when he lofted a two-out RBI single to center.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the second on two singles and a hit batter -- the Yankees argued that Kelly Shoppach fouled off his bunt attempt, but umpires decided it hit his hand. That was it for Wang, whose stats will be besmirched with a 19.06 ERA in this series.

Mussina came out of the bullpen to save the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against Boston but couldn't do it this time. Sizemore grounded into a run-scoring double play and Asdrubal Cabrera singled for a 4-0 lead.

Indians manager Eric Wedge was questioned for not using Sabathia on short rest, but Byrd came up big. He allowed runners in every inning but pitched out of jams with his assortment of off-speed stuff.

Time after time, the Yankees failed in the clutch, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving them at 6-for-28 in the series and making for another winter of discontent in the Bronx.

That really was one helluvagood series. Like a natural hitter's swing, compact and powerful, the Indians got the job done fast. Not for a minute did the Tribe panic or lose their focus; not even when the momentum started to swing the Yanks' way in Game 3.

So far this post-season the Indians have given their fans everything we could possible have asked of them.

Hitting: Even with the Yankees going Long Ball 3 times last night, the Indians still out-homered them in the series, 5 to 4. Not only that, but Cleveland hit .302 for the series, and the Bronx Boiee's couldn't even make it over the mythical Mendoza Line, eeking out a meager .194* and going only 6 for 28 (.214) with 2 outs and Runners In Scoring Position (RISP).

Pitching: Sabbathia and Byrd each allowed more hits in their respective starts than did Game 3 loser Jake Westbrook (my fave tribe pitcher after Fausto, btw,) but just as did CC when he got in his jams, the wiley old veteran, Byrd, managed to find ways to wiggle out of trouble and quiet one of the most expensive starting line-ups in the history of the game.

Defense: Westbrook's Game 3 loss could have really been a doozy. If it weren't for all the Double Plays turned, 4 in the first 5 innings, the Yankees lone win may well have turned into the explosion of runs which just about everyone was predicting that the Bombers would lay on Cleveland at some point in the series. Keeping them under 10 runs may have been just the ticket the Tribe needed to keep the winning momentum on their side.

Economy. Total payroll for the Indians is less than half of what The Boss has once again thrown around. Nobody likes a cheap owner, but the Indians front-office has been a model of fiscal conservatism and player development in this multi-year rebuilding effort.

Hitting. Pitching. Defense. Economy. What more could a baseball fan ask for from their team?

Now it's time for 'em to bounce da Beaners and make their way back to the Big Stage! Despite two World Series appearance in the '90s, the Indians haven't won it all since 1948, and no Cleveland major Sports franchise has brought home a Championship since 1964. That's means, not in my Lifetime. Personally, I am quite ready to see that streak end right now.

Go TRIBE!!!


* Guess I was up before CBS Sports.com's statisticians. The Yanks hit a whopping .228 for the entire series. That .194 # was through just the first 3 games.

And I thought that they'd out homered us and was gonna make some other point, now forgotten, about what that was worth compared to having a balanced attacked and pitching Pitching PITCHING!

Alrighty then.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Black And White

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I just saw the greatest thing on ESPN's Sports Center!

In a highlight from the USF -v- Florida Atlantic game, a player ran down on punt coverage and, after the whistle blew the play dead, he *POPPED* a return team blocker on his arse! The flag was thrown. 15 yards for Unnecessary Roughness (and/or Unsportsmanlike Conduct. I couldn't tell which.)

Switch to the sideline after the play where the Coach grabs and lifts the coverage guy off the ground by the front of jersey and yells in his face in reprimand, only to immediately follow that with a hug and pats on the helmet, with some obvious words of support.

Kick his ass then help him up. Dust him off. Tell him, "You effed up, Big Time, but I'm still proud of you. You can get it right the next time."

THAT is what I love about college athletics. THAT is a man who knows the fundamental, basic, elemental human fact that life is both Black AND White. NOT either Or.

Okay. Just had to share that, eh.

L8

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* Don't recall precisely where I found that pic, but know it's a volcano in the northwest of North America and is from about this time last year. I think it symbolized just how true it is that dangerous and/or destructive elements can have great power towards giving new life an opportunity to thrive. And it's definitely not black or white. It's both and too many shades of gray to count.


Saturday, October 06, 2007

BUGger Them DAMN Yankees!!!

The Erie Midge Horde struck hard and fast last night, causing NY Yankee reliever, Joba Chamberlain, just enough distraction to make him throw two wild pitches, thus allowing Grady Sizemore to come around and score the tying run. After that, Pronk's patience at the plate paid off and my home town Cleveland Indians took two at home!

Indians 2
Skankees 1


in 11 innings!!

It's on to the Bronks where teh Bombers may have owned teh Tribe this year, but where no Indians' fan can forget they've also known post-season sadness in the past. And not just in the post-season, either!


GO TRIBE!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

On the Ebb

Of a course and so it matters
and now so sorely so
that lost in shreds and ghostly tatters
disjointed ideas
ebb and flow of colors prime

Limping forward, pulling free
towing me along
a question, hard, once heard howling
screaming out
its same unanswered song

A darkness piercing brightly
in fullest emptiness
here, take this
what is left 'me
I did not seek its kiss

Through eyes ripped wide
and wrinkled shut
through purpose lost
a tuneless rut
In timbre, hue and what I feel
though ringing true
yet far from real

As all those
timeless
faceless
moist and empty dreams
I recognize in everything
the goal of all my schemes

Escape away 'til sunrise sets
reality's great weight
upon my neck
And opens up the gallows' door
falling away
the scrawl of Love's face
fallen away

Not yet
arise
get up
meat needs turning
bread is on the rise
the wine is fit to drink

Another sun and moon
have their stories to tell
their song still left to sing

Friday, September 28, 2007

tonight! Tonight!! TONIGHT!!!

Whoa oh!

No. I'll not be here to see teh G-men. Even though my work's suite at the Q was available, I didn't put in for Genesis tics cuz I'm off the Chi-town to monkey dance the night away to the progressive beats & rhythms of my favorite DJ in the genre.


I saw him in the same venue last year and, believe me you, Dude does rock. I expect the show to go 'til 4 or so and my silly self to be tres exhausted by the time I hit the hotel hay.

Have a great weekend! I sure am plannin' on it.

{-;

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

True . .

. . and False.
Whilst true that many lifelong habits - both those with which I'm good and those I'm still to kickin' - do hold prominence in my daily being, it is even more accurate to say that those habits from the first half have been built up or whittled away to form the background on the canvass which is the evolving critter that be me.

So, I totally get where dude was coming from. I just ain't locked down with it, eh.



By the way, clickin' the pic takes you to the same place that it does when clicking on it from the iGoogle home page. If you don't use it yourself, it's just one of dozens of distractors you can add to your own.

/unpaid-shill

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

23.375 So Far...


That's my longest in about 15 tries. I had a couple of 21.s, 10.s and 13.s and a bunch o' 5.s as well. Not sure, but think I might try it a few more times, eh. I too tend to get bored easily though...

Just click on the pic and see if you are "Air Force material".

Thanks to my quazipseudo amigo, Jack.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Another Hughe$ Mistake

Diplomacy or Spin? Do you think the folks in the Bush Administration even know there's a difference?

Yah, I know. Of course they do, and that's what makes them criminally negligent, and not just woefully incompetent.

From John Brown's Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review
C) COMMENT ON PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FROM A VALUED PDBPR SUBSCRIBER PREFERRING TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS

The below was received from a valued PDPBR subscriber who prefers to remain anonymous (see below for links to programs cited):

“Something missing from the commentary on Karen Hughes in the State Department is the effect her propagandizing has had on the department’s overseas web sites, particularly the broad-base of American views in USINFO; before Hurricane Karen it was known as a solid, if stodgy source of all aspects of American foreign policy; since her arrival in the State Dept. she has had to deal with the fact that Bush’s foreign policy statements hurt Public Diplomacy efforts, so they must be discontinued.

In its place is fluff like ‘Partnerships for a Better Life’ or the most recent ‘Innovative Programs.’ The Muslim outreach efforts she has spearheaded are seen in the Ramadan series, which while a seemingly noble effort, comes off as patronizing and abandons any even-handed look at religion in America.

What a shame she killed the ‘Hi’ online magazine, which, in Arabic and English, offered some of the best material for Arab youth. When Karen needed funds for her Rapid reaction unit, she shut down the magazine and took the $1.5 million. It was reaching more than 40,000 Arab youth every month, and the growth was fantastic. But it had been first created during the time of Charlotte Beers, and it had no support within the dept or administration.

Overall, USINFO’s usefulness has diminished since late in 2006. Previously, transcripts of USG officials from a variety of agencies was published, giving credibility to the site as a central place to learn about all aspects of the US govt. Serious gaps are in the areas of security policy, such as Iran (for which there is no central point for readers to learn what is happening with the US and Iran—it is just ignored.) Three articles on Iran policy have been published in the past three months on the US and Iran. Three. As an honest but of course biased information source, it has started down the slippery slope toward propaganda. One would doubt if Hughes sees anything wrong with this.”

USINFO
LINK

Partnerships for a Better Life
LINK

Innovative Programs
LINK

Ramadan series
LINK

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Obla Di


Moderation obviates obsession
so that even extremism
can be healthy
invigorating
sublime
in smallish
well prepared doses

Be free

Think well

Work hard

Have fun

Obla Da

Friday, September 21, 2007

Movin' It On



Now HERE's some good news for a change!
Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. After the Senate's shameful vote, and after President Bush called MoveOn "disgusting,"1 our email started to fill up with messages like this one:

I'm currently in Iraq. I do not agree with this war, and if I did support this war, it would not matter. You have the RIGHT to speak the truth. We KNOW that you support us. Thank you for speaking out for being our voice. We do not have a voice. We are overshooted by those who say that we soldiers do not support organizations like MoveOn. WE DO.

YOU ARE OUR voice.


And then came the donations. By midnight, over 12,000 people had donated $500,000—more than we've raised any day this year—for our new ad calling out the Republicans who blocked adequate rest for troops headed back to Iraq.

The message from MoveOn members was loud and clear: Don't back down. Take the fight back to the issues that matter.

So today we're shooting for a very ambitious goal: Reach $1 million so we can dramatically expand the campaign we launched yesterday going after politicians who support this awful war. Can you chip in $25 toward our goal?
Donation Link

All day, messages from vets and military family members kept pouring into our email, many of them aimed at the Senate:

I have given a son to this country. My brother, my father, my uncle have all served honorably and bravely. I am a loyal American. I am outraged and sick to death of the tactics this administration uses to try to silence dissent to a war that is unjust, built and maintained on lies, political power, and greed. I was content to let others fight more loudly, but no more.
–Sharyn W., NC

I am a prior soldier who served in Iraq for 13 months, and am now an expecting mom with a husband who is deployed in Baghdad. I don't think I can ever forgive the Bush administration for the lies that tricked America into this war and hurt my family so badly. I am ashamed of those American politicians who would condemn an organization for practicing the Freedom of Speech that so many soldiers have died for.
–Danielle B., OH

As a US Navy veteran and an Iraq war veteran of over a year I want to ask, What has happened to us? What has happened to our voice? Where is this country going with stopping free speech and free press? ... Every time I think of the long nights I had in Anbar remembering what I was fighting for, well here it is....
–Ahmad H., LA


These folks have made sacrifices many of us can't imagine. Their charge to us was clear: keep speaking the truth about how President Bush and the Republicans have betrayed our trust.

So we're going to expand our ad campaign—keep it on the air longer and run it against other politicians who helped block adequate rest time for our troops. Can you chip in $25 to do it?

Donation Link

And still the messages kept coming ...

I've had three nephews serve since 2002, one of whom was killed in Anbar Province. I have a fourth nephew at Quantico training. I want this war over before he is deployed and before any more of our soldiers are sacrificed.
–Michele R., NE
Three members of my family are military. Two Marines have served in Iraq and an Army Lt. is deploying in November. If we had all spoken out when the administration used General Powell perhaps we would not be in this mess.
–Carol B., PA

As a Marine I served for many reasons but one of them was to allow people the freedom of speech, whether I agreed with it or not. Wearing a uniform does not mean someone isn't a shill, is spewing propaganda, and downright lies. MoveOn has every right to buy an ad and say what they want about a public figure. This administration has lied to us, deceived us, misled us and when posed with a challenge this is how they respond?
–Keith G., VA


The Senate won't pass a policy to end the war or even to make sure our troops in the field have enough rest time between deployments, but they hold votes to crack down on millions of Americans who are upset about the war?

Well—it isn't going to work. We put together a hard-hitting ad that highlights how Republicans failed our troops and if we can raise enough money today, we'll air it across the country. Please help if you can:

Donation Link

For all of us on the MoveOn staff, this week was a bit of a rollercoaster—MoveOn was attacked by nearly the entire Republican party, while too many Democrats ran for the hills. But what kept us going were messages like these—and the incredible privilege we feel to serve all 3.2 million Americans in MoveOn.org.

When the story is written of how the Iraq war ended, you will be the heroes. Thank you.

–Eli, Adam G., Adam R., Anna, Carrie, Daniel, Erik, Ilyse, Jennifer, Joan, Justin, Karin, Laura, Marika, Matt, Natalie, Nita, Noah, Tanya, Tom & Wes
MoveOn.org Political Action
Friday, September 21st, 2007

Sources

1. "Bush: MoveOn.org ad on Petraeus 'disgusting'," CNN, September 20, 2007.
Reference Link


The above is, of course, from MoveOn.org and I just felt like sharing. Just in case anyone readin' here is feelin' like droppin' a quarter in their bucket. I haven't in a while, but may just do so come next payday, eh.

Alrighty then. I'm off to play in teh Company Softball Game. CSG, eh, and in case any o' y'uns may be wondering how teh hekk all this workin' out shinola is workin' out for me, here's an updated portrait of your humble, personally evolving organism.


Happy Weekend all!!!

The Purpose of the United States' Government

The Constitution of the United States
Preamble
Note*

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


As we head onto into this extended election season, please do yourselves and everyone else a favor and keep in mind what the folks we're gonna be voting for are supposed to be working for.

All of our questions about the candidates lose relevancy when they veer away from elements of the above.

Thanks for the impetus here, Lynn. {-;

Happy Friday!

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* I recommend that hyper-linked NOTE as it gives some good back ground on what was goin' through the heads of the framers whilst working upon the Constitution. Great stuff, eh!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

America: aka Fantasy Island

The Fantasy on the Left is that we can be a strong, healthy nation without Giant Corporations.

On the Right, is the Fantasy that the Profit Motive is the only thing that counts; that there is something intrinsic in those who would climb to the top of the Corporate ladder which would keep them aware of their responsibility to the Society which which made that ladder even possible.

In the Moderate middle is the Fantasy that the ideological War between those two opposing views will somehow work itself out for the best, and that they, the little guy/gal, the "average person" is best off not paying any mind to Idiots who Rule from Ivory Towers and Legislative Domes.

I don't really think that John Edwards understands this all that well.

None the less, I'm leaning his way as what he does propose is at least, though not all that much, a decent compromise between two seminal extremes of human understanding.



Time will tell, eh...

Obsequens Emptor


I was thinking that the newspaper caption should have included a headline saying "NATIONAL DEBT REACHING RED LINE", but realized that whoever is sitting in that chair next is extremely likely to have a had a hand in breaking that as well.

{sighhh}

Monday, September 17, 2007

Greenspan: "I didn't get it."

That's the blurb I heard watching previews for his recent appearance on 60 Minutes. Only in that quote he is referring to the House of Cards which is the American Financial system and its over-reliance upon credit, risk and speculation.

This is from John Brown's Public Diplomacy Press & Blog Review. There's no mistaking what it's about.
"I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil."

--Former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan; cited in Katrina Vanden Heuvel, “Greenspan, Iraq & Oil” (Nation, September 15)
LINK

I've always admired Alan. I believe him and hope he's truly saddened by the troubles his wanton ignorance has allowed to metasticise.

I could go on, but work she be a swampin' me, eh.

L8

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Saturday Sans Sun

But it's only 6:30 in the AM, so that'll change soon enough.

Apocrypha

less absent than common sense
apocrypha on the lips
tips of tongues and spewing
regularly imbuing small lives
with larger self impressions

holding court in absentia
delayed gratification becomes anathema
when what one wants
is only never to be thought the other
apocrypha lends credence to one's claims

echoing elements of others' tallest tales
longing (though of course not showing it)
for the admiration of one's own
an acknowledgment that one is all alone
and still steadfast denial, rebuttal of the same

in subtle ironies missed too often
still plays, whole scenes, brief captions
formulating plans for local domination
of the world which is not everything
except for all that matters anyhow

apocrypha elucidates the simplest
clearest sign of life, la joie de vive
too powerful to bear aught but a wink
a nod
a shrug of the shoulders as the moment passes
eternal
ephemeral
esoteric and surreal but

all too common in our own and only world


Have a beauty day, eh.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Chicken Little - Eagle BIG

But you aren't going to see many eagles go attacking chickens because eagles just aren't that large that they'll take on a sharp beaked, hook clawed little fighting bird that is a chicken. It just doesn't make any sense for them to do so unless they've got some variety of brain disease which prevents them from living by their strengths.

You ever cut off a chicken's head? I have. They don't just die. Their wings flap furiously and their claws rake insanely, which of course, makes sense, since there is no longer any brain connectivity to make their actions sane, but there is still energy and the autonomic functions of life which they've used to evolve to survive in fields of a large variety of predators, sans any ability to fly above the mammalian fray.
Action Alert on IRAN

Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. We need to let our representatives know that Bush cannot attack Iran. GW will not go away quietly as his disastrous term comes to an end. I think most of us believe Iran is the next target on Bush and Cheney’s to-do list. Kristol, the equally insane Ledeen (read this madness) and all his Neocon, warmongering...

read more | digg story

(Ed's note: I'd starting writing this as a separate post, and clicked on the digg it
button on Crooks and Liars. I think I've finally figured that little widget out!

Back to the story...)

Americans are good people. I know this. I live with them. I am one. I'm Lucky to be so and I know it and, quite frankly, I like it. We have got things So Good, that it's really tremendously difficult for us to acknowledge how heinously wrong have been the actions of our President and inaction of our Congress over the last four or five years.

But, like other Americans, I've got a life to live! Personally, I've got a date this weekend for the first time in nearly a year. Why would I want to be fiddling around, talking 'bout things over which "I have no control" such as politics and war? What I'm saying is that I can relate to folks not wanting to be bothered by the activities of our government. Just take care of it. Let 'em do their jobs. I've got my own life to handle.

Sure our gas prices have risen, and alright, consumer goods, food, utilities, etc, have seemed to have gone up a little or maybe stayed the same, but we just want to live the lives which we're trying to make for ourselves and our families. We don't want to have to call our politicians to task for failures which don't seem to be really making our lives all that much more difficult. I mean, that's just the way it is. Right? The sky isn't ever gonna fall!

Well, when an eagle comes soaring down out of that sky upon its prey, to say "the sky is falling" is about as good an analogy as one is ever gonna find. But it's only falling in Iraq, in Afghanistan. Not here for G's sake!

Did the sky "fall" on September 11th? I think that most folks would say it may as well have for those at ground zero.

And who gave the initial financing to the insane and brutally anti-American terrorists that committed those foul and world-shaking acts?

Thing of it is is, now our Dear Leader has the plans in plans to get another gaggle of chickens clucking furiously and fighting back, beak and claw, slowly and inexorably draining the resources of our country, regardless of the "necessity" of our government's actions. Because eagles don't attack chickens for their survival. They let them have their lives and search for other, less dangerous prey. They certainly don't throw them scratch and watch them grow into even larger, more tempting yet incredibly more dangerous prey.

I don't like that analogy, but I DO think it's apt. Americans like our symbol of the Eagle. Proud. Strong. Wise and ready to do battle in order to protect its territory.

But the Oil in Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia is not our property! And the "chicken" in this story is not gonna sit on the group and cry "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"

Whatever the insanity of Iran's approach to Democracy, their reliance and primitive religious Sharia laws, their nuclear ambitions, the only way these things threaten the United States is if the U.S. can NOT keep its own house in order and find the resources and tools we need in ways which are NOT disruptive of other nations' rights to live as they see fit; no matter how anyone on our side of the World thinks about those ways.

Iran is a danger to our present Administration's Mission in Iraq. It will only become a danger to us U.S. Americans {rollin'eyes} if we continue in our apathy and willful ignorance to allow our government to unilaterally and even more insanely invade yet another sovereign nation without territorial provocation.


Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Call now!


H/T to Larry for the news about Amato's C&L post. I truly have enough trouble just dealing with being a silly human trying to live my silly life without having a government like Bu$hCo's forcing me to have to fear ever more war and even possible nuclear weapons attacks.

But I respect my duties as a Citizen. I want my Government back! I want peace to begin with freakin' me.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I Can Totally Feckin' Relate...



One caveat; less'n you're totally enamoured of the music, go ahead and stop it with 3:04 left (at 2:04 in.) Once the screen goes black, that's it but for the electro-tune.

Much like rock-n-roll, it's only quazipseudo.

;-}

Nagasaki's Revenge

Japanese teenagers may lay claim to cluelessness about the world-changing events that took place in their country in the second half of 1945, but yesterday's resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggests that those recollections are far from forgotten in the mainstream of Japanese life.

Japan, the nation against which the United States unleashed the first ever cataclysm of nuclear war, has survived and thrived on an outwardly imposed tradition of military pacifism. A condition which was forced upon that great nation by the even greater nation that had defeated it so utterly and convincingly as the culmination of World War II. It is a tradition which has allowed the Japanese to gain that respect and power which was the impetus for their participation in said War, and it was the United States, using that extraordinary combination of magnanimity and imperiousness come together in the person of General Douglas MacArthur, which ensured that the Japanese nation should conscientiously avoid a military path to that long coveted ascendancy in our evolving World Economy.

Lately, Prime Minster Shinzo Abe's LDP has utilized a perfectly Reaganesque ability to transform historical reality into the delusionality of Hubris, utilizing neither shame nor pride to sway them from their pipe-dream. Fortunately for the people of Japan, they are apparently - for whatever reason - less forgetful than those kids in Okazaki's documentary would seem to be.
Japanese Premier, Losing Support, Resigns
By NORIMITSU ONISHI
Published: September 12, 2007

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The opposition leader, Ichiro Ozawa, has focused his attention on a contentious law that allows Japan’s naval forces to join a mission to refuel American and other ships participating in the war in Afghanistan. The law will expire on Nov. 1 unless it is extended.

The debate over the law is expected to be bruising. Opinion polls have shown that most Japanese opposed extending the law. And Mr. Ozawa tapped into a general unease that, under Mr. Abe and his predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, Japan had grown too close to the United States militarily, even to the point of possibly violating its pacifist Constitution.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Japan has passed special laws to circumvent its pacifist Constitution to participate in the American-led wars in Afghanistan and then Iraq. But the Japanese government has released few details about the nature of its assistance to the United States military, leading many opposition politicians to suggest that Japanese troops are in fact violating the Constitution.

Opposition politicians have suggested that Japan has refueled American vessels that were involved, not in Afghanistan, but in Iraq. In addition, they have said that Japan’s air force — which has been transporting American troops between Kuwait and Baghdad — has clearly overstepped its stated mission of engaging in humanitarian activities.

[What Is and What You Better Believe]
Whether or not a new Parliament is imminent and necessary for Japan to return to its Constitutional imperative for military passivity seems almost moot at this point. Unlike my own country, where the opposition Democrats did democratically take control over both of the main legislative assemblies on a platform of Peace, and then promptly let such fall to the side, the Japanese seem well on their way to Practicing What They Preach and substantively supporting the ideals of their Constitution.

Is "funny" how folks will tend to make use of some powerful gift which a more powerful party has given to them and actually use it for their own benefit, eh?