September 26, 2007

You want to be left alone?

Hate those #$%@ immigrants? Want to pass all kinds of laws to get rid of them?

Well, okay. Just be prepared for the law of unintended consequences.

September 15, 2007

Wes Clark Endorses Hillary

On a blogger conference call this morning that I had the pleasure of being invited to, General Wesley Clark formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

Taking questions from Armando at Talk Left, Taylor Marsh, Jerome Armstrong at MyDD, and others, General Clark cited her breadth of knowledge and experience, calling her the "total package" and that Hillary Clinton is the right person to be in the White House.

This is huge.

On Edit: Taylor Marsh's post on the endorsement

More posts: masslib at DailyKos

September 8, 2007

Bertrand Russell

From my Google Quote of the Day

If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. - Bertrand Russell
Frankly, I see this on BOTH sides of the political spectrum, much to my dismay.

RIP Madeline L'Engle

From her obit in the New York Times:

What turned out to be her masterpiece was rejected by 26 publishers. Editors at Farrar, Straus and Giroux loved it enough to publish it, but told her that she should not be disappointed if it failed.
That book? A Wrinkle in Time

September 7, 2007

CEO President

In addition to the Enron accounting going on right now to cook the books when it comes to 'sectarian violence' much ink has been focused on Robert Draper's book Dead Certain and Bush's alleged approval of Bremer's decision to okay the disbanding of the Iraqi military. Martin Schram (it's not Wayne Madsen, so I feel okay quoting something from CHB) touches on something that heretofore has been glossed over in this particular story: the absolute ass-kissiness of George W. Bush's subordinates.

It gets still worse. Bremer's predecessor, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, had argued vigorously to Rumsfeld that Bremer's decisions to disband Iraq's army, dissolve the Baath Party and dump Iraq's most capable leaders were "tragic decisions," as Bob Woodward revealed in his book, "State of Denial." But Garner joined the list of those who failed their country when he failed to tell Bush of his vehement objections to Bremer's actions. Not in his May 27, 2003, farewell memo to the president. And not in his Oval Office goodbye, when what he told Bush about Bremer (as quoted in Woodward's book) was a 180-degree wimp-out from what he had argued to Rumsfeld. "I think all the things he's doing are absolutely the right things," Garner gushed, deep-sixing the words Bush most needed to hear.
This reminds me so much of the corporate mentality that is so pervasive in our culture. No one will tell the boss when his desk is on fire. And the ones that do are marginalized and are declared not to be "team players."

(Definition of team player: Go along with the boss and/or engage in group think.)

This is what happens when you get a "CEO President" instead of one with, say, a law degree, a political science degree, or a deep and abiding respect for the law, the Constitution and small "d" democracy.

September 6, 2007

Two weekends, two races

On October 7th, I will once again be participating in the Northern Nevada Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for Breast Cancer.

And on October 14th, I will be participating in the JDRF Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes.

I have no shame ... Any amount you can spare for either of these very worthy organizations would be gratefully received.

My page for the Race for the Cure. (warning...the site is having difficulty with VISA check cards, so if you have a regular credit card, you may need to use it)

My page for the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Thanking you in advance...

September 2, 2007

On a lighter note...

Thanks to my pal Chad for pointing me towards this video. I hope it makes you smile as much as it does me.

September 1, 2007

Non-violence workshop to be held in Reno

I attended an afternoon workshop given by Pace e Bene and I was quite impressed. I'll be attending this ten-week workshop and thought I'd pass along the details to you all.

Please join Sierra Interfaith Action for Peace for a ten part workshop on Engage.

Engage can help you tap into that power and equip adults or high school students make the positive changes you need to improve your life and your community.

Full of stories, exercises and resources, Engage is workshop to learn, study and practice the nonviolent options available to us. It offers a guide for groups on how to take action for justice and peace in the midst of war, injustice and environmental destruction.

Engage is ideal for advocacy organizations, religious communities, citizen action leagues, campus networks and any group seeking to work together to create a society committed to justice, democracy, peace, sustainability and equality.

Pace e Bene, the organization that created Engage and From Violence to Wholeness, is dedicated to exploring the spirituality and practice of creative nonviolence as a way of living and being and as a process for cultural transformation. It is a growing community representing a diversity of spiritual traditions and cultural backgrounds that networks with nonviolence practitioners in many parts of the world.

Here are the program details:

WHO: Sierra Interfaith Action For Peace
What: Ten part Engage non-violent living workshop
When: Beginning on September 19th from 6:00p to 8:00p
Where: Reno Friends Meeting House (497 Highland Avenue, Reno, NV 89512)

To register for the course, contact Shane Piccinini at (775) 857-1231 or you can e-mail:
engage@sierrainterfaith.org

Registration fee is a suggested donation of twenty-five dollars.