s skippy the bush kangaroo: September 2005

skippy the bush kangaroo



Friday, September 30, 2005

for those in the los angeles area...

might i suggest an event you can go to tomorrow....

... the landmark event is still scheduled to take place this saturday, october 1 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. with additional entertainment, food booths - and the night's special on-site laserium show, it promises to be a family event that will long be remembered!

lafd museum located at 1355 north cahuenga boulevard
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:05 PM | 0 comments

a little flare up tonight....

winds have died down but there have been little flareups here and there....

oh...oh....just watching kcal...those flareups aren't quite so little.

health advisories are in effect...keep indoors with the windows closed and air conditioning. well...since the house doesn't have that, i'll just sit infront of a fan. told to cut down or cut out any outdoors exercise. well, that is very easy to do as every breath burns from the particulates and the smoke.

let's see what tomorrow brings. hopefully some visine for my extremely irritated and scratchy eyeballs.
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:43 PM | 0 comments

you can yell fire in a crowded parking lot

just peaking over the verdugo ridge. lots of ash flying all over the place...it literally looks like it is snowing. planes are flying all over the place. the scoopers. slightly smaller ones. helicopters. it's almost like the 405 of airdom. the constant sounds of airplanes passing makes it seem that i live under a flight path at lax. nothing like the sounds of a plane buzzing over every 10 minutes. i can deal with the noise. noise is good. noise means fire might not be lapping the fringes of the valley.

tried to get photos of the "sooper scoopers" but the little dinky camera couldn't zoom in properly. they really are amazing planes. they are dumping water and then heading back to santa monica to slurp up some more water. and i don't think we'll be seeing any "scuba divers" found hanging dead from trees. (some flikr photos here, here, and more of mine.)

we're not really in danger at the moment. winds have died down relatively speaking. the air patrols have expanded now that the other fires have been controlled a little more, or that's what kcal just said. and reinforcements are coming from sacramento and santa barbara.

the governator was down here for a photo-op...oh...i mean look through. wonder if the "special interests" (as he calls firefighters) doused him with some water in retrobution for his nastiness toward them. if i were arnold, i would have someone watching the back.

a friend of mine lives with her husband on the other side of the verdugo hills there, in burbank. very close to where this fire first started. they had to evacuate their house for a little time. the irony, he's a firefighter. knowing him, he was probably up there maning the hoses and everything...even on his time off.

let's just hope the santa ana's don't pick up this evening.
posted by Cookie Jill at 5:01 PM | 0 comments

"sooper scoopers" have arrived

(bless those canadian inventors...)

the fire in burbank has come alive and crept up to the top of the verdugo ridge. i can see the smoke billowing over the top. i can't see any flames...yet. it's far away, but near enough to have the sense of panic start creeping in.

they are bringing in the helicopters and sooper scoopers to try maintaining it on the other side of the hillls. you can't mistake the sound of the scoopers....just imagine a flying mack truck. that's the sound. it rumbles the house something awful.

the sun is now being blotted out by the smoke and everything has an ocre tinge. wonder if the batteries in the digital camera are working....

for the google map...click here. the fire is burning in the hills smack dab in the middle.

**they just mentioned on kcal 9 that fire resources are stretched a little thin so firefighters are coming down from sacramento and santa barbara**
posted by Cookie Jill at 2:32 PM | 0 comments

we like what you've done with the place

check out the new look for
memeorandum, with new tools, like the ability to hide/reveal the names of the posts by the bloggers listed, and the "new item finder."
posted by skippy at 2:25 PM | 0 comments

using bleach on nola

the repubs want to get new orleans as white as they can
alphonso r. jackson, secretary of housing and urban development, during a visit with hurricane victims in houston, said new orleans would not reach its pre-katrina population of "500,000 people for a long time," and "it's not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again." - moonie times

"i do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down". - bill bennett
posted by Cookie Jill at 11:01 AM | 0 comments

we're gonna partisan like it's 1999

via
thinkprogress (who got from billmon [ed. note: why are link attributions beginning to sound like syphilus in a high school clique?]) here's further proof that the indictment of tom delay was nothing but a partisan ploy:

[travis county grand jury foreman william gibson] did his duty and that bound him to look at tom delay as just another texan accused of criminal conspiracy, he said.

"i like his aggressiveness and everything, and i had nothing against the house majority man, but i felt that we had enough evidence, not only me, but the other grand jury members," gibson said.

the grand jury foreman also takes great exception to accusations that he and 11 other grand jury members followed the lead of travis county district attorney ronnie earle instead of following the evidence.

"it was not a rubber stamp deal. it was not an overnight deal. if we needed extra information, it was provided to us," gibson said.

good going, william gibson! who knew the father of cyber-punk lived in texas?
posted by skippy at 10:09 AM | 0 comments

best post title of the day

from digby:
judith escariot
posted by skippy at 9:51 AM | 0 comments

crime rate idea

since sex clubs attract the undesirable elements in our society, we think if you retro-actively abort
anyone who patronizes a vegas s&m establishment, the crime rate in america would go down.
posted by skippy at 9:38 AM | 0 comments

why eat breakfast

when you can chew the air? bbq flavor air is all the rage in the la-la land area this morning. the winds have died...good for the firefighters...bad for us asthmatics. the haze from the fires is just hanging out and is thick and chewy and flavored like a texas style bbq sauce...smokey. hurts to breathe so i'm not going to be doing too much today. i'll let the laundry wait a few more days.

h0w's your morning going?
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:23 AM | 0 comments

A Sister in Need

Our friend and hero, Shakespeare's Sister, has suddenly run into a brick wall of bad news and needs our assistance ASAP. Please, if you're able, click the above link and do what you can for this amazing hub at the center of Blogtopia's wheel.

(The above words were written by Michael Hawkins, who says it as well as anyone could. And he used the term "Blogtopia", which ought to be worth something.)
posted by DBK at 5:31 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, September 29, 2005

why the current spate of repubbbs are doomed to fail - a skippy musing

we were having lunch with a good friend of ours yesterday, and were happy to be the ones to break the news to him about delay's indictment.

this lead to conversation about all things political, and eventually we voiced a theory that we had been formulating as of late.

the corrupt toadies that run this administration are doomed to fail, for a very simple reason. they don't do what they do for love of the country or conviction of ideals. if they did, they would be unstoppable.

if they truly believed that eradicating science in favor of religion was a path to god, we would be hiding in the basement, because there is no arguing with that kind of mad commitment, as any veteran of world war ii can tell you.

if they actually believed that manipulating regulations and laws would strengthen the entire economy, they would be impossible to debate. who in their right mind would refuse immediate short term profit if it did, in the long term, make more profits? there would be no way to convince america otherwise.

if they actually thought that killing every muslim that disagreed with their foreign policy would strengthen the national defense, our side would never win another election again. deep down, everyone (and not just americans) wants to think that they are on the path of righteousness, and everyone also wants to think that anyone else who gets in the way of said righteousness deserves to be cast aside (read: killed). if it truly were the case, there would be no stopping the american imperialism.

but luckily, or unluckily (depending on how depressed you want to feel) for us, none of the current repubbbs actually believe what they do is good for policy.

because all that they do is not about policy or god or the economy or national defense. all that they do is only about one thing: power.

they covet power. so national well-being places a poor second on their list of reasons why they want to be in charge.

but wait. that's just the beginning. with power comes the best thing of all: money.

so, then, poor national well-being gets shoved down to a lowly third, after power and money. the repubbbs revel in their supremacy and wealth, and doing what's actually right for the nation and the nation's future generations is only an afterthought.

however, anyone with more money than they actually need to live, soon finds it necessary to buy stuff...outrageous stuff...sex, and big toys (sometimes big sex toys), and yachts, and ranches, and newspapers. stuff.

so suddenly, the agenda becomes power, money, stuff you can buy with money, and then...last but not least...the well-being of the nation.

but it doesn't end there. with power and money (and stuff money buys) comes something very important: the need to keep it all. so now, the list grows even further: power, money, stuff money buys, how to keep it all, and...uh, something else now, what was it...oh yeah, the well-being of the nation.

but, oops! with the need to keep it comes an incredibly convoluted set of manipulations, lies and artifices that have to be attended to, so the facade of well being can be maintained, thus ensuring the power and money are kept.

so, now, among the the spanish inquisition chief weapons are: power, money, stuff you buy with money, the need to keep it all, the facade to make it happen, and then...the...well-being of the...country.

you see, the actual running of the country keeps sliding down the scale of important things to think about with these guys. and that's where it all falls apart.

as the old saw goes, "good policy is good politics." we american citizens respond to good policy, because, well, it makes our lives better.

we don't like to see policy based on keeping power and money in the hands of a small few at the expense of the large majority, because, well, it makes our lives worse.

much worse.

and so, even if we don't realize it on a conscious level, we know when someone's pulling the wool over our eyes. and we resent it. and we'll stop it, sooner or later.

and that, dear readers, is why the repubbbs are doomed to fail.


addendum: soonergrunt of dkos sends us this article from the washmonthly which basically says the same thing we do.
posted by skippy at 7:06 PM | 0 comments

american cake

we have a good friend,
robert morgan fisher, who is active in the americana music (fancy schmancy for "folk songs") scene.

he's released
two albums, and has toured extensively. his songs have a wry sense of humor (much of which, he will tell you himself, he learned from us). and he's worked with the best (dudes...he jams with ned beatty and albert lee on his latest cd...albert lee!!).

and, following in the footsteps of the folk revolution of the 50's and 60's, robert is as politically aware as he is melodic. his latest song, "the jester king," is an allegory, which is a two-dollar word meaning "a thinly-disguised indictment of the current political scene."

robert is offering "the jester king" as an mp3 download for a mere $3.00 (one for each mp, we suppose). and he's pledging all...we repeat all...the money made from this song to go to katrina relief (check the right hand sidebar of
his homepage for details).

we told him we would be happy to mention "the jester king" and his hurricane relief program on our site...and we are currently enjoying his songs on our cd as we write this. we'd happily encourage everyone else to do the same.
posted by skippy at 6:37 PM | 0 comments

more bush family "values"

calling them as he'd like to see them....first the 2000 election...now financial fiascos
sources say john p. ellis, a former journalist turned investment banker, represented several companies in investment presentations to im partners, a side venture set up by samuel israel and daniel marino. israel and marino were the management team that ran bayou and who federal prosecutors allege defrauded investors out of $300 million.

people familiar with the bayou saga say ellis, a personal friend of israel for the past several years, helped arranged at least five investment deals for im partners while working as a managing director for gh venture partners, a new york city-based investment bank. in all, im partners, a connecticut-based investment partnership, invested at least $25 million in deals handled by gh venture.

there's no indication that ellis or gh ventures were direct or indirect investors in either bayou or im partners. and, other than their common principals, there's no direct evidence that any relationship existed between im partners and bayou, although both operated out of the same stamford, conn., office.

a former columnist for the boston globe, ellis may be best known for his work as an electoral consultant for fox news during the 2000 presidential election. it was ellis' analysis of the florida vote total that led fox to declare bush the victor before any of the other networks. ellis is the son of nancy bush. He is the nephew of former president bush and a cousin of president george w. bush. - the street

two top officers of the scandal-ridden bayou hedge fund suddenly emerged from hiding thursday and admitted engaging in a fraud that totaled hundreds of millions of dollars.

samuel israel iii, who founded bayou and was its chief executive, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy, investment adviser fraud and mail fraud. his chief financial officer, daniel marino, pleaded guilty to those charges and wire fraud.

...in a related action, the securities and exchange commission filed a civil lawsuit thursday charging israel, marino, bayou funds and the hedge fund's management company with defrauding investors and, in the executives' case, diverting millions in investor assets to their personal use.- ap
posted by Cookie Jill at 5:34 PM | 0 comments

more americans on rooftops

only this time not to escape water, but to use it.

this is now the time to remind california voters that the governator thinks that those fighting to save lives and property are "special interests"

now is the time to remind republicans that those putting thier lives on the line are paid with taxpayer money. taxes that they don't want to pay.

now is the time to remind residents affected by these disasters that the republicans plan for an "ownership" society. you must own up to the fact that you live in a disaster prone area and so it is your own fault and will just have to suffer the consequences. if you chose to live there, sorry. you're on your own.

time for dems to get busy.
posted by Cookie Jill at 5:32 PM | 0 comments

quote of the day

hunter, over at dkos, to a hardly-ever-right wing blog pundit who is decrying the indictment of tom delay as a fabricated political ploy:

welcome to the world of the politics of personal destruction, you tubthumping, chin-jutting, bush humping gits. welcome to the nasty and partisan world that rush limbaugh, ann coulter, michelle malkin, hugh hewitt, grover norquist, newt gingrich, tom delay, and a legion of insignificant lowest-rung toadies like yourselves nurtured into fruition daily with eager, grubby hands, and now look upon with dull-faced faux horror.

i know you hate me, and anyone else to dares disturb the thin strands of alternate reality in which george w. bush is an intellectual giant, saddam really was responsible for 9/11, the economy is getting better by the minute, and we capture the most very important members of al qaeda on a weekly basis.

but here's some advice. you'd better start hating me more. this is the world you forged and, unfortunately for you, i'm beginning to take a fancy for it. welcome to the politics of your own party, finally sprouting from the ground on which you planted the seeds and shat upon them.
posted by skippy at 3:48 PM | 0 comments

wish i was making this up
until last week, madhavi patel came to work each evening at a western india call center, put on her headset and american accent and spent the night taking calls from americans about their credit cards. then, hurricane rita happened.

the call center, run by effective teleservices of lufkin, texas, set up a hot line for victims of the hurricane, and patel and more than 240 of her colleagues began long days and nights fielding thousands of calls from frantic, scared people affected by the
storm half a world away.

the employees at the call center in gandhinagar, the capital of gujarat state, are giving texas residents information about relief operations and where to get food, gasoline and shelter, said center director jim iyoob, a former texan. - ap
posted by Cookie Jill at 3:24 PM | 0 comments

i just love the smell of bbq flavored air in the afternoon...

well, maybe not.

wonder how the ronald reagan library is doing right about now....

and the la fire department has their own blog! go vist them....and look at their photos up on flickr.
posted by Cookie Jill at 1:43 PM | 0 comments

sharp as tacks

in june the pentagon said that three iraqi army battalions are capable of combat without u.s. troop support. now they say only one is ready:
the number of iraqi battalions capable of combat without u.s.. support has dropped from three to one, the top american commander in iraq told congress thursday, prompting republicans to question whether u.s. troops will be able to withdraw next year.

(-- snip --)

"it doesn't feel like progress," said sen. susan collins, r-maine.
those congressional republicans are sharp, all right. ya gotta give 'em that.

sen. collins, welcome to your new home. it's called "reality."
posted by RJ Eskow at 12:51 PM | 0 comments

is awol trying to run up the score?

pentagon analyst to plead guilty to leak - a pentagon analyst charged with providing classified information to an israeli official and members of a pro-israeli lobbying group will plead guilty, according to the u.s. district court clerk's office.


since the reds control every branch of government, they really do have a structural advantage in picking the number of indictments this administration will generate for the office pool. it’s not fair at all, is it? [thank to the leftcoaster]
posted by Pudentilla at 11:32 AM | 0 comments



absolutely.

thanks to 2politicaljunkies

posted by Cookie Jill at 9:02 AM | 0 comments

federal emergency mismanagement agency

fear exceeded crime's reality in new orleans - a month later, a review of the available evidence now shows that some, though not all, of the most alarming stories that coursed through the city appear to be little more than figments of frightened imaginations, the product of chaotic circumstances that included no reliable communications, and perhaps the residue of the longstanding raw relations between some police officers and members of the public.

one presumes that were one to appoint administrators who had actual experience in managing emergency responses, said appointees would anticipate the distorting effect rumor and panic play in the transmission of information in an emergency. such anticipation would then permit one to actually manage the federal response to the emergency rather than quake in a tent in fear of the black man with authority and in loathing of the middle-aged maternal white woman who tell you to act like a man, refusing to act and thereby denying access to life-saving water, food and rescue assistance.

what became clear is that the rumor of crime, as much as the reality of the public disorder, often played a powerful role in the emergency response. a team of paramedics was barred from entering slidell, across lake pontchartrain from new orleans, for nearly 10 hours based on a state trooper's report that a mob of armed, marauding people had commandeered boats. it turned out to be two men escaping from their flooded streets, said farol champlin, a paramedic with the acadian ambulance company.

no doubt they do it differently in first world countries, which, we can no longer claim to be under awol's regime.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:54 AM | 0 comments

means motive and opportunity

how a tested campaign tool led to conspiracy charges - according to the indictment, terry nelson, the political director in the 2004 bush re-election campaign, was the individual who received the $190,000 check, which was made out to a division of the r.n.c. that check is alleged to have included money illegally accepted from corporations. [--snip--]

fred wertheimer, an advocate of strict campaign finance laws, agreed. "this was a classic example of the delay system at work, because you had corporations who really weren't interested in texas politics giving large sums to trmpac because they were interested in the power of house majority leader delay," mr. wertheimer said.


we should be clear on this. delay knew exactly what he was doing when he turned the republican national committee into a money laundering machine in his efforts to defy texas law. this is not a case of technicalities. this is a case where a republican official scorned the laws meant to guarantee the validity of state election processes. he never thought any texas offical would have the guts or guns to stop him. he was wrong.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:52 AM | 0 comments

shorter nyt: republicans suck

moreover, the string of ethical issues so close together - including the indictment and continuing investigation of the republican lobbyist jack abramoff, who was close to mr. delay, and the arrest of david h. safavian, a former white house budget official who was charged with lying to investigators and obstructing a federal inquiry involving mr. abramoff - is a source of anxiety in republican circles.


we have always maintained that the delights of the catalogue as a genre (cf. the catalogue of ships in the iliad) have not been sufficiently appreciated in our own era. perhaps reading a catalogue of republican criminality will awaken the american aesthetic appetite for this art form.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:13 AM | 0 comments

gee, why do republicans have so much trouble getting blacks to join their party?

bill bennett yesterday on bill bennett's morning in america:

...i do know that it's true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you should -- if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. that would be an impossible, ridiculous, and totally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down...[media matters]

he's not planting any suggestions in anyone's minds or anything, no no no! that would be like, you know, totally reprehensible an' stuff -- he's just tellin' ya, is all. c'maaahn, bennett's a humorless, stone-headed, arch-conservative blowhard attempting to convey a little light-heartedness, so you know he's gonna suck at it! geez!

and besides, what makes anyone think that abortion, legal or illegal, can either reduce crime or bring criminals to justice? bu!!$#!+ -- had ronnie earle's parents aborted him, tom delay might not have been indicted on criminal conspiracy charges yesterday...

posted by Jim Yeager at 2:38 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

this administration really does want these folks dead
with gulf coast governors pressing for action, senate finance committee members complained wednesday that the bush administration is blocking a bipartisan $9 billion health care package for hundreds of thousands of evacuees from hurricanes katrina and rita. - cbs news
posted by Cookie Jill at 10:13 PM | 0 comments

we've got a little fire up the highway

we're getting the smell of smoke from the gusty (up to 75+ mph) santa ana (aka devil) winds. they usually don't fly them at night, but we hear the water dropping helicopters and plane flying by.

it's being pushed down toward the valley so we aren't affected...but scary just the same. (the fire, not so much the valley...although the traffic is pretty hair raising.)

los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa was up in tahoe playing "what if a terrorist attacked" games and immediately came down to monitor the fire. antonio's on it. and he's on los angeles' notorious pot holes, too. he's all over the place.
this is antonio villaraigosa. the man loves being mayor.no, that’s not quite right. the man loves being mayor of los angeles. he loves being everywhere, all the time. he loves the trappings of office, he loves the people, he loves the attention. he loves the city. he loves tweaking the press(he calls us “trolls,” by the way). he loves crisis and he loves resolution. - laweekly
call me bad, but i'm hoping we have our firefighters back from distributing fema flyers in the gulf area. they just said on kcal 9 that it might take a week to contain.

hey...all you republicans out there. guess how we pay these firefighters? yeah you guessed it...the taxes you don't want to pay.
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:36 PM | 0 comments

$70,000 to just to squeek by

we're bordering on a national disaster right here in california....a financial disaster. just waiting to happen.
according to the california budget project, it now costs $70,000 a year - nearly four times the federal poverty standard of $19,300 - for the average family of four with two working parents to pay the basic bills in los angeles county. for single parents with two kids, it costs $54,000.

soaring housing and health care costs have working families struggling to afford rent, health insurance, child care and a $3-a-gallon gasoline tab, researchers for the california budget project found.

like patton, many live paycheck to paycheck - earning too much for government help but too little to squirrel money away for vacations, college tuition or retirement.

many are also up to their necks in credit-card debt.

...the report (pdf) - "making ends meet: how much does it cost to raise a family in california?" - challenges federal poverty standards, which don't account for the runaway costs of child care or housing.

...that means no extra money for vacations. none for college tuition for the kids. no cash for retirement. and nothing set aside for frills like cable tv - or even a new tv. - los angeles daily news
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:20 PM | 0 comments

let's open up the ol' skippy mailbag...

capitolbuzz tells us the head of mississippi fema just resigned;

cb
also sez brown lied to congress under oath about his resume;

happyscrappy gives us his interpretation of brown's testimony;

madkane writes a haiku for delay;

and the party party has a remix of awol doing "white lines"!
posted by skippy at 4:09 PM | 0 comments

say hello

to
superfrankenstein and delenda est carthago and the disgruntled chemist and the fifth horseman and inside the beltway...and out and last one speaks and nobody could have predicted and gratisnet and discourse.net and nobody asked...but i'm going to say it anyway!
posted by skippy at 3:41 PM | 0 comments

happy birthday jeralyn!

29th, right?

go over to talk left and send her bday greetings!

i don't know if we could top the best present of all...indictment of tom delay! we'll try, though!
posted by Cookie Jill at 1:24 PM | 0 comments

frist's "little" martha problem

isn't quite so "little" after all....
"a new analysis by my foundation for taxpayer and consumer rights has found that senator frist made between between $2 and $6 million by selling his hca holdings just before stocks plummeted in the face of a bad earnings report. in addition, overly rosy earnings projections made by hca executives just as frist and hca insiders were disposing of the stock en masse, point to a coverup by insiders intent on keeping stock prices high until a disappointing earnings report surfaced.

..as subpoenas begin to fly, senator frist will have a lot of explaining to do. my consumer group filed ethics complaints with frist dating back to 2003 over his hca holdings -- and he ignored them. frist's sudden shock of "conscience" either has to do
with presidential amibitions or pure greed. "- huffington post
and in (underreporting) this story, the corporate media failed to mention frist's previous lie:
on september 26, after largely ignoring the issue, news broadcasts on all three major television networks devoted segments to the brewing scandal over the sale by senate majority leader bill frist (r-tn) of his stock in hca inc., the hospital chain founded by his father, just two weeks before a bad earnings report caused the stock price to drop sharply. but all three networks left out a significant angle, first reported on september 24 by the new york times and the associated press: frist falsely claimed in 2003 that he was unaware his qualified blind trusts included major holdings in hca.

...although each of the september 26 evening news broadcasts on abc, cbs and nbc included coverage of the developing scandal, none reported frist's false statements. - media matters
posted by Cookie Jill at 11:43 AM | 0 comments

it's our partisan we'll cry if we want to

we sent a letter to
msnbc:

ladies and gentlemen:

in his report about today's breaking delay indictment news, mike mccarron, who "ran into" tom delay as the story was unfolding, repeatedly emphasized that the travis county da, ronnie earle, was a partisan, and by inference, was motivated by politics in his indictment of the ex-senate majority leader.

irrespective of whether mike was simply repeating the republican viewpoint or not, it was incumbent upon either him, or your anchors, to point out that ronnie earle has, in point of fact, indicted more democrats than republicans in his career.

please see the
houston chronicle march 17 2003 or the el paso times march 6 2004 for confirmation of the fact that 11 of the 15 politicians earle has indicted previous to delay were democrats.

we find it reprehensible that the partisanship of the news organization at msnbc allows such unbalanced misrepresentations of the facts to be disseminated over national tv. fairness and balance demands that you correct your one-sided approach to ronnie earle's work.

s.


we must give all the credit for research to pontificator over at dkos. as he says, we must stop this meme before it starts.
posted by skippy at 11:08 AM | 0 comments

maybe there's hope for the "media" after all...

nearly three weeks after hurricane katrina swept through the gulf coast, the television journalists who covered the devastation remain deeply preoccupied by the story. their continuing focus on the aftermath and the government's response suggests that the recovery process will remain in the public eye for months. this week, all the major broadcast and cable news networks said they would maintain an increased presence in the region indefinitely, with some opening bureaus in new orleans.

the story also appears to have had a more far-reaching impact on television news. many correspondents who covered the destruction -- including veteran journalists who have reported on wars and natural disasters like last year's tsunami in southeast asia -- said they were greatly unsettled by the experience. witnessing the rapid breakdown of relief efforts and security in an american city reshaped their approach to covering everything from hurricanes to homeland security, they said, and reminded them of the role the media play in holding the government accountable... [the los angeles times, via buzzflash {emphasis mine}]

just maybe...

posted by Jim Yeager at 10:38 AM | 0 comments

justice no longer delayed!

if he's not toast, he's warm bread getting drier by the minute...

the
austin american statesman is reporting tom delay has been indicted for conspiracy:

a travis county grand jury today indicted u.s. house majority leader tom delay on one count of criminal conspiracy, jeopardizing the sugar land republican's leadership role as the second most powerful texan in washington, d.c.

the charge, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years incarceration, stems from his role with his political committee, texans for a republican majority, a now-defunct organization that already had been indicted on charges of illegally using corporate money during the 2002 legislative elections.

the grand jury, however, took no action against texas house speaker tom craddick, texas association of business president bill hammond or state reps. dianne delisi and beverly woolley, both of whom sit on the political committee's board, for their roles in the election.

the grand jury's term ended today.

mr. delay will have to step down as the majority leader. no, we weren't smirking when we said that, really...

addendum: seesdifferent on dkos links us to the msnbc report.
posted by skippy at 9:40 AM | 0 comments

school voucher program tucked into katrina package

they'll try anyway possible to force this down our throats.
buried in what might eventually total $200 billion in federal spending for hurricane katrina is $488 million for what would be the nation's largest school voucher program.

the proposal, which to this point is formalized only to the level of a few paragraphs in a press release, would give families displaced by the storm as much as $7,500 per child to spend on a private school, including a religious school, for the coming year.

...chad colby, a spokesman for the u.s. department of education, said agency lawyers are still working on the precise language that will then be sent to congress.- palm
beach post

now...keep in mind that most private schools charge far more than $7,500 per year. i had checked around in the los angeles area and a good portion ran more than $25,000 a year. also keep in mind that most private schools have entrance exams that must be passed in order to gain entry into schools, and, if a child has come from a lackluster educational background, what do you think the chances are of getting in? vouchers sell false hope. that to me is one of the most evil things you can do.
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:38 AM | 0 comments

an open letter to sen. mccain

a must read for the nation
...some do not see the need for this work. some argue that since our actions are not as horrifying as al qaeda's, we should not be concerned. when did al qaeda become any type of standard by which we measure the morality of the united states? we are america, and our actions should be held to a higher standard, the ideals expressed in documents such as the declaration of independence and the constitution.

others argue that clear standards will limit the president's ability to wage the war on terror. since clear standards only limit interrogation techniques, it is reasonable for me to assume that supporters of this argument desire to use coercion to acquire information from detainees. this is morally inconsistent with the constitution and justice in war. it is unacceptable.

both of these arguments stem from the larger question, the most important question that this generation will answer. do we sacrifice our ideals in order to preserve security? terrorism inspires fear and suppresses ideals like freedom and individual rights. overcoming the fear posed by terrorist threats is a tremendous test of our courage. will we confront danger and adversity in order to preserve our ideals, or will our courage and commitment to individual rights wither at the prospect of sacrifice? my response is simple. if we abandon our ideals in the face of adversity and aggression, then those ideals were never really in our possession. i would rather die fighting than give up even the smallest part of the idea that is "america."

capt. ian fishback
1st battalion,504th parachute infantry regiment, 82nd airborne division, fort bragg, north carolina
read the full letter at wapo and read more about captain fishback at the latimes.

captain fishback...we salute you.
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:29 AM | 0 comments

the baghdadification of nola

when the legions sold the throne of the roman empire to didius julianus it was a tragedy, but when awol's kleptocracy auctioned off the future of the gulf coast, it was simply farce.
posted by Pudentilla at 6:33 AM | 0 comments

naked political promises kept in new zealand

they don't go for this oath-breakin' whatchahuzzit in new zealand. nope. a politician makes a promise down there and they make sure he keeps it. that's why, when keith locke promised to run naked down the middle of town in epsom if his candidate won, and then his candidate won, tCameron Brewer, General Manager of the Newmarket Business Association, gave locke the, um, support he needed:
"when mr locke is ready, the newmarket business association will warn the faint-hearted, clear the footpath on broadway from two double seven to khyber pass road, ensure there are the necessary officials, and provide a much-needed loincloth.

"newmarket is home to the country's best shopping. We don't want mr locke's organics to frighten away any of our customers so we will provide some cover, albeit skimpy.

"it is important for their own credibility that politicians deliver on their promises. We are looking forward to mr locke taking a break from hefty coalition discussions this week and coming to newmarket for some fresh air."

makes you wonder what sort of "organics" mr locke is packin' if they would be so terrifying to the populace.

however, the kicker is that mr locke delivered on his promise. please note that, in addition to his loin cloth, mr locke wore body paint.
posted by DBK at 6:29 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

didn't take long for the vultures to fight amongst themselves

and now the real looting begins....oh, me bad...they're mostly white. so these folks just "found" government money for themselves.

as fiscal hawks surrendered, would-be government contractors were meeting in the hart senate office building to figure out how to get a share of the money. a "katrina reconstruction summit," hosted by sen. mel martinez (r-fla.) and sponsored by halliburton, among others, brought some 200 lobbyists, corporate representatives and government staffers to a room overlooking the capitol for a five-hour conference that included time for a "networking break" and advice on "opportunities for private sector involvement."

senate majority leader bill frist (r-tenn.) sent his budget director, bill hoagland, who cautioned that federal katrina spending might not exceed $100 billion. but john clerici, from a law firm that helped sponsor the event, told the group that spending would "probably be larger" than $200 billion. "it's going to be spent in a fast and furious way," clerici said.

sipping coffee from china cups and munching on doughnuts, the corporate crowd heard joe mcinerney, president of the american hotel and lodging association, predict: "i think we'll see mardi gras in new orleans to some extent this year."

small business administration official herbert l. mitchell told them to think of the sba as "really the federal government's disaster bank." mitchell said his payroll has gone from 800 to 2,300 since the storm and he is adding 200 people a day as he tries to increase maximum payments to small businesses.- wapo
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:10 PM | 0 comments

when bloggers smoke or injest something bad....

they come up with headlines like this:

brownie kicks butt
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:48 PM | 0 comments

harry gives'em the truth

they just think it's hell

go giveemhellharry.com!
posted by Cookie Jill at 8:38 PM | 0 comments

a kangaroo bloggy welcome salute to

main and central the new blog from one of our favorite veteran bloggers, jo fish.
posted by Cookie Jill at 7:37 PM | 0 comments

declaring war on the terrorist who sent katrina and rita

bushco will declare war on mother nature tomorrow. "i want justice and there's an old poster out west... that said, 'wanted, dead or alive." i also believe there's an old saying..."it's not nice to mess with mother nature..."

house republicans on wednesday will launch a rapid-fire assault against environmental protections on the pretext of helping the u.s. oil and gas industry recover from hurricane damage, environmental groups charge.

the resources panel, led by richard pombo of california, wants to lift a ban on florida offshore drilling, promote oil shale and sell a dozen national parks for energy development.

"this really has very little to do with the hurricanes or relief efforts or even refiners. this is deregulation pure and simple," said john walke of natural resources defense council.

texan joe barton's energy committee wants to expand u.s. gasoline production by loosening federal rules that limit pollution when refineries or coal-fired power plants are expanded. u.s. gasoline supplies have tightened since hurricanes katrina and rita roared across the u.s.. gulf coast, closing up to one-fourth of the nation's refining capacity.

house republicans received a thumbs up from president george w. bush on monday when he said environmental rules and paperwork are obstacles holding up u.s. refinery expansions. - reuters

posted by Cookie Jill at 5:52 PM | 0 comments

calamari!

legendary monster of the deep, 26-foot squid, captured on film

and grilled on high until "browned"
posted by Cookie Jill at 5:16 PM | 0 comments

bobbin' for bobs

we're a little rusty on our high school german, but we do know enough to say danke schoen, for whoever was gracious enough to
nominate our humble blog for the bobs award!

The BOBs - BEST OF THE BLOGS - Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards 2005

the
deutsche well international weblog awards of 2005 encompass an international selction of blogs, searching for the best (eg, best of blogs, or bob). we have been nominated in the "best weblog" and "best journalistic blog - english" categories. apparently they don't know enough english to realize we hardly speak it at all over here, but we'll take what we can get.

now we can only hope to make it through the
next phase, when an international panel of judges selects the 8 best blogs in each cataegory.

having been through this numerous times with the koufax awards, we are excited, and can not wait to see the results.

The BOBs - BEST OF THE BLOGS - Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards 2005

we are unsure how you folks can vote for us...but we like all the banners the bobs have given out.

The BOBs - BEST OF THE BLOGS - Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards 2005
posted by skippy at 1:13 PM | 0 comments

you're half baked brownie....

...brown did not take any official notes during conference calls he ran with state and federal authorities and "just assumed that agencies would follow up on taskings resulting from the calls." - ap

former fema director michael brown blamed others for most government failures in responding to hurricane katrina on tuesday especially louisiana gov. kathleen blanco and new orleans mayor ray nagin

....and he blamed the department of homeland security

..."my biggest mistake was not recognizing by saturday that louisiana was dysfunctional," two days before the storm hit, brown said. - ap

no, brownie. your biggest mistake was not admiting you were.

oh...and brownie...you just lied under oath. you said that the governor of louisiana did not include orleans parish in her letter to the president requesting disaster relief. maybe you just didn't bother reading her letter of 28 august.

jail time for bozo.
posted by Cookie Jill at 12:21 PM | 0 comments

Monday, September 26, 2005

le monde

le monde n'est pas l'huître de bush. aucune merveille la haine mauvaise de bushies le français... ils les confrontent avec la vérité.
while authorizing its army to perpetrate what international law describes as "serious violations of the laws of the war," such as "torture" or "inhumane treatment" of prisoners ­ and "war crimes" in the case of executions - the united states placed itself in a position of illegality in the service of the cause that they allege to defend: freedom, justice and democracy faced with the "the madness of allah." but every time an afghan or iraqi is killed wrongly or tortured, and precisely because the united states is a democratic country, it is a defeat for america and all who defend the values and morals for which it claims to embody.

more pragmatically, the use of torture is one less chance for washington to win its wars, because for each martyred prisoner, for each image of abu ghraib or guantanamo, ten fighters rise against the united states.- le monde via watching america (kangaroo kudos to talkleft)
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:59 PM | 0 comments

jack just can't stay in the box

this dude is bad. real bad. worse than his movies.
the justice department's inspector general and the fbi are looking into the demotion of a veteran federal prosecutor whose reassignment nearly three years ago shut down a criminal investigation of the washington lobbyist jack abramoff, current and former department officials report.

they said investigators had questioned whether the demotion of the prosecutor, frederick a. black, in november 2002 was related to his alert to justice department officials days earlier that he was investigating mr. abramoff. the lobbyist is a major republican party fund-raiser and a close friend of several congressional leaders.

...the los angeles times and news organizations in guam have reported on questions about the circumstances of mr. black's demotion. the recent inquiries by the fbi and by the justice department's inspector general had not been previously reported; nor had mr. black's contacts in november 2002 with the department's public integrity section about his investigation of mr. abramoff.

...the announcement came only days after mr. black had notified the department's public integrity division in washington, by telephone and e-mail communication, that he had opened a criminal investigation into mr. abramoff's lobbying activities for the guam judges, the colleague said. the judges had sought mr. abramoff's help in blocking a bill in congress to restructure the island's courts.

"whatever the motivation in replacing fred, his demotion meant that the investigation of abramoff died," said a former colleague in guam. - nytimes
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:10 PM | 0 comments

don adams dead...and...loving it!

the star of the 60's cult classic "get smart"
died of a lung infection yesterday in los angeles.

tho millions remember mr. adams as the klutzy but confidenct spy from control, we remember first seeing his work on the bill dana show, where he played
detective byron glick, the klutzy but confident house dick at the hotel where jose jimanez worked.

but it was "get smart" was where mr. adams found world-wide fame, easily mining laughs on the
mel-brooks-buck-henry-created james bond spoof.

mr. adams was also the voice of
tennessee tuxedo and inspector gadget, two of our favorite cartoon characters. and he reprised the role of maxwell smart on a remake of the series on fox in the 90's starring andy dick as his son.

don adams was the most beloved comedian in the world during the 60's.

would you believe the second most beloved comedian in the world?

how about folks would give him a free drink and a hand shake?

mr. adams lived until the age of 82. if he had lived only four years more, then all his obituaries would say, don adams was 86. and, don adams was 86.

missed it by that much!
posted by skippy at 5:22 PM | 0 comments

2 lively crew

citizens for responsibility and ethics in washington (crew) have published their
list of the 13 most corrupt members of congress (tom delay excluded, but he is in the title of the report: beyond delay).

there are several democratic members on the list, including la's own maxine waters. we are not surprised about ms. waters, nor of democrats being corrupt in general (tho there are more repubbbs than dems).

the idea here at skippy is that corruption, cronyism and graft is evil, no matter what party the offending member affiliates with, and should be stamped out like so many cockroaches in a tex avery cartoon for raid.

the 13 (via the
latimes):

  • sen. bill frist: the report accuses him of violating federal campaign finance laws in how he disclosed a campaign loan. it also calls for an inquiry over his recent sale of stock in hca inc., his family's hospital corporation. the sale has raised questions about possible insider dealing. frist aides confirmed friday that the sec was investigating. they have denied claims of campaign finance violations.

  • rep. roy blunt: the report criticizes him for trying to insert provisions into bills that would have benefited, in one case, a client of his lobbyist son and in another case, the employer of his lobbyist girlfriend, now his wife.

  • sen. conrad burns: the report says that questions arose over $3 million in appropriations he earmarked for an indian tribe in michigan that was a client of lobbyist abramoff. the senator received substantial campaign contributions from abramoff and various clients…

  • rep. bob ney: the report says the chairman of the house administration committee went on a golf outing to scotland in 2002, arranged by abramoff, at a time when the congressman was trying to insert a provision into legislation to benefit one of abramoff's tribal clients…

  • rep. tom feeney: the report says he incorrectly reported that a golf trip to scotland with abramoff in 2003 was paid for by the national center for public policy research, which denied it. a feeney aide said the congressman had been misled. questions also have arisen about two other privately funded trips.

  • rep. richard w. pombo: he paid his wife and brother $357,325 in campaign funds in the last four years, the report says. he also supported the wind-power industry before the department of interior without disclosing that his parents received hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from wind-power turbines on their ranch…

  • rep. maxine waters: the report cites a december 2004 los angeles times investigation disclosing how members of the congresswoman's family have made more than $1 million in the last eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that waters has helped. before publication of the times investigation last year, waters declined to be interviewed, but said of her family members: "they do their business, and i do mine."

  • sen. rick santorum (r-pa.): the report says he encountered controversy over disclosures that pennsylvania taxpayers paid for his children's schooling while they lived in virginia. santorum maintained he did nothing wrong, and has pulled his children out of the school, according to reports.

  • reps. randy "duke" cunningham and william j. jefferson: both congressional veterans are under federal investigation...

  • rep. charles h. taylor (r-n.c.): the report says that questions have been raised about his private business interests, including a savings and loan in asheville, n.c., and personal business interests in russia.

  • rep. marilyn n. musgrave (r-colo.) and rep. rick renzi (r-ariz.): both second-term house members encountered criticisms tied to campaign activities, the report says.
posted by skippy at 4:57 PM | 0 comments

funny thing, peace attracts more fans than war

final washington rally tally from last weekend...

pro-peace anti-war march on saturday:
between 100,000 and 300,000

pro-war support our troops rally on sunday:
400.

draw your own conclusions.
posted by skippy at 4:47 PM | 0 comments

flipper...james flipper

cookie jill directs our attention to this uk observer piece that claims that all dolphins lost in the gulf after katrina might not be so benevolent...

it may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of hurricane katrina. armed dolphins, trained by the us military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the gulf of mexico.

experts who have studied the us navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. the us navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing…

leo sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the us government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.

'my concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. if divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'the darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'…

the mystery surfaced when a separate group of dolphins was washed from a commercial oceanarium on the mississippi coast during katrina. eight were found with the navy's help, but the dolphins were not returned until us navy scientists had examined them.

sheridan is convinced the scientists were keen to ensure the dolphins were not the navy's, understood to be kept in training ponds in a sound in louisiana, close to lake pontchartrain, whose waters devastated new orleans.

what's that flipper? you killed bud? oooh, flipper...
posted by skippy at 4:36 PM | 0 comments

let's open up the ol' skippy mailbag...

blogactive reports that awol's liason to the jewish community is gay;

the underground grad links us to
tomdispatch.com's eye-witness report on last weekend's anti-war march in dc;

and
mad kane has another poem about john roberts!
posted by skippy at 4:30 PM | 0 comments

stranger than fiction

dkos diarist, lost, just reported that fema has hired old "heck of a job" browne as a consultant - to review fema's response to katrina. cbs's katrina blog says the same thing. we would punch the next 40-something white guy who works in the financial industry we meet who says, "oh i had to vote for awol, otherwise kerry would have won" except for the fact that our observation of awol's conduct has convinced us of the virtues of pacifism.

just barely.
posted by Pudentilla at 4:22 PM | 0 comments

attention firefox users...now we know, but we can't help

we are unsure if you firefox users can now see our blog as it was meant to be, or are still having the "stretches to infinity without wordwrap" problem.

but apparently, our it guy thinks (thanks to many
comments from our gentle readers) that the problem is between the referring url code at the bottom of our page, and firefox.

one of the referring urls is being translated as a very long long long long set of code, thus pushing the frames of our blog to the very edges of cyberspace.

and it looks as if it is only affecting firefox 1.7. as we have said, aol and internet explorer users can see our site just fine (we know, we know, we are not supposed to recommend ie, because gearheads will kill us, but there you are).

as we have no control over the referring url code, which only links to someone else's web page that contains our data base of referring urls (and definately no control over firefox 1.7), we are at a loss as to how to help you all.

the only solution would seem to be eliminating the referring url code from our template. but it was added over three years ago, and our it guy is not sure that he could extricate it without destroying something important, like the code that ensures the adult minimum daily requirement of snark which is automatically built into our pages.

let us know if you are still having trouble enjoying our page. at this point, the best we could do is send you over to
cookie jill, mimus pauly, rj eskow, gd frogsdong and pudentilla, who are actually doing the yeoman's share of work on our site these days, and are just as astute and funny on their own sites as they are here.

we apologize to those of you who can't comfortably read what we think about awol. but rest assured our opinion of him hasn't changed in the last three days.
posted by skippy at 4:12 PM | 0 comments

namaste

the dalai lama told 36,000 people at rutgers stadium that the concept of war was outdated and young people have a responsibility to make this century one of peace

"this whole planet is just us," the 70-year-old exiled monk said sunday. "therefore, destruction of another area essentially is destruction of yourself."

tibet's spiritual leader also urged the audience to develop a wider world perspective, not just focus on "america, america, america." - ap

"we are living things, like trees and grass," he said looking out at the bright-green football field, and then added, "i don't know if this grass is true grass." - helenair.com

posted by Cookie Jill at 3:54 PM | 0 comments

if they were arabian horses...

i think the response might have been different

with thousands of starving animals wandering new orleans, the federal disaster agency placed an emergency $28,370 order with petsmart for 970 wire pet crates on sept. 9. the pet-supply chain jumped at the chance to help, even waiving delivery charges, a spokeswoman says. over four days, fema first changed its order, canceled it, reinstated it, put it on hold and finally demanded it. but when the petsmart truck arrived at a new orleans naval base friday, it was initially turned away. when the driver finally gained entry, he drove around the base all day, racking up 152 miles, to find someone to take delivery. the tail-chasing experience left petsmart "frustrated and disappointed." fema admits "kinks" in the process, but says it was its first big pet rescue. - newsweek

remember...katrina kitties and puppies are available for adoption.
posted by Cookie Jill at 10:06 AM | 0 comments

they call him flipper, flipper...

assassin on the high seas...
it may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of hurricane katrina. armed dolphins, trained by the us military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the gulf of mexico.

experts who have studied the us navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. the us navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.

dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the cold war. the us atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. but those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the us defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly.

..the mystery surfaced when a separate group of dolphins was washed from a commercial oceanarium on the mississippi coast during katrina. eight were found with the navy's help, but the dolphins were not returned until us navy scientists had examined them- the observer
skippy has always been wary of those tricky dolphins. don't say we didn't warn you....
posted by Cookie Jill at 9:18 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, September 25, 2005

surprise...bushco sent us to war unprepared

for a ceo preznit, doesn't sound like a sound business decision...then again...this doesn't either. having to import bullets to arm our soldiers in iraq.
us forces have fired so many bullets in iraq and afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that american ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. as a result the us is having to import supplies from israel. - the independent
but the toronto star doesn't think this administration has any business saavy...nor true business peeps...

the legacy of the bush administration may well be that government can no longer be entrusted to business people.

many of the most prominent ceo's in the current administration aren't real business people at all, but faux ceo's who after a lifetime in politics cashed in on brief stints as trophy ceo's at fortune 500 firms before returning to public life in george w. bush's white house.

...just the same, future historians will make the connection between the most ceo-heavy administration in memory, headed by the first mba president (harvard, no less), and a white House of unsurpassed fiscal recklessness, flawed strategic thinking, failure to execute even on its best ideas (its unrealized goals of education reform and energy self-sufficiency, for instance), and a stubborn unwillingness to change course when conditions dictate - the toronto star
kangaroo kudos to pessimist over at the left coaster
posted by Cookie Jill at 6:49 PM | 0 comments

real person slaps corporate media personality around

timmy russert...i'd be very, very afraid if mr. broussard got some sleep under his belt and challenged you to a "truth" contest.
"listen, sir, somebody wants to nitpick a man's tragic loss of a mother because she was abandoned in a nursing home? are you kidding? what kind of sick mind, what kind of black-hearted people want to nitpick a man's mother's death? they just buried eva last week. i was there at the wake. are you kidding me? that wasn't a box of cheerios they buried last week." - aaron broussard

crooks and liars has the video.
posted by Cookie Jill at 6:17 PM | 0 comments

mutt and jeff...heckle and jeckyll...abbott and costello...

and now, cole and moulitsas, via evolve tv.
posted by skippy at 5:38 PM | 0 comments

attention firefox users...we dunno

apparently users of the firefox browser can't view our site with word wrap, and see it as one incredibly wide page.

we not only don't know why this is, we don't even know where to start looking to fix it.

and, as we don't use firefox ourselves, it's very very low on our list of things to do (right after windexing the glass slats on the kitchen nook window, but before replacing the cracked tail light on the accord).

we suggest using internet explorer for viewing our site. and then come back in a few days. we think the problem rests with either firefox itself, or blogger. and we don't have any say in either one of those programs.

blogger: you get what you pay for!
posted by skippy at 5:27 PM | 0 comments

the day before yesterday

readers of this space know that the skippy's are big fans of netflix. and skippy has had the weather-themed disaster flick
the day after tomorrow on his netflix queue for some time.

but in light of the recent twin hurricane calamities, skippy moved the dennis quad-jake gyllenhaal vehicle up to the top of his netflix viewing list.

we would suggest everyone do the same. the similarities to reality are beyond eerie and enter into frightening. (anyone remember the china syndrome landing in theaters a month before three mile island?)

for example:

early on in
tdat, the vice president (veteran character actor kenneth welsh, looking like a slimmed-down cheney) ignores advice from scientist quaid that weather disasters are approaching, due to global warming. just like reality! eerie!

quaid then remarks that his son knows more science than the vice president. again, just like reality! eerie.

the president, when asked to make a decision, asks the vice president what to do. too much like reality for our taste. rully, rully, eerie!

when the seas begin to rise, manhattan is flooded, and all skippy could do was say to mrs. skippy, "this is just like new orleans." too close to reality to make a joke about.

the second half of the movie ventures into regular action-thriller-will-the-hero-save-the-day sort of stuff, and is pretty boilerplate. and the scientific premise, that the melting ice caps dissapate the gulf stream, cooling down the oceans and creating an ice age, could probably be argued into the corner, if not out the door.

but the underlying theme, that mankind's unbridled savaging of the earth will create irreversible climate changes cannot be ignored, especially in light of this month's two monster storms.

and the end of the movie is not at all happy: the entire earth's (surviving) population moves to the third world. most of america winds up in a refugee camp in the snowy mexican desert. yikes!

we at skippy international thought we were being really original when we thought of writing a piece about how that dennis quaid/sela ward flick predicted violent storms that the country recently suffered through.
we were wrong.

but we recommend everyone rent the movie and watch at least the first half.

and be afraid. be very afraid.
posted by skippy at 4:57 PM | 0 comments