Wednesday, October 31, 2007
skippy's halloween nite music club
mike tyson & bobby brown - monster mash
scary addendum, kids!: left i on the news has the original tune, plus some other halloweeny tricks and treats!
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mark fiore reminds us to be afraid
god hates phelps
church members showed up at snyder's funeral chanting derogatory slogans and holding picket signs with messages including "god hates fags."
we're glad phelps didn't protest someone's colonscopy.
quote of the day
roo on the loose
two of the fleet-footed native australian marsupials escaped from their owner's residence in the copenhagen neighbourhood of amager on monday.
one found its own way home on tuesday, but the second remains on the loose, police said.
"passersby saw it on tuesday afternoon and its owner, jan passer, is on his way to try to persuade it to return home," a police officer told reporters.
the letter writing chuck stops
the whole country has a short attention span
democratic rivals target clinton’s vote on iran
while clinton continued to separate herself from opponents who have called for an immediate withdrawal of u.s. troops from iraq — saying, “i stand for ending the war in iraq and bringing our troops home, but i also understand that it’s going to take time” — former sen. john edwards of north carolina zeroed in on clinton’s vote for a congressional resolution that declared iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organization.ok, so here it is, 2 years after many of us crazy lefty bloggers started complaining that our country was gearing up for war with iran, and now it looks like we weren't precisely crazy, so much as early. well here's what i want to know:
that vote, he said, cleared the way for (ed) awol
to invade iran.
anyone remember afghanistan?
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
last week we were baking...
an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and an epicenter in the south bay shook the bay area at 8:04 p.m. tonight, rolling and jolting buildings so powerfully that it prompted some people to duck for shelter. - sfgatecan you say a "frog's jump" to the hayward fault?
skippy's all hallows' eve eve music club
herman munster - people are strange
(ok, it's actually just a montage of the munsters to the echo and the bunnymen version of the doors' classic hit...but happy halloween!)
skippy's tuesday nite music club, bonus trax...rip robert goulet
the dem daily has an interesting post from a housing industry professional called confessions of a mortgage broker: one perspective on the impending housing meltdown:
from the perspective of the loan officer, these deals were really two fers. sure, the rates were going to skyrocket but no one involved believe that anyone would ever have to face making payments at those rates. the borrowers would clean their credit, season their employment, have a track record on that newly opened company, and/or any of a number of other things that would allow them to qualify for the gold standard of mortgages, a conventional loan. or, barring that (because borrowers are human, after all) the folks would come back in in two years and we’d reset them with a new subprime, thereby keeping payments down in the comfort zone, and every one would be happy and prosperous.
as the numbers of unqualified borrowers started to mount, so did the defaults. defaults flow to foreclosures and foreclosures to losses, and losses to a cut off of fresh money to subprime lenders, and the money cutoff to more foreclosures because the lending cycle ends and the piper finally must be paid full due.
and in the end, there’s still the current economy to add into the mix.
once the move of skippy international headquarters is complete and we get our dsl service back, we will discuss the treatment of skippy in matt bai's book.
also, we are happy that internet ronin has added our humble blog to the high profile section of his roll. before he realizes what mistake he has made, we are pleased as a platypus to add ir to our roll, too.
down the penrose lane
mad about rudy's poetry
live from washington, dc
san diego freeway blogging
dead meat walking
Monday, October 29, 2007
skippy's monday nite music club
the fog of work
from sfgate -
"oh, nummi hires terrorists now?" was the sort of remark he says he heard commonly. his presence among co-workers invariably brought about mention of jihad or terrorism. one day, he was told by a superior that his lunchbox needed to be searched. when he asked why, he said he was led to believe he was considered a possible suicide bomber.
"i just opened the lunch box. i was dumbfounded. i was so shameful. i didn't know what to say."
blackwater bodyguards given immunity
the state department promised blackwater usa bodyguards immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month’s deadly shooting of 17 iraqi civilians, the associated press has learned. - msnbc/ap
while secretary of state condoleezza rice told congress last week she “regrets” the lack of oversight of blackwater, she neglected to mention that she granted the blackwater guards prosecutorial immunity after the shootings. - think progress
the state department investigators from the agency’s investigative arm, the bureau of diplomatic security, offered the immunity grants even though they did not have the authority to do so, the said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. prosecutors at the justice department, who do have such authority, had no advance knowledge of the arrangement, they added. - nytimesthe state department keeps saying that iraq is a sovereign nation...then, shouldn't iraqis decide when, where or if they try these murderers in court?
quote we love of the day
apparently $1.1 mill doesn't buy as much as it used to
let us turn to the book of skippy, chapter 4, verse 3
john avarosis at americablog (and believe us, we only link to him to garner more memeorandum traffic, but we really got the quote from shakesville) reports that obama's latest gospel tour has turned into an anti-gay pride parade:
“god delivered me from homosexuality,” he added. he then told the audience to believe the bible over the blogs: “god is the only way.” the crowd sang and clapped along in full support.
the obama campaign had appeared to be caught off guard by the reaction to inviting mr. mcclurkin in the first place, and it may have been surprised tonight by the degree to which the singer focused on himself. the other speakers and singers had avoided referencing the controversy. even an openly gay minister whom mr. obama had invited after the fact to try to appease his gay and lesbian critics spoke so early that few people heard him.
meantime, "ex-"gay donnie mcclurken had better watch out for the wrath of skippy, for skippy is a vengeful 'roo, and ye shall hold no other blogs above him.
iowa hearts huckabee
ok, sorry, we'll start again.
the university of iowa hawkey poll has sens. clinton and obama fighting it out for number one among dems, while mitt "don't call me baseball glove" romney is tops for repubbbs.
but the big surprise, tho these days it's no surprise, is the surge that former alabama gov. mike huckabee is making in the polls. u of i news:
despite giuliani's lead in most national polls, romney holds a strong lead in iowa at 36.2 percent, with giuliani second at 13.1 percent, huckabee third with 12.8 percent and thompson fourth at 11.4 percent. john mccain has 6.0 percent.
in the race for the democratic presidential nomination, meanwhile, a slip in john edwards' numbers has allowed hillary clinton and barack obama to tighten their grips on the no. 1 and no. 2 spots, respectively. among all likely democratic caucus-goers, clinton leads with 28.9 percent, followed by obama with 26.6 percent, edwards with 20.0 percent, bill richardson with 7.2 percent and joe biden with 5.3 percent.
huckabee is far too right wingnutcase for mainstream america, and the gop likes the patina of daddy-protecorate that giuliani has cross-dressed himself with.
meanwhile, the la times sez it's really funny how the polls don't reflect the big hoopla that barack "to the future" obama receives at his campaign stops:
"there is something missing," mellman said. "he's raised money in unbelievable amounts, generated tremendous enthusiasm . . . and vast amounts of publicity. and those advantages were not given to him on a silver platter. he earned them. there is something unique and special about this guy, and i don't know why that has not translated into more support."
after watching obama speak on his des moines campus recently, drake university political science professor dennis goldford glimpsed one reason obama is not faring as well as many think he should.
"there is a tremendous curiosity factor. he radiated a certain cool that would be very attractive to college students and young people," goldford said. "for older voters, though" -- and half of caucusgoers are 55 or older -- "the music's great, but where are the lyrics? he's been trying to fill that out somewhat, but for people inclined to go to the caucus anyway, the lack of experience is significant."
and it brings on many changes
and i can take or leave it if i please...
Sunday, October 28, 2007
skippy's sunday night music club
santana and clapton at the crossroads guitar festival.
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hey...we're not on fire again!
brush fires that appeared to be arson burned out of control sunday along the coast of hawaii's largest island, sending hundreds of people fleeing inland, officials said.
no homes were damaged and no one was injured, but officials on the big island worried the fires could approach residential areas with a slight change in hawaii's temperamental breezes, said duane hosaka, staff officer for hawaii county civil defense.
..nine fires appear to have been set in dry grasses along coastal roads near kamuela early sunday, hosaka said. the evacuation order affected an estimated 500 people. - ap
finally, something we can agree w/the fundies about
the essence of kirkpatrick’s examination of this evolving phenomena can be summed up in a single sentence:
many evangelicals feel hoodwinked and betrayed by a republican party propaganda machine that foisted george bush on christian conservatives.
a paragraph of statistics give the reader an idea of how far bush, and by default the gop, has fallen in the eyes of the true believers:
in other words, awol is the inevitable end of what lee atwater begun.
two senators on friday called for a congressional hearing to investigate reports that phone and cable companies are unfairly stifling communications over the internet and on cell phones.
sens. byron dorgan, d-nd., and olympia snowe, r-maine, said the incidents involving several companies, including comcast corp., verizon wireless and at&t inc., have raised serious concerns over the companies' "power to discriminate against content."
..comcast -- the nation's no. 2 internet provider -- has acknowledged "delaying" some subscriber internet data, but said the delays are temporary and intended to improve surfing for other users.
verizon wireless in late september denied a request by naral pro-choice america, an abortion rights group, to use its mobile network for a sign-up text messaging program.
...at&t reportedly changed a service agreement that previously included language permitting the company to cancel accounts of internet users who disparage the company. - ap
Labels: net neutrality
two pulse polls walk into a bar
take a moment to participate, please.
first faux news...now faux sports?
last night, fox aired a montage prior its airing of the red sox/rockies game that celebrated great moments in world series history. “the story of the world series is told in seven chapters,” the narrator said, “each with their old tale, each with their own hero. these stories take us back in time to the place where we witnessed greatness.” ....fox also deemed president bush’s first pitch in game 3 of the 2001 world series worthy of inclusion.forget the bag of peanuts, i needed a barf bag.
...in the segment, actors playing firemen gather around the television to laud bush for “wearing our uniform” and watch in awe as bush throws “a strike.”
skippy's emergency sunday morning music club
(but...go sox, still.)
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Saturday, October 27, 2007
skippy's saturday night music club
you can take the girl outta new england, but you can't take the new england outta the girl! and i love that dirty water and...so do the strandells.
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doesn't anyone proof read the headlines?
did the jury watch?
mad about condi
happy impeachment day
"get a backbone"
the police estimated 600 people which seemed awfully low.
breeders cup day
inside it warm, inviting and exciting...
i'm glued to espn to watch the ponies race.
they're racing at monmouth park in jersey today. wonder if our own beloved jerseyite, dbk, is in attendence.
congrats to our blogging buddy, alan (from left at the gate) who is the official blogger of the breeder's cup!
Friday, October 26, 2007
skippy's friday nite music club
the clash - should i stay or should i go?
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"we can and must do better, and apologize for this error in judgment," johnson said.
but he asked the media not to focus on that misjudgment, and instead concentrate on the "real story" of the successes of the efforts in california.
turns out the u.s. government still believes the news media is needed -- at least at press conferences.
fema held a press conference without any actual journalists attending, to ask any real pertinent questions of the administration.
and this would be different from the last 7 years in exactly what way?
but how did they know?
realizing your dick is small is just the beginning
march in october
we are hitting the streets again on october 27 as mass actions sweep this country in mass regional demonstrations in san francisco, los angeles, new york, chicago, seattle, boston, orlando and ft. lauderdale, fl., chattanooga, new orleans, salt lake city, philadelphia, jonesboro, and others. to see the exact locations and times for the various demonstrations, go to the impeachbush homepage.
impeachbush is mobilizing buses, printing posters, placards, banners and leaflets for october 27. please join us on saturday and let the message of impeachment appear in the streets from one end of the country to the other. if you cannot come, but would like to make a donation to help others participate in the demonstrations demanding an end to the war and the impeachment of bush and cheney, you can do so by clicking this link.
11am at the civic center
12 noon at olympic & broadway
12 noon at judkins park
1:30pm at union park
2pm at washington square
salt lake city
11am at the utah state capitol
12 noon at union square
ft. lauderdale, fl
meet at 201 se 24th st at 11am / rally at 12:45pm at welcome park
12:30pm at lake eola park
12 noon at coolidge park
12 noon at boston common
our state is taking a huge financial hit
"california...here we come!"
john garamendi, our former insurance commissioner
but....not a peep out of our current insurance commissioner, steve poizner. you think he might be on the "tee vee" warning the insurance companies in california to play by the rules and pay claims to the fire victims. but...no. not a freakin' peep.
you think that it could be because he's *gasp* republican?
you think that it could be because he's *gasp* busy eyeing 2010?
you think it could be because he's *gasp* planning on pulling a "quackenbush?"
whiskey lovers....stock up
jack daniels water supply is running low and putting the century-plus whiskey business in jeopardy.
jerry hamilton is the distillery plant manager for jack daniels. he checks the progress of the whiskey being made at the lynchburg distillery. while doing so he finds a small problem - wasting water. - wbko
just when you thought you needed a drink watching california go up in flames.
next up on cnn
wild about fire
this disproves kanye west's statement how?
the leasons fema learned at katrina
fema has truly learned the lessons of katrina. even its handling of the media has improved dramatically. for example, as the california wildfires raged tuesday, vice adm. harvey e. johnson, the deputy administrator, had a 1 p.m. news briefing.
reporters were given only 15 minutes' notice of the briefing, making it unlikely many could show up at fema's southwest d.c. offices. they were given an 800 number to call in, though it was a "listen only" line, the notice said -- no questions. parts of the briefing were carried live on fox news, msnbc and other outlets.
johnson stood behind a lectern and began with an overview before saying he would take a few questions. the first questions were about the "commodities" being shipped to southern california and how officials are dealing with people who refuse to evacuate. he responded eloquently....very smooth, very professional. but something didn't seem right. the reporters were lobbing too many softballs.
..of course, that could be because the questions were asked by fema staffers playing reporters. we're told the questions were asked by cindy taylor, fema's deputy director of external affairs, and by "mike" widomski, the deputy director of public affairs. director of external affairs john "pat" philbin asked a question, and another came, we understand, from someone who sounds like press aide ali kirin. - wapo
jurassicpork doesn't like practical jokes when played by blackwater;
linkmeister discusses the book american theocracy;
and the modulator found a list of the 100 most informative blogs, of which we are not one.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
skippy's thursday nite music club
catherine zeta jones - all that jazz
the impressive thing about the film chicago is that rene zellwigger, catherine zeta jones taye diggs and richard gere all did their own singing and dancing.
catherine zeta jones cut her chops on the english musical stage early in her career, and is quite proficient at hoofing and belting out a tune, and this clip shows as much.
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bad news, skippy
quote of the day
hell, they recovered from nixon in basically one presidential cycle - that should have kept them in the wilderness for decades but it was just 4 years. w may be worse than nixon, but is he more than twice as worse? three times as worse? 8 years max - and i'm betting on 4 unless the dem president that gets elected next year is really fucking competent and can also walk on water and crap gold bricks on command.
it's been said before
lt. gov. john garamendi
down the penrose lane
not only that, norman lear is a bigot
consider this episode of the comic strip crankshaft:
many of the ladies' readers, as well as the ladies themselves, think this is a joke about rape and violence against women at worst; even at best, it's a joke in which elderly women's attractability is the punchline.
we say that those folks who are up in arms over this comic are obviously people who don't know the character of ed crankshaft.
crankshaft, a 60 something grumpy bus driver, never has a good word for anybody. crankshaft relishes his misery, and especially enjoys foisting his bad mood onto everybody around him.
he's grumpy, he's rude, he's curmudgeony, he's politically incorrect, he's mean, he's nasty, he's a prick, he's an asshole, he's the kind of guy who makes archie bunker look like mahatma ghandi.
and speaking of mr. bunker, it seems to us that holding cartoonist tom batiuk responsible for having the same views as his creation crankshaft would be like assuming norman lear hates black people because his famous queens dock foreman did.
perhaps because skippy is first and foremost a comedian, he is wont to take the comic's side in a fracas. however, a politically insensitive ficitonal character making a deliberately rude (and politically insensitive) remark to another fictional character isn't the same as, say, michael richards joking about lynching.
now, we are not saying violence against women is funny, we are not saying elderly women aren't attacked, we are not saying them gals jes' oughtta shut up and roll with it.
but we are saying there is context in fiction, and especially in comedy. we hate to point this out, but jessica herself says on her post "i don't know much about this comic, crankshaft, in general"...
we would submit that one might want to research something before opining upon it.
are we alone in the wilderness on this one?
when darth cheney sleeps...
thanks a whole h**l of a lot, awol
rancho bernardo residents began their journey back home with a surprise today.why couldn't you just stay where you are and watch dvd's of the news coverage of this disaster just like you did katrina.
they were stuck in traffic for two to three hours sitting in their cars at a standstill because of president bush's visit to their community.
police and the chp had blocked off interstate 15 ramps to west bernardo drive, which leads to the recovery center that was opened yesterday. cars lined up for miles on the freeway. - san diego tribune via tbogg
you want to help california? get the h**l out of here.
you want to help americans? resign. resign now.
two former top executives of the leading supplier of body armor to the u.s. military were indicted today on charges of insider trading, fraud and tax evasion in a scheme that netted them nearly $200 million, federal prosecutors said.
...brooks and hatfield also are accused of failing to report more than $10 million in bonus payments to themselves and other dhb employees to the irs. - trentonian
top ten signs that dumbledore was gay
9. would rather let severus snape than professor mcgonagall handle his wizard's staff;
8. got all his best capes from liberace;
7. his favorite party game: bobbin' for dobin;
6. the only hooters he ever liked were the actual owls;
5. he who must not be named made him feel the love that dares not speak its name;
4. knew what to look for to tell the weasly twins apart;
3. was once married to liza minelli;
2. had personal knowledge that hagrid was a giant in more ways than one;
and the number one sign that dumbledore was gay:
1. if you were extra nice to him, he'd show you own private "hairy potter."
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
skippy's wednesday nite music club
the doors - light my fire
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blogtopia blogs the fires
faux news says california fires
rather, it sounds like romney may have intended to slip obama's name in there, a premeditated talking point, but muffed it. thus, "osam -- barack" instead of, say, "osam -- obama" or "obam -- osama." what's worse, even more of a stretch of imagination, is that romney, ostensibly failing to grasp his first mistake, then repeats "barack obama" instead of osama bin laden in his following sentence.
help! we need somebody!
–network for good: a blog that gives you links to groups where your donations can be put to immediate use.
–u.s. program of international orthodox christian charities (iocc)
–the los angeles times offers this vital page with lots of info on how to help.
–cbs2 also offers an extensive list.
–this page of fox 6’s website in san diego has info on some local donations offered…and needed including a state number where corporations can call and donate.
–eye out for you
–children’s network international
–animal relief info: kinship circle
schwarzenegger, you're fired
governor arnold schwarzenegger and local officials have made media appearances claiming credit for swiftly responding to the disaster. “there is much more equipment available, more manpower is available, quicker action,” schwarzenegger said, according to the associated press.
what the governor failed to mention is that he vetoed four bills that would have increased staffing and fire resources after the cedar fire, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. a fifth bill, signed by schwarzenegger, requires local governments to first submit safety plans to the california department of forestry and will not take effect until 2010, the los angeles times reported in a may 20, 2007 article titled “fire danger acute as 2003 lessons fade.” that article has since disappeared off the newspaper’s website, but a copy is here.
the same story cited dallas jones, former director of the governor’s office of emergency services and current official with california professional firefighters union. jones damned schwarzenegger for failing to provide additional firetrucks. “how many years are we since the ’03 fire siege?” he asked, “and so far, nothing.”
other unfulfilled recommendations made to schwarzenegger by his blue ribbon fire commission include replacement of aging fire helicopters, increasing staffing to assure four person crews on each state fire engine sent to major wildfires, and nighttime air drops.
double addendum: over at the dem daily, stuart o'neill makes a good case that the national multi-millionaire media's story of the good coordination and efforts by federal authorities from the national media is a complete misrepresentation.
we're always aware
we kenosha kid you not!
firefighters in need of resources and equipment
wouldn't it be nice to have the national guard here, helping the firefighters, and doing something honorable in aiding our country instead of being cannon foder for the emperor's entertainment?
some of these firefighters are working 35 hours straight...in 100+ degree weather..lugging heavy equipment...fighting the flames and the mercurial santa ana winds.
wouldn't it be nice if the spineless democrats would work 35 hours straight fighting back against this imperial president?
wonder if the rethugs wanted to stop these sources of aid at the borders?
tijuana was sending engines and its own bomberos into san diego to join the fight. and canada is sending a huge martin mars seaplane that can dump enough water to cover three acres of ground in a single pass. - san diego tribuneand, guess who's back offering his "expertise" in disaster relief and preparedness, brownie!
Labels: brush fires
down the penrose lane
i’m about twenty miles to the west now, writing outside. i’ve tried listening to the news, but with so many fires going on i haven’t heard what happened to santiago canyon. little bits of ash are falling on my keyboard and it’s strange to think they may be pieces of the neighborhood i’ve been writing about.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
skippy's tuesday nite music club
kings of leon - california waiting
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awol, take your traveling sideshow
you had photo ops for 9/11 and then we found out that you really didn't worry your little head about osama bin laden. we heard your promises of bringing to justice those who were involved in 9/11. you lied.
you had your photo op in new orleans with the lights shining brightly only for you as the city lay in darkness. we then find out that you gave more federal money to your republican buddies than you did for those really needing aid and comfort. we heard the promises of aid and help you made to new orleans and the gulf states and those affected by katrina. you lied.
we don't need your pathetic posing for disaster photo ops.
we don't need your sniveling false pity promoted by the corporate media.
we don't need your promises made for political marketing purposes.
california doesn't need you nor your swarm of sycophantic political remoras. we need someone in the presidency who gives a damn about the constitution. who gives a damn about non-millionaires. who gives a damn about people who are suffering. who gives a damn about fixing what a disaster has wrought. who gives a damn about the economic health of the state, of the country more than the "political giving rangers."
california needs you to go away. we need you to go away...now. southern california isn't a federal disaster.....you are.
from christine hanley in the latte times
veterinarian matt matthews examined the horse's broken left leg and solemnly shook his head.
"i can't fix it," he told glenda parcell. "he'll bleed to death."
the horse, tater, had fallen in a trailer in the middle of the night as parcell and her husband fled the la jolla indian reservation just east of fallbrook.
they had to slam on the brakes to avoid colliding with a volkswagon that had stopped without warning on the only road out.
now, standing in the parking lot of the pala casino, matthews filled a syringe with two narcotics, torbugesic and xylazine, and slipped the needle into the horse's jugular vein.
"he's being a gentleman," parcell told the vet.
matthews came out of the trailer and closed the door behind him, muting the dreadful sounds that followed: tater, knocked unconscious, banged into one wall, then another, before collapsing to the floor with a final thud.
then silence, broken only by parcell's sobbing.
as her husband and other relatives consoled parcell, matthews finished the grim task with a needle full of pentobarbital.
in the minutes it took to slow tater's heart to a stop, parcell climbed inside the trailer, kneeled by his side, stroked his mane and whispered a tearful goodbye.
it was matthews' fourth horse euthanasia in 24 hours.
nancy pelosi gets mail
you are an embarassment to americans, nancy. representative stark spoke the truth. you can't get an impeachment investigation of crimes you helped hide for bush but you will attack a democratic representative who speaks for over 60% of the american people.
when the full history of american politics is known, you will be seen as one sad, easily maniupulated puppet of the bush regime.
update: sinfonian goes into detail as to why nancy has earned the contempt of patriotic americans everywhere
500,000 evacuees...not including the 4 legged variety
trailers wrapped around the del mar fairgrounds yesterday morning, some waiting as long as two hours to unload some of the thousands of horses evacuated from ranches and backyard stables threatened by the county wildfires.
but by 9:30 a.m., the fairgrounds' 2,400 stalls were full. horse owners who didn't make it had to look elsewhere: to friends and family with barns or land, to an evacuation site in lakeside or stables in san juan capistrano, thermal and indio.
much of san diego county is horse country, home to thoroughbred breeding ranches and countless backyard stables housing family pets. as many as 300,000 horses live in the county, and when people flee from the fires, so do the horses.
...thoroughbred breeders, some with farms in the eye of the witch creek fire, also evacuated their animals. the golden eagle and ballena vista farms outside ramona, which rank among the most prominent facilities in the state for breeding and raising thoroughbreds, were evacuated but had escaped major damage.
(photo from the san diego tribune)
del mar doubletree was evacuated.and, is the ap biased against californians? what kind of "commentary" is this?
thousands of people have sought shelter in schools, community centers and at fairgrounds. the largest gathering is at qualcomm stadium in san diego, where evacuees are enjoying gourmet buffets and massages, but still anxiously watching television looking for news about their neighborhoods.is babs bush writing for the ap now?
linkmeister thinks we're screwed, after reading takeover;
joe gandelman is not amused by glenn beck;
the brad blog wonders if the gop will steal the 08 election;
blue girl examines the huge problems with building of the new u.s. embassy in baghdad;
and pam's house blend profiles the openly gay man who's running against liz dole in carolina.
we like what you've don with the place
Monday, October 22, 2007
city of del mar advising residents
at this time, we are continuing to monitor the fire situation. our understanding at this point is that the fire has hit structures in fairbanks ranch. for your safety, we are strongly advising that all del mar residents evacuate!del mar racetrack is where animals have been evacuted from other parts of san diego that are ablaze.
and glenn beck...you know where you can go.
skippy's monday nite music club
patti smith & eddie vedder - people have the power
plus keith richards, michael stipe, sammy hagar, steven stills, ronnie spector, grandmaster flash, paul schaffer, eddie money, and a host of others.
keep fighting the good fight, people! it's worth it!
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san diego wild animal park put on alert.
and they expect it to get worse as we are running out of firefighters to fight it.
might have been nice to have our reservists here in california instead of iraq.
i want to commend the folks of knx1070. they do a spectacular job in keeping southern californians informed when disasters come. our local cable station here in santa barbara (cox...sucks) thought it was more important to show paid infocommercials instead of up to date fire coverage.
thank you knx.
right wing said fred
republican presidential candidate fred thompson surprised most everybody saturday by speaking for less than five minutes before he thanked the assembled gop masses and ambled offstage.
thompson's speech was so short -- 4 min. and 37 seconds -- some people in the crowd mistook his conclusion as just an applause line.
he spoke far less than any of the other candidates at the evening rally. former mass. gov. mitt romney was on stage for about 10 minutes, u.s. sen. john mccain spoke for about 16 minutes and former new york mayor rudy giuliani addressed the crowd for almost 22 minutes.
(thanks and a tip of the kangaroo tail to tennessee guerilla women for the link!)
another reason we won't vote for hillary clinton
i think it is great that the clinton campaign decided to give matt drudge the scoop on her third quarter fundraising numbers. it shows who she is. oh...look at the savvy:we like peter, too, but he never called us.that people in mrs. clinton’s campaign orbit would tip off the drudge report to its fund-raising numbers is in part a reflection of her pragmatic approach to dealing with potential enemies, like newt gingrich or rupert murdoch. but it also speaks to the enduring power of the drudge report, which mixes original reporting with links to newspaper, internet or television reports far and wide.
the site is a potent combination of real scoops, gossip and innuendo aimed at mr. drudge’s targets of choice — some of it delivered with no apparent effort to determine its truth, as politicians of all stripes have discovered at times.
aides in both parties acknowledge working harder than ever to get favorable coverage for their candidates — or unfavorable coverage of competitors — onto the drudge report’s home page, knowing that television producers, radio talk show hosts and newspaper reporters view it as a bulletin board for the latest news and gossip.
i have visited drudge maybe two times since the '04 election. that's maybe one/ten-thousandth the times i have visited eschaton and daily kos. but, for the clinton campaign, drudge is still where it's at. the same drudge that scooped isikoff and posted on the lewinsky scandal. that's the site that get's the big story from the clinton campaign.
of course, that could be because we never gave him our phone number.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
skippy's sunday night music club
i didn't grow up in a very political household. the only politics i heard was from my mother. i came home from grade school, where someone asked me if i was republican or democrat, and i asked my mom, "well, what are we?" she said, "we're democrats, 'cause democrats are for the working people." - bruce springsteen
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why can't ann althouse be more like judy tenuta?
prof. althouse gets serious
in her latest piece, why can't hillary be more like ellen degeneres? ann althouse follows the hardly-ever-right wing's latest fairy tale meme: hillary clinton got rid of socks the cat, ergo, she's cold.
to be fair, ann is only repeating the made-up suppositions found in an article on the times online, in which the second paragraph uses carefully chosen verbs to indicate cold-bloodedness on sen. clinton's part:
(where we come from, there's a name for people who talk about sex and animals in the same sentence, and it ain't animal husbandry.)
luckily for us, internet ronin clears up the issue in a comment on ann's site:
then again, perhaps althouse herself is being tongue-in-cheek and satirical, witty and erudite.
yes, just like when she was angry at theat girl for having breasts. it's all a joke, right?
the straw vote that broke the camel's back
this is a large room and it is packed. it looks lime at least a thousand people have turned out. (later - just heard someone say 1600.)
along one wall are tables set up by the local democratic clubs and the campaigns. there are hillary, obama, edwards and kuchinich tables, and there is a strong kucinich contingent here. i haven't seen a dodd or biden table or sign or supporters, but i have seen people with richardson signs. and, of course draft gore signs.
i am here with mary ratcliff of the left coaster and pacific views. if i am lucky mary will let me use her camera because i loaned mine to someone who has not returned it. (hint)
the first speaker is now talking and the sound system is terrible. i'm way in the back at a press table, and there are a lot of talking people between me and the speakers. "...taking back our country ... san mateo county ... and i thank you for being here... we will have a democratic president in 2009 ..."
now congressman tom lantos is speaking. "we are here to begin the glorious process of electing the next president of the united states of america who will be a democrat. ... let me say a word about each of the candidates because any one of them will be a tremendous improvement..."
now dennis kucinich is speaking. i can't hear well from where i am... "i stand before you with a political record that is a little bit different from the other candidates... non-for-profit, medicare-for-all..." crowd all cheering ... "health care system..." i can't hear anymore... the crowd is chanting "bring them home, bring them home" ... "i'm telling you now it's time for all these candidates to say no to war against iran ...as president of the united states i'll lead america to a new era where we reject war as an instrument of policy... constitution of the united states ... a president who will stand for diplomacy ... central mission of a democratic president is to create jobs ... " ... "we used to make steel ... we used to make cars ... millions of jobs ... "
there's plenty more at seeing the forest (plus pics by mary at the left coaster), but we'll cut to the chase: the undisputed winner of the san mateo straw vote is...wait for it...john edwards!
gore (write in) 23
gonzo on the other end of prosecution
the u.s. inspector general may recommend criminal prosecution of departed attorney general alberto gonzales at the conclusion of an investigation, possibly as early as next month, the fired former u.s. attorney for western washington told a spokane audience friday.
...“the chief law enforcement officer for the united states should not lie under oath,’’ mckay told the bar association.
it was reported last week that gonzales has now retained a high-profile defense lawyer, and apparently is refusing to answer questions from the inspector general, which could signify the investigation is nearly complete, mckay said.
“when it lands … it is going to be an extremely negative report on president bush’s justice department,’’ mckay told the packed conference room, which included federal prosecutors and judges. - spokesman review
tip o' the kangaroo tail to crooks and liars
we're on fire....again
firefighters were battling a 400-acre brush fire that started near pepperdine university in malibu early today, prompting the evacuation of homes as well as the campus. - latimesdust, ash and smoke are hanging out in the air in santa barbara. the devil winds have brought up the smoke from the other fires and the charred stuff left behind from the zaca fire. not a good breathing day.
a wildfire whipped up by 50-mph winds consumed about 500 acres early sunday amid dry conditions in northeast los angeles county, authorities said.
..wildfires were widely expected in southern california over the weekend as hot weather and heavy santa ana winds marked the height of fire season after one of the driest years on record.- latimes
notes from a fellow blogger who was visiting my fair city:
when i arrived in santa barbara, looming above the foothills was what appeared to be smog but was really dust being blown over the hills from the zaca fire burn area. later in the afternoon, that dust covered almost the entire city, making it difficult to breathe and dropping dark brown dirt on top of everything! to make matters worse, the winds severely kicked up, gusting to well above 60mph turning santa barbara into a huge sandblaster. - arealityofmyowntime to turn into our favorite firefighter blog - lafd news and information
laist has more on the malibu fire.
according to various news venues, it looks like the "malibu castle" is gone. the castle apparently was home to a large collection of elvis memorabilia.
when the finnish mp speaks
the united states is planning to stay in iraq by building as many as 14 “permanent” bases, regardless of whether orders come from current or future us administrations to bring us troops back home. “as far i am informed, they are planning to set up permanent bases. not only one, two, three, four, but maybe 14,” finnish mp jaakko laakso told a group of saudi journalists, which included arab news, who visited the finnish parliament recently in helsinki. “it means there will be no withdrawal on a permanent basis.”
the mp, who is a member of the left alliance, pointed out that the bases were not the bases the us government plans to build between the iraq and syria borders, but were permanent bases located in the heartland of the country. “there is no difference between republicans and democrats regarding these permanent bases,” laakso added. - arab news
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i ain't followin' the 2008 campaign trail...
Saturday, October 20, 2007
skippy's saturday night music club
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fundies heart huckabee
mitt romney – 1,595 votes -- 27.62%
mike huckabee – 1,565 votes -- 27.15%
ron paul -- 865 votes -- 14.98%
fred thompson -- 564 votes -- 9.77%
undecided -- 329 votes -- 5.70%
sam brownback – 297 votes -- 5.14%
duncan hunter -- 140 votes -- 2.42%
tom tancredo -- 133 votes -- 2.30%
rudy giuliani -- 107 votes 1.85%
john mccain -- 81 votes -- 1.40%
and here are the on-site results:
mike huckabee -- 488 votes -- 51.26%
mitt romney -- 99 votes -- 10.40%
fred thompson -- 77 votes -- 8.09%
tom tancredo -- 65 votes -- 6.83%%
rudy giuliani -- 60 votes -- 6.30%
duncan hunter -- 54 votes -- 5.67%
john mccain -- 30 votes -- 3.15%
sam brownback -- 26 votes -- 2.73%
ron paul -- 25 votes -- 2.63%
undecided -- 11 votes -- 1.16%
(interesting side note: the 952 voters on-site thought barack "to the future" obama was the least acceptable candidate. racism, anyone?)
and, finally, if this doesn't put the final nail in the coffin that is fred thompson's campaign, we don't know what will.
except maybe reality.
boom boom boom
...everyone knows exactly why the republicans sent out "statement after statement" about this obscure congressman's words yesterday --- distraction. does anyone point that out? no. in fact, the damned democrats go right along with this nonsense and "hold meetings" and leak to the press about how they agree with the republicans agreeing that stark caused the distraction, and basically showing themselves to be a bunch of pathetic fumblers falling for this nonsense over and over again.the honorable pete stark just spoke the words that many in the country, let alone the world are thinking. he had the temerity to voice them where others could hear. oh, the shock! the horror!
surely, they don't think they will ever be able to stop the republicans from finding some silly comment somewhere that they can get the vapors over do they? are they really battered spouses trying desperately not to say or do anything that will make their vicious, bullying batterer angry? - hullabaloo
would you spineless wussicrats grow a freakin' backbone and concentrate on the real points; the real isses and not this distraction. take your wussy eyeballs off the shiny objects and deal with the real issues. this administration is hellbent on destroying this country and they don't freakin' care as long as their buddies are profiteering.
the man installed as monarch...ugh, president, has no clothes; has no plan for iraq; has no plan for healthcare; has no plan for disasters hitting the country; has no plan for aiding the poor; has no plan for alternative energy; has no plan for the homeless; has no plan for transporation; has no plan for the credit disaster; has no plan to invest in the future of this country by investing in the human capital of the country's citizens (schip, etc.).
pete stark's been paying attention, he's mad as hell about the real things, and so am i. mad about the things that really matter to human lives and not some "falsified" outrage.
so, ms. pelosi...mr. reid...mr. hoyer.... you want to distance yourself from congressman stark and his words? why don't you try distancing yourselves from the sick "battered wife" relationship you've developed with awol and the rethuglicans bullying tactics?
the voters should be working to distance y'all from your next terms.
she's got a boatload of money in the campaign kitty
the presidential hopeful who leads in every national democratic poll as well as in fundraising is the only top-tier contender who has yet to visit washington state as a candidate.
sen. hillary clinton is finally stopping in seattle on monday, though, for an overnight visit and is appearing at no free public events. she will address the state democratic party's annual magnuson awards ceremony at benaroya hall and then raise campaign money at two private, $2,300-a-head events. - seattle pi
two $2,300 a pop rubber chicken events? and the dlc democrats are different from the republicans...how?
good news/bad news
yes, that's what tanner said last friday at the national latino congreso in los angeles and the brad blog was in tow with video camera to prove it...
the good news is, now the asspress has picked up the story.
the bad news is, the asspress (aptly named) incorrectly attributed the source as a generic "youtube video" and didn't credit the brad blog.
we assured the brad blog we would not make such an error.
go, brad blog!