he's about to crack 50% in the popular vote, at least according to these people---
30 July 2008
29 July 2008
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two prayer services will be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower fuel prices and to ask that they continue to drop. Darrell Alexander, Midwest co-chair of the Pray at the Pump movement, says prayer gatherings will be held Monday afternoon and evening at a Mobil station west of downtown St. Louis.
Posted by tomitron at 7/29/2008 06:40:00 AM
27 July 2008
25 July 2008
they've drilled two or three test wells on the old bank property across crescent avenue from the margaret mitchell house---i think they are testing for contaminants as part of finalization of the history center's sale of the property---it would be surprising if the new owners actually started building something---
Posted by tomitron at 7/25/2008 06:31:00 PM
24 July 2008
the right wingers are freaking over all the "citizen of the world stuff" in obama's speech as if it were some brand-new god-awful symbol of the antichrist and impending doom----check out kennedy's inaugural address in 1961----
it is a little wierd that we also have former astronaut and moonwalker ed mitchell going on about aliens---not mexican or other furriners, but outerspace, alpha-centauri aliens---he is of the opinion that we should thank our lucky stars that they weren't hostile
Posted by tomitron at 7/24/2008 06:12:00 PM
200,000 in the tiergarten to see b.o.----this from one of germany's alternative---the translation is "calm down"---but you gotta love it anyway, unless you're a fraidy-cat republican---only a handful of times that any presidential candidate has spoken to so many people even in our own country---and this in the heart of europe----a major historical event? could be
the post-nationalism is long overdue
more kool-aid anyone?
Posted by tomitron at 7/24/2008 06:01:00 PM
23 July 2008
22 July 2008
21 July 2008
from one of those crazy european newspapers:
“If he is elected President, the image of America will no longer be defined by Guantanamo, by torture, by Iraq,” says political expert, Derek Chollet, of the Center for a New American Security in Washington. “It’s difficult to imagine anything better than Obama as President as far as America’s image in the rest of the world is concerned."
Posted by tomitron at 7/21/2008 08:17:00 PM
do we want a president who doesn't have a clue about the 21st century---heck, even j.c. knows more than mccain, and he's 86----
NEW YORK (AP) -- If Sen. John McCain is really serious about becoming a Web-savvy citizen, perhaps Kathryn Robinson can help. Despite John McCain's self-professed Web illiteracy, recent data shows that many seniors use the Internet. Despite John McCain's self-professed Web illiteracy, recent data shows that many seniors use the Internet.
Robinson is now 106 -- that's 35 years older than McCain -- and she began using the Internet at 98, at the Barclay Friends home in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she lives. "I started to learn because I wanted to e-mail my family," she says -- in an e-mail message, naturally.
Posted by tomitron at 7/21/2008 07:03:00 PM
Once in power, E. coli conservatives shrink government by hamstringing it. They weaken rules that protect people, slash the budgets of consumer agencies and appoint industry friends to oversight commissions. The result: Some government regulatory agencies that we trust to protect us have shrunk to insignificance or serve private industry rather than consumers. . . . Enough. Instead of talking about the size of government, we should be debating how to make our government more effective. How many more people have to get sick before the government reclaims its mission to serve the people?
it's happened all over government---aside from katrina and the ongoing issues surrounding the f.d.a.'s monitoring, or lack thereof, of our food supply, one of the better examples of this was the revelation that the f.a.a. was referring to the airlines as its "customers"---we, common citizens, are but chopped liver where mammon rules
Posted by tomitron at 7/21/2008 05:35:00 PM
20 July 2008
gas at $4+ a gallon is a major economic drag, but high prices aren't the real problem---friedman from todoay's nyt:
What doesn’t the Bush crowd get? It’s this: We don’t have a “gasoline price problem.” We have an addiction problem. We are addicted to dirty fossil fuels, and this addiction is driving a whole set of toxic trends that are harming our nation and world in many different ways. It is intensifying global warming, creating runaway global demand for oil and gas, weakening our currency by shifting huge amounts of dollars abroad to pay for oil imports, widening “energy poverty” across Africa, destroying plants and animals at record rates and fostering ever-stronger petro-dictatorships in Iran, Russia and Venezuela.
When a person is addicted to crack cocaine, his problem is not that the price of crack is going up. His problem is what that crack addiction is doing to his whole body. The cure is not cheaper crack, which would only perpetuate the addiction and all the problems it is creating. The cure is to break the addiction.
Posted by tomitron at 7/20/2008 08:57:00 AM
19 July 2008
actually, this is southeast kansas--- the square land lots, sections, etc. have always been highly visible on the landscape, now we have circles, created by center-pivot irrigation systems, some of which are as much as a mile in diameter!!
Posted by tomitron at 7/19/2008 06:33:00 PM
18 July 2008
republicans have all been squealing about the necessity of voter i.d., claiming all sorts of fraud by people voting without i.d.----of course, they've generally ignored the real fraud: diebold electronic voting with no paper trail----
A leading cyber-security expert and former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says he has fresh evidence regarding election fraud on Diebold electronic voting machines during the 2002 Georgia gubernatorial and senatorial elections.
Posted by tomitron at 7/18/2008 12:54:00 PM
17 July 2008
“Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
-Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, 1946
Posted by tomitron at 7/17/2008 07:57:00 PM
16 July 2008
some people just don't know how to behave:
To: All Residents
From: Metropolis Board of Directors
Due to alcohol related inappropriate behavior at the pool, glass at the pool, assaulting of concierge staff and the need for police involvement; all Metropolis Pool Events have been cancelled by the BOD for the near future. Our pool is a private community pool and the greater community needs to take ownership of this asset.
The Board appreciates everyone’s cooperation and understanding related to this issue.
A community meeting to discuss pool concerns is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 @ 7:00p in Club M.
This meeting is open to any interested resident.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the pool please direct them to our management team. Shawn or Tim will forward your comments to the five Board members.
Posted by tomitron at 7/16/2008 07:35:00 AM
15 July 2008
13 July 2008
some of the oldest trees in piedmont park are the water oaks (quercus nigra), which are scattered all around, especially at the south end of the park and around the lake---but they are nearing the end of their lives and starting to fall---most of one fell in june---this one is marked, literally---it's apparently hollow and at one point, indicated by the handy arrow, one can see entirely through the tree---they should wait until it blows over, which would probably occur when nobody is around----i'm willing to take my chances
Posted by tomitron at 7/13/2008 05:40:00 PM
12 July 2008
In an interview with New York Times, John McCain confirmed that he doesn’t email, doesn’t read blogs, doesn’t go online, but does occasionally read Drudge. While he’s not a consumer of online information, McCain said he does “understand the impact of blogs on American politics today and political campaigns”:
Q: What websites if any do you look at regularly?
Mr. McCain: Brooke and Mark show me Drudge, obviously, everybody watches, for better or for worse, Drudge. Sometimes I look at Politico. Sometimes RealPolitics, sometimes.
(Mrs. McCain and Ms. Buchanan both interject: “Meagan’s blog!”)
Mr. McCain: Excuse me, Meagan’s blog. And we also look at the blogs from Michael and from you that may not be in the newspaper, that are just part of your blog.
Q: But do you go on line for yourself?
Mr. McCain: They go on for me. I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need – including going to my daughter’s blog first, before anything else.
Posted by tomitron at 7/12/2008 09:45:00 PM
11 July 2008
Posted by tomitron at 7/11/2008 09:09:00 AM
10 July 2008
09 July 2008
1010 was phase 1; this is phase 2, the loew's hotel, which, they claim, "will be infused with a contemporary Southern sensibility" ----whatever
Posted by tomitron at 7/09/2008 07:08:00 PM
Two years ago on Thanksgiving Day, after refusing to pray at his table, Hall said he was told to go sit somewhere else. In another incident, when he was nearly killed during an attack on his Humvee, he said another soldier asked him, “Do you believe in Jesus now?” . . . . “I was told because I can’t put my personal beliefs aside and pray with troops I wouldn’t make a good leader,” Hall said.
Posted by tomitron at 7/09/2008 05:18:00 PM
08 July 2008
There are no weekend box office charts for online videos. But if there were, near or at the very top of the list right now might well be a four-and-a-half-minute video called “Dancing,” which more than four million people have viewed on YouTube, and perhaps another million on other sites, in the just over two weeks since it appeared. It’s the online equivalent of a platinum hit, seeping from one computer to the next like a virus.
if anybody hasn't seen this yet, it's pretty good (atlanner is in there):
Posted by tomitron at 7/08/2008 06:41:00 PM
POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — Barack Obama had heard quite enough of the complaints that he is pirouetting, leaping, lurching even, toward the political center.ok? now, does anybody need anymore kool-aid?
He is at heart, he told a crowd in suburban Atlanta, a pretty progressive guy who just happens to pack along a complicated world view.
“Look, let me talk about the broader issue, this whole notion that I am shifting to the center,” he said. “The people who say this apparently haven’t been listening to me.”
Posted by tomitron at 7/08/2008 05:44:00 PM
07 July 2008
06 July 2008
05 July 2008
the satellite map is from day before yesterday; the other map is today from noaa----it's a cape verde storm, which usually don't occur until much later in the season, bertha formed further east than any storm before----forecast to become a hurricane early next week----rain, rain, rain
Posted by tomitron at 7/05/2008 12:05:00 PM
04 July 2008
i thought he was already dead---
Posted by tomitron at 7/04/2008 11:50:00 AM