Archives for: February 2011

What Wisconsin and Colorado Have In Common

February 22nd, 2011

Colorado's new motto? Photos of lots of Wisconsin protest signs. I laughed at this one. more »

Nobody Here But Us Chickens (And The Car)

February 22nd, 2011

Image by Duncan Harris. Some rights reserved. From Green Metropolis by David Owen: City dwellers who fantasize about living in the country usually picture themselves hiking, kayaking, gathering eggs from their own chickens, and engaging in other… more »

More from Colorado's Clown Squad

February 22nd, 2011

Image by Bruce Denis. Some rights reserved. I post this only because so many Colorado Democrats suffer from the fantasy that Bennet and Udall are good guys representing liberal interests. These credulous Democrats excuse bad votes because Udall… more »

Reagan (D) v. Nutjob (R)? It's a Sucker's Game.

February 17th, 2011

How many times have I heard "He sucks but you can't vote for the Republican! He's a nutjob!" or something like that? And I generally went along. Things started to change for me when we kicked off the invasion of Iraq with rousing, bipartisan cheers.… more »

Love, Doves, Govs, And Paris

February 17th, 2011

Image by Sarcasmo. Some rights reserved. James Fenton, a poet, writes about a peril of love that I hadn't considered: ?Love? is so short of perfect rhymes that convention allows half-rhymes like ?move?. The alternative is a plague of doves,… more »

Gerty Says Happy Valentine's Day

February 14th, 2011

Gerty says that I should write a blog and call it "36 years." That would be the 36 years from Reagan's election to the end of Obama's second term. Gerty says that's my personal arc from "this sucks, and I'm going to change it" to "this still sucks,… more »

Catlin on Lance's High Testosterone Tests

February 10th, 2011

Image by Môsieur J.. Some rights reserved. The most damning part of the recent Sports Illustrated article on Lance and doping (article summary) is the news of unexplained high T/E readings in three of Armstrong's urine samples between 1991 and 1998.… more »

Freewheeling, My Favorite 9th Century Japanese Blog

February 9th, 2011

Freewheeling fan. I thought Freewheeling was a great contemporary blog. Little did I know that 9th Century Japanese poets were reading it long before me. The Sound of Rapids To avoid noisy places is my nature, yet I love the gurgling of a stream.… more »

Tea Partiers Dump Patriot Act Extension

February 9th, 2011

Tea Partiers are good for something. Some of them voted against extending some of the heinous parts of the Patriot Act, including roving wiretaps and non-search warrant access to customer records from Internet Service Providers, financial institutions,… more »

Income Inequality: Egypt and the U.S.

February 6th, 2011

Gerty is glued to Al Jezeera. She takes breaks for exercise, food, and errands, but the revolution in Egypt has her riveted. Many of the early stories offered Egypt's income inequalities as a partial explanation for the uprising. Trouble is, income… more »

Post Office on Wheels

February 6th, 2011

Pretty great idea. This Post Office on wheels makes a circuit of senior housing, so the folks who live there can send their packages and buy stamps. more »

Wasted Presidencies & Rahm Emanuel

February 6th, 2011

From a February 14, 2002 profile of Rahm in the Chicago Reader: Ironically, despite his reputation for ruthlessness, Emanuel fit right in with an administration known for its middle-of-the-road policies. For all his talk of punishing enemies, he and… more »

Fake Humans

February 1st, 2011

Image by NET9. Some rights reserved. I REALLY hate it when a robotic phone voice masquerades as a real person. I feel like a fool pretending that the robotic voice is a human. I avoid speaking if at all possible, but it's becoming less and less… more »