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  1. fogiv

    the whole damn thing just makes me sad. we’ll be feeling the effects of this disaster for a very long time.  lately, this very sweet, very catchy song has been cheering me up:

    In other news, I’m playing with the newly formed John Corncock and the Peckers as entertainment for a chicken themed art show in early August. We have to learn a whole bunch of ‘chicken’ songs in a hurry.  Any suggestions?

  2. DTOzone

    a cessation in the bitching about Obama from the left on the issue sine the judge knocked down his moratorium yesterday.

    Turns out the bully pulpit isn’t as fruitful as they thought.  

  3. sricki

    And… I love Pensacola.


    I’ve lived down here within hours of the Gulf my whole life — we’ve been to plenty of beaches along the coast. The one I remember most fondly is Destin, FL, tourist trap though it unquestionably is… We still went pretty much every year of my life. And in fact, if we scrape together enough money to go on “vacation,” we will go this year as well, just to support the area. If not to Destin, then to Panama City, which is closer to me currently.

    And yet, despite my fondness for Florida beaches, I think what hit me hardest was learning that the spill had reached Dauphin Island here in AL. I’ve only been there once — my AP biology class stayed there for several days when I was a senior. Just crushing to think of the oil reaching all of these wonderful, vibrant locations.

  4. sigh – hey its just ocean right?

    also this week is the anniversary of michael jackson passing. i admit i had mixed emotions about the guy, even before he died. but undoubtedly a great artist.

  5. HappyinVT

    Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) presses DHS Secretary Napolitano for more surveillance of Hezbollah operations along the US Mexico border:

    Former intelligence officials have suggested that Hezbollah has increased its presence in Central and South America, and are now operating in Mexico and on our southern border. Even more troubling is that I believe Hezbollah and the drug cartels may be operating as partners on our border.


    Former intelligence officials have pointed to the terrain that makes up our border, especially in the San Diego border sector, as a reason why drug cartels have been partnering with Hezbollah. This terrain is very much like the areas around Israel’s borders. As we well know, Hezbollah is extremely skilled in the construction of tunnels. Israel has time and again found Hezbollah tunnels leading into Israel, some of which are large enough to accommodate trucks. Likewise, these intelligence officials say that the drug cartels, in an effort to dig larger and more effective tunnels, are employing the expertise of Hezbollah. For their expertise, Hezbollah could be receiving a cut of the drug money or even be helping put cash up front to assist in the overall drug operations.


    Not to be outdone we have Rep. Gohmert:

    But why wait until after you’re elected to start pissing on your constituents:

    Let there be no mistake, Lou Ann stands with everyone who is opposed to the idea of an Islamic training center being built in our community.  This “Islamic Center” is not part of a religious movement; it is a political movement designed to fracture the moral and political foundation of Middle Tennessee.


    Yes, we are tolerant, but our nation was founded on the tenets of the Judeo-Christian tradition; we have a right to defend that tradition.  Until the American Muslim community find it in their hearts to separate themselves from their evil, radical counterparts, to condemn those who want to destroy our civilization and will fight against them, we are not obligated to open our society to any of them.


    As Martin Luther King said, “in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” so let us not be silent.  Stand strong for our God, our families, and our country.  God bless you all.

    Lou Ann Zelenik is campaigning for the GOP nomination in Tennessee’s 6th congressional district. It has been held by 13 term Democrat Congressman Bart Gordon who announced his retirement late last year. Zelenik is a Murfreesboro businesswoman, former Chair of the Rutherford County GOP, and a leader in the Middle Tennessee Tea Party movement. She announce her candidacy last fall, and Gordon announced his retirement shortly afterwards.

     h/t TPM

    Lou Ann has been endorsed by Joe the [not] Plumber, too.

    BTW, the center was approved.

    But let’s not forget AZ Governor, Jan Brewer:

    Brewer said the motivation of “a lot” of the illegal immigrants is to enter the United States to look for work, but that drug rings press them into duty as drug “mules.”

    “I believe today, under the circumstances that we’re facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in,” Brewer said.

    The president on the union (!) that includes border agents disagrees:

    T.J. Bonner, president of the union that represents border agents, said some illegal border-crossers carry drugs but most don’t. People with drugs face much stiffer penalties for entering the U.S. illegally, and very few immigrants looking for work want to risk the consequences, Bonner said.

    “The majority of people continue to come across in search of work, not to smuggle drugs,” he said. “Most of the drug smuggling is done by people who intend to do that. That’s their livelihood.”

    But we’re a tolerant nation.

  6. fogiv

    went really well, and I’m bummed I didn’t have a recorder running for the session.  went in w/ only about two songs (that I barely knew) and left with eight hammered down.  spontaneously, we came up with some funny stuff that sounded really cool.  Imagine the Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer, played by a old time string band (with washtub bass and musical saw).

    Psycho Chicken, bok bok ba bok bok ba bok ba bok bok!

  7. DTOzone

    for the media to figure out how to knock Obama for firing McChrystal and hiring Petreaus. But the good news is they finally found a narrative.

    Obama is “apologizing to Bush for opposing the Iraq surge”

    DAVID BROOKS: […] I thought nominating or appointing Petraeus was like an apology to George Bush and Dick Cheney, because it’s an acknowledgement finally that Petraeus’ strategy with the surge actually worked, which the administration is slow to acknowledge.

    JUDY WOODRUFF: Which was something that Barack Obama had said-had been critical of.

    DAVID BROOKS: Right. And, in private, I think they knew it worked. In public, they can’t say it. But it clearly worked.

  8. DTOzone

    suggests raising the retirement age to 70. Great opportunity for Dems to go after the senior citizen and age 50-70 vote.

    However, I must be honest…I’m not so sure I have a problem with raising the retirement age.  

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