Daily Archives: June 5, 2011

Cartoon(s) of the Week – The Republican Primaries Raise Questions

Ben Sargent, Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Can’t you guys just get along?

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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

What have you guys gotten yourselves into?

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Dana Summers in the Orlando Sentinel:

Why haven’t they listened to the vast majority of voters?

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Tom Toles in the Washington Post:

So how will you be able to win the Presidency in 2012?


What a great Sunday Morning…

Our friend the blackbird

Talked to Elly on the phone this morning while I was walking the dogs (and having the fifth day of our friendly red-winged blackbird following us around and making tight circles in the air around us!)  and she’s coming back tonight (her plane leaves Minnesota at 4:30 and I think she has to change flights in Milwaukee…2 hour delay) and my boys will be thrilled. They have so missed their Mama.

G. Bradley Sanders

I didn’t have to water Elly’s gardens this morning since we had a night of rain and thunderstorms (where Byron, my dog who is afraid of thunder, crawled under the bed where he barely fits to sleep in safety) which more than took care of all the plants. So, I went over to Mellow Moods where I had coffee with G. Bradley Sanders, who owns the Timberframe Folly site out in the woods south of town. This was a guy I really wanted to meet for three reasons: his creative history is pretty exceptional, he is putting together a “Folly” at the Folly in August… a 22nd Century Carnival… that I want to be involved in, and I wanted to talk to him about producing Philip Glass‘s chamber opera, The Photographer, at the Folly in a year or so.

The Folly

It’s nice speaking with another 65-year-old who, incidentally, told me he listens to John and me on WSHC Friday mornings. Anyway, now I’m a volunteer for his Carnival Folly… if you’d like to find out more about it, go HERE. Bradley also is willing to let me do The Photographer at the Folly, now I can proceed to my next stage… finding someone to coordinate the music and finding out how much this is going to cost, royalties and such, so I and get into fundraising.

So now I’m going to do the Cartoon(s) of the Week and then get back and give the boys their lunch.

… and let’s join Robert Kennedy, Jr., in stopping Mountain Top Removal

First… go see The Last Mountain if you can.

Of course, we haven’t done much so far to preserve our WV mountaintops from Massey Energy and the coal mining ilk:

Before we get to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and coal mining in West Virginia and the documentary “The Last Mountain,” let me take a minute to congratulate my generation for having been sanctimonious about the environment for 20 years or so while allowing the whole situation to get a lot worse all across the board. Great work, everybody! Let’s give ourselves a hand.

– Andrew O’Hehir, movie reviewer in Salon

Bobby Jr. is campaigning against the destruction of the mineral-rich region in south central West Virginia where Massey Energy and other companies have already blasted several mountains to aqay, causing regional ugliness, pollution and the loss of homes for people who can’t afford it. ( as O’Hehir says “by some estimates, the explosive power of the Hiroshima bomb is deployed in the region every week”).

Kennedy has legitimately pointed the finger at Congressional bribery in campaign funding, which means our Reps and Senators… and local and state officials… have done nothing in thirty years to stop this activity… indeed, most of them have encouraged it.

One of the statements Bobby Jr. has made in supporting the film, the Last Mountain, was this, quoted in the Washington Post last month:

“I would like Obama to stop saying that ‘clean coal’ phrase. I would like him to end the subsidies to coal and oil, and do things we need to do to rationalize free market capitalism in this country so we can have real free market capitalism, and give proper incentives to wind and solar, which we are going to need to beat the Chinese in the marketplace and restore prosperity in our country.”

If you are a West Virginian ( or from any one of the nearby affected states… hell, if you are from anywhere in the country!) Write to the Charleston, WV Field Office of OSMRE (Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement) at 1027 Virginia Street East,
Charleston, WV 25301 … or e-mail to:chfo@osmre.gov. Also contact the WV Department of Environmental Protection, Director Randy Huffman at 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 25304… or e-mail to Randy.C.Huffman@wv.gov.

It’s up to us!

“The Last Mountain” is now playing at the  E Street Cinema in Washington, DC. That’s the closest I could find to us.

Let’s help stop Fracking, especially in WV…

CREDO put up a petition last night. I hope you will read it, then go there and sign…

Subject: Tell your Senator: Stop dangerous Fracking

Dear Friend,

Did you know that oil and gas companies are allowed to inject unchecked quantities of a secret, toxic fluid, directly into or drinking water – and that the EPA is currently powerless to do anything about it? 

High Pressure Hydrolic Fracturing (or Fracking) is a method of drilling for natural gas by pumping a mixture of water and toxic, cancer-causing chemicals deep underground. 

It’s already responsible for poisoning the groundwater in states across the country, but thanks to the work of Dick Cheney the EPA can’t currently regulate Fracking. 

I just signed a petition asking my Senator to co-sponsor the FRAC Act, which would allow the EPA to regulate Fracking. Please add your voice and help build the call to pass this vital bill to protect our drinking water: 



It only takes a minute… so please let the Congres know your feelingd.