The Skunk and Tiger

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."-Horace Mann

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sam is 2 years old today!. Here are some of his current favorite words and phrases.

1. Hello!
2. Bye, See Ya Soon!
3. I Like Juice!
4. Bird!
5. AhhhWhoo (When he sees Sponge Bob.)
6. Mine!
7. Mah-ma!
8. Da-Dee!
9. No!
10. Oh, Man!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Currently Listening to
The Guillemots
From the Cliffs-EP

I think I have a new favorite band. The Guillemots! It is an EP so it should be a cheap buy. Also the new Yeah Yeah Yeah album is worth more than one listen. Can not wait for the new Neil Young and Pearl Jam Albums.

Friday, April 28, 2006

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. AP -- The Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff's Office says Rush Limbaugh has been arrested on prescription fraud charges.

Limbaugh turned himself into authorities on a warrant issued by the state attorney's office, said agency spokesperson Teri Barbera.

The conservative radio commentator came into the jail about 4 p.m with his attorney, Roy Black, and was released an hour later on $3,000 bail.

The warrant was for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescription. Barbera said.

"Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be
convicted and they ought to be sent up."
-- Rush Limbaugh. October 5, 1995 show transcript.

"What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use, too many whites are getting away with drug sales, too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too."
-- Rush Limbaugh. October 5, 1995 show transcript.

"It's kind of like sentencing. A lot of people say that we have a heavy sentence for this crime and a light sentence for another crime, and what we ought to do is reduce the heavy sentence so it's more in line with the other. Wrong. In most cases we ought to increase the light sentence and make it compatible with the heavy sentence, and be serious about punishment because we are becoming too tolerant as a society, folks, especially of crime, in too many parts of the country."
-- Rush Limbaugh. October 5, 1995 show transcript.

(The charges are very old, but it takes a long time for justice to move on rich old white people with big mouths. Rush will get a slap on the wrist because we have become "tolerant as a society"- of self righteous smear merchants)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Under election-year pressure to reduce surging gasoline prices, President Bush on Tuesday halted filling of the nation's emergency oil reserve, urged the waiver of clean air rules to ease local gas shortages and called for the repeal of $2 billion in tax breaks for profit-heavy oil companies.

Still, experts said Bush's actions wouldn't have much impact on prices at the pump. The president warned that motorists would have to dig deep into their pockets all summer long.

Bush urged lawmakers to expand tax breaks for the purchase of fuel-efficient hybrid automobiles, a politically popular measure that's also supported by environmentalists. He also directed the Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority to temporarily waive air quality laws in states if that would relieve a local gasoline supply shortage.

The White House was unable to say how much Bush's actions could affect the price of gas.

Bush said, "Every little bit helps."

Wholesale gasoline futures prices for June delivery dropped 8 cents a gallon to $2.10 on the New York Mercantile Exchange right after Bush's remarks. May gasoline futures settled at $2.1291 a gallon, a decline of 4.48 cents.

Democrats, eager to blame Republicans for high gas costs ahead of the November congressional elections, said Bush has had five years to find a way to lower prices and has favored big oil companies over consumers.

"It's crystal clear that the current spike in gas prices is at least partly due to an act of greed," said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who proposed a 60-day suspension of the federal gas tax. "Greed that has been enabled, abetted — even encouraged, I would say — by this administration."

The country's three largest oil and gas companies were expected to report combined first-quarter profits later in the week in excess of $16 billion, a 19 percent surge from last year. Bush, a former oilman, asked his administration to investigate possible price gouging and said Congress should revoke about $2 billion in tax breaks that Congress approved and he signed into law to encourage exploration.

"Cash flows are up," Bush said. "Taxpayers don't need to be paying for certain of these expenses on behalf of the energy companies."

Menendez spoke at a press conference where Democrats sought to turn gas prices — like Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war — into an issue to undermine Bush's standing with voters. "What happened to Iraq oil, Mr. President? You said Iraqi oil would pay for the war. Ain't seen no money. Ain't seen no oil," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (news, bio, voting record) of Maryland.

The suspension of oil purchases for the federal emergency oil reserve until the fall is likely to have only a modest impact. The halt in deposits involves only 12 million barrels — less than the 20 million barrels of oil used every day in the United States for transportation.

Bush resisted calls for a suspension of shipments to the reserve in the past. When his 2004 presidential opponent, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., suggested the same idea during the campaign, Bush called it "playing politics."

On Tuesday, Bush said the nation's 685-million barrel petroleum reserve had enough fuel to guard against any major supply disruption over the next few months.

The president said Democrats in the past have urged higher taxes on fuel and price caps to control fuel expenses, but he said neither approach works. Instead, he called for increased conservation, an expansion of domestic production and increased use of alternative fuels such as ethanol.

David Friedman of the Union of Concerned Scientists said an even more effective move would be to require that vehicles sold in the United States get higher gas mileage.

"The fundamental problem is that the fuel economy of cars and trucks is a disgrace and the world is just consuming too much oil and gasoline," Friedman said.

The EPA said it will consider fuel waivers on a case-by-case basis if gasoline supply problems become apparent, which could result in price spikes or shortages of cleaner summer-blend gasoline.

EPA spokesman John Millett said the waivers would not adversely impact air quality because they are only for 20 days, although states can request extensions.

Refiners, meanwhile, said that most of the change to summer-blend gasoline already has been completed and waivers may not be needed — and might even be counterproductive in some cases.

"You're going to have to be careful that you're not upsetting a plan that already is in the last stage of implementation," said Bob Slaughter, president of National Petrochemical Refiners Association.

Some Americans have the courage to stand up and shed light on the real issues that effect us. Take Laura Mallory of Loganville who has filed an appeal to remove all Harry Potter books from her local public school library. Mallory, like many evangelical Christians, struggles with the complex issues that face us today. However, when it comes to the War on Fiction, she can see clearly. Mallory, mother of three, admits that she has not read one Harry Potter book. Her source of information on the book's satanic material is a fanatic-sphere of like minded fundies who are intimidated by fictional wizards and witches. Mallory is only satisfied when make believe stories reinforce her make believe world. According to Gwinnett Daily Post-On her complaint form, she suggested they (Harry Potter Books) be replaced by C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia” series or Tim LaHaye’s “Left Behind: the Kids” series.-

But here is the real idiot quote:

“I think the anti-Christian bias — it’s just got to stop,” Mallory said. “And if we don’t say something, we’ll just keep getting pushed out of the schools. And I pay taxes, too, and I think that gives me a voice to speak out about this.”

Since when does paying taxes give you the right to censor literature for the rest of us. You can raise your three children under a rock if you want too, please do not drag everyone else down with you. There is no "War on Christians" or "Anti-Christian movement" (see my Bill Maher post). I may sound bitter, but this kind of Harry Hysteria drives me crazy. In the late nineties a town close to my home- Zeeland, Michigan was successful in removing Harry Potter Books, but they have much less integrity than any place in Georgia. On a side note I have never been able to finish a Harry Potter book because I'm a grown up and only have time for my comic books.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

According E! News report by Joal Ryan plans have been reenergized for a Star Trek Prequel.

Young Kirk. Young Spock. Mr. Lost.
Those are the components Paramount Pictures has assembled to revive its sputtering Star Trek franchise.
A new big-screen movie, apparently featuring the early adventures of Trek forefathers James T. Kirk and Spock, and boasting the handiwork of Lost creator J.J. Abrams, is being primed for a 2008 release.

Bad news is young Spock runs around shouting "Yippee" and will befriend Jar Jar Binks. "Yousa Vulcans not'ta like us Gungans, me'sa thinks."

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hey its my 100th Post!

I wish I could stop talking about politics but there is too much going on. I have officially decided to boycott all cable news, however. I am willing to accept a certain level of sensationalism in the television media. While stories about strange celebrity births and missing dead girls are both tragic, they should never trump the stories that actually effect my life and the future of this country! I am not one for conspiracy theories, but it is odd that cable media continues to look the other way at our corrupt White House and Congress.

Anyway I'll shut up for now. Here are some fun videos

This is too perfect check it out.

Dick's Grand Vision 66

Kickback Mountain

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter!

Of course Easter is really on the 23rd of April this year, if you are Eastern Orthodox. Hope you all have a great Holiday and do not have to work. Christos Anesti. "Christ Is Risen".

Friday, April 14, 2006

Talk to Action's dogemperor has documented extensively, and Ethics Daily concurs, that the Religious Right has an increasingly dangerous tendency to confuse medical mortality and morbidity with divine punishment for what they believe to be sexual impurity -- a moral blindness evident in their response to the cervical cancer vaccine that, when administered to girls under age 16, promises to confer near total immunity in later life. But the cancer in question is cervical cancer, its precursor is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), and HPV is contracted through having ... uh ... sex.

Check out the whole post at Talk To Action

Monday, April 10, 2006

I have gone from anger to disgust with George W. Bush and his ill-conceived war. Dubya's messianic view of himself and his new "secret" plans for Iran are unquestionably insane. It is frightening that both Muslim and Christian Mullahs believe that a bloody war will bring a return of their Lord. Bush made no mistake when he used the word Crusade.

I think Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks addresses the issue of Iran well:

We might be on the verge of starting World War III and everyone seems decidedly calm. The administration is thinking of dropping nuclear bombs on a Muslim country that did not attack us. What do you think Muslims throughout the world will do in reaction? Do you think they'll be calm?

If you thought they didn't like Danish cartoons, wait till you get a load of them after we start another unprovoked war in another Muslim country.

And this time we use nuclear weapons!
We are going to light this world on fire if we do this. This is not theoretical. The Washington Post is reporting that the plans have already been drawn up and the administration has been advised that it must act within a matter of months.

My God, do we have no conscience? Nuclear weapons?!!! And in a historic act of irony, we are saying we have to do this because Iran might develop nuclear weapons. Yes, God forbid they should develop nuclear weapons and consider using them on other countries - like we are about to do them!

Imagine if the shoe were on the other foot. If Iran dropped nuclear weapons on us (or Israel) in a "preventative war," we would call them barbarians and war criminals - because they would be. Well, what separates us for them?

You know what's the best way to prevent a war? Don't start one!

Read whole post at Cenk's Blog

Friday, April 07, 2006

from: Center for American Progress

At the heart of the White House and Libby's defense of their actions is the claim that a March 2003 executive order allows both the president and vice president to unilaterally declassify intelligence documents. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales stated yesterday that Bush has "inherent authority to decide who should have classified information." The White House maintains Bush's decision to disclose classified information means he declassified it. But it was unclear if that was the President's intention in this case. First, the action to leak the October 2002 N.I.E. was apparently done "without notifying Cabinet officials or others in the administration, including the CIA authors of the National Intelligence Estimate," raising questions about whether a real declassification ever occurred. Moreover, as Fitzgerald writes in the court filing, then-deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley was engaged in a process to get the N.I.E. officially declassified at the same time Libby was leaking classified portions of the N.I.E. to reporters. On July 18, 2003, the administration decided to officially disclose the contents of the full N.I.E. at a White House press briefing, "suggesting the information had not been declassified until that time." Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, argued on National Public Radio yesterday,

from: The Bill Press Show

Bill Press: Senator Tom Harkin our guest on The Bill Press Show. Senator, your colleague and buddy Russ Feingold had a hearing last Friday on his motion to censure President Bush over the NSA spying program. Why haven’t more democrats lined up behind him?

Senator Tom Harkin: Well, Bill, quite frankly I don’t know, and I’m embarassed that more democrats haven’t lined up on this. I mean, for crying out loud, the republicans, they can see fit to impeach… IMPEACH a president, Bill Clinton for lying about having an extramarital affair. But they won’t stand for a censure. The democrats don’t have the guts to stand up to censure a president who misled us, who lied to the American people, who broke the law and violated the Constitution of the United States in spying on the American people. I tell you, we’ve got to get some more backbone to a lot of democrats. We need to hear from people. We need to hear from people. The American people need to know, and to show support for this resolution.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

I have an obsession with the false "science" called creationism and the general War on Knowledge conducted by Christian extremists. Despite their lies and misinformation, my knowledge of evolution does not make me an unChristian. However, I feel those who except creationism/Intelligent Design as science have poor faith and a lack of understanding about what evolution is actually about. Others who want it taught in our public schools desire an American Theocracy

Now that there is a new fossil discovery, I feel a little vindicated. Here is a portion of the NYTimes Article :

Several well-preserved skeletons of the fossil fish were uncovered in sediments of former stream beds in the Canadian Arctic, 600 miles from the North Pole, it is being reported on Thursday in the journal Nature. The skeletons have the fins and scales and other attributes of a giant fish, four to nine feet long.

But on closer examination, scientists found telling anatomical traits of a transitional creature, a fish that is still a fish but exhibiting changes that anticipate the emergence of land animals — a predecessor thus of amphibians, reptiles and dinosaurs, mammals and eventually humans.

.....this should undercut the creationists' argument that there is no evidence in the fossil record of one kind of creature becoming another kind.

One creationist Web site ( declares that "there are no transitional forms," adding: "For example, not a single fossil with part fins part feet has been found. And this is true between every major plant and animal kind."

For more on the debate visit Talk Origins

NY Times | DAVID JOHNSTON, DAVID E. SANGER | Posted April 6, 2006 07:36 PM

President Bush authorized Vice President Dick Cheney in July 2003 to permit Mr. Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., to leak key portions of a classified prewar intelligence estimate on Iraq, according to Mr. Libby's grand jury testimony.

The testimony, cited in a court filing by the government late Wednesday, provides the first indication that Mr. Bush, who has long assailed leaks of classified information as a national security threat, played a direct role in the disclosure of the intelligence report on Iraq at a moment that the White House was trying to defend itself against charges that it had inflated the case against Saddam Hussein.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Criminally-indicted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) announced last night that "he will not seek reelection and will leave Congress within months." According to DeLay, he has been chosen as a "target" because he was "effective" and accomplished "some pretty amazing things." But the truth is that Tom DeLay's extensive corruption and bitter ultra-partisan activism had finally caught up with him -- costing him his Majority Leader title, turning him into a national political pariah, and eventually shifting his conservative Texas district against him. DeLay will reportedly leave Congress by the end of May, and says he plans to "pursue an aggressive speaking and organizing campaign aimed at promoting foster care, Republican candidates and a closer connection between religion and government." But despite his absence, the House of Representatives will remain the House of DeLay. The overwhelming majority of House conservatives supported the "DeLay Rule" that was "custom tailored for Majority Leader DeLay to avoid stepping down even after indictment." House conservatives rigged the ethics committee to protect DeLay from being penalized. And they rushed to his side with support even after the full extent of his corruption became evident. As Josh Marshall writes, "He's their guy. Their rule rests on his machine. They can run but they can't hide."

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The people who run everything can't complain that they're underdogs. To wit, this week there was a highly attended conference in Washington called "The War on Christians" because nothing says "I'm oppressed" quite like the opulent Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shore Hotel.
Whatever happened to that plucky cult called Christianity? Oh that's right. They're 80% of the American people and they've taken over all three branches of government, country music, public schools, the best seller list and, until recently, Katie Holmes. You know, i dont mind you're part of a dress up cult that hates sex and worships magic. But the paranoia, that does scare me.

You know the Missouri legislature recently felt the need to propose a resolution declaring Christianity Missouri's majority religion. No kidding? Really? You mean people aren't saying "Gosh I'd like to go to Missouri but... too Jewish." In Savannah, recently, a chldren's book about a baby penguin that's raised by two male penguins was removed from the library for its homosexual overtones because you know penguins in those tuxedoes, with the dreamy eyes... huge fags.

And the worst part is, the people bitching loudest about being persecuted for their Christianity, aren't Christians at all. They're demagogues and conmen and scolds. And the only thing they worship is power. If you believe Jesus ever had a good word for war, or torture, or taxcuts for the rich, or raping the earth, or refusing water to dying migrants, then you might as well believe bunnies lay painted eggs. And Jesus never said a word about gay marriage. He was much too busy hanging out with 12 guys.

Now, I know Goerge Bush says Jesus Christ changed his heart. But believe me, Dick Cheney changed it back. You know the only thing Bush has in common with Jesus is they both went into their father's business and got crucified for it. And since they thrive so much on turning water into whining and get off on their endless pretend persecution, this Easter season, let's give them what they want. Let's go to the zoo, get some lions and feed them Tom Delay.

-- Bill Maher

Sam is Camera Shy!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Currently Reading

The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq
by George Packer

Happy April Fools Day! Sorry I have no funny pranks for you. I'm too busy chasing my son, and reading when he is sleeping.

In celebration of our new house Anne and I went out to East Lansing and ate at Omi Sushi. Best Sushi Ever!
Also my fundie (fundamentalist) poster came in the mail today. I can not wait to frame it and I have a perfect spot for it in our new home. It is true buying a house is stressful, and you can't help but second guess yourself.
Anyway Sam is growing up fast, hard to believe his second birthday is this month. He did very well is his music glass, he is getting good at imitating sounds, sharing, and waiting his turn.
Well I'm off to get coffee. Don't forget to spring forward, as if we have an hour to spare.