horses and saddles sold cheap and other metaphors

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Terrorists may be on video tape

Watch on the Thames
The British capital has more surveillance cameras monitoring its citizens than any other major city in the world. The highly visible gadgets are posted on the corners of many buildings, on new buses and in every subway station. Since 2003, the license plate of every car driving into central London during weekdays is filmed as part of a program to reduce traffic congestion. London charges a fee to cars and also uses the films to catch and fine cheats. In all, there are at least 500,000 cameras in the city, and one study showed that in a single day a person could expect to be filmed 300 times.

So a video camera may be better then flypaper and a billion dollars a week.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Dinosaur footprint found in Alaskan park

A 70 million year old footprint. Intelligently designed I'm sure.

Bush has been a career sleaze bag

Bush Team Was Involved in 'Eminent' Land Grab
In their book, Shrub, columnist Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose note that, "Not satisfied with the taxpayers picking up the tab on the construction of the (new) stadium, the ball team used its quasi-government sports authority to 'take' the 13 acres needed for the stadium complex at a price so low a state court had to step in on behalf of the unwilling 'sellers.' "

In 1998, by then Gov. G.W. Bush, who had campaigned as a strong advocate of private property rights, cashed in his interest in the baseball team for $15.4 million.

Only in America.

If you're just a middle-class boob trying to lead a good life and play by the rules, what lesson does this teach you ? Its not how hard you work, rewards in life are not about the gifts of intellect or invention, and it sure isn't about sacrifice or ethics; its about the arrogance and the power of unearned wealth. Bush made $15.4 million on a $640,000 chip in. Why rob banks when you can just be a modern day Republican.

Monday, July 04, 2005

There are patriots that fight the good fight

Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson dead at 89
"He had an extraordinary sense of humor and an extraordinary commitment to public service all his life," she said. "He was a great raconteur. Nobody could tell a story like he could. He had a life of commitment and public service, all done with a great sense of humor."

Nelson said her father continued to work at the Wilderness Society until March.

"When someone asked why he still went to work, he said, 'Because the job's not done,'" she said.

Nelson was born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, and developed a love of the outdoors at an early age. After serving in the Army in Okinawa during World War II, he returned to Wisconsin, serving in the state senate and as governor, always with an emphasis on environmental issues.

Public service should mean something. Here was a man that couldn't separate militray service, from the environment, from political service. They were all one and all for America. Mr. Nelson was a true brother of the red, white, and blue. He didn't use it to cover his ass or extremist ideology like the current cabal of hypocrites who only pretend to be the party of Lincoln.

 
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