Archive for March, 2008

In their own words

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Before the Iraq War began, more than five years ago this month, pro-war politicians and opinion leaders were unanimous in downplaying the possible risks. Were they arrogant, or simply stupid?

Winston Churchill’s history of The Second World War left me with one indelible memory: (more…)

Earth Hour

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Time was, we celebrated Earth Day. Now the planet only rates an hour.


Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

We should have a national day of mourning for the 4000 Americans killed in Iraq, the almost 30,000 wounded, and the hundreds more killed and wounded in Afghanistan. Our ignorance, their sacrifice.

Wild night at Audubon

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Last night, Audubon of Martin County members didn’t have to look for wildlife; the wildlife came to us. David Hitzig of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, and his family, visited our meeting, and brought along some of their friends.

Sen. Hagel (R-Neb): We need a new party

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Like senators Clinton and McCain, Chuck Hagel voted pro-war in 2002. Unlike Clinton and McCain, Hagel now regrets the decision, saying Bush misled him into believing diplomatic channels would be further pursued. Hagel was the only Republican to vote against the Surge last year. Hagel doesn’t plan to run for re-election, and is publishing a book, “America: Our Next Chapter.” In the book, Hagel says, “In the current impasse, an independent candidate for the presidency, or a bipartisan unity ticket … could be appealing to Americans.” Right on, Chuck!

Of course, we have alternative political parties, but the corporate media don’t trust us to know much about them. When Ralph Nader announced his candidacy, all they reported was old news about the 2000 election outcome in Florida, and speculation about whether Nader would “spoil” it for the Democrats again in 2008. It was as if Nader had no platform, no opinions, and no political experience. If you haven’t pigged out at the corporate trough, and been granted a major-party position, you don’t stand a chance in this democracy.

Thus it is ironic that this article appeared in the Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times, which has decided, five years after this awful war began, that our best choices for president are either of two senators who voted to start it.

The main reason alternative parties don’t fare well here is because the corporate-controlled media don’t want us to even consider them. Too much democracy is not good for corporate health, or wealth.

Windy day

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Despite the wind and clouds, I had to get out today. The wind did keep the smaller birds down, but I saw some larger ones.

Way out West

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Cracker Cow

Our final Audubon Bird ID Course class was held in western Martin County. It turned out to be quite an adventure, better than we could have hoped.

Gen. Petraeus admits “Surge” has failed

Friday, March 14th, 2008

BAGHDAD, March 13 — Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.

What evidence exists to suggest continued U.S. military occupation of Iraq will make a difference?

Waterbirds and Friends

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Deer, Okeeheelee Park

Wrapping up the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge – Okeeheelee Nature Center trip, a few photos of birds that like to hang out on or around the water, and some of their friends.

Woodpeckers, a cardinal, a hawk and a bug

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Northern Cardinal

For this post we have a variety of birds, and one bug.