Archive for May, 2008

Corbett WMA birding trip

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

My birding pal and I are still trying to find Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers (RCWs). They are being reintroduced in two adjoining wildlife management areas in this part of the state, Dupuis and J.W. Corbett. We went to Dupuis a few months ago, and today we tried Corbett, located in northern Palm Beach County. We had a vague idea of where the reintroduction area was, but it took a couple of attempts to find it.

“The Iraq war was not necessary.”

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

So says former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, in his memoir, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception,” to be published Monday. The Washington Post and the New York Times obtained copies, but only the Post reports this damning quote. McClellan goes on to say that, while the war was a mistake, the Bush Administration’s greatest mistake was its lack of candor in propagandizing the war. Mistake? Or intention?

The Heartland Replies

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008


Barack Obama famously blamed small-town America’s affection for God and guns on economic frustration. Now the Heartland is talking back.

Joe Lieberman, Enemy of the Nation

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Joe Lieberman was Connecticut’s Attorney General when he ran against Republican Lowell Weicker for the Senate. I voted for him, a decision I now deeply regret. Once Al Gore’s running mate, Lieberman morphed into Bush’s lap dog after 9/11. Connecticut voters should have run Lieberman out of office in 2006, and spared us his latest revision of history.

McCain, Obama, and national security

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Republican John McCain is using an old conservative lie to portray Barack Obama as soft on national defense. Obama has said he would negotiate with our nominal adversaries in the Middle East — provided they make certain concessions, a point overlooked by McCain’s campaign. McCain’s attack would have had less impact before the current Bush regime, something else McCain’s campaign, and right-wing blowhards are also conveniently overlooking.

The Megan Meier case

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Megan Meier thought she was talking to a teen-age boy on, when her correspondent was instead a 47-year-old woman. When the ‘boy’ told Megan “the world would be a better place without you,” the girl committed suicide. Now her antagonist, Lori Drew, has been indicted on conspiracy and computer-crime charges. Meier and Drew were both residents of Missouri, whose prosecutors declined to bring charges. Instead, the indictments were brought in Los Angeles, where has its headquarters. I think the charges are appropriate, and that Drew should be punished for her actions.

What just happened in West Virginia?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

A day after the West Virginia primary, the news is out: One in four Clinton voters admitted race was a factor in their decision. Excuse me for sounding like Rev. Wright, but blame that on the government.

The New Spirituality

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

New York Times op-ed writer David Brooks makes some interesting observations about the future of spirituality. He begins by briefly charting the separation of spirituality from scientific materialism, and their eventual reconciliation. Having abandoned the model of a purely material mind, science now accepts emotional individuality as separate from instinctual behavior.

Tell It To Jesus

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Enough, already. The flap over the Rev. Wright couldn’t happen in a secular country, which this is supposed to be. Wright is eccentric, to say the least. His claim that the government intentionally infected Blacks with AIDS was outrageous, but his take on our disastrous foreign policy is accurate. Some whites are upset that he’s making fun of us. Get over it. We’re still the demographic majority. Whites will decide who gets to run as the Democratic Party candidate this year. White people run this country. We can handle a little verbal abuse.

Now, sit there and try to tell me you don’t know at least one person whose friendship wasn’t sometimes embarrassing. (more…)