Mountaintop Removal: Check this site, including its –Resources– page. Just do it!

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“I think they should name [mountaintop removal] something better. The top ends up flatter, but we’re not talking about Mount Everest. We’re talking about these little knobby hills that are everywhere out here. And I’ve seen the reclaimed lands. One of them is 800 acres, with a sports complex on it, elk roaming, covered in grass. Most people would say the land is of enhanced value, because now you can build on it.”


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Thu Jul 24, 2014

Michele Bachmann Suggests Labor Camps for Immigrant Children

by HarpboyAK


First Newt Gangrene suggested that poor kids be made indentured servants in order to get school lunches, now Michele Bachmann wants immigrant children to put into indentured servitude.

KCTV reports:

Bachmann’s plan? Send those children to labor camps, which she warmly refers to as “Americanization Facilities,” with the goal of having them pay off their past, present, and future care expenses, while assimilating them into American culture. And in exchange for that labor, the children would be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship.
During an interview with Minnesota’s Twin Cities News Talk, Bachmann revealed her plan while addressing the border crisis.

Conservative radio host Jason Lewis asked Bachmann about the camps, and what life might be like for the children sent to them. “Well, we’d of course want these facilities to be ideal, you know, for the children to work and learn. They’d spend half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that’s English, you know, English and American history. And as soon as they learn English with some degree of fluency, they can attend local schools, maybe with a voucher program, or something like that. And then they could work when they aren’t in school.”



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A confrontation shedding considerably more heat than light.

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And, no, I’m talking neither “smoking’ hot babes” nor gunmen “slinging hot lead.” I’m talking heated argument leading to no insight whatsoever.


As you watch, notice that the television station hides the boobs but not the guns. What a country! Prudes obsessed with violent and threatening phallic extensions. “Mine might not be bigger than yours, pal, but it shoots more and shoots faster. Not only that, I don’t have to worry when kit stays hard longer than four hours!”

The problem is that both sides get distracted by irrelevancies. Like, who gives a shit how long your family has lived in Texas!? The real issue isn’t whether you can carry openly, boys. The real issue is whether you should carry openly. Why do you want to?

Compare that to the question the women raised. The can carry their titties openly. Should they or should they not? Why do they want to? The question isn’t whether you have titties; it’s what you do with them; why; and to what effect.

Incidentally, notice that the women are showing their actual titties. The guys are hiding their actual dicks and showing symbolic substitutes. Wonder why?



Civics version of the Hippocratic Oath?

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The Hippocratic Oath dates from the 5th century B.C., and is said to represent the teaching of Hippocrates of Kos, known often as the “father of modern medicine.” It represents the values and principles every physician swears to uphold, sometimes explicitly and sometimes implicitly. It’s often said that the first principle of the oath is “First, do no harm.” That’s not actually part of the oath, as I’d always thought until I did my homework before writing this post. But it is implicit, and it’s stated in almost those words in another document attributed to Hippocrates.




I can’t help thinking about that whenever I hear liberals complaining about how little the current and previous Congress have accomplished, and how relatively few days they spend in Washington supposedly doing what we elected them to do. Finally I wrote something about it in responding to someone else’s comment on a blog. Here’s what I wrote:


I think it’s a mistake for progressives to say Congress works for only 1/3 or whatever fraction of a year it is. The fact is, they’re almost always working. The real issue is what work they’re doing and whom they’re doing it *for*.

They’re not working to serve the people. They’re working to serve themselves. Mostly working to obtain money for the next election. Not in clearly illegal quid pro quo terns. More a matter of wink-wink/nod-nod. In other words, they don’t sell a vote on a particular bill. Rather they sell access and predisposition to listen and promote.

We’d actually be better off if they weren’t working at all. We need the political equivalent of a Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm. A “do nothing” Congress is better than a “do wrong and obstruct” Congress.


I think I might expand that into a letter to the editor.


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The reincarnation and born-again-ness of Kubrick’s General Jack D. Ripper, U.S.A.F.

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General Ripper, preserving his precious bodily fluids against women and the Red Menace!





The following jeremiad by Mikey Weinstein is clearly overheated and borderline hysterical. However… Just ’cause you’re paranoid, that doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you!




US Air Force Prepares to Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of Fundamentalist Christians Proselytizing War

By Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet | Op-Ed

Saturday, 26 July 2014 13:04

“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.” William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Act 3, Scene 1, Line 273

“Justice delayed is justice denied”; these salient words apply in full to the conditions and prospects of religious liberty in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). What lies at stake is the alteration (and possible evisceration) of one of the only protective barriers restraining the brutal spread of ruthless fundamentalist Christianity spread throughout the U.S. military: Air Force Instruction 1-1, specifically Section 2 .11 (AFI 1-1).

Would the United States Air Force sooner throw the basic religious rights of Air Force personnel into a stinking garbage heap than “court controversy” with Tea Party bigots and religious extremists in the United States Congress and their incestuous gangs of fundamentalist Christian, parasitic parachurch organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association (AFA), Focus on the Family (FOF) and the Officers Christian Fellowship (OCF) to name only a few of these rapaciously religious extremist entities?

Sadly, telltale signs of dubious, constitutional queasiness and pathetically faux ambivalence by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III have clearly revealed that this may well be the case. The floodgates of state-sponsored evangelizing/proselytizing and fundamentalist Christian supremacy, exceptionalism and primacy by newly emboldened “Hobby Lobby”-style Christian fundamentalists within the Air Force are set to literally fly open, with devastating effect.

It should be a no-brainer: AFI 1-1 and similar protections and regulations on religious expressions should, if anything, be strengthened – not deliberately and so shamefully diluted. Instead, the changes being considered by the USAF, as it craters and cowers before these fundamentalist Christian lawmakers and their private sector parachurch persecutors, will authorize “witnessing,” preaching and proselytizing on the tax-payer’s dime provided the “tormentor” airman is projecting his/her “sincerely held” religious beliefs upon the “tormentee” airman. Prohibition on such “testifying” would ONLY apply if these expressions are determined to “have a real, not hypothetical adverse impact” (according, of course, to the subjective, arbitrary and clearly conflicted determination of Air Force leadership).

Look, let’s just call it what it is. “Spiritual rape” perpetrated by “fundamentalist Christian religious predators” is how we at the civil rights organization I lead — the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)— describe the profound sense of vicious, personal violation that is being mercilessly inflicted upon tens of thousands of our MRFF military clients, 96% of whom are practicing Christians themselves. Forced religious indoctrination, mandatory prayer sessions, active, abusive measures towards the promotion of one or another fundamentalist Christian sect, the shaming and savaging of freethinking, atheist, and agnostic service members – these barbaric tactics define the monstrous modus operandi of the Christian dominionist hegemony that lies as a cancerous plague metastasizing briskly across the whole of the Air Force and the U.S. Military.


Here’s a comment on the article I posted at the site:

If you open the door, then others can walk through alongside you. So I assume the rules would permit equally brutal proselytizing by militant Islamic fundamentalists, right?

Surely freedom of religion logically implies freedom from religion.

Stanley Kubrick’s looking more and more prescient, isn’t he. Kubrick’s General Jack D. Ripper has been reincarnated and born again out in the U.S. Wild West.


And here are some additional visual comments:

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Natura naturans

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Nature naturing!


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The quote is from Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm.


For those interested in technical details…

The photo of the tree growing over the railroad track was shot by my brother, in Georgia as I recall. The image in front is of stuff growing in the water leaking from a fire hydrant. I shot it in downtown DeLand, Florida. And of course I did all the Photoshop work. I also used filters from OnOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 and MacPhun’s FX Studio.

Republicans are astoundingly deluded about the ACA

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Unlike a majority of Americans, Republicans still under delusion that Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone

by Jed Lewison

Wed Jul 23, 2014

Greg Sargent notes an interesting result from CNN’s latest Obamacare survey, which found that while 54 percent of Americans believe Obamacare has helped their family or other families across the country …

… an astonishing 72 percent of Republicans, and 64 percent of conservatives, say the law hasn’t helped anyone.

Given the drop in uninsurance rates alone, that’s just delusional. But I’ll cut those Republicans a wee little bit of slack, or at least I’ll cut them slack if they live in a state that refused to fully implement Obamacare, because, as you can see in this chart…


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Lily pond Stourhead, England

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Digitized and manipulated slide shot at Stourhead in Southwestern England, a National Trust property, one of England’s most famous gardens. I took this photo in 1994, when my wife and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary by touring Great Britain.