"Since your historic victory in the primary, there have been troubling
signs that you are moving away from the core commitments shared by many who have
supported your campaign, toward a more cautious and centrist stance--including,
most notably, your vote for the FISA legislation granting telecom companies
immunity from prosecution for illegal wiretapping, which angered and dismayed so
many of your supporters. "
Thursday, July 31, 2008
One of the benefts of my new low cholesterol diet is the almost complete elimination of animal flesh from my diet, except when I eat family meals - my life partner is not on the plan. When I eat by myself I consume vegetable-based substitutes like veggie suasage and soy cheese. I actually like the stuff.
I have been concerned throughout my life with the ethical problem raised in connection with eating animals. I gave up "red" meats years ago and I try to limit my poultry consumption. If I had to kill to live I'd be in trouble. I'm glad I'm now moving closer to my ideal which would be an exclusively vegetarian diet.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
PHOTO: mid summer bloomer - is it Bee Balm?
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Clearly, reading in print and on the Internet are different. On paper, text
has a predetermined beginning, middle and end, where readers focus for a
sustained period on one author’s vision. On the Internet, readers skate through
cyberspace at will and, in effect, compose their own beginnings, middles and
I read exclusively online these days. I enjoy the reading I do on the computer. I like the freedom to jump around and edit what I read, which you really can't do with a book. But what about children learning to read and progressing through their education? It will be interesting to see what the Times comes up with.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
"Except for half a dozen in each town, the citizens are proud of that
achievement of ignorance which it is so easy to come by. To be “intellectual” or
“artistic” or, in their own word, to be “highbrow,” is to be priggish and of
…Doubtless all small towns, in all countries, in all ages,
Carol admitted, have a tendency to be not only dull but mean, bitter, infested
with curiosity. In France or Tibet quite as much as Wyoming or Indiana these
timidities are inherent in isolation."
- From "Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis (1920)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Here's another photo from the Fire Island Dance Festival. The costumes and routines are colorful and inventive.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
For me, dieting is like that. If I cut down on one thing like carbs, I tend to eat more of something else, like proteins. Cut down on bread, eat more cheese. Cut down on cheese, eat more potatoes. Cut down on deserts, drink more liquor, etc. etc.
No wonder I can't lose any pounds.
Here's another pretty photo from last weekend's dance festival.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Here's another photo I took at Sunday's Fire Island Dance Festival performance.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
In the view of Mr. Addington and his acolytes, anything and everything
that the president authorized in the fight against terror — regardless of what
the Constitution or Congress or the Geneva Conventions might say — was all
right. That included torture, rendition, warrantless wiretapping, the suspension of habeas corpus, you name
Note: the American people did not elect this Addington character - he is a political appointee.
PHOTO: I took a lot of pictures over the weekend at the annual Fire Island Dance Festival. It's a spectacular event to shoot.
Monday, July 21, 2008
T. Boone Pickens, the corporate raider and oil magnate, has a plan to rid us of our dependency on foreign oil. Al Gore is calling for a 10 year horizon to switch the U.S. to non-fossil fuel for all of our needs. Meanwhile, Mr. Bush is calling for off shore drilling. What's wrong with this picture?
PS: Read Tom Friedman's recent column on Bush and energy: "9-11 and $4.11"
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So, how many 1950s westerns and other TV shows can you remember? What were your favorites? What obscure TV shows from the 50s do you remember?
In 1958-9 there was a series called "Rough Riders," a western that featured three veterans of the civil war, two Union and one Confederate, who travelled the West. It came on at 9:30 PM on Thursdays. The sponsor was either Chesterfield or Lucky Strike cigarettes. I can vividly remember watching this show as a nine year old.
Monday, July 14, 2008
PHOTO: A lovely Echiveria in bloom
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
There are two problems with this defense. First, this is NOT what he campaigned on during the primary season, when he promised "change you can believe in." It's not change to embrace Bush's plan to give money to religious groups, or to embrace the right wing positions that individuals have a right to gun ownership and favoring the death penalty. Obama tells us he's a progressive, but progressives do not hold these sorts of beliefs.
Second, what about his recent waffling on the Iraq war, and his flip flop on the FISA compromise bill? These are shifts to the right, Mr. Obama.
It would be better if Obama were more honest. I'd prefer that he simply state the truth. Yes, he is taking more centrist positions so that he can win the general election. His progressive supporters would still be angry, but at least they would not feel like he was taking them for fools.
PHOTO: Cherry Grove in miniature
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
He seems to believe that his shifts and twists and clever panders — as opposed
to bold, principled leadership on important matters — will entice large numbers
of independent and conservative voters to climb off the fence and run into his
yard. Maybe. But that’s a very dangerous game for a man who first turned
voters on by presenting himself as someone who was different, who wouldn’t
engage in the terminal emptiness of politics as usual.
Of course, Obama claims that he's been consistent all along in his positions. Maybe it's the rest of us that were dreaming when we thought we heard something new and different.
PHOTO: The pink plant is an ice plant, a perennial that will return each year as long as the winter is not too severe
Sunday, July 6, 2008
"Whether he’s reaffirming his long-held belief in faith-based programs or
fudging his core convictions about government snooping, he is drifting away from the leadership he promised and into the focus-group-tested calculation patented by Mark Penn in his disastrous campaign for Hillary Clinton."
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I see in the news that former Senator Jesse Helms died on Friday. May he go straight to the hell he tried to create for so many with his racism and homophobia. Just look around to web to see what a terrible legacy he created for himself. F*** you, Jesse, you rotten bastard.
PHOTO: Silverada, July 04, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
We are not shocked when a candidate moves to the center for the general
election. But Mr. Obama’s shifts are striking because he was the candidate who
proposed to change the face of politics, the man of passionate convictions who
did not play old political games.
There are still vital differences between Mr. Obama and Senator John McCain
on issues like the war in Iraq, taxes, health care and Supreme Court
nominations. We don’t want any “redefining” on these big questions. This country
needs change it can believe in.
Well, what we will get appears to be a "politics as usual" president, no matter who is elected.
PHOTO: Your correspondent invades the Pines on July 4, 2007
Thursday, July 3, 2008
PHOTO: Youthful participants in Cherry Grove's Gay Pride Parade last weekend
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
"This initiative has been a failure on all counts, and it ought to be shut
down, not expanded," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of
Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Mr. Obama made clear, however, that he would work to ensure that charitable
groups receiving government funds be carefully monitored to prevent them from
using the money to proselytize and to prevent any religion-based discrimination
against potential recipients or employees...
While Mr. Obama opposes requiring religious tests for recipients of aid or
use of federal money to proselytize, The Associated Press reported that he
supports letting religious institutions -- in the non-federally funded parts of
their activities -- hire and fire based on faith, according to a senior adviser
to the campaign who the news agency said spoke on condition of anonymity.
These two paragraphs appear in the same article. Which is it? Does he or does he not support allowing religious organizations that get federal money to discriminate against people based on faith?
"Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans
that would expand President Bush's program steering federal social service
dollars to religious groups and — in a move sure to cause controversy — support
their ability to hire and fire based on faith."
Translated: Obama will give tax dollars to religious organizations who discriminate against gay people in their employment practices.
This is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!
There is no way I will vote for Obama if this is his plan.
PHOTO: the Asiatic lillies in bloom