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Monday, March 28, 2011

Obama: Don't Ignore Progressive Dems!

Underwater in St. barths: A school of colorful fish

Author John R. Talbott at Huffington warms Obama about ignoring the Progressice base of the Democratic Party:

Obama won the electoral college vote in many states in 2008 because progressives and young people and blacks and Latinos and women and gays and teachers and union members and environmentalists and people concerned with the corrupting influence of lobbyists and corporate money in politics turned out in record numbers. If they choose to stay home in the next presidential election, it may prove to be a very unlucky day for Barack Obama.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Why Are Republicans Cutting $$$ For Education???

Underwater in St. Barths: Columbier beach

Wondering why Republicans are targeting money for education and attacking teachers and their unions? Republicans want to keep Americans dumb and selfish - all the while perpetuating a package of American myths based on the notion of "individual liberty" (translated: everybody for themselves and if you starve to death its not MY problem, its YOUR fault.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg & Ralph Nader Join March 19th Protest in D.C. Marking 8t...

Nader on Obama: committing the same war crimes that dubbya did.

Obama's Three Wars

Headed toward happiness: a rainbow appeared as we were flying into St. Martin just at the beginning of our wonderful vacation in St. Barths.

On a less happy note, David Boaz notes:

...after two years in the White House he(Obama) has made both of George Bush’s wars his wars.

Candidate Obama promised to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home. Two years into his presidency we're stil in Iraq, we have hundreds of thousands of troops in Afghanistan, and now we're bombing Libya. What happened?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

So let me get this straight....

Ok, so now we are still at war in Afghanistan, in Iraq (contractors, not soldiers, just 60,000 contractors) and now we are attacking Libya? And the Republicans are cutting jobs and trying to gut the unions and sack teachers?

Please tell me that we aren't this stupid? One thing for sure: Obama has vaporized my vote for him. Not interested, been there, done that. We need someone that is angry and has some balls and brains. I'm pretty sure our executive and legislative staff is playing with "none of the above".

We need better education so we don't keep electing fuck ups. By the way, we could start by banning all of our legislators from even thinking of taking lobbying dollars. That might be a good start to pull our ass out of this rut. Make the Fed completely transparent and public as well would be a good second place.... End of rant.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Barths Fun

Click the link in this post to see a trip report of our adventures in St. Barths last week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Great Glee Song Cover

See the video below for the best song from last week's "GLEE". This video has a nice slide show with photos of the two talented actresses who give lesbians a special reason to watch GLEE.

Landslide - gwyneth paltrow ft heather morris and naya rivera from glee

Monday, March 14, 2011

Obama Owns The Treatment Of Manning Now - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Obama Owns The Treatment Of Manning Now - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: "As commander-in-chief, Obama is directly responsible for the inhumane treatment of an American citizen."

An absolute disgrace: Obama has fired the man who spoke out against the inhmane treatment of Bradley Manning.

Obama will pay for this as decent people will refuse to continue to support him.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

St. Barths: So Much Fun, So Little Time!

Barracuda at Shell Beach

Trunkfish at Shell Beach

Sunset: Gustavia, St. Barths

Divemaster John

Today, Friday is our last full day on St. Barths. I’ve had so much fun that it will be difficult to leave tomorrow, but it will be time to return to home and get on with things as usual. We’ve been so busy that it has been tough to find time to write about all the fun things we’ve done, all the beautiful places we’ve seen, and the wonderful French cuisine here. Wednesday we visited one of the many beautiful “anse,” or coves that St. Barths is famous for. Each of these coves has a sand beach and crystal clear turquoise water. “Grand Cul De Sac” is on the North (Atlantic) shore and is sheltered by a coral reef. We had lunch at a beach front restaurant. I spent a couple of hours snorkeling over the reef while Dan and Richard went on to explore the East end of the island. Yesterday Dan and Richard went by fast ferry to the island of St. Martin. There they visited both the Dutch and French sides before returning to St. Barths at 6:15 PM. I spent the day scuba diving. I did two private escorted dives, just me and my handsome Corsican divemaster John. It was the first time I had dived in many years but it was a little like riding a bicycle – it comes back to you. I saw several sea turtles, a shark, and a great variety of colorful fish and aquatic life. It was such a great pleasure to dive once again. I had forgotten how beautiful it is down on the reef and how much fun it is to scuba dive. I’m glad I can still do it. I may not be able to do it much longer due to medical issues. Today we’ll have lunch at perhaps the most famous St. Barths gourmet restaurant: “Le Gaiac.” This afternoon Richard and Jim plan to try out a brand new underwater experience: we’ll don a diving helmet and walk underwater!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Carnival in St Barths

Tuesday we enjoyed the ST. Barth mini Mardi Gras parade in downtown Gustavia. We had a liesurely lunch at our favorite restaurant, Wall House, then strolled over to watch the fun and observe the many locals in costume. After the parade I got in another snorkel at St. Jean and took a photo of this Jack. Today (Wednesday) we toured the East end of the island and I did some more snorkelling. More photos to follow.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

If It's Tuesday It Must Be St.Barths

Well, here we are in beautiful St. Barths...a little piece of France in the Carribbean. On the plus side: the natural beauty of the island, our accommodations, the weather, the snorkelling and beaches, and the food. On the negative side: driving is a nightmare with rough, twisting, hilly, narrow roads. Today is "Carnival" so we hope to view the parade in downtown Gustavia after lunch this afternoon. I took the fish photos yesterday while snorkelling off the West end of the island at Columbier beach, a most difficult place to reach requiring a hike up and down a mountain!