Out of the Mountains
Ramblings from a relocated and under-employed Southeastern Kentuckian. Liberal politics, art, music, movies, books,sports, games, whatever else strikes my fancy....Sad and strange the days that are no more...
Monday, September 28, 2009
Funny Teabaggers | For Want of a Dictionary
Saturday, September 26, 2009
David Letterman: Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Video | Public Option: Howard Dean On "Morning Meeting"
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday Video | Strawberry Swing
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Project Censored: The Top 25 Stories You Will Not Hear(Or See) On Your "News" Reports
"At Project Censored, we examine the coverage of news and information important to the maintenance of a healthy and functioning democracy. We define Modern Censorship as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions)."
1. US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street
2. US Schools are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s
3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates
4. Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina
5. Europe Blocks US Toxic Products
6. Lobbyists Buy Congress
7. Obama’s Military Appointments Have Corrupt Past
8. Bailed out Banks and America’s Wealthiest Cheat IRS Out of Billions
9. US Arms Used for War Crimes in Gaza
10. Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate
11. Private Corporations Profit from the Occupation of Palestine
12. Mysterious Death of Mike Connell—Karl Rove’s Election Thief
13. Katrina’s Hidden Race War
14. Congress Invested in Defense Contracts
15. World Bank’s Carbon Trade Fiasco
16. US Repression of Haiti Continues
17. The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan
18. Ecuador’s Constitutional Rights of Nature
19. Bank Bailout Recipients Spent to Defeat Labor
20. Secret Control of the Presidential Debates
21. Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare
22. Obama’s Trilateral Commission Team
23. Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud
24. Dollar Glut Finances US Military Expansion
25. Fast Track Oil Exploitation in Western Amazon
Thanks to C & L.
Wednesday Video | "I Gotta Feeling"
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Health Care: MoveOn & REM Video, "We Can't Afford to Wait"
Video: Obama's Health Care Plan In Four Minutes
Mine Sites; Support Reforestation Proposal
Speaking of stimulus funds and green jobs. This sounds like a great idea(along with putting an end to mountaintop removal mining);
Support Reforestation Proposal
Greening the coalfields makes economic, environmental sense
"..This vision of reforesting a region and replenishing watersheds, while reviving local economies and creating sources of renewable energy, is not pie in the sky.
It's a near "shovel ready" plan developed by scientists at the University of Kentucky and Virginia Tech and by government reclamation experts who have mud on their boots from 30 years of inspecting strip mines.
All that stands between their vision and reality: $422 million.
This is a worthy mission that deserves support from Congress, the Obama administration, state governments and the coal industry.
The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is also a perfect fit for President Barack Obama's vision of retooling the economy by developing renewable energy to achieve energy independence and reverse global warming.
In the process, green jobs would be created in a region that desperately needs any kind of jobs.
ARRI (say aerie) is not just proposing to reforest 125,000 acres of parched grassland over five years by planting 125 million trees.
People would also be put to work preparing and maintaining sites for solar, wind and biomass farms; measuring carbon dioxide sequestered by the new forest; working with landowners, and developing trails and tourism..."
Note of the Day: My Representative Ben Chandler Sucks!
Yes sucks. And yes he's a Democrat, a right of center "blue dog"(hair above Republican) Democrat.
I've sent him 2 inquiries by email with serious questions and concerns I've had regarding jobs, health care, etc. I've yet to get an answer stating his positions and/or whether he gives a damn. Obvious answer; He doesn't give a damn. And yes, I know, I know, I'm not a highly paid "journalist" or lobbyist.
Say what you want about my Wingnut Senators Bunning and McConnell, and there's a lot or reasons to get them out of office, but at least when you voiced a position with them you got a form letter back stating their position. I didn't agree with their position but you knew SOMEONE there had acknowledged your existance.
Then what do I see today on the Lexington Herald-Leader web page:
Strapped cabinet hires Chandler's wife
JENNIFER CHANDLER GETS $79,656 JOB
FRANKFORT — Despite declining revenue and deep budget cuts, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet created a $79,656-a-year management job this summer for Jennifer Chandler, wife of U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles..."
Does it annoy you just a bit? Just another inBred political backrub for hire? Where these people never disappear, they just pop up into a bureaocratic made-up job somewhere else.
My last unanswered question(s) for "useless" Ben were-
Regarding health care, whether he supports a public option, apparent answer...NO.
Next question- Regarding Kentucky's(and my) unemployment woes what could, and should be done with those vaunted millions in Federal stimulus money to give people work and income, apparent answer...don't know, don't care.
But hey, Mrs. Chandler has a golden government goose. Surprise...
Next elections for "gentle Ben";
I vote for the other guy if it's a Dem, I don't vote for either when it's a Repub.
Remember Kentuckians, Ben doesn't need ya! Unless you got a golden egg of course.
Note of the Day; Ben Chandler, sucks.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
SNL SHows What REALLY Happened To Poor Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson could be in some REAL trouble for his obnoxious behavior at Obama's Congressional speech:
Joe Wilson's Reelection At Risk Over Outburst
On the other hand Saturday Night Live has the real story about what happened and it's..well, it's pretty funny:
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sweet! | Download FREE Classic SciFi Illustrated "StarShipSofa"
Friday, September 18, 2009
75% Of Oklahoma Students Can't Name First President
Scary things I learned today;
75 Percent of Oklahoma Students Can't Name the First President
Shouldn't that be kind of an important thing to know? We had to learn all the Presidents. Forgot most of them shortly after, but had to learn all of them.
Friday Video | Moby, "Pale Horses"
Video | Keep On Doing WHAT To That Chicken?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Perfect Men | Here They Are Ladies
Video Clip | "Artificial Paradise, Inc"
Strange, but interesting; "Artificial Paradise, Inc";
"..an experimental film anticipating a future where a major corporation has developed a unique software, based on organic virtual reality, which holds all the lost memories of humankind. A user connects to this database of the forgotten…what is he searching for?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
RIP Mary Travers and Henry Gibson | Video - Leaving On A Jet Plane
The New National Health Insurance Plan | Max Baucus Debacle Version
Regarding the new Max Baucus "clusternuts" Health care bill. Or as Wendell Potter correctly called it The "Insurance Industry Profit Protection Act". You know, the bill that HAD to be "bi-partisan", so the Democrats neutered it into a Insurance company give-away and kissed Republican butts throughout the whole process to find out(AHA!) that no Republican is interested in it anyway.
Well, Atrios has come up with an idea for this contraption that's so crazy it just might work.
Instead of a fine, perhaps the government could just sign you up to... oh, I don't know what we should call it... a public plan? And then send you a bill.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Raw Video | Afghan Insurgents Die With Their Bomb
A Twitter Funny | 25 Things About Twitter That Are....
25 things about twitter that are pissing me off
Yeah, it's a little old but I just found it. Gimme a break! You AND Twitter are starting to piss me off! OH, and read the comments! Do I have to tell ya everything?
# 26 - For the last 3 days Twitter has sent me about four emails a day telling me that the same person is following me WTF!
Monday, September 14, 2009
AW, Damn! | Jim Carroll Dies
I remember you Jim Carroll. You ROCKED, Especially this song, "People Who Died".
I always thought he deserved a place in the R&R Pantheon.
I am never bored. I entertain myself. I put deadly spiders along my thigh, and they inject me with God. At times, I pretend I am a man in order to laugh.
Past midnight, when the doors have been barricaded for night, I ascend and steal water from the baptismal fount to drink. For nourishment, I eat what moves along the floor in the darkness. I have never seen my food.
What need have I for companionship? Without trying, I have made an alliance with angels: my will and capability are one. And, against my will at first, I was given comrades in hell. It is why I dance.
The saints know who I am. Because I dance, they have made clear that they may offer me no aid. Yet, they have vowed their respect for me nonetheless.
At night, to keep my body well, I climb these church walls within. For footholds I see the reliefs of Christ on his way to Calvary, as he weeps into a veil. Sometimes, as a great feast day approaches, workmen use scaffolds to polish the facades. They ascend all the way to the rotunda ceiling. It is my only sky. I choke on the dead reliquary air of a hundred years. I will be here on this scaffold, like an owl, for a hundred more. Looking down, it is again the day of my birth. And I kiss the painted blue. I touch the painted stars.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Public Option | Not Quite Dead Yet?
Well, well, maybe that public option that my "news"paper and most corporate outlets keep telling me is a goner is still kicking. At least according to President Obama in a speech in Minnesota today. He sounds pretty sincere people:
Paul Krugman explains:
Why the public option matters
I wish I had a job to go to tomorrow but I don't...Let me rephrase that, I wish I had a source of income that a job brings. This worry is like a planet on my shoulders every day.
On a related note I'd be glad to dump the ads at the top of this page for ones that would make me some survival money. I've had to look at those things for 2-3 months(?) and have yet to get a dime from it.
Anyone like to buy a banner? No?
It's cold out here in nobody land.
Rightwing Attacks On Obama A Continuation Of Their Style
I heard there was some kind of crazy wingnut gathering in Washington yesterday. Anyone else hear anything about that? Hmmmm? Something about they lost the last few election cycles and it's driving them nuts? Someone needs to check out their cable Networks FAUX and CNN and see what's up with that.
Glenn Greenwald takes on the corporate media's latest fascination(other than teabaggers) with that new-fangled Republican trend of; making up sh*t, ignoring their own hypocracy, and treating Democratic ideals with sneering contempt.
Is the Right's attack on Obama's legitimacy new or unprecedented?
"..Nothing that the GOP is doing to Obama should be the slightest bit surprising because this is the true face of the American Right -- and that's been true for a very long time now. It didn't just become true in the last few months or in the last two years. Recent months is just the time period when the media began noticing and acknowledging what they are: a pack of crazed, primitive radicals who don't really believe in the country's core founding values and don't merely disagree with, but contest the legitimacy of, any elected political officials who aren't part of their movement. Before the last year or so, the media pretended that this was a serious, adult, substantive political movement, but it wasn't any truer then than it is now. All one has to do is review their behavior during the Clinton presidency -- to say nothing of the Bush years -- to see that none of this is remotely new. Nothing they're doing to Obama is a break from their past behavior; it's just a natural and totally predictable continuation of it..."
When they're not in power it's what they do.
When they're in power they loot the treasury, turn the government over to corporations(I know Dems do to, but not to GOP level) and the churches, rape the environment(more than usual), coddle the rich and the corrupt, etc.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Geek Of The Week | Joe "You Lie!" Wilson
Here's a clip from Countdown with some background. You'll have to watch a short commercial to, but it's SO worth it. Wait for the send up of Joe Blow by the Nation's comics.
This Modern World | The Times Sure Have Changed
Oh yeah. I remember the days when people were harassed and arrested for wearing the wrong kind of t-shirts to Bushtard political events. Thankfully these days wingnuts can carry automatic weapons at Presidential events. What a difference when a Democrat is in office!
Meet Tom Tomorrow's Goofus and Gallant, they'll explain it to you.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
President Obama | Video: The National Health Care Speech
I watched the speech and was fairly impressed. At least he mentioned a "public option" which was more than I expected. If he'll stand by it and fight for it I'll be truly impressed, not to mention grateful. Here's the complete speech, which I thought was pretty good, not his best but pretty good:
As a bonus here's Robert Reich with a quick explanation of what the "public option" really is in a nutshell:
Afghanistan | Walking Into An Ambush
I knew we shouldn't be invading Iraq in 2003 and though I hated the Taliban I didn't really think we should have invaded Afghanistan(other than going in to pluck out Osama Bin Ladin). Years later it's turning into another pointless meatgrinder.
Here's McClatchy's excellent combat reporter Jonathan S. Landay who barely made it out of an ambush that took 4 American marines, 8 Aghan soldiers and an interpreter:
'We're pinned down:' 4 U.S. Marines die in Afghan ambush
"..Four U.S. Marines were killed Tuesday, the most U.S. service members assigned as trainers to the Afghan National Army to be lost in a single incident since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. Eight Afghan troops and police and the Marine commander's Afghan interpreter also died in the ambush and the subsequent battle that raged from dawn until 2 p.m. around this remote hamlet in eastern Kunar province, close to the Pakistan border..."-
The Liberal Media | And Other Fairy Tales
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
William S. Burroughs | A Man Within
Tuesday's Video | David Gray
Video | President Obama's "Stay In School" Speech
Or in the alternate universe of wingnuts, the "evil secret indoctrinating commie talk to hypnotize their little wingnut kids".
Never mind that their Saint Ronnie Reagan actually DID make a politically oriented talk to school kids. George Bush, "The smarter" spoke to school kids. Obviously it comes down(once again) to "IOKIYAR".
Thanks to Daily Kos here's the full video of President Obama's school speech. Follow the link for the full text:
Monday, September 07, 2009
Happy Labor Day America! Continuing Education....Oh, And Some Pics!
Unfortunately there still hasn't been an offering of a "labor" position for me(yeah I know, and millions of others). I even uploaded and/or emailed 4 resumes for jobs today.
I got some papers from the Department of Labor a few days ago giving me some information on government grants, etc. for college. AND..I could probably still receive unemployment benefits while I went for a degree! It's just that with my age and this economy I don't even know if that will help much.
I have been thinking seriously about it though.
Going back to school. Maybe We'll see.
Went down to the country over Labor Day weekend. Here's a few of the pics from the trip to the "backcountry mountains". Check out the work on this old stone mill chimney:
"Last of the mill"
Last of the mill 2:
The old "Buck house"; Or, "Middle of nowhere":
Looking up river at "the narrows":
I haven't quit posting also been pretty busy. It doesn't much matter this blog(small "b") isn't a job(it doesn't pay). It's just a little "Log" of mine, or diary if you will. Sigh..If it paid I wouldn't have any worries and could Blog all the time(I know, frightening thought!).
Anyway I'm still around passerbyes and here's hoping you have a nice and safe remainder to your Labor Day.
Gotta go feed the doggies and give 'em their meds. Back later..
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Video | World Of Warcraft: "Cataclysm"
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Tuesday's Random Pics
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, "Compassionate Conservatism" At It's Finest
Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins(author of the recent "Great White Hope" Comment) shows that classic
WingnutRepublican compassion for their fellow Americans. She laughs at a working mother with a son who cannot afford health insurance:
I betcha Rep. Jenkins has EXCELLENT health care, for herself and her family. It's the old Republican mantra of "I got mine".