Monday, January 5, 2009


After being the compliant whipping boy of the Bush Administration for the past eight years, the Democrats finally regain power despite themselves, and now seem intent to prove that they are the most incompetent political party to exist in the nations history.

At a time when the nation is facing the possibility of another Depression, and is bogged down in two wars, the Democratic leadership has managed to bring all of its focus on the appointment of one of its own members to the Senate. Roland Burris, appointed by the Dems other nightmare, Blagojevich, appears to be acceptable under every criteria except that of who appointed him.

The Democratic leadership is trying to portray its refusal to seat Burris as all about principle. It is all about politics. In an effort to appear different than the Republicans, the Democrats immediately threw Blagojevich overboard when his problems became public after his arrest. Give them credit for not trying to hide it like the Republicans or smirking and winking in the Karl
Rove way. But when it comes right down to the Democrats and Blagojevich, any one who was half in the political loop knew he was sketchy. So when Harry Reid had his first discussion with Blago he already knew he was tainted but that didn't stop him from dealing with him then. Senator Reid seems more upset about being outmaneuvered by Blagojevich than any other factor. The reason that Reid and all the others in the Senate and throughout state government in Illinois could be so righteous in their condemnations was that they never thought even Blagojevich would have the gall (or balls) to appoint someone under the circumstances.

Give it up Reid and the rest of the Senate. Burris is just as qualified as any of the blue bloods and fossils in the House of Lords, I mean U.S. Senate.

Not grasping the message of the last election, that the American public wanted to completely repudiate the Bush years and the failings of the right, the Democrats seem to have figured out the only way to revive the Republican party - stupidity. Rather than arguing about the sideshow created by Gov. F-Bomb, they need to get on with dealing with the real problems of this country.

The stimulus package is already being delayed by the "need for cautious deliberation." (Where were the calls for "cautious deliberation" while our rights were being given away in the name of security.) Democrats, weakened already by infighting, are already caving to Republicans on the stimulus package. Republicans, who bear most of the responsibility for this damned mess, should sit down, shut up, and apologize for the next four years. But will they? Hell no! Even though they're wrong and they know it, they will never stop pushing for their goals of ripping off the public for the rich. Why won't they stop? Because no one gives up when fighting against an incompetent opponent.

Rather than dithering about seating Burris, the Democrats should immediately seat him and Al Franken. Then, whatever it takes, committee chair, etc., convince one of the few moderate Republicans (any one of the New England ones who must see the electoral writing on the wall) to switch parties to give the Democrats a 60 vote majority. That's what the Republicans would do if the situation was reversed.

But the Democrats won't, and that's why they're the Dumb-o-crats.

British Petroleum Gulf Oil Spill Costs

  • 11 workers killed in initial blast
  • Damage to Ocean Ecosystem
  • 35,000 to 60.000 Barrels of Oil Per Day. That's somewhere between 1,500,000 to 2,500,000 gallons a day or 150 to 300 million gallons already spilled into the ocean as of July 27th by that estimate.
  • Gulf Fisheries Industry
  • Gulf Tourism (ongoing costs)
  • Long Term Health Effects to Humans and Wildlife (to be determined)

Worst Oil Spills

  • Kuwait 1991 - 520 million gallons: Gulf War I
  • Gulf of Mexico 2010 - 206 million gallons: BP Oil
  • Mexico, Bay of Campiche 1979 - 140 million gallons: Pemex Oil
  • Trinidad & Tobago 1979 - 90 million gallons: Greek Oil Tanker Atlantic Empress
  • Russia 1983 - 84 million gallons: Leaky Pipeline collapsed into Kolva River
  • Iran 1983 - 80 million gallons: Tanker collided with Oil Platform
  • South Africa 1983 -79 million gallons:Tanker Castillo de Bellver sank
  • France 1978 - 69 million Gallons: Amoco Cadiz ran aground and broke in half.
  • Angola Coastal Waters (700 miles at sea) 1991 - 51-81 million gallons: ABT Summer exploded at sea.
  • Italy 1991 - 45 million gallons: M/T Haven Oil Tanker exploded.
  • Source: Mother Nature Network. The 13 largest oil spills in history. by Laura Moss. Friday July 16, 2010.

Nuclear Accidents (Under Construction)

  • 1957 Windscale, UK
  • 1961 Idaho Falls, Idaho, US
  • 1979 Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, US
  • 1984 Athens, Alabama, US
  • 1985 Athens, Alabama, US
  • 1986 Plymouth, Masachusetts, US
  • 1986 Chernobyl, Ukraine, USSR
  • 1996 Waterford, Connecticut, US
  • 1989 Griefwald, Germany
  • 1999 Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
  • 2002 Oak Harbor, Ohio, US
  • 2004 Fukui Prefecture, Japan
  • Source: Benjamin Sovacool

Mining Disasters (Under Construction)

  • China 1942 - 1549 deaths
  • France 1906 - 1100 deaths
  • Japan 1963 - 447 deaths
  • Wales 1913 - 438 deaths
  • South Africa 1960 - 437 deaths
  • Source: Epic Disasters Website
  • Note: Do not look at the dates herein and conclue that mining disasters are a things of the past. Every year thousands of miners die worldwide in largely unreported accidents.

OIL IS OVER! - Resources

  • Hibbert's Peak - "The" source that explains why Oil is Over.
  • Tragedy of the Commons -Garrett Hardin
  • The Land Ethic - Aldo Leopold
  • Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight - Thom Hartmann
  • Eco-Defense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching


  • The Dirt People - Ray Bawarchi (yes, that's me)
  • The Razor's Edge - Somerset Maugham
  • Demian - Herman Hesse
  • Black Elk Speaks - Black Elk (as told to R. Neimur)
  • The Quiet Don - Mikhail Sholokov
  • Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Delicious Laughter - Jallahudin Rumi
  • The Sybil - Par Lagerksvitz
  • The Fixer - Bernard Malamud
  • Spirits Rebellious - Khalil Gibran
  • The Quiet American - Graham Greene
  • Midaq Alley - Nagib Mafouz
  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
  • Farenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
  • We - Yevgeny Zamyatin


  • John Coltrane - St. John the Divine
  • Patti Smith
  • The Clash - the only band that matters
  • Billy Bragg
  • Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
  • Art Blakey
  • Death - pre-punk visionaries from Detroit
  • PJ Harvey - Polly Jean, Polly Jean
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Michael Franti (Spearhead)
  • Public Enemy
  • Ray Charles - the Genius
  • Bob Dylan
  • Velvet Underground
  • Flaming Lips
  • John Doe & X
  • The Beatles

opiate of the masses

  • God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. - Voltaire
  • I do not feel obliged to believe that the same god who has endowed us with sense, reason and inellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei
  • The ink of a scholar is worth far more than the blood of a martyr.- Mohammad
  • If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. - Sheldon Kopp
  • No one will be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. - Louisa Mae Alcott
  • When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.- Voltaire
  • If God were alive today, he'd be an athiest. - Kurt Vonnegut
  • The god I worship is not short of cash, Mister. - Bono
  • Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine. My sins they only belong to me. - Patti Smith
  • God sure baked a lot of fruitcake baby, when Adam met the Eden lady. - Joe Strummer