Kid President is so adorable, I just want to pinch his cheeks!
My favorites are numbers 3, 5 & 6. What are your favorites?
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Having been off for a week, listening to crashing Pacific waves, breathing salt air, reading, reading, more reading, and getting my head straight (kinda, sorta, pretty much), Mr Blow asked me, via facebook, to read his column for tomorrow. I agreed to do so, and, for me, this column is very powerful. What do you think?
I strongly reject the concept of respectability politics, which postulates that a style of dress or speech justifies injustice, and often violence, against particular groups of people or explains away the ravages of their inequality.
I take enormous exception to arguments about the “breakdown of the family,” particularly the black family, that don’t acknowledge that this country for centuries has endeavored, consciously and not, to break it down. Or that family can be defined only one way.
I don’t buy into the mythology that most poor people are willfully and contentedly poor, happy to live with the help of handouts from a benevolent big government that is equally happy to keep them dependent.
These are all arguments based on shame, meant to distance traditional power structures from emerging ones, to allow for draconian policy arguments from supposedly caring people. These arguments require faith in personal failure as justification for calling our fellow citizens feckless or doctrinally disfavored.
Those who espouse such arguments must root for failures so that they’re proved right. They need their worst convictions to be affirmed: that other people’s woes are due solely to their bad choices and bad behaviors; that there are no systematic suppressors at play; that the way to success is wide open to all those who would only choose it.
Any of us in the country who were born poor, or minority, or female, or otherwise different — particularly in terms of gender or sexual identity — know better.
Please read the rest of the article here.
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Veterans Day, which is noted in other countries as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, marks the end of World War I. More particularly, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. On this day, we remember those who died while serving their various countries.
As I have done in past years, I’m posting the final episode of the Blackadder Goes Forth series, entitled Goodbyeee.
The final episode of this series, “Goodbyeee“, although true to the series’ usual comedy style through most of the preceding scenes, is known for featuring a purely dramatic and extraordinarily poignant final scene, where the main characters (except [the General] himself) are finally sent over the top. To the sound of a slow, minimal and downbeat piano version of the title theme, the four are seen in slow-motion, charging into the fog and smoke of no man’s land, with gunfire and explosions all around, before the scene fades into footage of a sunny poppy field and the sound of birdsong. The fate of the four is left ambiguous. Blackadder’s final line before the charge is also underpinned with an unusually reflective and poignant tone, offered after Baldrick claims to have one last cunning plan to save them from the impending doom:
Well, I’m afraid it’ll have to wait. Whatever it was, I’m sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here? …Good luck, everyone.
As fantastic as this final Blackadder series is, I usually cry my way through Goodbyeee. Our amazing advances in technology, rather than being put toward the advancement of mankind, was instead used for unbelievable destruction and obscenely wasted lives of tens of millions of people, both military and civilian, but succeeded only in serving as an incubator for World War II.
I think humans could learn to live together peacefully, but there is money to be made from mayhem and war, and as long as that’s true, there will always be war; and there will always trenches of one kind or another, filled with honorable men and women, who are viewed as a means to an end — stacks and stacks of money — and used as cannon fodder, and if they survive, dismissed as a burden on society.
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^^^Not my photo!^^^ I found it on weather.com :)
Over the last two days, it’s finally been acting like Fall around here. Sure, the temps were lower — thank FSM! — but while the leaves had turned color, the leaves were sticking in the trees as if they were glued.
Yesterday, the temps dropped just low enough overnight to get the leaves falling in the wind. Fall is not my favorite season, but there’s something relaxing about watching the leaves falling out of the English walnut trees outside my windows. Ahhhh….
Oh yeah, and it’s my birthday today. 54 years old! :)
This is our daily open thread — what does Fall look like in your world?
The College of Cardinals, unhappy with the liberal bent of Pope Francis, have shut down the Catholic Church.
Church bells were silenced this morning as Parish Priests around the globe sullenly posted the shut-down notices on cathedral doors. For the first time in centuries, no Mass was held this morning. Vatican City was closed to all visitors as an erie silence descended upon its streets and halls.
The shutdown notices stated:
Until His Eminance returns to the traditional values of the Catholic Church, these doors will remain closed. The College of Cardinals regrets any inconvenience this shut down has caused. Hail Mary, Hail Mary, Hail Mary.
The effects of the shutdown were not immediately felt outside of Vatican City. In the United States, parishoners simply went back home and watched football. Some stopped long enough to comment.
“Frankly, I thought going to confession was stupid. I mean, I had to do it every week. Most of the time I just made something up so the priest wouldn’t think I was hiding anything.”
“This is all Pope Francis’ fault. If he hadn’t started embracing atheists and gays we wouldn’t be shut out of our place of worship.”
“The Pope is supposed to represent God here on earth. For the past two thousand years, God hated gays and atheists and Protestants. Why change now? This is the Devil’s work. We’re at the end of times for sure.”
Economists warn this shutdown, if it lasts more than a couple of weeks, could have a direct effect on the global economy. Millions of dollars that used to flow to the Vatican every Sunday will now be spent locally. On the other hand, charity and missionary work will run out of funds before the end of the year.
Michelle Bachmann took to the morning talk show circuit this morning, praising the shutdown. “The Catholic Church is nothing more than a massive socialist government disguising itself as a religious organization that redistributes wealth from the job creators to the poor. It’s about time someone shut it down so the people will be free to practice their own religion and come to know that Jesus Christ is coming down to Earth and save all true believers. We’re living in the End Times now. Praise Jesus for this blessed shutdown!”
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AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO COMMENT AGAINST US,
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TYPOS,
BUT DELIVER US FROM MISSPELLINGS
FOR THINE IS THE POSTING,
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Photo by Zach Meier
I was going to call this post “Babbling Brook,” because the water is so low, but since this water actually has a name, I thought I should call it McDonald Creek…because that’s what it’s called.
This is the creek that feeds into Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. The water is so clean and crisp, and doesn’t my baby take a great picture of it with my awesome camera? :)
This is our daily open thread, and yeah, I totally admit it — I got nothin’ today, so chat among yourselves.
Photo by Zach Meier
Early morning on Lake McDonald in Glacier Park. It was sooooo quiet.
I’m glad we went to Glacier this last week, because certain areas in the park are closed a couple of weeks early because of bear activity. We saw an adolescent Black Bear in the road, but he was a smart bear, and ran back into the woods as soon as he saw us.
Happy first day of Fall!!!
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Photo by Zooey
When you think of Oregon, this is what you think of, right? Well, it’s true. The entire state looks just like this, and that’s why I need to live there.
Nah, I’m just full of crap, as per usual (but not about the ‘living there’ part). ;)
Oregon has all sorts of geography types: Oregon Coast (my fav), Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley, Cascade Range, Klamath Mountains, Columbia Plateau, Oregon Outback, and Blue Mountains (which are visible from my area). All of them beautiful in their own ways, of course.
Another favorite place is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, in the middle of the state. Beautiful lakes and evergreens, right next to volcanic flows on the surface, located between the high desert and the Cascade Range. The juxtaposition is a little startling!
Anyhoo, I’m off to Glacier National Park today, with my youngest in tow. Another gorgeous place in our beautiful country!!
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Photo by Zooey
The world is going crazy, and there’s far too much we can’t do anything about — even if we can’t or won’t admit it.
So, instead of all that, enjoy this pretty picture I took on Sauvie Island, outside Portland.
Do you feel the calm washing over you?
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Photos by Charles Meier
My eldest and I recently took a trip to the Oregon coast to celebrate his 31st birthday, and we stopped by Erratic Rock State Natural Site, in the Willamette Valley near Sheridan. I gave him my camera, and found that he’s another member of our little family with a great eye for photos.
A glacial erratic is rock that is different from the type of rock normally found in the area where it has been found, having been carried to its present location by glacial ice.
This particular erratic is a bit different, in that it was carried to this place encased in an iceberg let loose by the Missoula Floods.
The pre-historic Missoula floods began in western Montana fifteen to twenty-thousand years ago. These large floods altered the landscape of the Columbia River valley and flooded the Willamette Valley. Many rocks were transported down the Columbia encased in icebergs and deposited from Montana through Idaho,Washington, and Oregon when the flood waters receded and the ice melted.
The really cool thing about this rock — other than the fact that it’s a friggin’ glacial erratic — is that it comes from Canada, and it’s the only rock of its type outside of Canada.
Geologically, the rock comes from Canada and is the largest glacial erratic rock in the Willamette Valley. The rock is argillite believed to be 600 million years old and originally part of the sea-floor.
This geology geek just went all tingly. Coolness!!!
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Photo by Zooey
Finally!! I made a trip to Portland, and the mountain is visible! Woo hoo!
Being a geology geek, I was going to write about the type of volcano Mount Hood is, and the subduction zone of the Pacific coast, but this post is really late, so here’s one of the legends of Mount Hood, Mount St Helens, and Mount Adams, according the Multnomah people, via Wikipedia:
The Multnomah name for Mount Hood is Wy’east. In one version of the legend the two sons of the Great Spirit Sahale fell in love with the beautiful maiden Loowit who could not decide which to choose. The two braves, Wy’east and Klickitat, burned forests and villages in their battle over her. Sahale became enraged and smote the three lovers. Seeing what he had done he erected three mountain peaks to mark where each fell. He made beautiful Mount St. Helens for Loowit, proud and erect Mount Hood for Wy’east, and the somber Mount Adams for the mourning Klickitat.
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I’m not in the mood to deal with the bullshit going on in the world today, so I decided to find a picture of a cute cat on the interwebs. Who knew there were so many!?
Anyhoo, I’m browsing among the cuteness on Google Images, when I came across this picture, and my only thought was, “OhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygodOhmygod, that’s sooooooo cute!!!”
And then my heart grew three sizes. That is all.
This is our daily open thread — Grumpy Cat will return.
Photo by Zooey
Prairie Dogs are sooooo cute!! I could watch them for hours.
Highly social, prairie dogs live in large colonies or “towns” – collections of prairie dog families that can span hundreds of acres. The prairie dog family groups are the most basic units of its society. Members of a family group inhabit the same territory.
As cute as they are, prairie dogs are tough little critters! Watch them take on a rattlesnake, with their cute squeaky bark, cooperation in the community, and earth-moving skills.
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Whatareyagonna, I love funny cat videos. :)
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May I venture a guess? A few years down the road, say in 2030, the current state of the GOP will be seen by political scientists and historians as follows:
By opening up the GOP right wing to the Evangelicals Karl Rove achieved a short term victory, which brought the defeat of the Republicans in its wake. The Bush Presidency, Rove’s biggest strategic achievement, and its costly illegal war in Iraq, in addition to its unchecked supply side economics, unbridled spending, while lowering revenue, led to a deep recession which left Millions of Americans on the brink of destitution.
The conflicts within the party were glossed over by a victory in the 2010 mid-term elections, which came at the height of the economic fall-out and was aided by inherent racist tendencies against a black President. Tendencies in constituencies which have been tapped years before, when Rove’s strategy opened the GOP to the right.
In the aftermath of this “victory” the “purists” in Congress managed to bring Government to a virtual standstill, thus enabling the sitting President to win re-election. A victory won not on policy in the first place, but on a deep seated division in the country mostly about “social issues” brought to the forefront by some contenders for the nomination, which have to be counted as candidates for the Rove constituency.
The loss in 2012 brought about a prolonged battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party, which showed victories of both sides, but left relevant policy making on the sidelines for years to come. Meanwhile, the society and economy in the United States evolved and modernised, while the conflict left the GOP without any discernible answer to economic and /or societal problems. It took the Republican Party another 16 years to regain their footing and be competitive again.
The name of Karl Rove, highly acclaimed in the early 2000s has by now become synonymous for self-defeating strategy among GOP politicians.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: A draft of the above post was found near the Way-Back Machine. We post it now for your reading pleasure.]
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On this day in history, December 23, 1954, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was released.
I loved this movie when I was a kid, but I enjoyed Jules Verne’s book even more. During the giant squid attack scene, I remember thinking that on the interior shots, it looked like the squid was waving. Well, I was only about ten when I read the book and then saw the movie. :D
I was also crazy for that old show in the 60s, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
This is our daily open thread — What was your favorite childhood movie?
I don’t know about you guys, but I just want to think about the beauty of this planet today. The ugliness will still be there waiting for us tomorrow — it’s one of the few things we can count on.
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Photo by Zooey
My eldest son and I took a drive to Astoria when I was in Portland for his birthday in August. Neither of us had any idea this column was there, but we caught a glimpse of it through the trees as we were exploring the town, so we made our way there. That’s when we found out it’s called the Astoria Column, and it was built with money from the Astor family, to commemorate the town’s role in their business success.
125-foot (38 m)-tall column stands atop 600-foot (180 m)-tall Coxcomb Hill and includes an interior spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck at the top. The spiral sgrafitto frieze on the exterior of the structure is almost seven feet wide, and 525 feet (160 m) long. Painted by Electus D. Litchfield and Attilio Pusterla, the mural shows 14 significant events in the early history of Oregon with a focus on Astoria’s role including Captain Gray’s discovery of the Columbia River in 1792 and the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Designed to resemble the Roman Trajan’s Column, the Astoria Column was built of concrete and has a 12-foot (3.7 m) deep foundation. Built at a cost of $27,133.96, the tower has 164 steps to the top, where there is a replica of the State Seal of Oregon.
It’s pretty cool when you come across things you never knew were there, especially on such a beautiful day.
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Republicans, what part of this do you fail to understand? No, we’re not asking you if you like it or think it’s good (by your standards) — that’s been decided. Whether or not you like, accept, or understand it, Barack Obama is still our President.
“We” includes you, Republicans, so lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way, because we’re still trying to clean up your messes.
This is our daily open thread — Who else is beyond done with the WHINING?
By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day. Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In the United States, we had the Violence Against Women Act — also passed in 1993 — written by the current Vice President, Joe Biden. The Act currently up for re-authorization, which would seem like a no-brainer, but it’s hung up in the Republican controlled House, which favors a reduction of such services to undocumented and LGBT women.
Because undocumented and LGBT women aren’t quite women? Violence up to a certain level should be acceptable? Maybe if these women get beaten and raped enough, they’ll mend their evil ways. That could be it.
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Photo by Zooey
For the first time in five years, I’m not spending Thanksgiving week at the Sylvia Beach Hotel. Right now, I’m supposed to be sitting in the parlor on the third floor in front of a crackling fire, reading my book, and waiting for the hot spiced wine to arrive.
But because a job remains elusive, it was not to be this year. I’m listening to the wind howl outside my window, trying to pretend it’s a storm at the beach.
So instead, I’m planning a low budget Thanksgiving dinner with Zoo Jr — he’s bringing the turkey — and am truly thankful that my son and I will have the whole weekend to hang out together.
This is our daily open thread — What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
Veterans Day is a United States holiday which honors ALL military veterans, living and dead. Remembrance Day is commemorated on the same day in Britain, Canada, and several other countries, to remember those who died serving their countries, and marking the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice by the Germans at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, which ended World War I.
Please join TheZoo in honoring all who serve their countries in the military, and remembering those who never came home.
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Only a couple more days…deep breath. Relax.
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