Wed
Apr 25 2007
08:54 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

CNN is reporting a 8:53 AM that there is a video of a cat playing a piano on YouTube. Developing...

(Seriously, I'm not making this up.)

UPDATE: Apparently I'm not the only one who noticed. At least this confirms I wasn't seeing things.

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Wed
Apr 25 2007
08:34 am

EDUCATION, NOT A PLANTATION
A Teach-In on Race, Racism, and the University of Tennessee
7PM MONDAY APRIL 30th
HODGES LIBRARY AUD
DRS. GEORGE WHITE JR and CYNTHIA FLEMING to speak

Here's a press release that's making the rounds (see below the break). But first, let me note that in 1998 I attended a press conference of the UT Black Faculty and Staff Association held to publicize a position paper documenting the systemic racism faced by African American faculty who tried to make a way at this institution. The saddest part was the recounting of the list of colleagues who had been forced to leave UT because of an unsupportive or actively hostile work environment. In the 9 years since, that list of exiles has grown longer, UT administrators continue to talk out of both sides of their mouths, and, honestly, not a damn thing has changed.

As an employee of UT; as a graduate of UT; as the son, grandson, and nephew of numerous UT graduates; and as someone who cares deeply about this place, I hope readers of this post will attend Monday's teach-in and help us find a way to fix this broken institution.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
10:55 pm

Dennis Kucinich introduced articles of impeachment against Dick Cheney today:

"Vice President Richard B. Cheney has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as Vice President, and subversive of constitutional government, to the prejudice of the cause of law and justice and the manifest injury of the people of the United States."

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
08:48 pm

via WBIR. While I respect my friend and neighbor Indya Kincannon, who is quoted in the article as saying, "The last thing we need is for public schools to become a bastion for low income people who have no other options public schools thrive best when everybody's involved," I disagree with where this is going.

The article, in the preceding paragraph, infers that is the parents who are hurting public schools:

But school board members ask parents to wait before making any hasty decisions that could hurt public schools in Knox County.

One must admit that the between marginal magnet schools (hint: key finding is that "Achievement patterns as defined through NCEs, within the five magnet schools have not changed much over the past five years") and this ridiculously ham-handed rezoning plan, you cannot and should not blame parents for the state of affairs in Knox County Schools.

more after the flip.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
07:40 pm

I have said this time and again, and I will say it one more time.

Sen. Reid and other Congressional Democrats are hitting the wrong note on Iraq and getting it all wrong with talk of "failure" of U.S. policy and an "unwinnable" war. We won already. Yet they are letting the GOP minority and that idiot in the White House frame it as "surrender" and "defeat".

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
07:02 pm

"We, of course, already know that when Cheney endorses a war, he exempts himself from participation. On second thought, maybe it's wise to keep Cheney off the battlefield — he might end up shooting his comrades rather than the enemy."

That is from 85 year old former Presidential candidate, George McGovern. A McGovern sticker was the first political bumper sticker I ever put on my car, a Fiat 124 coupe at the time.

I wish every other Democrat had the same fortitude as this old man.

There's more:

At Kos.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
06:38 pm

If you'd like to know how it was in 1968, in the Vietnam era, prior to a different "surge" and the carpet-bombing of Cambodia and plans for "pacification" of villages and the "Vietnamization" of American occupying forces (should any of that sound familiar to you or not), check out the movie Bobby.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
06:12 pm
By: rocketsquirrel  shortURL

You have to play "guess who" before you click the link.

"In the war of my youth, World War II, I volunteered for military service at the age of 19 and flew 35 combat missions, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross as the pilot of a B-24 bomber. By contrast, in the war of his youth, the Vietnam War, Cheney got five deferments and has never seen a day of combat — a record matched by President Bush..."

"(Cheney) also said that (my) way is to surrender in Iraq and leave the U.S. exposed to new dangers. The truth is that I oppose the Iraq war, just as I opposed the Vietnam War, because these two conflicts have weakened the U.S. and diminished our standing in the world and our national security."

Just imagine if this guy had been president. Read the whole thing. It is spot on.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
02:39 pm
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

Iraq Coalition Casualties 8th highest since the beginning of the war.

Why not flags at half-staff for our soldiers?

..."If the flags on our (operating bases) were lowered for just one day after the death of a service member, it would show the people who knew the person that society cared, the American people care."...

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
02:00 pm

Read this, which believe it or not was written before this, which is being linked all over the twilight zone.

I still don't know why they fascinate me so.

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Tue
Apr 24 2007
01:03 pm

Remember voting for the military "surge" in Iraq? Of course you do, it's only been five months since you did so:

Via TPM Election Central.

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Today, April 24, 2007
7% (3 votes)
This week (week of April 23,2007)
24% (11 votes)
Friday, April 27, 2007
0% (0 votes)
May, 2007
11% (5 votes)
This year (2007)
11% (5 votes)
Never
2% (1 vote)
Don't know
11% (5 votes)
Don't care
33% (15 votes)
Total votes: 45
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Tue
Apr 24 2007
06:38 am

Remember how the right wing blogs and media hacks tried to torpedo Gov. Phil Bredesen's 2006 reelection campaign with allegations of politically motivated promotions and corruption in the THP?

Remember the guy the GOP sent around in a bear suit to embarrass the Governor at his campaign events?

For some reason they are curiously silent on this.

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Mon
Apr 23 2007
10:42 pm
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Mon
Apr 23 2007
06:34 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Also from Vanity Fair, here's a fascinating, in-depth article about the history of life on The Farm. As you may recall, The Farm is a world famous "hippie commune" founded in the early 1970s out in the country near Nashville.

Personally, I don't think I could live like that. But after the oil runs out the people at The Farm may have to show the rest of us the way.

Part of the story looks at how the group transformed from a commune that did not allow possessions into more of a loose collective with a little capitalism injected to stay economically viable. What's interesting is that all of this occurred around the same time as the "fall of communism" and the end of the Soviet Union. I'm sure there's a wingnut talking point in there somewhere.

But the real message is about sustainable lifestyles in the modern world. Like I said, the whole package is not for me, but it's interesting and there are some lessons for Patio People looking to reduce their environmental footprint and maintain a little sanity.

P.S. Here's The Farm's website. Lots of interesting stuff to explore.

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Mon
Apr 23 2007
02:24 pm

Just received this press release from Lisa Starbuck...

New School Rezoning Forum Announced

A coalition of parents and neighborhood organizations from across Knox County announces a community-driven county-wide forum to discuss the proposed school rezonings. The forum will be held at the Knoxville Expo Center, 5441 Clinton Highway, on Thursday, April 26th, 2007 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The coalition consists of parents and neighborhood groups in Knox County who are not satisfied with the level of community and parental involvement in deciding this important issue.

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Mon
Apr 23 2007
12:36 pm

The KNS profiles Stacey Campfield. Here's my favorite part:

While none of those ideas has been transformed into law so far, Campfield said he is optimistic about ultimate success. He compared his crusading to the 18th-century efforts of William Wilberforce to convince England's Parliament to abolish slavery.

"They tried to intimidate him, ridiculed him," Campfield said. "That shows that, if you just keep trying, sooner or later it'll happen."

That Stacey, he's so noble.

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Mon
Apr 23 2007
09:27 am

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in Vanity Fair:

Assaulting the environment across a broad front, the Bush administration has promoted and implemented more than 400 measures that eviscerate 30 years of environmental policy. [..]

Most insidiously, the president has put representatives of polluting industries or environmental skeptics in charge of virtually all the agencies responsible for protecting America from pollution.

According to the article, Bush has appointed more than 100 officials from the polluting industries they are now supposed to regulate. The article profiles the top twelve offenders.

On his radio show "Ring of Fire", RFK Jr. said this week that he and some other environmentalists are calling for the EPA to be shut down until Bush is out of office. They're serious. They say it is doing more harm than good at this point.

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Mon
Apr 23 2007
12:31 am

Quite a few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit several acres of woodlands northeast of Washington DC considered to be the largest piece of undeveloped woodlands in the area and a nesting site for many migratory birds. An area that had remained in one family since before the Revolution and that had been left to a not-for-profit organization for protection, but which was then looking for a loophole in the will that would enable it to sell a portion of the land for development.

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Sun
Apr 22 2007
08:33 pm

A few more photos after the jump...

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