Notes From Atlanta

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

AJC calls White House leak "perilously close to treason."

AJC: Blowing CIA agent's cover weakens national security.

Under federal law, it is a felony to reveal the identity of an undercover CIA operative, and for obvious reasons. It puts human lives at risk and can do serious damage to national security by undercutting the agent's operation.


Given the gravity of the charges and the high positions held by those alleged to have been involved, the appointment of a special independent counsel is absolutely necessary. The allegations come perilously close to treason -- and not the sort of treason fashionably redefined by some as the mere expression of dissent.


If the version of events recounted in the Post is true, this was not a rogue mid-level employee acting in a moment of bad judgment. This was a project -- an organized, calculated effort by top people in the administration to exact petty political revenge no matter what the impact to national security.

People who would do that have no place in positions of grave responsibility. Their place is in prison.

Friday, September 19, 2003

Just makes me sick. Asia’s elephants fall on hard times.

POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka, Sept. 18 — In this tropical island nation where 19 million people share space with about 3,000 wild elephants, forests are dwindling and the huge beasts are entering villages to forage in garbage dumps for food. The sad state of Sri Lankan elephants is not unique. The elephant population in Asia has fallen from hundreds of thousands at the turn of the 20th century to only 16,000 in 11 countries today, according to the United Nations.

Man just keeps destroying all nature, inlcuding animals, in his race for profits. Man is a virus on this planet. 

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Chipmunk going home.

Marin Independent: Roaming rodent gets first-class return to Utah.

An adventurous adult male chipmunk is being flown from Marin to Utah in a private plane today to rejoin rodents he left behind after he took a road trip to Terra Linda.

The chipmunk, known by staff at WildCare in San Rafael as "chipmunk 1344 from Utah," apparently didn't know he was hitching a ride when he hopped into Dixie Goldsby's Honda Insight while she camped in southeastern Utah a little more than a week ago.

Goldsby didn't discover the stowaway until she returned home, and once she was able to catch him she wanted to do the best she could for the creature.


Very cool indeed. And people thought I was crazy Tuesday night when I had stopped traffic in both directions at a local road / workout area as I tried to get a slightly stunned chipmunk out of danger and into the woods. 

Monday, September 08, 2003

AARP Triathlon.

AJC: Triathletes triumph over aging's effects.

I think that AARP promoting the sport of triathlon is great. It is hard for me to get to worked up for older triathletes, however. A very close friend of mine has been a legend in the sport for many years, winning a number of National, World and Hawaiian Ironman AGe Group Championships. One of his accomplishments, when he became the first 50+ year-old to break 10 hours in an Ironman, has been noted as one of the top ten accomplishments in the history of triathlon. That being said, congrats to all the triathletes who did compete. I hope the infusion of new blood stays around. 


You gotta love this guy part 2.

CNN: Reactions mixed to Bush's address.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the early front-runner for the Democratic nomination, called Bush's remarks "nothing short of outrageous."

"In 15 minutes, he attempted to make up for 15 months of misleading the American people and 15 weeks of mismanaging the reconstruction," he said.

In his speech, Bush called Iraq the "central front" in the war on terrorism and said foreign terrorists were to blame for recent violence there. But Dean said the security vacuum caused by the war itself is to blame for that situation.

"The president has created a much more dangerous situation in Iraq," Dean said. "The president has created Iraq to be the front line of terrorism."


Knew it was coming, but still it sucks!

CNN: Singer Warren Zevon dead at 56.

So much to do, there's plenty on the farm
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Saturday night I like to raise a little harm
I'll sleep when I'm dead

I'm drinking heartbreak motor oil and Bombay gin
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Straight from the bottle, twisted again
I'll sleep when I'm dead

Well, I take this medicine as prescribed
I'll sleep when I'm dead
It don't matter if I get a little tired
I'll sleep when I'm dead

I've got a .38 special up on the shelf
I'll sleep when I'm dead
If I start acting stupid
I'll shoot myself
I'll sleep when I'm dead

So much to do, there's plenty on the farm
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Saturday night I like to raise a little harm
I'll sleep when I'm dead

I guess he is getting a long nap in.

If you can find it on vinyl or tape, his live album "Stand in the Fire" is one of the best live sets ever recorded. Sadly, it has never been released on CD. 

Sunday, September 07, 2003

You gota love this guy! Presidential hopeful Howard Dean gets a big show of support in S.F.

But he said, "I don't think this president's tough on defense at all. . . . He had enough money to give $3 trillion away to Ken Lay and the boys . . . but didn't have enough to pay for homeland security for California and San Francisco."


The president, Dean said, "has lost 3.2 million jobs in the private sector since he has been president. . . . This country cannot afford four (more) years of George Bush -- borrow and spend, borrow and spend, borrow and spend. The credit card presidency. We can do better than that."

Heh, heh! 

Thursday, September 04, 2003

It just hasn't seemed like Christmas since she left.

AJC: This little piggy's coming home.

But she is coming home. The Pink Pig will ride again, in all her royal splendor. I remember riding the Pink Pig as a kid. We used to travel down to the downtown Rich's, wait in line, and then hope aboard for the thrilling 5 mile an hour ride. Then we would leave wearing the "I rode the Pink Pig" stickers on our coats.

She has put on a little weight, beefed up so to speak. She now runs on dual tracks, as opposed to the old monorail. She is wider, and can more easily fit bigger riders. But I will always look on her as the same old Pink Pig. She is just juiced up on steroids growers use now. Hey, if steroids are good enough for celebrities like Arnold, why not the Pink Pig?

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Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Sad dog story!

The bad man got pissed at the dog and threw him on the ground! Then he yelled at the dog, before telling the kids to "shut the hell up!" Men like this are scum. I hope somebody called the Humane Society! 


More layoffs in Atlanta.

AJC: Delivery firm DHL cutting jobs in metro Atlanta.

While Bush has created a job for one person, there are still 3 million unemployed and more layoffs coming. Atlanta is expected to lose 100 jobs as DHL lays off almost 3 thousand of its employees.  


Freepers write letters!

AJC: Letters 9/02/03.

Lets see what the idiot has to say:

Bookman should back up claims.

In Jay Bookman's latest screed against the Bush administration, he makes the claim that President Bush insisted that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat and there would be mushroom clouds rising above our cities if we didn't act ("U.S. now must play hand it dealt itself," @issue, Aug. 28). The truth is the president consistently said that if we allowed Iraq or a terrorist partner to become an imminent threat, we might run the risk of mushroom clouds above our cities.

A brilliant author Bookman hates (don't let him know I'm talking about Ann Coulter) footnotes her claims so that you can easily look up the same information.

In his Thursday Web chat, Bookman insisted the record of Bush making the claims that Bookman attributes to him is so extensive that it can't be ignored. I challenge Bookman, civilly of course, to provide the source of even one of these transcripts.


First, to say Ann Coulter footnotes her claims. Well, she may add footnotes, but they have nothing to do with her claims. She flat out lies. To see the lies exposed visit the Daily Howler, and maybe this list of his articles on Coulter.

Now, as foar as Bush insisting "that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat and there would be mushroom clouds rising above our cities if we didn't act." First lets look Bush'd speech from Cincinnati, OCtober 2002:

The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists, a group he calls his "nuclear mujahideen" -- his nuclear holy warriors. Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at sites that have been part of its nuclear program in the past. Iraq has attempted to purchase high-strength aluminum tubes and other equipment needed for gas centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

If the Iraqi regime is able to produce, buy, or steal an amount of highly enriched uranium a little larger than a single softball, it could have a nuclear weapon in less than a year. And if we allow that to happen, a terrible line would be crossed. Saddam Hussein would be in a position to blackmail anyone who opposes his aggression. He would be in a position to dominate the Middle East. He would be in a position to threaten America. And Saddam Hussein would be in a position to pass nuclear technology to terrorists.

Implying the nuclear technology would be used against us. Add that to the Bush claims, which have been since proven false, that Iraq was seeking nuclear yellowcake in Afrcia, and you can see Bush creating dark warnings of mushroom clouds.

Now, most of what Bush has said has been shown to be lies. Either Bush himself lied, or was too stupid or careless to check the dfacts. He rushed us to war, and now people are dying so Halliburton can make bigger profits.

Funny how brownshirts always want to see the facts of liberals, but never once ask the President to supply the same. 

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