Archive for February 4, 2013
Now I know why Barack Obama shot that gun. He wants to kill our right to due process:
Justice Department Memo Reveals Legal Case for Drone Strikes on Americans
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
Last I knew, every American is entitled to and guaranteed a trial by a jury of his or her peers before he or she is sentenced to anything, much less death.
Now we have the “liberal” Constitutional lawyer Barack Obama’s Justice Department obliterating that for what will probably be forever.
Blows my mind.
My husband is sinking into something — no diagnosis yet — but it’s probably some kind of dementia. (Don’t get me started on how difficult it is to pinpoint and name brain diseases.)
This is him, my love, the guy I went to my high school prom with. He shines here in a photo I took during a wonderful trip we took to San Francisco in 1989.
Love you Dan.
Republicans have a real mess on their hands thanks to their own doing, as in creating the Tea Party:
Conservative Victory Fund, New Karl Rove Super PAC, Seeks To Block Tea Party Influence On Senate Races
No more Todd Akins. No more Richard Mourdocks. No more Republican primaries that produce divisive, gaffe-spewing GOP candidates.
That’s the aim of a new super-PAC, the Conservative Victory Fund, spearheaded by Karl Rove and his big-money juggernaut, American Crossroads.
So there’s that and now Rove is the bad guy because — oh my God, I can’t believe I’m tying this: he’s too liberal. Check out what’s going on over at “CrushRove.” It’s vicious.
An incredible amount of money is going into drone technology (i.e., military industrial complex technology) around the world. Just imagine if those resources were going toward combating things like climate change, income inequality or wellness care:
It’s tiny, but it’s not a toy.
British troops in Afghanistan have been testing out tiny unmanned aerial vehicles — a.k.a. drones — that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. At four inches long and 16 grams, the Norweigian-made “Black Hornet Nanos” look just like the tiny play-helicopters you might see at the toy store, but they carry tiny cameras that capture both still images and video.
According to the BBC, about 160 of these little flyers are darting around Afghanistan on surveillance missions for soldiers.
“We used it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset,” Sgt. Christopher Petherbridge said in an announcement Monday. “It is very easy to operate and offers amazing capability to the guys on the ground.”
The Hornets travel at a top speed of 22 mph and can remain in the air for about 30 minutes.
The boy is alive and free but the man is dead:
Cable news networks and al.com reported Monday that the hostage situation in Midland City, Ala., where a man had been holding a 5-year-old boy in a bunker since last Tuesday, is over, and that the boy has been released. Al.com described the boy’s condition as “unharmed.”
Sources told CNN and Fox News said that the hostage taker, Jimmy Lee Dykes, was dead.
It’s just amazing what Republicans think is important:
During their first three weeks in power, Senate Republicans [in Washington state] have introduced bills to require parental notification for abortions, allow ranchers to kill wolves and let people ride motorcycles without a helmet.
Also on the list: plans to revamp [read, cut] workers’ compensation benefits, repeal the state’s family leave act [that, among other things, gives new parents five weeks off after the birth of a child] and assign A-F grades to public schools. There’s also talk of dumping the state employee pension system in favor of a less-expensive, 401(k)-type plan.
So, they want supposedly want to protect unborn fetuses but for people who are already born they want to increase traffic deaths and health care costs by letting people ride motorcycles without a helmet; kill wolves; cut workers’ compensation benefits; make it so folks don’t have a guaranteed leave plan so they can take time off when they or a family member needs help due to a medical problem; deprive new parents of bonding time with a new baby and make it harder for people to make ends meet in retirement.
What a vicious, hateful crowd.
This article appeared in my local newspaper this morning:
Rising Hay Prices Putting Pinch on Boulder County Ranchers, Nonprofits
Three years ago, Boulder County rancher Bill Berg was yielding about 1,000 bales of hay from his fields.
It was plenty for him to feed his small, but growing, herd of cattle and plenty for him to sell for $4 to $4.50 a bale.
Last year, Berg was lucky to pull 450 bales from his land — 9 acres of which had turned into a “dust bowl.”
Not having enough to feed his 12 head of cattle for his Ridge Ranch Cattle Co. grass-fed beef business, Berg shelled out anywhere from $10.50 to $14 a bale to buy more.
That was if he could find the hay.
The nationwide drought coupled with the fires in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma over the past few years is hampering the nation’s hay industry, putting increased pressure financially on area ranchers, businesses and nonprofit groups that rely on finding high-quality feed for their horses and steers.
The wildfires that raged throughout Colorado last summer put added pressure on the state’s overall forage supply, said Tess Norvell, market reporter for the state AMS bureau.
“Not only did the fires burn available grazing lands, but have also created added demand for straw to go back on the burn areas for reclamation,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Camera.
“The hay is worth more than my cows right now,” Berg said.
If the dry spate continues, there is a chance that prices could climb higher, she said.
The current weather conditions are expected to continue, said Matt Kelsch, meteorologist for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.
“Patterns can change, but right now there’s not expected to be any major changes throughout this spring,” he said.
Judy Smetana, executive director of the Longmont-based
Colorado Horse Rescue, said one of her biggest concerns is if the latest drought continues, mimicking what the United States experienced in the 1930s and 1950s.
In addition to the continued rising cost of feed — which can put further crimps in an already tight operating budget — Smetana said her biggest concern is that horses will face neglect or be sold to slaughterhouses.
“We went through last year and we made it, and we might be able to make it barely this year,” she said. “If it continues, I just really worry.
“We have neither the capacity nor funds to help everybody that might need help going into the future, which is scary.”
“If we do not get spring moisture, we’re in a great deal of trouble,”
said Brian Ferris, a Fort Morgan cattle rancher.
The thought of ranchers going out of business is, of course, heartbreaking but what really bothers me is imagining helpless and dependent horses suffering. If owners can’t afford feed and they don’t have alternate placement options because rescue groups are (1) full and/or (2) struggling to pay for hay themselves, neglecting horses or selling them for pennies to slaughterhouses could skyrocket.
Ah, yeah. Who takes a vet with PTSD to a shooting range? Military guys steeped in the gun and killing culture I guess:
Here’s more on Jim Lee Dykes, the 66-year-old Vietnam vet who is holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in a hole in the ground just outside Midland City, Alabama:
Michael Creel said Dykes kept to himself and listened to a lot of talk radio.
“He was very into what’s going on with the nation and the politics and all the laws being made. The things he didn’t agree with, he would ventilate,” he said.
James Arrington, police chief of the neighboring town of Pinckard, put it differently.
“He’s against the government, starting with Obama on down,” he said.
What Creel didn’t say is that Dykes listened to a lot of conservative talk radio which whipped this obviously unstable man into a fear- and hate-filled frenzy and helped push him into doing what he’s doing.
Who would have ever imagined such a thing (I say sarcastically).