Saturday, October 15, 2005

Unsavory Folks, Unsavory Deeds

I don't know how the news can report that Republican Giametto is fundraising for Max Baucus instead of or also reporting that this is the very sleazy behavior that we, the base of the party have been wailing about the Republicans doing.

The cash and carry government is just not acceptable.

They Were All In On It


Friday, October 14, 2005

Max Baucus Katrina Response

This email was sent out on September 01, about 35 seconds before I got an expensive mailing from him about trying to get exemptions for Katrina victims as if he couldn't guess they would more or less be told It's your own damn fault.

Thank you for contacting me regarding the
Bankruptcy Reform bill. I appreciate hearing
from you.

On March 10th, the Senate passed the
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer
Protection Act of 2005 by a vote of 74-25, and
the President signed the bill into law. I
voted for this legislation.

The bankruptcy bill is a compromise that
was reached over 8 years of work. The
legislation is not perfect, but it's a good
effort to improve our bankruptcy laws.

The bill permanently extends Chapter 12,
which will grant Montana agriculture producers
greater relief during tough times. It also
ensures that parents collecting child support
and alimony payments are paid on time. We
closed loopholes that millionaires have used
to hide assets, and I believe that this bill
makes the entire bankruptcy process easier and
more fair for individuals and families who
have legitimate reasons for their financial

Bankruptcy is intended to be a shelter
for those who find themselves with a
significant, unexpected and insurmountable
debt. I support providing a reasonable safety
net to help them get back on their feet. It
is also important that consumers are protected
against overly aggressive credit marketing
practices, and provided better information
about the cost of credit and the consequences
of excessive borrowing.

Thanks again for getting in touch with
your concerns about bankruptcy reform. If I
can be of further assistance on this or any
other matter, please don't hesitate to let me

With best personal regards, I am

Senator Max Baucus

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Cohen Craves Cover Up

A rare excursion through Kos led me to this writer pleading for the rights of journalists to cover up crimes and for prosecutors to close them up and walk away so we would never have to know about it.

Maybe Mr. Cohen feels that he should be the sole arbiter of the crime/ not crime division because he is all seeing and all knowing of everything. The other two possibitities are that Richard Cohen is extremely stupid or that he thinks his readers are.

"That Is Not The Way This White House Operates"

MR. McCLELLAN: He's making it clear that this is a serious -- through his spokesman, me -- that this is a serious matter, and if someone did this, it should be looked into and it should be pursued to the fullest extent.


Q You continue to talk about the severity of this and if anyone has any information they should go forward to the Justice Department. But can you tell us, since it's so severe, would someone or a group of persons, lose their job in the White House --

MR. McCLELLAN: At a minimum


"That Is Not The Way This White House Operates"

MR. McCLELLAN: MR. McCLELLAN: He's making it clear that this is a serious -- through his spokesman, me -- that this is a serious matter, and if someone did this, it should be looked into and it should be pursued to the fullest extent."


Q You continue to talk about the severity of this and if anyone has any information they should go forward to the Justice Department. But can you tell us, since it's so severe, would someone or a group of persons, lose their job in the White House --

MR. McCLELLAN: At a minimum



Not that our extremely non political intelligence division would mislead us or anything, but Zarqawi is gonna get us.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Sorry About Your Kids!


Mobile Homes On The Range


Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

I don't know if you are as creeped out about the idea that the milk and meat we buy could be from cloned animals but we don't have the right to know about it. That sounds an awful lot about our agricultural and consumer policies towards GM crops, AKA frankenfoods that contaminate the countryside for up to 15 years after they have been harvested.

Don't worry, be happy! Those things probably aren't any worse than Mad Cow Disease that can incubate silently for 30 years before it starts turning you into a drooling incontinent mass of confused flesh who will need 24 hour nursing care to get through the last painful, degrading weeks and months of your life.

Fear not! Our government has fully and completely embraced the risk and the probability of a future jam packed with jellied Jills and Joes who will be incapable of wiping our own noses or rolling out of our own feces. We so fearless that we are putting the hurt on Japan to play along. Or else.

We love the risk so much that we do not allow people to test their own cattle. You cannot legally test your own cattle for the diseas. There is an organic cattle ranch in Oklahoma that had to lay off 150 employees as a result of USDA interfearance because

Such plans have drawn fire from many in the beef industry who believe the tests would amount to an added cost burden. While some other small meat packers have endorsed Creekstone's efforts, major producers and processors believe Creekstone's plan would set a bad precedent and potentially leave consumers unsettled.

What you can do depends on who you are; Matt has the must read story that is sure to make your spine tingle, but don't fret about mad cows in pig feed.

You can always go organic, but what does that really mean?


USDA's organic program sides with factory dairy farms

Ask Secretary Johanns to intervene

Note: this is not an issue that the Center for Rural Affairs works on
directly. However, it is an important issue and one that we think you
should be informed about. If this is not addressed it could set a very ugly
precedent not only for the organic community, but for all niche markets. WE

Way back in the year 2000, concerned consumers and farmers asked the
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to address a new and troubling
trend-factory farms producing "organic" milk in confinement conditions.

The board responded in 2001 by adopting a guidance document that would have
helped farmers and certifiers understand what is expected of them and
closed loopholes being exploited by industrial-scale farms. The USDA sat
on this document, never posting it on their web site or enforcing its

This spring The Cornucopia Institute filed legal complaints with the USDA
alleging that a growing number of factory farms were ignoring the organic
law that requires ruminants (dairy cows) to have "access to pasture." The
Center for Rural Affairs signed on to their complaints to prevent large
corporate type farms from capturing a market that most farmers and most
consumers would like to be retained by family farms. Finally, after years
of delay, the USDA asked the NOSB to revisit their recommendations. The
board responded by passing a rule change and new guidance document.

Again! The USDA has thrown a monkey wrench into enforcing organic
integrity. They rejected the language adopted unanimously by the NOSB, a
respected and diverse expert advisory panel (saying it was "ambiguous"),
and now have refused to allow the board to vote on new language at their
next meeting this November. Years of delays continue as the factory farms

Farmers and Consumers Have Lost Their Patience

No More USDA Foot Dragging!

No more delays can be tolerated! The USDA allotted two hours for more
public comments at November's meeting but has forbidden the NOSB from
taking a vote and adopting final rule change language. The bureaucrats and
the corporate farm operators know very well that this will be the last
meeting for NOSB Chairman Jim Riddle and a number of other experienced
board leaders, whose terms are ending. These folks have been the champions
of cracking down on factory-farm abuses in the dairy industry. Public
comments can be submitted prior to the meeting, reserving the two-hour time
slot for board action on this issue.

Please send a message to USDA Secretary Mike Johanns appealing for the
Secretary to step in and demand that the will of the people, as evidenced
by thousands of comments, letters, and petitions in support of pasture
enforcement, not be subordinated to corporate interests.

Letters and e-mails can be directed to: USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, 1400
Independence Ave SW, Whitten Building - Suite 200A, Washington, DC 20250,

A sample letter has been included for your use. If you need additional
assistance, please contact Traci Bruckner at the Center for Rural Affairs
by emailing or by calling (402) 687-2103, Ext. 1016.


Secretary Mike Johanns
United States Department of Agriculture
Whitten Building - Suite 200A
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250

Dear Secretary Johanns,

For over five years, thousands of farmers and consumers, through public
testimony, formal written comments, letters, e-mails, and petitions, have
communicated with the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and the
National Organic Program (NOP), articulating grave concern over the growing
trend of organic milk production from massive factory farms (3000-5000 milk
cows plus young stock).

At issue are a handful of large farms in the arid West that are producing
milk on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), allowing their
animals only token access to pasture.

Even though the organic regulations (§ 205.239) require producers to
"maintain livestock living conditions which accommodate the health and
natural behavior of animals, including…access to pasture for ruminants"
these corporate farm operators are gaming the system and putting
family-scale farmers at a serious competitive disadvantage.

NOP staff have come under criticism for rejecting a draft rule change that
was promulgated by the NOSB and unanimously adopted by that expert body.
Crafted only after careful consideration and significant public input, the
rule change would have tightened regulatory language requiring cows to
actually "graze"-rather than strictly just have access to pasture-and to
very specifically require lactating cows to be pastured, not just young
stock and dry cows, as has been the alleged practice on some
industrial-scale farms.

Instead of collaborating with NOSB members to promulgate language that
would allay the staff's concerns, while continuing to respect the spirit of
the original language, the NOP has scheduled one more in a series of public
comment sessions to garner additional input. After five years of earnest
participation in the rule making process, organic dairy producers and
consumers are unwilling to go to the expense of making one more trek to
Washington. All stakeholders have had ample opportunity to participate to

If additional public comments focusing on specific staff questions are
justified, the Department could certainly accept written input prior to the
meeting and still allow for the NOSB to act at their forthcoming meeting.
Chairman Jim Riddle has publicly stated, "If scheduled, we will be prepared
to take final action on the rule change."

We appeal to you, Mr. Secretary, to personally intervene and assure that
pasture is back on the November NOSB meeting agenda so that final
regulatory language can be adopted. We need you to partner with the
organic community to protect the integrity of organic farming and food.
Respectfully yours,


NAME (please print):

FARMER/CONSUMER/OTHER (please specify):

CDFA notice was reprinted in full.

Abu Ghraib Art Contest For Kids


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Fuel Conservation, Bush Style

The Leader of the Free World will build a house with his bare hands on his eighth (?) flight to Louisiana since hurricane Katrina to show the film crew how much he cares.

Chances of him explaining how working for less money so KBR can have another tax cut will help people get on their feet are really low.

Flluffy Stuff

I'm tired of the lies, tired of the corruption, sick of the incompetence, disgusted with the cruelty, and unbelievably weary of the mass produced lame excuses from the digital brownshirts and of the their distorted discourse.

Maybe granny shouldn't have spent the whole evening with with the Goddess talking about me me me. Maybe, but damn I'm tired, and the milibloggers don't want us to care about the 1956 soldiers that died for dead insurgents, so I will share the results of all cheesy psyche exams I could stand to go through, although the Goddess has more. Way more.

How many cheesy psyche exams can you stand?

You are

You Are Mexican Food

Spicy yet dependable.

You pull punches, but people still love you.

Your Fortune Is

Man who stand on street corner with hands in pockets, not feeling crazy, feeling nuts.

Your Personality Profile

You are funky, outdoorsy, and down to earth.

While you may not be a total hippie...

You're definitely one of the most free spirited people around.

You are very impulsive - every day is a new adventure.

However, you do put some thought behind all your actions.

Still, you do tend to shock and offend people from time to time!

Your Animal Personality

Your Power Animal: Eagle

Animal You Were in a Past Life: Whale

You are active, a challenger, and optimistic.

Hard-working, you are always working towards a set goal.

Earth girl
You are a true nature girl!

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revisionist historian
You are a Revisionist Historian. You are the Clark
Kent of postmodernists. You probably want to
work in a library or in social services. No
one suspects you of being a postmodernist...
until they read your publications!

What kind of postmodernist are you!?
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You Are A Walnut Tree

You are strange and full of contrasts... the oddball of your group.

You are unrelenting and you have unlimited ambition.

Not always liked but always admired, you are more infamous than famous.

You are aggressive and spontaneous, and your reactions are often unexpected.

A jealous and passionate person, you are difficult in romantic relationships.

One last thing

You Are Psyche!

Eternally in search of purpose and insight.
You're curious and creative with a total sense of wonder.
Totally empathetic, you pick up on other's moods easily.
Just be sure to pamper yourself as well!

What Goddess Are You? Take This Quiz :-)

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(and More Love Quizzes) at Your New Romance.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Movie Viewership Down