Let me start by saying thanks to Pamela and Donnie for inviting me to blog on The Democratic Daily!
Baby and how!
UFOs in Colorado? Saved by a violin? Poor people wiser than their middle-class counterparts? Republi-pundits freaking out?
A lot of freaky stuff, just in time for Halloween!
So hold out your trick or treat bag and be prepared for a handful of semi-sweet, semi-random posts from the Dizzy Google Reader!
From Signs of the Times:
A strange bright light appeared in the darkness of the pre-dawn sky south of Lake Havasu Thursday morning, hovering and glowing with an eerie amber light before disappearing suddenly, a Lake Havasu City man has reported. “It was in the southern sky. It seemed to be hovering,” said Trevor Lowder, 32.
Lowder arrived at work shortly after 6 a.m. when a co-worker alerted him to a strange light in the still-dark sky. Running outside, Lowder said the light was clearly visible with the naked eye, about half the brightness of Venus. Once outside, he watched the object for several minutes before it appeared to accelerate out of view.
Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has called for an Australian federal bill of rights to protect individuals and restrain governments. Delivering his inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Melbourne Law School tonight, Mr Fraser said there had been increasing disregard over the past seven years for the rule of law in the name of national security.
(Dizzy sez: Sounds eerily like what’s happening in this country and we do have a bill of rights!)
Serbia warned on Thursday it would defend Serb rights in Bosnia against Western-inspired threats with as much determination as it is applying to prevent the Western-inspired secession of its own Kosovo province. “Preserving Kosovo and Republika Srpska are now the most important goals of our state and national policy,” Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said, in a statement for the first time overtly linking two potential, ethnically based crises.
Pledging support to Serb kin in Bosnia, who had Belgrade’s full backing in the 1992-95 Bosnia war under ultranationalist strongman Slobodan Milosevic, Kostunica said there was now “an open threat to the essential interests of the Serb people.”
From Yahoo! News:
Now there’s at least one 10-year-old boy who doesn’t mind taking violin lessons anymore. Police said the boy was walking to school holding his violin case when a vehicle sped through a crosswalk and hit him. Witnesses said the case took most of the impact, and officer Mark Worthing said the boy suffered only cuts and bruises after the accident.
(Dizzy sez: What a treat for that little guy! And, I’ll bet his mom is really glad that he didn’t take up the triangle!)
From Times Online (UK):
Possibly. On the other hand, maybe not every road sweeper wants to live his life like a lawyer. Perhaps an infrastructure hygiene operative thinks that his grim life of humping up and down the road picking up dog turds every day requires all the willpower he has got, all the spirit he possesses and all the civic duty he can muster. And perhaps at the end of that day he would like to get smashed out of his face and eat a doner kebab or three, and don’t hold the trans fats. In other words, perhaps he doesn’t want to live like a lawyer because the rewards are just too damn deferred. An exercise plan will pay off in a lifetime. A diet regime will work over roughly the same period. But a fag and a beer are for now. And now, when you’re poor, is all you’ve really got.
(Dizzy sez: When the future looks bleak, sometimes the only way to get through the week is to live for “this one day” and let tomorrow take care of itself.)
Stress “October 25, 2007 — We’re stressed out, we can’t sleep, we’re drinking too much – and it’s getting worse. Forty-eight percent of Americans say they’re more stressed now than they were five years ago, and the same percent report regularly lying awake at night because of stress, according to a new study by the American Psychological Association. “Stress continues to escalate, and it’s affecting every area of people’s lives,” said Russ Newman, a psychologist and executive director of the APA.”
(Dizzy sez: We cannot help but to be stressed out about what is being done in our name in the Middle East!)
From The Nation:
Over the past several months The Nation has interviewed fifty combat veterans of the Iraq War from around the United States in an effort to investigate the effects of the four-year-old occupation on average Iraqi civilians. These combat veterans, some of whom bear deep emotional and physical scars, and many of whom have come to oppose the occupation, gave vivid, on-the-record accounts. They described a brutal side of the war rarely seen on television screens or chronicled in newspaper accounts. Their stories, recorded and typed into thousands of pages of transcripts, reveal disturbing patterns of behavior by American troops in Iraq. Dozens of those interviewed witnessed Iraqi civilians, including children, dying from American firepower. Some participated in such killings; others treated or investigated civilian casualties after the fact. Many also heard such stories, in detail, from members of their unit. The soldiers, sailors and marines emphasized that not all troops took part in indiscriminate killings. Many said that these acts were perpetrated by a minority. But they nevertheless described such acts as common and said they often go unreported–and almost always go unpunished.
From Joanne Jacobs:
Though fifth graders have been tested in science since 2004, 41 percent of California elementary teachers don’t feel prepared to teach the subject.
(Dizzy sez: We are running out of mad scientists! An elaborate costume is not gonna cut it anymore!)
Oh my! What’s this? Those wing-nuts sure look spooky!
It must be lovely to be a right-winger. When it comes time to assign blame for anything — hurricanes, Abu Ghraib, Pete Stark — you can keep your beautiful mind spotlessly untainted by simply pulling out your list of Usual Suspects, picking one or two or a handful, and then start slinging the invective in that general direction. No messy facts required; not a moment wasted in reasonable reflection. It’s all right there on the list. You can aim your hate in a few easy seconds, and then get right back to your squash game. It just saves so much time for other things…. Last year, in the throes of l’affaire Foley, we actually kept score of who got blamed as the various excuses emerged over the course of a week or so. Apart from its tedious predictability, watching them fling the blame here and there had roughly the same entertainment value as watching monkeys flinging poo. You could see their mouths moving as they hurled it with everything they had, silently praying this one would stick to something that didn’t smell Republican. (In the end, of course, that’s about all it stuck to.) By the end of that fling-filled week, the finally tally of attempted targets looked like this:…
From News Hounds:
Just as I predicted, Sean Hannity used the California wildfires for his partisan purposes in his usually crafty way: by accusing Democrats of doing it, then using his own accusation as cover for doing the same thing, himself. Rather than debate the issues like a grownup, Hannity threw a hissy fit (h/t chrish). Fortunately for truth-lovers, guest Ellis Henican was in fine fettle and exposed the shenanigans. With video.
(Dizzy Sez: I think I’ll settle for the chocolate kisses. The right-wing nuts give me a tummy ache!)
Wow! I got some really tasty pieces in my trick or treat bag. Remember to wait thirty minutes after indulging before swimming or it will give you nightmares…or something like that!
You have been warned!
Please be safe this weekend and take care of yourself!