From what I have read, animals do not kill for sport. They kill to defend or eat. Rattlesnakes will use their venom only in need because they are at risk as the venom rebuilds, and rattlesnakes live at the level of reptile brain, survival. They don't have our marvelous neocortex. I don't know what causes one to be twisted enough to consider killing a sport. There is hunting, hunting for food and that is a different thing than what Sarah Palin supports. Anyone who knows anything about wolves knows they are monogamous, family oriented and they help keep the caribou and moose tribes strong by culling the weak. They are a key part of an ecosystem, just as the polar bears are our current parakeets in the mine, their loss a warning that something is wrong.
This will turn your stomach and I think it is important to watch. There are many reasons to be against Palin-McCain, but this really does say it all.
..... I entered the life of the brown forest,
And the great lfe of the ancient peaks, the patience of stone, I felt the
changes in the veins
In the throat of the mountain... and, I was the stream
Draining the mountain wood; and I the stag drinking; and I was the stars
Boiling with light, wandering alone, each one the lord of his own summit;
and I was the darkness
Outside the stars, I included them, they were a part of me. I was mankind
also, a moving lichen
On the cheek of the round stone...
Palin does not speak for the country as a whole. She speaks for Alaska and oil. We need vision right now, not the limited focus of the drill.
This concludes a comment in The Nation by Michael T. Clare.
Finally, much like the leaders of other petrostates that depend on oil sales to fill government coffers, Palin is leery of efforts to promote renewable sources of energy and other petroleum alternatives--the exact opposite of running mate John McCain's proclaimed objective and that of most members of Congress. At a meeting of the National Governors Association in February, Palin argued against providing subsidies for alternative energy sources, claiming that domestic sources of oil and gas--many located in Alaska--can satisfy the nation's needs for a long time to come. "The conventional resources we have can fill the gap between now and when new technologies become economically competitive and don't require subsidies," she asserted. When pressed by a reporter for Oil & Gas Journal she went further, denouncing government support for renewable energy. "I just don't want things to get out of hand with incentives for renewables, particularly since they imply subsidies, while ignoring fuels we already have on hand." Surely, at this moment in history--with global oil output facing imminent decline and global warming an inescapable reality--anyone opposed to government support of renewable energy should be considered stupendously ill equipped for national office.
This seems like such a practical, logical way to choose a president and vice-president that I hate to post it. Why should we make this presidential decision easy?
My father always said it was easy to learn with the good teachers. One had to really work with the bad ones. I guess that is why we are even looking at a debate at all. Maybe we like to suffer. It is important to note that even though the resumes are far, far apart in content that McCain got into the naval academy because of his family connections and Barack made his way without mentioning he was Black. One might note then a difference in character to go with the difference in quality and quantity of education.
I think the worst ignorance is the ignorance not even known. That is what frightens me about Palin. She doesn't even know there is a difference between standing on an island looking over at Russia and actually knowing how to deal with the diverse political realm it is, with the diversity there as well as here. There is more to Russia that what borders the Bering Strait. There is more to this country than oil.
If virtue and hard work truly are rewarded, then I think who wins this election is clear.
Occidental College - Two years.
Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 of 899
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism
I look up for a moment and there amidst all the gray of the sky is one huge, round ball of blue. It is as though a huge eye is looking down at me, or I am a huge eye allowed a look through. It was just a few moments and now the blue is like a body being carried away by the clouds and fog. It was quite spectacular and feels like a stroking of my being.
We are one and we need to unite in peace. Perhaps that is what most disturbs me about McSame - McPain is that they sow disunity and attack without looking at what they are and what they drill and what the world needs now.
The blue is gone now. It was a moment, a glimpse.
One may have to be a certain age and familiar with Abbott and Costello's wonderful routine, Who's on First to appreciate this.
Here is the modern version and following is one of the original versions on youtube. Enjoy!
ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO : Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
ABBOTT : Mac?
COSTELLO : No, the name's Lou .
ABBOTT : Your computer?
COSTELLO : I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
ABBOTT : Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou .
ABBOTT : What about Windows?
COSTELLO : Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT : Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO : I don't know. What will I see when I look at the
ABBOTT : Wallpaper.
COSTELLO : Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT : Software for Windows?
COSTELLO : No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
ABBOTT : Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT : I just did.
COSTELLO : You just did what?
ABBOTT : Recommend something.
COSTELLO : You recommended something ?
ABBOTT : Yes.
COSTELLO : For my office?
ABBOTT : Yes.
COSTELLO : OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT : Office.
COSTELLO : Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT : I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO : I already have an office with windows! O K, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOTT : Word.
COSTELLO : What word?
ABBOT T : Word in Office.
COSTELLO : The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT : The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO : Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT : The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'.
COSTELLO : I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
COSTELLO : That's right. What do you have?
ABBOTT : Money.
COSTELLO : I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT : It comes bundled with yo ur computer.
COSTELLO : What's bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT : Money.
COSTELLO : Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT : Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO : I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT : One copy.
COSTELLO : Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT : Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO : They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT : Why not? THEY OWN IT!
(A few days later)
ABBOTT : Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO : How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT : Click on 'START'.............
I am going through old journals and notes tonight and I come across this tidbit.
Rhesus monkeys will not pull a chain for food if it causes another monkey to get a shock.