“Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me." ~Immanuel Kant

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~John Quincy Adams

“To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being." ~John Lubbock

ping pong


You can
die for it--
an idea,
or the world. People

have done so,
their small bodies be bound

to the stake,
an unforgettable
fury of light. But

this morning,
climbing the familiar hills
in the familiar
fabric of dawn, I thought

of China,
and India
and Europe, and I thought
how the sun

for everyone just
so joyfully
as it rises

under the lashes
of my own eyes, and I thought
I am so many!
What is my name?

What is the name
of the deep breath I would take
over and over
for all of us? Call it

whatever you want, it is
happiness, it is another one
of the ways to enter

~Mary Oliver

how will i die?

my guess would be while driving

selfish dollars

"Pictures of dollar bills, fantasies of wealth and even wads of Monopoly money arouse feelings of self-sufficiency that result in selfish and often anti-social behavior, according to a study published in the journal Science

"The mere presence of money changes people," said Kathleen Vohs, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota and lead author of the study

Money makes it possible for people to achieve their goals without asking for help. Therefore, Vohs and her colleagues theorized, even subtle reminders of money would inspire people to be self-reliant -- and to expect such behavior from others

A series of nine experiments confirmed their hypothesis. For example, students who played Monopoly and then were asked to envision a future with great wealth picked up fewer dropped pencils for a fellow student than those asked to contemplate a hand-to-mouth existence"

i for one am shocked to learn that money has an effect on people

if i had no money, i would be more selfish

if i had more money, i could help more people

that's how fucked up i am

i enjoy making others happy

that's what i would buy

classic jeopardy

who are we helping?

you want to help iraqis be free

instead you foment a civil war

the worst possible scenario

which was predicted pre-war

and the insurgency is now self-sustained financially:

"The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been largely unable to prevent, a classified United States government report has concluded"

so who are we helping now?

here's who

i'm going to hell

who's coming with me?

youtube sellout?

insight from john aravosis

Something even more interesting

CBS is now a regular publisher on YouTube under username "CBS."

Yes, you see where this is heading

YouTube used to be about you and me

Now it appears that YouTube may be turning into one big corporate publisher

And I strongly suspect that this is Google's plan

Call it "corporate bait-and-switch."

Google buys YouTube

Google has millions of regular readers and publishers to YouTube who are loyal to the service because they think it represents the regular guy

Google quietly switches YouTube's main content - at least half of it - to corporate-published content like what CBS is now doing

Google hopes its users don't notice the shift and keep watching the videos, making Google and the companies involved lots of money

But in the end, YouTube, which started off as an experiment in citizen publishing, ends up as one big corporate community simply out to make a buck

That is of course their right, but I'm curious how many YouTube regulars are going to be happy when, and if, they find out that YouTube has sold out

here's a free million-dollar idea

someone start myTube

for all the conspiracy nuts

i wonder how the terrorists coordinated 3 controlled demolitions with 2 plane crashes?

i feel lucky

kramer goes nuts




here's his apology...

as if that wasn't enough, here's kramer acting black...

lessons from nam

olbermann special comment

It is a shame — and it is embarrassing to us all — when President Bush travels 8,000 miles, only to wind up avoiding reality, again

And it is pathetic to listen to the leader of the free world, talk so unrealistically about Vietnam, when it was he who permitted the "Swift-Boating" of not one but two American heroes of that war, in consecutive Presidential campaigns

But most importantly — important, beyond measure — his avoidance of reality is going to wind up killing more Americans

And that is indefensible — and fatal

Asked if there were lessons about Iraq to be found in our experience in Vietnam, Mr. Bush said that there were — and he immediately proved he had no clue what they were

"One lesson is," he said, "that we tend to want there to be instant success in the world, and the task in Iraq is going to take a while."

"We'll succeed," the President concluded, "unless we quit."

If that's the lesson about Iraq that Mr. Bush sees in Vietnam, then he needs a tutor. Or we need somebody else making the decisions about Iraq

Mr. Bush, there are a dozen central lessons to be derived from our nightmare in Vietnam, but "we'll succeed unless we quit" is not one of them

The primary one — which should be as obvious to you as the latest opinion poll showing that only 31 percent of this country agrees with your tragic Iraq policy– is that if you try to pursue a war for which the nation has lost its stomach, you and it are finished. Ask Lyndon Johnson

The second most important lesson of Vietnam, Mr. Bush: if you don't have a stable local government to work with, you can keep sending in Americans until hell freezes over and it will not matter. Ask South Vietnam's President Diem, or President Thieu

The third vital lesson of Vietnam, Mr. Bush: don't pretend it's something it's not. For decades we were warned that if we didn't stop "communist aggression" in Vietnam, communist agitators would infiltrate and devour the small nations of the world, and make their insidious way, stealthily, to our doorstep

The war machine of 1968 had this "Domino Theory."

Your war machine of 2006 has this nonsense about Iraq as "the central front in the war on terror."

The fourth pivotal lesson of Vietnam, Mr. Bush: if the same idiots who told Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon to stay there for the sake of "Peace With Honor," are now telling you to stay in Iraq, they're probably just as wrong now, as they were then… Dr. Kissinger

And the fifth crucial lesson of Vietnam, Mr. Bush, which somebody should've told you about, long before you plunged this country into Iraq — is that, if you lie us into a war — your war, and your presidency, will be consigned to the scrapheap of history

Finally, in Vietnam, we learned the lesson. We stopped endlessly squandering lives and treasure and the focus of a nation on an impossible and irrelevant dream

But you are still doing exactly that, tonight, in Iraq

And these lessons from Vietnam, Mr. Bush, these priceless, transparent lessons, writ large as if across the very sky, are still a mystery to you

"We'll succeed unless we quit."?

No, sir. We will succeed — against terrorism, for our country's needs, towards binding up the nation's wounds — when you quit — quit the monumental lie, that is our presence in Iraq

And in the interim, Mr. Bush, an American kid will be killed there, probably tonight — or, if we're lucky, not until tomorrow

And here, sir, endeth the lesson


“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching." ~Mahatma Gandhi

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~Dalai Lama

"Stretch your vision. See what can be, not just what is. Practice adding value to things, to people and to yourself." ~David. J. Schwartz

if you want to get better
just keep doing it
over and over again

my high's

from tuesday, november 21 2006


barbie girl

i just got banned by someone who cares about money more than people

i care more about people

maybe that's because i have money

peace takes courage

who will pay for iraq and when?

"Regardless of how you feel about the war, you must concede that it is going to cost us all dearly.

The Iraq war is consuming over $1.4 billion a week - or $200 million a day. In the time it takes you to read this article, the American government will have spent $700,000 on the war. The war has cost $200 billion already.

Economists have estimated the war's ultimate bill will be $1-2 trillion, which includes costs such as the hospitalization and long-term care of tens of thousands of wounded veterans, interest payments on the wartime debt and replacement of worn-out equipment.

In the case of Iraq, instead of raising taxes to pay for the war, the current Bush administration is cutting them, adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal deficit. The Bush administration has raised the ceiling on the national debt from $5.95 trillion in 2001 to $9.62 trillion in 2006, an increase of over 60 percent in five years.

All this debt must eventually be repaid by taxing us, our children and our grandchildren."

new rules

...Richard Dreyfuss on civics . . . .

patience (pt 1)

"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world" ~Helen Keller

"Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength." ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

"There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience." ~Jean de la Bruyère

patience (pt 2)

stanley's cup

south park deals with infant terminal cancer

my high's

from thursday, november 16 2006

Day 365

from wednesday, november 15 2006

fuck fox

fox news plays a key role in creating and fueling the war on terror

fox news internal memo shows this clearly:

"the war on terror goes on without interruption"

"just because the Dems won, the war on terror isn't over"

obviously because fox news profits from the war on terror

now fox news should be charged with aiding terrorist organizations

fuck fox

my high's

from tuesday, november 14 2006

risk (pt 1)

“Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." ~James Dean

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." ~Michelangelo

“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing." ~anonymous

risk (pt 2)

a caverned pool of blood
flowing slow like floe
feeding lightning energy strikes
instructing the body below

over the pool dangles a dagger
swinging low from a thread
it’s blade shimmers to a point
waiting to slice into my head


"No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it." ~Helen Keller

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~Buddha

"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for." ~Tom Bodett

a good week

power to the people :)

go god go (pt 2)

my high's

from thursday, november 9 2006



“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time." ~Jim Rohn

“Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back." ~Harvey MacKay

“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." ~Steve Jobs


something feels different, i'm hoping this will last

we've overcome the terror, we've left it in the past

i hope we stay progressive,

i hope this fire won't fade,

but i fear bush's signing statements are the only laws being made

bin laden remix

god is dead

extreme trainsurfer

dawn of a new day

dems win the house

dems win the senate

and rummy is out

my faith in democracy is momentarily partially restored :)


“Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

"Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." ~Mark Twain

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us." ~Flora Edwards

vote or die


you find more pieces
and start fitting them in place
as the puzzle grows

new rules

Controlling Congress is for closers. Listen up, Democrats, it's as simple as A-B-C. "Always Be Closing." First prize: subpoena power in the new Congress. Second prize: set of steak knives. Third prize: you're fired.

The election is four days away and I'm through dicking around with you. Here are the leads. Here are your talking points.

One: when they say Democrats will raise taxes, you say, "We have to because someone spent all the money in the world cutting Paris Hilton's taxes and not killing Osama bin Laden." In just six years, the national debt has doubled. You can't keep spending money you don't take in. That's not even elementary economics. That's just called, "Don't be Michael Jackson."

Two: When they say the terrorists want the Democrats to win, you say, "Are you insane? George Bush has been a terrorist's wet dream." He inflames radical hatred against America and then runs on offering to protect us from it. It's like a guy throwing shit on you and then selling you relief from the flies.

Three: When they say, "Cut and Run" or "Defeat-ocrat," you say, "Bush lost the war. Period." All this nonsense - this nonsense about "the violence is getting worse over there because they're trying to influence the election"; no, it's getting worse because you drew up the postwar plans on the back of a cocktail napkin at Applebee's. And of course Democrats want to win. But that's impossible now that you've ethnically-cleansed the place by making it unlivable. Just like you did with New Orleans.

Four: When they say that actual combat veterans like John Kerry are denigrating the troops, you say, "You're completely full of shit." Remember when Al Gore caught all that flak for sighing and moaning during that debate? Yeah, don't do that. Just say, "You're full of shit." If I was a troop, the support I would want back home would mainly come in the form of people pressuring Washington to get me out of this pointless nightmare! That's how I would feel supported. So when they say, "Democrats are obstructionists," you say, "You're welcome." Sometimes, good people have to intercede to prevent dire consequences. You wouldn't like to think of me as an obstructionist, but what if Roseanne had offered to sing? So I would be happy to frame this debate as a fight between the obstructionists and the enablers.

There's your talking point. Vote Republican, and you vote to enable George Bush to keep ruling as an emperor. A retarded, child emperor-but an emperor.

So, Democrats, you've got four days to get out there and close! And it's not about slogans this time. Although, when it comes to slogans, the only one I'm prepared to accept from the opposition is, "The Republican Party: We're Sorry."


rampant rightwing hypocrisy rages on

this is ted haggard, a major evangelical christian leader.....

haggard is a good family man, close to bush, and busy running the entire evangelical christian movement, actively pushing anti-gay legislation in Colorado and across the country

haggard is also a homo who fantasizes about having orgies with 6 college boys and buys crystal meth from male prostitutes

watch him telling all the little ones at jesus camp that "We don’t have to debate about what we should think about homosexual activity, it’s written in the Bible.”

what the fuck is wrong with these people???

then there's congressman tim murphy (R-PA)

a reporter shows him evidence that he broke the law, and he just takes it and keeps it

you have to be careful though

these evil bastards can be sneaky

in cali, a front company for big oil and big tobacco sends out "Voter Information Guides for Democrats", making sure to recommend that democrats vote against propositions that would increase penalties for violent sex offenders, fund children's health care with tax on cigs, and tax on oil companies to fund alternative energy research

there are so many GOP scandals right now it's ridiculous

no wonder the rich are getting much richer, much faster than everyone else

so sad that the party in charge of moral values has none

my high's

from thursday, november 2 2006


l'arch de triumphe

go god go

south park tackles atheism

fearmongering fascists

stop exporting democracy

we need it more than they do

Olbermann Special Comment:

"There is tonight no political division in this country that he and his party will not exploit, nor have not exploited; no anxiety that he and his party will not inflame.

There is no line this President has not crossed — nor will not cross — to keep one political party, in power.

He has spread any and every fear among us, in a desperate effort to avoid that which he most fears — some check, some balance against what has become not an imperial, but a unilateral presidency.

And now it is evident that it no longer matters to him, whether that effort to avoid the judgment of the people, is subtle and nuanced — or laughably transparent."

my high's

from tuesday, october 31 2006


long live the juice