By Ken Krayeske • 12:05 AM EST
I love the Grateful Dead. People joining hand in hand, while the music played the band...The Music Never Stopped, April 27, 1977 Capitol Theater, Passaic New Jersey. Jerry Garcia makes me feel alive. And check out Bobby's beard.
Fish links. With Annie's Goddess dressing, instead of tartar sauce.
The story about the DA in Texas who indicted Cheney and Alberto Gonzalez just is plain wierd. The DA throws down criminal indictments against the shadow government for its work in perpetuating injustice in a private prison. Then he disappears. The Texas Rangers find him in Mexico, and then a judge removes him from mor than half the work he did. From the Raymondsville Chronicle:
After being AWOL from the job and violating sections of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct - Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel "Johnny Guerra" has been replaced in five (5) of the nine (9) criminal cases he convinced a grand jury to file against Vice President Dick Cheney, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales...more here
FISA save me...A writer from Colors magazine called me from Italy today to talk about the story they are doing on my absurd interaction with Johnny Law back on Jan. 3, 2007. And later in the evening as I was thinking of the call, I wondered if the NSA listened to us discussing how much freedom we have lost. What's the line? "Those who seek to eliminate dissent soon find themselves eliminating dissenters."
From a lawyer friend in New Haven: How Hate Radio works. File this one under Morning Radio Chronicles, Too. My favorite line from Dan Shelly, reformed right wing radio producer:
This brings us to perhaps the most ironic thing about most talk show hosts. Though they may savage politicians and others they oppose, they fear criticism or critiques of any kind. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it.
Then there's the constant stream of informative drug policy reform stories from Mapinc via Cliff Thornton, this one talking about Vancouver's safe-injection rooms saving more than $14 million over 10 years.
Vancouver's safe-injection site will save the health-care system at least $14-million and prevent more than 1,000 HIV infections over a 10-year period, according to a new study about the controversial program.
The study, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, is the latest piece of research to suggest the potential social benefit of Insite in helping curb substance abuse, and reducing the spread of hepatitis C, HIV and other infectious diseases.
"We were a bit surprised. The model really suggests that there are very considerable benefits," said Ahmed Bayoumi, lead author and scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in Toronto.
This summer in Montreal, I saw Insite advertised on bus stop walls, and I am glad to see it working. Earth to Hartford? Are you listening?
Yes, because there is a new Hartford Blog: Weliveinhartfordandyoushouldtoo
I saw these guys linking to me in my awstats the other day, and they are interesting. Here's the introduction they sent me:
Hi there, We've begun a new blog in an attempt to create one location where blogs by people who live in Hartford proper and write about Hartford are gathered. We found you either because we read you, we found you through a google search, or you were linked to another blog that we read. We linked to you because we like your blog. We've found that there are plenty of really good blogs out there devoted to Connecticut (or even Hartford) politics and news -- but we couldn't find any one place where you can find links to Hartford bloggers that blog about life in Hartford (among other things, obviously. No hard rules.)
Our plan is to link to and provide an RSS feed (when available) to blogs of people who are: residents of Hartford proper (none of that "and environs" stuff) and who write about life in Hartford (culture, events, art, news, politics, nonsense, observations, most anything goes) as part of their normal posting (it doesn't have to be every day or every week). This week our write-up links to A Bird in the Hand, Ladies in Waiting, Live in Hartford, Mira Hartford (couldn't find an email address), Real Hartford, The 40 Year Plan (couldn't find an email address), and Weekend Party Update.
We will, on a weekly basis, summarize and link to Hartford-specific topics written by the folks on our blogroll. We took a first stab at it today, so you can check it out and get a sense of what we're looking to do.If you have a longer post you would like posted in full, just let us know. If you know of another blog that looks like one we’re looking for, we'd love to hear about it from you. This was just our first shot at it -- we expect and hope the list will grow.If you don't want us linking to you, etc., feel free to tell us to buzz off. (But that will probably eliminate any shot you had at being invited to Thanksgiving it our place.) Thanks!
And for those of you who have stuck around this long, my friend GY from Hawaii writes this gem of an email about the auto industry:
Guys, there must be some among you who are as delighted as moi seeing these little piggy American manufacturers of the ultimate weapons of mass destruction grovel at the public trough! Let the US auto industry fall, and with it yes, all the schools, infrastructure, diners, gyms, yes even bike shops, that "depend" on auto worker income. Yes, let fall also our brother and sister UAW members: when they went on strike last year, I am not aware of any of them saying as a condition of returning that "and we ain't gonna build this shit no more."
It's one thing to realize that we have seen the first Black/white man elected president of the US: but in the same set to also partake in the collapse of the US automobile industry. Am I dreaming? These are exciting times, kids.
Sick industries, economies, societies, et. al., are like alcoholics. They gotta bottom out before they can recover. No more liberal bandaid applications to gangrenous infections requiring radical amputation!
if any of you are queueing in to the hearings, etc., and happen to come across any of the piggies actually crying, please contact me right away. Just the thought of it, and I am dancing like a fairy in Waipio, where native peoples livin' happy, no fuss, confusion, no worry...
carfree HI! aloha, GY
PS. Attributions: "carmageddon" coined by the "BikeEd Hawaii" band circa 1990's; liberal bandaids on gangrenous infections, derived from the original "charity is but a loose bandaid on the festering sore of poverty." Professor John Nagel, Syracuse University, 1978.
Yes, GY, I am as tickled as you. Now only if the Orangemen football team would win a game.