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February 28, 2005


A token of my affection for my fellow moonbats

Tom Tomorrow put it best: I understand the etymology of "wingnut" - it's obviously a diminutive of "right wing nut," but works as an effective piece of slang because it also repurposes a common noun. But what, in god's...

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Quote of the day

"WHY DO THE FACTS HATE AMERICA?" - Eric Lee...

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February 27, 2005


A warm welcome to both of David Horowitz's readers!

I'm pleased that Mr. Horowitz has seen fit to send a little traffic to this humble site. In fact, so far, it's very little: Not a single person as of this writing has followed the link from his site...

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A walk with Becky

Photo: Trillium chloropetallum, Bear Creek Trail, Orinda, today. We hiked about six miles, 58 total for me so far this year. I know none of you care: this is just the easiest way for me to keep track. We...

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Eye candy

Here's a detailed description of the Grand Canyon hike I'll be taking in May with Bill Broyles, Joan Scott, and a friend of Joan's I've not met....

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February 26, 2005


The queen of raccoons and drunken birds

The first line of the poem below was a friend's ironic self-description in a discussion on a BBS some years back. (A BBS, children, is what your parents used to chat on before there was AOL.) Anyway, there was something...

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Kids, new toys, and the relationships thereof

This post was written from the teak bench in the backyard. This post was posted from the teak bench in the backyard. Guinea pig eating the lawn, windmill clacking in the wind, rabbit somewhere around here. Motorcycles rattling down San...

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Red Jacket

My brother posts a photo of a statue around the corner from the old house in Buffalo, an homage to the Seneca chief-cum-orator Red Jacket. Or something between homage and grave marker: Red Jacket is buried beneath it. I used...

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February 25, 2005


Not that I'll enjoy taking more time off work, mind you...

So I've set up the new household wireless network, encrypted to defeat all the thousands of Pinole wardrivers, and am enjoying Teen Girl Squad wirelessly from the comfort of the bedroom, listening to BB King being streamed up a firewire...

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February 24, 2005


This past weekend

We went to Los Gatos this weekend to visit Becky's parents and our niece and nephew, who they were babysitting while Becky's sister and her husband took a few days' break. My nephew Liam, pictured here with one of...

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A lesson that bears repeating

The Knills were vacationing in Thailand when the tsunami hit on December 26. They died, but one of them took photos of the receding water and advancing tsunami before the wave killed them. Someone recovered their digital camera and...

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Next thing you know they'll be appointing a torturer to head the Justice Department

via my pal Terry: "D. Reed Freeman, vice-president at Claria, has been appointed to the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. "Claria, formerly known as Gator, is the leading provider of spyware."...

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February 23, 2005


Coprinus

As obsessive readers of this blog may recall, I pollarded my neighbors' mulberry tree in November. This involved pruning off several dozen long, less than two-inch thick vertical shoots. I had probably a hundred such branches when I was...

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February 22, 2005


Life As We Know It

I was reading Thomas Frank's What's The Matter With Kansas this weekend. It's a good book so far, though I'm stunned that any liberal pundit could read this eloquent telling of plain, obvious fact and find it surprising or "eye-opening."...

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February 21, 2005


Water

Becky and I slipped out today, after I walked the dog through tentative sunshine, to buy a new laptop for my Mesa Refuge residency. It took about half an hour to make sure of what I wanted and make the...

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February 19, 2005


More blog silliness

I suppose it's about time I got around to this one. Via Pharyngula; Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 123. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions....

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Embarrassing a family member, again

Sorry, Allie, but I just really like this photo. (Who knew that my baby sister's tiny little kid would grow up into the sort of stunning woman that makes grown men stammer?) This shot was taken on some mountain...

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February 18, 2005


Credit where due

You might have seen those little icons next to individual blog comments on other blogs - I had them here for a while, and may well again if I ever figure out how to work the CSS formatting so...

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Moreowitz

David Horowitz's contact page is working again. Do your patriotic duty: Turn yourself in!...

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Mercury rising

I mentioned my pal Tim Neagle in a post a few days ago, saying I thought he needed his own blog. He replied in email saying "thanks but no thanks," making reference to his stress level and the continuous stream...

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Ten things

This fledgling meme is stolen from Paul. Ten things I've done that I bet you haven't: 1) Hitchhiked around the Appalachians at age 17 with no destination in mind and less than forty bucks, with a missing persons' report filed...

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Speaking of Horowitz

It wasn't bad enough that David Horowitz snubbed me when he came up with his list of dangerous environmental radicals. How in the hell could he have left out this guy?...

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February 17, 2005


He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to vote Republican

The discussion of liberalism and accomodationism that started with my Ward Churchill post and then over at Beth's brought up the question "what is it that concerned people can do to make the world a better place, as opposed to...

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February 16, 2005


Damn it, I demand proper recognition.

Michael Bérubé points out that everyone's favorite Post-Traumatic Political Turncoat David Horowitz has posted his carefully compiled list of nefarious US leftists, and I am royally pissed off. He left me off of it. I mean here I've worked with...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 03:41 PM

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February 15, 2005


D'oh!

Via paperwight, This Is Rumor Control asks a question I'm embarrassed to admit hadn't occurred to me: How is it that "Jeff Gannon" was exposed by a bunch of lefty bloggers working in their spare time, and not by the...

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Posted by Chris Clarke at 05:23 PM

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February 14, 2005


Some good news

I've just been informed that I've been selected as a resident at the Mesa Refuge for the second half of April. Two weeks of no Internet, no commute, and nothing to do except eat, sleep, and work on the Joshua...

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Quote of the day

The average American is amazingly ignorant about just about everything. — Ernst Mayr...

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February 13, 2005


Orcinus weighs in

David Neiwert has one of the best commentaries yet on Ward Churchill's recent little problem....

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A legacy of sorts

One weekend when I was in my early teens my father asked me to climb onto our garage and clean out the gutters. After the requisite stalling and complaining I clambered up there with trowel and pail and got to...

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February 11, 2005


A little inside information on the Beltway scandal du jour

My friend Tim Neagle — who needs his own blog, damnit — sent along this note as part of an email. I'm posting it with permission. (Explanatory note: Tim was Executive News Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle a few...

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February 10, 2005


Oh Lord, now he's quoting French Philosophers

Way down deep among the rightwing troll comments in the Ward Churchill thread, reader Hal offers this passage by Jean Paul Sartre who addressed it to French intellectuals during that country's colonialist war in Algeria. And I thought it deserved...

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February 09, 2005


Welcome, Friends of Pinole Creek!

I'm pleased and honored that the Friends of the Pinole Creek Watershed has linked to my blog so prominently! For those of you just finding Creek Running North through FOPCW, welcome. Despite what it looks like the last few days,...

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February 08, 2005


Harley

I haven't written much about the fifth mammalian member of our household, Harley the guinea pig. And the way things are going, I suspect I don't have a huge amount of time left to do so. We've had guinea...

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Carla's memorial

It was Saturday. You can read a pretty good description - with a few inconsequential errors - here. It was such a Berkeley event. On the campus, the Campanile bells ringing, a third of those present in wheelchairs. The first...

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February 07, 2005


Briones

Six miles hiked today, the wind cutting through my shirt. Dark clouds scutted. 42 miles for the year so far....

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I am Ward Churchill

So Ward Churchill is the latest target of right-wing outrage, and all over the online punditosphere liberals are taking up the banners of free inquiry and leaping to his defense. Oh, wait. No they're not. I've read the specific instance...

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February 05, 2005


That special time of year

The plum trees were blooming at Embarcadero Plaza, and a hundred parrots methodically pruned each one from every tree. They ate and screamed and glissaded from tree to tree, less shy than usual, letting people come within six feet of...

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February 04, 2005


Facts

From the current Harper's Index: Average total cost for a U.S. eighty-year-old to live out the rest of his or her days on a luxury cruise ship: $230,497 Average cost to live them out in an assisted-living facility: $228,075...

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North Beach, 2/4

a thin fog between me and the Pyramid, and construction constricts Columbus Avenue. Acme Bread truck double-parked Brewer's blackbird grabs a crumb from a dropped challah, looks up at me with one yellow eye. The falafel place across the street...

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February 03, 2005


Surprise

I found this morning a letter from someone I haven't talked to in five years, someone who came into my life like a glacier into a valley, an image that fits the scouring effect she had on me as well....

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February 02, 2005


Carla-Helen Toth

My friend Carla is dead. She died yesterday when a train hit her wheelchair in West Berkeley. The accident was at 2:30 am. It's being treated as a suicide. I just thought of Carla last month, wondered what she was...

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February 01, 2005


Breathing

I've been sick for about a week: a bad cold, but just a cold nonetheless. A couple days of swollen glands and tonsils, a couple days of fluid-filled chest cavity, a couple days of feeling like I could almost scrape...

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