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Three stunning thoughts on war, oil, and immigration

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I quoted Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul a few days ago. Now here are three insights by Democrat Dennis Kucinich that were startling to me. They come from an interview at the ever-fresh DemocracyNow!

First thought: Congress can force the President to end the war without passing a single bill. Huh? Think about it. Funding expires. Funding bills serve only one purpose: continuing.

JUAN GONZALEZ: What about those Democrats who argue that they could not get a majority vote or at least one that would survive a presidential veto to stop the funding, so that they’ve got to then have a concession of some sort? Read the rest of this entry »

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May 26, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Community Supported Agriculture

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I’ve changed my blogroll to link (under Washington) to Choice Earth’s Blog. Lori and I buy a share in Choice Earth each spring and get locally grown vegetables all summer long. Think how much energy is saved by buying food grown here, rather than diesel-hauled from a thousand miles away! Jocelyn has links to help you find a CSA near you if you’re not from “these parts.” But her blog is worthwhile in itself. Here’s a sample:

Choice Earth CSA

Choice Earth is a Community Supported Agriculture group growing fresh, local, organic, heirloom vegetables for members in Fairfield and Washington area communities. … The mission of this blog is to tell all the day-to-day stories and action that happen on an organic vegetable farm…

Sunday, May 20, 2007:

What Am I?

Sometimes identifying a vegetable in the field can be tricky. Sure, we know what the vegetable looks like on the store shelf, but are we sure we know what it looks like in the garden? Frankly, I haven’t always been able to recognize the vegetables in their natural state. Here are some of my favorite “clueless vegetable” moments …[read more]

Drop by! And I hope you find such a food source near you, too.


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May 26, 2007 at 3:40 pm

To the Person Sitting in Darkness

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Mark Twain – To the Person Sitting in Darkness
Servant at Ressentiment tipped me off to this haunting modern rendering of words of Mark Twain from the time of the Spanish-American war by Italian poets/filmmakers at Nuovoviautori.
Servant has here a link to the text as originally written in the New York Times of 1901 (and the NYT’s response), with more explanatory details.
Whew!


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May 26, 2007 at 12:09 pm