Thursday, June 22, 2006

Cantwell update

See, Maria, when you whore for the big corporations, your voting constituents do notice:

Rasmussen said Cantwell was viewed favorably by 53 percent of likely voters and unfavorably by 42 percent, including 20 percent who viewed her "very unfavorably." McGavick, who has never run for elective office before, was viewed favorably by 46 percent and unfavorably by 35 percent.

Which means, if you don't get a serious challenger in the primary, we may still vote for you in the general election, because McGavick is yet a bigger corporate arsewipe made worse by the fact that he has been so busy cosying up to the Christian dominionists.

Some say prayers
Some say prayers
Well I say mine

(A little Sisters of Mercy quote thrown in there, just because.)

Again, I would ask everyone to go have a look at the website of Mark Wilson, who is a Democratic challenger to Cantwell. His positions are progressive and make sense.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


She Who Will Not Be Named is dismembered by Mike Argento. I especially like:

She's received a lot of airtime to discuss her idiotic remarks about the women who were widowed in the Sept. 11 attacks. I'm guessing she's mostly jealous of these women because they have demonstrated the ability to have a relationship with a man that didn't end with them killing and eating him.

I suppose that's not really fair (to widowing spiders) - female spiders do have to eat, after all, though She, by all appearances, does not eat anything of substance. That would explain a lot, actually.

h/t to PZ Myers over at Pharyngula.

Monday, June 12, 2006

more video

Go watch Eardrum Buzz by Wire. Did I mention how much I love Wire?

Oh, and YouTube also has Kraftwerk's Musique Nonstop. Another really cool video from the late 80s.

OK, one last one: Iceblink Luck by Cocteau Twins. Liz Frasier looks absolutely glamorous in this video!

sharks of the sky

Light posting since Blogger was in and out most of last week.

This evening, though, we were sitting after dinner with the door open to the muggy weather, and I realized I was hearing alarm calls coming from robins in the trees out front. I was told that these calls had been going on most of the day, joined occaisionally by jays and crows. "I'll be there's a hawk in the yard," I said. So we went to look, and sure enough, there was a sharp-shinned hawk in a tree on the driveway. We watched as the robins, either enraged or alarmed, would get closer to the hawk while scolding, when suddenly the hawk would launch itself after the closest bird, deftly maneuvering through the branches, settling on a new perch with an excited side-to-side shake of the tail. A pair of jays came in and started scolding, and got the same treatment, while a few crows circled around the edges, calling also, but staying further away.

After standing awhile watching this drama unfold, I head a distinctive high clicking sound, and then spotted the hummingbird who was also joining the battle. We watched for several minutes as robins, jays, and hummingbird circled, perched, and scolded, trying to chase away the hawk, which seemed just patient enough to wait until a scolding bird got close enough to chase down. When we went back inside because the rain was finally starting, the robins were still enraged and alarmed, and still calling to every other bird in the neighborhood to "look out, for the shark of the sky!"

Friday, June 02, 2006


What Sesame Street character am I?
You scored 60% Organization, 51% abstract, and 59% extroverted!

If you want to see what character you are,
click here
. Hat tip to Cotournix.