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Response to incident of Domestic Terrorism

Getting up observations from yesterday on the murder of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, KS.

In the meantime – check this shit out. Front page of Huffington Post.

Attorney General Directs US Marshals To Protect Abortion Clinics


***UPDATE*** US Attorney General Eric Holder is dispatching US Marshals to protect abortion clinic and doctors around the country.

Holder issued the following statement:

The murder of Doctor George Tiller is an abhorrent act of violence, and his family is in our thoughts and prayers at this tragic moment.  Federal law enforcement is coordinating with local law enforcement officials in Kansas on the investigation of this crime, and I have directed the United States Marshals Service to offer protection to other appropriate people and facilities around the nation.  The Department of Justice will work to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice.  As a precautionary measure, we will also take appropriate steps to help prevent any related acts of violence from occurring.

A Grown-Up Look at Judge Sonia Sotomayor

There is a lot out there about Sonia Sotomayor – a lot of bullshit.  But we’re not going to deal with the bullshit.  We’re going to deal with some grown-ups.

First up:  Judge Jon Newman who has served since 1979 on the same federal court with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was a guest on Charlie  Rose’s show, Tuesday, May 26th.   It’s quite illuminating.  (17 minutes)

Second up: A panel discussing Judge Sotomayor’s nomination made up of two journalists, Linda Greenhouse & Stuart Taylor, and Walter Dellinger – professor at Duke University & currently acting Solicitor General.  The journalist have covered the Supreme Court.   (24 minutes)


I’ve been driving down Ustick Road purposefully to see when Delsa’s is opening.  Last night I drove by and snapped a few photos using my cell phone.  The pics are not the greatest, but they will, however, get the message out.

It’s set to open tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27th at 10:00 am – below is proof.

delsa's to open

Here’s a couple of the front and the outdoor patio.   We are just TOO excited.

delsa's front

The patio – after a certain in the evening the sun won’t be hitting it.  And no, not just after sundown.

delsa's patio

And …. the library just up the street a block or so on Ustick & Cole should be opening fairly soon.  The target date is June 1, 2009, although the inside doesn’t look too ready.

Update:  Here’s the last story in the Idaho Statesman from mid-April on Delsa’s.

And Here’s the Nominee on Her Nomination

Here’s the nominee for the United States Supreme Court.   She will be confirmed.  It must be wonderful to feel such love and gratitude to one’s mother.

Sonia Sotomayor is the One

Video from the LA-Times of President Obama’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court – Sonia Sotomayor.

Sonia’s tribute to her mother is at the 13:00 mark. Tear-invoking.

All the wingnuts are out in force including, shamefully, some of those on the leftJonathan Turley for one.


One of my favorite sources when it comes to ‘The Law’ is Christy Hardin Smith at firedoglake.  She was up early this morning.   Jack Balkin at Balkinization; he’s weighing in on Judge Sotomayor.   Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com, he’ s on it.  And so is Jeralyn (Merritt) at Talk Left who was live-blogging during the announcement, adding her invaluable comments, as is one of her contributors – Big Tent Democrat (aka Armando Llorens).  BTD caught Jonathan Turley’s “base racism.” Apparently there’s some claim Judge Sonia Sotomayor doesn’t have the intellectual firepower to rein in Scalia’s dominance.  Oh Geezus!  And we’re OFF!

A few updates from Talk Left:

Update:   Reactions: Jeff Toobin on CNN says the setting (Biden, Obama and Sotomayor) was striking: it is the face of the New America.  Suzanne Malveaux says there wasn’t a dry eye in the audience when she talked about her family.

Update:   Toobin said she has no death penalty experience because New York has no death penalty.   But, I don’t think that’s accurate.  The feds have the death penalty, even in New York. Here’s one ruling she made in 1999 — allowing a death case against a leader of the Latin Kings gang to proceed.   Update: A New York Times article from 1999 on her confirmation hearing to the Second Circuit.   Among the fears of Republicans: Clinton would nominate her to the Supreme Court

And as always, CSPAN has archival information on Judge Sotomayor as well as the Supreme Court.

She Did It Again

Although she started off a bit shaky in the beginning, she gave another great performance.  Of the two I’ve seen, I much prefer her first performance.   Whatever she produces, I’ll probably buy.  I like her.  I so like her gutsiness.

A Bit on Memorial Day 2009

Another ‘StoryCorps’ offering from NPR this Memorial Day weekend.NK Hoe

Allan Hoe was a medic in Vietnam.

His son, Nainoa K. Hoe,  was an infantry officer killed in Mosul, Iraq in 2005 while on foot patrol.

On a visit to the The Wall – Vietnam Veterans Memorial -a few months after his son was killed, something incredible happened there.



Following the Civil War came this order to call recognition for a day of memorials and testimonials.

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.  In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and com­rades will, in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit……

And here – here is yet another story ‘testifying’ to the lack of recognition women have typically received for their contributions, including flygirls this from CNN on women pilots during WWII.

The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots was born in 1942 to create a corps of female pilots able to fill all types of flying jobs at home to free male military pilots to travel to the front.

Eventually 1,102 women completed the program and were assigned to one of 120 bases across the country to start their missions.

Depending on the base, they did everything from participating in ground-to-air anti-aircraft practice; towing targets for air-to-air gunnery practice with live ammunition; flying drones; conducting night exercises; testing repaired aircraft before they were used in cadet training; serving as instructors; and transporting cargo and male pilots to embarkation points.

There was a ceremony when the exhibit opened in Arlington, VA on Nov. 14th of  2008 -“‘the same day the first woman was promoted to the rank of four-star general, the “Fly Girls of World War II” exhibit opened in honor of the first U.S. military-trained women aviators.”  There’s a Cafe Press shop with everything from postcards & posters to ornaments, caps to calendars.

Check this shit out!  Before Dora The Explorer, there was Fifinella – a Walt Disney creation, originally designed for a film adaption of Roahl Dahl’s book, The Gremlins – that was appropriated for use by the WASPs.

During WWII, the WASP asked for permission to use her as the official mascot and the Disney Company generously agreed. Official Fifinella ‘went to war’ and was worn in the form of patches. Some were leather, some were cloth…worn on WASP flight jackets.”

Perfect teaching moment for my 3 year-old granddaughter as well as my 12 year-old nephew, plus a T-shirt.


Building a Greenhouse

How to throw up a greenhouse in an afternoon or a day …..

….. I mean the pictures make it look that easy.   Go look, Craig & hubby did a darn good job.  I’m suitably impressed.

Daly in Pink

John Daly has always been an interesting character to me.  I just want him to sober the fuck up and golf – and I don’t even FOLLOW golf, let alone actually WATCH it.  But, did I happen to mention that John Daly has always been an interesting character to me?

Maybe it’s the pants.   I do like ’em, ‘cuz I’d wear ’em golfing ….. if I golfed.

Sooo – of course, this caught my attention.

Daly in Pink.

Phil Mikelson left the tournament to be with his wife, Amy, following a diagnosis of breast cancer and upcoming “major surgery.”  Thusly,

John Daly wore bright pink trousers during Sunday’s final round of the BMW PGA Championship in a gesture of support for Phil Mickelson’s wife after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Amy Mickelson was diagnosed last week with the disease and received a message of support on Friday from Darren Clarke, who lost his wife to breast cancer in 2006.

“I had a pair, so I figured I’d do that for her today. I thought it would be a good gesture,” Daly said of his trousers. “I know Phil very well and I know Amy. I’ve known them for a long time – we’ve played the Tour together. She’s a great lady. She has always been a sweetheart to everybody.”

My friend, Diane, died in April of 2002; she was 56.  Her husband, Bob, had done the same thing in taking on the role of caregiver although he was a business executive with Lucent.  Like the Mikelsons, Bob &  Diane had been sweethearts from way back.  In fact, the only time Diane & Bob weren’t a couple was the first 16 years of their lives.   They were together 40 years.

All my best to Amy Mickelson.  And Phil, join a men’s support group.  Bob did and he was NOT the support group kind.  However, he swore by it following his first meeting and went religiously.  It helped him cope.

Fourteen Years . . . . .

May 22nd was my 14th year in sobriety.  I never, ever thought it could be done – by me.  Especially when it came to beer.

Oh trust me, I still love beer; I just don’t drink it.  And in fact, my proxy beer drinker is Chris at The Unequivocal Notion.  Let’s go see what he has in the store today.

field of hops