Repugnant is Newt by Karen Belli

February 6, 2012

Newt is a brute,
a brute is Newt.

Newt you are moot,
so moot is Newt;

A bloated ego,
and vile to boot…

Newt Newt,
you’re so NOT astute!

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My Chinese Footprint Getting Smaller

February 5, 2012

Plastic Piece on Earth

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Actually, I have been posting about , and boycotting, Chinese products for years.

Where my stuff comes from is important. The closer, the better. We try hard to buy local,organic, sustainable,and fair trade. We practice low- impact eating and mindful living.

We are not perfect at it. But over time our negative impact on the Earth has lessened while our dollars have stayed closer to home.  It is an ongoing process of personal growth and deepening commitment.

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Since the 1990’s I have been taking an informal survey of persons wearing American flagged apparel. Also, when in  clothing stores I will look at the labels.  Ninety eight percent of the time the item is made elsewhere.

How about this sentiment on your infant’s onesie.  I guess if you disagree with our inherent militarism you ought to be shot.  That is the American Way to some.  They love to defend freedoms they don’t believe in.  As long as it involves shooting.  They see life as Win-Lose.

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Please understand, I have no animus toward the Chinese people or culture.  I have much regard for them.  One might argue that a boycott would hurt the people.  If  this is so, they will turn and put added pressure on their government to do the right things.
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Boycott China and Russia! Contact them here!

February 4, 2012

Russia and China have vetoed a key UN resolution on Syria calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad” following the massacre of more than 200 people by security forces in the city of Homs. – Reuters

Russian and Chinese support for this regime runs deep.  What threatens one brutal government, threatens them all.

Assuredly, the protection of these two authoritarian states will embolden the miscreant – Bashar al-Assad. As we sit here, he resumes his slaughter of defenseless civilians.

I am not helpless.  I can let the idiots know I am not buying their stuff:

Chinese embassy in Washington, DC United States:

Website: http://www.china-embassy.org
Email: chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn
Ambassador: Mr. Zhang Yesui
Address: 3505 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel Operator: +1-202-4952266
Cell: +1-202-6698024 (For Emergency Only)
Fax: +1-202-4952138

Russia Embassy , United States:
2650 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

20007
Washington DC
District of Columbia
USA
Phone:
+1-202-2985700
+1-202-2985701
+1-202-2985704
Fax:
+1-202-2985735
+1-202-4837579
 
Website URL:
http://www.russianembassy.org
Email: russianembassy@mindspring.com
 
_______________________________________________________________________________________Here here is my email to them:

Please help stop the carnage in Syria by supporting the U.N. resolution to ouster Bashar al-Assad.

When you protect barbarians you become barbarians.

I pledge to stop buying Russian and Chinese imports until your countries consistently take the side of humanity.

H. R. Baldwin Jr.
Dallas, Pa

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Censorship by ommision: Josh Fox Arrest Was Under-Reported

February 3, 2012

I believe the arrest of Josh Fox was woefully under-reported on local and network television, and in local print media. Myself ,and others, have not observed any local or national television coverage of this fiasco. A search of their websites was equally fruitless.

I have seen no coverage today,  either.

I should mention,  I do not get the cable news channels.  But my focus here is on the local and mainstream media.

If I am accurate (even partially), for many NEPA citizens – the incident never happened.

Instead we were offered super bowl recipes, groundhog abuse, sports adoration, celebrity worship, weather obsession, and (“unfortunately”) there was little time left for actual news.  This small window of news programming gives censorship an excuse: “Gee whiz , we just can’t cover everything!”

Josh’s arrest was news. It was big news.

He is a national figure who lives nearby in Wayne County. He is a Sundance  Film Festival winner and an Oscar nominee. “Fracking” is an issue  widely known and debated in our region.  It  threatens each of us in various ways.  What’s not to report??

He was hand-cuffed and his constitutional rights were denied him.

That should always be big news in a democracy.
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What puzzles me is the lack of information about the arrest on the ABC News website. I did a search, “Josh Fox Arrested” and came up with nothing. Josh Powell – Yes. Josh Fox – no. This is especially surprising given that an ABC film crew was present at the same hearing and also denied “permission” to film the hearings. They complied. Josh did not.  He stood up for journalistic and constitutional rights.

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Here is an update from Rueters:
Gasland Director Josh Fox Released After D.C. Arrest; Feb. 15 Court date set
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Here: is Josh speaking about the arrest on msnbc’s The Ed Show

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”…no subcommittee rule or regulation should prohibit a respectful journalist or citizen from recording a public hearing.” – Josh Fox

I am reminded of all the meetings Audrey Simpson has recorded.  Thanks Audrey.  You are a hero.

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Josh Fox Arrested

February 1, 2012

Today Josh Fox was arrested by capital police when he refused to turn off his camera when filming the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. The chairman is a Republican and it seems as if he was prejudicial against Fox on a technicality. Although the proceedings were being webcast, the Republicans chose to deny him (and us) our first amendment rights.  I guess they wanted to show him who is in control:

Here is a good accounting of the incident from the Huffington Post: Gasland’ Journalists Arrested At Hearing By Order Of House Republicans (UPDATES)

On his Facebook page Josh asks everyone to:

CALL OR EMAIL CONGRESS NOW! Tell them Josh should be allowed in to film the hearing. It’s guaranteed in the first amendment! Call tonight thru tomorrow morning. Thank you! Please repost!
Committee Phone:
202-225-8844
Committee Contact Form:
Link Here to make your voice heard

THANK YOU JOSH!

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Bible Banging Nincompoops

January 31, 2012

Imagine a large, large pile of fools, simpletons, dolts, bullies, nitwits, miscreants, narcissists, ne’er do-wells, sociopaths, posers, oligarchs, theocrats, ass kissers, and bull-shitters.  Imagine it 272 feet tall, peaking at the top like a dog’s stool.

Call it The Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

On January 24th, the BIG PILE adopted House Resolution 535 by a unanimous vote of 193-0. The Resolution declares the year 2012 as the “Year of the Bible” and goes on to state:

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives declare 2012 as
the “Year of the Bible” in Pennsylvania in recognition of both
the formative influence of the Bible on our Commonwealth and
nation and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scriptures.

On so many levels this is wrong.

First, it is unconstitutional.

Secondly, it is intellectually incongruent.   It asserts the notion that our government’s behavior ought to be based on a particular “holy book”.  Isn’t that the problem in Afghanistan?

Also, it is hypocritical. The Pennsylvania legislature’s behavior has been blatantly antithetical to the bible values I know – especially, to those passages which call for the stewardship of God’s creation. Not the desecration of it.

Further, it is sadly dismissive  (and, therefore, inaccurate and inherently divisive) of all the other belief systems which helped establish our collective ethos.

And, it is an incredible waste of public time and resources.

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WFTE – “The Voice of NEPA’s Progressive Community”

January 30, 2012

Are you looking for an alternative to WVIA Radio?

Tired of hearing  commercials for the fracking interests?

Sick of don’t-rock-the-boat radio programming?

Angry with the likes of Kelly and Sordoni?

Then tune in to WFTE at 90.3 FM and 105.7 FM.