5.18.2006

Books-to-Prisoners book sale this weekend

Attention book lovers:

The Books-to-Prisoners group is holding a book sale this weekend at Lincoln Square. Books sold at the book sale will go to pay postage and buy books to fulfill prisoner requests.

9-5 Saturday, May 20
9-3 Sunday, May 21 (half-price the last three hours)

Lincoln Square Mall (Former M2 space near the center of the mall)

Lots of books to choose from:

history
fiction
philosophy
science
textbooks
children's books
computer books
political science
mysteries
science fiction
romance
geography
art
photography
biography
cookbooks

and more....

Check out the Market at the Square Saturday morning and stop by the book sale afterwards.

5.15.2006

New Orleans: 8.5 months later

Someone on DKos posted some photos from a recent trip to New Orleans.

It's unbelievable.

And since FEMA closed their long-term recovery office in New Orleans recently, I'm not sure anything is will change anytime soon....

Tasty tidbits from Leeanthro

Leeanthro, a friend of mine, sent me some stuff for the blog. Since my cable is out today and I'm home waiting for the cable guy to come fix it, I thought I'd post as much as I can.

The first is a recipe from the Better than Peanut Butter and Jelly cookbook (which has good veg recipes for kids according to Leeanthro)
Macaroni & Cheese (3 or 4 servings?)

1/2 lb pasta (fun shape)
8 oz shredded cheddar
4 oz. low-fat yogurt
4 oz. frozen veg (your choice, peas or broccoli, for example)
1/2 c fresh whole wheat bread crumbs (or wheat germ)

Preheat oven to 350.

Cook pasta, drain and add next 4 ingredients.

Put in oven safe pan and top with bread crumbs

Bake 20 minutes.
She also sent me a link to the new blog by Seventh Generation that she thought some blog readers might be interested in. Seventh Generation is a brand of non-toxic household cleaners you can buy at Strawberry Fields or Natural Gourmet or even at some local grocery stores.

And, finally, a joke she sent me to close.
A bus carrying only ugly people crashes into an oncoming truck, and everyone inside dies.

As they stand at the Pearly Gates waiting to enter Paradise and meet their maker, God decides to grant each person one wish because of the grief they have experienced.

They're all lined up, and God asks the first one what the wish is.

"I want to be gorgeous," and so God snaps His fingers, and it is done.

The second one in line hears this and says "I want to be gorgeous too." Another snap of His fingers and the wish is granted.

This goes on for a while with each one asking to be gorgeous, but when God is halfway down the line, the last guy in the line starts laughing.

When there are only ten people left, this guy is rolling on the floor, laughing his head off. Finally, God reaches this last guy and asks him what his wish will be. The guy eventually calms down and says:

"Make 'em all ugly again".

5.13.2006

Ben Harper video clips

There are video links of Ben talking with both Air America Radio morning hosts and playing a couple of his songs off his new release, Both Sides of the Gun, on AAR's homepage. They may not last long, but if you get a chance, check 'em out.

First is Ben Harper with Mark Riley.

Second, Ben Harper with Rachel Maddow.

Colbert to speak at Knox College on June 3, 2006

Stephen Colbert will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Knox College and deliver the commencement address.

Now *that* will be a great graduation speech, I'm sure.
The ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 3, on the south lawn of Knox's historic Old Main, is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in T. Fleming Fieldhouse. Due to limited indoor seating, graduates, their families and invited guests with tickets will receive priority seating. Those without tickets will be admitted as space permits.

Go, Randi, Go

Randi Rhodes was on Larry King Live last night. It was billed as "America's most outrageous talk radio stars speak out on everything from the NSA spying story to the immigration debate." John Roberts filled in for Larry King. Randi was joined by a fellow liberal talker (and former football player, sportscaster, and conservative) Ed Schultz, and conservative talkers Dennis Prager, and Ben Ferguson.

I wouldn't say outrageous. I'd say outspoken. Warning: It's heated, loud, and about 32 minutes long.

Here's the video.

It's so long it's hard to pick out the best points. It's 30 minutes of back and forth between professional talkers.

Some of my faves: Ed and Randi pointing out that the Dems in DC can't do squat without the Republicans. The Republicans have total control of all three branches without any checks or balances or oversight---or accountability. That scares the living crap out of me. Absolute power is absolutely dangerous.

I also found the crack by John Roberts that Bush has a lot of diplomatic influence when he wants---like when Mexico proposed legalizing drugs. Why can't he put this influence into force on other issues? Hmmm?

I also enjoyed the little chickenhawk jab at Ben. Ben is 24, pro-war, and *not* in the military. While I don't find anything wrong with that (mostly because I could never be in the military), I find it disingenuous when people like Ben rundown people who oppose the war. My first instinct is to think "put your money where your mouth is" or "put up or shut up."

Here's the thing. I abhor outright conflict. I avoid it and always try to smooth ruffled feathers. And that's why I *admire* people like Randi Rhodes and Michael Moore and so on. They speak truth to power. And sometimes it gets messy and loud and confrontational. And I have great difficulty in participating in that. So I live vicariously through them when they say what I *wish* I could say without turning 40-shades of red while doing it.

I try to look at life like this: either I do something about what I find objectionable or I support people who are doing something---action---or I keep my stinking mouth shut. You know, put up or shut up. I don't want to be out front or in the spotlight---but I'll support you all the way.

5.04.2006

Plant Sale this Saturday at IDF

Saw this announcement in the Hub and in the Common Ground Co-Op newsletter.
Common Ground is having its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 6 in the IDF parking lot from 9-1. In the past we've also offered up the chance to swap plants, and this year is no different. However, this year the swap will have its own area and all swapping will be the responsibility of, well... the swappers. CGFC will just have plants for sale... and we'll have some good ones. Several members are starting heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables solely for the sale – you won't find these varieties at a nursery or even the Farmer's Market. Mark your calendars, and please let Lisa know if you're wanting to volunteer at this event– email lisa (at) commonground (dot) coop for more information.
If you don't know, the Common Ground Co-Op is at the Illinois Discipled Foundation at 610 E. Springfield Avenue, Champaign.

Known known

"I'm not in the intelligence business," is an understatement, Rummy....

Think Progress has a link to the video of Rummy's fun day in Atlanta today.

He said he didn't say he knew where the WMDs were in Iraq. Only he did. And *why* did the "heckler" (as CNN describes him) sound so certain? Because a was a CIA analyst for 27 years.

Today:

QUESTION: You said you knew where they were.

RUMSFELD: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were and –

QUESTION: You said you knew where they were Tikrit, Baghdad, northeast, south, west of there. Those are your words.

March 30, 2003:
MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, weapons of mass destruction. Key goal of the military campaign is finding those weapons of mass destruction. None have been found yet. There was a raid on the Answar Al-Islam Camp up in the north last night. A lot of people expected to find ricin there. None was found. How big of a problem is that? And is it curious to you that given how much control U.S. and coalition forces now have in the country, they haven't found any weapons of mass destruction?

SEC. RUMSFELD: Not at all. If you think -- let me take that, both pieces -- the area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.
Now, this is no surprise to me. But still people will insist that this administration is trustworthy. I suggest to you that after we bomb the crap out of Iran with nuclear bunker-busters, Rummy or some other minion will be up there saying "We never said Iran was developing nuclear weapons."

All you need to do is scroll a little farther down to prove my point.

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you think we'll still be fighting in Iraq six months from now?

SEC. RUMSFELD: Oh, goodness, you know, I've never -- we've never had a timetable. We've always said it could be days, weeks, or months and we don't know. And I don't think you need a timetable. What you really need to know is it's going to end and it's going to end with the Iraqi people liberated and that regime will be gone.

Has it ended yet?

Tasty tidbits 3: Video treats

Bang My Head Upon the Fault Line has two recent posts that I absolutely have to pass on.

First, my *favorite* memory from Sesame Street is finally on YouTube!

Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip Yip----BrrrrRING!

Plus, there's this weird video link to www.shaveeverywhere.com. Welcome to it, boys. I friggin *hate* shaving. Sad to see that men might share in that misery.