Saturday, February 14, 2009

Open Thread

Mom turned in Bart today. Now he's going to "college" (advanced training).


Friday, February 13, 2009

Shameless self promotion thread

Hope I can be forgiven for a bit of shameless self promotion, but I haven't done a new design in forever

 Mardi Gras Cat

Spreadshirt Market Place Design

Mardi Gras Cat

Also at Zazzle and Cafe Press


Thursday, February 12, 2009

LINCOLN and LEAHY ~ A Few Honest Men

Photo is from a Biography of Abraham Lincoln

A letter from Honest Patrick Leahy, Senator from Vermont:

We have just emerged from a time when White House officials often acted as if they were above the law. That was wrong and must be fully exposed so it never happens again.

That is why I proposed the idea of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate abuses during the Bush-Cheney Administration. These abuses may include the use of torture, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws.

During the past several years, this country has been divided as deeply as it has been at any time in our history since the Civil War. It has made our government less productive and our society less civil. In this week when we begin commemorating the Lincoln bicentennial, there is need, again, "to bind up the nation's wounds." President Lincoln urged that course in his second inaugural address some seven score and four years ago.  (Letter continues below)

Honest Abe would surely want us to sign Honest Pat's Truth petition


Rather than vengeance, we need a fair-minded pursuit of what actually happened. The best way to move forward is getting to the truth, finding out what happened, so we can make sure it does not happen again.

Please sign my online petition at -- and urge Congress to consider establishing a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the Bush-Cheney Administration's abuses.

The Obama Administration has already made huge strides to restore the Constitution and renew our commitment to international law after eight corrosive years. But we must read the full page on this dark chapter in American history before we can turn it for good, which is why I feel so strongly about investigating what really happened.

I hope you agree.

On Monday, I delivered a speech at Georgetown University where I outlined my ideas about why we need a truth and reconciliation commission and how it could work. You can click here to watch some of my remarks.

A truth and reconciliation commission would be tasked with seeking answers. It would provide Congress and the American people with a shared understanding of the failures of the recent past, so we do not repeat them in the future.

Please sign my online petition at -- and urge Congress to consider establishing a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the Bush-Cheney Administration's abuses.

Thank you for taking action to prevent history from repeating itself by supporting the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the misdeeds of the past eight years.


Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Spring Update!

Well, well!  Remember me saying I wondered how long it would be
until a Robin showed up in the cherry tree in my own backyard?

It happened this morning!
Also present were the first Pine Grosbeaks of the season!
(This is the same species of bird that I rehabilitated in December of 2007.)

Plus!  I heard a Cardinal make its first tentative attempt at Spring Song this morning!
Then we had rain this NW Vermont!


Monday, February 09, 2009

Hope of SPRING

A large flock of American Robins visited while we were working
at our Daughter's house over the weekend.
(We look forward to seeing them show up in our own backyard!)

I got a similar feeling when I learned that Rep. Peter Welch D-VT and Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT have joined those publicly endorsing Gov. Dr. Howard Dean for Secretary of HHS~!


Sunday, February 08, 2009

Darwin Day

Just thought I'd pass this along...February 12 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.