holiday { Let us celebrate the day of the Turkey uprising

Happy Thanksgiving.

I am Turkitron. I have been sent from the year 9595 to save the Thanksgiving turkeys you will attempt to consume tomorrow, for they are the great, great, great, great grandfathers of GOBBLOX, the turkey that is destined to lead the rebellion against the Master Chickens!

In the year 9595, a race of deformed turkey was genetically developed by chicken scientists as revenge against his bird brother. These turkeys would exit the womb doused in gravy; gravy filled with the giblets from a monkey. The French craved it, and as a result turkey became the only food source for France, which by then will be called Robo-France 29. I was later killed by the chickens! So, of course, you can see why I'm angry at those chickens.

Months and months ago I came upon your neighbor taking the form of the Cybernetic Ghost Of Christmas Past From The Future. But I didn't realize he was an agent - a chicken in disguise. Sent from the year 9595, they had evolved… big time. From beyond feathers their beaks had softened, and they had acquired synthetic intelligence and appendages from the chicken black market from beyond the moon. Your neighbor, who dwells next door to you, is a hyper-evolved chicken from the future.

Take the turkey out of the oven if you want him to live.

I had to be reformulated by rogue chicken scientists for the rebellion. They crafted my sleek turkey body which allowed for safe passage through the time rift. The chickens became a master race through a freak accident involving radiation, and interestingly enough, to me, marshmallows.



politics { MN Senate race

I'm endorsing Jack Nelson Pallmeyer.

I think if the DFL doesn't endorse him they are fools and he should still run.

Why? Because of these...

I am motivated by three key issues that impact our future:

* Addressing global warming

* Ending the Iraq war and re-orienting our foreign policy

* Achieving economic fairness and government for the common good

I also want you to know my positions on several other issues:

* Implementing universal, comprehensive, single-payer health care

* Strongly supporting education, including pre-K

* Comprehensively reforming our immigration policy

My second choice would be Al Franken.

casual_friday2 { Ode to the feral DPS druid

aka the Kitty

('My Cat', Jack Off Jill)

casual_friday { Bad Touch


protest { It was a cold gray morning...

...and I stood freezing against the wind at the bus stop on my way to work. Errant and sparse flakes of snow falling. I did what I often do, listened to my iPod and read the NY Times, on in the Arts section, something warmed the corners of my liberal, counterculture heart...

The US Women's Competitive Bridge team held up an anti-Bush at the World Bridge Championship.

I guess protest is not as dead as I thought.

I support these women. Protest and the questioning of the government is healthy for a democracy and is a sign of patriotism. Unquestioning the rule of leadership is jingoism, not patriotism and is the hallmark of facist regimes. I also think the USBF is a bit harsh in their punishment as it appears there is not a general, stated policy by them regarding freedom of expression of members.


science { The Pill


Read this (and the link it sources).

politics { Republican National Convention, St Paul, MN 2008

So a question out to all the Minnesota activist groups, liberals, fed up citizens, etc. When and where are the protests going to be?

Please tell me there will be protest. And cake (or pie) with hugs for all.

I realize that protesting the GOP will do about as much good as teaching a rock Calculus, but really political rallies are really like funerals, they're not for the people in the convention (who are off in their own world), but rather for those of us on the outside to show others of like minds that they are not a lone and someone cares.

I'm also sure the police will be there and we will even have our own little 'free speech zone' cordoned off especially for us, far away to some corner of the city.

musings { Am I a hippie?

Short answer, no.

Now for the long answer. I do not think that word means what you think it means. But I am totally all over the counterculture. Especially counter to one as corrupted and corporatized as this one. I believe in equality, equal means equal and I think the arguments over race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, and religion are all bullshit...until someone tries to legislate an ideology. Then I'm a race car in the red pissed. I write my members of congress. I vote. I pay taxes, and I pay them gladly if it means freely available public education (but I think it should be K-College), socialized disaster response (i.e. fire fighters, police, etc.). I would like to see socialized medicine (freely available proactive health care to all, period), enhanced and socialized public transit as well as communication (broadband cheaper and more available). I believe in a military, but one for defense, not offense, one that will intervene to help quash human rights violations, not commit them. I rail against a privatized government run by fuck-you-for-profit companies with only one rule...maximize profits. I think our food should be locally grown and farms should be part of the community. I think our government should be changed so we can enact votes of 'No Confidence' in our elected leaders and officials. I think there should be government oversight, especially of the 'Free Market' which, if deregulation has taught us anything means that 'Free' is a myth. I think CEOs should not make more than 5 times what their lowest paid employee is paid, and they should be required to have the same health benefits (see socialized medicine). I think art for art's sake should be embraced and that basic science research should be encouraged and enriched no matter how outlandish (see teflon...). I think marriage should be abolished in the eyes of the Law (civil unions for all, anyone, if you want to get 'married', that's between you and your religion and has nothing to do with the law or legal protections thereof). I believe Abortion is between a woman, her doctor, and if she chooses the father, everyone else get the fuck out. I believe the vagina is not a clown car, be responsible when having kids. Practice safe sex, always. I believe in being truthful. I think SUVs are a waste, of money, resources, and space. Same with McMansions. I like diversity in architecture. I like things that have both form and function. I like the sun on my face and the bite of a cold winter on my cheek. I love my cat (yes she is named Muffy, got a problem with that?). I take pride in my skills but often hate my job. I like the word Antidisestablishmentarianism, even if I lean towards Disestablishmentarianism (I like Church and State separate).

I believe in peace. Violence is only an option of the very last resort and it should never be embraced as glorious. Its horrors should never be censored lest we forget the consequences and idealize it as glamorous and heroic. During a war it should never be 'business as usual'. Sacrifices are always made. Denial is not a river in Egypt, its the predominant feeling here in this country.

I've posted this video before but I think it needs to be posted again:


casual_friday { "A green velvet jacket, sets you free"

'Club Montepulciano', Hooverphonic

politics { Minnesotans in Iowa

With the election season coming up to full speed, idiocy and ideology are ramping up. I've seen a few emails and heard some rumblings flying around about having MN liberals go to Iowa to door knock. A good example is posted over on Evil Bobby.


politics { Walz votes to bury Kucinich Impeachment Articles

Instead of standing with a fellow Democrat to send a strong message of censure about this Administration and its action, Tim Walz has voted to relegate this proposal to the Judicial Committee, effectively killing it. But to be fair he is not alone.

Representative Walz, I don't understand why you would vote against this measure? Voting to move it to Committee is not a vote for it, especially when common wisdom holds this will be a death sentence for the measure.


word { Aspergery

Now it's time for another in our series of highlighting non-words making it into life's grand pageant:


not a word

Brought to you by the current champion of words: melty

casual_friday { Some folks are born, made to wave the flag...

'Fortunate Son' by CCR


politics { "Waterboarding is not torture."

Or so says our current Administration.

Salon.com had a link to some investigative reporting where the person volunteers to undergo water boarding. Watch it and decide for yourself.

There was a reason the Geneva Convention classified this method of interrogation as torture. Its acts like this that make it so we can now never accuse others of Human Rights violations.