running hounds: dmitri, amelia, and boris
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
running hounds: dmitri, amelia, and boris
we'll see you next week.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
just a funny little video, but, like the x prize, this is a foot in the door which will lead to my on-blog video interviews and talk show. enjoy this, and look forward to the world-wide debut of
"the front porch sermonettes."
Monday, October 29, 2007
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Sunday, October 28, 2007
taking dmitri with me to races
getting these photos from fryguy. this shot sums up what cyclocross is all about. well done, stevie. i'm really digging your stuff. it gets better all the time. thanks.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Took our time returning, and stopped for some celebratory beer (maybe we stopped twice). After seeing Courtney off, I took the long way home through the neighborhoods of West Des Moines started to get a little chilly so made for home. Just then I saw a furry flash on my right, my bike "pulsed a bit" and I continued on. But something didn't seem quite right, like something just happened and I missed it. I rode on not quite knowing what had just happened and half a block later turned around and went back. Now, my new Trek Cross bike has bladed spokes, with a reduced spoke count. A rabbit at speed is small enough to go through gaps in said wheels. Now at the time of "The pulse" I distinctly heard a slicing sound us usually only heard in horror movies and upon arrival at the scene, my fears were confirmed.
Mr/Mrs Rabbit made it half the way though, part of Mr/Mrs Rabbit made it a quarter the way through and other parts like fur and the rabbit's liquid assets didn't make it though at all and decorated my bike and my tights.
No, still in shock at the whole thing -- I did not take a picture.
I've hit animals before, ran over them, avoided them, ran from them but can't say I've butchered one before Monday night. With all that said, I could have just as easily taken a trip over the bars and ended up with some time at the local hospital.
So I'm a lucky guy. Sorry Rabbit
That's my Halloween story and a Thanksgiving story too.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It's the I Got Mine You Get Your Own party, marching under a Christian banner.
By Garrison Keillor
There is a natural division of labor in politics: The Republicans fuss about the sanctity of marriage and getting God back in the schools and the Democrats about healthcare and the $8 billion that vanished in Iraq, and so far the Republicans are doing a better job. God is in the schools, the same as He is in Nebraska or even in Dallas, and marriage looks to be doing OK, since the White House is not in charge of it. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and the Justice Department are investigating fraud in Iraq, one grain of sand at a time, and we are likely to have answers in a decade or two.
I suppose that $8 billion is not so much considering that the war will cost $200 billion this year alone, and yet one is curious to know why the G-men can't find out where it went, at a time when the Current Occupant is so very concerned about keeping medical benefits away from undeserving children. Hundreds of millions paid to the gunslingers of Blackwater, but an American family with a seriously ill child has to tap-dance backward through a gantlet of government forms to prove they really, really, really are desperate.
As the old adage says, the little thieves get hung and the big thieves get richer and richer. When it comes to larceny, it pays to be ambitious.
If you were looking for a political platform, God and marriage would be a good bet, sort of like promising to make the sun rise. A part-time job with time left over to supervise the moon and the stars. It is so much more satisfying than the dreary business of investigating what happened to those suitcases full of bricks of $100 bills in Iraq during the Bremer years and tracking down the good Republicans who served over there -- the young folks with no prior experience in accounting or finance who were put in charge of the stock exchange and the national budget.
I heard a man on the radio the other day who was baying about Sen. Clinton's healthcare plan and at one point, in shock and dismay, he said, "This is taking away from those who have and giving to those who do not -- in other words, socialism." He sounded truly offended. And this is what the Republican Revolution has brought us to: No longer is there a consensus on taxation according to ability to pay. No longer agreement that it is in the self-interest of the well-off to promote a stable society by securing the safety net. It's the I Got Mine You Get Your Own party, marching under a Christian banner. But Republicans are starting to realize that if you claim to govern by divine inspiration, the voters will hold you to a higher standard. You can't throw $8 billion down a rathole and expect us all to forget about this.
Don't get me wrong. Marriage is a good thing. But as for the sanctity of it, you shouldn't look too closely. Every marriage has its profane moments, especially when children get mixed up in it, which so often happens.
There is yelling and weeping involved and door slamming and a great deal of bad poetry ("My life is a vortex of darkness because/ You never loved me,/ No, I was only/ An object of your wrath,/ Bad daddy") and all due to the horrors of parenting.
The childless couples I know seem smooth and easy together, working their old comedy routines, and the fruitful couples seem distracted as if expecting a phone call from the county jail. Childless couples don't go through this. They don't have to yell upstairs and say, "If I don't see you doing your homework in five minutes, I am going to yell and shriek and do such irrational things that they will put me into residential treatment and you will have to fix your own meals and do your own laundry."
The child has created a shrine to herself on Facebook and has a list of a thousand friends but not much is actually taking place underneath that hairdo. Just like with the Current Occupant, who represents them very well. He is a relaxed, easygoing, self-accepting guy whose old retainers love him for his self-effacing modesty, a wonderful trait, but when you are incompetent, it is not so wonderful as, say, a little more intelligence might be. He is heading for the short bus of history where Earl Butz and Spiro Agnew ride. Where are his parents? Why don't they yell at him?
© 2007 by Garrison Keillor. All rights reserved.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
But Iowans went to their caucuses anyway. And come caucus day, the media prognostications of the previous few months were irrelevant. The hyperbole surrounding the campaigns was inconsequential. It was caucus day, and Iowans were not going to be told what to do -
They chose a little-known Governor from Georgia, my father, Jimmy Carter. Dad's surprising showing in the caucuses catapulted him from long-shot to the White House. And it was all because of people like you.
Now, I am watching history repeat itself. A couple of candidates for the Democratic Party have raised incredible sums of money. The national media is ready to call the election. The pundits say the front-runners are already running general election campaigns.
Click here to contribute to Joe Biden today
Yet we are still months away from the caucuses.
Iowans will make that choice for themselves, just as they did in 1976. And I believe that Iowans will pick Joe Biden for President.
I have known Joe for more than 30 years. He is experienced, knowledgeable, and charming. He projects serious proposals into the debate on the many issues that are critical to the world today.
I am proud to support a candidate who can win in 2008. I am proud to support a candidate who does not suffer from lack of experience or from high negatives. Most of all, I am proud to support a great person, a great supporter of my father's, and a true friend.
You may have noticed that, while Joe has less money on hand than some of the other candidates, the momentum is beginning to turn in Joe's direction. Many Iowans who have met with all the candidates are rushing to endorse Joe Biden. The other candidates are practically falling all over each other to endorse Joe's plan for Iraq.
We can keep the momentum going.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The University of South Florida Cycling Team's co-founder, Joshua Kuck, was killed in a traffic accident on the weekend while taking part in the Hilly Hundred. Investigators believe the 22 year-old ran through a stop sign during the event, organised by the Tampa Bay Freewheelers cycling club, and was hit by a pickup truck.
"Josh was instrumental in the formation of the cycling team, and most likely the team would not exist at all if it were not for him," read a statement on the team's website, www.usfcycling.com. "In addition, Josh brought life to the team with his outgoing and positive attitude. The team deeply mourns his loss and it will take a great deal of time for the team to recover emotionally."
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
gogh, on the right, celebrated his 5th birthday with his family. here, he shares a cupcake with his sister, star.
Friday, October 19, 2007
A collection of paintings from residents of Great Ape Trust of Iowa
Zanzibar's Coffee Adventures
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but do any of these animals really look happy?
i just want to scream...
except for these little dogs...
they seem bred for this abuse.
no wonder we have fat dogs in this country.
so MANY things wrong here.
eight puppies, zero wagging puppy tails
this really offends me. even now, this grey maintains her dignity.