Local Congresswoman Quote of the Day

“This is a moment that (America) is ready for … a major step in completing the unfinished business of a great country,” said Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland, an African American and the first member of the U.S. Congress to endorse the Illinois senator. “I grew up in Texas, and I couldn’t even go to public school or drink out of public water fountains. … It’s a major, major statement about who we are as a country … and how far we have come.” SF Chronicle

Looting America Quote-of-the-Day

There’s so much recent news of the looting of the American taxpayer by the banking, insurance and financial companies. Geithner’s lack of action to AIG’s bonuses could be the precipitating cause of some serious pushback. But anyway, this little article in the NYTimes really gets right to the heart of the ongoing screwing of the American public by those responsible for crashing the system.

A 29-year-old man who works for a large investment management firm and was at Bagatelle’s brunch (racking up four- and five-figure tabs) one recent Saturday and at Merkato 55’s the next, put it another way:

“If you’d asked me in October, I’d say it’d be a different situation, and I don’t think I’d be here. Then the government gave us $10 billion.”

via Dailykos

Michigan Middle School Student Quote-of-the-Day

First the setup:

About 90 Krueger Middle School students got an early jump on the activities at this week’s BioBlitz at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The event, sponsored by National Geographic, is bringing in thousands of scientists and other volunteers to catalog as many plants and animals as possible….

Now the quote of the day:

“We even have cactus in the dunes,” Jaden Lance noted.

I like that. “We even have cactus in the dunes” would be a good title for my next book. (OK, my first book, but you get the idea.) Now how about a coda:

A seventh grader found a ladybug crawling along a blade of grass and showed it to a few classmates.


Moscow's Street Dogs

But the last group of Moscow’s dogs is by far the most amazing. They are the beggars, for obvious reasons. In these packs, the alpha isn’t the best hunter or strongest, it’s the smartest. The most impressive beggars, however, get their own title: ‘metro dogs’. They rely on scraps of food from the daily commuters who travel the public transportation system. To do so, the dogs have learned to navigate the subway. They know stops by name, and integrate a number of specific stations into their territories.


NY Times' Lord of the Rings Quote of the Day

Gail Collins:
Remember how we used to joke about John McCain looking like an old guy yelling at kids to get off his lawn? It’s only in retrospect that we can see that the keep-off-the-grass period was the McCain campaign’s golden era. Now, he’s beginning to act like one of those movie characters who steals the wrong ring and turns into a troll.

Here’s a cactus picture for you:

It’s the Button Cactus! Epithelantha micromeris.

Indeed it is cute as a button.

Perp Quote of the Week

As an update to our previous story about the couple who ran from the police right into a cholla patch, here’s a quote the Arizona Republic got from one of the perps:

“I am so stupid,” Psomas said through tears as hospital workers plucked spines from his body. “This is what I get for trying to run from the police.”

Political Argument of the Day

The New York Times makes stuff up again.

What so many liberal critics really want in a Democratic president now is someone who will denounce the wealthy and punish the barons of industry (and insurance).
Matt Bai, NY Times

Name them. No, what we liberal critics want is not to denounce and punish, but actual policy progress in the form of a new regulatory regime to prevent this kind of financial meltdown from happening again.

If a company, and especially a bank, is too big to fail then it should not be allowed to get that big, and if it is that big and must be bailed out, it should also be broken apart at the same time – not to punish anyone, but to prevent it from happening again.

If a company fails and must be bailed out, then the executives should not be getting multimillion dollar bonuses – not because we want to punish them, but because they are now receiving taxpayer dollars and nobody on government welfare should be receiving such sums, least of all the individuals most responsible for the global financial meltdown.

The only way to stop this kind of looting is to reregulate and enforce the antitrust laws that were put in place 100 years ago to prevent exactly this kind of meltdown from happening after the experience of the 19th century’s series of meltdowns.

Politics in the Garden

I first started gardening and learning about plants when I lived in Alaska. The summers are short but the sunlight is strong. After Breakup (i.e. spring, when the ice breaks and winter disappears in a sudden rush of water, to be replaced within weeks by summer) people would rush out to the garden centers and plant their flowers and vegetables.

I lived in Anchorage, home to more than half the state. Nearby, about 45 minutes away, is the town of Wasilla. I’ve driven through Wasilla many times, stopping at the strip mall on the highway for lunch while on the way to somewhere else. Well, the town isn’t quite just that, but you get the idea. It’s small.

And now the former mayor of Wasilla is the vice-presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

I understand that this is to try to get some of the Hillary voters to vote for McCain. But I’m really mystified. I can’t imagine a less qualified person to be a heartbeat away from POTUS.

She’s been Governor of the smallest state in the union for less than 2 years, and won that election largely because of Frank Murkowski’s scandals. And now she’s in the middle of a scandal herself, having admitted to using her position to get back at her brother-in-law.

The McCain campaign claims one of her qualifications is her support for drilling in ANWR, but all Alaska politicians, including Dem Senate candidate Mark Begich, support drilling in ANWR.

Honestly, I can’t imagine. What was he thinking?

Pat Buchanan

Biggest political gamble I believe just about in American political history…that is not hyberbole. I can think of no choice of VP that approaches this.

Prediction of the Day

50-47 Obama, with 325 Electoral votes. You heard it here first. I should be a pundit. 

Presidential Campaign Cactus Quotes

In an article about Mike Huckabee’s lack of humor, <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1720&amp;entry_id=1521" title="http://www.slate.com/id/2180170/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.slate.com/id/2180170/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Slate</a> relates this classic campaign trail joke by Mo Udall.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;I’m Mo Udall and I’m running for president,&quot; the failed Democratic candidate said, walking into a shop. &quot;Yeah,&quot; replied the barber, &quot;we were just laughing about that.&quot; Candidates don’t repeat Udall’s better lines, like his observation that <span style="font-weight: bold;">the difference between a cactus and a caucus is that with a cactus, the pricks are on the outside.</span></span><br /></div><br />I’m laughing on the inside, where it counts.<br /><br />

Presidential Campaign Quote of the Day

The post-mortems have already started.

(T)he big mistake was picking the Disasta from Alaska.

I think it’s too soon. Everyone should vote in 15 days, and then we can settle on the reasons McCain lost.

And here, have a cactus:

Opuntia basilaris

It’s a little fuzzy. This shot was actually taken 6 years ago with a film camera and digitally scanned! Yes, kids, they used to have something called “film”.

Presidential Candidate Quote of the Day

“The greatest danger of all is to allow new walls to divide us from one another. The walls between old allies on either side of the Atlantic cannot stand. The walls between the countries with the most and those with the least cannot stand. The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew cannot stand. These now are the walls we must tear down.” Barack Obama in Berlin

It’s nice to be reminded that part of what it means to be an American is about inspiring the rest of the world to want to be more free, more open, more democratic.

Quote of the Day

I’ve avoided using any of the many fine recent quotes from Gov. Sanford of SC, and Gov. Palin of AK, until today.

I think on a national level your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we’ve been charged with and automatically throw them out,” (Palin) said.

(via Atrios.)

Here, have a picture of a cactus flower:


Opuntia subulata

Quote of the Day

A unionized public employee, a teabagger, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, then looks at the teabagger and says “Watch out for that union guy—he wants a piece of your cookie!”

This version via Balloon Juice, although I’ve seen it elsewhere too.

Quote of the Day

What the heck, another video today because of the rain. It’s been all over the Senator Stevens Memorial Inter-Tubes today.

And the quote of the day is towards the end of this lovely middle class jewish video,

Cute m-f-ing baby.

Thank you and good night!

Quotes of the Day

I haven’t done any political quotes in a while, and I don’t really want to. But then along came these 2 quotes from the Conservative Political Action Conference. I must quote them. You cannot stop me.

“My Bad”
Michael Steele (RNC) on the last 8 years of Republican governance.

Followed up with:

“Michael Steele! You be da man!”
Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Random Succulent Quote

Kathleen and Don have been applying Pendulum to the Chinle Cactus and Succulent Society xeric garden at The Arboretum for several years. …

I don’t know what that means, or where that is, but I like the poetry of the line. If you click through and figure out the details, let me know in comments, OK? I don’t have time to read the whole article right now, what with a retail nursery business to run…

Republican Candidate Quote of the Day

It turns out it really is all about the oil.

John McCain: My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will – that will then prevent us – that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the Middle East.

Video here.

Republican Polling Quote of the Day

In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll 69% disapprove… of the job Bush is doing …the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll.

AP, via atrios

January 2022

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