Friday, June 30, 2006

Judge Tosses Confession in Lunsford Case

Some regional news that hits a little close to home.

In 2005, 9 year old Jessica Lunsford was abducted. Jessica lived in my "Florida home" of Citrus County. It was the kind of horrific crime that inflames an entire community. My nieces assisted in the search. Weeks later, Jessica was found buried, dead, clutching a stuffed animal.

John Evander Couey was arrested in Augusta, Ga. on an unrelated charge and in questioning by Florida law enforcement confessed to the killing.

Now, Florida Circuit Judge Ric Howard has disallowed that confession. Couey alledgedly requested an attorney and was denied. Judge Howard is still allowing the very damaging evidence discovered in Couey's trailer that led to the discovery of Jessica's body. This evidence alone may be enough to convict Couey.

On the basis of the initial news report, I believe the judge was right. I also believe that Couey will still be convicted.

This entire case brings backs unpleasant memories of Georgia's Alday murders. That horrible day and its aftermath in 1973 haunted the Donaldsonville community for 30 years.

No matter what happens in the Lunsford case, my hope if that justice is done and the community will be able to heal and move on.

Truth, Justice and The Radical Right's Way

Going in to see "Superman Returns", I knew that a few wackos were up in arms over a modification of Superman's traditional slogan of "Truth, Justice and The American Way".

In the movie, acerbic Daily Planet editor Perry White mutters, "Truth, justice and all that stuff".

Now let me provide a little vocabulary lesson for some people.


  1. The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning.
  2. The circumstances in which an event occurs; a setting

The point of the scene in question is that White is less concerned about the importance of Superman's return or for what he stands. He only wants to sell newspapers. "All that other stuff" is merely a means to an end for a machiavellian White.

Later, Jimmy, Lois and Perry are peering at a blurry photograph and question if it's a "bird, a plane...oh hi Cark!" as Clark Kent walks in. It's apparent from these types of quips that the screenwriters want to both honor and deconstruct the Superman mythos. As with the "truth, justice and the American way" having people wildly exclaim about the identity of some flying object on a piece of paper would seem a bit dated. We do not live in the era when these catch phrases were as ingrained in the conscious. Despite the wishes of some, we do not live in the 50's.

Finally, it is also evident that the screenwriters did make a conscious decision to exclude the words "the American way". They of course understand that the words may have a very different meaning in the rest of the world. I'm sure the studio executives understand that the rest of the world means box office. The majority of a movie's take these days occurs overseas. So would it be wrong to alter the script in order to sell more tickets in other countries? If you believe in free markets, the answer would be a resounding no. If you pretend to believe in businesses making sound economic choices unless they diverge from your agenda then apparenty the answer is a loud YES. It always strikes me as funny how supposed "free marketers" are suddenly very critical of corporate decisions when they find them distasteful.

In conclusion, to those of you who want to make a mountain out of a script change, I have two words.

Grow up.

World Cup Today!

Watching the national anthems of the Germany / Argentina match, I am struck by just how German the German National Anthem is.

"Das Lied der Deutschen"

The Song of the Germans

Very effecient. Very utilitarian. Very German.

Bugs vs Daffy

A non-political post.

Parents should enjoy this.

Personally, I always preferred Warner Bros.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Unity 08 Declaration Of Independance

It's rare that I sign things. I'm just not much of a joiner.

I signed this.

It's time for the partisans to know the truth. They do not hold all the cards.

Tony Snow - Ignorant, Lying or On Drugs?

It is the job of the White House press secretary to "frame" the administration's position on certain topics. With such an oily task comes a certain amount of dissembling.

But this takes the cake.

QUESTION: Is this [Supreme Court decision] a setback in terms of the
broader goal of this administration to expand executive authority?
don’t think it’s ever been the goal of the administration to expand executive

Now, VP Cheney in December 2005.

But I do think that to some extent now, we’ve been able to restore the
legitimate authority of the presidency.

It has been no secret to anyone that hasn't been kicked in the head by a mule that one of the goals of this administration is to retake the ground it believes the Executive branch lost in the post-Watergate era.

So Tony, what is it? Kicked in the head by a mule, straight ass lying or a really good baggie?

quotes via Think Progress

A Thought On Hamdan

I'm going to leave the legal subtleties to others.

Instead, I want to note the lead defense attorney on the case. His name is Charles Swift and he is a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy.

It seemed a bit odd to see a man in dress blues standing in front of the Supreme Court talking about winning a case against the current administration. Swift was gracious with none of the usual lawyerly hubris that accompanies these circuses.

Even more striking was the comments by Swift after the press conference. Interviewed by a CNN reporter, he was asked his feelings about arguing a case essentially against his superior, the commander in chief, in the chain of command.

Swift pointed out that it had happened several times in history and that he was, like President Bush, bound to defend the Constitution. He concluded by emphasizing that his participation and a peaceful resolution to a difficult problem exemplified the beauty of our system.

Amen, Commander Swift.

These are cynical times and it's easy to see only the difficulties. In the midst of all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, it is important to remember that despite all its flaws, our form of government is still the best anyone has ever devised.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Things Are Getting Ugly...But Few Care

The Israeli's are buzzing Syria.

The IDF have taken a Palestinian cabinet member hostage.

Tanks are rolling in the Gaza.

Now the Jeruslaem Post is reporting an 18 year old Israeli hostage has been executed.

Meanwhile, the main "news" channels are once again running re-runs.

This includes CNN's "Headline News" which is showing a repeat of Glenn Beck.

We'll Always Have Alabama

What do Georgians silently say every day?

Thank God for Alabama!

Chain Of Command

I watched the conclusion of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Chain Of Command" tonight.

At the conclusion of his torture, Picard finds that he wants so badly to see
five lights that he actually sees five, even though there are only four.

It was instructive.

Midnight Icky


Superman Returns Open Thread

I'm going to see it this afternoon. Feel free to express yourselves on this movie, the 70s version, George Reaves mysterious death or the inevitable geekiness of a guy who calls himself griftdrift.

Why The Evolution Battle Matters

It's a quiet but hot war. Occasionally, it will flare to the level of national attention in places like Kansas and Dover, but most of the battles are small firefights at the local level. Most of the attacks are subtle and many times personal. Despite the cries of some that it is a lesser issue in the grand scheme, creation and evolution battles occur in the country constantly. Most times, it is a local school board roiled in handwringing. But frequently, it's a single voice trying to do what is right against almost incomprehensible pressure from friends, colleagues and community.

Recently, the single voice that stood up was Lumpkin County Middle School science teacher Pat New.

On April 25, 2005, during a meeting about parent complaints with her principal, Rick Conner, she recalled: "He took a Bible off the bookshelf behind him and said, 'Patty I believe in everything in this book, do you?' I told him, 'I really feel uncomfortable about your asking that question.' He wouldn't let it go.' " The next day, she said, in the lunchroom, "he reached across the table, took my hand and said: 'I accept evolution in most things but if they ever say
God wasn't involved I couldn't accept that. I want you to say that, Pat.' "

Fortunately for Ms. New, the state of Georgia educational standards explicitly require the teaching of evolution as the unifying concept for biology. Instead of having to enter the mud wrestling minutiae of the creation / evolution debate, she was able to say I must teach the standards. She did have to file a grievance but once she did the local school officials had nowhere to turn.

She almost didn't have that opportunity. Two years ago, State School Superintendant Kathy Cox made a move to eliminate evolution as a standard. If she had been successful, not only would Ms. Pew have suffered the fate of a pariah in her community but her students would have suffered an inadequate education.

No issue in the past 20 years has crystalized the importance of local attention like the debate over the teaching of evolution. While national attention is focused on abortion, the war and flag burning, evolution opponents coordinate grass roots movements to take over local and state school boards, paste stickers in biology books and pressure individual teachers.

Educators and scientists continually fight the quiet war to preserve and improve the education of our future generations. Isn't that worth a little of our attention?

h/t on the article to Blog For Democracy

cross posted at Radical Georgia Moderate

Israel Gaza Assault Begins

Israel rolls into Gaza in retaliation for kidnapping of soldier.

Tomorrow's going to be very interesting.

UPDATE: So I turn on the usual cable channels at about 1:00am last night and no coverage. I turn on the usual cable channels this morning and no coverage. Instead it's all floods all the time. Is anyone covering this besides online sources?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

griftdrift Whines

First, I post the story from the Palatka Daily News that Katherine Harris has lost the last little parcel of her mind and of course a fave blog St Pete Times Buzz picks it up as well. Credit for griftdrift? None. Bastards! (okay, they are a major daily who probably have rules against polite linking. whatever.)

But insult to injury, I tip Wonkette that Jack Kingston has an unintentionally funny post on his blog about "getting to know" interns. Just maybe a tiny little hat tip? None. Bastards!

Fittingly, I am doing all this while watching My Life On The D-List with Kathy Griffin.

Well, at least you know I am not one of those zombie rabid lambs that Kos controls.

Non-Support Of Katherine Harris Strange?

Pamela Hasterok of the Daily Dayton News laments that Katherine Harris should be a "dream" candidate.

But high-level Republicans are attacking her candidacy more intently than a
vulture dive-bombing road kill.

It's the strangest thing I've ever seen.

Obviously, Ms. Hasterok is not a regular reader of Drifting Through The Grift.

Katherine Harris Kool-Aid Moment
Katherine Harris Goes To The Dogs
Katherine Harris And The Higher Calling
Katherine Harris and Turtles
A Day Without Katherine Harris
Katherine Harris Knows How To Treat The Press!
Katherine Harris Yard Sale Coming Soon!
Katherine Harris Meltdown Watch

Oh The Irony

It is delicious.

My own unscientific opinion is that Atlanta follows only Los Angeles (and maybe Houston) in its addiction to the automobile. Our orgy of single occupancy driving has led to one of the worst air qualities of any U.S. city. Summers are particularly bad. So far 11 days in June have warranted a smog alert with 6 of those days being designated unhealthy to sensitive groups (source: Georgia DNR).

So what is the's idea for action to combat these issues?

Have a rally! Where you have to drive! During rush hour! To the busiest intersection in Atlanta!

We need to seize this moment to make sure the media and the public know that the
Republican addiction to oil money is keeping gas prices high and holding America
back from the clean energy future that we desperately need. ~From an email by MoveOn

Whoever dreamed up this idiocy should be fired toot sweet.

Mid-Afternoon Quiz

What kind of superhero are you?

griftdrift is Green Lantern

Hot-headed. You have strong will power and a good imagination.

h/t: Andrew Sullivan

Flag Burning Amendment Is Anti-Property Rights

Rude Pundit has a helluva point.

World Cup Today!

It's a big day.

Ghana and Brazil about to start.

Later today, Spain and France.

Politics will only occupy a small part of my brain for the next couple of hours.

UPDATE: Don't tell me "fat" Ronaldo is done! New career cup record. Brazil 1-0!

UPDATE II: Despite the score, 3-0 Brazil, Ghana can hold its head high. They fight the valiant fight and were just outmatched by possibly the best Cup team ever.

UPDATE III: France beats Spain 3-1 in a lovely match. And even Zidane gets just a beautiful goal.

Katherine Harris Kool-Aid Moment

Okaaaaaay, just exactly what are they putting in the water coolers at the Harris headquarters.

“I’ve had Democrats in the House of Representatives come to me and say ‘You
know, we’d really like to take the majority in the U.S. Senate’ — these are
Florida Democrats in the U.S. Congress — ‘but you’ll do so much more for us if
you’re there. We hope you win,’” Harris told a crowd gathered at the Putnam
County Shrine Club.

I'm pretty sure the national party would sacrifice a potential senate majority to have the woman many of their constituents blame for Al Gore's 2000 loss take a seat in the Senate.

I really need to find out what they are smoking down Sarasota way.

Georgia PODcast At Pride

Go listen.

It's worth it just for Rusty talking to the crazy preachers.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Midnight Funny

Palindromes Hee Hee

Rush Detained At Palm Beach Airport - Corrected

CBS 4 in West Palm Beach reports confirmation that Rush Limbaugh has been detained at PBI for possessing possible illegal drugs.

Seems like a good time to dig up this little chestnut.

he was a worthless shred of human debris. ~Rush Limbaugh on Kurt

Drug addiction is no laughing matter but sometimes it's hard to not say some people get what they deserve.

UPDATE: He hasn't been arrested just detained and then released. Okay, maybe griftdrift had a little wishful thinking on this one. He's still a gasbag, hypocrite that deserves to have someone shove a light stick up his rear while whispering sweetly in his ear that it's just a harmless frat prank.

Can You Say Choke?

World Cup Update:

Ukraine just beat the Swiss on PKs.

The Swiss couldn't net a single PK.


More On Kos

Hey! It's almost a requirement that when a blogstorm happens everyone must jump in the pool!

Remember a few months ago when I attended a Kos event here in Atlanta?

After familiarizing myself with Kos, I was a little surprised by his rather moderate stance on certain items. Particularly meta-strategies for getting democrats elected. Most of my reading up to that point indicated that he did not believe in mollifying the middle. In fact, among the Kossacks, I had always felt that a certain amount of disdain was thrown the way of the moderates.

In relating a story about Richard Morrison's 2004 run against Tom Delay, Kos surprised me by in essence saying that pro-choice groups had been wrong to abandon Morrison simply because he expressed a personal view opposing abortion.

Kos paraphrase: Single issues are not worth losing the whole game. Once we
are in power, things will be worked out.

Months later, Mark Warner appears to have been the belle of the ball at Kos' annual convention, YearlyKos. Mark Warner who wears the shining mantle of moderate like no other. Mark Warner who has personally expressed opposing abortion but also believes that the goverment shouldn't interfere. Mark Warner who hired Kos Crashing The Gates co-author Jerome Armstrong.

Kos appears in Atlanta surprising griftdrift with his talks of moderation. Mark Warner, the uber-moderate, makes a prominent appearance at YearlyKos. Jerome Armstrong is hired by Mark Warner. Rumors of pay for play swirl on the internets.

I know it's thin but....

Internet Fruforal Watch

Can someone explain to me the whole Kos, Armstrong, TNR thing?

All I can dope out is it involves alledged insider trading, payola, astrology and a crap wagon full of hubris.

Heck, it sounds like all it's missing is a "dead girl or a live boy".

You know what? Nevermind. I don't really care. meh.

UPDATE: Okay, I care more than I say I did. Or maybe it's the cold medicine. It's quite dreamy.

Here's a nice summary of the fruforal.

The bottom line for griftdrift? You post something on a yahoo group and honestly think it's going to stay a secret? Either Kos is stupider or smarter than I give him credit. Hmmmmmmmmm.

Intermittent griftdrift

I picked up a nasty head cold over the weekend, so right now I am hopped up on cold medicine. This could lead to infrequent but potentially bizarre posting. In the meantime, check out some of my faves.

Shakespeare's Sister is usually having some naughty fun.

The Moderate Voice will get you caught up on the news.

Josh R has a fascinating article about Michael Douglas.

Georgia Podcast Network has some great audio downloads.

Maybe in little while I will tell you about my bizarre fever dreams. One had griftdrift at the altar. YEGODS. What a nightmare!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Fatah Wing Claims To Have WMDs

A section of the the Palestinian Authority is claiming possession of chemical and biological weapons.

It's very simple. You do not threaten the Jewish citizens of Israel with gas of any kind.

This is stupidity of the highest order.

hat tip to The Moderate Voice.

Quit Picking On Katy!

When asked about Katherine Harris chances of winning the Florida U.S. Senate race, gubernatorial candidate Tom Gallagher responded:

I think she’s got a pretty good chance in the primary.

Naughty boy!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

More Armageddon

No, still not another Satan story.

Holy cow!

Then there is Clyde
, a Mississippi revivalist preacher and cattle rancher. He is trying to
raise a unique herd of red heifers to satisfy an obscure injunction in the Book
of Numbers: the sacrifice of a blemish-free red heifer for purification rituals
needed to pave the way for the messiah.So far, only one of his cows has been
verified by rabbis as worthy, meaning they failed to turn up even three white or
black hairs on the animal's body.


No this is not another post about Satan.

So, I'm watching the beginning of the movie Armageddon. At the beginning, New York is pelted with basketball sized fireballs from a meteor shower. At one point, a cabbie screams, " Saddam Hussein is bombing us!"

Just thought it was interesting in light of recent events.


Sometime today, this little experiment will pass 5000 hits. I know in relative terms it's a small number but it turns me on.

So this is a good time to say thanks to all who have contributed, linked and liquored me up.

Particularly Being Amber Rhea, Edward Copeland, Georgia Politics Unfiltered, Blog For Democracy, Going Through The Motions, Gun Toting Liberal, The Moderate Voice, Peach Pundit, Radical Georgia Moderate, The Reaction,The Impolitic, Shakespeare's Sister and especially the crazies at Reality Sucks and the blackout researchers at Carp Circles.

It's been a lot of fun. Let's have some more.

More From Satan

Rep. John Jacobs is being thwarted by the dark prince.

Ahhhh Utah.

Friday, June 23, 2006


Let's all cut out early!

First drink is on griftdrift.

If you can find me.


Mr. Rove, Satan Is Waiting

And you people wonder why I lurn the St Pete Times

Rove / Satan meeting according to St Pete Times.

I subscribe to their blog but not their main page. I think that's about to change.

Midday Easter Egg

That's the transport Roger Young from the movie Starship Troopers. And if you look very closely, you will see the Millennium Falcon attached to it's communications tower. The special effects artists paid homage to Han Solo's daring escape maneuver in Empire Strikes Back.

Things I Don't Understand

People who don't trust the government, under extremely heavy oversight, to make sure all U.S. children have a decent education, yet completely trust that same government to, with no oversight, root around in our phone records, bank records, etc.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Some Not So Final Thoughts On The Cup

It's a beautiful thing drinking a Guiness and eating eggs at 9:30 in the morning. Unfortunately, what the U.S. squad executed on the pitch was far from beautiful. Yeah, we got jobbed on a few calls but the fact is we did not play well and we got what we deserved. As much as I like Landon Donovan and Eddie Lewis, in the end we looked old and tired. My hopes are the federation moves towards youth for 2010.

Finally, I would implore my fellow Americans to not give up on this year's edition of the Cup. All too often the rest of the world is correct that once the American's are eliminated we simply turn elsewhere. Despite the glut of yellows, this has been a beautiful tourney so far. There are many interesting teams and many fascinating stories still to tell. So despite the boys not being there, continue to tune in American's. You just might find you like it.

Today's Luckovich Cartoon

In my opinion? Over the line.

I get what he is trying to say and I know editorial cartoonist have to be provocative. But comparing Americans to al-Qaida? Too far. Apples and oranges. And finally the bottom line is it's counter-productive. The reaction of the right wing will be as expected. But when you start turning the stomachs of the middle, you are no longer interested in reason or winning hearts and minds.

You can vote whether you like it here.

I voted no.

Daily Show Stunner


What's sad is that I guarantee you Rep. Pitts believed he was showing his caring side for the poor kids of the world.

Jon Stewart is right. Filled with insane jackasses.

To Sleep Perchance To Dream

USA vs Ghana at 9:55am

See you there

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

We Found The WMDs!

Ummmmmm no we didn't.

I actually heard this claim on Hannity's radio show this afternoon.

Lord can the boy crow.

I love the smell of desperation in the evening.

UPDATE: That great gulping sound is you swallowing things hook, line and sinker.

So is it yet fair to ask? Did we invade because of the connection to WMDs? The oppression of the Iraqis? To spread freedom and love everywhere? Or to continue the yet as to be defined war on terror?

Exactly what is the flavor of the week this week?

Midday Quote

"Extremists run the country, because moderates have sh*t to do." ~Jon Stewart

via The Midwestern Gentleman

Faith And Common Good

Just so you don't think that I think all religious people are lunatics, Grabbing Sand has an interesting article on the faith based group Faith In Public Life.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A Physics Moment

DaveScot has topped Newton and Einstein, in his mind at least, by turning the physics world on its head by declaring gravity "the strongest force in nature".

First a bit of a blogsphere primer. DaveScot is less a thorn in the side, more of the Intelligent Design court jester who's never-ending hijinks provide great fodder for the good people at Panda's Thumb, Pharyngula and Dispatches From The Culture War.

One of the most frustrating parts of the Creation / Evolution debate is the subject of gravity. It is not in the nature of scientists to compare one theory to another in some sort of sliding scale. For the most part it is the proverbial apples and oranges.

However, a useful tactic is to explain to someone that currently more is known about evolution than gravity. This can be a real headscratcher as we experience gravity in everyday life. (We also experience evolution but it's just not as noticeable).

The shock of a scientist stating that something so well known is far from understandable will inevitably lead to one of two reactions. Hopefully, the person will be thoughtful and ask why. Unfortunately, most people respond with something along the lines that if you don't understand something so basic as gravity then you should go jump off a building and learn for yourself.

This is the point where scientists begin pulling their hair out since the abhorrent science learning in the U.S. education system has left many people confused with the evidence of something and the understanding of how that something works. Yes, things fall because of gravity. That is evidence of gravity's existence. Why things actually fall gets a bit weirder. It's a crazy world of relativity, curves in space and the bizarre quanta.

But back to DaveScot.

One thing that we do know is that compared to other forces in the universe gravity is fairly weak.

Don't believe me? Get up off the couch.

You just overcame the force of gravity. The force of the entire earth (in addition to your couch) was attempting to hold you down and was overwhelmed by a few muscles in your legs and back.

Need more convincing?

Try this simple experiment.

Take two good sized magnets. Now place them north pole to south pole. We all know how this works from grade school. The two magnets will click together bound by the electromagnetic force. Now pull them apart. Not too terribly difficult unless you got some really big magnets.

Now take one of the magnets on the floor. Now pick it up.

You tell me. Which action required more force?

That gravity is a fairly weak force is something every high school student should easily understand.

But apparently no so easy for DaveScot.

And Now A Little Coca-ine...

I knew it! I knew the minute that smoking dope became a badge of honor there would soon be no shame in politicians admitting to be sinus deep in mountains of blow!

Bridgeport, CT mayor has admitted to snortin!

WARNING! If you follow the link, please empty all potential projectile fluids from your mouth before viewing the picture!


More evidence that "Just Say No" never stood a chance.

You Put Your Weed In It

Remember when Mr. Bill didn't inhale?

Better yet, remember when smoking a little doob on the library roof killed Doug Ginsuburg's chance at the high court?

Now it seems almost cliche'.

Florida gubanatorial candidate Tom Gallagher has admitted to a little burning back in the past.

Oh and HuffPo, he is running for Florida, not Georgia. (If they've edited it by the time you read this, it originally said Georgia. Stupid west coasters)


One of my greatest fears is the further we race into the future, the more we will discover the heinous deeds that were done for expediency.

Matt Yglesias sums up one section of Ron Suskind's new book "The One Percent Doctrine" nicely:

Al-Qaedist Abu Zubaydah was captured in March 2002.

Zubaydah's captors discovered he was mentally ill and charged
with minor logistical matters, such as arranging travel for wives and children.

The President was informed of that judgment by the CIA.

Two weeks later, the President described Zubaydah as "one of the top
operatives plotting and planning death and destruction on the United States."

Later, Bush told George Tenet, "I said he was important. You're not going
to let me lose face on this, are you?" and asked Tenet if "some of these harsh
methods really work?"

The methods -- torture -- were applied.

Then, according to Gellman, "Under that duress, he began to speak of plots
of every variety -- against shopping malls, banks, supermarkets, water systems,
nuclear plants, apartment buildings, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of

At which point, according to Suskind, "thousands of uniformed men and women
raced in a panic to each . . . target."

People oppose torture for many reasons. From the humane to the practical. In my opinion they are all correct. But for you Rambo-heads out there who still believe if we just go all Jack Bauer on people, we would start winning the war on terror, exactly what would make you believe that torture is not only un-American but also ineffective?

I imagine I will be picking up Mr. Suskind's book soon.

Are The Left and The Right The Same?

I think most agree both have their share of loons.

However, the (admittedly leftist) Guardian presents a thought provoking analysis of access versus quantity.

Conservatives invariably trot out filmmaker Michael Moore, cartoonist Ted
Rall, professor Ward Churchill, or Air America radio personalities Mike Malloy
and Randi Rhodes as examples of progressives who prove the myth, but the
comparison is a non-starter.

With the exception of Michael Moore, none of the above could conceivably be
considered household names on the order of Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, or Pat
Robertson - perhaps because none of them have been granted the opportunity and
uncritical access by the MSM to habitually spew hate speech and eliminationist

I also am no fan of Michael Moore, Randi Rhodes or Mike Malloy. But as the Guardian suggests, other than Moore, how many left wing loons are glazed in a mainstream media orgy like the recent whore wallow by Ann Coulter?

Midday Quiz

Yankee or Rebel?

My results are far from shocking.

griftdrift = 100% Dixie. Is General Lee your grandfather?!

An Alternative To The NRA

Finally, something I have been seeking for years.

Disclosure: I like guns. I currently own five. Three shotguns, one rifle and one pistol. I also like hunting. I hunt deer, dove and quail. This fall I plan to attend more hunts than I have in the past. If I don't bag a buck this year I will be disappointed.

Now back to the new American Hunters and Shooters Association.

In recent years, extreme political positions purporting to support gun rights
have jeopardized our sport and have hurt the image of responsible gun owners.
Unless the sporting community can become unified behind an organization that
fights for safe and responsible hunting and shooting practices and sensible gun
ownership, future generations may be unable to participate in and enjoy the
shooting sports.

I have always firmly believed that the NRA does more harm than good. I have also firmly believed that many gun laws are daft and useless. Many, not all. A key word that the NRA seems to not understand.

Opposing restrictions on "cop killer" bullets despite protestations of police organizations is probably the best example of the NRA's bull headed banging into trees despite the forest attitude. The result of these types of absolutist positions continues to push those who oppose gun ownership further towards prohibition only. It also leaves us reasonable gun owners scratching our heads.

Instead of spending any significant amount on education and gun safety, topics that resonate with both gun owners and non-owners, the NRA chose to draw a hard line and spend money on ridiculous lawsuits, illogical PR campaigns and and most importantly lining the pants of politicians who were willing to sponsor legislation to turn parts of the country back into Deadwood.

Some are already discussing conspiracy theories that this new group is a stalking horse attempting outflank the Republicans on the gun issue.

My response? So what.

If there is a gun group who is preaching responsibility, conservation and reaching out to non-owners then I could care less about the potential political Machiavellian maneuvering.

It's what the stupid NRA should have done decades ago.

Cross posted at Radical Georgia Moderate.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Internet Fruforal Watch Part Deux

Two in one night!

WARNING: Graphic sexuality discussions in links.

Oh me goodness gracious!

As a member of "the patriarchy", I would just say that most of the times when it happens all I can think of is, damn, I'm pretty freakin lucky today!

Actually, I would add one more thing.

Only a member of "teh patriarchy" would understand that when a member of "teh patriarchy" is in that position (and trust me it's always in some small part of our mind ) we are never, ever more freaking vulnerable.

Internet Fruforal Watch

Or is it?


True Gritz

Now this is funny stuff.

I vaguely remember meeting these two gals at the Blog For Democracy Kos signing. But at the time I was getting hammered with an unnamed Blog For Democracy front pager. It was all a blur. I'm sure the True Gritz gals would understand.

Boring Day?

Yeah, I heard from you today. I was boring. blah blah blah


There just wasn't much going on besides fruforal. Okay, so I also had to catch up on TV and get a haircut. Plus, it was practically an off day in the World Cup. No excuse.


I'll still try to do better.

More later. bleh


What a slow monday.

Oh yeah. North Korea may test its first ICBM.

To think. Potential nuclear armageddon used to get me hot and bothered.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Christian Coalition Feeds On Its Own


You could probably guess that I am no fan of the Christian Coaltion. The state organization's actions as reported by Peach Pundit in ousting their middle Georgia chair for personally endorsing Lt. Governor candidate Casey Cagle instead of the annointed Ralph Reed just shows they are truly just about politics as usual. Just more proof that despite their ravings, the Coalition is just as bound to earthly vanities and pride as the rest of us.

Soft Drinks And Mentos, Part Deux

You really should leave the Mentos and Coke experiments to the experts.


A Near Perfect Day

World Cup

U.S. Open


NBA Finals

All in high def goodness. I almost have more sports than one man can handle.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

Go Ghana!

The US footballers desperately need Ghana to beat the Czech Republic. It seems an impossible task...



Internet Fruforal Watch

More Armando nonsense.

Didn't Armando say he wasn't blogging any more?


Friday, June 16, 2006

Lieberman TV Ad A Real Headscratcher


Isn't the Senate supposed to the sedate, mature wing of the Congress?

Mid-Afternoon Game

There is alledgedly one nine-letter word in the English language that as you remove one letter at a time continues to spell an actual word.

Can you figure out the original nine letter word?


HINT: Okay, I have had actual phone calls asking about this. Phone calls! I want to clear up some confusion. I never said you remove letters only from the beginning or end of the word. Don't ass-u-me.

The Brilliance Of Clinton

Mr. Bill of course. Not Hillary.

"For people in America who are a part of my political tradition, our great sin
has often been ignoring religion or denying its power or refusing to engage it
because it seemed hostile to us. For ... the so-called Christian right and its
allies, their great sin has been believing they were in full possession of the

Via The Daily Dish

The Art Of Passing

The most amazing World Cup goal I have ever seen.

Oh my. The passing. Oh my. Argentina is looking to make a very serious run.

Hooters and FEMA

Hooters is reimbursing FEMA for an illicitly purchased $200 bottle of Dom Perignon.

My first thought?

Hooters serves Dom Perignon?!

Who knew?

O'Reilly Endorses Lieberman

Oh boy.

The left wing of the Democrats will be frothing today.

Government As Nanny Watch

Austin, Tx city council is being asked to consider requiring adult bicycle riders to wear helmets.

Don't they have anything better to do?

The Big Ten

"I am the Lord your God. Thou shalt worship no other god before me."

The best opening line by a TV character ever. Jed Bartlett may have been a "godless" liberal but he was also a helluva a guilt ridden Catholic boy that at least knew his commandments.

You would think that real life zealots would at least have such a simple recall of the scripture.

How about you Rep. Westmoreland?


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Do What?!

From the just can't be true files:

Republicans discuss commending Iraqi amnesty program for ex-insurgents.

“I really believe we ought to try to find some way to encourage that
country to demonstrate to those people who have been opposed to what we're
trying to do, that it's worthwhile for them and their children to come forward
and support this democracy. And if that's amnesty, I'm for it. I'd be for it.
And if those people who are, come forward… if they bore arms against our people,
what's the difference between those people that bore arms against the Union in
the War between the States? What’s the difference between the Germans and
Japanese and all the people we’ve forgiven?” – Sen. Ted Stevens

Every time I think the world can't get more topsy-turvy...

At least he sort of acknowledges that it is indeed a civil war. Lemonade from lemons ya know.

Shoeless Katherine

I think Katherine Harris is trying to regain my attention.

She's running footloose and fancy-free through the halls of Congress.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Boring Day Politically

You know its a slow day when the big story in the Blogosphere is President Bush inadvertently picking on a blind dude.


I'm going back to yard work.

But if you are in the ATL, the Sec of State candidates are empaneled tonight for Creative Loafing's Atlanta Political Party at Dad's Garage Theater.

Happy Annivesary Under God!

52 years ago today, the phrase Under God was added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

It's always a good thing to remember that it wasn't always there and it's purpose for being added. You know. To differentiate between us and those godless Communists. Use this little fact to punk the Christianists idolators that try to make us all swear to their real god.

Coulter Is An Idiot, Part Infinity

Just in case there are still some dimwits that think Ann Coulter is backed up by fact in any way, here is her take on Evolution and the subsequent evisceration by PZ Myers of Pharyngula.

People can always argue semantical shades of gray in politics but people like Coulter should know better than to tackle science. Her ignorant bravaro entering that arena so woefully unprepared shows just how utterly stupid she is.

Yard Work Open Thread

Yardwork this morning. Politics this afternoon.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Coulter vs. Carlin on Tonight Show

This should be fun.

Both Ann Coulter and George Carlin are booked to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno wednesday.

I bet John Amato is already spinning up the hard drives.

Another View Of The Border

Alan Stewart Carl of Maverick Views has a very interesting piece about his recent visit to the border.

Robert Byrd Sets Record And Wants More

Robert Byrd just passed Strom Thurmond as the longest serving Senator ever.

This piece reminded me that I heard a Byrd in 06 commercial while travelling through West Virginia. The focus of the piece was values with an emphasis on voluntary school prayer. Of course, voluntary school prayer already exists and has never been an issue. That was when a revelation hit me. You never hear Byrd accused of being a hated liberal. The right wing talk nuts always chime on his sordid past with the klan. That's all they can ever get him on. Byrd can outflank them on any issue.

I guess that's how you spend over 40 years in the Senate. Then again, I am not sure that's a good thing.

Blogger Is Crap

I've been sitting here for 30 minutes waiting for the host to come up. Now I have to leave soon. When you have limited time having an iffy host is crap. When I get back to a proper city I am going to explore other hosting options.

Alberto Is Here!

We have wind and rain. So far it's not big deal. No worse than the usual thunderstorms we get here in the summer. The rain is much welcome. The cotton and peanuts were starting to wilt.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Til Tomorrow

The library is busy this morning and I feel that I am about to get kicked off. I've caught up on the news though and should have much more content tomorrow. Unless Alberto washes me away. NOW GO WATCH THE CUP!

Mel Martinez Endorses Charlie Crist: CORRECTION

Just heard on local radio that Florida Democrat U.S. Senator Mel Martinez has endorsed Republican gubenatorial candidate Charlie Crist. Martinez ratcheting up his independant cred in moderate state of Florida? Lack of faith in the campaigns of democrats Jim Davis and Rod Smith? No matter what, Charlie Crist has to be pretty happy this morning.

CORRECTION: Maritnez is a Republican. griftdrift is an idiot. I got Martinez confused with Katherine Harris opponent Bill Nelson. My only excuse is that Florida politics is so eternally weird that I can't keep it straight. The importance of the Martinez endorsement is two fold. It gives Crist the endorsement of the most prominent national Florida Republican and it arguably gives him a leg up on the latino vote. Particularly in the south Florida Cuban community.

Here Comes Alberto

As I sit here in the library, Tropical Storm Alberto sits a few hundred miles off the gulf coast. We are already seeing bands of clouds overhead. Hopefully later we will see some rain. The good side of a tropical storm is it's an instant drought breaker. We have had two days of rain the past two months and we need some bad.


Team USA will have it's first World Cup match today at noon. They are playing a critical game against the Czech Republic. The Americans need at least a tie in this one to have hopes of moving on. Play hooky from work, find a bar and root for the team. Even if you think soccer is boring, once you see how crazy the Cup is, you will instantly fall in love.

Friday, June 09, 2006

On The Road Again!

Headed south today.

Blogging will be limited this weekend.

Next week? More library blogging!

Have fun this weekend!

Katherine Harris Loses Another One

Resigning from the Harris staff is becoming a badge of honor.

Washington Chief of Staff quits.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Internet Fruforal Watch

Boy, these Kos / NRO / Swords Crossed people are just blog gold.

First, someone outs someone's business client.

Which leads that someone to net-i-cide. (seen that before. Let's see how long it lasts)

Which leads the first someone to talk about unintended consequences.

Which leads a third someone to say on neutral ground that it's all just filled with badness.

What I really want to know is does Hope really get back with Bo?

Blogger Hell

I read a few other blogs that were having trouble with Blogger this week. I was fortunate that my hiccups seemed minor. Not today! Posting will probably be limited due to this fact. It may be time to look into other hosting options.

Heck, the whole internet seems wonky today. I may go see a movie.

Midday Nonsense

Man Subsists on Monkey Chow Alone

This reminds me of the time I tried vegetarianism. I literally started craving hamburgers.

Make sure you check out his blog. It's hi-larious.

Guest Blogging At Radical Georgia Moderate

Rusty at Radical Georgia Moderate is graciously allowing me to blather a bit over at his place.

Go read my first post!

Zarqawi Is Dead and Murtha Was Right

UPDATE: Dammit! I can't keep Zarqawi's proper spelling straight. The damn R keeps going in the wrong place.

Al-Zarqawi Dead

Just woke up and heard this. The most wanted man in Iraq is gone daddy gone. I agree with Eddie Copeland. This will not make everything good and right but it's a very large step in the right direction.

UPDATE: Tony Snow is now holding a press conference. There is literally no other news on right now. Probably deservedly so.

The latest news is that either someone within Zarqawi's organization or someone in the neighborhood tipped the U.S. If true, this would be good news. No, we certainly have not been winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqis, but maybe, just maybe, neither are the foreign insurgents.

UPDATE II: Tony Snow actually just made a good point. Iraq now has a Defense Minister and an Interior Minister. This type of operation could not happen without coordination with the Iraqi government. Is it possible this would have never happened without at least a marginally organized Iraqi government? I have more thoughts on this and why it not only is a step in the right direction but why it should have been done long ago. As soon as I get that together, I will post.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Internet Fruforal Watch

When I started this I really didn't think it would launch with three days in a row. Once a week maybe. But three days in a row? Good gawd God bless the internets!


Keith Olbermann on Ann Coulter

Hear hear

Welcome To Atlanta!


Lots to catch up on. I think I'll take the night off.


UPDATE: CUP FRIDAY! After 10 days of travel I forgot what day it is.

Scene From The Road - Entering Atlanta

I actually missed the traffic

Scene From The Road - Back In Georgia

Back to home

Scene From The Road - Chattanooga

Into the breach

Scene From The Road - Tennessee River

Crossing the Tennessee

Scene From The Road - Jasper, Tn

Jasper Drugs, Jasper, Tn

Scene From The Road - Out Of The Hills

Descending from the Cumberland Plateau

The trucker did a helluva job including navigating around a road crew.

Scene From The Road - South Tennessee

A time to gather hay

Katherine Harris Loves Animals Part II

Oh sweet Jesus

When a supporter in a Venice veterans hall said he once witnessed Ms.
Harris leave her vehicle to escort a turtle across a highway, she became gravely
"All of my life I have stopped for turtles," she said firmly, even
defensively, as if someone had challenged her commitment to turtle safety

Full article at NY Times.

Departure Nashville

'Cause I've seen blue skies
Through the tears in my eyes
And I realize I'm going home

Destination: Atlanta

It's time to head back. I'm tired of hotel rooms. I've got things to do in the ATL. Mostly, I just want to see familiar things.

It's been a good trip though and I've learned a lot. This is not the end. Even though I want to go home, I am already feeling the itch to see new places. I plan to make another extended trip some time in July.

Maybe to Tester country?

See you in a few hours.

Jon Stewart vs Bill Bennett

While I was watching Ann Coulter flop around on Tucker Carlson, Jon Stewart was taking Bill Bennett to the woodshed over gay marriage.

Crooks and Liars has the video.

Jon Stewart brought up a very good point. Whenever someone brings up the so-called slippery slope that takes us down the road to polygamy, why not talk about what happens when the slippery slope goes the other way? Using this reasoning, why wouldn't the government have a compelling interest in regulating marriage via anti-misceganation laws?

Bennett did not have an answer beyond the typical toddler response of just because.


Katherine Harris Goes To The Dogs

From the blind leading the blind department...

Once Ms. Harris wins her race for a Senate seat, she says, she plans to travel
everywhere with a guide dog. "Before I hire anyone to work for me in the Senate,
I tell them I'm going to do this," said Ms. Harris.

Ummmmmm. Okaaaaaaaay.

Via: Copeland Institute of Lower Learning

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Ann Coulter On Tucker Carlson

I swear she's on drugs. She's not making any sense. Her lame attempts at punch lines are falling flat.

Michael Stickings pretty much sums up my thoughts on her idiotness.

UPDATE: I can't watch this any more. Why does anyone listen to her any more?

UPDATE II: I can't resist. I turned back on. Got to give Carlson credit. He's giving her hell for her comments on the 9-11 widows. Okay, I take it back. He just said that he agrees with the vast majority of it. Given what I have heard about her take on evolution, Carlson is an idiot too.

Jon Tester Primary Watch

Montana Senate candidate Jon Tester is a favorite of mine.

His campaign staff are blogging live as the Democrat primary results come in.

UPDATE: Tester is at about 60% on early returns. YEEHAW! TOSS THAT HAY!

UPDATE II: Looks like Tester won! YEEHAW! Not only do Montanans have a pretty good candidate but griftdrift has another fun race to follow. I have an appointment to get my haircut on Monday. Think I should get a Tester flat top?

Internet Fruforal Watch

Online Integrity tries to create a little ethics in the blogosphere but instead creates a fruforal.

Joe Gandleman still agrees with the principles.

So do I.

The idea was short lived as nitpicking, chest puffing and pure ass tin foil hatedness soon caused the idea to implode.

A valiant effort. Those are always sure to die in the quick and the dead world of the blogosphere.

In The Year 2029

Watching The History Channel. They are talking about near earth objects i.e. potential killer asteroids.

Scientists have discovered one that's going to come within 100k miles of Earth or closer than our communications satellites on April 13, 2029. Yes, that is Friday 13th.

They are fairly confident that it will miss. However, there is a small chance it will enter something called a "keyhole" that will cause it to be caught in Earth's gravity, spiral in and crash.

Time to party like it's 2029!

To Fly Or Not To Fly

Wow. Some English companies tell employees to not fly English flag because of fear of reaction by Muslim extremists to "crusader" flag

This feels awfully like an urban legend so I will check it out.

If it's not, I understand prudence but don't you have to take a stand at some point?

Not That There's Anything Wrong With It

Senator Inhofe is pretty sure none of his brood have experienced the love that shall not be named.

. SO

Percentages say his wrong. Then again, if you were the offspring of a conservative politician, wouldn't you be so far back in the closet that the moths couldn't find you? If I were a betting man....hey, I am a betting man!

Welcome To Nashville!

It was a great drive today until I got to Nashville. I forgot how completely %&*#*& insane the Nashville interstates are. And they are under construction. And it's CMA Fan Fest weekend. I got the last room at this hotel. I'm probably going to have to eat at the Waffle House next door. %&*$&%*&!

And that's all I've got to say about that.

Scene From The Road - Approaching Nashville

Crossing the Cumberland River

I need to clean my windows.

Scene From The Road - Southern Kentucky

See Rock City!

Scene From The Road - Hodgenville, Ky

Lincoln Statue

Lincoln's birthplace is nearby. Win at bar trivia by asking where Lincoln was born. Most will say Illinois.

Scene From The Road - Central Kentucky

Somewhere along US-31

Scene From The Road - Kentucky River

Crossing The Kentucky River

Scene From The Road - Eastern Kentucky

Entering Daniel Boone National Forest

Scene From The Road - Dunbar, WV

Crossing the Kanawha River

Departure Charleston

Destination: Nashville

Today is decision day. I considered heading north but Ohio didn't excite me. West has little once you get beyond the blue grass.

I am feeling an inexorable pull southward.

More on future plans in about 6 hours.

Ten Most Dangerous Democrats

Right Wing News posits the top ten most dangerous Democrats for the GOP in 2008.

Read the list.

So my democrat readers. What think you?

h/t: The Moderate Voice

Mogadishu Falls

Most Americans know Mogadishu from the book or film Black Hawk Down. What they may not know is that it is a recent front of the War on Terrorism.

Since the overthrow of its despotic government in 1991, Somalia has been Mad Max land. Warlord controlled militias rule most of the country. Their power is based on the presence of roving militias mounted in armed "technicals" (basically souped up mini-trucks with mounted machine guns). Sound familiar?

Now on the heels of the U.N. forming a nascent government, an Islamic faction, possibly linked with al-Qaeda, from southern Somalia have overwhelmed the loosely allied warlords and have taken Mogadishu.

The U.S. may soon have a new, even more unstable terrorist hotspot on its southern flank.

This certainly bears watching.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Countdown To Devil's Day

Expect all kinds of craziness shortly.

I think I will just sleep in.

56 Kidnapped In Iraq

If you read about the less savory parts of the world, you know that kidnapping sadly happens all the time.

Scooping people by the truckload however is another matter.

That it happened in front of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior makes it all that more disturbing.

Prime Minister Nouri Kamel al-Maliki has promised to crack down on the militias. It's time for more than window dressing. Especially when it happens on your own back step.

h/t: AMERICAblog

Internet Fruforal Watch

A new feature of Drifting Through The Grift

As sure as rain in the spring eventually all internet communities ignore everything in the world for a period of self-indulgent navel gazing.

Extravagant, we-are-so-important wallowing in our own importance will now hold a place of honor at this little corner of the verse.

And no, yours truly will not be excluded. Hopefully I will make it a few more weeks before I have to spank myself.

Fruforal of the Moment.

Daily Kos

h/t: The Impolitic

Welcome To Charleston, WV!

Actually that's about 30 miles south of Charleston but I liked the picture.

1000 miles later and I enter another Charleston.

Today was a tough drive. Over 400 miles, much of it through the Appalachians. I discovered that I am not a fan of mountain driving. Steering a relatively small car down steep winding grades surrounded by big trucks is funner than any roller coaster.

Now I am off for a little dinner and then back for a little politics.

Scene From The Road - West Virginia

Welcome to West Virginia!

Scene From The Road - The Appalachians

Entering the Appalachians in southwestern Virginia

Scene From The Road - Waynesboro, Va.

Downtown Waynesboro, Va.

Scene From The Road - Front Royal, Va.

Warren County Courthouse, Front Royal, Va.

Scene From The Road - Shenandoah Valley

South Shenandoah Valley, Va.

Departure Alexandria

Destination Charleston, WV

What The Internet Hath Wrought

Jim Wooten has a blog.

Common sense conservatism indeed.

Grateful Dead Keyboard Curse Continues

Former Dead keyboard player Vince Welnick apparently commits suicide.

Fare the well, Vince. Go on home and rest your bones.

Tank Man Found?

Arguably the most iconic figure of the late 20th century, has the unknown dissident of Tiananmen Square been found?

Call me skeptical but wouldn't it be interesting if it's true?

via The Moderate Voice

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Race Day!

I'm off to Dover for the race!

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

No Apparent Wrongdoing in Ishaqi

Bubbling just beneath the surface of Haditha were allegations of more deliberate killings of innocents in Ishaqi.

Fortunately the Marines involved in the Ishaqi incident have now been cleared. It is still tragic that non-combatants were killed but that does happen in war.

Due to the loss of life, it's difficult to say this is good news but it is. Instead of one incident after another piling into an avalanche, hopefully, there will now be a cooling off.

There are still serious questions to be asked about Haditha but we can't use these unknowns as justification to find the devil where he ain't.

Political Pandering Of The Day

Here we go again.

Bush is set to use radio address to renew his support for a constitutional ban on gay marriage. On Monday, surrounded by fawning, rabid supporters, he will deliver a Rose Garden a follow-up speech on the subject.

Of course there is no chance of this passing the Senate. This is pure election year pandering.

Mr. Bush? Remember when you claimed ownership of compassionate conservative? Historians will have a good derisive laugh at that one. Deservedly so.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Scene From The Road - Culpepper, Va.

Downtown Culpepper, Va.

I stopped in Culpepper for about an hour. It's a lovely little downtown filled with shops and restaurants. I walked into a tavern and it had about four people in it. They all looked at me. Registered that I wasn't one of them and went back to watching TV. I didn't mind. In fact I understood.

Then I had one of the best burgers I have tasted in a while.

I will definitely visit Culpepper in the future.

Scene From The Road - Blue Ridge Mountains I

Somewhere near the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Lynchburg.

I nearly wrecked taking this one.

Welcome to Alexandria, Va!

Today was a very pleasant ride. More later with pictures.

Departure Lynchburg, Va.

Destination Alexandria, Va.

Going to take an easy stroll of about 200 miles today. One reason is I want to get into the D.C. area before the insane rush hour traffic. Depending on my rate of speed, I may stop at Monticello.

It seems to be a slow morning in the news. There's two new investigations of civilian deaths in Iraq.

Run my blogroll to keep yourself busy.

I'll see you sometime this evening.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Willie Nelson On The Daily Show

The secret of life?

"Just keep breathing"

God bless you, Willie.

Be Still My Heart

Katherine you may have to move on over! griftdrift may have a new girlfriend!

Former Harris staffer Morgan Ortagus has joined the campaign of New York Republican KT MacFarland. She is also a former Miss Florida Citrus! The New York Post has dubbed her the KT cutie!

Who says politics is a dirty business!

h/t: St. Petersburg Buzz

National Spelling Bee

It's being broadcast on network TV (ABC) for the first time.

I'm finding it strangely compelling.

Georgia's Best Friend - Alabama

Some Alabama candidates think that ugly little affair called the Civil War didn't really settle whether states should pay heed to the federal government. Not to mention the 14th Amendment.

Exactly what law school did these goobers attend?

Even while we are paving the last green space in Georgia, we can still point at our neighbor's to the west and laugh.

Double Decker Highways for Atlanta

A little local news.

DOT considering double decking portions of I-285.

YE GODS! NO! How about a reasonable regional transportation plan instead?

After spending three days on the backroads of the south, I weep at the fact that I live in an area that subscribes to the pave over everything philosophy.

h/t: Being Amber Rhea

Welcome To Lynchburg, Va.!

The foothills of the Blue Ridge

I've barely seen Lynchburg but already feel the presence of Rev. Falwell. I passed the Falwell Airport. I knew I should have asked for an interview!

This was the most pleasant ride yet. I started in flat farmlands of central Carolina, moved to the wooded piedmont of southern Virginia and ended up here looking up at the hills.

After a short breather, politics will abound!

Scene From The Road - Appomattox V

Rail fence lane behind the McLean House

As when I visited Manassas several years ago, I was struck by the quiet beauty. The same holds true for Appomattox. It seems so serene for a location of violence.

As I drove westward towards Lynchburg, the road began to wind and undulate. Approaching the foothills of the Blue Ridge, I was reminded of the terrible decision that Robert E. Lee let pass him by. How easy it would have been for him to move his rag tag army into these hills and conduct guerilla warfare. The Union would have spent years rooting out all the rebels. The country would have bled for years.

We still feel the echoes of Appomattox today. The wounds of war still fester at times. But on April 9th, 1865, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant gave the young country a chance. A chance to survive and move forward.

Visit Appomattox if you are in the area. It's well worth it.

Scene From The Road - Appomattox IV

Gotta have a shot of the outhouse.

Scene From The Road - Appomattox III

Lee's table

Scene From The Road - Appomattox II

Grant's table.

It's shocking how small the parlor is. The obviously ready to go ranger basically said everybody says that. From the paintings, you expect this massive room that held about 12 men. In reality, it's only about 10X12.

Scene From The Road - Appomattox I

McLean House. Site of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia

Interesting historical note. Wilmer McLean originally lived near Manassas, Va. After the First Battle of Manassas destroyed his home, he moved to far south Virginia. Then, the final battles of the Virginia campaigns happened in his backyard. Thus leading to the expression, the war started in McLean's front yard and ended in his back parlor.

Scene From The Road - Blackstone, Va.

Downtown Blackstone, Va.

Note the doolie just ahead of me. A little touch of home that brought a tear to my eye. YEEEHAW!

Scene From The Road - South Hill, Va.

Downtown South Hill, Va.

Scene From The Road - Brunswick County, Va.

Entering Brunswick County, Va.

This was a beautiful stretch of road. The picture doesn't do it justice. One minute I was passing rolling farmland. The next I was shooting into a tunnel of trees.

Scene From The Road - Littleton, N.C.

Downtown Littleton, N.C.

Scene From The Road - Scotland Neck, N.C.

McDowell Pharmacy in Scotland Neck, N.C.

No I am not about to be t-boned. Parking in downtown is in the middle of the road. Which seems odd at first but makes a lot of sense when you see it in action.

Departure Washington, N.C.

Desitnation: Appomattox, Va.

Okay so I may have given Washington a bit of a hard time. It's not that bad. If I come through next time, I will make it down to the river front. According to the visitor's center it's supposedly very nice.

Today is a short hop to Appomattox, Va.

This is a place I have always wanted to visit. This leg will be mostly backroads and I don't want to waste any time so pictures might be a bit sparse until I actually get to the destination.

See you in about six hours.

Values Training In Iraq

CNN just reported that in light of Haditha, all American troops will undergo values training.

Right wing blog storm in 3, 2, 1....

Better put plywood over the Windows XP. This would be a category 5 storm.

Hurricane Season Day 1

For the next six months you are going to discover that I am a weather nut.

Growing up near the gulf coast ingrained me with a fascination for hurricanes. Last year, I admit it became a bit of a morbid fascination. Let's all pray this season is quieter.

In the meantime, the tropics are fairly tame at the moment.

If you want to keep up with the season I recommend two sites:

Palm Beach Post Storm Center - They live right next door to the National Hurricane Center and their coverage is always comprehensive.

Crown Weather Service - A comprehensive site for all updates and weather maps. Don't let the amount of geeky data overwhelm you. This is as good as it gets.

Breaking News: Chopper Crash In Doerun

Reports of an Army helicopter crashing near Doerun, Ga.

The reason this caught my eye is Doerun is about 8 miles from my little cabin in the woods.

I'll be following this one closely.