Sometimes it seems that every loon with a computer has a video on YouTube, and now I am no exception. This is a small video of some very small artworks. that I made, all at night, which is when I work best. They are scratchboards, done by scraping off a layer of India ink to reveal white clay-coated paper beneath. None is larger than two inches square, the maximum area that I felt safe to allot them.
This fledgling blue jay somehow ended up on the basket of my bicycle in my carport. (Yes, I have a basket on my bicycle. Don’t judge; it allows me to do carbon-free light shopping.) It’s been there for a couple of hours now, and I don’t think it can fly well enough to get back to the nest, wherever that is.
I’ve seen an anxious parent hanging about, but it seems as helpless to act as the little bird. Some of the neighbors have roaming cats, and I’m afraid the little one will come to a bad end. Is there anything I can do? I’m willing to capture worms for it, though I don’t think I’m up to masticating them and spitting them out in its beak. Any bird dilemma advice would be much appreciated.
UPDATE: After being faithfully fed by its parents for nearly a day, the little birdie found the strength to fly out of the carport (and presumably back to its nest). We’ve had a steady rain for quite awhile, and maybe that was what was keeping him or her on the bike basket—it flew off in a lull between storms a short while ago. The only unhappy thing about this episode is that the fledgling and parents shat all over my bike. Oh well.
Runner’s World just published a ridiculously long interview with Sarah Palin. In it we learn that McCain was a mean old man who wouldn’t let her exercise, she normally wears a “trough full of makeup,” and she likes listening to “old” Van Halen, “old” AC/DC and ... Amy Grant (huzzah?) when she’s running. We also learn much too much about how much she enjoys sweating:
If you go a day or a week without running, what do you learn about yourself?
I feel so crappy if I go more than a few days without running. I have to run. No matter how rotten I feel before or during a run, it’s always worth it to me afterwards. Sweat is my sanity. A great frustration I had during the campaign was when the McCain staff wouldn’t carve out time for me to go for a run. The days never went as well if I couldn’t get out there and sweat.
The day you were picked for VP must have been quite world-shaking. Did you feel like running or did you go running that day?
I had gone running earlier that day, and when I got the call from the McCain campaign I was at the Alaska State Fair walking with my kids. And, yeah, those earth-shattering times of life for runners, isn’t it funny that going for a run is one of the first things we think of doing? For me it’s like right on. I like to go celebrate by taking a long, hot run.
What’s your thing with liking heat so much? It’s a little contrary to be such a devoted Alaskan?
I don’t know. I’m always running about 10 degrees colder than everyone around me; I’m always cranking up the heat. I think because we do have so many cold days here, it’s such a luxury and a pleasure to go somewhere warm. I think you guys who get a lot of warm weather take it for granted and you shouldn’t. I thought that was a great part of the campaign—we’d be out there at events or up there on stage just sweatin’ like pigs and I loved it.
So isn’t the definition of a good compromise that nobody is happy about it? So is the definition of a good energy bill that bothsides howl “Treason!”?
But 212 representatives voted no. A handful of these no votes came from representatives who considered the bill too weak, but most rejected the bill because they rejected the whole notion that we have to do something about greenhouse gases.
And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.
The headline of the linked article is “House Passes Milestone Energy, Climate Change Bill.” Obviously not happy with the AP headline, the Fox Nation writers, in order to put it in right wing terms the pitchfork gang can understand and appreciate, tweaked it thusly: “Treason? House Passes Direct Assault On Industrial Base.” It is accompanied by a photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty squarely in Krugman territory here as far as believing this legislation is badly needed. But I’m not sure why we need to call elected representatives traitors because of their vote. Idiots would work just fine. Throwing out “treason” puts you in, well, FauxNews territory. Otherwise, great piece, Paul!
Also, for the record, this was just the House vote and it was scary close (219 - 212). Getting it through the Senate will be a fight. Obama may be confident about it but I’m plenty nervous. Don’t let your senators blow this! The future of the planet literally hinges on starting to put controls on greenhouse gas emissions into place now.
Oh, and just to end on a light note, one of our favorite fruitcakes thinks the government doesn’t NEED to worry about the environment. Why? Why, because the Lord Jebus already saved our little asses 2,000 years ago, of course!
Ha ha. The RNC wins a softball game no one knows or cares about and Michael Steele gets excited that they “kicked it!” and decides to record a video to tell Republicans this is “the start of something really big.” Because they won a softball game. By one run.
Good christ, I love Michael Steele. Can they make him chairman for life?