he’s been taking too much on there he goes with his perfectly unkept clothes

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Since I just saw the remake of World of the Worlds a few days ago the photos of these clouds was particularly striking, Lenticular clouds

Lenticular clouds, technically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction.

Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. Lenticular clouds sometimes form at the crests of these waves. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form, creating a formation known as a wave cloud.

I wonder if some of the people that swear they’ve seen a UFO haven’t mistaken these clouds for a flying saucer.

Quote of the Day: “Oh, I don’t know. You know, I thought about that last night, and just musing over the words, the phrase, and what constitutes it. … It clearly is being stimulated by people who would like to have what could be characterized as a civil war and win it, but I’m not going to be the one to decide if, when or at all.” By Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense for the United States of America.

Billmon takes at look at the options in the middle-east, Better Now or If all this sounds familiar — the half-baked war plan, the unexpected setbacks

Lou Dobbs is generally a xenophobiac carnival barker that tries to pass himself off as a populist. The problem is he isn’t much on solutions, but is big on finger pointing. Lou finally found an issue that actually suits his style, laws are being broken, stop breaking them – Why is the president ignoring our laws?

With upraised right hand and left hand on the Bible, each of our presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush, has solemnly sworn to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution of the United States.

The American Bar Association claims President Bush has violated that oath by issuing hundreds of “signing statements” to disregard selected provisions of the laws that Congress passed and he signed.

A bipartisan, 11-member panel of the ABA found that President Bush is not only disregarding laws but using such signing statements far more than any president in history. In fact, Bush has used signing statements to raise constitutional objections to more than 800 provisions in more than 100 laws. All of the presidents combined before 2001 had issued only 600.

The ABA asserts that signing statements cannot be a substitute for a presidential veto and that such an assertion of presidential power amounts to a line-item veto, which the Supreme Court already has ruled unconstitutional.

The matter will likely be resolved in court. But it stands as a metaphor for a 21st century America that is no longer secure in the claim to be a nation of laws.

I’m not an expert on legal precedent and trade agreements, but Lou might be a little off on that part. Nevertheless it is good to see a guy that manages to piss people off across the political spectrum come out squarely on the rule of law. It is not Bush alone that has created this crisis. It was clearly the intent of the framers for Congress and if need be, the courts to place checks on presidential power. This far right Congress has time and again shown an unwavering loyalty to party and their party’s president rather then the United States and its legal framework. Is it possible to have legislative activism in the same vain that the far right fringe accuses the federal courts of being guilty. Maybe so in the sense that Congress has formed a kind of protective daisy chain around the majority party’s president. Where they should take action they have at best had Sen. Specter’s little dog and pony show. Here again the party of torture and tough talk seeks the path of least resistance, ignores assaults on the constitution, the new activism.
There may be a temptation to go two ways on this story, St. Paul police cite Sen. Norm Coleman’s father for lewd and disorderly conduct. One is to pile on and the other is to dismiss it out of sympathy for an elderly man. The piling on may be justified in the sense that conservatives despite so many sex related scandals from Jack Ryan to Neil Bush to Randy “Duke” Cunningham still consider themselves the holier then thou party. I do sympathize, but as far as dismissing it, well we don’t have to look far for a bit of moral relativity in that regard, fringe right-winger Reihl Wold View writes ( as regular readers know its my policy not to link to right-wingers. I do have a screenshot should he change the post.),

The old guy is 81 and copping a slice of life outside a pizzeria? Doesn’t sound like he needs a whole hell of a lot of help to me. Sounds like he’s doing pretty damn well on his own!

I happen to live in an area where then are families, children, senior citizens, that go out on walks. It is Reihl’s view that if people want to stop their cars and have sex on any of the nearby streets on which these folks and their children are out for a stroll then they should just stop and give the pervs a pat on the back. Our local law enforcement officers see things a little differently, they’ve arrested two conservative ministers in the last six months for sex offences. My guess is the people in the neighborhood of E. 7th St. in St. Paul are your average folks, fair minded, fairly tolerant, but drew the line at people performing sex acts in daylight on their street,

A police report said officers were called to Savoy Inn about 6:30 p.m to investigate a report that two people were having sex in a car.

The fringe right comes out in favor of public sex acts, for which I find myself in the odd position of having to thank conservatives for their honesty and candor.

know a man, his face seems pulled and tense
like he’s riding on a motorbike in the strongest winds
so i approach with tact
suggest that he should relax
but he’s always moving much too fast
said he’ll see me on the flipside
on this trip he’s taken for a ride
he’s been taking too much on
there he goes with his perfectly unkept clothes
there he goes…
he’s yet to come back
but i’ve seen his picture
it doesn’t look the same up on the rack
we go way back
i wonder about his insides
its like his thoughts are too big for his size
he’s been taken… where, i don’t know?

Lyrics from Off He Goes by Pearl Jam