Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A great day in El Quiche...

My blog seemed a bit heavy of late... so wanted to share this pic taken of me on a hike in Guatemala in January... thanks to Gary G!

Call upon our leaders to adhere to the Constitution

"A grassroots movement of Americans has pushed this issue to the forefront. You have come together across this country. You have called upon our leaders to adhere to the Constitution. You have sent a message to the halls of power that the American people will not permit the abuse of power -- and demanded that we reclaim our core values by restoring the rule of law. It's time for Washington to hear your voices, and to act."
-- Senator Barack Obama

Tuesday, January 29, 2008



Outrage continues to grow as a result of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget cuts to the CSU.

Student newspapers throughout the system have taken up pens against the governor’s cuts by producing an onslaught of articles and editorials on the subject.

The CSU East Bay Pioneer published an editorial stating: “We hope that these budget cuts don’t interfere with faculty compensation, especially after faculty members fought so hard to get the compensation they deserve.”

The editorial can be viewed in its entirety at:

The San Jose Spartan Daily wrote: “It makes absolutely no sense to cut back budgets on things that are important to our state, especially education.”

The Spartan Daily Editorial can be viewed at:

The Long Beach Daily 49er took it a step further by dubbing the governor as an “Educ-Hater” and editorializing that: “These budget assaults on education are contradictory to (the governor’s) 2003 and 2006 campaign promises.”

The Daily 49er editorial can be viewed at:


Letters to the editor play an important role in CFA’s efforts to advocate for higher education. By sending a letter you can help assignment editors know that you – the reader, viewer or listener – are interested in a particular topic and encourage the media outlet to continue to report on that topic.

Sending a letter is an easy and effective way to support higher education! Following last week’s call for letters, the San Jose Mercury News published letters from San Jose Lecturers Representative Jonathan Karpf as well as San Jose Professor Emeritus Dave Elliot.

Following their example, CFA asks faculty members from other parts of the state to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper today and let them know the importance of higher education funding to the future of our state.

Their letters can be viewed at:

To find out more about sending a letter to the editor, go to:

Click here to protect our public lands from Big Oil and big ORVs!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Judiciary Committee Should Move to Impeach Bush and Cheney

Elizabeth Holtzman

In The Philadephia Inquirer, Elizabeth Holtzman writes: "Since mid-December, members of the House Judiciary Committee Robert Wexler (D-Florida), Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) have called for hearings on the impeachment of Vice President Cheney."


VERY INTERESTING STUFF frrom my buddy Ed, so it must be true...


In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"


Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.


The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S . Treasury.


Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.


Coca-Cola was originally green

It is impossible to lick your elbow...

The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska


The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)


The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400


The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour: 61,000


Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.


The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David Hearts - Charlemagne Clubs -Alexander, the Great Diamonds - Julius Caesar


111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.


Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace


Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession


Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"? A. One thousand


Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common? A. All were invented by women.


Q What is the only food that doesn't spoil? A. Honey


Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year? A. Father's Day


In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase

"goodnight, sleep tight."


It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.


In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down." It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's


Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.


At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Something magical and historic happened in South Carolina yesterday.

White and Black Americans from the deep South stood together, hand in hand, and rejected the politics of fear and racial division. Instead, they chose the politics of hope. Our democracy, and our country, may never be the same. Our grandchildren may look back at this moment as a turning point in U.S. history. If you'd like to see my analysis of this phenomenal moment, and see the video of Barack Obama's inspirational address from Columbia, you can find both here.
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