Senate votes to continue use of cluster bombs

“An amendment to the 2007 defense appropriations bill that would have prevented military funding from paying for cluster munitions failed on the floor of the Senate by a vote of 30-70”. So claims Raw Story today. Right, because there are still way too many kids in the world with functioning …

Bike me to Cape Cod

Now, biking to Cape Cod may not be such a big deal if you’re living in, say, Hingham, MA. But for those of us who live in Vermont such an undertaking requires a little planning. I recently (late August) pulled off a two-day ride from Norwich, VT to Yarmouth on …

Small man's big bike

I’ve been shopping around for a road bike for a seven year-old who really, really wants to be on a real racing bike like his dad. The shot here is from his recent participation in the Xterra/Stoaked kids triathlon in Hanover, NH. He took second place and was, well, stoaked. …

Small man’s big bike

I’ve been shopping around for a road bike for a seven year-old who really, really wants to be on a real racing bike like his dad. The shot here is from his recent participation in the Xterra/Stoaked kids triathlon in Hanover, NH. He took second place and was, well, stoaked. …

Why this? Why Now?

After not doing any of this blogging for years (just reading a handful of blogs obsessively on a daily basis and occasionally posting comments here and there), I finally decided to get back online. Sadly, the inspiration to do so has been the ongoing destruction of Lebanon. I cut my …

Enough is Enough

Chairman Howard Dean, MD DNC 340 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC 20003   Norwich, November 6, 2005 Dear Chairman Dean, In your recent “Enough is Enough” mailing, you ask me to support the Democratic Party to put an end to all the misdeeds of this Republican administration. You provide …

The Devil's Suction Bulb

Dear Indiana State Senator Patricia Miller, I just learned about the exciting new legislation you have underway in Indiana aimed at regulating "Unauthorized Reproduction." I think it's about time, and I'm eager to share your novel ideas with my local representatives here in Vermont to institute a similar micro-management of …

The Devil’s Suction Bulb

Dear Indiana State Senator Patricia Miller, I just learned about the exciting new legislation you have underway in Indiana aimed at regulating "Unauthorized Reproduction." I think it's about time, and I'm eager to share your novel ideas with my local representatives here in Vermont to institute a similar micro-management of …

Stuff Your Prayers…

Every year or so, a reactionary relative will send around some annoying right-wing screed of dubious origin with no comments of their own, leaving recipients to wonder if they're forwarding something that they wholeheartedly agree with, marvel at, question, want to discuss, or simply want to share widely. A few …