Monday, February 27, 2006

Conservationists support Giffords with Wed. event

TUCSON -- Environmentalists in southern Arizona seem to all be lining up behind Gabrielle Giffords for Congress.

It makes sense. She did have a very good green record in the State Senate. She can ride a motorcycle.

She has my endorsement. A big group of greens will be hosting a fundraiser this Wednesday evening downtown at Old Town Artisans.
Stop by, have a drink and some food, and donate to Giffords for Congress.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

CheneyKyl money shakedown in Tucson March 23

TUCSON -- Dick Cheney will be in town March 23 to raise money for Sen. Jon Kyl's campaign.

Dick will likely fly in on Air Force 2, land at DM, be wisked across town in a caravan of armored limos and trucks to the Westin La Paloma.

Once there the Veep will drink, eat, shake hands, tell tasteless jokes, mock real Americans, and for sure help Kyl raise lots of cash, likely half a million or more. The rich republicans there will be true followers of the Bush faith, and they love Cheney.

Cheney won't really see Tucson and its barrios. He won't visit the veterans hospital. Dick C. is not welcome here. Nor is out-of-touch Kyl, a right wing fanatic who should be voted out by Arizonans in Nov.

Maybe AZ progressives will get it together for a real protest outside the event? Cheney and Kyl should be booed out of town with the other crazy baldheads.

Senate candidate Jim Pederson should do a big event also in Tucson that night. He really needs to step up his campaign, and the CheneyKyl, Inc. event is a chance to do that.

I hope the VP won't be hunting anywhere near me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

2006 a time for power selling juice to the man

UPDATE, Feb 24: A solid, powerful home solar power system will cost about $10,000 up front, but then you get back $4000 in state and fed tax credits. With grid tie entire system should pay for itself in 12-15 years. I'm going to try to do it this year. DRP

TUCSON -- Getting the house scoped out for solar power tomorrow.

Looking to gain power and sell juice to the man.

Run my cooler in the summer.

Hope to go solar get it all done this year. Doing more about global warming. What are you doing?

I also want a backyard wind turbine, but need to talk with people in the hood about the tall tower it would need.

Chickens laying eggs. Spring dry is on in the Sonoran.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Hot, dry, and firey is UA 06 forecast for southwest

TUCSON -- The current climate outlook is not good for the southwest, more hot and dry. Could be a killer summer, literally.

Look for lots of fires this spring and summer. We should all call for the Forest Service to largely let natural fires burn. Western forests need fires. But don't start one, jackasses.

I'll be enjoying the flowers in my yard this spring with Ruby. Hope you have some too.

Tough year for the desert, so leave her alone. Look to the skies and keep praying for rain.

Monday, February 20, 2006

President warned of arms complex, US didn't listen

TUCSON -- I'm taking the day off for the Presidents Day holiday. Glad I'm lucky enough to be able to do that, and it actually got me thinking about Presidents, better leaders than the bozo Bush boy in DC.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower is my pick today for a Presidential moment worth remembering, his visionary and critical speech in 1961 about the military-industrial complex.

Given the current insane power of the the BushCheneyDefenseIndustry death complex, Gen. Eisenhower must be spinning in his grave.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Saving desert tortoise topic of science conference

TUCSON -- It's all things tortoise at the Desert Tortoise Symposium downtown Friday -- Sunday at the Hotel Arizona.

The desert tortoise is in big trouble from urban sprawl, off-road vehicles, livestock, and disease. It'll take all our efforts to respect the desert and save the tortoise for future generations.

Tucson and the tortoise are lucky to be hosting such a talented and dedicated group of scientists, activists, and managers this weekend.

The symposium is open to the public so come check it out.

Jeff Thomas leaves us, and lifetime impressions


TUCSON -- Jeff Thomas, an old good funny nice crazy friend of mine from Michigan I've known since the early 90s, died last week in a bike wreck.

Jeff will be back in some way, his spirit is too wild to die.

We'll all miss him, and his daughter will carry on his energy some how.

Careful out there, my loved ones.

Read this tribute by Diane D.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bush DHS investigated for border land damage

AJO AZ -- Bush's Department of Homeland Security is tearing up American wilderness as it militarizes the Mexican border in western Arizona and other places. This permanent USBP camp set up on the fragile Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is an example of the big government intrusions in to our fragile deserts.

The LA Times is out investigating it this week with I and others helping. Look for an important national story on it soon.

Only real immigration reform will address border security. We cannot militarize our way to a safer border, but the government sure can tear up the land trying. That is what Bush is doing right now and I and many Arizonans have had enough of the feds' failed border policy.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Curing mind power of desert wild space travel

MOJAVE DESERT -- Sometimes we need the space to grow and heal. The desert has that space. And the light, the shadows, the spirits.

The breeze of change bringing and carrying thoughts and connections of loved ones across the universe.

He's walking the thinking sands for a while.

Avoiding computers. Listening closely. Thinking lovingly. Watching carefully. Stepping lightly.

Maybe.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Giant Bush budget debt while ranchers get paid

WASHINGTON -- Bush throws down a $2.8 TRILLION budget today. With billions and billions more in a 7% increase for defense and homeland security, and big cuts for education and other programs.

One group that gets a break though is Welfare Ranchers, who will pay lower public lands grazing fees this year, less than you spend on pet food.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Super Bowl glosses over Detroit's crash & burn

DETROIT -- All eyes on the motor city today as the Super Bowl is played. Sure, it's a big game, but what will it really do for this crumbling shell of a city that has lost almost half its population since the 1960s?

Hundreds of blocks of Detroit look just like the one in this photo -- burned out homes, factories, cars, junk & tires, bulletproof stores. I'm a Michigan native and have spent quite a lot of time there, watching my back always. Detroit is a very tough city as one of the roughest examples anywhere of industrial poverty, blight and collapse.

The Super Bowl may bring some short term cash to hotels and restaurants near Ford Field, and show some TV glitz flashed off the abandoned buildings downtown, but it'll take a lot more for motown to come back to what it once was. The NFL ain't gonna do it, neither are GM or Ford.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Phoenix air pollution today worst in many years

PHOENIX -- Worst air in years today over Maricopa County, said climate experts.

But this is progress and growth!?!

A few in bubbles make all the money and we huff all the diesel dust.

Bad air in Tucson too lately.

I pray for rain in this winter of severe drought. For the plants, for our souls, and to clean up the air.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tucson better for bikes in motor crazed USA

TUCSON -- The Old Pueblo was recently named #2 best city for biking by a top US bicycling mag. It can't be too bad. I've been on my bike daily in Tucson since 1994.

Biking in Tucson is OK, but not great, and getting harder. The polluted air is getting worse, making the need to ride greater but also making it harder on our lungs. It is sunny and dry, but also very hot much of the year, and getting hotter.

Every year thousands more speeding, careless, SUV & cel phone addicts from California move here, and one of them almosts hits me on my bike at least once a week.

Tucson's high bike rating is an honor, but it is more of a reflection on just how dangerously hostile it is to ride in other American cities. Tucson is great when compared to Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, or most cities.

You can help make biking in Tucson even better by parking your car and riding instead. Fight global warming and big oil. Save money. Get exercise. Take back the streets with your friends and family on your bikes.