Guest Commentaries by Josephus

Dear friends,

Let's give a big welcome to Josephus, who is going to be giving us some guest commentaries from time to time. Josephus is rural thinker whose thoughts need to be read. Thanks, Josephus for taking the time to post your rural thoughts on ruralthoughts.net!

Mark

David Cox's Faith Based Editorial

It's so hard to know where to begin.

David Cox, the editorial writer for the ultra-conservative Paducah Sun, has done it again. Upon the heels of the hate spewing, fact challenged editorial on Al Gore that Mark Donham so eloquently debunked, we now have the revisionist history of religion in America in his recent editorial entitled "Faith".

Cox goes through the usual pablum of talking points handed down from the Pat Robertson school of thought in an effort to prove that our Constitution is wrong in prohibiting a religious test of any candidate for office.

Sunset over Boundary Waters, Minnesota

Sunset over Boundary Waters, Minnesota

Beautiful fall sunset over Bear Lake in the Boundary Waters or northern Minnesota. We took this photo fall of 2006. Isn't it beautiful?

Paducah Sun has the nerve to attack Al Gore

Of course, Paxton media group, which owns the Paducah Sun (actually the "parent" publication of the corporation), is one of the most kneejerk, radical, anti-environmental publications in the country. But one would think that after they have been wrong repeatedly in major environmental issues in their own community, that they would be a little cautious about mindlessly attacking the number one environmental advocate in the world at the current time - Al Gore.

Sunday News Shows, Dec. 16, 2007

It was an interesting day for the Sunday news shows today. First, amazingly enough, as we get into the last few weeks before the Iowa caucuses and the New Hamphsire primary, CBS, well, at least KFVS, channel 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO, did not carry "Face the Nation."

Obama, Hillary and drugs

Isn't it juicy that Hillary's main man in New Hampshire, the husband of the former Democratic Governor, had to resign because he decided to be the hatchet man for the Clinton campaign and try to smear Barak Obama on drug charges. I guess Hillary is trying to keep up with hubby Bill's record of putting more people, mostly African-American, on jail for drug charges, than any other president. Where's the mainstream media on that little contradiction - "America's first black president" who happen to incarcerate more blacks than any other president for what?

Commenting on this blog

It was brought to my attention that people were writing comments that weren't being published to the web. It turns out that the way that the website was set up, that comments go to a page for me to review before they get published. I didn't realize that.

Federal Reserve: Interest rate drop AGAIN

The Federal Reserve, whomever they are, lowered it's interest rate again today. They got all kinds of high falutin' reasons why they are doing it, but the fact is, that they are baling out their big time buddies at the big time banks. But thank goodness we don't have a socialist system where the government gets involved in private business.

Cynthia McKinney speaks to citizens at Southern Illinois University

Cynthia McKinney speaks to citizens at Southern Illinois University

This is a photo of Cynthia McKinney speaking to citizens at the Southern Illinois University student center, December 8, 2007.

Cynthia McKinney appears in Carbondale, Illinois

Kristi and I went to see Cynthia McKinney today in Carbondale, Illinois. She was there raising money and campaigning for a run for president on the Green Party ticket. She hasn't officially announced her candidacy, so it hasn't gotten any buzz yet, but people, on her behalf, are circulating nominating petitions to get her on ballots in a number of states. In Illinois and California she is has filed her petitions and is likely to be on the ballot.

Friday Evening political news discussion shows 12/7/07

I watched McLaughlin Group and Washington Week in Review this evening. I do really like the McLaughlin Group. I less like Gwen Iffel. I guess that is because I see her as someone from PBS, minority, who ought to be more "liberal" than she is. I guess I like McLaughlin because he used to be considered to be so conservative, and now he isn't always that way.

View of Ohio River from Cave in Rock cave

View of Ohio River from Cave in Rock cave

This is an interesting view of the Ohio River from the infamous Cave in Rock Cave in Cave in Rock State Park in Cave in Rock, Illinois, just upriver about an hour from here. Early in the region's history, from this cave, river pirates would ambush passing boats, robbing and assaulting the passengers and crews. Now, although it has been pretty much overrun by humans, it is still an interesting place to visit.

Supreme Court, Guantanamo Bay, and the local Barkely based connection

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about whether or not long term detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba had a right under the U.S. constitution to a hearing under accepted rules of evidence over whether the government had a right to continue to detain them indefinitely without having to ever present in any court verifiable evidence that the person had committeed some kind of misdeed. Let's hope that they don't rule that the government can detain people indefinitely with no evidence.

Future Gen in Illinois

It was on the news today again that the decision on the so-called "Future Gen" coal fired power plant will be soon, and the two Illinois sites, Mattoon and Tuscola, are hopefully going to get it. Future Gen is basically a billion dollar plus coal fired power plant with scrubbers and CO2 sequestration. Sequestration means that they are going to capture the stuff coming out of the stack after it burned, and inject it deep in the ground in certain rock formations where it will remain out of the atmosphere forever. Soe they say. Blah, Blah, and a third Blah.

Thoughts of Spring: Yellow Trout Lillies, Smoky Mts. Nat. Park

Thoughts of Spring: Yellow Trout Lillies, Smoky Mts. Nat. Park

This is at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the trail out of Cosby campground to the Mt. Cammerer fire tower, early in April. This is at over 4,000 feet in elevation. The bed of trout lillies covered acres and was interspered with other wonderful wildflowers, making an incredible carpet of color.

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