Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SBL Nature Trail: Harvest Moon

Pickled pepper rings. With mildly hot Hungarian Wax (green and orange) and Carmen sweet red peppers. Yum yum.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

SBL Nature Trail - Big Tadpole

The very end of the SBL Trail.
Fuzzy Newt.
Big Tadpole.

Big Tadpole. That would be a good name for a band.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hey, Your There. Vote John Hall for Congress - NY District 19

Reelect John Hall - John Hall for

Benefit concert Oct 16, 2010:
Jackson Browne solo acoustic benefit for John Hall for Congress, The Bardavon Theatre, Poughkeepsie, NY

Tickets available via: ACTBlue

[EDIT/UPDATE] In the meanwhile (and instead if like you live in Wisconsin or something) you can listen to a story about Cat Food Sandwiches This music campaign video from John Hall and friends:


Friday, October 8, 2010

SBL Nature Trail

Police order frack trucks out of service
October 7, 2010 - A total of 208 trucks, most of them hauling liquid waste from the natural gas industry, were placed out of service during a three-day state police enforcement program.

Residents question frack wastewater treatment in valley
The trucks will be carrying 5,000 gallons of water with toxic chemicals through residential areas, roads face damage from those heavy trucks, drilling companies are from out-of state and have "questionable integrity," solid waste could be radioactive and there are already issues with sewage and storm water drainage, Dymond said.

Mark Ruffalo speaks out against fracking - Rachel Maddow Show interview (video).

Explosions, fires, fouled water: Welcome to hydrofracking hell Dimock Township, PA:
[excerpt] Victoria Switzer, 57, a retired teacher, moved to Dimock with her husband to build their dream house. Like her neighbor Fiorentino, Switzer signed a lease with Cabot when the company’s landman came knocking, receiving a onetime payment of $180 per acre, with monthly royalty checks around $900. Like everyone else here, in the early days of the boom, she had no idea of the trouble that was headed her way.

Then, on a cold, clear March night in 2008, Switzer awoke to find her dog staring out a window, transfixed by a huge flame shooting skyward from the drilling rig behind her house, causing the surrounding forest to glow gold in a harrowing vision straight out of Dante’s “Inferno.” Soon after, her water, like her neighbor’s, turned orange and frothy.

Altogether, in the area surrounding Cabot’s gas wells, 14 Dimock families lost their water. Today, pursuant to a judicially enforceable consent decree signed by the gas company with Pennsylvania D.E.P., Cabot is obligated to find a permanent solution to the problem. In the meantime, its tanker trucks deliver water to the affected families every day, filling large containers called water buffaloes that have been integrated into the homes’ water supply.

It’s impossible to understate the impact the gas gold rush has had on Dimock and all its people, not just the 14 families who lost their drinking water.

Where once there were barns and silos and green fields that grew corn and other produce, drilling rigs now soar into the sky. Where once forested hills undulated unbroken for miles, now a growing patchwork of dirt roads fragment the forest, along with new pipelines to transport the extracted gas. Where once there was quiet, now there is a cacophony of clanking, hissing and roaring. Where once there was cool, clean air, now there are diesel fumes and particulates. Caravans of 18-wheeler trucks rumble around, tearing up the roads. At night, the rigs’ white lights illuminate the black skies, looking not like manmade machines so much as alien spacecraft come to colonize the land.

More than this, fracking fluid itself contains toxic chemicals, and the gas companies have refused to disclose what, exactly, those chemicals are.

Your drinking water goes from clear and fine, to a week later being yellow-colored, sediment on the bottom, foam on the top and an oily smell to it,” said Daniel Farnham, an environmental engineer. Farnham tested the wells and found industrial solvents, such as ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, toluene and ethylbenzene, in “virtually every sample” taken from water wells in Dimock, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Though the industry has refused to publicly disclose the compounds in its fracking cocktails, ethylene glycol, propylene glycol and toluene are listed on the Pennsylvania D.E.P.’s Web site as chemicals used by hydraulic fracturing companies in the state. With the exception of propylene glycol, all are toxic chemicals, and some are known carcinogens.

The contamination, said Farnham, is “not a figment of anybody’s imagination.”


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Crazy Carl's Five O'Clock Snarl

Attention New Yorkers! Paladino to Broadcast Message Across State (NYTimes):
Carl P. Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, has quietly purchased several minutes of television time to broadcast a synchronized message across the state on Thursday, his campaign said.


The video, which Mr. Paladino is expected to tape Thursday afternoon, is scheduled to appear on stations in Buffalo at 5:13 p.m. and later in other television markets upstate, including Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. It will also be broadcast on several stations downstate.

Advertisements on upstate radio stations billed Mr. Paladino’s appearance as “Carl Talks Directly to New Yorkers.” The broadcast has proven to be logistically challenging with several stations telling the campaign that they could not accommodate such a large last-minute change of their scheduling.

What kind of explosive "message" will Crazy Carl hurl at New Yorkers?

What kind of menacing plan does Crazy Carl have in store - and what can it all mean - for the residents of New York State?

Stay tuned for Crazy Carl's 5:13 Synchronized Snarlcast - or - Stinky Paladino's Bombastic Fantastic Carlmmunique Didactic!

!!! -- UPDATE --- !!! Crazy Carl's wet firecracker fart - billed as a "major announcement" (campaign ad) to NY voters - went like this:

- The NY Post is stalking my love child!
- Cut taxes!
- Drill baby drill!
- Andrew Cuomo is a man-slut!
- Only I, Carl P. Duce Paladino, can deliver the kind of horse sex - I mean sense, horse sense - New Yorkers expect in Albany!
- $end me money!

Fungoo (an Italian American word meaning: thanks for the memo).

Paladino video message (U-Toob)


Monday, October 4, 2010

Radio Quack: Donald Duck toons in Glenn Beck

Watch this video: Via Rumproast (excerpted video still shots below)


Friday, October 1, 2010

Rama Rama Meatball

THEN: [Christine] O'Donnell: I Tried to Be a Hare Krishna, Failed.

Because Krishnas are vegetarians and Christine O'Donnell is a meatball.

The enchanted polpetta from the small wonder state

She's also Italian: TPM:
I was dabbling in witchcraft, I've dabbled in Buddhism. I would have become a Hare Krishna but I didn't want to become a vegetarian. And that is honestly the reason why -- because I'm Italian, I love meatballs!

An Italian meatball named O'Donnell. Krishtine O'Donnell.

!--- UPDATE ---!

Chrissy the Pooh and the Lost Bozo

Apparently O'Donnell's mama mia used to refer to her as "Chrissy the Pooh". And her father (read the ny times link) secured a show-biz gig as Bozo the Clown for a local Philadelphia television station. Eventhough, the Wiki Bozo the local clown hall of fame doesn't list (at this time) a Daniel O'Donnell as a Philadelphia television station Bozo. In any event, despite the Wiki entry, it's certainly possible her claim is true. Afterall, it's reasonable to suspect that more than one Bozo has slipped under the banana peel or fallen through the cracks in the tv clown floor over the years. Despite the big silly shoes.

Then again, maybe she's just making it all up. It wouldn't be her first time. When it comes to diddling the public with her own resume she's a regular madame frotteur.

NOTE: Chrissy the Pooh and the Lost Bozos will be appearing at the SBL Lounge this upcoming Friday and Saturday nights and will perform selections from their new release Meatball Love.

I've been dabbling all night, my hand's wet on the wheel
There's a voice in my head that makes me squeal
It's my meatball callin', says I need you dear
And it's half past four and I'm shiftin' gear

When I get lonely and the longing gets too much
He sends a cable coming in from above
I don't need no i-phone at all
I've got a thing that's called meatball love
I've got a wave in my gravy, called the meatball love

And so forth. Don't wanna miss that. Doors open at nine.

!--- Auxiliary Bozo Update ---!

"To be an official Bozo, you had to go to a special school in Texas," explained Mr. O'Donnell. He never did. Instead, he was asked to fill-in for the official Bozos whenever they would have to travel out of the Philadelphia area for acting gigs.

"They would leave, I would come in and work for two or three weeks, whatever, until the regular Bozo came back," Mr. O'Donnell said. "I was the fill-in Bozo."

Well, Texas does seem an appropriate venue for such official degrees. And now, as things would have it, the Delaware Republican Party has decided to grant similar honors. See Christine O'Donnell in Razzle Dazzle Castle Hassle (Episodes).