The Bog:
sphagnum moss, dark water, and politics
Saturday, March 15, 2003
Where have all the flowers gone?
Via Digby:
"'It couldn't hurt,' the official said. 'But to sell [the war] on the basis that this is going to cause 1,000 flowers to bloom is naive.'"
Silly official! Of course it will cause 1,000 flowers to bloom. Just look at the old WWI battlefields in France and Belgium . . .

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. . . .

from John McCrae, "In Flanders Field"

posted by Dan S. on 12:39 AM | | link

Moran's Lott
Representative James P. Moran (VA-D) stepped down Friday from a House leadership post at the request of Nancy Pelosi, a week after saying that we were rushing to war because of the Jewish community (a fact, I might add, that came as a great surprise to this here member of the Jewish community). An excellent reply to this kind of nonsense came from Jonah Goldberg. And just when I'd thought that I'd never have to agree with anything he said . . . A multitude of comments on a related issue (how to criticize neocons without being anti-semitic) at CalPundit. I didn't realize that was especially difficult . . .

Buchanan perhaps flirting with anti-semitism, that's not so surprising. Gary Hart speechifying about "Americans who too often find it hard to distinguish their loyalties to their original homelands from their loyalties to America and its national interests. " (via CalPundit again) is just depressing. That old double-loyalty accusation again! If he believes that Jewish neoconservatives have their judgement clouded by an attachment to Israel (the presumable reference, given the context), then he should say exactly that, no more, no less, and only with some fair degree of certainty. These sort of ideas have a very unpleasant history; they should be handled only if necessary, and then with great caution.

Compare and contrast: the James Moran mess/Trent Lott debacle.

posted by Dan S. on 12:24 AM | | link

Thursday, March 13, 2003
The Senate just voted to ban so-called "partial birth abortion." The bill will now go to the House, the place whose political courage and good sense extends to putting freedom fries on the menu.

Oddly enough, they voted down a proposal that would make contraceptives easier to get through private health care plans and provide better prenatal health care for poor women. Huh. Funny, that.

posted by Dan S. on 11:23 AM | | link

what is a bog?
Definitions, definitions
1. ". . . one of North America's most distinctive kinds of wetlands . . . characterized by spongy peat deposits, acidic waters, and a floor covered by a thick carpet of spagnum moss." *
2. A relentless, hard-driving mix of political commentary, recipes, idle ramblings, and so on.

More about bogs here.

why "the bog"?
Something about the blog format made me think of spagnum moss slowly growing, forming layer after layer of peat deposits many feet thick, sometimes preserving (in Europe) ancient bodies . . . Also, it rhymes.

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Songs currently stuck in my head
despite all my best efforts

"My Happy Ending," by {yech} Avril Lavigne:
"Let's talk this over,
It's not like we're dead . . "

and "Laiska" by Varttina:
Laiska luotu laulmann
oikosormi soittamaan
yskin oita viettelen
unetonna laulelen

Toppling off the bedside book-pile:
Classroom Management for Middle-Grades Teachers , C.M. Charles & Marilyn G. Charles
Teaching U.S. History as Mystery, David Gerwin & Jack Zevin
Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska, William W. Fitzhugh & Aron Crowell
Arctic Crossing: A Journey Through the Northwest Passage and Inuit Culture, Jonathan Waterman
Northern Tales: Stories from the Native People of the Arctic and Subarctic Regions, Howard Norman (ed.)
Life in the Cold, Peter J. Marchand
Wandering Through Winter, Edwin Way Teale
The Winter Vegetarian, Darra Goldstein

Teas of the week:
Tea of Good Tidings: Winter Fruit Blend,
The Republic of Tea
Russian Caravan,
Jacksons of Piccailly

on the web:
Land of links:
The American Prospect
Common Dreams
FAIR: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
The Nation
The Progressive
Washington Monthly

Organic Consumers Association
Eat Wild (pasture-based farming)
NOFA: Northeast Organic Farming Association
Consumer Supported Agriculture
Edible Wild Kitchen


Blogging away:
Vassar blogs
And yes, we've been co-ed since '69...
E's Den
Useless! Worthless! Insipid!

Other blogs
Alas, A Blog
Atrios' Eschaton
Body and Soul
Daily Kos
Digby's Hullabaloo
Dispatches From the Culture Wars
Echidne of the Snakes
Feminist Blogs
Interesting Times
Late Night Thoughts asleep?
Long story; short pier
Making Light
Mouse Words
One Good Thing
The Panda's Thumb
Respectful of Otters
The Sideshow
Sisyphus Shrugged
Matthew Yglesias

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December 22, 2002
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January 19, 2003
February 2, 2003
February 16, 2003
February 23, 2003
March 2, 2003
March 9, 2003
March 16, 2003
March 23, 2003
March 30, 2003
April 6, 2003
June 8, 2003
October 5, 2003
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