We heard it go, even from 250 miles away..May 18th, 1980


Nature can definitely be cruel. When Mt. St. Helens, (“Louwala-Clough” “smoking mountain” to the indigenous people) erupted on May 18th, 1980, seconds after 8:32 a.m. PDT, apparently in response to a magnitude 5.1 earthquake about 1 mile beneath the volcano’s bulged, unstable north flank, 57 people, nearly 7,000 big game animals (deer, elk and bear) as well as all birds, most small mammals, and 12 million Chinook and Coho salmon fingerlings were subject to the destructive potential of a volcano. As a kid, with my whole family, from approx. 250 miles east of St. Helen’s, heard the initial blast, later saw the ash plume, and experienced the ash layer later. I really think everyone who was living in Oregon or Washington at the time can recall exactly the moment it happened, where & what they were doing. It had been an everyday ‘thing’ for residents for quite a while. It’s not everyday your neighbor state to the north has daily volcano updates & warnings. But that’s just what it was, & everyday we wondered ‘is it going to blow today?’, or at least I did as a kid.Screenshot_8  (photo is visible imagery of the Pacific Northwest showing the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens, center of yellow dot was home….)

The mountain, part of the North American segment of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, was dormant from its last period of activity in the 1840s & ’50s until March 15, 1980. On March 27, after thunderous explosion, Mount St. Helens began to spew ash and steam, the first significant eruption in the
conterminous United States since that of Lassen Peak, California.
Visible eruptive activity ceased temporarily in late April and early May. Small steam-blast eruptions resumed on May 7, continued intermittently for the next several days, and ceased again by May 16. The eventual collapse of the bulge on the north flank triggered the chain of catastrophic events that took place in May of 1980. The blast was widely heard hundreds of miles away in the Pacific Northwest, including parts of British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, and northern California. Yet, in many areas closer to Mount St. Helens–for example, Portland, Oregon, only 50 miles away–the blast was not heard*. I remember hearing an ominous ‘boom’ (for lack of a better term) while doing the dreaded weekend chores in the gardens with my folks, and they both remarking ‘..think it was St. Helens?’, in an off-hand sort of way. And since at that time my parents were the ‘cruel forward thinkers’ they were, we only had access to the TV for a couple of hours after dinner, so visual updates were out of the question. But Mom, the cool cat she is, always had a radio playing while we worked in the garden, and soon the news of the eruption was relayed to us. Within the hour, above an area of the property we called ‘the bluff’, the plume was visible, and I, at 14, was blown away. A volcano had just erupted! Not on some island in the tropic, or in a nation an ocean away, but a mountain I had seen with my own eyes, not in a picture, but in real life, about 250 miles from where I lived! The only thing that tempered my excitement was the knowledge that there were people on the mountain and near the blast that would not survive, some out of their devotion to study first hand the happenings, others by accident or failure to heed warnings, and of course Mr. Harry R. Truman, living near the mountain for 54 years and deciding not to evacuate before the impending eruption even after repeated pleas by local authorities, telling people: “If the mountain goes, I’m going with it.” He was the owner/caretaker of Mount St.Helens Lodge at the south end of Spirit Lake, in the danger zone at the time of the eruption. Of the 57 victims, only 4 were known to be inside the restricted areas previously set up by federal & local government.20100331-145003-pic-661992092_t725

The first visuals of the area where incredibly scary, and they only got scarier with time. The ash column (eventually 9 miles high), pyroclastic flows, steam-blast explosions, mudflows, and just the level of destruction left a lasting impression on me, and always will. But, the planet we live on has amazing recuperative abilities equal in scope, though not as immediate. Michael Casey said in a piece* for CBS News: “Vast areas once dominated by towering trees were now open to sunlight, giving a whole host of plants, insects, birds and small mammals a chance set up shop.” The big animals have started to return: “Elk, too, arrived to take advantage in [the] explosion of new plant growth, increasing to record numbers.” Casey interviewed Charlie Crisafulli, an ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, for the article, and his last words are good words, considering what happened 35 years ago: “Restoration efforts weren’t really need[ed] because life is enormously competent and well practiced at reinsinuating itself into disturbed areas,” he said. “Our expectation should be that life is incredibly tenacious.”

*http://mountsthelens.com/index.html ~ http://www.cbsnews.com/news/35-years-after-mt-st-helens-eruption-nature-returns/

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HA!! FUC_ U Sarah Palin, Bristol’s fiancé could already be married.


fuc u palinOh how the righteous fall, and when the do, unfortunately a lot of the time it’s the kids who get hurt the most. And in this case, two kids are hurt. Bristol Palin’s nuptials to Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer “will not be held”, and just three days ago documents emerged showing that Bristol’s fiance married a Michigan woman at the age of 19 in Kentucky in 2008. Sarah Palin in a release to media shared a quote encouraging: “Trust in God’s timing. It’s better to wait a while and have things fall into place than to rush and have things fall apart”. Former VP candidate and sexual abstinence for teens supporter should learn her a,b,c’s….Abstinence, Begets, Children..or something like that. Gotta feel sorry for the 1st and 2nd grand-babies though. You would have thought Sarah would have vetted the guy a little better, with all her experience! OOPS…oops palin

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Steve Deace is a dunce, and Carly Fiorina a survivor, but no way a good choice for president..


On his site, Steve Deace picked as a winner this week political booger Carly Fiorina, based on his ten commandments that neo-con’s must adhere to in order to gain his plumpish praise. She hit 50%, so he must not be too picky. So, before it appears the author is being snotty, it must be said that Fiorina’s chances at being POTUS are slim, but she is definitely a survivor in her own way. In 2009, Fiorina was diagnosed with breast cancer, undergoing a double mastectomy, followed by chemo and radiation therapy, but given “an excellent prognosis for a full recovery”, and was even able to reflect on the unpleasantness associated with cancer humorously during her 2010 campaign attempt to unseat Ca.’s Barbra Boxer: “I have to say that after chemotherapy, Barbara Boxer just isn’t that scary anymore.” She’s also said recently that drug addiction shouldn’t be criminalized, having lost one of her 2 stepdaughters to addiction. But it’s the neo-con, money driven side of Fiorina that is of concern, the fact she just isn’t a viable candidate, and because the dunce says she is. Everyone fails some, she fails a lot. So, for the sake of space and spelling, Carly Fiorina will be referred to as F, and Steve Deace as D for the rest of this piece.

In April of this year, F remarked about California’s drought and the issue of climate change: “This is all about politics and policy, and it is liberal environmentalists who have brought us this tragedy,” adding, “California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology. It’s a tragedy.” As for RFRA related issues, she’s said: “People of religious conviction know that marriage is a religious institution with a spiritual foundation because only a man and a woman can create life, which is a gift that comes from God…. We must protect their rights as well.” , but doesn’t seem to be the ‘Huckish’ type having said, “I think the Supreme Court ruling will become the law of the land, and however much I may agree or disagree with it, I wouldn’t support an amendment to reverse it… “

When one runs for president, it’s not for one weak of heart, or one lacking of funds. F’s got some money management issues, to say the least. She’s rich, not Koch head rich, but has an estimated wealth of up to $120 million and a $6.1 million shanty in northern Virginia. It was recently reported that she still owed close to $500,000 in unpaid compensation to campaign staffers and outside consultants from her attempt to bounce Boxer. That’s more than four years she owed for her Senate campaign, only settling the outstanding debts two months before getting into the 2016 race. She took over Hewlett-Packard in 1999, but was forced to resign after 5 1/2 years, (engineered a $25 billion acquisition of Compaq followed by approximately 30,000 layoffs, stock dropped 65% during her tenure). On the way out, she received $14 million in severance pay, a $7.38 million bonus for meeting certain performance goals in 2004 and at the time stood to gain $21.1 million, the estimated value of her pension, stock options and Hewlett stock holdings. She stated on a Sunday ‘news’ show in March that the current president didn’t deserve credit for boosting the economy and that her CEO experience in the private sector lends to “a deep understanding of how the economy works, having started as a secretary and become the executive of the largest technology company in the world” and that the 30,000 jobs lost were “..Democratic talking points because it was not all American jobs, but of course, laying people off is the last resort.” But using CEO as her past job title may be upsetting to F: “In the world that I come from, a title’s just a title…. Why are we so impressed with political titles? A senator is a title. Secretary of state is a title. What has anyone accomplished with their title?”  Uh..too easy. So, it seems she does pretty good managing her own money, but others, maybe not, especially if you work for her or provide a service and expect a timely payment for said services.carly1

With all this, one would think it’s time to move on to D. Not yet. F worked for John McCains failed presidential campaign as an economic adviser, defended the selection of Sarah ‘grandma’ Palin as McCain’s running mate, failed to register with the Internal Revenue Service or the state attorney general’s charitable trust division her Fiorina Foundation, failed to vote in most elections and accepted large contributions from the coal industry.

D feels F’s this weeks winner because she hit 50% of his commandments. Number 5 twice. In a nutshell, she bought the .org domain names of 2 tv show hosts, and during an interview on CNN, regarding the ‘Draw Mohammed’ shooting in Texas ‘credited Obama for calling this “terrorism,” while also specifically noting all the other times he’s tried to avoid calling terrorism what it is’ and ‘refused to take the bait when pressed to condemn the organizers of the event’.patriot2steve deace..neo-con

D’s ‘about’ section on his page is just plain weird. It’s hard to tell if it’s humorously self-deprecating, or sadly true and creepy. In brief, ‘he knows way more about superheroes, Star Wars & Star Trek, and college football than any man not living under a vow of perpetual virginity in his mom’s basement should, he’s not that educated, believes the Bible is literally true and he managed to find a woman that would put up with him’. An article he authored in February questions whether or not President Barack Hussein Obama really is a Christian, and it’s a real ride thru derpville. Among the quotes of scripture are gems of structure error, the whole thing a mish-mash of ‘Leftist media’ trouncing. For the sake of time and space, this author was not going to quote directly from said mish-mash, but some things just happen to avail themselves, in or out of context, for better or worse. In closing, D says:For now my work here is finished. On the other hand, the work of God-haters who will viciously demagogue what I just wrote, without supplying any rational basis for their assertions..” blah blah blah ..I’m sure is just beginning.”  The beginning was before the end, right after the 3rd lifted Bible quote: “Jesus commands us not to murder, yet Mr. Obama is the most pro-murder president we have ever had (including voting against a bill to protect babies who survive abortions while in the Illinois State Legislature).” Tough babies in that Legislature…dunce.ngbbs4cb67a53375d4bl & wh dunce

resources: http://barbwire.com/2015/02/25/0700-jesus-says-obama-is-not-a-christian/http://stevedeace.com/news/winner-of-the-week-carly-fiorina/ ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carly_Fiorina ~ http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/carly-fiorina-campaign-debt-senate-2016 ~ http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/carly-fiorina-in-2016-114354.html ~ http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/12/business/12hewlett.html?_r=0 ~ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/29/carly-fiorina-presidential-campaign_n_6964340.html ~

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The WBC in Topeka, the central station for ignorance and ill will. Mike Huckabee’s no better.


I’ve a friend who is in awe of Keith Craft, co-pastor of Elevate Life Church, constantly reciting quotes and sayings attributed to his sermons and speeches. It’s cool if my friend can draw inspiration from them, I find them redundant and shallow, possibly due to the source and the stigmas surrounding Mega churches. It’s no secret that the leaders of these non tax paying organizations live well beyond comfort levels affordable to most of their parishioners. Joel Osteen, employed in the same line of work as Craft, makes no secret of his lavish life style saying: “God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us.” His estimated net worth is $40 million, lives in a $10.5 million 17,000 square foot home with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three elevators, five fireplaces, a guest house and pool house. Not too bad for a guy who attended Oral Roberts University, studied radio and television communications but did not graduate. He says that sin is human nature, that homosexuality is a sin according to the scripture, that nobody’s perfect, and that he is not judging but that God is the judge. And with so many religious card dealers stacking the deck against gay people, I’m giving he and his ‘church’ an inch. And Craft too, only because of my friend, though. Time and subject will tell…

One ‘church’, that isn’t a money-making machine, whom only racist, detestable, uneducated dregs would become enamored with, and will never gain anything but antipathy from me is the Westboro Baptist Church. Bluntly, they are no church, only a base people, faithfully bigoted, their ideals supported by no one in possession of an ounce of empathy. For a short time I lived amongst a like-minded few, a state east of their headquarters in the bible belt. But that time in my youth was not a waste. I’m thankful for the knowledge gained, disgusted by the fact. Fortunately, my family moved, and I grew. And every time I hear something about the bible belt, this WBC, or anything ‘southern Baptist’, I pay attention*, and try to counter act, not for the sensationalism, but because not to, unfortunately, would allow their hate and ignorance of the real world to fester and maybe infect others.insanity_1

Fred Phelps founded Westboro Baptist Church in 1955 and many members of the small congregation are related to Phelps through blood or marriage. He died on March 19, 2014, and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper said “We do not worship the dead” so funeral fanfare was probably minimal. Oddly enough, the day the Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, Phelps interpreted that as a sign and soon began a law career that centered on civil rights, winning awards for his work and praise from local leaders. After being accused of badgering a witness and making false claims in court affidavits, he was disbarred from practicing law in state courts, later surrendering his license to practice law in federal courts in 1989. The WBC’s badgering started in earnest after members picketed at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, Phelps and his followers carried signs that said Shepard was rotting in hell. But their hate is not just of the gay community. The group has picketed funerals of soldiers who died in battle, funerals of people who have died of AIDS, sporting events, concerts, liberals and conservatives, Christians and non-Christians, homosexuals and straight people, as well as Jews and Gentiles. And do not let the name “Baptist” fool you, Westboro doesn’t align themselves organizationally or theologically with any other orthodox Christian group.b&w crazy lady old

I was reminded of something when recently Mike Huckabee said: “I respect the courts, but the Supreme Court is only that — the supreme of the courts. It is not the supreme being. It cannot overrule God.” ..Now, I had heard something similar, in a letter from the Westboro Baptist Church to the Supreme Court of the United States** awhile ago: “Neither this Court nor all governments in this nation are precluded from making decisions based on the standard of God.” And later in the letter: “No form of government will ever survive if it rejects and casts away as rubbish the standards of God. On no issue is this more apparent than the issue of same-sex marriage. Many laws in this nation are based on Bible standards.”  (The letter read in its entirety is a headfirst dive into the waters of biblical babble, repetition and rhetoric on a level I can only imagine drove most who have had the task thrust upon them to start drinking excessively just to get through the script. Luckily, I chose of freewill, already had a drinking problem and emerged fairly unscathed.) This is the same 08 GOP presidential candidate ‘Huckster’ that, after suggesting AIDS victims should be quarantined, was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas holding signs saying “God Loves Dead Soldiers”, and “God Hates America”. Now, it seems they have found some common ground. Even the dunderhead that is Santorum found them a useful tool when he used them as a new comparison in the debate over the RFRA’s passed in Arkansas and Indiana to prove tolerance is a two-way street: “If you’re a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print ‘God hates fags’ for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up?”

This is a bad group of people. I’ve already used 914 words, and don’t know if I have yet to prove my point. I’m sure I’ll have more than ample time and opportunities presented to sharpen it and drive it home. Huckabee should be thinking fiscal thoughts, not fucked up thoughts. I’m ok with my gay neighbors and friends, I’m not ok with this guy sharing a political bed with the WBC…

*(actually any questionable ecclesiastic activity)                                           **http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/publications/supreme_court_preview/briefs-v2/12-144_neither_amcu_wbc.authcheckdam.pdf

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Chris Christie can’t conceal the fact he’s an unconditionally incompetent candidate for president..


The US attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, after a 16-month federal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal, announced indictments against two people close to Governor Christie outlining a conspiracy, made with a third confidant, to exact political vengeance against a mayor for not endorsing the governor’s re-election. Fishman said that the conspirators “callously victimized” the citizens of Fort Lee, N.J., purposely scheduling the lane-closing plan to coincide with the first day of school and sought to cover up the scheme with a “sham” story of a traffic study on the bridge to Manhattan.

Christie, so far, has been cleared of any allegations that he personally participated in a scheme to shut down access lanes to the bridge in September 2013. Former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, his former top appointee to the authority that controls the bridge, Bill Baroni, have both been indicted, while David Wildstein, another ally, plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy.

The Gov. said the “charges make clear that what I’ve said from day one is true, I had no knowledge or involvement in the planning or execution of this act”. He also claims: “The moment I first learned of this unacceptable behavior I took action, firing staff believed to be accountable, calling for an outside investigation and agreeing to fully cooperate with all appropriate investigations, which I have done.”* Christie’s camp says that since he didn’t know what was happening the indictments clear the governor of any wrong doing.

This guy!!!..He was all fat and cozy, caboodling the current POTUS when it suited his needs, taking heat from others in his party, and many thought..‘eh, maybe he’s not such a tool’. Maybe it was just the right time for a photo op or a sound bite. The BNR said it best regarding this whole Christie crap: “But does that matter? Either he did know, and he’s a liar, or he didn’t, and he’s incompetent.“** Sorry NJ, Christie, though weighty, isn’t politically worthy, for state or nation.2435499820_idiot1_answer_2_xlarge

*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/02/chris-christiebridge_n_7194288.html **http://bluenationreview.com/chris-christie-underlings-indicted-closing-the-door-on-presidential-hopes/

Six Balt. cops charged, FOP cries foul, Dershowitz dumps on ‘design’..


Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced charges against six officers in the arrest of a black man whose neck was broken in police custody. In Fridays announcement State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, his arrest was illegal, and his treatment amounted to murder and manslaughter, saying: “The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide..“, which brought the expected reaction from a lawyer representing some of the officers accused, alluding to a rushed judgment, raising ‘grave concerns’ about the integrity of the prosecution. Previous to the announcement, Fraternal Order of Police local president Gene Ryan penned a letter* to Mosby, stating his: “very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your investigation in this case” and declaring innocence on the officers part: “Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night. Not one of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray. To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.” Ryan’s closing includes: “Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation.”

Fridays announcement comes less than a day after receiving the results of an internal police investigation and the autopsy report. Five of Baltimore’s finest were charged with crimes including manslaughter, assault, false imprisonment and misconduct in office, while second-degree “depraved heart” murder, the most serious of the charges, was filed against number six, the driver of the police van.

Granted, the results of law-enforcement internal investigations rarely result in anything resembling justice. But, there’s already rumblings and requests of DOJ involvement. In Ferguson, the DOJ found a culture of racism in the police department and city offices. That led to Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigning, joined by a municipal judge, city manager, two police officers, and the city’s top court clerk was fired. May not be nearly enough, but it’s a start…338-1126134502-cop-boot-to-head-handcuffed

Some have said the charges are just an attempt to squelch the citizens of Baltimores outrage. Alan Dershowitz told Steve Malzberg: “It’s designed to please the crowd. This was designed to lower the temperature on the street.“** Ok, whatever Alan, it’ll be a lot cooler when bad cops are no longer on those streets…..rice1n-3-webfreddie gray

*http://reason.com/blog/2015/05/01/baltimore-police-union-open-letter-to-st#.o6lcl3:NVjX

**http://www.mediaite.com/tv/alan-dershowitz-rips-charges-against-baltimore-cops-sad-day-for-justice/

Former NYPD dick Dietl’s needling drug dissertations…Baltimore’s chief prosecutor has charged six police officers with crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray.


Former detective & current Fox News pundit Bo Dietl, has done a lot, and said a lot. He’s one of the most highly decorated past members of the NYPD, with several thousand arrests to his credit, (retiring after being injured in a sky-diving accident), ran for Congress with a .38-caliber handgun strapped to his left ankle in ’86, (Asseblyman Waldon, a former Housing Authority police officer said of Bo D.- ”This young man is running amok, thinking he can throw somebody up against a wall, pat him down and get a bill passed. He’s like Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and the James Gang rolled into one.”)*, was one of 11 alleged crooked cops named by mob turncoat John Alite to have fed inside information to the Gambino family (“I was not some corrupt cop.”), and concerning the death of Eric Garner wrote: “Garner was 6-foot-3 and 350 pounds. Using a headlock to bring down a man of that size was appropriate. Headlocks are used in thousands of arrests each year, especially of individuals not cooperating with the police. I used the maneuver in dozens of arrests.”**

So, unsurprisingly, (possibly due to professional superciliousness) Bo Dietl had to interject his own speculative verbal spewing concerning the arrest and eventual death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. Dietl feels there was the probability that Gray had been high during his arrest, causing him to act recklessly and create his own injuries. He said on Fox and Friends: “What happened in Baltimore — I used to be a homicide detective. I had guys I locked up, would bang their heads on the cell doors until their heads opened up. And when they were bleeding, I had to take them to the hospital.” Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury on April 12 while being transported in a police van. As of the right now, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor has charged six police officers with crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray.

Dietl’s a dolt, and the ilk he supports/shields will be outed/ostracized. He is no expert on anything except diverting his view sharing audience away from what the facts really are regarding questionable police activities. He is so wrong in this incident. Remember what he said of the shooting of teenager Michael Brown: bullets go that way”. Fuck him & fuck Arby’s....

But, about his drug dissertations…….

*http://www.nytimes.com/1986/06/06/nyregion/ex-officer-is-gop-hope-in-5-way-housecontest.html

**http://nypost.com/2014/08/14/not-a-chokehold-truth-of-the-garner-arrest/

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