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Today is the first Monday of the rest of your life

This is kinda scary:

Dead birds fall from sky in Arkansas

Wildlife experts are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall from the sky over the town of Beebe in Arkansas.


The birds fell over a one-mile area, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside that area. Ornithologist Karen Rowe said the the birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that “the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail”. The dead birds have been sent for testing. The commission said that New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress. The dead birds have been sent for testing.

I really hope it turns out to be something natural and not man-made.


Massive fish kill blankets Arkansas River

Arkansas officials are investigating the death of an estimated 100,000 fish in the state’s northwest, but suspect disease was to blame, a state spokesman said Sunday.

Dead drum fish floated in the water and lined the banks of a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near Ozark, about 125 miles northwest of Little Rock, said Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. A tugboat operator discovered the fish kill Thursday night, and fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals to conduct tests.

Stephens said fish kills occur every year, but the size of the latest one is unusual, and suggested some sort of disease was to blame.

“The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” he said. “If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.”

Ozark is about 125 miles west of the town of Beebe, where game wardens are trying to find out why up to 5,000 blackbirds fell from the sky just before midnight New Year’s Eve.

This is starting to sound like the plagues of Egypt.

Every couple years the military tries to out-do the frat boys:

Navy to probe controversial carrier videos

The Navy will investigate “inappropriate” videos produced on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which among other scenes show simulated masturbation and women showering together.


The excerpts show female sailors pretending to wash one another in a shower on the carrier and in other scenes “sailors parade in drag, use anti-gay slurs, and simulate masturbation and a rectal exam,” the newspaper said on its site.

Shown in a number of the excerpts is Owen Honors, then the executive officer on the Enterprise and now a Navy captain and its commander, the Virginian-Pilot said.

Honors “masterminded” the 2006-2007 production of the videos, which were shown aboard the ship, the newspaper said.

Bye-bye, Owen.

It took long enough:

Obama signs health bill for September 11 responders

President Barack Obama on Sunday signed into law a bill that funds medical care for firefighters and other responders to the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The five-year, $4.3 billion measure will provide medical treatment for emergency responders sickened by toxic dust inhaled at the World Trade Center site in New York in the days following the attacks.

It also includes a health program for responders sickened by the toxic debris and establishes a victims’ compensation fund. Victims have five years to file claims.

We’re only nine months away from the tenth anniversary of that dark day.

From the I Told You So Department:

Republican puts crosshairs on Holder over WikiLeaks

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should quit if he can’t stop WikiLeaks from disclosing government documents, Darrell Issa, incoming chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee said Sunday on Fox News.issa

“He’s hurting this administration. If you’re hurting the administration, either stop hurting the administration, or leave,” Issa said.

As chairman of the oversight panel when the new Congress convenes Wednesday, the California Republican has the authority to investigate the government for waste and fraud and will be able to issue subpoenas to obtain information he believes he needs.


The new Congress would also have to craft whistle-blower legislation to set policy on those who report government misconduct, under the new circumstances created by WikiLeaks, Issa said.

“The next whistle-blower bill has to deal with WikiLeaks and the loss of these classified documents in a mature, bipartisan way,” he said. (Emphasis mine)

Nobody saw that coming. I wonder if the new leak stoppers will be called “The Plumbers?” Maybe they’ll even hire G. Gordon Liddy to run it.

Via Anglachel, Paul Krugman and Robin Wells:

Where Do We Go from Here?

President Obama, a master of understatement, did it again when he described the Democratic midterm losses as a “shellacking.” No, it was a massacre. The party lost support from virtually every demographic group. Even Michigan auto workers whose jobs were saved by the bailout of GM voted Republican. While Democrats got some comic relief from Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Carl Paladino in New York, in reality it is hard to see how things could have been much worse.

Jonathan Martin at Politico has observed that the impressive expansion of the electoral map that Democrats enjoyed in 2008 has evaporated. Conservative-leaning states won by Obama in 2008—Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana—swung back to the Republican column. Critical swing states that Obama won in 2008—Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida—abandoned the Democrats. What’s left is an electoral map that looks a lot like the 2004 presidential election between George Bush and John Kerry, characterized by district-by-district trench warfare. As Paul Begala succinctly noted, “If Obama holds the Kerry states and carries only the states in which Democrats prevailed in 2010, he loses.” In the present environment, even holding onto the Kerry states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey looks challenging.

Was this disaster caused by reactions to the awful economy—an economy that Obama believes he saved, but not sufficiently to please voters? Or was it, as the Republicans believe, a repudiation of Obama and all that he and Nancy Pelosi stand for?

In case you’ve been wondering (like I have) about her lack of recent posts, Anglachel reports she is suffering from a painful pinched nerve. I hope you all will join us in hoping she gets well soon.

I only mention this because one of our frontpagers is interested in this game:

Stanford, coach aim for history in Orange Bowl

Jim Harbaugh prides himself as a student of college football history. But when a reporter mentioned Sunday that his team could be Stanford’s first since 1940 to finish in the top five in the final polls, he had to admit that was news to him.

“I wasn’t aware of that,” the coach said at a news conference. He promised to “hammer that home” to his players later in the day.

In what promises to be a rare interesting bowl game in a postseason full of yawners, Stanford will try to complete one of the best seasons not only in school history but in Bay Area history today by beating Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

Rumor has it this über-geeky resident of Old Dominion used to wear the gorilla suit for the Cardinal band.

Okay, that’s it for now. After today there are only 51 Mondays left this year.


32 Responses

  1. Wow — what are they doing in Arkansas? That’s freaky.

  2. Via Uppity:

  3. Apocalypse!!!!

    hey, is katiebird here? I want to show off my brand-new memory crochet blog to her (and anyone else interested). It’s one of my NY resolutuons. Check it out ….

  4. Tabloids today are talking about what thy know for a change

  5. Not sure whats going on with the fish, although Arkansas is certainly not well known for being a “green” type state, but I would bet my bottom dollar that the bird deaths, and I think its a number closer to 5000, than 1000, has to do nye fireworks. I was out with my dog a bit past midnight on New year’s eve here in jersey and about 10 seconds after the next town over was finished with their heavy duty fireworks I heard what had to have been 100s of geese flying overhead for what seems like at least 10 minutes, honking like crazy. I am no goose expert but I dont think 12:00 am during the winter is a normal flight time for flocks of geese…or gaggles. They were heading from the direction of the fireworks. shook them up something silly.

    • If fireworks were the cause, would we not have seen something at least resembling this at some point in the past?

      Also- is it just me, or does it seem odd that multiple-thousands of one species of bird would be in a one-mile radius area?

      • KC, some types of birds congregate in large flocks and some do not. A scientist was saying this morning that it was not unusual for that many birds to inhabit a square mile. That might also explain why it was only starling and red wing black birds. I think they may tend to drive away other birds. I am just guessing so I could be full of shit.

  6. Rumor has it this über-geeky resident of Old Dominion used to wear the gorilla suit for the Cardinal band.
    Damn that Wikileaks. Do they have no shame in what the leak?

  7. Biblical floods in Australia, scores of birds and now fish just dropping dead. WTF? Anyone else getting a creepy feeling?

  8. BTW — anyone see reports that Hillary is stepping down as SOS? Korea Times is reporting the rumor & saying Bill — D!ckhead — Richardson is her likely replacement.

    • Here we go….
      (crosses fingers)

      • Judas Richardson replacing Hillary as SOS? Save me a seat by the pew, angienc, I’m heading to church too.

        Uh oh — just clicked that link — a warning popped up that it may contain malware!

        • Sorry — the link didn’t do that for me. Can someone edit the link out of my post, pretty please with a cherry on top?

          Here is the text from the story:
          US “troubleshooter” Bill Richardson, who just returned from a trip to North Korea, is likely to be tapped to succeed Hillary Clinton to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, Yonhap News Agency said Saturday citing a report.

          “Numerous sources are pointing toward New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as possibly replacing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2011,” Exminer.com said.

          The possibility is opening up, with some circumstantial signs backing up the view.

          For example, the current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, is suffering from heart conditions and she is said to want to spend more time with her family, it said.

          If Hillary Clinton steps down, Richardson is likely to be one of the strongest candidates for the position. The New Mexico Governor has a background in diplomacy. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as well as energy secretary under President Clinton.

          Richardson also acted as a troubleshooter a few times before when American civilians became hostages in North Korea, by visiting North Korea and rescuing them.

          Richardson himself also recently stated that he would like a position in the Obama administration after he leaves office at the end of this year, the report said.

          Fitting into the change, Obama advisor David Axelrod said Friday that there would be “significant changes” announced in the Obama Whitehouse after the President returns from his vacation in Hawaii, it added.

    • Yeah, that rumor got floated briefly a week or two ago and I suspect it’s true (and btw as soon as I saw it I knew the Kid’s pardon was toast, no matter that the majority of us were in favor of it).

      Richardson denied the rumor–of course–and claims he’ll be staying right here in New Mexico. Which I’m sure is true–for the next couple of years. But hasn’t Hillary said she’ll be returning to private life in 2012? IMO that’s what he’s angling for.

      • Richardson visits Korea and then the Korea Times runs a story about a rumor that Richardson will be replacing Hillary.

        I wonder where they heard it?

  9. This sentence from that Krugman/Wells article really pisses me off:

    “There is no obvious contender to mount a primary challenge, which is in itself a testimony to Democratic weakness.”

    Excuse me, but me and about 18 million others have someone in mind.

  10. That Krugman article hit all the points.

    In fact, it’s almost as if he read The Confluence Archives and summarized them for that article.

    Riverdaughter et.al., you should be proud that you swung that cat long before these Nobel Prize winners did.

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