Thursday, September 28, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #149

Getting ready for a BIG weekend. We're back in Streetcar Named Desire mode for tonight, Fridaya nd Saturday. Two good reviews this week from the Kerrville Daily Times and the West Kerr Current. Tomorrow i'm doing the Texas Heritage Music's Foundation's Living History Day at Schreiner University, celebrating the birthday of Jimmie Rodgers, and honoring recently deceased Wilton Crider. Then Saturday i'm leading a bird/bug field trip at Garner State Park for the Rio Frio area's NatureQuest. Sunday is another trip for them to the Lynch Ranch with Derek Muschalek. Sandwich two cast parties in there too! Monday is the frantic final touches on the newsletter day, followed by our first full rehearsal for Lend Me A Tenor beginning a run of nine straight days of that, and then Tuesday i'm off to Austin with Carol Priour for a full day of film seminars. Probably not much posting will be happening this weekend, and catching up will be hard with all that going on, but i'll try.

From Mike Bergin at 10,000 Birds
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

These were the immortal words of Benjamin Franklin, a man as brilliant as they come. Yet this keen observer of the natural world ignored the certainties all around him. The rising of the sun in the east and its setting in the west is as certain as the waning and waxing of the moon. The massive migrations of millions of species driven by the annual movement of the Earth around that selfsame sun is certain. Gravity, entropy, even the tendency of small pieces of metal to attract lightning, particularly when attached to high-flying kites...all these can be counted on by those who understand such forces. It's just that they don't suck as hard as death and taxes.

We all have, or at least will have, painful insights into death. Most of us will escape this mortal coil with a more passing knowledge of taxes. However, some formidable souls dare to plumb the stygian mysteries of tax laws and loopholes. Kay Bell, a writer, editor, birder, and blogger out of Austin, Texas, actually seems to enjoy talking taxes. Read her blog, Don't Mess With Taxes, surely one of the most cleverly named sites around, and you may come to fear taxes slightly less than its partner in inevitability. So be sure to browse around after you enjoy Kay's presentation of I and the Bird #33.

Are you the type of intrepid naturalist willing to brave all manner of death and taxes to enjoy a bit of bird spotting? Do you blog about your daring adventures? If you haven't shared your writing with the thrill-hungry audience of I and the Bird, you should really start now. Send a link to your best post about birding or wild birds along with a brief summary to me or our next wonderful host, Pam of Tortoise Trail. Our next edition is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, so get in touch with one of us by Tuesday, October 10.

One last note - we're still looking for new hosts to close out the year. If you haven't hosted IATB yet and would like to, contact me soon!

Yeah Baby: Texas A&M romps in Big 12 showdown
No. 12 Texas A&M won a battle of teams unbeaten in Big 12 play with a 3-1 win over No. 22 Oklahoma State before 3,636 fans at Aggie Soccer Stadium on Thursday night. Allison Martino dished out assists on all three goals. Suzette Devloo scored twice and Nicole Ketchum added an insurance goal in the second half. The Aggies quickly gained control of the game thanks to strong midfield play from Paige Carmichael, Amy Berend and Amber Gnatzig and were up two goals after a quarter of an hour. Leah Hope brought the Cowgirls back to 2-1 going into halftime, but the Aggies dominated the second half, outshooting OSU, 12-0. "This is a nice win for us," said Texas A&M coach G Guerrieri.

Brings lots of good time Rock n' Roll to Pampell's, corner of Water St. & Sidney Baker, Friday, October 6, 9:00PM - 1:00AM
Caren Harris, Greg Bitkower, Bobby Delery, James Harris, Mark Wright

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #148

Circus of the Spineless #13 has a great twist!
Never in my wildest imagination would i have conceived of a Circus decorated with tattoos of our favorite critters. It's a natural though, isn't it? Tattoos and Circuses. Lucky for us, Deep Sea News is on the cusp of that very creative edge. What a fantastic new Circus of the Spineless to begin our second year! Congrats for the fine work.

A little fancy guitar work

Stanley Jordan

Michael Hedges (1953-1997)

Adam Werner

Erik Mongrain

Zack Kim

Some different music:

Sorry about all the linkage, but Blogger is absolutely stupid about using linking text. . .

On Austin Studios Improvement
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:03 PM
From Richard Linklater

Dear Friend of Austin Film:
As the founder and Artistic Director of the Austin Film Society, I would like to share with you how we have worked hard to make Austin Studios a professional production facility. Austin Studios has been home to two dozen films with budget levels ranging from $100,000 to $40 million, plus scores of shorter productions. Using rental income, we have made numerous upgrades over the past six years, including electrical and structural. Despite this progress, the fact remains that Austin Studios must make major capital improvements to be considered viable within the film industry.

That is why I am so pleased to share the news that Austin Studios is part of the bond package for the November 7 election.

If Proposition 4 passes, Austin Studios, a city-owned facility, will receive $5 million to make critical upgrades including soundproofing, air conditioning and digital infrastructure.

Austin-based crews want to keep working here, and through Proposition 4, it can happen. You will be receiving an email soon from "I'm for 4," the political action committee working on behalf of Austin's film industry to get Proposition 4 passed. That email will tell you how you can help make this dream come true for film production in Austin.

Please forward the email to anyone you think would like to help. If you can, make a donation to the political action committee. Or volunteer your time for the campaign. Most of all-please get out and vote YES on Prop. 4 on November 7.

Richard Linklater

Pallas Vacations in Alaska
Via Paul Lehman:
The Pallas's Bunting continues today (Monday) for its second day, with even better photos taken. Mid-afternoon Gary Rosenberg and Paul Lehman discovered North America's first Pallas' Leaf-Warbler!!! They got reasonable photos (Gary) and video (Paul) to document this first-ever record. (For those of you who know Gambell, the bunting is in the Near Boneyard, and the warbler is in the Circular Boneyard.)

Gary will be posting photos of both birds on (under North American breaking news) by late tonight, he believes, from the Anchorage airport. A little over an hour after they found the warbler Gary had to leave the island and head home to Tucson. Paul is now the sole birder here through Sunday, when he is scheduled to leave.

Paul believes the birds might stay long enough should anyone want to go up immediately to chase.

More on Florida Ivorybill Paper

Further claims of Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis are disclosed today in the Canadian online journal, Avian Conservation and Ecology - this time from Florida, USA.

Researchers from Auburn University and the University of Windsor report 14 sightings of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in forest along the Choctawhatchee River in the panhandle of Florida between May 2005 and May 2006. All but three of the observations were naked eye only without optical aids, and no photographs of the woodpeckers were obtained. On two occasions, two birds were seen together.

In addition, on 41 occasions the researchers heard sounds that matched descriptions of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, and using automated listening stations and audio recordings from hand-held video cameras isolated 99 "double-knock" sounds and 210 "kent" calls. These, the researchers say, match historical descriptions of Ivory-billed Woodpecker acoustic signals. Examples of each are available as supplementary supporting material and can be downloaded at:

This evidence, the researchers state: "suggests that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers may be present in the forests along the Choctawhatchee River."

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NAT: More Disappearing Languages

12 native Peruvian languages in danger of disappearing

24 September, 2006 [ 13:33 ]

(LIP-wb) -- During the last decades 30 of the 100 existing native languages in Peru are extinct and today 12 more are in danger of disappearing, warned James Roberts, director of Peru's Summer Institute of Linguistics.

The decrease in native Peruvian languages is mainly due to the influence society has on the various ethnic groups living in rural areas and the fact that the population within each group is getting smaller, Roberts said.

In ethnic groups with a population less than one thousand people, only the parents speak the native language because the children learn Spanish.

If authorities and parents continue to send their children down this educational path, it is likely that their linguistic identity will be lost after one or two generations, he warned.

In addition to Quechua and Aymara, the common indigenous languages spoken mainly in the Peruvian Andes (departments of Cusco, Ancash, and Ayacucho), there are several other languages spoken in Peru's Amazon rain forest.

Some non-quechua languages that could soon be extinct are Sharanahua, Yaninahua, Kashinahua, and Kapanahua in the department of Ucayali, as well as Sequoia and Arabela spoken in Loreto.

45 percent of Peru's population is indigenous and 25 percent speaks a maternal language other than Spanish.

Currently the Summer Institute of Linguistics is advising Peru's "National Program of Alphabetization", and initiative recently launched by the Ministry for Education.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #147

Well, here's those scores: Smithson Valley 22, Roosevelt 13, New Braunfels Canyon 24, Tivy 0; Brady 23, Ingram Tom Moore 7. Not so hot overall.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE CUP: Texas A&M will host '07 finals

Texas A&M will host the 2007 Women's College Cup.

It will be the second time the Aggies have been the host school for the women's championship. They hosted the 2005 final four won by Portland. The dates for the 2007 finals are Dec. 7 and 9, 2007.

The 2006 Women's College Cup will be played Dec. 1-3 at the SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

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ENV: Different chapters, same story . . .

Woodpecker looking for nice home, yard
By Jim Ash, Political Editor, Tallahassee Democrat, Originally published September 25, 2006

TALLAHASSEE -- Federal and state wildlife managers will meet later this week in an ecological research station north of Tallahassee to announce a new program designed to protect endangered woodpeckers.

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will release five pairs of the regal-looking and federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers at the Tall Timbers Research Station and then conduct a ceremonial signing of Florida's "Safe Harbor Program."

Authorized by the federal Endangered Species Act, the program is designed to give landowners freedom from some regulation if they voluntarily improve the bird's habitat and the numbers of red-cockaded woodpeckers increase on their property as a result.

The red-cockaded woodpecker was once abundant in the longleaf pine forests that stretched from New Jersey to Florida, but its numbers have dwindled to as few as 15,000, according to recent published reports. The birds nest only in living trees, unlike any other North American woodpecker, a penchant that has contributed to its decline.

Recent efforts to protect the species in Boiling Springs Lake, N.C., long a hot spot for red-cockaded woodpeckers, led to a rash of tree clearing by local landowners eager to cash in on development opportunities before regulations in that state went into effect.

Fearing restrictions to save habitat, landowners clear cut woods
ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press

BOILING SPRING LAKES, N.C. - What's black and white and dreaded all over?

In this booming coastal town, it's the tiny red-cockaded woodpecker.

During the past six months, ugly, stump-riddled gashes have appeared throughout the lush longleaf pine stands here as worried landowners clear cut thousands of trees to prevent them becoming homes for the endangered bird.

The chain saws started in February when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put Boiling Spring Lakes, a state-designated bird sanctuary, on notice that rapid development threatened to squeeze out the woodpecker.

The agency issued a map marking 15 active woodpecker "clusters" and announced it was working on a new one that could potentially designate whole neighborhoods in the southeastern North Carolina town as protected habitat - and subject to more stringent building restrictions.

Hoping to beat the mapmakers to the printer, landowners swarmed city hall to apply for lot-clearing permits. Treeless land, after all, needn't be set aside for woodpeckers. Since February, the city has issued 368 logging permits, 90 in May alone, the vast majority without accompanying building permits.

The results can be seen all over town.

Along the roadsides, scattered brown bark is all that's left of once majestic pine stands. Mayor Joan Kinney has watched with dismay as waterfront lots across from her home on Big Lake have been gradually stripped down to sandy, denuded wastelands.

"Well, it's ruined the beauty of our city," says Kinney.

Since the town's founding in the early 1960s, the people of Boiling Spring Lakes and the bird with the little red cheek patches lived together in relative harmony. When he built his brick home 14 years ago, retired IBM engineer Bill Davis knew better than to cut down the two sap-streaked pines along the street out front if he didn't want to risk a fine.

"I don't have $100,000 I want to give away," the 71-year-old West Virginia native said with a laugh recently as he stood beneath the tin tag marking one of the trees as a protected nesting pine.

But the honeymoon ended when Fish and Wildlife warned town officials that issuing building permits in certain areas might make them liable for "inadvertent violations of the Endangered Species Act." Anyone convicted of killing, harming or "harassing" the bird could face up to a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.

The red-cockaded woodpecker - or Picoides borealis - was once abundant in the vast longleaf pine forests that stretched from New Jersey to Florida, but now numbers as few as 15,000.

The RCW is unique among North American woodpeckers because it nests exclusively in living trees. In one of those quirks of history, human activity has made this town of about 4,100 - located in the nation's 29th fastest-growing county - almost irresistible to the bird.

Long before there was a town, locals carved V-shaped notches in the pines, collecting the sap in buckets to make turpentine. These "cat face" wounds allowed fungus to infiltrate the tree's core, making it easier for the woodpecker to excavate its nest hole and probe for the beetles, spiders and wood-boring insects it prefers.

"And, voila! You have a perfect woodpecker habitat," says Dan Bell, project director for the Nature Conservancy in nearby Wilmington.

The woodpecker gouges a series of holes around the tree, creating "sap runs" to discourage the egg-gobbling black snake, the bird's chief enemy - besides man. A milky-white coating resembling melted candle wax makes the cavity trees stand out among their unoccupied neighbors.

Because it can take up to six years to excavate a single nest hole, the birds fiercely defend their territory, says biologist Susan Miller in the Fish and Wildlife agency's Southern Pines office.

"They're passed from generation to generation, because it's such a major investment in time to create one cavity."

Like the woodpeckers, humans also are looking to defend their nest eggs.

Bonner Stiller has been holding onto two wooded, half-acre lakefront lots for 23 years to pay for his kids' college educations or cushion his retirement. He had both lots stripped of longleaf pines before the government could issue its new map.

"They have finally developed a value," says Stiller, a state legislator who gave away the trees in exchange for the clearing. "And then to have that taken away from you?"

People have overreacted, says Pete Benjamin, supervisor of the federal agency's Raleigh office.

Having a woodpecker tree on your property doesn't necessarily mean you can't build a house, says Benjamin. A landowner can even get permission to cut down a cavity tree, as long as an alternative habitat can be found.

"For the most part, we've found ways to work with most folks," he says.

But, Stiller asks, who wants to deal with the hassle of going through another layer of bureaucracy? And how many people have the tens of thousands of dollars it can cost to relocate a family of birds?

Some complain the town has been singled out for selective enforcement. But most of the region's longleaf forests have fallen to agriculture, urban sprawl or plantations of fast-growing commercial loblolly pines, which usually are harvested before they get mature enough to attract the woodpeckers.

"Boiling Spring Lakes, like it or not, has these old flattop longleaf, and no place else seems to," says Bell, whose group has purchased nearly 7,000 mainly wetland acres around the town since 1999.

To stop the rash of cutting, city commissioners proposed a one-year moratorium on lot-clearing permits. When they met Sept. 5, more than 60 people turned out - double the normal contingent.

They were rewarded with their first glimpse of the latest federal bird survey.

The glossy map divided the town into red-outlined woodpecker foraging areas, each containing at least one purple-shaded blob indicating a nesting cluster - 24 in all. Several entire neighborhoods were highlighted. The original map listed 437 lots that might be affected by a cluster; on the revised map, that number rose to 2,704 lots.

Now that the map is out, the city can't issue a building or tree-clearing permit for any affected property without first running it by Benjamin's office.

Both of Steve Lowery's vacant lots were shaded purple. As the meeting convened, a flatbed truck was hauling away the last of the pines Lowery ordered cut from one of the properties.

"I get one lot, and the woodpeckers get the other one," the construction company supervisor told the commissioners.

Lowery and others argued that since the new map dictated where cutting could occur, the city no longer needed the moratorium. But Commissioner Craig Caster, worried that landowners outside the current woodpecker zones would cut their trees to prevent the bird's spread, begged for even a two-month halt.

"I feel like the city is getting raped of its trees," he said.

The measure failed.

Fish and Wildlife is currently investigating a complaint in town. But Benjamin says the agency is willing to work with Boiling Spring Lakes to develop a workable habitat conservation plan that could involve, among other measures, moving some birds to property owned by the Nature Conservancy.

"At the end of the day, there's nothing about this woodpecker issue that's going to prevent anybody from doing whatever they want with their property," he says.

Lowery wasn't willing to take that chance.

"I like wildlife," he says. "But I felt like 50 percent of something is better than 100 percent of nothing."

ENV: More Ivorybill News

Evidence Suggesting that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers (Campephilus principalis) Exist in Florida

The Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) disappeared from the forests of southeastern North America in the early 20th Century and for more than 50 years has been widely considered extinct. On 21 May 2005, we detected a bird that we identified as an Ivory-billed Woodpecker in the mature swamp forest along the Choctawhatchee River in the panhandle of Florida. During a subsequent year of research, members of our small search team observed birds that we identified as Ivory-billed Woodpeckers on 14 occasions. We heard sounds that matched descriptions of Ivory-billed Woodpecker acoustic signals on 41 occasions. We recorded 99 putative double knocks and 210 putative kent calls. We located cavities in the size range reported for Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and larger than those of Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) that have been reported in the literature or that we measured in Alabama. We documented unique foraging signs consistent with the feeding behavior of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. Our evidence suggests that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers may be present in the forests along the Choctawhatchee River and warrants an expanded search of this bottomland forest habitat.

Monday, September 25, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #146

Not good news on the area football front so far. Tivy and ITM both got spanked over the weekend . . . scores and details coming up.

From Soccer America:
Washington is only unbeaten and untied men's team

Washington is the only unbeaten and untied NCAA Division I men's team after Virginia lost at North Carolina, 2-1, on Saturday and Clemson was tied by N.C. State, 0-0, on Sunday.

The Huskies moved to 8-0-0 with a 3-1 win over visiting Oregon State. UW put the Beavers away early with three goals from Ely Allen, Kevin Forrest and Matt Fischer in a 14-minute stretch in the first half.

Scott Campbell and Eddie Ababio scored second-half goals to lead North Carolina to its win over then-No. 1 Virginia Friday night in front of 3,223 fans at Fetzer Field. It was the second time in 24 hours a Carolina team had beaten a No. 1 team at home. The Heels beat Florida State, 2-1, in women's action Thursday night. Adam Cristman scored on a header in the 83rd minute for the only goal for Virginia, which fell to 8-1-0.

Clemson dropped to 8-0-1 with the tie at N.C. State. The Wolfpack limited the highly touted Clemson offense to only three shots on goal, Tiger keeper Phil Marfuggi came up big in the first half with saves on Jorge Mora and El Hadj Cisse.

SMU moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 in the Soccer America Men's Top 25. The Mustangs (10-0-1) remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over Saint Louis Friday evening in St. Louis and a 2-1 win at UMKC on Sunday. In the win over SLU, SMU got goals from Jay Needham, Jeff Harwell and Mynor Gonzalez.

Once again, Maryland's youngsters came through. Freshman Jeremy Hall and sophomore Graham Zusi scored a pair of late goals for the Terrapins to lead them to a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Wake Forest on Saturday night in front of a Spry Stadium record crowd of 4,413 spectators. Hall's goal was the fourth of the season and it was the sixth for Zusi. The Terps improved to 8-1-0 with the win.

UCLA possibly lost two stars -- Maxwell Griffin, last week's Soccer America Player of the Week, and U.S. U-20 player Tony Beltran -- for the season in its 3-1 loss to California Friday. Griffin went down with a possible ACL injury, and Beltran left the game after an ankle injury flared up. Neither player played in the Bruins' 1-1 tie at Stanford on Sunday.


1. SMU (10-0-1) 3
2. Clemson (8-0-1) 2
3. Maryland (8-1-1) 5
4. Washington (8-0-0) 7
5. North Carolina (8-2-0) 8
6. Virginia (8-1-0) 1
7. Duke (8-1-1) 4
8. Wake Forest (7-2-0) 6
9. UIC (7-0-2) 10
10. West Virginia (7-1-2) 12
11. South Florida (5-2-2) 17
12. Old Dominion (7-1-1) 18
13. New Mexico (5-2-2) 22
14. Indiana (4-3-2) 20
15. Notre Dame (5-2-2) 21
16. Akron (6-2-0) 11
17. UCLA (4-3-2) 9
18. Santa Clara (5-2-2) 15
19. UC Santa Barbara (5-3-0) 14
20. San Diego (7-1-0) NR
21. South Carolina (8-1-0) NR
22. James Madison (7-1-0) NR
23. UC Irvine (6-1-1) NR
24. Fordham (5-0-2) 24
25. Brown (5-1-1) 25

WOMEN: Notre Dame claims top spot

Notre Dame moved into the top spot in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 with a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Louisville on Sunday.

The Irish (9-0-0) got late goals from defenders Carrie Dew and Ashley Jones to subdue Louisville in the Big East match. Notre Dame's game against Cincinnati on Friday had been called off because of lightning. The Irish were leading, 1-0, in the 50th minute. Louisville also had its game at DePaul called off because of lightning.

Notre Dame's ascension to the top spot followed then-No. 1 Florida State's first loss of the season Thursday night at North Carolina. The Seminoles bounced back Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win over ACC rival N.C. State. Selin Kuralay and India Trotter each scored a goal.

North Carolina improved to 10-1-0 with a 6-1 win over Miami (Fla.) on Sunday. Six different players scored for the Heels, who recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to put the game away with four goals in a span of 23 minutes early in the second half.

The big women's game of the weekend took place Friday night on the West Coast, where Santa Clara came out firing from all cylinders and ran all over UCLA, defeating the Bruins, 3-0, in front of 3,471 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium. Meagan Snell scored a pair of goals in the match, while Kiki Bosio netted her first collegiate goal.

Of the six teams that began the weekend with unbeaten and untied records, only Notre Dame and Navy (10-0-0) remain perfect. Villanova's 10-game winning streak was snapped when the Wildcats were held to a 0-0 tie by Rutgers on Sunday. Central Michigan lost for the first time Friday when it fell to Ohio, 2-1. The Chippewas turned around two days later and knocked Akron from the unbeaten and untied ranks with a 1-0 victory. Old Dominion lost its first game, falling to Delaware, 3-1, in CAA action.


1. Notre Dame (9-0-0) 2
2. North Carolina (10-1-0) 4
3. Florida State (7-1-0) 1
4. Portland (7-2-1) 5
5. Santa Clara (8-2-0) 6
6. UCLA (7-2-0) 3
7. West Virginia (8-0-2) 7
8. Penn State (6-2-2) 8
9. Rice (8-0-1) 9
10. Texas (8-2-1) 11
11. Virgina (7-2-1) 16
12. Texas A&M (6-3-1) 18
13. Villanova (10-0-1) 10
14. BYU (7-1-0) 23
15. California (7-1-2) NR
16. Wake Forest (9-2-0) 14
17. Purdue (9-1-2) NR
18. Boston University (7-2-1) 25
19. Tennessee (4-3-2) 15
20. Pepperdine (6-2-2) 19
21. Florida (6-3-2) NR
22. Oklahoma State (8-1-1) NR
23. Loyola Marymount (5-1-2) NR
24. Maine (8-0-1) NR
25. Navy (10-0-0) NR
25. William & Mary (8-1-1) NR

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Friday, September 22, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #145

Well Blogger is doing the usual screw up the links thing again. I have some cool guitar videos to post, but i can't get this stupid program to actually do it . . . back later on that.

Here's a cool movie game, and yes it's a viral ad thing, but i can't wait for the candy either.

In the post below i've deleted all reference to the individual involved. I didn't actually stick it to my car, but i've carried around a bumper sticker on my dashboard for over a year, mostly as a comment on the current state administration, and thinking it funny too. To me it's just a big marketing campaign, and he is a local boy. But i never intended to vote for him. I want my vote to actually count. His music has been covered by my bud Lyle, so i posted the pseudo-review below. THEN, i picked up a paper today and read that my friends over at Burnt Orange Report have outed him saying some particularly disgusting things. He claims that he's never been politically correct -- i say using the concept of "politically correct" to mock well-meaning folks is a republican mask for inherent racism. It's simple common courtesy. A candidate who belittles people, jokingly or not, has no support from me. So today i removed the bumper sticker. And now i'm removing his name from my website so this blog won't google up under his name. I want no part in his promotion.

William and guys at HP are off this weekend. Peter Navarra is back at OLH raring to go. Tivy is at Canyon tonight. ITM is at Brady in a battle of the beatens (both are 0-3) -- my money's on ITM. Checking on Smithson Valley.

By the way, the score i missed last week was OLH getting pummeled for their first ever loss. There's likely much more to it, but Peter, their leading scorer, rusher and tackler, was at Rice for an interview. What? you say. On a game day? Well, Peter wouldn't do that, and had specifically scheduled it for Saturday because the team was scheduled to play on Thursday. Then that opponent cancelled, and the only team they could squeeze in was for a Saturday game. Thus, a game day change, and Peter left in the cold. Coach Bushong had a lot of nice things to say though about the value of Peter's Senior leadership. Let's hope it makes a difference this weekend.

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REV: Why the Hell . . .

Okay, a few years ago when folks were being feted with tribute albums as they got old and people thought they might vanish before they were tributed, Kinky Friedman (of the massive marketing campaign known as I'm Running For Governor) decided he too should be tributed. He thus became the first and, i think, still only person to do a tribute album to himself. So yesterday i got word that he'd done another tribute album . . . to himself. No such lack of luck. It's the old one re-issued, which i suspected all along. So i found a review, it's below, notable mostly for the good words it has about the "contributors".

i have removed the content of this post based on a DMCA copyright complaint, post censorship by Blogger. it is a bizarre situation, and i ought to fight it, but it'll take money and then i lose, whereas removal will actually harm on ly the complainee. as i said, bizarre. anyway, most of the content can be viewed in this article if you want o look at it for yourself.

Why the Hell Not...The Songs of 'him'
Written by John Metzger, First Appeared in The Music Box, September 2006, Volume 13, #9

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REV: Good Films at SPI


2006 South Padre Island Film Festival Announces Eclectic Assortment
of Shorts, Narrative Features, and Documentaries

South Padre Island, TX – September 5, 2006 – The first annual South
Padre Island Film Festival (SPIFF), which will take place September
22-24, 2006, has announced its inaugural film program. From a total
of more than 200 submissions from around the world, the festival has
selected 26 engaging films: a variety of comedies, mockumentaries,
experimental dramas, animated shorts, and documentaries. Nearly
thirty percent of the showcased films have been produced by Texas
filmmakers and feature Texas-based people and communities.

Honoring a host of independent filmmakers and acclaimed actors, from
Martin Sheen (The West Wing) to Kurtwood Smith (That `70s Show),
this diverse showcase of creativity, passion, and humor will be
presented at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, located at
7355 Padre Boulevard on the northern end of town.

The three-day event will culminate in an awards ceremony on Sunday
night, where the best films will be honored by our esteemed judges,
programmers, and audience members. The winning films will share over
$10,000 in prizes, generously provided by Avid Technology, Sony,
Final Draft, Jungle Software, and Writer's Boot Camp. Other festival
sponsors include Southwest Airlines, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company,
and local businesses such as Frank Cole Realty, Lynne Tate Real
Estate, the Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center, Zeste Gourmet
Market & Café, H.E.B. Grocery Company, and the Port Isabel/South
Padre Island Guides Association.

Festival passes ($40 for 15 programs) for the 2006 South Padre
Island Film Festival can be purchased in advance through the website
( or at the festival
headquarters, located at the Beachcomber's Museum at 104 West
Pompano Street on South Padre Island. Individual tickets ($5 for
each program) will go on sale on Thursday, September 7, 2006 – they
can be purchased in advance via the website or at the festival
headquarters, or during the festival at the SPI Convention Centre a
half-hour before each program. The festival schedule is available on
the website.

For more information about the 2006 South Padre Island Film
Festival, including details about the presented films or volunteer
opportunities, please contact Laura Martone, Festival Co-Director,
at 626-476-7976 or

2006 Line-up of SPIFF Features Announced
The 2006 South Padre Island Film Festival will present the following

The Trouble with Dee Dee (81 min./USA/Producer: Bob Brown, Michael
Meiners/Director: Michael Meiners) – A big-hearted, eccentric
socialite, with a knack for pulling off hopelessly wild adventures,
struggles when she finds herself disowned by her millionaire father
and abandoned by her teenage son.

Kisses and Caroms (83 min./USA/Producer: Michael Hutchinson, Jay
Beeber, Vince Rocca/Director: Vince Rocca) – A young woman arranges
a threesome in order to prove to her ex-boyfriend, the manager of a
billiard pro shop, that she's his dream girl, but, blinded by his
libido, he decides that they should just remain friends.

The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah (95
min./USA/Producer: Brian Elliott, Chris Hansen/Director: Chris
Hansen) – In this comedic mockumentary, a middle-class family man,
who believes he is a modern-day messiah, must raise funds for a
large coming-out rally in his hometown.

Slipdream (85 min./USA/Producer: Matthew Spiegelman, Sam
Siegel/Director: Marc Grant) – In a modern-day parable of "Jack and
the Beanstalk," a street-smart Los Angeles pot dealer trades his
father's gold watch for some magical seeds, unleashing psychic
forces that lead him to a beautiful but tormented violinist under
the sadistic care of a pill-pushing psychiatrist.

Dumpster (64 min./USA/Producer: Jim Daniels/Director: John Rice) – A
scavenging janitor, employed at an elite university, discovers a
muddled college student dwelling in the dumpster behind his frat
house, and their subsequent late-night meetings help them both
overcome the stress and confusion of their daily lives.

Dark Remains (90 min./USA/Producer: Laurence Avenet-
Bradley/Director: Brian Avenet-Bradley) – Following their young
daughter's brutal murder, two grieving spouses escape Atlanta to
find solace in the mountains, where their recovery is interrupted by
violent entities with tragic histories of their own.

The Range (85 min./USA/Director: Dean J. Augustin) – KHYI, one of
the last independent FM radio stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth
area, tantalizes loyal listeners with OKOM, or "Our Kind of Music" –
that is, Hard Country.

Art From the Streets (73 min./USA/Producer: Layton
Blaylock/Director: Layton Blaylock) – A unique Austin-based
organization assists homeless individuals in creating and selling
their artwork; this documentary invites viewers to track several of
these artists, from their living situations to their weekly art

Of Good Courage (62 min./USA/Producer: David Perry, David Wayne
Brown/Director: David Perry, David Wayne Brown) – In February 2003,
a rural Texas county responds to the tragic Space Shuttle Columbia
disaster with compassion, strength, and dignity.

Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (71 min./USA/Producer:
Christopher Metzler/Director: Christopher Metzler, Jeff Springer) –
Narrated by John Waters, this off-kilter film explores the friendly,
eccentric residents along the shores of Southern California's newest
ecological timebomb - from Hungarian revolutionaries and Christian
nudists to land sharks and dead fish.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place (65 min./Producer: Rex Pratt, James
Pratt/Director: Rex Pratt) – Narrated by Martin Sheen and filmed
partially in Iraq during battle, this documentary reveals the
heartbreak, courage, passion, and trauma that US Marines face during
firefights, attacks, and daily patrols, and upon their return home.

Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (88 min./USA/Producer: Heidi
Hutter/Director: Mariusz Kotowski) – This in-depth documentary
examines the life and work of the legendary actress Pola Negri, once
Rudolph Valentino's lover and the first European star to emigrate to
America, paving the way for foreign celebrities like Greta Garbo and
Marlene Dietrich.

Blood, Sweat & Gears (88 min./USA/Producer: Jason Edwards/Director:
Jason Edwards) – America's top bike fabricators, including Billy
Lane and his generous pals, tour the country's motorcycle rally
circuit to salute the men and women of our US Armed Forces.

And Now a Word from Our Sponsors (9 min./USA/Producer: Jennifer
Niemeyer, Shane English/Director: Wojciech Lorenc) – A young man's
quest for a condom turns strangely surreal as he's bombarded by an
army of supermarket sellers soliciting their products; if he doesn't
outsmart them on time, he will lose his chance with a beautiful girl
waiting in his apartment.

Playtown (24 min./USA/Producer: Shane Barbanel/Director: Shane
Barbanel) – While his pals search for love, lust, and compatibility
in Hollywood, a young filmmaker tries to cure his insomnia by
embarking upon a sexual odyssey that brings him face to face with
success, disgrace, and self-respect.

The Day of the Grackle (15 min./USA/Producer: Michael Berry, Michael
Butler Murray, Rod Weber/Director: Michael Berry) – A mild-mannered
man's world is invaded by a ferocious, territorial bird, thrusting
him into an escalating, action-filled battle that inadvertently
transforms his life into something far beyond his dreams.

Casual Fridays (10 min./Canada/Producer: Kyle Bornais/Director: John
Barnard) – When office workers take their casual Fridays too far,
Hawaiian shirts make way for sexual harassment and volleyball.

Dear Sweet Emma (5 min./USA/Producer: Loraine Cernak/Director: John
Cernak) –As the search is given up for Emma's latest husband,
Tucker, a private look reveals that Emma, the sweetest angel and
most favorite citizen of Fishtickle, has a secret and uncontrollable
dark side.

The Honeyfields (22 min./USA/Producer: Genn Feliciano/Director: Matt
Gordon) – Two young brothers, raised in rural California by a bitter
grandmother, spend their lazy summer days fighting for imaginary
glory within their beloved wheatfields near home, until the older
boy falls for a local girl, driving a wedge between the brothers and
leading to their final battle in the fields.

Caught in Paint (6 min./USA/Producer: Rita Blitt/Director: Rita
Blitt) – During one creative session, artist Rita Blitt paints on
transparent surfaces while members of the David Parsons Dance
Company imitate her strokes in mid-air and photographer Lois
Greenfield shoots dynamic stills of the entire process.

Beach Drive: Public Rights and Private Property (28
min./USA/Producer: Jessica Schoenbaechler /Director: Jessica
Schoenbaechler) – In Surfside, Texas, severe coastal erosion has
caused private property to illegally obstruct public beaches,
disrupting the lives of homeowners, vacationers, surfers,
environmentalists, and legislators.

South Central Farmers (7 min./USA/Producer: Ross Guidici/Director:
Ross Guidici) – Since 1992, a 14-acre property in South Central Los
Angeles has been used as a community garden; today, a wealthy land
developer has acquired the property and is threatening to kick out
350 low-income families, who farm the land to feed their kin and
stay off welfare.

Back to Life (27 min./USA/Producer: Nora Donaghy, Tracy
Wilson/Director: Samantha Reynolds) – Using the art of taxidermy as
a backdrop, Samantha Reynolds examines the human-animal bond,
particularly regarding pets, and demonstrates how animals can
positively affect our lives.

Rucker (12 min./USA/Producer: Anna Dewell-Bussart/Director: Anna
Dewell-Bussart) – Bill Rucker, a resilient Texas-based motorcycle
shop owner and scuba instructor, lives out his dream in the wake of

The Beehive (37 min./USA/Producer: Robert Sickels/Director: Robert
Sickels) – In 2002, three women from a fifth-generation farming
family opened up The Beehive, the first high-end hair salon in Walla
Walla, Washington, just beyond the middle of nowhere; they were
highly successful until the national press, wealthy wine
aficionados, and Corporate America began to "discover" the sleepy
little town.

Tales of Times Square (10 min./USA/Producer: Sue Romweber/Director:
Paul Stone) – A gritty glance at the last bastion of honky-tonk New
York, this film explores the underbelly of Times Square's seedy past
and the sex industries that thrived there in the 1970s before the
neighborhood was sanitized.

2006 SPIFF Schedule Announced
Friday, September 22, 2006:
#1 – 12pm to 1:30pm – The Range

#2 - 2pm to 3:30pm – Slipdream

#3 - 4pm to 5:30pm – Art From the Streets & Caught in Paint

#4 - 6pm to 7:30pm – The Trouble with Dee Dee

#5 - 8pm to 9:30pm - Kisses and Caroms

Saturday, September 23, 2006:
#6 – 11am to 12:30pm – Dumpster & The Honeyfields

#7 – 1pm to 2:30pm – Beach Drive: Public Rights and Private Property
& Of Good Courage

#8 – 3pm to 4:30pm – Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea & South
Central Farmers

#9 – 5pm to 6:30pm – Between Iraq and A Hard Place

#10 – 7pm to 8:40pm – The Proper Care and Feeding of an American

#11 – 9pm to 10:30pm – Dark Remains

Sunday, September 24, 2006:

#12 – 11am to 12:30pm – Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri

#13 – 1pm to 2:30pm – DOC BLOCK – Back to Life, Rucker, The Beehive,
& Tales of Times Square

#14 – 3pm to 4:30pm – Blood, Sweat, and Gears

#15 – 5pm to 6:30pm – COMIC SHORTS BLOCK – And Now a Word from Our
Sponsors, Playtown, The Day of the Grackle, Casual Fridays, & Dear
Sweet Emma

Awards Ceremony – 7pm to 8pm

Thursday, September 21, 2006

NAT: Fading Languages

Native languages fade as immigrant generations pass
English is the dominant language after three generations have lived in the U.S.
THELMA GUERRERO, Statesman Journal, September 20, 2006

McKay High School sophomore Monique Guajardo, two generations removed
from her family's arrival from Mexico, has a difficult time speaking

Fifteen-year-old Whitney Pe'a, on the other hand, can't speak a word of
Spanish. Her ancestors immigrated three generations ago.

According to a recent study, their difficulty with their native language
is part of a national trend. Spanish dies out within three generations,
and English becomes the dominant language.

The study, conducted by the University of California at Irvine and
Princeton University, found that native language-expertise tends to
disappear among descendants of Hispanic immigrants at a rate similar to
that of other immigrant groups, such as Asians.

The findings were published in the September issue of the journal
"Population and Development Review."

Third-generation descendants of immigrants such as Pe'a are U.S.-born
with U.S.-born parents and three or four foreign-born grandparents.

"My dad's side of the family speaks Spanish, but we don't speak it,"
said Pe'a, a sophomore at McKay High School.

In terms of daily use, the study concluded that Spanish begins to falter
in the second generation of Mexican and other Latin American immigrants,
such as Guajardo.

"I can have a conversation in Spanish, but I kinda mess up here and
there," said Guajardo, 15.

Some educators lament the loss of Spanish-speaking abilities.

"It affects (a) person's appreciation, if not understanding, of their
culture," Nathaniel Cordova, an associate professor of Latin American
studies and American ethnic studies at Willamette University.

It also can result "in embarrassment for those who don't understand the
language or who are not able to understand what others are saying,"
Cordova said.

For their 10-year study, the researchers focused on language adaptation
among Hispanic immigrants and their descendants in California and south

"Based on analysis of language loss over the generations, English has
never been seriously threatened as the dominant language in America,
nor is it under threat today," the report said.

The conclusion refutes the threat to U.S. culture alleged by author
Samuel Huntington, who says that Hispanic immigrants endanger the core
of U.S. culture because they "speak a common language, divide the
United States into two peoples, two cultures and two languages."

At Oregon Literacy, however, there is a large-scale demand by adult
immigrants for English-as-a-second-language classes, said Elizabeth
Raymond, the group's executive director.

"Right now, we have people on a waiting list," she said. "We're starting
six or seven new ESL programs in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties."

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

NAT: Another Language Loss

Tewa linguist Esther Martinez dies at 94
HEATHER CLARK, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE - Esther Martinez, a Tewa storyteller and linguist who
worked to preserve her native tongue, was killed in a traffic accident
on her way home from accepting the nation's highest honor for folk
artists, her grandson said Sunday. She was 94.

The car carrying Martinez, of Ohkay Owingeh, N.M., was hit Saturday
night in Espanola on its way from Santa Fe, where she had flown after
attending a National Endowment for the Arts celebration in Washington,
D.C., Matthew J. Martinez said. Two daughters with her, Josephine
Binford and Marie Sanchez, were injured but recovering.

"She was a pillar in our community," Matthew Martinez said. "She
embodied what it meant to be a Tewa person and lived it and practiced
it and served as a role model."

Details on the accident were not available Sunday night.

Martinez was honored along with 11 other folk and traditional artists as
a 2006 National Heritage Fellow, the NEA said in a news release. The
fellowship includes an award of $20,000.

She received a standing ovation in the nation's capital for her stories
and life's work preserving her native Tewa language and traditions, the
release said.

"To lose a national treasure as beloved as Esther Martinez in such a
senseless manner is truly tragic," NEA chairman Dana Gioia said. "New
Mexico and the entire country have lost an eloquent link to our past.
We can find solace in remembering her lifelong commitment to keeping
her culture alive and vibrant."

The Tewa are a linguistically related American Indian people who live in
seven communities, or pueblos - one in Arizona and six in New Mexico.

Martinez was born and raised in northern New Mexico, the NEA said in a
biography. Her American Indian name is P'oe Tswa, or Blue Water, but
she was known by many as Ko'oe Esther, or Aunt Esther.

She spent much of her childhood living with her grandparents and visited
her parents by traveling in a covered wagon.

She was a major conservator of the Tewa language, teaching her native
tongue from 1974 to 1989 at schools in Ohkay Owingeh, formerly known as
San Juan Pueblo.

She also helped translate the New Testament of the Bible into Tewa and
compiled Tewa dictionaries for pueblos, which have distinct dialects,
the NEA said.

Since 1988, Martinez told her stories in English to non-Tewa audiences
through Storytelling International.

NAT: Living Bridge

Gros Ventre woman, 110, a living bridge to the 'buffalo days'
By KAREN OGDEN, Great Falls Tribune Enterprise Editor, Sep 17, 2006

The family was stunned when the priest translated the careful Latin
script on the baptismal certificate.

They knew their grandmother, the matriarch of the Gros Ventre Tribe, was
about 100. Delivered by a midwife on the Fort Belknap Reservation, she
had no birth certificate.

The exact date had never been an issue, until they received an
invitation last spring from the governor's office. Theresa Walker
Lamebull was to be honored at a banquet in Helena with other Montana
centenarians. But her family had to first prove when she was born.

They turned to Father Joseph Retzel at the St. Paul's Mission in Hays,
where Lamebull is a devout, lifelong member. Soon after, the priest
came to a family gathering with a copy of the baptismal certificate and
some news.

"Grandma Theresa" was not 100. She was 110.

On April 4, 1897, the certificate said, a couple called White
Weaselbrought their daughter to the St. Paul's Mission to be baptized.
They named her Theresa.

She was about 1 year old, it said, putting her birth in 1896.

Lamebull has given other birth dates in the past that put her closer to
100. But Retzel said last week that he is confident the baptismal
certificate he found is accurate and is hers.

If so, that could make Lamebull the state's oldest person, although
there is no official list, said Charlie Rehbein, Aging Services Bureau
chief with the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.

"Anybody over 110, they are going to be one of the oldest, if not the
oldest," Rehbein said.

Walter Breuning, a cigar-smoking centenarian in Great Falls, is a close
second. He celebrates his 110th birthday Thursday.

An Ecuadorian woman considered the world's oldest person by Guinness
World Records died late last month at 116.

But Lamebull's significance reaches far beyond talk of numbers. As a
living bridge to what her tribe calls the "buffalo days," she is a
cultural and spiritual treasure to her people.

"To me she is one of the few keepers of our way of life, our traditional
way of life," said Terry Brockie, 36.

Nine years ago, Brockie took an interest in learning his native
language. He has since spent has spent countless hours with Lamebull,
studying the Gros Ventre or White Clay language. Although young
people are embracing the language, Lamebull is among fewer than five
elders who spoke Gros Ventre as their first language.

Brockie always visited her home in Hays, at the foot of the Little Rocky
Mountains, bearing a traditional gift such as cow tongue. He believes
Lamebull's longevity is a spiritual gift to the tribe. She carried the
language and culture through turbulent times, holding it until younger
generations were ready to learn and record it.

"She's put on this Earth to keep things for our people," Brockie said.
"To me she's the most important person to our tribe."

Smiling across a century

Though her hearing is failing and her body is frail, Lamebull is full of

She lived alone with her beloved dog "Nuisance" until July. Her house
was only a block from the old stone St. Paul's Mission Church where she
was baptized.

Now she's at the Northern Montana Care Center, where her good cheer and
infectious giggle make her a darling of the staff.

On a recent afternoon, a handful of great-grandchildren crowded into
Lamebull's room, with a great-great-granddaughter, Danielle, in tow.

Lamebull beamed and reached out for the toddler. Danielle beamed right
back and they gazed at each other across a century.

"Happy! So happy!" Lamebull cooed to the smiling little girl. "What's
you got? You got feet!"

Lamebull thrived on the commotion in her little room, unleashing peals
of laughter as her great-grandson, Damion Walker, cracked jokes.

He urged his great-grandma, his "newa," to tell them about the past.

In the old days, "we never stayed in one place very long," Lamebull
said. "There used to be deep snow, and they would clean a place for our
camp. They'd get all the snow off the ground where they'd build their

Every so often as she spoke, she pulled tight a brown blanket wrapped
around her shoulders, her pink nail polish flashing from beneath.

But her memories of those cold, hard winters are warm.

"They used to keep fire in the middle of the tepee, and that kept the
whole place warm," she said. "They used to take turns keeping up the

Growing up 'Indian way'
Lamebull was born the year door-to-door mail delivery started in Great
Falls. Grover Cleveland was president.

Her people, allies of the Blackfeet, were relegated to the present-day
Fort Belknap Reservation only eight years earlier.

Lamebull remembers little of her father, White Weasel, who died of a war

"They never got that bullet out," she said. "It was poisoning him."

Her mother was Kills in the Brush.

Lamebull was brought up in what Brockie calls the "Indian Way" by her

"I think that was the insurance that there's always going to be that
seed of a person that has that old-time knowledge," he said.

Indeed Lamebull cooked traditional foods for friends and family for
years. She told her grandchildren how she made pemmican with
Juneberries and cherries.

"You put the tallow in there and put sugar in there. ... It was like
powder," she said. "Everybody liked that. Hardly anybody knew how to
make it. Everybody used to come and ask me to make some. ... I wish I
had some now."

Hooves were a childhood favorite for Lamebull.

"They'd boil them a long time," she said, sounding as if she could
almost taste the words. "And gee they were good."

They ate "good wild animals. Better than this beef we're getting now,"
she said, setting her grandchildren laughing.

But cattle were already taking over the prairie. The thundering buffalo
herds that sustained her people's lifestyle were gone.

"After, we built a house," Lamebull said. "Everybody was building
houses. My dad built a house too. ... Ohhh, I thought it was a
wonderful place to live."

Hard times
Lamebull speaks mostly of happy memories: Christmas dances, food and her
favorite girlhood horse "Roanie," who would lie down for her to climb on
his back so they could roam the prairie.

But her youth was a time of hardship for the Gros Ventre.

Those stories are captured in a book of memoirs of Fort Belknap elders
compiled in 1982. Lamebull, then in her 80s, was among 20 elders
interviewed for the book, "Recollections of Fort Belknap's Past," by
the Curriculum Development Project of the Fort Belknap Education

Only the elderly received government food rations, and not enough to
last a week, her memoir says. The rest survived on their gardens and
whatever wildlife they could catch: rabbits, deer, sage hens, antelope
and prairie chickens.

Indians were not allowed to leave the reservation without a permit.

At age 12, Lamebull was sent to school at St. Paul's Mission.

"We had to stay there. We had a high fence and we couldn't go home when
we wanted to," she said in the memoir. "It really was a poor school. We
hardly had anything to eat."

When the flu epidemic struck in 1918, the survivors couldn't build
coffins fast enough, she said.

"Babies, women, men, and mostly women died that time."

Lamebull lost two sons of her own a day apart to diphtheria in the
1920s, according to her granddaughter, Patty Addy.

"She made it through, and then she lost adult sons: my dad and my Uncle
Henry and her daughter Virginia," Addy said. "They were hard on her,
but she's really something. She'll grieve and then she'll let them go.
... She just has a way of carrying on."

Lamebull was about 16 when she married her first husband, John Walker,
who doted on her, Addy said. He died of lung cancer in 1961.

They had 10 children together. Lamebull outlived five of them and her
second husband, Andrew Lamebull.

Her greatest pride is that all of her children served in the military,
with the exception of her daughter Virginia, whose poor health
prevented it.

Portraits of them hang on a wall in her room at the care center,
arranged around a hologram of Jesus on the cross.

"She has a marvelous spirit, and she does have a deep faith in the Lord,
in Jesus, and her faith is very strong in her life," said Father Retzel,
with St. Paul's in Hays.

Three years ago, at 107, Lamebull fell while walking along the gravel
road to the church and couldn't get up, Retzel recalled.

"She just stayed there until somebody came along, and when they did, she
just laughed it off," he said. "That's typical of that lady."

Alcohol, drugs and gossip

When others fell along the path of life, Lamebull was there to pick them
up or take them in.

Addy was raised by Lamebull after her parents divorced and her mother
fell ill with tuberculosis. She remembers her grandparents taking in
three neighbor children, the Magpie kids.

Lamebull taught them all to pray, go to church, be kind to each other
and stay out of trouble.

"She was really against alcohol and drugs," Addy said. "She said it
ruined your life. And gossip, ... She just sees how it damaged so many

When her children were grown, Lamebull taught arts and crafts in local
schools. Her quilts are in homes across the reservation and beyond.

In her 80s, she found another calling.

Lamebull and fellow tribal elder Elmer Main would drive 70 miles
roundtrip twice a week to the tribal college at Fort Belknap Agency to
teach Gros Ventre language. Lamebull taught into her 90s.

Now at the care center, she looks forward to going home for the next

And everyone looks forward to seeing "Grandma Theresa," a woman who is
never too tired, too frail or too old to greet you with a warm smile.

"She really makes you feel good about who you are as a White Clay
person," Brockie said. "She has a real goodness about her, her aura. I
think that comes from being on this Earth for so long."

COM: Blogarithmic #144

Some interesting news about OLH and Peter Navarra coming up when i get a moment . . .

"I thought I was daydreaming for a second, honestly. But then I heard the crowd roar and thought, 'Oh, shoot. That was me!'"
-- Josmer Altidore on how he felt after scoring the New York Red Bulls' gamewinner last weekend against Columbus. The 16-year-old had seen 10 minutes of MLS action before coming on as a sub against the Crew and scoring his first pro goal, a strike that helped keep his team's playoff hopes alive.

SMALL COLLEGES: C'debaca leads No. 1 Trinity

The much-traveled Robbie C'debaca scored the first and last goal in leading Trinity (Texas), ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA/adidas NCAA Men's Division III Top 25, to its fifth straight win of the season with a 4-1 win over Southwestern.

C'debaca, one of four Albuquerque, N.M., products on the Tigers' roster, spent time in Dutch club NEC's youth academy, began his college career at New Mexico, then played for Maryland. C'debaca came on as a substitute in the Terrapins' 1-0 win over New Mexico in the 2005 Men's College Cup final.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

ATH: Some Slippage . . .

From Soccer America

Virginia is new men's No. 1

Virginia moved into the top spot in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 with a 3-2 victory over Boston College in overtime on Friday.

Junior midfielder Jeremy Barlow delivered his second game-winning goal of the season six minutes into overtime to the delight of a season-high 3,839 fans at Klockner Stadium. The Cavaliers won their seventh straight game for the first time since the 1993 season.

"This was a good win for us," Cavs coach George Gelnovatch said. "We played well and they [Boston College] were able to score late and force overtime. I was very happy that we were able to keep our heads up and put together a goal for the win."

Boston College tied the game in the 85th minute to force overtime on former U.S. U-20 Charlie Davies' goal. Stephen Hepburn had put the Eagles on top 39 seconds into the game, but Nico Colaluca tied the game, 1-1, in the 3rd minute. German Yannick Reyering gave the Cavs a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season in the 26th minute.

SMU fell from No. 1 to No. 3 after being tied by New Mexico, 1-1, Friday night on the first day of the Lobos' TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational.

Adrian Chevannes put the Mustangs ahead in the 43rd minute, but the Lobos equalized in the 57th minute when a corner kick resulted in an SMU deflection into the net for an own goal. Two days later in Albuquerque, SMU beat Dayton, 1-0, to improve its record to 8-0-1.

Clemson, off to its best start since 1978, moved up to No. 2 with its seventh straight win, a 1-0 victory over North Carolina before 7,012 fans at Historic Riggs Field.

For the second straight week, Danny Poe had the winning goal for Clemson, A week earlier, Poe had the game-winner as the Tigers defeated defending national champion Maryland, 2-1.

"It was a total team victory," said Clemson coach Trevor Adair. "Our players gave it their all. The crowd was great again and this atmosphere is unbelievable. The players did everything we asked. I am happy for Danny Poe. He plays hard and gives great effort."

Maryland drew the third highest crowd in Ludwig Field history as 4,565 fans watched the Terrapins defeat N.C. State, 3-0, on goals by A.J. Godbolt, Graham Zusi and freshman standout Jason Herrick. Marcus Tracy, Michael Lahoud, Ryan Solle and Lyle Adams scored to lead No. 7 Wake Forest to a 4-2 win over No. 15 Virginia Tech in another ACC battle.

Surging UCLA handed two ranked WCC teams their first losses of the season. The Bruins beat Santa Clara, 2-1, Friday night in Westwood. Maxwell Griffin and Jason Leopoldo scored for UCLA less than a minute apart in the second half. Two days later, Griffin scored in the first half and David Estrada scored late to defeat San Francisco, 2-0. Santa Clara's trip to Southern California proved to be a complete loss as the Broncos fell to Cal State Northridge, 4-1, on Sunday.

Besides Virginia and Clemson, Washington is the only undefeated and untied team left in the Division I men's ranks. UW won its own Husky Fever Classic with wins over Northern Illinois (5-0) and Marshall (2-0). Appalachian State's perfect record come to an end as Charlotte defeated the Mountaineers, 3-2, in double overtime Saturday evening.


1. Virginia (7-0-0) 2
2. Clemson (7-0-0) 3
3. SMU (7-0-1) 1
4. Duke (7-0-1) 4
5. Maryland (6-1-0) 6
6. Wake Forest (6-1-0) 7
7. Washington (7-0-0) 10
8. North Carolina (6-2-0) 5
9. UCLA (4-2-1) 16
10. UIC (6-0-2) 11
11. Akron (6-1-0) 12
12. West Virginia (6-0-2) 14
13. San Francisco (6-1-1) 8
14. UC Santa Barbara (4-2-0) 19
15. Santa Clara (4-2-1) 9
16. Virginia Tech (4-2-1) 15
17. South Florida (4-2-2) 17
18. Old Dominion (5-1-0) 21
19. Saint Louis (3-2-1) NR
20. Indiana (3-3-1) 20
21. Notre Dame (4-2-1) 18
22. New Mexico (3-2-2) NR
23. Northwestern (6-1-0) NR
24. Fordham (4-0-1) NR
25. Brown (4-1-0) NR

WOMEN: BU leads upset victories

Boston University pulled off the biggest upset of the 2006 women's season when it beat Santa Clara, 1-0, Friday night at the Stanford Nike Classic.

Sophomore Marisha Schumacher-Hodge fed senior Lauren Erwin, who scored with a blast from 15 yards for the game's only goal in the 63rd minute. Senior goalie Stephanie Dreyer made five saves, including a crucial stop on Santa Clara's Brittany Klein.

"We approached the game like any other," said BU coach Nancy Feldman. "We were confident and stuck to our game plan in how we wanted to play and defend. We have a lot of respect for Santa Clara. They are a great team with great players."

BU defeated ranked Boston College (1-0) to open the 2006 season and upset Connecticut (1-0 in overtime) in the 2005 NCAA tournament. On Sunday, the Terriers fell to Stanford, 3-0.

The weekend featured a rash of upsets as ranked teams Missouri, California and Nebraska all lost for the first time this season, falling to unranked teams.

Jodi Klagos's early goal gave Wisconsin-Milwaukee a 1-0 victory over Missouri. California dropped a 1-0 decision to Ohio State at the Ohio State Invitational. Jenna Greenwood netted what held up as the game-winning goal for Ohio State in the 15th minute when she tapped in the rebound of Laura Dickenmann's long-range shot. Central Michigan moved to 7-0-0 when the Chippewas rallied for two goals by freshman Stephanie Martin to beat Nebraska, 2-1, on the road.

In another major upset, Cal State Fullerton defeated Texas A&M, 2-1, thanks to a pair with counter-attacking goals by midfielder Lauryn Welch. Fullerton goalkeeper Karen Bardsley made 12 saves, while the Fullerton defense cleared two more Aggie attempts off the goal line.

Along with Cal State Fullerton, Central Michigan, Ohio State and Boston University, Pepperdine and Brown moved into the Top 25 with victories over ranked teams.

Pepperdine rallied from one-goal down at halftime to beat ranked Kansas, 3-1, then knocked off tough Arizona State, 1-0. Jennifer Brewer started the comeback against the Jayhawks with a goal on shot from 45 yards. Brown upset Boston College, 2-1, to snap BC's four-game winning streak. The Bears won thanks to early goals by Kerrilynn Carney on a header in the 7th minute and Kathryn Moos in the 12th minute.

West Virginia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and untied teams when Virginia tied the Mountaineers, 1-1, on Sunday.

Only three Top 25 teams remained unbeaten and untied: 1. Florida State (6-0-0), No. 2 Notre Dame (8-0-0) and No. 10 Villanova (8-0-0). Besides Central Michigan, which moved into the Top 25 for the first time, Navy (8-0-0), Akron (7-0-0) and Old Dominion (7-0-0) still have perfect records.


1. Florida State (6-0-0) 1
2. Notre Dame (8-0-0) 2
3. UCLA (6-1-0) 4
4. North Carolina (8-1-0) 5
5. Portland (5-2-1) 8
6. Santa Clara (6-2-0) 3
7. West Virginia (7-0-1) 6
8. Penn State (4-2-2) 9
9. Rice (7-0-1) 11
10. Villanova (8-0-0) 13
11. Texas (6-2-1) 14
12. Connecticut (4-3-1) 19
13. Auburn (6-1-0) 20
14. Wake Forest (8-1-0) NR
15. Tennessee (4-2-1) 12
16. Virginia (5-2-1) 21.
17. Cal State Fullerton (4-2-1) NR
18. Texas A&M (4-3-1) 7
19. Pepperdine (5-1-2) NR
20. Central Michigan (7-0-0) NR
21. Ohio State (4-2-1) NR
22. Fresno State (6-1-1) 23
23. BYU (6-1-0) 24
24. Colorado (5-1-1) 25
25. Brown (4-1-2) NR
25. Boston University (5-2-1) NR

Saturday, September 16, 2006

ENV: New Ants to Worry About!

Move Over Fire Ants
Science Magazine, 15 September 2006, Random Samples

A mysterious species of ant has invaded Houston, Texas, and no one knows where the creatures came from. The insects, of the genus Paratrechina, are known as "crazy ants" because of their frenzied movements. They are so numerous and aggressive that they're driving away the notorious imported red fire ant. The crazy ants are a major headache for homeowners, and researchers fear they could also harm wildlife and endanger electrical equipment.

An exterminator first noticed the ants in 2002 and contacted Roger Gold, an urban entomologist at Texas A&M University in College Station. He and graduate student Jason Meyers are studying ways to control the ants but without much luck. "You can kill hundreds of thousands of ants, and the remaining ones walk over the cadavers and continue on their way," Gold says.

The ants raised worries this summer when they crawled into circuit boards and shorted out a radiation scanner at the Port of Houston. They are now about 20 kilometers from NASA's Johnson Space Center. Research on control is hampered by the fact that the Houston species hasn't been identified yet. And it's not clear whether the ants are agricultural pests, so the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't taking action.

COM: Blogarithmic #143

Big weekend. Big Scores! Mostly good too.

William Lawson, George Thompson, Ryan Ross, and Chrispy Hoover's Highland Park pounded Bishop Lynch 56-13, Tivy, sans Clint Sanders unfortunately, but with Dylan Cannon maybe getting some playing time, won its first game of the season over perennial nemesis San Angelo Lakeview 41-6, but Ingram Tom Moore lost its third straight to Blanco 37-7. Still looking for Smithson Valley, and OLH is playing as i write this. Will be back to update with player details too as i find them.

Some detail. Highland Park is leading the region in offense, averaging 578 yards per game! William is listed as the no. two receiver on the team with seven receptions for 120 yards, but i think that must be after the first two games and doesn't include last night's. Can't find a decent game story for last night yet.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #142

No. 1 SMU faces a potentially difficult test against unranked New Mexico at the Lobos' LC Plumbing and Utility Invitational.

Streetcar opening last night was much fun. Got to see a lot of friends i haven't seen for a while. Wright and Johanna Roussel, Melissa and Grady Douglass, Amber Freeman, Boyd and Jeri Etheridge back from New England, Graydon Vaught, Sharon Smith, Cynthia Anderson and Kristen Miller.

Yep! That's Coalter Baker!

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #141

A Streetcar Named Desire opens tonight at The Point Theatre. Show time is 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.

I have a habit of randomly reviewing things now and then (more then than lately), but am not going to review something i'm in, except to say that i wish i could review this one. The leads are just phenomenal. Leaman Valentine is mesmerizing in several scenes, and Sarah Tacey, Ann Reynolds, and Jerry Mertz are dazzling across the board. My "wife" Louise Leahy is a genuine hoot all the way through, and Garrett Whitten will be an instant heartthrob. I think no one will be disappointed by this one. And i have to say it's been a great pleasure working with the director, John Ruth, an old friend, and an excellent supporting cast and technical crew.

Meanwhile, Leaman and beau Cassie Baker have settled on moving to Austin at the end of the month and so we lose his services as a lead in Lend Me A Tenor. Since we start rehearsals in just a few days we are trying to make a choice from a passel of talented others we'd like to have step into the role. I'll post a full cast list soon.

From Soccer America

Kelsey Carpenter was a one-woman show for No. 14 Texas, scoring on blasts from 20 and 25 yards to break a 2-2 tie and give the Longhorns a 4-2 win at LSU before 1,669 fans in Baton Rouge. Carpenter finished with three goals and an assist on Carrie Schmit's goal.

No. 11 Rice crushed Texas Southern, 12-0, but it could have been much worse. The Owls outshot Texas Southern, 66-0. Clory Martin led Rice with three goals and two assists. Erin Scott and Traci Fraser each had two goals. Shelley Wong had three assists, all in the first 18 minutes.

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OBT: Ann Richards

Another hero of mine gone . . .

Former Texas governor Ann Richards dies at 73
Flamboyant, outspoken homemaker became national political star
The Associated Press, Updated: 7:18 a.m. CT Sept 14, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas - Former Gov. Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer, a family spokeswoman said. She was 73.

She died at home surrounded by her family, the spokeswoman said. Richards was found to have esophageal cancer in March and underwent chemotherapy treatments.

The silver-haired, silver-tongued Richards said she entered politics to help others — especially women and minorities who were often ignored by Texas’ male-dominated establishment.

“I did not want my tombstone to read, ’She kept a really clean house.’ I think I’d like them to remember me by saying, ’She opened government to everyone,”’ Richards said shortly before leaving office in January 1995.

She was governor for one term, losing her re-election bid to Republican George W. Bush.

Her four adult children spent Wednesday with her, said family spokeswoman Cathy Bonner, a longtime family friend.

“They’re a strong group of people but they’re broken-hearted, of course,” Bonner said.

Her family said as governor she was most proud of two actions that probably cost her re-election. She vetoed legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns, automatic weapons and so-called “cop-killer bullets.”

She also vetoed a bill that critics said would have allowed the destruction of the Edwards Aquifer, a major underground water system that now serves 1.7 million in people in south central Texas, including the city of San Antonio.

‘Great wit’
Republican Gov. Rick Perry described Richards as “the epitome of Texas politics: a figure larger than life who had a gift for captivating the public with her great wit.”

Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said that with Richards’ death, “We’ve lost a little bit of that mystique and that wonderfulness that so captivates the rest of this country about Texas.”

She grabbed the national spotlight with her keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention when she was the Texas state treasurer. Richards won cheers from delegates when she reminded them that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, “only backwards and in high heels.”

Richards sealed her partisan reputation with a blast at George H. Bush, a fellow Texan who was vice president at the time: “Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”

Four years later, she was chairwoman of the Democratic convention that nominated Bill Clinton for president.

Richards rose to the governorship with a come-from-behind victory over millionaire cowboy Clayton Williams in 1990. She cracked a half-century male grip on the governor’s mansion and celebrated by holding up a T-shirt that showed the state Capitol and read: “A woman’s place is in the dome.”

In four years as governor, Richards championed what she called the “New Texas,” appointing more women and more minorities to state posts than any of her predecessors.

She appointed the first black University of Texas regent; the first crime victim to join the state Criminal Justice Board; the first disabled person to serve on the human services board; and the first teacher to lead the State Board of Education. Under Richards, the fabled Texas Rangers pinned stars on their first black and female officers.

She polished Texas’ image, courted movie producers, championed the North American Free Trade Agreement, oversaw an expansion of the state prison system, and presided over rising student achievement scores and plunging dropout rates.

She took time out to celebrate her 60th birthday by earning her motorcycle driver’s license.

Throughout her years in office, her personal popularity remained high. One poll put it at more than 60 percent the year she lost to Bush.

‘Good feelings’
“I may have lost the race,” Richards said after the defeat. “But I don’t think I lost the good feelings that people have about me in this state. That’s tremendously reassuring to me.”

Richards went on to give speeches, work as a commentator for CNN and serve as a senior adviser in the New York office of Public Strategies Inc., an Austin-based consulting firm.

In her last 10 years, Richards worked for many social causes and helped develop the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, scheduled to open in Austin in 2007.

“She had a political instinct,” said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas. “I wrote her a note when I heard about her cancer and she wrote me back a wonderful letter. She was upbeat and positive and I think she was going to go out with guns blazing. She’s a person that never stopped enjoying whatever there was in life that she could enjoy.”

Born in Lakeview, Texas, in 1933, Richards grew up near Waco, married civil rights lawyer David Richards and spent her early adulthood volunteering in campaigns and raising four children. She often said the hardest job she ever had was as a public school teacher at Fulmore Junior High School in Austin.

Richards served on the Travis County Commissioners Court in Austin for six years before jumping to a bigger arena in 1982. Her election as state treasurer made her the first woman elected statewide in nearly 50 years.

But politics took a toll. It helped break up her marriage. And public life forced her to be remarkably candid about her 1980 treatment for alcoholism.

“I had seen the very bottom of life,” she once recalled. “I was so afraid I wouldn’t be funny anymore. I just knew that I would lose my zaniness and my sense of humor. But I didn’t. Recovery turned out to be a wonderful thing.”

The 1990 election was rough. Her Democratic primary opponent, then-Attorney General Jim Mattox, accused her of using illegal drugs. Williams, an oilman, banker and rancher, spent millions of his own money on the race she narrowly won.

After her unsuccessful re-election campaign against Bush, Richards said she never missed being in public office.

Asked once what she might have done differently had she known she was going to be a one-term governor, Richards grinned.

“Oh, I would probably have raised more hell.”

Survivors include her children, Cecile Richards, Daniel Richards, Clark Richards and Ellen Richards; their spouses; and eight grandchildren.