Coyote Carnival – 1st edition

Coyote_2Welcome to the first edition of Coyote Carnival. In the near future,
these carnivals should be hosted at another local Arizona blog, to drive
traffic to that site. If you are interested in hosting, please contact
me. To ensure wide esposure, I am going to be cross-posting this first
carnival to BlogForArizona. This first edition doesn’t have a theme
except that all the entries are from Arizona-based blogs. We got a few
submissions that broke that rule, as well as a number that were just commercial advertising, but the great majority of the
submissions were acceptable, and most were accepted by the editor (me). The complete list is on the flip…

Total Information Awareness Runs Amok

Stewart Heady of Tsaile, Arizona wrote in the mailing list ProgressForAZ the following interesting story which I think makes an important point about the need for oversight of datamining and roving surveillance systems: "In the year after 9/11 I was living in the Seattle area.  There are a lot of immigrants in the whole region … Read more

Bush’s Authoritarian Cultists

Today there is only one blog post on the internet that has to be read, and it’s not this one, it’s Glenn Greenwald’s insightful questioning of whether Bush supporters have any ideology at all any more. Go read it. You won’t be sorry you did. You will be left with a firm conviction that those … Read more

Cheney Shoots Lawyer

Cheney, while hunting quail shot his hunting partner, who is also the owner of the ranch he was hunting on. By all accounts it was an accidental shooting, but I just gotta wonder. Did Cheney owe this guy money? Was he a Democrat? Did he mouth off to Dick? Say that the NSA domestic spying … Read more

The Sound of Sedition

Does the following sound like sedition to you? It does to the VA Administration:

Wake Up, Get Real

Dear Alibi,

am furious with the tragically misplaced priorities and criminal
negligence of this government. The Katrina tragedy in the U.S. shows
that the emperor has no clothes! Bush and his team partied and delayed
while millions of people were displaced, hundreds of thousands were
abandoned to a living hell. Thousands more died of drowning,
dehydration, hunger and exposure; most bodies remain unburied and
rotting in attics and floodwater. Is this America the beautiful?

risk of hurricane disaster was clearly predicted, yet funds for repair
work for the Gulf States barrier islands and levee system were
unconscionably diverted to the Iraq War. Money and manpower and ethics
have been diverted to fight a war based on absolute lies!

As a
VA nurse working with returning OIF vets, I know the public has no
sense of the additional devastating human and financial costs of
post-traumatic stress disorder; now we will have hundreds of thousands
of our civilian citizens with PTSD as well as far too many young
soldiers, maimed physically or psychologically—or both—spreading their
pain, anger and isolation through family and communities for
generations. And most of this natural disaster and war tragedy has been
preventable … how very, very sad!

In the meantime, our war-fueled federal deficit mushrooms—and whither this debt now, as we care for the displaced and destroyed?

Cheney, Chertoff, Brown and Rice should be tried for criminal
negligence. This country needs to get out of Iraq now and return to our
original vision and priorities of caring for land and people and
resources rather than killing for oil.

Katrina itself was the
size of New Mexico. Denials of global warming are ludicrous and
patently irrational at this point. We can anticipate more wild,
destructive weather to occur as a response stress of the planet. We
need to wake up and get real here, and act forcefully to remove a
government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and
vicious deceit. Otherwise, many more of us will be facing living hell
in these times.

Laura Berg