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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

SPARKY: Rove Truth Squad Morsels from America!

Balletshooz: Plamegate: Karl Rove, Dick Durbin, And The Politics Of Treason:
“ It has recently been discovered that White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove was almost certainly one of the persons in the Bush administration who leaked the identity of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame to the media. Such a leak of an undercover operative is a felony and a serious national security breach.

Alphaliberal.comIt is likely that the leaking of the name was retribution against Plame's husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had publicly discredited one of the Bush administration's trumped-up rationales for invading Iraq in the run-up to the war.

Cartoonist and commentator Ted Rall in an op-ed piece compared Karl Rove's action to treason. While it is certain that Rove's action undermined national security and the war on terror by disrupting the covert Brewster Jennings CIA operation, it is unlikely that Karl Rove "technically" committed treason. Instead, this is an escalation of a verbal uncivil-war at the fringes of each party.

On the right, chickenhawks who avoided military service at all costs, like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly, claim to speak for the troops by saying criticizing Bush's lack of a plan in Iraq equates to hating the troops. This assumption is faulty, since most Americans oppose the foreign policy of the Bush administration, yet almost no one has actually blamed the troops for this. Moreover, we have seen one veterans group after another, as well as the families of service members, come out and denounce Bush's lack of a plan for Iraq. Charges of "hating the troops" coming from cowardly chickenhawks, whose main contribution to the Iraq war is a ribbon bumper sticker an their SUV and a tax break, is laughable at best. ... Now that Karl Rove has been implicated in a crime that has undermined national security, the left has jumped all over Karl Rove as being a potential traitor. This is an appropriate strategy, since it is merely a return of the same over-the-top rhetoric that was directed at them. The true irony of this saga is that in Karl Rove's case, there is at least an argument to make, that the outing of an undercover CIA operative, which clearly compromised the war on terror, amounted to treason. (complete in link)”

Karl Rove's Arrest - Parody Image from above site.
Susan McGrew: Bush should fire Rove, any others involved in Plame leak
Monday, August 22, 2005
(Canton Rep - Plain Township)Several years ago, Robert Novak from the Chicago Sun- Times reported that Valerie Plame Wilson was a covert CIA agent. Novak stated that the information was obtained from two senior administration officials.

Around that time, Matt Cooper was also given the story by two “government officials.”

Why would anyone with any degree of integrity out a CIA agent?

Valerie Wilson was a spy. She collected foreign intelligence, was involved in espionage and covert operations, and was a person willing to take great risks, even death, for her country.

As we now know, Karl Rove planted the story. This is the lowest of low in politics. When Ambassador Joseph Wilson spoke the truth and told the American people that President Bush’s claim was false concerning Niger’s giving uranium to Iraq, revenge was taken against his wife.

Rove was letting him know not to mess with this White House.

The leak has damaged national security and her career and was life-threatening.

Karl Rove has committed a crime. He has breached our national security and misused government information.

It’s time to keep your promise, Mr. President, and fire Karl Rove and any other person involved in this crime.

No wonder our news media and newspapers don’t report the facts. They’re afraid of the repercussions.

More Attacks and Defense for "Peace Mom"

News Hounds: We watch FOX so you don't have to

August 21, 2005

Take Action! Demand FOX News Retract Cindy Sheehan Lie

A little while ago, at 2:05 PM ET, FOX News Live reported a vicious lie about Cindy Sheehan without bothering to provide the source.

Laurie Dhue introduced the segment by saying snidely that Cindy Sheehan is the "so-called Peace Mom," as if that in itself is something distasteful.

Molly Henneberg reported from Crawford, TX that Sheehan "says America is not worth dying for." Rather than provide a specific source or a clip, Henneberg merely told the audience Sheehan said that "back in April at a rally in San Francisco for a lawyer convicted of providing support to terrorists." Perhaps the reason no clip or source was provided was because Henneberg completely distorted what Sheehan said.

In fact, Iraq was the country Sheehan said was not worth dying for, as this complete quote from a transcript at wikipedia shows:

I'm going all over the country telling moms: "This country is not worth dying for. If we're attacked, we would all go out. We'd all take whatever we had. I'd take my rolling pin and I'd beat the attackers over the head with it. But we were not attacked by Iraq." {applause}

Funny, but Henneberg did show a clip of something else Sheehan said at the same rally: "If he thinks that it's so important for Iraq to have a U.S.-imposed sense of freedom and democracy, then he needs to sign up his two little party-animal girls. They need to go this war. They need to fight."

Why provide the clip on the second but not the first quote, which was the one highlighted by the story? Could it be because it was bogus and FOX News knew it?

Contact FOX News and demand a retraction:
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CBS News: Joan Baez Joins Peace Mom's Cause
CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug. 22, 2005
Peace activist and singer Joan Baez performs at Camp Casey near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005. (Photo: AP)
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Joan Baez was against the Vietnam War and she showed it — appearing at marches, once even blocking the entrance of a military induction center. The folk singer is against the Iraq war, too, and she showed her support Sunday to protesters camping out near President Bush's ranch.
Gary Qualls, of Temple, Texas, kneels in front of a memorial to his fallen son Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Qualls in Crawford, Texas. (Photo: AP)
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Baez took to the stage for about 500 people on an acre lot offered by a landowner who opposes the war, performing such classic peace anthems as "Song of Peace," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"

Not far way is the camp started by Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq. Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., started the anti-war demonstration on Aug. 6 and vowed to remain until Bush agreed to meet with her or until his monthlong vacation ends Sept. 3.

She flew to Los Angeles last week after her 74-year-old mother had a stroke but is expected to return to Texas in a few days.

But Sheehan's absence from the growing campsite isn't deterring other protesters, CBS News correspondent Bill Plante reports for The Early Show. One woman told Plante: "This vigil is larger than Cindy. It's always been larger than Cindy."

"In the first march I went to (opposing Vietnam) there were 10 of us. This is huge," Baez told the relatives of fallen soldiers before performing just up the road from the ranch.

Over the weekend, Baez also performed "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." For Baez, an anti-war movement was inevitable.

"It was the final tear for the overflow and you can't stop running water," she said. "Cindy's was the final tear."

Cindy Sheehan has become a household name. Congressional Quarterly columnist and CBS News political analyst Craig Crawford tells The Early Show's Harry Smith.

Crosses for U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq on the road leading to President Bush's ranch near Crawford, Texas, are shown Sunday night, Aug. 21, 2005. (Photo: AP)
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"She's become a logo … for the leftist anti-war movement which does seem to be growing," Crawford said. "She's sort of become what Howard Dean was back in the presidential campaign, just a face and a voice for a lot of Americans who disagree with this war."

And Sheehan is quickly becoming perceived as a Republican liability, Crawford said.

"Inside the political circles this campaign has already begun and they're getting worried that Iraq could become a defining issue in that campaign and turn out a lot of the republicans and maybe even endanger control of the senate by republicans," Crawford said.

Downtown, miles from the president's ranch, more supporters of Mr. Bush arrived at a pro-Bush camp that had been set up as a reaction to Sheehan's. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 150 people had visited the large tent with "God Bless Our President!" and "God Bless Our Troops" banners and a life-size cardboard cutout of Bush.

"When we saw this, we said, `Thank God you're here'," said Frances Lee, who came from Douglasville, Ga., with neighbor Brenda Bohanan. They planned to hold pro-Bush banners down the street from the protesters.

"We said, 'We wanted y'all to know that there are people from all over the United States that care,'" Lee said.

The pro-Bush camp is called "Fort Qualls," for Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Wayne Qualls, 20, killed in Fallujah last fall. His father, Gary Qualls of Temple, said the anti-war demonstrators are being disrespectful to soldiers. Sheehan's 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, also died last year in Iraq. He is among more than 1,800 U.S. soldiers killed since the March 2003 invasion.

Mr. Bush has said he sympathizes with Sheehan but won't change his schedule to meet with her. She and other families met with Bush about two months after Casey died, before she became a vocal opponent of the war.

Besides "Fort Qualls" camp, a few Bush supporters have stood with signs in the ditch across from the demonstrators' camp.

Down the street, another group of about a dozen set up tents and pro-Bush signs on private property over the weekend.
Wikipedia: Joan Baez

Joan Chandos Báez (born on January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter, known for her distinctive vocal style as well as her outspoken political views.


Joan Baez was born in Staten Island, New York, into a Quaker family. Her father Albert Baez, a physicist, refused lucrative war industry jobs, probably influencing Joan's political activism in the American and international civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960's to the present. The family, frequently having to move by reason of his work, lived in different towns across the US, in France, Switzerland, Italy, and the Middle East, where they stayed in 1951. Baez, at the time only ten years old, was deeply impressed by the poverty and the inhuman treatment the local population in Bagdad suffered from. In the late 1950s, Dr. Baez accepted a faculty position at MIT, and moved his family to the Boston area, at the time the epicenter of the up-and-coming folk music scene, and Joan began performing locally in Boston/Cambridge area clubs, and attended Boston University. Her most noted venue was the Club 47 Mount Auburn, in Cambridge, where she performed twice a week for $20 per show. It was with other performers from the same club that she recorded her first album, Folksingers 'Round Harvard Square.

Joan Baez performing at The Neighborhood Theatre,
Charlotte, North Carolina (3 October 2003)

Baez' true professional career began at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival and she recorded her first album for a major company, Joan Baez, the following year on Vanguard Records. The collection of traditional folk ballads, blues and laments sung to her own guitar accompaniment sold moderately well. Her second release, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 in 1961 went gold, as did 1962's Joan Baez in Concert, parts 1 and 2. From the early to mid-1960s, Baez emerged at the forefront of the American roots revival, where she introduced her audiences to the less prominent Bob Dylan (the two became romantically involved in late 1962, remaining together through early 1965), and was emulated by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.

During this period, as the war in Vietnam and the Civil Rights struggle in the American south both became more prominent issues, Baez focused more of her attention on both areas, until eventually her music and her political involvement became inseperable. Her performance of "We Shall Overcome" at Martin Luther King's March on Washington permanently linked her with the anthem, and she frequently joined Civil Rights marches in the south. She also became more vocal about her disagreement with the U.S. war in Vietnam, publicly disclosing that she was withholding sixty percent of her income taxes (as that was the figure commonly determined to fund the military), and encouraging draft resistance at her concerts. In 1965 she founded the Institute for the Study of Nonviolence.

Like Dylan, Baez was profoundly influenced by the British Invasion and began augmenting her acoustic guitar on 1965's Farewell Angelina just after Dylan began experimenting with folk-rock. Later in the decade, Baez experimented with poetry (1968's Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time) and country music (1969's David's Album and 1970's One Day at a Time).

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Entertainment: closeup view of vocalists
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, 08/28/1963 Source: NARA - ARC Identifier: 542021

In 1968, Baez married David Harris, a prominent anti-Vietnam War protester eventually imprisoned for draft evasion. The couple divorced in 1973. Harris, a country music fan, turned Baez toward more complex country rock influences beginning with David's Album. That same year, Baez' appearance at the historic Woodstock music festival in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, particularly upon the successful release of the like-titled documentary film. Her 1971 cover of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by (The Band) was a top 10 hit in the US.

French single, 1966 "Pack up Your Sorrows", French single, 1966

Meanwhile, Baez' political involvement had by no means ceased. During Christmas of 1972, she joined a peace delegation traveling to North Vietnam, both to address human rights in the region, as well as to deliver Christmas mail to American POW's. During her time there, she was caught in Richard Nixon's "Christmas bombing" of Hanoi, during which the city was carpet bombed for eleven straight days. She also devoted a substantial amount of her time in the early 1970s to helping establish a U.S. branch of Amnesty International, and has since worked on improving human rights, both in Latin America and Southeast Asia. She toured Chile, Brazil and Argentina in 1981, but was prevented from performing in any of the three countries, fearful her criticism of their human rights practices would reach mass audiences, if she were given a podium. (A film of the ill-fated tour, There but for Fortune, was shown on PBS in 1982.)

With 1972's Come from the Shadows, Baez switched to A&M Records, flirting with mainstream pop music as well as writing her own songs for her best-selling 1975 release Diamonds & Rust. She switched to CBS Records briefly during the late 1970s, but found herself without an American label for the release of 1984's Live -Europe '83. She didn't have an American release until 1987's Recently on Gold Castle Records, and then switched to Virgin Records for 1992's Play Me Backwards. Her 2003 album, Dark Chords on a Big Guitar, found her performing songs by composers half her age, while a November 2004 performance at New York's Bowery Ballroom was recorded for a 2005 live release, Bowery Songs.

Joan Baez, "Bowery Songs," Koch Entertainment, 2005

Baez played a significant role in the 1985 Live Aid concert for African famine relief, opening the U.S. segment of the show in Philadelphia. She also has toured on behalf of many other causes, including Amnesty International.

<>Baez toured with Bob Dylan in 1964 and 1965, during his 1975 and 1976 Rolling Thunder Revue tours, and, abortively, in Europe in 1984. At one time she was romantically linked to Steve Jobs. In August 2005, Baez appeared at the Texas anti-war protest that had been started by Cindy Sheehan.

Joan Baez has a son, Gabriel Harris. Her sister was the singer and guitarist Mimi Farina (born Margarita Mimi Baez [1945-2001]). The mathematical physicist and Usenet guru, John Baez (b. 1961), is her cousin. She is a resident of Woodside, California.


  1. Folksingers 'Round Harvard Square (1959)
  2. "Joan Baez", Vanguard (November 1960)
  3. Joan Baez, Vol. 2, Vanguard (October 1961)
  4. Joan Baez in Concert, Vanguard (September 1962)
  5. Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2, Vanguard (November 1963)
  6. Joan Baez/5, Vanguard (November 1964)
  7. Farewell Angelina, Vanguard (September 1965)
  8. Noel, Vanguard (December 1966)
  9. Joan, Vanguard (August 1967)
  10. Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time, Vanguard (June 1968)
  11. Any Day Now (Songs of Bob Dylan), Vanguard (December 1968)
  12. David's Album, Vanguard (May 1969)
  13. One Day at a Time, Vanguard (January 1970)
  14. Blessed Are..., Vanguard (1971)
  15. Come from the Shadows, A&M (April 1972)
  16. Where Are You Now, My Son?, A&M (March 1973)
  17. Gracias A la Vida, A&M (July 1974)
  18. Diamonds & Rust, A&M (April 1975)
  19. From Every Stage, A&M (February 1976)
  20. Gulf Winds, A&M (November 1976)
  21. Blowin' Away, CBS (July 1977)
  22. Honest Lullaby, CBS (April 1979)
  23. Live -Europe '83, Gamma (1984)
  24. Recently, Gold Castle (July 1987)
  25. Speaking of Dreams, Gold Castle (November 1989)
  26. Play Me Backwards, Virgin (October 1992)
  27. Ring Them Bells, Guardian (August 1995)
  28. Gone From Danger, Guardian (September 1997)
  29. Dark Chords on a Big Guitar, Koch (October 2003)
  30. Bowery Songs, Koch (September 2005)


  1. The First Ten Years, Vanguard (November 1970)
  2. The Joan Baez Ballad Book, Vanguard (1972)
  3. Hits: Greatest and Others, Vanguard (1973)
  4. The Contemporary Ballad Book, Vanguard (1974)
  5. The Joan Baez Lovesong Album, Vanguard (1976)
  6. The Joan Baez Country Music Album (1977)
  7. The Best of Joan C. Baez, A&M (1977)
  8. Joan Baez: Classics, A&M (1986)
  9. Rare, Live & Classic (boxed set), Vanguard (1993)
  10. Greatest Hits, A&M (1996)
  11. Best of Joan Baez: The Millennium Collection, A&M/Universal (1999)
  12. The Complete A&M Recordings, Universal/A&M (2003)


  • Baez, Joan. 1988. And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir. Century Hutchinson, London. ISBN 0-7126-1827-9

Further Reading

  • Baez, Joan. 1968. Daybreak - An Intimate Journal. The Dial Press, New York.
  • Hajdu, David. 2001. Positively 4th Street. The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña And Richard Fariña. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York.

External links

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Why the above is important to Rove Truth Squadders
In Other News

August 20, 2005 (Saturday)

Bose-Einstein condensate
A Bose-Einstein condensate is a gaseous superfluid phase formed by atoms cooled to temperatures very near to absolute zero. The first such condensate was produced by Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman in 1995 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, using a gas of rubidium atoms cooled to 170 nanokelvins (nK). Under such conditions, a large fraction of the atoms collapse into the lowest quantum state, producing a superfluid.

Velocity-distribution data confirming the discovery of a new phase of matter, the Bose-Einstein condensate, out of a gas of rubidium atoms. The artificial colors indicate the number of atoms at each velocity, with red being the fewest and white being the most. The areas appearing white and light blue are at the lowest velocities. Left: just before the appearance of the Bose-Einstein condensate. Center: just after the appearance of the condensate. Right: after further evaporation, leaving a sample of nearly pure condensate. The peak is not infinitely narrow because of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle: since the atoms are trapped in a particular region of space, their velocity distribution necessarily possesses a certain minimum width.


The collapse of the atoms into a single quantum state is known as Bose condensation or Bose-Einstein condensation. This phenomenon was predicted in the 1920s by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein, based on Bose's work on the statistical mechanics of photons, which was then formalized and generalized by Einstein. On Friday July 22, 2005 Rowdy Boeyink, student at the Universiteit Utrecht, discovered in Paul Ehrenfest's personal archive located at the University of Leiden the original manuscript handwritten by Einstein and dated December 1924. The result of the efforts of Bose and Einstein is the concept of a Bose gas, governed by the Bose-Einstein statistics, which describes the statistical distribution of certain types of identical particles now known as bosons. Bosonic particles, which include the photon as well as atoms such as helium-4, are allowed to share quantum states with each other. Einstein speculated that cooling bosonic atoms to a very low temperature would cause them to fall (or "condense") into the lowest accessible quantum state, resulting in a new form of matter.

The critical temperature (in a uniform three-dimensional gas with no or uniform external potential) at which this happens can be derived to be:

T_c=\left(\frac{n}{\zeta(\frac{3}{2})}\right)^{2/3}\frac{h^2}{2\pi m k_B}


Tc = the critical temperature
n = particle density
m = mass per boson
h = Planck's constant,
kB = Boltzmann constant
? = the Riemann zeta function.


In 1938, Pyotr Kapitsa, John Allen and Don Misener discovered that helium-4 became a new kind of fluid, now known as a superfluid, at temperatures below 2.2 kelvins (K). Superfluid helium has many unusual properties, including the ability to flow without dissipating energy (i.e. zero viscosity) and the existence of quantized vortices. It was quickly realized that the superfluidity was due to Bose-Einstein condensation of the helium-4 atoms, which are bosons. In fact, many of the properties of superfluid helium also appear in the gaseous Bose-Einstein condensates created by Cornell, Wieman and Ketterle (see below). However, superfluid helium-4 is not commonly referred to as a "Bose-Einstein condensate" because it is a liquid rather than a gas, which means that the interactions between the atoms are relatively strong. The original Bose-Einstein theory has to be heavily modified in order to describe it.

The first "true" Bose-Einstein condensate was created by Cornell, Wieman, and co-workers at JILA on June 5, 1995. They did this by cooling a dilute vapor consisting of approximately 2000 rubidium-87 atoms to 170 nK using a combination of laser cooling (a technique that won its inventors Steven Chu, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, and William D. Phillips the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics) and magnetic evaporative cooling. About four months later, an independent effort led by Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT created a condensate made of sodium-23. Ketterle's condensate had about a hundred times more atoms, allowing him to obtain several important results such as the observation of quantum mechanical interference between two different condensates. Cornell, Wieman and Ketterle won the 2001 Nobel Prize for their achievement.

The initial results by the JILA and MIT groups have led to an explosion of experimental activity. For instance, the first molecular Bose-Einstein condensates were created in November 2003 by teams surrounding Rudolf Grimm at the University of Innsbruck, Deborah S. Jin at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Wolfgang Ketterle at MIT.

Bose-Einstein condensates are extremely fragile, compared to other states of matter more commonly encountered. The slightest interaction with the outside world can be enough to warm them past the condensation threshold, causing them to break back down into individual atoms again; it will likely be some time before any practical applications are developed for them.

Slowing light

Despite our inability to fully understand these new states of matter, several interesting properties have already been observed in experiments. Bose-Einstein condensates can be made to have an extremely high gradient in optical density. Normally, condensates do not have a particularly special refractive index, due to having an atomic density far less than normal solid materials. However, additional pump lasers can be used at frequencies designed to alter the state of atoms in the Bose-Einstein condensate, increasing drastically the index for a beam of a precise target frequency recorded at a probe point. This results in extremely low measured speed of light within it; some condensates have slowed beams of light down to mere meters per second, speeds which can be exceeded by a human on a bicycle. A rotating Bose-Einstein condensate could be used as a model black hole, allowing light to enter but not to escape. Condensates could also be used to "freeze" pulses of light, to be released again when the condensate breaks down. This is done by shutting off the pumping lasers with pulses still in transit and allowing the photons to be absorbed. Reapplying the pump lasers can then release the pulses of light, and due to the coherence of the Bose-Einstein condensate, there may be very little degradation. Research in this field is still young and ongoing.

See also

External links

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