Today is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.
On April 24, 1915, Ottoman police began arresting hundreds of Armenian intellectuals.
Among these was Siamanto, a gifted, young Armenian poet.
Neither he nor the vast majority of those arrested that day survived.
And within five years, more than a million Armenians had been murdered.
Turkey refuses to admit that these actions constituted genocide.
Many western nations, including the U.S., dare not challenge Turkey.
But the voices of those murdered in the Armenian Genocide continue to demand justice.
And do so in the words of Siamanto's poetry.
On a lovely spring day, we headed out from Buffalo to visit Broken Heart Rock. It's only a few miles west of town, but it is on the old highway grade - and when I say "Old Highway" I mean abandoned since the 1940s. The new highway veers to the south, affording only the tiniest of glimpses of Broken Heart Rock. But it is there for the few who know about it.
Old Highway 16 in the 1930s
I learned of Broken Heart Rock from Esther McWilliams, author of The Beauty of the Big Horns. She was photographing Tongue River Canyon when I was hiking in and we got into a conversation. No one knew the Big Horns as well as Esther - or loved them as much. She said, "Oh, you have to hike up to Broken Heart Rock. Most people don't even know it's there."
She was right.
I support freedom of expression.
That's Fahrenheit - not Celsius - which is a chunk colder, but really not all that bad. Especially when the sun is out and the sky is blue. I guess you would just call it another average winter day in Wyoming.
So I decided to get in a little, short loop at the base of the Bighorn Mountains on public lands - state lands in this case - but wonderful public lands, nonetheless. I don't have to worry about wet, sticky snow today. But for some unexplained reason, I can't see a thing through my glasses.
Perfect day, isn’t it?
Results are in for the Louisiana senate race and Mary Landrieu got her ass stomped.
She lost to Bill Cassidy (R) 57% to 43%. Wasn't even a contest.
All I can say is, "Good riddance!" We don't need Democrats like her.
We need more Democrats like Senator Lamont from Connecticut.
Our political savvy is so great - we sure can get 'em elected, huh?
Even if there are only 37 Democratic senators, at least they will be reliably progressive.
Which man is exercising his constitutional rights?
Which man is engaging in criminal behavior?
And you are too, if you buy that Brooklyn Bridge. Sad thing is, so many people around here want so desperately to believe it. At least based on the poll and comments, lots of people are delighted to hear that the Democratic candidate is a shoo-in in 2015. Think again.
Blue Wall, Schmoo Wall. A close look at recent presidential races, statewide races, and congressional delegations suggests that 2016 will be VERY competitive. Not to mention that no country has had a more regular switch in party control of leadership since World War II than the United States. With the single exception of 1980, Democrats and Republicans have alternated in the White House every 8 years. Like clockwork.
Take a look at a different map - -
But not the way many people here at Daily Kos think.
Point of disclosure - I am not a fascist, mass murderer, or shill for Big Oil - although I have been accused of such for supporting continued use of fossil fuels. In fact, my support for the construction of Keystone XL dovetails with the majority of Democrats who support KXL, labor unions such as the Laborers International Union of North America and Democrats such as those senators who wrote to President Obama this past spring urging approval, four of whom lost.
And that is the crux of the problem. Despite deeply held beliefs in opposition to KXL, many here at Daily Kos and in the Democratic leadership simply cannot understand why an overwhelming majority of Americans supports KXL in poll after poll.
So the midterms didn't turn out too well for Democrats. There have been all kinds of post-mortems, but there is one that is unquestionable. We don't need a lot of people who are currently in the Democratic Party.
It's only after we get rid of all the extra baggage that the Democratic Party can carry a message that is uniform and compelling. A truly progressive message that will draw people by the millions. So who are some of the people that we really don't need?
The recent revelation of systematic cheating at the University of North Carolina has shocked and dismayed many, especially those who attended and supported Carolina over the years. All the talk about Carolina's academic standards has proven to be a sham. Like Penn State, Carolina's marquee sports programs have been a fraud.
Not to be outdone - Wyoming is joining the long and near-complete list of states to celebrate marriage equality.