I was at Sturgis, buzzing around on my bike, and more than a little bit buzzed on carrot juice, when I ran into another biker named James.  He wasn’t much on size, but he was all attitude and I had to respect that.  We got to swapping stories, trying to top each other, and the next thing you knew, we found that we’d become friends.  

When I took off down the road two days later, I promised to stay in touch.  It was going to be nice having a friend in this new land…

In an effort to do an end-run around the negative publicity the problem-laden Keystone pipeline project has generated, Republicans in congress are planning to add the seven billion dollar project to an energy and highway bill, according to Reuters.

“If (Keystone) is not enacted before we take up the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, it will be part of it,” Boehner said on ABC’s “This Week” news program.

If that doesn’t work, then the fall-back plan is to attach the funding to the bill extending payroll tax cuts, or perhaps a jobs bill.  Ever greedy, other GOP politicians have talked of adding provisions that will open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.  Insiders state that the more things Republicans add to the pipeline project, the less likely it is to pass.  This is one instance where Republican greed may be beneficial to American interests.

United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay took it upon herself to remind the world:

“It is ten years since the U.S. Government opened the prison at Guantanamo, and now three years since 22 January 2009, when the President ordered its closure within twelve months. Yet the facility continues to exist and individuals remain arbitrarily detained – indefinitely – in clear breach of international law”…

Well, I guess we know who’d better learn to duck whenever she hears a droning sound, don’t we?