Monthly Archives: May 2006

Friday Ark #88

We’ll post links to sites that have Friday (plus or minus a few days) photos of their chosen animals (photoshops at our discretion and humans only in supporting roles). Watch the Exception category for rocks, beer, coffee cups, and….?

We will add your post to the list if you do one of the following:

  • Leave a comment or trackback to this post (Don’t panic if you get back an “internal server error” message. Haven’t been able to figure out why this is happening but comments still seem to post.). Also note that all comments are now moderated,
  • Use the Carnival Submission Form,
  • Use the Blog Carnival Submission Form,
  • Email Modulator or
  • Our extensive staff finds it during our weekly search of the web

Of course, if our staff goes on strike then we will link only those posts someone tells us about. Time permitting we will continue boardings until the Carnival of the Cats goes up on Sunday.

Do link to the Friday Ark whether you use trackbacks or not.

Visit each border and come back regularly Friday-Sunday to visit new boarders.

Extra, Extra: All Ark boarders are invited to shout out at the Friday Ark Frapper Map. (61 shouts as of 05/25)

Dog folks: remember to submit your links to the Carnival of the Dogs hosted by Mickey’s Musings.

Cat folks: remember to submit your links to the Carnival of the Cats which goes up every Sunday and the 113th edition, 5/21, is up at a href=””>IMAO. The 114th edition will be hosted by Niobium on 5/28. There are more weekly cats at eatstuff’s Weekend Cat Blogging which has many participants who may not be familiar to Ark or Carnival participants. Do go shout out at The Catbloggers Frappr Map.

Bird folks: I and the Bird: A Blog Carnival for Bird Lovers is published every 2 weeks. The 24th edition is up and hosted by Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding. The 25th edition will be hosted on 6/8 by Rob’s Idaho Perspective.

For the spineless: Circus of the Spineless. A monthly celebration of Insects, Arachnids, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Worms and most anything else that wiggles. The eigth edition is up at Get Busy Livin’, or Get Busy Bloggin’. The 9th edition will be hosted at the end of may by Burning Silo.

Arkive editions of the Friday Ark.
Update 6:00 PM EDT:In a bit staff will be 0n the road for 5-6 hours. Should be able to do an update before sleep time.
Update 5/27 2:30 AM EDT: Back online for a few updates. Have a great weekend.
Update 5/27 Mornng: Offline for most of today.

DogsOther VertebratesInvertebratesBirdsIn Memoriam
Didn’t Make It
Exceptions (inclusion not guaranteed)
For other current carnivals check out The Conservative Cat’s Carnival Page, The Blog Carnival and The TTLB Uber Carnival

Note for Haloscan Users: Haloscan started (the end of July) rejecting trackbacks if they were submitted “too rapidly” by the same host. I don’t know what the timer is but it is long enough so that it was very difficult to ping everyone that is using Haloscan for trackbacks. I’m sure that they are doing this to try to hold back the tide of trackback spam but it makes the service pretty useless for carnival type posts. Perhaps you can contact them and urge some different solution. Update: Typepad appears to be doing the same thing. Everytime I update the Ark it appears the timers are reset and the long list of MT autogenerated pings fail. Yecchhhh….

Signing Statement

Let’s suppose for a moment that the house and senate pass and send to the president for signature immigration legislation that contains these english language requirements:

The White House said the president agrees with two amendments that senators tacked onto the immigration bill, adding that both are “consistent with” Bush’s views. It added that Bush believes the command of English is the best route to assimilation for immigrants.
On Thursday, the Senate passed a Republican measure that would make English the national language. Moments later, it approved a Democrat-led amendment declaring English a “common and unifying language.”
It passed the two amendments to add to the comprehensive immigration bill it’s expected to take to the House next week.
Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, who supports “national” but not “common and unifying,” complained that his colleagues were trying to “have it both ways.”
The bill already requires illegal immigrants to learn English as a condition of earning legal permanent residency, a step toward citizenship.

We can expect that the decider will add the following signing statement:

The president can exclude himself from the english language requirements particularly when talking about suiciders.

Perhaps we can make speaking english a requirement for national office.

The US Leads the World

Yes, something to be proud of!

…one in 136 Americans is behind bars today, including an astounding 12 percent of all black men between the ages of 25 and 29. The United States represents 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but houses nearly 23 percent of humanity’s prison population.

The US now has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world.

Just why would other folks around the planet want to emulate a social system so dedicated to imprisonment?