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satellite DSL

Good article and blog!


Excellent article! T1 high speed internet is the future of broadband communications.


These comments have been invaluable to me as is this whole site. I thank you for your comment.


Too funny. I'm living in rural WV right now and I can get where you're coming from. I love the "art of exaggeration" you use. So much more interesting than "it rained".

Thanks for a good laugh.


Great content and you are so much fun to read! What amazes and impresses me besides your cogent thoughts and wit is that you were able to compose it on your Blackberry! I can barely spell my name on mine. Thanks for the fun ride!

Joe Tao

Viking Press published "On The Road" By Jack Kerouac on September 5, 1957. Stream of consciousness writing is born.

Joe Tao

Viking Press published "On The Road" By Jack Kerouac on September 5, 1957. Stream of consciousness writing is born.


I love cats!!

Jenny from Chicago

I love the fact that you posted it twice. I'm sure you meant to do that.

28 years must have taken a lot of baggage with you.

Joe Tao

sorry bout that last one Scott. just wanted you to know about this and thought that you would because of you're "moderated comments."

Joe Tao

Dear friend,

I just learned about a case of segregation-era oppression happening today in Jena, Louisiana. I signed onto's campaign for justice in Jena, and wanted to invite you to do the same.

Last fall in Jena, the day after two Black high school students sat beneath the "white tree" on their campus, nooses were hung from the tree. When the superintendent dismissed the nooses as a "prank," more Black students sat under the tree in protest. The District Attorney then came to the school accompanied by the town's police and demanded that the students end their protest, telling them, "I can be your best friend or your worst enemy... I can take away your lives with a stroke of my pen."

A series of white-on-black incidents of violence followed, and the DA did nothing. But when a white student was beaten up in a schoolyard fight, the DA responded by charging six black students with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

It's a story that reads like one from the Jim Crow era, when judges, lawyers and all-white juries used the justice system to keep blacks in "their place." But it's happening today. The families of these young men are fighting back, but the story has gotten minimal press. Together, we can make sure their story is told and that the Governor of Louisiana intervenes and provides justice for the Jena 6. It starts now. Please join me:

The noose-hanging incident and the DA's visit to the school set the stage for everything that followed. Racial tension escalated over the next couple of months, and on November 30, the main academic building of Jena High School was burned down in an unsolved fire. Later the same weekend, a black student was beaten up by white students at a party. The next day, black students at a convenience store were threatened by a young white man with a shotgun. They wrestled the gun from him and ran away. While no charges were filed against the white man, the students were later arrested for the theft of the gun.

That Monday at school, a white student, who had been a vocal supporter of the students who hung the nooses, taunted the black student who was beaten up at the off-campus party and allegedly called several black students "nigger." After lunch, he was knocked down, punched and kicked by black students. He was taken to the hospital, but was released and was well enough to go to a social event that evening.

Six Black Jena High students, Robert Bailey (17), Theo Shaw (17), Carwin Jones (18), Bryant Purvis (17), Mychal Bell (16) and an unidentified minor, were expelled from school, arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder. The first trial ended last month, and Mychal Bell, who has been in prison since December, was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery (both felonies) by an all-white jury in a trial where his public defender called no witnesses. During his trial, Mychal's parents were ordered not to speak to the media and the court prohibited protests from taking place near the courtroom or where the judge could see them.

Mychal is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31st, and could go to jail for 22 years. Theo Shaw's trial is next. He will finally make bail this week.

The Jena Six are lucky to have parents and loved ones who are fighting tooth and nail to free them. They have been threatened but they are standing strong. We know that if the families have to go it alone, their sons will be a long time coming home. But if we act now, we can make a difference.

Join me in demanding that Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco get involved to make sure that justice is served for Mychal Bell, and that DA Reed Walters drop the charges against the 5 boys who have not yet gone to trial.



I think Windham has become kinda hotsy-totsy artsy-fartsy in the 28 years you've been gone. Maybe it always was ... at last count, 97.0% white non-Hispanics and no blacks at all. But at least it's growing, unlike nearby Rensselaerville, the unspellable to nonresidents home of Andy Rooney.


Wow, I never realized I live so close to the birthplace of a famous artist !
Matt from Poughkeepsie

Justin Long

You just like to use us as your lab rats. Double post, each one saying pretty much the same thing, but the grammer and language subtly altered. I do not know exactly what your testing, but given past expirements, tomorrow I guess I'll know.

Heh, the thought that you may be reading this now on your Blackberry. Too frickin' cool.

Matthew Kovich

what a great ending

thanks for sharing with us, it really makes the day better sometimes


I like your description of the weather. Here in Idaho we say we have 4 seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction. The worst part is that we're not exaggerating. I'm originally from Arizona and it's already approaching what we call Winter in Arizona, and they haven't finished the many road construction projects that started in April.


BTW, if you DO decide to come to Canada, you don't need a passport.

(But Mr. Bush insists that you have one to get back into the USA!)


You wuss.

Windham, NY is still south of 99% of Canada (and most of New England)

You want some REAL weather, come north about 300 miles or so.

Our dime-sized hail is so big that you can made a snowman out of three of them.

Ben J

I just wanted to let you know that in a recent article the BBC mentioned the monks in Tibet do have access to high speed internet via cyber cafes. so now it seems the only person with out high speed internet is you and my father-in-law, good luck with that

Ben J

jeffrey H

Hey, nothing to say but just wanted to help clog up the inter-tubes for when you get back to sunny california.


Welcome back to the east coast Scott. I hope you have not grown too soft out there on the left coast


"If your car goes off the road here, your best bet is reincarnation"

HA! That is a sweet line - I can see myself borrowing that.


dude you double posted lol

Jason Levine

Posting from Albany, NY here.... Sorry to hear that you came in through those thunderstorms. I've flown through thunderstorms and it's awful.

It's been a rough summer. I planted some flowers in the spring to show my then-3-now-4 year old how flowers grow. Unfortunately, some thunder storms, flood-style rains, and hail storms ruined them. (It's a good thing my son's name is Noah. We were going to have him build us an Ark. ;-) )

We also had lightning strike a tree at the end of our block. Being an amateur photographer, I took some photos of it. I mean, how often does lightning strike that close to your house? Well, apparently pretty often because two weeks later lightning struck the tree right next door to us. We're getting a bit worried about the direction these bolts are taking.

small town girl

You are the best. Travelling and still writing to us, the unwashed masses. And your post posted twice - just as sometimes happens to us peons. Sounds like where I grew up in Plainwell - 4,000 people who all knew each other. Have a restful trip. Thanks for writing.

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