I encourage everyone, no matter what part of these United States you live in (or even if you live elsewhere), to take a "trip out West" at some point in your life. Get in a car, and go explore everything west of Denver.
I applaud the efforts of Speaker Pelosi to Green the Capitol. Sadly, the Republican leadership has opposed, even mocked, the Speaker's determination to improve our air quality and reduce operating expenses.
Jay Bybee, for supporting policies of torture, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Alyssa Peterson, for saying no to torture, is dead, perhaps by her own hand.