17 May 2011

US Supreme Court kills off Fourth Amendment

From today’s Seattle Times: The Supreme Court on Monday gave police more leeway to break into homes or apartments in search of illegal drugs when they suspect the evidence might be destroyed. The justices said officers who smell marijuana and loudly knock on the door may break in if they

16 May 2011

A seat opens in the Clown Car: Trump tells himself, “You’re fired!”

From the Associated Press: NEW YORK – After months of flirting with politics, Donald Trump said Monday he won’t run for president, choosing to stick with hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” over a bid for the Republican nomination. The reality TV star and real estate mogul made his announcement at a

09 May 2011

Gingrich announcement: “I’m boarding the Clown Car!”

Yup. Newtie has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2012 presidential election. From the Associated Press via Seattle Times: The former House speaker disclosed his bid on Twitter and Facebook on Monday and urged followers to tune into Fox News on Wednesday. “I will be on to talk

04 Apr 2011

STD Awareness Month: Get tested, and please volunteer

The US Centers for Disease Control observe April as STD Awareness Month. According to the CDC: * There are approximately 19 million new cases of STDs each year in the United States, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. * Direct medical costs associated with STDs

29 Mar 2011

Maine Governor removes labor mural from capitol; “too one sided”

Just when you think Governor LePage can’t make a bigger ass of himself. From today’s Seattle Times: A mural depicting Maine’s labor history was removed from the lobby of the state Department of Labor headquarters and put into storage over the weekend after a directive from the new Republican governor

21 Mar 2011

Trevor Project to honor Daniel Radcliff

From The Seattle Times: Daniel Radcliffe looks forward to a tolerant world where young people grow up unaffected by differences in sexual orientation. For the past couple of years, the “Harry Potter” star has been doing his part to make that a reality with his work with the Trevor Project,

07 Mar 2011

And yet another campaign promise goes down the toilet

From the Seattle Times: (Picture of Obama signing the executive order allegedly closing the Gitmo prison) Obama restarts Guantanamo trials President Barack Obama approved Monday the resumption of military trials for detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending a two-year ban. It was the latest acknowledgement that

02 Mar 2011

Westboro hate-mongers win Supreme Court suit

Update from Lurleen: You can read the SCOTUS opinion here (PDF). From this morning’s Seattle Times: The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals. The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka,

28 Feb 2011

GOP hate on display: Conservatives oppose Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity campaign

As if we needed proof that the Republicans believe that any agenda put forth by a Democrat – especially a Democrat of color – is inherently anti-American if not outright evil. From the Seattle Times: Former first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush worked to end illiteracy. Nancy Reagan famously took

24 Feb 2011

Montana: Moving towards a TP vision

I leave it to the reader to decide the exact meaning of TP. Via the Seattle Times: With each bill, newly elected tea party lawmakers are offering Montanans a vision of the future. Their state would be a place where officials can ignore U.S. laws, force FBI agents to get