17 Sep 2010

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert plan Washington rallies October 30

Brilliant. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced last night — on each other’s show — that they would be holding competing rallies in Washington, D. C. on October 30 this year. Stewart’s rally will have the theme “Simmer Down!” From the Rally To Restore Sanity website: Think of our event

09 Sep 2010

Is it invasion of privacy to use Google Earth to catch violators?

This interesting article appeared in this morning’s Seattle Times. Please note the R in “peering,” it threw me at first too. NY town votes to stop Google Earth pool peering RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – Big Brother’s not watching anymore. At least not the pool. Newsday reports that council members in the

08 Sep 2010

David is 506 years old today

According to the Wikipedia, Michelangelo’s statute of David was unveiled to the public in Florence, Italy, on this day in 1504. My, my, my. He’s let himself go over the years.

18 Aug 2010

Racist Glenn Beck organizes insult to Dr. King’s memory

He claims “divine providence” set the date of his “Restoring Honor” rally for August 28 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial: the same date and place as Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. From the Seattle Times: Social activists and civil-rights leaders, among them the Rev. Al Sharpton,

06 Aug 2010

On this day, a great Transfiguration took place

August 6th is celebrated in western Christendom as the Feast of the Transfiguration. According to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus went to “a tall mountain” (traditionally Mount Tabor) with Peter, John and James the son of Zebedee. While they were praying together, Jesus was momentarily transformed into

05 Aug 2010

The Coalition of Progressive Voters, the non-party political party

Ok, here is a thought experiment: A national coalition of local and state boards, comprised of voters who agree with a short list of progressive principles. The purpose of these boards would be to review and interview candidates for elected office and issue a rating — A+ through F- perhaps

04 Aug 2010

Alabama senator asserts ignorance of the purpose of the 14th Amendment

Is this really surprising? From the Seattle Times: WASHINGTON – Leading Republicans are joining a push to reconsider the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to people born in the United States. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday he supports holding hearings on the 14th Amendment right,

03 Aug 2010

More campaign promises trashed

I dare say, President Obama is batting 1.000. And not in a good way. First up: Obama drops 2009 pledge to withdraw combat troops from Iraq. From Raw Story: WASHINGTON, Aug 3, 2010 (IPS) – Seventeen months after President Barack Obama pledged to withdraw all combat brigades from Iraq by

30 Jun 2010

Volunteers desperately needed to find HIV vaccine: please help

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is an international collaboration of scientists and educators searching for an effective and safe HIV vaccine. Volunteers are needed in 12 US cities and 14 cities outside of the US to participate in new and on-going vaccine trials, and to provide input and oversight

29 Jun 2010

Tropical Storm Alex plows through Gulf of Mexico

Apologies for not reporting this sooner; this weekend has been a tad distracting. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Alex is off the northwest corner of the Yucatan Peninnsula, heading in a northwest direction towards Texas. It is predicted to reach hurricane strength by Thursday as it approaches