25 May 2010

Dangers lurk deep for all ocean creatures from oil

From today’s Seattle Times: She has poor skin, bad fur and massive nasal mite infestations – a sign that her immune system isn’t up to snuff. She stays way too wet and way too cold because her grooming is inefficient, and she must eat to excess just to stay warm.

21 May 2010

Fourteen years in prison for the crime of loving

From this morning’s Seattle Times: A judge sentenced a couple to the maximum 14 years in prison with hard labor under Malawi’s anti-gay legislation, and crowds jeered the two men as they were driven from the court house to jail Thursday. The harsh sentence for unnatural acts and gross indecency

13 May 2010

Washington governor being considered to replace Kagan as Solicitor General

From this morning’s Seattle Times: Gov. Chris Gregoire is on the White House list to replace Elena Kagan as the solicitor general. The question is, would she take the job if it’s offered? …. Last year, amid talk she was in line for a White House job, Gregoire told reporters

05 May 2010

Next up in Arizona: banning ethnic studies programs in public schools

In the furor over Arizona’s new law mandating racial profiling, another nugget of bigotry has gotten lost. On April 30, the Arizona Legislature passed HB 2281, which “prohibits a school district or charter school from including courses or classes that either promote the overthrow of the United States government or

23 Apr 2010

Students Try to Push Lesbian Classmate Off of Cliff

A hell of a way to observe the Day of Silence. Last week marked the Day of Silence, a nationwide initiative where students purposely remained silent all day to draw attention to the epidemic of bullying inside the classroom, particularly bullying that targets gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. Amazing

15 Apr 2010

Brown skin? Accent? Hand over your papers or be detained

From the Seattle Times: Arizona immigration law would be among nation’s strictest Arizona is moving ahead with anti-illegal-immigrant legislation widely considered among the most stringent in the nation. It would hand the police broad power under state law to check the legal status of people they reasonably suspect are illegal

10 Apr 2010

April is National STD Awareness Month. Get tested, volunteer.

The Center for Disease Control has named April as National STD Awareness Month. From the CDC website: In 2008, there were more than 1.5 million total cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea reported to CDC-making them the two most commonly reported infectious diseases in the United States. While serious health threats

07 Apr 2010

Whining at a whole new level: Archbishop directs flock to cancel subscription to The Oregonian

WHAAAH! The newspaper is reporting on the scandal of priests abusing children. WHAAAH! Let’s teach them a lesson and stop reading it. WHAAAH! From the Seattle Times[^]: PORTLAND, OREGON – Hundreds of churchgoers who attended Mass on Easter Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception received an unusual

11 Mar 2010

9th Circuit Court affirms: public religion is meaningless

The words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance are an appeal to patriotism, not religion, and do not violate the separation of church and state, a federal appeals court ruled today – the same court that declared the pledge unconstitutional in 2002. In a separate ruling, the Ninth U.S.

01 Mar 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird: 50 years

While watching AMC this evening, I saw a commercial for a special 50th anniversary of the release of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s novel about justice and morality in the face of racial prejudice in the US South of the 1930s. The movie will be shown with special commentary