(spotted by Alan Castle, illustration from "The Handmaid's Tale" movie adaptation of book by Margaret Atwood, in which theocracy happens)
Vowing to be God's ambassadors on the bench, the four San Diego Superior Court candidates are backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages.
"We believe our country is under assault and needs Christian values," said Craig Candelore, a family-law attorney who is one of the group's candidates. "Unfortunately, God has called upon us to do this only with the judiciary."
The lens made it look like the men were closer together than they actually were. The sentence was for 13-1/2 years but it's unlikely the reporter will have to serve, unless he goes back to Iran from the US. 13 years and 74 lashes was for his coverage of recent protests in Iran, the 1/2 year was for the photo, which appeared at Facebook.
The Kentucky Senate, reacting to a divisive comment by Republican Rand Paul, has adopted a resolution declaring any form of discrimination to be inconsistent with American values. Louisville Democratic Sen. Gerald Neal introduced the resolution Friday during a special session on the state budget. It was adopted without objection in the predominantly Republican chamber.
Neal (Kentucky's only black state senator) said Paul's "extreme belief" has made Kentucky "a laughingstock."
Sites to Watch: This is an international incident involving recalling of diplomats, cancelling of official visits, cancellation of joint military efforts and escalation of boycotts by international athletes, musicians etc. Incredibly stupid timing. Netanyahu in Canada, Rahm Emanuel in Israel at his son's Bar Mitzvah. Alienating Turkey is especially not-smart.
.. one more nail in the coffin for hopes of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically and for preserving Israel's Jewish and democratic character. We urge President Obama and other international and regional leaders to take today's terrible news as an opportunity to engage even more forcefully in immediate efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Yesterday the Palin tweeted the following: "VETERANS,not reporters,give freedom of the press.VETS,not politicians,give freedom to vote.VETS,not campus radicals,give freedom to assemble." She did not mention that she'd stolen it from a 1970 poem.
Gawker thinks Palin should give an attribution even in a Tweet, since she had 160,000 followers. I think Palin should learn to use commas. (illustration - Palin violating flag code in Runner's World)
Here is the poem, by Charles M. Province
IT IS THE SOLDIER
It is the Soldier, not the minister Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
CNN is reporting that a fisherman filed a restraining order against BP. Fishermen who are paid by BP to clean up the oil spill are becoming ill. The fishermen are not allowed to wear protective masks and fear if they speak out they will lose their jobs. A BP spokesman claims that the fishermen's problems may be a result a food poisoning. A public health expert contacted by CNN said the food poisoning explanation seems unlikely.
"Headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds -- there's nothing there that suggests foodborne illness," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. "I don't know what these people have, but it sounds more like a respiratory illness."
To hell with corporate shopping and three-day mall sales. It doesn't pay to "boycott BP" because most gas stations are not owned by them, but by independent retailers. What to do? Quit corporate shopping in general, and help small local businesses, such as at the Fremont Sunday Market. It easily matches the flea markets of Paris and Brussels. They even had an iron lung!
I bought the black-red-yellow military shirt, at least ten years old, in fine shape and union-made in America. Great place for books, records, memorabilia, useful junk, jewelry with character.
This was the prize find, along with a beautiful blue/white pair of Chuck Taylor low tops.