Archive for May, 2011
Johnny Dollar — a paid hack/spinmeister for Fox “News” has been on my case for seven years — since early 2004 when I was at the News Hounds.
Gosh Johnny. After all these years I’m still a threat to your beloved Fox and you’re still tracking me?
Thanks. I’m honored.
Today was the first nice day we’ve had in Boulder since last fall and dang it, I’ve been out in it. Thus the lack of posts.
More of whatever happens tomorrow.
Hah, this is great. Someone hacked the ticker that runs along the outside of the Fox News building in Manhattan:
Some say this “appears to be fake.”
Others, like Faux News itself say (they always tell the truth, right?): “[I]t was a hoax and the ticker was not hacked.”
So, that’s the end of it, right?
So, this is how we create jobs and raise revenue in the good ol’ U.S. of A:
A major gambling package won House approval today with provisions for a land-based casino in Chicago or a riverboat gambling palace on Lake Michigan, four more casinos around the state, and slot machines at racetracks and Chicago’s two airports.
If the plan makes it through the Senate and gets the governor’s signature, it would be Illinois’ biggest expansion of gambling in the more than two decades since the original riverboat gambling bill passed.
Supporters estimate the proposal would generate $1.4 billion in one-time upfront fees operators pay based on the number of positions they have. Estimates are to $500 million a year in tax revenue. That money would be distributed to education, public works projects and local governments.
Sad. Just plain sad.
I’m trying to gather more information about this but checkout the video. Park Police tell young people inside the Jefferson Memorial they will be arrested if they dance.
An officer approached one of the camera people:
If you come out here and you demonstrate by dancing you will be placed under arrest. Does everybody understand that? Does everybody understand that? … You could spend the weekend in jail.
Someone asks what they would be charged with:
You are too far away from the city to allow citations to reappear therefore they lock you up and hold you for court.
Again, someone asks what they would be charged with and the officer gives a non-answer answer.
Sir. I’m just giving you your warnings right now.
UPDATE: Here’s more:
U.S. Park Police arrested five people on Saturday at the Jefferson Memorial. Their offense? Dancing.
The dancers were protesting an appeals court ruling handed down last week that the national monuments are places for reflection and contemplation — and that dancing distracted from such an experience.
In 2008, Mary Brooke Oberwetter and a group of friends went to the Jefferson to commemorate the president’s 265th birthday by dancing silently, while listening to music on headphones. Park Police ordered the revelers to disperse and arrested them when they did not.
Oberwetter sued on free speech grounds, but the appeals court ruled last week that her conduct was indeed prohibited “because it stands out as a type of performance, creating its own center of attention and distracting from the atmosphere of solemn commemoration” that Park Service regulations are designed to preserve.
Whereas Oberwetter and her friends visited the Jefferson near midnight, Saturday’s protest was staged during the day, on Memorial Day weekend, in order to draw maximum attention. The organizers issued a public call for photographers and videographers to document the event, and the inevitable arrests.
The Park Police obviously have to enforce the law but wow, I’m still thinking about how I feel about this law. I worry about the creep of laws that little by ever-so-little erode our freedoms.
It’s a shame that the origin of Memorial Day has vanished into thin air:
Charleston was in ruins.
The peninsula was nearly deserted, the fine houses empty, the streets littered with the debris of fighting and the ash of fires that had burned out weeks before. The Southern gentility was long gone, their cause lost.
In the weeks after the Civil War ended, it was, some said, “a city of the dead.”
On a Monday morning that spring, nearly 10,000 former slaves marched onto the grounds of the old Washington Race Course, where wealthy Charleston planters and socialites had gathered in old times. During the final year of the war, the track had been turned into a prison camp. Hundreds of Union soldiers died there.
For two weeks in April, former slaves had worked to bury the soldiers. Now they would give them a proper funeral.
The procession began at 9 a.m. as 2,800 black school children marched by their graves, softly singing “John Brown’s Body.”
Soon, their voices would give way to the sermons of preachers, then prayer and — later — picnics. It was May 1, 1865, but they called it Decoration Day.
On that day, former Charleston slaves started a tradition that would come to be known as Memorial Day.
It’s Memorial Day in the U.S.A.
As of yesterday, 6,013 Americans have given their lives in our two, current, big wars: “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and “Operation Enduring Freedom.”
How many more will die before we bring them home?