Thursday, January 29, 2009

Economic Downturn

NPR did an amazing story about a Kansas City area family that could be devistated if the local Ford plant closes. If you haven't heard it, it's really worth a listen.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Congress has passed, and President Obama plans to sign, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. That the Supreme Court ruled the way it did is unnerving. That Republians worked so hard to oppose it is shameful. But the fact that it passed so quickly is promising.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Scandal Maker

More noise related to fallen Evangelical leader Ted Haggard. Apparently there is at least one more young man with whom the completely heterosexual Haggard had sex, this one an employee of the church. The incident caused me to go back and watch the old Daily Show clips of the incident. The classic clip in which the story broke is hillarious if a little odd. But I also found this clip from when Pat Robertson called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez. The two clips contrast in an interesting way. In the first clip, Haggard defends Robertson, excusing his comments as unrelated to his ministry. In the second clip, Robertson dismisses Haggard as a non-entity, throwing him under the bus to use the popular parlance. It makes Robertson look like a tool, and he is.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cattle Rustlin'

The downturn in the economy led to all kinds of comparisons to the Great Depression. But here in Missouri, it's causing an unfortunate return to a different era: that of cowboys and cattle rustlers. I'm not trying to make light of the situation, but it is pretty odd the ways in which this economic disaster has turned things in our country upside down.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Times of Harvey Milk

The Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk is currently showing on Hulu. I would strongly recommend it, especially for those who liked Gus Van Sant's fictionalized portrayal. The documentary focuses less on Milk's private life, and more on his political activism. It also deals more with both Mayor Moscone and with the trial of Dan White.

It's very well made, and if you have the time, you should watch the movie.