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Month: February 2007

Unholy Disorder

Unholy Disorder

I don’t know about you, but I practice a disorganized religion. I belong to an unholy disorder. We call ourselves “Our Lady of Perpetual Astonishment”. Kurt Vonnegut, from A Man Without a Country. sign me up.

Swinging Back to the Middle

Swinging Back to the Middle

According to this column from The Guardian, it looks as though the right wing has taken their strange brew of fundamentalist Christianity and politics about as far as they can, and now things are starting to move back towards a more tolerant middle: …a growing number of American Christians are uneasy about allowing religion to become so politicised and so closely associated with one party. Fundamentalist Islam has also made a difference; it has reminded the bulk of Americans of…

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Why Senator Clinton Should Not Have to Say She’s Sorry

Why Senator Clinton Should Not Have to Say She’s Sorry

It seems that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will be dogged for eternity regarding her vote in the Senate to give authority to the president to use all means, including military force, against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 2002.  I understand the anger and consternation her vote engenders particularly on the liberal left of the Democratic Party. What seems to really grate on many, though, is her unwillingness to recant her vote, to say she’s sorry, to admit that she made a…

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Florida or Iraq? Baghdad or Ft. Lauderdale?

Florida or Iraq? Baghdad or Ft. Lauderdale?

Hmmm… What kind of question is that?  Perhaps a little background is necessary. Yesterday I got an email from my neighbor who is working in Iraq as a producer for ABC News.  He asked me to go check out an article he recently posted to the ABC website, so I went to the ABC News main page, and what did I find?  Anna Nicole Smith was their feature story of the day.   When will this story go away?  Why does…

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Who’s Selling the Good Coffee?

Who’s Selling the Good Coffee?

About a year and a half ago I put up a post about supporting your local coffee shop.  There are hundreds of great little shops in Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland.  There are probably many of them in your area too.  This website can help you find them. This morning I went to a local shop in Ballard that I’v always liked.  It’s called Cupcake Royale because they specialize in fresh baked cupcakes of many flavors, and they are robot…

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Lost Soul of Starbucks

Lost Soul of Starbucks

Today’s headline for The Seattle Times was Starbucks must find lost “soul,” Schultz says. The article quotes a February 14th memo from Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, to the employees of Starbucks.  In the memo Schultz says: …we have had to make a series of decisions that, in retrospect, have lead to the watering down of the Starbucks experience, and, what some might call the commoditization of our brand. He goes on to talk about past decisions to use automatic…

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George W. on George Dubya

George W. on George Dubya

George Washington’s real birthday was 274 years ago today.    He delivered his Farewell Address in 1796.  I imagine that as he wrote it, he looked 207 years into the future and saw the man that now occupies the office.  Perhaps the current occupant inspired him to write these words: It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those intrusted with its administration to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding…

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Dark Presidency

Dark Presidency

On 26 September 2002, a 32-year old Syrian-born naturalized Canadian citizen by the name of Maher Arar was returning alone from a family vacation trip to Tunisia when his Montreal-bound plane made a scheduled stopover at JFK International Airport in New York.  Mr Arar was detained by United States Department of Homeland Security officials and questioned because Mr Arar’s name appeared on a watch-list and he was suspected of ties to al-Qaeda.  This information had evidently been supplied to US…

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George on George

George on George

George Bush went to Mt. Vernon today and delivered a speech to honor George Washington.  During his speech, Bush spoke of Washington reluctantly accepting the job, the powers of the president, and yes… he even linked the American Revolutionary War to the “War on Terror.” Bush said, “After winning the war, Washington did what victorious leaders rarely did at the time. He voluntarily gave up power. Many would have gladly made George Washington the king of America.” Funny… Our current…

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