“La Muralla”

October 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Posted in civil rights, Foreign Affairs, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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I don’t visit David Seaton’s News Links nearly often enough.

The left has been buried under the rubbish that neoconservatism has dumped on it for so long that many people, including (especially?) many people of the left have forgotten what the left is.

And you should definitely read this post.

Federal Theatre Project

October 30, 2009 at 12:45 am | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of a puppet circus.  California : Federal Art Project, between 1936 and 1941 (Library of Congress)

Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of a puppet circus. California : Federal Art Project, between 1936 and 1941 (Library of Congress)

“Exhibition of oil paintings at the W.P.A. Federal Art Project Gallery”

October 23, 2009 at 12:39 am | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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Poster for exhibition of oil paintings at the W.P.A. Federal Art Project Gallery, 7 East 38th Street, New York City, New York, between 1936 and 1941.  Richard Floethe, artist.  (Library of Congress)

Poster for exhibition of oil paintings at the W.P.A. Federal Art Project Gallery, 7 East 38th Street, New York City, New York, between 1936 and 1941. Richard Floethe, artist. (Library of Congress)

Vice President George Clinton (March 4, 1805 – April 20, 1812)

October 20, 2009 at 1:00 am | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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Architectural drawing for a monument for Vice President George Clinton, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C., c1812.   Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1764-1820, architect. (Library of Congress)

Architectural drawing for a monument for Vice President George Clinton, Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C., c1812. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1764-1820, architect. (Library of Congress)

The Congressional Cemetery has a wealth of material related to this obscure but important cemetery and who’s buried there.

Fantasy Island

October 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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York Beach, Maine.  c1901.  (Library of Congress)

York Beach, Maine. c1901. (Library of Congress)

David Sirota sums it up:

So the notion that Snowe’s vote – or any GOP vote – is inherently pivotal to health care reform is a fantasy created by the Beltway media and the Democratic congressional leadership. The former is desperately trying to manufacture headline-grabbing drama; the latter is looking for a Republican excuse to water down the bill and protect corporate interests – all while absolving Democrats of legislative responsibility.

The United States’ Great Pacific Garbage Patch

October 17, 2009 at 11:45 am | Posted in environment, health, public safety | Leave a comment
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Click here to see the graphic in larger detail.

A mass of plastic in the Pacific, increasing tenfold each decade since 1945, is now the size of Texas and killing everything in its wake.

I call it the United States’ garbage patch because “in 1990, Americans used nearly seven times the world average in plastic … per capita.”  That rate increases every year.

It takes more than 400 years for plastics to photodegrade, they never biodegrade. As it disintegrates, the plastic becomes small enough to be ingested by aquatic organisms, including fish, mussels and birds, and winds up in our food chain.  Plastic in the ocean is killing whales and sea turtles.

Plastic bag bans are being instituted or considered in countries around the world.

UPDATE: This is one really sad and revolting result of the garbage people toss into the ocean.

“Prevent syphilis in marriage”

October 16, 2009 at 1:06 am | Posted in Department of Health & Human Services, health, Historical | Leave a comment
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Poster for the New York State Department of Health encouraging couples to take action to prevent syphilis in marriage.  Federal Art Project.  Date stamped on verso: Jul 19 1940.  (Library of Congress)

Poster for the New York State Department of Health encouraging couples to take action to prevent syphilis in marriage. Federal Art Project. Date stamped on verso: Jul 19 1940. (Library of Congress)

Gus Gennerich (1886-1936): “He incorrigibly chewed gum no matter how elegant his surroundings. “

October 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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Body of Gus Gennerich lies in state at White House. Washington, D.C., Dec. 16. The body of Gus Gennerich, President Roosevelts friend and bodyguard who died in Buenos Aires, lying in state in the East Room of the White House today following simple services attended by President Roosevelt, members of his family, Cabinet members and other friends, the body was taken to New York for burial. White House policemen acted as Guards of Honor.  1936 December 16.  (Library of Congress)

Body of Gus Gennerich lies in state at White House. Washington, D.C., Dec. 16. The body of Gus Gennerich, President Roosevelt's friend and bodyguard who died in Buenos Aires, lying in state in the East Room of the White House today following simple services attended by President Roosevelt, members of his family, Cabinet members and other friends, the body was taken to New York for burial. White House policemen acted as Guards of Honor. 1936 December 16. (Library of Congress)

From President Franklin Roosevelt’s Address before the Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace at Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1, 1936.

I am profoundly convinced that the plain people everywhere in the civilized world today wish to live in peace one with another. And still leaders and Governments resort to war. Truly, if the genius of mankind that has invented the weapons of death cannot discover the means of preserving peace, civilization as we know it lives in an evil day.

Roosevelt went on to sound an alarm that would be echoed by President Eisenhower, a Republican, 25 years later:

We know, too, that vast armaments are rising on every side and that the work of creating them employs men and women by the millions. It is natural, however, for us to conclude that such employment is false employment; that it builds no permanent structures and creates no consumers’ goods for the maintenance of a lasting prosperity. We know that Nations guilty of these follies inevitably face the day when either their weapons of destruction must be used against their neighbors or when an unsound economy, like a house of cards, will fall apart.

Congressional Cemetery

October 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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Senators in Congressional Cemetery (Library of Congress)

Senators in Congressional Cemetery (Library of Congress)

(Wikipedia) The Congressional Cemetery is an historic cemetery located at 1801 E Street, SE, in Washington, D.C., on the bank of the Anacostia River. It is the final resting place of hundreds of individuals who helped form the nation and the city of Washington in the early 19th century. Many members of the U.S. Congress who died while Congress was in session are interred at Congressional. Other burials include the early landowners and speculators, the builders and architects of the great buildings of Washington, native American diplomats, mayors of Washington, and hundreds of Civil War veterans. Nineteenth-century Washington, D.C. families unaffiliated with the federal government have also had graves and tombs at the cemetery. In all there are 19 Senators and 71 Representatives buried there.

The Cost of Doing Business

October 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Posted in God machine, law | Leave a comment
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St. Lukes Anglican Church

St. Luke's Anglican Church

(LA Times) The people of St. Luke’s Anglican Church have called their La Crescenta parish home for 85 years. Generations of families have grown up within its historic stone walls.

On Sunday, the Rev. Rob Holman will deliver his final sermon there, an epitaph to a bruising legal fight the congregation waged and lost to practice its conservative brand of Christian theology and hold on to the church.

[Well, they may have lost the fight to “hold on to the church,” but there never was a fight as to whether they would be able to continue to practice their “conservative brand of Christian theology” — just saying.]

On Monday, St. Luke’s leaders will hand over its keys to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

The diocese sued to retain St. Luke’s property after the congregation voted overwhelmingly in 2006 to leave it and the national Episcopal Church over theological differences, including the consecration of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.

[The reporter has described their position in the kindest possible light.]

After rounds of costly litigation, the courts ruled in the diocese’s favor, concluding that St. Luke’s property was held in trust for the diocese and the national church.

People advocating their state’s secession should keep this outcome in mind.

H/T Skippy the bush kangaroo

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