Daily Archives: October 22, 2009

I’m going to go with “no”

Dutch By Design Bedding

The sale of homeless-inspired bedding (pavement and cardboard boxes) is supposed to raise money for a British organization that works with homeless youth.

The company that sells the bedding says that will amount to 30 percent of their profits, which is a good thing and I’m sure it’s a real boost in these tough economic times to an organization that’s doing good things. But this just feels so very wrong.

And thanks, Huffington Post, for the link.

Write your own caption!

And thanks, Jezebel, for the link.

How To Turn Your Children Gay

vWell, you can’t, actually. They is or they aint, but the people who want to repeal Maine’s law that legalizes same-sex marriage are telling everyone that keeping the law on the books will allow schools to “teach gay marriage.”

It wont, but there you are. One of the biggest opponents to same-sex marriage, Brian Brown, used to rattle around here in Connecticut. He is a sincere fellow, though he is sincerely wrong on this. And bless his heart.

The slutty costumes come out at night

And I just don’t get it. Why tart up a perfectly good holiday like Halloween?

Don’t be a slut! Go green, says Vanessa Richmond, at The Tyee, linked here at AlterNet.

Music to torture by

(Language alert, but we’re all grownups here…)

Some prominent musicians want to know why and how the Bush administration used music to torture prisoners there.

The musicians are part of a bigger push, National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, which includes retired generals, a former congressman, and others. A statement from The Roots, a group that’s part of the campaign:

“When we found out that music was being used as part of the torture going on at Guantanamo, shackling and beating people — we were angry. Just as we wouldn’t be caught dead allowing Dick Cheney to use our music for his campaigns, you can be damn sure, we wouldn’t allow him to use it to torture other human beings. Congress needs to shut Guantanamo down.”

There’s more:

Hoping to cast further light on the potential illegalities that took place at the detention facility, the group is also working to obtain records about why and how music was used (under laws authorized by the Bush administration) to effectively torture suspected terrorists. The musicians have officially endorsed a Freedom of Information Act request for the declassification of all secret government records pertaining to music utilized during interrogations. At least two members of the coalition, [Trent] Reznor [of Nine Inch Nails] and [Tom] Morello [of Rage Against the Machine], have had their music linked to interrogations.

Here’s the national campaign’s first ad:

Do I really have to sell my jewelry?


The gospel according to St. Woody. And thanks, Bro. Tod, for the tune.

It could happen to anyone…

Learn more about Dawn Smith and her fight with our broken health care system here.

And thanks, Sister Cynical, for the link.