Going Home to Cry

Sue and I shared a love of critters of all kinds

I haven’t been to any big city funerals, and to only a few big church funerals, but I can tell you that a funeral in a small country church is a good way to go home. A good way home for the member who has passed, for their family and for that other family of friends, neighbors and fellow church goers. The intimacy of connection between the passed and those present lend a personality to the ceremony reflective of the shared relationship. Have you ever been to a funeral where you felt and people said out loud, “that was a wonderful funeral”? Read more

GOP files bill to privatize air traffic control

A Republican House member has filed a bill that would privatize some facets of the nation’s air traffic control as the Federal Aviation Administration struggles to meet deadlines to upgrade the system.

The measure would create a new private corporation that would oversee air traffic control functions that are currently handled by the FAA.

The legislation’s sponsor, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), said the measure would drastically improve the efficiency of air traffic control in the U.S.

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Gay Marriage Still Under Attack by Religious Right Zealots

Bill Berkowitz's picture

Dr. James Dobson is talking about a second “Civil War.” Rick Scarborough of Vision America Action is calling it “a Bonhoeffer moment,” a reference to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran pastor who resisted the Nazis. Other Christian leaders are complaining that gay Activists are duping the masses.

As America awaits two and a half hours of oral argument at the Supreme Court set for the morning of Tuesday, April 28th, followed by its decision – likely in late June — on the power of the states to ban same-sex marriages and to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in another state, the Christian right’s doom and gloom squad is coming out of the closet in droves. And they’re bringing the type of unrestrained rhetoric not heard since, well, those heady days last month when Indiana and Arkansas were forced to temper their strict anti-gay “religious freedom” laws.

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Inspection-Of Hillary, Hyperbole and Melodrama

by Ken Carman

 The election carnival was over, the eight year presidential carnival was about to start. It’s closing in on 16 years since Bush II got up on the platform and the ritual, yet limited, dunking began…
  It has to be as pleasurable conundrum. After 8 years mostly in power and some very limited dunkings, now almost 8 somewhat out, they’ve been having so much more fun! Despite the Affordable Care Act… OK: “Obamacare” or “Romneycare…” whatever way we wish to spin it… they absolutely have managed, for the most part, to do exactly what they have always wanted: make damn sure government does nothing. Read more

Elysian’s Dick Cantwell Resigns From A-B InBev

Just three months after the brewery he helped start was acquired, Dick Cantwell hascantwell resigned from Elysian Brewing and Anheuser-Busch InBev, Brewbound has learned.

“I am a craft brewer, however you cut it,” he wrote to Brewbound in an email. “A-B has been extremely courteous through all of this, presenting exciting opportunities to me and my brewing folks, but I can’t do it.”

It makes for a quick end to a union that had been shaky from the start: when the acquisition of the 20-year-old Seattle based brewery was announced in January, Cantwell expressed his opposition to striking a deal with the world’s largest brewer.


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