A note to my
colleagues in other media outlets: We — that is, you — need to start
calling Michael Heath what he is, and
has always been: the venomous leader of
a fringe hate group.
He is not the
"executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine," even if
that's what it says on his business card (and I don't know whether it actually
does or doesn't).
president/publisher Frank Blethen (still the owner of the Portland Press
Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, the Kennebec Journal, and the Central Maine
Morning Sentinel, though not for long) found himself in some sort of mind warp
earlier today, according to a story on Editor & Publisher's Web site
With the American public-at-large already suffering from a
bit of campaign fatigue, I was both surprised and not to hear that the League of Young Voters had scheduled a
legislative candidate debate for last night. Surprised that we’re already
focusing on state house races, not surprised because, well, election cycles are
year-long affairs these days.
Against Government Waste report on government pork-barrel spending for 2007 is out.
The searchable 2008
Pig Book reveals that Maine received $29,521,533 in pork projects. The
largest was a $9.7 million allocation for a "consolidated emergency
control center" at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard — an amount backed by
Republican US Senator Susan Collins.
In Maine, we've buried 31 soldiers from the war in Iraq.
And I just got word that the brother of a good friend of mine from grad school was badly injured by a roadside bomb in Baghdad over the weekend. Army Specialist Patrick Hanley was about two weeks from heading home at the end of a year-long tour of duty, to see his wife (they've been married about a year, and she told the Associated Press two weeks ago that she is so worried about him that she can't sleep and is losing hair).