As someone who's been labeled "an avid texter," I hereby add these to my holiday wish list. Even better for you iPhone maniacs (who I will continue to ridicule until I get my own damn iPhone).
In last week's Phoenix, I wrote about New Left Media, and the No On 1 documentary they produced during election season. That doc was pretty straightforward (and moving), but Chase Whiteside and Erick Stoll are at their best (and funniest, and most terrifying) when they highlight the views of ill-informed right-wingers
Robbie Kanner over at Vision for Viewers has again offered us a slideshow of local-music images.
Check it out - it's the 11/14 CD release of Headstart's album A.
Something to look forward to: the US Senate healthcare debate, post-Thanksgiving. Both Maine senators were quoted expressing their disappointment in the bill. In fact, here are 10 minutes of Susan Collins' disappointment:
On the other hand, here's what the federal government says the plan could do for Maine, according to a White House press release sent out this morning:
You may have heard this morning about a woman who tried to jump off the Casco Bay Bridge twice in 24 hours over the weekend - she was rescued by police both times.
What news reports are missing so far are the indications that the Baldacci administration's policies will only lead to more such human tragedies.
Among the $63 million in cuts Baldacci has proposed in his latest round of panicked budget-slashing nearly $2.
At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday.
Yes, we know. We're chocoholics and proud of it. And when you mix chocolate and alcohol, well, you are just about our favorite person on the planet.
And a steady (in fact, near-constant) competitor for the Our Favorite Person On The Planet award is Dean from Dean's Sweets. He and his wife Kristin are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their store (82 Middle Street, right between Rabelais and Pepperclub/Good Egg) by giving away truffles made with champagne fillings.
Portland resident Phillip Hoose won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature last night, for Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). The book tells the story of Colvin, a near-forgotten civil-rights heroine; Colvin was in the audience with Hoose at the awards ceremony in NY, and was "shaken with emotion as she joined Hoose on the stage," according to an AP report.
This afternoon, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, swing over to the Eastland Park Hotel, where Simply Divine Brownies are opening their new shop! Try free samples, and get a coupon - only valid on today, but it's better than nothing.
Robbie Kanner over at VisionForViewers has shared with us some photos of 6gig's final show, in October.
Go check 'em out!
Medical-marijuana advocates hope that the state's first marijuana dispensaries -- made legal by the passage of Question 5 on November 3 -- will open by May 2010.
Yesterday, the Maine Marijuana Policy Iniative released answers to logistical FAQs about the new law (parts of which will take effect in February; rules about the dispensaries will take longer to hammer out).
The latest ad opposing healthcare reform mimicks the Mac ads - "I'm healthcare reform...And I'm Jenny."
"Jenny" asks about Obama's plan "taxing" her $1000. No, the guy playing "reform" says, it's not a tax, but a fine.
And then we get to the heart of the argument: "12 percent of my income?!" exclaims Jenny.
But her figures - which she has volunteered - mean she makes only $8000 a year.
US House Democrats made a huge concession on women's health the other day, in order to move forward the massive healthcare bill that passed 220-215 on Saturday night. Under pressure from (shocker!) the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as conservative Dems who said they'd hold up passage of the whole shebang if certain abortion restrictions weren't in place (and despite the fact that there is already an existing ban on using federal funds to pay for abortion -- it's called the Hyde Amendment), Nancy Pelosi and other pragmatic politicians allowed the Stupak Amendment (so named for its legislative sponsor, Bart Stupak, a Democrat from Michigan) into the bill.
John Aravosis at gay.americablog.com has an interesting account of the interplay between the DNC, the Obama administration, the New Jersey governor's race, and the No On 1 campaign here in Maine.
One very interesting point he makes is that the 2008 presidential race had far more people cast ballots than the 2009 No On 1 race.