You've probably seen the 2010 calendars around town, featuring work by Portland poets, photographers, and cops. Their sales benefit the family of Sgt. Rick Betters, who died of natural causes earlier this year.
One of the local poets involved is our own Megan Grumbling, and she and all the writers will be at a free reading on Monday, December 14, from 6 to 8 pm at One Longfellow Square.
Courtesy of local activist Jill Barkley, we discover that Bob Emrich (one of the leaders of the Yes On 1 campaign) has sent around to supporters a note appearing to endorse the proposal in Uganda that would create a law that criminalizes homosexuality, and allows homosexuals to be put to death under certain circumstances.
A few weeks ago, I wrote this story, about a Bates student attending the Copenhagen climate conference that's going on right now. Here's his email update, from the global warming front lines:
Hello from day 3 of COP15 in Copenhagen!
Things are getting off to an absolutely crazy start. This will be only a
quick update for you as I'm currently sitting in a conference room about to be
briefed by EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, who will be talking the CO2
endangerment finding that came out a few days ago.
The latest in Robbie Kanner's Vision for Viewers slideshow series of local musicians is Lady Lamb the Beekeeper at MECA during the First Friday Art Walk.
Check it out!
Norton Webber, a Waterville conservative "born-again, John 3:3 Christian" with whom I had an interesting e-mail exchange recently on the topic of whether "same-sex marriage" is "taught" in Maine schools, has started a "blogtalkradio" series at BlogTalkRadio.com. Neither convinced the other to change his mind, but it was refreshing to have a discussion that sought deeper understanding of the various issues involved.
Here's the latest installment in the weekly slideshow series from Robbie Kanner over at VisionForViewers. BONUS: We have figured out how to embed his slideshows into this blog!
We hope you've read about the straight couple who are seeking to annul their marriage if same-sex couples can't get married, on the grounds that marriage is unconstitutionally discriminatory. Deirdre wrote a great piece about it in this week's issue.
In the wake of yesterday's vote in the New York state senate vote to reject same-sex marriage there, she dropped a note to the couple.
Seriously, this is ridiculously revisionist history in the service of environmentalism.
We just got an e-mail from them with five tips for a "green" holiday season.
Here's tip number 1: "Think global, eat local - The Colonials didn’t get their meal from the freezer case at the local supermarket. Why should you?"
This overlooks the fact that the Colonials nearly didn't get their fucking meal at all.
The latest bizarreness to emerge from Sarah Palin's "memoir" (if you can call something that appears to be totally invented a memoir) is a misquote that rightfully belongs in a book edited right here in Maine, by Friends of the Phoenix Nathaniel May (yes that one) and Clint Willis, as well as James W. Loewen.
See the details here, via HuffPo.
Out in California, gay-rights activists have proposed the Marriage Protection Act, which would outlaw divorce. It certainly makes a rhetorical point - similar to Jon Stewart (I think) who said that some conservatives are so enamored of marriage that they have completed three or more, start to finish!
Any takers for a similar campaign in Maine?