Changing the World, One Pixel at a Time

Image via Wikipedia For the last couple of days, everyone has been sounding off on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik blames the tenor of politics. Rush Limbaugh (of course) blames the Democrats—if not for the shooting, at least for daring to say that  the tenor of political commentary such as his…

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I’m a Conscientious Objector–to Politics

con·sci·en·tious (k n sh – n sh s) ob·ject·or (ˈäb-jikt-ər) Noun Abbr. CO One who on the basis of religious or moral principles refuses to bear arms or participate in military service. I walked into the bedroom after blogging yesterday morning and was greeted by the strains of a nasty political attack ad. “Oh, brother,”…

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Nationalized Health Care, Down Syndrome, and Abortion

I’m going to go out on a limb today and say something that a good portion of my readership probably won’t like. Namely: I support Obama’s health care plan. You might remember that last year a group of us put together a bill to mandate coverage of “habilitative” services for children with special needs. This…

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7 Quick Takes, vol. 69

1. Generally speaking, I am not a fan of Saturday Night Live. But as a National Anthem singer (who grits her teeth at the ludicrous versions we’re subjected to) and a liturgist (who can’t stand the fact that the national anthem has become a solo op instead of a community song), I found this performance…

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Why a Person who HATES POLITICS is lobbying for a bill

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have no idea how the political process works. Several months ago, I got involved with PEP-C, which you may remember is trying to pass legislation requiring insurers to cover PT, OT and speech for kids (under 18) with developmental disabilities. Early in the process, one…

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God is in the middle

It’s tempting, because it’s so easy. We live in a culture where everything is reduced to sound bytes. A writer has one sentence to hook a reader or listener; going “in-depth” on the nightly news takes two minutes; each movie shot lasts two seconds, tops. In a sound byte, there is no time for detail,…

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