No Kindle Fan Here

I read this today, and totally agree.  Count me out as a Kindle fan  too.  And for much the same reasons.

But nothing beats the convenience and portability of a well-organized newspaper.

A newspaper requires no batteries or AC current, can be read anyplace in all-but-blackout conditions, can be folded (unlike a jumbo Kindle) for convenient transport, can be clipped for coupons, can catch canary poop and can be responsibly recycled into cute flower pots (see below) in a way that electronic detritus cannot.

If you don’t care to acquire your news interactively, a printed newspaper is a superior choice. And a daily paper is cheaper than a Kindle by about $488 per copy.

Does Brett Favre Want Revenge?

Not a healthy way to live life.

The revenge factor:Packers general manager Ted Thompson is one of the nicest men in the NFL. He’s quiet. He’s unassuming. He works behind the scenes, displaying very little ego. Favre dislikes him enough that he would park the tractor at his farm and endure the pain of playing another season. Favre didn’t like when Thompson refused to re-sign some of his favorite veteran offensive linemen. He couldn’t believe Thompson wouldn’t trade for Randy Moss.

Now, Favre is thinking about putting on the colors of one of the Packers’ most bitter rivals. Favre’s return to the NFL last year was on Thompson’s terms. Favre had to play in the AFC for the Jets, not in the NFC. The Packers got a third-round pick, but Thompson, to protect the Packers, inserted a clause into the trade that would have made the Vikings give up three first-round picks if the Jets traded him to Minnesota. Following his official release from the Jets, Favre is free of any contractual obligation and can sign with the Vikings for no draft-choice compensation. It’s ultimate revenge.

Kudos To Maine Governor John Baldacci For Signing Gay Marriage Into Law

There are those who are elected and merely serve their time in office.  Then there are those who lead, and set an example for what it means to represent all the citizenry.

Maine Governor John Baldacci is such a leader and should be applauded today for signing the gay marriage bill into law within an hour of passing the state legislature.

“I have followed closely the debate on this issue. I have listened to both sides, as they have presented their arguments during the public hearing and on the floor of the Maine Senate and the House of Representatives. I have read many of the notes and letters sent to my office, and I have weighed my decision carefully,” Governor Baldacci said. “I did not come to this decision lightly or in haste.”

“I appreciate the tone brought to this debate by both sides of the issue,” Governor Baldacci said. “This is an emotional issue that touches deeply many of our most important ideals and traditions. There are good, earnest and honest people on both sides of the question.”

“In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions,” Governor Baldacci said. “I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.”

“Article I in the Maine Constitution states that ‘no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor be denied the equal protection of the laws, nor be denied the enjoyment of that person’s civil rights or be discriminated against.’”

“This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of Church and State,” Governor Baldacci said.

“It guarantees that Maine citizens will be treated equally under Maine’s civil marriage laws, and that is the responsibility of government.”

“Even as I sign this important legislation into law, I recognize that this may not be the final word,” Governor Baldacci said. “Just as the Maine Constitution demands that all people are treated equally under the law, it also guarantees that the ultimate political power in the State belongs to the people.”

And Now There Are Five States….Maine Allows For Gay Marriage

Only 45 more states to go.

There are no words to describe the joy when walls of hate and discrimination come tumbling down.  Such is the case today when gay marriage was made legal in Maine.

Maine can be very proud to be the first state to enact gay marriage legislation without needing to be prodded or ordered by a court to do so.  The conservative theory that only activist judges’  create gay marriage rights has been dashed.

CNN reports.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Maine on Wednesday as Gov. John Baldacci signed a bill less than an hour after the state legislature approved it.

“I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage,” said Baldacci, a Democrat.

But he raised the possibility that the residents of the state would overturn the law, saying, “Just as the Maine Constitution demands that all people are treated equally under the law, it also guarantees that the ultimate political power in the State belongs to the people.”

Three other states — Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa — allow same-sex marriages. Vermont has passed a law making gay and lesbian marriages legal that takes effect in September. New Hampshire lawmakers are close to passing a similar bill.

It should be noted that if and when New Hamphire passes their bill that Rhode Island will be the only New England state to not have such rights for gay Americans.

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Madison City Council Should Have Taken Time To Hear From Youth In Attendance At Meeting


Having once worked for a legislative committee I know that moving around items on the agenda, and allowing for certain people in attendance to testify and then leave, is a simple thing to do.  It accommodates a few people, and allows the members of the committee or council to gain additional input.  Sadly, that was not the case last night at the Madison City Council meeting.

During the late local news on WMTV last night it was reported that young people in attendance since 6 P.M., wanting the chance to express their views on the curfew ordinance, needed to leave as 10 P.M. approached.  After all, it was a school night.  They had prepared statements they wanted to make to the Madison City Council, but never was given the chance, unless they wanted to wait until late into the night.  I was at my computer to write a post very similair to this one, and then I thought I must have heard the news in-correctly.  After all, it was so short-sighted that I felt for sure I had not heard it right.  But then today I read the following.

Several youth came to testify against the ordinance change, but left before the subject was taken up at 10:30 p.m., he added.

“You had a lot of youth in this room who wanted to engage with you and you sent a serious message,” Zipperer said. “They heard, ‘Go home.’ They really wanted to stay. I was back here listening to them talk — they had to go home because they had schoolwork. They were responsible, but they really wanted to be here. They saw swine flu get moved up and not them.”

That is not the way to conduct a meeting.  And it sure as heck is no way to demonstrate to our  concerned youth who actually show up to a meeting that they are valued and respected.  It does nothing to show that this is their democracy too, and that they have a role to play in it..

It would have been very doable, and appropriate, for a motion to have been made to allow the youth present to testify, and then leave for dinner and homework that waited at home.  The Madison City Council then could have returned to the normal agenda, and talked until the cows came home.  Had it been done my way the youth who took the time to show up and participate in government would not have felt like second-class citizens, or marginalized due to their age.

For a city that likes to promote the idea we are just a bit better and smarter we must recognize that we still have a ways to go to get to the top.