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Hate is Not New and Other Sunday Items June 14, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Animal Stories, Dogs and cats, Links, Photo Archives, Photography, Politics, Videos, wildlife, Zoos.
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upclosetitleThe rage that is headlining across the land is finally getting the media’s attention.  It is hard for the media to ignore the murders of abortion doctors and the latest nightmare at the Holocaust Museum in DC. Raise your hand if you think the loners and groups of gun wielding, right-wing, haters of anything that is not a mirror image of themselves is new?  Frank Rich attacks the issue of the enablers who are stirring the pot and giving these lunatics talking points in today’s column called The Obama Haters’ Silent Enablers.

I have been a long time supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center . From its website ‘ The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.’ On their website they have a link to a frightening Hate Map. You can select a state and another map will come up showing you exactly where these groups are located and where their hate is directed. If you follow your local politics, you will not be surprised. Bob Herbert discusses The Way We Are (and it is not pretty).

Watch Keith Olbermann talk to Eugene Robinson about the Right, their thought process and the ever growing threats to all of us.

–  Some stories seem to be re-runs don’t they?  Patrick Kennedy is back in rehab.  Sarah Palin is back in the news with a tirade against David Letterman. Riots in Iran, again.  North Korea continues to be rogue with their imprisonment of those two reporters. Poppy Bush jumps from an airplane (again). I was hoping the change we voted for would silence all of these nut jobs. Sigh.

–  Ever wonder who gets those Ambassador appointments?  We usually never hear about them unless they are controversial.  Here is a list of some of the appointments thus far by the Obama Administration.  Interesting stuff here. I would have wanted the post to Belize but sadly it is already filled. Shucks.

–  Al Franken Watch: Norm Coleman must pay $94,783 to future-Senator Al Franken to cover court costs. This decision was handed down last week. Still to be decided: whether Coleman must pay Franken’s attorneys’ fees and the outcome of who gets to be Senator.  I have a feeling that we will find out this Thursday about Al’s future. Stay tuned.

–  John Yoo, the former Bush administration wacko lawyer connected to the torture program put in place by the Bush Administration, has been ordered to testify in court about accusations that his work led to the torture of a detainee.

–  The City was treated to two fabulous openings this week. The Snow Leopard habitat at the Central Park Zoo and the High Line. The High Line  is located in the old meatpacking District on the West side of Manhattan and has opened the first of the proposed three parts to the public.  It is an urban oasis unlike anything else. I went to visit early Saturday morning with my good buddy who is an amazing horticulturist. We were both dazzled by the design and incredible vistas as the High Line as it winds its way through the old streets, combining state of the art architecture, yet keeping the integrity of the old railway line.  He was a little critical of the plantings (I liked everything) but we both loved the visit and will be back for more. You can check out the official website of the High Line for its history, videos and more images. Here are my photos from yesterday.




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