Saturday, March 27, 2010

Smorgasbord Saturday

Soon my weekends will return to revolving around Fox Sports' game of the week and MLB on TBS. You've surely noticed the countdown running atop my sidebar... One week to go!

In These Times (the news journal created by James Weinstein, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, and other brilliant writers/thinkers) has an interesting article outlining what kind of lobbying former House Majority Leader Dick Armey was doing prior to becoming the leader of FreedomWorks and the de-facto leader of the tea party movement. The former congressman has made a great deal of money lobbying on behalf of individuals and groups that are a bit suspect. It isn't unusual for former members of Congress to become lobbyists post-Congress, but it is a quite unusual to represent the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.

Today in the Washington Post is an interesting photo gallery from an exhibition at the Renwick Gallery, part of the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, "The Art of Gaman," is a collection representing the WWII-era Japanese internment camps in the United States. The article says that the exhibit is intended to "give texture to the improvised social life and bleak architecture of places such as Manzanar, Minidoka and Rohwer." Go take a look.

This past week, JFK Lancer sent out an email announcing that Ed Hoffman, a witness to the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, passed away. Hoffman had a fairly unobstructed view from the east of the Texas School Book Depository, the railroad yard, and the picket fence. Hoffman was first written about by Jim Marrs.

Here's a bit of information that might be useful to those of you in the Treasure Valley who have yet to complete your taxes and might be interested in donating some of your refund to Special Olympics of Idaho:

Two locations of Liberty Tax Services are making it "Special Olympics Idaho Day"!!! On Friday, April 2, 2010 and Saturday, April 3, 2010, if you have your taxes done at the two locations listed below you can receive FREE tax preparation for a $50 contribution to Special Olympics Idaho made on your Idaho Income Tax return. The Fairview location is also hosting a Roadside Party on April 3 where you can rock out from 11 am to 2 pm, enjoy a free hot dog and let someone else file your taxes while helping out Special Olympics Idaho. We would like to thank Owner Cindy Tankersley and her team for this generous contribution of services!

Participating Locations are:

32 E. Franklin Rd.

Meridian, ID 83642

(on Franklin between Main and Meridian)

(208) 433-9110

AND

10804 W. Fairview

Boise, ID 83713 (just west of Five Mile)

(208) 853-4100


On any given day there is so much that could be said about Glenn Beck and his insane antics, but today I wanted to point out an article by Jim Wallis (also in WaPo) about Christians pushing back at Beck for saying they should leave their churches if their pastors/preachers/etc. are promoting "social justice." It's a good read for the religious as well as the non-religious and for those who simply believe that Beck is hurting this country.

That's it for this smorgasbord. Watch for a post tomorrow on Ron Paul's visit to the Gem state.

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