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Aretha Hat a Hit!

Have you heard the hoopla around Aretha Franklin’s inaugural hat?  Her hat is a hit and the blogesphere is buzzing about it.  From what I’ve read, the hat was made by Luke Song, a hat designer from Detroit.  Mr. Song has been flooded with calls from women wanting the same hat.  Luke said that the hat would cost about $500 if he were to sell them, but the hand-molded, hat with the rhinestone bow is a one-of-a-kind hat made especially for Aretha. Song said, “Her particular hat, I will not sell a copy, even if someone offers me a million dollars.”

I admit that I googled Aretha’s hat to see where I could get one. Since I can’t get my own Aretha hat, I thought I could at least photoshop myself wearing one. Here’s my new Facebook Avatar.

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MoveOn.org

Now that Barack Obama has been elected, The political action group MoveOn.org asked it’s 5 million members what the organizations next priority should be for 2009. Members were asked to pick their top three most important issues.

My top 3 were:

1. Universal health care
2. Build a green economy, stop climate change
3. Improve public schools

It should come as no surprise to those who know me that Universal Health Care would be at the top of my list. What was really surprising to me is that it is also on the top of the list for the majority of MoveOn members! Universal Health Care even came before economic recovery! But then if you really think about it, Universal Health Care will actually help the economy, probably more than billion dollar bale outs. If the Big 3 automakers didn’t have to provide health care for it’s employees, that alone would put them in the black. This would also be very helpful to struggling small businesses. More Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills than for any other reason.

Of course there are many more reasons that Universal Health Care is the right thing to do, but I’ll save those for another post. I was just pleasantly surprised that this issue ended up on the very top of the MoveOn.org list of priorities. Interesting.

Below are the top 10 goals in the order of importance to MoveOn members:

1. Universal health care 64.9%
2. Economic recovery and job creation 62.1%
3. Build a green economy, stop climate change 49.6%
4. End the war in Iraq 48.3%
5. Improve public schools 21.6%
6. Restore civil liberties 16.8%
7. Hold the Bush Administration accountable 15.2%
8. Gay rights/LGBT equality 8.6%
9. Increase access to higher education 7.6%
10. Reform campaigns and elections 5.7%

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‘Christian’ License Plate

SC proposed License Plate

 

Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the state of South Carolina may not issue a special “Christian” license plate featuring a cross, a stained-glass window and the words “I Believe.”

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which sponsored the litigation to stop issuance of the plate, hailed the decision.

The measure authorizing the special plates was passed unanimously by both houses of the legislature, with the active support of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. What were they thinking?

“The ‘I Believe’ license plate is a clear example of government favoritism toward one religion,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The court drove home an important point: South Carolina officials have no business meddling in religious matters.”

Just get a bumper sticker like everyone else.

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Thou shalt not steal?

This sign was erected at a legislative building in Washington state at 6:30am and was stolen by 7:30am. Not only does this violate the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, but it also violates the Ten Commandments.

I actually agree that this sign should not be displayed in a public building, but neither should the Nativity scene that was right beside it. Religious beliefs always manage to cause problems that often leads to violence. In the dangerous world we live in today with religious extremest on both sides, it is more important than ever to keep a separation of church and state.

It doesn’t matter that the majority of US citizens are Christians, the Constitution forbids the establishment of any religion over another, and freedom of religion includes freedom from religion. And of course, it is also important to remember that being in a majority does not make you right. After all, the guys who wrote the Bible thought the world was flat.

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