There’s a Mosque in the works for Harkness Road in Pelham and the neighborhood isn’t happy. Personally, I feel very sad that the folks I live near are so narrow minded that they use the excuse of a narrow street as an attempt to prevent the Mosque from opening. I think that if a good “christian” organization was proposing this same plan, the opposition would melt away.
Roger Lowenstein in the New York Times on Sunday:
This [walking away from bad mortgages] would correct a prevailing imbalance: homeowners operate under a “powerful moral constraint” while lenders are busily trying to maximize profits
I’m a year behind the times, but this is a good story…
“Students at Richard Montgomery High School in Maryland have discovered that they can duplicate the license plates of their archenemies by printing a Maryland plate template on a sheet of glossy photo paper and digging up a handy license plate character font, according to a parent speaking to The Sentinel (via /.). This may sound like a janky craft project at first, but these cameras are not sensitive enough to pick up the differences between these paper license plates and the real things. The students then tape the faux plate over their own and purposefully speed in order to be caught by the speed camera, causing the real owner of the license plate to receive a $40 citation in the mail.”
Who monitors the monitors?
“But the election of Barack Obama has increased threats against the president’s life by 400 percent from his predecessor, according to ‘In the President’s Secret Service,’ Ronald Kessler’s account of presidential security. “
All those Liberals that hated Bush, etc., etc. At least we weren’t threatening to kill him in such numbers.
“The woman who was denied a marriage license by a Louisiana justice of the peace because he refused to marry interracial couples said the official should lose his job.”
I’ve been worried about this for ages.
[Closed Border, closed economy, closing opportunities | eaves.ca]
“All this may sound unfortunate but it has significant implications, political and economic implications. International travel to the United States is down 10% in the first quarter of 2009 – a big part of this is likely related to the economy, but I suspect that fewer and fewer people are choosing the United States as a destination. But vacationers are minor in comparison to the impact on innovation and economic development. Today, it is harder and harder for the best minds in the world to work for American companies and to do graduate work at American Universities. This means America’s elite will interact less and less with leading thinkers from elsewhere and its companies will have to rely on American talent, and not international talent, to succeed.
Already the cracks are showing. Google has employees who are forced to work in Canada since they can’t work in the United States. And Microsoft recently opened a software development facility in Vancouver because US immigration laws made it too difficult to bring in top talent. Indeed, I’m increasingly persuaded that the new convention centre in Vancouver was a smart investment. If you are hosting a conference with Americans and internationals in attendance there is no way you are going to host it in the United States.”
“An interesting new pattern has emerged from some Republicans. Both during and after yesterday’s House admonishment of Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-SC) outburst of ‘You lie!’ during President Obama’s speech to Congress, GOP House members have been emerging to say that it was Obama who started the breach of decorum.”
this sounds bad…
“With the White House zeroing in on the insurance-industry practice of discriminating against clients based on pre-existing conditions, administration allies are calling attention to how broadly insurers interpret the term to maximize profits.
It turns out that in eight states, plus the District of Columbia, getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition.”
“We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.”
If someone tried to invent libraries today, they’d be laughed up the whazoo.