Healthy Food, Michelle Obama, & Palin

Michelle ObamaYou have to give credit where credit is due and deserved and this week the credit is all due to Michelle Obama and her efforts regarding the healthy food initiative. it is an issue that is near and dear to Michelle Obama and fits in nicely with the emphasis she has placed on children’s health and exercise already and despite my general dislike of Wal-Mart, recognizing that if you start with the leading grocer in the country others will likely follow, is another smart move. Similarly, the fact that Sarah Palin has come out so strongly against this initiative gives a very clear indication of just how out of touch with the typical lower to middle American family she truly is. Yeah, I know there was a time at which I thought Palin had might have been acceptable, but I will point out I was in favor of a the very unlikely Lieberman being on that ticket. I am sure some background information is order to help bring everyone up to speed and then give my opinion on the matter before asking for yours.

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Editorial White-Wash

Mark TwainTwo things have been in my proverbial crawl this week regarding the use the editorial pen to seemingly not acknowledge our own history. In fact, the two matters I am thinking of not only do not seem to acknowledge the history, but in fact seem bent on the rewrite of our history, in which the ugly parts of it are white-washed under the rug so to speak. The two issues, briefly are the newest version of Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in which the n-word has been replaced or eliminated. And of course, the reading of our most revered constitution on the house floor, but with things that reference the 3/5 counting of slaves and even the repelled prohibition of liquor were left out.

In regards to Mark Twain’s epic and classic work, I fail to see how changing the word makes the situation presented in the book any more palatable to anyone that would be reading it. In fact, one can argue that in his own way and as near as would have been appropriate for a man from the mid-south at the time, Twain was questioning the institution of slavery itself. I think, in my own mind Twain clearly was doing just that. I think also, just as Huck as the thought at some point that in reality, according to the letter of the law, Jim is just property, so to did Twain himself think at times.

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Few More Random Things

RandomI am still going back through the posts that have been made over the years here on Mephistos and editing, mostly for grammatical correction, though there are a few photograph and video issues that I am cleaning up in the process as well. A particular post that caught my attention a day or two back was entitled twenty-five random things. The post consisted of, you guessed it, twenty-five things – but not just any twenty-five things. They were random things about me. I like the concept and decided to re-visit the concept. Not sure how many I will have, but I will give it a go and see what we have in the end.

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Public Domain Web?

Copyright SymbolHeard a little snippet on the radio (NPR of course) on the way home about a lady who had written an article or perhaps it was a how to for a recipe. The content of her article appeared in a magazine by the name of Cook Source, giving her a full credit as the author. Trouble is, she had originally published the article on a website and had never granted any sort of rights to Cook Source to publish the work. When she called the publisher of the Cook Source magazine asking for simply an apology in print and a $130.00 donation to a writers scholarship fund (or something of the nature), the publisher said she should be grateful that they even bothered to put her name in the by line, as they got it from the web and everything on the web is in the public domain. I nearly choked and sure would have if I had anything in my mouth at the time.

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Believe in Ghosts?

ghosts“Believe in ghosts?” That was the question that my wife asked me just a few days ago while were making our somewhat usual walk around the park. I suspect the question came up because it was an usually cold and dreary day, very late well past dark with the cloud clover and just felt like more a late October then early October. I think my quick and very definite answer of “No” took her by surprise just a little bit. But perhaps my follow-up answer to the question of spirits existing being a yes then seemed contradictory. A bit of an explanation on my personal believes in the matter of spirits, ghosts and energies then ensued. As the conversation was somewhat interesting and I thought of a few clarifications that may have been missed in the previous conversation, I thought I would share it here on Mephistos.

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Mosque Issues

World Trade CenterI am personally appalled at the spin job being done in regards to the mosque under consideration in New York City that is near to the area of Ground Zero. I am even more appalled at the lack of tolerance in other cities, where similar disdain to the rights of people to practice the religion of their choice here in these United States is clearly being ignored by citizens. The very same citizens that would be the first and loudest to protest if their own rights to worship as, how, and where they choose were suddenly limited in some way. I realize that my timing on this is a little late (I had planned to get this posted prior to or on 9/11), but unbelievably this is still playing out in the media, so I thought I would add my two cents into the fray on this issue. A list is forthcoming…

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Observing in August

Gadsden FlagI have not put together one of these observation style blogs in a while. Had a couple of things that just screamed a short mention to me a little bit ago and so here are a few of them. I am all over the board with this list of observations, so without a theme I am going to hit dates in your blogs to have the tea-party been hi-jacked, and what is a libertarian? Hopefully all the varied topics will make for a good read. Addendum: After writing, most of this went in a political direction – enjoy!

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NYC, Shoes, & Wal-Mart

ShoesAs has been noted elsewhere I went to NYC several weeks ago with my in-laws for a vacation. While there several small lessons were learned or reinforced for me. This particular one had to do with my general dislike for Wal-Mart and especially the low-end products that seem to dominate the shelves through out so much of the store. I am not completely sure why this lesson seems to slip away from me so often, but here it is re-inforced.

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Net Neutrality

Net NeutralitySome of you may have heard about the secret negotiations between Google and Verizon last week where Google basically took the stand that net neutrality is no longer something they are necessarily concerned about. It is the kind of thing that I have long been expecting one of the big players to move toward and my lack of previous faith in Google has proved to be a bit valid. Suppose though, before I get into it to far I need to probably define what is meant by net neutrality.

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