Archive for May, 2011
As you’ve probably read in the comments over the past few weeks, we’ve been working on a new home for Logarchism. We’re pleased to report that we’re now at the spit-and-polish phase, cleaning up after the construction crew.
This seems like a good time to give you an idea of what you can expect in our new digs:
- A spiffy new style. Visual changes, big and small, all tailored to make it easier for you to navigate, explore, and read.
- Full WYSIWYG commenting. No more hand-coding HTML. You get buttons to make it easy to add links, format text, and more. And you won’t have to worry about cleaning up your tags!
- Spell checking in the comment writer. So you can tell before you submit it if you spelled it right.
- Edit your comments. You get 30 minutes to edit to your heart’s content. After that, the concrete sets.
- Comment moving. If you post in the wrong place, we can now move it. Also handy if a topic starts in the comments before we get an article up on it.
We plan to move later this week. When we do, there may be a brief interruption of service. Hopefully, any interruption will be really, really brief.
You’ll need to sign up at the new location to submit comments, but the process is painless. If you use the same email address you are currently using here, your identity will carry over (icons, snowflakes, etc.).
We’re all very excited about the new site and can’t wait to share it with you.
The biggest, most dangerous problem currently facing the United States is not the deficit or the debt. It is lard. No, not the sort that gets slathered into appropriations bills. I’m referring to the kind of lard that is packed onto the butts and bellies of more than half of all Americans. The United States now has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Mississippi is officially the fattest state, with more than 70% of its population either overweight or obese. And while it may be leading for now, a lot of other states are gaining fast.
Today, May 30 2011, is the day officially set aside as Memorial Day in the United States.
The roots of Memorial Day lie in the mostly southern tradition of Decoration Day, a local observance which occurred on many different dates during the three years after the end of the Civil War (War Between the States).
For that reason, many towns including: Columbus, Mississippi; Macon, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale, Illinois all claim to be the “birthplace” of Memorial Day.
As is their wont, the Federales stepped in and in 1966 President Johnson designated Waterloo, New York, the birthplace of Memorial Day. Apparently, they made it a regular thing there but one suspects there was some ulterior political motive involved.
General John Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, originally declared Memorial Day in his General Order Number 11 dated May 5 1868 and the first observance was May 30 1868. Being a G.A.R. order didn’t help with compliance in the former Confederate states, and the South did not generally observe Memorial Day until after World War I made it into a general observance of the dead from all wars.
Now, many Americans merely take the day to mark the official beginning of summer or a time when the white shoes may be removed from storage and safely worn or maybe just a day that follows the Indianapolis 500. Let’s not be like that. Let’s take a moment to remember, and honor, our friends and family who gave their lives for this country.
Talk show day is upon us again. This week is a mix of Presidential runs, budget negotiations, and Memorial Day. According to Politico, here’s the lineup for this week:
Meet the Press (NBC) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will discuss the impact of Medicare on last Tuesday’s special election in New York, and how Medicare is also factoring into ongoing budget negotiations. (more…)
For the first time in American history, the United States government is recruiting foreign residents to become United States citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is spending $3.5 million for a foreign language campaign to convince up to 7.9 million green card holders to apply for citizenship.
In an era of $1.6 trillion deficits, why are we spending any money at all on this effort? Two data points are revealing: (more…)
A complex political dance is taking place in the state of Wisconsin, involving all three branches of the state government, with active participation from the people of the state. The dance has important implications for the nation, dealing as it does with the kind of people we are, with the nature of collective bargaining, with the ways the people interact with each other and with the institutions of government.
On May 26, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi struck down Wisconsin’s union-busting bill that had been pushed by Republicans through the state legislature, and signed into law by first-term Governor Scott Walker. (more…)