Updates, The Smashing Pumpkins and More

Okay, so I have a few updates about previous posts that I need to make.  So here goes.

“Good News, Part Two”

As expected, Judge Hanson’s ruling didn’t last very long.  A stay on the ruling was issued less than 24 hours after Hanson made his decision.  In between the ruling and the stay, 27 same sex couples filed applications for marriage but only one made it to the courthouse.  Read all about it:

Iowa Gay Marriage Applications Halted

“Grand Rapids Literary Review Issue Two is Now Available”

I don’t know what is going on with the web site for The Grand Rapids Literary Review, except that the site is down.  I have emailed the editors in hopes of finding out.  If the site is down permanently and the journal no longer exists, then I don’t know what that means regarding the poems that were published there.  I still have the interview in my email, so at the least I will post that here.  The poems, if I am allowed, will likely have to be resubmitted elsewhere if the site is down.  I may be overreacting though and it may be resolved soon, in which case I will post another update.  My apologies to anyone who has been trying to find the poems and the interview.

“Bring Anthony Bourdain to Toledo”

The Toledo Blade has an article in today’s paper about a project in Columbus that is similar to the Live/ Work/ Create project that Toledo artists and Mayor Finkbeiner recently announced.  Check it out:

Short North in Columbus offers vision for Toledo

“Poetry Challenge”

There are a lot of great spontaneous poems in the comments section of Rane Arroyo’s “A Challenge And Be Eye Candy Too” posting.  If you haven’t read them yet, you are missing out.

“A Question for Young Americans”

The comments section of this posting has involved a discussion of the current U.S. economy that has mentioned many issues, including the housing market, interest rates, and the unemployment level.  The New York Times issued a report last Wednesday about the economy based on the results of the recent census.  Read the report, by Abby Goodnough:

Census Shows a Modest Rise in U.S. Income

“And So Ends Another Summer”

My classes are settled, the students are registered and I’ve compared the gender ratio of my students to the average reported in “And So Ends Another Summer.”  The national average says that 57 percent of students registered nationwide are female.  Approximately 62 percent of my students are female.  I’m above average!

“Election Fatigue”

Many of us might be fatigued, but Reuters apparently is not.  Today they announced:

Race for the White House kicks into high gear

Many debates, rallies and speeches to go.  And four more months before the first vote is cast.  Meanwhile, everyone is still asking if Fred Thompson is in the race or not.  It seems this week we will find out, according to The New York Times:

After Months of Flirting, Thompson Is Almost In

“Let’s do the Time Warp Again”

Read this interesting article, also from The New York Times (what can I say, I get free copies at school), regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling to ban using race to assign children to public schools.  Unfortunately, to read it you have to have TimesSelect (meaning you pay for the ability to read “older” articles) or you have to purchase the ability to read just this one article.  But here’s the link anyway:

A Successful Plan for Racial Balance Now Finds Its Future Uncertain

If you google the title and find the full text of the article for free, let me know so I can post it.

And because I’m upset no one can see my poems, here is something fun:

Smashing Pumpkins – Rocket” posted by jfu79

Finally, I’m adding three new editorials to the Supplemental Readings page (yes, from The New York Times) by Paul Krugman.  One is about Race and the G.O.P.  The other deals with the current administration’s failures, highlighting Hurricane Katrina.  The last has to do with the attacks on universal health care and that scary, scary word, “Socialism.”  The full text of these are archived on the blog Economist’s View .  And you can read them here:

Paul Krugman: Seeking Willie Horton

Paul Krugman: Katrina All The Time

Paul Krugman: A Socialist Plot


UPDATED 9/19/07: 7:59 PM

The New York Times has changed its policy regarding the TimesSelect articles.  They are now available for free on their website.  You may have to endure a short ad, but there is a “skip this ad” button for those of you who, like me, are impatient.


Let’s do the Timewarp Again

Is it 1950 again?  Between the Supreme Court’s attacks on a woman’s right to choose and now its attack on the desegregation of American schools, it is certainly starting to feel like the 1950s again.  Read all about it:

Divided court rejects school diversity plans

Now I could spend all day talking about racism, the need for racial integration, the benefits of racial integration and the importance of strengthening the integrity of Brown v. Board of Education.  But plenty of others have already done that.

Here’s one from the LA Times called “Fracturing a landmark.”

And here’s one from the Washington Post called “Standing in the Schoolhouse Door.”

No I don’t need to talk about those things because they’ve already been talked about.  And plus, we were all prepared for this, right?  We knew it was coming.  The news prepared us by covering it and explaining the debates and letting us know who was protesting what, how and why. 

What?  You didn’t see all of that coverage.  No, you probably just saw the news about the murdered pregnant woman from Ohio, or the pro wrestler who killed himself and his family or, more likely, Paris Hilton.

Why doesn’t the news cover news anymore?  Hmm…. I wonder.  Am I saying the conservative coalition is purposely controling the news so we don’t have access to pivital information so we can’t act?  No.  Am I saying the media is covering other stories to cover up major social issues like this and the abortion case (remember, the partial birth abortion ban ruling was buried during the Virginia Tech tragedy)?  Not exactly.  Am I saying something fishy is going on and I don’t like it?  And am I saying the news media are failing at their responsibilities to keep us informed about important debates, rulings, and upcoming events?  Absolutely. 

The progressive left, liberal America, needs to organize around these issues.  We need to come together and fight these rulings that take our country backwards.  But we can’t if we are bombarded by Paris Hilton in jail, David Hasselhoff drunk and Lindsay Lohan high.  We need real news and we need it now.

“Supreme Court sides with employers, back 180-day deadline on pay discrimination lawsuits”

**Sigh**  I’ll just start with the link to the news story:

Supreme Court sides with employers, back 180-day deadline on pay discrimination lawsuits

It’s clear what impact the Bush appointees to the Supreme Court will have and the future does not look good.  This is the second quick strike to women from this court (see previous post regarding the Court’s ruling on the partial birth abortion ban).

What is there left to say?  Lots, actually.  And people to say it to.  Go now and get the email address of your senators and congresspeople.  Let them know what you feel about the Supreme Court’s obvious lack of concern for women’s rights.  And while you’re at it, check out the following links (which will also be in the sidebar to the left).  They’ll have other ways you can help fight this backlash.

This is only a small sampling of the groups and organizations you can contact in order to help fight the oppression of women and children in America and around the globe.  I hope you will stand with them as I do.