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This is the program for tonight’s interfaith service that is to begin shortly at Newtown High School, as announced by the White House. President Obama is scheduled to speak toward the end:

*Welcome by Matthew Crebbin, senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church.

*Psalm 46 by Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel.

*Prayer for those we lost by Rev. Mel Kawakami, senior minister of Newtown United Methodist.

*Psalm 23 by the Rev. Kathleen E. Adams-Shepard, rector of Trinity Episcopal.

*Prayer for the children by the Rev. Jim Solomon, pastor of the New Hope Community Church.

*Reading of the Koran and a prayer by Jason Graves and Muadh Bhavnagarwala of the Al Hedaya Islamic Center.

*Prayers for the emergency responders by the Rev. Jane Sibley, minister at Newtown United Methodist.

*Reading and a prayer from the Baha’i tradition by Dr. John Woodall, leader of Baha’i Faith Community.

*Prayer for counselors and caregivers by the Rev. Leo McIlrath, chaplain at the Lutheran Home of Southbury.

*Scripture: Romans 8 by the Rev. Pastor Jack Tanner, minister and elder of the Newtown Christian Church.

*First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra

*Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

*President Barack Obama

*Prayer for our community by the Rev. Msgr Robert Weiss, pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church.

*Blessing by the Rev. Rob Mossis, vicar of Christ the King Lutheran Church

*Closing music by Fiona Smith Sutherland.

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Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:24 AM PST

The Secret Life of Willard Mitty

by jazzence


"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" tells the story of the aging Walter Mitty on a trip into town with his overbearing wife, Mrs. Mitty. Walter is an ineffectual person who spends more time in heroic daydreams than paying attention to the real world, or more seriously, one who intentionally attempts to mislead or convince others that he is something that he is not.

Sound familiar?

There's an old Mormon prophecy—of questionable origin and not accepted as official doctrine by the church—that in the latter days, when the US Constitution is hanging "like a thread," a Mormon will gallop in on a white horse to save the day, and Mormons will take the reins of the US government.
Death rode on a pale horse too.

Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 05:20 AM PST

The Story Behind the Photo

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Most-Liked Photograph of All Time


Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:51 AM PST

Have Republicans Learned Anything?

by jazzence


After disappointing results in Tuesday’s election, Mr. Priebus said that it was time for Republicans to become “more tolerant of those with a math-and-science lifestyle.”
Are we supposed to embrace amnesty? No, no, no, I'm being serious! We have achieved [sic], brilliant, intelligent, accomplished African Americans, Hispanics, you name it – throughout the Republican party. It doesn't count! It doesn't count with the media, it doesn't count with the Democratic party, it doesn't count with Obama supporters.

It doesn't count. Why not? Why, putting it coarsely, doesn't the Republican Party get credit for Condoleeza Rice? Why doesn't the Republican Party get credit for Marco Rubio? Why doesn't the Republican Party get credit for Suzanne Martinez...?

In fact, more women are pro-life than are pro-choice. The problem here for Republicans is not policy but delicacy — speaking about culturally sensitive and philosophically complex issues with reflection and prudence.
But as Bernie Goldberg admitted earlier this year, "There is a strain of bigotry — and that's the word I want to use — running through conservative America....That has to leave the conservative movement....I am sick of it."
Just kidding.

Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 03:03 PM PST

War Drums Along the Potomac

by jazzence

Not even two days after the election and the "Bomb Iran" shadow campaign is back in action.

CNN claims Iran shot at a US drone, revealing the news network's mindset

That CNN's prime mission is to serve the US government is hardly news. But given the magnitude of these kinds of accusations - their obvious ability, if not intent, to bolster animosity on the part of the US public toward Iran and heighten tensions between the two nations - shouldn't CNN at least pretend to be a bit more skeptical and even-handed about how it is reporting these claims? Anonymous Bush officials claim Saddam is reconstituting his nuclear program; anonymous Obama officials claim Iran illegally shot at a US drone for no reason.
Pentagon Says Iran Fired at Surveillance Drone Last Week
Officials declined to speculate about whether the Iranian pilots were trying to shoot down the drone or were simply firing warning shots. But one official briefed on the episode said the Iranian planes — identified as Soviet-made SU-25 jets known as Frogfoots — carry cannon for supporting ground troops and are not especially adept at air-to-air combat.
They just hate to speculate, but....
Mr. Little said Iranian warplanes “fired multiple rounds” but missed the drone, a Predator, which has a unique silhouette similar to a giant, upside-down flying spoon, and it is not easily confused with a piloted jet fighter.
Mr. Little said the Predator was flying about 16 nautical miles from Iran while conducting a routine maritime surveillance mission. He stressed that Iran’s territorial limits extend 12 nautical miles from its shores, and that the drone never strayed into Iranian space.
you do the math.

Has Christmas come early?

The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan says he's suing Bank of America for $1 billion for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Countrywide, which was later bought by Bank of America, had procedures designed to process loans at high speed and generated thousands of fraudulent loans.

Bharara says it's the first civil fraud suit brought by the Justice Department concerning loans that were later sold to Fannie and Freddie.

I know I know. It's not much of a diary but I couldn't find anywhere else to stick this.

For the right wing noise machine when it comes to MidEast policy they forge a truth that is better held together by the force of narrative rhetoric and metaphor than by fact. So it comes as no surprise that Obama's pick for the NIC would threaten that very narrative.

A thunderous, coordinated assault against one of President Obama's intelligence picks is now underway. It started in a few right-wing blogs, migrated to semi-official mouthpieces like the Jewish Telegraph Agency, and today it reached the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, in the form of the scurrilous piece by Gabriel Schoenfeld, a resident scholar at some outfit called "the Witherspoon Institute."

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Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 07:26 PM PDT

TransAmerican Affair

by jazzence

NOTE: This diary has sat unpublished for the last two months, and with the renewed interest in the APL its only fitting to publish it now. I'm not an expert in energy but hopefully this diary will be of interest to some. Enjoy.

Gov. Sarah Palin and her running mate John McCain both have a vested interest in the AK pipeline. Back in Jan.24, 2008 Governor Palin sang the praises of TransCanada's bid in the the building.

"Gov. Palin certainly showed leadership on the gas line. If Sen. McCain happens to be elected as president, that would put a strong representative in the administration in Washington that's in favor of an Alaska gas line," Tony Palmer, the TransCanada executive in charge of the pipeline said.

TransCanada proposal

In it, the company says it will seek federal loan guarantees to cover cost overruns and it wants the U.S. government to take on some or all of the initial risk if sufficient gas shippers fail to participate in the open season.

Here we go again. Privatize profits. Socialize losses.

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In the words of Terry Reid, "Its the season of the witch," or loony bible beaters. The tide has certainly turned for members of Minnesota's Congress.

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Tue Sep 16, 2008 at 07:17 PM PDT

LAT being sued by LAT??

by jazzence

Haven't seen this diary yet, so I threw this together.

Today, former employees of the Los Angeles Times filed a class action lawsuit against Sam Zell,  alleging they were harmed by his mismanagement of the employee stockowner plan. The plaintiffs include several familiar bylines and at least one current Times star. A team has been looking into Zell's leveraged takeover of Tribune almost since he used employee money to get the company.

The Los Angeles Times is the largest of Tribune's nine daily newspapers.

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Fri May 09, 2008 at 11:42 AM PDT

How to start a community garden

by jazzence

Why Start a Community Garden?
Many families living in the city would like to grow some of their own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Some want to save money on their food bills. Others like the freshness, flavor and wholesomeness of homegrown
produce. And for many, gardening is a relaxing way to exercise and enjoy being out-of-doors. There are
also families from other cultures who would like to grow traditional foods not available in the supermarket.
Community gardens beautify neighborhoods and help bring neighbors closer together. They have been
proven as tools to reduce neighborhood crime--particularly when vacant, blighted lots are targeted for garden
development. Community gardens provide safe, recreational green space in urban areas with little or no park
land, and can contribute greatly to keeping urban air clean.
Those who are lucky enough to have sunny backyards or balconies can plant a garden whenever they have
the time and energy. But what about those who do not have a place to garden? For these people, community
gardens may be the answer.

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