All Further Articles for 2010-03-29

Monday, March 29, 2010
Bagging It
D.C.'s new 5-cent tax on plastic bags designed both to reduce waste and raise environmental funds has been wildly successful , with the number of bags used dropping in just one month from over 22 million to 3.3 million. Geez, that was simple.
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The Wind Comes Sweepin' Down the Plain, Bringing Change, Even Here
Oklahoma does a swell job inspiring fine ole musicals, but they can't seem to get their bigotry right. Their state Senate felt so strongly they shouldn't have to protect gays and lesbians from hate crimes that they tried to write sexual orientation out of the newly passed Shephard Act. But somebody goofed and exempted protections against race and religion instead. They killed Section 245. The weirdos are in section 249. "We know we belong to the land/ And the land we belong to is grand!/ And when we say/ Yeeow! aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!/ We're only saying/ You're doing fine, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, ok!"
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Let My People Go, and Other People Too
Tonight sees the start of Passover, marking the liberation of the Jews from slavery and oppression. For Jews pained by the ongoing oppression of Palestinians by the descendants of those who fled their own oppression, it is a difficult holiday to celebrate. Mondoweiss' Philip Weiss struggles with "the hard hard selfishness of my people." And Haaretz' Akiva Eldar warns that "one of the harshest of the 10 plagues has smitten the children of Israel" - darkness. "I don't think we know what Enough means. We've been badly hurt, dispossessed. It explains the failure to be satisfied with 80 percent of a piece of land that the world in a fit of guiltridden generosity said you could have half of...We're alive, we have power - to change history, to change our rituals, to change ourselves. We don't have to throw out all the old songs."
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Rising Above It
Darryl Williams died yesterday at 46. A Boston high school football star paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in 1979, five years into the fiercely-fought desegregation of the city's schools, Williams never gave in to the hatred that felled him, writes a Globe columnist. "I made peace with my situation long ago. I understand where hostility and ignorance come from, and I'm able to rise above it."
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We Love the Constitution. We Just Don't Want to Know What's In It, Thanks.
The latest WTF? salvo fired by protesting Tea Partiers in Nevada and their zealous if ill-informed leader Sarah Palin: While they cherish and quote and wave signs citing their much-cherished and oft-quoted Constitution, clearly the last thing anyone needs right now is a leader who...knows about the Constitution? "Our vision for America is anchored in time-tested truths... that the Constitution provides the path to a more perfect union... In these volatile times when we are a nation at war, now more than ever is when we need a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor."
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