Forget Harry; what about Snape?

Ok, I know the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series came out over two weeks ago, and the rest of yall are probably all talked out about it.  But I signed the closing papers on my house two weeks late on July 25th, giving me just one week to get all my stuff out of my old apartment. Moving in the DC summer humidity is not fun, let me tell you! :p

So it wasn't until this weekend, Friday afternoon, that I had the chance to sit down and read the Deathly Hallows... all in one sitting.  And while of course I wanted to know what happens to Harry and Hermione and Ron et al, what I was really dying to know is what happens to Snape.  We all knew that Snape would die; the question was how - was he killed by Harry in a final showdown?  Or does he sacrifice himself to save Harry thereby proving his goodness?

Congress Has Been Busy

Wow, I came into work today to find that Congress had been working during the weekend. Shocking. So what was this most pressing issue that had our lawmakers working on a Saturday? Why it was to quietly and quickly further erode our civil liberties.

REAL Sex Ed

We've had some cool victories in the area of comprehensive sex ed recently.  In addition to Obama bringing national attention to it, the House recently reauthorized funding for the part of the Title V Social Security Act that provides states with funding for abstinence-only programs.  

Why is this a victory?  Because while it  did so, it also modified the language to require that the programs be medically/scientifically accurate and proven effective at reducing teen pregnancy and STI/HIV transmission, and to grant state flexibility in using the monies as they best see fit.   This effectively means that this funding is no longer "abstinence only" and can be used for more comprehensive programs.  

The Duck and the Dick

Sometime this afternoon I came up with the title of this post, but now I can't remember what the Duck is for. Maybe I'll remember by the time I finish writing.

The Dick otoh, refers to Vice-president Dick Cheney. A 1994 video interview of him popped up today where he rationally explains why "regime change" in Iraq would be a bad idea:

For those of you who don't have shockwave: "Because if we’d gone to Baghdad we would have been all alone. There wouldn’t have been anybody else with us. There would have been a U.S. occupation of Iraq. None of the Arab forces that were willing to fight with us in Kuwait were willing to invade Iraq.

Why Dawkins is Wrong About Religion

Perhaps you've never heard me rant about Richard Dawkins. At one time Professor Dawkins was one of my favorite scientific authors. I've read "The Blind Watchmaker" and "Climbing Mount Improbable" and still think that no one can explain the intricacies of evolutionary theory and address some of the major misunderstandings better than he can. He is an excellent writer.

Michael Vick

I've been hearing the details about Michael Vick and feeling sick. For those of you who don't know (altho I don't know how anyone could not), Vick is the star quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, charged with dog-fighting, raising pitbulls for fighting, training them for fighting, and if they perform well, executing them. Shooting, hanging, drowning, and electrocuting them. And in at least one case, picking up a dog and bashing it against the cement ground.

He's now banned from playing in the NFL and of course has lost millions of dollars in endorsements. And he's entering into a plea bargain to avoid trial, which means the full details will never be disclosed.

Gonzales Gone

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has resigned. Even tho President Bush had been loyally standing by his man this comes as no surprise.

Back in February 2006, Gonzales admitted that the NSA may have "inadvertently" spied on the e-mails and phone calls of Americans with no ties to terrorists. Patriot Act, gotta love it.

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