DC Quarter design rejected.

Posted February 29, 2008 by Michael
Categories: News, Politics, Uncategorized

A Quarter
George Washington not only gave the city his name, but he also disliked taxation without representation

Apparently, the U.S. Mint refuses to mint the DC quarter because it included the city’s motto: “Taxation without representation.” And, of course, the mint doesn’t really have to care what the city thinks about that decision, because the city has no representation.

On the other hand, the U.S. Mint is SURROUNDED by D.C. residents, all of whom they just pissed off.

You can express your outrage through a pre-written form letter than will be ignored by (but probably annoying to) the U.S. Mint here:

http://www.freeandequaldc.com/quarter/index.jhtml?_requestid=172500

No representation is made that doing so won’t get you placed on an FBI watch list.

Michael

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Alabama Teacher’s Union Sues Over New “Double Dipping” Policy

Posted August 25, 2007 by Michael
Categories: Alabama, News, Politics

The Montgomery Capitol
The Alabama State Capitol

The Alabama Education Association has filed a lawsuit protesting Alabama Board of Education policies banning two-year college employees from serving in the state Legislature.

The policies were a reaction to a slate of scandals involving two-year colleges across the state in which two-year colleges were paying legislators huge consulting fees for little if no work.

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Japan’s Latest Export – The British Bullet Train

Posted August 25, 2007 by Michael
Categories: Japan, News, Technology

British Bullet Train
An Artist’s Impression of the British Bullet Train

The first train of what will eventually be a new fleet of high-speed trains in the United Kingdom arrived from Japan this morning. The high speed trains, which can travel up to 140 MPH, will eventually link the heart of London to the famous Channel Tunnel in southern England.

The trains will cut the current travel time by more than half, allowing easy access to the London Olympics in 2012.

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Riley Reimburses Alabama for Use of Plane

Posted August 24, 2007 by Michael
Categories: Alabama, News, Politics

The Tuscaloosa News is reporting that, at long last, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has reimbursed the state for his use of an ADEM plane to go to a fund-raiser more than four months ago. Neverthelss, it is doubtful that the controversy will end here, as many are now questioning the wisdom of a strapped-for-cash Environmental Management department spending the money to operate a plane.

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Influential Republican Senator Calls for Troop Pullouts

Posted August 24, 2007 by Michael
Categories: Iraq War, Politics, President Bush, Republicans

As reported in this morning’s WaPo, Sen. John W. Warner called on President Bush to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq in time for Christmas. The senator’s declaration came as a new intelligence report concluded that political leaders in Iraq are “unable to govern effectively.”

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Obama Hoops Video

Posted August 24, 2007 by Michael
Categories: 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Education, Politics

The man can shoot AND talk about education. I say we make him a candidate and see how it goes.

Michael

via – Matthew Yglesias

Japanese Prime Minister Receives Severed Pinkie By Mail

Posted August 24, 2007 by Michael
Categories: Japan, News, Politics

Shinzo Abe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been heavily criticized by Japan’s right-wing extremists for refusing to pray at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, received a severed pinkie finger in the mail at the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters this week.

Yoshihiro Tanjo, 54, was arrested in suspicion of mailing the severed digit, which arrived at LDP headquarters in an envelope. Also found in the envelope were a letter of protest, and a DVD containing scenes of Tanjo cutting off his finger.

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