When collaborating on a community project, which of the Web 2.0 services do you rely on most? I am taking recommendations for a neighborhood revitalization project I am working on and am stumped. Ning is out — it’s not focused enough. Facebook will probably be used later for more outreach / promotion. I’m leaning toward Word Press, but are there any downsides to this option?

As a new homeowner, my new year’s resolution for 2010 is to not buy anymore DAP products. They smell bad, and many have known toxins.

Anyone have any suggestions for No VOC sealants, adhesives, and joint compounds?

The following is an open letter written in response to the speeches given by the Republican minority party leaders in Congress, Rep. John Boehner  and Sen. Mitch McConnell, on Friday, Feb. 27, at CPAC 2009 held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Both speeches were broadcast on CSPAN and the video archive can be seen here.

Dear U.S. Representative and Republican Minority Leader John Boehner
& Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

I write to inform you that you are fighting a lost cause. In your “rousing” speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, Feb. 27, you showed you still hold the flame for that zealous right-wing idealism. Good for you, but I’ve got news for you: The Republican party will never reclaim power in this country. At least not if the 35-and-under set has anything to do with it.

Republicans ran this country for eight years and during that time Continue Reading »

In an effort to soften the tone of my blog, I have posted this fine work of art, created by moi at coulorboxonline.com.

Created at ColourBoxOnline.com

Created at ColourBoxOnline.com

Tune in next week for the sodoku, crossword puzzle, pull out ads, and dashes of right-wing-nut columnist posing as legitimate commentary….

The new year has arrived and change is in the air. To kick things off, let’s take a moment to imagine what we can look forward to:

  • A broad shift toward center-left socio-political values
    After George W. Bush took office in 2000, we saw a societal shift toward right and far right values. We can expect a similar shift back to a more comfortable center-left after Barack Obama takes office on January 20. The hopes of many core Obama campaign activists for a full shift to left and Continue Reading »

This is my prediction for Tuesday’s election — the Republican Party will lose control of the White House and lose more seats in Congress. Why? Because they abused their power at the expense of the common good and Americans are furious about the outcomes:

1) Failure to protect the United States from the terroristic acts of Sept. 11, 2001.

2) Failure to capture and bring to justice the primary suspect behind those terroristic acts, Osama Bin Laden.

3) Passage of the U.S. Patriot Act I and U.S. Patriot Act II, stripping several of our civil rights including the right to privacy and right to a fair trial.

4) Invading two sovereign nations, Afghanistan and Iraq, allegedly in response to 9-11, at the costs of hundreds of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives, and much good will from our allies. Continue Reading »

After hearing the news that U.S. Congress has reached a tentative agreement on a $700 billion bailout of the subprime industry and they will probably vote on it Monday morning, I felt compelled to send this email to Representative Keith Ellison (D-MNCD5), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)  and (in futility since he always votes with his party’s president and will probably lose in November because of it) Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN). Feel free to use this text as a starting point to express your concerns about the U.S. spending $700 billion it doesn’t have to bailout corporate “greed heads:”

Please vote no on the $700 Billion bailout plan to buy mortgage securities from private companies. This is not an appropriate way to utilize public dollars for the public good as the money will primarily benefit the wealthy CEOs and middle managers who caused this financial crisis in the first place.

All of the Twin Cities residents I’ve heard talking about the “bail out” plan have had nothing good to say about it — and many, like my self, suspect it is being orchestrated by the subprime securities industry to prevent them from experiencing the downside of the foolish risks they’ve taken.

Vote no on the bail out and tell Corporate America that it needs to face the consequences of its actions.

I’ll be posting Amy, Keith and Norm’s responses as they come in.

Tonight’s presidential debate could be way more interesting if McCain isn’t there. The absence of the Republican nominee would clear the way for a more diverse representation of U.S. political philosophy — that is, a debate amongst the Democratic nominee and the nominees of at least three minor parties.

Presidential debates in the U.S. are usually carefully orchestrated by the leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties to exclude all other political parties in the country. Their reasoning? They say it’s justified because they are the most popular (or “largest,” “most powerful,” “most bankrolled by lobbyists and corporations”) parties Continue Reading »