Archive for April, 2011

Beem on Mural, Free Speech

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The lawsuit over the removed mural at the Maine Department of Labor’s headquarters begins: “Labor mural raises free speech issues.”

Apparently the judge, who coincidentally was appointed by GW Bush in 2003, looks likely to support LePage’s position that the removal was a political statement. This rankled Edgar Allen Beem, opinion columnist for the Forecaster, and one of the protest’s organizers:

“If the governor can legally remove any work of art he doesn’t like from public view, does he also have the power to remove any book from the state library?” Beem asked while addressing the demonstrators. “Based on the state’s argument, we have to assume he does.”


Edwards in the BNews

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

I don’t think I ever mentioned this here, but my brother was on the front page of his local paper, the Bridgton News, a few weeks ago:

Mr. McFrawley's Traveling Show

Here’s a link to the article: “Step inside the big top“.

It’s a wide-ranging article – in it he mentions his undergrad school, Rochester Institute of Technology;; our parents, Steve and Bonnie Edwards; former LRHS classmate Erin Whalen [sic]; Binaca Macdonald; Molly Mains; long-time friend, Greg Plummer; our cousin’s child, Zoe; his girlfriend’s family; his friend, Andy Painter; Annika Black, the children’s librarian at the Bridgton Public Library; and a guy in Los Angeles.

Here’s a photo of the cover:

Mr McFrawly's Traveling Show

And here’s the title page:

Mr McFrawly's Traveling Show

For ordering info, check out Dan’s website:

LePage in the Times

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The New York Times likes the whole “Tea Party governors are crazy” storyline. It may not be compelling journalism, but I bet it sells papers.

Looks like they just ran another one, I fired up their iPhone app this morning and look at the mug I see:

Yep, our fair governor, Paul LePage.

Here’s the story “G.O.P. Pushes to Deregulate Environment at State Level” (Sorry link is wonky, I’m on my phone).

In fact, LePage leads off the story, and also contributes more than a few juicy quotes:

Governor LePage summed up the animus while defending his program in a radio address. “Maine’s working families and small businesses are endangered,” he said. “It is time we start defending the interests of those who want to work and invest in Maine with the same vigor that we defend tree frogs and Canadian lynx.”

I’m so sick of all of the Canadian lynxes coming down here and taking all the good jobs. I’m glad someone is finally standing up for the straight, white males …

But in all seriousness, it’s not like when people think of Maine they think of nature …

Vanity Fair on Dubai

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

I haven’t read the whole article yet, but check out this Vanity Fair piece on Dubai: “Dubai on Empty“.

It seems a bit racist at points (going “head towel in hand” to get a loan from Abu Dhabi? Really?!) But probably most of it will make all-too-much sense to me …

Disney’s Impact on Florida

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Fascinating article in today’s Orlando Sentinel: “Disney says it generates $18.2 billion a year in Florida.”

Starts with a bang:

Walt Disney World and its related businesses in Florida generate an estimated $18.2 billion a year in economic activity and more than 1 out of every 50 jobs in the state, according to an impact study paid for by the giant resort and released Wednesday morning.

It ends strongly, too:

It amounted to a cumulative direct economic-impact of $6.3 billion. When researchers modeled in “indirect and induced” impacts from Disney’s operations, they said the impact swelled to $18.2 billion and approximately 161,000 jobs.

Dubai Apocalyptic Billboards

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Interesting Gulf News article from the other day: “‘End of days’ billboards in Dubai to be removed, says official.”

Apparently some wacko church in the US is putting billboards up in Dubai that says the world is ending.

On May 21.

Wow, that’s soon.

Muppets in the Media

Monday, April 11th, 2011

The Sunday New York Times had an interesting article about the Muppets: “It’s Time for Your Face-Lift, Miss Piggy.”

It’s pretty much about the upcoming November 23, 2011 film The Muppets.

Odd quote (can’t tell if it’s good or bad?):

“This is the first Muppet production of any size that is really being spearheaded by fans instead of hard-core Muppet professionals,” said Lisa Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter and chief executive of the Henson Company.

I for one can’t wait!

Yes, More LePage

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I’m so sorry about this.

See, I don’t watch Jersey Shore and wouldn’t know “The Situation” if I fell over him, but this Paul LePage mural malarkey is almost as bad as reality television.

First there was a free speech claim made last week: “Federal lawsuit seeks return of mural to Labor Department“.

Then Republican state senators took a swipe at him in the press: “LePage rhetoric interferes with goals, say GOP senators“.

AND now the federal Department of Labor is getting in on the action: “US Labor Department demands refund in Maine mural dispute“.

See? Reality TV at it’s worst.

I’m glued!

What’s next?!?