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Santorum, Sullivan, Sulu: One is not like the other

Santorum, Sullivan, Sulu: One is not like the other

No two incidents better reflect our country’s schizophrenic political and cultural zeitgeist as it pertains to gay rights than this above photo taken by Charles Dharapak on one end of the spectrum and on the polar opposite end, the crowd’s reaction at a Santorum rally of seeing two men kiss. As the two kissers, Timothy Tross and Ben Clifford, were escorted out, the crowd lustily chanted “USA! USA!” (you know, because nothing screams American values quite like oppressing personal choices and because PDA is totally “ew” and unpatriotic) as if it were the 1981 Olympics “Miracle on Ice” hockey match.

Is the Obama administration putting corporate profits above public health?

Is the Obama administration putting corporate profits above public health?

One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it? Since early August, three administration decisions – on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog – have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I’m beginning to wonder just where the man stands.

One year anniversary of Souza's President Obama photo of the day

One year anniversary of Souza's President Obama photo of the day

White House photographer Pete Souza has become a blogosphere (at least among the left side of it) favorite for his pictures of President Obama and his family, particularly his “Photo of the Day” (POD) that is featured and refreshed daily on the White House website. To mark its one year anniversary, Souza “chose the following…

White House not the only public property slated for solar panels

White House not the only public property slated for solar panels

Last week’s announcement that the White House would install solar panels and hot water systems the first residence grabbed a lot of attention in the mainstream media and green blogosphere… especially after Presidential staffers rejected a gift of one of the solar panels from the Carter presidency in September.

Obama's 400-pound gingerbread house

Obama's 400-pound gingerbread house

As I posted earlier this week Simon Doonan did venture down to DC this week to assist and oversee the holiday decorating at the White House. The Washington Post has some photos of what Doonan and the Obamas did, and I must say, they’re pretty safe and traditional. Which I guess is appropriate for the…

Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition

Conceptual home for a family in Namyslow, Poland. Versus The M House in Setagaya, Tokyo.

President Obama, furniture mover

President Obama, furniture mover

There are lots of great images in the just-posted Flickr set by White House photographer Pete Souza, but this is my favorite: In preparation for a meeting about the economic recovery plan, President Obama and Vermont governor Jim Douglas shift a couch in the Oval Office. The set is filled with lots of casual, revealing…