Rising Star

show at liberty

If I do say so myself, my art show at the Liberty Elm is a great success. Come see it through July at the Liberty Elm Diner, 777 Elmwood Ave. in Providence, Tue-Fri 7am-3pm, weekends 8-3.

I’m hoping for a Mc Arthur Genius Grant so I can stay home and blog and draw all day.

A Loophole We Should Close

I’m with Rep. Joanne Giannini on closing the loophole that allows minors under the age of 18 to work in strip clubs.

Since there are already many regulations that restrict the kind of work and hours of work that can be done by minors, a law should be easier to pass than one that applies to adults.

Protecting adults from their own choices is problematic, but children unquestionably do need protection until they reach the age of majority.

Tara Hurley makes the excellent point on her blog that the 16 year old girl who was found working in a Providence strip club was a victim of human trafficking. We have a brand-new shiny law passed in 2007 to prosecute this kind of crime. Will this be the test case?

Don’t Be Fooled

Up on Mineral Spring Avenue there’s a big billboard for a doctor’s practice with a photo of five guys in lab coats (the doctors). In the bottom left corner is a little slogan– ‘Don’t be fooled by others’.

This intrigues me. Who’s out there fooling patients? Are there offices around with guys in lab coats that don’t have MD’s? It’s vaguely unsettling, like the slogan, ‘there’s one near you’. One what, you wonder?

Anyway, it reminds me of the old joke about the businessman who put up a big ad– ‘Why go elsewhere and get cheated? Come to us instead.’

While I was typing this post, the TV was playing a commercial for…let’s call it Bear Aspirin. A woman was saying she got chest pain and her daughter gave her a Bear Aspirin which saved her life. I’d better run out and buy some Bear, because all I have at home is generic, and the genericness of it would surely cause me to fall down dead, stiffening before I even hit the ground, if I ever tried to use it for a heart attack.

Don’t be fooled by others, come to us instead.

Million Dollar Lunch

Just a quick one, because work is the curse of the blogging class. I heard on NPR yesterday that lobbyists are spending 1.4 million dollars a day to influence the health care reform measures being debated in Washington.

The voice of the people doesn’t have a million dollar megaphone. Writing your rep in Congress is not very satisfying, but I’ll do it today, because it’s what I can do.

Considering how much money is poured into ‘goodwill’ I’m jealous that I never got more perks than a few sandwiches, but they were good sandwiches. So I’m re-running a post with all the lurid details– Confessions of a Drug Lunch Slut.

Also, today’s Washington Post has an article about a politician who’s enjoying way more than free pizza from his friends in the for-profit health care complex.

Faith-Based Governance

Verily, I say unto you, this is like shooting fish in a barrel…

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, still clinging to office after admitting to an extramarital affair, wrote in an opinion piece released Sunday that God will change him so he can emerge from the scandal a more humble and effective leader.

They must like drama in South Carolina. They don’t elect some boring person who does their job and takes care of state business instead of funny business.

In the opinion, Sanford vows to work with lawmakers he’s long fought and cites scripture and his faith in God — just as he’s done in his few public appearances since admitting the affair.

I always wonder why God never seems to want these people to repent, resign, and pay back any state money they have wrongly used. Are Christians so scarce that God has to recycle adultering evangelists right back into the pulpit with hardly a Sunday off and lying politicians back into the Governor’s office? How come God never tells them to do stuff they don’t want to do–like repent and end the affair before they get caught?