Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tell EPA: Take away BP's billions in federal contracts

Dear Friend,

It's time to stop playing BP's games and make the company take
responsibility for the pattern of reckless behavior that led to the
growing Deep Horizon disaster in the gulf.

The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to bar BP from
receiving U.S. government contracts. Suspension of BP contracts would mean
the loss of billions of dollars and effectively stop the company from
drilling in federally controlled oil fields both on and offshore.

I just signed the petition to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking her to
impose "discretionary debarment" and strip BP of all federal contracts.
You can take action too by clicking on the link below.


FoxNews.com edits out applause in Obama's West Point speech

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Living Under the Constant Fear of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" | Gay Rights | Change.org

“Stories from the Frontlines: Letters to President Barack Obama” is a new media campaign launched to underscore the urgent need for congressional action and presidential leadership at this critical point in the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).  Every weekday morning as we approach the markup of the Defense Authorization bill in the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and a coalition of voices supporting repeal, will share an open letter to the President from a person impacted by this discriminatory law.  We are urging the President to include repeal in the Administration’s defense budget recommendations, but also to voice his support as we work to muster the 15 critical votes needed on the Senate Armed Services Committee to include repeal.  The Defense Authorization bill represents the best legislative vehicle to bring repeal to the president’s desk.  It also was the same vehicle used to pass DADT in 1993.  By working together, we can help build momentum to get the votes!  We ask that you forward and post these personal stories.

Living Under the Constant Fear of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" | Gay Rights | Change.org

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Male Escourt and Baptist Minister

Tricycle Jodo Shinshu: The Way of Shinran

Over the past few years, Tricycle has featured a number of articles about Jodo Shinshu, or Shin Buddhism, which developed from the insight of Shinran (1173-1263), a Japanese monk that Rev. Dr. Alfred Bloom calls a "towering figure" in Buddhism. Read the articles below to get a sense of Shinran and his teachings, and the modern practice of Jodo Shinshu.


Thursday, May 6, 2010



Franz Kafka

Michael Scott

Metamorphosis, first published in 1915, is the story of Gregor Samsa, a young traveling salesman who lives with his family and financially supports his parents and younger sister. One morning he awakes to discover that during the night he has been transformed into a horrible vermin. Although somewhat of a horror genre, the story is often very funny as Gregor, his family and those around him deal with their own transformations as a result of this odd predicament.
The analogies of this story are unending. The Metamorphosis has been stated to represent Gregor's personal alienation and the effect of his deadening job, the problems in his family and how the demands placed on him have forced him to become a terrible being and the alienation of aged or disabled individuals confined to a bedridden state of existence.
The Metamorphosis, though sometimes emotionally disturbing in its content, is an important and classic work to include in your listening library. Read more on Wikipedia