News Alert: Some American Religious Groups Aren’t Totally F’ing Insane!

A group of pro-life Catholics and Evangelical Christians has launched a letter campaign in support of health care reform that essentially asks Congress to not let itself be baffled by bullshit when it comes to abortion coverage. Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (!) says health care is too important to too many people to let it fall apart over abortion funding. Hallelujah, I say. (National Catholic Reporter)

Hate Sports, Love Architecture?

Here is Douglas Cardinal’s proposal for Regina’s domed stadium.

Think about it: it’s Douglas Cardinal’s building that seems to have killed SIFC/FNUC… Maybe if there were another major Cardinal project, it would act like a Flinstones-style bonk on the head and FNUC would go back to being what it was supposed to be. On the other hand, maybe a Cardinal dome would cause untold havoc in Regina’s governance and all our political structures would need to be razed and started over. Heh heh. Either way, I don’t see a downside.

I have no doubt that they’ll cheap out, end up overspending anyway, and we’ll have another architectural blight, the only kind of architecture we seem to get these days. I say if you’re going to throw money away, might as well throw it away on something beautiful.

On a side note, there was a great interview on The Sunday Edition with British comedian, writer and actor Stephen Fry on his recent fact-finding tour of America. One of the things he talked about was architectural ugliness, and how it’s a needless offense to nature, where beauty comes standard in every creation. He said that some tender souls grow up focusing on all the man-made ugliness around them and believing that our whole species is harmful and pointless. Absolutely worth a listen.

The Gang’s All Here

What’s that soft dreamy look in Stephen Harper’s face? Is it the satisfaction of having just fleeced me  (and you, and everyone else in Canada) for $4,000 for the Olympics? Is he tasting the delicious mountain air of a province which now has effectively no arts funding? Or is he dreaming that the Olympic bait and switch has worked, and he’ll be back to a new parliament where everyone has forgotten everything, and he can get back to dismantling government? (CBC)

But wait!

Look at that hand! Isn’t that… A gang signal of some sort? That would be illegal in some countries? (Gangscene)

One guess at what he’s saying (and really, what does Stephen Harper ever say?)

Image courtesy of drako666 on Flickr

This Week In Dead B-List Celebrity Sons

Boy, what a week for the sons of 70s tv stars. First the beautiful Andrew Koenig (aka Boner from Growing Pains) was found dead in Vancouver (nothing says “I Don’t Believe,” like a Stanley Park suicide during the Olympics.) Now Marie Osmond’s son Michael Blosil has thrown himself off a building in LA. Michael, 18 a student in fashion design, was one of her eight chilluns, (and one of five adoptees, which sort of suggests an Angeline Jolie-style baby-adopting frenzy at some point).  (Examiner.com; NY Times)

Both men had depression, and both deaths are incredibly sad. Depression is a bitch.