The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of Faith

The Politics of Faith

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron. A video game based on the apocryphal book Enoch is popular with Japanese gamers. [CNN]

Rick Perry is running a campaign that is openly religious, but are the values he espouses a good reflection of Christianity? [The Atlantic]

Painting of Mickey Mouse as Jesus banned in Russia for being religiously offensive. [Huffington Post]

The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of the Web

The Politics of the Web



Who will be Silicon Valley’s next Steve Jobs? [Mercury News]

There’s no room for nostalgia in the Tech business. [NPR]

Hurricane Irene’s effect on web and cell infrastructure. [ZDnet]

The accidental phone company: the love story between Google and Motorola. [Engadget]

The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of Wealth

The Politics of Wealth


Is famed investor Warren Buffet an enabler of “too big to fail?” [The Street]

Forbes releases its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. [Forbes]

Ever wonder how Apple is run from the inside? A look inside the halls of the world’s most popular tech company. [Fortune]

Fears grow that August employment data will reveal a net loss in jobs. [CNBC]

Disappearing money. A look at economics and the Federal Reserve from the left. [Huffington Post]

The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of Wellness

Sweating after a workout may be disgusting, but it’s also good for you. [CNN Video]

Sorry ladies, Surgeon General says the inconvenience of redoing your hair after exercising is annoying but it’s no excuse. [NY Times]

Can you have too much of a healthy thing? (The answer’s yes.) [Huffington Post]

If female action movie stars are as thin as supermodels, how are we supposed to believe they’re strong enough to defeat the bad guys. [NY Magazine]

Friday Afternoon Musical Interlude…

Featuring the world debut of the next musical superstar, Alexa Narvaez and her daddy:

The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of the Planet

Politics of the Planet

Some FAQ’s about the recent earthquake answered. []

New technology for fishermen can help to protect marine species while at the same time not hampering the fishermen’s ability make a living and put fish on our table. []

Two interesting maps about the effects of climate change thus far. []

State Fairs across the country typically receive exposure for their unusual, deep-fried and unhealthy meals. Kentucky is one upping every other state by banning bicycles from the fairgrounds. Now you cannot even shed some calories on your ride home after eating the deep-fried Twinkie. []

Robbie Parker: Reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance

We used to start our day in grammar school by standing up, facing the flag, and saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” TOGETHER, IN UNISON.  It was a great way to start a day of working together, playing together, and learning together as American children with no hyphenated distinctions separating us.

Sherwood Boehlert: Handling of Debt Crisis An Embarrasment

Contributing RP and former GOP Congressman Sherwood Boehlert was recently interviewed by his local paper about the debt ceiling crisis.  Here’s an excerpt:

Former Congressman Sherwood Boehlert didn’t mince words when asked about Congress’ handling of the recent debt crisis.

“I think it was an embarrassment to the country,” he said.

Boehlert, a Republican, retired in 2006 after serving the area for 24 years as a U.S. Representative from New Hartford.

During his time in office, he said, he’d never seen a situation like the possible default that plagued the debating heads of Congress the last few weeks. And, he added, he couldn’t have thought of a worse way to handle it.

“I think it’s an anomaly, and I hope it’s a temporary anomaly,” he said.

Click here to read the full article in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Looks Like No Labels Has Touched a Nerve…

Earlier this week, No Labels released a report demonstrating how a majority of Congressmen were not holding town hall meetings during their August recess and urging them to do so or to take other action to empower their constituents and hear their concerns.

After a media uproar, many Members of Congress now are holding meetings and others are complaining that they always intended to.  Check out the following story:

No Labels, a new political group that says it’s trying to find a new center for political discourse, took members of the U.S. House to task this week for ducking town hall meetings during the August recess.

All well and good. The problem is that there are doubts about the accuracy of its survey finding that 60 percent of the representatives aren’t holding an open town hall where constituents can come and question them on the issues.

At least that’s the case if Oregon is any indication.

The group claimed that only one of Oregon’s four congressman — Democrat Peter DeFazio — is holding town hall meetings this month.  But it doesn’t take much looking to figure out that isn’t the case.

Democrat Kurt Schrader listed two town halls on the front page of his website, one that he held Tuesday morning in West Linn and another Wednesday morning in Keizer.  I received an email advertising both events on Aug. 11, long before the No Labels survey came out. (After I contacted No Labels, they updated their survey to show that Schrader had indeed held a town hall).

Similarly, Republican Greg Walden, shows on his website that he held a town hall in Heppner on Aug. 11 and “community meetings” in Long Creek the same day and in LaPine on Aug. 10.  David Sykes, publisher of the Heppner Gazette-Times said the event in his community was advertised beforehand, and Walden did indeed show up and spoke to about 30 people.

“We wrote a big story about it,” said Sykes.

Democrat Earl Blumenauer is arguably the one Oregon congressman who didn’t hold the kind of town hall that No Labels is looking for.  One of his aides, Willie Smith, said Blumenauer did hold an open meeting with residents of the Mirabella retirement community in Southwest Portland as well as local businesspeople in the Multnomah and Sellwood neighborhoods.

Smith said Blumenauer prefers to hold meetings focused on a particular issue instead of general town halls.  “Earl doesn’t think they are necessarily productive,” he said, adding that they too often involve “you yell a talking point, I yell a talking point.”

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.
Jonathan Miller, a former Kentucky state treasurer and a founder of No Labels, said his group believes the town halls are indeed important for building trust with voters.  If nothing else, they show voters that members of Congress are actually working during the August recess.Miller said he was confident of the survey’s overall findings but conceded it could contain some mistakes.

What do you think?  Should Congressmen hold town hall meetings, or was last summer’s experience an indication that they no longer serve a useful purpose?

The RP’s Weekly Web Gems: The Politics of Speed

The Politics of Speed

Nissan has run into several problems as the drivers of its trucks and SUVs are reporting transmission failures. [New York Times]

High-MPG SUVs and trucks are the wrong answers to the question of improving fuel economy. At least according to this Prius and Leaf driver. [Huffington Post]

More on the demise of the Mazda RX-8 and the “nice” 2012 Toyota Camry. [Jalopnik]

Here the question is posed: is the Fiat 500 out of Italy New York’s new “It car?” [New York Observer]

It is official that the most expensive car ever sold publicly is a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa prototype that sold for $14.9 million on August 20th. [Jalopnik]

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