Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Red, Blue or 7 Shades in Between?

The 2005 Pew Typology Survey is now online.

Are you really a "Liberal"? Could you be a "Disaffected"? Maybe a "Bystander"? Find out here!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

As the World Turns

All over the world tonight millions of Muslims are very, very angry.

See last September the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten posted 12 satiric Mohammed cartoons. Last September. As in 5 months ago.

Well, in order to show the world the benefits of peaceful protest, Muslims all over the world have now killed several people, burned down the Danish embassy in Beirut and taken to the streets in massive, violent protests.

All of this apparently has Europe wondering just what it all means. Paris Hilton took the news to heart and shoved a party planner in LA and left him dozens of threatening phone messages. Today, he got a restraining order.

What is the world coming to!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Butterstick and Babies

Today, hashbrown awoke with a wicked sore throat and the realization that my Christmas holiday break had become a month-long hiatus.

This weekend of course we celebrate the birth of the great Dr. King. The hashbrown household will also be marking the six-month birthday of the newest member of our extended family, sweet Butterstick. Butters, officially Tai Shan, is 6 months old this month, and is clocking in at a weighty and healthy 27 lbs. No Williamsburg hipster look for our Butterstick! For the past few months we have watched Butters sleep, roll logs around, eat, sleep, walk, roll other things besides logs around and sleep some more. You can too here. Here's hoping for many, many more years for our Butterstick!

Also this weekend, somewhere most likely down south or in the southwest, a White Protestant or Hispanic couple will do the dirty and wind up pregnant. Now according to the U.S. Census and the New York Times, a baby is born every 8 seconds in America, someone dies every 12 seconds and we welcome a new immigrant to our shores every 31 seconds. Why is this all important you ask?

Because nine months from now, when that swimmer has gestated into a live little one, it will become the 300 millionth American.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Going For A Swim

As many of you know, Hashbrown is from Georgia, so I am bursting with pride at the new Georgia Aquarium, which opened November 23 in a formerly dodgy, now sparkling, part of Atlanta.

The Aquarium is officially the world's largest, with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water and more than 100,000 animals representing 500 individual species from around the globe.

But they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is your eye candy, courtesy of my beautiful sister. Enjoy!

Swimming With The Fishes...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The District Sleeps Tonight

As anyone who knows me knows, I think DC is the greatest city in America.

This was reinforced when that beautiful city I love made multiple headlines today.

The DC Council voted 12-1 to ban smoking indoors, hopefully bringing an end to the drawn out agony that has been the effort to create a smoke-free DC. Perennial hag and lone Republican Carol Schwartz voted in opposition. But Mayor Anthony Williams, a lame-duck with a solid year left in office, has already signalled his opposition and might veto.

Then, of course, the bill must clear Congress.

Hashbrown's former Member of the Council, Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), is attempting to get an exemption for Hookah bars, of which there are plenty in his Ward, written into the bill in its second reading. I'm not kidding.

At-Large Member of the Council Phil Mendelson also presented a Bill to grant full Domestic Partnerships for District same-sex couples. The Bill passed 13-0 on a unanimous consent voice vote but must pass a mandatory second reading and vote on December 21st.

Then it must clear Congress, which can veto any piece of DC legislation within 30 days.

If it is passes into law, DC's law will be the nation's 5th most comprehensive, behind Massachusetts' marriage, Vermont and Connecticut's civil unions, and California's Domestic Partnership Law.

Unfortunately for MLB, the Stadium deal is looking far less certain these days.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Freedom Can't Wait

While Americans roll themselves through shopping malls in tryptophan induced merryment and prepare for the Christmas holidays, African-Americans have a little something special to celebrate.

This month, in 1865, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama all ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which outlaws all forms of human bondage.

The battle then moved on to Mississippi, where the future of slavery rests in the hands of the legislature. If Mississippi passes the law, becoming the 27th state to do so, it will formally end hundreds of years of forced bondage in the United States.

But Mississippi fails to ratify the Amendment, and it is up to Georgia to drive the final nail in slavery's coffin. Georgia quietly does so on December 6, 1865.

Mississippi eventually ratifies the 13th Amendment. In 1995.

Money, money, money

New York Magazine is reporting that Goldman Sachs will be divvying up a whopping $11 billion in bonus money this year. The mathematics works out to something like $500,000 for every Sachs employee.

For those of you poor sods like me in a studio apartment, New York Mag graciously explains how the boys (for there are few girls) get the co-op (the trophy wife comes later). Of course this being America, some boys are more equal than others. If you think the billions are spread evenly, think again.

Read up for a rare glimpse inside a financial titan.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

In ______ We Trust

Ever wondered why Americans and Europeans seem to stare at the same problems and come up with tremendously different answers? Is there truth to the cliche that Americans and Britons are the same people divided by a common language?

According to Edelman Public Relations, the answer may be in your shopping cart.

A recent survey conducted by the public relations giant found that the five most trusted brands in the US are:

1. Johnson & Johnson
2. Coca-Cola
3. Microsoft
4. Ford Motor Company
5. McDonald's

In trusty, capitalistic America, all of these corporate titans were trusted by more than 50% of people.

In Europe, the five most trusted you ask?

1. Amnesty International
2. World Wildlife Fund
3. Greenpeace
4. Oxfam
5. Microsoft

Hmmm...see something interesting? And more telling, only the first three brands in Europe enjoyed greater than 50% trust. Those Europeans....