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Egg Roll Reading

I forgot to mention that we’ve got an appointment to roll eggs on the White House lawn, just like we did last year. So, there won’t be much posted here today. In the meantime, check out some of the stuff I’ve been reading.

I doubt she’ll be at the Easter Egg Roll with Rainbow Families, but word from Mombian is that Mary Cheney is having a boy.

Mary Cheney will be having a boy when she gives birth next month, said her father, Vice President Dick Cheney. He also said he’s “delighted” to be a grandparent for the sixth time, but reiterated that he thought same-sex relationship recognition should remain a state matter. “I obviously think it’s important for us as a society to be tolerant and respectful of whatever arrangements people enter into,” he added.

The Independent Bloggers Alliance links to this interesting piece from The Nation on “Making Blogging Pay.”

Peer-produced media like blogs and Wikipedia have become the cornerstones of new creative projects that largely depend on the coordinated work of volunteers. But can they thrive without financial backing? Moulitsas says no. “There has to be a financial incentive to stick with blogging,” he says. “There will be a subset of blogs that will be OK on their own, but there is a larger group of bloggers who need to be taken care of. There are bloggers like Digby who should not have to work a day job given what they bring to the progressive movement.”


Mirror on America contrasts the outcry over Pat Tillman’s death with the lack of one over Lavena Johnson’s death.

Thousands are expected to take part in the annual Pat Tillman Run to benefit the Tillman Foundation.

However, another horrific Army death is not being covered at all by the mainstream Corporate media. Lavena Johnson was not rich or white. She was not a star pro-athlete who gave up a multi-million dollar NFL contract to join the U.S. Army. Lavena did not receive the hero send-off, nor the big fanfare upon the return home, like Tillman. And she certainly is not being immortalized like Tillman is today. Lavena did not make good propaganda footage for the Bush Administration.


Prometheus points out a Los Angeles Times article about a group of undocumented immigrants you don’t hear about in Washington.

IMAGINE HILLARY Clinton holding up a T-shirt that read: “Legalize Mexicans.” That’s not going to happen, right?

Well, last month in Washington, at a rally hosted by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, the leading Democratic candidate for president actually did have her picture taken holding a shirt that read: “Legalize the Irish.” That’s the lobby’s in-your-face slogan, which says a lot about the role that race (and ethnicity) plays in the debate about illegal immigration. Latino activists bend over backward trying to cloak undocumented Mexican migrants in the slogan “We are America,” but their Irish counterparts don’t feel similarly obliged.


Ed, at Dispatches from the Culture War, has a slightly different take on Blog Against Theocracy.

Many prominent blogs, including many people I consider allies and colleagues, are participating this weekend in the Blogswarm Against Theocracy. It’s a worthwhile project, of course, and I applaud the effort in general. However, at the risk of being accused of indulging in a self-aggrandizing iconoclasm, I’m going to take a slightly different tack. I’d like to take the opportunity to deliver a word of caution to people with whom I am generally allied in the fight against theocracy to avoid the kind of simplistic over-generalizing that we fight against and object to when it’s engaged in by our opponents.

Thought Chase Thoughts had an interesting post up on anger, including some quotes from the Dalai Lama.

Even though you actually get hit by a stick, you get angry at the wielder of that stick, because you perceive the stick as a secondary cause and the wielder as the primary cause of you getting hit. In the same way, we should be angry with anger itself, because the wielder is the secondary cause and the motivating cause of anger is the primary cause of you getting hit. Therefore BE ANGRY WITH HATRED. (6.41)