Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

An Orangutan with a Stradivarius?

I recall hearing the expression “An orangutan with a Stradivarius” when I was in college.  It meant that some crude underserving person had possession of some thing of great quality.  Likely, the fathers of girls I aspired to date in college had this thought about me and their daughters.

As it turns out, orangutans actually make crude musical instruments.  These instruments are not made for cultural reasons, but for the practical purpose of scaring predators.  Read more here.

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Filed under Evolution, Uncategorized

The Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Act: Overdue Legislation

Had Matthew Shepard lived, he would have been 33 years old today.  The passage of the hate crimes legislation that bears his name was signed into law on Octorber 28th, 2009 by President Barck Obama.

The opposition to this legislation was simply shameful.  Period.  I have always been fascinated by the conservative opposition to legislation that promotes social equality.  Can anyone help me understand it?  I would appreciate it, I think…



Filed under GLBT Rights

Tuesday, 12/01/09, Public Square

On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress living in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her seat on a Public Bus to a white man.  This event sparked the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott – a critical piece of the civil rights fight.

Any of you bloggers have acts of courage you want to report on?  I still remember TSTBGOP’s great letter to the editor of the Eagle about Parks.  Maybe on this date, he’d be kind enough to reprint it for us.

Welcome bloggers… to those with acts of courage to report, and to those without.


Filed under The Public Square