The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Tuesday, November 16, 2004  

Items in the News, Or Not
November 16, 2004

Damned, or Dammed, Cash
A dam made of stolen cash? Blame it on the beavers.

Politics and the Boy Scouts
The wire services today are reporting: "The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide that they should not directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has improperly supported a group that requires members to believe in God. The settlement, announced Monday, came in a 1999 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which said American military units have sponsored hundreds of Boy Scout troops." And here I am wondering when Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street (D) is going to make good on his word to kick the Boy Scouts out of (very) choice city-owned and subsidized property on the city's Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Any Day Now
Lori of Avocado8 -- A Philadelphian! -- should be a mother before we know it.

E-mail Campaign
Please take a moment to tell Jeanne d'Arc how much you would appreciate her continuing to post to her blog, Body & Soul. Jeanne's voice, particularly on such matters as human rights, women's issues, and religion in politics, is much needed and highly valued.

No Excuses
I caught "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" on Bravo TV the other day. Let me say this: I've never seen so much bad hair, let alone so much bad gay hair, in one place in my entire life.

Requiescat in Pacem: My P.C., my personal computer. No longer dying, my PC has passed away, apparently for good. My PC problems explain, in large part, the less than consistent blogging displayed, much to my regret, on this page in recent weeks. During the frequent down times associated with PC failure I have tried to fill the gaps using either my housemate's lap-top computer or the PCs made available at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the latter for just an hour a day.

It's been difficult, challenging, and frustrating, all at the same time, just to keep the site going. It has been extremely difficult to keep the blog up and running with anything resembling consistency. Thank you to all readers, new and of longstanding, for bearing with me during this difficult period.

With the expiration of my PC now a faît accompli, the outlook for continued blogging on a daily basis is, at best, uncertain. To facilitate the remediation of this situation, your contributions are both welcomed and appreciated through the PayPal link embedded in the sidebar at right. (To send your donation by snail mail, please inquire here.)

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