Archive for April, 2007

National Exercise Program

A little something for the Secrecy News fans, while I work on other things – a fun “For Official Use Only” PowerPoint presentation on the “National Exercise Program” courtesy of our friends at DHS.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on April 24th, 2007 | Comments Off on National Exercise Program

Indian Mounds Park Fires

It was noted here on Saturday that Mounds Park, on Saint Paul’s east side, had been the subject of a controlled burn pretty much unnoticed by local media, for reasons unclear at the time. Well, after a couple phone calls, we got answers to all our questions, and then some.
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Published in: General, History | on April 23rd, 2007 | Comments Off on Indian Mounds Park Fires

Blessed Be

Great and long-awaited news from Americans United today: the U.S. government has recognized the pentacle as a symbol of faith for witches, Wiccans, and pagans in the military, and approved it’s placement on headstones of deceased veterans. I haven’t much to add that this Daily Kos diary hasn’t already covered. I remember when the military first recognized Wicca and paganism as religions, and how excited everyone was that we’d finally achieved equality (on paper, at least.) It soon became apparrent that we were still, in the military’s (and, by extension, government’s) eyes, second-class citizens.
To be entirely honest, that’s probably still as true today as it was back then, but today’s (deeply) symbolic victory is a step in the right direction towards “freedom of religion” with substance behind it.

Published in: General | on April 23rd, 2007 | Comments Off on Blessed Be

Something in the Air

Residents of Saint Paul’s east side may have noticed a certain piquant tang in the air on Saturday, as of a neighbor burning leaves. Turns out it wasn’t your neighbor – it was the City. (Actually, it wasn’t; see below for updates.)
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Published in: General, History | on April 21st, 2007 | 3 Comments »

Cutting Both Ways

Now for something a little different; while people flock here to read about Fred Phelps, or about a military manual, about which I hope to post more in a few days, a little nugget of pearly wisdom I was reminded of this morning, while shaving.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Wetshaving | on April 19th, 2007 | Comments Off on Cutting Both Ways