Ten Year Old Opera Sensation Jackie Evancho

I don’t watch the plethora of TV talent shows that seem to pop up more and more every television season. But I’m very glad someone sent me this clip from one. Jackie Evancho sang Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” (“Oh My Dear Papa”) on Tuesday’s episode of American’s Got Talent… Continue reading

Where’s the Justice with Concurrent Prison Sentences?

I’m no expert on criminology, or the justice and prison systems, so maybe there’s something I’m missing, there probably is, or at least I hope there is. But I do not understand the logic of concurrent sentences. Every time I read or hear about another judge handing out sentences for… Continue reading

Agreement Reached To Save Gulf Turtles from Incineration

Good news on the endangered turtle front in the Gulf of Mexico. Especially for the Kemp’s Ridley turtle that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said is the rarest and most threatened. Reuters reported Saturday that, “Environmental groups, BP (BP.N) (BP.L) and the U.S. Coast Guard reached tentative… Continue reading

Big Tobacco Happy – Racketeers But Pay No Money

This week, two appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court involving tobacco companies have been denied to be heard. One decision favoured Big Tobacco, the other did not. But both had to do with a 2006 U.S. District Court ruling by Judge Gladys Kessler. In her landmark 1,683 page ruling found… Continue reading

Tobacco Companies Still Testing on Dogs

I mentioned last week that I was going to be writing about some really horrific animal testing that was begin done by tobacco companies. Well, here it is. Horrible as it is to think about, I couldn’t let anymore time pass before writing about, and sharing this information. Vivisection can… Continue reading

My Headaches Are Part of Me

One of my headaches. I say that. One of my not a. Maybe I’m just so familiar with them, they’ve been with me off and on for so long, they feel like part of the family, mine. Or maybe it’s because by possessing them, making them my own in some… Continue reading

The Cove Wins Best Documentary

The Cove just won Best Feature Documentary at last night’s Oscar celebration. It could not have happened at a better time. Dare I hope, eternal optimist I am, that maybe things are aligning to actually do something about animal captivity and abuse? But what a terribly huge and unfair price… Continue reading

Biggest Skating Story NOT the Judging

Yay! For the first time in a long time, perhaps ever some might argue, the judging seemed fair. Or at least as fair as anything that is judged subjectively can be. No first over the finish line victors in figure skating. That said however, it really feels like that ‘new’… Continue reading

Putin and Stojko React

I wasn’t going to wade into the Olympic figure skating judging thing again today, but certain comments just kept coming back to me. Two very different sources, but both sharing similar sentiments, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Canadian skater Elvis Stojko have each had things to say about the… Continue reading

Lysacek Gold, Plushenko Silver

Up until now I have stayed away from the subject of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Up until now that is. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my delight following last night’s Men’s figure skating competition, both skating and judging. While no system can be perfect, the ‘new’… Continue reading