Weekend Blog Roundup: Better late than never.

Café Philos: In Colorado Springs, the Village Idiots Appear to be in Charge of the Village

About a year after the town was ranked number one by Outside, the mayor and city council laid off 530 city workers, turned off half the street lights at night to save money, quit picking up trash in the city parks, cut back on fire and police protection, as well as took several other cost cutting measures.

The Cognitive Dissenter: The Day After

We called it “The Christmas Letdown.” I was told it was simply a normal reaction after months and months of excited anticipation.

Eliza R. Snitch: Apostate gift guide

My dearest darling Mormon lurkers, perhaps you’re wondering what gift to give to your friends and family members that have lost their testimonies and thus moved to the naughty list?

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: More bad news for religious right: Chai Feldblum appointed to EEOC

Feldblum, who has been the target of much criticism by conservatives, had been serving under a recess appointment by President Obama since April, along with another commissioner, the commission’s chair, and its general counsel, who also were confirmed Wednesday in one of the Senate’s last actions before the holiday break..

Joe.My.God: Dance Of The Sugar Plum Lesbians

Grand Central Terminal functions as the mechanical heart of midtown New York City, pumping out several thousand workers and tourists on one beat, then sucking in several thousand more on the next.

Moral Outrage: Social Security Myths

Moral Outrage: Increased number of contractors – heirs to the Blackwater mercenaries

The Obama administration is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush.

Mountain Sage: Judge finds ‘increasing’ difficulty in seating marijuana juries

It’s becoming more and more difficult to find juries that will produce a guilty verdict in marijuana cases, according to a judge in Missoula County, Montana.

Nader Page: Wikimania and the First Amendment

The Attorney General, who should be directing more of his resources to the corporate crime wave in all its financial, economic and hazardous manifestations, is putting himself in a bind.

If he goes after Wikileaks too broadly using the notorious Espionage Act of 1917 and other vague laws, how is he going to deal with The New York Times and other mass media that reported the disclosures?

Pam’s House Blend (Lurleen): Ireland gets Civil Partnerships

The new law goes into effect January 1, 2011 but most civil partnership ceremonies won’t occur until April because couples planning marriages or civil partnerships must give three months notice to the Civil Registrar before having a ceremony.

Pam’s House Blend (Autumn Sandeen): On Transgender Servicemembers And DADT; On Community Activism Ahead

Transgender servicemembers are in the same place that lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers were in 1992 (before DADT became law) — transgender people are now only barred from military service by regulation, and not barred by federal law. President Obama could sign a memorandum tomorrow that would allow transgender people to serve openly.

But, the president won’t. Frankly, the politics are not there for repeal because the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community hasn’t laid the groundwork for open service for transgender servicemembers.

Pharyngula: Well, won’t that cheer us all up

The CBC has one of those awful year-end countdown shows, and this one is rather appalling. It’s a countdown of the top 10 miracles of 2010.

Pilar Jennings, Ph.D.: Ushering Wellness: The Convergence of Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

As a caveat to this growing conversation, scholars of both traditions have been quick to point out that the differences between these two healing realms are extensive.

Republic of Gilead: Books from the Religious Right: NAZIRITE DNA by Lou Engle

The more Engle spoke about abortion, the more I realized that his call for Nazirites was actually a call for anti-abortion activism. Using an exotic vow from ancient times as a rallying cry, he transmutes followers’ religious zeal into political activism against reproductive choice.

ThinkProgress: Just go there every day and read everything you see. Seriously.

Truth Wins Out: Fox & Friends Dumbest Moments of the Year

What is a writer? A Black Swan Lake

Perfection drives all of its pursuers crazy.

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