Archive for April 2012

St. Baldrick’s II: The Re-Baldening   Leave a comment

Last year I took part in the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser put on by our UMaine Circle K by shaving my head to raise money against childhood cancer. It was an incredible success. We had 119 people shave their heads on Maine Day last year, and we raised a total of $14,363 for research toward a cure for childhood caner – which was incredible, considering that our original goal was $2,000.

We held another fundraiser this year, and I shaved my head again this past Wednesday. The novelty of the event had worn off, unfortunately, and it wasn’t the same runaway success it was last year. Still, we managed to raise over $9,000 and we had about 100 people shave their heads, so we were more than happy with the results. Personally, I had more success raising money this year than last year. A year ago, I got $85 in donations for shaving my head; this year, I got $110. A huge thanks to everyone who sent donations my way, I really appreciate the support. If anyone still wants to make a contribution, you can head over to my St. Baldrick’s page  and make a donation there.

Here are some pictures of the event. I’ve posted these and a few more over here. You can also watch a news report from WABI TV5 and WLBZ 2, and the Bangor Daily News’ top picture of the day for Wednesday features me (well, not my face, but most of the rest of me is there).

Obama ate a dog!   Leave a comment

So, I read an article on BuzzFeed about the Romney/Obama Dog-gate “scandal” and then got involved in a struggle to balance the deluge of comments left by conservatrolls (gleefully oblivious to the fact that “turnaround is fair play” doesn’t apply when the turnaround is a wildly false equivalency) with some sanity-based counterpoints.

There was one particularly determined troll leading the attack with all the dignity and cleverness of a four-year-old teasing one of his siblings:

After a while it occurred to me that his name seemed familiar. I googled it and I realized that this childish little twit was none other than the hack excuse for a columnist at The Daily Caller who “broke” this “story” last week.

That’s right: the only reason this “Obama ate a dog!!111!1!!” nonsense has been floating through our national dialogue this past week is because it got dredged up and published in a right-wing tabloid by some little twerp with an image of Breitbart on a piece of toast as his Facebook profile picture who’s paid to act as a travesty of a journalist and who’s now trolling this article on BuzzFeed.

This, America, is why we can’t have nice things.

Also, he personally insulted me responded to one of my comments, which is the closest I’ve come to interacting with a famous person since Stephen King’s family sat at a table across from our at Mama Baldacci’s a few years ago.