Catholic School Bans Harry Potter

From TheBostonChannel:

WAKEFIELD, Mass. — The pastor has banned Potter. Lord Voldemort has found an ally.

While Harry Potter may have survived Voldemort’s killing curse, he has been defeated by the head of a Catholic school in a Boston suburb.

All of J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular books have been taken off the library shelves at St. Joseph’s school in Wakefield, Mass., by Rev. Ron Barker who believed their themes of sorcery and witchcraft do not belong in a Catholic setting.

“I’m in the business of Jesus and this is the enemy camp,” Barker said. “It has sorcery spells and it’s not appropriate.”

The book banning is the first time Harry Potter has been removed from a school in Massachusetts, according to the American Library Association. Seventeen other states have seen attempts to ban the books, since Rowling published “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in 1998.

The Nocturnes Gallery

Nighttime photography.

Our newly expanded gallery features night photographers (from as far
afield as Spain . . . and Seattle!) who have done outstanding work in this
field. Some, including Bay Area Educator/Mentor Steve Harper participated
in the original exhibit, The Nocturnes (1991, curated by our own Tim
Baskerville), some are professional or commercial photographers, some
are exhibiting artists, and some are amateurs with a serious nocturnal
photography habit. All have a profound love of the nocturne, and take their
work very seriously.

The Best and Worst Logo Remakes of the Century

There are some logo remakes that should be praised, and there are some that should be hazed.

When it comes to re-branding a corporate identity, you would imagine that the CEO would take great care in making such a decision. In some cases, this is not true. In fact, there are many cases where you begin to question the sobriety of those in charge when they decided to remake their brand.

Let’s start off with the logo redesign that sparked my desire to write this.

The Blame Game – San Diego Fires Edition

It’s about that time in a tragedy where people start taking advantage of the press coverage to push their agendas. So it’s time to play the Blame Game. I just did a quick search this morning to find who or what people were blaming for the San Diego fires and came up with a less than comprehensive list. Feel free to add to it by emailing me or commenting on things I’ve missed and I’ll update the list.

Blame Global Warming.

Blame the Environmental Pressure Groups forbidding California homeowners from clearing flammable brush around their land.

Blame Al Quaeda

Blame the gays.

Blame the people who hate America.

Blame Iraq.

Blame the bureaucracy.

Blame the “litigious environmentalists” for “standing in the way” of Bush’s Healthy Forests Initiative (HFI).