The soul has greater need of the ideal than the real for it is by the real that we exist, it is by the ideal that we live

Monday, May 10, 2010

Trying something new

I think I moved the blog. I think this because after all my years of fussing over needing and wanting to I figured out that it was possible.


let's give this a shot.

go here

and let's see what happens.  I'll post on both blogs for a while to see how it goes, and hopefully eventually I'll get to  send everyone automatically to the other blog.

It appears to be tidbit day on coyote Tales.

Hate crime victim wins civil lawsuit (this, of course is in Canada)

May 05, 2010

The Hamilton Spectator
(May 5, 2010)
A Hamilton businessman who was severely injured in what police described as a hate crime has won a civil lawsuit against his attacker.
Ronn Mattai was slashed numerous times in the face with a broken bottle by 19-year-old Michael Cordeiro in a Hamilton bar on Feb. 21, 2004. The injuries were so extreme that surgeons had to put more than 200 stitches into Mattai's face to close the wounds. Cordeiro was sentenced to two years in jail for his attack on the gay businessman.
Yesterday, Superior Court Justice Richard Lococo ruled that Cordeiro must pay Mattai just over $73,000 in damages and legal costs for assaulting the former co-owner of the Junction Cafe.
Mattai's lawyer Devon Kinch said his client did not want to speak publicly about the lawsuit. Kinch said the judge awarded his assessment of damages after oral arguments and that Cordeiro had chosen not to contest the lawsuit.
Cordeiro pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in late 2004. Court at the time heard that Mattai had left his Junction Cafe that night and stopped off for a drink with friends at the Absinthe bar on King Street East.
According to prosecutors, Mattai was lured into a coat check room by someone crying for help. Cordeiro grabbed Mattai and slashed him repeatedly in the face with a broken drink glass.
The trial heard that Cordeiro made homophobic comments after the attack.
In a simple handwritten decision yesterday, Lococo wrote: "For oral reasons given today, judgment is entered in favour of Mr. Ronn Mattai against Mr. Michael Cordeiro in the amount of $65,117.73. Mr. Mattai's costs on a partial indemnity basis are fixed at $8,000 ... payable by Mr. Cordeiro forthwith."
Mattai had also sued the owners of Absinthe. Yesterday, the bar's lawyer Harvey Klein said his client had long ago resolved the matter.

ESPN polled MLB players for their reactions, on a scale of 1 to 10, about having an openly gay teammate: "The average was a right-down-the-middle 5.1, but the individual responses were not. Some were cool with it. 'there’d be a few outliers who would have a strong reaction, maybe a few homophobes,' one AL pitcher says. 'But overall, not a big deal — I’d say a 2 or a 3.' An AL outfielder agrees. “I wonder how much it would really change anything. There’s already a lot of funny stuff that goes on with some of my teammates in the clubhouse that makes you wonder.( I don't wonder, I just wish they'd win once in a while)

"I abhor the military's discriminatory recruitment policy." It is, she said, "a profound wrong -- a moral injustice of the first order."- SCOTUS nominee Kagan on DADT.-(there's some hope here, but still a conservative majority on the Supreme court)

And Lena Horne has died at 92.  Talk about a life well lived.  re-invented herself in her 60's.  There is hope for a long time yet.  

Thinking that the employment dilemma might be alleviated this summer if I made and sold $15-20 pots at farmers markets. 

And so it goes:

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