Here’s The Winning Doodle! (I Have More Doodle News, Too!)

Hey, Look! A Writer Fellow!

She's Norwegian! She’s Norwegian!

Last week the lovely and talented Alicia Jamtaas was the big winner of the Mike Allegra Win A Doodle Contest. Her prize was a custom made doodle of anything she wanted.

What she wanted was raven shape-shifter.

I had never heard of a raven shape-shifter before. Fortunately, Alicia clarified things:

“A raven shape-shifter is a woman who is able to shape shift into a raven. Like a selkie – woman to seal.”

“Ah!” I replied. (I decided not to mention that I had never heard of a selkie, either.)

Fantasy stuff is not really in my wheelhouse, but I figured I’d come up with something. I visited Google Images. There I discovered that no one on earth seems to agree on what a raven shape-shifter looks like.

So I winged it (so to speak).

Here’s your doodle, Alicia! I hope you like it.

This is the only time I ever see ravens. Do forgive me. (Click…

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A liberal term for a conservative court

A (or One) Skeptic

NPR ran an interesting story yesterday about how this was a liberal term for a conservative court.

No doubt, with the affirmation of the Affordable Care Act and the comprehensive legalization of gay marriage, this has been an interesting term.

2015-07-06_10-45-49Commentators have suggested that the split is between ideological  conservatives like Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Antonin Scalia and the more economic or pragmatic conservatives like John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy.

But don’t forget the awful campaign finance decisions as a quick reminder on how this is not a liberal court.

Next year the court will take up the abortion decision and questions of affirmative action, so stay tuned to that.

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