Friday, June 13, 2008

The Sula fundraiser, now even more FUN!


The Sula Foundation (www.sulafoundation.org) will hold its first major fundraiser on June 19th from 6-8pm at Canine Culture, 8110 Hampson Street, New Orleans. Dedicated to fostering responsible pit bull ownership, The Sula Foundation was created by local author Ken Foster and named after his pit bull Sula, featured in the bestselling book, The Dogs Who Found Me.

The June 19th "Pitching for Pit Bulls" party will feature raffle prizes and silent auction items from a wide variety of local businesses who support the cause, including the New Orleans Zephyrs, George Rodrigue, Louisiana Music Factory, Crescent City Farmers Market, Maple Street Bookshop, New Orleans Film Society, Salon d'Malta, dba, The Joint, Gnome, and many others. In addition, items have been donated from across the US, from independent bookseller Powells.com, novelist Cathleen Schine, photographer Traer Scott, Harry Abrams Publishers, Skyhorse Books, Bark Magazine and more. The event will also feature live music from The Hot 8 Brass Band, food, drinks and a baseball-themed costume contest for dogs. Area shelters will also be on hand with adoptable dogs invited to join the party.

Proceeds from the event will fund the Sula Foundation's ongoing low-cost pit bull vaccination clinics and free spay/neuter program. Upcoming clinics include:
Tuesday June 17th from 5:30-7pm, in the 5100 block of Burgundy Street and
Tuesday June 24th 5:30-7pm at Freret and Cadiz.
The clinics offer rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccinations for $5 each, as well as training information and other resources.

"Pit bulls have historically been family dogs," Foster says. "The Sula Foundation's programs are designed to create a dialogue between dedicated pit bull owners and to educate people about the responsibilities associated with caring for a dog of any breed. It is great to see so many local businesses offering their support to this project."

For more information, call 504-324-9233 or go to www.sulafoundation.org.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hillary's speech

Yesterday Hillary Clinton gave a great speech about moving forward. Unfortunately, it seems that many of her supporters were not listening. To them, Barack Obama stole the election. Why? Because he wouldn't allow the votes in Michigan and Florida to be counted. Of course, there isn't an ounce of truth to this. The reason the votes were not counted is that all of the candidates, including Hillary Clinton, agreed to a set of rules that included eliminating the delegates from any state that held primaries earlier than they were officially scheduled. Clinton only decided this was a bad idea when it was clear she needed those votes. Suddenly she was fighting for these people whose voices could only be heard through her. Her rhetoric shifted to suggest that people (ie, Obama's supporters) were disrespecting her supporters and trying to silence them. What is curious is that during this entire time, Obama said virtually nothing to dismiss Clinton or her supporters. During this time, Clinton herself did a number of things to fan the divisive flames of the party: suggesting the Obama might be Muslim (as if that matters), suggesting that his supporters were elitist (and therefore, apparently, not worthy of being heard), feeding the idea that Obama's supporters were against women (but, oddly, not that Clinton supporters were against that idea of a darker-skinned president), etc.

So, it was great to hear Clinton speak about the real issues before us. And it was great to hear her unwavering endorsement of Obama. For a while, it seemed as if the campaign had become too personal for her, but in her speech yesterday, she made clear to anyone listening that what matters is not who wins, but how we move forward as a country.

Still, many of her supporters are still clinging to the ideas that Clinton's campaign feed them for all these months. It would help if Clinton could come forward and explain that she, really, was equally responsible for the delegates being stripped from those two states. But it seems to be something she's still incapable of doing.