That Was The Week That Was: January 23 - 29, 2011

Don Booth, who asked us to give peace a chance, dies at 94. Booth was active for over half a century in peace and justice causes, receiving the Martin Luther King Award in 2001. For years, he maintained a noonday vigil at the State House. “Like the dome on top, Booth was there all the time. He didn’t move, and he stood for something deeply meaningful.”

In Concord, a overflow crowd turns out to oppose a bill dropping art education, world languages, health, and technology classes from the state’s definition of an adequate education. Those opposing House Bill 39 outnumber supporters 108-2. “They don’t get it,” says sponsor Rep. Ralph Boehm (R-Litchfield).

On a night marked by unity, courtesy, and common purpose, President Obama delivers an uplifting State of the Union address with the message, “We do big things.” Rep. Michele Bachmann — who ignores the bipartisan seating plan and chooses not to wear a ribbon honoring the Tucson shooting victims — upstages the official Republican response with a blast of Tea Partisan fury.  

That Was The Week That Was: January 23 - 29, 2011Sarah Palin mocks the “Win the Future” theme of President Obama’s State of the Union address, calling it a “WTF" moment. Now, THAT’S juvenile.

In this week’s history lessons, Rep. Michele Bachmann lauds the Founding Fathers for ending slavery and Sarah Palin credits the former Soviet Union with winning the space race and cites that as the reason the USSR collapsed twenty-two years later.

Focused like a laser on the budget, a House committee begins hearings on a Republican-sponsored proposal to amend the New Hampshire constitution, editing the state’s oath of office to no longer require “faith and true allegiance to the United States of America.”

Utah lawmakers are moving forward with a bill to name an official state gun. New Hampshire’s Republican lawmakers — who want to allow us all to carry a concealed weapon and to broaden the definition of when we can legally kill someone with it — must be saying, “Why didn’t we think of that?”

Twenty-five years after the Challenger space shuttle burst into flames and claimed the lives of all seven astronauts aboard, we honor the memory of Christa McAuliffe, America’s first Teacher in Space. Deannotes, “I do not think a Christa McAuliffe, once an inspiration to all of America, is possible today. Not because of who she was. But because of who we have become.”

Cross-posted to Blue Hampshire