Mar 122014

I’m writing for tomorrow, and I’m feeling most unhappy, because my bad leg acted up, and I could not go for my volunteer meeting in prison, because I cannot handle the stairs today.  The one plus is that I’m here to write for you.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:02 (average 7:12).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: We all know the rainforest is being destroyed. Heck, the entire planet’s in distress! But is there really anything we can do about it? Actually, yes.


I can’t speak for or against the credibility of "rainforest certified", so I leave that to those of you who are in the know, but I love this ad for them.

From Daily Kos: The extent to which Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s office worked with legislators to tweak the language of "religious liberty" bill SB 1062 shows, according to Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s office, nothing at all. To the rest of us it’s another reminder of just how close Arizona’s newest legislative fiasco came to becoming a state reality.

Documents obtained by Capitol Media Services show gubernatorial counsel Joe Sciarrotta and adviser Michael Hunter met with staffers from the Center for Arizona Policy as early as January about the legislation. The documents, mainly e-mail exchanges before and after meetings, show the alterations made in the legislation at the behest of the Brewer advisers. […]

“But the intent of the meetings, the purpose of the meetings, was to thoroughly vet the language, address their concerns, and make changes in the language pursuant to their concerns,” [CAP President Cathi Herrod] said. She said her organization addressed every concern raised by Hunter and Sciarrotta with the idea that this year’s version would not meet the same fate as a similar bill Brewer vetoed last year.

There it is. The Brewerstan Death Angel, vetoed this bill only because the Republican Party could not get away with it. Her claim to object to the content was a lie, because it was content that she had helped to formulate.

From NY Times: Democrats have for too long been passive in the face of the vast amounts of corporate money, most of it secret, that are being spent to evict them from office and dismantle their policies. By far the largest voice in many of this year’s political races, for example, has been that of the Koch brothers, who have spent tens of millions of dollars peddling phony stories about the impact of health care reform, all in order to put Republicans in control of the Senate after the November elections.

Now Democrats are starting to fight back, deciding they should at least try to counter the tycoons with some low-cost speech of their own. Democrats may never have the same resources at their disposal — no party should — but they can use their political pulpits to stand up for a few basic principles, including the importance of widespread health-insurance coverage, environmental protection and safety-net programs.

Corporations are NOT people!! Money is NOT speech!! Therefore, we must use people to trump corporations and speech to trump money!!




  12 Responses to “Open Thread–3/12/2014”

  1. 11:12  It would have been a little easier if so many keys had not been spun around, but not much.

    Upworthy – You are right on that there is a lot of fraud in food advertising, and right to be suspicious.  "Give the people what they want" has become "Tell the people what you are giving them is what they want and they'll never know the difference."

    Daily Kos – What?  A Republican Governor is a liar?  How shocking – Not.

    NY Times – Yes.  We must.  But we need to do it better than we did in FL-13 yesterday.  Sorry, but that has me really bummed.

    Cartoon – Now there's one reality show that could help the country.  If only the people who need to watch it would watch it.  Oh, forget it.

  2. 5:44 I never was a good typist.

  3. Sorry about your leg (I know the feeling)and having to miss your guys at the prison but I'm glad you're here for us.

    Upworthy ~ This is a great video. Rainforest Alliance sent it to me yesterday.  His valiant efforts are amusing. I do buy "rainforest certified" products. My nephew used to do PR for them quite a few years ago so I did learn something about it. They do practice true conservation if they have that approval attached to their name.

    Daily Kos ~ She probably figured that even the biased SCROTUS wouldn't let them get away with it so she vetoed it bfore the State could be sued.

    NY Times ~ I firmly believe that some people are now waking up to the lies. I still have faith that most people do have brains which are functional. Truth trumps treasures! I hope.

    Cartoon ~ What a thrill that was for people at that time. My Mom and her family listened on the farm and my Grandfather especially was captivated that he could hear the Prresident speak. He and my Grandmother had both been refugees from Poland just before WWI so they lived through so many great inventions. Hee passed away before I was born but she used to tell me all about everything. To have seen the world change through their eyes must have been so exciting.




  4. Enjoyed the video from Upworthy. Very informative, funny and clever.

  5. I am sorry you didn't get to go to your volunteer work.  I am sure your guys missed you.

    Upworthy:  Loved the video, shared it  on Facebook.  Greater Good website has lots of petitions to preserve the rainforest, I click on there every day.

    Daily Kos:  I heard to day that Brewer was not going to run again, guess since she vetoed their bill, she had not choice.  Adding Arizona to the list of states where I don't want to live.

    NY Times:  About time the Democrats show some gumption.  For too long they have just rolled over and taken what ever the Repubs dished out.

    Cartoon:  Those fireside chats encouraged many Americans during a very bad time.

  6. Puzzle — 4:58  My mother said "Take typing" and I refused thinking I didn't need it.  I hated typing but was I ever wrong about needing typing!  Never did take typing.

    Upworthy — Good ad!  Love the son laughing at the end.

    Daily Kos — "The extent to which Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s office worked with legislators to tweak the language of "religious liberty" bill SB 1062 shows, according to Arizona governor Jan Brewer’s office, nothing at all."

    And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you, as well as a piece of land in the Everglades.

    NY Times — There are barbarians at the door and they're called Republicanus/Teabaggers. The money has to be taken out of politics.  Democrats need to speak up and out.  The PEOPLE must rule, not corporations.

    Cartoon — Those were the days . . . 

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Does that everglades land include future offshore drilling rights?

  8. —Heck, the entire planet’s in distress!

    I'm very conscious to leave the planet in a good contition for my children and future generations… 😆

    Puzzle – 6:52

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