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Please Come To Boston, Dave Loggins.

My thoughts and prayers to the victims, families, and all of Boston.

One of my all-time favorites:

How many Karl Roves does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: All of them. He screws them all.

Exactly how big a blunt instrument is needed to kill off chained-CPI, anyway?

I thought that carcass was buried late last year. Now it is back, like the phoenix. I called every member of my delegation AND the White House last go-around in expressed in the most poignant terms possible my feelings on the matter. I told the White House that I considered it outright theft of money that doesn't belong to those who would cut. I am soooo over this nonsense. Yesterday I got an email from somebody (can't remember who) asking me sign a petition, which I did. I will gladly sign my name to all such petitions. I think one I saw today was an "I will primary you" type of campaign. Good idea. I am very sick, and on disability. But I swear to you, I am so tempted. Even if I would lose, it would be worth it. You see, it wouldn't be about me. It would be about how I feel, though. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. In this case, Right is wrong, and so is Left apparently. I spent all last fall cheerleading in my private life and online as well for this President. I spent election day on Twitter and Facebook rallying voters. I spent the late hours tweeting for people to STAY IN LINE. For what? I thought this past election was the stake in the heart of the Blue Dogs. Someone, please, help me out.

Oh, thank God...(or Budda, or Whomever) (or Not).

Safety at last.
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Apr 3, 2013, 04:12 PM (8 replies)

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future? (First real MSM coverage?)

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?

Is the Arkansas pipeline spill a glimpse into our oil-soaked future?

Three days after an Exxon pipeline in Central Arkansas burst and soaked the town of Mayflower in thousands of barrels of crude oil, the cleanup is ongoing. At last count, 12,000 barrels of tar sands oil and water have been dumped on the small town.
“Tar sands oil has the highest carbon content of any oil that we know of,” said 350.org executive director May Boeve on the April 1 edition of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. “And right now, the spill we’re seeing in Arkansas is a devastating problem. And the real shocker about it … is that this pipeline carries one tenth of what the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry.”
One Mayflower local recorded a video of the spill:

not sure if rules allow embedding the video from the original MSNBC post, but that and the rest of the story here:

Goldman Sachs Shareholder Proposes Bank Run For Political Office; Bank Declines

I don't even know what to say.

Goldman Sachs Shareholder Proposes Bank Run For Political Office; Bank Declines

The movie could have been called "Mr. Squid Goes To Washington."

Unfortunately, Goldman Sachs has rejected a shareholder's proposal that it run for political office as the next logical step in the corporations-are-people paradigm. Goldman's declaration, first reported by Bloomberg, came in response to a request from shareholder John Harrington, citing the Supreme Court's decision, in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission, that corporations are people that have a right to exercise free speech by spending unlimited money on politics.

Harrington says Goldman is already warping the political process by pumping cash into political action committees and filling the ranks of government with its alumni. Everybody would be better off if Goldman just went ahead and ran for office itself, Harrington says.

"The Proponent believes that such activity would do less to undermine the integrity of the national political process and the company's reputation than the manner in which the Company currently wields influence over the U.S. government," Harrington's proposal says.


I don't know what is going on, but I do know this....

So help me God, if the Democrats give one more inch on *anything, it will be a bloodbath in 14. I have said it before here, and I will say it again. The mood of the country is exactly that, and if the powers that be can't figure that out, God help us. We have the power, right now, at this moment, to get our party back to it's roots and put a stake in the heart of the Republicans for a couple more presidential election cycles, as well as set this country back on it's proper and historic course. I don't know what kind of back-room deals are being played right now, but I, for one, am over it...and there are millions like me. Just look at Ed's polls, night after night. I guess we have to take a few more to the woodshed, it looks like, and 14 is the name of the game. If you feel like I do, you need to be burning up the phone lines to your delegations and the White House. If you are at all able, get active with your local party. If you are able, for God sake RUN FOR OFFICE. NOW. This is the time, and it appears they still don't get it. If you can't run, volunteer. Make calls. Stay engaged. Communicate with your neighbors. Continue voter outreach and registration unabated. If you think this last cycle was horrendous, next time will be harder, as it won't be a presidential election. We have to motivate everyone to get out again, just one more time, en masse. This is the world we live in now. It is our reality.

If I wasn't trying to fundraise right now for my charity, I would have

reposted this FB thing. Alas, I couldn't. But I did see another "Usually I don't post these" threads earlier, so I will take my turn- with the admonition that I refrain religiously, lest we turn DU into FB Lite. This, however, is so succinct and poignant, I just have to:

I have a proposal for Congressman Paul Ryan.

In light of his continued dogged quest to stick it to our seniors with cuts to Medicare (raising the age), I have finally seen the light. He might be right. In examining the budget issues, the so-called defect crisis, etc for lo these many months and years now, I have come to the conclusion that belt-tightening is, in fact, in order. First, there is absolutely no way that our elected representatives can be considered employees of the Federal government, because they are not. They are elected representatives. Since they are not employees, I suggest we strip them of any benefits they may be (in fact, most certainly are claiming). I suggest they plan for their retirement with the advisor of their choosing, who can steer them to available plans in the open market. At 175k per year, I'm sure Mr. Ryan will be able to do a better job at planning for his senior years than just about anyone. Which brings me to my next suggestion: $175,000 per year really seems salty, if you ask me. Being that Congress is generally in session only about 3 days a week when they are even in session, it really boggles the mind when you break it down per hour. (I will forego any mention of evaluating the quality of the "work" performed, and pretend it is of at least average quality, enough to avoid termination if he were an actual employee). I say we build on Sen. Claire McGaskill's lead with the sequester legislation she introduced on the pay cuts, and extend it to the general deficit discussion. There must be a million ways our congress-critters have built a cushy life out of the "job" in Washington. Not having been there myself, there are probably others here who could add ides to the discussion. What do you all think? Cut their pay, dismantle their benefits and turn them loose to the open market?
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 04:01 AM (7 replies)

Ind. Senate calls for U.S. constitutional convention

Source: Indy Star

Indiana would seek a U.S. constitutional convention — the first ever called by the states — under a measure that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The idea is being pushed by Senate President Pro Tempore David Long. When the Fort Wayne Republican found himself under fire from conservatives and tea party activists for blocking bills that defy the federal government — bills Long said were unconstitutional — he came up with an answer: Rewrite the constitution.

Long’s resolution, if it clears the House, will make Indiana the first state to seek a constitutional convention this year limited to two issues: restricting the federal government’s use of the interstate commerce provision and its taxing authority.

Long just needs 33 more states to agree. It takes two-thirds of the states to agree to invoke Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution to call for a constitutional convention to rewrite some or all of the document.

Read more: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130226/NEWS05/302260067/Ind-Senate-calls-U-S-constitutional-convention?nclick_check=1

All I would add is if they go there, I intend to be a delegate. Mods I originally posted in GD thinking it was a blog posting, but this is a news article from Indy Star.
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