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What do drivers talk about when they are one the phone for 200 miles?

I was driving home today from Iowa where we sold off the last of my parents estate. The drive takes more than 12 hours and across 4 states.

As I exited the tool booth in western Indiana this mini-van shot past me with personal plates, a woman was driving while talking on her cell phone. This meant that she didn't use turn signals and most likely didn't check to see if anyone was in her path. As she all but cut me off and was well over the speed limit, I took mental note because I have found that you see many of the same vehicles as you travel across country, timing of stops and number of stops causes this to happen.

Halfway across the state this same mini-van passes me, she is still talking, then again as I exit the toll booth in Ohio, I pass her this time as I have the ezy-pass, she is still talking, and a little later, she goes zooming past and guess what she was doing, not picking her nose.

How does anyone talk that long? And think about the distraction that driving causes in that conversation.

Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Jul 28, 2013, 08:41 PM (20 replies)

OMG: The Prince and Duchess spent the night without a Nanny

How dare they lower themselves from that level of pomp!


The media frenzy continues!
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jul 24, 2013, 08:06 AM (15 replies)

Republicans appear to be doubling down on obstruction and their attack on Obama

New York Times headline: House G.O.P. Sets New Offensive on Obama Goals

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are moving to gut many of President Obama’s top priorities with the sharpest spending cuts in a generation and a new push to hold government financing hostage unless the president’s signature health care law is stripped of money this fall.

As Mr. Obama prepares to deliver a major economic address on Wednesday in Illinois, Republicans in Washington are delivering blow after blow to programs he will promote as vital to a more robust economic recovery and a firmer economic future — from spending on infrastructure and health care to beefing up regulatory agencies. While Mr. Obama would like to keep the economic conversation lofty, his adversaries in Congress are already fighting in the trenches.

On Tuesday, a House Appropriations subcommittee formally drafted legislation that would cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 34 percent and eliminate his newly announced greenhouse gas regulations. The bill cuts financing for the national endowments for the arts and the humanities in half and the Fish and Wildlife Service by 27 percent.

For the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, Mr. Obama requested nearly $3 billion for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs — a mainstay of his economic agenda since he was first elected. The House approved $826 million. Senate Democrats want to give $380 million to ARPA-E, an advanced research program for energy. The House allocated $70 million.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/us/politics/house-gop-sets-new-offensive-on-obama-goals.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130724&_r=0


Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jul 24, 2013, 07:51 AM (0 replies)

Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End? - Oh we hope so!

Caught this New York Times headline and it gave me great joy to think of the possibilities.

Thomas Doherty, patronage czar and political enforcer for former New York Governor George Pataki, reached the breaking point last week when he read that House Republicans were preparing to “slow walk” the Senate immigration bill to death.

Doherty turned to Twitter:


If Senate Immigration bill gets ripped apart and ultimately defeated by House #GOP I’ve decided to leave my political home of 32 yrs #sad.

Doherty told me that he has


come to the conclusion that my party has elements within it that dislike homosexuals and think America is still in the 1940s. And while we talk about freedom and liberty, that liberty and freedom only seem to be acceptable for some.

Doherty, no liberal, is representative of the growing strength on the right of the view that the Republican Party has gone off the deep end.


http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/has-the-g-o-p-gone-off-the-deep-end/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130718

The more extreme and obstructionist they become, the more they will push their old core away. There could be a silver lining to all this obstruction and extremism by the GOP.



Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Jul 18, 2013, 06:41 AM (7 replies)

Last Car Plant Brings Detroit Hope and Cash

A little good news from Detroit for a change.

DETROIT — There is a section of Detroit’s east side that sums up the city’s decline, a grim landscape of boarded-up stores, abandoned homes and empty lots that stretch all the way to the river. And in the middle of it stands one of the most modern and successful auto plants in the world.

More than 4,600 workers staff Chrysler’s sprawling Jefferson North factory nearly around the clock, making one of the most profitable vehicles on the market, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.



The plant was aging, sales volumes were plummeting and its future was in question. But a government bailout, along with two-tiered pay structure that cut wages for new employees by $12 an hour, saved the company and delivered it into the hands of Fiat, which now is its majority owner.

Since then, annual production has skyrocketed from fewer than 100,000 vehicles a year to more than 300,000. And a work force that had dwindled to 1,300 people has more than tripled. In June, Grand Cherokee sales rose 33 percent in the United States, as consumers paid as much as $50,000 for a fully loaded model.

The profits and productivity at Jefferson North would put it on par with the most efficient luxury car plants in Germany and the best factories operated by Japanese automakers in the southern United States.

That Jefferson North is situated in one of the most impoverished parts of Detroit only made it more of a gamble for Chrysler to keep.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/business/last-car-plant-brings-detroit-hope-and-cash.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130716&_r=0

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 07:25 AM (0 replies)

Demand that Texas investigate why state troopers confiscated tampons

You can bring a gun into the Texas State Capitol with a concealed handgun license—but not your tampons, maxipads or diabetic supplies.

On July 12, as the Texas state Senate voted on a devastating anti-choice measure, state troopers ordered all women seeking to enter the building to surrender their tampons and maxipads.

In at least one case, a woman was also ordered to remove her diabetic supplies. “I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” she said tearfully. The above video is painful to watch.

It is bad enough that the Texas state Senate is assaulting a woman’s right to choose. But whoever authorized this outrage must be held accountable. Sign our petition demanding an open investigation of the Texas state troopers’ conduct, and that appropriate disciplinary action be taken.

Sign the petition here: http://campaigns.dailykos.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=483

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jul 15, 2013, 02:30 PM (0 replies)

Is my time on DU over?

YOUR COMMENTS:

This is what is wrong with DU. It has been overrun with users who will tell those that don't agree with them that they don't belong on this site. The user only had 380 post at the time of this alert and telling me that my views don't reflect DU. If that isn't an personal attack on another DU memeber then, maybe my time here is done and these users can reshape DU to be a my way or the highway site. You decide!

JURY RESULTS

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Tue Jul 9, 2013, 07:13 AM, and voted 3-3 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT and said: agree with alerter's words - personal attack on another DUer. Get rid of the post.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: Agree with alerter. What gives this clown the right to say who stays and who goes?
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: It's a fine post. Nothing wrong with it except the alerter is butthurt.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT and said: I agree with the poster about a generation-specific fear of communism. But I agree MORE with the plaintiff here, that telling someone to "get out" is totally inappropriate for an inclusive party member. We can have our differences but we don't have to be exclusionary dicks about it. I'd suggest that the plaintiff stand up for him/herself, understand the point is "understood," and then school the newb on how to conduct constructive argument in an inclusive environment like DU. I usually only vote to 'Hide' when someone rejects difference by trying to force someone out of DU.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jul 9, 2013, 07:19 AM (6 replies)

What the media wants you to believe about the San Francisco air disaster

If you have been listening to various reports about the crash landing of the Asiana flight in San Francisco, you have been hearing them repeat over and over one common theme.

"Plane crashes are survivable"

This for some reason is the primary propaganda the media is pushing in this incident so far.

Yes, some plane crashes are survivable, but do we need to have that beaten into us?

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jul 8, 2013, 06:50 AM (19 replies)

Belgium is about to let Prince Albert out of the can...

Belgium's King Albert II announces he will abdicate throne

Belgium's King Albert II announced Wednesday that he will abdicate the throne and will be succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Philippe, on July 21.

Albert, 79, gave a televised address to the nation on Wednesday after a frenzy of speculation that he would be stepping down in favor of his son, Philippe, 53. His abdication coincides with the nation's independence day celebration on July 21 for the kingdom of 10.5 million people. He is the first of the six monarchs in Belgium history to abdicate the throne.


http://www.today.com/news/belgiums-king-albert-ii-announces-he-will-abdicate-throne-6C10526374#belgiums-king-albert-ii-announces-he-will-abdicate-throne-6C10526374
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 02:34 PM (6 replies)

The original Red Green...



I miss that show.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jul 2, 2013, 09:47 PM (7 replies)
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