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One hand giveth . . .

Yesterday's mail brought the official notice of my Social Security cost of living adjustment -- $13.

Today's mail brought a note from social services informing me that, in light of my vastly improved finances, my SNAP benefits will be reduced by $25.

Tidings of comfort and joy.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 11:56 PM (10 replies)

We are happy today!

But he's lurking, biding his time, waiting for the moment to pounce . . .

tick... tick... tick...
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 11:34 PM (0 replies)

The things we remember

Obama spoke at length with Castro, the Pope lent a hand, and the times they are once more a-changin'.

In the middle of listening to the coverage of today's remarkable events a tiny memory niggled its way to the surface. I guess it serves as a reminder that, when we pay attention, we're not always in charge of what we recall.

Anyone else remember "Cuber"?
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:36 PM (1 replies)


One wonders if Cheney would be nervous were his doctor to suggest “enhanced” adjustment on his heart. . .
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:43 PM (2 replies)

The cheney

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:28 PM (3 replies)


The thermometer says it's 64. Pleasant. But 'cept, it's less than a month til Christmas and I'm in northern Colorado.

Gotta say, this is one helluva hoax we're living in . . .
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Dec 2, 2014, 05:34 PM (2 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Dec 1, 2014, 07:11 PM (0 replies)

GOP’s fake new makeover: How the media sat down on the job in 2014

Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst (Credit: AP/Chuck Burton/Reuters/Rick Wilking/Brian Frank)

2014 was bound to be a difficult year for Democrats.

History suggested nothing less. The incumbent president’s party almost invariably loses congressional seats in midterm elections, and the six-year itch was always going to be difficult for Democrats to overcome. Moreover, the Senate map was especially unforgiving; 21 Democratic-held seats, including seven in states won by Mitt Romney, were up, against just 15 GOP seats, only one of which (Maine) was in a state President Obama carried in 2012. Given that the GOP only needed to net six seats to capture control of the chamber, the party’s ultimate triumph hardly counts as an upset.

So a Republican Senate takeover was always more likely than not; history and simple arithmetic could lead you to no other conclusion. Claims that bolder presidential proclamations or a more sympathetic news media could have turned the tide, therefore, merit a healthy dose of skepticism.

Nonetheless, it bears noting that the mainstream political press corps all but abdicated its responsibilities this year. Unlike 2010 and 2012 — when media coverage exposed the lunacy of Christine O’Donnell, Ken Buck, Sharron Angle, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin — reporters gave free passes to equally fringe candidates this year, taking care not to draw too much attention to the hard-right views espoused by some of the GOP’s star recruits.

...more at link



We are witnessing nothing less than the deliberate gohmertization of our legislative processes.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Nov 30, 2014, 08:37 PM (4 replies)

Peter, Paul and Mary

"Fifty Years with Peter, Paul and Mary" is airing on PBS. Lots of tape not seen before. Family and friends talking about Mary's life, very touching. Catch it, it's very worth it.

Posting this in GD because, for so many of us, PPM have been a significant part of our awareness for much of our lives.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 29, 2014, 08:18 PM (18 replies)

Breaking Ground

“I had never had somebody just run over me like this. I’m an American, I have property, I have rights. And here comes corporate America saying, ‘No, we’re just going to do what we want.’ I had lived a sheltered life until that moment.” - Eric Ewing, Weld County resident


PLEASE -- go to the link, read the article. You'll get some idea of what it's like to live in what has come to be known as a "sacrifice zone". I love it here, I was born in this state 66 years ago, and have lived in this community for 35 of those years. My doctors tell me that I'll live longer if I move away. And the mere thought of leaving my home is breaking my heart.
Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Nov 25, 2014, 04:16 PM (1 replies)
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